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D. C. Requests By 68 Per Cent Civil Defense Fund Denied Entirely in Supplemental List By Don S. Warren The House Appropriation Com mittee today cut heavily into District requests for $3.8 million in supplemental funds, chopping off nearly 68 per cent and rec ommending only $1,271,648. The full committee action was taken on the advice of the Dis trict subcommittee headed by Representative Wilson, Republi can, of Indiana. One item eliminated entirely was a requested $78,285 for the District Office of Civil Defense. In its report, the Wilson subcom mittee declared: “The items re quested were similar to and rea sons were the same as those ad vanced at hearings (a year ago) on the regular 1953 appropriation bill at which time all funds ex cept administrative expenses were denied.” To Match Federal Grant. The Civil Defense money was needed to match funds allocated to the District by the Federal Civil Defense Administration. Most of it was to be used for attack-warning devices and for health and special weapons de fense materials. A small portion was to be used for public infor mation, training and education. At the recent subcommittee hearings. Representative Vur sell, Republican of Illinois, sug gested that if this item were de nied the Federal Government would save the $78,285 fund. District Budget Officer Walter L. Fowler replied he was not sure that would be the case. He said this sum would be allocated to the District and he did not know if the Federal agency could allo cate it to some other city. He •voiced fears that if the District fund request were denied the city would lose its chance of getting a matching amount from the Federal Government. Has Had Rough Going. The program of District Civil Defense has had rough going from the beginning. Last year the District sought an outlay of $725,000 and allowed only SIOO,- 000. One other item was reduced. The District had requested $5,000 in extra money for the Veterans Services. The committee reduced this to $3,000. It said it was ap parent that “maximdtn effort to operate within the original amount appropriated had not been made.” The largest sum approved was $824,243 to cover the cost of District patients at St. Eliza beths Hospital due to a rate in crease charged by the Federal Government. Among the approved items was $17,000 for the District Rent Control administration to pay salary and other expenses through April 30, present term inal date on District rent con trol. Other items approved were for refund of taxes, the District em ployes compensation require ments, judgments and audited claims. Slayer of Brother Gets 8 to 25 Years Federal Judge Alexander Holtzoff gave a man an eight to 25 year sentence for murder today and said he regretted he could not morally impose a stiffer penalty. Sentenced in a case described by Prosecutor Arthur Schaffer as the “most vicious case of fratricide I ever encountered,” was Henry A. Norris, 49, colored, of the 5300 block of Grant street N.E. The U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge did not impose the maximum penalty for second-degree mur der of 15 years to life. He said the jury which convicted Norris recommended leniency and that he was morally, but not legally, bound to follow the panel's dictate. Norris killed his brother, Emanuel Norris, jr., 45, colored, of 24 Fourteenth street S.E., last November 22. Testimony re vealed that Emanuel was drunk when Henry took a pistol from his pocket, placed it against his brother's head and pulled the trigger. He said he had killed his brother because the brother had threatened to kill him on previ ous occasions. 82,786 See Home Show With 3 Days Still to Go The Seventh Annual Home Show, heading into its last three days, has drawn 82,786 visitors, Show Manager James Pearson said today. The show at the National Guard Armory runs through Sunday and is open from 2 to 11 p.m. Hill-billy dancers today and tomorrow, a fashion show to morrow and Sunday and a public wedding Sunday are on the pro gram. Principals in the wedding will be Pfc. Uley Hudson of Fort Belvoir, Va.. and Rogenia Glover of Tallahassee, Fla. They will receive SSOO in gifts from the Home Show. A new Ford still remains on the $25,000 give-away schedule. RADIO—COMICS—TELEVISION FINANCE Purse Snatcher Is Sentenced 3 Times for 6-18-Year Stretch A 22-year-old purse snatcher today was given three consecu tive sentences for a total of 6- to-18 years in prison. The multiple sentences for mul tiple crimes were meted out by Judge Luther W. Youngdahl in U. S. District Court for the Dis trict of Columbia. The defendant, Albert Worsley, colored, of the 800 block of T street N.W., was accused by po lice of 10 purse snatchings from women. Police said he admitted nine cases, was identified in some of them and property was re covered in some. Police said all 10 of their cases were offered for presentation