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Heroes Honored in The Star Exhibit
Sergt. Maurice G. (Pat) Cecchini (center), hero of the North African and Mediterranean campaigns, is shown with Newman Sudduth, Star staff artist, at the Stage Door Canteen, where 22 portraits in Mr. Sudduth’s “Heroes of the Washington Area” series went on display last night. With Sergt. Cecchini is his brother Harry, boatswain second class in the Coast Guard. Mr. Sudduth presents a copy of his portrait of Lt. Col. James Patrick Sinnott Devereux, Wake Island hero and now a Japanese prisoner, to members of the family of Joseph S. Dev ereux, brother of the hero. Left to right. Mrs. Devereux, Mr. Sudduth, Ann Rogers Devereux, 15; Helen Devereux, 18; Virginia Devereux, 10; Mr. Devereux, Patricia Devereux, 9; Agnes Kemp Devereux, 13, and Sibyl Devereux, 11. —Star Staff Photos. Three of Washington’s most out standing heroes were honored last night—one of them in person—as ‘ the special exhibit of 22 drawings! by Newman Sudduth, Star staff artist, was opened formally at the Stage Door Canteen. The drawings: are part of a series on “Heroes of the Washington Area” now running in The Sunday Star. The men to whom tribute was paid1 last night are Lt. Col. James Pat rick Sinnott Devereux, Lt. Comdr.1 Bruce McCandlgss and Sergt. Maurice G. Cecchini. Eight, mem bers of the Devereux family ap peared to accept the applause of the enlisted men and Canteen hostesses in the name of the gallant marine officer, now a Japanese prisoner in Shanghai, who for 16 days com manded the heroic garrison on Wake Island against overwhelming Jap anese forces. Relatives of Comdr. McCandless were unable to attend the cere monies. The naval officer won the Congressional Medal of Honor in one of the most stirring chapters in this war when, on November 13, 1942, he assumed command of the cruiser San Francisco off Savo Island after his senior officers had been killed. Surprise of the Evening. Surprise of the evening was the appearance of Sergt. Cecchini. The reading of the citations of all three heroes had been completed when Sergt. Cecchini walked in flanked by five of his brothers—three of them also in uniform. The dancing and entertainment program was in terrupted as Howard P. Bailey, as sistant to the managing editor of The Star, introduced the Cecchini family. Sergt. Cecchini recently returned from the Mediterranean war zone where he had been in combat as an engineer-gunner on a Flying For tress since the British and Ameri cans first began pushing Rommel back from the Egyptian border. He had served throughout the North African campaign, was among the first to fly over Messina and Palermo in Sicily, helped bomb Italian cities including Naples and flew on mis sions over Greece. “You’ve been kept pretty busy,” Mr. Bailey commented. “Oh. I saw a little action,” Sergt. Cecchini said. "Nothing much.” .300 Honrs of Combat. The “nothing much.” the sergeant Admitted, included more than 300 hours of combat flying. His plane,; he said, had seven enemy aircraft to its credit. A chronic illness, con tracted on the African desert, finally forced him out of the Arrr.v under a medical discharge, and he arrived at his home, 1644 Gales street N.E., in time for Christmas. With him last night were his brothers, Harry, boatswain, second class, at the Coast Guard station in Portsmouth. Va.; Jerome, store keeper in the Navy at Annapolis; Daniel, a corporal in the air forces row training at a North Carolina b"se; Leo. a taxi driver, and Tony, who is employed at the Government Printing Office. Sergt. Cecchinl holds the Distin guished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. As Pat Cccchini, he was well known to local r'orts fans as an amateur boxer and winner of the Golden Gloves feather Vvci'ht title back in 1936. Devereux Family on Hand. Joseph S. Devereux, brother of Col. Devereux. and Mrs. Dever eux arrived with their six daugh ters, Helen, 18; Ann Rogers, 15; Agnes Kemp, 13; Sybil, 11; Vir ginia, 10, ana Patricia, 9. Two sons are ir. the service—Sergt. John Ryan Devereux, 3d, who has been in the South Pacific with the 3d Marine Raider Battalion for 22 months, and Joseph S. Devereux, jr„ now training as a naval pilot at Amherst College in Massachusetts—and a third son, Kemp, 17, is a student at Georgetown Prep School. Mr. Devereux commended Mr. Sudduth for the lifelike portrait he had drawn of the Wake Island hero > A copy of the drawing was presented to Helen Devereux by Mr. Bailey as : a gift for her 19th birthday on jan- i uary 12. i A letter and post card received by i Col. Devereux's son, Patrick, 10. in ; Burlingame, Calif., a few days ago indicated that the marine hero I at least had received word of his 1 ■ 1 ■■ ——tib^, :...... For the first time in two years, Patrick Devereux, 10, re ceived word from his father, Col. Devereux, a few days ago. The boy, who lives in Burlingame, Calif., with his grandmother, points to Shanghai, where his father is a prisoner.