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•• THE EVENING STAR, Washington, D. C.
THraaPAT. august n. uu
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Dicky Fort, 13, of 7600 Spring road, Columbia Park, Md., is
happy with his new alligator Joe after his old one Oscar
was stolen recently. The replacement came from Joseph M.
Cody of 911 Eleventh street S.E., who had a spare alligator
on hand. He had read about Dicky’s plight in The Star.—
Star Staff Photo.
Sewing,Cooking Methods
Delight4-H Show Visitors
A seemingly natural touch for;
sewing and handling modern ap
pliances are traits two foreign
visitors consider characteristic of
Maryland’s farm youth.
The observations come from
Esmeralda Tomaz Afonso of
Brazil and Ursula Leitgen of
Germany, both visiting the 33d
annual 4-H Club Week at the
University of Maryland.
“These girls have so much
more opportunity to learn to
sew than those in my village,” 1
Miss Afonso noted. “Most at;
home wait ’til college, but the 1
high school recently got some
new sewing machines and they’ll
be learning sooner.”
“As a judge m a 1-H dress ,
contest here. I was really sur
prised at how good a job these
girls can do." she exclaimed. 1
Taught a Year J
Miss Afonso has taught sewing i
In the state university in her
village of Vicosa Minas for a (
year and is now spending a year j
in this country through the j
courtesy of the Foreign Opera
tions Administration.
Her schedule calls for class ,
sessions in textiles and clothing j
at Michigan State and instruc- i
tion at a New York dress pattern
house, all before next July. jj
“T make all my own dresses ,
and some for my younger sis
ter, nephew' and niece,” Miss
Afonso said. She observed that
clothes in this country are much
more colorful than those in
“All those bright colors you
think of people wearing in Bra
zil are found mostly at the
beaches,” she added.
The 4-H clubbers are able to
share farming experiences from
another part of the world by
talking to Miss Leitgen, whose
home is a 33-acre farm at Gier
shofen-bei Deirdorf, on the
Rhine River.
Keeps Family Busy
Since her arrival three months
ago M.ss Leitgen has spent most
of her time on Montana cattle
ranches and wheat farms. Life
there leads her to conclude:
"All that land and so few men
to run it. At one 5.000-acre
ranch they had two men, while
at my farm we keep a whole
family busy.”
She’ll get a close look at a
somewhat smaller plant next
week, when she starts a visit on
a dairy farm near New
Windsor, Md.
Miss Leitgen. 22. Came to the
United States last spring with
four others her age, who are
sponsored by the International
Farm Youth Exchange.
This young woman, training
to be a home economics teacher. 1
was Impressed with the ease and
calm with which everyone ac- 1
cepts the intricacies of the
plentiful home appliances.
“At home there is a large
washing machine for the whole
village to use.” she said. “Next '
year we want to get a freeze :
locker to share.”
"Cooking here is so easy. We '
have no mix where we can add 1
water, stir, cook and have a 1
cake come out."
The highlight of today's 4-H ]
program is a series of field trips, i
Probably to the surprise of no Si
T raff ic Hazard'T ree Removal
Lowers Accidents on Route 1
RICHMOND, Aug. 11 (/P).—
The State Highway Department
said today its program to elimi
nate "traffic hazard” trees re
sulted in a 4 per cent drop in
the total number ol accidents
on a selected section of U.B. 1.
On May 1. 1953, the depart
ment directed resident and dis
tiict engineers to remove trees
growing close to the pavement
on Virginia's main highways.
The program was directed first
to.ard removal of trees pointed
out by State police as traffic haz
ards on U.S. 1 and other major
In the initial report on the
study of results of the program,!
the department said 1,386 such
trees were cut along U. 8. 1 from
Richmond to Fredericksburg. |

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one, some 585 youngsters signed
|up to see Cinerama. Groups of
90 each said they wanted to In-,
snect the Jefferson and Lincoln ;
Memorials and the Zoo. while
85 chose a journey to the Smith
Tomorrow's long-awaited fea
tures include the annual dress
review contest, the winner re
ceiving a free trip to the club’s
national convention in Chicago
in November. At night, new
members will be tapped for the
All Star 4-H Club honorary so
19 Marines Seized
After Free-for-AII
Nineteen Marines were arrest
ed last night after a free-for-all
fight between Marines and sail
ors at a dance at Quarters K on
Columbia pike.
