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Walsh Proposes Curb
On Naval Contracts
Let Without Bids
Senator Says Limitation
Would Cut Excess Profits;
Plane Costs Questioned
B» the Auoeiatfd Press.
Limitation of the Navy’s au
thority to negotiate contracts
without competitive bidding was
proposed today by Chairman
Walsh of the Senate Naval Af
fairs Committee as a step toward
curbing excess profits.
With colleagues questioning the
cost of Army fighting planes. Sen
ator Walsh told reporters he hoped
to amend a pending bill so that the
Navy’s negotiated contracts would
yield no excessive profits.
That might be accomplished, he
said, by providing for the writing of
cost restrictions into plane and ship
contracts, pending submission by the
Treasury of a definite plan to re
strict or recapture through taxation
large profits obtained from arma
ment contracts.
Senators La Pollette, Progressive,
of Wisconsin, and Tydings, Demo
crat, of Maryland, said in the Senate
yesterday that Congress ought to
look more painstakingly into pro- i
posed expenditures for war equip- j
The Senate, after 27 minutes of
debate, unanimously approved and
sent to the White House yesterday ;
a $12,556,672,474 Army appropria
tions measure providing funds for
23,000 oombat and 10,000 training
Meanwhile, a Senate aubcommit
tee today took up a $19,977565,474
naval appropriation bill which in-1
eludes funds for 27,000 fighting
Secretary of Navy Knox testified '
for nearly two hours before the!
committee in a closed session. He
later told newspapermen that when
the Navy completes its expansion
program it expects to have super- I
lority all over the werld.
Knox Proud of Asiatic Fleet.
Asked to comment on the sinking
of many Japanese ships in the Paci
fic during the last few days, the
secretary said he is “very proud of
what the Asiatic fleet is doing.”
The secretary said no important
changes had been requested in the
big supply bill as it passed the House
The bill is being considered by
the Naval Appropriations Subcom
mittee, presided over by Senator
Overton of Louisiana.
Before the Army planes bill passed
yesterday Senator Tydings said he
believed the time had arrived for
some reduction in the cost of in
dividual planes because the country
rapidly was reaching a mass pro
duction basis.
La Follette Warm Senate.
Senator Tydings declared that the
average coat of planes and equip
ment under the bill would be $250,
000 each and said it appeared that
a "fixed figure” had been estab
lished which was not being reduced
even though costs dropped.
Complaining that the Senate was
called on to approve the bill before ,
the printed record of hearings be-:
fore the Appropriations Committee J
became available, Senator La Fol
lette said that Congress was in a
fair way toward losing its control
of the purse.
"Congress has a share in the re
sponsibility for this matter and it
cannot escape the ultimate account
ing that the people of this country
will demand on the conduct of the
war,” Senator La Follette said.
Supporting the Appropriation
Committee’s appeal for speedy
action on the measure. Senator Mc
Kellar, Democrat, of Tennessee said,
Lt. Gen. Henry H. Arnold, chief of
staff for air, had promised that every
possible step would be taken to re-1
duce the cost of planes.
Gen. Arnold's testimony before
the Senate subcommittee disclosed ;
that the War Department was draft-'
ing plans for a 24-hour day and a
seven-day week in the aircraft in- j
Already, the general said, the de
partment is nearing production of
1,000 heavy bombers monthly, twice
the number previously planned. The
bill enacted yesterday, he testified,
would maintain the present produc
tion pace of trainers until June,
1943, of tactical planes through De
cember 31, 1943. and of heavy
bombers through June, 1944. Except
for heavy bombers the schedule does
not take into consideration the
planned industrial speedup, he
More Funds to Be Asked.
Funds for another huge increase
in the production of flying craft will
be requested, he said, when the
plans are completed.
