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Algiers, Nov. 2.—Allied 5th Army troops, battling against fierce enemy opposition, have pushed forward to occupy large parts of Massico Ridge and Matese Moun tain, two lofty anchors of the German line in Italy, headquar ters announced today. Gains placed the Allies within ar tillery range of Venafro, key com munications town near the center of the Massico-Vasto line running across Italy. Along the Mediterranean coastal area, British elements of Lt. Gen Mark W. Clark's army advanced 4 miles, seizing the town of Casanova high on the slope of Massico Ridge American troops farther inland won a good part of Matese. which dominates the Upper Volturno Val ley. British Gain Some Ground. The British 8th Army on the Adri atic side maintained steady pressure against the Germans, and gained some ground at the southern end of its front. One Allied officer described these developments as "very encouraging." but said the Nazis still were fighting fiercely to hold their mountain line from Massico Ridge to Vasto. They are not retreating, he said, but are being muscled out of strategic points; in bitter clases and at considerable cost to the Allied armies. The Massico and Matese anchors of the Germans might be described as "severely shaken,’’ this officer added. Fortresses Blast Fa tspezia. On the aerial front. Allied war planes fanned out in a broad arc of attack yesterday, with American Flying Fortresses blasting the naval base of La Spezia on Italy's west coast about 50 miles below Genoa Medium bombers pounded rail and shipping targets at Rimini and An cona on the Adriatic side. Fighters supported Yugoslav patriots by hit ting at enemy planes over Split in Yugoslavia. In the push to Casanova. British troops who had previously captured Noceileto drove forward across the rugged slopes, wiping out enemy pockets under heavy shellfire from German artillery behkid Massico Ridge. * They took the villages of Santa Croce and Carinola. and finally wrested Casanova from the enemy.! The town, perched at 1,000-foot alti tude. is of utmost strategic imort ance in efforts to win the whole of Massico Ridge. This ridge dominates the Lower Volturno Valley from its I southern slope, and the Garigliano River Valley from the northern slope In Position to Take Whole Ridge. The Allied commentator said Casanova's capture put the 5th Army on the read to capture of the whole ridge If driven off Massico. the Germans probably would have to retire to the Garigliano River banks: and then to the Aurunci Mountains north of that river. The ridge of Mount Matese. which runs in a northwesterly direction from Castello d'Alife, is about 40 airline miles inland from the coast. American forces who pushed up its side from'the Cantalupo area gained positions dominating an additional section of the upper Volturno Valley,! and brought Venafro within range of big guns. Between Massico and Matese. other British elements of the 5th Army who had taken Teano spread out north and northwest, taking important heights. nug^ru .mu iuuuuv l n i dill. The 8th Army's advances also were made in hard fighting over equally rugged and rain-soaked ter rain. So rough is the country that both armies are using horses and mules extensively to bring up supplies, and soldiers lug ammuni tion and other material over rocky crags and steep ascents. Official reports gave no details of the Flying Fortress attack on La Spezia. The heavy bombers also hit a bridge to the northeast. RAF Wellingtons followed up last night with a heavy raid on freight yards at Via Reggio north of Pisa, cutting the rail lines in several places. American B-25 Mitchells with Lightning escorts laid bombs on rolling stock, warehouses and shops at Rimini between Ancona and Ra venna. It is the junction for a double-track connection with Bo logna. Other Mitchells bombed the freight yards at Ancona, and in the harbor area hit a 500-foot merchant ship, touched off large explosions in the docks and caused heavy damage to shipbuilding yards. Late Bulletin Oakes Story Changed NASSAU </P).—Chief Justice Sir Oscar Bedford Daly sharp ly took a crown witness to task today for changing his testi mony in the trial of Alfred de Marigny for the murder of Sir Harry Oakes. The crown was seeking to prove De Ma rigny had no opportunity after the finding of the body to leave a fingerprint offered in evidence against him. But Corpl. Cleophas Knowles ad mitted under cross-examina tion he had left his post at the foot of the stairs on his own initiative and stood in the door of Sir Harry's bedroom near the head of the stairs. (Earlier Story on Page A-5.) Marines Land on Bougainville, Navy Drives Off Jap Warships Buka and Shortland Areas Bombarded . By Task Forces Covering Invasion B> the Associated Press. SOUTH PACIFIC ALLIED HEADQUARTERS. Nov. 2.