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Weather Foraeant
Pair tonight, low about 60. Tomorrow high
near 80 and chance of showers by night.
(Pull report on Page A-2.)
Temperatures Today.
Midnight 76 6 a.m 69 11 a.m. 79
2 a.m—74 8 a.m 75 Noon 81
4 a.m 72 10 a.m 77 Ipm 82
An Associoted Press Newtpoper
102 d Year. No. 153.
Oppenheimer
Taking Case to.
Atomic Board
2-to-l Ruling Holds
He's Loyal, Discreet,
But Bars Clearance
By James E. Roper
Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer
today prepared ah appeal for the
full Atomic Energy Commission
to give him security clearance
despite the adverse recommenda
tion of an investigating board.
The board, it was disclosed
last night, recommended by a
Partial text of majority findings and
texts of minority report and letter
from Dr. Oppenheimer's counsel to
the Atomic Energy Commission.
Poges A-6 and A-7
2- vote that the AEC con
tinue to keep all atomic se
crets dway from Dr. Oppen
heimer, one of. the brilliant
physicists who developed the
A-bomb.
This recommendation stunned
much of the scientific world and
raised questions of fact and phi
losophy that will rack the AEC
security apparatus before the
sensational case is resolved.
The investigating board,
headed by President Gordon
Gray of the University of North
Carolina, found unanimously
that Dr. Oppenheimer was loyal
to the United States, and also
discreet.
Delay on H-Bomb Charged.
The two-man majority, how
ever, also found that Dr. Oppen
heimer had questionable asso
ciates, showed “susceptibility to
influence,” delayed America’s
start on the hydrogen bomb, and
was “less than candid” in testi
fying before the investigating
board.
Joining Mr. Gray in these con
clusions was board member,
Thomas A. Morgan, former presi
dent of the Sperry Corp.
The dissenting member of the
board—Dr. Ward V. Evans, a
chemistry professor at Loyola
University in the
finding was “a black mark on
the escutcheon of our country.”
Dr. Evans said Dr. Oppen
heimer “did not hinder develop
ment of the H-bomb and there
is absolutely nothing in the testi- i
mony to show that he did." Dr. j
Evans thought Dr. Oppenheimer
was “still naive, but extremely
honest," and should get security
clearance.
A-Scientists Disturbed.
Among early reaction to the
board’s recommendation was a
statement issued by the Atomic
Scientists of Chicago last night.
They called it “unfortunate . . .
disturbing . . . frightening.”
Reporters asked President Eis
enhower at a news conference
..-today to comment on the board’s
decision.
The AEC, Gen. Eisenhower re
plied, is going through a quasi
judicial process. He said that
until this is finished he did not
want to comment.
Gen. Eisenhower added, how
ever, that he had expressed his
great admiration for the work
that Dr. Oppenheimer has done
in the past and that he did not
need to report these remarks.
Gen. Eisenhower said that the
board’s report had gone into Dr.
Oppenheimer’s contributions.
Dr. Oppenheimer himself was
at his home in Princeton, N. J.,
today, but his secretary, Mrs.
Katherine Russell, said the doc
tor “would have not further
comment at this time.”
Held 4-Week Hearings.
The three-man board was set
up after the AEC suspended Dr.
Oppenheimer’s security clearance
December 23 and listed 16
charges against the scientist.
During four weeks of closed
hearings, the board listened to
40 witnesses deliver 3,000 pages
of testimony.
Dr. Oppenheimer, now direc
tor of the Institute for Ad
vanced Study at Princeton Uni
versity, has a right to appeal
the AEC’s Security Review
Board. He decided, however, to
take the case straight to the
full AEC because only the com
mission Itself could give a final
decision. Attorneys for Dr.
Oppenheimer promised to file
briefs by Monday. They asked
for "immediate consideration”
of the case so that it could be
decided before Dr. Oppen
heimer’s contract as an AEC
consultant expires June 30.
