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Conferees Give
Food Controls
To Anderson
Congress Faces Final
Week in Extending
i OPA and Draft Laws
By J. A. O'Leary
Congress faces the most criti
cal week of its current session
as it struggles to extend in modi
fied form both the price control
and draft laws-before they ex
pire next Sunday night.
Fourteen Representatives and Sen
ators designated to perfect the OPA
bill agreed yesterday to let Secre
tary of Agriculture Anderson super
vise future price control over food
and other agricultural commodities.
They left four of the most vital
points in the bill unsettled, however,
until they meet again at 8 o’clock
tomorrow night. These are:
1. Whether to end all price con
trols July 1 on meat, poultry, dairy
products, tobacco and petroleum, as
advocated by the Senate.
Decontrol Hoard issue.
3. Whether to establish the Sen
ate’s proposed three-man Decontrol
Board, with powerjto over-ride eith
*er the price administrator on lifting
controls from nonagricultural arti
cle?, or the Secretary of Agriculture
on farm commodities.
3. How long to continue Govern
ment subsidy payments, w’hich have
been used to keep down retail prices.
The House voted to end meat sub
sidies June 30, and all others by
December 31. The Senate allowed
a $1,110,000,000 subsidy fund, with
food subsidies limited to next
May 1.
4. How long to keep OPA alive.
The House voted for a nine-month
extension, the Senate for a year.
OPA Power Curtailed.
The amendments already accepted
sharply curtail the price admin
istrator's powrer by laying down new
profit formulas for the manufac
turer, wholesaler and retailer, and
vard-sticks for determining when
an article shall be freed from con
Whether'President Truman signs
or vetoes the measure, however, may
depend on what the conferees do
tomorrow night on the major issues
still up in the air.
The fight over OPA is regarded
as most significant politically. Pub
lic interest has reached a near
fever pitch and terrific pressure is
being put on both key members of
Congress and the President regard
ing the outcome.
Truman Veto Expected.
Mr. Truman has expressed disap
proval of the legislation as it now
stands, and many observers expect
him to veto the final version.
If this occurs, some lawmakers
said, the public will blame the Pres
ident for killing the agency. Others
contended, however, that by vetoing
I he bill, Mr. Truman could "pass
the buck” back to Congress.
Nearly all of the legislators
agreed, however, that regardless of
what happens it will have a potent
effect on the political future of the
President and his administration.
Barkley Refuses Comment.
Senate Majority Leader Barkley
refused to speculate last night as to
whether Mr. Truman will sign or
veto the bill, saying he had no in
formation on the subject. It was
obvious, however, that if the bill
reaches the White House late in the
week—as it probably will—and is
vetoed, congressional leaders would
face a difficult task in trying to rush
through before Sunday a resolution
to keep the agency alive, without
encountering a renewed fight over
restrictive amendments.
Conferees have completed a com
promise draft bill, extending selec
tive service until March 31, with the
age limtis fixed at 19 to 45, but that
also faces one more hurdle when it
goes before the House for final ap
proval, probably Tuesday.
Although House members who
wanted all tenn-agers exempt wdll
fight against inducting 19-year-olds,
the extension of selective service is
much more certain now than is the
future of OPA. For that reason, the
price control conference report may
be taken up in the House Tuesday
ahead of the draft, if remaining dif
ferences are settled Monday night.
Nearly a dozen important annual
< See OPA, Page~A-6J
Four Americans Held
8 Hours in Azerbaijan
By the Associated f‘r«s»
TEHERAN, June 22 — Col. Wil
liam T. Sexton of Leavenworth,
Kans., American military attache
in Teheran, returned from Tabriz
today and repotted th'at he and
three aides were jailed for eight
hours by Azerbaijan democrats in
the Azerbaijan capital.
A spokesman said the American
Embassy had protested to the
Iranian government.
Jailed with Col. Sexton were Capt.
