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<U. S. Weather Bureau Forecast.)
Mostly cloudy tonight and tomorrow,
with occasional showers; little change In
temperature; moderate winds, mostly
southwest. Temperatures today—Highest,
72, at 12:30 p.m.; lowest, 57, at 3:20 a.m.;
70 at 3 p.m. Pull report on page A-2.
Closing New York Markets, Page 16
The only evening paper
in Washington with the
Associated Press News
and Wirephoto Services.
(A5) Means Associated Press.
86th YEAR. No, 34,320.
Entered as second class matter tPIIDPL1 ri^ei
post office, Washington. D. C. 1. Xl JA J j L fjiN Ih.
White House Statement
Says Conviction Sustained
Dignity of House.
Action Taken as 71-Year-Old
Doctor Was Preparing to
Begin Sentence.
Townsend old-age pension plan
would have supplied aged persons
with $200 monthly under condition
that money be spent promptly in
United States. Movement became
politically powerful throughout
country until House committee
launched investigation in spring
of 1936. During inquiry. Dr.
Townsend refused to testify fur
ther. was cited for contempt, con
victed, sentenced to pay $100 fine
and spend 30 days in jail.
Dr. Francis E. Townsend, 71-year
old country doctor, whose scheme for
.pensioning the aged swept him to dizzy
heights of popularity a few years ago,
was spared the humiliation of going
to jail today when President Roosevelt
granted him an executive pardon.
Announcement of the pardon came
as Dr. Townsend, his old-age pension
dream now a thing of the past, was
preparing to enter the District Jail to
serve a 30-day sentence for contempt
of the House of Representatives.
The pardon also relieves Dr. Town
send of the necessity of paying a $100
fine, imposed with the Jail sentence in
District Court after he had been found
guilty of walking out on a House com
mittee that was investigating his or
ganization, Old-Age Revolving Pen
sions. Ltd.
White House Statement.
A White House statement, after re
viewing the history of Dr. Townsend’s
case, said:
“The nature of the offense is one
which concerns primarily the Con
gress. The authority, the dignity and
the rights of the House of Repre
sentatives have been fully sustained
by the conviction. The Speaker of
the House, the majority leader and
the chairman of the committee which
originally recommended the prosecu
tion have recommended the extension
of executive clemency.”
As Dr. Townsend left the United
States marshal's office upon receipt
of the pardon, which he had said
earlier he would accept, but would not
seek, he told newspaper men he re
garded the granting of the pardon as
an “act of contrition on behalf of the
committee that caused me to be
His attorney. Joseph A. Cantrel, .
said Dr. Townsend had wanted “to
serve a little time in jail, even if only
a few minutes.”
As he left the courthouse, the old
age pension advocate said he probably
will return to Los Angeles, where his
organization is holding a convention
June 19-23.
Knew of Pardon Yesterday.
Mr. Cantrel, who, with Otis J. 1
Bouma, Washington representative of j
the Townsend plan, accompanied the
doctor to the courthouse, said his
client knew yesterday he would be
Dr. Townsend told reporters he
would have refused to pay his fine and
that the Government would have been
unable to collect it because he “had no
money and no property—only a pro
prietary interest in one woman.”
He predicted that Representative
Bell. Democrat, of Missouri, chairman ;
of the special House committee that
cited him for contempt, would "receive
his full share of the blame for sub
jecting me to this indignity.” Yes ter- I
day he accused Mr. Bell and Senator
McAdoo, Democrat, of California of
being influenced by “vote-getting”
motives in asking that he be pardoned.
Dr. Townsend carried two valises,
one of which contained a typewriter
and the other a "clean shirt and a
pair of socks.” He said he had planned
to write a book in jail. He said he 1
(See TOWNSEND. Page A-3.)
Non-Union Employes and Those
Who Haven’t Paid Up Are
By the Associated Press.
FLINT, Mich., April 18.—A dues
collecting campaign by the United
Automobile Workers closed the Fisher
body plant No. 1 of the General Mo
tors Corp. today. The plant supplies
bodies for the Buick Motor Co.
The-union picketed the Fisher plant
as employes arrived for work, turn
ing away all non-union employes and
all union members who could not show
receipts for their current union dues.
