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HUNDREDS OF BRICK & FRAME COMPLETE HOUSES Covering area of many city blocks, site of the new War Department Warehouse Build ing in Virginia. When this material has been salvaged it will be sold from our 4 yards, but for the present, in order to expedite this work, many of the dwellings will be sold to private purchasers who desire to buy and salvage com plete houses for themselves. We want many buyers to help us clear this site immediately for the Government and we will give you TREMENDOUS BARGAINS IN COMPLETE HOUSES (To Be Wrecked by Buyer) Apply Office on Site Columbia Pike, halfway between No. 1 Highway and Arlington Ridge Road, Virginia. Act at Once! SROCK-BOTTOM PRICES ~j USED MATERIAL DEPARTMENT Jap Zero Pilots Wary Of Flying Fortresses, Princetonian Finds Newer Model With Gun In Tail Shoots Down 5 In Few Minutes By CLARK LEE, Aiiociited Press Foreign Correspondent. SOMEWHERE IN NORTHERN AUSTRALIA. April 4—Those Jap anese Zero fighters are not any too eager to tackle a Flying Fortress | any more. Second Lt. Robert Meyer of Bir i mingham, Ala., told me about it. I ^potted him as a Princeton boy by his haircut and sure enough he was a classmate of “Butch" Konoye, son of Prince Fumimaro Konoye, the former Japanese Premier and once captain of the Princeton golf team. Meyer Is co-pilot of a Flying Fortress now flying from a North Australian base after fighting In the Philippines and Java. During the battles in the Philip pines and Java the crews of the fortresses had tough going. The ships were older models without that stinger of twin 50-caliber ma | chineguns in the tail. Blind Spot Eliminated. The Japanese quickly found the blind spot and would fly in directly behind the fin. shooting from an angle on which the fortress' guns could not bear. When the newer fortress arrived it was a different story. The first encounter was disastrous. “Our gunners held their fire until the Zeros climbed confidently Into position about 100 yards behind the ; tall, then squeezed the trigger grips," Meyer said. "One of our Portresses alone got five and perhaps six Zeros within a few minutes. Since then the Zeros will not attack unless they get above the Fortresses. “It used to be that we couldn’t see what was going on,” Meyer con I tlnued, “but now the pilots have a i ringside seat and usually sight the ! Nips first. How Americans Attack. “It happens like this. The leader takes the air and circles, we climb In behind and start grabbing alti tude heading toward the target. “My former chief pilot, who can’t be named since he is now a major, was the sleepiest guy in the world and used to catnap all the way to the target area. Once he was there he was wide awake like the rest of us. “We observe radio silence until we are near the target and then switch on the inter-plane phones. "Those Zeros sure get upstairs fast in one big circle and they have been flying about our altitude. The pilots keep strict watch for the at tackers and soon some one will call ‘Oh, oh, there’s half a dozen at 3 o'clock.' “Then we turn in their direction, bank slightly and open Are. The Japs usually take only one pass, div ing down fast and giving us a burst as they pass but they do not return for more. Different From Bataan. “Some Zeros refrain from attack ing but have developed a new trick of flying at the same height as the fortresses about a mile away and ra dioing to ground anti-aircraft the fortress' speed, altitude and direct ing the fire from below. “After Bataan, where I’ve been ac customed to see nothing in the air but what our troops call “J-40.” which is any Japanese aircraft, it was a wonderful experience to ar rive In Australia and witness friendly planes flying and to meet American pilots. “Contrary to those on Bataan, these pilots have no complaints about certain of our pursuit ships, saying its heavier armament, pro tective features, level and diving speeds compensate for its inability to climb as fast as a Zero. “Once a pursuit gets atop a Zero, it’s one less Zero.” New Agency Will Push Prison War Production By the Aseoclited Presi. The Government is establishing a special agency to seek increased pro duction by prisons of goods useful in the war effort. The agency will be a division of the Bureau of Governmental Re quirements, headed by Maury Ma verick, who said today that it was expected other Allied governments would purchase most of the prison made goods. “It was emphasized,” an an nouncement said, "that production of goods by prison industries will not interfere with normal labor or in dustry inasmuch as articles made in these shops wiU be used only for war purposes and will not enter nor mal comercial channels." Dan Turner former Governor of Iowa, will be in direct charge of the program. Big Thaw Turns Red-Front Into Sea of Slash By EDDY GILMORE. Associated Press Foreign Correspondent. KUIBYSHEV, Russia. April 4.