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WASHINGTON, D. C. WASHINGTON AND VICINITY MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1948 South May Back Elector Change To Gain Power Party Faction Sees Opportunity to Curb Northern Influence By Chalmers M. Roberts If the system of electing our Presidents is to be modernized be fore the Nation votes again in 1952, it is very likely that the South will furnish the necessary votes—both in Congress and the State legisla tures. The extent of support for a change in the Electoral College sys tem was indicated in a poll by The Star, published yesterday. Of the 96 members of the Senate in the 81st Congress, 51 favor some sort of action, 27 were undecided and only 2 expressed opposition. The remaining 16 were not reached. The compelling reason for South ern support, it appears, is the feel ing that the Democratic Party has now fallen into the hands of the* Northern liberal wing and that the South’s once great influence can not be lestored until it has more bargaining power. Humphrey favors Change. The State’s Rights movement grew out ol the indorsement of the President’s civil rights program by the Democratic National Conven tion last June, a move led by newly elected Senator Humphrey of Min nesota and Representative-elect Biemiller of Wisconsin, both Dem ocrats. Senator Humphrey favors a Nation-wide popular vote for Pres ident, but can be counted on to support the Lodge plan if his idea cannot get sufficient votes. Southerners generally feel the civil rights issue was rammed down the convention’s throat as a vote getting move among Northern Negroes and labor groups and hence they feel the voting importance of such groups would be greatly re duced if a State’s electoral votes were split according to the popular vote. As it is now, a few thousand votes cast by a minority group can swing a State's bloc of votes from j one candidate to another. Would End One-Party Rule. The new amendment has among its strongest backers such conserv atives as Representative Gossett of Texas, the House sponsor, and Sen ators Hoey of North Carolina and Eastland and Stennis of Mississippi. It also has the support of such liberal Southerners as Senator elect Kefauver of Tennessee and Senator Fulbright of Arkansas who has Joined Senator Lodge, Republi-1 can, of Massachusetts, as co-spon-l so r. All of these men feel that the amendment would bring two party system to the South and end. its status as a solid and certain; Democratic area and thus an area generally ignored by the Northern i Democrats. Senator-elect Kefauver, the man who smashed the Crump machine* in Tennessee to win his new Job,| has been introducing bill* for such | an electoral reform for many years and was one of the earliest spon-j sors of the amendment. The final amendment likely to be voted on in Congress this next year is likely to bear Ids name, in fact. The new Senator feels the amend ment would be a move of major importance to the development of the South for a variety of reasons. He prepared the following analysis for The Star of what he considers the amendment would mean to the South. “The South, like New England and certain other .states, has long suffered because of the one-party svstem. The passage of this amend ment would: “1. Limit the possibility of the people voting blindly for President and Vice President. The threat of electors not following the will of the party was present in 1944. It has now become a reality. (The Senator elect is referring to the Tennessee j elector who voted for Gov. Thur-; mond, although President Truman j carried the State’s popular vote.) j Unless this amendment is passed, the voters will never know whether their will is being expressed. End of Dixlecrats Seen. • “2. A strong two-party system is • the only healthy way a democracy c an operate. In the South, it would mean the end of the Dixiecrat move ment. Some Dixiecrafts would join the Republican Party; some Pro gressive Republicans would join the Democratic Party. The lines would; be more clealy drawn. Political dic tators would not have an oppor tunity of continuing control through capturing the party machinery of either party. “3. The position of the South and also other one-party sections would be given full consideration by the ' leadership of both national parties, j ; A vote in the South would mean as! ; much to the Democratic or Repub- j ; lican candidates as the vote in New > ; York or Pennsylvania. Both parties ; would take into consideration the problems and attitudes of one-party < sections. “4. The South and one-party sec tions would have a stronger demand for Cabinet positions and other high places in the Government. “5. The emoluments and benefits from the Federal Government would be more evenly divided and there would not be a starvation of any Federal benefits in any one section when some particular party was in control. Amendment Called Imperative. “The passage of this amendment Is imperative for orderly