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New Loan Will Help
Finland Greatly, Procope Says Minister Is Optimistic As He Speeds Plans For Using Credit By GARNETT D. HORNER, Finland, fighting on against Rus sian Invaders with an unbeaten spirit and the conviction that she will get adequate help from the out side sooner or later, sped arrange ments today to buy vital non-mili tary supplies here with a new $20, 000,000 credit from the Export-Im port Bank. “Don’t think that because the Finnish forces have retreated some and suffered some reverses that we are beaten,” Finnish Minister Hjal mar J. Procope told a press confer ence at the Legation late yesterday after a trans-Atlantic telephone talk with his prime minister. “Most of you thought three months ago that we would be beaten in two or three days, but we are still fight ing,” he added. “Even if we have to retreat a little more we still will have strong lines of defense and will keep on fighting, convinced that help will come sooner or later. “No one can help us so much without going into war as the United States.” New $20,000,004 Credit. He said that gasoline, oil, wheat, lard and other supplies to be bought with the new $20,000,000 credit al located Finland by the Export-Im port Bank even before President Roosevelt had signed legislation making possible the loan, would be of great assistance to his country. In addition to these civilian com modities which can be bought with the Government loan funds, Fin land also needs airplanes, artillery and ammunition and is buying large quantities of these war materiels here with her own funds, Mr. Pro cope added. Both Mr. Procope and Col. Per Zilliacus, Finnish military attache, emphasized that current reverses to the Finnish forces on the Karelian Isthmus were not of vital impor tance. “There are two ways to fight a war.” Col. Zilliacus said. "You can hold ground and sacrifice your peo ple. or sacrifice ground to a certain extent and save your people. We have lots of ground and few people and so are sacrificing some ground.” He added that the Russian in vaders had an even harder job ahead than they had faced so far in the way of terrain, with hundreds of lakes and hilly, rocky, wooded ground ahead of them. Roads Bad in Spring. Furthermore, he said, spring would provide new difficulties for the Russians. With the breaking up of ice and the melting of snows the last of April, Finland's roads will be virtually impassable for a month or so, increasing the diffi culties of an attacking army. Mr. Procope said there scarcely was one place in Finland that had not been bombed by the Russians “with absolutely no military goals to achieve.” The Finnish civilians killed or wounded total between 2,000 and 3,000, he added. . He and Col. Zilllacus said thejTffldi not know definitely why Finnish planes had not bombed Leningrad in retaliation. Col. Zilliacus said it was an important strategical point for bombing, but assumed that the Finnish Army leaders were not will ing to risk the loss of planes on such a venture until they were sure they could do the job effectively. Swedish Loan Approved. Jesse H. Jones, the Federal Loan administrator, announced the new credit allocation to Finland yester day and at the same time disclosed that the Export-Import Bank had allocated $15,000,000 to the Bank of Sweden to finance American exports to that country and had confirmed a previously-announced $10,000,000 loan to Norway. He said President Roosevelt, who has been away from the Capital on a sea-going vacation, had advised him he would sign the measure by which Congress authorized a $100, 000,000 increase in the bank’s capi talization. The agency which is making the advances was created six years ago to help trade with Russia. 1 Warren Lee Pierson, the 42-year Jld Los Angeles lawyer who heads he bank, grinned as he reviewed (he turnabout since then. | “I can still remember working with Bill Bullitt (then United States Ambassador to Russia and now Am Jassador to France) on the presi ential order setting up the bank in J934,” he said. J Never Got Around to It > “We were recognizing Russia and Expected to do a lot of trading with them and figured this bank would help finance the business. \ “Somehow, we never got around to loaning any money to Russia. Weren’t we lucky?” The bank now has three main credit lines—Finland and Scandi navia, Latin America and China. ■ Under the new law, the bank can have $200,000,000 of loans outstand tag at any one time. With the new Finnish loan and the $15,000,000 Credit