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Loss in Fire at Elkton
Exceeds Half Million;
Four Sent to Hospital
By th« Associated Press
ELKTON, Md.. Dec, 20.—Six build
ings in the center of the main street
business section here were destroyed
or damaged today by a fire which
volunteers from a dozen neighbor
ing towns helped bring under con
trol about noon, after a six-hour
battle. <
Half a dozen firemen were hurt as
the water they played on the fire
turned to ice in the 15-degree cold
and glazed streets, ladders and
Owners of two hotels, a theater
and several stores which we A burned
out estimated the loss at more than
$500,000. About 100 persons who
iived in the hotels and the apart
ments over the stores were left
homeless and lost their belongings.
Hotel Guests Routed.
At least one honeymoon pair were
among those who fled from the two
hotels in their nightclothes. Elkton
Woe n
couples along the Eastern Seaboard
until Maryland followed neighboring
States and imposed a 48-hour wait
ing period.
The fire apparently started about
5:30 a.ra. in the basement of a three
story building occupied by the Janis
shoe store. Tire building was in the
middle of a long business block on
the east side of Main Street, across
from the town hall and the fire
In an apartment above the shoe
store were Mr. and Mrs. Miller Jen
sen. Mrs. Jensen telephoned an
alarm. Mr. Jensen carried his wife’s
90-year-old mother to safety. She
had just arrived to visit them for
the Christmas holidays. Mr. Jensen’s
mother, 76, made her ow'n way out
of the building.
Fire Spreads Rapidly.
Patrolman William Binder was on
the scene in a few moments and
roused occupants of the two hotels
and apartments in the adjoining
The fire quickly burned through
the shoe store and burst into the
buildings on both sides—an auto
mobile accessory firm on the south
and a chain grocery on the north.
Alams brought volunteer com
panies from half a dozen towns in
the northeast section of Maryland,
including Chesapeake City, North
east, Perryville, Rising Sun and
Havre de Grace. They were joined
later by departments from Aber
deen, Md.: Newark and Christiana,
Del, and Oxford and Union, Pa.
Despite their efforts, the fire
worked northward through the
three-story Ritz Hotel and a restau
rant in the same building, and then
into the New Central Hotel, one of
the laregst structures in Elkton.
U'ilminirtn*! Canrlc li aln
Ruined along with the second
hotel were the town's only movie
theater, another restaurant, a liquor
store and a photographic studio.
The volunteers sent a call for help
to Wilmington, Del., which brought
two pumpers, a water tower and a
force of professional firemen.
The next building north of the
hotel is a modern two-story dime
store. Its firewalls and the help:
from Wilmington wore credited
with bringing the flames under con
trol. The dime store was heavily
damaged, and the $50,000 jewelry
stock in the next store north al
ready had been removed.
Pour of the injured firemen were
hospitalized. Walter J. Wassmer
of New'ark, Del., received fractured
ribs when he fell through the roof
of the New Central Hotel and part
of the roof fell on him. William.
Carlen of Wilmington slipped on
the ice and suffered a lacerated
forehead. Harold Lloyd of Newrark
and James Mackey of Chesapeake
City w’ere overcome by smoke.
Judge Loans Defendant
$7 to Pay Taxi Bill
By the Associated Press
ATLANTA.—A Police Court de
fendant charged with falling to
pay a $6.30 taxicab bill pleaded
with Recorder A. W. Callaway for
time to obtain the money.
“Where will you get it?” the re
corder asked.
“Would you mind loaning it to
me. judge?" the defendant asked.
Judge Callaway looked dum
founded but reached in his billfold
and gave the man $7.
"Pay the man,” the recorder said,
“and don’t forget to repay me
ELKTON, MD.—FIRE SWEEPS DOWNTOWN AREA—This is an overhead view of the fire that early yesterday routed about 100
persons in night clothes from two hotels and damaged or destroyed six buildings. The Are was brought under control after an
all-morning battle by companies from Elkton and 12 nearby communities. —AP Wirephoto.
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County Board’s Move
For Peace Talk Fails
In Fairlington Strike
A request by the Arlington County
Board that both sides in the Fair
lington strike talk over their differ
ences brought no apparent change
last night in the attitudes of either
The publicity agent speaking for
the Fairmac Corp.. owners of the
3.500 -unit apartment project,
Charles Prins, said the corporation's
position was "unchanged." '
On behalf of the Building Service
Employees 1AFL i. John Goodman,
international vice president, de
"The union has always offered to
submit to any kind of mediation or
arbitration. The reason the em
ployes went out on strike was be
cause the manBgemen% refused to
meet with their representatives.”
