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Two New Warplanes
Under Production,
Committee Reports
By thi Associated Press.
Two new Navy fighting planes of
unparalleled design and a new Army
light bomber were disclosed yester
day in a Senate committee report
on the war program.
Discussing tne B-29 superfortress,
the Truman Committee investigat
ing war production said that "sev
eral other types of heavy multi
engined bombers” were being built
but that as yet the "factual details
should not be set forth in a public
Use of the phrase "multi-engined”
could mean planes with more power
plants than the four-engined super
The new planes listed were:
The F7F, described as a two
engined fighter being built by
Grumman Aircraft & Engineering
Corp. and "scheduled for early
production.” This is the first men
tion of a two-engined carrier-based
fighter. Presumably it would be a
single-seat plane with folding
BTD Improved.
The BTD, described as “a rad
ically improved model” of SBD
Dauntless dive bomber, obviously
intended for a wider range of uses
than the plane it will replace.
The letters BTD mean “bomber
torpedo, built by Douglas,” while
the SBD is a “scout bomber” of
Douglas manufacture. There is
presently no combined dive bomber
and torpedo plane designed as such
in service on carriers.
The third new plane was not
given a letter designation, the re
port saying merely that "a new
Douglas light bomber, which is con
sidered to be greatly superior to
the A-20, will soon come into pro
duction and in the future will be
the principal light bomber pro
Fighters Refined.
The Douglas A-20 Havoc is a
highly rated two-engined plane used
for numerous purposes, including
that of a night fighter. The “A”
stands for attack.
The Truman report disclosed that
the North American P-51 Mustang
and the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt,
already rated as tops among single
engine fighters, are being improved,
and that a “greatly improved’ ver
sion of the Bell Airacobra is coming
into production.
Production of the Lockheed P-38
Lightning, described as "the finest
plane of its type in the world,” is
being increased by a contract wdth
Consolidated Vultee.
Thus far the versatile twin-boom,
long-range fighter has been built
only by its designer, Lockheed. Ex
tension of the program to a second
company is the first time that the
Army has done so with fighter
planes, although it follows that prac
tice with bombers.
Navy Design Delayed.
The committee reported the
Navy's largest dive bomber program,
planned around the Curtiss SB2C
Helldiver, had been delayed for a
time by design, production and other
problems in the Curtiss-Wright
Corp. plan at Columbus, Ohio.
However, the committee said,
"substantial progress” has been
made recently and production is
now under way ‘‘in substantial num
Because of the delay in the Hell
diver program, the report said, it
had been necessary to continue and
expand production of the Douglas
8BD Dauntless, which had been
considered relatively obsolete.
In addition to Curtiss-Wright
Corp.. the Helldiver is being pro
duced by Fairchild at Montreal,
Quebec, and by the Canadian Car
& Foundry Co.
The report also disclosed that the
Army is dropping its single-engine
light bomber program and will dis
continue making the Curtiss-Wright
A-25, a version of the Navy’s Hell
diver and the Consolidated Vultee
A-35 Vengeance.
—Signal Corps Photo.
Hobson Promoted
To Brigadier General
Recognized as one of the most
experienced training officers in the
Army, Col. William H. Hohson, now
commander of Fort Bennlng, Ga.,
seat of the Infantry School, was
among the officers nominated last
week for promotion to temporary
brigadier general.
Col. Hobson was on duty here
with the combined chiefs of staff
office before his recent transfer to
Fort Bennlng, and during 31 years
of active service he has spent at
least 10 of them in Washington.
He came here first in 1919 as pro
fessor of military science and tac
tics at Georgetown University, re
maining for four years. Again, from
1929 to 1933, at the request of
(j>eorgetown, the Army reassigned
him to duties at the Hilltop.
Col. Hobson was sent last summer
as a military observer to Iceland,
England and the Mediterranean
area and in a long Army career
he has served in Japan, the Philip
pines, Hawaii and South American
He was graduated from the Mili
tary Academy in 1912 and is a
graduate of the Command and Gen
eral Staff School. He also claims
Georgetown as an alma mater, and
for 25 years has kept in constant
touch with the university.
