Newspaper Page Text
30,000 to Join
In Parade of Safety Patrols March Tomorrow Includes Youngsters From 21 States Nearly 30,000 youngsters from 21 States will march in the 17th annual National School Safety Patrol parade down Constitu tion avenue at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Seven thousand boys and girls from Maryland, 2,000 from Vir ginia and 4,000 from the District will be in the 412-hour demon stration. They are visiting Washington to join in the American Auto mobile Association's safety pro gram, which gets under way at 7:30 tonight with a show at the National Guard Armory. At the Armory, 23 drill teams made up of school patrol boys and girls will compete for a trophy sponsored by the AAA. Crack drill teams from the Army will stage precision maneuvers and a mock battle, using blank ammunition. Joe DiMaggio Attends. Joe DiMaggio of baseball’s Hall of Fame will be at the Armory to demonstrate his batting stance and give the children safety pointers. Joe also will serve as grand marshal of the parade. The parade will be the largest In the history of the event. It will begin at 9 a.m. from Ninth strreet and Constitution avenue N.W. and will end at Seven teeth street and Constitution avenue. In the procession will be bands from schools in many States as well as the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Almas Temple and other drum and bugle corps. Pretty drum majorettes and floats will add color to the pa rade. Vehicular traffic will be re routed slightly during the pa rade. Six Heroes Honored. Six youngsters who performed heroic deeds while serving on safety patrols of their schools were chosen to receive gold life saving awards. Vice President Nixon presented the awards to day in ceremonies in his offices at the Capitol. Outstanding among these was Jimmy Hunt, 13, of Stanley, Wis. Jimmy risked his life Oc tober 22 of last year when he dragged to safety four younger children rooted with terror in the path of an oncoming express train. Jimmy sized up the sit uation from 200 feet away, ran the distance "and managed to save the children a split second before the train thundered by. Eye witnesses said Jimmy was so close to the flashing wheels they thought he had been struck. The other five children got their awards for similar quick thinking action. They are Jean Thompson, 11, of Newnan. Ga., rescued three children from the path of a train; David Conrad, 11, Plymouth, Wis.; Kenneth Altherr, 12, Ypsilanti, Mich.; Paul Weiss, 11, Bronx, N. Y., and Ray Barday, 13, of Atlanta, Ga. All were honored for dashing into heavy traffic to save jay walking comrades. The safety patrollers represent a half million youngsters who guard crossings at 24,000 schools. City Heads Queried On Segregation Plans Representative Javits, Repub lican, of New York today asked the District Commissioners what plans they are making to end segregation in the District, as promised by the Republican Party’s platform. In a letter to Chairman Sam uel Spencer of the Board of Commissioners, the legislator promised co-operation in carry ing out any plans the city heads may have. The platform, Mr. Javits said, pledged “appropriate action, to end segregation in the District of Columbia.” “Washington, as our National Capital,” he wrote, “is the show place of the Nation and what we do here is interpreted through out the world as indicative of our national attitude and policy. “The Communists have long been telling the colored peoples of the world that we only make a pretense of democracy, and in reality discriminate against them —the District of Columbia has been an important exhibit in this propaganda war. “This propaganda theme has been especially used in Korea and areas of South and South east Asia in which the Soviet and its satellites are the ag gressors.” Exit'Customer' And Bandit With sll From Store It may have been only play acting, but it cost High’s Ice Cream Store at 503 Seventh street S.W., sll to see it staged. The clerk, Hestei* Howard, col ored, of 305 Kentucky avenue S.E., was waiting on a “cus tomer” when another man en tered the store last night. Both men were colored. Sticking what appeared to be a knife in the customer’s back, the second man demanded the clerk turn over the money to him. Taking sll, the customer handed It to the bandit. Customer and bandit walked out together. RADIO—TELEVISION COMICS 'Man With a Gun' Report Turns Out to Be an Underestimate Shortly after 11 a.m. the police radio today blared: “Man with a gun at Thomas Circle.” Scout cars sped to the scene. They found a lot of men with guns. In