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Not quite so cool tonight. Temperatures today—Highest. 57, at 1:30 p.m ■ lowest, 42, at 1:10 a.m. Yes terday—Highest, 55, at noon; lowest, 40, at 7:40 a.m. Full report page A-18. United States Weather Bureau Report. Lore New York Morkets, Poge^Pl9. Guide for Readers Page. Amusements A-14-15 Comics.B-26-27 Editorials..A-10 Edit’l Articles..A-11 Finance_A-18-19 Lost and Found.A-3 Page. Obituary .A-12 Radio _B-27 Society.B-3 Sports.A-16-17 Where to Go_..B-16 , Woman’s Page B-21 An Associated Press Newspaper 91st YEAR. No. 36,330. •—-------— - X WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 1943—FORTY-EIGHT PAGES.**** Washington TTTT?TTT? f1TT'VTQ Elsewhere and Suburbs J-tL-tvJiiJij FIVE CENTS Nazis Use Scorched-Earth Tactics In Retreat to New Line in Italy; 5th Army'll Miles Above Volturno 3 Scarred Towns Fall; British in East Drive On By th« Associated Press. The American 5th Army forced the Germans into a violent, scorched-earth retreat today to a line stretched from the moun tain fastness of Venafro, 83 miles southeast of Rome, to the village nf Mondragone, 90 miles below the Italian capital, on the Tyr rhanean Sea. Three towns, horribly scarred by Nazi destruction, fell. These were Dragoni, 2'2 miles northwest of Alvignano: Pignataro, 6 miles north of the Volturno River town of Capua, and Roccaromana, 5 miles northwest of Liberi. Advances ranged up to 5 miles. The British 8th Army pushed the right anchor of the Allied line 5 miies forward to seize Petacciato on the Adriatic. 8 miles west of Termoli. The village had been converted into a heavily fortified zone, but British tanks and artillery beat down the Increasing enemy opposition. Liberators Blast Railway. Liberator bombers ranged far up the Adriatic coast and knocked out the crucial enemy railway between Ancona and Pescara. Four bridges were destroyed in a half hour by the completely unopposed American flyers. As the Germans were forced back toward Rome they left behind one of the war's worst scenes of deso lation. They wiped out civilians as well as their cattle and homes, dis patches from Allied headquarters in Algiers said. Their new line wfas established in a series of difficult steep ridges, cut by deep valleys. The key to their new front was sugar-loafed Mount Massico near the Tyrrhenian. On the sides of the mountain the Nazis were dug in with liberal gun em placements. Fresh advances placed the Amer lean forces 11 miles north of the overrun Volturno Rfver line. Offi cial reports to headquarters said j Marshal Albert Kesselring's seven! Nazi divisions W'ere engaged in an j orgy of destructive fury against the ! Italians, shooting civilians, destroy- ; ing railways and roads and even burning haystacks to provide a j smoke screen to cover their retreat. ] German Flank Turned. The main power of the 5th Army j drive had been thrust north and ! northeast of Capua and this turned ; the German flank and forced the retreat. Reinforcements streamed to the 5th Army and new crossings j were established over the Volturno, j the Allied communique said. The tired Germans hurled furious coun terattacks against both the 5th and 8th Armies, but these were absorbed. Allied planes pounded the Ger mans a short way behind their lines. Farther behind the lines, the bomb ers knocked out dozens of grounded enemy planes on airfields at Viterbo, north of Rome, and at Tarquina. Fifty vehicles were bombed near the west coast between Formia and Minturo. Medium bombers attacked Frosi-; none, Terracina and Bojano just be-j hind the Nazi lines on the 5th Army front. No losses were sustained by our planes in the operations and one of six enemy aircraft encountered was destroyed. Cos Airfield Attacked. A Middle East communique, dis closing widespread aerial operations yesterday and Sunday, told of at-; tacks on Antimachia airfield on Cos.' Herakleion on Crete, harbor instal-: lations at Skyros and an enemy; convoy off the north coast of Crete.! One Allied plane was lost in these operations. The raid on Skyros took place in daylight yesterday and two small vessels in the harbor were hit. In the fighting along the Adriatic, British forces south of the coast, beat back a heavy enemy counter attack on Montecilfone, occupied Monday. Sharp clashes occurred in the area of Baranello, 30 miles southwest of Montecilfone, where the enemy massed large reinforcements to hold r-----. Plasma Needed Plasma is needed overseas. Your biood may save a life. Phone Red Cross Blood Donor Center. District 3300, for an appointment. the mountain heights controlling the main lateral road west and north west from Vinchiaturo. Much Stronger Resistance. "The Germans are offering much stronger resistance all along the 8th Army front, and obviously they brought up fresh troops to aid the tired troops in the line, some of See ITALY, Page A-18.) Germans Deny Deaths Of Rolland and Herriot Br the Associated Press. LONDON, Oct. 20.