elections and for fair consideration and rep resentation of every section of our Nation.” In considering the effect on the South, it is worth totaling the Republican votes in the 11 South ern States. Gov. Dewey polled near ly 1,509,000 votes to almost 2,500,000 for President Truman, Gov. Thur mond, despite all the noise of the States’ Rights movement, was third with just under 1,000,000. The Truman vote was in spite of the fact that the President’s name was kept off the Alabama ballot and that the Truman-Barkley ticket was not the "regular” Democratic ticket on the Louisiana ballot. Thus, it is apparent there now is the base of a Republican Party in the South. Under the Lodge-Gos sett plan Gov. Dewey would have received 17.5 of the 56 electoral votes of the 4 States where he ran strongest: Texas, North Carolina, Florida and Virginia. These 17.5 would have been Dewey electoral votes had the same people voted the way they did in 1948, it must be pointed out. The amendment’s backers claim, with much logic, that under a real two party system such as they feel the reform would bring to the South hundreds of thousands of present day stay-at-home votes would be registered at the polls. More Votes Foreseen. The effect of the general rule that fewer people vote in the South on general election day than else where in the Nation may be seen in the total electoral votes under the new scheme for Gov. Thur mond and Henry Wallace. The South Carolina Governor, polling 1,169,312 popular votes in 20 States, but mostly in the South, ! would have received 38.6 electoral votes But Mr. Wallace, polling 1, 157,100 in 45 States, mostly in the North and West, would have re ceived only 9 4 electoral votes. Ob viously this is due to the greater value of a popular vote in the South since electoral votes are al located chiefly on population and not on the number of people who exercise the franchise. But if the new amendment led to more voters in the South, then this disparity would tend to disappear. And the amendment's supporters feel it would lead to more voters because the greatest number of votes in relation to population now are cast in States where the compe tition and rivalry is the greatest. With such rivalry much the same in each State under the new amend ment, they feel the votes cast would be pretty much in the same pro portion. 2 Critically Injured In Traffic Accidents; Man Hit by Car Dies Two men were in Emergency Hos pital today, one of them critically injured in a collision yesterday be tween a fire engine and a delivery truck. At the same time, police reported the 66th traffic death of the year, when a man, struck by a car last Monday, died at Garfield Hospital. Critically injured in the fire en gine accident, which occurred at Eleventh and P streets N.W., was 'the truck driver, Arthur Thompson, 62, of 1638 K street N.E., who suf fered head injuries and a crushed chest. Officials at the hospital said his condition today was "poor.” On Way to Fire. Police said the fire engine, driven by William J. Tollinger of No. 16 engine .company, was on its way to a fire in a house in the 1500 block of Ninth street N.W. The siren on the engine was blowing as it entered the intersection heading east on P street, the report said. The truck, which entered the in tersection from behind a parked streetcar, was headed north on Eleventh street, police said. It re ceived the full impact of the engine and was turned over on its right side. A passenger in the truck, William Caldwell, 48, of 222 K street N.W., received a broken left leg and right shoulder. Thompson was charged with failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. No one on the fire engine was injured. Driver To Be Held. The traffic fatality is George Brown, 139 Grant avenue, Takoma Park, Md„ who received head in juries and a fractured right leg when he was struck by a car in the 5300 block of Fifteenth street Mon day. Police said the driver of the car, Lt. Comdr. Robert A. Haynie, 53, of 8711 Second avenue, Silver Spring, will be held for the action of the coroner. In another accident early today. Dr. Hazen E. Cole, 50, of 639 East Capitol street, received a possible fractured jaw when his car struck an abutment at Fourteenth street and Maine avenue S.W. Dr. Cole’s wife and son, who were passengers in the car, also were in jured. Mrs. Oneda Cole was taken to Emergency Hospital with head cuts, and feugene T. Cole, 14, was admitted with a broken nose. Police of the Accident Investiga tion Unit reported a total of 74 ac cidents in the District since Friday, of which 22 involved hit-and-run drivers. Forty-one drivers have been charged with traffic violations as the result of the accidents,, police said. i Milk Price Boost Hearing At Newport News Today By th# Associated Prtss RICHMOND, Va„ Dec. 27.