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Pair, continued warm tonight and to- ^ ■ r TO HI Pr€SS to Home morrow morning; local thundershowers Mly^k %./•,i . ., # and cooler tomorrow afternoon. Tern- M ■ 4 Within the fiOUT peratures today—Highest, 94, at 2 p.m.; ■ ■ ■ ■ lowest, 72, at 5:13 a.in. W j I ■ Wr • Most people m Washington have The From the United States Wcatner Bureau report. W I I th*'r homes *very Full details on Pase a-3. evening and Sunday morning. Closing N. Y, Morkets—Soles, Foge 14._^ ^____ , m Meant Associated Press. 88th YEAR. No. 35,154. WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, JULY 30, 1940—THIRTY-TWO PAGES.*** THREE CENTS. »■ - ■ ■■■■1 ■ ■■ ■ ■ ' ... ■■■■ ■■ ■ . — - - _ *! Nazi Warplanes Again Blast at British Coast Thames Area Towns Are Hardest Hit in Repeated Raids Br the Associated Press. LONDON, July 30.—German war planes struck punishing new blows on Britain’s coast today, taking an Undisclosed toll of civilian life with air attacks that continued through night and day. Heaviest hit were towns on the East Coast, above and below the mouth of the Thames. A lone Nazi raider, dumping his heavy bombs in several salvos on a congested working class district, killed several persons, one of them an infant, in a southeast town. Sev eral others were injured, some buried under the debris of shattered build ings. The bombs burst on houses along a narrow street, destroying four on one side and three on the other. Nazi Bombers Shot Down. In another raid on an East An gilian town, on the coast northeast of London, the Ministry of Home Security said, “some damage was done to property and there were some casualties, a proportion of which were fatal.” Most of the relentless German air warfare was along the coasts of England nearest to France, where the Nazis have been piling blow on blow apparently to “soften” Britain for a blitzkrieg invasion. A new tally on the wholesale sky flights yesterday over the Eng lish Channel harbor of Dover— closest to the Nazi-held French coast—increased the unofficial toll of downed German warplanes to 25. Two Nazi bombers were shot down today. One was officially reported bagged In the early morning forays and the air ministry later announced that #'an enemy bomber was shot down off the northeast coast of Scotland shortly after noon today by fighters of the R. A. F.” Raiders Revisit Objectives. After raids before dawn over Southwest England, German air men revisited their objectives dur ing the morning and dropped at least nine high explosive bombs on two areas. Four persons were slightly injured and some houses wen damaged in one bombed district. In the other, the Germans were said to have found no target. Screaming bombs—supposed to make air raids even more terrify ing—apparently defeated their own purpose in a northeastern town. "I was leaving my house by a side door to go to a shelter when I heard the screaming of the first bomb,” a 65-year-old laborer related. “Instinctively, I jumped back and closed the door behind me. There was a terrific explosion in the street a few yards away and the door was blown out of my hands. “If I had not heard the screaming noise I would have walked right into the bomb attack.” Spain and Portugal Sign New Consultation Pact Bj- the Associated Press. MADRID. July 30.—Spain and Portugal were linked today by a new pact calling for immediate consulta tion if either should be threatened With attack. It was stated the agreement would Hot affect existing alliances or treaties the countries have with other nations. (Portugal long has been friendly with Great Britain, while Nationalist Spain leans toward the axis powers, which helped Generalissimo Fran cisco Franco's forces win the Span ish Civil War.) The new agreement, signed yes terday as a protocol to the Spanish Portuguese non-aggression treaty concluded March 18, 1939, is effective Immediately. The protocol provides that either of the Iberian peninsular neighbors may take the initiative in such con sultation “whenever events may be foreseen or take place which by their nature may threaten the inviolabil ity of their respective metropolitan territories or constitute a danger for their safety or independence.” 1 _ District Man, 72, Drowns On Fishing Trip Frank Edinger. 72. of 316 T street N.E., a carpenter, was drowned in the Patuxent River near Broomes Island last night, according to an Associated Press dispatch from Prince Frederick. Md. Mr. Edinger, father of six children, was sitting in the back of the boat of Capt. George Mister when he fell overboard. He and other members of his family had been fishing. His son, William Edinger, 35, a printer living at 1325 Staples street N.E., dived after him, but failed to recover the body. Dragging opera tions were continued today. Mexican Troops Guard Against Oil Sabotage By th« Associated Press. MEXICO CITY. July 30—The Ministry of National Defense today ordered all commanders of military cones embracing oil fields to exercise special vigilance against any at tempts to damage machinery or property or to endanger petroleum workers. Bulletin VICHY (/P).