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Expected to Re-elect Thomas J. Groom Thomas J. Groom, president of the Bank of Commerce and Sav ings, was expected to be re-elected president of the District of Co lumbia Society for Crippled Chil dren at the organization’s annual meeting this afternoon. Before the meeting, Mrs. Helen Levinrad, worthy matron of Tem ple No. 13. Order of the Eastern Star, gave the society a $500 check on behalf of the temple for con tinuation of society activities. At the society’s cerebral palsy clinic, 357 persons were treated during the past year, officials said, while 70 patients received 1,546 physical therapy treatments and 77 others were given 1,941 cor rective speech therapy treatments. Other officers to be nominated for re-election at this afternoon’s meeting, to be held at the society headquarters, 1767 Massachusetts; avenue N.W., include: William H. Press, first vice! president: Donald M. Bernard, j second vice president; Thomas Grant, jr., secretary, and James H. Flanagan, treasurer. Thirteen members of the society board of directors also are up for re-election. They include Dr. Wil liam P. Orgy, Kenneth H. Berkley, Mr. Bernard, Leo Bernstein, Dr. Hobart H. Corning, Paul B. Cromelin, Mr. Flanagan, Dr. Mi-! chael J.' Mclnerney, Dr. Paul J.| O’Donnlel, Mrs. Parks, Lawrence! M. Proctor, Dr. Frederick Reissig and Frank L. Yates. Arthur Gleason Dies; City Employe 38 Years Arthur Gleason, 69, who, as a chauffeur for the District Govern ment drove its first automobile, died today at Galfinger Hospital after a brief ill ness. H e lived at 1473 Monroe street N.W. When Mr. Gleason retired in 1942 after 38 years' service with the Dis trict, he was presented a gold watch by Capt. H. C. Whitehurst, then director of highways, and former Engi neer Commissioner Charles Kutz. He drove a horse and buggy for the latter in 1914 when he was serving his first term as Com-1 missioner. Mr. Gleason was bom on a farm in Prince Georges County. His father, the late Albert Glea son, a contract and builder here for many years, helped construct the Mills and old Post Office buildings and the old Oxford Hotel. Mr. Gleason entered the District j Government service in 1904, and! except for several years in the Surveyor’s Office, was a chauf-1 feur for engineer commissioners i until his retirement. Surviving are his widow, Mrs.! Lillie M. Gleason; a daughter, Mrs. I Mildred Tamagni, of the Monroe street address; a son. Arthur W. Gleason, 1715 West Virginia ave-: nue N.E.; three grandchildren,; and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Hines funeral home, 2901 Fourteenth street N.W. Burial will be in Glen wood Cemetery. Baltimore Dairy Blast Sends 12 to Hospital fty the Associated Press BALTIMORE, Nov. 28.—A blast in the refrigerating plant of the Western Maryland Dairy filled the plant with ammonia fumes early today and sent 12 men to the hos pital with gas poisoning. Three alarms were sounded be fore firemen were able to put out a small blaze in the basement which followed the explosion.! Firefighters weren’t able to stay in the fume-filled building more than a few minutes at a time. Houses several blocks away were, rocked by the force of the blast.' Dairy employes said they thought the building had collapsed and there was a mad scramble for the doors. Thurman Graves, 25, of Lans downe, was put in an oxygen tent at Mercy Hospital and Charles Warner, 40, the night engineer, was admitted for treatment of gas i poisoning and bums. The other 10 stricken were released after treatment. An official of the dairy said milk deliveries today would not be af fected. Weasel Pelts Small Weasels play a relatively minor part in the annual fur harvest be cause their pelts are so small as to be hardly worth the trapper’s efforts. FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN—Cheryl Chisholm, 5, a student at the District of Columbia Society for Crippled Children kinder garten, accepts a $500 check from Mrs. Helen Levinrad, worthy matron of Temple No. 13, Order of the Eastern Star. Dan Piver, a member of the society’s Board of Directors, looks on. —Star Staff