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ICC Unit Urged
To Rule Area
Transit Problem
But Commission's
Counsel Testifies
It Lacks Authority
By Don S. Warren
Chairman Wolverton of the
House Commerce Committee to- :
day suggested that the best way
to work out mass transportation ;
problems in the Washington
Metropolitan Area might be !
through creation of a joint board
working under supervision of the
Interstate Commerce Commis
sion.
He said his idea was only ten- !
tative but requested the ICC and I
other interested parties to offer
reactions.
Calls It Worth Considering.
Leo H. Pou, assistant general
counsel of the ICC, on the wit
ness stand at the time, said the
idea was worth considering, but
that it would require “consider
able study.”
The question came up today
at a third hearing by the House
committee on the Senate-passed ;
bill calling for creation of a sin
gle separate transit commission
to take over regulation of bus,
streetcar and taxicab services in
the Metropolitan Area. Also be
fore the committee is a similar
measure sponsored by Represent
ative Hyde, Republican, of Mary
land.
The hearing is to be resumed ;
at lo a.m. tomorrow.
Says ICC Lacks Jurisdiction.
Before Chairman Wolvertonj
made his suggestion, Mr. Pou |
had told the group the ICC lacks i
authority to deal with the whole
regional problem here and indi
cated it does not want it.
Under the Motor Carriers Act,
Mr. Pou explained, the ICC does
not have authority over rates
and services of bus passenger
travel in such regional cases.
The only exception, he said, is
where the ICC finds its action !
would promote national trans- !
portation policy. That was the i
basis, he added, on which the j
ICC acted in setting up joint
fares and transfers between the
District and Virginia services for
the Pentagon.
Representative Heselton, Re- ;
publican, of Massachusetts asked
him if he thought it would be J
preferable to give the regional
control here to the ICC.
Fears Setting Precedent.
“No,” Mr. Pou replied. “We
are not equipped to handle the
local transit situation. Should
you give us that power I doubt
that we could discharge the duty
without a larger staff.” Mr.
Pou also voiced fear that such
a move for the Washington
regional area might prove a !
precedent for adoption of other j
cities on State borders, such as
Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo. j
The ICC official took the same
position on questions about di
recting the ICC to make an over
all study of this area's regional
problem.
Representative Harris, Demo
crat, of Arkansas, raised this
point and brought out that no
such over-all study had been
made by any “authorized and
qualified group.” Mr. Harris
asked if the ICC, provided with
necessary facilities, could do a
better job than some other board
that lacked ICC experience.
“I’m not certain we could.”
Mr. Pou replied. “We deal with
national transportation and do
not have experts on the local
level. My commission is not too
anxious to do the job.”
Cites Planning Commission.
Chairman Wolverton drew at
tention to a statement from the
Interior Department suggesting
that under the new law reor
ganizing the National Capital
Planning Commission, this agen
cy could make a well-developed
study within eight months or a j
year. The Interior Department
said the planning commission
would need only funds to hire
experts to make such a study.
Mr. Wolverton, Republican, of
New Jersey, agreed that if his
suggestion were adopted it
would be necessary to amend
the Motor Carriers Act so that
the ICC would be given specific
control over rates and services
of lines serving the regional
area.
Under such a plan, he said,
the ICC would have the basic au
thority but would work out the
regional problems with local
commissions of the District,
Maryland and Virginia.
Mr. Pou commented that such
an arrangement would depend
on the willingness of the State
commissions to participate. Mr.
Wolverton said the ICC would
not be prevented from going
ahead under such a new law,
even if a State declined to par
ticipate.
The House committee is ex
pected to determine a course of
action at an early executive
meeting. He said Saturday, how
ever, that once the committee
adopts its policy considerable
work remains to be done in the
drafting of a proper bill.
Eisenhower Accepts
Spencer's Resignation
President Eisenhower today
accepted the resignation of Ken
neth W. Spencer, chairman of
the District Public Utilities Com
mission.
Mr. Spencer announced his
resignation 10 days ago. At that
time he said he plans to join
Zinder Associates, which has
offices here and in Dallas. Tex.
The firm serves as utility con
sultants.
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TOP JET ACES—Triple Ace Capt. Joseph McConnell (left) and
Capt. Manuel (Repete) Fernandez, who shot down 30 Russian
built MIGs in Korea, look over a model of the Sabre jet they
flew to roll up their score. —Star Staff Photo.
