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The Commissioners also named Washington I. Cleveland of the American Automobile Associa tion to be vice chairman of the Motor Vehicle Parking Agency itself. The chairman, Charles M. Upham, had sought to resign be cause of the press of his private business, but was urged to stay by Engineer Commissioner Thomas A. Lane. Mr. Watson will take over his new job at the same civil serv ice pay and grade he now draws —CS-13 at $9,160 a year. His predecessor, Mr. Rodes, quit after an unsuccessful effort to have the Job upgraded to OS -14. Mr. Watson is an alumnus of Washington and Lee University and the George Washington University, from which he grad uated in 1922 with a bachelor of arts degree. He has been employed by the District government since 1920. During World War n he served with the Army ground forces and rose from the rank of first lieutenant to lieutenant colonel. At the end of the war he was stationed in Berlin with the transport division. Trial Board Fines Policeman $125 A Police Trial Board today recommended fines totaling $125 to be assessed a police private found guilty on two counts. Pvt. Robert B. Ewing, colored, of the ninth precinct, was fined $75 on a charge of failing to give careful attention to dispatches, orders and Instructions read and Issued by the officer in com mand at roll call. He also was fined SSO for fail ure to be punctual in reporting for duty at the place and time designated. Pvt. Ewing was ap pointed to the force March 16, 1951. Blanket Over Head Surprises Woman June Lu, 40, of 3539 Alton place N.W., got the surprise of her life when she entered her apartment at 9:15 pm. yester day. As she reached for the light switch someone threw a blanket over her head. By the time she recovered and removed the blan ket the intruder had disap peared. Police said a house breaker who entered through a basement window apparently had been surprised before he could steal anything. RADIO—COMICS—TELEVISION OBITUARIES THE FEDERAL SPOTLIGHT Rural Letter Carriers Turn to 7.6% Raise BT JOSEPH YOUNG One of the major postal employe unions has broken with most of its fellow postal organizations and given its support to the administration-backed 7.6 per cent postal pay measure. The National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, which until now has sided with most of the other postal groups in insisting ob at least an 8-3 per cent av erage postal pay Increase, has informed members of Congress that it Is agreeable to the av erage 7.8 per cent bill approved by the House Civil Service Com mittee Warren B. Bledsoe, president of the ass'-iation, declared 'n a letter to members of Congress: "We feel that you will agree that the welfare of the employe is more important than a complete meeting of minds on the amount of increase that is proper, justi fiable and deserved. Sincerely feeling that this will also be your personal thought, we re spectfully urge your every effort to speed enactment of the 7.8 per cent pay proposal.” Veto Might Stick President Eisenhower is re ported by administration officials to be ready to veto any postal pay increase in excess of 7.8 per cent And there is grave doubt that Congress would override such a veto This would also stymie pay raises *or the Government’s classified employes. Mr. Bledsoe said a 7.8 per cent pay boost “is a lot better than no pay raise at all.” He added: "Employes need a pay raise and it doesn’t make any sense to im peril this increase by insisting on something that will lead to a presidential veto and no pay raise at all this year. We lost out last year and unless we agree to the 7.6 per cent figure. I’m afraid we might lose out this year as well.” Pour other postal employe or ganizations previously went on record in favor of the 7.6 per cent bill. They are the National Association of Special Delivery Messengers, the National Asso ciation of Supervisors, the Na tional Association of Postmas ters and the National League of Postmasters. Together with the rural carriers, they comprise about 135.000 of the 500,000 postal workers. 8 mailer Groups Waver The large A7L postal unions insist on an 8.3 average pay raise. The AFL National Fed eration of Post Office clerks fa vors a 10 per cent boost. However, it is known that sev eral of the smaller AFL postal groups are wavering in their 8.3 per cent stand and are agree able to the 7.6 per cent figure. They have hesitated to make this known, however, because they don’t want to break the solid front that the AFL has shown on the issue until now. Classified employe leaders are hoping that the postal groups can agree on the 7.6 per cent figure, as this would mean quick agreement by Congress on • 7 Gleaming white Supreme Court Building is just be low area B, the Library of Congress at the right; Union Station at the top.