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WOEBEGONE WAIFS HUNT A HOME—Abandoned by their parents, who said
they couldn’t afford their care, Eugune Taylor, 5, and sisters Susan, 18 months
(left), and Barbara, 3, huddle together in Junior Village, awaiting an undecided
future.—Star Staff Photo.
Five Polio Cases
Added in Area
Five new cases of polio re
ported yesterday in nearby
Maryland and Virginia raised
the current Metropolitan area
total to 71. The District, which'
has had 18 cases, reported no
new victims.
A 7-month-old boy, visiting
from Massachusetts, was Fair
fax County’s 24th case. The in
fant with his family was visiting
friends near Seven Corners. His
case was diagnosed as paralytic (
at Children’s Hospital.
Alexandria’s fifth case of the
year was a 12-year-old boy who
lives on East Masonic View ave
nue. Virginia Health Depart
ment officials said the boy con
tracted the disease while at a
camp near Front Royal, Va. He
was admitted yesterday to Chil
dren’s Hospital where his case
was described as non-paralytic.
A two-year-old boy was Mont
gomery County’s fifth victim of
the year as compared to seven at
this time last year. He lives in*
the 9100 block of Brookeville
road, Silver Spring. He was ad-;
mitted to Children’s Hospital!
which said his case was paraly
Prince Georges County re- 1
ported two new cases: a seven
year-old boy of the 100 block:
of Shoshone street. Forest!
Heights, and a four-year-old
boy of the 3200 block of Queens
town drive, Mt. Rainier. Both:
were admitted to Children's Hos
pital. Neither case was diagnosed
as paralytic.
Rotary Leader Honored
Arthur P. Scott, of Westmin
ster, Md., district governor of!
Rotary, was honored guest at
the assembly meeting of officers
and committee chairmen of the i
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rotary!
Club, held earlier this week at!,
the Kenwood Golf and Country!
<Ebe i’unftay Slar
Choose The Star on Sunday When You Have a Choice
Force planes, Reporter Brian Bell and Photographer
Elwood Baker traveled more than 10,000 miles in 12
days assembling a series of weekly articles about
Washington area service men and women stationed •
overseas. Don’t miss this series beginning Sunday—
featured in The Star Pictorial Magazine.
WORLD SERIES FOR BOYS-The Walter Johnson Boys’
Baseball League will hold its “World Series” next
week. For the story behind the fulfillment of the
“Big Train’s” wish read Meredith S. Buel’s feature in
The Star Pictorial Magazine. The same picture-story
includes advice from famous professional ball players.
WHAT’S NEW ABOUT LOVE?—Are you ever too old to
fall in love? Does the moon have anything to do
with romance? You’ll read the answers to these
and other interesting questions about this age-old
subject in John E. Gibson’s latest report.—This Week
THE REVIEW OF THE WEEK-A regular Editorial Sec
tion feature—brings you up to date on the history
of the past seven days written in absorbing narrative
form which makes for easy reading and clear un
the sun is kept under the sidewalks in the District.
Star Staff Writer Richard Rodgers goes underground
and comes up with a Story about spaces under the
city streets and sidewalks, and what it means in
revenue to the District.—News Section.
HIGHLIGHTS FOR WOMEN—In the Women’s Section,
Selwa Roosevelt goes for a ghost and winds up in
corridors leading to nowhere as she takes you on a
tour of another Mansion of Washington. And The
Star’s society picture page tells you about a small,
determined group in the Nation’s Capital hard at
work to perpetuate polo, the “sport of kings."
Phone STerling 3-500 for Home Delivery
• *
I Mother Leaves Children
In Welfare Building
Three small children were;
- abandoned in the District Wel
fare Department office yester
-1 day, one with a note from his
i mother reading “please take care
i! of them. I can’t,” police re
> ported .
The youngsters, taken to Jun
- ior Village for the night, were
. registered as "Eugene Taylor, 5
. and his sister, Barbara, 3 and
- Susan, 18 months.
| The Police Women’s Bureau
; had the mother in custody over
inight. She was identified as Mrs.'
, Violet Taylor, 22, of an address
, in the 200 block of C street N.E.
