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Junior Star—Civics WASHIItfGTON, D. C., OCTOBER 23, 1949 A—ID Bill Proposes Advisory Board On Bond Issues Arlington Delegate Seeks Expert Aid in Counties And Cities Creation of a State commission to advise Virginia counties and cities on bond issues is proposed in a bill being prepared by J. Maynard Magruder, Arlington delegate to the Virginia General Assembly. Arlington’s other delegate. George Damm, at the same time announced he is preparing legis lation to give the county a fire trial board. Both Mr. Magruder and Mr. Damm are Democratic candidates for re-election. Principal duty of a Commission on Local Government proposed by Mr. Magruder would be to rec ommend approval or disapproval of issuance of bonds by counties and cities. “Such a central agency will be a necessity in the next five years in light of the huge school con struction program facing Virginia localities,” said Mr. Magruder. “It will be necessary to prevent some communities from over loading their debt structures dur ing this building program.” ' Law Sets Limitations. At present counties and cities are prohibited under State law from issuing bonds beyond a cer tain per cent of their real estate assessed valuation. Besides the need to finance school construction, said Mr. Magruder, many communities also are compelled to build sewage treatment facilities because State law prohibits the emptying of additional raw sewage into State rivers and streams. “Undoubtedly bond issues will be the source of funds to con struct sewage treatment plants,” the Arlington legislator added. Under the proposal which Mr. Magruder plans to introduce at the next General Assembly ses sion in January, any city or county about to start a capital improvement program would notify the Local Government Commission. The commission would study the proposed bond Issue and examine the financial condition of the community and make recommendations on bond issue plans. If the commission gives its approval, the issue would be submitted in a referendum. After approval of the voters, the Issue again would be turned over to the commission, which would assume all costs of preparing and selling the bonds. Veto Subject to Vote. u the commission disapproved a proposed bond issue, Mr. Ma gruder said the communities would have the power to override the commission’s veto at a referen dum. “But the people, before voting, would have benefit of the com mission’s technical advice,” Mr. Magruder added. “Reckless issuance of bonds after the First World War led to hardship and bankruptcy for many American communities,” Mr. Magruder said. "The Com mission on Local Government, acting in an advisory capacity, could prevent a recurrence of such incidents in Virginia.” The fire trial board proposed by Mr. Damm would be similar to the police trial board, which has authority to review cases where police personnel are de moted, suspended or discharged. Opposed by Potter. Mr. Magruder and Mr. Damm are opposed by I. Lee Potter, Re publican, in the November 8 elec tion. • Most political activity in Arling ton yesterday, however, centered around the three-way County Board race. Basil M. De Lash mutt, Democrat, the present board chairman, is opposed by Robert W. Cox, non-partisan, and Jacob Bechtel, independent. Attacking Mr. De Lashmutt’s record on the board, Mr. Cox charged that the county had failed to borrow money at the lowest possible interest rate and does not carry adequate fire in surance on county property. Procrastination Charged. “If Mr. De Lashmutt conducted his personal business * * * in the same way he has run the county’s affairs,” said Mr. Cox, “he would have been bankrupt 10 years ago.” Reed K. Pond, president of the Citizens’ Committee for School Improvement, asked voters to examine Mr. De Lashmutt’s rec ord on schools. “They will find tt a record of penny-pinching pro crastination,” he added. Mr. De Lashmutt, meanwhile, answered his critics by citing progress made in county govern ment during his last four years son the board. He said the board has used its limited funds wisely in procuring needed highway development, many sidewalks were being built, 600 street lights have been in stalled, and a county incinerator Is under construction. He added that a number of new playgrounds were under construction, and the courthouse was being enlarged. Virginia Trial Justices Elect J. L. Landram •y tht Associated Press r RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 22.