Newspaper Page Text
Weather Forecast Guide for Readers
Sunny, high about 60 this afternoon. Clear Page. Page, j tonight, low about 37; frost in suburbs. To- After Dark B-13 Lost and Found A-3 | morrow cloudy, cool. : Amusements A -13 Obituary .. A-8 -:- ! Comics . B-18-19 Radio B-19 Temperatures today—High, 62, at 1 pm.; j Editorials A-6 Society B-3 | low, 45, at 6 a.m. Yesterday—High, 47, at | Editorial Articles, A-7 Sports A-10-11 9:34 a.m.; low, 39. at 3:20 a.m. j Finance _A-9 Woman's Page A-12 j _Late New York Markets, Page A-9. _An Associated Press Newspaper_ 04th YEAR, No. 37,229. Phone NA. 5000.__^ 5 CENTS Gill Says Huff Hushed Scandal; Tells Hearing That District Jail Is Run by Clique of Guards Charges Engineers' Group, Recently in Court, Formed There Charges that the District Jail is run by a clique of guards and that Ray L. Huff, welfare di rector, “hushed up” one of the hottest scandals in the history of the District, w’ere made today before a Congressional commit tee by Howard B. Gill, suspended penal superintendent. Mr. Gill told a special investigat ing committee of the House District Committee that in 1941 a clique of eight guards ran the jail, permitted a swindle to be organized there, al lowed prisoners to walk in and out of the jail at will and participated in wild parties at the jail, and that when Mr. Huff discovered these things, he never took any action ex cept to fire a deputy superintendent. Mr. Gill told the committee that Engineers Group. Inc., a company formed to act as broker in obtaining war contracts, was organized and put into operation by two prisoners in the jail between February and .June 1941, while Mr. Huff was super intendent of penal institutions. Three Later Convicted. Three men. including Representa tive Curley, Democrat, of Massa chusetts, who also is Mayor of Bos ton. recently were convicted in Dis trict Court in connection with war contracts obtained by Engineers Group, Inc. Mr. Huff conducted a secret inves tigation and never informed Mr. Gill, the Commissioners or the Board of Public Welfare of his findings. Mr. Gill said. Mr. Gill said he obtained the story, after his own suspension as penal superintendent, from one of the two prisoners who turned informer for the Truman Committee investigat ing war contracts. Mr. Gill declared the information explained many conditions that had puzzled him at the jail. Clauds O. Botkin, resident super intendent. “is not master in his own house." Mr. Gill asserted. He said the jail actually is run by a clique of employes who have been there for many years. Prisoner in Own Jail. “Then he is a prisoner in his own iail.” said Representative Hebert, Democrat, of Louisiana, and chair man of the investigating commit tee. Mr. Gill said the two prisoners in 1941 incorporated under the State of New Jersey a company to promote' recreational enterprises in the vi cinity of military installations. A representative of a New York vice ■syndicate was allowed to visit them at the jail to ask for the vice con cession at their recreation centers, he reported. The two prisoners used stationery with the seal of the United States to write some of the most prominent citizens of the Nation from the jail, he said. One “very prominent" man replied with a letter of congratula tions addressed to 200 Nineteenth street S.E., not knowing that was the address of the jail, he said. Besides carrying on their corre spondence, the two inmates were allowed to visit the Mayflower Hotel and other places in the District for business appointments, Mr. Gill charged. Held Party at Jail. “After lavish tipping of sundry jail officials, the inmates imported a case of whisky and two models for a party at the jail," Mr. Gill charged. He said that guards assigned to them participated in the party. In lour months their business had so expanded that one of the in mates decided it was time for him to get out of jail, and “he actually got his sentence reduced from 21 to 4 months," Mr. Gill said. “And yet Mr. Huff sat where I am sitting yesterday and told you that he had no serious personnel prob lems while he was penal superin tendent." he shouted. The deputy superintendent fired by Huff was Edward McGlynn. Mr. Gill said, but the rest of the infor mation as given by Mr. Gill's in formant was “so hot that even the Justice Department would not touch it." Mr. Gill read several passages ffjom a 100-page memorandum he said was given him in December by o*ie of the two inmates. Repre sentative Hebert asked him to put it in the record. Mr. Gill said he would offer it for the confidential in formation of the committee, but told them that it contains the names oi many prominent persons and should not be in the record. Mr. Hebert agreed that "criminal charges” might be involved. Names Two Guards. Mr. Gill named "Murphy and Sweeney” as two of the guards who were involved with McGlynn and still are at the jail. “This information explained to me why a clique there right now has inherited the theory that theyj run the jail. That is why they could say that they wanted to use basement control cells and would (See JAIL”BREAK. Page A-4.