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Rather cool today and tonight, gentle winds. M^B fl^B ^^B ^^B IBBI W I ^BI. Temperatures today—Highest, 75, at 4 p.m.; low- M B ° I 1 est 53, at 7 05 am. BB B fl flr LATEST NEWS AND SPORTS r ' * UFuUdDeialfs on'pae" A?""*" Report. ^ 1^ | CLOSING MARKETS Cosing N. Y. Morkets—Soles, Page 17. _J <*> *•«"« AwcUU* _x 90th YEAR. No. 35,911. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26, 1942—FIFTY PAGES. X SJgTJuK THREE CENTS. Iwecents NAVY ENCOURAGED' BY SOLOMON BATTLE; SIX MORE JAP SHIPS REPORTED DAMAGED * Fiscal Experts Ask Corporation Tax Reduction 40% Levy With 80 On Excess Profits Reported Proposed Et tht Associated Press. Reduction of corporation taxes In the new revenue bill to a com bined rate of 40 per cent on nor mal and surtax income and 80 per cent on excess profits was re ported today to have been sug gested to the Senate Finance Committee by congressional fiscal experts. Colin F. Stam, chief of the staff of the Joint Committee on Internal Revenue, was said by Finance Com mittee members to have opposed Treasury recommendations for in creases which would raise the House-approved rates of 45 per cent on normal and surtax brackets to 55 per cent and retain the 90 per cent excess profits levy now in the bill. Rebate Proposals Omitted. The Treasury suggested a com bined debt deduction and post-war rebate of 12 per cent of the actual taxes corporations would pay, but Mr. Stam's suggestion was reported to have omitted rebate proposals altogether. Members said Mr. Stam told the committee the congressional staff believed the rates suggested by the Treasury were too high to be borne by business. similar sentiments previously had been expressed by committee mem bers, including Senator Byrd, Demo crat, of Virginia, who launched a move to reduce the House-approved rates. Senator Byrd told reporters he believed the Treasury was “getting too complicated” in its suggestion for upward revisions of corporation rates and at the same time propos ing various relief provisions calling for rebates after the war. “It seems to me,” Senator Byrd said, “that it would be far better to lower corporation rates than to have business firms pay into the Treasury a lot of money that will have to be returned after the war. I think most of them would rather keep the money in the first instance.” Special Fund Proposed. Treasury fiscal experts also pro posed that corporations be di rected to pay into a special Treas ury fund 15 per cent of net taxable income which would be held in trust for later disbursement to the companies to meet deferred main tenance costs, inventory losses and other specific expenditures. Senator Byrd said the Treasury would receive about $2,000,000,000 yearly for such a fund which it could use to finance war outlays without paying interest costs. It i would lose the tax that would have been paid on that amount of net income, but would boost its imme diate receipts by upwards of $1,000, 000,000. Chairman George said the com- ; mittee hoped to settle the question ' of corporation rates before it turned j to consideration of personal income i taxes. Meanwhile, advocates of a sales tax said they had decided to wait until work on the corporate and in- j dividual sections of the bill had been completed before seeking a 6howdown. OUO Workers Strike At Three Oil Refineries Fl it'f Associated Press, EAST CHICAGO, Ind.. Aug. 26 — j A strike of approximately 2.500 CIO oil workers for higher wages kept three oil refineries and an oil load ing terminal closed today. The strike began yesterday at re fineries of the Soconv-Vacuum re fining Corp., the Sinclair Refining Co. and Cities Service Oil Co. and the Shell Oil Co.'s loading terminal. M. B. Roberts, secretary of Local 210 of the Oil Workers International Union, said there was a standing in vitation to company representatives to discuss terms of settlement. The union is seeking a 10 cents *n hour increase for all workers in volved. Mr. Roberts said present pay scales ranged rom 80 cents to $1.46 an hour. He added that ne gotiations on the w'age question ex tended back to February. Woman Who Recalled Lincoln Dies at 97 Es the Associated Press. ASBURY PARK. N. J.. Aug. 26.