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34,000 May Go
On Night Shifts In U. S. Offices Public Works Hearing Told of Prospect if Mobilization Comes By Francis P. Douglas Some Government employes again may find themselves work ing on night shifts to save office space if the Nation comes to total mobilization. This was* indicated as Adminis tration officials testified yesterday before the House Public Works Committee on behalf of the $190 nyllion project of dispersing Gov ernment agencies into nearby Maryland and Virginia. The dis persal plan is designed as a de fense measure against atomic bomb attack. _ The committee completed its hearing late yesterday. Chairman Whittington said members will study the proposals for several days before voting whether to recommend its passage. 34,uuu rwgni seen. W. E. Reynolds, Public Build ings Commissioner, told the com mittee that, in normal times, 126,000 employes can be - accom modated in permanent Govern ment buildings in the District. In case of total mobilization, he said, “we can house 160.000 in acceptable permanent buildings, which includes second and third shift operations.” This would mean 34,000 on night and “grave yard” shifts. It was pointed out elsewhere that processing of applications in prioe control and rationing proce dures and such things as filing could be done at night as well as during the day. The number as signed to the after-midnight shift would be much smaller than the number in second shift operations. Assuming normal Government employment of 180.000 persons in Washington, exclusive of the mili tary, and razing of the present temporary structures, which now house 45,000 persons, Mr. Reynolds gave this breakdown: A total of 126.000 in permanent Government buildings, 6,500 in leased build ings. 8.000 permanently moved from the Washington area in “decentralized” agencies, as dis tinct from dispersed agencies, and 39.500 in eight buildings in the Washington suburbs. Sees 270,000 Employes. On the assumption there would be 270,000 employes under mo bilization conditions. Mr. Reynolds gave these figures: A total of 160, 000 in permanent buildings in Washington, 15,000 in leased buildings, 8,000 moved to other cities and 87,000 in the dispersed buildings. In this case, in addition to the permanent buildings on their eight outlying sites, each accom modating 5,000 workers, the Gov ernment would erect a temporary building at each site, also provid ing for 5,000 or more. Both Jess Larson, General Serv ices Administrator, and Mr. Reyn olds put the number of employes in decentralized agencies at from 5.000 to 15,000. Whereas Mr. Reynolds put the probable num ber finally at 8,000, Mr. Larson put it at 10,000. A list of the agencies that might be transferred to other cities is expected to be completed by the end of this month. Agencies Considered. There has been discussion about moving the Federal Power Com mission to Colorado Springs, Colo. Speculation on decentralization also has included these agencies:. The Federal Trade Commission, the Securities & Exchange Com mission, which might be moved to New' York, where it already has a large staff, and other in dependent offices and bureaus, such as the Bureau of Mines. The suggestion also has been made that the Patent Office, which was largely moved to Richmond during World War H, be moved again. This would af fect a large number of patent attorneys in Washington. It \yas stressed by both Mr. Larson and Mr. Reynolds that any removals this time w'ould be permanent. The cost of the eight outlying Bites and eight buildings was put at $17,850,000 each, and the $190 million figure also includes $41 million for roads. Mr. Reynolds said this figure w'as scaled dowrn $23 million from an original esti mate of roads cost. 60 Miles of New Roads. Fred E. Schnepfe of the Public Roads Bureau said it is estimated that 60 miles of new roads would have to be constructed and 70 miles of existing roads would have to be reconstructed. The aim w’ould be four-lane freeways to serve,the buildings. He said it is planned to use, so far as possible, present highways radiating from Washington. He added, how'ever, that some of them would have to be recon structed entirely on new sites be cause of inadequacies. Some of these radial highways might serve more than one site, but he said this W'as not true of all. He cited U. S. Highway.240, which extends from Washington through Rock ville and Gaithersburg, Md., as in adequate to serve several sites. In one case, he said, reconstruc tion would have to extend two miles into Washington. Mr. Larson said Congress would consider using one or two of the outlying buildings for its own use in case of danger from attack David Lynn, Architect of the Capi tol, said no decision had been made by Congressional leaders on this. At one time, it was proposed that a garage be constructed