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7ROBBERS' MASKS' PROTECT FLYERS IN HIGH ALTITUDES This is one cl a series of stories by a Star rear correspondent on District. Maryland and Virginia soldiers taking part in the bombing of Germany. • By THOMAS R. HENRY, Star Stall Correspondent. UNITED STATES HEAVY BOMBER BASE IN ENGLAND. Feb. 26. —An eerie-looking black mask which makes air crew gunners look like highway robbers on Mars has gone far to prevent frost-bitten faces at the below 50 temperatures of high altitudes. These were long one of the chief causes of disability among Amer ican airmen, putting many more of them »in hospitals than did enemy bul lets. The adoption of thus black mask was due to a fortu nate mistake. It is very similar to a garment worn by the Navy—especial ly by the crews of PT boats, who must keep long wat c h e s amid freezing spray on winter * nights. Some months ago a shipment Th*raM R H(Br*‘ from the United States to an over seas naval base went astray and came into the hands of an Air Force supply officer in England. He opened the box and wondered whether a gang of American train robbers were about to start oper ating in England—or whether the Navy had a lot of executions planned in the near future. Just What Was Needed. But then it was suggested to him that this might be Just what the Air Force needed. Complete pro tection of the faces of gunners had proved a difficult problem. At high altitudes it was necessary to wear the oxygen mask, which often was - not a good fit. This Navy hood would fit over it perfectly and could be arranged to fit tightly around the shoulders. Some modifications were neces sary, especially a mouth outlet for the oxygen tube. From the start the mask made a considerable re duction in frost-bite cases and these have further been cut down by providing waist windows in the plane to protect the waist gunners. ‘‘Frost-bite.’' says Capt. Herbert C. Allen of Richmond, Va„ air surgeon of a base here, "used to be our big gest single problem, so fai^ias long extended disabilities were concerned. Often the men never were able to 1 go back to active duty as members of bomber crews.” Dr. Allen, well-known in Wash ington. is himself a veteran of five missions, including the famous shuttle raid to Regensburg to Africa and back over Bordeaux to the base here and has known the experience of passing out from lack of oxygen. It was on a mission over France when he had borrowed a mask which did not fit properly. Explains Experience. “We experience two kinds of oxy gen lack,” he says. “One is acute, experienced when the supply is cut off altogether at 30,000 feet or above by the freezing of the mask or the failure of the system. A man passes out at once. He can only live a very short time unless oxygen is given him. But he revives very quickly when somebody gives him a supply and. so far as we can find out, suffers no ill effects. He does not feel shaky afterwards and remains perfectly competent to attend to his job. “The other is chronic oxygen de ficiency. This is what I myself ex perienced. There was a leak in the mask and it did not fit properly any way. Flying along at 20.000 feet I began to feel rotten all over. It was as if I had eaten some bad food. I took off the mask to try to get it on better. Just then the plane w-ent up to 30.000 feet to get over a big cumulus cloud and before I could get the mask back on I had passed into a coma. The bombardier saw me stretched out and turned on an emergency oxygen flow and I re covered consciousness but for a long time I felt very tired, had a headache, and was sore all over. It was just like a very bad hangover.” The little regulator on the oxy gen mask, says Dr. Allen, is the most important bit of equipment on a heavy bomber. The life of the man using the mask depends absolutely on its working perfectly. If it gets out of order his life will last only two or three minutes, at the most. Liquor Dealers Deny Kronheim Forced Purchase of Wine Retailers Testify Firm's Dealings Were Not 'Unfair or Burdensome' Retail liquor dealers called as witnesses for Milton Kronheim Sons, Inc., todai7 denied at a Federal Trade Commission hearing that the wholesaler had ever forced them to buy wines along with liquor or that their dealings with the firm had been “unfair or burdensome.” The witnesses heard were the first of more than 50 dealers W'ho crowd ed the hearing room and prepared to testify in favor of the wholesaler The FTC has charged Kronheim with “coercive