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WASHINGTON, D. C. TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 1946 ® --- - - - . Li - l - -. .a j M ? *** D. C. Heads Consider Request for Change In Psychiatric Law The Commissioners took under advisement today the question of asking revision in the District’s psychiatric law. Hm change being considered wbuld permit known mental cases to fee .admitted directly to St. Elis abeths Hospital, bypassing Gallin gsr’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 iwentai neaun send patients directly to St. Elizabeths. I Mr. West said the Commissioners would have to decide whether they favored such % change in principle, arid the hospital authorities would have to agree upon an admittance procedure, before he eould 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 sparing him the unnecessary an guish of going through Gallinger. Cuts Gallinger’* Load. 3. 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 hot Involve any change in, the present poliey 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, Da-. Joseph L. Gilbert, chief Gallinger. psychi atrist ; Budget Officer Walter Powler and other District officials. 3 Seized on Dream 'Tip' Held in Burglary Charges Three men arrested on a "tip” which a tavern keeper received in a dream were under high bond to day awaiting grand jury action on housebreaking charges. Held under $5,000 bond set by Judge Thomas Dewey Quinn in Municipal Court is Leongy Ed wards, 2$, colored, of the 1700 block of U street N.W. The court learned he is on parole for housebreaking. His fellow suspects in the Satur day night raid on George Stravakos’ Metropole Cafe, in the 3900 block of Fourteenth street N.W., were placed under $2,000 bond each. They gre Willie W. Wilson of the 2100 block of Ward place N.W., and James L. Toney of the 400 block ©f Tenth street N.E., both 25 and colored. Mr. Stravakos awoke from a dream that 'hik place was being burglar ized. He rushed out to check and found three men looting his inn. They departed rapidly through a rear window when he fired a pistol he had brought along. The three suspects were caught in a car by nolice who were nearby. Trial Use of Extra-Wide Bus Denied by Commissioners The Commissioners today denied K Capital Transit Co. request for permission to make experimental use of an extra-wide bus designed by the Twin Coach Co., which built the extra-long bus with which the trsnsit company already is experi menting. xhe vehicle is similar to the two section experimental bus put in use early this month, but is 104 inches wide, as opposed to the normal 96 Inches. I. D. Merrill, transit company president, told the Commissioners at their meeting this morning that the extra 8 inches of width was designed to provide a more spacious aisle, permitting easier circulation ©f passengers. Engineer Commissioner Gordon It. Young said the transit com pany's request was denied because many Washington streets used by the buses are too narrow. Bus Passengers Voting Selves Into Non-Stop Radio Programs By Geerge Kennedy Wake up, Washington! You don’t know what you’re in for. 1 The Capital Transit Co. is start ing to put radio—commercials and alf—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 gtrausS and Herbert waltses voted lor the plan although its commer cialism was plainly stated in a pros pectus distributed with the ballots. ' Now the1 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 be knows he Is going to arrive. They are going to give time signals ever the radio every few minutes. j No# the downtown-bound woman ♦ t nay have her well-planned chopping lay disrupted. While riding in bus ■x streetcars, her ears will be as lailed with last-mlhute 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 cost 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 side of passes. “Well give them something be tween jhre and symphony—popular classical music,” said Mr. Strouse. “Commercials wont 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. h One-Way Routing Extended On 7 8th St ioSbeOd Traffic Flow Kneipp Satisfied With Movement Around Dupont Circle Aria The one-way .northbound rule on Eighteenth -street N.W. was to be extended one block—from R to S street*—today, as Traffic Director George E. Xeneipp placed into effect the first of several modifications suggested by observation of the new traffic plan in the Dupont Circle area. Ur. Xeneipp expressed satisfac tion at yesterday's initial use et the restrictions made necessary by con struction of the underpass. “There wju some becking up on Eighteenth street in the late after noon,” he said, "but the system should be working smoothly in a few days. More motorists probably will decide to avoid the area, and that will be a good thing.” Gives Choice of Turns. Extension of the one-way feature on Eighteenth street will facilitate