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WPB CHIEF FIRST BLOOD DONOR IN '44—War.Production Board Chief Donald Nelson is shown
having his temperature taken by Mrs. Philip Hilbert, nurse's aide, preparatory to giving blood today at the Blood Donor Center. Mr. Nelson thus became the first District donor for the new y^r._ —Star Staff Photo. Bogus 'Talent Scout' Indicted by D, C. Jury On 11 Check Charges True Bills Are Among More Than 35 Returned In District Court Arnold Lester, 43, self-styled "Hollywood talent scout” who threw the "Son’s o’ Fun” cast: into a mild state of panic last November by "signing up’ a num ber of its stars and chorus girls for parts in a motion picture the firm he claimed to represent was to make in Washington, today was named in six indictments, which include a total of 11 counts in connection with bad checks he allegedly cashed here. Lester, known under the aliases of Foster L, Smith and Robert G. Walsh, had the local entertainment world in a dither with tales of bringing Bette Davis, John Garfield and Pat O'Brien here to play the leading roles in the movie. He en tertained at the Club Troika, gave a birthday party in honor of Lionel Kaye, the "Daffy” of the “Sons o’ Fun” cast, at the latter's expense. Then he disappeared, leaving in his wake a trail of alleged rubber checks and shattered theatrical illusions. Federal Bureau of Investigation, agents eventually caught up with Lester in Chicago. Returned here in November, his preliminary ar raignment had been postponed be cause of illness. Nine Bad Checks Charged. The charges against him in today’s Indictments include nine counts un der the National Stolen Property Act, charging that Lester issued nine bad checks he is said to have cashed. The other two counts charge him with false pretenses in connection with allegedly cashing bad checks. He is alleged to have cashed three checks for $150 each at the Statler Hotel, where he held court in regal style during his sojourn in Washington, while six other counts in the indictment cover checks said to total more than $110 allegedly cashed at department stores. In the false pretense charges, Lester is accused of cashing bad checks for $100 and $75 respectively at the Statler. Assistant United States Attorney Sylvan Schwartz said records show that Lester was born in Los Angeles and spent considerable time in New York and that he has a jail record. The records give Lester's occupa tions as that of actor, medical stu dent and clerk. The indictments were among more than 35 returned by the grand jury in District Court before Chief Jus tice Edward C. Eicher. Edwin E. O'Bryhim, 19. was charged with arson in connection with a fire in the Agriculture De partment Building at Twelfth and C streets S.W.. where he was said to have been an employe. He was re ported to have started a fire in a waste basket while firemen were en routevto a fire in another room in the building. Otner indictments. Joseph H. Haskins, 32, colored, was indicted on two charges of falsely representing himself to be a minister during which time he was said to have performed two mar riage ceremonies. Leroy Adams, 34, and Robert H. Johnson, 42, both colored, and said to live in the 400 block of N street S.W., were charged with embezzle ment and larceny of more than 1,400 gallons of gasoline, which they al legedly sold to customers at a serv ice station at which they worked after disconnecting the meter. Joseph H. Nelson, 34, colored, of the 600 block of L street N.E., was indicted on charges of sale, posses sion and facilitating the transporta tion of narcotics. He also was named in a second indictment on a charge of failing to support his wife and minor children. Four colored youths were charged with housebreaking and larceny for allegedly breaking into stores andj stealing liquor, more than $500 in; cash and other property. They were listed as William Miller. James A. Simpson and William H. Briggs, each 18, and Randolph Valentine, 16. Miller and Valentine also were charged separately in an additional case. The four and James Caroline, 16, also were accused of housebreaking at a store. All were rounded up and captured, police said, after several had been allegedly observed in the vicinity of the store, in the 600 block of Seventeenth street N.W., where Valentine was said to have crawled out of a transom. In another indictment, Mrs. Lai Ping Chew Lee. 39, of the 4100 block Ninth street N.W., was charged with forging and cashing three money orders for $100 and one for $25. Vice President Named PITTSB RGH, Jan. 3 UP).—'The Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. an nounced appointment of Grover E. Leveque as vice president of two of its subsidiaries, the Interstate Iron Co. and Jones & Laughlin Ore Co. His headquarters will be here. Alibi of Clerk Brings Dismissal Of Ceiling Case When it was suggested he sold bananas and onions above ceiling price at J. B. Spund’s Market, 3432 Connecticut avenue N.W., December 13, as charged by a customer in Municipal Court today, a clerk testi fied he had been at Fort Myer, tak ing a physical examination for in duction in the Army. The customer, Benjamin Vernon of the 100 block of East Leland street, Chevy Chase, complained he purchased three pounds of bananas at 15 cents a pound. 