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On Postwar Credits Being Negotiated Negotiations now are going on between the American Embassy in Moscow and the Soviet government for commercial credits to finance trade between the United States and Russia afterthe war, it was learned today in diplomatic circles. It if expected, however, that the present lease-lend arrangement will con tinue until hostilities with Germany end. This subject was raised in the current issue of NAM News, organ of the National Association of Manufacturers, which quoted Amer ican officials as saying lease-lend to Russia would be terminated at the end of pending commitments on June 30. 1945. The magazine went on to say that lease-lend would be replaced by commercial credits. It also said it understood that the Soviet Purchasing Commission would be liquidated and a large part of its personnel absorbed by Amtorg, Soviet-American trading agency. Kussian sources here corroborated this only in part. They understood that the end of lease-lend would be determined entirely by Germany’s collapse and the official end of the War. whenever that might be. Meanwhile, In anticipation of an early end to hostilities in Europe, the commercial agreement is being negotiated between W. Averill Har riman, American Ambassador in Moscow, and the Russian govern ment. Russian officials understood that the Soviet purchasing agency would be continued, perhaps under an other name, even after the end of hostilities. The pointed out that Amtorg was a “private” organiza tion and that a Soviet governmental agency to handle trade relations with the United States Government •till would be needed. Essentially a Buying Nation. Informed sources here view' Russia as essentially a buying rather than a selling nation in the early postwar years because of the necessity of re building her war-devastated indus trial areas before she can enter the •elling field. The manufacturers' weekly quotes "sources close to Russian officials In Washington” as saying the ad ministration will present to Con gress several proposals for govern ment guarantee of foreign credits extended by American business. It adds: “That the Russians expect one or more of these proposals to be passed by Congress as ' a prelude to a United States-Soviet commercial treaty, is evidenced by their inten- j tion to keep most of their Purchas-i ing Commission officials in thes United States to handle Amtorg; business.” ; The protocol covering lease-lend for Russia expired June 30 at the end of the fiscal year, the NAM News says, and the renewal has not yet been signed. The lack of an effective protocol, j the story says, “has created some confusion among American manu facturers handling Russian lease lend orders, and apparently some concern among State Department and Foreign Economic Administra tion officials.” Nazi Tanks and Infantry Trapped by 7 Yanks' Exploit Bt ?Hp Associated Press. WITH AMERICAN FORCES IN I BELGIUM, Dec. 23 <Delayed '.—Be cause of a daring exploit by Maj. John C. H. Lee. jr., a convoy of 30 German tanks and a battalion of! infantry are being whittled down in an American-made trap. Maj. Lee, whose father, Lt. Gen. John c. H. Lee, is deputy command-! er of the European theater of op- j erations. worked his way w’ith six j men through the enemy lines and j blew up a bridge over a small stream. The enemy armor had crossed this bridge in an effort to strike north. Destruction of the bridge cut off the Germans’ one escape route when they were met head-on by steadfast American Infantry. Maj. Lee. then a captain, was cap tured by the Germans during the Normandy landing last June 6, but escaped. WAC Drive to Stress Need of Hospital Aides Hr the Associated Press. Recruiting for the Women’s Army Corps will continue in 1945. with emphasis on obtaining qualified hos pital technicians. The War Department, announcing this yesterday, said there is an acute need for medical and surgical tech nicians. WACS recruited for this duty will be given specialized training. Women with other special skills also are needed. Baltimore Man Is Held In Fatal Slashing of Wife Hr th# Associated Press. BALTIMORE, Dec. 26.—A 30 year-old shipyard worker, hospital-! lzed for razor slashes which police said probably were self-inflicted to day. faced a charge of "assault by cutting and causing the death” of his wife. Mrs. Ruby Berry, 24, died Sunday, shortly after her 5-vear-old son found her lying in a pool of blood on the floor of her bedroom, Her throat cut and her abdomen slashed,! Police Capt. William E. Murphy re ported. The woman's husband. John H. Berry, Bethlehem-Fairfield Ship yard employe and former Whites burg <Ky.) coal miner, lay nearby, unconscious, his stomach gashed. A straight-edged razor was beside him, Capt. Murphy said. South Baltimore General Hospi tal authorities reported Berry was expected to recover. He was kept i»iider police guard. Another son. 7-year-old Glenn Harold, and Mrs. perry's sister. 