release of the increased traffic on it. Mr. Xeneipp said. He pointed out drivers leaving the street at R could turn only to the west. The additional block would give those finding them selves on the left side of the street uist point opportunity to reach the right side for a turn to the.east at 8 street, he explained! Mr. Keneipp said other modifica tions of the plan would include a change in the timing of the traffic signal at Eighteenth street and New Hampshire avenue to favor Eigh teenth street traffic and the paint ing of lane lines on Eighteenth street. He said the lines should permit use of the street to full capacity and reduce the weaving noticed yesterday. Mr. Keneipp visited the area dur ing the rush hour this morning and reported traffic was “moving nor mally.” A similar report was made by police at the third precinct sod at the traffic division. Officials at the two police units said extra, men wouid be assigned to the area during rush hours “at least until the sys tem starts working smoothly.” Another Study Due Today. Mr. Keneipp said additional study would be made of the circle traffic today. In his monthly repout to the Com missioners’ Traffic Advisory Board last night, Mr. Keneipp warned motorists his office could not. guar antee delivery of new license plates before the March 31 deadline, unless applications were mailed by the end of this week. A total of 74,732 sets had been issued by the close of business yes terday, as against 59,293 on the same date last year, he reported. He said tyt expects 140,000 tags to be issued by April l and added The area around Dupont Circle from which through traffic is banned is shown in this diagram, reprinted for motorists who have been puz zled by the system. Come downtown on Twentieth street and go home on Eighteenth street, or avoid the neighbor hood entirely if you can, says Traffic Director George E. Kenetpp. no extension of the deadline is planned. . , Mr. Keneipp also told the advisory group: 1. That an illustrated driver’s handbook, the first of its kind to be Issued by the department, would be ready next month for distribution to applicants for driver’s permits. 2. That "lees than I per cent of the motorists in Washington are giving turn signals.” Traffic at New Peak. *. That a recent check of'week day traffic on the Capital’s streets showed it to be lfr.4 per cent above the previous peak, recorded in 1941. The board voted to: urge the Com missioners to seek a doubling of the *25,000 appropriation for snow re moval. equipment during the next three fiscal years and a "substan tial” increase in the $45,000 annual allotment for snow-control work. It also decided to have a committee study the sum actually required for an effective spew-control job here. - A recommendation to the Com missioners calling for amendment of the traffic regulations to give pedestrians right-of-way over ve hicles entering garages, alleys and driveways was approved. It was pointed out vehicles leaving such places are required by existing reg ulation to yield. Fleming Orders Study Of GSI Continued With Eye to Conciliation Maj. Gen. Philip B. Fleming Fed eral Works administrator, today asked Alan Johnstone, Federal Security Administration general counsel, to go over the Government's contract with Government Services, Inc., and see if it could be canceled. The action was in line with Gen. Fleming’s statement yesterday to representatives of the striking cafe teria workers. He told Edward E. Fisher, president, and Oliver T. Palmer, business agent of Local 471, Cafeteria Workers’ Union, he would look into the question of cancella tion of the contract. GSI also had been notified that the Government may take over op eration of more than 40 cafeterias in Government buildings. Since the strike began more than two months ago the buildings where the cafe terias are have been picketed by strikers. Mr. Palmer said union members would call on secretary of Labor Schwellenbach at 10 a.m. tomorrow seeking his intervention to hring about a settlement of the strike. Trusts of GSI rejected a for mula for settling the strike unless the formula was modified. The set tlement proposal w*s made by George E. Strong, who was named as mediator by Gen. Fleming. Since that time the trustees have not been asked again to consider the settlement proposal. Nathan Lowenthal Dies; Professional Walker ly tht Auecraltd Prm UTICA, N. Y., Mar. 18.—Nathan Lowenthal, 73, well known In the 1890s as a professional walker, died yesterday at the Masonic Home. During the 13 years he lived at the Masonic Home, Mr. Lowenthal had eight times walked the 4,000 mile distance to Coral Gables, Fla., and back to Utica. He suffered a paralytic stroke 18 years ago, but resumed his walking as soon as he had recovered suffi ciently. Mr. Lowenthal began walking professionally at 14 when walking was among the country’s major sports attractions. He had ap peared in many parts of the world. 