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W]t gening Jilaf .-~.nr --- .- ---‘ WASHINGTON AND VICINITY—COMICS—RADIO TUESDAY, JULY 5, 1949 RECORD FIRE SWEEPS SILVER SPRING LUMBER YARD—Hottest spot in the area on the Fourth of July was the Silver Spring Building Supply Co., « block west of Georgia avenue at Ripley street. The big lumber yard went up in a $400,000 blaze late yesterday afternoon. , Don Gentzel, a volunteer, one of 50 firefighters overcome or injured, is given first aid at the scene. The fire was called the biggest in Silver Spring’s history. PBA Guard Quizzed On Clue He Offered In Sailor's Murder Montgomery County detectives Investigating the murder of a young sailor near Rockville today questioned a Public Build ings Administration guard re ported to have seen two men near the spot where a blood* •tained car was found early Sat urday. They refused to disclose what they learned, however. Detectives said the guard told park police he saw the pair hurry ing away from the Potomac River seawall at Rock Creek parkway and Constitution avenue a few hours before the half-submerged car was found. Bloodstains in the car, accord ing to police, have been found to match the blood of the murdered sailor, John J. Little, 18, whose body was discovered last Saturday beside a tavern on Route 240 about a mile and a half from Rockville. The sailor, whose head had been beaten in, was hitchhiking from the Naval Air Station, Oceana, Va., to his home at Loretto, Pa. Derectives said the guard’s re port is the only tangible lead ob tained thus far in their attempt to solve the murder. The car is owned by Hazel Oliver Hawkins, colored. Rockville, who reported the auto mobile had been stolen Friday night in Rockville. Detectives also urged the two men who found the abandoned car to get in touch with them to sup ply further information in the case. » At the same time, detectives said, a study of a State police re port on the holdup of two Rich mond College students early Sun day at Beltsville revealed there was no connection between that Incident and the murder. Yesterday, detectives questioned a sailor stationed at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda. They quoted him as saying he picked up another sailor answer ing the slain youth’s description early Saturday in Bethesda and drove him to Rockville. Detectives said the sailor was unable, how ever, to identify a full-face pic ture of the victim. Mylo Downey Leaves To Serve in Greece Mylo S. Downey, State agent for the boys' 4-H Clubs in Mary land, left today for Greece as an adviser for the Economic Co operation Administration and the good . and Agriculture Organiza tion. Mr. Downey is scheduled to stay four months in Greece, where he will assist with the organization of an educational program for farm youths who have left school. In the Maryland post since 1943, Mr. Downey formerly was •n assistant county agent and as sistant State Boys’ 4-H agent. | Star Movies | Community movies, sponsored by The Star, the Recreation De partment and the Film Center, are scheduled for 9 o'clock tonight. Programs of comedy, sports, car toons and musicians will be shown at the following playgrounds and recreation centers: Rosedale—Seventeenth and Gales streets t>T. Jefferson—Eighth and H streets S W. Twin Oaks—Fog) r tee nth and Taylor atreets N.W. Turkey Thicket—Michigan avenue and Tenth street N.E. Palisades—Dana and Sherrier streets V W • Hillcrest—Thirty-second and Denver H-reets 8.E. v Ridge—Ridge rogd and Burns street 8.E. * Bruce—Kenyon street and Sherman Avenue N.W. 1 Snows Court—Twenty-fifth and I streets f.W 5 Blow—Bennlng road and Nineteenth •reet N.E. % Bus Circle—Between Southern avenue And Sixty-first street S.E i \ Douflass-Dwelling—2000 Alabama ave •m m. y * As firemen were felled by the intense heat, scenes such as this occurred frequently. A volunteer fireman is being led to a first aid station by another fireman and a bystander. [- * Runaway Oysters Tracked Down With Microscopes and Silk Nets By the Associated Pres* EASTPORT, Md., July 5.—Run away oysters are being tracked down in Chesapeake Bay by Fed eral Agents armed with micro scopes and silk nets. Baby bivalves are known io wander far from home before they settle down at the age of about 14 days. No larger than pin pricks, they are being shadowed this summer by agents of the Chesapeake Shellfish Investiga tions. The research unit established here 5 years ago by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service wants to know how far the oysters roam. One of Several Projects. The study is only one of several projects now going on under the leadership pf James B. Engle, 48 year-old fisheries research bio logist and chief of Chesapeake Investigations. Mr. Engle and his staff of seven scientists are compiling data to show where and when oysters should be planted to produce