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Regret at Death of 6 Shot Down in Error Expressing his "deep distress” over the death of six Washington area civilian airmen accidentally shot down in the Atlantic this week by British fighter planes, British Ambassador Lord Halifax has writ ten Secretary of War Stimson ask ing that his sympahy be extended to the victims’ families. "I hasten to send you a message to say with what distress I. and I have no doubt the whole British community in this country, have read this news,” Lord Halifax wrote. Previously the British Admiralty expressed its regrets over the tragedy, which occurred when the British fighters protecting an Al lied convoy apparently mistook the four-engine C-54 plane for a Ger man four-motored bomber of the Focke-Wulf type. The plane was operated for the Army Air Forces Air Transport Command by a con tract civilian crew, all employes of Transcontinental and Western Air lines. One of the men, Avery Bruce Merritt, McLean, Va„ purser of the ship, was slated to enter the Army after completion of the trip, “his last mission,” his wife revealed. Mrs. Merritt has two young sons. The crew captain. Charles S. Gar ber, 26, of 1164 South Thomas street, Arlington, had been with the Ferry Command as a captain of the TWA transport for the past 18 months. He is survived by his widow and their 8-month-old son, Charles, jr. Another member of the crew, Beu ford Mann, 25, radioman, who for merly stayed at the Potomac Hotel here, was a bridegroom of less than a month. His bride, a WAVE, is on leave at her parents’ Massachusetts home. Others who lost their lives were George E. Shelton, 5 East Monroe avenue, Alexandria, first officer; Or ville V. Scholtz, Oklahoma Building, Beverly Park Gardens, Alexandria, navigator, and Royce Theodore Wel liver, 1728 Abingdon drive, Alexan dria, engineer. 29,000,000 Gallons In Gas Coupons Stolen By the Associated Press. BATON ROUGE, La., April 1.— Authorities in this area searched today for thieves who pulled what police described as a "smooth pro fessional job” in escaping with OPA gasoline coupons worth more than 29,000,000 gallons, enough to supply the State of Louisiana for a month and a half. The coupons were taken yester day from a safe at the ration board office. In addition, various other 1 coupons and ration books good for 77,950 pairs of shoes, 19 bicycles, sugar and other rationed commodi ties were taken from the office of the East Baton Rogue Parish Ra tioning Board by burglars described by the beard chairman as "black market thieves.” Prisoner in Hawaii Ordered Freed Under Habeas Corpus By the Associated Press. ■£" HONOLULU, T. H., April 1 — Federal Judge Delbert E. Metzger yesterday ordered the release of Lloyd C. Duncan on a writ of habeas corpus despite affidavits by commanding naval and Army offi cers of the Central Pacific that he should be held under martial law, which they asserted still is required because of the “imminent danger of invasion” of Hawaii. The court directed Duncan to post $500 bond and set next Wednes day for trial on the issue of whether the 25-year-old navy yard worker from Sheridan, Wyo., has been held illegally by military authorities. Duncan is under a six months’ sen tence by a provost court for assault ing two marine sentries. In next Wednesday’s hearing the lengthy dispute over continuation of martial law in Hawaii may be joined into a clear-cut issue which may be conclusively settled by appeal. Man Given 1-3 Years On Burglary Charge Chief Justice Edward C. Eicher of District Court yesterday revoked probation for Harvey Lee Robinson, 19, colored, of the 1800 block of L street N.W. and sentenced him to an additional one to three years on housebreaking and larceny charges. Last year Robinson was given a suspended sentence of 6 to 18 months and put on probation on six house breaking and larceny counts. Yes terday, Justice Eicher revoked the probation. Robert Harold McKinney, 24, who escaped from the cell block at Dis trict Court early last month, yes terday was sentenced by Justice David A. Pine to from two to six years. Justice Pine ordered a sen tence of one to three years on a charge of violating the National Mo tor Vehicle Theft Act and a similar sentence for breaking out of the cell block. Joshua Denmark, 53, colored, has been acquitted by a District Court jury of a statutory charge made by a young colored girl. 60,000 Nazis Desert NEW YORK. April l (£»,.—Neutral estimates say more than 60,000 de serters from the German armed forces are at large in Berlin at any one time, a London broadcast re corded by CBS said last night. 