Lloyd K. Garrison, as coun
sel for Dr. Oppenheimer, made
public a letter which he wrote
(Continued on page A-8, Col. 4.)
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At tho temperature goes up to does
the interest of many people who are
trying to find ways to keep cool. Mrs.
W. N. had two window fans ta sell.
She placed a small want ad in Star
Classified and received 36 calls from
such interested people. She sold both
fans the first day her ad ran.
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or sell, tell the long-established au
dience of Star readers about it. You'll
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Because it produces the best re
sults The Star publishes more classi
fied ads than the other Washington
newspapers combined. Phone Sterling
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The President Looks Back
On Times of War and Peace
\
Ponders Meaning
Os Sacrifices in
Talk to Newsmen
President Eisenhower waxed
philosophical today on the sub
ject of war and peace.
Talking with a group of war
correspondents preparing to
leave for Prance to attend 10th
anniversary ceremonies of the
Normandy invasion June 5-6, the
President said:
“I frequently get to question
ing myself about —we used to
talk a lot about our sacrifices and
so on—about what these sacri
fices brought us. Os course they
brought us—and bought us—an
immediate safety from the dan
ger then theatening.
Earnest Peace Advocates.
“What did they bring us in
the long run? We know they
brought us an opportunity to
do something, buj what did
these sacrifices mean? I have
never been able —and probably
never will be able—to write
down something, myself, to sat
isfy me.
"But I do know this: That
out of it all the people who
know war, those that experi
enced it—you writers, the fight
ing men—l believe we are the
most earnest advocates of peace
in the world. I believe these
people that talk about peace
academically, but who never had
to dive in a ditch when a Mess
erschnudt 109 came over—they
really flon’t know what it is.”
Many Old Friends.
In conclusion, the President
told the correspondents going [
back to Normandy:
“Probably, you won’t go
through a town there that I
haven’t been through. You’ll see
many old friends of mine—some
farmers around there, where we
used to camp on down to Gran
ville, the peninsula Cherbourg,
and around there. Please give
them my warmest greetings. I
like them. I really envy you the
chance."
President Accents
Legislative Program
At News Conference
Comment on McCarthy
Confined to Republicans
On Probe Committee
By Garnett D. Horner
President Eisenhower today
turned his back on Senator Mc-
Carthy and declared that from
now on he is giving his exclusive
attention to trying to get posi
tive action on his legislative
program.
The President made public at
his news conference a report
No Decision Mode on Indo-China War,
President Declares. Page A-9
prepared by Attorney General
Brownell showing what the
President called an impressive
list of accomplishments—all
done in accordance with the law
—toward getting rid of Com
munists in this country.
He also recalled that the
White House made public last
week a statement warning that
na individual trying to set him
self above the law or presidential
orders can usurp executive re
sponsibility for maintaining
security of the United States.
This statement was aimed at
Senator McCarthy, it was made
clear at the time.
Gen. Eisenhower said emphat
ically that this constitutes the
last word he will have to say
on this subject—unless some
thing should happen to change
his mind.
Later in the conference a re
porter asked the President if he
thought Senator McCarthy had
hurt the administration program
Capitol Hill. Gen. Eisenhow
er grew red in the face and
snapped out a curt invitation
for the next, question.
The President did, however,
answer one query pertaining to
the McCarthy controversy. He
was told that Senator Syming
ton, Democrat, of Missouri, had
said the Democrats on the sub
committee investigating the Mc-
Carthy-Army row were the only
ones standing up for the admin
istration in its conflict with Sen
ator McCarthy over his insist
ence that he has a right to get
secret security information from
Government employes. The Presi
dent was asked if he thought
the Republican Senators were
letting him down.
He replied that he doesn’t
think the Republicans are letting
him down. He added that like
all organizations, the Republican
Party has in it certain individuals
or splinters that don’t go along
with the majority. Hp said he
does not know the philosophy of
those who stray.
