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Cooler and rather windy late this afternoon and tonight. Temperatures today—Highest, 69, at 3:45 pjn.; lowest, 62, at 3:10 a.m. From th* United State* Weather Bureau Report. Full Detail* on Pace A-2. Closing N. V. Markets—Sales, Page 11. NIGHT FINAL OP) Mtant Atioclattd Pratt. 90th YEAR.' No. 35,809. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, MAY 16, 1942-THIRTY-TWO PAGES. Washington TXIUt'lj’ T7’ rp Q *l*e»here •nd Suburb* 1 Xl-L\XVI\ X O nr* Cent* X AND B RATION CARD HOLDERS FACE PROBE (Story on Page A-l), Late News Bulletins I Norwegian Ship Torpedoed The Navy announced late today that a small Norwegian merchant vessel had been torpedoed off the east coast of South America and that survivors had been landed at an East Coast United States port. 2,000 Dutch Officers Imprisoned Again LONDON <£>).—Aneta, the Netherlands news agency, quoted the German-controlled Dutch radio as announcing that 2,000 Dutch reserve officers, hitherto on parole or at lib erty otherwise in occupied Holland, were returned to prison camps yesterday, and that 460 persons had been arrested as hostages. New Jap Fleet Reported Headed South LONDON t/P'.—The Paris radio, heard here, quoted a Stefani message from Shanghai today saying a new Japanese fleet, more important than that engaged in the Coral Sea battle, is en route toward Northern Australia. Germans Say Victorious Kerch Battle Is Over BERLIN (From German Broadcasts) The German high command declared tonight in a special statement that the battle of Kerch “has been brought to a victorious con clusion.” (Earlier Story on Page A-l.) Browder Out of Prison ATLANTA OP).—Earl Browder, former general secretary of the Communist party in the United States, was released from Federal Penitentiary today, a few hours after President Roosevelt had announced commutation of his four-year sentence for falsifying passport information. Accompanying Browder was Robert Minor of New York, who has been acting as general secretary to the party in Browder s absence. Prison officials said Browder planned to take a night train to New York, along with Minor, who came to the prison as a visitor * today. (Earlier Story on Page A-l.) Navy Beats G. U. on Track ANNAPOLIS, Md. The Navy track team defeated Georgetown today, 77Mi to 482^. Army Defeats Notre Dame WEST POINT. N. Y. (/P).—Army beat the Notre Dame track team today, 66Va to 59Mj. __ Mrs. Hobby Sworn In as Chief Of W.A.A.C.; Husband Present (Earlier Story on Page A-4.) By the Associated Press. Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby of Hous ton. Tex., was sworn in today as di rector of the newly created Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. , The oath was administered by Maj. Gen. Myron M. Cramer, judge advocate general, as the Army chief of staff. Gen. George C. Marshall, and Secretary of War Stimson stood beside her. Her husband, William P. Hobby, Houston publisher and former Governor of Texas, watched from the sidelines. Secretary Stimson told Mrs. Hob by that the War Department cort* sidered itself very fortunate to have the services of a woman like her, and she replied: “I am aware of the honor and ob ligations of this appoin^Mk It, J* an honor for any citizen"to serve with and work for the Army of the United States. The fine traditions of the Army present a challenge for all citizens. “You have said the Army needs this corps. That is enough for me. I assure you that is enough for the women of the United States. “The task you have assigned me is a great opportunity for service; its fulfillment, a solemn responsi bility. I will give to it all the de votion, all the strength and what ever ability I possess.” Bicycle Rationing Will Begin In Three Weeks, 0. P. A. Says By the Associated Press. The Government will begin ra tioning bicycles in approximately three weeks, the Office of Price Ad ministration announced today. At the same time O. P. A. amended its orders freezing bicycle sales to permit manufacturers to ship to distributors in preparation for rationing. All sales will be made under ceil ing prices soon to be established by O. P. A. Approximately 50,000 ma chines were on hand when sales were stopped April 2. Since