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TUESDAY, MAKCH 16, 1948 PriKrSebrg&i To Consider 11 Rezoning Pleas Special Ordinances To Be Studied at Hearing Tomorrow The Prince Georges County com missioners will consider 11 applica tions toe rezoning and eight peti tions for special ordinances in their monthly zoning hearings at 10 a m. tomorrow in the County Service Building, Hyattsville. Tomorrow’s hearings will consti tute the second meeting in two days for the commissioners, who must also convene Thursday in Up per Marlboro to hold the county’s first open budget hearings. The commissioners were holding their regular weekly board meeting today in the County Courthouse, Upper Marlboro. Communities and areas in which tomorrow’s zoning problems are in volved include West Hyattsville Seat Pleasant, Riverdale, Beltsville Mount Rainier, Bladensburg, Glen irden, Colmar Manor, Suitland lew Hampshire View near Takoma ’ark, Kenilworth, Melrose Park, 'ottage City, Berwyn and Brent wood. Plea Previously Rejected. Among rezoning applications to be ’onsldered is one for reclassification it property from residential A to esidential C for apartment use, tear West Hyattsville, which was rejected by the same commissioners last July 16 following protests from residents of that area. The appli cant Is Daisy L. Lanhardt, who seeks rezonlng of a 10-acre tract, fronting 311 feet on the south side of Hamilton street and extending nearly 1,400 feet In depth to the Northwest Branch. The Hyattsville City Council last night went on record opposing this rezoning. Although the council has no Jurisdiction over the tract, it was brought out at the meeting that the rezoning would affect homes in the city limits. Seven applicants seek commercial D zoning, with one, the East Wash ington Railway Co., also requesting Industrial E zoning in the same peti tion. The railway company is ask ing for reclassification of two ad joining strips of property, bounded by Eastern avenue and Eade street, ' near Roosevelt avenue, Seat Pleas ant. Other commercial zoning is re quested by Emma Hagwell, for two lots at 6008 Rhode Island avenue, Riverdale; Ralph W. Powers, attor ney, for two lots on Odell road Roby’s Addition to Beltsville; James D. Williams, Sr., Inc., for six lots in Glenarden; Walter L. Green and Leo J. Naughton, for property on the north side of Suitland road, near Lacey avenue, Suitland; Walter L. Green, for one lot on the Wash ington-Baltimore boulevard, near Oliver street, Riverdale, and William R. Ford, for property located on the northwest corner of New Hampshire View and East-West highway, near Takoma Park. Residential B Zoning South. Rezoning from residential A to residential B for two-family dwell ing use is requested in two appli cations. These are the petitions of Ralph H. Wagner for 10 lots in the 4400 and 4500 blocks of Thirty fourth street, Mount Rainier, and lalph W. and M. Minerva Wyman ior two lots of 4011 Newton street Colmar Manor. Industrial E classification foi more than 5 acres, near Upshui street and the Baltimore & Ohic Railroad, Bladensburg, is sought bj T. Hammond Welsh, Jr., agent foi the owner of the property. Requests for permission to oper ate private clubs is requested b; Edward A. Radtke for 81-4 acrei at Aoi Kenilworth avenue, nea; Kenilworth, and Brentwood Amer lean Legion Post, No. 225, for 370) Varnum street, Brentwood. Permis slon to operate used-car sales lot is sought by Dr. Hillary T. Willi: for 4724 Rhode Island avenue, Mel rose Park, and Roger L. De Lun| and Don A. Marchant, for 370 Thirty-eighth avenue, Cottage City Permits to operate garages ari asked by Roger L. Lyerly and J. H Myrick for property on the south east side of Chillum road, abou 800 feet west of Queens Chapel road near Mount Rainier, and San Burka, for 4021 Bladensburg road Colmar Manor. Harvey G. Ma chen, agent for Robert S. Carr, i requesting permission to operate ; gasoline Ailing station, automobih repair shop and salesroom on near ly 4 acres on the Washington-Balti more boulevard, at Hollyroad, Ber wyn. The Brentwood-Mount Rainiei Co-operative Kindergarten is seek ing permission to operate 3801-0; Eastern* avenue, Mount Rainier The property now is zoned for resi dential A use. Virginia U. Group Seeking To Raise $28,850,000 Sp«ial Dispatch to Tht Star CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va„ Mar 16.