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Weather Forecast Occasional showers this afternoon, to night and tomorrow; continued mild. Temperatures today—High, 66, at 1:30 pm.; low, 59, at 1 a.m. Yesterday High, 63, at 2:15 p.m.; low, 50, at 4:50 am. Late New York Markets, Page A-21. Guide for Readers Page. Amusements B-18-17 Comics.B-22-23 Editorial_ A-10 Edit! Articles. A-ll Finance.A-21 Lost and Found, A-3 page. Obituary. A-12 Radio.B-23 Society.. B-3 Sports_ A-18-19 Where to Go_B-2 Woman's gage B-16 An Associated Press Newspaper 93d YEAR. No. 36,881. Phone NA. 5000. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 1945-FORTY-SIX PAGES. ★★★ City Home Delivery. Deily and Sunday S /'ITT'VTTTiQ 80c a Month. When 6 Sunday* $1.00. ® V'JllXN X O BATTLE RAGING THROUGH BERLIN'S SUBWAYS ---. German Capital Cut Off From Reinforcement By the Associated Press. LONDON, April 25. — Sovie' troops have reached the Elb< River on a 22-mile front north west of Dresden and all but com pleted encirclement of Berlin slicing the last escape rail line to the west, the German high command announced today. Moscow announced Monday that some Russians had reached the Elbe Monday northwest of Dresden. At last reports, Americans were at the Mulde River, east of Leipzig, and 20 miles from the Elbe there. The broadcast (jterman communi que said the Russians reached the Elbe between Riesa, 25 miles north west of Dresden, and Torgau, an other 22 miles farther northwest. Reds Hold Half of Berlin. Half of Berlin was held by Soviet troops beating down German barri cades of stone and iron, knocking back German tanks, and fighting Nazis w'ho popped out of subways behind Russian lines. Berlin was described as a wreckage of stone jungles roaring with bitter battle. The 1st White Russian Army cut 9 miles southward west of Berlin to Ketzin, 14 miles due west of the cap ital. all but encircling the city, the German communique said. This push by Marshal Gregory Zhukov’s troops, carrying 9 miles south of Nauen, which w'as captured yesterday, cut the Germans’ last railroad of escape or reinforcement westward through Spandau. Reach Babelsberg. The Germans said the 1st Ukrain ian Army had reached Babelsberg, fashionable suburb between Potsdam and Berlin. Babelsberg is ll'i miles east and slightly south of Ketzin. There the Soviets snipped the last link southwestward. Other troops of the 1st Ukrainian Army were striking northward from a point southwest of the capital toward a junction with Zhukov. Any German outlet from Berlin was' under Soviet artillery fire. The Germans said Russians hit ting into Berlin from the south had advanced to a line from Babelsberg to Zehlendorf to Neukoelln. Two Armies United. The two assault armies already had united in the southeastern sec tion of the city, pocketing German forces to the southeast. Russian guns were methodically reducing the huge city block by block. The Schlesischer (Silesian) Rail way Station and all districts north and east of it were captured. This brought the Russians within a mile of the center of the city and the Unter den Linden. Official Russian accounts showed the 1st White Russian and 1st Ukrainian Armies still 14 miles apart in their effort to encircle the city completely, but Red Army guns commanded even this remaining gap and made it virtually impos sible for the Germans either to flee from Berlin or bring in rein forcements. Help on Way, Goebbels Says. Nazi Propaganda Minister Paul Goebbels, however, in a statement broadcast over the Hamburg radio, told the population of Berlin that help was on the way and appealed to the garrison to hold out. “Important forces to relieve the defenders * of Berlin are being brought up,” he said. “Until they arrive we have to scratch together all our energy and all our courage in order to hold the enemy at bay.” Goebbels added that “no white flags will be shown in the capital, which is fighting for its life.” The beleaguered enemy within the city threw in repeated counterat-; tacks yesterday, dying by the scores. The Russians announced that Ger-' man dead during the day totaled at least 6,000. The remnants of the (See RUSSIA, Page A-6.) I _._ i More Showers Forecast, With Mild Temperatures Occasional showers this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow are forecast by the Weather Bureau. Tempera tures will continue mild, however,! with high near 70 this afternoon. The minimum this morning was 59 at 3 o'clock. Air travel was interrupted for several hours during the night when the National Airport was closed in by fog and rain, but schedules were resumed early today. Rainfall during the 24 hours end ing at 8:30 a.m. totaled .15 inch. Unsettled weather with occasional showers will continue tonight and tomorrow. Buchenwald Atrocities Inspected by Barkley *y the Associated Press. TWELFTH ARMY GROUP HEAD QUARTERS, April 25.