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Society and General WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 1942. XX B—1 Wage-Hour Unit To Be Shifted to New York Soon Date Not Yet Set; Times Square Offices To Free 2 Floors Here New York City has been se lected as the new home of the Wage and Hour Division. Labor Department officials revealed to day. The division employs ap proximately 500 persons in Wash ington. The decentralization program made public by the Budget Bureau late last month originally called for the transfer of the division to Pitts burgh. Secretary Perkins, at a spe cial meeting of Wage and Hour em ployes January 2. announced the Pittsburgh plans had been aban doned and that the choice had been narrowed to two cities. She did not identify them. Pittsburgh was given up as a site because suitable quarters could not be found there and because it was not sufficiently accessible to Wash ington, it was explained. The Wage and Hour Division, it is understood, will occupy space in a building at 1560 Broadway, in Times Square. Though the exact date of transfer has not yet been disclosed, it is expected to be in the near fu ture. The transfer will release approxi mately two floors to other Federal agencies in the Labor Department Building. The move will not affect the activi tives of the regional office in New York, it was explained. After the earlier announcement of the transfer to Pittsburgh many Wage and Hour employes applied for transfer to other Federal agencies. Secretary Perkins, in addressing Wage and Hour personnel January 2. indicated that- department officials would be •'reasonable” in passing on requests for transfers where the move from Washington would im pose a real hardship on the indi vidual employe. She warned, how ever. that the Government was plan ning to move other agencies from the District. It is understood that in addition to New York. Atlantic City also was under consideration as headquarters of the Wage and Hour Division. The final decision In favor of New York was reached last night. House Probe of Activities Of Lt. Gov. Murphy Asked Mr the Atscciited Presg. Representative Engel. Republican, of Michigan said today he had re quested the House Military Affairs Committee to investigate "the ac tivities of Lt. Gov. Frank Murphy of Michigan in connection with the negotiation of War Department de fense contracts.” Mr. Engel put in the House rec ord a statement saying that J. J. Hoffman, vice president and general counsel of the Brunswick-Balke Collender Co., Muskegon, Mich., re ported that Lt. Gov. Murphy "sought employment by this company in its negotiations with the Federal Gov ernment concerning defense busi ness.” Mr. Engel said the company was among bidders on a $24,000,000 flare bomb contract for the Army. Three months after the original requisi tion for the bombs. Mr. Engel said, no contract had been let. He de clared that Muskegon was a “dis tress area” which would benefit greatly by the contract. "I am not informed what fee or commission Lt. Gov. Murphy de manded for his services in obtain ing a defense contract for the Brunswick - Balke - Collender Co.," Mr. Engel said, adding, "this is a detail which might be clarified speedily by the committees in vestigation.” Northeast Businessmen Elect Bowdler President Louis L. Bowdler. past president of the Federation of Businessmens Associations, was elected president of the Northeast Businessmen's As sociation last night, succeeding Art Hartung. Mr. Bowdler had served as president of the group four years ago. Other officers elected were: First vice president. John Slocombe: sec ond vice president, Andrew Gemeny; secretary, George Geiger; treasurer, Julius Cardin; general counsel, Joseph Bailey; assistant to the gen eral counsel, Raymond Dunne; board of directors. Mr. Dunne. Mr. Har tung. James Rogers, Mr. Cardin. Edwin Geisel. The annual banquet of the asso fiation was set for February 16. Mr. Hartung, retiring president, announced that the group yesterday bought a $1,000 defense bond. Hyattsville High School Damaged by Blaze A fire of undetermined origin broke out in the Hyattsville High School an hour before classes start ed today and did about $50 damage to floors, textbooks and pupils' be longings before being extinguished by the Hyattsville Fire Department. ’The blaze was confined to locker rooms on the first and second floors, according to J. A. Miller, principal. Few persons were in the building at the time. Buy $200,000 in Bonds District government workers have contracted for purchase of Defense bonds or stamps amounting to more than $200,000, the Commissioners were advised today by Walter L. Fowler, District budget officer, who Is chairman of the Municipal De fense Savings Committee. He said more than 5,500 District employes fcave signed pledges. * t ?; H ; !: * I M.S * S' I i BEARS MESSAGE FRO I SECRETARY OF STATE—Assistant ! Secretary of State Brecknridge Long as he made his contribu tion to the Mile O' Dinars campaign yesterday, after reading a | message from Secretary of State Cordell Hull.