~ Burgin Reported Improved Buj in Serious Condition The condition of Representative Burgin, Democrat, of North Caro lina, was reported slightly improved but still serious at Doctors' Hospital today. Mr. Burgin, 67, was stricken with a heart attack Sunday at his home. His physician, Dr. Paul F. Dickens, said Mr. Burgin is "resting comfort ably.” Another North Carolina member of Congress at Doctors’ Hospital, \ Senator Bailey, Democrat, is re ported to be improving. Senator Bailey was taken to the hospital last Thursday. # ' Possibility of Averting Clash Over Iran Seen at U. N. Session Gromyko Expected to Attend Meeting, But His Intentions Remain Uncertain By Gould Lincoln Star Staff Correspondent NEW YORK. April 9.—Some possibility of averting an imme diate showdown over Russia’s demand that the United Nations Security Council drop the Iranian case entirely was seen today as the Council prepared to meet at 3 p.m Soviet Ambassador Andrei Gromy ko will attend the Council meet ing — for the first time since he walked out on consideration of Iran's complaints against his gov ernment on March 27—but it was uncertain whether he would insist on bringing up the dismissal de mand. Asked by reporters whether he would attend the meeting. Mr. Gro myko said this morning. "Yes. I shall go.” When asked if he planned to bring up the Iranian matter, he replied: "Ask the president of the Security Council. He knows what's on the agenda." * l If Mr. Gromyko floes press the matter, it appeared likely that he would encounter .stiff opposition from the United States and Great Britain.1 Secretary of State Byrnes indicated in Washington yesterday that the United States is opposed to reopen ing the Iranian case until May 6, the date Russia has agreed to have all her troops out of Iran. Tire situation was further com plicated this morning by disclosure by an Iranian spokesman that Am bassador Hussein Ala would not attend today's Council meeting. Tire spokesman said the entire Iranian delegation was packing to leave for Washington some time today He refused to discuss the situation further. The Iranian matter was not placed on today's agenda, although the Soviet government’s letter demand ing dismissal of the case had been circulated among the Council mem- j i See U. N., Page A-4.> Marshall. Mark say They Were Unaware of Dec. 6,1941, Parley Testify They Did Not Know Roosevelt Tried To Summon Them Ay the Associated Press Gen. George C Marshall and Admiral Harold R. Stark said to day they knew nothing of any attempts to summon them to the White House for a war confer ence with the late President Roosevelt on the eve of the Pearl Harbor attack. Both the former Army Chief of Staff and former Chief of Naval Operations also reiterated before the congressional Pearl Harbor Committee that they had not seen 3r been told about a final Japanese diplomatic message until the morn ing of the attack. December 7. 1941 Comdr. Lester R. Schulz, on duty at the White House the night of December 6, had testified previously that when 13 parts of the 14 part message were delivered to Mr. Roosevelt that night he exclaimed, "this means war.” Admiral Stark told the committee today that if he had known about any such interpretation of the mes sage by the President he would have gone into action immediately. Despite Comdr. Schulz's testimony that the White House attempted to reach him the night of December 6 and found that he was at a local theater, Admiral Stark said he was not informed of any such attempt. Received Call December 7. Gen. Marshall insisted that he knew nothing of any attempt to reach him until the next morning, when he received a call from the War Department that an important message was in and rushed to his office. Before Admiral Stark began testi fying. Committee Counsel Seth Rich ardson put into the record several documents indicating that Winston Churchill pressed Mr. Roosevelt as early as February, 1941, to “instill in Japan anxiety” that a move to ward Singapore would mean war with the United States. Admiral Stark testified that he knew nothing about receipt of the message until he went to his office in a routine way the next morning, “To the best of my knowledge and belief.” Admiral Stark said, "the President did not call me that night.” Says He Would Have Acted. What would he have done if he had known of the President’s atti tude? Richardson asked. "I would have taken action,” the gray-haired retired admiral replied firmly. “I would have gone to my office that night, seen my advisers: and taken action. “After any such expression by the President,” he added. "I think I would not have rested until I had seen that dispatch.” The documents telling of Mr. Churchill’s actions in 1941 were obtained by Mr. Richardson from White House and State Department files. One document showed that on February 15, 1941, Mr. Churchill sent; 'See PEARLThaRBOR. Page~A^L) Iraq Frontier Posts Reported Attacked By Kurd Tribesmen Troops Declared Moving Through Oilfield Town In Northern Area By the Associated Press SULAIMANIYA, Iraq. April 9.