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MONDAY, MAY 29, 1950
Kelleys Cleared
By Grand Jury
In Baby's Death
45 indictments
Returned, Several
On Robbery Counts
The grand jury today refused
to indict the parents of a 4
month-old girl who died in March
of a skull fracture her mother said
was received in a fall.
Cleared of homicide charges
were Robert Patrick Kelley, 29,
much-decorated wartime fighter
pilot, and his Austria-born wife,
Elizabeth. 21. Mr. Kelley, a
major in the District Air National
Guard Reserve, is a GI student in
aeronautical engineering at Cath
olic University.
The baby, Eileen, died at the
Kelley home, 880 Hemlock street
N.W. At first she was believed
to have strangled while taking
orange juice from a bottle.
At the inquest, however, Mrs.
Kelley revealed that she dropped
the infant two hours before its
death. Deputy Coroner Christo
,pher J. Murphy said an examina
tion disclosed the skull fracture,
which he thought was suffered
from 24 tox48 hours before death.
He expressed belief that the force
of a fall from the mother’s arms
would not have been sufficient to
cause the fatal injury.
Mr. and Mrs. Kelley were
charged with homicide after the
45 Indictments Returned.
The jury returned 45 indict
ments against other persons be
fore District Court Judge Alex
ander Holtzoff. Six persons were
named on sex offenses.
A 24-year-old man was indicted
on charges of breaking into a
restaurant in the 300 block of D
street S.W. three times last April.
Police reported he was captured
In the place April 22. The man
accused is Hosea Savoy, colored,
of the 400 block of Third street
S.W., whom the indictment
charges obtained property valued
at more than $200 on his first two
Several persons were named on
robbery charges. Among them
were Andrew Ware, 28, colored, of
the 1300 block of Tenth street
N.W., and George McDaniels, 24,
colored, who are charged with the
armed holdup and robbery of the
North Carolina Mutual Life In
surance Co. office in the 2000 block
of Eleventh street N.W. This in
dictment accuses them of obtain
ing more than $1,000 from the of
In a separate count. Ware Is
charged with assualt' with intent
to kill Police Pvt. Thomas F.
Walker of No. 13 Precinct. Police
claim Ware fired a shot at the
policeman while being chased.
Four Indicted in Robbery.
Four persons were indicted on
charges of obtaining more than
$1,000 in cash, some postage and
drugs during an armed robbery
last month of a combination drug
store and post office at 1830 First
street N.W. The four accused are
listed as Russell L. Perry, 23, of
the 200 block of H street N.W.:
Clarence J. Baldwin, 19. of the
600 block of Quebec street N.W.;
Nathaniel Anderson, 27, of the
200 block of C street N.W., and
George McDaniels, 24, of the 1500
block of Fifth street N.W. The
four are colored.
The grand jury ignored rape
charges against seven persons who
had been accused by a 28-year
old colored woman. The grand
jury’s action clears all of them.
The seven, all colored, are Ulysses
H. Griffin, 19, of the 1300 block
of Corcoran street N.W.: Clyde
McAllister, 19, of the 1500 block
of Twelfth street N.W.; John H.
Washington, 21; John T. Evans,
23. Robert Savage, 25, and Wil
liam Fisher. 38. all of the 1600
block of Twelfth street N.W.. and
Lee Chambers, 19, of the first
block of Myrtle street N.E.
Cathedral Girls' School
To Mark Anniversary
The National Cathedral School
for Girls will celebrate its 50th
anniversary with a series of ex
ercises at 10:30 a.m. June 6.
The first event of the week ^nd
will be an open air pageant in the
Cathedral close at 8:30 p.m. Fri
day. Students and alumnae will
join to portray the history of the
Class Day exercises are sched
uled for 4 p.m. Saturday. Dean
John Wallace Suter of the Wash
ington Cathedral will preach the
baccalaureate sermon at 8 p.m.
next Sunday in the cathedral.
Judge Frank H. Myers of
Municipal Court will speak at a
Flag Day ceremony at 5 p.m. June
5. A dinner given by the alumnae
in honor of the class of 1950 will
be held at 7 p.m. June 5 at the
Chevy Chase Country Club.