—After deny ing last night reports of the death of Romain Rolland. French author and Nobel Prize winner, the Ger man DNB agency today quoted the Paris newspaper Petit Parisien to deny that Edouard Herriot, last president of the French Chamber of Deputies, had died. The DNB broadcast said Herriot would “shortly be transferred to a home for nervous diseases in the Paris region.” Both Rolland and Herriot have from time to time been reported to be dead, in sanatoriums or in con centration camps. A Rabaul Attackers Fly So Low Pursuing Zeros Strike Sea Sixty More Jap Planes and Two Warships Destroyed by Mitchell Bombers Ey the Associated Pres*. ALLIED HEADQUARTERS IN THE SOUTHWEST PACIFIC, Oct, 20.—Mitchell bombers, flying so low that pursuing Zeros inad vertently dipped wings in the sea and crashed, have destroyed 60 more planes and sunk two more warships at the Japanese key base of Rabaul. This second air pounding within a week of the New Britain fortress to which the enemy's New Guinea and Solomons defenses are hinged was announced today by Gen. Doug las MacArthur's headquarters. But a spokesman also disclosed that Jap anese troops have gone over to the offensive against the Australians in j the Finschhafen. New Guinea, area where Gen. MacArthur's forces I stand nearest New Britain. The attack Monday on Rabaul heaped new destruction on the 177 enemy planes demolished or dam-1 aged and the three warships sunk1 in the 350-ton bombing assault of October 12. Monday’s raid was the major part of an aerial assault on New Britain.1 Across narrow Dampier Strait from Cape Gloucester, Japanese troops achieved "some progress," an Allied spokesman said, in a drive southwestward from Sattleberg to ward Finschhafen, 15 miles away. The Mitchells flew alone in bad weather Monday, but they surprised the Japanese with the same treetop and mast height tactics they em ployed in the October 12 attack in which they were escorted. The approximately 60 Zeros which opposed them managed to attack only after the Mitchells had dropped their bombs and were departing. In the resultant sky battles, 24 Japanese planes were shot down and 3 Mitchells were lost. The other 36 enemy planes were destroyed on the ground at the Rapopo and Tobera airfields during the tw'o-hour assault. A destroyer and gunboat were the warships sunk. A 6.000-ton cargo boat also went down and another of similar size and a corvette were damaged severely. A Liberator patrolling off Kavieng. New Ireland, bombed and sank an 8.000-ton trans port crowded with troops. Yugoslav Partisans Smash Nazi Attempt To Land in Dalmatia Capture of Two Towns By Tito's Followers Reported on Mainland By the Associated Prc«s. LONDON, Oct. 20.—Yugoslav Partisan forces have smashed a German sea-borne attempt to land troops on the Dalmatian coast and two nearby islands in the Adriatic, a communique is sued by Drug Tito's headquar- i ters and broadcast by the Free Yugoslav radio said today. The landing attempts, the bulletin declared, were directed against the Peljesac Peninsula, which Juts northwestward into the Adriatic be tween Split and Dubrovnik, and against the islands of Hvar and Mljet, which guard the approaches to those ports. The Yugoslavs said the islands and peninsula were firmly in their hands. The importance of the islands in the Balkan picture was emphasized by the increased activity in that area. A communique issued Sunday by Allied headquarters in North Africa told of a sortie by small British craft between Mljet and Dubrovnik and said they withdrew undamaged under fire from German shore bat teries. Two Towns Captured. Fighting on widely-scattered main land fronts, today's Yugoslav bul letin said, was high spotted by the capture of two towns by Partisan forces—Bilece. 