—A. P. Photo. From: Major J. V. S. DevereuX, USMO Barracks No. 0, Room No. c-l. _ Slionqhoi Wor-|.ri*onep’» Camp. April 27, 1943. mBHW To. Ur. Patrick Devereux -- o/o colonel J. P. Welch QMC., U. S. Army Governor's Island, New York. Dear Paddy: Our loss must have Indeed been a shock to you; It was to me We both loved her so nwch. I only wish that I could be with you but you are Indeed fortunate to haTe your grand-parents to watch over you. I made a broadcast recording to you last fall. Do hope you reoelvea it In view or tne fact tnat tnis is my first letter to you. Impossible to write more often. In your motner's letter she said you were doing well In churcn and school. Keep up the good work. You will rind both eitremely necessary in later Ufa. blnce I can't do it, will you please ask your grandnother to have you given swimming and riding lessons, i do not care how well you are eble to perform when 1 return but x do want you to like riding. iou will hnva to help me school horses when we get our farm. Speaking of Taming, i am leamii« quite a bit about It. We have text books A>*[ practical experience plus lots of advice. Your mother wrote mat you were "throwing your welrjit around" the post on account of the wake Island Marines. They did quite well and l am proud of them but remember that It Just so happened that we were there. Anyone else would have done the same. You must remember that the work done behind the llnee is often more vital than that at the front. You can see from the enoloaed picture which was taken this winter that i an well as are most of us. uf course we would like home and If an exchange Is made," we should be among I . .jPJe8fe wr^te as often as possible. My only letters were dated last June. 1 suppose you were able to be with vour cousin* ior e wane last stunner and imagine that you will get to Chew Chase this coming summer, as 1 have written before, 1 would 11^: you to visit any of your oouslns whenever it is possible ee sure and write everyone saying you hnve he*- rd from me and give them my love. lour nflect! ">nnta_father. This is the letter sent by Col. Devereux from a Shanghai prison camp to his son Patrick. Col. Devereux’s wife died a few months after he was captured. —A. P. Wirephoto. wife's death a few months after he was captured. The Navy Cross which was award ed to Col. Devereux cited him for ‘distinguished and heroic conduct n the line of his profession in the iefense of Wake Island, December 1 to 22, 1941.” Col. Devereux also •eceived the Marine Corps League Wedal as the outstanding Marine of 941. Joseph Devereux, an engineer with he Federal Works Agency, lives with lis family at 1 West Bradley lane, Uhevy Chase, Md. The citation accompanying Comdr. tfcCandless’ Medal of Honor praised he officer for his "superb initiative” n taking command of his ship and ittacking enemy vessels after his enior officers had been killed. Heroes to be honored at the Can een tonight are Capt. Albert W. Mffenvach, bombardier on a Flying1 Fortress in attacks on European tar gets, and holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, and Rear Admiral Norman Scott, who won the Con gressional Medal of Honor for his courageous leadership in the Battle of Savo Island. Admiral Scott went down with his flagship in the en gagement. Others in. the series will be hon ored on following nights. Mr. Sudduth's drawings are a fea ture of the exhibit which will be on display at the Canteen until Jan uary 12. Other exhibits include drawings and paintings done by visiting artists of servicemen at the Canteen. The public is welcome to view the display daily except Sun day from 2 to 4 p.m. A Visitors will be asked to donate $1 each to be used for the purchase of food for the Canteen. WASHINGTON NEWS WASHINGTON, D. C.. SOCIETY AND GENERAL DECEMBER 30, 1943. * School Board to Seek 30 Pet. Cut in Cost Of Nursery Direction Expected to Consider Economy Proposals Next Wednesday The Board of Education next Wednesday is expected to consider the first of many changes proposed by the Nursery School Advisory Committee to cut the administra tive cost of public nursery schools by at least 30 per cent. The schools, heretofore adminis tered by a separate office under the Commissioners, were placed under control of the board yesterday. Although plans for cutting costs will not be officially revealed until the board meeting Wednesday, it is un derstood they include abolition of the present plan