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GENERAL NEWS u______ 4 ~_* WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1951 Urban Counties In Virginia Seek Annexing Power Arlington Delegation Prepares Bill for Assembly Action By Alex. R. Preston Urban counties would be granted the power to annex ad joining territory for the first time by terms of a bill being prepared by the Arlington delegation to the Virginia General Assembly. The admittedly revolutionary move was announced today fol lowing disclosure yesterday of a legislative program for the As sembly which convenes January 9. State Senator Charles R. Fen wick and Delegates J. Maynard Magruder and George Damm said their program would be expanded before the Assembly adjourns in March. Delegation Statement. "Heretofore, only cities and in corporated towns have enjoyed privilege of annexing additional territory,” the delegation declared in a statement. Fundamentally, there Is no reason why a county that can provide improved facilities to people in an adjacent county should not have the privilege of going before an annexation court and making this showing to the same extent that a ctiy or town can.” Fairfax would be the obvious target of the move inasmuch as it is the only county that ad joins Arlington. A special commission of the General Assembly studying an nexation problems recently recom mended changes in the law, one of which would permit counties to institute annexation proceedings requiring a city or town to annex a portion of the county. “Goes One Step Further." “Our proposal goes one step fur ther,” the Arlington delegation said. “It would not only give the ecunty the right to initiate the proceedings but give it the right to acquire additional territory.” In the program outlined at a press conference yesterday, the delegation said it would seek a law giving Arlington the same power to issue public utility franchises that only cities in Virginia now posses. If the annexation bill and fran chise law were passed, Arlington —through the operation of nu merous other special acts—would have all of the powers now granted cities, except one. Virginia cities may issue bonds without holding referendums while counties can not. Other Proposals Outlined. Among other legislative pro posals outlined are the following: Calling for a 30-day “short ses sion” of the Assembly in odd years falling between the present 60-day session in even years, simi lar to the plan in Maryland. Ban the use of Shirley highway from Woodbridge to Route 7 to heavy through-truck traffic. “Insist on and support" a rec ommendation of a special Redis tricting Commission calling for a new 10th Congressional District in the Washington suburban area. The delegation will seek two ad ditional representatives in the House of Delegates, one of whom would be elected jointly with Falls Church. The commission recommended only one additional House member to be elected with Falls Church. The delegation will seek a second State Senator elected with Alexandria. The commission left Arlington’s Sen ate representation at one, but recommended a State Senator for Alexandria alone. Milk Price Fixing Powers. Eliminate retail price fixing powers of the State Milk Com mission and increase membership of that commission from three to four. At present one member is a producer, another is a dis tributor and the third is one who falls in neither classification. Ar lington’s proposal would require that the third member plus the proposed new member be "con sumer” representatives. Introduce enabling acts to per mit Arlington voters to determine (1) whether to change the method of appointing a county manager and if so, whether he shall serve at the pleasure of the county board on either a fiscal or calen dar year basis; (2) whether to create the post of county attor ney; (3) whether the county manager or County Board should appoint department heads. Amend law on inheritances so that surviving spouse may get a 50 per cent exemption on the estate for tax purposes. At pres ent, widows may be taxed for the full value of the estate. Teacher Tenure Provised Provide for teacher tenure—se curity—for those who hold certi ficates of instruction. Enact an “anti-bribery” law to make it a felony to offer or accept a bribe for any athletic contest for which admission is charged. Mr. Magruder said previous efforts in this direction were killed, but the more recent basketball fix cases and other sports scandals elsewhere probably would lead to support of the measure now. Establish a new division of rec reation within the