given Sweden at the same time, the bank’s loans now amount to about $100,000,000. | Mr. Pierson indicated that Sweden will get more, Denmark is in line, China may get as much as $20,000, •00—maximum loan which may be . made to any one country out of the hew money—more, and Latin Amer ica Is slated for generous considera tion. f Finns Want Bicycles For Use When Snow Melts, Procope Says The Finnish Army needs bi cycles. When the snows melt in the spring and skiis are stored away, bicycles will be most use ful in view of the shortage of motor fuel, Finnish Minister Hjalmar J. Procope explained to reporters. In reply to a question, he said that if any Americans had used bicycles in good condition which they would like to contribute they could send them to the Finnish Consul General in New York City, from where they would be forwarded “to the' proper destination.” NEW YORK. —ELOPEMENT FIZZLES — Mary Cohan (above), daughter of George M. Cohan, eloped with George Ranken, an accordion player, early this morning, but re turned still single. Miss Co han didn’t say why—except to explain they decided to talk things over a little more. —A. P. Wirephoto. Mary Cohan Tries to Elope But 3 States Say Wait By the Associated Presa. NEW YORK, March 2—George M. Cohan’s daughter Mary, who eloped with one musician in 1927, started a repeat performance yes terday, but it didn’t go through. Today she isn’t so sure she’ll marry again—at least not right away. She and George, Ranken, who squeezes an accordion at a night spot where Mary sings, left by auto with her brother, George M. Cohan, jr., to investigate marriage laws in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Vir ginia. “We tried like anything to find some one who would marry us, but everywhere we went, they told us we’d have to wait,” Mary said. “Now I don't know whether we'll get mar ried at all.” Intimates said her father was an noyed, as he was when Mary and Neil Litt, a banjo player, eloped to Elkton, Md„ 12 years ago. The sub sequent divorce failed to tool the parental wrath, and Miss Cohan said as recently as last fall that she and her father were still estranged. Congress' Limits On Finnish Loan Flayed by Walsh Premium Placed on Criminality, G. U. Official Declares. The “reluctance” with which Con gress finallyr approved and inter preted a restricted $20,000,000 loan to Finland for the purchase of non military supplies only was scored last night by Dr. Edward A. Walsh, S. J„ of Georgetown University as placing “a premium on criminality.” The foreign-service school regent in his third- public lecture dealing with American and Soviet diplo macy, told an audience in Memorial Continental Hall: "Finland, as a soverign state which has never defaulted in its obligations to the Government of the United States, has, in effect, been punished in the exercise of her sovereignty. Not a belligerent, and so regarded by the United States, it would seem that she has every right to use any loan granted for purposes within her own de termination. "The interpretation followed by the Congress for reasons which I appreciate and understand but do not share, put a premium on the very criminality which Senators and Representatives on their personal capacity have vociferously de nounced. It is another instance of the ancient problem which seeks to establish where legality ends and justice begins.” Finland's resistance to the Rus sian invasion, Dr. Walsh declared, had blocked the original plans of the Soviet Union and Germany to occupy or dominate the Scandi navian and Balkan countries. The reluctance of Congress in finally voting the Finland loan, he de clared, was doubtless motivated by fears of involving the United States in the European conflict against Russia. "Those fears, in my opinion, were highly exaggerated and failed to recognize certain changed condi tions in the application of intemA tional law,” Walsh said. Soviet • Russia has so “wantonly violated international law,” he claimed, that it has in effect served public notice that it does not recognize the ex istence of such legal control over government conduct. “If any intelligence remains in Moscow, no claim or Injured right could be presented on that score,” he contended. “Neither, in my judg ment, should we fear actual loss of Russia's friendship. That illusion has been buried in the cold, dismal ashes of a vanished fire.” The Georgetown educator de clared that every act of this Gov ernment "to retain the respect and reciprocated confidence of Moscow has been met by a cynical con