fact, the entire corps of 400 St. John’s College High School cadets was there with rifles. They were on parade as they have been for many years. Public Gives Views On Crime Bill Tonight At Senate Building The public gets its chance to night to tell a joint congressional committee what it thinks of the District’s big crime bill. The hearing to get public views on the bill with its 40-odd provisions to control crime and help law enforcement is sched uled for 7:30 o’clock tonight in the Caucus Room of the Senate Office Building. Judge to Testify. Witnesses scheduled so far are Chief Judge Harold M. Stephens of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia; Wilmer Balderson, representing the Dis trict Laundry and Dry Cleaners Association; Robert Greenberg of the District chapter, American Veterans Committee; William B. Poland and Jess W. Schlaikjer. Other witnesses are Preston King, president of the District Bar Association, and F. C. Dan iel, executive secretary of the National Rifle Association. Official views on the omnibus measure were presented at a hearing Tuesday before the Senate District Judiciary Sub committee and House District crime subcommittee, which are holding Joint sessions on the bill. Amendments Asked. Members of the joint group asked Corporation Counsel Ver non E. West and United States Attorney Leo A. Rover to get together with the staff to draft proposed amendments to the bill. Robert C. Albroot, Senate Dis trict Committee clerk, said the stag would meet with these offi cials Monday to work on the measure. Senator Barrett, Republican, of Wyoming, who heads the Senate group, and Representa tive Talle, Republican, of lowa, who heads the House group, have emphasized the need for speed to get the big bill through both chambers before it gets caught in the logjam of last minute legislation. Roosevelt Hotel Allowed to Reopen The 650-room Roosevelt Hotel, at Sixteenth street and Florida avenue N.W., has been allowed to reopen to transient guests after being shut down for eight months because of structural and sanitary defects. District officials said most of the defects had been remedied, and the owner, Mrs. Maria Kramer, has agreed to remedy some plumbing defects which still exist. Mrs. Kramer was fined $250 last October and forfeited an other S6OO in February because the hotel’s facilities were not up to standard. She was per mitted to keep about 40 perma nent guests provided she collect ed no rent from them. Mrs. Kramer, who also owns the Lin coln Hotel in New York City, bought the Roosevelt in 1941 for $1 million. Col. Giles Evans, assistant en gineer commissioner, said today the hotel had completed ail re pairs to the kitchen and dining room, and that while most of the plumbing in the building is anti quated, it is generally being re placed. He said District inspec tors will keep the hotel under surveillance to see that the re maining repair work is done this summer. Civic Federation Backs County Cleanup Drive A proposed county-wide clean up campaign today has the back ing of the Prince Georges Civic Federation. The federation last night ap proved a resolution for a thorough-going cleanup and en forcement of new laws providing heavier penalties for dumping trash along roadways. Charles H. Drown of the Lan ham Civic Association offered the resolution. It urged the federation to appoint a commit tee to discuss the problems with the county commissioners. Mr, Drown was named chairman of the* committee. The plan envisions “enlisting the civic pride of merchants, students, residents, landowners and local organizations” and asks the commissioners to pro vide facilities for removal of roadside trash. It further rec ommends that signs be placed along highways to indicate the location of dumping areas. Student Operetta Tonight An operetta, “Meet Arizona,” will be presented at 8 o’clock tonight by the Mount Rainier Junior High School Music De partment in the school audi torium. 