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I | Weather Report
Not quite to cool tonight.
Temperatures today—Highest. 82. at 3:30 p.m.;
lowest, 82. at 8:40 am. Yesterday—Highest. TO.
at 5:30 p.m.; lowest. 61. at 3:10 a.m. Full report
on page A-8. ,
United States Weamer Bureau Resort.
Closing N. Y. Markets—Salts, Page A-15.
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Tentative Order
Lifts Riding Ban
OPA Directive Sent
To Field Offices Is
Still Unofficial
>7 the Auociated Presa.
A tentative order to lift the
ban on Eastern pleasure driving
Wednesday has been sent to field
offices of the Office of Price Ad
The order has no official status
yet. although OPA has given every
indication that it was working to
free Eastern motorists of the no
pleasure driving restriction either
by September 1 or next week end.
Chester Bowles, general manager
of OPA, said three weeks ago the
agency hoped to liberalize Eastern
gasoline 'restrictions early in Sep
tember. Secretary of the Interior
Iekes reported last week, however,
the area was overdrawing Its daily
gasoline allowance, endangering its
chances for rations equal to the rest
of the country.
Soldiers, Boats Get Gas.
, On Friday, however, OPA an
nounced it would remove restrictions
from East Coast pleasure boating
and would give servicemen furlough
gasoline, an indication that the
pleasure driving ban was on the way
The tentative order lifting it Wed
nesday was 6ent to field offices so
they could be ready for instant
action removing the restriction. It
will not take effect, however, until
definite word comes from OPA head
quarters here.
Hopes for a bigger allotment for
Eastern motorists September l were
dampened yesterday by Richard C.
Harrison, chief of the gasoline ra
tioning section of the Office of Price
Administration, who declared that
"B” and "C” coupon holders would
fare no better in the matter of an
* increase September 1 than motorists
on "A” rations.
Stocks In East Low.
Mr. Harrison explained in a
broadcast interview on the Blue Net
work that gas stocks in the East
are low and have been declining
in the past four weeks.
The motor fuel rationing director
added that while a bigger allotment
is still planned, “it may take weeks—
it may even be months.”
He said the two-week-old cut from
four to three gallons per ration
coupon in the Middle West and the
Southwest was saving 50,000 barrels
of fuel a day and “as the decrease
of gas consumption in those States
creates a surplus of gasoline stocks,
which can at last be moved east for
civilian use, we hope most cer
tainly to increase the A ration in the
27 Get Suspended Terms
For Outlaw Mine Strike
By the Associated Press.
PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30.—Sus
pended sentences of six months
each and a probation period of
three years were imposed today by
Federal Judge F. P. Schoonmaker on
27 miners who pleaded no contest to
charges of violating the Smith-Con
nally Antistrike Law.
"I am lenient with you because
you may have been misled in your
actions," the court commented as
the defendants, first to be prosecut
ed under the War Labor Act, stood
before him.
Three of the 30 originallv ndicted
In connection with what United
Mine Workers' officials claimed was
a "wildcat” strike in Western Penn
sylvania's soft coal fields between
June 23 and July 13 were unable to
appear due to Injuries suffered re
'43 Food Output to Hit
New Peak, Wickard Says
Bi the Associated Press.
ST. LOUIS. Aug. 30.—Secretary
of Agriculture Wickard said today
that 1943 production of both crops
and livestock will be one-third
higher than the 1934-39 average
and 43 per cent greater than the
years of the World War. although
it will come from the same agri
cultural plant operated by 14 per
cent less manpower.
Over-all farm production will set
a new record for the fifth consecu
tive year. Mr. Wickard said, and if
normal weather prevails, civilian
food supply will be comparable to
the 1935-39 average.
Mr. Wickard spoke at the opening
session of the four-day postwar
planning conference of the Rural
Electrification Administration.
Twin Subs Launched
At Portsmouth, N. H,
Br the Associated Press.
PORTSMOUTH. N. H.. Aug. 30.—
The second double launching of the
year at the Portsmouth Navy Yard
took place today as the submarines
Pilotfish and Bang were christened.
Mrs. Leonard W. Schuetz of Chi
cago; wife of Representative Schuetz
of the House Naval Affairs Com
mittee, sponsored the Pilotfish and
had as matron of honor Mrs. Arthur
B. Jenks, wife of the former New
Hampshire Representative.
The Bang was christened by Mrs.
