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ISfoe J-tienirtg IHkf .WASHINGTON AND VICINITY—COMICS—RADIO MONDAY, MAY 29, 1950 B ★★ Cyclist Is Killed, 5 Are Hurt in 2 Nearby Crashes Airman Dies, District Man Hurt in Accident Near Shenandoah An 18-year-old bicyclist was killed and five other youths in jured in two accidents in nearby Maryland last night. In another accident early yes terday, near Shenandoah, Va., a Kansas City Air Force sergeant was killed and two others in jured, including a Washington man. The District resident is An drew C. Elliott, 27, of 215 Twelfth street N.E. His condition was re ported critical. The dead bicyclist was James S. Powell of Avenel road, near Silver Spring. He was killed instantly while riding along Colesville pike, north of Notley road, near Coles ville, about 10:45 p.m. Lights Blinded Driver. Montgomery County police said an automobile driven by Leonard R. Brigham, 20, of Colesville struck the bicycle after being blinded by lights of oncoming cars. Mr. Brigham told police the bicycle had no light or re flector and that he was not able to see it. Both the bicyclist and the car were headed in the same direction. A certificate of accidental death was issued by Dr. Frank J. Broschart, deputy medical exam iner for the county. Dr. Bros chart said the Powell youth ap parently died of a brain concus sion. Police said technical charges of manslaughter and reckless driv ing were placed against Mr. Brig ham and that he was released on his personal bond. Army Man Killed. In the Virginia accident. Staff Sergt. Clifford C. Wade, 28, of the Greater Pitts Air Base, Coraopolis, Pa., was fatally injured. Mr, Elliott, a veteran, and an other passenger in the car, Corpl. Forest L. Burnette, 21, of Stan ley, Va., an airman stationed at Langley Air Force Base, were hurt. Both were transferred to Walter Reed Hospital after treatment at the Luray Hospital. Mr. Elliott suffered head in juries, broken hip and wrist and multiple cuts and bruises. Corpl. Burnette, who is on the hospital’s serious list, suffered head injuries and a broken leg. The crash occurred when the car apparently failed to make a curve on Route 12 at Grove Bridge and overturned after leav ing the highway. 5 Hurt in Crash. Five Washington youths were hurt, one of them critically, in a two-car collision about 7:15 p.m. on Route 240 (Rockville pike), a mile north of the Bethesda Naval Hospital. Most seriously injured was Neil Crichton, 18, of 3565 Brandywine street N. W.. admitted to the Naval Hospital with a cerebral con cussion. Two were admitted to Suburban Hospital. They were Norman Rudolph, 19, of 3553 Brandywine street N. W., in serious condition with a possible cerebral concus sion, and Quentin T. Kelly, 15, of 3420 Thirty-ninth street N. W., in fair condition with cuts and bruises on the head and face. Released after treatment at the same hospital were Stephen L. Best, 17, Of 2800 Ontario place N. W., and Mrs. Evelyn O’Neal, 23, of Cumberland, Md. Both suffered cuts and bruises. Maryland State Trooper John R. Colister said a car driven by the Best youth collided with one driven by Mrs. O’Neal’s husband, Russell A. O’Neal, 25, who escaped injury. Car Skidded. The policeman said the Best car. head south on the wet high way. skidded after the driver lost control while rounding a curve and ran across the road into the O’Neal car. All of the District youths were riding in the Best car. Trooper Colister said neither driver was charged, but said the case may be referred to county juvenile authorities. Week end traffic accidents in the District sent three persons to hospitals. Arvill Chase, 62, of 1435 Euclid street N.W. is in Casualty Hospital with a severe head cut and abrasions received when he was struck by a car on Alabama ave nue at Franklin street N.E. last night, police report. Mr. Chase, police said, was running across the street from a streetcar loading platform. The driver, John J. Stratman, 28, of 8100 Old Fort Foote road, Friendly, Md., was not charged. Boy, 2, Is Hurt. General Morris, 2. colored, of the 100 block of C street S.W. suffered serious head injuries yes terday when he was struck by a taxicab in the 300 block of Second street S.W. He is in Gallinger Hospital. Police said the boy walked into the path of the taxi cab from in front of a parked car. The taxi driver. James Sut ton, 40, colored, of the first block of K street N.W., was not charged. Willard Hill, jr„ 18, of 3331 Ely place S.E. was admitted to Cas ualty Hospital with head and knee injuries yesterday after the auto mobile in which he was riding was in an accident with two other cars at Twenty-third street and Alabama avenue S.E. Ministers to Elect The Arlington Ministerial Union will meet at noon Wednesday at the Bethel Evangelical and Re form Church. 