tempt.” This attitude, he said, had forced President Roosevelt in his recent address to the American Youth Congress to “brand the Soviet government as an insufferable dic tatorship.” Sergt. Agnew Sworn In As Police Lieutenant Sergt. John J. Agnew, who has been acting as a night police In spector, was sworn in as a lieu tenant yesterday by Maj. Ernest W. Brown, superintendent of police, succeeding Lt. Prank Varney, who retired recently. Lt. Agnew will be assigned to the fourth precinct. Pvt. R. L. Hammann was sworn in as sergeant and shifted from the eighth to the eleventh precinct. Lt. Beverly Beach was shifted from the detective bureau to ad ministrative headquarters in charge of the Police School. He replaced Lt. Walter T. Storm, who was given a tour of duty at the first precinct. Sergt. R. P. Chenault of the second precinct was made a night inspector, and Sergt R. P. McCarty was shifted from eleventh to second precinct. s Ten 1940 'Aspirants' Describe Their 'Lack Of Qualifications' Give Off-Record Talks At Press Club 'Fish Fry And Political Rally' Ten presidential prospects, each hoping the lightning may strike hla way, relaxed today after passing with varying degrees of success the exacting test of telling members of the National Press Club "why I am not qualified to be President of the United States." Confronted with this questionable opportunity at a "fish fry and polit ical rally” at the club last night, several of the speakers apparently could think of no very good reasons, but everybody got credit for trying. Some were facetious, others were just funny, all were off the record. The following were present in word and person: Senator Burton K. Wheeler, Demo crat, of Montana; Representative Bruce Barton, Republican, of New York; Senator Bennett Champ Clark, Democrat, of Missouri; John D. M. Hamilton, chairman of the Republican National Committee; Norman Thomas, the Socialist leader; Jesse Jones, Federal loan administrator; Paul V. McNutt, Fed eral security administrator; Thomas E. Dewey, district attorney of New York; Attorney General Robert H. Jackson and Senator Arthur H. Vandenberg, Republican, of Michi gan. Reception to Honor Dewey. Making his second Washington visit in three months, Mr. Dewey remained in town to attend a re ception at the Willard Hotel this aft ernoon, arranged by friends in the New York House delegation. Re publican Senators and Representa tives were invited. The reception was planned so that the Republican members of the Sen- ■ ate and the House could know the New Yorker better. It was pointed out that during the recent meeting of the Republican National Commit tee in Washington receptions were given at which Senator Taft of Ohio and Senator Vandenberg of Michigan were the central figures. Both these Senators have been 1 bracketed with Mr. Dewey as out standing possibilities for the G. O. P. nomination. Mr. Dewey told reporters he plans to return to New York during the week end and will leave Monday for a speaking engagement In Lincoln, Nebr. At the speakers’ table last night a conspicuous figure was a stufTed shirt, “in honor of our absent guests.” On the walls of the auditorium were such slogans as these: “The Greatest Hamilton Since Alexander,” “Jones, He Pays the Freight,” “The Wheeler Way to the White House”; “Champ, Champ, Champ, Our Clark is Marching”; “Dewey or Don’t We?” “Back Track With Cactus Jack.” One Actnal President on Hand. Richard L. Wilson, president of the Rms Club. pointed, outI'tn. hla opening remarks that he was the only, actual president at the head table. 1 He and members of the club’s Board of Governors intro duced the speakers, each repeating the same formula, which explained that each candidate for the presi dency had arisen from humble cir cumstances and had the indorse ment of all elements, including the bankers, the C. I. O. and the Press Club. Walter Karig of the club gave a mock political prognostication as an introductory feature. Music was fur nished by the Navy Band, under the direction of Lt. Charles Benter. Dr. Havenner fo Receive Blood Transfusion Today Dr. George C. Havenner, 73, civic leader for nearly half a century, lay critically ill at Providence Hospital today as physicians awaited a re sponse to an appeal to policemen to volunteer for a blood transfusion. Dr. Havenner, the only man ever to serve four consecutive terms as president of the Federation of Citi zens’ Association, underwent an emergency operation for a ruptured appendix Wednesday. Inspector L. I. H. Edwards of the Metropolitan Police Department is sued a call for type 2 blood last night at the request of Dr. Haven er's physician, Dr. Paul 8. Putzki. The transfusion is scheduled to be given today. Dr. Havenner resides at 2912 Al bemarle street N.W. News Guild Fined $9,176 For Chicago Picketing B, the Associated Press. CHICAGO, March 2.