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Cited by Bowles in Reply to Hill Critics By ttie Associated Prtss. The Office cf Price Administration cites its record in the courts as the best answer to charges in Congress that it has operated without proper regard for the rights of citizens. This record, the agency announced yesterday, has been called to the attention of the Smith committee In a 20.000-word statement replying to the committee's charges of usurpation and abuse of powers by OPA. The committee, reporting No vember 15, accused OPA of issuing “illegal, absurd, useless and con flicting'’ regulations, construing its power so as to authorize it to “sen tence citizens of the United States to starvation” and seeking through complicated procedure to block legal redress. Won Most Cases. In a letter to Chairman Smith of the House Committee investigating executive agencies. Price Adminis trator Chester Bowles wrote: "The report (of the committee) deals largely with the past, but I believe it is important that miscon ceptions with respect to the past be cleared up and a common ground of understanding be established for the future.” The agency’s reply stated that of 4.991 OPA price, rent and rationing cases decided through last Septem ber. the Government has won 94 per cent, with defendants prevailing in “only 291 cases.” The statement said that OPA de rives authority from the Second War Powers Act to suspend the allocation of rationed commodities to sellers who violate ration orders. Lacking such authority, the report declared, “the administrator would be com pelled to continue authorizing de livery of rationed scarce commod ities to persons and companies that he knew to be black market op erators’.’ Price control and rationing, the statement continued, are "closely related, interdependent means of coping with the same situation— scarcities in supply. If either form of control fails, the other cannot succeed.” Explains Court System. Replying to committee criticisms of suspension order proceedings be fore OPA commissioners, the agency asserted that such orders do not cail for judicial proceedings, but instead are administrative action. "Surely,” the statement said, “the committee cannot complain that the administrator has chosen to ex ercise his administrative power through a decentralized, formal and impartial body of officials.” Taking exception to committee charges that judicial review under; the Price Control Act is inadequate and that OPA has sought deliber ately to delay court review, the agency said the scope of review was in accord "with that generally pre-i vailing for Federal administrative! action, although Congress found it: necessary to limit the review of reg ulations to the Emergency Court of Appeals.” By centering responsibility in a single court, Congress has assured, the reply stated, that “a regulation would either be valid for the coun try as a whole or invalid.” Other wise, it added, a regulation might be valid in some of the 85 judicial dis tricts and invalid in others, pending decison by the Supreme Court. Twins to Go in Army Together as President Acts By the Associated Press. MEMPHIS. Tenn., Dec. 30.—An appeal to President Roosevelt turned the trick—the 18-year-old Quinley twins are to leave tomorrow’ for as signment to the Army Air Forces basic training center at Miami Beach, Fla. Jack and Earl Quinley shared mascot honors for a Memphis high school, w'ere first lieutenants in ROTC, assistant scoutmasters, car ried a newspaper route together and worked together during summer vacations. Both applied for the Air Forces after Earl thought he had recovered from an operation necessary for ac ceptance, but Jack’s orders came without mention of Earl. Mrs. Earl J. Quinley, the mother, wrote to President Roosevelt in behalf of simultaneous induction. Then Earl was notified of acceptance. Biddle Ruling Hay Boost Group Under Civil Service Additional Federal workers mav be added to the civil srrvice list as a result of a ruling by Attorney Getieral Biddle. He held that a person appointed on July 1, 1041, and who thereafter served continuously with merit for six months is eligible for c’assifica tion, if otherwise qualified. The Civil Service Commission has accepted the ruling and, on request, will reconsider recommendations for classification under the Rams pect Act and Executive Order 8743, which were submitted to the com mission before January 1, 1943, and disapproved because the employe was not appointed until July l, 1941. The commission believes only a negligible number of employes will benefit by the ruling. 