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COLD SPRING, MINN., RECORD Capital Housing Problem Vexes District Official School and Water Supply Facilities Are Also Seriously Taxed by Influx of Defense Workers. By BAUKHAGE National Farm and Home Hour Commentator. WNU Service, 1343 H Street N. W. Washington, D. C. WASHINGTON.--Millions for de- fense but not enough sense to con- tribute sufficient funds to the Dis- trict of Columbia budget. That is the Washington city government's present charge against congress. The other day I sat in the office of one of the district commissioners and an army officer who had been drafted to help work out the city's housing problems, and they seemed pretty helpless. "We haven't got the money to meet the emergency situation that is growing in the district as a re- sult of the defense program," was the burden of their song. Washington is run by a commis- sion-three men--our three "may- ors," if you will, appointed by the President. Our board of aldermen are the district committees of the house of representatives and the sen- ate. The federal government bears a share of the expense of running the city--but not enough, say the citi- zens of the district. All they can do is "say," for they have no vote, either locally or nationally. The emergency is bringing thou- sands of new workers here. From June, 1930, to January of this year nearly 25,000 new government em- ployees moved in. The figures for February, due to be released in a few days, are expected to show a big increase. The Washington Board of Trade estimates that 55,000 new residents have moved into the District of Co- lumbia in the last year. Question of Schools. In addition to these extra beds and baths that must be provided, there is the question of schools. The commissioner with whom I was dis- cussing the situation, cited one ex- ample. "Down there between BoDing field which will soon be the center of American aviation and the naval re- search laboratory," he said, "the federal government has built 600 family units. It will probably be increased to 1,000. These are just for the navy yard workers. Right there will probably be enough chil- dren to fill one schoolhouse alone." A million and a quarter dollars, it is estimated, should be spent on schools alone in Washington as a result of the influx of residents. This is to say nothing of the next most pressing need--facilities to increase the water supply. The Canal Zone is not much hotter than Washing- ton in the summer. People take a lot of showers. We have a Potomac- ful of water but we need more pipes and pumps. The greatest portion of the city's expense, however, goes to taking care of the homes and the offices and people which make up the fed- eral government. Anyone who thinks the life of a government worker is all roses, frankincense and myrrh in these days needs only to listen to the local director of the Housing association who says: 'Doubling Up' Complaints. "Frequent complaints of doubling up in apartments and rooming houses come to us. One bath for 15 to 20 persons is a common grievance. Three to six unrelated roomers in the parlor of a once fine private residence is not uncom- mon." Very bad, say the health authori- ties, for sanitation. Very bad for morale, too. And then Washington has on its periphery a number of army camps, cantonments and forts. By July the boys on leave will be flocking in from an army of nearly a hundred thousand men. Their welfare and amusement have to be taken care of, too. The district government, there- fore, is struggling with the congres- sional committees, attempting to convince them of Washington's needs. A bill is now being consid- ered which would increase the pro- portion which the federal govern- ment contributes to the federal city, but the officials cannot bank on the money until it is in hand. 8 $ American Housewives And Vitamins An efficient secretary laid a news- paper clipping on my desk. The same day's mail brought a letter en- closing a magazine article from a farm-woman listener. The newspaper clipping said: "The housewives of the United States are soon to receive the most thorough education in how to feed their families ever provided by any nation in the world . . . the Ameri- can housewife is going to learn a great deal about vitamin B and about all the other vitamins . . ." I ran through the magazine arti- cle. It was written by Velma Car- son 12 years ago and in it she re- marked on what a misapprehension most city people have concerning the modern farm woman. The au- thor told how a companion in a Pull- man made some pitying remark about a woman they passed who was hoeing in a garden. Miss Car- son said: "I explained that quite likely the