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ESTABLISHED 1784. Oldwt Daily Newspaper in the Unu?j States and Best Adfertij ing Medium in Northern Virginia. VOL. CXXXV?No 258. ' ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE WEDNES For this section?Cloudy tonight, Thursday unsettled, probably fol lowed by rain. '*^<0 /o ^ DAY, OCTOBER 29, 1919. City Council Elects Three Old and Two New School Trustees JOINT SESSION HELD Seek Aid To Continue War Camp Community Work?Want Electrical Inspector?Other Matters. The deficit in the public schools this school year for operating expen ses will be $16,4.38.92 according- to a communication submitted ' bv the school board to city council at its meeting last night and they asked for an appropriation to meet this deficit. The total operating expenses it was explained will be $62,000 of which amount the state pays $18,561.08 and the city $43,438.92. The matter was referred to the joint committee on schools and finance. Communication from the school board' asking that the grounds around the high school building be put in proper shape and that sidewalks be laid at a coat of $4,900 was referred to- the joint committee on publit prop erty and finance. A letter written by H. J. Pahner, of the Southeastern Underwriters As sociation, advocating the establish ment of a city electrical inspector was ' referred. Kenneth W. Ogden, chief/0f the fire department, also submitted a letter to council urging uipon that body the im portance of electing an electrical in spector, it being set forth by him that in some instances the wiring is de fective due to the incompetence and negligence'of electricians. This mat ter also was referred. A joint session of council was held and' the following school trustees were dhosen: J. Gilbert Cox and George E. War field, first ward1; W. F. H Finke, sec ond ward; Harry Hammond, third ?Ward!; T. C. Howard, fourth ward. Mr. Warfield takes the place of C. R. Yates resigned and in the third ward and Mr. Hammond takes the place I of W. H. Hellmuth. J [The joint se&sion. also re-elected Kenneth W. Ogden chief of the fire department. Capt. .George H.'Evans, business manager1 of their Chamber of . Com merce, and James Bayne, appeared bdfore the joint session and addressed that body, Mr. Bayne speaking on the present inequitable form of city assessment and advocating a change which he said would prove far moi*e equitable than the prevailing system. J The new assessment will be made next year for both state and city. Resolution appropriating $10,000 for re>pairs to streets'^and roads was referred to the joint' committee on streets and finance." Resolution author izing the city tax collector to sell all property on yhich city taxes have not been paid to; June 1, 1919, beginning December 15 was adopted. Ordinance directing the Washing ton-Virginia Railway Company to re move switch on King street between St. Asaph and Columbus streets, was referred to special committee. 'Resolution that the public property committee expend the sum of $700 for building two fish stands in country part of city market was referred to the finance committee. j Request of Alexandria Free Kin dergarten for $300 for its work was referred to the committee on schools and finance. Owing to the high-cost of living the pay of judges and clerks of elec tion was increased from $3 to $4.50 a day and the commissioners of election will receive $2 additional per day. T. W. Garvin, district representa tive for the state of Virginia, of the War Camp Community Service, ad dressed common council on that mat NOTICE The organization meeting of Alex andria's New Country Club has been postponed from Thursday, October 30th, at 8 p. m., to Monday, No vember 3rd. at 8 o'clock, in the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce 258-2t. , . ' Norfolk salt water Oysters an< Hampton Bar clams Jacob Brill foot of King Street., 227-tJ ter and urged.that council appropriate money to help continue the work here for three mon'ths on a peace time basis, the government to bear part of the expense. No action, however, was taken on this matter. The salary of K. W. Ogden, chief of the fire department, was increased from $25 to $50 a month. Miscellaneous Matters Other matters disposed of follow: The sum of $700 was appropriated for necessary work at the Columbia Fire engine fr'ouse. Adverse report was made on the petition of J. Reeee Caton to rent old house of Relief Company and report adopted. Report to rent lot of ground at' Pitt and Princess to Mutual Ice Com pany for 825 a year was adopted. Peti tion of C. T. Blount to erect garage on South Patrick street was referred to street committee. U. C. Clark grant- | ed permission to erect parage at 719 | Duke street. Permission granted Miss j Alice J. Burleigh to erect kitchen in j rear of 1200 Prince street adopted,: ami S F Dyson and Brother granted ?permission to erect KaraKe in rear cf 1004 Prince street. Permission granted the Alexan dria Fertilizer and Chemical Company to erect building at northeast corner of