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No Car Shortage
Expected During
First Half of '52
Scarce Metals Cause
Rough Sledding for
Automobile Industry
By James Y. Newton
Automobile manufacturers, like
the makers of other civilian goods
using scarce metals, are encoun
tering rough sledding, and things
for them will get worse before
they are better.
The expanding re-armament
program is requiring ever increas
ing quantities of the Nation’s sup
plies of steel, copper and alumi
num, taking larger and larger
bites of the supplies that nor
mally would go into manufacture
of new cars, refrigerators, con
struction, etc.
All of this raises questions like
how many automobiles will the
industry be able to produce in
1952 and the year after? Will
new cars become scarce and hard
to get as was the case a few years
ago? In view of Government re
strictions on use of new machine
tools and metals, what will the
new cars look and be like?
Substitutes May Be in Line.
In the current quarter-year j
(three months) the Government
allotted to manufacturers enough
steel, copper and aluminum to
produce about 1.1 million autos.
This compares to a pre-Korea
average production of about 1.6
million a quarter.
For the first three months of
1952, the National Production
Authority has allocated sufficient
of the three metals for manufac
ture of about 930,000 new care.
NPA said the industry would be
allowed to produce up to 1,006,000
cars in the quarter if it could do
so by “squeezing” metal supplies,
using substitutes for scarcer ma
terials and scraps of inventory.
The industry believed it could
produce the maximum.
More recently, after metals al
locations were announced for the
first three months of 1952, there
developed a serious shortage of
steel plate, that goes into the
frames and bodies of care. The
industry was told it would have
to get along with 40 per cent less
steel plate than the amount orig
inally allocated for producing the
930,000 cars.
Extra Cost Involved.
Then, Manly Fleischmann, de
fense production administrator,
said the manufacturers could use i
so-called "conversion steel” in']
place of the finished plate that
was to be taken away. Some com
panies were producing more raw
or ingot steel than they could :
finish. Mr. Fleischmann’s ruling ;
meant the auto producers were [
free to purchase this excess in-1.
got steel and then have it fin- ‘
ished in their own mills or wher^
ever they could. This involves .
considerably higher cost, but the ,
manufacturers have agreed to it. ■ j
The Government has not said '
what quantities of scarce metals ,
the auto industry will be allowed
to use beyond the first three !
months of next year. The best
guess is that production will be 1
permitted in the rest of the year
at about the million-and-a-quar
ter or a slightly reduced rate.
There are individual bottle
necks to car production besides
the over-all shortage of plate
steel, copper and aluminum.
Special items like copper wiring,
chrome, stainless and nickel steel,
are in very short supply.
New Market Is "Soft.”
On the question of whether*
there will be enough cars to meet
demand, it is pointed out that
the new car market has been
“soft” recently. That is, public
buying has slowed down and there
are not enough buyers for some
of the autos now on the market.
The industry, however, does not
expect this situation to continue
very long, especially in the face
of reduced production. The best
guess, once more, is that at least
shortages will not develop in the
first half of 1952.
Toward the end of next year,
Government production officials
hope they will be able to allocate
larger quantities of scarce metals
for civilian uses. Facilities to
produce steel and aluminum are
being expanded rapidly and new
plants will start to produce in
volume late in 1952. That could
mean more new cars.
As to appearance, it is probable
that cars made up to at least the
middle of 1952 will be just like the
new models now appearing in
dealers’ windows. Later, short-t
ages of chrome, stainless steel and
other materials may force manu
facturers to leave off some of the
“bright” trimmings.
New Tooling Banned.
The National Production Au
thority as of next February 15 has
banned the use of new machine
tools in auto making. The order
does not affect 1952 models, but
will have the effect of prohibiting
any major model changes after
the effective date. Even so, the
industry, barring tighter restric
tions, will be able to make some
appearance changes which do not
entail new tools in 1953 models.
