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—TT~ ^ 'srnrT.-w, .... 111 ---* r/?T 7 WASHINGTON, D.} C., FEBRUARY 1*1948 _ : i <■ Jl—mm -. .. .. .... ...— ... ■, -... Arlington Census Is Approved by County Board $15,000 Survey Also Will Include Check Of Dwelling Units A population census of Arlington, which will cost more than $15,000 and will be paid for by the School Board, was approved by the County Board yesterday. The County Board agreed to re quest the Census Bureau to make the survey, which will be termed a school census but which will in clude the adult population and the number of dwelling units in the county. Approval also was given to plans of the County Electoral Board to have a private Arm get voters’ lists in shape so that present registra tion books can be purged and a system of serially numbered index cards set up for the 24 voting pre cincts which Circuit Judge Walter T. McCarthy is scheduled to create in the near future. The Board voted to appropriate an estimated $10,776 for the work plus $8,946 for equipment which wiil be used in the new system. Regional Planning Group. 1ft addition the board adopted an oiuuiauce uu peuuit uv co-pperate with other northern Vir ginia communities in the operation of a regional planning commission; established a mental hygiene clinic and,'adopted a classification and pay scaje plan for county employes. Chairman Barnard Joy of the school board, declared the census is needed as a guide in the present building program, to determine the most effective use of present school facilities and as a basis for the development of a long-time plan for' school facilities. Plans of the Electoral Board were presented to the board by Secretary Bankhead T. Davies. Mr. Davies pointed out that the law requires oldi registrars to certify names of registrants being transferred from their districts to new precincts. This must be done, he said, before the fists can be purged. Names of per sons to be purged from the books must be posted by May 22 and hear ings held on July 3, he said. Recommended by County Unit. Adoption of the ordinance per mitting participation in the North ern Virginia Regional Planning Commission was recommended by the County Planning Commission. A number of other localities have approved similar ordinances. The mental hygiene clinic will be operated with Federal and State and county funds on a ratio of two for one. The board reappropriated funds in the budget for the county alcoholic clinic, which will be ab sorbed by the menfal hygiene cluiic. and these funis constitute t|ke couni ty's contribution. # - If the county makes'the same $6,000 appropriation in next year’s budget that it made for the cur rent budget, the Federal and State Governments will appropriate $12, 000 and the county will have an $18,000 mental hygiene clinic in 1948-49. Details of the job classification and pay scale plan, which will cost the county $140,000 in the 1948-49 fiscal year, will be worked out in a conference Friday night, the board decided. New Rates Effective. The board also appropriated $60, 0«0 to pay cost of the new scale for the five months remaining in the ciirrent fiscal year. The new rates are effective as of today and will be reflected in pay received by em ployes on February 15. The board adopted an amend ment to the county ordinance regu lating nursing homes which excepts homes built before September 1, 1946. A communication from Repre sentative Smith, Democrat, of Vir ginia, disclosed that the Federal Government has let a contract for the superstructure of the Lee boule vard bridge over the Boundry Chan nel and that work is expeeted to be pn in the near future. . ^The board also voted to consider # resolution by the Arlington Bar Association that the county in crease its contribution to Judge Mc Carthy’s salary so that he will re ceive $10,000 annually instead of the present $8,100. Virginia Long-Hair Fur Prices Reported Very Low By A»sociot#d Pr*s$ BLACKSBURG, Va„ Jan. 31.