the best crops. “Maryland is a laboratory for us,” Mr. Engle said. “We hope that what we find out here will be applicable also in other oyster States.” v The travels of oysters have been plotted for three years in Eastern Bay, a large inlet off Talbot County in Chesapeake Bay. For years the State of Mary ; land has planted oyster shells near the eastern end of Eastern Bay, producing crops of seed oysters for transplanting and I eventual harvesting by commer cial watermen. Studies at the Federal labora tory indicate that the western section of the bay may be a more fertile breeding ground, and pilot shell plantings are now demon strating this fact. Many of the oysters born in the eastern end apparently go west, swimming 5 miles across the bay i before settling down to mature. Mr. Engle explained that short ly after birth the microscopic oyster grows a membrane swim-; ming organ shaped like an inside- j out umbrella with waving ten tacles around the perimeter. Like tiny helicopters the oysters pull themselves up from the bot tom and. as they approach the surface, are carried off by shifting currents. Annoyed by any disturbance in! the water, the oyster will pull in j his umbrella, close up in his shell and sink to the bottom, perhans hundreds of feet away from his starting point. Later the oyster will start swimming again. At the age of about two weeks, he will settle to the bottom for good. If he lands in the mud, he dies; if he lands on a smooth surface like an empty oyster shell, he attaches himself for life, or until harvested by a Maryland oysterman. That is why oyster shells planted by the State will be thrown over board in the place where most of the young oysters are settling to the bottom . What Devices Indicate . Mr. Engle’s underwater devices indicate that many of the Eastern bay baby oysters, are landing near the Western section of the bay. ^Where do they come from? The studies of Eastern bay tides indi cate that very likely they “swim" 5 miles across the bay with the aid of an elllptically flawing cur rent. The staff is now preparing to “tag” the young oysters with chemical colors . Using a fine silk net. the bio logists will fish up batches of larval oysters from the Eastern section and wash them in jars of red, nile blue and purple ana line dyes. Then the dyed oysters will be released. If they show up two weeks later across the bay, Mr. Engle will have confirmation of his theory that a 5-mile trip is nothing exceptional for an oyster. i Unable to halt the inferno in the lumber yard, the firemen battled valiantly to save nearby homes and had a perfect record on that score, Thousands of per sons saw the Are and many—sucn as tnose m tms picture—got ciose enugm to feel the heat of the flames. (Story on Page A-l) —Star Staff and A. P. Photos Righf-fo-Work Laws Defended by Tuck At Road Ceremony By th* Associated Press STRASBURG, Va., July 5.— Gov. Tuck yesterday defended the workability of the State’s right to-work and utilities labor rela tions laws, and called upon “those who oppose these acts to speak up and make known how they ro pose to protect the rights of the people of Virginia.” The Governor’s words were a reference to one of the top issues in the current campaign by the four candidates for the Demo cratic gubernatorial nomination. He spoke at ceremonies marking completion of the John Marshall highway, between Strasburg and the West Virginia line. “I am not deluded by all these cries concerning Virginia's gov ernmental services,” Gov. Tuck said. “Much of the tumult is raised to camouflage and gloss over the real question.” He said Virginians are given the right to work whether or not they belong to a labor union or other organization, and added: “This administration has stood firmly and will ever stand firmly for law and order, and for the contimied and uninterrupted operation of all our essential pub lic utilities so vital to the public safety, health and welfare. . , . “These statutes and their ob servance have proven of great benefit to the working people of Virginia, to management, and especially to the citizens of Vir ginia at large.” From State Senator John S. Battle, one of the candidates, came again the the challenge that. Horace H. Edwards and Francis Pickens Miller, two of his op ponents, make clear their position on the acts. Senator Battle has said he favors retaining the laws. Neither Mr. Miller nor Mr. Edwards has called for repeal. Both have said the laws should be kept on the books subject to change when and! if it appears to be in the best interest of the State. Richmond supporters of Mr. Battle yesterday dubbed Mr. Ed wards, who favors a 2 per cent retail sales tax as the solution for Virginia’s school ills, the ‘‘tax, tax, tax—spend, spend, spend man.” Mr. Edwards’ followers de plored "misleading information” on his sales tax stand and said their candidate offers the only “pay-as-you-go” solution to Vir ginia’s problems. Delegate C. C. Louderback, Page County, took the air from Peters burg yesterday to say that Mr. Miller was wrong when he said the State was being run by a “machine.” This, sitid Mr. Loud erback, is a “lot of poppycock.” One Killed, Another Hurt! !In Ball Park Battle Special Dispatch to The Star PRINCE FREDERICK, Md.. July 5.