1”. ” . ■ Weeping Children Of Navy Enlistee Try to Stop Train £5 the Associated Piess. OLYPHANT, Pa., April i._Weep ing bitterly, four small children sat' down on the railroad tracks yester day in front of a train that was carrying their father, a volunteer for military service, away to an armed forces induction center. The train, carrying a draft con tingent, was held up while the chil dren’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Vandervort, begged them to move. Two policemen finally persuaded them to stand aside, and with streaming eyes they watched the train pull out. The children ranged from 2 to 6 years old. Their mother carried a fifth child in her arms. Mr. Vandervort, 32-year-old mine worker, volunteered for Navy service. 11 z Black Sea H ii;;;;aiaaiai:aaaa.ia:;iv: - ■ RUSSIANS DRIVE AHEAD—Broken line is approximate battle front where Soviet armies are sweeping toward the three main objectives of Odess< Tiraspol and Kishinev.—A. P. Wirephoto. Gen. Wingate, British Leader In Burma, Dies in Plane Crash Large rire sighted On Route to Imphal; No'Wreckage Found By the Associated Press. NEW DELHI, April 1.—Maj. Gen. Orde Charles Wingate, Britain’s bearded warrior whose fabulous exploits in the Burma jungles won him the name of the “Lawrence of Arabia” of this war, has been killed in a.plane crash in the jungles of the In dia-Burma frontier. A brief announcement said that “the plane in which he was traveling crashed in our territory and the cause of the accident is unknown.” The 41-year-old Wingate, who planned and led the daring expedi tion which for four months last year played havoc With Japanese com munications deep inside their lines Ln Northern Burma, probably died on the night of March 23. His bomber disappeared on an 80-mile Bight just before his leadership of the current airborne, long-range penetration of Burma was allowed to be disclosed. After the bomber failed to show up on a flight between the American Mr Commando base and Imptyri, Allied base in India which is now the goal of a Japanese offensive, a oig lire was seen on the ground. No trace of the wrecked plane could be found in daylight. Names of the >thers lost in the plane were not nade public. (A Reuters dispatch from New Delhi said it was believed that Gen. Wingate's bomber crashed because of a severe storm and that the American crew of five as well as one or two other pas sengers were killed. The dispatch said Gen. Wingate had been on a tour of inspection in one of Col. Philip Cochran’s Mitchell bomb ers with a Mustang escort.) In the spectacular thrust which won him world renpwn last year, Gen. Wingate’s "ghost army” cov ered more than 1,000 miles through he deepest Burma jungles, destroy ing 100 miles of railway at 70 dif ferent places, and came out of the Dushes with vital information after eating their own mules and sub sisting for weeks on airborne supplies. Planned at Quebec. Under the slogan, “we have to imitate Tartan," Gen. Wingate de veloped his raiders out of city-bred shopkeepers and clerks. Some thought the expedition would prove i “suicide venture,” but Gen. Win gate made jungle fighters out of them by six months’ training under conditions more gruelling than in the actual campaign. Gen. Wingate looked lifce an Old Testament prophet and often gave orders phrased in Biblical language. At the time of his death Gen. Wingate was in command of the British and Indian Jungle com mandos which landed far behind the Japanese lines and which have slashed the important Mandalay Myitkyina railroad at Indaw and Mawlu. This daring airborne oper ation was planned at the Quebec conference, to which Gen. Wingate was flown at Prime Minister Churchill's orders. Gen. Wingate, a relative of the late T. E. Lawrence, the famed “Lawrence of Arabia,” was a holder of the triple Distinguished Service Cross. He first won recognition for leading the “special night squads” which cleared Palestine of Arab terrorists. In 1941 he was again decorated for leading 3.000 Suda nese and Ethiopian warriors against the Italians, killing or capturing 40,000 of them. At 30 Gen. Wingate met a 15 year-old girl aboard a ship bringing him back from Libyan explorations. She said last year that "I marched up to him and said, “You’re the man I'm going to marry.’” They were married two years later. Load the guns that’ll lick the Japs. Save every drop of waste kitchen fats. Take them to your meat dealer. MAJ. GEN. ORDE C. WINGATE. Dewey Reiterates Hands-off Policy In Oregon Primary By the Associated Press. PORTLAND, Oreg., April 1.