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Benter Granted Delay
To Prepare Case in Auto Sale Charge United States Commissioner Needham C. Turnage today granted a continuance until September 17 in the case of Charles Benter. direc tor of the Metropolitan Police De partment Band, charged with sell ing a 1946 Pontiac to a merchant seaman here Wednesday for $1,120 more than the ceiling price. The continuance fallowed “pres entation of a petition by Robert E. Lynch, attorney for the band leader, who said he had been out of town yesterday and required additional time to prepare the case. The maximum penalty for Ben ter's alleged violation of Office of Price Administration ceilings would be a year’s imprisonment and a $500 fine, according to OPA enforcement attorney Grahame Walker. In addition, the seaman who pur chased the car, Second Steward Joseph E. Sissler, 22, of 3612 Fortieth place, Colmar Manor, Md., may sue for treble damages on the amount of overcharge, it was revealed. Mr. Sissler told OPA officials he had paid $2,300 for the car, instead of the $1,179 ceiling price. Arrested yesterday by OPA Agents Dan Jones and Marshall Miller, Benter was arraigned before Com missioner Turnage and pleaded not guilty. Bond was set at $500 and the case was continued until this morning to permit the band leader to confer with counsel. Met at rramc uigni. Mr. Sissler told a reporter he met Benter Tuesday, when his car drew alongside the band leader’s Pontiac to await the changing of a traffic light at Sixth and N streets N.W. Mr. Sissler asserted he leaned out the w-indow of his car and shouted to Benter, “do you want to sell your car?” According to Mr. Sissler, the driver of the other vehicle replied, “yes, pull over to the curb,” and after some discussion they agreed on a price of $2,300. Wednesday, Mr. Sissler continued. Benter called and told him to come to a music shop in the 1300 block of L street N.W., where, he asserted, he gave the band leader a $1,500 check and $800 in cash. Then, he declared, he went to the OPA to notify authorities of the terms of the sale. Mr. Sissler said he did not know the identity of the owner of the car when he approached Benter to make the purchase. Sells Old Car Under Ceiling. His own car, a 1936 Cadillac tour ing model which he said was used by President Roosevelt for his 1937 inaugural parade, was then sold to an unidentified person for $810, which, the OPA said, is below ceil ing price for that model. Mr. Sissler, who said he had never bought a car in this manner before, reported he had not obtained any refund of money so far. “I understand I can keep the car now,” he declared, “because I have the title.” The seaman seaid he intended to return to New York to get back on a ship as soon as the car purchase is straightened out. Grand Jury to Get Cases. Assistant United States Attorney Charles B. Murray said today he expects to present information to the District grand jury after Sep tember 15 against a firm and one or more individuals for alleged ceil ing violations in the sale of used automobiles. Mr. Murray said he is going on a vacation and expects to present the information on his return. He added, however, it was possible that some other member of the United States attorney’s staff may take over the cases before then. The alleged offenses are similar, it was indicated, to those on which nine individuals were indicted July 1. Alleged ceiling violations in the July indictments ranged from $50 to more than $800 in one instance. American Held in Bremen For Killing Dock Worker •y th« AuociaUd ftm BREMEN, Germany, Aug. 30 — The American military government today said a United States War De partment employe killed a dock worker and wounded another during a raid recently and so incensed the population of Bremen that a “dis astrous situation" was narrowly averted. The American, a former Navy lieutenant, was being held pending full investigation and 24 Germans were under arrest, suspected of theft. The military government said the War Department employe fired dur ing a melee while security troops were raiding the docks in an effort to halt the theft of food packages sent to Germany by friend in the United States. The statement con tinued: "It can safely be said that the presence of mind of a few labor leaders and a forthright statement by Mayor Kaisen, published in the Weserkurier (a Bremen newspaper), saved what might have been a dis astrous situation.” 