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zz. z/£zzzzz4 INEWS OF SUBURBS! $20,000,000 FUND DRIVE FOR CATHOLIC U. AWAITS CHURCH 0. K. FV- J > A K j\ — ■ Legislators Planning Wider “Home Rule” for District BUDGET BUREAU MAY LOSE ITS GONTRUL Commissioners Would Send Estimates Dirept to Con gress Under New Proposals Half a dozen shifts of power and responsibility among agencies of the District government are under consideration by members of Congress and will be proposed in legislative form. The proposals are generally de signed to give District residents a greater measure of “home rule” than they are now enjoying. / One of the principal changes under consideration would re move the District budget from the supervision now exercised over it by the budget bureau. Under plans now being con sidered the District’s estimates, after preparation by the Com missioners, would be sent direct to Congressional appropriation committees. In this connection it is pointed out that the Budget Bureau was given control before the Federal contribution was on the lump sum basis and the same necessity for Federal supervision does not now exist. Another proposed shift is in the manner of selection of the board of education. BUSINESS DATA SURVEY ON A survey of approximately 300 national and international organi zations having headquarters or branch offices here is nearing com pletion. A comprehensive digest of the groups as to types, activi ties, membership and similar data is under preparation, Dorsey Hyde, secretary of the Washington Chamber of Commerce said today. Washington is becoming a mecca for these organizations. Tempo rary offices, heretofore used only during sessions of Congress, are being turned into permanent headquarters in unprecedented numbers this year, Mr. Hyde said. A recent addition is the Ameri can Game Association, which had headquarters in New York for 20 years. Seth Gordon, president of the association said: “We came to Washington be cause it is the hub of the nation. Accessibility to our membership throughout the country as well as close contact with Congress and the governmental agencies with which we has proved very valuable.” , U. S, Offers Apology In Mexican Arrest The State Department, much embarrassed over recent anti- Mexican incidents in the United States, was hopeful today the Mexican government would ac cept this Government’s expression of regret over the sentencing of Acting Mexican Consul Adolfo Dominguez at Chicago for con tempt of court, and will consider as satisfactory the action of Gov ernor Emmerson, of Illinois, in having the record of the case erased. The department sent its formal “regrets” and inclosed Emmerson’s report showing the - judge had expunged the six months’ contempt sentence. Receiver Is Asked For Kew Gardens Alleging default in payment on a 11,000 bond held by the plain tiff, suit was filed yesterday in the District Supreme Court ask ing a receivership for the Kew Gardens apartments, 2700 Q St. N. W. The suit, filed by Caroline Myt inger, 1314 Eighteenth St. N. W.. also names as defendants the Riggs National Bank, trustee, and the New York Life Insurance Company, holder of a $400,000 trust on< the building. WAITS RUM HEARING Eldon Gray, of Silver Spring, Md., was taken to Rockville jail today to await hearing an a liquor selling charge after a preliminary hearing before Judge Ward W. Caddington. Sergt. Guy Jones and Pvt. Jerry Hobbs arrested Gray at his home. Back After 11 Years! In 1 “UH * a ■ 'll H ; ■ M ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■l —Times Staff Photo McELROY WITH LETTER ELEVEN YEARS AGO Paul C. McElroy, 1017 Seven teenth St. N. W., mailed a letter to H. King Lindsay, in Philadelphia, Pa. And to make sure that it would arrive promptly, he put a special delivery postage stamp on it. But today, much to Mr. McElroy’s surprise, the letter was returned to him. He doesn’t know what happened to it but it bore Washington and Philadelphia postmarks. COBLENTZ GETS HEARING SOON Emory L. Coblentz, Maryland State senator, who was indicted here recently on a charge of aid ing in the commission of perjury, will be arraigned July 29, it is an nounced by the Department- ol Justice. The charge grew out of the trial of G. Bryan Pitts, former president of the now defunct F. H. Smith Company, who is under sentence of 14 years in the penitentiary. Justice agents asserted that Cob lentz, a prominent Maryland banker and politician, aided in the preparation of false evidence which was offered in Pitts’ de fense. Coblentz has denied the charges. Los Angeles Hooks To S. S. Patoka Today The Navy dirigible Los Angeles is scheduled to leave its base at Lakehurst, N. J.