Because manufacture drains off
supplies of some of the scarcer
materials, NPA also has limited
the use of automatic transmissions ;
or drives in new cars. Manufac-|
turers may install automatic drives
in a maximum of 35 per cent of
their cars selling for $1,800 or less,
and 65 per cent of those in the
$1,800 to $2,500 range. Both are
factory delivery prices. Automatic
drives may be installed in all cars
selling at the factory for over
uenerai iviowjrs unevroiei ai
vision has claimed the order
works a hardship in their case
since about half of the Chevrolets
were being equipped with the
“power glide.” They declared that
neither Pord nor Plymouth had
reached anywhere near that* point
jin putting automatic drives' inj
Boy Killed Here
As U.S. Auto Toll
Nears Million
Fatality in District
Is 65th This Year;
Inquest Awaited
Death roamed rain-slick, high
ways in Washington, Virginia and
Maryland over the weekend.
In Washington, a 6-year-old
boy was added to the Nation’s
traffic toll as it near the 1 mil
lion mark, Virginia’s death list
reached 926 for the year and
Maryland counted its 501st fa
(From Chicago, the Associated
Press quoted the National Safety
Council as anticipating the 1 mil
lionth traffic death in the Nation
about December 21. As of last
Thursday, the council’s figures
showed about 1,900 to go toward
the million figure.)
On the perilous Baltimore
Washington boulevard, new acci
dents boosted the totals to 44
dead, 400 injured in 11,000 crashes
this year.
The Washington victim was
Richard Hall McEntee, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Frances P. McEntee ol
6 Halley place S.E., who was fa
tally injured at 1:30 p.m.yesterday
when he ran into the path of an
auto in front of his home.
ucath is Year’s 65th Here.
The driver. Sergt. Robert E.
Shields, 22, of 3774 First street
S.E., a Bolling Air Force Base air
man, was released to military au
thorities pending a coroner’s in
quest. Police said the victim had
started across the street to join
his older brother, William. 13,
when he was struck. He was a
first-grade student at St. Peter’s
School. He also leaves a sister,
Jane, 15.
His death was the 65th In
Washington this year, compared
to 66 for the same period last
A Prince Georges County crash
it 6:30 a.m. yesterday took the
life of Lt. Col. Lewis J. Wright,
14, of the Airways and Communi
cations Service at Andrews Air
Force Base. He lived at 4722
Homer avenue, Suitland Manor.
Col. Wright was pronounced
lead by Dr. James L Boyd, Prince
jeorges County medical examiner,
ifter his car left the road, ran up
i telephone pole guy wire and
jvertumed on Silver Hill road
lear the Military highway over
Purcellville Youth Killed.
The victim was a veteran of the
Ihina-Burma-India theater dur
ng World War H and had been
tationed at Andrews since Janu
ary, 1950. He leaves his mother,
drs. Georgia Robson of Sanford,
At Purcellville, Va., Robert W.
Jayne, 17, was fatally injured in
i collision of the car in which he
vas riding and a milk truck on
loute 690 south of Purcellville.
rhe driver was Roger Clayton, 19.
>f Philomont, Va.. who Is In the
joudoun County hospital in fair
Police said the driver of the
ruck, John Rosier Thompson, 36,
>f Round Hill, Va., was not in
fwo-Car Crash Kill;
l Men in Maryland
By th« Associated Press
RIDGEVILLE, Md., Dec. 10.—
rwo men died yesterday as a re
sult of the crash of two cars on
U. S. Route 40 near the Frederick
Carroll County line.
Three others were injured, in
cluding a Fort Meade soldier and
two men returning from a hunt
ing trip.
The dead were William T.
Jones, 26, of East Rainelle, W. Va.,
and John M. Hahn of Woodlawn,
State police said the car that
Jones was driving was reported
stolen by Washington authorities
December 5. They said the car
bore stolen Maryland auto tags.
