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■ - ... ___ Society and General WASHINGTON, D. C\, MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1942. ** B—1 Air-Raid Liaison Plan to Be Set Up In Few Weeks D. C. Police Stations To Be Used in Modified Decentralization A modified decentralized com munications system contemplating the use of police precinct stations will be set up for the District’s civilian defense establishment within the next few weeks, it was learned today. Announcement of the plan was made today by Defense Co-ordi nator Young after an informal con ference with his civilian defense and communications advisors. Mr. Young said a formal report includ ing estimates of cost is to be sub mitted to the Commissioners in about 10 days. The proposed changes will settle a disagreement of more than a month's standing over whether the air-raid protection control should be centralized as it now is in Fire Alarm Headquarters or decentral ized to a number of substations to relieve the load on the central center. A group of District officials has supported the present arrangement while decentralization has been recommended by the National Office ef Civilian Defense. General Accord Reported. Stating there was general accord to the new setup. Co-ordinator Young »aid it has the basic principles of the O. C. D. plan, modified to fit local conditions. While refusing to give complete details until they are presented in a formal written report, Mr. Young said seven or more of the city’s 13 police precincts probably would be used as control subcenters. At each such subcenter, a fire battalion chief will be stationed whose duty, it was explained, will be to evaluate fire incidents reported in the areas cov ered by his station. After evaluating the incidents the battalion chief will communicate with fire alarm headquarters, under Fire Chief Stephen T. Porter, who Will dispatch the equipment. The battalion fire chief, it was gaid, will deal only with the fire Incidents, but officials said these would probably constitute 90 per cent of the total. Four Companies for Each Area. Handling it on a police precinct basis, it was added, will result in having perhaps four or five fire com panies available in each subcenter area. “it was a tough job to handle,” declared Mr. Young, “and I think they have arrived at a very good plan.” Those attending today’s confer ence included, besides the three Commissioners, Col. Lemuel Bolles, ] civilian defense director: Lt. Col. Beverly C. Snow, Assistant Engineer Commissioner: Herbert Friede, civilian defense communications di rector: Col. E. Goring Bliss of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co.. Howard S. Fitz. also of the tele phone company: Maj. W. D. Paulette of the regional 0. C. D. headquar ters, Col. C A. Seoane, retired, of the War Department Signal Corps, j snd C. Melvin Shame of the Poto mac Electric Power Co. Gas Bootlegging To Be Checked In Maryland By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, June 1— Numerous reports of gasoline bootlegging in Maryland, particularly in Baltimore, were heard today and officials said complaints had been turned over to the Office of Price Administration for investigation. From 40 to 50 reports of violations have been received by H. A. Crouth amel, executive secretary of the Maryland Association of Petroleum Retailers, who said the “great ma jority” were in Baltimore. He said most of the “better deal ers” were co-operating with ra tioning regulations and that action would be taken “through Federal channels” where his organization found proof of deliberate violations. Chief Judge Samuel K. Dennis, chairman of the Baltimore City Ra tioning Board, said he had received several reports of gas bootlegging and that information had been given O. P. A. officials. He said he did not believe the Tiolations were “very widespread.” D. C. Technician, Wounded On Burma Road, Returns Home Member of Military ' Mission Hit by Bomb Fragments After a seven-month trip around the world, during which he was wounded slightly by bomb frag ments In Burma. Frank F. Sheridan, a civilian member of the American military mission to China, has re turned to his home at 1425 D street S.E. He is worn and thin from the ordeal. The 31-year-old transportation expert, who left last November 1, told of the ghastly scenes he had ■witnessed on the Burma road when it was bombed by the Japanese. “How does it feel to be bombed?” he was asked. “Frankly, it’s hell,” he replied. "But I was lu«ky. My wounds were minor compared to what happened to others all around me. Why should I complain when I could wrap up my scratches with a handkerchief?” While Japanese bombs lack the explosive force of the English or American-made missiles, Mr. Sher idan said the Japanese had very good aim. The only real escape from the shrapnel of a bomb, he ex plained, was to be in a trench or ditch well below the level of the ground. The Japanese have a bomb they term the “anti-personnel” he said and called it very effective. With a group of 45 civilian ex perts, he was detailed before the war by the Quartermaster General’s Office to work in China. On the trip out, he said, their ship had left the Philippines only two days before the Japanese attack on Manila. The news of the raids on Pearl Harbor and Manila was picked up by radio at