Countess of Gosford Dies
In London at Age of 92
Br the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, Mar. 4. — The Earl
of Gosford received word here of
the death today in London of his
mother, Louisa, dowager Countess
of Gosford, a lady in waiting and
friend of the late Queen Alexandra.
She was 92.
The countess had visited America
twice, the last time in 1926. Born
Lady Louisa Montagu, second
daughter of the seventh Duke of
Manchester, she married the fourth
Earl of Gosford in 1876.
At the death of the fourth earl
in 1922, the couple's eldest son in
herited the title. He has lived In
New York for 15 years, operating
a wine business, and is married to
the former Mrs. Beatrice Claflin
Breese of New York.
The Gosford ancestral home, Gos
ford Castle, in Armagh County,
Ireland, was said to have been' the
place where Dean Swift Wrote "Gul
liver s Travels.”
Surviving, besides the present earl,
are another son and three daugh
War Nursery Course
The instruction for war nursery
school volunteer workers course
will start at 8 p.m., March 14. and
will be held each Tuesday and
Thursday thereafter, it was an
nounced yesterday. The place of
instruction has not yet been de
cided. Registration may be made
through the Central Volunteer Bu
reau, Guild Building, 7240 Wiscon
sin avenue.
Arlington Leaders
Orcpize Fight on
Cemetery Project
The Arlington County Board yes
terday called a meeting of repre
sentatives of all civic and businees
organizations for 4 p.m. tomorrow
in the county board room to or
ganize opposition to the proposed
expansion of Arlington National
One hundred and eighteen acres
of private and Federally-owned
county land would be involved.
F. Freeland Chew, board member,
condemned the proposed expansion
as a "well designed move to creep
in and gradually absorb us.” He
said that the National Capital Park
and Planning Commission, which
had blocked construction of a hotel
on a portion of that land, should
“occupy its time with slum clear
ance in Washington rather than
moving in on the county.”
Calls It “Poor Planning.”
The issue was brought before the
County Board by Thompson Short,
1430 North Meade street, property
owner in the area that would be
condemned if the Senate-approved
bill is enacted. Mr. Short, who
called the expansion “uneconomical,
unfair and poor planning,” said
that if it would actually fulfill re
quirements of the War Depart
ment he would not object, but
would release his property at a
loss. Constant fear of Government
acquisition, he said, had kept many
property owners from Improving
their land.
He said the acreage involved
would not "keep the cemetery go
ing for more than a few years” and
that the same problem of en
croachment on Arlington County
land would recur.
Thomas Edwards, representative
of the Arlington Democratic Club,
proposed a mass meeting. The board
stipulated, however, thet representa
tives of all organizations attend
rather than full membership.
Representative Smith to Attend.
Representative Smith, Democrat,
of Virginia, is to attend the meeting
which will be under the chairman
ship of Edmund D. Campbell who
was named to represent the county
government along with Lawrence
Douglas, Commonwealth Attorney,
and Frank L. Dieter, Planning Com
Three principal objections have
been voiced to the expansion bill by
county government and civic offi
cials. They are:
That such a move would culmi
nate in annexation of the county
as a part of the District.
That the county would lose an
area at the approaches to Arlington
Memorial Bridge that has the great
est potential value in the county.
That acquisition of the land will
satisfy only temporarily the needs
for burial of war dead.
Cemetery officials said yesterday
that it was impossible to estimate
the number of graves the addi
tional ground would accommodate.
There are now 54,474 graves in the
408 acres within current cemetery
boundaries. Officials said there
was "ample” room for current and
future burials for "some time to
Ex-Clerk Arraigned
In Faking of Coupons
Giles H. Brown. 28-year-old for
mer clerk with the Air Transport
Command at National Airport, has
ben arraigned in Alexandria, Va.,
on a charge of counterfeiting gaso
line coupons and his case will be
presented to the grand Jury in June,
the secret service said here yester
Brown was arrested in November
and charged with printing 300 to
400 sheets of C-2 coupons on a
multilith machine he operated at
his job. Agents said the coupons
were "poor imitations,” none of
which are believed to have been
placed in circulation.
