Over There With Men From Here
D. C. 'FORT' GUNNER TELLS
OF BLUFFING FOE FIGHTERS
This is one of a series of stories by a Star war correspondent, on
District, Maryland and Virginia soldiers taking part in the bombing
By THOMAS R. HENRY,
Star Staff Correspondent.
UNITED STATES HEAVY BOMBER STATION IN ENGLAND,
Feb. 23 (Delayed).—Bluffing attacking German fighters by keeping his
ball turret gun trained on them although he knew that it had been
knocked out by flak in a fierce air battle at 50 degrees below zero was
the experience of Sergt. Edward M. Waters, 5324 Kansas avenue N.W.,
gunner on a Flying Fortress here.
Sergt. Waters, ’38 Central High graduate and brother of George
Waters, formerly of The Star staff;
has just finished his 10th mission
over occupied Europe. By far
his most thrill
was the last
raid over Bruns
wick. The For
tresses took off
in a snowstorm.
Early in the
battle some of
the guns were
knocked out and
the skies were
filled with enemy
was no way of
shooting back at
The hit ting s«r*t. w»t»r..
•ystem on the ship went out.
A short circuit developed in the
electrically heated suit of the
tail gunner and he had to change
positions with one of the waist gun
ners who was in a position where
he could keep his blood circulating
by jumping up and down on the
floor of the careening plane. Even
at that, both feet of the other waist
gunner were frozen.
Sergt. Waters was in the ball tur
ret. The cold was almost unen
durable and there was one shower of
flak which put his gun out of oper
ation. He kept circling the turret,
keeping the gun pointed at enemy
fighters who made a pass at the
Portress every few minutes. This
apparently was a good bluff.
Vivid Memory of Weather.
"I saw them shooting down ships
behind and below us,” Sergt. Waters
said, "but they didn't come too near
us and if it hadn't been for the
cold there would have been no cas
ualties in our plane.”
His most vivid memories are of
■weather. On one cf his missions,
just after the bomb run was over,
the clouds closed in so thick that
it was impossible to see any other
ship in the formation. The ship
had been hit by flak just after drop
ping its bombs and there were four
"runaway flaps,” making it impos
sible for the pilot to maintain alti
tude. He dropped down in the fog
until he faced the prospect of re
turning to England all alone. There
also was the constant danger of
crashing into another Fortress.
Finally he was able to join up w'ith
another formation. Two ships im
mediately behind crashed and both
On his first mission out of Eng
land, Sergt. Waters ran into the
heaviest flak he has yet encountered.
He had been sent out with an ex
perienced crew for conditioning.
Flak sounded like hail against the
sides of the plane. One piece land
ed a foot from where he was stand
In the same squadron with Waters
is Sergt. Melvin D. Gillis, Mardella
Springs, Md., near Takoma Park,
who also has taken part in 10 raids.
He is a ball turret gunner and is
credited with one probable “kill.”
Both gunners went through their
preliminary training and came to
Maryland Officer In Charge.
In charge of the Officers’ Club at
a bomber station here is Lt. Warren
Ziegaus, Normandy Apartments, of
the University of Maryland faculty
from 1937 to 1940 as library instruc
Whisky now Is very difficult to
obtain in England but he heard of
a supply to be had in Scotland. So
he went north with two trucks and
checks for $21,000.
“I came back.” he says, with two
empty trucks, six bottles of Scotch,
and checks for $20,950.”
They still drink beer at the club.
Assistant intelligence officer at
this station is Lt. John B. Savage,
former country circulation manager
of a Washington newspaper, whose
home was at London Hall, Thir
teenth street and Massachusetts
Sergt. Waters, 23, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Albert L. Waters, was on the
basket ball team at Central. Before
enlisting in the Air Force in March,
1941, he was learning to be an auto
mechanic. He has been overseas
since October. Mrs. Waters ex
pressed anxiety yesterday because
she had not received his regular
letters for three weeks.
Virginian in Italy Supervises
Repair of Damaged Instruments
Lf. Vermillion Directs Ordnance Specialists
In Task Requiring Great Improvisation
By NEWBOLD NOTES, Jr.,
Star Staff Correspondent
NAPLES, Mar. 22 (Delayed).—The
lanky Virginian waved his hand
casually in the direction of a $40,000
machine which had been badly
damaged by shrapnel.
"Our job Is to send this thing
hack to the front in working order,”
he said. "It aims several antiair
craft guns at a time automatically.
I guess It's the most complicated
piece of machinery used by the
Army. It has about 10.000 more
parts than the finest watch. We get
what parts we can by ordering them.
