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WASHI«aON, j£w}£ yutiung' DECEMBER 31. 1947 ** AgreemeaHM; Water Mams Connection Fee Maryland Rates Increased in Pacts With Plumbers The cost of making new water and sewer connections to properties, along improved streets and high-! ways within the sanitary district of! Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties will be increased under a program by the Washington-Sub urban Sanitary Commission. j This was dcpided yesterday by j members of the commission in! reaching an agreement with the Washington Suburban Master Plumbers' Association after a month's discussion on procedure in making new connections. In agreeing it would take over the water and sewer connections in 1 improved streets, the commission' announced it now will charge $225 for making average-size pipe con nections t>o water mains and $350 for sewer connections. The rate previously had been $42.50 for each connection, but this was only for making connections from the mains’ in the streets to the property lines, from which point plumbers then carried the lines to the houses, the commission stated. Plumbers to Connect All. Under the agreement, the plumb ers will make all connections in [ new subdivisions and from unim proved streets and highways, the commission reported. The increased cost to be charged by the sanitary commission is due to the fact that all work will be done in improved streets, a com mission spokesman said. The law requires the commission to make a uniform change, regardless of the length of pipe to be constructed or the location, he added. On the other hand, the commis sion announced, the plumbers should be able to do their work along the unimproved streets at much lower cost. This would be possible because there is no expensive paving to cut or replace and in mast cases, the streets will be narrower, it was pointed out. Permit Tangle Led to Plan. About 15 per cent of the new con nections will be subject to the new Sanitary Commission rates, the commission disclosed. The discussion about procedure started when the Plumbers’ Asso ciation objected to the necessity of obtaining permits from the State, counties or municipalities to cut into their streets. The Maryland Legislature last month adopted a law authorizing the Sanitary’ Com mission to discontinue making con nections at its discretion and turning the work over to the master plumb ers. The commission yesterday an nounced an increase from 14 cents to 18 cents per lineal foot in front-foot benefit charges, effective tomorrow, on all water and sewer construction completed after January 1, 1947. P I IN ueograpners rrepare To End Meeting Today By a Staff Correspondent of The Star CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va . Dec. 31. —The small nation has become an anachronism which no longer is efficient either in war or peace. Dr. Samuel T. Emory, professor at the University of North Carolina, de clared in an address here today. The geographers will conclude their meeting today. Dr. Emory told the American Association of Geographers that the small state endangers world peace by inviting aggression of powerful neighbors. Dr. Emory's talk featured • forum on political geography. The new president of the Amer ican Society for Professional Geog raphers. E. Willard Miller of Penn State College, ■warned that the eight leading nations already have drawn up plans for an intensive economic and political struggle for the world's natural resources. Russia alone is not rapidly con suming all of its potential mineral resources. Officials reported a total regis tration of almost 500, largest in history, for the convention of the AAG. the National Council of Geography Teachers and the Amer ican Association for Professional Geographers The latter organi zations finished their programs Tuesday but most members re mained for the final AAG session. Fires at Kaywood Gardens Are Blamed on Children Children who bought gasoline in nickel quantities and then ‘deliber ately" set fires in storage bins and under steps have been blamed for a series of minor blazes in the Kay wood Gardens apartment develop ment in Mount Rainier. This was disclosed today by Chief Eugene B. Plumer of the Mount Rainier police, who warned that court action will be taken against parents if fires of such nature occur again. Parents of “seven or eight" chil dren, ranging from 8 to 13, were warned by Mount Rainier's fire marshal. Clarence Selke, and Police Pvt. John J. Chop, Chief Plumer said. Several small fires in the past week or 10 days were brought under control by the Mount Rainier and Brentwood Volunteer Fire Depart ments before they gained much headway. Mr. Plumer reported. Maryland Tourn uies, 2 Hurt in Highway Crash ■y tha Associated Press BALTIMORE. Dec. 31—Charles S. Oooley. 