to the grand jury. He was indicted in three cases. Judge Youngdahl sentenced him to 2-to-6 years in each of the j three cases, to all of which Wors ley had pleaded guilty. Follows Series of Articles. The Star, in a recent series of articles, pointed out that de fendants who have committed a number of crimes have been escaping with little punishment through a process of elimination. The articles showed that police may charge a prisoner with a dozen crimes but the United States Attorney’s office will ac cept only a few of them for pre sentation to the grand jury. The articles also showed that a pros ecutor will agree to recommend dismissal of half the remaining cases in exchange for a plea of Teacher Pay Funds Slashed, Lawmakers Hit School Methods The House Appropriations i Committee today slashed $20,000 from an SBO,OOO emergency item for District teacher pay, at the same time taking a slap at school financing methods. The SBO,OOO item, part of a Dis trict supplemental appropriation request, was asked to pay sub stitute teachers. In approving only $60,000, the committee said school officials hadn’t handled the problem properly. The committee’s report de clared the cut was made because: 1. The administrators of the school system have known for two successive years that the amounts set up for this purpose have been inadequate. 2. The funds for the payment of substitute teachers are a mat ter for administrative control and are not, as was attempted to be shown, a special appropria tion item. Administrative ac tions apparently were not taken to transfer funds from other ad ministrative accounts to this purpose. 3. The average expenses with in the appropriations to date do not bear out a case for the total amounts requested. School officials could not be reached for immediate comment. Supt. Hobart M. Corning said yesterday, however, that teach ers won’t miss a scheduled pay day next week even if House ac tion isn’t completed by then. Earlier it had been feared sev eral hundred teachers might go unpaid next week. An end to substitute service also was feared. $43,000 Item Approved For Housing Authority The House Appropriation Com mittee today approved $43,000 for the National Capital Housing Authority for operation and maintenance of the properties it controls. Sending this item to the House for action next week in the In dependent Offices Appropriation bill, the committee said this was a reduction of $5,000 in the bud get estimate. The reduction, the committee said, “contemplates the defer ment of funds for painting and the construction of a retaining ; wall at the • Willston Property.” j The NCHA operates 112 units \ of low-rent housing and five j non-residential properties, de- j veloped or acquired under the District of Columbia Alley-Dwell ing Act of 1934, the committee explained. THIS SUNDAY’S BEST READING J&untku THE GENTLEMEN CRY PEACE—The Soviet-waged "cold peace" continues. Meanwhile, a Red-sponsored army in Indo-China drives into the hitherto peaceful kingdom of Laos; Andrei Vishinsky hurls defiant challenges at the West in the United Nations, and the Korean Reds use the "freedom road" to truck mountains of supplies down to the front. The Review of The Week, in the Editorial Section, examines the latest developments in the world struggle. BOSTONIAN AS BEANS—The senior Senator from Massachusetts is every thing a Yankee gentleman should be: Quiet, well-bred, loaded with in tegrity. Despite these unpolitical attributes, he is quite an interesting politician. Star Staff Writer Mary McGrory tells the story of Leverett Soltonstall in the Editorial Section. CABINET HUSBAND—WiIIiam Pettus Hobby, spouse of the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, is a big, slow-talking, sweet-tempered former Governor of Texas. Star Staff Writer Isabelle Shelton, who re cently completed a nine-part series of cabinet wives, now reports on the only cabinet husband. Her account appears in the Society Section. LURE OF THE TOUR—lt's about time for Pa, Mo and the kids to begin scanning the tour books and planning the annual vacation. The Star's spring vacation supplement will help matters by detailing the attractions of mountain and beach resorts and the highlights of tourism by auto, train, plane, ship and bus. IS HE A SAFE BET AS A HUSBAND?—There are some men who moke wonderful husbands. But there are others, girls, that you should shun as the plague. How to tell them apart is the tough job. Jhan and June Robbins tell how in an article, "Men You Shouldn't Morry," in This Week Magazine. FOR YOUR BEST READING EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK ORDER THE EVE NING AND SUNDAY STAR. HOME DELIVERY, $1.75 A MONTH. (NIGHT FINAL EDITION. 