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House Group to End
20-Month Inquiry
Into FCC Tomorrow
®r th« Associated Press.
The wordiest investigation on
Capitol Hill winds up tomorro .v
after 30 months of almost daily
hearings.
It is the inquiry started by Rep
resentative Cox, Democrat, of Geor
gia in March, 1943, into the activi
ties of the Federal Communications
Commission. Criticism of Chair
man James Fly, since resigned,
prompted it.
The investigation soon became a
free-for-all. Mr. Cox. a target him
self after a while, quit as chairman
and Representative Lea, Democrat,
of California took over, but the at
mosphere remained much the same.
Still producing dynamite at the
end, the committee yesterday heard
Thomas G. (Tommy the Cork) Cor
coran, early Hew Deal brain truster,
and David K. Niles, an administra
tive assistant to President Roose
velt.
Both denied charges that they had
any connection with the sale of
Radio Station WMCA, New York, b7
Donald Flamm to Edward J. Noble
for $850,000 in 1940.
The complaints were that they
used administration pressure to
bring about the sale. Mr. Flamm
said he wras coerced- into it.
Mr. Corcoran said he was in Mex
ico when it took place. He said he
had nothing to do with it, Mr Niles
didn’t, and neither did “any one else
in the White House.”
Mr. Noble, former Undersecretary
of Commerce and now head of the
Blue Network, was summoned to
wind up the questioning today in a
closed session.
War Bonds
'Continued From First Page.)
grand total of $16,468,000,000, over a
$14,000,000,000 quota.
The drive officially ends Saturday,
although bonds bought through De
cember 31 will count toward the
quotas. Final figures will be an
nounced January 2.
Navy Buys Extra Bonds.
Capt. Gerald A. Eubank, Navy co
ordinator for War Bonds, reported
yesterday that the Navy personnel
had bought more than $61,000,000 in
extra bonds on Pearl Harbor day. 1
"We don’t use a patriotic appeal to
•ell bonds to men in uniform be
cause when men are fighting and
many give their lives, such an ap
peal would have a hollow sound, i
We sell them bonds for their own ,
postwar security,” Capt. Eubank :
said.
Washington still kept third place
in the contest between eight Metro- >
politan centers competing in “E” i
bond sales. Milwaukee and Pitts
burgh are both ahead of the District
in percentage sales.
Montgomery County has exceeded ■
■ its quota of $2,500,000 in the drive,
according to Fred L. Lutes, chair
man. who announced today that a
. total of $2,898,175.25 has been
reached. He expressed disappoint- 1
rnent. however, in the sales of "E”
f Bonds and said he hoped the visit
of the War Bond Caravan to the
county today will renew interest.
Signal Corps Has Exhibit.
The exhibit, which is under the
auspices of the Holabird Signal
Depot, was at Rockville this morn
ing, will be at Bethesda this after
noon until 5:30 o'clock and at Silver
Spring, in the rear of the State
Armory, from 7 to 9 o'clock tonight.
The display is Signal Corps equip
ment used on the various battle
fronts and is free.
Mr. Lutes said 4,522 individual
sales of "E” Bonds totaling $398.
231.63 have been reported by the
county banks. The quota for these
bonds is $1,000,000.
Latest reports from the various
districts in the county on over-all
sales show the northeastern dis
trict headed by F. L. Thomas lead
ing wbth sales of $1,058,043.75. The
quota for this district which is in
the Sandy Spring-Olney neighbor
hood was $300,000.
The eastern district reported sales
of $1,018,727.50 with a quota of
$1.000.000. In the western district,
which had a quota of $550,000. sales
of $219,941.25 were reported: sales 1
of $87,838.75 were announced for
the northwestern district, which has ]
a quota of $125,000. and central 1
district, with a quota of $525,000, re- 1
ported sales of $390,124. State of <
Maryland purchases allocated to 1
Montgomery County totaled $123,500. 1
Arlington Movie Nets $400,000.
Following a ‘'double-header” bond
rally. Arlington County today is well
past the million-dollar mark in the
Sixth War Loan, it was announced
by William E. Robey, drive chair
man. The county quota is $1,655,000.