Lee and Union and one at Union and Queen streets. Petition of Her furth Engine Company to erect stor age shed on Strand 120 feet south of Duke street referred to street com mittee. Petition of trustees of Alexandria Hosipftal to be relieved of taxes amounting to $519.58 on square of ground in northwestern part of the city, just sold, was referred to the finance committee. Resolution of Councilman McCaf frey to place electric Tight in mid dle of square between Duke and olfe streets was referred. Petition of Alexandria Lumber Company to erect lumber storage shed at northeast corner of Alfred and Wilkes streets was referred. Resolu tion to pay $35 a month rent for rooms for clinic in the interest of puiblic health was adopted. The aldermen concurred in all mat ters presented by council. IN MEMORIAM In loving remembrance of our be loved daughter, Mary Estelle Chi chester, who departed this life -8 vears ago today, October 29, 1919. 'Taken ?away\ in young womanhood* ?bloom, : Like a bud in its fragrance so soon, . ?- : . My daughter loyal, so faithful and true, J; ' Loved by her .friends, kind to all she knew. God called he* home, Thy will be done, / Ending/ her suffering, while a crown, she wore, Of svipreme glory, never to cease As "daily we whisper, may her soul rest in peace. Anniversary mass will be said at St. Mary's Church. 258-1 p By her devoted mother. 'Sacred to the memory of my dear , departed friend. Percy J. Dove, who | was killed in France on the west- 1 ern front one year ago today. Oc tober 29, 1918. I cannot forget you, dear Percy. While in this world I stay. God only knows my feelings, Since you have passed away. My thoughts are always wandering To the grave so far awav, Where my dear friend is lying In his peaceful and lonely grave, By his lonely friend. George A. Dunn, Accotink. \a R^TCLIFFE?'In sad but loving re membrance of our darling little girl Alice Virginia Ratcliffe. who departed this life nine months I ago today, January 29. 1919. | Just nine months ago today, my darling, Since you passed away to rest. Though you are gone you are not forgotten. By the ones that loved you best. Though you are gone you are not forgotten, 1 And your place can never be filled We will keep your memory cherished Until our voices in death are still ed. 258-lp. Her mother and father. NOTICE The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Alexandria Water Company will be held at the office of the companyv Monday, Novem kfer 3rd, ,1919, at 10 o'clock a. m. 239-23t. George Uhler, Secretary. TOWN OF POTOMAC FAVORS BONO ISSUE Sum of $60,000 To Be Used For Sanitary and Sewer Work SOON TO START WORK In Special Election Yesterday Mea sure Was Adopted by Vote of 56 to 13. A bond issue for $(i0,000 was adopted by the town of Potomac, Alexandria county, in the special election held yesterday in that town The vote was fifty-six for the measure and thirteen against it. The bonds are to be used for sani tary and sewer improvements and are to bear interest not to exceed six per cent. The bond issue already ha^ been authorized by the state legislature, that body at its last session having adopted it when it passed what is known as house bill No. 2>r?. It is proposed to start the work *>f improvement just as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made. ?Citizens of this town, which in cludes Del Ray and St. Elmo, are badly in need of an up to date sew erage system and it is thought that the work can be accomplished with the $60,000 authorized bond issue, sue. FOR NEW ASSESSMENT PLAN Capt. Evans and James Baync Ad dress Joint Session of Council ?At a joint meeting of Council last night, a committee of two rep resenting: the Civic Bureau < f the Chamber of Commerce, were granted the privilge of the floor of council for the purpose of laying before that body a plan for an equitable system of tax assessment for Alex andria. Captain Evans made a brief address outlining this system and the necessity for a plat book for this city and later introduced lames Bayne, who has at considerable time and labor, prepared a complete exhibit of the tax situation showing the present inequity of taxation, and gave a very interesting ad dress on the subject. Uniformity in real estate tax as sessment i'n Alexandria is one of the most important problems con fronting our citizens today. It is the opinion that an equitable meth od does not exist at present in ar riving at the relative values of land in the city, and a system built on scientific principles and practices should be inaugurated whereby taxes will be made equitable and wili make every dollar collected nn honest dollar. ROBBER INTERRUPTS SUPPER. Alexander l'ringle. Colored Relieved of $75 by Man With Gun Alexander Pringle. colored, mana ger of the Hotel Jackson, 1500 Kinjr street, at fi:30 o'clock last nijrht was held up and robbed while eating his supper by an unidentified colored man. The robber obtained $7-r> and his check book, bank book and a number of valuable papers. Pringle and his wife were in the dininjr room when a strange negro entered and pointing: a pistol at Prinjrle demanded that he come across with his money and he said. "If you open your mouth I will kill you." Pringle being taken unawares handed ever his pocketbook without delay. The robber beat a hasty re treat from the place and was fol lowed a short distance by Prinjrlc. Pringle. however, decided to halt when two shots were fired at him by the ffcdncr robber. A good description of the man was given the police by Pringle and every effort is being: made to ap prehend the robber. THE WORSTED MAX Operetta in Two Acts Given at ST. JOHN'S CHAPEL West End Alexandria, Virginia. Wednesday, Oct. 29. 