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. Hie incident that prompted the warrant, occurred after Mayor Can ning read an investigation repeat 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 quiet. Mr. Dodge originated a number of the complaints that launched the in vestigation 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. TK* \ wmm want me' eweim Mif Kv 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 cleared 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 8. White, for the ad visory services he gave the nine member committee that investigated the charges. Maydr Canning opened the meet ing with a summary of the commit tee's majority findings. Be said that Town Treasurer Mabel L. Kandler “should have consulted” the town solicitor when she first detected the "irregularities" which she charged the found in February, 1047, It was during town elections last Septem ber that Mr*. Kandler signed an affidavit atating she felt Mr. Gobbel received overpayments. Dereliction Charges Unsupported. Turning to charges that Police Chief George Panagoulls had been derelict in duty, the Mayor reported no evidence to support any of thesis allegations. Mr. Canning said, how ever, that the committee found “in dications that the chief did not ex ercise £be best judgment” in some u^uauvco. , . , Cancer Institute Grants $5,OOP to; G. U. Clinic The Georgetown University Hos pital cancer detection clinic today was awarded a $5,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute ‘of the United States Public Health Service. Georgetown authorities Said the money will be'Used'to buy perma nent equipment for pse in examina tion of persons who come to the clinic Tor a checkup. .me Federal grant was the second large sum received' by Georgetown this week for cancer - study. On Sunday the Rev. Paul A. McNally, medical center regent, announced receipt of a $56,000 gift for cancer research from the widow of William Wade Hinshaw, tenner Metropolitan Opera baritone,. 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 items. WoOld 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 “•u V1»U1KU uic icvcuuc iiUlli toil* Cessions. The bill would permit the Armory board, "at its discretion," to g^ant the concessions for non* alcoholic beverages and food to the Guard whenever such action is “in the public interest.” 1 In effect this would assure that the revenue from clothes checking would' go to the fund for mainter 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. Girea 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 tbe best com nPAmiM t.hsf. Ka naaoha/l Iranian Puts Lend-Lease Since V-J Day at 2 Billion ly the Associated Pratt President Truman told Congress today that lend-lease aid provided to foreign countries since V-J Day amounts to $2,075,459,880. In a letter transmitting the 35th report on lend-lease operations, Mr. Truman said such postwar help called "pipeline” aid because the de liveries included goods in process of transfer when the war ended—is being concluded. , Russia waa cut from the list of "pipeline” countries by congres sional action last year. But some other countries remain eligible. The report showed $254,091,000 in ship ments to the Soviet Union since the fighting ended. The total of war and postwar aid under the Lend-Lease Act was re ported as $38,243,996,158.79. The Office of Lend-Lease fiscal operations now operates, under the Treasury Department. Alexandrians to Protest Tax The Alexandria City Council will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow to hear protests of whole salers and manufacturers against the recently imposed license tax ordinance. ’ Fires Claim 22 Lives in D. C. As 3-Month Toll Hits Record Killing at the fearful rate of one person every three and one-third days, fire has become an enemy of Unprecedented viciousness in the District this year. Twenty-two persons have died in smoke and flames since January 3. In all of last year, only 20 perished in fires. Not in the memory of the oldest fireman was there a year when the death toll mounted so rapidly. At this time last year, fire had cut down only eight. TTie highest num ber of fatalities for an„ first quarter the past six years was 11 in 1942. It all adds up to a perplexing ques tion: Why the sudden upward surge? Some old-timers like Deputy Fire Chief Frank G. Berry, a smoke-eater for 45 years, call it something beyond the realm of understanding. Others, like Fire Marshal It. C. Roberts, blame a combination of the unusually bitter winter and a wave of carelessness. Smoking a Major Cause. Indisputable is the fact that care less smoking and kerosene oil neaieis, m greater use because of the cold weather, are leaders In the fleld of killing. Each was responsible for eight of this year’s 22 fire deaths. Three of the others probably