The commencement address will
be delivered by The Right Rev.
Angus Dun, Episcopal Bishop of
Capital Astronomers
To Hear Watson Talk
Dr. Paul Watson, curator of
astronomy at the Maryland
Academy of Science, will lead the
National Capital Astronomers,
and their friends, on an imaginary
trip through the universe at 8:15
p.m. Saturday at the Sylvan
Dr. Watson will start with the
earth and then take the audi
ence to the various planets,
stopping first at the moon. Fol
lowing the lecture the audience
may view the sky through port
able telescopes. In case of bad
weather the program will be held
In the Department of Commerce
75-Cent Purse-Snatching Leads
To Five Charges Against Man
For an attempted 75-cent rob
bery, James H. Thurston today
faces three charges of assault
with a dangerous weapon, one of
assault and one of robbery.
Police snared Thurston, 30, col
ored, of the 1500 block of E street
S.E., after he was pursued into
a dead end in the rear of the
110U block of Eleventh street
N.W. by four men who were pass
ing the scene. ,
The purse, held by Mrs. Mildred
Uzmed, of 4116 New Hampshire
avenue N.W., as she stood at
Thirteenth and I streets N.W.,
contained only 75 cents and per
sonal papers. She is a telephone
operator at the Army-Navy Club.
Seventeenth and I streets N.W.
and was en route home. She was
struck in the face when she
The man was chased by Prank
Kirby. 2800 Seventy-fourth ave
nue, Hyattsville; William E. Yost,
3407 Thirty-ninth avenue, Col
mar Manor, Md.; John Taylor, of
Norfolk, Va., all Times-Herald
employes, and an unidentified
When they cornered him, they
told police, the man threatened
them with a penknife and dived
under a parked Greyhound bus.
Police Pvts. B. A. Mattingly and
J. L. Acree found him there.
Loss of Marital Right
By Husband's Injury
Held Justifying Suit
The Court of Appeals today es
tablished the right of a woman to
sue for damages when a negli
gent injury to her husband de
prives her of a sexual relationship
with him.
It was the first time the court
had acted on such a case, and the
precedent was expected to be far
reaching. It was regarded as
more important because the right
was upheld even though the hus
bad was protected by workmen’s
Legal experts said the opinion
opens the way for wives to sue
for. damagel “for loss of consor
tium” any time their husbands
are incapacitated through negli
gent injury.
Nation-Wide Implication.
Although the case in point dealt
wtih a District couple, it was re
garded as Nation-wide in impli
cation, since the Longshoremen’s
and Harbor Workers’ Compensa
tion Act, under which the plain
tiff was insured, is the counter
part of workmen’s compensation
laws of many other States.
Judge Bennett Champ Clark
wrote the opinion and Judge
Charles Fahy concurred. Judge
Wilbur K. Miller neither assented
nor dissented.
The opinion reversed a District
Court ruling of Judge David A.
Pine, who granted a motion for
summary judgment, but suggested
to Attorney Edgar A. Wren that
he appeal the case.
Originally, Pierce Henry Hitaf
fer, a maintenance mechanic, aged
63, and his wife, Mrs. Lucia Hitaf
fer, sued the Argonne Co.. Inc., for
$10,000 damages for an injury Mr.
Hitaffer suffered when he fell
from a ladder in December. 1947.
Because Mr. Hitaffer was covered
by workmen’s compensation, -his
part* of the suit later was dropped,
but Mr. Wren pressed the claim of
the wife.
Suit Held Unusual.
The suit was unusual in that it
pressed for a verdict that only
once before had been allowed, and
that later overturned.
It sought a broadening of the
“enabling acts” of about 20 years
ago, which gave wives the right to
sue for injury to their own prop
erty, and to the loss of consortium
in alienation of affections, or in
willful violations. The appellate
decision found that women do
have the right to sue for loss of
their husband’s companionship,
love, material services and sexual
relations when such is caused by
a negligent injury to the man.
