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ADVANCED ALLIED HEAD QUARTERS, New Guinea, Dec. 27.—United States marines swarmed ashore in two simul taneous landings in the Cape Gloucester area on the western tip of New Britain yesterday to establish a second invasion front on Japan’s island stronghold in the Southwest Pacific. Within two hours of both landings by veterans of the Guadalcanal cam paign. Gen. Douglas MacArthur's headquarters announced today, both beachheads were firmly established without the loss of a man. A heavy aerial and naval bom bardment accompanied the land ings. One ship—a small escort vessel— was lost and three were damaged in the operations in addition to seven planes destroyed. The Japanese, however, lost 36 bombers and 25 fighters in desperate attempts to stem the invasion tide. Domination of Straits. The landings, carried out in the parly morning hours, secure com plete domination of the Vitiaz Straits between New Britain and New Guinea. The first wave of leathernecks hit the shell-torn beach of Borgen Bay at, 7:30 a.rn.. December 26 <4:30 p.m. December 25. Eastern war timet and apparently encountered no serious opposition from Japanese ground forces. United States 6th Army troops severed the western route of the en emy supply line from Rabaul, Japan's chief base on New Britain, when they landed at Arawe on the southwest coast of the island, about 60 miles from Cape Gloucester. The main landing on the strategic cape was made near the foot of the muchly-bombed Target Hill, approxi mately 6 miles east of Cape Glouces ter and its airdrome. At the same time, a second marine force went1 ashore a few miles southwest of Gloucester. American forces also ocupied Long Island in Vitiaz Straits. Reports from the headquarters of: Maj. Gen. William H. Rupertus of Washington, commanding the in vasion troops, said his men, the ma jority of them veterans of Guadal-1 canal, were systematically pushing: through the jungle trails toward the! Cape Gloucester airdrome. I Climax to Bombardments. The landings came as a climax to a series of aerial bombardments of a scale new to the Pacific theater.1 Nearly 3.500 tons of bombs were j dropped on the vulnerable Cape • Gloucester area in almost daily raids] beginning December 1. In beating off Japanese aerial counterattacks. Allied flyers showed the same superiority which marked heavy week-end raids on enemy bases on New Britain and elsewhere In the Pacific area. Allied planes shot down at least 71 and probably 90 Japanese air craft In three attacks on Rabaul. At Kavieng. New Ireland, north of New Britain, the Japs lost one de stroyer. two large cargo ships and other smaller craft. The Japanese sent strongly-es corted medium and dive bombers against the Cape Gloucester beach heads and shipping. They were de feated at every turn, losing 36 bomb ers and 25 fighters. The one ship which the enemy managed to sink was caught by a direct hit. The three others suffered minor damage from near misses. Growing Power Cited. Gen. MacArthur. in a special com munique, said the Cape Gloucester campaign presages the Allies' grow ing command of the outer Bismark Sea on the sea lane to Truk, the Philippines and the Netherlands Indies. By advancing our air bases, it increases the air threat to! Rabaul’s supply lanes and will short ly bring the Kavieng and Admiralty; Islands area within the decisive reach of our land-based air attack. The Admiralty Islands are west of New Britain. The principal landing on Cape Gloucester was between Borgen Bay (See PACIFIcTPage A-3.7 Tito’s Forces Destroy Air Base Near Zagreb Nazi Seizure of Island Off Croat Coast Foiled | By the Associated Press. LONDON, Dec. 27 —Yugoslav Pa triots have penetrated the Zagreb area and destroyed the Velika Goritza air base, less than 10 miles southeast of the Croat capital, head quarters of Marshal Josip. Broz • Tito) announced today in a com munique broadcast by the Free Yugoslav radio. The communique credited another Yugoslav force with foiling a Ger man attempt to occupy an unidenti fied Island off the Croat coast. Units of the Italian Garibaldi Division, which went over to the Partisans after the fall of Italy, aided another Yugoslav unit in scoring what was called a “con spicuous success” in Montenegro be- j tween Plevlje and Bjelopolje, where a radio station and a large quantity j of wrar material were captured. In Croatia a train was derailed on the Zagreb-Belgrade Railway near Okucani, while in the Banat border area near the Hungarian frontier an attack resulted in the destruction of a large store of 169 truckloads of wheat and the derail ment of another train. An enemy garrison also was wiped out at Tovarnik near Sid, in Croatia, ■be communique said. Reds Advance On Zhitomir And Vitebsk By the Associated Press. LONDON. Dec. 27.