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I ' if-iHB. . ■<rr-miiiffiifo Bjj r F^533jL iwß|. v '^9h|h^ Ms y ■' *' :v ; ;|||jsP||| P*Pf ' '■ • . ■■:■" * - ■.. ■ ■ ...-,.• . * -•• ' ■ , <:-,v. ' 1 WWum SENATORS HEAR HOME RULE PLEA—Last night's hearing of the Senate District Committee on the home rule bill drew a large crowd. The Senators at the session are identified by their names. Among District residents, some of whom testified at the hearing, are: On left in this picture, Mrs. Ernest W. Howard, District Federation of Women’s Clubs; Duane Strawbridge, assistant executive vice president of the Washington Board of Trade; Herbert P. Leeman, former president of the Federation of New Hearing Likely On Home Rule Prior To Senate Action By Don S. Warren Another hearing probably will be called on the Washington home rule bill before a move is made to take it to the Senate for action. After two hours of debate at a second heating last night before members of the Senate District Committee. Chairman Neely ad journed the session subject to call and said another hearing probably will be needed. The plan for an elected form of city government here was sup ported by some witnesses last night but drew blasts from two spokesmen for the Board of Trade and from some others. The leading opposition wit ness was Edward F. Colladay, past president and general coun sel of the Board of Trade, who said the bill would not provide home rule. He said it offers no promise of improvement over the present commission form and falls short of granting full citizenship rights to citizens, 1n i that it does not provide for a vote } • in presidential elections and for | voting representation in Con- ; gress. Polls Consistently Against. Since 1948, he said, the Board of Trade has taken four polls of its membership on various home rule bills and the members have voted against local suffrage each time. F. El wood Davis, chairman of the Trade Board Committee on National Representation and District Form of Government, 1 urged that the bill be amended j in various respects, including j one to carry out the traditional Board of Trade stand, that the ! home rule bill take effect only I if and when Congress has! adopted, and three-fourths of j the States have ratified, an amendment to the Constitution giving Congress power to grant Disrict residents a vote in presi dential elections and voting rep resentation in Congress. Mr. Davis, detailing some trade body objections to the bill. struck at the omission of any pledge in the proposed city charter to carry on with an adequate Federal payment to wards the National Capital. He warned that even watered down "dual voting” provisions in the bill would permit a large number of persons living here, but voting in Congressional and Presidential contests in their home States, to vote here on Dis trict bond issues. Testimony at earlier hearings, he recalled, indicated that some 200,000 District residents still retained State voting rights. Powell Speaks for Bill. Representative Powell, Demo crat, of New York, himself the sponsor of one or more home rule bills and resolutions for National representation, spoke for the Bending measure, sponsored Jointly by 34 members of the Senate. "If there is one place in Amer- j ica where democracy should be 1 pure and undeflled,” he told the i Senate committee, “it is at the i Capital of the United States.” There was a brief flurry when Mrs. Agnes Waters, veteran testi fier on a lot of causes, took the stand. She said the bill was a "part of a Communist conspiracy,” but she was gaveled down by Chairman Neely when she started an attack on Negroes and Jews. She was escorted from the meeting by Metropolitan Police Capt. Michael Doud. The committee voted to expunge her remarks from the record. Legion Speech Contest Fairfax County finals of the j American Legion oratorical con- j test will be held at 8 p.m. to morrow in the Annandale High School. Finalists are from An nandale. Fairfax. Falls Church and Herndon High Schools. GENERAL NEWS OBITUARIES Diversified Views Expressed By Home Rule Bill Witnesses Here are the opinions of some of the witnesses who appeared before the Senate District Com • mittee last night on the pending bill to provide home rule for the j District: William Cheatham, general counsel to the National Capital ' Planning Commission: It is quite ! ; evident from the language of the bill that the proposed District 1 City Council “could discontinue our function so far as the Dis ; trict Government is concerned.” j Mrs. Ernest W. Howard, for I the District Federation of Wom en’s Clubs: “We have been for national representation for many years. Members of the General Federation of Wqmcn’s clubs now are taking an active pin lor national representation.” Mrs. Harvey W. Wiley, chair man of the National Representa tion Committee of the Federation ! of Women’s Clubs: ”W$ are not for home rule. We do not believe that the creation of an elected | form of city government could (bring any substantial gain.” | Mrs. Mabel Morris, president of the Randle Highlands Citi zens’ Association: The home rule bill has not been supported gen erally by property-owners. Citi zens can and do get action out of the present city government : when they make reasonable re quests. George W. Hodgkins, speaking for himself: “I think it is nec assary to have included in the I bill some statement about the Federal payment.” ! J. C. Turner, vice president of jthe Washington Central Labor Union: He has been for home ! rule and for giving District ! people representation in Con gress since 1896. “I hope before ( I I die to get a chance to vote.” . Glenn Watts, president of the ; CIO Industrial Union Council: “We have indorsed Washington , home rule bills for 10 years. We [ also want District residents to be given votes in national elec- tions and to have representation in Congress. Our organization has not changed its view.” Woolsey W. Hall, speaking for the Central Northwest Citizens Association: “We heartily in dorse the bill in every respect and hope it will be passed." Miss Marie Klooz, for the Washington Branch of American Association of University Wom en: “Home rule in the District would have practical benefits for our city. It is the veneral belief of our members that every citizen has the right to vote and the responsibility to partici pate in civic affairs.” Chester Shore, for the District Chapter of the American Veter ans Committee: “The Thomp son Restaurant case laid the basis for home rule. It would relieve Congress of the task of acting as city council for tjie District.” Jess B. Bennett, Air Force veteran, Washington citizen and property-owner, of 1627 Thirty fifth street N.W.: “I can’t vote unless I tell a lie that I’m a 1 resident of Pennsylvania. That Prize Herd of Angus 'Upset' Since Beallsville Jet Crash The crash of an Air Force jet plane on a farm near Beallsville, Md., last week apparently has upset a prize herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle. Washington Attorney Sam Clammer said five of his valu able cows calved prematurely i following the crash and ex-, plosion of a B-57 February 8. The whole herd has shown signs of unrest, Mr. Clammer said. The plane crashed about SO yards from a feeding point where a large segment of the herd was 1 would be morally wrong for I ' haven’t lived there for years, I but there are people here who : tell lies so they can vote.” I Herbert P. Leeman, of the | Central Suffrage Association: [ “The Bar Association, after hearing arguments, voted over i whelmingly for home rule.” Sturgis Warner, of the Home! | Rule Committee: Read a state-j ment for W. Cameron Burton, a past president of the District Bar Association, supporting the bill. H. J. Costello, former Metro- : politan policeman, and a former District taxi driver: Home rule, would help provide "equality for I all.” Mrs. Gertrude Evans, execu tive, secretary of the Progressive! Party of tns District: "We preach democracy to the world, while Here in the Nation’s Capital the people do net have the vote.” Motor Firm 'Frozen' By Cheating Charge Police have shut down an Ar lington used car firm and ac cused the owner of cheating his customers while selling their cars on consignment. The owner. Charles L. Racine. 36. of the Racine Co., 3100 North Tenth street, is free under $1,500 bond, after an appearance yes | terday in Arlington County Court. He was arrested on a grand larceny warrant accusing him of holding out on a customer after selling the man’s car. Detectives Walter Kadel and Alvin Fuschman said additional charges involving similar trans actions will be placed against Racine. Lt. Lynn Smith said police have impounded 14 automobiles on the used car lot. Judge Hugh C. Cregger con- tinned the case until March 2. W. I. Gooch Ends Life In Woodbridge Home William Irving ©ooch. 53, who was justice of the peace and freight agent at Woodbridge. Va, shot and killed himself yester-! day. Virginia State Police re-1 ported. Mr. Gooch’s