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Ferry Pilots Killed
In Crash Called
'Cream of Crop'
15 Officers and Men
Were Doing Fine Job,
Official Declares
BT th* Associated Press.
LONG BEACH. Calif Jan. 20.—
The Ferry Command of the Air
Corps lost some of its finest pilots
with the deaths of 15 officers and
men in a T. W. A. transport crash
near Las Vegas. Nev., Friday night.
"They might have been the honor
roll of the command,” a high offi
cial said today. "They were doing
a hell of a fine job.”
The officer consented to be quoted
after a reporter pointed out that
Carole Lombard, another victim of
the crash, had been given the head
line play although the ferry pilots
undoubtedly were heroes. The com
mand previously had limited infor
mation regarding its flyers to their
names and home addresses.
Deaths Big Loss.
"Our men we;-e just doing their
duty—a routine job.
"All of these men were top
notchers. Their deaths are a big
loss, felt by all of us. They were
► some of our oldest crews. They were
doins a *remendof!s job.”
The officer said the men had fer
ried planes to Britain, to Canada,!
to the East Coast of the United
States ever since the service was
started July 1.
"They were eager to go anywhere,
env time—the cream of the crop.”
He said names of the pilots were
withheld a short time the night of
tne crash "until we checked and
double checked our records.” He
explained how even then one error
crept into the list.
Story of Comradeship.
It's a story of the comradeship
that exists among the pilots—and a
story’ of why First Lt. Burton K.
Voorhees is alive to ferry more
planes and Second Lt. Frederick J.
Dittman of Oakland. Calif., is not.
Awaiting arrival of transports, Lt.
Dittman remarked. "I've never been
on a stratollner. I'd like to see how j
lt goes."
"Take my seat.” Lt. Voorhees of
fered. "I've ridden them.”
Lt. Dittman did—and died.
Lt. Voorhees' name remained on |
the T. W. A passenger list. He came
on in Lt. Dittman's seat in another
plane, telephoned headquarters and |
enabled officials to correct the list
almost before it was circulated.
Washington Student Wins
Debating Honors at G. U.
The Merrick Debate Medal, chief
debating honor at Georgetown Uni
versity, was awarded last night in
annual competition to Robert Neu.
a Washington student in the college
of arts and sciences.
The contest, held in Gaston Hall. 4
was open to members of the Philo
demic Society. In addition to win
ning the individual honor. Mr. Neu
was on the negative side which was
awarded the verdict in the debate
on the question of whether the
Federal Government should regulate
labor unions.
The other member of the negative
team was William V. Finn of Cin- j
cinnati, president of the Student ;
Council and also president of the
Philodemic Society. On the affirma
tive team were William L. Blum
of Cincinnati and Peter J. King, jr., 1
of Concord. N. H.
The judges last night were Wil
liam K. Wimsatt, William J. Mc
Guire and Anthony B Brenhan,
local alumni. James E Coyle, vice
president of the society, was chair
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davit, that Justice Goldsborough
shouted at him: “Get this into your
head. I am going to try this case
and no one else.” He said the re
marks were made on the occasion 1
of the visit to the jurist’s chambers
with Edward J. Hickey, jr.. special
assistant to the Attorney General.
Mr. Maloney said in filing his affi- 1
davit that because of the personal:
bias of the judge the Government
cannot obtain a fair trial.
The affidavit asserts that Justice
Goldsborough has " a personal bias
or prejudice against the Govern
ment. of the United States in this
case.” During the course of the
conversation in chambers. Mr. Ma
loney claims, Justice Goldsborough
"I don’t give a * * * about the
Government's position." when the
lawyer had requested that the origi
nal trial date of February 2 be ad
hered to and said that no one would
be prejudiced by the delay.
Sets Wednesday.