— The farmer who wants to trap furs on the side to fatten his income should first take a long look at the present market. Director Henry S. Mosby of the Wrfrlnlo oA.Anoro ti nrilri 1 i f P eta ttem reported today that current prices are very low on all Of the Sp^called long-hair furs. These in clude fox, skunk, raccoon and opos sum. f’The premium now is on short fcair furs, for which prices are very good, he said. | Among these. Mr. Mosby said, muskrat skins bring from $2.50 to $3 each and minks are worth from $10 to $25. Two Charles Town Men Seek Public Offices Special Dispatch to The Star CHARLES TOWN, W. Va„ Jan. ^1—Two Charles Town residents have announced their candidacy for public office. Washington Lee Cus tts Campion, a direct descendant of George Washington’s brother, will **ek the Democratic nomination to Congress from this district in the ■ay primary. g Ernest Watson, a State Road (Commission supervisor for Jefferson Bounty and a former deputy sheriff. (Slsclosed he would run for sheriff the Democratic 'primary. Langley Rites Set Today For Mrs. Louisa Arnold 5- Funeral services for Mrs. Louisa JSmma Hayes Arnold, 76, will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Langley (Va.) Methodist Church. Mrs. Arnold died Friday in Ar lington Hospital after a brief ill ness. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Falls Church. / Sundays Stressed By Bible Class The Bethesda Christian Church Bible School is emphasizing that there will be five Sundays thi* month — which occurs only three times this century. The school has mailed out notices to all church members that a spe cial certificate will be presented tc every one who attends Sundaj school in February. These certifi cates will point out that this will be the only February for almost 3C years that members will have the opportunity of going to Sundaj school on five February Sundays The Sunday school meets at 9:4E a m. Charles L. Jones is genera: superintendent. Krug's Effort io Halt Pan American Annex Declared Too Late By Nelson M. Shepard Chairman Gilmore D. Clarke de clared yesterday the Fine Arts Com mission “knew exactly what it was doing” when it approved the man ner in which the new Pan Ameri can Annex Building would protrude beyond other structures on Consti tution avenue. Informed that Secretary of the Interior Krug had written him ask ing that he join in helping him tc crpt. Hnnorwa t.n halt, rnnsfcmrt.ion work on the building and protect the avenue from “defacement,” the Pine Arts official replied: “Mr. Krug is just a bit too late.” Dr. William Manger, assistant di ; rector of the Pan American Union, said that regardless of the issue I Mr. Krug has raised and his threat to go to Congress about it, the con struction work, already delayed I since Congress first authorized it 19 years ago, would now go on un interrupted. Dissatisfaction Regretted. “It is regrettable there still are some persons who are not satisfied with the location,” Dr. Manger com mented. “We will proceed, of course, in accordance with the facilities made possible by Congress and in harmony with the two Federal agencies which are authorized to pass on such matters.” Both Dr. Manger and Mr. Clarke said the Fine Arts Commission and the National Capital Park and Planning Commission were “fully cognizant” of the facts about which Mr. Krug complained., The Fine Arts chairman, in a telephone conversation from New York, said he had not received the Secretary’s letter but explained that the contract had been let for the building, work was in progress and that it was “too late to do any thing now.” He explained the commission had acted “deliberately” in approving the design and location oh the An nex building, grid also hed~4one so “unanimtously.” "It is a gem of a building, de signed by associates of the late Paul Cret, architect of the Pan American Union Building,” the Fine Arts chairman said: Reference to Other Buildings. The Interior Department had stated previously that the new building would extend 106 feet be yond the established building line on the avenue west of the Pan American Union at Seventeenth Street. Direct reference was made to the former Public Health Ser « *vv uiiumg niiu biiv ■*. cue i ai ivc serve Building. These are supposed to be set back 214 feet from the curb, it was claimed. Mr. Clarke explained, however, there was no “arbitarary” building line along the northern side of Constitution avenue. The entire matter, it is known, was gone into very carefully and the building plans revised to fit more handily into the triangular site in front of the Interior Department. A casual inspection yesterday of the excavation on the triangle indi cated the correctness of Mr. Clarke’s contention. There appears to be no rigid building line in the vicinity. Contrary to the belief of Mr. Krug, the Federal Reserve Building ex tends some 30 or 40 feet beyond the adjacent building now housing the Atomic Commission. The Pan American Union has not the slightest intention, it was m^de known, of moving the long established director’s residence on the Union grounds to make room for the annex. That was proposed by former Interior Secretary Har old L. Ickes and now is suggested by aides of Secretary Krug. Ickes’ Summary of Problem. Apparently Mr. Krug got the idea of the so-called established building line on Constitution from his pred ecessor whose fight halted construc tion of the annex 12 years ago. In February. 