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^Ije fretting JMaf WASHINGTON AND VICINITY—COMICS—RADIO TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1949 Church Council In Virginia Hits Vote Changes Suffrage Amendments Called Vague; Byrd Supports Proposal By the Associated Press The Campbell suffrage amend ments won the public support of Senator Byrd, but drew the op position of the Virginia Council of Churches yesterday. In a surprise move, the Execu tive Committee of the church council — representing, 15 Prot estant denominations—approved a resolution recommending an “against” vote in November “be cause of the general vagueness of the proposed amendments to the constitution of Virginia and the uncertainty as to their mean ‘ ing. * * *” The council, headed by Bishop F. D.* Goodwin of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, acted after the matter was placed before a meeting in Richmond by its de partment of social education and action. A subcommittee of the Executive Committee prepared the resolution and the parent body approved it unanimously. Section on Tests Opposed. It expressed, particularly, the committee's opposition to the par agraph in section 20 of the pro posal which says that the voter Is to “meet such tests as to liter acy and such further requirements as the General Assembly may pre scribe. * * *" This section was called “vague" and "uncertain." “The Executive Committee of the Virginia Council of Churches opposes the proposed amend ments,” the resolution added, and It named the 12 sections that would be altered. The Rev. Jo seph S. Johnston, Methodist pas tor of Norfolk, heads the depart ment of social education and ac tion which laid the matter before the executive group. The Virginia Council of Churches includes the following denominations: Episcopal, Meth odist and Presbyterian U. S. (Southern), Presbyterian U. S. A. (Northern), Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Society of Friends, United Lutheran, Evangelical United Brethren, Disciples of Christ, Evangelical and Reformed, Congregational Christian, Church of the Brethren and the Baptist General Association and allied bodies, the Baptist Good Will Con vention and the Baptist State Convention. The three Baptist denominations are Negro groups. Charges Attempt to Confuse. Senator Byrd, however, like Gov. Tuck, found the amendments worthy of support at the polls November 8. “I intend to vote in favor of the amendments to the constitution which will be submitted to the voters of Virginia, * * *” said the Senator in a statement. “In my long experience as a legislator, I have rarely seen per fection attained. But I say em phatically that these amendments do represent the patriotic judg ment, first to the bi-partisan com mission appointed to make the recommendations and, secondly, i the judgment of two sessions of | the General Assembly, elected for different terms. “The opponents of these amend ments have very cleverly endeav ored to confuse the actual effect | of the proposed amendments to the constitution by asserting that certain recommendations of the commission will be written into the constitution, when, in fact, such provisions are to be left to the | future action of the General As sembly, thus giving the electorate of Virginia an opportunity to in struct their representatives on the question as to whether such meas ures should be enacted into law. loo Muqh Leeway Seen. Senator Byrd said he believed the General Assembly can be trusted to act "wisely and effec tively.” Much of the opposition to the proposals, which would repeal the poll tax as a prerequisite for vot ing and enable the Legislature to effect a number of electoral |e- j forms has been made on the point that the General Assembly is being given too much leeway. Gov. Tuck indorsed adoption of the resolution in a statement over the week end. He said he was convinced that it was to the best interests of Virginia for the amendments to be adopted. The week end also brought ex pressions of opposition to the amendments from the Virginia Department of Amvets, the Na tional Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People and , the president of the Virginia State Federation of Labor. Arlington Man Cleared Of Assault Charge William Alexander Martin, 21, of the 2800 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, yester day was acquitted of a rape charge in Fairfax Circuit Court. Martin was accused of attack- i ^ng a 54-year-old woman last; May 4 in her cabin in the Gunston area. It was brought out in the trial before Judge Paul Brown that the complaining witness had not reported the alleged attack to police for several days. Another charge of rape against Martin was dropped last week in Arlington when the county grand jury failed to return a true bill. The complaining witness in the Arlington case would not testify, court attaches said. School Board Meets Tonight The Arlington County School Board will hold a regular meeting at 8 o’clock