Anything we can’t get—we make it.”
That is Lt. Thomas R. Vermillion
of Williamsburg. Like most Ameri
cans over here doing specialist work,
he is good at his job, knows it and
is proud of it. He is in charge of
the instruments section of ordnance
base shops which comes under an
Army Service Forces base section.
Whole Shop Is Fabulous.
The whole shop is fabulous. It is
really a factory which takes as its
raw material ordnance so badly bat
tered that it cannot be repaired by
forward workshops and which turns
out in a steady stream new guns,
tanks and trucks—the whole range
of ordnance items—all made from
the ruined carcasses. Its 247,000
square feet of floor spacdV houses
hundreds of drill presses, grinders,
power hammers, forges—every kind
of machine needed to keep a
modern mechanized army rolling.
Nearly 700 soldiers and more than
700 Italian civilians work in the
It is so extensive that it is im
possible to give a clear picture of
its operation as a whole, but Lt.
Vermillion's instrument section, sit
uated in the tiered gallery high
above the roar of the machinery, is
typical of the shop in its operation
and its accomplishments.
Fifth Army's Instruments.
To it come all the 5th Army's in
struments for directing and con
trolling gunfire if they have been
badly damaged. Improvisation is
the watchword here, for the requi
site spare parts are seldom at hand.
But it must be axact improvisation.
You cannot simply slap together an
instrument which calculates the dis
tance to an object so accurately
that the reading is not more than 2
feet out at 400 yards.
Thirty-one badly battered range
finders once arrived at the instru
ment section; 5th Army definitely
needed 19 replacements. They sent
out for available spare parts and
got exactly two, but 5th Army had
its range finders on time.
More than that, Lt. Vermillion
noticed that the regulation cases in
which the instruments were packed
broke too easily. His sergeant went
out and talked to an Air Forces lieu
tenant, who contributed some alum
inum from an Italian airplane parts
shop, and the instruments were re
turned to the front in improved
aluminum-lined cases which do not
Drills for Dentists.
The section is continually called
on to perform delicate jobs far re
moved from the field of ordnance.
It is, thanks to the ingenuity of its
personnel, that many of the native
dentists over here now operate drills
which are powered by electricity. It
has produced surgical instruments
and machines for grinding false
teeth. The boys were out to make a
dermatone—a device for cutting
skin graftings of microscopic thick
ness—and they made one in a few
days which is said to be far more
efficient than the original design.
This is the kind of work the sec
tion's 31-year-old boss likes best. A
while ago he had a wart removed
from his hand and suffered a slight
burn in the process. That sort of
thing always starts him thinking.
- "I borrowed the instrument from j
the doc and figured the thing out,”
he said. “So I took a piece of plas
tic glass from the windshield of a
wrecked German plane and made
the doc another one. It worked
Spirit of Inquiry.
All the men in the section
seemed to have the same spirit of
inquiry and pride in their work.
Most of them are volunteers re
cruited into the Army in 1941—
largely from the automotive in
dustry. They were picked for their
experience and specialized skill, but
there have been replacements and
new talent has been uncovered. One
of the two watch repair experts
never took a watch apart before
he entered the Army. His bench
mate has 11 years’ experience.
Lt. Vermillion is typical of the
men who direct the work of the
giant shop. Things mechanical are
his consuming interest and have
been for a long time. At 18 he
took a job as a mechanic's helper
in an agency in Williamsburg. Pour
years later he was foreman of the
shop, and the next year was pro
moted to service manager. He was
general manager at 25 but even
after graduating to the office, he
did a month of shop work every
year just to keep his hand in. Dur
ing this time he says he went to
practically every automotive school
east of the Mississippi.
Overseas for Year.
When war came he was com
missioned in the Ordnance Corps
He has been overseas about a year.
He is married and has a son whom
he has never seen.
He loves the job. ‘‘It keeps you
alert,” he says, ‘‘and it keeps you
studying. That’s the thing—I’m
learning more about how things
work all the time. This is the kind
of wrork I’m going to be doing from
now on, and I don’t want to get
He won’t have much chance to
get lazy as long as the Army uses
such complicated instruments and
as long as the enemy keeps shooting
at them. He and his men will have
plenty of work and as long as he
and his men are there, it looks as
though the work will somehow get
Teen-Age Club fo Give
Red Cross Benefit Dance
The Red Cross War Fund will
benefit by a dance which the Alex
andria Teen-Age Club will give at
8:30 p.m. tomorrow in the George
Washington High School gymna
The four-month-old organization,
which has over 600 members, gave a
party in January for the Mile o’
Servicemen who have recently re
turned from battle fronts, sports fig
ures, city officials and other prom
inent residents will be the guests.
