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Clouds, occasional showers tonight. To morrow afternoon thundershowers. Temperatures today—Highest, 86. at 1:30 p.m.; lowest. 69. at 6:20 a m. Yes terday—Highest, 92, at 4:30 p.m. (rec ord for year"); lowest, 65. at 4 am. Late New York Markets, Page A-15. Guide for Readers Page. After Dark.B-l# Amusements ..B-l« Comics.B-14-15 Editorials .A-* Editor! Articles, A-9 .Finance ...A-15 Page. Lost and Found, A-3 Obituary _A-18 Radio _B-1S Society_B-3 Sports .A-12-13 Woman’s Page..B-8 An Associated Press Newspaper 92d YEAR. No. 36,546. WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, ^IAY 23, 1944—THIRTY-TWO PAGES. *** Wi&hin cton T'TTTJTT'TT PTT'AJHPQ «v* CWTS and Suburb* X Xl XV Hi Hi IjHiIN X o. Kluwhtra m Simultaneous Push on Hitler Line Opened From East by 8th Army Nazis Yield Pico, Strong Point in Center of Front (Map on Page A-6.) By the Associated Press. ALLIED HEADQUARTERS, Na ples, May 23.—The 5th Army on the Anzio beachhead smashed forward today in a mighty offen sive and simultaneously the 8th Army drove against the Hitler Line from the east, opening a new phase of the battle in Italy to crush the German armies. At the same time other 5th Army forces hammered Nazi defenses on the coastal sector—only 22 miles below the beachhead. Lt. Gen. Mark W. Clark personally directed the assault of the beach head force, which has been swollen by reinforcements. The 8th Army opened a renewed battering assault on the reinforced Hitler Line on the main front, and Americans on the coastal sector seized more mountain heights guard ing the Appian Way approach to the beachhead. (Berlin declared Pico—pivot stronghold in the center of the main front—had been evacuated.) Bombers Spearhead Attack. Between 500 and 700 heavy bomb ers and many other planes ham mered at German troops and tanks and targets within a 50-mile radius of Rome in a thunderous spearhead for the beachhead offensive. A battle front dispatch declared “the whole Lirl Valley seemed to erupt today’’ as the 8th Anny at i 1 ■■■ ■ • Bracken Declares Nazis Are Getting Thrashing in Italy By the Associated Press. LONDON May 23.—Minister of Information Brendan Bracken said today the fighting in Italy “is beyond all descrip tion” and “the Germans are receiving one of the greatest thrashings in their history from the forces under Gen. Sir Harold Alexander.” tacked Hitler Line bastions some 40 miles east of the beachhead. “The battle in Italy has started upon a new phase,” Allied headquar ters declared. “An attack by the 5th ' Army beachhead force started early in the morning, May 23, in conjunction with an attack by the 8th Army against the Hitler Line and contin ued action by the 5th Army on the coastal sector.” Concentrations Bombed. Leading the "beachhead attack, Allied light bombers and fighters bombed Nazi concentrations on an 8-mile stretch of dry river bed near the rail line north of Cisterha, Ger man fortress city In the center astride the Appian Way, and swooped low to strafe the Germans, i The Swiss radio said the Allies, hitting On the eastern edge of the beachhead, had reached Lake Fogliano, and that an attack was “Developing successfully in the direction of Littoria” due north of the lake.) No Details Available. The Allied statement added that details of the day’s fighting on the beachhead were yet available. The hail of bombs, cannon shells aAd bullets from the Allied air arm pacing the ground assault ripped at ene®y tanks, vehicles and troops, with Liberators and Flying Fort 1 C5ses joining in blows against Ger f^A ground forces and transporta tion lines. Practically every type of Allied Plane wag flung into the task of carving a path for offensive in one of history’s greatest aerial on slaughu in sUpport 0f ground troops. rftere *ere no German fighters when the heavy bombers attacked. Prior to the Allied headquarters German broadcasts B®*a Army on the beachhead attacked after 'intensive artillery southwest and west of Aprilia and in cisterna-Littoria sector. M 111_I V quarters declared the Germans have thrown their full re serve strength south 0f Rome into Lm* battle, and the Al 1 ed main and beachhead armies are engaging 17 Ka/j divisions, some of them already badly mauled. 8th Army C*Minues Gains. nothin!* Am«'ican advances the British 8th Army penetr&tM thp Nn7i rip Valley farther nortb«ast in the Liri wert ofcSn? t^ont€. 