After he had overruled the de
fense motions argued by Emil Mo
rosini, jr.. of New York, Justice
Goldsborough remarked:
•T cannot anticipate the future,
hut I know of no reason why this
case cannot be tried on Wednes
Mr. Maloney maintains that Feb
ruary 2 was set as the trial
date by Justice F. Dickinson Letts
some time ago. District Court, by
e general term order issued early
in December, directed that the jurist
presiding in Criminal Court No. 1
have charge of the assignment of
criminal cases. Justice Goldsbor
ough has been officiating there since
the fall.
Mr. Maloney asserted he has just
finished the trial before Justice
Letts in which George Hill, second
secretary of Representative Fish.
Republican, of New York, was found
guilty of perjury before the District
grand jury in its inquiry into Nazi
propaganda activities. He says that
to require him to go to trial tomor
row is “rushing" the Government
into the case.
Justice Goldsborough at yester
riav afternoon's hearing told Mr.
Maloney that, he had five clear days'
notice of the trial * tomorrow, and
that the Government, anxious for
a quick trial, has been ready to try
the case since November. The jurist
asserted from the bench that he
was not prejudiced either against
Mr. Maloney or Mr. Hickey and
declared that while he was annoyed
bv the former's conduct in his cham
bers. the conduct was "rather juve
“The court is utterly astounded at
your filing such an affidavit,” de
clared Justice Goldsborough. and
Defense Counsel Morisini spoke up
to say that the defense had nothing
to do with setting the case and was
satisfied with Justice Goldsborough
•r any other judge.
husband of Carole Lombard, appeared in public for the first
time yesterday since the death of his wife in the T. W. A. plane
crash on Table Mountain. After seeing to funeral arrangements
he drove to the foothills and asked a recovery party to make a
careful search of the wreckage for Miss Lombard's wedding ring
and a ‘‘V for Victory” pin she was wearing. —A. P. Wirephoto.
U. 5. Air Forces Sent
To Curacao and Aruba
B? the Associated Press.
BALBOA, Canal Zone. Jan. 20 —
Army headquarters announced last
night that the United States, in co
operation with the Netherlands gov
ernment, has sent air forces to the
islands of Aruba and Curacao “to
assist in protection of those v'ltally
important oil centers.” ,
The islands are off the coast of
Venezuela. Witn Dutch Guiana,
where the United States sent a pro
tective force ^n November^they con
stitute the principal Netherlands
possessions in the Western Hem
Missing Cargo Mane
Is Hunted in Alaska
By the Associated Press.
War Department officials said last
night a search was being conducted
for a cargo plane missing in Alaska
since Saturday.
The plane took off from Ladd
Field. Alaska, for WTiite Horse.
Yukon Territory, with two other
planes. After encountering heavy
weather, two of the planes returned
to their take-off point, but the cargo
plane, after several radio contacts,
reported it was running out of fuel
and landing on a river.
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that the question of subsidies might
produce particularly difficult prob
lems and commented: “It begins
to look to us as if we will have to
set up a sort of ‘semi-indigent’ type
of institution.”
Mr. Mason said later in answer to
Mr. Randolph that he was not pre
pared to agree definitely on a pres
ent need for 1,000 more beds.
“We are convinced, however, that
there is a need for four or five hun
dred beds and we will provide them
in some way.”
Chairman Randolph promised
early action and asked that the
Commissioners pursue their own
He explained the hearing was in
tended to present “the whole pic
Mr. Maverick said he, too. was
concerned principally with those
who could afford to pay something
for care.
He indorsed the Randolph bill in
principle and recommended:
1. The immediate building of hos
pital units providing at least 1,000
additional beds.
2. Consideration of units or addi
tions providing another 1.000 beds
and “the grant of Government sub
sidies and aid to provide hospitals.”
He said he did not think the bill
under consideration should place
restrictions on where the facilities
should be built.
Mr. Maverick admitted he would
like to see the committee “preju
diced" against hospital officials who
might press for permanent type con
"Steel is more needed for Singa
pore * * • and for killing Japs
and Nazis than it is here.
"You can deliver babies just as
well in primative surroundings if
you have plenty of hot water and
such as that.”
