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ADMIRAL KING'S REPORT:
BA T TLE OF CAPE ESPERANCE The most interesting portion of the report by Ad miral Ernest J. King on the Navy’s part in the war was his chapter on "Combat Operations.” The Star will publish in installments the Navy's report on the most important battles with the Japanese. The fifth installment follows: Following the engagement In the Eastern Solomons, no major action took place in the South Pacific area for a period of about six weeks. During those six weeks, however, the supply lines had to be kept open to Guadalcanal. Japanese submarines and air forces were active in the vicinity, and there were numerous scat tered actions which cost us the carrier Wasp, the destroyers O’Brien, Blue, Colhoun, Gregory and Little, and several other ships damaged. Admiral Kin*. Also the Japanese made almost nightly runs of what came to be termed the “Tokyo express’’ from the Buin-Faisi area to Guadal canal, and enemy air forces bombed marine positions by day and by night. In soite of offensive operations directed against enemy ground troops and supporting naval forces by our ground troops and by our Marine air forces, the enemy by the end of September had succeeded in putting practically an entire new division on the island. In addition, more strong Japanese fleet units had been assembled to the north ward and the situation again was threatening. Reinforcements to the Marines had now become a neces sity even though made in the face of enemy naval and air superiority. Contemplated reinforcements in cluded Army elements available (the 164th Infantry). BATTLE OF CAPE ESPERANCE. After our carrier planes had at tacked enemy shipping in the North ern Solomons as a preliminary, our naval forces in the area were dis posed in three groups. One was built around the carrier Hornet, to the westward of Guadalcanal. A second, to the eastward of Malaita Island, included the new battleship Washington. The third, under the command of Rear Admiral Norman Scott, was stationed south of Guad alcanal pending developments. Rear Admiral Scott’s force consisted of the heavy cruisers San Francisco, and Salt Lake City, the light cruis ers Boise and Helena and the de stroyers Buchanan. Duncan, Faren holt, Laffey and McCalla. On the afternoon of October ll, enemy forces were reported in “the slot” between Choiseul Island and tife New Georgia group, headed for Guadalcanal. Simultaneously, Hen derson Field on Guadalcanal was fdt.i^ked by about 75 enemy air craft. Rear Admiral Scott there fore headed north with his force, which rounded the northwestern end of the island about two hours before midnight. Just before mid night contact was made, and our force opened fire. Taken by surprise, the enemy did not return the fire for nearly 10 minutes, during which time our cruisers made thi most of the op portunity and delivered a devastat ing fire on the enemy force. In less than five minutes four enemy tar gets had disappeared, two more were put out of action by the Helena and Boise and the Farenholtz, Dun can and Buchanan each scored tor pedo hits on enemy cruisers. In addition, the Buchanan wrecked an enemy destroyer with gunfire and set an unidentified enemy ship on fire. Boise Engages Cruiser. When the Japanese opened fire, the Boise found herself engaged with a heavy cruiser, and although the enemy cruiser soon hurst into flames, the Boise waao damaged. During this exchange, the Salt Lake City scored hits on an enemy aux iliary and destroyer. At this stage of the battle, Rear Admiral Scott ceased firing to rectify his forma tion, and as most of the enemy tar gets had disappeared there followed a short lull. The Salt Lake City, the Helena and the San Francisco reopened fire with telling effect. The Boise dam age (fire) had been brought under control and she re-entered the ac tion, engaging a heavy cruiser and an unidentified ship, but upon re ceiving further damage she was forced to retire. The Salt Lake "City, meanwhile, had covered the Boise and, assisted by the San Fran cisco, concentrated her fire on an enemy heavy cruiser until the ac tion was broken off by the enemy. During the engagement the Dun can was so badly damaged that she had to be abandoned and the Far enholt was damaged. The San Francisco had been hit and, as pre viously stated, the Boise was se verely damaged. Even so, the en gagement was a victory for us, at tributable in part to surprise and confusion, and in part to the ac curaey of our gunfire. * * * * Japs Begin Land Assault. On the night of October 23-24, the Japanese began a land assault at the south of the Matanikau River and although thrown back with heavy losses, continued their attack the following day. On the 25th, enemy ground forces were sup ported by naval gunfire from two Japanese cruisers and four destroy ers which slipped into Savo Sound, and on the night of October 25-26, the enemy ground offensive reached its peak. At this point the Jap anese moved their naval units in force toward Guadalcanal. Early in the morning of