Top Jet Aces Arrive Here,
Leery of All the Fanfare
By Joseph B. Byrnes
The Nation's two top Korean
war jet aces are in town today
more afraid of facing a presiden
tial reception than the 30 MIGs!
they shot down.
Both Capt. Joseph McConnell,
jr„ 31, of Apple Valley, Calif.,
and Capt. Manuel (Pete) Fern
andez, 28, of Miami, Fla., admit
ted they are not looking forward
to the fanfare attendant with
meeting their Commander-in-
Chief, President Eisenhower. j
They faced a battery of movie, j
still and television cameras at i
the Pentagon this morning. To
morrow there will be a briefing j
for their White House visit
Wednesday to receive Gen. Ei- !
senhower’s personal congratula
tions.
Greeted by Father.
On hand at 11:55 a.m. yes
terday to greet his son as he
stepped from a United Airlines
plane at Washington National
Airport, was the Air Forces’ j
proudest father. Col. Pete Fer- i
nandez, communications and :
electronics officer at Donaldson |
Air Force Base, Greenville, S.C. !
He threw his arms about his I
son, nicknamed “Repete,” and
said:
“Son, JrSu did a damn good
job.”
Capt. McConnell, who did not
arrive until 10:30 p.m., at first
had only the Air Forces official
greeter. Lt. Col. W. L. Helman
toler. Col. Pete and Capt. Re
pete to help him debark.
However, inside the airport
terminal a shy. middle-aged
woman asked *Capt. McConnell
if she could take his picture.
She identified herself as Mrs.
James C. Cook of Route 5, Alex
andria, Va. Her son, 2d Lieut.
Robert G. Cook, flew wingman
for Capt. McConnell on the day
both he and Lieut. Cook got
their first MIGs.
Both Slight of Build.
Two less deadly looking men
are hard to imagine. Both Capt. I
McConnell and Capt. Fernandez i
are slight of build, have dark
hair slightly flecked with gray, j
and speak with the soft voices
of self-assured flyers. I
Action Slated on Bill
With Rent Office Funds
The House today agreed to a
conference with the Senate on
the third supplemental appro- j
priation bill which carries $1.3
million for District services.
Included is language provid
ing for pay for the staff of the
District rent administrator to
June 30 and $78,285 for District
Civil Defense to enable it to
match Federal funds for air raid j
warning devices.
Delay in final action on the |
bill already has caused the rent
office staff to go payless. The
House passed the bill April 22
and the Senate on May 6. Since
the latter date the Senate has
been waiting for the House to
name its conferees. This group
will be headed by Representa
: tive Taber, Republican, of New
! York, chairman of the House Ap
propriations Committee.
Leaping to Avoid
Flames, Man Lands
Atop Passing Car
A Maryland State Roads Com
mission employe suffered mul
tiple cuts today when he jumped
from a burning road roller and
landed on the hood of a passing
car.
Treated at Suburban Hospital
and released was Roy Plummer,
47, colored, of Germantown.
Mr. Plummer and William B.
Simpson, 21, colored, of Gai
thersburg were pouring gasoline
into the road roller, which was
parked in the 4300 block of East-
West highway in Bethesda. Mr.
Simpson said he put the can on
the battery, causing it to short
and set off the fire.
Mr. Plummer leaped away
from the flames and landed on
the car’s hood and then rolled
against the windshield. Mr.
Simpson suffered burns on his
arms.
Montgomery County Police
Pvt. E. J. Haugh said the driver
of the car was Mrs. Helen Guard,
of 7607 Exeter road, Bethesda.
i Both said they didn’t want the
public to get the idea North
Korea’s jet pilots are pushovers.
Almost in unison they said,
“They are good, but we have
better.”
The famed MIG, the fliers de
scribed as a very good airplane,
superior to American jets in
some respects and inferior in
others. The difference in flying
ability, they added, makes the
difference.
“About all we can use as a
i yardstick is the score. We are
out in front,” both said proudly.
“Their plane is good,” Capt.