A passenger of Jones’, Pvt. Wil
liam M. Connolly, 21, of the 113th
Ordnance Medium Maintenance
Company, Fort Meade, was in
Frederick Memorial Hospital with
a possible skull fracture. He is
from Cleveland.
Paul Bachman of Baltimore,
driver of the other car, suffered
fractures of both legs, and one of
his passengers, Gilbert Hardy,
also of Baltimore, suffered a pos
sible fractured pelvis. Mr. Hahn
had been riding with Mr. Bach
According to State police, the
car Jones was driving swerved
over the center line and hit the
Bachman car. Those in the Bach
man car were returning from a
hunting trip.
Mt. Rainier PTA to Meet
The Mount Rainier Junior High
Bchool Parent-Teacher Associa
tion will meet for a Christmas en
tertainment at 8 o’clock tonight
in the school auditorium, Thir
tieth street and Queens Chapel
their cars. But the Government
turned down the Chevrolet ap
Manufacturers claim the 1952
cars will at least equal models oi
the present year in quality.
Reduction of automobile pro
duction has been accompanied
by layoff of workers and unem
ployment in Detroit and other
industry centers. The companies
so far have not received defense
orders in sufficient quantity to take
up the employment slack. The
problem will be the subject of a
big meeting to be held here in
January of the presidents oi
some 600 locals of the CIO United
£uto Workers.
Berwyn Citizens Fight to Remove Barricade Between Neiahbors
By Gene Goodwin
The people of Berwyn and Ber
wyn Heights are determined to
batter down the concrete curtain
which has been separating them
for nine years.
The two Prince Georges com
munities have been fighting to
reopen the Berwyn road grade
crossing over the Baltimore &
Ohio Railroad tracks since it was
closed in 1942.
Their chief spokesman, County
Commissioner Edward J. “Ned”
Waters of 8507 Sixtieth avenue,
Berwyn Heights, said that if the
communities do not get some sat
isfaction soon, the people will re
build the roadbed themselves and
hammer down concrete barricades
which now split Berwyn road in
Railroad Given Notice.
After giving the railroad a rea
sonable notice, Mr. Waters said,
the crossing will be opened to
automobile and iJtedestrian traffic
| and, if necessary, the trains will
be stopped.
The State Roads Commission
closed the crossing when the
Greenbelt road overpass, about
1,000 yards north of Berwyn road
was completed.
The B. & O., which like other
railroads across the county, has
been trying for years to close as
many grade crossings as possible,
requested that the Berwyn road
crossing be blocked for safety rea
The people claim the closing was
illegal because a public hearing
was never held. “I drove to work
over the crossing one morning,’’
Mr. Waters said, "and when I
came home that evening the cross
ing was closed.”
Berwyn road, in addition to
providing the only direct access
between the two communities, also
was a heavily traveled connection
between the Baltimore boulevard
and Edmonston road. It was and
still is a State road.
One of the chief complaints
against the closing is that the
people of Berwyn and Berwyn
Heights have to travel from 1 to 3
miles to drive between the two
towns, which are actually but a
stone’s throw apart.
Development Hindered.
This not only has hindAed
commercial and residential de
velopment. Mr. Waters said, but
it has seriously hampered the
efficiency of the Berwyn Heights
The former grade crossing over the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tracks which Berwyn area residents want reopened. This
vie^ looking west, shows the concrete barricades put up when the crossing was closed. _Star Staff Photo.
Volunteer Fire Department. The
department is located about 400
yards from the tracks—it was
put there to serve both communi
ties—and its trucks now have to
travel 2 miles or more over nar
row, winding roads to reach Ber
j wyn.
As for the safety hazard, Mr.
| Waters said that in the 40 years
j the grade crossing was opened
| there were only three accidents,
involving two deaths, at the cross
ing. Since 1942, “there have teen
several accidents because of cars
crashing into the heavy barri
cades and three people have been
'killed.’’ the commissioner added.
me Darncaaes, wmcn are over
3 feet high and 15 inches thick,
have never been repainted since
they were put up. residents said
There are no reflectors or lights
on the barricades or even close
to the crossing.