—Two power ful Russian winter offensives smashed ahead today, menacing Zhitomir in the Kiev b*ulge and hammering on the approaches to Vitebsk, far to the north. , The 1st Ukrainian Army, in a [strong comeback in the Kiev sector, pushed the Germans back 25 miles on a 50-mile front, killing 15,000 of them, a Russian communique an nounced. while the 1st Baltic Army surged to within 8 miles of Vitebsk and severed virtually every escape route from the city. More than 20,000 Germans fell be fore the twin offensives in three days and hundreds of villages and ham lets were captured. i A British broadcast heard by CBS quoted the Germans as ad mitting lass of ground southeast of Zhitomir and describing the battle as raging in near-zero temperatures, in blizzards alter nating with icy rain.* The Moscon communique said that Gen. Nikolai F. Vatutin's forces had routed approximately 150.000 German troops in the Kiev bulge and had seized Radomvsl, 55 miles west of Kiev and 28 miles northeast (See RUSSIA, ]Page A-3.) ~~ Scharnhorst Sunk In Convoy Battle Off Northern Norway British Home Fleet Units Victorious Over Big German Battleship (Picture on Page A-2.) by the Associated Press. LONDON. Dec. 27. — British home fleet units sank the power ful, 26.000-ton German battle ship Scharnhorst in a blazing Arctic action off Norway last night, the Admiralty announced,! sending her down after she ventured from her lair pre-! sumably to strike at a convoy to Murmansk. Presumably the entire comple ment of about 1.400 men was lost as there was no word of survivors. The triumph—in apparently the greatest fight with the German Navy since the kill of the Bismarck Mav 27. 1941—virtually crippled Hitler's battle fleet, leaving as dam aged kingpins only the great Tir pitz and the Scharnhorst's sister ship the Gneisenau. The Scharnhorst was sunk in the Barents Sea off North Cape. Nor way’s northern tip. It was not dis closed whether American ships, sometimes reinforcing the home fleet, participated. An Admiralty communique gave few- deails. but a Berlin broadcast asserted the Scharnhorst went down after firing all her ammunition "in heroic battle" with other Nazi ves sels against larger British forma tions . Convoy Damage Claimed. The fight "lasted a considerable time." the Germans said, and "con siderable damage was inflicted on the convoy and on the British escort vessels.” Admiral Sir Bruce Fraser com manded the naval units which brought the Scharnhorst to bay after months of a cat-and-mouse game to lure the German surface fleet out to battle. It was revenge for the 55-year old Admiral Fraser, for he formerly was captain of the aircraft carrier Glorious, sunk by the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau off Norway June 9. 1940. with 1.074 of her crew missing and 130 known dead. The fact that Admiral Fraser com manded suggested that heavy Brit ish ships were engaged, possibly in cluding a battleship of the 35.000 ton King George V class armed with ten 14-inch guns. The Scharnhorst. bearing main armament, of nine 11-inch guns and normal complement of 1.461 men. had a speed of 29 knots, was launched October 3. 1936. and went into service January 7. 1939. Had Been in Hiding. At last, reports she was hiding in Alien Fjord in Norway near the Murmansk supply route. She, the Gniesenau and the cruiser Prinz Eugen ran the gantlet of the English Channel to the North Sea on a foggy February night in 1942, escaping from heavily-bombed berths in Brest. France. Forty-two British planes were shot down in a running fight, and the Admiralty admitted destroyer casu alties. But British airmen expressed confidence they had scored hits on the warships, and the battle cost 18 German planes. The Tirpitz, rated by experts as a 40.000 to 42.000 ton battleship, was damaged by British midget sub marines brilliantly invading Alten Fjord last September. The Gneisenau “probably is out of action for good." Admiral Sir Wil liam James, chief of the British naval information, said in a survey last October, while “the Scharn horst, Luetzow. Admiral Scheer, Prinz Eugen. and the Admiral Hip- j per have all been damaged more or less severely." The Luetzow and Scheer are 10,000-ton pocket battle ships. Hipper in Baltic Port. Advices from Stockholm a month ago said the 10,000-ton cruiser Ad miral Hipper w>as laid up in a Baltic port, the Prinz Eugen had been made over into a training ship, the Gneisenau was in use as an anti (See SCHARNHORSfTPage A-2T General Prepares to Leave for Britain For Invasion Post By the Associated Press. * ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Al giers, Dec. 27—Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, chosen to command the main Allied invasion of Eu rope from the west or north, flatly predicted today that “we will win the European war in 1944.” Cool, but dynamic, with careful choice of