. Roomers at the address, how
. ever, told newspapermen no one
of that name lived there.
i Officers said a welfare depart
ment worker noticed her bring
ing the children into the build-
Witnesses Say Gascb
j Didn't Mistreat Sons
Attorneys for Frank E. Gasch,
renounced Tuesday by his two
teen-age sons, today sent three
maids and the family physician
to the witness stand in defense
of his treatment of his children.
Mr. Gasch. a Bladensburg
heating contractor and a Repub
lican politician, is seeking cus
tody of his youngest children,
Gordon Lee, 8, and Joan Ellen,
5. His wife, Mrs. Nellie C. Gasch.
killed herself with a shotgun
last July 24 at the family’s sum
mer home in St. Marys County.
The three maids who had
worked for Mr. Gasch at various
: times during the last 14 months
| all denied that he had ever
mistreated his older boys, Frank,
Ijr., 18. and Elroy. 17.
! The youths Tuesday stated
I before Prince Georges Circuit
:i ing, saw her depart without them
and started the investigation
that revealed their plight.
Assistant United States At
torney Austin Fickling continued
his inquiry into the case to Mon
day. No one has been charged.
He interviewed the mother and
her husband Kenneth at Munic
ipal Court today. He said they
told them they had no money to
pay for the children's care.
The lawyer said the father re
ported he had asked the Welfare
'Department earlier to take the
children. Mr. Fickling said he
continued the case to give the
parents and welfare officials a
chance to work out some ar
; rangement.
The three children will remain
at Junior Village over the week
■>[Court Judge J. Dudley Digges
3 1 that their father had beaten
2 them and their mother on a
number of occasions.
s All three colored workers said
they had never seen Mr. Gasch
' take a drink or come home with
’ the smell of alcohol on his
' breath. They also denied know
";ing or doing laundry for a Mrs.
■ Joanne Myers and her child with
■ whom Elroy said he had seen his
■: father on several occasions at
1 her apartment in Hamilton
Dr. John P. Clum of 6110
. Forty-third avenue, Hyattsville,
5 testified that he had been the
5 family physician for about 10
r years.
’j Dr. Clum said that Mr. Gasch
• had always appared concerned
[ for the children.
Treated for Disorder
The physician also testified
that he had treated Mrs. Gasch
for a "severe nervous disorder.”
He said that when she was hos
pitalized Mr. Gasch provided
her with a private room.
Asked if he had discussed
“marital difficulties,” he said he
had discussed difficulties, but did
not believe they were marital.
Dr. Clum said that Mrs. Gasch
always told him her husband
treated her well.
Staying With Grandparents
The four children now are
staying with Mr. and Mrs. An-!
drew F. Cranford, 1147 Forty-!
fifth place S.E., parents of the!
late Mrs. Gasch.
The two older boys Tuesday!
said they wanted to live with the
Cranfords, but Frank, jr., said'
that if his father gets the two
younger children "I’m going toj
go with them because I want to
stand and watch over them.” |
The youths and other relatives
have testified in court that poli
tics had been Mr. Gasch’s chief
interest and that he never
seemed to show personal concern
for members of his family.
Two in Prince Georges
Receive Scholarships
Two Prince Georges County
youths have been awarded
scholarships at the Johns Hop
kins University in Baltimore.
Gerald H. Townsend, son of
Mr. and Mrs. James H. Town
send of Clinton, and Brian A.
Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray
mond G. Payne of Bowie, have
been awarded four-year scholar
ships. The scholai3hipß, awarded
for the first time, were estab
lished by Capt. Newton H. White,
United States Navy (Ret.), of
; Mitchellvllle, Md.
fp)e Jfoening J&kf
Planners Delay
Decision on
Site for CIA s
Property at Langley
Tentatively Backed
By Agency Officials
Federal and regional plan
ners, having approved the
Atomic Energy Commission’s
new building site at German
town, Md., are still undecided
about a location for the
top-secret Central Intelligence
Also undecided—although ap
parently not very much so—is
the CIA itself, which will make
its site selection within a few
weeks and submit it to the plan
ners for advice.
