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Agencies in Shortage Of Mica Supplies By the Associated Press. The Truman Committee com plained last night that under poli cies followed by the controlling Federal agencies, domestic mica production in 1943 has been held to 1,927,436 pounds while 4,744,670 had to be imported, much of it by air from India. Mica is a non-metallic mineral used as an electrical insulator in generators, motors, radio and radar. The committee blamed the small ness of United States output on pol icies of the Colonial Mica Corp., which was set up by the Govern ment’s Metal Reserves Corp. to con trol the purchase and sale of do mestic mica, and the War Produc tion Board’s mica section. It iden tified officials in both as having previously been active in the mica importing field. As a result of these policies, the committee said: (a) Several hundred mines closed last year in North Carolina, (b) Operations in New Mexico were reduced and the corpo ration’s office in that State closed, (c) A number of South Dakota mines ceased operations, and (d New England mines produced at a reduced rate. The committee said the dominating figure in Colonial Mica Corp. is George Purcell, vice president, who it said was the first recommended to the Government by Max A. Chap man. a British citizen, president of the Mica Insulator Co., and Eugene Mansell & Co., both controlled by Associated Insulation Products, Ltd., Of London. The committee recommended that the Colonial Corp. “eliminate dis criminatory practices” and take steps to encourage domestic production by relaxing specification rules. A policy of imposing tight specifica tions for the purchase of domestic mica has resulted, according to the committee, in the rejection of huge quantities of stained and spotted mica which could be used, and has forced numerous mines out of business. Plane Plants Lower Labor-Need Figures By the Associated Press. The Truman Committee, in its third annual report to the Senate, yesterday credited its investigation of the manpower situation at the North American Aviation Co. plant near Dallas, Tex., with netting large savings in labor supplies and expen ditures throughout the aircraft industry. The committee went to Texas last fall after the airplane plant had re quested an additional 13.000 workers of the Manpower Commission. Referring to its inquiry, the com mittee stated: ‘'The testimony established that North American was not efficiently utilizing the 36,000 workers which it then had and that it could not use fully employ the additional 13.000 workers that it was requesting.” Charles E. Wilson, vice chairman of the War Production Board, con cluded on study of the committee’s findings, that the company could reduce its announced peak load by approximately 10,000 workers, and that no new employes would be needed before January, 1944. “The investigation at Dallas had a profound effect upon the aircraft companies, particulary those on the West Coast. After re-examining their actual needs, they reported to Mr. Wilson that in their opinion their requests for additional work ers could safely be reduced.” 3 Hurt by Steel Blown Into Crowd at Launching By the Associated Press. TOLEDO, Ohio, Mar. 4.—TTiree persons, part of a crowd who wit nessed the launching of the Coast Guard’s new isebreaker Mackinaw, were injured at the Toledo Ship Building Co. yards today, when high winds blew a section of fabricating steel into the crowd. Company officials said the mishap occurred as the people were leaving the yards, after the $10,000,000 ice breaker had been launchd in a driv ing snow storm. Tire three victims were identified as Rodney Anderson, 18, of Madison, Wis., his sister-in-law, Mrs. Ruth, Anderson, 24, and Paul Bode, 29, both of Toledo. Mr. Anderson received a broken leg, Mrs. Anderson had back in juries, and Mr. Bode had a head injury, official said. All were taken to a hospital after being given first and treatment. Woman Faces Impounding Of $8,430 Check Special Dispatch to The Star. MARTINSBURG, W. Va., Mar. 4. Mrs. Hallie M. Lefevre was under a court order here today to cash an $8,430.86 claim settlement check or have payment on the check stopped by court. The action was brought by the Aetna Casualty and Surety Co. In an order entered by direction of Judge D. H. Rodgers yesterday it was disclosed the check had been tendered her January 6 and she had declined to cash it or to give the company a release. Unless Mrs. Lefevre presents the check to a designated bank within 10 days pay ment is to be stopped and the money will be turned into the fund of the general receiver of the court for her. Architect Paul Nelson To Give Lecture Series Paul Nelson, inventor of such architectural features as “flexible acoustical wall” and “mass-pro duced suspended room” is scheduled to give a series of Friday night lec tures this month at the Washington Bookshop, 916 Seventeenth street N.W. His lectures, illustrated with slides showing some of his inventions, are designed for architects, engineers