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Scared Into Flight By Extortion Wave By H. Stuart Morrison Foreign Corr.ipondant «( Th» Star end tK# Chicago Doily Nvwt CAMAGUEY, Cuba, Aug. 21.—A wave of extortionism wtt*i all the viciousness of American gansterism of the roaring '20s is frightening Cuba's wealthy industrialists. Many are taking unplanned vacations in the United States and some de parted so hurriedly they had no time to obtain passports. Havana now is the center of the crime wave but over here In the eastern end of Cuba people with money in the bank are wondering if their time isn't near. Forty murders have been com mitted in the Cuban capital since January, it is reported. Business men say most of these are attributa ble to a Cuban form of the old American “protection" racket, but here one pays witfiout getting any protection. Operation Described. The operation is simple. Gang sters send letters instructing their victims to pay off. The usual amount is $25,000. The "sucker list” is an exclusive one and so far as the unwritten record goes there is little chance to escape. At first, small businessmen were i chosen, those who profess knowledge j of the racket say. Gradually, how-! ever, the thugs became more am- j bitious and moved into bigger money. Now the “business” has been extended to include not only Importers and exporters, but manu facturers and even some govern-1 went officials. One Havana government official Is reported to have defied the ex tortionists and shown his letter, .de manding $25,000. to the police. Cornered on Street. The next day he was cornered on j • business street. “A man shot, at me and missed.” he told his friends. “I ran. Across the street another thug shot at me. He missed, too. Up the block two more fired. The last man hit me In the leg, but it only made me run faster." He took the next plane to the United States. Another victim took his ransom note out of his mail box and before night fell was aboard a ship bound for New York. He didn't even wait for a passport. Among those reported to have re ceived extortion demands and to have escaped to the United States are Francisco Blanco, prominent in dustrialist, and Julio Blanco Har rerra, brewery owner. No confirma tion of these cases is possible, as po lice records are not available and persons familiar with the extortion ists' operations are voluble about people they don’t know—and pro tectively silent about their friends. Communists Blamed. Some businessmen blame the Communists for the extortion rac ! ket, and claim the Communist party Is getting a cut in the take. They declare this theory is tenable, be cause of the strong hold Commu nism has on Cuba, and charge police are protecting the gangsters. Vary few persons put any stock in this •tory, however. So far. there have been no defi nite political implications in the operation. Friends of the govern i ment, as well as its enemies, have been included among the victims. However, political observers blame the extortions on the caste of thugs which grew up during the last two administrations, and reached the apex of their careers about the time President Ramon Grau San Martin was elected. They point out that with Grau San Martin's election, thuggery was put down. Now. they auggest, the thugs are emboldened by growing dissatisfaction with his administration. The thugs expect either revolution or some other incident to end Grau Ban Martin's presidency within a year—and they're out to get what they can while the getting is good, according to these versions. (Copyright. a»4«.> De Marcos Not Insane, Pyschiatrist Tells Jury Dr. Ferdinand D Whitby, psychi-1 • trist. 1,estified in District Court to day that he believes Julian R. De Marcos, 79, St. Elizabeth's Hospital i patient, is of sound mind and ehould be released from the hos pital. Dr. Whitby was placed on the stand by Attorney James J. Laugh-i Jin, who is representing De Marcos, «t the hearing to determine the patient's sanity. The hearing is in its 11th day before a jury of 11 men and one woman. Through the hear ing De Marcos hopes to gain his freedom from the hospital, where he has been a patient since 1939. Dr. Whitby testified that De Marcos is not suffering from any delusions. True paranoia. Dr. Whitby said, is marked by system atized chronic and fixed delusions. Earlier at the hearing Government physicians testified De Marcos was Buffering from paranoia Attorney Laughlin said he planned to put another psychiatrist on the stand to testify after Dr Whitby had finished his testimony. Asso ciate Justice E. Barrett Prettyman of the Court of Appeals is hearing the case as a District Court justice by designation. ' Strike Holds Up 7,858 Chairs for U. N. Delegates By A»»ocioted Prm PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 21.