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Intent to Strengthen Her Links With U. S. By the Associated Press. MONTEVIDEO. Mar. 7—Gen Diego Luis Mason, Argentine For eign Minister, asserted last night that the government of acting Presi dent Edelmiro Farrell intends to “strengthen the friendly links be tween Argentina and the United States” and that It will adopt "all measures necessary to the security of the hemisphere.” Gen. Mason’s pronouncement on Argentine foreign policy was made in a statement in which he ex pressed surprise at the action of the United States in directing Ambassa dor Norman Armour to refrain from entering into official relations with the present regime in Argentina. The statement was issued after a cabinet meeting at which Argentine foreign relations, especially within the Western Hemisphere, were re viewed. The meeting was attended by all cabinet members except Min ister of Public Works Gen. Domingo Pistarini, who is ill. Gen. Mason said Washington’s decision was surprising because, he declared, it is the intention of the Farrell regime to "maintain the break in relations with the Axis and continue international policy along the lines of the government of Gen. Pedro Ramirez.” Gen. Farrell, Vice President under Gen. Ramirez, took over as acting President recently when the latter delegated his powers to him, pur portedly on the grounds of ill health. The United States has withheld - official recognition of the Farrell regime pending clarification of the manner in which Gen. Ramirez delegated his authority. Chile and Bolivia last week recognized Gen. Farrell as the legitimate successor to Gen. Ramirez, and Paraguay and Uruguay were reported yesterday to be considering a similar move, but neither has taken action thus far. Miller Spends Night In Jail's Infirmary Robert I. Miller, charged with the first degree murder of Dr. John E. Lind, spent his first night in jail in its infirmary, the jail official said today. They put emphasis on the “regu lar manner’’ in which the jail re ceived the man who had often visited the institution in another role—as attorney for prisoners. Miller was assigned to a cell in the felony block which also houses Fred Mergner and Julius Fisher—both held on first-degree murder charges in recent murder cases. - After examination by a jail medi cal officer, Supt. E. A. Green an nounced, Miller was transferred to the jail infirmary “in view of his highly nervous condition.” Besides his attorneys, Miller will not be allowed to see visitors until next Wednesday, according to Mr. Green. Miller had been free under $15,000 bond until yesterday when Justice Ben Moore refused to continue bond and ordered him committed pend ing trial on May 15. Guard's Case Delayed In Sailors' Shooting Special Dispatch to The Star. LEONARDTOWN, Md., Mar. 7.— Arraignment of W. B. Upright, 50, of Washington, civilian guard at the Cedar Point naval base, in the fatal shooting of a sailor, J. L. Mc Vickers, 26, and the wounding of another during a brawl Wednesday in the civilian canteen at the base, has been postponed until Monday, St. Marys County State’s Attorney Henry Camalier said today. Mr. Camalier said the arraign ment, originally scheduled yester day, was postponed because neither he nor Upright’s attorney, Joseph D. Weiner, was ready. Mr. Weiner said that Upright, who is being held in the St. Marys County Jail here, will plead not guilty. He emphasized that his client has not signed a confession. Upright was removed from the Cedar Point base, where he had been confined in the station brig, after feeling against the guard be gan to mount among sailors at the base. The wounded sailor was identified as Frank Gerald, 19, seaman, first class. He was reported unconscious today. Mr. Camalier said Upright listed his address as the 300 block of Sixth street S.E., Washington. He said if he is held for the grand jury he may be tried at the March 20 term of St. Marys Circuit Court. Man Given Six Months On Bad Check Charge A man who police said has a rec ord of 62 arrests was given a six month jail sentence by Judge James Reece Duncan in Alexandria Police Court today after he attempted to pass a worthless check yesterday on a iormer banker. Policemen Charles Baber and Warren Martin said Iredell Phipps Gregory, who gave a Norfolk ad dress, presented a $50 check drawn on a Charlottesville bank to Robert J. Whitton, manager of the Alex andria Hospital, where Gregory had received treatment for a stomach ailment while posing as a licensed physician. When Mr. Whitton, a former banker, saw the check he called; police because he did not recognize the name of the bank on which the! check was drawn. Police said a check of fingerprints revealed ar rests dating back years all along the Eastern Seaboard. Police said just before going to the hospital, Gregory posed as a University of Virginia professor of pathology and a friend of Senator Glass’ family, and obtained a 25 cent loan from a clerk in an Alexandria store. New Officers Installed By Federal Translators The Society of Federal Transla tors installed officers last night at a meeting in Thomson School. Those taking office were Johnston V. McCall, State Department, presi dent; Miss Cecille Sughrue, War De partment, vice president; Miss Ger trude Holinger, Navy Department, corresponding secretary; Eugene Dernay, Post Office Department, re cording secretary, and Edgar Hus ton, War