and others interested in postwar planning for low-cost housing, hos pitals and recreation units. Mr. Nelson has served as archi tectural consultant with several Government agencies and is the au thor of a number of works. Church Supper Planned The women of Walker s Chapel Methodist Church will serve a ham supper from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednes day at the church. North Glebe and Dittmar roads, it has been an nounced. GERMAN CAPTIVES AID WOUNDED NAZI—A wounded noncommissioned German officer is given assistance by two other Nazi prisoners at a stockade behind the lines in the Anzio-Net tuno beachhead in Italy. A German prisoner, wearing the Red Cross armband, treats the wounds of a captured comrade after an Allied counter attack in the Anzio-Nettuno beachhead area.—A. P. Wirephotos. Army Criticized, Navy Praised On Hotel Acquisition Procedure By the Associated Press. The Truman committee took sev eral sharp jabs at the Army and patted the Navy on the back in a report yesterday on acquisition of hotels by the two services to house personnel. Army representatives had been “arbitrary and officious.” the report said, but Navy officials conducted themselves “with the fairness and courtesy that citizens are entitled to expect from the military.” War Department field workers were blamed for the Army’s criti cized practices. “Despite the fact that the general instructions issued from Washing ton set up procedures which would have been fair, the Army negotia tions were conducted in a manner which was overbearing and incon sistent with fair dealing,” the re port said. “The United States Government should not have resorted to such tactics,” it continued. "Bo doing so, the Army’s representatives have caused large numbers of people to believe that they have been mis treated by their own Government.” Most of the committee’s investi gation centered in Florida, but sur veys also were made in Chicago, Atlantic City, Kansas City, Mo., and other places. “There have been too many changes of mind concerning the acquisition of hotels as well as other properties,” the report de clared. “Many hotels have been acquired ostensibly for long-term use and then turned back or abandoned after a short time. In some cases this was done after costly alterations had been made.” I Three recommendations were made: 1. Land acquisitions should be handled by a central agency set up in the Justice Department. 2. Established legal procedure for acquiring property should be util ized. 3. The War Department should review the entire situation in detail and report to the proper legislative committees of Congress. “The manner in which the pro gram was carried out resulted in many injustices which the depart ment has shown little inclination to correct,” the report asserted. "Some of these doubtless could be corrected by simple negotiation. To correct others, the War Depart ment may need further legal au thority. It should be pointed out the Navy Department advises the legislative committees of its real estate acquisitions in advance and keeps these committees advised.” Elkton Man Seeks Review in Mail Fraud By the Associated Pres*. BALTIMORE, Mar. 4.—Attorneys for Gustav H. Kann, former presi dent of Triumph Explosive, Inc., of Elkton who has been sentenced to three years in prison on a mail fraud charge, sent a petition to the Su preme Court today asking a review of the case. Kann, one of a number of Tri umph officials tried in Federal court here last fall on charges of fraud against stockholders and the Gov ernment, is now in his Pittsburgh home under $5,000 bonds awaiting the outcome of his appeal. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals up held the District Court’s ruling. /\!OHr OFF THE IMITATIONS. (yWf IMPOSED UPON YOU BY HEARING LOSS |~~] Mutt interrupt cenvertotion frequently te etk someone te repeat. [~j| Hesitate to attend Church Services, concerts er movies because of strain of trying to hear. |Ti| Refuse invitations to play bridge because of difficulty In following bidding. Q Miss the gay, happy conversations of children in the family. REDUCE THESE LIMITATIONS WITH A Western Electric ■ Ywr '"‘),v"1 ,.,i9n.a ^ \ ■ « ln«m>n'«'''* lobo- -yjf* 1 ■ Co"'PonY‘ moW*"8"** Jj£dpat ■ 4 ImW-"8"' E°,55 <**?£%•* 1 iasrs^’""^ 1 S** — ‘ Real help will be waiting for you, right here in our fully equipped consulting rooms. 