Robert W. Neblett of Portsmouth,
Va„ who has been advised that her
ton is » prisoner of war in the
> hands of the Japanese. Her matron
of honor was Mrs. Virginia Mathl
•en of Portsmouth, Va.
e * i
Writer Says De Gaulle Proposed
Aid for Anti-Roosevelt Faction
Intercepted Mail Pouch Reveals Letter *
From French General to U. S. Politician
President Roosevelt did not
choose to soften the blow to
fighting French sympathizers in
the United States when he an
nounced that the American Gov
ernment was extending a limited
recognition only to the French
Committee of National Libera
The somewhat acid tone adopted
by the President in making this
announcement is traced back, in in
formed circles in Washington, to the
! unfortunate “diplomatic bag inci
dent" which occurred last week.
A De Gaulleist diplomatic courier
arrived in New York and the official
envelope which he .was carrying was
retained by the American authori
ties because the courier did not have
his credentials in order. That the
bag would contain confidential di
rectives to Fighting French leaders
in this country was a foregone con
clusion and this type of diplomatic
correspondence would have attrac
ted no particular attention.
Proposed Anti-Roosevelt Move,
Among the other communications,
however, was a letter which Gen.
Charles de Gaulle had written to
one of the outstanding political c p
ponents of President Roosevelt. In
this particular letter the Fighting
French leader is said to have offered
to contribute, through some of the
liberals in the United States who
are ardently supporting de Gaulle
ism, to the defeat of President
Roosevelt in 1944.
The communication went into
some detail and suggested that the
tried and true friends of the Fight
(See LOMBARD, Page A-3.)
Park Slaying Suspect
Will Be Arraigned
Here Tomorrow
Morton, Radio Mechanic,
Accused in Murder of
Woman Stenographer
John Walter Morton, 39, of the
1400 block Meridian place N.W.,
today was charged with murder
in the slaying of Mrs. Grace
Grubb Groome, 57-year-old ste
nographer, of 1361 Irving street
N.W., whose battered body was
found yesterday in Rock Creek
Park. He will be arraigned at
2 p.m. tomorrow on the murder
Morton, a radio shop mechanic,
who police said had blood on his
face and other parts of his body
when they arrested him this morn
ing, was taken before United States
Commissioner Needham C. Turn
age for arraignment this after
noon, but insisted on having
He was permitted to use the
phone to locate his lawyer and when
he was unable to get hold of him,
requested that he be released on
bail pending arraignment tomor
—Star Staff Photo.
row. The commissioner refused his
Calls Charge "Silly.”
"I still don't, feel that 1 should
languish in jail while waiting for
counsel," Morton insisted.
“But I can t admit you to bail,
you are charged with murder," the
commissioner said.
“Well, that's silly," the suspect re
plied. Before being led back to his
cell, he surrendered $189 in cash
which was discovered jn his pockets.
The police said Morton was picked
out of a line-up by Miss Minnette
Sherman, 3239 Davenport street, as
the man she saw board a crcsstown
bus in blood-stained clothing on
Macomb street in Rock Creek Park
Saturday night.
Miss Sherman told police the man
got off the bus at Calvert street and
Connecticut avenue. She went to
the police station to give her evi
dence after reading of the slaying,
police said.
Julius Nachman, manager of the
(See MURDER, Page A-7.)
Patterson Predicts
Pacific Drive Soon
By the Associated Press.
SYDNEY. Australia. Aug. 30.—
Undersecretary of War Robert P.
Patterson predicted In an Interview
todav that a big Allied offensive will
be undertaken in the Pacific soon.
Asked if recent statements by
Allied leaders presaged such an
offensive in the near future he
answered: “You may depend upon
! i- •>
He arrived here with Lt. Gen.
' William S. Knudsen on a tour of
! the Pacific hattlefronts.
Reydon, Dutch Nazi,
Dies After Shooting
Ur th« Assoc it ted Pr«««.
LONDON. Aug. 30.—The gunshot
death of Dr. H. Reydon, deputy
propaganda director in Anton Mus
sert'a Dutch Nazi secretariat, was
reported today by Aneta, Nether
lands news agency.
The dispatch from Stockholm said
the death last Tuesday was con
firmed by a German-controlled
newspaper in the Netherlands. Rey
don was shot six months ago by
unknown persons at Tha Hague.