deep under the proposed new Senate Office Building, which could also serve as a bomb shelter. But the whole office building project has been held in abeyance. Truman Letter to Critic Draws Wide Reaction By the Associated Press President Truman’s knuckle cracking letter to a music critic who panned his daughter’s singing provoked chuckles and some sharp Republican comment today. In the free-swinging style he sometimes uses in private con versations with friends, the Pres ident let go at Paul Hume, critic for the Washington Post. Mr. Hume had said in his review that Margaret Truman’s singing last Tuesday night at a well-attended concert in Constitution Hall was “flat a good deal of the time.” Few outside of the President and Mr. Hume professed publicly knowing just what Mr. Truman said. But the Washington Daily News quoted the President in an irate-father vein like this: “I have just read your lousy review buried in the back pages. You. sound like a frustrated old man who never made a success, an eight-ulcer man on a four ulcer job and all four ulcers work ing. “I never met you but if I do you'll need a new nose and plenty of beefsteak and perhaps a sup porter below. “Westbrook Pegler, a gutter snipe, is a gentleman compared to you. You can take that as more of an insult than as a re flection on your ancestry.” J*egler Comments. In New York, Mr. Pegler, a columnist often critical of Mr. Truman's administration, said: “It is a great tragedy that in this awful hour the people of the United States must accept in lieu of leadership the nasty malice of a President whom Bernard Baruch in a similar incident called a rude, uncouth, ignorant man. | Let us pray.” At first, White House officials denied knowing whether Mr. Tru man himself had written the let iter, which was on White House stationery and signed “H. S. T.” Later they confirmed that he i had written to Mr. Hume, and one source said the published version sounded like what he wrote. Mr. Hume himself said the pub lished version was almost word for word with the letter he received, except that it left out a couple of paragraphs. There were hints that the full version contained lan guage at least equally strong. Withholds Full Text. Mr. Hume declined to make the full text public. He said in a statement: | “I can only say that a man suf- j ; fering the loss of a close fnend and carrying the terrible burden of the present world crisis ought to be indulged in an occasional outburst of temper.” The reference was to Charles G.: Ross, Mr. Truman’s secretary and longtime friend, who died a few, PAUL HUME. —AP Photo. hours before Miss Truman's Con stitution Hall concert. Mr.*Hume said in his review of the concert that Miss Truman “cannot sing very well” and "is flat a good deal of the time.’’ "There are few moments during her recital,” the review continued, “when one can relax and feel con fident that she will make her goal, which is the end of the song . . . “It is an extremely unpleasant duty to record such unhappy facts about so honestly appealing a per sonality. But as long as Miss Tru man sings as she has for three years, and does today, we seem to have no recourse unless it is to omit comment on her programs altogether.” Watkins Critical. Mr. Truman has shown resent ment before—mostly in private— when the critics panned his daugh ter's singing. And more critics have panned it than have praised it—although the criticism doesn’t seem to have affected her concert hall, radio and television au diences. While Mr. Hume was inclined to excuse what he called “an out burst of temper,” at least one Re publican Senator wasn’t quite so charitable. Senator Watkins, Republican, of Utah told a reporter: “That is what you have to ex pect. This is in line with some of the comments the President has made when his guardians were not there to take care of him.” Most Democrats in Congress ap parently assessed the incident as a human sort of reaction by a proud papa whose daughter’s art wasn’t appreciated as he thought it should be. Other Incidents Recalled. Some of these chuckled arid said it was something that Andrew Jackson might have done, his temper aroused under similar circumstances. Some Republicans privately compared the outburst with Mr. Truman’s crack months ago that the United States Marines had a propaganda system that ranked with that of Russia’s' Premier Stalin. The President later apol ogized for that statement. To other Republicans it recalled the language the President once used when he referred to News paper Columnist Drew Pearson as “an S. O. B.