tonight in Washing ton-Lee High School. Parents Rule Out Glass-Smashing At Greenbelt There will be no window-break ing contests at the Greenbelt Hal loween party because parents thought it might teach youngsters bad habits. Town Manager Charles T. Mc Donald said he had canceled the window-breaking contests after several parents complained. It had been planned to set up glass panes and allow the children to break them, thereby diverting their Halloween pranks from bona fide windows. But the window-soaping con test—a less destructive pastime, in the parents’ estimation—will go ahead as scheduled, said Mr. McDonald. There will be prizes for the most artistic window soaping jobs. Other games and contests also will go ahead as scheduled by the town recreation department. Cox Charges Conley Was County's Counsel Before Quitting PUC An anti-organization candidate for the Arlington County Board charged last night that Lester R. Conley was employed to represent the county at bus fare hearings, before Mr. Conley resigned from the Arlington Public Utilities Commission. Robert W. Cox. Town Meeting nominee for the board, declared Mr. Conley wrote the State Cor poration Commission October 15 that he had been “recently em ployed” as counsel for the county. His resignation from the PUC was announced October 17. The Corporation Commission has set November 14 as the date of a hearing on the request of the Washington, Virginia and Mary land Coach Co. (Arnold Lines) for permission to raise fares. Resigns PUC Post. In a letter to County Board Chairman Basil De Lashmutt, Mr. Conley stated he was resigning as a member of the Advisory Public Utilities Commission because of the pressure of private business. He is a lawyer. Mr. Cox is running against Mr. De Lashmutt, an organization Democrat, in an election to be held November 8. He made his statements about Mr. Conley last night at a meeting of the Cher rydale Citizens’ Association. Com monwealth’s Attorney Denman T. Rucker spoke in behalf of Mr. De Lashmutt. After his resignation was made public, Mr. Conley criticized Mr. Cox for a statement that Mr. De Lashmutt had a “tender” policy toward public utility companies. This led T. Oscar Smith, Mr. Cox’s campaign manager, to character ize appointment of Mr. Conley in the bus fare case as a “payoff.” Mr. Cox said last night he was bringing out circumstances of the appointment as an illustration of how “the machine pays off.” Rucker Lauds De Lashmutt. Mr. Rucker, who recalled Mr. De Lashmutt was first elected 10 years ago and is being opposed for the first time this year, termed him a “gentleman of invulnerable integrity.” The Commonwealth’s attorney said he intended to vote for the man “who believes in a modest tax rate raise,” implying that Mr. Cox would support a higher rate. Jacob C. Bechtel, making his third attempt to gain a seat on the five-member board, criticised Mr. De Lashmutt’s record and asekd voters to “better the board with Bechtel.” The meeting also beard from the two Democrats, George Damm and J. Maynard Magruder, and one Republican, I. Lee Potter, who are running for the two House of Delegates seats. The Democrats are incumbents. Damm Defends Record. Mr. Damm, who said he would stand on his record, declared that in 1947 Mr. Potter voted in the Democratic primary, later became vice chairman of the County Re publican Committee, then ap peared as an independent candi date and now is runing as a Republican. if.r. Potter charged his oppo nents have been “derelict in their duties” in not following the will of the people. He asserted a group of Arlington Democrats asked for legislation to permit a referendum on non-partisan elec tions for the County Board and all they got was a bill giving a referendum on the question of changing the date of the School Board election from November to May. Mr. Magruder, answering charges by Mr. Potter, said the Arlington delegation to the Gen eral Assembly had consistently opposed a State sales tax. The delegate, running for his fourth term, said he favored jury service for women “with certain limita tions.” Madison PIA fo Hold Halloween Party Friday The Madison School Parent Teacher Association will hold a Hallowe’en masquerade party at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the school in Falls Church. Prizes will be awarded for the funniest and most original cos tumes. Wearing of costumes is optional. The association recently com pleted a membership drive, which brought the total membership to 760. New members may be ad mitted at any time during the year. Officers are: Mrs. Chester Fin land, president; Joseph Coker, vice president; Mrs. James Lay, jr., secretary; J. Hugh Green, treasurer, and Mr. Coker, parlia mentarian. i County Group Fights Transfer Of Rent Office Tighe Woods Asked To Keep Unit In Silver Spring The Democratic State Central Committee for Montgomery Coun ty moved yesterday to block a threatened transfer of the Silver Spring rent control office to Alex andria. Committee