18, of Weems Creek, was killed and two other Anne Arundel County youths were injured last night when an automobile side swiped a standing truck on the Ritchie highway near Pasadena road police reported. Young Cooley was pronounced dead on arrival at South Baltimore General Hospital, where his com-1 panions. John M. Hodges, 17, of Eaatport, and Hazel Cook. 18, of Camp Parole, were taken for treat ment. Raze^rby Fire in Comus A tenant house on a farm at Comus, Md„ was destroyed by fire early today, members of the Gaithersburg - Washington Grove Volunteer Fire Department re ported. Firemen estimated the loss at $7,500 Occupants of the two-story frame structure moved away yesterday firemen said. The property is owned by James Runkle, according to the firemen. Budget of $3,227,749 Voted in Alexandria; Fax Action Deferred The Alexandria City Council last night adopted the $3,227,749 budget it originally proposed for 1948 btot deferred action on tax increases necessary to meet the record budget expenditures. Several attempts to make minor changes in the budget before final adoption were defeated. No move was made to restore to the budget more than $16,000 that was cut from the school board’s requests, even though the school board mem bers served notice at the hearing that, they planned to operate on their original budget. They will try to make up the difference, they ex plained, by requesting a supple mental appropriation wrhen the al located funds are depleted. Col. Everett A. Hellmuth, chair man of the Finance Committee, ex plained after the meeting that the city could operate on late receipts under the 1947 levy or float tem porary loans until provision is made by the council for raising 1948 taxes. Hearing Lasts Five Hours. The proposed Increases from $2.50 to $2.75 in the real estate tax and from $2.80 to $3.00 on personal property taxes were deferred at least 15 days. Consideration of the new business license tax plan out lined last month was deferred 30 days after merchants protested they wanted more time to study the measure. Final adoption of the budget came after a five-hour public hearing. The council told Supt. of Schools T. C. Williams, after hearing his plea to restore $16,000 to the school budget, that the only cut made from the school budget was to limit all teacher salary increases lo $200. The requests made by the School Board provided for in creases of around $325. The city heads took the position that the teachers fell in the same category as all other city employes, who also were limited to $200 increases for miO "If there is a deficit in 1848 it will be because you give the teachers more than a $200 raise.” Col Hell muth told Mr. Williams. Urgps Lieense Tax Delay. The 30-day postponement on the license tax proposal came after Andrew W. Clarke, representing the retail merchants, contended that at this time the city does not know how much revenue it could anticipate under the new tax plan. A rate for the new plan, which is based on gross receipts, he ex plained. would depend on how much business the merchants could be expected to do ihttU. This cannot be anticipated, he pointed out, until there is some breakdown of 1847 business license revenues. The budget adopted last night represents an increase of $744,355 over this year's budget. Man Is Found Dead; Hit-Run Car Blamed A 48-year-old Takoma Park man was found dead early today on a highway about a mile southeast of Newberg. Charles County, appar ently the victim of a hit-run driver, Mary land State Po lice at Waldorf reported. He was identi fied by police as Reynolds Hunt -— nuuoia, a trained nurse and pa rt-time cab driver of 109 Anne street. They said his body was discov ered about 12:30 B. h. Hufford. a.m. by Richard Sowers, a ticket taker on the Mor gantown Bridge. Police said the man apparently had been struck and dragged "for some distance.” His taxicab, with the motor running, was on the highway near the body, police said. They said he may have gotten out of the cab when struck. Mr. Hufford's body was taken to the Hunt <fe Ryan funeral home at Waldorf, where an autopsy was to be performed today. Mr. Hufford's widow, Mrs. Anna Hufford, said her husband went to their cottage at Woodland Point, about 25 miles south of Waldorf, yesterday to take his boat out of the water for the winter. Mr. Hufford, a native of Indiana, came to Takoma Park about 15 years ago. she said. He was graduated from the nursing school at the Washington Sanitarium about 10 years ago. The Huffords have no children. In addition to his widow, Mr. Hufford is survived by two half-brothers and his mother. Hillman to Enter Race For Maryland Court Seat Sy the Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Dec. 31.