October B6. our patrol planes made contact with three enemy forces. One of these forces included a carrier. An other consisted of two battleships, one heavy cruiser and seven de stioyers. The third, which included two carriers, was attacked by the pattolling planes and hits were scored on one of the carriers. Simultaneously, our carriers launched tnree attack waves, one from the Enterprise and two from the Hornet. While en route, the En terprise attack group encountered Japanese planes. After a short en gagement, during which some of our planes were shot down, it located the enemy force containing the battle ships and made bomb hits on one of them. The first Hornet wave reached the enemy carrier gToup without in terference and reported at least four 1,000-bomb hits on a carrier. Other Hornet aircraft in that group regis tered three torpedo hits on a heavy cruiser. The second Hornet group discovered an enemy cruiser force and succeeded in bombing two heavy cruisers and a destroyer. Hornet Hit by Bomb. While our aircraft were delivering their attacks, our own carriers were being attacked by enemy carrier air craft. The Hornet suffered one bomb hit and was set on fire by an enemy bomber which purposely dived into the carrier’s stack. Blazing gasoline was spread over the signal bridge, which was further damaged by one of the bombs carried by the plane. Resulting fires were extinguished in about two hours, but while the dive bombing attack was being delivered, a torpedo attack developed and the Hornet received two hits which dis rupted her power and communica tions. M The torpedo hits were followed by three more bomb hits and another suicide plane crash which started more fires. Of 27 attacking aircraft. 20 were shot down by antiaircraft fire, but the attack, which lasted 11 minutes, left the Hornet dead in the water with many fires on board and with a decided list. Our wounded personnel were promptly removed by destroyers, the fires were ex tinguished in about a half hour, and the Hornet was taken in tow by the Northampton, but in the after noon she was again attacked by torpedoes and dive bombers and had to be abandoned and sunk by our own fbrces. Just before noon the Enterprise was subjected to an attack by 24 enemy dive bombers, of which seven were shot down by antiaircraft fire in which the South Dakota partici pated. Shortly after, she weathered two attacks by torpedo planes and one more attack from dive bombers. Gatch Wounded. The first dive bombing attack re sulted in three hits on the Enter prise. Of the torpedo planes making the first attack, one dived on to the destroyer Smith setting her on fire forward and exploding the plane's torpedo. By energetic measures, however, the Smith brought the flames under control and was able to make port. During this action dive bombers scored a hit on the South Dakota, wounding her commanding officer, Capt. (now Rear Admiral) T. L. Gatch, and inflicted considerable damage on the light cruiser San Juan. There were no further attacks and the two task forces were ordered to retire independently. During the night they were pursued by Japa nese surface units, which turned back when it became clear that the enemy attacks were not succeeding. Enemy planes estimated to have taken part in the attacks on the Hornet and Enterprise numbered between 170 and 180. Of that num ber 56 were shot down by antiair craft fire and about the same num ber by our own planes. Our own losses were the Hornet, the destroyer Porter, which was torpedoed while rescuing personnel of one of our planes, and 74 aircraft. We sank no enemy vessels in the engagement, and our carrier strength in the Pa cific was now dangerously low, but there were partial compensations. Two enemy carriers had been put out of action and four Japanese air groups had been cut to pieces. (To be continued Sunday.) Neal Declares Pepco Isn't Asking Increase Despite Low Returns Cites War Economy For Present Policy On Electric Rates By BAINBRIDGE CRIST. Alfred G. Neal, president of the Potomac Electric Power Co., told the Public Utilities Commission today his company was not asking for an increase in rates “despite the fact that we are not earning a fair re turn.” “Except in extraordinary circum stances, such as unusually high rates or a threat to the financial integrity of the utility, which are not here in volved, rates of charge for electric service should not be increased or decreased while wartime economy prevails,” Mr. Neal declared. Explains Company's Attitude. Answering the question of why the company was not seeking an in crease if it felt it was entitled to one, Mr. Neal explained: “The basic reasons for our posi tion are simple. They are the result of recognition by the company of the abnormal conditions which re sult from the war economy. “In particular, the excess profit taxes imposed in order to meet the abnormal expenses of war cause a distortion which I firmly believe renders it impossible to obtain a reasonable result by the application of any of the theories of rate-mak ing with