2 cents above ceiling price, and one pound of onions for 15 cents, 7 cents above ceiling price. The market propri etors, Mrs. Sam Grant and Mrs. Max Grant were found innocent of violating ceiling prices. Gov. Darden to Back Alexandrians in Row With National OPA Local Board to Resign If Washington Insists On Overriding Orders Gov. Darden today promised to back up the Alexandria Ration Board in its argument with the Na tional Office of Price Administration. The Governor said he had not yet received a copy of the board’s reso lution to resign unless OPA rescinds its order giving fuel oil to a resident whose coupons had been revoked by the board. He said all he knew about the case was what he read in the Washington papers, but if true, he said, it was "outrageous.” The entire Alexandria Ration Board submitted resignations Fri day, which become effective Janu ary 10 unless the national OPA re verses its order by that time. Refused to Appear. Officials of the national office gave verbal orders to George Lenz. Arlington fuel oil dealer, to honor the ration coupons of Richard Au brey, Grandview drive, Alexandria, after the board had revoked them when Mr. Aubrey refused to appear to explain an error in his original application Bernard Goodwin, director of the district OPA office at Roanoke, told James Douglas, executive secretary of the Alexandria board, in a tele phone conversation Saturday that !the Roanoke office was in sympathy with the board's action, and would investigate the matter. Gov. Darden said as soon as he Is officially informed of the case, he will confer with Attorney General A. P Staples to find out what au thority if any, he has to act. Promises Backing. 1 In any case,” Gov. Darden said, T will back up these men who are volunteers appointed by me.” Board officials said that when Mr Aubrey first appeared before the board November 12. he “reviled" the ! clerk and refused to apologize for the language at the request of Mr 1 Douglas. After ignoring repeated requests to appear before the hearing panel to explain an estimated 400 feet of open space in his house for which he claimed fuel rations, the board re voked his allotment November 29 and notified Mr. Lenz to discontinue oil deliveries to him. Mr. Aubrey then appealed to the national OPA, which overruled the board’s action. —__ Thomas Predicts Approval Of Education tor Veterans By the Associated Press. Early congressional approval of a billlon-dollar yearly expenditure for educating veterans of the present war was predicted today by Senator Thomas, Democrat, of Utah. Senator Thomas, chairman of a Senate subcommittee studying the problem, said a bill would be ready for Senate consideration this month. The measure would provide $50 monthly for veterans seeking to con- . tinue their education. The Utah Senator predicted ap proval would be obtained in both houses so that terms of the bill i could be extended to 75,000 men I being discharged from the armed , forces monthly. , State boards of education would certify institutions at which training ■ would be given to veterans. , Rites for Mrs. Kirkland J To Be Held Tomorrow 1 Special Dispatch to The Star. MONTROSE, Md., Jan. 3.—Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Virginia Kirk- . land, 86, widow of William Kirkland, who died Sunday at her home here, will be held at 9 a.m. tomorrow in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Rock ville. The Rev. J. Gilbert Hann, pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, near Rockville. Mrs. Kirkland was formerly Miss Kraemer. she was born near here, i Soldier Is Recaptured, Four Others Held by Police After Chase Stolen Cars Figure In Flight From Jail; Road Block Fails Pvt. Raymond Lee Mills, 22, of Rockville. Md., who has been the object of a State-wide police search since he escaped from a Frederick jail Christmas eve, to day was captured near Elkton after State police ended a 28-mile chase by ramming and wrecking Mills’ automobile. Police arrested four other persons who were in the stolen car. All were unhurt Corpl. -John S. Landbeck said he spotted Mills on the Philadelphia road near Edge wood Arsenal, but was unaware of the driver's identity When the officer attempted to pass Corpl. Landbeck continued, the other car attempted to ram. but Corpl. Landbeck averted a crash and. via radio, asked for a road block at Aberdeen. Traveling between 75 and 85 miles per hour, Corpl. Landbeck made numerous attempts to pull abreast of the car, but in each instance the driver swerved. Road Block Fails. The road block at Aberdeen proved unsuccessful when the flee ing car jumped an eight-inch curb ing into a grass plot separating traffic lanes, cleared the blockade, went bad: onto the road and jumped mother curb, scattering pedestrians on the corner. State Trooper Nathan Kaplan then joined the chase. Speeding into Havre de Grace, the fugitive tried without success to shake pursuers by weaving into side streets, Corpl Landbeck said, but returned to Route 40. Riding abreast, two po lice cars began to inch up to the rear of Mills' auto. Trooper Kaplan man aged to hook bumpers with the stolen car, throwing it into a skid, and as It turned broadside, Corpl. Landbeck rammed the center and pushed it across the grass plot. The officers leaped from the cars and captured the ocupanti, who were identified as; Mills. Dennis F. Abe. 22. of Rich ardson Park. Del.; his wife, Juanita 19; his sister. Carrie. 