'Sarid dun' Slows Weapons Dropped From Planes By the Astocioted Pre»s The invention of & U-shaped re coil tube firing “bullets” of sand to slow the fall of parachuting' jeeps, guns and other heavy equipment dropped for airborne forces was an nounced yesterday by the Army Air Forces. The tube contains an explosive charge in the bent portion. This is set off Just before the equipment lands, driving containers of sand toward the ground from the tube’s two open end^. The recoil—like that of a shotgun—is exerted in the opposite direction. The recoil, said the announce ment, almost stops the heaviest loads. What remains of the drop is like “falling off a chair.” It added that a paratrooper, who with full equipment weighs about 300 pounds, could decelerate with a "sand gun” weighing only 20 pounds Another slowing device found suc cessful in tests at Wright Field, Ohio, is a small explosive charge placed between heavy falling loads and their parachutes. When the charge is detonated, the shock wave ef the blast is exerted upward against the underside of the In cited chut^nd works like a brake VAN NUYS, CALIF.—PLANES READIED FOR BENDIX RACE—Some of the high-speed, stripped down former fighter planes entered in the Bendix air race to Cleveland today as they were given finishing touches. Nearest camera is Tommy Call in the cockpit of his Navy F4U Cor sair. Beyond, in order, are: Jacqueline Cochran’s P-51 Mustang, Rex Mays’ P-38 and Charles Tucker’s P-63 King Cobra. —AP Wirephoto. • ... .... -i - - . — — — Air Races (Continued From First Page.) M. W. Fairbrother of Milwaukee, Wise,, also flying a P-38, took off. Thomas J. Mayson of Burbank. Calif., in a P-51, left at 10:34. Mr. Husted’s A-26 went at 10:41, and Rex Mays of Long Beach, Calif., in a P-38, took off at 10:43. Youngest Contestant Is 18. William P. Lear of North Holly wood, Calif., 18-year-old flyer and the youngest contestant, got away in his P-38 at 10:45. Next to take off were John Car roll, West Los Angeles, Calif., in a P-38, at 10:50; Paul Mantz, Bur bank, flying a P-51, at 10:53; H. L. Marshall. Miami Beach, Fla., in a P-38, at 10:57: William F. Eddy, La Jollia, Calif., in a P-51, at 11 a.m., and Walter R. Bullock, Minneapolis, flying a P-38, at 11:10. A minute later, Andrew Grant, Long Beach, left in a P-38, followed at 11:18 by Spiro Dllles, Glendale, Calif., in a P-63. Hassen Calloway, Atlanta, Ga., took off at 11:21 in a P-38, and James L. Harp, jr.. Uni versity of Illinois student of Aurora, 111., also in a P-38, at 11:27. Charles Tucker of La Crescenta, Calif., in a P-63, got away at 11:29. Last Flyer Away. Harvey M. Hughes, Lansing, Mich., in a P-38, left at 11:44. Miss Cochran, the only woman entrant, was away at 11:52. Herman Sal | mon, Burbank, in a P-38, took off at 11:53; JohnE. Schields, Van Nuys, in a P-38, at 11:55, and with all ■ away as Mr. Johnson took off at ; noon. Floyd Odium, New York financier, 1 and husband of Jacqueline Cochran, j said he did not expect his wife to : win. He said she was flying for the ' benefit of the Army Air Forces Aid Society and hopes, besides possibly earning some prize money for that society, to call attention to “this wormy cause. The rules provide that the winner must reach Cleveland before 6 p.m., but every one expected the first planes to arrive in the middle of the afternoon program of Army, Navy and Marine Corps flying demonstra tions, aerial acrobatics, speeches and music. The record to beat in the Benaix race is 282 miles an hour average made by Frank Fuller of San Fran cisco in 1939. Experts figure the stripped-down lighter planes sal vaged from military surpluses will add 100 miles to that average. National Air Races Entrants j Prepare for Thompson Event CLEVELAND. Aug. 30 The National Air Races open here today with the arrival of the Bendix Trophy flyers and a contest between six women pilots who will take off at 4:15 p.m. in ^6-lap race around a 15-mile triangular course. The last group of entrants in the Thompson Trophy race, to be run at 300 miles around a closed course on Monday, were trying to qualify at speeds above the 275 miles an hour minimum. Only the fastest 12 will be permitted to compete, the slower qualifiers being put in the Sohlo Trophy race at 210 miles to morrow. Tex Johnston of Niagara Falls, N. V., gave an idea of what the Thompson will be like when he qual ified his little yellow P-39 Airacobra with an average of 409 miles an hour —probably the fastest time ever made around a closed course. He completed one lap around the rec tangular 30-mile course at an aver | age speed just over 410 miles an ! hour. Cleveland was jammed with vis itors. Traffic policemen were put on a 12-hour day, some 2,000 signs to direct motorists were posted, hun dreds of residents in the airport region were eager to have autos ruin their lawns for $1.50 each, and space for several thousand small airplanes was available at 21 air ports within 25 miles of Cleveland. Other Flyers Qualify. Already qualified for the Labor Day race in addition to Tex John ston were Jack Woolams of Niagara Falls, a teammate, with an average of 392.7 miles an hour; George Welch of Los Angeles, at 394.3; Tony Le Vier of Glendale, Calif., at 376.4; Steve Wittman of Oshkosh, Wis., at 358; Howard C. Lilly of Rocky River, Ohio, at 346. Bruce E. Raymond of Hammond. Ind., 343.4; Woody