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Await Study by
Plane Experts
Craft Abandoned
At Glen Burnie After
Ban on Stock Sales
The Air Force’s long search for
"flying saucers” has turned up two
contraptions almost as weird as
anything yet described by the most
wild-eyed “witnesses” of two sum
mers ago. .
Held for the examination of ex
perts are two weather-beaten
remnants of an inventor's dream
uncovered yesterday in a tobacco
shed near Glen Burnie, Md., an
outer suburb of Baltimore.
The relics are more than 10
years’ old, and so far as can be
determined, only one of them ever
got off the ground under its own
power. This occurred in Wash
ington almost 10 years ago,
and ended in near-disaster after
a flight of about 60 seconds.
Pilot Tells of Test Hop.
The inventor, Jonathan E. Cald
well, who is now over 70, if still
living, apd his wife and son left
Glen Burnie in 1940 after Mary
land authorities ordered Mr.
Caldwell to "cease and desist”
from selling stock to finance his
aeronautical ideas. None of the
neighbors have heard from them
Willard E. Driggers of 1530 Olive
street N.E., now with the Civil
Aeronautics Administration at Na
tional Airport, made the first and
only test hop in Mr. Caldwell’s
helicopter, the Gray Goose, at the
old Benning Race track in 1940.
Mr. Driggers said he helped de
sign the helicopter.
The machine rose about 40 feet
and after some 60 seconds in the
air, Mr. Driggers became aware
the controls were not operating
properly, he told The Star.
He decided if he took it any
higher, he might not get down
safely and he crash landed on
the race track. He was unin
jured, but the machine was dam
Lived Here Several Years.
Mr. Driggers said the saucer
around the rotors wap designed
to act as a wing after the ship
had attained cruising altitude.
The rotor would then be stopped
and the ship flown with the con
ventional propeller. He explained,
however, that this was theory,
because the ship was never flown
Mr. Caldwell lived in Washing
ton for several years before his
disappearance, and seems to have
returned here briefly from Glen
Buroie before dropping from
sight. The model tested here was
a small helicopter whose rotors
projected from a saucerlike disc
mounted on a tripod above the
Tattered remnants of this disc,
covered with cloth, and the bat
tered fuselage were found in the
shed, along with a plywood box,
like a huge circular cheesebox,
whose top and bottom sections
were designed to revolve in oppo
site directions with short rotors
projecting from the rims. The
pilot was to have ridden in the
middle, near the motor mount.
Capt. Claudius Belk, head of the
Baltimore office of Special Investi
gation of the Air Force, revealed
that his office has "been investi
gating the machines for months”
as possible prototypes of the flying
saucers reported so frequently. He
said efforts are being made to
locate Mr. Caldwell in the hope of
getting engineering data on his
roto-plane ideas.
The remains of the two ma
chines were placed in storage by
Maryland State police, who helped
locate them at the request of the
Air Force. The material will be
held, it was said, until it can be
determined if experts from the
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
at Dayton, Ohio, wish to exam
ine it.
Builder Was Carpenter.
The helicopter consisted of a
light wingless fuselage with a
propeller in front and a tripod
over the cockpit which mounted
the saucer-like rotor and its
projecting blades.
Except for the pancake struc
ture around the inner sections of
the rotor, the model was much
the same as other experimental
Jobs of that time.
Mr. Caldwell, a former carpen
ter, whose friends said he had
studied the science of aeronautics
in several books, had a far less
conventional idea in his “flying
The upper and lower lids, con
taining short rotor blades jutting
from their outer rims, were sup
posed to rotate in opposite direc
tions, giving rapid life and some
stability in flight, Mr. Caldwell’s;
friends said. They admitted thej
1,500-pound contraption never i
flew, but said Mr. Caldwell had!
claimed that a light model proved
The inventor earlier had tried:
a third model.
This looked something like a
complicated hay rick on wheels,:
and had rotors designed to fan the
air somewhat after the fashion of
the paddle wheels on old steam
boats. There were no claims that
this machine ever left the ground,
and Mr. Caldwell abandoned it in
favor of later ideas.