—Senate Ma jority Leader Barkley, back from visiting the infamous Buchenwald concentration camp, joined other members of a congressional investi gating committee today in express ing a desire to see other camps for comparison. Senator Barkley said his congres sional group had agreed not to com ment publicly on the inspection un til the return to Washington. He also expressed a desire to fly over . Holland and Belgium, if possible making some stops, to determine wherever he could the gravity of the food situation. 6-Ton Explosives Used; Yanks Blast Skoda Factory BULLETIN. t LONDON MP>. — Hitler’s J| house at Berchtesgaden was - j blown to pieces today by a -i direct hit with a 12.000-pound ,! earthquake bomb. : - Ey the Associated Press. LONDON, April 25.—RAF Lan casters today bombed Hitler’s : chalet at Berchtesgaden in a possible attempt on the Fuehrer’s life. Both the chalet (cottage) and heavily guarded installa tions on the grounds in the mountain retreat were bombed. Storm trooper barracks and Hit ler’s Alpine refuge at the top of Kehlstein Mountain 5 miles from the chalet were among the targets. The attacks were carried out be tween 9 a m. and 10 a.m. by two separate forces of heavy Lancasters with 12,000-pound earthquake bombs and assorted types of explosives. Skoda Works Blasted. Simultaneously more than 1,050 United States heavy bombers flying from Britain hammered one of the Fuehrer’s private rail lines only 10 miles from Berchtesgaden, and the great Skoda armaments works at ! Pilsen in Czechoslovakia. Both United States 8th Air Force and RAF fighters escorted the Lan i casters in the assault. The first announcement from the Air Min istry reported two bombers missing. There was no official suggestion that the attack was planned spe cifically to catch Hitler in his fort ress home. But unofficially it was pointed out that “there is always that possibility.” Several German broadcasts have insisted Hitler is staying in Berlin as a martyr to his lost cause, but such reports are discounted in Allied quarters as propaganda. Use of the 6-ton earthquake bombs indicated air chiefs sought to destroy underground installations at Berchtesgaden. 3d Army 82 Miles Away. American 3d Army troops are 82 'miles from Berchtesgaden, while j Russians driving across Austria from the east are 90 miles from the famed i retreat of the Nazi leader, j Joining the terrific aerial bom bardment of Southern German ; strongholds. Italy - based Flying Fortresses and Liberators of the Unitea States 15th Air Force at tacked railway yards of Linz, largest communications center left to the German Army in Austria. Linz is 68 miles from American lines and 57 from Russian vanguards. Early ; reports said the attack on Linz, at ! the southern end of the main line up to Prague, was successful. . Other Italy-based Allied planes continued the pounding of the Ger man retreat in Northern Italy, ana hit targets along the Brenner Pass line. Accessible Only by Elevator. The little Bavarian mountain ! summer resort of Berchtesgaden is j about 80 miles southeast of Munich. About 2'i miles away, across the ; little Ache River, is the Obersalz- j berg, or supper Salt Mountain, where ! Hitler has his country home. It faces the peak of Watzmann Moun tain. Around the residence are va : rious buildings for administrative officials. A few miles farther on is the fa mous refuge perched on Kehlstein Mountain. It is accessible only by an elevator, whose shaft was built inside the mountain. In addition, the bombers hit three other rail targets in a 25-mile radius of the Fuehrer’s fortress head quarters. The attack on the Skoda plant came two hours after slave workers (See AERIAL, Page A-6.1 Blast in Rubber Plant Causes $200r000 Damage By the Associated Press. LOS ANGELES, April 25.—Explo sion and fire caused $200,000 dam age early today to the Defense Plant Corp.’s $20,000,000 butadiene works in the .Torrance area. Three work ers were injured, none seriously. The flames could be seen from San Pedro to Los Angeles and the 1 shocks were felt by * residents 25 | miles away. Allied Armies In Great Drive To Ring Munich Devers' Troops May Have Already Gone Into Nazi Redoubt (Map on Page A-2.) Ey the Associated Press. PARIS, April 25.