Ed monson of Lynchburg, Va., at 334, and Wilson Newhall of Chicago, at 314.8. The minimum qualifying speed is 275 miles an hour. Two flyers have qualified for the Sohio race, which will bring to gether those planes not in the first 12 among the entrants for the Thompson. James De Santo, who with his wife operates a flying serv ice at Parkersburg, W. Va., averaged 241.9 miles an hour and Jack Hard wick of Durango, Colo., with 251.9. ' Both are flying P-38 Lightnings. Miss America Contestant To Broadcast Tonight Jeanne Carlson, Washington’s candidate for the 1946 "Miss Amer ica” contest next week in Atlantic City, will appear in a radio broad cast at 7:15 o’clock tonight over WWDC. Miss Carlson will be interviewed, and is scheduled to sing on the 06 minute program. Park Service Offers Program Of Rambling and Star-Gazing Activities for tree and nature lovers, star-gazers and just plain sightseers have been scheduled for this weekend by the National Park Service. W. Drew Chick, assistant park naturalist, will conduct a nature i ramble through ihe Soldiers’ Home i grounds tomorrow, meeting partic ipants at 3 p.m. at the entrance, : Park place and Park road N.W. i Description ol a trip to the Ca- i nadian Rockies will be presented by Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lansburgh ' to feature the Rock Creek Campfire program at 7:30 pm. tomorrow. Mr. Lansburgh will narrate a motion picture record taken during the trip. Location of the campfire site is ] near Sixteenth and Colorado avenue N.W. The tree study will be conducted by Mr. Chick on the Capitol grounds i at 3 p.m. Sunday. The group will meet at the Grant Memorial, First i street and Pennsylvania avenue 1 N.W. ! Astronomy enthusiasts will meet or the star-gazing session at 8 p.m. Sunday at Barnard Hill Park, 3unker Hill road and Twenty-sixth street N.E. Principal speaker for he meeting will be U. S. Lyons of he Washington Astronomers’ So :iety. Naturalist Gordon Gaumitz and Historian Stanley W. McClure will iccompany horse-drawn barge trips >n the C. & O. Canal, which will eave from Lock No. 3, south of rhirtieth and M streets N.W., at ! pm. tomorrow and at 9 a.m. and ! p.m. Sunday. Return trips will eave Brookmont, Md, at 4:30 p.m. omorrow and 11:30 am. and 4:30 ).m. Sunday. A sightseeing cruiser will leave rom the Tidal Basin Inlet Bridge, oear th£ Polo Grounds, on even tours tomorrow and Sunday for ;ours of the Washington water front, mder auspices of the Park Service n co-operation with Government Services, Inc. Montgomery Opens Fourth Dispensary Establishment of a fourth dispen sary in Montgomery County under the operation of the County Liquor Control Board was annsunced today by B. R. English, general manager and secretary-treasurer. The new store, already opened at 6110 MacArthur boulevard will served Brookmont, Glen Echo Heights, Massachusetts avenue extended,1 Cabin John, Fairway Hill, Great1 Falls, Potomac and other sections, in that vicinity. Earl Buscher is| manager. The other stores are in' Silver Spring, Bethesda and Rock ville. At the same time Mr. English an nounced that the profit for the last fiscal year ending June 30, was $402, 000. an increase of approximately $50,000 over the fiscal year of 1945. The county dispensary system, Mr. English pointed out, has not been called upon to ration any of its goods in the past two years. Due to the grain increase recently granted to distillers and brewers, both beer and whisky should be more plenti ful, he added. Shingler Named to Lead Chest Drive in WAA Don G. Shingler, acting associate administrator of the War Assets Ad ministration, has been made chair man of the volunteer solicitors, who will conduct the Community Chest Federa tion campaign among WAA employes. The city-wide camp a i g n for $4,200,000 will open on Octo ber 22, Mr. Shingler was named to the post by As sistant Secretary of Treasury Ed warn n. roiey, Jr., chairman of Don G. Shinder. the Government Unit of the cam paign organization. Mr. Shingler was Assistant Engi ner Commissioner of the District from 1936 to 1939. A graduate of West Point, he was chief of staff in Baghdad and later was in charge of the military mission developing the Persian Gulf supply route. He held the rank of brigadier general during the war. He also took part In the Invasion of Normandy, Prance. He Joined WAA on July 1. Nearly 40,000 acres in Chile were planted to sunflowers this year. Suspect Surrenders In Theft of Whisky A man, sought as one of four suspected of the theft of $20,000 worth of whisky here July 28, walked into police headquarters with a lawyer and bondsman and surrendered yesterday, police re ported. Listed as Augustine Floyd Law rence, 22, of the 1800 block of D street N.E., he was charged with grand larceny. He pleaded not guilty in Municipal Court and a hearing was set for next Thursday. Bond was fixed at $1,500. Three other men had