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240 Violent Deaths !
Are Reported Over Holiday Week End Tragedy stalked in hundreds of homes across the country over the Christmas week end. and the As sociated Press tabulated 240 deaths from violence, 149 of them victims of traffic acccidents, since midnight Friday. Five deaths in fires occurred in the District and one traffic fatality was recorded. In Maryland there were three traffic deaths, one death In a fire and three deaths due to miscellaneous causes. Three persons were killed in high way accidents in Virginia. T. B. King. 35. and Thomas Sims Hall, 32. both of La Crosse, were killed in a crackup on Ronte No. 1 near South Hill Saturday night. Philip R. Boswell, Norfolk for-hire car driver, was killed and four other persons injured in a collision in Norfolk early yesterday. The two-day tabulation by the Associated Press listed 29 fatalities from fires and 62 from other causes, including plane crashes in Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee. A train wreck near Poplar Grove, 111., Jelled four persons and injured ar least 25 others. The National Safety Council had estimated, on the basis of figures of recent years, that traffic accidents would take 275 lives by midnight tonight. Associated Press files! showed 339 deaths for the 1943 Christmas week end, 216 of which resulted from traffic mishaps, 38 from fires and 85 from miscellaneous causes. In this year’s count, California, ! with 26 dead, led all States. The j State totals, listing traffic, fire and | miscellaneous casualties in that or-j der, follow: Arizona, 1-0-0; California, 23-1-2; ] Colorado, 4-0-1; Connecticut, 0-0-1; Delaware, 4-0-0; Florida, 1-0-lL Georgia, 1-0-4; Illinois, 13-1-2; Indiana, 5-0-1; Iowa, 1-2-2; Ken-1 tucky, 2-0-0; Maine. 1-0-0; Massa- j chusetts, 2-3-1; Michigan, 8-4-0; | Minnesota, 4-0-2; Missouri, 13-0-1; j Montana. 0-0-1; New Jersey, 3-0-3; j New Mexico, 1-0-0; New York, 6-1-8; Ohio, 2-1-2; Oklahoma, 9-3-1; j Oregon, 3-0-1; Pennsylvania, 8-1-2; South Carolina, 2-0-0: South Da kota. 2-0-0: Tennessee, 2-0-5; Texas, 7-1-0; Utah, 2-0-1; Washington, 1-3-1; West Virginia, 1-2-2; Wis- i eonsin, 2-0-0; Wyoming, 1-0-0. New Year Dance Set < For 5,ClJ in Service jj What officials announced as one1 of the largest servicemen's dances, \ yet held in the United States will; ■ take place New Year's eve at Uline Arena, Third and M streets N.E.:: Five thousand service men and women are expected to attend the j huge party, sponsored by the city's j four Catholic USO groups. Guest of honor will be Mr*. J Eleanor Roosevelt, who will address : the dancers at 10:30 p.m. To assure a sufficient number of young women as dancing part ners, all hostesses who have been affiliated with the Catholic USO groups of the National Catholic Community Service women’s units, as well as those who have served the men's unit, will be on hand. Hundreds of servicewomen also will attend to supplement the hostess ] force. All hostesses, whether service- j women or civilians, are required to register at any of the city’s Cath olic USO headquarters, where they will receive tickets. Servicemen need only to be in uniform to gain admission. Drunks Discover Usual Leniency Absent This Yule Drunks expecting the traditional Christmas leniency were disappoint- j i ed today when Municipal Judge ' Aubrey Fennell imposed jail sen-1 fences on 25 for celebrating the holiday not wisely, but too well. ' Four who received the customary suspended sentences were those for- ■ tunates who displayed railroad tick ets and promised they would break speed records getting out of town. The others will have to be content with a steak dinner today at Dis trict jail. I FIRE AFTERMATH—The ruins of the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. William De Witt Moore at 618 Sheridan street N.W., in which they and their two youngest children perished early yesterday, are examined by a friend of the family, Frank Rose, 4511 Fifth street N.W. Mr. Rose is looking at a baby carriage and a doll, gifts that were intended for 9-year-old Marjorie Moore, one of the victims. Lights Nazis Put Out Being Rekindled, British King Says By the Associated Press. LONDON, Dec. 25.—In a Christ mas message broadcast to the world King George VI declared to day that "the lamps which the Ger mans put out all over Europe, first in 1914 and then in 1939. are being slowly rekindled.” “Already we can see some of them beginning to shine through the fog of war that still shrouds so many lands,” he said. In a message broadcast from a Christmas fireside the King said, “The Queen and I and our daugh ters are fortunate enough to be spending a Christmas at home.” “Anxiety is giving way to confi dence and let us hope that before next Christmas, God willing, the story of liberation and triumph will be complete,” he said. Looking ahead to postwar prob lems, the King said that "labor and devotion, patience and tolerance, will still be needed for the experi ment of living as nations in har mony.” “The defeat of Germany and Japan is only the first half of our task. The second is to Create a world of free men. ‘untouched by tyranny.’ ” The King continued: “We have great allies in this arduous enterprise of human spirit —man's ‘unconquerable mind and freedom's holy flame.’ I believe most surely that we shall reach that goal.” Five Killed, Two Injured In Crash of Navy Plane By the Associated Press. INDIANAPOLIS. Dec. 25—At least five persons were killed and two injured early today In the crash of a Navy cargo plane a mile southwest of the Indianapolis municipal airport. Press relations officers at Stout Field, headquarters of the 1st Troop Carrier Command, identified the plane as a ship from the naval re serve aviation base at Olathe, Kans. They said the plane left Columbus, Ohio, last night and had reached St. Louis when it was ordered to turn back because of weather con ditions. The cause of the crash was not determined immediately. Stout Field officers said four of the victims were the pilot, co-pilot, the crew1 chief and a passenger. The body of the fifth victim was burned so badly in the fire that followed the crash that Identifi cation was impossible. The two men injured were thrown clear of the wreckage. One suffered severe lacerations on the head and the other was burned critically. Army officers said identification of the dead and injured would be announced at Olathe after the next of kin had been notified. CIO Declares Reports Of War Plant Quitting Are Overstressed j RJ tb* AMoctated Pr*««. The CIO expressed belief yester day that the problem of workers leaving war plants for peacetime jobs "has been greatly overstressed.’’ A study of the situation, published in the current issue of the CIO Economic Outlook, characterized the "exodus” of war workers to Jobs with better long range outlook as “fictional.” The study labelled the "exodus” as a "creation of the press and cer tain Army officials.” "The CIO department of re search and education, which pub lishes the Outlook, made a study of the 'quit rate’ to expose the fictional character of 'the exodus’," the CIO said in a statement. The study covered the five-month period. May to October, this year, in comparison with the equivalent pe riod in 1943. Twenty-eight war industries were chosen for the survey. Out of 328 available reports on quitting rates in those industries, 201 disclosed a de crease in Job-leavers In 1944, with no change in 13. In only 25 cases was the quit rate “appreciably high er" in 1944 than in 1943, the CIO said. Asserting that it can sympathize with the Government in its desire to prevent an exodus from actually taking place, the Outlook said that labor repeatedly has suggested meth ods for prevention. The most obvious and desirable way, it said, is to assure workers adequate compensation during the period of postwar unemployment and “above all to guarantee that there will be plenty of peacetime Jobs to go around.” District Soldier Helps Lead Patrol in Rescue of 82 Men Last night the 8-year-old son of Pvt. and Mrs. Joseph Long of 1360 B street S.E., remarked it didn’t seem like Christmas without daddy.” who was somewhere with the Ameri can forces on the German border. Today it was a happier Christmas because Mrs. Long and her three sons learned through The Star that Pvt. Long not only is well but that he was one of four men who led a patrol which rescued 82 men of the 7th Army from the Siegfried Line town of Bundenthal. where they had been trapped for seven days. Pvt. Long's wife, Mrs. Margaret; Walker Long, was told of an As-' sociated Press dispatch which said that after the patrol had led the trapped men to safety those who were rescued gave thanks for "the biggest Christmas present we ever got.” Pvt. Long has been in the Army since last April 26. He is a native of Washington and formerly was a cab driver. The three Long sons are 8, 7 and 3. On the battle front the 79 infan trymen and 3 officers were surround ed in eight houses on the outskirts of Bundenthal on the night of De U Responsible £S Republic 1070 1016 20th St. N.W. DRAFTING MATE Rl A LS MUTH 710 I3£ i A | cember 17. The Germans were so j close they tossed hand grenades in ! the windows and pounded the houses with artillery, mortars and machine guns. Some of the trapped men; ! lived most of the week on cold pota- j ! toes and shared one loaf of bread j among 24 men. Two men finally made a break i back to the American lines to bring the rescue party, of which Pvt, Long | was one of the leaders. With ma ! chine-gun bullets whining overhead, ; the rescuers picked their way through trenches and pillboxes. The dispatch said Pfc. Lewis Cross, ! also of Washington, a veteran of Sicily, Salerno and Anzio. who was one of the rescued men, commented: "Being cut off like that was worse than any of those other shows.” ■■■ - *4 ' i I I 4 STANDARD AUTO CLASS 624 N St. N.W. PROMPT SERVICE Betwoon Both Inspection Stations RE. 5877 TROUSERS I To Match S/i .95 on Coat, up I EISEMAN’S—F at 7tli 1 BORAK OIL CO. FUEL OIL BDkient Service for 15 Years. Prompt Delivery and Burner Service 134 M St. S.W. Ofl«: TE. 9264 Bone: FE. 1824 Expert . . . WATCH REPAIRING 2 Weeks9 Service ALL work guaranteed, correct by our scien tific WATCH MASTER $. 