16, and Gerald L. Robertson. 20. all of whom gave the same address. Four Held for Investigation. The State police said Mills would be turned over to Frederick County authorities. The other four were held for investigation. The soldier was jailed in Frederick about two weeks ago on a charge of taking $43 from a filling station. He previously had escaped from a Fort George G. Meade guardhouse. After sawing his way out of jail, Mills was spotted by police Decem ber 27 in Frederick County driving a stolen car. Accompanied bv his wife, Marjorie, Mills abandoned the car at Burtonsville ,and then, ac cording to Montgomery County po lice, Mills drove another stolen car into Laurel, where he abandoned it. In Laurel, police said, he fled in a third stolen car. and left It at Sandy Spring, where he escaped in a fourth stolen car. Meanwhile, his wife, who was ar rested in the first car abandoned by her husband, is being held in the Rockville jail in default of $1,000 bond on a charge of unauthorized use of an automobile. His mother, Mrs. Elsie M. Mills, who lives near Sandy Spring, was arrested Thurs day on a charge of being an acces sory in the escape of her son from jail. She later was released under $1,000 bond. Fort Meade authorities said Mills escaped from the guardhouse No-! vember 13 after he had been locked up on a charge of being absent with out leave. Rockville Girl Hit by Car After Alighting From Bus Betty Ganbin, 14, of 1004 Lewis ivenue, Rock Crest, Rockville, Md„ vas injured seriously yesterday when she was struck b, an automobile ifter getting off a bus a half-mile south of Rockville, Montgomery bounty police reported today. Police said the girl was taken to he Naval Hospital at Bethesda, vhere her condition was described is serious. They listed the driver >f the car as Thomas Costello Bla len, 29, of Spring Lake Park, Rock rille. Earl Nutting, 30, of Baltimore, vas injured yesterday when his car kidded off the highway and struck i culvert near Marshall’s Comer, lharles County. He was treated at he La Plata Hospital for a stomach njury. Mrs. Vasta Christens Concrete Lighter Mrs. John Vasta, 4515 Chesapeake street N.W., wife of the chief of the soncrete section, Maritime Commis sion, christened at San Diego, Calif., Saturday the first of the 25 Army ighters being built for use as mobile varehouses in the South Pacific. The lighters have 2,000 tons carry - ng capacity. fvmm Washington news WASHINGTON, D. C.. SOCIETY AND GENERAL JANUARY 3, 1944. B Slash in Fares For Cars, Buses Urged on PUC Union Groups Also Ask Free Transfers From Other Lines Charging that bus and streetcar fares here are “excessive, extor tionate. unjust, unreasonable and illegal,” several CIO, AFL affiliates and other organized units today asked the Public Utilities Commis sion "immediately" to order the Capital Transit Co. to reduce token fares to sell four for 30 cents and weekly passes for $1. This would save passengers at least $2,000,000 a year, it was claimed. The PUC was asked to require the company to accept transfers from four bus lines operating in nearby Maryland and Virginia. This action was taken in the form of a motion filed with PUC by Sid ney R. Katz, secretary-treasurer of the Maryland and District of Co lumbia Industrial Union Council, and Joseph D. Phillips, president of the Washington Industrial Union Council. They also filed supporting letters from the following: United Federal Workers of America (CIO), American Federation of Government Employes (AFL), Columbia Typo graphical Union, No. 101; United Federal Workers of America (CIO), locals 1, 10, 11, 203 and 471; National Lawyers’ Guild, District of Columbia Chapter: United Office and Profes sional Workers of America (CIO). Local 27, and the Federation of Architects, Engineers. Chemists and Technicians (CIO), Chapter 14, The Office of Price Administra tion and Office of Economic Stabili zation also were requested “to in tervene in this case," a press state ment explained, “to assure speedy and just action.” "Almost a year ago,” explained the joint Katz-Phillips statement, "we asked the commission to take action in reducing rates. The com mission ordered an investigation, but has done nothing more. Each day's delay on the part of the com mission means that Washington streetcar and bus riders are paying excessive