1919, at 8 p. m, Adults 50 cents. 50.000 LABOR MEN MARCH Parade Moves in Washington in Blaze of Lights; Many Floats Washington labor. 50.000 strong, together with many from Alexan dria. paid tribute last night to its leader, Samuel Gompers, president of the American Federation of La bor. in one of the greatest labor demonstrations Washington has wit nessed, beginning with a parade which flooded Pennsylvania avenue with colored lights and ending with a mass meeting of :!,~>00 workers in Liberty Hut. All trades and professions w^re represented in the spectacular march which started from Seven I teenth street northwest at 7::!0 o'clock. Numberless illuminated i floats including steel steamship in i miniature from the. plant of the j Virginia Shipbuilding Corporation, of Alexandria, depicted actual pro cesses and products of the trades or industries represented., Red torch lights and American flafgs were car ried by the marchers. Thousands of spectators lined both sides of the j avenue and connecting streets to I Liberty Hut, where the parade dis banded. , John B. Colpoys. chairman of the | committee on arrangements, intro duced Secretary of Labor Wilson to the crowd in Lrbertv Hut. Secre tary Wilson praised Mr. Gompers in a short' speech, afterward pr:1 'senting the guest of honor to the audience. That the steel strikes would win their fight against the United States Steel Corporation was the prophecy of Gompers. He said that he had learned that the situation was more favorable to the steel workers at this time than at any' time since the strike order was is- ! sued. He characterized the steel strike as "not wrong, but untimely." and said that it had been promoted by the heads of the steel corporations, who saw an opportunity to defeat labor. 'He defied the courts to cen sor in advance bis speeches. ODD FELLOWS TO FMTIATE Thirty-Two to Receive Initiatory Degree Friday Nijrht Thirty-two candidates will have the initiatory degree of the order conferred on them at a meeting: of Potomac Lodjre No. .?,8. Odd Fel lows. which will be held Friday night in its hall on North Oolunvbus street. The lecture on this decree will lie delieverd by Rev. Edgar Carpenter. Dates for other initiations an nounced during the month of No vember follow: Friday. Novem-h; r 7. the first degree; Friday, Novem ber 14. the second degree; Friday. November 21, the third degree. On Friday ni^ht Novnvber 28 an other class will be started. This will mark the last of the degree work of this lodge for the present year. Al! Odd Fellows are requested to come early Halloween night, as the lod.^e announces something new is scheduled for each degree. Vis'tinjr Odd Fellows are invited to attend the meetings of the local lodge. THREATENED STRIKE Indianapolis. Ind.. Oct. 20.?In an interview upon his arrival here last nijrht, John L. Lewis, president of the United Mine Workers said: ''If the President had not assured the mine owners that the srovorn rtient would prevent the strike, we would he in position, to settle the trouble before it betrins. And the only way th>? strike will be called off is through negotiations with the mine operators. Washington must bring pressure on the operators if would prevent this calamity. So far as we are concerned, we arc done "1 am not saying whether I can cr whether I cannot call off the strike now that it has been ordered. The question is not what I can do but what I will do. And, so far as I am concerned, the soft coal work ers will quit Friday at midniirht." DIED HAGART?Charles A Hajrart. aired 16 years, sen of Mrs. Rosalie Hajrart and the late Victor Hajr art, died Tuesday. October 28. 1919, at fi p .m.. at the home of Ernest Davis, 3->13 N Street. Georgetown. D.C. Funeral from the residence Friday afternoon at '3:30 o'clock. Burial in Bethel Cemetery, Alexandria. 258-lp SCHOOL EMPTIED IN ?IE AND HALF j i Exhibition Fire Drill Given : at Parent Teachers Meeting * 948 PUPILS MAKE EXIT Officers Chosen by Association For Year?All Parents Urged to Join Organization. The Parent-Teaeners Association of, j this city held its first regular meeting 'of the season, yesterday afternoon, at ! 