Archie Roosevelt, grandson of Theo
dore Roosevelt; Maj. Carl P. Garver
and M/Sergt. David Livingstone.
l“I am unable to explain the
arrest,” Col. Sexton said.
%He said the Americans went to
Tabriz by plane on a flight that had
been previously cleared “through all
competent Iranian authorities, in
cluding the customs and security
The arrests were disclosed two
days after an official of the Iranian
state railways had stated that Rus
sia was still in control of Azer
baijan’s railways. An Iranian mis
sion sent into Azerbaijan to take
control of the railways from the
Russians has been ordered to return
to Teheran.
Russia announced May 23 that
she had completed evacuation of
her military forces from Iran on
May 9.
Radio Programs, Page C-7
Complete Index, Page A-2 j
D. C. Faces Lowest Meat Supply
With Cut in Poultry Expected
No Improvement Seen Until Congress
Decides Fate of OPA Controls on Food
By Malcolm Lamborne. Jr.
Washington consumers this
week face a shorter meat supply
than at any time during the war,,
a retail food industry official
predicted here last night.
Poultry, he said, would be vir
tually nonexistent as Delmarva Pe
ninsula poultrymen were reported
planning no shipments during the
No improvement is expected un
til Congress decides the fate of
OPA and particularly the provision
lifting price controls over meat,
poultry and dairy products.
Industry sources frankly admit
that the meat famine, which also
threatens to spread to poultry, re
sults from a “hold back” on the
part of producers who are awaiting j
the decision of Senate and House
conferees on OPA extension. I
This week also threatens to be
the worst for Washington restau
rants In the memory of any official
in the business.
Robert J. Wilson, executive sec
retary of the Washington Restau
rant Association, commented: “It's
pitiful to go in (restaurants) and
see some of the menus." He said
that restaurateurs can’t even buy
hams or sausage.
“If poultry falls off, then they
have only fish to fall back on."
Mr. Wilson added.
Sums Up Situation.
He estimated that restaurants
were receiving only about 10 to
20 per cent of their normal supply
of meat.
Summing up the situation for the
housewife, a food industry official
said: “This week will be the lowest
(See MEAT, Page A^6J
Palestine Abductors
Release Two of Five
British Officers Held
Men Are Freed Near Hotel
In Tel Aviv From Which
They Were Kidnaped
By th® Associated press
JERUSALEM, Sunday, June 23.
British military authorities dis-t
closed last night that two of the
five British officers who were kid
naped from an officers’ club in
Tel Aviv June 18 had been re
The announcement said the two
officers were freed within a few
yards of the hotel from which they
were abducted by an armed gang.'
The hotel housed the officer's club.
An official source identified the
two officers who were released as
Flight Lt. P. A. E. Russell of the
Royal Air Force and Capt. D. T.
Rae of the Royal Engineers.
Reports from Tel Aviv quoted Lt.
Russell and Capt. Rae as saying
"the other three are in good health
and doing fine." However, the
army would divulge no other in-1
formation concerning the three
officers still, apparently, in custody}
of their abductors.
Abduction House Found.
Meanwhile, military sources here'
said the Jerusalem house in which
Maj. H. P. Chadwick, a sixth British
officer who was abducted under dif
ferent circumstances, was held and
from which he escaped Thursday!
night by leaping from a window,}!
had beem located and identified by i'
the officer.
It is a grubby little hut In the
Bucharian quarter and had been
long abandoned after having last
been used as a stable. Military
sources said a person living near the
hut had been arrested, but escaped
from police while en route to a police
station for questioning. He was not
The officers were believed to have
been seized by members of Irgun
Zvai Leumi, an underground Jewish
movement, as hostages tor two mem
bers of that organization who are
under sentence of death.
The officers were seated in the club
in the Hotel Yarkon when about a
dozen men armed w'ith tommyguns
raided the club, seized and blind
fflTUed them and forced them into
waiting taxicabs. Four of the officers
were Army men, the fifth a mem
bers of the RAF.
Appeal Made for Release.