Meanwhile, William Green, presi
dent of the American Federation of
Labor, issued a statement declaring
that the recent report of the House
Naval Committee on defenSe profits
constituted a "slur on the record of j
the American trade union move
The report January 19, signed by ]
14 members, blamed strikes as “the '
greatest single cause of delay in the
defense program” and said that
“tremendous financial gains” made i
by unions during the defense effort
“present an astounding picture of
concentration of wealth, hitherto I
usually associated only with indus
try and finance.”
Mr. Green said that the “com
mittee’s conclusion that the Amer-1
ican trade unions have sought to
benefit from the defense program to !
the detriment of the public interest 1
is utterly without foundation or
Anti-Labor Bias Charged.
“The committee's failure to ex
amine and report on organized
labor's contribution to defense and
the cost of such contribution sus
tained by trade unions is conclusive
proof of the committees anti-labor
The A. F. L. leader said that the
“astonishing picture of concentra
tion of wealth’’ was based on find
ings of the committee that 117 labor
organizations, whose membership
totals 6,085,832 members, increased
their assets by *10,679,294 during a
year and one-half, extending from
October 1, 1939 to March 31, 1941.
Mr. Green said it was a matter of
^simple arithmetic’’ that the figures
represented an increase in assets of
11.75 a member for a period of 18
months, or 9.7 cents a member a
month. For the 3,276,568 members
of the 81 A. F. L. unions alone, he
continue, there was an increase in
assets of *2.28 a member for the 18
month period, or an Increase of 12.8
•ents a member a month.
RESCUED FROM CHINA SEA—Cecil Brown, Columbia Broad
casting System correspondent, who was on the British battle
cruiser Repulse when Japanese planes sank it off the Malay
coast, is shown aboard a destroyer a half hour after he was
rescued. The wad of waste in hLs right hand was used to wipe
oil from his face. —A. P. Wirephoto.
Gen. Martin Given Command
Of Air Forces in Northwest
Officer Was Relieved
Of Hawaiian Post
After Pearl Harbor
Maj. Gen. Frederick Martin, who
was relieved of command of the
Hawaiian Air Force after the Pearl
Harbor attack, was given a new as
signment today in a list of several1
changes in the Army Air Forces.
Gen. Martin was made commander
of ■ the 2nd Air Force with head
quarters at Fort George Wright.1
Washington, which has responsibil
ity for aerial defense of the vital
Northwest sector of the United
The Roberts Commission report
charged Maj. Gen. Walter C. Short
and Admiral Husband E. Kimmel
with “dereliction of duty,” but did
not name Gen. Martin, who was
subordinate to Gen. Short, then
commander of the Hawaiian De
Gem Martin succeeds Maj. Gen.
Millard F. Harmon at Fort Wright,
the latter having been assigned as
chief of the air staff. Army Air
Forces, with headquarters here.
Gen. Harmon has been acting
temporarily in that capacity at Boll
ing Field since Lt. Gen. Delos C.
Emmons was made commanding
general of the Hawaiian Department
after Pearl Harbor.
Brig. Gen. Paul Spaatz, Chief of
the Air Staff, who was nominated
yesterday to be temporary major
general, was assigned to duty as
Chief of the Air Force Combat
Command. This is one of the
principal combat forces of the Na
tion's air defense.
Col. Edgar P. Sorensen, Assistant;
Chief of the Air Staff in charge of
materiel and supply, has been re
lieved of that duty and reassigned
as Director of Bombardment Avia
tion on the Air Staff. He is being
succeeded by Col. Thomas J. Hanley,
jr„ who until January 4 was execu
tive officer of the 1st Air Force base
command at Mitchel Field, N. Y.
Gen. Martin is a native of Wash
ington Grove, Md.
(Continued From First Page.)
there must always be a nucleus of
an army of Government workers in
Washington, and in peacetime it
totals at least 100,000. For that rea
son. he emphasized, it is not possible
to transfer more than 25.000 at this
time to make way for Government
defense employes.