—The Ameri can 3d Army today reached the Danube and moved within 82 miles of Berchtesgaden. while two other Allied armies, assault ing Hitler’s final Alpine redoubt, crashed forward in a great ma neuver to encircle Munich, great est of South German cities. British in the north stormed Bremen, while armies in the center awaited a junction with the Rus sians, possibly today. "The American 7th and French 1st Armies are exploiting their Dan ube bridgeheads in drives to the Swiss and Austrian borders with the encirclement of Munich shap ing up steadily,’’ an Associated Press correspondent reported from Gen. Jacobs L. Devers’ 6th Army Group headquarters. The vaguely defined redoubt In the south perhaps has been invaded already by Gen. Devers’ troops which have outflanked Lake Con stance, its western limit. Oberbalzheim Captured. The Tiger (10th Armored) Divi sion of the 7th Army captured Ober balzheim, 67 miles southwest of Munich and 97 miles from the Brenner Pass into Italy. Other 7th News of Junction Reported Waiting on Occupation of Berlin Bj the Associated Press. LONDON. April 25.—The Daily Mail said today “it is un derstood that the Russians have requested that the formal three power announcement of a join ing of forces (with the Ameri cans) not be made until the occupation of Berlin is com pleted.” Reports reaching London sug gest a junction of American and Russian advance units may al ready have taken place at a number of points along the Elbe River line between Dessau and Dresden, the mail added. Army troops were only 46 miles from Munich—capital of the Nazi party and third largest city in Germany on the north. All three armies were rolling with unchecked power through foothills of the Alps through terrain 2,000 or more feet high. Lt. Gen. George Patton's 3d Army reached Regen, 32 miles from Austria and 123 miles from Russian lines in the St. Polten area west of Vienna. Both armies are in the Danube Valley, good tank country. A junction of these forces would encircle all the unconquered Bo hemian and Moravian portions of Czechoslovakia which Bismarck said was the key to the control of Europe. In the north, the British, be sides storming Bremen, tightened the siege of Hamburg and bombed troop trains pulling into Denmark. Many Germans Surrender. A headquarters statement said: “The German Army has ceased to exist as an integrated fighting force.” Gen. Omar Bradley’s 12th Army Group headquarters said that in two significant instances Ger man officers recently told their troops “from now on, it is every man for himself.” In the narrow corridor east of Leipzig between the Russians and Gen. Bradley’s troops, many Ger mans came voluntarily to surrender to Americans—1,500 at one place alone. Gen. Patton’s 3d Army laid siege to Regensburg from positions a mile --- I One additional man from, the District area has been re ported killed in this war. See "On the Honor Roll," Page A-2. (See WESTERN FRONT, Page A-6) Noyes Finds Po Bridgehead 'Swarming'With Men From D.C. By NEWBOLD NOYES, Jr., Star War Correspondent. BOLOGNA, April 24 (Delayed).— I have just come back from an American bridgehead on the north bank of the Po River. Troops over there say they are not coming back —that they are across to stay. I have seen enough to convince me that they are right. Where I was, a substantial num ber of troops were on the bridge head by noon today. The initial crossing was made here at noon yesterday. The bridgehead was quiet while I was there. It has not, however, been a quiet operation. When the boys took to their assault boats yes terday they had no air support. There was no time to wait for ar tillery to soften up the Germans. The idea was to get going before the enemy got set. Today it looks as If It was a good Idea. It was not so obvious yester day. G.ermans were waiting, and met the first few waves of our in fantry with a barrage which was worse than anything encountered at Anzio, in the opinion of people who ought to know. They threw mortar, artillery and depressed antiaircraft fire timed to burst a few feet off the ground. A lot of people were hurt. But the boys went over and took their initial objectives, and by 6 in the evening they held a larger area. At that time they met and beat off the first and only real German counterattack to develop so far. By noon today, when I got up my nerve to go across they had pushed in fur ther on a wider front. I did not see the barrage which met the original crossing. But go ing over today I got a good idea of what it was like. Just as our jeep reached the river’s edge, the (See NOYES, Page A-5.) j Fantastic Fight Going On Under ! Capital's Streets BULLETIN. LONDON (4*1.