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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, Pog« 11. Readers Prefer The Star The Star's afternoon and evening circulation is more than double that of any other Washington newspapem Its total circulation in Washington far exceeds that of any of its contem poraries in the morning or on Sunday. W Means Associated Press. noth YEAR. No. 35,739. WASHINGTON, I). C., SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 1042 THREE CENTS. Bandoeng's Defenses Pierced, Fall of City Feared Imminent; Soerabaja Is Cut Off, Besieged Situation Critical In Western Java, Dutch Admit *T the Associated Press. Japanese troops storming at the gates of Bandoeng, Allied military headquarters, were re ported to have broken through the city's northern defenses to day. and a Tokio broadcast as serted that collapse of the entire defense of Java was regarded ' as a matter of a few days.” Tokio said Japanese invasion col umns were battling within 3 miles of Bandoeng's northern approaches and that the city was "within a few kilometers of encirclement.” Fall of Bandoeng, the chief ar senal of the Un.ted Nations defend ers. would be. perhaps, a catastrophic blow to the Allied dalense of Java. Dispatches from Bandoeng said the invaders broke through the northern defenses Friday near the famous Tangkuban Prahu Volcano in the fir*t line of the city's moun tain defenses. Aneta. the Dutch news agency, acknowledged that the situation in Western Java was critical. Soerabaja Besieged. Tokio also declared Japanese forces were sharply besieging the big Allied naval base at Soerabaja. in eastern Java, The dispatch acknowledging the grave new threat to Banuoeng was timed 10 a m. Java time '9:30 p.m Friday, E. W. T>, and took 13 hours in transmission to New York. C. B. S. was advised that today all communications from Java had ceased. A Tokio report broadcast bv the German radio said Japanese troops seeking to capture Soerabaja had run into heavy Allied tank fortes massed in the immediate vicinity oi the naval base. The radio said Japanese forces had "penetrated to" Soerabaja. evi dently meaning the outskirts. The invaders now were reported overrunning almost the entire 620 mile northern coastal plains and driving deep into the interior as i battle-stained Dutch. British and American troops, outnumbered five , to one. fell back into the mountains. ; defense Hopes Hard Hit. The break-through, at Bandoeng was said to have been made in the face of fierce resistance on the part 1 of Netherlands Indies forces which were described as "numerically in ferior." The defenders were harrassed con tinually by Japanese planes against which, it was said, “the Dutch can no longer put up sufficient resist ance." Bandoeng's status at the end of the first week of the Japanese in vasion of Java collapsed the hopes of hard-hit Dutch defense forces that, the mountains of West Java could be made another Bataan for a long stand like that of Gen. Doug las MacArthur's troops on Luzon. Two other mountainous cores of the Java defense still remain for the test of grim holding action against overwhelmingly superior numbers. These are at Magelang in the volcano-studded range some 180 miles east of Bandoeng, and Malang, 75 miles west of Soerabaja. At Bandoeng, once headquarters of the United Nations command and later made capital of Java, the Dutch had concentrated food stores and war supplies around a nucleus of munitions plants which had been developed there before the war. Southwest Port Wrecked. Its approaches were guarded by gun positions in the cliffside passes of mountains jutting up more than 10.000 feet above sea level. A rail line connected the city j with Tjilatjap, only good port on 1 Java's south coast for reinforce ment or withdrawal of Java's de fenders. The Japanese claimed to have wrecked the port facilities by bomb ing and said they had cut across narrow' Java to the South Coast, presumably near the port. Thus Java's defense forces appar ently were cut in two. and the troops at Bandoeng were isolated from the defense centers at the east of the island. A military spokesman in London said resistance to the Japanese was continuing on parts of Sumatra. Borneo. Timor and Celebes. He was unable to say. however, on what scale defense units were operating there. Free French Seize Posts Deep in Libyan Desert B- tht Associated Press. CAIRO. March 7.