— Mrs. Mary Prances Buckingham, who used to tell of sitting on Abra ham Lincoln's lap when she wras a child, died yesterday at the age of 97. She traced her ancestry back to Daniel Boone and recalled Lincoln as a close friend of her grand father. Samuel Boone, in Kentucky. Born Mary Howard, she eloped in 1866 with Dr. Marshall de Lany, whose best man at the wedding was Eamuel Clemens, the ‘'Mark Twain” of literature. Dr. De Lany died in 1885 and four years later his widow jnarri"i r'-. ^ ederick Buckingham, wh- ■ ;o. STILL AT IT—After a conference with President Roosevelt, William Green (left), head of the AFL, and Philip Murray, head of the CIO, still were talking avidly as they left the White House today. They talked with the President about the whole wage stabilization picture. —A. P. Photo. Gas Rationing in East Declared Full of 'Leaks and Fraud' Spokesman for Dealers Says It's Impossible To Police Program By the Associated Press. The gasoline rationing system on thfe Eastern Seaboard was de scribed today by John Dressier, president of the New Jersey Gas oline Dealers’ Association, as be ing “full of leaks and fraud” and impossible of policing. Mr. Dressier told a Special House Committee investigating oil and rubber problems that dealer ration ing should be substituted for con sumer rationing. Mentioning abuses and a “black market" which he said had come to his attention, Mr. Dressier as serted, “you can’t set up a system to police consumer rationing with out tremendous cost.” “On the other hand, if we had dealer rationing, it would be simple to police,” Mr. Dressier said. “There are not more than 1,000 licensed wholesalers on the Eastern Sea board and the 90,000 gasoline dealers would watch each other. They would know whether the other dealer was selling more than his I quota. “We should not encourage honest Americans to lie and cheat.” Argentina, Chile Will Join War, Ex-Panama Chief Says E> '.he Associated Press. DETROIT, Aug. 26.—All the American nations, including Argen tina and Chile, eventually will be united as fighting Allies. Dr. Ricardo J Alfaro, former President of Pan ama, said here today. Dr. Alfaro made that prediction as he addressed the American Bar As sociation’s 65th annual meeting. ‘ Brazil’s action is typical of the trend,” he said of that nation's re cent declaration of war on Ger many and Italy. Praising the association for its creation of an Inter-American Bar, the Panamanian bar member com mented: “The necessity for this was obvious. It will have a beneficial effect on our industry, our tj-ade, our navigation, our relationships of all sorts and ! especially it will have the effect of uniting the spiritual forces repre sented by the legal profession of the three Americas in this critical hour of human history. "At this very moment, when life, liberty, dignity and civilization it self are threatened by despots intent on destroying the sovereignty of the law and setting up in its piaee the sovereignty of brutality and force, lawyers are placing themselves in the vanguard of those forces which fight for the perpetual preservation of right and justice all over the world.” Bill Would Authorize Army and Navy Bus | Ey tht Associated Pres*. ^ Chairman Walsh of the Senate i Naval Committee drafted legislation j today to authorize the War and ' Navy Departments and the Mari | time Commission to operate buses for transportation of war workers. Senator Walsh said the measure would “tend to remove the diffi culties encountered by Government employes engaged in making war materials from the rationing provi i sions of gasoline and rubber.” i Late News Bulletins ' Army Flyers Die as B-26 Bomber Crashes SHREVEPORT, La. OF).—A Barksdale Field B-26 bomber crashed into a residence at Lucas, 6 miles south of Shreveport, early this afternoon, carrying an undetermined number of flyers to their deaths. The plane burst into flames, setting fire to the home of Leo Gullo, farmer, who was badly burned about the body. The Gullo home was destroyed. Ex-President Justo Offers Services RIO DE JANEIRO, (£*>.—'The former President of Argentina, Agustin P. Justo, went to the Brazilian embassy in Buenos Aires today and offered his services on any assignment as an honorary general in the Brazilian army. Admiral Standley Returns to Kuibyshev KUIBYSHEV, Russia W.—Admiral William H. Standley, American Ambassador, has returned to Kuibyshev after nearly three weeks in Moscow.. 17 Reported Killed in Indian Rioting LONDON (fP).—Reuters reported tonight in a dispatch from Lucknow, India, that 17 Indians had been killed in the united provinces in an exchange of fire between an armed band and a police patrol. Five Czechs Condemned to Death BERN, Switzerland UP).—Five Czechs were condemned to death by the Nazi court at Bruenn today for possession of arms and ammunition, a Prague dispatch to the newspaper Der Neu Tag reported. Mack Says Lack of Players Will Close Minors Next Year Bj the Associated Press. RICHMOND, Va„ Aug. 26.