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ARTIST PAINTS PORTRAITS OF BUGS,
ENLARGED 62,000 TIMES, WHICH ' SHOW EVERY DETAIL Jf*’ Mfl g y> • ->jdfc \ &!>•''** * w 1 ' '"’■ ■nlKKnaHSik / ' • raw- - . j||. ’ /$T jR BM I '"■■ ‘ 1 >1 fl - WwMHHK l\vV vWhHW« r HARRY B. BRADFORD, Kensington, Md., is the world’s most famous portrait painter of fleas and other insects. He has just completed the portrait of a flea, 62,000 times its actual sine. A reproduction of the painting ia shown in the inset. r- —♦ SAFETY ADVICE FOR NEW O GIVEN Inspector Headley Suggests Resolutions for D. C. Motorists. If you are making up your list of resolutions for the New * Year, In spector Albert J. Headley, in charge t of the traffic bureau of the police department, has some suggestions. "In making resolutions for the , New Year," Inspector Headley said ‘ in a statement issued today, “for i 1924, include, if you are an automo- ] bile driver, that you will know the ( traffic regulations and observe them. "Knowledge of the regulations ’ alone will not prevent street acci- ’ dents, but obedience of the reguia- : tions will prevent conditions on the 1 streets that make for accidents. "Resolve that you will be courteous ’ to each other, particularly to the 1 driver on the right. Resolve that 1 you Will not drive into a situation when your view is obstructed. Re- 1 solve that you will safeguard the 1 pedestrian at the %’osswalk. Resolve J that you will join the Washington ' Safety Council and be a producer, ' aot of accidents, but of safety." ’ 1 HERO MEDALISTS TO BE PICKED FRIDAY Police and Firemen’s Commit tee Gathering Data for Times’ Awards. The committee which will select the heroes of the police and fire de partments who will be awarded The Washington Times gold medals for "conspicuous bravery in line of duty” in 1923 'will meet Friday afternoon at t o'clock in the office of Commis 9 sioner Cuno H. Rudolph, in the Dis / trict Building. It was originally planned to hold this committee meeting at 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Major Daniel Sullivan, superin- I tendent of police, and George S. Wat son, chief of the fire department to day are gathering the list of men | whose names and heroic deeds will be brought before the committee Fri day. The committee comprises Commis sioner Rudolph, chairman; former Commissioners J. Thilman Hendrick, Mabel T. Boardman and Gen. John A. Johnston; Charles W. Darr, Odell l S. Smith and John J. Boobar. HOOVER TO ADDRESS ENGINEERING COUNCIL Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover, Nicholas Murray Butler, president of Columbia University, and Dwight F. Davis, Assistant Sec . rotary of War, will be the chief I speakers at a dinner Thursday night January 10, to be held in connection > with the annual meeting of the I American Engineering Council of the ’ Federated American Engineering Societies. Dean Mortimer E. Cooley, of the University of Michigan, retir **■ in* president, will preside. A feature of the week's meetings will be the public works conference, Wednesday, January 9. The pur pose of the conference is to urge the adoption by Congress of that part of the Brown plan of government re organization so far as it affects the Department of the Interior, PAINTER MAKES PORTRAIT DF FLEA Insect is Enlarged 62,000; Times, Showing Every Line on Body. By WILLIAM PICKETT HELM. Harry B. Bradford, of Kensing ton. Md., has recently finished painting a portrait of a flea, 62,000 times its actual size. Before turn ing his talent to the painting of insect portraits. Bradford painted portraits of eminent men, among them having been Justice Brewer, of the United States Supreme Court, and Thomas Nelson Page, author and diplomat. Now Brad ford paints insects exclusively. During the weeks that he was engaged on the flea’s portrait, Brad ford worked with his eyes applied to a binocular microscope equipped with a scale that measured down to one one-thousandth of an inch. To the naked eye, this scale looks like a continuous line. By its aid, how ever, Bradford counted and repro duced every hair on the body of the flea, although the hairs were less than one millionth of an inch in thickness. Markings on the skin or armor were even finer, and it was necessary to reproduce them with equal exactness. After the flea’s likeness was drawn the colors were applied, true to life. The most delicate shading and texture were required. Per pective was introduced to show the overlapping of armor-like plates on the back. Bradford has made a number of insect portraits for the Bureau