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YANKS ATTACK JAP CONVOY—The toll of Jap ships sunk in the Pacific increased with this American Far East Air Force attack on a Jap convoy off Kavieng, New Ireland. In foreground, bombs straddle a patrol boat, one bomb (lower right center) just about to hit the water. In background is a cargo vessel fatally hit. 1 —A. P. Photo. ■^^1—ilI —— — ii m ■ v-■ TTTi Hi——aniaannnnnaiain——aa——nwi—m———a—————m——m—m—minfcn - r r r na—m—■ i n-' JAP PLANE GRAVEYARD—This “graveyard” of Jap planes is in Wewak, once powerful Jap base on the New Guinea coast, which has been neautralized by powerful American air raids. Not only were aircraft destroyed in the air and on the ground, but all airstrips were knocked out. Photo shows parachute bombs in air, just dropped by American airmen. >*-Army Air Forces Photo, 12,C J Seek Tickets For Mass Meeting Opening Fund Drive Admission Cards Split Evenly Among Workers Of Four Divisions About 12,000 persons have applied for the 4,000 tickets available to the Communty War Fund's opening mass meeting October 16 at Consti tution Hall, Herbert L. Willett, jr„ executive director of the fund, an nounced today. The tickets are being divided evenly among workers of the four units — Government, residential, business and suburban—working on the $4,850,000 drive, he said. Joliot-Curie to Speak. The main speaker will be Jean Frederic Joliot-Curie, husband of Irene Curie, daughter of the dis coverers of radium, who will de scribe his work on special explosives for the . French underground. Through the co-operation of the State Department and the French provisional government, the French leader is to be flown here from his country for the mass meeting. Joliot-Curie. a professor of physics at the Paris University, col laborated in making special ex plosives for the underground work ers at a time when the Germans thought he was doing research on splitting of atoms. Mr. Willett said. Lord Halifax also will address the rally, to be attended by Mrs. Roose velt and representatives of all the United Nations. The speeches will be broadcast Nation-wide by the Columbia Broadcasting System. Must Be on Time. Ticket holders must arrive by 7:50 p.m. to attend the rally, Mr. Willett said. Just before the starting hour, 8 pm., empty seats will be open to the public, he explained. Solicitation for contributions from Washington's 300,000 Federal em ployes has already begun, Mr. Willett said, because their numbers made it advisable to allow longer than the announced period of the drive. The drive for the rest of the city and suburbs begins Monday and runs through November 8, Mr. Willett said. Former Baltimore Solicitor Named State Parole Chief By the Associated Press. ANNAPOLIS, Md., Oct. 12.—F. Murray Benson, 49, former Balti more City solicitor, was appointed State parole director yesterday, less than 24 hours after Gov. O’Conor named Herman M. Moser, former parole head, to the city supreme bench. Mr. Moser, who had served since 1939> and E. Paul Mason, Baltimore attorney, were appointed Tuesday to fill the vacancies created by the elevation of Judge W. Conwell Smith to the chief judgeship of the Balti more bench and William L. Hender son to the Court of Appeals. Stating that he was "detenhined to continue the functioning of the parole department on its present high plane,” the Governor said “Mr. Benson can be depended on to act intelligently and fearlessly in all eases coming before him." Labor 'Swap' Wins Praise of Farm Official A Gaithersburg <Md.) farmer who •swapped” more than 2,000 hours of labor and farm machinery work with his neighbors to increase war food production has been cited by Paul Nystrom. Maryland emergency farm labor supervisor, for his in genuity. The farmer, Allie Messer, is a former 4-H Club member who now operates a 190-acre dairy farm with the full-time help of five men. To fill out his production Mr. Messer employed eight boy volunteers to thresh his wheat and a contingent of German prisoners of war to cut and shuck his corn. Despite the labor shortage, Mr. Nystrom reported, farmers like Mr. Messer have raised a corn crop 40 per cent larger than last year’s. The wheat crop is 85 per cent larger, sweet potato crop 25 per cent larger, the peach and apple crop about two and a half times larger, the tobacco crop 60 per cent larger and the to mato acreage the largest since 1918, he added. Better Schools Demanded By Fairlington Civic Group Resolutions calling for immediate improvements in the Virginia public school system were adopted last night by the Fairlington Civic Association. Elected rather than appointed school boards, a 12-year system, free text books and uniform adher ence to the Virginia bourse of study were urged. The association also called for construction, of modern schools, equipped