Moshe Shertok, head of the poli
tical department of the Jewish
Agency, appealed yesterday for the,
immediate release of the officers,!
terming their abduction “lunacy.”!
The kidnappings occured duringi
violent attacks on River Jordan
bridges and on railway workshops
in Haifa, and other outbreaks/
which took a toll of 25 dead, most
of them Jews.
“Voice of Israel,” a secret radio
operated by Haganah, the largest
of the Jewish resistance movements
in Palestine, also appealed for the
release of the kidnapped officers,
terming their detention “contrary
to the interests of the nation.”
Long-Range Tax Program
Studied by Joint Committee
By the Associated Press
Chairman George of the Senate
Finance Committee said yesterday
a joint House-Senate study of tax
ation problems is under way look
ing to a long-range tax program.
Senator George said the study Is
being made by members of his com
mittee and by members of the House
Ways and Means Committee.
“We will continue studying the
taxation problem during the year
with the idea in mind of a revised
program in 1948,” he told a reporter.
“It is my thought that any re
vised program should be at least a
five-year program.
Nehru Speeds to Join
Congress Party Action
On independence Plan
Final Resolution Will Be
Adopted Today, President
Of All-India Group Says
ly th* Associated Pres*
NEW DELHI, June 22.—Pandit
Jawaharlal Nehru arrived by
Automobile at an air field near
Rawalpindi in Northern India
tonight, news dispatches said,
and emplaned immediately for
a 425-mile flight to New Delhi
for a critical meeting tomorrow
of the All-India Congress Party
working committee.
Pinal action was promised at the
meeting on the British proposal for
m interim Indian government.
Nehru, president-elect of the Con
gress Party, arrived in Rawalpindi
from Uri, Kashmir, where he had
seen detained for defying an order
ienying him entry into Kashmir
state. He left Uri on instructions
from Maulana Abul Kalam Azad,
Congress president, agreeing to drop
lemoprarily his dispute with Kash
mir authorities.
Final Resolution Tomorrow.
On the eve of the committees
meeting Azad announced that it had
almost concluded its deliberations"
md that ' the final resolution will
>e adopted tomorrow.”
The Working Committee on Thurs
iay announced it had broken ofi
ts deliberations because of Nehru's
irrest. Nehru is the president-des
gnate of the congress.
Azad gave no hint as to what
•eply the committee would make to
Viceroy Lord Wavell, who had asked
hat a decision be reached by June
23 on acceptance of a 14-man cabi
net to rule India w'hile a constituent
issembly drafts a charter of inde
pendence for this huge sub-conti
lent s 400.000,00p people.
It was announced officially, how
ever, that Premier H. K. Mahtab of
Orissa province, one of the congress
leaders invited to join the govern
ment, had refused to accept for
personal reasons.”
Moslems Indicate Support.
No formal action has been taken
by the Moslem League, chief rival
af the predominantly Hindu Con
gress Party, on the British proposal,
but its spokesmen have indicated
they favor the plan. The league
and the congress party were given
five members each in the cabinet,
with the remaining four represent
ing minority groups.
(The New Delhi radio, heard in
London, said the United Sikh
Board, representing the' 4,000,000
Sikhs of India, voted Saturday to
reject the proposal for an interim
government. Wavell had named
Sardar Baldev Singh, develop
ment minister in the Punjab
coalition government, as the Sikh
representative to the interim
(Tarah Singh, leader of one
Sikh faction, said earlier this
week that the interim govern
ment proposal would reduce In
dia’s Sikhs to serfdom.)
Insists on Returning Later.
Nehru, whose arrest set off strikes
and demonstrations in widely scat
tered major Indian cities that cost
at least two lives, told Azad that
“in obedience to the direction of
the Working Committee I am pre
pared to return immediately on the
understanding that I come back to
Kashmir later.”
Azad, after conferring with Mo
handas K. Gandhi, the party’s
spiritual leader, notified Nehru that
“We are all of the opinion that
your presence here is essential
abova everything else.”