of Entomology, United States Depart ment of Agriculture. Some of these are of Insects much smaller than the flea and at least one of them shows on the canvas 100,000 times the size of the insect in life. (Copyright, 1923, William Pickett Helm.) NEED BUT 354 D FDR CHARITY FUNDS Only Four Opportunities Are Left for New Year—sl2,- 966 Goal in Sight. With the close of the old year the Uhrwtmas-New Year Op portunity Fund of the Associated. Charities finds itself well in sight i of its goal of $12,966. Seven hun- | dr«-(j and ninety one individuals and groups of individuals have con tributed to this result. Os the fourteen families consist ing of fifty children and seventeen adults, the budgets of al! but four are now fully subscribed. The re maining opportunities numbers 9, -11, 12, and 13, are within sight of closing. Number 12 needs but $55, Number 9, $121; Number 11, $134, and Number 13, $230. This makes a total of $540 still needed to close I the fourteen opportunities. Number 6 was closed this mom- ■ ing with a pledge of SIBO to be I payable in monthly installment-) of ' sls each. Zion Baptist Church I sends $26 which was to have been 1 divided equally between 7, 11 and : 13, but 7 is now closed so that the ] share of 7 goes to the other tw<r All of the Opportunities are as sured a happy New Year. Should any of those still open fail to re ceive their full quota they will be provided for from the general funds Pf ths Assocliusd Charities, washinMiimes | MONDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 31, 1923. SECOND SECTION I DRY’ RAID MAY COST AGENTS’ JOBS Opposes “Staggered” Hours for Cars BALL SEES HARDSHIP IN PUN Working Children Would Suf fer, He Believes—Neutral on Auto Tax, He Explains. Senator Ball was witholding his final decision regarding the pro posal to have staggered hours for school children so as to relieve con gestion during the period of traffic during the morning and evening. Julius Peyser, president of the District of Columbia School Asso ciation, has indorsed the plan strongly to the Senator in a letter, but Senator Ball is inclined to think that it will work a hardship on thousands of children who de liver newspapers and do other I work during the late afternoon j and early evening. Neutral On Auto Tax. Although taking exception to the statement that the Inclusion of the personal property tax in the gaso line reciprocity tax bill will work a great hardship upon District auto mobilists, Senator Ball is entirely willing to eliminate the tax from the bill provided the House does likewise. He has not yet consulted with other members of the District Com mittee on the proposition, but thinks there will no great opposi tion to eliminating the tax if the measure cornea over from the House in that form. Senator Ball takes the position that District motorists are not overtaxed in comparison with the motorists of other States, even with the personal property tax included in the bill. He therefore is willing to have the gasoline bill passed either with or without the tax. Hearings in the McKellar 5-cent street car bill will begin early next month. Senator Ball reiterated to day. He declared that the Mc- Kellar proposal will be given a most thorough investigation. DEPREITIDN RULES TD BE FORMED Utilities Commission Will Hold Open Meeting Wednesday, January 16. The Public Utilities Commission today announced that a public hear ing would be held in the board room of the District building at 10 o’clock Wednesday, January 16, to begin the preparation of rules governing depreciation of the various public Utility corporations tn the District. This will be one of the most im portant Public Utilities Commission hearings in recent years, inasmuch as the final decision on deprecia tion rules is expected to have a material effect on future rates I charged by public utilities corpora tions of the District. The commission’s announcement follows: “In view of the decision of the Interstate Commerce Commission in the matter of jurisdiction over depreciation charges of the Wash ington Railway and Electric Corn- I pany (decided December 8, 1923), I that said company, together with its subsidiary companies, is not a carrier subject to the provisions of the Interstate Commerce Conimittee act, and therefore not under the jurisdiction of that commission with respect to its depreciation charges, the Public Utilities Com mission of the District of Columbia will hold a formal public hear'n;’ m the board room (Room 500) District building, at 10 a. m. Wednesday, ; January 16, 1924, for the purpose !of