— The Great Russian thaw has started, turning millions of acres of snow into one tremendous sea of slush. After living in and riding through the thaw for six days, I know what | the mechanized German Army is up against. The slush looks and acts far more formidable than a mined fort or a moated citadel. Imagine all the swamps you ever saw. Imagine all the muddy ditches your automobile has whizzed past. Imagine millions and millions of mudbaths. Into this mixture, dump billions of tons of grayish snow and stir thoroughly. Now you’ve got something—you’ve got a Russian thaw. Gen. Weather certainly smiled on the Russian army this winter and if that was smiling, this slush is ac tually beaming. A tank or automobile would have the same chance -*n this slush as a flea in a bathtub full of mud mixed with molasses The Russian slush is not the kind you put your foot in and then take out and kick away. It clings. Riding through one section of the country I saw a man who had jumped off the track to let a train go past. He was buried to his waist in slush that gripped him like quicksand. His comrades came along and threw him a rope. As we went around a long bend they were try ing to puli him out. NEW WAR BUILDING IN ARLINGTON WELL UNDER WAY—A view showing the progress made in construction of the new War Department office building in Arl ington County. Of the five sections in the pentagonal-shaped structure, these - A two—designated as sections A (on right) and B—are nearest completion. The War Department hopes to have the entire building completed by next November. —Star Staff Photo. Sections of New War Building Ready for Use Next Month Officials Soon to Pick First Occupants For 'World's Largest Office' Structure In one of the swiftest construction jobs on record, an army of workers seemingly imbued with a spirit of accomplishment is nearing comple tion of the first sections of the enormous War Department office building in nearby Arlington—less than seven months since ground was first broken. Sometime next month, contractors for "the world's largest office build ing’’ expect to have a considerable amount of office and storage space ready to turn over to the War Department and by November they hope that the entire structure—pro viding more office space than the 102-story Empire State Building will be finished. A project of such proportions nor mally would require three years to complete, but it is scheduled to be finished in a little more than one year. 8torage and Office Space. At the start it was planned to have 500,000 square feet of storage space ready by May. It is under stood now that, in addition to the storage space, some office space also will be ready by that time. The structure, located on a tract of 320 acres originally Intended for the quartermaster depot now being built near Alexandria, is in the shape of a regular pentagon—con sisting of five pentagonal "rings'’ of buildings erected around a large inner court. The sides or sections are designated as A, B, C, D and E and the construction work is pro ceeding in alphabetical order. This has produced an oddity. Workers find themselves starting and finishing the building at the same time. They're putting the finishing touches on Section A, but Section E is just underway. Controversy Recalled. The size, design and location of the big office building received the personal attention of President Roosevelt last fall after the War De partment precipitated a contro versy by disclosing plans to erect a $35,000,000 structure to house ap proximately 30,000 workers on the Arlington Experimental Farm. After a prolonged fight, led by the Na tional Capital Park and Planning Commission, the Fine Arts Com mission, architects, civic groups and others, the President ordered the size of the building reduced by one fifth. and Army officials redesigned the structure to accommodate 20, 000 employes. Although the cost of the rede signed building then was estimated at about $31,000,000, it was pointed out at that time that the ultimate cost probably would be more be cause of the shift in sites when the location was changed from the Ex perimental Farm—at the gate of Arlington Cemetery—to the quar termaster depot site, it was found the land would have to be drained and concrete piles installed as a foundation. 42,000 Pile Foundation. The Experimental Farm offered an ideal sand and gravel foundation, but the new location was partly swampland and this had to be drained. Then 42.000 piles, con sisting of light iron casing filled with concrete, were provided as a founda tion. and about 38,000 of these have been sunk. Originally, the office building was to have a gross area of 5.000.000 square feet, with 4,000,000 square feet being usable for office space. When the size was ordered reduced, this left a net usable office space of approximately 3,000.000 square feet. Just how many War Department workers will be assigned to the new building remains somewhat unclear. War Department officials have said nothing since announcing that the building, as revised, was designed for 20,000 workers. Army officials in charge of space control said the number which would be assigned to the new building would depend largely on whether the department's high officials transfer their offices there. May House 25,000. If high Army officials should move their headquarters