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WASHINGTON, D.. C. l . 1 ' '. —.... ■ .. ... . SOCIETY AND GENERAL NEWS TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 1944. -1' Federation Plea In Pepco Case Goes in Record Citizens Support Sliding Scale in Rate Hearings By BAINBRIDGE CRIST. A resolution of the Federation oi Citizens’ Associations, calling for re tention of the sliding-scale arrange ment of rate adjustments for the Potomac Electric Power Co., was admitted as an exhibit today in the power rate hearings by the Public Utilities Commission after Federal attorneys criticized it as being with out facts. John H. Connaughton, vice chair man of the Federation’s Public Utilities Committee, was subjected to almost one hour's examination by attorneys representing the Federal Works Agency and the Treasury Procurement Division, both inter venors in the case. Mr. Connaughton testified the resolution, which claimed accumu lated savings of approximately $90,000,000 to power consumers under the sliding scale since 1924, was passed at a meeting Saturday night, with representatives of 57 out of 67 member associations present. Rill Challenges Resolution. When Thurman Hill, general counsel of the procurement division, objected to the resolution on grounds that it was "hearsay,” Lloyd B. Harrison, assistant corporation counsel, said: "Irrespective of whether it is evi dence or not, representatives of the Federal Government should be in terested in knowing what the people who pay electric light bills think about their rates.” After Harry R. Booth, Treasury special counsel, began his critical questioning of the resolution, Mr. Harrison struck back with the re mark: "The fact that you are suspicious of the resolution makes me think it Is all right.” Attorneys Club.. Several times Mr. Booth tried to cut Mr. Connaughton's answers short, prompting Mr. Harrison to charge that “it is evident that coun sel doesn’t want your answers, Mr. Connaughton, but wants to ask em barrassing questions. We’ve gone far enough in fishing,” added Mr. Harrison. While Mr. Connaughton said he had not discussed at Saturday night’s meeting earnings of Pepco under the sliding scale, nor the com pany's dividend rate, he insisted again and again that the sliding scale had brought about lower power rates. Federal attorneys were particu larly critical of the estimate that only 65 or 70 delegates out of a total of 134 were present when the reso lution wu adopted. They tried to bring out that a circular of the Fed eration to the member associations on the sliding scale wu prepared by Mr. Connaughton and wu thus one-sided in its presentation. Connaughton Defends Action. Mr. Connaughton said it wu no more undemocratic for 65 delegates to pass a resolution in an organiza tion representnig 70,000 members than it wu for a majority of 49 Sen ators to pass a law binding on 130, 000,000 people. Yesterday, Alfred G. Neal, presi dent of Pepco, defended the slid ing-scale arrangement for annual rate adjustments while subjected to cross-examination by Alan John stone, general counsel of the Fed eral Works Agency, who seeks ab rogation of the plan. Mr. Neal conceded that if the company earned money in excess of the rate of return allowed by the commission it was not required to return that excess amount in the year it wu earned, but j<o re duce its rates the following year. When Mr. Johnstone asked if elec tric power rates had not been re duced throughout the country ns in the District, Mr. Neal replied they had been lowered elsewhere, "but not to the degree here.” Daily Maiming $1$ Reminders^ Canned and Frozen Foods, Etc.— Book No. 4, green stamps K, L, and M valid through March 20 and retain old values of 8, 5, 2 and 1 points. Book No. 4, blue stamps A-8, B-8, C-8, D-8 and E-8 valid through May 20 and worth 10 points each. Blue tokens and green 1-point stamps may be used as change. Meats, Fats, Etc.