were due. to faulty electrical wiring or overheated electrical equipment; an other' to a fainting attack over a j stove; .still another to a furnace igniting clothing, and one to an unknown source. Vividly illustrating the portable oil heater hazard was a fire that roared through a two-story frame house at 1«1 Alabama avenue S.E. on March 1,: snuffing out-four lives and burn ing four other persons. The burner had been left on the first floor near the lone stairway. During the night it either turned over or was in some- fashion im paired, names ate up the stairway ■o rapidly that two persons were C trapped on the second floor and two in an attic above them. Would Outlaw Use. “Such a Are dramatize* the need for legislation outlawing the use of portable oil burners," Marshal Roberts said. Barriers to such legislation are many and complex, he said, but he would welcome the day when this hazard is removed. Not only are the burners easily turned over, but without proper maintenance they soon become de fective, sometimes'apUling oil on the floor, clogging up or overheating the oil compartment until there is an explosion, the marshal ‘said. “In the winter just past the oil burner hazard was magnified be cause more ‘ of them were kept on during the night and old, outmoded burners were put Into service again,” Mr. Roberts added. Subtreesing nights also probably had something to do with the rise in careless smoking deaths. Cold weather kept people at home, and there was more smoking in bed. or a combination of smoking and drinking. Not unnoticed was the increase in the past several years 61 women who smoke. In the list of those who died this year were three women Who started fires by smoking. The colder weather also probably accounted for larger fire losses be cause mure people were inside, and a great many flrds are reported to the Fire Department by persons observing them from the outside, it was explained. i The fire marshal’s records since 1*42 show these figures for Are fatalities since 1942r Forthe 1st year, quarter. 1*42................ 28 11 1*43.i....... 34 8 1*44.......... 3* 10 1945.:_._-..__ 18 8 1*48—......_... '31 '10 t*47____.._____... 30 I Stand on Pay Raise ' Awaits Meeting of School Personnel By Coif Hendley, Jr. The Board of Education has de cided to start a battle for paid sick and emergency leave for publii school teachers—something new tc the District school system. ■ Not so definite )s the question 01 whether the school board should ask for a cost-of-living pay raise for the teachers. After debating the pay question yesterday for sev eral hours, the board's Legislation and Personnel Committees decided to postpone action until after the teachers themselves express their ideas at a hearing af 3:30 pm. Fri day in the Franklin Administration Building. The present sick leave system re quires teachers to pay out of their own pockets for a substitute to wmcn tneir classes u tney are ill, Dr. Corning explained. . , Cost Estimated. His proposals to the two com mittees, membership of which em brace virtually all the members of the full board, were adopted except for two points, which were sent back for a detailed report. Dr. Coming , said the estimated cost of such-a program would be $1*0,000 the first year if the daily pay of a substitute were $12,and $13$,000 if the daily pay were $9. > Since substitutes now get from $7.50 to $9, several board members could hot understand why this should be raised under a sick leave plan. They asked Dr. Coming te clarify the matter. The other point concerned a pro vision recommended by Dr. Cor ning to allow the school superin tendent to advance up to 20 days' additional leave to teachers, over what was allowed in case of emer gencies. The board members also wanted reasons for this. Could Accumulate 60 Days. Dr. Coming’s proposals would grant leave with pay to teachers and other school employes* for sick ness, death at home or other press ing emergencies at the rate of 10 days a year, to be earned at the rate* of one day a month, from Sep tember through June of each year. This would be cumulative to 00 days over a six-year period. The pay raise question came be fore the board because of two bills in Congress—one introduced by Senator McCarran, Democrat, of Nevada, calling for a fiat $l,000-a year raise for teachers here and the other by Representative Beall, Republican, of Maryland, calling fnr an inrruoca In general. Dr. Corning felt that the principle of. cost-of-living pur raises . for teachers should be ap proved hut that teachers should get the same raise as Federal workers if legislation affecting,the latter is passed. Building Needs Cited. “I am sympathetic,” said Adelbert W. Lee, board member. “But we’ve got to consider first things first. This vicious circle which Is running up the cost of living has to stop. We need buildings and will jeopardise the