Attorney Robert E. Clapp, who
was Assistant Attorney General
of Maryland at the time of Mr.
Caldwell’s disappearance, and
helped administer the blue-sky
laws, conducted a hearing in 1940
into the affairs of two of Mr. Cald
well’s companies — Gray Goose
Airways, Inc., and Rotor Planes,
Inc. He later restrained the firms
from selling stock in Maryland.
“All he had was models,’’ Mr.
Clapp said, “and whenever one
failed and he needed more funds,
he went out and sold stock.’’
In his report, Mr. Clapp said:
“The literature used in connec
AIR FORCE FINDS ‘FLYING SAUCERS’—This is Jonathan E. Caldwell’s “Gray Goose” helicopter
pictured before it made a near-disastrous test flight of about a minute ih Washington nearly
10 years ago. /
_ __
Troopers J. J. Harbaugh and Peter Kosirowsky of the Maryland State police are snown
yesterday looking over remnants of »Mr. Caldwell’s helicopter, which had a pancakelike struc
ture around the inner part of the rotors.
State troopers with the “flying cheesebox” invented by Mr. Caldwell and found with his old
helicopter in a tobacco shed on a farm near Glen Burnie, Md., after a search requested by the
United States Air Force. ____
tion with these stock sales clearly
indicates that the public was led to
believe that the invention was on
the verge of perfection and would
be completed and ready for general
production within a very short
time, whereas, the fact as testi
fied by Mn Caldwell indicate that
no machine on which he had ever
wbrked had been successfully flown
or was in any condition for manu
facture and sale upon a satisfac
tory commercial basis. • * *
Fund Raising Criticized.
“The history of the develop
ment of these companies indicates
that they were organized merely
for the pin-pose of raising money
to develop the ideas of Mr. Cald
well, ahd that as soon as this
money was raised, it was treated
as belonging solely to him and as
the subject of any use which he
deemed proper.
“No meeting of stockholders has
ever been held by either company
and no financial report to stock
holders has ever come out since
The testimony in the case re
vealed that the Gray Goose com
pany was organized in Nevada ip
1928. Three years later the com
pany moved to New Jersey and
after 10 months there was en
joined froxh selling stock.
It then transferred its office to
New York and in 1934 the com
pany was ordered to stop selling
stock there. The same year the
company moved to i Washington,
D. C., and it was after this time
that stock was sold to Mary
In Washington the company
had financial difficulties and as a
result a new corporation—Rotor
Planes. Inc.—was formed. Stock
holders of the Gray Goose Air
ways, Inc. were then requested
to transfer their stock to the new
Mr. Clapp, during the hearing,
developed testimony that the only
machine Caldwell perfected which
had a possibility of being of any
value, infringed on a prior patent
on a similar machine.
Two Men and Boy, 14,
Marooned in River
Four Hours, Rescued
Two men and a 14-year-old boy,
all of Brookmont, Md., were re
covering today after being ma
rooned nearly 4 hours on rocks
in the Potomac River opposite the
Montgomery County community,
about a mile above Chain Bridge.
The three, who were brought
ashore last night by the Glen Echo
Rescue Squad, are Chick Maimer,
36, of Ridge drive; Thomas B.
Lawler, 46, and his son Benton of
6307 Potomac drive.
Benton said they were fishing
when their outboard motorboat
was swept over a dam and cap
sized about 3:30 p.m.
He said the swift current car
ried him downstream about 100
yards before he managed to grab
a rock. His father and Mr. Mar
ner landed on other ropks about
200 feet away.
Capt. Charles B. Kocher of the
rescue squad said the group was
notified of the trio’s predicament
about 6:30 pjn.
After launching a boat about
100 yards upstream from where
the boy was seen, Capt# Kocher
said the craft was allowed to drift
past the small island, pausing
momentarily to allow the youth
to jump in.