—Book No. 3, brown stamps Y and Z valid through March 20 and retain old values of 8, 5, 2 and 1 points. Book No. 4, red stamps A-8, B-8 and C-8 good through May 20 and worth 10 points each. Red tokens and brown 1-point stamps may be used as change. Red Stamps D-8, E-8 and F-8, become valid Sunday and are good for 10 points each through May 20. Sugar—Book No. 4. Stamp 30 valid for 5 pounds indefinitely. Book No. 4, stamp 40 good for 5 for home canning through Febru ary 28, 1945. Gasoline—No. 9-A coupons good for 3 gallons through May 8. B-2 and C-2 coupons in books issued since December 1 are good for 5 gallons. Shoes—Stamp 18 in ration book No. 1 good for one pair through April 30. Airplane stamp 1 in book No. 3 good indefinitely. Fuel oil—Period No. 3 coupons good through March 13. Period No. 4 coupons valid through September 30. Nos. 3 and 4 coupons good for 10 gallons per unit. Consumers in this area should not have used more than 78 per cent of their to tal yearly fuel oil rations as of March 6. Save This Newspaper Many paper mills are shut ting down for lack of waste paper to convert into cartons for Army and Navy supplies shipped overseas. Every pound of old newspapers and maga zines is needed. Telephone your nearest school or notify some school child in your block to have your paper picked up. % D. C. Parents Recognize Son In Published War-Front Photo --—-. ■ » 111 aiai i Mr. and Mrs. Vincent L. Toomey. 3135 Highland place N.W., recognized their son, First Lt. John L. Toomey (right), in this Italian battlefront picture which recently appeared in The Star. Lt. Toomey and two of his buddies! are shown paying their respects to a comrade, killed by an enemy land mine. __ ”“A- P> photo In a battle-front picture carried by the Associated Press from Italy, Mr. and Mrs. Vincent L. Toomey, 3135 Highland place N.W., have rec ognized their son, First Lt. John L. Toomy, 24, formerly a Washing ton newspaperman and one-time assistant publicity director of Cath olic University. Mr. Toomey, an attorney, and his wife were en route to Duke Universi ty where another son, Thomas Mur ray, is in training for the Marine Corps when they spotted their sol dier son’s picture In a magazine. They sent a clipping of the photo to John, who has replied that it is he, shown with three of his buddies as they stand bareheaded by the body of a fallen comrade who en countered an enemy land mine. Another son, Vincent L. Toomey, Jr., a lieutenant (J.g.) in the Navy, also saw the picture in The Star of January 24 and called it to the at tention of his parents, as did a third son, James E. Toomey, an attorney with the Henry J. Kaiser Co., who saw it in a San Francisco paper. Women War Workers Praised by Wilson; Visit White House WPB Awards Presented In Ceremony at Production Exposition Seven women war workers, who are here to attend the National Labor-Management Production Ex position at the Commerce Depart ment auditorium, were received at the White House yesterday after a luncheon given for them at the Willard Hotel by the Women’s Na tional Press Club. Mrs, John Boettiger, daughter of the President, received the women and directed them on a brief tour of the White House. At the luncheon, Charles E. Wil son, executive vice president of the War Production Board, sponsor of the exposition, introduced the wom en and praised the role they and other women throughout the Nation are playing in the war effort. Mr. Wilson said that without the aid of women workers this country never would have produced the rec ord total of weapons and supplies needed for the war. If the women stopped producing tomorrow, he suggested, America might have to withdraw from the conflict. Among the guests at the luncheon were Lady Halifax, wife of the Brit ish Ambassador: Secretary of Labor Perkins and Representative Norton of New Jersey. Earlier in the day the women were presented with certificates from the WPB for their contribu tions to war production in a special ceremony at the exposition. Speak ers were Maj. Helen O’Neill, United States Marine Corps Reserve: Lt. Comdr. Tova P. Wiley of the Navy. Comdr. Helen Sleman of the Coast Guard and Maj. Anne Alinder of the WACS. The visitors who planned a sight seeing tour of Washington today are Miss Cora Lee Clounts, Rich mond, Calif.; Mrs. Edna Slocum, Oakland, Calif.; Miss Mary Shade, Enumclaw, Wash.; Mrs. Elizabeth Kennedy, Newark, N. J.; Mrs. Anne Maurer, Elizabeth. N. J.; Mrs. Roby Gardner, Bridgeport, Conn., and Miss Anne Weihe, Columbus, Ind. Youth Held in Fatal Crash Gets Suspended Sentence Joseph H. Wright, 18. of the 4200 block of Thirtieth street. Mount Rainier, Md., was given a $200 fine and a six-months suspended sen tence in the Maryland House of Correction in Hyattsville Police Court yesterday on a charge of man slaughter. Policeman John G. Williams of No. 12 precinct, told Trial Magistrate Alan Bowie that Wright was the driver of a taxicab which struck a telephone pole in Brentwood Feb ruary 22 and overturned as the climax of a 70-mile-an-hour chase starting in Northeast Washington. Charles K. McConnell. 