County bond buyers last night paid
an average of $950 per seat to see
Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon
in ‘‘Mrs. Parkington" at the Buck
ingham Theater. The sales for the
night netted about $400,000 with
! every seat in the house sold out for
both showings and bond buyers pay
ing for standing room only.
Col. Winfield S. Hamlin, theater
manager, said Mrs. Claude R.
Thomas sold over $200,000 in War
Bonds and Stamps and thereby be
came the ''top” salesman in the
theater drive.
The Clarenford Women’s Club, in
the race between the seve*' -county
Federated Women’s Clubs, was lead
ing with sales of $280,900. Runner
up was the Ashton Heights Women's
Club with sales of $110,625.
Social Hygiene Society
Urges Prenatal Check
The District Social Hygiene So
ciety. meeting yesterday afternoon
at its offices at 927 Fifteenth street
N.W.. urged the enactment as soon
as possible of a prenatal examina
tion law to guard mothers and
babies in the District from syphillis.
Ray H. Everett, executive secre
tary of the society, said 30 States
now have such laws. “They are
notable aids~in reducing the deaths
and disabilities due to congenital
syphillis,” he said.
Mr. Everett explained that pre
natal examination laws require
physicians to make blood tests of
expectant mothers. “Where syphillis
is discovered and treatment is
started during the first few months
of pregnancy, the chances are about
nine to one the baby will be born
free of disease,” he said. “But if no
tests are made and the disease is
■ot discovered and treated, the
Aances are just reversed.”
New is the time fer all good eiti
km to come to the aid ef the Sixth
War Loan drive.
HE HELPS HOME FRONT FIGHT NOW—Pvt. Raymond Woll
schleger tells his Washington radio audience to buy more War
Bonds so other American soldiers need not lose a leg, as he did.
By his bed in a Walter Reed Hospital ward is a WWDC an
nouncer. —Star Staff Photo.
Capt. Andrew Shepard
Awarded Silver Star,
His Third Decoration
Capt. Andrew G. Shepard, produc
tion officer at the Navy Yard, who
already wears the Navy Cross and
the Legion of Merit, has been award
ed the Silver Star “for aggressive
and fearless conduct in handling his
ship in the face of the enemy” be
tween June 14 and August 9 of this
year, the Navy Department an
nounced today.
The citation, presented at the Navy
Yard by Rear Admiral F. L. Reich
muth. commandant, said that “by
cool and capable direction," Capt.
Shepard caused his ship to "deliver
prolonged and effective gunfire”
against the Japanese.
Capt. Shepard was awarded the
Navy Cross in January for "extraor
dinary heroism” as commanding
officer of a cruiser operating in
Northern Solomon Islands waters.
In August, 1943, he received the
Legion of Merit for outstanding
services as operations officer on the
staff of the commander in chief of
the Atlantic Fleet.
A native of New York State, Capt.
Shepard has been on duty at the
Navy Yard since Leptember. He
and his wife live at Quarters H at
the yard.
Comdr. Eli T. Reich, 1257 Law
rence street N.E., has been awarded
the Navy Cross for outstanding
bravery w’hile in command of a sub
marine operating against the Jap
anese, the Navy Department has
disclosed.
Admiral Chester W. Nimiu pre
sented the award to the 31-year-old
commander, who has been leading
torpedo attacks on the enemy since
the war began. He was stationed in
the Philippines in December, 1941,
and has been in action almost con
tinuously since then. Comdr. Reich's
submarine is credited with sinking
more than 19.000 tons of enemy
shipping.
Comdr. and Mrs. Reich, the for
mer Miss Jacqueline Hurley, were
married at St. Matthew's Cathedral
here in 1942, when he was home on
leave. Mrs. Reich is employed at
the Navy Department.
Representative Curley
Named in Civil Action
James M. Curley. Democratic Rep
resentative and former Governor of
Massachusetts, who was indicted
last January with six other officers
and employes of Engineers Group,
Inc., on charges of violating the
mail fraud statute in connection
with an alleged Government war
contracts brokerage racket, was one
of five defendants named yesterday
in a civil suit filed in District Court
by a New York construction firm.