Department, treasurer, j DISTRICT NEWSPAPERMEN WITH MARINES—Among the Marine Corps combat correspondents who reported the inva sion of Cape Gloucester on New Britain Island are (left) Tech. Sergt. Samuel E. Stavisky, former assistant city editor of the Washington Post, and Staff Sergt. Jeremiah A. O’Leary, 1222 Quincy street N.E., former Washington Star reporter. —Associated Press Photo. ; Takoma Citizens Given Outline of New Recreational Area Plans for development of a recre ation area on Fifth street N.W., north of the Calvin Coolldge High School, were outlined last night to members of the Citizens’ Associa tion of Takoma, D. C., by Milo F. Christiansen, District superintend ent of recreation. The improvements, to cost ap proximately $30,000, will include construction of basket ball courts, outdoor handball courts, croquet grounds and sport facilities for younger children. Bids will be opened soon and construction is ex pected to start within the next few weeks, Mr. Christiansen said. The land to be improved is part of the Takoma Recreation Center, bounded by Third,- Fifth, Sheridan and Van Buren streets It,W. Sixty-, nine playground units are now in operation here, and by summer tjhe number will be increased to 116, Mr. Christiansen told the citizens’ group. Other business of the meeting in-' eluded consideration of protests th&t earth from the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad embankment covers side walks and the Cedar street under pass following heavy rains and snows, thereby inconveniencing pe destrians. The association decided to seek relief from the proper offi cials. Incorrect numbering of residences on Second street N.W., between Wal nut and Van Buren streets, will be brought to the attention of Dis trict officials, it was decided. The association took under con sideration a resolution recently adopted by the Takoma Park Cham ber of Commerce calling for the improvement of Eastern avenue its entire length from Western to Southern avenue. A report on this proposal will be presented at the association’s next meeting. Guy A. Peterson, vice president, presided. The meeting was held in the Takoma branch of the Wash ington Public Library. Nimitz (Continued From First Page.) now consists of 900 combatant ships. This figure, he said, includes battleships, battle aircraft carriers, carrier escorts, cruisers, destroyers, destroyer escorts and submarines. It does not include, however, what Mr. Knox described as “small stuff,” which means landing craft, PT boats and the like. The Secretary also disclosed that plans had been made to build 11 more Essex class aircraft carriers than were planned in the original program. He recalled, however, that two 45,000-ton carriers are under way. The Essex class is made up of 27.000-ton ships. The Secretary called attention to a bulletin from London saying that the average loss of ships in the Atlantic from submarine operations for the last half of 1943 was 1 ship in each 1,000. Mr. Knox added that the success of the antisubmarine campaign al ways caused him to warn that the war isn’t over. He said Germany still has a tremendous number of submarines in reserve and may de cide at any time to renew opera tions in the Atlantic. In introducing Admiral Nimitz Mr. Knox said he was very happy to have at his conference today a "man of whom the entire Navy is exceedingly proud.” Referring to the fact that the era of British sea power began with Nelson, Secretary Knox said, “The great era predicted for the American Navy is beginning now, and the name of Admiral Nimitz will have an outstanding part in it.” The Pacific commander said that whatever successes we have had in the Pacific are due to the selection of task force, group and unit com manders who have delivered the goods 100 per cent. He mentioned particularly Admiral William F. Hal sey, AdmiraPRaymond A. Spruance, Vice Admiral Marc A. Mitscher, Vice Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner and Maj. Gens. Holland Smith and Ralph Smith. , "We have a very excellent team to which should be added that of the Army, the 7th Air Force, 27th Army Division and the 7th Armv Division,” he said. Admiral Nimitz said he believed the armed forces were now getting the needed number of ships and men in the Pacific and added that all that is needed now is time In 'Where'll I Hide It/ Is Bloom's Plaint Over Silver Elephant Gift By the Associated Press. Chairman Bloom of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who will celebrate his 74th birthday anniversary tomorrow, has re ceived a silver elephant as a present from Milton M. Golden, a friend in Los Angeles. “Imagine me, a Democrat, getting an elephant for a birth day present," said Mr. Bloom. “Where'll I hide it?" which to carry on our operations. “I feel,” said the admiral, “that the principal obstacle in the Pacific now is not Japs but geography—the size of the Pacific Ocean. If some of you could devise a means of shrinking the Pacific down to one fourth its size, we could move much .faster. “We face the future with utmost confidence.” Questioned concerning the attack on Truk, Admiral NJmitz said he thought the "Japs put up'the best fight they could with what they had. ^Asked if he was surprised at the lack of any great defense, he answered in the negative. Admiral Ntmitz told the confer ence he was disappointed in not finding major units of the Japanese fleet at Truk, but he was not