—Con nie Mack, the 79-year-old owner manager of the Philadelphia. Ath letics, thinks the minor leagus won’t be able to operate next year be cause of a shortage of players. “We’re in for a long war,” he told the News-Leader in an inteiview. "There's no use trying to make our selves believe anything else. But it won’t kill baseball entirely. “There will be major league base ball next, year and perhaps one or two class AA leagues, but that's all. The class B, C and D clubs won't have a chance. (The Pidmont League is class B.) “Baseball is a national institution now. The fans want it, the soldiers will want it and we’re going to give it to them. They’ll want something to see and those lads in the faraway camps will want something to read about besides the war. “But this country Is at war and we are going to have our troubles. That's why I say, only the majors and perhaps one or two double A leagues will be able to operate. Our troubles won’t be financial ones. There will be plenty of fans. And It won’t be transportation, although that is something of a headache | already. It will be purely and sim ply a matter of getting players. “I think we will be able to fill our (major league) rosters with mar ried men who have more than one child. That’s what we will have to count on, and I don’t think there will be enough of them for both the majors and the minor leagues. So the minors just won’t be able to operate.” Mr. Mack was en route with his team to Newport News where the As last night defeated Newport i News’ builders of the Virginia ; 1 League, 6-5, in an exhibition game, j Soviet Envoy to Britain Says Reds Are Confident E> the Associated Press. LONDON, Aug. 26.—Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to Britain, de clared today that the Russian people “have not the slightest doubt about j our final victory.” "We are fighting hard,” he said. “We are lacing great dangers and we are bearing the brunt of the fight against Hitlerite Germany and her satelites. * • • "But the Soviet country is united and firm as a rock around its gov ernment and its great leader, Stalin. * * • Our fight is the fight of all freedom loving peoples." He spoke at the presentation of a check for £10,000 t $40,0001 for the Russian Red Cross from the Pales tine Labor party. GUIDE FOR READERS Page. Page. Amusements. Lost, Found A-3 C-3-4 Obituary __A-10 Comics ..C-8-9 Radio _C-8 Editorials --A-8 Society _B-3 Editorial Sports ....C-l-3 Articles .. A-9 Where to Finance ...A-17 Go ._B-13 Legal Woman's Notices ...C-7 Page _B-18 Treasury Procurement Deputy Chief Named A. J. Walsh of Lucinda, Pa., has been appointed Deputy Director of the Treasury's Procurement Divis- I ion, it was announced today by the ! Treasury Department. Mr. Walsh will assist Clifton E. Mack, director, in over-all procure ment functions, with particular du ties in the lease-lend program, and will also act as director in the ab sence of Mr. Mack. Mr. Walsh, who studned engineer ing at Camegia Technological Insti tute and accounting at La Salle Ex tension University, has been with the Procurement Division since 1935. Markets at a Glance NEW YORK, Aug. 26 UP).— Stocks lower; leaders in slow de cline. Bonds irregularly lower; a few rails resist. Cotton heavy; commission house and New Or leans selling. CHICAGO. — Wheat lower; hedging sales; anti-inflation talk. Corn lower with wheat and rye. Hogs, lighter weights steady, others 10 cents higher; top, $15.10. Cattle, steers, yearlings steady to strong on broad de- 1 mand. Bripsholm Passenger Says He Was Held in Dive for 16 Days Texas Women Tell Of Arrest- While Teaching in China (Earlier Story on Page A-l.) B:< thf Awociiaed Pros. JERSEY CITY, Aug. 26.—A picture of conditions among Jap anese prisoners was given today by Walter F. Arndt, assistant general manager for the Ameri can President Lines in the Orient. Mr. Arndt, who arrived on the exchange liner Gripsholm, told of being imprisoned for 16 days in a Chinese brothel at Hong Kong which he described as “the filthiest place they could find for us.” . . He said the first night was spent in a room with four others, two of whom slept in the only bed while three slept under it. He said they were given no food or water for two days. Later Mr. Arndt said he was trans ferred to an internment camp which overlooked the military prison at Hongkong. During his stay there he lost 18 pounds. He called the Japanese army an ‘‘amazingly efficient