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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, Pago 14. _ An Evening Newspaper With the Full Day's News LOCAL—NATIONAL—FOREIGN Associated Press and UP) Wlrephotos, North American Newspaper Alliance, Chicago Daily News Foreign Service and The Star's Staff Writers, Reporters and Photographers, UP) Means Associated Press._ 90th YEAE. No. 35,811. WASHINGTON, D. G, MONDAY, MAY 18, 1942 Washington rp tt t> XT' V fTYTC Elsewhere and Suburbs iXl.ClJli.rj V^XjJNJ-O Five Centa Planes Torpedoed Prinz Eugen Off Norway, British Declare; Reds Trap Nazi Flying Wedges ■ ' ' < Attacks Beaten Off, 29 Craft Felled, Berlin Claims By the A»socl»ted Press. LONDON. May 18—The Brit ish Air Force, which has been playing a deadly game of hide and-seek with the 10,000-ton German cruiser Prinz Eugen for more than three months, caught up with the elusive warship off Southern Norway last night and engaged her in a running fight In which she apparently was gravely damaged, the Air Minis try announced today. First reports of the engagement Indicate that aerial torpedo hits were scored on the Prinz Eugen, which evidently was trying to slip back to a German port from her refuge at Trondheim, where she has been hiding out after being dam aged by a British submarine, a com munique said. (In Berlin the German high command announced that the Prinz Eugen was attacked by a strong British naval formation, but that It was beaten off with the loss of 29 R. A. F. planes.) Four Destroyers in Escort. Th? Air Ministry reported that the Prinz Eugen was escorted by four destroyers and a swarm of fighter planes, which apparently tried desperately to ward off the British attack. The British planes strafed the decks of the destroyers with can nonfire and shot down five of the Nazi fighters, the ministry said, but it acknowledged that nine British planes had failed to return from the combat. The size of the attacking British aerial force was indicated by the disclosure that it included Beaufort torpedo-carrying planes, Hudson bombers, Bienheim bombers and Beau fighters. Both the Royal Navy and Air Force have been lying in wait for the Prinz Eugen to venture from her Norwegian refuge ever since she made a daring dash through the English Channel last February in company with the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. The Admiralty, announcing on May 3 that the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were heavily damaged and would be out of action for many ' months, said the after part of the ] Prinz Eugen needed “very consid-j erable repair.” Naval sources at the same, time said this meant "a dockyard job and there are no such facilities at Trondheim. She probably will have to be patched up temporarily and taken to Germany for repairs.” Text of Agreement. . The text of the announcement: "The German cruiser Prinz Eugen was reported yesterday by a recon naissance aircraft to be steaming south along the coast of Norway. The vessel had been lying in Trond heim Fjord after being damaged by one of his majesty’s submarines and was evidently making her way back to a dockyard in Germany. "The coastal command sent out a Striking force of Beauforts, Hudsons, Blenheims and Beau fighters which attacked the Prinz Eugen during the night near the southern tip of Nor way. Preliminary reports indicate that she was hit by torpedoes from the Beauforts, which were led by Wing Comdr. M. F. D. Williams. "The Prinz Eugen was escorted by four destroyers and by formations of fighters. There was a heavy en gagement in which the Beau flfhters raked the decks of the destroyers with cannon fire, and many combats took place. "Five ME-109s were destroyed and a number of others were damaged. Nine of our aircraft are missing.” Attack on Prinz Eugen Ineffective, Germans Say BERLIN (Form German Broad casts), May 18 (A5).