“ The President didn’t retract 'that one. On a concert tour in the South, Miss Truman' said in Nashville, Tenn., “Mr. Hume is a fine critic and has a perfect right to say whatever he thinks.” Miss Truman Meets Press. Arriving by train late in the afternoon in Nashville, Miss Tru man held a brief news conference. When a reporter showed her a newspaper giving an account of the letter, she expressed doubt that the President had written it. Advised later the White House had confirmed authorship of the letter, Miss Reathel Odum, secre tary to Mrs. Truman, who ac companied JVlargaret to Nashville, said Miss Truman would have no comment. Mr. Hume is 32 years younger than the 66-year-old President, and weighs 165 pounds to Mr. Truman’s 180 or more. Friends said he had nci intention of en gaging in any controversy, fistic or otherwise, with the President. The critic, whose duties don't often take him to the White House, said he doesn’t expect to meet Mr. Truman. Nashville Critics Reserved On Miss Truman's Singing NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec^ 9 UP) —Two music critics were reserved in their comments on Margaret Truman’s singing last night, but they and the audience of 1,400 apparently were won over by her personality. Critic Alvin S. Wiggers of the Nashville Tennessean said: “Miss Truman has a lovely, sweet voice, though by no means possessing the size and resonance required for opera. “Her charming, graceful ap pearance, and her winsome per sonality, had her listeners won over before she sang a note.’’ Sydney Dalton, critic for the Nashville Banner, said: “As a singer. Miss Truman’s chief merit is her obvious sincerity. Her fu ture will largely depend upon this sincere attitude combined with making the most of whatever talent she has for interpretation. “The voice itself is limited in quality and volume and she is still insecure technically.’’ Board Abandons Plan For Prince Georges $9 Million Freeway A proposed $9 million cross county freeway project has been abandoned by the new Board of County Commissioners of Prince Georges County. The commissioners acted yes terday at a regular semiweekly meeting, after hearing a report from County Engineer Arthur W. Tayman on the operations and plans of his department. It was the second meeting of the all Republican board which took office Tuesday. The project was proposed in Oc tober. 1945, by the Advisory Board to the County Commissioners. The then Democratic board approved application to the Federal Gov ernment for a $150,000 loan to finance the design of the 712-mile thoroughfare. The loan was approved, and half was advanced. Only $12,000 has been spent for a preliminary construction plan and a cost esti mate. Virtually all of the four-lane, divided highway would have been built with only a very small por tion of existing highways being used. The route would have fol-1 lowed roughly the East-West highway from Takoma Park and University lane, then skirted the northern boundary of Riverdale, continued in an easterly direction to Briar Ditch, south of Good Luck road, and across the county to Ardwick, where it would have connected with the Annapolis Freeway. It also would have tied in with the Baltimore Parkway. Board President Thomas E. Latimer expressed the opinion that, if and when such a road is built, it should be “much farther” out than the route proposed. Other commissioners said the 1 county should wait and benefit from the Highway Transportation Study of the Metropolitan Area now under way. That study is being made by Maryland, Virginia and District authorities and the Bureau of Public Roads. A request of the Brentwood Town Council for county police and the State's attorney’s office to pay “close attention” to floor shows in Brentwood taverns, was referred to Acting Police Chief Roscoe Sines. Town Attor ney Vance V. Vaughan wrote the commissioners that council mem bers had seen newspaper accounts of arrests for obscene shows in the county. Couple Planning Fight to Keep Child After Losing Custody Adoption of Girl, 4, Cared for Almost Since Birth, Denied A Georgetown couple who have been denied the right to adopt a child they cared for almost since its birth, are planning to fight to keep her. Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Ehr mantrout. 1671 Wisconsin avenue i N.W.. said today they would visit, their lawyer Monday to plan fur-1 ther moves in their fight to gainj permanent custody of a 4-year old girl named Linda Jean. The adoption petition was de nied yesterday by District Court Judge Edward A. Tamm, who said, “Some ' one probably will suffer from a broken heart.” He had taken a long time to reach the decision. A hearing on the adoption petition had first been held on May 19. The peti- [ tion for adoption of blond, intelli- : gent Linda Jean, whom the Ehr-: mantrouts had cared for since she was six months old, had been filed eight months before. Case Put Off for Inquiry. At that hearing. Judge Tamm had continued the case for six; months to give officials more time to investigate the plea by the couple for adoption of the child. Judge Tamm said the Ehrman trouts had represented to the court that the child’s