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pnmmj W^nd vicinity WASHINGTON, D. &, SOCIETY AND GENERAL DECEMBER 30, 1943. < ► 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. —I——MMM—M———MMMMf wiiiii—III——m mu I Mini ■ .■■win 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. 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, USMC Barracks No. 0, Room No. C-l. Slinnqkoi War-prisoner’* Comp. April 27, 19*3. To. Mr. Patrick Devereux -- e/o colonel J. P. Welch QMC-, U. S. Army Governor'8 Island, New York. Dear Paddy: Our loss oust have Indeed been e shock to you; it was to me We both loved her so much. I only wl3h that I could be with you but you are indeed fortunate to have your grand-pa rent a to watch over you. I made a broadcast recording to you last fall. Do hope you reoelvea it in view of 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 church and school. Keep up the good work. You will find both eitremely neoessary in later lire. Since I can’t do it, will you please ask your grendnother to hare you given swlraalng and riding lessons, l do not care how well you are able to perform when I return but i do want you to like riding. You will have to help me school horses when we get our farm. Speaking of farming, l am learning quite a bit about it. We have text books pra.ctleal experience plus lots of adrloe. t Your mother wrote tnat you were "throwing your weight around" the post on account of the wake Island Marines. Yhey did quite well and l am proud of them but reuember 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 lines is often more vital than that at the front. see fr?? tha ®nolose4 picture which was taken this ♦ t?at' t an w°i1.as ar® “Oet of us. of course we would like the first11* h°mB Bnd lf 80 ®xchanS® 18 “"de, wa should be among . ,_JP}eafe wrlte as often as possible. My only letters were dated last June. 1 suppose you were able to be with your cousin* ror a while last stunner and imagine that you will get to cnevv Chase this coming summer, as 1 have written before, l would ll'-: you to visit any of your cousins whenever it is possible. °® sure end write everyone saying you nnve he»rd fro.n me and give them my love. Your iiffectt onete-fother. 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. Bethesda Lodge Plans Installation Tuesday Newly elected officers of the Bir mingham Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, will be installed at a meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Masonic Hall, Beltsville, Md. Officers to be installed are: Mrs. Elsie Ziepolt, worthy matron; E. E. Emerson, worthy patron: Miss Hanna Long, associate matron;] James E. Gamble, associate patron ;j Mrs. M. Elinor Harr, secretary; Mrs. Clara Heal, treasurer; Mrs. Ruth Farrar, conductress; Mrs. Katherine Berdan, associate conductress; Mrs. Mary Stein, chaplain; Mrs. Anna Stewart, marshal; Mrs. Jane M. Beall, organist; Mrs. Alleda Davis, Adah; Mrs. Helen Reed, Ruth; Miss Viola Ziepolt, Esther; Mrs. Aline Nelson, Martha; Mrs. Alice Rook, Electa; Mrs. Ruby Dell Flynn, warder; John R. Teel, sentinel; Mrs. Gamble and Mrs. Ruth Hess, flag bearers. . 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 paid last night are Lt. Col. James Pat rick Sinnott Devereux, Lt. Comdr. Bruce McCandless and Sergt. Maurice G. Cecchinl. 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. Although he was wounded, he di rected his ship in sinking one enemy cruiser, one destroyer and so badly crippling a battleship that it after ward sank. 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 Hours of Combat. The “nothin? 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 Army 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 now training at a North Carolina base; Leo, a taxi driver, and Tony, who is employed at the Government Printing Office. Sergt. Cecchini holds the Distin guished Flying Cross and an Air Medal with oak leaf cluster. As Pat Cecchini, he was well known to local sports fans as an amateur boxer and winner of the Golden Gloves feather weight 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 ae 3 New Major Laws To Take Effect in Maryland Saturday Continuous Assessment Forest Conservancy and Sales Tax Acts to Start Bt the AMoelited 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. All three touched off considerable controversy in the legislative ses sion, with the principal fight waged over the continuous assessment plan. This act, to be administered by the State Tax Commission, pro vides a method of continuing as sessment of property for tax pur poses. Each of the State’s 23 counties has been divided into five districts, and all the property in one district will be reassessed each year. Previously, assessments were voted by the Assembly with frequent ex emptions for various counties. A similar continuous assessment plan has been in operation in Bal timore City for several years. The Forest Conservancy Act, sub ject of 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 j varrying local laws. Virginia ABC Board Doubles Rum Ration Bonus Plan Continues With Whisky Quota Cut By the Associated Presi. RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 30—Vlr ginians will be allowed a doubled allotment of rum in January, through a partial continuation of the rum-wine bonus plan authorized by the ABC board in December. Coupons 37 and 38, valid in Janu I ary, will be good for a fifth of rum, each, the board announced yester day. However, the part of the plan which allowed a purchaser to buy his usual allotment of whisky and, in addition, a fifth of the higher alcoholic content wine, will not be continued, it was stated. Under the new plan a purchaser may spend one of his coupons for a fifth of rum and the other for a pint of whisky. He also may make four different purchases of rum in pint or tenth containers, or may buy a fifth of rum early in the month with one coupon, and an other at a later date in the same month. Brakeman Hurt in Yards Harvey Hamman. 