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Fair, warmer; low near 54 tonight. Tomorrow cloudy and warmer. Temperatures today—Highest, 66. at 1:30 p.m.; lowest, 48, at 4:40 a.m. Yes terday—Highest. 67. at 2:55 p.m.; lowest, 52. at 11:59 p.m. __ Late New York Markets, Page A-13. _ * * Guide for Readers Page. Amusements A-9 Comics _B-14-15 Editorials _ A-6 Editor! Articles. A-7 Last and Found, A-3 Finance _A-13 * Page. Obituary .A-g Radio _B-15 Society .B-S Sports A-It-Il Where to Go B-l« Woman* Page B-6 An Associated Press Newspaper 92d YEAR. No. 36.531. WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, MAY 8. 1944—THIRTY PAGES. *** SV5S5SS. THREE CENTS. ESS™ Fortresses Pound Berlin Again As Liberators Attack Brunswick In New Blows by 2,000 Planes Bucharest Hit For Third Time In 24 Hours By the Associated Press. LONDON, May 8—Following up yesterday’s heavy attack on Berlin, a great fleet of American Flying Fortresses today again raided the German capital, which the enemy now says is “condemned to death.” Another armada composed entire ly of Liberators hammered Bruns wick, 125 miles west of Berlin, in an assault from British bases in which nearly 2.000 American bombers and fighters took part. Returning flyers reported fierce clashes with German fighters in the raid on Brunswick and some esti mated as many as 150 enemy air craft took part in battle at one time. Tiie two new attacks followed night assaults from Britain on France and Germany and a night thrust at Bucharest from Italy. The Bucharest raid was the third in 24 hours on the Romanian capital and came after a daylight raid yester day on locomotive shops and rail road yards by American bombers. 2,000 Tons Dropped on Berlin. The Liberators and Fortresses at tacking Berlin and Brunswick today numbered close to 1.000, with about as many escorting Lightnings. Thunderbolts and Mustangs. The Fortresses dropped perhaps 2.000 tons of explosives on Berlin to day. Stockholm dispatches said 1,000 persons were killed in yesterday's Romanian Oil Output Cut Three-fourths by Raids, Eaker Says Ey th« Associated Press. ALLIED HEADQUARTERS. Naples. May 8.—Lt. Gen Ira C. Eaker, Allied air commander in the Mediterranean, said to day that Romanian oil produc tion had been cut to one-fourth of its normal output by bomb ings. « In addition. Gen. Eaker de clared in a statement. American and RAF bombers “have dis rupted the flow of vital war ma terials to the eastern front by bombing every important supply route open to the Germans." American raid on %the German cap ital. A dispatch by the Scandi navian Telegraph Bureau said tar gets in Berlin “are getting scarcer and scarcer" and Berliners less and less impressed by the raids. Ber liners are saying their city has been “condemned to death,” the Berlin correspondent of the Stockholm Morgon Tidningen reported. After the big bombers carried out what the German communique called “terror attacks" on Bucharest and Berlin, approximately 200 9th Air Force Marauders struck today at military objectives in Northern France and a railroad bridge on the outskirts of Rouen. Nazis Attack in Waves. German fighters drove bitterly against the Brunswick raiders, re turning crewmen reported, and they said the Germans attacked in waves for half an hour. The Americans said it was the first German fighter defense in strength since the April 29 raid on Berlin. A heavy overcast forced the Liberators to bomb through the clouds. Flak was described as light. At least three crewmen told of seeing German fighters ram or col lide with American bombers in the Brunswick fight. “There were fighters and bombers colliding all over the sky.” said Lt. L. Houston. Helena, Mont. "My ship flew through the wreckage of a couple of them. “One Focke-Wulf came in so close to us that I figured he was out of control and going to ram us. I nosed down and he did. too. Then he nosed up at the same time as I did. I don't know how we missed each other." One crewman said a Messer schmitt, its tail shot off. went down out of control then nosed up," hitting a bomber head on. 24th Day of Offensive, Today 's daylight operations pressed the tremendous preinvasion air of fensive into its 24th consecutive day and capped a 24-hour period in which probably 6,000 Allied planes, flying from bases in Britain and Italy, dropped about 10.000 tons of explosives on installations with which Hitler hoped to combat the Allies' western invasion and stem the Russian drive into the Balkans. The RAF's home-based night fleet last night hit Rennes Airfield, north of Nantes, and other targets in Nantes. Tours. Salbris. 