President Back Here
for Post-Quebec Talks
With Key Advisers
Churchill Will Arrive
Later in Week to Join
in Further Discussions
President Roosevelt returned
to Washington this morning and
immediately began a series of
conferences at which it was in
tended to review the work of his
Quebec meeting last week with
Prime Minister Churchill and
military and political leaders of
the American. British and Chin
ese governments.
Later in the week he will be joined
here by Prime Minister Churchill,
who Is holidaying in Canada.
The first visitor on the President’s
visiting list today was Chinese For
eign Minister Dr. T. V. Soong, who
had a noon engagement. Secretary
of State Hull lunched with the
president and at 2 o’clock he was to
be joined by Gen. George C.
Marshall, chief of staff, and Gen.
H. H. Arnold, Army Air Forces chief.
Poet-Quebec Talks.
Stephen T. Early, the President’s
press secretary, said that all these
talks could he called post-Quebec
talks and said they would give the
President his first opportunity to
talk with these other participants in
the Canadian meeting on “their own
home grounds.”
Particular interest was attached
to the visit of Dr. Soong. inasmuch
as the Quebec plans called for a
stepping-up of the warfare in the
Pacific theater under Lord Louis
Mountbatten. who will head up a
newly-created Allied Asiatic com
Upon leaving the White House,
Dr. Soong said that he was “just
rounding up my talks” with the
President after the discussions they
had in Quebec.
Asked if he could comment on the
general nature of the conversation
today, the Chinese Foreign Minister
laughed and told newsmen, "You
can guess.”
Likes Mountbatten.
He said he heard nothing from
his own government since the Quebec
conference and that there were
certain things on which he wanted
isee roosevelt;page a~^4.)
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American League.
Weatherly. New York. 5th inning.
Denmark's Fleet
Scuttled, Nazis
Shoot Refugees
Many Boats Fleeing
To Sweden Sunk;
King Interned
Br the Associated Press.
STOCKHOLM, Aug. 30.—Big
fires blazed fiercely today atnong
the scuttled hulks of Denmark’s
naval vessels in Copenhagen
Harbor as offshore Nazi patrol
boats and planes shot at Danes
fleeing a new German military
dictatorship clamped on the re
bellious kingdom.
Refugees streaming Into Sweden
said scores of persons were drowned
as the Nazi gunners sank many
small motorboats, sailboats and fish
ing smacks In the Oeresund, the
narrow stretch of water between
Denmark and Sweden.
The Germans ignored the usual
Copenhagen blackout last night.
Street lights blazed brightly as pa
trols in tanks an darmored cars
toured the city enforcing the mar
tial law decreed by the German mili
tary commander who had interned
King Christian X, who is 73, in his
castle outside Copenhagen and set
up Nazi rule to replace that of the
resigned Danish government.
Fires Visible From Sweden.
The fires in the harbor area could
be seen from the Swedish coast. A
series of deafening explosions set
them off at dawn yesterday as
Danish naval forces sent the greater
part of their small navy to the
Forty-five vessels of various types,
including two new destroyers and
nine submarines, were sunk, ammu
nition dumps blown up and harbor
fortifications wrecked.
Nine naval ships, two of them
small destroyers, reached safety in
Swedish ports yesterday. Another
torpedo boat arrived at Landskrona
la6t night and three more vessels
carrying a total of about 75 persons
reached Sweden this morning.
One of the latest reports reaching
SwiKien said members of the cabinet,
including fcrlme Minister Eric Sca
vefiius, were in internment with
King Christian at the castle.
Threatened to Abdicate.
The. cabinet conferred with the
King until the early hours yester
day before Gen. Hermann von Han
necken, German commander in
Denmark, issued his proclamation
it 4:10 a.m. announcing Nazi mar
tial law.
The King threatened to abdicate
if the cabinet accepted a drastic
ultimatum submitted by German
Minister Werner Best Saturday.
The cabinet's flat rejection of the
demands signaled the end of Dan
ish collaboration and the smashing
of the German effort to establish
Denmark as a showcase model for
other occupied countries.
The Danish people received little
information of the swift movement
of events in their country, as no
newspapers had been published for
two days.
The Danish radio later announced j
that Gen. von Hannecken had taken
(See DENMARK, Page A^f)
Pickets Opposing Pegler
include Editor's Home
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK . Aug. 30.—The Na
tional Maritime Union <CIO>. which
has been picketing the New York
World-Telegrams plant the past 12
days in protest against writings by
Columnist Westbrook Pegler, today
began picketing the Park avenue
office of Roy W. Howard, president
and editor of the paper.