Music will be furnished by Tommv
May's Orchestra. Decorations of
Red Cross flags and posta-s have
been furnished by the local chapter
and members of the Red Cross can
teen corps will assist in serving re
The committee in charge of ar
rangements includes Robin Rau,
Donald Beggs and Calvin Major.
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.
Tax, Lusk Says
Warns of Rise From
$1.75 to $2.35 in
Charges that the public housing
program proposed to reclaim slums
here would increase the District real
estate rate from $1.75 to $2.35 per
$100 valuation were made by Rufus
S. Lusk, president of the Washing
ton Taxpayers’ Association, in tes
timony today before the Senate Dis
trict Subcommittee investigating
the local housing situation.
This increase would be necessary,
Mr. Lusk said, to make up for the
direct tax loss which would result
from the appropriation of $120,000,
000 for the public housing program.
He arrived at the $120,000,000 fig
ure by adding the estimated amount
needed to reclaim the District’s
slums to the $20,000,000 which would
be provided as a revolving fund un
der a bill introduced by Senator
McCarran, Democrat, of Nevada.
A tax loss of $830,000 already has
resulted from operations of the
National Capital Housing Authority
during the last seven years, and at
present this loss is about $302,000 a
year, Mr. Lusk contended.
Mr. Lusk further charged that
local businesses would lose more
than $243,080,000 over a 60-year
period, if the public housing pro
gram were carried out. He listed
mortgage bankers, real estate bro
kers, retail lumber dealers, small con
tractors, material dealers, paint and
plumbing supply houses, plumbers
and coal dealers among the busi
nesses that would suffer.
Huge Cost Forecast.
At another point in the hearings,
Mr. Lusk told the subcommittee it
is "the avowed purpose of public
housing advocates” to provide a
new home for every family earning
$2,000 a year or less.
Estimating there are at least 15.
000.000 such families in the Nation,
he forecast that this program would
cost the Nation "at least $120,000,
000,000” over the fiO-year life of the
housing that would be constructed.
The cost to citizens of Washington
would be between $400,000,000 and
$500,000,000, he said.
The annual lass from failure of
•iblic housing to pay real estate
taxes would be more than $2,000.
000.000 in the Nation, and $5,000,000
in Washington, he said.
Jonn ihlder, executive officer of
the Housing Authority, attempted to
answer Mr. Lusk, charging that
statements and figures of the Au
thority were being "misquoted."
Chairman Burton of the subcom
mittee advised Mr. Ihlder, however,
to save his reply until he is, called
to testify as a rebuttal witness.
Mr. Lusk assailed the NCHA for
"doing everything in its power” to
defeat legislation that would give
private enterprise an opportunity to
demonstrate that it can reclaim the
slums. The Housing Authority has
stated "time and time again”' that
it is willing to step aside if private
industry can do the job, but is not
acting as it preaches, he said.
Asks Chance for Private Builders.
Mr. Lusk warned that NCHA's
opposition to the slum-reclamation
plans of private builders may result
in no slum-clearance work being
done here fdr some time. He said he
does not think Congress is willing
to appropriate a single penny for
additional public housing at this
At the conclusion of Mr. Lusk's
testimony, Senator Burton asked
him how he proposed to overcome
the "public detriment to health and
fire and police risk which exists in
the slums here.”
Mr. Lusk said private builders
should be "given a chance,” and
that if they cannot do the whole job
the rest of the work should be done
by some public housing authority.
He said he hoped private enter
prise could handle the entire pro
gram, but that “in fairness" "he
would have to admit some public
housing probably will be necessary.
He specified, however, that “for
every house that is built, a slum
should b® torn down.”
Senator Burton cast some doubt
on the workability of the private
builders’ slum reclamation proposal
by remarking that he is not sure
the Government would have the
right to condemn slum property and
then turn it over to private builders
James C. Wilkes, counsel for the
Homebuilders ' of Metropolitan
Washington, said at the close of the
hearings that more than 25 per cent
of the largest private homebuilders
in Washington will appear before
the subcommittee to state individ
ually that they are willing to under
take the erection of slum clearance
The hearings will be resumed at
10 a.m. tomorrow.
CCC Operating Capital
By the Associated Press.