Department of Conservation to aid rural locali ties in planning. Require flouridation of water for municipal plants approved by the State Department of Health. Increase penalties for violation of narcotics laws, particularly in cases Involving sales to children. Amend medical scholarships law to permit students receiving bene fits to serve as interns in State mental hospitals as repayment of loan. k Alexandria Child Hanged by Cord On Venetian Blind A 14-month-old Alexandria girl was hanged accidentally last night by a Venetian blind cord dangling beside her crib. Alexandria police said the body of Rebecca Anne Walter was found by her mother, Mrs. Flora M. Walter, about 7:10 p.m. The cord was entwined around the baby’s neck and police said she apparently had fallen forward in the crib while playing with the cord. Mrs. Walter told police she had put her daughter in the crib 10 minutes earlier and had gone into an adjoining room but heard no outcry. The Alexandria Rescue Squad tried to revive Rebecca Anne with oxygen, but was pronounced dead on arrival at Alexandria Hospital. Rebecca Anne’s father, Oakley S. Walter, is employed at the Navy Department. The Walters live at 1720 Prince street, Alexandria. Rebecca Anne was their only child. Montgomery Council Clears Zoning Ruling For Aud Rifle Range It looks as if Dr. William D. Aud, Silver Spring physician and hunting enthusiast, may be able to use his new underground firing range after all. The Montgomery County Coun cil yesterday stepped in where the Board of Zoning Appeals feared to tread and approved an amend ment to the county zoning ordi nance, which clears the way for such projects in a residential area. The amendment authorizes the zoning appeals group to permit a noncommercial underground or Indoor rifle range in any residen tial district, provided that: 1. Such a range is incidental to a use permitted in the area. 2. The applicant complies with the ordinance regulating the dis charge of firearms in the subur ban area. Ranges Subject to Scrutiny. According to the council, the residential character of adjacent properties would be safeguarded, since each rifle range would be subject to the scrutiny of the Board of Zoning Appeals before it could be built. The council also quoted the opinion of its Range Approval Committee to the effect that such ranges are inherently safe and offer no hazard to surrounding residents. Dr. Aud, who lives at 9008 Coles ville road, had nearly completed the 143-foot underground firing range on his property, when he was forced to stop work nearly six months ago on orders of a county building inspector. The inspector told the physician such a project could not be built in a residential district. Dr. Aud then asked tlfe Board of Zoning Appeals to grant him an exception from the zoning ordinance. But the board turned him down on the ground it lacked authority to act. Rural Area Delegation. In other business, the council received a resolution from a group of rural residents opposing the proposed subdivision regulations for their area. A discussion of the proposals between the residents and council members started off calmly, with R. Edwin Brown, Rockville at torney, presenting the formers’ side of the controversy. Then William L. Thompson, Comus farmer, rose to point out there had been almost unanimous opposition to the proposals at a public hearing several weeks ago. Suddenly, Lathrop Smith, coun cil president, rapped loudly with his gavel. He told Mr, Thompson the council was willing to discuss the matter in a "friendly manner” but that he felt enough time had been consumed. Delegation Leaves In Huff. The delegation left in a huff. Included in the group, besides Mr. Brown and Mr. Thompson, were former County Commissioner Charles H. Jamison, Poolesville, and Paul E. Tembaugh, Dicker son. The council approved an appli cation by John A. Brickley, Inc., for the reclassification from resi dential A to commercial D of land at Seminary and Forest Glen roads. Denial of the petition had been recommended by the Mary land-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. Added to the county payroll were William J. Sullivan, Silver Spring, senior building inspector at $4,200 a year; Miss Alice M. Wagner, Lebanon, Pa., public health nurse at $3,060 a year, and Mrs. Rita B. Marshall, Poolesville, driver-messenger with the De partment of Public Libraries at $2,180 a year. Cottage City Fire Company Elects Haley as President Alfred Haley has been elected president of the Cottage City Fire Company, and T. Weston Scott, jr., was named chief. Others elected were George A. E. Rheinbold, vice president; Leon Beck, secretary; Melvin A. Howes, financial secretary; Nels P. Ras mussen, treasurer; George Du Vail, assistant chief ; Carl Hartman, captain; Alden Berger, lieutenant; Albert A. Butler, fire marshal, and John Gibson, Vincent A. Sim mel, William Bobb, Wilbert Yoho and T. Weston Scott, sr., trustees. Mecklenburg Defeats Bonds BOYDTON, Va., Dec. 5 (IP).