been ar rested previously in connection with the theft of the whisky, which was loaded on a trailer-truck parked in front of the Washington Trans fer Co. warehouse at 1249 New York avenue N.E. They were William Craver, 38, of the 1200 block of Morse street N.E., charged with re ceiving stolen property; John P. Wollenreiter, 31, of the first block of Seventeenth street S.E., charged with grand larceny, and Aubrey Wilbur Jones, 39, of the 200 block of Tennessee avenue N.E., charged with grand larceny. The truck was found abandoned the day after the theft at Seven teenth and K streets N.E. Police recovered most of the whisky in the rear of a house in the 1200 block of Morse street N.E. Virginia Bruce's Husband Faces Army Pass Inquiry By th» Associated Press FORT LEWIS, Wash., Aug. 30.— Pvt. Ali M. Ipar, the Turkish-born Hollywood scenario writer who was separated from Actress Virginia Bruce by the Army briefly on his wedding eve, was under order today to cut short his honeymoon and rush back to Fort Lewis. Maj. Gen. Paul W. Kendall, Fort Lewis commanding officer, an nounced the bridegroom would face an inquiry as to how he obtained three consecutively dated three-day passes. The general sent telegrams to Pvt. Ipar and Army officers at both Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Nev. The general said the first, and unquestioned, pass expired yester day, but “we won’t know whether he is absent without leave until we question him.” Gen. Kendall told newsmen: “The passes presumably are legal on their face. If they were legally and in nocently obtained by him, through some Inadvertence of a company clerk, first sergeant or officer, he will not be absent without leave.” DINE AT CEDAR KNOLL INN A SHORT PLEASANT DRIVE ALONG THE POTOMAC RIVER ON THE MOUNT VERNON MEMORIAL HIGHWAY . . . SCREENED PORCHES . . . OPEN FIRES . . . CEDAR COVERED KNOLL OVER LOOKING THE BROAD POTOMAC ... A PERFECT SETTING FOR LUNCHEON OR DINNER . . . FOOD PREPARED IN SMALL QUAN TITIES TO ASSURE GOODNESS. Sunday and Holiday Service 12.-00 to 8:30 P.M. Luncheon, 12 to 2:30 P.M. Dinner, 5.-00 to 8:30 P.M. Open every day except Monday RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED FOR BRIDGE OR OUTDOOR BARBECUE PARTIES For Reearvatione phono Alexandria 4219 cedar Knoll Inn it fust off the highway eight mtiet ffevona ine Alexandria n ffoit Office. Turn right at the road marker reading •*Baraca ffhilathea.*• J 'AFL Urges Employers To Open Books as Aid In Wage Negotiation •y th« Associoud Pr«i The American Federation of Labor called upon employes today to show their financial records to the unions as an aid to collective bargaining. Last fall and winter there was a Nation-wide controversy on this sub ject when Walter Reuther of the CIO Auto Workers demanded that the General Motors Corp. open its books. The AFfc. ih^he September. 1946, issue of its publication "Labor's Monthly SurvejC’ said it proposes to! "speed production, avoid strikes and negotiate wage increases within price ceilings.” Employers’ Co-operation Asked. But it declared this policy will succeed only if employers are "ready j to meet us half way.” The AFL argument goes as follows: 1. Some industries, like foods, chemicals, paper products, trade and service, are earning "substantial profits, varying from 12 per cent to more than 20 per cent on net worth.’ j 2. Wages are low in some of those industries and many companies can afford a wage increase without rais ing prices. "Now is the time to lift their workers to a decent level.” 3. In other industries, such as automobiles and electric equipment.: some companies are operating at a deficit. "Workers Need Facts.” Then the AFL said: "These records show that workers need the facts if they are to fcr-i mulate policies intelligently, make! realistic wage demands, negotiate wage increases within price ceilings and avoid strikes. "We say to American employers:! We have offered to co-operate with ypu as partners in improving pro-! duction. Show us the facts so we can know the results of our efforts. Give us production records so we can watch the increases due to our daily work. Give us access to finan cial reports so we can see the in come resulting from the joint pro duction process. Share with usi equitably as increasing income makes wage increases possible.” ICC Probes Laxity In Freight Car Traffic The Interstate Commerce Com- j mission is launching an investigation of the handling of empty freight cars by railroads, acting on a request of ODT Director J. Monroe Johnson who yesterday warned the country faces the "greatest transportation crisis In 20 years.” ICC especially is interested In looking into the situation of freight cars not owned by the carriers using them. Mr. Johnson said he had received numerous letters from shippers com plaining of the laxity of carriers in moving empty cars. He urged, as a partial solution, that the daily hiring charge for freight cars, other than tank and refrigerator cars, be increased from $1.15 to $2 during the existing shortage. Officials say the transportation crisis does not involve passenger service. Mr. Johnson says the real pinch will come about October 15 and con tinue until next May, and that it may force a closing down of some factories unable to move their products. 