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Weather Forecast
Fair, somewhat colder tonight, with lowest
slightly below freeslng.
Temperatures today—Highest. 43. at 1:55 p.m.;
lowest, 33, st 3:45 sm.; 43 st 4 p.m.
Frost -tfcs^frit«<^SUtti^W£atber^Bureau assort.
Closing N. Y. Markets'- Sales. Page 12.
UH Mmm Aiwtlittd Pr»»*.
(Story on Page A-l)
| Late War Bulletins
Heavy Tire Theft Penalties Proposed
A penitentiary offense for theft of tires and other auto
mobile accessories in the District during the war is provided
m a biU introduced late today by Chairman Randolph of the
■ouee District Committee. The measure would make it a
felony to steal tires, tubes, gasoline, anti-freeee and skid
Government Completes Case Against Hill
The Government this afternoon completed its cue against
Oeorge Hill, secretary to Representative Fish of New York, on
trial in District Court, charged with perjury. Defense counsel
asked for a directed verdict of acquittal, which was taken
under advisement by Justice F. Dickinson Letts.
(Earlier Story on Page A-l.)
President Seeks Aid of Farley, Smith, Hughes
President Roosevelt indicated today he hoped to enlist
•tie services of James A. Farley, Alfred E. Smith and Charles
■vans Hughes to assist the new War Labor Board.
(Earlier Story on Page A-l.)
Western Defeats Devitt, 36-/0
Western High defeated Devitt Prep, 36-10, in a basket
ball game today at the winner’s gym. Jimmy Karas and
Swanson Moore led the Western scoring with 10 points each.
Western led, 11-4, at the half.
Central, 32; Eastern, 27
Central knocked Eastern off the undefeated list this aft
ernoon, 32-27, In a high school series basket ball game at
Eastern. It was Eastern’s first setback in eight games. Ted
Thomaides led the Viking attack with nine points.
Coolidge Beats Anacostia, 32 to 21
Coolidge defeated Anacostia, 32-21, in an interhigh series
basket ball game today at the Coolidge gymnasium. Rich
Waterman starred for the winners with 12 points. It was
Coolidge’s first series victory.
Wilson Defeats Gonzaga, 39 to 27
Wilson High’s basket ball team defeated Gonzaga, 39-27,
at the Wilson gymnasium this afternoon, fcoring honors
for the winners were divided between Don Hillock and Johnny
Coffey, who counted 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Former Western High Athlete
Killed in Texas Plane Crash
Cadet Thomas Ward
Victim of Accident
Near Corpus Christi
Aviation Cadet Thomas Freeman
Ward, 21. of 2627 Adams Mill road
N.W., a Naval Reservist, was killed
In a plane crash on Padre Island,
near the Corpus Christi (Tex.) Naval
Air Station, yesterday, the Navy an
nounced this afternoon.
A graduate of Western High
School, where he played football and
basket ball. Cadet Ward was the son
of Mrs. Margaret Campbell Ward,
who lives at the Adams Mill road
Known as "Ace” Ward by fellow
students at Corpus Christi. young
Ward was nearing the end of his
training course and was slated to
become an instructor when the ac
cident occurred, a friend of the fam
ily said today.
Mrs. Ward last heard from her
ion on December 31 at which time he
had but 40 hours to go to complete
his training.
A native of Watertown. S. Dak
Cadet Ward attended South Dakota
State College from 1938 to 1941. He
enlisted In the Naval Reserve as a
seaman, second class, at Minneapo
lis in March and took preliminary
flight training at the Naval Re
serve aviation base there.
He was appointed an aviation
cadet in June and assigned to train
ing duty at the Corpus Christi sta
He is survived only by his mother.
His father, a veteran of the last war,
died in 1932. Burial will be in Sioux
Falls, S. Oak.
Year-Old Baby Burns to Death
While Playing in Home Here
Roy Nunley, year-old son of Mr.
and Mrs. Edgar Nunley, 3913 B street
S.E., was burned to death this aft
ernoon when his clothing caught
Are while he was playing with three
other young children in the Nunley's
The child’s mother told police she
ha4 gone to the grocery only a short
time before and had left Roy in bed.
