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WHEN AN unidentified man entered the beauty shop
at 516 Eighth St. N. E., and made a gesture as though
to pull a pistol from his pocket, Miss Bernice Schultz,
beauty parlor operator, screamed and the man fled. Mrs.
Madeline Eury, proprietor, ran to the room as the man
Fate of the proposed George
Washington Memorial Parkway,
the gigantic beautification sys
tem along the banks of the Po
tomac, now is in the hands of
the legislatures of Maryland and
Virginia, with prospects slim that
the program will be carried out
in the next few years.
With the refusal of Congress to
make immediately available 53,-
000,000 for purchase of “key
sites” in the proposed parkway,
no funds will be available for
this use except in proportion to
the amounts by the
two legislatures.
Maryland Has Money
The Maryland legislature is
trying to work out a measure
Which would make available some
State funds and a corresponding
amount of Federal money for
purchase of park sites, but it is
understood that these funds will
foe devoted to minor park projects
Which, although they will tie in
Ultimately with the larger pro
ject, are not regarded as vital to
the more extensive proposition.
Virginia will be unable to take
any steps toward appropriating
money for the parkway until its
legislature meets next year.
Congress Refuses Funds
Foreseeing that the States
Would delay action on the pro
posal, those in charge of the
development have been seeking
to have Congress release at once
$3,000,000 for purchase of sites
in the parkway in advance of
commitments by the States to
jneet their share of the expense.
But Congres has failed to an
swer the petitions on this matter,
Insisting that the original pro
gram laid down in the Capper-
Crampton act be carried out.
Undoubtedly a heavy drive will
be maintained during the summer
to keep public interest in the
tnatter aroused in order that de
mands may be renewed when
Congress reconvenes.
Glover Park Lights
Dim, Citizens Say
A letter complaining of the
poor lighting facilities in Glover
Park was directed to the District
Commissioners by the Glover
Park Citizens Association meet
ing last night in the Industrial
Home School.
Three letters directed to indi
vidual officials failed to bring re
sults, according to Ben McQuay,
secretary of the organization, and
so the letter to the commission
as a whole was framed.
Do you know of an important meet
ing that is going to be held, that an
James R. Coxen, a field agent
for the Federal Board of Voca
tional Education, was sued today
for maintenance and custody of
their two children by his wife, Mrs.
Anna V. Coxen, 1636 Nicholson St.
N. W.
The couple married May 30.
1912, in California, the court is
told in the wife’s bill, filed by At
torneys Raymond Neudecker and
I Jean M. Boardman. Early in 1925
Mr. Coxen accepted a position
with the Government in Hawaii
and left with the promise that he
would provide suitable quarters
for his family.
Mrs. Coxen says he failed to do
so and that she went to him in
Hawaii with the children, despite
his failure to send for them, and
that he refused to live with her.
An Hawaiian court awarded her
$75 a month for her maintenance,
she says, and gave her husband
custody of the children. Later,
after they arrived back in the
United States, he voluntarily sur
rendered custody of the children
to her.
Although Mr. Coxen gives his
wife and children each $75 month
ly, this is not sufficient, the wife
says, as the children are now
ready for college and she says that
she is in constant fear that her
husband will exercise his legal
right to their custody and inter
fere with her plans for their edu
cation. Mr. Coxen makes $5,200
a year in addition to his daily al
lowance for traveling, his wife
Lieut. I. A. Woodring
Is Awarded D. F. C.
Irving A. Woodring, Second
Lieutenant Army Air Corps, has
been awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross, according to a War
Department announcement today.
The distinction was conferred
on Woodring for heroism while
participating in an aerial flight,
October 11, last, under secret
orders from the War Department
to Vancouver, Canada.
Park Cycle Police
Awarded New Belts
Motorcycle officers of the
Park Police force, today were
being equipped with new black
Sam Browne belts as their
“Easter finery.”
The new belts have holsters
suspended from the right side.
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End of Furlough System at Engraving Bureau Forecast
Danger of Deficit Is Believed
Past and Much New Work
Seems to Be in Prospect
The end of the furlough sys.
tern at the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing is in sight.
The move of Acting Director
C. R. Long yesterday in reducing
plate printers’ furloughs from
five days per month to three
and that of women operatives of
the bureau from three days to
one, is regarded as only a fore
runner of the total abolition of
the system.
Even in advance of the new
fiscal year, opening in July, it is
probable that the plant will be
working at capacity.
Deficit Scare Passes
The danger of a deficit, ad
vanced two weeks ago by Under
secretary of the Treasury Mills
when the personnel program for
the remainder of the present fis
cal year was placed before him,
has disappeared entirely. Di
rector Long said in his announce
ment yesterday:
“From present indications,
it appears that funds available
for payroll expenditures in the
Bureau will be increased dur
ing the remainder of the fiscal
year, for the reason that a
large order for bonds has been
received from the Treasury and
in addition that the Treasury
plans to request the transfer
of approximately 25 female
operatives to another bureau of
the department.”
