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YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE CABS ADOPT 35-CENT FLAT RATE
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Washington Girl Found Unconscious on Virginia Road
Mary Hill Discovered by Auto
Driver; Mystery Surrounds
the Cause for Her Condition
Found unconscious lying at the
Side of Russell Road near Rose
crest Avenue, Alexandria, last
night, a young woman who gave
her name as Miss Mary Hill, of
1227 L St. N. W., was revived at
the Alexandria Hospital.
After a short hysterical period,
she was quieted and later re
Identity Is Doubted
Inquiry at the L Street address
disclosed that there is a Miss Hill
residing there though she was re
ported absent from home.
Doubt was expressed by Mrs. A.
B. Gilbert, the landlady, that her
guest could have been the Miss
Hill treated. When last seen by
Mrs. Gilbert Miss Hill appeared to
be in good health.
The young woman was taken
to the hospital by Robert L.
Bories. 2900 Carlton Ave. N. E.,
who said that he investigated
when he saw the girl lying at the
side of the road.
She was well dressed and appar
ently had not been wounded.
Two men helped him place the
girl in his machine and he took
her to the hospital, he said. He
doubted that she had been thrown
from a car.
The thirteenth annual conven
tion of the American Legion. Dis
trict of Columbia Department,
will be held in the Buchanan
School, Thirteenth and E Streets
Southeast, on August 5 to 7. in
lusive. The invitation to stage
le sessions at the school was
tended by the Southeast Busi
ss Men’s Association.
The feature of the convention
1 be a parade in which 24
ion posts will participate, in
lition to other legion units and
c bodies. Six musical organi
ons, including a military band
three drum and bugle corps
fophies will be awarded for
best musical unit, the largest
in line of march, the best
>rmed marching unit and for
■est float. Two hundred and
legates and alternates will
attendance, in addition to
and legion members.
icerts Next Week
oilowing schedule of park
for the week beginning
is announced by the di-
Parks and Public Build-
y, Judiciary Park, Fifth
ts. N. W., Navy Band;
iy, Sylvan Theater. Mon-
Grounds, Army Band;
Sylvan Theater. Monu
unds, Marine Band; Fri-
Creek Park, Sixteenth
edy Streets. Community
hours are from 7:30 to
to Title Survey
n of the new title law
jms automobile dealers
icussed at a meting of
igton Automotive Trade
i, to be held at 2 p. m.
n the lounge at the
ib, Sixteenth St., above
fan Duzer, Director of
nd Traffic of the Dis
'lumbia, will be present
questions pertaining to
or and issuance of titles
1 services for the late
B. Henderson will be
ist 15 at the Cosmo
iapt is t Institutional
Dr. Simon P. W. Drew
ct the services.
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CROSBY, HIS WIFE, SKIPPY AND DOG
LITTLE 17-months-old Percy “Skippy” Crosby, jr., son
of the creator of the celebrated comic strip, “Skippy,”
and Mrs. Crosby, has a brand new little sister. Mrs.
Crosby is at Garfield Hospital after a visit from the
stork. The new arrival is a girl and she will probably
be named Dale, after Mrs. Crosby. The picture shows
the Crosbys at their Virginia estate.
5 Days Left to File
Personal property owners in
the District have but five days
left to file their returns in or
der to escape the 20 per cent
penalty imposed for failure to
make a return, Tax Assessor Wil
liam P. Richardj reminded to
The number of returns filed tb
date, the assessor said, is ap
proximately 16.000. He estimated
that 26.000 more have yet to file
returns within the five days.
Tiny Plane Builders
Are Competing Today
Designers and builders of heli
copter and ornithopter model air
planes are competing today at the
MacFarland Community Center.
Records made today will be
credited at the District tourna
ment August 31 to September 4.
Only those who have attained the
rank of junior pilot are eligible.