Three pickets carried placards
demanding removal of Mr. Pegler's
column from the World-Telegram.
They also distributed handbills urg
ing the same action.
The newspaper previously had
i stated in an editorial that Mr. Peg
ler’s views were not necessarily
those of the paper and that it did
not plan to remove the column.
Markets at a Glance
NEW YORK, Aug. 30 t<P).—
Stocks mixed; price changes
negligible. Bonds steady; some
rails supported. Cotton firm;
trade and commission house buy
CHICAGO. — Wheat closed 14
lower to *4 higher: profit taking.
Rye unchanged to a cent down.
Late News Bulletins
Clatterbuck to Ask Change of Venue
LEESBURG, Va., Aug. 30.—The trial of Thomas William
Clatterbuck in the murder of five persons on the A. Morris
Love farm near here June 1 was recessed today until Wednes
day to give the defense time to file a petition for a change of
venue. Judge J. R. N. Alexander gave a strong indication that
the petition which would shift the trial to another county
will be granted. (Earlier Story on Page B-l). *
25 Allied Planes Shot Down, Nazis Say
LONDON (A*).—The German radio declared tonight that
Nazi ME-109s shot 25 Allied planes from a formation of 60
Marauders and Lightnings which raided the Naples area
today. The broadcast, recorded by the Associated Press, said
the formation was "British.” Both Marauders and Light
nings, however, are American planes. Such a raid was not
confirmed from Allied quarters.
(Earlier Story on Page A-ll.)
Allied Planes Attack France Again
LONDON W).—United States 8th Air Force medium bomb
ers, escorted by RAF, Dominion and Allied Spitfires, attacked
targets in France late-today, it was announced, i
NEWPORT NEWS, VA.—BAD NEWS FOR TQKIO—As Secretary Knox leans against the huge air
craft carrier Hornet, Mrs. Knox christens the flat-top with a resounding splash. The ship, to
replace the sunken Hornet, used by Maj. Gen. James H. Doolittle for his historic raid on Tokio,
was launched today. _A. P. Wirephoto.
Jap Counterattacks
Push Allies Back
In Salamaua Area
U. S. Infantry Lands
Unopposed on Isle
Near Kolombangara
By the Associated Press.
Aug. 30.—Fierce Japanese coun
terattacks along the entire front
at Salamaua, New Guinea, have
forced Allied troops to yield
ground at some points, while in
the Solomons American in
fantrymen have landed unop
posed on Arundel Island, just
west of New Georgia and within
artillery range of Japanese -
dominated Kolombangara.
“Our troops have been forced to
give ground slightly in some points
of the Salamaua sector,” said a
spokesman at Gen. Douglas Mac
Arthur’s headquarters.
The headquarters communique
said sharp ground fighting was
going on along the entire front,
“with the enemy launching frequent
counterattacks to preserve his hard
pressed positions."
American and Australian troops,
powerfully supported by aircraft,
slowly but methodically have been
closing in on the Salamaua air
(See PACIFIC, Page A-5l
Natural Gas Pipeline
From Southwest Approved
By the Associated Preys.
A 1,200-mile natural gas pipe line
running from the Southwest to the
Appalachian manufacturing area
was approved by the War Produc
tion Board today which said it "must
be built" by the winter of 1944-45.
WLB advised the Federal Power
Commission it would approve mate
rials for the pipe line as soon as
the commission decides which of two
applicants will build the line.
The Tennessee Gas & Transmis
sion Co. has an application to build
a line from Corpus Christi, Tex., to a
terminal point at Cornwall Station,
W. Va. The Hope Natural Gas Co.
has applied for permission to build
a line from the Hugoton field of
Kansas and Oklahoma to the same
WPB said neither line has any
substantial advantage over the other
in requirements for critical mate
rials and equipment. Either would
require about 215,000 tons of steel.
The completed line will be either
22 or 24-inch. Present estimates call
for delivery of about 200.000,000 cu
bic feet a day from either line.
Either can be stepped up to 300,000,
000 daily if needed.
Kaiser's Stepson Killed
BERN, Aug. 30 (IP).—A tiny notice
on the back page of the Frank
furter Zeitung today announced
that Capt. Dr. Hans Georg, Prince
of Schonaich-Carolath and eldest
son of Hermine von Preussen,
widow of Kaiser Wilhelm, was
killed August 9 on the eastern front.