hearing suggestions relative to I the method to be followed for ; formulating regulations governing I depreciation charges of the various j public utility corporations in the | District of Columbia, and the ' methods of accounting therefor. Manor Park Meeting. New Year resolutions will be con sidered hy the Manor Park Citizens Association, at its first meeting of the new year, which will be held at 6210 Third street northwest, Wednesday evening. BILL PRICK"® THE PASSING SHOW ON FSTREET I have watched the flying fishes on the road to Mandalay, Quite as Kipling has described them. Just across from far Cathay. I have viewed the crimson splendor on the flanks of Everest, As the sun In fading glory dyed the portals of the West; But the sight that thrills my vision, that fills me with content, Lies some thousand leagues to West ward of the far-famed Orient. When the day draws on toward eve ning, down in Spotless Town. D. C., And the flappers strut on F Street; friend, that’s sight enough for me. I have watched the dawn uplifting from the seven mighty seas; I have viewed the starry splendor o’er the lofty Pyrenees; I have sailed in rapt attention through the tropic moonlight’s thrall With my pulses all a-tremble at the beauty of it all; But the sight that holds my fancy, and soothes my weury eyes. Isn’t one of tropic oceans, nor of star-swept foreign skies. When the afternoon is fading, and the sunset does its stuff. And the flappers strut on F Street; listen, world, that’s sight enough. JOHN J. MOFFATT. PEP UP SOME, CONTRIBS. Dear Bill: You know, of course, that 1 have been reading the Old Column every day dur ing my long absence from it. Now, I wouldn't be doing this if i I didn't enjoy it, would 11 But look here, those contribs of yours have got to put more punch and snap, more pep and spice in their work. Why, only the other day I sat in a certain waiting room reading Heard and Seen, and I'm a son of a gun if I could get a single smile out of it. 1 was waiting to have an ulcerated tooth -pulled. F. J. SCHWAB. CRAZY COOT’S LOVE ADVENTURES COME TO AN END. MAYBELLE, YOU ARE YES I HELLO MAYBELLE! WE’VESom MY IHTELLIGENT? YOO APPRECIATED DARUNC! BEEN LOOKING FOR YOU. ME WHEN OTHERS DON’T ISO g I'M SO BEN TURPIN AWAITS ME TO E MARRY YOU! HAPPY 1 AT THE HIM! WS — J L_J_ YES, SHE ESCAPED A MONTH AGO. HAS A I "THt WORLD'S A STAGE" SAIB SHAKF-K1 I ry F every N ohe L s!e , se£s EH sorrv T s S hl o his-Seer g SggrnwFj —* AT SCHOOL — a) w«sfs\ XV L ano 1 WLIEVED I wk PA SA .COATOf \played a king, tN llwSk MB _ oLJ7IJBL L A F F L E T S. A nut«*d authority recently naid that a married man should he in- I spired by home life. They don't need x inspiration, friend, they need PKO- j T ECTION. We agree with a noted professor I in saying that kissing is unsanitary j and. furthermore. If these flappers I continue using rouge tlies should be g forced to post "Het Paint” signs on their faces. We wonder if those Mexican revolu tions could possibly be as bad as are | some of those saxophone concerts that we hear in the wee, early hours I of the morning. An optimist is a musician who « ‘‘There’ll Be A Hot Time In I Th® Town Tonight,” when a ? blizzard is raging outside. We don’t all agree with Mr. Darwin j who rhjh that man sprung: from - monkeys hut we miut admit that the j *•*”’*• do make us look mighty bad at t,Dl ®*- <M>E H. HOLMAN. | IF YOU ARE ON THAT RUM LIST, HERE’S AN IDEA, j There must be lots of disap- ! pointment that out of 1,400 per j sons on that rum list the names j of only 13 are to be made public. ! The disappointment is all the I worse, too, in view of the fact j that diplomatic, Congressional | and social circles were supposed I to be heavily represented on the | list. The only way to have the 2 prominent ones in rum-purchas- I ing mentioned publicly is through j publicity agents who would take | to the city editors photographs I of those feasting upon Hennesy j three-star cognac brandy. The J poor boobs who drink cheap ! corn and the synthetic mixtures | wouldn’t want their mugs in the | papers. J “GAS METER’’ THIEF IS AT WORK IN DISTRICT A “gas meter inspector,” with thriving proclivities, has been oper ating in northwest Washington for the past, two months, according to I reports made to police headquar- i ters. His activities have cost local • residents about 12.000, it is said. < Acting under the guise of in-[ spector the thief obtained adrnis -i sion to the home of Mrs. E. T. O. eLdpP. 