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System of Priorities
Ordered on Postwar Recreation Projects The District Recreation Depart ment today is proceeding, under orders from its Recreation Board, to draw up a postwar recreational de velopment plan for Washington, with each swimming pool and tennis court marked in the oroer of its importance to the general plan. “We need a system of priorities,” Walter L. Fowler, District budget officer and board member, declared at the board meeting yesterday. He said that in event of funds suddenly becoming available for new recrea tion facilities the'board should know “what they want to do first.” “Hodge-Podge” Thus Far. “This has been a hodge-podge affair so far,” C. Melvin Sharpe, rep resentative of the Board of Educa tion, declared. "We poke at a play ground here and a shelter house there without really knowing where were going.” Milo F. Christiansen, recreation superintendent, was asked at the same time to make a thorough sur vey of facilities now available. Once the “procedure of development” has been drawn up. Mr. Christiansen said, he will need funds to pay tech nical assistants and to supply ma terials for actual blueprints of the proposed recreational facilities. The priority list, however, will be com pleted by present personnel of the department without,additional as sistance of a landscape or architec tural engineer. The board on June 23 approved a 115,000,000 postwar recreational plan, including 12 year-round swim ming pools, but gave no indication of the method of procedure in case money was granted on a piece-meal basis. In arguing for a system of priorities, Mr. Fowler said it was “absurd” to suppose such a large sum of money would ever be granted all at once. Mieiter House to Stand. In answer to the board's demand for $6,000 in case the Suitland park way had to be built through its Barry Farms Shelter House, the War Department has responded that the new parkw-av will be constructed to avoid the house, Mr. Christiansen announced. The department had originally astimated that "shoulders'’ of the; proposed military highway would come so close to the playground that the small house would have to be de molished. The board decided to ask the Commissioners for use of the E. V. Brown School as a "hangout” for Chevy Chase "teen-agers" after the Ration Board has relinquished its use. Oil Refiners to Offer Plan to Boost Output By the Associated Press. CHICAGO, Dec. 29—A group of Independent oil refiners announced yesterday they would present to Government officials a plan designed to increase oil refining in the Mid west, wThich a spokesman predicted would have an idle refining cap acity of 300.000 barrels a day by next June. Tile plan, announced by B. L. Ma.iewski, vice president of the Deep Rock Oil Corp. and chairman of the Petroleum Industries Market ing Committee for District 2, pro posed . 1. Use of the little Big Inch pipeline from Texas to Norris City,! 111., to carry into the district 100.000 barrels of crude oil daily for 100 days. 2. Shipping 50.000 barrels a day of West Texas crude oil into the district under an arrangement in which all refiners would be reim bursed by the Government the dif ference between freight rates and the cost of moving the oil by pipe line. ■s. neiaxauon oi Liovernmem on regulations to permit the drilling, of new oil wells 10 acres apart I Instead of 40 acres. Plans for presenting the recom mendations to Petroleum Adminis trator Ickes were announced after & closed meeting between inde pendent oil refiners from 15 Mid west States and representatives of the Petroleum Administration for War in District 2. Heavy Times Square Patrol Ordered New Year Eve By thf Associated Press. NEW YORK. Dec. 29. — Times Square—traditional scene of New i Year eve merrymaking—will be pa-1 trolled by 2.147 policemen, plus a number of air-raid wardens, mem bers of the City Patrol Corps and1 firemen this New Year eve. Police Commissioner Lewis J. Val entine announced the measure yes terday and also alerted police in each of the five boroughs for the holiday eve, issuing orders to be on guard against possible sabotage and' hoodlumism, particularly near war plants. The use of sirens in the Times Square area between 7 p.m. Decem ber 31 and 4 a.m. New Year Day was banned. As a wartime precaution, the police department will erect 10 loud-speak ers in the section to give emergency instructions to the more than a mil lion persons expected to gather along the Great White Way. Procter & Gamble Held Infringing on Competitor By the Associated Press. RICHMOND. Va., Dec. 39.—The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Co. had in fringed on a soap-making patent held by Lever Bros. Co., another manufacturer of soap. An opinion prepared by Judge Armistead M. Dobie reversed the judgment of the district court at Baltimore and remanded the case for further proceedings. Mexico May Ship Silver To U. S. After April 29 Bj the Associated Press. MEXICO CITY, Dec. 29.—If Mexi co* large-scale minting program is concluded by April 29, 1944, silver shipments to the United States will be resumed after that date, Bank of Mexico sources said last night. However, Mexico will continue minting until the national shortage of fractional money is eased, and no one can fojjpee when that will be, It war MacNicol, Foggia Raid Hero, Dies as Result of Accident Was Given D. F. C. By Gen. Spaatz For P-38 Attack B* the Associated Press. CHICAGO, Dec. 29.