body was found in his bed by his wife when she re turned yesterday from a trip to Richmond. Investigator Robert Godsey said Mr. Gooch had a bullet wound in his left chest. The gun that fired the fatal shot was on the bed beside him. According to Investigator God ssy, Mrs. Gooch went to Rich mond Tuesday to make arrange ments for her husband to go to a hospital there because he had been in ill health. Police ruled the death a sui cide.. Besides his widow, Mr. Gooch leaves a teen-age son 1 who is attending school in Mary land. located. In the days immedi ately following the crash Air Force bulldozers and cranes moved in and began a clean-up! operation which apparently fur-; ther disturbed the herd. Mr. Clammer’s concern stems j from the fact the herd is worth a fortune since the animals are | of the famous Sunbeam strain l of Angus. The strain began with Prince Sunbeam 29. often re ferred to as the $2 million bull. He said rest and quiet is the only prescription a veterinarian j could offer but added, “We’re all! pretty worried about the herd.”! (pie fretting j&faf WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1955 Semidetached-Type Homes Ruled Out Near Eastpines The Prince Georges County Commissioners, by a divided vote, yesterday denied a builder’s re zoning request to allow construc tion of semi-detached dwellings j on a 36-acre tract just west of | the Eastpines subdivision on Riverdale road. The 3-to-2 vote was on a mo tion to deny a request by the |J. C. Conley Construction Co. • for a change from R-55 zoning j (one-family, detached residential i homes) to R-35 (one family, semi-detached and two-family | detached dwellings). The appli ( cant also was denied, by a unani ! mous vote, commercial zoning] j for an adjacent two-aCre tract proposed as a shopping facility. Commissioners Herbert W. Reichelt, Lansdale G. Clagett and Chairman Jesse S. Baggett, who cast the last and deciding vote, opposed the rezoning. In favor of it were Frank J. Lastner and A. Preston Perrie. Charles F. Scott, president of the Eastpines Citizens’ Associa tion, spoke in opposition to the change. In addition, some 50 area residents appeared at the commissioners’ zoning hearing in Hyattsville in opposition. ■ The Rev. Thomas Dade of St. 1 Bernard's Catholic Church spoke l J in favor of the builder's request for R-35 zoning but declared he I believed there was enough com mercial land in the area. In other, and unanimous, ac tions, the commissioners granted j , ! permission tor the construction j • j of two recreational businesses— one, a $350,000 drive-in theater that will be built on land used now by the Queen Chapel Air- , port; the other, a $200,000 ; bowling alley building with room for stores in the 4700 block of ; Silver Hill road. A request for C-2 zoning (gen-i eral commercial) on property at ] ! the corner of George Palmer i ! highway and Landover road in < ! Kentland was denied. The com- ' ! missioners. however, granted the j i j applicant, Kentland, Inc., C-l j ( ; zoning (local commercial) on the 1 1 property, which has a frontage i of 1,192 feet on the northwest i side of Palmer highway. i The commercial change was opposed by area residents, 75 of I whom submitted a protesting 1 | petition. Their spokesman was j i William C. Shackelford of 7653 t Goodland drive, Kentland. ( . : \ ", • HP 4 | W InlßHßH&nfc. j Mm* f it jLp .a. ill -5 t 5 11 b JO? • - ’Mg MmL, wr . k.. s'\ a HHB mHhBPBs , _ —Stir Staff Phuio. COUNTY REPUBLICANS HONOR LlNCOLN—Helping to pay tribute to the first Republican President at the Lincoln Day din ner of the Republican Club of Prince Georges County last night are these five State G. O. P. leaders. Left to right: Circuit Court Judge John Raymond Fletcher, Charles H. Drown, the club’s president; Mrs. Laura Mulrooney, vice chairman of the county’s Republican State Central Committee; Senator Beall, Republican*, of Maryland and Mrs. Vaughn Richardson, president of the Maryland Federation of Republican Women/ * H —Star Staff Photo. Citizens’ Associations. On the right side of the picture: J. C. Turner, vice president, Central Labor Union; Woolsey Hall, Negro civic leader, representing the Central Northwest Association; Mrs. Agnes Waters, real estate broker, who was later es corted from the hearing room, after charging home rule is a Communist conspiracy. Bill to Investigate Roads Commission Faces Test Today By o Star. Staff Correspondent ANNAPOLIS. Feb. 17.