McConnell, the first triple ace in
the history of jets, said, "but
they couldn’t fight us in our own
back yard. We have to fight in
theirs.”
i The flyers’ analysis of the Red
! pilot is that he is individually a
pretty savvy fellow who doesn’t
seem capable of efficient team
; work.
“They don't seem to have the
{ teamwork we have.” Capt.
| Fernandez observed, “and, it’s
costing them plenty.”
Each also admitted toamixed
lup feeling about being home.
I They are glad to be here, yet
! they want above all else to get
back in the fight, a chore that
has been officially denied them.
"If ‘Repete’ wants to fight, let
him. That’s his job, isn't it?”
Col. Fernandez asked.
More Valuable at Home.
The Pentagon, however, feels
that men such as Capt. Mc-
Connell, with 16 Red jets to his
credit, and Capt. Fernandez with
14, are more valuable at home
teaching younger men how to
turn the trick.
Following a trip to New York
later this week, Capt. McConnell
will return to California and his
wife and three children. Capt.
Fernandez will go to Miami where
the city fathers are preparing
a full blown ticker tape recep
! tion for him.
As for the $64 question “Were
any Russian pilots flying the
j jets you shot down?” Capt. Fer
! nandez answered for both.
“We haven’t been put under
wraps by the Air Force. We just
honestly don’t know. We never
i get close enough to find out.”
McCarthy Hay Not Query
President on Red Trade
By the Associated Press
Senator McCarthy acknowl
- edged today that a letter he has
written to President Eisenhower
demanding the President’s views
on western allies’ trade with Red
China may never be sent.
The staff of the Senate Inves
tigations subcommittee which
Senator McCarthy heads noti
; fled its members Thursday that
j the letter had been sent, then
sent them a “corrective memo
randum” Friday notifying them
that it had not been sent.
Senator McCarthy told a re
porter he ordered it held up until
he could discuss it further with
subcommittee members.
“If the committee insists, it
will be sent,” he said, “but I will
recommend against it because it
might appear to be in the nature
j of asking the President to testify.
51 don’t think a President should
be asked to testify before a Con
gressional committee.”
The letter had been suggested
by Senator Symington, Demo
crat, of Missouri. There were
reports that Vice President
Nixon had taken a hand in per
suading Senator McCarthy to
withdraw his letter to the Presi
dent.
Israel Seen as Deterrent
To Reds in Middle East
The position of Israel as a
deterrent to Soviet expansion in
' the Middle East and a protector
of the position of both the West
ern world and Arab states was
emphasized last night by Bart
ley Crum, author of “Behind the
Silken Curtain” and former
publisher of the newspaper PM.
He spoke at a dinner of the
beverage division of the Greater
j Washington United Jewish Ap
peal in the Shoreham Hotel.
The dinner raised $60,000.
putting the sum raised to date at
$1,150,000. The quota for the
campaign, which closes June 15,
has been set at $1,875,000.
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House Votes
City Control
Os License Fees
Bill Sent to Senate
Grants Authority
To Commissioners
The House today passed legis
lation giving the District Com
missioners authority to fix fees
charged by 16 city license and
registration boards.
The bill was one of 11 affect
ing the District approved by the
House at the rate of one bill
per minute during District Day.
All were sent to the Senate for
action there.
The Senate already has passed
a similar bill concerning licens
ing and registration fees. The j
House measure, however, speci- j
fled the Commissioners could
only increase or decrease the
fees after a public hearing, a
proviso not contained in the
Senate version.
Sent Back to Senate.
Representative O’Hara, Repub
lican, of Minnesota declared the
House District Committee wanted
the public hearing feature in
cluded. The House then sub
stituted the Senate bill for its
own measure, but amended it to
include the public hearing re
quirement and sent it back to
the Senate.
The bill is designed to remedy
a financial crisis among several
of the city’s licensing agencies.
The 16 concerned depend on the
Two Filling Stations
In Restricted Areas
To Get Face-Listings
Two Washington land
marks—and eyesores—today
were given the House’s bless
ing for a face-lifting.
! They are filling stations
on the east side of Sixteenth
street between Upshur street
and Arkansas avenue N.W.,
and on the southeast corner
of Wisconsin and Massachu
setts avenue N.W. Both are
little more than shacks in
two expensive neighbor
hoods.
Both were built before
zoning laws went into effect.