4 miles clinging to stron-8 (Shfts^wtille «h Army troopsMnclngg^f^ (See ITALY, PjgTXA) Two Killed, 38 injured In Kentucky BusCrash By the Associated Press COVINGTON, Ky.. Mav 33 - A Southeastern Greyhound bus load ed with 60 passengers, sj^ed off he road at Port MltclSJearly' injuring Tother “rso*^1*** 3nd The driver, Huge Conlee, 42 0f Cincinnati, died in a hospitalbe xore he could give authorities an ac count of the accident. had bepn slu'ng ?onees’ was the other victim. Most of the injured were residents of Kentucky and Ten nessee. 3,500 Allied Planes Hammer Objectives in Nazi Europe 5,000 Tons of Explosives Hit Airdromes, Freight Yards in Reich and France By the Associated Press. LONDON, May 23.—Approxi mately 3,500 Allied planes bat tered Hitler’s Europe today in a day-long assault in which more than 5,000 tons of explosives were loosed on German air dromes, freight yards and other military objectives in the fifth day of the renewed preinvasion aerial offensive. An armada of up to 750 American Liberators and Flying Fortresses began the daylight smashes in a dawn attack on French and German target,? after more than 1,000 British night bombers had hit Dortmund and Brunswick, in Germany, and other continental objectives. Of the more than 1,700 planes— including fighters — making the American daylight raid, three bombers and three fighters failed to return. The British night attacks cost 35 RAF planes. Targets of the American attacks included rail yards at Epinal and Chaumont and airdromes at Avord, Orleans-Bricy, Bourges, Etampes Mondesire, Caen and Chateaudun, all. in France. Targets within Ger many were not identified imme diately. The great force of American fight ers—more than 1.000 escorted the big bombers on the morning mis sions—kept German opposition at a respectable distance, and the headquarters announcement said that only one bomber formation encountered German fighter oppo sitlon, and this was scattered by the (See RAIDS, Page A-5.) Preinvasion Tension Increases as Britain Cancels More Trains Thousands of Civilians Left Stranded; Troops Are Given Priority By the Associated Press. LONDON, May 23.—New inva sion tenseness gripped troop packed Britain today as further drastic cuts in main line pas senger train schedules left thou sands of civilians stranded in stations. Train timetables throughout the country were put on a virtual day to-day basis. Troops were given priority on trains still running. Farewells between soldiers and their wives and sweethearts were more poignant than ever before. At some stations as many as 50 trains were canceled without fore warning—some on busy suburban routes. “We are in the hands of the authorities,” was the only ex planation officials at one London' station would give. The appearance of German air scouts over Britain early today, ap parently seeking to spot military preparations, added to the sense of invasion imminency. Six of the enemy planes were brought down. Nazi radio warnings and Reassur ances about the impending invasion included an estimate that 3,500,000 troops are poised in the south of England for a thrust against the continent, the biggest Nazi estimate thus fai. Berlin radio broadcast an article by Col. Ritter von Schramm in the Berlin Borsen Zeitung conceding the Allies would excel in power and weight of equipment in the opening phases of the assault but said “fast armored forces are standing by for counterattacks against any threat ened points and to isolate penetra tions. The Allies hardly will be able to outflank us immediately after the landing.” United States Army field com manders were in possession of a 24 page booklet from headquarters urg ing their full co-operation with war correspondents in sending an ac curate report of the fighting speedily back home to counteract Nazi propa ganda. The booklet stressed that war cor respondents were sharing the dan gers of the war along with the troops to get news of their activities to the folks at home. Temperature Is Expected To Hit 90s Again Today Another day of high temperature was in store for the District today, with the temperature expected to reach the 90s. Yesterday the mer cury soared to 92 degrees, a new high for the year. John Tinsbloom, 70, of 1130 Morse street N.E., was found unconscious on the sidewalk in the 700 block Eighth street S.E. suffering from heat prostration. He was removed to Casualty Hospital, where his con dition was described as fair. Yesterday’s 92-degree high was registered at 4:30 p.m. Previous high for the year was