Chairman J. Bond Smith said he had learned of plans to make the Silver Spring office, which serves the Montgom ery-Prince Georges Counties rental area, a branch of the Alexandria office. The suburban Maryland area would thus come under the juris diction of the rent director for the State of Virginia, Mr. Smith said. It is now responsible to Walter R. Heath, Maryland rent director, whose headquarters are in Baltimore. Mr. Smith said that news of the proposed transfer had come from Harry A. L. Barker, River dale, chairman of the Rent Ad visory Board for the Montgomery Printe Georges area. Noting that the change is sched uled for November 1, the Mont gomery Democratic Committee called on Housing Expediter Tighe E. Woods to cancel the order and "continue the present Jurisdic tional control.” Copies of the resolution were sent to Senators Tydings and O'Conor and Repre sentatives Sasscer and Beall, all of Maryland. The committee said that It "condemns the proposed transfer as opposed to public Interest and convenience.” It pointed out that 34,000 rental registrations are on file at the Silver Spring office at 8055 Thirteenth street, and that they ‘‘relate entirely to Maryland properties and concern exclusively Maryland tenants, Maryland land lords and the Maryland public * • • and have been efficiently ad ministered by Maryland personnel under the Maryland rent director.” Takoma Park Residents Protest Paving Charges Property owners along Elm ave nue in Takom Park are protesting charges assessed for paving the thoroughfare. The delegation told the Takoma Park City Council last night that they had been asked to pay at the rate of $1.87 per front foot, instead of the 80 cents per front foot esti mated nearly a year ago. They complained that they had not been notified there would be an increase in the cost until billed. The Council was asked to con sider a $1.20 per front foot charge for the paving job. The request was taken under advisement. The Spring Park Community Association urged that a cascade be constructed in Spring Memo rial Park, where the. famous Ta koma spring is located. Announcement was made that the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors of Elections will regis ter voters at the Municipal Build ing, 8 Columbia avenue, from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. No vember 2. 900 Attend Opening Of Hyatfsville Exposition About 900 visitors attended the opening night of the Hyattsville Business Exposition at the Hyatts 1 ville Armory last night. The exposition, sponsored by the Business and Professional Men’s Association, the American Legion and the National Guard, will be open each night this week from 7 to 10 p.m. through Saturday. About 30 Hyattsvile merchants are participating. Mrs. Clem Miller, 5625 Sixty seventh avenue, Eastpines, was chosen “queen” for the opening night and received prizes from the various merchants. A queen will be chosen each night' of the ex position. The Prince Georges Bank & Trust Co. exhibit attracted con siderable attention with a $100,000 bill on display. The bank also had exhibits of conterfeit money. 48 Prospective Jurors* Drawn in Montgomery A panel/>f 48 prospective jurors for the November term of Mont gomery County Circuit Court was drawn yesterday in Rockville by Judge Stedman Prescott. The 48 will report November 14, when 23 will be chosen for grand jury service. The remain ing 25 will serve on petit juries. Those selected yesterday are: Lee C. Warfield. Emma W. Muncaster. Leslie Q. Beall. Charles N. Crosby, Emma H. Kohlhoss. Sarah E.« Davis. Fred M. Campbell. Edith Crawford. Ruby L. Car doso. Lawrence L. Cecil. Caroline P. Baker. Plummer W. Allnutt, Ruth L Burnell. Charles A. Roberts and Margaret Mullins. Also Ruth E. Dahlin. George P. Garrett. C. A. Robertson. Lawrence Jenkins. Marc G. Phillips. Dorothy W. Nicolson. James O. Shumate. Fred E Windsor, Jane D. Gold. Norrtae N. Dahn. Frank A. Soicer. Thedore D. Martin. Stanley L. Smallwood, Gladys Austin and R. Lauck Benson. Also Edna F. Aiken. Keith Cornelius. Eddie H. Wallich. John W. Trout, Alfred C. Paul. J. Vernon Nicholson. Elsie R. Appleby, Barbara C. McCloskcy, Claude C. Wright, Waverly I. Bryant and Lloyd J. Page. Also Samuel C. McCeney. Thomas A. Conlon. W. Dryden Ungiesbee, Marie E. Regelmbal. Ethel C. O'Connor. John Liv ingston and Thomas Hunter. Catholic War Veterans To Hear Msgr. Sheehy Msgr. Maurice Sheehy of Cath olic University will speak at a joint meeting of the John F. Mad igan Post No. 653, Catholic War Veterans, and the post’s Women’s Auxiliary at 8 p.m. tomorrow in St. Thomas More School, Arling ton, Va. Newly elected officers of both organizations will be installed at the meeting. 