18 year-old Genevieve Caudill, lived with the family. BRUNSWICK, GA—SHIPYARD WORKERS GIVE TIME; SANTA, TOO—Santa Claus, along with 1,500 shipyard workers here, turned out yesterday to work without pay on a cargo vessel. It was their Christmas gift to Uncle Sam. —AP Wirephoto. FBI Is Pressing Probe Of Illinois Train Wreck Ey the Associated Press. BELVIDERE, 111., Dec. 26 —While FBI agents pressed an investigation into the derailment of a Chicago and Northwestern passenger train near Poplar Grove, 111.. Sunday, the coroner's office in Boone County an nounced last night an inquest would be held into the death of Mrs. Anna Quirk. 68, Beloit, Wis., only fatality of the accident. Five other victims of the wreck were in a critical condition and the coroner's office said date of the in quest would await physicians reports on their chances of survival. In addition to Mrs. Quirk, who was pinned beneath one of the over turned coaches. 22 persons were in jured. Those in a critical condition are: Donald MacKenzie. 33. Chicago, a war worker who. attending physi cians said, has a passible skull frac ture. broken ribs and chest injuries; Robert Franklin Miller. 25, Beloit, sailor; Mrs. Luvennia Duberry. 33, Beloit, Wis.; Thomas F'oss, 52. Elroy, Wis., brakeman on the train, and Dewey Anderson, 43, rural route 2, Janesville, Wis. Joan Berry to Be Witness When Trial Resumes Today Ey the Associated Press. LOS ANGELES, Dec. 26—The case of 14-month-old Carol Ann Berry, technically the plaintiff in the Charles Chaplin paternity trial, will be rested after her mother. Joan Berry, answers a few more questions from the witness stand today, coun sel for the child announced. The 55-vear-old comedian then will open his defense against the assertion of Miss Berry, his former drama student, that he is Carol Ann's father. Joseph Scott, representing Carol Ann, has said he may seat the child alongside Chaplin so jurors may compare facial characteristics. Chaplin already has testified, but as an adverse witness. In civil actions. California law permits in terrogation of the defendant in an effort to cause him to testify against himself. Ration Board Chairman Given Auto for Christmas By the Associated Press. HUNTINGTON, W. Va.. Dec. 26.— A new automobile presented by 100 anonymous donors was the Christ mas gift received by Dr. Raymond M. Sloan yesterday. Dr. Sloan, chairman of the Cabell County Rationing Board, was ad vised that the car was purchased under OPA regulations to replace his old machine worn out in the| service of the board. - • i Weather Report District of Columbia — Cloudy, windy and colder this afternoon. Clearing with a cold wave tonight, temperature dropping to 15 degrees. Pair and very cold tomorrow. Maryland—Clearing with a cold wave tonight, temperature dropping to zero in the mountains and 10 to 15 degrees eastward to the coast. Fair and very cold tomorrow. Virginia—Clearing with a cold wave tonight, temperature dropping to zero to five above, West portion; 10 to 15 in northeast portion and 15 to 20 in southeast portion. Fair and very cold tomorrow. River Report. Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers clear at Harpers Ferry. Potomac clear at Great Falls. Record for Lost »4 Hours. „ , Temperature Yesterday— Degrees. 4 p.m.___ 42 8 p.m. • _ 42 Midnight_ 46 Today— 4 a m._ _ 47 8 » ».- 38 Noon _ 34 Record for Last 24 Hours. (From noon yesterday to noon today.) Highest. 56, 11 p m. Year ago. 38 Lowest, 34. 11 a m. Year ago. 30. Record Temperatures This Year. Highest. 08. on June 18. Lowest, 16, on December 22. Humidity Report. 2:30 p.m. - *06 per cent 8 30 p.m.-06 per cent 2:30 a m.-70 per cent 8:30 p.m.- 50 per cent Tide Tables. (Furnished by United States Coast and Geodetic 8urvey.) Today. Tomorrow. High _ 6:06a.m. 6:06a.m. Low _11:50 a.m. 12:48 p.m High - 6:51p.m. 6:38 p.m. Low _12:30 p m. The Sun and Moon. Rises. Sets. Sun. today 8:26 5:51 Sun. tomorrow . 8:26 5:52 Moon, today __ 3:00 p.m. 3:55 a.m. Automobile lights must be turned on one-half hour alter sunset. Precipitation. Monthly precipitation in inches in the Capital (current month to date): , 1944. Average. Record January - 2.36 3.55 7.83 '37 February- 2.31 3.37 6.84 '84 March - 4.83 3.76 8.84 '91 April - 2.98 3.27 9.13 '89 May- 1.11 3.70 10.69 '89 June - 2.27 4.13 10.94 ’00 July - 6.62 4.71 10.63 ’86 August -6.91 4.01 14.41 ’28 September _ 4.87 3.24 17.45 '34 October _ 3.28 2.84 8.81 '37 November _ 3.14 2.37 7 18 '77 December_1.88 3.32 ^.56 ’01 Bondage? No. Bond-age? Ye*. One more bond to secure freedom. Buy that extra War Bond today. 