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Fair, not quite so cold; lowest tonight about 33; tomorrow Increasing cloudi ness, warmer; rain tomorrow night. Temperatures today—Highest, 41, at S p.m.; lowest, 28, at 6 a.m. From the United States weather Bureau report. Fun Details on Paae A-2. Closing New York Markets, Page 22. 'From Press to Home Within the Hour' Most people in Washington have The Star delivered to their homes every evening and Sunday morning. iA*) Means Associated Press. 88th YEAR. No. 35,283. WASHINGTON, D. C.t FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1940 -SEVENTY-TWO PAGES. *** THREE CENTS. Greeks Reported in Argirocastro; Badoglio Out as Duce's Staff Chief; British Battle Raider in Atlantic 1 Hellenes Push On After Capture Of Porto Edda By the Associated Press. BITOLJ, Yugoslavia, Dec. 6.—Dis patches reaching the Yugoslav bor der said Greek troops occupied Argirocastro, Albania, about noon today after bloody fighting, and took more than 1,000 prisoners. A number of heavy cannon, ma chine guns and other war material were reported captured by the Greeks as they swept into that for mer base of the Italians in South western Albania. The report that Argirocastro was occupied has not been confirmed officially or unofficially in Athens ! or Rome. Porto Edda Capture Officially Announced ATHENS, Dec. 6 UP).—An official announcement today said Greek troops had occupied Porto Edda. one of the Italian Army's main bases in; Southern Albania. The fall of Argirocastro, another Important Italian military base. 15 miles northeast of Porto Edda. was expected at any moment, the Greek high command said. Greek troops also were reported advancing rapidly westward from Premet, on the Central Albanian front, where the mountain pass south of Klisoura was said to be under the Are of their artillery. Klisoura is about 10 miles west of Premet. Reports from the front previously had said both Porto Edda and Argirocastro were aflame and Greek leaders expressed belief retreating Italian troops had set fire to equip ment and supplies to keep them from falling into the hands of the Greek Army. Reports from Porto Edda said the Greeks entered the town early today after the Italians cleared out hur riedly, leaving behind virtually all their vast war material assembled there. They placed the torch to what supplies they could before J leaving, however, the Greeks said. The Greeks found in the harbor an Italian destroyer they declared • had been sunk last Wednesday by British bombing planes shortly after It arrived to take out Fascist staff | officers. 1 The Italian position in Porto Edda became untenable, the Greeks ex plained, when their forces captured the nearby towns of Lykursi and Vyroni. The main battle in the southern sector, meanwhile, appeared devel oping in the vicinity of Klisoura. j road junction north of Argirocastro. Annies Moving Forward. The Greek high command, in a terse communique, declared its armies were moving forward along the entire 100-mile front in Albania extending from the Adriatic Sea to the Yugoslav border. The Greek advance westward from Premet toward Tepelini, 30 miles Inside Albania, threatened to cut the line of retreat for Italian forces reported falling back from Argiro castro, which is situated about 15 miles southwest of Premet. Greek columns were said to be driving on Argirocastro from both the south and east. A Greek spokesman said reports from the front indicated a "persist ent” Itajian retreat from Porto Edda. The high command indicated the Italian air force was offering stiff resistance to the Greek push on this front. On the northern wing of the front the Greeks said the last Italian troops had been dislodged from mountain positions in the Pogradetz area and that the Greek advance was continuing toward Elbasani. Italian losses in this area were de scribed as heavy and the Greeks said they had captured more than 500 prisoners. (Reports from Yugoslavia, which also told of continued Greek advances toward Elba sani, placed the number of Ital ians taken prisoner at 1,500.) 500 Machine Guns Seized. The Greeks estimated they al ready had seized more than *8.000. 000 worth of equipment abandoned by the retreating Italians. More than 500 machine guns were said to be among the loot. Some of the captured arms, in cluding six heavy guns seized in the advance beyond Premet, have been turned on their former owners, the Greeks said. Italian warplanes were reported to have bombed the Greek island of Corfu again yesterday, but damage was officially described as slight. The Greek Admiralty denied today As "a fantastic invention” the Italian Claim yesterday that the Fascist submarine Delflno sank a Greek de stroyer November 29 in the Aegean 6ea. ' The naval announcement, report (See GREEK, Page A-7.) Bulletin NEW YORK, Dec. 6 </F).