Mr. Waters said the safety
hazards have been increased 100
per cent since the crossing was
closed because children and adults
still cross the tracks on foot.
Without the roadbed, the tracks
are about a foot above the ground,
making them hazardous to walk
across, Mr. Waters said.
Since his election to the Board
of County Commissioners a year
'ago, Mr. Waters has been making
the crossing a county issue. He
has been responsible for a public
hearing on the matter and a series
of conferences between the com
missioners and officials from the
States Roads Commission, the
B. & O. and other interested
Attorney Hired.
Mr. Waters wrangled with
County Attorney Adrian Fisher
on the crossing issue last week
.after Mr. Fisher delivered an
opinion that there is no legal
means by which the county can
reopen the crossing.
Mr. Waters, who wants to take
the issue to court, then succeeded
in getting the commissioners to
approve the hiring of a special
attorney the first of next year
to seek means of getting the cross
ing reopened.
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file a “spurious and improper
court suit . . . when we haven't
a leg to stand on.”
Mr. Waters insists that the land
between the barricades reverted
to the county when the State
abandoned it in 1942. Mr. Fisher
believes it makes no difference
who has title to that small piece
of land, since the railroad has
been using it for 100 years, and
has a legal right to continue
using it. x
"Let's go to court: let’s have
a showdown on this thing,” Mr.
Waters declared. He said he
challenged Mr. Fisher’s opinion,
“because I never take just one
man's opinion on 6uch important
Mr. Waters said he has been
supported in his fight to reopen
the crossing by the Prince Georges
County Rescue Squad. the
Branchville Rescue Squad, the
town commissioners of Berwyn
Heights, the Berwyn Heights Vol
unteer Fire Department, the Col
lege Park Businessmen’s Associa
tion and many individuals.
ne expressed connaence mai
“every man, woman and child”
in Berwyn and Berwyn Heights
is behind his campaign, as well as
individuals and groups from as far
away as Riverdale.
He said about 3.000 people are
directly inconvenienced by the
barricaded crossing.
Washington Woman
Killed, Husband Hurt
In Florida Accident
A District woman was killed
and her husband seriously injured
in a Florida accident yesterday
while returning from a vacation,
the Associated Press reported.
Mrs. Sylvia Baltinger Perlman,
38, of 1400 Somerset place N.W.,
Was killed when the couple's car
turned over twice near Clermont,
Fla. Her husband, Jacob Perl
man, 45, an employe of the Naval
Research Laboratory, suffered a
broken shoulder and chest and
head injuries.
Visiting in Miami.
The couple had been away for
a week and a half for a winter
vacation in Miami, employes of
the laboratory said. Mr. Perlman
was employed in the Radio Di
vision, Navigation Branch of the
laboratory, where he worked on
classified material.
The Perlmans were married here
six years ago.
Mrs. Perlman was born and
reared in Olyphant, Pa. She was
a graduate of Scranton-Lacka
wanna College, Scranton, Pa.
Personnel Worker.
A Washington resident for
about 13 .years, she was a secretary
and personnel worker with the
Federal Works Agency here.
She was a member of the Order
of the Eastern Star, the Hebrew
Home of the Aged, and B’Nai
B’rith Women’s Auxiliary.
Besides her husband she is sur
vived by her father, Philip Bal
dinger, of 317 Farragut street
N.W.; and three brothers, Milton
I. Baldinger, of 5160 Linnean N.W.,
an attorney here; Leonard Bal
dinger, of 6524 Luzon avenue
N.W., and Dr. Sheldon Z. Bal
dinger, of the Farragut street ad
dress, a dentist.
Funeral arrangements have not
been completed.