Photo. Dr. Davies Declares Lilienthal Victim in 'March of Mediocrity’ The resignation of David E. Lilienthal as head of the Atomic Energy Commission is another step in a trend that will soon make official Washington “a city of nonentities,” Dr. A. Powell Davies, pastor of All Souls’ Uni tarian Church, told his congrega tion yesterday. Mr. Lilienthal announced Tues day he will leave his post on De cember 31 to return to private life. The Atomic Energy Commis sion head has been in Govern ment service for 20 years. Predicted Resignation. • Dr. Davies recalled in his ser mon that previously he had pre dicted Mr. Lilienthal’s resignation,; declaring that “even a lion gets tired at last of being squealed at; ay mice.” The preacher also noted that in his previous sermon he had j charged that Mr. Lilienthal was; ‘under harassment by a commit-! tee of the Senate.” “Mr. Lilienthal was quite ob viously the next most probable victim in the dreary march of mediocrity,” Dr. Davies said. "For he was committing what Emerson once called the ‘offense of superi ority’.” Had No Fear of Russians. The speaker called the resigna tion “profoundly disturbing,” coming as it did soon after the Senate rejected Leland F. Olds for a third term on the Federal Power Commission and after the “resignation or dismissall” of many other Government officials.: There is no reason to worry about the Russians dropping an atomic bomb on Washington. Dr. Davies asserted, because “why should they interrupt something which is doing them so much good? As alert strategists, they! must know that the elimination' af competence, integrity and courageous leadership will do more for them than any number af atomic bombs.” Fugitive Plane Flies 100 Miles Without Pilot By the Associated Press MOUNT OLIVE, HI., Nov. 28.— A plane took off without its pilot yesterday and flew 100 miles be fore it crashed. No one was hurt in the freak take-off and crash. The light plane was owned by the Curry Plying Service of Galesburg. Arthur Mayer, in charge of flights for the service, said Jack Hallas of Galesburg landed the plane at the Mount Olive Airport and went around the wing to look at the propeller. As he touched it, the motor started with a roar and the plane moved forward. Mr. Hallas scrambled aside. The plane took off, climbed rapidly in a bank to the left and sailed out of sight. It crashed in a field on the Prank McGrew farm about a mile from Flora, 111. The farm is about 100 miles from the craft’s start ing point. CALL Storing 5454 TICKET OFFICE: 1625 K Stmt N. Mayor O'Dwyer Heads Procession at Final Salute for Robinson •y the Associated Press NEW YORK, Nov. 28.—Harlem and Broadway, who loved him long and well, will give a last salute today to Bill (Bojangles) Robinson. Mayor William O'Dwyer, an honorary pallbearer, will head a 2-mile funeral procession through Harlem when the 71-year-old Negro dancer's body is carried from an armory to a church for services. Then a cortege of automobiles will escort the casket downtown to Duffy Square—just north of Times Square—for a Broadway farewell. Robinson’s old friend. Noble Sissle, will lead a group of massed “name” bands. Broadway nota bles will participate. Burial in Brooklyn. From there the cortege will go to Brooklyn, where the veteran performer will be buried in the actors’ section of Evergreen Ceme tery. Today more of Robinson's Har lem neighbors and downtown friends headed for the armory, where his body lay in state un til 11:30 a.m. Visitors at the armory totalled 31,942, police said shortly after the building closed at 11 o’clock last night. At one time, there was a line of 5,000 standing in light snow and cold wind to pay their respects to t&e dancer who died Friday night of a heart ailment. There were many flowers, de spite his request that they be omitted and the money be sent tc his favorite charities. Friends Send Flowers. Floral offerings bore cards from Duke Ellington, Joe Louis, Lena Horne, Bob Hope, Freeman Gos den and Charles Correll (Amos ’n Andy) and other performers. One was from a locality “mayor,” M. Thornton of Beale Street, Mem phis, a birthplace of jazz. The funeral