9 Civic Leaders Offer Advice On Integration School Board to Study Ideas for Possible Ban on Segregation By James G. Deane The Board of Education was armed with some more advice to day against the day of a possible Supreme Court anti-segregation ruling. Nine civic leaders gave the board their views on the me chanics of school race integra tion at a special meeting yester day. Thirty had been invited, but only 13 showed up, and four announced they were merely observers. Most speakers spoke along lines similar to written sugges tions already received by the board from a number of civic or ganizations. The high court may rule this month on five pending segregation challenges, including one affecting Sousa Junior High School. Board President C. Melvin Sharpe ruled out any opinions on whether segregation should or should not continue, assert ing that was in the court’s hands. Cafritz Testifies. Morris Cafritz, real estate operator, told the board integra tion should be accomplished with a view to maximum use of exist ing buildings and minimum dis ruption for pupils and teachers. There should be “neither wholesale redistribution of pupils and teachers nor a small and grudging acceptance” of the new situation, he said. Although pupils should be assigned to schools nearest their homes, they should generally stay in the schools where they are now, he asserted. The same principle, he added, should apply to teachers. New teachers should be as signed regardless of race, how ever, Mr. Cafritz added. “I am certain all residents of the District, as good citizens, will accept with a democratic spirit the Supreme Court's decision,” he predicted. John B. Duncan, recorder of deeds and former president of the Federation of Civic Associations, said special emphasis should be placed on a forthright philoso phy of integration stated ty the School Board. School personnel and the public should be trained in human relations, he said Weuld Bar Choice. Mr. Duncan warned against gerrymandering in re-mapping school districts and said parents should not be allowed to choose their children’s school. • Woolsey W. Hall, former board member, advocated complete and immediate integration in case of a court ruling. He opposed sug gestions for a citizens’ advisory committee to oversee the pro cess, but he urged education of the public by radio, television and churches. Another former board mem ber, Dr. Phillip T.‘Johnson, said an immediate pupil census should be conducted as the basis for setting new school boundaries, and pupils then should be as signed accordingly. Top-level jobs should be reassigned, and teachers and parents should be thoroughly briefed through meetings lectures and use 9f the school system’s handbook on in tergroup relations, he said. Delay Opposed. Dr. C. Herbert Marshall, presi dent of the Federation of Civic Associations, said immediate in tegration is highly important. “Any delay will bring about a series of mass meetings that will stir up and becloud the entire picture,” he warned. At the same time, he added that, “if the board thinks there might be some danger in com plete integration at the outset, I would integrate in the grades and in the college.” Junior and senior highs would be integrated later, he added. Mrs. Robert C. McGuire, sr., former beard member, took is sue with this position. "I really feel to eliminate any vestige of segregation in the school system is the thing to do,” she declared, adding that Integration should include “eliminating the practice of re stricting certain positions to members of the white race.” She cited the posts of associate sup erintendent of buildings and grounds, associate superintend ent of curriculum and business officer. Waldrop’s Suggestion. Frank C. Waldrop, executive editor of the Washington Times- Herald, said that, if a court order for integration comes, the board should call on the armed services to assign personnel of both sexes and races to visit the schools. He said the armed forces have had a great deal of success in racial integration. J. Russell Wiggins, m’anaging editor of the Washington Post, said that, after a* court decision, the board should give all chil dren a statement explaining the decision and the board’s policy on carrying it out. Mrs. Frances M. Wood, editor of the Afro-American, told the board: “Most of you know little about us. . . . We feel if you would open your minds, get to know us better, integration would be no problem.” Those attending as observers were Francis G. Addison, jr., president of the Security Bank; Rex Collier, editorial writer for The Star; Howard L. Coppen barger, of the Washington Daily News, and H. L. Rust, jr., real estate operator. Wit Jetting Jifaf WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, MAY 8, 1953 Ml mmnm COMMUNISTS COULDN’T ERASE THESE SMILES—Four-year- old Sammy Watters turns on his best grin for his father, Corpl. John L. Watters, who returned today from a North Korean pr isoner-of-war camp. Mrs. Watters, with happy tears for the reunion, hadn’t seen her husband since he left Union Statio nto go to war in July, 1950. Sammy was 18 months old when Corpl. Watters left. (Story on Page A-l.) , Howard U. Dedicates Engineering Building In Campus Ceremony