Gen. Eisenhower explained he !
was not going to say any more 1
about the McCarthy controversy j
because he cannot conceive of
anything more important to the i
United States today than enact
ment of the legislative program |
(Continued on Page A-2, Col. 2.) |
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V V J V V VTTTK SUNDAY MORNING EDITION L/
WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1954—EIGHTY-FOUR PAGES.
Inspiration Mixed
With Frustrations
Mark 16 Months
Both unexpected frustrations
and inspirations have been Pres
ident Eisenhower’s lot during his
first 16 months in the White
House, he told a news conference
today.
A reporter, remarking that the
President now has completed
one-third of his first term, asked
him if things had gone the way
he had anticipated.
Gen. Eisenhower said he did
not start out with any idea that
it was going to be a picnic or fun.
He said that there had been
many frustrations, disappoint
ments and * inhibitions that
were unexpected even for one
partly accustomed to living in a
goldfish bowl.
Impressed by Sacrifices.
However, he went on, inspira
tion has come from many quar
ters He mentioned that it is
inspiring and pleasing for him
to see the number of people who
are ready to make personal sac
rifices to serve the Government.
Then he told of a visit the
other day that especially in
spired him. He said the visitor
was a little girl who apparently
took great pleasure in coming to
his office. And his sense of being
complimented by the »visit, he
said, was intensified by what she
had gone through to get there.
She was scheduled to visit the
White House two years ago with
a group of girls, but was stricken
with polio. The President re
called that she went through a
two-year siege which included
having both her legs broken and
re-set and a number of opera
tions. While in the hospital, she
completed her high school
course.
Can’t Feel Sorry for Self.
When you see courage like
that, Gen. Eisenhower said, you
can’t feel very sorry for your
self. He added that that kind
of incident tends to lift you
above yourself.
Gen. Eisenhower did not men
tion the name of his girl visitor.
She was Sandra Miskelly, 18, of
Keene. N. H.
—AP Photo*.
MRS. YANINA KHOKHLOV.
Disappears in Moscow.
Mrs. Khokhlov
Disappears
In Moscow
■y tho Associated Pros*
BONN, Germany, June 2.
The wife left behind by Soviet
secret police Capt. Nikolai
Khokhlov when he deserted to
the West last February has dis
appeared in Moscow, Western of
ficials said here today.
Diplomatic reports just re
ceived from the Soviet capital
said Mrs. Yanina Khokhlov van
ished without trace from her
three-room apartment several
weeks ago and apparently is in
secret police custody.
Capt. Khokhlov, who backed
down on a Red assignment to
kill a Russian resistance leader
'in Frankfurt, had appealed to
the free world in news confer
ences and radio broadcasts since
to help save his family from
what he said were certain Soviet
reprisals, possibly, death.
His “wonderful wife,” the 31-
year-old Russian said, had per
suaded him not to go through
with the plot to do away with
Georgi S. Okolovich, a leader of
the anti-Communist NTS, with
the special weapons—including a
cyanide poison pistol shaped like
a cigarette case—with which he
had been equijfped.
The reports did not make clear
what has happened to the Kho
khlovs’ 18-month-old son, Alex
ander, the 14-year-old sister of
Mrs. Khokhlov, who lived with
them. Western officials here
said, however, they believe the
son and Mrs. Khokhlov’s sister
also have disappeared.
Italian Republic Celebrates
June 2 {lP). —ltalian
officials and foreign diplomats
today reviewed a 7,000-man mil
itary parade on the occasion of
the Italian Republic’s eighth an
niversary. Hundred of thou
sands lined the parade route
from the Colosseum to the Piazza
Venezia. %
All or Nothing
On Phone Data,
McCarthy Says
Placing Monitored
Talks in Record Up
To Administration
By Cecil Holland and
John A. Giles
Senators investigating the
Army-McCarthy row decided to
day to leave to the administra
tion to say whether it will block
the placing of several monitored
telephone calls into the record
of the hearing.