on May 16. when the temperature registered 90 de grees. Income Tax Collections More Than Double 1943 B.v the Associated Press. Individual income tax collections totaled $15,112,875,000 in the first 10 months of this fiscal year, more than double the amount collected in the entire previous year. During the same period, a Treas ury statement said today, normal corporation taxes totaled $5,088,811, 000. almost as much as in the whole previous year. Excess profits tax collections for the period were $6 - 859.645.000, or almost $800,000 more than in the entire previous year. Total internal revenue collections through April were $31,935,709,000, almost double the total for the same period a year ago and $9,564,323,000 more than in all of last year. Old Burma Road Cut By Chinese Forces; Jap Base Isolated Enemy Garrison Is Reported Wiped Out In Salween Advance By the Associated Press. CHUNGKING, May 23.—The Chinese high command an nounced today that Chinese forces striking for the Burma border from the Salween River have cut the old Burma road at Chefang, only 28 miles from the Burma frontier. The Chinese victory isolated the main enemy Burma road base at Lunling, 35 miles to the northeast, by cutting its supply route from Mandalay. A communique said the Japanese garrison at Chefang was encircled and wiped out by the ad vancing Chinese. These forces driving westward across Yunnan Province in Western China now stand less than 100 air line miles from American and Chi nese forces in North Burma engag ing the Japanese in hand-to-hand combat for Myitkyina. Rain Hampers Operations. Heavy rains are continuing to de lay operations around Myitkyina and there has been no material change in the battle for that Jap anese base, already one-third occu pied by Allied troops, a communi que from Lt. Gen. Joseph W. Stil well’s headquarters announced. “The slow work of eliminating savagely resisting pockets of Japa nese, who evidently are prepared to die in their dugouts and behind log intrenchments, continued,” the bul letin said. In the Mogaung Valley northwest of Myitkyina. the communique said, the Japanese renewed attempts to reinforce their men isolated at Wa rong, but twice were thrown back. rockets of Resistance Wiped Out. West of the Mogaung River sev eral pockets of Japanese resistance were reported wiped out southwest of Malakawng. / “Six to eight Japanese dead were left behind in each place, the com munique added. The Chinese advance which cut the old Burma road also severed the enemy’s chief means of supplying forces in Southwestern China. There is an alternate route from Tengchung to Bhamo, in Burma, but it is only a trail and far inferior to the old road. Other Chinese forces north of the Burma road were reported con tinuing their attacks on Japanese garrisons surrounded at Chaikung tang and Tatangtzu, where the en emy’s supplies were said to be “criti cally low.” More tnan 200 enemy dead were counted by the conquerors of Che fang, the communique said, adding that heavy rains had slowed opera tions over the entire area. U. S. Flyers Destroy 213 Jap Aircraft SOUTHEAST ASIA HEADQUAR TERS. KANDY. Ceylon, May 23 UP). —Long-range American Mustang and Lightning fighters have de stroyed 213 Japanese aircraft—78 in combat and 135 aground—in attacks on enemy airfields in Burma in the last 10-weeks at a cost of three fighters, an Allied resume said to day. In addition, the review said, 31 enernv planes probably have been destroyed and 58 have been dam aged. These one-sided successes were attributed in part to constant de velopment of new combat methods, the secret of which was not dis closed. “The Japanese have varied their defensive tactics, but we always have gone one better,” the review declared. “Ten weeks after the start of the offensive we can still destroy 16 aircraft in one day. “The enemy has yet to find an answei to this completely new phase of the air war in Burma.” At the outset of the Allied aerial offensive, the Japanese frequently were taken by surprise and many of their planes were caught on the ground, but more recently—perhaps through the use of detection devices —they have been taking the air in attempts to intercept the raiders. Record Budget Of $68,585,607 Asked for D. C. Report Urges City Be Assessed Less on Park and Zoo Costs By DON S. WARREN. A record-breaking 1945 Dis trict budget of $68,585,607 that would liquidate all municipal in debtedness and set up a $5,000, 000 investment fund for postwar public works, without any in crease in taxes, was laid before the House today by the Ap propriations Committee. It is scheduled for House action to morrow. Highlighting the report of the District Appropriations Subcom mittee, head by Representative Cof fee. Democrat, of Washington, were recommendations that the Commis sioners seek legislation or rules which would: 1. Relieve District taxpayers of the present entire cost of main tenance and development of the Zoo where more than half of its visitors are non-residents: Public Parks Control. 