—One man is dead and an other is in serious condition at Calvert County Hospital as the result of a gun battle yesterday at Saw Mill baseball diamond, 2 miles north of here. State police said the dead man, James Tarran, 20, colored, had pumped bullets into James Chase. 24, also colored, when Chase drew a revolver and killed Tarran with a bullet through the heart. Both men lived in Hunting Town, Cal |vert County. Calvert Slot Machines Piling Up $250,000 for New Hospital Special Dispatch to The Mar PRINCE FREDERICK, Md„ July 5.—A $250,000 jackpot is steadily piling up for the new Calvert County Hospital, which will be built with slot machine money. About $70,000 came into the hospital treasury from license fees paid in the last fiscal year, the first year of legal operation. The fiscal year for slot machine li censes begins July 1. A similar amount is anticipated during the next 12 months from operators of some 500 machines, the approximate number licensed last year. The county’s slot machine law was approved in a referendum about two years ago by a vote of nearly 2 to 1. It provided that revenues be used first to pay the $4,000 cost of the special election and then turned over to the hos pital- by the county commission ers until the building fund reached a total of $250,000. After that income from the devices will revert to the county’s general fund. Plans for the new hospital call for expenditure of $375,000, the difference between that amount and the $250,000 is to come from the Government under the Hill Burton Act. This provides for a Government grant of 50 per cent of the total raised by the county. With a substantial amount on hand and more coming in each month, the hospital’s Board of Directors has selected a site and employed an architect to draw plans for a one-story fireproof structure with space for 28 beds. A 70-acre tract about 1 mile m nortn oi prince rreaericK nas Deen chosen and negotiations for its1 purchase at an undisclosed price; are under way with the owner,! Percy Johnson. Construction is expected to begin within the next' few months. The new masonry building will replace the existing two-story; frame hospital which for years has operated without a license.! The State Health Department has1 explained that while precautions! have been taken the “unavoidable”! fire hazard in a frame building makes it necessary to withhold a! license. __ Damage Set at $7,000,000 In Virginia Flash Flood 4 Special Dispatch to The Star tfARTINSBURG, W. Va.. July 5.—Damage resulting from the flash flood that struck the Po tomac and Shenandoah Valleys in Virginia and West Virginia about three weeks ago was estimated yesterday at approximately $7, 000,000. The estimate was made by Army engineers, State officials and soil experts and includes losses in per sonal property, homes, bridges and livestock. West Virginia’s primary and secondary roads in the flood stricken areas of Grant, Pendle ton and Hardy Counties were damaged to the extent of about $1,000,000, according to Road Commissioner Ray Cavendish. Losses in poultry were esti mated at more than 200,000 chick ens in Hardy County and nearly 500,000 in Grant and Pendleton Counties. Assautt Charge Naming Policeman's Wife Dropped A charge of assault with a dan gerous weapon against Mrs. Shir ley Phillips, 31, Silver Spring, wife of a Washington policeman, was dropped today by State’s Attorney Walter Dawson of Montgomery County. Mrs. Phillips was accused of shooting her husband, Pvt. James T. Phillips, 34, of No. 8 precinct during an argument June 27 at their home. Mr. Dawson said he nolle prossed the case because Pvt. Phil lips refused to prosecute. The case had been scheduled for hear ing today in Silver Spring Police Court. Mrs. F. Freeland Chew Burned by Gas Stove Mrs. Anne Chew, wife of F. Free land Chew. Arlington County board member, was burned on the face and hands yesterday when accumulated gas flared up as she attempted to light the oven burn ers of a gas stove. Mrs. Chew was reported in good condition this morning at Arling ton Hospital. The accident oc curred at the Chew’s home. 1502 North Edison street, about 4 pm. School Board to Elect At Falls Church Tonight The Falls Church School Board will elect officers at 7:30 o’clock tonight in the library of the Falls Church High School. Mrs. Mark Regan, chairman, said a new chairman, vice chair man and clerk will be elected. Mrs. Regan has not served a full term, but State law requires that school boards organize each July.