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I Society and Clubs |
Award of Honor Bestowed
At Cuban Embassy Party
By Katharine M. Brooks
The Cuban Ambassador and
Senora de Gans were hosts at a
reception last evening following
the presentation by the Ambassa
dor of the Cross of the Order of
Carlos Manuel de Cespedes to
William Randolph Hearst. The
award was made at the instiga
tion of the Ambassador who wras
born in this country and when
still a baby went to live in Cuba
with his parents. The senior Oscar
Gans was very active in the efforts
to free his adopted country from
the Spanish rule and taught his
son. now the Ambassador, a sense
of gratitude for the aid given their
cause in the press of this country.
This is the first opportunity the
Ambassador has had to shoyj that
appreciation in concrete form.
The award was received by Mr.
William Randolph Hearst. jr„ in
the absence of his father and fol
lowing the presentation refresh
ments were served.
The order of Carlos Manuel de
Cespedes was established in mem
ory of the father of the first Cuban
Ambassador to Washington. Carlos
Manuel de Cespedes under whose
regime the present embassy was
built. The award is the highest
given by the Cuban government
and Mr. Hearst is the first mem
ber of the press to receive it.
The Secretary of the Treasury
* —Ackad Photo.
The Columbia Heights Christian
Church was the scene of the
wedding yesterday of Miss Ruth
A. Miller, daughter of Mrs. Jake
Miller, and Mr. James R. Tap
scott, son of Mrs. Cora D. Martin
of Petersburg, Fla. The Rev.
Harry L. Bell officiated and a re
ception followed in Power Hall of
the edifice.
and Mrs. John W. Snyder were
present and others from the Cabi
net circle were the new Attorney
General and Mrs. J. Harold
McGrath and the Secretary of
Commerce and Mrs. Charles Saw
yer. Other guests included the
ambassadors of Latin American
Republics to Washington and to
the Organization of American
States, officials of the State
Department and the White House.
—Hessler Photo.
Miss Martha Doris Myers and
Mr. Neil Gilmour, jr„ were married
yesterday in Francis Asbury Meth
odist Church by the Rev. O. B.
The bride is the daughter of
Dr. and Mrs. Brayton Omar Myers
of Washington and the bride
groom’s parents reside in Lans
downe. Pa. ___
For General
The Chief of Staff and Mrs.
J. Lawton Collins were hosts at
the reception yesterday for Gen.
Jacob L. Devers, following the
parade in his honor. Gen. Devers,
former chief , of the Army Field
Forces, retired yesterday.
The reception was held in the
Collins’ quarters at Fort Leslie J.
McNair. Top-ranking officials of
the diplomatic corps, Government,
Congress and military services, as
well as members of residential
Washington society and personal
friends of Gen. Devers attended
the parade and reception.
Among those present were the
Secretary of the Army and Mrs.
Gray, Secretary of the Navy Mat
thews, Secretary of the Air Force
and Mrs. Symington, Gen. and
Mrs. George Marshall, Senator and
Mrs. Harry Byrd, Senator and Mrs.
Chan Gurney, Representative and
Mrs. Monroney, Representative
and Mrs. Farrington, Gen. and
Mrs. Bradley, Commandant of the
Marine Corps and Mrs. Cates,
Admiral and Mrs. A. D. Struble,
the French Ambassador and Mme.
Bonnet, Belgian Ambassador Baron
Silvercruys and the Brazilian Min
ister and Mme. de Mello-Franco.
Still others attending were the
Secretary to the President and
Mrs. Charles G. Ross, Special
Assistant to the President and Mrs.
John R. Steelman, Lt. Gen. and
Mrs. W. D. Crittenberger, Maj.
Gen. and Mrs. W. H. Middleswart,
Dr. and Mrs. Vannevar Bush, Mr.
and Mrs. Sidney Carroll Graves,
Mr. and Mrs. Jouett Shouse, Mrs.
George R. Holmes, Col. and Mrs.
Anthony J. Drexel Biddle, Mrs.
Leslie J. McNair, Mr. and Mrs.
Leslie L. Biffle, Gen. and Mrs.
Mark W. Clark, Lt. Gen. and Mrs.
Robert L. Eichelberger and many
DAR Luncheon
Mrs. Miriam Woodhead, new
regent of the American Liberty
Chapter, DAR, is entertaining her
executive board at luncheon at the
home of her sister, Mrs. J. Frank
Rice, in Takoma Park.
Churchill's Daughter Is Sorry
She Doesn't Look Like Him
Sarah Churchill, daughter of
Britain's wartime Prime Minister,
had an apology to make to her
father’s admirers yesterday.
Now appearing in “The Phila
delphia Story” at the Olney Thea
ter. Miss Churchill explained it
all at a tea in her honor at the
American Newspaper Women’s
Everywhere she’s been on the
"straw hat circuit” of the summer
theater she’s been thrilled at the
number of people who have come
up to tell her how they love her
father. “And I want you to know
I never get bored hearing that,”
she said.