—The United States Government has advised France it approves of the nomination of Senator Henry Haye as Ambas sador to Washington, it was of ficially announced todav. The Senator, Mayor of Versailles l speaks fluent English. f A British Navy to Guard Windsor, Ignoring U. S. Neutrality Law Duke Scheduled to Sail From Lisbon Thursday on American Liner By the Associated Press. LONDON, July 30—Regardless of United States law that United States ships shall avoid armed convoys, the American Export liner Excalibur will probably travel under the pro tection of British guns on its next westward crossing if the Duke and Duchess of Windsor are on board. (The British Embassy at Lis bon. Portugal, announced last night the Windsors were sailing Thursday.) Three United States diplomats, as well as the Windsors, may have British naval units hovering over them as they return home—John Cudahy, Ambassador to Belgium; I William Phillips, Ambassador to ; Italy, and George Gordon, Minister to the Netherlands. Traveling an Unusual Risk. The British are going to take no chances that the Duke, recently ap pointed Governor General of the Bahamas, might be removed from the Excalibur by German or Italian j patrols, and the navy therefore, in ; formed sources said, will keep a "sort [ of long distance watch” on the ship. "Obviously we have to see that he doesn't get taken off,” these sources said. The British themselves are per fectly aware of this danger, for they have frequently removed axis power ! nationals from ships operated by the Japanese and Italians since the start British Co-operation With U. S. in Surplus Disposal Hinted Blockade Is Tightened; Fear Expressed Spain May Declare War By the Associated Press. LONDON. July 30.—The possibil ity of British-American co-opera tion on the general question of world surpluses was disclosed to the House of Commons today by Hugh Dalton, Minister of Economic War fare. Britain, he said, has intimated to the United States Government her ! "great interest in the general ques 1 tion of world surpluses" and her readiness to co-operate “in the study I of any possible solution of these [ problems.” His statement was in reply to a question asking whether he would consider steps to assist the United States in finding markets for Amer ican surpluses. Mr. Dalton also disclosed that Britain was sending an agent to Spain this week end to confer with Spanish officials and Sir Samuel Hoare, British Ambassador to Ma drid, on Spain's oil requirements. War With Spain Feared. A high neutral diplomatic source predicted that Spain would declare war on Great Britain “within a week or so" if the British attempted to clamp a strict blockade on Spain. Italy, this source noted, moved swiftly toward war after Britain tightened the blockade against her. Such an eventuality, this source asserted, would tie in with Japanese pressure in the Par East and inten sified German air attacks on British ports, apparently all part of a "grand squeeze" to try to force Britain into peace negotiations. ! Germany s seizure or "the western I European coastline has greatly j changed the conditions of economic warfare” and Britain, therefore, | "must now control not only ship ping approaching the Mediter ranean or the North Sea, but all shipping crossing the Atlantic Ocean,” Mr. Dalton told the House. “The British government have decided to extend the navicert sys tem to all ship-borne goods con signed to any European port, as well as to certain Atlantic islands and to certain neutral ports in North Africa," he disclosed. An order-in-council giving effect to these changes will be issued “forthwith,” he said, but added that the government does not intend to extend the British blockade to cer tain neutral countries, as has been suggested. Secret Debate Begins. Where “supplies can reach such neutrals without risk of falling into enemy hands,” he said, Britain will permit "imports adequate for do mestic consumption, but not for re export.” This was believed to be a refer ence to Spain. Mr. Dalton said that contraband (See “LONDON, Page A-37) $25,000,000 for I. V. A. Defense Passes Senate By the Associated Press. A $25,000,000 appropriation to en able the Tennessee Valley Authority to supply more electric power for the national defense program was approved by the Senate today with out a record vote. The Senate passed the legislation speedily after taking it up late yes terday. A similar measure was be fore the House. Senator McKellar, Democrat, Of Tennessee obtained the Senate vote on the appropriation, requested by the National Defense Commission, after a brief explanation and with almost no discussion. Senator McKellar said the vast expansion of airplane production in the United States was dependent on increased production of alumi num and that the additional