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MISS MIDDLETON AND TROPHIES
HERE ARE SOME of the trophies that will be awarded to the winners of events in
the Tri-City Regatta to be held at Herald Harbor today and tomorrow. Pictured
with the trophies is Miss Virginia Middleton, 218 Eleventh St. S. W., at R. Harris
& Co.’s jewelry store.
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Skippy Has a Sister
Trophies in the Tri-City Regatta
Telephone District 5260
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Dry Tortugas Gets
In U. S. Waters
Dry Tortugas lighthouse, 60
miles out into the Gulf of
Mexico on the most westerly
of the Florida Keys, will be
come the most powerful coastal
light in the United States about
September 1. with a candle
power of 3.000,000.
This light is the guiding
beacon for the fleets of oil
tankers en route to and from
the oil ports on the west shore
of the Gulf of Mexico and for
other traffic to and from the
The first lighthouse was
erected on this key in 1825.
Six days left to file your per
sonal tax return. Persons having
household furniture either rented
to another or in storage must re
turn the furniture at its full value
on July 1, 1931.
accident has happened, that there is
going to be a business merger, that
SATURDAY, JULY 25, 1931
Alexandria Officer, Accused
of Petty Theft, Is in Bed;
To Be Arraigned Monday
Returning to his home late yes
terday afternoon, Capt. W. W.
Campbell, chief of police of Alex
andria, Va„ who has been stripped
of office and charged with steal
ing $2.63 worth of provisions from
an ice box in the Alexandria City
Market, had nothing to say.
According to his family, Camp
bell is in a serious nervous condi
tion as a result of the incident and
has been confined to bed.
Meanwhile, Charles Henry
Smith. Campbell’s attorney, prom
ises a statement which will com
pletely exonerate Campbell of any
The police head surrendered
Thursday night to a warant
charging him with pilfering the
ice box. Julian Chauncey, a mem
ber of the firm, who swore out the
warrant, together with an assist
ant, stated that they saw Camp
bell enter the market, pack a crate
with the provisions and slink out.
Free on SI,OOO Bail
When confronted with the ac
cusation Campbell is said to have
collapsed. He is out on SI,OOO
bond to await a hearing Monday.
Spanish War Vets
Disapproval of the action of the
Yorktown Sesquicentennial Com
mission in eliminating from the
exercises, to be held at York
town in October, the scene
depicting the surrender of Corn
wallis, was expressed in a resolu
tion adopted last night at a
meeting of General Nelson A.
Miles Camp, No. 1, D. C. United
War Veterans. The meeting was
held at Pythian Temple, 1012
Ninth St. N. W.
Ready for Carnival
The Arlington County Social
Club will open its annual carnival
Monday night, to continue through
August 8. The affair will be
staged on the field at the intersec
tion of Wilson Boulevard and Cle
ments Avenue, Ballston.
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THESE YOUNG ladies represented Washington in the recent West Virginia Open
Tennis Tournament at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. They are Miss Alice Rose,
Miss Betty Garber, Mrs. Margaret Graham, Miss Betty Cochran and Mrs. Ruth
The rule against smoking in
the Government’s temporary
wooden buildings, enforcement of
which has been lax in some of
the buildings and strict in others,
will likely be observed a bit more
earnestly in them all henceforth,
following the action at the Cen
sus Bureau recently, when a num
ber, variously estimated at from
14 to 40, were discharged for
smoking outside the building.
The Bureau of Engraving and
Printing, which has exceptionally
strict rules and enforces them
rigidly, has also had to exercise
its authority in the locker room
of late in respect to smoking, one
man being disciplined.
Smoking in the temporary
buildings is prohibited, largely on
account of fire danger, and this
danger is quite real and serious
officials have pointed out.
Usually, however, office execu
tives have indulgently appeared
ignorant when an employee slipped
outside for a puff, although this,
too, is against the rules.