—A giant Army bomber, dispatched by President Roosevftt on “a mission which might save a life,” took off from ice-encrusted Mitchel Field today with Senora Carlos Davila, ailing wife of the former President of Chile. It was bound for Santiago and its late springtime. The first stop was to be Miami. English Say Nazis Fled Scene, 700 Miles Off Uruguay Atmed Merchant Cruiser Carnarvon Castle Damaged 'Slightly/ Admiralty Admits Bj the Associated Press. LONDON, Dec. 6.—A fierce, long range encounter between a German ‘Q-boat”—disguised raider—and the British armed merchant cruiser Car narvon Castle, in which the British ship suffered “slight damage” and the German was said to have fled, was reported today by the Admiralty. It was learned authoritatively the battle occurred in the South At lantic approximately 700 miles northeast of Montevideo. Uruguay, where three British cruisers drove the German pocket battleship Ad miral Graf Spee to self-destruction last December. This would be well within the American neutrality zone. (Informed quarters in Monte video placed the battle 1,000 miles northeast of Montevideo. It was said the Carnarvon Castle would reach Montevideo next Monday, presumably for repairs.) The Admiralty acknowledged “some casualties” aboard the Carnarvon Castle, 22.122 tons. It left open the question of damage to the oppo nent—“a fast and heavily armed Many Made Homeless As Waves of Planes Raid Portsmouth Private Property Suffers Heavy Damage During 3-Hour Nazi Attack By the Associated Press. PORTSMOUTH. England. Dec. 6. —German bombers sweeping over in waves killed a number of persons and inflicted heavy damage to pri vate property in this south coast naval base last night in a con centrated, three-hour assault. A large number of persons were made homeless by the bombs which i were declared to have been aimed at I the civilian population. Rescue workers dug into debris of leveled homes throughout the day in search of possible victims. Home Secretary Herbert Morrison, here for a speech, inspected the damaged areas and afterward asserted: "All ranks seem to be animated with the right spirit, which is: ‘We are going to stick this business out and the enemy is not going to get us down.’ ” Congratulates City. “I really congratulate the city for the brave -spirit with which it has stood up to the attack.” the Home Secretary continued. "Portsmouth is a city of great civic tradition and long associations (See RAID, Page A-4.) German raider disguised as a merchant ship.*” (A German announcement said a British auxiliary cruiser had been "severely damaged” in an engagement in the South At lantic with a German auxiliary cruiser.) "It is not yet known what damage was inflicted on the enemy raider, and she was last reported to be steaming north at high speed away from the scene of action,” the com munique said. The British themselves developed the Q-boat in the World War when the name was given to mystery war ships masked as innocent tramp steamers. They were one of Brit ain's great weapons against Ger man submarines. It was the second engagement between British and German ves sels within the Western Hemisphere neutrality belt since the Graf Spee i battle. On July 29 the 22.209-ton British merchant cruiser Alcantara fought it out with a German mer I < See BATTLE,"Page A-4.) Famous Observatory And Windsor Castle Nazi Bomb Targets Time Ball Continues To Function; Globe And Clock Damaged By the Associated Pres*. LONDON. Dec. 6.—Greenwich Ob servatory waa damaged in a recent air raid, but the famous time ball continues to function, British sources disclosed today. The revolving globe, the observa tory clock and parts of the tele scope room were damaged by high explosive and Are bombs. It was also disclosed that three bombs fell in the grounds of Wind sor Castle, residence of English sov ereigns up the Thames from Lon don, in a recent air raid. One of the sections damaged in the observatory bombing was built in 1675 from designs by Sir Christo pher Wren. Bones were blasted recently from graves of ancient ScotUsh Kings and Queens by bombs dropped on Edin burgh’s Holy rood House, it was also learned. Windows of the palace were