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In This Edition Late news and sports are covered on Pages 1-X and 2-X of this edition of The Star, supplementing the news of the regular home delivered edition. Closing N. Y. Markets—Sales, Page 11. Readers Prefer The Star The Star's afternoon and evening circulation is more than double that of any other Washington newspaper, Its total circulation in Washington .far exceeds that of any of its contem poraries in the morning or on Sunday. Or) Means Associated Press. 90th YEAR. No. 35,704. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, JANUARY 31, 1942 THREE CENTS. British Fall Back to Singapore After Blasting Island Causeway; MacArthur Repulses New Forays - -■ ..... - . ■ .. - —...- - A ■■ .. Defenders Leave Malaya for Island Siege ll the Auocitted Pree>. SINGAPORE, Jan. 31.—The aiege of Singapore began today with the withdrawal of weary British imperial soldiers to the island under cover of darkness, and the British commander In Malaya called on every man and woman In Singapore to help de fend ‘ this fortress until help can come.” •Today we stand beleaguered in our island fortress,” declared a statement by Lt. Gen. A. E. Perclval, the British commander who rose from the ranks to command the army defending this $400,000,000 stronghold. The British Far East command announced that the ‘2-mile cause way from the State of Johore to the ' Island was breached, with the aid of the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, after the withdrawal of j the British, Australian and Indian soldiers had been effected last night. The front yesterday had extended across the peninsula roughly 18 to 40 miles above Johore Strait. (Japanese front-line dispatches said the Mikado’s armies had seized control of a mainland water reservoir serving the island of Singapore. (There seemed little Imme diate danger, however, that Singapore, like Hong Kong, would be forced to surrender be cause of a water shortage. With dense, water-catching jungles blanketing the northwest section of the island, Singapore has two big impounding reservoirs as well as hidden underground supplies.) The British said the Japanese made little effort to interfere with the withdrawal to the island. Battle of Singapore Started. The statement by Gen. Percival declared "the battle of Malaya has come to an end and the battle of Singapore has started. "For nearly two months our troops have fought an enemy on the main land who has had the advantage of \ great air superiority and consider- i able freedom of movement by sea." The announcement continued: "Our task has been to impose losses on the enemy and gain time to enable the forces of the Allies to be concentrated for this struggle . In the Far East. "Today we stand beleaguered in our island fortress. "Our task is to hold this fortress until help can come, as assuredly it will come; this we are determined to do. “In carrying out this task we want the active help of every man and woman in the fortress; there is work for all to do. “Any of the enemy who sets foot on our fortress must be dealt with immediately; the enemy within our gates must be ruthlessly weeded out. "There must be no more loose talk •nd rumor-mongering; our duty is clear; with firm resolve and fixed determination we shall win through.” The Japanese thus had driven 350 <See-SINGAPORE, Page A-4.) 120-M.P.H. Arctic Storm Damages keland Base B/ the Associated Press. HEADQUARTERS, ICELAND BASE COMMAND, Jan. 16 (De layed'.—An Arctic storm which reached a velocity of 120 miles an hour las had Iceland yesterday for 12 hours and did as much damage to property as a squadron of Stukas. No lives were lost In the American garrison, but scores of soldiers were treated for cuts and bruises. Every man was turned out to lash and se cure Nissen huts and tie down sen try boxes. Brief fierce gusts plucked the roofs off warehouses, capsized huts occupied by American and British soldiers and blew down a good-sized church. Several merchant ships were blown onto islands in the harbor of Reykjavik. J Reading at Home It is the habit of the great majority of Washington people to read The Star in their homes every evening to get the full news of the day. The Evening Star has more than double the afternoon circulation (not including noon editions i of any other Washington newspaper. The circulation of The Sun day Star is tar greater in Washington and its suburbs than that of any other Sun day newspaper. Yesterday’s Circulation The Evening Star Friday, Jan. 30, 1942, *185,127 Friday, Jan. 31. 