with chemical and biological laboratories, vocational workshops, health clinics, cafeterias, home economics rooms and visual education equipment. Charles Cobbins, president of the Arlington County Civic Federation; Mrs. Dallas W. Smythe of the Arlington County School Investiga tion Committee, and Mrs. Virginia Durr addressed the meeting, held in the Fairlington Elementary School Auditorium. A report was submitted showing that the outlay for education in Vir ginia is only $48.35 per year per child, compared to an average of $84,18 throughout the Nation and $141.06 per year in New York. Connally Urges Hungary To Break With Germany By the Associated Pres*. Only by breaking, with Germany now and coming over to the Allied side can Hungary hope for “a better existence in the postwar world,” Chairman Connally of the Senate Foreign Relations Commit tee warned the Hungarian people yesterday in a message broadcast by the Office of War Information. “It is high time for the Hungari ans to take a realistic stand and to shake off the German yoke and show the world that they are willing to act as an independent, self respecting nation,” Senator Con nally said. “Only by breaking with Germany and contributing their strength to the final defeat of Ger many can the Hungarians of today lay the basis of a better existence for the Hungarians of tomorrow.” A Court Will Hear Pleas On G. W. Hospital Site Condemnation Today Motion by Church Group For 3-Judge Tribunal Also Will Be Heard District Court today was sched uled to hear arguments in the legal battle over condemnation of a square bordering on Washington Circle as a site for the projected 400-bed new George Washington University Hos pital, a plan actively fought by the St. Paul's Episcopal Church, which is located in the affected area. Among angles to be considered by Justice Matthew F. McGuire is a Government motion to dismiss an injunction suit brought by the chruch, by which the church seeks to prevent the Government from ac quiring its property as a part of the hospital site. 3-Judge Tribunal Asked. Also pending is a motion by church representatives for a three judge tribunal to hear the injunc tion issue. In addition there are motions filed by' several private property owners in the affected area for permission to intervene in the case. Church and private property own ers claim the Government lacks a right to condemn the property on the argument that the acquisition would be for the benefit of a private institution. Opposition to the condemnation of the square near Washington Circle #as a site for the new George Washington University Hospital came yesterday from Dr. E. F. Harris, president of the Federation of Civic Associations, and speaking for the Lincoln Civic Association. In a letter to Senator Burton, Republican, of Ohio, a member of the Senate District Committee, Dr. Harris recalled that last March he had protested the evacuation of tenants of 20 homes in Bissel’s court under condemnation proceed ings brought by the National Capital Housing Authority. Asks Congress Probe. Declaring that George Washington University now seeks to “cause more difficulties” for others in the Wash ington Circle area, under the use of eminent domain, Dr. Harris said the Lincoln Civic Association was “un alterably opposed” to this movement since “eminent domain does not fit the picture, in that the hospital would not be for public good because it does not treat Negro bed pa tients and therefore discriminates against an integral part of the public.” He added, “The time has arrived when the use of eminent domain by several of the Governmental agencies, under first one pretex and then the other, should be investi gated by Congress.” Tuxedo-Cheverly Bingo A series of bingo parties, spon sored by the Tuxedo-Cheverly Vol unteer Pire Department, will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday in the firehouse. Proceeds will be used for the pur chase of new fire apparatus now on order, according to G. M. Lewis, captain. Lester G. Berry is presi dent of the department. SOCIETY AND GENERAL NEWS WASHINGTON, D. C. r- -- — .. . ' . 