—The German high command announced today that a strong British aerial forma tion attacked the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen and escort vessels in the Northern North Sea but was beaten off with the loss of 29 R. A F. planes. In all aerial operations against the German military and naval forces yesterday, the high command added, the R. A. F. lost 52 planes while the Germans had only three pursuit planes shot down. The high command said the at tack on the Prinz Eugen was inef fective. It credited the cruiser and her escort with downing seven fight ers and 22 bombers, which the Ger mans said were more than half of the attacking formation. (Just wThere the Prinz Eugen was attacked was not stated be yond the general description of the northern region of the North Sea, which would put her off Norway. The cruiser last was reported in Trondheim. (The Prinz Eugen and the bat (See PRINZ EUGEN, Page A-6.) Edmiston Will Speak In Forum Tonight Representative Edmiston, Democrat, of West Virginia will discuss fixing of allot ments and allowances for dependents of men in the armed services, one of the major issues pending in Congress, in the National Radio Forum tonight. The forum, arranged by The Star, will be broadcast over the Blue Network at 9 o’clock. It will be heard here over WMAL. K _______________ . Catholic Bishop Opposes Women Joining W.A.A.C. By the Associated Press. FALL RIVER, Mass., May 18.— Bishop James E. Cassidy of the Fall River Diocese today stood op posed to enlistment of women in the armed forces of the United States. Attacking the new law for a Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, Bishop Cassidy told a congregation at confirmation ceremonies in St. Patrick's Cathedral yesterday that he hoped no Catholic woman would join the corps. He declared the corps was op posed by teachings and principles of the Catholic church, and added that he believed religious leaders throughout the country would back his stand. Most Rev. Michael J. Curley, Archbishop of Baltimore and Wash ington, refused to comment on Bishop Cassidy's views or on the question of women enlisting in the new W. A. A. C. Right Rev. John M. McNamara, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese, could not be reached for a state ment. 50,C33 Nazi Troops Reported Sent Into Norway Since March Vichy Persuaded to Give Half yHllion Tons of Goods, British Say By the Associated Press. LONDON, May 18.—Adolf Hit ler has sent 50.000 combat troops into Norway since March despite the demands of the Russian front and has persuaded Vichy to send almost half a million tons of goods—largely war ma terials— as well as troops to Dakar, French West Africa, British sources declared today. They said signs that the Nazis feared an Allied thrust into North ern Norway were evident also from a German Army order that traffic on all roads leading north from the port of Narvik to Thomsoe be limited to military transport, and from the dispatch of several Austrian moun tain regiments to the area between Narvik and Kirkenes. More Teachers Forced to Work. The Norwegian government cir cles here reported that a new group of 160 teachers had been sent to forced labor on military fortiflca | tions in the Kirkenes area in the | far north on the Fnnish border in j addition to the original 500 sent to the same area. Large numbers of German air force ground crews have been sent into Northern Norway to operate new airdromes from which the Nazi planes are harassing convoys taking United States and British goods to Russia, it was said. Shipping reports were said to re veal that Vichy has been sending large quantities of war materials and "substantial” numbers of troops to Dakar from Marseille since the first of this year. More than 100 cargo ships have left the port, many of them closely supervised by the French-German commission, since January, reports said. It was reported that this shipping showed a great increase during March and April, and a breakdown of the cargo lists revealed the major proportion was devoted to war ma terials, particularly airplanes, trucks and tanks. One entire tank brigade was re ported to have gone to Dakar as a unit. The French ships were said to hug the Spanish coast, then dash across to Spanish Morocco and j hence down the North African coast to Dakar, out of range of British warships. > - Russians Pressing On In Spite of Enemy Counterattacks By the Associated Press. MOSCOW, May 18.—With the Red Army closing in steadily on vital Kharkov, battlefront dis patches reported today that the Germans were hurling flying wedges of tanks and trailer-car ried troops into death traps in the Russian lines in a desperate ! attempt to break up the offen I sive now in its seventh day. Pravda reported that these Nazi counterattacks on wheels and treads, as well as mass German par achute landings of as many as 120 troops at a time, had failed to check the impetus of the Russian thrust. Already that drive has gained 12 to 37 miles over blood-stained battle fields littered with the bodies of 12.000 German dead and the wreck age of war materials hard to replace, the Russians announced officially. (In