- today and fly to the eastern end of Long Island, moor to the U. S, S. Patoka and operate from the Patoka from July 12 to 17. The flight is for training purposes only, it was ex plained at the Navy Department yesterday. . Into His Own! INSIGNIA OF AIR CORPS THE MISSOURI mule has at last come into his own. He has been officially recognized as part of the markings of the One Hundred and Tenth Ob servation Squadron.. Air Corps, Missouri National Guard. Sec retary of War Hurley has ap proved the insignia pictured here. , I Telephone District 5260 NAVY PAY PLAN IS APPROVED Labor interests in Washington, especially the Federal machinists’ union, today expressed complete agreement with the Navy Depart ment’s decision not to touch exist ing civilian wage scales during the coming fiscal year. The Washington Navy .Yard skilled workers did not ask for a readjustment of salary levels dur ing the present economic condi tion of the country. They were given assurances some weeks ago that there would be no cuts, and have opposed reconvening of the departmental wage board before June, 1932. There have been several reduc tions in personnel at the local yard, but the trend now is up ward. No wage cuts have been in comtemplation at any time, in accordance with President Hoo ver’s policy. Wrpco Car Worker Burned by Current H. S. Bailey, an employe of the Washington Railway and Electric Company at the Ten nallytown car barn, was burned on the leg and severely shocked today when he came in contact with a power cable on a street car on which he was working. The man was knocked out for a few minutes when 55ft volts passed through his body. The Fire Department rescue squad was called and gave Bailey first aid. He did not require further treatment. Everson to Inspect The National Guard Maj. Gen. William G. Everson, chief of the Militia Bureau, will leave Monday on an inspection tour of National Guard units in the South and Middle West. He will make the entire trip, about 5,000 miles, by plane. Bicentennial Clerks Work Overtime For Holiday Offices of the George Wash ington Bicentennial Commission in the Washington Building were not closed today, although most of the 100 employes began a two-day holiday, granted as compensation for extra hours worked diying the week. Associate Director Sol Bloom, department heads, telephone op erators and a few clerical as sistants reported as usual to take care of emergency business. The experiment is being watched with interest by a number of other governmental agencies located here. WASHINfiW TIMES ? FIRMS FIGHT OVER SCHOOL CONTRACT New Bids May Be Called For Desks and Chairs for New Buildings in Bid Squabble A fight. over the award of a contract to furnish approximately SBO,OOO worth of desks and chairs for new school buildings in the District may result in calling off further negotiations and the re opening of bids for the work, it became known today. , The matter now rests in the hands of Comptroller General John R. McCarl. It is under stood that the aid of Senator David I. Walsh (D.) of Massa chusetts has been enlisted by one of the contesting.parties and that he is on his way to this city to take a hand in the matter. Out-of-Town Firms The fight is between the P Derby Company, of Boston, and the John E. Sjostrom Company, Inc., a New Jersey firm. Specifications for the contract called for submission of sample desks and chairs by each bidder. Bids were opened last May. The Sjostrom Company submitted a bid of $70,000 but failed to fur nish the samples. Because of this failure District officials declined to accept the bid and held the Derby company, which submitted a bid of SBO,OOO and furnished the samples, to be the low bidder. Appeals to McCarl The New Jersey firm appealed to Comptroller General McCarl, who ruled that the furnishing of sample . was unnecessary. Mean while the contract had been awarded to the Boston firm but upon receipt of the comptroller's ruling District officials informed the Derby company they had no other course than to accept the ruling and cancel the contract. Representatives of the Boston firm now have appealed to the comptroller and the entire matter is being held up. STOCK BUYERS ASK REFUND Branding stock of the Capitol Title and Guarantee Company, purchased by the plaintiffs, as "utterly worthless,” three suits were filed against the company and against the New York Title and Mortgage Company, guaran tor of titles, in District Supreme Court yesterday. The suits followed one brought by Grace B. Hutton, which plain tiffs declare was pronounced legal by Justice Jennings Bailey. The plaintiffs are Claude C. Pierce, 3833 Military Rd. N. W., who is seeking $2,000; George H. Girty, 1870 Wyoming Ave. N. W., who asks $4,250, and Elmer G. Runyan, 1651 Harvard St. N. W„ $4,750. Navy Ponders Raid Involving Uniform The Navy judge advocate today was studying a preliminary report by Rear Admiral L. A. Bostwick, commandant of the Philidalphia Navy Yard, concerning a Phila delphia policeman wearing a Navy uniform when making a prohibition arrest. The Bostwick report showed the policeman. Charles. Lang, is a member of the Naval Reserve and was prob ably aided by the uniform. SATURDAY, JULY 11, 1931 Phone Your Tips to Times SSO IN PRIZES Phone The Times when anything happens—call the News Tip Editor between 6:30 a. m. and 6 P- m.