The public buildings commissioner
further told the committee the $50,
000,000 authorized to be appropriated
in each of the two defense housing
bills it has under consideration would
only provide housing facilities for
12,000 to 15,000 Government work
“Under those conditions,” he de
clared, “$50,000,000 is about the ab
solute minimum. I venture the
thought that within three months a
request will be made for an equal
amount, and I doubt then whether
that would be enough.”
Representative McGregor, Demo
crat, of Ohio asked if he would
recommend a greater amount at this
“No,” came the reply. “There is
a physical problem in spending $50,
Girls’ Dormitory Urged.
Mr. Reynolds said he “strongly”
recommended that as soon as the
$50,000,000 for emergency housing
becomes available that temporary
structures be erected quickly. One
of the most urgent needs, he de
clared. is a dormitory near Union
Station for the accommodation of at
least 200 girls. Such a place, he ex
plained. would be a temporary haven
for girl warworkers coming to Wash
Chairman Lanham inquired if the
vast East Potomac Park area in the
vicinity of Hains Point could be used
as a site for temporary homes. Mr.
Reynolds said it could, but added:
“There may be certain military
reasons for not going there. Fur
thermore Hains Point is subject to
Mr. Reynolds estimated it would
cost $150,000,000 to provide homes
and public works for 40,600 addi
tional war workers, at least $10,
000,000 of which would have to be
spent for public works not directly
connected with the housing accom
modations. For instance, he men
tioned specifically:
Seventeen new schools, five of
which would be senior high schools,
three hospitals and clinics, and ex
tensions to the water, sewer and fire
alarm systems, additional gas and
electric utilities, more police and
fire stations and garbage disposal
Emergency Needs Cited.
“Now we come to the question of
how much is needed for the present
emergency,” testified Mr. Reynolds.
"It has been estimated that 65,000
additional workers must be provided
for in or near the District in the
present calendar year. That is in
addition to the 103406 total as of
December 31. 1937. This number Is j
being reduced by decentralization.!
Present plans of decentralization
provide for 11,000 or 12,000 of the
“It is possible to move additional
people from Washington and it
should certainly be done with dis
patch. But there is a limit to the
number of people that can be moved.
"Therefore we are confronted with
the problem of providing housing for '
60.000 workers, perhaps one-half of
them with families. Of that 60,000
the defense housing co-ordinator in
dicated that for the 12 months start
ing July, 1942, and ending July,
1943, private enterprise would pro
vide 18.500 dwelling units. The de
fense housing unit may construct
7,500 apartments and 1,500 dormi
tories. That will take care of 27,000
out of the 60,000. leaving a deficit of
23.000 in this calendar year.”
In planning housing facilities
for 40.000 workers. Commissioner
Reynolds estimated half of them
would be single, one-fourth married
but without children, and the re
mainder with larger families. He said
he proposed to place 20,000 un
married persons in dormitories, the
10.000 childless couples in efficiency
apartments, and the 10.000 larger
families in individual or twin houses.
The houses, he declared, would not
compete with those built by private
enterprise and selling between $7,000
and $8,000. Moreover, he said, he
would not recommend homes of a
permanent character which might
not be needed after the war.
3,800 Acre* Needed.
The commissioner advocated erec
tion of larger dormitories within
walking distance of the new War
Department in nearby Arlington
County, Va„ to relieve traffic con
; gestion on the bridges across the
Potomac River.
j Mr. Reynolds estimated a total of
I 3,800 acres of land would be needed
j to carry out the emergency program, j
; 2,700 or which would be for housing !
| and the balance for schools, hos
i pitals, police and fire stations and
j other structures. He admitted not all
of this land is available In the Dis
trict, and that sites would have to
be found in nearby Maryland and
A breakdown of Mr. Reynolds’
estimates of the cost of public works
including utilities, leading up to but
not connected with new homes, fol
Streets, roads and highways, $2,
Water supply and distribution sys
tems. $2,577,000.
Sewage disposal plants, $2,000,000.