He urged that the committee name
a subcommittee to study and report
back on the matter within a week,
"This is not a Gilbert and Sulli
van war. It's a real war, and we
ought to be prepared."
Health Officer George C. Ruhland
was first to testify.
He cited "a distressing shortage
of hospital beds for obstretical
cases and for children.”
Dr. Ruhland expressed agreement
with the 1.000 split in additional
beds at Gallinger and Glenn Dale
as an urgent need for the present
services of the institutions. He re
minded that provision of treatment
for paying patients was a matter
calling for decision on basic policy
as to how far government should go
in helping those in the low-income,
but not indigent, group.
Progress Made, Ruhland Says.
Dr. Ruhland said in answer to a
question from Mr. Randolph that
Washington has made progress in
public health “within the limits of
“We are far from-where we ought
to be,” he added.
President Pays
Tribute to
Carole Lombard
A personal tribute.to Carole Lom
bard came yesterday from President
Roosevelt in a message to her hus- !
band. Clark Gable, the Associated
Press repotted from Los Angeles.
The actress, who was en route
home after helping in a Defense
bond sale in Indianapolis when she
y.-as killed in an airplane crash, also
was praised in speeches in the
House and Senate.
“Mrs. Roosevelt and I are deeply
distressed," read the President's
message. “Carole was our friend,
our guest in happier days.
"She brought great joy to all who
knew her and to the millions who
knew her only as a great artist. She ;
gave unselfishly of her time and
talent to serve her Government in
peace and in wrar. She loved her
"She is and always will be a star,
one we shall never forget nor cease
to be grateful to. Deepest sym
The Senate heard a brief tribute
paid by Senator Willis, Republican,
of Indiana. H° praised Miss Lom
bard as "a great actress and a loyal
citizen,” citing her sales o' more
than $2,000,000 in Defense bonds in
Representative Ludlow, Democrat,
of Indiana told the House that "In
diana and the Nation mourn." He
was permitted to insert in the Con*
gressional Record the text of the
"last speech" of the Indiana-born
motion picture star—a plea for pub
lic purchase of Defense bonds.
U-Boat Packs OffU.S. Held
Seeking Good Hunting Area
LONDON, Jan. 20 —Packs of Ger
man submarines off the North
American coast probably are making
a ‘‘reconnaissance in force" looking
for a profitable hunting ground, a
British authority declared today.
This probably explains the tor
pedoing of ships close to the United
States shore, he said.
The Germans may "have had
some wild idea" that Prime Minister
Churchill would return to Britain by
sea and may have sent out subma
rine packs to sink him, he said. But,
he added, that was doubtful because
they would not have tipped off their
position by sinking other vessels.
(Churchill flew home via Bermuda.)
This source pointed out that U
boats must prepare for a round trip
of 7,000 miles in order to operate off
the American coast and that this
limits their stay to 10 or 12 days
unless they can refuel from supply
ships, a difficult operation.
They probably passed through
North Atlantic convoy routes en
route to their hunting grounds, he
said, and thus "there's always the
chance of picking up a target',"
Women to Speed Up
Bomber Production
By the Associated Press.
KANSAS CITY, Kans., Jan. 20.
Officials of North American Avia
tion, Inc., said yesterday that 40 per
; cent of its workers at the bomber
assembly plant it operates here
probably will be women under a
plan to step up production.
Employment of women for work
in the plant stock rooms began to
day and training of women for
skilled work in the factory is to be
started immediately. Wives of men
i now in military service will be given
, preference.
Parks Lecture Tomorrow
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subject of the National Park Service
program at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the
departmental auditorium. Myron H.
Avery, organizer and former presi
' dent of the Potomac Appalachian
Trail Club, will be the speaker,
illustrating his talk with colored
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Wrecked Airliner
Was Far Off Course;
No Engine Trouble
Nineteen of 22 Bodies
Taken to Los Vegas;
Accident Delays Others
By the Associated Press.