1941, *167,054 Increase 18,073 Yesterday’s Advertising (Local Display) Line*. The Evening Star_ 62,325 2d Newspaper_ 33,255 3d Newspaper_ 26,688 4th Newspaper_... 22,936 •JUturna from newaatanda not deducted Ainu no aaraolet Included. The days are running out and the world soon will know whether Singapore will be another Tobruk or another Dunkirk. Today’s dispatches revealed the British defenders had with drawn across the Johore causeway to the island fortress. Note heavy fortifications on the seaward sides and lack of them on the land side, where the Japanese are about to attack. Storm Saves Convoy From Jap Raid on Way to Singapore Bl the Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31.— A tropical rainstorm saved a large convoy from a heavy Jap anese aerial attack, Australian army authorities reported today in a broadcast picked up by the C. B. S. listening station here. "The convoy was carrying troops, planes and war supplies to Singapore,” the broadcast said, without mentioning the time of the incident. “Sixty enemy planes were circling about the convoy and were dropping their bombs when the storm broke and completely blotted out the ships.” A report received by the Brit ish army in London said the convoy has arrived in Singa pore. Japs Attack Amboina, Opening Fifth Front In Battle of Indies Fighting Is 'Raging Everywhere' by Air And Sea, Dutch Say BS the Associated Press. BATAVIA, Jan. 31—The Japa nese have opened a fifth front in the battle of the Netherlands Indies with a furious assault from the air and sea on Amboina Island, site of the second most important naval base in this archipelago, and the Dutch de clared today the fighting was “raging everywhere.” “This morning at 6:20 o'clock enemy ships and aicraft were shell ing and bombing the island and the battle was raging everywhere,” the Netherland Indies high command announced in a communique. The high command also reported that a Dutch warship, keeping up the Netherlands schedule of hitting the Japanese fleet and merchant ships at a one-a-day clip, destroyed a Japanese submarine in Indies waters by depth charges. (Eleven Japanese planes at tacked Bulolo and Halamaua, on the island of New Guinea, at noon. Australian War Minister Francis M. Forde announced. There were no further details.) Earth Ic Scorched. The Dutch tersely announced that once again they had destroyed vital points in Amboina and vicinity, carrying out on another island the declared policy of putting to the torch or blasting their riches to keep them from falling to the Japanese. Similar destruction was done to oil and other items when the Japanese invaded the Celebes, Tarakan Island, off Northeast Borneo, and even be fore the Japanese sailed against the important oil port of Balik P#pan on the east coast of Borneo. The Japanese also have invaded the West coast of Borneo, landing troops at Pemangkat, The Dutch announcement re vealed they had shadowed for sev eral days the Japanese convoy sent against Amboina and that on Thurs day it became clear just where the attack would be made. Attack Began Yesterday. “The attack began early Friday morning with air attacks,” the com munique. distributed by Aneta. Dutch news service, continued. "From 7:45 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. bombers, protected by fighters, (See DUTCH, Page A-3.) Quarter of Copenhagen Is Reported Burned Br the Associated Press. LONDON, Jan. 31—The Rome radio, quoting dispatches from Stockholm, said today that a quar ter of Copenhagen, the capital of German - occupied Denmark, had been destroyed by fire. The dispatch did not bring out whether the fire was started acci dentally. by incendiarism or attacks of British bombers which have been ^aiding Danish military objectives. 