—Prospects of a contest in the election of a judge in Maryland’s fifth judicial circuit next year were heightened yesterday when Noah A. Hillman,. 43, Annapolis attorney, announced he will file for the nomination. Mr. Hillman made it clear that whether his campaign will be real or a formality depends largely on the action of Judge William J. McWilliams, who was appointed to the bench in February. 1946. Rumors have circulated here for some time that Judge McWilliams intends to resign next year. He had "nothing to say” about the reports today. Mr. Hillman, vice president of the Anne Arundel County Bar Associa tion. added he might not wage an active campaign if “the right man is appointed and runs for election." - Empire Probers Pursue Clues of Wall Removal Board Investigating Building Collapse In Recess Today The inquiry into possible causes of the Empire Apartment collapse was in recess today, as members of a special fire-man investigation board sought to pin down charges that part of a load-bearing first floor wall was removed from the building. The board got this indication at its first public hearing yesterday afternoon from Harry Atkinson. 3439 Fourteenth street N.W., a buHder. He said he was called in during the autumn of 1946 to discuss re modeling of the ground floor’s northeast corner with the proprietor of a restaurant then occupying that space, and Nick Papanicolas, owner of the building, at Ninth street and New York avenue N.W. Declined Job. MX. Alfcinson maiuatru ur asked to remove part of a load bearing wall. He declined to take on the job, he said, because It "couldn't be done”—or could be done only at a prohibitive price. Had the change been made, he said, the building would have re quired new underpinning, Including the installation of steel beams. ‘‘It would have taken plenty of steel,” Mr. Atkinson said, “and I mean big steel.” Mr. Papanicolas and his brother George, who acts as his attorney, were interested listeners as Mr. At kinson went On to say he noticed later, in passing the building, that some alterations had been made Mr. Atkinson did not specify pre cisely what the alterations were and was unable to identify their location when shown photographs of that section of the building as it ap peared at the time of the collapse which brought death to four ten ants on December 18. He asserted, however, that beams used to underpin the building in these alterations were of four-by four-inch steel. Mr. Atkinson said he would have used eight-by-eight or 12-by-12-inch steel. When the failure occurred, the part of the building referred to by Mr. Atkinson was occupied by the City Finance Co. It is over this area that the structure collapsed. Drawing to be Prepared. The board decided to see if Mr Atkinson could make his testimony more precise when confronted with a scale drawing of the building's groundplan as It is believed to have appeared at the time of the failure. Stewart Beall, an engineer, the board's new chairman, announced the panel win prepare sucn a araw - lng. He then adjourned the hear ing. saying the date of the next public session will be announced later. Mr. Atkinson's was not the only testimony yesterday which seemed to show that, over a period of many years, successive alterations may deeply intto'tfie build ings vital underpinnings. George L. Goodacre, 5810 Connec ticut avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., told the board he opened a lunchroom ir the corner space in 1905. "Hire* years later, after acquiring the space next door, formerly occupied by Wallace's Cigar Store, Mr. Good acre said he cut an opening 10 or 12 feet wide in the wall separating th< two rooms. A smaller opening wa.‘ cut in the same wall to give access to the kitchen, Mr. Goodacre added Walls Declared Identical. Mr. Beall said today the wall de scribed by Mr. Goodacre was thi same load-bearing wall as the on< referred to by Mr. Atkinson. Thi I testimony suggested, he added, thal | the wall had been cut first wher I Mr. Goodacre had the restaurant ! and that the cuts had been widened ! in 1946. Mr. Beall said there ap peared to be no record of a permii issued for the original alteration ir 1908. Mr. Goodacre told a reporter hi ! could not remember details of thi arrangements 40 years ago, but hat I assumed the contractor making thi alterations had received a propei permit for the work. After a last-minute decision tt open the session to the public, yes terday’s hearing began at 2:15 p.m with the startling testimony oi George F. Lankins, a member of thi rental agency firm which handled the Empire property betwen 1932 and 1945, who said another ground floor wall had disappeared since thi building was turned over to thi