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Charier Drive Timed
To Avoid Service
Vote, Foes Charge
The Citizens Committee to defeat
the charter last night defined th<
campaign for a charter for Mont
gomery County aa a "sneak attempt"
by the procharter group to change
the county's form of government
while nearly 11,000 service men and
women are serving with the armed
“The Charterites,” the committee
said, “planned their campaign sc
that voting on the charter would
come this November, a time when
those eligible for duty would be In
the armed forces.”
The committee added that in ad
dition to planning the charter
vote at a time when nearly 11,000
resident*- would be away from the
county .the charter proponents have
objected to a letter to servicemen
and women, written by the com
mittee to urge them to vote against
the charter.
Time of Campaign Cited.
The campaign for the charter was
first held in 1942, .during the 11
months after Pearl Harbor, the
committee pointed out. Under the
Maryland constitution the final
vote would have to be In 1944. “Ob
viously,” the committee added, “the
Charterites planned to completely
change the county government to a
form never tried before, with total
disregard for the 11,000 servicemen
and women.”
The committee said that only
8,044 county residents voted in 1942
to submit the charter to final vote
this fall, or 3,000 fewer than are
now away from home serving in the
armed forces. "This illustrates how
oblivious to the rights and interests
of other people these Charterites
really are,” the committee said.
In its attack on the committee’s
letter to servicemen, the procharter
group said the letter called the
charter form of government “un
tried,” but failed to mention that
this system of government is suc
cessfully employed in more than 600
cities, towns and counties through
out the United States.
Statement Called Misleading.
"This, like so many of the char
terites’ contentions, is totally mis
leading and generally untrue,” the
committee said. "Procharter people
themselves claim only that seven
out of over 3,000 American counties
have county managers, and have
never claimed that any American
county has a charter-councll-county
manager form of government. If
there are such counties, the profes
sors and the procharter publicity
brigade ought to be able to find
them, name them and tell the
county voters about them.
“In no American county,” the
committee contended, “have the
voters been deprived of their fran
chise to the extent that the pro
posed Montgomery County charter
would do. None of the cities and
towns in the United States that
have councils and city managers
have any plan generally similar to
the council-manager setup pro
posed in the charter.
“Wfc ascertain,” theJSmnORee:
said, “that no statement or allega
tion about the pending charter con
tained in the letter to servicemen
is inaccurate or untrue.”
British w Settle Score'' -
With Japs, Eden Says
By the Associated Pres*.
LONDON, Sept., 9.—Foreign Sec
retary Anthony Eden said today
victory over Germany was near,
"but we still have the Japanese to
deal with and mean to play to the
full our part in bringing them to
Speaking to constitutents at
Kenilworth, the Foreign Secretary
"We have scores of our own to
settle with the Japanese. They have
overrun vast territories which
formed part of the British Common
wealth and Empire and we are de
termined, as with Germany, to see
that our victory is utterly complete.”
Japs Aim to Continue
At Peace With Soviet
Ey the Associated Press.
NEW YORK, Sept. 9—Mamoru
Shigemitsu, Japanese foreign min
ister, told the Japanese Diet today
"the present realistic interest dic
tates that Japan and the Soviet
Union remain neutral countries.”
The Tokyo radio, hoard by the
Office of War Information, quoted
Shigemitsu as saying “it is our in
tention to keep on friendly terms”
with Russia. The statement was in
reply to a request for comment
on Soviet-Japanese relations, the
broadcast said.
She's Back Again
Remember zany Oracle Al
len’s comments on the Repub
lican and Democratic conven
tions, as printed in The Star?
Well, Oracle has decided to
become a regular “columnist,”
■ at least five times a week. Her
first will appear tomorrow in
gening $iaf
Newsman Hears King Michael Tell Own Story
Of Events Surrounding Ouster of Antonescu
(Joseph Morton of the Asso
ciated Press was the first for
eign correspondent to reach Bu
charest after Romania broke
with Germany. He sent out the
first eye-witness account of the
entry of Russian troops and the
first story of the liberation of
more than lftOO American air
men. Then he spent poo days
with young King Michael and
Queen Mather Helen.)