The Marines, all charged with 1
disorderly conduct, were hauled
into the Arlington Police Station ,
by a swarm of county and
Armed Services police.
About 75 Marines and 150
sailors started swinging during
the dance at the enlisted men's
club, police said.
An informal agreement ap
parently was reached among the
combatants to continue the fight
at a nearby restaurant on Co
lumbia pike, but the police got;
there as the first batch of Ma
rines arrived. Three police;
wagons, five scout cars and six
Armed Service cars were dis
patched to the scene.
Arlington Policeman Richard
Hart said the 19 “were all we
could handle.” He explained
that arresting officers picked out
the more aggressive ones.
No serious injuries were report
ed from the brawl.
The men appeared today in
Arlington County Court where
; Judge David B. Kinney continued
their cases until August 25 at
the request of Armed Service 1
Police, who said they wanted
time for further investigation.
Board Reverses
Parking Lot Ban
The Montgomery County
Board of Appeals has reversed
a decision made by the board 14
months ago when a parking per
mit in the exclusive Woodacres;
subdivision was denied.
A board spokesman today said
the original decision was ap-!
pealed to the County Circuit j
Court and further testimony was
taken in the case on July 21. |
The new decision grants per- j
mission to Albert W. Walker, a
Bethesda developer, to operate!
a parking area on a 2.89-acre |
tract at the corner of Goldsboro
road and Avalon drive. 1
Mr. Walker’s first petition* was
heard in June, 1954, when area (
residents heatedly protested the
parking tract, which adjoins a'
future shopping center. The! 1
appealed in Montgomery County'
board's denial of the request was l (
Circuit Court and former judge!
Charles W. Woodward declared
that evidence indicated the 1
parking facility would not have!
an adverse effect on the sur- <
rounding neighborhood.
•| The total number of accidents
' on this stretch of road running <
through four counties dropped
! from 568 to 546 after the trees 1
; were cut. •
In the year prior to the tree j
cutting program, 11 persons were
killed in accidents Involving
, trees. In the year after, only (
two fatalities occurred In this
category, a reduction of 82 per i
cent. The periods under study
varied in the four counties as
the program was carried out at
varying times.
In the period before, a total (
568 accidents occurred, with in
juries resulting to 397 persons.
In the after period, 402 persons
were Injured in 546 accidents, an
.increase of 1.3 per cent. (
Judge Weighs Authority
Os Colmar Write-in Votes
Results of the July 11 elec
tion in Colmar Manor remained
undecided yesterday. As Circuit
Court Judge Judge B. Gray, jr.,
took under advisement the au
thority for write-in votes in
municipal elections.
The issue was raised during
legal arguments in connection
with a petition for a court order
to oust Mayor John N. Tor
vestad and Councilman' Mor
timer E. Rian. The order is
sought by Harry W. Hill and
Olin L. Merchant, who captured
more votes than their oppo
nents during a write-in cam
Mr. Hill received 82 votes by
write-in to 73 for Mr. Torvestad.
In the Third Ward councilman's
race, Mr. Merchant received 22
write-in votes to 20 for Mr.
Tha write-in votes were ruled
unconstitutional at a July 21
special meeting of the council,
following an opinion by Blair H.
Smith, Prince Georges County
State’s, acting as the town's as
sociate counsel.
Mr. Smith ruled the write-in
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votes were illegal. Yesterday,
I with Charles Finley, he upheld;
; this position.
But Frank P. Flury and Bill L.;
' Yoho, representing the contend-;
ers, said their clients won the!
elections fairly.
The Maryland code provides
i for write-in votes, Mr. Flury said.
Mr. Finley contended the State |
' Constitution provides for write
; in votes only in Federal and
* State elections and in municipal
1 elections In Baltimore City.
2 Area Reservists
Join Naval Cruise
Two area men are among 120
i naval reservists from various
: parts of the United States who
left today for a 24-day summer
I cruise with the Sixth Fleet.