He said rescue squad members
then rowed to a point about 50
feet from where the two men were
marooned. A rope was thrown to
the pair and they were hauled in
"like a couple of fish,” Capt.
Kocher said.
Belvoir Dance Tomorrow
There will be a dance at 7:30
p.m., tomorrow at Service Club
No. 3, Fort Belvoir, Va. Mrs.
Eleanor Johnson, recreation di
rector, announced.
Slum-Clearance Program
Explained to Mayors
Mayors of all cities of over
25,000 population have been sent
a preliminary explanatory state
ment on how slum clearance and
urban redevelopment may be
launched under the Housing Act
of 1949.
In announcing this today. Hous
ing Administrator Foley said the
statement was distributed to help
Communities get their projects
under way without due delay.
He added that operations and
drafting of regulations and appli
cation forms for the new program
must await final action on appro
priations and the organization of
a qualified staff.
“We are preparing to move as
rapidly as possible on staff or
ganization, and hope to be ready
to pass on initial applications for
slum clearance sometime this fall,”
Mr. Foley declared.
Matthews Heads Group
Seeking Union of Nations
John A. Mathews has been
named chairman of a newly or
ganized Emergency Atlantic Union
Committee of Washington, a
group of the North Atlantic Pact
Other officers are David McCal
mont, vice chairman; Miss Nora
Reiter, recording secretary; Mrs.
Wynne Johnson, corresponding
secretary, and Charles Mason,
treasurer. /
Hearing on Bus Route
Deferred Till Sept. 13
The Public Utilities Commission
has postponed until 10 am. Sep
tember 13 a hearing on a request
by the Capital Transit Co. to run
a bus line between the District
line at Grubb road and the inter
section of Eastern and Georgia
The formal public hearings had
been scheduled for Septembers.
Hearing Planned
On Progress in
Slum Clearance
Sparkman Decision
Follows Conference
With D. C. Officials
Chairman Sparkman of the Sen
ate Banking subcommitte on Hous
ing and Rents plans a public hear
ing within a few weeks to survey
progress by the District toward
slum clearance under the new Na
tional Housing Act.
The Alabama Democrat decided
on the hearing last night, follow
ing. a conference yesterday on
Capitols Hill, where he and Sena
tor Flanders, Republican, of Ver
mont, conferred on the subject
with District officials.
Meanwhile Senators Sparkman
and Flanders plan to makfe a per
sonal visit soon to Marshall
Heights, which had been approved
for a redevelopment program to
house persons displaced from slum
clearance areas. An amendment in
the new Housing Act, however
blocks the District Commissioners
from asking for funds to use in
Marshall Heights.
More Data Wanted.
"We want to find out more about
what the District is doing, and
what are its prospects for public
housing under the national act.”
Senator Sparkman said. “During
the hearing, we expect to go fur
ther into the situation here to ^ee
If we cap speed the progress in
this city.”
District Commissioner Guy Ma
son, who headed the city officials
at the conference on Capitol Hill
yesterday, made public later in
the day correspondence between
the tw.o Senators and the city
The Senators had asked what
action had been taken to "benefit
immediately from the Housing
Act” and requested a statement
on the Commissioners’ “broad
plans” for slum clearance and
public housing here during the
next six years. ,
Mr. Mason's letter pointed out
that the Commissioners have not
yet developed any specific plans
for the purpose under provisions
of the new law. ,
Aware or nma.
Pointing out that the Marshall
Heights area had been denied
funds by Congress for redevelop
ment Tinder the Redevelopment
Land Agency law, the Mason letter
“The Commissioners are aware
that adequate housing must be
provided for those families who
are financially unable to secure
proper private dwellings. They
believe that low-rent publice or
private housing must be provided
before the removal of unfit dwel
lings or before any slum clearance
projects can be accomplished.”
The National Capital Housing
Authority has sent the Commis
sioners a resolution asking their
co-operation in furthering its pro
gram for public low-rent housing
and in obtaining sites for this
housing, and this is now under
study, the letter said.