Alexandria Lutherans
Install Rev. Wuebbens
The Rev. H. J. Wuebbens yes
terday was installed as pastor of
the Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church in Alexandria.
The installa
tion at the 11
a.m. service by
H. C. Osterman,
eastern district
president of the
American Luth
eran Church.
The new pastoi
succeeds the
Rev. A. E. Gy
san, who left
several months
r. Wueb
bens was pastor
at Good Shep
Rev. Wuebbens.
I1C1U ill UXIU i«l UC1U1C SC1V
ing in the Chaplain Corps during
World War II. He has since been
pastor at Kingsbridge Lutheran
Church in New York City.
A reception was held at the
church last night in honor of the
new pastor. Most ministers of the
American Lutheran Church in the
Washington area attended.
Four Corners PTA Talk
Dr. Clara Stratemeyer, super
visor of Montgomery County’s ele
mentary education program, will
address members of the Four
Comers Elementary School PTA
at 8 p.m. Thursday in the scl*rOl.
Printed Invitations
To Dice Game Attract
Police; Two Arrested
An invitation to a dice game
brought some unwelcome guests
in the form of police undercover
men who dropped a little money
but picked up two men as the
Police raided the game early
yesterday in the 3600 block of
Thirteenth street N.W. and ar
rested the two among the esti
mated 40 present.
Joseph Prances Jones, 32. of
the 2000 block of L street N.W.,
was accused of setting up a gam
ing table, and Thomas P. Hudson,
33, of the Thirteenth street ad
dress, was charged with permitting
gaming. Jones was freed on $2,000
bond and Hudson on $500 bond.
Printed Cards Sent Out.
A new policy appeared to be in
stituted as an aftermath of the
raid. None of the, others there
were charged. The practice before
Inspector Clarence H. Lutz took
over the gambling and liquor
squad had been to charge partici
pants in such games with disor
derly conduct—a practice long
questioned in legal circles.
Police said invitations to the
dice game had been printed on
small cards circulated in the Pen
tagon and the LaSalle Building.
The cards read: “Joe and Dar
nel invite you to a party. Poker,
tonk and dice.”
One of the undercover police
officers told his superiors that he
had been in the dice game 10 min
utes and had lost $25 in $1 bets.
jThe house, police said, was taking
a 5 per cent cut.
Held on Numbers Charge.
Members of the gambling and
liquor squad also arrested Morris
Gold, 43, on charges of taking
numbers bets in his delicatessen
in the 1400 block of Kenilworth
avenue N.E. Gold was released
under $1,000 bond.
George Jackson, 32, of the
3900 block of Fifth street N.W.,
also a delicatessen operator, was
accused of selling and keeping
whisky without a license at his
store in the 500 block of Twenty
Fifth place N.E. He was freed
under $500 bond,
j All of the accused were sched
uled to appear for preliminary
hearings today.
Blair High to Give Play
The senior class of Montgomery
Blair High School will present
‘Dark of the Moon” at 8:15 jf.m.
Thursday and Friday in the school
in Silver Spring.
$4,000 Car Stolen
By Burglars to Haul
Safe Holding $500
Prince Georges County police
today were seeking burglars who
stole a small safe and a new auto
mobile to carry it in from Fasanko
Motors, 7125 Baltimore boulevard.
College Park, early Sunday.
Police said the safe contained
$500 in cash, $2,600 in checks and
valuable papers.
The burglars hoisted the safe
into the car, a four-door sedan
valued at $4,000, with a hydraulic
The break-in was discovered
about noon yesterday by Addison
L. Lewis of Beltsville, an emp^e.
Fisher Will Not Change Mind
On Prince Georges Resignation
Adrian r. risner saia today ne
has decided not to withdraw his
resignation as Prince Georges
County attorney.
Mr. Fisher submitted his letter
ot resignation last week, but it was
declined by the county commis
sioners Friday. The commission
ers also gave Mr. Fisher a rising
vote of confidence and the attor
ney said he would reconsider over
the weekend.