22, Mount Rainier, a passenger in the cab, was killed in the crash. Through his attorney, Vance V. Vaughan, Wright contended that Mr. McConnell had been driving the cab at the time of the accident. He said he was asleep in the cab and did not know it was being pursued by police. At the time of the accident The Star erroneously listed Wright's ad dress as 4004 Thirtieth street, Mount Rainier. This incorrect address was given by hospital officials. Later, police listed the address as the 3400 block of Rhode Island avenue, Mount Rainier, and at yesterday's trial Wright and his father gave the address as the 4200 block of Thirtieth street. AWVS Course Launched The American Women’s Voluntary Services announced today it has started a 20-hour course in motor mechanics at headquarters, 1520 Twenty-second street N.W. Classes will be held from 10 a m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for motor corps and emergency drivers. Plan for Expansion Of Arlington Cemetery Assailed by Campbell County Board Member Insists Bill Is Not War Measure Edmund D. Campbell, Arlington County Board member, attacked the proposed expansion of Arlington Na tional Cemetery at a House Mili tary Affairs Committee hearing to day as reflecting only “the desire of the National Park and Planning Commission to place Congress and Arlington residents in a strait jacket as far as any future develop ment of a large portion of Arlington County is concerned.” The bill appeared to be "under false pretenses as a war measure,” he said. Declaring the real purpose of the bill was "not to provide additional burial ground for men in the armed services,” Mr. Campbell said that Port Myer, the Navy Annex and permanent homes and apartments stand in the area which would be acquired in the bill. “Not even the National Capital Park and Planning Commission will seriously contend that Port Myer will be turned into a cemetery,” Mr. Campbell said. He said he believed the naval annex, which homes approximately 5,000 employes, will probably remain there and be med for office build ing purposes “as long as any of us in this room are alive.” In connection with the condemna tion of private property, Mr. Camp bell said it would be far better for the Government frankly to provide for the immediate purchase for con demnation of these lands if they are so badly needed. Mr. Campbell condemned the course proposed by the bill permit ting residents to remain untii actual need arises, as a "blight laid on a thriving area.” Stating that Arlington Cemetery was adequate in its present boun daries for some years to come, Mr. Campbell said the bill appeared to him to be under “false pretenses as a war measure.” Letter From Gen. Gregory Read. The War Department’s position was presented by Brig. Gen. John J. Kingman, who read a letter from Maj. Gen. E. B. Gregory of the Quartermaster Corps asking that the “tremendous investment which the Government already has in the cemetery be protected” by acquisi tion of adjacent lands. Gen. Gregory’s letter stated that if the property concerned was not purchased "an undesirable com mercial development” might be j built. This prospect was denied by Frank L. Dieter, Arlington County plan ning commissioner, who said that if the “cloud” of passible Federal an nexation were removed a high type i of development would ensue under : the county's strict planning and | zoning controls. Mr. Dieter agreed with Mr. Camp j bell that the intention of the Na tional Park and Planning Commis sion in acquiring the land was for “other purposes” than burial of war dead. Mausoleum Complication. He said that land abutting Fort Mver would actually become an en largement of that reservation and that the Navy Annex would become an “isolated tract not properly a part of the cemetery expansion.” Mr. Dieter disclosed that the Abbey Mausoleum, which contains a large number of crypts, would fall under Federal ownership with pas sage of the bill. This would mean i removal of all bodies not eligible for burial in Arlington, he said. Answering a statement by Gen. j Gregory that “the dignity of Lee's 1 Mansion” should be protected, Mr. Dieter said the nearest property to be acquired lay one-half mile from the shrine. The hearing was recessed until 10:30 a.m. tomorrow and Mr. Dieter asked the committee to defer ap proval of the bill until a report was returned to Congress on national cemetery needs throughout the country. Deficiency Bill Allows District $1517,006 War Overtime Pay Accounts for Most Of Items Covered By DON S. WARREN. District items totaling $2,517,006.50, most of which represent war over time pay costs in keeping with ex isting law, are included* in the first deficiency bill reported to the House today by the