1 WASHINGTON AND VICINITY OCTOBER 12, 1944. &L_. Alexandria Clubs Plan City-Wide Council to Assist Red Cross Field Workers Request Recreational Material For Camps and Hospitals The initial step in organising a city-wide council, of clubs to co operate with the Red Cross was taken when delegates from more than 20 Alexandria civic and fra ternal groups met yesterday as guests of the Potomac Area Camp and Hospital Service, comprising seven Metropolitan Area Red Cross chapters. The morning session at the Norton Memorial of St. Paul’s Church, Alexandria, heard requests from Red Cross area field directors for useful articles, recreational material, serv ice day room furnishings, and ma terials for holiday celebrations in camps and hospitals. Mrs. Robert Lord, Alexandria Camp and Hospital chairman, is planning to call a meeting during the coming week after the club dele gates report to their groups on the services that can be provided for camps and hospitals. Requests came from representa tives of Walter Reed Hospital, Boll ing Field Station Hospital, the Na tional Naval Medical Center at Be thesda, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Fort Belvoir Hospital and the Na tional Airnort. The requests were for portable typewriters, a drum, sheet music, cookies, playing cards, billiard balls and cues, phonograph records and musical instruments, books, includ ing some in French for French soldier patients; magazine subscrip tions, flowers, hat stands, card tables, material for kit bags, art materials, roller skates, games, cur tains and furnishings. Assignments for obtaining the re quested articles were made to the chapters present, which included Alexandria City, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties and the District. A special appeal has been made by Mrs. Alfred Cunningham, chair man of the Alexandria Red Cross Army and Navy Committee, for service wives and mothers to make surgical dressings for Walter Reed Hospital. The number of wounded service men at the hospital is increasing, it was reported, and more workers will be needed to supply the dressings. Registration of women is handled at the chapter house, 417 Duke street, from 2 to 4:30 p.m„ Monday, Wednesday fend Friday and all vol unteer corps are open to the group. Mr*. John Warlick, chairman of the blood donor service for the Alexandria chapter, reported that the total amount of blood collected this month in Alexandria and at the National Airport was only 314 pint*, far short of the 480-pint quota. With the continuing need for blood plasma. Mrs. Warlick urged volunteer* to make appointments for the -next Mood donor days in Alex andria, October 25 and 27, when the mobile unit will be at Grace Church parfth hall. 207 South Patrick street. Appointments may be made by telephoning Alexandria 8300. Alexandria s War Fund Drive Extended to Monday The Alexandria Home and War Fund Campaign, scheduled to close today, has been extended until Monday. Workers reported collec tion of $48,844 of the $118,701 quota at the final report meeting last night. John R. Schafe, chairman of the drive, said the average contribution w*s $12. This was termed an en couraging factor because only 4,000 of the 15,000 pledges expected from the residential area have been turned in. The final report meeting will be held at 8 p.m, Monday at the USO, 115 North Washington street. Employes of the Red Cross East ern Area Headquarters have ex ceeded their quota, and T. C. Wil liams, chairman of the schools di vision, reported 88% per cent of his quota collected. Mrs. A. R. Lash was the first residential captain to go over the top. Alexandria Group Names Chairman for Seal Sale Committee heads for the Alexan dria Tuberculosis Association’s seal sale have been announced by State Senator Andrew W. Clarke, who will act as chairman of the drive for the third consecutive year. Thomas C. Graham will head the Large - Gifts Committee, Irving Diener has been named chairman of the Speakers’ Bureau and Charles Henry Mason heads the group to arrange window displays. Miss Margaret Nowell, faculty member, will take charge of seal sales in the schools. Mrs. A. J. Heine will head the Parent-Teacher Association group. No quota has as yet been set for Alexandria. Last year’s quota was $12,500, which was exceeded by $2,256. Virginia'Job Committee To Me^jt in Alexandria The first of 15 regional meetings of a Postwar Employment Commit tee named by Gov. Darden under the Virginia veterans’ assistance and and postwar employment program for the development and operation of postwar employment planning in the State will be held Monday at the George Mason Hotel, Alexan dria. * The meetings will be held throughout the State and are planned to outline the program, ac cording to Col. Mills P. Neal, State director of selective service, the Associated Press reported. War Fund Meeting Called Tonight at Bladensburg The initial meeting of the Prince Georges County Community War Pund campaign for $35,000 will be held at 8 o’clock tonight in the Bladensburg Elementary School, un der the leadership of Inspector Richard Mansfield, area chairman. R. M. Watkins is general chair man of the campaign, and Mrs. Betty Tayman will represent the Bladensburg district, Mrs. Glenn Standiff, the Lanham district, and Joseph Grigsby, the Kent district, i Defense Plans to Quiz Hitler Ex-Aide Today In Sedition Trial Dr. Rauschning, Refugee, Tells of Fuehrer's Plan To Cause U. S. Revolt By CARTES BROOKE JONES. Direct testimony that Adolph Hit ler planned a decade ago to