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WASHINGTON, D. G, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 1952 ••• A-19
House Unit Ends
Open Hearings
On Nevius Tract
Most Members Appear
To Favor Retention of
Site by Government
By Horold B. Rogers
A House Public Works sub
committee today completed hear
ings on the controversy over the
Qovernment-owned Nevlus tract
in Arlington County with Indica
tions that committee members
oppose return of the property to
private ownership.
Questions by subcommittee
members during the hearing today
indicated considerable sentiment
for retaining the 27-ucre tract,
but some objection was raised to
proposed legislation to set up a
memorial commission to plan a
national memorial there.
The subcommittee, headed by
Representative Tlmble. Demo
crat, of Arkansas, plans to meet
soon to act on two bills.
One. sponsored by Representative
Smith, Democrat, of Virginia,
would force the aale of the
property to private ownership in
order to increase county revenues,
Bill for Monument,
The second bill, supported by all
witnesses at the hearing today,
would establish a commission to
design a memorial to the ideals of
American liberty. The bill would
prevent sale of the property, which
formerly had been intended for a
Veterans' Administration Hospital,
but now is classed as "excess" and
in custody of the Qeneral Service*
Administration.
Witnesses today contended that
!f a large apartment house-hotel
were to be erected on the tract it
would "damage" the view from the
mall past the Washington Monu
ment and Lincoln Memorial.
Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant III, speak
ing as president of the American
Planning and Civic Association,
declared the memorial should
eventually be built as an inspira
tion to the visitors who come to
Washington.
Doe* Not Specify Desirn.
Pointing out that the bill does
not specify what the design shall
be, Gen. Grant, former chairman
of the National Capital Park and ,
Planning Commission, said that!
the Netherlands government is!
going to give to this Government!
a carillon tower and the Neviusjj
tract might be considered as a |
possible site for it.
Representative Murdock. Demo
crat, of Arizona, author of the
monument bill, told the subcom- 1
mittee he sympathized with people 1
who have complained against the 1
expanding Government acquisition i
of local property, taking it from
the community tax rolls. But he
urged the preservation of the i
Nevius tract for a monument as
of "great historical significance.” ,
John Nolen, jr„ director of
planning of the NCPPC, displayed
to the subcommittee a large sketch ,
and several photographs to dem- '
onstrate the importance of saving
the Nevius tract for use as a
"backdrop” to the Lincoln Me- |
mortal.
See* Damage to View.
An apartment house of 11
stories, as proposed some time |
ago. would damage the view, he
*ala. especially at night.
Mr. Nolen said that Instead of
the "serene and dark background
behind the Lincoln Memorial at 1
night now, there would be the 1
lights of a commercial establish- 1
ment.”
Representative McOregor, Re- 1
publican, of Ohio, and Represen
tative Scudder, Republican, of 1
California, objected to the idea
of another commission to plan i
the memorial. They said they 1
favored saving the site and hold- i
ing It In the hands of the Gov- i
rrnmont by some means other i
than the monument bill. i
Law Require* Hale.
Mr. Nolen Insisted that the 1
Government could not hold title1
to the property Indefinitely be
cause the law now requires that
surplus property must bp sold.
If the committee should agree 1
to hold the property under some
legislation, Mr. Nolen explained,
the Nevius tract might be ueedl
temporarily either for recreation
by Arlington County or as a park
to exploit the highland tor its
view over Washington eastward
to the Capitol
G, Melvin Hhsrpe, speaking tor
the Committee of 100 on the fed*
era) City, of which he lx chairman,
vigorously opposed the plan to sell
the pronrty to piivate interests
for development,
Blah Lee, executive assistant of
the NCPPC, also supported the
monument bill,
Trill of Blight In Sit
For Mirch 20 in Arlington
Trial of convicted Rambler
Blight H. lee and his wife Mar
guerite on charges of perjury to
day was set tor March 20 in
Arlington Circuit Court. Both
have pleaded not guilty,
Attorneys for the Lees, E. Ed
ward O’Connell and Oren R.
Lewis, filed motions asking dis
missal of the indictments.
Lee and his wife, both 33, now
live in Oxon Hill, Md., but for
merly lived at 2700 South June
street, Arlington. The indict
ments grew out of testimony the
couple gave in the trial of Joseph
O. Lewis, sentenced to nine years
in the penitentiary for' armed
robbery of Mrs. Lee.