35 miles south of Orleans, and military in stallations on the Normandy coast, as well as the great Nazi chemical center. Leverkusen, just north of Cologne Nine planes were lost in the RAF night operations, which included the sowing of mines in enemy waters. Rennes, in Brittany, about 40 miles inland from the channel coast, is an important rail center through which supplies are routed for submarines and vessels in French Atlantic ports. Blows at an ammunition dump there and at Salbris last night were in line with the new campaign begun recently in an obvious effort to destroy as much of Germany's antiinvasion firepower as possible before the Allied invasion forces sweep against the continent. In w-eak return. German raiders struck last night at the South coast of England, but the British said 1 See RAIDS Page~A-12 > Oklahoman Downs 27th Nazi, \ Tying Bong's Combat Record Capt Robert Johnson * Second Ace to Pass Rickenbacker's Mark Br the Associatefl Press. A UNITED STATES FIGHTER BASE IN ENGLAND, May 8.— Capt. Robert S. Johnson of Law ton, Okla.. a Thunderbolt pilot, shot down two enemy planes over Germany today to boost his total to 27—all bagged in the air —and become the first American ace in the European theater to break Capt. Edward Rickenback er’s World War record of 26. Capt. Johnson thus tied the rec ord set in the Southwest Pacific theater by Maj. Richatd I. Bong. 23. of Poplar, Wis. The Oklahoman's two kills today still were unofficial, but there was little doubt they would be confirmed. Capt. Johnson is a member of the famous Thunderbolt unit command ed by Col. Hubert Zemke. Missoula. Mont., which claimed a total of six Germans downed today. In the European theater. Capt. Don Gentile of Piqua. Ohio, now on CAPT. ROBERT S. JOHNSON. home leave, holds the present record of enemy planes destroyed by an American pilot, with a total score of 30, of which seven were destroyed on the ground. Capt. Johnson, a stubby, blond youngster who asked for 25 addi-j tional hours of combat duty after <See~JOHNSON, Page A^12J j Offensive Launched By Japs in Hills of Northeastern India Allied Patrols Advance 28 Miles North of Key Imphal Base By the Associated Press. SOUTHEAST ASIA HEAD QUARTERS, Kandy, Ceylon, May 8 —Japanese forces have opened up a strong offensive on all sec tors of the Manipur Hill front in Northeastern India, seeking to regain recently lost forward po sitions, but are suffering heavy losses, an Allied communique said today. Allied patrols pushing forward on the Kohima road have advanced 28 miles north of the key base of Imphal, the bulletin from Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten's head quarters said. Early in their inva sion of the Indian border territory’ the Japanese blocked this road along 15 miles of its 60-mile length. Two villages in the hills north east of Palel have been taken by Allied forces, the announcement reported. Palel lies about 19 miles southeast of Imphal. In the Buthe daung sector of the Arakan front at least 350 of the enemy.were killed in recent fighting, the communique said. No Material Change. In the Kohima area “heavy fight ing" continues, but there was no material change in the situation, headquarters said, while south of Imphal Allied troops made an at tack which captured an enemy po sition with three guns. “Minor clashes involving hand-to hand fighting in which the enemy suffered severely” have occurred west of Bishenpur on the jungle track which leads to Silchar. term inus of a spur line to the Bengal Assam railway, the Allied commun ique reported. A headquarters communique an nounced yesterday that Allied troops had withdrawn from Buthedaung. on the Upper Maya peninsula 65 miles northwest of Akyab port, after "having established ourselves on certain features vital to the security of this line." The withdrawal was described as a part of a "readjust ment of our positions" in the area. ( nuntera Marks Repulsed. Buthedaung, reoccupied by the British 14th Army last March after a previous withdrawal a year ago, is the terminus of the main supply road across the Mavu Mountains from Maungdaw. The Sunday communique said Allied forces, brushing off enemy counterattacks, continued to estab lish themselves more solidly in the positions tney recently won north and south of Kohima. In the Mogaung Valley in North Burma the Chinese under Lt. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell sent one column to within 17 miles of Kamaing in a drive aimed at Mogaung and Myitkyina, Japanese strongholds in that area. Advance elements of Chinese already held Manpin. only 10 miles above Kamaing. A field dispatch by Reuters. Brit ish news agency, said of the Buthe daung withdrawal that Allied forces already hold all hills commanding the Maungdaw-Buthedaung road, therefore the town possesses “noth ing of value" strategically and is under constant shell fire. The Al lied communique said the with drawal was made without interfer ence by the Japanese. Chennault Flyers Moved Nearer Tokyo, Nazis Say Bn the Associated Press. LONDON. May 8. — The Berlin radio broadcast a dispatch today quoting the Tokyo newspaper Asahi Shimbun as saying the United States 14th Air Force under Maj. Gen Claire L. Chennault in China is being strongly reinforced from India and being moved 450 miles closer to Tokyo In preparation for an an as sault on Japan. Nazis Report Red Push On Sevastopol, Hint Lines Are Cracked Salient Effected in Southern Sector by Russians, Berlin Says By the Associated Press. LONDON. May 8.—S o v 1 e t bombers and fighters lashed at Sevastopol in intense week-enci assaults, Moscow announced to day, and Axis broadcasts assert ed .that "extraordinarily power ful” Red Army forces were as saulting the besieged Crimean port in an effort to overwhelm the German-Romanian garrison. The Russians were silent about land operations at Sevastopol, but Moscow customarily refrains from preliminary announcements when the Red Army launches major drives. The German high com mand, hinting that the Russians had cracked Axis lines, spoke of a ‘fluctuating battle” around the fortress. Today s German communique said the Russians attacked with strong forces after heavy artillery fire and ‘‘succeeded in effecting a salient” in the southern sector of the Sevastopol battle area. Attacks on the northern sector were re pulsed, it added. Nazis Capture Hill. In Romania, the Germans said. Nazi troops captured a hill position east of the Siret River and the Red! Army failed in a prolonged attempt to break through between the Prut and Moldava Rivers. A Soviet communique said Rus sian warplanes, attacking Sevas topol from dawn to dusk, inflicted heavy losses on German and Ro manian troops, blew up ammunition dumps, wrecked artillery batteries; and damaged several ships. The Axis garrison, estimated at 25,000 men, has been holding out in Sevastopol since mid-April under fire from Soviet siege guns com manding the heights overlooking the city. The Soviet Black Sea fleet and air arm have reported sinking scores of escape vessels trying to reach Romania. Powerful Blow Expected. A German military analyst, com menting on the reported land assault, said that" evidently the Soviet high command is staking everything on annihilating the Se vastopol garrison with one smashing blow in order to release the divisions engaged for other sectors of a sum mer offensive.” Comparatively few Russian troops would be held down by continued Axis resistance at Sevastopol, how ever. since the Germans and Ro manians are wedged into an area with a circular front of only about 25 miles. The Soviet communique told oi only minor land activity yesterday. German attempts to take a height west of Iasi were repulsed, it said, and 200 Germans were slain south of Tiraspol, on the west bank ol the Lower Dnestr River. Japs' New Gains On Loyang Raise Peril to China 3V2-Mi!e Setback Is Acknowledged By Chungking By ihc Associated Press. CHUNGKING. May 8.—Misgiv ings over the military situation in Northwestern Honan Province grew more pronounced today as Chinese field dispatches de clared Japanese troops have ad vanced another 3V4 miles toward Loyang and now are only 6 miles south of the former capital, which is the gateway for a pos sible thrust into the heart of China. Fierce fighting was reported in all sectors of the Honan front, and it was generally admitted here that the situation is growing serious and that the Chinese no longer can fol low their usual strategy of trading space for time without facing pos sible dire consequences. The Japanese were reported mak ing rapid progress to clear the im portant north-south Peiping-Han kow Railway, and field dispatcHtes said they had narrowed to 14 miles the stretch of iine held by the Chi nese. A spearhead of the enemy column driving southward down the railway from Chenghsien was reported to have captured Siping while anoth er moving up from the south was reported at Chumatien. Fall of Siping Reported. Yesterday the Japanese northern column was reported at Yengchen. 