charges of $5,000 to $6,000. Wants Action by February 1. The motion asked the commission to take action by February 1, and hold a public hearing on the matter. The four bus lines from which Capital Transit would be required to accept free transfers, according to the demand would be: Alexan dria Barcroft and Washington Transit Co.: Washington, Marlboro and Annapolis Motor Lines, Inc.: Washington - Virginia - Maryland Coach Co., and Arlington and Fair fax Auto Railroad Co. Four points were listed in the mo tion supporting the contention that rates were excessive, unjust, and unreasonable: “The return of the company is and has been excessive and unrea-. sonable under proper standards gov- ; erning the determination of utility rates and charges. "The streetcar and bus riders are and have been required to pay the war taxes of the company which the company itself should be required to bear and assume. "The company is obtaining an ex cessive return upon the maximum rate base to which it is entitled. "The service rendered by the com pany is inadequate and materially! lower than the character of the service rendered when the present rates were fixed by the commission,"' . . . November 3. 1937. Relatives of Prisoners Form News Exchange Relatives of Washington men held in foreign prison camps are organiz ing to exchange news of sons, broth ers and husbands imprisoned over seas. Sponsors of the Relatives Associa tion point out that news of prisoners is often obtained indirectly from relatives of other prisoners and there is a need for advising one another on articles most needed by prisoners of war, as well as mailing restrictions. More than 35 persons now are par ticipating in plans for a permanent organization, patterned after simi lar groups springing up throughout the country. Speakers at past meet ings have included Col. Howard F. Bresee, chief of the Prisoners of War Information Bureau, and Capt. Wil bert F. Lincoln, in charge of flies on prison camps at the War Depart ment. Mrs. E. H. Kennard, whose son, Lt. Jarman G. Kennard, 21, was taken prisoner in Sicily, initiated the local group. Others assisting in clude Mrs. John K. Waters, daugh ter of Lt. Gen. George Patton, whose husband, Lt. Col. Waters, is in a Nazi prison camp, and Leonard De Gast, general secretary YMCA. An organization meeting will be held later this month. Interested persons are invited to contact the sponsors. Seventh-Day Adventists Plan Postwar Projects More than a score of young man and woman college graduates will be selected by the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists and given intensive training in the French language in preparation for postwar service, E. D. Dick, general secretary, announced at the Ad ventist headquarters here today. Plans by the Foreign Missions Committee propose this training be conducted in an Eastern Canadian city where French is spoken, stu dents chosen will be those who qual ify as evangelists, teachers, medical workers, secretaries and treasurers. A large number of Seventh-Day Adventist youths now are enrolled in similar specialized language courses at the Adventist Theological Seminary here and in colleges, Mr Dick said, studying Arabic, G*-man. Russian, Malayan, Chinese and other languages. Sandy Spring Soldier Reported Killed Pvt. James W. Thompson, Marine Corps, of Sandy Spring, Md., has been killed in action, the Navy De partment announced today. The Navy Department listed Pvt. Thompson's mother as Mrs. Idell P. Thompson, Sandy Spring. Mr. Smith, 8, Comes to Washington— By GEORGE KENNEDY. Young Mr. Smith came to Wash ington and unexpectedly spent the night. A policeman found him sleeping this morning on a bencfc in the Capital Transit terminal at Chevy Chase Circle. He took him to the eighth precinct station house and introduced him as "Billy Smith, 8 years old.” Billy had come in from the Self Help Farm in Kensington to see a movie at the Avalon Theater near Chevy Chase Circle. It cost him 22 cents to see "Princess O’Rourke.” That was more than he had ex pected to pay. He said it used to cost him only 9 cents to see a movie at Lenore, N. C. His grandfather, Charles Prender grast, had given him 35 cents last’ night. Billy had walked almost a mile on country roads and caught a bus into town. The fare was a dime. So when the picture was shown for the last time, he had only 3 cents. A Star reporter who found him at the station house this morning and took him out for breakfast asked why he had not asked some one for the fare. "I don’t beg,” said Billy. “You’ll never see me standing in the street with my hat out.” Billy walked out to the “hotel” at the#bus stop, as he described the Chevy Chase bus terminal. The man there told him he had better not try to go any further but to lie down and get some sleep. Billy did that. Billy’s mother died when he was 2, he explained. “My father went away," he said. "He don’t even know I’m alive." He would have got home, all right, he said, but the policeman was "sus picious." “Suspicious of