4347 Lee boulevard, to elect officers. The future policy and program of the union also will be planned. Only D. C. Ferry Boat Seeks Landing for Channel Run Washington’s only ferry boat needs a landing. For years it has crossed the Washington channel from a spot near the Engineer’s Wharf at Maine avenue and N streets S.W. New construction work on that wharf jnakes it necessary to find another starting point this year for the trips to East Potomac Park. Capt. W. W. Brown, owner of the ferry, wants the District Com missioners to allow a new starting point near the old landing. The Southwest Citizens’ Association and the Federation of Citizens’ Associations have indorsed his re quest. “Any suitable spot that isn’t too far for public convenience will suit me,” said Capt. Brown. All chidren who go to the East Potomac pool on summer morn ings for Red Cross swimming in structions may ride free on Capt. Brown’s ferry. It is the only pub lic transportation that goes to Hains Point on week days, said Capt. Brown. “And we get a lot of free riders who aren’t going over for swim ming lessons. Some of the kids just want a ride. You just can’t say no to them,” the captain explained. He estimated about 22,000 chil dren were carried free on his ferry last summer. "We never had any of them get hurt on the boat,” he said. As a precaution, the children are warned they may never ride again unless they obey the ferry-op erators employed by Capt. Brown. The landing on Hains Point is maintained by National Capital Parks. It takes about five minutes to cover the three-tenths of a mile. Passengers have about a block to walk to the pool after they reach Hains Point. The ferry makes successive round trips between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day during the summer and on week-ends in the fall. Paying customers are charged 5 cents for children and 10 cents for adults. Capt. Brown, who is a captain in the District Fire Department, helped build the 50-passenger flat bottomed ferry. He took over the service about seven years ago from former operators. I Parade and 3 Dances On June Week Card At Annapolis Today By th« Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, May 29.—A pa rade and three dances were on the June Week program at the Naval Academy here today after a Sunday interruption in the series of military and social events. A brigade parade, scheduled for 5:30 p.m., will be reviewed by Vice Admrial J. W. Roper, chief of the Navy’s Bureau of Per sonnel. The big social event tonight is the “youngster hop” for the class of 1952. The first and second classes also are holding dances. The graduating midshipmen were told yesterday that "the newly commissioned officer is re minded that he really has two commissions—one from God and the other from his country.” Academy Chaplain Roy E. Bishop urged the midshipmen in a baccalaureate sermon in the chapel yesterday to “formulate a great life’s purpose which includes and yet transcends your profes sions ” He addressed the academy’s 110th graduating class of 691 fu ture Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps officers, who will be com missioned Friday. First classmen’s parents and girl friends, attending June Week ex ercises which opened Saturday, were invited guests at the bacca laureate services. Brigade parades, dances for all classes and other events are sched uled through the rest of June Week. Urging the future officers to be idealists, Comdr. Bishop declared: “This is a practical age in which we live. We frequently encounter men who are somewhat skeptical of ideals.” Mother and Daughter Dead Atter Crash in Virginia MADISON, Va„ May 29 (JP).