Appropriations Com mittee. All items requested by the com missioners and forwarded to Con gress by the Budget Bureau were included in the bill with the excep tion of the $1,000 Increase in the commissioners’ confidential fund which was drawn on last summer and fall to expand operations of the poundmaster to counteract the rabies epidemic. To meet the pay costs in the re mainder this fiscal year the bill carries $2,177,100, about $1,500,000 below estimates made nearly a year ago. The savings mostly result from inability of the District to fill large numbers of police, fire and teacher positions. Allows Sale of Bonds. Other District government items approved by the committee after re cent hearings amount to $399,906.50, including $177,700 to cover expanded operations of the water supply and distribution systems made neces sary by Washington’s swollen pop ulation. The bill carries authority for the sale of up to $190,000 worth of Gov ernment securities, purchased out of Water Department reserve funds, which the commissioners found to be needed to cover this year’s Water Department costs. This would be the first time the District has had to draw on the invested fund which was started some years ago to pro vide a source of financing for an ticipated expansion of the water sys tem. The amount now so Invested was reported at $1,836,621. NCHA Gets Funds. Heeding the pleas of John Ihlder, executive officer of the National Cap ital Housing Authority, the commit tee also recommended a deficiency appropriation of $14,000 to be ex pended for repair and maintenance of the 112 dwellings and a number of nonresidential properties held un der Title 1 of the agency’s act, which were said to have been ac quired or developed at a cost of more than $731,000. For the past two fiscal years Con gress has allowed only $12,000 for the maintenance of such properties and Mr. Ihldef declares the proper ties were deteriorating to the end that the investment was being jeop ardized. Up until June 30, 1942, he explained, the agency could use its receipts from rentals and other oper ations to keep the properties in con dition, but revolving funds now must be turned in to the Treasury. This is one of the NCHA programs being considered by the Burton subcom mittee of the Senate. Items Listed. Among items in the District list are: Cleaning and repair of sewers, $33,900; police and firemen’s pension fund, $90,000; general expenses of the National Capital Parks Office, $60,000; payment of final judgments, $5,315; payment of audited claims, $1,463; operation of public coiSen ienc stations, $3,078; care of Dis trict buildings, $6,818; contingent expenses, $10,000; printing and bind ing, $7,055. The deficiency bill also carries $305,900 for the legislative estab lishment or $33,000 more than rec ommended by the Budget Bureau. Of this total, $50,000 was for the beneficiaries of deceased Represent atives; $8,000 to cover contested election expenses for House seats; $175,000 to cover expenses of special and select committees—this being $25,000 less than the budget esti mate, and $72,900 for improvements to the Capitol power plant. The bill also carries $105,038 to cover war overtime pay for em ployes of the United States Sol diers’ Home. Catholic Bishops7 Drive For War Relief Scheduled The Bishops’’War Emergency and Relief Committee, an agency of the National Catholic Welfare Confer ence, has planned to launch its fourth annual appeal for support of war relief on March 19 in all Roman Catholic parishes through out the United States. The collec tions last year amounted to $1, 293,000. The funds collected will be allo cated directly or through the Vati can for food, clothing and medical supplies to war sufferers in China, Poland, Hawaii, Malta, Greece, North Africa, Italy, the Middle East and the Baltic states. The committee also will continue to provide services to American prisoners of war and to civilian in ternees in Japanese-dominated ter ritory, it was said. Other alloca tions will be made to the Chaplains’ Aid Association, the Military Ordi nariate and the Montezuma Sem inary near Las Vegas, N. Mex., where future Mexican priests are trained. Sergt. William J. Murphy, B-26 Gunner, Missing Staff Sergt. William J. Murphy, 24, former employe of the Veterans’ Administration her*, is reported missing in action over Italy since January 16, the War Department has notified his father, James J. Murphy, of Scranton, Pa. Sergt. Murphy's sister, Mrs. Peter Kelly of 4708 Albemarle street N.W., with whom he made his home while in Washington, said her brother, tail