—Premier Sta lin announced complete en circlement of Berlin today and the Hamburg radio admitted the Russians had reached the heart of the city. By EDDY GILMORE, Associated Press War Correspondent. MOSCOW, April 25—A fan tastic battle surged through the | subways beneath Berlin’s rubble strewn streets today as Russian forces fought to crush fanatical; Nazi troops using the under ground network to stage surprise raids on Soviet communications. Eyewitness accounts sent by Rus-, sian correspondents from the Ger-j man capital said Nazi soldiers, rush-j ing from station to station in ex-, press trains, were constantly pop ping up at unexpected soots behind Red Army troops fighting their way (toward the center of the city. I These and other reports of the struggle raging inside Berlin sug gested the Germans might succeed in making a long defense of theft capital. A Red Star correspondent, de scribing the strategic use to which the Germans were putting the Ber lin subways, declared the battle for the city was assuming "a peculiar character.” "It is difficult to define,” he wrote. "Firing is going on up ahead and jthen there are unexpected battles in j the comparatively deep rear. “The Germans have transferred ! from the center of Berlin through the subways many fresh units. They crawl from the subway stations, bringing field pieces with them. The streets are again under fire. "Wc have to wipe them out or drive them back into the tunnels,! otherwise they would spread over many blocks and seriously threaten our communications." The Red Star correspondent told of a fierce hour-long battle around one station where the Nazis sud denly appeared in an area from which they previously had been cleared. Russian tanks and artillery finally were called into action to blast a path for Soviet infantry, who drove ( the Germans back into the subway j at bayonet point and then followed them in the pitch-dark tunnel to set pfl mines and seal it up. “Our artillery even managed to pull in small guns and fire along the tunnels” the correspondent said. Red Air Force pilots reported roads leading into the city from the west crowded with traffic, apparent ly reserves hurrying in from previ ous positions before the Americans along the Elbe. This traffic, however, was running a gauntlet of bursting shells and bombing and strafing from Russian and British planes. Keds Hold 27 Suburbs. By this morning, Russian forces steadily fighting their way toward the center of Berlin held 27 suburbs and intermediate sections of the city and at least eight railway and electric railway stations, including some of the largest. Pilots said they could see new large fires in the city. The Izvestia correspondent in Ber lin described the center of the cap ital as an “inferno.” White flags are appearing in larger numbers in the streets down which the Russians are driving, these advices said. Nazi officers were reported shooting down men in other places if they tried to re treat or ^ive up. Water, gas, electricity and food are giving out in the city. Russian shells have burst many water mains. A major gas works and a substation have been captured. Some power stations have been damaged and many electric wires are down. Tele phone communications are disrupted. Continuous Counterattacks. ‘The Hitlerites are launching continuous counterattacks, but So viet tankmen, artillerymen, infan try and special storm troops are fighting with unparallelled fury, knowing that victory is in sight,” (See BERLIN, Page A-6.1 Himmler 'Brother-in-Law' Captured by Yanks By the Associated Press. WITH THE UNITED STATES 9th ARMY, Germany, April 24 (De layed).—A captured Nazi general who said he was a brother-in-law of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Himmler told his 8th Armored Division cap tors today that neither the Nazi party nor the German Army would make peace and that only an Allied proclamation could end the war in Europe. The captive is Brig. Gen. Heinz Kokott, commanding the 26th Volks grenadier Division. He was taken three days ago in the Harz Moun tains. An extreme Nazi type, he said Himmler himself had been in the Harz Mountains April 10, but escaped. Dispatches from Paris said Ameri can and French forces seized 12 German generals today. Among those recently captured were Lt. Gen. Bernard von Claer, who com manded the Liege garrison in