military unit” and said the Japanese were "100 per cent soldiers all the way through —absolutely ruthless.” At one time, Mr. Arndt declared, 15 internees, three of them women, were lined up against a wall and slapped in the face by Japanese offi cers who objected to their-practice of watching drills in the yard of the military prison. Power of Prayer Credited Unharmed and “saved from tor ture through the power of prayer alone,” while she was interned by the Japanese army in China, Mrs. W. Eugene Sallee of Waco, Tex., widely known Southern Baptist mis sionary, also disembarked from the Gripsholm. She wras accompanied by her cousin. Miss Josephine Ward, of Austin, Tex. They were arrested in their mis sion compound in Kaifeng, Honan Province, China, on the morning that war began between the United States and Japan. “We had heard news reports of increasing tension,” Mrs. Sallee said, "but I would hardly say that we had any warning of what was coming. That morning, we went to our classes as usual.” They were teaching in a boys’ high school and a girls’ school, located in the same ~ (See GRIPSHOLM, Page 2-3L) v 11 ' . - 11 1 ■ Britain Removes Ban Against Daily Worker Bj tht Associated Press. LONDON, Aug. 26 —The British home secretary today raised the ban on the Daily Worker. The Communist paper’s publica tion was forbidden in January, 1941, on the ground that it had printed stories designed to foment opposi tion to Britain’s war effort. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to have the ban lifted after the German invasion of Russia. Last May 28 the British Labor party conference by a close vote urged the government to permit the paper's resumption. A month ago Communist party delegations went to Parliament from all over Britain and demanded that the ban be raised. ■a* Soviet Thrust Hurls Germans Back 25 Miles Et the Associated Pres*. MOSCOW, Aug. 26.—Rus sian armies in a strong sur prise counteroffensive on the Kalinin and western fronts have killed 45,000 Germans and have pushed the Nasis back from 25 to 30 miles, a special Soviet communique announced tonight. It declared fierce fighting is raging on the outskirts of Rzhev, key city 130 miles northwest of Moscow, where the Germans had built espe cially strong fortifications. The armies of Gen. Gregory Zhukov, commander on the central front, were reported to have captured 610 inhabited places, including the town of Zubstov; 250 tanks, 756 guns, a quantity of smaller arms and many vehicles. German plane losses were put at 252 in the air and 296 on the ground. Seven German infantry di visions, two motor divisions were severely mauled. The Russians launched their offensive 15 days ago in the Rhzev and Gahatsk-Vyazma regions, the communique said. Supreme Court Not to Get Hospital Injury Suit The precedent-breaking case of Hughes versus Georgetown Hospital, in which charitable institutions were held liable for the negligent acts of their employes, has been settled in full and will not be taken to the Supreme Court. Attorney Emmett Leo Sheehan, counsel for the plaintiff. Miss Susan Hughes, said today that the hos pital’s insurance carrier has paid a total of $22,605.67, representing the total judgment, interests and the cost. Miss Hughes, who is 64, was injured in October, 1934 when she was knocked down by a door flung open by a student nurse at the in stitution. Miss Hughes was a special nurse called in to treat a single patient and was not an employe of the hospital itself. Settlement of the case means that the Supreme Court will not be asked to review the District Court judgment which was upheld by the United States Court of Appeals on June 30 of this year. The case was tried in June, 1940. ’ The appellant tribunal decision upholding Justice James M. Proc tor’s ruling reversed previous deci sions in the District which had held that charitable institutions were immune from damage suits arising out of the negligence of their employes. Use of Coal Silt to Combat Fuel Oil Shortage Urged A plan to use large, unmarketable culm heaps scattered through Penn sylvania's anthracite region to com bat the Eastern fuel oil shortage was explained to a Special House Committee today by Vincent G. Shinkle, New York consulting en gineer. Fifty million tons of the siit, too fine for ordinary markets, is virtually a waste product of an industry which is battling for trade, Mr. Shinkle told the committee. The group, headed by Representative Fitzgerald, Democrat, of Connecticut, is in vestigating oil and rubber problems. Mr. Shinkle said if the