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WHILE POURING tea yesterday at the Brightwood
School, Miss Alice Ebert, 1105 Jefferson St. N. W., was
painfully scalded. She is here shown recovering at her
home after being treated.
accident has happened, that there is
going to be a business merger, that
Tucker, Who Confessed Mur
der of D. C. Woman, Ques
tioned About L. A. Choking
George P. Tucker, self-confessed
murderer of Emma Kirk, 63-year
old umbrella woman, here in 1926,
is being grilled by Lc-, Angeles of
ficials in an effort to identify
him with the murder of a 77-
year-old recluse strangled in 1929.
Finger-prints of the prisoner
are the same as those on file
here, police said. The lookout
sent out by Denver police late in
1926, bearing the prints of George
Pearce Tucker, were compared
with ones taken recently, when
the prisoner was arrested. They
were identical, Los Angeles finger
print officials said.
Miss Frances Kudner, the Los
Angeles recluse, was slain under
circumstances which dovetail with
the Emma Kirk murder here.
Tucker is said to have denied
ever having heard about the Los
Angeles crime. In his confession,
Tucker said he wandered into
the shop of Miss Kirk after a pro
tracted drinking period, and that
he strangled her without cause.
Baldwin Quits Post
As Insurance Chief
Thomas M. Baldwin, jr., Dis
trict superintendent of insur
ance, today tendered his resig
nation. effective April 28, to the
District Commissioners. \He will
enter private business.
Mr. Baldwin has been con
nected with the District insur
ance department for eight years.
Office Address, 1317 21 H St. N. W.
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THE OPENING of the eighteenth annual amaryllis show at the Department of
Agriculture is attracting thousands of persons. Among those at the opening were
cretary of Agriculture, Mrs. William N. Doak, wife of the ecretary of Labor, and M
rs. Arthur M. Hyde, wife of the Secretary of Agriculture.
There is no news like good
news, and, according to the
weather man, there can be no
better news than the end of win
ter, which formally left us at 9
o’clock this morning, when the
sun passed over the equator on
its annual trip north.
Although it was a bit frosty
early today, that touch of cold
was the final gesture of old King
Winter, who has moved on until
next year.
Weather Bureau officials re
ported that the past winter was
the mildest that we have had
since 1926 and, in addition, was
the most arid.
In practically all of the agri
cultural States precipitation was
far below normal. During last
summer precipitation was 73 per
cent of normal.
Quartet Is Heard
In Church Concert
The Treble Clef Quartette, one
of Washington’s oldest colored
musical ’ organizations gave a
concert at the Fifteenth Street
Presbyterian Church last night,
under the auspices of one of the
church clubs. The quartette,
which was led by Mrs. Ethel V.
Gibbs, was assisted by Mrs. Mazie
Handy, pianist, and Albert Bur
gess, violinist.
The committee in charge of
arrangements included Mrs. Nina
Lipscomb, Mrs. Madeline Beck
with, Miss Annie Gray and J. A.
Sojourners Honor
The Yancey Williams
Capt. and Mrs. Yancey Williams
were honored guests last night of
the National Sojourners at a
dance in the sail loft of the Wash
ington Navy Yard. Captain Wil
liams will leave Washington Mon
day for China where he will com
mand the Yangtze River patrol.
Music for the dance was fur
nished by the United States Ma
rine Band, under Capt. Taylor
Branson. Captain Williams will
receive his commission as rear
admiral after arrival in China.
Chinese life and customs were
described in a lecture last night
at the Y. W. C. A. by Lady
Dorothea Hosie, under the au
spices of the world fellowship
committee, of the Y. W. C. A.
a celebrity is coming to town? These
are news events. The W ashington
Joan Hoover, Age 1,
Rules White House
4s First Lady
Joan Hoover is only one year
old but she served in the capac
ity of White House hostess yes
terday, when Mrs. Hoover left
on a trip to the presidential
camp at Rapidan.
Mrs. Herbert Hoover, jr., left
recently for Asheville and took
the other two children, Peggy
Ann and Herbert 3d.
When Mrs. Herbert Hoover
returns from Rapidan she is
expected to leave for Asheville
where she will join the other
members of the family. She
will remain there until the
President returns from his
Formal charges of murder have
been lodged against Hazel Chinn,
24, of 1320 Vermont Ave. N. W.,
and David L. Russell who were
arrested recently in connection
with the death of Thelma Rose
Cain, 19, who is alleged to have
died from an illegal operation.
Miss Chinn today in Police
Court was held without bond for
a preliminary hearing on March
27. Russell was held yesterday
without bond on the same charge.
Russell, who is said to have
formerly been a physician, per
formed the operation on the girl,
while Miss Chinn administered an
anaesthetic, it is alleged.
Witnesses have already been
questioned by Miss M. Pearl Mc-
Call, assistant United States At
torney, who yesterday issued for
mal warrants against Russell and
Miss Cain, in which the men are
charged with first degree murder.
Dr. A. Magruder McDonald,
autopsy surgeon has testified be
fore the Grand Jury as well as a
colored maid who was employ rl
in the office of Russell a» Four
teenth and Harvard Streets
Northwest. Herman Norman and
the maid are both being held as
material government Witnesses.