which any of us may have become indoctrinated in peacetime.” Mr. Neal defended the sliding scale arrangement for annual rate adjustment which has been in effect since January 1, 1925. Limited to Present Hearing. Asked by Alan Johnstone, general counsel for the Federal Works Agency, what he meant by not ask ing for a rate increase “at this time,” Mr. Neal replied that he meant during the present rate hear ings. He pointed out that his com pany could not tell what situations it might be confronted with later during the war. Pointing out that the company will need $38,000,000 of capital in the coming years, Mr. Neal told Mr. Johnstone that the company must be kept in shape to obtain this money at as cheap a rate as possible for the benefit of the company and consumers. Charles H. Fell, director of the utilities division of District 50 of the United Mine Workers of America, suggested to the commission that each year’s surplus of the company over the allowed rate of return be divided 50-50 between the company and employes. 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. • ....... • • • r - * WASHINGTON NEWS WASHINGTON, D. C. * * ■ *• * ' • *»*'-. V'j *• V ; I* ft timing - ; ~ ^ rr •* / "j • * - SOCIETY AND GENERAL NEWS FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 1944. ¥¥* Witness Admits Uncertainty in Vice Testimony Sheds Tears When Questioned About Defendant's Identity By NORMAN A. KAHL. The Government’s case against seven women connected with the Hopkins Institute on charges of con spiracy to violate the Mann Act foundered briefly today when a prosecution witness broke down in tears on the witness stand and ad mitted she was uncertain as to the identity of one of the defendants whom she had previously implicated. The break came after Connie Mad dox, who said she had once worked for the Hopkins Institute in 1942, was being cross-examined by De fense Attorney James K. Hughes. Mr. Hughes asked the witness whether there wasn’t some doubt in her mind as to the identity of the individual she said she saw at an apartment when she was looking for work as a prostitute. Mrs. Maddox hesitated and became increasingly nervous. The judge finally said she would have to an swer the question. "Yes, there is,” sjje declared. Mrs. Maddox, who said she had been married for three years, had testified earlier that she had been engaged in prostitution for about five years. Had Been at Institute. "And did you practice prostitution all this time?” Mr. Hughes askec. “No, only for about two months,” the witness said. She said she had been at the Hop kins Institute for a while in No vember, 1942. “Did you entertain men for pleas ure or for profit?” she was asked by Assistant United States Attorney John W. Fihelly. • For profit,” the witness said. She said she met Mrs. Ronnie Stewart, the Government’s first wit ness today, while she and Mrs. Stew art were living at the Cairo Hotel here with their respective husbands. She said she came to Washington from New York and that her hus band was a welder. During the two months they stayed at the Cairo Hotel, she said, her husband was unemployed because he needed a rest. “During that time did you engage in prostitution to supplement your income?” Mr. Hughes asked. “I did not,” she replied indig nantly. Girl Tells of Career. Mrs. Stewart, 23 and blond, earlier had described a three-and-one-half year career of vice during which her husband lived off her earnings. Mr*. Stewart told the jury that on one occasion her husband beat her and gave her a black eye. “Did this Incapacitate you for your profession?” she'%a» Asked by De fense Attorney Saul Lichtenberg. “Yes," she said. She added that she had to remain out of work for two weeks. Mrs. Stewart said she began her career as a prostitute when she was 18 or 19. “Did you meet your husband as an ostensibly respectable girl?” Mr. Lichtenberg asked. “I don’t know what you mean,” the witness replied. Husband in Philadelphia. Mrs. Stewart said her father is in business here. Her husband, she said, is a waiter in a Philadelphia hotel. They have been separated for six or seven months, she testi fied. The witness recalled that during one week at the institute in 1942 she not only entertained men in the establishment in the 2700 block of Connecticut avenue, but was sent out to private homes, apartments and hotels, including the Carlton and Washington. On two occasions, she said, she was sent out to keep dates with men. One such party, she said, was in a Georgetown home. Before going to the institute, she said, she had worked for Florence (Billyj White, one of the defend ants. Mr. Fihelly asked whether any money was passed when she filled dates for the institute and the wit ness replied there was. She said sh^ would keep half of the proceeds. "This work you were doing at the Hopkins Institute, without going into details, was it prostitution?” Mr. Fi helly asked. “Yes,” she replied. Names May Be Revealed. Indications that all the names In the Hopkins Institute's “'little black book” will be thrown open lor pub lic