—Workers for the University o Virginia Development Fund ari planning to raise $28,850,000 fo current and long-range projects a the university. The new projects are announce! In a 32-page pamphlet entitle! "Unique in the Republic!” to b Issued this month to 19,000 uni versity men and women and t< friends of the institution. Admiral William F. Halsey 1 now indoctrinating a group of vol unteers who will seek gifts towari $7,800,000 needed here this sprini for new courses of study, new class room buildings, and better pay fo faculty members. Admiral Halse; Is national chairman of the Fum Committee. Among the long-term projects eetimated to require $21,050,000 ii gifts—are a ‘life science” building a chemical laboratory, an engineer lng school addition, a commerce am business building, a conference hali a graduate center, and an admin istration building. Route 11 Contract Let RICHMOND, Va„ Mar. 16 <£>). The State Highway Department ha awarded a $118,079.41 contract fo: construction of a bridge and ap proaches over Cooks Creek on U. S Route 11 in Rockingham County Keeley Construction Co. of Harrison »prg was the successful bidder. BfkUn Doctor's'Utter Recalls D. C. Man's Days as POW Major Keceived Many Favors From German On Hospital Train Maj. Edward A. Stanulis, 1227 Missouri avenue N.W., is about to answer the most unexpected letter he ever received. It came from Berlin, by way of his family’s home in Paterson, N. J. Its sender is a doctor in a Berlin hospital who, as a German Army doctor during the war, once had Maj. Stanulis as his patient on a hospital train. Seriously wounded, the major then a company commander in the 26th “Yankee” Infantry Division had just been taken prisoner on a battlefield in Lorraine. Waiting on a station platform, one among many litter patients of both sides, he was mistaken for a German officer. Mistake Soon Discovered. The mistake was discovered aboard the train, putting an end to a brief idyll of cigarettes, cocktails and other luxuries. But the Ger man doctor, who Maj. Stanulis re calls, spoke "fair” English, talked frequently with the major and an other American, Lt. Michael R O’Reagan, now an engineering stu dent at Maryland University. “He used to give us something to eat and smokes and shots of mor phine to help make us more com fortable,” Maj. Stanulis related. "He said he had no use for the Nazis. He was a lieutenant, about 36, and had seen service on every front.” The night the two Americans were removed from the train the German handed Maj. Stanulis five marks. They would need some spending money, he said. That was the last the major heard of him until his letter arrived last Friday. "The war is over—we hope lt may stay so!” the letter opened. Then, recalling the train trip and an in vitation from Lt. O’Reagan to "come MAJ. EDWARD A. STANULIS. His letter was unexpected. —Star Staff Photo. over to the State* and let us see you again,” the doctor explained: Got Address by Accident. "Against my will I was so silent— an accident gave me back your ad dress. I think it is my duty to ask you? I hope you are in good health now and got back into the arms of your family.” Standing with his wife as he read the letter Maj. Stanulis thought the most remarkable sentence was this: “It is only interest of me to write —please don't think I want any thing!” What Maj. Stanulis can’t under stand is how the German found out his address. As a POW, he never told it to any of the enemy. Lt.—now Mr.—O’Reagan, who lives with his wife in Hyattsville, has received no letter sp fat Montgomery Board Seeks Way to Improve County Credit Rating The Montgomery County com missioners were expected today to consider steps to assure the county a good credit rating. Supervisor Irving G. McNayr, who has been conferring with Montgomery bankers, said he was prepared to submit recommenda tions to protect the county'* In terests in financial circles. Montgomery officials began a study of the situation after a re cent bond review by Moody’s In vestors’ Service. Moody gives the county a BAA credit rating, which is one notch below the A rating accorded Prince Georges County. Supervisor McNayr said he fa vored marshalling complete sta tistics on the fiscal situation, de tailing the county’s long-range program for capital improvements and then presenting the matter directly to representatives of the rating service. In this way, he said, the county could show what conditions are, and what is pro posed, and also could obtain expert advice for future financing. Conferences Beneficial. Mr. McNayr said Prince Georges has benefited by conferring with the rating service. Because they must guarantee bonds iOOUvU WJ WU. IT CMliUlgVUlt WUUU1 WU11 Sanitary Commission, both Mont gomery and Prince Georges ratings are tied in with the rating of the commission. The Sanitary Commission, like Montgomery, has a BAA credit list ing with Moody’s. Under the'law Montgomery may 1 issue bonds in amounts up to 10 per cent of the assessed valuation ' of property. The outstanding bonds, 1 now totaling $16,000,000, represent ' 7.07 per cent, Mr. McNayr said. ! The county wishes to issue addi 1 tional bonds of $3,000,000, as au ' tnorized by the Maryland General ' Assembly for school construction. Would Raise Percentage. ; Such an issue would raise the per centage to more than 8 per cent, ' Mr. McNayr said. The supervisor pointed out that if the proposed charter system of gov ’ ernment is adopted in November, the county would be permitted a ’ maximum bond issue of 7 per cent . of the total assessed valuation. | Therefore, it would be necessary to [ obtain special legislation to legalize the full bonded indebtedness. County property is reassessed every five years but Montgomery makes revised estimates twice each year, to keep abreast of changing conditions. Supervisor McNayr said it would be desirable to show the rating service how rapid property improvements are pushing up the taxable values. A committee from the Montgom ery Bankers’ Association working wHtVi nnnntv aiithnr1H»c tn a.C sure a good credit rating includes Fred L. Lutes, president of the Sub urban National Bank, Silver Spring: S. Walter Bogley, Bank of Bethesda; Thomas Anderson, Montgomery Na tional Bank, Rockville, and Winship Green, Farmers’ Banking & Trust Co., Rockville. County Homemakers Pick | Eight Committee Heads Eight committee chairmen were ) appointed at the first meeting of the Prince Georges County Council of s Homemaker Clubs held yesterdav at . the YWCA, 635 E street N.W. Mrs. 1 Ray Hurley, president, presided at r the meeting. Committee ^chairmen chosen were - Mrs. Pauline Blandford, cultural; r Mrs. Margaret Butler, home fur 1 nishings: Mrs. Beatrice Coloumbe membership; Mrs. Magdalen Gnga _ humanitarian; Mrs. Alma Kelbaugh , home management: Mrs. Doroth> Oursler, health; Mrs. Carolyn New .' ton. clothing, and Mrs. Louise L l Smith, publicity. The meeting was held to bring ’ the County Council into closer re lationship with members of the IS Homemaker Clubs of Prince Georges County, it was stated. j Blood Chairmen Named Caldwell C. Kendrick, Arlington attorney, and Mrs. I. Newton Mil ler of Arlington have been named co-chairmen of the county Red Cross chapter's committee of the national blood program. I • Ex-PolicemanCharges Mayor With Assault At Greenbelt Meeting A warrant charging Mayor Thomas J. Canning of Greenbelt with simple assault was sworn out by a former Greenbelt policeman as a result of an argument at last night’s Town Council meeting. The incident that prompted the warrqpt, occurred after Mayor Can ning ‘read an investigation report clearing Town Manager James T. Gobbel and Police Chief George Panagoulis of maladministration charges. Mr. Canning left the chair short ly after reading the vindication re port to admonish Robert A. Dodge, the ex-policeman, to keep quit. Mr. Dodge originated a number of the complaints that launched the in vesttigation of the two town officials. He claimed the Mayor raised his hand as if to strike him at the meeting. Mr. Dodge left the meeting after his encounter with the Mayor threatening to take police action. The warrant was sworn out by Judge George Phillips at Berwyn, who said this morning he had not yet received word that the warrant had been served. The investigation report said the two officials were celared by a 6-to-3 vote of the Investigating Commit tee. Asked to Withdraw Resignation. Immediately after the investiga tion report was read, the Council voted 4 to 1 to ask Mr. Gobbel to withdraw his prof erred resignation and remain as town manager. A fee of $500 was authorized for Town Solicitor John S. White, for the ad visory services he gave the nine member committee that investigated the charges. Mayor Canning opened the meet ing with a summary of the commit tee’s majority findings. He said that Town Treasurer Mabel L. Handler "should have consulted” the town solicitor when she first detected the "irregularities” which she charged she found in February, 1947. It was during town elections last Septem ber that Mrs. Handler signed an affidavit stating she felt Mr. Gobbel received overpayments. Dereliction Charges Unsupported. Turning to charges that Police Chief George Panagoulis had been derelict in duty, the Mayor reported no evidence to support any of these allegations. Mr. Canning said, how ever, that the committee found "in dications that the chief did not ex ercise the best judgment” in some instances. Two members of the minority read their findings in which they held Mr. Gobbel was not "legally entitled” to the $8,151 pay rate he authorized for himself. The dissenters, Eugene Bordenet and Joseph Fitzmaurice, held that the manager was "legally and ethically” entitled only to $6,521 under the town charter and urged