1936, Mr. Ickes summar ized the problem in this fashion: “The proposed administration building for the Pan American Union would practically ruin the view of our new $10,000,000 De partment of the Interior Building. As designed by the Union's ar chitect, the roof of the annex would reach the main cornice of our structure. Also, the Union build ing is intended to be placed ’off axis’ with ours, as well as ‘out of line’ with existing edifices along Falls Church Students Work To Overcome Cold Classrooms About 100 Palls Church elemen tary-school pupils, whose classrooms are temporary quonset huts in the rear of the Madison School on Lee highway, have found several ways to overcome in large measure the early-morning chill of their rooms. Because of shortages, county school authorities have not re ceived permanent doors, although they have been on order since the huts were erected last fall. Not until yesterday •were they able to lay linoleum on the wooden floors, which admit cold air. Poor Posture, But Warm. To avoid the drafts around the present temporary, flimsy doors, pupils “trade" seats at intervals. Also, to keep their feet warm they often sit on them. Both pupils and teachers concede such action isn't good posture, but they think the circumstances warrant it. A combined fourth and fifth grade “major work group" taught by Mrs. •Robert Osborn didn t wait ior tne county to install coverings on the floors. Mrs. Osborn obtained from the Old Dominion Floor Covering Co., Arlington, a donation of several scrap pieces of linoleum. Then she purchased tacks t$4 worth), and the teacher and students covered the j floor. The result has the appearance of a patch-work quilt, but it keeps out the cold. Students Prefer Huts. A majority of the Students in the j three huts now in use (a fourth is j scheduled to get a class tomorrow), say they would rather be in huts ■ than in the crowded main school building. The quonsets are cold they admit, but not unbearable. The teachers say attendance is normal. Classes in the other two huts are a fifth grade taught by Mrs. Ruth Rouillard and a sixth grade under the instruction of Mrs. Betty Rub right. p ( 'Assembly to Get Council Bills for Virginia Schools - Legislation Providing For "Major Operation" Expected This Week By the Associated Press RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 31.—Legis lation providing for the “major op eration” which the Virginia Ad visory Legislative Council prescribed for the Department of Education will be put before the General As sembly—probably next week—coun cil Chairman E. O. McCue, jr., of Charlottesville, said today. Mr. McCue said at the same time that bills were being readied for in troduction carrying out other of the council’s strongly worded recom mendations. The council proposed: Revamping of the Education De partment to put the board under a strong full-time chairman drawn from the best business talent avail able and repeal of all laws dealing ' II 1C JAiWCl O yji. 111C Ul-Qtc I jintendenl of Public Instruction so 'he could devote his full time and .talents to curriculum improvements. Trade Schools Urged. Establishment of regional voca tional schools to equip the 97.2 per cent of Virginia students who don’t | complete college courses, to earn ! their living in the trades and skills. , The council said the present voca | tional training plan amounted to j little more than "hobby shops’’ at tached to the individual schools. An increase of 10 per cent in the i localities’ share of teacher costs, from the present 30 per cent to 40® i per cent. A campaign to promote the dig i nity and appeal of the teaching pro fession; liberalization of the retire j ment system and reopening it to teachers who rejected it in 1942; a State subsidized sick leave plan, lib | eralization of teacher scholarships, and a reorganization of the three | State teachers’ colleges to bring :them around to the function for which they were established—the training of teachers. The council rejected the idea of I a minimum teacher salary and said the continuing interest of the Governor and the General As sembly in schools should be assur ance enough that the State would support education to the utmost. Support of Aid Indicated. Mr. McCue added, however, that I he had a great interest in the' j financial welfare of the teachers’ j j “particularly at the classroom level”—an apparent indication that ihe might support some teacher aid! | plan beyond the average annual $150 recommended by the Governor. |i Thq coiMdlt'itNAhopl bills, w ith pkrtieular respect ft> flit re*rg»niza- j tion of the Department of Education which the council called “tbp heavy and burdened ’’With supervisory and newly* e&at*a position*,.’’ are likely to add to * Hie Controversies now brewing in the Assembly over schools and taxes. Proposals of the council, adopted ! unanimously, represent the con jservation element as to money for schools and do not call for anv tax program to raise special revenues. Sales Tax Bill Received. The Assembly, however, already has received a 3 per cent general ! sales tax bill, a bill to tax cigarettes | three cents a pack and cigars j proportionately — both largely for | schools — and a one cent a pack ! cigarette tax to finance State aid ! to localities for hospital construc ! tion under the Hill-Burton Act. Two bills have been introduced by Senator Charles T. Moses of Ap pomattox, carrying out two recom mendations of his separate school study group which proposed far more liberal treatment of the education personnel. Mr. Moses' measures would set up a program for State operation of school buses —something the council steered away from—and a teacher sick leave program more liberal than that •envisioned by the council group. The Moses commission also sug gested a 2 per cent genei-al sales tax to finance educational improve ments, among them a teacher raise of $400 a year, but he has not yet ; introduced measures dealing with either the tax or the teacher raise. Hyattsville Mothers And Teachers to Meet The Mothers’ and Teachers’ Club ! of the Hyattsville elementary schools will meet at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Forty-third Avenue School, Hyattsville. The program will in clude an athletic demonstration by seventh grade pupils. A square dance will be given at 8 p.m. Friday in the auditorium, with proceeds to go to the school. Constitution avenue. This effect, we believe, would be architectural anarchy." Present officials declare this ef fect still holds and can be changed only by halting construction work on the site, which until lately was occupied by the Marine Corps’ fa mous Iwo Jima flag-raising statute. UNUSUALLY COLD JANUARY KEEPS FORECASTER BUSY —January passed into history last midnight, and it’s just as well, if the weather during the past month was the best it could provide. At the left, Charles B. Johnson, forecaster, is shown at his airport office making a monthly chart of weather that didn’t bring much comfort to the District area. At right, Miss Vivian Buckles, 1711 I street N.W., points out the huge icicles at the old George Washington mill race at Great Falls just to prove that January was an unusually cold month. * —Star Staff Photos. . ...... Maryland Bar Asks Amendment Ending Orphans' Courts By the Associated Press BALTIMORE, Jan. 31—The Mary land State Bar Association voted today to enlist the aid of the Gov ernor, Attorney General and the Legislative Council in abolishing the State's Orphans’ Court system by constitutional amendment. A report on the system adopted unanimously by the bar association dubbed the coui’ts "quaint political survivals.” The amendment, which would dis solve orphans' courts and place their duties in the hands of equity courts, was brought before the last Legis lature and was defeated. Political Pressure Seen. The report, compiled by a com mittee headed by Clarence W. Miles of Baltimore, said its defeat was due to "pressure applied by politicians who desire to retain the; orphans’ court as sources of political patronage.’’ Doing away with these courts, how ever, would not affect the duties of the Register of Wills offices, where; the bulk of the estate work is hantJtesf part of routine pro cedure, the report said. niXI Per Case. It continued: "Despite the hundreds of routine matters arising in the various courts, there were but 68 con tested cases during 1947 in all of the orphans’ courts of the counties. "Whatever may have been the quality of justice administered, the price thereof reflected current in flationary trends. The cost was ap proximately $700 per case.’’ The association also passed, with one dissenting vote, a resolution favoring congressional action per mitting the division of taxable in come between husband and wife for tax purposes. Woman Lightkeeper At Turkey Point Quits By the Associated Press TURKEY POINT, Md„ Jan. 31.