10 CENTS ADDITIONAL) PHONE STER LING 3-5000. guilty and that the sentencing judge will give concurrent sen tences in the only cases before him. Since the Star series, the United States Attorney’s office has been presenting more cases against a single defendant to the grand jury. As for sentenc ing, Judge Youngdahl in the Worsley case showed that judges will recognize each crime with separate punishment. Worsley had faced a District Court judge before. In 1949. he was sentenced to serve l-to-3 years for purse-snatching. Three Cases Named. In the cases on which Worsley was sentenced today, he pleaded guilty to grabbing a purse from Mary E. LeMay, 3009 Dumbar ton avenue N.W., on January 8; one from Catherine G. Guner man, 810 North Taylor street, Arlington, Va., on January 17, and one from Jean Kroop, 5709 Ninth street N.W., on January 21. He was caught in an alley immediately after the January 21 case and the victim’s purse was recovered. His biggest haul was in the Gunerman case where he got - $54 in cash from the purse. In one of the seven cases in which he was not indicted, po lice thought they had a parti cularly good case because they recovered a billfold in Worsley’s room which was identified by the victim, along with the pic tures in it. House Group Denies Smithsonian Request For New Buildings The House Appropriations Committee today denied funds requested by the Smithsonian Institution for construction of new buildings, but approved some money to help rescue its museum from what •it claimed was a dilapidated condition. In reporting the Independent Offices appropriation bill to the House for action next week, the committee gave the institution $2,897,500 for salaries and ex penses next fiscal year beginning July 1. This is a reduction of $627,500 in the budget estimate, an in crease of $478,000 over the ap propriation for this fiscal year. To Modernize Facilities. The institution had submitted a program to modernize its facilities from conditions it said dated back to the “horse and buggy and gaslight era.” The committee pointed out in its report to the House that ap propriations for this agency had been held to a minimum for many years and the situation had now reached the stage “where certain repairs and alter ations and improvements are absolutely essential.” “However, the committee be lieves, in view of the financial situation confronting the coun try, this is not the time to con ; struct buildings. The construc tion of buildings should be de ferred until an opportunity is afforded the present adminis tration to determine whether funds are available for such a purpose and what space in exist ing buildings can be utilized.” Aviation Exhibits Space. In deferring requests for money to house aviation ex hibits at Suitland, Md., the com mittee directed that the Air Force continue to provide space for exhibits now housed in the Chicago area and also to provide funds for protection and care. The committee allowed $22,- 150 for temporary facilities to house exhibits in the West Court of the National History Building here. Denied were requests for $164,- 500 for renovation for the White House costume hall in the United States Museum here. The com mittee regarded this item as one of the “least essential” in a list of several proposed renovation projects. Also denied were items for $12,500 for the international ex change service, and $80,500 for building guards. The bill also includes $1,275,000 for the National Gallery of Art. Wfi Inning WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1953 House Cuts Out Funds to Build Hospital Center Committee Promises That Action Won't Delay Project By Harold B. Rogers The House Appropriations Committee today killed a $3 million estimate for construction of the Washington Hospital Center with a promise that this would not delay progress of the big building project. The committee sent the Inde pendent Offices Appropriation bill for next year to the House floor for action without a cent | of funds for the center, j Despite the comjnittee’s prom ; ise in its report on the bill that ; there would be no delay in the i project, a hospital center spokes man today announced he would make an urgent appeal to the Senate for restoration of $1 mil lion for the purpose. To Seek Restoration. Charles S. Dewey, president of the center, said he had al ready asked to appear on or about April 24 before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee to ask for the restoration. Mr. Dewey said he regards the $1 million item as the minimum fund that should be appropri- j ated. Otherwise, he said, there ! will be a definite slowing up of j progress on the much-delayed project. Mr. Dewey, a former Repub lican member of the House and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, said he had agreed earlier to a $2 million cut in the $3 million estimate in the in terest of helping to balance the Federal budget. The Budget Bu reau had agreed to this, he ex plained, but later approved withdrawal of the last $1 million. Assured by GSA. The Appropriations Committee in its report today pointed out that it had been