The decision to ask union and
management to confer was made
by the County Board yesterday at
the suggestion of Daniel A. Dugan.
It followed the appearance at the
board's regular meeting of a union
attorney and several tenants who
urged that the board use its prestige
to settle the strike, which began
uecemoer e.
"Strikebreaking" Charged
During the hearing the board was
accused of "strikebreaking” because
the county has sent refuse-collecting
crews to Fairlington at the request
of tenants and the Fairmac Corp.
The tenants contend a health men
ace has resulted from inadequate
collection of fefuse since the walk
out began, William Ziegler, Fairmac
general manager, said that collec
tions had fallen behind because of
the abnormal pre-Christmas condi
In answer to charges of “strike
breaking" by Samuel Levine, at
torney for Local 82. Building Service
Employes, Board Chairman Basil
DeLashmutt declared it to be the
duty of the county government to
see that the health of the com
munity is protected.
Robert E. Reynolds, a Fairlington
resident, said the county was not
set up to collect the refuse per
manently and by the temporary col
lections is “prolonging the strike.”
Joseph Maltz, an officer of the
Fairlington-Parkfairfax Chapter of
the American Veterans Committee,
declared his group wants a “per
manent solution.” He charged that
the county collecions are "com
pletely inadequate."
“Frightening,” Woman Says.
Mrs. Lois Kane said that, even if
the refuse has been collected, cellars
have not been swept and sprayed
with disinfectant as was done before
the strike and that the situation is
“very frightening.” She mentioned
the recent conviction of a Fairling
ton worker on charges of carrying
a concealed weapon and asked that
500 Nearby Maryland Homes
Kept Vacant by Water Dispute
Occupancy of approximately 500
newly built homes in Montgomery
and Prince Georges Counties is be
ing held up because their sewer and
water connections have not been
made, it was learned last night.
Failure to make the connections
stems from the inability of the
Washington Suburban Sanitary
Commission and the Washington
Suburban Master Plumbers’ Associa
tion to agree on methods by which
plumbers can obtain ground excava
tion permits.
It all started November 17 when
the commission, which previously
had connected new homes with
sewer and water lines, passed a res
olution authorizing plumbers to do
the work. The action was author
ized in a bill passed at last month’s
special session of the General As
The plumbers' association then
asked the commission for authority
to make street excavations without
having to apply for permits from
the State, county or municipal
agency having jurisdiction over the
property involved.
The commission, which has the
power to make excavations without
getting permission from any one. ex
plained it could not. under the law.
delegate that authority to another
'T’Uwaa mAAtinAc Un Itfl Vinon Vl /■}
by the two groups in an unsuccess
ful attempt to iron out their dfficul
tles. Commission Chairman Dwight
B. Galt said the matter would be
discussed further at its meeting
Meanwhile, the commission has
been making house connections con
tracted for before its resolution last
month w'hile most of the plumbers
are awaiting a solution to the prob
lem before taking over the work.
According to Philip C. McCurdy,
secretary of the association, who
made the 500-homes estimate, the
plumbers want a central agency to
be set%p to act as a clearing house
for excavation permits.
"There are 42 incorporated towns
in the Prince Georges and Mont
gomery County sanitary area.” Mr.
McCurdv pointed out. "Practically
all have different building regula
tions and we can’t afford to take
the board do all it can to get the
strike settled.
Robert Brown asserted there is
danger of violence as a result of
possible clashes between strikers
and nonstrikers.
.County Manager A. T. Lundberg
yesterday sent two trucks into the
development to collect refuse and
the Fairmac Corp. said a private
trash-collecting firm also was work
Tenants Friday sent a letter to the
Defense Homes Corp. which sold
Fairlington to the Fairmac Corp.,
asking the DHC to intervene be
cause of the health hazard resulting
from the strike. Another petition
was being circulated last night,
tenants said.
the time to run to all of them when
we want to dig up a street and
make a house connection. In addi
tion, many streets are controlled by
the State Roads Commission or by
the county in which the street is
located. There's just too much red
Mr. Galt said the commission
wants to get out of the house con
nection field because it doesn’t have
the manpower. He said the plum
ber had supported the bill under
which connection work could be
transferred tt them.