They had been allowed to
stay in their restricted set
tings but not to make im
provements. The bill passed
by the House today would
let them build modern sta
tions.
fees to cover their expenses. In
recent years the cost of admin
istration has surpassed the fees
collected by a number of the
boards and there is no way for
the fees to be increased.
Boards affected by the legisla
tion include those which license
plumbers, pharmacists, veter
inarians, registered nurses, podi
atrists, accountants, optometrists,
architects, doctors, real estate
men, cosmetologists, barbers,
dentists, boxing contests and
engineers.
Another bill approved author
ized the Commissioners to sell a
143-acre tract at Muirkirk, Md.,
now abandoned but originally
intended for the site of a new
National Training School for
Girls. The land originally cost
$32,500 when it was acquires! in
1924.
Other Bills Approved.
The other bills approved
would:
' Allow the Commissioners to
redeem damaged cigarette and
alcohol beverage tax stamps.
Permit two filling stations to
improve their present facilities
despite zoning regulations.
Increase the number of the
Board of Trustees of Columbus
University from 14 to 18.
Change the name of the Poly
cultural Institution of America
to the Polycultural University
and grant it a Congressional
charter.
Modify the regulations under
| which railroads must file certain
j documents with the Recorder of
1 Deeds.
Formation of Partnerships.
Allow Probate Court to expand
! indefinitely the time for an ad
ministrator to continue handling
! the business of a deceased. The
| present law limits this to one
year.
Increase to SI,OOO the maxi
, mum amount Probate Court may
i authorize for a burial from an
: estate.
Abolish the requirement that
formation of partnerships must
be published in newspapers.
Revise procedures by which
property owners may recover
possession of their property.
12 Virginia Auto Deaths
Raise Fatalities to 320
By th« Aueciated Prt«i
Twelve deaths over the week
end have raised Virginia’s 1953
traffic fatality toll to 320.
A Loudoun County woman,
Iby Carlisle Setzer, 48, of Paeo
nian Springs, was killed instantly
1 Saturday night when her car
, went out of control on a curve
! at the intersection of U. S. Route
'l7 and State Route 606 in
I Gloucester County.
The week end highway death
list also included a Bedford
\ County couple in a two-tar col
lision in Lynchburg.
Thomas Hodges, about 24, and
Mrs. Juanita Hodges, 24. of For
est, were Injured fatally when
their car collided Saturday night
with another car at a Lynchburg
street intersection. Mrs. Hodges
was killed instantly, her husband
died early yesterday in a Lynch
burg hospital.
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GEORGETOWN PRESBYTERIAN RESTORATION—An artist’s conception of a design for the
restoration of Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P street N.W., to resemble the original
church built in 1820. The sketch is based on a design by Dr. Russell C. Stroup, pastor.
District Man and Boy
Drown in Patuxent in
Separate Accidents
A District man and a 16-year
old Prince Georges boy drowned
yesterday in two separate acci
dents in the Patuxent River,
M a ryland
State Police
reported.
The victims jpPwWIM
were James |
Herbert Berry, Jk ■ J|H|
jr., 29, of 1410 f f Wjm
Downing \ *
street N.E. and ,mjj
Wayne Pyles *s*o
of 6001 Allen- ■o^Wm
town road. BH
Oxen Hill. Md H
The youth’s I
body was .JH
covered about
11 o’clock last Mr - B * rr >-
night but searchers still were
seeking Mr. Berry’s body today.
Mr. Berry, a meat supervisor
for the Buckingham Super Mar
kets. was wading in the river
off Sheridan Point in Calvert
County when he stepped into a
deep hole and was swept away
by the current.
"One minute he was there and
the next minute he was gone,”
his wife. Jessie said. She said
their 4-year-old daughter Bon
nie was wading nearby. The
family was picnicking with
friends. ,
The Pyles youth was swimming
with friends off Jones Wharf at
Hollywood. St. Marys County,
Md. He failed to come to the
surface after diving into deep
water, police said. His body was
located near the spot where he
was last seen. Trooper George
Sanger reported.
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Kenilworth Residents Hit
Avenue Widening Plan
Residents of Kenilworth ave
nue N.E., between Benning road
and the District line, protested
today at a public hearing against
the proposed widening of Kenil
worth avenue for about a mile
and a half.