then, only war model, or “Victory” bicycles have been manufactured, and it was understood tnat me price on this type would be fixed somewhere between $30 and $40 each. Children’s bicycles were not af fected by the. order and will not be rationed. All dealers, distributors and man ufacturers are required to report their inventories, as of May 8. to O. P. A.’s inventory unit in New York. Officials said that in cases where a war production plant needed bi cycles for employe transportation, O. P. A. headquarters here may permit such purchases before ration begins. Prado Says U. S. Fights For 'All the Americas' By the Associated Press. NEW YORK, May 16.—President Manuel Prado of Peru declared to day that “the United States is fight ing not only for itself but for the other American countries.” “The liberty of the world is at a take,” he said at a luncheon in his honor given by the New York So ciety of Professional Engineers, “and I am sure there will be better days 60on for humanity.” President Prado said that he wanted to reaffirm “that your brothers of South and Central America and the Caribbean who do not speak your language are united with you in spirit.” “In this great conflict that occu pies us today,” he said, “the United States Is first in the titanic struggle to defeat aU those who want to impose force and despotism on our people.” President Prado told the engineers that the honor tendered him “brings me memories of my old days as a member of your profession.” Boxer Who Was K. O.d Dies of Skull Fracture BT the Associated Press. SAN 'FRANCISCO, May 16 Johnny Marquez, 37, Redwood City boxer, died today of a skull fracture suffered in a match last night, hos pital authorities reported. Marquez was knocked out by A1 Globe of Los Angeles, a substitute opponent, in the eighth and final round of the main event. Marquez was to have received $85 Icr the match. Globe got $75. Late Races Earlier Results and Entries for Monday on Pare 2-X. Belmont Park SIXTH RACE—Purse. $10,000 added; Metropolitan Handicap. 3-year-olds and upward; 1 mile. Attention (Meade) <.00 4.00 3.30 Pictor (Woolft 21.30 12.30 Market Wise (James) 6.30 Time. l:362s. Also ran—Best 8eller. Boysy. Omission. Reading II. Can't Wait. Ocean Blue. Third Degree. Rosetown and Gramps. Charles Town FIFTH RACE—Purse. $000; claiming; 3 year-olds and upward; flVj furlongs. Alseleda (Bletzacker) 13.40 6.60 3.80 Tellevane (DuHord) 4.00 3.20 Fusionette (Root) 3.20 Time. 1:25 Vs. Also ran—Okaleach. Hylo Rock. Julette, Oyster Bar. Myrtle M. Churchill Downs FOURTH RACE—Purse. $1,000: claim ing: 2-year-olds: 5 furlongs. Burning Sands (LeBlanc) 11.40 6.40 4.80 Savage Sailor <Adamst 5.00 4.60 Aerial Torpedo (Ryan) 6.80 Time. 1:01%. Also ran—Briskly, f Lower Broadway, f Flintee. Pid»y. James Me. Blue Balia. Count Traumer. Momentlto, f Bolo Tie. 1 Field. Suffolk Downs FIFTH RACE—Purse. *1.500: claiming. 3-year-olds and up: 6 furlongs. Sales Talk (Weatrope) 3.60 3.00 2.20 Fancy Free (Hettinger) 12.40 4.20 Lassator iBIerman) 2.80 Time. 1:1144. Also ran—Bright Trace. Allegro. Star Boarder and Snow Tint. SIXTH RACE—Purse *1.500: handicap: 3- vear-oids and up; 6 furlongs (chute). Hicomb (Dabsont 16.00 7.80 4.40 Watch Over (B'erman) 6.80 4.20 Abrasion (Gonzalez) 3.00 Time. 1:11. Atzo ran—Red Vulcan. Taking Ways. Maechance, Carmenita. Lone Sentry. Sportsman's Park THIRD RACE—Purse. $800: claiming; 4- year-olds and up; 1 mile and 70 yards. Clock Time (Hlgley) 16.60 7.80 6.20 Perplex (Jones) 6.00 5.00 Tea Ring (Litzenberger) 8.40 Time. 1:52*4. Also ran—Cornwallis. Paulson. Prefer Transit. Truda, Sue Harpen. The Marker and Reigh Countess. Chinese Retake Mong Lin, Held 3 Days by Japs Assaults in West of Burma Reported To Be Repulsed By the Associated Press. CHUNGKING, May 16.