LAS VEGAS, Nev., Jan. 20.—The
Trancontinental & Western Air
transport which carried Carole
Lombard, 15 ferry pilots and six
others to death was 7 miles off Its
course and presumably d d not have
engine trouble, investigators report
ed today.
A T. W. A. spokesman said the
luxury ship was 7 miles northwest
of its course. He stated the course
is 25 miles wide and that T. W. A.
planes are not routed over such hig»i
peaks as the 8.700-foot mountain
into which the ship crashed Friday
A representative of the Civil Aero
nautics Authority said propellers of
the twiv -enu'hed craft were not
feathered, as they wowld Lave been
if the motors had faltered. He said
that discounted a theory that the
engines might have failed.
Instruments Reduced to Junk.
All instruments were reduced to
junk, e'iminating any chance of
gaining a clue to the cause from
The investigation is being con
ducted ov the Army, the C. A. A.,
two representatives of the House
of Representatives Committee on
Major Air Disasters, T. W. A. and
local officials.
Nineteen of the 22 bodies have
been brought to the Garrison mor
tuary here. Arrival of three others
was delayed overnight when a horse
carrying one plunged down a moun
tainside. became lodged between
trees and had to be destroyed.
Because of darkness, the party
bringing the bodies of Mrs. Eliza
beth K Peters, mother of Miss Lom
bard. and a man camped overnight
at the scene of the horses plunge,
only one-fourth mile below the ,
wreck scene.
Earlier, Coroner B. Mahlon Brown
had announced that all bodies were
here and that an inquest would be
held last night to permit release of ;
those of Miss Lombard. Mrs!" Pe- !
ters and Otto Winkler, Metro-Gold
wyn-Mayer publicity man. The
three were to have been sent to
•Glendale, a Los Angeles suburb, for
funeral services Thursday.
Gable Ends Isolation.
Coroner Brown had said Mrs. Pe
ters’ body was identified by dental
work and that efforts would be
made to identify all by dental
work or, in the case of the ferry
pilots, bv fingerprints if they could
be obtained.
Because of the delay, it was un- i
certain when any of the bodies
would be released to relatives.
Clark Gable. Miss Lombard's hus- i
band, broke his hotel room isola
tion yesterday to visit a mortuary
and select a casket. He did not
view her body, choosing to remem
ber her as he last saw her a week
Then he drove to the foothills and i
asked a recovery party to search
the wreckage carefully for /Miss !
Lombard's wedding ring and a
V for victory pin she was wearing.
Mrs. Blanche K. Parker
Dies in Takoma Park,Md.
Mrs. Blanche Kennon Parker. 72,
of 53 Takoma avenue, Takoma Park,
Md., died at her home yesterday
after a long illness. She was the
widow of Thomas J Parker of
Washington and Orange County,
Mrs. Parker, born in Culpeper !
County. Va.. resided in Washington '
and Takoma Park for 50 years. She
was a charter member of the Beth
any Baptist Church.
She is survived by two daughters.
Mrs. Dalton E. Leary. Takoma Park,
and Mrs. Elnathan Kemper Nelson.
Sligo Park Hills: a sister. Mrs. C. C.
Miller; three brothers, Charles C..
George H. and Ira H. Kennon. all
of Washington, and two grandchil
Funeral services will be at the
Bethany Church at 2:30 p.m. to
morrow, with burial in Rock Creek
N. A. M. Issues List
Of 1942 Directors
By the Associated Press.
HEW YORK, Jan. 20.—The Na
tional Association of Manufacturers
announced yesterday its 1942 Board
of Directors, 94 men from 34 States
representing virtually every' type of
New York, with 20 business men,
led in the number on the board.
Illinois was represented by 11 and
Ohio by five.
They were appointed by the asso
ciation’s new' president. William P.
Witherow, president of the Blaw
Knox Co., Pittsburgh.
Brazilian Ship Sails
Without Von Thermann
By the Associated Press.