— A mother and daughter lost their lives near here yesterday and three other persons were hurt, two seriously, in the head-on col lision of two automobiles. Mrs. Allen Ames, 53, Pensacola, Fla., died last night in University Hospital, Charlottesville, as a re sult of injuries received several hours earlier in the accident. Killed instantly was her daugh ter, Miss Harriett Louise Ames, 22. She was thrown through the windshield of her car into the other vehicle by the force of the collision. State police said the collision occurred at the intersection of State route 230 and United States route 29, about 2 miles south of here. Drivers of the two cars were listed by police as Miss Ames and Col. Furman Hunt Limebumer, jr., of Philadelphia. Col. Limebumer and his two sons, John and Furman, jr., were taken to University Hospital in Charlottesville, where the condi tion of the two boys, whose ages could not be learned, was said to be serious. Two Officers to Speak At Lexington Park Special Dispatch to The Star LEXINGTON PARK, Md., May 29.—Rear Admiral M. F. Schoef fel, U. S. N., and Brig. Gen. Hume Peabody, U. S. A., retired, will be principal speakers at Memorial Day exercises here tomorrow. Capt. Thomas A. Turner, U. S. N., commanding officer of the Patuxent River Naval Air Sta tion, will unveil a plaque, and Gold Star mothers will lay wreaths at the Peace Cross on the Frank Knox School grounds. The services will follow a pa rade of veterans and civic organ izations which will begin at 12:30 pm. Prince Georges Group Renames Burch as Chief T. Raymond Burch, a member of the Prince Georges County legislative delegation, has been re-elected president of the coun ty’s Association for Preservation of American Ideals. Other officers include Mrs. Wil liam P. Starr, vice president; Wal ter V. Hurley, recording secretary; Frank L. Anderson, corresponding secretary; James E. Holloman, treasurer, and J. Edward Hutch inson and Mrs. Bernard J. Coyle, members of the board of directors. 180 to Get Diplomas At Bladensburg High In Exercises June 13 Diplomas will be presented to 180 seniors of Bladensburg High School during exercises at the Cheverly Theater at 2:30 p.m. June 13. They will be awarded by County School Supt. G. Gardner Shugart. The speakers will be members of the graduating class, with Harold E. Lloyd, class president, giving the welcoming address. Barbara G. Elliott is valedicto rian and Hugh J. Courtney, salu tatorian. The invocation will be delivered by the Rev. Claude Ridenour, pastor of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Bladensburg. The graduating class: Alford, Edwin F. Browning, William L. Compton. Henry H. Courtney, Hugh J. Crawford, H. W., jr. Cuppett, Thomas C. Evans, Wilson T. Fltshugh. C. S , Jr. Foreman, Robert W. Fowler, Frank A. Ourney, James K. Klawans, Alan J. Koch, Carl Fred Luther, Willis. McDaniel. Lavonne. Miller, Anthony R. Miller. Anthony R. Morrison, E. S. S. Newman. Edwin S. Otterson. Hugh C. Painter, Donald J. Sampson, Jesse W. Smith, James F.. Jr. Urtch, Bruce W. H. Walker, Leroy Jr. Bell. Myrle Olenna Burnett. Joan Ann Crosswhite. F. C. Dyer, Billie Berdlne Easton, Regina F. Flint. Priscilla J. Gilbert, Josephine M. Haines. Charlotte E. Kerr, Gloria Jeanette Kidwell, Anne S. Koenig. Katherine L. Lattln, Mary Virginia Barry. Robert Lionel Benesh, Charles A. Burt, Marvin Clayton, G. E.. Jr. Cogar. Melvin W., Jr. Corry, Forrest Henry Crawford, John. )r. Davis. John F.,_Jr. Dietz. Richard D. Dluehosh, W. J.. Jr. Donnelly, D. W. Felix, Richard C. Ford. Louis Lawrence Gloffre, Joseph 8. Gohr. Charles Henry Gunning. H. A., Jr. Haines, Wilson E. Haydon. Charles E. Heard. Matthew T. Herbert, Charles J. Hess. Clinton F. Humphries. L. G. Irwin, William Y., Jr Jones, G. Wilbur Klelndienst. T. M. Lang. James John Lanouette, T. L. Lloyd, Harold Eugene Lockhart, Charles S. Mackey, W. E„ it. Magtutu, Paul W. Malone, Arthur E. Mason. Wayne A. McClelland, David P. McClelland, Robert F. Moore. Earl T. Muller. Robert W. Myer, Walter Pampley. Vincent F. Potter, Donald R. Reese, James C. Roof, Harold Seufert, 8tanley E. Sharon, Robert A. Sheets, Richard L. Shifflet. Clifton