52, of Strasburg, Va„ a brakeman for the Southern Railroad, was injured early today when he was struck by a north bound Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac passenger train in the Potomac Yards. He was treated for head injuries at Alexandria Hos pital, where attendants described his condition as '‘fair.” Liquor Store Official Fined BALTIMORE, Dec. 30 UP).—Na than Bliss, an official of Abel's Cut Rate Liquor Store, Inc., was fined $1,000 and costs yesterday by Judge W. Calvin Chesnut in the first crimi nal case in Maryland involving vio lation of ceiling prices on whisky. Bliss was accused of four instances of overcharging on sales of case lots of whisky and some other liquors. a gift for her 19th birthday on Jan uary 12. A letter and post card received by Col. Devereux’s son, Patrick, 10, in Burlingame, Calif., a few days ago indicated that the marine hero at least had received word of his wife's death a few months after he was captured. Citations Recalled. The Navy Cross which was award ed to Col. Devereux cited him for “distinguished and heroic conduct I in the line of his profession in the defense of Wake Island, December 7 to 22, 1941.” Col. Devereux also received the Marine Corps League Medal as the outstanding Marine of 1941. Joseph Devereux, an engineer with the Federal Works Agency, lives with his family at 1 West Bradley lane, Chevy Chase, Md. The citation accompanying Comdr. McCandless’ Medal of Honor praised the officer for his “superb initiative” in taking command of his ship and attacking enemy vessels after his senior officers had been killed. Heroes to be honored at the Can teen tonight are Capt. Albert W. Diffenvach, bombardier on a Flying 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 jdown 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. Visitors will be asked to donate $1 each to be used for the purchase of food for the Canteen. PLANS MAPPED FOR BOND DRIVE—Shown looking at the Fourth War Loan Retail Flag Award, designed by the Retailers’ War Campaign Committee for presentation to retail stores attaining their quota of $200 in E-bond sales for each employe, are (left to right) Dr. David R. Craig, president of the American Retail Federation; John A. Reilly, chairman of the District War Finance Committee; Everett J. Boothby, newly appointed vice chairman of the publicity and retail divisions, District War Finance Committee, and James W. S. Hardey, chairman of the publicity and retail divisions. The four were among the principals yesterday at a luncheon meeting in the Washington Hotel, at which plans were mapped for participation of District retailers and newspaper advertising executives in the forthcoming Fourth War Loan drive. —Star Staff Photo. --—--- -■ — ■ —.. ■— —■— / Towns in Maryland Urged to Plan for Postwar Air Age State Commission Says Places of Over 5,000 Should Build Airports By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE. Dec. 30.—The State Aviation Commission urges that “all communities having a population of 5,000 or more not delay any longer in making their plans for participa tion in the air age of tomorrow.” Commission Director P. V. Bur well said yesterday "it is quite ap parent that for some years to come the conventional types of airports and landing fields that we now know will continue to be required for air navigation and that many more will be necessary to provide for the ex pansion visualized. "Thus, the community or town that fails to provide such facilities, in the hope that ‘something revolu tionary is coming after the war,’ will most likely be by-passed in the con templated State-wide chain of flying fields.” Mr. Burwell announced that his office would study existing and con templated airport facilities in the principal Maryland towns and cities and would co.-operate with munic ipal and coufity officials in plan ning and developing flying fields for private flying and commercial activities. Any actual construction probably would have to be postponed until after the war, he said. The commission director said the Civil Aeronautics Administration ex pected rapid development of large public airports in the postwar era, adding that most aviation authorities discounted the possibility of rapid early development of such devices as the helicopter and autogiro. Move Launched in Virginia For Per Diem School Costs By the Associated Press. RICHMOND, Dec. 30 —Francis S. Chase, executive secretary of the Virginia Education Association, has launched a move to reduce State school support figures to what he has termed “an understandable basis” of cents per pupil per school day. rather than on the “per teacher unit” terms previously used. Actually, Mr. Chase explained in a circular letter, the State is now contributing 13 cents per pupil per school day and the State Depart ment of Education has asked an in crease of 8 cents, to bring the total to 21 cents. He said that the amount Gov. Darden has announced he will rec ommend to the General Assembly for budget adoption amounts to an increase of 2 cents per pupil per day for 1944-5, and a similar day for 1945-6, making a total in crease of 4 cents for the biennial period. Mr. Chase said the letter was the first of a series he plans to prepare and circulate before the General Assembly opens. Up in Alaska equipment is being unloaded for our push on the Japs. Your War bond purchases send tanks, like this one being hoisted from the ship, onto the islands of the Aleuts. Our boys fight, we must produce and pay. Give your dollar's action: Buy more War bonds. —United States Treasury Department. It. Harris of Berryville Missing in Pacific Action Br th* Associated Press. BERRYVILLE, Va„ Dec. 30.—Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Harris have been ad vised by the War Department that their son, Lt. Joseph J. Harris, jr., of the Army Air Forces, has been missing in action in the Southwest Pacific since December 16. Lt. Harris, who graduated from Berryville High School, attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute for two years before he enlisted in the Air Forces. 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 room Window Of Stewart Bat. 