Brazilian steamship Almirante A
Jaceguav on which Baron Edmund
von Thermann German Ambassador
to Argentina, was expected to leave,
sailed yesterday without him. Von
Thermann had been recalled to
Berlin to report.
The Lloyd Brasileiro line said the
Ambassador had a reservation, but
did not purchase a ticket. This is
the second false start made by Von
Thermann—he was supposed to
have gone on a Spanish steamer
January 4, but didn’t.
RU C Beaut* Our Duty
Cdl Mr.PyU NUiif
Coleman L. Blease,
Ex-Senator, Dies
In South Carolina
Perennial Candidate
Was Stormy Figure in
State, National Politics
Coleman L. Blease, former United
States Senator from South Carolina,
where he was a political storm cen
ter for years, died last night in a
Columbia (S. C.» hospital, the As
sociated Press reported. He was 73
years old.
A perennial candidate for office
since the 1890s, Mr. Blease was Gov
ernor of South Carolina from 1911
to 1915, and was United States Sena
tor from 1925 to 1931. He shot into
the national limelight in his first
administration as Governor because
of his issue of nearly 3,000 pardons.
He bitterly attacked America's
entry into the World War, and Pres
ident Wilson's policies. In 1917
President Wilson made a direct ap
peal to South Carolina voters, ask
ing the former's Governor's defeat
in his race for the Senate.
Skillful Criminal Lawyer.
In private life a skillful criminal
lawyer, Mr. Blease was a candidate
for Governor or Senator in almost
every primary in the last two dec
ades. His last race was for Governor
in 1938.
In later years he usually polled
enough votes to enter a second pri
mary, but never was nominated.
Last year he was elected by the
General Assembly to the State Un
employment Compensation Commis
sion, and began his four-year term
last July 1.
Mr. Blease was born in Newberry.
S. C , October 8. 1868 He attended
Newberry College, the University of
South Carolina and Georgetown
University. The year after his
graduation from Georgetown in
1889. he was elected to the State
House of Representatives, where he
served almost a decade.
Was Constant Candidate.
Whether ‘‘Coley" Blease was
elected to more public offices than
any other man of his time, as he
said, or was defeated for public
office more than any other man, as
many of his political foes said, he
was a candidate in almost every
election after he attained his ma
jority. Following his terms in the
State House of Representatives, he
was later State Senator and served
as presidential elector in 1896 and
1900. In 1910 he became Mayor of
Newberry, from which office he re
signed to become Governor.
Mr. Blease was Governor for two
2-year terms till 1915. and one of
the last acts of his administration
was a blanket pardon for many
hundreds of persons free on parole.
Referring to the pardons, he told
Senate colleagues that ‘‘they were
poor and helpless, with no one to
speak for them, no money to hire
lawyers, no money to circulate peti
tions, no money to have friends
come into the Governors office and
make appeals for them. Some of
them served for years and years for
the very smallest offenses."
Disbanded National Guard.
In January. 1915. he startled the
State bv resigning a week before the
expiration of his second term and
the notice, written in red ink. was
cheered by the Legislature. An
earlier skirmish with the War De
partment, over the disposition of the
State militia led to an executive
ordpr Immediately before his resig
nation. disbanding the entire State
National Guard. The order was
rescinded by Gov. Richard 1. Man
ning, his successor.
Out of public office for nine years.
Mr. Blease went into the 1924 sen
atorial primary, a four-cornered
fieht in which he won over Repre
sentative James F Byrnes, later
United States Senator and now an
associate justice of the Supreme
Court. Mr. Blease. who was bitterly
opposed to the policies of President
Wilson, including the League of Na
tions. carried his disregard of party
regularity into the Senate. In 1926
he prevented a Senate vote on a res
olution of adherence to the World
Court by conducting a filibuster.
Admired Dawes and Borah.