-Sal B. Hoffman, international president of the AFL Upholsterers’ Union, admits he is in a position to keep United Nations General Assembly delegates on their feet. A strike of some 2.500 upholstery workers at the Kroehler Manufac turing Co., Naperville. 111., has halted production of 1,858 upholstered theater-type seats ordered by U. N. The workers seek a wage increase. Mr. Hoffman says he has been asked to permit the strikers to finish the seats for the U. N., which con venes in New York next month. “It's a deliberate attempt on the part of the company to embarrass the union and throw public opinion against us,” Mr. Hoffman says. “The company had plenty of time to make the chairs and It had two weeks’ notice of the strike, but it never even mentioned the order to us. “• * * As Patriotic Americans, we are Investigating the possibility of finding a so#tton to U. Jf.’s pre dicament." *, LONDON.—BRITISH MODELS TO TOUR UNITED STATES—These six British mannequins will tour the United States modeling British fashions while a similar group of American beauties will tour England displaying American fashions. Selected here early this month, they are (left to right): Jane Lynch. 22; Moran Howard, 23; Grace Woods, 24; Margaret Allworthy, 17; Valerie Cox. 17, and Georgie Clifford, 20. __AP Wirephoto. Way Paved for Ending Press Wireless Strike By tht Associated Press NEW YORK, Aug, 21.—Arthur S. | Mever, chairman of the New York State Mediation Board paved the way for the return to work today of 300 Press Wireless, Inc., em ployes in ruling that the firm was not privileged under its union; contract to lay off 46 workers' without advance arbitration. Both the CIO American Com munications Association and the ; company had agreed last week end that Mr. Meyer's decision on the issue automatically would end a strike called by the union August 7. Under the agreement the ACA lifted an embargo imposed on the transmission of international press copy of other wireless and cable firms and confined strike action to press wireless. In his ruling last night, Mr. Meyer, arbitrator in the dispute, held that under the union's contract; with Press Wireless “neither party1 may take unilateral action, in the absence of agreement as to lay offs, before submission to arbitra tion.” Mr. Meyer declared that if an “ambiguity cannot be resolved by, agreement, of the parties, it must be resolved by arbitration.” The 46 discharged employes will return to work under the decision and will remain on their jobs while arbitration proceeds on the merits of the layoffs and on proposed down-grading of other employes which Press Wireless contends is necessary for economy purposes. Torpedo Station Praised For Aid in A-Bomb Tests The Naval Torpedo Station at Alexandria has received an official commendation from the Bureau of Ordnance for its work in designing and manufacturing a water sampler used in the atomic bomb tests'at Bikini. Capt. W. C. Vose, U. S. N„ com manding officer at the station, an nounced today that Vice Admiral G. F. Hussey, jr., chief of the bureau, praised the station personnel "for their splendid co-operation, excep tional resourcefulness and outstand ing production achievements in con nection with their part in the in strumentation of the Operation Crossroad project.” The torpedo station developed and manufactured an electrical device by which 10 water samples in each unit could be taken simultaneously through use of a single operating key. The complete unit weighed more than 1,000 pounds. 500 Maryland Farmers List Wheat Yield Losses By tb« Arsocioted Pr«*s Five hundred Maryland farmers have reported serious losses in wheat yield to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., Anthony Madden of the FCIC reported yesterday. Making a report to the State Pro duction and Marketing Administra tion. Mr. Madden said this figure represents about 10 per cent of the farmers who seeded wheat. Of the 500 claims. 375 have beer processed. About 60 percent of the losses were due to rain and 20 per cent due to winterkill. Some farm ers lost wheat through Hessian fly injury, scab disease, fire, frost and feeding by wild geese. In Maryland, 4,700 farmers had insured 120,000 acres of wheat, or nearly 30 percent of the State's 400,000 acres of wheat. CIO Union Sues Network For Canceling Speeches By the Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO. Aug. 21.-A CIO union sued the American! Broadcasting Co. and San Francisco i radio station KGO in Superior Court | yesterday for ruling off the />ir1 speeches by CIO President Philip! Murray and James Carey, CIO’s national secretary. The suit asked *100,000 for al leged breach of contract. Mr. Murray in a recording and Mr. Carey in an appearance were scheduled to speak on the Northern California Cannery workers’ juris dictional dispute. ’Donald Searle, Pacific division executive of ABC, explained that the speeches were ruled out in both instances because they were limited in interest to the listening public. Donald Henderson, president of the CIO Food, Tobacco and Agri cultural Workers’ Union, filed the suit, alleging that *246 was paid ABC for radio time. Boyington Love Letters Shown By Jilted Woman at Hearing By the Associated Press i SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 21.