natural mother had agreed to the adop tion proceeding. But, he said, testimony at the hearing indicated the child's mother, who has been seriously ill for some time, was now anxious to regain custody of her daughter. Judge Tamm noted yesterday that neighbors had testified the Ehrmantrouts had given the child excellent care—if anything, he said, she was a little spoiled. “Typical parental indulgence," ; he termed it. But, he said, this testimony was in variance with a report by the Board of Public Welfare. The welfare board report, he said, complained the physical conditions of the home were not up to the board's standard. But, he said, the board had also recommended against adoption on the ground that the adoptor mother’s I. Q. is relatively low when compared to the child's. Judge Tamm said Mrs. Ehrman trout had been a patient at St. Elizabeths Hospital from 1929 to LINDA JEAN. 1939, but had been released as cured. Cites Board Report. He said further, the Welfare Board report stated the child had a very superior I.Q., and a men tality of a child twice her age. After the hearing, while Mrs. Ehrmantrout was crying in an anteroom, welfare board officials told reporters the girl would be taken immediately from the Ehr mantrouts and placed in a foster home for the time being. “You fellows have the wrong idea about foster homes,” one worker said. “They are all very fine homes.” Mrs. Ehrmantrout was detained at the courthouse while the child was picked up. Judge Tamm had been told at a bench conference the woman once had remarked she would kill the girl, rather than have Linda Jean taken from her. Lost 4 of Her Own Children. Mrs. Ehrmantrout told a re porter who visited their home to day that they took Linda Jean shortly after she had lost a baby of her own. She said she has lost four children, the latest a year ago. Linda Jean’s room was still as the child had left it. Dozens of dresses lined a closet, and the child’s large bed had a bedspread matching the draperies in the room. A small dressing table with a mirror w'as trimmed with matching material, and a gay linoleum covered the floor. In one corner was a baby buggy loaded with dolls. A blackboard stood in another corner. Downstairs, several pictures of District Closes All 6 Day-Care Centers Dec. 22 Board Action to Meet Deadline to Affect About 250 Children The District’s child day-care centers, after several tempestuous years, will finally close their doors on December 22. Congress, earlier this session, had appropriated money to run them until the end of this year. It will take several days to wind up the clerical work, however, so the centers actually will close about a week earlier. There are now six centers with a staff of 49. The daily average at tendance for the last several months has been 259. The centers were started in 1943 to aid mothers engaged in war work. At first they functioned under a citizens committee, re sponsible to the Commissioners, with the Board of Education and the Welfare Board providing the necessary personnel. Then, when Lanham funds, became available the Board of Education took them over and operated 22 centers with a daily average of from 700 to 800 children. Number Cut. In 1946, a corporation was formed to take over the cen ters with the help of Community Chest money. Shortly afterward, the centers were turned over to the Board of Public Welfare, and Congress appropriated $250,000ta year, to run 12 centers. Later the number of nurseries was cut in half, and $150,000 appropriated by Congress to run them for a year. For the last two years, congress appropriated $100,000 a year, with the provision that small fees be paid by the parents to help out. This year Congress set aside only $50,000 and provided that the centers go out of existence on December 31. The final action on the centers was taken at a meeting of the Wel fare Board yesterday. The board also approved the appointment of a psychiatrist as a consultant in the Child Welfare Division. The appointment will run for two or three months, after which the consultant will advise the board as to what steps should be taken to help psychiatric children. Fees Raised. . i The board raised the fees paid to foster parents for the care of children under six months old from $45 to $60 a month. The board recommended to the Com missioners that the care of 30 emotionally disturbed children who are being cared for in institu tions outside thepistrict, be raised from $90 to $100 a month. A saving of $10,000 a year was announced by the board, through an arrangement with police to take children from homes and j courts to welfare institutions. This will mean the discharge of four chauffeurs who are now doing the work. Four Buildings Sought. The Commissioners were asked by the board to build four build ings at the District Training School for Feeble-minded at Laurel. One would be