inspection appeared, meanwhile, after a Government witness, led on by Defense Attorney M. Edward Buckley, jr„ yesterday came close to naming names. The three-volume set of records, which have come to be known as “the little black book,” have not yet actually been introduced into the 'record. They were used, however, | by Mr. Buckley to refresh the mem jory of Mildred Powell Carter, first witness for the Government. Meanwhile, Mr. Buckley said that > a Cleveland man, who was men tioned by Miss Carter as having taken advantage of the institute’s service on three successive nights in October, 1942, would arrive in Wash ington today or tomorrow. The de fense counsel said a subpoena which had originally been issued for the man's appearance in court, had been withdrawn to permit him to appear voluntarily. Reverses Testimony. Miss Carter yesterday astonished the courtroom when she reversed previous testimony implicating two of the defendants with the Cleve land man. After a recess, the wit ness told visiting Justice Arthur Lederle of Detroit, who is hearing the case with a jury of nine men and three women, that she wanted to make a statement. Attorneys were called to the bench where Miss Carter explained that she had been in error when she said the two girls she brought to the Hotel Washington were Ann Henley and Mildred Callis Stevens, also known as Dorothy Callis. In open court, the witness said she was “sor ry for the mistake.” The girls who had been taken to the hotel by her, she said, were not among the de fendants. a 20 D. C. Youths Sought As Farm Workers John Jones, District farm recruit ment head, said today that 20 Wash ington out-of-school youths between the ages of 14 and 17 are needed as summer farm workers. Mr. Jones said the boys will be given a two-week farm course on a farm near Manassas, Va., and will be paid 25 cents a day and lodging during the training period. After the training period they will be placed on farms and will receive $35 to $40 a month, plus baard and room. Interested boys are asked to apply to Mr. Jones at the United States Employment Service, Fifth and K streets N.W. House Subcommittee Weighs Expansion Of Play Facilities $30,000 Additional Funds Sought to Hire Aides For 14 Playgrounds By DON S. WARREN. Needs of expanding District rec reation facilities to counteract juve nile delinquency and afford health ful leisure-time activities to Wash ington’s swollen population were considered today by the House Dis trict Appropriations Subcommittee. After running through the school estimates, largest single section of the record-breaking 1945 budget, the subcommittee heade 1 by Represent ative Coffee, Democrat, of Washing ton took up the $684,000 Recreation Board proposals and later was to hear justifications for the $4,767,000 Police Department estimates. An increase of more than $30,000 in its salary funds is sought by the Recreation Board to hire help for 14 additional playgrounds and for seasonal employment of play leaders and custodians. The requests also call for more than $77,000 for im provements to 25 of the older play grounds. i\ew rouce lunx Asxea. A high light of the police esti mates is proposed creation of the new rank of corporal, one step above the top private, to direct squads when superior officers are not pres ent. There would be 65 corporals, to be recruited from the present force. They would be paid $2,600 a year, or $200 more than top privates. When the morning session ended today Chairman Coffee said the sub committee was favorably impressed with requests for expansion of the recreation facilities and personnel and with the Police Department pro posals for creating the rank of corporal. He said compliments were paid to members of the Police De partment who give up their own time to serve in the department’s band. Fire Department estimates were to be heard this afternoon and Mr. Coffee said the hearings would be recessed over the week $nd, to re* sume again on Monday .at 10 fp.rtu Mr. Coffee declared it was un* fair to District taxpayers to have to bear the cost of free schooling the District now must give to chil dren of nonresident parents who work here, but reside beyond the Difttric* liipt. School officials advised the group, he said, that the cost aow runs to between $200,000 and $300,000 a year for 2,300 tuition-free nonresident pupils. Mr. Coffee said at least a small tuition fee should be charged. There were indications the subcom mittee might decide to make a fight for this objective. Immediate Saving Doubted. Representative Stefan, ranking minority member of the subcommit tee, inquired if there would be real savings in costs if nonresidents were denied entrance to District public schools, but was told likely not, except over a long period since nonresident pupils were scattered through a long list of schools which still would have to be operated. School. Supt. Robert L. Hay cock told the group he felt com pulsory military training in the schools would be “unwise” since many of the older pupils have after school work. The present