to the new struc ture, then the total to be sent there would be smaller. On the other hand, if the shift consists mostly of lesser officials, clerks, stenographers, etc., as many as 25,000 might be housed in the new building, one official said. Army officials said they had not yet decided who would be the first occupants, but added they expected to make a decision on this soon. So big is the project that more | than 12.000 craftsmen and laborers are employed on it. and some 80 . special policemen are on the job maintaining order and directing the endless streams of truck traffic in and around the building and the contractor's headquarters. Active I direction of the job for the contrac ! tor is under J. Paul Hauck. Mr. Hauck has been with John McSham, Inc., of Philadelphia, one of the three contracting firms for the job, for 15 years. 300 Architects, Draftsmen. For this project alone, more than 300 architects and draftsmen are at work constantly, under the direction of George E. Bergstrom, the noted architect who designed the building, and they have prepared thousands of drawings and blueprints to guide the builders. Each face of the outer ring of the building is 921 feet long, thus mak ing a walk around the structure a jaunt of about four-fifths of a mile. Each face of the pentagon facing the inner court is 360 feet long. The distance from the face of the outer court to the face of the inner court is 386 feet. The building is being constructed of buff Indiana lime stone on a framework of reinforced concrete, with slate roofs. There are only two pentagonal rings as far as the first floor is con cerned, but above that on the second and third floors of the three-story structure, there are actually five pentagonal rings, with each section being divided into five wings con nected by corridors. There will be more than 6.000 windows in the building with a heating unit located beneath each | window. Communication between floors will be provided by stairways and ramps, with escalators in spe cial places. Space for 8,000 Cars. 1 Parking space for approximately 8,000 cars will be provided in two areas adjacent to the building, one near the intersection of Columbia Everything lor Yonr PET FOODS—TOYS TROPICAL FISH SCHMID'S, Inc. Wuk. OldMt and L*r,e«t Pm Sho* 712 12th St. N.W. 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Provision for handling a heavy volume of traffic Is provided In a large bus terminal and taxicab stand to be erected in the basement. At the head of each stairway, a turnstile will be located and pas sengers may deposit fares in a man ner similar to the system In New York’s subways. The main concourses on the first floor, which lead to the bus lanes, will contain a cafeteria, drugstore, barber shop, newsstand and other facilities for convenience of em ployes. 5,COO to Eat at a Time. The cafeteria facilities, according to the Welfare and Recreational As sociation, which will operate them, will provide a total of 200.000 square feet of space for eating. The actual seating space at one time will be about 5,000, an official of the associa tion said. But this doesn’t include three special rooms—an officers din ing room seating about 350; a mes senger’s room seating about the same number, and a dining room for cafeteria employes, seating about 250. In the basement, where every thing will be cooked, will be store rooms, refrigerators, ovens, work tables, sandwich tables, loading plat forms, salad preparation tables, baking shop, lockers and restrooms. Then on the first floor will be one cafeteria, with 13 steam tables and, of course, as many service lines. There will also be a soda fountain there 288 feet long, and 1* alcoves. Eight more steam tables and serv ice lines will be available on each of the second and third floors, ard on the second floor will be the officers, messengers and cafeteria employes’ dining rooms. Sandwich Counters, Too. | In another section, there will be two lunch counters on each floor for serving sandwiches etc. It is estimated by the Welfare and Recreational Association that the cafeterias will be able to serve 28,000 hot meals during a lunch period. I Along with construction of the War Building, the Public Roads Ad ministration is going ahead with construction of a $7,000,000 network I of highways to serve the new build ing and adjacent areas. This is ex i pec ted to be completed when the building Is finished. The roads be ing built are equivalent to 15 miles of two-lane highways. Any old pre-war maps of Europe lying around your house? The Gov ernment needs paper. -BIRTHDAY CARDS Expert Film Developing 20% Off Movie Films. ■ I 'ifi I n 9 1 BH I 1 * i I 0 2 i millJ'Jli l Toll of Bomber Crash In Idaho Is 7 Killed And One Missing Four-Motored Army Plane Falls While On Training Flight By the Associated Press. BRIDGE, Idaho. April 4 — A four motored Army bomber on a night flight crashed near this Utah-Ida ho border town, killing seven flyers and presumably an eighth whose body has not been found late today. First report* were that nine were aboard, but Capt. R. S. Gibbs. 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