15 miles northeast of Dubrovnik in Herzegovina, and Nova Varos, northeast of Plevlje in Bos nia. Details of sharp clashes between the Patriots and German forces were carried in the communique. —(See YUGOSLAV, Page A-18.) Mussolini Reported Ready To Quit Puppet Regime By the Associated Press. BERN, Switzerland, Oct. 20—A Budapest dispatch to the Swiss newspaper Gazette de Lausanne said today that Benito Mussolini had in dicated his intention to resign as head of Italy’s "Fascist republican government” and had asked the di rectors of the party in Berlin to name Marshal Rodolfo Graziani as his successor. The dispatch said the former Duce never had left Germany, although he was reported to have returned to Rome from Germany after his "lib eration" by Nazi parachutists. Ital ians in Budapest, the dispatch add ed, said Mussolini had never ac tively participated in the new gov ernment, which was "against his heart.” Gen. Marshall Gives Army Air Arm Status Of Autonomous Unit New Order Establishes Principle of Equality With Ground Forces By the Associated Press. Equality of the Army Air Forces with ground troops has been established formally by order of Gen. George C. Marshall.! Chief of Staff, in a step which, appears to employ the principle of a separate air arm without an actual divorcement. A manual governing the com mand and employment of air power, in use quietly for three months, de scribes the land and air forces as "co-equal and interdependent," neither being an auxiliary of the other. It provides specifically that a the ater commander must not attach Army Air Forces to ground units except when such units "are operat ing independently or are isolated by distance or lack of communica tions.” Thus has been written plainly into the War Department's field service regulations a principle al ready widely in use in this war autonomy of air and land forces with a single theater to co-ordinate their efforts. The principle has been demon strated in the Mediterranean, the South Pacific and the Aleutians— wherever, in fact, American forces have been in major contact with the enemy. President Roosevelt, responding to a Senatorial plea for establishment of a separate air force, said recently that such a change at tha, moment might be a serious impeaiment to plans already mapped, but added that consideration is being given constantly to the need for such a revision. He pointed out, too. that the chief of the Air Forces. Gen. Henry H. Arnold, is a four-star general, hold ing rank equal to the chief of the Land Forces. The new rules provide that "the (See AIR FORCES, Page A-18.) Ten Utah Deer Hunters Killed Within Four Days B5 the Associated Press. SALT LAKE CITY, Oct. 20.—A posse started into snow-covered mountains at daybreak today to bring out the frozen bodies of Utah’s ninth and tenth fatalities in the State's 4-day-old deer hunting sea son. Nine other hunters have been wounded and two are missing. Another, William Hunter, 25, of Pleasant Grove, missing 24 hours, was found late yesterday, with both arms frozen tightly around a tree. He was hurried to a hospital at American Fork. Writer Assails 'Morale' Angle In News of Naples Mine Blasts By WILLIAM H. STONEMAN, Foreign Correspondent of The Star and Chicago Daily News. NAPLES. Oct. 10 (Delayed).— There seems to be some confusion about those receptions, many of them highly lethal, which the Ger mans arranged for us in Naples. The censor, for some reason best known to himself, allowed corre spondents to mention two big ex plosions—first, the one that occurred m the Naples post office October 7, and the second, that which hap pened October 10 at another place in Naples and which was equally dam aging. In allowing as to mention the post office explosion, and the time it | occurred, the censor allowed us I to tip off the Germans that their time bombs were working and which particular ones worked best and when. would be a great morale builder if we advertised that the Germans killed several dozens of innocents and soldiers by time bombs. The same censor who allowed the dispatch of this invaluable news by radio refused to allow this corre spondent to mention the following pertinent fact which was already known to our enemies: Extensive mining of cities evacu ated by troops during general re tirement has been established mili tary practice for years and was rec ognized as fair practice by all the Allied Nations when the Russians heavily mined Kiev before their 1941 retreat. Many Germans were blown up at Kiev and German complaints were ridiculed. What we ought to do when we reach mined cities is to stay clear of them unless, or until, we are able to detect the mines and forget about the “morale building" angle. (Copyritnt, 1943, Chicago Daily News, Inc.) Reds Capture Key Rail City Of Pyatikhatka Lines 70 Miles West Of Dnepropetrovsk Breached by Drive By the Associated Press. LONDON, Oct. 20 —Unleash ing a mass power drive which breached the "impregnable” Ger man defense lines southeast of Kremenchug, Red Army troops have captured the key rail junc tion of Pyatikhatka, 70 miles west of Dnepropetrovsk, to cut a main Nazi escape corridor in one of the bloodiest battles of the great 1943 Russian offensive. Pour crack divisions