the Council to cancel the official's "unearned” annual and sick leave as recompense to the town. Mr. Bordenet also asked that the Council hire an auditor to keep monthly checks on town accounts. A third dissent was filed separately Kv Mre ITl I to Uafi-inninn Hygiene Unit Chairman Named in Montgomery Committee chairmen for the Montgomery County Hygiene Society have been appointed by Mrs. Dexter Bullard, president. They include Mrs. Frances Bar tram of Rockville, membership; Dr. Rex E. Buxton, Chevy Chase, Tech nical Committee; Mrs. Olcott Dem ing, Rockville, finance; Mrs. Barbara Greenfield, Bethesda, by-lays; Judge Alfred D. Noyes, personnel; Wil liam Morris, Garrett Park, Legal and Legislative Committee; Byron Sedg wick, Silver Spring, publicity, and Mrs. Minier Hostetler, Rockville, planning. Alexandrians to Protest Tax The Alexandria City Council will hold a special meeting at 7:30 pm, tomorrow to hear protests of whole salers and manufacturers against the recently imposed license tax ordinance. Middies to Hold Parade ANNAPOLIS, Mar. 16 (IP).—Mid shipmen at the Naval Academy will hold their first spring outdoor pa rade at 4 pm. Thursday on Worden Field. I r r ¥ New Bill Vests Armory Control In Board of 3 Compromise Measure To Be Reported by D. C. Unit Tomorrow A compromise bill for control of the District Armory by a three man board has been drafted and will be reported by a subcommittee to the House District Committee for action tomorrow. Representative O’Hara. Republic an, of Minnesota plans to introduce the new measure in the House to day for the District Judiciary Sub committee, of which he is chairman. The bill, as written at a special session of the subcommittee late night, carries a compromise pro vision for solution of the conces sions problem, the last of several controversial itlms. Would Handle Concessions. The three-man board designated to control the Armory would be given authority to handle conces sions, including checking of clothes and sale of nonalcoholic beverages and food, “as the board may deem appropriate.” Both the Board of District Com missioners and the National Guard naa ciaimea me revenue irom con cessions. The bill would permit the Armory board, "at its discretion,” to grant the concessions for non alcoholic beverages and food to the Guard whenever such action is “in the public interest.” In effect this would assure that the revenue from clothes checking would go to the fund for mainte nance of the Armory, while money from food and drink concessions went to the Guard. The Armory board would consist of the president of the Board of District Commissioners, the com manding general of the National Guard and the architect of the Capitol. Gives Guard Veto Power. The bill would provide that the Armory might be rented out for public functions, such as athletic contests, expositions and other af fairs, with the revenue going to a fund for support and maintenance of the building. The Guard would have veto power over rentals, if military necessity required. Several different bills had been written and at least three had been introduced. They were on behalf of the Commissioners, who wanted exclusive control; the Guard, which also wanted sole authority, and the Washington Board of Trade, which offered a compromise. Several times it had been hoped a satisfactory compromise in the long controversy had been reached, but each time new issues arose to divide the parties. Representative O’Hara charac terized the new bill as the best com promise that could be reached. lakoma Park louncil Nominating Date Set The Takoma Park City Council last night authorized a caucus at 8 pjn. April 17 in the Fire Department Building to nominate City Council candidates. The Mayor and seven councilmen will be elected this year. Five coun cilmen will be chosen from the Montgomery County section of the town and two from the Prince Georges County section. The terms will be for two years from June 7. A suggestion that Takoma Park return to annual elections of the Mayor and Council was made by Councilman Herman C. Heffner. Bi ennial elections have been held since 1940. The Council took no action on his recommendation, however. The Council took final action on the long-drawn-out discussion on keeping domestic fowl and pigeons. It decided a permit will be required to keep them within 100 feet of a residence. The permits will cost $5 a year. Failure to obtain a permit will be a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $50. Permission was granted Mrs. Fred erick L. Pratt, 7324 Piney Branch road, to erect signs directing visitors to the annual azalea festival on Piney Branch road. Kensington School PTA Will Meet Tomorrow The Kensington Elementary