'Bum Aim' of U-Boat Reported by Crew Of Torpedoed Tanker 30 Survivors Land in Norfolk After Daylight Sinking; Three Killed By the Associated Press. NORFOLK, Va„ Jan. 31— A story of "bum shooting” on the part of unusually polite German U-boat crewmen was told by the 30 survivors of the tanker Ro I Chester when they were landed ■ today at the Naval Operating Base here. The tanker was sunk In broad daylight off the Vir ginia coast yesterday. The 6.836-ton tanker, riding i light, was torpedoed without warn ing. The submarine pierced the aft portion of the ship with two tor pedoes and flred 13 shells at the hulk. The first torpedo hit In the en gine room and trapped an assistant engineer and two members of the “black gang” there. Capt. A. L. Clark said the three men were In stantly killed by the explosion or escaping live steam. Lifeboats Lowered. Capt. Clark, a native of West Bed ford. Mass., was not “too amazed” or “too confused,” he said, because in the First World War two merchant vessels were sunk un>ler him by enemy torpedoes. L. J. Davidson. Little Falls, N. J„ the chief officer of the tinker, owned by the Socony-Vacuun1 Oil Co. of New York City, related that two life boats were lowered within 6 or 7 minutes after the fi'st torpedo struck. A second torpe^i was flred into the port side of the stricken vessel a few moments later. Then the sub came to the surface and hurled 13 shells, several of them missing their target. Mr. Davidson said, because the "Germans were bum shooters.” Sub’* Crew Polite. “Even though they couldn't, they sure were polite,’’ Mr. Davidson said, ‘‘for when the sub started shelling the ship we were between the two vessels and in the line of fire. The submarine waved us away and some one on her shouted in English 'get out of the way. We are going to fire.' ’’ Two men were slightly injured when the first torpedo struck. A wiper was on his way down into the engine room and was scalded by steam and a seaman was Injured when he was thrown out of his bunk by the concussion. The skipper said he did not believe the submarine was large enough to cross the ocean, operate off the At lantic Coast and return to its home port. He would not comment, how ever, on the chances that a mother ship is being maintained for U-boats. Dead and Injured. The 5th Naval District public re lations office listed the dead men as: Joseph Sutherland, third assistant engineer, San Francisco; Arthur J. Briggs, ordinary seaman, Beaumont, See ROCHESTERTPage A-3.) Forces on Baton 'Frustrate' Japs, Take Prisoners Again the hard-preased little army of Gen. Douglas MacArthur on Batan Peninsula In the Philippines repulsed "deter mined enemy attempts” to pene trate its lines, & War Department communique revealed today. A laconic communique, dated 9:30 ajn., said that all such at tempts were "frustrated." Some Japanese prisoners were taken. Fighting on the peninsula, where fresh enemy troops have been ar riving amid apparent Japanese preparations for resumption of a large-scale offensive, was said in the communique to have been sporadic in nature. Virtually no hostile air activity was noted. The communique follows: 1. Philippine theater. There was sporadic fighting on the Batan Peninsula during the past 24 hours. Determined enemy at tempts at infiltration through our lines were frustrated. Some Japa nese prisoners were taken. Practically no hostile air activity was noted. 2 There is nothing to report from other areas. Surrender Note Ignored. Having contemptuously ignored a demand for surrender, Gen Mac Arthur has held his American and Filipino troops alert for several days for a great new Japanese of fensive. He gave no indication of where he expected the full weight of the attack, but his statement yesterday that it was coming paral leled the predictions he had made on the eves of other major Batan engagements. The temper of his warriors as the zero hour approached was shown in a communique issued late yester day. It told how “Gen. MacArthur and his troops paid no attention" to de mands for surrender in a Japanese air force leaflet raid of January 10 and how a new Japanese appeal yesterday, directed at Pilipino troops, "occasioned much mirth among the Pilipino soldiers, who Tax Receipts Hurt By 'Little Trouble' in Batan, Official Says B7 the Associated Press. WITH GEN. DOUGLAS Mac ARTHUR ON BATAN PENIN SULA. Luzon, Jan. 27 (Delayed'. —One of the masterpieces of official understatement comes from a Batan Province official in the thick of a full-fledged war Starting his annual report, he wrote: "There is a little trouble in Batan * * * which has caused some difflculty in the collection of taxes." I_ are continuing their resistance with loyalty, courage and resolution.” Addressed to Gen. MacArthur, the ; surrender note said in part: “You are well aware that you are doomed. The end is near. The question is how long you