—J. L. Landram, Hanover County trial justice, was elected president of the Association of Trial Justices V.of Virginia today to succeed Hu bert D. Bennett, of Pittsylvania County. Before the association’s 15th annual convention concluded the . following were among executive ' committeemen chosen: Harold O. Potts of Clarke County, and C. E. Reams of Culpeper County. Lane Backing Moves to Place More State Offices in Capital By th* Auociatad Pr«u ANNAPOUS, Oct. 22. —Gov. Lane said today he would back any move to place more State offices in Annapolis as long as the capital could provide enough people to man them. He told an Annapolis delegation he had approved transfer of three divisions of the controller’s office to Baltimore because it would con solidate their work in the same building. Mayor Roscoe Rowe, Republi can; former Mayor William U. McCready, Democrat; State Sena tor William P. Stromeyer, Demo crat, Chamber of Commerce and service club officials called on the Governor to protest the move. While they spoke, trucks backed up to the basement door of the four-story State Office Building to load equipment from the in come tax division. Several Officers Vacating. That branch of the controller’s office, along with the amusement and alcoholic beverage tax divi sions. is vacating Annapolis and joining other fiscal units in the Miller Building in Baltimore. Carl N. Puller, president of the City and County Chamber of Hearing on Arlington School Racial Case To Resume Tomorrow A hearing on a racial discrim ination case against the Arlington School Board will be resumed to morrow in Federal District Court, Alexandria, before Judge Albert V. Bryan. The suit, which was brought in the name of Constance Carter, 17, colored, charges Arlington fails to provide Negro pupils with educa tional opportunities equal to those provided whites. The hearing was begun last month but was recessed because of previous court commit ments by Judge Bryan. The plaintiff’s case has been concluded and several of the School Board’s most important witnesses have testified. One who remains to be heard is Dr. Howard A. Dawson, director of rural serv ice for the National Education Association. He reported a survey shows Arlington spends more on a per capita basis to educate Negro pupils than to educate white children. The plaintiff is challenging the weight of such testimony. in addition, tne piaintm plans to offer some rebuttal witnesses, lawyers indicated. The rebuttal' is expected to deal with Arling ton’s plan of sending Negro voca tional pupils to toe regional school in Manassas. Constance Carter was 16 years old when the suit was filed by her mother, Mrs. Eleanor Taylor. She had attended Washington schools and complained that when she enrolled at Arlington’s Hoffman-Boston School for Ne groes she was unable to obtain instruction offered white students at Washington-Lee. Since toe hearing was recessed, she has been married. She is not now enrolled in the Arlington school. The suit is backed by the Arl ington branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The plain tiff’s lawyers are Leon A. Ran some of Washington, and Martin A'. Martin, Oliver W. Hill and Spottswood Robinson III, of Rich mond, all colored, who have,been engaged in a number of racial discrimination cases. The defense for Arlington County is being argued by Law rence W. Douglas, a former Com monwealth’s attorney for the county. Alexandria Girl, 10, Hurl By Hit-Run Car; Driver Held Judy Ray Carter. 10, of RFD 4. Alexandria, was injured yester day when struck by a hit-and-run car on Route 1, near her home. Eight minutes later, Fairfax County Policeman Ferdinand C. Plitt, jf„ arrested Willie' B. Foster, 26, colored, of 520 North Royal street, Alexandria, in connection with the accident. The girl, a resident of the Oak Grove Trailer Court, 4V2 miles south of Alexandria, suffered a broken right ankle and abrasions on her left arm. She was ad mitted to Alexandria Hospital. Foster was arrested, according to police, after he speeded past the Fairfax police station at Groveton. The car answered the description of the one which struck the girl, they said. Foster was charged with hit and-run and reckless driving. He was held under $1,000 bond pend ing a hearing in Fairfax Trial Justice Court at 2 pm. Wednes day. New Democratic Club To Meet in Waldorf Special Dispatch to Tha Star WALDORF, Md., Oct. 22—The newly-formed Charles County Democratic Club will meet at Beraie Jarboe’s Inn here at 8:30 Monday to elect officers and adopt by-laws prepared by Rudolf A. Carrico, La Plata attorney. State Senator L. Harold Sothor on of Prince Georges County, majority floor leader of the Mary land Senate, will be the principal speaker. The club’s temporary officers are Julian L. Parsons, Waldorf, president, and Russell Willett, White Plains, secretary. Poll Tax to Be Discussed The Jefferson Village-City Parte Citizens Association will meet at 8:30 pm. tomorrow at the Odd Fellows Hall in Falls Church. The proposed poll tax Amendments will be discussed. Commerce, said Annapolis resi dents “want to reverse the trend of moving all the State offices away.” Gov. Lane said he would sup port legislation to establish agen cies here “so long as there is a reasonable guarantee that you will be able to get the personnel, and functions of the offices will not be disrupted.” Circuit Judge James Clark ruled 10 days ago the constitution does