— Pinal decision on whether local supporters of Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York will heed his tele phoned and telegraphed plea to them to leave his name off the Oregon Republican primary presi dential ballot has not been reached. Frank 8. Senn, chairman of a vol unteer Dewey-for-President group, said Portland supporters are con vinced he will accept the presiden tial nomination if “drafted” at Chi cago and “a lot of people want to file his name.” Under the Oregon primary law, a candidate’s consent is not needed to allow filing of his name by a petition of 1,000 registered voters of his party. Unless the Dewey peti tion is filed by 5 p.m. Tuesday, the only Republican presidential candi date on the ballot for the May pri mary will be Wendell Willkie, and Oregon’s 15 delegates to the na tional convention will be pledged to him. Mr. Senn said Gov. Dewey reit erated by telephone and telegraph that he is not a candidate and that a Dewey-Willkie ballot fight in Oregon would only create disunity within the party. Gov. Dewey protested filing his name more than a month ago. At that time the volunteer group de clared they would go ahead, anyway. Colombian Girl, Victim Of Polio, Plays Ball Thlrteen-year-old Carmen Uribe from Colombia, South America, who came to Warm Springs, Ga„ last year for treatment for infantile paralysis, now is playing basket ball with her schoolmates in Bogota. In a letter to Walter E. Hammond of the Tarriff Commission, who brought the stricken girl here at his own expense last August, Carmen wrote that she wanted her friends to knew she was well and happy and that she remembers them and the kindness they showed her. During a three-week visit in the District before her return to Co lombia in January, Carmer stayed with Mr. and Mrs. William Duffus, 5618 Ninth street N.W., and also was a White House visitor. Civic Group to Meet The Oak Spring Civic Association will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at 4910 Blackfoot road, it was announced today. Prof. Mark M. Shoemaker of the University of Mapdand will speak on "Landscaping Home Gardens." HOW JAP THRUSTS ARE AIMED AT INDIA—Arrows indicate Japanese drives against India, as reported in Allied announce ments. Tiddim has been surrounded by British, and the enemy has scored a new advance in a drive toward Imphal, communi cations center in India. _A. P. Wlrephoto i Chaplin Case fo Go To Jury Tuesday as Testimony Is Ended By fhe Associated Press. LOS ANGELES. April 1—All the evidence is in and next Tuesday a jury of seven women and five men will try to decide whether Charlie Chaplin violated the Mann Act. Defense and Government counsel will sum up the case Monday and Federal Judge J. F. T. O'Connor will give his instructions to the jury Tuesday. Testimony was concluded late yesterday afternoon. Judge O'Con nor then denied Defense Attorney Jerry Giesler’s second request for a directed acquittal verdict, and, after a conference with counsel, an nounced that closing arguments would be limited to‘two and one half hours each for prosecution and defense. * Case Outlined. The Government’s contention will be this: That Chaplin, in October, 1942, caused Joan Berry, his attractive former protegee and drama pupil, to be transported to New York for im moral purposes and that later in the same month he caused her to be transported back to Hollywood with the same objective. Ttye film comedian is accused in an indictment of two counts -of Mann Act violation. If convicted, he is subject to a maximum pen alty of five years in prison and $5,000 fine on each. He arranged for her trip to New York with her mother, Mrs. Ger trude Berry, Chaplain testified, after the girl repeatedly told him she wanted to leave Hollywood for good. He professed no immoral in tent and, he claims, committed no immoral act with her in New York. He also said he engaged in no act of intimacy with Miss Berry after her return, during the period, speci fied in the indictment. Miss Berry Alleges Threats. Recalled to the stand, Miss Berry testified Chaplin told her In June, 1943, that he would spend a fortune blackening her character is she pub licly accused him of fathering her then unborn baby. She said he suggested she go to New York to have the baby, that she asked him if they could be mar ried and that he rsponded: “I’m not marrying anybody.” Regardless of the outcome of the Mann Act case, Chaplin still faces civil litigation Involving the pater nity of Miss Berry’s 6-month-old daughter, Carol Ann. He is accused in another Federal indictment of conspiring with six others to deprive her of her civil rights by forcing her to leave Cali fornia. 