H. Smith. Stanley A. Souder. Miles O. Souser. William S. Supplee, Harold E. Jr. Tayman, Melvin F. Terenyl. Frank L. Jeffries, John J. Lyons. Andrew J., Jr. Willoner, Ronald A. Bennett. Ann Marie Blount. Eileen R. Brumbaugh, Betti L. Craig. Audrey T. Davis, Joanne L. Diana. Marilyn K. Downes. Floretta J. Elliott, Barbara G. Gloyd. June E. Haywood. Xenia R. Heckrotte. Audrey L. Humphries, Sara A. Humphries, Suzanne Kelly. Joan A. Kramer. Barbara /. Mattia. Janet I. McGrann. Sally J. Newman. M. A. Nicholas. E. J. Peake. Jeanne C. Shoemaker. Lois M. Williams. Nancy J. Farr. Barbara W. Lester, Irene Clara Love. Gloria Estelle McKenzie. W. A. Plummer, M. M. Rogers, Ann Marie Rose, Mary E. Bidders. Joan Adele Slnyard, Gloria Mae Souder, Margaret A. Suesen. Mary E. Whitmill. 8hlrley Ann Allen, Grace Joan Ayres, Carole K. Barringer. Mary Ann Bell. Barbara Britt, Violet Mae Buonvlri, Gloria Cissel, Betty Lre Clark, Evelyn S. Cooper, Doris May Craddock, Mazie J. Elliott. Dema Sypolt Fellows. Betty Ann Fisher. Mary Ann Ford, Lillian G. Franklin, Emma J. Harplne. Althea LaR. Helpenstell, Helen M. Hill, Jo Lee Hutto, Betty C. Johnson, Mary E. Keehan. Ada Joan Klein. Mary Jane Kreamer. Gloria A. Liakakls. Georgia Luzius. Sharon A. McCampbell. Ann I. Mehalic, Doris Mae Merchant, M. K. Mink. Roberta L. Morelock, J. G. Padgett, Patricia D. Parham. Betty June Peterson, Kay Watts. Wilton E. Poncin. Bobbie L. Pruitt. Elizabeth E. Pugh. June G. Raleigh. Jean L. Rhyne. Patsy L. Ripple. Phyllis B. Schneider. Joan E. Seaton, Shirley L. Shehade. Barbara A. Smith. Ann M. Snider. Joyce M. Taliaferro. Ruth A. Tatro. Jeanne A. Taylor, Charlotte Thomas. Ina J. Vickers. Doris A. White. Eleanor F. Williams. Joyce V. Windsor, Betty J. Winebrenner. Shirley Country Fair Planned By Falls Church Group The Falls Church Community Park, Inc., will hold a country fair July 13 to 16 on Hillwood avenue opposite Falls Church High School to raise money for a public park. George A. Stewart, president of the group and secretary of the Falls Church Chamber of Com merce, said the idea is the out growth of previous annual festivi ties since 1947. Mr. Stewart heads the fair’s ex ecutive committee which includes Claude Wells and Edwin Solomon, co-chairmen; Mrs. Ted Christen sen, Walter L. Moss, Mrs. Edward Knouse, Frederick W. Langbeln, Mrs. Mary Finley, Mrs. Charles Jeckell and F. H. Hankes. Arlington Kiwanians Will Choose Queen Queen Kiwanis I will be chosen from among 12 princesses at a luncheon meeting of the Arling ton Kiwanis Club at 12:30 pjn. Wednesday at Evans Restaurant, Arlington. Each of the girls has been chosen by one of the 12 folk dance groups in the District area to at tend the International Folk Festi val next Sunday. The queen will be crowned officially at the start of the folk festival at 8:30 pjn. The festival is sponsored by the Arlington Kiwanis Club to raise funds for the construction of a permanent summer camp for the Arlington YMCA. Berwyn Church Fair The Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Berwyn, Md., will hold its annual fair for a week, begin ning Saturday night. Mother Is Shot In Family Fight; Husband Held Two Children Found In Car Parked Near House After Incident A young mother of two children was in Providence Hospital today with bullet wounds she said were Inflicted by her husband who thought she didn’t love him any more. Mrs. Dorothy L. Whitlock, 23, of Camp Springs, Md., is in fair condition, hospital attendants said, despite a .25-caliber bullet which coursed into her neck and up into her head early Sunday. Her husband, Homer H. Whit lock, 28, a coppersmith at the Naval Research Laboratory, called Prince Georges County Police about 1 a.m„ told them he had just shot his wife and gave them his address—the 5300 block of Edgewood drive in Camp Springs. The scene is near Route 5, about 8 miles east of the District line. Victim Driven to Hospital. Before Detective John W. Sidall and Pvts. Lawrence F. Riddle barger and Ralph Bond arrived at the house, Whitlock had put his wounded wife and their two chil dren into the car and driven to Providence Hospital. Pvt. Riddle barger said. At the hospital. Whitlock was told he must remain there until