—Britain's Free French Allies, striking into Libya from the east and south, have captured two Axis positions and penetrated tne Fezzan section of the Libyan desert, which lies south of Tripoli, a British communique an nounced today. Referring apparently to the East ern Libyan front, the war bulletin said, "Activity was again confined to patrolling. The garrison of an enemy post was captured by a Free French column.” This might have been the Free French column which the British had said earlier was operating at the southern flank of the Tmimi el-Mechili front in Cirenaica. "Other Free French forces." the communique said, “have captured an enemy position in Fezzan after Violent fighting.” The Fezzan desert area, some 500 miles south of Tripoli, borders upon French Western and French Equa torial Africa, where Free French torces are established. Japs Land Force With Tanks On Island South of Bataan ■ Native Uprising May Be Reason For New Invasion on Mindoro The Japanese have extended further their occupation of the Philippines, the War Department said today, in reporting the land | ing of a small force of invaders accompanied by tanks at Calapan I on the island of Mindoro. Mindoro is about 70 miles south" of the Bataan Peninsula fighting front, where t. communique said ac tivity had ceased except for slight artillery firaand an ineffective ene my air raid. May Be Native Uprising. In another area, on the island of 1 Mindanao, strorfghold. of the Moro forces, desultory fighting between patrols was reported on the out skirts of Zamboanga. Officials of the War Department did not disclosp whether American 1 troops are oft the island of Mintfbro* and it was suoDosed that Filipinos have attempted an uprising ir. that area Report# from Gen. Douglas MacArthur yesterday stat*i that the Japanese Armv. a'*rt against any 1 uprising on th#partA>f natives had commanded the surrender of all »* ■ •< ' arms by Filipinos in occupied areas throughout the Philippines. Thinly Settled Island. • There was nothing in the com munique to indicate the Japanese forces landed at Calapan were en gaged in actual fighting. nor was any report made of the extent of1 damages that may have been done by the naval guns at the east coast ‘ports. Mindore is a thinly settled Island directly south of Luzon and is described as a very wild country The ineffective air raid in Bataan 1 may have been nothing morp than an observation flight to give the Japanese a sight behind the de fenders’ lines. Japanese air activity has been infrequent since the start of the enemy offensive on Java It was this factor tb’f enabled Gen. MacArthur's tinv^rce of rebuilt pursuit planes to make a bold raid on Subic Bay last Wednesday. 40,000 Nazis Killed ! «% In Month on Central Front, Russia Says 263 Villages Reported Recaptured in Advance Which Is Still Under Way By rhc Associated Press. MOSCOW, March 7.—’'he Soviet government announced today 1 Red Army troops had killed 40,- ; 000 Germans and recaptured 263 villages and towns on the central front alone from February 6 to March 5 in an advance still under way. (Russians closing in on Ger- j man centers of resistance behind their advanced spearheads were j reported in a Stockholm dispatch to the London Daily Herald to have regained Losmino. only 6 miles south of Nazi-held Vyazma. This would indicate Soviet troops were within artillery range of Vyazma, on the Moscow-Smo lensk highway 125 miles west of the capital.) "During March 6.” said the Soviet Information Bureau, "our troops continued to repel enemy counter attacks. advanced and occupied sev eral populated places." A rising tempo of aerial warfare— involving transport as well as fight ing craft under Adolf Hitler's sys tem of attempting to supply isolated garrisons by air—was indicated in a declaration that 79 German planes were destroyed Thursday. The total was the highest claimed by the Rus sians in weeks. "Our losses were 14.” the informa- j tion bureau said. (A Berlin dispatch to the Basel j • Switzerland) National Zeitung said some German islands of de fense—manned by "regiments , and divisions”—were holding out far behind the Russian lines with supplies moved entirely by air. The sectors were not identified. (The dispatch, however, may have referred to such forces as the 16th German Army now bat tling to hold Staraya Russa and Col. Gen. Heinz Guderian's be sieged Orel garrison.) Booty captured on the central front in the 28-day period ended March 5 was said to include 43 tanks. 285 guns, 28 aircraft, four gliders, 794 trucks, 1,012 horses. 16 locomotives and 595 railway cars. Germans Claim Repulse Of Russian Attacks BERLIN 'From German Broad casts*. March 7 i>Pi.