A Senate Appropriations Subcom
mittee voted yesterday to bolster
the Commodity Credit Corp.’s oper
ating capital by $39,436,884 in ap
proving a $528,000,000 deficiency
Acting Chairman McKellar ex
plained the amount was necessary to
cover debts incurred up to March 31,
1943, much of which, he said, was
sustained in the CCC’s purchase
and resale of wheat for livestock
The committee cut $15,000,000 off
the $217,500,000 the House previously
had allowed the Federal Works Ad
ministration for community facilities
in war production centers, but agreed
to raise from $40,000,000 to $60,000,
000 the limitation for grants and
90 Tons of Waste Paper
Collected in Arlington
Fletcher Kemp, Arlington County
school superintendent, yesterday no
tified Leo C. Lloyd, County Salvage
Committee chairman, that 90 tons
of paper had been collected by the
schools during their special cam
paign of the week beginning March
Mr. Kemp said the next drive will
be held the week of April 10. Arling
ton 'residents were urged to sepa
rate papers and magazines and tie
them in bundles.
WPB Relaxes Ban
On Baby Scales as
Birth Slump Is Cited
By the Associated Press.
Which Government bureau
do you read?
The Labor Department's
Children’s Bureau plans to ask
for no additional funds for
maternity or infant care for
the reason that potential
fathers are being drafted right
and left and the wartime birth
rate is declining steadily.
But . . .
The War Production Board
today relaxed its ban on the
use of metal in trays for scales
—among them baby scales.
Addition of Villa Rosa
To Capital Park Area
Studied by Planners
Young Backs Move
To Continue Operation
Of Children's Musuem
The National Capital Parks and
Planning Commission is making a
study of Villa Rosa, the 8-acre tract
at 4215 Massachusetts avenue N.W.,
to determine whether it would be
feasible to incorporate the prop
erty into the park system, John
Nolen, jr., director of planning, said
The matter was brought before
the commission at its last meeting
by persons interested in continuing
the Children's Museum, now housed
in the villa.
Whether the commission has the
necessary funds to repurchase the
property from Sam Eig, who bought
it from Defense Homes Corp. re
cently, is another problem. No
funds for this purpose have been
available for several years, it was
Calls Museum Effective Aid.
Meanwhile, Commissioner John
Russel] Young said he personally
thinks the museum is a good thing
and an effective aid in combating
juvenlile delinquency and that he
would like to see it continued. The
District Commissioners have not
discussed the matter officially, Mr
Young said, and any action they
might take would depend on rec
ommendations of the Park and
Planning Commission, he said.
The pink stucco property, original
ly built in 1911, was sold to the Dis
trict in 1940, when the city sought
a school site for that vicinity. In
1941 the Children’s Museum su
pervised by Miss Matilda Young, was
permitted to occupy the place in re
turn for custodial care. Later the
District exchanged the ground with
the Defense Homes Corp. for a more
suitable school site near McLean
Mr. Young said the agreement
with Miss Young, who is not related
to him but a cousin of Senator La
Follette, Progressive, Wisconsin,
stated the museum could occupy
the place rent free until such time
as it might be needed by the city.
Vandalism Led to Action.
He said Corporation Counsel Rich
mond Keech had not been consulted
to determine whether such an agree
ment was proper under the law, but
action was taken because vandals
were destroying the property and
the museum semed to be a worth
while contribution to community life.
The District Commissioners have
been swamped with letters and tele
grams urging retention of Villa Rosa
for the museum. If such action were
taken, Mr. Young said, the museum
management probably would have to
be reorganized and supervision
placed under either the Recreation
Department or Board of Education.
Mrs. F. L. Brown Dies;
Wife of FWA Engineer
Mrs. Florence L. Brown, 51. wife
of Rodney D. Brown, engineer in the
Public Roads Administration of the
Federal Works Agency, died yester
day at her home, 3215 Seventeenth
street N.E., after a long illness.
A native of Courtland, N. Y„ Mrs.
Brown had lived here since 1917.
She married Mr. Brown October 7
Besides her husband, Mrs. Brown
is survived by two daughters. Mrs.
Virginia B. Jachowski, wife of En
sign Leo Jachowski, jr„ on duty at
the Bethesda Naval Medical Center,
who resides in Kensington, Md.,
and Miss Barbara Brown of Wash
ington; three brothers and a grand
Funeral services will be held at 8
p.m. tomorrow at the Hines funeral
home, 2901 Fourteenth street N.W.,
with the Rev. Gaye L. McGlothlen
of the Brookland Baptist Church
officiating. Burial will be in Sid
ney, N. Y.
To Urge Pepco
Bonbright to Testify
Of Sliding Scale
Dr. James Bonbright, chairman
of the New York Power Authority
and professor at Columbia Univer
sity, will recommend specific modi
fications in the sliding scale ar
rangement for rate determinations
of the Potomac Electric Power Co.
when he testifies at 10 a.m. tomor
row before the Public Utilities Com
This was announced by Harry R.