When found he was in his kiddie car.
His playmates, according to police,
said they had attempted to extin
I guish the flames with a bucket of
j water after Roy’s clothing caught
fire while they were playing with
None of the other children was in
jured. They were Gary Nunley, 2;
Anne Nunley, 5, and Bobby Frost, 3,
according to the {iolice report.
The burned boy was discovered by
Mrs. Anna Goldenberg, a resident of
the building, who smelled smoke and
investigated. An ambulance took
the boy to Casualty Hospital, where
he died at 2:25 pjn.
Nazis Admit Shortage of Men,
'Remarkable' New Red Tactics
By the Associated Press.
LONDON. Jan. 11—The German
radio broadcast an account by a
Nad reporter on the eastern front
todiy acknowledging a shortage of
men for important positions facing
Russian forces which had broken
through German lines for an ad
vance along a wide sector.
The writer told of "remarkable”,
new Russian tactics being employed
in harrying the Germans.
"The enemy,” he related, “had
broken through our lines and was
advancing along a wide sector. He
held a strategically important posi
tion covering the road glong which
the enemy would advance.
“We were a party of one officer
and JO men. We asked for rein
forcements, but headquarters sent
the reply, *No men available,' and
we were ordered to hold the position ]
at all costs until reinforcements
could arrive.
“Reinforcements subsequently did
arrive but they consisted only of
one platoon and again we were told
to hold out.
“Early one bitterly cold morning
we saw approaching a long column
of dogs. They were white Polar dogs
pulling white sleds on which were
riding Siberian snipers dressed in
white coats and masks.
"They came like a flash, emptied
machine guns against our lines and
before we could reply they were
Out of sight. „
“We became tired and colder, but
the Russians allowed us no respite.
Finally we were relieved by other
reinforcements attacking the Rus
sians in the rear. Then we escaped."
Price Bill Would
Force Inflation,
Roosevelt Says
Senate Changes Hit;
Roosevelt Won't
Talk of Veto Chances
(Earlier Price-Control Story on
Page A-l.)
By thf AuociatcC Pr*M.
The price-control bill, as it
passed the Senate, was described
by President Roosevelt at a press
conference today as one that
would compel inflation.
The Chief Executive said it was
too early to talk of the possibility
of his vetoing the measure unless
features objectionable to him are
But he made it clear that he dis
approved of the amendment spon
sored by Senator O'Mahoney, Demo
crat. of Wyom ng. calling for prices
for farm predicts which other Sen
ators said would run up to 120 per
cent of parity and the amendment
by Senator Baikhead. Democrat, of
Alabama, which would give the
Secretary of Agriculture a virtually
veto power on .’arm price ceilings.
Believes House Members Agree.
The Presid«nt made his views
known following a conference ear
lier in the day with five House mem
bers who have been appointed to
attempt to work out a satisfactory
bill in conference with a Senate
delegation. Tie President said he
thought the House conferees were
pretty sympathetic toward his
He said he had pointed out to
them two important things:
First, that ts.e overwhelming ma
jority of fanners in every section of
the country dd not want to Bo
accused of starting a kind of spiral
which, in the lone run, would be
costly to them and to everybody in
the United States. The majority of
farmers, he so d. do not want to be
responsible for having so-called farm
leaders upset tie entire apple cart of
the war effort
O'Mahoney Plan Held Perilona.
Second, the O'Mahoney amend
ment, if it became law. would start
a spiral soone* than anything that
could be suggested and would do
more than anything else to saddle
a huge debt 01 this and later gen
erations. Furhermore, he said, it
would encouraje people doing other
things such as producing bombs or
tanks to demsnd wage increases to
meet a higher cost of living.
It is well known, Mr. Roosevelt as
serted. that if food prices go up
other things gy up.
The President said he felt that It
was thoroughly unsound to give one
agent of the Government po$er to
make a decisis n and another power
to veto it. T.iat was his reaction
to the Bankhead amendment.
Ip the long run. Mr. Roosevelt
said, the ameidment would throw
decisions back on himself.
Wickard Wen t Veto President.