—Fines and costs totaling $0,176.90 were assessed against the American Newspaper Guild and the Chicago Newspaper Guild by Superior Court Judge John J. Lupe yesterday for contempt of court by violation of an~ injunction limiting picketing of the Chicago Herald American and advertisers. Judge Lupe imposed the fines after upholding the report of Master in Chancery Benjamin Cohen with one exception. He rejected the finding regarding picketing of a Jewelry firm because he already had fined the local $500 on that point. An appeal from this fine is pending in the Illinois Supreme Court. Counsel for the Guild, Arthur J. Goldberg, said he would appeal Judge Lupe’s ruling “to the highest court in the land.” Mr. Cohen found both organiza tions guilty of sponsoring “repeated violations” of the temporary injunc tion Issued last April by Judge Gro ver C. Nlemeyer. The Guild strike at the Herald American, a Hearst newspaper, has been in progress since December, 1938. Jobless Men Over 40 Discussed at .Meeting Three experts held a panel dis cussion of the problems which face jobless men over 40 at a meeting last night in Epiphany Parish House, 1317 G street N.W.* Participating were Alexander 8hapiro of the Capital Transit Co., a personnel expert; A. G. Nordholm, Labor Department economist, and Karl Krntan,. a consulting econ omist FAVORITES AND DARK HORSES — These open or possible presidential candidates exchanged good-natured banter at a Press Club dinner last night. Back row (left to right): Attor ney General Jackson, Representative Barton, Republican, of New York; Senator Wheeler, Democrat, of Montana; Norman Thomas, perennial Socialist candidate, and Senator Clark, Dem ocrat, of Missouri, Front row, Paul V. McNutt, Federal security administrator; Senator Vandenberg, Republican, of Michigan; Jesse Jones, Federal loan administrator, and Thomas E. Dewey, the New York prosecutor. —Associated Press Photo. New Deal 'Sympathy' For Communism Is Charged by Taft Result Is Check on Old And New Businesses, He Declares Br the Associated Press. WILMINGTON. Del., March 2 — Senator Taft, Republican, of Ohio asserted last night that “sympathy for Communist ideals” dominated many administration bureaus and was leading to “more and more regulation of business and taxation of success.” The resalt, he declared in an address before a Lions Club meet ing here, is to discourage men from starting new enterprises and to de stroy, or check the growth, of ex isting businesses. “It increases unemployment and i prevents prosperity,” he continued.! “Seven years after every previous depression we have been on the crest of new advances. In 1900, seven years after the depression of 1893; in 1928, seven years after the depression of 1921, we had a larger national income than we had ever bad before, and we provided a job for every man who wanted a job. Planned Economy. ‘‘Our troubles today have resulted from the theory which dominates the New Deal, a planned economy in a regimented state.” Senator Taft, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, said President Roosevelt, in his re cent address to the American Youth Congress, had acknowledged that he sympathized with the ideals of Communism when that experiment was first undertaken in Russia, al though denouncing present condi tions there. “While the President abhors the actions of Mr. Stalin,” the Senator said, “he does not seem to know that everything Mr. Stalin is doing was done by Mr. Lenin and Mr. Trotsky. He does not seem to rec ognize that the ideals of Commu nism are, and always were, funda mentally at variance with the Amer ican system.” Points to Unemployed. At the outset of his address, Sen ator Taft declared the New Deal had been an economic failure. “There are still 9,000,000 unemployed and national income is far belowf what it was in the ’20s,” he said. “The standard of living is lower, farm prices are substantially what they were before any of the elabo rate New Deal control measures were initiated, and this failure has been brought about at an expense of more than $20,000,000,000, which you, your children and your grand children are going to have to pay. Yet in spite of this failure, the ad ministration is still dominated by ideals of planned economy, and thinks that the Government can run each man's business better than he can run it himself.” i ___ _ • Former Puerto Rican Governor Sentenced By the Asiociated Press. KANSAS CITY, March 2.