—Star Staff Photo. -----4 - ks Collected in D. C. For Service Men Nation-Wide Campdgn With Goal of 10 Million Volumes Ends Feb. * Collecting an average of about 1.000 books a day, the "victcy book campaign" in the Distrirr, had amassed a total of nearly 4.00 books ind 544 phonograph records jxlay. Collection has been simplified by offer of Brentano's Book Sto es and the District Grocery Stores to de liver to the District Public library any books for service men left at the stores. The Nationwide drive for 10,000,000 books for Army camps, naval bases and other military cen ters started last Monday aid will close February 4. Records Were Not Fxpeted. The main system of co lection, however, is to take or to mat books to the George Washington Univer sity Library, the main publit library at Eighth and K streets, or o:e of its 12 branch libraries. The piblic li brary has collected 3.473 bodes and the George Washington Libnry 506. About 50 of the university contri butions have been pamphlet, which were unsolicited but whict Capt. Ray L. Trautman. supervisor of Army camp libraries, said ire con venient for hospital reading Contribution of phonograih rec ords has not been expected 3\ Mrs. Philip Sidney Smith, chairman of the District book drive, mt are being gratefully accepted. Tie Star contributed 50 records and ItO books to the drive the opening day Since then about 500 more recoris have come in. Miniature barracks with <penings through which books can be iropped will be set up next week in ill local Masonic temples and meetin; places bv the International Order )f Job’s Daughters, according to Mr. Laura S. Wallace, supreme librariai of the District. Ball Will Be Held. In addition, the daughttrs are planning a “victory book >all.” to which admission will be b.oks for service men. Each dancer wll dress as a character in the book, ne pre sents to the drive. The per.so. guess ing correctly the largest nunber of characters will receive a b<ok and Defense savings stamps. T te date and place of the dance wil be an nounced later. The Junior League has s:t up a book collection center in Iti head quarters at 2001 Massachuse.ts ave nue N.W., it was announcec yester dav bv Mrs. Montgomery Eair, jr.,j local president. The league will de liver the books to the libraries. The drive is progressing ir nearby Maryland and Virginia. Carl W. Hintz. Maryland University librar ian and chairman of the committee for Prince Georges Cour.y, has chosen as his assistants D. R. C. Wiley, Jacob Walker, Mrs. Junes B. Bentley. Mrs. Catherine Red, Miss Adele Stamp, Mrs. Florence C. Steele. Miss Reba S. Harrs, Miss Ethel Regan. Mrs. William ?. Starr and George W. Fogg. Drive director for Virginia is Miss Mary Louise Dinwiddie. .ssistant librarian for the University of Vir ginia. L. Welch Pogue Named Chairman of C. A. B. By thr Associated Press. L. Welch Pogue was a (pointed chairman of the Civil Aennautics Board yesterday by Presiden Roose velt. Mr. Pogue succeeds Harlles Branch, who will continue as a member of the board. The appointirant was made immediately after M . Pogue had been sworn in as a boa d mem ber to fill the vacancy lef by ex piration of the term of C. Grant Mason, jr. He has been ae-ving as general counsel of the Ci-tl Aero nautics Authority since 193*. I Symphony Rehearsal Proceeds to Go to Mile o' Dimes Pan-American Union | Donates Hall for Musical Event The National Symphony Orches tra and the Pan-American Union joined forces in the Washington j Mile o' Dimes campaign today with Announcement that the entire pro ceeds of a full dress rehearsal of ! the orchestra to be held In the < Union Tuesday afternoon will go to the fund for the fight on infan tile paralysis. | It marks the first time the gen j eral public has been admitted to a i rehearsal of the symphony. The orchestra will perform in the Hall of the Americas beginning at 1:30 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Hans I Kindler. Miss Guiomar Novaes, I Brazilian pianist, also will be heard. T'ne orchestra and the guest ar tist will give the regular concert in Constitution Hall Wednesday night, i Tickets for the Pan-American con j cert go on sale today at the Mile o' Dimes stand. Fourteenth street and New York avenue N.W., and j Homer L. Kitt, 1330 G street N.W. Capacity Limited. The Pan-American Union has donated the hall for the dress re hearsal and officials pointed out that early purchase of seats is essential as the seating capacity is ! limited. There will be no reserved i seats. Brig. Gen. Lewis B. Hershey, di rector of selectiev service, was to issue an appeal this