In a letter to the National
Capital Planning Commission,
made public yesterday, CIA
Deputy Director L. K. White said
it was “tentatively” decided that
a site on Federal property at
Langley, Va., would be the most
preferable. But he emphasized
that the matter is still under
Col. White also appeared yes
terday at a Joint meeting of
the commission and the Na
tional Capital Regional Planning
Council, called specifically to
give interested Virginians a
chance to sound off on the con
troversial Langley location.
Voices in Conflict
The Virginians did, with com
plete disagreement on (1) ade
quacy of public facilities to
serve the site, (2) whether the
residents there want it, and (3)
what its Impact on the small
estate character of Langley will
Earlier the planners whipped
through approval of the site for
the AEC's new *lO million build
ing in Maryland. In sharp con
trast to the CIA battle, the AEC
location, in rolling Montgomery
County farmland, aroused vir
n tually no controversy,
i' Two property-owners in the
Langley area. Roger Fisher and
_ Anthony Lewis, carried the ball
d for opposition to the CIA 10.
. eating in their area.
Particularly, Mr. Fisher took
d strong exception to a statement
-by Col. White that, except for
Y “a small minority,” the county
o would welcome the CIA at Lang
ley. His main point was that it
- is not the Federal installation
e so much that is opposed, but
e the extensive commercial and
e residential development that he
e said inevitably would follow it.
' Pointed Questions
He asked the planners specifi
-5 cally to sort fact from fiction on
c four points: The CIA building’s
impact on existing and planned
- development, adequacy of» public
facilities, evaluation of alternate
sites and whether it would be
possible to take over the Federal
land in question for park de
velopment under the Capper-
Cramton Act.
C. C. Massey, Fairfax County
executive officer, reported “of
s ficially” that the County Board
J "does and always has” liked the
1 Langley location. He argued that
services would be available, that
1 the project is in line with estab
-1 lished development plans and
1 that it would not have a bad im
s pact on the community.
Seconding Mr. Massey’s argu
ments were Robert Geiger, Fair
* fax planner; Dick Smith, editor
, of a local weekly paper in the
J county, and W. C. Wills, presi
dent of the Fairfax Chamber of
Mr. Smith also attacked as
foundation” objections
j raised to the Langley site by Max
iWehrle, city planner and Arling
ton County representative on the
[ Regional Planning Council. Mr.
1 Wehrle retorted that he had
; heard "nothing to change my
conclusions," and that he stood
I on his earlier report,
i Parkway Funds Cited
Coh White’s letter pointed out
j that Congress has provided
1 money to extend the George
Washington Memorial Parkway
I toward the Langley site if that
; location is selected. That road,
! along with highway improve
ments Virginia would carry out,
i was cited to meet one of the
r strong points of criticism—the
! adequacy of access.
| In other actions, meanwhile,
the planning commission:
[| 1. Approved the general loca
tion of the proposed new Poto
;mac River bridge over the south
! ! tip of Roosevelt Memorial Is
land. The approval did not ex
tend to controversial approach
road networks on either side of
1 the river, however, leaving those
' battles to be fought later.
1 2. Approved the location of a
1 replacement for the 50-year-old
trestle-topped Fourteenth street
; bridge in the approximate loca
tion of the existing bridge. This
action was made conditional on
' an understanding that it would
, not Jeopardize possible construc
tion later of another bridge
slightly downriver at Roaches
Run, Va.
3. Decided to distribute to all
affected jurisdictions a plea from
Lt. Gen. S. D. Sturgis, Jr., chief
of Army Engineers, that no
sewage be discharged into the ,
Potomac River from Little Falls
to several miles above Great 1
Falls, where it could affect the i
area's water supply. The letter
urged immediate study of several ’
projects, including the new AEC '
4. Referred to a committee fqr 1
more study development plans 1
for the new Anacostla freeway,
linking the proposed Jones Point j
bridge to’ major new Maryland
roads. j
Boy Dies in Fall
Off Moying Truck
Gordon Simpson, 15, son ol
Mr. and Mrs. Everett L. Simpson
of Centreville, Va., was fatally
injured last night when he fell
from the rear of a moving truck
’ on State Route 621 near Centre
Fairfax County Police Pvt.