—Lt. Col. George MacNicol, commander of the 82d Fighter Group which had destroyed 31B enemy planes in the Mediterranean theater, died Decem ber 21 as a result of an accident, his father, E. P. MacNicol of Chi cago, was informed by the adjutant general’s office yesterday. The 82d was famed for its raid on the Foggia airfield in Italy last August 25 before invasion of the mainland began. The MacNicols formerly lived in Memphis, Tenn., where the elder MacNicol was managing editor of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. Dispatches at the time told of Lt Gen. Carl A. Spaatz's enthusiasm for the Foggia raid. He ran out on the P-38s' home field and brushing aside red tape called Col. MacNicol and in the presence of Maj. Gen. James H. Doolittle pinned the Dis tinguished Flying Cross on his dusty and disheveled uniform. Col. MacNicol had just reported after the mission and was wearing a red and green stocking cap that was neither regulation nor military. As he got out of his jeep, he stood speechless before Gen. Spaatz, Gen. LT. COL. GEORGE MacNICOL. —A. P. Wirephoto. Doolittle and the brigadier general who commanded his wing. Gen, Spaatz said abruptly, “I am going to give you the D. F. C„” and before Col. MacNicol knew what was happening pinned it on his chest. "Thank you, sir,” the colonel sputtered. That was the first time such an instantaneous battlefield decoration had been conferred in the campaign. Agreement Expected By Walker on Plan For Soldier Voting By the Associated Press. Democratic National Chairman Frank C. Walker says he has "no doubt that a compromise measure can and will be enacted" that will enable service men and women to vote in the 1944 national election. Replying to a telegram from Sid ney Hillman, chairman of the CIO Political Action Committee, urging the Democratic party to affirm "wholehearted support" for a Fed eral ballot, Mr. Walker recalled the original Lucas-Green bill (defeat ed in the Senate* met with oppo sition on the ground it would "con trovert the doctrine of State rights." "I have no doubt that a com promise can and will be enacted that will meet this objection.” he said, "for I can conceive of no mem ber of Congress being willing to deny the soldier the chance to make his voice count in a national election. "Of course, every precaution must be taken to insure perfect freedom in the soldier's choice, and equally important is it that an honest non partisan count must be guaranteed." Compromise Outlined. The telegraphic exchange was made public today by the Demo cratic National Committee. A com promise being talked on Capitol Hill would provide for a Federal commis sion which would merely be the instrument, of getting the ballots for President and Congress to and from the members of the armed forces, with the States doing the counting and passing on the question of voter eligibility. However, poll tax and registra tion requirements would be waived under this plan. "Among the military voters." Mr. Walker said, “are thousands un listed on the registration lists— young fellows who were mustered into the services before they had reached the voting age. for ex ample. These must not be elimi nated." Mr. Hillman said in his tele gram that unless Congress acts promptly on reconvening January 10 to pass a practical uniform Fed eral ballot the right of the fighting forces to vote "will inevitably be come a major political issue in 1944.” White Asks Agreement. Earlier, Acting Senate Minority Leader White's plea that Congress cut short its prolonged battling over food subsidies and soldier voting in the interests of national unity prompted a general “Me. too,” re action at the Capitol today. Legislators of both parties agreed in principles with Senator White's assertion that all possible legislative controversies .should be avoided for the duration. “There is a time to fight and a time to avoid it,” Senator White said at a press conference yesterday, "and as long as this accursed war remains on our hands it is my con viction we should try to adjust all legislative controversies possible. “If ever there was a time when strife and conflict should be avoided, it is now.” There appeared to be considerable sympathy among those members of Congress who remained in Wash-1 ington during the Christmas recess toward Senator White’s pleas. Green Backs Proposal. Senator Green. Democrat, of Rhode Island, co-author of the Green-Lucas bill, said he "sym pathized heartily” and asserted the Senate's rejection of a Federal system in favor of State control of servicemen voting already had caused widespread disgruntlement among men in the armed services. “The question is just how a com promise is going to be accomplished,” Senator Green added. "It seems every time someone tries to com promise he gets a hit on the head with a brickbat.” Senators Danaher of Connecticut and Burton of Ohio, Republicans, indorsed Senator White's views, but in the House Representative Wol cott, Republican, of Michigan, rank ing GOP member of