They are Lt. (jg) Albert S.
, Johnston. 930 Randolph street
. N.W., and Chief Yoeman Wll
’ liam J. Gorman, jr., 11707 High
View avenue. Silver Spring. Both
will go aboard the aircraft car
i rier Intrepid at Athens, Greece.
Council Votes
Roads Inquiry
CUMBERLAND, Md., Aug. 11
I i/P).—The Legislative Council
; voted last night to investigate
the State Roads Commission
{with or without financial help
from Gov. McKeldln.
By a vote of 13-3. council mem
bers voted to forego their pay for
attending council activities In
order to launch the investiga
tion in the event the Governor
and the State Roads Commission
refuse to put up funds.
They estimate they could raise
between (5,000 and (6,000 in
this manner to get the inquiry
The action, spearheaded by
determined Democrats, came as
the council arrived here for a
four-day tour of Western Mary
Democrats, obviously irked at
Gov. McKeldin’s decision to let
the recently appointed Green
Commission “study” organization
and procedures of the Roads
Commission, accused the Chief!
Executive of “pussy-footing” and
"administration slim-slam.” j
Delegate Jerome Robinson.'
Democrat, of Baltimore, ap
pointed by the Governor to the
Green Commission on State
Planning, Projjfams and Finance,
introduced the resolution which
"requests that the State Roads
Commission make available to
[ the Legislative Council the sum
1 of (25,000 as an Initial sum to
! launch the investigation, such
1 sum not to exceed an aggregate
> Os (50,000.”
On the motion of Senator
' Turnbill, Democrat, of Balti
' more County, chairman of the
1 Senate Finance Committee, coun
' cil members amended the reso
' lutlon to stipulate they would
i forego their own per diem pay
ments of (20 a day between now
i and the next session of the
> Legislature as an alternate fund
r to start the investigation if Gov.
McKeldln and the SRC do not
' come forth with a budget amend
i ment.
; Senator Turnbull figured this 1
’ would raise “(5,500 to (6.000;
with which the council could j
■ start a study and could employ
i proper assistance.”
i On the original motion by
i Mr. Robinson, two Democrats,
i'Senator Dldomenico, Democrat,
'jof Baltimore, and Delegate Bus
-1 flngton, Democrat, of Baltimore,
(joined the three Republicans
. present in voting against it. 1
County Blocs OK
Bond Vote Date
Opposing sides on a proposed
Fairfax County school bond issue
agreed on one thing yesterday—
that the referendum on the issue
should be held along with the
general election on November 8.
Appearing before the Board of
County Supervisors were repre
sentatives of two organizations
that oppose the bond issue and
they wanted the vote postponed
until the school Integration ques
tion is settled In Virginia. But
the groups—the Defenders of
State Sovereignty and Individual
Liberties and the Virginia Citi
zens for Better Schools—said
that, if there is no chance of
1 postponing it indefinitely, the
referendum should be held on
'November 8.
Both organizations also fa
vored limiting the isaue to a
one-year basis. The School
Board proposed a (20 to (25
million program over a five-year
Manning Gasch. president of
the defenders' group, said there
would be a question of the le
gality of the bonds because of
the integration question.
11l The proposed School Board
program was backed by the
county League of Women Voters
and the School Bond Co-ordi
nating Council, formed Monday
night. Donald Wilkins, spokes
t man for the latter group, said
, his organization would favor
' holding the referendum along
' with the general election.
Mr. Gasch said a more repre
; sentative electorate would turn
. out at a general election. He
r also protested spending about
! $3,000 for a special election.
The School Board Is sched
uled to meet tonight to discuss
the size and timing of the issue.
The Board of Supervisors
plans to meet with the School
Board on Monday night to dis
cuss the school bond issue in
relation to a proposed water
bond issue.
Overpass to Open
BALTIMORE, Aug. 11 VP).—
Gov. McKeldln is scheduled to
open a new overpass carrying
Maryland Route 272 over the
main line track of the Pennsyl
vania Railroad at North East
next Tuesday. The overpass will
eliminate a dangerous grade
crossing in the Cecil County

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