Both are free on bond of $1,000
each. Lee is free under $1,500
bond from the District pending
an appeal of a one-to-four-year
prison sentence imposed in the
District after he was convicted,
along with Charles E- Nelson and
13 others, of gambling charges.
f * •
AZALEAS IN BLOOM—Miss Dorothy Everett, a member of the
staff of Representative Bryson, Democrat, of South Carolina,
poses with the axaleas which are In bloom at the United States
Botanic Garden, They will be In bloom for the nest three weeks
and may be viewed during regular visiting hours—Saturday
from 9 a.m. to noon, and all other days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
___—Star Staff Photo.
PUC Urged to Consider
Inflation in Fixing Rate
Of Return for Utilities
An official of the District Pub
lic Utilities Commission today
said the commission should rec
>gnize the “continuing trend to
rard inflation” in fixing rates of
return for utility companies.
J. William Falk, executive ac
rountant and auditor of the PUC,
nade the statement as part of
lis justification for recommend
ng the increase of the Washing
on Gas Light Co. rate of return
o 6.25 per cent.
Hearing Nears End.
Mr. Falk was one of the final
witnesses in the extended hearing
)n the gas rate case, which is
sxpected to conclude this after
loon.
While Mr. Falk s recommended
Igure is .75 per cent less than
he company seeks, it is still
ugher than the prevailing 6 per
:ent rate of return allowed the
;as company by the PUC since
1944. According to company
spokesmen, the utility actually
stands to get only an estimated
1.9 per cent return rate this year
inless it is granted an Increase
>y the commission.
Mr. Falk testified that the con
inuing trend toward inflation
nust be recognized as having an
•fleet on the investors in common
stock.
Sees Continued Rises.
"There is no indication of an
•nd to the trend toward higher
sosts for labor and material,” he
said. "I recognize that some con
sideration should be given this
•lement In the determination of
vhat constitutes a fair rate of
eturn."
The accountant emphasizes that
sonsldcratlon must be given to
vard making the stock Investors'
eturn more attractive, "or the
narket for equity capital at rea
sonable rates will disappear" and
unities will be forced to resort to
slther debt or preferred stock
Inanclng exclusively.
[wo Women Fight Ofi
[wo Purse-Snatchers
A Bft*ym*old woman and her
named daughter fought off two
mirthful puise-stmlchcr* early to*
lay, but severe bruises sent the
mother to a hospital for treatment,
In a sueeessful puise*snatehing,
a colored man threatened two
women with a revolver and took
noth their purses, The loot! about
HU 90 in cash, a rosery, eyeglasses,
private papers, a gold compact
*nd keys,
The unsuccessful grab was made
about 19 60 am, when two colored
Boys, about 8 and 19 years old,
leaped from behind a hedge In the
3500 block of Eleventh street N W ,
and attacked Mrs. Willie M Wil
son, colored, and her daughter,
Mrs. Patty H. Johnson, of 3625
Eleventh street N.W. Mrs. Wil
son was pummelled and knocked
to the paving, but both women
held onto their purses. The boys
fled.
The armed man approached
Miss Christine Franco, 1750 Co
lumbia road N.W., and Mrs. Mar
garet Shelman, 4624 Twelfth
street N.E., as they walked near
Nineteenth street and Columbie
road N.W., about 2:10 a.m.. polio*
said. He threatened them with
the revolver, took both purses and
walked away.
Gymkana Team to Perform
The gymkana team of the Uni
versity of Maryland, directed bj
David A. Field, will perform at I
o'clock tonight at the Laurel High
School. The appearance is spon
sored Jointly by the Prince Oeorgei
County YMCA and the phyisca
education department of Laura
High School. v
Conciliation Sought
As Oil and Gas Strike
Is Postponed Week
Intensified efforts to head off a
.threatened Nation-wide strike ol
oil and natural gas workers were
i called for today by Federal Con
ciliator Cyrus S. Ching after a
coalition of unions postponed
their scheduled walkout for a
week.
The strike, originally scheduled
for Monday, was postponed until
March 9 yesterday after Mr. Ching
and his aides conferred all day
with leaders of the CIO Oil Work
ers and a score of AFL and inde
pendent unions.
Washington would feel effects
of the strike almost immediately.