School Parent - Teacher Association will meet at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the school auditorium. Edward Hoffman, director of junior activities of radio station WBCC, ^ill speak on “Radio Pro grams for Children.” A panel of pa rents and teachers will discuss "Radio and the Movies.” Stewart PTA Meeting Barnard Joy and Mrs. Edmund D. Compbell, members of the Arling ton School Board, are to discuss “How We Can Best Achieve Our Educational Objectives in School Improvement,” at a meeting at 7:45 o’clock tonight of the Charles A. Stewart Parent-Teacher Association. Bus Passengers Voting Selves Into Non-Stop Radio Programs By George Kennedy Wake ua Washington! You don't know what you're in for. The Capital Transit Co. is start ing to put radio—commercials and all—in the buses and streetcars. And not even the operator will be able to turn it off. The worst part of it is that the bus passengers are voting them selves right into this pickle. Ninety-five per cent of the passen gers on a radio-equipped Connecti cut avenue bus yesterday, lulled by Strauss and Herbert waltzes voted for the plan although its commer cialism was plainly stated in a pros pectus distributed with the ballots. Now the tardy passenger, who gets the bus after the one he should have got, will no longer be able to hope that he will get to work ahead of the time he knows he is going to arrive. They are going to give time signals .over the radio every few minutes. Now the downtown-bound w^gnan may have her well-planned shopping day disrupted. While riding in bus or streetcars, her ears will be as sailed with last-minute offerings of the stores. The idea was sold to Capital Transit by Ben Strouse, the ener getic manager and part owner of Station WWDC and its FM affiliate. He is ready to put in FM receivers and six loudspeakers at a coat to WWDC of $175 a bus or streetcar to cage an audience that won’t be able to turn It off. And it’s a big audience—one not measured by Hooper ratings but by dimes in the slot and the sale of passes. “We’ll give them something be tween jive and symphony—popular classical music,” said Mr. Strouse. “Commercials won’t be more than 30 seconds long and we won’t use more than one commercial every five min utes.” He did not seem at all appalled by the prospect. * INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FESTIVAL—Pupils at the James Monroe School in Arlington yes terday played host to children of other nations who are attending Washington area schools. Three who attended the International Festival were (left to right) Jay Ku, 9, Chinese, and Janneke Helb, 9, Dutch, both of the Ben Murch School in Washington, and Shirley Iwata, 10, of the Pickett School in Arlington. Serving refreshments to the visitors is Deborah Kopp, 2, a student at James Monroe. —Star Staff Photo. VA Urged to Accept Bethesda Tract as Site for Hospital The Board of Directors or the Bethesda Chamber of Commerce last night urged the Veterans' Ad ministration to accept an offer of a Bethesda site for the proposed Veterans’ Hospital. The site, offered by the Public Health Service, is part of a 240-acre tract which the service bought re- 1 cently and on which it plans to build a 500-bed hospital and a med ical research center. The land was formerly the Luke ' I. Wilson estate, the Woodmont Country Club and the Visitation Convent, across the Rockville pike ; from the Naval Medical Center. The board pointed out the ad vantage of a location close to the ' Naval Medical Center and the health service hospital. At the same time, the Chamber of Commerce announced that a photographic contest, with the Bethesda cherry blossoms as the subject, will take the place of the community’s cherry blossom festival this year. Prizes totaling $100 will be awarded. At its April dinner meeting the chamber will have as guests mem bers of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School girls’ and boys’ basket ball teams and the coaches and members of the cheering sections. Miniature basket balls will be pre sented to each guest. Moncure Heads Alexandria Cancer Control Campaign Alexandria’s cancer control month campaign in April will be headed by Thomas Moncure, Alexandria at- 1 torney, it was announced today. John T. Kiger of the Alexandria 1 National Bank has been appointed : treasurer, of the campaign. Committee chairmen include Judge James R. Duncan, special gifts; Norman Bernheimer, main cam paign; Mrs. Nora Lamborne and Miss Hildegarde Herfurth, publicity co-chairmen; John Harrison Kirk, jr., radio publicity; Bernard M. Fagelson, apartment collections; George M. Giamittorio, coinbox and poster distribution; Douglas W. Stanton, jr., city employes; Miss Mildred