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KING {SIZE VACUUM SWEEPER—Gus W. Baumback, assistant to the superin
tendent of the District Division of Sanitation, kneels to watch as James Shep
herd demonstrates the gutter-vac.—Star Staff Photo.
Night Monster Invented
To Preen D.C. for Dawn
In the late Improbable hours
between 10 p.m. and 0 ajn, a
District Government Franken
stein nightly sets loose a snuf
fling beast upon the city streets.
It’s a hybrid, small and gray.
Through its long snout, it walls
like a banshee. Treated . with
proper respect, it does not both
er human beings. In fact, it is
believed to be kind to local tax
But it is death on cigarette
butts, waste paper, bottles, beer
cans and such-litter which
forms its diet.
This friendly monster was
created two months ago in the
raucous laboratories of the Dis
trict Sanitation Division garage.
Designers and mechanics of the
division tinkered and welded and
rearranged things on a jeep
chassis for six'months before
coming up with the finished
product—a small maneuverable
machine to ease the broom and
bucket chores of the street
sweeping white-wing corps.
The sanitation people have
even given their creation a
name: gutter-vac. It vacuums
gutters, you see.
Gutter-vac has a dual clutch
and-steering wheel setup. When
driving normally through traffic,
the operator aits at the left
wheel. When he gets down to
business alongside the curbs, lie
slides over to the right.
The driver has to be ambidex
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trous. however. There’s only one
, gearshift.
On the right-hand side of
gutter-vac dangles a 6-Inch wire
’ reinforced hose. This is the
business end of the operation. It
, sucks in debris from a 12-to-16-
lnch radius of its snout ail the
jeep moves slowly along the
1 gutters.
A strong impeller fan provides
the suction. It is so strong that
! it chews cans to bits, grinds bot
tles into sand and reduces every
thing else within rang to a fine
pulp which is collected in vacuum
cleaner-like bags in rear inclos
ure of the jeep.
Gus W. Baumbach, who as- j
i slated Michael J. Ready, engineer
.of maintenance and equipment,
in perfecting the device, pointed
out the screening at the back
end of the collection compart- ,
“That’s to keep the dust that {
the fan grinds everything into,
from blowing out the back and.
causing people to complain.” Mr.
Baumbach explained, "If we
didn’t have any outlet for the
dust the whole thing would ex
He said he has not yet heard
of any valuables being recovered
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in the collection bags. ‘‘lf there
have been any nicked up, they've
been ground to smithereens," he
Gu 11 e r-vac’s flve-nlghts-a
week tours cover about 22 miles
of mostly downtown street gut
ters. Each night, it inhales and
1 pulverises about 80 cubiq, feet
, of trash.
Division Supt. William A.
Xaten, who is planning gutter
vac No. 2, hopes to have a whole
fleet of gutter-vacs some day—
or night. Gutter-vac has to
operate at night so as not to
confuse traffic.
The way sanitation officials
see it, “the white wings will keep
the streets nice in the daytime,
gutter-vac will do the job at
And, lsst the general public
lose the general idea, gutter
vac- bears on its sides the in
scription “Help Keep Our City
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Texas Leads in Veal
CHICAGO.—Texas led the Na
tion in veal production in 1984
with an output of 284,228,000
pounds. Illinois and Wisconsin
ranked second and third.
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D.C. Cleric Likes
Russian Visit
MOSCOW, Aug. 18 VP). —The
four American Baptist clergy
men who made a two-week visit
to Russian Baptists left Moscow
today, “profoundly Impressed”
by what they have seen.
The Rev. Theodore F. Adams
of Richmond, Va., president of
the Baptist World Alliance; the
Rev. -V. Carney Hargrove of
Philadelphia, and the Rev. Jo
seph H. Jackson of Chicago, are
returning to the United States.
Dr. Arnold SC. Ohm of Washing
ton, D. C., general secretary of
the World Alliance, will visit
Before their departure, Mr.
Adams and Dr. Ohm were in
terviewed Jointly by a reporter
of Tass, the Soviet News Agency.
The story published in news
papers throughout the Soviet
Union said:
“Arnold T. Ohm said be had
been profoundly impressed by
the religious life in the places
where they had visited. When
ever they went they were con
stantly aware of the extreme
friendliness of the people they
met in churches and elsewhere.
“The Rev. Mir. Thedore F.
Adams subscribed to that state
ment and said he had visited the
USSR 20 years ago. Sinn
s then, in bis opinion, there has
5 been great material advance in
; the life of the Soviet people... .
! He praised the beauty of the
southern resorts of the U. 8.8. R.
■ which were accessible to so many
- The interview continued:
I “Mr. Adams added that they
1 could go wherever they liked
during their trip and met with
.no restrictions in learning
■ things they wanted to know.
“He declared in conclusion
■ that they are extremely grateful
i for the invitation to visit the
• U.S.S.R. received from the
U. S. S. R. Council of Evangelical
i Christian Baptists and hoped
i their visit would promote under
, standing between believers in
; both countries....
“Mr. Arnold T. Ohm said in
: conclusion they were pleased
with the contacts established
with Baptists of the U.8.8.R.
and the Soviet people. They hope
that in the future there would be
greater opportunities for such
visits. They want the peoples to
live without any barriers be
tween them for they believe iso
' lation. division of peoples, leads
1 to suspicion and fear.”
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