building program if we increase operating expenses too much.” The cost of the pay raise to the District, under the McCarran bill, would amount to more than $3,500, 000, according to school officials. Beard Is Promoted In District Tax Office The promotion of Charles A. Beard, jr., to the position of ad ministrator of the municipal tax of fice, income, inheritance and estate tax division was announced by the Commissioners today. Mr. Beard, 41, succeeds John R. Merrick, who died February 17. The new administrator'Fill receive $7,108 a year in the job, Formerly, as Mi*. Merrick’s assistant, his salary was $4,776. Mr. Beard has been employed by the District Government since 1927. He Is not related to Dr. Charles A. Beard, the historian. Berlin Doctor's LetterRecalls £>. C. Man's Days as POW t Major Recervad Many Favors From German On Hospital "Train . , Maj. Edward A. Stanulis, 1337 Missouri. avenue N.W., is about to answer the moot unexpected letter he ever received. . It came from Berlin, by way of his family's home in Paterson, N> J. Its. sender is a doclot in a Berlin hospital who, as a German Amy doctor during the w%r, once had Maj. Stanulis aahis patient on a hospital train. Seriously wounded,’ the. major then a company, commander in the 26th "Yankee” Infantry Division had just bom taken prisoner on a battlefield in Lorraine. Waiting oh 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 ah engineering stu dent at Maryland University. | “He used to give us something to •at and smokes and shots of mor phine to help make us more com* fortable," Maj. Stanulii related. "He said he had no use for the Nads. 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. StSnulis five marks. They would need some spending money, ho said. That wits the last the major heard of hiin until his letter arrived last Priday. “The war is over—we hope it may stay so r the letter opened. Then, recalling the train trip and an in vitation from Lt. O’Reagan to "com* MAJ. EDWARD A. STANULIS. His letter was unexpected. —Star Staff Photo. over to the States arid let us see you again,” the doctor explained: Got Address by Accident. “Against my will I was so silent— ah 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 nvoet 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, ypho lives with his wife in Hyattsville, has received no letter so-far. PUC Considers Plea For Permanent Ban on Gas Heat Conversions The Public Utilities Commission today has under advisement a re quest by the Washington Oas Light Co. to make permanent the com pany’s February 27 ban on further conversin'of coal and oil heating systems to gas heat installation In Washington - area buildings and hotnes.. The PUC spent all of yesterday hearing testimony on the gas com pany’s recent action to prevent ad ditional changeover* from coal and 1 oil to gas. . - Everett 3. Boothby, vice president and general manager of the com pany, testified failure to halt con versions would retard construction of sorely needed, new homes in the Washington- area. Opposed by Plumber Greup. * * The ban was opposed by repre sentatives of the Merchandising Plumbers , of the Master Plumbers’ Association, who declared it would hurt their business. The PUC was told by Mr. Boothby there “just will not be enough gas to go around’’ if mor^ homes and buildings are permitted to convert to cheaper gas heat. The gas company, Mr. Boothby said, has made provisions with the corporation supplying it with natural gas to take' on 14,000 addi tional customers within the next year. If the ban were not in ex istence, he estimated, 22,000 custom ers would want gas heat in their Reconversion Provision Asked. While no witnesses questioned the necessity ■ for economy in use of natural gas supplies here, three said they thought some provision should be made for reconversion. They were Milo C. Brinkley, chairman of the Public Utilities Committee of the Pederation .of Citipens’ Associa tions, and Alfred Bernstein and George C. Webster, both plumbers. No other witnesses were called by Attorney William H. ColUns, repre senting the Plumbers’ Association., A similar hearing will be held in Richmond April ft before the Vir ginia State Corporation Commis sion on a ban Imposed by .the Rosslyn Gas Co:, a subsidiary of the Washington firm. The company proposal wjls sup ported by sylvan King, chairman of the Housing Committee of the District Department of the Ameri nan T ani aim Rent Rises Approved For 184 Apartments District Control Administrator Robert F. Cogswell today approved rent increases lor 184 apartments In three buildings in tbe Northwest section. v . ' tort the Legation apartment house, 5420 Connecticut avenue, owned by the Hall Johnson Construction Co., Mr. Cogswell’s office approved an id crease averaging 8.28 per cent lor 60 units in the building. The owners had sought a 9.7 per cent increase. * The Kennedy