Bel gium in 1942; Lt. Gen. Oberhausser, chief signal officer in the west un der Marshal Kesselring, and four star Gen. Helmut Thumm, com mander of Nazi troops in the battle of the Colmar pocket last fall. • 'If Ye Break Faith . . .' Yank Stab Threatens Japs' Eastern Flank In Southern Okinawa i Seizing of High Ground Marks First Change in Front Since Thursday Es the Associated Press. GUAM, April 25. — American 7th Division infantrymen, seiz ing high ground near the village of Ishin. today threatened the eastern flank of the strongly for tified Japanese defense wall* on Southern Okinawa. Capture of the elevation was the first marked change in the fiery front since the beginning of the all out attack last Thursday, when three divisions of Maj. Gen. John R. Hodges’ 24th Army Corps gained up to 800 yards. Since then the fighting has been a slow, bloody and methodical job of digging the Japanese from caves, blockhouses and pillboxes in their elaborate interlocking defense belt which extends 4 miles south to the capital city of Naha. Three More Isles Invaded. Marines of Maj. Gen. Roy S. Geiger’s 3d Amphibious Corps, who overran the northern three-fourths of Okinawa with little opposition, landed yesterday on three more off' shore islands, Yagachi. Heanza and Kouri. virtually completing the American cleanup of islets around Okinawa. Yagachi and Kouri are north of the Motobu peninsula, which juts off the northwestern coast of Oki nawa. Heanza is off the Katchin peninsula, on the west coast. Only on Yagachi was any opposition en countered. This was feeble and quickly dissipated. Unlike the larger islands of Ie and the Keramas. these small islands are worthless as such, but must be occu pied to prevent Japanese Okinawa fugitives from reaching them. Admiral Chester W. Nimitz’s com munique today reported continued heavy fighting along the entire front. Big guns of battleships, cruisers and destroyers poured hun dreds of tons of shells into the enemy defenses, sealing off caves and destroying emplacements. Nimitz Inspects Island. Admiral Nimitz, after a personal inspection of the island, said the enemy's defenses on Southern Okinawa, where the bulk of the Japanese garrison of 60,000 or more has concentrated, appeared to be “as strong, and perhaps stronger, than any we have tackled before.” Engineers studied Northern and Central Okinawa in preparation to starting work which will develop the Ryukyu Island into a powerful air base for attacks on the Japanese homeland, 325 miles to the north. Admiral Richmond Kelly Turner aboard his flagship predicted today that Okinawa-based planes would be (See OKINAWA, Page A-5.) Army Makes Plans to Release Many in Service 4 to 5 Years SENATE AMENDS DRAFT law to specify training period for 18 year-olds. Page A-6 By the Associated Press. The Army this summer plans to start releasing some men who will have been in uniform four to five years. The release policy, which may preclude any marked cut in draft calls after June 30, was disclosed in official but publicity-shy quarters today. The Army yesterday formal ly announced plans to honor dis charge requests of enlisted men 42 and over. By next month a considerable number of Uncle Sam’s “emergency soldiers” will have spent five years in the service. Vigorous recruiting began in May 1940, and Selective Service began drafting in November of that year. The policy of discharging veterans of four and five years’ service is expected to get underway around midyear, even should German re sistance persist. However, military sources for this forecast added a cautionary note: “We’ll try to declare four and five year-olds out, but some are bound to be disappointed. “Even a unit as small as a battery may have men who would be en titled to release but could not be spared. Some of these veterans are almost certain to be held in service.” The size of draft calls beyond June has not been disclosed, nor has the Army revealed whether its quota will be smaller immediately after V-E day. In both cases, however, a prin cipal determining factor probably will be the number of long-term veterans released and the extent of discharges for other reasons under the Army’s point system. Army draft calls now are run ning at about 100,000 men a month (See DISCHARGES, Page A-3.) Anacostia Bank Box Is Looted Of $5,000; 3 Pin Boys Held Free Spending by Youths, 15 and 16, .Gave Clue; $1,700 and 2 Cars Recovered A $5,000 burglary at the Ana costia Bank was revealed today with the arrest of three colored pinsetters from a bowling alley