'Camera Stroll' Scheduled A "Camera Stroll” to the National Gallery of Art and the Capitol will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday under the auspices of the Nat:onal Canital Parks service. Those interested are to meet at the south entrance to the National Gallery of Art, the Mall and Sixth street. ■» (T~ PORTRAITS "*) \ QUALITY *) /. Civilian and \ \ Military / \ *11nderwooi/ ) I CUnderwood \ A Portrait! Twenty-Flvt r 1 Dollar! a Dozen Dp V V Thur. ’til 9 P.M. Sun. 12-* 7 y Telephone EMerson 0200 v ( Connecticut Ave. at 0 I . - ■ ^|j M I . . _ - WASHABLE Rayon Fabrics 69c yd Spun Rayon Prints ■ Rayon Dress Serge Printed Rayon Crepe Check Rayon Fabric —Long wearing rayon fab rics for a lovely winter ward robe. 15 new printed patterns and 12 different colors. 36" wide. Kann's—Street Floor DICKEYS Soiled and Irregular$ n. 69 —Smooth rayon and crisp cotton pique dickeys . . Also dressy sheers. Prettily em broidered or lace trimmed styles. Slightly soiled from handling and irregulars in the group. Karin's—Street Floor HANDBAG CLEARANCE Many Styles and Colors * 1.49 —Lovely fabric handbags for dress or every day wear. You’ll find all of the popular styles in this group in the season’s most important colors. Kann's—Street Floor Ever-Important APRONS n. oo —How’s your apron ward robe? Here you will find dainty little waist band styles to slip over your party clothes and workable coverall ■ aprons for other household duties. Gay floral percale prints and stripes. • Kann's—Second Floor. I iii , Smart Looking EARRINGS 59c (Plus Tax) —In a grand assortment of styles and colors. Styles for every occasion. Clever shapes. All at 59c pair. Karin'*—Street Floor. CLEARANCE OF SOILED BLANKETS • 6 72x84" Chatham All Wool Blankets. Were $10.95_$8.95 • 6 Kenwood All Wool Blankets. 72x84" size. Were $14.95 $12 95 • 5 Chatham All Wool Blankets. Were $15.95 $13 95 • 7 North Star All Wool Blankets. Were $18.95 _ $14i95 • 8 Kenwood Blankets. 80% wool and 20% rayon. 72x84" size. Were $12.95 . _ g|9 gg • 6 Pearce All Wool Plaid Blankets. Were $11 95 $0 95 • 8 Purrey Blankets. 88%. wool and 12%, rayon. 72x84" s”ize Were $5.95 _ §39g • 8 Cannon Blankets, 50% wool and 50% cotton." 72x84" size Were $5.95 «3 99 • 18 White Cotton Sheet Blankets. 70x90" size. Were $1 39 99c • 9 Pepperell Blankets. 50% rayon, 25%. cotton, 25% wool. Peach only. 72x84” size. Were $4.95 _ _ S3 99 • 4 Purrey Blankets. 88% rayon and 12%. wool. 72x90” size. Wcr6 $6.45 - . ... _ • L®iankets- 80 % wool and 20% rayon. Cedar tan shade. Were $7.95 - -$5.99 Kann's—Street Floor I TOYS REDUCED I For CAenrance I Were 94c to $15.50 I I 49c - *9.95 I —A large assortment of all manner of toys. Games, construction sets, paper dolls, blocks, fibreboard train kits, doll house furniture, wagons, tot cars and many, many more. Some \ a^e samP^es> others are from our regular |j| Karin's—Fourth Floor f CLEARANCE $3.98 to $4.98 BATHROOM HAMPERS *2.99 —Woven fibre enameled bathroom hampers. Slightly marred from han dling. In pastel shades to harmonize with your bathroom. Sorry, no phone orders. Kami’s—Third Floor Imperfects of Famous CAMEO Sheer Rayon Hosiery 59c —Business sheers—ideal for general everyday wear. Every pair full fashioned with cotton reinforced feet for added wear. Imperfections are slight—nothing to mar the wearing qualities. New shades in sizes 8Vi to 10Vi. Kami*—Street Floor CLEARANCE of China & Glass • 10 sets of 8 Nautical Tumbler*. Were $1._. 69e | • 4 Cut Crystal Bowls. Were $3.98. 81.98 • 6 Sandwich Plate*. 14" size. Were $2.98. $1.50 • 2 Dinner Set*. 93-pcs. Were $29.98. ..$22.98 • 2 Dinner Sets. 94-pcs. Were 29.98... . $21.98 • 8 Dinner Sets. 53-pcs. Were *7.99. $5.99 • 2 Dinner Sets. 67-pcs. Were *19 98. ...*12.98 • 3 Dinner Sets. 53-pcs. Were *10.98. ... $8.98 • 2 Dinner Sets. 53-pcs. Were $16.98. $10.98 • 6 Luncheon Sets. 32-pcs. Were $4.98. .. *3.98 Kann's—Third Floor Clearance Ten Needed Homefittings Reduced • Sofa Slip Covers. Were *7 98.... *5.99 • Priscilla Ruffled Curtains. Were *2.95 pair. *1.89 • Cottage Sets. Were *1.95 pair... *1.29 • Cottage Sets. Were *2.95 pair....*1.95 • Tailored Curtains. Were *1.29_*1.M • Upholstery Squares. Were 99c ea. 29c • Rayon and Cotton Draperies. Were (9.95 pair. (6.04 • Ready Made Chair and Sofa Covers. Only 106. Were (3.98 to *7.98. As is. *2.5# • Remnants of Drapery Material. Was *1.49 to *1.69 yard__ 89e • Window Shades. Seconds of 79c to *1.49 grades... 49e Kann'e—Third Floor. TABLE CLOTHS At Economy Prices SECONDS OF PRINTED TABLE CLOTHS... —These bright little cotton cloths ^ ^ turn meal time Into a festive event. JJK | 1 52-inch size In fancy printed pat- ^ _ I terns. SECONDS HEAVYWEIGHT PRINTED TABLE CLOTHS —Extra heavy cotton table cloths. dt» ✓'v mm 63x80 inch size. Fancy printed pat- «P terns in cheerful colors. ~ Kann's—Street Floor llillilllllllliil!!