practices” in alleged tie-in sales of wines and champagne. Several dealers volunteered the Information that they actually en countered difficulty in purchasing wdnes from the firm None were able, however, when questioned by Commission Counsel Floyd O Col lins, to recall what their purchases amounted to last year. After six dealers had testified on behalf of the firm, Mr. Collins charged that their testimony "does not disprove facts proven hereto fore.” The FTC recently called witnesses, several of them former liquor dealers, who told of having to buy wine when ordering whisky from Kronheim. “We can call any retailer in the city to prove there are no such actions,” Attorney Alvin Newmever informed Trial Examiner John Norwood. Counsel for Kronheim then called Lt. Gabriel Torre of the Navy, second vice president of the Officers’ Club of Washington, 1400 New Hampshire avenue N.W. He joined with the retailers in denying that the club had been forced to purchase wine. The commission also heard from Harry C. Wechsler. president of the Retail Liquor Dealers' Association here and operator of a liquor store in the 3600 block of Georgia avenue N.W., who insisted that he knew of no instances of tie-in sales with Kronheim. Virginia Ruling Curbs Price-Fixing Power Of Milk Commission Holds It Cannot Set Different Rates for Same Grade By the Associated Press. RICHMOND, Mar. 13.—The Vir ginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled today that the State Milk Commissions’ authority to fix prices extends only to different prices for different grades of milk and does not extend to different prices for the same grades of milk. The court gave its opinion in the, case of Lucerne Cream & Butter! Co. of Washington versus the State Milk Commission. A dissenting opin ion from Justice George L. Browning held that the court’s majority opin ion “is a grave blow to the use fulness of the milk commission.” The majority opinion, written by Justice C. Vernon Spratley, held that “there is no inherent power in the milk commission to fix the price of the milk. Whatever price-making power it has must be found in the statute. Power to Destroy. “It is a well-established principle of statutory construction,” the opin ion added, “that when a specific power is granted by a statute and the limits of such power are therein marked out. the section granting the power and not general provi sions in other sections of the statute must be looked to in ascertaining the effect and extent thereof. “The authority to fix prices, like the power to assess taxes, is the power to destroy. It is an extraor dinary power and not lightly grant ed. and when granted is subject to the limitation of the grant.” The case originated in the Alex andria-Arlington market, where the Lucerne Co. was supplying milk in cardboard containers through Safe way Grocery Stores. The commis sion had ruled that the company must charge a penny more per quart for its product than for milk delivered in bottles by other com | panies. Heavy Destroyer Sponsored By Sperry's Granddaughter The heavy destroyer Charles S. Sperry, named for the late Rear Admiral Sperry, was launched todav at Kearny, N. J. She was christened by Miss Margaret Sperry, 1806 Twenty-fourth street N.W.. a grand daughter of the admiral who com manded the United States Fleet on half of its around-the-world cruise of 1907-1909 Miss Sperry’s father. Marcy L. Sperrv, president of the Washington Gas Light Co., accompanied her to Kearny to witness the ceremony. The daughter attended Milton Acad emy and St. Timothy's School and later made her debut in Boston sev eral years ago. The Sperry is the sixth of her class of 2.200-ton vessels specially designed for action in the Pacific. Admiral Sperry commanded the Yorktown during the war with Soain, and later became president of the Wrar College, Newport, R. I. New Rules to Let Postmen Wear Cool Summer Garb Washington letter carriers wdll be allowed to wear cooler and more comfortable clothing during the summer. Postmaster Vincent Burke announced today. Under new rules issued by the Postmaster General, the carrier won’t have to wear woolen trousers, a tie, specified uniform gray shirt, but toned at the collar, or buttoned long sleeves. Mr. Burke said. Sport shirts and turn-down col lars will be permitted, but they must be of light gray color. , Trousers are to be of the light gray or slate color but may be “chambray, cheviot, palm beach cloth or other light gray or slate color washable material of appro priate