Howard University’s $2.2 mil lionengineering and architecture building was dedicated at cere monies at the school today. The three-story, brick build ing, has been in use by the uni versity since September. Allen S. Thorn, Public Build ing Service supervising architect, presented the keys to the build ing to George E. C. Hayes, rep resenting the university board of trustees. Given in Turn to Dean. Mr. Hayes in turn presented the keys to L. K. Downing, dean of the School of Engineering and Architecture. The building Tuesday won* a Board of Trade award for ar chitectural achieVemeht. The dedicatory address was given by Dean N. W. Dougherty of the University of Tennessee, College of Engineering. Dean Dougherty called for de velopment of “more people with ideas.” Such people, he said, are the lifeblood of engineer ing. J Attacks Timidity. The educator attacked timid ity brought on by the develop ment of the atomic bomb. “There is no place in America for the kind of fear we have seen in the last five to eight years—fear thqt we don’t have a political machine which can control the latest products of man’s ingenuity,” Dean Dough erty declared. The ceremony began a two day program which will include a conference on improving the teaching of engineering and architecture and the annual meeting of the National Capital area section of the American Society for Engineering Educa tion. Students Plan Carnival The Student Government of Bethesda - Chevy Chase High School is holding a carnival, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 10:30 p.m. tomoiTow for the benefit of the school clubs. The event will be held in the school cafeteria, 4301 East-West highway N.W. Church Luncheon Planned The Lutheran Women’s Mis sionary League will give a lunch eon at 12:30 tomorrow in the Calvary Lutheran Church, 9845 Georgia avenue, Silver Spring, Md. THIS SUNDAY’S BEST READING flje Sunday S&faf SOUTHEAST ASIA MUDDLE—This has been a confusing week in the Com munist Viet Minh's war against the Associated States of Indo-China. The Viet Minh were well along in their latest aggression agoinst the little mountain kingdom of Laos when they suddenly picked up their marbles and headed for home. Does anybody know why? The Review of The Week sifts the facts, the theories and the rumors for clues to the West's chances of keeping Southeast Asia out of Communist hands. THE ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY—The heads of the American and Canadian Governments met this week to discuss many things. High on the agenda was the long-sought St. Lawrence Seaway, which Canada now wants to build by herself. In a major article in the Editorial Section, Star Staff Writer William Hines examines the geographical, political and economic complexities that make the seaway both important and controversial. TROUT FOR D. C. AREA FISHERMEN—There is more to stocking the streams of the Washington area than raising the trout. There's also a problem of keeping the trout out of the hands of "poachers." Pools have to be guarded against trout fanciers who like to dip those pan size fish out of the rearing station pools where the trout don't have a chance to get away. In The Stor Pictorial Mogazine, Staff Writer Meredith Rue I tells how trout are raised at the Montebello Fish Rearing Station. Pictures are by Staff Photographer Elwood Baker. EISENHOWER'S GOLF GAME—Famous Pro Golfer Tommy Armour tells the President, "Here's What's Wrong With Your Golf Game," with the aid of pictures, 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 3-500 CL hb j| jp- - | fgjjg|§| i mm m jij| - ||HB| BACK TO FREEDOM—Another long-time prisoner of the Chinese Communists in North Korea, Pfc. Robert J. Powers of Hicksville, Long Island, chats briefly from a medical bus after unloading at Andrews Air Force Base. He goes to Walter Reed Hospital, as does Corpl. Watters. —Star Staff Photos. Nine Freed POWs Fly Here On Way to Eastern Hospitals Nine former prisoners of the Communists in North Korea, in cluding one from Washington and another from Petersburg, Va., landed at Andrews Air Force Base today. The Washington man is Corpl. John L. Watters. A plane ride of less than an hour will mean another reunion for Pfc. James M. Franklin of Petersburg, who headed out on a shuttle plane to Fort Lee, Va. Pvt. Robert J. Powers of Hicksville, N. Y., was taken to Walter Reed Hospital by medi cal bus. The others aboard the C-54 Air Evacuation plane which landed at Andrews at 11:12 a.m., left by plane for other East coast hos pitals. They were: Sergt. 