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THE EVE2\ING STAR
Washington, D. C.
MONDAY. MAY ?«. 19A3
Police Say Arrest
Oi Five Teen-Agers
Solves Cab Robberies
Police said today they have
solved at least five robberies and
a series of auto thefts with the
arrest of five teen-aged youths
charged with operating in the
District and Maryland the past
two months.
Charged with robbery were
Robert Hunt. 19. of the 10600
block of Connecticut avenue,
Wheaton: Richard L. Pox, 18, of
4700 block of Argyle avenue,
Garrett Park, and Stedman Pres
cott Nichols. 18, of the 700 block
of A street S.E.
Two other youths, both 17,
also were held for action of Ju
venile authorities. All were sus
pected in a series of beatings
and robberies of cab drivers.
Hunt and one of the 17-year
olds were arrested Saturday night
seated in a car at Fourteenth
street and Thomas circle. Police
Pvts. G. D. Basinai and V. L.
Shylbowski picked them up for
disorderly conduct when they
heard cursing.
Bravado changed to tears when
the two boys were put in a pol
ice lineup and the younger boy
was identified by James L. Pat
ton ot 226 V street N.E., as one
of the boys who beat and robbed
him of sls May 2.
Police said the 17-year-old
confessed the crime, but that
Hunt held out for several hours.
Finally William Bennett, night
manager of a service station at
1248 Pennsylvania avenue S.E.,
said Hunt was one of the men
who took $135 from him May 17.
Police had been eager to break
up the gang, held responsible
for choking and beating cabbies
before robbing them. Several
other victims of recent robberies !
were to try to identify the boys t
News of Music
3 Modern Diversified Pieces
Mark AU Quintet's Concert
By Alice Eversman
A program devoted to cham
ber music constituted the fifth
concert of the American Music
Festival, to which this month is
dedicated at the National Gal
lery of Art. The appearance of
the American University Quintet
last night gave occasion to hear
three diversified works, two of
them stemming from 1949, the
other from 1918. The members
of the Quintet are George
Steiner and Donald Radding.
violinists: Leon Feldman, violist:
Morris Kirschbaum, cellist, and
Evelyn Swarthout, pianist.
The clearly designed “Quintet
for Piano and String Quartet’’
by Walter Piston, which opened
the program, gave evidence of
a new departure in the com
poser’s style. Its dissonances
were of softer variety and the
Adagio was a notable bit of ex
pressive writing with pronounced
in another lineup this afternoon,
melody in its softly sustained
form. Profundity of sentiment
Is not a prominent feature of
Piston’s compositions but it is
replaced by a genuineness of
thought that can even achieve
delicate mystery as it did in the
Adagio. The instruments are
splendidly integrated in the work
and the members of the Univer
sity Quintet blended the range
of sound and effect expertly. The
final Allegro is strongly outlined
ana asks for complete dexterity
in execution.
A First For Quartet.
Ulysses Kay's “String Quar
tet” was given a first perform
ance last night. Unlike the
stady clarity of Piston’s work,
written the same year, it is
crowded • with material that on
occasions obscures the thread of
the idea. In the first two move
ments there are several lovely
songful portions for the first vio
lin, finely played by Mr. Steiner,
that soar above the more com
plex background. The composer
understands the handling of in
strumental color and frequently
the contrasts attained are strik
ing in effect. The scherzo is
more concrete yet the most in
dividual touch was the skillfully
contrived quiet ending of the last
movement.
The “Divertimento for String
Quartet and Piano Obligato” by
Ernest Schelling, written in 1918,
is a fanciful imitation of French,
Spanish, Oriental, and Irish
styles with the final movement
dedicated to “The Last Flight—
Aviation Field X. October 1918.
In spite of its obviousness, it
contains many original ideas car
ried out in a knowledgeable way.