Nehru had sought to enter the
mountainous princely state of
Kashmir to arrange for the defense
of Sheikh Abdullah, who is await
ing trial in connection with agita
tion for the abdication of the ruling
Picnicking President Hears
Of War From Hikina Veteran
By th» Associated Press
FREDERICK, Md., June 22.—The
Marine was trudging along the road
about five miles from Washington
tpday trying to hitch a ride.
The day was warm and he was
not having much luck. Finally,
however, a long, shiny automobile
with its top down stopped and a
be-spectacled man in the rear seat
smilingly beckoned him to hop in.
For the next 30 miles they rode
along together. The man seemed
interested in the Marine’s war rec
ord so the Devildog told him how
he helped take Iwo Jima—and was
wounded there.
The two hit it off in fine »tyle.
When the car stopped on the out
skirts of Frederick and was met by
a special detail of police and other
men of official bearing, the Marine
finally realized who it was who had
given him a ride.
-The Frederick News identified the
man in the spectacles as President
The news said the story came out
at the annual picnic of the Alfalfa
Club, a Washington social organiza
tion, on the Frederick Cohnty estate
of Joseph H. Himes, former Ohio
representative, which was attended
by the President.
The paper reported that the pres
idential car took the young Ma
rine on to his home in Middletown,
about eight miles west of here. No
one seemed to know his name.
Reds Defeat U.S.
On Calling Peace
Parley July 15
Ministers Decide to
Meet Twice Daily
To Speed Up Work
By th# Associated Press
PARIS, June 22.—Russia today
rejected another American at
tempt to convoke the general
European peace conference July
15 on grounds that the Confer
ence of Foreign Ministers was not
yet far enough along in its work,
an American informant said.
The ministers then decided to set
next Friday as a deadline for work
on the Italian and Balkan treaties,
and to speed up their activities by
meeting twice daily instead of once.
Soviet Foreign Minister V. M.
Molotov said he would be ready at
the end of next week to size up the
Council’s progress to date, French
informants added.
Secretary of State Byrnes ap
pealed to the ministers to send out
invitations, now to the 21-nation
i peace conference, to keep in session
; right up to July 15 if necessary, and
I to let the larger conference pass on
any differences which still remained,
British and American sources said.
Day Devoted to Procedure.
Mr. Byrnes declared that the min
isters were so near agreement on
peace treaties that there could be no
harm in sending out invitations
now, an American source said.
Mr. Byrnes told the ministers that
if they could not agree on the
treaties they should admit their
failures and let* someone else take
over—the larger peace conference
or the United Nations Assembly,
the American Informant said.
By tacit consent the conference
did not consider the keystone ques
tion of Trieste and the Italo-Yugo
slav frontier at today’s session, which
was devoted mainly to issues of
procedure, informants said.
It was believed that the ministers
were awaiting further developments
in Washington and Moscow on last
night’s private dinner talks between
Mr. Byrnes and Mr. Molotov, which
were followed today by a trans
Atlantic telephone conversation be
tween Mr. Byrnes and President
Truman. Mr. Molotov was expected
to consult with Moscow.
Warns Tim* Is Short.
Mr. Byrnes, reiterating arguments
advanved at the Council’s April-May
sessions, proposed that the ministers
convoke now a general European
peace conference for July 15. He de
clared that time was short and If
they delayed too long there would be
no peace conference at all.
British sources said Mr. Molotov
objected that it was still too soon
that the ministers had not yet
agreed on any peace treatv drafts
which would form the basis of a
peace conference discussion.
British Foreign Secretary Ernest
Bevin asserted that the conference
should speed up its work so that,
these treaty drafts would be ready
to Mroe- . said the ministers
should finish their examination of
the proposed treaties with Italy and
the Balkans by next Friday.
Mr. Molotov concurred and the
ministers then agreed to instruct
their deputies to draw up an agenda
for this goal, beginning Mondav
morning with the Italo-Austrian
frontier, the Francp-Italian fron
tier,-and the Italian fleet disposal
Fears Conflict With V. X.