sur prised. He added that our sub marines, working day and night for many months, had been sinking a large number of Japanese tankers which were necessary in order to maintain the fleet away from its main bases. The Japs, he said, are beginning to find out that the main tenance of their fleet at Truk with fuel was rather difficult and perhaps already had decided to move out their heavy units. He said the same situation applied at Saipan in the Mariana group of Islands, which were attacked by the same task force which went into Truk. When Admiral Nimitz was asked if he was ready to take on the Jap fleet in a showdown fight now, he quickly gave an affirmative: “Yes." He described Japanese naval offi cers and men as “highly efficient and well trained,” adding that “not in any'sense have they lost their will to fight.” “They’re pretty good,” he said, "but our people are better than they are and equally willing to fight. “It would be to our advantage to have an early encounter with the Japanese fleet, because we are prepared to meet them. It would be disastrous for their overseas com munications if we could fight an early engagement and they lost a good part of their fleet. My idea is that they are preserving their fleet as long as possible." Admiral Nimitz was questioned as to the necessity of having bases in China from which to bomb the Japanese home islands. He said that they were absolutely necessary to pound them effectively. "It is always possible,” continued, the admiral, “to attack objectives in ] Japan from carriers, but, as we have learned from bombing in Europe, it takes a great weight of explosives to produce any considerable effect. Carrier-based planes are not adapt ed to carry a great weight of ex plosives against shore objectives.” Admiral Nimitz was asked wheth er he thought the airbases on the China coast should be established by a naval surface operation or by taking them by land. Every means, he said, should be used—either over land or over sea. The admiral didn’t think that we were ahead of schedule in the Pa cific but believed that what we had done so far has been in the minds of those charged with the operation all the time. He did not think it would require a wholesale transfer of naval craft from Europe to the Pacific to go all out against the Japanese at this time, adding that we had sufficient-strength in the Pa cific to meet the Japanese fleet now. However, he added, we can always use more. Maryland Park Girl's Return Ends Police Case Miss Evelyn F. Pearson, 20. Mary land Park, Md., object of a police search for 24 hours after she was reported missing, was back today. Police said they had questioned Miss Pearson and a friend, Rich ard Narrington, 22, of the 400 block of H street N.W. Both were released, police said, announcing the case was closed. 1 Kidnaping Warrant Against Langan Is Refused by Court Joan Manners today lost an other decision to her former husband, John Langan, when the Municipal Court of Appeals refused to direct Judge Thomas D. Quinn of the Municipal Court to issue a kidnaping warrant. In a decision handed down by Chief Judge William E. Richardson, the appellate court dismissed a pe tition for a writ of mandamus di rected against Judge Quinn which would have compelled him to issue the warrant he and United States Attorney Edward M. Curran pre viously had denied. Miss Manners, through her at torneys, sought to compel the lower court to issue the warrant against her former husband after he came to her hotel on February 25 and took her 10-year-old daughter, Joan Langan, who had Just been placed in her custody by order of a Mary land court. • Walter Oreen and Jell Lichten berg, attorneys for the former Hol lywood actress, attempted to obtain a kidnaping warrant for Mr. Langan from Judge Quinn on February 28. When the request was turned down they filed the mandamus petition in the appellate court. Langan to Continue on Stand. Mr. Langan was scheduled to go back on the stand in District Coiirt at 1:45 p.m. today to continue the story of his relations with Miss Manners during the last 13 years. The self-possessed witness, under cross-examination yesterday after noon, provided several new details adding to the confusion into which the case was plunged a week ago today when Miss Manners first de nied Mr. Langan was the father of Joan. The hearing was resumed yester day after the court received the sealed report of a blood test con ducted on Mr. Langan, Miss Man ners and little Joan indicated Mr. Langan could be the girl’s father. “The child’s grouping is within the possibility of that resulting from the union of the above alleged parents,” Dr. Oscar B. Hunter re ported, “and the child is apparently their offspring.” new sensation* Aired. -.Twice during the two and a half hours he was on the stand. Mr. Langan contributed new sensations to the case that has already been well saturated with dramatic reve lations. He first met Miss Manners, the witness testified, not, as his former wife said last week, while he was delivering a script to her from Nell Hamilton, Hollywood actor of 10 years ago, but instead while he was on a confidential mission for Mr. Hamilton to talk to Miss Manners about threats she allegedly was making to the actor. Mr. Langan said he met Miss Manners at a Hollywood drugstore in the spring of 1931 and discussed with her threats she was making to call Mr. Hamilton’s wife and reveal certain