— The, last woman lighthouse keeper on Chesapeake Bay formally gave up her job today because her feet are tired and she wants to "just rest.” Mrs. Fannie Salter, believed to be the only qualified beacon attendant of her sex in the Nation, is retir ing from a job she has held for 23 years but she will never leave the water. Mrs. Salter, tender of the light at the head of the bay on a tip of a peninsula formed between the Northeast and Elk Rivers, has been on sick leave since last September. “Climbing the tower has given me fallen arches,” she explained. "I haven’t quite decided what I will do, but I’ll stay near the water. I’ll rest and catch up on long-de layed visits with relatives.” Mrs. Salters, who said she is in 1 her sixties, took control of thei Turkey Point tower February 11, 1925, under appointment by Presi dent Coolidge. She succeeded her husband, who had been the keeper for three years before his death. The couple came to Turkey Point from Hog Island Light at Broad water, Va.. and Mrs. Salter assisted her husband in operation of the beacon. She was the third woman light housekeeper at Turkey Point in the 114 years the light has been in op- j eration. 1 Mrs. Salter is the mother of two daughters and a son. Maryland Towns to Get $125,000 for Airports By the Associated Press BALTIMORE. Jan. 31.—The State Aviation Commission said- today that four Maryland towns are ten tatively scheduled to receive $125. 000 from State funds for airport projects. Crisfield is due to receive $17,500; Cambridge, $27,500: Salisbury. $33. 700. and Frederick, $46,300, subject to approval of the Board of Public Works. Crisfield and Cambridge plan construction of small airports, while Salisbury and Frederick want to erect terminal buildings and make other improvements at existing; fields. Rockville Laymen's Service The Rockville Laymen's Associa tion will hold a religious service at the Rockville Christian Church at B o'clock tonight. The Rev. Fred Reynolds, a district superintendent of the Methodist Churches of Washington, will be the guest speaker. d Last Month No. 10 oh List t Of Coldest Januarys Here I R.pmpmhpr .Tarmarv 31 1Q47? Take it from the weather flare caster (and he'll gladly give it to1 you) January had its talking point wherever cold conversation sput tered around a hot fireside. "But those of you who classified the last days of the late unlamented month as the coldest series within memory must confess either to stunted memories or brief Washing ton tenure. It’s true that the temperature rose above 32 degrees only once the last nine days of, January. But does anybody here remember, January and February of 1939-40? Maybe you just wanted to forget it. For from December 26 to Janu ary 11—16 days—the mercury did not stick its head above the freezing zone. Then after four days of feeble comeback, it lapsed into another sub-freezing coma until February 4 —a run of 19 days. If those aren’t the longest streaks of their kind, they’ll have to do j until the Weather Bureau compiles j more statistics. i Nine Colder Januarys. But that doesn't dismiss January, j 1948, as a comparative breath of spring. Matter of fact, U ranks No. 10 among the coldest; Jswmarys since the bureau began collecting Janu arys in 1871. The coldest of them all? Janu ary, 1918, when the average mean was 23-7 degrees. That frigid spell in 1940 registered a mean of 24.9 for the month. For a month that bowed in with above normal temperatures for the first 13 days, January, 1948, has nothing to be ashamed of. Finish ing fast, it recorded a snippy 29.9 mean average on the weather bu reau airport thermometer. And to outdoor lovers, 29.9 can be plenty mean. The bottom nearly dropped out on January 26 (5 degrees) and again yesterday (6 degrees). But on Jan uary 1, 1881. a shivering observer recorded 14 below, one degree above the all-time record set February 11, 1899. Maybe you'd like to. The mercury soiled up to 70 degrees that day, rounding out a month whose aver age temperature was a sizzling 42 degrees. Some More Comparisons. For comparison's sake, it should se written that the average mean emperature for any January here s 34.4 degrees, the average maxi mum being 42 degrees and the iverage minimum 26.7 degrees. The average low of the January iust passed was 22 degrees, the average high 35.6 degrees. About the snow. There’s nothing ,o prove whether the nine-day sur vival of the 5.01 inches that fell lanuary 24 constitutes a record for i single snowfall. Yesterday there were still two inches on the ground But for those who can’t remem jer the ground being white so long, his may be enlightening. The rec ord duration of a trace of more snow on the ground was 41 days from January 19 to February 28.' The record for an inch or more was 27 days