afternoon for support of the campaign as it moved into its fifth day today. Appearing with the selective serv ice chief in a broadcast over Station WMAL at 4:45 p.m. will be Under secretary of the Interior John J. i Dempsey: Maj. Ernest M. Culligan, public relations officer for selective service, and Julian G. Zier, chief of the division of statistics for the ! Pan-American Union. The officials will be heard from the Mile o' Dimes stand where late yesterday Breckenridge Long, Assis tant Secretary of State, urged sup port of the drive. ‘‘We are In the midst of an inter national war, but we can stop for a moment to contribute our mite to the total defeat of this other enemy which also strikes without warning,” he declared. A "Cruel Scourge.” ‘‘Infantile paralysis is truly a ter rible scourge, widespread in its scope i and cruel to its victims. Science and nursing have whipped it in many cases and wrill whip It In thousands of more cases because of the sums, large and small, which are con tributed by millions of people.” Through the Mile o’ Dimes, he concluded, everybody can contribute and have a share in the fight. Earlier in the day campaign offi cials announced that “wishing wells” —small glass banks—would be set up throughout the city in drug stores, restaurants and grocery stores where contributors to the paralysis fund may drop their dimes. In a noon time broadcast over WMAL yesterday, contributions from the 50 employes of the Charles ! Schwartz & Son. jewelers, and the i 19 employes of the Bond Clothing | store were received. Receipts from these concerns amounted to $24.80. Don Fischer, N. B. C. announcer, pointed out to listeners that 76 cases of infantile paralysis had been re ported in the District between Jan uary and November of last year. This compared with 149 cases for Virginia and 234 cases for Maryland during the same period. The I. O. U. of the Red, White and Blue! United States savings bonds and stamps. Buy them every i payday. Board Weighs Shooting Case Against Police Four Officers Deny Gup Was Fired Into Prison Cell Cases against four police officers involved in the alleged firing of a pistol shot Into an occupied cell at No. 1 precinct station were taken under advisement by the Police Trial Board this afternoon following a three-day hearing. Defense counsel for the officers, Pvts. Arnold Jackson, George Brom ley and Prank Knapp and Lt. Loraine Johnson, contended no evi dence was offered to show that a shot actually was fired into the cell on the night of July 23. except that of the prisoner, Ronald Lindsay, col ored, under death sentence for crim inal assault on a white girl here last summer. Lindsay claimed Pvt. Jackson fired the shot, encouraged by Pvt. Brom ley. and that he later gave a frag ment of the spent bullet to Pvt. Knapp, who was in charge of the cell block. The three privates were suspended in September. Didn't Believe Prisoner. Lt. Johnson was accused of neg lect of duty because he did not make a report to his superiors. The lieu tenant told the board he made an Immediate inv&stigation of Lindsay's charges, could find no evidence to substantiate them and did not re port the matter because he believed it based on a falsehood. He testi fied he still believes some one shot off a firecracker instead of a re volver on the night in question. Both Pvts. Bromley and Knapp took the stand today and denied Lindsay's charges. Pvt. Knapp ex ; plained he had the only key to the ! outer door of the cell block except a duplicate kept in a safe, and he was sure Pvts. Bromley and Jackson could not have been inside the cell block at the time in question. Pvt. Knapp is charged with neg lect of duty in that he was absent from the cell block. He explained he had merely gone to the front desk to attend to his official duties. He heard a report like a fire cracker and went to the cell block to investigate, he said. Believed Fire Cracker. Pvt. Kanpp testified he found no officers in the cell block and that no prisoners complained that a revolver had been fired inside. It was brought out further that pranksters had been setting off firecrackers near the pre j cinct and Lt. Johnson believed this i had happened again when he heard ; the explosion. Expert testimony, however, in dicated that a revolver bullet had struck a cell bar near the top. glanc ing off to nick the cell wall and j lodge in a window frame. Frag- 1 ments of the supposed bullet were i recovered. The defense contended : the bullet was fired some other time. Inspector Ira Keck of the Trial Board said a decision probably will be returned in a few days. Maryland U. Bans Events Hampering War Efforts By the Associated Press. Any part of the University of Maryland program v hich interferes with training men and women for . defense roles and which hampers ' co-operation with the Government in the