2 Boys, Each 2 Vi, Compete in Identifying Autos The two small boys stood on a Bethesda street corner and watched the cars whiz by. “That's a Ford,” announced Iceland W. Sprinkle, jr., aged 2V2. An aging automobile passed the corner. The other youngster gave it a quick glance. “An old Packard,” reported Richard M. White, jr., also aged 2V2. Anticipating contradiction, he turned to the reporter. “That’s right, too,” he declared. The reporter was disinclined to argue the point after watching the two youngsters perform. Young Leland had marched down the street from his home at 6513 Fairfax road, Bethesda, and called off the names of all except one car parked at the curb. He missed only on an early model Studebaker. “Miles,” as Mr. and Mrs. White call their only child, had ridden from his home at 4700 North Chelsea lane, Bethesda, to the Fairfax road address and called off the names of the cars as he passed them on the road. A convertible with its top down drew up alongside his car at a traffic light. His mother asked him to identify it. Standing up to see past his mother in the driver’s seat, he took a quick look and identified it as a Hudson con vertible. Both youngsters h*d no trouble at all identifying a 1932 Cadillac. They could name cars in motion and parked, from the front, the sides and the rear. Leland’s father called his at tention to a shiny new car across the street. “Booick,” reported Leland, who sometimes finds it a mouthful to get out the car names. After identifying another car as a Buick, Leland was asked by his father what kind of a Buick it was. “I go look,” said the youngster and scurried around to the side. He came back to report it was a Dynaflow. When the reporter asked Miles how he identified the cars he promptly replied, “By tjie hub caps.” Since he never even 'Gross Exaggeration' Is Virginia's Reply to Criticism of Prisons By th« Associated Press RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 25.— Criticism, of the Virginia prison system by a California leg islator brought a rejoinder of “gross exagger ation” yester day from Col. Richard S. Copeland, di rector of the Department of Welfare and Institutions. Col. Copeland said he didn’t care to say anything in re ply to the statement of Vernon Kilpatrick other than that it ap peared to be “a gross exaggera tion of conditions in the Virginia prison system.” “Of course, I don’t think our system is perfect by any means,” he added. Gov. Tuck, who said Mr. Kil< Patrick’s name had been added to a list the FBI requested to see in connection with an extradition case, had this to say: “This man came into my office pretending to be interested in prisons. His real interest was in Lester Tate, alias Lester Gee, as I discovered before his departure. He wanted a letter of recom mendation ywhich I declined to give. Needless to say, under these circumstances, I have no confi dence in Kilpatrick or any state ment which he makes.” Tate, or Gee, a fugutive from a Virginia roatf camp was arrested recently in California and Gov. Tuck has requested extradition in spite of voluminous *petitions to allow the Negro to remain in Cali fornia where he was represented as a model citizen. Mr. Kilpatrick, chairman of a California Interim Commission on Crime and Correction, said in a statement released Saturday that Virginia had consciously tried to make its prison system a “mon ster.” He blamed what he called “excesses” on the General Assem bly and top executive officers. Old Riverdale Landmark Is Destroyed by Fire An abandoned mansion that has been an East Riverdale landmark for 75 years was destroyed by fire early today. Riverdale Fire Marshal T. C. Gardner said he would investigate the possibility of arson. He said there had been two earlier fires at the old frame building in the last six months. The previous fires were started by boys, he said, and did not seriously damage the building. The 14-room house was situated behind the new Templeton Manor apartments. Flames had swept through most of the budding be fort the blaze was reported. Only the front wall and side-walls were left standing and firemen pulled them down. Firemen said the building for merly was known as the Brown ing estate, but had been sold to a real estate company. Fire com panies responded to the blaze from Bladensburg, Riverdale Heights, Riverdale, Hyattsville, Cottage City and Berwyn Heights. Librarian Bishop to Talk The Right Rev. Bravid W. Har ris, missionary Bishop of Liberia, will discuss his work in that coun try at 7:30 o’clock tonight at the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria. Richard M. White, jr., left, and Leland W. Sprinkle, jr., both 2 Vi, get together to discuss automobiles. The youngsters apparently can identify almost anything on wheels. —Star Staff Photo. glanced at the hub caps, this seemed fairly unlikely. Leland apparently studies ra diator ornaments. At one point, for instance, he pointed to the “old man”—the head of an In dian on the radiator—and said that was how he knew it was a Pontiac. But he was equally quick to identify cars from the rear. Mr. Sprinkle, a mathematician at the Naval Ordnance Labora tory, said on one occasion Leland correctly identified 61 out of 63 cars. Mrs. White, whose husband is an Agriculture Department ac countant, said