next door, who, police said, had purchased two automobiles and distributed money freely to their friends from the profceeds. The money was taken Saturday night from the night deposit box Inside the bank by the trio who had entered through a skylight in the roof, police said. Capt. Clyde N. Strange, assistant chief of detec tives, said neither the skylight nor the inside catch on the deposit box had been locked. More than $1,700 of the loot and I both automobiles were recovered,! police said. The bank, which is at! 2000 Nichols avenue S.E., is pro-; tected from loss by insurance. Police and FBI agents arrested Walter J. Procter, 27, shortly before noon today near Upper Marlboro, Md. He had $700 cash and an auto mobile he had purchased Monday, they said. Last night Detective Francis Bur gess of the 11th precinct arrested Procter’s younger brother, 16. and a cousin, 15. The younger brother had purchased an automobile from a used-car dealer in the neighbor - hood for $250, police said. The two; (See BANK ROBBERY. Page A-6.) I French Prepare Cell For Petain in Fort In Suburbs of Paris Agency Reports Marshal Crossed Frontier From Switzerland Are Denied B> the Associated Press. PARIS. April 25.—A cell in an unidentified fortress near Paris was prepared today for Marshal Petain as a precaution against disorders when the aged hero of Verdun and head of the Vichy government is returned here to stand trial on charges of high treason. Justice Minister Francois de Menthon said Petain had not yet entered France, denying a French press agency report that the mar shal and his party crossed the Swiss frontier near Geneva this morning. An almost complete news blackout has been thrown over details of the marshal’s return in official French circles. On arrival, however, Petain will be held under h#avy guard at the fortress in the Paris suburbs. Like any other man accused of a major crime in France, he will be denied any visitors except defense counsel. There was every indication that France already had been tom apart by the dramatic arrival at the Swiss frontier yesterday of the marshal. In the provinces there are count (See PETAIN, Page A-5.) Nats, Red Sox Rained Out Today's baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Wash ington Nationals was postponed be cause of rain. Since yesterday’s game likewise was postponed, there is only one game left of the series before the Nats go to New York for four games. Federal Pay Increase Indorsed by Truman, Flemming Reveals Senate Hearing Told Civil Service Heads Are Supporting Move By JOSEPH YOUNG. President Truman has indorsed legislation providing for a 15 per cent basic wage increase and regular time-and-a-half over time for Government employes, Civil Service Commissioner Ar thur S. Flemming today informed the Senate Civil Service Com-; mittee holding hearings on the; measure. Mr. Flemming told the committee he had learned from William H. Mc Reynolds, administrative assistant to the President, that Mr. Truman favored basic pay increases, time and-a-half overtime, a 10 per cent differential for night workers and accelerated within-grade promo tions. The hearing opened today under the chairmanship of Senator Dow ney, Democrat, of California, who introduced the bill now under con sideration. The session had been postponed earlier because of the uncertainty regarding President Truman’s attitude. President Roose velt had urged Congress to enact legislation to correct “wage in equities.” Backed by Davis, Taylor. Mr. Flemming also said that Eco nomic Stabilization Director Davis and George Taylor, chairman of the War Labor Board, had indorsed the bill. Expressing the Civil Service Com mission’s attitude on the measure, Mr. Flemming said the commission “enthusiastically indorsed it.” “There is no valid reason fv re fusing approximately 1,500,000 Gov ernment employes relief in cost of living provided by the Little Steel formula,” Mr. Flemming said. “Just plain ordinary justice requires it.” At one point during the hearing, Senator Langer, Republican, of North Dakota interrupted the wit ness to ask. “Why shouldn’t the wage increases be made retroactive to the start of the war. It would be a nice lump sum.” “We haven’t thought about it,” Mr. Flemming replied, “but we would be delighted to consider it.” Mr. Flemming pointed out that (See PAY HEARING, E*tge A-5.) Freeing of Many Allies Expected Near Dresden By the Associated Press. MOSCOW, April 25.