sea. The skipper departed from his course and headed for India. When they reached Rangoon. Mr. Sheridan said, some of the experts were sent to the General Motors plant there to supervise promotion and to speed shipment of supplies to China. He was placed in com mand of a number of Chinese soldier-mechanics patrolling the Burma Road. He trained Chinese not only to drive trucks, but to repair them and to keep the road clear of wrecks. The Burma road at that time was littered by wreckage, caused by bombs and by bad driving. Taken ill, he was hospitalized at Ma.vmo, Burma, where a Japanese bomb hit the hospital, damaging a wing of it and wounding him with a small "splinter.” Later, he was hospitalized at Calcutta. When he was well enough he flew to a port in India, where he found a ship bound for the United States. FRANK F. SHERIDAN. —A. P. Wirephoto. On the return voyage, during which he said he had little sleep, he took his turn with the crew at a machine gun on deck. He had had previous experience in the National Guard. Mr. Sheridan heard only on his arrival here that during his absence his mother. Mrs. William F. Sheri dan, had died in March. He was welcomed back by his wife, Cecil: two children, Frances, 10, and William 7; his brothers, Carl H. Sheridan, and William Sheridan, and his father, Comdr. William F. Sheridan, U. S. N., retired. The father and brothers reside at 2308 Ashmead place N.W. Most of the letters written to him by members of his family had been returned here without reaching him. Although a civilian, with the rank of motor vehicle technician, Mr. Sheridan wears a uniform of khaki approved for members of the mis sion. Before being detailed to his spe cial mission, Mr. Sheridan was con nected with the Greyhound Lines here. Youth Who Broke Jail Goes to Trial Today In Assault Case James Anderson, 17, Charged With Attack On U. S. Worker Seventeen-year-old James A. An derson of Sycamore Hills, Md.. who was captured in Washington Thurs day after escaping from the Rock ville Jail two days before, went on trial today at Hagerstown on a charge of criminal assault. Anderson has been adjudged of sound mind by the Maryland Board of Mental Hygiene. His attorneys, Walther W. Dawson and John P. Reeves, had filed a plea of insanity. The attorneys’ motion for a change of venue had been granted previ ously by the Montgomery County Circuit Court. The sanity test was made recently by Dr. George Pres ton. chairman of the Mental Hygiene Board. Anderson was indicted by a Mont gomery County grand jury on a charge of criminally assaulting a 36-year-old Government worker at her Glen Echo home in February. The death penalty is possible on conviction of the offense under Maryland law. Montgomery County State’s At torney Ben G. Wilkinson and his assistant, Alfred D. Noyes, will prosecute the case with State’s At torney Charles F. Wagaman of Washington County. Anderson and two other prisoners escaped from the Rockville Jail after slugging the assistant warden, Hugh Walker, with a sock filled with soap. After a two-day search by State and county police, during which a posse was formed to scour the nearby area, Anderson and one of the prisoners were picked up by Washington police. The third pris oner had been arrested the day before near his home. Oden Denies Making Statement to Police * Admitting Slaying Says He Agreed to Sign Paper to Halt Long Questioning Guy E. Oden. 19, on trial in Dis trict Court for his life, denied today that he had ever given police a statement saying he murdered his 15-year-old sweetheart, Ellen Reid Cannon, July 19, 1941. “The police put that down and I told them I would sign anything if they would just let me alone,” young Oden told Justice F. Dickinson Letts in a hearing to determine whether the alleged confession to the slaying shall be admitted to evidence. The jury was excluded from the hearing. "There was a scuffle and then some shots.” Oden said. "I didn't know what happened. It was all an accident.” The defendant, talking in a low voice, said he had had no lunch that day and no dinner that night, before police questioned him about the shooting, at 114 O street S.W. Oden said the police refused to give him water to drink although he requested some several times. Neither would police give him “something to smoke,” Oden told Justice Letts. Oden said he did not know what was in the signed statement which police have, declaring, "I was in a daze all the time they were putting it down.” Under cross examination by As sistant . United States Attorney Bernard Margolius, Oden said that certain things to which he testified at his first trial had been said be cause “my attorney told me to say them.” • Oden won a new trial after being convicted of first degree murder at his first trial. D. C. to Advise $ On Equipping Warden Posts Standards Will Be Set And Spending Will Be Supervised Prompt steps to set definite standards for the equipment of warden i»sts and to supervise the spending of funds raised by civilian defense committee solicitation are promised today by the city’s new chief air raid warden, William J. Mileham. Mr. Mileham reported that a civilian defense area head had called him yesterday to ask his advice as a result of the article published yesterday in The Star in which it was pointed out that the national Office of Civilian De fense was revising