broken by bombs striking close to the ruins of the old chapel. “The Ring.” one of London's famous boxing halls, also was dam aged. On Blackfriars foad, it was built in 1782 and originally was a chapel. In the Windsor Castle attack one (See OBSERVATORY, Page A-7.f U. S. to Fall Easily After Europe, Says Speech Laid to Key Nazi \ Economic Dictatorship Promised; Actual Slavery Pictured as Lot of Conquered 'How the North American Newspaper Alliance and Life Maga zine came into possession of this amazing speech, delivered in May, 1940, by Walther Darre. Germany’s Minister of Agriculture, to a group of high Nazi officials, cannot be divulged. Nevertheless, after thorough investigations, it has been learned that there are satis factory reasons for believing that this speech is authentic as briefed here. It is being published simultaneously by The Star and Life Magazine. Herr Darre is a key man in the Nazi party—he was listed among the first 10 candidates on Hitler’s "unified ballot” back in 1933—and has long been known as a representative of the extreme wing of the party. In a dispatch to the New York Times on June 28, 1934, Fred erick Birchall made reference to "the more radical Nazi element personified by Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Minister of Propaganda), Wal ther Darre (Minister of Agriculture) and Dr. Robert Ley (head of the German Labor Front).” Darre and Dr. Alfred Rosenberg have been the principal supporters of the neo-pagan German faith movement, harking back to the pre-Christian religion of the ancient German ' tribes. Resume of a speech by Dr. Walther Darre, Reichsminister of Food and Agriculture, to a number of high German officials May, 1940— As important officials of this country in which you have suffered for 20 years under the oppression of a foreign race and which has now been returned to us by God, I deem it proper to inform you of the nearest future of our great nation. The greater part of the members of our National Socialist Party is not yet sufficiently ripe fully to comprehend the innermost plans and intentions of our government, nor can such plans and intentions be imparted to the masses. I Appeal to your sense of solidarity, to the knowledge that you are kinsmen (volksgenossen) of a nation predestined to rule the whole world, and to your conscience, not to divulge to others anything that I will say here today. Such action would forever exclude any one of you from our midst/ would exclude him from living in the sphere of our blessed union (gemeinschaft), and most certainly would cost the traitor his life. I do not wish to elaborate on this further, as, being selected members who are faithful unto death to the Fuehrer and to our ideal, I have complete confidence in you, and make this private address to you in order to pour into your hearts the confidence which you will need in the near future. In fact, in the next hours. We are facing a great phase of our further offensive. In the next few days our armies srtll strike hard on the west of Europe and will destroy with one blow our eternal enemies. Everything is most carefully prepared entirely and totally to crush our opponents. With complete deliberation and without sentimentality we shall destroy France, as this wretched nation de serves no other fate. The Trench * are a nation of fanfarons and idlers, and the fists of our good soldiers will teach these greedy pleasure seekers and rotters to work hard for us. After the military defeat in this state, a complete social revolution will follow therein, and the French, who for years have spread poisonous and loathsome lies about our na tion and our Fuehrer, will welcome us as saviors who will deliver them from the hell of war. We have many friends in France, in Belgium, and most of them in Holland. These friends are not only our kinsmen resident there, but also many mem bers of those nations. Some of them have adopted the Fuehrer’s doctrine; some of them are dis placed officials of former regimes; some of them are ambitious to gain prominent positions; some who will not resist the temptation of money; (Baa DARK*. Fags A-iJ Cavallero Named Successor Amid Reversal Reports B» th« Associated Preaa. ROME, Dec. 6.