1/c George J. Matta of Brockton, Mass., scheduled for Murphy Hospital, Waltham, Mass.; Pfc. David Lang of Brook lyn, N. Y., for St. Albans Hos pital, N. Y.; Corpl. William J. Prabucki of Pittsburgh, Pa., a litter case, bound for Valley Forge Hospital, Pa.; M/Sergt. Gilbert Christie of Montezuma, Ind., for Valley Forge, and Corpl. Earl L. Beck of Wheeling, W. Va., for Valley Forge. Aside from the Watters’ reun ion, there were no other relatives to greet those who changed planes here. The men came off the plane silently, hardly looking to either side, and rapidly board ed the waiting bus which took them to shuttle aircraft. Alexandria Officials Probe Newspaper Ad Commonwealth’s Attorney Howard W. Smith and Alex andria police today were investi gating a newspaper advertise ment about a numbers racket in yieir city. The item ran in the Alexandria Gazette’s personals column last night. It was unsigned. Under the heading, “The Racket Boss,” it said Alexandria’s numbers take is between $3,000 and $5,000 a day. It went on to declare: “There’s just one man in town who runs this racket and I’m going to put him behind bars. I have enough evidence on him to ruin him for life, but I want to ruin the numbers racket for good, too. “This little article is to let the racket boss know that I know who he is and what I am going to do.” The Gazette declined to say who inserted the ad. Maj. Russell A. Hawes, super intendent of police, said he was confident of learning the iden- j tity of the advertiser and would : try to talk to him. Maj. Hawes said he did not know of one big numbers boss in the city, but knew of four or five suspected numbers writers. Maritime Day Set President Eisenhower issued a proclamation today setting aside Friday, May 22, as National Maritime Day. He requested that all ships sailing under the American flag dress ship on the day in honor of the merchant marine. WASHINGTON NEWS GENERAL NEWS Maryland Planners Omit Chevy Chase High-Speed Route The controversial high-speed highway proposed to run through Chevy Chase, Md., has failed to make an appearanee on the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s 25- year master highway plan. The commission yesterday adopted the plan, omitted the .bitterly debated southeast leg of new Route 240 and indicated it was staying out of the squabble between park enthusiasts and highway engineers. The Maryland State Roads Commission plans call for the route to extend from Grosvenor lane and Wisconsin avenue, across Chevy Chase to the East- West highway at Beach drive. Opposition in D. C. The expressway then was pro posed to connect with a planned •freeway along the western side of Rock Creek Park into the District. The National Capital Planning Commission, Chevy Chase residents and the Com mittee of One Hundred on the : Federal City opposed the plan to open the parkway to heavy ! traffic. * A spokesman for the Mary land planners indicated the commission did not feel it was justified in planning the route, thus forcing the hand of Dis trict officials to open the park. “We are not in favor of dump ing a lot of traffic on the East- West highway before the Rock Creek expressway is built,” the spokesman said. The revised long-range high way plan also calls for a change in the proposed routing of the southwest leg of the new Route 240. The plan calls for it to be located about lVa miles to the west of Burdette road, routing it along Thomas branch to Mac- Arthur boulevard into the Dis trict. Other changes in the plan made since the preliminary draft was published several months ago include: I 1. Extension of the proposed new Route 29 from White Oak to the proposed Northern Park way in the Sligo valley. Western Avenue Extension. 2. Extension of Western ave nue north to East-West highway. 3. Provision for an eastern by pass to Silver Spring from Piney Branch road and New Hampshire avenue to University lane via the new Maryland parkway. This would eventually connect with Fort Drive in the District. 4. Extension of Pennsylvania avenue S.E. to the Marlboro pike at Fprestville. 