its handbooks to eliminate equipment whose pur chase might cause shortages. An OCD spokesman was quoted as saying that local civilian defense heads should guide and assist areas in applying the standards set in the revised handbooks to their individual situations. The chief air raid warden said he had advised the area chairman to go ahead with the mass meeting he had planned, but ^lso informed him that definite steps would be taken to decide what equipment was needed. The spending of funds, he said, was one of the things that would be taken up at a meeting wifh De fense Co-ordinator John Russell Young, Col. Lemuel Bolles, execu tive of District defense, and prob ably some national O. C. D. expert. $2®0,000 Is Goal. "There's too much money being raised by committees to just have them spend it any way that takes their fancy,” Mr. Mileham declared. “Some of them are raising $5,000 and $6,000 and just leaving it up to one or two people to decide how it Is to be spent.” A survey by The Star of half the ' areas last week brought to light the fact that about $28,000 already has been raised through neighborhood solicitation in those communities and it was estimated that the goal of all the areas amounts to about $200,000. Mr. Mileham said he believed supervision was essential to prevent waste of money. He said he be lieved it was a function of local defense officials to tell the area com mittees what type of materials, out- 1 side of operating expenses, they should spend money for. As an ex ample, he pointed out that some areas were spending as much as $15 | for stirrip pumps when they soon will be on the market for only a few dollars. Some of the posts he has visited, : he said, have very little equipment while others "are stocked up like hardware stores.” Definite Instructions Needed. "Nobody has definitely ordered that the money raised by the posts should be spent for a definite pur pose.” he said. "And until definite instructions are issued this confu sion over money-raising and its ex penditure will continue.” A spokesman for local O. C. D. told The Star last week that the raising and spending of funds was "a neighborhood affair” neither ap proved nor disapproved by the local civilian defense heads. The chief warden said he believed some effort should be made for uni formity in protection. People in the poorer areas, he declared, shouldn't ! lack protection because they lack money to buy it. "It makes for a very inequitable situation.” he asserted, "to have same areas able to spend &. great deal of money and others without a nickel.” He said he would go into the question of uniform protection when he confers with Commissioner Young and Col. Bolles but said he didn t know what remedy could be arrived at without Government funds. Servicemen Informed On Voting Procedure • The War and Navy Departments today suggested to all members of the armed forces wishing to vote in this year's elections that they write to the Secretary of State of their State for instructions. The plan was suggested by the National Association of Secretaries of State to relieve the Army and Navy of the job of keeping track of various State voting laws. Re quests for information should con tain the person’s full name, service serial number, permanent home ad dress and military or naval address. Soldiers, Sailors Keep 9 th Street Tattooist Busy \ Designing Patriotic Symbols on Their Limbs Little Change Noted Between Customers For 1917 and 1942 The tattooist who plies his trade in the back of Charley’s barber shop on Ninth street has been through all this before. The faces are different, but other wise his customers are just as they were in 1917—boys in khaki and sailor suits wanting eagles, American flags and shields engraved on their arms and shoulders. If business has picked up since Pearl Harbor, this tattooist, who prefers to be nameless for some rea son known best to himself, is too modest to mention it. He has caused flowers to bloom and flags to wave on manly arihs since 1904 when he started learning the trade in Philadelphia. Tattooists teach each other. His own arms are a maze of de signs, so close that where one be gins and another ends is hard to tell. His partner, now dead, deco rated him when they worked to gether here 35 years ago. Here is a craftsman, proud of the little things of his work—the verns discernible in the roses he affUFes on a young soldiers’ arm. A single needle, it seems, is very important to get that clear, fine effect. He Works Fast. He works fast. The soldier had a rose and three initials tattooed on his forearm in less than 20 minutes. Sometimes, of course, it takes longer —for something complicated like the tiger's head he sketched on another soldier’s arm. His most prized design, one he created himself, he calls the "rose of peace"—a vase almost a foot high with roses springing from it. You can have that for $12, the tiger’s head for $6. Usually, however, the designs cost less. The tattooed ones say it doesn't hurt a bit. just tickles a little. The way he does it, he claims, doesn't even cause scabs. Two days and the arm is as good as ever. As a craftsman, he can afford to be choosey. He won't create one of "them nude women” and regimental insigina are bajred to prevent idenJ tification of a captured soldier. Design Is First Sketched. Since the operates more or less