0660 Tenth street northwest. I FROM MOLECULE TO MONKEY AND THEN—TO MAN. We place Dr. Aiea Hrdlicka, of the National Museum of thia city, in the tender care of W. J. BRYAN. The famous Nebraska- Floridian has been fighting Dar winism with deadly aim. Now Dr. Hrdlicka comes along with the confession that human be ings were originally “cousins” to the ape family, but somehow or other developed just a little faster mentally until they out class the apes in having cake eaters and bobbed-hair flappers. But Brother Bryan will get all het up over the statement that both tne apes and their cousins, the humans, probably originated in “the state of a simple mole cule.” This all happened some thing like a million years ago. From molecules we have become “poor fish.” | RADIO . I Oh! greatest thing of any age, 2 You have wrought a golden page In the Book of Life Itself. i You have caused bright smiles to ripple i From shut-in faces, blind and crip- I Pie. God grant you ne’er know the shelf. EDWIN F. ROWLES. IN THE HALL OF NAMES. Fred Lamp and Bernice Fevers | were married in Gridley, 111, | It’s a cinch that when Fred goes | out at night it will be dark in his I home. j My Irish friend has been drink | ing heavily during the Cliristmas I holidays. The other night he 5 imagined he saw a deformed mon | key on the foot of his bed and I spoke thusly: I ‘‘lf (M see a monk he's in a divil j of a fix, and if Oi don’t see a ' monk I’m in a divil of a shape.” | BY JINGO. THE STAMP LANGUAGE. “SAN TOY” would like us to I print the stamp language. A I number of similar requests were j received lately. We printed it ? long ago, but have no copy. Will I some contrib forward us a copy ? AMONG THE MOVIES. “The Man Life Passed By” had I answered “The Call of the Can • yon.” ‘Why Call It I>ovc?" he j cried, and shot himself just “West « of the Water Tower,” while the I “Big Brothers” of “Fashion Row" | yelled “Going Up” as they caught ! the elevator to the basement to I play Mah Jongg with “The Hum- I ming Bird.” EDDIE O’BRIAN. “ADMIRER” writes that “the ! gang” would like to have JULES j BACKENHEIMER write more | of his stories and jokes for the ? column. | FOR 192 J,. I The old year has gone. Vet old friends remain I To send greetings iih of yore; | I front you may bank In 5 Old dame fortunes' smiles I And find much happiness in •.fore. HANK HAWKINS. yesterday. Shortly after he left she found that about S3OO in jewelry also was gone. Other victims of the ‘“inspector” are J. H. Taylor, 744 Irving street northwest, jewelry worth SSO; Louis Mills, 713 firesham place northwest, watch worth S6O; Mary A. Mason’ '750 Howard street, two watches, worth $100; Shadrach D. Brown, 1 1835 Sixth street northwest, dia j mond and other jewelry, worth j nearly S4OO. and Louis C. Jenkins, ■ 327 East Capitol street, jewelry worth SIOO, ~ NEW YEAR WELCOME PLANNER Various Unique Methods of Celebration Here Will Rival Former Times. The ceremony of watching the old year out and the new year in is one which has become a pretty nearly universal habit during the centuries since the invention of the calendar. The extent of the celebration has usually been limited only by the ingenuity and energy of the citizenry. In former days it was the custom to watch the old year expire through the bottom of the flowing bowl. Revelry Planned—Unofficially. This custom, too, became a habit, and is one which has been found hard to break. And though it will be broken —officially—tonight in Washington, there will nevertheless be a spirited display of revelry on the part of the National Capital from late tonight to later. There will be more solemn observ ance in the churches of the city, which have been decorated for the watch-night services. Tere will be no general community celebration of New Year in Wasn ington tonight, but in every other respect the? celebnation will rival that of any year before the great drouth. There will be more indi vidual celebrations than in former years, and the Washington citizenry, it may be remarked, is displaying a remarkable talent in devising meth ods of bidding the qld year farewell in unique fashion. Churches To Be Active. Those of more solemn mind, who regard the birth of a new year as a serious occasion and one to be observed with befitting solemnity, will gather in their places of wor ship. Others, who look upon the advent of a new calendar as an occasion of welcome relief from the monot ony of every other day, will seek joy in the lairs of the climbing cov er charge. Between these extremes will be the quieter family celebrations — more or less quiet until the stroke of twelve bids the family dishpan and long handled spoons arouse the