procession, with bands of music and marching chil dren, will proceed from the armory to the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. The Rev. Adam Clay ton Powell, jr„ Negro Congress member and husband of Singer Hazel Scott, will conduct services. Harlem school children were given a half holiday to pay re spects to their idol. Falls Church Unit to Meet The Southwest Falls Church Civic Association will meet at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Oak Street School. Billy Mitchell's Sister Yells as Thief Invades Room, Grabs Handbag A man who is lucky to be alive appeared in Municipal Court to day charged with snatching the pocketbook of Miss Ruth Mitchell, sister of the late Gen. Billy Mitchell and the only for eign woman ever in the famed Serbian guerrilla^ fight ers, the Chet niks. According to Miss Mitchell, about the only reason the sus pect isn’t full of lead is that she left her gun Ruth M,tcheU at her home in Tucson, Ariz. Instead, the defendant, Leroy T. Ennis, 38, colored, of the first block of D street S.E., appeared before Judge George D. Neilson today and was ordered held for the grand jury under $1,000 bond. In court Miss Mitchell said she hesitated at first to identify the suspect because “depriving a man of his liberty is the worst thing I could do.” She said she changed her mind before going to court, however, and identified him. Miss Mitchell is here doing re search about her late brother, the prophet of modern air power, in preparation for a book. She said she returned to her room at the George Washington Inn, New Jersey avenue and C street S.E., late Saturday night. “I put my handbag on the dressing table,” she said. "Then 11 sat down on the bed with some cards and began playing ‘pa tience.’ A few minutes later I heard a noise on the fire escape outside my window. “I went to the phone to call the police. Just as I did a man jumped in the window, grabbed my bag and jumped out again. I dropped the receiver, ran into the hall and yelled downstairs to let them know what had hap pened.” But if the survivor of 14 months in 11 Nazi prison camps had had her gun handy, it might have been a different story, j Asked if she would have shot him. she replied nonchalantly, “Why, of course.” Weather Report District of Columbia — Mostly cloudy today with highest tem perature about 45 degrees. Cloudy and not as cold tonight with lowest about 38 degrees. To morrow partly cloudy and warmer. Maryland — Cloudy and milder tonight with lowest temperature near freezing in the west and about 35 degrees in the east. Tomorrow; partly cloudy and warmer. Virginia—Mostly cloudy tonight with lowest temperature from 32 degrees in the northwest to 45 degrees in the southeast. Tomorrow partly cloudy and warmer. Wind velocity, 8 miles per hour; direction, southeast. River Report. (Prom U. S. Engineer!.) Potomac River clear at Harpers Perry and at Great Palls: Shenandoah clear at Harpers Ferry. Hnldlty. (Readings at Washington National Airport.) Yesterday— Pet. Yesterday— Pet. Noon . _ 59 Midnight --7 < 4 p.m. 69 8 a m._81 8 p.m. _ 66 10 a.m. _ 82 High and Low for Yesterday. High. 47. at 1:56 p.m Low. 32. at 12:01 am. Record Temperatures Toll Tear. Highest. 97. on August 11. Lowest, 21. on January 30. Tide Tables. (Furnished by United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.) Today. Tomorrow. High _ - 2:00 a m. 3:04 a.m. Low _ 9:00 a.m. 9:58 a m. High _ 2:40 p.m. 3:41 p.m Low _..... 9:32 p.m. 10:27 p.m. The Sun and Moon. Rises. Sets. Sun, today 7:05 4:47 Sun. tomorrow 7:00 4:47 Moon, today 1:27 p.m. 12:19 a.m. Automobile lights must be turned on one-half hour after sunset. Precipitation. Monthly precipitation in Inches hi the Capital (current month to date): Month. 1949 Avg. Record. January .. 5.08 3.55 7.83 '37 February_ 2.68 3.37 6.84 '84 March _ 3.42 3.75 8.84 '91 April _ 1.94 3.27 9.13 *89 May _ 6.33 3.70 10.69 '89 June _ 2.42 4.13 10.94 ’00 July _ 4.22 4.71 10.63 '*6 August _ 4.08 4.01 14.41 *38 September _ 3.49 3.24 17.45 84 October _ 3.27 2.84 8 81 '87 November _ 0.62 2.37 8.60 '80 December _ _ 3.32 7.56 '01 Temperatures in Various Cities. Albuquerque 69 42 Miami .. 