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Mahan and Ward Named As Warships Lost at Leyte Two American warships lost off; Leyte in the battle of the Philippines have been identified by the Navy as the destroyer Mahan, commanded by a District resident, and the de stroyer transport Ward. There was no loss of life on the Ward, which had an outstanding record including the sinking of a Japanese submarine early on De cember 7, 1941. Next of kin of the casualties aboard the Mahan, which carried a crew of approximately 170 men, have been notified, the Navy said. The number of casualties was not disclosed. The Mahan was built In 1933 and had participated in many landing actions throughout the Pa cific. Lt. Comdr. E. G Campbell. 33. of 6300 Connecticut avenue, Chevy Chase, commander of the Mahan, returned home Wednesday. A native of Portland, Ore , Comdr. Campbell graduated in 1933 from the Naval Academy. His service in cludes duty aboard the battleship Oklahoma for a year. He was com mander of the Mahan for a year. His wife and a 5-year-old son live at the Chevy Chase address. U. 5. Aide's Complaint Brings Cut in Rental, Order for Repairs Complaint of Theodore Spector, assistant solicitor of the Interior Deportment, on conditions he claimed existed In his apartment at the Broadmoor Apartments, 3601 Connecticut avenue N.W., were sus tained in part today by the Dis trict Rent Control Commission. Examiner Ernest F. Williams, who heard Mr. Spector's charges De cember 13 and later visited the apartment, ordered Mr. 8 pec tor’s rent reduced from $04 to $02 a month and instructed the manage ment to paint and repair the apart ment. Mr. Spector had appeared at the hearing with chunks of plaster from his wall and ceiling and a broken Venetian blind to emphasize his complaint that service was "de teriorlating'' at the building and that the management was profiting' at the tenant's expense. His contention, however, that halls and elevators were not properly kept and that the help was not properly and cleanly dressed, was not up held by Mr. Williams’ report. Mr. Williams said service In the build ing seemed to “be reasonably ef ficient.” The commission ordered the man agement to paint the apartment, hang new wallpaper, paint and re pair radiators and broken blinds, and to make repairs to the porch. Mr. Spector's contention that the corridor on the fourth floor where he lives was not properly venti lated also was sustained by the com mission. In addition, Mr. Williams found that swings and sandboxes in the adjoining playground were in need of repair. Admiral Hoover Given Gold Star for Service Br th« Anioclttcd Prifti. GUAM, Dec. 25.—Vice Admiral John Hoover, Great Falls, Mont., and Washington, D. C., yesterday was presented with a Gold Star in lieu of a second Distinguished Serv ice Medal by Admiral Chester W. Nlmitz, commander of the Pacific Fleet. The citation said the award was in recognition of Admiral Hoover’s \ service from November 13, 1943, to August 27, 1944, as aircraft com-; mander for the Central Pacific force during the capture qf the Gilbert and Marshall Islands and as for ward area commander during opera tions to capture the Marians. Admiral Hoover came from his headquarters to confer with Ad miral Nlmitz here. 350 Post Office Employes Carry Mail on Holiday About 350 Post Office employes are working today to help Santa Claus i deliver Christmas presents to homes! in Washington. > j Postmaster Vincent C. Burke said the workers, mostly tempdrary em ployes, using about 150 trucks, ex pect to have delivered today all the parcels received up to 3 or 4 o’clock this morning. Additional parcels received during the day will be de livered tomorrow. Postmaster Burke said the volume of Christmas mail this year about equaled the tremendous volume handled last year. Snowfall Sfalemates Operations in Italy By the Associstcd Prtti. ROME. Dec. 25.—A heavy snowfall stalemated ground operations on the Italian front yesterday, Allied head -! quarters announced today, giving a respite to American 5th Army troops who spent the previous day battling off German counterattacks on their newly-won positions east of Monte Belmonte. Air activity also was sharply cur tailed. but Allied fighter-bombers attacked an enemy airdrome north east of Vicenza, destroying 15 air craft and damaging two others aground. Other fighters also strafed German transport, but heavy and medium bombers were grounded. Aerial operations over the Balkans were limited to an attack on a rail yard north of Mostar in Yugoslavia. Triplets Born to Couple On Christmas Eve By the Associated Press. WEST GROVE. Pa , Dec. 25 —Mr. and Mrs. Glen Osborn of nearby Kaolin received three very special Christmas presents here last night— | triplets—three boys. Dr. William B. Ewing, who de j livered the babies, said they weighed ;5 pounds 6 ounces, 6 pounds 7% j ounces, and 6 pounds 2*/2 ounces. The father is a defense worker. Planes for Spraying United States marines were first to use the airplane to spray large areas of ground for the elimination of mosquitoes and larvae. 