Asked whether it would give one
of his subordirates a veto over him,
the President chuckled and respond
ed. authorizing a direct quotation:
“No; I can lire either one.”
A reporter remarked that appar
ently Agriculture Secretary Wick
ard. without consulting any one.
had urged that he be given a voice
in controlling farm prices.
Mr. Wickard. Mr. Roosevelt as
serted. had said in a letter to him
that the press, had misquoted the
Agriculture Secretary.
vWhen was ,t dated?” a reporter
wanted to knov.
Today, the President responded,
joining in a burst of laughter.
Late Races
Earlier Result, Rossvan'g, Other
Selections and Entries for To
morrow, Pare t-X.
Tropical Park
FIFTH RACK—Purse. $1,000: claiming;
♦ -year-olds and upward: 8 furlongs.
Cuckoo-Man <Ok>. 7.10 3.90 2.90
Tyrone (Gonzalez 10.20 4.80
Ladies First (Coue) 3.00
Time. 1:112-8.
Also ran—Remits Control. Range Dust,
Weisenheimer and Float Away.
SIXTH RACK—Furae $1,100: allow
ances; 3-year-old.; 6 furlongs 'chute).
Alohert 'Robertson 15.80 10.80 8.50
Putttthere (Arcare) 12.70 6.40
Wood Robin (McCombs' 4.0o
Time. 1:12.
Also ran—Sam Houston. Sergeant Bill,
II Toreador, Dentia F.. Anna-A-VUh and
War Melody.
SEVENTH RACE—Purse. $1,000: claim
ing. 4-year-olds kWd upward: 1 mile and
70 yards.
He Man (Roger** 17.40 8.90 5.00
Commencement Ofaakell) 17.30 8.80
Uncle Walter (Keper) 3.70
Time. 1:43 2-5.
Also ran—Dai cine Light. Challante.
Roman Descent. 3t. Dlsmas, Royal Blue
and Gooseberry.
Fair Grounds
THIRD RACR—Purse $800; special
weights; maidens: 2-year-olda; 2 furlongs.
Bumpzy (Deerins 4.40 3.00 «.40
Sweet t.ucy (Brorkal 4.00 3.8(1
Kaymarkm (Siito 8.00
Time. 0:233j.
Also ran—Liah. Frost. Hi Murt. Burr
Ann. /Solid Gone fLtba G.. fBaby Edith.
Fair Georgia. Work Orchid and Ridgscate.
f Field.
FOURTH RACX—Furae. $800: allow
ances: 4-rear-olda 8 furlongs.
Air Master (Deerng) 3.00 3.40 $.20
dPresent Arms (Hjopen 3.80 2.40
Malhlth (Bianco) 2.40
TlaM. 1:13 3-5
Also ran—Jus Verdict. Wise Fire,
Mack's Hope eWawmour. dHandy Justice.
Ingomar, Naisy U. cVery Tint.
eMra. H. Parma and Mrs. C. C. Ren
frew entry; dC. 8 Howard entry.
Mayors Assail
0. P. M. System
As 'Run-Around'
Win Appointments
On Contracts After
Talk With Odium
(Earlier Story on Page A-*.)
American mayors, many of
them bewildered after visiting
numerous Government agencies
in quest of war contracts, today
put the problems of their com
munities before Floyd B. Odium,
director of O. P. M.’s Division of
Contract Distribution, and
promptly won appointments with
O. P. M. experts.
The 350 municipal heads, here for
the Conference of Mayors at the
Mayflower Hotel, poured out their
problems after Mr. Odium told them*
that in the war program "saving
the country" was up to little in
"Ninety-four per cent of our man
ufacturing enterprises employ leas
than 100 persons,” Mr. Odium said
in urging the Mayors to encourage
manufacturers back home "to go
after war contracts with every
ounce of ingenuity and energy they
Kelly Assails System.
Mayor Edward J. Kelly of Chi
cago complained that the process
of obtaining a Government contract
was "too complicated, too arduous
for the average businessman to un
Mr. neuy mm ne naa come 10
Washington 100 times and "had
been Jumped all over town” trying
to line up work for Chicago firms
He proposed a centralmd agency
to routejeootraato "and direct us."