present owner. Mr. Linkins showed the board in photographs and with drawings how this wall had bisected the cor ner space, forming an angle ir the center of the area where ■ pillar stood at the time of the col Importance Doubted. Chairman Beall declared, how ever, the board * Investigations had indicated the structure mentioned by Mr. Linkins was actually a par tition rather than a wall, and not a weight-bearing part of the building The board doubts, Mr. Beall said that removal of this partition could have affected the stability of the Empire Building. He added that the board has not completed its check of the Buildint Inspector's files and does not know whether a permit actually was issued for this work or for work such a* that described by Mr. Atkinson Building Inspector Robert H. Davie does not think such permits were issued. Mr. Davis resigned his chairman ship of the committee as the hear ing opened yesterday, announcing he felt, his appointment by the Commiasioners had applied only tc the period of the board’s organi sation. The group then elected Mr. Beall as its chairman. Other members of the panel art Chester H. Gray, principal asedstant corporation counsel; W. B. Clem mer, builder, and A. Hamilton Wil son, architect. Agree on Public Hearings. The Commissioners, who hsd promised board members they would be masters of their own publicity, declined yesterday morn ing to intervene when it appeared the board might vpte to take testi mony in closed sessions. The group opened yesterday’s hearing, how ever, with an announcement H had MAIN FEATURES OF FLOOD-CONTROL PLAN FOR BLADENSBURG AREA—This is part of an Army District Engineers’ map from ! plans covering flood control and navigational facilities in the Anacostia River in Maryland. A series of levees, or dykes, would ! be built at the locations indicated to confine waters which traditionally overflow and flood at least seven nearby communities. Carson Named Head Of Prince Georges Board for 10th Year . For the 10th consecutive year, William A. Carson of Riverdalei will be the president of the five-' man board of Prince Georges County aommissioners. His reappointment was an nounced yesterday in the annual reorganization of the group. Others renamed for the coming year include Linden Briscoe, clerk to the commissioners; Waldo Bum side, their legal counsel; Mrs. Cath erine Ridgely, secretary to the clerk, and Mrs. Ellen Stamp, clerk in the ! county commissioners' office in Up per Marlboro. Mrs. Nannie King Wilson of j Upper Marlboro was appointed stenographer of the board, suc ceeding Mrs. Constance Hyde of Temple Hills, who resigned In other business yesterday in Upper Marlboro, the commission I ers took under advisement a I recommendation that the county establish a weights and measures inspector s ouive. Complaint* Cited. The recommendation was sub mitted in a letter from Bert E. Sager, corporation counsel for the itown of Mount Rainier, who in | formed the commissioners several ! complaints of short weights had been presented by residents of that 'area to the Mayor and Town Coun cil of Mount Rainier. | Mr. Sager explained legal re search failed to disclose any au thority for the town to appoint such an inspector. The county, however, does have such authority, he contended. Pointing out the county could ap , point, as many inspectors as it ‘desires or needs, Mr. Sager request 1 ed that one be assigned to Mount Rainier or nearby. Plans for the public hearing to be held in connection with the establishment of a proposed spe cial improvement district in the Chillum area were changed yester day by the commissioners. Set for January 21. ine new time is 11:30 a.m. Jan uary 21 in the County Service Building, Hyattaville. instead of on January 30 in Upper Marlboro as announced last week. The change was approved to suit the con venience of residents of the af fected area. Included in the new improve ment district, if authorized, would be the Michigan Park Hills, Chil lum Gardens, Oakdale Terrace. Sargent Knolls, Chillumgate and Chillum Manor subdivisions and other properties generally along Chillum, Riggs. Ray and Sargent ! roads. The commissioners announced copies of the plats showing the exact area may be seen at either the county commissioners' office in the County Service Building. Hyattaville, or the county court house, Upper Marlboro. County offices will remain open today and Friday, with tomorrow being the only holiday, the com missioners decreed. Two Fined for Failing To File Tax Returns Arlington County Judge Hugh D. Reid yesterday fined two men $20 and costs each on charges of failing to file State income tax returns and of falling to appear before the Com missioner of Revenue when sum moned. A warrant was issued for the