— American marines landed on the Japanese stronghold of Bougain ville yesterday while task forces bombarded Buka and Shortland Islands, at either tip of Bougain ville, and routed a Japanese naval force without firing a shot. An enemy squadron of four light cruisers, accompanied by five or six destroyers, headed toward Bougain ville Island, but turned and fled when an American task force set out to meet them. "We hope Japanese naval forces will come down and give us a chance at them." said a spokesman for Ad miral William P. Halsey, jr., in pre dicting strong opposition on Bou ! gainville, last major enemy holding in the Solomons. Only slight resistance was encoun tered by the Marines, who bypassed the enemy's stronghold of Buin to ! land on Empress Augusta Bay under a screen of naval and air bombard ment. Admiral Halsey's spokesman described the operation as successful Occupation of Clioiseul and Treas ury Islands, both near Buin on the southeast tip of Bougainville, were reported progressing satisfactorily. The Bougainville operation, under command of Rear Admiral Theodore Wilkinson of Rosslvn, Va.. started shortly after midnight with a half hour bombardment of the Buka air field, between Bougainville and stra tegic Japanese-held Rabaul, by a United States cruiser task force. The (See PACIFIC, Page A-6.1 Early Senate Action On Moscow Pact Seen as Unlikely Lucas Calls for Vote, But Connally Insists On His Resolution SOVIET PRESS HAILS tripartite' talks as victory contribution. Page A-7 By The Associated Press. Caught off guard by the breadth of the Moscow declara tion. Senate postwar policy de baters today sidestepped pro posals to submit the four-power statement to a test vote. Declaring the Senate had been left far behind. Senator Lucas, Dem ocrat. of Illinois said he had sug gested to both supporters and critics of the Connolly resolution that they substitute the Moscow language and give it speedy approval. i "That would be in the nature of advice to the President as to the j kind of co-operation favored by the | Senate," Senator Lucas told a re porter. "It would strengthen our i hand internationally. For us to do i less than to approve the agreement jcould be in the nature of an anti climax." Connally Opposes Change. Senator Lucas' proposal, however, found no favor with Chairman Con nally and some other members of the Foreign Relations Committee, who said they were determined to continue fighting for the pending resolution, which would pledge the United States to join with other nations m preserving the peace. On the other hand, Senators Pep per. Democrat, of Florida; Ball. Re publican. of Minnesota, and Hatch. Democrat, of New Mexico said they felt they could not abandon their struggle to specify the use of mili tary force if necessary to suppress; aggression. Several Senators said they gladly would vote approval of the Moscow declaration, but none wanted to initiate a test. There was no apparent opposition; to the agreement, wnich put repre sentatives of the United States. Great Britain, Russia and China on record as recognizing the neces sity of establishing a general inter national organization, open to large and small states, for the mainte nance of peace. Because the declaration spells out postwar aims in much greater de tail than either the Connahy re.-o lution or the Pepper amendment, some felt the Senate was left in the position of debating at length a pol- ■ icy that already had been enlarged on by this Government through ex ecutive action. There remains, of course, the question of how far the Senate will go in supporting this policy, and debate over that angle promises to last for several days. Secretary of the Navy Knox today described the agreement as “equiva lent of an all-out victory." He added at a news conference (See POSTWAR. Page A-6.1 ~ Cruiser Savannah Hit By Bomb Off Salerno Some of Crew Killed In Blast on Gun Turret (Pictures on Page A-7.) By the Associated Press. Hit by a German bomb off Salerno, the light cruiser Savannah was damaged and some members of Iter crew were killed and wounded, the Navy said today. The bomb landed on top of a gun turret. Flames started by the ex plosion were brought under control in 20 minutes, while Navy doctors were treating the wounded men. The ship carried on in support of the landing troops and continued to operate effectively, the Navy said. The Savannan was assigned a covering job with the cruisers Boise, Philadelphia ancl other naval units. The Navy said next