Both Roy Cohn, who was in
the witness chair as the tele-
Text of Senator Flanders' Speech At
tacking McCarthy. Page A-4
vised hearing went into their
25th day, and Senator McCarthy
said they would object to the
disclosure of any of the mon
itored conversations unless all
of them were made available.
Specifically they sought the
record of some calls between
Secretary of the Army Stevens
and Maj. Gen. Kirk Lawton,
commander of Fort Monmouth,
N. J. Mr. Cohn, who is regular
counsel for the McCarthy com
mittee, said those conversations
were especially “relevant to our
case.”
“There will be no coYisent un
less all calls are introduced,”
Senator McCarthy said.
' Long a Problem.
The subject of the monitored
conversations has plagued the
investigators since the start of
the hearings.
They were monitored in the
office of Mr. Stevens by John
Lucas, an assistant.
Army Special Counsel Joseph
N. Welch suggested the possi
bility that Mr. Lucas may not
have monitored the conversa
tions to which Mr. Cohn re
ferred. But then he went on to
say that President Eisenhower’s
May 17 directive against ban
ning congressional committees
from confidential information in
the executive department might
"impinge” on the calls with ref
erence to Gen. Lawton. He sug
gested that Acting Chairman
Mundt take that matter up with
Attorney General Brownell.
Senator McClellan, Democrat,
of Arkansas asked Senator
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WMAL-TV will continue television
coverage of the Army-McCarthy
hearing this week. As previously, each
day's entire proceedings will be
presented beginning at 10 a.m.
Mundt to urge that Mr. Brownell
waive the directive unless the
conversations involved national
security.
Dirksen Questions Cohn.
Under questioning by Senator
Dirksen. Republican, of Illinois,
Mr. Cohn said that he found
nothing improper in his and his
associates’ dealings with Mr.
Stevens and Army Counsel John
G. Adams. Those two officials
have charged Mr. Cohn and
others used improper means to
obtain special and preferential
(Continued on Page A-3, Col. 1.)
Volcano Erupts Twice
For Hawaii Tourists
By tho Associated Press
HONOLULU, June 2.—Sight
seers flocked back to Kilauea
today and the 4,000-foot vol
cano on the island of Hawaii
obliged with a brief flareup
after a quiet night.
The show was not nearly so
spectacular, however, as yester
day. when Kilauea ended a two
year nap by hurling lava 600
feet into the air in its most vig
orous eruption of the century.
Magazine Publisher Weighs
Idea for Morning Paper Here
Alex L. Hillman, publisher
of Pageant and other periodicals,
told The Star last night that he
was looking into the'possibilities
of publishing a morning paper
in Washington “something like
the Wall Street Journal” but
that the project was still “nebu
lous.”
The plan is to distribute a
newspaper without advertising at
10 cents a copy, he said. The
possibility of eventually opening
the columns of the proposed
newspaper to advertising is
under consideration. Washing
ton, said Mr. Hillman over the
telephone from New York, Is “a
hard nut to crack” because news
paper advertising rates here are
low.
“We haven’t even applied for
• press service,” he said, “the
whole thing is very nebulous.”
Mr. Hillman was described by
friends as a graduate of the
University of Chicago who had
served on the board of Pacific
University and a successful pub
lisher.
One of his publications was
the Freeman, a vehicle of right
wing political opinion. Should
the planned new Washington
paper materialize, he said, it will
support right wing Republicans
including Senator Joseph R. Mc-
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Send a Kid to Camp
Your Aid Would Bring Cheer
To Polio Victim and Her Child
Camp Fund Gifts
Mean Health, Joy
To Underprivileged
Marian Thayer is 26, blond
and a former model.
She is the widow of an in
fantryman killed in France at
St. Lo in 1944. He had entered
the service six months after
they were married.
Two years ago, Mrs. Thayer
and her little daughter, Betsy,
were visiting friends in Cuba.