Mr. Byrnes pointed out that if
the peace conference were delayed
too long it would conflict with the
United Nations General Assembly
in September. Mr. Bevin supported
Mr. Byrjies, but urged waiting un
til the end of next week to assay the
conference's efforts, then fix a date
for the general peace conference.
The deputies will work tomorrow
on the Monday agenda for the min
.British quarters said the deputies
had agreed in principle to clauses
in the Italian treaty on war crim
inals and prewar bilateral treaties
which could also be applied to other
treaties with Bulgaria, Romania and
Under these the four Ambassa
dbrs in Rome would act as a com
mission to supervise arrest and de
livery of suspected war criminals
by Italy, and Allied nations would
(See” MINISTERSrPage A-5.)
French Leftists Join
Bidault Government
By the Associated Press
PARIS, Sunday, June 23.—Presi
dent Georges Bidault announced
last night that a new coalition
government in which members of
the Communist and Socialist parties
would serve beside members of his
own Popular Republican Move
ment (MRP) would be formed to
day, thus ending Prance’s govern
mental crisis. ,
The Communists,' after conferring
late last night with Mr. Bidault,
indicated their willingness to com
promise on the issue of trade union
wage demands.
The Socialists, who previously de
clared they would not take part in
the government unless the Com*
munists did, announced today that
members of their party would serve
in Mr. Didault’s cabinet.
Mr. Bidault said he would re
open his three-party consultations
before noon today and “despite cer
tain difficulties * * * 2 believe it
will end up in the evening, if not
in the afternoon.” .
Earlier, Communist leaders de
livered a letter to Mr. Bidault stat
ing the party’s position—in concil
iatory terms.
The Communist letter proposed
the creation of a committee to study
the whole wage-price problem and
asserted that “in any case a general
immediate Increase of salaries and
pensions appears necessary to us."
A .
Congress Races Time
To Reach Final Vote
On Bills lor District
Budget, Rent Controls
And Pay Increases
Must Be Considered
By Don S. Worren
A race against time will begin
tomorrow for a number of vital
or important District measures,1
caught in the legislative log jam
With Congress tentatively sched
uled to adjourn the middle of next
month, action will be sought this
week on budget, bridge, rent con
trol and teacher, police and fire
men’s pay raise bills, among others.!
The McCarran Subcommittee of
the Senate District Committee will;
jjegin public hearings at 2 p.m. to
morrow on conflicting proposals for
a teacher pay increase that would'
at least equal that granted classi
fied employes of the Federal apd;
District Governments.
Extra Speed Needed.
Extra speed will be needed on
I this legislation, it was explained,
because no action yet has been
taken on either side of Capitol Hill.!
In fact. Chairman McMillan of the!
House District Committee indicated
yesterday, House action may be de
ferred until the legislation has
cleared the Senate. . *
It had been assumed recently
that final agreement had beenj
reached “downtown” to support the
4450 flat pay raise advocated, as
a compromise over earlier proposals,
by the Commissioners, the Board
of Education and by spokesmen for
organized teacher groups.
Yesterday, however. Senator Mc
Carran, Democrat, of Nevada, said
he still thought his own bill, call- j
ing for pay raises ranging from $100
to $500 a year for various grades of
teachers, was better. He added that;
some teacher group spokesmen had
indicated they would support this
bill as ’against the “compromise” j
The Joint Legislative Council of
teacher groups recommended a flat
$600 pay boost, following introduc- j
tion of the McCarran bill. The
Commissioners countered with a
proposal for a 14 per cent pay raise
for all teachers and officers—the
same level granted classified work
ers and that proposed for police
and firemen. The flat $450 plan
was adopted as a compromise.
Confer on Supply Bill.
