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down Georgetown's quiet streets in the fall afternoons. Then the maples beside the doors of the old row houses become arches of gold, flooding the streets with their bright leavings. The warm lights of front parlors come on early, as they have for two centuries, and at times one almost hears the rumble of great barrels over the cobblestones or the iron rimme(d wheels of market wagons on their way to the wharves below the town. Georgetown figures often in the Nation's past: George Washington knew the commu nity well; John F. Kennedy lived in it; Alex ander Graham Bell founded on 35th Street the Volta Bureau, which carries on his work of teaching the deaf to speak. Representatives of the victorious Allies during World War II chose Georgetown's stately Iumbarton Oaks in which to draft the forerunner of the United Nations Charter. There is no separating Georgetown from Washington. Future City Will Number 5,000,000 In Washington today, Georgetown plays a welcome role in preserving the unhurried past. Elsewhere, change works its restless magic and a new city overtakes the old. If the planners are right, by the year 2000 Washington will be a metropolis of nearly five million people. I have a suspicion that my daughter Robin will be one of them, and James Henry Bailey, my young Negro athlete friend, another. By that time Bill Hagy may have been persuaded to part with his cornerstone and donate it to a grateful Government. Perhaps, too, Philip Leder's successors will le rewriting the genetic code and offering hope to millions. If they do, it will be another of many messages of hope that Washington has brought to the world. TiIEND Brave Men in Bronze Raise the Stars and Stripes on lwo Jima Inspired Iby the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal, the sculpture immortalizes the moment when five Marines and a sailor raised the U'nited States flag on Mount Suri bachi duringg World War II. Marine heroism brought the tribute, carved on the monu ment's base, that on Iwo Jima commonmn valor was a common virtue." The United States Marine Corps War Memorial, across the Potomac from \\ashington, is one of few places in the land where the lag tlie's 24 hours a tda. Below the distant Lincoln Memorial, a crowd jams steps at the \ater gate to hear a hand concert.