what?” he was asked. "Oh. just ’spicious,” said Billy. "He picked me up and took me in.” Had Santa Claus come his way, the photographer asked him. Billy Smith has breakfast. —Star Staff Photo. “He ran out before he got to me, Billy said. “But I went to town and bought myself some toys—some cars and things.” Billy seemed to have no fear of being punished. His grandfather and grandmother were nice to him, he said. They had brought him a month ago from North Carolina, where he had been living with an aunt. The Self-Help farm, Billy said, was “a place where you get clothes and they help poor folks.” He was eager to get back so he could go to school this afternoon. He liked the Kensington school, he said. “You don’t have as much work as in North Carolina.” Breakfast finished, he was taken home, after police permission had been obtained. The farm was at the end of a long and muddy lane. “You ought to come out here if you like hunting.” said Billy. “We got four partridges the other day But the season’s closed now.” Lf. John H. Moffett Of Kensington Listed Among 24 in Crash Second Lt. John Holbrook Mof fett. 19. son of Mrs. Herbert T. Edwards, 8 Franklin street, Kensing ton, Md., was bombardier on one of two Army planes which crashed Wednes day while fly ing in formation from Wendover Field. Utah, to Pocatello. Idaho. The bodies of 24 aboard the two planes were taken to Wen dover Field, near Salt Lake City, yesterday. Mrs. Edwards said the com manding Officer Ll J. H. Moftrtt. at Wendover Field informed her last night no list of the men killed would be released until all victims could be identified. The wreckage was located New Year Day. Lt. Moffett enlisted in the Air Forces on his 18th birthday, Octo ber 8, 1942. He received his wings in July at San Angelo, Tex., and since then had been stationed at Wendover, part of the time as an instructor. Born in Chicago, he graduated from the Francis W. Parker School there in June, 1942. Mrs. Edwards is the former Mrs. India Moffett, who was women's editor of the Chicago Tribune until her marriage in June. 1942, to Mr. Edwards, an officer of the State De partment. Lt. Moffett was awarded a college scholarship annually given by the Tribune to the child of one of its employes. The scholarship was being held for his use after the war. He was engaged to Miss Patricia Bruen of Chicago, who, after spend ing Christmas with his parents here, had gone’to Salt Lake City so spend New Year Day with him. She ar rived December 31, the day Mrs. Edwards was informed the plane was missing. Lt. Moffett's father, Capt. John Fletcher Moffett, is with the Army Air Forces in England. The lieu tenant also has a sister, Miss India Moffett. Lynchburg Rites Set For Capt. Robert Massie By the Associated Press. LYNCHBURG. Va.. Jan. 3—Capt. Robert Withers Massie, president of the Board of Visitors of Virginia Military Institute and one of the leading members of the Virginia Society of Cincinnati, who died at Memorial Hospital Saturday night after a short illness, will be buried today in Presbyterian Cemetery here. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, and will be attended by officials of the institute, including Lt. Gen. Charles E. Kilbourne, su perintendent. The National and State flags on the VMI post will be flown at half staff. until after burial. Samoans are proud to fight with our Army and Navy and pleased to spend their pay for War bonds. This boatswain’s mate at Pago is ex changing currency for United States War bonds. He has seen enough of war to know that idle money helps no one. Put your dollars to work for vic tory: Buy more War bonds. —Oaitad ftttH Trawurr Dapartawt. Twins Arrive 'Year' Apart In Baltimore By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Jan. 3—There was some debate today about the legal difficulties which may confront Bal-i timore twins born in different years, but so far as the parents are con- j cerned, the lawyers can worry about it. "Complications?" queried Leo' Rowan, father of Kathleen and Mary. "I don’t think so. Two girls like those are worth it. anyhow.” Kathleen was born at 11:57 p.m. New Year eve and her sister Mary just six minutes later, but in a dif ferent year. When wartime goes out and stand ard time returns, they'll have been bcrn in the same year. Mr Rowan’s attitude is: So what?” Commissioners to Discuss Liquor Problem Today The letter of Chairman Randolph |of the House District Committee i calling on the Commissioners to recommend additional legislation for liquor control was received today by the Commissioners, who announced they would meet during the after noon to discuss the liquor problem. In his letter, made public Satur day. Mr. Randolph had said it was his "belief the Commissioners, hav ing the power of appointing mem bers of the Alcoholic Beverage Con trol Board, are in a position to de termine what legislation, if any. is needed to obtain a system of con trol which would most effectively function for Washington.” Commissioner Guy Mason said the meeting