London a British military commentator said Marshal Tim oshenko's armies have doubled the scope of their offensive oper ations on the Kharkov front since May 12, and their left wing now rests on Krasnograd. about 60 miles southwest of Kharkov. (The Russians now are ad vancing on a front about 100 miles long, extending on an arc northward from Krasnograd through Chuguev to Volchansk, the commentator added. The Russian advance may have been slowed down but not halted, the commentator said.) (Reuters reported from Stock holm that German reports reaching the Swedish capital said Soviet troops on the Khar kov front had reached and en circled “a German base." Reu ters said some Swedish observers understood this to be a fortifica tion in the inner defense zone of l^iarkov. One German-con trolled radio station, however, was said to have announced that the position had been relieved after three and a half days of siege.) More Tank* Put in Ise. Pravda reported that the Germans were using—and losing—tanks in constantly Increasing numbers in an attempt to save Kharkov and safe guard the vulnerable southern flank. The Communist party organ said that in a single attack 150 tanks pulling armored trailers loaded with troops were hurled against Russian lines in an attempt to break through to a besieged Nazi position. When the first attack was stopped, the Germans followed up with 15 others during the same day, Pravda said. It reported that 18 tanks were destroyed in the first clash and 43 in the others, and said that where wedges were driven into the Russian lines they were smashed by intense anti-tank fire. Reporting attempts to land troops from the air in back of the Russian line, Pravda said swarms of 120, 50 and 30 parachutists had been dropped in recent operations, but that two of these groups were wiped out to a man before even reaching the ground. Reports Continued Drive. A special communique trium phantly announcing these Soviet successes during the period May 12 16, declared the drive was contin uing unabated, and the army organ Red Star asserted German resist ance had been “definitely broken” in one sector. The special announcement did not mention the situation on the Crimean front to the south, but the regular communique issued last mid night by the Soviet Information Bureau declared fighting still was raging near the city of Kerch, which the Germans said Saturday they had captured. At midday today, the regular So viet communique reported that So viet soldiers fought stiff engage ments "in areas of the town of Kerch.” (This indicated the Russians still held part of the Crimean city. However, a British mili tary commentator in London said the Germans were in complete possession of the Kerch penin sula, except for Russians hold ing isolated positions. (Reports reaching Stockholm (See RUSSIA, Page A-6.) Chinese Remove Threat of Japs Against Paoshan West Bank of Salween Cleared of Enemy, Chungking Asserts B» thf Associated Press. CHUNGKING, May 18.—The western bank of the Salween River, northeast of Lungling in Yunnan Province, has been cleared of Japanese, a Chinese communique said today, indicat ing an enemy threat to the im portant Burma road city of Paoshan had been removed. The Chinese were reported ad vancing in this region, thrusting back the Japanese who had driven to the Salween along the Burma road. Another Japanese force advancing northward between the Salween and Mekong Rivers in the eastern Shan states of Burma, some 250 miles south of the Yunnan battlefields, was said to have renewed its attacks after twice being repulsed by the Chinese. This fighting was south east of Kengtung, capital of one of the Shan states. British 'Vithdraw Slowly. British dispatches relayed here in dicated the British forces at the western side of Burma were with drawing slowly in the Chindwin River Valley and the main body was said to be within 20 miles of the eastern Indian Province of Assam. Fresh British troops of Gen. Sir Archibald P. Wavell's Indian com mand were said to be replacing the tired units of Gen. Harold Alexan der's forces as they streamed across the rugged, mountainous frontier. The Chungking communique re ported further progress for the large-scale campaign the Japanese launched last week in the east coast province of Chekiang, south of Shanghai. It said the Japanese column which is driving southward along the rail way from Siaoshan. just across the Chientang River from Hangchow, provincial capital, reached a point near Chuki, 35 miles south of the