voluntary system is working well, he added. Mr. Coffee said there was a favor able reaction to the estimates for the Free Public Library, presented by Miss Clara Herbert, librarian. These total $785,347, or 9 per cent over this year, and include $25,000 for purchase of branch library sites in the Brookland, Tenley and Ben ning sections as well as increased funds for printing and binding. He said costs of the library here, on a per capita basis, are lower than mast cities of comparable size and well below standards of the Ameri can Library Association, which sets $1 per capita as the minimum and $1.50 per capita as a "good” stand ard. Three Foreign Centers Set Up by Catholics Three large recreation centers for members of the armed services have been established in Italy. Egypt and the Fiji Islands by the National Catholic Community Service in co operation with welfare agencies in those countries, it was announced today. Large grants also are being made by the Bishops’ War Emergency and Relief Committee, NCWC, the re port stated, for use by Catholic wel fare organizations in Australia, New Zealand and England in providing for the material and spiritual wel fare of American servicemen and servicewomen.” Located at Heliopolis, 10 miles from Cairo, the service club in Egypt formerly was the home of H. E. Hussien Enans Bey, Egyptian Secretary of State. The NCCS club in Italy is in Naples in an apart ment of the ducal house of Capece Minutolo. In the Pacific theater, a club is being established at Suva in the Fiji Islands. District Legion Cited For Aid in Bond Drive The District Department. Ameri can Legion, last night received the Treasury Department's citation for meritorious work during the Fourth War Bond drive when it exceeded its million-dollar quota by $400,000. The presentation was made by John A. Reilly, chairman of the Dis trict War Finance Committee, as District Comdr. C. Francis Mc Carthy and National Comdr. Warren H. Atherton looked on. Citations also were presented to individual posts, auxiliaries and individual members for outstanding work. t Draff Appeals Board 4,000 Cases Behind 69 Out-of-Towners Lose Deferment In Review Here The District Board of Appeal Is still 4,000 cases behind in consider ing draft deferments granted by out-of-town boards for men work ing here, District draft headquar ters disclosed today. A District spokesman, pointing to a roomful of shelves piled high with cases to be reviewed by the District Appeal Board, estimated that the cases of men granted deferments in February might not be reviewed un til June. The backlog of review cases was disclosed to explain why appeal board actions announced today, covering the two weeks ending March 25, involved draft deferments which would have expired anyhow within a month in most cases. 241 Cases Considered. Of the 241 review cases considered during the period, local ty>ards were reversed in 69 cases, and the men lost their deferments. In a number of these cases, however, the appeal board recommended a stay of in duction for the men until their de ferment would normally expire. The review procedure for out-of town cases was set up to give oc cupational deferments a double check, but a District spokesman pointed out that the five appeal panels here are having difficulty getting through the review cases be cause they must keep current on local appeals from 1-A classifica tions and now must give priority to cases of men under 26 before con sidering deferments granted to older men. In its latest announced actions the appeal board ignored authorized Government requests for deferment of Federal employes in more than a dozen appeal and review cases. In some other Government cases, how ever, the appeal board noted that the local boards had granted defer ments beyond the period requested by the Government. Officials Lose Deferments. Among the Government officials who lost their deferment on review were: George Maylo Austin, 36, chief of the general litigation section. En forcement Division, Office of Price Administration; James Noe, 31, senior administrative analyist, Budg et Bureau; Elmer B. Starts, 29, prin cipal budget examiner, Budget Bu reau; Adrian Andrew Walser, 34, senior rehabilitation program officer, Office of the Co-ordinator of Inter American Affairs; John M. Kerans, 35, administrative officer in the same agency; Archie W. Robinson, War labor Board assistant informa tion director who was granted a stay of induction long enough to reach his 38th birthday; Bernard Cush man, 32, National Labor Relations Board senior trial examiner; Crane Haussamen, 36, copy chief and deputy director, program co-ordina tion, OWI; Isidore Ziets, 25, geodetic computer. Interior Department; George James Aitken, 36, budget of ficer, Inter-American Affairs, and Jacques Dunlany, 35, OWI division chief. The appeal board permitted con tinued deferment for two Capitol Hill employes—Matthew J. Connelly, 36, chief investigator of the Senate Committee Investigating the Na tional Defense Program, and John William Norton, 32, head