Brothers Co., owners of an apartment house at > 3901 Connecticut avenue, received ah av erage 7.45 per cent increase for 64 units in the building. They had asked for a 10.55 per cent increase. The same company sought a 10.40 per cent rent raise for 60 units in a building it owns at 2301 Cathedral, avenue. Mr. Cogswell’s office knock- j ed thisrequest down to 8.48 percept.;. The rent administrator’s decision, will become effective March 25 un-j less landlords or tenants involved j in these cases appeal tnthe mean- , time. Drivers Warned to Apply . For Auto Togs This Week ( Motorists who have not yet applied J tor their 1948-9 automobile tags by 1 mall were warned by Traffic Dir ed tor 1 George E. Keneipp today that their 1 applications must.be received on, dr before Monday if they expect to re- 1 ceive their tags before the deadline 1 of April'1. 1 “We cannot guarantee that in^i i applications received after Monday t can be prbeened in time to insure 1 that applicants will receive their taga before April 1,’’ Mr. Keneipp 1 Mid. ■ . ' * ‘ * ’. | : • l Senate Vote Clears $500,000 for Start On HospHafCenter • Preliminary construction of the Washington Hospital Center could be started on -the Naval Observatory grounds with a $500,000 appropria tion approved yesterday by the Senate. r. This item in the Independent offices appropriation bill already had been passed by the House. There fore, It will not come up for, action ss the rest of the bill goes to con ference now between Hotue and Senate managers to compose dlffer snees between the House and Senate versions of the supply bill. $19,500,SOO Authorized. Also approved by both chambers was an increase in the oontract luthoriaation for the hospital center trorh $18,000,000 to $19,500,000. This would authorize the Public Build ings Administration to enter Into contracts for construction of the big 'facility. First work would be-started on roads and grading,-but actual con struction of the building itself probably would have to aWait re moval of the observatory to a new site, not yet selected. Three hos pitals are joining ih the eenter: Emergency, Garfield and Episcopal. The Senate added two other local Items to the" House bill, which will come up in conference. They are >50,000 for the National Capital Park and Planning Commission to complete its “master plan” for Dis trict slum clearance, and $159,000 for the same commission to buy park land in nearby Maryland. Two-thirds of the cost of the parks would be repaid by the State. Land Purchasing Denied. The Senate refused the request of the District Redevelopment Land kgency to restore $3,400,000 for land purchase, stricken from the budget by the House. The Senate approved its Appro priations Committee item Of $1,000, W0 added to the House bill for com pleting the Public Roads Adminis tration research laboratory in near by Virginia, near the Potomac River, about 2 miles north of Chain Bridge. Among funds of local interest in the bill and not in controversy be tween House and Senate managers ire $5,000 for the Interstate Com mission on the Potomac River Basin md $241,000 for the National Capital Park and Planning Commission for purchase of parks and playgrounds New Chemical Storage Unit Assures Wafer Purification The District’s water supply will be better protected against pollution when a storage building for critical :hemlcals is completed, it was an nounced today by Col. D. O. Whitej of the Army Engineers District office. The prefabricated metal building) it the Washington Aqueduct will permit the storage of 1,200 tons of) bauxite ore, he said. This material, which is com pounded with sulfuric acid to make l “syrup” that carries sediment to ;he bottom is an important part of !he purification process. The ore comes from Arkansas, and district water authorities are afraid l shortage of railroad cars might mdanger the supply. Friendship Furnishings, Valued $85,387, Mav Go on Block Possibility that $*5,3*7 worth of urnishings at Friendship, home of he late Evalyn Walsh McLean, may :°.on sale at public auction was dis used today at District Court, Justice Henry A. Schweinhaut [ranted a petition of Thurman irnold, executor of Mrs. McLean's state, to sell the furnishings at wblic auction or privately at not ess than the appraised value. Mr. Arnold said in his petition he trustees of the estate are try ng to sell Friendship Itself and hat if this is done the cost of stor rig the furnishings would be high nd there would be ripe of deter oration. Mrs. McLean's will left the use of he house and furnishings to her op-in-law, former Senator Robert * R. Reynolds of North Carolina, dur ing his lifetime. The will provided that If the trustees considered it advisable to sell Friendship and in vest the proceeds, the income from the proceeds should go to Mr. Rey nolds during his lifetime. The petition said Mr. Reynolds had notified Mr. Arnold he had decided not to occupy the house. Under the terms of the will, the furnishings could not be distributed to Mrs. McLean's heirs until 1907, when her youngest grandchild, Mamie Spears Reynolds, becomes 35 years old. The petition said the amount of legacies, bequests, claims and taxes which will have to be paid by tha estate exceeds the cash now at hand, and therefore it will be necessary to sell the furnishings. 