— Kurdish sources reported today that Barzani tribesmen of Mul lah Mustafa last week attacked two Iraqi police frontier posts near the junction of the borders of Turkey, Iran and Iraq. The Kurds said they had received! word that the attacks on Kanirash and Shirwani Mazn near Girdi began about a week ago and that wounded Iraqi soldiers had been brought to Erbil. Mullah Mustafa, who has been reported the leader of a Kurdish revolt in Iran, was said not to have returned to Iraq, however. About 2,000 Iraqi troops have I been deployed around Erbil from the south, and the Kurds said they believed an order had been given for all Iraqi armed forces to be moved north into Barzani territory by mid-April. Sulaimaniya is in the hills about 60 miles east of Kirkuk Iraq Military Movements Through Oil Town Reported KIRKUK. Iraq. April 7 (Delayed) i/P).—This oil-field town in Northern Iraq has been the scene of unusual military activity for the last two days, with Iraqi troops arriving on special trains for undisclosed des tinations. The first contingent of soldiers pulled into the station yesterday. Additional units arrived today and drove off in long columns of com mercial buses. The troop trains were composed of passenger coaches and military equipment.. It was learned that at least two brigades had been deployed near the Iran frontier within the last few days. Alert for Uprisings. Authorities appeared reluctant to discuss the maneuvers, but it is no secret that at this time of year— when snows are thawing along the rugger frontier mountain areas— officials are most alert for possible tribal uprisings. Meanwhile, a prominent Kurdish spokesman said in an interview that "what we need is to have a United Nations Committee come out here and investigate the conditions, hear our complaints and study Kurdish problems impartially.’’ He said the Kurds in Iraq could not appeal directly for a United Na tions inquiry since "we are eon troled by the Iraqi government. The spokesman also expressed dis trust of big-power conferences and said that "until about a year ago America was the best-loved country in the world. Up to that time we knew she had no political aims abroad. But today the Kurds are just as suspicious of Americans as of other peoples regarding secret agreements.’’ Davis' Jail Guard Assignment Routine Order, Captain Says Pvt Hubert C. Davis, one of two policemen suspended for the Med ley-McFarland jail break, was as signed to District Jail in so routine a fashion that none of the men who might have sent him there can particularly remember doing so, it was learned today. Capt. Benjamin C. Kuehling, commanding officer of No. 4 pre cinct. where Pvt. Davis was at tached. said neither he nor his subordinates took into considera tion the fact that Pvt. Davis had been found guilty of violating po lice regulations four times. "There was no reason even to think of those charges," Capt. Kuehling said. "He was just as good a policeman, as far as we knew, as any man in the precinct.” Headquarters police officials indi cate. meanwhile, that men selected for the jail assignment are chose^ i from "whoever is available" and no 1 effort is made to select men with special qualifications for jail duty. Assignment of police to the jail! came after the Board of Public Wei-! fare told the District Commissioners' the jail was insufficiently guarded and asked for police help. The Commissioners told the late Col. Edward J. Kelly, superintendent of police, to supply the detail. When police were assigned to the jail last December, it was explained, each precinct was ordered to fur nish a man. Routinely, assignments are made at the day roll calls by the captain or lieutenant but the men who work the midnight-to-8 a.m.j shift may get their assignments from a sergeant. Capt. Robert C. Pearce of No. C precir.ct, to which Pvt. Oscar C.; Sanderlin. the other suspended po-! tSee GUARD, Page A-4j | France Agrees 1 To Meeting of Big 4 Ministers Way Cleared for Move To Break Deadlock On Peace Parley Date French agreement today cleared i the way for the Big Four Foreign: Ministers to meet in Paris April: 25 for an attempt to break a; deadlock threatening postpone ment of the 21-nation European! peace conference scheduled toj convene May 1. Foreign Minister Georges Bidauls ’ announced in Paris today that his! government had accepted Secretary! of State Byrnes' suggestion