71 58 Atlantic City 53 27 Milwaukee 40 27 Atlanta . 68 51 New Orleans 79 61 Rlrmarck _ 68 41 New York.. 32 25 Boston . 28 26 Norfolk 60 42 Buffalo __ 27 24 Oklahoma C. 74 47 Chicago .. 38 27 Omaha ... 54 38 Cincinnati 39 33 Phoenix ..81 46 Detroit ... 34 30 Pittsburgh 38 30 El Paso .. 78 57 Portland,Me. 22 21 Galveston . 78 68 St. Louis 83 39 Harrisburg 30 28 Salt Lk. City 67 50 Indianapolis 38 29 San Antonio 81 51 Kansas City 57 47 San Fran co 06 67 Los Angeles 66 51 8eattle_ 54 46 Louisville 46 35 Tampa- 70 53 Miss Koenig Cleared In Berryville Slaying; Attack Story Heard By a Staff Correspondent of The Star BERRYVILLE, Va., Nov. 28.— Manslaughter charges against a 19-year -old Navy Department artist in the shooting of a man she said tried to rape her were dismissed today after a prelim inary hearing in Trial Justice Court here. The accused, Miss Theresa Koenig, 856 North Kensington street, Arlington, did not testify at the closed hearing before Trial Justice Harold G. Potts. Commonwealth’s Attorney Ed ward M. Williams said after the hearing that a statement made to him by the pretty Stephens City tVa.) girl immediately after the shooting November 18, was given to Judge Potts. In that statement, authorities i said, Miss Koenig told how she shot Charles Kenneth Ellyett with his own revolver in a car parked on a lonely road near here. She fled the scene and telephoned the Clarke County sheriff's office from a farmhouse. Shooting at 5 A.M. The shooting, according to in vestigators, occurred about 5 a.m. as the climax of a night in which Ellyett had held her captive and attempted to force his attentions on her. After the hearing the slender girl appeal ed composed, but would not discuss the matter with re porters except to say that she expects to go back to work this week in the Bureau of Naval Per sonnel in Arlington. Witnesses today were County Sheriff W. W. Smallwood, two sisters of the dead man, Mrs. Vir i ginia Owens, Berryville, and Mrs. Marian Mathers, Clifton Station, ! Fairfax County, and William Bry ant. an Arlington acquaintance ! of Ellyett, who was forced by Ellyett to accompany the couple from Arlington. Mr. Bryant, however, escaped when Ellyett ; stopped at Mrs. Owens’ home and was not present when Ellyett was : shot. Also in the courtroom were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Koenig, the girl’s parents; her fiance, a naval mid ishipman at Pensacola, ?la., and Miss Koenig’s three brothers. Hearing Is Short. The hearing took about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Ellyett's mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Ellyett, and one of his sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Poe, Clifton Station, were excluded from the hearing. The Ellyetts operate a farm 5 miles southeast of Berryville. After the hearing, as reporters attempted to get Miss Koenig to talk, one of her brothers amplified an earlier version of the meeting 1 of Miss Koenig and Ellyett. He said that when they met on a bus about four months ago Ellyett told the girl he would be glad to give her rides between Arlington and Stephens City on week ends when he was coming home to Berryville. Ellyett, a house painter, lived at Clifton Station with Mrs. Mathers and her husband, H. L. Mathers, dur ing the week while working as £ house painter. Stephens City is about 15 miles southwest of Ber ryville. Authorities said Miss Koenig told them gllyett was drunk the night that he forced her to ac company him. Legion Post Plans Dance A dance sponsored by the American Legion Post 270 will be held at 9 p.m. Saturday at the McLean <Va.) fire hall. Proceeds will be used in furnishing the legion post's new home in Mc Lean. Dairy Group Grows Artificial dairy breeding asso ciations represent one of the fast est growing developments in mod ern United States agriculture. 