The defendant waived hearing
at arraignment held Friday before
United States Commissioner Stanley
King. He was released on $50 bond.
You’re investing . . . rather than spending
. . . you’re buying things that will last.
That’s why quality pieces such as these are
best-sellers—right now.
These are made under Sloan’s own careful
supervision—muslin under cover—solid
mahogany legs—horsehair-filled and full
spring construction—
Club Chair in modern fabrics and damasks,
Sofa covered in stripes and plain fabrics,
W* J
President Invokes
Divine Guidance as
Twelfth Year Opens
Entering on the twelfth year of
his administration with the country
at war. President Roosevelt yester
day bowed in prayer with members
of his family and associates, asking
divine guidance for the days to
From the book of St. Matthew, the
Rev. Howard A. Johnson, curate of
St. John’s Church, read the lesson:
"Therefore whosoever heareth
these sayings of mine, and doeth
them, I will liken him unto a wise
man, which built his house upon a
Dr. Peabody Offers Prayer.
The Rev. Endicott Peabody, head
master emeritus of Groton School,
friend and mentor of the President’s
boyhood days, begged the- divine
blessing for “thy servant Franklin,
the President of the United States,
and all others in authority.” There
was a prayer for a just peace in the
world; for those in the service of
their country, and for the enemy.
As was the case last year, the
services, following the ritual of the
Episcopal Church, were held in the
East Room at the White House, and
continued an annual custom estab
lished by the President on March 4,
1933, when he attended rites at St.
John’s before going to the Capitol
to take the oath of office. Robed
acolytes carrying the flags of the
United States, the United Nations
and the President’s flag, stood beside
the lectern from which the service
was read.
The opening sentences from the
scripture were read by the Rev.
Howard S. Wilkinson, rector of St.
Thomas’ Church, the President’s
parish church. The Rev. John G.
Magee, minister-in-charge at St.
John’s also assisted in the cere
monies, and a robed choir from St.
John’s sang.
Some 200 persons attended the
ceremonies. With the President
and Mrs. Roosevelt were their
daughter, Mrs. John Boettiger, and
John, jr„ Crown Prince Olav and
Crown Princess Martha, of Norway,
with their three children; Frederic
A. Delano, the President’s uncle,
and Miss Margaret Suckley, a cousin
of Mrs. Roosevelt.
From official life were members'
Servicemen »
Sing Praises
Of Red Cross
“Olve to the Red Crou; work for
the Red Crou.” That is the word
many Silver Spring service men are
sending home to their lamilles.
A letter from Maj. Paul H. Baker,
1534 West Falkland lane, to Mrs.
Baker, written on Red Crou station
ery from a Red Crou rest home in
the South Paciflc, says: “Nothing
you can do or give to help the Red
Crou can in any measure repay
what the Red Crou has done for
me. The Red Cross is on the job
everywhere I go.”
Master Sergt. Robert J. French
wrote in a letter to his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. H. B. French of 1513
Sharon drive, from Italy. ". . . Give
to the Red Cross—they are doing a
great work here.”
Silver Spring citizens are now
being given their opportunity to re
spond to the requests of its own
sons and husbands. Over the coun
try, more than 3,000,000 volunteer
workers are making a house-to
house canvas in the War Fund
Drive. As a part of this army,
Silver Spring's own workers will
offer every person in the area a
chance to give.
Mexican Newspaper Plant
Sealed as Result of Strike
Ey the Ansoclated Pre»«.
MEXICO CITY, Mar. 4.—Striking
employes of Novedades, one of Mex
ico City’s chief morning newspapers,
closed the plant today by posting a
red-and-black strike banner across
the doors of the building.
