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Huff Continues Probe
Of Jail Irregularities'
At Board's Request
District Welfare Director Ray L.
Huff continued his investigation to
day of alleged irregularities at the!
District Jail in response to a re
quest by the Board of Public Wei-;
fare that he “exhaust every possible
source to throw light on the mat
ter."
The charges, Including one that
favoritism had been shown Orman
W, Ewing, former Democratic na
tional committeeman from Utah,
were the principal order of business
at the board's regular meeting yes
terday. E. A. Green, superintend
ent of the Jail, was questioned at
length on conditions at the Jail.
Frederick W. McReynolds, board
chairman, told reporters afterward
that Mr. Green reiterated his de
nial of irregularities. On Monday,
he denied the charges before Mr.
Huff and Commissioner Guy Mason. |
Await Final Report.
The chairman said the partial re
port made by Mr. Huff at the meet
ing “indicates there is nothing
against Mr. Green." Mr. McRey
nolds said, however, that the board
had requested Mr. Huff to continue
his investigation.
Mr. McReynolds said the board
did not see any reasons at this stage
to conduct its own investigation.,
but he promised that if the final
report submitted to the Commis
sioners showed any irregularities the
board would consider its probe.
The current investigation grows
out of a suit filed by another in
mate of the jail against Ewing, now
serving time for criminal assault,
Mr. Huff and James V. Bennett,
Federal director of prisons. The
complainant, Frank F. Fowler,
asked Ewing's removal to Lorton
Reformatory and asked $6,666.66;
damages from the three men be-j
cause of an alleged assault made on
him by Ewing.
Fowler also charged that a birth
day party for Ewing was held in
Mr. Green's office in the jail and
tyhat Ewing frequently received
visitors after regular hours.
Former Guard Questioned.
The board also questioned a for
mer jail guard w’ho was employed
there when Ew-ing was first com
mitted. Mr. Huff would not dis
rlose his name. Board members
also requested the welfare director
to continue his examination of other
guards.
Mr. Huff said he hoped to have
his investigation completed within
a few days.
Mr McReynolds reported the
board's Penal Committee, composed:
of Edgar Morris, A. J. Driscoll and 1
himself, would make a routine tour i
of the jail within a week.
Six Killed as Bomber
Crashes in Florida
Bt the Associated Press.
SEBRING, Fla., Dec. 29.—Six fly- !
ers were killed Monday night when
b heavy bomber crashed about half
ft mile northwest of the field during j
a fog. Col. Warren H Higgins, com- j
manding officer, said yesterday.
Those killed included:
Second Lt. William H. Ressler, Jr., i
•tudeht officer, Shamokin. Pa.; f
Flight Officer Emil C. Mazurkilwicz,:
student officer, Passaic, N. J.; Sergt.
Robert H. Sharbaugh, radio oper
ator, Crpsson, Pa., and Pfc. Silas W.
Smith, aerial engineer, Ararat, Va.
Naval
• Continued From First Page.)
the cruisers Belfast, Norfolk and
Sheffield and was actually escorting j
the convoy southeast of'Bear Islapd:
when the Scharnhorst, steaming at j
28 knots, first made contact with it.
Tries to Close In Again.
Tile convoy was diverted north
ward and the cruisers opened fire
on the Scharnhorst. the Norfolk j
claiming one hit. The 26,000-ton i
German battlewagon then turned
away from the course of the con
voy and was later seen “taking eva- I
sive Action” to the northeast and
proceeding at maximum speed, the i
Admiralty's statement continued. ,
Several hours later the Scham- •
horst again tried to close in on
the convoy and once more was en
gaged by the cruiser squadron.
The Norfolk received one hit aft.1
Then the Scharnhorst turned
south and retreated at full speed
for the nearest refuge of the Nor- !
wegian coast.
Thp cruisers continued to shadow
the Gprman ship, reporting her
position to the Duke of York, which
was then moving tip from fhe south-'
east to intercept.
By then darkness had closed in;
end the Scharnhorst kept to her
southerly course at maximum speed,
until the Duke of York made first
contact with her about 6:15 p.m. |
The' enemy was on the Duke of
York's port bow.
The Duke altered course to the I
southeast so as to bring her broadside;
to bear and quickly obtained a hit, I
the Admiralty said.
Jamaica Makes Final Attack.
Seeking to shake off the British
forces closing in on her, the
Scharnhorst altered course and
aped eastward, the British took up j
the Chase, the Duke of York to the!
west and the cruisers and destroy
ers in shadowing positions.
“There was danger that the
Sc.hamhorst’s superior speed might
allow her to draw aw'av from Ad
miral Fraser's flagship,” the Ad
miralty statement went on. Ac
cordingly the destroyers Savage,
Saumarez. Scorpion and the Nor
wegian destroyer Stora, which had
been traveling at full speed to get
ahead of the enemy, turned in and
attacked with torpedoes.
“The Scharnhorst was hit prob
ably by three torpedos in this at
tack. which reduced her speed and
enabled the Duke of York to close
the range and engage again.
“Shortly afterward the Scharn
horst was seen on fire and lying
nearly stopped. The cruiser H. M. S.
Jamaica delivered a final torpedo
attack, after which the Scharnhorst
sank at 7:45 p.m. in a position about
60 miles northeast of North Cape.”
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BOMBERS PROTECT LANDING CRAFT AT ARAWE—With 5th Air Force B-25 bombing planes
flying protective cover overhead, landing craft ferrying vehicles approach the beach at Arawe
on the south coast of New Britain for the Invasion of the Jap-held island. This action took
place December 14.
A wounded American on a stretcher is placed in the shelter of a dugout taken from the
Japs at Arawe for protection against strafing planes. —A. P. Photos.
New Marine Invasion
Pleases Australians
3y the Associated Tress.