will be able to resist. You have already cut rations by half. I appreciate the fighting spirit of yourself and your troops, who have been fighting with courage. Your prestige and honor ; have been upheld. "However, in order to avoid need less bloodshed • • • you are ad vised to surrender.” (The German radio broadcast | dispatches from Tokio acknowl ing that Japanese assault forces were being "held back” by Ameri j can-Filipino troops manning strong positions in the Batan Peninsula mountains.) War Risk Insurance Rates Cat. Along with Gen. Mac Arthur's staunch defense came an improved Allied naval position in the Pacific, indicated in a decision of marine underwriters to cut cargo war risk insurance rates on shipments from the United States to southern Aus tralian ports from 7*4 per cent to 6 per cent, effective today. Pacific Coast cargo war risk rates were cut from three-quarters of 1 per cent to one-half of 1 per cent for the area from Puget Sound to (See MACARTHUR, Page A-4.) /"DO You NOTICE AMT> NERVOUSNESS Among the BOVS ON YOUR SIDE OF / V. THE CAPITOL? ( '-TPtSZ-\ /1 CERTAINLY DO! THEY GO AROUND MUM BUNG \ /'HOW DID You VOTE ON FORT/FYl NG GUAM?: HOW \ I DID YOU VOTE OH LETTING THE FBI TAP TELEPHONES* \ HOW DID YOU VOTE ON PENSIONS FOR CONGRESSMEN?, i THEY LOOK PLUM ---r——-' V^WORE OUT^ (I _ Patent Office Begins Moving Equipment To Richmond Today National Park Service Officials Study Further Decentralization With 12 trucks initially as signed to the job, transfer of Pat ent Office equipment to Rich mond was scheduled to begin this afternoon. Officials said it prob ably will take about two weeks to complete the move to the Export Leaf Tobacco Building in the Virginia capital. The transfer of office furniture and flies will be handled by the Public Buildings Administration. All told, about 2.000 tons of office equipment will be moved. The top floor of the Richmond building will be occupied first, and this will determine the order of moving equipment and personnel from Washington. All of the exam ining divisions and several other units will be transferred to Rich mond. Approximately 1.000 Patent Office employes are expected to make | the move Some have already gone to Richmond, and the others will leave Washington during the next week or so. Coe to Have Two Office*. The Economic Warfare Board, and the Office of the Co-ordinator of Inter-American Affairs, probably will take over Patent Commissioner Con way P. Coe's office on the third floor. Mr. Coe will move into a new office on the first floor, near the search room. He will also have an office in Richmond, dividing his time between the two cities. National Park Service officials re vealed today that studies are being made to determine the possibility of a further decentralization of its ac tivities. Transfer of the Park Serv j ice to Chicago was called for in the decentralization program announced by Budget Director Harold B. Smith late in December. Luray Facilities Studied. Current studies include a survey of housing facilities at Luray, Vs. headquarters of the Shenandoah National Park. The canvass indi cated that enough housing is avail able at Luray to accommodate a small group of employes. Also under consideration is the possibil ity of transferring some Washing ton personnel to the regional head quarters of the Park Service at Richmond. The Park Service has approxi mately 6.200 employes. Of these only about 300 are in Washington. A further decentralization of its activities might make unnecessary the complete transfer of the agency to Chicago. Bren if present studies prove the decentralization plan to be practi cable, the policy to be followed would be subject to determination by Secretary Ickes, officials ex plained. Ecuador Breaks With Axis QUITO, Ecuador, Jan. 31 UP).