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Runny, highest about 68 this afternoon. Clear tonight; lowest in. city, 46; in suburbs, 36. Tomorrow sunny, warmer. Temperatures today—High, 61, at 1 p.m.; low, 43, at 5:34 a.m. Yesterday—High, 60, at 3:36 pm.; low, 44, at 6:18 a.m. (Full Report on P»*e A-17.) _ Late New York Markets, Page A-i7. Guide for Reeders Page Amusements —A-l* Comics.B-14-15 Editorials .A-8 Editorial Articles. A-8 Finance.A-17 Lost and Found ..A-3 Page Obituary_A-10 Radio .B-15 Society ..B-3 Sports ..A-13-15 Where to Qo.B-4 Woman’s Page—B-9 # An Associated Press Newspaper 94th YEAR. No. 37,417 Phone NA. 5000. WASHINGTON, D. Q., MONDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1946-THIRTY-FOUR PAGES. ★★★ City Home Delivery, Dally ana Sunday a» /"iTjyvrrnQ 90c a Month. When 5 Sunday*, 91.fO ® \jJUJX X O I Peace Conference Ends Work; Results Are "Unsatisfactory/ U. S.-Dominated, Molotov Says ■ .__j Leading Treaty Issues Will Be Thrown fiack .To Foreign Ministers > BULLETIN PARIS (y'P).—The Peace Con ference completed drafting treaties for five defeated Axis nations tonight and soon aft erward the four-power For eign Ministers Council met to begin final work on the rec ommendations. The Finnish draft, last of the five, was adopted after numerous ob jections from the United States. By the Associated Press PARIS, 6ct. 14.—Russian For eign Minister Molotov today at tacked as “unsatisfactory” many of the results of the Paris Peace Conference, presaging a show down on leading issues in the four-power Foreign Ministers’ New York meeting. Mr. Molotov, charging that the United States had dominated the conference, upheld the Soviet Union’s right to $300,000,000 repara tions from^Finland—.a figure soon afterward ratified, over United States opposition, voiced by Sena tor Vandenberg. The Michigan Senator sought to reduce the repa rations figure to $200,000,000, but the conference voted this down, 11 to 5. The United States, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and the Neth erlands voted against the repara tions article and Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Greece and Norway ab stained. The conference previously had swiftly approved all political and military clauses of the Finnish treaty, last of five to be drafted by the 21 nations in their 11 weeks of deliberations. Silent on Territorial Clauses. The United States abstained from voting on territorial clauses by which Finland would cede terri tory, including nickel mines and' the Arctic port of Petsamo to Rus sia. One clause to refer final disputes on treaty enforcement to the Inter- j national Court of Justice was car ried, 15 to 6, over opposition of the Russian-led Slav bloc A ban on atomic weapons for Finland was carried by the same vote. The conference voted, 11 to 8, to make Finland pay 75 per cent com pensation for United Nations prop erty losses in her territory. The United States and Slav states op posed the action. Mr. Molotov remarked that only portions of the draft treaties with ( Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary '; and Finland pleased Russia and in dicated that many of the issues: would be thrown back into the For eign Ministers Council where deci sions must be unanimous. He accused the United. States, Great Britain and France of “vio lating tneir agreements” and “re-! treating” from four-power accord in the adoption of “a number of anti democratic measures” in connection with Trieste. Criticizes Balkan Provisions.’ He spoke critically of guarantees1 written into Balkan treaties for free navigation of the Danube and com plained that the conference had refused to fix Bulgarian boundaries as of January, 1941—an action that would have given Bulgaria some territory from Greece. The conference of 21 nations, tak ing action on the final draft treaty with Finland, prepared to adjourn tomorrow. The draft treaties then must be approved finally by the Foreign Ministers of the United States, Russia, Great Britain and France at meetings in New York. Senator Vandenberg spoke before Mr. Molotov and demanded that the; Finnish reparation bill be pared j down $300,000,000 to $200,000,000— a move that kindled Mr. Molotov's anger. The Michigan Senator said:; “The United States will leave its motives to the verdict of history in connection with the winning of the war and the writing of a just peace. We decline to,plead as defendants: among Allies to whom we have given every ounce of co-operation in j blood and treasure of which a great nation is capable. But we shall con tinue to speak for the American con ception of justice and fair play/' Bevin Upholds Soviet Claim. Foreign Minister Bevin of Great; Britain upheld the Russian claim to $300,000,000 from Finland. Mr. Molotov said Senator Van denberg’s address “made an un favorable impression both as to his (See CONFERENCE, Page A-4.) Two Firemen Overcome Af Blaze in Southeast Two firemen were overcome by smoke which swept throughout an entire block shortly before 1 p.m. today when a two-alarm fire broke out in the basement of a store on Eighth street S.E., opposite the Ma rine Barracks. Rescue squad men had not re vived one of the firemen, whose name could not be learned immed iately, 10 minutes after other fire men draged him from the burning store at 719 Eighth street. The store is known as the Military Pawn Brokers Exchange. New York Voting Lists Show 28 Pet. Increase By the Associated Press NEW YORK, Oct. 14.