river. The Chekiang offensive is believed intended to prevent use of bases in that province from which raids— perhaps by United States planes—on Japan's homeland and colony of Formosa could be launched. Pour Across Salween. In the Yunnan fighting, Chinese ► reinforcements were reported pour ing across the Salween to smash at Japanese positions around Lungling and Tengyueh. Tengyueh, now held by the Jap anese, is 25 miles west of the Sal ween and 35 miles northwest of Lungling. Paoshan, next objective of the Japanese on the Burma road, is 180 miles by the highway from the Burma border. Chinese quarters said the Chinese expeditionary force in Burma was largely intact except for one divi sion which suffered fairly heavy losses in eastern Burma. They emphasized that this body of soldiers could easily return to China if it desired, but It would re main in Burma and attempt to harass and exhaust the enemy with mobile warfare. New Bases Planned. The Chinese newspaper Ta Kung Pao said the C. E. F. planned to build new bases in eastern and northern Burma. It added that the Japanese oper ations largely were confined to rail ways and highways and that the Chinese forces had shifted to the hills, where they could meet the Japanese on even terms. To attack in the hills, the Japanese would have to leave their heavier arma ment behind, It was said. "The very presence of these troops will give the Japanese sleep less nights in plans to invade India or intensify the attack on Yunnan,” the newspaper said. British Bombers Raid Town 140 Miles From Mandalay NEW DELHI, India, May 18 OP).— The British announced today that a force of Blenheim bombers dropped high explosives yesterday on the Burmese town of Kalewa, 140 miles northwest of Mandalay, in which area they said the Japanese effected one or two unopposed land ings on both banks of the Chindwin River. Waterfront warehouses, barges and river craft were attacked, the (See BURMA, Page A-6.) Nazi Morale Slipping, but This Doesn't Mean Collapse Is Near, Freed Writer Asserts (Edwin A. Shanke, who gives this view of inside Germany, is a member of the former Berlin bu reau of the Associated Press who has arrived in Lisbon from in ternment at Bad Nauheim with United States citizens being ex changed for Axis nationals.) By EDWIN A. SHANKE, Associated Press War Correspondent. LISBON, May 18.—German civil ian morale is slipping. But that doesn't mean Nazidom is near internal collapse or that rev olution is just around the comer. Such an estimate of Germany to day would be pure wishful thinking. For it must be remembered that the Nazis keep the police-ridden country in hand, with a Gestapo agent behind every bush and every neighbor a potential informer. But it does signify a letdown in the general day-to-day efficiency, a slackening in the German war ef fort which in the long run will have a teUing effect. The sinking spirits at home are being transmitted in turn to the soldier at the front—honeycombing what until recently had been high morale. Letters from home convey to the soldiers part of the picture. EDWIN SHANKE. —A. P. Wirephoto. Home leave, when granted, does the rest. German morale reached its crest after the smashing Balkan cam paign In 1941. That was natural. The German Army had an un broken string of victories. The nation appeared united as never before. The mass of the people still hadn't seriously thought of the United States as a potential enemy. But then a series of elements en tered the picture which began to undermine morale. These included the flight of Adolf Hitler’s confidante. Rudolf Hess, to England; the invasion of Russia; Nazi party favoritism; persecution of the churches; deterioration of food and general living conditions; false promises of peace; entry of the United States into the war; the dismissal of Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch, and tension be tween Heinrich Himmler’s S. S. (elite guard) troops and the army. In the German mind today, Hess is a traitor who flew to the enemy to reveal Hitler's general war strategy to the British. The Nazis quickly hushed the Hess incident, but that didn’t prevent Germans even at the risk of their heads from tuning in on the British radio for news. The B. B. C. probably never had a higher number of listeners in Germany than during that period. Nothing disclosed the panic in (8ee MORALE, Page A-3.) /^ARL BROWDER USED TO \ f CALL YOU A WAR MONGER, | Mr PRESIDENT. fT WILL SEEM A LITTLE STRANGE To HAVE HIM ^Working for national unity./ WELL,1M HOPING