arrest of a third man facing the same charges who failed to ap pear in court yesterday. The two fined were Harold J. Gal lagher, 2100 block South Second street, Arlington, and Herbert M. Tracey, 2400. block North Curtis road. Both plead guilty. Lottery Operator Gets 30-Day Term, $50 Fine Joseph Moten, 29, colored, of the 3100 block of South Monroe street, Arlington, yesterday was sentenced by Arlington County Judge Hugh Reid to serve 30 days in Jail and pay a fine of $50 cm charges of op erating a lottery. Moten was arrested earlier this month in an automobile at Glebe road and Pershing drive. Detec tives Dudley Rector and John E. Cullln, said they (ound a quantity of numbers slips and $50 in cash on him. agreed the hearings would be con ducted in public. Other witnesses heard yesterday were Thomas M. Gittings, trustee for the first trust on the building, and two firemen who told of seeing the collapse while off duty and of turning in a fire alarm. The fire men were Sergt. C. B. Sugg and Pvt. James L. Vanderburgh. Maryland to Begin Recruiting For National Guard Youth Unit By the Associated Press BALTIMORE, Dec. 31.—Recruit ing tor America's first National Guard unit composed of 17 to 19 year old youths will begin here tomorrow. The company is to be formed within the 175th Infantry Regiment of the Maryland Guard. Its training program will include two hours drill every Wednesday at the 5th Regiment Armory, sup plemented by an annual 15-day summer encampment. Col. William Baxter, regimental commander, said. Hand-picked officers will provide special training in leadership and citizenship, he added. They will work under supervision of a board of visitors composed of Judge Alan Rhynhart of the People's Court; Mrs. William E. Liston of Towson; Father W. Kailer Dunn of the Catholic Youth Or ganization: I. M. Poss, associated with the Boy Scouts, and Dennis Smyth of the Junior Association of Commerce. Meanwhile the veterans corps of the “dandy fifth" regiment an-! nounced sponsorship of a hit' school boy contest to find a name, for the new outfit. News Staff Members To Get 46 Awards at Virginia Convention Special Di*potch to Thm Stor RICHMOND, Dec. 31.—Virginia newspaper staff members will re ceive 46 awards in writing and pho tography as the Tirginia Press As sociation closes a two-day mid winter convention at Lynchburg with its annual awards banquet January 10. First-place winners from among the association's 31 daily and 100 non-daily newspapers will receive savings bonds and certificates. Sec ond and third place winners will receive certificates. The writing and photographic awards, in both daily and non-daily newspaper competitions, include prizes for news, feature, editorial and sports writing and for spot news, feature and sports photog ra nhir Judges in Contest. Herbert F. Corn, managing editor of The Evening Star, Washington; Reiman Morin, chief of the Wash ington Bureau of the Associated Press, and Alexander F. Jones, as sistant to the publisher of the Washington Post, judged the writ ing contests. Photography winners were chosen by A. C. Fjelstad of The Star. Howard Kanv, newsphoto editor of the Washington Bureau of the As sociated Press; Burt Foster, Asso ciated Press photo editor, and Wal ter Wood, Washington Post picture editor. The winners are; Daily news writing—Paul Saunier. Jr.. Richmond Times-Dispatch: Clarence Whit taker. Roanoke Times, and Harold Sugg. Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. Nondaily news writing—Mary Lee Richardson. Bedford Bulletin: Preston iMoses. Pittsxlvania Star, and R. T. Corbell. Loudoun Tlmes-Mirror. Daily feature writing—Jack Kilpatrick. Richmond News Leader: Robert H. Mason and Harold Sueg, both of the Norfolk Virgintan-Pilot. Nondally feature writing— Rqbert Lane Anderson. Smyth County News: Darwin Lambert. Commonwealth Review, and Marv Lee Richardson, Bed ford Bulletin. Daily editorial writing—J. G. Bayly. Covington Virginian; Parke Rouse, jr.. Richmond Times-Dispatch. and Philip Lightfoot Scruggs. Lynchburg Daily Ad vance. Nondaily editorial writing—Lynn Shelton. Halifax Gazette: Darwin Lam bert, Comonwealth Review, and Preston Moses, Pittsylvania Star. Daily sports writing—Bill Diehl. Nor folk Ledger-Di$patch: Ray Lovenbury. Lynchburg News, and Walter Drewry. Richmond Times-Dispatch. Nondaily sports writing—Haig DikUian. Pittsylvania Tri bune; Carl Rudolph. Commonwealth Re view. and Paul A. Muse, Manassas Mes senger. News service staff writing—Maxine Gillette. Frank Fuller and Harry Nash, jr., all of the Associated Press. Linwood B Maddrey. jr.. of the Nor folk Ledger-Dispatch will be awarded the Virginia Associated Press Member’s Trophy for the best photography in the show, for a sports photo “Lateral.'' Open class for