2. Provide to some degree a more definite line of demarcation of au thority between the Commissioners and the Interior Department as to control over' the public parks sys tem in the District, on the grounds that the present dual control “does not serve the best interests”'of the taxpayers, and 3. Afford to the Commissioners tighter control over the “financial execution” of the budget for the 26 “apparently independent” depart ments, commissions and boards in the municipal establishment that employ some 7,000 persons or al most 50 per cent of the District personnel. Also, on the general suggestion of centralizing municipal control under the Commissioners, the re port protests that salaries of em ployes of the Washington Aqueduct (water supply system, under con trol of Army Engineer officers) were upgraded $38,303 "apparently with out consultation” with municipal financial officials and without resort to “regular channels.” While approving funds for the in creased salaries, the Coffee Com mittee added: “So long as operating and capital outlay costs of the aqueduct are borne by the District, all major administrative changes involving appropriations should be cleared with the Commissioners be fore they are consummated.” Urge Water System Control. Going further. Chairman Coffee and Representative Stefan, the ranking minority member of the funds group, urged during the hear ings that the District should take over ownership and control of the entire water system, including the supply division. Recommending an appropriation of $1,079,700 for the National Capi tal Parks, an increase of $24,440 over current appropriations and a D. C.-OWNED WATER system ad vantage claimed by Representative Cochran. Page B-l POSTWAR NEEDS in public wel fare outlined to House Committee. Page B-I HIGH LIGHTS of recent House hearing? on District appropriation bill._ Page_B-l decrease or $8,177 from the budget estimates, the Coffee subcommittee brought out that 60 per cent of the costs are carried by District tax payers and added: “It is the judgment of the com mittee that this dual authority over a public park system does not serve the best interests of the taxpayers and accordingly suggests to the District Commissioners that legis lation, which would in some degree provide for a more definite line of demarcation in authority, be sought through the proper legislative chan nels.” As to the Zoo, the committee de clared: “Testimony developed before the committee indicates that this park is more of a national than a municipal undertaking, and the committee is of the belief that the entire financial responsibility for this maintenance and improvement should not be placed on the tax payers of the District. According ly, it is suggested that the Commis sioners review the entire situation, surrounding the operation of the National Zoological Park and at tempt whatever action they deem appropriate to allocate the cost of operation on both a municipal and national basis.” Exceeds Budget Estimates. Reflecting the quirks of wartime municipal finance, labor shortages and the continued blockade of most all construction not deemed vital to the war effort, the supply bill calls for a total outlay that exceeds the Budget Bureau estimates by more than $1,000,000 and is more than $10,400,000 above appropriations for the current fiscal year. On the surface, these intriguing increases establish what old-timers say are brand-new records, yet actually the House Committee slashed roughly $900,000 from items in the budget requests. An Increase < Continued~on~ Page A-6. Col. 1.) | A Popular Conception of Mr. Wallace's Trip to Chinq Sedition Jury Is Told Trial Seeks to Hide 'Crimes' of New Deal Defense Counsel Says He Will Prove Stalin 'Controls Roosevelt' In reply to the Government’s promise to prove that the 29 defendants in the mass sedition case conspired with Nazi leaders to overthrow American democ racy, a defense