—Cir cuit Judge Harold E. Snead was scheduled today to hold a hearing heie on a protest by milk consum ers in the Newport News area over a milk price increase. Two State Milk Commission or ders, effective September 16 and Oc tober 1, fixed an increase in whole sale milk prices which raised the retail price 2 cents a quart in the Newport News area. The petition, said to represent 70,000 consumers, charges the two others are unconstitutional and asks the court to declare them null and void. * Among the petitioners were Eliz abeth City Council Board of Super visors, Hampton City Council and several Parent-Teacher Associations and civic groups. Maryland Auto Tags to Bear Red and White Corner Tabs By the Associated Press BALTIMORE, Dec. 27. — Mary land’s auto license color scheme for the 12 months beginning April 1 will be red, white, black and silver. The big, semipermanent black numeral and silver background aluminium tags will remain on cars through the next auto license year. The present black and silver clips will be replaced by red clips with white numerals, E. C. Rexroth, acting deputy of the department of motor vehicles, announced. Applications to all registered owners will be in the mails in time to start distribution of the clips by February 15. They may be dis played starting March 15, and must be on all cars after March 31. The "Ins' Arrive, the'Outs' Clean Desks as Congress Opening Nears By Harold B. Rogers Capitol Hill will be unusually busy this week as departing members of Congress prepare to leave and newly elected members arrive to plan for opening of the Eighty-first Con gress next Monday. Some of those who are retiring voluntarily and others who were defeated in the elections already have cleared out their offices and gone home. A few newcomers have moved in. Facilities in several buildings 1 on Capitol Hill have been reconditioned in preparation for the new Congress. A few finishing touches will be com pleted this week. The restaurant in the Howse wing of the Capitol, which has been I closed during the recess, reopened today, expecting a big business. Many meidbers of Congress are expected to retuyi this week to be here for the session Friday when the Eightieth Congress passes out of the picture. Quarters Are Assigned. All of the Senators, both holdovers and newcomers, have been given their quarters. Many holdovers re tain their old suites and some are moving to larger ones. Most of the members of the House have been assigned space in the Old and New House Office Buildings, but about nine still remain to be taken care of. Senator Capper, RepqJjlican, of Kansas, a long-time friend of the District, is packing to go home. He will leave Washington January 13. He paused in the big job of pre paring to leave and said: ‘ I’ve had a fine experience here for 30 years. But I am disappointed that you people here still do not have a vote. "There is no reason why Wash ingtonians should be deprived of a vote. They ought to have a voice in Government.” Fought For D. C. Vote. The Kansan made a long, but un successful fight to get national rep resentation for the District—the right to vote for President, Vice President and members of Congress. He was active in District affairs as chairman and later a member of the Senate District Committee. The Senator said he plans to go back to Topeka to resume active direction of his firm, Capper Publi cations, Inc., of which he is presi dent and publisher. The firm has two daily papers and eight farm publications. Before he leaves. Senator Capper will be honored at civic functions here for his long service to the Dis trict. He will be guest of honor at a luncheon sponsored by the North west Council of Citizens Association next Thursday in the Family Dining Room of the Senate. The Junior Board of Commerce will honor him at a luncheon Jan uary 6 at the Burlington Hotel. He also will be honored at the "Fel lowship Breakfast" at 8:30 ajn. Jan uary 12 in a Senate dining room in the Capitol. Collected Autographed Photos. When he leaves, Senator Capper will take with kim.one of $hfc larg est collections of autogrrpflSed pho tographs of celebrities on Capitol Hill. As he packed, with help of his staff, he handled a picture of President Theodore Roosevelt, auto graphed on January 20, 1909. At that time Mr. Capper was an active journalist. He was elected to the Senate in 1918. Senator Capper’s suite will be CHANGES ON CAPITOL HILL —Senator Capper, Republican, of Kansas, retiring from Con gress after 30 years, packs up a picture of President Theo dore Roosevelt, one of the big collection of celebrities’ pho tographs, some of which are shown on the wall. taken over by Senator Hickenlooper, Republican, of Iowa. While Senator Capper, who with drew from the Senate race and did not stand for re-election, was pack ing some newly elected Democrats j were moving into the House Office, buildings to begin careers in Con gress. Typical of these was John H. Marsalis, Democrat, of Colorado. He moved in last week to take over the office of defeated Representa tive Isaacson, American Labor Party, of New York. The 44-year old attorney, who resigned as dis trict attorney at Pueblo, said