When the curtain goes up. how
ever, she always feels that the
audience is being "gypped.”
"There’s a ghastly silence,” she
said, “and some one says, ‘But she
doesn’t look a thing like him.’ ”
“I’m sorry,” she apologized
“The only thing I can say is that,
in a very good light, I look a little
bit like my mother.”
Miss Churchill, who made a
brief talk at the tea, said she
hadn’t expected to play before
President Truman and got an
“enormous thrill” when he at
tended the performance of “The
Philadelphia Story,” given Mon
day for the benefit of the Ameri
can Theater Wing’s Washington
Hospital Committee.
She’s enjoyed her experience in
the summer theater immensely
and has been “thrilled to see that
you love the theater as much in
this country as we do in England.”
Miss Grace McGerr. club presi
dent, received with Miss Churchill.
Clubs to Observe
Handicapped Week
Local women’s clubs will take
an active part in the observance
of National Employ the Physically
Handicapped Week which begins
The Business and Professional
Women’s Club of the District will
join the Lions Clubs of the District
in co-sponsoring the opening
luncheon Monday at the Mayflower
Hotel. Chairman Neely of the
Senate District Committee is to be
the principal speaker at the
luncheon which has been arranged
by the American Federation of
the Physically Handicapped.
Miss Marjorie' F. Webster will
represent the B. and P. Club on
the program and Albert E. Brault
will represent the Lions Club.
The Zonta Club will hear a talk
on women’s responsibility to a na
tional program for the handi
capped at its luncheon at 12:30
p.m. Wednesday at the Dodge
Hotel. The speaker will be Miss
Mildred Scott, secretary of the
American Federation of the
Physically Handicapped.
Hospital Parley
Delegates Return
Mrs. J. Winthrop Peabody, presi
dent of the Ladies Board of the
Georgetown University Hospital,
and Mrs. James McSherry Wim
satt, corresponding secretary, have
returned from Cleveland, Ohio,
where they attended a four-day
meeting of the American Hospital
Association as official delegates. _
The convention program in
cluded a paper by Sister Mary
Antonella, S. C. N., administrator
of the Georgetown University Hos
pital and honorary president of
the Ladies Board. The paper was
on the subject, “The Purchasing
Sister Mary Antonella was ac
companied by Sister Mary Evan
gelist, S. C. N., purchasing agent
for the hospital.
Ceremony Held
Mrs. Dale Summons Landry of
Washington, daughter of the late
Mr. and Mrs. William T. Simmons
of Poplarville. Miss., was married
yesterday to Mr. Owen J. Lynch,
son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Lynch,
of Hillside, N. J.
The ceremony took place in the
chambers of Judge Milton S. Kron
heim, Jr., who officiated. Witnesses
were Mrs. Wesley E. Robertson and
Col. L. F. Cranford and a recep
tion followed at the home of Lt.
and Mrs. Wesley E. Robertson.
In the News
The Military Attache of the
Philippine Embassy and Mrs.
Jaime Velasquez gave a cocktail
party last evening in honor of the
Deputy Chief of Staff of the Phil
ippine Armed Forces, Gen. Calixto
Duque and his party. Col. and
Mme. Velasquez entertained in the
embassy and their other guests
were high ranking officers of
United States Department of De
fense and the military attaches
of other embassies and legations.
Gen. Duque and his aides are in
Washington on a special mission i
for President Qulrino. '
Mary Garden Is Lively at 72;
Tells Reporters Yarns of Career
Started and Finished
At Top in Opera;
To Lecture Tomorrow
By George Kennedy
The Raleigh Hotel room had
filled with reporters when Mary
Garden made her entrance, part
ing doorway curtains that weren’t
there. From then on everything
was lively.
At 72, her buxom little figure
(5 foot 1, 113 pounds), was sport
ing a red jacket and a Stewart
plaid skirt. She wore a five
strand necklace of pearls, multi
ple rings of vari-colored stones,
and a little hat with black irri
descent feathers tickling her right
“It was the women of America
who were responsible for my au
diences," the opera star, who was
both glamour and art to opera
lovers in this country a generation
“I remember when I was sing
ing Thais in Paris. My sister was
sitting next to an American and
his wife. He was complaining
that he had wanted to go to the
Folies Bergere—you know what
the Folies Bergere was.
“When I stepped out in the
spotlight and let my robe slip off,
he asked his wife for her opera
glasses. The poor lady didn’t get
them back all evening. I think
my American success was due to
American women bringing their
husbands to see me so that they
would realize opera can be in
She told how she had stepped
from youthful obscurity into im
mortality on the night of Friday,
the 13th of April, 1900, in the
Opera Comique in Paris by replac
ing the leading singer, who had a
cold, in the second act of “Louise”;
and then she related how she
decided to stop one night in Chi
cago, where she had sung 20 years.
She said:
“I started at the top.
"I remained at the top.