attorney, Henry H. Klein, said in an opening statement to the jury in District Court today that the defense would show this prosecution was started “to cover up the crimes of President Roosevelt and his administration.” Mr. Klein said it would be proved that Premier Stalin, who had “com plete control” over Mr. Roosevelt, had only to say the word for a Com munist government to be set up in this country. When preliminary defense state ments were completed, Chief Prose cutor O. John Rogge demanded that such assertions as Mr. Klein made be stricken from the record and all defense counsel be warned to avoid them in the future. The motive for the prosecution, Mr. Rogge insisted, was entirely irrevelant, as was well established in law. When Mr. Rogge declared men were dying in Italy “to undo what the defendants were trying their best to do,” a bitter wave of objec tions swept from the defense tables. One after another defense attorneys rose in protest. Will Fight “Political” Phase. The prosecutor indicated the Gov ernment would fight every attempt to make the case “the political trial” many defendants and their lawyers have called it. Lawrence Dennis, a defendant acting as his own attorney, said the Government had “challenged us to a political, historical and ideologi cal debate,” and was trying to con duct it with only its side heard. The matter was still under dis cussion when Chief Justice Edward C. Eicher adjourned court for the luncheon recess. The jury had been sent out during the argument. Mr. Klein said he would show that in 1940 and 1941, while this country was at peace with Germany, President Roosevelt and his inner circle tried to overthrow the Ger man government, and that the (See SEDITION, Page A-2.) Warren and Hull Confer on Bolivia Subject of Recognition Reported Under Study The subject of United States rec ognition of the revolutionary re gime in Bolivia came under review today when Avra Warren, Ambassa dor to Panama, returned here from a special mission to La Paz and immediately went into conference with Secretary of State Hull at his home. The special envoy’s arrival was announced by Undersecretary Ed ward R. Stettinius, who said Mr. Hull and other State Department officials now are in consultation with Mr. Warren. It is too early, Mr. Stettinius added, to make any other comment at this time. Press reports from Bolivia said Mr. Warren talked extensively dur ing his stay there with Maj. Gual berto Vallaroel, head of the govern ment that seized power from Presi dent Enrique Penaranda last De cember, and other government of ficials, as well as with business and professional men. During the period of Mr. Warren's visit, the Bolivian regime rounded up 83 Germans and Japanese, be lieved to be the spearhead of the pro-Axis forces in the country, and deported them by plane to the United States. The United States broke diplo matic relations with Bolivia fol lowing the revolutionary coup last December, believing the new regime to be under Axis influence. Revolver Found in Lind's Car Was Doctor's Own, Welch Says Miller's Attorney Outlines Case of Self-Defense and Temporary Insanity By NORMAN A. KAHL. The dull-black revolver found in a white envelope on the auto mobile seat beside the body of Dr. John E. Lind shortly after he was fatally shot February 21 by Robert I. Miller was the property of the psychiatrist, had been lying on the seat next to him ‘‘for days, and the doctor threat ened to use it,” Defense Counsel H. Mason Welch today told the jury of 11 men and 1 woman hearing the first-degree murder charge against the 67-year-old Police Court lawyer. The assertion that the second gun was Dr. Lind’s came as Mr. Welch was outlining a combination de fense of temporary insanity, self defense and a strong undercurrent of the extra-legal “unwritten law.” Miller fired at Dr. Lind, the attor ney said, wily after the psychiatrist threatened to shoot him and reached for the second gun. Mr. Welch charged that Dr. Lind had been known to carry a gun for some time before the murder and that on one occasion when he and Mrs. Miller were visiting some friends he exhibited a blstek gun which looked like the weapon found on the seat of the car. The attorney said two witnesses would be called to testify that at that time Dr. Lind made the state men: “I think I could handle a gun better than Miller. If Miller comes around and any one gets killed it won’t be me. I’m not worrying about myself, but about Marguerite. If