—E. Mont Reily, former Republican Gov ernor of Puerto Rico, who was in dicted following an investigation of the activities of Tom Pendergast’s Democratic machine, was convicted yesterday of possessing a forged in strument and sentenced to six months in Jail. The sentence fixed by the jury was the lowest possible on the charge. The indictment charged Reily forged an indorsement on a street cleaning warrant and then cashed it. He was free on bond pending an appeal. Reily was a friend of Pendergast and the late President Harding, under whom he served In the Puerto Rican post. Congress in Brief TODAY. 8enate: In recess. , Appropriations Subcommittee studies farm supply measure. Finance Committee continues hearings on reciprocal trade legis lation. House: In recess. Smith Committee continues dis cussion at Wagner Act amend ments. Geographic Society Members See Cobra-Kissing Film A kissing scene that Hollywood never thought of—featuring a lady and a king cobra—provided the cli max of a movie shown last night to* members of the National Geo graphic Society by Armand Denis and his wife, Leila Roosevelt. The couple returned recently from an expedition into Burma and other places in Asia and in Africa. The movies were made on the trip. The kissing scene between the cobra and the lady Is the first pho tographic record made of the rite. The lady was high priestess of a cult which worships the gpalge. Two of her husbands had been killed in the process of kissing the 13-foot cobra—who packs enough venom to lay out 100 people. A third husband had survived an encounter with the serpent, but had been blinded. The film showed the priestess lur ing the snake from ite cave, then advancing to meet it as it coiled, and prepared to strike. When she got within range, the snake lashed out at her and missed. Dodging and jumping, she outmaneuvered the serpent time alter time to get close enough to plant lour kisses on its brow—without being bitten herself. These pictures were made in Bur ma. a land which enjoys much high er living standards than most of the East. Their trip took them later along the Burma-China highway, over which munitions have been shipped to the Chinese, and into the sequestered kingdom of Nepal, which lies between Northeastern India and Tibet. They went at the invitation of the Maharaja, a man keenly interested in military matters. He maintains a private army of 55.000 men, equipped with modern arms, and staged a parade of 12,000 of his troops for the visitors. The last months of the Denis Roosevelt expedition were spent in Africa in the Tanganyika territory, where color pictures were made it lions. Catholic Charities To Meet Monday The annual meeting of the Cath olic Charities of Washington will be held Monday evening at 8 o’clock at the Willard Hotel. Archbishop Michael J. Curley of Baltimore and Washington will make the principal address. The meeting will be held to re ceive reports on the work of the or ganizatiop during the past year and to elect a board of directors and officers. George J. Cleary, president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, will speak for that organization and Mrs. Prank Schwoerer for the Ladles of Charity, Mrs. George O'Connor will report for the city-wide group of the Ladies of Charity, Miss Stellita Stapleton for the Christ Child Society and Miss Mary A. Mattingly for the So cial Service Committee of the So dality Union. Dr. Henry J. Crosson, president of Catholic Charities, will preside. The report of the work of the agency will be made by Msgr. Lawrence J. Shehan, the director. Flood Waters Recede In California After Heavy Damage Property Loss Runs Into Millions, With Death Toll Five By the Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO, March 2.