Supplies of natural gas would be
choked off by a walkout of some
2,200 pipeline workers In West Vir
ginia.
a_■ ts.j. A _ lit _
Marshall J Beverley, member of
the Alexandria City Council,
meanwhile, appealed to Oov. John
S. Battle of Virginia for help to
prevent a strike.
Mr. Beverley wrote Gov. Battle
that about 70,000 Northern Vir
ginia users would be without gas
service if the gas well and pipeline
workers go on strike.
"If this strike is not stopped it
well might cause the death and
suffering of many of our citizens,"
he said.
"I appeal to you, the Governor
of our Commonwealth, to take
what steps are necessary with
proper authorities to see that the
AFL and CIO Oil Workers' Union
strike will not be called, and that
settlement be made for the wel
fare of our citizens."
Would Have Wide Effect.
The Washington Gas Light Co.
has pointed out that its reserves
would be exhausted in one day and
its facilities for manufacturing ar
tificial gas could supply only 40
per cent of its customers’ demands.
Mr. Ching said the strike would
have an "immediate’’ effect on
millions of automobile drivers and
would hamper or stop operations
at every big oil refinery in the
country.
The unions took two days to
accept Mr. Chinn's proposal for a
week's postponement. In agreeing,
they warned that oil and pipeline
companies "must accept the Hiatus
quo" and not use the week for
"hiring strikebreakers or prepar
ing for their maintenance within
jstruek plants,"
Union leaders 0 A, Knight, J, J
McKenna and 6, V, Oliver signed
a joint statement to that effect
for the 616, the Independent and
AFL unions respectively,
Negotiations Complicated,
Ttie unions see demanding s
90 cents an hour wage increase
plus differentials of A and 13 cents
for the evening and midnight
shifts, The highest company
offer is reported to be about
10 cents,
The negotiations are highly
complicated because almost all
bargaining ts done on a plant by
plant basis. Another complicat
ing factor is the large number of
unions involved—at least 33, union
sources say.
Should conciliation efforts fail
It was felt the White House might
be asked by mobilization and de
fense officials to send the dlsputi
to the Wage Stabilization Board
for a recommended zettlement
That was done in the crucial steel
dispute and the United Steel
Workers’ Union has twice post
poned threatened walkouts to give
the board time to recommend t
settlement.
Shrine Potentate to Visit
Robert Gardiner Wilson, Jr., o!
Boston. Imperial Potentate of th<
Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles ol
the Mystic Shrine, will pay an of
i cial visitation to the Kena TempU
i of the Shrlners at 7:45 p.m. to
I morrow in the Shlrlington The
ater, Arlington, Va.
5
Redevelopment
Plans Provide
More Parks
Planners Reveal
More Land Also
Given Schools
By Nelson M. Shepard
Further details of the basic,
overall requirements determined
for final planning of the South
west redevelopment area, were
made public today by the Na
tional Capital Park and Planning
Commission.
In general, the approved land
requirements for the 427-acre
area, as contrasted with present
use, provide for consideraly more
land for parks, schools and recre
ation; silghtly more for residen
tial and commercial, but a little
less for streets and Industry,
Highlights of the recommenda
tions embodied In the report of
Harland Bartholomew and Asso
ciates, St. Louis planning consult
ants engaged by NCPPC, were
publicised last week, NCPPC
stressed then that this basic plan
was subject to possible future re
vision, The revision may be minor
or drastic, depending on develop
ments.
uiner mutual prepared.
The Southwest area has been
the subject of intensive planning
In rooent months and is due for
still more, Two preliminary
studies were prepared by Dr. El
bert Peats for NCPPC and Arthur
P, Davis for the Redevelopment
Land Agency. A third study, by
the architectural firm of Juste
ment de Smith, is underway,
The Bartholomew Arm was en
gaged to make recommendations
to NCPPC to bring that agency's
own comprehensive plan for
Washington in line with the sur
vey area. The basic requirements,
as approved, will be checked
against the three current studies.
From this check will emerge a
Anal plan for submission to NCPPC
and the District Commissioners,
oefore any land is bought.
Based on populations ranging
from 23,000 to 29,000, the recom
mended general land use would
change the present acreage to
these allocations:
Residential, now 134.4 acres to
137 or 128; commercial, from 20.9
acres to 23 or 29; industrial from
40.5 acres to 36, regardless of fu
ture population; p trk, school and
recreation from 30.1 acres to 56
or 61; other public and semi
public use from 6.9 acres to
7. and streets, from 188.2 acres
to 168.