Miller does show up I expect to see and get him first.” r Mr. Welch said witnesses would also tell of seeing Dr. Lind on two occasions in a restaurant trans ferring a gun from one pocket to another. Miller of “Unsound Mind.” . He said “competent experts” would be called to show that Miller was “01 unsound mind.” "Now a man of unsound mind can shoot in self-defense,’1 Mr. Welch said. “He can see a threat (See MILLER, Page A-5.) Tax Bill Simplifying Burden for 50 Million Sent fo White House New Measure to Spare 30 Million the Trouble Of Making Any Return By the Associated Press. In an emphatic answer to the annual March tax howl over decimals and digits. Congress today sent to the White House legislation simplifying the re turn process for 50,000,000 in come taxpayers. Leaders said the President cer tainly will sign the “streamliner” into law. Passed unanimously by the House, and by a voice vote in the Senate— thus setting a popularity record for a major tax measure—the “painless” tax bill would relieve some 30,000,000 persons of the necessity of ever com puting another Federal income tax return. Iri addition it simplifies tax paying procedures for the 20,000,000 others. Final action came as the House, on a motion by Chairman Doughton of the Ways and Means Committee, accepted technical Senate amend ments. The measure rearranges the whole individual income tax structure, dis carding the two-year-old wartime “Victory” tax and setting new normal and surtax rates and ex emptions—while keeping actual tax burdens at substantially present levels for most persons. Effective next January 1, the with holding system would be adjusted to take the full tax liability for wage and salary persons earning up to $5,000. Thus the withholding levy would become the actual tax, begin ning next year, for 30.000.000 tax payers. They would owe no more at the end of the tax year. No change would be made in amounts withheld from pay en velopes this year, but the Govern ment itself would compute the taxes on 1944 income for those with wages and salaries of $5,000 and less. The measure would add some 150,000 new taxpayers earning be tween $555 and $624, while reshift ing to the status of income taxpay ers approximately 9,000.000 persons now subject to the Victory tax, but with incomes not large enough to come under present Income levies. Gabreski Bags 3 Planes, Boosting Total to 22 By the Associated Press. LONDON, May 23.—Lt. Col. Fran cis Gabreski of Oil City, Pa., shot down three Focke-Wulf 190s yester day in dogfights over Europe to boost his total of kills to 22. Strike at Chrysler Plant Is Called Off By Local Union Heads 12,000 Ordered to Return; 1,900 Parke Davis Workers Leave Jobs MORE THAN 40 LUMBER mills in Northwest closed by strikes. Page A-3 Ey the Associated Press. DETROIT, May 23. —The Chrysler Corp. .strike causing idleness for nearly 12,000 war workers was called off suddenly today by the Executive Board of Local 490, United Automobile Workers (CIO). Ordering strikers back to work, the locai’s Executive Board took its action a day before its membership was to appear before the parent UAW-CIO's highest councils “with facts and witnesses” to explain the strike. President R. J. Thomas and co officials of the UAW-CIO had or dered the local’s leaders to appear before the UAW-CIO’s International Executive Board tomorrow. At the same time, George F. Addes, in ternational secretary-treasurer, had urged employes to disregard picket lines and enter the affected plants. Jobs at Stake, Thomas Warns. A meeting of the rank and file membership had been calleiji for to night by Mr. Thomas, with a warn ing that “your jobs and your union are at stake.” The strike had been carried on in defiance of a War Labor Board return-to-work order. A qompany announcement today had placed the total of idle at 11.785. Meanwhile, production of penicil lin, blood plasma and other medical supplies was halted at two Detroit plants of Parke Davis & Co. as 1,900 employes carried out a strike au thorized last Saturday in a National Labor Relations Board election. At least 2,600 more workers were idle in two disputes at Saginaw and Muskegon. Raised Demanded. Parke Davis employes, members of the United Gas, Coke & Chemical Workers’ Union (CIO), voted to strike to enforce demands including a general 10-cent-an-hour raise, a reclassification of jobs and a union shop. The Saginaw dispute, with 1,300 idle at a Chevrolet transmission division forge plant, concerns