war crisis will "be temporarily ! dropped or curtailed." Dr. H. C. Byrd, president, announced yester- , day. In line with this policy, several extra-curricula activities already have been canceled. Dr. Bryd said. The school was forced by the crisis to economize on time as well as money, he added. • Among the events canceled, he announced, are the annual Charter Day celebration scheduled for to morrow in Baltimore: the annual all-university night program at Col lege Park, scheduled for February 14, and the annual winter concert. • Parley on Rescue Mission Representatives of 20 churches here will gather in conference at 6 p.m. today in Metropolitan Bap tist Church. Sixth and A streets N.E.. to discuss plans for the liquidation of the indebtedness of the Northeast Rescue Mission. E. Hilton Jackson, attorney, will pre sent a plan through which it is hoped to clear the property in 60 days. He also will present sugges tions for enlargement of the mission work. Resignation Held No Bar to Hatch Act Prosecution Resignation Is no bar to the prose cution of Government employes charged with improper political ac tivities under the Hatch Act, ac cording to a decision of the United States District Court of the South ern District of New York, the Civil Service Commission announced to day. On January 7, Judge John C. Knox dismissed the petition4 of Irving D. Neustein, who claimed that since he had resigned his position as a member of the Board of Ap peals of the Unemployment Insur ance Department of the State of New York, the Civil Service Com mission could no longer continue its prosecution for alleged violations of the Hatch Act. The commission has just received the decision of Judge Knox. From May 17. 1938, to October 31, 1941, Mr. Neustein was employed by the New York State Unemploy ment Insurance Department. He was therefore subject to the pro visions of the Hatch Act, which prohibits political activity by em ployes of agencies financed in whole or In part by Federal funds. AVIATRIX PLEADS NOT GUILTY—Laura Ingalls, aviatrix, is shown leaving District Court today after pleading innocent to a charge of not having registered as a paid agent of the Nazi gov ernment. With her is her attorney, James F. Reilly. —A. P. Photo. -*---* _ * Registered Nurses Increase Charges to Meet Cost of Living 8-Hour Day Rate Boosted To $6 and 12-Hour Fee From $7.50 to $9 Registered nurses of Washington have raised their charges for pri vate nursing service “to meet the increased cost of living ” The advances are from $5 to $6 for an 8-hour day and from *7.50 to *9 for a 12-hour day. i The 20 per cent increase in nurses' compensation compares with an approximate increase of 10 per cent in cost of living from Decem ber. 1939, to November. 1941—the most recent statistics of the Depart ment of Labor.) In explaining the reason for the increase. Miss Edith M. Beattie, sec retary of the Graduate Nurses' As sociation of the District, pointed out that the daily rate is not an ac curate gauge of a nurse's income, since few of those doing private nursing can hope to work every day. Twenty days’ employment is con sidered a good monthly average, she said. Miss Beattie said rules of supply and demand did not prompt the in crease. despite the current general shortage of trained nurses because of increasing Army and Navy de mands. The rising cost of living was discussed at the November meeting of the association, and it was voted the new rates should take effect January 1. she said. Shortage Causes Concern. The shortage of competent nurs ing personnel is a cause of increas ing concern among hospitals here and throughout the country, how ever. Because of the requirements of the armed services, it has been estimated that about 50.000 addi tional nurses are needed urgently in the United States. Miss Mary Hawthorne, whose committee of the District Red Cross Chapter has been handling nurses' applications for Army and Navy services, reported that 105 local nurses have entered the armed lorces through her group in the past year. She pointed out this number did not represent all Capital nurses leaving civilian work. For example, some on reserve lists have been called into active service directly. Many Entering the Service. “Many hospitals operating with reduced staffs are faced with the possibility of losing still more nurses to the Army and Navy," Miss Eliza beth D. Coleman, chairman of the G. N. A. Nursing Information Com mittee, declared. “Cold weather is bringing its extra burden of colds and pneumonia to the already over taxed hospital personnel." A " refresher" course for graduate registered nurses who have not been active in their profession recently began yesterday at Georgetown Hospital with about 1C enrolled. A similar class will begin February 1 at Garfield Hospital. Miss Coleman said young women interested