a security building to take care of inmates who are hard to control. Another would house criminal defectives. Welfare Director Gerard M. Shea announcetfto the board that 618 relief appeals were handled last month, and all but 30 of the applicants were seen the same day they applied. In the past, it usually took five weeks from the time a person appealed for help until he was interviewed. Spout Run Road Link To Open Next Week The recently completed paced Spout Run connection of the George Washington Memorial highway between Key Bridge and Lorcom lane on the Virginia side of the Potomac River will be opened formally to parkway traf fic next Saturday. National Capital Parks and Bu reau of Public Roads officials made a final inspection of the paving contractors’ work yesterday and have accepted it. The completed .9 of a mile link, begun early in 1948, provides a continuous park way from the Mount Vernon estate to the Lorcom lane-Lee highway connection. Supt. Edward J. Kelly of NCP; said the cost of construction of the' link was about $850,000. It was; delayed a long time by excessive j construction bids. The Spout Run connection is a dual highway, with the westbound; lane overlooking the palisades of the Potomac. The high level east bound lane offers an excellent ap proach view to Washington and a quicker route to the downtown area. Linda Jean covered the living room mantel. Mrs. Ehrmantrout said she had already bought the Christmas presents the child had asked for —a “walking doll,” a smaller doll, a toy typewriter and a toy cash register. Georgia Alumni Banquet Rallies For Presidential Cup Contest Coach Wally Butts (left) of the University of Georgia foot ball team, indulges in pregame chatter with Mrs. Willett Kempton and Eugene Black during the Georgia Alumni dinner at the Wil lard Hotel. Mrs. Kempton, of 5220 Klingle street N.W., is now president of the International Bank. —Star Staff Photo. ‘•Glory to Old Georgia” was the theme song last night as alumni of the University of Georgia ral lied at a banquet at the Willard Hotel on the eve of their team’s final football game of the season— the American Legion’s Presidential Cup contest with Texas A. and M. The Georgians will vie with the Texans in packing Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland this afternoon. The pregame pag eantry was to start at 1 p.m. The event, in which leading teams will be invited to play for the benefit of the Legion's welfare fund, is expected to be an annual one. Football was not overempha sized at the banquet. Dr. O. C. Aderhold, president of the uni versity, came from the campus at Athens to make the principal ad dress. He told the gathering that every graduate of the university is expected to help raise Georgia’s educational level. The university is to celebrate its 150th anniversary on January 24. It is the oldest chartered State university in the United States. He told the story of the insti tution’s growth from a small liberal arts college to the present university with several profes* sional schools and an enrollment of 10,000. Among those introduced was Miss Anne Reed, of the United States Chamber of Commerce. She was selected by the Georgia State Society to be the sponsor of Georgia’s football team today. Plans for the banquet were completed by Erie Cocke, jr„ na tional commander of the Ameri can Legion, and his former class mate, Mrs. Willett Kempton, chairman of the banquet commit tee. Members of her committee included Mrs. F. C. Brickwedde, J. R. Radford, jr„ W. G. Brant ley, R. W. Fuller, Dr. Mark D. Hollis, jr., Maj. Capers Holmes, George Wilson Lanier, Mrs. Stuart B. Levi, R. Lowry Nicolson, Price H. Preston and Robert F. Sikes. Those present included Wally Butts, coach of the Georgia team. Bowie Weighs Trial Of Lewis Alter Court Bans Seized Evidence By Robert C. Rollings The question of whether Wil liam (Snags > Lewis will be tried in Prince Georges County on gambling charges was being con sidered today by State’s Attor ney A. Gwynn Bowie in the light of a Circuit Court ruling that evi dence seized in a Bladensburg raid last March is inadmissable. A three-judge tribunal ruled that the evidence is suppressed as to Lewis and three others of the 19 defendants arrested in the raid ordered by United States At torney George Morris Fay and carried out by deputy marshals from the District. The other three defendants are John Ralph Mitchell, George P. Scott, lessees with Lewis of a house at 4310 Forty-sixth avenue, and Mrs. Sadie Stanton, the owner. As to the remaining 15 defend ants, who were "merely invitees” or whose presence in the house was lawful only because they were not tresspassers, the court ruled the evidence valid. Indictment Still Stands The court, made up of Chief Judge John B. Gray, jr., and As sociate Judges Charles C. Mar bury and J. Dudley Digges, re fused, however, to quash