23 shopp,nSavs *ft BuyCnMTMASSeALsf Federal Spotlight House Committee Postpones Probe of Federal Overstaffing By Joseph Young The House Civil Service Committee has postponed its scheduled investigation of alleged overstaffing of Federal agencies that was to have taken place during the current recess of Congress. There’s a chance that the investigation will take place sometime after Congress returns, but this depends on the amount of money the group will have at hand and the amount of time the committee will have to spare on the subject next year. Members of the three-man subcommittee appointed in the closing days of the past session of Congress to investigate ex cess Federal personnel had hoped to do the bulk of their work during the recess. However, other commit ments cropped up and they were unable to get started. No date has been Jo‘"h Youn* announced for opening of the in quiry. In this regard, it’s well to re call a similar investigation launched several years ago by the Senate Civil Service Committee. After hearings lasting more than three months, the investigation collapsed and was never taken up again. The main reason for this, in the opinion of many Capitol Hill ob servers, was the committee s lack of funds to do a thorough job. Without an adequate number of investigators to get first-hand evi dence, there is not much that a committee can do in the way of compiling an authoritative report. That’s the biggest obstacle fac ing the House group, which has never been given too much money in the past for investigative pur poses, although it has done very well with what it has had. Mem bers of the three-member sub committee are Representatives Williams of Mississippi and Her long of Florida. Democrats, and Rees, Republican, of Kansas. * ■*. + UPWA—The CIO has set De cember 12 as the date when it will put the left-wing CIO United Pub lic Workers of America on trial on charges of being followers of the Communist Party line. The trial will be conducted by a special committee headed by Emil Rieve. president of the CIO Textile Workers’ Union of America and is expected to be completed in a few days. The recent CIO con vention set up the committee to hear the charges. If UPWA is found guilty of the charges, it faces expulsion from the CIO. This will pave the way for official CIO jurisdiction of the right-wing Government Workers Union to represent the CIO in organizing Federal employes. * * * * ANNUAL LEAVE—The move on Capitol Hill to reduce the 26 days’ annual leave privileges of Gov ernment employes to possibly 20 days will originate in the Senate Civil Service Committee. Several key members of the committee predict that their group will hold hearings on the subject early next year. On the other hand, the House Civil Serv ice Committee will take a wait and-see attitude and will not do anything at least until the Senate group acts. The move to cut the classified employes’ 26 days’ annual vaca tion will be tied up with the move to increase postal workers’ pres ent 15 days’ annual leave to 20 days. While the 26-day leave time is definitely in danger of being cur tailed, Federal employe group leaders plan a vigorous fight to retain the present benefits. Already, James G. Yaden, pres ident of the AFL American Fed eration of Government Employes, has informed all his members to contact their Senators and Rep resentatives at home now during the congressional recess and try to line up their support against cutting annual leave. Mr. Yaden told his members Federal employes were facing a “critical period” in this regard. He declared that all Government workers should join together in fighting the move to cut annual leave. * * * * DOWNWARD TREND—For the second consecutive month, Gov ernment employment has gone down. Employment in Federal agencies here decreased by 1,800 during the last month, leaving a total of 211,000 Federal workers in Washington. The largest lay offs occurred in the Navy Depart ment and the Veterans’ Admin istration. * * * * JOBS—The Civil Service Com mission has announced exams for police jobs at the Washington Na tional Airport, with starting sal aries of $2,674 to $3,375 a year. . . . The commission’s fourth re gional office here is holding an exam for scientific assistant posi tions at various naval installa tions in the Washington area. The pay is $3,825 to $6,400 annually.. . . . Another fourth regional job exam is for dental