' Other Mayors Jusopad up to tell
Mr. Odium of their fruitleu efforts
to Obtain action on requests for
work, which the O. P. M. official had
said was necessary to create “thou
sands of arsenals.”
The complaint of Mayor James W.
Kilner of Hazelton. Pa., was typical.
Hazelton, he said, is in the heart
of the anthracite region with plenty
of water and labor supply and needs
work to relieve unemployment.'
Mayor Kilner said that yesterday
he went to Mr. Odium's office, where
he was directed to O. P. M.'s Labor
Division, thence to the Army Ord
nance Department, later to an Army
supply official and finally was re
ferred back to Mr. Odium's staff
where he had started.
Can't Get Information.
Mayor Richard O. Johnson, Lin
coln, Nebr., said his community
was "desperately” seeking informa
tion, but that manufacturers there
had been unable to learn what they
could do in the war effort.”
Mayor P. K. Hahn, Cedar Rapids.
Iowa, indicated businessmen in his
I town were confused over what was
| meant by a "qualified contractor.”
Mr. Odium finally invited them all
down to his office later today for in
| dividual consultations with experts
i on his staff. «
Mr. Odium said the Army s high
command had learned that Hitler
had $100,000,000,000 worth of tanks,
planes and guns, at the start of his
Polish campaign and since has add
ed $50,000,000,000 in weapons and
Added to this vast store of mate
rial, Mr. Odium said the enemy has
added Italy's “patched up" war ma
chine and the formidable weapons
the Japanese developed “in a decade
of almost clinical tests against Chi
nese patriots.”
“Against their billions in arma
ments and millions in men. we must
hurl fbrces so superior as to insure
forever our custody of the peace,”
Mr. Odium said.
London Profiteers Fined
LONDON. Jan. 13 </P>.—Fines to
taling about $21 IS20 were imposed
today on a London poultry firm
and its officials for selling fowl above
the fixed maximum price. The mag
istrate found that more than 50.000
fowl had been sold above the legal
figures. The firm was fined $4,000.
frozen feet, was one of 89 persons saved when a 1 arge steamship was torpedoed and sunk by a
submarine 160 miles off Nova Scotia. Ninety-four were lost. Of those rescued. 55 were Chinese
and 23 were white. This sinking was the closest to the United 8tates that has occurred in the
battle of the Atlantic. tStory on Page A-l.) —A. P. Wirephoto.
Roosevelt Requests
$110,000 to Complete
District Armory
Deficiency Bill Includes
Total of $4^1,381
For All Purposes
President Roosevelt asked Con
gress this afternoon to appropriate
! $110,000 to apply finishing touches
to the new armory built for the
District Militia at Nineteenth and
B streets S.E.. which is now being
used by the War Department for
office purposes.
The request represented the
[ largest Item in a list of 1942 de
ficiency estimates for the District
! calling for appropriations totaling
Other major items include $75,320
to make up an anticipated deficit
at the Home for the Aged and In
firm in Blue Plains in salaries and
repairs to buildings there, $75,000
for equipment of new school build
ings, $36,000 for completing the new
Childrens Receiving Home and
$34,360 for the purchase of uniforms
and radio apparatus for guards pro
tecting Washington's water supply
system from Great Falls to the
Dalecarlia Reservoir.
Balance of the estimates include
$10,000 foP salaries and expenses
! of the Office of Civilian Defense;
$2,500 to complete the new roof over
the auditorium of the Francis Junior
High School, and $5,000 for purchase
of a site for an elevated water tank
in the vicinity of Alabama and Mas
sachusetts avenues' S.E.
Plan Being Worked Out to Aid
Auto Dealers, House Unit Told
'Some' Agencies Are Studying Program
To Offset O. P. M. Ban on New Cars
(Earlier Story on Pafe A-1.)
Plans are being worked out with
“some" Government agencies to aid
automobile dealers whose business is
being menaced by the order halting
-automobile and light truck produc
tion, L. Clare Cargile, president of
the National Automobile Dealers’ As
sociation, today told the House Small
Business Committee.
Mr. Cargile said he thought “our
program very shortly will resolve it
self into a short-range program and
a long-range program that will be
very satisfactory to the dealers of
the country."