15 Killed, 2 Hurt in Crash Of Navy Transport Plane i £, the Associated Press. INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 26—A twin engine C-46 Navy transport plane 1 crashed and burned in suburban In ! dianapolis yesterday, killing five per sons and injuring two others. The plane was bound for Colum bus, Ohio, after being turned back at St. Louis on a flight to Olathe • Kans.) Naval Airbase. Deputy Sheriff Everett Maxwell said five badly burned bodies were removed from the wreckage. He said the craft apparently was attempt ing to land at the municipal air port and overshot the field in a heavy fog. It struck a tree as the pilot tried to pull up. Three of the men killed in the crash were Navy personnel attached to Naval Air Transport Squadron 3, with headquarters at the naval air base. Olathe. Others involved were Army personnel. Swiss Frontier Town Reported Raided by Yanks By the Associated Presa. LONDON, Dec. 26 — An American squadron yesterday bombed Thayn gen, Swiss town on the Southwest German border, an official commu nique broadcast by the Swiss radio reported. The bombing damaged the German rail station on the frontier, some factories and a num ber of houses, the communique said. One German was killed and four Swiss were injured, according to the report. The communique said the last of three 8-plane squadrons of twin engined bombers which crossed the town dropped explosives, making “some 20 hits with medium and heavy bombs.'’ Thayngen is situated in the can ton of Schaffhausen, for whose bombing by mistake earlier in the war the United States has paid an indemnity. An American four-engined bomb er was shot down by Swiss anti-air craft when an air fleet crossed over Wurlingen in the Aargau canton, also on the German border, the com munique reported. Eight of the crew of 10 bailed out, but one of them drowned in the Aar River. Two were found dead in the plane. The surviving seven were interned, the Swiss said. 300 Italian Civilians Reported Massacred By the Associated Press. The Office of War Information re ported last night that members of the German SS. (Elite) guard and Italian Fascists had massacred about 300 civilian at Monchio, in the Reggio Emilia region of North ern Italy, according to reports re ceived from abroad. The OWI said the persons mas sacred were accused of sympathiz ing with Italian patriots, according to Italian partisans who reached Florence after passing through the enemy lines. . Col Myers Is Replaced At Panama Canal Post Col. Charles M. Myers, a veteran of 27 years in the Army, whose wife and daughter live at 2217 Ob servatory place N.W., has been re placed as chief of stafT of anti I aircraft and harbor defense forces [ in the Panama Canal Zone and ordered to report to the States for reassignment, the War Department announced last night. He was replaced by Col. Walter L. McCormick, Coast Artillery, Camp Haan. Calif. Georgia Pastor Held After Fatal Shooting At Christmas Dinner By the Associated Press. COLUMBUS, Ga„ Dec. 26.—A quarrel flaring at the Christmas dinner table resulted in the fatal shooting of the father of six chil dren and the arrest of his father in-law, a 55-year-old preacher, on a warrant charging murder, County Police Chief C. H. Jones reported today. The officer quoted the minister, the Rev. S. W. Noles, as saying he shot his son-in-law, Joseph E. Mayo, 42-year-old brickmason of Laurel, Miss., in self-defense. Mayo was shot four times with a pistol. Chief Jones said, while his wife, children and mother-in-law looked on. The children have been living with their grandparents since last September. The chief quoted the frail, be spectacled minister, who regularly makes a circuit of 50 Assembly of God churches in Georgia as State superintendent, as • giving this ac count of the slaying: The Mayos were estranged and Noles went to Laurel three weeks ago to get his daughter. Mayo arrived here Saturday and stayed in the Noles home, trying to effect a reconciliation. While eating Christmas dinner, Mayo admonished his wife and children to “hurry up” so they could return with him to Missis sippi. Mrs. Mayo replied neither she nor the children intended re turning. Mayo jumped up and grabbed one of the children by the arm. "His wife tried to prevent him from dragging the child away,” the minister was quoted as saying, “and then grabbed at her. * • » Then my wife asked Mayo to leave our daughter alone and—he was wild and not himself at all—he made a lunge at me. “About this time he seemed to feel that I was following him and he made a lunge at me. * • • I shot him the first time as he closed in on me, then I shot him three more times, for I was afraid he would get possession of my gun. He had threatened all of us.” New Clues Reported In Probe of Woman's Dpath in Bathtub Br the Associated Pres*. NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 26.