power must be supplied for aluminum plants built or under construction in the T. V. A. area. Senators Miljer, Democrat, of Ar kansas and Hoiman, Republican, of Oregon, after announcing their sup port for the $25,000,000 appropria tion, suggested that future Govern ment projects be scattered among other power sites in the United States. f of the war. While the Duke's case doesn’t exactly parallel those In stances, government sources said, it seems evident that he will be travel ing at an unusual risk. An authority on International law pointed out that the carrying of in dividuals who are members of the armed forces of an enemy places a vessel in the position of a neutral ship liable for seizure for contra band. In this case it’s the former King, who until a month ago was serving with the British Army in France. U-Boat Might Take Chance. Some quarters here doubted the ability of the Germans to seize the ship, but conceded there was a pos sibility that a submarine might take a long chance and try it. In that event, it was remarked, the submarine might forbid the ship [ to use its wireless to call a British warship, under threat of shelling. It was assumed here by govern . ment sources that the stopping of | the Excalibur was something the | United States had already taken into consideration. These sources \ pointed out, however, that if the | Windsors' trip were made in the usual wartime secrecy on a con voyed British ship the Germans and i Italians would be unlikely to know | the Windsors were traveling at all. These sources therefore believe some assurances have been given I that the ship will not be halted. 'Act of Havana' Ready For Signature of Americas Today Argentines Agree, but Reserve Decision On Participation (Text of declarations on eco nomics. subversive activities and neutrality, page A-16.) By G.ARNETT D. HORNER, Star Staff Correspondent. HAVANA, July 30—The good neighbor policy developed by the United States was carried to a new peak today in agreements by 21 American republics lor an unprece dented extent of common action against dangers from abroad to po litical and economic security of the Western Hemisphere. Most important of the measures ready for signature at today's con cluding session of the American Conference of Foreign Ministers following unanimous approval last night, provide for inter-American assumption of control over Euro pean possessions in this hemisphere if necessary to preserve New World peace and outlined methods for strengthening economic co-opera tion. Plans for joint action against sub versive activities emerged in a final form much weaker than originallv I proposed by the United States and a number of other nations, au thorizing only exchange of informa tion and further consultation if re quested by any nation acutely en dangered by such activities by for eign diplomatic or consular agents in their territories. Argentine Agreement Qualified. Secretary Hull had advocated an agreement to establish equal respon sibility among all the Americas for suppressing "fifth-column” activities in any one of them. Apparently he compromised on this point to facili tate an agreement for vigorous ac tion concerning New World posses sions of conquered European na tions, which he is convinced in volve the most immediate threats to hemispheric security. Argentina’s agreement to the “act of Havana.” embodying a program for emergency steps to prevent con quering nations gaining direct or indirect control of these possessions, was accompanied by a reservation in effect leaving to the Argentine gov ernment the decision on whether it participate in such steps. Dr Leopoldo Melo, the Argentine delegate, added to one act a state ment that his signature did not (See HAVANA, Page A-3.) Woman Doctor, 72, Dies SAN FRANCISCO, July 30 </P).— Dr. Adelaide Brown, 72, retired physician and former president of the Women Physicians of America, died yesterday. Summary of Today's Star Page. Amusements, B-16 Comics . B-14-15 Editorials .. A-6 Finance ___A-13 Lost. Found.B-10 Page. Obituary __.A-8 Radio _B-14 Serial Story.B-18 Society _B-3 Sports ..A-18-12 Woman’s Page, A-9 Foreign England's coast blasted by Nazi Planes. Page A-l Britain to co-operate with U. S. on surpluses. Page A-l Windsor to run risk of capture on U. S. liner. Page A-l "Act of Havana" ready for signature today. Page A-l Germans say raiders destroyed 257, 000 tons of shipping. Page A-3 Japanese Army seizes more foreign ers as spies. Page A-3 Notional. Senate group postpones action on conscription bill. Page A-l Bandits rob Asbury Park bank mes sengers of $108,000. Page A-l Contracts provide for 1,500.000 more gas masks for Army. Page A-2 Ford reaches 77, confident of world’s future. Page A-4 Washington and Vicinity. Committee meets today to act on D. C. representation. A-l Sumners Group Delays Action On D. C. Vote • 'Good Deal of Work' Remains to Be Done, Chairman Says The House Judiciary Committee today delayed