pathetic creature we recently had passed would be in a chiffon dress by afternoon, powdered with the same brand Lady What's-Her-Name has indorsed, marcelled into shining waves, and driving her car to a meeting where a professor from the state university would give latest gossip on vitamins--a subject so fas- cinating to farm women ever since they have discovered hidden forces in the old familiar 'greens.' As one progressive, earnest, white-haired lady said to me-once after a home demonstration agent's lecture, 'Well I always fed my family on just what we had on the farm--milk, butter, eggs, cheese, and vegetables, and such. It sure was a piece of luck these things all had vitamins.' " #1 $ $ Flapjacks For the Navy When the cooks of the U. S. $. Wyoming--or any other ship with a complement of 1,200 men--get their pancakes, it is quite an undertak- ing to provide them. Down at the navy department you can see a cook book with recipes just like any cook Sea air makes for big appetites. A coolt in the galley oJ the battleship U.S.S. lVyo. ruing prepares flapjacks by the hundreds for breakJast. book--but the figures are different. I looked at the recipe for flapjacks the other day. Here it is: 120 lbs. flour 2~ lbs. short- 10 dozen eggs ening 10 lbs. sugar 10 lbs. evaporated 7 lbs. baking milk powder 70 qts. water 2~ lbs. salt The same men who dispose of this order of cakes in one day will eat 1,500 pounds of fresh meat, 3,200 pounds of fresh vegetables, 1,300 pounds of fresh fruit and 120 dozen eggs, to say nothing of the canned goods consumed. 8 Bears Get 'Friendly' In National Parks The bears in our national parks are getting too pally with tourists, so the national park service has is- sued a warning. It seems that when humans begin fraternizing with a bear the bear be- gins to treat them as equals. This means that when a human gets be- tween a mother bear and her off- spring, ma chases him out of the way, sometimes administering a well-aimed swat in the process. "Bear incident" is the govern- ment's name for damage to proper- ty and injuries to persons as a re- sult of the public's disregard of rules against getting too familiar with bruin. Moral: Don't treat bears as equals. RIE S 1 Von Ribbentrop has been able to~ Washington has the highest ratio fool most of the small nations ofof mental patients of any jurisdic- Europe. But after the revolt in Ju- tion in the country. This record is goslavia he can no longer be called not based on the ravings of the poll- Hitler's ace "dupelomat." (I. Leopold Stokowski has been com- missioned by the war department to modernize army bands. That seems to call for hand organs and music boxes in a mechanized army. ticians. Nuts from all over the coun- try come here to tell the President how to end the war or balance the budget, or make two rabbits grow in his hat where one grew before. They are tenderly turned over to St, Elizabeth's hospital. As Strike Closed Ford Plant The gigantic River Rouge plant of the Ford Motor company at Dearborn, Mich., largest single industrial plant in the world, where from seven to eight thousand striking C.I.O. auto workers threw 85,000 employees out of work. Inset: One of the men involved in the battle between pickets and workers, shown as he tum- bled into the gutter after being struck by one of the many flying missiles. Sabotage---and Then Uncle Sam Takes Over With dramatic suddenness the U. S, seized 69 Italian, Danish and German merchant ships in harbors throughout the country. At left is photographic proof of sabotage. The main air pump of the Italian ship, A1. berta, is shown shattered and useless. Right: Chief Mechanic Alston of the Coast Guard at Port Newark, N. J., examines broken parts of the slide valve on the Alberta. Demonstrate 'Blackout Machine' at Capital Two New Jersey inventors demonstrating a "blackout machine" be- fore Sen. Morris Sheppard, chairman of senate military affairs commit- tee. The inventors said the device could shut off power in every Amer- ican city. L. to R., Senator Sheppard, Col. D. Watt, E. C. Pomeroy and R. M. Franklin of the Radio Signal Products Corp., the inventors. And Now Frenchmen Give Nazi Salute! A year ago Frenchmen used to mock the.upraised arm salute of the Fascists and Nazis, but things have changed an France. Above is shown a great gathering of French war veterans saluting Marshal Petain, French chief of state, in a rally at Le Puy. The aged marshal is on the dais in the background. Battles Jungle Maj. R. E. Randall of Swamp- scott, Mass., Albrook field executive officer, who was forced to cut his way through 25 miles of Panama jungle after bailing out of his dis. abled plane. 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