not prevent Controller James J. Lacy, jr., from establishing branches of his office outside the State capital. Orders Hammond to Reply. This week, however, he ordered Attorney General Hall Hammond to reply by October 28 to a peti tion for an injunction to block the moves until the Court of Appeals has acted in a case ini tiated by city officials. The three transferred divisions employ about 120 persons at an estimated annual payroll of $300,000. Puller said the evacuation “is a cause of considerable alarm” in view of recent cutbacks in Navy employment here. Discharged em ployes cannot find other work in Annapolis, he said. Drive for Endowmenfs Planned by St. John's, Weigle Tells Alumni By fht Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Oct. 22.—The new president of St. John’s Col lege said tonight that the “great books” institution aims to pro duce ideal citizens. Dr. Richard D. Weigle, 37-year old Yale graduate who left the State Department to head St. John's this fall, addressed about 200 alumni at a homecoming cele bration. He said the classical literature program creates “an integrated individual with the resources for a full and complete life." "The success of the St. John’s program is measured by the suc cess of the men who finish here, and their success is measured not in money but in their awareness of certain basic problems,” he said. Endowment Drive Planned. He explained these “eternal problems” are questions lik» “who am I?” “What is God?” and “my relationship to society and to na ture.” St. John s “will embark on a m* jpr endowment campaign samdtttte during the current aca demic yearj” the president said. An intercollegiate sports pro gram is also planned, he said., He called for the establishment of alumni-advisory committees on student procurement, job place ment for graduates, the Boat Club, the college library, and^the com ing financial campaign.' Dr. Weigle spoke at a banquet, which climaxed homecoming day activities. Dr. Thomas Turner, head of the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins in Balti more, acted as toastmaster. Jones Re-Elected. The graduates re-elected Robert Otis Jones of Pittsburgh as presi dent of the St. John’s Alumni As sociation. Mr. Jones, a member of the class of 1916, is vice president of the Mellon .National Bank Si Trust Co. The alumni elected five vice presidents: Rear Admiral Philip P. Welch (ret.), T6, of Washing ton: Dr. J. Ogel Warfield, T9, of Washington; Stewart C. Stack house. ’24, of Baltimore; Maj. Gen. Russell P. Hartle (ret.), TO, of Hagerstown, and State Senator William P. Stromeyer, Democrat of Anne Arundel County, T6. Fredericksburg to Hear El Salvador Ambassador By Hw Associated Prut FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Oct. 22.—Dr. Hector Castro, ambassa dor to the United States and United Nations delgate from El Salvador, will deliver the principal address at Frdericksburg’s clebra tion of United Nations day Mon day. The ceremonies will be held at Mary Washington College at 7:45 p.m. under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club. County Kiwanian Plan Farmers' Night Dinner The Prince Georges County Kiwanis Club will hold its annual farmers’ night dinner at 6:30 pm. Thursday,at the Prince Georges Golf and Country Club. Guests of honor will be 15 farmers selected by the club as “outstanding” in the county. In Student 'Who's Who' Two Washington area students are among 14 seniors at Mary Washington College, Fredericks burg, who will be listed in the 1949-50 edition of "Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” school officials announced.' They are Thomas G. Augherton of Wash ington, president of the Veterans Club, and Carol Bailey of Hern don, Va., president of HOof Prints. Borrltt P-TA to Meet Ernest Giddings, assistant di rector of the National Education legislatlve-Federal division, will discuss Federal aid to education at a meeting of the Charles Bar rett Parent-Teacher Association at 8 pm. Tuesday at the school in Parkfairfax, Alexandria. Sligo Park Group to Meet Reports from special commit tees on apartment construction and water supplies will be on the agenda of the Sligo Park Hills Citizens Association meeting at 8 pm. Tuesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Milton R. Vollmer, 8021 Piney Branch road. Board Members Oppose Conley As Rate Counsel 2 Would Disapprove Pay for Arlington Bus Fare Hearing Two members of the Arlington County Board said yesterday they would oppose the appointment of Lester R. Conley, former Public Utilities Commissioner, as counsel for the county at bus fare hear ings next month. The political flare-up came at a meeting of the board in the courthouse. Daniel A. Dugan was supported by Mrs. Florence Cannon when he said he would vote against paying Mr. Conley to represent the county before the State Corporation Commission in Rich mond on an application by the Arnold Bus Line to raise fares. There are five members of