gunner on a B-26 Marauder, had completed his 25th bombing mission in November. He holds the Air Medal with an oak leaf cluster. A year after entering the service in May, 1942, Sergt. Murphy went ; overseas. Three brothers also are in the service: Pvt. Martin Murphy, with an antiaircraft division in Italy; Boatswain's Mate Robert Murphy, stationed at Solomons, Md., and Pfc. Jack Murphy, radio opera tor on a C-47 transport. DR. FRANK L. HOWARD, , Seriously injured. MRS. LORENE B. CHANDLER, Fatally injured. MARIE F. WHITESELL, Seriously injured. THOMAS W. MEARS, Injured. The above were victims of an explosion of high - octane aviation gasoline yesterday at the Bureau of Standards. A fifth person was slightly injured by flying glass. Edgar Morris Named Chairman Of District Welfare Board - Succeeds McReynolds, Who Resigned in Protest Against Bill Edgar Morris, civic leader and vice chairman of the Board of Public Welfare, has been elected Welfare Board chairman to suc ceed Frederick W. McReynolds, the board announced today. The board elected Mr. Morris at a special meeting yesterday and also passed.a resolution praising the service of Mr. McReynolds, who resigned last Thursday in protest against the District Commissioners’ support of a pending bill to make the welfare board advisory and re move its administrative authority. Mr. McReynolds, who had been on the board for 18 years and its chairman for the last decade, con tended the bill would deprive the “unfortunates among whom we work • • • of representation by a board of reputable citizens who labor unceasingly to care for, protect and improve their condition.” Post Remains Open. The commissioners have not yet made an appointment to fill the vacancy created by Mr. McReynolds’ resignation. Reviewing Mr. McReynolds’ serv ice as Welfare Board chairman, the board resolution reported he fre quently visited the institutions under the board’s jurisdiction, supervised the establishment of public relief stations here in 1933 and personally reviewed almost all the 774 petitions referred to the board for investigation under the 1938 adoption law. The resolution made no reference to the reason for Mr. McReynolds’ resignation. Mr. Morris has been a member of the welfare board since 1937 and served as chairman of its Penal Committee. President of the Edgar Rev. Joseph Schantz, Protestant Chaplain At Gallinger, Resigns District Committee Inquiry Lowered Morale, He Charges Resigning his position as Prot estant chaplain at Gallinger Hos pital, the Rev. Joseph L. Schantz has charged that the Senate Dis trict Committee’s actions had im paired the effectiveness of the in stitution. The resignation was made public by Wilbur La Roe, jr„ chairman of the Gallinger Hospital Committee for the Protestant Churches. Mr. Schantz has accepted a call to the pastorate of a Lutheran Church of Spring City, Pa., a suburb of Philadelphia, Mr. La Roe said. A successor to Mr. Schantz will be appointed soon, according to the Rev. Dr. J. H. Hollister, pastor of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, which sponsors the Gallinger chap laincy. Probe Was Detrimental. Mr. Schantz’s criticism of the Sen ate committee came in a letter he wrote to Mr. La Roe. “I deeply regret in a way that I feel compelled to leave Gallinger at the present time,” he said, “at a time when Gallinger needs the in terest and support of Washington’s Christian citizenry as perhaps never before. The recent Senate investi gation and its resultant activities have been, in my opinion, most detrimental to the service which this hospital must render to the com munity. The Senate District Com mittee’s actions have distinctly lowered the professional morale of the hospital, and thereby inescap ably have impaired the effectiveness of the institution’s services to the people of Washington. Admired Dr. Bocock. Mr. Schantz was, according to Mr. La Roe, an admirer of Dr. Bocock, whose recent resignation as super intendent of Gallinger was virtually forced by the Senate District Com mittee. Commenting on the situation, Mr. La Roe said: “The recent appoint ment of Dr. Bocock as administrator of Doctors Hospital and as super intendent of the Medical Center, so soon after his forced resignation from Gallinger at the instance of the Senate District Committee, Is enough to give the people of Wash ington food for very careful thought. Dr. Bocock was condemned by the Senate committee only to be hon ored by his profession in being made the head of one of the finest and most modern hospitals in the country." —————— ~ ——— 4 Bilbo to File Measure