—Star Staff Photo. i per cent raise for classified em i ployes. Chairman Murray of the , House Civil Service Committee would be willing to sponsor a provision to make these increases retroactive to March 1 if the em ; ploye organizations support his committee’s 7.6 per cent postal bill. Classified employe groups are more than willing to accept the 7 per cent proposed increase i for classified workers. The House is scheduled to vote ' on postal pay legislation next ' week, then take up the classified pay raise bill. ** * * PATRONAGE The White . House is reported drafting a new . memorandum to agencies urging ' them to open up more top Gov ’ erament jobs for “deserving” Republicans. However, Democrats in Con gress have served notice that 1 any new move to by-pass civil 1 service in filling these jobs will ’ be strongly opposed by them. The new White House direc > tlve is aimed at top policy-mak ■ ing jobs. It will declare that more non-career executives t should be brought into Govern ment, as recommended by the ; Hoover Commission. Career of i flcials in policy making jobs would be transferred to non-pol -1 icy making positions. ** * * [ SECURITY—Senator Humph l rey, Democrat, of Minnesota, will > discuss the Government employe ; security program at a luncheon > April 20 of the American Society i for Public Administration and i the American Political Science Foundation at the Willard Hotel. . Senator Humphrey is chairman , of a special Senate subcommittee . Investigating the program. I** * v r AWARDS Secretary Hobby • has presented honor awards to ’ 29 employes of the Department ■ of Health, Education and Wel ’ fare. They are: George E. Bigge, i Dr. Philip R. Edwards. William i L. Mitchell. Dr. George W. i Pearce and Albert F. Slepert, distinguished service awards; Dr. Daniel Banes, Dr. Lloyd E. Blauch, Dr. Ambrose Caliver, ; Mrs. Georgia Cotton, Dr. Addi son M. Duval, Mrs. Marion L. Faegre, George A. Geil, William ’ W. Goodrich, Milton Han, Fred Hillig, Margaret L. Lambert, ‘ Frank J. McClure, Rufus E. Miles. Horace Ogden, Harold P. 1 Packer, James H. Pearson, ' Bruce P. Phillips, William H. • Sheridan, Willard S. Traylor, 1 and Dr. Wolfgang Felix von ’ Oettingen, superior service 1 awards. 1 Also, 40-year service awards went to Joseph Callaway, jr., i Francis A. Dixon, Dr. Waltson i W. Edridge, Columbus M. Gib : boas, Clarence H. Langley, Ev : erett C. Trammell and William FjO. Wolfs. fSfje ffocning pfaf WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 1955 Urban Renewal Slakes Outlined Rouse Puts Figure At S3BO Million James W. Rouse, mortgage banker and co-author of the Rouse-Keith report on urban renewal for the District, yester day told members of Washing ton’s building industry they have a S3BO million stake in the carrying out of an urban re newal program here. Estimating that only some 10 per cent of the District remains available for new development, Mr. Rouse told a luncheon of the Washington Building Con gress yesterday in the Mayflower Hotel that the “renewal program is Washington’s area for develop ment.” Mr. Rouse outlined for the meeting the aims and techniques of urban renewal and then gave his listeners this estimate: In the 11 areas slated for renewal under the program, there will be some SBO million spent on buildings that will remain plus another S3OO million on new construction in these areas. All responsible citizens in the District have an interest in seeing renewal carried out, he told the Building Congress. This work will add some $7 million to District tax revehues, Mr. Rouse said. He warned, however, that the program can die for lack of in terest. “Businessmen are the people who must make tills click,” he said. D. C. Funds for Two Psychiatrists Urged The Glover Park Citizens’ Association last night adopted a resolution asking that funds for two psychiatrists be restored to the District budget. The group also nominated its present officers for election for the coming year. Frank B. Turner, president, conducted the meeting in St. Luke’s Church, Calvert street and Wisconsin avenue N.W. HARVARD ALUMNI TOP FIELD IN GIFTS TO ALMA MATER Harvard topped 351 other universities and colleges for the number and amount of alumni fund contributions in 1954 The American Alumni Council reported yesterday that 30,402 Harvard alumni contributed $1,233,448 to their alma mater’s alumni fund. Yale, Notre Dame, Columbia, Princeton, Dart mouth, Vassar, Wellesley, Cornell and Stanford also ranked high in funds raised. Princeton received con tributions from the greatest percentage of alumni—67.9 per cent. Wesleyan University led in total alumni gifts. It got $7,030,291, more than $6.1 million of it from a single donor. Eslale Gifts Issue Fought At Hearing D. C. Officials Hit Bill to Exempt Charity Bequests Legislation to exempt from District inheritance taxes all gifts to charities was supported today by attorneys for religious and