of kin of all reported casualties aboard the Sa vannah had been notified. The cruiser was commanded by Capt. Robert W. Cary, 53, Kansas City, Mo., who w'as uninjured. Leaders Issue Appeal For Million Needed For War Fund Goal Willett Says Capital Must Head List of Oversubscribed Drives BULLETIN. Community War Fund con tributions climbed to within $1,000,000 of the $4,800,000 goal this afternoon^ when pledges of $3,802.890—TO per cent of quota—were reported at the United States Chamber of Commerce. Community War Fund solici tors faced the hardest period of their campaign for $4,800,000 to day as Coleman Jennings, cam paign chairman, announced that 25.4 per cent of the total is still uncollected. "This last 25 per cent will show the stuff that is in us and in the com munity we are serving," he said. "If the spirit is there—and I know that it is—wre will reach our goal." The total so far Is $3,681,769.50— 74.6 per cent of the quota. Best per centage among hte eight divisions working is Advance Gifts, with 816 centage among the eight divisions to begin soliciting, Fairfax Countv, reported only 10 per cent of its $31,500 quota today. Leaders of the 1.900 solicitors working on the campaign were scheduled to meet again this after noon at the United States Chamber of Commerce to note new gains on the huge 200-foot chart hung across the south wall of the Hall of Flags. Olsen and Johnson, stars of the show. “Sons O' Fun." at the National Theater, planned to appear briefly. The Metropolitan Police Band was scheduled to play. Willett Makes Appeal. “Washington. Capital City of the world, must head the list of over subscribed campaigns," Herbert L. Willett, jr„ executive director of the drive, commented on the lagging re turns here. Cleveland, a city com parable to Washington in size, he said, has already oversubscribed its larger quota of $5,500,000. Donations are still pouring in there, Mr. Willett added. Many other cities also have made their quotas, he said, and drives were also oversubscribed in Canada. Amounts collected by the various Washington drive divisions are as follows: Advance Gifts. $450,515— 81 per cent of quota; Business and Finance, $1,059,514.23—78 per cent: Government. $1,877,527.21—78 per cent; Metropolitan. $104.909—46.9 per cent; Arlington. $6,653—13.7 per cent; Fairfax. $3,230—10 per cent; Montgomery County. $34,042—39 per cent, and Prince Georges, $10,576— 32 per cent. Mr. Willett said a number of workers here have personal reasons for their anxiety to see the drive succeed. He cited as an example Mrs. R. Wallace McClenahan. a vice chairman of the Metropolitan Di vision, whose husband, a colonel in the Army Air Forces, has been over seas for 18 months. Story of Soldier in Pacific. Besides her interest in the welfare of her husband and his men. Mrs. McClenahan told fund officials, she has been deeply moved by the story of a soldier who wanted Washington to make its last year’s fund quota. "Kentuck." as his friends called him. had lived here most of his life and was bitterly disappointed when he read between battles in the South Pacifig that last year’s drive here had failed. "When I told his friends that Kentuck’ would read of a successful campaign this year.” Mrs. McClena han concluded, “they told me he was dead—killed in action two months ago. I always feel I am soliciting for him as well as for my husband and his men.’’ Hungary Orders Home Troops in South Russia By the Associated Press. LONDON, Nov. 2.—A Reuters dis patch from Ankara today said that Hungary had ordered home all her troops supporting the German armies in South Russia. Ankara reports, the dispatch said, estimated that Hungary had 90.000 troops doing garrison duty in the area south of Kiev. Kussian forces Penetrate Deep Into Peninsula (Map on Page A-K.) By the Associated Press. LONDON, Nov. 2.—The Ger mans asserted today that Rus sian forces had landed in the [Eastern Crimea north and south of Kerch. Moscow dispatches declared other Red troops were | compressing the Nazis into the ! peninsular death trap with a j fresh advance from the sealed 1 northern entrance, j “The Germans immediately start ed a counterattack which annihi lated the main part of the Bolshe viks who had landed and compressed the remainder on a narrow space immediately near the coast," a DNB dispatch broadcast by Beilin said of the Kerch landings. Russian troops which cleared the Western Caucasus had stood on the Taman Peninsula opposite the 'Crimea across the shallow Kerch Straits for several weeks. Russia’s jold fleet dominates the Black Sea [into which the Crimea juts. Reds Move Deep Into Crimea. Moscow advices said the 4th Uk rainian Army of Gen. Feodor Tol bukhin had moved deep into the Crimea beyond captured Armvansk against growing German counterat tacks. All land exits from the penin sula, the “Florida of Russia." were cut off with the capture of Perekop yesterday. Tolbukhin was declared pushing' tanks, atmored cars. Cossack cavalry and armed motorcycles swiftly into the prized Crimea. Another arm of the 4th Ukrainian Army which seized Perekop appeared moving northwestward toward Kherson. 