(Copyright, 1044. by ANOdiM ftw.)
BUCHAREST, Sept 7 (Delayed).
—A handsome young king, the tifes
of his automobile screaming as he
whipped out of the palace driveway
and drove off Into the night, ex
changing shots with the enemy.
The stately queen mother riding
through the blackness to Jceep a
rendezvous with her son, fingering a
small pistol In her lap, vowing to
shoot first.
An iron-fisted dictator stripped of
his power, apoplectic with rage,
then cooled off in a fireproof vault
built to hold the royal stamp col
This was Romania the evening of
August 23—the historic Hour when
a small group of determined young
men transformed her from a dic
tatorship working for Hitler Into a
professedly liberal monarchy seek
ing to range herself with the
United Nations.
The full story of this adventurous
coup d'etat has been given the As
sociated Press, v
Reporter sees King.
Twenty-year-old King Michael
and his mother, Queen Helen, re
ceived me at the country villa where
they are living temporarily and
provided many of the details.
Baron Ion Mocsonyi - Styrcea,
youthful and dashing marshal of
the court and mystery man behind
the scenes, reenacted in the palace
itself some of the events of that
fateful evening. Other officers of
the court and members of the gov
ernment helped me put details to
gether while they were still fresh In
their minds.
This is the story as they gave It
to me:
No less than seven times, they
said, the king and his young collab
orators had planned similar coups,
the first early in 1942. In most of
these coups the' dictator, Marshal
Ion Antonescu, friend of the Axis,
was to have been overthrown. In
two or three it was planned that he
should be forced to break with Ger
many. For one reason or another,
all failed, but the circle of palace
plotters remained intact in spite of
everything the marshal could do to
break it up.
Mkhael Is Central Figure.
The central figure during all this
intrigue, the young king, kept his
young advisers close around him,
meanwhile provoking the German
minister by speaking English to
them, by riding around in an Amer
ican jeep, by openly befriending Al
lied fighters shot down in bomber
raids over the country. '
A secret radio set helped him
maintain contact with the United
snmqi. nr a n-est hid** n&
airplane was kept in readiness—4n
the event that complications forced
him to flee.
The Russian Army’s southwestern
was first set for August 36. But
while preparations were In an early
stage, Baron Styrcea, visiting a doc
tor's office at the same time as an
aide of Antonescu's, overheard a
telephone call that changed the
He learned that the marshal was
planning to leave shortly for the
front—where he would be out of
reach. So the date was moved up.
On August 23 after a late lunch,
Michael sent for Antonescu. He
arrived an hour late, following to
the letter his practice of keeping the
king waiting. He left his bullet
proof automobile, with glass an Inch
thick? a gift from Hitler, in the
courtyard. Several other automobiles
loaded with bodyguards parked
behind it.
King Awaita Dictator.
The king waited in his comfortable
stucco residence behind the main
palace buildings. He stood.In his
study, Gen. Constantin Sanatescu
beside him. Across the hall In an
other chamber sat Styrcea, Gregoire
Nicolescu Buzeti, young diplomat
destined to become foreign minister,
and 20-year-old Mirce Ionnitlu, the
king’s secretary and constant com
panion. In a third room an officer
and three members of the king’s
own palace battalion stood by.
Through a window Michael
watched the hard-featured marshal
—the man who had kept him a vir
tual prisoner for four years—walk
across the lawn from the palace.
When Antonescu came in they shook
From a room across the hall one
of the conspirators—chosen for the
task because his shoes didn't squeak
—tiptoed to a side door to listen.
With the stage thus set, one of
the most Important events In Ro
mania’s history took place.
This is what happened (as re
ported by Michael himself):
Michael: *T have a wire from
the front and the situation looks
disastrous. What are you going to
do about It? Are you or are you
not going through with the ar
Conditions to Be Met.
Antonescu: “Yes. I am going
through with it, but there are some
conditions to be met. I want a
guarantee from the Allies that they
wUl land in Romania and guaran
tee it for us against the Russians.”