hygienists, $2,650 to $2,875 a year. . . . Also, there are a lot of exams being given for various types of engi neering jobs. Contact the fourth regional office, Third street and Jefferson drive S.W. (The Federal Spotlight radio program, featuring additional news and views of the Govern ment, is heard each Saturday at 6:45 p.m. over WMAL, The Star station.) National Farm Committee Denies Lobby Violation By the AsMciatsd Pr«ss The National Farm Committee, including two State agricultural commissioners, pleaded not guilty today to charges of violating the Federal lobbyist registration law. The pleas were entered by coun sel for Tom Linder, Georgia Com missioner of Agriculture; James E. McDonald, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture; Ralph W. Moore of Washington, Robert M. Harris of New York and the National Farm Committee, a Texas corpora tion. At the arraignment proceedings in District Court, Judge Alexan der Holtzoff scheduled the trial for February 13. He gave the de fendants until January 9 to file special motions. Waitress, 19, Saves 3 From Coal Gas Fumes1 By Summoning Help A 19-year-old waitress saved three persons from probable death by coal gas asphyxiation yester day. Groggy from the gas herself, she found the others unconscious and summoned help. Near victims of the gas leak at 4325 Kansas avenue N.W. were Mrs. Mary E. Walton, 75, owner of the house; Mrs. Hattie Clayton, 77, a roomer there, and Mrs. Clay ton’s granddaughter, Margaret Al len, 7. All were revived after more than a quarter of an hour of arti ficial respiration. Discoverer of the stricken trio was Miss Filomena Monaco, an 1 other roomer who was also treated for effects of the gas. Miss Monaco said she felt groggy while in her second-floor room and w'ent out into the hall, where she almost stumbled over Mr. Walton, who was lying on the floor. Miss Monaco tele phoned her roommate, Miss Mattie Akins, who worked in a nearby drug store, and Miss Akins told Miss Monaco to call for an ambulance. While telephoning, she heard a moan in a nearby room, and I there found Mrs. Clayton had apparently been overcome as she tried to reach a window. Her granddaughter was on the bed. Miss Monaco flung open windows on the first and second floors and was trying to move the victims when No. 2 Rescue Squad, No. 1 1 ambulance and fire trucks, and an Emergency Hospital am bulance arrived. Fourth Battalion Chief E. A. Sweeney reported that he found an elbow of the furnace smoke pipe off in the basement and that coal gas had filled the basement and was being sucked into the up per floors through heating regis ters. The window in Miss Mo naco’s room was open, and she did not smell the gas until she went * into the hallway, she said. Holdup-Kidnaping Suspect Returned to Pittsburgh Maynard Baker, 42-year-old sus pect in the Friday night holdup and kidnaping of a Pittsburgh jeweler, was turned over to Pitts burgh authorities here yesterday. Baker, who police say has ad mitted his part in the holdup, was captured by fugitive squad detec tives about 10 p.m. Saturday shortly after he had had a pro longed talk with a priest. The detectives said they spotted the man’s parked car and waited for him to approach it. The Pittsburg jeweler, Irving Shiffman, robbed of $320 in his home by two gunmen, was forced to accompany one of them in a drive to his store, but reached for a gun in the glove compartment and fired three shots as the man fled. The other bandit was cap tured still in the Shiffman home. • Gift Column ’ Featured Today In Star Classified If you need help in complet ing your gift list, consult the special Christmas Gift Sugges tions column featured today " in The Star classified section. This special feature will run 5 through December 22 in Wash ington’s leading classified me dium—THE STAR. BURBERRYS. RODEX. CHESTER BARRIE . AND OTHER FINE ENGLISH OUTERCOATS Here at Lewis & Thos. Saltz, we are showing one of the most comprehensive selections of fine English outercoats we have had in years. Represented are such traditionally fine firms as Bur* berrys and Rodex (W. O. 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