Under Mexican law, after the
strike banner was posted govern
ment agents sealed the doors, mak
ing it illegal to enter until the dis
pute is settled.
The strikers ask higher wages,
recognition of the union and re
instatement of 20 discharged work
of the Cabinet and Supreme Court;
Vice President Wallace, Speaker
Rayburn, House Leader McCormack;
the heads of many of the inde
pendent agencies, and the chiefs of
the armed services, with their wives.
6 Objections Listed
To Realty Boards'
Slum Housing Plan
^Public funds will have to be used
in any solution of the slum problem
here or elsewhere throughout the
Nation, and the local public housing
authority is the logical agency to
handle the slum reclamation work
that is to be done, Lee F. Johnson,
executive vice president of the Na
tional Public Mousing Conference,
said in a statement issued here last
Mr. Johnson listed six "major”
objections to the plan proposed 10
days ago by the National Association
of Real Estate Boards, under which
private interests would build all the
required new low-rent housing.
While not advanced in connection
with the District’s slum problem, the
NAREB plan conforms in several
respects to the proposals for solution
of the local problem that private
builders are expected to make within
the next few weeks before the Bur
ton Senate District Subcommittee.
The NAREB plan would provide
for the establishment of municipal
redevelopment authorities, which
would sell long-term, low-interest
bonds and use the proceeds to
acquire slum and blighted areas.
After slum houses were cleared, the
land would be sold or leased to
private developers for rebuilding in
conformity with an over-all plan.
The bonds would be tax exempt, and
current income used for purchasing
them would not be subject to the
Federal income tax.
Another part of the plan would
provide for the building of "low
rent housing’ with money obtained
through the same income tax ex
emption device. Any curent income
invested in the building of low-rent
housing and a limited amount of
the profits would be free from in
come tax.
Six Objections Listed.
Mr. Johnson said the six defects
in this proposal are:
1. It would cut heavily into the
income tax yield from the taxpayers
best able to pay taxes, thereby in
creasing the burden on the remain
ing taxpayers and would create a
"dangerous precedent and all-time
jackpot for persons seeking to avoid
their fair share of tha tax load."
3. Tha plan would give complete
Income tax exemption to profits of
one particular kind of business—an
“unheard-of" practice.
3. By receiving a tax reduction,
the owner of properties financed
under the NAREB plan would be
placed in unfair competition with
other property owners who had to
pay full prices with their own money
for their land and buildings.
4. The proposal offers no assur
ance that present slum occupants
would be decently rehoused at rents
they can afford.
5. The plan violates the “sound
principle" that - land acquired
through condemnation should re
main under public ownership and
6. It Ignores the existence of
established local housing authorities
in 800 cities and rural areas. These
authorities have had experience
with the slum problem and have
been making progress, Mr. Johnson
Modest Subsidies.
"The local authorities have been
clearing the slums successfully and
have been providing decent modem
housing at rents no higher than
their tenants formerly paid for slum
dwellings,” he asserted.
This has involved Federal sub
sidies, he said, are modest compared
to those proposed by the NAREB.
Federal annual contributions to low
rent housing projects average about
2.8 per cent of the project cost, he
estimated, while the NAREB plan,
by exempting profits limited to 6
per cent from income tax, would
give taxpayers in the 75 per cent
bracket an annual contribution
equal to 4:5 per cent of the project
“It is encouraging to see the org
anized realtors awake to the neces
sity of doing something about slums,
but their newest formula is no more
practical than the rent certificates
they endorsed last November, “Mr.
Johnson contended. The National
Housing Conference is a private org
anization interested in public hous
178 Speeders Fined
A drive against speeding on the
Mount Vernon Memorial boulevard
has almost doubled the average
number of speeders fined, according
to Stanley King, United States Com
missioner for the Eastern District of
Virginia. Mr. King said that 178
speeders were given fines ranging
from $10 to $100 during February.
Packaged Lubricants
Going to Spain Under
Old Export Licenses
By the Associated Press.