Michftel: "That is so absurd it
is not worth discussing. How do
you expect the Allies to guarantee
us against their own allies?”
Antonescu: “I will not move. If
necessary. I will retire to Transyl
vania and fight there.”
Michael: “You will have to make
an armistice or resign. This time
you have gone too far.”
At this point Antonescu’s rising
temper overcame hilm. White With
rage, he was unable to speak.
Sanatescu tried to calm him.
Michael stalked out of the room.
Joining Styrcea. Buzestl and Ion
nltiu, he discussed the situation
with them for a few minutes and
all agreed that there was only one
course to follow. Styrcea called up
the soldiers and posted them at the
door of the study while >«*»**»
went back in.
Ithe King took up a position be
side a wide double window. Styrcea
and Ionnltlu, both excellent shots,
took pistols from their pockets
stepped in at the main doorway. '
“I am very sorry but I have ex
plained the situation to you and
you must make a choice,” Michael
said to Antohescu.
“1 will not resign and will not
King Michael of Romania and Queen Mother Helen,
pictured on a Bucharest street. —A. P. Wirephoto.
—A*. Wirephoto.
—AJ». Photo.
leave this country In the hands ol
people that I am not sure about,'
said Antonescu.
“Very well then,” said the King
reaching with his foot for a push
button hidden under the carpet
to summon the soldiers.
Before he could reach it, however
the soldiers tramped in.
“You dare to do this to me!"
exclaimed Antonescu, angrier than
"Fellow me,” the major of the
guard interrupted. He led the way
into the hall toward a back stair
way, pausing to pat Antonescu’s
pockets to make sure he was not
Antonescu roughly pushed the
officer’s hand away, crying furiously,
“I haven’t any arms,” and spat in
the major’s face. The officer did not
reply or strike back, but led the
way up the stair.
Halfway up, Antonescu turned
and screamed, “You will pay for
this; you will all be shot in the
The soldiers silently forced him
up the stair to a small fire-proof
vault King Carol had built to safe
guard his stamp collection.
Locked in Vault.
There were chairs, a table, a
pitcher of water and writing ma
terials in the vault. As Antonescu
stepped inside, the soldiers slammed
home the bolts.
Antonescu’s bodyguard remained
to be dealt with. They were loung
ing outside near his automobile and
readily accepted an Invitation to
come inside for coffee when they
were told that the conference was
to last for some time.
As they lifted their cups, the
servants slipped the pistols from
their holsters and pointed them at
the guards, who Immediately sur
Meanwhile, the palace troops took
up positions in high buildings over
looking the grounds. Machine guns
were mounted and tanks rolled into
place at strategic points.
At the same time others set a
trap for Antonescu’s leading col
laborator, summoning the first by
telephone and forcing him on ar
rival to call up another. Four or
five arrived and made calls, among
them the war minister and the
prefect of police. The possibility of
countermeasures to crush the revolt
vanished. All were imprisoned
within the palace grounds.
Armistice Announced.
Early in the evening the King put
the finishing touches to his procla
mation announcing an armistice and
the overthrow of- the dictatorship.
Styrcea left secretly to take news
to Juliu Manlu, of the National
Peasant party and a leader of long
standing. An hour or so later the
new government was formed without
ceremony, Manlu and. some of the
other ministers Joining the group
at the palace'.
At 10 p.m.. Just as the King’s proc
lamatlon was put on the air, Baron
Manfred von Klllinger, German min
ister to Romania, telephoned and
asked for an audience. Obviously
disturbed, he came almost immedi
ately, accompanied by Dr. Gerhard
Stelzer, counselor and political brain
of the Nazi legation.
Styrcea, receiving them, intro
duced Msniu, Buzeti and the other
ministers present. Von Klllinger
was contemptuous.
"You, a government?" he asked.
The audience with the King was
held in a room of the south wing
of the palace, Van Klllinger saluting
the young monarch but rudely,
taking a position of defiance, stand
ing with his hands on his hips.
Michael Faces Nasi.
Michael, unarmed, faced him
squarely, aware he was dealing with
a man who boasted of having killed
seven persons and was known to
millions as “the butcher.” •
Sanatescu, Buzeti and Styrcea,
fully armed, gathered around.