The Key West Construction Co.
asked for more than $18,000. It
claimed that part of that amount
was paid to Engineers’ Group, Inc.,
to obtain certain construction con
tracts. and part was spent at the
suggestion of the Engineers’ Group.
The contract sought by the New
York firm was never obtained, but
none of the money was returned,
the suit claims.
Besides Mr. Curley, who was presi
dent of the Engineers’ Group, Inc.,
until late in December, 1941, the
civil suit names two others in
dicted with him last January. They
are James Fuller, formerly of Wash
ington, who is serving time for send
ing fraudulent securities through
the mails, and Marshall J. Fitzger
ald of Chicago and Washington,
said to have served Engineers’
Group as secretary and director.
Other defendants named in the
civil suit are Everett R. Hurt, Earle
Building, and Robert M. Thach,
Woodward Building.
Fuel Oil
(Continued From First Page.)
paradoxical position of having a
good supply of fuel oil on hand
without being able to deliver to
many of their customers because they
are out of valid rations. One dealer
reported that 100 of his customers
will be without oil by Monday.
Another retailer reported that 75
per cent of his customers were re
ceiving only small deliveries because
their rations were down to bedrock.
This places an added strain on man
power and trucks and results in un
economical operations, dealers point
out.
Advance Plea Refused.
The OPA has received at least one
dealer request that period 2 coupons
be made valid in advance of Mon
day. This has been turned down by
the agency on the grounds it would
throw the complicated rationing sys
tem out of gear and! only prolong
the day of a real crisis.
Period 3 rations become valid Jan
uary J5.
Washington, lacking large storage
facilities for civilian oil, operates on
a weekly basis, a condition which
makes the fuel oil situation here
frequently a “touch-and-go" prob
lem, Mr. Thompson said.
Henry W. Gilbert, 80,
Former White House
Police Guard, Dies
Henry W. Gilbert. 80, who served
as police guard at the White House
under seven Presidents, died of a
heart attack yesterday at his resi
dence, 2651 Sixteenth street N.W.
Bom in Covington, Va„ Mr. Gil
bert worked on his lather’s farm
in Botetourt County, Va., until the
age of 21 when he joined the Army.
He was honorably discharged in
1890 after five years’ service in the
Indian wars in Montana and the
Dakotas.
Later the same year he came to
the District and joined the Metro
politan police force with which he
served for 34 years before his re
tirement in October, 1924.
Anecdote Recalled.
Twice during the Harrison ad
ministration he was detailed for
special duty at White House re
ceptions. He was assigned there
permanently on March 13. 1883. A
special White House force was es
tablished in 1924
Mr. Gilbert came into close con
taci with the Chief Executives and
in recent years often recalled anec
dotes about them and their families
“President Theodore Roosevelt
“often used the east room for
wrestling bouts,” he recalled. “Some
times after dinner he would show
his guests how to kill ferocious wild
animals without using a gun. He
often played hide and seek with the
children and also played medicine
ball in the lower corridor."
Wilson Wrote Letter to Son.
Father of the late Henry Chap
man Gilbert, the first soldier to be
accepted under the World War draft
law in July, 1917, Mr. Gilbert often
told how President Wilson wrote
his son a “fine letter” and that Mrs.
Wilson frequently asked how he was
getting along.
Mr. Gilbert was a past president
of the Association of Retired Police
and formerly was an elder and
president of the Men’s Bible Class
at Fourth Presbyterian Church. At
the time of his death he attended
Central Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his widow, the
former Lida Henry, a native of
Washington, whom he married in
May. 1890. He also leaves two broth
ers, Asa Gilbert and Thomas C. Gil
bert. both of Washington.
Funeral services will be held at 1
pm. tomorrow at the Hines funeral
home. Burial will be in Glenwood
Cemetery.
Philippines
' Continued From First Page l
Japanese dead, some 30,000 drowned
in the smashing of 10 reinforcement
convoys, 253 prisoners and an esti
mated 18,500 dead inside enemv
lines
Doughboys of the 77th Division)
driving north from Ormoc. seaport
on Western Leye captured last Sun
day, seized the enemy's main supply
depots 1 mile from the city after
severe fighting, the Friday com
munique said. The 32d Division
maintained pressure at the north of
the Ormoc corridor, where thou
sands of crack Japanese troops are
bottled up.