allowing an admin istrator for the care of children over 5 years of age and one for those under 5. An administrator for all phases of the day-care program is expected to be provided for both white and col ored schools, and the position of central administrator to procure equipment and handle financial ac counts is expected to be retained. Miss Dorothy D. Pearse has been serving in this capacity under the Commissioners. The “foster day program,” counsel ing and placing service maintained for mothers of children under 2 years of age, will not be placed under control of the Board of Education, due to legal complication. Instead, it will be continued as a separate service, supported 13 by the Com munity War Fund, under the ad ministration of the Committee on Services to Children of Working Mothers. For the 250 children so far reg istered in the day care program the change in administration will make little difference. They still will at tend the nursery school in the same location, get a hot lunch at noon and be supervised by trained per sonnel. For those expected to register later, however, the new system will be much more convenient. Now each child can register, at the cen ter he expects to attend. Removal of offices of the nursery school program to the Franklin School Building and centralizing control under Supt. of School Hay cock is expected to speed up open ing of 10 more centers, which were to have been opened last summer. The administrative system, it was explained, has been one of the major reasons for the slow progress made so far—only 11 centers opened in seven months’ operation. Another administrative saving be ing considered, it was learned, is abolition of separate positions of nutritionist and nurse for the nursery schools, with their duties to be performed by experts already employed by the school system. The program still will be paid for en tirely, however, from Lanham Act funds from the Federal Works Agency. 3 New Major Laws Effective Saturday By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS, Dec. 30.—Three new State laws of major impor tance will become effective in Mary land Saturday. All were enacted by the 1943 Leg islature and while two of them technically became effective on June 1—the effective date of most As sembly acts—their provisions do not become operative until the begin ning of 1944, Legislative authorities said there were probably other acts of lesser importance taking effect Saturday, but that there were Just three of general importance: The forest conservancy act, the continuous as sessment act and the uniform tax sales plan. The Forest Conservancy Act, sub ject 6f a current conference of State forestry officials in Baltimore, provides for the licensing and con trol of the cutting and production of timber and related products. The act itself has been implemented by a series of regulations promulgated by the State Board of Forests and Parks and having the force of law. The new tax sales law provides a uniform procedure throughout the 23 counties, replacing a series of varrying local laws. Second Year of Rationing To Be Observed Wednesday Fair Share Day will be celebrated Wednesday to commemorate the second anniversary of rationing and the services of 100,000 volunteers on ration boards throughout the country. About 639 volunteers, for example, have been working at local boards, the District Commissioners said in announcing the observance. Nearly all of them have put in more than 100 hours. “This second birthday is a fitting occasion on which to recognize the service of volunteers who are guard ing us against the ravages of war time scarcity and inflation, and protecting our opportunities to ob tain a fair share at a fair price,” the Commissioners said. War Service Award Certificates are to be given to District volun teers at ceremonies later. Colton Named to Lead Division of Red Cross Drive Barnum L. Colton, vice president of the National Savings & Trust Co. of Washington, has been ap pointed chairman of the city divi sion of the Metropolitan Area 1944 Red Cross War Fund, it was an nounced yesterday by Lloyd C. Wil son, general campaign chairman. Mr. Colton served the Red Cross in the same capacity during the 1943 drive. The 1944 War Fund, which will be conducted in March, will ask the people of America for $200,000,000 with Which to finance Red Cross activities for the armed forces at home and abroad, in addition to normal Red Cross functions. The district quota has not been an nounced. Last year, with a quota of $1,555, 000, the District raised more than $1,800,000. Child Critically Hurt In Second-Story Fall While 'Playing War' Plunges Through Window While Staging 'Battle' With Christmas Gifts Christmas was