—An in crease of 23 per cent—compared With 1942—in the number of per sons registered to vote in New York city and 14 of the 15 largest up state cities was reported today at the close of the one-week registra tion Deriod. Gov. Warren Is 'Sitting Pretty' For Presidential Race in 1948 Californian Faces No Further Tests At Polls, Yet Is Assured Constant Forum * . By Gould Lincoln Star Staff Correspondent SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 14 Gov. Earl Warren of California, the Pacific Coast’s “threat" , in the 1948 race for the Republican presidential nomination, is sit ting pretty. Unlike Gov. Thomas Dewey of New York, he does not face a real test at the polls on November 5 for re-elec tion as Governor. Unlike John Brick er of Ohio, he is not compelled to jeopardize his political future in a contest for election to the Senate. And unlike Harold Stassen of Min nesota, he is assured of a constant forum and sounding board to keep himself in the public eye during the next two years. Re-election for Gov. Warren is merely a matter of form. In the June primary he won both the Republican and Democratic nomi nations for Governor. He has a Communist running against him, Archie Brown, who is asking the voters to write his name on tne ballots. Pour years ago Gov. Warren upset the Democratic applecart in the State. With a registration favoring the Democratic candidate by more than a million over the Republican, he carried California by upwards of 300,000 votes. In the primaries this year, under the California system which per mits all candidates to file in pri maries other than that of their own parties, Gov. Warren led his Demo cratic opponent in the Republican race 700,000 to 70,000. In the Demo cratic primary he defeated the Democratic nominee 593,000 to 530.000. Because of this extraordinary feat. Gov. Warren becomes virtually a nonpartisan choice for re-election. All of this was not accomplished by chance. Nor by a desire of the voters to change from Democratic (See LINCOLN, Page A-6J Wider Distribution Is Path to Progress, Truman Tells Business President Urges Reduction Of Costs in Message To Boston Conference By the Associated Press BOSTON, Oct. 14.—President Truman said in a letter made public today at the Boston Con ference on Distribution that “'the path to progress in this country lies in the direction of making the products of our factories available to more people at lower cost, and distributors as well as manufacturers can help greatly in keeping us moving in this di rection.” Speakers on the conference pro gram today included Winthrop W. Aldrich, president of the Interna tional economic plan, and Assist ant Secretary of State Spruille Braden, who called on United States private enterprise to “collaborate” with Latin American countries. The President’s letter said: “Once our factories are fully re converted to full peacetime produc tion. much of the responsibility for maintaining a high level of con sumption will fall upon the Na tion's advertisers, salesmen, whole salers and retailers.” Message From Britain. “It is my hope that American businessmen will think and act to ward this end by working lor re ductions in distribution costs as well as by aggressive sales promo tion.” Viscount Leverholme in a state ment sent to the conference from London said: “For a long time now we have had in Britain the slogan, ‘Make do and mend.’ We eagerly await the day when this can be changed to ‘Buy new and spend.’ After such an upheaval the change must be gradual; but we must make it one of increasing momentum. Our two nations, in their approach to the ISee DISTRIBUTION, Page A-5J Killing Frosts Reported In Some D. C. Suburbs Killing frosts hit Washington sub urbs early today for the first time this autumn, the Wesfther Bureau announced, but the city proper was somewhat warmer despite a new season low temperature of,43 de grees. More of the same is/ in order to night, the forecaster' said, while today and tomorrow will be clear and nippy with the mercury ex pected to hover in the 60s during daylight. Outlying districts of Maryland re ported temperatures as low as 37 degrees last night and early today, accompanied by killing frost, but Fairfax and Arlington