today would be to "canvass" the liquor-control problem. He said that among those who would at tend were the members of the ABC Board, the budget officer, Walter L. Fowler and Corporation Counsel Richmond B. Keech. Chairman Thomas E. Lodge of the ABC Board is ill, but two mem bers of the board. William Meredith and Mrs. Agnes K. Mason, will be present for the meeting. Recom mendations of the ABC Board f#r changes in the local liquor regula tions are at present in the cor poration counsel’s office. Two Boys Drown as Ice Breaks on Towson Lake By the Associated Press. TOWSON. Md„ Jan. 3 —Two high school youths drowned yesterday in Loch Raven when ice broke under their skates and plunged them into the water. A tnird youth, brother of one of the drowned boys, made his way to shore after attempting unsuccess fully to save his companions. Drowned were David Zacharko, 17, and Howard Zentgraft. 17, both of Towson, Raymond Zacharko, 15, brother of David, survived. Police said Raymond told them he managed to climb out on to the ice and attempted to pull his brother and Zentgraft out of the icy water Each time, however, the ice broke; under them and they slipped back into the lake. After about 15 minutes, the two boys disappeared and Raymond, nearing exhaustion, made his way to shore and collapsed at the side of the road. He was found by two girls, who rode horseback to summon Towson police. New Mexico Will Choose GOP Delegates Next Month By the Associated Press. Unless some other State party or ganization decides to meet sooner, New Mexico Republicans will select the first delegates to the 1944 presi dential nominating conventions. They have called a State conven tion for February 12 to name eight delegates and as many alternates to the National Convention. This is several months before the usual State convention time and more than a month before the customary initial delegate-picking — by primary in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire presidential primary is set for March 14 when the Democrats will elect 10 and the Republicans 11 convention delegates. Dates and places for the Republi can and Democratic national con claves will be selected at national committee meeting January 10-11 and January 23, respectively. Paper Salvage Money To Be Sent Schools Within Few Days Payment for paper collected dur ing December in The Evening Star PTA Salvage for Victory waste-! paper campaign will be made to the various participating schools within the next few days. Despite the fact December col lections represented only a half a month, du: to the Christmas holi days. a total of $2,508.20 was earned by the children for the use of their PTA groups in purchasing various equipment not provided by regular appropriations. Typical of the acquisitions made possible by these additional funds is the purchase of a radio-phono graph by the Briggs-Montgomery School. In a letter to The Star, Mrs. Ruth G. Savoy, principal, said in part: "On behalf of the Briggs-Mont gomerv Parent-Teacher Association, I wish to thank you for both of the checks which The Evening Star has sent to the association. The chil dren salvaged over 26.000 pounds of paper and in the new year we hope to double that amount. “We are purchasing a beautiful radio-victrola combination with the money and the children are de lighted with it. Before Christmas the children were able to hear sev eral lovely programs. “Again we thank The Evening Star for providing us this opportu nity to help our country while help ing ourselves.” The heavy rain today made col lections doubtful in the first district, but tomorrow the trucks will be out in the second district as usual. The schedule, together with the five leaders, and their poundage to date are as follows: Shaw .76.062 Taft . 30,101 Grimke .. .27.325 Wheatley .21.679 Noyes __ 21,609 Cleveland Bundy Bunker Hill Douglas-Simmons Brookland Morse Garrison Twining Woodridge Emery Gamet-Patterson Eckington Langdon Thomson Harrison Langston Burroughs Terrell Cook Congress Library Sets Earlier Closing Hours The Library of Congress will close at 6 p.m. from January 3 through January 22, Archibald MacLeish, li brarian, announced today. The early closing hour is needed so that staff members can aid ir preparations for an inventory of the classified collections, Mr. MacLeish said. He also announced the closing of the Fine Arts. Music, Rare Book and Semitic reading rooms during the period. Materials in those divi sions will be available through the Main Reading Room. Grew Speaks Thursday In Far East Series Joseph C. Grew, former Ambassa dor to Japan, will speak at 8 p.m Thursday in the opening lecture of the Far East series sponsored by Miners Teachers College and Wilson Teachers College for their students and the public. Superintendent of Schools R. L Haycock will preside at the opening lecture and Mrs. Henry Grattan Doyle, president of the Board of Ed ucation, will welcome the audience The lectures will be held in the In terior Department Auditorium. fid Stdnfe