from January 30 to February 25, 1905, and the longest six inches or more covered the ground was the 14 days from Febru ary S’to 19, 1898. * Incidentally, there was some snow that year—an accumulation of 34.2 inches on February 14 and 15. Snow Is Under Par. Along thi snow line, it may bo. a surprise to learn 16.7 Inches have fallen here this season. That's less than five inches under par any winter. / In addition to three inches pn December 26, there were eight measurable snowfalls in January. The District gets an average of six inches of snow in both January and February. And those who think we’ve just been through a cold spell might con sider the week of February 9-15 during the 1899 freeze-out. The low temperatures for those seven days went like this: 7 below, 8 be low, 15 below, 4 above, 5 above, 5 above and 6 below. Arlington Businessmen Propose Increase in Their County Taxes migtun uudiiicodiiicii die aaiv ing for more taxes on themselves. This stand was revealed yester day by Paul A. Hill, secretary business manager of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Hill told the county board he felt the members would be “surprised” by the contents of the resolution he was about to read. It follows in part: "Resolved, that the board of di rectors of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce approves in principle the enactment of enabling legisla tion at the 1948 session of the Gen eral Assembly empowering the Arlington County Board to levy wholesale and retail business, pro fessional and local automobile license taxes * * As a preface, the chamber’s di rectors pointed out that Arlington’s growth and the "increasing de mands for services and public im provements” require additional rev enue. They noted that real estate taxes have ; reached a “sufficient high peak” and that further in crease would offer "a severe detri ment to the county.” The directors declared the busi ness privilege tax and automobile tag taxes are “normal sources of ICVvliUC All ail ui umvipw ^uiuuiuim ties” and would be a “natural source of revenue in Arlington because of its urban character.” They also pointed out that incorporation, which would give Arlington the privilege of levying such taxes, would result in the county losing its share of gasoline taxes from the State. The proposed tax legislation also would permit the imposition of license fees against companies oper ating from outside the county, in direct competition with county busi nesses. This would “at least in large part,” equalize the competitive position of Arlington and outside businesses and would be an advan tage to many county concerns as well as a source of revenue," the directors asserted. Notwithstanding the "already ex cessive taxation of business,” the resolution was adopted, the direc tors declared. _ Fire at Maryland College LUTHERVILLE, Md., Jan. 31 OP). —Fire damaged a three-story frame building on the campus of the Maryland College for Women today, but no one was in the structure. Biggest Ram Jet Hits Speed 'Far Into Supersonic Range' * mi_j_i_Aktaim itc ine Dlggesi supeisuim; laui JCV engine ever flown .attained an un announced speed “far into the su personic range” in a recent test described yesterday by the Navy. Design work on this radical new propulsion unit for the Navy’s guided missile program was directed from the Applied Physics Labora tory of Johns Hopkins University at Silver Spring, where proximity fuses and other secret war-time weapons were developed. The big “flying stove-pipe” en gine does not develop maximum power until it is boosted to super sonic speed by a rocket which drops off in the air and leaves the ram jet to proceed on power rated as well above that of the total turned up by the largest four-engined planes. The propulsion unit is an open tube with no moving parts into which air is compressed by the enor mous forward speed of the “stove pipe.” The compact air is mixed with fuel and burned, with expand ing gasses thrusting the tube for ward. i 11IO VUWV JVV VM0—— - compression by a series of turbine blades. The Navy did not disclose the dimensions or range of the ram jet missile which is shaped like a tor pedo with large fins attached to: the rear. The first successful test was made at the Naval Ordnance j Test Station at Inyokern, Calif. Success of the first flight was at tributed to extensive ground tests; for "stove pipe” models at a lab oratory at Daingerfield, Tex., where supersonic air streams were blown through the tube to simulate con ditions in free flight. / ^ The Navy gave no estimate of how well the first models can be controlled or if they can be con trolled at all. Co-operating with the local lab oratory were researchers working on the profect under Navy contract at several universities, including Princeton, Virginia. Michigan. Wash jington, Texas and at a number of 1 commercial laboratories. 