“Les Fontaines de Garengo” is
a charming introduction with
the sound of water depicted by
the piano against the fuller back
ground of the strings. The trib
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A B
H m al IS ' f|i JH
HOTELS’ NEW OWNER GREETED—Senator Saltonstall (left),
Republican, of Massachusetts welcomes Ernest Henderson of
Boston, president of the Sheraton Corp. of America, to Wash
ington. The firm today acquired controlling interest in the
Wardman Park and Carlton Hotels. (Story on Page A-l.)
Hotels
(Continued From First Page.)
subsidiary of Sheraton. Other
present directors are George E.
Allen, Washington lawyer and a
White House luminary in the
Truman administration: James
H. Lemon of the Johnson &
Lemon investment firm; Edwin
W. Levering, jr., of the U. S.
Fidelity & Guaranty Co. of Bal
timore, and George Schriver of
George Schriver & Co., Balti
more.
Mr. Henderson said the new
owners plan no change in the
policy of accepting permanent
guests at the Wardman Park.
He said the Carlton during the
ute to Enrique Granados in “Evo
cation Catalane” borrows from
the Spanish composer’s themes
which are, however, distributed
with skill between the five in
struments.
“Raga Tamil-chant cashmir.”
"Gazal-Persan,” and “Berceuse
pour un enfant malade,” employ
the string quartet alone. The
Eastern atmosphere is captured
with special effects such as tap
ping the wood of one or two in
struments with the fingers while
the others play. The piano is
again called upon for the full
expression of the boisterous
“Irlandaise.” and continues with
the strings for “The Last Flight.”
Beside the complexities of Piston
and Kay and the modernism of
their idiom. Schelling’s writing
is exceptionally transparent, and
pleasing in its easy expression.
Pianist With Facile Technique.
The Phillips Gallery, yester
day afternoon, presented Rivka
Gwily Broido in a piano recital,
one of the last the artist will
give before returning to Israel
for a concert tour. She included
in her program, and made it the
highlight of her performance, a
set of “Five Pieces for Piano,
op. 34,” by the renowned Israeli
composer, Paul Ben-Haim.
To this collection, subtitled
“Pastorale,” “Intermezzo,” “Cap
riccio." “Canzonetta” and “Toc
cata,” Mrs. Broido brought a
greater degree of personal ex
pression than she showed in
other works. Her technique is
very facile with equalized finger
development that gives excep
tional clarity to her playing. Ben-
Haim’s pieces made a wide range
of demands on it, all of which
she met excellently. The flute
like theme in the “Pastorale”
over a simple bass, and the
charming “Canzonetta” called
forth the fine legato Mrs. Broido
commands. The composer has
many original ideas and a sure
craftsmanship in both poetic and
virtuoso vein. The brilliant and
fiery “Toccata,” came through
beautifully clear in the pianist’s
swift and fluent delivery.
The performance of Bach’s
“Italian Concerto," Mozart’s
“Sonata in A Major, No. 11, K.
331.” and Ravel’s “Sonatine,”
was without variety of approach.
While the clarity of the artist’s
delivery and her observance of
soft and loud contrasts were
pleasing, there was a metronomic
exactness to her playing that
verged on the monotonous. Nor
did she show a comprehension of
the different characteristics of
the composers' styles or resort
to appropriate tonal tinting.
That she is capable of greater
freedom and breadth was shown
in her presentation of Ben-
Haim’s work. She played to a
warmly appreciative audience.
past few years has become 100
per cent transient.
Mr. Henderson said Sheraton
has been interested in buying
the Washington properties for
12 years, but that previous nego
tiations failed to materialize into
a purchase.
The Lee House was one of
the first three hotels owned by
; the chain when it began opera
tions in 1939. The Lee House
was sold to the Pick chain in
1950.
! The late Harry Wardman built
: the Wardman Park in 1916, and
the Carlton was built 10 years
later. Following the 1929 stock
market crash both went into re
ceivership and Were sold at
auction in 1931. The hotels and
other Wardman property brought
$2.8 million.