—The resignation of Marshal Pietro Badoglio as chief of the Italian general staff was an nounced officially today. He was replaced by Gen. Ugo Cavallero, veteran of three Italian wars and until recently commander of the Italian forces in East Africa. < Badoglio s resignation coin cided with reports from Athens of new Greek successes against Italian forces on the Albanian battle front. < The Greeks claimed additional advances in all sectors and re ported that retreating Italian troops had put the torch to their Southern Albanian bases of Porto Edda and Argirocastro to prevent capture of war supplies they could not take with them.) During the Greek campaign Mar shal Badoglio's name rarely has been mentioned, although he was second only to Mussolini in the high command. Roberto Farinacci, Fascist leader, criticized him. how ever, in the newspaper Regime Fas cist a on November 23. declaring vic tory in Greece was certain despite "some improvidence and untime liness on the part of the head of the general staff." SUIT Chief 15 Yean. Marshal Badoglio. Italy's most famed soldier, sometimes called the “Italian Hindenburg.” had been chief of the general stall for 15 years. As such, he had supreme command of all three branches of the nation s fighting forces. A communique an nouncing the resignation gave no reason, saying only that it was “on his own request.” Gen. Cavallero, who is 60 years old. nine years younger than Mar shal Badoglio. first fought in the Libyan war of 1912-13 and won the bronze medal for military valor. At the beginning of the World War he served as an aide to the army chief of staff and later was named chief of operations in the high command. In this office he was credited with playing an im portant part in reorganizing Italian defenses on the Piave after the Cap oretto disaster and directing the campaign which led to the final Italian victory of Vittorio Veneto. Given Highest Decoration. • For his services in this critical phase he received the nation's high est military decoration, the military order of Savoia. Gen. Cavallero retired from active service after representing Italy for two years on the Inter-Allied Mili tary Commission at Versailles. In 1925 Premier Mussolini named him undersecretary of war. He occupied this post three years, carrying out extensive reorganization of the army. He was made a senator in 1926 and was named commander of Italian forces in East Africa in 1937, but recently had not been on active duty. Marshal Badoglio, whom Mussolini called upon to vanquish Ethiopia for Fascist Italy when the Italian cam paign bogged down, did not join the Fascist party until he had sealed his triumph over Haile Selassie's empire. Chief of state when the Black Shirts marched on Rome, Marshal Badoglio was reported to have as sured King Victor Emmanuel that he could, if ordered, disperse them with a single regiment. But the King decided to invite Benito Mus solini to form a government and Marshal Badoglio offered no opposi tion to the new regime. Soon after Mussolini achieved power he sent Marshal Badoglio to Brazil as Ambassador, Badoglio re ceiving the diplomatic appointment, it was believed at the time, because he was too useful, too strong with the army and too popular with the people to dismiss altogether. His position as Italy’s foremost military strategist was so strong, however, that Mussolini called him back to direct reorganization of the Italian war machine in 1926. Marshal Badoglio first marched to battle as an artillery lieutenant (See BADOGLIO, Page~/PT) Louisville Firms Protest Fort Knox Contract Br the Associated Press. LOUISVILLE, Ky„ Dec. 6.—Three Louisville electrical contractors pro tested today that the War Depart ment granted a Port Knox contract to a New York firm at a figure ap proximately $59,000, or 40 per cent above their bid. The protests were sent to Senators Barkley and Chandler and Repre sentative O’Neal by the Marine, Walter B. Diecks and Theobald elec tric companies, which said their bid was $142,945.60 and the bid of the New York concern $201,863.60. Senator Barkley telegraphed from Washington that Army officials had told him because of the “size of the job and speed necessary in comple tion of contract within 24 days” they did not think the Louisville com panies “sufficiently strong finan cially” to undertake the work. The companies said material for the job would not cost more than $49,000 and that this had been pledged by Louisville jobbers. Two banks, they added, wired the War Department that the firms had ample, credit and Dun A Bradstreet, credit-rating concern, listed one of the companies for first-class credit up t* $50,000. £ .. Among other conlnm$| handled by the firms was a $50if# jpb at the Fort Knox gold vatd$||# /IFAVOR MILLIONS \ FOR YOUR DEFENSE. \ i JOHN, BUT NOT