unpublished photog raphs—Charles BorJes. Norfolk Virginia Pilot: Chuck Kiraly, Charlottesville Dally Progress, and Linwood B. Maddrey. Jr., Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch. Daily spot news photography—L. J. Patterson. , Richmond Times-Dispatch: Eddie Reid. Roanoke Times, and Joe Colognori. Richmond Times-Dispatch. Nondaily news photography—C. I. Garrett. Fauquier Democrat: G. Kenneth Levi. Clarke Courier, and Grayson Gosney. Halifax Gazette. Daily feature pictures—Frank Han cock. KoanoKt wona-news; n, u. voumer, Norfolk. Ledger-Dispatch, and L. J. Pat terson. Richmond Tlmes-Dlspatch. Non daily feature pictures—Mary Lee Richard son. Bedford Bulletin: Katie Whitehead. Pittsylvania Tribune, and Grayson Gosney, Halifax Gazette Daily sports photography—L. B. Mad drey. jr.. Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch: L. J Patterson, Richmond Times-Dispatch. and Patricia Minshull, Norfolk Ledger-Dis patch. Nondaily sports photography— C. I. Garrett. Fauauier Democrat: G. Kenneth Levi. Clarke Courier, and Frank Ratio. Loudoun News._ Mrs. Watson Quits Post In Court After 26 Years Special Dispatch to The Star MARTINSBURG, W. Va., Dec. 31. —Mrs. Roger E. Watson, who has served as official stenographer in District Court of Berkeley and Jef ferson Counties for the past 56 years, has resigned, effective tomorrow, and will move to the home of her son in Concord, N. H., it was an nounced yesterday. Jerry Civetta, of Milford, Mass., has been named as her successor. Pinecrest Dance Planned The Pinecrest Citizens’ Association will hold a dance at 9:30 pm. Sat urday In the Pinecrest Recreation Center, St Lawrence drive, Silver Spring. Corning Letter Urges Parents to Cease Boycott of School School Supt. Hobart M. Corning has sent a letter to parents who have been keeping their children out of the Browne Junior High School anngxes, Blow and Webb Schools, asking them not to make their children “victims” of a dis pute with school policies.. However, when school opens Mon day after the Christmas holidays, parents probably will continue to boycott Blow and Webb Schools in protest over the transfer of the buildings from white to colored pupils, spokesmen for the parents said today. The boycott has been in effect since December 3, shortly after the transfer by the Board of Education became effective. Dr. Coming’s letter, which also was signed by Dr. Garnet C. Wil kinson, first assistant superintend eilL 111 CUUlgC Ui WJWCU ouiiuvio, said in part: "Since every day of the school year is important, it follows that continued absence is sure to retard seriously a child's progress in school as in the case of some children who' already have missed one-third of the days in this report period. "It is the parent's responsibility to send his child to school regularly. Even though a parent may not agree with established school policies, he is not relieved of the responsibility to send his children to school. At the present time, some patrons of the Browne Junior High School ob ject to the use of Blow-Webb Schools as a temporary relief to the over-crowding of Browne, until the completion of the Miller Junior High School, contract for which was awarded December 9, 1947, at a contract price of $1,626,400.” The letter Continued: "Opposition to this temporary measure, however, does not relieve any parent of the responsibility to send his child to school each day. Neither will such opposition accom plish the work which children should be doing in school. The children's welfare should prevail. Your chil dren should not be the victims." Conference Called Monday On Area Roads Problems By the Associated Press A MM A Dm TC _tlT.ana announced yesterday a group of State officials would confer Monday with Federal Works Administrator Fleming and his aides oi) roads problems in the Washington Met ropolitan Area. The conference #111 take place at i the office of the Federal Works Agency. Gov. Lane said he had asked members of the Maryland congres sional delegation to attend the meeting. He said there had been discussion of building a road between Wash ington and Gettysburg, Pa. "This might tie in with the dual highway near Frederick." Besides the congressional delega i tion, these groups and individuals will take part in the discussion: The Roads Commission, the High way Advisory Council, Attorney | General Hall Hammond, advisers for the proposed Chesapeake Bay Bridge project, Louis J. O’Donnell, assistant to the Governor, and Gov. Lane. Lane Maintains Silence On PSC Reorganization By the Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Dec. 31.