police arrived, but after learning his wife was being cared for, he broke away from a nurse who tried to restrain him and drove away with the children, police said. Meanwhile, the Prince Georges police arrived at the Whitlock nouse to find it dark and deserted. They entered through a window and found bloodstains on a bed with a .25 caliber automatic near the stains. Pvt. Bond was posted at the house while the other two police men began checking hospitals, heading for Providence because it is the nearest to the Whitlock home. Wife Tells of Argument. There, Pvt. Riddlebarger said, Mrs. Whitlock told them they had gone to a party Saturday night and on their return home an ar gument which had been going on intermittently “for a couple of days” flared again. The policeman quoted her as saying her husband grabbed her and shot her “because he said I didn’t love him any more.” Whitlock was found, apparently trying to hide in the woods near a path about 200 yards in the rear of his home. Pvt. Riddlebarger said he found him on the ground and told him, “I’ll shoot you if you start anything.” The policeman said he replied, “You ought to shoot me.” Children Found in Car. The apth near which Whitlock was found led police to his parked auto almost a mile from the house. In it, scantily clad, were the two children, Warren, 2, and Beverly, 7 months. They are being cared for by the paternal grandparents, police said, after a neighbor kept them overnight. Whitlock, charged with assault with intent to kill, is being held in the Prince Georges county jail on a bond of $10,000. Bond was set by Justice of the Peace Jud son R. Creecy. He returned home after leaving the hospital, parked his car, walked to the house and, appar ently, fled when he saw Pvt. Bond stationed there. Montgomery Civic Group Plans Anniversary Dinner The 25th anniversary of the Montgomery County Civic Federa tion will be marked by a banquet at 7 pun. June 19 at the Kenwood Country Club. The Oliver Owen Kuhn Trophy, presented by The Evening Star for outstanding civic achievement by a federation member, will be awarded at the celebration, Her bert N. Eaton, president, said to day. The late Mr. Kuhn was the federation’s first president. Reservations now are being ac cepted by Cecil A. Eby of the East Bethesda Citizens’ Associa tion. Operetta In Kensington The Kensington (Md.) Junior High School will present a Swiss operetta, “Green Cheese,” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school auditorium. Miss Wanda Bradham is directing. YOUNG FOR SUCH A BURDEN—This child needs sun and fresh air. She spends all her time caring for an ill mother and four other members of her family. You can give her the sun and air by contributing to The Evening Star Summer Camp Fund. (Story on Page A-l.) —Star Staff Photo. ROIC Students Open Summer Camp at Fort Belvoir June 17 About 4,000 young men, most of them Reserve Officers Training Corps students of colleges, will at tend summer encampments at the Fort Belvoir Engineer Center. The first encampment will open June 17 for six weeks. It will be attended by 850 ROTC cadets pur suing advanced courses. Their pro gram calls for instruction in 23 military subjects with a total of 239 training hours. It also is expected that the Or ganized Reserve Corps of the 1st and 2nd Army areas will send about 1,900 officers and enlisted personnel to Fort Belvoir be tween June and September, for two-week tours of duty with a prescribed course of 80 training hours. They will devote attention pri marily to field exercises and engi neer subjects, with emphasis on phases of instruction which can not be covered adequately in the Armory training. Six hundred cadets of the Unit ed States Military Academy at West Point are expected to pay a two-day visit to the post on August 8 and 9. The camps will be situated on their former sites. The men will be quartered in mobilization-type barracks on the portion of the post north of Route 1. They will train under Regular Army in structors assigned to the Engi neer School and to units of the regular establishment attached to the post. Thirty-three officers and 250! enlisted men of the Engineer j Center are assigned to duty with the