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Weather Forecast
Cloudy, rain this afternoon and to
night; warmer this afternoon; colder
tonight, lowest about 37; tomorrow fair.
Temperatures today—Highest, 54, at 1
p.m.; lowest, 35, at midnight.
From the United States Weather Bureau report.
Full Details on Paae A-2.
Closing N. Y. Markets—Sales, Page 13.
BHHiHKli m 1. M—m
An Evening Newspaper
With the Full Day's News
Associated Press and iJPi Wirephotos. North
American Newspaper Alliance. Chicago
Daily News Foreign Service and The Star a
Staff Writers. Reporters and Photographers.
UP) Meant AwdaM Prett.
88th YEAR. No. 35,284.
Italian Chief
In Dodecanese
Islands Resigns
Recapture of Some
Albanian Points
Claimed by Rome
B> the Associated Press.
ROME. Dec. 7.—Just short of a
half-year of active participation
in the European war, Italy has
ordered imprisonment and crop
confiscation for recalcitrant Italian
farmers and “greatest impetus'’
in production of war materials while
making a second sensational change
in her high command.
Gen. Count Cesare Maria de
Vecchi di Val Cismon. one of the
original big four of Fascism with
Benito Mussolini, resigned today
his command in the strategic
Dodecanese Islands and was suc
ceeded by Gen. Ettors Bastico.
Yesterday Chief of Staff Marshal
Pietro Badoglio was replaced by
Gen. Ugo Cavallero <and a broad
cast today by the British Broad
casting Corp. quoted “neutral
sources’’ at Rome for a report that
Cavallero would confer shortly with
the chief of the German high com
mand. Gen. Field Marshal Wilhelm
Yugoslavs to Co-operate.
With the Fascist high command
reporting recapture of some Al
banian positions by counterattack
against the Greeks 'after a series
of drastic reverses'. Italian political
circles derived great satisfaction
from Fascist dispatches reporting a
willingness by Yugoslavia to co-op
erate with the Rome-Berlin axis.
Foreign circles awaited some sign
as to whether this "co-operation
would go so far as to permit Italian
supplies or even troop® to cross
Yugoslavia to another sector of the
Balkan war front, although indica
tion of any such possibility was
lacking in Italian quarters.
The Italian dispatches from Bel
grade, Yugoslavia's capital, quoted
Premier Dragisha Cvetkovich on the
collaboration idea.
(The Associated Press disp>atch
from Belgrade yesterday said
Cvetkovich declared Yugoslavia
would co-op>erate in building a
“new order" in Europe, but that
“you can be sure she never will
permit to come into the question
our security, independence and
freedom." Addressing the Bel
grade municipal deputies, the
Premier spoke of Yugoslavia's
“policy of neutrality and friend
ship with her neighbors.")
Co-operation Non-military.
Yugoslavia s co-operation with the
axis generally was expected, how
ever. to be economic and political
rather than military, although some
other countries which joined the
axis—such as Hungary and Ru-,
mania—have invited technical and
military assistance. Hungary's for
eign minister, Count Stefan Csaky, I
will visit Belgrade next week.
“Italians regard with great satis- '
faction the desire expressed by Cvet-!
kovich for co-operation with the
axis within the framework of the
new European order,” correspon
dents were told.
“It means that work developing
in the Balkans is fully understood
and appreciated by Yugoslavia.
“It is all the more important
because it wras completely spon
(Authorized sources in Berlin,
asked today whether there is any
diplomatic activity centering on
bringing Yugoslavia into the axis,
said that relations of such nature
and that constant contact is
Greeks Press Strongly.
The high command said the Greeks
continued to press strongly against
the Italian left flank in the moun
tains west of Pogradetz, but de
scribed their operations in the Argi
rocastro sector on the other w’ing as
limited to "local attacks."
The communique made no mention
of Greek claims to have captured
Porto Edda, southwest of Argiro
The high command did not specify
In w'hat sector the Italians made the
counter attacks reported to have re
gained ground from the Greeks.
The communique said only:
"Our counter attacks have given
us possession again of various posi
tions. Alpine battalions, the 2d
Regiment of Bersaglieri and the 26th
Artillery of the army corps have
particularly distinguished them
Despite "decisively unfavorable
weather conditions and strong anti
(See ROME, Page A-3.)