—tell him of any new happenings in your neigh borhood. It may mean cash to you. Fifty dollars in cash is divided each week among 10 people who “tip off” The Times on the best news stories. Save your news for The Times. Call the News Tip Editor District 5260 Office Address, 1317-21 H St. N. W. | I? ■ 1 |r / ' Kt ’ —Times Staff Photo MISS EMBREY MISS CRISMOND MISS MERKEL THESE ATTRACTIVE YOUNG LADIES are among those to participate in a popularity contest at Marshall Hall today when the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Post No. 23, American Legion, goes on its annual outing. The post will have as its guests 200 orphan children of veterans and 50 veterans from Walter Reed Hospital. In the picture are Misses Edith Embrey, Ellis Crismond and Oleta Merkel holding the prizes to be awarded. RAPIDAN- BOUND GAR CRASHES Frank W. Connor, member of the New York. Herald-Tribune’s Washington Bureau, and his wife miraculously escaped death yester day when their machine, en route to the President’s camp at Rapi dan, overturned twice after being crowded from the road by a bus near Fairfax, Va. Mrs. Connor suffered a broken collar bone and minor injuries to the body and her husband escaped with a severely bruised leg. The Connor machine was fol lowing that occupied by newspaper men detailed at the White House and was several blocks behind the Presidential car at the time of the accident. At the time of the crash the Connor car was going about 55 miles an hour. Learning of the near tragedy on his arrival at camp, President Hoover directed his personal physician, Dr. Joel T. Boone, to see that Mrs. Connor was given every possible assistance. Messenger's Bicycle $25,000 Suit Basis Charging she was knocked down by a Western Union messenger on his bicycle as she crossed F Street Northwest at Seventeenth recently, Miss Eva Miller, 1303 Clifton St. N. W., today filed suit against the telegraph company to recover $25,000 damages. Attorney Emmett L. Sheehan appeared for Miss Miller, who says she sustained injuries to her left hip. both arms and knees, and a fractured nose. Auto Is Damaged; Owner Disappears Police were puzzled today by the disappearance of Frank P. Fletcher, 30, who has been missing from his home at 751 Twelfth St. S. E„ since yesterday after noon. His automobile was found abandoned at the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge over the Anacostia River last midnight. The machine had struck some thing and was damaged, police said. Little Fishes Get Arsenal Seized From Gunmen Equipment seized here during the past six months from local gangsters today rested at the bottom of the Potomac River, following the semi-annual house cleaning at the Police Head quarters property room yester day. Policeman Allen B. Baker dumped a veritable arsenal, in cluding weapons of many types, into the water. Included were 26 smoke-screen pumps, 50 revolvers. 10 pairs of brass knuckles, 15 rifles, 30 razors and other contraband articles. mtwe KILLS BOY, 12 The apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Waldman, 1737 P St. N. W., was filled today. Fred. jr„ 12, their oldest child, was dead. Playing on a fire escape last night while his father, chauffeur for Senator Gillett, was eating his dinner, the youngster lost his grip on the railing and plunged 50 feet to a brick courtyard. He died instantly. It was said that the child had been hanging on the railing as though on a trapeze when he slipped. There are three other young children in the family. Limit Is Increased On 4th Class Mail The Interstate Commerce Com mission yesterday granted author ity to the Postmaster General to increase the limit of parcels in fourth class mail matter from 84 inches to 100 inches in length and grith combined with the establishment of a minimum charge for parcels over 84 inches. The ruling also permits an in crease in the limit of weight for a single parcel from 50 to 70 pounds in all zones. Young Republicans Hear Labor Speaker Peter Snyder, assistant to the Secretary of Labor, spoke before a meeting of the Young Repub licans of the National Capital Republican Club last night on the possibilities for constructive political work in the United States. Reports of the club’s commit tees were heard and future activi ties discussed. GAME CONSERVATION HEAD The Department of Agriculture announced the promotion of Rob ert W. Williams as assistant United States game conservation officer, succeeding Talbott Den mead, who was transferred to the Bureau of Fisheries. Dr. Williams, lately deputy game conservation officer, has been with the Biolog ical Survey for 30 years. ■MBiittaLON' NEWS OF SUBURBS I To Compete For Prize ICE TRUCK SPILL HURTS TWO Within two minutes after an ice truck had overturned at Second Street and Virginia Avenue South west this morning, a crowd of more than 50 colored men, women and boys carted away the spilled ice. Two injured men were treated at Emergency Hospital. They are Hamilton Egan Sweeney, 19, of 916 Savannah St. S. E„ and Ray mond Carr, of 3361 Nicholas