John Ihlder, NCHA executive
officer, said today he "hopes and
believes,” provisions can be made
for using part of the housing for
persons displaced by a slum clear
ance program.
Under the new National Housing
Act, the District Government, act
ing through the Commissioners,
the Redevelopment Land Agency,
the NCHA and other agencies are
authorized to participate in loans
and grants approved by the Hous
ing and Home Finance Agency of
the Federal Government.
Already several cities through
out the country have made ap
plication for such help, it was
learned. But the District is not
yet ready to apply.
Juke Box Gives Answers
To Venereal Questions
The District Health Department
held a preview yesterday of new
material to be used in its fight
against venereal diseases—includ
ing a question and answer juke
The latter, an automatic record
player with a keyboard bearing
questions most commonly asked
health authorities about venereal
diseases, will be lent to business
Truman J. Keesey, program di
rector of the city’s forthcoming
anti-syphilis campaign, explained
those who are interested may have
the answer played back free of
The department also is pre
paring a series of one-minute
spot announcements for radio,
which will include testimony by
patients at Gallinger Hospital on
the disease, and means of obtain
ing treatment.
The material was displaced to
five members of the World Health
Organization’s Syphilis Study
Commission, which is touring the
United States to study venereal
disease control measures. The
group ended a five-day visit to
the District yesterday.
Remodeling Proposals
For Fish Wharf Studied
J. Thomas Kennedy, director
of weights, measures and markets,
is studying proposals to remodel
or rebuild the oyster-shucking
house at the municipal fish wharf
to comply with Health Depart
ment requirements.
Mr. Kennedy will make a report
to the Commissioners.
The Health Department has
recommended that fish-cutting
work be separated from oyster
shucking, addition of hot running
water and better lighting.
Baltimore Housing OK'd
Baltimore received Federal ap
proval yesterday to build 5,000
rental units for low-income fami
lies under the new long-range
housing program.
Man She Staked to Free Meal
Held in Theft at Waitress'Home
Second precinct police were
holding a 27-year-old man today
on suspicion of robbing the home
of a waitress who earlier had
staked him to a
meal at the res
taurant where
she works.
He was ar
rested by Pvt.
John Gray of
No. 2 after half
an hour’s chase
this morning
through alleys
in the vicinity
of Haje’s Res
taurant, 1406
street N.W.
Six headquar- Mr»- Whitaker,
ters detectives had joined in the
Later she arrived home and went
into the bathroom to wash her
hair. Emerging some minutes
; later, she told police, she found a
billfold containing $10, a watch,
some jewelry and some of her
husband’s clothes were missing.
Mrs. Whitaker, who lives not
far from the restaurant at 1417
Rhode Island avenue N.W.,
thought the man might have fol
lowed her home and then staged
the theft.
Mrs. Lawrence Whitaker, 23, a
waitress at Haje’s, said she bought
the man a meal when he came in
and said he was broke shortly be
fore she left work at 2:30 a.m.
Mrs. Whitaker said she returned
to the restaurant to summon po
lice, and while on the street no
ticed the man she had befriended
wearing a yellow sports shirt which
belonged to her husband.
The man ran w'hen she accosted
him. and Mrs. Whitaker and a
neighbor chased him. Police who
apprehended the man said he wore
no shirt. _
Striking Plasterers j
To Meet Monday to
Discuss New Contract
Representatives of about 500
striking union plasterers and their
employers have scheduled a meet
ing for 2:30 p.m. Monday to dis
cuss terms of a settlement of the
contract dispute
Thomas Crawford, president of
Local 96 of the Operative Plas
terers and Cement Finishers, said
he was “pretty sure’’ the dispute
would be submitted to arbitration
and that the men would go back
to work.
William S. Farris, president of
the Employing Plasterers’ Associa
tion, however, said he was "not
overly optimistic’’ about a speedy
Welfare Fund an Issue.
The chief point at issue is a 2
per cent welfare fund the union
is demanding. Mr. Farjis said the
members of his association are
opposed to payments to such a
fund and feel that a man making
$24 a day (the plasterers’ wage
scale is $3 an hour) can look after
the health and welfare of himself ^
and his family.