E. Steed, Educational and School Committee; James L. Michel bach, King street; Mrs. Lawrence H. Sprouse and Mrs. E. L. Carter, Booths Committee. Mr. Moncure said schools, civic or church organizations mayy call the Educational Commmittee for speak ers, movies or literature on the cancer drive. Tenants Plan Protest On Kaywood Gardens Residents of Kaywood Gardens, Mount Rainier, tonight will file with the Town Council a protest against hazards said to exist in the apart ment development, where a 5-year old boy was burned fatally March 6. Mrs W N Rlanritnp 4305 Kav wood drive, a tenant, said the pro test was prompted by the death of Joseph Brennan, 5, of 2702 Webster street, a day after he fell into an excavation around a steam pipe, and other accidents involving children. Sidney Sherman, attorney, also a Kaywood Gardens resident, will act as spokesman before the Council. Montgomery Hill PTA A panel discussion on “What the Community Can Offer the Child of Today,” will be held at a meeting of the Montgomery Hill Parent Teacher Association at 8 o’clock to night at the school. The Rev. Philip Edwards, pastor of the Woodside Methodist Church, will be mod erator. Bethesda Police Plan Crackdown On Air Rifles The Bethesda police have prom ised strict enforcement of a Mont gomery County ordinance forbid ling children to use air rifles or firearms in the suburban area. Capt. E. L. Thompson yesterday appealed to parents to help prevent Eolations of the ordinance. He said the police had received com ilaints that children firing air rifles lad broken window panes, killed »ng birds and caused other- dam »ge. Capt. Thompson pointed out that n addition to property damage, here is potential danger to persons n the target area of an air rifle. The ordinance provides fines of rom $5 to $50 for each offense or, n default of payment, jail terms up o 30 days. Parents also can be held iccountable for the children’s vio ations, Capt. Thompson said. Chesapeake Bay Span Bill Goes to House After Senate Approval The bill to authorize construction )f a bridge or tunnel crossing Ches apeake Bay went to the House to iay, after approval late yesterday jy the Senate. The measure, sponsored by Sen itors Tydings and O’Conor, Demo :rats, of Maryland would authorize instruction of the span by the Maryland State Roads Commission, rhe project would be financed by 10-year bonds. It would be a toll >ridge or tunnel from somewhere lear Sandy Point to Kent Island on he Eastern Shore. The bill was one of several pieces >f legislation in Congress yesterday iflecting nearby areas. Provides for Land Sale. The House passed and sent to he Senate a bill to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to sell to ;he Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Co. about 5 acres )f land lying in the bed of Roaches Sun, Arlington County, Va. Representative Smith, Democrat, if Virginia, introduced in the House i bill to provide that certain Federal ands in Arlington County, acquired since December 31, 1939, be subject ;o taxation by the State, county, or ither taxing units. This would not ipply to Fort Myer, Arlington Ceme :ery or the National Airport. A similar bill by Senator Byrd, Demo :rat, of Virginia, is pending in the Senate. Park Roads Bill Introduced. Mr. Smith also introduced a bill to direct the Secretary of the In terior to have the National Park Service re-open to public use several roads that cross Shenandoah Na tional Park. Representative Dondero, Repub lican, of Michigan, introduced a bill to provide for acquisition of additional land along the Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, in ex change for certain dredging privi leges in the Potomac River by the Smoot Sand and Gravel Corp. Representative Sasscer, Democrat, of Maryland introduced a bill to give the Court of Claims authority to handle claims by oyster growers for damages resulting from naval opera tions. Theft of 500-Pound Safe Probed by Arlington Police Arlington police today were in vestigating the theft of a 500-pound safe from the offices of "the Domin ion Electric Supply Co., 5100 block Lee Highway. * The safe, which' contained be tween $3,000 and $4,000 in cash and checks, was taken some time be tween Saturday and yesterday po lice said. It also contained com pany records. The safe apparently was rolled to the front door, from which the lock had been broken off, and loaded in to an automobile or tru’ck. police said. A spokesman for the firm said he hoped the robbers would telephone anonymously and tell where the safe was abandoned. St. James Mothers Plan Fashion Show and Tea A fashion show and tea, sponsored by the St. James Mothers’ Club of Falls Church, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Odd Fellows Hall, West Broad street, Falls Church The show will be conducted by Falls Church merchants and will benefit the St. James Parochial School, now under construction. PTA Plans Minstrel Show A minstrel show sponsored by the parent-teacher association of the Baileys Crossroads Primary School will be held at 8 pm. Friday and Saturday in the school. Controller Criticizes Court for Releasing Sales Tax Violator By th« Associated Frost TOWSON, Md., Mar. 18.