for the April 25 meeting, the Associated | Press reported Russian and British agreement toj the proposal was announced by Mr i Byrnes at a press conference late; yesterday. Suggested by Byrnes. Mr. Byrnes .suggested the meet-' ing late lai.t week in tile hope that; it could resolve remaining contro- i versies among the Big Four in time to submit proposed peace treaties with Italy, Romania, Bulgaria. Hun gary and Finland to the 21-nation conference as scheduled May 1. He indicated yesterday, however ! tiiat postponement may be inevita-1 bie, saying that the April 25 meet-; ing would involve discussion as to . the date of the larger conference, j He pointed out that it had been1 intended that other United Nations; have time to study the treaty drafts prepared by the Big Four before going into the conference. Nevertheless, he is expected to; press for completion of the peace treaties as a critically urgent mat ter in order to speed the removal of occupation troops from the for mer Axis satellites and clear the way for restoration of normal con ditions as quickly as possible. Russia Had Objected. British and French approval of the Byrnes proposal for a Big Four Foreign Ministers' meeting was ex pected. but there had been wide speculation about Russia's reply be cause the Soviet Union recently took the stand that the 21-nation confer ence would have to be postponed. This would be necessary, Russia said, because the deputy foreign ministers, who had been meeting in London for the last two months, had made negligible progress on the drafts of proposed treaties. In his proposal for the pre-peace conference meeting, Mr. Byrnes ac knowledged that he was "much dis tressed” at the slow progress made by the deputies, but urged that their governments instruct them to pro- ! ceed with all possible speed and lea\e any major issues on which they could not agree for foreign ministers themselves to settle. The 21-nation conference will not acutally write the treaties, but will give smaller nations a chance to be heard. Chinese Red Leaders Missing in U. S. Plane R> the Associated Press CHUNGKING, April 9.—Commu nist headquarters reported today that a United States Armv transport plane carrying Gen, Yeh' Ting, for mer commander of the Communist new 4th Army, and other party lead ers to Yenan is missing. The plane left Chungking yester day for Yenan, Communist head quarters. with 14 passengers, Deng Fa. Chinese delegate to the recent International Labor Confer ence in Paris, was one of the pas sengers. Others besides Yeh were Delegates Wang Jo-pei and Chin Po-ku, mem bers of the recent political consulta tion conference Steering Committee, and members of their families. Search planes ‘are seeking the transport, which last was reported in the vicinity of Sian. Names of the missing plane's crew were not announced. The search planes found no trace of the missing transport. Yeh was returning to Yenan after his recent release from five years' imprisonment in a government con centration camp Late Bulletins Russia Asks U. S. to Drop Spy Case Against Redin Government officials re ported today that Russia has “suggested” the United States drop its spy charges against Soviet Lt. Nicolai G. Redin unless it can produce more evidence. Redin. a 29-year old naval officer was seized by the FBI at Portland Oreg.. March 26 on espionage charges. Iran Jails Ex-Army Chief TEHERAN M>._Gen. Has san Arfa, former Iranian chief of staff who was replaced after Premier Ahmed Qavam took office, was arrested here to day on a charge of “subversive activities against the govern ment.” Observers have termed him “unsympathetic" toward Russia. ("Earlier Story on Page A-2.) Induction Ban Rejected The House Military Affairs Committee today rejected a proposal to prohibit draft in ductions between May 15 and next February 15 and called an afternoon session to vote on a compromise. The com promise calls for a one-year extension of the draft law be yond May 15, with a ban against inductions until De cember 15. (Earlier Story on Page A-5.) £ v • ___^_, WE7EMADEA ^ f WE ARE PRODUCING SPLENDID RECORD / MORE CIVILIAN IN HOLDING GOODS THAN IN ALL DOWN PRICES! ^ S OUR HISTORY! I r1 CANT I GET A SHIRT, j : A PAIR OF PAJAMAS \ AND A HOUSE sS Tb LIVE IN ?' ' --— V -- Nation Is Threatened With Flour Famine, Conference Warned Industry Leader Says Way Must Be Found to Get Wheat Off Farms By Malcolm Lamborne, Jr An official of the Miller's Na tional Federation today warned Agriculture Department officials that within a few weeks the in dustry will be unable to supply flour to either the family or bak ery trades "unless some effective way” is found to get wheat off farms. Carl McKenzie, federation presi dent. sounded the warning at a de partment meeting with some 60 rep resentatives of the milling and bak ing industries called here to discuss a