— Voters defeated Mecklenburg County’s proposed $2,500,000 school bond issue yesterday by a vote of 1,592 to 322. ■ Sothoron Seeks Sasscer's Seat In Congress Democrat Formerly Served as Maryland Delegate and Senator By J. L. Michael Former State Senator L. Harold Sothoron, Representative Sasscer’s long-time lieutenant, will file for the office in which his chief is serving his seventh two-year term. “This is the chance I have been waiting for,” said Mr. Sothoron, who served 16 years in the Mary land General Assembly as a Demo cratic Delegate and Senator. He is a former Senate president and majority floor leader. Representative Sasscer an nounced Saturday that he will vacate the 5th district House seat to try for the post held by Senator O’Conor, a fellow Demo crat who is expected to run again. Another potential democratic Senate contender appeared yester day when the name of Fred W. C. Webb was suggested by the Wicomico County Central Com mittee. Mr. Webb, a Salisbury at torney, said he is considering the matter. Two Potential Candidates. Potential candidates in what promises to be a heavy field in the Democratic primary race for the congressional post include State Senator Louis L. Goldstein of Calvert County and Louis N. Phipps of Anne Arundel County. A third State Senator. James B. Monroe of Charles County, is studying his chances of winning under the Republican banner. “Mr. Sasscer Just made his statement and I have not had time to think it over,” Senator Goldstein said. “But don’t count! me out. I will have something to; say within a few days.” In holding himself out for con sideration. Senator Phipps made it clear that he would not run against Senator Goldstein because j of his “high regard for him and his great contribution to the peo ple of Southern Maryland.” Three other Democrats are definitely in the House contest. One is Philip H. Dorsey, jr., of St. Marys County, former peo ple’s counsel to the State Public Service Commission, who has filed for the post. Two Have Not Filed. The others, both of Anne Arun del County, are Wilbur L. Dulin, former State Senator and Rac ing Commission member, and Z. Garner Jones, who once was county police commissioner. They have announced, but have not filed. Senator Monroe said he felt the changing situation made it unwise to commit himself at this point, but indicated that he is giving his possible candidacy “sertous thought.” He is a vet eran of 12 years in the State Leg islature, chairman of the GOP Steering Committee and a mem ber of the Legislative Council. Already in the pod on the Re publican side are Joe Mulleri, An napolis newspaperman, who has put up his $100 filing fee, and Dr. Ralph L. Morrison, a Prince Georges County dentist. He has announced but has not filed. In the background on the Democratic list is Delegate Leroy Pumphrey of Prince Georges, a former floor leader of the Mary land House. Mr. Pumphrey said he has been asked to run “by hundreds of people.” He would not discuss the matter further “at this time.” None of the avowed or possible Democratic entrants would hint as to who will get their support in the senatorial struggle which appears in the offing between Senator O’Conor and Representa tive Sasscer. No Beall, Gore Comments. Neither would Republicans com ment on the senatorial candida cies of Representative Beall and H. Grady Gore of Montgomery County. Former State Senator Sothoron, defeated last year after he pushed through a bill revamping the county government, believes he can make peace with dissident groups who helped bring about a Republican landslide. Recalling that the bill he spon sored was repealed and replaced by a new act, Mr. Sothoron said “mine must have been good legis lation—the new bill was almost identical.” Observers in the State capital spoke of other potential candi dates in both parties. Democrats mentioned Senator Sybert, Demo crat, of Howard; who was Speaker of the House of Delegates before his election to the Senate last fall. Senator Fletcher, Republican, of Prince Georges also figured in the guesswork. He hasn’t com mitted himself. Senator Fletcher led a Republican revolt which last year unseated all but two