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An Allied headquarter spokesman disclosed more than 3.500 prisoners have been taken by the Allies since they established the Anzio beach head January 22. The Allies also learned that the highly touted Her mann Goering panzer division and the 715th Infantry were used by the Germans in their big attack on the beachhead last week in addition to three divisions previously identified. streams Reach New Heights. On the main 5th Army front con tinued rains deepened the mud and brought streams to new flood heights while many mountain parts of the 8th Army line remained snowbound. On the 8th Army front Polish and Canadian patrols were active. Indian forces beat back one small enemy attack. Locomotives, railway lines, ship ping and dock areas and other communication facilities were the targets of Allied bombers over Northern Italy and Rome. Spit fires struck again at trains in Yugo slavia and Wellington night bomb ers bombed Zara, Italian port on the Dalmatian coast, Friday night, with 2-ton bombs. Allied headquarters said "as in previous attacks,” Allied airmen took care not to hit religious and cultural monuments in Rome. Bomb-strike photographs showed some 2,000 units of rolling stock were in the target area at hard hit Littorio yards 5 miles north of the center of Rome. At Tibur tina yards two minor explosions and fires, apparently in a munitions dump, were observed. Miami Rentals Probed By Truman Committee By the Associated Press. An investigator for the Truman Committee was ordered to Miami Beach. Fla., last night to check complaints of “flagrant black mar ket violations and rent gouging.” Chariman Truman said the in vestigator would make a detailed study of the plight of the families of servicemen around Miami and Miami Beach. "He has been instructed to check carefully on rentals,” the Senator said. ‘‘To entertain ourselves in an Italian prison camp we made a base ball of shoe heels covered with string from Red Cross food packages," wrote an American escaped prisoner. Wooden Flying Boat Abandoned, Kaiser Contract Canceled By the Associated Press. The contract with the Kaiser Hughes Aircraft Corp. for three 400, OOO-pound, eight-engined wooden flying boats has been cancelled, the Truman Committee reported yester day, with the way left open for negotiation on a metal version of the plane. Elsewhere it was learned that the firm will be permitted to finish the one wooden craft which it already has started. The Truman Commit tee suggested such a step by saying that "consideration should be given to the desirability of completing a prototype in wood if it would aid the metal plane project.” The estimated original cost of three wooden flying boats was $18, 000,000. It is understood, however, that about $13,000,000 already has been spent. The contract was made between the company and the Defense Plant Corp., a Government agency, on the recommendation of the War Pro duction Board. Cancellation of the contract was at the request of Chairman Donald Nelson of the WPB February 11, following an in vestigation by an engineering board. The WPB concluded, the Truman report said, that the Kaiser-Hughes plane would be “considerably less efficient” than proved cargo planes and that its wooden construction was “excessively heavy and unre liable,” but that the design was “fundamentally sound” and might be of value to the war effort if car ried out in metal. The wooden plane, known as the HK-1, was conceived with a 320 foot wingspread, a length of 218 feet and intended to carry 60 tons of cargo at 174 miles an hour. Robber in Army Garb Slain; Identify Sought By the Associated Presa. DETROIT, Mar. 4.—Military po lice sought today by means of fin gerprints to establish the identity of a gunman, dressed in the uni form of an Army sergeant, who was fatally shot here yesterday by gro cer Charles ELssa during what Mr. Eissa described as an attempted holdup in his store. Detective Inspector Wheaton Howe said Mr. Eissa told of shoot ing the man after he entered his store with a girl companion and an nounced, “This Ls a stickup.” The girl, now under arrest, said she met the man at a USO dance last September, when he gave his name as Raymond Strupus, Inspec tor Howe said. Mr. Howe said the girl told him Strupus admitted to her that he was AWOL and "asked me to write to his mother and tell her he was all right.” She said he gave her an address in Newark, N. J. Military authorities said that a Pvt. Raymond Strupus deserted the Army at Fort Dix, N. J., August 1, 1943. Soviet Scientists Seen In Portrait Exhibition Portraits of prominent members of the Russian Academy of Sciences are included in the current exhibi tion at the Library of Congress, They show the history and activities* of society for the last 25 years. Books by outstanding members of the Academy, several of which were printed in Moscow while the city was under German attack, also are on display. Good Food Is Always a Pleasure! Fresh Vegetables per fectly served in salads or cooked to a Queen’s taste/ Home Style Food Open doily and Sundays—for Breakfast, Luncheon and Dinner. Buses and street cars stop at our door. He serves best who serves himself. U. S. NAVY AND COAST GUARD CHIEF PETTY OFFICERS’ UNIFORMS We are now presenting a complete stock of Chief Petty Officers’ Uniform requirements for every season . .. every regula tion. Blue Uniforms, Grey Uniforms in all wool tropicals and cottons, R aincoat- overcoats, Caps, Shirts, Shoes, In signia. . . . and all other neces sary equipment and ac cessories. Ckargt Accounts Invited Giv# More in '44 to tho RED CROSS Big Loss on Lighters - By Snubbing Higgins Is Charged to Navy Tribute to