proposal to reduce domestic con sumption of flour by 25 per cent to aid famine areas abroad. A department spokesman earlier de scribed the plan as rationing at the source. ' Closing of Mills Predicted. "We are approaching rapidly a dwindling wheat supply." Mr. Mc Kenzie declared at the outset of the meeting, in which strong op position to the Government proposal developed. He predicted that virtually every flour mill in the country would be forced to shut down 30 days before the next harvest, and added: "And that goes for bakeries." Representatives of the baking in dustry predicted “a wild scramble" for bakery products if the reduction order goes in effect. They also pointed out that there would be no j assurances that the small retail : bakers would be able to get their fair share of flour from mills or jobbers. ■ Warns of Black Market. John t. McCarthy, president of | the American Bakers' Association, I contended in a statement yesterday the proposed order would drive bread and bakery products into the black market. 1 One Agriculture Department offi jcial was quoted as saying the prob j lem was to recapture some of the | flour going into domestic consump jtion now that this country is falling (behind in its shipments of wheat to j famine-stricken countries. The quota proposal would go be yond the practice of placing wheat ; conservation on a voluntary basis. CIO and AFL Call Strike At 7 Sugar Refineries Ry the Associated Press CIO and AFL unions today called | a strike effective at midnight. Sat j urday at seven East Coast refineries | which process 70 per cent of the j Nation’s cane sugar. The unions said they had reached ! an impasse in negotiations with 1 refining companies. They said the companies had refused to accept as binding recommendations of a fact-finding pane! appointed by (Secretary of Labor Schwellenbach. The unions, claiming that more 1 than 8,000 workers at seven Atlantic I Coast plants would be involved in the walkout, said they were still willing to arbitrate their wage de mands. ; Operations will be closed down | at the following plants: Revere ! Sugar Refining Co. and American 'Sugar Refining Co.. Boston: Na» (tional Sugar Refining Co.. New York: National Sugar Refining Co., W. J. McCann Co. and Franklin Sugar Refining Co.. Philadelphia, and the American Refining Co.. (Baltimore The McCann and Frank lin plants are subsidiaries of Amer ican Sugar Refining Co. Soviet Army Reported Evacuating Harbin By the Associated Press ' CHUNGKING. April 9.—A semi : official Central News Agency dis patch from Harbin reported today (that Soviet forces are evacuating (that city. It gave no indication | whether Chinese forces were mov :ing in. The Sino-American Committee of Three, with substitutes a a -ig for both Chinese members, will :ve to morrow for Mukden to at apt a settlement of serious dispu a be tween Communists and gover lent forces over control of Manchuria. It will stop at Peiping en ro.\ite. Meat Black Mart Out of Control, Packers Say By the Associated Press Representatives of major meat packers asserted todat the black market in meat is out of control, the price system in tire- industry has broken down and the "onl;. remedy is removal of price controls. Wesley Hardenbergh, president of the American Meat Institute, led off the attack on OPA policies beiore the Senate Agriculture Committee and was backed up by other packers from Illinois. Montana and Cali fornia Senator Connally. Democrat, of Texas asked Mr. Hardenbergh whether he thought the consumers would get a fair share" if Congress removed subsidies and abolished price control in the industry. Mr Hardenbergh said he certainly did. "This industry's very existence is threatened by the wasteful, scandal ous, widespread and flagrant black market which has been made pos sible by the Price Control Act." Mr. Hardenbergh asserted. Sugar Quota Restored, Senate Unit Approves Filipino Trade Bill Only Slight Opposition To Measure Reported In Committee Vote By J. A. O'Leary The Senate Finance Commit tee today approved the Philip pine trade bill after restoring the sugar quota to the original amount of 850.000 long tons a year. The House had cut the quota to 850.000 short tons, a re duction of 102.000 short tons. Acting Chairman Walsh said there was no record vote, but it was re liably reported that not more than three or four members objected to the restoration Paul V. McNutt, high commis sioner to the Philippines, and Brig.. Gen. Carlos Romulo. resident com missioner from the Philippines, had joined in urging the Senate com mittee to allow the original sugar quota, contending that Cuba is the only country in a position to gain from lowering the Philippine quota. The bill sets forth a compre hensive agreement to govern traae between the United States and the Philippines during the first 28 years of island independence, which