Discussing party organization a
year later with South Carolina
newspapermen, he said he did not
belong to the Democratic party, "if
by the party is meant the caucus
that tries to dictate how I should
vote." He professed great admira
tion for Vice President Dawes and
Senator Borah of Idaho, both Re
Mr. Blease was married twice. In
1890 he married Miss Lillie B. Sum
mers, who died in 1934. and in 1939
he was married to Mrs. Carolina
Floyd. Among his survivors ts a
half brother, former Chief Justice
Eugene S. Blease of the South Caro
lina Supreme Court.
Funeral sendees will be held in
Columbia at 3 p.m. tomorrow, with
burial in Newberry.
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Defense Sidelights
Meeting at Gordon High Tonight;
Many of Prominence Among Wardens
The safety of children in an air
raid will be discussed at a defense
rally at 8 o'clock tonight in Gordon
Junior High School. Speakers will
include Mrs. Robert Patterson, wife
of the Assistant Secretary of War;
Col. Lemuel Bolles. director of civil
ian defense for the Metropolitan
Area, and Chief Air-Raid Warden
Clement Murphy.
The meeting is sponsored by the
parent-teacher associations in the
Northwest section and Col. Bolles i
will answer quest'ons of parents :
concerning precautions for chi'dren. j
A defense wieeting for tenants of
Somerset House, 1801 Sixteenth
street N.W., was conducted last
night by Representative Pearson of
Tennessee. Air-raid protective serv
ice was organized.
Commissioner Young, co-ordinator
of defense for the District, has on
his list of air-raid wardens retired
rear admirals and generals, doctors, j
bankers, lawyers and representatives
of many other professions and
Courses in incendiary bombs will J
start at 8:30 pjn. today at Columbus i
University. F. Moran McCorihe, :
deputy air-raid warden for the Du
pont Circle area, has asked all zone,
senior, sector and building wardens
and their assistants to attend the
course, which will last four eve- ;
nings. After tonight the classes will
be held January’ 22. 27 and 29.
The District Defense Council is
arranging to purchase films illus
trating how to flgnt incendiary
bombs. They will be loaned to com- I
munity groups.
Headquarters for two committees
of the voluntary participation divi
sion of the Civilian Defense Council
have been established at the Council I
1 of Social Agencies, 1101 M street
N.W, One is the Nutrition Commit
tee. under the chairmanship of Mrs.
Helen Monroe, who is acting as co- ,
ordinator of all branches of nutri- '
tion defense, including production,
consumption, service and consumer
research. The other group is the
Consumer Interest Committee, which
is headed by Mrs. O. M. Lorenz. Aid
ing these committees is the health
division of the Council of Social
Agencies, of which Mrs. Robert Mc
Gee is secretary.
The Washington Society of En
gineers. endeavoring to supply 100
engineers, builders and architects
for volunteer duty under the Fed
eral co-ordinator of civilian defense,
has issued a call to its membership
for the required number of tech
The authorities have asked the
society to participate in the local
air raid protection program. It is
planned to have an engineer as
signed to each of the 65 air-raid
warden districts of the city so that
the warden, engineer and president
of the citizens’ association will con
stitute a committee to chart plans
for the protection of their district
in co-operation with the air-raid
shelter survey section of the Engi
neer Commissioner's office.
Puerto Ricans Request
Removal of Tugwell
By the Associated Press.
SAN JUAN. Puerto Rico. Jan 20.
—The removal of Gov. Rexford Guy
Tugwell of Puerto Rico as the only
means of obtaining co-operation
and harmony in working out civil
defense plans was urged yesterday
in a message to President Roosevelt
by leaders of the island's Republican
and Socialist parties.
The action by this combination,
representing a majority of the
Puerto Rican electorate, followed
Mr. Tugwell’s replacement of San
Juan municipal officials on the city's
Defense Committee
In eliminating the officials from
the committee Mr. Tugwell had
charged that there was a lag in
civilian defense plans.
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10% Off on Burhtrry's, Oxford 6t Fin# English Ovarcoats
$100 Woman's Cashmtra Topcoats from England $69.50
$2.85 $3.95 $4.95
$11.45, $11.85, $12.85
1409 G STREET, N.W.

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