James A. Holden of the Federal
Mediation and Conciliation Serv
ice called him yesterday, Mr. Far
ris said, adding that he told Mr.
Holden “it was a little premature
to talk about getting together.”
Mr. Farris said also that he
believes the strike vote Thursday
night does not represent the feel
ing of the full membership of the
union. Mr. Crawford asserted
that the men refused to work
without a contract, which expired
Thursday midnight.
Less Than 25 Per Cent Vote.
Less than 25 per cent of the
membership voted on the strike,
Mr. Farris said he was led to
believe, and it was carried by a
vote of only 52 to 47. He said
some plasterers turned up for
work yesterday uninformed of the
Mr. Crawford said Monday’s
meeting is for the purpose of see
ing if the dispute can be threshed
out and, if an agreement is
reached, it will be submitted to the
union members on Tuesday. In
that case, he said, It would be
possible to resume work Wednes
Monday’s meeting will be at
the Hamilton Hotel. Before that
gathering the employers’ negotiat
ing committee of five will meet at
lunch at the hotel. <
11 Millions for Voice'
Included in Measure
An additional $11,500,000 to
boost the power of the ‘'Voice of
America” is included in a $72,-]
790,522 supplemental appropria
tion bill now awaiting Senate ac
tion after House passage yester
The bill carries $17,174,500 less
than President Truman had asked
in the catch-all measure for vari
ous Federal and District agencies.
Most of the ‘“Voice” money will
be used to improve the broadcast
ing facilities used by the State
Department in an effort to over
come Soviet “jamming" of the in
formational broadcasts.
A $2,500,000 supplemental item
for additional expenses of the
Housing and Home Finance
Agency occasioned by passage of
the Housing Act of 1949 was in
danger briefly. , It was knocked
out on a technical point, but was
restored a few minutes later with
more restrictive language.
Poultry and Fruit Costs .
For Institutions Decline
Poultry, vegetables and fruits
will cost District institutions less
for September than in August, ac
cording to the District Purchasing
The bids for the supplies were
opened a few days ago and showed
a drop of one or two cents a pound
in most articles.
Robert L. Anderson and Co., was
awarded a contract to supply
fruits and vegetables to District
institutions during September for
$18,697.50, and the Supreme But
ter and Egg Co., Inc., was awarded
a contract to supply eggs for $12,
726.25. 1
Kohler Poultry, Inc., will be paid
$1,356 for supplying poultry for
the month. Frozen and fresh fish
will be supplied by R. W. Claxton,
Inc., for $958, and the Washington
Fish Exchange, Inc., for $315. Ar
mour and Co., was awarded a
contract t<> supply cheese for
Treasurer of Union
Is Fined ior Carrying
Unloaded Gun in Car
A Washington labor union offi
cial was fined $50 in Upper Marl
boro Police Court yesterday foi»
carrying an unloaded pistol in
his car.
Trial Magistrate Alan Bowie
imposed an additional fine of $75
for reckless driving on Albert G.
Gray, 38, of Parkland, Md., who
said he was secretary-treasurer
of a Washington Meat Cutters’
Union. Gray pleaded guilty to
the reckless driving charge.
According to the testimony, *the
pistol, with the clip removed, was
in the glove compartment when
Gray's car was stopped June 9 by
Prince Georges County police.
The defendant told Judge Bowie
he had a permit from District au
thorities to keep a gun at his
home and office. He explained
he collected dues from union
members which sometimes totaled
as much as $3,000.
Couldn’t Deposit at Night.
He added he was forced to keep
the money overnight because the
union deals with a bank that has
no night depository.
Andrews Air Force Base author
ities came in for sharp criticism
from Judge Bowie in a case in
which Walter E. Smart told the
court he was driving an Army
road grader with faulty brakes
when he was involved in an acci
dent Monday near the intersec
tion of Crain highway and the
Marlboro pike.