He emphas, ?d that even if no
agreement is 1 ached, the commis
sion does not Intend to resume mak
ing such connections.
1,000 Children Altend
Silver Spring Yule Party
Approximately 1,000 children and
their parents attended a Christmas
party yesterday at the National
Guard Armory, Silver Spring, as
guests of the Silver Spring Board of i
Trade. The party was a part of the
Holiday Lane promotion activity of
the community.
An airplane towing a make-believe
Kris Kringle, his sleigh and four
reindeer flew over the area, during
the party. The program included
performance presented by a Silver
Spring dance studio. Charles H.
Kopeland was master of ceremonies.
Santa Calus distributed candy at
the party and afterwards went to
Holiday House, main attraction
along Holiday Lane, where he will
remain until Christmas Eve.
Pay Raise Proposed
For Arlington Police;
Resignations Cited
A two-page resolution of the
Arlington County Police Association
asking the County Board to con
sider a pay raise for members of the
force “to an amount in keeping with
the salaries paid in the metropoli
tan area," has been presented to
County Manager A. T. Lundberg,
police sources disclosed yesterday.
The resolution, which asks that
the matter “be treated as an emer
gency," sets forth that "most mem
bers of the * * * force are now find
ing themselves unable to support
their families on their salaries * *
As a result, the resolution declares,
“three experienced officers have re
signed * * * recently and tw’o others
have expressed an intention to re
sign * •
The resolution states that police
in nearly all other metropolitan
areas receive more pay than those
in Arlington “even though the cost
of living in Arlington County is
recognized as the highest in the
Arlington police privates start at
$2,250 annually and in five years
reach a maximum of $2,750. In
Fairfax County, where policemen
were given $300 annual raises last
Wednesday, the pay starts at $2,400
and the maximum of $3,000 is at
tained in three years. The Alex
andria scale runs from $2,160 to $2,
920 over a five-year period and a
raise is contained in the proposed
budget for 1948. The Washington:
salary is $2,720 to $3,398 over a five- j
year period.
Christmas Seal Sale
Less Than Half Quota
In Prince William
Special Dispatch to The Star
MANASSAS. Va„ Dec. 20.—Ap
proximately $900, or less than half
the quota, has been raised In Prince
William County through the sale of
Christmas seals, Mrs. Frank D. Cox,
county chairman, reported today.
Mrs. Cox urged those who have
not responded to the appeal to do
so quickly in order to assure the
success of the Tuberculosis Associa
tion campaign. The quota is $2,223.
The seal sale officially ends
Christmas Day but contributions
will be received thereafter from
those who find it inconvenient to
contribute earlier. The program
outlined by the association to com-,
bat tuberculosis here is the most
extensive ever undertaken.
Walton League Elects.
Dr. Floyd Riddick has been
elected president of the Prince
William County Chapter, Izaak
Walton League, and Walter Al
paugh has been re-elected secretary.
Other new officers are W. J. Saylors,
first vice president; Arthur L. Car
ter, second vice president, and
Gordon Lunsford, treasurer.
Community Christmas Fete.
Thp \fanns-Qae T.inr»e will
sponsor a community Christmas
tree program at 6:30 pin. Tuesday
at the horse show grounds on the
Portner Estate. Clay Ball is chair
man of arrangements and Dr. Floyd
Riddick will be master of cere
monies. Candy and oranges will be
distributed to children.
The Rev. C. W, Mark of Nokes
ville, retired Methodist minister, to
day celebrated his 90 th birth
day at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. W. R. Free, with whom he has
lived for the last six years. Mr.
Mark served as pastor of the Nokes
ville Methodist Church for seven
years. His last charge was the Hills
boro (Va.) Methodist Church. Other
pastorates included churches in
Prince Georges County, Md., Fred
erick County, Va., the Eastern Shore
of Maryland and West Virginia.
The Frees will entertain at a din
ner tomorrow in honor of Mr. Mark,
who will leave next week-end for
Miami, Fla. to spend the winter
with a nephew, Oscar Mark.
Gothwaite Heads Chamber.
E. D. Gothwaite of Manassas, was
elected president of the Prince Wil
liam County Chamber of Commerce
at a meeting here this week. He
succeeds Mayor Harry P. Davis.