action on the Sumners resolution providing a constitutional amendment empowering Congress to grant national representation to the voteless residents of the District of Columbia. Meeting behind closed doors in what a sign on the committee door described as an “exclusive session.” the members spent nearly two hours considering the resolution. After ward. Chairman Sumners told news papermen: “The committee still has a good deal of thinking and a good deal of work to do before it acts on the resolution.” May Meet Again Thursday. While the committee adjourned subject to call of the chairman. Representative Sumners indicated he might call another special ses sion Thursday to resume consider ation of the resolution. The only •‘outsider” who appeared before the committee was Paul E. Lesh, a vice chairman of the Citi zens’ Joint Committee on National Representation, the organization that has long campaigned to give voting privileges to the people of thg District. Mr. Lesh, it is understood, was called before the committee chiefly for questioning as a lawyer about the jurisdictional features of the national representation plan. "We felt no lawyer in Washington knows more about the subject than Mr. Lesh,” said Chairman Sumners. Letter Presented to Sumners. Before appearing before the com mittee, however, Mr. Lesh and Jesse C. Suter, another vice chairman of the Citizens' Joint Committee on National Representation, presented a letter to Mr. Sumners restating the organization’s position in favor of national representation on funda mental grounds. iThe text of this letter appears on page 2. > Twenty-three of the 26 members of the Judiciary Committee attend ed the session. The only absentees were Representatives Tolan of Cal ifornia and Creal of Kentucky, Dem ocrats, and Vreeland of New Jer sey, Republican. Chairman Sumners told news papermen the committee members spent most of their time questioning I Mr. Lesh. He admitted, however, that ramifications of his national : representation resolution also were ! discussed. Provides Nothing New, He Soys. In addition he said: ‘The resolution provides for nothing more than the people of the District now have. It merely au thorizes Congress to grant suffrage after approval of a constitutional amendment." Thirty-six, or two-thirds of the States in the Union, must ratify ; the constitutional amendment, Mr. Sumners explained, before Congress ! could grant national representation to the District. Questioned about his statement that the committee might eliminate from the resolution a provision that would authorize Congress to dele fSee REPRESENTATION,>grA^57) Potomac Savings Receiver To Pay 5 Per Cent Dividend A dividend of 5 per cent, amount ing to $100,963.70. will be paid to 8,500 depositors in the closed Po tomac Savings Bank, Georgetown, beginning tomorrow, it was an nounced today by Receiver Justus S. Wardell. Post cards have been mailed to de positors notifying them when to call for their checks at the receiver's office, 1614 K street N.W. Mr. War dell asked depositors not to ask for their dividend checks until notified. Depositors must bring with them the post card notification and receivers’ certificate. If the certificate has been lost, Mr. Wardell states he will "accept written security covering the lost instrument.” There still remains in custodv of the receiver a sum of more than $11,000 which depositors have not yet claimed from previous dividends. The Potomac Savings Bank pre viously hfcs paid a total of 701 i per cent. The claims filed total $2,019,273.98. but there are still some depositors who have not filed their claims Student flyer killed in fall from plane near Alexandria. Page A-l President discusses farm problem with Midwest leaders. Page A-4 District a leading city in number of traffic lights. Page B-l Sports Fight marks Brooklyn's victory over Pirates. Page A-10 Variety Club seeks Louis-Baer bout here in fall. Page A-ll Lacey’s ringer streak may cause trouble for Henson. Page A-12 Editorial and Comment This and That. Page A-6 Answers to Questions. Page A-6 Lettrrs to The Star. Page A-6 David Lawrence. Page .A-7 Alsop and Kintner. Page A-7 G. Gould Lincoln. Page A-7 Constantine Brown. Page A-7 J. Franklin. Pag$ A-7 Miscellany Vital Statistics. Page A-8 Service Orders. Page B-5 Nature's Children. Page B-16 Bedtime Story. Page B-14 Letter-Out. Page B-14 Winning Contract. Pag»B-15 Uncle Ray’s Corner. PageB-15 Crossword Puzzle. k Page B-15 HOUSE I Judiciary" i COMMITTEE I Still Waiting Bridge Leap Victim Is Identified as Mrs. Ruth A. Hart Bride of Less Than A Year Jumps From Calvert Street Span BULLETIN. Mrs. Antonia K. Barker. 