ABC Appeal Board Will Ignore Local Rulings Deferment Review Slated to Start January 10 The District Appeal Board will ignore local board discussions and start from scratch in deciding whether the thousands of men working in Washington but deferred by draft boards elsewhere should continue to be deferred, a District draft spokesman said today. Under the draft measure approved last month, all deferment cases of were registered in one area and working elsewhere must be reviewed by the Appeal Board where they work, but in the District it will be no “rubber-stamp procedure,” the draft officials said. Beginning January 10, the District Appeal Board—probably enlarged by several new panels—will start acting on cases. Local boards were given a month from December 10 to send the cases to the Appeal Board with jurisdiction over the area of the man’s work, but few cases have been sent in so far, it was said. Although Congress specified that occupational deferments be reviewed to see if they were justified, the cases of men deferred on grounds of hardship, as conscientious objectors or for other reasons will also come up for review. Procedure Outlined. Under the old procedure, when the appeal board considered the cases of men who appealed from the de cisions of local boards in other areas, the appeal board frequently reversed the decisions of the local boards and granted the deferments. It was pointed out, however, that usually these appeals were well founded. For instance, a public util ities employer would find .that a worker might be dcefrred by a Dis trict board, but another worker, do ing the same job, would be denied deferment by a board in another State where the critical shortage of labor in a particular field here was not known The employer would transfer the case on appeal to Wash ington and the appeal was fre quently granted. "But the type of cases are differ ent now,” the draft official said. “Previously, employers had good reason for appealing. Now we’re going to get everything to review— cases of fathers and nonfathers, good cases and doubtful ones.” Board Is “Tough.” The appeal board is known to be “tough" on hardship cases, perhaps more strict than in some other areas. It is considered fairly liberal in granting occupational deter ments, particularly to fathers, but so are most draft boards now. Generally, it was said, the appeal board will use this yardstick: To continue to be deferred for oc cupational reasons the man must jhold an essential job in an essential activity. He must be in a shortage occupation and not replaceable His replaceabilitv is judged by his train ing, skill and experience. The appeal board will not stick to the jobs listed nationally as critical or individually essential. The draft official said all jobs could not be included on that list, par ticularly ones that might be critical here. If a man has been running a lathe for six months and is a bona fide father, his chances of having his occupational deferment approved by the appeal board are very good. Theodicy would be to leave him at his job. On the other hand, a non father with only six months' experi ence would probably wind up in 1-A. The draft official said he thought the new review procedure would make for more uniformity. Two men, working side by side in a plant but registered in different States, will be treated alike, under the new procedure, he said. After the appeal board reviews the cases of ail men now holding occupational deferments granted by boards outside this area, it will have to consider all new deferments granted under the same circum stances within 10 days after the men are given their deferments. Or. Besley to Speak Dr. A. K. Besley. superintendent of the Prince Georges County Hos pital, will address the Mothers and Teachers Club of the Hyattsville Elementary Schools at the Forty third Avenue School at 8 p.m. to morrow. Daily Rationing ^sjReminders&i, Canned and Frozen Foods, Etc— Book No. 4, green stamps D. E and F valid through January 20. Stamps G. H and J valid through February 20. Meats, Fats, Etc. — Book No. 3, brown stamps R and S valid through January 29. Book No. 4, spare stamp No. 2 good for five points of fresh pork and sausage through January 15. Feints for Fats—Your meat dealer will pay you two ration points for every pound of waste kitchen fats you turn in. 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, B-l, C and C-l coupons good for 2 gallons each. These coupons will expire on date indicated on individual books. B-2 and C-2 coupons in books issued since De cember 1 are good for 5 gallons each. Tire Inspection Deadlines—For A coupon holders, March 31. Fuel Oil—Period No. 1 coupons ex pire today. Period No. 2 coupons, valid now, expire February 8. Period No. 3 coupons become valid tomorrow, remain valid through March 14. No. 2 and 3 coupons good for 10 gallons per unit. Ac cording to th District OPA, con sumers in this area should not have used more than 38 per cent of their total yearly fuel oil ration a* of January 3.