The project would connect
with the Baltimore-Washington
parkway and probably would be
used by two-thirds of the truck
traffic between Baltimore, Wash
ington and points south. The
plan has been approved by the
Commissioners and the National
Capital Park and Planning Com
mission.
The plan is to tie the road in
with East Capitol Bridge traffic.
It would be a six-lane highway
with two service roads for the
convenience of the area. About
34 homes, including three apart
ment dwellings, would be af
fected by the widening of the
avenue.
Principal objectors to the plan
were the Kenilworth Citizens’
Association and the Eastland
Gardens Civic Association. Leon
Wiseman appeared for the Kenil
worth association and Harold B.
Chinn for the Eastland group.
Second Bull Startles Crowd
At Rodeo as It Leaps Fence
Some 2,500 spectators at the
Rockville Kiwanis Club rodeo
yesterday got an unexpected
thrill when a Brahma bull, of
the same breed as the animal
that gored its master to death
Saturday, leaped a corral fence
and escaped.
The runaway occurred shortly
after 5 p.m., and Montgomery
County police and mounted cow
boys searched the area for sev
eral hours before the bull was
caught in a fenced pasture ad
joining the Al-Marah Farm on
River road, where the rodeo was
held.
The bull was seen about 6 p.m.
near Arden road in the resi
dential Cabin John area by two
boys who had been playing along
Cabin John Creek.
Boys Notified Police.
The boys, Eddie Giles, 12, of
6512 Seventy-fifth place and
Robert Coates, 9, of 7509 Arden
road, both of Cabin John, were
playing alongside the creek when
the bull wandered into the
thicket.
The boys climbed onto a fall
en log across the creek and sat
quietly. Apparently unobserved
by the bull, they waited several
minutes until it wandered- off,
then hurried to Robert’s home
to call police. Three police cars
and a group of cowboys con
verged on the scene in time to
see the bull put in a second ap-
WASHINGTON NEWS—COMICS—RADIO
MONDAY, MAY 25, 1953
Plans Being Made to Restore
Historic Georgetown Church
Restoration of Georgetown
Presbyterian Church to the like
ness of the original building,
constructed more than 130 years
ago, is being planned under di
rection of Lorenzo S. Winslow,
architect of the White House.
The Georgetown church now
at 3115 P street N.W. is the old
est Presbyterian congregation in
Washington. The church was
built in 1820 at Thirtieth and M
streets N.W. and was moved to
its present site in 1873.
Mr. Winslow described the
proposed restoration as the most
important, for historical signifi
cance, in Georgetown.
“It is the most important in
Washington with the exception
of the White House work,” he
said. “The people who make up
that original congregation were
the ones who built this city.”
Meeting House Style.
The major phase of the pro
posed work will be in the interior
of the church, he said. Plans
call for the interior to be re
turned to the “meeting-house”
style, with the closed pews.
“An elaborate, carved pulpit
like the original one is also
planned. I think that the pulpit
made up about 10 per cent of
the total cost of the whole
church,” Mr. Winslow said.
The steeple will be omitted,
New Housing Sought
For Federal Tenants
The Arlington Community
Council sos Social Progress is
leading a drive to find new
I homes for residents of 2,200
units in Federal housing proj
ects which are being terminated.
The five temporary Govern
ment housing projects are to be
torn down and residents have
been ordered to vacate.
The Community Council, at a
meeting last night in the Arling
ton Unitarian Church, decided to
inform county organizations of
the results of a survey showing
the income and housing needs
of families in the project.
Groups to be given the results
include the Community Chest,
Regional Planning Commission,
Council of Church Women,
Council of Catholic Women,
League of Women Voters, Cham
ber of Commerce and Northern
Virginia Builders’ Association.
The' group also decided, ac
cording to Co-chairman Charles
E. Planck, to .investigate the
possibility of creating home
owners’ co-operatives, either to
build a new project or to buy
dwellings already built.
The council also decided to
find out where low-cost homes
and apartments can be built in
the county.
pearance. The chase was re
sumed from there.
The animal was in a small ■
pen outside the main rodeo j
arena when it suddenly butted
its way free and jumped a 6- j
foot fence around the central \
ring. A rodeo hand gave chase
but the bull escaped into a 1
nearby wooded area.
Aids Underprivileged.