Within a short time the south unit
was shut down because there were not
enough employes at work to man it.
About 9 a.m. the entire plant was
Approximately 3,500 men and
women were employed on the day
1,500 Miners Are Made Idle by
Blaze at Tamaqua, Fa.
TAMAQUA, Pa., April 18 (SP).—Fire
started today in the Tamaqua colliery
of the Lehigh Navigation Coal Corp.,
forcing 1,500 anthracite miners into
The lire was discovered at the 600
foot level and a mile from the foot
of the shaft. ,
Pardon Instead of Jail
Dr. Francis E. Townsend, old-age pension planner, is shoivn
at the United States marshal’s office today with the presidential
pardon he received rnstead of the 30-day jail term he faced for
contempt of the House of Representatives. He had surrendered
to begin his sentence when the pardon arrived.
_ * —Star Staff Photo.
$1,156,546,000 Expansion
Bill Approved to Hike
Combat Ships by 46.
Ey the Associated Press.
The Senate Naval Affairs Commit
tee, approving a SI,156.546,000 ex
pansion in the Nation's sea forces,
today rr.lied for a Navy "for national
defence only."
The committee's report on the ad
ministration's big Navy program de- i
clared that a Navy for national defense
should be "one that will l>e used only
in case we are forced into war, but
one that in war is strong enough j
to defeat the enemy fleet wherever
it can be brought into action.”
Last Friday the committee approved
the naval expansion program which
would increase by approximately 20
per cent the number and tonnage of
combat vessels.
The number of combat ships to be
constructed under the long-range ex
pansion program which the bill out
lines was given as 46.
The committee said:
"A Navy for defense only in a
national sense is one that will be
used only in case we are forced into
war, but one that in war is strong ,
enough to defeat the enemy fleet
wherever it can be brought to action.
"A Navy for defense only in a mili- j
tary sense means a Navy that is so
weak that the . best it can do is to ;
iwait attack and defend its ports, i
eaving the enemy at ease as regards
ts own interests and at liberty to
shoose its own time and manner of
"Defense in a military sense is
•arely effective toward concluding a
var—never effective when it comes
;o national defense—a Navy for proper
iefense is one that all possible ene
(See NAVY, Page A-3 )
1 London-Cape Town Airmen Fall
Near Tripoli.
ROME. April 18 (/P).—The air min
stry received word today that four
ttalian flyers, attempting a record
light from London to Cape Town, had
:rashed near Tripoli.
The ministry lacked details, but
said it believed some of the crew had
aeen injured. The plane was piloted
oy Gianni Albertini.
4.000 0. A. R. HERE
National Defense Parley at
3 PM. Precedes
Formal Opening.
The Daughters of the American
Revolution thi6 morning impatiently
awaited the big moment tonight when
their 47th annual Continental Con
gress opens at Constitution Hall.
Meanwhile, the 4.000 delegates made
preparations to attend the national de
fense symposium at 3 p.m. at the
Mayflower Hotel.
Mrs. Earl A. Sisson of Winnetka,
111., chairman of the Committee for
National Defense Through Patriotic
Education, which is sponsoring this
afternoon's symposium, said the D.
A. R. would vote during the conven
tion on whether it approves the ad
ministration’s billion-dollar naval ex
pansion program.
Although the convention meets in
a markedly harmonious atmosphere
for an election year, the official po
litical game, in 1938 nothing more
than a formal procedure, gets under
way at noon, when Mrs. Henry M.
Robert, jr., of Annapolis. Md., unop
posed candidate for the president
generalship, gives a luncheon for the
members of her prospective cabinet,
who are equally unopposed.
The official beginning of the con
gress is set for 8:30 p.m.. when Mrs.
William A. Becker, president-general
for the last three years, calls the dele
gates to order after a half hour of
music by the United States Marine
Band. Mrs. Becker will be wearing
the gown in which she was presented
to King George VII and Queen Eliza
beth at the Court of St. James last
spring. The sessions close Saturday
night with the annual banquet after
a morning which is to be devoted to
the installation of Mrs. Robert and
the other new officers.
Mrs. Becker’s Schedule.