60 miles away on the route to Odessa and Rumania. Tolbukhin's men thrusting into the Crimea were aimed at Dz.han Koi. main railway junction of the Crimea, from which lines run south to Simeferopol and Sebastopol and east to Feodosia and Kerch. Indicating quickening pace of the German retreat in South Russia, the Nazi communique said Hitler's troops were heavily engaged against “advancing Russian speed forma tions." 6.000 Germans Captured. A Reuters dispatch saicj big groups of Germans were wandering aim lessly over the Tavrida Steppes in South Russia, giving themselves up to the Russians after being cut off from their units. At midnight the Russian communique announced the capture of 6.000 Germans at Pere kop. The Reuters dispatch said the Germans were abandoning guns and every vestige of heavy equipment. Immediately ahead of the Rus sians driving south from Parakop and Armvansk in the Crimea was another desolate steppe extending from Dzhankoi to Kurman-Kemilt chi. There was no Indication that the Germans might attempt to stand in this stretch. The next natuial defense position is in the hills and valleys of Sarabuz. 43 miles south of Dzhabkov. The Red Army gave the Germans a furious battle in these hills a year and a half ago when Hitler’s j swift hordes were pouring into the j Crimea. Nazis Deny Evacuation. The German radio denied that the Crimea had been evacuated. "A German military spokesman assured, on the contrary, that very strong German forces are stationed (See RUSSIA. Page A-6.) 10 Marines, 2 Navy Men Die In 3 Naval Plane Crashes Es the Associated Press. NORFOLK. Va.. Nov. 2—Twelve Navy and Marine Corps officers and men lost their lives in three separate plane crashes in Tidewater Virginia and North Carolina yesterday. Names of the 10 marine victims are being withheld by the 5th Naval District until next of kin have been , notified. Six marines were killed when their Navy land plane exploded as it was readying for a take-off at the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point. N. C. A naval board of inquiry is investigating. Four other marines lost their lives ■when their Navy land plane crashed near Windsor, N. C., on a routine training flight. Two naval officers were killed when their Navy land plane crashed near Fentress, in Norfolk County. They were identified as Ensign John P. Walker, Clarence. Mo., and En j sign Harry G. Storey, Chicago. Light Vote Forecast In Off-Year Elections In Seven States Today Roosevelt and Willkie Permit Use of Names In Campaigns ARLINGTON COUNTY contests bring out heavy vote; Fairfax. Alexandria balloting light. Story on page A-3. By the A 'Oeiatrd Pr**s<. A light vote was forecast in off-year elections in seven States today, but the politicians were watching the results for an indi cation of the 1944 trend. President Roosevelt and Wendell L. Willkie allowed their names to be used in the local campaigns. Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York, still counted as a distinct presidential nomination possibility despite his disavowals, took an active part in his home State. Mr. Roosevelt's opinions were thrust into the Philadelphia mayor alty fight. The President sent a letter of approval for William C. Bullitt, former Ambassador to Rus sia and France, who is the Demo cratic nominee against the Republi can incumbent, Bernard Samuel. President Assails Pamphlet. The President, in a letter pub lished by the Democratic Philadel phia Record, described as "a mass of falsehoods’’ a campaign pamphlet which the newspaper — supporting Mr. Bullitt—said bore the imprint "issued by the Republican Central Campaign Committee." Mr. Willkie and Gov. Dewey teamed in New York behind State Senator Joe R. Hanley for the lieu tenant governorship, vacated by death. Mr. Roosevelt and James A Farley supported William N. Haskell New Jersey Republicans sought to return to power in the statehou.se behind the gubernatorial candidacy of Walter E. Edge, who served as chief executive before. Democrats put up Vincent J. Murphy. Newark Mayor and AFL labor executive. Kentucky to Elect Governor. In Kentucky, the Democrats con centrated on the size of the majority for J. Lyter Donaldson, their guber natorial