silt is pul verized further it can be mixed with equal amounts of fuel oil and fed into present pumping equipment and tanks. The mixture, he said, pro vides more heat at less money than straight petroleum for industrial purposes. Late Races Earlier Results and Entries fot Tomorrow on Paje 2-X. Marlboro FOURTH RACE—Purse. $600: claiming; 3-year-olds and up: 5Va furlongs. Weai-herite iBracciale) 8.20 5.30 ■' Po Buiterman (Grant) 4 80 2 70 Teco Tack (Acosta) 2,70 Time. l:08Vi. Also ran—Ingerfire. Hiblaze. Manny B. Hemsley, Candy Lump. Camden . FOURTH RACE—Purse. $1,200: Claim u/?:. ‘~Teavolt's and upward; « furlongs Wise Timmie (Knapp) 4.00 ° PO 2 •’(► Davitt (Day) 4.60 2 90 ^ Tim Da1ve]y>/Clln*man^ 2 Bo Also Van—-Bailor Hat, Holbein. My Law yer and Shepson. Narragansett Park FOURTH RACE—Purse. $1,300: clatm ing; 3-year-olds and upward; 6 furlongs. Argella (Turnbull) 6.00 3.80 2 40 Nelri (McMullen) 10.00 4.20 Bit O Green (Atkinson) 3.80 Time, l: 12 Vs. Also ran—Lou O'Neill, Mersa Mstruh. Easy Blend. Wake Robin. Saratoga FOURTH RACE—Purse. 11,5(8): claim ing; 4-year-olds and upward: l mile. Coffeeman (Gorman) 8.60 4.40 3.20 Bright Camp (Meade) $.90 4.10 Straw Hat (Westrope) 3.80 Time, l:39i*. Also ran—Seven Hills, Blazing Heat. Flying Legion. Washington Park SECOND RACE—Purse. $1,200- claim ing: 4-year-olds and upward; 8 furlongs. Batter (ThornburgI 24.80 11.2(1 6.80 Illinois Tom (Jemas) 5.00 3.60 Court Counsel (Barney) 3.80 Time, 1:12*». Also ran—Gray Ethel. Larry 8,. Heah town. Doctor’s Rose, Valtite. Valley Boy, Weisenhelmer. High Talent, MUlmore. (Daily Double paid 1219.20.) Maybank Virtually Assured of Victory In South Carolina Leads Blease by 5,769; Johnston Nominated For Governor (Earlier Story on Page B-6.) By tke Associated Press. COLUMBIA, S. C., Aug. 25.— Senator Maybank piled up an apparently safe lead over his 65 year-old opponent, Eugene S. Blease, as late unofficial returns were tabulated today from yes terday’s Democratic primary for the Senate. With 1,445 of the State’s 1,536 pre cincts reported, Senator Maybank, a strong supporter of the National Administration, had 110,746 votes against 1044177 for Blease, former chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court, who featured a plank of “white supremacy” in his campaign platform. In the race for Governor, Wynd ham M. Manning, of Sumter, con ceded victory to Olin D. Johnston, of Spartanburg, a former Governor. Johnston had 111,980 votes to 102,711 for Manning. No Further Changes Due In British High Command By the Associated Press. LONDON, Aug. 26.—The British Press Association said tonight that Prime Minister Churchill had de cided against further changes in the British high command and was de termined that the military machine “must now be given an opportunity to settle down and show what it ran do without any further reshuffling for the present.” There had been persistent rumors that Gen. Sir Archibald Wavell would be recalled from India to Lon don to become a member of the war cabinet, with Gen. Sir Claude Auchinleck succeeding him in India. “Important new duties may he found’’ for Auchinleck, who re cently retired as commander }n chief in the Middle East, said the press association, “but for the time being it is recognized that he has had an exhausting time and dfservgs rest.” U. S. Radio Laboratory Contract Is Awarded ’ The Public Buildings Administra tion has awarded a contract for an additional story on the radio labora tory at the National Bureau of Standards to Lee T. Turner, 3616 Pourteenth street N.W. The contract price is $39,615 and the contract calls for completion of the construction in 120 calendar days. Major League Games AMERICAN LEAGUE. At Boston— Cleveland .. 100 000 00 — Boston.000 000 0 — Batteries—Harder. Hevina. Eisenatat and Desantels: Rutland and Feaeoek. At New York— Chicago_ 014 000 — New York... 003 00 — Batteries—Dietrich. Harnes and Treeh; Bo roar, Donald and Dickey. Detroit at Philadelphia— 5:30 and 8:30 P.M. (Only Games Scheduled) NATIONAL LEAGUE. At Chicago—First Game— Philadelphia. 100 001 000 0— Chicago .... 100 000 001 0— h.ST’ivi'srSsf.v.v"- UT,nf,,on: »“• At Cincinnati— New York— 103 021 — ^ Cincinnati . 