Booth, special counsel for the Pro
curement Division of the Treasury
Department, after yesterday's after
noon session. He indicated that his
next witness, Fred Kleinman, chief
accountant of the Illinois Commerce
Commission, would not testify be
fore April 3.
yesterday, Harold Listen, admin
istrative analyst of the Procurement
Division of the Treasury, testified
that Washingtonians were better off
than residents of cities of compara
ble size, measured in terms of in
come tax returns, radios, automo
biles and refrigerators.
Relevancy of Data Hit.
The relevancy of data on the eco
nomic characteristics of the city pro
voked several sharp exchanges
among attorneys. John H. Con
naughton, vice chairman of the Pub
lic Utilities Committee of the Fed
eration of Citizens’ Associations, ob
jected that the testimony "didn't
throw much light on the subject of
public utility rates in the District.”
Mr. Booth argued that the exten
sive activities of the Federal Gov
ernment here had increased the
population and helped to stabilize
employment, thus lessening the
operational risks of Pepco. He said
the <?iement of risk had been held
by the courts to be important in de
termining the rate of return of
When S. R. Bowen, attorney for
Pepco, referred Mr. Elsten to a
certain page of a book by Dr. Irvin
Bussing on "Public Utility Regula
tion and the So-Called Sliding
Scale”—part of which had been
cited by Mr. Elsten—Mr. Booth ob
jected that the witness was not tes
tifying on the sliding scale.
"Do you wish every reference to
Dr. Bussing stricken?” Chairman
James H. Flanagan asked Mr. Booth.
Charge?. “Dual Standards.”
Contending that the commission
had ruled that other witnesses
should be cross-examined only on
the subjects on which they have
testified. Mr. Booth accused the
commission of “applying dual stand
Mr. Elsten declined ta be drawn
into the rate controversy, othar’than
to admit he presumed "favorable
electric rates would tend to increase
the number of refrigerators in. tee.”
Recalling that the witness had Stnd
ied and taught at the University of
Chicago, William K. Laws, Pepco
attorney, asked him if he noticed
any difference between electric rates
in Chicago and Washington.
Mr. Elsten replied that he had
been too busy with the “theoretical”
study of economics out there to no
tice “practical” economics.
Army Promotes Officer
Criticized by Ferguson
War Department records disclosed
yesterday the promotion of an Army
officer criticized by Senator Fer
guson. Republican, of Michigan, in
connection with the sale of Govern
ment tools for scrap.
Senator Ferguson charged in a
Senate speech March 9 that Lt. Col.
Paul M. Bonner, in charge of redis
tribution and salvage of surplus Air
Forces property, had signed an or
der which resulted in the sale of
tools which cost the Government
$1,721,136, for scrap at $36,924. The
incident occurred at Detroit last
Disclosure that Col. Bonner had
been promoted to a full colonelcy
March 11—two days following Sena
tor Ferguson's speech—came after
an inquiry by the Michigan Sena
In his discussion of the incident
on the Senate floor. Senator Fer
guson called for severe discipline for
those responsible, declaring the
Army should rid itself of "timid and
PTA Father's Night Planner!
"Fthers Night” will be observed
at the Washington-Lee High School
Parent-Teacher Association. Arling
ton, meeting at 8 p.m. Monday with
Vice President N. W. Biddle, pre
siding. The topic. "Why a Father
Should Belong to the PTA.” will be
discussed and a nominating com
mittee will be elected.
25 Years of Kiwanis Lunches
Sets Record for D. C. Man
For 25 years—come rainy or fair
weather—Dr. George A. Baker of
the Kennedy-Warren Apartments
has been right there when the Dis
sat down to
Today Dr. Ba
ker is displaying
silver cup en
graved in testi
mony to his rec
ord. Along with
it he has a let
ter from Donald
B. Rice, presi
dent of Kiwanis
Internat i o n a 1,
saying that he
has set a long- Mr. Baker,
attendance record for the United
The cup was presented to Dr.
Baker yesterday at a testimonial
luncheon for him and 24 others
who haven’t missed a luncheon for
a year or longer. Runnerup is
Arthur Steinberg, 1356 Columbia
road, who lacks four years of equal
ing Dr. Baker’s quarter-of-a-century
record. Ranking third with 18 years
of perfect attendance is Z. D.