the board, however. Rucker Refuses Questions. The board had authorized Commonwealth’s Attorney Den man T. Rucker to retain counsel to assist him in presenting the county’s position at the hearings. Mr. Rucker acknowledged yester day that he had taken Mr. Conley to Richmond on the matter “in the county’s interests.” He refused, however, to answer Mr. Dugan’s questions about Mr. Conley’s retention as associate counsel by declaring he failed to see the materiality of the ques tions. Mr. Dugan has indorsed the candidacy of Robert W. Cox, inde pendent, who is running for the seat now held by Basil DeLash mutt, board chairman. Mr, Con ley recently defended Mr. DeLashmutt’s public utilities policies which had come under attack by Mr. Cox’s supporters. Political Involvement Charged. Mr. Dugan said the former PUC member “has become politically involved” in the county board political campaign and he did not believe Mr. Conley should be ap pointed for that reason. The row over Mr. Conley’s association with the rate hearing started earlier this week when T. Oscar Smith, Mr. Cox’s campaign manager, charged the PUC mem ber had resigned the non-paying commission office to be retained as counsel and criticized the move as a “political payoff.’” In other business, insurance coverage for Arlington volunteer firemen was raised to $10,000 on motion of Mr. Dugan. Their policies formerly averaged only about $3,500. Welfare Fund Approved. The board referred to County Manager A. T. Lundberg another request of the volunteer firemen that additional radio equipment be installed on fire trucks. The board appropriated $1,546 from the Welfare Department contingent fund for use in gen eral relief and foster care cases. The contingent fund represents money that was appropriated for welfare work by the county, but was not matched by the State or Federal governments. An appropriation of $2,500 for paving an alley between Herndon and Hudson streets north of Wil son boulevard also was approved. Woodside Park Residents To Discuss Apartments Residents of the Woodside Park area of Silver Spring will have an opportunity to state their views on future apartment construction in Montgomery County at a meet ing of the Woodside Park Civic Association at 8:15 p.m. Wednes day. The association has been asked to submit its reaction to a pro posal of the Montgomery County Civic Federation which advocates a moratorium on building new apartments. Other business will include a discussion on the failure of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission to repair cuts in streets and rights-of-way after installation of water and sewer connections. An amendment to the associa tion’s by-laws to make residents of Clement place and Clement drive in Watson’s Addition to Woodside Park eligibly for mem bership also will be considered. Dr. and Mrs. Martin Cooley will show color slides of a trip to Gua temala. The meeting will be held at the Grace Church Parish Hall. 9301 Georgia avenue. Silver Spring. ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS—Secretary of Agriculture Brannan shakes hands with Wilfred M. Schutz, Eustis, Nebr., who won first prize in the Nation-wide essay contest on soil conservation sponsored by the National Grange and the American Plant Food Council, Inc. Other winners are (left to right) Miss Natalie Snyder, Pittstown, N. J., who won second prize; Mrs. June Mc Knight, of Street, Md., who took fourth place, and Jack Hardy, Blackstone, Va„ third place. The awards were presented at the Mayflower Hotel last night. —Star Staff Photo. Maryland Teachers Elect Willis White To Head Association By tht Associated Press BALTIMORE, Oct. 22.—Ten thousand Maryland public school teachers elected officers at the close of their annual three-day convention today. Willis H. White, principal of Kenwood High School, Baltimore County, was elected to head the State Teachers’ Association. Miss Evelyn Sellors of Eastern High School, Baltimore, retiring head of the organization, became first vice president. Principal Harry R. Poole of Smithsburg High was elected sec ond vice president. Dr. Charles W. Sylvester, assistant superin tendent of Baltimore city schools, was re-elected treasurer. Mrs. Willie Snow Ethridge, au thor and lecturer, was the princi pal speaker on the final program. Mrs. Ethridge, wife of newspa per publisher Mark Ethridge of Louisville, Ky., said the United States fs right in befriending Marshal Tito. She added, however, that our State Department would be mak ing a grave mistake if it ever came to trust the Yugoslav dic tator. Before the final gavel fell, the teachers named Dr. Earle T. Haw kins, president of the Towson State Teachers’ College, and Miss Sarali L. Leiter of Prince Georges County to be new members of the association’s executive committee. 