plumber of the Capitol. Other Review Cases. In other review cases, the appeal board changed three classifications —reclassifying one man from 2-A to 1-A-O for non-combatant service; another from 2-A to 4-D as a min ister and a third from 2-B to 2-A. Acting on appeals for deferment from 1-A, the appeal board granted 16 out of 80 requests for occupational deferment; and five out of 32 re quests for deferment on grounds of hardship. Two of the five men who appealed successfully for deferment because of hardship were the fathers of five children each. The appeal board noted in one case tfcat draft ing this father of five children would be a “hardship on taxpayers.” The board, however, reclassified a man from the 3-D hardship classi fication to 1-A on the appeal of a Government appeal agent. In other actions, the board placed in 1-A-O for non-combatant service a man who had appealed as a conscientious objector and denied the request of another man for deferment as a minister. Training School Boys Escape, Wreck Truck A dozen police cars last night joined in chasing two 15-year-old colored boys in a heavy truck which they stole following their escape from the National Training School for Boys. The pursuit came to a spectacular end at Marion and P streets N.W., when the careening truck sideswiped a tree and crashed into the side of a brick residence. One of the youths was captured at the scene. The other jumped from the truck and fled, but sur rendered at No. 13 precinct shortly afterward, according to police. The two escaped from the insti tution shortly after 4 p.m. yester day. Police said at about 8:30 p.m. they stole a heavy truck owned by the Intercounty Construction Co. of Hyattsville, Md., which was parked near the Peace Cross in Bladens burg. A few minutes after the theft was reported the truck was sighted in the 1400 block of New York avenue N.E. and one police car after an other closed in. Both boys are back at the National Training School for Boys, charged with being fugitives and taking property without permission, police said. The one who operated the truck also was charged with reckless driving, according to police. •* Luncheon Planned The Montgomery County Public Health Lay Committee will hold a luncheon Tuesday at Hayden Farms, marking child health day, to be observed Monday in the county. MODELS AT CANTEEN—Representative Winifred Stanley, Re publican, of New York is made up by Photographer, second class, Newt Jones, U. S. N., former Hollywood make-up man, who assisted models at the Stage Door Canteen benefit yesterday. _ —Associated Press Photo. District Woman Dies Of Burns After Leap From Apartment Was Last of Family To Escape When 40 Others Reached Safety Mrs. Audrey McNeely, 39, who suffered severe burns last Sunday before she escaped from her blazing apartment at 51 Randolph place N.W. by leaping to the roof of an adjoining house, died of injuries to day in Casualty Hospital. Mrs. McNeely was the last to es cape from the fourth-floor apart ment. Her husband, Robert L. Mc Neely, 39, led the spetacular flight Df the family. From a window of the apartment he leaped 6 feet to the roof of an adjoining house. Fol lowing him was Mrs. McNeely’s 10 year-old daughter by a previous marriage, Betty Jane Rattig. Mr. McNeely caught her and then urged Mrs. McNeely, who was perched in the window, to jump. About 40 other residents of the apartment house fled to safety by a stairway. One other resident, Mias Rose Liberty, Who made a Similar Jump from the other side of the building, suffered a fractured ankle, and is in Emergency Hospital The blaze burned the roof off the four-story building and gutted the entire top floor. Investigation dis closed that the fire started in the bottom of a wooden dumb waiter shaft for trash disposal. Subsequent investigation by Fire Marshal Roy A. Warfield and Dis trict Building Inspector John W. Oehmann revealed that the building had been cited as being occupied in violation of District fire regulations several months ago. Owners of the building were or dered either to fireproof the wooden dumwaiter shaft or remove it. Ac tion was delayed, the building in spector’s office said, by a pending court action between the owner and leasee of the building to determine who was to pay for the alterations. Interstate Properties, Inc., 726 Jackson place N.W., is the owner and J. W. Block, 723 Carroll avenue, Takoma Park, Md., is the leasee and operator of the building. Part of the structure has been converted into small apartments and, accord ing to the District building code, is now subject to regulations govern ing rooming houses. Austin Raps Wheeler For Isolation Talk Championing the cause of Amer ican participation in a world organi zation for security in the postwar era, Senator Austin, Republican, of Vermont today took issue with what he termed recent “isolationist” statements of Senator Wheeler, Democrat, of Montana. Senator Austin defended “the use of external sovereignty for secur ity” before the section of interna tional and comparative law of the American