It went further by making an
employer liable for such loss, even
though that element is not written
into the law covering the work
men’s compensation protecting the
Disputes Former Rulings.
The opinion disputed former
rulings that the wife should not
be allowed to sue, because the
husband, as nominal head of the
household, already has that right.
“The desirability of allowing the
wife this action is demonstrable
from the anomolous situation in
which we would otherwise be
placed,” the court said.
“For how, under any reasoning,
could we, while allowing the hus
band the action, justify a denial
to the wife of a like protection to
an interest which is exactly the
same as his?
“And how could we justify de
nying her the action when we al
low her a suit in cases of inten
tional invasions? The simple an
swer is that there can be no justi
The opinion added that “we can
conceive of no reasons for denying
the wife this right for the reason
that in this enlightened day and
age they simply do not exist.”
Logic and Reason Cited.
“On the contrary, it appears to
us that logic, reason and right are
in favor of the position we are
now taking. The medieval con
cepts of the marriage relation to
which other jurisdictions have re
verted in order to reach the re
sults which have been handed to
us as evidence of the law have
long since ceased to have any
“It can hardly be said that the
wife has less of an interest in the
marriage relation than does the
husband or in these modern times
that a husband renders services of
such a different character to the
family and household that they
must be measurably a standard of
such uncertainty that the law
cannot estimate any loss thereof.
“The husband owes the same
degree of love, affection, felicity,
etc., to the wife as she to him.”
Cornell Club to Elect
The Cornell Club of Washing
ton will hold.a supper meeting at
6 p.m. June 7 at the National
Press Club. After election of of
ficers and supper the group will
go to Griffith Stadium to see a
Nats-Indians baseball game.
Belgium permits each tourist
to import 400 cigarettes and two
bottles of wine.
50 Investigators Begin
Full-Time Search for
Murderer at Bolling
Fifty investigators undertook a
methodical, around - the - clock
questioning of Bolling Air Force
Base personnel today in a search
for the murderer of Gordon C.
Brown, jr„ 24-year-old Post Office
Department employe.
Five hundred men quartered on
the south end of the base were
questioned yesterday and as many
more were to undergo examina
tion today.
It was in this area, about half a
mile from the main gate and 200
feet from the Potomac River, that
Mr. Brown was found dying Sat
urday morning near the taxicab
he was driving part time.
Comparing the case to the April
murder of two Lansburgh & Bro.
department store watchmen,
Capt. Jeremiah Flaherty of the
homicide squad anticipated long
hours of tedious interviews to fer
ret out a likely suspect.
Milatary Agents Take Part.
He appointed Lts. Richard Fel
ber and John K. Baker to head
the investigation at Bolling. In
addition to large details of homi
cide and metropolitan police, they
were assisted by Lt. Col. Kirby
M. Gillette of the Office of Spe
cial Investigations at Bolling, and
15 OSI investigators.
Scores of airmen away from the
base on week-end passes were to
be interrogated today, among
them a 28-year-old sergeant for
whom a lookout was broadcast
Saturday. Detectives have said
they do not regard him more sus
piciously than they do a half
dozen others known to have left
the base about the time Mr. Brown
was found at 2:30 a.m.
The sergeant showed up for for
mation as usual this morning,
further allaying suspicion in his
Motive Proves Baffling.
Why a cab passenger would
shoot Mr. Brown in the back of
the head, after apparently pistol
whipping him, still plagued inves
tigators. They weighed the mo
tives of robbery, argument and
vengeance, and rated them in that
Robbery was not counted out,
even though Mr. Brown’s wallet
containing $6 and his change
holder, with $3.50, were found in
tact. It was pointed out that the
wallet was clutched in Mr. Brown’s
hand, when an airman found him
lying in a shallow culvert, about
50 feet from the taxicab. One
theory was that a passenger in
tended to rob the driver, but be
came frightened after the shoot
The argument motive appeareo
insubstantial, because Mr. Brown
was a mild-mannered man, not
likely to become embroiled with
a passenger who refused to pay
his fare.
Vengeance Idea Discounted.
As for vengeance, Mr. Brown s
friends were certain that he had
no enemies.