Five Die as Army Truck
And School Bus Collide
Bi the Associated Press.
LANCASTER. Calif., Dec. 7.—
Four soldiers and a 14-year-old boy
were killed in a collision of an Army
truck and a school bus near here
last night. Twelve other children
were Injured.
Soldiers pitched pup tents over
wreckage of the truck—with two j
bodies still inside and a third;
nearby—and stood guard pending
an inquiry.
Howard McCaleb. 14, died today.
Officers at March Field air base
headquarters listed the soldier vic
tims as William G. Scarth, 19, March
Field, the driver; Edwin O. Slater, 49,
and Neel W. Urling. 50, both of River
side, and Clifford L. Noyes, Crest
line, Calif.
Albert Guthrie, 42, the school bus
driver, and Mary Mansfield, 16, were
described as critically hurt.
A hero of the tragedy was Robert
Barnett, 15. Although he suffered
a sprained back, he helped to safety
two girls trapped beneath a seat in
the overturned bus. then noted that
one, Almeda McCaleb, had been
nearly scalped. He folded the skin
back In place, bound and held it for
nearly an hour until a physician ar
Abandonment of Argirocastro
By Italians Is Reported
Greeks Declared Striking at Enemy Fleeing
Across Peaks Toward Three Key Towns
Bs the Associated Press
ATHENS. Dec. 7.—Italian forces
were reported today to have aban
doned Argirocastro. leaving parts of
the inland Albanian base in flames.
Dispatches from the front said Greek
troops, advancing on Argirocastro
from several directions, had estab
lished contact preparatory to occupa
The road between Porto Edda and
Delvino and the road south of Argi
rocastro already are occupied by
Greek forces, it was said. The high
command announced yesterday that
Porto Edda. 15 miles southwest of
Argirocastro and the main sea gate
way to supply the Italians, had
Dispatches from the front said at
least 3.000 prisoners were captured
yesterday, along with more than
100 howitzers.
The howitzer was one of the Ital
ians' principal weapons in the at
tempt to invade Greece which the
Greeks turned into a counter-inva
sion of Italian-held Albania. .
Many prisoners, it was said, have
been transported to Greek camps
in the last four days by plane to
facilitate their movement over the
mountainous frontier region.
Greek units were reported ad
vancing from Porto Edda with a
new battle cry—"Tirana by Christ
mas'” Tirana is the Albanian capi
The Greeks were reported striking
full force at Italian forces retreating
: across the last mountain ridges to
ward Albanian foothill strongholds
of Chimara, Tepelini and Elbasani.
Beyond these key towns the jum
: Died ridges through which the Greeks
I have driven their fierce counter
1 invasion drop away quickly to the
coastal plain and lowlands along the
A government spokesman declared
Greek advance units were pushing
steadily beyond smoldering Porto
Edda in fighting contact with the
Italian rear guard which sought to
I cover the Fascist withdrawal up to
the coastal road to Chimara, 20 miles
Tepeleni. where the road north,
like that through Chimara, leads to
| the important port of Valona. was
reported menaced also by a Greek
thrust from the east.
The Greeks were said to be driving
a_spearhead toward Tepeleni from
(See ATHENS, Page
—A. P. Wirephoto.
U. S. Will Construct
Four Huge Aircraft
Assembly Plants
Auto Factories to Make
Parts; 40,000 Planes
A Year by 1942 Seen
the Associated Press.
Prospective use of automobile
factories in the manufacture of
military aircraft today boosted to
40.000 planes a year the production
rate which defense officials expect
to attain sometime in 1942.
Four huge plants to assemble'
into finished units airplane parts
made in motor car factories are to
be constructed west of the Missis
sippi River, under plans of the War
Department and Defense Commis
sion. Sites for two with a combined
capacity of 2.400 medium two
motor bombers a year were an
nounced yesterday. One will be
built at Kansas City, Mo., and the
other at Omaha, Nebr.
The other two plants planned, it
was reported, will turn out four
motor bombers at the rate of 1.200
a year. The locations of these two
were not announced but it was
understood that one site at Tulsa,
Okla., was under consideration.
Operations Due in 15 Months.
Officials estimated that 15 months
would be required to get the new
assembly factories into mass pro
duction. Their output, it was ex
plained, will be in addition to that
of regular airplane factories, ex
panding now toward a production
rate of 36.000 planes a year by
early 1942.