Bar Association at a Mayflower Hotel luncheon. He is one of eight Senators assigned to confer with the State Department on questions of policy. The speaker quoted Senator Wheeier as having said that “such co-operation has not and should not involve surrender of the sovereign right of the American people to dictate the policies of this Nation, or impair its freedom and independ ence, by joining any international police organization controlled by foreign nations.” Such “isolationist" statements, Senator Austin said, were “dealing with policy, and were interposing a sound ohstacle to the making of agreements and treaties which would implement the security of the several nations parties thereto.” Also speaking at the luncheon was Solicitor General Charles Pahy. Following the luncheon there were reports by Comdr. Amos J. Peaslee, chairman of the section’s Committee* on Postwar Judicial Organization: F. Regis Noel, chairman of the Com mittee on Revision and Codification of United States Nationality Laws, and others. I __ Surrattsville High Fete Set Miss Nora Desiderro, freshman at the Surrattsville High School, Clin ton, Md„ will be crowned May queen at a May Day program, to be held during a student dance at the school beginning at 9:30 o'clock tonight, it was announced. Her maids of honor will be Miss Lillian Keller and Miss Ruth Harvey. 500 Women Pay $25 For H d Salad At Fashion Parade Proceeds Reach $3,000 Despife Slow Start; Mrs. Boettiger Wins More than 500 women paid $5 a plate for ham and potato salad at a Stage Door Canteen benefit yesterday to see wives of generals, ambassadors, Supreme Court jus tices and society leaders model clothes by leading fashion designers, The proceeds reached an esti mated $3,000 when Miss Arlene Yrancis, radio and stage star, auc tioned off three of the show dresses for $425. The crowd applauded the dresses as they were rtiddeled but were slow to bid. e r : ■ “HI have to buy one niyseif in desperation,” Miss Francis said.'She bought the third, a shanttmg bim suit modeled by Representative Winifred Stanley, Republican, o! New York, for $150. One of the eta men in the audience, Eugene Rice bid $125 for a cdtton playsuit, ant said he would present It to the model, Miss Nancy Rheem, Ladj Dill, wife of St. John. Dill, opening the bidding, purchased an afternoon dress designed by Adrian ami mod bled by Mrs. Ira Eaker, wife of Gen Eaker, for $150. Mrs. Boettiger Wins Dress. A fourth dress, to be made to order by Hattie Carnegie at a value of $185, was won for $1 in a lottery by Mrs. John Boettiger, daughter of the President and Mrs. Roosevelt. “Mrs. J. Boettiger of the White House,” Miss Francis read from the card she selected from hundreds tossed in a hat box. “That’s a nice address. Who is it?” The audience, including Mrs. Roosevelt, laughed. Several voices explained the identity of the winner. The loudest applause, of the ben efit went to 4-year-old Niyana Pra moj, who modeled a mother-daugh ter combination with her mother, Mme. Senl Pramoj, wife of the Min ister from Thailand. Modeling an evening dress, Baroness Stackelberg came on the stage leading a huge Russian wolfhound. Besides photographers and one husband, the only other men in front of the stage were Marine Stall Sergt. William Frank and Marine Corpl. Allen Buck, stationed by the stage to assist models down the stairs to walk among the audience Sergt. Frank, returned recently from duty at Guadalcanal, described the assignment as “not bad.” Difficulty With Models. The toastmistress had difficulty getting the models, mainly inexpe rienced, to pirouette on the stage long enough to permit pictures to be taken. “Mrs. Bard,” she called as the wife of the Assistant Secretary ol the Navy hurried off the stage, "if you don't come back I’ll have to tell Mr. Bard.” Mrs. Bard returned. Among the other models were Mrs. Hugo Black, wife of the Su preme Court justice; Mrs. Patrick J. Hurley, wife of Gen. Hurley, and her daughter; Mrs. David Hughes, Mrs. Dorothy Vredenberg, secretary of the National Democratic Commit tee, and Mrs. George Wheeler, 3d. Servicewomen modeling their uni forms in the finale were WAC Lt. Robin Elliott, Ensign Marjorie Hatch, U. S. N. R.; Ensign Kathryn Kumler, Coast Guard, and Marine Lt. Feme Wait. Health Experts Weigh Ban on Drug Traffic A resolution asking the United States and other countries to cease export of adulterated drugs is un der consideration by the health directors of about 25 countries in session at the Pan-American Union. Several delegates to the Fifth Pan American Conference of National Directors of Health have com plained of "relatively useless” drugs being shipped to Latin American countries in large quantities and sold at high prices. Other subjects up for considera tion today included "zoonosis,” which includes diseases transmitted by animals to man; quarantine and the relation of social security to public health. The delegates spent yesterday afternoon at the National Institute of Health near Bethesda. The conference will come to an end tomorrow with