— Ecuador ysterday formally broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, Italy and Japan. Yankee Flyers' Unadorned Reports Tell How They Knock Japs Out of Burma Skies By LELAND STOWE, Foreign Correspondent of The Star and Chicago Dally News. RANGOON, Jan. 31—Because one of the most decisive series of blows to the Japanese air force has been dealt by the "Flying Tigers," the American flyers of the A. V. O. (American Volunteer Group) of the Chinese air force operating in Burma, and because these overnight veterans have hung up one of the most brilliant fighter squadron re cords anywhere since World War II began it might interest readers at home to know how the Americans write up their own record of these 1 engagements. Here are a few excerpti from the American pilots’ combat reports told in direct, unadorned airmen's lan guage and just as they were scratched out on report sheets In side tents on home airfields here im mediately after the pilots returned from knocking the daylights out of the Japanese. "January 8. Took off and flew, bearing to Mesoht, Thailand. M leading a four-plane format^. At tack made from into sun. Six planes spotted in line. Were set on Are during first three runs. Other planes were no doubt damaged but did not bum at once. There were eight burning when we left. I lost sight of M- during the attack and never did pick him up again. Returned at 1:30 in the afternoon." Signed by flight leader from Waseca, Minn. Another Report on Same Attack. This refers to a daylight strafing raid on a Jap air base Just over the Thailand border, and the following report is another angle cm the same operation. “The planes were lined up. I made three passes down the main line. M- made two passes and went down. Smoke and Are from the burning craft was bad so I turned perpendicular to the line and made passes on a craft which was not ablaze. My fourth and fifth runs fired one ship off each main line not yet ablaze. My sixth and last run was on the only re maining shijfi It was I was the last to leave of action.” Pilot from Statesboro, Ga. January 9. Regarding another A. V. G. daylight raid on Tak, also a Jap airbase across the Hiailand border. “I made my attack out of the sun and as I was diving I noticed tracer bullets going past my right wing. I looked down my sight and saw a compact group of about 20 soldiers firing up at me. So I let them have a two-second burst. The last I saw they were well dispersed. I continued my dive across the field and raked all the tents in my line of flight. On my second attack I mistook a truck for a plane and strafed it. As I left the strafing zone I saw two distinct fires. During the entire attack I did not see any enemy aircraft. I re turned In company with four Toma hawks and five Buffaloes.” The flight leader of the second A. V. G. pursuit squadron from Perth Amboy, N, J. Californian Gets ‘Several’ January 23. Regarding an air bat tle near Rangoon. “The first attack was a head-on attack on a formation of 12 bombers. (See YANKEE, Pagj|A-3.) Capitol Hill None Too Serious In Discussing 'Parasite' Idea Senator Suggests Sleeping in Bath To Make Room for Defense Workers Washington was in a hubbub today over President Roosevelt's suggestion that "parasites”—people here just for a good time—may be shoveled out of the city to make room for defense workers. __ _ ... _ _ ~ju_ Chairman Dies of the House Com mittee on Un-American Activities promptly demanded that "those in authority • • • consult the lists I have made available from time to time." Residents linked to "sub versive activity" should be booted out first when the Parasite Commis sion suggested by the Chi^f Execu tive begins its duties, he indicated. Senator Davis. Republican, of Pennsylvania said he would be per fectly willing to sell his home at 3012 Massachusetts avenue N.W. if it'g wanted for the war. He said he couldn’t remember how tgany rooms It has. but he guessed about 12. He said he was sure he and Sen ator Guffey, his Democratic col ■ league, and all the big Pennsylvania delegation of House members would be willing to leave Washington alto gether if it could conceivably help defense. One Senator who would not be quoted reported that 10 members of the Senate could give up their homes and sleep on cots in the Sen ate bath. He said he would not ad vocate it, but it would be possible to Are all congressional clerks, stop sending letters to constituents and quarter all members of Congress in their office*. Then all they would have to do Is vote, he pointed out. Mrs. J Borden Harriman, former i ~ rsee” PARASITES, Page A-2l Wickard Goes Before Senators to Explain Price Bill Policies Committee Calls Closed Session Today to Get His Ideas on Veto Power By the Associated Press. Farm State Senators brushed aside President Roosevelt's crit icism of agricultural provisions of the price-control law and called on Secretary of Agricul ture Wickard today for a state ment of his policies under the measure. The Senate Agriculture Commit