The assembly plan was reported
authoritatively to represent a re
vision of an earlier proposal to
have motor car manufacturers turn
out parts for 12,000 bombers.
That figure was used by William
S. Knudsen. production chief of the
Defense Commission, when he met
with automobile manufacturers at
Detroit in October. Under the
present program more than three
years would be required to produce
12,000 bombers.
Each to Employ 10,000.
Construction details of the Kan
sas City and Omaha assembly
plants are still under negotiation
but preliminary estimates placed
the cost of each at $7,500,000 to
$10,000,000. Each will employ 10,
000 to 12,000 persons.
These two and the two for which
sites are yet to be announced are
expected to turn out planes costing
$1,000,000,000 a year at present
prices of $200,000 for a two-motor
bomber and $400,000 for each of
the four-motor type.
The Kansas City plant will be
operated by North American Avia
tion Corp. of California and the
Omaha plant by the Martin Co.
of Baltimore.
McDonald B. & 0. Director
By the Associated Press.
BALTIMORE. Dec. 7 —Daniel Wil
lard. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
president, today announced election
of Stewart McDonald, deputy Fed
eral loan administrator, to the road's
board of directors.
Spanish Government
Negotiates With U. S.
On Loan for Food
Hull Declines Comment
On Report Credit Depends
On Continued Neutrality
By the Associated Press.
Secertary of State Hull said today
that diplomatic negotiations were
| under way with the Spanish govern
ment involving the possible exten
sion of credits for foodstuffs. No
agreement has been reached.
(The Associated Press reported
on November 14 that Spain had
requested a loan or credits of
$100,000,000 with which to feed
and rehabilitate the nation, but
that action on the request was ex
pected to await clarification of
Spain's position in the European
In reply to questions based on a
report from Lisbon that Alexander
Weddell, American Ambassador to
Madrid, had presents an offer to
provide credits for foodstuffs and
raw materials on the understanding
that Spain would stay out of the
war, Mr. Hull confined himself to
the statement that discussions were
under way.
The Lisbon report said the United
States was expected to provide
credits for purchases of wheat, frozen
meat, gasoline, cotton and rubber
in this country in amounts between
$100,000,000 and $250,000,000 on the
understanding that none of the
goods would be transshipped to Ger
The report added that while Mr.
Weddell had not been able to obtain
a public declaration that Spain
would not enter the war, a compro
mise had been reached by which
Spain would send notes to the United
States and Great Britain saying that
it was not foreseen that Spain would
enter the conflict.
Army Will Give
Extended Leave
As Yule Gift
As a Christmas gift from Uncle
Sam to the men in arms the War
Department today ordered suspen
sion of military training from noon j
December 21 to reveille January 2 j
The extended holiday applies to
those who entered the service prior j
to November 1. Training for those ;
recruited or drafted since November i
1 will be suspended from noon De- I
cember 21 to reveille December 26 '
and from noon December 31 to j
reveille January 2.
Railroads have authorized a spe- l
cial furlough fare of 1 cent a mile
for military personnel traveling in
uniform at their own expense while i
on Christmas and New Year leave, j
Many thousands are expected to
take advantage of the reduced rates
to return home.
To further accommodate the new
men of the Army the number of
enlisted men allowed to go on fur
lough from any command has been
increased to 15 per cent of its pres
ent strength. This percentage is
understood to apply to ordinary fur
loughs granted from time to time.
U.S. Steps to Aid
Greece Assured
By Roosevelt
Help Promised in
Exchange of Messages
With King
The United States is taking steps
to extend “aid to Greece, which is
defending itself so valiantly," Presi
dent Roosevelt assured King George
II of Greece in an exchange of mes
sages made public today.
The Greek King informed Mr.
Roosevelt in a message dated De
cember 3 that “all moral and mate
rial assistance will strengthen the
heroic Greek Army and will bring it
nearer to victory" in its fight “for
the principles of justice, truth and
In his replv Thursday. President
Roosevelt remarked that "all free
peoples are deeply impressed by the
courage and steadfastness of the
Greek nation." adding:
"As your majesty knows, it is the
settled policy of the United States
Government to extend aid to those
governments and peoples who de
fend themselves against aggression.