starts July 4. It allows eight years of free trade, followed by 20 years of grad ual application of tariff duties, to enable the Philippines to make a gradual transition to the status of a sovereign nation. The measure is a recognition of the part the Filipino people played in the fight against the Japanese and the fact that their homeland was left devastated by the war. This bill, together with the Philip pine war damage measure now awaiting House action, is intended to help the islands to recover from the effects of the war. In addition to sugar, the bill fixes quotas on imports to the United States of Philippine cordage, rice, cigars, scrap and filler tobacco, coco nut oil and buttons. Truman is Not Planning To See Atom Test, Ross Says President Truman has no plans to witness the forthcoming atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, White House Press Secretary Charles G. Ross said today. He added that he thought it “extremely improbable" that Mr. Truman would attend. Mr. Ross repeated, however, that (he President is considering going to Manila July 4, for the Philippine independence celebration. Mr. Ross' statement was prompted by pub lished reports that the President was considering viewing the bomb tests in connection with his Philip pine trip. The secretary atso asserted that there has been no further post ponement of the atom bomb tests, now scheduled to begi^July 1. Hard-Cut Agency Bill Goes to House Floor; Budget Bureau Hit Commerce and State Take Stiff Slashes in $358,825,758 Measure P y the Associated Press Demanding elimination of what it called a •'deeply entrenched * * * spending psychology” among Federal officials, the House Ap propriations Committee today recommended deep slashes in State, Commerce and Justice De partment funds. It sent to the House floor a S358.825.758 bill to finance the three departments and the Federal judici ary for the fiscal year starting next July 1. The total represents a 13 per cent cut from budget estimates but a $40,510,759 boost over cur rest year funds. B;' agencies the money was ear marked: $143,024,000 for Commerce. S104,783.408 for State. $95,168,250 for Justice and $15,850,100 for the judiciary. All but a small part of the increase went to the Commerce and State Departments, whose foreign work has been augmented by war's end. Those two departments, too. took the major budget reductions, 18 per cent in the case of the State' Department and 17 per cent for Commerce. Intelligence Funds Out. The committee allowed no funds: at all for the Sta^e Department's separate intelligence unit, chopped its estimate for expanded cultural relations activities almost in half and sharply pared Commerce De partment requests for the Census Bureau and the Civil Aeronautics Administration The committee approved a State Department budget almost five times as large as the last pre-war budget after hearing Secretary of State Byrnes behind closed doors. Although the Budget Bureau is not directly affected by the bill, the committee rapped the knuckles of that agency with these words in its formal report to the House: '"It is strongly urged that the Bu reau of the Budget devote more time to over-all co-ordination of the functions and activities of the var ious departments and agencies of Government generally and less to the issuance of directives governing details of administrative manage ment and planning. There is too much duplication of effort in the Government, and the Bureau of the Budget • * * is the logical and only organization to undertake this reform." Psychology of Spending. Of Federal spending generally the committee had this to say: “There seems to have developed during the war years what some have termed 'a spending psychol ogy' and the committee is fearful that this spending psychology has become somewhat too deeply en trenched ill the minds of the offi cials responsible for the operation of our Federal establishments. It must be eliminated." * In chopping $9,284,778 from the State Department’s request for $19,284,778 to expand its informa tion and cultural program to in clude Europe, as well as the West (See APPROPRIATIONS, Page A-4) Halsey in Naval Hospital With Respiratory Infection By the Associated Press PHILADELPHIA. April 9.