Mrs. Thayer started having
back pains. They grew pro
gressively worse. The diag
nosis was polio.
Today, she sits in a wheel'
chair, paralyzed from the waist
down. For two .or three hours
a day, she tries to walk and
regain the use of her muscles.
There are braces on her legs.
She goes to a hospital twice
a week for treatment.
Mrs. Thayer and Betsy live
on a widow’s pension and in
surance which amounts to $176
a month. She is buying their
four-room bungalow. The pay
ments are $49 a month, and
the house will be paid-for in
10 years.
Does All Housework.
The automatic gas furnace
put in so that Mrs. Thayer
could operate it from upstairs
cost S9OO. It takes $25 a month
to make payments on that. An
other $8 a month goes for the
washing machine.
Mrs. Thayer does all her
housework and washing. Her
Hungary Rejoins UNESCO
After '52 Withdrawal
By tho Aisociatad Pros*
BUDAPEST, June 2.—Hungary
announced today she has re
joined the United Nations Edu
cational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO).
Foreign Minister Janos Bol
boezky, in a letter to UNESCO
Director General Luther H.
Evans said his government has
“complied with the request of
the UNESCO General Assembly
and is willing to take part again
in the work of the organization.”
“Thus the Hungarian govern
ment wants to contribute to
lessening of international ten
sion,” Mr. Bolboczky’s letter
stated.
Carthy of Wisconsin. He men
tioned the possibility of getting
30,000 to 35,000 readers who
want th&t point of view to be
given expression.
The editor of the new paper,
if it materializes, he said, will
be Forrest Davis, former Wash- j
ington editor of the Saturday !
Evening Post and now an edi
torial writer on the Cincinnati
Enquirer. Mr. Davis was editor
of Mr. Hillman’s Freeman.
Reached on the telephone at
Cincinnati, Mr. Davis confirmed
the arrangement and seemed
much more certain that the
planned paper would make its
appearance this fall than Mr.
Hillman.
“It’s going to be something
like the Manchester Guardian
.and the London Express,” he
said, “that is a small eight-page
paper like the Express with some
of the brilliance of the Guardian.
We hope to make it a political
paper, no comic strips, that
people will be willing to pay for.
I doubt that It will ever accept
advertising.
“It will be a conservative i
paper, rather than a Republican
one, as strong for Senator Byrd
as for any Republican. It will
not be the organ of any one poli- j
tician.” 1
Camp Fund Facts
How to send a kid to camp:
Make out check or money
order to The Evening Star
Summer Camp Fund. Mail
to The Evening Star. Wash
ington 4, D. C. Or bring cash
to The Star cashier.
The cost: $35.72 for 12
days, or $17.86 for six days.
The Star will acknowledge
your gift. x
house is spotless. Bhe keeps her
food budget in line with eco
nomical dishes.
A ramp over the steps al
lows her to get into the back
yard. But she can’t go out the
front door, or go out anywhere
unless some one takes her.
Once a week, her mother
brings the groceries. She also
buys the necessary clothing
for Mrs. Thayer and Betsy.
Mrs. Thayer formerly lived
with her mother and stepfa
ther. She spent a whole Wash
ington summer in a second
floor apartment, unable to get
out.
Longs for Recreation.
She'd like to go for outings
now and then. She longs to
“just look” in store windows,
or go for a boat ride. But
“most people are too busy with
their own plans,” she’s found.
It isn’t easy to keep track of
her 10-year-old from a wheel
chair. Mrs. Thayer can’t chase
after Betsy like other mothers.
(See CAMP FUND, Page A-10.)
Proposal for Merger
Os Oil Unions Discussed
By th« Associated Press
CLEVELAND, June 2.—Dele
gates to a CIO oil workers union
special convention today con
sidered a plan to merge with 30
other CIO, AFL and independent
organizations in the oil and al
lied industries.