in entering the nursing field should investigate couises beginning February 1 at George town and Sibley Hospitals. These are for the full three-year training program. Women interested in any of these courses can obtain full information from the superintendents of nurses at the hospitals concerned. A number of prospective nurses taking college work will receive practical training during the sum mer months at Providence Hospital, it has been announced. Sibley Guild Discusses Linen Shower Plans The Women's Guild of Sibley Me morial Hospital discussed plans for its annual linen shower, scheduled for April 10, at its meeting yesterday in Rust Hall at the hospital. The guild is planning to give some 3,000 linen articles to the hospital. Miss Elizabeth Deeble. writer, who traveled extensively in Spain during the civil war, told of her experi ences and impressions during the conflict. The guild also heard a talk by Dr. John M. Orem, superintendent of the hospital, who discussed the institution’s civilian defense prepa rations. Mrs. Samuel A. Mooers, president of the guild, presided. More than 100 members attended. Pepco Employe Burned By Electric System Blast John Francis Cunningham, 36, Arlington, Va., an employe of the Potomac Electric Power Co., was burned on the face, right hand and arm yesterday as the result of an explosion in an electric system while testing a meter in a building at Seventh and D streets N.W., police reported. He was taken in a motorcyclp sidecar to Casualty Hos pital for treatment. Laura Ingalls Pleads Innocent to Agent Charge BS the Associated Preaa. Miss Laura Ingalls, the flyer, pleaded innocent today in Federal District Court to an Indictment charging her with failing to register as a paid agent of the German Reich. Judge James W. Morris set Feb ruary 9 for the trial. Miss Ingalls was granted continued liberty un der *7,500 bond, which had been posted a few days after she was ar rested December 17 on a complaint signed by an F. B. I. agent. Appearing before Justice T. Alan Goldsborough with her attorney. Miss Ingalls said "Not guilty" in a clear, loud voice. The arraignment took only a minute or so. The indictment charged that from March to December Miss Ingalls had received money from the German government through Baron Ulrich von Gienanth. Second Secretary of the Embassy, for serving as public relations counsel, publicity agent and representative. She was paid, the indictment al leged to attempt to influence Amer j ican public opinion through speeches delivered in various cities under the sponsorshp of various organizatons and commttees. Miss Ingalls won the Harmon Trophy for woman flyers in 1935 and holds the women's transcontinental speed record in both directions. Delivery of Parcels To Federal Workers Ordered Stopped Request Being Made To Avert Sabotage And Avoid Confusion All Government workers have been asked to cease the practice of hav ing packages from stores delivered to their offices. A circular letter from the Federal Works Agency, which supervises Government buildings, to the chief clerks of all departments and agen cies requested that the matter be | brought to the attention of all workers. The letter pointed out that "in view of the national emergency” the request was being made ‘ to prevent sabotage” and "avoid confusion.” It was pointed out that many Government workers, who are away from home during the hours when stores usually make deliveries, made a habit of having such packages de livered to their offices. The letter indicated the possibility that saboteurs might take advantage of the arrangement by which such packages are admitted to public buildings. In some agencies, such as the War and Navy Departments, all incoming and outgoing packages must be inspected by guards. This requires time and creates confusion when large numbers of workers are carrying their shopping out of the buildings. Wardman Maifre d'Hotel Enlists to Fight Native Reich Ralph Paul Balke, captain of the dining room at the Wardman Park Hotel for more than a year, whose mother and brother now live in his native city of Berlin, left by bus for Fort Meade, Md„ this morning, after joining the Army yesterday. “I have my beliefs.” he said. “I want to fight for them.” Although he is 40 years old, his enlistment was allowed because of three years’ previous service in the Army. He was told he probably would be enrolled in the Air Corps. Mr. Balke's brother is exempt from service in Germany because of a hearing ailment, but he believes he may have a cousin in that Army. He heard from his mother only a month ago. He was in Berlin during the first World War. He came to this country at 22. enlisting in the Army shortly after his arrival. He said yesterday he hoped to be sent to Hawaii, having served his three years in the Ha waiian Department. He was previously