publicly—Charley's barber shop hardly being what might be called a quiet nook—the tattooist limits his efforts to arms and shoulders. With his shirtsleeves rolled up to uncover his own beauty spots, he works under a bright, unshielded bulb with an oil skin covering his lap. Beside him is a table with the little drills and pigments on it. Fir«t he sketcher in the design. Then he follows his art work with the Vtrill. The needle makes the holes, the paint pours into the tiny wounds and its all done. He uses five colors—yellow, green, brown, red and black. That takes care of every thing. For an American flag, he shades around the edge of the stars, leaving the man’s skin to provide the white of them. Some tattooists say they can re move the marks if anyone second guesses, but this tattooist won t do it—too dangerous. Instead, he can make anything out of what's there. A nude cutie. who might have wriggled gracefully on a stalwart arm for years, can look like a flower when this artist is finished with her. Sometimes, he Just puts clothes on her. Then there are the initials ten derly engraved when a love, since extinct, was flaming. The tattooist covers up the forgotten one's ini tials with the new love's. Can Redden Lips. Old-timers used to ask for a stand by of sailing men—a rooster tattooed on one foot and a pig on the other foot. They claimed it saved them from drowning on the theory that the rooster would wake them up if there was danger and the pig would keep them afloat. But today’s sol dier boys are less imaginative. That in itself is discouraging to an artist who likes to do big things. Behind the barber shop, in a bare room, are sheets of fancy pictures the tattooist would like to puncture somebody’s arm with—but they stick to patrioic slogans and symbols. Priorities haven't affected this needle welder yet. He always keeps a large supply of pigments on hand, and he's got enough needles to put a lot more posies and flags on manly muscles. If the war brings a shortage of lipstick, however, this tattooist ex pects to get orders for one type of work he did in the last war and hasn’t done since—reddening girls’ lips. He's,still got the machine for it, girls. With his own arms advertising the Beauties ot tattoo, tms craftsman at Charley’s barber shop on Ninth street is shown decorating a soldier with a rose. —Star Staff Photo. Orders Are Held Up For Mobilization by Manpower Board Officials Decline to Say Why Directives on Labor Program Were Delayed Although the labor mobilization program of the War Manpower Commission was supposed to become effective today, the agencies in volved had not received formal or ders to that effect at noon today. A spokesman for Manpower Com mission Chairman McNutt said he didn't know when the directives to implement the program would go out and refused to say why they had been held up. The labor mobilization program would establish an emphatic policy for military deferment of irreplace able craftsmen and set up a system of priorities to make certain that urgent production needs get first call on available skilled workers. “This is a great opportunity,” said Administrator McNutt, “for a de mocracy to demonstrate that it can discipline itself. Men Needed at Benches. The manpower chief said on May 21 that the Selective Service System would instruct local draft boards, i effective today, to consult with Fed eral Employment Service offices be fore calling to the Army any in dividual “skilled in a critical war occupation.” Selective service previously had adopted a policy for deferment of men in critical occupations, but Mr. McNutt said some draft boards seemed “to regard it as a breach of patriotism to defer anybody for oc cupational reasons.” Hence, the em ployment offices were brought into the picture to help the local boards determine those men needed most urgently at work benches. Of equal importance, the War Pro duction Board is classifying war plants according to urgency and under the Manpower Commission's plan the Employment Service will “make preferential referrals of workers to employers engaged in war production in the order of their priority before making referrals to other employers.” Three-Front War. The manpower program provides also that the Farm Security Ad ministration "increase the number of mobile labor camps in order to make available workers in agricul ture to achieve the ‘food for vic tory’ ” objective. The Manpower Commission de clared that "for us in this war there are three fronts: The fighting front, the factory front, the farm front.” By mid-Novembef, it said, “We must have 15,000,000 workers in war factories. By New Year Day, 17, 000.0000.” Three weeks after Pearl Harbor 7,000,000 American workers were producing war materials. By April 1 this number had grown to 9,000,000. Approximately 9.500.000 are en gaged in necessary farm work. Lawyer and Client Go on Trial on Charge Of Draft Conspiracy Jury of Eight /visn and Four Women Selected To Hear Case Trial of the first case in the Dis trict involving an alleged con spiracy to violate the draft law was begun today in District Court be fore Justice James W. Morris and a jury’ of eight men and four women. The defendants are Dorsey K Offutt, an attorney, and his selectee client, Robert Jordan Sopoum. The case was ordered to trial by the United States Court of Appeals, which six weeks ago reversed the District Court by holding invalid an indictment charging Mr. Offutt and Mr. Sopourn with conspiracy to violate the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940 in conjunction with the latter's projected induc tion into the Army. Both defend ants were indicted last June. Mr. Offutt was accused of filing with Col. Davis G. Arnold, chairman of Local Board. No. 8. two affidavits and a letter, the contents of which have not yet been disclosed. The indictment recited that Mr. Sopoum was classified 1-A under the draft and notified of his induction order to report for Army service in April. 