advised by Gen eral Services Administration that withdrawal of the entire esti mate “would not of itself cause a delay in the progress of the project.” The prediction that no delay would be caused by striking the money came to the committee in a letter by Acting Administrator Russell Forbes of GSA, in charge of the construction project. The 800-bed hospital center authorized by Congress is to rise on the Soldiers’ Home grounds. It will include Emergency, Gar field and Episcopal Hospitals. Fund Cut Explained. The story of how the $3 million item was whittled down and finally eliminated by the ad ministration was revealed today as the subcommittee made pub lic the text of its recent executive hearings. In notifying Chairman Phillips of the subcommittee that the es timate was completely with drawn, Mr. Forbes said: “I want to make it clear that the withdrawal of the estimate will not of itself cause a delay ;in the progress of the project, and that it is our intent to pro ceed with the design and con struction as rapidly as circum stances permit. “Expenditures which could have been made from the $1 mil lion for 1954 (fiscal year)” he promised, “will of course be cov ered in a budget estimate to be submitted for 1955.” During the hearings last month, Mr. Dewey had expressed alarm as to the future of the Hospital Center if progress was post poned or stopped. He told the subcommittee: “I have told Director Dodge of the Bureau of the Budget we will do anything but postpone. A post ponement at this time, doing nothing, stopping all construc tion, all further work, would completely stop all possibilities, so far as I can see, of ever hav ing this hospital center.” He pointed out difficulties that had delayed the project. The original site, on the Naval Ob servatory Grounds on Massachu setts avenue N.W., had been shifted to the Soldiers Home. He told the subcommittee it had been a “difficult thing” to bring together all three hospitals “with their complicated of view and the loyalties of the doctors and nurses of each one.” He said the first $2 million cut was “severe,” and added “the mini mum we could cut to would be $1 million.” Funds Held Ample. The final cut was made. It was learned today, after GSA had made a re-examination of the progress so far and schedules for work. GSA determined there were ample funds on hand to proceed with planning, putting the job on the market, and let ting contracts so that actual construction could start next year. The balance of prior appro priations available, Mr. Forbes said in withdrawing the last $1 million, “will be ample to meet all expenses for this project through June 30, 1954.” The financial status of the : center was explained to the sub- i committee by W. E. Reynolds, Commissioner of Public Build ings. The hospital center, he said is part of a total authorization by Congress of $35 million, but limited to $21.7 million. Os this $21.7 million, $2.2 million has been appropriated and the re maining $19.5 million is in con tract authorization, he said. Eisenhower's Pilot Still on Dad's Team By W. H. Shippen The Drapers still operate as a father-and-son team, although their paths lie far apart. William G. Draper may be taking off any time on short notice for distant, secret des tinations, while his father, James D. Draper, has put overseas service behind him. The elder Draper, a veteran of both world wars, has settled down in Silver Spring, Md., to build up his real estate business. Yet he is never too busy to miss an entry in his log of “Billy’s” far-flung jaunts. Keeping tabs on his son’s progress, it was no surprise to Mr. Draper when young Maj. Draper was appointed by Presi dent Eisenhower as his personal pilot and Air Force aide. The major, however, could scarcely believe his good fortune. “Dad has a lot of confidence in me for some reason,” grinned Maj. Draper, “ —ln fact, he was my first passenger—and a vol unteer at that!” Remembers Lesson. There seems little doubt that the fledgling pilot, at the age of 20, never forgot the lesson he learned at College Park airport back in 1940. He had soloed only a few weeks previously. His father suggested, quite casually, that he go along in the light Cub. “Were you worried?” Mr. Dra per was asked. “No, of course not!” laughed the father. “I was cool as a cucumber!” “He wasn’t worried, but I was!” cut in Maj. Draper. ; “Yes, you did perspire some, j if I recall,” conceded Mr. Draper, i The point of the anecdote wasn’t 1 mentioned, although it was quite j clear—the grave responsibility all pilots must feel for those who ride with them. Mr. Draper said Billy perspired more that day than he did lay ing bricks during his vacation from college. “He used to work on the houses I was building,” Mr. Draper said. “He was the only bricklayer I ever saw who could hang his trowel on a sky hook exactly at 4 p.m., the quitting hour. “You can bet he was never late at the airport to get in his flight time.” Early Interest in Planes. The Drapers share a love of airplanes dating back to the father’s service with the En gineers in France in 1917-1918 and to Bill Draper’s fourth year. After World War I, the Draper family was living near Akron, Ohio, about 2 , / & miles from the Stow Corners flying field. “Often when I got home from work,” Mr. Draper recalled, “my wife would say, ‘Well, Billy’s gone again.’ I knew where to look for him. “He would be standing at the field, watching the planes, in his rompers and straw hat, with his stomach sticking out.” Maj. Draper, who had just returned from the White House, squirmed a bit uncomfortably in his smart blue uniform with its aiguilettes and campaign rib bons. But he managed to sum mon a grin. The fatner, chatting in his parlor at 1225 Noyes drive, ap peared not to notice, but his eyes were twinkling. “Yes, young Billy was a cau- Wetherbee Draws 1 -to-5-Year Term In Marijuana Case Federal Judge Walter M. Bas tian today sent dope smuggler John R. Wetherbee, 29, to prison for one to five years but promised to do all he could to help him. The U. S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge turned down Wetherbee’s plea for probation. He told Attorney Bernard Margolius, “I don’t; think that just because he is | sorry his offense should be ex cused.” Wetherbee was seized here in June, 1951, when rival marijuana pushers tipped off police the be spectacled ex-horticulture stu dent was in town with a record load of pure marijuana smuggled from Mexico. The seizure, totaling about 688,000 grains, set an all-time confiscation record in the United States. Judge Bastian told Wetherbee he was taking into consideration the fact that, despite the enor mity of the amount of the drug, it was the defendant’s one and only attempt to beat the law. Made Good Impression. He said he was impressed with Wetherbee’s intelligence and the fact that law enforcement of ficers and the probation office spoke very highly of him. “Nevertheless, in this type of offense I don’t feel free to grant you probation. I think a small sentence should suffice and start you on your road to rehabilita tion. I’ll help you to get out and if I am alive when that time comes I will do all that I can for you,” Judge Bastian said. Following his indictment in July, 1951, Wetherbee jumped bail. He was unheard of until last New Year’s eve, when he confided to his roommate, a member of the Richmond, Calif., narcotics squad, that he was wanted in the District. Wetherbee takes to prison; with him the secret of what happened to the infamous “missing marijuana.” Amount Had Dwindled. Witnesses had testified at a District Senate Crime subcom mittee hearing last year that some of. the weed confiscated by narcotics squad officers had found its way back into under BL, A jH Ks m Sm IRaa BSEmmmk ™ KNOW THEIR AIRPLANES—Maj. William Draper and his father, James D. Draper, inspect model plane. —Star Staff Photo. tion in those days—you never saw such concentration,” he re called. “I would have to touch him on the shoulder to get him back on the ground.” Their Model Planes. The Drapers went in for model airplanes, with plenty of golf on the side. By the time they moved to Silver Spring, young Bill had perfected many rubber band models. With his father’s engineering advice, he graduated to powered types. Soon Bill was entering all the meets in the Washington area and taking plenty of prizes. His father proved a tireless spec tator, although golf was his favorite sport. Mr. Draper, who held the course record at White Flint for 12 years and still shoots in the high 70s, taught Bill the game as soon as he could swing a club. Bill’s sisters and mother would plan their own vacations, while father and son went off on in formal "golfing tours,” with Bill planning the itinerary. “Billy was about 10, I believe, when two men on one of the courses we visited invited us to play against them,” the father said. “Bi*» was really hot with his set of junior clubs. We wound up with a tied score. When we were leaving, one of the men confessed he was the professional on the course.” Mr. Draper explained he had to keep young to meet Billy on his own ground, and Maj. Draper added ne was obliged to grow up fast to keep up with his Dad. Mr. Draper set an example by volunteering for duty with the Seabees in the Pacific in the last war. One result was that Maj. Draper was the only freshman | in his class at the University of : Maryland to qualify for the ci j vilian pilot training course. I At 20, he was the youngest I Pilot to be accepted by Pan American Airways for training Reception Honors Catholic Agency Head Michael T Kelleher, Boston insurance broker, was honored at a reception yesterday on his installation as executive commit tee chairman of the National Catholic Community Service, the Catholic agency dealing with the USO and the United Commu nity Defense Services. The