—State Controller James J. Lacy termed "disgraceful” a judge’s decision not to fine or send to Jail a man who pleaded guilty to charges of violat ing the Maryland Sales Tax Act. Mr. Lacy issued his statement yesterday after Judge John B. Gon-' trum released Philip Ellis, a Balti more County night club proprietor, on his promise to pay $700 in sales levy collections to the State, plus a $350 penalty for tardiness. Judge Gontrum, sitting in the Baltimore County Circuit Court, said it did not believe Mr. Ellis “meant to wilfully evade the sales tax law.” Demands Enforcement. The State controller, on learning of the verdict, said that “if the peo ple are going to ignore the laws, there is no sense of passing them unless we get some enforcement from the bench. “Nine out of 10 people pay the sales tax Tf one doesn't, he should be penalized. Otherwise, why should the other nine have to pay?” It was the first criminal prosecu tion in a court of record under the State. Meanwhile, it was announced in Annapolis that Controller Bacy’s campaign against State income tax delinquents is bearing fruit. During February, 1,192 delin quents filed returns anfi contrib-* uted a total of $13,280 to the State treasury. Letters Sent to 2,741. The payments came as a result of 2,741 registered letters sent to per sons who had failed to pay on time. In the same month last year, 772 returns were filed by delinquents and $10,922 brought into the treas ury. Mr. Lacy reported that during tne past three weeks between $18,000 and $20,000 has been collected from delinquents. During this same period, he said, citizens continued to pour into the State income tax division office mail bags full of regular returns and payments. The deadline is April 15. Eight Virginia Delegates Return $300 Bonus Pay By th« Associated Press RICHMOND, Va., Mar. 16.—Eight members of the House of Delegates rejected their $300 expense bonus checks yesterday. Those turning in the ‘‘mustering out pay” to State Treasurer Jesse W. Dillon were; Delegates Edmund T. De Jamette of Hanover; Armisted L. Boothe. Alexandria; W. Tayloe Murphy, Warsaw; Walter A. Page, Norfolk; George M. Cochran, Staun ton;, E. Griffith Dodson, jr„ Roa noke; Walter L. Hopkins and G. Edmund Massie, Richmond. The bonus resolution was adopted by the House last Thursday and subsequently a score of delegates announced they would not accept the bonus. Delegates’ regular pay for the 60 ■ day session is $720. Hyattsville Allots $12,000 For City Warehouse Fund The Hyattsville City Council last night set aside $12,000 from this year's general fund as part of the cost of the $24,000 city warehouse, for which plans recently were com pleted. The additional $12,000 is to be ap propriated from next year’s funds, the councilmen agreed. Another ap propriation of $4,200 was made to the roads’ budget for this fiscal year, which ends June 31. The ad ditional appropriation was partly for the expense of snow removal. The council voted to oppose grant ing of an on-sale beer and wine license to Lyon’s Market on Queens 1 Chapel road. Arlington School Board To Meet on Court Ruling The recent Supreme Court ruling l on religlbus education in schools will be considered by the Arlington School Board at its meeting at 8 p.m. tomorow at the James Monroe ! School. * The board also will hear a report on the school census now being ! taken and will discuss recommenda jtions of its exploratory committees. Bladensburg PTA to Meet A discussion of school board elec tions will feature.a meeting of the Bladensburg Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association at I o’clock tonight at the school., Oyster Supper Tonight The adult Bible class of the Chev erly (Md.