X 1 FblOHE BEST. AfTK All \ A LOT HAS HAPPENED DURING this past Year to change/ I Representative Boland Dies In Scranton of Heart Ailment Legislator Stricken After Broadcasting Campaign Speech Representative Patrick J. Bo land, 62, Democratic whip of the House, died of a heart ailment at his home today in Scranton, Pa„ the Associated Press re ported. The legislator, a close friend of President Roosevelt, went to Scran ton from Washington Saturday and spoke last night over a Scranton radio station in his campaign for 1 renomination for a seventh term in : the House. Friends, who were with him after the broadcast, said he was in Jovial spirits. He was stricken at 5 o'clock this morning and died be fore a physician arrived. His death might create an un precedented situation in Pennsyl vania primary history, with the possibility that “he will be renom , mated ” Democratic State Chairman i Meredith H. Myers said. He was quoted as saying that such a de velopment would leave the selection of a candidate for the general elec REPRESENTATIVE BOLAND. tion to the Executive Committee of the Democratic State Committee. Two candidates are left in the race. Stephen T. Early, White House (See BOLAND, Page A*6.) Admiral Cunningham Will Head British Delegation Here Harwood in Alexandria As Commander in Chief of Mediterranean Fleet B* Associated Press. LONDON, May 18.—Admiral Sir Andrew Browne Cunningham has been named head of the British Admiralty delegation in Washington and Rear Admiral Sir Henry H. Harwood already has arrived in Alexandria to suc ceed him as commander in chief of the British fleet in the Medi terranean, the Admiralty an nounced today. Admiral Cunningham will replace Admiral Sir Charles J. C. Little, who is leaving his Washington post to become commander in chief at the Portsmouth naval base. Admiral Harwood, who was knighted for his work as com mander of the three British cruisers which dogged the German pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee to her death at Montevideo. Uruguay, in December, 1939, was given the act ing rank of admiral. He had been assistant chief of the naval staff. Admiral Harwood, regarded by the British as a master naval tractician, thus has risen to a peak command in less than three years. He was only a captain when he directed the British cruisers Achilles, Ajax and Exeter in the battle from which the Admiral Graf Spee fled to Mon tevideo and later was sunk by her own crew. Admiral Harwood was promoted over the heads of scores of high ranking officers to a command sec ond only in importance to the com mander in chief of the home fleet. Admiral Cunningham's appoint ment to the British Admiralty del egation in Washington was seen to day as a move to bring an intimate knowledge of current naval opera tions in the Mediterranean to Allied War Councils’ planning world-wide strategy here. As commander of the Mediter ranean fleet, he has been directing (See CUNNNINGHAM, Page A-5.) Brother of Darlan Aide Slain in Madagascar B7 the Associated Press. VICHY, Unoccupied France, May 18.—The death of Comdr. Marcel Fontaine. 41, brother of Admiral Jean Darlan’s chief of staff, in the battle for Diego Suarez at Madagas car was announced today. Fontaine commanded the auxiliary cruiser Bougainville which was sunk in an engagement with the British in Courrier Bay, Madagascar. He and the crew left the ship sinking and went ashore to take part in the land lighting. It was there that he met Ills death. Price Order, Severest U. S. Ever Had, to Cut Living Costs 1i Pet. Ceilings, Effective Today, Limit Retail Figures To March Levels By the Associated Press. The clock of rising prices was moved back to March today and halted. From now on no retail merchant may charge more for consumer products than the highest price he charged in March. While the price-control order was not expected to result in any startling reductions. economists figured that the average drop in the cost of living would be about 14 per cent, compared with the last 30 or 40 days. The regulations do not prevent a retailer from reducing his prices. They provide only that no price may exceed the ceiling. The Office of Price Administra tion has designated important groups of commodities as '‘cost-of living” items and the celling prices on these must be posted, beginning today, by every retailer. Yet the fact that no ceiling price is dis played does not mean the product is exempt from control. Regardless of whether it is posted, the maxi mum price is fixed unless