reception was sponsored by the National Catholic Welfare Conference and held at confer ence headquarters, 1312 Massa chusetts avenue N.W. Mr. Kelle her, who also holds the post of I Boston fire commissioner, is president of the United Defense Fund and vice president of the USO. 200 Attend Workshop On Technical Reports More than 200 scientists, edi tors and librarians from 40 States are participating in a workshop on the production and use of technical reports at Cath olic University, with the closing session to be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The workshop is under the i sponsorship of the American Chemical Society, American ! Documentation Institute, Special j Libraries Association and the National Science Foundation. world channels. At the time of the New Yorker’s arrest, Lt. H. H. Carper announced its weight as about 192 pounds. Months later after the mari juana had been turned over to the Treasury Department for disposal that figure had dwindled to approximately 92 pounds. Carper, meanwhile, revised his original figure. He said it was announced as an estimate and that he did not know the true weight until the Treasury men actually weighed the marijuana. Carper, along with his princi pal aide, Detective Sergt. Wil liam Taylor, has since been in dicted for conspiracy to “violate narcotic laws and for accepting bribes from dope peddlers. A grand jury investigation of the missing marijuana proved inconclusive. The jurors learned from Wetherbee that he was unable to give them the exact weight of the marijuana he hid in his automobile and it there- : fore was impossible to determine how much, if any, had been pur- j joined and resold. I WASHINGTON AND VICINITY OBITUARIES •; to ferry P-40 fighters to Africa. • A year later he was an Army t lieutenant, teaching instrument i | flying. Before he was 25, Maj. Draper had served as chief pilot for the “Fireball Line ' between Miami, ; Fla., and the China-Burma | Theater, had ferried B-17 bomb ’ ers across the North Atlantic and had qualified in many other military types. At present, Mr. Draper's log of his son's activities contains 190 ocean crossings. These flights took young Draper to al most every country in the world, ' including Russia. Alter the war, he flew special \ missions cut of Washington, in -1 eluding a three-month tour of China in 1947 as Lt. Gen. Albert C. Wedemeyer’s pilot. He was co-pilot when President Truman flew to Wake Island to meet Gen. MacArthur. Pilot in Europe. In 1950 Maj. Draper was as signed as Gen. Eisenhower’s pilot when the general left Columbia University to take command of NATO in Europe, i While in Europe, the general used to invite Maj. Draper to play golf with him several times i a month. In recent months, the major has been too busy to keep his game up to par. He must test-fly the White | House Constellation at regular 1 i intervals, supervise the mainte j nance and the crew and keep abreast of weather conditions. ’ ! Now and then, he takes some high Government official on a long flight to keep his hand in at global operations. But Maj. Draper keeps his golf clubs polished and at hand, in case the President should call on him to make up a foursome. “Even without practice, Billy ! is a good golfer,” his father said. “He can hit a ball a mile. When he gets a chance to put more ■ time on his game, he may be able to beat his Dad.” DAR Delegates Begin Registering for Their Annual Congress Hundreds of Daughters of the American Revolution will form lines at DAR headquarters this afternoon to begin registering for their 62d annual Continental Congress, which will open Mon day night in Constitution Hall. The National Board of Man agement met this morning in closed session with Mrs. James B. Patton, DAR president general, ! to decide final details of the congress. A meeting of the Resolutions Committee, under the chairman- | ship of Mrs. T. B. Throckmorton j of Des Moines, also was held today. * Dinner Meeting. Final event on today’s pre congress agenda will be the an nual dinner meeting of the Na tional DAR Officers’ Club at 7 o’clock at the Mayflower Hotel. Representative Dies, Democrat, | of Texas, will speak, and Mrs. i Stanley Reed, wife of the Su ! preme Court associate justice and | former registrar general of the | DAR, will preside. Tomorrow several hundred delegates will board a special train here for Valley Forge, Pa., j where the memorial bell tower, erected by the DAR, will be dedi cated. Dedication at Noon. The dedication ceremonies will be held during the noon hour and the address will be made by Mrs. Ivy Baker Priest, Treas urer of the United States. Mrs. Patton will give the dedicatory remarks. Vice President Nixon will greet the Daughters at their opening session Monday night and a let ter from President Eisenhower will be read to the delegates. Mrs. Patton will make the key note address, entitled “Indi vidual Responsibility.” GW