11 Naval Craft Sunk In Mediterranean (From Yesterday’s Last Edition.) The loss of 11 naval vessels, rang ing from a large minesweeper down to a harbor tug, in the Mediter ranean between January 22 and to day was announced by the Navy Department this afternoon. The sinkings were said to be "due to a variety of causes." The losses included one large minesweeper, one motor mine sweeper, eight landing craft, the types of which were not detailed, and one harbor tug. The Navy did not make public the casualties resulting from the losses. The large minesweeper was the Portent, commanded by Lt. Howard C. Plummer, Beaumont, Tex., who was reported safe. The motor minesweeper was the YMS-30, com manded by Lt. (j. g.) Thomas E. Garner, U. S. N. R„ Memphis, Tenn, listed as dead. The “senior casualty" on the har bor tug, the YT-198, was listed as' Chief Boatswain’s Mate Robey Ben fleld of Chattanooga, Tenn., who was reported wounded. The losses announced today bring to a total of 158 the number of naval vessels of all classes which have been lost since Pearl Harbor. Pic. W.J. Hoffman, Marine, Is Wounded in Pacific Marine Pfc. William J. Hoffman, 23, of 1416 Ridge place S.E., has been wounded in action in the Pacific, the Navy Department has notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Hoffman. His mother said her son had written that his wound neces sitated amputation of his left foot. Pfc. Hoffman was wounded on Feb ruary 22, two days before his birth day. Mrs. Hoffman said she had re ceived a letter from her son saying he was wounded in the invasion of the Marshalls. He said he was hit by a mortar shell. The 23-year-old marine, a native of the District, enlisted in the corps on October 1, 1942. He is a graduate of Anacostia High School and was assistant manaer of the Bevergly Theater before entering the service. He received his boot training at Parris Island, S. C.. and was sta tioned at New River, N. C., before embarking for duty in the Pacific last May. Pfc. Hoffman has two brothers in the Army Air Forces, First Lt. J. Ed ward Hoffman, a fighter pilot sta tioned in Florida, and Corpl. John M Hoffman, a member of a bomber squadron overseas. His father is em ployed at the Navy Yard. Army Lists 6 of 7 Killed In California Plane Crash By the Associated Press. FAIRFIELD, Calif., April 1.— Names of six of the seven heavy bomber crewmen killed in a crash near Suisun Wednesday were an nounced yesterday by Fairfield-Sui san Army Air Base. Three others in the crew were hurt. Capt. C. V. Hartley, base public relations officer, said those killed as the four-engined craft buried its nose 10 feet into the earth after engine trouble developed included: Second Lt. Orson B. Pratt, jr., co pilot, Chicago: First Lt. Russell W. Criswell, Ithaca, Mich.; Staff Sergt. Guy C. Turner, Sturgis, Mich.; Sergt. Arnold R. Bernstein, Man chester, N. C.; Sergt. Jack B. Bier man, New York, and Sergt. Warren V. Burns, Yonkers, N. Y. Food Dealers to Honor Isaac Jacobson Monday More than 500 groeerymen, food distributors and food processors have been invited to attend a testi monial dinner to Isaac Jacobson, president of the District Independ ent Food Distributors, at the May flower Hotel Monday at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Jacobson Is being honored for 20 years’ service In the food Industry. * * BAD MEDICINE FOR LUFTWAFFE.—The result of years of experimenting by London scientists, Britain’s newest antiaircraft devices, rocket guns, are now being used with success against the Luftwaffe. Londoners are familiar with the sound of their projectiles which rocket to the sky with a terrific rushing noise. Above the rocket gun is shown in action. —British Official Photo. Builders say District Interests Back Private Slum Reclamation Private builders today were giving the Senate District Sub committee investigating housing conditions evidence that their slum-reclamation plan has the support of the Washington Real Estate Board, the District Build ing and Loan League and the District Bankers Association. Witnesses at today’s hearing which began at 10 a.m., were to include Homer Phillips, president of the Real Estate Board; Scott Offutt of the Bankers Association and H. Clinton Smith, cost expert. Mr. Smith was to draw further comparisons between private and public housing costs, adding to the plethora of figures that private builders already have submitted In an effort to show that taxpayers will suffer if the slum-reclamation job is left to public housing agencies. Called ‘‘Encouraging.’