4, Miller Predicts Sex Offense Bill Approval Soon Subcommittee Action On New Draft Put Off Until Next Week By Harold B. Rogers Final draft of a proposed aex offenders statute probably will be approved formally by a House Dis trict Subcommittee March 34 and **nt to the full District Committee, Representative Miller, Republican, of Nebraska', predicted today. As chairman of the subcommittee handling the legislation. Dr. Miller, who is a physician, brought up the bill for consideration at an execu tive session of his unit today. But the measure was held over to await a final report from Dr. Winfred Overholser, superintendent of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Dr. Overholser wants to make an other check on the final draft, it was explained, particularly with regard to an amendment providing volun tary admission to St. Elizabeth’s of persons not involved in criminal charges. If Dr. Overholser is satisfied with the bill as revised, Dr. Miller said approval at the next meeting of the subcommittee March 34 appears certain. Day Care Hearing get At that meeting Dr. Miller has scheduled a hearing on a contro versial bill to establish permanent day care copters for children of working mothers. To be invited for discussion of the measure are the District Commis sioners and officials of the Board of Public Welfare, who oppose con tinuing the program. As a result of a subcommittee in quiry into how other cities of the country operate day-care centers. Dr. Miller prepared a long report which he has submitted to each member of his subcommittee. Mem bers of his unit are divided on con tinuing day centers which were set ■up as a wartime emergency, he pointed out, adding that to discon tinue them would bring some hard ships to working parents. Favors Continuing Program. In his personal opinion. Dr. Miller said in his report, the District gov ernment should be authorized to continue the program indefinitely, but fees should be charged scaled to the size of a family and Income. When the family income reaches $3,600 a year, he proposed, fees should be charged to meet all ex penses. The subcommittee reported favor ably to the District Committee for action at its meeting tomorrow a bill which would expand the scope of the National Training Schools for Girls on Loughboro road. .TJie second bill would authorise a system of Feclprocity for licensing doctors in the District who have been certified by special boards In other States or by a national examining board. Held over for later consideration by the committee were these meas ures: To authorize funds for recon struction or renovation of private hospitals here which are not in cluded in the new Washington Hos pital Center to be built on the Naval Observatory site, and to regulate a practice of optometrv in the District. 25 on Patrol Wagons Return to Police Beats Police Supt. Robert J. Barrett to day won the Commissioner*’ ap proval of a plan to return at least 25 policemen to their beats by reducing the number of the department's pa trol wagons from 13 to 6, and equip ping those in use with two-way radios. Maj. Barrett told the Commission ers 78 policemen ordlnarly are tied up in operating the 13 patrol wagons which now respond to telephoned instructions from each of the pre cincts. He said he thought six ra dio-equipped wagons would provide "better service” and a more efficient use of personnel. Under the new system, Maj. Bar rett explained, the wagons would cruise the city constantly receiving radio calls from the department’s communication center at the Mu nicipal Center Building. Some of the men relieved from patrol wagon duty would have to operate the more complicated of fice setup required by the new sys tem. Maj. Barrett said. At least 25 of them, however, could be returned to duty as foot patrolmen, he added. Bishop Dun to Dedicate Deaconess Yeo Memorial A memorial to the late Deaconess Lillian Yeo, for 44 years superin tendent of the House of Mercy, will be dedicated by the Right Rev. An gus Dun, Episcopal Bishop of Wash mgton, at 4 pm. tomorrow at the House Of Mercy, Rosemont avenue and Klingle road N.W. The memorial will consist of a tablet placed in the chapel of the House of Mercy and of a portrait to be hung In the front hall of the home. The tribute was made pos sible by $1 contributions from 200 girls Deaconess Yeo had befriended. Deaconess Yeo, who died August 4, 1947, was superintendent of the home from 1901 to 1945.