This conversation (as reported by
Michael) took place:
Von Klllinger: “I hear Antonescu
has been arrested. What is the
meaning of this?”
Michael: “Antonescu resigned.”
(Stretching the truth a point in an
effort to calm the German official
and thus gain time in . placing
Romanian troops throughout the
von Killinger: "Where is he?”
Michael: “That is a matter that
no longer concerns you.”.
Von Killinger (raising his voice
and making a face): “Don’t you
realize you are playing a dangerous
Michael: "What do you mean by a
dangerous game?”
Red Occupation Sugges^d.
Von Killinger: “Can’t you see the
Russians came down to occupy
Michael: “Whether Russia occu
pies us or not is Romania’s busi
Buzeti: “We would like to termi
nate relations with Germany peace
fully. We are thoroughly prepare^
to fight you, however, and advise
you not to attack.”
Von Killinger remained silent a
moment, apparently impressed by
Buzeti’s words. (Buzeti later said
he was pulling a colossal bluff.)
Then he laughed and walked from
the room followed by Steltzer, who
had not spoken a single word.
The German Minister was per
mitted to return to the legation
(where after the arrival of Russian
troops in the city he killed him
After Von Killinger was gone the
chief of the German military mis
sion, Gen. Hansen, came to the pal
ace with the Nazi air commander,
Gen. Alfred Gerstenberg. They were
requested to order their forces to
lay down their arms. The two of
ficers pointed out that all German
lines of communication already had
been cut and said compliance was
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Pepper Calls Series
Of Health Hearings
Starting Sept. IS
Chairman Pepper of the Senate
Committee on Wartime Health and
Education yesterday announced a
seoond aeries of public hearings will
be held on national health problems
September IS, 19 and 30.
Representatives of the organised
medical profession, industry and
labor-are scheduled to tastily, with
special attention devoted to the
significance of the selective service
physical examination data, methods
of improving distribution and qual
ity of medical care, hospital plan
ning and construction, and the
health needs of veterans.
A spokesman for the committee
said it was possible the poliomyelitis
epidemic might be discussed but if
so it probably would be incidental
at these hearings since they are to
be devoted to the broad national
health problems. However, he add
ed, later hearings are contemplated
which would deal with specific dis
ease problems.
Senator Pepper 'recalled that an
earlier series of hearings on the
national wartime health situation
disclosed “startling data” to the
effect that nearly 5,000,000 of the
Nation’s young men had been found
physically or mentally unfit for
service in the armed forces. He
added that constructive proposals
were offered to improve the national
health ao that In the future, in war
or peace, the Nation "would not be
similarly handicapped.” *
impossible without safe conduct
passes to leave Bucharest.
Objection Overruled.
Styrcea and Buzetl objected. San
atescu, obtaining a pledge of co
operation from Oerstenberg, over
ruled them.
"I have no choice but to accept
the word of an officer* Styrcea
Provided with a pass, Oerstenberg
proceeded to the Baneasa Airport on
the edge of the city and there or
dered for the following day one of
the most savage and ruthless Ger
man air attacks of all time.
The King’s palace In Bucharest
was a particular target.
Michael, his personal role In the
events completed, rounded up a
"shooting party.” At 3: IS am. live
automobiles led by a light coupe
driven by the King rolled up the
ramp from the palace's underground
garage and sped out into the city.
At about the same time Queen
Helen, notified of events by tele
phone, started westward in an
eight-car party from the royal fam
ily's summer home at Sinaia, north
west of Ploesti. All during the long
trip through German-held country
she clutched a small pistol, deter
mined to shoot the first enemy
soldier attempting to halt them.
Can An Foaled.
The King sped westward for two
hours and then turned the pat* off
the road at a gasoline dump^ While
fuel was being put in the cars a
German motorized column came
into sight traveling in the same di
rection. The group Jumped back
into their cars and sped off Just as
the Germans opened fire. Bullets
flew back and forth - furiously for
a few minutes before the .King’s
party raced out of the dander zone.