a red-letter day in the life of 7-year-old Stewart Rae, for on that day he received the present he had been begging his parents to buy him—a group of toy planes and ships. Since then Stewart had been staging his own mock war, with zooming fighter planes, destroyers, bat tleships and sub marines. His fa vorite place to play was on a trunk at the sec ond-story play Stewmrt E»». room Window Of his home at 453 I street N.W. Perhaps he became too enthusias tic as he clambered onto the trunk for a more realistic portrayal of aerial warfare. Whatever happened, he lost his balance yesterday and fell against the screened window. The screen gave way and Stewart plunged 20 feet to the brick pave ment below. When found by his mother, Mrs. Glover Rae, he was still clutching a toy plane. Emergency Hospital doctors re port Stewart is in a critical condi tion, with a skull fracture and in juries to his right arm, leg and side. There's an ironic footnote to the story. When his parents returned home last night from the hospital, they left in their car a small bundle containing the boy’s clothes. The bundle was gone this morning. A thief had forced open the door dur ing the night and removed the package. Planners Oppose Rezoning Petitions The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission yes terday adopted resolutions recom mending that the District Zoning Council, which meets today, deny five petitions asking reclassification of land in the western suburban area of Montgomery County and ap prove two applications for rezoning in the eastern suburban area. The resolution referring to two petitions of Morrison Bros, ask ing the reclassification of residen tial A property to residential C and commercial D zones, points out that parcels covered by both petitions are located at the present entrance gateway pillars to the community of Edgemoor as entered by way of Edgemoor lane from Wisconsin ave nue. In asking for denial of the peti tions the commission states that these parcels are in buffer or transi tion areas and their ultimate land use deserves and requires careful study of a community-wide nature. A petition of Charles F. Miller for reclassification from residential A to commercial D of property facing Edgemoor w’as also recommended for denial for the same reason. In the resolution requesting de nial of another petition of Mr. Mil ler's asking for rezoning from resi dential A to commercial D of a large tract of property south of Bradley boulevard, the commission states that the possible effects of the rezoning in this location are too great to permit indorsement of the rezoning until the master plan for the section can be studied and adopted. The group also recommended de nial of the application of Charles S. and Mary Moore for reclassifica tion from residential A to commer cial D zone of property on the north side of Walsh street, Chevy Chase. Applications recommended for approval include that of Blair Man agement Corp., for rezoning to in dustrial E, land on the northeast side of East-West highway in Sil ver Spring and of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Lehman for reclassifica tion to industrial of property near Linden. Mid-City Wardens Plan Gas Identification Drill Harmless gases with the same odors as poison gases will be used in the regular Monday night drill of the Mid-City air-raid wardens. The public will not participate in the alert, which will be between 8 and 9 p.m.. John L. C. Sullivan, deputy air-raid warden of the area, said, nor will the P street theater crowds be exposed to the gas. Gases will be discharged from insect spray-guns at various posts to permit practice in identification of the different types. “The gas is very expensive,” Mr. Sullivan said, “so we cannot use much. I doubt if the public will get a whiff of it.” AFTER ROBBERY ARRAIGNMENT—These three men were said by police today to have been arrested as they worked on a safe in the Lord Baltimore service station at 2500 Pennsyl vania avenue S.E. They are shown being led to jail after being arraigned before United States Commissioner Needham C. Turn age. They are John F. Mockabee, 23 (front), who has his face covered; Elmer H. Day, 25 (center), and Joseph G. Isenberg, 22, hatless. —Star Staff Photo. Discarded Yule Trees At City Dump Offered For Use as Firewood House Member's Letter Condemning Burning Suggested Plan Burning of unused Christmas trees in the District was condemned by Representative Hagen, Parmer Labor. Minnesota, in a letter today to William A. Xanten, head of the city’s refuse division. Mr. Hagen, after reading in The Star that some 60,000 trees would be disposed of within the next week or 10 days at the city dump, suggested that they be