tee summoned Secretary Wickard to testify at a closed session this morn ing in connection with his recent statements that farm prices ought not to go much over parity. In signing the price control bill yesterday. President Roosevelt said that there was real danger in a pro vision which prevents the fixing of ceilings on agriculture products be low 110 per cent of parity, a basic price calculated to give fanners equality in purchasing power with others. Gillette Opposes Change. Although the President said that. If need be, Congress could be asked to correct the 110 per cent parity (See PRICE CONTROL, Page A-J.) Earth Tremor Shakes Vancouver Buildings VANCOUVER, British Columbia. Jan. 31 (Canadian Press).—An earth tremor shook buildings In downtown and residential districts of Vancouver last night. The tremor, In two distinct shocks, was felt about 10:47 p.m. (1:47 a.m., E. S. T.). The first shock was mild. The sec ond was distinct and residents re ported chandeliers and lights swung by the motion. There was no report of damage. 2,300 Serbs Reported Shot LONDON, Jan. 31 (JP).—Reuters said it heard the Moscow radio de clare today that 2,300 Serbs had been shot in German-dominated Yugoslavia in reprisal for the death of 23 Germans. Tie-up af 5 Shipyards And Aircraft Plant Threatened by Strike Welders' Strife Renewed; 720 of 1,180 Walk Out At Tacoma (Wash.) Yard B» tbt Auocuted Preu. TACOMA. Wash,. Jan. 31 — More than 720 of the 1,180 welders employed at the Tacoma yard of the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp. were idle to day in renewed strife between the independent welders and A. F. L. unions with which they have been affiliated. The evening shift of welders re fused to work last night because nine of their number »had been dismissed for failing to pay dues to the A. F. L. Boilermakers’ Union. Charles L. Brinkerhoff. secretary of the Tacoma Welders and Burn ers’ Council, said "graveyard” and day shift crews had voted, 579 to 14. to support their action. The midnight shift refused to work this morning. In addition, the walkout threat ened production at five Seattle ship yards and the huge Boeing aircraft plants there. Dave Basor. leader of the Seattle (See WELDERS, Page A-2.) 700 Volunteer Policemen On Duty Here Last Night Washington’s emergency auxiliary police were pressed into service last night when more than 700 of the volunteers took over duties of regu lar policemen placed on special de tails in connection with the Presi dent’s birthday celebration. Police officials said the auxiliaries performed efficiently In patrolling beats and serving In precinct station houses. Largest group of volunteers, num bering 175 men, was used In the 12th precinct. Summary of Today's Star Foreign. Nazi moves seen hinting major drive in Mediterranean. Page A-3 Hitler’s paper says Fuehrer can’t be ousted. Page A-4 Roosevelt approves list of IS to be rear admirals. Page A-3 National. Strike threatens tie-up at shipyards and Boeing plant. Page A-l Senate group calls Wlckard to tell price plans. Page A-l 300,000 idle as auto industry halts civilian production. Page A-2 Washington and Vicinity. Curfew advocate says he will act “If necessary.” Page A-l Patent Office transfer begins to day. Page A-l Exhibit of naval shore art opens tomorrow. m Page A-2 Somervell given award for Army building work. Page A-2 Police investigate theft of two pay rolls. Page A-2 Two more deaths added to traffic toll. Page A-3 Hearings continue on sale of three token* for 25 cents. Page A-18 Thousands honor President at birth day dances here. Page A-18 Department stores urge co-opera tion to cut deliveries. Page A-18 Miscallany. Army Orders. Page A-5 Nature's Children. Page B-S Marriage Licenses. Page B-5 : Births and Death^. Page B-5 Curfew Sponsor To Ask Probe of Typists' Work Letter Check Sought In U. S. Offices to See If Girls Earn Pay The number of letters typed by Government stenographers would be the subject of a check by a special investigating committee under a proposal announced to day by Representative Wilson, Republican, of Indiana, who yes terday advocated a 10 p.m. cur few for feminine Federal workers here. Mr Wilson revealed his intention to ask such an inquiry after de claring the curfew suggestion al ready had brought results in several offices, with clear-eyed, fresh-look ing young women reporting ready for work from the first minute. He