33. of 1473 Irving street N.W., who was found unconscious on the steps in front of her apartment this morning following a fall from the third floor, died shortly after noon at Gallinger Hospital. The bodv of a young woman who plunged to her death from the Cal vert Street Bridge shortly after mid night was identified this morning | Mrs. Ruth Arline Hart. 22. of 1321 Kenyon street N.W., a bride of less than a year. The body was identified by a ; lawyer in the office where Mrs. ! Hart had been employed. Her hus j band. C. W. Hart, a clerk at the i Charles Tomkins Construction Co., was notified of his wife's death and was taken home in a hysterical condition. Police planned to in terview him later today. Detective Makes Discovery. Detective Sergt. Fred Rawlin son of the Homicide Squad was credited with discovering the young woman's identity after her body had lain in the Morgue for some hours. He discovered a wedding band on her finger which was inscribed with the initials “C. W. H. to R. A. A., 10-27-39." He went to th marriage ' license bureau and looked up the licenses issued around that date until he found a couple with those ! initials. Mrs. Hart's office address was given in the city directory and Sergt. 1 Rawlinson reached George H. Mitch I ell. 2101 S street N.W., a fellow employe. He identified the body. Mr. Hart had called the Public Re lations Squad about 10 a m. to report that his wife was missing. Sergt. Rawlinson knew nothing of this call and later phoned Mr. Hart to notify him of his wife's death. The woman was seen to go over the side of the bridge by a taxicab driver, who was passing at the time. He rushed to the scene in an effort to stop her, but was too late. Was Killed Instantly. Mrs. Hart was killed instantly when her body struck the surface of Rock Creek Parkway, about 100 feet below the spot from which she had leaped. An Emergency Hospital am bulance doctor pronounced her dead. She had been employed in the ! office of Martin T. Fisher, a patent attorney, at 1341 G street N.W. An other young woman in the office told police that Mrs. Hart had been in the best of spirits when she left work last night, and had promised to come in early today to help out with some extra work. Came Here From Iowa. She had come to Washington from Iowa about four years ago with her sister. Last October she was mar ried. Her husband informed police that she left home about 11:30 o'clock last night. Meanwhile, at Gallinger Hospital, doctors were attempting to save the life of Mrs. Antonia K. Barker. 33, of 1473 Irving street N.W., who was found unconscious on the steps in front of her apartment this morn ing after a plunge from the third floor Police said that two neckties were knotted around her neck. She was found by George D. Lewis, a janitor in the apartment. Her condition was said to be critical. Mrs. Barker had been a stenog rapher at the Veterans’ Administra tion, resigning a few months ago. She had been in poor health since giving birth to a child during the winter, a friend said. Judge Patterson Wins Senate Confirmation By the Associated Press. The Senate confirmed today the appointment of Judge Robert Por ter Patterson, New York Republi can, as Assistant Secretary of War. Chairman Sheppard of the Sen ate Military Affairs Committee ob tained unanimous consent for an arrangement to permit Judge Pat terson to be sworn in at once. Judge Patterson, who succeeds Louis Johnson to the "little cabinet” post, is a long-time friend of Henry L. Stimson, Republican selected by President Roosevelt as head of the War Department. . Nazi Troops Massed All Along Channel, Radio Reports By the Associated Press. NEW YORK. July 30.—Heavy massing of German troops in Nazi-occupied France across the Channel from England was reported today by Edwin Hart rich, C. B. S. correspondent who just has toured the area. Moving only under the cover of darkness, he said, they are mobilizing in tremendous num bers toward the French coast from Marseille as far north as the Belgian Channel ports. He said the touring corre spondents were warned by their military guides not to divulge in which direction the troops were moving. Bandits Get $108,000 In Jersey Holdup Of Bank Messengers Escape After Daring , Theft Before Scores In Asbury Park By the Associated Press. ASBURY PARK, N. J.. July 30 Three bandits armed with shotguns roobed two bank messengers of $108,000 in cash in front of the post office today and in full view of scores of spectators. They escaped through the con gested traffic of this shore resort's main thoroughfare in a dark sedan bearing Pennsylvania license plates. The holdup took place at 9:50 a m James Forsythe, vice president and cashier of the Asbury Park Na tional Bank & Trust Co., estimated the loss and said it was covered by insurance. The money was con j signed lrom the bank to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and was being taken to the post office. Mr. Forsythe said the messen gers, Clarence Barton and Joseph Sturm, were accosted by the ban dits as they stepped from their car in front of the post office building. Messenger Sturm was armed. The robbers wore dark glasses. A few minutes earlier two mes sengers for the Seacoast Trust Co. arrived at the post office and were inside depositing $52,000 as the rob bery was staged. Mr. Forsythe said that during the holdup a fourth man remained in the bandit car with the engine running. High of 97 Forecast Today, With Slight Break Tomorrow BULLETIN. Several thousand employes of the Agriculture Department were let off at 2 p.m. owing to the heat. Earlier the District Build ing employes were excused. The Weather Bureau’s forecaster was in an optimistic mood today. After predicting the mercury would reach 97 today, he said tomorrow afternoon and night would be “not quite so warm.” Thundershowers tomorrow after noon will herald the arrival of some cool air, he said. But he did not hold any hope that the heat wave, which goes into the 12th straight day of 90 temperatures, would let up today. At 1:30 p.m. the reading was 93.4. Yesterdays heat was broken temporarily by showers in the after noon, after a number of persons had received hospital treatment for prostration and at least two had died under circumstances which sug gested that they were heat victims. 94 Yesterday’s High Mark. The high mark yesterday was reached at 2:50 p.m., when the mercury hit 94. Showers and thun derclouds cooled the city, the mer cury dropping 11 degrees during the next hour. The night was comparatively cool, with a low of 72 reached at 5:15 am. Federal agencies in non-air-con ditioned buildings turned workers loose early yesterday afternoon. Coroner A. Mawuder MacDonald Student Flyer Killed Near Alexandria in Fall From Plane Parachute Opens Too Late to Save Life of Navy Enrollee Charles M. Roberts, 26, of Hunt ington, W. Va„ a student pilot at the Naval Air Station, was killed today when he fell from a service plane, piloted by a Navy instructor,! near Beacon Field, south of Alex- ' andria, Va. It was said the plane was flying at an altitude of about 600 feet when Mr. Roberts, sitting in the co-pilot's seat, was thrown out when th^plane struck an air pocket. Mr. Roberts' body was removed to the Alexandria Hospital. The plane from which Mr. Roberts fell was being piloted by Lt. T. W. Wagner, an instructor at the Naval Air Station. Lt. Wagner, a Naval Reservist, who had been on active duty for five years, declined to dis cuss the incident, explaining that he was prohibited fiom doing so by service regulations. Dr. C. A. Ransom of Falls Church, Fairfax County coroner, issued a certificate of accidental death after an inquest at Alexandria Hospital. “There was no evidence ofTered to explain the failure of the student's safety belt to work,” he said. Dr. Ransom said it was brought out at the inquest that Lt. Wagner saw the student's parachute open as he neared the ground, but apparent ly it opened “a few seconds too late to break his fall.” The inquest was conducted in , privacy, Dr. Ransom later explaining that such is the custom in military accidents. The plane in which Mr. Roberts was flying had left the Naval Air Station at Anacostia a short time before the accident, practicing land ings and take-offs at the Alexandria Airport, which has been in use for i some months as a training center for the Navy's student flyers. Mr. Roberts enlisted in the Navy July 15 for a one-month flight train ing course, hoping to qualify for entrance at the Pensacola School as a Navy airman. Several other in structors and students were at or near the airport at the time of the accident. Chamberlain Better LONDON, July 30 (A>).—Former Prime Minister Chamberlain was re ported today to be making “satisfac tory progress" following yesterday’s intestinal operation. had scheduled autopsies today on the bodies of two persons whom he believes might have been heat vic tims. They were: Hale Sears Buffinton, 32. painter, of 330 Tenth street N.E., who col lapsed after coming home from work and died a short time later. William Beckwith, 50, of 1303 P street N.W., who collapsed at 1901 Twelfth street N.W. and died a few minutes later. Nation's Death Toll 765. A certificate of death due to heat prostration was issued by the cor oner last* night in the death of Marion Williams, 45, of Swissvale, Pa., who died Saturday near the Lincoln Memorial. Washington was keeping no mo nopoly on hot weather, as Associated Press reports from other parts of the country indicated the prolonged torrid wave had caused the Nation’s death toll to rise to 765. Illinois reported 74 deaths at tributed to heat prostration, most of them in Chicago. Ohio's total was 36, Michigan’s 35, Pennsylvania's 34 and Wisconsin's 29. Showers brought temporary re spite in the Lake region and at scattered points in the Atlantic and Gulf States, the Appalachian dis trict and the upper Ohio Valley. Torrential rains in the foothills west of Fountain, Colo., caused extensive damage to crops, washed out rail road tracks and delayed automobile (See WEATHER, Page A-2.) Guard Request Delays Action On Conscription . -• * Senate Committee To Start Hearings on President's Appeal By J. A. O’LEARY. . The Senate Military Affaits Cofn-, mittee