Street lighting, $62,000.
Gas and electric utilities, $1,100,
Five public schools, $1,800,000.
Police and lire stations. $124,000.
Approach highways, $1,500,000.
Sanitary sewers. $457,000.
Storm sewers. $520,000.
One hospital, $609,000.
Members of the House District
Committee, headed by Chairman
Randolph, sat with the Buildings
3 U. S. Writers Held
Under $5,000 Bond
As Jap Propagandists
Scribner's Commentator
Contributor, Two Publicity
Men Indicted Here
Three American writer* were held
under $5,000 bond today aa Japanese
propagandists following indictments
in District Court yesterday on
charges of violating the Foreign
Agents Registration Act. Three Jap
anese also were indicted, but two
have left the country and the third
is in a detention camp.
The Americans accused are Ralph
Townsend of Lake Geneva, Wis.,
former newspaper editor and con
tributor to Scribner’s Comentator,
and David Warren Ryder and
Frederick Vincent Williams, San
Francisco publicity men. Unable to
post the required $5,000 bond. Mr.
Townsend was jailed In Milwaukee,
according to the Associated Press.
His name previously has figured in
the Nazi propaganda investigation
oonducted by the Justice Depart
The Japanese accused are Tsu
tomu Obana, former secretary of the
Japanese Chamber of Commerce in
San Francisco, now in a detention
camp, and K. Takahashi and S.
Takeuchl, both of whom left this
country before the war. The former
was manager of NYK. the Japanese
Steamship Line, In San Francisco,
and the latter, manager of Mit
subishi Co., there.
The indictment charges that the
propagandist activities centered in
the Japanese Committee on Trade
and Information which was dis
banded in August, 1940, after three
years existence.
Ryder Posts Bond.
Mr. Ryder appeared before the
United States Commissioner in San
Francisco late yesterday and posted
$5,000 bond, the Associated Press
said. Hearing on a removal com
plaint was set for tomorrow. •
Mr. Williams said he had expected
the indictment, but blamed it on
.enemies he had made “in fighting
for peace in the Pacific; not war.-’
(Continued From First Page.)
had by conduct which was ‘‘a direct
and serious challenge to the or
derly function of government" for
feited his right to become a Sen
Two Trials Reviewed.
A separate minority report was
expected to be filed later.
The majority report pictured Sen
ator Langer as a man with "lack
of veracity,” having throughout his
career "little use for law and order.”
and one who had been the recipient
of "briberies.”
The report reviewed two trials
of Senator Langer before Federal
District Judge A. Lee Wyman of
South Dakota on a charge of con
spiracy to obstruct the orderly op
eration of an act of Congress and
a perjury trial before the same
judge. Senator Langer was acquit
ted of both charges.
The report emphasized testimony
as to pavment of money by Senator
Langer k> Gale Wyman, the judge's
son. and the late Chet Leedom.
close as&ciate of the Judge, for
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services during the trial. The com-!
mittee termed this relationship b
Issuance of a proclamation of
martial law in 1934, on the eve j
of his ouster from the governorship
by the Supreme Court, and his j
participation in a "declaration of I
Independence of North . Dakota”
also were discussed by the commit
tee, which expressed belief Senator,
Langer invoked martial law and
prevented the service of civil proc
esses "for his own immediate pro
Didn't Deliver Stock.
The committee described as the
culmination of “continuous ques
tionable conduct” over a period of
years, a $56,800 sale by Senator
Langer of farm lands to Gregory
Brunk of Des Moines, who profited
from bond transactions in North
Dakota during Senator Langer's
term as Governor and sale of Mexi
can Land Finance Co. stock to
Thomas Sullivan of Chicago, an
attorney for the Great Northern
Railroad Co. in 1937 and 1938 when
the railroad sought a reduction In
tax assessments from a board
headed by Langer.