Major Streets Indicated.
The slight reduction in land for
streets was made regardless of
the proposed wide Southwest free
way, which would be on the line
of P street, as a part of the Dis
trict’s new inner loop. As indi
cated on the diagram, there will
be an express highway on South
Capitol street and another on
Third street, north of F street.
Details given out today indicate
major street on Twelfth, Ninth,
Maine avenue south to M street
and including M street. Secondary
major streets will be laid out on
Seventh, Fourth, Maine avenue
south of M street and P street.
The inner loop expressway
would be given the necessary
width from land on the north
side of F street, with adjacent
property access from parallel
streets. In that event, the right
of way could be reduced from
240 feet to 200. Interchanges
would be provided with Maine
avenue, Twelfth and Third streets
to the north, and South Capitol
street. Crossings would be pro
vided for Fourth, Seventh and
Ninth streets.
Plans for Railroad Tunnel.
If practicable, the plan calls
for a railroad tunnel on E street
as proposed by the railroads In
1939. But It was stressed the
prospect of this taking place also
appears remote.
Present transit routes provide
logical service to the survey area,
and the report BBld they should
bo retained on streets in the
same general location. The com
prehensive plan had suggested
replacement of streetcars by buses.
"Such conversion of the present
Seventh street and Maine avenue
lines," the Bartholomew report
said, "would permit abandonment
of the P street ear barns,,,, Pres
ent barns also are used for bus
mamtenanee, wtueh activity pre
sumably might be transferred to
another location," But it warned
that redevelopment plans should
not contemplate this ohange im
mediately,
nenoai neientien rmns.
In accord with school officials,
the report asks (or retention o(
the Anthony Bowen end Byphax
Schools, School officials had rec
ommended replacement o(the re
maining five by either two or
three schools,
Additional acreage should be
provided (or parks, schools and
recreation in the area, the report
says. It would increase the pres
ent acreage of the Bowen School
from 1.3 to 3 acres, and the
Byphax School site would remain
the same as it is now. with 2.3
acres.
Nearby East Potomac Park, the
report said, makes it unnecessary
to set aside large land areas for
recreation in the Southwest.
NCPPC’s comprehensive plan had
contemplated reserving 108 acres
for a maximum 29,000 population
—an area almost as large as the
net residential acreage.
The report recommended reten
tion of the branch Public Library
at Jefferson School and also the
health center. The two fire sta
tions and the police station should
oe included in the redevelopment
plan, although not necessarily in
their present locations, it was said.
8even acres have been reserved
in the land use plan for these and
for the remaining 20 churches,
two Boys’ Clubs and three com
wnunity houses.
I
THE LAST RIDE—1This old streetcar of tho Capital Transit Co. Is making Its last trip—from
Bladonsburg, Md„ to the Bethlohem Stool Co. In Baltimore, where It will become scrap. The
transit company Is disposing of 10A old cars this way. —Star Staff Photo by Paul Schmlok.
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Politics Charge Hurled
At House Inquiry on
Water Fluoridation
By Jo met E, Roper
Cries of polities And prosecution
today rooked a Congressional in*
vestigation of fluoridated water,
Members of a House committee
hurled the charges yesterday at
their own counsel, while an
already*!!! witness /wayed In hi#
chair and tried to keep from
fainting,
The spectacle unfolded late yes
terday before a special House Com
mittee on Chemicals in Food, For
hour after hour, witnesses from
the United States Public Health
Service and the American Dental
Association urged fluoridation of
public water supplies as a way to
help prevent tooth decay.
Questioned Closely.
Representative Miller, Repub
lican, of Nebraska, and Committee
Counsel Vincent A. Klelnfeld
sross-questioned them closely.
After some hours of this, Repre
sentative Paul C. Jones, Democrat,
if Missouri, suddenly shouted: “I
don’t like this line of question
ing—it sounds like the counsel is
sonducting prosecution.”
Mr. Klelnfeld, at first astonished
Into silence, finally replied icily,
‘If it is the view of the committee
shat my questioning has been hos
tile, I will be glad to withdraw
from any further questioning.”