words, the Texas-born general made the unquali<ed pre diction as he faced American and [British correspondents at a farewell [ press conference before leaving for Britain to take up his new com mand. Previously he had held a series of conferences with Allied generals in Italy. The new invasion commander said he was resisting an impulse to qualify his prediction of victory in 1944 and modestly added that only time would tell whether he was the right man for the job ahead of him. Indicates Early Departure. He indicated he would leave soon to take over his new duties and said his task would be to create an Allied supreme staff to run the big invasion. “My own and personal job im mediately, of course, will be to do what we have done here. That is to weld the directing team together in such a way that no real friction ever develops: that people trust each other, work in unison and go into this thing with full weight. I be lievp we have developed here that sense of partnership which has come as near as humanly possible to elimination of the friction that has been typical of Allied actions in the past," he said. He added: "The only thing needed for us to win the European war in 1944 is for every man and woman, all the way from the front line to the remotest hamlet of our two countries, to do his or her full duty.” roints to Advances. In answers to questions whether he had been satisfied with the progress of the war against Ger many during the last year and if the year had been up to expecta tions, the general said the best way to answer that was for people in their own minds to compare the po sition of the Allies in October, 1942, with the position today. The general then reviewed the changes, pointing out that last year, with the Germans almost at the gates of Cairo. Malta hung bv a thread, and submarine warfare was at its height. Speaking of the campaign in Italy, the general pointed out that the sur render of the Italians had enabled the Allies to seize the heel of Italy, including the naval bases of Taranto and Bari, with a small expenditure, and dispose of the Italian fleet for a big gain in Allied naval fortunes. Expected Nothing More. He said he had expected nothing more and had prepared for nothing more, although he may have hoped that the surrender would give greater military advantages. Asked whether French forces would be used to attack Europe. Gen. Eisenhower said the French were being rearmed to fight the Germans and certainly would be in cluded in any such plans. Commenting on his recent trip to the Ital.an front, the commander in chief said he had been constantly amazed by the ability of American and English troops to acclimate themseives to appalling conditions 'See EISENHOWER?Page~A-27) U. 5. and RAF Bombers Set Fires in Bangkok By 1hc Associated Press. NEW DELHI. India. Dec. 27 — RAF and American heavy bombers, flying as one team in huge forma tions. attacked Bangkok, capital of Thailand. Thursday night and set fires visible 100 miles away, the Southeast Asia Command an nounced today. Many hits were scored on the rail way station, yards and adjacent buildings and in the arsenal area in this fifth strike at Bangkok, the communique said. Japanese airmen, striking back in a raid on Chittagong, Indian city just over the border from Burma, lost five planes to Allied fighters and another to an^-aircraft, while in flicting only light damage and casualties on the city. Apparently in support of American and Chinese forces carving a new Burma road" through North Burma, American fighters and fighter bombers carried out an Intensive, three-day bombing and strafing at tack on enemy positions throughout the Kukawng Valley. The assaults began December 22 and continued through Christmas eve. Nazis Claim Repulse Of Commando Attack By the Associated Press. LONDON. Dec. 27. —British French commando troops raided German defenses on the English Channel on Christmas eve, the Ger man high command declared yes terday, but were spotted as they 'tried to approach our wire entangle ment' and were "wiped out.” There was no confirmation from Allied headquarters of any raid by these specially trained troops. The attack presumably was made on the same day the greatest aerial force in history hammered the northern coast of France, and the day that President Roosevelt dis closed Gen Dwight D. Eisenhower had been chosen to lead the coming invasion of Europe from the west. < ,,---^ ..■mw /iHANK YOU,GENTLEMEN. YOUVE DONE A GREAT THIN&N ^FQR ME 5th Army Captures Important Heights on Road to Cassino American Troops Also Wedge In Closer to Village of San Vittore By the Associated Press. ALLIED HEADQUARTERS. Al giers, Dec. 27.—American troops of the 5th Army, attacking in driving rains, captured two im portant high points in the Mount Samucro Pass along the stoutly defended road to Cassino and wedged in closer to the village of San Vittore. Allied headquar ters announced today. British 8th Army forces brought up tana.