Demo crats in the county’s seven-mem ber legislative delegation. X Falls Church Players To Give 'Wizard of Oz' The Falls Church Community Theater players will stage the “Wizard of Oz” at 7:30 pm. to morrow and Friday in the Rock Spring Congregational Church community house, Arlington. The performances will be spon sored by the Chesterbrook School Parent Teacher Association, with proceeds to be used for the school’s playground equipment. PTA Program Tonight The Walter Reed School Parent Teacher Association, 1644 North McKinley road, Arlington, will hold its Christmas program at 8 o’clock tonight in the school. - f . Alcoholic Clinic Tries Hard, but Problem Grows Daily By George Kennedy All the Icing’s horses and all the king’s men who are trying to do something about the alcoholic problem are not getting very far in putting Humpty Dumpty to gether again. That is the only conclusion that can be drawn from a survey of (This is the second of two articles on the problem of al coholism in Washington. Yes terday’s article dealt with the size of the problem as indicated by the increase in arrests for intoxication.) the problem and of the work that is being done to solve it. Public drunkenness must be in creasing much faster than the population rate, if we are to ac cept the number of arrests for that offense as an index. The number of arrests has risen from 26,000 during the last year cf the war to 39,000 in the last fiscal year—an increase of 60 per cent. In the summer of 1947, some citizens of the District interested in the problem persuaded the proper committees of Congress to enact Public Law 347. Section 1. entitled “Purpose,” is a cou rageous. and probably optimistic, statement of intent. It reads in part: “The purpose of this act is to establish a program for the re habilitation of alcoholics, promote temperance and provide for the medical, psychiatric, and other scientific treatment of chronic alcoholics.” Treatment as Alternative. It further says that the purpose of the act is: “To substitute for jail sentences j for drunkenness medical and oth er scientific methods of treatment! which will benefit the individual: involved and more fully protect the public.” For a number of reasons, the alcoholic clinic authorized by the act was not set up until February, 1950, so it would be unfair to ex pect sue ha baby to make a show ing of licking a problem that has had so many years of growth. But the experience of the clinic in dealing with this primary pur pose of the law has been dis couraging to the clinicians and to the interested citizens who brought about passage of the act. About 400 prisoners have been referred to the clinic by Munici pal Court. According to Dr. An thony Zappala. administrator of the clinic under Dr. Leopold Wex berg, head of the Bureau of Men tal Hygiene in the District Health Department, those referred to the clinic by the courts come in once; or twice and then return no mordl By not showing up, they risk being Psychotherapy is a light that only the fairly well informed seem to be able to take advantage of in trying to get out of the miasma of alcoholism. —Drawing by Newman Sudduth. i Muled back into court and given a jail sentence as a substitute for psychiatry—but that is what they lo. The staff at the clinic would much rather talk about the 1,200 patients who came there volun-: tarily. Public Law 347 provides that "any resident of the Dis-i trict of Columbia who is a chronic alcoholic within the meaning of this act may voluntarily submit himself for . . . treatment in the clinic.’ Better Response. They seem to respond much bet ter to psychotherapy than those referred by the court. The term, ’psychotherapy," can be defined simply as a method of reasoning the patient out of his difficulties. Those people who understand what a psychologist means by "security” or “defense mechanism” or “motivation,” are much better patients. While undergoing psychother apy, in which each patient must have the individual attention of a psychiatrist or a psychologist for at least an hour a week, these patients can be brought together to help one another in groups. The difficulty psychiatry has in keeping up with the courts is sugested by the hour a week (and that's a minimum) which must be given each patient, compared with the efficiency of the court, which sentences drunks at a rate of more than one a minute. Favorite group therapy at the clinic is psychodrama—something that started in New York and has flourished at St. Elizabeths, where Dr. Zappala worked with alco holics for a number of years. This reporter