were routed by the tank-supported Russian at tack, which rolled westward for from 9 to 12 miles yesterday to liberate more than 100 towns, said a broad cast Moscow communique announc ing the fall of Pyatikhatka. Mere than 1.800 Nazi officers and men were reported captured, and at the end of the day's fighting the German garrison at Dnepropetrovsk was left with but a single railroad line running southwest to Nikolaev on the Black Sea, severance of which would isolate the large Nazi forces crowded in the pocket of the big Dnieper River bend. (Moscow dispatches said the Nazis were hurling in fresh di visions of men, tanks and artil lery in an attempt to halt the Red Army's flanking drive west of the Dnieper which menaced the whole German position inside the Dnieper River elbow. The advance actually put the Reds west of the Crimea, leaving the Nazis in their worst position since Stalingrad.1 Mach Booty Abandoned. Huge amounts of booty were aban doned by the Germans at Pyatik hatka. which lies astride the main rail line between Znamenka and Dnepropetrovsk, the Soviet war bul letin said. Fifteen fully-loaded rail- j way trains. 30 tanks. 172 guns and 1,300 motor trucks were included in the day's bag, the Russians said. Further Red Army progress was reported north and south of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. Here So viet troops "completed the annihi lation of remnants” of motorized Nazi units striving to prevent en circlement of the great stronghold, the communique said. South of Gomel, southern anchor of the German defense lines in White Russia, the Russians swept more Germans from the Dnieper Sozh triangle and further extended their bridgeheads on the west bank of the Dnieper below Rechitsa on the road to Poland. More than 2.800 German officers and men were slain in yesterday’s battles. Demolition in Kiev. Henry C. Cassidy, Associated Press w-ar correspondent in Moscow, said advices from the Ukraine indicated the Germans had started huge de molitions in Kiev. Tremendous ex plosions could be heard far east of the Dnieper, he said. Forcible evacuation of Kiev’s pop ulation of 150.000 also was reported by Mr. Cassidy. According to the Russians, he said, civilians are being driven west along the road to Zhito mar in two groups, destined for slave labor camps in Germany. Weaklings unable to walk are be ing shot without mercy, the Russians declared, adding that between 12, 000,000 and 13.000.000 residents of the Ukraine were likely to xe exter minated by the Germans before the end of the war. U. 5. Bombers Attack Western Germany Heavy Precision Assault On Targets Indicated By the Associated Press. LONDON, Oct. 20.—American heavy bombers, supported by Thunderbolts and Spitfires, attacked targets in Western Germany today. It was the seventh major oper ation of the month for the American heavy bombers, but their first since the destructive smash at Germany’s big bearing plant at Schweinfurt last, Thursday. The fact that both Thunderbolts and Spitfires accompanied the big bombers suggested a heavy precision assault on some German war-pro duction target. In recent weeks most of the raids have been sup ported by Thunderbolts alone. A small force of German air raid ers dropped bombs at widely sepa rated places in Eastern England last night, touched off the fourth successive night alert in London and caused some casualties. Four persons were killed by a bomb which dropped in one suburb ot the capital and 12 others were buried by fading debris, but they were rescued alive. There was no indication of any large-scale RAF activity over the continent during the night. Richard Standish Dies MONTPELIER. Vt„ Oct. 20 </P).— Richard Standish, 69, who claimed to be the last direct descendant of Miles Standish, died at his home yesterday. He was postmaster from 1935 to 1940, retiring because of ill ness. @ER TO SEE IND FRONT LOOKS :OME HOME WITH j OU THE FIRST FRONT l< ASHINGTON. / House-to-House Canvassing Begun in War Fund Drive Three Divisions Report Collections Of 36 Per Cent of District's Goal (Pictures on Page B-l.) The drive for a $4,800,000 Com munity War Fund spread from business offices to homes today as hundreds of solicitors from the Metropolitan Division of the fund began ringing doorbells all over the city. The start of house-to-house can vassing is the fourth and last phase of solicitation to reach the District's goal of support for local agencies, United Nations Relief, aid to pris oners of war, and United Service Organizations. Three other divisions Advance Gifts, Business and Finance and Government—have so far collected $1,737,000, about 36 per cent of the total. These three divisions will continue to work in large business offices as the Metropolitan Division concen trates on residential areas. All four | divisions will meet for a general re port meeting at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Hall of Flags, Chamber of Commerce. Metropolitan workers were spurred , to their work today by the appeals ^Representative Judd. Democrat, of _'See WAR FUND. Page A-18.