For five hours yesterday two
Navy divers searched the Potomac
for the death weapon. They
worked out from the bank as far
as a person logically could throw
a pistol and came up with noth
ing. The presence of tin cans
and other metal objects prevented
use of magnets.
Mr. Brown, who lived at 224
Carmody Hills drive, Carmody
Hills, Md., was driving the cab to
help support his wife Audrey and
their 4-year-old son Bobby and to
help pay for the home he built
two years ago.
Three guards at Bolling’s main
gate, who saw the cab enter at
1:50 a.m. Saturday, failed to no
tice whether any one was seated
in the rear seat. Police also have
failed to find any one who heard
the shot which ended Mr. Brown’s
life. i
Masonic rites will be held for1
Mr. Brown, with services at 2 p.m.
Thursday at the Lee funeral home,
Fourth street and Massachusetts
avenue N.E. Burial will be in Fort
| Lincoln Cemetery.
Sf. 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 pjn. 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 un. June 12 under the
Liberty Tree. i
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
i 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.
n ucx niiua-te vi accidental
death was issued by Dr. Frank J.
Broschart, deputy medical exam
iner for the county.
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.
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
Most seriously injured was Neil
Crichton, 18, of 3565 Brandywine
street N. W., admitted to the Naval
Hospital with a cerebral con
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.
Week end traffic accidents in
the District sent three persons to
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
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.
Montgomery Civic Group
Plans Anniversary Dinner
The 25th anniversary of the
Montgomery County Civic Federa
tion will be marked by a banquet
at 7 p.m. 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
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.
Sesqui Group Opens
Bids on Parking Area
By Rock Creek Bowl
The National Capital Sesqui
centennial Commission today
opened bids for a 790-car parking
concession near the Rock Creek
Park amphitheater. It also pre
pared to build a temporary band
stand near the Capitol.
Wash B. Williams, chairman of
the commission’s Concessions
Committee, was present at the bid
opening at 1400 Pennsylvania ave
nue N.W., this, morning. There
were seven bidders, each of whom
agreed to contribute a percentage
of their gross receipts to the Fed
eral Government. The bidders and
the gross percentages offered are:
Auto City Parking Co., 628 G
street N.W., 55 per cent: Nation
wide Parking Co.. 1500 New
Hampshire avenue N.W., 40 per
cent: Automatic Parking Service
of Boston, Mass., 53 per cent; A.
G. Dezendorf, Inc., 1419 I street I
N.W., 25 per cent of gross plus 10
per cent of net profit; Arrow
Parking Co., 1100 South Capitol
street, 76V2 per cent of gross;
Louis Gottlieb. Newark, N. J„ 51V2
per cent, and the Kinney Corpora
tion of Newark, 34 per cent of
Officials explained £hat due to
mail delays, the Kinney bid vjas
received after the official bid
opening, although the offer was
airmailed Friday from Newark.
The temporary bandstand, which
will be used by various bands and
choruses coming here from differ
ent parts of the country for sesqui
programs, will be erected near
Constitution and New Jersey ave
nues. It will be west of the Sen-!
ate Office Building and north of
the Capitol, near the fountain in
the park. Its construction has
been approved by Vice President,
Brakley and Speaker Rayburn.
Paul M. Massmann, Commission!
general manager, said that State
flags of the 48 States will be used
at each side of the structure,
which will cost about $2,500.
Mr. Massmann said that it will
be ready in time for a musical
group from West Virginia to use
it June 20.
Atlantic Union Sessions
Will Hear Urey, Clayton
Two Senators, an editor, an au
thor and an atomic physicist will
be among the speakers before the
Atlantic Union Committee’s two
day meeting at the Shoreham Ho
tel Thursday and Friday.
Members of committee chapters
from 25 States are to attend.
The speakers will include Sen
ators Kefauver, Democrat, of Ten
nessee, and Gillette, Democrat, of
Iowa: Dr. Harold C. Urey, atomic
physicist: Louis Bromfleld, author;
Jean Jacques Servan-Schreiber,
foreign editor of Le Monde, and
Will L. Clayton, former Undersec
retary of State.