made available to the public for firewood. He said persons interested could trim the branches and cut the trunks into the proper size to fit their fireplaces and stoves. The branches could be left at the dump. “In normal times this would be inconsequential,” Mr. Hagen said, “but in view of the fuel shortage and scarcity of wood I believe the public could help itself and help the war effort by using those trees for firewood. Several hundred trees would supply a family with enough wood for the winter.” Mr. Hagen pointed out that the wood shortage is so acute in his home State it is being imported, rather than exported. Christmas ; trees would make excellent burning wood after being dried out in homes during the holiday period, he added. Mr. Xanten said he anticipated such a request and said the public was welcome to all the trees it de sired. No more trees will be de stroyed until Saturday or Monday he said, and, in the meantime, anv ■ body caring to trim the trees for firewood are welcome to all they can handle. Mr. Xanten pointed out that trees still lying around on market and neighborhood lots undoubtedly would be given to anybody asking for them. First Negro Parachute Unit To Be Activated Soon The Army's first Negro parachute unit, designated as the 555th Para chute Infantry Company, will be ac tivated soon at Fort Benning. Ga„ the War Department announced to day. Brig. Gen. Leo Donovan, com mander of the air-borne command, has been authorized to select volun teers for an enlisted cadre from the 92d Infantry’ Division at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. After the first month's training at the Fort Benning Parachute School, those qualifying will be as signed to their unit and will receive $50 monthly additional pay. Other new parachute units are in process of formation, the depart ment said, and applications for that duty still are being accepted. The War Department emphasized that parachute units have been used successfully in combat in North Af rica. Sicily. Italy and the South west Pacific. F. S. Walker Renamed To District Wage Board Fred S. Walker, labor's representa tive on the D. C. Minimum Wage Board, has been reappointed by the Commissioners to his second three year term. The new term begins Saturday. Mr. Walker is a member of Co lumbia Typographical Union. No. 101, and for 11 years was its secretary treasurer. He also is a delegate to the Central Labor Union and man ager of its official organ, Trades Unionist. Unofficial Discharge Buttons On Sale; Army Investigating The discharge lapel button—rec ognition by the armed forces of honorable service—now is being sported on veterans’ coats in three different versions and the Army is investigating. Here's the situation, as uncovered Dy a Star reporter who started out with a veteran’s honorable discharge papers to get the lapel button: The winged insignia is issued free by the armed forces. At least one District store is sell ing almost exact duplicates of the ones issued free except that the ones on sale are pressed into shape somewhat differently. These sell for 35 cents. At least three D street stores spe cializing in military supplies are selling a completely different ver sion—a shiny type with the winged eagle haphazardly defined. These sell for 35 cents, too. Kow the items got on the market isn’t quite clear. An Army official suggested a manufacturer under contract to the Philadelphia Quar termaster Depot might have de cided to sell the imperfect ones re jected by the Army. The smaller ones clearly are the work of some other firm. Both the Army War College, where discharged soldiers can get their buttons free, and the stores require veterans to show their hon orable discharge papers. But here's the difference: The Army stamps the discharge papers—“one lapel button issued .. A record is also kept of the trans action. Some stores take down the veteran’s name, address and serial number. Others just glance at the discharge papers and make the sale. None of the stores stamp the dis charge papers. For those who want what the armed forces intended them to get, the Army outlets are the War Col lege and Fcrt Myer, Va. Navy vet erans can get their lapel buttons at naval training stations, hospitals or receiving stations or by writing to the Bureau of Naval Personnel, in closing the original discharge papers or, in the case of officers, the orig inal and one certified copy of the orders placing them on inactive duty. Marines apply to the office of the Marine Corps commandant and coast guardsmen to the nearest dis- i trlct Coast Guard office. Police Capture Three Suspects in Act Of Cracking Safe Three Other Robberies Laid to Trio; Grocery Store Burglary Foiled Arrest of five