Mrs. Becker's plans for the day in
clude attendance at three luncheons,
at a reception by the Colonial Dames,
at a party for the press at the May
flower, a quiet dinner, the opening
session of the congress and an ap
pearance at the gigantic reception for
Mrs. Roberts at the Mayflower after
the session.
According to the list made public
this morning, the president-general
tomorrow will attend two luncheons,
two teas, six dinners and a banquet,
as well as head the receiving line at
(See D. A. R„ Page A-3J
Summary of Today's Star
Page. Page.
Amusements, B-16 Radio ..B-ll
Comics ..B-14-15 Short Story __B-7
Editorials... A-8 Society.B-3
Finance -A-15 Sports A-12-13-14
Lost & Found B-ll Woman’s Page,
Obituary_A-10 B-IO
Japanese launch Shantung attack to
avenge defeat. Page A-f
Rumania probes Fascist plot; Iron
Guard chief held. Page A-4
Fall of Tortosa near as rebels close
in. Page A-4
Soviets holding Japanese plane forced
down. Page A-4
Paris acts quickly to open negotiations
with Italy. Page A-4
Nephew of Andrew Carnegie feared to
have crashed in sea. Page A-2
Relief program includes $175,000,000
for farm aid. Page A-3
Byrd to press constitutional amend
ment for reciprocal tax. Page A-5
Thirty-thousand visitors flock to White
House egg rolling. Page A-l
President grants executive pardon to
Dr. Townsend. Page A-l
Falls Church policemen indicted on
felony charges. Page B-l
President’s toss will open 1938 base
ball season. Page A-l
Local projects studied as result of
spending plan. Page A-2
Court of Appeals orders Willard to
obey labor order. Page B-l
Ruling sought on use of D. C. labor on
U. of M. project. Page B-l
Water front improvement program gets
under way tomorrow. Page B-l
Report on D. C. tax bill may come to
night or tomorrow. Page B-l
Editorials. Page A-8
This and That. Page A-8
Washington Observations. Page A-8
Answers to Questions. Page A-8
The Capital Parade. Page A-9
David Lawrence. Page A-9
Dorothy Thompson. Page A-9
Constantine Brown. Page A-9
Lemuel Parton. Page A-8
Roosevelt “pitches” as baseball race
gets under way. Page A-12
1938 Nationals rated best since flag
winners of ’33. Page A-12
Washington crew again looms as
'Keepsie victor. Page A-12
Cub-Card deal still has baseball world
talking. Page A-13
Mamakos-Claccio bout promises rough
action. Page A-13
Mrs. Moody, lacking confidence, again
heads for Wimbledon. PageA-14
Federal bonds still rise (table).
Page A-15
Radio set sales slump. Page A-15
Stocks sell off (table). PageA-16
Curb shares mixed (table). Page A-17
Douglas Aircraft net soars. Page A-17
Lag in steel rate expected. Page A-18
miscellany. 1
City News in Brief. Page A-7
Nature’s Children. Page B-7
Vital Statistics. Page B-ll
Shipping News. Page B-ll
Bedtime Story. Page B-14
Letter-Out Page B-14
Crossword Pussle. Page B-14
Contract Bridge. Page B-15
Opposing Armies Locked in
Lini Battle, 80 Miles
From Suchow.
Biggest Conflict of War Expected
to Result From Campaign
Just Beginning.
Japanese Army closing in on
strategic railway city of Suchow
met disastrous defeat at Taierhch
wang, temporarily halting their at
tempt to conquer Lunghai corri
dor in Central China. Chinese
followed up victory with smash
ing new attacks on various parts
of front, claiming also that ene
my's communication lines from
Tsingtao and Tsinan, attenuated
by extent of drive toward Suchow,
had been severed.
By the Associated Press.
SHANGHAI, April 18.—Japanese
launched a strong attack in the Lini
sector today, precipitating a major
battle in which they apparently were
determined to avenge the series of ]
stinging defeats they have suffered re
cently at the hands of the Chinese in
I Central China.
Fierce lighting was reported in the
Southeast Shantung Province war
zone, where both Japanese and Chi
nese have been massing reinforcements
and munitions for a decisive engage
With the Japanese sworn to avenge I
the disastrous setbacks around Tai- i
erhchwang. they were staking their
military prestige on the outcome of
j the battle.
Chinese Seek Reconquest.