—The Chinese command announced tonight that a Japanese force numbering 10,000, with heavy tanks and 20 field guns, which occupied Mong Lin, in Eastern Burma, on May 13, had been driven out of the town by coun terattacking Chinese. One thousand casualties were said to have been inflicted on the Jap anese and prisoners, rifles and mu nitions were captured. Mong Lin, in the Southern Shan States, is about 200 miles south of the Burma road battle theater. To ihe west of Mong Lin, other Japanese were said to have at tempted a plane-protected crossing of the Salween River at Keng Hkam on May 12 and two other attempts on the following day—all repulsed with the sinking of their barges. Other fighting was reported in the vicinity of Kengtung, capital of one of the Shan states, and Mong Hai. This Shan States theater is some 250 miles south of the Yunnan Province battleground in Southwest China, where Japanese are believed still to be held on the west bank of the Salween River, about 125 miles by road inside China and 55 miles short of their supposed objective, the Burma road city of Paoshan. The main objective of the Shan States fighting was Kengtung. lowans Evacuate Homes Missouri River Floods, By the Associated Press. NEBRASKA CITY, Nebr., May 16—Missouri River flood waters covered large lowland areas in the vicinity of Percival. Iowa, today as residents of Southwestern Iowa and eastern Otoe County bottom land prepared for what might be the highest river stage since 1881. Lowlands near Hamburg, Iowa, were under water, and many lowans, heeding the Kansas City Weather Bureau warning that the river stage would reach between 18 and 19 feet by Monday, began leav ing their homes. The flood of 1881, when a record , high af 18.3 feet was reached, wiped out at least one village and i changed the course of the river, but new dike construction will prevent j extensive damage if the river goes beyond the 1881 flood level, ob servers said. 14 British Planes Downed, Nazi High Command Says By the Assocl»ted Press. BERLIN (From German Broad casts), May 16.—The German High Command reported today the de struction of 14 British planes in the past 24 hours in sea and air en gagements off the western coast of Europe. German patrol boats oft the Netherlands were said to have shot down five of eight R. A. F. bombers which attacked a German convoy, while off the same coast and on the English Channel German mine sweepers and naval artillery were credited with three bombers and one fighter. Other League Games AMERICAN LEAGUE. At Detroit—First Game— New York . 000 011 103— 6 9 1 Detroit 000 100 000— 1 5 2 Batteries—Bonham and Diekey; Benton, Henshaw and Tebbetts. At Detroit—Second Game— 1 New York... 010 001 0 <— I Detroit. 100 000 — Batteries—Chandler and Bosar; Trent and Tebbetts. ! At Chicago— 1 Philadelphia 000 120 00 — I Chicago .... 010 001 00 — Batterie*—-March ildon and Wagner; Smith, Haynes and Tarner. At St. Louis— Boston _COO 200 00 — St. Louis ... 000 020 0 — Batteries—Heghson and Peacock; Man erief and Swift. NATIONAL LEAGUE. At New York— Cincinnati . 000 200 009- 2 5 5 New York... 205 000 OOx- 7 8 0 Batteries—Thompson. Bears and La raanno; Lohrman and Banning. At Brooklyn— Pittsburgh . 000 001 000— 1 2 1 Brooklyn ... 210 032 OOx— 8 12 0 Batterlea—Heintielman. Wilkie. Gornieki, inncell and Lopei; Head ard Owen. At Boston— St. Louis ... 210 200 020— 7 9 4 Boston. 030 010 000- 4 4 0 Batterlea—Cooper and W. Cooper; Tail, Wallace. Sain and Klatti. Chicago-Philadelphia—Postponed. Today's Home Runs American League. McCosky, Detroit, 4th inning. Di Maggio, New York, 2d inning. Doerr, Boston, 4th inning. National League. Ross, Boston. 2d inning. Haas, Cincinnati. 4th inning. Marshall, Cincinnati, 4th inning. RATIONING OFFICE CROWDED—This was the scene in one of the rooms at District Rationing Administration headquarters at 1740 Massachusetts avenue today as motorists and sugar con sumers brought their problems to rationing officials. During the day hundreds of X gasoline card holders and a number of others with B-3 cards turned in their certificates in exchange for cards entitling them to less gasoline. (Story on Page A-l.) —Star Staff Photo. Nats Hammer Indians In Seventh Inning, 6-0 In Third Inning, 6 to 0 i Two Cleveland Pitchers Assaulted by Griffs; Spence Hits Triple | (Story o/ Ftrst Game and Box Score on Page 2-X.) | SECOND GAME. Unt-uP. WASHINGTON. CLEVELAND Estalella. :ib. Hockett if Spence, cf Mills, cf Vernon, lb Boudreau. *s. Campbell. If Heath If Chartak. rf. Fleming lb. Early, c Kellner, .lb. Pofahl. as. Mack lb Gomel, lb. Pennine c Hudson, p Eisenstat. n Umpires—Messrs Pipgras. Summers and Passarella. By BURTON HAWKINS, Star Stall Correspondent. CLEVELAND, May 