~ Dr. Ballou Requests Retirement Because Of Poor Health Served as Superintendent Of Washington Schools For 23 Years Dr. Frank W. Ballou, superin tendent of District public schools for 23 years, has asked the Board of Education to retire him be cause of ill health, it was learned today. The request for retirement was to be acted on late this afternoon at a board meeting. It is understood that Robert L. Haycock, veteran of 48 years in the school system and now acting superintendent, will be J elevated to the superintendency in Dr. Ballou's place. i Dr. Ballou was on sick leave from January to July. Since he has been on sick leave without pay. His re quest for retirement has been made at the advice of physicians, it was learned. Came Here in 1920. Dr. Ballou came here in 1920 from the . assistant superintendency of the Boston public schools. A native of Fort Jackson. N. Y., he has had teaching experience from the one room rural school to the large metro politan school. He has often been ! praised by his Board of Education for his "administrative ability, pro fessional outlook and regard for the best interests of the children of i Washington." On his 20th anniversary 100 asso ciates honored Dr. Ballou at a din ner. In addition, an issue of the Journal of the Education Associa tion of the District of Columbia was devoted entirely to educational strides made during his administra (See ~ BALLOUr Pa ge~A-6j 3 Navy Planes Missing; Total of 6 Aboard By the Associated Press. BOSTON, Oct. 20.—Three Navy plants carrying a total of six men were reported missing by 1st Naval District headquarters today after night training flights from the Naval Auxiliary Air Facility on Marthas Vineyard Island. The announcement said there was a pilot and an enlisted man aboard each of the planes. Naval officials said an extensive | search was in progress. Officials here said that hecause ;/Javy flyers are equipped with float ing gear for all over-water flights authorities were not conceding the men as lost. The identities of the plane crews were not made public. Bank Deposits Here Gain $60,490,208 Since June 30 Washington banks and trust companies increased aggregate deposits by $60,490,208 in the period from June 30 to October 18, it was learned today after a condition call was issued by the Controller of the Currency. The huge increase was mainly due to Treasury funds still held by the banks in connection with the recent War bond drive. They will be withdrawn by the Treasury as needed. Deposits in Capital banks on October 18 totaled $714,870,781 compared with $654,380,573 on June 30. an all-time peak. (Details in Financial Section.) Senator Capper Urges Systematic Program To Wipe Out Slums Kansan Calls for Fight On Blighted Areas to 'Save' Nation's Capital A systematic program to wipe out one slum area each year in Washington and build the houses needed to replace them was urged today by Senator Capper of Kansas, ranking minority member of the District Com mittee. Giving his reactions to the recent inspection he has been making of the blighted areas, with Senator Burton, Republican of Ohio, the Kansan said: ‘ I cannot emphasize too strongly my belief that the fight against the slums is a fight for the actual pres ervation of the Nation's Capital. If we do not destroy the slums, unques tionably they will destroy us.” Would Restore Fund. Senator Capper also recommended that Congress restudv its action of last year In substituting a flat ap propriation for the revolving fund of the National Capital Housing Authority, by which it formerly kept up its properties out of receipts and unexpended balances. "I think this action ought to be restudied in the light of later de velopments. because there is reason to doubt whether the direct appro priation method is the best and most economical way to finance the con tinuing operations of a local hous ing authority,” the Senator said. "When one considers that, with its $865,000, the Authority has prop (See CAPPERTPage A-18.) Gestapo Executes 10 For Aiding Norwegians By ths Associated Press. STOCKHOLM, Oct. 20 — Execution of 10 Norwegians, accused by the Nazis of being British agents train ing Norwegian patriots for revolt and supplying the underground with