> Community hold an oyster supper i o’clock tonight at the c Plan Weighed For Direct Entry To St. Elizabeths D. C. Heads Consider Request for Change In Psychiatric Law The Commissioners took under advisement today the question of asking revision In the District* psychiatric law. The change being considered would permit known mental cases to be admitted directly to St. Eliz abeths Hospital, bypassing Gallin ger's psychiatric ward. Commissioner Guy Mason de clined to express his own views on the proposal yesterday, after an hour’s discussion in his office with District health, legal and fiscal au thorities and representatives of the two hospitals. He said he would present the mat ter to the other Commissioners, but he did not indicate how soon he expected a decision to be reached. Law Change Held Necessary. Corporation Counsel Vernon E. West, who attended the meeting said it is clear a legislative change would be needed to allow the Com mission on Mental Health to send patients directly to St. Elizabeths. Mr. West said the Commissioners would have to decide whether they favored such a change in principle, and the hospital authorities would have to agree upon an admittance procedure, before he could under take the task of advising them what legal steps would be required. Dr. Winfred Overholser, superin tendent of St Elizabeths, repeated his stand in support of the direct admission proposal, which was ad vocated by Dr. Samuel B Wortis, United States Public Health Service consultant, after a survey of Gal linger last fall. He said it would: 1. Help the mental patient by aynniig mm me unnecessary an guish of going through Gallinger. Cuts Gallinger’s Load. 2. Reduce the work load on Gal linger’s understaffed psychiatric de partment. 3. Save the taxpayers money, be cause the per diem cost of treatment at St. Elizabeths is lower. The direct admittance proposal would apply only to patients ad mitted on the recommendation of their doctor or their family, in whom mental illness is well defined and of long duration. It would not involve any change in the present policy of sending to Gallinger Hos pital cases referred by the police or the courts. Those attending the meeting in cluded, in addition to Mr. West and Dr. Overholser, Chairman Miller of the House District Subcommittee on Health, Education and Recrea tion; Assistant District Health Of ficer Daniel L. Seckinger, Dr. Joseph L. Gilbert, chief Gallinger psychi atrist; Budget Officer Walter Fowler W* other District officials. Subcommittee to Inspect Viers Mill Village Today A House Expenditures subcom mittee planned to make a personal inspection today of tl)% Viers Mill Village veterans’ housing develop ment near Wheaton, Md„ to investi gate alleged overpricing of homes. Headed by Representative Snyder, Republican, of West Virginia, sub committee chairman, the visitors also were to include Representative Beall, Republican, of Maryland, who asked for the investigation, and Representative Muhlenberg, Repub lican, of Pennsylvania, an architect, who will act as technical adviser. The subcommittee has before it a number of complaints that the houses, selling for $8,700, are over valued. Several estimates have been received by the subcommittee from contractors, all of whom figured the homes could be built for much less than the sales price. The highest estimate of $7,000 included a profit for the builder. Following their visit today, the rnmmit.tM will HarMa _ -i»t. open hearings. Silver Spring Legion Post To Observe Anniversary Cissel-Saxon Post No. 4, American Legion, will observe the 29th anni versary of the founding of the American Legion at 8 pm. Thursday at the Silver Spring Armory. A feature of the celebration will be a re-enactment of the first meet ing of the post on August 27, 1919. Joseph C. Cissel, first commander, will preside during this part of the program, assisted by many of the officers and charter members who attended the original meeting. Special guests at the observance will be charter members and all former post commanders. Initiation of 40 members also will | be a part of the ceremonies. Fol lowing the meeting, being arranged by a committee headed by Daniel P. Mularkey, there wil be a party at the post home on Sligo avenue. Montgomery Zoning Law To Be Studied’Tonight Representatives from every civic association in suburban Montgomery County have been invited to meet ! at 8 o'clock tonight in the Liquor Control Board Building, Silver | Spring, to discuss recommended changes in the county zoning ordl ■ nance. The meeting is sponsored by the Citizens Zoning Committee. Both the Allied Civic Group of Silver Spring and the Montgomery County VI»*V * vuviawwt ua«c UlO suggested amendments. Howard if. nine, chairman of the comm ;tee,, said copies of the proposed changes were sent to all civic grrups with a request that they designate a representative to attend fuesday’s meeting, Frank J. Duane of Silver Spring heads the subcommittee which drafted the proposed changes. Atkin to Address Zionists Maurice D. Atkin, Agriculture De partment economist, will address the Alexandria District of the Zion ist Organization of America at 8 ; p.m tomorrow at the Agudas f Achim Congregation home, 1400 1 Russell road.