Likes Job; Doesn't
Have to Go to School
“The best thine about being a
District Commissioner is that -you
don’t have to go to school."
This was the opinion today of
Eddy Smallwood, 14, one of three
Washington youngsters “elected
Commissioners” by the Boys1 Club
.of Washington membership Mon
Eddy, a student at Eliot Junior
High School, made the observation
as he and his companions were
introduced to the real Commis
sioners at the District Building.
With him were Joyce Williamson,
15, also of Biot Junior High, and
Harold Groom, 16, who attends
Eastern High School. A holiday
was part of the occasion.
Commissioner John Russell Young
offered the teen-age trio the key to
the city at a ceremony in his office.
He said Eddy, elected a “boy Com
missioner” both last year and this
year, “must be the best politician
But he favored Miss Williamson,
a petite blond, recalling that she
was the first “lady Commissioner”
since the late Miss Mabel Board
Mr Young told young Groom he
would be happy to turn over the
chairmanship of the Board of Com
missioners In earnest "within a cou
ple of years.’’
Also mi hand for the ceremony
were Commissioner Guy Mason and
Assistant Engineer Commissioner
Kenneth E. Madsen. Charles Reyn
olds, director of the Boys’ Club's
eastern branch was official escort.
Tile youngsters left the District
Building in a shiny red automooile
furnished by Fire Chief Clement
Murphy. As his guest they were to
attend a dress parade at No. 16
Truck Co., Thirteenth and K streets
N.W. A tour around the Police
Department in company with Acting
8upt. Walter H. Thomas wes to
wind up the morning’s activities.
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over to aid Texas City. War De
partment officials said the 600-bed
station hospital at Fort Crockett
already was filled, but that the
700-bed Army hospital in Houston
was ready if needed.
The Navy said Admrial J. J. Clark,
assistant chief of naval operations;
for air had ordered Navy planes at;
Corpus Chrlsti and other Texas
bases to stand by to fly rescue work
ers and supplies to the area.
Six doctors and 30 nurses of the
Public Health Service offices in New
Orleans, Fort Worth and Kirkwood,
Mo., were ordered to Galveston im
The Washington headquarters of
the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
through National Commander Louis
E. Starr, wired all its members in
Texas to ‘‘mobilize all resources" to
help in the disaster.
The Air Transport Command
also placed 36 evacuation planes at
the disposal of authorities on the
Mr. Reddy and Mr. Crane headed
a squad of disaster relief experts
to fly to the Texas tragedy yester-;
day. Mr. Reddy, 59, and a veteran
of 38 years of disaster relief, re
turned to Washington only a few
days ago from the Centralis, 111.,
Has Become Leading Relief Expert.
Mr. Reddy has directed Red Cross
relief at almost every major tragedy
in this country in recent years.
Through fires, floods and tornadoes
he has become the most experienced
man in the Red Cross organization
Shortly after Pearl Harbor he
was loaned to the International
League of Red Cross Societies and
sent to Latin America. He has*
visited every nation in South Amer
ica in connection with that work.!
and returned to this country only:
Other Red Cross men aboard the
two planes that left yesterday were
Anthony Zollo of 9406 Blltmore
drive, 6ilver Spring: Dan Romine of
8005 Eastern avenue, Silver Spring,
and Charles Sterritt of 4669-A
Thirty-sixth street South, Arling
Truman to Broadcast
NEW YORK, April 17 OP).—The
National Broadcasting Co. an
nounced today that President Tru
man’s talk before the Associated
Presa luncheon at the Waldorf As
toria Hotel next Monday will be
broadcast at 3 p.m. EST.
District of Columbia—Mostly sun
ny. with temperature around 60 tills
afternoon. Clear and cold, with
lowest temperature about 42 degrees!
tonight. Tomorrow, sunny and
Virginia and Maryland—Mostlv j
dear and cooler, with scattered
light frost in the mountain* tonight.
Tomorrow, fair and somewhat
Wind Telocity, 8 miles per hour;'
(From United States Kntlaeera.)