maitre d’hotel at La Guardia Airport Restaurant and at New York’s Luchow’s. His | wife Is an auditor for a private com pany. 6-Day War Department Week Begins Tomorrow The 25,000 employes of the War Department will go on a 6-day 48 hour work week, beginning tomor row, under an order issued late yesterday by Secretary Stimson. The longer hours will apply to all field and departmental employes. The order was issued under pro visions of an executive order giving department heads authority to fix working hours for employes. A 44-hour week will begin Mon day for Commerce Department em ployes and similar houra will be worked by those in the Interior De partment after January 26. Means to Tighten Up Welfare Procedure Urged by Van Hyning Tells Trade Board Unit Specialists Needed to Set Efficiency Standards Welfare Director Conrad Van Hyning told a Board of Trade com mittee yesterday his office at present is not equipped to evaluate the worth of Washington's public wel fare program accurately or to gauge the efficiency of institutional pur chasing officers. “We are spending a lot of money which Is unsupervised. and there are a lot of holes in that procedure.” Mr Van Hyning declared in an informal talk to the Charities and Corrections Committee in the Olmstead Grill, 1336 G street N.W. Seeks to Establish Standards. The welfare director emphasized he had not been given reason to be lieve funds were being mismanaged but explained the existing setup did not permit of a reliable check on relative competence of purchasing officers in buying supplies. He s?-id he had requested the Commissioners to provide a cost accountant and an engineer for the office in order that standards of efficiency could be established through study. The fact institutions for juvenile delinquents are staffed by personnel that is “largely custodial" makes it difficult to determine whether con tinued institutionalization is the best solution of -a particular case. Mr. Van Hyning told the committee. He said local taxpayers could be surer their money was being ex pended wisely for this purpose if specialized personnel were provided to check on progress or lack of it In children being cared for by agencies of the Board of Public Welfare. Stefan Bill Recommended. He said he hoped appropriate com mittees of the Board of Trade would assist with suggestions for bringing “good business" into administration of public welfare funds. The committee voted 13 to 7 to approve a subcommittee's report recommending the Stefan bill pro viding registration procedure for or ganizations wishing to solicit funds for charitable purposes. The matter thereby was sent to the trade group's Board of Directors for consideration. Several clergymen on the commit tee cautioned against hasty approval of the measure in its present form and suggested that a more specific , protection for the churches should be incorporated in order to prevent investigation of church affairs by a governmental agency. It was indicated churchmen would seek to appear at a public hearing on the bill before a Senate commit tee. The legislation has been ap proved by the House. D. C. Drivers Buy 9r200 Aufo Stamps First Day More than 9.200 Federal automo bile-use tax stamps—the latest driv ing necessity—were sold in Washing ton postoffices during the first day's sale yesterday, Postmaster Vincent C. Burke reported today. Mr. Burke said sales are brisk, but added the pace will have to be stepped up if all of the estimated 180.000 District car-owners are to have their stickers by February 1. The stamps are on sale at all win dows transacting financial business in the 31 classified branch stations. I the main post office and contract branches in the Capitol building and at Army and Navy establishments in the District. The stickers cost $2.09 and will be good from February 1 to July 1. when a $5 stamp will be required for the following year. The Treasury Department said shipping delays would prevent post offices and Federal revenue offices in some communities from getting their supplies immediately. By mistake, the first batch of stickers had the glue on the wrong side, but that didn’t seem to deter motorists from rushing to get them. Boston Gallery Closed To Save Japanese Art B7 the Associated Press. BOSTON, Jan. 16.