ONE \ ENGINE FOR YOUR ) \SZ PLANES I vi / Puzzling Distinction Circuit Court Upholds Removal of Morgan As T. V. A. Head President Had Power To Dismiss Chairman, U. S. Judge Rules By the Associated Press. CINCINNATI. Dec. 6—The Sixth United States Circuit Court of Ap peals today upheld dismissal of Ar thur E. Morgan as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Affirming lower court dismissal of Dr. Morgan's suit, in which he sought recovery’ of $4,583.33 alleged due in salary'. Judge C. C. Simons of Detroit cited a Supreme Court case which said: ‘‘The power to remove executive officers appointed by the President is conferred upon him by the Con stitution and so may not be abro gated by statute.” Removed for “Contumacy.” Dr. Morgan, president of Antioch College. Yellow Sprihgs, Ohio, was removed by President Roosevelt March S3, 1938. for "contumacy.” Previously the tall, gray-hsired edu cator had been at odds with fellow members of the T. V. A. Board. Dr. Morgan filed suit against the T. V. A. and Board Members Har court A. Morgan and David E. Lili enthal, charging that his ouster was illegal and void and “could be ac complished only by concurrent ac tion of the Senate and House of Representatives.” District Judge George C. Taylor of Knoxville. Tenn.. dismissed the action August 25, 1939, because of its "failure ot state a claim upon which relief can be granted.” Predominantly Executive. Today s opinion said in part: ‘'it requires little to demonstrate that the Tennessee Valley Authority exercises predominantly an execu tive or administrative function • * * The board does not sit in judgment upon private controversies, or con troversies between private citizens and the Government, and there is no judicial review of its decisions, except as it may sue or be sued as may other corporations. “It is not to be aligned with the Federal Trade Commission, the In terstate Commerce Commission or other administrative bodies mainly exercising clearly quasi-legislative or quasi-judicial functions—it is pre dominantly an administrative arm of the Executive Department.” Reached at Yellow Springs, Dr. Morgan said he was "not prepared at this time” to say whether he would appeal to the United States Supreme Court. “I shall have to consult my attor neys,” he declared. 50 Flee Hotel Fire WATERLOO, Iowa, Dec. 6 OP).— Fifty guests fled to safety here early today from a fire which de stroyed the Hawkeye Hotel. W. W. Gallup, owner of the building, placed the loss at $40,000. New Ship Joins Fleet Every 72 Days Bj the Associated Press. New fighting ships are joining the fleet at the rate of one every 12 days, the National Defense Commission reported today. Making public an analysis of the Navy’s $7,700,000,000 ship construc tion and alteration program, the commission said its study showed shipbuilding time had been cut ma terially. “The 40-month building period for completing cruisers has been cut as much as one-eighth," it continued, “and submarine construction time has been cut from 30 months to 24 months. Destroyers under construc tion are being launched three months ahead of schedules." Mentioning some short cuts, the commission said a completed Diesel engine was installed in one ship being built at the Tampa (Fla.) shipyards instead of being assembled in the ship piecemeal. The analysis showed contracts awarded for ship construction to date totaled more than $3300,000,000. The remaining portion of the au thorized total would be utalized far armor, armament and equipment, the commission said, to be con 1 tracted for as the ships approached OOBBpletlOBa U. S. Employes Stand Behind Santa of Christmas House Cash and Goods for Capital's Needy Find Their Way to His Pack * Behind the whiskers of Santa Claus are the whiskers of Uncle Sam. Christmas joy for needy youngsters in this town is now flooding from the rank and file of Government workers. Up to the window of The Star’s Christmas House yesterday hurried a young man with a heavy burden. He carried a great box filled with bright, red sweaters, yellow-haired dolls, warm, blue socks, tough little footballs, toy pianos and games in vented just to steal away the heart of a child. He jingled $12.50 in cash—and told N. B. C. Announcer Dorian St. George this, too, was going to The Star's Yule campaign, so certain Washington children will have the experience (unusual for them) ot tasting rich, nourishing food. He was Hardaway Young, Jr., delegated by 100 unnamed workers of the Treasury Department, Pro curement Division, Emergency Branch, to bring their gift. They had collected it in two days, as soon as they heard of the city-wide ap peal of this season by The Star, the tSee CHRISTMAS, Page A-3.) Dictograph Figured In Sniper Inquiry, Detective Admits Police Dehy, However, Device Was Installed To Hear Attorney An admission that a dictograph figured in police questioning of John Eugene Eklund. 