— j 'Torrid love letters which Mrs. Lucy! Malcolmson says Lt. Col. Gregory j “Pappy” Boyington wrote her spiced ! court proceedings today as she vig orously denied charges that she em bezzled $8,000 from him while he was away at wrar. The auburn-haired defendant was on the stand for the second day at 'her preliminary hearing on a charge : of embezzling part of *20.000 en- j I trusted to her by the Marine fly-1 ing ace. Mrs. Malcolmson, who is the wife: of an Australian business executive: but had intended to divorce him in i order to marry thp flyer, testified that Col. Boyington addressed her as “Dearest cuddle bum” in a letter from the South Pacific. In this letter, which was offered in evidence, Col. Boyington asked: j “Honey, will you still love me even if I never get to be America's leading ace?” That was back in November. 1943, the testimony indicated, when Col. Boyington was running second to Maj. Joe Foss in shooting down Jap planes. Later they tied at. 26 each. Two Held in Attempt To 'Seize' Post Office By th* Associated Press CLANTON. Ala., Aug. 21—Two men who at pistol point stopped business in the Mountain Creek Post Office with a declaration that they were ‘ taking over" were held in the county jail here today. Sheriff J. A. Nivens identified the men as Ivy Lunsford Lackey, about 35, of Gallatin. Tenn., and Garland Odom, 20, of Birmingham. He said they-had -been charged with unlaw fully presenting firearms. Postmaster George C. Culver said the men refused to let any one enter or leave the building for nearly an hour yesterday, explaining they were "leaders of a veterans' organization and had come to take over the Gov- j eminent.” Lackey, the postmaster said, an nounced that the administration of President Truman and Gov. Chaun cev Sparks had ended at 12:10 o'clock. Food Parcels to Europe HELP YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES Powdered Whole Egg* can 1.79 1 lb. equal* 3 dot. If. egg* Whole Milk Powder_can .7$ Equal* 4 qt*. milk. 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Tapestries, Boucles from America’s great mills. f-Waak Servica Na Extra Charfa 1 ««!»-»« I Im' Si.\ « MMHtM IbmaM-Vt AlIMt at Alas Maa# ar writ* far raaraaaatatlv*: aa abliaatiaa. —Coll KAtional 2563 | “Pappy” was captured by the Japs about that time and didn't get back home for a long time. When he did return, Mrs. Mal colmson testified, they had planned for her to get a Reno divorce and be married immediately afterward. That was last January 8 but, in stead. Col. Boyington picked that very date to marry Prances Baker, blond movie actress. Mrs. Malcolm son declared that “Pappy” had not told her a thing about his changed intentions. The flyer and his actress wife watched Mrs. Malcolmson intently as she further testified that he sug gested. in another letter that Mrs. Malcolmson and he (Pappy) have a child of their own sometime. She also said that they had agreed that when she got his Marine Corps pay allotments she was to I adopt two of Col. Boyington’s chil- j dren by a former marriage. Mrs I Malcolmson explained that, she had; been unable to get the children awav from their mother. With tears in her eyes, Mrs. Mal colmson said “Pappy” had written* her, at another time, that “I shall! reward you one of these days for all you have done for me. mv darling. ’ Tuberculosis Unit Picks Fairfax County Heads The Fairfax County Tuberculosis Association has elected Thomas P. Chapman, Jr., of Fairfax, president,.! He succeeds James E. Bauserman of! Falls Church. Other officers include Dr. Nelson Podolnick. vice president; Mrs. Wil liam Livingston, secretary; Mrs. James E. Niclcell, treasurer, and Mrs. Elizabeth Bokel, executive sec retary. TAILOR-MADE SUITS! • Plenty of Soleetlom • Quality Workmanehio. • Perfect Fit. • Price* Rirht Come in and order your tint note! BENTON’S CLOTHING 2nd Floor, 7 1# llth St, N.W, NA. 2773 * FUEL OIL Helps Your Burner to Deliver. 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"In their time the Americans tried to conquer Canada with arms and fought the English for three years,” he said. "Afterwards the Americans understood that dollars were more in place here than field guns. Can ada became a field of battle be tween English and American capi tal. It is difficult to state whose power here is more perceptible— the crown of Great Britain or Wall Street.” Canadians, he said, “Do not live badly materially, but spiritually they are still babies. There is only one salvation for Canada—a genuine! spiritual independence and in strengthening the still unripe Cana dian culture.” In Quebec, Ehrenburg commented, the priests rule and for "these gen tlemen the 'declaration of the rights of man’ was only accidentally writ ten in French and has nothing in common with France.” Guilty Plea Entered In Detective's Murder Special Dispatch te The Star WARRENTON, Va„ Aug. 21.