he was principally interested in rec lamation legislation in the forth coming Congress. He is one of the more than 100 new members of the House who al ready have been assigned offices. Representative Sabath, Democrat, of Illinois, is expected to succeed Representative Auchincloss, Repub lican, of New Jersey, as chairman of the House Office Building Com mission in charge of the buildings. Hayden May Succeed Brooks. All Senators have received their office space through the Senate Rules and Administration Commit tee, expected to be headed by Sena tor Haycien, Democrat, of Arizona, succeeding Senator Brooks, Repub lican, of IHlrrcrts, who war defedtW for re-election. Aul^afjjp^Wover, custo^tmn of Senate Office Building, DM carfrecP out directives of the Rules Committee. Eighteen new Senators have been placed, Mr. Wever said, and the nineteenth newcomer, from Ken tucky, still is to be taken care of the Vice President-elect, is ap pointed by the governor. Senator Barkley will serve as Senator until Russell E. Wever, custodian of the Senate Office Building, at work on the chart of the building as he studies the new loca tion of Senators’ offices. Assignment of space for all occupants has been completed by the Senate Rules and Administration Committee. —Star Staff Photos. sworn in as Vice President January 20. He will retain his old suite In the Senate Office Building. Before the incoming Senators were placed. Mr. Wever said, there were nine different shifts in hold over Senators to different quarters in the office building. Most of them with high seniority got larger suites. Senator Moore, Republican, of; Oklahoma, who retired this year,; was one of those clearing out nis office last week. He plans to go back to Tulsa. ! Senator Moore’s suite will be taken over by Senator Gillette, Dem ocrat, of Iowa, who returns to the Senate after an interval back in his home state. Senator Buck, Republican, of Delaware, chairman of the Senate District Committee, who was de feated, already has moved his per sonal effects from his office in the Senate Office Building and has gone baclf to Delaware. He does not plan to take part in the last ses sion of the 80th Congress next Fri day. Certain records of the Senate District Committee are being turned over to the Secretary of the Sen ate, in line with provisions of the [Congressional Reorganization Act. jj One employe of the Senate Dis trict Committee may be retained it bwas learned to bring a continarifcr Bn office PfrsonnttjBm the Rep®|, Bican to the ne#^Semocratic‘- ad ministration. New chairman of the District Committee may be Senator Hol land, Democrat, of Florida, who is in line for the post, or Senator McGrath, Democrat, of Rhode Island, chairman of the Democratic National Committee. No decision has been reached as yet. A newcomer to Congress, Representative-elect John H. Marsalis, Democrat, of Colo rado, shown taking over his desk in the Old House Office Building, formerly occupied by Representative Isaacson, Amer ican-Labor Party, of New York, York, who was defeated. The House District Committee is expected to be headed by Repre sentative McMillan, Democrat, of South Carolina. He occupied that post in the 79th Congress. William M. McLeod, present minority clerk of the committee, is slated to re sume his. former post as committee clerk. Humphrey Buys Home. Representative Dirksen, Repub lican, of Illinois, chairman of the District Committee in the 80th Congress, did not run for re-election. He has been among those men tioned in speculation as possible chairman of the Republican Na tional Committee, if the present chairman, Representative Hugh D. Scott, jr., of Pennsylvania relin quishes the post. Senator Humphrey, Democrat, of Minnesota, who defeated Senator Ball, Republican, and promises to be one of the picturesque debaters on Clpitol Hill, has bought a home in Rock Creek Knoll, Chevy Chase, Md. He has a wife and four children. While the Capitol Building has undergone only its usual recondi tioning, cleanup and painting dur ing the recess since adjournment last summer, two big construction projects are about to get under way for Congress. David Lynn, ArchiteoKggNj^he Capitol, expects that reconSKMon hC-rpof and upper the Chamber be tlBRhext The conflict algfHfShas w w A new Senate Office Building Is to be erected directly east of the present Senate building, between B and C streets, facing First street N.E. 'Property in the western half of the block is to be acquried, un der procedures already under way, and the area cleared next spring, according to Mr. Lynn. Grounded Bay Ferry Refloated; Five Spent Night Aboard Vessel By the Associated Press BALTIMORE, Dec. 27.