The 250 delegates represent
about 130,000 members, and the
other organizations have a com
bined total of about 90,000 mem
bers. O. A. Knight, oil workers
president who recommended the
merger, said it would increase
the collective bargaining power
of the industry’s workers, and
bring them a potential member
ship of one million men.
A proposed constitution for a
new oil and chemical workers
international union had been ap
proved by the CIO oil workers
and the other unions last Feb
ruary. Specifically under con
sideration today was a proposal
that would provisionally amend
the oil workers constitution to
make it correspond to the pro
posed constitution of the new
groups.
U. S. Will Donate Butter
To Middle East Nations
By tho Associated Brets
The Agriculture Department
will donate 2,700,000 pounds of
government-owned surplus but
ter for relief use in the Middle
Eastern countries of Jordan.
Syria and Lebanon.
The butter, which will be con
verted into butter oil for ship
ment, will be distributed by the
United Nations relief and works
administration program, the de
partment said yesterday.
Trujillo in Spain
VIGO, Spain, June 2 (AP),—
Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, former
President of the Dominican Re
public. arrived today for a 12-
day official visit as guest of Gen.
Francisco Franco, Spanish chief
of state.
First Since 1881
Never Say Die, owiled by Robert Ster
ling Clark of New York and Upperville,
Va., today became the first American
bred horse to win the Epsom Derby
since 1881.
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Welfare Department
Reports 238 Fired
As Security Risks
114 Listed as Subversive
Suspects in Testimony
At Congress Hearing
By tho Associated Prtu
The Department of Health,
Education and Welfare says that
by April 30 it had fired or other
wise eliminated 238 security risks
—including 114 suspected sub
versives.
The total, reported to Congress
in testimony released today,
superseded the Civil Service,,
Commission’s report last March
that the Welfare Department
had uncovered 78 security risks.
The department also told a
House Appropriations subcom
mittee that, in one 78-case cate
gory, about 40 per cent of those
eliminated as security risks had
been hired under the Eisenhower
administration. The remainder,
it t said, were holdovers from
Democratic administrations
No breakdown was provided,
in this case, between suspected
subversives and those removed
for other causes. A security risk
may be a person who drinks or
gossips too much or is found to
be unstable mentally.
Protests From Democrats.
A number of Democrats in
Congress have protested that
many such persons left Govern
ment service voluntarily without
knowing they were classed as
security risks.
Secretary Oveta Culp Hobby
testified that the Government’s
newest department, with about
1.000 “sensitive” jobs, has set up
a special 35-employe office of in
ternal security to screen the i
staff. She requested $185,000 for
this office in a $1,600,342,000
budget for the department dur
ing the year beginning July 1.
In a formal memorandum to
the subcommittee, the depart
ment said 10 “terminations” had
been made in cases where the
individuals’ “files contained in
formation indicating in various
degrees subversive activities,
subversive associations or mem
bership in subversive organiza
tions.”
For the same reasons 13 were
suspended, 37 resigned under in
vestigation when their files were j
known to contain unfavorable
information, 53 more were “sep- 1
arated” in other ways under the :
same circumstances, and one
was separated while unfavor
able reports of subversion were
being investigated.
The 124 non-subversive risks
resigned under investigation or
were separated on charges rang
ing from immorality to untrust
wortiness, the department said.
Action on 91 Cases.
Undersecretary Nelson A.
Rockefeller testified that 147
security risks were uncovered
between May and December,
1953, and action has been taken
in 91 cases since then.
Representative Fogarty, Dem
ocrat, of Rhode Island, asked
how many of the 78 security
cases reported by the Civil Serv
ice Commission “were persons
hired by the previous adminis
tration.”
The reply was that 45 were
holdovers, 20 were hired between
President Elsenhower’s inaugu
ration January 22, 1953, and the
following May 28, and 13 had
been hired after then.
The civil service report de
scribed 27 of the 78 as alleged
subversives, but there was no in
dication of how these fitted into
the breakdown by time of hiring.