— Flood waters in Northern California receded slowly today, leaving in their wake property damage mount ing into the millions. There was a steady, though scarcely perceptible, drop in the water level of the Sacramento River as far down as Sacramento. Fair weather was forecast for today. The death toll remained at five, but there was no comprehensive estimate of property damage except in Santa Rosa County where officials said loss in the Russian River Valley was well over $1,000,000. In the great Sacramento Valley the loss was expected to be much hlgner. More than 6,000 persons were driven from their homes, but how many had been able to return to their property was not known. Workmen last night, after a 24 hour battle, plugged a break in the levee at Colusa that for a time • threatened inundation of the entire west end of the city. At Meridian, 40 miles north of Sacramento, where hundreds of families were forced to flee yester day when levees broke, the situation also was eased. Meridian, Colusa, Princeton, Butte City and Codora all remained isolated late last night, but officials said danger apparently was past. The Federal Surplus Commodi ties Corp. was authorized to begin distribution of foodstuffs through the State relief administration to aid flood victims. The Red Cross also was in the field. President Roosevelt last night signed an authorization for John Carmody, Federal Works adminis trator, to use $130,000 for relief. Reds Say British Seek Trotskyites as Spies By the Associated Press. " MOSCOW, March 2.—Pravda, the Communist party newspaper, charged today that the British in telligence service was recruiting among Trotskyites who "are excel lent material for spying and the stool-pigeon aims of the B. I. 8.” The article said all the service’s efforts against Soviet Russia had been a "bad failure’’ because "the vigilant Soviet masses, nurtured by the Bolshevist party, are a guaran tee that the machinations of foreign secret services against our father land are doomed to failure." Dr. Torchkina Dies; Netherlands Official By the Auoclated Proto. SAN FRANCISCO, March 2.—Dr. H. A. Van C. Torchiana, 72, Consul General here for the Netherlands for 27 years, died last night. He wrote several boottl His last one, "The Story of the Miaslons of Santa Crus," wee puhllehart in WX Robbers Take $250 E After Smashing Safe; Thug Chokes Girl Stolen Purse Contained 11 Cents; Man Fires Pistol in Kitchen Yeggmen smashed a safe in the J. A. Simpson Drug Co., Sixty-first and Dix streets NE., early today and escaped with more than $250 as the robbery wave continued in the city despite reinforced police patrols. A young woman was choked and robbed last night near Twenty-first and Massachusetts avenue, and a bandit shot at his intended victim in the 1300 block of Eighth street N.W. The safe cracking was discovered after police found a show window broken on the Dix street side of the drug store. The thieves removed the bolts from the main door of the safe and smashed the inside vault to get to the contents. Of the money stolen, $109 belonged to the store and more than $140 to D. G Joseph, real estate operator and part owner of the drug com pany. Miss Nancy Block of Forest Glen, Md„ employe at the Fairfax Hotel, told police a white youth grabbed her from behind in an alley at the rear of the hotel and fled with her purse after choking her. The pocket book contained only 11 cents and personal articles, she said. Charles Mercier, colored, of 1322 Eighth street N.W. reported that a colored man brandishing a rusty re volver entered the kitchen of his home and demanded money. When Mr. Mercier hesitated to comply with the demand, he said, the bandit began snapping the trig ger. One shell finally discharged, but the bullet went wild. Mr. Mer cier said he grabbed the pistol and struck the intruder with it. The holdup man escaped, however. A white bandit, with an English accent and a sense of politeness, robbed Paul Hinkle of $1 as he stepped from his automobile in front of his home at 1604 Vamum street N.W. Mr. Hinkle told police the man, armed with a .32 caliber revolver, returned his wallet after removing $1, the only cash in the billfold. The bandit walked away after thanking his victim. Fugitive Complaint Against Buck Dismissed By the AuoeUted Press. PHOENIX, Aril., March 2.—A fugitive complaint against Gene Buck, president of the American So ciety of Composers, Authors* and Publishers, was dismissed yesterday. Mr. Buck was arrested February 22 on a telegraphic warrant from Missoula, Mont., accusing him of at tempting to obtain money under false pretenses in connection with A. S. C. A. P.’s efforts to collect fees from Montana radio stations and theaters using its music. Gov. Roy E. Ayers of Montana re fused to ask extradition of Mr. Buck, who termed the charge against him ‘^latgaua” g. First of Air Legion Arrives in France By the Auoeia'id Preee. PARIS, March 2.