Miles confounded his elders by pointing out a Willys-Knight. Since these cars haven't been made since 1933, she has no idea where he ever even heard of the make. Mr. Sprinkle said he started showing cars to Leland to teach him' the colors. The boy still can't distinguish colors — too young, his father says—but, ac cording to his father, he can spot at least one model of every American car on the road. Miles got interested in automo biles when his mother brought him some toy models from the five-and-ten-cent store. He started asking questions, studying pictures of automobiles in magazines and newspapers and watching them on ! the streets. His parents, however,' can’t figure out how their blue eyed boy knows more cars than they do. The two youngsters had never met before the reporter introduced them, but in a matter of minutes j they were gabbing at each other like a couple of garage mechanics. “We think Leland is going to be a mechanical engineer,” confided Mr. Sprinkle. Mrs. White, watching Miles be | stow a fond pat on the radiator of | an old car, commented with a ; laugh: “I guess Miles will turn out to be a used car dealer.” Baltimore Medical Schools Ask For Dogs Now Killed by SPCA By the Associated Press BALTIMORE, Oct. 25.—Balti more’s medical schools are run ning short of dogs for experi mental purposes. They want to get the unwanted strays now put to death by the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But the SPCA says the dogs will not be turned over to the doctors if it can help it. The doctors have asked for a public hearing on the question be fore the city renews for 1950 its contract with the SPCA. This is one of the world’s med ical centers, and important re search always is in progress at the Johns Hopkins and University of Maryland Medical Schools. Tire eight doctors who asked the Board of Estimates, the city’s money-handling adjunct, for a hearing, said the current dog shortage is hampering heart dis ease and stomach ulcer research. They said in their letter that no dog would suffer. Miss Mary B. Shearer, president of the SPCA, said last nigh% that her group is unalterably opposed to the proposition. “We feel that a small body of people have no right to disturb and disorganize a useful public service,” she said. When asked if the SPCA was opposed to the use of stray dogs for medical research, Miss Shearer said: “I would rather not answer that.” • Signing the letter to the Board of Estimates were the deans of the two medical schools, the heads of all the city medical societies and the director of the State De partment of Health. Falls Church Council Approves Referendum For School Bonds The Falls Church Council last night authorized a referendum on a $700,000 bond issue for school construction. The date set for voting, Novem ber 22, was recommended by the City School Board, which hopes to have the building program completed by next September. The Council cut $200,000 from the amount requested by the school board. Councilman Lee M. Rhoads led the opposition to com mitting the city’s entire borrow ing power to a single project. Borrowing Power Cited. Mr. Rhoads said the total cur rent borrowing power, under State law forbidding debts greater than 18 per cent of assessed valuation, is approximately $976,000. He said $50,000 already is earmarked for emergency school repairs. A reassessment next year, he predicted, will provide “consider ably greater borrowing power.” He said he “heartily” indorses the building program, but believes the council should retain $200,000 in borrowing power for emergen cies. The school board’s $900,000 program included construction of a new junior-senior high school and a new elementary school, and remodeling of the present Madison Elementary. Jefferson Annex to Madison was to be abandoned. Delay May be Necessary. Mrs. Helen Regan, chairman of the school board, said the $700,000 limitation may force a delay in abandoning Jefferson. She said her board will meet this week to adjust the construction program. Mrs. Regan said the city board would not oppose interchange of students with Fairfax Couhty to reduce the distances students must travel. Fairfax County re tained Falls Church High School and Oak Street Elementary School, both in the city, when Falls Church became a separate school district last June. At pres ent there is an interchange of students between the county and city at Oak Street and Madison. The School Board has been con sidering sites inside and outside the city limits. Regardless of where the new schools are built, if the bond issue is authorized, some city students will be closer to a county school than to their city operated school. Executive Board Meeting The American Women’s Legion of the World Wars will hold an Executive Board meeting tomor row at 11 ajn. at the Mayflower. 6 Million Bond Sale Approved to Finance Chesapeake Bridge By the Associated Press BALTIMORE. Oct. 25.