passage of several resolutions. A 400 Club Put On Probation In Ration Case Warrant Is Sought For Now York Meat Supplier The 400 Club, restaurant and cocktail lounge at 1423 P street N.W., today was suspended from dealing In rationed commodities for the dura tion of the rationing program, but Immediately received a stay of the order “so long as respondent does not again violate the regulations.” The decision by Acting OPA Hear ing Commissioner Joseph Harrison was announced at the hearings Into OPA charges that the 400 Club and two other restaurants. Pan and Bill’s and Del Rio, bought choice cuts of meat without payment of ration points. Immediately after the decision, John L. Laskey, District OPA en forcement attorney, announced he had asked the District attorney’s office to issue a warrant for the ar rest of Ira Weill, New York supplier of meats to three restaurants here. “We intend to see that he does not go unpunished in this jurisdic tion,” Mr. Laskey informed the hearing. Charges in Warrant. Mr. Laskey mid that, the warrant will charge Weill “wilfully and un lawfully sold Pan and Bill’s ra tioned meat,” without requiring the surrender of ration points, “contrary to the provisions of Ration Order No. 16 and in violation of the Sec ond War Powers Act.” Admitting that the circumstances in the 400 Club case showed a lack of motive, but that OPA regulations had been violated "technically,” Mr. Harrison declared: “In view of all the circumstances I feel that the respondent should, from here on oift, be put on his good behavior.** Alvin L. Newmyer,, attorney for the 400 Club, earlier had moved that the case be dismissed on the grounds that the Government had failed to substantiate its charges and that “there was nothing in this case but suspicion.” Ration Points Surrendered. Mr. Newmyer claimed .that the evidence showed E. R. Sangeorge, manager of the club, surrendered ail the ration points required under OPA regulations and had available in his rations bank account approx imately 100,000 points. Mr. San george . testified yesterday he had sent Weil three separate ration checks based on what Mr. San george determined was the correct weight for the meat. “There is npthing 4n the OPA regulations governing a case where there is a dispute over ration points and weights," Mr. Newmyer de clared in his arguments today. “It would have been as much a viola tion of the spirit of the regulations : to have, given less or more points ' than are required.’* He added that a business establishment “Is abso lutely at the mercy ef an out-of town supplier in respect to points I and weights” for commodities de livered. Strawberry Shipments Here Lag Under New Low Ceiling The new ceiling price now in ef fect on fresh strawberries from the South has caused nearly all whole salers to withdraw from the market with the result that virtually no new shipments were arriving here today, according to officials of th^ National League of Wholesale Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Distributors. A few arrivals may be expected tomorrow, a spokesman added. Wholesalers contend the OPA ceiling price is too low to risk losses through necessary refrigeration costs and possible spoilage. Members of Congress from South ern strawberry growing States were reported to have protested to ad ministration officials that the ceil ing should be removed or the price raised. Slate Unemployment Aides To Be in Alexandria Hubert M. State, manager of the Alexandria United States Employ ment Service office, said today that representatives of the State Unem ployment Compensation Commission will visit two places in Arlington County, where unemployed workers may file claims for compensation. Mr. State said the representatives will be at the Arlington Motor Co., 1917 North Moore street, from 9:30 a.m. to noon each Thursday, and at the Monticello Cleaners, 6879 Lee highway. Falls Church, from 1 to 3:30 pm. the same day. daily Rationing ^3 Reminders Canned Foods, Etc.—Book No. 4, blue stamps A-8 through K-8 good indefinitely. Blue stamps L-8 through Q-8 valid Monday and good indefinitely. Each stamp worth 10 points. Meats, Fats, Etc.—Book No. 4, red stamps A-8 through Q-8 good in definitely. Red stamps R-8 through T-8 valid May 7. Each stamp worth 10 points. Points for Fats—Your meat dealer will pay two ration points for each pound of waste kitchen fats you turn in. Shoes—Stamp 18 in Book 1 expires Sunday. Airplane stamp No. 3 in Book 3 becomes valid Monday and good indefinitely. Airplane stamp No. 1 continues good indefinitely. Sugar—Book No. 4 stamps 30 and 31 valid for 5 pounds indefinitely. Book No. 4, stamp 40 good for 5 pounds for home canning through February 28, 1945. Gasoline—No. 9-A coupons good for 3 gallons through May 8. No. 10-A coupons become valid May 9. B-2, C-2, B-3 and C-3 coupons good for 5 gallons each. Fuel Oil—Periods No. 4 and 5 cou pons good for 10 gallons per unit through August 31. Consum ers in this area should not have used more than 95 per cent of their total yearly fuel oil ration as of April 34.