said a resolution calling for establishment of the special com mittee would be introduced after a conference with Chairman Lanham of the House Public Buildings and Grounds Committee. Mr. Wilson explained the check on letters writ ten would aid in determining whether workers were earning their salaries. He said he did not wish it done by the Civil Service Com mission because of that agency's close association with affairs of the workers. Favors Decentralization. The Indiana Representative also disclosed he favored mass decen tralization, and urged particularly that the Agriculture Department be moved to the Midwest., where, he said, it would be in a better position to serve farmers. Mr. Wilson said an important War Department official called him to report a marked improvement in the early-morning work of girls un der his supervision. From some feminine Government workers, how ever. came emphatic expressions of displeasure over the curfew sugges tion. and some girls said they were ready to resist any such plan. "He told me they came in looking fresh and rested, wide-eyed, with their lipstick on. and ready to go to work,” the curfew sponsor said. "I have had other reports that en courage me to hope that a curfew law may not be necessary and that I the big majority of woman Govem ; ment workers will have the good : sense to adjust themselves to war i conditions here without being put ‘ under a law ban." "If I do introduce a curfew bill, the hour will have to be determined after conferences as a result of a ! hearing on the subject." he ex plained. "If we do invoke such a law, it must be one that will be ’ effective and can be enforced " Mr. Wilson added he intended to watch developments and would welcome reports concerning office : conditions. Including any instances of work being permitted to pile up | to provide a show of being busy and i over-staffing. He said he would : introduce whatever corrective legis | lation seemed appropriate. Criticize* "Night Life." The curfew was advocated by Mr. Wilson at a hearing before the Pub lic Buildings and Grounds Commit tee. at which he indicated that night life in Washington was too much for the Government girls— that they came to work in the morning "woozy." without break fast and the conventional makeup, and took working time to apply cos metics while at the office. The Buildings and Grounds Com mittee has under consideration two bills authorizing an appropriation of $50,000,000 to relieve Washing ton's acute housing shortage by building homes for Government ; workers and providing the necessary public works for the newcomers. Mr. Wilson said he personally be lieved the housing shortage could be alleviated if the people of Wash ington opened up their homes to the war workers. ■'I wouldn't feel patriotic with an extra bedroom in my house," he declared. Mr. Wilson said he and his wife occupy an apartment having a com bination bedroom and living roan, a bath and kitchenette. Proposal Angers gome Girls. Meanwhile, the curfew proposal brought mixed reactions from Uncle Sam's feminine employes, with the majority indicating they will resist any attempt to control their activ ities after working hours. “What is Representative Wilson talking about,” snapped Miss Sylvia Matthews, a War Department em ploye, on reading the newspaper ac count. “I stay up as late as I want to (See CURFEW. Page A-2 > Coal Price Boost Seen As Mining Cost Rises Br th* Aniocitted Presn The Bituminous Coal Division said today it had redetermined the “weighted average cost'’ of pro ducing and selling soft coal, at the mine, to average *2.1947 a ton—a 1063-cent Increase—which carries with It the possibility of higher prices to consumers. The weighted average cost on I which present minimum prices are 1 based averaged $2 0884 The new cost figures were deter mined in a proceeding called to as certain changes in the Industry's costs as a basis for making appro priate changes In the minimum prices. Under the coal act. the minimum I prices must be set so that the In dustry will receive an Income In : each price area which will average as nearly as possible the average cost per ton of the coal produced, as determined by the coal division. The law requires adjustments in the minima when appropriate to reflect changes in the industry's cost. The division said that as soon as possible it would open a price 1 adjustment preceding.