-. to support their bloody house-to-house struggle for posses sion of Ortona, the Adriatic hitching post for the present German line in Italy, and succeeded in occupying two more blocks in the northwest corner of that battered port of 9,000 population which the Ger mans are trying to turn into a “little Stalingrad.” Nazi forces attempted to infiltrate into the southwest corner of the port as the slow methodical struggle continued but they were discovered and beaten off. And the Allied communique said the conquest was proceeding “street by street.” The tight for Ortona was In its eighth oav yesterday, with the Ger mans stubbornly dug in cellars and sewers. Nazis Fire Tollo. Indian troops completed their seizure of Villa Grande, a village 5 miles inland from Ortona and a mile north of the Ortona-Orsogna road. The Indians took 25 German soldiers and three Nazi officers prisoner and beat off two German columns wnich counterattacked with tanks. Billowing columns of smoke aris ing from Tollo disclosed that the Germans apparently were scorching that village 2 miles southwest of Ortona before withdrawing. All along the 8th Army front troops heard the continuous roar of artillery and mortar fire, British destroyers, operating off the Yugoslav coast to keep commu nications open with Partisan forces there, shelled the coastal town of Drvenik, just northwest of Split. Thursday night and sank a small boat. Meanwhile. American Marauders, getting off the ground in strong force despite adverse weather, blast ed the railway yards along the line connecting Florence with the west coast railway without meeting fight ers on antiaircraft fire. Railway Tracks Blasted. Thevjiit Prato and Pistoia. 10 and 15 mites northwest of Florence on the north branch of the two-way line to Pisca and Leghorn and tore up the tracks in the yards of Empoli. about 10 miles southwest of Flor ence, on the south branch. These raids were aimed at further crippling the Germans’ communica tion system which in recent days has been hit by attacks on the Brenner Pass line into Italy and the Riviera line from Southern France. Bombers also attacked the yards at Pisa and Portonuova on Satur day, while Spitfires wrecked two locomotives near Pedaso on the east coast and bombed a merchant ves sel near San Benedetto. Lt. Gen. Sir Bernard C. Freyburg, who foughtr in Crete and has com manded New Zealand forces over seas, is in command of the 2d New (See ITALY," Page A^2j Kronheim and International May Face License Hearings ABC Board Asks Data on Complaints Against District Liquor Wholesalers Thomas E. Lodge, chairman of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, said today he had asked the Federal Trade Commission for facts in their complaints against the liquor firms of Mil ton S. Kronheim & Son. Inc., and International Distributing Corp., 1119 Fourteenth street N.W., with a view to holding license revocation hearings in both cases. The FTC yesterday announced its action against the International Distributing Corp.. said to be one of the largest liquor wholesalers in Washington. Both companies have i been accused of refusing to sell whiskies to retailers unless they buy a stipulated quantity of wines and brandies at the same time. The Kronheim firm recently paid $200,000 to the Office of Price Ad ministration in settlement of charges of ceiling price violations. "The air has been full of rumors," Mr. Lodge said, when asked to dis cuss the possibility of other firms having violated liquor regulations. The ABC Board also has been con ducting investigations of jts own, Mr. Lodge said, but had not found any definite evidence of ‘'tie-in” sales. He said his inadequate staff might be the occasion of his board's failure to find evidence, where the FTC had been able to discover it. He said he had been asking for addi tional investigators for some time. "I think you will find there will be more than just these two cases," Mr. Lodge said of the FTC investi gation. He has not been informed, however, of any future action, and had not been informed in advance of either the Kronheim or the In ternational Distributing Corp. ac tion. Although he did not say definitely that revocation proceedings would be held by the board on the two companies cited, Mr. Lodge said he had asked FTC for the facts with possibility in mind of holding the hearings. He said the cases would nave to be reviewed by all the mem 'See LIQUOR—Page_A-27i Warm Weather Melts Ice on Streets; 400 Injured Over Holiday 26 Killed in Traffic Accidents on Roads In Maryland, Virginia BULLETIN. Mrs. Frances Waters. 