83 miles south of Chenghsien, and the Chinese were believed in con trol of the railway for a distance of 40 or 50 miles below that point. Chenghsien Is about 65 miles east of Loyang and is the base from which the Japanese have been pressing their drive westward along the Lunghai Railway toward that city. Chinese dispatches said most of Loyang's garrison had been evacuated. MaJ. Gen. Claire L. Chennault’s Chinese-American wing of his 14th Air Force again struck at invader columns southeast of Loyang in di rect support of the Chinese. A com munique said strafing attacks on motor concentrations and troops last Saturday knocked out about 125 vehicles and killed about 250 Jap anese. Indo-China Raided. Other 14th Air Force planes j ranged wide over French Xndo-j China, wrecking 15 sampans and as; many larger boats and knocking out! about 100 railroad cars. The Chinese high command de clared successful counterattacks had been made against Japanese strik ing westward from Northern Anhwei Province in the general direction of the Peiping-Hankow railway. West of the railway itself the Jap anese were reported to have con tinued attempts to seek decisive bat -, tie with the Chinese, but without! success. Speculation on Japanese objec tives ranged from the possibility of an ambitious drive aimed at knock- j ing China out of the war to the theory that this offensive might be primarily intended to give battle; training to Japanese troops destined ! for action outside China. -- i High Court Denies Review Of Negro Vote Decision By the Associated Press. The Supreme Court today rejected two requests for a rehearing of its recent decision that Negroes haye the right to vote in Texas Demo cratic primary elections. Grover Sellers, Texas attorney general, and two Houston election; judges involved in the case, filed separate requests for a rehearing. The court made no comment in1 denying the petitions. The election judges protested that the 8-1 decision upset a unani mous Supreme Court ruling of nine, years ago which sustained exclu sion of Negroes from Texas Demo cratic primaries. Texas statutes, they said, have not been changed in any great respect since the earlier decision. First D. C. Penicillin Shipment To Help Heart Infection Victim borne of the first penicillin dis tributed here under the new War Production Board policy of alloca tion for civilian needs is to be used in an experiment to help save the life of a young mechanic, suffering with a heart infection at the new Prince Georges General Hospital at Cheverly, Md Dr A. K Begley, hospital super intendent. said the penicillin had been obtained from Doctors Hos pital here, one of the so-called "de pots" designated by WPB to receive the miracle drug for civilian use and redistribution. The Prince Georges Hospital got 200.000 units of the first 3.000.000 units which arrived at Doctors Hos pital yesterday. Dr. Besley emphasized that every thing else had been tried in an at tempt to save the life of the young mechanic, and that doctors had turned to penicillin as a last resort. While doctors would not predict the outcome, he said, they held out hope that it may be successful. The young man’s case had been diag nosed a> bacterial endocarditis, the superintendent said. The shipment that reached Doc tors Hospital yesterday was the re sult of a request made Friday. Doc tors Hospital will have an alloca tion of 15.000.000 units for this month. The hospital, however, asked for only 3.000,000 units immediately Doctors Hospital is only one ol several designated penicillin depots here. Others in this area announced recently by the WPB include Emer gency, Gallinger. Garfield. George town. George Washington. Provi dence and Sibley in Washington, and Alexandria General Hospital. Penicillin had been used at Gal linger Hospital previously under spe cial allocation. ARE YOU ALL SET FOR TONIGHTS BLACKOUT?^ . is— TONIGHT'S A, 7 BLACKOUT!...WHY, MR. COMMISSIONER, S e I'VE BEEN COMPLETELY A //V THE DARK J %^FQR MONTHS!) L KONG \\\u. . X ' Laughlin Says Sedition Lawyer Made'Deal' With Prosecutor Koehne, Denying Charge, Declares His Only Concern Was 'Scandal' in Criticizing Eicher By CARTER BROOKE JONES. In a surprise move, James J. Laughlin, defending himself in District Court today against a contempt of court charge, tried to prove that Ira Chase Koehne, a fellow defense attorney in the mass sedition trial, entered into a “deal” with Special Prosecutor Joseph W. Burns to intervene in the Government’s behalf in the contempt proceeding. Mr. Laughlin railed Mr. Koehne to the stand in an effort to show such a deal, but the witness, denying there was any deal, explained he has been concerned about the “na tional scandal” involved in the charges which Mr. Laughlin had made against the presiding judge. Chief Justice Edward C. Eicher. These charges, contained in an affidavit of bias and prejudice, de clared the jurist had been ap pointed to the bench by President Roosevelt to preside at the sedition trial and had been promised a judicial promotion if it brought a conviction. Mr. Koehne, who represents four defendants in the sedition case, said he had asked Mr. Burns about the effect of the "national scandal” involved