5. Increasing the classification of the outer inter-county belt road from a controlled major highway to an expressway. I S6OO in Golf Equipment Stolen at Rock Creek A thief who apparently knows a good set of golf clubs when he sees them stole S6OO worth of golfing equipment during the night from the Rock Creek Golf Course clubhouse. Police said the thief ignored cheaper sets and took 12 sets of the most expensive clubs. All were new. Also taken were two nylon golf bags and seven dozen golf balls Severine G. Leoffler. manager of the District's public golf courses, reported the loss. Library Open Sunday A new classroom building and library at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Bethesda, Md.. will be open to the public from 3 to 5 pm. Sunday. *** A-21 Critics on Hill Call for Delay On Fare Ruling Would Even Defer Capital Transit Hearing June 3 The Public .Utilities Commis sion should postpone any de cision on Capital Transit CiL’s request for higher District fares, some Congressional critics of the line declared today. Even the public hearing on the request, set for June 3, should be postponed, if possible under law. one legislator said, until Congress concludes action on pending legislation for an in vestigation of the company. The hearing was scheduled by the utilities commission yester day It announmed also the rate proceedings will be com bined with an investigation of the depreciation accounts of the firm. The company has asked for abolition of the weekly pass, in creases up to 20-cent cash fare and five tokens for 95 cents. The 3-cent school fare would re main the same under present law. Several Bills Pending. Congressional criticism of Cap ital Transit has resulted in several bills. One of these, for a sweeping investigation of the line, has passed the Senate. Another, to set up a Metropolitan Area commission to regulate street railways, buses and taxis, is slated for action soon by the Senate. Senator Beall, Republican, of Maryland, learning of the sched uled hearing on higher fare» said: “It would be most disturbing should the Utilities Commission render a decision on request for further increase in transit fares until Congress has had ’time through an appropriate commit tee inquiry to take a look at what is going on. “It should be remembered that the Senate has passed a resolu tion for a full-scale inquiry, and resolutions to enable the House District Committee to join in 1 this investigation now are pend ing before the House Resolutions and Administration Committees. Cites Dividends. “One of the reasons the Sen ate acted was the recent per j formance of the Capital Transit Co. on dividends and demands for fare increases. “For the Public Utilities Com mission to schedule a hearing for the new fare increases is one thing, but I would protest any decision until Congress has de termined its course of action ” Representative Hyde, Repub lican, of Maryland, an attorney, declared that, unless the Public Utilities Commission is required by law to schedule hearings within a specified time, it should postpone them, awaiting action by Congress. It certainly should not act on the fare increases j until Congress decides what to do. he insisted. Representative Brovhill, Re | publican, of Virgina. a House i Committee member, expressed the I opinion that scheduling the rate i hearing was “untimely, in view jof the recent controversy over ! the Capital Transit Company.” . . Man Held in Probe Os Attack on Woman A Baltimore man was being held today by Maryland State police at Waterloo barracks for I investigation in the reported rape by two men of a Defense ; Department worker early yester day in Howard County, Md. Police said no charges had been placed against the 29-year old man. Victim of the reported attack was a 25-year-old Washington woman employed at the Penta gon, police said. The attack occurred near the Middle Patux ent Bridge on Route 29 after the wpman’s car had been side swiped and forced to stop. The victim told police she first noticed a car pulling up beside her on Route 40 outside of Balti more. She said she lost sight of the car at Ellicott City when she turned onto Route 29. It later passed her and blocked the road, trying to force her to stop. She said she swerved and kept going. Then, the woman said, the car sped past and crashed into her front fender, forcing her to stop. She said a man forced his way into her car, drew a knife and threatened her. He drove her car up a side road with his companion following, she said. After both men assaulted her, the victim drove to the Mont gomery County police substation at Silver Spring and reported the assault. Hillcrest Heights PTA Fair A fun fair will be held from 12:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Hillcrest Heights Elementary School, Twenty-second and Jam ieson streets S.E.. to raise funds for playground equipment. The fair is sponsored by the commun ity parent-teachers association and the Silver Hill Recreation Council. Dance At Lorton The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Lorton will give a dance for the benefit of the Cancer Fund at 9 o’clock tonight at the Lorton School.