—The German high command said today several attacks by Russian troops on the eastern front had been repulsed. Tire air force supported offensive ground operations "by inflicting de structive blows on enemy positions and troop concentrations on the Up per Volga and in the Lovat (Staraya Russa* sector," the high command said. (The Lovat River flows into Lake liman through the region in which Russians report they have trapped the 16th German Army * “On the Karelian front, Finnish bomber and fighter formations scat tered enemy columns and troop con centrations," the high command said in one of its rare references to Ger many's northern allies. It was declared that 197 Soviet planes had been destroyed by the Germans from February 25 to March : 5. against loss of 31 Nazi craft on the eastern front in that period. Cocos Treasure Hunts Banned for Duration By the Associated Press. SAN JOSE, Costa Rica. March 7 — Treasure hunting on Cocos Island, where pirates are popularly be lieved to have buried vast amounts of loot in bygone centuries, has been prohibited for the duration of the war by the Costa Rican government. The step was taken, it was ex plained, because the island—situated about 550 miles southwest of Pan ama—is in the Panama Canal de fense zone. Russian Strategists Again Ask Opening of U. S.-British Front London Times Appeals For Tri-Power Agreement To Reassure Moscow By the Associated Piess. LONDON, March 7.—Russian strategists again are urging swift creation of an Anglo-American front in Europe in the belief that it can smash Germany by au tumn and thus forge a short-cut to solution of the Pacific war. Well-placed Americans and Brit ish in London are supporting th« campaign. Once Germany is disposed of and the Axis split, these persons sav. j Japan will become considerably less | formidable, mainly because the United States and British naval forces will be free for concerted ac- ! tion in the Pacific. Presence of an increasing United States armed force in the United . Kingdom has raised Russian hopes for creation of a second European ; front. Would Protect Supply Route. They say Norway, especially, pre sents a coastline difficult to guard and wide open for infiltration tac tics. Moreover, the proximity of its northern frontier to Soviet territory presents the prospect of a common Allied frontier and protection of the northern supply route to Russia. Important support for this kind of help for Russia came today from the Times, which urged a tri-power agreement among Russia, Britain and the United States to allay Soviet anxiety over inadequate aid from her allies, and over post-war matters as well. The Times observed editorially that commentators had seen in So viet Premier Joseph Stalin's recent order of the day commemorating the 24th anniversary of the Red Army a hint of dissatisfaction over rela tions with the Allies. "Whether or not Stalin intended to express impatience," the editorial declared, "there is beyond doubt a growing inclination among Soviet leaders to feel that Russia has b~en called upon, with indirect and in sufficient help from her Allies, to bear the main brunt of Hitler's as sault. More Than Materials Needed. "Anything calculated to foster the belief, however, ill-founded, that the Allied countries are indifferent to Russia's requirements and Rus sian aims would be disastrous.” "But Russia,” the Times added, “asks for more than material sup plies. * * * Russia claims the right, which London and Washington ! equally claim on their own behalf.: of judging for herself the conditions ! necessary for her own security.” Declaring political collaboration between Britain and Russia had "scarcely taken a step forward” since Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden visited Stalin in December, the editorial warned: "The delays of the past two months have been only too likely to sow the seeds of mistrust in Mos cow.” Furanghi Reported Unable To Form New Iran Cabinet By the Associated Press. LONDON, March 7.—Reuters re ported from Teheran today that former Premier Ali Furanghi had left the Iranian capital after in forming Parliament that “the crisis surpasses my power. * * * It is im possible for me to accept the pre miership and form a cabinet." Furanghi became Premier last August after Iran signed a truce with British and Russian forces, but was unable to complete his govern ment and stepped down. He was asked then to form a new cabinet. Informed sources in London said "discontent and disagreement over internal politics caused the difficulty in forming a government.” Allied Offensive From Australia Reported Goal Heavy U. S. Force And Materials on Way, Writer Says By the Associated Press MELBOURNE. Australia, March 7.