specifically excepted. Violators Face Still Penalties. Every retailer now becomes a licensee of the Government. He wUl have no physical evidence of this, however, until after a national | registration of all retail outlets, scheduled soon. Any retailer who, after an O. P. A. warning, continues to violate a price ceiling may have his license to do business taken away and become liable to fine or imprisonment. Price Admin'strator Leon Hender son urged, though, that consumers co-operate with merchants and “be "tolerant of misunderstandings and (See PRICES, Page A-6.) Drivers Swamp Boards Seeking to Exchange X and B-3 Gas Cards Others Seek More Fuel As Rush Rivals Crowds On Registration Days Hundreds of motorists, many of them seeking to exchange X and B-3 gasoline rationing cards for cards with smaller allow ances, flocked to local rationing boards today, and the telephone switchboard at rationing head quarters in the Force School was swamped with calls as the Dis trict started receiving requests for supplemental rations. Though on a somewhat smaller scale, the rush was reminiscent of the congestion on the opening day of registration last week, and the small forces of clerks were finding it difficult to accommodate the crowds. At the Force School, 1740 Massa chusetts avenue N.W., where one of the six auxiliary boards is located, the waiting line grew so large that District Rationing Chief Whitney Leary issued an urgent appeal to motorists to take their pleas to auxiliary boards in the communities in which they live. Exchange Sought by Many. The majority of those who crowded the basement room in the school sought to exchange X and B cards for others, clerics reported. The rush began when the doors were opened at 9 a m. and during the entire morning the waiting line at the school extended from the basement to the sidewalk outside More than 200 motorists visited the board at the Hayes School at Fifth and K streets N.E. during the morning. Two turned in X cards. At the Oyster School. Twenty ninth and Calvert streets N.W., there was a line of waiting motor ists all morning, and clerks there said a gTeat many were persons ap plying for ration cards for the first time. Wait in Line Is Long. Although the boards were sched uled to receive applications only from workers on war construction projects and other defense workers today and tomorrow, the clerks were getting many applications from salesmen and others. Two traveling salesmen said they had to wait in line for two hours at the Force School before they could get near the registration desks. Mr. Leary pointed out that nine additional boards are to be estab lished as soon as possible so the public can be accommodated with a minimum of inconvenience. Other boards now in operation are located in the Mount Pleasant Branch Library. Sixteenth and La mont streets N.W.; the Ketchum School. Fifteenth street and Good Hope road S.E., and the Southwest Branch Library at Seventh and K streets S.W. Sunday Traffic Cut 50 Per Cent. Meanwhile, people who have been wondering how gasoline rationing would affect that deep-rooted Amer ican custom of going for a drive on Sunday had their answer today in reports that showed that the first week end under the ration system was accompanied by a sharp reduc tion, estimated generally at 50 per cent, in highway travel in the Dis trict and nearby areas. Despite the marked drop in auto mobile travel, however, the Capital Transit Co. experienced only a nor mal volume of passengers, and this (See GASOLINE. Page A-6.) Summary of Today's Star Foreign 50.000 Nazi troops sported sent Into Norway since March. Page A-l Reinforced Chinese remove threat against Paoehan. Page A-l Ships to be sunk if U. S. tries to take them, Vichy warns. Page A-7 Nazis to conscript children above 10 for work on farms. Page B-6 National Representative Boland dies suddenly of heart ailment. Page A-l Retail price ceilings become effective today. Page A-l Lew Ayres to enter Army Medical Corps- Page A-Z Ten Army airmen decorated for fer rying flight*. Page A-2 Shipyard workers accept reduction in wage increases. Page A-3 Thirty ships to be launched by U. S. yards Friday. Page A-4 Terrifflc mine explosion kills three in West Virginia. Page A-4 Farm bloc faces battle with economy group today. PageB-11 Washington and Vicinity. Sunday travel cut 50 per cent by gasoline rationing. Page A-l Ways and Means members predict withholding tax. Page A-2 Special services held here on "I Am an American” Day. Page B-l Prosecution rests in