—The State Rc^ds Commission yes terday authorized the sale of $6, 425,000 in bonds to finance Mary land’s bridge across Chesapeake Bay. A $37,500,000 issue was floated originally to pay the cost of the big span, bi* bids by contractors pushed the advance estimates to $41,000,000. The difference between that and the $43,925,000 total of the two bond issues is for contingencies. It may be more expensive than the engineers estimate to sink the supporting piers into the bay just north of Annapolis. While some superficial prelimi nary work has been done at the bridge site, substantial construc tion work will start March 1. The bridge is scheduled for completion in the summer of 1952. The roads commission yester day received legal contracts and performance bonds from four builders who have been designated to put down the substructure for $16,428,814. They will be reviewed by the legal staff and perhaps executed within the next few days. The commission then is expected to issue notices for the contractors to start work. The current steel strike is not expected to affect the building schedule. The State bought in ad vance $1,433,245 worth of steel for the project and about 2,300 of the 13,313 tons already have been delivered. Unless Bethlehem Steel and Carnegie Illinois Steel companies are an extremely long time in catching up on strike induced back orders, they are ex pected to resume deliveries again well before any steel is needed. Byrd Invites Legislators To See Maryland Game Dr. H. C. Byrd, president of the University of Maryland, has in vited members of the General As sembly to attend Maryland’s Homecoming Day football game with South Carolina Saturday. Mimeographed invitations have been sent to the lawmakers asking them to be the university’s guests at the game and at an alumni luncheon. Two free tickets to the game were offered. About 100 legislators accepted a similar bid to see last season’s Maryland-North Carolina game in Griffith Stadium. 95% of Montgomery's Tax Bills Too Small To Pay for One Pupil More than 95 per cent of the tax bills sent to Montgomery County property owners are too small to pay for the education of one child for one year. County Fi nance Director Alexander K. Hancock declared last night. Speaking before the Allied Civic Group of Silver Spring, Mr. Hancock said almost any taxpayer who has one child in public school is “running ahead of the game.’’ His remarks shed new light on the county’s long-standing debate on the relative tax contributions of homeowners and apartment dwellers. The County Civic Fed eration recently urged the County Council to halt construction of new apartments on the ground they do not pay their way as far as schools and other public serv ices are concerned. Cost of Student $200. Mr. Hancock pointed out that the annual educational cost per student is approximately $200, with $150 of that amount coming from the county levy- and $50 from State contributions. Since the share of the county tax rate devoted to school operating ex penses is $1.33, the minimum as-: sessment needed for a tax yield of $150 is $11,280, he said. Few residential properties in the county are assessed that high, Mr. Hancock stated. He pointed out' that a recent survey of all tax bills showed that exactly 95 per cent of them are based on assess ments of $10,000 or less. “The people who are really sup porting the school children,-’ he added, “are the owners of com mercial and industrial property and vacant lots^the owners of a few of the larger estates and farms and the people who have no children.” Tax System Explained. The finance chief’s remarks about educational costs came dur ing the course of a talk in which he explained the various State, county and special district tax rates that combine to form the overall tax rate in the 13th elec tion district. This includes Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Kensington and Wheaton. He noted there are 20 different tax rate combinations within the district. This is because of the Arbitrary boundaries of fire, li rary and other special taxing districts, few of which coincide with each other, he explained. In its business meeting, the Al lied Civic Group approved the text of a letter to Gov. Lane thanking him for his support of the widen ing of Georgia avenue from Silver Spring to Glenmont, which is scheduled to begin next spring. Other Improvements Urged. At the same time, the group fixed its sights on two other major highway improvements — Old Bladensburg road from the Prince Georges County line to Viers Mill road and Colesville road from Franklin avenue to White Oak. Accepting the recommendations of its public highway committee, headed by Willard A. Morris, the group agreed to ask that the Old Bladensburg road project be given priority over Colesville road. Also approved was a resolution requesting the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Com mission to build a combined com munity center and auditorium in Silver Spring. Another resolution urged the use of luminous paint on street name signs and the es