torment a revolution in the United States and set up a national socialist state were laid before the Jury in the sedition case today as the defense took over the examination of the Feuhrer’s former confidant, Dr. Her mann Rauschnlng, noted German refugee author. Hitler is named in the Govern ment’s bill of particulars as the No. 1 conspirator in the case, and the 28 defendants on trial are alleged to have carried out his purpose through an Alleged attempt to un dermine the loyalty of the armed forces in this country. The defense repeatedly has challenged the prose cution to show anywhere in Hitler’s writings or in any other authentic documents of the Nazi regime the world-wide conspiracy charged by the Department of Justice and par ticularly any plot to incite the over throw of the American Government. Dr. Rauschning, who took the stand in District Court late yester day, was the first witness to quote Hitler directly. Tells of Conversation. "Adolf, Hitler said,” the witness told the Jury, "that he had no fear the United States would again Join a edition of western democracies against Germany. He said the United States was threatened with a bloody revolution. He said he would be able to make this latest revolu tion come to pass. He explained the methods by which he would be able to paralyze the national unity of the United States and the power of resistance of this country.” This conversation, Dr. Rauschning said, occured October 18, 1933, at the chancellory in Berlin at the time he was president of the Free City of Danzig. The witness ex plained that he had just returned from a League of Nations meeting in Germany, and he reported to Hitler that the situation there was very tense, following the withdrawal of Germany from the league, and Great Britain might go to war again against Germany, with the possibility that eventually America would be drawn in. Hitler, said Dr. Rauschning, saw no possibility that the United States would intervene. “He explained.” the witness said, “that the United States was not really a well-established nation, but a nation in the making. He said the cleavages in the popula tion could be widened to disunite the country.” Recalls Talk Year Later. Nearly a year later, Dr. Rausch ning testified. Hitler said the idea of war with America waa ridiculous. "He mentioned,” the witrikes re called, "that during that year there had been a riot of marines on an American battleship, and this was an example that proved that at least the American Navy would be fertile soil for propaganda.” Dr. Rauschning said Hitler ex plained it would be easy for him to follow in America the methods he had used in Germany to “neutral ize” the police and military forces toward his policies. Another time, the witness said, Hitler and Goebbels and others dis cussed America at a conference in Hitler's private apartment in Ber lin, and it was agreed that Nazi propaganda could be spread through various groups in America. "We have to paralyze the will and national unity of this and other countries,” Hitler was quoting as saying, as he mentioned also Po land, France and Great Britain. “He said,” the witness reported, “that the great issue vAs to liberate the world from the poison of democ racy, with its degenerating doctrine of liberty and equality.” Policy in America. It would be the policy In America, Dr. Rauschning said Hitler told them, to play on the resentment of the majority against Negroes, Jews and other racial minorities, at the same time emphasizing the necessity of the strong discipline of a power ful state to dispel trouble between opposing groups. Early in 1934 Hitler, the witness said, again reverting to the United States in a general discussion of conditions, mentioned groups of German origin in this country as valuable contacts, adding, “We will have a German SA (storm troopers) there and a Hitler Youth.” It would be necessary, the witness said Hitler told him, to weaken the discipline of the armed forces and the police, just as he had done in Austria, where the Nazis “gained the support of the officers and at least the neutrality of the privates.” Hitler was said to have empha sized that the technique was to work up sympathy for a National Socialist state through the traditions and historic surroundings of each coun try, rather than trying to impose a foreign type of government which would, be strange to the people. Thus, the witness said, Hitler ex plained that he could cite George Washington for his purpose, be cause the first President was “not really a democrat, but an aristo crat,” and similarly Lincoln could be mentioned as a man of the peo ple who would be sympathetic to the aims of Germany. Propaganda “Artillery.” Hitler, the witness added, called propaganda the "artillery and trench warfare” of modem conquest. Once, at Berchesgaden, the witness