—Gov. Lane yesterday refused to confirm or deny a report that he was contemplat ing a sweeping reorganization of the Public Service Commission. The Governor would not say whether he had received the resig nations of Commissioners Charles 8. Bosley, Thomas Elmo Jones and Arthur H. Brice, as reported In the Baltimore Sun. Land Offers May Fix Flood Control Costs In Bladensburg Area A plan for navigational facilities in the Anacostla River and flood control in the Bladensburg area may not require expenditure of; $3,396,100 by the localities involved,' it was learned today. The proposal was announced yes-! terday as approved by the North1 Atlantic Division of the Army Engl-1 neers. Beside providing a navigable channel 80 feet wide and 8 feet ieep and commercial and recrea tional boat basins, the program also sets up a system of levees, or dykes, in the frequently flooded Bladens burg area. That town, as well as Edmonston, Riverdale, Hyattsville. Brentwood, Cottage City and Colmar Manor, would be affected. $4,531,200 U. S. Outlay. Immediate question to arise fol lowing yesterday’s announcement was the cost to the communities and Prince Georges County. The Army Engineers said Congress would have to appropriate an estimated $4,531, 200. with contributions by the localities totaling $3,369,100, pie latter sum including about $494,490 from the Public Roads Administra tion. T. Howard Duckett, former mem ber of the Maryland-National Capi tal Park and Planning Commissiop and now counsel to the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, de clared that certain understandings as to the cost of the project were arrived at during previous studies of the plan between various Federal. State and local agencies. In arriving at the $3,000,000 figure, Mr. Duckett said, the War Depart* ment allowed for the cost of land which the localities would donate to the project. The Maryland General Assembly, he said, had placed re sponsibility of meeting the flood control problem w’ith the Suburban Sanitary Commission although the Park and Planning Commission owns the land. Much of Land Acquired. Mr. Duckett said the planning agency has acquired "practically all" of the land on both sides of the Anacostia River upstream from the District line' and on both sides of the northwest and northeast branches of the .main stream. Officials at the office of the Dis trict engineer, First and Douglas streets N.W., declined to say to what extent the properties now owned by the county or State agen cies .would be figured in the sum set up for the cost to the localities. They said the plans are available there and interested agencies and persons concerned may inspect them. Frank P. Shor, in the flood con trol section of the District engineer's office said, however, it would be a safe assumption that allowance would be made for lands contrib uted to the Government for the project. Comment from official sources who declined use of their names was to the effect that the full $3,369,100 could not be expected to be raised from the area. The Prince Georges Board of County Commissioners yesterday was notified officially of the action of the North Atlantic Division of the engineers in a letter from Sen ator O’Conor, Democrat, of Mary land. The commissioners, however, took no action. Representative Sasscer. Democrat, of Maryland said the next step will be for the proper agencies con cerned to determine whether it is feasible to meet the cost of the project. i i ._* r _ i r _ i _ rviuiiiyumcry jcui juic Receipts Net $24,520 The Montgomery County Tuber culosis Association today reported receipt of $24,520 in its drive for $35,000 through the safe of Christ mas seals. A total of 21.882 persons in Montgomery County .have not yet made a return on seals mailed to them, the association announced. Lawrence V. Lutes, county seal sale chairman* said the drive needs "the support of every person to whom Christmas seals have been sent.” Canadian Defense Chief To Visit Naval Academy Special Dispatch to The Stor ANNAPOLIS, Dec. 31.—Brooke Claxton, Ganadian minister of na tional defense, with Mrs. Claxton and members of an official party, will visit the Naval Academy on January 14. They will be luncheon guests of Rear Admiral and Mrs. James L. Holloway, jr., in the superintend ent's house. i Johns to Urge Action on Road Bottlenecks Seeks Action by State On Widening Georgia, Wisconsin Avenues Prompt'action to eliminate traffic bottlenecks on Wisconsin and Geor gia avenues in suburban Montgom ery County was to be urged today by Brooke Johns, president of the Board of County Commissioners at a meeting of the State Roads Com mission and the County Safety Board in Baltimore. Mr. Johns announced at yester- * day s meeting of the commission ers in Rockville that he would ask, the State Roads Commission to take immediate steps to widen Wisconsin avenue between the Bank of Be thesda and the Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and Georgia avenue between Colesvllle road and Wheaton. He explained that the purpose of today's meeting is to attempt to have the commission condemn the necessary property along the east side of Wisconsin avenue in order to obtain rights-of-way. trtM-ns LiCgai CHdii. In this connection, County Super visor Irving G. McNayr pointed out it was practically impossible for the bounty to get the rights-of-way since it did not have the legal staff re quired to precede with condemna tion. With respect to Georgia avenue, • Mr. J®hns predicted traffic condi tions there would be just as bad in the near future as those along Wis consin avenue are at present. He said he would ask the com mission to widen Georgia avenue to at least double its present 24-foot width to provide a four-lane high way. "We appreciate the work being done by the State Roads Commis sion on the new viaduct over the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tracks in Silver Spring and the repaving of Georgia avenue from the viaduct to Colesville road,” Mr. Johns as serted, "But these projects, when completed, will not relieve the bottleneck on Georgia avenue be yond the Colesville road." TYansit Fare Moves. Albert E. Conradis. county public utility agent, was authorized to ap pear before the Maryland Public Service Commission next week to seek continuation or reduced fares for school children on Capital Tran sit lines in the county. The corttmission is scheduled to hear arguments next Tuesday on transit company's proposal to aban don the Beltsville-Branchville street, car shuttle line in Prince Georges On completion of that hearing, the commission will resume its hearing on the transit company's re quest to establish uniform 5-cents per-zone fares on its Maryland lines. The hearing on the latter request was continued from early this month to give opponents an op portunity to prepare their argu ments. The board took no action on a' suggestion by Mr. McNayr that it meet with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission in an attempt to obtain improved trash and gar bage collection by the commission. No Collections Charged. The suggestion was made after Commissioner Wesley I. Sauter said Bethesda residents have complained of no collection being made in the last two weeks. He also read a letter from L. A. Palmer, 4845 Leland street, Chevy Chase, charging that the commis sion has failed to collect ashes. "I have had no trouble with the collection of my trash and garbage." Mr. Palmer wrote, "but nothing but trouble in the collectjon of ashes from my home. I spend about fifty cents a. month calling the commis sion but the results have been poor.’’ A request by George P. Kimmel for tax exemption of the Longwood . School. Inc., of which he is presi dent, was referred to Mr. Welsh. The. county assessment department recommended that an assessment of $118,300 be placed on the property, near Olney. The board last week said an In vestigation would be launched to determine whether such schools actually are operating on a non profit basis. All county employes were granted a half day holiday today but will work a full day Friday. m ■ ■ ■■ ■ _ M a . m Dill to halt tvictions Of Veterans Pledged An Alexandria veteran facing eviction from the Army-controlled Cameron Valley housing develop ment today had Congressional as surance that legislation designed to prevent such evictions will be in troduced at the next session of Congress. The eviction suit involving James W. Webster, a fojmer assistant judge advocate at Fort Belvolr who now practices law in the District, was continued indefinitely yesterday by Alexandria Civil and Police Court Judge James R. Duncan, When the case first came up earlier thfc month, Judge Duncan sug gested that veterans facing eviction from Army-controlled homes seek protection from Congress. Yesterday it was disclosed that Representative Blatnik, Democrat, of Minnesota has written Judge Duncan and Mr. Webster that he plans to "introduce remedial legis lation as soon as Congress recon venes." Mr. Blatnik wrote, “In my opinion, it was not the intent of Congress that veterans should be evicted under these circumstances. * • • « Man Fined $25 as Alibi Of Yule Tree Peek Fails Stokes A. Baker, 21, whose excuse in a Peeping Tom charge was that he merely wanted a closer look at a home owner's Christmas tree lights, was fined $25 in Municipal Court yesterday, with an alternative 30- " day sentence. Judge Aubrey B Fennell, who sentenced the man. was satisfied with the explanation of the com plainant that Baker could not hav« been admiring the tree lights sine* they were not on at the time tha man was peeping. Baker lives in the 1300 block of I street NX !