He did hot specify the agencies
with which the negotiations have
been conducted, but told the com
mittee that Leon Henderson, price
administrator, and his staff “have
been very sympathetic.”
New car production of 100,000
units a month between April 1 and
December 31 this year was urged
earlier by Benjamin Ourisman,
president-elect of the Washington
Automotive Trad? Association.'
Testifying at a hearing on the
effect the stoppage of passenger
car and light truck production will
have on the business of automobile
dealers, Mr. Ourisman said the pro
duction schedule outlined, plus the
stocks frozen by the Government
January 1, and the current month’s
output, would equal only about SO
per cent of the number of vehicles
(Bee AUTO DEALERS, Page 2-X.)
One-Hour Time-Saving Bill
Agreement Reported
B? the Associated Press.
Senate and House conferees
were reported in agreement today to
ask both chambers to approve uni
versal daylight saving time of one
Members said the conferees agreed
to accept legislation, passed by the
House, instead of the Senate bill
which would give President Roose
velt authority to set clocks ahead as
much as two hours in any defense
area where conservation of electrical
energy was deemed necessary.
British Still Retreat
In Western Malaya;
Enemy Bases Raided
Loss of Port Swettenham
Indicated; 'Extensive
Demolition' Claimed
(Earlier Story on Page A-l.)
Br the Awocleted Press.
The British command at Singa
pore announced today that "in
Western Malaya the withdrawal of
our troops to positions in the i;ear
has continued.”
“The withdrawal was covered by
extensive demolition which pre- j
vented the enemy from following too
closely.” the bulletin said.
It told of a heavy attack by R. A.
P. bombers on the railway at Sin
gora in Southern Thailand, which
has been used as a major base for
the Japanese push into Malaya.
"Several tons of high explosives
and incendiary bombs were dropped
on the target and flames were ob
served among buildings adjacent to
the railway,” it said.
The communique, in effect, ad
mitted that Port Swettenham, the
vital shipping point 27 miles south
west of Kuala Lumpur, had passed
into Japanese hands.
British bombers “attacked targets
at Port Swettenham and started
fires,” it said.
At Rangoon the R. A. P. was busy
attacking Japanese-occupied air
dromes, and a new Japanese raid on
the airdrome north of Rangoon was
Army and R. A. F. headquarters
there 'siid one enemy plane was
shot down in flames by an R. A. F.
flghter patrol near Tavoy, that two
^ther Japanese planes were dam
aged in attacks on Thailand air
bases and that the engine of a rail
way train was blown up at Ratburl.
No damage was caused by the
Japanese attack on the airdrome,
nor by bombs which fell in the
Ayongon area, the communique de
Nazi Planes, Troops
And Barges Massed
In Sicily and Greece
Hellenic Coast Said
To Resemble Channel
Ports in September, '40
(Earlier Story on Page A-3.)
By the AssocUted Preu.
CAIRO. Jan. 13—Concentration
of German aircraft and troops in
Sicily turned British attention today
to the island air and naval base of
Malta, less than 60 miles to the
south, as a possible target of a ma
jor Axis attack.
The London Daily Mail in a
Madrid dispatch said German
shock troops, according to re
ports from Rome, were prepar
ing for an assault on Malta
within 'TO days or 3 weeks ”)
The Germans were re^xjrted to
have other air concentrations in
Greece and Crete, and the Greek
coast was said to resemble the Eng
lish Channel ports in September.
1940. with countless invasion* barges
and other craft waiting for action.
M.*lta, wbich is heavily armed
sjtd has had more than 1,000 air
raid alarms since the war began,
has been preparing intensively for
months to stand off a heavy of
fensive. Any invading force, espe
cially parachute troops, would run
into heavy opposition.
A base for many of the R. A. P.’s
recent heavy air attacks on Italy and
Tripolitania, the island base would
be a logical primary target in any
Axis offensive in the Mediterranean.
Italy Seising Private Ships.
NEW YORK. Jan. 13 </P).—The
Italian government has requisitioned
ships which hitherto have been per
mitted to navigate for private enter
prises.” said a Rome broadcast today
by the Vichy radio and recorded
by C. B. S.
erations in the Mediterranean. Brit
ish military experts are predicting
a campaign to seise Malta.