Equally resolute, the Chinese were
fighting to break up the Japanese cam
paign against Central China and re
conquer all their lost territory.
Striking southward along the Yi
; River, the Japanese sought to reach
the strategic city of Suchow, junction
of the Lunghai and Tientsin-Pukow
Railways 80 miles southwest of Lini.
While opposing armies locked in cru
cial battle near Lini, severe conflict
continued around Yihsien and Tsaoch
wang, 70 miles to the west, where Jap
anese have been driven back to pre
carious defensive positions.
Chinese assaults on Japanese lines
at Yihsien and Tsaochwang were re
ported going on with undiminished
fury. The Chinese were said to be
trying to crash through this area to
meet the new Japanese threat east
ward near Lini.
Japanese Encircled.
Japanese garrisons at Yihsien and
Tsaochwang were encircled and com
pletely cut off from bases to the north.
Chinese advices said. Chinese guer- :
rilla troeps have disrupted lines of
communication by persistent raids far
behind the battle front.
Dispatches from Chinese sources as- !
serted thousands of Japanese soldiers
had been slain in the recent Shantung
fighting, but there were no authentic
Thousands of fresh Chinese troops
I have marched into the Lini sector in
| the past few days, powerfully rein
forcing Southeast Shantung defense
lines in expectation of a Japanese
offensive there.
It was estimated more than 1,000.
000 men were involved i»i operations
of the opposing armies in the South
Shantung zone.
Foreign military observers, keenly
watching the supreme test of Japan's
military power, predicted the major
, battle starting in the Lini area and
i raging eastward in the Tientsin
Pukow Railway sector likely would
develop into the biggest conflict of
the Chinese-Japanese war.
Five Raids in Wuhan Area,
From Hankow came reports that j
Japanese made five air raids in the |
Wuhan area.
The Japanese warplanes bombed an
air field north of Hankow. Then,
after successfully feinting attacks
which drew Chinese pursuit ships in
the opposite direction, they reappeared
and rained explosives on the Wuchang
Airdrome south of Hankow. The
number of casualties was not dis
On the fifth Japanese raid, anti
aircraft batteries—which had hitherto
remained silent and allowed Chinese
pursuit planes to shoulder the defense
burden—unlimbered and succeeded in
driving off the flyers before further
damage was done.
Ten Junks Sunk.
In Shanghai a t Japanese naval
spokesman said more than 10 Chinese
junks had been bombarded and sunk
in! South China waters because they
“maintained a provocative attitude
toward Japanese warships.”
The spokesman asserted Chinese
junks and speedboats used bases in
Portuguese waters, presumably near
the Portuguese colony of Macao, while
engaged in transporting military sup
plies to Canton by the Pearl River. He
declared the 10 junks were sunk after
they had attacked a Japanese naval
vessel. One speedboat escaped “into
Portuguese waters,” he asserted.
Japanese authorities said 1,000 For
mosan farmers were en route here as
Immigrants to engage in farming in
the outskirts of Shanghai, which al
ready is one of the most thickly popu
lated areas in the world.
Canton Raid Kills 250.
HONG KONG, April 18 (A1).—Au
thorities estimated 250 civilians were
killed and more than 300 injured yes
terday in a Japanese aid raid on Can
ton and railways near the South
China metropolis.
Railway service was interrupted, but
the Chinese declared the important
Sheklung Bridge, linking Canton and
Hong Kong by rail, was not direct
ly hit.
A previous report said the span was
wrecked. In Canton bombs fell In
several of the poorer districts.
Douglas to Ask Concession
to Holding Firms Facing
‘Death Sentence.’
Admitting "certain injustices."
administration leaders in House
sponsored legislation to modify
much-criticized undistributed cor
porate profits and capital gains
taxes. Senate went beyond this
point to eliminate first levy and
further modify second with result
that conferees were in complete
deadlock last week. President’s
advocacy for taxing Government
securities and salaries followed
Senate amendment applicable only
to future issues of Federal secur
William O. Douglas, chairman of
the Securities and Exchange Com
mission. will appear before the dead
locked conferees on the Revenue Act
tomorrow to ask enactment of the
Senate amendment granting partial
tax exemption to companies being
liquidated under the “death sentence"
provision of the Holding Company Act.
