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$100,000 Payroll Sets New High for WPA Spen?


District Chief Promises 10,000 Families Off Relief by Dec. 1: Eligible Applications Decline

WPA spending in Rochester and Monroe County reaches a new high this week with a $100,000 wage expenditure, Robert G. Hoffman, district WPA director, announced last night.

The money, he said, will be spent mostly for food and necessaries, Hoffman claims.

At the same time, the WPA director promised to have 10,000 families removed from home and work relief before December 1, thereby reducing home relief to a negligible number. He reported that the number of persons eligible for WPA jobs has dropped from 17,000 in May to 11,000 in November. They have gone to work in private industry and business, he said.


He assured WPA workers of regular paydays, two weeks apart, most of them getting $30.25 each fortnight. Skilled workers, foremen and administrative help will get more.

Paydays will be "staggered." That is, all WPA workers won't get their checks on the same day. The checks will be drawn up in Albany, sent here to be issue to workers on the projects.

When he has the full WPA force working, more than 10,000 persons, the payroll will run about $200,000 for each week's work and that will mean more than $10,000,000 for a year if the WPA lasts that long.


Besides, substantial sums will be spent for the purchase of materials, running approximately a quarter of the payroll or more than $2,500,000 a year.

Meanwhile, organized labor leaders planned to put into effect their long threatened strike of union mechanics, with the starting of projects requiring skilled workers and the transfer of TERA projects to the WPA, on which union mechanics are working now.

First of these is the TERA project as School No. 35 which becomes a WPA job tomorrow morning. Arthur Bruczicki, secretary of the Allied Building Trades has ordered electrical workers to strike. He is business agent of the electrical workers' union.


While the strike situation was calm in Rochester all last week, verbal fireworks flew between Albany and Buffalo. Councilman John J. Doyle of the Erie County city called Lester W. Herzog, state WPA director, a "liar" and Herzog retorted that he has been called "worse names by bigger men."

It was the result of a letter written by Herzog to Senator Royal S. Copeland in which, according to Doyle, Herzog said that labor leaders approved the WPA wage scale behind the workers' backs.

City Judge Jacob Gitelman will be speaker at Tuesday night's meeting of the Young People's Club.

International News Photo by American
"Betty" Scott, who learned her flying from the late Glenn Curtiss and flew planes when they were known as "crates," is pictured when eighteen-year old Page, Rochester's youngest transport pilot. They'll both take part in the Will Rogers Memorial air show at the Municipal Airport this afternoon. [/caption]]

Pioneer 'Lady Bird' Will Fly In Airshow for Rogers Fund

Carrot-topped "Betty Scott, No. 165 Hobart Street, Rochester's pioneer "lady-bird" of the air, will be Municipal Airport today to take part in the air show for the benefit of the Will Rogers Memorial Fund. She will fly with Rochester's youngest transport pilot, Elmer Page, eighteen No. 58 Chandler Street, attached to the Hylan Flying Service at the airport.

Blanche Stewart Scott started her flying career in 1910, when planes were called "crates" and were made out of a few bamboo fishing poles and some pieces of tent canvas, learning the art of piloting from the late Glenn Curtiss at his Hammondsport flying field.

After learning the rudiments of what was called flying in those days, she saw seven years of barnstorming about the country demonstrating with stunts in the sky, winning the honors of being the first woman to fly across the continent.

When the war came, she wanted to go to the front, in a plane for Uncle Sam, but no one would listen to her, so she gave up flying and turned to Hollywood where she worked in the studios writing continuity. Later she was connected with radio stations there.

She displayed much interest in modern planes on her visit to to the  airport yesterday and young Page volunteered to show her the workings of the plane in comparison to the type she knew in the early days of flying.


Everything is in readiness for the big free air show at the Municipal Airport today for the benefit of the Will Rogers Memorial Fund, Egbert Delano, secretary of the Rochester Pilots' Association, its sponsors, announced yesterday.

The show was postponed from last Sunday due to weather conditions.