Representative Horan, a slow
talking, Republican apple-grower
from Washington State, inter
vened to point out that “the wit
less is nearly passing out on us.”
Doty Sways in Chair.
Swaying in the witness chair,
snd clinging to a table in front of
him was Dr. J. Roy Doty, spokes
nan for the American Dental As
sociation. He mopped prespira
tion from his cheeks, explained
that he was ill but would try to
tlnlsh his testimony.
Representative Horan then
asked Dr. Doty a few more ques
tions, but the witness faltered in
his replies. Representative Hed
rick, Democrat, of West Virginia,
who was presiding, banged his
gavel to close the meeting. Then
be ordered Committee Clerk
Camille O'Reilly Agnew to get a
nurse. She scurried oil in search
of medical aid, and Dr. Doty
shuffled out of the hearing room
before a score of spectators
realized what was happening.
2 Navy Escapees Held
In Beating of Hacker
Two escapees from a Navy brig
accused of beating a District
hacker and taking his cab near
Gaithersburg, Md„ February 10,
were held for action of the Mont*
gomery County grand Jury yes*
terdBy on a grand larceny charge.
Trial Magistrate Walter H
Moorman in Rockville Police Court
set their bonds at IB,000 each.
Kdmund Carl Bittner, 11, a sailor,
waived preliminary hearing,
Re and his partner, Marine
Corps P/e Roy Hughes Drum*
mttnd, jr„ 10, escaped from the
brig at the Anaeostia Naval Re
ceiving Station on the day of the
attack,
Vietim of the attack, Horace
Williams, IT, colored, of 1400
Morris road B,R„ yesterday told
the court he had picked up the
men on Nlehols avenue S.R. and
leave them to about seven miles
leyond Rockville.
He said after they had pulled
if! Route 340 onto a dirt road,
littner struck him on the back
if the head with a large guard
House key and then Drummond
lot out of the eab, grabbed a
arge club and Joined in the as
mult, He said after he was over
some the two men put him in the
lack of the cab and headed north
in Route 340. Drummond later
ticked him out of the moving cab,
WUliama aald.
Police told the court Bittner
Had been serving time in the brig
lor four auto larcenies and Drum
mond for housebreaking and lar
:eny in 811ver Spring.
Rabbi to Be Honored
R&bbi Arthur J. Lelyveld, na
tional director of the B'nai B’rilh
Hillel Foundations, will be honored
at a reception at 8:30 p.m. Tues
day in the Maryland Room of the
University of Maryland hpme
economics building, College Park.
Sponsors of the reception are the
B’nai B’rith lodges and chapters
of the Washington Metropolitan
Area.
States Inclined to Re-establish
Compulsory Auto Inspections
By W. H, Shlppon
The States are showing signs
of recovery from a wartime blow
at highway safety—the virtual
elimination of compulsory Inspec
tion of motor vehicles,
A number of legislatures are
now considering methods of re
Second si • Series.
storing periodic checks on the
brakes, steering gears, lights and
general operating condition of ve
hicles within their jurisdictions.
Meanwhile, the increasing oost
of State-owned and operated in
spection stations has caused the
American Automobile Association
to broaden its policy as to the
method of control it recommends.
The AAA now believes any
compulsory inspection is better
than none, and if State-owned
stations are not feasible because
of financial and geographical
conditions, the States should
either designate private garages
for the job or resort to spot
checks bv the notice.
Maryland a Pioneer.
Maryland, like Pennsylvania,
was one of the first States to rec
ognize the need for protecting the
public from unsafe cars and
trucks. Private garages in 1929
were -designated to conduct six
month inspections and author
ized to charge SO-cent fees.
The practice was discontinued
during the war and never revived
since; although authority to do so
still rests with the State Com
missioner of Motor Vehicles. A
Maryland Traffic Safety Commis
sion now is studying the subject.
Paul Burke, head of the com
mission, said his group may rec
ommend a bond issue to “build
enough stations to serve the pub
lic adequately.” The bond issue
would be paid off through inspec
tion fees. Mr. Burke feels the
State-owned stations would be an
Improvement over the prewar sys
tem, employing private garages.
Pennsylvania Uses Oarages.
Pennsylvania, however, has
found the latter system success
ful, according to the AAA. The
State Highway Police Patrol su
pervises private garages spotted
all over the State. In addition to
the usual checkup, at least one
wheel of each vehicle must be
removed for a positive report on
the brakes and fastenings.