Although the conferees were still
shaking their heads pessimistically
and claiming “no progress" when to
day's session broke up. the decision
to drop temporarily the discussion of
the controverted capital gains and
undistributed corporate profits taxes
is more of a concession than had
been accomplished previously.
Prior to the meeting. Chairman
Doughton of the House conferees dis
closed an “intuition" that there would
be a bill and added significantly that
it “must be a compromise.”
Harrison Sees No Progress.
Chairman Harrison of the Senate
delegation, however, declined to ex
press any optimism as the sessions
broke up.
"I would say fhere was no progress."
the Senator told reporters. "And from
present indications it looks like no
progress will be made."
Reminded that the conferees had
announced after their first session last
Wednesday that nothing would be dis
cussed until settlement had been
reached on the two principal issues,
Senator Harrison declined to amplify
on the significance of the group turn
ing to the holding company provision
"This amendment arose in the
Senate." the Mississippian recalled,
"and the House committee members
have not had a chance to hear Mr.
Douglas' views on the necessity for the
exemption. You can draw any in
ference you wish from our agreement
to take up this matter.”
Non-Cash Transactions.
' The amendment would exempt from
transfer taxes and capital gains tax
liability the non-cash transactions in
volved in utility holding company
liquidating proceeding under order of
the S. E. C.
Senator Harrison said there had
been some discussion this morning
about taking the bill back to both Sen
ate and House for votes on the two
barriers to agreement but the House
group had been unwilling to do this
and no agreement 'had been reached
on the point.
"We are ready at any time to take
the bill back to the Senate floor,” he
In his pre-session remarks, Mr.
Doughton had said he saw nothing to
be gained by such procedure, predict
ing both conference groups would be
supported by their colleagues.
Philadelphia Firemen Stem Flow
of Flaming Liquid Toward
Frankford Arsenal.
By the Associated Press.
PHILADELPHIA, April 18.—Gerald
Deegan, 26, died today of burns re
ceived when three huge tanks of
coal tar at the Barrett Co. plant ex
ploded and burned, causing less seri
ous Injuries to 10 other men.
Six of the Injured were firemen, who
succeeded in keeping a flaming river
of 600,000 gallons of coal tar from
reaching the Frankford Arsenal last
Investigators from the fire mar
shal's office were seeking today the
cause of the blast which shook hun
dreds of nearby homes.
30,000 Visitors Gathered on South Lawn
Surround Mrs. Roosevelt—15
Lost From Mothers.
(Pictures on page B-l.)
The 30.000 visitors who scattered Easter eggs across the White House
lawn this morning caused near riots twice as Mrs Roosevelt made her way
across the south lawn greeting the visitors and admiring the vari-colored
After Mrs. Roosevelt's second trip. 11 children were taken to the Red
Cross first-aid station on the grounds with bruised knees, headaches and
iainung speiis. i
Mothers forgot their children to
I crowd closer to the President’s wife, j
| Fifteen youngsters were picked up by
Boy Scouts and taken to the "lost j
and found" sector, where Y, W. C, A
girls in white uniforms showed rabbits
to the lost children and entertained
them until their mothers appeared.
The first to be admitted when the
gates opened were Tommy and Norma
| Nehil of Midland. Mich., and their
mother. Mrs. Thomas Nehil, who had
been waiting since 8:15 a.m.
Mrs. Roosevelt Reappears.
Garbed in a tan riding habit, with
a white ribbon around her hair, Mrs.
Roosevelt was accompanied on her
first tour around the grounds by Miss
Mayris Chaney, a White Hcuse guest, j
At 11 o’clock. Mrs. Roosevelt ap
peared again with her grandson, BUI
Donner Roosevelt, who clung to her
hand as a squadron of guards made a
path through the crowd. Visitors to
1 Mrs. Roosevelt s press conference
started the second tour, but were
torn from her side about 100 feet from
the start of the Jaunt.
The President was to greet the cele
brants from the south portico of the
White House at 2:20 p m . before leav
ing for the opening baseball game.