House and Senate conferees on
the District's $79,400,000 District
supply bill are scheduled to hold
their first meeting tomorrow after-,
noon. Worried about future Dis
trict revenues, the House had held
the proposed outlays down to $72,
There is a wide difference be
tween the two houses over pro
posed appropriations for many serv
ices. but these are expected to be
settled with but little argument. A
greater issue is expected between
the House and Senate, though not
the managers of the bill, over the
size of the Federal payment toward
National Capital costs. The Sen
ate unanimously moved to boost the
(See D. C. BILLS, Page A-5.)
D. C. Health Program Allots
$5,750,000 for Gallinger
Four Polyclinic Centers Also Feature 6-Year
Improvement Plan Offered by Commissioners
By John W. Thompson, Jr.
(Fifth ol a Series.)
A $5,750,000 face-lifting for
Gallinger Hospital and construc
tion of four polyclinic Health
Centers similar to that now op
erating in the Southwest, feature
a six-year expansion of buildings
and service of the Health De
partment announced yesterday
by Engineer Commissioner Gor
don R. Young.
The projects are part of an over
all $7777,000 outlay recommended
for the department by Gen. Young.
Health Department expansion is
a part of the vast quarter-billion
master plan developed by Gen.
Young during the past four months
to bring city services and facilities
in line with the war growth of
population. The plan is to be
studied by a joint committee of:
officials and citizens with a view i
to submitting a final program to
gether with a means of paying for
it to the next session of Congress.
New and higher taxes, an in
crease in the annual Federal pay
ment toward District expenses and
long term Treasury loans are in
prospect for the plan in its present
Items of expansion for Gallinger
recommended by the Engineer
Commissioner are:
A new 200-bed psychiatric build
ing with equipment to replace the
present structure which medical ex
perts fefl cannot be remodeled to
provide adequate service.
Conversion of the present psy
chiatric building to chronic and
convalescent wards, with equip
A 100-bed building* for -crippled
children's services, with equipment.
(See EXPANSION, Page A-3.)
Folger and Durham
Win Renomination
In Carolina Runoff
Count, Almost Complete,
Shows Chatham and
Rives Are Defeated
By th« Associated Press
RALEIGH. N. C.. June 22.—
Representatives John H. Folger
of the Fifth Congressional Dis
trict and Carl T. Durham of the
Sixth were renominated on the
basis of almost complete unoffi
cial returns in today’s Demo
cratic runoff primary.
With all 135 precincts reported in
the sixth district Representative,
Durham had a 16,386 to 14,588 lead!
over E. Earie Rives, Greensboro at
torney. Representative Folger had!
23,982 against 21,797 for Thurdmond
Chatham, Winston-Salem blanket
manufacturer, in return from 138
of 141 precincts.
Mr. Rives conceded Representative j
Durham's nomination shortly after
10 p.m.
Today’s runoff primary came as a
result of Mr. Chatham’s 59-vote lead
over Representative Folger in the
first primary May 25 and Represen
tative Durham’s 4,100 plurality of!
Mr. Rives.
Most of the fireworks in the run
100,000 Soviet Bodies
Reported in Germany
LONDON, June 22 uF).—Reuters
quoted the American News Service
in Germany tonight as reporting
that more than 100,000 bodies, most
ly those of Russian prisoners of war,
w’ere discovered during excavations
near Zeithaim in Saxony.
Goebbels' Brother Held by U. S.,
Insists He Was Just'Small Fry'
By th« Associated Press
DARMSTADT, Germany, June
122.—The unshaven, ill brother of
the Nazi propaganda minister, Dr.
Joseph Goebbels, languished tonight
in a Darmstadt jail—a newly cap
tured prisoner of American agents
who tracked him to his hiding place
in a remote German village.
The 52-year-old former cotton
salesman, who under Hitler rose
to be “little dictator” of German
newspapers in the state of Greater
Hesse, was seized two weeks ago in
Airlenbach, 40 miles southeast
of Darmstadt, counterintellingence
agents disclosed tonight.