the House Banking Committee, said he could "see no compromise on the principle involved” in the food subsidy row. Mr. Wolcott was a leader in the suc cessful House campaign to abolisn fcod price control subsidies, but the legislation still Is before the Senate Banking Committee. Senator White made it clear in Im press conference remarks that he wasn't proposing any 1944 political campaign truce. “There will be plenty of things to scrap over later on,” he said. Single Foreign Policy. Chairman Bloom of the House Foreign Affairs Committee mean while proposed that “all potential presidential candidates get together and agree on a single foreign policy plank for 1944” to eliminate that issue from next year’s election cam paign. "It would be a service to the Na tion and to the world,” said the chairman in an interview. “It would lest lingering doubts of this 45 Cab Drivers Wait Action on Complaint Of 'Passed Up' Fare Forty-five taxicab drivers who were haled before the Board of Re view and Revocation of Hackers’; Character Licenses yesterday to ex-! plain why they allegedly refused to; stop for passengers, were back on the streets today while the board debated what action should be taken. Complainant in the case was Rob ert L. Hill, Agriculture Department official, who carefully noted license numbers of cabs that passed him by over a two-month period as he futilely hailed them at Second street and Massachusetts avenue N.E. Mr. Hill told reporters he didn't want the drivers to be suspended or lose their licenses, but was merely trying to get “ordinary service." Mr. Hill's campaign began October 1, after he became aggravated at being consistently passed by, and continued through December 1. He said he felt many drivers had be come somewhat nasty to would-be customers and stopped only when it suited their convenience. The drhers were outspoken In their remarks about Mr. Hill, many denying they were in the vicinity at the time lie allegedly took their license numbers. Others offered a variety of excuses for ignoring his signal for a cab. Most said they didn't see him or that they were on call and unable to stop. Mr. Hill said his action reflected the attitude of hundreds of persons who felt the same about the cab situation, but were unwilling to do anything about it. The board, headed by Edward R Dean, announced it would be a week or 10 days before it makes a de cision. All cases will be judged on their individual merit. Radio Station Sues to Force Paper to List Program By the Associated Press. DENVER. Dec. 29.—District Judge George Luxford lias taken under advisement a motion to dismiss an injunction suit brought against the Denver Post by Radio Station KFEL of Denver. The suit seeks to restrain the Post from omitting listings of KFEL programs and those of the Mutual Broadcasting System, of which KFEL is an affiliate, from the news paper's daily schedule of radio pro grams. The radio station contended such action violated the Colorado Unfair Trade Practices Act. Attorneys for the Post argued in a hearing yes terday that the newspaper had the right to refuse‘the listings if it desired. Judge Luxforri indicated a de cision on the motion will be made soon. Fifteen Drowned in Mexico GUADALAJARA. Mexico. Dec. 29 t/P).—Fifteen persons drowned last night, in the sinking of a launch on Lake Chapala, a tourist resort. All aboard were believed to be Mexicans. Arthur W. Colton Dies PALISADES. N. Y„ Dec. 29 (/Pi.— Arthur Willis Colton. 75, author, poet and literary critic, died yester day. He was born in Washington. Conn. Shore Patrolman Hears Robbery Call From Home By the Associated Pres*. RICHMOND. Va„ Dec. 29.—Chief Petty Officer C. H. Harris, a shore patrolman h£re, who formerly was ! a Baltimore policeman, tuned in j the Baltimore police on his patrol j car radio. Baltimore police were being ordered to his own house there and he recognized the signal as "breaking and entering." His wife was visit ing him in Richmond and his daughter was at home alone. He dashed for the telephone. The daughter answered and cred ited the family bulldog with freightening the intruder away. Nation's willingness to co-operate with other countries.” He offered no specific declaration of what that plank should say, but I asserted that it should be flexible [enough to provide for a "give and take policy in general terms”—a policy recognizing that this Nation must take a part in world affairs. United States Treasury Position By the Associated Press. a Tearhaeo°,ltl0n the Tre**ury December 27. compared with correspondins date Receipts * December 27. 1943. December 26, 1942. fisbi».nc.-b,ciided-:-:::::::::;r :8? Customs receipts for month-.——— 28,473,798.99 20,141 345 80 ,July X)- 19.281,502.310.61 7.854.827.23fi!|l ffisapaate======r .sittaaafi tmamm ” t ft''" ©•'*n ft **• © SR 73^ 8*^1 ^ ° Steel Mills Nearing Normal Production; Wage Talks Continue E> the Associated Press. PITTSBURGH, Dec. 29.