Civil Service flies case. Page B-l District Committee discusses Boxing Commission pay. Page B-l Commissioners approve police pro motions. Page B-l D. C., Maryland A. P. L. convention opens in Hagerstown. Page B-ll President Orders Study of Piping Oil to East Congress Leaders Consulted on Feasibility Bv JOHN C. HENRY. President Roosevelt has or dered a study of the feasibility of immediate construction of one or more major pipe lines to bring oil and gasoline into the North Atlantic section of the country, it was disclosed today. The project and the study of it were discussed at the White House today by the Chief Executive and congressional leaders, with any nec essary legislative clearance expected to come quickly should the con struction job be undertaken. Time Big Factor. Senate Majority Leader Barkley told reporters of the contemplated step after the White House con ference, explaining that the first task is to determine whether the lines can be built in time to be of utmost value. Senator Barkley said that there might be two lines, one from Texas or Oklahoma to Eastern points where other safe transportation would be available. He mentioned as another possibility terminals either on the Ohio River or in Florida. Presumably, oil sent into Florida would be transshipped by small in land waterway barges or perhaps in part by rail. Tanker losses by sub marine attack have been most serious along the Florida Atlantic coast and in the Mexican Gulf Caribbean area. Idle Pipe* Available. The Senator pointed out that a sizable store of idle pipes is avail able in the area involved. There was also discussion of taking up and relaying idle pipe lines. Lack of pipe stocks was blamed for blocking projected construction of lines last year. Tire Senator said that the Depart ment of the Interior, the War Pro duction Board and the Reconstruc tion Finance Corp. are among tha agencies asked to study the prob lem. Senator Barklev indicated that the gasoline situation was the princ ipal topic of conversation when he, Vice President Wallace, Speaker Rayburn and House Majority Leader MacCormack had their regular weekly conference with President Roosevelt. "Everybody was intensely inter ested.” Senator Barkley asserted. "This will be looked Into at once to see if we can't get started.” Army Bomber, 5 Aboard, Missing Since May 10 By the Aesocieted Press, MITCHEL FIELD. N. Y„ May 18.—An A-29 medium bomber with a crew of five has been missing since it left on a routine patrol flight May 10 Air Force headquar ters of the Eastern Defense Com mand announced today. When the bomber was first re i ported overdue aircraft searching parties were sent out to comb the seas and have since continued the hunt. The missing crew included: Sec ond Lt. Kenneth A. Woodle. 24. pilot, Iselin Pa : Second Lt. Jay W. Myers, 24. co-pilot. W'estbury, N. Y.; Sec ond Lt. Adam S. Kalmanowicz. 25, i navigator. Exeter. Pa.; Pvt. William F. Rutherford. 2.1, radio operator, Gatesville. Tex., and Pvt. Curtis Bausher, 22, gunner, Canton, Ohio. McCarran Starts Inquiry Into D. C. Water System | The Senate investigation of the 1 District water system, to learn if higher rates to private users can be avoided, was started formally today when Senator McCarran, Democrat, of Nevada conferred with officials of i the Water Department and Fred erick H. Weed, committee investiga I tor. Mr. Weed is on the engineering staff of the Federal Power Com mission. Senator McCarran outlined the questions he hopes to have answered before the inquiry is completed. The j main problem is to ascertain the increased needs of the Federal Gov ernment and what extensions of the water system will be required. The answer to that question is especially important in view of the fact that the Federal Government receives Its water free, while private users for many years have been meeting the cost of upkeep and development. Gift to Two Flyers Prohibited, Mothers To Get $4,000 Bj the Associated Press. LONDON, May 18—Squad ron Leader Paddy Finucane and Keith Truscott had a week end windfall of £1.000 ($4,000) — but it won’t do them any good. John Wren, Melbourne sports man, asked the two flyers to share the gift as a token '‘of personal appreciation and grati tude for amazing gallantry" against the German air force. But regulations prohibit ac ceptance of money for service in performance of duty. That didn't bother Finucane's flying. He went out yesterday and bagged his 32d German plane. Mr. Wren now intends to give the money to the pilots’ mothers.