watched a group enacting psychodramas the other evening, and it seemed to be nothing more than charades in reverse—every one was informed beforehand what was to be enacted. “Harry,” said Mrs. Verna H. Minear, a psychologist who was :onducting the session, “last week you fired Fred and he wanted to know why you discharged him. Now suppose you make out you are Fred and Fred will suppose; he is Harry. He will fire you.” But when I heard Mrs. Minear' talk about her patients later, I realized that they had problems —very real to them—which they were trying to help one another overcome Norbert’s Case. There was Norbert, a blond, bouncy man of 31. Norbert had a good job. He was an electronic technician. He not only had a background of alcoholism, he had terrific phobias. A product of a broken family, he lived with two uncles, and the greatest of his many fears was that he might be arrested for drinking. It has never happened to him. When Norbert would have a bad hangover, he’d be afraid to go to work. Sometimes this would last for a week or 10 days. But his last spell shook what little confidence he had in himself—it lasted seven months. Norbert’s chief phobia was due to Uncle Roderick. Uncle Rod erick had no fears. He would sally out. get drunk and land in Occoquan. No one worried when Uncle Rod was missing for a month. They knew where he was. Norbert had to leave the house once in a while during the ex tended period of fear. He would brace himself with two double bourbons, slide out the door, do the necessary shopping at the cor ner store and hustle back slam ming the door behind him with relief. Finally Uncle Emery, the other ' uncle, told Norbert he would have to leave. He was getting more and more in debt to the household. Norbert called a taxicab and Fairfax Court Asked If County Board Can Swap School Land The Fairfax Circuit Court has been asked to decide if the County School Board can swap some land at the Vienna elementary school. A hearing on the School Board’s petition for court approval of the land transfer is scheduled for Tuesday. The petition asks if the School Board may deed about a half acre of thfe Vienna school site fronting on Maple avenue to Northern Virginia Properties. In return Northern Virginia Proper ties would give the School Board rights of way of the old Vienna trolley system that trisects the Vienna school site. The rights of way are about 40 feet wide, and total about 1.9 acres. Court approval of the trans action is necessary, school officials said, because part of the school site was donated on condition that it would revert to the heirs if it ever was used for anything but a school. Mrs. Katrina Hine Echols, sister of the late Col. Charles Delano Hine who made the donation, stands to regain the property if the reversion clause is upheld in court. Mrs. Echols, however, said she opposes the land transfer because her brother donated the property so the school could have front age on Maple avenue. She said she is in sympathy with Warner Ray Cockerville, Vienna town councilman, who has entered the case as an lntervenor in opposi tion to the swap. Inflation Meetings Set By Arlington Women The Arlington League of Women Voters will hold a series of unit meetings next week to discuss anti inflation measures. Leaders of the meetings have completed a series of three work shops on the subject of inflation in preparation for the unit dis cussions. Morning, afternoon and evening discussion groups will be held and Information as to time and place may be obtained through Mrs. George C. Vietheer, league presi dent. Today Is Deadline For Payment of 7950 Virginia State Taxes Today is the deadline for payment of Virginia State taxes for 1950. After today a penalty of 5 per cent will be added to tax bills. This will be increased by a charge of 6 per cent in terest per year beginning June 30 if the taxes remain unpaid. Tax payments in the mail by midnight tonight will not be assessed the 5 per cent penalty. Montgomery County G.O.P. Poll To Pick Candidate for Congress •y rtw Aiiocio)<d Prtii ANNAPOLIS, Md.. Dec. 5.