16—The Nats were leading the Cleveland Indians, 6 to 0, in the seventh in ning of the second game, after losing the first, 5 to 4. Washington lost no time in ham mering two Cleveland pitchers in the nightcap. They got two runs off Eisenstat. Indian's starting pitcher in the Second inning and then drove him from the mound in the third. They continued their assault on Vernon Kennedy, who relieved him, and ended the frame with four more runs. FIRST INNING. WASHINGTON — Estalella beat out a bounder to Boudreau. Spence forced Estalella at second. Keltner to Mack. Vernon grounded to Mack, who first started to throw to second then hesitated too long to catch Vernon at first. Spence, however, was retired at second, Mack to Fleming to Boudreau. Vernon was out stealing, Denning to Boudreau. CLEVELAND — Hockett took a third strike. Pofahl threw out Mills. Boudreau singled to center. Boud reau was out stealing. Early to Pofahl. SECOND INNING. WASHINGTON—Mack threw out Campbell. Chartak singled to cen ter and continued to second on Mills' tumble. Early singled to cen ter, scoring Chartak. Pofahl forced Early at second, Boudreau to Mack. Gomez doubled to right, scoring Pofahl. Hudson grounded to Kelt j ner. who first fumbled the ball and | then tripped Gomez, who was com ing into third base, and tagged him out. Manager Bucky Harris and the entire Washington team pro tested that the tripping was de liberate, but Umpire Art Passarella refused to alter his decision. Two runs. CLEVELAND—Pofahl threw out Heath. Fleming walked. Keltner flied to Chartak. Mack lined to Chartak. THIRD INNING. WASHINGTON—Estalella singled to left. Spence tripled to left, scor ing Estalella. Vernon Kennedy re placed Eisenstat on the mound for Cleveland. Vernon walked. Camp bell singled to left, scoring Spence and sending _ Vernon to third. Campbell continued to second on Heath’s throw to third. Vernon scored and Campbell took third as Mack threw out Chartak. Early flied to Mills, Campbell scoring after (See BASEBALL. Page 2-X.) Baltimore Water Front Flooded After Rain By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, May 16.—A com bination of high tide, strong winds and rain backed up water in Bal timore Harbor today, flooding a wide area of the water front to a depth of several feet. Traffic was halted at some wharves along Light street, but weather offi cials said the water would recede with the outgoing tide. Former Boxer Injured INDIANAPOLIS, May 16 (#).— Charles (Chuck) Wiggins, 42, former heavyweight boxer and a colorful figure in and out of the ring, was in a serious condition in City Hos pital today with a fractured skull. Police found him on a sidewalk in the downtown area. They believe he had fallen down a stairway. Hero of Java Sea Says Men, Not Himself,'Did the Righting' Comdr. H. E. Eccles, Navy Cross Winner, Gave Only Two Orders in Whole Battle By CLAUDE A. MAHONEY. An American destroyer com mander who came through the battle of the Java Sea unscathed and was awarded the Navy Cross for his exploits, sat in the Navy press room today and minimized his part in the fray. It Is the ship and the men who do the fighting, and not the command er, said Comdr. Henry Effingham Eccles of Flushing. N. Y. Pressed for details of the engage ment for which he wai honored, he said: “In that whole engagement I gave exactly two orders. I just told the other officers what to expect, and let them aiohe. This idea of a captain standing on the bridge in the mid dle of the night and giving a lot of bright orders is the nuts. One man can’t figure out what is best for a whole ship." Officers and Men Share Praise. Comdr. Eccles’ recital was one of praise for many of his junior officers and men. There was the case of Chief Elec trician's Mate James Kirkwood Brodie, who was left behind in active charge of a demolition squad to put the destroyer Stewart out of com mission so the Japs could not use her. The commander never expected to see Brodie again, but the demolition squad, its work finished, rode across the island of Java in a com mandeered automobile, found an al most deserted Dutch freighter, and made off with it. The crew included sailors, refugees and "a few stranded diplomats,” said Comdr. Eccles, but