32 of 38 Countries Meet World Banjr Deadline • y the Associated Press The World Bank announced to day that 32 of Its 38 member na tions have paid their full capital subscriptions due last Saturday, putting $145,776,500 in the bank’s fund. The bank's statement said that Norway, China, Greece, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia de ferred payments under a provision allowing war-damaged members to postpone payments of one-half per cent of their subscription until five years after the bank commences operations. The payments due last Saturday were 2 per cent of the members’ assigned subscriptions and had to be paid in United States dollars or in gold. The multibillion-dollar interna tional bank for reconstruction and development disclosed that 36 of its 38 member nations already had contributed a total of $243,986,500 Of its total capital of $7,670,000,000. Only Czechoslovakia and Yugo slavia have failed to pay any of the initial 2 per cent of subscriptions due last Saturday. Both countries petitioned the bank's directors to permit postponement because their gold reserves “are still seized or im mobilized because of the war.’’ Greenbelt Man Arrested After Fall From Riverboat Donald Eugene Brewer, 29, of Greenbelt, Md., will have a chance in Municipal Court today to explain just how he fell from the second deck of the steamer Mount Vernon into the Potomac River last night. Brewer was rescued by the United States Engineers tug Abblngton after, he fell in the river about 300 yards upstream from the temporary rail-! road bridge, according to police. Carl T. Willis, operator of the tug. returned Brewer to the river boat to complete his moonlight cruise in the custody of Special Officer Leo Walker and Pvt. Miles J. Richie of the fourth precinct, who was a passenger. On his return to Washington Brewer was charged with being drunk and disorderly. Justice Aide Urges U. S. Civil Rights Law ■y th» Associated Press WINSTON-SALEM. N. C., Aug. 30.—Assistant Attorney General Lamar Caudle called today for legis lation that would let the Federal Government "act vigorously” when; local authorities fail to prosecute | civil rights violations. At present, the head of the Justice1 Department's criminal division said in addressing the North Carolina Bar Association, the Government, has "little power or authority to deal with the social and govern mental situations which give rise to civil rights problems.” Mr. Caudle, who also is national president of the Federal Bar As sociation, made no direct reference to any specific incident. The civil rights section of his division is in vestigating the postwar resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan and the recent lynching of four Negroes near Mon roe, Ga. Mr. Caudle said mob violence "or any attack upon basic rights should be a local problem of primary con cern to local citizens, to be handled in the community in which it occurs by local officers.” But, he added, "where a local authority neglects or fails to act your Federal Government should have the power and authority to act vigorously in the district where; the offense is committed.” Nazi Generals' Claims Are Blasted by U. S. •y the Associated Press NUERNBERG, Aug. 30.—Brig. Gen. Telford Taylor of the Amer ican prosecution staff accused de fense counsel for the German Gen eral Staff and High Command today with introducing a mass of irrele vant material before the Interna tional Military Tribunal. In a summation against Nazi mill- 1 tarists, Gen. Taylor said it was un true that German generals had no voice in determining strategy, and asserted that Adolf Hitler always! called in the general staff before de ciding on new military plans. “Military leaders not only partic ipated in the plans, they were de lighted with the results,” he said. “They were afraid of getting into! war before they adequately prepared, but they wanted a big army and they wanted strategic and military advantages which Germany derived from Hitler’s successes.” Gen. Taylor also derided defense statements that the generals could not resign, pointing out that in fact several did resign during the war. — Slim Hopes Seen for End Of Sugar Rationing in 747 •y the Associated Press The Agriculture Department said today no general improvement in the sugar supply situation is pos sible until the 1947 Caribbean crops—particularly the Cuban and Puerto Rican crops—begin to move to market in large volume about six months from now. 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