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RFC Reported Ready
To Build Warehouses To Sell Surpluses NEW YORK, Dec. 9.—The New York Times said today it had learned that the Reconstruction Finance Corp. will erect a vast chain of warehouses at key points throughout the Nation to dispose of “billions of dollars’ worth of surplus war goods, equipment and property.” "As part of the program,” the Times continued, “the War Depart ment has awarded contracts for the initial units amounting to more than $1,000,000 for storage facilities near Jersey City, Newark and Linden, N. J.,” the Times said. Seven in New York Area. Seven large warehouses in the New York area alone, with hundreds of smaller buildings spotted throughout the Nation, are planned by the Defense Plants Corp., a sub sidiary of the RPC, the Times said. The report added that these ware houses would be used not only to store surplus goods but as “show rooms” where prospective buyers may examine the products offered for sale. Construction on the warehouses, many of which will be built adja cent to existing plants in war cen ters, will begin immediately to ab sorb the increasing flow of surplus materials, the story said. The largest storage building, according to the paper, will be at Linden. The Times said construction will be based on “minimum standards,” except the buildings will be excep tionally solid because of the weight of the machinery to be stored in many of them. Everything from household equipment to railroad locomotives already is in the hands of the DPC, it was said. Agencies Get Choice. Government agencies, the report said will get first call on all sur plus commodities. If it is discov ered that no Government agency needs certain items of equipment they will be offered for sale to the public, according to the Times. Instances were cited in which machine tools, no longer needed in one industry, appeared on the sur plus list and were grabbed up by another war-producing plant. Three oil drills, disposed of by one indus try, were taken quickly by the Navy. The Times listed figures showing that RFC-owned surplus property up to November 15 amounted to $20,929,000 and surplus goods in the hands of other agencies totaled $580,463,000, for an aggregate of $782,293,000. At that time, the paper stated, $107,311,000 worth of property had been disposed of for $81,755,000. Aircraft and aircraft equipment so far have made up the bulk of the surplus items, the story said, total ing $486,917,149. War Bonds (Continued From First Page.) of larger issue sold to individuals, were somewhat better, but still low. With a quota of $5,000,000,000, indi viduals have bought only $3,021,000, or 60 per cent of quota. In both drives, over-all success thus far is due to the large over subscription of quotas on the part of corporations. They bought $11, 031,000,000, with a quota of $9,000, 000,000 in the Nation. The drive officially ends a week from today, although sales through out the month will be counted toward the quotas. Ted R. Gamble, national War Finance director, de clared, “If the drive continues at the same accelerated pace of the last 48 hours, we can make not only the individual but the “E” bond quota.” «Last night Rear Admiral William Brent Young, chief of the Bureau of Supplies and Accounts and pay master general of the Navy, spoke from Pearl Harbor in a radio broad cast, urging the Nation to fill its bond quota. “The sacrifices that you have made so far cannot be mentioned in the same breath with the perils that your brothers, sons, sweethearts and husbands face every day out here in combat,” he said. “The least you can do, safe and secure in your homes back in America, is to double and triple your efforts until final victory is ours.” It was announced today that Ugo Carusi, Assistant United States Attorney General, will preside as autcoineer at the auction of toys of the city children from 3 to 5 p.m. tomorrow in the United States Chamber of Commerce Building. Prewar toys now unobtainable by Christmas shoppers will be auc tioned to the highest bidders in War Bonds. Besides the auction a program of music has been ar ranged, featuring the United States Navy Military Band Orchestra and several Broadway and Hollywood entertainers. Among the groups in Washington who have oversubscribed their quotas is the medical division of the District War Finance Commit tee, which has bought $53,000 against a quota of $41,500, Dr. W. Calhoun Stirling has announced. At a rally commemorating Pearl Harbor Day, 6,300 Government workers at the Veterans Adminis tration bought $55,000 in “E” bonds. Employes of the Fred S. Gichner Iron Works, Inc., 1214 Twenty fourth street N.W.—the first plant to win the three-starred Army-Navy “E” for excellence in war produc tion in the Washington area, have oversubscribed their $7,500 quota The Maryland War Finance Com mittee reported yesterday that State sales in the drive total $280,600,000 or 134 per cent of the quota of $10,000,000. Washington still is in third place in the contest among eight metro politan centers seeking “E” bond honors. Ahead of the District are Milwaukee, with 53 per cent of its quota reached, and Pittsburgh, with 49 per cent. The District total is at 48 per cent of quota. 4 From D. C. Area Get Bars Four residents of Washington and vicinity are among the 200 new offi cers graduated yesterday at the Camp Lee (Va.) Quartermaster Officers’ Training School. They are Thomas J. Scheblik, 4329 Halley ter race SE.; James H. Games, 446 Eighth street S.W.; Albert G. Hov ey-King, Falls Chinch, Va., and Walter J. Jasin, Laurel, Md. Out of the fight will come might—the might of America. The Sixth War Loan drive k on—on to Victory. Arthur Godfrey Records Tokyo Raiders' Return While on Saipan Arthur Godfrey, WTOP “wake-up” master of ceremonies, ! shows camouflaged poncho, GI shoes and pieces of Jap plane snot down over Saipan. —Star Staff Photo. Arthur Godfrey, WTOP Sun Dial master of ceremonies, returned to Washington late yesterday 10 pounds lighter after a month’s trip to the Pacific war theater which took him to Saipan on the day the fleet of Super Fortresses left that base for the first land-based raid on Tokyo November 24. The red-haired radio figure left La Guardia Field November 9 to secure background for a program to encourage more blood donations. Now that he is back he is afraid he will “get in everybody’s hair” be cause of the things he’s seen. “It’s going to be tough for me for a while not to get on people’s nerves,” he said last night at the WTOP studios in the Earle Build ing. “When you’re out in the Pa cific you see what war's all about. Then, when you come back again, you find—I don’t know the word for it. Is it indifference? Is it com placency? Is it wishful thinking? At any rate, the people back home can never know what the men out there are going through to push back the Japs. “It smacks you as soon as you get back, and you can’t help it. Back home the question is: ‘Where shall we go to the movies?’ Out there it’s ‘Will I be alive tomorrow?’ ” Mr. Godfrey brought back with him pieces of a Jap observation plane shot down over Saipan the day of the Tokyo raid. "We were in a jeep when the word came through to ‘take cover,’ ” he said. “‘Holy God what am I doing out here?’ I asked myself.” Mr. Godfrey said he jumped out of the jeep and dashed up the road Committee Drafts Program for Annual i White House Tree Fete Plans to attract a huge crowd to the south grounds of the White House for the annual National Com munity Tree ceremony on Christ mas eve were laid yesterday by the Executive Committee, meeting at the District Recreation Department. The ceremony will be held simul taneously with the annual Christ mas eve address of President Roose velt, for which the time has not yet been set. Public school children will be invited for the second year to bring decorations for the tree, tying onto each bulb or star the name of a service man or woman to whom the gift is dedicated. Decorations in honor of the United Nations also are acceptable. For the third year, the committee de cided, the tree will not be lighted in conformance with the fuel-con servation program. This will be the 24th annual Na tional Community Christmas tree ceremony. The committee voted to present the traditional program of a concert by the Marine Band, in cluding the comet solo, “Cantique de Noel,” played at the ceremony for the past dozen years. The time of the ceremony will be announced as soon as the President fixes the time of his address, Harry A. Wender, temporary chairman of the committee, said. Commissioner Guy Mason will be chairman of the observance. The President has spoken twice from the south portico to the audience, and last year his voice was broadcast to the tree cere monies and to the rest of the Nation from Hyde Park. A Boy and Girl Scout will be chosen to give greetings of children to the President and Mrs. Roosevelt, the committee decided. Maj. Silas Williams Dies; Ex-Football Star, Coach By the Associated Press. CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Dec. 8.— Maj. Silas Williams, 56, Chattanooga lawyer and former football star at the University of the South (Sewa nee), died in Atlanta yesterday while he was on a business trip. While he was playing at Sewanee, from 1906 to 1909, Maj. Williams was chosen an all-Southern end. Later he was coach of the University of Chattanooga football team two years. Born in Greenville, S. C., he re ceived a master of arts degree at Sewanee in 1910 and a law degree from Harvard in 1913. He was first national commander of the American Veterans’ Associa tion, an organization which grew out of opposition to payment of a bonus in 1932. Funeral services will be held this afternoon. , Survivors include his widow, the former Elizabeth Lodor of Chatta nooga; two sons, Silas, Jr., an Army private, and James Thomas, 12; a brother, James T. Williams of New York, and a sister, Miss Elizabeth Williams of Greenville, 8. C, REPAIR SERVICE Any Make Cor FLOOD P0NTIA0 4221 Connecticut WO. 0400 _ with an officer, then covered him self with a camouflaged poncho and hoped nothing would happen. He watched the Jap "Betty” until “all at once I saw a ball of Are where the plane had been and it came crashing down. Afterwards it was all a laugh, but my insides were going around just the same.” During part of the trip a fellow passenger was Lt. (j. g.) 'Alexander Preston, a former editorial depart ment employe of The Star, now in the Navy. Pilot of the plane which took Mr. Godfrey from Hawaii to Eniwetok and Saipan was CapN Prank Orme. son of Mrs. Edith Orme, 1840 Biltmore street N.W. Capt. Orme’s wife is the former Miss Patricia Flynn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund J. Flynn. 225 Em erson street N.W. Japs still infest Saipan as United States servicemen continue to build the base there. Since the island was "secured” from the Japs July 9. Mr. Godfrey said he was informed 19,000 of the enemy have been killed there. The Tokyo raid started at dawn of the day following his arrival on Saipan. Later he watched the planes return and recorded a four hour broadcast of this spectacle. What the Navy Department here will do with the recording, Mr. God frey now is wondering. He hopes it will be released. Principal cost of the trip was about $200 for uniforms. The Navy provided a sheath knife, a pair of GI shoes and a camouflaged poncho. The poncho came in handy while the Jap plane was over Saipan. Mr. Godfrey said. Library Staff To Give Watch ToMacLeish Members of the staff of the li brary of Congress will present their chief, Archibald MacLeish, a testi monial regardless of whether he is confirmed by the Senate as an As sistant Secretary of State. It was announced at the Library’ that presentation of a wrist watch and a book containing signatures of some 1,000 employes would be made without regard to any other consid eration. Mr. MacLeish’s resignation as librarian was submitted in advance of his nomination by President Roosevelt to the State Department post. He has been librarian since October 1, 1939. Several Police Killed In El Salvador 'Revolt' By the Associated Press. SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador, Dec. 9..—Opponents of the govern ment of President Col. Osmin Aguirre fired on police in an out break yesterday, killing several* policemen and wounding national guards and customs officials. Participants in the uprising were arrested and their arms seized. One way to speed "V-E” day buy more War Bonds. •OMHETI SELECTION _T’S 1380 G St. RE. 6212 Protect Your Car With ANTI FREEZE Large Stock in Quarts and Gallon's SEE VS FOR pLUMBER-MILLWORK--, FLOORING, STAIRWORK, CABINETS, GLASS. -HARDWARE JANITOR'S SUPPLIES, DELTA MACHINERY, TOOLS, RANGES, PAINTS, ROOFING, INSULATION. STRUCTURAL STEEL Telephone and Mail Orders Promptly Filled — Charge Accounts Easily Arranged. 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