The Wardman Park is at 2600
Woodley road N.W., just off Con
necticut avenue, and the Carlton
at Sixteenth and K streets N.W.
Mr. Henderson said acquisition
of the two hotels brings Shera
ton’s ownership to 15,500 rooms
—the largest hotel chain in the
world.
The Wardman Park, with 1,300
rooms, is the largest in Washing
j ton. The Carlton has nearly 300
rooms.
4 Injured as 6E Workers
Go Through Picket Lines
ly th« Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N. Y., May 25.
Four persons were injured today
as white collar workers returned
to work through picket lines at
, two strike-bound General Elec
! trie Co. plants
Sheriffs deputies arrested four
members of the CIO Interna
tional Union of Electrical Work
ers. They were held without
charge.
The IUE represents the 7.000
production workers who struck
nearly seven weeks ago, citing
local grievances.
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From Lilibet to Queen
Elizabeth Used Prerogatives
Os Royalty Even as Toddler
By James F. King
Atiociatod Pro*» Skiff Writor
LONDON. May 25.—Even as a
Princess at the toddling age,
Elizabeth II caught on to her
royal prerogatives.
One of her early discoveries on
a visit to Buckingham Palace was
First of a Fro-Coronotion Soriei.
that the sentry presented arms
every time she passed. This was
very amusing. So, slipping away
from her nurse, she paraded
back and forth smiling happily
as the poor sentry clicked his
heels to attention each time. She
made 20 passes before being
rounded up.
Elizabeth’s early consciousness
of her position may have been
due to her doting grandfather.
King George V, whom she called
"Grandpapa England."
Once he held her up on the
palace balcony to show her off
to a crowd below and whispered,
“They’re cheering for you, you
know.”
The little girl beamed with de
light and a few days later was
caught testing her royal author
ity by ordering a playmate to
bow low in homage.
Born Third in Line.
From these and other stories,
Elizabeth has been called “the
girl born to be Queen.”
Yet the queenship seemed far
removed for the first child of
the popular young Duke and
Duchess of York when she was
born early in the morning of
April 21, 1926 in the nome of
her maternal grandfather, the
Earl of Strathmore, at 17 Bru
ton street, London.
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
Windsor was a royal princess in
her own right, but third in line
to the throne—behind her Uncle
David and her own father who
told friends he himself was “not
palace minded."
Before she was 10, “Grandpa
England" died. Uncle David, the
dashing Prince of Wales, became
Edward VIII, and abdicated after
324 days for the love of an
American divorcee. Her father
became King George VI, and by
a sharp twist in fate she had
come into the direct line of suc
cession.
A Queen at 26 Years
George VI died February 6,
1952 at the age of 56 and the
princess became queen. It was
less than 26 years since her birth
—when, according to ancient
custom, since discarded as ar
chaic, the then Home Secretary
William Joynson-Hicks was on
hand to verify the birth of the
royal princess. The report is that
the tiny princess showed her
independence at once by yawn
ing in the face of the Home
Secretary.
She won the hearts of mon
archy minded Britons at once.
The birth brought a little bright
ness into the drab lives of a
people torn by the impending
general strike of 1926 and the
miseries of mass unemployment.
For the moment all Britons could
unite at least in affection for
the royal family.
Elizabeth came under the
official royal inspection of her
grandmother, Queen Mary, im
mediately.
The matriarch bent over the
cot of her first granddaughter
and sighed, “I wish you were
more like your mother."
To this day, Elizabeth is com
monly known as "her father’s
daughter.” She holds a remark
able likeness to the late George
VI, the man who never expected
or wanted to be King, but won
affection by application to duty
as “the people’s king,” especially
during the anxious days of
World War H.
Sun Shone on Childhood.
The rearing of children in the
! British royal family, though
I modified down through the
! years, had long followed the
j general Victorian pattern that
strength of character was de
-1 veloped by severity and even re
! pression.