To Boost Fire Pay Chairman Bilbo of the Senate District Committee planned to in troduce a bill today to increase the salaries of captains, lieutenants and sergeants in the District Fire De partment to the basic level of com parable positions in the Metropoli tan Poljpe Department. The proposal, now being consid ered by the House District Commit tee at the request of the Commis sioners, would boast the pay of Are captains by *600 a year, to *3.600; of lieutenants by *210 a year, to $3,505, and sergeants by *150, to *3,750. mm EDGAR MORRIS. —Harris-Ewing Photo. Morris .Sales Co., Mr. Morris’ many volunteer jobs have Included leader ship in the Red Cross Roll Call, War loan drives and the Community War Fund. Headed Trade Beard. He has been an active member of the Executive Committee of the Greater National Capital Committee for many years and has served the Washington Board of Trade as pres ident, vice president and director. His past presidencies also include the Kiwanis Club, Clemson Alumni Association, South Carolina State Society and Southern Gas Associa tion. He is also director of the Colum bia National Bank, Security Finance Corp., Mutual Fire Insurance Co. and the Boys' Club of Washington and is a trustee of American Uni versity. Watchdog is Stolen : With Other Booty In Robbery Here Thieves stole the watchdog; yesterday when, using a skele ton key, they entered and loot ed his apartment, Rudolph J. Kusic, 2424 Fourteenth street N.E., has reported to police. A wire-haired terrier, said by the owner to be capable of a loud bark, was missing, as were two watches and a movie cam era, when Mr. Kusic returned home from work last night, po lice said. Lf. Lauchlin Kelly Is Killed in Action First Lt. Lauchlin Kelly, 28, son of Dr. and Mrs. Evander F. Kelly, 1511 Twenty-second street N.W., veteran of at least 17 missions over enemy territory with the RAF, was killed in ac tion in the Eu ropean area De cember 20, the War Depart ment announced today. Reported missing in the R A F’s Decem ber 20 raid over Frankfort, Ger many, Lt. Kelly, a bomber pilot, was still on tour of duty with the u. Keiiy. RAF, although he had transferred to the American forces last October. Letters from Lt. Kelly arrived the same day—New Year Day—that his parents received the first telegram notifying them he was missing. When he was turned down by every branch of the United States armed forces because he was under weight, Lt. Kelly joined the RAF in 1942. In a letter to his parents, reported in The Star of December 5, Lt. Kelly, then a flying officer, said he was believed to be the only American in a 1,000-bomber raid over Berlin in the latter part of November. At this time he brought his plane back with scarcely a scratch, an account of the Berlin raid disclosed, and had completed 17 raids over German-held territory without losing a plane or a crew member. A native of Texas, Md„ he at tended the Marston School and Johns Hopkins University, and later was employed by a naval supply company in Baltimore. Dr. Kelly is secretary of the American Pharma ceutical Association and formerly was dean of the school of pharmacy at the University of Maryland. Besides his parents, Lt. Kelly is survived by two brothers, Capt. E. F. Kelly, jr., on duty with the field artillery in England, and Kenneth L. Kelly, and a sister, Mrs. Bruce Kilgore, both of Washington. Three Thugs Attack Gas Station Worker Calvin Brady, 18, night operator of Earl Hindle's service station, T. B., Md„ was assaulted yesterday by three unidentified white men who attempted to rob the station, Mary land State police reported. Police said the youth was knocked down and held by one of the trio while the others ransacked the sta tion. Police said they were fright ened away by an approaching truck before they located approximately $60 in the cash drawer. 58 of 534 Autoists Checked Here Failed To Mark Gas Books 90% Show Coupons Properly Identified As OPA Had Ordered Fifty-eight motorists out of 534 checked by District OPA inspectors since the agency began its drive for gasoline coupon indorsements yes terday have been found without li cense numbers and State registra tion on their coupons, the agency reported today. A total of 122 station's were checked up to noon today, OPA said. Of the 58 served notices to appear at their local boards with correct indorsements, 38 were Washington motorists, 7 were from Maryland, 12 from Virginia and 1 from Illinois. District OPA Director Robert K. Thompson, meanwhile, praised the “wholehearted co-operation” of mo torists and said the results, showing a 