Counties, Va., experienced only light frost, said R. C. Schmidt, the supervising fore caster. Heavy frosts hit all the Middle Atlantic States north of the District during the night. The expected low temperature tonight is 46 degrees. , Marine Engineers Call Bridges and Curran To Strategy Meeting Emergency Session Here To Tighten Policy' In Shipping Strike By th« Associated Press Negotiators for the CIO Ma rine Engineers today called in Harry Bridges and Joseph Cur ran, co-chairmen of the Com mittee for Maritime Unity, for a special strategy meeting in the 14-day-old shipping strike. The committee is dominated by CIO unions in the maritime field. The engineers, with the AFL Mas ters, Mates and Pilots, have been idle since October 1, tying up a large part of the merchant fleet in all ports. Their principal demand} involve union security and wages. A spokesman for the engineers said Mr. Bridges, president of the CIO-Longshoreman, and Mr. Cur ran, head of the CIO National Mari time Union, were invited to Wash ington “to tighten our policy." There was no further elaboration on the emergency meeting. Mr. Bridges was called frem San Fran cisco and Mr. Curran from New York. The invitations went out after the engineers made a slight shift in tactics Friday night, less than 24 hours after the East and Gulf Coasts operators walked out on the Government-sponsored conciliation meetings here. Resumption of those meeting, with or without Government par ticipation, was expected in the next day or so. The CIO union offered to nego tiate a separate contract with the Atlantic and Gulf owners if the Maritime Commission then would agree to put the terms into effect on its vessels in the Pacific. Before that, the union had been insisting that the commission make a prior committment to blanket West Coast ships under any East Coast contract the union might reach with the Eastern operators. Pacific operators have resisted the chief demand of both striking unions—for preferential hiring of union Members. The East and Gulf shipowners have had union security provisions in their contracts in the past. Ruling on D. C. Apartment Is Affirmed by High Court The Supreme Court today declined to hear the case of a group of prop erty owners seeking to block the construction of an apartment at Sixteenth and Shepherd streets N.W. Today’s action by the court thus clears the way for construction of the building. The District Zoning Commission, after a public hearing, ruled that the apartment could not be built. The commission was reversed, how ever, by District Court, which acted on a suit by Harry Poretsky, real estate operator of 1518 K street N.W., who had contracted to buy the land for the apartment. • Pittsburgh Transit Men Vote To Return to Jobs in Strike By the Associated Press PITTSBURGH, Oct. 14.—Some 300 drivers for the Pittsburgh Motor Coach Co., who quit work rather than pass through an independent power union's picket lines, voted to day to return to the jobs immedi ately. The company operates 125 buses. It was the first break in the trans portation tieup which began 18 days ago as an off-shot of the power workers’ strike, now in its 21st day. Mayor David L. Lawrence last night called the power strike the city’s worst disaster since the 1936 flood— which caused'damage of more than $200,000,000. Streetcar men also were voting today on the question of returning. They are the core of the city’s^ trans portation system. Approximately 2,700 members of the AFL-Amalgamated Association of Electric Street Railway and Motor Coach employes, have stayed away from work 18 days rather than cross picket lines set up at carbarns by striking employes of the Du quesne Light Co., who belong to an independent union. The streetcar men held a mail vote over the week end. Results were to be counted this afternoon, but union officials said today’s meeting was called “to expedite the voting.” Mayor Lawrence declared in the radio address that the strike was dealing this big industrial area “a brutal and economic beating” and causing the greatest unemploy ment “since the dark depression days.” The Mayor, who . played a promi nent role in negotiations as a vol untary mediator, urged the strikers to accept the company’s offer to ar bitrate the long-standing wage dis pute. The question of accepting arbitra (See POWER, Page A-5.) Truman Aides Help Prepare Talk on Meat President's Decision On Control Problem Is Closely Guarded Aided by cabinet advisers, President Truman polished to day a personal report to the Nation on the meat shortage which has stirred up housewives and politicians alike. Attorney General Clark and Sec retary of Agriculture Anderson joined the White House group which already included Stabiliza tion Director Steelman and other presidential aides. Eben Ayres, White House secretary, told news men Mr. Truman still was working on his all-network broadcast, set for 10 p.m. tonight. The President’s decision report edly has been made, but it is a closely kept White House secret. His apparent choice lies among these: 1. Outright scrapping of meat controls, recommended by many Re publicans, some Democrats and most of the trade. 