tablishment of a system of street naming.in which the name of a street would indicate its general location. > School Bias Suit Hearing Enters Final Phase Judge Bryan Plans Inspection Tour to Compare Conditions Final witnesses were being examined today in a suit in which colored patrons are trying to prove that Arlington school offi cials discriminate against Negro pupils. Judge Albert V. Bryan, who is hearing the case in District Court, Alexandria, expressed hope that lawyers would complete their work in time for a tour of inspec tion to two schools late this after noon. Judge Bryan wants to see con ditions at Hoffman-Boston School for Negroes and at Washington Lee High School for whites, on which the court issues are drawn. Noted Educator Heard. As the hearing entered its final stage. Judge Bryan had the testi mony of a nationally-known edu cator that there is no evidence that the Arlington School Board and its officers discriminate against pupils because of race or color. The official, Dr. Howard A. Dawson, is director of rural service for the National Education Association. He emphasized that his individual views do not neces sarily reflect the official opinions of the NEA. j Judge Bryan also had received ! a categorical denial of discrimina tion, from Mrs. Edmund Camp bell, vice chairman of the School Board. Both of these witnesses and William A. Early, new' superinten dent of the Arlington public | schools, testified yesterday. Then the defense rested. Dr. Dawson maintaned that ed ucational equality cannot be : judged from the “labels” attached I to courses, or the amount of equipment used at a school. He said the value of schools depends more directly upon the quality of instruction, the “spirit” of the establishment and a well-in tegrated curriculum. The colored plaintiffs contend that Hoffman-Boston is inferior to Washington-Lee w'ith respect to courses offered, cafeteria facili ties, gymnasuim facilities, athelti® fields, libraries and other matters. They said white high school pupils can study retail sales, auto mobile mechanics, sheet metal work and journalism: have op portunity for driver training and have a cadet corps. None of these is available at Hoffman Boston, they said. Dr. Dawson observed that Ar lington must operate under a Vir ginia constitutional provision for i segregated schools. He said only 48 students a^nd the high school section at Hoffman - Boston, whereas 1,881 white children are enrolled in the Washington-Lee High School. He said each school enjoys some advantages over the other. He agreed a cafeteria should be estab lished at Hoffman-Boston and that driver training should be added to the colored curriculum. He said, however, the pupils at this school are much better off than whites at Washington-Lee insofar as space is concerned. He also said the colored pupils can benefit from more individual at tention of instructors. Points to His Record. When a lawyer for the colored patrons raised a question about Dr. Dawson's possible “bias or prejudice,” the educator said he has long fought for improvement of Negro schools and would not favor segregation in Arlington County if State laws did not re quire it. He said that while Hoffman Boston is not as large as the “ideal” student body. Washington Lee is far larger than the ideal. He said it is possible to obtain better results with one competent teacher instructing a small class in several related subjects, than ! for several specialists to teach the various courses in large, separate classes. Thus, he testified, the course “labels” which can be found in the Washington-Lee curriculum do not necessarily prove the white students enjoy advantage over pupils at Hoffman-Boston, whose curriculum lists no such courses. Denies Discrimination. Mrs. Campbell, who formerly was dean at Mary Baldwin Col lege and whose husband is chair man of the board of that institu tion, emphatically denied any dis crimination against Negroes. “In fact,” she stated, “the School Board has been accused by some people, who don’t think as we do, of having shown decided prefer ences to the colored pupils of Ar lington.” She said there are dif ferences in physical equipment and curriculums but declared she be lieves educational opportunities to be equal between the races. The suit, filed about two years ago, was brought in the name of Constance Cartel, now 17, for merly a Hoffman-Boston student. She recently married and is not now enrolled. Yesterday, her at torneys obtained permission to add the names of two more pu pils as plaintiffs. These are Peggy Council and Julius Brevard. School Supt. Early said Arling ton has made arrangements with white and colored regional schools at Manassas to enroll stuSents de siring courses not available to them locally. He said one colored boy attends the Manassas vocational school this year. Mr. Early said two white girls and about 45 white boys attend the other re gional school because they cannot get similar instruction at Wash ington-Lee.