001 00 — „ Batteries—Lahrman and Danninc Rid die. Thompaon, Shoan and Lemanno, Brooklyn at St. Louis—5:30 P.M. (Only Games Scheduled) Today's Home Runs American. Moses, Chicago, 3rd inning. National. Lamanno, Cincinnati, 3rd inning. Land-Based Planes From Guadalcanal Play Important Role (Earlier Story on Page A-l.) By CLAUDE A. MAHONEY. Damaging of six more Japanese ships in the great sea and air battle for the Solomon Islands was announced by the Navy today in a communique which said the results of the fight to date “are encouraging.” The communique revealed for the first time that the Navy was using land based fighter planes from Guadalcanal. An enemy force which had attacked Guadalcanal on Monday has withdrawn, the Navy said, as it gave further details of the battle. Four ships in addition to the ones mentioned yesterday were left burning, and the transport which was reported yesterday to have been hit was later seen abandoned. iwo Destroyers Damaged. Observers yesterday, while not knowing definitely that the United States forces had been tble to get land based planes onto the islands during their brief tenure, based their predictions on outcome of the battle largely on the possibility of the aircraft peing there. Naval officials commented orally on the pres ;nce of the fighters based there xiday, indicating that this was pne of the most important as pects of the engagements that still continue. The damaged ships which were named In today's communique were two destroyers and four additional vessels classified only as miscel laneous. The Navy told of a new attack that occurred yesterday on Guadal canal when the island was ap proached by 16 two-motored bomb ers escorted by 12 Zero fighters. Three U. S. Planes Lost “Our fighters met this force and shot down seven bombers and five Zero fighters,” the Navy said. “Our loss was one fighter.” This engage- "i men was in addition to the attack reported yesterday in which United States forces shot down 21 enemy <• planes. The American loss was not known definitely yesterday but to day was placed at three planes in that engagement. One of the enemy destroyers listed today as damaged was hit by dive bombers during the previously re ported shelling of Guadalcanal Sun day night and early Monday morn- • ing. The two communiques issued within slightly more than 24 hours of each other show that the Japs have suffered damage to at least 13 ships and have lost 33 planes in their attempt to recapture a foothold in - the strategic Solomon Islands. Text of Announcement. The text of the communique fol lows: South Pacific. It is still too early to estimate the outcome of the battle at sea being fought off the Solomon Islands, but reports to date reveal that our forces at Guadalcanal are holding their positions in the face of strong enemy thrusts and in each action have in flicted heavy damage on the attack ing Japanese forces. 2. During the previously recorded shelling of Guadalcanal Island on the night of August 23-24 (Washing ton date) our dive bombers damaged an enemy destroyer. 3. The enemy force of transports, cruisers and destroyers which ap proached Guadalcanal from the northward on August 24 (Washing ton date) was attacked by United States' Marine and Naval aircraft based on Guadalcanal. In addition to the cruiser which was previously reported burning fiercely, one de stroyer and four additional ships were left burning and the transport which was reported to have been hit during this attack was later seen abandoned as the enemy force with drew. 4. The performance of our fighter aircraft based at Guadalcanal has been outstanding. As previously re ported, a strong enemy air attack on Guadalcanal during the after noon of August 23 (Washington date* was intercepted by these fighters. Twenty-one enemy planes were shot down. Our loss was three plants. On August 25 (Washington date) Guadalcanal was attacked by 16 two-motored bombers escorted by 12 "Zero” fighters. Our fighters met this force and shot down seven bombers and five "Zero” fighters. Our loss was one fighter. 5. The results, to date, of the battle for the retention of our foot hold in the Southeastern Solomons are encouraging. Three Men Held in Theft Of 4,000 Gas Ration Books Police are holding three men in connection with the robbery of more than 4,000 gasoline ration books from the Jackson School, thirtieth and R streets N.W., on the night of August 6. One of the men has ad mitted the theft, police said. Following this admission, police went to the home of one of the men and found a leather case there con taining between 2.00 and 3,000 gas ration books. Hunt for the robbers led Detective Sergts. T. L. Saunders and William G. Fawcett of the gen eral assignment squad as far South as Tennessee. Formal charges have not been placed against the three men now held at No. 1 precinct. Police said some of the ration books had been sold for as much as |50 each.