echoes. Officially, Washington will ob serve the New Year as in former days. The President and Mrs. Cool idge will continue the White House custom of holding a reception on New Year Day. The reception will begin at 11 o'clock tomorrow morn ing with the arrival of members of the Cabinet and diplomatic corps. At 11:20 o’clock the Supreme Court will be received, followed ten min utes later by members of the Sen ate and House of Representatives. The army, navy, marine and na tional guard officers will be re ceived at 11:45. From 12:05 to 12:20 o’clock the Executive aides to the Cabinet members and chiefs of the Government bureaus and agencies will be received. They will be fol lowed by representatives of sixteen military organizations. Members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion are asked to assemble at the east steps of the State, War, and Navy building at 1:15 o’clock to morrow afternoon. Public Admitted. Following a brief luncheon period the public reception will begin at 1 o’clock, and will continue unti 2:30. It is expected that nearly 10,000 people will attend the White Hous? reception, as was the case last year, when a long line of waiting citizens, formed four abreast, was turned away upon the conclusion of the reception. The chief center of revelry to night will be in the big hotels. The New Willard and Wardman Park hotels alone will divide 2,500 guests between them, this number of reservations having been made days ago. Cover charges at Washington hosteleries and cases are reaching record high marks this year. There will be a cover charge of $lO per person at the Les Paradis Case. Reservations for 300 persons were exhausted weeks ago. L’Aiglon To Open. The opening of the L’Aiglon Case, at Eighteenth street and Columbia road northwest, will be one of the features of the New Year Eve cele bration tonight. All of the 500 reservations here have been taken. Forty workmen have been at work all night and today to complete the place. The historic Ebbitt Hotel will be the goal of 500 guests. A supper UJpuUnuad oa 15J I lali-washington] I HOME TOWN PAGE) Season’s Worst Storm Wfll Usher In 1924 The New Year will come to Washington on the crest of the worst storm of the season. Winter in earnest is sweeping down from the north along the Atlantic seaboard, and snow, followed by blustery, bitter weather, is due here tomorrow. The Weather Bureau fore casts rain tonight and tomor row morning. Later tomorrow the rain is scheduled to change into snow, followed by much colder weather. f The temperature tonight will continue mild, but freezing weather will follow tomorrow. The winds will continue mod erate and shifting today, but 3 tomorrow will begin to blow i strongly from the storm area r to the Northwest. Temperatures far below zero ! have been reported from f Northern States, with zero I weather far south into Kansas j I and lowa. Temperatures of 26 1 degrees below zero were re -7 ported yesterday from Helena s and Havre, Mont. It is the out -5 skirts of this cold wave which . will engulf Washington. LOVE WBTI ■OS IIP II 1 COURT ■ ■ Merrill Sherman Accused of Assault on Sweetheart Fol lowing Argument. i t Unavailing efforts to patch up a ‘ broken engagement, police believe, caused Merrill Sherman, 3715 Thir t teenth street northwest, to forcibly ■ evict his former sweetheart from his automobile early yesterday. He also is alleged to have beaten her. Today, as a sequel, Miss Ethel o Limerick, twenty, the girl in the s case, has numerous bruises on her p pretty countenance, and the young man is locked up awaiting trial for assault. He was arraigned today and demanded a jury trial. He was t released on SSOO bond, i Sherman and Miss Limerick, ac- - cording to the police, went for an < automobile ride yesterday. There - was an argument, it is said. When the machine reached the girl’s b home. 3020 Dent place ncrthw’est, it is alleged she was pushed out, fall ing to the sidewalk. Unconscious, Miss Limerick was discovered by b her brother, who removed her to Georgetown Hospital. She returned *• home this morning. r Policemen J. E. Burke and J. C. ■ Dalglish arrested Sherman about an b hour later. At the Seventh pre i cinct Sherman told the police that 1 Miss Limerick struck him in the ■ face, it was stated. f He is said not to have made ! denial of the girl’s charges, t PARKING CHECK i DOWNTOWN IS i SOUGHT )• District Committee to Favor i Fifteen-Minute Limit Zone i* in Report. o ? A non-parking zone extending * from' K to F street, from Seventh 5 to Seventeenth street—a zone in f which parking