Blackistone, 29 East Bradley lane,
Chevy Chase, who is followed by
James B. Edmunds, 1034 Evarts
street N.E., who hasn’t missed a
Thursday in 17 years. f
Asked how he managed to get to
every meeting of 25 years—the vicis
situdes of life being what they are—
Dr. Baker, who is an optometrist,
“Well, I had good health, and God
was with me.’’
Dr. Baker doesn’t confine his fra
ternizing to Kiwanians. He has
taken every degree of Masonry ex
cept the 33d, being a Knight Tem
plar and a Shriner. He also belongs
to the Washington Golf and Country
Club. He also is president of the
District Building and Loan Asso
Dr. Baker finds time to play golf,
“My game is just fair these days,"
says the 64-year-old doctor. “But
when I was younger I used to shoot
in the high 70s and low 80s.’’
He also is an ardent baseball fan
Wondering what the doctor did
with his spare time, a reporter asked
if he had any hobbies. Stamp col
lecting, for instance.
“No, these days I just collect War
The doctor’s two children are
grown and he and his wife main
tain an apartment in the Kennedy
Asked if he was planning now to
double his 25-year perfect attend
ance record at the Kiwanis Club,
Dr. Baker observed:
“Well. Mr. Rice wrote me that
the first 25 years were the hardest.”
AFTER NERVE-SPLICING OPERATION—Staff Sergt. Arthur
E. White, Astoria, Long Island, grins because he can now wiggle
his left leg an inch in the progress of his recovery from a
wound suffered with the 1st Division in Sicily that left him
paralyzed. In an unusual operation, surgeons at Walter Reed
Hospital spliced seven nerves in his spinal column.—A. P. Photo.
Court Tells Mother
She May Visit Joan
If Langan Is Willing
Formal Petition Denied;
Decision of Justice
Justice T. Alan Goldsborough,
moving to clarify his stand in the
Joan Langan custody case, denied a
petition in District Court today to
permit the 11-year-old child to visit
her mother, Joan Manners, but
made it clear that Miss Manners
could visit the child "if feasible" and
if the father, John Langan, is will
Justice Goldsborough said the
question of whether the mother may
visit the child is not a legal one but
a matter involving "the relationship
of the parties.”
Meanwhile, counsel for Miss Man
ners filed an appeal with the Court
of Appeals from the decision of
Justice Goldsborough awarding Joan
to Mr. Langan.
Justice Goldsborough said denial
of the petition filed by counsel for
Miss Manners was "solely because
it is necessary for the court to pro
tect” the award of custody.
Addressing Jeff Lichtenberg. coun
sel for Miss Manners, the jurist said:
"As long as you have raised the
question, it is appropriate for the
court to call attention to the fact
that you are counsel for the peti
tionees. and you knew the court had
no idea of signing an order which
would prohibit the mother from
visiting the child If it was feasible
to do it.”
Justice Goldsborough pointed out
that such an order would ordinarily
have come from counsel for Mr.
Langan, adding, "You presented the
order, and the court did not analyze
it as carefully as he should have.”
The jurist insisted that he had not
"intimated anything indicating that
the mother, if feasible, should not
have the right and privilege of go
ing to see her child at any reason
able time.”* #
Veterans' Job Priority Bill
Approved by House Unit
By the Associated Press.
Legislation giving war veterans—
both men and women—preference in
filling Government jobs, has been
approved unanimously by the House
Civil Service Comitiittee.
Representative Reese, of Kansas,
ranking Republican member of the
committee, said yesterday that the
House Rules Committee would be
asked to give the measure immedi
ate clearance so it can be acted on
by the House. The bill was intro
duced by Representative Sarnes,
Democrat, of Alabama.
The measure would give the serv
icemen and women from five to ten
points additional in grades they
make in civil service examinations.
It also requires that a veteran's
name be placed at the top of the
list of those eligible for the position
even though a non-veteran has
made a higher grade.
Veterans are given exclusive rights
to Government jobs as elevator op
erators. messengers and custodians.
Hands-Off Business Policy
Seen by Barkley Affer War
Bf the Associated P.-ess,
READING, Pa.. Mar. 24.—Major
ity Leader Barkley said here last
night. “I will earnestly strive with
every means in my power to see that
the Federal Government gets out of
business as soon as the war is over.”
Addressing the annual meeting of
the Reading Chamber of Commerce,
Senator Barkley said the Govern
ment has invested billions in war
and will be forced for a time to aid
in reconversion to peacetime indus
“However,” he said, “the Govern
ment, co-operating with business,
industry, labor, finance and agricul
ture, as they have in war, can make
the transition without undue jolts
“We are not going to abandon the
spirit of free enterprise, nor the
profit motive of business and indus
try,” he declared.