A flourishing business was going on
j during the morning at the west gate. |
i where youngsters under the required J
age of 10 were renting themselves out
at 25 cents a head to adults who
wanted to get inside the grounds,
j Four boys’ bands took turns play
ing for the crowd The Bugle and
Drum Corps from the Good Samaritan
Home played for Mrs. Roosevelt be
| fore she made her first trip through
the grounds. Other bands were the
Loew s Capitol Boys' Band, the Na
j tional Training School for Boys’ Band
j and the Metropolitan Police Boys'
Baby Sleeps Peacefully.
i Photographers and news reel men i
roamed through the grounds inter- j
j rupting the youngsters long enough i
for pictures. Cameras ground around j
a 3-year-old baby peacefully asleep
and impervious to the frantic "shoosh
ing" of the newsreel men who tried
l to quiet the crowd long enough to
catch a picture before the sleeping in
! fant awoke.
| The youngest celebrant on the
scene was 12-week-old Marilyn du
Beis, daughter of Mrs. Ayers du
Bois. 6215 Fourteenth street N.W.
Marilyn evinced more interest in her
bottle and toy rabbit than in the
excitement around her.
The traditional egg rolling was
limited to an ambitious few. More
youngsters entertained themselves bv j
playing ball with the eggs. Some of
the eggs were rubber. Others, much
to the dismay of innocent bystanders,
w-ere real eggs which broke in a
shower of yoke and shells.
Raincoats and umbrellas were much
in evidence among the early arrivals,
and many an anxious glance was
turned to the fickle April sky, alter
nately promising sunshine and (bow
And the rain coats and umbrellas
may come in handy later this after
noon, the weather man was forced to
admit. Possible showers were forecast,
but there w-as little prospect of con
tinued rain. It seemed possible that
last year’s attendance record of 53.180
might be equaled, if not bettered,
before the end of the day.
Under a canopy of budding elms,
the lush green of the White House
lawn spread an inviting carpet which,
before sunset, will be trampled and
littered with the fragments of 100,000
Easter eggs.
“The youngsters make an awful
mess,” sighed William S. Reeves, head
groundskeeper, “but they have a fine
"They ought to call it an egg
smashing instead of an egg-rolling. ”
remarked a White House guard, but
he accompanied the words with a
good-natured grin.
The grounds were to be thrown open
to the general public between 3 and 5
p.m. for a concert by the Marine Band.
Later in the day, Mrs. RooseVelt
will help her grandchildren. Sara. Kate
and Billy Roosevelt, entertain their
young guests at a White House Easter
party indoors. Harry H. Baker, magi
cian. and Frank Portillo. Washington's
amateur clown, were among the en
tertainers on today's crowded program
Pontiff Replies to Insurgent's
Message on Canonization
of New Saint.
By the Associated Press.
servatore Romano, the Vatican news
paper. today published the text of a
telegram Pope Pius sent to Generalis
simo Francisco Franco. Spanish insur
gent leader, conveying the apostolic
The pontiffs message, replying to
one from Gen. Franco on the occasion
of the recognition of a new Spanish
saint, said:
“Happy to see vibrating in your ex
cellency's message the hereditary faith
of Catholic Spain, whose crown of
saints has been enriched for its better
fortunes by a new hero of Christian
fortitude, we send from our hearts the
apostolic blessing propitiator of divine
Pope Pius took his customary Mon
day rest after the extraordinary Easter
exertion exacted by his attendance at
the canonization of three new saints
in St. Peter's.
Persons' close to the pontiff said
he was extremely tired after his un
usual effort, but appeared otherwise
to have suffered no ill effect.
Three Missing From Fishing Ship
Bound for Alaska.
BELLINGHAM. Wash., April 18 (/Pi.
—Two persons were killed and three
were missing today after an explosion
aboard an Alasaka-bound fishing boat.
Bodies recovered were those of
Frank Smith, 34, and Mrs. Earl Cum
mings, wife of the owner of the gaso
line boat, which started for Juneau
wdth five aboard.
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to 24, inclusive—
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More Than 30,000 Expected
to See President Toss
Out First Ball.
Ferrell Will Pitch for Griffs in
Attempt to Stop A s in
Initial Game.
Di Maggio Denies
He's Ready to Sign
For Only $25,000
By th» Associated Press.
Joe Di Maggio, holdout outfielder
of the Yankees, denied reports to
day from New York that he in
tended to give in and sign for the
club's offer of S25.000.