25, now under in dictment in jthree “sniper” murders, was made today by Chief of Detec tives Bernard W. Thompson. Inspector Thompson said, how ever, that the device had not 4ieen installed in a No. 3 precinct station cell for the purpose of listening in on a conversation between Eklund and an attorney. He said, further, that the dicto graph was7 resorted to in an effort to substantiate information given police by an informer, that such information had been substantiated before the attorney entered the cell and that "nothing of importance to the investigation” was obtained from the conversation between at torney and client as picked up by the voice recorder. Police Officer Summoned. The detective chief's statement to reporters followed charges by James Kirkland, Eklund s present counsel, that investigators had used a dicto graph to record a confidential con versation between Eklund and an attorney who preceded Mr. Kirkland in the case. Inspector Thompson is one of a group of police officers and detectives summoned to appear Wednesday at a special hearing of a Senate com (See SNIPER, Page A-2J Christmas House Broadcasts If you're in the vicinity of ■ Christmas House, at Eleventh street and Pennsylvania ave nue N.W.. at any of the WMAL broadcasting periods, stop by to make a contribution and take part. Representatives of or ganizations can arrange to ap pear on one of the broadcasts by calling NAtional 5000 and asking for Christmas House. Today 4:29 to 4:30 P.M. 7:15 to 7:30 P.M. Tomorrow 10:39 to 19:45 A.M. 8:30 to 8:45 P.M. D. C. Needy to Get j $6,800 From 1889 Inaugural Surplus Commissioners and Civic Leaders Agree to Use Money for Poor (Picture on Page A-2.) Accrued interest of $6,800 on a trust fund set up from a surplus left payment of expenses of the in augural of President Benjamin Har rison in 1889 will be disbursed through District welfare officials to needy persons in the District. This was decided today by the Commissioners and a group of civic leaders, who ordered that $3,000 be spent in the near future and the balance kept for later needs. Under the terms of the trust the interest can be spent only for fuel and clothing. Conrad Van Hyning, assistant di i (See TRUST FUNDS, Page A-7.)“ Bulletin VICHY, France (Jf). — The United States Embassy was re ported tonight to have protested against 0 German detention of a former Embassy receptionist, Mrs. Elisabeth Deegan, on what were unofficially described as charges that she aided British officers to escape from occupied France. (Earlier Story on Page A-2.) Summary of Today's Star Page. Page. Amusements, Radio .D-16 D-12 Serial Story C-6 Comics D-H-ll Society _B-3 Editorials __A-12 Sports _D-l-4 Finance_A-21 Woman’s Lost, Found D-6 Page..D-5 Obituary __ A-15 Foreign. Argirocastro reported captured by Greeks. Page A-l Badoglio resigns as Italian chief of staff. Page A-l British battle Nazi raider in Atlan tic. Page A-l Many left homeless in raid on British south coast town. Page A-l United States acts to protect Mrs. Deegan. Page A-2 Britain's health declared better now than during World War. Page A-3 National U. S. reported ready to build Eng land 60 ships. Page A-l U. S.-British financial discussions open at Treasury. Page A-l Court upholds removal of Morgan as T. V. A. head. Page A-l Stewardess dies, raising airliner toll to nine. Page A-l Jones and Prentis address insurance executives. Page A-Z Washington and Vicinity. Liberal draft policy In working wife cases indicated. Page B-l Reciprocal credits on D. C. income tax urged. Page B-l Southeast residents win interline bus transfers. Page B-l Editorial and Comment. Letters to The Star. Page A-1Z This and That. Page A-12 Answers to Questions. Page A-1Z David Lawrence. Page A-13 G. Gould Lincoln. Page A-13 Constantine Brown. Page A-13 Jay Franklin. Page A-13 Jay G. Hayden. Page A-13 Miscellany. Service Orders. Page A-10 City News in Brief. PageB-24 Christmas Story. Page C-7 Nature’s Children. Page C-10 Vital Statistics. Page D-6 Bedtime Story. Page D-10 Letter-Out. Page D-10 Winning Contract. Page D-ll Croes-Word Puzzle. Page D-ll Uncle Ray’s Comer. Page