—A United Nations offensive against Japan from Australian and Indian bases is being planned in Washington and London, in formation reaching the Aus tralian government at Canberra said today. The Commonwealth Government has been informed, these reports said, that the United Nations high eomma'hd is planning io assemble its maximum strength in the South west Pacific at the earliest possible moment for such an offensive. . i Heavy striking forces of American troops and material already are en route to Australia. Walter Farr, correspondent of the London Daily Mail, reported in a dispatch to his newspaper from somewhere at sea. He spoke guardediv of. "naval and air battles without parallel" which he said were developing in the Southwest Pacific.! Speaking at Sydney. John Beasley. Australian Minister of Supply, said "within the past week complete or ganization for Allied strategy in the Pacific has been worked out. "Tlie enemy has a long supply line which we can cut. leaving him at the end of a line without support for his forces. Time is the only factor we have to deal with and given time we. in association with our Allies, can drive the enemy to Tokio and Yokohama." The war cabinet scheduled meet ings to discuss rates of pay and working conditions with the Aus tralasian Council of Trades Unions and the Australasian Workers' Union. Plans are proceeding to call up all men up to 60 for military or labor corps duty. Government sources at Canberra disclosed a measure was under con sideration for establishment of a single commonwealth tax authority to eliminate state income tax col lection offices. It was estimated such a plan would release between 2.000 and 2.400 persons for war work. It would become effective July 1. Big U. S. Convoys Reported Steaming Toward Australia LONDON. March 7 The United Nations' striking power in the Southwest Pacific is being strengthened rapidly by a steady stream of American troops and equipment flowing westward to Australia, the London Daily Mail reported today. The Mail printed a dispatch from Walter Farr, a correspondent it said was accredited to the United States Pacific Fleet, describing the move ment of “great convoys" loaded with American troops, pilots, planes, tanks and guns. The dispatch was date lined "At sea Friday” Mr. Farr spoke guardedly of “naval and air battles without par allel" which, he said, already were developing in the Southwest Pacific, but declared details could not yet be divulged. iThe dispatch, subject, to the usual censorship governing such communications, evoked no im mediate official comment in Washington.) Mr. Farr declared that “every ship in every convoy is a load of concentrated hitting power.” Materials for Offensive. “These massive forces.” he wrote, “will not only help to defend Aus tralia. They are taking with them large quantifies of materials to be used to build the foundations for a great offensive against the Jap anese. • * * “They are carrying hundreds of the finest pilots America can pro- i duce, powerful units training in i landing operations, hardy infantry from the American plains. * * * “As the convoys move westward along the closely guarded lifeline to Australia, the Japanese are shoot ing out great tentacles of naval and air power five, six and seven thou sand miles into the Pacific toward Australia and the United States. “In some areas the tentacles con sist of long-range submarines. In other areas they are made up of aircraft carriers loaded with power- j ful bombing and torpedo planes. * • • “Battles Without Parallel.” “Naval and air battles without; parallel in history are developing. These battles are taking place at widely separated points over 70,000.- i 000 square miles of ocean. You won't hear immediately details about some of these engagements because to announce them would help the enemy. “It is a strange, eerie kind of war in which the superiority of American cruisers, destroyers, air craft carriers and personnel are be ginning to tell. “When the war began tne enemy sent many of its best submarines into the area through which we are moving with this convoy. They have failed to cut the Pacific life line.” _ Trujillo's Daughter Wed To New York Surgeon By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, March 7.