— I William Davis, 43, colored, charged with the murder of John Holcomb Woodson, Southern Railway detec- j tive, has pleaded guilty at a hearing before Trial Justice Richard H. Marriott. He was held for the Sep tember grand jury in Fauquier County Circuit Court. Davis was captured by Mrs. E. C. Musselman and her sister, Mrs. Effie | Thompson, on August 7, two days after Mr. Woodson was shot on the! tracks near Catlett. Dr. Kiessling Heads Fairfax Medical Group Dr. Alice H. Kiessling of falls Church has been elected president i of the Fairfax County Medical As-' sociation. •1 Other officers named at the an-' nual meeting were Dr. William j Meyejv Herndon, vice president; DrJ T. B. McCord. Fairfax, secretary,! and Dr. Emanuel Newman, Vienna, treasurer. The association elected Dr. Meyer delegate to the State convention i at Virginia Beach in October, and Dr. Newman alternate. Dr. Whiting Receives Cancer Study Award Dr. Oscar Whiting, chief resident in the X-ray service of Freedmen's Hospital, is among 15 awarded fel lowships in cancer study by the* National Cancer Institute, through' funds recently appropriated by Con gress, it was announced yesterday by the United States Public Health Service. A native of Chicago. Dr. Whiting was graduated from Howard Uni versity School of Medicine in 1943. He served a year's residency at Freedmen’s in internal medicine and until recently was one of the medical officers of the District Jail. The fellowship pays him $8 a day for a year and may be extended up to three years, the young doctor said. His first year of study will be centered on diagnosis and treat ment of cancer in the radiology de partment of Freedmen’s. j Curtailed during the war, 82 physicians have received the special1 training since the program started in August, 1937. With the 15 rec ommended this month 45 physi cians will be in the trainee pro gram. They spend from one to three years in training at a cancer hos pital or in a hospital with a large, cancer service. Radio. Television and Radar instruc tion* personally conducted by Mr. N. Rehrir. ex-supervisor of U. 8. Navy Training School on 40m. runs. Ap proved educational institute, author ised to accept veterans applications. REHRIG RADIO SCHOOL fr LABORATORY 11-13 3* Gar *». Baltimore 2. Mri. ANNOUNCEMENT Du David M. Dantzic, Optometrist A former member of the Group Health Medieol Staff is now ossocioted with his father DR. SAMUEL J. 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N Convenient Terms Your present piano accepted in trade * (between 13tk 9 litk Sts.) 31 Cyclists Due Here Today In Cross-Country Tour [ Thirty-one cycling enthusiasts on the final lap of a transcontinental1 tour sponsored by American Youth i Hostels, Inc., were due to arrive here! this afternoon for the official open ing of the National Capital Youth Hostel at Washington Tourist Camp in East Potomac Park. The Rolling Youth Hostel group began their trip by bicycle and train from Northfleld, Mass., national headquarters of the hostel organ ization. The tour covered visits to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in Canada, and Seattle and San Francisco. The cyclists intend to spend three days here visiting spots of historic : interest. On Friday night, 20 local |Youth Hostelers will join them and! |the entire group will leave Saturday! morning on a 23-mile trip to Brooks-1 !ville, Md., to spend the night at; [ the hostel there. The local cyclists .will return Sunday. The National Capital Youth Hostel ! ■* sponsored by Government Serv jices, Inc., and can accommodate 60 j guests. Mr. and Mrs. Gatewood Hall. I managers of the Washington Tourist ! Camp, will act as house parents for jthe first local Youth Hostel. 414 Army Patients Due On Hospital Ship Today •y the Anotio'eH Pr«i Two veseels. earning 434 troops and Army patients, are due to dock at San Francisco in the only rede ployment movements scheduled to day. They are:»The Army hospital ahip Comfort from Manilla, Kobe. Oki nawa and Yokohama with 414 pa tients, and the Hillsdale Victory with 10 troops. FURNITURE '* from Tour smallest wh»t-not ( to jour complete suites bT * Esquire Furniture Service * WA. lOfll for Estimate ji S. D. HOOVER, formerly with O Woodward Ac Lothrop FIRE INSURANCE and all form* of inturance Including LIFE REALTORS (*T*r M ?nn’ 7X1 10th St. N W. 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