—Steel production climbed back toward normal today after a w*rk stop page by more than 170,000 workers, while the CIO’s United Steel Workers of America con tinued negotiations for new con tracts. Over the nine States offected by work tie-ups which began with ex piration of contracts on Christmas eve, workers returned to their jobs with the start of tegular shifts or in accordance with operating condi tions. Philip Murray, president of -the steel workers and the CIO, main tained his silence on the contro versy, estimated by the American Iron and Steel Institute to have cost the industry about 125,000 tons of steel production. He participated, however, in contract negotiations be tween a union committee and sub sidiaries of the United States Steel Corp. Pact May Be Master Plan. Any pact agreed on by the union and Unite'1 States Steel appeared likely to become a master plan for other contracts to be signed with some 500 steel companies. No indi cations were available as to when such a model contract would be ready to submit to the War Labor Board for approval. The steel work ers seek 17 cents an hour above the ceiling fixed by the ‘•Little Steel" formula. The work stoppage which began at midnight Christmas eve ended shortly after the union chieftain or dered full compliance with a WLB directive calling for resumption of full production and assuring work ers any wage increases agreed on would be retroactive to December 24. increases Expected. A WLB spokesman emphasized that the pay boosts—if approved— would be retroactive only If they conformed with the national stabi-1 lization program, but opinion throughout the industry reflected a belief the final result will put more money in steel workers’ pay enve lopes. "And I don’t think it will be by giving up our lunches," declared one union leader. He referred to an> agreement between Secretary of In terior Ickes and John L. Lewis, head 1 of the United Mine Workers, that gave miners more pay by cutting 15 minutes off lunch periods. In the meantime, another tie-up had developed in the Birmingham area where steel workers and miners j —members of the United Mine Workers—went out in a dispute over working regulations. About 3.300 j men were involved. Backtracking Is Denied By WLB Public Members Public members of the War Labor Board emphasized last night that it was not they who backtracked on the question of retroactive pay for the steel workers and if any one did.; it was the labor members. An opinion by Chairman William H. Davis, subscribed to by the three other public members, said the Pres ident's telegram to the steel workers Sunday “was in every substantial respect the same as the proposal; made to the board by the public members on December 22.” That was the proposal voted down by a combination of industry and labor members, though their oppo sition was grounded on different reasons. On Monday, the opinion pointed! out. the decision ordering that a, wage increase, if any, be made; retroactive was reached when John' Brophy. CIO member of the board.! moved "that a directive be issued consistent with the President's tele gram.” The opinion added that "it was made plain to the board that the motion did not propose retroactivity! with respect to any wage adjust-' ments beyond the limits of the exist ing wage-stabilization Dolicv.” The public memoers' original reso-' lution. opposed by the labor mem bers, limited the board's commit-1 ment on retroactivity to the existing; wage policy. The resolution even tually agreed to by the labor mem-! bers dropped the limiting language but, by the terms of the motion.! it was restricted by the President’s! telegram which Mr. Davis described as substantially the same as the public members’ terms. Mr. Davis also pointed out that no order of the WLB “has any effect beyond the limits of the wage stabilization policy established bv law at the time the order is made." Tin Can Salvage Drive Scheduled Tomorrow A canvass of apartment buildings for tin-can contributions by house holders will be made tomorrow by the District's bottling industry. James E. Colliflower. District Salv age Committee chairman, announced today. Resident managers are urged to instruct their janitors to place their collections of tin cans in suitable containers in front of their building before 8:30 a.m. “While the last few months have shown a slight increase of tin cans collected from apartments." Mr. Colliflower stated, “we are still not getting anywhere near the cans available from this source." Mr. Colliflower emphasized that the salvaged tin is being used in many ways for the war effort. Two Youths, 16, Held In Gas Coupon Theft Two 16-year-old boys were arrest ed yesterday and charged with housebreaking in connection with the theft of gasoline ration coupons good for 6.000 gallons and 10 inven tory coupons valued at 100 gallons each from a service station in the 3700 block Minnesota avenut S.E. Monday night. One of the youths had been working at the station. Police said a portion of the cou pons had been recovered. A check of police records revealed that both had been involved in a similar theft in Baltimore. Eleventh precinct police made the arrests and lodged the boys at the Receiving Home pending Juvenile Court action in the case. JULIUS Floor samples, one-of-a-kinds, odds and ends, now drastically reduced tor immediate clearance. In many cases quantities are limited; all items subject to prior sale. Open . a J. L. Budget account. Convenient terms arranged. $139 3-Pc. 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