In the Navyr raid on Luzon, 77
Japanese planes were destroyed on
the ground and 14 in combat as the
carrier aircraft raked airdromes and
shipping in the Manila area and
elsewhere.
The attack, on Wednesday (United
States time), virtually dovetailed
with a raid by Army bombers based
on Leyte.
Iwo Jima was raided Sunday,
Monday and Tuesday by landbased
Liberators and Lightning fighters,
all of which returned despite heavy
antiaircraft fire. Iwo Jima is an
important base on the B-29 route
between Saipan and Tokyo.
Haha Jima, 650 miles south of
Tokyo, was bombed Sunday, and
oth'er bombers hit* tiny Marcus
Island, 1,000 miles southeast of
Tokyo, on Monday.
In the Philippines, Liberators
bombed Bacolod airdrome on Negros
Island with 88 tons of explosives.
Three small freighters were sunk
by patrol planes off the southwest
Luzon coast.
Petroleum installations on Borneo
were set aflame for the fourth
straight day. Two coastal vessels
were sunk there.
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Crocker Dismissed
As Assistant Pastor
By Vote of 73 to 4S
By a vote of 73 to 40, the First
Congregational Church last night
dismissed the Rev. Bertram Crocker,
assistant pastor, effective today. He
was given six weeks’ salary.
The vote, in a special business
meeting, was on a motion by E.
Donald Preston, chairman of the
Board of Religious Education of the
church, which had called Mr
Crocker to the post last March. In
presenting the motion, Mr. Preston
cited a long list of “instances” to
support his recommendation that
the services of the assistant pastor
be terminated. Mr. Crocker was
formerly an Army chaplain, with
the rank of captain.
The session lasted for several
hours, with many speeches being
made for and against Mr. Crocker.
During the evening a photog
rapher for a morning newspaper
took a picture to which a member
of the congregation objected strenu
ously. The plate was obtained in
what was described as a tussle and
was exposed, spoiling the picture.
A joint meeting of two boards of
the church and the so-called “So
ciety's Committee” about a week ago
recommended dismissal of Mr.
Crocker by a vote of 33 to 3.
Conference
(Continued From First Page )
messages to Congress the first week
in January. He must be on hand
January 20 for his fourth-term in
auguration.
Although it. too. may be unlikely,
another meeting between the Presi
dent and Mr. Churchill somewhere
between these dates is not precluded.
The British Prime Minister spent
his 1941 Christmas in this country.
He could get here easily in time for
another.
And certainly enough purely
Anglo-American areas of disagree
ment have developed since the
President and Mr. Churchill last
met in September to justify their
hoping for some solutions in their
Christmas stockings.
Yet there are factors operating
against another immediate meeting
of the two. They would not, for
instance, want Russia to get an im
pression they were gstnging up, or
seeking a solid array of plans and
opinions, in advance of a confer
ence with Premier Stalin.
Criticisms Increase.
Furthermore, there are indications
lesser workmen already are rasping
away with some success at rough
edges of Anglo-American relation
ships.
Simultaneously, Britain and the
United States bespoke their approval
yesterday of a new Italian govern
ment. And the emphasis was less
on the approval than on the close
contact and consultation between
the British and American Ambassa
dors in Rome.
Lack of advance consultation over
earlier Italian plans to make Count
Carol Sforza Premier or Foreign
Minister had created Anglo-Amer
ican friction. The British didn't like
Count Sforza and said so. That
prompted an American statement of
opposition to outside interference in
setting up European governments.
Count Sforza was left out of the
new Italian cabinet.
Many American officials remain
convinced that British dabblings in
Italian and Greek politics added to
troubles growing from Allied failure
to supply all the needs of liberated
peoples.
Law Coming Here.
But in the field of supplies, too,
attempts at improvement are under
way. To discuss supplies and other
problems and policies on the con
tinent, Richard K. Law is rushing
from London to Washington. As
Minister of State, Mr. Law ranks
third in the British Foreign Office.