—The Museum of Fine Arts has closed its galleries devoted to Japanese art to protect the objects from fanatics. "Thoughtful people know that there is no connection between the behavidr of the Japanese today and a Japanese Buddhist or Tosa paint ing of the 13th century," said Direc tor G. H. EdgeU in his annual report today to the trustees. ‘‘Nevertheless, feeling will run high, fanatics will be abroad, and the type of mentality that would cut down a Japanese cherry tree in Washington might well slash a Japanese kakemono in Boston.” Tenants Routed By Fires in Two Rooming Houses Several Are Burned In Early-Morning Blazes Here Two rooming house fires here early today routed tenants from beds, burned two of them and sev eral firemen and caused a traffic accident in which three men were hurt. Dense smoke arose from a three alarm basement fire at 1700 U street N.W., forcing firemen to rescue all except one occupant by ladders. One man manged to get down the stairs before flames and smoke shut off 'his sole means of exit. Firemen estimated more than a dozen colored people in night clothes, including a 14-month-old baby and an 8-year-old girl, were rescued from the second and third floors of the brick building which houses a grocery store on the first floor. One woman, awaking in suffocat ing smoke, started to jump from a second-floor window but was halted by a passerby and told to wait until the firemen arrived. They brought her to safety. Fire Engine Hits Auto. Twenty-two pieces of apparatus were called to the fire. Its origin 1 was not determined at once. The ! first alarm was turned in by a resi dent of an apartment across the street who noticed flames shooting up from the rear of the store. A fire engine from No. 12 Engine Co . answering the alarm, smashed into a passenger car, which, accord ing to police, failed to give the right of way at Rhode Island and Florida avenues N.W. The driver of the auto. Charles W. Roberts. 50, of the Miramar Apartments, was taken to Emergency Hospital and treated for cuts on the scalp and nose. The fire truck stove in the side of his car and hurtled it more than 25 feet across the highway. Also Injured in the crash were Capt. R. A. Galpin of No. 12 Engine Company, whose hand was cut. and Pvt. E. W. Auld. who was thrown from the engine in the collision and received bftises. In an earlier fire at 1422 Massa chusetts avenue N.W., 20 occupants were routed by the blaze in the third-floor front of the four-story brick building. Rescued from their third-floor rooms. Henry A. Maulsby, 54. was in a serious condition at Emergency Hospital with third-de gree burns on his face and Harris Katsinbardis. 46. was treated at Emergency for first-degree bums on his face and neck. Sergt. C. E. McGhee of No. 1 En gine Company was taken to Emer gency for burns of the hands and Fireman William K. Bental of No. 3 Truck Company was treated for a cut right hand. Several other fire men were treated for slight burns at the scene. The cause of the fire was being investigated. Two Washingtonians Killed In Maryland Truck Crash Two Washington men were killed yesterday when the truck in which they were riding crashed head-on into another truck on Central ave nue near Halls Comer, Md. George N. Jackson. 34. of the 400 block of Franklin street N.E., said by police to have been the driver of one of the vehicles, was killed instantly. His companion. Gerald E. Costley, 34. 1235 Hamlin street N.E.. died last night in Casualty Hospital of injuries suffered in the accident. According to Maryland State Po lice, the truck driven by Mr. Jack son crashed into one driven by Stanley S. Weiner. 33, of Annapolis. Police charged the latter, who suffered slight injuries, with man slaughter. Polish Club Will Invest $500 in Defense Bonds The Polish Club. Polish National Alliance, Group 848. of Washington has voted to invest $500 in Defense bonds. New officers were installed with S. J. Jarwin as president at the club's first meeting of 1942. One of the first acts of the new officers. It was said, will be to pre sent the usual $5 in dimes to thp Mile o’ Dimes campaign. Other of ficers installed are: Sophie Rutkoski. first vice president; Francis Adam ski, jr„ second vice president; An tonette Grodecki. financial secre tary; Irene Doda, treasurer: Stanley Golden, educational director: Egno Leneski, sports director: Vina K. Staron, secretary: Martin Terry, sergeant at arms: Marcel Pelc. mar shal; John Golab. trustee: Mrs. A. Pelc, membership director, and Henry Rakoski, publicity and social director. Landlord Who Cut Rent Is Assured He Broke No Law The unusual case of a land lord who feared he had broken the law because he had reduced rent in the last year came up before Rent Administrator Robert F. Cogswell today. This landlord was renting a house for $100 to a tenant on January 1. 1941. freezing date for the District control law which went into effect two weeks ago. The following month he reduced the rent to $75. He realized, he said, the tenant could not pay more than the latter figure. He asked Mr. Cogswell if the law compels him to raise it to $100 again. Mr. Cogswell assured the man he was within his rights to re duce the rent to any figure he wished, in fact, he added it is a very unusual and commend able thing to do. The adminis trator explained that by freezing rents the law establishes a maximum rent ceiling. There is no minimum.