1,500 X-Rayed in 1st Week Of Survey in Montgomery John- M. Mclnemey, chairman of the case-finding committee of the Montgomery County Tuber culosis Association, today an nounced that 1,500 persons were x-rayed during the first week of the survey being conducted by the association. A schedule for the second week of the x-ray survey, beginning today, follows: Tomorrow, 4 to 8:30 p.m., Brookville: Tuesday, 12 to 2 p.m.. Sunshine, and 3 to 9 p.m., Laytonsville; Wednesday, 3 to 5 p.m., Clagettsville, and 6 to 9 p.m., Browningsville; Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m., Woodfleld. and 7 to 9 p.m.. Cedar Grove; Friday, 2 to 9 p.m„ Damascus, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m„ Clarksburg. Fair to Open Friday At Lyon Village A Village Fair will be held by the Woman’s Club of Lyon Village and the Lyon Village Citizens’ As sociation Friday and Saturday at the Lyon Village playground. The fair will be open Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. Proceeds are to be used to furnish the Lyon Village Community House now under construction. G. 0. P. Plans Clark Rally At Pullman's Friday > A Republican rally will be held for Douglas A. Clark, Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates from Fairfax County, at 8 p.m. Friday at the Pullman’s (Va.) Community Center. Mrs. Bertha C. Burkholder, campaign manager for Mr. Clark, is in charge of the rally. Her assistants are Mrs. Lowen Smith, Mrs. Ethel Davis and L. B. Burk holder. Gown of Lead Glass Material Protects Wearer From Rays Special Dispatch to The Star CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Oct. 22.—A gown of lead glass fabric to protect the wearer against the rays of atomic fission products has been developed and tested in the Department of Roentgenology of the University of Virginia Hos pital under the direction of Dr. Vincent W. Archer. The fabric is not now on the market, but the company that manufacturers the fiber hopes to make it available next year. This protective gown weighs about the same as the lead-rubber apron worn by most workers with X-rays. It can be tailored to measure, and because it is flex ible, can be belted in at the waist or strapped across the shoulders, giving much better weight dis tribution. It resists chemicals, will not burn, and is washable. The gown received first awards when exhibited recently at the American Roentgen Ray Society and the Medical Society of Vir ginia. Demonstrations are being arranged by Dr. Archer before several other societies this year and the International Congress of Radiology to be held in London next year. Scattered radiation to which workers with X-rays may be ex posed probably is a cause of leu kemia, a disease of the blood which brings about the death of eight times as many radiologists as other physicians. The conven tional lead-rubber aprons do not cover the arms, shoulders or lower legs which may still be exposed to such scattered radiation as the doctor may recftive while observ ing a patient under a fluoroscope. Experiments were begun at the University of Virginia in the hope of making a protective garment that would cover a greater body surface. Lead rubber material was found impractical to use because of its inflexibility. After various fabrics had been studied a lead glass fabric, patterned on the popular commercially woven glass fabric, proved to be most adapt able. • I Carbon Monoxide Kills Baby In Back Seat of Parents' Car By the Associated Press FREDERICK, Md., Oct. 22. — Carbon monoxide fumes, seeping into the rear seat of an old auto mobile from the exhaust, brought death to a year-old Harford County boy last night. His two brothers nearly shared his fate. The tragedy brought a sudden end to an outing that Mr. and Mrs. William E. Mines of Fallston had arranged for their three boys in the family car. The parents told State police that during the ride their sons Ronald, 5. and Raymond, 3, with Maryland Republicans Meet at Annapolis on Legislative Program By th« Associated Press ANNAPOLIS,'Oct. 22.—Repub lican legislators held an off-season caucus in the State Capital today to plan their tactics when the General Assembly comes to town again. Minority Senators and delegates were called together by Senator Monroe of Charles County, to be gin drafting policy for the first one-month session in Maryland’s history next February. , , £ They also talked about strategy, for the 1960 elections of a' Gov ernor, other State officers and members of Copgress. j Before the dosed-door confer-1 enoe got under way in Carvel Hall, Republican delegates indi cated they would propose tax cuts as a legislative and campaign is sue. Several also hinted they would ask the caucus to weigh Mary land’s continuous assessment plan. This is the system under which real estate in one of five district^ within a county or Baltimore City is reassessed each year. Property values throughout the State are thus completely reviewed every five years, but some county com missioners have protested tax payers are charged inequitably in certain years because of market fluctuations. Mr. Monroe himself planned to suggest cutting the tax rate of unearned income from 5 to 2 per cent and urging opposition to accumulation of any Treasury surplus. Excess revenues could be used to reduce taxes, and possibly abol ish the income levy, Mr. Monroe said. Mrs. Payne to Head Fauquier Home Club Special Dispatch to The Star WARRENTON, Va„ Oct. 22.