Driver Gets 90 Days, $175 Fine
On Seven Charges; 1 Remains
A Washington motorist has 90
days—and possibly more—to re
flect on the eight traffic charges
; against him that were aired today
in Municipal Court.
Otis Mitchell, 23, colored, of the
600 block of South Carolina ave
nue S.E., was driver of a car which
Police Pvt. Vincent O. Lusby said
dragged him half a block Satur
day night. As a result of the en
counter Mitchell was accused of
eight traffic violations.
The 90-day jail sentence and a
$175 fine were imposed by Judge
Nadine Gallagher on seven of the
traffic charges to which Mitchell
pleaded guilty. On the eighth j
charge, one of assault with a dan
gerous weapon (his automobile),
Mitchell was held for grand jury
action by Judge Thomas D. Quinn.
The charges heard before Judge
Gallagher were: Driving without
a District permit, two hit-and-run
charges involving two parked cars
that were struck during the affair,
driving over a streetcar loading
platform, driving on the sidewalk,
driving on the wrong side of the
street and unreasonable speed.
Jewish Adult Council
To Sponsor Institute
The Washington Jewish Young
Adult Council will sponsor a three
day institute beginning June 16 at
the Hotel Vindobona, Braddock
Heights, Md.
The program will include dis
cussions on "The Essence of Juda
ism,” “Am I a Jew?” and "The
Place of the Jew in the American
Community.” Reservations may be
made at the Jewish Community
Center, Sixteenth and Q streets
Tennessean Is Named
Annapolis Honor Man;
New Yorker Second
By the Associated Press
ANNAPOLIS, May 29.—Mid
shipman Robert R. Monroe of
Knoxville, Tenn., color company
commander, today was named
Honor Man of the Naval Acad
Monroe is the number one man
in the class of 691 midshipmen
who will be graduated on Friday,
the Academy announced.
His academic average for the
four-year course, which topped
all his classmates, was to be an
nounced later. It will be graded
on a scale on which 4.0 is perfect.
Monroe also is commander of
the brigade’s finest company, the
14th. That honor gave him the
right to name the June Week
color girl, Charlotte Anderson of
The tall, blue-eyed blond from
the University of Tennessee will
present the Stars and Stripes and
the blue brigade flag to Monroe
at the presentation of the colors
on Thursday.
Number two man in the class is
Charles Dobony. 24. Buffalo, N. Y.
Third is Midshipman David S.
Boyd. 22, Santa Barbara. Calif.
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
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 ”
Yeggs Carry Off Safe,
Crack If, Gei $2,346
Safe crackers who carried off
the strongbox and loot valued at
$2,346 from a pharmacy and
branch post office last night were
sought by police ana postal au
thorities today.
The 160-pound safe, beaten
open and empty, was found near
the Florida avenue entrance to
Garfield Hospital grounds early
today. Police said the safe ap
parently was beaten open else
where and thrown onto the hos
pital grounds.
It was taken from the Bunker
Hill Pharmacy, 2011 Bunker Hill
road N.E., and contained $1,360
in cash, $1,000 in stamps and
travelers’ checks and postal notes.
According to Louis L. Balotin,
38. of 1822 Taylor street N.E.,
operator of the drug store, en
trance was gained by forcing open
the front door. The safe was
carried out a rear door.
'Court Asked to Cancel
Fairfax Referendum
On School Bond Issue
Fairfax County Circuit Court
today was asked to block the $10.5
million school bond issue referen
dum set for Wednesday.
A petition was filed urging
Judge Paul E. Brown to vacate a
May 15 order calling for the vote.
The petitioner is John H. King
of Great Falls road, one of those
most active in fighting the School
Board’s bond issue plan of financ
ing a big construction program.
He told Judge Brown the refer
endum should be called off be
cause of pending annexation suits
against Fairfax, filed by Falls
'Church and Alexandria. Mr.
| King’s home is just outside Falls
I Church.