1941, Assistant united States Attorney Laskey, who is prosecuting the case, said Mr. Sopourn failed to do so on the ground that he had requested deferment from service because he was about to become the father of an unborn child of a* married wom an who has since been divorced from her husband. The jury Is composed of Mrs. Marie Camalier, Walter M. Eber man, Mrs. Mary E. Flahartv. Mrs. Lena F. Eubank. Ellsworth P. Fisher, Anthony L. Calio. William R. Ham. Elliott L. Fineman, Joseph J. Glea son. Mrs. Marjorie Griffin Albrecht, Raymond J. Horner and Edward F. Cuss. Fauquier Man’s Killer : Sought in Washington Washington police continued their search today for a man suspected as the murderer of Frank Kerns, 70-year-old Fauquier County (Va.l stonemason, who was found shot to death Saturday on the new Balti more road near Warrenton. The suspect was named in a war rant issued to County sheriff w. S. Wolf, who came here Saturday to aid the search after the man was reported seen in Washington. Members of Mr. Kerns’ family told police he’ was in the habit of carrying large sums of money in his pocket. No money was found on his body by relatives who searched for him when he failed to return home. Mr. Kerns is survived by his widow and several children. Save Tin Cans, D. C. Now Told In Policy Conflict W. P. B. Contradicts Salvage Committee's Stand of Months An announcement by the War Production Board that Washington was included in a list of 36 munici palities in which housewives will be asked to save tin cans in a national salvaging campaign created a puzzling situation today as the Dis trict Salvage Committee for several months has been emphasizing that tin cans were not wanted. Horace Walker, secretary of the Salvage Committee, planned to see W. P. B officials today to determine if the reasons for which it previously had been decided that such a cam paign was not feasible had been waved aside. Mr. Walker explained that wheji proposals to collect cans was first advanced some time ago. the plan was rejected here for three principal reasons: First, that the nearest detinning plant is 160 miles distant at New Warren, N. J., creating a transportation problem; second, that salvaging rights in the District were held by an iron and metal company under a contract; and third, that so many householders here are away from home in the day that satis factory collections would be difficult. City Dump Salvaged. The contract is held by Isadore Glasser and Harry Parsons, who op erate as the Giant Iron and Metal Co., holding a 3-year contract signed last February with the District Gov ernment. Under this contract the company provides labor and equip ment and is entitled to salvage on the Municipal Dump at Twenty-first and C streets N.E., paying the Dis trict $16,502.04 yearly. William A. Xanten. supervisor of District refuse, estimated today that the company collects some 6 OOO tons of tin a year from the dump. At the corporation counsel’s office, where It was said no definite w ord of :he W. P. B. announcement had been received, it was said unofficially that any plans tending to take away the tin supply at the dump would form the basis for readjusting the con tract. Shipments from D. C. Planned. The W. P B. said that the cam paign will be restricted to areas advantageously situated for shipping to detinning plants and to copper mines where copper is precipitated on shredded tin cans placed in mine water. Washington is included in the list of cities from which shipping to de : tinning plants is contemplated. The I W. P. B said that in these cities householders might be asked to pre pare the cans for shipment by clean ! ing, removing the labels and both ends and flattening the cans. Wardens to Be Sworn Air-raid wardens of the seventh precinct, thirtenth district of Mont gomery County, will be fingerprinted at 7.30 p.m. Thursday at the Dis pensary Building in Silver Spring. ★ ★ Wind you Buy With WAR BONDS ★_★ The power of the greatest Navy in the world, our own two-ocean fleet, rests in large measure on its backbone—the battleships of the line. They displace approximately 35.000 tons and cost up to $70,000. 000 We have something like a score of these huge ships in the Atlantic and Pacific. Eight huge battleships are under construction and more are contem plated. To finance these modem goliaths of the sea it is necessary for every American everywhere to buy more and more War bopds. We can do it if everybody does his share. Invest at least 10 per cent of your income every pay day to help your county go over its bond quota. United States Treasury Decartment. This Body of Students, Gathered in the School Stadium, Represents the June Graduating Class of McKinley High. —nifeoat Photo.