I assure vour majesty that steps are
being taken to extend such aid to
Greece, which is defending itself so
Negotiates for Purchases.
Immediately after Italy started
its attempted invasion of Greece,
the Greek government began negoti
ations through its Legation here and
the American Legation in Athens for
the purchase of vital military equip
ment in the United States.
Officials here annouced that the
Greek appeals for aid were re
ceiving sympathetic and favorable
consideration, with further negoti
ations centering primarily about the
mechanics of how Greece might
secure prompt delivery of American
wai planes and other supplies.
It was disclosed last week that an
agreement had been reached in prin
ciple to the effect that Greece would
have full opportunity to purchase
i military equipment here, with de
| liveries depending on waiving of
priororities by either this Govern
ment or Great Britain. Airplane
1 factories in particular are booked to
capacity with American and British
government orders.
It is understood that the United
States Army and Navy are reluctant
to release for shipment abroad any
more of American military produc
tion than involved in the 50-50 ar
rangement with the British, so that
deliveries to Greece appeared to de
pend on British willingness to waive
priority on some of their orders.
No Comment on Planes.
There was no official comment
immediately on whether Mr. Roose
velt's message to the Greek King
might indicate that some of the
planes and other equipment ordered
by this Government would be al
lowed to go to Greece.
The exchange of messages between
King George II and the President
was made public at the State De
partment. Delivered through the
Greek Legation here, the message
from King George II read:
“In this hour in which my coun
try is engaged in a hard and unequal
struggle, forced upon it by an en
emy whose actions are motivated by
cruelty and violence, I am deeply
moved by the warm sympathy and
the keen interest manifested by the
great Nation whose destinies you
"The noble American people have
often in the past rendered assistance
to my country in all critical mo
ments of its history, and the recent
organization of the Greek War Re
lief Association is further proof that
philhellenism continues to inspire
Americans of today in their lofty \
"Guardians across the seas of the
ideals for which throughout the cen
turies Greeks have lived and died,
Americans today are aware that the
Greek nation is again fighting for
the principles of justice, truth and
(See GREEK^AID^ Page” A-2.)~
Trainload of Wounded
French Reach Toulouse
B) the Associated Press.
VICHY, Prance, Dec. 7.—A hospi
tal train bringing home sick and
wounded prisoners of war arrived at
Toulouse yesterday from German
occupied France.
A trainload of 600 other wounded
French soldiers being repatriated
from internment in Switzerland was
expected today at Clermont-Ferrand.
Summary of Today's Star
Church News.
Comics B-12-13
Editorials _ A-10
Lost, Found B-7
Obituary A-12
Financial _.A-13
Radio _ B-12
Real Estate.
Serial Story.B-7
Sports A-14-16
Woman’s Page.
Italian chief in Dodecanese re
signs. Page A-l
Numerous fires started in new Nazi
raid on Bristol. Page A-l
British sea captain describes mas
querading Nazi raider. Page A-2
Procope asks help to avert famine in
Finland. Page A-3
Repair work slated on British cruiser
damaged in battle. Page A-3,
Nazi raider’s speed credited for escape
from British cruiser. Page A-12
French farm structure reorganized
on corporative basis. Page A-12
“Erroneous” statements laid to Dies
by Jackson. Page A-2
Donovan reported on way to Europe
on “secret” mission. Page A-2
U. S. may give destroyers for use of
Mexico bases. Page A-3
New plana provide for boost in war
plane production. Page A-S
Survivors of sunken tug recover in
hospital. Page A-4
Hatch pledges fight for princioles of
Logan-Walter bill. Page A-7
Seattle mills closed as vast lumber
strike spreads. Page A-S
Fast gridiron to boost Redskins’
chances against Bears. Page A-14
Purchase by Farley of Yankees soon
to be announced. Page A-14
Midwest, with three players, tops
All-America eleven. Page A-15
Eastern rebuilding basket team with
green material. Page A-16
Editorial and Comment.
Answers to Questions. Page A-14
Letters to The Star. PageA-10
This and That. Page A-16
David Lawrence. Page A-ll
Pertinax. Page A-ll
Constantine Brown. Page A-ll
Gould Lincoln. Page A-ll
Jay Franklin. Page A-ll
Service Orders. Page A-6
Vital Statistics. Page A-9
Christinas Story. Page A-16
Bedtime Story. PageB-12
Winning Contract. PageB-13
Uncle Ray’a Comer. PageB-13
Nature’s Children. Page B-14
City Newt In Brief. Page B-14
If Julius Could See Him Now!