charitable Institutions, but strongly opposed by District gov ernment officials because of the revenue losses that would result. Testimony to this effect was heard by the House District Ju diciary subcommittee considering the bill introduced by Represent ative Hyde, Republican, of Mary land. Subcommittee Chairman Har ris, Democrat, of Arkansas prom ised, after the hearing closed, his unit would take action soon on the measure. Mr. Hyde said his bill was needed because the present in heritance law has Inequities. He said it exempt sfrom taxation bequests to the American Red Cross and the Cancer Society here, but collects taxes from be quests to the Heart Association, among others. Law Called Restrictive Furthermore, he emphasized the present law is restrictive because it provides that bequests shall be exempt only to charita ble, educational and religious organizations exclusively "within the District of Columbia, and property transferred to the American National Red Cross.” His bill would strike from the present act the restriction re lating to within the District ol Columbia and the Red Cross. District officials headed by Corporation Counsel Vernon West objected to the Hyde bill because he said the District "again is in a financial crisis.” Also protesting against any further tax exemption by con gressional act was James Martin, the city finance officer and tax assessor. He said the average yearly loss to the District by the Hyde bill would be around $150,- 000 a year. Mr. West and Mr Martin both urged the commit tee to accept in place of the Hyde bill a compromise pro vision backed by the District Commissioners. In effect it would liberalize to some extent the present restriction so that ex emption could be made for be quests to property “principally and primarily for the benefit of residents of the District of Columbia.” Objectors to Bill Listed Spokesmen representing churches and charitable insti tutions here who supported the Hyde bill and objected to the proposed Di str ic t officials’ amendment included: William Hannan, counsel of the Wash ington Heart Association; G. Bowdoin Craighill, representing the Convention of the Protest ant Episcopal Church of the Di ocese of Washington; William B. Jones, attorney for the Cath olic Archidlocese of Washing ton; Lloyd Fletcher, attorney for the Methodist Home in the District of Columbia, and the Masonic and the Eastern Star home here, and the Rev. Dr. Robert E. VanDeusen of the Na tional Luther Council, whose Washington office is here. 34,000 Baptists At Easter Rites More than 34,000 persons at tended services at 47 Baptist churches of the Washington area on Easter Sunday, it was an nounced today. The report was made at the noon-day meeting, in New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, of the simultaneous evangelistic crusade sponsored by the District Baptist Convention. Forty-four Washington area Baptist churches are taking part in the drive. Calvery Baptist Church led in the number of worshipers at Easter Sunday morning services with 2,00 present. Metropolitan Church was second with 1,800 worshipers and First Church, 1,200; Silver Spring Church, 1,131, and Brookland Church, 1,050, followed In that order. Metropolitan Church had 750 worshipers at the Sunday eve ning service to bring its day’s total to 2,550, top chrch for the day. Grace Church was second with 268 and Congress Heights Chrch third with 240. Calvery Church did not have an evening service. The crusade, which opened with the Easter Sunday services, will continue through April 24. Dr. C. Y. Dossey, associate sec retary of the Southern Baptist Convention’s department of evangelism. Home Mission Board, is in charge. Robert Montgomery 111, Out of TV Show NEW YORK. April 12 (fit.—An attack of influenza knocked Rob ert Montgomery out of the title role in “The Great Oatsby” a few hours before it was to ap pear on NBC-TV last night. Mr. Montgomery left a sick bed to attend a rehearsal at Radio City. Midway through it, however, he collapsed and was taken to his Manhattan home. A kinescope of “Such a Busy Day Tomorrow” was substituted at the 9:30 pm. showing of "Robert Montgomery Presents,” the ac tor’s regular weekly show. Housing Committee Meets On New Code Changes On the heels of a charge by the Washington Housing Asso ciation that it is considering a “whole new housing code,” the District's Housing Code Review Committee yesterday threw open a meeting of Its steering com mittee to reporters. Charles B. Dulcan, sr., chair man of the group, explained that the "new” code was merely a review of the third draft of the proposed housing code for the District • completed . last March 8 by the Housing Code Drafting Committee, headed by William H Cary, Jr., of the Dis trict Health Department G. Yates Cook, executive di rector of the Federal City Coun cil and former chief of trie Bal timore