* Meanwhile, Senator Capper, Re publican, of Kansas, a member of the subcommittee, described as “very encouraging” the written commitments from private builders pledging construction of 23,650 low rent housing units here in six years if the builders’ slum-reclamation plan is adopted. The pledges, from approximately 50 builders, were presented to the subcommittee yesterday by James C. Wilkes, attorney for the Wash ington Home Builders Association. “I don’t care whether the work is done by public housing agencies or private builders—Just so we get rid of these slums that have been here so many years,” Senator Capper commented. Burton Cites Limitations. Chairman Burton of the subcom mittee cautioned, however, that from submission of the pledges the pub lic should not get the impression that all slums here will be cleared in the next six years. Restrictions on the use of critical materials prob ably will prevent the work from being completed within that time, he said. Mr. Wilkes described tlie pledges as the builders’ “promissory note,” and said the purpose In presenting them is to show that private build ers are ready and willing to build the necessary low-rent replacement housing if their plan is “given the green light.” Willkie Makes Bid In Nebraska Today By the Associated Press. OMAHA, April 1.—Wendell WUlkie will begin his personal bid for Ne braska support in his drive for the 1944 Republican presidential nomi nation with appearances today at Lincoln, where last night Senator Ball, Republican, of Minnesota, and Gov. Edward Thye of Minnesota wound up their campaign for Lt. Comdr. Harold Stassen, Mr. Willkie’s opponent in the Nebraska preferen tial primary April 11. Senator Ball, in a final out-State speech at Broken Bow yesterday de clared Comdr. Stassen, former Gov ernor of Minnesota, would ask for inactive duty if nominated “in or der to discuss with the people the grave national and international is sues of this campaign.” John Samson, Omaha attorney and president of the Nebraska Young Republican Federation, dem onstrated earlier personal opposition to Mr. Willkie with a statement that he had rejected an invitation to attend a conference with Mr. Willkie in Lincoln today. Mr. Samson, who last'year headed a Midwest group that wanted to draft Gov. Dewey of New York as a presidential nominee, declared he was refusing the invitation because Mr. Willkie had failed to say he will support the 1944 Republican party nominee, “whoever he may be.” Mr. Samson refused to say whether he favored any specific can didate now over Mr. Willkie. W. B. Bennett Elected Bus Line President William B. Bennett, a director of the Montgomery Bus Lines, Inc., since 1937, has been elected presi dent of the lines to succeed J. H. Stephens, who died recently, it warf announced yesterday. Mr. Bennett has been secretary of the Capital Transit Co. since 1938 and vice president since 1942. Strikers Demand Vacations MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, April 1 (/P).—Drydock and shipyard workers went on strike yesterday, demanding paid vacations, and as a result the government proposed to Parliament that they be included in such legis lation. Gas workers have been on strike for three days to enforce a similar demand. Annual vacations already are granted by law to most Uruguayan industrial workers. One pound of waste cooking fats makes enough glycerin to manufac ture one-third pound gunpowder! Against a backdrop of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, British soldier technicians set up one of their new rocket guns. This is one of the most detailed photos of the deadly antiaircraft weapon yet released. —A. P. Photo. Farmers'Cash Income In 1943 Soared to All-Time Record Farmers’ cash Income In 1943 soared to an all-time high of $19, 764,560,000—$3,684,752,000 more than in 1942—and revised estimates ol cash income from livestock may push the total increase over 1942 to better than $5,000,000,000, Agricul ture Department sources said today. The cash return to farmers last year was the largest on record and 23 per cent higher than a year earl ier when $16,079,808,000 was earned, a Bureau of Agricultural Economics report showed. The total figures in clude Government payments. Income to farmers in 1943, after deducting labor and other costs, was estimated at $12,475,000,000, compared with $9,480,000,000 in 1942, a 32 per cent increase, the depart ment said. “Marketing of the largest number of hogs in the history of the coun try and the sale of increased num bers of eggs from larger flocks ac counted for most of the advance in income,” BAE said. “The record potato crop in Maine, favorable prices for tobacco in Con necticut, exceptional crops of citrus fruits in Florida, both in 1942 and 1943, and the valuable crop of veg etables in Arizona went a long way in bringing about the increases in receipts from crops in 1943 of well ever 60 per cent as compared with 1942.” One source pointed out that the $19,764,560,000 figure may be in creased by another $2,000,000,000 when revisions are made in the near future on 1943 livestock marketings Form Work of Amish Obviates Draft Review By the Associated Press. LEONARDTOWN, Md„ April 1.