British weapons, was announced in a special communique by the Ger man Gestapo in Oslo last night. The communique hinted at some of the operations of the under ground, which is growing ever more menacing to the Germans, who have been forced to withdraw at least 40,000 troops from Norway for the defense of Europe. Trainmen's President j To Refuse Approval of Raise of 4c an Hour Brotherhood Chairmen Meet in Chicago Friday; Strike Vote Is Rumored By the Associated Press. CLEVELAND, Oct. 20—Presi dent A. F. Whitney of the Broth erhood of Railroad Trainmen said today he would not recom mend acceptance of a 4-cent' hourly pay increase approved last month by the President’s' Emergency Board for Railroad Operating Employes. Mr. Whitney made his announce ment as he prepared to attend a meeting of brotherhood general chairmen in Chicago Friday and as railroad workers indicated a Nation wide strike vote might be taken. Four other brotherhoods which, with the trainmen, asked a 30 per cent wage increase, will meet in Chicago the same day, and the atti tude of these five organization is expected to determine whether a strike vote is conducted. “I will not recommend to that meeting an acceptance of the 4-cent increase which the President's emergency board reported on Sep tember 25.” Mr. Whitney declared in a prepared statement. “This wage case, which involves more than 350.000 transportation workers, has been kicked around by Government stabilization function aries since the hearing of the case was concluded by the emergency board in mid July. Nonoperating Unions Plan To Appeal Vinson Decision Railroad brotherhoods may appeal to the courts from the decision of Fred M. Vinson, economic stabil ization director, setting aside a wage award by a board functioning in accordance with the Railway Labor Act, it was disclosed today as heads of the 15 nonoperating unions affected by his ruling continued their conference here. Some union leaders are reported to feel that the Railway Labor Act has. in effect, been scrapped by the authority over rail wages assumed by the stabilization director. Mr. Vinson refused to permit an eight-cent hourly award recom mended for the nonoperating broth erhoods by a wage panel, and then, it is said, blocked a sliding scale arrangement to which the brother hoods agreed. President Roosevelt President Roosevelt has called a meeting tomorrow of his combined Labor War Board which includes representatives of the AFL. CIO and the Brotherhood of Railway Train men. Army, Navy Approve Service Lapel Button By the Associated Press. Honorably discharged servicemen and servicewomen soon will be authorized to wear Government issued service buttons. Chairman Walsh of the Senate Naval Affairs Committee announced today. He said the Joint Army-Navy Per sonnel Board had approved the lapel buttons after he pointed out that men of draft age who had been dis charged from the armed services for physical reasons often were embar rassed because they could not wear uniforms. House Members Hear Secret War Talks by Army Chiefs By the Associated Press. i House members today got a “convincing” first-hand progress re port on the war from Gen- George C. Marshall, Secretary of War Stimson and other top-flight leaders of the Nation's military effort. In a half-hour talk behind the closed doors of the Congressional Library auditorium the Army Chief of Staff gave what some members described as "a straight-from-the shoulder discussion of what we have done, what is going on now and what we are planning to do on the fighting fronts.” Chairman Cannon of the Appro priations Committee called the pro gram, arranged at the request of House leaders, “very convincing.” Lt. Col. Larry MacPhail of the Army Public Relations Section said it was “an honest effort to acquaint the lawmakers with the problems we have confronted and which lie ahead.” * A large segment of the House got up long before the normal breakfast hour to attend the session, which also included an exclusive showing of war-action movies. Presumably the affair was to meet repeated demands of House mem bers that they be given some “in side” information such as Senators recently received from five col leagues who toured the war fronts. Other speakers were Maj. Gen. George B. Strong, who talked on "The Strength of the Axis”; Brig. Gen. F. A. Armstrong, who discussed “Strategic Bombing: Germany”: Lt. Col. Emmett ODonnell, on Far East air problems: Brig. Gen. Lawrence S. Kuter, on the general air war. and Maj. Gen. W. D. Styer, on lo gistics. Secretary Stimson limped slightly as he entered the auditorium, after slipping on the marble steps of the Library as he was