90 per cent compliance, were “most gratifying.” Service station operators also Joined in hailing initial results of the drive, which is designed to wipe out black markets in gasoline. They said it was helping to speed up their operations. Few Had Neglected Task. Hie comparatively few who were served notices to appear at their local boards within five days with all rations indorsed with license numbers and State of registration took them without complaining. “If it means wiping out the black market I’m all for it,” one motorist commented when handed a notice by an OPA investigator. This appeared to be the majority reaction. Motorists saw in the drive a forestalling of any further cut in their A rations, while some were hopeful it might mean an increase. The OPA claims that black markets are depriving A-ration holders ol half their normal allotment of gas oline. Most of the motorists questioned by a Star reporter who accompanied inspectors on their rounds said the advance publicity given the drive was responsible for their starting out for the day with coupons cor rectly indorsed. OPA officials also praised newspapers for their co operation. Lax Admit Carelessness. > * Some drivers expressed surprise over the fact that it had been a long-standing requirement that cou pons be indorsed at the time of issuance. “It’s just carelessness,” one motorist observed, “I don’t think any one is trying to flout the law.” During the morning hours yester day, inspectors checked 155 motor ists in 48 stations, and Issued only 11 notices to appear at boards. This represented a 93 per cent compli ance, a fact which officials said was “remarkable.” Any motorist who fails to appear at his board within the allotted time will be subject to call before a hear ing at which time his rations may be revoked. Press Club Will Be Host. To Lawmakers Tomorrow The National Press Club will hold its annual Congressional night din ner at 7 o’clock tomorrow when members of Congress will entertain the newspaper correspondents in re turn for a chicken dinner. The main course on Congressional night in prewar days was beefsteak. Senate Majority Leader Barkley will sing. Senator Walsh, Demo crat, of New Jersey will play the violin. Senator Chandler, Demo crat, of Kentucky will sing, and Sen ator Truman, Democrat, of Missouri will play the piano. Republican House members have made up a quartet composed of Representatives Arends of Illinois, Short of Missouri, Fellows of Maine and Towe of New Jersey. Repre sentative Shafer, Republican, of Michigan will perform magic tricks. Representative Randolph, Democrat, of West Virginia will give musical readings and Representative Busbey, Republican, of Illinois will sing. 37 District Selectees Must Report Tomorrow Thirty-seven District selectees who were found qualified for the armed forces on their preinduction examination have been ordered to report for induction tomorrow. The list follows: Army. Engram, Willie D. Watson, T. D. Gregory. Fleming P. Callaway. Rosher C. Light. Andrew G. Curtis. Leon F. Martin. Eddie H. Dade. Stanley N. Moncey, Raymond Jackson. Henry Newman. William Jones, Edward D. Patterson. E. A. Marton. Rayheld Plggie. Fred Muse. Walter J. Saunders. L. E Patrick. C. D Stroman. W. M. Watson C. L. Thomas, R. w Ktnard. James W Walker. Charles E. Simenton, 8tephen Washington, B. T. Nary. * Hunter. Lester B Hawkins, James E. Slayton. Thomas W. Monroe. Norman Creek. James R. Peace. Louis J. Johnson. Ernest L. Peterson. Jesse T. Duren. Lanney Reed. James R Greene. Frederic C. Smith Donald G. Selectees Get Booklet On Legal Problems' The District Bar Association is distributing at all induction centers a pamphlet informing married se lectees of the nature of legal prob lems arising with their induction, President Milton W. King an-; nounced today. The pamphlet advises inductees i of the protection given them by law on their Induction into the service.! Woman Killed, Five Injured in Bureau Blast Bride Is Victim; Had Been on Job Only 12 Days Hurled through a second story window by an explosion of a gasoline mixture being used in experiments at the Bureau of Standards, Mrs. Lorene B. Chandler, 21, died early today at Emergency Hospital. Two of live persona injured ta the blast, Dr. Frank L. Howard, 30, of 9702 Lawndale drive, Silver Spring, and Mrs. Marie F. White sell, 22, of 2207 K street N.W., were reported in fair condition today at Providence Hospital. Thomas Woods Mears, 25, of 623 Oneida place N.W., was discharged from the same hospital * after be ing treated for burns. Mrs. Roberta Cleaton, 42, of 