St. S. E. Sweeney was attempting to turn south into Second Street from Virginia Avenue when his truck swayed at the turn. The shifting of the ton or more of ice on the vehicle caused it to topple over. Strayer Head Accused In Plagiarism Suit Plagiarism is charged in a $lO,- 000 damage suit filed against Strayer’s Business College by Wil lard Allen Colcord, in connection with distribution by the school of an advertising circular containing a portion of an article copyrighted by the plaintiff and used without his permission. Attorneys Charles S. Baker and Benjamin L. Tepper represent Mr. Colcord, who says he is the author of a copyrighted article, “Why Graduate?” portions of which last March were contained in an edi torlal.in the college paper over the name of P. J. Harman, director of the college. Smithsonian Displays ‘Fake’ Indian Relics A collection of “fake” Indian relics has been placed on exhibi tion at the Smithsonian Institu tion as a protective measure for the “suckers.” Several cases of arrowheads, vessels, and carved tomahawks, made in imitation of the genuine objects, are contained in the exhibit. The object of the exhibition, ac cording to Neil M Judd, curator of American archaeology is to warn the public against thousands of similar objects placed on sale every year as genuine relics. All pieces in the display are plainly marked. Talkie-Taught Children Win Prize Awards Just for viewing a series of sound films and for answering a few questions to test what they had learned from the pictures, four children, who showed the greatest increase in knowledge, are today the proud possessors of wrist watches. The prizes were awarded by the Fox Film Corporation follow ing the completion of a fourday educational demonstration by talking movies conducted under the auspices of the film company BISHOPS WILL GEI DETAILS IN AUGUST First Campaign in History of College Will Be Carried On Over Period of Six Years The proposed $20,000,000 en dowment fund drive of Catholic University will begin just as soon as the board of 106 bishops of the church approve the campaign plans at the Atlantic City confer ence in August, the university has announced. It is planned to raise $2,000,- 000 before the end of this year, $3,000,000 will be sought annually for the next six years. Approval Expected The campaign was tentatively planned some weeks ago, and preliminary steps, policies and methods have been clarified in a large volume of plans to be suo mitted to the bishopric board. The approval of these plans oy the board is taken for granted. The university points out that it now has only a $3,000,000 en dowment, and all but $16,000 of this was put under heavy restric tions, for specific uses, by the donors. Alumni Can’t Help It is also reminded that nearly all the graduates enter the priest hood, thus removing alumni, one of the common sources of endow ments and gifts, from considera tion and making the coming campaign dependent upon their friends. The annual collection taken up in Catholic churches annually for the school must be devoted to current expenses, and this is the first endowment drive ever under taken by the university. IMIUNG PARCEL LIMIT RRISED Over the protest of the railroad express companies, the Interstate Commerce Commission today ac ceded to the request of the Post office Department to increase the size limit of parcel post packages from 84 to 100 inches, and to the establishment of a minimum charge for parcels measuring over 84 inches. The department estimates that the probable increase in revenue from the contemplated changes in size will be about $3,500,000 an nually. The chief objections to the in creases were made by the express companies. They contended that the present limits are higher than those required by a reasonable parcel post service. Post, Gatty Blazed Soviet Air Mail Route Although Post and Gatty. the American round-the-world fliers, did not know it, they blazed a new Russian air mail route across Siberia. This was learned yesterday when the Department of Com merce received reports that a new Soviet air mail route will be opened in August along the trail taken by the American fliers. The route will extend 4.500 miles from Moscow to Irkutsk, to Khabarovsk, and then to Vladivostok. Payne Gives Post To Col. McFarland Assistant Secretary of Wat- Payne yesterday announced the appointment of Lieut. Col. Earl McFarland, Ordnance Depart ment, as executive in his office, in place of Maj. Gen. Irving J. Carr, recently made chief signal officer. Colonel McFarland, a native of Topeka, Kan., saw service in France and holds the Distin guished Service Medal. and under the direction of the United States Office of Educa tion. Selected from 98 participants from 47 State and the District, of Columbia, the winners are David H. Turner, jr„ of Alabama; Jane Dickinson, of New Hamp shire; Lester Schade, of Wiscon sin. and Gretchen Robertson, of Minnesota. Teachers accompanying the pupils here for the tests unani mously voted approval of the teaching method.