50, 2916 Key boulevard. Arlington. Va„ died today in the Emer gency Hospital from injuries suffered this morning in an automobile collision on the Memorial Bridge. The car in which she was a passenger skidded on the ice and collided head-on with another auto mobile at 8 o'clock. Her death | was the first District fatality ; of the sleetstorm and the 97th | traffic fatality in Washington I for the year. Warmer weather today melted away the last icy spots on the streets and ended a nightmare of freak weather that descended on the District and the Atlantic Seaboard over the Christmas holiday week end. The ice that coated the District’s streets sent more than 400 persons to hospitals for treatment after falls and traffic accidents. Several were more seriously injured. But no deaths due to the ice were reported. Twenty-six persons were killed in traffic accidents on the glazed roads of Maryland and Virginia since Christmas eve according to a tally made by the Associated Press. Ex- j cept for an accident near Leesburg Friday that, took two lives, none of I the deaths reported was in the Washington metropolitan area. Phenomenon Explained. The phenomenon of weather that in a minute or two covered all hard-! surfaced roads with a thin coating of ice that made automobile and bus travel dangerous, if not impossible, (See WEATHER, Page A-137) Hirohito and Tojo Warn People j War Situation Is Most Serious By the Astociated Pres.«. Premier Hideki Tojo told the upper house of the Japanese Diet today that the Allied "counter offensive has become real and serious and fierce fighting is raging at various fronts,” the Tokio radio said in a broadcast recorded by United States Gov ernment monitors. In another broadcast, the Tokio radio told the Japanese people that recent Allied operations in the South Pacific had brought the war to “the decisive stage in which the rise or fall of our nation will be decided.” The Premier, in his capacity of Minister of War, reviewed recent military developments and, while ascribing great power to the Allied drive, insisted that the Japanese Army and Navy were "repulsing the enemy's counterattacks wherever confronted.” Situation "Most Serious.” Emperor Hirohito formally opened the 84th session of the Diet yester day, declaring that "the war situa tion is most serious" and that Japan must bring to bear total effort to defeat "the inordinate ambitions of the enemy.” The broadcast said that Tojo and Navy Minister Shigetaro Shimada addressed the House of Representa tives later today, after which both houses of the Diet went into recess until January 20. In an English language broadcast recorded by the Associated Press. Tojo was quoted as saying that the Japanese Army and Navy were (See JAPANESE, Page A-2.) Literacy Test Urged For District Voters If They Get Ballot Wender Makes Proposal As Hearings Continue On McCarran Measure By DON S. WARREN. Inclusion of a literacy test as a requisite for voting for city officials, if Washington is given an elected municipal govern ment. was proposed today by Harry S. Wender, president of the Federation of Citizens’ Asso ciations, as hearings were re sumed on the McCarran ’'home rule” measure. A dozen witnesses were scheduled to testify before members of the Senate District Committee today in what was expected to be the last session of the hearings. At the out set only a half-dozen were present but the hearings were to be con tinued all day if necessary to com plete the record. Mr. Wender said he believed a literacy test would be advantageous and he voiced belief there would be no serious opposition to its adoption Many States make use of such tests he said, suggesting that literacy standards could be established by the Board of Education. Indorsed Test Earlier. Mr. Wender explained the fed eration, in its recent actions on the McCarran bill, did not mention the literacy test, but that it had voted in favor of such a requirement when acting earlier on the Walter dele gate bill. While tracing earlier studies of the District government. Mr. Wender charged that when Griffenhagen and Associates. Chicago consultants, were assigned to recommend a re organization of the District several years ago they were told not to come in with recommendations for an elected council and city manager. Senator Burton. Republican, of Ohio, who was conducting the hear ing in the beginning, for Chairman McCarran, asked who had given such suggestions. The witness replied the sugges (See HOME RULE, Page A-13.) Senator Chavez To Speak in Forum “Tolerance and American ism” is the subject of a dis cussion in the National Radio Forum this evening by Sen ator Dennis Chevez of New Mexico. The speaker will be interviewed by Edward Boy kin, who will conduct the Forum. The National Radio Forum is a Blue Network program, arranged by The Star and broadcast locally over The Star Station, WMAL, at 10:30 p.m. President Confers With Byrnes on Strike Solution White House Awaits Response to Appeal