The relative Integrity of sec
ond-hand vehicle* from nearb:
State* show# up in Inspection ft*
ures maintained here for titli
change*. Over half of the can
from the District passed on firs
inspection last year, with Pennayl
vanla oars showing a 44.30 per
centago of acceptance, Virginli
43,38 and Maryland 18,13,
The Distriot, which require* in
speotlona once a year or when
ever a vehicle change* ownership
supports Its two stations on thi
81 fees eolleoted whan tags ari
purchased. It Is a municipal
rather than a State-wide, opera
tlon, however.
Have Pickup Authority.
The police here have authority
to pick up cara from any Btati
In the Union regarded as unsafe
About 1,000 of these are testec
annually at the local stations
Supervising Inspector Charles W
Reed is of the opinion that com
pulsory inspection in all th<
States would “help them and hel{
us, toe.”
vuguua, WlbU *US UCOift little
private garages, and semi-annua
inspections for 50-cent fees, is on<
of 14 States which have retainec
the compulsory feature. Six State:
have discontinued inspections—
North Carolina, Connecticut
Washington State, South Caro
lina, Nebraska and Maryland.
In addition to the District, Nev
Jersey and Delaware are the onl;
States that own and operate thei:
own stations. All have relative^
dense populations, with enougl
motor vehicles to spread the cost
Specific Authority.
Police in 19 States have specifli
authority to halt doubtful vehicle:
on the streets and highways anc
to require mechanical check ups
3ome lawyers in the transportatior
field believe this authority extend:
to all municipal, State and count]
enforcement officers, with or with
out special directives.
Meanwhile, the picture is con
fused, especially in the Northeast
where State lines often are but t
few minutes apart on busy high
ways. District automobiles bear
ing red rejection stickers, for ex
ample, are likely to be picked uj
for inspetclon in Pennsylvania.
Perhaps the defect is a mer<
;rack in a windshield, or a slight
lisalignment of a headlight. Never
theless, the driver must go through
the mill, while motorcars from
other States rattle by with im
munity.
City Unit Plans to Clean Up
Birds and Sidewalks Problem
The starlings In the trees and
what happens to the sidewalk
beneath will get a special study
from the Commissioners’ Commit
tee on Cleanliness and Sanitation.
And, come another winter, the
committee promised solemnly, the
problem will be solved. Of par
ticular concern Is the sidewalk
between Thirteenth and four
teenth streets on Pennsylvania
avenue,
In the summer, It’s an easy
matter to flush the sidewalks
with water each momma after
the starlings roost overnight m
the trees, Hut m the winter, the
Bistriet prohibits flushing the
streets and sidewalks in freesing
weather,
This, according to William A
Xanten, superintendent of th«
Division of Sanitation, makes II
impossible to keep the sldewalki
clean.
Another winter problem—streeti
littered with facial tissues used
by those suffering colds—was dis
cussed by the committee when n
met yesterday. The public wa>
urged to put the tissues Into trash
containers,
The committee also drew pre
liminary plans for the annua!
spnna cleanup here, which wil
be observed in April, A commen
dation was voted for the two po
licemen assigned to the Division
of Sanitation to help enforce the
District trash mutations.
THIS SUNDAY'S BEST READING
fJieJ&undauJlaf
THI FLUORIDATION DEBATE—fv*ry me agrees that fluoride compounds ia
water work in seme subtle way to make children's teeth mere resistant
ta decay. Rut are there hidden disadvantages that would make fluorida
tion undesirable? That is the gist of a debate of interest ta all Washing
tonians—a debate that is esamined in tha Editorial Section's front-page
leader.
AS GOES MAINE—'The magnifying glass is put ta ana af the mast treasured
Republican palitical maxims in an Editarial Sactian articla by William
Hinas, Doas tha Nation usually go os Maine goes—or is your awn homo
Stoto a better political baromator? A mop accompanying tha story will givo
you tha answar,
AMERICA'S FIRST MOSQUE—Tha muoxxin's coll to prayer soon will bo hoard
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Protest Tieup
At Arlington Hall
County Board Action
To Aid Homeowners
Brings Traffic Jam
Virtual closing of one of three
entrances to the Arlington Hall
Military Reservation this morning
caused a storm of protest by more
than 200 military and civilian
personnel, who appeared beforg
Arlington officials.