— Montgomery County Republicans may know within a week the re sults of a party poll to choose a candidate for Congress in Mary land's Sixth District. John R. Reeves, Secretary of State and one of the contenders, said poll takers have been assigned areas and are out sounding senti ment. State Senator Dewitt S. Hyde is the other possibility. In his office here Mr. Reeves ex plained he and Mr. Hyde—old chums anyway — worked it out amicably. Elected Republican of ficials and precinct chairmen will simply note on a piece of paper which of the two they favor. After the 50-to-75 informal bal lots are counted, either Mr. Hyde or Mr. Reeves will enter the race. The winner already has op position. Senator D. Kenneth Mc Laughlin of Hagerstown has de clared he will go after the Sixth District seat long occupied by Re publican J. Glenn Beall* Mr. Beall has removed him self from the Congressional race. He plans to run instead for the Senate desk now held by Herbert R. O’Connor, a Democrat. In the Western Maryland dis trict, D. John Markey of Walkers ville is another potential Repub lican candidate. Senator O’Conor beat Mr. Markey by a slender margin in 1946. Mr. Markey tried for the Sen ate nomination again last year and received the largest popular vote in the GOP primary. He lost the nomination to John Marshall Butler by Maryland’s unit-vote system. Mr. Butler proceeded to defeat former Senator Millard E. Ty dings. New Woman Saloon Inspector Vows Tactto'ThosePoor Devils' •y m« Associated Press BALTIMORE, Dec. 5.—Mary land’s first woman saloon inspec tor was ready today to take on the job. “With these poor devils,” said Mrs. Calvin Gabriel, “I shall try to be very sympathetic and tact ful.” t Gov. McKeldin last night an nounced he would appoint Mrs. Gabriel a part-time inspector for the Baltimore Liquor Board. The board has about 10 such jobs—in spectors it calls on infrequently to do some looking around in night spots whera the regular ln specors are too well known. Mrs. Gabriel once was Repub lican national committeewoman for Maryland. At the 1936 Republican Na tional Convention she pirated all the admission tickets alloted to the Maryland delegation and hid them under her bed in order to keep them out of the hands of a rival faction from the State. “I think if I can do that I can handle this job,” Mrs. Gab riel said. “I’m not a prude. I can take half a jigger. But I stop at half a jigger. I believe in being a good sport. “I’m not afraid. I’ll go wher ever they send me and if I get unpleasant treatment I shall take it like a man.” Mrs. Gabriel said she is un familiar with Baltimore night clubs but she’s heard a lot about them. Seat Pleasant's Check for $100 To Be Framed by Civil Defense The much-publicized $100 check which Seat Pleasant tried to give the Civil Defense Administration won’t be returned to the town Mfer all. Instead, the Defense Admin istration will frame it. James J. Wadsworth, deputy civil defense administrator, changed his mind as he was about to return the check at a Seat Pleasant civil defense rally last night. He told the citizens he would Frame the check as a memorial to their civic spirit. Mr. Wadswroth was one of sev eral speakers at the Seat Pleas ant Elementary School as more than 50 persons turned out for last night’s rally. Other speakers were Col. David I. McIntosh, director of the Maryland Civil Defense organiza tion, and P. E. Clark, director of the Prince Georges County unit. It was announced that the Seat Pleasant unit will prepare a pho tostated leaflet of news stories about the $100 check and mail it to all members of Congress. Maryland U. Song Fete University of Maryland fratern ities will stage their second annual sarbershop quartet competition at J pm. tomorrow in Ritchie Coli seum. Geue Klavan. Washington iisc jockey, will present a cup to the winning group. d Band, Glee Club Perform A program of Christmas music by the school band and glee club will be presented tonight at a meeting of the newly organized Parent-Teacher Association of Northwestern High School, on Colesville road in Hyattsville. A told the driver to take him to ot. Elizabeths. There Norbert was told he was not legally insane and was sent to the alcoholic clinic. Not All Alcoholics. Norbert, whose social life had been limited, was obviously hav ing fun in the psychodrama group. Two of the young women in the group have family back grounds that would encourage a social climber to Join. All are taking individual psychotherapy. They are not all alcoholics. Some are from the mental hygiene clinic, where they went for help ;on other problems. As to those who go through the courts, the clinic has had more success in recruiting patients from among those finishing their sen tences at the workhouse. A mem ber of the clinic staff goes there every week and interviews them. Exhibit A is a house painter who had 116 arrests. He got into a schizmatic, if not heretical, po sition with Alcoholics Anonymous, and while a patient at the clinic founded FAFA—First Aid For Alcoholics. He went back to work, saved his money, bought a