The two-day rodeo was spon- !
sored by the Kiwanis Club for j
benefit of Montgomery County’s
underprivileged children. The j
Saturday show spectators were :
shocked when a trained Brahma j
bull suddenly turned on its mas- i
ter, Everett Daniel, 54, and
gored him to death.
The Kiwanis Club announced i
the establishment of the Everett j
Daniel Fund and said half of the j
proceeds of the rodeo would go;
to his widow and three children,!
who had witnessed his death. |
The club yesterday collected
an additional $355 from specta
tors for the benefit of Mr. Dan
iel’s family. Contributions to i
the Daniel fund can be sent to
rodeo chairman, Charles C. Con- j,
ner, 1010 Eighteenth street N.W.
The club yesterday also began
auctioning ’off a trick riding <
horse and four other horses
owned by Mr. Daniel. His widow,
Ruth, told rodeo officials she and: i
the children would not continue
their rodeo performances.
the architect added, “but there
will be a belfry.”
Dr. Russell C. Stroup, pastor
of the church, announced that
further plans include rebuilding
the gallery for additional seating
space “and improving the Cissel
Chapel to meet the needs of the
commmunity as well as the
church.”
Mr. Winslow will retire as
White House architect June 1,
it was also announced.
Before accepting the position
in 1933, he was secretary to the
Commission for Reconstruction
of the White House. Mr. Winslow
is also a member of the Fine
Arts Commission for the Restora
tion of Georgetown.
No Estimate on Cost.
Dr. Stroup said there is not
as yet an estimate as to when
work will begin or how much the
project will cost.
He said all plans passed by
the building committee will be
subject to the approval of the
congregation.
President Monroe laid the
church cornerstone in 1820 and
President Grant took part in a
similar service when the church
was moved.
Georgetown Presbyterian
Church is one of the few
churches to be established by
Congress. It was incorporated
by Congress in 1806 in an act
signed by President Jefferson.
Fairlington to Note
10th Anniversary
Residents of Fairlington will
participate in a two-day celebra
tion marking the 10th anniver
sary of the Virginia apartment
development next Friday and
Saturday.
The celebration is sponsored
by the Fairlington Civic Associa
tion. The anniversary committee
is headed by Hyman J. Cohen.
A program will be held at 8
p.m. Friday at the Abingdon
School with Armistead L. Boothe,
delegate to the Virginia General
Assembly and president of the
Alexandria Bar Association, as
speaker.
Others taking part will include
Mrs. George Bassett Williams,
widow of the designer of Fair
i lington; Robert W. Williams, her
i son; Capt. R. N. McFarlane, USN,
first president of the civic as
sociation: William A. Ziegler,
! general manager of Fairmac
Corp.; Millard G. Homan, man
ager of Fairlington: Colin C.
MacPherson, Arlington County
treasurer, and Harold Sandbank,
Donald M. Murtha and Alan L.
Dean, of the civic association.
Saturday’s events will include
a bicycle parade and Memorial
Day celebration, beginning at 11
a.m.
Ground Is Broken Here
For New Church Building
National City Christian
Church. Fourteenth street and
Massachusetts avenue N.W., yes
terday broke ground for its new
SBOO,OOO education building.
The four-story structure, at
1411 Massachusetts avenue N.W.,
will be started late this summer.
The Rev. J. Warren Hastings,
minister, announced that $200,-
000 already has been raised by
some 7,000 disciples of Christ
, churches around the country for
• the new building.
Officers, members of the con
gregation and Sunday school
! students pulled a plow through
; the ground as part of the cere
mony.
National and local officers of
! the Disciples of Christ Church
i spoke at the event. The Rev.
! Clarence W. Cranford, minister,
Calvary Baptist Church, and the
Rev. Frederick E. Reissig, ex
ecutive secretary of the Wash
ington Federation of Churches,
brought greetings.
last of Released POWs
Arrives Here Today
Capt. Zachary Dean, last of j
the repatriated American pris
oners of war to arrive in the
United States arrived at Andrews
Air Force Base today and will
enter Walter Reed Army Medical
Center for treatment.
Capt. Dean’s wife Abigail is
accompanying him to Washing
ton. He refused to be inter
viewed.