Nine Fire Companies
Battle Bethesda Blaze
Nine nearby Maryland and District
fire companies were needed this aft
ernoon to control a fire that de
stroyed a three-story building used
for storing machinery at a stone
cutting plant in Bethesda, Md. Idle
recently, the plant is the property
of the George A. Puller Construction
It required more than two hours
to extinguish the blase. Dense clouds
of oil smoke, apparently coining
from grease-packed machinery in
the building, forced firemen to work
in gas masks.
Declares Public
Doesn't Realize
Urgency of Case
Many Thousands
More Coming to
Capital, He Says
(Earlier Story on Page A-I.)
Indicating there will be no
modification of administration
plans for transferring numerous
Federal agencies outside Wash
ington, President Roosevelt told
a press conference this afternoon
that many more thousands of
Government workers than is
generally realized must still be
added to the Federal employe
rolls. (Estimates have placed
the number of workers to be
added here in the next year at
Even the application of extended
new building projects, as proposed
by Capitol Hill opponents of the
transfers, will be inadequate to meet
these full needs, he said
Both plans may be right, the Pres
ident said, in reference to his plans
for transfers and other plans for
expanded building of office space.
Must Extend Personnel.
As a general proposition, Mr.
Roosevelt said, neither the country
as a whole nor Washington in par
ticular fully realize the extent to
which the war effort will force
an expansion of the Federal person
nel especially in the Capital
Mr. Roosevelt's remarks on the
transfer controversy followed by a
lew hours his conference with Chair
men MeCarran and Randolph of the
Senate and House District Commit
tees. The two legislators have been
opposed to wholesale transfers of
Federal workers outside the Dis
trict. On leaving the White House
they said the President had agreed
to discuss the problem further with
W. E. Reynolds, head of the Public
Buildings Administration.
Asked directly if he is considering
modification of the order which
would move 12 agencies out of the
city, the President replied that he
did not think so and added that he
could see no reason for such action.
No Question of Authority.
He went on to say half seriously,
however, that if he could find any
agency pleading for removal from
Washington he would gladly substi
tute it for one of those already des
ignated. ,
Mr. Roosevelt said there had been
no discussion in his conferences with
the two congressional spokesmen of
the question of authority for the
transfer order, a point which has
been debated on Capitol Hill. Some
what curtly, the President declared
himself not Interested in that ques
In the light of his warning that
many rfiore thousands of Federal
workers are coming here. Mr. Roose
velt was asked about steps being
taken for adequate housing. His
answer was that a great deal already
has been undertaken in this direc
tion. with the further implication
that additional steps are contem
plated as they may become neces
Nazis 'identify' Sunken
Battleship as Barham
B? thf Associated Press.
BERLIN. Jan. 13 (Official Broad
cast!.—D.NB. news agency said to-,
day the British battleship reported
by the German high command No
vember 26 to have been torpedoed
by a U-boat off Salum was the 31,
100-ton Barham.
D.N.B. said identification of the'
battleship was gained from British
war prisoners who were quoted as
saying the ship sank off the
Igyptian coast after only one hit.
There has been no confirmation'
of this or previous Axis claims of
the Barham s sinking.
Markets at a Glance
NEW YORK. Jan. 13
Stocks firm; metals, rubbers ad
vance. Bonds Improved; rails
lead upturn.
Foreign exchange quiet; gen
erally unchanged. Cotton lower;
liquidation and Southern Ailing.
Wool tops steady; trade buying.
C H1 C A O O —Wheat lower;
price control uncertainties. Corn
lower with wheat. Hogs moder
ately active. 10-20 lower; top.
11.50; heavy arrivals. Cattle slow,
steers and yearlings weak; large
holdover supplies.
Amusements B-20
Comics B-18-19
Editorials —A-*
Comment ._A-9
Notices ..B-17
Lost and
Found _A-S
Story _B-ll
Obituary ...A-18
Society. B-3
Sports . B-13-15
Where to Go B-7
(Complete Index, Page A-1.)

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