new car and enjoys driving it past the AA headquarters to show them what FAFA can do for a man. He has been arrested only once in the past year. a new arug nas proved a useiuii tool in the work of correcting alcoholism—tetraethylthiuram di sulfide, marketed (on prescription only) as “Antabuse.” In 1948, two Danish physicians, working on sulfides for a worm killer, found that this form of the drug was effective in rabbits. As to its effect on humans, both decided to act as -the “guinea pigs.” Both took a dose. Terrific Reaction to Drinks. Several days later, at separate parties, each took a few drinks. The reaction was terrific. They became sick, had to say good-by quickly and get out. When they compared notes, they realized they had an anti-alcohol drug effective several days after dosage. Eme tine hydrochloride, the drug for merly used, was effective only at the time it was swallowed. The practice was to mix it with whisky to build up an aversion to the drink—a conditioned reflex. Dr. Saul Zuckerman, jail physi cian, has been giving the drug to inmates of the workhouse who are recommended for the treatment by’the alcoholic clinic. All volun teer for the dosage. They started the treatments on April 17 of this year. Since then, 88 have been treated. Thirty-eight have returned since, but the rate of their return has been slowed down considerably from the usual performance. And 15 who took the drug in the spring and summer— who have had plenty of time to return—have not come back. The drug is not a cure for alco holism. It enforces sobriety for a time. It is considered an aid to psychotherapy. The staff of the clinic does not like to think the agency’s function is primarily the substitution of medical and scientific treatment for jail sentences, as outlined in Section 1 of the act creating it. They prefer to think of it as a public health agency, ready to help all who come to it volun tarily. Difficulty in Statistics. They work hard, and they like their work, but they do not like the preparation of statistics to justify the agency’s existence. They are more likely to tell you the story of a man who has been helped and say, "How are you go ing to make a statistic out of him?” The clinic has not done well in the matter of public relations. A citizens’ advisory board was created by the act to help them in this. Dr. Wexberg has been in vited to attend their meetings, but he has always had other en gagements. The committee tried to keep the clinic. out of the Health Department and its Bu reau of Mental Hygiene before it was established, and Dr. Wexberg was head of the bureau. It’s a small matter, but as one patient of the clinic pointed out. in the telephone directory you have to look under "District Government,” then "Health De partment,” then "Mental Hy giene” to find the listing of the alcoholic clinic. When you scan the A columns of the telephone book, you do not find the clinic but several listings for Alcoholic Anonymous groups. They find them very helpful. i ne clinic nas not been vers successful in its relations with Municipal Court. Only two of the judges. Judge Walter Casey, who has been ill of late, and Judge Nadine Gallagher, are interested in the clinic. All the judges are interested in the AA. They have been "sold” on the program. With 5,000 members in the area, all of the alcoholics, all on the wagon (with an occasional slip on the fringe), and all of them willing to help the alcoholic who wants to quit drinking, the AA groups seem to be the most effective force brought to bear on the problem. Liaison Misfires. Liaison with the court is not effective. An old Marine, who had been taking as large a dosage of psychotherapy as he was capable of absorbing, was doing fine in the opinion of his psychologist at the clinic. He had a job as a gardener. After six months, he had a slip and was given 60 days, rhe judge never asked the clinic how he was doing. He just looked it the old record. "It took a lot of psychotherapy to get him over that humiliation,” »id the psychologists, “but he’s jack at the same job again.” The clinic is spending $100,000 i year—$75,000 from a 10 per :ent increase on liquor licenses md $25,000 from a backlog that iccumulated before it was set up. rhat’s a lot of money. But per haps the work of the clinic should lot be measured by budgets and statistics but in the Good Shep herd’s joy in whatever lost sheep ire returned to the fold. County Attorney Offers to Resign After Verbal Tilt Commissioners to Ask Fisher to Reconsider Action Before Friday Adrian P. Fisher has offered his resignation