Senator Langer testified that the
stock was never actually delivered
to Mr. Sullivan although payment
of $25,000 was made for It.
i Continued From First Page.)
lsh home army,” but also constitute
an "important additional deterrent
to invasion.”
1 Mr. Churchill called invasion of
and Grounds Committee at the
hearing. The committee room was
jammed to overflowing with Federal
and District officials. Arrangements
were made to hold the afternoon
session in the more spacious House
caucus room.
Before Mr. Reynolds concluded
his testimony. Representative Ran
dolph asked him if he had any ob
jection to the use of part of the
Soldiers’ Home reservation for a
temporary Federal office Building.
“Not at all.” Mr. Reynolds replied.
He explained, that a recent act of
Congress providing *25.000.000 for
additional temporary office buildings
in Washington authorized use of the
Soldiers’ Home property if officials
of the institution agreed. The offi
cials. however, he declared, turned
him down "cold.”
"And I was very much amazed,”
he added.
Suggests Use of Country Clubs.
Representative Wilson. Republi
can. of Indiana suggested that the
Government take over Buildings not
essential to wartime activity, such as
country clubs, and that wives of
Federal employes be urged to take
jobs to save housing overcrowding
by cutting down on the importation
of war workers.
Baird Snyder, acting administra
tor of the Federal Works Agency,
told the committee there Is no ques
tion that the need for additional
housing facilities is "imperative” and
that his agency would co-operate in
providing the accommodations when
necessary funds become available.
Chairman Lanham introduced the
two housing bills yesterday because
he wished both to receive considera
tion at the hearings. One was sug
gested by Defense Housing Co-ordi
najtor Charles F. Palmer, and the
other was drafted by the chairman
and two of his committeemen, Rep
resentatives Bell, Democrat, of
Missouri and Holmes, Republican,
of Massachusetts. The latter is
more specific In wording, especially
with regard to types of "defense
public works” to be erected here.
Embrace Nearby Area.
Under the bills new housing and
public works may be supplied not
only in the District but in nearby
areas of Maryland and Virginia, as
they employ the wording “in and
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This is so expressed because it will
undoubtedly be necessary to go out
side the District to acquire sites for
the approximately 10.000 low-rent
dwelling units which would be pro
vided in the proposed $50,000,000
Provisions of Mr. Lanham's bill
include “permanent and temporary
housing, living quarters for single
persons, schools, waterworks, sewers,
sewage, garbage and refuse disposal i
facilities, public sanitation facilities,
works for the treatment and purifi
cation of water, hospitals and other
places for the care of the sick, recre- |
ational facilities, streets, roads and
other types of necessary public
works and equipment."
The District Commissioners are
authorized to receive advance allot
ments from the administrator for
the provision of needed public works
and equipment. With the funds
the Commissioners would employ
engineering and other professional
and technical services and admin
istrative personnel without regard
to civil service requirements.
The bill directs that housing,
provided under it be sold, presum-j
ably after the emergency, as expe- '
ditiously as possible, “with consid
eration of the full market value.”
It states specifically that none of
the housing, unless authorized by
Congress, “may be conveyed to any
public or private agency organized
for slum clearance or to provide
subsidized housing for persons of
low income."
O'Brien Is Confirmed
The Senate confirmed yesterday
President Roosevelt’s nomination of
Robert H. O'Brien, a native of Butte.
Mont., as a member of the Securities
and Exchange Commission, succeed
ing Edward C. Eicher. Also con
firmed was the reappointment of
George A. Cook as a member of the
National Railway Mediation Board.
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Britain "Hitler's last remaining hops
Af total victory.’*
? The Prime Minister's fourth point
eras a reference to “what has been
•aid about aiding and succoring
Australia and New Zealand.” He
added that proof “that well-equip
ped American divisions can be soon
got to these islands so easily and
rapidly will enable substantial sup
plies * • * now being made in the
United States for our account to
be sent direct on the other side
of the world.”