Mr. King said if Falls Church
; succeeds, the county would lose
I approximately one-sixth of its as
I sessed property. Fairfax would
be prevented by law from build
ing schools in the annexed area
and the citizens there would be
denied benefits of of the bond |
issue, he said. Mr. King main-;
tained the residents of the area
thus would suffer irreparable
The petition calls the referen
dum “improvident and prema
ture." It states that school needs
of the county would “materially
decrease” if Alexandria and Falls
Church win their annexation j
Court attendants said Judge
Brown probably would pass upon
the King petition today. There
will be no court tomorrow because
of the Memorial Day holiday.
Charles J. Robbins, 47,
Dies Here After Illness
Charles J. Robbins, 47, who was
engaged in construction work
here, died yesterday at George
Washington University Hospital
after an illness of three months.
He lived at 1213 Talbert street
Born in Washington, Mr. Rob
bins attended public schools in
the District, the Columbia School
of Drafting and the National Uni
versity Law School.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs.
Myrtle Opayke Robbins; two sis
ters, Mrs. Leslie McDaniel and
Mrs. Bernard J. Folliard, and two
I nephews, John B. and Arnold J.
Daly, all of Washington.
Prayers will be said at 9 a m.
Wednesday at the Hines funeral
home. 2901 Fourteenth street N.W.
Funeral services will be held at
9:30 a.m. at St. Dominic's Catholic
Church, Sixth and F streets S.W.
Burial will be Thursday morn
ing near Newtown. Bucks County,
Pa. The body will be at the Stacy
Brown funeral home, Newtown.
Class of 532 Confirmed
By Archbishop O'Boyle
The Most Rev. Patrick A.
O’Boyle, archbishop of Washing
ton yesterday confirmed a class of
532 adults from all parishes in
the archdiocese, at St. Matthew’s
The Rev. Charles Roach of As
sumption parish and the Rev.
W. Joyce Russell of Benecrct. Md.,
assisted the archbishop in the
! confirmation service.
The Right Rev. John K. Cart
wright, rector of the cathedral,
preached at the services and
Archbishop O’Boyle was celebrant
of Benediction of the Most Blessed
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 wer*
inflicted by her husband who
thought she didn't love him any
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. Sldall
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
Meanwhile, the Prince George*
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 th#
house while the other two police
men began checking hospitals,
heading for Providence because
it is the nearest to the Whitlock
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 path 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.
Frank R. Jelleff to Get
Cosmopolitan Club Medal
Prank R. Jelleff will receive the
Cosmopolitan Club’s Distinguished
Service Medal at a luncheon at
12:15 pm. Thursday at the May
flower Hotel.
John A. Reilly, chairman of
the committee which selected Mr.
Jelleff for the award, will present
the medal and accompanying cer
The medal is awarded annually
to a citizen who "performed the
most outstanding unselfish serv
ice for the city of Washington for
the previous year.” Former re
cipients of the medal who plan
to attend are Dr. Cloyd Heck Mar
vin. William E. Leahy, Judge Bo
litha J. Laws, James E. Colliflower,
Eugene Meyer, Major Ernest W.
Brown and Robert V. Fleming.
Mr. Jelleff has been prominent
in civic work for many years. His
contribution enabled the Boys*
| Club of Washington to put up a
building in Southeast Washington.
Veiled Prophets Grottos
To Hold Convention Here
The Grottos of the Mystic Order
of Veiled Prophets of the En
chanted Realm will move into
Washington 12,000 strong for
their annual convention Wednes
day, June 7.
Members from all parts of the
United States and Canada will
attend the four-day session, take
part in a colorful parade Thurs
day, elect a new grand monarch
and stage a Sesquicentennial
Grand Monarch Frank B. Jones,
Youngstown, Ohio, will set up
headquarters at the Hotel Statler.
Wreaths will be placed at the
tomb of George Washington and
the Unknown Soldier and a
special session of the Supreme
Council will be held in the Georgg
Washington National Masonic
Memorial in Alexandria.
The convention will mark th#
10th annual session of the Su
preme Council, but the Grotto,
part of the Masonic order, will ba
celebrating It* 45th founding an

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