Charles Baesgen said the boy
lost his balance as the truck
rounded a curve shortly after
7 p.m. He was taken to Arlington
Hospital where he died at 10:55
p.m., the hospital said.
Police identified the driver of
■ the truck as John Milton Weath
e erholtz, 16, the son of Mr. and
8 Mrs. Turner M. Weatherholtz of
j Centreville.
’Jury to Press
Vice Probe
i Princess Anne Panel
• To Resume Monday
[ HOUSE, Va., Aug. 5 (IP).— A spe
t clal grand jury studying reports
I of illegal liquor sales and gam
r bling in night clubs in Princess
Anne County will reconvene
j Monday.
Meanwhile, the grand jury
, called for police surveillance of
J night spots under suspicion. Jur
ors made the recommendation
; to Circuit Judge Floyd E. Kellam
after 13 persons had been ques
tioned yesterday during the first
day of the investigation.
In Richmond, Gov. Stanley
■ called the situation in Princess
) Anne a “local matter.” He
; added that unless “it gets out
i of hand” it will be handled as
- such and added he had received
1 no complaints about gambling
or drinking in the area,
d Yesterday’s witnesses included
r police and three Norfolk news
- papermen. The latter touched
- off the probe Wednesday with
' stories and pictures of gambling
f and whisky by the drink being
- served at area night clubs.
A surprise witness, J. Willcox
i Dunn, publisher of the Princess
1 Anne Free Press and an qut
-1 spoken critic of the administra
tion in Princess Anne County,
remained closeted with the
c Jurors for more than an hour,
t Before the probe opened Judge
r Kellam instructed the jurors to
f indict not only those persons
• operating establishments where
t offenses may have occurred but
) also those found to be patrons,
h The two reporters said in their
[ story that two county policemen,
; not named, were on property of
• one of the clubs when the news
men observed gambling oper
. ations. However. Police Chief
j J. E. Moore said the officers in
question were off duty at the
j time.
; Council Debates
! Revised Zoning in
Upper County
' The proposed revision of the
■ temporary zoning ordinance for
[ithe Upper Montgomery County
’Planning District was discussed
' again last night by the county
' council, but no final decision was
The session at Rockville was
the fourth special night meeting
|on tlje subject.
The county attorney was in
structed, in the only ma>or
change, to draft an amendment
allowing billboards in the upper
Among those attending the
meeting was Donald R. Lam
borne of Olney, owner and de
veloper of the Williamsburg Vil
lage subdivision. Mr. Lambome
also is a member of the Upper
Montgomery County Landowners
Mr. Lamborne has prepared a
substitute ordinance for the up
county area which has the back
ing of the landowner's associa
tion and at least one council
member, Jerry Williams of Da
Mr. Lamborne said he is to
make a report at a meeting of
the landowner's association at 8
o’clock tonight at the home of
Dyke Cullum in Germantown.
The council was shown maps
by Miss Nancy Sitright, staff
member of the Upper Montgom
ery County Planning Commission,
indicating progress had been
made toward completing the map
that will be part of the ordinance.
Starlight Movies
Playground Film
Programs for Tonight
Programs sponsored by The
Evening Star in co-operation
with the Film Center of Wash
ington and the recreation de
partment of the District and
Alexandria and Arlington, Prince
Georges and Montgomery Coun
Wuhlniton, at Du.k
Murch Thirty-sixth »nd Ellicott
streets N.W.
Brlxhtwood. Thirteenth and Nochol
son streets N.W.
Noyes Tenth and Franklin 'streets
Brlaas-Montfomery, Twenty - seventh
street between I and K streets N.W.
J’ L. Young. Tenth and R streets
Langston. 2210 H street NJC
Watts Branch, Sixty-second and Banks
street N.E.
. Virginia avenue Ninth street and
Vl«lnla avenue 8.1.
Turner. Stanton road and Alabama
avenue B.E
Bald Eagle Nichols avenue and Joliet
street S.W
Arlington Coantr, 8:80 p.m.
Clay 3011 North Seventh street.
Tuckahoe, flSfto North Twenty-sixth
Prince Georges Coanty. 8:30 p.m.