men, three of whom were surprised last night while working on a filling station safe, and two others suspected of robbing a grocery, was disclosed today by police. The arrests resulted in the solu tion of three previous robberies, ac cording to police, who said they are questioning the men about other recent crimes. Police said they caught three of the men after a passerby notified police that safe crackers were at work in the Lord Baltimore service station at 2500 Pennsylvania avenue S.E. Five policemen from the eleventh precinct encircled the sta tion and advanced with drawn guns. prisoners Listed. Police listed their prisoners in the case as Elmer H. Day. 25. of the 600 block of I street S.E.; John F. Mock abee, 23. of the 700 block of Ninth street S.E., and Joseph G. Isenberg, 22, of the 1200 block of Eleventh street S.E.. all unemployed. Police said Isenberg was paroled recently from Lorton Reformatory, where he had served a sentence for house breaking. According to police, the trio ad mitted taking five quarts of whisky from Miller's Furniture Store, Eighth street and Pennsylvania ave nue S.E., earlier in the evening be fore they entered the filling station. When arraigned before United States Commissioner Needham C. Turnage today, the trio pleaded not guilty to a charge of housebreaking. They were held under $10,000 bond, and their case continued until Jan uary 17. Two Other Arrests* The other arrests were made when officers in a scout car became suspi cious of an automobile circling a grocery at 2901 Minnesota avenue S.E. They said the driver of the car was taken into custody, along with another man who was in the store. Police listed them as John A. Stea. 28. of the 300 block of H street N.E.. and Jack R. Griffith. 32. of the 400 block of Thirty-second street S.E. Arraigned before Commissioner Turnage today. Stea was held under $500 bond on a charge of house breaking. while Griffith was released. Mrs. Mary Darneille Dies After Illness Mrs. Mary Canby Darneille. 72, widow’ of Hopewell Hebb Darneille, former assessor of the District, died today at the home of her daughter. Mrs. Eliza D Wood, 2959 Upton street N.W.. after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mrs. Wood’s home, with the Rev. H Hatch Sterrett, rector of All Souls’ Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in Rock Creek Cemetery. Born in old Bladensburg, Md., Mrs. Darneille was the daughter of the late Beniamin Lowndes and Eliza Canbv Jackson. She was a lifelong resident of nearby Mary land and the District. She was edu cated in private schools of the Dis trict. Her husband died in 1913. Mrs. Darneille was a member of All Souls’ Episcopal Church. Surviving besides Mrs. Wood are three sons, Lt. Howell H.. jr„ U. S. N. R.: Rodney G. of Washington and Lt. Bladen Jackson Darneille. U. S. N. R„ who was president of the Silver Spring National Bank be fore entering the service: a brother, Een.iamin Lowndes Jackson of Washington, five granddaughters, one grandson and one great-grand son. Green Appointed Aqain To Head War Bond Drive Reappointment of Richard P. Green, president of the Farmers’ Banhinr & Trust Co. of Rockville, as chairman if the fourth Mont gomery County War Loan Drive, drive. was announced today by Holmes D. Baker, Frederick. Md., regional chairman of the fourth War Loan Drive. The new drive. Chairman Green said, will start officially January 18. The county’s third War Loan drive quota was $2,375,000, and Mr. Green expects the new one to be approxi mately the same. Mr. Green emphasized that begin ning Saturday, persons who pur chased their full allotment of $5,000 in "E” bonds during 1943. will be eligible to purchase their full 1944 allotment. Mr. Green said that a 2</a per cent bond maturing in 1970, a 2Y* per cent bond maturing in 1959 and a one-year % per cent certificate of indebtedness will also be offered during the drive. All banks in the county will again accept subscriptions for bonds and series E bonds will also be on sale at theaters, building associations and post offices. Steuart Firm Official Denies Compulsion in Selling to Government Applications Treated As Ordinary Orders, Manager Declares Curtis S. Steuart, secretary and general manager of L. P. Steuart & Bro., Inc., fuel oil dealers, declared “unessential” by the District OPA, today denied reports his firm had been under compulsion to supply bunker oil for Government buildings which faced an emergency this week when the contract supplier fell down on deliveries. He pointed out, however, that had the OPA order barring his firm from accepting new customers, which is now being appealed, been in effect, the Steuart company would have been unable to take on the Govern ment as a new