Other officers elected include N. T.
McManawaj, secretary-treasurer
and the following vice presidents
from magisterial districts—R. Worth
Peters, Manassas; J. W. Alvey.
Gainesville; John P. Kerlin, Brents
ville; J. Murray Taylor, Coles; G.
Cleve Russell, Occoquan and H.
Ewing Wall, Quantlco.
Lodge Elects Officers.
G. Wallace Hook. Manassas, has
been elected Worshipful Master of
Manassas Lodge. A. F. and A. M.
He will be installed February with
the following other officers: Earlj
W. Hurst, senior warden; J. Nelson
Thomas, Junior warden; C. A. Sin-1
clair, Jr., secretary; J. Loche
Bushong, J. L. Wood, chaplain; C. H.
Wine, marshal; T. M. Reeves, tiler;1
A. G. McMillan, senior steward and
John Y. Roseberry, Junior steward. ‘
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Maryland's Bethlehem
Plans Christmas Gathering
■y the Associated Press
BETHLEHEM. Md„ Dec. 20.—Next
Wednesday night the residents of
this small Maryland town will leave
their homes to gather under a star
—MIC DLtU U1 .DCtlliCilClIi.
They don’t make a great deal of
fuss over It any more.
The novelty of having this star
over Bethlehem, Md., on Christmas
Eve has worn off. In its place is
the desire to maintain a traditiop
that started years ago.
It doesn’t amount to a lot of
trouble, either. The same simple
arrangements are used year , after
year—an electric light on a tall
cedar cut from nearby Providence
The town also issues a souvenir
Christmas cachet for stamp col
lectors each year.
Tighter Economic Control
Is Announced by China
By th« Associated Press
NANKING, Dec. 20.—The Chinese
government announced a new, in
tensified economic control program
for 1948 today, including provision
for the imprisonment for one year
at hard labor of any one convicted
of illegal transactions in gold or
foreign exchange.
The program to give the govern
ment more control over the na
tion's economy provides that travel
ers may carry a maximum of $100
(U. S.) entering or leaving China.
Persons making payment in gold
or foreign exchange, which should
have been made in Chinese cur
rency, will be subject to the same
imprisonment as those violating the
transactions regulation.
Dedication Service Set
For Methodist Chapel
Special Dispatch to Tho Stor
LEONARDTOWN, Md., Dec. 20 —
The Rev. Horace E. Cromer, former
superintendent of the East Wash
ington District of the Methodist
Church, will officiate at a dedication
service for the new Joy Methodist
Chapel at Hollywood, Md., at 7 p.m.
Music for the service will be fur
nished by Pulton Lewis, jr„ the
radio commentator, who will play
the organ which he donated, and
two other St. Marys County resi
dents, Noah Callis, jr., and Roger
Bishop Charles W. Flint of Wash
ington will preach at 10:30 a m, and
2:30 p.m. tomorrow, the Rev. Georee
Dent Naylor, pastor of the Leonard
town Methodist Church, announced.
The Rev. Dr. Fred C. Reynolds,
superintendent of the East Wash
ington District, will speak at a fel
lowship meeting tomorrow. Chaplain
James W. Kelly, attached to the
Patuxent Naval Air Station, will
deliver the address at the 8 p.m.
Mr. Lewis also will play the organ
at. tomorrow’s services and will con
duct his Christmas eve broadcast
from the church.
Russian Teams Hunt
Sheep-Killing Wolves .
Sy the Assocottd Press
MOSCOW.—Large Russian wolves
which, during the war multiplied in
the Moscow area to the extent that
they, became a danger to livestock,
are now on the run.
Hunting teams have been out on
the trail for the gray thieves, who
in one day and in one county of the
Moscow region, killed 20 sheep.
The Moscow Hunting Club has
sent out 54 hunters as constant ob
servers and set up 19 wolf-hunting
teams with 97 huntsmen.
The Evening Moscow reports that
the huntsmen brought in 37 wolves
to date. One team got four in one
Turbines Save Space
Some large steam turbines weigh
only one-eighth as much and oc
cupy only one-tenth the space of
the steam engines they replace.
Paraguay Output Same
Merchants in Paraguay say that
despite nearly six months of civil
war the total volume of retail sales
for 1947 will be about as large as In
the preceding year.
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