information. “What kind of information?” asked Mr. Green. “He had been indiscreet with her,” Mr. Langan began, "and—” “What is indiscreet in Holly wood? ’^interposed Justice T. Alan Goltnbdrough, who is hearing the case. Mr. Laijgan explained for the benefit of thftjwurt record. Believed flcr Statement. He* went*on to say that, after hall Ah hoiir of conversation with Miss Manners, who then used the name Loma Browne, he was con vinced she was telling the truth and Mr. Hamilton was not. Miss Man ners, he said, was demanding $1,500 of the actor, and he went to Mr. Hamilton, who was then a dramatic pupil of his, and told him he be lieved the actor to be in the wrong. “Where is Mr. Hamilton now?” asked Mr. Green. “The last I heard of him he was with the USO,” the witness replied. “I believe he was in Alaska.” “Do you know whether he’s avail able?” "Oh, yes, Mr. Green, he's avail able. There’s a quit claim avail able, too, for $1,500 signed by Loma Browne. You can find that in the office of a Hollywod lawyer whose name is Houlihan.” Mr. Langan said he had fre quently implored Miss Manners to become his wife after little Joan was born, but she refused to marry him until 1938. “When a woman has no con science,” he said, “no principles, you can’t take her by the scruff of the neck to a minister. You can only ask her.” Woman Leaders Defend Equal Rights Proposal Mrs. Emma Guffey Miller, a Dem ocrat, and Mrs. Alice D. Guyer, widow of the Republican Represent ative from Kansas, yesterday sent a joint letter to each member of the House urging approval of the proposed equal rights amendment to the constitution. They are co-chairman of the Na tional Congressional Committee of the National Woman’s party, which seeks approval of a discharge peti tion to take consideration of the amendment out of the hands of the House Judiciary Committee. Their letter was a reply to an attack on the amendment by Philip Murray, president of the Congress of Industrial Organizations. Housing (Continued From First Page ! resents, could have saved taxpayers $179,301 if it had constructed the 138-unit Benning road houses, pay ing the same wages as the NCHA. Mr. Daniel said. The saving on Stoddert dwellings would have been $260,158. he main tained. As constructed by NCHA. Stoddert dwellings has no termite protection and a heating layout that "any one with the slightest experi ence would have known to be un safe,” he charged. Mr. Daniels attacked the NCHA for errors in planning, contending the unattractive design and con crete floors are among important reasons why the Lily Pond and Cal vert projects are largely vacant. Frederick Douglass dwellings are poorly constructed, and, although the project is amortized over 60 years, wood siding already has been renailed to keep it from falling off, he charged Mr. Daniel compared the public housing developments with what he said were comparable dwellings built here by his firm. The Fred erick Douglass example "proves conclusively the inablity of the NCHA to build low-cost housing,” because on this project the au thority had plenty of time and ma terial, plenty of labor and a good inexpensive site, he maintained. DISCUSS FIRST ALL-AMERICAN RAID ON BERLIN—Pilots of long-range P-51 Mustangs dis cuss their participation in the first all-American air raid on Berlin Saturday. They penetrated at least 575 miles from British bases to reach their target. Left to right: Lt. Carl Q. Bickel, Alhambra, Calif.; Lt. Charles Koeing, Oakland, Calif.; Lt. Felix M. Rogers. West Newton, Mass., and Lt. James P. Keane, Penllyn, Pa. —A. P. Photo by Signal Corps Radio. AFL President Calls At White House President Roosevelt was reported to have sounded out William Green, president of the American Federa tion of Labor, yesterday on the AFL’s possible attitude if the Con gress of Industrial Organizations were to send a delegate to the In ternational Labor Conference, which opens in Philadelphia April 20. The Federation opposes CIO par ticipation in the labor delegation to the conference. Mr. Green called at the White House, but his office refused to comment on the matter. The CIO has renewed its request for representation, which was first brought forward In 1936 by John L. Lewis, then head of the CIO. The International Labor Office constitu tion provides that the delegate be chosen frpm nominations made by the “most representative” labor organization. Skier Dies of Exposure; Was Lost 18 Hours« By the Associated Press. LAKE PLACID. N. Y„ Mar. 7.— Knute Rangstad, 30, of the Nor wegian merchant marine died in a hospital last night of exposure suf fered while lost on a ski trip. Mr. Rangstad was found yesterday by the Lake Placid Ski Patrol atop a minor Peak in the Mount Whitney section. He had been lost for 18 hours in 35 below zero weather. Mrs. Izola F. Page Dies; Author, Kin of Booth By the Associated Press. KEENE, N. H., Mar. 7.—Mrs. Izola Forrester Page. 64. great granddaughter of John Wilkes Booth and widely known author and scenario writer, died yesterday at her home here. She also was a feature writer for newspapers and magazines and played child’s parts in her younger days with her mother, the late Ogerita Booth Hills. Born in Pascoag, R. I., she came here to live from California and New York about five years ago. She leaves h$r husband, Mann Page, a well known stage director, and four daughters and two sons. 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