1 More Research Held Needed on Bi-State Fisheries Dispute fty tht Associated Press YORKTOWN, Va„ Jan. 31.—The director of Jhe Virginia Fisheries Laboratory here said today that more research is needed to iron out the differences of opinion be tween Maryland an<* Virginia in the management of crab and fin fish in Chesapeake Bay. “Controversial matters relative to the fisheries are the result of sketchy information making it im possible to distinguish between ele ments of true conservation and those of economics and prejudice in the issues at hand,” said Dr. Nel-! son Marshall, the director of the1 laboratory. Dr. Marshall explained that the Virginia Fisheries Laboratory and Maryland’s Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and the Fish and Wild life Service are co-operating to get at tne very roots oi our mutual fisheries question.” . A Virginia-Maryland commission recently recommended that the two States pet up a joint authority with control of. fishing and crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay and all its tributaries, and oyster production irt the Potomac River. The proposal hai beta indorsed by Gov. Lane, of Maryland, but objections have been raised in Virginia. In a statement, Dr. Marshall said in part: “A more objective evaluation must be made of the concept that there is over-all depletion and that the condition is inevitably due to over fishing * * *. ‘‘The oyster, shad and herring fisheries are our leading examples of depletion and yet * * * only with respect to the oyster is there sufficient evidence to establish over fishing as the primary cause. "The blue crab, which a few; years ago would have been included in this list of examples, shows the need for more information, for this species has regained peak abun- j dance in the face of continued un modified fishery practices * * ! F. A. Gray, Jr., Named Assistant Farm Agent Appointment of Francis A. Gray, jr., of Croom, Md., ars Prince vjeurges uiumj 5 nisi a&sisiain. county agent, was announced yes terday by the University of Mary land Extension Service. Mr. Gray, a graduate of the university’s college of agriculture in 1943, will begin his duties to morrow as assistant to County Agent P. E. Clark. Supervision oi the 4-H Club work in the county will be his principal function. The new assistant comes to the county after serving 16 months in a similar capacity in Harford County. Md. Mr. Gray’s father is a minister in Accokeek, Md. After his graduation from the university, Mr. Gray served in the Army's armored forces in Europe and wa^ discharged as a captain in June. 1946. Much of his new work will be spent in connection with tobacco farming and the raising of live stock by 4-H Club members, ac cording to Mr. Clark, who has been county agent for 20 years. Silver Spring Board Of Trade to Meet Brooke Johns, president of the Board of Montgomery County Com missioners; Oliver W. Youngblood, commissioner for the eastern sub urban area and County Supervisor Irving G. McNayr will be guests of oilver Snrinff Rnarri of Trade at a dinner meeting at 7:15 pm. Wednesday. Blair Lee III, trade board presi dent, will name committee chair-! men and announce the appointment of an executive secretray. The, board will open an office at 951 Ellsworth drive tomorrow. Alexandria Optimists To Hear Talk Friday Harold Hammond, assistant man ager of the transportation and com munication division of the United States Chamber of Commerce, will discuss the problem of street con gestion in urban areas at a meet ing Friday sponsored by the Alex andria Optimist Club. Alexandria city officials, civic leaders and businessmen have been invited to attend the session, which will be held at noon in the Alex andrian Room, 1625 Prince street. \ Council Orders . Taxes Increased In Alexandria License Ordinance Revised to 'Equalize' Levies on Business Tax increases from $2.50 to $2.75 on each $100 worth of real eetata and from $2.80 to $3 per $100 mi tangible personal property were or dered last night by the Alexandria City Council. * At the same time, the council en acted a voluminous license ordinance Intended to “equalize" taxes on everything from lightning rod agents and psychologists to establish re tail stores. The levies are expected to produce revenues sufficient to meet 1948 mu nicipal expenditures of more than 53,000,000. But City