“And I finished at the top.”
She took some satisfaction in
the fact that she had not kept on
singing until her audiences had
said “the poor thing.”
She had stories galore and as
she told them she would leap to
her feet and her hands would go
to her bosom as she dramatized
each situation. Once a young wo
man came to her in Chicago and
said she wanted to sing Melisande,
the young wife who lets her hair
down from a tower for her lover
to fondle.
"Why do you think you can sing
Melissande?” asked Miss Garden
The young woman took off her
hat, pulled out two hair pins and
her hair fell to the floor.
"But, my dear, "protested Miss
Garden, “you must have more
than hair to sing Debussy.”
She is going to tell what is
needed at 8:30 o’clock tomorrow
night at the Lisner Auditorium,
her first appearance on her Amer
ican lecture tour after living in
retirement in her birthplace, Aber
deen, Scotland, for almost 20
years. She is not going to sing.
She finished at the top.
—Star Staff Photo.
General Unloads Coal
On Last Airlift Plane
By the Associated Press
BERLIN, Oct. 1.—It was taps
for the Berlin Airlift last night.
The last plane of the lift, a
United States Air Force C-54, car
ried news correspondents and coal
from Frankfurt to Berlin. A band
played and the Tempelhof com
mander, Maj. Gen. John K. Barr,
hauled out the last sack of coal
in the plane.
That was the last act in the
15-month life of the airlift. Dur
ing those 15 months the Ameri
cans and the British made more
than 275,000 flights over the Rus
sian blockade into Berlin, carry
ing more than 2,300,000 tons into
the beleaguered city. The air
lift’s success forced the Russians
finally to back down and lift their
To the end the operation was a
record breaker. It had beep
planned to end October 31, but
airmen kept flying in the food and
supplies at such a rate that the
last plane arrived yesterday, a
month ahead of schedule.
In closing down the airlift both
the Americans and the British
said they would maintain training
squadrons in Germany. Repre
sentatives of both nations said
they could start the aerial supply
again rapidly should it become
Near Copenhagen, Denmark, a
6-foot 4-inch Dane saved two men,
drowning where he could touch
_GE. 9777_
Two Students Freed
By Reds Deny Stories
01 Guards' Brutality
By th« Associated Press
NEW YORK. Oct, 1.—Two
American college students who
were Russian prisoners for two
months say that stories of their
being abused by Soviet guards
were exaggerated.
The two, Warren Oelsner, 20, of
Oyster Bay, N. Y„ and Peter
Sellers. 19, of Radnor, Pa, arrived
by plane yesterday from Frank
fort, Germany. Both are Uni
versity of Pennsylvania students.
They were freed Wednesday by
the Russians, who had arrested
them July 30 when they tried to
bicycle through the Soviet zone
of Berlin.
Accounts “Sensationalized.”
When interviewed Wednesday
at Hamburg, the youths were
quoted as saying that they had
been handcuffed and punched in
the face by Soviet guards. Yes
terday, however, they said these
accounts had been “sensation
Asked about being struck by
Soviet officers, Mr. Oelsner de
clared: "When I broke out, they
shoved me back, naturally.” He
“Except for a few times when
the Russians thought we mis
behaved, we were well treated,
and had enough to eat. One of
those times was when we were
1 throwing a cup back and forth
jas a ball.”
Found No “Iron Curtain.”
: Mr. Sellers said that his treat
ment by the Russians "at times
was good and at times it was
bad.” Asked about this attitude
.toward the Russians after his ex
perience, he said:
| “I feel the same way I did be
fore. There’s propaganda on beta
Then he remarked: “Appar
ently there is no Iron Curtain.
We had no trouble getting
through it.”
Mr. Oelsner put in: “We were
just a couple of dopes in going
past the boundary line.”
Had Peculiar Slant.
They said they did not have
permission to enter the Soviet
Mr. Oelsner said the Russian*
did not try to indoctrinate them
politically, but that “they (the
Russians) had a peculiar slant on
Wall Street, but we straightened
them out. ”
The youths said that their
treatment and food improved ap«
preciably after American authori
ties began efforts to get them,
“They fattened us up for th*
conference,” said Mr. Oelsner.
Reds in Austria Release
2 61s Held Since Sunday
By the Associated Pres*
VIENNA, Austria, Oct. 1.—Th*;
Russians turned over to American
authorities last night two Gla
they had been holding since Sun
The two soldiers were identified
as Corpl. John McGuire, 22, of
Philadelphia, and Pvt. Lawrence
E. Virtue, 20, of Hopedale, Ohio.
The transfer was made at Linz,
on the Russian side of the bridge
which connects Linz with Urfahr
in the Soviet zone.
The men said they had been
! treated well and were not ques
tioned. They said the Russian
food was “fair.”
j The pair apparently entered the
Russian zone at Urfahr in North
western Austria early Sunday.
Later they were arrested as they
tried to board a streetcar return-•
dng to Linz.
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