weight.” Commission Called l nreasonable. The creamery contended that the commission's ruling was arbitrary and unreasonable, and said it would not compete with orthodox dairies if it were forced to charge more for its milk. The court, admitting that a con tainer is as essential as transporta tion, held that its cost factor must be considered just as other ele ments are considered. But once all factors are taken into consideration, "a price of milk fixed for a grade must be the same for all milk of that grade." Tire opinion said that "all that the commission can hope to do, after giving consideration to all the factors of cost of production and distribution, is to stabilize the mar ket by fixing a price which will en courage the producer and distrib utor ol milk to continue in business upon a profitable basis, and to pro vide an ample supply of an essen tial commodity to the general pub lic at a fair and reasonable charge.” All-Youth Chorus Meeting Is Called for March 27 The first meeting of an all-youth chorus of service personnel and others, expected to comprise 200 to 250 voices in the second annual Easter dawn service at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, will take place on March 27, Warner Lawson, dean of Howard University, announced today. The time and place of meet ing are to be decided this w’eek The Executive Committee of the Washington Federation of Christian Youth met yesterday at the Wash ington Federation of Churches Building, 1751 N street N.W., and announced the theme of the 6.30 a m. services will be "Christ in Our Midst." The •ommittee said 24 girl marines will act as ushers at the service, which is expected to attract worshipers from all Protestant groups in the city. WASHINGTON NEWS | WASHINGTON, D. C. SOCIETY AND GENERAL NEWS MONDAY, MARCH 13, 1944. B Change Urged In Depreciation Scale of Pepco FPC Official Testifies Utility's Properties Have Longer Life Charles W. Smith, chief of the Bureau of Accounts, Finance and Rates of the Federal Power Com mission. today advocated before the Public Utilities Commission a revi sion in the depreciation policies of the sliding scale used in determining rates of the Potomac Electric Power Co. Loaned to the Public Utilities Commission by the FPC, Mr. Smith appeared as a witness for the local commission in the annual power rate hearings. He suggested the rate of PEPCO be changed from an undepreciated one to a depreciated rate. At present, the power company is allowed to set up a depreciation reserve, on which it pays 4 per cent interest for the use of the fund. Mr. Smith testified that he backed depreciation estimates which took into account the life-of-service of the assets of the company. Less Hazards Claimed. The witness said that he believed that PEPCO properties would have a longer life and lower depreciation rates than the utilities operating in wider geographical areas. He point ed out that with an "underground system’’ the local company faced less hazards than companies with outdoor lines in rural areas. Meanwhile, Chairman James H. Flanagan of the PUC overruled the objection of company attorneys and permitted testimony on the Great Falls water site to be admitted in the record. Testimony Friday by a Government witness had brought out that PEPCO in 1912 had Lssued a million dollars of common stock to the Washington Railway & Elec tric Co. for two-thirds interest in the site, for which it had not yet received a title. i. Pepco History Report Admitted. Chairman Flanagan also admitted into evidence a report on the history of Pepco prepared by Arthur E. Lundvall, chief acountant of the Federal Trade Commission. Mr. Flanagan said, however, that the commission believes the question of an ownership by the North Ameri can Co. in Pepco "has no relation to the present proceedings.’’ Gregory Hankin. member of the commission, today dissented in writ ing to a ruling of Chairman Flana gan on Friday excluding a question as to whether the Securities and Exchange Commission had inquired into North American's ownership in Wreco. “It is a^ipmatic that the purpose of an administrative hearing is to reveal, not to conceal, the facts per taining to the problem under con sideration.” said Mr. Hankin. Mr. Hankin said the commission "should not thwart” the efforts of any parties in the hearing to make out a full case. Capt. W. D. Wright Decorated by Navy The Navy. Department today an nounced the decorations of 13 offi cers, including those of three Washington men and Capt. William D. Wright. jr„ whose wife resides at Annapolis. The list included the award of the Legion of Merit to Capt. Wright and Maj. Robert Laning Clifford, 1315 Thirtieth street N.W.: the Sil ver Star to Lt. Harvey F. Kreuzberg, 11600 Myrtle street N.W., and the Distinguished Flying Cross to Lt. Comdr. J. T. Blackburn, 8502 Lough borough place, Chevy Chase. Md. Accounts of the decorations to the Washington men have been carried in The Star previously. Capt. Wright, 43. a native of . Knoxville. Tenn., was a commander when he performed the services for I which he was decorated. He was cited for meritorious service as com mander of a landing craft flotilla during the amphibious invasion of ■ Sicily in July, 1943. He developed an inexperienced group of officers and men into a : well-trained fighting force, it was said, and in July gallantly directed the attack group under his com mand in landing the embarked as ' saulting force "with remarkable speed and efficiency.” He was credited with contributing "in great measure to the success of the in vasion of this strategic island.” His wife. Mrs. Helen R. Wright, lives at 92 College avenue, Annapo lis. Jewel Gift Notations Forged, Kent Testifies Notations on the inventory cards of an antique jewel collection valued at $50,000 indicating that items had been disposed of as gifts to women were "absolute forgeries,” Otis Beal Kent, wealthy retired tax lawyer, j testified today in District Court. He was being cross-examined in I the trial of Mrs. Prances Dolmage, [Charged with theft of Mr. Kent’s | collection. He was questioned at length about the notations "Gift to Sarah,” "Gift I to Dorothy,” "Winifred, Lois, Anita, j Isabel.” Mr. Kent said that he knew per sons with those first names but was 1 positive no gifts from the jewelry collection had ever been made to them. This is the second trial of Mrs. Dolmage. The first ended in De cember when the defendant became ill while testifying. Citizens to Elect Three In Chevy Chase Area An election will be held from 7 to 9 p m.. April 11, at the Brookeville Pharmacy, 6423 Brookeville road. Chevy Chase, to fill three two-year term vacancies on the community Citizens’ Committee. The three members of the com mittee. whose terms have expired, are Myron Glaser. James J. Hayden and Lawrence E. Troth. G. Herbert Chappelear, 407 Tur ner street, Chevy Chase Election Board chairman, will receive nomi i nations in writing through March 31. TAXPAYERS FORM TRIPLE LINE—Wearily looking for Uncle Sam’s income tax experts to get help, people in these three lines were among the thousands who broke all records at the revenue building today. The three lines show a queue of peo ple wound like a snake doubling back on itself. But nobody had to stand outdoors in the cold wind as they did in other cities today. Arrows show direction of slow-moving line: No. 1 people were closer to help; No. 2 were far behind No. 1, probably half a mile from the door; while those marked No. 3. in the middle, were still looking for the end of the line, far around the next corner. (Story on Page A-l.) —Star Staff Photo. Fuel Oil Requests Made by Only 551, District OPA Reports Break in Cold Wave Halts Anticipated Rush for Coupon 'Borrowing' Only a relatively few Washington homes appeared today to have been out of fuel, despite dealer estimates that thousands were faced with dry tanks, as the District Office of Price Administration reported that a total of 551 requests for exchange of period No. 5 coupons for currently valid coupons had been received up to this morning. OPA headquarters at 5601 Con necticut avenue N.W. remained open all day yesterday to receive applica tions of distressed householders, but only 189 requests were made. Sat urday night 362 applications fof emergency heating oil were received. A large majority of the requests came from dealers who applied for their customers. Only 78 individ ual applications were filed, OPA | said. One dealer estimated today that l all who had applied had received ! oil. A number of suppliers operated through the day yesterday, he said. A spokesman for dealers claimed | la-st week that by this afternoon a | third of the city’s fuel oil users i would be without supplies. Period 5 : coupons become valid tomorrow. The national OPA announced that j each coupon is worth 10 gallons. A break in the cold wave allevi ated suffering of some homeowners who informed dealers they were about out of oil but decided they could get by until tomorrow, an OPA spokesman said. Colder weather i was forecast