3,159 TWA Ocean Flights
Made for Army in 2 Years
More than 3.000 ocean flights
have been made in the last two
years by Transcontinental &
Western Air, Inc., operating under
the Army Transport Command,
Jack Frye, president of TWA, an
Flights across the North and
South Atlantic represented more
than half of the 3.159 total, Mr.
Frye said, and the remainder cov
ered special missions to South
America, Iceland and to Asiatic
points from North America, Eu
rope and Africa.
Monday marks the second anniver
sary since the first plane carried
military supplies from Washington
to Africa for Allied troop6 fighting
Gen. Rommel’s army.'
Dies, 3 Persons Hurt
In Traffic Accidents
Elderly Pedestrian Killed
While Crossing Street;
Police Hold Driver
A 70-year-old woman pedestrian
was killed last night and three other
persons were injured yesterday, one
of them seriously, in District traffic
accidents, police reported.
Mrs. Jennie Steinberg, 70, of 3568
Eleventh street N.W. was struck by
an a u t omobile
as she attempt
ed to cross the
street at Elev
enth and M
streets N.W. An
dead at the
Her death was
the t~Sth traf
fic fatality of
the year, as com
pared with 18 Mrt. Steinberg,
for the corresponding period last
Police said the driver of the car.
Richard W. Henry, 22. of 1210 .:N
street N.W., was arrested and
charged with failing to give right
of way to a pedestrian. He will face
a coroner’s jury today.
Will Young, 37. colored 715 Sixth
street N.E.. a trackman |or>the
Washington Terminal Co., was ad
mitted to Casualty Hospital yes
terday after he was struck by a
car at Second and K streets N.E.
He was reported in a serious con
dition. suffering from a possible
skull fracture and a compound lee
fracture. Police said the driver of
the car was Mrs. Elizabeth E.
Tynes, 23, colored, 1443 Duncan
When a motorcycle he was riding
jumped the curb yesterday at Wes
ley Circle, Massachusetts avenue
and Forty-sixth street N.W., John
Preston Smith, 23. colored, 1503 Q
street N.W., was thrown from the
machine as it struck a tree, police
said. They reported he went home,
but later was admitted to Emer
gency Hospital with rib and back
Junius Jackson, 28. of 124 Rover
court S.W. was struck by a taxicab
yesterday, according to police, as
he crossed New Jersey avenue at F
street N.W. and was admitted to
Casualty Hospital suffering from
lacerations and a leg injury. The
driver of the taxi was listed as
Harold D. Gable, 41, Takoma Park,
Catholic Alumnae to Hold
Graduates' Mass Sunday
The annual graduates’ com
munion mass of the District chap
ter. International Federation of
Catholic Alumnae, will be said at
9 a.m. Sunday at St. Matthew’s
The Right Rev. Msgr. Edward B
Jordan, S. T. D„ national director
of the federation, will be speaker
at the mass, which will be said by
the Rev. John S. Spence. Approx
imately 400 members of Washing
ton Catholic high schools and col
leges will be guests, according to
Kathryn E. Bowers, governor of the
The senior glee club of St. Ce
cilia s Academy will sing hymns
during the service, arrangements
for which are in charge of Miss
At the same time it was an
nounced that April 1 is the final
“5* for «ntries in the chapter
writing contest on the subject, “The
Value of Inter-American Friend
ships.’’ Judges will be the Rev. Dr
James A. Magner and Dr. Manoel
Cardozo, both of Catholic Univer
sity. and Miss Catherine Schaefer,
assistant executive secretarv of the
Catholic _ Association for interna
Dirksen Proposes Probe
Of Federal Corporations
B.v the Associated Press.
Representative Dirksen. Repub
lican. of Illinois has proposed a con
gressional Inquiry into "the corpo
rate wilderness” and “bewildering
authorities” of the Federal Govern
It is time,” he told the House
yesterday, “to revest control of the
public purse In the Congress, where
. The Illinois member, an an
nounced candidate for the Repub
lican nomination for President, pro
posed that Congress abolish all per
manent appropriations for Federal
agencies and re-examine thoroughly
the needs of such agencies. (Per
manent appropriations are those
customarily granted without the re
view special items are given.)
Federal corporations have obli
gated the Government to the extent
of $17,000,000,000, he said.
Red Cross Fund
May Hit 66%
To Be Guest Speaker
At Luncheon Session
Progress reports from the general
easiness and Government divisions
ef the District Red Cross campaign
it the 12:30 p.m. luncheon meeting
today may bring the aggregate total
to two thirds of the $2,665,000 goal,
campaign officials said today. Su
preme Court Justice Jackson will be
the guest speaker.