summer camps. Lt. Col. John B. Easby, until recently assistant chief of extension instruction at the Engineer School, will head this support group. The opera tion will be under the overall command of Maj. Gen. Douglas L. Weart, commanding general of the Engineer Center and Fort Bel voir. Puppets to Perform At Children's Fair Arlington - Fairfax Madassah will sponsor its annual Children’s Fair from noon until 6 p.m. Sun day at Bumstein’s Farm, three miles west of Falls Church on the Leesburg Pike. Feature of the fair will be a performance of “Happy Joe’s Pup pets,” operated by Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Jervis, 717 Monticello avenue. Falls Church, and Joel Rogosin, 1601 Roberts lane, Falls Church. Farmer Who Wouldn't Talk Free Again, Still Not Talking By tn« Associated Press HARRISONBURG, Va., May 29. —Rockingham County’s taciturn farmer was a free man today— after 25 days in jail. But 65-year-old Robert G. Phil lips still hasn’t talked—not to the judge who put him in the hoose gow, anyway. Phillips was jailed by Trial Jus tice Porter Graves when he re fused to tell the court where he had deposited receipts from the sale of his former property so they could be levied on to satisfy a judgment. He also refused to pay the judgment. The trouble started in 1948 when Phillips built a dam which a neighbor. Alvin R. Keara, charged was diverting a stream away from Kerns' property. Mr. Kerns secured an injunction to stop Phillips from damming up the stream. When Phillips was charged with violating the injunction, he was sent to jail for five days. Some time later, Phillips again was charged with violating the injunc tion. So he went to jail for anoth er 10 days for contempt of court. But that didn’t finish things. Phillips sold his farm recently, and Mr. Kerns obtained a judg ment for d&fhages ef $775 he said resulted from the stream’s diver sion. Phillips wouldn’t pay it and he also wouldn’t tell where he had the $9,000 deposited he got from the sale of his property. So he was sent to jail until he either talked or paid. He said he wouldn’t do either, and he sat there for 25 days. But Phillips was released Sat urday night—on a motion by Mr. Kerns before Trial Justice Graves. Just why the tight-lipped farm er was released still isn’t known— | because Phillips still isn't talking. WBCC to Begin Series On Maryland History A series of broadcasts on Mary land history will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday over radio station WBCC when Chaplain Willis Ber gen, USA, retired, will speak on "Life Was Cheerful in Maryland.” The Montgomery County His torical Society is sponsoring the broadcasts designed to cover im portant events, persons and places in Maryland history. St. John's to Open Graduation Week Special Dispatch to The Star ANNAPOLIS. May 29. —Com mencement week at St. John’s College will open at 8:30 p.m. June 9 with a variety show in Inglehart Hall. A dance at the boat house will follow the show. Class Day exercises will be held under the Liberty Tree on the campus at 11 a.m. June 10. A baseball game between faculty and students and an afternoon picnic will highlight the day. The presi dent’s dinner will be at 7 p.m. and the^June Ball that night. Baccalaureate services will be at 4 p.m. June 11 at St. Anne’s Church. The Right Rev. Lloyd R. Craighill, former bishop of Anking, China, will deliver the sermon. Richard Scofield, tutor of St. John’s College, will give the prin cipal address at the 158th exer cises at 11 a.m. June 12 under the Liberty Tree. Virginia Safety Meeting To Draw 2,000 Delegates By the Associated Press ROANOKE, Va., May 29.—Some 2,000 delegates are expected for the Virginia Statewide Safety Conference which opens here Thursday. Gov. Battle will head the delegation of officials, edu cators, industrialists, safety en gineers and housewives who will take part in the three-day pro gram. This is the 16th annual con ference. Attendance is expected to surpass any of the previous conferences which, officials feel, have gone a long way in reducing accidents in Virginia. Special emphasis this year is being put on two fields where ac cidents seldom receive widespread attention—in the home and on the farm. General sessions of the confer ence will include lectures on vari ous phases of safety—particularly the human element in accident prevention—by Dr. R. L. Lee, and members of the General Motors public relations staff. Portrait of Mitchell Given to Observatory By th« Associated Prats CHARLOTTESVILLE. Va., May 29.