Shea Predicts
Aid of Congress
InChildWelfare
Junior Village Visits
By Representatives
Cited in Statement
Welfare Director Gerard Shea
today predicted that the growing
recognition by members of Con
; gress of the inadequate facilities
for the District’s child wards
will remedy the situation criti
cized by the Junior Village's vol
unteer workers.
His statement came after two
of the volunteer workers at the
institution for homeless young
sters wrote New York District
Attorney Frank Hogan describ
ing conditions at Junior Village.
The letter went to Mr. Hogan
after he expressed concern for
Clifton and Diane Bradford—the
two youngsters kidnapped by a
carnival worker here, recovered
in New York and now lodged at
Junior Village.
Cite Lack of Facilities.
“We understand. Mr. Hogan,
that when your workers from
New York saw Junior Village,
the 80-year-old crumbling build
ings, the floors disintegrating,
the children dressed in cast-off
clothing and playing with cast
off toys, they implied that you
don’t do things that way in New
York,” wrote the volunteers.
“Obviously, this situation
needs help, but we have no
representatives in Congress,”
they added. “The future as well
as the past of the Bradford chil
dren should be upon the con
science of every voter in the
United States.”
The letter was signed by Mrs.
! Deborah Wilson and Mrs. Eliza- —
j beth Hamilton. It emphasized
| the understaffing of the Dis
trict’s welfare agencies and the
lack of both staff and facilities
at the Junior Village and criti
cizes lack of congressional in
| terest.
Mr. Shea, in his statement,
! paid tribute to the volunteers
who “have made possible a pro
gram for the care of dependent
children which it is believed
needs no apology.”
Representatives Visit.
“That the Junior Village pro
gram has been carried on under
conditions in regard to physical
plant which are recognized by
all as being next to impossible
is a compliment to the staff and
to these volunteers.” he went on.
“It is believed, however,” Mr.
Shea declared, “that the grow
ing recognition of these inade
quate facilities by the members
of Congress will remedy this
situation.”
He cited the visits made to
Junior Village by Representa
tive Miller, Republican, of
Nebraska, and Representative
Wilson. Republican, of Indiana,
and the House Appropriations
subcommittee headed by Mr.
Wilson. These visits, said Mr.
Shea, and the resultant sym
pathy of these members of Con
gress toward the welfare plan
for new facilities have “shed a
ray of hope for the community.”
This plan calls for a new in
stitution for colored children at
the Children’s Center in Laurel.
Md., and the transfer of the
Junior Village to the Blue Plains
institution now used by the col
ored children.
Bradfords Visit Children.
Mr. Shea expressed his belief
that the recognition of the prob
lem of these children and the
concern expressed by the visit
ing legislators would be reflected
in the 1954 appropriations. In
the pending budget is a request
for $3.7 million to build the new
institution at Laurel.
Meanwhile, the Bradford chil
dren. who inspired the latest
agitation over the Junior Village,
were visited for the first time
i yesterday by their parents. The
visit lasted 10 minutes.
The Board of Public Welfare
has filed a petition with Juvenile
Court to assume custody of the
youngsters, and has asked that
| the case be heard Wednesday.
Gaullist Won't Try
I To Form Cabinet
By th* Asiociotcd Frill
PARIS, May 25.—Andre Die
thelm, 57, leader of the parlia
mentary following of Gen.
Charles De Gaulle, today decided
against trying to put together a
new French cabinet,
j Mr. Diethelm’s decision, which
j had been expected, came after a
meeting with the 72 Deputies
who were elected under the ban
ner of De Gaulle’s Rally of the
French People. De Gaulle since
j has renounced the RPF as a po
litical force, but the Deputies
continue to use the name.
President Vincent Auriol of
fered Mr. Diethelm the job yes
terday.
Observers were surprised he
did not at once turn down the
invitation, since his right-wing
faction had little chance of
patching up a coalition powerful
enough to govern effectively
Mr. Auriol called in Mr. Diet
helm to try to form France's
19th government since World
War II after Socialist Guy Mol
let refused a bid yesterday.
Socialist Premier Rene Mayer
was forced to resign last Thurs
day after four months in office.
The fall of the Mayer gov
ernment, coming just as plans
were announced for a Bermuda
meeting of United States, Brit
ish and French government
chiefs, put the French govern
ment in an awkward interna
tional position.
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