Lewlsdale Elementary School. Lane
Manor and Banning place. Lewlsdale.
Bladensburg Elementary School. De
fense highway. Bladensburg.
Montgomery Coanty, 8:30 p.m.
Viera Mill Recreation Center. Ivy Olen
Kid Garrett Park roads. Viers Mill Vll
se. Silver Soring.
Clara Barton Recreation Center, Mac-
Arthur boulevard adjacent to Clara
Barton Elemtnary school. Cabin John.
Report Backs
-Purchase of
-Water Firm
I Mayor May Ask
r Alexandria to Vote
5 On City Ownership
Alexandria residents may be
i asked to vote whether they want
f the city to acquire the Alexan
„ dria Water Co. and start a mu
nicipal water system.
This possibility was disclosed
today after release of an englf
neerlng report which said city
purchase of the company was
economically feasible at a price
of *8.9 million.
Mayor Leßoy Bendheim, who
first suggested the study, said he
would be in favor of putting the
question to the voters. The
- council will meet In an Informal
. session August 29 to discuss the
The report states that, based
‘on the firm’s present water
s rates, the city could afford to
e float a bond issue of *9.5 million
to buy the company. About
$600,000 of this amount would
be needed for legal an engineer
| ing fees, court costs and other
’ initial costs of setting up a mu
j nlcipal operation.
The report lists the value of
t the company ,between *8.2 mil- I
lion and *ll million and indi
f cates the purchase price prob
-5 ably would be somewhere around
„ the *8.9 million maximum which
[ the city could pay.
8 Condemnation Possible
1 Company officials have said
s they are not interested in selling.
Virginia law permits cities to
1 condemn water companies, how
- ever. i
J The report recommends crea
i Mon of an authority to operate !
i the water system if the city
1 decides to acquire it. Among i
advantages listed under an
i authority are:
s 1. The authority could issue 1
■ 40-year bonds, while the city |
■ can issue only 25-year bonds. j
• The report says the city could '
; pay only $7,650,000 for the sys- 1
• tern under a 25-year bond issue |
! because of the higher debt pay- !
i ments each year. Higher water
i rates probably would be neces- 1
: sary to acquire the firm under 1
; a 25-year bond arrangement, the
. report said.
• 2. authority would be more
, efficient, since administrative!
r and operating personnel would be
• divorced from politics.
3. Income from the system
f could not be used for other muni
-1 cipal operations.
Near Debt Limit
4. The city is nearing its limit !
of bonded indebtedness this
would restrict bond sales by the ]
city. 1
5. The scope of an authority’s! l
operation would not be limited 1
to one municipality. A common '
authority could operate Alexan- 1
; dria and Fairfax County water
■ systems as one entity. I
The city would have to con- .
demn the property, however,
since an authority does not have '
1 condemnation powers, according \
to the report. It suggests that
an authority be created immed
iatetly after the system is!
The Alexandria Water Co., a
now serves about 16,000 homes j
in the city and parts of Fairfax j-
County. The report suggests |i
that the entire holdings be ac- f
quired and that lines in Fairfax
County be transferred to the g
county later. The county, which F
is planning its own integrated p
water system, has indicated it t
will co-operate with the city. s
City acquisition of the Virginia a
Water Co., a subsidiary of the d
Alexandria firm, is not contem
plated In the report. s
Both firms draw their water v
from the Occoquan reservoir but t;
the county plans to get its supply v
from the Potomac River. a
Jk ***
i; j /
Could be the heat or some other ailment which caused this metal railroad tank
car to collapse after being unloaded of 8,000 gallons of chemical weed killer.
The tank car, shown yesterday at the R. H. Bogle Chemical Co., Oronoco and
Lee streets, Alexandria, is one of 22 owned by the company. One theory for its
collapse was a vacuum pressure created by leaving a cover vent on while empty
ing the contents. Shown examining the damage is John B. Bogle of 3117 Martha
Custis drive, Alexandria, the firm’s secretary.—Star Staff Photo.
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On precedent-shattering orders by Chief Robert V. Murray,
heat and traffle-harrassed policemen have been given per
mission to shed their neckties and roll up their sleeves.