—The State ferry John M. Dennis was towed free yesterday after lying aground 17 hours near Sandy Point. Five passengers who spent all night aboard the boat were taken ashore by a tug. Officials of the State ferry system said one reason for the mishap was a $15,000 fire at the Sandy Point ferry slip which destroyed electric wires and put out the navigation lights. Other reasons were high winds and an unusually low tide. The fire apparently started with an oilstove explosion in a combina tion bunkhouse and office. The building was destroyed. No one was injured, but ferry operations were halted for about an hour and a half late Saturday while firemen's hoses were strung across the ferry slip. The John M. Dennis ran aground Saturday night about 300 yards north of the channel leading to the Sandy Point ferry slip. It was on the westbound trip across the Chesapeake Bay from Matapeake. The passengers were taken ashore early yesterday by a tug of the Tidewater Construction Co., which had been working on the ferry slip. Several hours later, when the tide rose, the ferry Herbert R. O'Conor freed the grounded vessel. The John M. Dennis ran aground not far from where the Herbert R. O'Conor was grounded overnight on the coldest night of last winter with 125 passengers aboard. Girl Killed in Collision STAUNTON, Va., Dec. 27 (JP).— State police reported that Betty Sue Hall, 19, of North Wilkesboro, N. C.. died Saturday In a Staunton Hos pital of injuries received in an automobile collision on Route 11, in Greenville, a few hours earlier. Romeo W. Horad, Candidate For Council, Backs Equality Heads Negro Citizens Improvement Group In Montgomery (This is one in a series of bio graphical sketches of candidates for the new Montgomery County Council in the election January €.) By John V. Horner Of his accomplishments, Romeo W. Horad seems proudest of the home he built 10 years ago at 11308 Old Bladensburg road, Silver Spring. The air-conditioned, Georgian house is evidence, he says, of what Negroes can do if given the oppor tunity. To him, it is proof that the race appreciates the advantages of modern living and is entitled to a chance of enjoying them. This feeling is reflected in Mr. Horad's work as president of the Citizens Council for Mutual Im provement. In that office he has worked for improvement of Negroes, especially by showing that colored pupils in Montgomery County do not have school facilities equal to those for whites, and that living condi tions of the two races are not com parable. Running: for Council. He is running for the 5th Dis trict seat on the new council as the candidate of the Mutual Improve ment group, which is composed of about 2,000 Negroes. The organization, claiming a flon political status, is backing Mr. Horad on the grounds that the charter movement is nonpartisan. Nevertheless, the candite will use the Republican label on the special election ballot. Mr. Horad, 54, is a native of Washington. He attended public schools here, the Myrtila Minor Normal School—now Teachers’ Col lege—and Western Reserve Uni versity, Cleveland. Later he took a law degree at Howard University. For a year during World War 1, Frank Alligood Answers Plea For Bike Note Pinned on Tree A bicycle soon will be on the way to one of the Canadian boys who attached notes to Christmas trees asking some one, maybe Santa Claus, to send bikes to them. Thomas A. Stone, minister pleni potentiary at the Canadian Em bassy, has arranged to send a bicycle. The bicycle was offered by Prank M. Alligood, 617 Delafield place N.W., a retired District detec tive sergeant. Mr. Alligood first saw about the notes in the newspapers. He tried to make arrangements through a transfer company to ship the bicycle, but found regulations made It a complicated matter. Mr. Stone heard about Mr. Alligood’s offer and called him. “Mr. Stone told me to come to see him and he would take care of it all,” Mr. Alligood said. Three messages were found on trees sold in the Washington area. Two were from boys, Bruce Gallant, 10, of Upper Nelson, New Bruns .wick, Canada, and John Scott, 12, also from Upper Nelson. They asked for bicycles so they wouldn’t have to walk to school. The third note was from a girl, Alberta Hazlett, 8, McKinleyville, New Brunswick, whp wanted a pen pal. J &Stor«* ^ ROMEO W. HORAD. —Star Staff Photo. j he was in the Army, serving a part i of that time in France with head i quarters staff, 92d Division, as a court reporter. Worked for School District. Under a civil service examination, | he was appointed to the Navy De partment’s Inter-Departmental So cial Hygiene Board, and later was named executive secretary to the Recorder of Deeds for the Dis trict. In that job, he said, he set up one of two index systems now used and wrote many incorporation papers for leading organizations. Later he went into the real estate business, In which he is still engaged. During World War II, he was a member of the District Emergency Housing Council. Mr. Horad is a trustee of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, a member of the American Legion and is a Mason. He is married and has two sons and a daughter. His sports are golf and swimming. His hobbies are gardening, house painting and mowing the acre of grass around his home. Mathematician Dies at 80 BERKLEY, Calif., Dec. 27 (/P).