Boy, 70, Gives Up His Trait
To Aid Christmas Fund
Every Gift Now Rings a Bell;
Ice Skaters to Help Campaign
The following letter, accompanied by a $5 bill, arrived yester
day at The Star's Christmas House:
“To The Star Christmas fund—
“My name is Stanley Greenberg. I attend Barnard School and
live at 218 Emerson street N.W. and am 10. I earned $1.50 selling
Christmas cards and saved $3.50 so I cam buy a train for Christmas.
“But after reading your pleas, for poor familys and their
children so they will have something for Christmas and seen the
picture in your Wedesdav Star. I de
cided to mail my $5 to your Christ
mas fund and if you will write and
tell me how I may donate a Christ
mas basket, I will get my dad to
do it.
Toy Matinees Planned.
It is youngsters like this—plus the
grownups—who are preparing un
expected Christmas joy for thou
sands of families now facing only
bleakness. You, too. may help by
sending your contribution to Christ
mas House, in care of The Star. If
you bring it to the House, at Elev
enth street and Pennsylvania ave
nue N.W., you are invited to be
heard on the air at any of the
WMAL broadcast periods.
Chimes of a great iron bell are
resounding around Christmas House
now as gifts stream in. Each con
tributor is asked to haul on the bell
cord as he puts his gift into Santa's
One who rang it on the WMAL
“ < See CHRISTMAS, Page A-3.)
Christmas House
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 organi
zations can arrange to appear
on one of the broadcasts by
calling NAtional 5000 and asking
for Christmas House.
8:30 to 8:45 P.M.
No broadcasts. Christmas
House closed till 8:30 a m. Mon
dav. Come Monday or mail your
German Raiders Start
Numerous Fires in
New Bristol Attack
Number of Casualties
Reported, With Many
Buildings Damaged
LONDON (/P). —Britain de
tached a “powerful force" of
bombers from their usual nightly
raids on Germany last night and
blasted airdromes from which
the Germans are attacking Eng
land, the Air Ministry said today.
At Chateaudun and at Melun,
only 27 miles southeast of Paris,
successful raids were reported.
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, Dec. 7—Bristol, one of
Britain's chief west coast ports and
the gateway through which many
of her sea-borne war supplies have
been flowing into the industrial Mid
lands. bore the brunt of German
bombing attacks during the night,
the government reported today.
Numerous fires were set by the
raiders and a hospital and many
other buildings were damaged, a
communique said. A number of
persons were reported killed and in
R. A. F. bombers shot down two
axis bombers in engagements today,
it was learned officially.
Manchester University and the
College of Technology were among
the buildings hit by Nazi raiders
in Northwest England last night,
it was disclosed today.
Bombs Dropped in Wales.
A few bombs also were dropped in
the southern part of England and in
South Wales, a government com
munique said, but it added that for
the most part German air activity
over the island was “not on a heavy
scale.” No bombs were reported at
all in London.
(Cable communications of
Western Union and Commercial
Cables Cos. between New York
and London were interrupted for
several hours last night. Western
Union reported when its lines were
restored after an interruption of
6 hours and 15 minutes that the
break was caused by “trouble in
the vicinity of Bristol, England.”)
“Many incendiary bombs were
dropped and some serious fires
started” in the Bristol Channel pent,
the communique asserted, but all
were brought under control quickly.
The raid ended before midnight.
Among the buildings reported hit
in the new raid were a church, a
motion picture theater and a furni
ture warehouse. The hospital re
ported bombed suffered many
broken windows, but there were no
(See LONDON. Page A-4.)
17 Iron Firm Officials
Quit as Japan Seeks
To Offset Embargo
Action Is Confession
Demonds for Greater
Output Cannot Be Met
Chicago Dally News Foreign Correspondent.
TOKIO, Dec. 7.—Another symptom
of Japan's strenuous struggle to
neutralize the consequences of the
American embargo came to the sur
face today with announcements of
the mass resignation of all 17 di
rectors of the Japan Iron Manu
facturing Co., largest concern of its
kind in the Japanese Empire.