None complied with any more alacrity than Policeman Sam
H. Brennan, whose traffic duty post Is often at Eleventh
street and Pennsylvania avenue N.W.—Star Staff Photo.
Beverley Rejects Idea
Os Resigning as Democrat
Marshall J. Beverley, former
Mayor of Alexandria, who is or
ganizing a Democrats-for-Eisen
hower movement, declared today
that he “has no intention of
resigning from the Democratic
State Senator Charles R. Fen
wick, Democratic Committee
chairman of Virginia’s tenth dis
trict, yesterday suggested Mr.
Beverley change his party af
filiation “openly and not under
any subterfuge.”
The former Mayor said Sen
ator Fenwick’s suggestions “did
not surprise nje bceause I sup
ported Gov. Stanley, a conserva
tive, against Mr. Fenwick, a New
Dealer, in the 1953 campaign for
the Democratic gubernatorial
nominations.” He said many of
Senator Fenwick’s campaign
leaders “tried their best to get
me to support him but I de
Signers* Status Studied
Mr. Beverley also was at
tacked yesterday by Samuel D.
Mcllwaine, new chairman of the
Alexandria Democratic Com
mittee, who said the status of
Democrats signing Mr. Bever
ley’s petitions is being studied.
He said:
! "Half-hearted allegiance will
!not be enough to maintain the
principles of the Democratic
Party. We in the Alexandria
Democratic Party are Democrats
for a Democrat in 1956. We will
respect our pledge of loyalty to
our party and do our utmost
to support its candidates and its
Mr. Beverley countered with
a statement that he now has
Preacher Accused of Killing
Wife Will Sing at Funeral
By the Associated Press
The body of Mrs. Zona Smith
arrived in Alexandria from De
land. Fla., yesterday and her
husband, accused of strangling
her, said he plans to sing at her
The husband, Meriwether
Smith, a bulldozer operator and
part-time tent preacher, accom
panied Mrs. Smith’s body on the
train from Deland, as did his
son, Samuel Smith. 18, tabbed
as a material witness in the
death of the 53-year-old woman.
The smiling son carried a mu
sical saw into a funeral home
where Mrs. Smith’s body was
taken. Both he and his father!
went to the funeral home shortly
after arrival.
r the signatures of around 500
- “Alexandria Democrats” on the
- 20 Eisenhower petitions he is
Y circulating. He added that “tha
f Democratic Party in Alexandria
c is all split up. The average party
member doesn’t even know who
- is on the city committee.”
A Byrd Democrat
Declaring he was a "Byrd
- Democrat,” Mr. Beverley said he
r believes that if President Eisen
hower runs again “the Demo
- crats in Northern Virginia will
f support him as-they did in the
- last campaign and Virginia win
. go Republican again.”
i Mr. Beverley said the Virginia
r attorney general ruled during
1 the last presidential campaign
t that Democrats could vote for a
> Republican in a presidential
t election and still remain in tha
- party.
The following contributions
- to the Evening Star Summer
- Camp Fund are acknowledged
t today:
• Previously
acknowledged . *19.085.75
Anonymous - 17.86
1 The Pixies. Inc. ...... 35.72
! Marjorie M. Hopkins.. 25.00
: Tuesday Afternoon
i Girls ... . 15.00
i Emilia F. D’Ambrosia 3.00
l Mrs. C. D. VanHawveling 35.00
i Sarah V. Lockwood.. 10.00
; Anonymous 40.00
i C. I. Peckham 10.00
Capezios, Inc. 17.86
Total to date *19,295.19
After services today at the fu
-1 neral home, Mrs. Smith is to be
. buried in Pohick Cemetery. The
, cemetery is near Pohick Church,
: where relatives said Mrs. Smith,
the former Zona Deardorff of
• Fairfax County, was married to
I Smith 28 years ago.
Smith now is charged with
: first-degree murder in the death
i of his wife but is free on *2,500
I bond. His son is free on bond
lof SI,OOO.
Mrs. Smith was strangled in
• their rural home near Deland
i last week. The son said he be
i lieved his father was the killer
and that the elder man also had
attacked him but he ran out of
the house and called the sheriff.

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