—The Democrat-backed bill to investi | gate the State Roads Commis sion, strengthened by finance j committed amendments, was to receives its first vote test in the Maryland Senate today. The investigation move grows out of fears expressed by some legislators here concerning the j manner in which the Roads Commission has been spending the millions of dollars involved in the 12-year road program and the Baltimore harbor tunnel. The Senate Finance Commit tee gave the bill a favorable re port on Tuesday night, after adding some strengthening amendments. One change would increase the atliouffC of money made available for the investiga tion from $32,000 to $50,000. The second amendment, sug gested by Senator Edward S. Northrop, Democrat, of Mont gomery County, would arm the investigation committee with subpoena powers. Under the bill, the probe would be conducted by a committee made up of the Senate president, speaker of the House and the majority and minority leaders of those two bodies. The committee would be empowered to hire financial con sultants. More Free Land I Offered for Branch Os Virginia U. The University of Virginia i should have no trouble locating j a new branch in nearby Virginia, | inasmuch as another new sitej : has been added to the growing 1 1 list of available free property. The latest offer comes from | Martin Webb of Annandale, who j notified the Fairfax Board of < County Supervisors yesterday he < would donate 50 acres at the | intersection of Ox road and Lee , Chapel road near Burke for the proposed university branch. He ; said he would reserve another j 50 acres in case more land was j needed. The supervisors, eager to see that the branch eventually is located within Fairfax County, 1 passed his offer along to the t advisory committee on selecting s a site. i Resolution to Ask Probe Into Maryland Welfare Fund Use By Gene Goodwin Star Staff Correspondent ANNAPOLIS, Feb. 17.—Dele gate Hervey G. Machen, Demo crat, of Prince Georges County, said today he is working up a resolution calling for an investi gation of the “policies and pro cedures” of the Maryland Wel fare Department. Mr. Machen, who two years ago headed a committee that i inquired into welfare operations - in Prince Georges, said there is “a serious question as whether' we are utilizing our welfare funds to the best advantage.” Mr. Machen made his an nouncement in the wake of ap proval by the House of Delegates i yesterday of a $400,000 defl-1 ciency appropriation to the State ! Department of Public Welfare. Such deficiency appropriations ■ have been necessary in the pre- j vious two sessions of the Legis- ! lature. Webb Salary Bill Passed. On another Prince Georges matter, the Senate yesterday passed and sent to the Governor a bill to raise the annual salary i iof the Prince Georges Circuit Court clerk, W. Waverly Webb, from $7,500 to $9,000. The measure is almost identi- ; cal to one passed by the Legisla ture and signed by Gov. McKel- ; din last month to raise the sal ! ary of Montgomery County Cir i cuit Court Clerk Watkins the same amount. An annual salary of $9,000 would make Mr. Webb the highest paid public official in his 1 county. | The Prince Georges House i delegation, meanwhile, prepared to exempt the county from State law in order to preserve the right of lawyers, doctors and clergy men to place children for adop tion. Under an amendment to be voted on in the House today. Prince Georges and Harford Counties would, in effect, be exempted from a State-wide bill prohibiting individuals from serving as adoption agencies. Under the bill, only agencies licensed by the State Welfare Department could place children ] for adoption. Speed Bill Passed. Enacted by a ÜB-to-2 vote in 1 the House yesterday was a bill giving municipalities the right to < set speed limits on their own 1 roads within their incorporated ! i jjVKMITY j FINANCE * limits. It is similar to a bill vetoed by Gov. McKeldin after the 1954 session on the grounds that it would encourage speed traps. The Democratic leadership of the Legislature did not try to ' override the Governor’s veto, but ; rallied instead behind this sub i stitute bill prepared by Senator : H. Winsliip Wheatley, jr., Demo i crat, of Prince Georges, which j has 28 municipalities. Under the ; new bill, towns could not regulate i speeds on State roads within I their limits, even if those roads '| were maintained by the town. I That was said to be a failing of | the vetoed measure. j Bill Would Broaden : Anti-Slum Powers ! ANNAPOLIS, Feb. 17 (Spe cial)—Legislation before the ! Maryland General Assembly j today would give counties and ! cities the same slum redevelop ment powers enjoyed by Balti more and Washington, if voters approved a constitutional amend ment next year. The amendment proposal is contained in a bill introduced in rthe House yesterday by Dele gates Blair Lee 111, Democrat, of Montgomery and Ridgely P. | Melvin, jr„ Democrat, of Anne I Arundel. Mount Vernon Residents To Have Colonial Bail Residents of the Mount Vernon ! (Va.) area will hold their Colo nial Birthnight Ball at the Belle Haven Country Club Saturday, j Wigs, bouffant skirts and lace- j trimmed long coats will be the | order of the night as tribute to j the 223 d birthday of tleorge! Washington next Tuesday. Sponsored by the Mount j Vernon Citizens’ Association, the ; affair will get under way at 1 9:15 p.m. “Gen. and Mrs. Washington” will put in an appearance, but their identity won’t be made known until after the Grand March. A short pageant com memorating some event in the life of the First President also will be presented. Dancing will begin at 10 p.m. Maurice G. Herndon is general chairman of the ball. Miss Mayme C. Parker of Arcturus is in charge of reservations. * A-37 Youth Council Group Opposes Separate ; Juvenile Court 1 ! By J. L. Michael , Establishment of a separate J juvenile court in Prince Georges . County is neither necessary nor economically feasjble at this ’ time, in the opinion of the Leg _ islative Committee of the County ’ Commissioners’ Youth Council. » In a report released today, e after a three-month study of i youth problems, the committee, s headed by Paul M. Nussbaum of . Mount Rainier, unanimously rec ( ommended instead that juvenile cases be heard by a circuit judge or a third trial magistrate. The conclusions contradict findings of the county’s Juvenile Court Advisory Committee, - which has urged creation of a e separate juvenile court. f The Youth Council Committee 1 emphasized preventive rather - j than correctional phases of de -1 linquency problems and eug -5! gested plans for aiding Juveniles . before they become involved with the law. 5 Mr. Nussbaum said the report ,! has been submitted to Mrs. Irma . | Bogdanoff, chairman of the [ i Youth Council, and to the county commissioners and leg , islators. Other members of the j study group appointed by Mrs. j Bogdanoff are Assistant State’s I Attorney John W. Mitchell and two other attorneys. Oscar R. j Duley and William L. Rigoli. i The report said a separate ju -1 venile court, with its own proba tionary and investigative staff, i would impose unjustified burdens i on taxpayers. j The committee agreed that procedure, under which j two trial magistrates act as Ju venile court judges, each In ! dependent of the other, should | be changed. But it declared that "a case load of approximately i 25 juvenile offenders each week I and 120 offenders under the su pervision of the State Depart ment of Parole and Probation is Insufficient to warrant a separate court, complete with a clerk and clerical help.” Probation officer and police men assigned to juvenile in vestigations should continue under the State probation De partment and the county police chief the report said, rather than be placed under a separate juvenile court judge. Council Stays Action On Firemen Finances The Montgomery County Coun cil last night referred to the County Fire Board for study a proposal that insurance com panies be asked to underwrite j the cost of pensioning and train ing county firemen, either by voluntary contribution or a spe cial tax. Suggestion of fire insurance I carriers as revenue sources for fire department financial needs was made by B. D. GladhiU, of Damascus, at a meeting of the ' council and the fire board in Rockville last night. Mr. Galdhlll said that “less [ than 50 per cent of insurance | premiums collected in Maryland ! are paid out in fire damage claims.” He recommended that a special tax be considered "as a last resort” if voluntary con tributions cannot be obtained. Several Fire Board members told the council of their prob lems in obtaining accident in ! aurance and death benefits for ! firemen. Joseph Giammatteo. of the i Glert Echo Volunteer Fire De partment. said that county wide insurance and pension plans would mean better protection for firemen and their families. Under i the, present system, most depart- I ments have group insurance on I their members but some are also a part of the State retirement system and some are under social I security.