as Prince Georges County attorney, after a heated, verbal battle with Commissioner Edward J. "Ned” Waters. Mr. Fisher’s letter of resigna tion, however, has not been ac cepted by the commissioners. Board President Thomas E. Latimer, who has the letter, said he is going to try to get Mr. Fisher to withdraw it before it normally would be considered by the full board at Friday’s meeting. Stalks Out of Meeting. Mr. Fisher stalked out of the joard meeting in Upper Marlboro yesterday, after Mr. Waters chal enged a recent legal opinion in which the attorney advised the commissioners they have no legal means of reopening the Berwyn road crossing over the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad tracks. •‘The county’s legal department might just as well close up if the board will not respect its opinion," Mr. Fisher said. The commissioners, particularly Mr. Waters, who lives in Berwyn, have been trying for the past sev eral months to get the grade crossing reopened. It was closed by the State Roads Commission in 1942, thus cutting off direct access between College Park and Berwyn Heights. Since Mr. Fisher returned hia opinion, Mr. Waters has con ferred with roads commission of ficials in Baltimore. At that conference, Mr. Waters said he was led to believe that, when the commission closed the crossing, the land between the barricades reverted to the county. It would follow then, he said, that if the crossing is county land, the county could reopen it. Would Check Land Records. Yesterday’s fireworks started when Mr. Waters moved that a check of land records be made to determine who owns the land be tween the barricades. Mr. Fisher said that, even if he could determine who has title to the land, it would make no dif ference, since the railroad has been using the land for longer than 100 years and would have a legal right to continue using it. To Mr. Waters’ argument that the courts should decide the is sue, Mr. Fisher said: *T am not going to file a spuri ous and improper court suit. . . . It’s ridiculous to go into court .when we know we don’t have a leg to stand on. “Why haven’t the people of that area filed a suit in all these years? It’s not the county’s re sponsibility to litigate private grievances." Raps “Campaign Pledge." Then turning to Mr. Waters, the attorney said: “Of course, I know that you made a campaign pledge to open that crossing.” "That’s not true,” Mr. Waters shouted back. “That's mere hear say.” Then Commissioner IT. Wilson Spicknall, who supported Mr. Waters in the heated exchange, dropped an implication that Mr. Fisher was on the side of the rail road in the crossing dispute. "I have never gotten a dime from the B. & O.," the attorney replied. Earlier, Mr. Fisher had said, “There is no question that we would all like to see the cross ing reopened.” Mr. Fisher walked out of the meeting after commenting: “If you’ve got to pass an order to get your counsel to do something, it’s time for him to resign.” “You’d think I was asking for the moon,” Mr. Waters replied. Then he withdrew his motion. Returns With Resignation. A few minutes later, after the commissioners had adjourned for the day, Mr. Fisher came back into the meeting room and flipped his letter of resignation onto the table without a word. Mr. Lati mer said he pocketed the letter and none of the other commis sioners have had a chance to see it. During the argument. Commis sioner Daniel A. Abbott inter jected an expression of support for Mr. Fisher. "The majority of the commis sioners are still abiding by your legal decisions,” he said. In other business, the commis sioners voted $1,500 to the new College Park Library for basic reference books and to pay the salary for the rest of the fiscal year of a part-time clerk. The County Library Department has agreed to pay the salary of a full time librarian until the end of the fiscal year, when the question of how much the county will sup port the library will be worked out in the new budget. Fairfax Woman Voters Sponsor Forum Dec. 12 - The Fairfax League of Women Voters will sponsor a forum at 8:15 p.m., December 12. at the Annandale School for discussion of the new county executive form of government. The meeting was announced in yesterday’s Star as scheduled for tonight through an error in a news release. David Lawrence, Washington news writer and chairman of a research project that made ar rangements for a University of Virginia survey of the executive form of government, will head the panel of speakers. The county executive form of government takes effect in Fair fax on January 1.