—Ad miral William F. Halsey, jr„ 65. was resting comfortably in Philadelphia Naval Hospital early today, suffer ing from an “upper respiratory in fection." the Navy announced. Admiral Halsey, who had been suffering for several days "with symptoms of a common cold, is in veiy good condition.” Capt. Howard H. Montgomery, commanding offi cer ol the hospital, said. “There appears no cause for alarm.” Capt. Montgomery added, pointing out the admiral was Drought to the naval hospital here, “where all facilities for examina tion and treatment are available." Admiral Halsey’s home is in Wil mington, Del. He recently was ap pointed vice president of Pan American Airways trans-Pacific service, and was to assume his new job on retirement fr^n the Navy. New Senate Bill To Merge All Arms Drafted Defense Department Would Replace War And Navy Secretaries By the Associated Press Proposed legislation abolishing the present War and Navy De partments and establishing a single new "department of com mon defense” was made public today by the Senate Military Affairs Committee. The measure is intended to carry out President Truman's request for unification of the armed forces. Drafted after months of closed ioor sessions and recommended by o three-man subcommittee, the bill would taise the air forces to equal tank with the Arm'.- and Navy and olace all three under a single new cabinet member, to be known as the secretary of common defense.” Date Left to President. Although a complete new plan for organization of the armed forces was presented, actual date for abolition of the present War and Navy De partments would be determined by ■he President Tiie legislation was drafted by Chairman Elbert Thoma.-. Senator Austin. Republican, of Vermont, ranking Republican member of the committee, Senator Hill. Democrat, of Alabama. Democratic whip, and. representatives of the War and and Navy Departments. Piesident Truman was shown the proposed bill last week by Chairman Thomas Air Force Given Autonomy. The three Senators, in a report, accompanying the legislation, sum marizea it this way: "A single department is created The air force is given autonomy. Integrated strategic plans and a unified military program and budget are provided for. Civilian control is clearly fixed in a single civilian, subject to the direction of the Pres ident. An organization structure is set up which will faster co-ordina tion between the military and the remainder of the Government. A unified system of training for com bined operation for land, sea and air is provided for. under the direc tion cf an assistant secretary. And lastly, within the broad framework established by the bill, there is ample opportunity for such further organ ization changes and improvements as experience indicates to be neces sary or advisable." Other Civilian Leaders. In addition to the proposed new secretary of common defense, who would take over present duties of Secretaries of War and Navy, the new department would include the.-e civilian leaders: An undersecretary of common defense. Secretaries for the Army. Navy and air forces, all serving under the cabinet member. Four assistant secretaries who would head up scientific research, intelligence activities, procurement of supplies, and educational and training activities. The military side would include: A chief of staff to tire new secre tary. who would replace the present wartime chief of staff to the Presi dent. This place would be rotated among various services. Defense Council Included. The Joint Chiefs of Staff repre senting commanders of the Army, Nary and air forces. This also is a wartime agency but would be shifted from the President to the new secretary Commanders of the land, sea and air forces. A new "council of comon defense" would be created, which would in clude the Secretary of State, the secretary of common defense and the cnairman of the national se curity resources board. The security resources board would be a permanent organization "to establish policies and programs foi use of resources in peace and war for national security. A new "central intelligence agency" also would be created, re porting to the council of common defense. Clark Upholds 61 Job Rights In Temporary U. S. Units Attorney General Clark ruled to day that veterans who held perma nent civil service status in temporary Government agencies before they went to war are entitled to re employment rights. Tiie Justice Department said Mr. Clark's ruling reversed an earlier decision of former Attorney General Biddle, who had held that despite permanent civil service status, vet erans who had been emplot ed in temporary agencies had no legal rights. It was explained that the Clark opinion holds where the temporary agencies were "an integral part" of a permanent agency. The ruling came in response to an inquiry from the Interior Depart ment. which had veterans seeking their old jobs back in four temporar y agencies now abolished or in process of being liquidated. Ths agencies included Bituminous Coal Division, Coal Mines Adminis tration. Solid Fuels Administration for War and the War Relocation Authority. New Overseas Edition Will Be Out Tomorrow A new issue of The Star's Overseas Edition will be ready tomorrow. Free copies, with envelopes for mailing, may be obtained at The Star’s busi ness counter and the street floor service desk in Lans burgh’s Department Store., The edition is strictly lim ited. Please don’t waste a single copy.