Capt W. E. Todd and three army fliers are en route from Selfridge Field, Michigan, to participate in the events scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Program includes a jump by Arthur Bovill of Genesco, a smoke screen display by Lieut. Guy Straton and air stunts by Ray Hylan, Clarence Robinson, Ralph Barton, Jack Jenkins, Walter Gosnell and other local fliers. Each stunt will be broadcast from the field microphone by Delano, who is in charge of the free air show.

Hundreds of boys and girls of all ages, many with their parents and other grownups, paid tribute to the memory of Will Rogers yesterday morning by attending a special benefit performance at RKO Palace Theater.

Long before the opening of the doors, a line of children had formed at the entrance to the theater in anticipation of all-comedy films. The show lasted an hour and one-half. Admission was 10 cents.

Every cent taken in at the box office was immediately turned over to Raymond N. Ball, treasurer of the local Will Rogers Memorial Fund. Edward Peck Curtis, general chairman, declared a full report will be made as soon as a tabulation was completed.

The fund's total is expected to be increased substantially as a result of this special show.

Curtis express his appreciation to members of the theatrical committee, headed by William Codoret, who made this show possible; also to musicians, stage-hands and other theatrical employes who donated their services without cost so that the full box office "take" could be added to the memorial fund.

Gets $5,000 Bail, Fighting Charge

James Lovetro, twenty-eight, No. 526 Central Park, was freed in $5,000 bond yesterday after pleading not guilty in County Court to a charge of criminally receiving stolen property.

Lovetro was indicted on the charge, following his arrest for having a $25 automobile radio in his possession, October 1, a machine stolen from the United Specialized Service Inc., No. 210 Franklin Street.


Robert Barhite, son of Mrs. Eleanor Barhite, No. 333 Cedarwood Terrace, and first-year student at the University of Cincinnati, is an associate editor of a new student publication, The Dormite, published yesterday for the first time on the Cincinnati campus. He is a graduate of Monroe High School.

Personal Interest of Millions of Americans Will Retain It, Account Declares

That social security, as provided in recent federal and state legislation, will remain permanently on the statue books of America, is the consensus of opinion prevailing in New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, expressed here yesterday by Louis H. Renn,its executive assistant president.

Renn accompanied by James F. Hughes, president, and other officers of the society to Rochester to attend joint meeting of the local chapter and local employers in the Chamber of Commerce, devoted to explaining mechanics of filling out reports on employes to federal and state labor department bureaus charged with executing the new laws.

Renn said that the personal interest of millions of Americans would insure the permanency of social security measures, including unemployment insurances, retirement provisions and old age pensions. But, he added, amendments must necessarily be made from time to time. For instance:
"Under the present law a professional loafer can collect $15 per week without doing a tap of work, while an ambitious man who obtains occasional work and may earn, say, $5 per week isn't entitled to a cent of government aid. That is manifestly unfair."

Marion B. Folsom, ttreasurer of Eastman Kodak Company and member of the state advisory board on social security, explained the state act, and at the same same time expressed opposition to the very legislation he elucidated.

Folsom declared himself in favor of the so-called "Rochester Plan" on unemployment insurance, with separate ledger accounts for each employer, as against the general pool provided in the new law.

Hughes analyzed the federal act, while B. Edward Shlesinger, counsel of Gleason Works, answered question. Chamber President John P. Boylan presided, while Sanford Slocum, president of the society's Rochester chapter, introduced the speakers.

Officers of the society, which is co-operating with the division of unemployment of the State Department of Labor in framing regulations under the act, said the new report blanks will be mailed to employers immediately after Thanksgiving Day. Compiling of employe data begins January 1, and first reports are to be called for on April 1.

Entertainers Meet In New Quarters
The Rochester Professional Entertainers' Club will hold its first meeting in its new quarters at Moose Temple, No. 441 East Avenue tomorrow evening.

President Fred Wagner announced that the club will meet every fourth Monday in the future. A recent membership drive was successful, Wagner reported.

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