2. Relaxation of controls, involv ing higher prices or some sort of bonus to bring livestock to market. 3. Importation of meat, perhaps in combination with other measures. 4. Stand-pat position behind the current stabilization measures. OPA Not Notified. So tight was the White House secrecy on the presidential conclu sions that the best clue on the ver dict was purely negative: If higher price ceilings were in volved, the OPA was headed for a hurry-up Job working out schedules. Only a few hours before the an nouncement time, the agency's price experts said they had not been ad vised to plan for any changes. In the past when ceiling changes have been in sight, the OPA staff usually has had advance notice on the chore. There are 27,000 items in the retail meat list alone. Trade sources likewise professed to be in the dark. Spokesmen for packers and meat distributors said higher ceilings would be unexpected and a decontrol order would be a big surprise. Hours before the Chief Execu tive’s broadcast, the Republican Party termed the scheduled address “political” and demanded radio time to reply. Mr. Truman Is on record as firmly opposed to removal of OPA controls. He took this stand September 26, but at a news conference last week he refused to comment when asked whether he had changed his mind. One indication that he may have changed his mind came from a high official who is familiar with the problem. • He' hinted to a reporter that top aides helping prepare Mr. Truman’s speech met at the White House last night and that decontrol of meat is in the picture. Political Purpose Charged. The GOP contention that Mr. Truman’s address "will be political” came from Carroll Reece, chairman of the Republican National Com mittee. “Just three weeks before a crucial congressional election,” Mr. Reece said, “Mr. Truman has chosen to tie up most of the Nation’s radio facilities with an explanation of his administration’s so-called stabiliza I tiop program, with particular refer ; ence to the stabilized shortage of ; meat. Whatever may be the form i of his explanation, its substance and its obvious political purpose will be political. "If Mr. Truman has in mind some action to solve the meat prob lem—and it is to be hoped that he has—he can take that action at his desk in the White House, where it could have been taken many weeks ago. * * * ” Mr. Reece said it is his opinion that "the American people would receive at least as much enlighten ment—and certainly more enter tainment—from the regularly sched uled radio programs which the President is displacing tonight.” The GOP chairman also said “the practice of allowing a President to take advantage of his political posi tion to tie tip the Nation’s radio fa cilities for political addresses when ever he chooses is a vicious practice which should be stopped. "However, so long as that practice continues, I conceive it to be my (See MEAT, Page A-4.) Supreme Court Agrees To Pullman Review * By th« Associated Press The Supreme Court today agreed to rule on a Government contention that it should set aside a lower court’s order which approved sale of the Pullman Co. sleeping car business to a combine of 43 rail roads. "The Justice Department urged re jection of the railroads’ offer of $75, 000,000 for the business on grounds the plan “substitutes for a monopoly which has been adjudicated illegal (under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act), a more powerful monopoly.” A special - three-judge Federal Court in Philadelphia in 1943 upheld Government charges of antitrust law violations by the Pullman Co., which operates and services cars: the Pullman-Standard Car Manu facturing Co., which makes Pullman cars, and Pullman, Inc., a holding concern owning the stock of the two other Pullman companies. The District Court ordered Pull man, Inc., to get rid of either its operating or its manufacturing func tions. Pullman chose to sell the op erating business. The District Court in approving sale of that business to the railroad combine rejected offers of three other bidders. Two of the unsuccessful bidders, Otis & Co., Cleveland banking firm, and Glore, Forgan & Co., Chicago banking house, joined the Justice Department in asking the Supreme Court to set aside the lower court’s approval of sale. SupremeCou rt Rejects Medley and Fisher Appeals for Rehearing Vijison and Jackson Refrain From Acting On D. C. Murder Cases The Supreme Court today re jected the pleas of two convicted District murderers—Julius Fisher and Joseph D. Medley—to