D-ll British Finance Data Given in 73-Minute Talk Vital Parley Held By Morgenthau and English Official By BLAIR BOLLES. Sir Frederick Phillips, Undersec retary of the British Treasury, spent an hour and 13 minutes with Secre tary of the Treasury Morgenthau this morning, outlining British re sources and the cost of vital war supplies for England in the United States. Specialists from the State and Tresaury Departments attended the meeting, believed to be a prelude to a decision by the administration on the question of arranging credits for England in the United States. Sir Frederick said after the meet ing he had taken the opportunity of finding what particular poin s on the British balance sheet Mr. Mor genthau wished him to cover. Hp plans to see the Secretary again on Monday. Policy Matters Avoided. The British expert said no ques tion of policy had arisen during today's conversation. He empha sized that the discussion concerned a “state of facts.” However, in answer to a ques tion he said the facts were directed toward illuminating the problem of British purchases in the United States and resources available for those purchases. No mention was made. Sir Frederick said, of World War debts and no reference aros» concerning the transfer of British island possessions in the new world to this country in exchange for re sources usable in financing British buying. The islands question “is outside my scope altogether,’’ Sir Frederick said. Plans Not Disclosed. The length of Sir Frederick s sta In Washington and the names of other persons with whom he will discuss British financial affairs was not disclosed. He said no suggestion had come to him from Congress that he appear at the Capitol and added that it would not enter into his head to seek a discussion with Secretary of Commerce Jones, the Federal Loan administrator^ He indicated that his schedule of conferences with American officials rested in large part on the sugges : lions of Merle Cochran of the Treas ury Department, who was by hi= side as he spoke with the press. The conference in Secretary Mor genthau's office was interrupted at one point by the reporters waiting in the anteroom. A secretary was sent by Mr. Mor genthau to the newsmen to ask I them to be mere quiet. G. H. S. Pinsent, financial attache of the British Embassy, accom panied Sir Frederick to the con ference. Undersecretary of the Treasury Bell and H.’ D. White, Treasury expert, also were present. Between now and Monday Sir Frederick said he would be in touch with the Secretary of the Treasury. He said that his last visit, in July, kept him m North America three weeks—one week here, one in New York and one in Canada. But at that time tile British financial problem had not been aired, and his presence in this country caused little public stir. Before entering the Treasury. Sir Frederick told newsmen who asked about loans that he was "not up to that stage now.” Controversy Aroused. %The Phillips visit was the climax today of a controversy stirred up a few weeks ago upon the return to the United States of Lord Lothian. British Ambassador, when Lord Lothian said Britain was near ing the end of its financial re sources for purchases in this coun try. and might soon need financial, as well as material, help. Before the discussions at the '■ Treasury began. Senator Nye. Re 1 publican, of North Dakota an nounced that he and a group of colleagues were ready to battle to the bitter end against any attempt i to extend financial aid to the British. Senator Nye told newsmen that this opposition bloc would' base its fight on the contention that loans to Britain "mean actual entry into | war.” He predicted that a proposal for loans would be accompanied by I one for "American naval convoy of British supplies.” As the financial talks opened, the (See BRITISH AID," Page A-7.). Christmas Buying Today’s Star is full of ad vertisements containing the most attractive offerings of the merchants. You cannot fail to be interested and it will pay you to read them care fully in planning your shop ping for tomorrow. Shop early in the morning, if possible, for your comfort and convenience. Yesterday’s Advertising (Local Display) Uaw. The Evening Star_ 92,236 2nd Newspaper_ 38,273 3rd Newspaper_36,861 4th Newspaper-... 28,656 Yesterday’s Circulation The Evening Star Thursday, Dec. 5,194S, *162,167 Thursday, Dec. 7,1939, *156,034 Thursday, Dec. 8,1938, *146,299 Two years’ increase 15,868 •Return* tram newutand* not deducted sad as Maple* included.