Corpl. Smart said he was unable
to stop his 22,000-pound vehicle
before it crashed into a car driven
by Miss Agnes Duvall, welfare
supervisor for the Prince Georges
County commissioners.
Miss Duvall said the impact
caused her to black out tempo
rarily, but that otherwise she was
An officer, who appeared for
base authorities, explained that
the grader was one of 17 found to
have defective brakes shortly af
ter 33 vehicles had been received.
He said the fault had not been
discovered when Corpl. Smart
was assigned to drive the grader
to Baltimore.
$50 Fine Suspended.
Judge Bowie imposed a $50 fine
for reckless driving but suspended
the fine “because the driver was
under orders when he took the
truck on the highway.”
“The Army should, and no doubt
does, have an officer responsible
for the safe condition of its equip
ment,” the court declared. “If I
had him before me I would sen
tence him to six months in the
House of Correction.”
Louis W. Ellioft Dies;
Arlington Detective
Detective Louis W. Elliott, 48, of
the Arlington Police Department,
dieci yesterday at his home, 4428
North Eighteenth street, Arling
ton, after an Alness of four
Mr. Elliott, an Arlington native,
had been a member of the police
! force for the last 15 years and a
| detective since August, 1942. He
! attended Arlington schools and
worked for a- dairy prior to join
ing the police department.
Survivors include his widow,
Mrs. Florence V. Elliott; a daugh
ter, Miss Marjorie J. Elliott, and
a sister, Mrs. Eva Shoupe, all of
Funeral services will be held
from the home at 3 p.m. Monday.
Burial will be in Columbia Gar
dens Cemetery, Arlington.
Funeral Services Today
For Daniel W. Mullen
Funeral services for Daniel Wil
lard Mullen 56, a drug salesman,
who died unexpectedly Wednes
day, were to beheld today at the
Robert A. -Pumphrey Bethesda
Chevy Chase funeral home with
burial in Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
Mr. Mullen died, at his home,
4601 Harling lane, Bethesda:
A native of Lucketts, Va., Mr.
Mullen had lived here for more
than 45 years. For the last 20
years he had been a drug salesman
for the Lei Lilly Co. of Minnea
He is survived by his widow,
Mrs. Mpry Elizabeth Mullen; a
son, Joseph E. Mullen; a daughter,
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pospisiel;
three brothers, E. Emmett Mullen,
a deputy United States marshal;
E. L. Mullen and S. C. Mullen,
and a sister, Mrs. L. H. Thomp
son, all of the Washington area.
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14,000 at Parade
Launching Fete
In Falls Church
Prettiest Redhead
To Be Chosen at
Finals Tomorrow
More than 4,000 Falls Church
! residents joined in the opening
activities of the Third Annual
Falls Church festival yesterday
after witnessing a mile-long pa
Part of the celebration of Falls
Church’s first anniversary as a
city of the second class, the festi
val is being held today and to
morrow on Hillwood avenue oppo
site Falls Church High School.
On the three-acre site a “Vir
ginia Village” has been erected
with many of the booths simulat
ing early Falls Church Buildings.
Pet and pony shows, a greased pig
contest, a tug-of-war and a con
test to pick the city's prettiest
red head are included on today's
Final judging in the red head
contest will be held at 8 p.m. to
morrow. The festival grounds will
close at 11 o'clock each night.
Army, Navy, Marine Corps and
veterans’ units joined representa
tives of church, youth and civic
groups in the march to the fes
tival grounds yesterday. Leading
the parade Were Miss Georgia
Hoskinson, who is “Miss Falls
Church,” and Brig. Gen. S. R.
Mayor Albert M. Orme mad*
the address of welcome.
Milo Christiansen. District rec
reation superintendent, praised
the work of Falls Church citizens
who are developing a recreation
He invited Fails Church officials
to inspect the District's recreation
activities while they are planning
their program.
The .festival is sponsored by t.ha
Falls Church Park Committee.
Inc., to raise funds for a munici
pal park. In two previous festi
vals the group has realized a total
of $6,000.