rehear their cases. Chief Justice Vinson and Asso ciate Justice Jackson took no part in this deliberation, a notation on the denial order revealed. By formal written decision, the Supreme Court decided late last term that Fisher was guilty of mur der, as charged. He contended that, due to his mental capacity, he was incapable of committing a first-de gree murder. A Supreme Court review was de nied Medley early in June. Then Medley sought to have the Supreme Court rehear bis case. A * Both Medley and Fisher had been granted stays of execution pending the decisions announced today. Medley was convicted of murder ing Mrs. Nancy Boyer in her Six teenth street N.W. apartment here in June, 1945. He was captured in St. Louis, returned here and convicted. Last April he and Earl McFar land, also a convicted murderer, made a sensational escape from the District Jail, but Medley was cap tured a few hours later. He was sentenced to die August 2, but Jus tice Hugo Black signed a stay on July 29. New Dates to Be Set Soon. Fisher, a former janitor at Wash ington Cathedral, was convicted ol killing Miss Catherine Reardon, a Cathedral librarian, in March, 1944 Sentenced to die last August 23, a stay was signed by Justice Harold Burton which also delayed his exe cution pending the court’s decision given today. It is expected that new execution dates soon will be set for both men, McFarland, who killed Dorothy Berrum, a Government worker, was captured in Chattanooga, returned here and executed. Release of Mrs. Durant Refused by High Court The Supreme court today refused release of WAC Capt. Kathleen Nash Durant, who was convicted by a military court at Frankfurt, Ger many, of taking part in the theft of the Hesse crown jewels. Mrs. Durant was accused of par ticipating in the $1,500,000 theft while she managed an Army billet in Kronberg Castle. Her attorney asked the Supreme Court to release her through a writ of habeas corpus. The attorney in a petition con tended Mrs. Durant was discharged from the Army May 30, 1946, and as a civilian was unlawfully taken to Frankfurt for trial. Mrs. Durant was convicted September 30 and sentenced to five years’ imprison ment and dishonorable discharge. > The Supreme Court also refused to intervene in the case of Ralph K. Betz of Willoughby, Ohio, a for mer GI held in an Army jail at Bad Nauheim, Germany, in con nection with his asserted illegal, re entry into that country. Betz asked an Army lawyer, Capt. Earl J. Carroll of San Bruno, Calif;, to help him. Capt. Carroll mailed from Germany a request that the Supreme Court order release of Betz by a writ of habeas corpus. Betz said he was held without for mal charges or the assistance of an attorney. In both cases, the court said it j lacked original jurisdiction._ ______-i r Use of Schools for Plebiscite On Suffrage Virtually Assured Students Will Benefit From Observation, Mrs. Doyle Feels Hailed with approval through out the city, the plans for a plebiscite here on election day on the question of District suf frage today were taking definite shape. Several meetings already are scheduled to set up machinery for operating the test vote so the peo ple here can-register their opinions ion both local and national suffrage, i Virtual assurance that the school buildings may be used for polling places came as Mrs. Henry Grattan | Doyle, president of the Board of [Education, personally approved the ' plan. j Request for use of the schools will i be presented to the board when it meets at 3:30 pm. Wednesday, by Joseph C. McGarraghy, president Suffrage Plebiscite To Pose 2 Questions: Local and National ' These are the two questions on which adults will vote on election day. Tuesday, Novem ber 5, in the District of Co lumbia : x 1. “Do you want the right to vote for officials of your own city government in the District of Columbia? 2. "Do you want the right to vote for President of the United States and for members of Con gress from the District of Co lumbia?" “AH persons” living in Wash ington,” 21 years of age or old er, may vote “yes” or “no” on each question. of the Board of Trade, which is leading the move for a plebiscite. With his to lay the matter before (See VOTE, Page A-3-) PAC Official Denies Purge List's Existence In Campaign Probe Action on Candidates Is Affair of States, House Group Told By J. A O'Leary The National Citizens’ Political Action Committee has no purge list for the coming congressional election, because it leaves selec tion of candidates to its State affiliates, C. B. Baldwin, an offir cial of the organization, told a House committee today. “Do you have any list of candi dates you oppose or favor in this campaign?” asked Lowry N. Coe, committee counsel. “No sir,” Mr. Baldwin replied. “The State organizations decide that. We know who they are, but we don’t prapare the lists. We do not build