Peering through thick lenses,
Konrad Goebbels told American
agents he was an ardent Nazi and
a jiroud one. He was a self-made
Nazi leader, he confessed, an ad
mirer of his brother, and a "Na
tional Socialist to the end and a
hater of Jews.”
He was “small fry,” ’Goebbels told
his captors—and as he sat sipping
potato soup in solitary confinement
in ugly Darmstadt city jail he
looked It.
“He has one foot in the grave—
he’s got hardening of the arteries—
but he wasn't such a small shot as
he assert s,” counterintelligence
agents declared.
Goebbels. who said he joined the
Nazi party in 1927, became a group
leader in the Munchen-Gladbach
area. In 1937 he was made party
boss of Greater Hesse newspapers in
the cities of Frankfurt, Weisbaden,
Mainz, Kassel and Darmstadt. He
ruled them until March, 1945, when
he fled before advancing American
“Gobbels asserts he didn't take
orders from his brother—but we
think he probably did,” an agent
Sitting in his cell, the propaganda
minister's brother said:
"I was not my brother’s protege.
I saw him only twice in 10 years and
I raised myself to my position
through being kind to my employes
and adhering always to my motto,
‘justice.’ ”
As a Nazi party leader he was
subject to automatic arrest.
Two Big New Sources
Of Supply fo Brighten
Home Builders' Hopes
Army Camp Surpluses
And West Coast Lumber
To Be Available Soon
Large new sources of building
supplies appeared on the horizon
for the Nation’s home builders
last night as a result of an
nouncements that materials from
surplus Army camps will start
to become available in less than
60 days, and that the State of
Washington has agreed to sell
3,000,000,000 feet of lumber with
in the next 18 months.
The over-all quantity of salvage
able lumber from Army installations
is expected to total 1,500,000,000
board feet or more. It was esti
mated the program will make
enough lumber available for 125,000
three-bedroom houses.
In addition, critically-needed sur
plus materials, such as cast iron
soil pipe, clay sewer pipe and pres
sure pipe, also are expected to be
made available.
Housing Administrator Wilson W.
Wyatt announced that of the lum
ber on State-owned lands which
Washington State has agreed to
sell, 1,000,000.000 feet will be offered
by the end of this year.
T«a*i:mgion Requires Auctions.
The Washington State constitu
tion provides that timber be sold
to the high bidder at public auction.
Identical bids would invalidate a
sale. To offset a condition whereby
the State has been getting the bids
for its offerings of timber, the State
and the NHA have a plan to offer
timber in such quantities that the
amounts tied up by identical bids
will be relatively small. The NHA
announced that stepped-up timber
appraisals will enable the State to
offer 1,000,000,000 feet this year and
the remainder next.
Further good news on the housing
front came with disclosure by the
Civilian Production Administration
that a total of 2.350 nonhousing pobs
begun in violation of the construc
tion limitation order had been halted
during May.
They included bowling alleys, skat
ing rinks, swimming poqls, motor
courts and building at summer re
Morris S. Verner, CPA compliance
(See MA“TERIALSrPage~A75.)
Nijinsky's Wife Seeks
Home in California
By tho Associated Frost
VIENNA, June 22.—Mrs. Romola
Nijinsky will leave Vienna soon for
the United States in hope of find
ing a home in California for her
husband, the famous ballet dancer,
who has been suffering for years
with a mental ailment.
Mrs. Nijinsky will travel to the
United States by way of London,
and Nijinsky will go to Mettersil
near Kitzbuehel, Austria, to live
while his wife Is away. At present
they live in the Hotel Sacher.
'Million Dollar'
Gaming Racket
In D. C. Charged
Lack of Penalties
And Arrests Cited by
Justice Association
The Washington Criminal Jus
tice Association charged yester
day that gambling is flourishing
in Washington as a ‘'million dol
lar racket” because the gambler
now pays a fine “instead of a
license fee—a fine which gener
ally represents less than a one
day profit.”