the ship somehow reached safety. Brodie showed up at Eccles' head quarters with no formal report, but with “just a broad grin." The grin was report enough for a promotion and decoration. Frank A. Woodke, Schaller. Iowa,! was a second class seaman, but he steered the zigzagging destroyer through narrow straits when Comdr. Eccles and his executive officer both were blinded temporarily by night gunfire. Apprentice Is Hero. Henry A. Penner, of Reelv, Caiif. was an apprentice seaman who had practiced spotting his own shots and when his gun captain was blinded, he Just-kept on firing, scor ing one and perhaps other hits on the enemy. His achievement was particularly gratifying to Comdr. 1 Eccles who had mitigated punish- I ment due Penner for serious crimes committed earlier whiie intoxicated 1 Even on probation Penner proved himself a hero under fire. The escape of the cruiser Marble- I head through the narrow Straits of Java was the outstanding feat of seamanship of the entire campaign, j Comdr. Eccles said. Part of the trip was made with destroyer escort, and where the currents of the Straits ; met the swells of the Indian Ocean and made a "wall of water," the ; destroyer never expected to see the i Marblehead again. --- — i U. S. Ignores Laval And Deals Directly With Martinique State Department Held Not Interested In Vichy's Views (Earlier Story on Page A-l.) The State Department today ignored press statements by Pierre Laval, pro-Axis head of the Vichy government of France, concerning a Laval note reject - ing American proposals on Mar tinique and other French pos sessions in this hemisphere. Officials here withheld comment of the policy outlined by Secretary of State Hull that this Government is dealing directly with local offi cials at Martinique and is not in terested in anything Vichy might say or do. It was insisted in formed quar ters, however, that Laval has not addressed any note to the United States concerning the Martinique proposals. What was described as a copy of Vichy instruction to Ad miral Georges Robert. French high commissioners at Martinique, was received in Washington late yes terday. These sources also insisted that the State Department has not sent any formal note either to Vichy or Admiral Robert, merely giving spe cific instructions to United States representatives at Martinique. Despite the Vichy attitude, there was a tendency here to view the Martinique negotiations optimis tically. Work on demobilization of French warships in Western Hem isphere ports, the major military de mand of this Government in the negotiations, already has begun. Secretary Hull said yesterday that other questions are being discussed in the light of American objectives. Markets at a Glance NEW YORK, May 18 (JP).— Stocks steady; industrials ad vance quietly. Bonds mixed. Rails continue to improve. Cot ton irregular; price fixing and light hedging. I CHICAGO.—W heat sharply lower; storage situation, new crop outlook. Com lower with wheat. Cattle nominally steady. Hogs steady; quotable top *14.25. 1,500 Brave Rain, See Jiminy Cricket Win Pony Championship ; Eve Prime, Warrenton, Takes Two Blue Ribbons At D. C. Horse Show In spite of the rain, a crowd of I, 500 persons occupied the stands at the Washington Victory Horse Show at Meadowbrook this aft ernoon and saw Jiminy Cricket defeat Moonstone in a jump off to win the important pony championship and a second leg on the Victorian Second Trophy. At the end of the morning ses sion. Jiminy Cricket, owned by Mrs. J. A. Hamilton and ridden by 10 year-old Jimmy Hamilton, and j Moonstone, owned by Susanne Eck, which young Hamilton also rode, were tied for the championship with 10 points each. The Cricket won blue ribbons in the 12-hand pony hack and the 12-hand pony hunter. Moonstone took first in the same type of events for the 145-hand pony. Miss Eve Prime of Warrenton, Va., won two blues with her hunter. Little Miss, taking first in the junior hunter hacks and the junior hunter classes. She rounded out the day with a third place in the junior jumper event. The first senior event on the pro gram. the limit jumpers, was won by Our Congo, a 4-year-old bay mare, owned and ridden by Bobby Hilton. There was a four-way tie for second, third