— Mrs. Hunter Payne of Marshall has been elected chairman of the Fauquier County Home Demon stration Clubs, succeeding Mrs. John Payne, sr., of Orlean. Other county officers are Mrs. Cleon Meadows of Remington, vice chairman, and Mrs., Herbert Wil son of Catlett, secretary-treasurer. Miss Belle Burke of Charlottes ville, district home demonstration agent, was the speaker. County goals were set and club topics for the coming year selected. The Pledfnont Garden Club of Marshall will erect a sun dial at the Marshall High School as a memorial to the men of the com munity who served in World War H. The Fauquier Field Trial Asso ciation, which met here last Tues day night, made plans for a field trial for shooting dogs, to be held November 19 at the Lake farm, near Rectortown. This will be the first trial held by the association since the war. The Old Dominion Hounds have issued fixture cards announcing the opening meet of thl 1949-50 season for 10 &jn. next Saturday at Henchman’s Lea, Orlean. After the meting Albert P. Hinckley, master of foxhounds, and Mrs. Hinckley will entertain the field at breakfast. During the season, hounds will meet on Tuesdays and Saturdays with an occasional bye-day on Thursdays. School Patrol to Tour FBI Five tours of the Federal Bu reau of investigation are planned during the next 10 days for more than 1,000 members of the Mont gomery County' school Safety Patrol. The first tours will be held tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday with the final two scheduled October 31 and Novem ber 1. ' ‘ them in the front seat, compained that their eyes were smarting, then became ill. The baby, Ed ward, 1, was sleeping in the back seat. The parents became alarmed when one of the boys went limp, and drove quickly to Frederick Memorial Hospital. There, doc tors pronounced the boys ill of carbon monoxide poisoning. Mrs. Mines hurried out to the car to get Edward, still apparently asleep on the back seat. When she took him into the hospital, however, physicians pronounced him dead. Hyattsville to Open Business Exposition In Armory Tomorrow Hyattsville’s second annual Business Exposition will open at the Hyattsville Armory tomorrow night. It will continue nightly through Saturday. Sponsored by merchants and business men, the affair will in clude exhibits by 27 firms and en tertainment features. Free gifts will be awarded each night at 8:45, 9:15 and 10 o'clock. In addition, a different band and t^^seTi^ed Item those attending the show, will he showered with gifts. S. Baggett,-, Hyattsville WOftCpnian, will be mister of Ceremonies each evening. Daniel Burke, president of the Hyattsville Business and Professional Men’s Association, and Blaine Calhoun, commander of the Snyder-Farmer Butler American Legion Post of Hyattsville, are co-chairmen. Wednesday night will be “Old Timers’ Night ”, an occasion to honor veteran business men of the community. Friday will be “City of Hyattsville Night”, when Mayor Caesar L. Aiello and city councilmen will be honored. A talent show will be held nightly among students from the Hyattsville, Mount Rainier, Bla densburg and Oreenbelt High Schools, with the winners from each school to face each other in the finals on Friday night. Admission will be free. Virginia Manufacturers End Session With Election By the Aiieciated Pre»» RICHMOND, Va„ Oct. 22.— Members of the Virginia Manu facturers Association today closed their 27th convention here by hearing two addresses and elect ing officers. E. J. Robeson, jr., vice president and personnel manager of the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., was re-elected presi dent. Other officers named included Henry G. Chesley, jr., of Rich mond, first vice president; Ralph B. Douglas, Norfolk, second vice president, and H. B. McCormac, Winchester, treasurer. Directors elected for terms ex piring in October. 1951, included N. Lawton Mahan, Charlottesville, and W. M. Zirkle, Harrisonburg. During the closing sessions, the delegates heard talks by Murray Shields, jr., vice president and economist of the Bank of Man hattan, New York, and T. Cole man Andrews, Richmond account ing executive. Progressives Oppose Arnold Lines Fare Rise Protests against the proposed flve-cent fare increases of the Washington. Virginia & Maryland Coach Co,i (Arnold Lines) have been made by the Progressive Party of Northern Virginia to the Interstate Commerce Commission and the Virginia State Corpora tion Commission, it was an nounced yesterday. The group contends that no ad ditional service has been provided since the last fare increase; that the increase would bring on higher living costs; that the company’s rush hour service is notorious for standing - room - only conditions, long waits between buses and gen eral lack of consideration for the public, and that the company has taken advantage of. its monopoly to press for successive fare in creases. Arlington Fashion Show A fashion show sponsored by the Wilson Boulevard Christian Church, Arlington, will be pre sented at 8 pm. Tuesday. Miss Sue Boteler, fashion co-ordinator of Jelleff’s, will be In charge . Tuck Supports Plan to Change Suffrage Law Virginians to Decide Fate of Poll Tax On November 8 ly the Assecioted Frets RICHMOND. Va., Oct. 22.