—A portrait of Samuel A. Mitchell, director of the Uni versity of Virginia’s Leander Mc Cormick observatory from 1913 to 1935, was presented to the ob servatory yesterday by Leander McCormick-Goodheart, grandson of the man who donated the ob servatory to the school. University President Colgate W. Barden accepted the portrait, painted by Arvid Medin of the Corcoran School of Art, at a cere mony held in the presence of friends of Prof. Mitchell. First Graders to Register Children entering the first grade at the Oxon Hill Elementary School this fall will register from 9 a.m. to 4 pm. Friday at the school. Financial Condition Of Virginia Counties Still on Downgrade By tb* Associated Press RICHMOND. May 21.—The fi nancial condition of Virginia’s 100 counties has grown worse for the second straight year. In the words of State Auditor J. Gordon Bennett, fiscal 1949 left a “substantial impairment” of county government finances on a comparative basis with other years of the 1940-49 decade. The main cause cited by Mr. Bennett in his annual report on the comparative cost of local gov ernment was "substantial capi tal outlay expenditures.” Most of these were for school buildings, to help meet the pent up demand for classroom facili ties and house the rising school population. * Report to Assembly. Mr. Bennett’s report was ad dressed to the General Assembly in accordance with terms of a 1926 act requiring him to sum up an nually the available statistics on county finances. It covered the fiscal year ended June 30, 1949. Among other facts made evi dent were: Proportionately, the counties did a little more for themselves last year, but still drew nearly 55 per cent of their revenue from State and Federal grants or sup plements. Revenues and expenditures both j increased, but expenditures showed the bigger gain. Net county debt, reversing the wartime and early postwar trend downward, jumped sharply to a new high for the decade. Revenue Figures Given. Revenue from all sources reached new higs last year to total $73,591,302 for all 100 coun ties against $62,870,661 in 1948. The total included $34,366,329 from local sources, $33,005,085 in state supplements and $6,219,888 in Federal aid. Combined expenditures were $81,257,113. or nearly $13 million more than in 1948. Expenses in cluded $62,557,310 for operation and maintenance, $15,428,303 for capital outlays, $862,870 for in terest and other debt costs, and $2,408,630 for reserves for re demption of debt. Arlington Woman Joins Alumnae Board Special Dispatch to The Star STAUNTON, Va.. May 26.—Mrs Joseph Timberlake, 1027 North Filmore street, Arlington, has been elected to the national board of the Mary Baldwin College Alum nae Association for a two-year term* Mrs. Timberlake and other new members will attend the final board meeting of the school year Friday at the college. They wili be guests of President and Mrs. Frank Bell Lewis at dinner. The annual business meeting of the association will be held Saturday, followed by a luncheon with the graduating class. The college will receive a portrait of the late Miss Anna M, Jarvis, class of 1883, the originator of Mother’s Day. Electrical Contractors Elect E. Wilson Jordan E. Wilson Jordan, Barnesville Md., has been elected president of the Electrical Contractors Asso ciation of Montgomery County. Other officers named at the annual meeting are Alfred L. Johnson. Bethesda. vice president; Charles W. McClure, Silver Spring, secretary, and R. B. Thomas, jr.. Sandy Spring, secretary. Drive-in Movie Is Opposed by Planning Group Road Hazards Cited In Action Against Rezoning in Hillside Denial of a resoning petition to permit erection of a drive-in theater on the Marlboro pike at Hillside. Prince Georges County, has been recommended by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The recommendation was ona of eight made to the county com