— Maryland’s Amish colonists of draft age have done such an outstanding job of farm production that not one has been reclassified or in ducted, the St. Marys County Se lective Service Board reported yes terday. Chief Clerk George E. Hamilton said the draft-eligible Amish are classified in 2-C or 3-C, both farm deferment classifications, although they long ago entered claims as con scientious objectors. “There has been no need to con sider their claims,” Mr. Hamilton commented. “They have met every standard established for farm de ferments. What is more, they have far surpassed the requirements.” Iowa, Kansas Pick Uninstructed Slate For GOP Convention Bjr the Auoclated Pres*. DES MOINES, April 1.—Iowa Re publicans in State convention yes terday voted to send an uninstructed delegation to the national conven tion which opens June 26 in Chicago The 23 delegates—two from each district and seven from the State at large—were elected unanimously by voice vote, after the convention had approved the Resolutions Commit tee's recommendation that “we offer no instructions to our delegates * * “The Republican Party has many men fully qualified to fill the office of President, and does not believe in the indispensable man idea,” the resolution added. London Named Head Of Kansas Delegation TOPEKA, Kans., April 1 (/P).— Kansas Republicans rounded oul their 19-member uninstructed dele gation to the national convention today with selection of seven dele gates-at-large headed by former Gov. Alf M. Landon, 1936 presiden tial nominee. Mr. Landon has indicated he fa vors Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York as the 1944 choice, but he avoided mentioning any names in an address calling for a nominee able to work with Congress and “end the confusion of red tape, bureau made laws.” Minnesota Convention Due to Back Stassen ST. PAUL, April 1 (A>).—Naming of seven delegates at large to the national convention was the princi pal business of the State Republican Convention here today. An atmosphere of harmony marked the meeting, brought about by withdrawals of potential dele gates. National Committeeman Roy Dunn withdrew a«s a possible dele gate in favor of Gov. Edward J. Thye, and Dr. R. C. Radabaugh, State chairman, announced he was not a candidate for re-election nor for national committeeman. He said he wished to devote his full time to the campaign to obtain the nomination for Lt. Comdr. Harold E. Stassen, former povemor, now on duty in the Pacific. It was expected that the delegates at large would be pledged to support Comdr. Stassen. Sixteen of the 18 delegates chosen in county conven tions are so pledged. Rayburn Is Reported Seeking Delay in National Convention ay tne Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO, April 1.—Cali fornia and Texas Democratic party leaders have started a movement to obtain postponement in the date of the Democratic National Conven tion, now scheduled to open in Chicago July 19, the Chronicle said last night. Speaker Rayburn and Attorney General Robert W. Kenny of Cali fornia, head of the Roosevelt fourth-term movement in Cali fornia, were reported to have joined together in asking change in the date. Neither was available for direct comment. Mr. Rayburn was en route home to Texas. a Robert F. Hannegan, Democratic national chairman, has been urged to make a change in the date due to conflict with the Democratic State convention in California and the State primaries in Texas, the newspaper reported. California party conventions will be held July 20. Texas will hold her primaries July 82. Mr. Rayburn is a candicate for renomination from the 4th Texas district on that day. . Mr. Rayburn and Mr. Kenny, the Chronicle said, made their appeal to Mr. Hannegan just before the Speaker left San Francisco yester day after having addressed a Jack son Day dinner. Red Cross Solicitors Map Week-End Plans To Meet Deficit More than $350,000 behind after the official conclusion of the drive yesterday, Red Cross war fund workers this week end will try to reach 100,000 contrib utors in the hope of winding up the campaign at a rally meeting of all divisions at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the United States Chamber of Commerce. H. L. Rust, jr.. vice chairman of the campaign, declared after yes terday’s report of an additional $145427 from the Government and general business divisions that “we will reach our goal but wq Just don't know when. The only way to bring this campaign to a successful dose is through complete and compre hensive coverage of the people of Washington and nearby areas.” The overall collection to date is $2,311,193, or 36.72 per cent of the quota, representing 339,024 gifts, almost 