Professor to Talk Prof. R. C. Haskett of the department of history of George Washington University, will address the National Genealog ical Society at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Mount Pleasant Branch of the Public Library, Sixteenth and Lamont streets N.W. *** A-19 Parks Growth Supported by 100 Committee Rock Creek Freeway Opposed, Revision of D. C. Zoning Urged By George Beveridge Opposition to any change In the Capper-Crampton Act and strong support for a $1.2 million appropriation to further park ex pansion next year were voiced yesterday by the Committee of 100 on the Federal City. The action was taken in the wake of reports that the econ omy-minded Budget Bureau is interested in scrapping or modi fying the law providing funds for an orderly expansion of the Washington area's parks, park ways and playgrounds. In a revised budget sent to Capitol Hill, the administration reportedly has slashed a $1.2 million Capper-Crampton item for the next fiscal year. If this action holds, it will be the third year in which no funds have been made available to carry out projects already under way. Blair Lee 111, National Capital Planning Commission executive officer, told the group the Budget Bureau has not said it was going to take any initiative yet toward j repeal of the act, but has indi icated “it would be receptive to ideas from the outside.” I He said Maryland officials ; “are beginning to get restive” j about the unavailability of funds, iHe pointed out that the park program thus is as vulnerable ! through failure to get appropria tions as it is through a frontal attack on the basic law. 3 Protests Action. Maj. Gen U. S. Grant 111, president of the American Plan ning and Civic Association, said he has protested the reported action on behalf of that group, and has asked for a conference with budget officials. In other actions, the commit tee: 1. Opposed construction of Maryland freeways in any part of the Rock Creek Park valley. The action was taken by a 16-5 vote, despite protests that such a policy would kill plans for the so-called "outer loop” freeway extending from east to west across Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. , 2. Urged srtong support for ft $175,000 budget request to fi nance a complete revision ,of the District's zoning restrictions and building code. 3. Formed a subcommittee to j draw a resolution urging Pres ident Eisenhower to appoint a man "of national reputation in city planning” to fill a forthcom ing vacancy on the National Capital Planning Commission. The vacancy will occur April 30, with expiration of the term of Albert P. Greensfelder, of St. Louis. 4. Opposed a proposal that P and Q streets N.W., extending through Georgetown be made one-way. The action followed a similar resolution adopted by the Progressive Citizens’ Association of Georgetown. I 5 Formed a committee to seek means of forcing foreign em bassy and chancellery buildings to meet zoning and building re strictions existing in their areas. The action was urged by Mrs. James L. Houghteling, who said Northwest neighborhood move ments already are under way to seek such meausres. 6 Supported preservation of the Dyke Marsh as a wildlife preserve. The marsh, owned by a commercial sand and gravel company, is located on the Vir ginia side of the Potomac River south of Alexandria. The group, however, opposed a proposal that the marsh be acquired by swap ping a section of the St. Eliza beths Hospital farm, on the Maryland side of the river. Freeway Dispute. The Maryland Freeway dispute arose when Gen. Grant protested plans for a road he said would extend from Maryland’s Route 240 through Rock Creek Park to the District line. He said such action would force the District to build a freeway through the city section of the park, and proposed a resolution opposing construction of a freeway in any part of the Maryland park. Mr. Lee argued, however, that such a resolution would also op pose construction of the East- West, inter-county belt route in Maryland, which would enter the park about a mile at points be tween the town of Kensington and Wisconsin avenue. He said the East-West route has the sanction of planning groups in both the District and Maryland. Land purchases for ! an alternate stretch would re quire acquisition of valuable resi dential property, he contended. “By prohibiting that East- West section of the park to the inner-county belt route, lt will be killed because there just isn’t any place else it can go,” he declared. The argument against any en croachment of the park pre vailed. however, and the 16-5 vote was registered. Anderson Hospital Tea The Women’s Auxiliary of the Anderson Orthopedic Hospital will sponsor a silver tea in the azalea garden of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred E. Frisbie, 636 Twenty fifth street, South Arlington, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.