and fourth place, and in the iumpoff Mrs. W. Haggin Perry placed her bay gelding Hydro gyro ahead of Marberg Farm's Red Water. Fourth was U. S. Randle on his Sport Marvel. Nancy Marsh of Catlett, Va., won the A. S. P. C. A. horsemanship event in a close contest with little Gloria Galban of Charlottesville. Va. Third was Peggy Hamilton of War renton, Va., and fourth, Eve Prime of Warrenton. The winner in this class is eligible to compete in the championship at the national Horse Show at Madi son Square Garden in 1942. The lead line class for tiny youngsters was won by Sally Peck, 5. William Beverley Mason, III, an other 5-year-old, placed. Four year-old Joseph S. Burrows. Jr., took the third ribbon and fourth place 1 went to Mary Truxton Hill. Du Pont Co. Accused Of Pledging to Help Nazi Firm After War Assistance in Regaining Latin Market Promised, Senate Group Told Br the Astociated Pres*. Charles D. Pack, Justice De partment attorney, told the Sen ate Patents Committee today that the American Du Pont in terests had agreed to help a Ger- j man company regain its share of the South American dye market after the war. Mr. Pack sup- j ported his assertion by offering the "semi-annual report of for eign relations department" of E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., | dated February 9. 1940. The attorney testified that during the last decade Du Pont and a Brit- 1 ish firm. Imperial Chemical Indus tries. Ltd., had established jointly owned companies in Brazil and Argentina, known as the Duperial 1 Companies, "for the advancement , of their mutual interests.” Du Pont, he said, as well as another Ameri- 1 can company, the Allied Chemical ! & Dye Corp.. had "far-reaching” j agreements with a world-wide dye stuff cartel whose members included I. G. Farbenindustries, giant Ger man trust. Four Americans Listed. Turning to the operations of the I. G. Farbenindustries in the United States, Mr. Pack listed four Amer icans, including Edsel B. Ford, president of the Ford Motor Co., as having served on the Board of Di rectors of the General Aniline & Film Corp. (or its predecessor com panies!. whose management, he de clared, "has always been dominated by I. G. or former I. G. officials." He said that General Aniline & Film Corp. was formed in 1939 with the merger of American I. G. and General Aniline Works. It was through those units. Mr. Pack said.! that control of I. G.'s enterprises in this country has been maintained, j Americans serving on the original: 14-member General Aniline board were, Mr. Pack said, "C. E. Mitchell, chairman of the board of National City Bank: Mr. Ford: W. C. Teagle, chairman of the board of Standard Oil of New Jersey; and Paul War-1 burg, chairman of the board of Bank of the Manhattan Co.” Ford Resigned in 1941. He added that Mr. Ford resigned ' in 1941 and listed Mr. Mitchell's tenure as from 1929 to 1933. Mr. j Teagle's from 1929 to 1939 and Mr. Warburg's from 1929 to 1932. The Treasury Department took' over the corporation last December, I and the properties have been trans- i ferred to the Alien Property Cus todian. Dupont, together with seven other big firms, was indicted by a Federal grand jury at Trenton, N. J., Thurs day on a charge of engaging in a world-wide conspiracy to monopo lize the manufacture and sale of dyestuffs. U. of Missouri Board Names Journalism Dean B> the Associated Press. ST. LOUIS, May 16—The Uni versity of Missouri Board of Curators today named Dr. Frank Luther Mott of the Uni\frsity of Iowa as dean of the Missouri Journalism School, suc ceeding the late Frank L. Martin. Dr. Mott. 56, who has headed the Iowa Journalism School since 1927. won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1939 and has written several books. He begins his new work August 1 and will receive $7,000 a year salary. GUIDE FOR READERS ! Page Amuse ments Church News -A-12-15 Comics - .B-12-13 Editorials ...A-8 Editorial Articles ...A-9 Finance_A-ll Legal Notices ..B-ll Page Lost, Pound .A-3 Obituary __ A-10 Radio ..B-12 Real Estate, B-l-4 Society _A-7 Sports _B-6-7 Where to Go, A-5 Woman s Page .B-5 Complete Index on Page A-1! Farm Bloc Seeks Price Floor on U. S. Grain Sales Senate Group Hopes To Keep Wheat, Corn Near Present