100,000 less than Iasi, year's total. With the proceeds of the world premiere of “The Story of Dr. Wassell” at 8 o’clock tonight at Constitution Hall to -go to the local fund drive and the possibility of soliciting from 100,000 new donors this week end, campaign officials expressed belief that the drive would be successful by Tues day’s rally meeting. Business Division Goes Over. General business division, under i the chairmanship of S. H. Kauff jmann, was the first group to go over the top, reporting an addi tional $45,111 yesterday to bring the total to $652,925, or 100.7 per cent of the $652,439 quota. Reporting for the Government division, Ernest G. Draper, chair man, announced an addiitonal $93,. 070, raising the division’s total to 1 $923,634 or 8353 per cent of the '$1,105300 goal. Mrs. Alan Tappon, making the second report of the booths di 1 vision, announced an additional $6346 from 738 donors, bringing the total to $11353, or 4332 per cent of the $25,682 quota. Sums still to be raised by other divisions in the District campaign before their goals can be reached are: Residential, $18375; city, $22. 119; Alexandria, $2,661; Arlington. ($4,488; Fairfax, $15,561; Prince Georges, $15,064; and Montgomery, $8,935. Maj. Gen. George F. Lull, deputy surgeon general of the Army, told campaign workers yesterday that “those of us in the Medical De partment feel very close to the Red Cross for our paths cross in so many ways.” Plasma Benefits Cited._ Blood plasma, "the gift of "the American people," through the Red Cross, is one of the three things developed in medicine during this war which has done more for the soldier than anything else, the general declared. The other two factors he cited were sulfa drugs and the prompt evacuation of the wounded. He cited the story of one medical officer who amputated the arm of an American soldier with a hand ax in a foxhole, using a ration tin of alcohol for sterilization of in struments and giving six blood transfusions with plasma before his patient was evacuated to a base hospital. The soldier, Gen. Lull added, is now well on the road to recovery. Mrs. Alena Kohler, director of Red Cross clubs in Ireland ahd North Africa, who recently returned to the United States, also was a guest speaker at yesterday’s meet ing. She was the director of the first club in this war—in London derry, Northern Ireland. The club in Algiers, of which she was director, was converted from an “ex-Nazi youth movement build ing,” which they “enjoyed cleaning out in more ways than one.” Jury Probing Nazi Plot Continued for 3 Months Chief Justice Edward C. Eicher of District Court has signed an order continuing for another three months the grand jury which on January 3 indicted 30 persons op a charge of conspiracy to set up a Nazi form of government in the United States. Meanwhile, three persons namttl in previous sedition indictments, have filed an application in the Court of Appeals for allowance of a special appeal from a Dis trict Court ruling. The appellate court was asked to keep them from being forced to face the charge in the present indictment until the earlier sedition charges are dis posed of. Those filing the application were Frank W. Clark, Tacoma, Wash., described as an organizer of the National Liberty party and as com mander in chief of the League of War Veteran Guardsmen; Lois de Lafayette Washburn, Chicago and Tacoma, Wash., described as an organizer of the National Liberty party, and Howard Victor Broen strupp, New York, an attorney, who was named in two previous sedi tion indictments. The request was made in their behalf by Attorney Ira Chase Koehne. Trial on the third indictment is set for April 17. Lt. Comdr. F. W. Purdy Decorated Posthumously The Sliver Star Medal has been awarded posthumously to Lt. Comdr. Frederick W. Purdy, whose widow, Mrs. Molly Pagan Purdy, lives at 3407 Lowell street N.W., for con spicuous gallantry in action against Japanese forces in the South Pacific. Comdr. Purdy was executive officer of the destroyer Strong, which was sunk by Japanese forces in Kula Gulf, Solomon Islands, July 5, 1943. His citation states that, “Working desperately and with no thought of his own safety during the seven min utes in which the rescue vessel was alongside, Lt. Comdr. Purdy aided all the enlisted men on the fore castle of the stricken ship over the side by way of hand lines. Continu ing his courageous efforts in behalf of others aboard, he was last seet searching for an injured member of the crew reported to be on tl>e deck behind the gun mount." Congress in Brief Senate: Holds last session before Easter holiday. Postwar Committee studies bill to create Office of Demobilization. House: Routine business.