—Dr. Frank Irwin, 80, professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, died Saturday. Dr. Erwin, a graduate of Harvard University, taught at Princeton Univefsity until coming here in 1911. He retired 10 years ago. Legion and Fire Units Collect Money, Toys For Blaze Survivors American Legion posts and vol unteer fire departments today were collecting money, clothing and toys for the survivors of a Christmas morning fire which killed an 8-year old girl and burned out her parents home in Clinton, Md. The tragedy struck shortly after 7 o’clock at the small, white bunga low near Andrews Air Force Base, where Mr. and Mrs. Grover Lusby, both 29, lived with their three children. A kerosene heating stove in the kitchen exploded, burning Margaret fatally and severely injuring her parents. The two youngest children, Barbara, 7, and Dorothy 2, escaped unhurt. Graveside services are scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow in the ceme tery of the Episcopal Church at Upper Marlboro, Md. Parents’ Condition Fair. As the parents lay in Casualty Hospital where their condition was described as fair, some of the gifts consumed in the blaze already had been replaced. The District Line Hardware Co. delivered a little table and chair set to Dorothy at the home of her great aunt, Mrs. John Lehman, 5800 Brooks road, Capitol Heights, who is caring for Barbara and Dorothy. Too young to understand the tragedy, Dorothy had cried for the cherished table and chairs, the gift she had wanted most but hardly had a chance to see before the fire took them away. The 14 American Legion posts in Prince Georges County yesterday started a drive to raise at least $1,000, according to Ray Burke, past vice-commander of the Legion in Maryland. Mr. Burke said Reuben Randall, 2420 T street S.E., past commander of the Suitland Post, is chairman of the drive which netted $118 yesterday. Aided by Lions Club. Working with the Legion are members of the Southgate Lions Club, Clinton, Mr. Burke said. Also making collections for the Lusbys are the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department and the Forestville Volunteer Fire Department. Contributions and donations should be made to Mr. Randall, the fire departments, or the Clinton Bank but should not be taken to j the Lehman home, drive chairmen' said. The Lusbys lost everything but the night clothes they were wearing when the explosion occurred. Courts Handle 6,000 Cases BALTIMORE, Dec. 27 (ff).—State’s Attorney J. Bernard Wells said yes terday that Baltimore criminal courts handled more than 6,000 cases In 1948. Philosophical Society Opens Virginia U. Session; 200 Attend By the Associated Press CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Dec. 27..—The 45th annual meeting of the American Philosophical Society opened at the University of Vir ginia today with more than 200 philosophers and teachers in at tendance. Concurrently, the society's Middle Western division met at Ohio State University and the Western division at Stanford University. The climax of the affair here will be the annual dinner at which the society's president, Herbert W. Schnieder of Columbia University, will give the presidential address. He will speak on metaphysical vis ion. The banquet will be held Wed nesday in the rotunda—the central building designed by Thomas Jeffer son and first used for a banquet in honor of the Marquis de Lafayette 124 years ago. The Charles S. Pierce Society will open the session this afternoon with two papers on the writings of this distinguished logician of Yale Uni versity, by Manley H. Thompson, University of Toronto, and James K. Feibleman, Tulane University. Max Black of Cornell University will preside tomorrow morning over the section on logical positivism. George Boas of Johns Hopkins University will preside over the sec tion on the history of philosophy. Problems of world society and world government^ will be discussed this afternoon by a panel with Susanne K. Langer of Columbia University as chairman. Milton C. Nahm of Bryn Mawr College will head the section on moral and social philosophy. Wednesday discussions will cover the philosophy of science, with Sid ney Hook of New York University as chairman, the philosophy of his tory with Mr. Schneider as chair man, metaphysics with Fulton H. Anderson, University of Toronto, as chairman. Varner Resigns Post On Page School Board Special Diipatch to The Star LURAY, Va.. Dec. 27.—Jesse Var ner, Luray member of the Page County School B<krd, has resigned from the post he has held for 20 years. Mr. Varner gave his health and business duties as reasons for his action. His term would have ex pired in 1951. His successor will be appointed early next month by the School Electoral Board, which is composed of Carroll Beach, Springfield; J. L. Foltz, Shenandoah, and W. J. Huff man, Stanley. Maryland Urged To Let Counties Keep Raid Funds Legislative Council Bill Would Clarify Gaming Case Action By the Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Dec. 27.