Andrew Jackson Hig gins, New Orleans shipbuilder, and a sharp rebuke to the Navy's Bu* reau of Ships came yesterday from the Truman Committee in a report on its inquiry 18 montlis ago into contracts for tank landing boats. The public report was withheld for security reasons since first brought to the Navy's attention Au gust 6, 1942, the committee said. Bureau of Ships officials, the com mittee charged, had clung to their own inadequate design of tank lighters for five years, causing “needless expenditure of over $7, 000,000 for a total of 225 bureau lighters, which did not meet the needs of the armed forces.” Discrimination Charged. Higgins Industries, Inc., had de signed and built a superior lighter, the committee asserted, but was dis criminated against by the Bureau in “flagrant disregard for the facts, if not also for the safety and success of American troops.” The Higgins firm was praised for its feat of building in two and one half days a tank lighter superior to the Bureau lighter which had been four years in design and de velopment. Contracts for 96 Bureau-type lighters were awarded in the fall of 1940, the committee said, to three “Inexperienced" companies despite the fact that seaworthiness had been questioned. None of the 96 lighters had been completed by the following May, when a naval officer telephoned Mr. Higgings that the Navy was in “ex treme need” of lighters and request ed that the company design and build one in the shortest possible time, the report continued. Higgins Lighter Successful. When the Higgins lighter was completed in little more than two days and proved successful, the company was asked for 49 addi tional boats, nine of which were completed in 14 days, the commit tee found. The committee charged that the bureau knew of the Higgins firm's capabilities before award of the con tracts for 96 lighters and was aware of the limitations of the inexperl* enced companies. Even after the Higgins design had been proved succesful. the com mittee said the bureau advertised for bids for 131 lighters of it own design. A protest from Mr. Higgins that bureau-type lighters were un seaworthy was credited by the com mittee as responsible for reduction of the order to 10 lighters, later built by Mr .Higgins. Comparative tests between Hig gins and bureau lighters, conducted at the Norfolk Navy Yard in May, 1942, proved the bureau’s design unsatisfactory, the committee de clared. Although 1,100 lighters of bureau design were under contract, the design was then abandoned and the entire program switched to the Higgins design, the report concluded. Volunteer Women Build Radios for OCD System Twenty members of the Ameri can Women's Voluntary Services are building portable radio sets, under the direction of the War Emergency Radio Service, to com plete the Office of Civilian Defense radio communications system in Washington. The class, which meets every Thursday and Friday evening in the carpenter shop of the Boys YMCA, uses parts of dismantled radio sets collected in the OCD scrap drive. Lynn Wilson, an amateur radio operator and employe of the Alex andria Telephone Co. is instructor. The group, ranging in age from 20 and including a grandmother, Government girls, store clerks and school teachers, expects to build 40 radio sets for the communica tions system. Rev. R. K. Merker to Speak The Rev. Ralph K. Merker, super intendent of missions. Presbytery of Washington, will speak at the lenten luncheon Wednesday noon at the YMCA, 1736 G street N.W. The Rev. Merker will substitute for the Rev. William F. Mansell, Central Pres byterian Church, who is ill. Pair Wait Hearing In Mine Slaying By the Aisocitted Pre*«. CLAY, W. Va„ Mar. 4—Officials indicated today that two United Mine Workers organizers, held in the slaying of a non-union miner and the wounding of his son at nearby Widen, would be brought here from Charleston for arraign ment and then returned to the Kanawha County jail. Acting Prosecutor S. W. Bryant reported that the time for the ap pearance of D. H. Foley, 34, and Ranson Kirk, 50, on charges result ing from the shooting at the min ing community last Wednesday had not been set. Foley was charged with the mur der of Joe Groves. 47, in a war rant sworn out by Mr. Bryant, while both Foley and Kirk face charges of shooting Elmer Groves, 22, with intent to kill in a dispute incident to a collective bargaining election scheduled at Widen Tuese day. Young Groves, now in a Charles ton hospital recovering from his wounds, recently returned from New Guinea after receiving a med ical discharge from the Army. “To entertain ourseives in an Italian prison camp we made a base ball of shoe heels covered with string from Red Cross food packages,’* wrote an American escaped prisoner. MADISON° JEWELERS 1003 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. N.W. Monday, March 6th With a fine selection of fine diamonds, Nationally famous watches and jewelry, under personal management of Mr. Harold L. Hoffmann. 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