A general tightening up of en
forcing the smoking rule is ex
pected all over the city, from
now on, especially since summer
heat accentuates fire danger and
since a lightning bolt set fire to
one temporary building last week,
showing how inflammable they
At any rate, the Census Bureau
employees are more careful this
week, knowing that smoking or
breaking any other regulations
will likely put them first on the
list to be discharged in the con
tinuous cutting down of the tem
Laborer Meets Death
In Westchester Apts.
An inquest into the death of
Roland Jackson, colored brick
layer, who fell to his death from
the seventh floor of the West
chester Apartments under con
struction at Cathedral Avenue and
Thirty-ninth Street Northwest
late yesterday, is to be held at
11:30 o’clock today. Jackson, who
lived at 1724 Fifth St. N. W.. was
the second victim of a fatal ac
cident at the apartment recently.
Listed in Job Drive
A total of 2,021 persons have
applied to the District commit
tee on employment for jobs since
July 15, when the committee be
gan enrollment of the unem
ployed for its mid-summer job
In the first three days of the
enrollment, 1,606 men and women
applied for work.
a celebrity is coming to town? These
are hews events. The Washington
Taxicab Ride, Radio
Concert, All for
A taxi ride all the way across
Washington, with a radio con
cert thrown in, all for a dime, is
certainly a bargain, but it can’t
last long, says Charles T. O'Con
nell, of 54 C St. N. W„ who
drives one of the few radio
equipped cabs and claims to be
the first cab driver to lower
his rate to a dime in the taxi
war this week.
O’Connell, who has been hack
ing here for 11 years, drives
his own cab, and says* if others
can afford to operate at a loss
he can, too, and he’s trying to
look at the situation humorously.
Meanwhile, with his "Radio
Cab No. 4” he is giving an
Amos ’n’ Andy dialogue with 10
miles of ride for a thin dime,
the tenth part of a dollar, but
wondering how long it will last.
Occupants of two pullman cars
on the Pennsylvania train that
leaves New York at midnight
are still wondering why the
prowler who relieved them of
wallets and other valuables re
fused to take their watches.
Some superstition doubtless at
taches to the aversion since foun
tain pens and gold pencils were
included in his loot. Some one
suggested he may have been hur
ried and didn’t want to “take
Women were crying and men
cursing as the train pulled into
Washington this morning. A.
Kaplan of Rose-Martin. Inc.,
New York who was robbed of
$47 and other valuables said:
“It was the smoothest thing
I ever saw. No one heard a
thing. I had slipped my wallet
in the pillow slip and it was
slit, as if with a* razor. My
watch which hung in full view
was left, while the fountain
pen was taken from my coat
Ceremony to Mark
Colors Gift to Boys
A joint presentation of colors
to the Washington Boys Inde
pendent Band will take place
Tuesday at 7 p. m. at the polo
field, in West Potomac Park.
Mrs. John J. Duff is donor of
B. C. Macneil, department com
mander, American Legion, and
C. B. Jennings, department com
mander, | Veterans Foreign Wars,
will make the presentation.
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NEWS OF SUBURBS!
In Net Match
A number of civilian employes
of the Navy and War depart
ments will enjoy a cruise to the
West Indies soon, aboard the
Army transport Kittry.
The transport leaves Hampton
Roads August 3, and a few days
later will touch at Port Au Prince
and other tropical ports of the
Caribbean Sea, returning August
26. Except for their fare to and
from the Virginia port, their
meals and tips, the trip will not
cost the empoyes anything. These
transport ocean cruises are
usually in great demand among
the civilan employes of the mili
tary departments, and when they
come in vacation season are even
Among the civilian employes of
the Navy Department going on
the voyage are Miss Minnie
Brown Miss Frances Pepper, Mrs.
Edna Bradley, Miss Alleen Rob
bins, Mrs. Selma T. Fink and Miss
Unemployed in D. C.