on other defense attorneys and received no satisfactory answer. "I said that I would be forced to rise in open court and ask whether any of the defensf attor neys could continue to appear in the sedition case without condoning or whitewashing the national scandal of these charges against Judge Eicher,” Mr. Koehne added. Mr. Koehne said he did not want to be “besmirched,” and later he did i try to intervene in the contempt case, but was refused permission by Justice Jennings Bailey, presid ing at the proceeding. Asked if he and Mr. Burns also discussed a contempt citation against the Times-Herald for mat ter published during the trial, Mr. (See SEDITION, Page A-37) McKellar Voices Hope For Sharp Curtailing of Lease-Lend Outlays Urges Tapering Off' As Congress Weighs Plea for $3,500,000,000 E> the Associated Press. Senator McKellar, Democrat, of Tennessee, acting chairman of the Senate Appropriations Com mittee. called today for a “sub stantial tapering off” in lease lend appropriations. Senator McKellar's statement came as the administration asked! Congress for approximately $3,500. 000,000 in new lease-lend money for the year starting July 1. That sum. combined with unexpended balances from previous appropriations, would be included in a tentative 1945 lease-lend budget of about. $7,188. 893.000. f The current year's budget was ap proximately $8,400,000,000, of which $6,273,629,000 was a new appropri ation voted in 1943. A total of $24. 683.000. 000 has been appropriated since the war-aid program started in 1941. As the Senate resumed consid eration of the House-approved bill to continue lease-lend for another year, Senator McKellar told a re porter that he considered the pro gram “vitally essential” but he hoped peak requirements had passed. “I hope that there will be a sub stantial tapering off in these ex penditures from now on.” Senator McKellar said. “The United States lias certainly been enormously gen erous in our aid to our allies." Senator McKellar said he believed the bulk of costly war and defense installations instructed through out the world has been completed, and that, some other forms of aid might now be less in demand. Administration leaders hoped for a final vote in the Senate today on the extension bill, with over whelming passage assured. The bill merely continues lend-lease au thority, with the appropriation to be considered later. One-Man Food Control Favored by Republicans F y the Associated Press. Amendment of price control legis lation, flow before the House Bank ing Committee, to provide for con trol of food rationing, distribution and price ceilings by one official is advocated by the Republican Food Study Committee Representative Jenkins, Republi can. of Ohio, chairman of the un official committee, said he had been instructed by its executive subcom mittee to discuss the proposal with Representative Wolcott of Mich igan, ranking minority member of the banking group. The food committee also wants the price control law amended to require OPA to discuss with repre sentatives of tlie food industry all matters relating to food prices or the imposition or elimination of rationing. Six States Expected To Clinch Fourth Term Nomination This Week Primaries Due to Put Roosevelt Over Top With 530 Delegates Bj the Associated Press. With Democrats in six States selecting delegates. President Roosevelt may receive enough; publicly pledged and claimed convention votes before this week is out to clinch a fourth term nomination—if wants it. While practical politicians have had no doubt for some time that the! President could have the nomina tion on the first ballot for the ask ing. indications are his party mem- j bers will make certain in the next 'few days that the necessary 530 del egates are available. As of today.! 415 of the 510 delegates who have been chosen are pledged or claimed for Mr. Roosevelt. Missouri Democrats, meeting to-! day. are expected to name delegates1 carrying 32 votes for the President.' Wyoming may add 8 more favorable to his candidacy, and Republicans in that State will elect 9 convention representatives. Ohioans Vote Tomorrow. Ohio voters will participate in preferential primaries tomorrow in which they are expected to elect 52 j delegates favoring a fourth term.! West Virginia Democrats, voting the' same day. will pick a delegation to! cast 18 votes that will be technically; uninstructed. but which leaders say! is likely to lean heavily toward a fourth term. Without counting the West Vir ginia group, the President's pledged and claimed delegates will total 531 if Missouri. Wyoming and Ohio groups go for him and are joined by North Dakota Democrats, who pick eight delegates Wednesday, and