To Stay on Job By the Associated Press. Cutting short the Christmas week end spent at his home at Hyde Park. N. Y„ President Roosevelt returned to the White House today to try to iron out labor disputes threatening paralysis of two key war industries —steel and rail transportation. From railway unions he awaited a reply to his offer to arbitrate a wage dispute with the carriers and stop a controversy which may result in a Nation-wide strike Thursday. White House officials said Mr. Roose velt expected to see union leaders some time today. Response to Appeal Awaited. From steel workers and three com panies already affected by a work stoppage which seems likely to infect the entire industry, he waited hope fully for word that they would com ply with his request for “uninter rupted production.’ They also differ over wages. The President made no engage ments today so his full attention could be given to the strike situation. War Mobilization Director Byrnes arrived at the White House early to discuss the steel and rail troubles with the President. Failure of the Government to achieve settlements in the steel and rail cases would result in its taking over and operating the bulk , of two of the Nation's biggest and most complex industries. Negotiations in the rail contro j versy were halted for Christmas The carriers and the non-operat ing employe groups planned to re sume their conferences, possibly at the Office of War Mobilization Director Byrnes. final Ruling Expected Soon. The two operating brotherhoods— engineers and the trainmen—who accepted the President's offer to arbitrate their dispute and withdrew their strike call, expect a final ruling by Mr. Roosevelt in a day or two. regardless of the outcome of the negotiations between the carriers and the 18 other employe groups. 3 operating and 15 nonoperating unions With the withdrawal of the en gineers and the trainmen, the three remaining operating bodies — fire men, conductors and switchmen— and the 15 nonoperating unions 'including clerks and others' have (See-STRIKES, Page A-4j Former Argentine Officials To Meet in Pistol Duel By the Associated Press. BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 27 —A pis tol duel may take place between Gen Armando Verdaguer and Julio Mo reno, former judge of the Buenos ! Aires Provinicial Supreme Court, un less police step in. it was learned last night. Verdaguer. who resigned recently as federal administrator of the prov ; ince, challenged Moreno to the duel after the latter wrote him a vitri olic letter protesting the loss of his job as a result of the general's reor ganization of the provincial judi ciary. The secretariat of President Gen. Pedro Ramirez said it had been in formed that the Buenos Aires Prov ince police would seek to prevent the encounter. Under the dueling code, seconds of the two parties are also obliged to attempt a reconcili ation. Chinese Mop Up Japanese In Push to Huta River By 'he Associated Press. CHUNGKING, Dec. 27.—China's victorious troops have pushed on from recaptured Kungan to reach the banks of the Hutu River, which joins Lake Tungting with the Yangtze River, and "mopping up operations against the enemy rem nants" continue, the high command announced tonight. | The communique added that op erations began yesterday against the Japanese forces on the east bank ; of the river. Kungan was taken in an impor tant Christmas Day battle and Gen eralissimo Chiang Kai-shek's Cen tral China forces have regained over ! four-fifths of the area overrun by the Japanese before their Novem ber sweep into the rice bowl dis trict was turned to defeat. 50 De Gaullists Honor Dorian's Assassin By the Associated Press. ALGIERS. Dec. 27.—Some 50 per sons. most holding government posts under Gen. Charles de Gaulle, at tended a ceremony yesterday in memory of Eugene Bonnier de la Chapelle, who was xecutcd for the | assassination of Admiral Jean Darlan on Christmas eve a year ago. A wreath was laid on the tomb of the youth executed two days after Darlan's death, and a minute of silence was observed. Those at tending >.e ceremony, sponsored by members of the underground resist ance movement in France, included the interior commissioner of the French National Committee, a mem ber of the Algiers military tribunal, and the youth's father, stepmother and sister. Jutland Fortifications Detailed to British By Ihe Associated Press. LONDON. Dec. 27.—A Reuters : dispatch from Stockholm today ‘quoted the Danish press service as (reporting that the British high com mand was believed to have received detailed plans of German fortifica tions at Jutland. The report declared a Danish officer who recently escaped to Eng land by plane turned over the plans for the invasion defenses. The Ger mans were said to have arrested the officier's fiancee and accused her and two of his friends of helping to obtain the plans. 