Outstanding export licenses for
packaged petroleum goods to be
shipped to Spain were not canceled
at the time a Britiah-Anlerican
embargo on tanker loadings for
Spain was announced January 28,
the State Department explained
The statement was issued follow
ing published reports that 250,000
gallons of high-grade Pennsylvania
lubricating oil had been loaded at
an East Coast port for transport to
The amount of lubricants being
shipped represents a very small por
tion of the petroleum products which
Spain could import were it not for
the suspension of loadings, the State
Department declared.
The statement recalled that on
January 28, the department an
nounced that “the loadings of
Spanish tankers with petroleum
products for Spain have been sus
pended, through action of the State
Department, pending a reconsider
ation of trade and general relations
between Spain and the United
States in the light of trends in
Spanish policy.”
That announcement related only
to Spanish tanker loadings in the
Caribbean area, the department de
clared. In addition to the sus
pension of tanker loadings, the de
partment decided to suspend the
granting of export licenses for the
shipment of packaged petroleum
products .including lubricants, from
the United States, as long as the
tanker loadings were suspended, the
department said.
In making that decision, however,
the department did not cancel out
standing licenses for packaged pe
troleum goods.
The packaged goods involved in
the published reports are being
shipped under licenses granted be
fore the suspension took effect, it
was said.
A departmental spokesman indi
cated that the products being
shipped are mainly special lubri
cants required for Spanish indus
try and that agents of the de
partment will trace all shipments
after their arrival to make sure
they do not fall into enemy hands.
Casa or War Stamps
WORKERS are without many of these conveniences. Look around the house,
in the attic, the cellar, and your cupboards, for extra irons, grills, fans, heaters,
Mai Alperstein Department Store
1020 7th Street. N. W
Chevy Chase Radio 4 Elec. Co.
4451 Connecticut Avenue
Colony Radio
6119 Georgia Avenue, N. W.
Carl W. Dauber
2320 - 18th Street. N.W
District Electric Company
4905 Wisconsin Avenue. N. W.
Electrical Center
514. I Oth Street. N.W
Georgetown Electric Company
1205 Wisconsin Avenue, N. W.
J. C. Harding 4 Company, Tnc.
517- 10th Street. N.W
Kennedy's Radio
3407 . 14th Street. N. W
Monarch Radio Shop
733 - 12th Street. N.W.
National Electric Company
808- llth Street. N.W.
Park Radio Company
2148 P Street. N.W
Peoples Hardware Stores
3655 Georgia Avenue, N. W
2475 llth Street. N. W
1311 - 7th Street. N. W.
771? Georgia Avenue. N. W
Procter and Hutchinson
3714. 14th Street. N. W
C. Schneider's Sons
726- I Ith Street, N. W
Spring Valley Electric Shoo
4105 Massachusetts Avenue, N. W.
Sun Radio Company
f 31 F Street. N. W
District Lino Hardware Company
602? Dii Street. N E.
feoples Hardware Stores
1434 Florida Avenue, N. E.
210? Rhode Island Avenue. N. E.
Wm. E. Miller Furniture Company, Inc.
7th * E Streets. S. W.
Wm. E. Miller Furniture Company, Inc.
Ith I Pennsylvania Avenue, S. E.
Peoples Hardware Stores
3843 Alabama Avenue. S. f.
1239 Good Hope Read. S. L
Hoffman's Home Appliances
No. I Rhode Island Avenue
Hyattsville. Maryland
Maryland Electric Appliance Company
S207 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, Maryland
McNael's Radio & Electric Company
8642 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland
Peoples Hardware Stores
4008 • 34tb Street, Mount Rainier, Md. -
3827 Bladensburg Rd., Colmar Manor. Md.
A. G. Watkins
Rockville, Maryland
Peoples Hardware Stores
1727 Wilson Mvd.. Clarendon, V«.
3245 Columbia Pike. Arlington, V*.
Virginia Appliance A Service Company
917 King Street, Alexandria. V#.
3119 Wilson Blvdn Arlington. V*
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