the search warrant or order the re turn of the property seized from Lewis, Mitchell, Scott and Mrs Stanton. The 12-page decision left the indictment standing. This means that the decision on a trial is left up to Mr. Bowie. It was clear from the court ruling, however, that additional evidence not seized under the illegal warrant would have to be produced, if there was to be any hope of a conviction. Mr. Bowie had no comment, pending completion of his study of the decision. Lewis and 13 defendants still face retrial in the District of. gambling charges that arose from the Maryland raid. Cannot Quash U. S. Warrant. Last night's decision held that the search warrant is void because it did not state the grounds or probable cause for its issuance, nor did it state the names of the persons whose affidavits had been taken in support of it. Regarding the motion to quash the warrant and to order the property returned, the court stated it “has no authority to quash the Federal search warrant, nor in our opinion order the return of the property seized thereunder.” The court then pointed out that, more over, the property is in the pos session of District authorities. $3,373,965 or 78% Reported at Chest's Final Unit Luncheon The *1951 District Community Chest Campaign yesterday re ported it has received contribu tions amounting to S3.373.965. or 78 per cent of its $4,260,000 quota. The latest contributions, re ported by nine units at a lunch eon in the Washington Hotel, amounted to $42,036.70. A breakdown of each unit is as follows: Business I—$1,214,416.10, or 73.21 per cent of its $1,658,800 quota: Business II—$173,731.59, or 71.44 per cent of a $243,200 quota: Alexandria—$62,641.11, or 77.33 per cent of an $81,000 quota: Arlington—$45,644.23, or 73.27 per cent of a $62,300 quota. Other Units. Fairfax—$35,386.95 or 89.59 per cent of a $39,500 quota; Mont gomery County—$87,919.75, oi 67.63 per cent of a $130,000 quota; Prince Georges County — $31, 770.35, or 61 10 per cent of a $52, 000 quota: Special Solicitation— $237,812.23, or 79.01 per cent ol a $301,000 quota: Government Si.483.642.95, or 87.69 per cent ol a $1,692,200 quota. Yesterday's meeting was the Chest’s final unit report luncheon The Government unit, which car ries a large percentage of the total campaign figure, will hold its final report meeting Monday in the Hotel Washington. Mrs. Alben Barkley, wife of the Vice President, was on hand yes terday as about 75 volunteer work ers received “Oscars” for their “fine work and co-operation in the campaign.” Recipients of Awards. Among those receiving the i awards were: Business II Volunteers: Mrs. Helen Dem ! ary. Michael Sullivan. Leon Brown. ! Maurice Friedman, Bill Tooker. J. Fennelly j Orall Brown, jr., Herman Neugass. Mrs. ! Bernard Berman. R. B. Lambert, M. Gel : fand. Harold E. Hanson, Don F. Mitchell. Alfred Harman. Bernard Goldstein. Gerald O'ConncT. Sidney Z. Mensh, Carl Hari, John J. English, Dr. Leo Diegelmann, Clifton W. Jones. Mrs. Agnes Holmes. D. B Fantroy. Mrs. Helena Galloway. John Carpenter. Verne Carpenter. Mark Eisen berg. W. H. Riley. Robert Koontz. John M. Harris. E. A. Fowler. Rolland Lamensdorf. Asher Kahn. Mrs. Julian Cohen. Mrs. Betty Miller. Mrs. Harry I. Hais. Miss Elsie Bennett. George G Wyland. E. S. Estes. A. Stanley Wolfe. Fred Shaffer. Roger Moss, Charles Hall. W. F. Jaauith. Special Solicitation Unit: Mrs. Freder ick B. Lee. Mrs. W’illiam J. Glasgow, jr.. Mrs. Louis C. Arthur. Mrs. William E. Sp5cer. Mrs. Grace Lormans. Mrs. Travis O. Campbell. John Z. Miller. Mrs. Harry D. Sheldon. Prince Georges County: Mrs. Ernest N. Cory jr.. of Laurel Md.: Robert P. Mc Millan of the Southern Oxygen Co.. Her bert W. Reichelt. Mayor of Mount Rainier. Montgomery County: Roger Farquhar, in behalf of the six county newspapers, the Maryland News, the Record. Rockville Times. Takoma Journal, the Tribune and the Sentinel: the faculty representatives of the Montgomery County Education As sociation and the Rock Creek Forest Ele mentary School, and E Merrit Douglass, superintendent of the Montgomery County i public schools._ Young Democrats to Dance The Washington Young Demo cratic Club will hold a Christmas dance at 9 o’clock tonight at the Women's National Democratic Clubhouse. 