—Senorita Flora DOro Trujillo, daughter of Gen, Rafael Trujillo, former presi dent of the Dominican Republic, was married yesterday to Dr. Maurice Marshall Berck, New York surgeon, at the Hotel Pierre. The bride was given in marriage by Gen. Trujillo’s uncle, Plinio B. Pina Chevalier, Commercial Attache of the DominicXn Legation at Wash ington. > President Summons War Chiefs for Second Time in Three Days Major Operations Move Seen Imminent With Pacific Battle Reports By JOHN C. HENRY. President Roosevelt called, in his war advisers today for the second time in a three-day pe riod. indicating that major op erational moves may be immi nent. Summoned to the White House for a midday conference with Sec retary of Navy Knox. Secretary of War Stimson. Gen. George C Mar shall. Armv chief of staff; Lt. Gen Henry H Arnold, air chief: Admiral Ernest J King, commander in chief of the United States Fleet: and Admiral Harold R. Stark. Chief of Naval Operations. This same group met for nearly three hours with President Roose velt on Thursday afternoon, being joined in the latter half of their conference by British staff officers Convoy Attacks Reported. Today's W’hite House meeting was called a few hours after publication of reports that great convoys of American ships are moving through the Southwest Pacific, already en gaged in at some points in beating off Japanese aerial attacks. Immediately preceding his con sultation with the War Council, the President conferred with congres sional leaders. Participating in this meeting were Vice President Wal lace. Speaker Rayburn. Senate Ma jority Leader Barkley and House Majority Leader McCormack. Vice President Wallace also w as to return to the White House for a luncheon conference*with the Chief Executive. Senator Barkley told reporters the legislative conference had covered the full schedule of matters pend ing on Capitol Hill and that appro priation bills will be speeded as much as possible on the House side He said the Senafe expected to spend most of next week consider ing the question of validity of the election of Senator Langer, Repub lican. of North Dakota, whose seat has been contested. Representative McCormack said legislation to increase the debt limit and for extension of the Dies Com mittee also may come before the House next week. Radio Talk Monday. The White House disclosed today that the President will make a five minute radio address to the Nation on Monday night during a special agricultural anniversary program. A series of farm dinners has been arranged throughout the county, with a radio program from Wash ington to be tuned in to each of the local meetings. Vice President 1 Wallace, Secretary of Agriculture "Wickard and others are scheduled to participate in the radio portion of the anniversary observance. * -_ Bodies of 7 Army Flyers Sought After Florida Crash F' tl,i Associated Press. STUART. Fla.. March 7—A wide stretch of the tide-swept St. Lucie River was being searched by Army men today for the bodies of seven military flyers who plunged to their death in a storm-tossed Army trans port plane. Soldiers from Morrison Field. West j Palm Beach, kept civilians out of ! the area. A spokesman said there ! was no question that any one aboard i survived the crash. No bodies have I been recovered. The plane ran into a tropical squall Thursday night. A wing was torn loose, causing a fire, and the craft plunged into the river 3 miles below Stuart. Army authorities at Dayton. Ohio, said Lt. John A. Evans of Auburn dale. Mass., was the pilot; Lt. Harry E. Bullock, jr.. Lexington, Ky.. co pilot; Sergt Ercel Stallard. Lothair, Ky.. aviation engineer, and Corpl. Clarence F. Ayres, Huntington, W. Va„ radio operator. Also aboard were Lts. Clements and Simpson and Sergt. Rutko from the Middleton (Pa.) air depot, whose first names and addresses were not available here. Nelson Refuses to Concede Ship Program May Fall Short 'We Are Trying to Increase Schedule/ He Declares in Answer to Harrison Chairman Nelson of the War Production Board declared today that I have not recognized" any possibility that the war ship building program might fall short of President Roosevelt's goal. On the contrary. Mr. Nelson told* reporters, "we're trying to increase the program " Asked to comment on a state ment yesterday by \Y H Harrison. W. P B production director, that the President's “blueprint for vic tory" goal of 8.000.000 tons of ship ping this year might not be real ized. Mr. Nelson retorted: “I haven't recognized any such possibility. The shipping program has got to rome through. The whole Nation is a: stake." Cited Steel Plate Shortages. Mr. Harrison told a press confer ence shortages of steel plate had left the shipping program lagging last month, that some of the lag could not be made up. and that it was impossible to foresee whether it would finish out the year ahpad of or behind the victory schedule. Mr Nelson did not indicate how much the shipbuilding program might be expanded. He held the press conference a few minutes after a meeting with Philip Murray. C. I O president, and William Green. A F. L. presi dent. which lasted an hour and 20 minutes. Mr. Murray had called on labor In a speech last night to see to it that not a single hour of produc tion is lost until the war is won. "Let our slogan be: Work. Work. Work! Produce, Produce, Produce!" he said. Recalling labor's post-Pearl Har bor pledge to ourlaw strikes and set tle all wartime disputes by peaceful means. Mr. Murray said there had no' been a single authorized strike in a war industry since that time. Sought to Knd "Incidents." "All the efforts of the C. I O. and its unions." the C I. O. chieftain de clared. 