— -
Guide for Readers
■§ Page.
Amuse meats,
Comics B-14-15
Edit'l Articles A-9
Finance A-14-15
Lost and Found,
Obituary A-10
Sports .- A-12-13
Where to Go.
Woman's Page.
Heavier Tokio Raids Hinted
By Knox at Hornet Launching
Christening of New Carrier Delayed
45 Minutes by Failure of Mechanism
By the Associated Press.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 30.
—A great name in the history of
the United States Navy was re*
born today with the launching
of the aircraft carrier Hornet
amid cheers of spectators who a
moment later heard Secretary of
the Navy Knox hint broadly at
plans for large-scale aerial blows
against Tokio.
Last year’s'bombing of the Rising
Sun capital was “only a small sam
ple of far bigger raids to come,”
Secretary Knox asserted in a speech
a moment after his wife sent a bottle
of champagne foaming over the bow
of the ship which replaces the flat
top of the same name sunk last
year in the Santa Cruz Islands.
federal Draft Policy
Overstepped by Fly,
Inquiry Counsel Says
List of 1,069 Presented
For Deferment Wes Cut
To 218, Reilly Declares
Charges that Chairman Fly ;
of the Federal Communications
Commission went beyond the ad
ministration’s draft policy for
Government employes in asking
President Roosevelt for defer
j merits in the. FCC were made to- !
day by Hugh Reilly, an associate !
counsel of the House committee
investigating the commission.
! Mr, Fly, Mr. Reilly said, was
| guilty of "misrepresentation to the !
President" in handling the defer- \
ment program.
Mr. Reilly contended that the;
President had indicated in a memo
randum to all agencies that there
would be few employes who. by rea
son of unique experience and rare
technical ability, might be irre
placeable. Committee counsel then
sought to show that many of the
FCC employes for whom deferment
(.Continued on Page A-6, Column 1.)
Ten Killed in India Crash
Fatal to Washington Man
B? the Associated Press.
NEW DELHI. India. Aug. 2B (De
layed).— Ten persons, including a
British major general and a British
brigadier, were killed in the crash
of an RAF transport plane Friday
which resulted in the death of
Robert Rand of Washington and
Brookline, Mass., it was announced
(The death of Mr. Rand, 25,
Calcutta director of the United
States Office of War Information,
was disclosed in dispatches Sat
The plane was en route from New
Delhi to Calcutta when it crashed
in a landing failure at Allahabad.
Of the 12 persons aboard eight
were killed. Three others were
gravely injured and two of them
died later. Mr. Rand was the only
American abroad.
The kilted included Maj. Gen.
Thomas George Gordon Heywood,
56, and Brig. Hugh Poynton Radley,
51, both veterans of the World War.1
The launching wds delayed 45
minutes because of faulty function
ing of the launching mechanisjp.
A few minutes before the Hornet
was to slide into the James River]
3. B. Woodward, vice president and
general manager of the Newport
News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co.,
told several huhdred spectators the
launching would have to bi post
poned several days. Later, however,
he said the ceremony would pro
ceed; that there had been no acci
dent, but that the hydraulic pres
sure holding the ship in place had
threatened to build up so rapidly
that it was necessary to proceed
with caution in the launching of
such a heavy ship.
Secretary Knox recalled in his
(See KNOX, Page A-5.)
Hull Describes Charge
He Opposes USSR as
Secretary's Statement
Concerning Columnist
Read to Conference
By tHe Associated Press.
Secretary Hull today termed
“monstrous and diabolical false
hoods” charges he said had been
made by Drew Pearson, colum
nist and radio commentator,
th;-% Mr. Hull and other high
State Department officials wished
the Soviet Union “to be bled
The Secretary of State opened his
press conference, without waiting
for questions, by reading the follow
ing statement:
"X do not ordinarily take notice
of attacks made either on the State
Department or myself. When these
attacks, however, concern our rela
tions with an Allied government I
must take notice of them.
“I am informed that recently Drew
Pearson published over the radio
and in the press the charge that I
and other high officials in the State
Department are opposed to the
Soviet government and that we
actua Uy wish the Soviet Union to be
bled white.
"I desire to brand these statements
as monstrous and diabolical false
Last week Mr. Hull said in a state
ment which did not name indi
viduals that some writers and com
mentators were “lending aid and
comfort to the enemy” by making
untrue statements about interna
tional relations of the United States.