said, Hitler described the basic prin ciple of his police as “world revolu tion.” ! Dr. Rauschning testified through a storm of defense objections to nearly every question. Defense at torneys contended repeatedly that this testimony had nothing to do with the charge that the defendants conspired to undermine the armed forces of this countoy after July, 1940. Chief Justice Edward C. Etcher deferred ruling, at least until this afternoon, on a sheaf of defense mo tions fen- a mistrial, based on Presi dent Roosevelt’s reference in his speech recently to the Silver Shirts, an organization which figures in the alleged conspiracy. Bolivia to Complete Line Bolivia expects to complete its new Yacuiba-Santa Crus Railway by 1946. I j. IN PISTOL TOURNAMENT—Lt. Mary S. Wheeler, 900 Nine teenth street N.W., aims straight at the target center as she tries her skill in the 12th annual International Pistol Tourna ment at Teaneck, N. J., October 7 and 8. She was one of 12 WAVES from the Navy Department Ordnance Bureau here who took part in the tournament. —Official U. S. Navy Photo. Overholser Favors Action To Protect Teen-Aged Girls Doctor Believes Some Should Be Sent Home, But Sees Difficulties Approval—with reservations—was given by D». Winfred Overholser, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital superin tendent, to the four-point program outlined in The Star yesterday by Ray H. Everett, executive secretary of the Social Hygiene Society. “All of these suggestions certainly demand serious consideration,” Dr. Overholser said. “I'm not sure but what it is the thing to do to send some of the very young girls home. However, the practicalities of such a program may prove a big difficulty.” Mr. Everett’s program asked that the teen-age Government girls be sent home; that a careful screening process, including strict medical and psychiatric tests, be given Washing ton job applicants; that Govern ment girls who live here be given more guidance with their problems, and that the police force be in creased. No Place for Children. “Undoubtedly, some of these youngsters are entirely too imma ture to cope with the pitfalls of a place like Washington. It is no place for children to be left on their own,” Dr. Overholser said. “However,” he said, “we must re member that, although some of the girls are playing high, wide and handsome, most of them, are doing their jobs, and doing them well. If we sent all of them home arbi trarily, we might be doing a grave injustice to those who do take care of tljemselyes. “Such action might hurt the war effort, too," he said. “The girls from 20 up are likely to have good jobs at home, or to join the serv ices in preference to coming to Washington as civilian workers, and if we eliminated all those under 20, it might create a serious woman power shortage.” Favors Screening Process. As to the screening process to weed out those whose physical or mental health would not fit them for Washington jobs, Dr. Over holser said: “It is an excellent idea. However, to put it in practice would be to work a great hardship on both the job applicants and the Govern ment medical staffs. #,At one time all civil service em ployes had to pass physical tests given by Federal medical employes,” Dr. Overholser said. “But that soon became an impossible task, and we had to rely on reports from private physicians. Many girls were given health approval statements from their home-town doctors and after they came to Washington we dis covered they had some disease, or had had some illness in the past Streetcar Purchase Approved by PUC The Public Utilities Commission yesterday authorized the Capital Transit Co. to enter into an agree ment with the St. Louis Car Co. and the Reconstruction Finance Corp. for the purchase of 75 stream lined streetcars at an estimated cost of 01,473,750. It is hoped that deliveries on the cars will start before the end of the year and plans are under considera tion for purchase of 50 additional cars, with deliveries next year. Previously, the commission had ap proved the purchase of the 75 cars as “necessary" to the District’s transportation system. The agreement provides that the purchase price shall be “019,650 more or less per car.” and that the interest rate will be 4 per cent. The notes will run over a 12-year period. The PUC said that the transit company, in its negotiations with the RFC, obtained a credit of 02,600,000 to cover 125 cars. The commission’s action yesterday, how ever, extended only to the proposed purchase 'of the 75 cars. Mark Cockrill, 77, Dies; Real Estate Operator Mark Cockrill, 77, a lifelong resi dent of Colvin Run, Fairfax Coun ty, Va., died Tuesday in Emergency Hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Cockrill was well known as a real estate operator and for many years was affiliated with the Lees burg Lime Co. and the Peoples Na tional Bank of Leesburg. For more than 50 years he was a member of the IOOF Lodge at Falls Church. He Is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Viola J. Money, Miss Effle M. Cockrill and Mrs. Mildred H. Wick line; a son, William R. Cockrill; two granddaughters, Virginia M. Cham berlain and Mildred Rita Wickline, and two great-grandsons, Milton Ashley and Harold Stanley Cham berlain. His wife died in 1941. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm. tomorrow at 8t Andrew’s Chapel, Leesburg highway. that would make them bad risks for the Government. “It would be an even greater job to attempt to give each applicant a routine psychiatric test before sending them here,” he said. “De termining what constitutes mental stability among several hundred young girls would be a long, diffi cult task for any one—but an al most impossible one for a busy civil service official.” Would Tighten Rules. Dr. Overholser gave unreserved approval to the suggestion that the Government girls here get more guidance. "I think tightening up the rules for civilian workers in Government dormitories would be very worth while, it might be a good idea to house all girls under a certain age in Government dormi tories and give them adequate counseling and guidance. This might even entail allocating more dormitories for civilian workers. “I am sure many of the girls would protest further restrictions,” he asserted. “But the WACS, WAVES, SPARS and Marines have tighter rules in their barracks, and Government girls are no less Fed eral employes. Of course, the fun damental question is: How much responsibility can we expect the Government to accept for its non military employes?” "I also agree with Mr. Everett that talks and discussions of prob lems—sex and otherwise—are de sirable. In a town like Washington, with thousands of unattached men and girls, it is childish for any one to hide their eyes to the facts that sex and sex problems do exist. The only thing to do is to face them sensibly,” Dr. Overholser said.. Can’t Police Morals. He also said he thought additional police forces would be helpful, al though, he added, “Of course, you cant police or regulate morals/ “The situation is not perfect, and improvements certainly could be made,” he said. “However, it has improved continually in the past few months. At one time the number of Government girls who came to this hospital as psychiatric cases was appalling. That number has decreased substantially, and while doubtless there are stUl many girls who should not be here, and while many of them have less acute psy chiatric illnesses and need more sta bility, still, the Government coun seling program and the recreational work being done by the Government and by private agencies has gone a long way toward solving the prob lem.” Improvements Are Planned At Suburban Hospital Plans for improving the out patient department of the Suburban Hospital of Bethesda will be dis cussed at a meeting of the Women’s Hospital Auxiliary at 10 am. Mon day. Dr. F. A. Martinez, director of the out-patient department, and Dr. William W. Welsh, assistant director, will discuss the possibilities of de veloping further service. Addresses also will be made by Mrs. Sadie Wisner, social service director at the hospital, and Mrs. John W. Cutler, president of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Public Health Lay Committee. Previous donations to the out patient department were listed as $100 toward a motor for .dental X-ray, $630 for dental instruments and other appropriations for start ing an emergency reserve fund and special gifts to indigent patients of penicillin. Insulin and Rocky Moun tain spotted fever serum. Waterford Foundation Plans Art Exhibit The Waterford Foundation, Inc., will hold an exhibition of the works of artists and craftsmen of Loudoun County tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the Fairfax Meeting House, Waterford, Va. The exhibi tions will be open to the public from 2 to 5 and 7 to 10 p.m. each day. Commuters Ask Shelter Representative Smith, Democrat* of Virginia yesterday received a petition from a number of com muters using the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Rail road a subsidiary of the Pennsyl vania Railroad, for erection of an inclosed waiting room at the’former ticket office and substation at Sev enth and C streets S.W. 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. Notify some school child in your Mock to have your p«per picked up. A Intent Law Repeal Heads Changes Urged For Maryland Voters Commission Also to Ask For Revisions in Service Ballot Provisions# By the Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Oct: 12.