—Many Brit ish and Americans may be among thousands of prisoners of war freed by the Red Army in the Dresden area, the United States military mission said today. The mission said at least three camps were located in territory occupied by the Russians near Dres dea Truman Speech Tonight Opens World Parley Optimism Prevails Among Delegates At San Francisco OTHER NEWS PROM San Fran cisco Conference. Page A-4 By GOULD LINCOLN, Star Staff Correspondent. SAN FRANCISCO, April 25— The eyes of the world turned to day to San Francisco and the United Nations Conference,, which is to draft machinery for future peace. The formal start of this great adventure, with 46 nations partici pating, takes place late this after noon when Secretary of State Stet tinius will open the conference's first session and the delegates will receive a message from President Truman by radio. Hope for success rode high. Even the cloud of an unsettled Polish [ issue among the Big Three failed 1 to lower this hope. The Russian J delegation, headed by Foreign Com missar V. M. Molotov, which has demanded that an invitation be ex tended to the Communist-domi nated provisional government in Warsaw—a demand which has been resisted by the British and Ameri- 1 can governments—insisted that the work of the conference would go right ahead, whether Poland is rep resented here or not. Hope for Agreement Persists. Americans have been deeply wor ried by failure to get the Polish Warsaw government reorganized along the line of the Yalta apee ment made by the late President Roosevelt. Prime Minister Churchill and Premier Stalin. In some quarters hope persisted that an early agreement on Poland would be reached as a result of some dramatic move by Prdfciier Stalin. If this can be accomplished it will be regarded as notice to the world that the United Nations can settle differences—a good omen for the future. To do less would have at least a bad psychological effect. This conference city is abustle with activity. The American dele gation scheduled a preconference caucus at 9:30 am. (Pacific war time) with Mr. Stettinius. Rus sian members met with Mr. Molotov, who arrived yesterday afternoon, and British delegates had a confer ence with Foreign Secretary An thony Eden. The Big Three Foreign Secre taries met later with T. V. Soong, Foreign Minister of China—the fourth "sponsoring power" of the United Nations parley—for a last minute review of arrangements prior to the brief conference opening at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific war time. 7:30 p.m., Washington time). High Light of Program. High light of the scheduled half hour program, to be broadcast around the world, will be a 10-minute ad dress by President Truman from Washington. Mr. Stettinius will rap the session to order and deliver the initial address, introducing the American Chief Executive. After Mr. Truman's speech, the program calls for addresses by Gov. Earl Warren of California and Mayor Roger D. Lapham of San Francisco. (The President had an oppor tunity to discuss his talk with former Secretary of State Hull yesterday when he called on Mr, Hull at the Bethesda Naval Hos pital, where the latter has been confined for some time. Tonight’s speech will be Mr. Truman's third as President. Earlier he addressed a joint ses sion of Congress and also radioed a message to all members of the armed forces.) Mr. Stettinius holds the temporary chairmanship of the meeting in San Francisco's high-vaulted, red-and gold opera house auditorium. He is sure later to be elected permanent chairman, the position which he held at Dumbarton Oaks, in Wash ington, when the United States, China, Russia and Britain drafted the plan of world organization here placed before all the United Na tions. Prospects are that this plan may (See SECURITY, Page A-4.) French Riviera Attacked By Nazi Patrol Craft By the Associated Press. PARIS. April 25.—Fast German patrol craft attacked the French Riviera last night, launching several torpedoes against the shore. Win dows were smashed at Monaco, Beaulieu and St. Jean Cap Ferrat. Late News Bulletin Hospital Bill Passed Without dissenting vote, the Senate today passed and sent to the House the' Tydings Bilbo measure to authorise Federal aid in construction of a modern hospital center in the District. Overseas Edition Strictly Limited Additional paper is not avail able t£ increase the present edition of 65,000 copies of the overseas edition of The Star. It is probable that the supply at The Star office will be ex hausted this evening. Copies will still be available at Victory Bond booth in Lansburgh’s Department Store.