Manager Nicho las Colasanto said it would be im possible to estimate the yield from the various taxes. Multiple Taxes Revised. In adopting the ordinance on li censes, which will be issued by the Alexandria commissioner ojfrevenue, ;he council shifted from an involved n( mnltinlA 4ovoe ah/Mit nrhioh merchants cofnplained. The ap proved schedule was recommended jy the council’s Finance Committee lfter an extensive study. Considering the license ordinance item by item in a three and one lalf hour session, the council reached ,ts decisions harmoniously except in >ne instance. This was with respect to the section covering beer and wine retailers. Councilman John Ewald objected strenuously to requiring these deal ers to pay a flat fee in addition to the straight tax imposed on all justnesses on a basis of gross re »ipts. Tulloch Takes Issue. Councilman John W. Tulloch took issue with Mr. Ewald, saying he favored the maximum possible tax jn those permitted to sell beer and .vine. He added that he would be tiappy if this business could be eliminated entirely from the city. By a 4 to 2 vote, the two types jf tax were approved. Voting in ;he negative with Mr. Ewald was Councilman R. Samuel Luckett. rhe majority consisted of Mr. Tul och, Charles L. Nash, Vice Mayor Ceorge Bender and Col. Everett A. Hellmuth. The ordinance provides a $150 as sessment for each on-premises wine and beer license for hotels, res taurants and clubs, and $150 for each off-premise? license. Receipts Taxes Provided. The new ordnance was adopted in . substance as indicated by the coun cil at a meeting Tuesday. It pro vides gross receipts taxes on prin cipal classes of business, as follows: Retail merchants, 29 cents for each $100 gross: wholesale mar- t„-.f chants, 21 cents; professional, $1,03; contractors, 39 cents; repair services, 29 cents; personal services (such as barbers), 29 cents; business services, 29 cents, and amusements, 59 cents. The new taxes rfitist be paid by February 28. The council specifically exempted retail gasoline dealers, manufac turers and merchants from paying gross receipts levies on such part of their revenues constituted by direct excise taxes of the Federal or Vir ginia governments. One provision of the ordinance is intended to collect taxes from per sons and businesses having offices ' elsewhere but doing business in Alexandria. Council members gave as an example architects with of fices in Washington, engaged in work within the city’s corporate limits. Tax on Radio Stations. A new levy imposed was one on radio broadcasting stations within the city. The rate will be 39 cents on the $100 gross. . Among the occupations specified for taxation are those of bootblack, book agents, peddlers, piano tuners, lightnifig rod agents and ticket Scalpers. The council ordered a $100 an nual levy on “every person en gaged in the business of buying tickets to theatrical, athletic or other performances, in block for the purpose of reselling them at a profit.” Some members said they weren't sure how this provision could be enforced. The usual $1 capitation tax was renewed for all residents 21 years of age and older. To Mayor. William T. Wilkins, who was 70 years old yesterday, members of the council presented a basket of flowers. Suicide is Ruled in Death Of Girl at Charlottesville iy th« Associoted Pr«»* CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Jan, 31.—City Coroner James B. Twyman tnriav nmnnllnrpri a verdict Of SUi cide in the death of Miss Halite Payne, 19, of Rolla, Mo., whose body' was found in a hotel room her# yesterday with a bullet through the chest. • Police said Miss Payne purchased a .22 caliber pistol yesterday in a hardware store. They said the fatal shot was fired from this gun. Spokesmen at a funeral home said Miss Payne was returning home after visiting her sister and her brother-in-law, Sgt. and Mrs. Fran cis W. Lips, at Camp Lee. Winchester Area Boost In Milk Prices Studied By the Associated Pross WINCHESTER, Va., Jan. 31.— The State Milk Commissoin has taken under advisement a petition of milk producers and distributor* of the Winchester area for a two :ents a quart milk price increase. The present grade A price is IS :ents a quart. The commission was advised her# yesterday that bottlers were willing to pay producers higher prices if the raise may be passed to the con sumers. Dairy farmers claimed they were operating almost at a l06s due to high feed and labor cost*. Wilson PTA to Hear Joy Barnard Joy, chairman of the Arlington School Board, will speak at a meeting of the Woodrow Wil son Elementary School PTA at • p.m. tomorrow. .