Today, however, he said he had
thought the matter through and
that his resignation would stand.
Mr. Fisher resigned after tang
ling with Commissioner Edward J
“Ned" Waters on the Berwyn road
grade crossing issue. Mr. Waters
declined to accept Mr. Fisher's
opinion that the crossing, closed
in 1942, could not be legally re
opened by the county.
Mr. Fisher would not com
mem, but it was known that he
was not happy with another ac
tion the commissioners took Fri
day, that of approving appoint
ment of a special counsel to seek
reopening of the crossing. That
action was taken on a motion by
Mr. Waters.
In his letter of resignation. Mr.
Fisher said, he had agreed to
accept the county attorney post a
year ago only on an interim basis
until the new commissioners had
oriented themselves with their
The county attorney’s job is set
up as a part-time post and pays
$7,200 a year. Board President
Thomas E. Latimer has said, how
ever. that Mr. Fisher has devoted
much more time to the job than
he should be required to, arid that
his private practice has suffered
greatly as a result.
Christmas Music Sung
By 5,000 Methodists
Christmas music was sung by
more than 5,000 Methodists last
night at the annual carol and
hymn sing sponsored by the
Methodist Union of Washington
at Constitution Hall.
R. Deane Shure, Dr. Robert
Harmon and Ivan D. Genuchi,
carol directors, led the singers,
including 80 church choirs in the
audience and 100 soldiers from
Fort Belvoir. The Arlington Civic
Symphony Orchestra provided ac
Speakers on the program were
Walter E. Fowler, District budget
officer and a past president of the
Methodist Union, and the Rev. E.
Pearce Hayes, missionary.
Mr. Hayes, who was forced out
of Communist China, said greater
sacrifices will have to be made to
aid the world’s starving peoples.
Mr. Fowler, speaking on the
work of the Methodist Union, said
one-quarter of all the churches in
the two Methodist districts which
include Maryland, Virginia and
the District, had received financial
and other help from the union in
the last three and a half years.
Maryland U. Library
Opens 'Browsing' Room
The University of Maryland Li
brary has opened a new browsing
room to make more “open shelf"
reading possible for faculty mem
bers and students.
The new room is located on the
first floor of the library building.
It will seat about 15 people, and
accommodate about 2.000 books.
The books were selected by a com
mittee appointed by Library Di
rector Howard Rovelstad.
Alexandria Pupils Open
Branch Bank at School
A lesson in thrift is being taught
pupils at the George Washington
High School in Alexandria where
a school bank has been organized
in co-operation with the First Na
tional Bank of Alexandria.
Banking hours are scheduled be
fore the first classes are convened
each day. Pupils in the Future
Business Leaders of America Club
act as bank officials under the su
pervision of teacher advisers.
The depositors also have an op
portunity to invest their money by
buying United States Savings
bonds and stamps.
The project was organized by
the club and teachers of the Busi
ness Education Department of the
Mrs. Cannon to Speak
To Annandale Citizens
Mrs. Florence Cannon, chair
man of the Arlington County
Board, will address the Annan
dale Citizens’ Association tomor
row night on “What Arlington
Learned the Hard Way."
Also invited to attend the meet
ing in the Annandale school at
8:15 p.m. are the officers of the
Federation of Fairfax County Citi
zens’ Associations and the presi
dents of the 40 associations in
the county.
Silver Spring PTA Event
A Christmas program for mem
bers of the Montgomery Hills
Junior High PTA will be presented
by teachers and students of the
Silver Spring school at 8 p.m. to
morrow. >
Brentwood Youth, 16, Stricken
By Polio, Put in Iron Lung
A 16-year-old Brentwood youth
is in the iron lung at Prince
Georges General Hospital with a
critical case of bulbar-type polio.