Girls Have Parts
In Play Day Event
Twenty-five girls from the high
schools of Washington will par- |
ticipate in the annual High School
Play Day to be given today by
the George Washington Univer
sity under the auspices of the
Department of Physical Educa
tion for Women and the Women’s
Athletic Association of the Y.
W. C. A.
With more than 1,200 plants
i on exhibit, the eighteenth annual
amaryllis show of the Department
of Agriculture opened this after
noon in the greenhouses, at Four
teenth and Constitution Avenue.
The collection this year is said
to be one of the finest ever dis
played, with each plant bearing
from one to six flower stems, with
six or seven flowers on each
stem. A number of the seedlings
are flowering for the first time.
The bulbs which are now in
flower are all products of cross
pollination of seeds imported
from England in 1909.
Mrs. Arthur Hyde, wife of the
Secretary of Agriculture, acted
as hostess for the wives of cabi
net members and other high offi
cials at the special exhibit this
morning. The show will be open
to the public daily after today
from 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. until its
close on Sunday, March 29,
Two Suspects Freed
In Killing of Nurmi
John J. O’Brien and Henry W.
McGuire, held in Montgomery
county on technical charges of
manslaughter in connection with
the mysterious death of Aarvi
Nurmi, 26-year-old Census Bureau
clerk, who was found shot in the
driveway of his Takoma Park
home, were exonerated by the
Mortgomery county grand jury
. Nurmi was found in the drive
way by the two men after an
alleged drinking party. It was
first believed that Nurmi died as
a result of a fall from the second
story of his home, but investiga
tion disclosed that he had been
Falling Beam Hits
Workman in Well
Struck in the head by a falling
beam while he was working in
the bottom of a at Travilah,
Md„ Leonard Federline, 46 years
old, of Unity, Md„ was taken to
Emergency Hospital yesterday in
a critical condition.
The injured man’s brother,
Louis Federline, who was working
with him, ran to a store for help.
Federline was taken from the well
by neighbors.
According to physicians, the
man’s skull is fractured.
Today’s Classified Seetlon contains a
new 24-Hour Service Directory that will
be of value to you—consult it now!
Times pays SSO weekly for the best
exclusive news tips.
Police Claim Trio Are Small
Peddlers; Heroin Valued
at SI,OOO Taken on Delivery
Two women and a 7 6-y ear-old
painter were arrested today by
Federal agents and members of
the narcotic bureau of the Wash
ington police department for viola
tion of the Harrison narcotic act.
The three under arrest are Miss
Anna Reed, 43; William Grove
Davis, 76, and Mrs. Mary Margaret
Echles, 30. of 1102 Four-and-One-
Half St. S. W. Miss Reed and
Davis both live at 625 Massachu
setts Ave. N. W.
Heroin Is Seized
Detectives seized a shipment of
heroin, which they claimed was
sent to the trio from New York
yesterda.y It has been learned
that the police here have been
working on a case against the
trio for some time.
Dope valued in the illicit mar
ket at approximately SI,OOO was
seized when it was delivered this
morning by mail.
Three Make Arrests
The arrests were made by J. O.
Crawley, narcotic agent of the
Federal Narcotic Bureau, and De
tectives R. A. Sanders and D. H.
Jones, both attached to the *lr d
quarters narcotic squad. D'
Police say that the two women
and the aged man were small ped
dlers of the illicit drug.
This is the largest seizui of
heroin that has been made’ in
Washington .for some time. The
amount seized is sufficient to last
the average addict about 200 days.
Charged with having struck
8-year-old Edward J. Walker, a
pupil of her class at the Polk
School, Miss Ada L. Wagoner will
be brought before the committee
on complaints and appeals of
the Board of Education.
The committee will probably
meet following a recommenda
tion to be made to the Board
of Education at its next meet
ing, April 1, it was learned from
Robert L. Haycock, assistant
superintendent of schools.
Meanwhile, Miss Wagoner will
continue to teach at the school
and the child, who has not
attended class since March 2,
when it is alleged he was struck
by his teacher, will probably be
sent to another school.
A conference was held between
Mr. Haycock, the child’s parents,
their attorney, Alfred D. Smith:
Mrs. S. P. Johnson, principal of
the Polk School; W. B. Patter
son, assistant superintendent in
charge of special education, and
the boy.
It was charged that the child
had been struck with a ruler on
two occasions, the first on Feb
ruary 27, and the second on
March 2. Miss Wagoner said
that she had never struck any
of the children. !
Speed Limit Raised
On Canal Road N. W.
The speed limit along Canal
Road Northwest from Reservoir
Road to Chain Bridge was in
creased to 30 miles an hour by the
District Commissioners in an
amendment to the traffic regula
The action followed a request
by members of the Conduit Road
Citizens Association, who pointed
out that the road is used daily by
hundreds of Virginians, who work
in the Capital, and that only one
residence stood along the road be
tween the two boundaries of the
speed limit change. The speed
was formerly 22 miles an hour.
Dr. Mordecai Johnson, presi
dent of the university, will be
the religious speaker at Howard
University tomorrow morning

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