This self-inflicted purge is ex
pected to facilitate the government's
efforts to bring the entire iron and
steel industry under more direct and
co-ordinated state control.
It was a confession of the in
ability of a collection of Japan's out
standing industrial giants to meet
the government's demands for
greater production of steel and iron
j in face of the tightening Ameircan
i economic pressure. Hichishaburo
i Hirao, chairman of the company, ls
! sued a statement as follows:
"In addition to the prohibition on
I the export of scrap iron to Japan by
the United States and Australia, and
I of pig iron by India, there is no
| guarantee but what we might find it
; very difficult to import iron ore,
” < See" TOKl67 Page A-3.)
9 Fishermen Lose Lives
In Philippine Typhoon
B» the Associated Press.
MANILA, Dec. 7.—At least nine
fishermen were swept to their deaths
in a typhoon which slashed off the
Philippines southeast of here, re
ports from the provinces disclosed
All ships on the Pacific side of
Luzon Island steamed for the near
est harbors as the typhoon poised
120 miles east of Manila, its prog
ress checked by a pressure area.
Weather men said the storm might
suddenly veer in any direction.
Five fishermen were lost in the
sea off Naga; two off Masbate
Island and two off Samar Island, as
mountainous waves resulted from
the typhoon.
Belated reports from the south
told of another typhoon earlier this
week which blew down scores of
houses, destroyed crops and dam
aged public works. This first ty
phoon passed out toward the China
Sea as the second was discovered
forming In the Pacific.
600 Americans Left
Penniless in France !
Will Be Evacuated
Government, Red Cross
To Co-operate in Bringing
Citizens Through Portugal
The State Department and the
Red Cross are co-operating to help
more than 600 penniless Americans
in France return to this country', it
was learned today.
The Americans were stranded
after failing to heed official advice
during early months of the war that
all Americans should leave Europe
while normal transportation facili
ties were available.
Several ships were sent on special
trips to evacuate Americans last
spring and early summer.
United States to Book Passage.
Arrangements have been worked
out to assist the Americans left in
occupied and unoccupied France to
go in small groups through Spain to
Lisbon. Portugal, where the Govern
ment will assist in securing their
passage to the United States on
ships of the American Export Line
and possibly on some Portuguese
and Spanish vessels.
Those unable to pay for their
transportation will be assisted by
the Red Cross in reaching Lisbon.
It was understood that the Red
Cross also would help destitute
Americans during whatever time
they might be forced to remain in
Lisbon awaiting ship accommoda
Loans May Be Made.
Details of the form of Government
assistance available were not dis
closed. It was presumed that those
without funds for ship passage
would be lent the money, tfith their
promissory notes as security. This
has been done in previous cases
It was understood also that efforts
would be made to obtain accommo
dations for the American citizens on
the small number of ships available.
There have been reports that all
ships sailing from Lisbon were
booked to capacity for several weeks
ahead, with foreigners holding many
of the accommodations. In other
quarters it was said most of the ves
sels from Lisbon still had space
available and that no insurmount
able difficulty was expected in secur
ing accommodations.
Mexican Coastal Ship
Overdue With 30 Aboard
B> the Associated Press.
VERA CRUZ, Mexico, Dec. 7.—The
500-ton coastal steamer Grijalva,
with 25 crew members and five pas- '
sengers aboard, was 10 days overdue
today on a voyage from Carmen to
Vera Cruz.
Five airplanes and three Coast
Guard cutters took up the search,
but the vessel was generally given
up for lost. She ran into h^avy seas
after leaving Carmen.
Garner to Come Back
For Inauguration
B> the Associated Press.
UVALDE. Tex., Dec. 7—Vice
President Garner will go to Wash
ington for the Roosevelt-Wallace
inauguration January 20. but he
sees “no necessity for my being
there earlier."
He said he planned to return to
Washington about January 1.
“With the House and Senate in
session about three days each week.
I can see no necessity for my being
there earlier,’* he added.
- I
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Carrier Service from
newspaper thievery, The
Evening Star offers a re
ward of $10.00 for the ar
rest and conviction of any
person or persons stealing
The Star Newspaper from
carrier packs at the point
of delivery, or from door
ways or apartments after >
delivery. Any one detect
ing newspaper thieves
should notify the police
Hunting fctar
Awaits British
'Balance Sheet'
Timing of Any Loan
Proposals May Be
Based on Report
By the Associeted Press.