A glant-slzed traffic Jam re
sulted between 7:30 and 8 a.m.
as more than 800 motorists were
turned away from the entrance at
South Fourth street and Oeorge
Mason drive. Traffic was backed
up on Columbia pike from Quincy
street to Bailey's Crossroads, a
distance of several miles.
Workers complained that clos
ing of the two streets leading to
the gate was a complete surprise
to them this morning.
Last night the Arlington County
Board voted to make both Fourth
street and Oeorge Mason drive one
way leading out of the gate in the
morning and reverse the pro
> oedure in the evening. This slim
, inates traffic entering the reserve
i tion In the morning or leaving in
i the evening by this gale.
Celled Last Resort.
The one-way wrong-way policy
was suggested Saturday by Com
1 monwealth's Attorney William J.
Hasson as a last resort after the
' board had discussed a variety of
methods to close the Oeorge Ma
son drive gate. He said it is a
1 legal method.
1 The board acted last night after
more than BO residents complained
of the heavy traffic on narrow
streets in the area since the gate
was opened last October. Resi
dents also complained of lack of
enforcement of one-hour parking
restrictions on their streets which
result in all-day parking by per
sonnel employed at the installa
tion.
This morning an estimated 225
persons overflowed the office of
County Manager A. T. Lundberg
to demand an explanation of the
unannounced action. Many of
them said they were county resi
dents and contended that they
pay taxes for use of the streets,
but are being denied their rights.
Protest Manner.
One of the group, Robert E.
Gordon of Franconia, Fairfax
' County, said “most of the indig
■ nation results from the manner
■ in which this thing was done.”
’ He explained that county oCtt
l cials previously announced that
. South Fourth and Sixth streets
would be made one-way streets,
: but that entrance would still be
i possible via George Mason drive.
I Mr. Lundberg told the group
. he was required to carry out the
i policy set by the County Board
i last night. But he said the
board will meet at 8:15 p.m. Mon
day and receive a delegation from
the group at that time.
The protestants held a short
meeting on the courthouse steps
after leaving Mr. Lundberg's office
and the names of board members
who participated in last night's
meeting were read. Kenneth E.
Rhodes, 834 South Frederick
street, an electrical engineer on
the reservation, read the resorp
tion adopted by the board In
closing the two streets. It was
met with boos and cat calls.
Jam Boulevard Gate.
Lynn Cochran, 2830 North Ta
koma street, Arlington, said clos
ing of the entrance will throw a
heavier burden on the Lee boule
vard entrance, which already la
a source of traffic trouble for
Washington • bound rush • hour
commuters. He said an even big
ger problem will result aa the di
verted motorists begin to une the
South Quincy atreet gate which
opens onto heavily traveled Co
lumbia pike.
Mr. Rhodes said many of the
workers were late for their jobs
because of the confusion.
All of those who appeared at
the court house, he said, took
time off from their jobs although
military authorities in charge of
the reservation urged them not
to do so.
Nought Legal Way,
At the board meeting Saturday,
Chairman Robert W Con said
that the board wanted the gate
closed promptly m a legal way,
Republican Hoard Member Rob
ert A, Peek interjected, "with
out subterfuge if possible "
Mr, Con replied, "If possible,
but I do net want to make a big
te»do about the faet that we
might have to resort to subter
fuge,"
Daniel A, Dugan Joined the dis
cussion to say thet "the com
mandant has dragged his feet for
a long time and we can fight sub
terfuge with subterfuge , , If
the Army wanted to raise a ruckus
over this they would throw up a
couple of maohine guns."
Meanwhile, Mr. Cox, Mr. Dugan
and Democrat Alfred E. Friable
discussed whether they could close
the road Into the gate by digging
for a long-lost sewer line, looking
for a water leak or constructing
another 10 feet of George Mason
drive, which ends at that point,
and making a slow job of it.
District Guard Adds
Float Bridge Unit
The District National Guard had
a new unit today. The newly re.
cruited 140th Engineer Float
Bridge Co. was given Federal
recognition last night, following a
formal inspection.
The unit has two officers and
16 enlisted men. is commanded
by 1st Lt. John Bolton, 12214
Judson road, Silver Spring. Lt.
Bolton formerly commanded tha
Headquarters Detachment of tha
local Guard.

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