20 Children .'Lost' In Holiday Rush Af Union Station A set of false teeth, a couple of juicy hams and a $1,500 War bond gave mute testimony today to tha weird and wonderful behavior of the hundreds of thousands deter mined to leave Washington for Christmas, via Union Station ' The crisis had passed today and in the comparative quiet of Christmas morning. Union Station employes talked about lost children, f 4-year old who became separated from her aunt and hopped a train alone for the South, and the peculiar display of articles unclaimed in the lost and found department. Traffic was lighter than usual in the station but was expected to pick up tonight and tomorrow as the people who went away come back through the station again. By last night virtually everybody who was going home for Christmas from Washington had gone and those who waited for trains joined groups of carol singers who wandered around spreading the Christmas spirit. Approximately 200 articles, includ ing the store teeth, the hams and a War bond made otit to Miss Thelma W. Huzzie of New York, were turned in to the lost-and-found depart ment by the end of the rush Satur day night. According to George H. Thomas, who presides over lost and j found, half the articles were still j unclaimed today. About 20 children were lost during I the rush, Miss Harriett Holzbach, Travelers Aid Society supervisor at Union Station, reported. Miss Holz bach told us the 4-year-old girl who was swept away from her aunt and 'boarded a train. The child was | finally put off at Greensboro, h. C., | after Travelers Aid made arrange ments to effect a reunion. ! In another case, a mother travel ing with her 16-year-old daughter ’ boarded an Atlanta-bound train only | to discover her daughter had not | been able to get through the crowds to the train. The mother had tha tickets. After an exchange of wires, Travelers Aid arranged transporta tion for the daughter. REPAIR SERVICE Any Make Car FLOOD PONTIAC j 4221 Connecticut WO. MOC I \ ' i WUTI stiMrna KITT’S 13*0 G St. BE. «1* A Greeting to the Christian Community On the eve of the High Holidays of the faith of Israel the Minis terial Union, representing the Protestant clergy of the Washington community, and men and women of many creeds, have ex tended to me, for the children of our faith, their profound expres sion of spiritual comradeship. In that same spirit, as a Rabbi in Israel, I bring to the Ministerial Union and to the Christian clergy and laity of our city, our prayerful greeting. At this very time the children of the faith of Israel have celebrated Hanukah, the festival of lights, to remember the heroism of the Maccabees, who, more than two thousand years ago, fought for religious liberty against Hellenist tyranny. It was their struggle against the forces of cruel darkness that kept burning the flame of our ancient faith on the altar of Israel. It was the torch raised high by these stalwart Maccabees of ages past that blazed the trail of light for the coming of Christianity. If not for their spiritual strength and sacrificial struggle and rededication, as they faced the forces of religious decadence within and intolerance without, the vision of the democratic state of free men would never have been bom. As you gather this Christmas day to turn your souls in prayer be fore the altar of Almjghty God our hearts are joined with yours in the quest for peace on earth for men of good will and our lives are reconsecrated with the fellow citizens of this blessed land in the will for the good that makes possible a world of good will. We pray- that we shall be true to the vision of free men who now struggle in the valley of the shadow of death. We pray that God shall guard our sons and give us the strength to rise to a great covenant of righteousness so that they will come home to a world where the "blood, sweat and tears" of our generation shall not have been in vain. May our prayers unite us, Christian and Jew, in a great festival of light, in the spirit of the noblest vision of humanity that down through the centuries has ever striven with the primitive forces of hatred and cruelty and tyranny to bring righteousness and mercy and liberty. May we stand together as free citizens of this good land, the hope of the world, to raise high the sacred torch to dispel the world's darkness, so that, with God's help, a bleeding humanity, in spiritual rededication, will achieve a just and lasting peace for all the children of men. RABBI NORMAN GERSTENFELD Minister of THE WASHINGTON HEBREW CONGREGATION