—The Gov ernor's Commission on Revision of Election Laws plans to recommend to the Legislative Council abolition of the declaration^ of intentions law, Incorporation of the soldier vote law into the election statute* and State-wide permanent registra tion of voters. ' These are among the principal change* to be suggested to the coun cil, Commission Chairman Hilary W. Gans said yesterday, adding that most of the lengthy bill prepared by the commission merely recodifies the present law and eliminates pro visions no longer applicable or duplicated elsewhere in the law. The bill and commission recom mendations will be presented by Mr. Gans tomorrow. Will Confer in Easton. The council, which will go to Easton next week to confer with the Eastern Shore County Commis sioners’ Association on proposed legislation extending the powers of these officials, will meet here today and tomorrow and on two days later in the month. The bill proposed by the commis sion is approximately half as long as the existing election law and re arranges the material under 9 sub titles instead of the present 22. The most significant changes in corporated in the measure, Mr. Gan* reported, are: 1. Empowering supervisors of elec tions to fix compensation of judges and election clerks “within pre scribed limits’’ and to appoint, re move, fix duties and compensation of clerks and registrars and other employes “within general limits.” 2. “Make it unnecessary for per sons now registered to vote in any county to register unless their regis tration is canceled,” require “sys tematic and regular erasure from the registers of persons who have died, removed or have not voted within a five-year period, thereby removing the necessity for sporadic new general regstrations in various counties." Would Drop Fee. 3. "Eliminating in nominations by petition the 25-cent fee for each name as now required.” 4. Make uniform provisions for use of voting machines. 5. Eliminate provision requiring an adavit of nonintention to change residence by persons leaving the State temporarily. 6. Provide one set of penal pro visions applicable to offenses at all elections, general, special or pri mary, in place of “duplicated and overlapping” present ones. Explanation of these primary changes were contained in a letter to Gov. O’Conor reporting work done by the commission over a three-month period. Mrs. Murray Again Seeks Debate With Smith Mrs. Elizabeth Chilton Murray, in dependent Democratic candidate for Congress from the 8th Virginia dis trict, yesterday renewed her chal lenge to Representative Smith, Dem ocratic party nominee, to a debate on his loyalty to the party and to the President. Mrs. Murray, in a letter to Rep resentative Smith, suggested his in tended appearance before the Wom en’s Citizen League of Alexandria at Gadsby’s Tavern next Tuesday as an occasion for the debate, which she first proposed in a letter Satur day. “Since you have failed to appear at any of the other meetings sched uled—including your own rally at Fairfax Courthouse—and since I have had no reply to the letter in which I challenged you to debate with me, I feel that I must reiter ate the question I have asked you,” she wrote. Mf. Rainier Boy, 11, Shot Accidentally by Playmate Paul Campbell, 11, of Mount Rainier is in a serious condition at Casualty Hospital with a gunshot wound suffered yesterday when a playmate accidentally pulled the trigger of a pistol they were exam ining. Mrs. D. H. Campbell, mother of the wounded boy, who lives at 4208 Thirty-second street, said his play mate, Eddie Gobbett, 11, of 2800 Upshur street, Mount Rainier, was demonstrating the gun at his home when the shooting occurred. Tha bullet entered young Campbell’s right chest. Daily Rationing fj£#c«/WerrBft Canoed Foods, Etc.—Book No. 4» - blue stamps A-8 through Z-8 and A-5 through R-5 good indefinite ly. Each stamp worth 10 points. Most canned vegetables and special foods now off rationing. Use of blue tokens discontinued. Meats, Fata, Etc.—Red stamps A-l through Z-8 and A-5 through K-5 good Indefinitely for 10 points each. All melts except beef steaks, roast beef and choice cuts of lamb and pork are point free. Points for Fats—Tour meat dealer will pay two ration points for each pound of waste kitchen fats you turn in. The fact that lard, shortening and cooking oils have been removed from the ration list does not mean fat collection is lea essential. Sugar—Book No. 4 stamps 30 through 33 valid for 5 pounds indefinitely. Book No. 4 stamp 40 good far S pounds for home canning through February 28. 1945. Gasoline—A-ll coupons good for 1 gallons each through November 8. B-4, C-4, B-5 and C-5 coupons good for 5 gallons each. Shees—Airplane stamps 1 and 3 la Book No. 3 good indefinitely for one pair of shoes each. Fuel Oil—Periods No. 4 and • cou» pons good for 10 gallons per unit through August 31, IMA Period 1* 1944-5 ration, alia food for 11 gallons a unit.