'I o'clock, in the Lee School building. I An exhibition fire drill was given j by the school, the building being | cleared of its 5)48 children in a minute | and a half. There was a good attendance of! both parents and teachers. Miss Rear-) don, the newly elected president, pre-1 sided and the election of other of- I ficers resulted as follows: First vice president, Miss Eddie Dickert: second vice president, Miss Carrie Johnson; third vice president, Mrs. A. Driefus; secretary. Mrs. W. L. Martin, Jr., treasurer, Mrs. R. P. Whites tone. Much interest was manifested by both old and new members and it is the hope of all to make this organi zation a real factor in the school work this year. All parents arc urged to become members of this association which meets the last Tuesday of each month at 3.1"> p. m. The next meeting: will be held in the Lee School at which time there will be an interesting) program. FLIERS' SLAYERS ASKED The State Department will make a demand on the Mexican government t" arrest and punish the murderers of Lieuts. Cecil II. Connolly and Tred erick B. Water house. American army aviators, who were slain by Mexican fishermen after they had wandered for nineteen days in search for help :n Lower California. Secretary of War Raker yester day received a report from Myj. R. S. Bratton. of the Twenty-fifth In fantry. who returned to San Diego with the bodies of the missing air men. which says "there is coih-Iu I sive proof the two men were mur dered." Bratton supplied the names -?f t'nc suspected murderers and th-^ ve-s"! they are on, but these facts were withheld by the Secretary. The report suggested that a demand be m;'de on the Mexican government fur the extradition of the murderers, but it will no- lie possible to do this, it is ?.< ;< cted. MARTIN'S PROGRESS SLOW Charlottesville, Va.. Oct. 20.? Senator Thcma* S. Martin, who is ill at His home here, is making very slow progress toward recovery. Xo apparent improvement in his condi tion was seen hy his doctors yester day. who said he had received sev eral callers ajrainst their advice. ' NOTICE TO ADVERTISERS Owinjr to the large volume of ad vertising carried in Friday's issues of the Gazette, ail advertising copy for Friday must be in this office not later than <> o'clock Wednesday evening. each week. This is to insure a place in the Gazette for each advertiser and compliance with this request will be accepted as a particular favor by the Management. On Friday, October 24. the Ga zette was forced to leave out about r> columns of advertising. It is in an effort to correct this condition and give the advertiser the benefit cf the newspaper that early copy is requested. 256-3t. SPECIAL MEETING A called meeting of Washington Memorial Lodge of Perfection Xo. 7 will be held Friday evening. October 31st, 10-10 at 7.30 p. m.. for the pur pose of making final arrangements for November Reunion. AH members are requested to be present. W. W. Ballenger, 32nd degree Venerable Master. F. W. Latham, 33rd degree Hon. Secretary. ' 256-5c. I "THE STORY OF A SLACKER" . ; ? * ? At the First Baptist Church last niyht a large congregation he'.ird Rev. H. I. Stewart, of Washington preach on the slacker as illustrated in the parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins. It was remarked that our churches generally are not awake to the great opportunities but just slumber on. They do not | furnish sufficient of the oil of grace to give light to those around them. Mr. Stewart made a strong appeal that none of his hearers should al- | low themsifives the folly .of neglect ing the means of salvation, lie declared that jrood works would f.iil >in the day of reckoning, and that Christian Science was a fine pallia tive to tho>e who are well but whvn the sickness that comes from sin is upon us. it is a failure. Tonight the Bible Classes of the city are invited and it is expik-U'd that a large crowd will attend. The meeting last evening reach a high point of spiritual pow^r and four came forward confessing Christ, ami will unite with the vari ous churches of thu city. All the churches are invited to join in these services. Topic tonight is: ''A Double B:r ?rellcd Courtship." The tinio is 7:45, and sons: service will precede the sermon. DO NOT WANT TO BE SOLD TO UNITE!) STATES St. Thomas, Virjrin Islands. Oct. 2!>.?Chambers of Commerce of the British West Indian Islands repre senting producers, merchants and other residents of these British pos sessions. are urging a movement for the adoption ?f a set of resolu tions, obejeting to the proposal of Lord Rothermere. the British peer, that some of the British West In dian colonies should he sold to a foreign power (the United States) to help liquidate the British war debt. Those interested in the move ment are convinced that the in creased production and closer inter relation throughout the British em pire will result in unparalleled prosperity which would render it unnecessary to part with any por tion of the empire. I.ord ? Rothermore suggested the disposal of the Bermudas, the B : ha mas. and some of the W< <t In dian Islands to the United States to meet the British financial oblijratian to Amereia. He assumed that the American government might lie wil ling to acquire thpse islands an! perhaps British (iuiania and Brit;sb