—the Leg islative Council has a suggestion for counties that want to know what to do with money seized in a gam bling raid: Keep it. The proposal is one of a series of “crime and punihsment” bills to be offered the General Assembly next month. If approved the measures would apply retribution to such assorted offenses as driving down an unsus pecting swimmer with a motor boat or getting drunk In a department store. What to do with a gambling take gave Anne Arundel County authori ties a headache almost two years ago. Settled Out of Court. Police arrested three men sus pected of running numbers slips. Among other items they seized about $7,000 in cash. Chief John H. Souers salted it away for the county. The men were convicted on a lottery charge and fined $1,000 apiece. Chief Souers recalls. But they sued the chief and the county commissoiners for the confiscated money. The result was an out-of Court settlement. “It was uncertain whether the State could confiscate this money,’’ the Legislative Reference Depart ment says in explaining the council bill. This would permit courts to forfeit “captured cash” to the county (or Baltimore City) in which it was taken, six months after the gamblers are convicted. If any one is arrested but found not guilty he may apply for a re fund. Even if convicted, he may ask for a hearing. Ask to Make Kidnaping a Felony. Here are some of the other pro posed criminal laws on which the Legislature will act: 1. Increase the maximum penalty for assault with intent to murder from 10 to 15 years. State's Attor ney Harry E. Clark of Talbot Coun ty recommended the stiller sentence after a policeman was "permanently crippled” by a person he .tried to arrest. “The court expressed regret that a longer sentence was not possible,” says the reference department. 2. Make kidnaping a felony. A kidnaper may be hanged now, and the council explains “such a serious offense carrying such an extreme penalty should be classified as a felony rather than as a misde meanor." 3. Provide for the crime Of •‘manslaughter by motor boat.” The bill would 4R( seagoing craft to the ilaw which.; already makes man slaughter by mother vehicles a mls (Kneanor. It would repeal a 1947 Pit applying only to Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County. 4. Allow courts to punish tipple* who misbehave in stores and office buildings. “Drunkenness and dis orderly conduct in these places should be punishable equally with such conduct in streets and public places,” the department says. 5. Permit the trial of any one who commits an “indictable offense” on intercity or interstate bus or plane in any county or city on the route. The law already covers trains and steamboats. 6. Require doctors, dentists and others who treat patients “for an injury which may have been caused by some sort of accident or vio lence” to report to the police. Mont gomery. Talbot and Somerset Coun ties now have such a law. A companion measure would re quire the same kind of report from garages and repair shops. 7. Specify that bastardy is a mis demeanor. This would permit the extradition of men who flee the State after a court orders them to support illegitimate children. Sev eral times Virginia has refused ex tradition because “Maryland law does not call the offense a crime.” —- - Alexandria Woman Held In Fatal Stabbing of Man Alexandria police today reported the arrest of a 34-year-old woman in the butcher-knife murder Decem ber 12 of Theodore Roosevelt McNeil, 39, colored. Police said Dorothy Harris, col ored, 800 block of Madison street, Alexandria, gave herself up to police in Charlottesville. Va., on Christ mas Eve. The woman, police said, told them she was "tired of run ning.” Two Alexandria detectives, Thomas Woods and Francis John j son, brought her to Alexandria from ! Charlottesville Saturday. She has been charged with murder, f Mr. McNeil was found stabbed to death at his home in the 900 block of North Alfred street. Mrs. McCune to Head Montgomery Chest Unit Mrs. J. Wesley McCune of Forest Glen, Md., has been chosen chair man of the Social Hygiene Com mittee of the Montgomery County Comunity Chest and Council. The committee presently is study ing social hygiene problems of the county. The first major project di rected by Mrs. McCune will be the showing to parents of the motion picture "Human Growth.” A socio logical drama also is being prepared for presentation with the film at 8 p.m. February 2 at Montgomery Blair High School. West Hyattsville Holds Yule Display Contest The West Hyattsville (Md.) Cit izens’ Association sponsored an outdoor Christmas decoration con test over the week end. Judging will be by Mayor Caesar Aiello and a committee of four citizens at 8 o’clock tonight. Cash prices will be given for displays showing the best lighting and originality. The judging committee includes: H. William Bayne, association pres ident; Mrs. William Helm, Lester W. Cornett and William Herman.