Levels (Earlier Story on Page A-ll.) By the Associated Press. Leaders of the Senate farm bloc, threatened by a split in its ranks over Government sale of stored grain for feed, agreed to day on a course of action de signed to prevent such sales from depressing prices of wheat and corn. Senator Bankhead. Democrat, of Alabama, who presided at a two hour closed session, said the 26 Senators present agreed that first they would try to place a “prica floor” under any sales of Govern ment wheat or corn for feeding live stock at about 85 per cent of parity, or near present levels. If this attempt should fail, the Senators then would try to knock out of the pending farm bill all restrictions on the sales Modified in Committee. As it came to the Senate from the Appropriations Committee, the sale restrictions were modified to permit the sale of 125.000.000 bushels of wheat at less than parity. Total removal of restrictions thus would leave in effect previous action putting the House and Senate on record as opposing any sales at lees than full parity. Senators Gillette, Democrat, of Iowa and Willis. Re publican. of Indiana, reporting con siderable sentiment for the second course, said some Senators feared that the 85 per cent of parity pro vision would give administration offi cials an entering wedge for reduc ing all farm prices. Senator Bankhead said that at present price levels the first pro posal would prohibit sales of wheat for livestock feed at less than 82.3 cents a bushel, or 85 per cent of the present parity price for corn. U. S. Takes 197 Million Bushels. Meanwhile, the Agriculture De partment announced it had taken title to about 197.000.000 bushels of 1941 wheat, stored in commercial warehouses by farmers unde- the Government's price-supporting loan program. The loans expired April 30 and farmers failed to redeem the grain. Officials said there was little Induce ment to redeem the wheat because market prices were about the equiv alent of the loan obligation. The department now holds about 320.000,000 bushels of wheat, includ ing 109,000,000 bushels from the 1939 and 1940 crops. With supplies be coming greater than the Nation's transportation and storage facilities are capable of handling, the depart ment hopes to sell some of the grain for livestock feed and for conversion into industrial alcohol. Whether any considerable quanti ty of wheat will be disposed of de pends. officials said, on final disposi tion of a congressional proposal bar ring sales at less than parity prices. Pilot Lauded in Roosevelt's Speech Visits White House Capt. Hewitt T. Wheless, Army pilot whose flying fortress' successful battle with 18 Japanese planes over the Philippines was described by President Roosevelt in his April 28 speech, visited the White House today. Described by the President as a “modest young man," Capt. Wheless appeared embarrassed and was Un communicative when questioned by reporters as he left the White House. He admitted Mr. Roosevelt had asked him "some questions." On temporary duty here in public relations work for the Army, Capt. Wheless was accompanied to the White House by Lt. Gen. Henry H. Arnold, chief of the Air Corps. Homer Spoils Bonham's Runless Inning Record By the Associated Presa. DETROIT. May 16—Ernie Bon ham. New York Yankee right-hand er with a record of four wins and no defeats, yielded his first run in 22 innings when the Detroit Tiger* counted in the fourth frame of today s game Bonham shut out the St. Louis Browns, 3-6, April 30 and beat the Cleveland Indians by the same score on May 6 Barney Mc Cosky’s third home run of the year broke the string. Gasoline Dealers Will Police Selves To Halt Bootlegging (Earlier Story on Page A-l.) By the Associated Press. Gasoline dealers in the East today agreed to police their own ranks to make gas rationing workable. Representatives in 15 States and the District were directed by the Eastern States Gasoline Dealers- Conference to report any one found guilty of boot legging to Federal and State authorities. Attempts to bootleg have been made, it was admitted, but only on a small scale. Mayor F. H. La Guardia. re turning to New York from Washington, announced today he was hopeful that gas ration ing would be lightened.