Honduras in liquidation of (Ire: ! Britain's American liabilit'es. PALMER HERE TOMORROW Attorney General to Speak at Eli s' Club?C. ('. Carlin to be Pre sented With Silver Attorney General A. MiL-hill j Palmer tomorrow nisrht at S o'clock 1 will deliver an address in th<- and-l itorium of the Elks' Hume und r the auspices of the Cameron Club. It is* expected that the affair will be largely attended. On this occasion former Repre sentative Charles C. Carlin will bo presented with a chest of silver 111:? trift of citizens of Alexandria as a token of their appreciation for his valuable service given while ii? Con gress as a representative from the Eighth District. The address was to have be: n delivered Monday nijrht but Attor ney General Palmer was unable !<? be here. The same tickets may be used. Admission will |>t. by card only. TOTAL FOR DRIVE $3,550 The Jewish Relief Committee an nounces that a total of $:j,550 hn> been collected thu? far and they have hope of raising the amount to $4,000. It is requested that thosi who have not contributed to this cause leave their donations with I.. Ruben, chairman or P?. Weil. ANNUAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the annual meeting of stockholders of the Washington Safe Deposit Com pany Incorporated, will be held at the office of the company. No. Ill South Fairfax street. Alexandria, j Virginia, on Tuesday. November J. jilflO. at 12 o'clock roon. for the ! purpose of electing a hoard pf direc j tors for the ensuing ye^r and for ? the transaction of such other busi ness as may properly come before said meeting John C. Schroder, Assistant Zecty 250-2wks. HAPPENINGS ABOUT , CITY TOLD 1 BRIEF I ' I Today is the fifth anniversary of Turkey starting war on Russia. My- and Mrs. Clyiie C. Larnond have gone to Richmond on a short visit. The Tuesday evening ? dancing I classes will re-open at Odd fellows' Hall on Tuesday, November 4. 258-11 Harvey Baker, upon whom an op eration was performed at the Alex andria Hospital recently, i* rapidly convalescing. Mrs. Ashby Corbin of this city, yesterday presented her husband wiln a baby boy weighing ten and one half pounds. The Junior German Club will hold its Hallowe'en dance Friday after noon in the auditorium of the Elks' Home from 4 to 6 o'clock. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Harrington and their daughter who have been visiting friends in this city, have returned ro their home in Walnut Cove, North Carolina. Mr. I'. T. Quinn, who for seve ral months past has been a Knights of Columbus secretary at Camp Rustis, near Newport News. Va., has returned to his home in this city. The organization meeting of the new Country Club, to have been held tomorrow night at the Chamber of Commerce, lias been postponed until next Monday ni>*ht as will be seen by an announcement in an ? ther column. William Earl Perry, two months old. son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl D. Perry, died last night at his par ents' residence in Washiigton. and the funeral will take place at 2:.'K) o'clock tomorrow afternoon from Do iii-'ine's mortuary chapel. Fire at midnight last night slightly lain aged a house in the court bound ed by Duke. Prince. Alfred and Pat rick streets. Chemical tanks from the motor apparatus were used in ex tinguishing the fire which was caused by the explosion of a kerosene lamp. The funeral of Raymond W. Rodg *rs, who *hot himself while at his home at l.unt, Fairfax county, last Sunday ni^'bt. took place this afiej" r.oon fror. the Methodist Church at_ Fraiv/onia, Fairfax county, and bur :ii was made in the cemetory at :hac .?.'ace. Charles A. Hagart, H> years old, a former resident of Alexandria, died vesterday afternoon at. the home of Ernest Davis, in Georgetown, and the burial will lie in Rethel Cemetery, this city, Friday, following the ser vices held at 3.30 p. m., at 3313 N street, Georgetown. This is prayer meeting night at the Southern Methodist Church. Short service, beginning at H and closing at 8:-|5 o'clock. We will be glad to have you. Many are com ing. why not you? You will find good singing, a helpful sen-ice and a warm welcome here. Come to night. The Red Cross at the present time has a membership of 3.000. During the Christmas Roll Call next month it hoped to greatly increase the membership. Soon letters will /be sent to the committee* from all of the churches in the city that will take part in the affair in order that everything may be ready when the work is bygun. PROPERTY SALES Four deeds of transfer today were placed on record in the office of the clerk of the court as follows: John M. Johnson, special commissioner to Mrs. Minnie E. Wright and hus band house and lot on the north side of Prince between Royal and Fair fax street; Mrs. Annie E. Kn ij#it to Robert E. Canaduy and wife two lots on the north side of Gibfron street between Fairfax and Lee street; Mrs. S. Virginia Green to Morris L. Horner house and lot 341 South Patrick street; Mrs. Eliz abeth E. Fair to Leonard W. Wer ner house and lot 217 South Lee street.