Washington State members of the party who name 18 Saturday. On the Republican side. Gov. John W. Bricker of Ohio is expected to figure heavily in the delegate total when Ohio's 50 GOP votes are officially listed for him as the result of tomorrow's primary there. Previously Gov. Bricker has been credited only with the support of six delegates chosen by Mississippi "regulars,'' who face a contest from an independent group at the con vention. Bricker Sentiment Strong. Like their Democratic colleagues, the 19 Republican delegates to be chosen in West Virginia will be un instructed. Leaders say there is some strong Bricker sentiment among the candidates, although 13 of those running openly favor Gov. Thomas E. Dewey of New York Tennessee Republicans will pick 19 delegates Friday to wind up GOP activity for the week. In both the Ohio and West Vir ginia primaries tomorrow notnina-j tions will be made for State tickets.! Senator Taft. Republican, of Ohio. I has been assured of renomination in his State's primary, where House | See POLITICS, Page A-12.) ~ A Administration Yields To GOP Demands for 240-Billion Debt Limit Ways and Means Group Quickly Approves Bill Containing New Figure The administration today yielded to vigorous demands of the House Republican leadership to slash $20,000,000,000 from its request for a national debt ceil ing of $260,000,000,000 and the House Ways and Means Commit tee immediately reported a bill setting the limit at $240,000,000. 000. The present limit is $210, 000,000,000. Earlier, Undersea etary of the Treasury Daniel W. Bell had told the committee “it would be all right with us" to make the cutback, with the understanding that the admin istration will make a request for a still higher ceiling early next year. The administration originally asked that the limit be boosted to $260,000,000,000 on an assumption the debt would reach $258.000 000,000 by June 30, 1945. However, when Republican mem bers of the committee insisted on a cutback and Representative Dewey, Republican, of Illinois, asked Mr. Bell if a limit of $2^0,000.000.000 wouldn't be sufficient until next March, when the new Congress is in session, the Treasury official replied. "We would be perfectlv willing to do this and come back in January to ask for a new ceiling.” Before the hearing opened. Repre sentative Knutson of Minnesota said he and some other Republican mem bers would seek an intermediate figure. "On every side we see waste and extravagance that runs into hun dreds of millions if not into billions of dollars.” Mr. Knutson declared. “Even if we would set the limit at $500,000,000,000. the Roosevelt ad ministration would reach it if given a little time. It's up to us to see that the administration is not given any more than is absolutely neces sary.” He said the public debt still was some $19,000,000,000 under the pres ent limit, but Chairman Doughton said the limitation would have to be increased because of future bond sales. 'World Budget Bureau' Proposed at ILO Parley B> ihe Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA. May 8.—Henry Harriman. United States employers' delegate to the International Labor Organization conference, proposed today the creation of an "Interna tional Budget Bureau" to handle the budget problems of various interna tional organizations. "The International Budget Bu reau should be entirely independent of the 'society of nations.' to pass upon the financial requirements of •society itself,' and of each of its affiliates, and submit a combined budget to the member nations." he said. He added that he planned to ask ILO support of the proposal. He did not amplify his term "society of nations." Highest Court to Review Associated Press Case By the Associated Press. The Supreme Court today an nounced it would review the case of the Government against the Asso ciated Press, jointly appealed by the Government and the Associated Press. No date was set for the hearing. The court also granted a 9th Fed eral Circuit Court request that itj consider the appeal of Mitsuye Endo. American woman citizen of Jap anese descent, who seeks release from a War Relocation Authority center in California. Finnish Harbor Is Raided Kotka Horbor. east of Helsink’ on the south coast of Finland, was raided by 20 dive bombers this morning, the Finnish communique announced. The communique was recorded by United States Govern ment monitors from a Finnish broadcast. President Gets Report on Bills Before Congress Situation 'Getting Along Very Well/ Leaders Declare E! the AssocUtrc* Pre*i. Back on the job after a month’! vacation on a South Carolina plantation, President Roosevelt conferred with congressional leaders today on the legislative situation and heard that things were “getting along very well.’’ Senate Majority Leader Barkley said the Chief Executive had recom mended no new legislation. Ha saw no indication that Mr. Roose velt would do so any time soon. There was no talk, he asserted, about congressional inquiries into the Government's seizure of the Montgomery Ward & Co. Chicago plant. "We apprised the President of the status of legislation in both Houses, “Senator Barkley asserted, "which is getting along very well.” Senator Barkley reported that tha Chief Executive was “looking fine, indeed" after his stay at Hobcaw Barony, Bernard M. Baruch's plan tation at Georgetown, S. C. Wallace Talks With President. With Senator Barkley at the White House were Vice President Wallace, Speaker Rayburn and House Majority Leader McCor mack. Mr. Wallace remained a few minutes after the others left. Asked whether he had discussed with Mr. Roosevelt a projected trip to China which Mr. Wallace is planning in the next few months, the Vice President replied that "naturally it came up.” After the legislative review in his study. Mr. Roosevelt moved over to his offices for conferences with Undersecretary of State Stettinius, recently returned from London, and with Secretary of State Hull. Secretary -Hull met the Chief Executives special train when it pulled in yesterday morning and brought him up to date on inter national affairs. The President told reporters ha was feeling a great deal better than when he left Washington a month ago to recuperate from weeks of illness. He said no traces were left of influenza or bronchitis. Just to make sure of that, hia physician. Vice Admiral Ross T. Mc Intire. will subject him to another complete physical checkup some time this week. Admiral Mclntire said, however, he was sure Mr. , Roosevelt's health is as good riow as it was a year ago. Satisfied With Condition. "My own feeling,” Admiral Mc lntire said, "is that we gained everything we expected from a four week rest and I am perfectly satis fied with his physical condition.” The President had intended to stay only two weeks at Mr. Baruch's plantation, but he liked the climate and seclusion. The President spent about 12 hours a day sleeping. He worked, when he felt like it. on official pa pers flown down from Washington. And he found time for long hours in the sun, for fishing trips or for drives to some of the 27 other plan tations in Georgetown County. The presidential fishing luck was relatively poor at Bobcaw Barony. Mr. Roosevelt got a few bass from fresh - water ponds, a low catfish from the Black and Waccamaw Rivers and some bluefish and bonita when he cruised 15 miles into the Atlantic on a Coast Guard patrol boat. Brief Dairy of Vacation. Here is an abbreviated diary of the presidential vacation: April 9—Arrived from Washing ton by special train, motored to plantation, fished from pier. April 10—Fishing from pier halted by rain. April 11—Morning fog lifted to permit three hours’ fishing from Coast Guard patrol boat in after noon. No luck. April 12—Fished from pier in morning. Crabbed from motor whaleboat in afternoon. Fishing uck bad. crabbing luck fair. April 13—Fished from pier, caught only eels. To bed immediately after dinner. April 14—Fished up Peedee River in afternoon. Bites only from mos quitoes. Worked on mail. April 15—Fishing and boating rained out. Worked on papers and stamp collection. Franklin D. Roose velt. jr„ came in from Miami Beach and remained for dinner. April 16—Trolled from patrol boat in Winyah Bay without success, re < S ee “ROOSEVELT. 1Page A-2.) D. C. and Nearby Areas To Black Out Tonight Washington and nearbv Mary land and Virginia will black out to night in the waning twilight after sunset. Certain defense personnel will be given their confidential warning ithe yellow at 8:30 p.m. The steady blast of the "blue” signal, at which lights arc to be ex tinguished or blacked out. will come at 8:50 p m The wavering "red" signal, at which all traffic must stop and pedestrians take shelter, will come at 9:10 p.m. The steady "blue" signal—at w^hich traffic may resume and pedestrians leave their shelter—at 9:20 p.m. The blackout will continue, however, un til the “all clear” signal sounds at 9:50 p.m. Porter M. Lumpkins, executive di rector of Civilian Defense, empha sized today that the regulations on blacking out are still in force. A light visible from the street from 8:50 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. is a viola tion. The lest will cover the Disirici, Prince Georges. Montgomery and Charles Counties in Maryland, and Alexandria City, Fairfax and Ar lington Counties in Virginia. It will be Washington's 29th air raid test and 19th blackout.