Health Department’s Housing Bureau, said the “re view” was prepared by C. Wil liam Brooks, zoning consultant to the Baltimore Planning Com mission. Mr. Brooks also con tributed to research on Wash ington's recently adopted slum clearance program. Meets 3 Hours j Mr. Cook assured the steering ! committee that any charge for Mr. Brooks’ services would be met by the Federal City Council The group met for three hours in the board room of the Per petual Building Association What Mr. Cook called the “Brooks Review” is actually a rewriting of the March 8 draft. While much of the March 8 ver j sion is included unchanged, the committee's work yesterday showed there are many* additions and deletions. The major change made pre viously by the committee, it was disclosed, was the elimination of any reference to rooming houses or to any other form of housing which operates under city li | cense, including hotels. In two sessions, the steering l committee has gone over most of ! the “Brooks Review” paragraph i by paragraph. In several cases. Robbery of Father Charged to Son An indictment accusing a man of robbing his 70-year-old father at gunpoint was returned yester day by an Arlington grand Jury. Keyworth C. Birch, 41, of the 400 block of H street S.W. was ! Indicted on charges of assaulting and robbing his father, Albert C. Birch, of 2761 North Quebec street. Police said that Keyworth Birch took S9O after threatening to kill Mr. Birch if he reported the robbery. The defendant pleaded inno cent before Circuit Judge Walter T. McCarthy and trial was set for April 26. Count, Ex-Slave of Reds Among 129 New Citizens A count and a man who had spent six years in a Russian concentration camp in Siberia were among 129 persons sworn in today as naturalized Ameri can citizens at a ceremony in the United States Courthouse. The oath of citizenship was administered by Judge Matthew F. McGuire, of the U. S. District Court for the District of Colum bia. The naturalization cere mony was held in the large cere monial courtroom. Count Renounces Title The count, who renounced his title upon being sworn in as an American citizen, is August Philip Armfelt, 39, of 1334 Nine teenth street N.W., from Fin land. He is a student at the Lewis Hotel Training School. He inherited his title, he ex plained, from his great-great grandfather, Gustaf Mauritz, who was a Swedish baron. Mr. Armfelt came to this country in 1946. The man who spent time in the Russian concentration camp is Robert Weisz, 62, of 911 Quincy street N.W., a painter by tnde. mM JHk Hi 9Um, HiHr Hak jar . VL .-- y ■w* 'WKm m -jpj ESP • tsA f ' v « ‘•“hM r i- 2 % I 'Jk • fIH . ■ fm M m 4 -12 jj§2 b hHH £ rJp WUk in) ■ jfcjsy - ’w B • .IE. so *'> & ■'stk "‘Vai I !§ MOW fITITTMB unmaren Amniof Phllln Armfelt /feft\ nt tSnl.ra NEW CITIZENS WELCOMED—August Philip Armfelt (left) of Finland, who re- £ nounced a count’s title; Renata Steiner, 9, of Italy, and Robert Weisz of Austria read a booklet welcoming them as new citizens to the United States after court ceremonies.—Star Staff Photo. WASHINGTON NEWS FINANCE r | the language of the March 8 ■ I draft was restored. In others, i the version of the “Brooks Re s view” was accepted. < The meeting recessed to meet > again at the call of Mr. Dulcan. - In the meantime, the steering committee members are to meet ’ with their subcommittees for de -1 tailed study of the various sec ’ tions of the “Brooks Review.” r Committee to Get Plan t When the steering committee ! finally reaches agreement, Mr. r Dulcan said, whatever is decided ' upon will be presented to a full meeting of the 46-member Re - view Committee. Other major decisions dis ’ closed by the committee were to 1 include in the code a statement p of legislative intent. Although suggested previously by the Re -1 view Committee, it had been ig ' nored in the March 8 draft. The steering committee also agreed to write into the code a 1 declaration that it should be en forced on an area-by-area basis, in urban renewal areas, and in , individual cases where com -1 plaints are received. , In addition, the group ac cepted a proposal of the "Brooks , Review” that required repairs ' be limited to the minimum in ‘ i kind and quality. The March 8 , code, which contained no such ; I provision, would have required 1 that repairs meet standards for ' new construction set up by other | codes on building, plumbing and ! electricity. Many sections of the March 8 5 version were rewritten, Mr. Cook said, only in order to simplify ' the language and not to change ! the intent. f In other cases, Mr. Cook > added, the Brooks version pro > duced more stringent regulation. - It also redrafted a proposed ap peals procedure and restricted t the possibility of exceptions to I the code. This was accepted i subject to approval by the Cor , poration Counsel. July Adjournment Is Johnson's 'Hope 1 i Senate Democratic