'have been directed to end ing at once surh minor incidents as have occurred These incidents 'See PRODUCTION. Page A-3.1 U. S. Official Fears Soft Coal Shortage; May Try Rationing Consumers Are Blamed For Failure to Build Up i Stockpiles Earlier By thp Associated Press. A possible shortage of bitumin ous coal, which might necessitate Federal allocation of available supplies, was foreseen today by the Office of Solid Fuels Co ordination. Howard Gray, acting director, ad vised Secretary of the Interior Ickes. the co-ordinator, that consumers generally had failed to store coal to protect themselves agains, possible shortages, despite repeated appeals from officip.ls. “In the face of a substantial re duction in the number of days' sup ply of bituminous coal held in con sumers' stockpiles as of February 1." j Mr. Gray said, “the obviously com placent attitude of consumers and dealers toward storing reserve fuel is making it more likely that an emergency may occur which would necessitate the allocation of coal by the United States Government to protect war Industries' fuel sup ply.’’ His report showed that soft coal held in consumers' bins and yards as of February 1 represented an average of 34 days’ supply, compared j with an average of 40 days on Jan uarv 1, and 43 days on last Deecem ber 1. Mr. Gray said the coal stockpiles of all classes of consumers held an estimated 58.015,000 tons on Feb ruary 1. a decrease of 4.722.000 tons under the 62.737,000 tons in storage January 1. Not only did stockpiles (See COAL. Page A-4.) I Ensign From Richmond Is Killed in Action By the Associated Press. RICHMOND. Va.. March 7.—En ! sign Charles Nanse Major, 27, of Richmond has been “killed in ac i tion in the performance of his duties I in the service of his country," ac ; cording to a telegram received yes terday by his widow. Mrs. Major last heard from her j husband on Valentine's Day. En I sign Major also is survived by his | parents. Mr. and Mrs. William Major ! of Richmond; a brother, William Fleming Major of York. Pa., and i two sisters, Mrs. H. E. Stewart of Washington and Mrs. Floyd Whit ney of Richmond. Refugees Reach Australia SYDNEY, Australia, March 7 (A’h —Maj. Gen. Gordon Bennett, for mer commander of Australian forces in Malaya, announced today 100 of ficers and men who escaped from Singapore hale arrived in Aus tralia. Loss of Three More Ships in Atlantic Revealed by Navy Motorship Leif Sunk By Torpedo; 15 Missing, 10 Land at Key West By Associated Press. The loss of three more mer chant vessels and probably 75 seamen was announced by the Navy last night. The 2.850-ton motorship Leif was torpedoed somewhere in the Atlantic, bringing to 36 the total of merchant vessels officially re ported sunk by Axis raiders along the Atlantic and Canadian sea boards. Fifteen men of the Leif are missing and believed lost. There were 10 survivors. They were landed at Key West, Fla., the Navy said. In addition to the torpedoing, the Navy announced two ships as "over due and presumed last.” They were the 2.677-ton American freighter Norvana. formerly the York, which operated out of Baltimore, and the 5.335 - ton Panamanian - registered , tanker Olympic, which listed her home port as La« Angeles. The nor mal crews of the two vessels totaled 60 men. Battle Sea 53 Hours. The Navy confined its announce ment to the assertion that the ves sels were believed last, and maritme quarters speculated that they might have been victims of submarine op erations. Survivors of the Leif, which was controlled by the Norwegian Ship ping and Trade Commission but op erated under charter to an American ' See SHIPS, Page A-3.) British 'Chutists Caught In Yugoslavia by Nazis By thr Associated Press. LONDON, March 7.—The Berlin correspondent of the Stockholm newspaper Dagens Nyheter reports that Germans have toid of capturing an occasional British parachutist attempting to join the Yugoslav guerrilla army of Gen. Draja Mi hailovic. Authoritive sources refrained from comment on this dispatch, but the fact that British agents are working with Mihailovic forces has long since been known. Gen. Mihailovic. War, Navy and Air Minister for the Yugoslav gov ernment in exile, is recruiting rein forcements in Axis-occupied Yugo slavia for his spring campaign. Quake Felt in India PESHAWAR, India, March 7 (/P).