—Police reported new clues today to the identity of an attractive red-haired woman whose nude body was found Sunday morning in a hotel room bathroom, but the exact cause of death and the whereabouts of a man with whom she shared the room until Friday remained as much of a mystery as ever. Dr. Philip Montelepre, assistant parish coroner, said the woman died of “suffocation under water” and that he thought the case was a “possible homicide,” although he doubted that the lungs contained sufficient water to indicate drown ing. He said contents of a water glass found in the room are being analyzed. Detective Lt. William Grosch re ported the woman was wearing a ring engraved with the initials L. F„ and that $360 in currency was found sewed into her underwear. A picture published in newspapers here brought several telephone calls, police said, from persons who thought they could Identify her, but none of the callers appeared to view the body. The body, upright in a tub con taining about 6 inches of water, was found in a room which had been occupied by a man who regis tered as D. J. Stafford of Chicago, and the woman, who, hotel em ployes said, registered last Thurs day as Mrs. Stafford. Chicago police reported they were unable to locate Stafford. Race Ban Ends Tax Gain Of $361,737 for Oregon 3s the Associated Press. PORTLAND, Oreg,, Dec. 26 — Oregon, where $10J591,704 was placed in dog racing bets this year, stands to lose over a third of a million dol lars if the national racing ban stays in effect through 1945. State revenues from racing reached $361,737—a record amount—in 1944 Total betting in Oregon, adding $891,356 in horse wagers to the dog suites, reached $11,583,060. MISSING—Miss Jane N. Hil dreth, 17, of Baltimore, for whom a nine-State search was ordered yesterday by the Bureau of Missing Persons. Miss Hildreth disappeared De cember 19, two days after returning home from school in Northampton, Mass. She left her mother a note saying “No one will ever see me again.” The girl is S feet 2 inches tall and has brown hair _and eyes. —AP Wirephoto. New Tire Quota Here Cut 10 Per Cent for January The January quota of passenger, truck and bus tires for the District will be cut 10 per cent, according to the Office of Price Administration. A total of 6,732 new tires in the three categories is available com pared with 7,474 in December. Military demands for tire replace ments have slashed the January national allotment for civilians by 200.000 tires and have further de layed the time when A-book holders will be permitted to apply for new tires. The January quota will be 1.800,000. Grade 1 passenger tires allocated the District in January are 5.699, a cut of 474 from December. Small size truck and bus tires have been cut sharply from 942 to 707, and larger sizes from 359 to 326. West Virginia Girl, 13, Slain Walking Front Church By the Associated Presa. LOGAN, W. Va„ Dec. 26.-A 13 year-old girl died iun Logan Hos pital Sunday night, a half hour after-she had been shot in the back as she was walking home from church. State Police Corpl. Ezra Zirzle said he had arrested a man on a charge of manslaughter in connection with .e shooting. Corpl. Zirkle reported that Wanda Jane May, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. May of Salt Rock, was shot as she walked with friends at the nearby community of Ethel. The officer said he had arrested Boyd Baisden of Ethel on the man slaughter charge. Corpl. Zirkle said Baisden had ad mitted firing the shot and quoted the man as saying he was shooting at a dog. Baisden was released under bond. 21 District Men Called For Induction Today Twenty-one District men have been ordered to report for induction into the armed forces in Baltimore today, selective service headquar ters announced. Names of the men follow: Bora*- Carmelo E. Kimble, George W. Miller. Raymond H. McLeod George C. Paul K. Plaite. Alfred Wood William T. Raymond, John H Cleveland, H. V. Watson, John E, ' Blair, Walter Bowden. Clarence i. Harris. James E Donnell. John L. Barnett. Everett M. Heard. 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