candidate, against Republi can Simeon S. Willis. Mississippi formally chose the Democratic can didates for State offices, Virginia balloted on the Legislature makeu); and Michigan’s local contests were highlighted by a spirited Detroit mayoralty battle in which the city's recent race riots were an issue. Sandwiched in with tire regulai voting are two special elections tc fill congressional vacancies. Voters in Pennsylvania's 23d district wil' choose a successor to Representative James E. Van Zandt, Altoona Re publican who is now in the armec forces, and New York's 32d district will pick a replacement for Repre sentative Francis D. Culkin, Repub lican, who died. Court Clears Aurelio Of Disbarment Charges NEW YORK. Nov. 2 <JP).—A four judge court yesterday dismissed dis barment charges against Thomas A. Aurelio and confirmed a referee’s report that Mr. Aurelio did not ‘See ELECTIONS. Page A~-3.) ~~ Senior High Schools to Excuse Students for Jobs After Dec. 10 Senior high school students in good scholastic standing will be excused by their principals after December 10 to take Christmas season jobs in post ofljces and de partment stores, Dr. Chester W. Holmes, assistant superintendent in charge of senior high schools, announced today. For the first time, he said, princi pals have agreed on December 10 as the day they will excuse any student with ‘'good grades” who wants to make Christmas money. Formerly principals decided the question in dividually and dismissal days varied widely among the schools. Christ mas jobs have been permitted to good students for many years, he said. This administrative decision for senior high schools. Dr. Holmes'em phasized, is entirely separate from a proposal now pending before the Board of Education to dismiss the A entire student body from December 19 to January 2 for Christmas jobs. Usually Christmas vacation would begin four days later, December 23. Vincent Burke, postmaster, has made a request, however, for about a thousand boys and girls to work in post offices during the last week before Christmas. A part-time train ing course for some of these stu dents has already started at the post office. The board is expected to decide the vacation issue tomorrow. Whatever is decided. Dr. Holmes said, senior high school students in good standing may apply for Christmas leave any time after the 10th of the month. Baltimore school officials are con sidering dismissing senior high school students early in the after noon during the entire month of December, to comply with requests of merchants for additional help. 4-Cent Postage Plan Rescinded By Ways and Means Group $2,035,000,000 Left in New Tax Bill After House Committee Backs Down ?v *hf A -or;:-! i Press. The House Ways and Means ! Committee back-tracked today ion the out-of-town letter rate, agreeing to leave the charge of 3 cents Instead of raising it to 4 cents, as previously approved. T’.ie committee also rescinded pre | vious action doubling the taxes on [cigars. The action left $2,035.000 000 in the new tax bill, against administration requests for $10,500.000 000 in addi I tional revenue. I Chairman Doughton said S120 000, 000 was lost by cutting back the out of-town first class letter rate, and $28 000.000 by throwing out the in crease in cigar taxes. The committee did not disturb other agreed on increases in postal and excise rate.s._ The in-town first class letter rate "increase, from 2 to 3 cents, was sustained as was the air mail rate boost of 2 cents from 6 to 8 cents. Tlie committee, meanwhile, took up a proposal by Representative Disney, Democrat, of Oklahoma that a congressional budget committee be created to act as watchdog on Fed eral spending. However, the proposal—which is supported by both Democrats and (See TAXES, Page A-7.(~ Police Seeking Sailor In Disappearance of New York Girl, 14 Cab Driver Gives Clue in Abduction of Daughter Of Society Couple By *h- Associated Press. NEW YORK. Nov. 2.—Police broadcast a general alarm today for the arrest of Edward j. Moore. 20-vear-old sailor, who, , they said, was wanted on a charge of abduction in the dis appearance of Margaret Leigh ton Moore. 