postponed final action today on the compulsory military training bill and decided to start hearings at ' once on the President's request f^r authority to mobilize the* National « Guard. Just before the committee assem bled, Chairman Sheppard repealed that during his week-ond cruisfc with Pi''sident Roosevelt he gained the "definite impression” that Mr. Roosevelt favors the Burke-Wads worth training bill in its present form. Senator Sheppard indicated the comments of the President were all favorable. Although the President referred in general terms to selective service legislation in his defense message of July 10, this was the first inti mation of how he feels toward the specific pending measure. Hearings Start This Afternoon. Announcing that hearings on mobilization of the National Guard will start at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Chairman Sheppard said there is a possibility the committee may decide to bring that bill out first, since the Army program contemplates get ting the State militiamen into camp before the first increment of selec tive service trainees are called out. The brief executive session of the Senate committee revealed further sentiment for narrowing down the 18-to-64 age limits for registration of the Nation's man power. Senator Austin of Vermont, rank ing Republican on the committee, advanced the definite suggestion that the bill be confined to those be tween 21 and 31—the group the Army has indicated it would turn to first. Senate Majority Leader Barkley said debate on the military training bill would not have started until next Monday even if the committee had acted today, so that no actual delay will result from the decision to have the committee give further study to the detailed provisions. Senator Barkley also predicted that the National Guard mobiliza tion bill would be taken up first. Meanwhile. Senator Burke. Demo crat. of Nebraska, co-author of the training bill, said he would have no objection if Congress wants to change the registration age limits to 21 to 45. since all of the men for active military training would come from that range in any event. Byrnes for Compromise. Senator Byrnes. Democrat, of South Carolina, a strong adminis tration supporter, already had iome out for some compromise on regis tration age limits, describing ihe bill in its present form as too far-reach ing. He made it clear, however, he had not discussed the subject with the President. Senator Byrnes said he would favor limiting the measure to those likely to be called for Army and Navy duty in the near future. As the bill now stands all men fiom 21 to 45 would be liable for military training while those between 18 and , 21. 45 and 64. would have to register for possible assignment to home de fense units. More Time Sought. After studying the bill last week, the Senate committee had a re draft ready for a final vote this morning, but Chairman Sheppard explained later that committee members not preserft last week wanted more time to acquaint them selves with the changes recom mended. On the House side, the Military Affairs Committee began hearing a long list of additional witnesses, starting with Right Rev. Msgr. Mi chael J. Ready, general secretary of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, who suggested that "the possibility of a one-year voluntary enlistment program should be ex hausted before resorting to a com pulsory one.” He asked also that the exemption for ordained clergymen be extended to include seminaries and members of religious communities. During the executive session of the Senate committee several mem bers also suggested that efforts be made to strengthen the new pro vision written into the bill lgst week to safeguard the jobs of men called from private industry for one year of training. As it stands the bill gives definite assurance of reinstate ment to Government employes. In the case of private industry, it seeks to make it an unfair labor prac tice for a concern engaged in in terstate commerce to fail to rehire a trainee, unless the employer's sit uation has become such as to make it impossible or unreasonable. Gen. Marshall to Testify. Senator Sheppard announced that Gen. George C. Marshall. Army chief of staff, and Maj. Gen. John P. Williams, head of the National Guard Bureau, would be the first "(See CONSCRIPTION, Page A-4.)" Six Missing After Blast In Heart of Camden, N. J. CAMDEN, N. J„ July 30 (A5).—Six persons were unaccounted for today two hours after a fire broke out in the Hollingshead Co.'s block-long plant following an explosion. Six teen employes were treated at a hospital. The explosion occurred at the noon hour. Flames spread rapidly and leaped to buildings across the street from the automobile paint and grease manufacturing plant, lo cated in the heart of Camden. The plant employs 300 persons. George Gumbrell, 21, who escaped from the basement, said he feared that four girls and two men had been trapped there.