— Earth tremors lasting several sec onds were felt here today. No dam age was reported. Munitions Truck Blast Kills 7 in North Carolina 100 Hurt as Vehicle Blows Up; Explosion Heard 50 Miles By the Associated Press. SMITH FI ELD, N. C , March 7 — At l^ast seven persons were killed and more than 100 were reported injured near here early today in the delayed explosion of a fire ridden, ammunition-laden truck, the detonation of which was heard over a radius of 50 miles in Eastern North Carolina. A hotel, a filling station and a tavern were leveled and windows in Selma, a town about 2 miles away, were shattered The cement high way under the truck was ripped wide and deep for a distance of 30 feet. Dr. E N Booker. Johnston County coroner, said two of the victims were ■ killed in an automobile which he | said failed to observe highway pa , trol warnings. The others were killed in the leveling of the Talton Hotel. Driver Takes Risk. Dr. Booker said that George Stroup of Gastonia and Cecil Propst of Lawndale, in the automobile, were told they would proceed around the truch. earlier involved in a collision with an automobile at the roadside community, at their own risk. "They decided to take the chance." the coroner said, "and just as they got almost even with thf truck it exploded with a terrible noise which folks in Rocky Mount. 50 miles away, reported they heard." The injured were taken to hos pitals in Smithfield. Goldsboro and Raleigh. Dr. Booker said that all buildings within 300 yards of the explosion were badly damaged or leveled and that half the store windows in Selma were blown out. Most of the casualties were by standers who had watched the truck burn for almost two hours befora exploding. Tremendous Power. So tremendous was the power of the explosion that one man was in jured a quarter of a mile away by a flying piece of wreckage. Debris was found 2'2 miles away. Soon after the explosion the sirens of ambulances began to scream as they dashed from neighboring towns with a generous quota of doctors. Residents of Smithfield and Selma rushed into the street as windows smashed. The general feeling seemed, to have been that the sec tion had been bombed. An hour after the explosion many of the citizens of Smithfield and Selma were walking the streets with bandaged heads and hands, suffer ing from wounds caused by violently propelled bits of steel and other wreckage. Three Killed, Seven Hurt In New York Tenement Fire By rhf Associated Press. NEW YORK, March 7 -Fire In a West Side tenement building, which Assistant District Attorney Anthony J. Lieber said had no fire retarding or sprinkler system, killed two adults and a baby today and seitt seven other persons to a hospital, at least one critically injured. The flames started on the first floor and spread upward through the old structure at 239 West Six teenth street. While most tenants fled from the building, a few of them jumping to the ground, firemen en tered unaware of any dead until ihey stumbled over the three bodies in a top-floor room. Geraldine Morales. 4. suffered a skull fracture when her mother, Genevieve. 24. clutched her and jumped from the second floor. Mrs. Morales was not seriously hurt, but her mother. Mrs Pauline Roziker. 52. fractured both her legs when she leaped out. holding Mrs. Morales' other child. Charles. 5. The boy was bruised. Mr. Lieber said five or six fire law violations had been reported against the building, adding “this is a typical example of what hap pens in one of these fire hazards." Police tentatively identified two of the dead as Mrs. Betty Hasara. 22. and her 8-month-old daughter. Lu cille. The third body was burned so badly immediate identification was impossible. Two other persons died during the early morning hours in separate house fires in Brooklyn. They were John Betkivous, 65, and Fanny Lorch, 50. Jap Planes Again Bomb Two New Guinea Ports By the Associated Press. MELBOURNE. Australia. March 7.—Japanese planes have again bombed Port Moresby and Lae. New Guinea, in aerial thrusts across Southwest Pacific seas, an Austral ian communique said today. There were no reports of damage or cas ualties. Port Moresby lies on th# south coast of New Guinea 300 miles northeast of Australia’s Cape York. Lae is on the northeast coast. Wide-ranging Australian bombers struck yesterday at Japanese air bases at Koepang. capital of Dutch Timor, and Gasmata. New Britain, the Air Ministry announced. The announcement said the raid ers had returned safely despite the attempts of Japanese fighters to intercept them, but gave no ether details of the forays. Koepang and Gasmata are both about 500 miles from the Australian mainland, lying respectively to the northwest and northeast.