6504 Florida street, Chevy Chase, Md„ who was working in the adjoining office and was cut by flying glass, was discharged yes terday after being treated at the bureau’s dispensary. Employed Only 12 Days. Mrs. Chandler, a bride of eight months, had been employed at the laboratory only 12 days and had ac cepted the position against the wishes of her husband, Ensign Law rence F. Chandler, U. S. N. R. The husband is on duty here, but friends of the family said he had been ex pecting a transfer. Mrs. Chandler received several blood transfusions last night, but failed to rally. She died at 3:15 am. today. Details of the cause of the blast were not given out by bureau offi cials and none of the victims could explain it, although it is believed there were two explosions. Dr. Lyman J. Briggs, director of the Bureau of Standards, issued a statement saying the group was “working on an urgent war project to make our aviation gasoline bet ter. It was an explosion of one of the mixtures on which they were working." The accident, which occurred about 3:30 p.m„ brought three am bulances and a large amount of fire fighting apparatus to the scene, but not until the emergency equipment appeared at the guarded entrance to the grounds was any one aware that anything was amiss. Army offi cials immediately took command of the situation and barred reporters and photographers from the scene. The Army also carefully guarded details of the experiment which wai being made at the time. Blown Through Doorway. Mr. Hears, a graduate of the Uni versity pt, Maryland «whd had been employed at the bureau since 1939, told reporters lie didn’t know what caused fhe explosion, but that it blew him through a doorway Into the corridor. He said Miss Whitesell ran past. him. an he lay on the floor, screaming with her clothes a baize. He jumped up and with a co-worker, C. S. Bruce, ran after her and dragged her into a shower to extinguish the fire. Mrs. Cleaton told reporters she went to the door to investigate the first blast and believes that a second shattered the glass in the door. She saw Mrs. Chandler lying on the ground as she ran to the medical office to summon help. Dr. Howard, who received a bro ken leg as well as severe burns, was blown through the same window as Mrs. Chandler. A native of Pueblo, Colo., he moved to Hyattsvllle as a boy, attended high school there and later graduated from the University of Maryland. He was awarded his Ph. D. degree at Maryland in 1938. He is married and has an 18-month old daughter. Was Native of Nebraska. Mrs. Chandler and her husband were natives of Bellevue, Nebr, where her parents and one sister still live. After their marriage last June, Mrs. Chandler returned to Washington with her husband, re maining here until September, when she returned to the University of Nebraska, where she was in her senior year. In November she de cided to come to Washington to remain with her husband while he was on duty here. Ensign Chandler also is a grad uate of the University of Nebraska, according to Mrs. Mae Turner, in whose home he had lived since coming here. His brother, Herbert G. Chandler, also is in the Navy and had been on duty in Washing ton until January 1, when he was transferred to Chicago. Miss Whitesell, a graduate of Dunbarton College, where she ma jored in chemistry, had been em ployed at the bureau about a year, according to her mother, and was working with Dr. Howard on one phase of the experiment. 400 Pupils Idle As Pastor Seeks Fuel for School Four hundred pupils of St. Dominic's Parochial School, Sixth and E streets S.W., were enjoying a holiday today as their pastor at tempted to obtain an emergency fuel oil ration from Ration Board 50 in time to open the school tomorrow. The school closed yesterday morn ing after the Very Rev. R. J. Dewd ney had been informed by the board last week that it would be impossible to receive any new rations before March 18, according to the assistant pastor, the Rev. Daniel Hamilton. Father Hamilton said the board called the rectory last night and said it would now be possible for the church to receive an extra allot ment under its emergency program. A spokesman at District OPA headquarters said Father Dewdney appeared this morning at Ration Board 50, Seventh and I streets S.W., and had been given blanks for an emergency ration. The spokesman said the priest discussed the matter with the board last week, but “he could not have been issued rations as he did not apply.’* At the rectory hope was held out that fuel would be delivered late today, in time for classes tomorrow.