entering the building. Mason Offers Five-Point Plan For Gallinger Commissioners Call Conference With Health Officials By DON S. WARREN. Moving promptly to carry out his promise of corrective meas ures at Gallinger Municipal Hos pital, Commissioner Guy Mason today recommended to the Com missioners an administrative re organization of the hospital de signed to assure better care of patients and better management. He left to the future any possible shakeup of personnel, saying such questions would not be taken up un til after the Commissioners received the impending report of the United States attorney. His recommendations include an immediate request for funds for em ployment of two assistant superin tendents at Gallinger, early con struction of a temporary new laun dry building to permit badly-needed expansion of the main kitchen, des ignation of a board of survey of staff physicians to make regular checkup on patients and a re quirement that the health officer or his deputy make regular visits to the municipal hospitals. Meeting Called. After he had outlined these pro posals today, the Commissioners called on Health Officer George C. Ruhland, Deputy Health Officer Daniel L. Seckinger, Gallinger Su perintendent Edgar A. Bocock and District Budget Officer Walter L. Fowler to meet with them at 10 a.m. tomorrow to consider the plans. Commissioner Mason emphasized that his proposals would not disturb the present medical staff setup, but would leave it under the present chief of staff. Admiral P. S. Rossiter, formerly chief surgeon of the Navy. The five detailed recommendations were: 1. That a supplemental appropria tion immediately be requested for the employment of two assist ant superintendents at Gallinger. One would be a personnel offi cer, whose chief duty would be to see that the hospital personnel is "properly used and does the work expected.” Also this officer would have the duty of procuring addi tional personnel needed through the usual channels. Other Would Be Engineer. The other assistant superintendent would be preferably an engineer and would have charge of all physical properties, including buildings, heat ing plants and the like. Mr. Mason emphasized that the value of the various buildings on the Gallinger reservation is placed at nearly $7,000,000. 2. That a temporary building be erected, if possible using brick man ufactured at the District penal in stitutions so as to avoid need for critical materials, to house the hos pital laundry and provide space needed for expansion of the mam kitchen. Mr. Mason said he had hoped necessary priorities would be forthcoming. He suggested this move as necessary since the war has stopped permanent building construction. 3. That there be created a board of survey consisting of three Gal linger staff physicians to examine each patient staying at the hospital as long as two months—this to be done every two months—to deter mine if the patients should stay in the hospital or be transferred to another institution or another Gal linger department, Mr. Mason said this would enable Supt. Bocock to to keep a better check on the condition of patients in his capacity as co-ordinator of all hospital serv ice. Would Examine Transfers. 4. That no Gallinger patient be transferred to the psychiatric ward unless the board of survey approves. In such cases the survey board would include no more than one psychia trist. Mr. Mason added that in cases of such transfer there first must be a full physical examination of the patient. 5. That the health officer or his deputy be directed to visit the three municipal hospitals once every three (See GALLINGER, Page A-18.) Brazil Begins Selecting Expeditionary Force B.v the Associated Press. NEW YORK, Oct. 20—Selection |of troops for the Brazilian Expe ditionary Force will begin today at two medical centers in Rio da Janeiro, a Brazilian domestic broad cast recorded by the Federal Com munications Commission said. Perfect physical fitness and a minimum height of 5 feet 5 inches will be required, the broadcast said. Soldiers failing to meet these re quirements will be placed in a "B" category and "held in readiness rs auxiliary troops," the announce ment, added. Vinson Speaks Tonight In Radio Forum Judge Fred M. Vinson, Eco nomic Stabilization Director, will speak this evening at the general membership meeting of the Washington Board of Trade at the New Willard Hotel. His remarks will be broadcast over the Blue Net work as a National Radio Forum presentation. The National Radio Forum is a Blue Network feature, arranged by The Evening Star and broadcast locally over The Evening Star Station, WMAL, at 10:30 p.m.