— Gov. Tuck today announced hla support of proposed suffrage amendments to be voted on by Virginians November 8. The Governor said he wa^g prompted to state his views opf the amendments, which would,' eliminate the capitation tax as a prerequisite to voting and permit other suffrage changes, because he was “convinced it is to the best interests of Virginia to adopt them.” He pointed out that the amend ments were drafted by a biparti san commission and had been “carefully considered” and ap proved decisively by the last two sessions of the General Assembly. Cites Past Complaint. “The complaint heretofore has been that there should be no poll tax as a prerequisite to the right to vote and that our existing suf frage requirements are too in flexible,” he said in a statement to reporters. “The proposed amendments would definitely and finally re move the poll tax as a voting qualification. They would provide a flexible system of suffrage laws, responsive to the will of the peo ple and subject to prompt change as the public may demand.” “In my opinion,” said the Gov ernor, “the adoption of these amendments will constitute a for ward step of lasting benefit to the people of the Commonwealth.” The Governor observed that the proposed amendments to the con stitution are important to the peo ple of the State and said that as Virginia's chief executive “I feel that the people are entitled to know my position on such a vital public issue.” Opposed by League. The amendments — sometimes called the Campbell amendments after Stuart B. Campbell of Wytheville who headed the com mission that drafted them—have been the focal point of consider able controversy in an otherwise relatively quiet campaign to se lect a Governor, Lieutenant-Gov ernor, attorney general and mem bers of the House of Delegates. A bipartisan Virginia' Right to V6te League has been set up'here to muster opposition to the amendments which have the an nounced support of tile Demo cratic nominee for Governor, John S. Battle of Charlottesville. Mr. Battle is opposed by Re publican Walter Johnson, North umberland County Common wealth’s Attorney, and Clark T, Robb of Herndon, Social-Demo crat. Meanwhile, Jack Smith, presi dent of the Virginia Federation of Labor, came out in opposition to the amendments. Literacy Test Scored. Mr. Smith told a 50th anniver sary celebration of Local 388 of the United Brotherhood of Car penters and Joiners here that the literacy test which would be set up if the amendments pass would disfranchise large sections of Vir ginia voters. The present Virginia adminis tration, Mr. Smith said, “wants a small electorate. It’s easier to control.” He told a crowd of several hun dred union members that Congress already is moving to abolish th* poll tax. And if it does, he pre dicted, “there will result a politi cal revolution in Virginia ’’ be cause many more Virginia citizens will be eligible to vote. Gov. Lane's Autograph Given to Hitch-Hiker •y th« Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Oct. 22.—Paul Clark, 30-year-old Californian who likes to travel the hard way, hopped a ride into Annapolis to day. He got what he wanted before hopping out- again a few hour* later: Gov. Lane’s autograph. Mr. Clark said he left Sacra mento last April 9 on a bet. He wins $400 for the signature of each governor he obtains while hitchhiking around the country. Gov. Lane provided No. 40. Jphn D. Roop to Direct Overseas Aid Program By the Associated Press BALTIMORE, Oct. 22.—John D. Roop, dairy farmer of Lin wood, Md., has been named tri state director of the Christian Rural Overseas Program, Field Representative Carl R. Key an nounced today. The organization’s main work consists in shipping farm com modities to war-ravaged areas. Mr. Roop traveled extensively in Europe last year to study farm conditions. Silver Spring Group To Hear Hancock Alexander K. Hancock, Mont gomery County director of finance, will describe the various taxes levied against property in the east ern suburban area at a meeting of the Allied Civic Group of Silver Spring at 8 pm. tomorrow in the liquor dispensary hearing room. Also on the program are reports from committees on highways and civic improvements. B'nai B'rith Smorgasbord The B’nai B’rith men and women of Montgomery County will hold a smorgasbord dinner at 7 pm. Wednesday at the Indian Spring Country Club.