MELBOURNE, Australia, Dec. 2fl.
-The invasion of Cape Gloucester,
'lew Britain, held as much personal
nterest for many families in Aus
tralia as it did for the American
■elatives of those marines who went
ishore.
In Melbourne and other Aus
tralian cities, those marines had
seen taken into homes during their
ong training period. Many left
wives and sweethearts here.
The Melbourne Sun said:
“During their stay here, the ma
-ines took possession of Melbourne.
In the streets, they were disting
uished by their smart appearance,
ov the proud little metal sphere
which they wore on their caps, their
Guadalcanal service patch, their
civility and courtesy.
“They were homely in our homes
and sometimes—with a touch ol
nostalgia, no doubt—called their
hosts and hostesses ‘pop’ and ‘mom.’
They needed little encouragement
to pull out snapshots of 'the folks
back home’ ....
“And then all of a sudden it
seemed the marines had vanished.
No wonder Melbourne families are
asking just as wistfully ‘wonder
what became of Bill?’
“They rejoiced with Bill’s Amer
can mom and pop when they read
n Gen. MacArthur’s communique
fiat ‘the invasion was made with
practically no losses.’ ”
jrievous Cruelty Charged
n Weissmuller Divorce
By the Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29.—Johnny
Weissmuller, hero of jungle films,
las been sued for divorce, his wife
charging that he treated her with
‘grievous cruelty'’ and caused their
separation five days before Christ
mas.
Mrs. Weissmuller, the former
Beryel Scott of San Francisco, asked
custody of their children, John, 3;
Wendy Ann, 18 months, and Heidi
Elizabeth, 5 months. Her suit also
asked that she be awarded com
munity property, w'hich she valued
at $200,000, and alimony of $1,650 a
month.
Mr. Weismuller formerly ■' was
married and divorced from Actress
Lupe Velez and Dancer Bobbe Arnst.
Nazis Praise New Fighter
LONDON, Dec. 29 The Ger
man radio claimed today that the
newest Messerschmitt fighter-bomb
er's speed and maneuverability
equals the world’s fastest fighters
and that it would be followed by a
new, equally improved diVebomber
Naval Pilot Is Killed
In Crash Over Ocean
By the Associated Press.
ME&BQURNE, Fla. Dec. 29.—
Ensign Donald R. Fisher, 20. of
Kansas City. Kans , was killed De
cember 22 when his plane collided
with another aircraft on a training
flight over the Atlantic Ocean, naval
air station officials announced yes
terday.
The body was recovered by a sea
plane. Ensign Fisher was the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick H. Fisher
of Kansas City.
Pacific
(Continued From First Page t
captured Walingal. the enemy's
barge and supply base on the coast
of Huon Peninsula, taking equipment
which included artillery and supplies.
The communique said an inland
Aussie force had knocked the Japa
nese from positions on a steep and
; shaggy ridge north of Dumpu, in the
Ramu River Valley.
Admiral William F. Halsey’s South
Pacific headquarters reported that
Solomon Islands aircraft made 175
sorties Sunday, especially hammer
ing Kieta, the principal enemy base
on the east coast of Bougainville
Island. Fifty-six tons of bombs were
dropped there in eight hours of in
termittent attacks. Medium bomb
ers ranged up to the St. George
Channel, between New Britain and

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enemy troops, destroying a small
cargo ship and damaging two others.
Seventh Army Air Force heavy
bombers dropped more than 50 tons
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tura bombers and Hellcat fighters,
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strafe shipping there. All planes re
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35 Allied Planes Downed
In Raids, Japs Claim
The Japanese imperial command
today claimed that 35 Allied planes
were shot down bv interceptors and
ground defenses during Allied raids
yesterday on Rabaul. New Britain;
Buin, on Bougainville Island, and
Shortland Island.
A Tokio broadcast added that Jap
anese naval air units attacked an
Allied airfield at Finnschafen, New
Guinea, last night, starting fires at
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suffered no losses, Domei news agen
cy said.
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anese planes did not return from
the aerial action over Rabaul.
There was no Allied confirmation
for any of these statements.
Subs Sink Destroyer,
11 Other Jap Vessels
In Supply Line Raids
By the Associated Press.
Raiding Japanese supply lines
over which the enemy is trying to
supply bases in the South Pacific,
American submarines have blasted
a destroyer and 11 other vessels to
bring to 536 the number of enemy
craft sunk, probablj sunk or dam
aged by the undersea arm of the
Navy.
This largest sinking report in
recent months gave emphasis to a
recent statement by Secretary of the
Navy Knox that the submarines on
their lonely patrols through the
Far Pacific are doing "an excelent
job.”
No details were disclosed on the
sinking of the destroyer, two large
tankers, one large freighter, two
medium transports and six medium
freighters which went down "some
where in the Pacific.”
All of the ships sunk were in the
category of vessels used to carry
men and materials to the far-flung
Japanese bases. Presumably the de
stroyer was on convoy duty.
The submarine damage, which
with aerial bombing, has forced the
Japanese in some parts of the South
Pacific to resort to use of barges
for moving supplies, brought to 386
the number of enemy ships definitely
sunk. In addition the Navy has
announced probable sinking of 36
Japanese ships and damaging of 114
others.
Bride's Parents Conduct
Wedding Ceremony
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO, Dec. 29 —The parents
of Miss Elizabeth Belle Stewart
played prominent parts in her wed
ding ceremony last night when she
was married to Ensign Roy Irving
Roberts, a Merchant Marine radio
operator. 9
The bride’s parents, who are both
ordained Methodist ministers, jointly
conducted the services. The father
is the Rev. Alexander Stewart, asso
ciate secretary of the Methodist
Church's Commission on World
Peace. His wife Is the Rev. Annalee
Stewart.
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