missioners. The planning agency asked that five of the petitions be rejected and the remaining three granted. In its action on one of the three applications recommended for approval, the commission took issue with the opinion of its plan ning director. Fred W. Tuemmler. The petition, filed by John F. Lillard, seeks the reclassification from rural residential to local commercial of land on the north side of Defense highway, begin ning about 500 feet east of Buena Vista avenue, near Lanham. Mr. Tuemmler recommended tta denial on the ground that most of an adjoining 5-acre tract, which already is in the local com mercial zone, is still unused for that purpose. He also suggested that the commission ask tha county heads to reduce the area of the existing commercial zone adjacent to the land involved in the application. The commission took the stand, however, that reclassification of the property “would be a logical extension of existing local com mercial zoning.” Movie Site Now Golf Range. The application seeking to clear the way for a drive-in theater was filed by Stanley B. Frosh, who has requested that the land be re classified from rural residential to general commercial, the property is now the site of a golf driving range. Mr. Tuemmler. in urging that the application be denied, said he “can think of no worse loca tion along the Marlboro pike for such a use (drive-in theater) than on this property.” Declaring that the two-lane road carries a daily average vol ume of 5,380 vehicles in that area, the planning director pointed out that two of the "sharpest and most hazardous curves on the highway lie east and west of the applicant's property.” He contended erection of a drive-in theater at that location would increase traffic hazards “and abet the potential danger to life and limb of motorists using this highway.” Both he and the commission agreed that only the front por tion of the tract to a depth of 200 feet from the present prop erty line, be placed in the gen eral commercial zone. Other Denials Recommended. The four other application* recommended for denial are: Frances and Howard Graham, reclassification from the single family detached home zone to local commercial of a lot on the west side of Thirty-ninth place near Allison street. North Brent wood. Jack Coopersmith, single-family detached homes to local and gen eral commercial of two lots at Hamilton street and Thirty seventh place. Hyattsvllle. Pietro F. Franceschlna. single family detached homes to semi detached and two-family homes of four lots at O street and Fifty fifth avenue. Capitol Heights. William Waldon, rural residen tial to local commercial of two lots at Stewart road and Camp street, Forestville. The two other petitions rec ommended for approval are: Vivian E. Ashworth, single family detached homes to local commercial of a lot on the west side of the Baltimore boulevard near Queensbury road, Riverdale. George P. and Opel A. Ratte. single-family detached homes to semi - detached and two - family homes of a lot on the west side of Thirty-fourth street near Arundel road. Mount Rainier. Balloting in Kensington Scheduled Next Monday Kensington Mayor G. Leonard Daymude and Mrs. Mildred B. Harman, council member, are un opposed for re-election in the town balloting next Monday. Write-in votes are permitted, however. Also unopposed for a council seat is Lawrence Manley. He waa nominated at the annual town meeting about two weeks ago to succeed Dr. James Parker, who is not seeking re-election. The terms of the remaining two council members, Raymond Weber and Arthur Titcomb, ex pire in June, 1951. The polls will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kensington Ar mory. Approximately 500 persons are eligible to vote. Hyattsville Schools Plan Second Registration Response to a recent appeal for advance registration of pupils who will enter the Hyattsville schools in September was so light that another registration has been set for Friday at the Gallatin 8treet School. Mrs. Mary A. Petty, principal, expressing belief that many par ents neglected to enroll their children, warned that failure to list them would handicap school officials in preparing adequate facilities.