customer and send oil to Gallinger Hospital, the United States Naval Hospital at Bethesda. the Naval Torpedo Station and other Government buildings. Meanwhile, Lester Scott, direct* of the fuel oil division of the Mer chants' and Manufacturers Associa tion reported that a survey of local dealers had shown that supplies of household oil in this area are adequate to redeem all valid cou pons. Compulsion Denied. * “Some one is trying to Imply that we were directed to supply oil from our reserves to the Govern ment and that is not the truth," Mr. Steuart said. "The petroleum administrator for war's directive 59 compels exchange of oil between refiners and suppliers during the emergency. I'm a dealer, not a supplier. "The PAW didn’t even know we were delivering oil to the Govem , ment until they read about it in the paper and no Government agency ever suggested that we might be j forced to give them oil. We will (take care of anybody that needs fuel oil. The Government just called us j up like any other customer might and we were glad to be able to sup ply them. We kept a man on until 1 a m. both Tuesday and Wednesday nights to help them out in loading 1 their trucks.” Mr. Steuart said that his com pany's deliveries to the Government i ended this morning, when the ! Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, which has had the Government con | tract this winter, secured more sup plies. The Steuart company was the I supplier during the previous year. Discussing the household fuel oil ! supply situation. Mr. Scott said stocks were flowing into the District ! much more abundantly and regu ; larly than they were at this time last year. He pointed out, however, that many consumers were apparently | burning oil at a rate faster than j allowed by their allocations. Even i though such persons may be able to ; exchange coupons for later periods so | that they may obtain oil immedi ; ately. they will reach the end of their season's allotm-nt before the cold | weather is over. No Cause for Concern.” Mr. Scott said he had communi cated yesterday with the Supply and Distribution Committees in Balti more and New York City and that both reported there was "no imme diate cause for concern.” Icy road conditions on Christmas Day,' made transportation difficult and threw some deliveries off schedule, how ever, he said. The city's supply of heavy indus trial oil, Mr. Scott reported, was considered good earlier in the sea son. Heavy drains by the Army and Navy, however, produced a shortage in this supply. He said he did not believe the condition was serious, but that some dealers were likely to be short of heavy oil from time to time. Most acute along the Atlantic seaboard, he said, was the shortage of kerosene. This was caused largely by curtailed production of this type of fuel, since the oil for I merly usjpd for kerosene is being directed into the refining of 100 octane gasoline, he said. Mr. Scott expected the number of cold homes in this area to in crease from now' until next Thurs day, when period 3 coupons become valid. No 1 coupons expire at mid night next Wednesday and No. 2 coupons will remain valid through February 7. Consumers with illness in the ! family and those completely out of oil may apply to their boards for the" -' exchange of future coupons for cur* rently valid ones. Additional allo cations of oil. however, are granted only in extraordinary cases. Meeting Postponed John B. Dickman, sr.. president of the National Association of Re tired Federal Employes, announced today that a meeting scheduled for Saturday has been postponed to February 5. Daily Rationing Reminders^, Canned and Frozen Foods. Etc.— Book No. 4, green stamps D, E and F valid through January 20. Meats, Fats, Etc. — Book No. 3, stamps L, M, N, P and Q valid through January 1. Stamp R good through January 29. Stamp No. l, in Book 4, good for five points in pork through Janu ary 1. Sugar—Stamp 29 in Book No. 4 good for 5 pounds through January 15, Shoes—Stamp No. 18 in Book No. 1 and stamp 1 on the “airplane’1 sheet of Book No. 3 valid now for an indefinite period. Gasoline—No. 8 A coupons good for 3 gallons each until February 8. B and C coupons good for 2 gal lons each. B-2 and C-2 coupons in books issued after December 1 are good for 5 gallons each. Tire Inspection Deadlines—For A coupon holders, March 31. ■ Fuel Oil—Period No. 1 coupons, good for 10 gallons a unit, valid now, expire January 3. Period No. 2 coupons, valid now, expire Febru ary 8. Period No. 3 coupons be come valid January 4, remain valid through March 14. According to the District OPA, consumers in this area should not have used more than 33 per cent of their total yearly fuel oil ration as of December 27.