Leader • Johnson of Texas expressed hope ’ today that Congress can com plete its work by July, but said • any prediction of an adjourn ‘ ment date would be premature, s | He told reporters, however, t; that the Senate Appropriations ! Committee is ahead of schedule i on the money bills, which con :! stitute a major part of the re gaining business, i Senator Johnson said he ex- S pects three or four of the appro- I priation bills to pass this month. He also predicted passage of • a reciprocal trade agreement bill r as “essential to our foreign pol t icy and the prosperity of the country." With him in the concentration camp were his wife and three sons, the youngest of whom died in the camp. His wife and other two sons, one 34 and the other 32, already have become Ameri can citizens. Msgr. Philip M. Hannan, chan cellor of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, in a brief ad dress, emphasized the importance of religion in the welfare of a nation. Mrs. Evans Speaks An address also was delivered by Mrs. Robert L. Evans, chair man of the Manual Committee of the Daughters of the Ameri can Revolution. The two speakers were intro duced by Eugene F. Lane, chair man of the Committee on Citi zenship of the District Bar As sociation. After the ceremony, a recep tion for the new citizens was held in the building by the Washing ton chapter of the Altrusa Club, an international organization of professional women. Miss Gretchen Feiker, president of the local chapter, was on hand to greet the new citizens. ** A-15 District General Hospital Plight Soon to Be Told Out-Patient Clinic, Operating at Deficit, Perhaps Worst Hit Medical chiefs at District Gen eral Hospital soon will report to the Commissioners and ask im mediate consideration of the hos pital’s financial situation. Today, directors of each of the hospital’s services were drawing up statements concerning the problems kicked up from what is described as an increase in hospital’s patient load. Particularly hard-pressed for financial aid, according to offi cials of the Health Department, is the hospital’s out-patient clin ic It is operating at a deficit. By the end of this fiscal year, it is estimated the clinic wiU have handled some 120.000 visits compared to other years when the figure was about 75,000. Economy Asked Last Friday, it was learned, Health Department officials asked the hospital to “economize” with out disturbing the quality of medical care. Health officials are now studying ways and means to meet the clinic's deficit and stay within the hospital’s budget of $6 million. Vacancies which have occurred in positions not considered absolutely essential to the medical program of the hos pital are not being filled, health officials said, as part of the econ omy move. Reports that the hospital’s medical officers were at the point of quitting to seek more lucra tive fields were denied by Dr. Joseph Fazekas, over-all chief of medical services. The means of attracting and keeping top-caliber men to head training programs and depart ments at the hospital has long been one of its chief financial problems. While vacancies have occurred at the hospital through out the winter, no chief-of-staff has left the hospital as yet. These include those doctors who head departments in surgery, | psychiatry, internal medicine ! and other branches of medicine. Money Is Only Problem I Dr. Fazekas said the problem ]was one of money and can’t be I answered without money. He added that the hospital could stay within its financial limit* if it started to limit patients. And a city hospital naturally can’t do that,” he said. Dr. Fazekas said he could only guess at the reason for the hos pital's increase in patients. One, he pointed out, was the dis continuance of Freedman’a emergency facilities for indigent patients. Such patients are now sent to District General. The marked increase in the patient load was not anticipated this year, William E. Bowman, executive officer of the Health Department, said. He said health officials are particularly worried about next fiscal year, when a substantial number of patients will seek care at District General once Provi dence Hospital has left its pres ent facilities in Southeast for a new hospital in Northeast. Brookland Group Asked To Back Palsy Fund Nathan G. Carder, of the De partment of Health, Education and Welfare asked the support of the Brookland Citizens’ Asso ciation last night in the fund raising campaign of United Ce rebral Palsy, to open here May 16. The meeting was held at the home of Miss Kathleen Noel, president of the association, IW Lawrence street N.E. New Airline Posts James R. Williams, director of stations for Allegheny Airlines since 1952, has been named spe cial assistant to the president of the firm. Robert C. Schumm has been appointed new director of stations for the company, which has its headquarters here.