up a purge or a list we are supporting. We give information to the State organizations.” Mr. Baldwin was the first witness as the House Campaign Expendi tures Committee began public hear ings, during which it also will call labor and business groups to tell of their campaign acttivities. •High lights of the opening ses sion included: Representative Fellows, Republi can, of Maine drew a laugh when he revealed that one tabulation of congressional ^ voting records this (See CAMPAIGN, PROBE, Pg. A-6.) High Court Turns Down Request to Unseat Bilbo By tfi» Associated Press The Supreme Court today rejected a request that it bar Senator Bilbo, 'Democrat, of Mississippi from his Senate seat. The request was- made by James L. P. Rumble, New York City, who told the court that Senator Bilbo had deprived Mississippi citizens of the right to vote because of their “color and racial origins.” The application noted that the Constitution makes each House of Congress the judge of the qualifica tions of its members. Mr. Rumble added that the Constitution "has not clothed either of the Houses with power of being the exclusive judges of the elections of members.” The $ourt merely noted that Mr. Rumble’s petition was denied and gave no reason. Feuding i.ackson and Black Meet and Say 'Good Morning' By tht Associated Press Supreme Court Justices Jackson and Black—central figures in a bitter behind-the-scenes row — are on speaking terms. Although they did not so much as look at each other in their first pub lic appearance last Monday in . the courtroom, it was learned today the ice was broken when they came face to-face in the closely guarded cor ridor just outside their adjoining offioes. Justice Jackson was the first to speak as they approached.. “Good morning, Hugo, justice Jackson said. “Good morning, Jackson,” Justice Black responded. ' Neither offered to shake hands, but they exchanged smiles, then joined their seven colleagues in a room where they donred black robes to march to the bench for the term’s opening session. It was their first known meeting since last June, when Justice Jack son, then in Germany, issued a state ment criticizing Justice Black and charging him with "bullying” tactics. Woman's Accusations: Against Garssons Heard by Grand Jury Attempt to Influence Her Testimony Charged By Mrs. Jean Bates The pretty redhead who once accused key figures in the Gars son munitions combine of at tempting to influence her testi mony before the Senate War Investigating Committee today unfolded her story to the special grand jury hearing Government evidence against the munitions empire. The witness. Mrs. Jean Bates, a former employe in the Washington office of the Garssons at 1 Thomas Circle, appeared before the special grand jury at its second session today. Waiting to follow Mrs. Bates into the grand jury room was Mrs. Eleanor Hall, who was employed earlier in the Washington office. The testimony of the two women before the Senate War Investigat ing Committee provided a spec tacular climax to the Capitol Hill hearings and contradicted much of the earlier testimony. Hearings Resumed. The special grand jury, consisting of 18 men and 5 women, resumed hearings shortly after 11 am.*today. In their only previous session, the grand jurors heard the stenotype reporters who covered the Senate committee hearings and presumably were called to identify the recorded testimony. The presence of the two stenogra phers indicated that the grand jurors were interested in the con nection of Representative May, Democrat, of Kentucky with the combine which included the Erie Basin Metal Products Co., Inc.; (See GARRSON, Page A-6.) 31 Bodies Are Brought Out After Lololand Air Crash ty th« Associated Press SICHANG, Oct. 14.—A mournful procession of sedan chairs bearing the white-sheeted corpses of all 31 persons who- died in the crash of a Chinese National Aviation Corp. transport plane, October 8, made its way down steep Lochi Mountain to the Village of Hsichia today. Rumors which emanated from this West China territory occupied by barbarous Lolo tribesmen had given vivid descriptions of “survivors" fighting a gun battle with Lolos be fore being captured. The fact that all aboard evidently died outright when the craft smashed into the side of the 14,000 mountain pointed, up the unreliabil ity bf stories spread In this fan tastic country. It was another indication that re ports of the cauture and enslave ment two years ago of five or more American B-29 pilots might also be a figment of Lolo imagination. A search party, nevertheless, Is searching Lololand for a trace of a B-29 and its occupants who crashed In 1944, and is expected back in a day or two. -a Firemen Back Hotel Strikers, Stay Off Jobs Heat, Hot Water Loss In Offing; Little Hope Held for Quick Peace Loss of heat and hot water apparently was in the