But the shy Duke of York
preferred the life of a country
gentleman to the limelight and
was determined to shield his
young daughter from the over
powering shadow of the crown
as much as possible. His wife,
a Scottish commoner named
Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, dreaded
the bleak rigidity of royalty’s
life, too.
So there was nothing austere
or primitive about the princess’
early upbringing.
"In the days of my childhood,"
she remarked years later, “the
sun seemed always to be shin
ingi”
Sne invented a nickname for
herself as soon as she could talk.
Elizabeth was too much of a
tongue-twister. The best she
could do was “Lilibet”—and “Lil
j ibet” she remains even today in
the royal family circle.
Elizabeth was only 4 when
sister Margaret was born. She
showed no jealous resentment
against the newcomer to the
nursery. Instead, Lilibet showed
a maternal instinct and wanted
to take complete charge of the
new baby.
Over the years an unusually
close bond of companionship,
even for sisters, has grown.
Elizabeth always has been the
more serious and determined.
Margaret the gayer and more
i mischievous.
They had the usual sisterly
! scraps. Lilibet, when provoked,
j flashed a fiery temper and wasn’t
j beyond making Margaret mind
! with a hefty clout.
, Their early years were as
1 nearly normal as was possible
; for two daughters of a royal
duke. They got as dirty making
mud pies in the garden as any
youngsters. They spent hours
dressing dolls and playing house,
and ran wildly about at hop
| scotch and hide-and-seek games,
j They had many pets. Eliza
beth loved animals, especially
: horses. She learned to ride at
! the age of three and was given
: her own Shetland pony on her
I fourth birthday,
j A daily chore was sprucing up,
with furniture polish, a dozen
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ON THE ROAD TO THE THRONE—Princess Elizabeth, responding to cheers of Britons in
1935 from a balcony of Buckingham Palace, is watched admiringly by her grandparents.
King George V and Queen Mary. _AP Wirephoto.
wooden horses stabled in the
nursery.
Marion Crawford, the Prin
cesses’ Scottish governess, tells
of meeting Lilibet the first time.
The royal charge was in bed with
cords of her dressing gown tied
to the bedknobs and was driving
an imaginary team.
“Do you usually drive in bed?”
asked the governess.
“I mostly go once or twice
around the park before I go to
sleep,” the little girl explained
patiently. “You see, it exercises
my horses.”
King George V in his declin
ing years looked forward eagerly
to the Buckingham Palace visits
of his lively granddaughter, who
liked to tease him. She shouted
with laughter when he pre
tended to be angry as she ruffled
his hair or stole food from his
plate for her Welsh Corgi dogs.
She would sit wide-eyed on his
knee while the old King spun
yams about the empire, the
faraway places he had visited
and the strange customs he had
seen. This was the introductory
course in her education.
Though the duke and duchess
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; had a craving for the quiet life,
the family moved from Mayfair
in London to a tall, narrow
house at 152 Piccadilly only a
few doors from Wellington
Museum, when the princesses
were still in the nursery stage.
Liked Pillow Fights.
Whenever the little girls were
taken out, crowds of the British
. public were attracted. Lilibet
i liked crowds. Sometimes the
I consciousness of her Importance
; flared up in childish stubborn
ness.
One day, demanding her own
way, she pouted, “it’s royalty
speaking.” Her mother over
heard and sharply reminded her
that “royalty is no excuse for
bad manners.”
Like any healthy youngsters,
the sisters enjoyed a good pillow
fight. The trouble was that their
regal grandmother caught them
rough-housing.
So Queen Mary decided it was
time to take Lilibet under her
| wing. Though at the time the
mantle of the monarchy seemed
far removed from the little girl,
the dignified old lady wanted to
make sure that her granddaugh
ter learned the stern code of
duty which members of royalty
are expected to maintain.
It was the beginning of an ap
prenticeship for the reigning
Queen. Queen Mary, who held
strong views on the bringing up
of young princesses, was to have
a tremendous influence on Eliza
beth through the years.
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