He is George Philip Burnes, jr.,
of 4307 Fortieth street, a junior
at Bladensburg High School.
Hospital doctors said young
Burnes is the first patient to be
put in the iron lung since it was
turned over to the hospital a
year and a half ago by the county
chapter of the National Polio
Foundation. The lung was donated
to the chapter by the county Elks
Club. |
The youth was taken to the
hospital Thursday night, but his
illness was not immediately diag
nosed as polio. He was placed in
the iron lung early yesterday.
Ordinarily, Prince Georges Hos
pital transfers its polio patients to
either Children’s or Gallinger Hos
pitals in Washington, but doctors
said young Bumes was too sick
to be moved.
Mrs. Burnes said her son has
always been in good health and
participated in many sports.
The youth is the 38th polio vic
tim in the county this year|
Mudd Backs Monroe
For Sasscer's Seat;
Small Also Mentioned
By J. L. Michael
Star Staff Correspondent
LA PLATA. Md.. Dec. 10
Maryland Motor Vehicle Commis
sioner Thoma/B. R. Mudd todaj
boomed Republican State Senatoi
James B. Mon
roe, a fellow
Charles Coun
tian, for the
Congression a 1
seat vacated by
Representati v e
The 5th Dis
trict Democrat
has announced
that he will try
to capture his
party’s nomi
nation for the
United States
Senate. Sena
Mr. Monroe.
tor O Conor is expected to oppose
I him in what may become an un
usually hard-fought contest. Rep
resentative J. Glenn Beall, Repub
lican, announced his candidacj
It also wras learned today thal
influential Prince Georges Countj
Republicans are quietly grooming
! Frank Small, jr„ chairman of the
State Racing Commission, for the
5th District House seat.
Says Monroe Is Favored.
“I have discussed Senator Mon
roe's chances with party leader:
; throughout the district.” Mr
Mudd said, “and find that senti
ment appears to favor him.”
Senator Monroe, who has beer
studying the question, would nol
commit himself definitely bui
hinted that he is near a decision
Observers believe that Senatoi
Monroe and Mr. Small, both ex
perienced in politics, are jockey
ing for position. Neither i:
anxious to enter a primary fight
Mr. Mudd said Senator Mon
roe’s 12 years in the State Legisla
ture have equipped him for serv
ice as a United States Represen
Vote-Getting is Cited.
“Also, he is an excellent vote
getter,” Mr. Mudd added, “as h(
proved by his work in helping
keep Charles County in Republi
can ranks throughout the long
national Democratic incumbency.’
One Republican, joe Mulieri ol
Annapolis, has filed for the House
seat. Another, Dr. Ralph L. Mor
rison, a Seat Pleasant dentist, has
Democrats, who stifled theii
ambitions during Mr. Sasscer’s 16
year tenure, are jumping into the
race almost daily. The latest
entry is Kenneth E. Lee, 37-year
old Baltimore lawyer.
Several Seek Post.
One primary contender, L. Har
old Sothoron, former Prince
Georges County State Senator and
long-time Sasscer lieutenant, said
in announcing, "this is the chance
I’ve been waiting for.”
Others who have filed or an
nounced are Philip H. Dorsey, vet
eran St. Marys County political
figure and former people’s counsel
to the Public Service Commission,
and two Anne Arundel County
leaders, former State Senator Wil
bur R. Dulin and Z. Garner Jones,
former police commissioner.
Mulling over their possible can
didacies are Sate Senators Louis
L. Goldstein of Calvert County
and Louis N. Phipps of Anne
Arundel County. Senator Phipps
has said that he will not oppose
Senator Goldstein because of his
high regard for him. r
Fairfax to Name
Executive on
Temporary Basis
Qualified Applicants
Permanent Choice
Unlikely by January,
By Mary Lou Werner
The position of county execu
tive probably will be filled by tem
porary appointment when that
form of government takes effect
in Fairfax County January 1.