14, member of a prominent Park avenue family. The alarm was broadcast, police ! said, after Harry Nagle, a taxi driv er. reported a couple answering de scriptions of the sailor and girl, rode in Ins cab to the Pennsylvania Sta tion at 3 a.m. yesterday. Miss Moore was last seen Sunday in the com ; pany of two sailors in Central Park. Police quoted Nagle as saying he I picked up a sailor and girl in Times | Square and overheard them plan ning what they would do when they I reached Norfolk. Va. Stations Checked. Earlier, a check of bus terminals, i railroad stations and night clubs had failed to produce a lead on the whereabouts of Miss Moore, last seen Sunday in the company of two sail ors in Central Park. Miss Moore was walking with a I girl companion when the sailors : spoke to them, according to police, who said the other gir l slapped the face of one man who held her arm and announced: "I'm going home.” The Moore girl was last seen talk ing with the men. police added. One of the sailors, Robert H. j Hendry, who said he recognized the | girl from newspaper photographs, voluntarily went to police last night and said he had left her with his friend in the park. Companion Took Funds. Hendry said he and his shipmate had been rooming at the Brook lyn YMCA. He said they kept their extra money in a common en velope and that he had found $20 missing. In its stead, he said, was a note bearing the shipmate’s name and declaring; "I will return the money I bor rowed soon. I'm going away with the girl.” Hendry asserted emphatically that, while he was at the park, there was no "rough stuff.” Police reported that an inquiry at the navy yard disclosed that Hendry's shipmate had not reported back to his ship and was listed as absent without leave. Tire girl is the daughter of Maj. and Mrs. David Dodge Moore, who are listed in the Social Register. Maj. Moore, a physician, now is serving in the European war theater. U. S. Plane Production Reaches All-Time High by the Associated Press. American plane factories turned out aircraft at the rate of virtually 100,000 planes a year during Octo ber, with a record-smashing output of almost 8.300 units, it was learned last night. Aircraft production in September was 7,598 units. The highest total production before October was 7,612 units in August. Major Test in Senate On Food Subsidies Expected This Week Hearing Set Thursday On Bill for Increase In Milk Prices By the Associated Press. President Roosevelt's appeal to Congress for authority to pay food subsidies to keep retail prices down faces a major test in the Senate this week. The Agriculture Committee, whose membership has been predominantly hostile to the subsidy principle, .arranged a hearing for Thursday to consider a bill which would knock out the present dairy feed subsidy to milk producers. It would require instead that the Office of Price Administration immediately boost milk prices 46 cents a hun dred pounds, the equivalent of 1 cent a quart. In addition, the bill would re quire the OPA within 90 days to fix milk' prices on a regional basis at a level high enough to offset increased production costs. Sen ; ators Eastland. Democrat, of Mis sippi and McClellan, Democrat, of Arkansas have said increases of as high as 3 cents a quart would be needed in some sections. Aiken Mentions Taxes. Senator Aiken, Republican, of Ver mont, said: "The President is trying to convince the residents of the metropolitan areas that subsidies benefit them. He forgot to men tion that it will take higher taxes to pay these subsidies." ! Senator Aiken predicted the mes ! sage sent to Congress yesterday ' wouldn’t have "the least bit" of j effect on the long-standing opposi | tion to subsidies. "I don't believe the message is ! going to change any votes." added Senator Bankhead. Democrat, of Alabama, antisubsidy leader and author of a bill to outlaw “roll back” food subsidy payments. “The President’s message points up the issue that Congress is going to have to dceide—whether the Fed eral Government is going to sub sidize consumers at the expense of the taxpayers at a time when con ' sumers are able to pay adequate prices for foods," he said. Ample Food Assured. In his message, Mr. Roosevelt ; assured the Nation that there will , "be enough food to go around.” Con i cerning subsidies, he said: 1 "I am convinced that to abandon I (See SUBSIDIES^ Page A-7.)~ Lebrun Reported Freed From Nazi Prison Camp i Ey the Associated Press. STOCKHOLM, Nov. 2.—Albert F. Lebrun, former President of France, has been freed from a German pris on camp in Bavaria and has re turned to his home in Grenoble, the Zurich correspondent of the news paper Dagens Nyheter reported in a dispatch today. The correspondent said M. Le brun’s release followed negotiations between Marshal Petain and Mar shal Karl von Runstedt and on the promise M. Lebrun would avoid all political action. The former French President was reported in Swiss dispatches August 28 to have been arrested by the Ges tapo. Parley on Coal Held by Ickes And Lewis Miners Under Orders From President to Return Tomorrow BULLETIN. Fuel Administrator Ickes today asked dealers to make coal deliveries only to those customers who have none In order to alleviate suffering and at the same time set up a Solid Fuels Administration field office here to assist deal ers and consumers in the emergency distribution of coal. (Earlier Story on Page B-l.) By the Associated Pre.'