Found on Decline
Unemployment in Washington
is on the decrease, according to
John R. Alpine, supervising direc
tor of the U. S. Employment Ser
Decrease in the amount of un
employment here is attributed
largely to the great volume of
Government building now under
way, but it was also revealed that
all of the public utilities in the
District are working, not only
with their usual employees, but
with additional men employed on
Marines Burn Plane
After Jungle Crash
An observation amp hi b lan
plane with Sergt. Gordon W.
Heritage and Corp. Orville B.
Simmons, of the Marine Corps,
crashed in a swamp in Nicaragua
on Wednesday, the Navy Depart-
I ment was informed yesterday.
! neither of the men was hurt. The
' plane was ordered burned and
I the men ordered to return to Log
town on foot. A ground patrol
i was sent from Puerto Cabezas to
Logtown to meet them.
The board of directors of the
Clarendon Trust Company an
nounced today that plans are
under way for the installation of
a night depository. The com
mittee is now making an investi
gation as to the best type for
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Utility Board Gets Word of
Meter Change, Reduction;
Truce Parley Next Week
The Black and White and Yel
low Cab Companies announced
today that, effective Monday,
they will adopt the flat rate
system of charges, with a charge
of 35 cents for the first zone,
60 cents for the second, and 85
cents for the third.
Decision to abandon the former
system of rates and accept the
principal of a flat rate came as
other companies, which have
forced rates down to 10 and 15
cents, were entering upon a
period of negotiation prior to a
peace meeting early next week.
The Black and White and Yel
low companies, will continue to
use meters, the flat rate for each
zone being registered for the pro
tection of the public.
W. J. Brown, head of the com
panies, announced the change m
a letter to the Public Utilities
Commission. The letter follows:
“Effective Monday July 27,
the Black and White and Yel
low Cab companies will reduce
their present taxi fare of 30
cents for the first mile and 20
cents for each succeeding mile
to a flat rate of 35 cents to
points anywhere in the city
“This rate will apply to fares
from Union Station and all
hotels and places where we
have concessions for our service.
The total amount due for taxi
fare for either the first zone
or the second or succeeding
second or third zones will be
registered and will show on
the meter, thereby protecting
the public from any overcharge.
“We will continue this 35
cent flat rate until such time
as certain laws may be enacted
by Congress that will eventual
ly stabilize taxicab industry in
Mr. Brown declared that while
going on the flat rate, his com
panies will continue to maintain
the same service which has been
their standard for years.
In the meantime Leon J. Brill,
jr., of the Bell Company, loomed
as the peace maker in the big
taxi war. He sounded out officials
of most of the companies and ob
tained agreements to meet Mon
day or Tuesday to discuss the
Only one large company seemed
reluctant to accept Brill’s offer.
Broadmoor, Circle, Bell and City
cabs will be at the peace confer
ence and probably others. It is
probable that the companies will
go back to either a 35 or 25 cent
flat rate for the first zone, with
subsequent stepping up the total
bill by 10 cents each.
Taxicabs So Cheap
Working Girls Behave
Like Ladies of Luxury
With taxi rates tumbling down
and down, girls employed in the
Federal departments and in the
downtown department stores are
wending their way to work and
home like ladies of luxury.
In twos, threes and sometimes
in groups of four, the girls this
morning taxied to their offices.
At 4:30 p. m. yesterday, at
Seventeenth Street and Pennsyl
vania Avenue Northwest, as the
girls left their desks in the War,
Labor, Commerce and other de
partments, cabs of all hues picked
up a startling business.
Soldier Breaks Leg
In Fall Off Railing
William H. Walker, 30. a sol
dier, is in Casualty Hospital to
day with a broken leg as a result
of a 'lO-foot fall from a porch rail
ing at 2244 Shannon Pl. S. E .
late yesterday. He is attached to
A group of nearly 100 students
of the Howard University summer
school will visit Luray Caverns
Va., tomorrow. The trip will be
made by bus and will include
members of the faculty.
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