47 Candidates Pass
Accountant Tests
The District Board of Account
ancy today announced that 47
candidates passed the certified
public accountant examination*
which were held in May.
The successful candidates are:
Alloy, Marvin D. Gregg. William R
Ault. Russell S. Haglund. Byron E.
Balcom. Raymond D. Hampton. Robert. -to
Bates. H. Burton, it. Harris. Hersrhel
Biesemeyer, H. F. W. Hutchinson. Donald L.
Bobvs. Harold J Jackson, Frank S
Bond. Lewis F.. ir. Johnson. Charles E.
Camobell. Grady F. Joseph. Gifford E.
Brown, Victor B. Kozlow. Herman
Chamberlin. L. N. LicWtenstein. L M.
Dalker. John A. Morningstar. D. C.
Denton. Elmo H. Poliak. Milton
Doyle, Edward J. Rice. Jess H.
Dunn. Clair L. Rickersom Fred W.
Bess. Bernard D. Rolnik. David
Durkin, William J. Rossi James V.
Edwards. S. L„ Jr. Smith, Robert C.
Fagan. Morris Staflln. Sydney
Finotti, Benedict E. Stanton. Gerald E
Frank. Max Staples, Kenneth I.
Franklin. Berkley G Wetsel. Richard C.
Friedman, Philip Winston. Perry
Goldberg. Jerald F. Vates, Cecil R.
Goldstertn. Irvin R._
Man Shoots Landlady
In Feud Over Rent
On his admission that he shot
his landlady in the neck because
“she made life miserable" over
!«flve days’ overdue rent, Sylvain
Hirsch, 61, today was being held
for the grand jury under $5,000
Hirsch, an unemployed tailor,
told United States Commissioner
Cyril S. Lawrence he shot Mrs.
! Thelma F. Owen. 46, in the room
ing house where both live, at 3360
Sixteenth street N.W.
“What’s the use denying things?
; i wanted to kill her,” Hirsch de
clared when formally accused of
assault with intent to kill.
He was arrested in his third
floor rooms “shortly after the
shooting at 11:30 a.m. yesterday.
Policeman Carl Krogmann testi
fied he saw Hirsch trying to reload
a ,44-cabiler Belgian-make re
volver at the time.
“When I Anally got him to drop
the gun. he said he would have
killed himself if we had been a
few seconds later,” Pvt. Krog
mann testified.
Mrs. Owen was admitted to
Casualty Hospital, where her con
dition was described today as
Paint on Furniture Gnawed
By Children to Be Analyzed
Furniture from which the paint
was chewed by Claudette Garver,
4, who died of lead poisoning last
week, has been turned over to the
National Paint, Varnish Si Lac
quer Association, Inc., 1500 Rhode
Island avenue N.W., by the child's
parents. *
Association officials said they
planned to analyze the paint re
maining on the desk and chair
gnawed by Claudette and her
3-year-old sister, Elizabeth, in an
attempt to determine which of the
coats of paint had proved fatal.
Meanwhile, Elizabeth, who was
admitted to Children's Hospital
Thursday for treatment of chronic
lead poisoning, was reported today
in satisfactory condition.
Claudette died last Saturday in
the Prince Georges General Hos
pital. An analysis of her body
fluids by authorities at the Na
tional Institute of Health, Bethes
da, revealed 16 times the normal
amount of lead- Her parents, Mr.
and Mrs. Claude L. Garver, 4503
Decatur street, Hyattsville, said
she had been chewing on furniture
in the house for the last year.
Youth in Serious Condition
After Jeep Hits Tree, Pole
The driver of a jeep which
struck a tree and a light pole early
today in front of 2677 Rhode Is
land avenue N.E. was reported in
serious condition with head in
juries at Casualty Hospital.
He is Perry Dellastatious, 18,
of Silver Spring, a student at Mc
Kinley High School. Police said
the Jeep was going east on Rhode
Island avenue when the accident
occurred at 2:20 a.m.

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