—The first mem ber of a 100-man “Foreign Legion of the Air,” which Col. Charles Sweeney is supposed to be recruiting largely in America to fight for the allies, has arrived in Paris. He is Sebastian de Mier, a Mexi can aviator. The aviator said Col. Sweeney signed him up in London two months ago, explaining that he was going to recruit 100 foreign pilots to make up 10 squadrons. De Mier, however, has not been able to find any one in Paris who knows anything about the project. Sweeney was in Texas recently, but De Mier said he thought Col. Sweeney now is in Toronto. Weather Report (Furnished by the United States Weather Bureau.) District of Columbia—Rain tonight and tomorrow; lowest temperature tonight about 36 degrees; slowly rising temperature tomorrow; moderate to fresh easterly winds becoming southeast tomorrow. Maryland and Virginia—Rain tonight and tomorrow; slowly rising temperature tomorrow. West Virginia—Rain tonight and tomorrow; warmer tonight and in extreme east portion tomorrow; colder tomorrow night and Monday. The disturbance that was central over4 Northeastern New Mexico Friday morning has moved very slowly eastward and it is centered this morning over Northeastern Oklahoma. Ponca City. 1.004.7 millibars (20.65 Inches). This disturbance has been attended by strong winds over a considerable area and by precipitation in the Southern Rocky Mountain region, from Kr”sas and Nebraska eastward to the Upper Ohio Val ley. Precipitation has occurred also over middle and northern section west of the Rocxy Mountains. The disturbance over the Western Atlantic Ocean is apparently central this morning about 000 miles east southeast of Nantucket. Mass., with lowest pressure about 090 millibars (29.23 inches). Pressure is relatively low and falling from Montana to Southern California and Ari zona. Havre. Mont., 1,014.6 millibars (29.96 inches), and pressure remains low over the greater part of Alaska. Dutch Harbor. 962.4 millibars 128.42 inches). High pressure prevails along the Pacific Coast and from the Dakotas eastward to the North At lantic States and thence southward to the Bahamas. Greenville, Me . 1.036.6 milli bars 130.61 inches), and Eureka. Calif., 2,031.2 millibars (30.45 inches). The tem perature has risen from Missouri. Arkansas, and Louisiana eastward to the South At lantic Coast due to the northward move ment of tropical air from the Gulf of Mex ico. while colder weather has overspread the Plains States and portions of the Rocky Mountain region. Weekly Oatleek. North and Middle Atlantic States—Pre cipitation will end Monday, followed by fair Monday night and part of Tuesday, with precipitation again about Tuesday night. Generally fair latter half of week, except for rain about Saturday. Rising temperatures Sunday night and in North Atlantic States Monday, slightly colder Monday night, warmer Tuesday night, colder by Thursday and warmer at end of week. Ohio Valley and Tennessee—Snow flur ries In extreme upper Ohio Valley Monday, rain Tuesday and again Friday or Satur day; otherwise generally fair. Colder Mon day. warmer by Tuesday, colder middle of week and warmer by Friday. MMt far Lut *4 Hear*. _ ._. Temperature. Barometer Yesterday—. Deanes. Inches. 4 p.ss.- 49 80.18 8 p.m.- 41 80.82 Midnight _ 38 30.38 Today— 4 a m.-36 30.88 8 a m - 37 30.43 noon - 38 30.38 _Resort for Last 24 Hears. (From noon yesterday to noon today.) ^Highest 49. 4 D.m. yesterday. Tear ase. Lowest 36, 5 a.m. today. Tear aso. 33. Besetl Tampon tares This Teat. Highest 64. on February 12. Lovett 7. on January 29. TMa Tables. (Furnished hy United State* Coast and Geodetic Survey.) _ . Today. Tomorrow Hlsh- 2:33 a.m. 3:33 a.m. I*w - 9:18 a.m. 10:20 aja. Hlsh- 3:02 p.m. 4:02 p.m. I«w - 9:63 p.m. 10:62 p.m. The San and Ms*a. Rises. Seta. Sun. today j_ 6:40 6:02 Sun, tomorrow_ 6:38 6:03 Moon, today _ 2:16 a.m. 12:27 p.m. jnrw&Mr * > River Report. Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers clear at Harpers Ferry: Potomac sllchtly muddy at Great Falls today. * Humidity far Last 24 Bun. (From noon yesterday to now today.) Highest. 82 per cent, at noqjg today. Lowest. 51 per cent, at 8 B.m. yesterday. Precipitation. Monthly precipitation In Inches in the Capital (current month to date): Month. 1940 Average. Record. January_ 2.12 .3.55 7.83 '37 February _ 2:77 3.27 6.84 '84 March _ 3.75 8.84 '91 April -- 3.27 9.13 ’89 June 2:?jf $ July__ 4.71 10.63 ‘86 August - ___ 4.01 14.4* '23 September__ .7.24 17.45 '34 October-- 2 84 8.81 '37 November___ 2.37 8.69 ‘89 December .. _ 3.32 7.66 ‘01 Weather la Various CHiaa. Station*. Bar High*5Low. faS Weather Abilene_29.88 78 48 _ Clear Alban; __ 30.58 25 -4 _ Cloud; Atlanta ._ 30.12 78 50 _ Foggy Atl. City. 30.48 40 35 _ Cloudy Baltimore 30.45 41 :t4 _ Cloudy Birm’gham 30.08 75 80 _ Cloudy Bismarck. 