for tonight and may force other householders to apply. A spokesman for the industry here, commenting on criticism leveled at the OPA for failure to act last week, pointed out that the final decision on any prevalidation or an exchange arrangement rests with the Petroleum Administration for War. That agency had maintained that petroleum supplies in the East were below “minimum working levels” and any change in the validation date might upset the balance. Factories Lose 3 Men In 1r000 in January By the Associated Press. Factories lost a net of three workers out of every thousand in January, 1944. Secretary of Labor Perkins reported yesterday. She said the rate of hiring was 64 for every thousand on the pay | rolls, while 67 were leaving the plants The 67 included 46 who quit, seven discharged, five enter ! ing the armed services, eight laid off and one leaving for other rea sons. “The layoff rate, although still | high due to changing production needs, declined from 10 per 1,000 in December to eight per 1,000 in January,” Secretary Perkins said Back From the Wars Red Cross Director Recalls Moments of Terror in Pacific The Red Cross men and women who go to the distant combat areas to serve the service men have their moments of terror — in shot - up planes and toss ing ships. Grey Lusty, a dark and vigor ous man of 40 or thereabouts, back from months as rec reational direc tor for ARC in the South Pa cific, did not want to talk about that. He wanted to tell about the Red Cross rest center at McKay Grey Lo»ty. on the eastern fringe of Australia where they gave the soldiers steaks two inches thick and pitchers of milk and put a pound a day on them. Recalls Storm at Sea. Pressed to tell about his personal experiences he recalled riding out a storm for four days in the Tasman Sea in a former liner without ballast drifting with the engines off. “They stopped the engines because every time she pitched the screws would come above water. The offi cers were afraid she would break a shaft so we put out a sea anchor and rode it out for four days. Meals were soup—a little in a tall glass. By timing the pitch you could drink without spilling it. Or you could practice walking with hands and feet along the passageways using your hands along the walls.” He told how the Red Cross and the Army managed to arrange week end recreation for the Yanks in the Australian cities. "Nothing was open from Satur day noon until Monday morning, due to Australian labor and blue laws,” he said. "We arranged for three movie houses in Sidney to open on Sunday for servicemen and their companions. And we put on a dance every Sunday night, with a thousand girls invited. The per sonnel manager of a department store wpuld invite 200 girls and the attendance would so be rotated among the working girls of the city's 3.000,000 population.” He remembered two plane rides vividly—one going north from Sid ney when the pilot and the co-pilot each thought the other was flying the plane and both went to sleep. The plane went into a dive. The pilot woke up and pulled it into a sharp climb. The passengers were all pitched over the seats in front of them. And a 1.000-pound Fort ress motor they were taking to the front got loose and began to bump around. That was a bad moment. But nothing to the ride from New Zealand to Australia in a Liberator. "The way things were down there at the time,” he said, “was that when a bomber got sour from being shot up or bumped around, they made a transport plane of it. I wanted to fly to Australia. After the experience in the Tasman Boy, 11, Sends Gifts to Soldier And Close Friendship Results A soldier in the South Pacific who has no family has found a lit I tie faster brother in Edward A. | Charron, 11, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Char ron. 6202 Forty fourth avenue, West Riverdale, Md. Edward mailed another package yester day to Pvt. Paul Brown, care of the postmaster in San Francis co. In it were lots of little i items to make Pvt. Brow n more comforta ble and tO Show Edward A. Charron. him that some one was his friend. It all began last fall, when Ed ward. who has no one close to him in the service, began to wish he could send a Christmas box to some one who might not get one ! otherwise. Finally he hit on a plan, and his mother called the War Department to ask the ad dresses of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Edward took the money he had made on his paper route and bought items to fill two boxes, in accord 1 ance with