no smoking rules and a change in a shift starting time. At Muskegon 1,300 remained away from work at the Campbell, Wyant & Cannon Foundry Co. in a dispute over the discharge of 22 employes who, the company said, walked out to enforce demands for a wage in crease. Senate Hears U. S. Transferred Cruiser to Reds Bridges Demands Truth on Reports Of Naval Gift By the Associated Press. Senator Bridges, Republican, of New Hampshire told the Sen ate today he was informed that an American cruiser had been transferred to Russia, and de manded to know the truth of such reports. Asserting that some actions of the Government have been “dis turbing the minds of the people,'* Senator Bridges said he thought the people were entitled to know if naval transfers had been made as “a part of our patchwork policy of appeasing Russia.” “Reports have reached me that one or more units of the American Navy have been transferred to Rus sia,” Senator Bridges said. “I have heard of one particular cruiser and attempts have been made to seek either a confirmation or a denial of this information which has been bandied about among many people for the past few days.” Other Supplies a Different Matter. Asserting that substantial sup plies of tanks, planes, guns, ammu nition, food, machinery and other vital materials had gone to "Russia under lease-lend, Senator Bridges said that the transfer of any part of the Navy to Russia “is a wholly different story.” "This is particularly true,” the New Hampshire Senator said in a prepared address, “when we are en gaged in an all-out war with Japan, which by its nature, will be prin cipally a naval war.” Noting that Russia is at peace with Japan, Senator Bridges stated that Russia and Japan had signed a non-aggression pact which will not expire until April, 1946, and added: “I cannot understand the purpose for this transfer of part of our Navy unless it is a part of our patchwork policy of appeasing Russia. "I think that the American Con gress and the American people are entitled to a forthright statement clarifying the entire matter and telling us whether we have trans ferred any units' of the American Fleet and the reasons for it." Promised Italian Ships. President Roosevelt announced several weeks ago that Russia would obtain the equivalent of a portion of the Italian fleet taken over by the Allies. He did not specify how this would be accomplished. Under the Lease-Lend Act Mr. Roosevelt is empowered to transfer to the enemies of democracy any kind of war material or equipment, including warships of any type or category. Small warships have been built within the last 12 months in Ameri can yards for Norway^ the Nether lands and the French. The ships were handed to these members of the United Nations to help the other Allied men-of-war defeat the Nazi submarine menace. Carnegie Steel Acquitted Of Falsifying Records By the Associated Press. PITTSBURGH, May 23.—A Fed eral Court jury today acquitted the Camegie-Illinois Steel Corp. of a Government charge of concealing and falsifying records of tests on steel plates. The verdict was reached last night by the jury of six women and six men, and opened in court this morning. Yesterday, Federal Judge R. M. Gibson threw out another charge, alleging destruction of records at the corporation's Irvin works. The charges grew out of an in vestigation by the Truman Senate Investigating Committee in 1943. Late Bulletins Beer License Denied The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board today denied an application for a beer li cense at the Anacostia golf course clubhouse, which has had a license for the last 10 years. The board held that two new conditions had arisen: Erection of the new Kramer Junior High School and direction to school chil dren to use the swimming pool adjacent to the field house. (Earlier Story on Page B-l.) Senate Passes Alley Bill The Senate today passed and sent to the House the Bilbo-Burton bill amending the District Alley Dwelling Act to postpone for one year from July 1 the deadline on occupancy of Washington's alley dwellings. (Earlier Story on Page B-l.) Would Ban Radio Sponsors A ban on the commercial sponsorship of news broad casts by both commentators and announcers was included in a series of sweeping amend ments to the Federal Com munications Act presented today for the consideration of the Senate Interstate Com merce Committee. It was drafted by Chairman Wheeler and Senator White, Repub lican, of Maine.