?. President John L. Lewis of the United Mine Workers conferred with Fuel Administrator Ickes for 45 minutes today as American flags were raised again over the Nation's strike-bound coal work ings, signaling Government seizure for the second time this year. Neither Mr. Lewis nor Mr. Ickes— the latter is now authorized to enter into collective bargaining negotia tions with the UMW—would talk immediately about their parley. In the far-flung fields, where the latest work stoppage became nearly 100 per cent complete yesterday, the miners marked time as the pits ! went through the transition to Fed eral control. President Rooaevelt, In ordering the mine seizure last night, an I nounced the pits would be opened ! by the Government tomorrow morn jing, and that "every miner will be I expected to be at his post of duty* at that time. 3*4.000 Miners Walk Out. Yesterday's general walkout af fected an estimated 374.000 bitumin ous miners, while anthracite workers were having a traditional All Saints’ Day holiday. A survey in Pennsyl vania todav indicated that only about 250 of that State's 80.000 hard coal diggers were back on duty. As the UMW's Policy Committee reconvened here, there was scant comment for publication in the coal : areas. In Alabama where this latest 1 stoppage had its inception over lack of a working contract, both operator and union spokesmen declined to I speculate on what tomorrow's devel j opments would be. i In Illinois some operators forecast a general resumption of work, and the Progressive Mine Workers of ! America < AFL), some of whose ! members joined yesterday’s stop jpage. announced Its membership j would be on the job tomorrow mom ; mg. West Virginia mine officials did ; not look for any rapid resumption of work. In that State, a spokes man for one worker group said, "This is the showdown, and this time we want a wage increase, we want our back pay and we want a i contract," but another group's spokesman asserted. "We shouldn't have quit work in the first place. The war effort should come first." Some coal being mined at scattered small workings, some of them non union. and maintenance crews were being generally maintained. Fortas at Conference, i It was indicated that Mr. Ickes \vould place the task of running the | mines with his Solid Fuel Adminis tration. instead of attempting to te : organize the special setup perfected j for this job with the first seizure ' last summer. Former Undersecretary of Interior Abe Fort a. . recently inducted into ,the Navy and now on special leave, j participated in today's conference | between Mr. Lewis and Mr. Ickes. Moving swiftly at the end of a day which saw the UMW Policy Com mittee making no effort to break up the walkout, President Roosevelt last night once more directed that the industry be taken over. "Coal must be mined.” the Presi dent said. "The enemy does not | wait. The failure to mine coal at this critical moment is impeding the prosecution of the war and endan gering the lives of our sons and brothers. The sons and brothers of the miners on the battlefields. ii-Krs 015ns seizure order. ‘'The mines will be opened by the Government on Wednesday morn ing. Every miner will be expected to be at his post of duty, ready to work for his Government,” Mr. Ickes immediately signed an order seizing all coal mines produc ing 50 tons or more daily where a work stoppage has taken place or is threatened. The president of the various coal companies affected by Mr. Ickes' order wrere disignated as operating managers. In Pittsburgh, a spokesman for (See COAL, Page A-6.) Chinese Repulse Japs Along Salween River 'Considerable Casualties' Reported Inflicted By the Associated Press. CHUNGKING. Nov. 2—Bitter fighting on widely-separated fronts in China was announced today along with a claim by the high command that Chinese have inflicted "con siderable casualties” on the Jap anese in their struggle for control of the west bank of the Salween River 80 miles north of the Burma road Pin East China the hotly-con tested town of Siaofeng. 35 miles northwest of Hangchow, has changed hands twice. The Japanese took it Saturday, two days after the Chinese had reoccupied it, but the Chinese again gained control yesterday when the enemy retreated northward. In the central "rice bowl” area American bombers struck in support of the Chinese and fighting con tinued in the area between Lake Tungting and the Yangtze River.