A series of blunt questions put bv
Secretary Morgenthau set Sir Fred
erick Phillips, Undersecretary of the
British Treasury, to work at thr
British Embassy today on a detailed
accounting of his country's assets
for waging war with Germany.
On the answers, which Sir Fred
erick is expected to deliver to thf
United States Treasury chief Mon
day. may depend the form and
timing of any proposals for the
United States to bulwark Britain ?
fight with American dollars.
While no officials here are on rer
ord with commitments for extensio
of loans or other financial aid t
the British, it was generally accepted
in both administrative and congrr -
sional circles that consideration o!
such assistance was the primar;
purpose of Sir Frederick's visit.
Conference Devoted to Facts.
His opening conference with Mr
Morgenthau yesterday was devoted
to facts and devoid of policy con
siderations. he reported afterward.
Informed officials said the Treas
ury Secretary asked him for the
most specific types of information
about what the British still have in
the way of assets after buying sev
eral hundred million dollars’ worth
of airplanes, tanks and other war
Sir Frederick, himself, said h*5
was presenting “a balance sheet
on the state of our resources and
the cost of supplies in the United
Congressional Move Awaited.
In some quarters it was believe
that if this "balance sheet” showed
Britain to be in early need of fi
nancial aid. strong efforts would
be made in the opening months of
the new Congress to wiin acceptance
of some specific proposal.
The nature of the proposal, i
was believed, might also be de
termined by the evidence Sir Frec
enck presents.
Both Mr. Morgenthau and Jes:
Jones. Federal loan administrate:
have described Britain as a "gooc
risk' for loans, but in Congres
there has been talk of making an
outright grant of funds in order
to avoid such complications as grew
out of World War loans to the
Allied powers.
Thai Attack Reported
On 2 Indo-China Cities
B» the Associated Press.
HANOI. French Indo-China. D'
7.—The government said today th
two Indo-China border cities wer
machine-gunned by Thailander,
i Siamese t yesterday.
A low-flying Thai plane sprayed
the water front of Vientiane, im
portant border city, with machine
gun bullets, and Poipet was fired
upon from across the Mekong
River, the government said. No
casualties were reported.
The French did not retaliate. th»
government added It said ‘ many
hundreds” of Communists had been
arrested, meanwhile, in a drivr
against subversive elements in Indo
CHUNGKING, China. Dec. 7
—A dispatch from Kunming to the
Chungking newspaper Ta Kung Pan
said today the Japanese were re
ported to have made new major
demands to the government of
French Indo-China.
The dispatch declared it wa;
learned authoritatively that these
demands included immediate Jap
anese representation in all depart
ments of the Indo-Chinese govern
ment and a voice for the Japanese
Army in the Indo-Chinese police
The Colonial government was re
ported to have forwarded the de
mands to the French government at
Two Naval Seaplanes
Take Mail to Roosevelt
By the Associated Press.
AT SEA. Dec. 7 (by radio).—Bearing
pouches of White House mail, twc
Navy seaplanes kept a rendezvous
with President Roosevelt yesterday
morning near a Caribbean island.
(This dispatch, received in New
York at 1:55 a m. today, was the
first word from the presidential
party touring naval bases in the
Caribbean Sea since the President
departed from Kingston. Ja
maica, Thursday night aboard
the cruiser Tuscaloosa.)
While the Tuscaloosa, the de
stroyer Trippe and this destrovei
lay hove to at 1 a.m.. the mall was
transferred in a whale boat.
The rudder of one plane was dam
aged slightly during the operation
performed in a choppy sea.
The rudder was repaired and the
Tuscaloosa and her escorts stood by
until both planes took off on theli
return flight to San Juan. P. R.
The contact with the planes wtu
made after an all-night run from
Jamaica. Despite the somewha
rough sea, the weather continued
sunny and warm.
Secrecy still shrouded the Tusca
loosa's next destination.
64,000 More at Work
In Pennsylvania
B> the Associated Press.
HARRISBURG, Pa.. Dec. 7.
Pennsylvania industry took on 64,.
000 additional workers during
October, the Department of Laboi
and Industry re"ports, disclosing thai
defense contracts for that montt
totaled 1102.000.000.
Leading the trend were metals
wholesale and retail houses.

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