would be limited to fifteen minutes—probably will be recommended by the Senate Dis ! trict Committee in its report about ) traffic conditions here. r Senator Ball, chairman of the " committee, is strongly inclined to i favor this plan, he said today. He r will present it to the Senate Dis ’ trict Committee for approval at its next meeting. Absolute prohibition of parking J within the congested area would discriminate against thousands of automobilists who have no chauffeurs in Senator Ball's opinion. He be ’ lieves that a fifteen-minute limlta , tion on parking will permit any one to transact business briefly in ( a store or office and impose no hardships that are not outweighted by the benefits which will follow, j Senator Ball also favors a traffic police force of 160 men, or approx imately 110 m'ore than are now on the force. He also would relieve the street railway from paying the rsaUuia* erotism* polioenwu. , "or raid STIRS IIP ROW Agents Who Searched Polish Envoy’s House Face Loss of Jobs. Dismissal, or at least a severe public reprimand, now looms for two of the members of the squad which ten days ago raided the premises of Dr. V. Sokolowski, attache of the Polish legation, on a “John Doe” warrant. The raid ers were seeking to confiscate the $35,000 cache of liquor which Dr. Sokolowski had stored in the basement of a Columbia road apartment house. Apology Is Expected. In addition it was hinted today by State Department official* that an apology would go out to the Polish minister for the “unwar ranted invasion’’ of the home of a member of his staff. The govern ment at Warsaw had cabled the Polish minister to make a report on the whole affair with a view to either censuring Dr. Sokolowski or demanding an official apology. Another new development in the case is the assignment of two de tective sergeants—Edward Kelly and Arthur Scrivener to assist District Attorney Peyton Gordon in the investigation of the rum ring conspiracy. These two, District At torney Gordon, Assistant District Attorney Presmont and two other officials conferred at great length. They refused to say what was dis cussed. Witnesses in the conspiracy were called before Major Gordon today, while Assistant District Attorney Presmont was sent out on another case —at the District morgue—indi cating that his connection with the case is more of a myth than a fact. Morgue cases are routine matters. Warrants Denied O’Shea. James A. O’Shea, counsel for twelve of the defendants in the con spiracy, intimated today that he would file papers of a startling na ture when he has had time to re view the warrants which thus far he has been denied. United States Commissioner George H. Macdonald again today refused to let O’Shea see the orig inal warrants upon which his cli ents were arrested. O’Shea said that this action of the commissioner was without precedent. How Agents Were Tricked. The “inside’’ story of how Naomi Middleton, youthful office employe of the Scarborough-Murphy-Lamson syndicate tricked George Golding, agent of the Special Intelligence Section of the Treasury Depart ment, into giving her an opportunity to destroy the list of the ring’s customers is as follows: It seems that the ’phone rang while the Federal officers were in the Continental Trust building suite. Miss Middleton was told to answer the ’phone, and Golding picked up the extension, hoping to hear a customer use a code num ber. Instead Miss Middleton hurriedly warned the calling party “Destroy the list. The secret service men are here’’ and with that the phone was hung up. Such is the story of how the “special investigator" let the most valuable evidence in the case slip out of his hands. HELD IN SI,OOO BOND ON JOY-RIDING CHARGE Pleading guilty to a charge of joyriding. James H. McDonald was held for action of the grand jurv on SI,OOO bond by Judge John P. McMahon, in the United States branch of Police Court today. McDonald admitted taking from in front of 1215 K street northwest, the automobile of Raymond I.' Gasper. He was arrested by De tectives Howard and Salkeld. CENTRAL CmZENS NAME FRANCIS D. RYAN PRESIDENT Francis DeSales Ryan was elected president of the Central Citizens As sociation at a meeting last night P. J. Callan, who also had been nominated for the post, declined to contest. Robert A. Dore was elected dele gate to the Federation of Citizens Associations, and John McMahon was elected to succeed Robert Mc- Makln. who is leaving the city. The election was made necessary by the resignation of President Donovan who had held that office for eight years.