Both the King and the Quden
Mother arrived safely at a common
destination—a secluded Villa where
this correspondent later eras re
The wisdom of the trip was shown
soon after daylight when the first
of Gerstenberg’s planes began
bombing Bucharest. At 9:15 a.m.
Stuka dive bombers attacked the
palace, followed by others during the
morning. They struck sporadically
throughout the afternoon and night.
The next day they made seven at
tacks on the palace.
On the front the carefully planned
withdrawal began on the 24th.
Eighteen Romanian divisions hold
ing the line between Iasi and the
Carpathians started southward,
moving 40 to 50 miles daily down
the Seret River Valley. In the east
ern sector two divisions pocketed
among 20 Germans on the Dnestr
laid down their arms to create a
4 Divisions Fought On.
Four Romanian divisions mixed
with an equal number of German
troops on the Baeul River west of
Chisinau failed to receive their
orders and fought on. Only on this
sector did the plan fail.
Moving southward, eight Ro
manian divisions on the west flank
soon clashed with eight German
reserve divisions encamped in the
Galatl Gap. Bitter battles devel
oped at Buzau, Ploesti, Campina and
several other points before the Ro
manians broke through to meet
troops pushing north from Buch
In the meantime all mountain
passes were blocked and a Russian
spearhead crossing the Dnestr at
a point left undefended quickly en
circled a German force of about 12
divisions south of Chisinau. The
Russians then pushed on, driving
thousands of Germans before them
into the han£s of the waiting Ro
One week after Antonescu’s arrest
TRICOLOR DISPLAYED IN REIMS—A sound car, flying the French tricolor and carrying a
guard of FFI, men, plays, the “Marseillaise” as it cruises the streets of liberated Reims.
__,__\___ —A. P. Wirephoto.
Parochial Schools
Expect Enrollment
Of 8,000 Tomorrow
The Districts parochial schools
will open at 9 a.m. tomorrow with
an estimated 8,000 enrollment.
Classes also will begin tomorrow in
the public schools of. Montgomery
and Prince Georges Counties, both
of which registered students Friday.
Meanwhile, Arlington County has
postponed the opening of its schools
for the second time 4s a precau
tion against further cases of in
fantile paralysis. First scheduled
for September 5 ana then for to
morrow, the opening now is sched
uled for September 25.
The District public schools will
open September 18 with an antici
pated enrollment of 87,000, lowest
in 11 years.
3,000 To Delay Start.
The enrollment will be even lower
the first two days, when an esti
mated 3,000 students of Jewish faith
will be exdhsed for observance of
Rosh Hashonah, the Jewish New
Year. These students will report to
school September 30.
Public schools will postpone open
ing only if Dr. George C. Ruhland,
District health officer, recommends
it as a poliomyelitis precaution, Rob
ert L. Haycock, superintendent of
schools, said Dr. Ruhland has an
nounced that at present he does
not plan to recommend postpone
Two Episcopal schools in Alex
andria, the new. unnamed school
for boys at 3405 Russell road, and
St. Agnes School, will open Thurs
day. The new school will register
boys from the third through the
eighth grades, and will take boys
from the third and fourth grades
from 8t. Agnes.
The Rev. Edward Tate will serve
as director of athletics as well as
headmaster of the new school. He
is rector of the Emmanuel Episco
pal Church on Russell road.
Mr. Tate has announced the fol
lowing faculty appointments: Miss
Evelyn Gilley, Mrs. William Betts,
Mrs. Douglas W. Stanton, Jr.; Robert
E. Huddleston and Mrs. J. A.
Thompson. Mrs. S. N. Perkins will
teach sacred studies, and the music
department will be directed by
Adolt, Torovsky, organist and choir
director of Epiphany Church here.
The same special bus service pro
vided for St. Agnes School will be
used for the boys School.
Both St. Agnes and the Boys
School will open at 9:15 am. If bus
service can be provided at that hour.
There will be no school bus on
Thursday, but the special service
for both schools will start Friday.