Mr. Pearson, commenting on the
Secretary’s statement, said:
"I hope that Mr. Hull’s denial of
my charge that he is anti-Russian
will stand up better than his recent
denial that Sumner Welles would
Harry Hopkins Enters •
Hospital for Checkup
Harry Hopkins, confidential ad
viser to President Roosevelt, is at
Naval Hospital, it was learned to
day, for a ‘ periodic health checkup.”
He went there on the orders of
Rear Admiral Ross T. Mclntire.
Surgeon General of the Navy, who
is White House physician. Mr. Hop
kins had no serious ailment, it was
Taganrog's Fall
Hints Crumbling
Of Whole Front ]
Donets Forces
Threatened With
By the Associated Press.
LONDON, Aug. 30. —Premier
Stalin announced the capture of
Taganrog, the Germans’, south- j
frn anchor of the 1,500-mile Rus
sian front, today in a special xj
order of the day.
The Germans earlier txiay ad
mitted evacuation of the city.
Stalin said the capture was the
result of a fierce engagement in
which the Russians routed the Kasds. "I
The Germans said the town was
evacuated after they had destroyed
the town and harbor installations
The capture of Taganrog indicat
ed the N a sis’ entire southern front
positions were crumbling. **!
Stalin, whose order of the day wa*
broadcast by the Moscow radio and
recorded by the Associated Press, ^
said the new victory was achieved
as a result of a bold maneuver by
Soviet cavalry and mechanised
formations which broke through to
the rear of the enemy troops, _
Stalino May Fall.
With the fall of this important
Sea of Azov port to the Red Armv, ws
the capture of Stalino, Hitler's
southern front headquarters 70
miles to the northwest, may follow X
Taganrog, the Germahs said In
their daily high command com- ]
munique, was "evacuated according 1
to plan" after being "completely de
stroyed.” It was another of the so
called "strategic withdrawals”
which German propagandists have «
been at pains to color as Nazi tri
The fall of Taganrog came as a ^
surprise, since there had been no
reports of heavy fighting in this
region recently from either Moecow ^
or Berlin, but the position of the
city had been obviously imperiled
_since the Russians captured the
railway station of Donetslco-Amvro
sievka just a week ago, outting Ta
ganrog’s only rail line to the north
and west, Donetsko-Amvrosievka is
40 miles north of Taganrog.
Whole Right Flank Compromised. 1
Evacuation of 1feB*&rog makes it
clear that flank
ill! Seo of ipiihsb ^ ,
—Arrows indicate how Red
Armies on the southern front
are today pressing toward
Poltava, Krasnograd, and
Stalino, with Berlin reporting
Taganrog abandoned by Ger
man troops. Shaded area is
held by German Army.
—A. P. Wirephoto,
of the German army is compromised
and indicates that a general pulling
back, started with the Soviet offen
sive in the Donets Basin a few days
ago, has been stepped up.
Taganrog had been heavily forti
fied by the Germans, and its re
capture by the Russians indicates
the power of the current Red Army
drive. Last winter’s Soviet offensive,
which began with the victory at
Stalingrad, swept on past Rostov in
this region but stopped short Just
east and north of Taganrog in Ihe
face of a violent Nazi defense ol
the city.
There was no immediate indica
tion whether the Germans would
attempt to stand a few miles west
<Se<TRUSSIA, Page ~A-6.) “
I" ' . . ..
U. S. Judge Rules
Rent Control
Law Invalid
By thf Associated Press. >
MACON, Ga„ Aug. 30.—United
States District Judge Bascom S
Deaver today ruled "invalid and
unconstitutional" the rent control
section of the Emergency Price
Control Act of 1942.
Judge Deaver handed down the
decision in the Middle Georgia
District Court in the case of John
W. Payne vs. J. H. Griffin, both oi
Thomas ville. Ga„ in which Mr
Payne had sued Mr. Griffin foi
damages on grounds Mr. Griffin had
charged an above-celling rent.
The jurist held that Congress had
delegated too much power to the
rent control agency for settinj
prices. This resulted in rule bj
regulation of a Government agencj
instead of by law, making the rent
control section unconstitutional,
Judge Deaver held.
Under the Rent Control Act, i
tenant may sue for damages if t 'S
landlord violates the rent ceiling

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