135,000 Are Out In Steel Strike; Murray Silent Scores of Plants In Seven States Fail to Reopen By the Associated Press. PITTSBURGH, Dec. 27—The number of idle steel workers passed the 135,000 mark this aft ernoon as headquarters of the CIO United Steel Workers and the War Labor Board main tained silence about President Roosevelt’s urgent plea for a speedy settlement of a contract controversy which led to the walkout. Scores of war-busy plants in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana. Illinois. Michigan and New York failed to reopen after the Christmas holiday, during w’hich contracts between the union and 214 companies employing about 350, 000 men lapsed. Philip Murray, president of the CIO and the Steel Workers’ Union, remained in seclusion. Associates said there was "nothing at this time" to add to his warning last Thursday that a "grave situation’' would be created by failure of tne War Labor Board to approve the union s request that any new wage agreement be made retroactive. naoor Awaits WLB Action. It was understood from good sources that union officials felt they had asked no more than the Presi dent outlined yesterday in his tele grams to the War Labor Board, Mr. Murray and the steel companies, but that they felt the board should first go oh record officially before an appeal could be made by Mr. Mur ray to the men now idle. A check with several other large producers, including the United States Steel Corp,, whose contract also will run out between now and the middle of January, brought re ports of "normal operations." with little more than usual postholiday layoffs. Pickets were seen at plants in Pittsburgh. Detroit and Columbus. Some pickets at an idle Columbus plant carried signs reading “No con tract—no work"—the slogan of coal miners in their 1943 work stoppages. A wage increase of 17 cents an hour is demanded by the United Steel Workers of America. The present basic hiring rate in the steel industry is 78 cents hourly. Granting of the increase would crack the War Labor Board s Little Steel formula, yardstick for wages since its formulation January 1, 1942. The plants hit hardest were those of Republic Steel Corp, and Youngstown Sheet and Tube which had 30.000 out at Youngstown. Ohio. Republic and Timken Roller Bear ing Co. plants at Canton and Mas sillon. Ohio, also reported 20.000 idle, while the Wheeling Steel Corp . with plants employing 20.000 in West Virginia and Ohio, re ported a shutdown. At Cleveland. 7.000 were out at the Republic and Corrigan-McKinney works and at Midland. Pa.. 6.500 quit at the Crucible Steel Co. plant and 6.700 at Youngstown Sheet. & Tube's Indiana Harbor ilnd > works. Crucible Contract Still in Effect. A Crucible official reported his company's contract still had several days to go—the lone' instance of a company with a contract reported closing. Union local officials, how ever. contended they had no con tract. It. was the first serious strike in fSee STEEL, Page A-4.) Duke of Alba's Cousin Gets Year in Prison Pleads Guilty to Being Agent of Germany By ihf Associated Press. NEW YORK. Dec. 27—Carlos Vejarano y Cassina. 26-year-old Spaniard, described by the FBI as a cousin of the Duke of Alba, was sentenced today to a year and a day in prison on his plea of guilty to a charge of having acted as a Ger man agent without notifying the State Department. Federal Judge John Clancy gave him until January 3 to surrender to begin serving the sentence and con tinued his $5,000 bail until then. Vejarano's counsel requested a de lay. saying the defendant may have to undergo an operation because of a spinal disorder that developed three years ago. United States Attorney Peter J. Donoghue told the court that Veja rano. known in New York and Hol lywood society as Count Nava de Tajo, acted as an unregistered agent for Germany from November 22, 1940, until January 20. 1941. Mr. Donoghue charged the Spaniard re ceived $1,000 for his services and planned to submit information through his father in Spain. Vejarano's counsel told Judge Clancy the money was given to him by German authorities at Havana in 1940. but that it had been ad vanced by the defendant's father to pay for medical treatment in the United States. In court when sentence was passed was Vejarano’s wife, the former Wilma Baard, a New York barge captain's daughter, whom he mar ried in 1940. Elderly Unidentified Man Dies on Street The body of an elderly white man, who collapsed early today at Four teenth and V streets N.W., and was pronounced dead on arrival at Gal linger Hospital, was unidentified at the District Morgue this afternoon. Police said the man. who had a gray mustache, appeared to be about 75 years of age. He was carrying a basket of miscellaneous tools. The fire rescue squad ambulanc* removed him to the hospital.