offing to day for Washington’s 18 strike bound hotels. Members of Local 63, Firemans’ and Oilers’ International Union, ad vised Samuel Levine, attorney for the hotel service unions, that they are refusing to cross picket lines at the hotels where 5,000 service em ployes have been on strike since Friday. This information was given at Mr. Levine’s office today. The attorney could not say just when or whether this would mean the shutting off of heat and hot Wa ter. But the opinion was expressed that such action would be inevitable unless the hotel managements could find licensed operators for their boilers. All the struck hotels had ample heat and hot water last night and today, according to Joseph C. Mc Garraghy, attorney for the Hotel Association of Washington. Engineers to Meet Tonight. But the situation was confused and hotel managers were making no promises as to how long these conveniences could be continued. Expected to have some bearing on the outlook, observers said, is the monthly meeting tonight of Lo cal 99, International Union of Op erating Engineers. Jesse West, business agent for the local, said the meeting “undoubtedly will discuss” the strike situation. But he had “no comment” on re ports that a strike might be called in sympathy with the workers now out. it was expiamea tnat nremen ana oilers attend to the actual firing and operation of the boilers. Engi neers have supervisory jobs. Engi neers would be forbidden to fire the boilers, the business agent said. Conventions May Be Canceled. Meanwhile, as the general hotel strike picture continued without ap parent change, the Greater National Capital Committee of the Board of Trade sought to devise some plan 1 which would make possible the hold ing of 10 conventions scheduled to be attended by 2,600 to 2,800 persona during the remainder of October. It was acknowledged that tha meetings are threatened with cancel lation if the strike continues and i unless arrangements other than those already announced can be made. Largest of the scheduled meetings is the National Conference on Juvenile Delinquency called by At | tomey General Clark for October ! 21-23. Anticipated registration for , the conference is 600 to 800 persons. While sessions are to be held in the Departmental Auditorium, most of the visitors have expected to obtain j accommodations in the hotels now f struck. Another convention, that of the Chaplains’ Association of the Army * and Navy at the Shoreham, October 23-25, is expected to bring 500 dele i gates. Operations Contftme. In the affected hotels, operations continued today exactly as they have been since the start of the strike, Mr. McGarraghy said. He and some of the hotel man-, agers were emphatic in declaring . that none of the affected hotels is 1 “ousting’’ or contemplating the ' ' “ouster” of any guests. Mr. McGarraghy said, however, that no hotels are accepting new registrations. Check-outs by departing guests since the strike started have reduced (See HOTELS, Page A-5.) High Court to Review Texas Contempt Case By the Associated Prats The Supreme Court today granted three Texas newspapermen a review of contempt of court proceedings in which they were given three-day jail sentences. The contempt citation was based on news accounts and an editorial dealing with the trial of a civil case before Judge Joe D. Browning in the Neuces County Court in Texas. Judge Browning ruled the news articles and editorial were “calcu lated to reflect upon the integrity of this court, to embarrass this court, to affect the course of justice *■« » ” The Texas Court of Criminal Ap peals upheld the contempt action, with one judge dissenting. The newspapermen then appealed to the Supreme Court. They are Con way C. Craig, publisher of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Bob McCracken, managing editor, and Tom Mulvany, reporter. The jail sentences were stayed pending Su preme Court action of their appeal. In their appeal the three told the Supreme Court the Texas court ac tion deprived them of the right of freedom of press. They contended the Texas action was not in accord with decisions by the Supreme Court in similar cases and commented that “no judge worthy of. the name could have been coerced” by the publications. The editorial criticized Texas laws “which vest vast judiciary au thority in a county judge but which do not require the occupant of the office to be an attorney.” Nonswimmer Drowns in Effort to Rescue Girl By tha Associated Pro** PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 14.— Leslie Grant couldn’t swim but he plunged into the surf to try to res cue a young woman who called for help. _ The girl, identified in lifeguard reports as Dorothy Randall, waa saved by David Aaron and a group of soldiers from nearby Morrison Field. The soldiers also brought Mr. Grant’s body to the beach.