But in the face of these signs of
better Allied co-operation, plenty of
problems still stood out that could
benefit from the personal attention
of President Roosevelt and Mr.
Churchill—and Stalin—in the not
too distant future.
For example:
The Allies have no complete ar
rangements for control of Germany
when peace comes. The question of
who shall govern a freed Poland is
a disturbing element, for Russia is
aligned behind one faction, Britain
and the United States behind an
other. One big issue was left unset
tled by the Dumbarton Oaks confer
ence on world security—what is to
be done if one of the great powers
becomes an aggressor?
Move to Rezone Tract
In Somerset Opposed
The Montgomery County Board
of Commissioners has been peti
tioned by the Mayor and Council
of Somerset, Md., to deny a request
by Louis J. Bergson, Jr., to rezone
38 acres of the Bergdoll tract in
Somerset from residential A to resi
dential C.
A hearing of the application,
which would permit the construc
tion of apartment houses on the
property if approved, will be held at
3 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethesda
County Building.
Peace and plenty, co-owners of
America’s future. Buy that extra
War Bond today.
Seaboard Strike Off;
President Gives Issue
To Mediation Panel
Bit the Associated Press.
Presidential action forestalled at
least for 00 days the strike called
for today on the Seaboard Air line
Railway.
An emergency mediation board
named by President Roosevelt last
night will explore the dispute be
tween the carrier and the Brother
hood of Locomotive Firemen and
Enginemen.
J. C. Wroton, Seaboard’s general
manager, said the railroad will ac
cept any decision of the emergency
board.
D. B. Robertson, union president,
said the strike had been called for
noon today because the railroad re
fused to grant the union the right
to represent members employed as
engineers in handling their individ
ual grievances and claims against
the company.
The National Mediation Board
failed to settle the differences.
Mr. Wroton contended that the
dispute was solely a jurisdictional
question between the Brotherhood of
Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen
and the Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers oyer reinstatement of en
gineers.
The emergency board will consist
of David J. Lewis of Maryland, a
former member of Congress; Hus
ton Thompson. Washington, attor
ney, and Maj. Gen. William H.
Tschappat, retired.
Suit Against May,
3 Others, Dismissed
A $12,567 damage suit against
Representative May, Democrat, of
Kentucky and three other men,
which Mrs. Louise Gove, 1600 block
of Harvard street N.W., had filed on
a claim that she was induced to buy
worthless stock in a mining corpora
tion, late yesterday was dismissed
by District Court Justice Daniel W.
O'Donoghue, who ruled that the
"testimony does not make out a case
of fraud.”
A department store clerk, Mrs.
Gove sought $2,000 which she
claimed she invested for 800 shares
In the Greenbrier Mining Corp. of
West Virginia: $567, which she
claimed she had paid out as a loan,
and $10,000 damages. Representa
tive May was said to have been pres
ident of the enterprise.
In his ruling Justice O'Donoghue
said in part: “• • • The plaintiff has
not been shown to be innocent,
young or inexperienced in business.
She parted with good stock very'
unfortunately. The mining business
is hazardous • • • they were taking
their chances.”
Earlier yesterday, Mr. May tes
tified three mining engineers had
conducted surveys of the Greenbrier
holdings and reported the property
to be “rich in maganese.” and that
one of the engineers termed the
mine "one of the best manganese
properties in the United States.”
The other defendants absolved by
Justice O’Donoghue were Capt. M
A. Martin, an Army officer of the
1800 block C street N.E.; Walter E
Blount, 600 block Maine avenue S.W.,
and A. J. E. Mullen of Pasadena,
Md. The trial lasted two davs.
Umbrellas Offered
PORTLAND, Oreg, (A*).—A sign In
front of a building and loan asso
ciation in this rainy city read:
“Caught in the rain? Well be glad
to loan you an umbrella.'' So far
all have been returned, sometimes
well ahead of the two-day loan
limit, says Mrs. Nina Mauk, asso
ciation secretary.
Peace and plenty, co-owners of
America's future. Buy that extra
War Bond today.
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