lists which had been issued for sending gifts to service men. His mother put notes in the boxes asking each general to give the box to some one who wras not likely to receive one from home. “It was a most generous and thoughtful act,” wrote Gen. Eisen hower in reply. "I am going to give it to an American soldier who would probably not be expecting a present this Christmas.” From the Pacific theater, however, came a letter from the soldier who received the gift. Edward prizes that friendship, which he hopes will become more than one of corre spondence. for Pvt. Brown wrote: “When this war is over and I come home, I am going to pay you a visit and thank you personally. I would like it very much if you would answer this letter and tell me all about yourself. I hope that this I Christmas brings you everything you want. It has brought a great deal of happiness to me, and so I want to thank you again. Edward. "You are truly an American boy, and all Americans are proud to fight for your kind. Throughout your years always remember that you made someone happy, and that in itself is enough to make you walk with your head high and a feeling that it is great to be an American and proud for what we stand. “Your friend, an American sol dier, Paul Brown.” Sea on a liner, I didn't want another voyage. I found a crew patching up a Liberator. "Come on,’ they said cheerfully. ‘Sure, we think she’ll make it. We want to live, too.' “Long after land had disappeared behind, the right motor failed. Then the inside left motor failed. We were limping along on two motors. The passengers were myself and a couple of New Zealand officers. “ TIow about turning back?’ we asked. Half-way Over. “ ‘No use,’ they said, ‘we're half j way over.’ “Then one of the remaining mo- j tors began to take too much gas \ and slow down. We were slowly losing altitude. We put on our chutes. There was no rubber boat, we learned. I found out what the airman means by ‘sweating.’ You’re cold but you feel your skin getting wet. “The first engine that failed came on again. We got over the airport at Sidney in the dark, but we couldn't put down the wheels or turn on the landing lights. The plane had been shot up in action and there was something wrong with the wiring. We circled the field for an hour and a half. Finally the crew got the wheels down. But the landing lights still wouldn’t work. The ground crew on the field rolled a plane to the far end of the runway and turned its lights on. Our pilot slid down and made a perfect landing in their beam.’’ Report Is Due Today On Richmond Hotel Fire Fatal to Six One of 20 Hurt Leaves Hospital; Rites Set for Weaver, Mrs. Price B? the Associated Press. RICHMOND. Mar. 13.—An official report on the fire in which six per sons lost their lives at the Hotel Jefferson early Saturday is expected to be made today to Mayor Gordon B. Ambler. Officially, the cause of the fire, which claimed among its victims State Senator Aubrey G. Weaver, Front Royal, an outstanding figure in Virginia political life, and Mrs. James H. Price, widow of the former Governor of Virginia, is listed as "unknown.” Fire Chief A. F. Taylor said the fire had started in a stair way well on the second floor, spread swiftly up the shaft and mush roomed out on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors, where most of the damage was confined. Until last night only one of the 20 patients being treated for in juries received in the fire had been discharged from the hospital. He was John E. McMahon, Brooklyn, N. Y„ who was overcome by smoke. City police and fire chieftains have been making an investigation at the direction of the Mayor. Part of the report due today was to deal with the condition of fire fighting equipment in the hotel. Public Safety Director M. D. Barofl said Saturday he was investigating a report that when guests and em ployes of the hotel attempted to use hoses in corridors to fight the flames ' they leaked so badly that they were virtually useless. Funeral services for Mrs. Price were to be held at 11 a.m. today: at the Ginter Park Presbyterian Church in Richmond. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. in Thornrose Ceme tery, Staunton, where Gov. Price is buried. Last rites for Senator Weaver will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Front Royal Methodist Church. Burial will be in Prospect Hills Cem etery there. A special session of the Warren County Circuit Court was scheduled at 12:30 p.m. in the Front Royal Courthouse to adopt memorial reso- j lutions in tribute to the State Senator. Senator Weaver represented the Duchess of Windsor in 1927 when she obtained a divorce from her first husband, Lt. E. Winfield Spen cer, in Front Royal. Tire Senator was a friend of the Duchses’ family.; Dorothy Thompson to Speak Dorothy Thompson, columnist, will speak on "Germany” at 4:20 p.m. tomorrow at Ritchie Coliseum at Maryland University, College Park. The lecture, one of a series for Army students at the university, is open to the public. Man and Two Women Indicted in Slaying Of Airport Soldier Two Persons Face Charges Of Embezzling Big Sums While Handling Funds A 20-year-old man and two wom en were indicted today on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the killing early in February of Marvin L. Bauchamp. 37, a sol dier stationed at the National Air port. Those named are Leroy Belcher, 20, colored, of the 1800 block of Ninth street N.W.; Agnes M. Butler, 23, colored, of the 1100 block of First street N.W., and Louise E. Carter, 23. colored, of the first block of Florida avenue N.W. The indictment charges Belcher hit the soldier in the head with a brick, fracturing his skull, while in the act of robbing him. Pvt. Bauchamp was found uncon scious on a vacant lot in the 300 block of K street S.W. on the morn ing of February 1 and died early the following morning at Walter Reed Hospital, where he was taken after being treated at Casualty Hos pital. Police said Pvt. Bauchamp met the three accused persons at Fif teenth and H streets N.E. and ar | rived at the scene of the killing after riding in a taxicab. The indictment was returned be ! fore Chief Justice Edward C. Eicher of District Court. In another indictment, William H. Simms, 33, of the first block of Defrees street N.W., was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting last month of Preston Thomas, 40, colored, of the 200 block of Canal street S.W. during an argu ment on the street. Two persons were charged in in dictments with embezzling large funds. Mrs. Elsie R. Rockwood, 42, of the 1700 block of Lanier place N.W. was charged with embezzling more than $33,000 while serving as cashier bookkeeper for the Arthur Jordan Piano Co., Homer L. Kitt Co. and trustees of the Arthur Jordan Foun dation, respectively. Mrs. Rockwood was named in three seperate indictments em bodying 42 counts. Harry W. Wilson, 53, was charged with embezzling more than $44,000 while head bookkeeper for Capital Service Stations In all, 32 indictments were re turned. The grand jury ignored 28 cases, involving 41 persons in connection with the Internal Revenue Code. All were described as illegal liquor dealers found guilty in Municipal Court. The indictments were presented by Assistant United States Attorney Sylvan Schwartz. USO Honors Girl Scouts Who Kept Cookie Jars Full District Girl Scouts were thanked for keeping cooliie jars full at two USO centers at teas given in their honor yesterday. The parties also commemorated the 32d birthday anniversary of the National Girl Scouts. Present at the USO at Seven teenth and K streets N.W., were five district chairmen and one represen tative from each Scout troop. Other guests included Miss Mabel Cook, USO regional executive for Wash ington; Mrs. J. Harris Franklin, District Girl Scout commissioner, and Miss Anne McLean, executive secretary of District Girl Scouts. The new USO club at 2011 Georgia avenue N.W. ehtertained represen tatives of the Colored Girl Scout troops. Receiving the guests were Miss Jacqueline Myles, field advisor for colored Girl Scout districts, and Miss Estelle Thomas, assistant direc tor of the USO club in charge of women's activities. Acacia Lodge fo Mark 96th Anniversary The 96th anniversary of Acacia Grand Lodge of Colored Masons will be celebrated at 8 p.m. next Sunday at the Asburv Methodist Church. Eleventh and K streets N.W. The Rev. Robert Moten Wil liam. pa,'tor, will be the principal speaker. Grand Master Allan A. C Griffith and Deputy Grand Master Simpson W. Wallace will preside. Past Grand Master Royal W Bailey will conduct a War Bond and tag rally to raise funds to complete payment of property recently pur chased at 2118-22 Georgia avenue N.W., the site of a new temple. j Man, Woman Killed Here in Traffic Crashes Two Others Die of Injuries Received in Earlier Accidents Two nersons were fatally Injured In traffic accidents yesterday, and two others d(ed from injuries re ceived several clays ago, boosting the cltyte toll for the year to 15 deaths. Police said Miss Lona Banks. 