A report titled “Crime in the
Nation’s Capital. 1945", and pre
pared by James A. Nolan, managing
director of the association, observed
that “if the District is to have
legalized gambling, it is a matter
for legislation in Congress and is
not the perogative of the courts."*
The report noted that “despite
increased activities in the Metro
politan Police Department against
gamblers, during the first six
months of 1945, a negligible gain
in cases presented to the courts
was noted as compared with the
last six months of 1944."
Cites Drop in Punishment.
It charged that there was a de
crease in the severity of court dis
positions. Out of gambling cases
in the first part of 1945, 32 persons
were given the choice of fine or
imprisonment, three were fined,
seven placed on probation. 21 cases
were pending, six found not guilty,
14 nolle prossed, five forfeited
security. 12 cases w'ere ignored.and
only three were given jail sentences.
The association observed that
"again the wrrests were predomi
nately for possessing number slips’*
but that the increase predominantly
was in the more serious gambling
offenses such as setting up a gam
ing table or permitting a gaming
table to be set up or used. It noted
that the incidence of gambling was
highest in the first police precinct
wnth the second precinct following
closely behind.
‘‘Primarily, this association is not
concerned with gamblers, policy
writers or bookmakers.” the report
declared. "It is. however, concerned
with the ramifications surrounding
these related activities. Murderers,
robbers, burglars and receivers of
stolen goods all deal with the gam
bling agent.”
Claim Lack of Statistics.
Claiming that police statistics
have not been made available dur
ing the past year on gamblers, the
report stated that the association
believes that the Police Depart
ment should know its gamblers
(agents) and make clear to the pub
lic the extent of their activities ”
However, despite a 6.3 per cent
increase in serious crime. Washing
ton fared better than most cities
of comparable size and the crime
rate was not considered “alarming”
by the association.
The association, which releases
a crime report annually, is com
posed of volunteer citizens who seek
to determine why law enforcement
agencies are not as effective as
they should be and what can be
done to strengthen them. The re
port covers the year 1945 and stated
that it was the first time since
1940 that Washington has shown an
increase in serious crimes.
The association called for a larger
police force in the District and for
more severe penalties in court, par
ticularly in gambling cases.
Callahan Reports Decline.
Maj. Harvey G. Callahan, super
intendent of police, commented yes
terday that he had noticed no great
increase in gambling in the city and
thought there probably was “less
than there has been for some time”
due to the increased activities of
the department's antigambling
"I know' of no indications of anv
large gambling groups or syndicates
in the District and I believe most of
the gambling is by individuals," he
Concerning the growth of gam
bling in the District, the report
stated a decrease in severity of court
sentences had been noted. During
the first six months of 1945 the
number of gambling cases increased
27 per cent but the average sentence
was a fine of $50, the report declared.
Small Fines Blamed.
“In actuality, the gambler now
pays a fine instead of a license
fee, a fine w’hich generally repre
sents less than a one' day profit,*•
the report said. “Unless more ade
(See CRIME, Page A-6.)
Hudson Tube Line
Operations Resume
By the Associated Press
NEW YORK. June 22.—Passenger
service on the Hudson & Manhattan
Railroad was restored at 7 o'clock
tonight, four hours after settle
ment of the 24-day strike of 700
operating employes.
The strike was settled on the
recommendation of a Presidential
fact-finding board that the striking
members of two railroad brother
hoods receive an 18 M cents an hour
wage increase, 16 cents of it retro
active to January 1 and the balance
retroactive to May 22.
Fifty maintenance workers, who
remained from their jobs in sym
pathy with the brotherhoods, will
be taken back, said Michael*J. Con
nell, assistant general superintend
ent of the company, who announced
the settlement.
The question of rehiring these
men had stalled negotiations earlier
The strike, which began Memorial
Day, deprived 115,000 daily com
muters of their normal means of
transportation between New York
and New Jersey.
The wage increase was the solo
prestrike demand of the H. & M.
Brotherhoods of Locomotive Engin
eers and Railway Trainmen.

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