1526 New Hampshire avenue N.W. Lee Maxfield’s Or chestra will play. OFFICE BUILDINGS LIKE THIS PLANNED FOR OUTLYING AREAS IN DEFENSE MOVE—This is the design for Government office buildings planned for eight sites in suburban Maryland and Virginia as part of the defense against an atomic bomb attack. The buildings, of reinforced concrete and all alike, would be about 20 miles from the White House on sites at least 5 miles apart. They would be three-story and basement structures and would accommodate 5,000 employes each. Escalators would provide access to upper floors. This design is by the Public Buildings Service of the General Services Administration. f - Car Crash Kills Man; Another Dies of Injuries Silver Spring Accident Fatal; Pedestrian, 81, Was Hit Last Month A 31-year-old Spencerville (Md.) contractor was fatally injured in an automobile accident today and an 81-year-old man died as a re sult of injuries received last month. Plummer W. Allnutt of Spencer ville died at the Washington Sani tarium from head injuries suffered when his automobile skidded last night on an icy stretch of Piney Branch road in Silver Spring. His car skidded into a bank and then struck a tree, police reported. The death of Mr. Allnutt, son of Smith Allnutt, a Silver Spring real estate man, was the eighth traffic fatality of the year for the Silver Spring area. Two Passengers Hurt. Two passengers in Mr. Allnutt’s car, Rudolph Bower, 19, of Route 3, Silver Spring, and Herbert Du bin, 18, of Aston, were treated for minor injuries. George W. Camack, 81, colored, of 818 Twenty-sixth street NW. died at Gallinger Hospital as the result of injuries when he was struck by a taxicab as he walked across Memorial Bridge November 18. It was the District’s 66th traffic fatality of the year. Mr. Camack had suffered a broken back and severe face cuts when he was struck by the cab in the Memorial Bridge accident, police said. The cab driver, George B. Shaw, 55, of Route 1, Vienna, Va.. at the time was charged with failing to give full time and attention to his driving and was released under $100 collateral. Soldiers’ Car Crashes. Three Fort Belvoir soldiers nar rowly escaped death or serious injury early today when their car plunged 45 feet down an embank ment near the Pentagon and was demolished. Pvt. Edward G. Brockway, 25, told park police an apparent me chanical failure caused him to lose control of his 1939 model coupe on Route 1. After swerving across the road for 150 feet the car plunged down the bank onto a railroad spur line and turned over several times. Pvt. Brockway and Pvt. George E. Giddings, 19, were treated at the nearby Naval Annex dis pensary for minor cuts and bruises. Pvt. George B. Taylor, 23, was taken to Walter Reed Hospital for X-ray of a possible broken arm. Another Silver Spring area ac I cident last night caused a 45 minute power failure over a square mile area in the vicinity of East West highway and Washington avenue. Police said a car driven by John M. Morton, 29, of 2925 Covington road, Kensington, struck an elec tric pole near the intersection when he swerved to avoid an other vehicle. Mr. Morton was uninjured. Youth, 16, Faces Trial For Three Sex Cases j Juvenild Court Judge Edith i Cockrill today turned over to Dis trict Court a 16-year-old youth | accused of one rape and two at tempts. Judge Cockrill and her staff I have had under advisement for i three days the question of wheth er to allow District Court trial of ’the youth or whether to handle his case in Juvenile Court. If convicted of the rape charge jin District Court, the high school [student, Lee Verne Boseman, col lored, of the 1900 block of Eleventh i street N.W. faces a possible death penalty. He had been placed on proba tion by Juvenile Court authorities last April after his arrest for purse-snatching. He is charged with raping a 17 year-old schoolgirl near her North west home November 20 and at tempting to rape a 20-year-old housewife and a 10-year-old girl. He also is charged with robbing the housewife. He was arrested early this wek after an alert detective recalled that the description given by the victims tallied with that of a boy arrested in the purse-snatching case. Brought before United States Commissioner Cyril S. Lawrence, the youth was held without bond, but in a legal technicality, Com missioner Lawrence fixed total bond at $40,000. The boy refused an attorney and the case was continued until Thursday. Veterans Warned of Risk On Side Payment for Homes Veterans who pay more for homes than is shown on their loan reports risk the loss of rights unaar all veterans laws, the Veterans Administration warned today. In addition, they face prosecu tion under Federal laws, together with the persons who participate with them in such deals. The VA central office here said today that, despite repeated warn ings. cases continue to come to light wherein veterans have been induced to pay the builder or seller an amount over and above the sales price shown in the loan report. Such side payments. VA said, usually are made to evade the ban against sales to veterans in excess of the appraised “rea sonable value.” Louis H. Bean to Speak Louis H. Bean. Government economist and political statisti cian, will discuss the 1950 and 1952 elections at a luncheon of the Dis trict Democratic Club at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Dupont Plaza Hotel. Arthur Clarendon Smith. sr„ president of the group, has invited the public to attend.