* In a 42-minute summation for
his government before the House
voted Mr. Churqhill also indicated
appointment of a British counter
part to the United States’ chief of
war production, Donald M. Nelson.
Freata Criticism in Debate.
Mr. Churchill’s address followed
debate in which further criticism
of his government piled up, includ
ing that of Socialist Dennis Howell
Prltt who asserted that "luke-warm
supporters of Fascism in the gov
ernment • • • are a very serious and
anxious menace.”
The Prime Minister said the land
ihg of the American troops in North
ern Ireland—a part of the United
Kingdom which shares a land fron
tier with Eire—"cannot do Mr. De
Valera any harm and it might do
him good: it offers a measure of pro
tection to Southern Ireland and
Ireland as a whole which she would
not otherwise enjoy.”
1 Prime Minister Eamon de Valera
has protested that the Americans
landed in Northern Ireland without
prior consultation of his govern
Replies to Critics.
Turning to criticism of setbacks
in the Southwest Pacific, Mr.
1 Churchill said that if Britain had
j reduced her help to Russia she
l would have been better prepared
in Burma and Malaya.
, “But,” he added, “we did not make
such a reduction and I believed that
the vast majority of opinion in the
House and country indorses our
decision now even after the events
in the Far East have taken place.
In summation of his defense after
three days of criticism and reply in
general debate, Mr. Churchill said:
“I offer no apologies. I offer no
excuse and make no promises. I
avow my confidence was never
stronger than at this moment that
we shall bring this conflict to an
end in a manner agreeable to the
Interests of our country and in a
manner agreeable to the future of
the world.
"I have finished. Let every man
act now in accordance with what
he thinks is his duty in harmony
with his heart and conscience.”
Premier Loudly Applauded.
The landslide vote followed, sur
passed only by the unanimous 381
to-0 vote he was given when he
assumed office in May, 1940.
Lest May when the government
asked support for its decision to
send troops on the ill-fated Greek
campaign the vote was 447 to 3.
When the vote was announced
there was a tremendous outburst of
cheering, and Mr. Churchill arose,
smiling and left the House, fol
lowed by other Ministers. The peo
ple in the public galleries, contrary
to all House rules, also applauded.
The motion of confidence was
‘‘that this House has confidence in
his majesty's government and will
aid it to the utmost in vigorous
prosecution of the war.”
When the speaker put the mo
tion, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Roger
Brownlow Keyes, National Conserv
ative member, appealed for unani
mous voice approval of the govern- j
ment, but the three members of
the Independent Labor party—the
smallest party in the House—called
out ‘'No.”
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Montgomery Red Cross
Re-elects All Officers
Judge Charles M. Irelan was re
elected chairman of the Mont
gomery County Chapter of the Red
Cross at the annual meeting of the
group yesterday at chapter head
quarters, 4700 Norwood place, Chevy
Other officers named, all of whom
also were ‘re-elected, were Mrs.
Granville Gude, vice chairman: Mrs.
Austin La Marr, secretary, and Mrs.
C. G. God bold, treasurer.
An automatic lock mechanism in
a bird's foot keeps it on the perch
while asleep.
Conservation of Paper
Every citizen Is called upon
to see that not a pound of paper
is wasted. Demand from every
clerk that any unnecessary
wrapping of packages or un
necessary use of paper bags be
dispensed with.
Waste paper for paperboard
is vital to the packaging of a
great quantity of war equip
Do not burn newspapers, but,
when you have saved enough
for a bundle, give them to the
school children who are co
operating in the defense pro
gram with the parent-teacher
organization in The Star’s
campaign for reclaiming old
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Since 1885, our February Furniture Sale has been one of Washington's outstanding
sale events. Thousands of dollars worth of "Furniture of Merit" marked at special
savings for this event. 7 style-packed floors with complete selection of 18th Century,
Colonial and Modem Furniture for every room. Be here early Friday and taka
full advantage of the axtraordindry values.

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