The department did not volun
teer this information on the rest
of its security cases.
U. S. Aids Indian Forests
NEW DELHI, India, June 2.
OP).—Under a technical co-op
eration agreement signed here ■
today, the United States made
available to India $85,000 to
augment present research fa- j
cilities on forest products. I
Unified Agency
To Fight Slums
Studied Here
License Department
Would Contain Unit
Undfer New Proposal
By Miriam Ottenberg
Reorganization of the city’s
entire program for blocking the
spread of slums by putting all
housing inspection and enforce
ment in one agency was under
serious consideration by the
District Commissioners today.
The agency would be in the
Department of Licenses and Ira
spections. The Health Depart
ment would share in setting
standards and some of its in
spectors would be transferred
to the new unit, but the respon
sibility for inspections and en
forcement of laws for existing
housing would be in Licenses
and Inspections.
Reasons for Proposal.
The expected decision to unify
the city’s housing program is
prompted by:
1. The admitted breakdown in
enforcement of tenement reg
ulations.
2. Protests from property
owners aired in letters to the
Commissioners and in Capitol
Hill testimony about present
housing procedures.
3. Fears that the housing
code—in the process of being
drawn for the past eight months
—will fall into the same hope
less pattern as the tenement reg
ulations, through divided re
sponsibility.
4 The progress being made in
other cities to cope with slum
housing through a single inspec
tion and enforcement agency.
5. The expense to the city of
duplicate inspections by various
agencies and the irritation of
property owners caused by this
duplication.
Idea Offered by Prentiss.
The reorganization idea was
first broached by Engineer Com
, missioner Louis W. Prentiss, who
instructed Assistant Engineer
Commissioner Giles Evans, jr.,
to get together with Director of
Administration Schuyler Lowe
and come up with a plan by to
morrow. Gen. Prentiss envis
aged single inspection and en
forcement for housing under
rooming and tenement house
regulations and the proposed
housing code.
Commissioner Samuel Spencer
went along with the plan today.
He said putting all inspectors for
i housing under the Department
of Licenses and Inspections is
desirable and ought to be done.
The Commissioners, he said, will
discuss it at their “board meeting
tomorrow.
Commissioner Renah Camalier,
who has jurisdiction over the
Health Department, said he be
lieved some health aspects of
housing should be handled by
men trained in these matters
but if it is possible to transfer
some trained men from the
Health Department to the De
partment of Licenses and In
spections —as is contemplated
under the plan—he will approve.
City’s Expressed Goal.
The city’s expressed goal is
to raise the living standards of
its low-income inhabitants with
out creating either more slums
or imposing impossible condi
tions on property owners.
It has sought this goal through
a stepped-up program for the
condemnation of insanitary
dwellings, through the tenement
regulations and now through the
proposed new building code.
On the condemnation program
the District has asked Congress
for a law to force owners to re
j pair or demolish condemned, in-
I sanitary buildings. Hearings
! brought property owners out in
■ force to protest that they never
knew how much repair was re
quired when they started, that
different inspectors told them
different things and that if they
made expensive repairs in ac
cordance with rigid standards
they would have to raise rents.
Chairman O’Hara of the House
District Subcommittee holding
the hearings commented that
there does seem a need for great
er co-ordination to make a de
sirable program work.
On the tenement regulations,
more than 3,000 persons have
applied for licenses to operate
(See SLUMS, Page A-2.)
Neighborly Mr. Jones
Has an Adventure
IS COURTESY DEAD?—Templeton
Jones, a courteous man himself, asks
the question. The answer he gets
makes the gentle Jones blush. Tho
Star's Charles E. Tracewell teMs all
about it on pogo A-26.
REST IN THE NATlON—Virginia's
traffic record during 1953 has brought
tho Stato the coveted top award in
tho 1953 Nationol Traffic Safety
Contest. Sea page A-29.
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