27, of 308 Sixteenth street N.E., was killed yesterday afternoon when the auto she was operating was in col lision with an auto operated by Elmer Johnson, 33, of 2921 Twen tieth street N.E. Miss Banks was pronounced dead upon arrival at Casualty Hospital. Miss Helen Banks, 23, and Mrs. Martha Grimm, 39, both of the Sixteenth street address, were seri ously Injured in the same accident. Helen Schlosser, 6. of 314 Sixteenth street N.E., who was riding in the same car with those injured, was examined by Dr. Christopher H. Murphy, deputy coroner, and dis charged with no apparent injuries. In Critical Condition. The younger Miss Banks was re moved to Gallinger Hospital where her condition was said to be critical. Hospital officials reported she re ceived a possible skull fracture, ex tensive scalp injuries and multiple abrasions to arms and legs. Mrs. Grimm was admitted to Casualty Hospital for observation and was suffering from a possible concussion. An inquest will be held later. Coroner A. Magruder MacDonald scheduled inquests today in the deaths of Daniel G. Zimmerman. 48, of 3040*4 R street N.W., and Kirby Dovelle, 41, of 6139 Georgia avenue N.W. Mr. Zimmerman was struck by a Capital Transit bus in the 800 block ! of Eleventh street early yesterday ' morning and died two hours later at Emergency Hospital. Police said he darted suddenly into the path of the bus, operated by Emerette H. Sellers, 30. of 1149 Oates street NX, and that he was not in tha j crosswalk at the time. Driver to Appear. Mr. Dovelle was Injured last Fri day night when the auto in which he was riding failed to make a turn ; at the dead end of Allison street near Blagden avenue N.W. and crashed into a tree. Joseph C. Gladden, 58, of 3145 Mount Pleasant street N.W.. listed by police as operator of the auto, was ordered to appear at today's in quest. Mrs. Cecelia Ryan, 74, of 1915 Sixteenth street N.W., died early to day from injuries received when she was struck by a streetcar last j Thursday in the 3300 block of Four j teenth street N.W. According to pohce, Mrs. Ryan stepped off a load ! ing platform into the path of a i streetcar operated by Benjamin Fletcher, 51, of 1445 Park road N.W. Her skull was fractured. No inquest has been scheduled in the case. Crushed Between Autos. Frederick M. Buckner, 39, col ored, of 2038 Eighteenth street N.W. was in serious condition today at Freedman’s Hospital with compound fractures of both legs and lacerations to the face and body received yesterday when crushed be tween two autos on Baltimore boule vard, near Laurel, Md. Police said he was standing behind his auto which was parked off the highway, when another car ploughed into him. Driver of the second automo bile was not identified by police. Sue Vincent, 17, of 1704 R street N.W., was admitted to Casualty Hospital with hip and knee injuries earlv today when the parked auto in which she was sleeping was struck by a truck operated by Miller Lee, colored, 22, of Laurel, Md. Police said the girl was asleep on the front seat of the parked car ih the 2300 block of Bladensburg road N.E. Walter H. Littles, 24, colored, of 1010 First street N.E., and Dorothy Beck, 17, colored, of 436 Franklin street N.W., were treated at Freed man’s Hospital for injuries received yesterday in an auto collision at Fifth and P streets N.W. Mrs. Mary Morris, 70. colored, of 512 U street N.W. was in a critical condition at Freedman’s Hospital after being struck by a truck today on T street near Florida avenue N.W. She was removed to Freed men’s Hospital with a possible frac tured skull and internal injuries. Police identified the truck driver as Joseph Douglas, 32, colored, of 1210 Florida avenue N.E. Daily Rationing ^3 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 stamps F-8, G-8, H-8, J-8 and K-8 valid April 1 through June 30. 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, C-8, D-8, E-8 and F-8 good through May 20 and worth 10 points each. Red stamps G-8. H-8 and J-8 good March 26. Red tokens and brown 1-point stamps may be used as change. Red Stamps D-8, E-8 and F-8 become valid tomorrow 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, C-2, B-3 and c-3 coupons good for 5 gallons each. Fuel Oil—Period No. 3 coupons good through Monday. Period No. 4 coupons valid through September 30. Period No. 5 coupons become valid tomorrow. All good for 10 gallons per unit. Consumers in this area should not have used more than 81 per cent of their total yearly fuel oil rations ?s of March 13.