Members of the incoming Board
of Supervisors said today that a
week-end inspection tour of War
wick County, Va„ convinced them
it was important to have the nest
obtainable county executive.
With the government shift only
three weeks off, they feel it is
unlikely that a qualified person
can be found by that time.
“We’ra still trying, but it seems
any good executive would be work
ing somewhere else and would
need at least a month to leave his
present position,” said Mrs. Anne
Wilkins, supervisor - elect from
Falls Church district.
Applications Slow.
G. Wallace Carper, incumbent
board chairman from Providence
district, said applications of quali
fied persons have been slow com
ing in. He said he thought a
temporary appointment would be
best until the right man could be
The supervisors toured War
wick County, which has a county
manager government, to get an
idea how the new form of govern
ment should operate in Fairfax.
The county manager and county
executive operate similarly from
an administrative standpoint.
Mr. Carper said he was con
vinced after the inspection trip
that a county executive system
could save Fairfax a lot of time
and money.
A central purchasing depart
ment that buys f)r all depart
ments, including schools, wen
unanimous praise of the new sup
ervisors. There has been some
question whether the school board
in Fairfax would continue to do
its own purchasing under the
new government, but the new
supervisors agreed after viewing
the Warwick operation that all
county purchasing should be con
Also Handles Maintenance.
Mrs. Wilkins said the Warwick
purchasing set-up was called the
service department, and it also
handled maintenance of all county
vehicles in addition to purchasing.
‘‘Everything that county buys
goes through the county ware
house. and all maintenance of
county cars and school buses is
handled at the county garage,”
said Mrs. Wilkins.
A public hospital for the chron
ically ill also impressed the visit
ors. Fifteen counties and cities
send their aged ill to the hospital
at a cost of about $2 a day, the
supervisors said. Such cases in
Fairfax have to be hospitalized
in private institutions at a cost
of $15 to $17 a day.
The supervisors found War
wick school construction costs
far below those in Fairfax. One
22-room school with a cafeteria
and auditorium was built last
year for about the same expense
that Fairfax is preparing to lay
out for a 12-room school.
Mrs. Wilkins said Warwick
County Manager L. G. Morris ex
plained the school construction
costs were brought down with the
help of a special committee.
Costs Scaled Down.
After the original architects
plans were drawn and the cost
was too high, a committee of
county officials revised the plans.
I The result, was a construction bid
about half of the original estimate.
All landscaping and finishing
details at the Warwick schools
are done by the county public
works department, which reduces
the construction cost.
The public works department
in Warwick also takes care of
trash and garbage collection.
There is one sanitary district in
the county in which all residents
are required to pay $1 a month
for trash and garbage collection.
The refuse is disposed of in a
county-operated sanitary land
Fairfax County at present does
not provide any trash and gar
bage service.
In addition to Mr. Carper and
j Mrs. Wilkins, others who made
j the tour were Supervisors Maurice
Fox and Arthur Shaffer, incum
bents, and Supervisors-elect C. B.
Jett and Stuart DeBell and retir
ing Supervisor C. B. Runyon.
Yule Contest Planned
For Sligo-Branview
Final plans for the Sligo-Bran
jview Community Association’s an
nual Christmas outdoor decora
tion contest will be made at 8
P m. Wednesday when the organi
zation holds its December meet
ing in the Oak View Elementary
School, Silver Spring.
A loving cup will be awarded
this year to the most attractively
decorated residence in the com
munity, and supplementary prizes
will be presented to homeowners
by area businessmen.
A children’s Christmas program
planned by the association, is
scheduled for December 23 at the
Oak View School.
County Council Work
Studied in Montgomery
Herbert Eaton, chairman of a
special committee appointed by
the Montgomery County Civic
Federation to study closed sessions
of the County Council, will report
to the federation tonight.
The civic group will meet at 8
o’clock in the auditorium of the
Montgomery Junior College, Ta
coma Park. *

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