"It isn't important that the job
ae done quickly but that it be done
well,” declared Lloyd B. Wilson,
campaign chairman. "We can't
fail. There is no excuse for failure,
but every possible excuse for suc
cess. "We know the money is here
and the cause is here. That puts
the problem up to us, the campaign
At yesterday's luncheon reports
from the residential, city and near
ay Maryland and Virginia area di
visions of an additional $116,658
from 17.415 donors boosted the over
all total to $1,492,699 or 56.01 per
cent of the quota, representing
Lags Behind Last Year.
Comparing the progress of the
drive to that of last year. Mr. Wil
son said that at approximately the
same time last year the District had
reached 65 per cent of its goal.
However, he pointed out that the
average gift this year was $8 as
compared to $6.28 last year.
Reporting for the residential area,
Martin T. Wiegand, chairman, said
that his group had collected an ad
ditional $28,969. raising the total to
$189,864, or 63.31 per cent of the
$299,890 goal. Included in this re
port was a $10,000 donation from the
National Council of Scottish Rites.
Bamum L. Colton, chairman of
the city division, reported $34,318,
bringing the total to $167,431 or 69.95
per cent of the $239,361 quota.
Leading the nearby Maryland and
Virginia areas, the city of Alex
andria reported an increase of $4.
827. bringing the total to date to
$32,352, 70.59 per cent of the $45,830
Other County Reports.
Reports of other county collec
tions to date and their quota per
centages were: Arlington, *28,262,
66.97 per cent; Fairfax, *24.791, 5226
per cent; Montgomery, *48.255, 62.43
per cent, and Prince Georges, *20,
442, 41.43 per cent.
One individual contribution re
ported at yesterday’s meeting was
*5 sent by Staff Sergt. George
TriantafiHos, tail gunner on a
Liberator bomber in England.
Sergt. Triantaflllos, whose home is
at 226 Anacostia road S.E.. Is a
former member of the Central
Branch of the Boys’ Club.
With 25 missions completed, the
young gunner wears the Distin
guished Flying Cross and the Air
Medal with four oak leaf clusters.
He has seen combat duty in the
Middle East, Africa and European
Mrs. Peggy Donovan, recently re
turned Red Cross clubmobile direc
tor in North Africa attached to the
Army Air Forces, was guest speaker
at yesterday's committee meeting.
Greek Independence Dav.
Peter Sintetos, chairman the
Hellenic Committee under the gen
eral business division, announced
yesterday that the celebration of
Greek Independence Day tomorrow
will be devoted to the Red Cross
as National Greek Day.
Four Greek firms will donate the
entire proceeds from their business
Saturday. They are James Chaco
nas. restaurant, 821 H street N.E.;
Nicholas Chaconas, restaurant, 1733
G street N.W.: Garvins Grill. 2619
Connecticut avenue N.W.. and the
Crystal City Restaurant, 1647
Twentieth street N.W.
Using the slogan "contribute to
the American Red Cross and help
Greece regain her freedom.” the
committee has a quota of *10,134 as
compared to $7,170 last year .
In addition to the contributions
of the four restaurants, James
Nickas. proprietor of a store at
1353 Wisconsin avenue N.W., has
announced that the entire proceeds
from the popcorn machine in his
store for both Friday and Saturday
will be given to the Red Cross.
A Red Cross rally preceding tha
opening of 65 booths in the Metro
politan area Monday will be held
at 10:30 a m. tomorrow in the Hall
of Flags at the Chamber of Com
Road Made by Hand
The East Persian Route, extending
600 miles over the desert and moun
tains along the old caravan route,
was made entirely by hand by
thousands of peasants.
Canned and Frozen Foods, Etc.—
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 20. Blue tokens may be used
Meats. Fats, Etc.—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
through June 18. Red tokens may
be used as change.
Points for Fats—Your meat dealer
will pay two ration points for each
pound of waste kitchen fats you
Sugar—Book No. 4, stamp 30 valid
for 5 pounds indefinitely. Book
No. 4, stamp 40 good for 5 pounds
for home canning through Febru
ary 28, 1945. Stamp No. 31 good
for 5 pounds beginning April l.
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. 4 coupons valid -
through September 30. Period No.
5 coupons valid through Septem
ber 30. All good for 10 gallons per
unit. Consumers in this area
should not have used more than
84 per cent of their total yearly
fuel oil ration a)F if today.
r WASHINGTON NEWS
WASHINGTON, D. C.
SOCIETY AND GENERAL NEWS
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 1944.
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