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 j against the screened window. The; } screen gave way and Stewart i 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- j 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 hosiptal, 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. Maryland Officials Plan January Air-Raid Alert By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Dec. 30.—At least one test air-raid alert will be called in Maryland during January in line with the 3d Service Command an nouncement that one test alert would be held each month, Col. Henry S. Barrett reported. Col. Barrett, State director of air raid precautions, added that per haps two tests would be conducted "any time after the holidays,” and that the Maryland civilian defense organization might request another. District to Launch Fourth Loan Drive At Luncheon Jan. 10 Showing of Army Film To Feature Opening of $95,000,000 Campaign Washington’s drive to raise its $05,000,000 quota in the Fourth War Loan campaign will be inaugurated at a luncheon meeting at 12:30 pm. January 10 at the Mayflower Hotel, under sponsorship of the District War Finance Committee. An outstanding feature of the meeting, Chairman John A. Reilly announced today, will be a showing of the restricted War Department film, “Baptism of Fire.” Plans for the District campaign will be outlined at the meeting. “This is a call to the home front to 'let ’em have it with War Bonds,’ ” Mr. Reilly said. “Attendance merits preference over other engagements in order that this call may be met with a solid front." The national campaign opens Jan uary 18. The District quota is $1,000,000 in excess of the Third War Loan drive, which was over subscribed by $9,000,000. Green Appointed Again To Head War Bond Drive Reappointment of Richard F Green, president of the Farmers Banking & 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 2'2 per cent bond maturing in 1970, a 2*4 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. All bonds of series E. F and G bought during January and February will be counted in the fourth War Loan drive. Prince Georges Boy Victim of Paralysis A case of infantile paralysis—the first in Prince Georges County in two years—was reported at Naylor today by Dr. John M. Byers, county health officer. Dr. Byers said an 8-year-old boy had been stricken. Dr. Byers said the disease usually occurs in the late summer or early fall and is not common at this time of the year. He said the boy’s con dition is good and that he has "good prospects of recovery.” 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 by 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. How 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 Fort 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 trict Coast Guard office. Planning Unit Asks Council to Deny Five Rezoning Petitions Says Master Plan Should Be Studied Before Action On Montgomery Tracts 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 re zoning in the eastern suburban area. In its recommendations for denial of the proposed rezoning in the western district, the commission asks the council to take this action “until the master land use plan, together with the master plan of highways, and further studies on probable pop ulation trends for this general por tion of the regional district located in suburban Montgomery County, west of Rock Creek, is ready for dis tribution, general public study and adoption.” All but one of the petitions state that in making its recommendation the commission does not concur in all of the recommendations or find ings of its technical advisers. 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 It was pointed out they are adja cent to well established residential communities which should be given full protection of orderly zoning. The technical advisers of tha commission had recommended that a portion of the land be rezoned to I residential C, but that the commer cial D use requested be denied. A petition of Charles P. Miller for reclassification from residential A to commercial D of property facing Edgemoor was 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 measure adds that it should also be taken into consideration that commercial D use of Arlington ;road is a subject of considerable concern to the commission. 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 j approval include that of Blair Man ! agement Corp., for rezoning to in jdustrial E, land on the northeast i side of East-West highwav in Sil ver Spring and of Mr. and Mrs. [Marshall Lehman for reclassifica j tion to industrial of property near Linden. 166,720 Quarts of Whisky Distributed in Maryland By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS, Dac. 30.—A total of 166,720 quarts of Scotch, rve and bourbon whiskies were placed in the hands of Maryland retail dealers from December 1 to December 24, the State controller's office reports. i Roger V. Laynor. chief of the al coholic beverage tax division, said information culled from daily re ports required by the controller's office from all manufacturers and wholesalers making sales of 10 or more cases of liquor, showed that 15,120 cases, or 41,680 gallons, had been distributed. Bids Being Accepted For Maryland Church By the Associated Press. SALISBURY, Md„ Dec. 30.— Sealed bids are being accepted by the Rev. Ralph C. Jones, superin tendent of .the Salisbury district of the Peninsula Methodist Conference, for the sale of Grace Methodist Church, Marion Station, Md„ which was closed several years ago. In 1939 Grace Churqh united with Trinity Methodist Church at Marion Station and at that time the con ference voted to sell the. church. Daily Rationing Reminders^ Canned and Frozen Foods, Etc.— Book No. 4, green stamps D. E and F valid through January 20. Meats, Fats, Etc. — B4ok No. 3, stamps L, M, N. P and Q valid through January 1. stamp R good through January 29. Stamp No. 1, 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” 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.