Chief Justice Warren E. Burger has written the chairman of the Arlington County Board to complain that police in Arlington and neighboring Falls Church were unable to give directions to the Fountain of Faith, which he described as a remarkable sculpture by the late, world-famous Carl Milles.
Since 1954, soon after he moved to Arlington from Minnesota, "we have taken guests from various parts of the world to visit the Fountain of Faith at the National Memorial Park Cemetery, which is just outside Falls Church approximately two miles on the north side of the road."
Long before he came to Washington, "in the Eisenhower Cabinet," Burger wrote, he had heard of the works by Milles at the cemetery, but at the time the people in shops and filling stations did not know where it was. "I was finally guided to it by the director of the National Gallery of Art," he said.
Recently, Burger related in the letter, he arranged for a visiting friend to be driven from his Washington hotel to the cemetery to see the sculpture, but "police in both Arlington and Falls Church either exhibited absence of any knowledge of this remarkable collection of sculpture or gave wrong directions, and in one case sent the car out into Fairfax."
The privately owned cemetery is, in fact, on Lee Highway in Fairfax County.
County Board Chairman Stephen Detwiler, whose office released Burger's letter routinely, said he wrote Burger to say he has sent the police chief a recommendation that police be told of the fountain's location.
Despite his statement in the letter, Burger was not quite in the Eisenhower Cabinet. His official biography says he was an assistant attorney general, below Cabinet rank, before being nominated to a federal appeals court judgeship by Eisenhower in 1956.