Kindergarten to Open
Registrations for kindergarten
classes to be conducted at J. Enos
Ray school, Poplar street and New
Hampshire avenue, Takoma Park,
Md„ will be accepted tomorrow at
the school. Tuition for the ^session,
which begins October 2 and lasts
eight months, will be $5.50 per
month dt $40 for the term, Mrs.
Silvya Schilt, who Is organizing the
class, reported.
the coup was a complete success. Of
the 40 German divisions In the
country only two are known to have
escaped. By September 1 the first
Romanian troops were attacking
combined German and Hungarian
forces northwest of the frontier and
the Soviet army was racing toward
Bulgaria and Yugoslavia.
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Readers' Guide
Sunday, September 10, 1044.
General News, Sports.
Lost, Found. Page A-S
Obituary. Page A-14
Sports News. Pages A 19-21
News, Society, Educational.
Men In Uniform. Page B-2
Society. Pages B-3-13
Educational. Pages B-14-17
Music.. Page B-17
Editorial, Features, Amusements.
Editorial Articles. Pages C-l-5
Editorials. Pages C-t
War Review. Page C-3
Political Trends. Page C-3
Book Reviews. Page C-0
Editorial Features. Pages C-4-5
John Clagett'Proctor. Page C-5
Art. Page C-S
Junior Star. Page C-6
Stamps. Page C-<
Jessie Pant Evans. Page C-7
Bridge. , Page C-7
Cross-word Ptasle. v Page C-7
Garden News. Page C-7
Ration Reminders. Page C-7
Amusements. Pages C-8-9
Radio Programs. Page C-S
Where to Go. . Page C-ll
Finance, Classified Advertising.
Classified Advertising. Pages D-l-9
Finance. Pages Di-9-19
Resorts. Page D-9
Union Fights Ward Suit
To Nullify WLB Ruling
Bi th* Associated Praia.
CHICAGO, Sept. S.—A motion to
dismiss the suit of Montgomery
Ward and Co. to nullify a War La
bor Board order of June 6 was filed
today by Francis Heisler, attorney
for the CIO United Retail, Whole
sale and Department Store Em
ployes’ Union.
The WLB order provided for con
tinuance of the company's expired
contract with the union and for ar
bitration hearing on employes’
Company officials subsequently
challenged the board's right to im
pose the first condition. Mr. Heis
ler contends that under a recent
Court of Appeals decision in Wash
ington, the court held it could not
review actions of the WLB.
Randolph Requests
D. C. Heads' Views on
Children's Museum
Chairman Randolph of the House
District Committee yesterday called
on the District Commissioners and
members of the Board of Education
for their views on whether the mu
nicipal government should provide,
a permanent home for the Chil
dren's Museum.
Referred to the issue of whether
the city should be authorised by
Congress to condemn the Villa Rosa
property, now home of the Chil
dren’s Museum which faces eviction
since the property has been sold. .
Reporting he had received many
letters urging preservation of Villa
Rosa for the Children's Mufcum,
Mr. Randolph said in a letter:
“Since committees of Congress
may be asked to pass on enabling
legislation authorizing the- District
to regain possession of this prop
erty, I think It would be helpful to
Cpngress to have an expression of
views on the general subject of
whether the city government and
the community as a whole are con
vinced a children’s museum should
be established and maintained by
the municipality.
“Aside from the question of loca
tion, or the property to be ac
quired, does Washington need and
want an institution of this kind as
a phase of its municipal educational
system? ”
"It would seem that if such an
institution is of great value to the
community, the city could well af
ford to meet the cost and make tha
service generally available. This,
of course, involves the question of
whether such an educational pro*
gram te properly one to be operated
by the municipality or whether It
should be left tq, private endeavor.'*
Charles Dana Gibson
Is Flown to Hospital
By the Associated Press.
NEW YORK. Sept. 9—Charles
Dana Gibson, 76-year-old artist
and creator of the ‘‘Gibson Girl,"
was flown here today In a naval
amphibious plane to undergo treat
ment at Doctors Hospital.
Mr. Gibson suffered a heart at-^
tack earlier this week at his sum->
mer home at Dark Harbor, Me. >
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