30.1S 40 20 _ Foggy Boston_ 30.53 34 16 _ Clear Buffalo _ 30.30 25 1 5 _ Cloudy Charleston 30.18 69 53 _ Cloudy Chicago 30.09 34 30 _ Cloudy Cincinnati 30.09 80 40 _ Cloudy Cleveland. 30.21 35 25 _ Cloudy Columbia 30.18 73 50 _ Foggy Davenport 30.00 40 32 Cloudy Denver . 30.21 37 31 0.87 Cloudy Des Moines 20.97 37 30 0.13 Rain Detroit 30.27 29 17 _ Cloudy *1 Paso __ 30.03 80 38 dear Galveston. 29.88 87 68 0.01 Poser Helena_ 30.06 51 32 Cloudy Huron 30.21 34 30 0.01 Cloudy Indln'pllg 30.03 55 36 0.02 Rain Jacks'vllyle 30.15 77 80 Cloudy Kans. City 20.74 46 37 0.60 Rain L. Angeles 30.16 88 52 _ clear Louisville. 30.00 85 45 _ CtoSdy Miami . . 30.15 77 67 Clear Mpls.-St. P. 30.21 32 28 __I Cloudy N. Orleans 29.94 79 64 Cloudy New York 30.53 40 20 _ Cloudy Norfolk 80.36 55 41 _ Cloudy Okie. City 20.69 78 43 ~ Cloudy Omaha 30.00 38 33 0.70 Rain Philad’phl* 30.51 38 31 ... SoStdy Phoenix _ 30.09 71 44 __ Clear Pittsburgh 80.18 46 31 _ cloudy P’tl'nd. Me. 30.82 30 10 . Clear P’tl'd. Ore. 30.33 64 48 0.58 Rain Raleigh .. 30.30 • 65 44 Cloudy St. Louis . 29.80 53 46 0.13 C oudy g. Lake C. 30.18 49 31 ... SoSS 8. Antonio 29.91 89 56 III Cloudy San Diego 30.09 88 49 Sear wet; a® k 8 sss 3s, fc'v 18:11 ti IS «“ ass WABH.D.C. 30.42 49 36 ZZZ Cloudy rOKKIGN STATIONS. (Boon. Greenwich time, tods* ) # as Labor Board Probers Still Seek Accord On Wagner Act Committee Statement Reports No Decision Reached on Amendments By CARTER BROOKE JONES. The special House committee in vestigating the National Labor Re lations Board, which has been closeted In executive session fre quently since public hearings were adjourned indefinitely Wednesday, declared in a brief statement issued last night that the group of five waa making every effort to “reach a unanimous decision” on a prelimi nary report expected to recommend sweeping changes in the Wagner Act. The committee took notice of newspaper stories “undertaking to forecast the future report of this committee as to proposed changes in the National Labor Relations Act.” No Conclusions Reached. Thus far, said the statement given out by Chairman Smith, “no de cision, agreement or disagreement has been reached as to any amend ment.” The statement explained: “Neither the committee nor any member of its staff has given to any member of the press any statement with re gard thereto. Any newspaper pub lications as to what the report of the committee may be are purely speculative. Such articles have also indicated a sharp division amongst the members of the committee as to the proposed amendments. Many Proposals Submitted. “We desire to state, first, that the committee has had under considera tion and brought to its attention from various sources a very large number of proposed amendments, all of which are still under consid eration. No decision, agreement or disagreement has been reached as to any amendment. “The deliberations of the commit tee have been entirely harmonious and continue to be so.” The committee was expected to hold another executive meeting to day. Hearings are not likely to be re sumed until some time in April. U. S. C. of C. Backs 4 Changes. Meanwhile, the Chamber of Com merce of the United States an nounced its membership had ap proved by referendum four more amendments to the Wagner Act. They are: That employers be required to bargain with a labor organization only as the representative of union members who individually have given it authority to bargain for them. Protection of the act should be withdrawn from employes during any period in which they are vio lating an agreement reached through collective bargaining. The act should prohibit unfair labor practices by employes and their representatives. The extent to which an employer must be engaged in interstate com merce before becoming subject to the act should be clarified. Seven other amendments pre viously were approved by the cham ber. These concern additional right* of employers, repeal of the “sanc tion of the closed shop” and changes in the board's functions and pro cedure. Degges Divorce Granted Mrs. Ruth B. Degges, 3726 Con necticut avenue N.W., former artist with the American Red Cross, today was granted an absolute divorce de cree from Charles B. Degges, former secretary of the Board of Education, on the ground of desertion. Mr. Degges’ address was given as the Capital Yacht Club. The decree was signed by Justice Jennings Bailey in District Court. He directed that Mr. Degges pay $25 monthly for the support and maintenance of their child.