‘ Nothing to it." said Di Maggio
after being aroused from his sleep.
I'm still here and I'm going to
stay here. I still want my S40.000.
I haven't heard from the club."
Di Maggio said he had no plans
except to “stick tight.”
He admitted he would like to be
in the Yankees' line-up against
the Red Sox in Boston today, but
added: “Things will have to be
straightened out first."
The vanguard of what promised to
be a near sell-out crowd of more than
30,000 filed through the turnstiles at
Griffith Stadium this afternoon, ready
to see the Nation's No. 1 fan, Franklin
D Roosevelt, unloosen his *75,000
"wing” at 2:45 pm. and send the
Nationals and Athletics into the open
ing conflict of the 1938 baseball season.
Bustling with the activity of last
minute preparations—arranging aisle
seats, adjusting flags that hung from
the grandstands and combing the fi’ld
—the ball park was expected to be the
most popular place in town by game
Showers, imminent all morning, be
came a reality around noon, but those
in the open stands stuck it out, re
fusing to run the i.sk of losing choice
seats. The ram v s short-lived, how
ever, and the sun again took over.
The clouds did things to the sun
again and the band and players took
to cover for the duration of another
The tarpaulin, which had been put
away, was unrolled once more and this
time pulled over the infield.
The Athletics, natty in traveling
gray and blue caps, to match the
snappy appearance of the Senators—
in creamy uniforms and dark caps—
finally came out. The canvas was
dragged off and Mr. Mack's lads took
their warm-up.
Players Take Field.
Shortly after noon the stadium
really began to look like open day as
Goldman's Band tuned up, 125 police
men marched in and players came on
to the field.
Encouraged by swingtime music—
and some not so swingy—the Wash
ington players took practice cuts at
the offerings of Nick Altrock and
Goose Goslin. once again wearing the
livery of the Nationals.
Little JoTinny Mihalic, substitute
second baseman, passed up his pre
game workout to record the doings of
his mates with a movie camera, and
Altrock. the perennial clown, indulged
in a bit of buffoonery—such as slid
ing through the coils of a tuba and
posing as a musician for the benefit of
enterprising photographers.
Garner to Attend.
The President was not due at the
stadium until a few minutes before the
game started, but his flag-draped box
was getting much attention hours be
fore from Clark Griffith. The Wash
ington club president, sporting a new
pearl-gray fedora and an evil-looking
stogie, saw to it everything was spio
and span for the White House party.
Guests in the presidential party were
to include Mr. Roosevelt's three secre
taries. Stephen Early. M. H. McIntyre,
who has just recovered from an illness
which confined him to the Naval Hos
pital for more than a week, and Col.
Janies Roosevelt, his eldest son: Harry
L. Hopkins. Works Progress adminis
trator: Capt. Walter Woodson and Col.
Edwin Watson, White Hon' ■ naval and
military aides, respectivi Dr. Ross
T. Mclntire. White Hou physician,
and Rudolph Forster, executive secre
tary at the White House, who has at
tended baseball games w'ith Presidents
dating as far back as McKinley.
Also to occupy a box near the home
team dugout was Vice President.
Garner, who was to have among his
quests probably the only former major
leaguer in Congress—Senator Brown
if New Hampshire. The Senator did
some pitching for the Boston Braves
about 35 years ago.
Senator Barkley of Kentucky, the
majority leader, and Senator McNary
if Oregon, minority leader, also were
o sit with the Vice President.
President Roosevelt’s pitch was to
oe made with a glistening regulation
Dali, which, incidentally will never
reach the diamond.
“One-Eye” Connelly Appears.
He was expected to hold it aloft for
sverybody to see. pose for the camera
men and then toss it in the direction
if the assembled members of both
earns, who will make a dive for it.
Whoever gets the ball keeps it as a
One of the unheralded, but not
(See BASEBALL, Page A-3)
Ice Avalanche Kills Man.
TRUCKEE, Calif . April 18 </P).—
Dne man was killed and two others
vere injured when an avalanche of
mow and ice tumbled down on a work
:rew at the mouth of a railroad tunnel
tear Dormer Summit, in the Sierra
Vevadas, yesterday.

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