River clear at Harperi Ferrv
and at Great Falls; Shenandoah clear at
_ Temperature and Humidity.
(Readmit at Waehlnrton National Airport.)
_ Temperature. Humidity
Yesterday— Decreet. Fer cent
Noon _ 67 96
Lorn _ 66 7|
p.m.- 6j ,76
idnlcht_ Si ' 69
Sam - 81 68
1:30 pm. ..._ 61 67
Record Temperattrea This Tear.,
Hifhest, 66. on April 6. !
Lowest. 7, on February 6.
(Furnished by United States Coaat end
Uch_ 4:68 am. 6 *7 am
gCL..1* 01 c m. 12:17 am.
KWh- 6:19 pm. 6:06 pm
I4h» —.— -- 12:49 p.m.
The Sub and Meea.
BUB today _ flf*" Pil
Sun tomorrow 6:27 6:|6
Moon, today_ 4:03 am 3:04 pm.
Automobile lights must be tuned an
aua-half hour after sunset.
_ Monthly precipitation in lnehet la the
•ajltal 'currant month to date):
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New Orleans 7: 68
New York 61 **
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CHERRY TREES BLOOM IN KENWOOD—Cherry trees In full bloom at Dorset avenue and
Brookslde drive, Kenwood, Md., show their spring finery to passersby. The traffic sign might
well have read, “Stop, Look and Marvel.” —Star Staff Photo.
(Continued From First Page.)
stand beside it for 15 minutes or
half an hour.
Ivery Saturday, said Mr. Boteler,
Mr. Barbour kept his rendezvous at
the graveside. Frequently, he came
more often. Mr. Boteler saw him
there last Saturday.
Today, neighbors said, they saw
Mr. Barbour leave the apartment at
222 Farragut street N.W., where he
had lived alone since his wife’s
death, about 7:16 aun. He returned
15 minutes later with a newspaper
under his arm.
Shortly after that they saw him
go out again with a briefcase. The
briefcase was found in the car,
parked on the roadway near the
Barbour grave. The cemetery is only
a few blocks from Mr. Barbour’s
The neighbors drew a picture of a
man devoted to his wife in life as
well as in death. For years, they
said, Mrs. Barbour had been ill and
Mr. Barbour had tended her faith
WILLIAM ARNOLD BARBOUR.
fully despite his own failing health.
"Losing her was just like losing his
right arm,” one neighbor said. “He
Just wasn't the same after her
A native Washingtonian. Mr. Bar
bour became an employe at St.
Elisabeths Hospital in 1910. He was
secretary to the late Dr. William A.
White, the former superintendent,
and helped work on the biography
of Dr. White. Until Mr. Barbour’s
retirement in 1942, he was also per
sonal assistant to Dr. Winfred Over
holser. the present superintendent.
Dr. Overholser said Mr. Barbour
was “very close both to Dr. White
and to me.” The hospital superin
tendent said Mr. Barbour had been
in 111 health, particularly since he
had had one lung removed but
"despite that, he kept on going on
Mr. Barbour was a graduate of
Georgetown Law School and a
The Barbours had no children. Mr.
Barbour is survived by five sisters
and two brothers. Including Mrs.
G. H. Moran and Mrs. J. M. Dosher.
both of Washington; Authur C. Bar
Italy May Be Next to Request
Economic Support From U. S.
By Constantine Brown
Star Foreign Affairs Analyst
ROME (By Mall).—Italy 1* likely
to be the next to ask for American
economic support. In the past
month the country’s condition has
deteriorated to such an extent that
Italian leaders and foreign observers
believe that Italy may soon request
the United States to assume respon
sibilities similar to those which are
now under congressional considera
tion for Greece and Turkey.
As in the other Mediterranean
countries, the Italian problem is
primarily political. Italy’s economic
and financial difficulties are inten
sified, prolonged and to some extent
created by the machination; of the
Communists, who are the most
forceful members of the government.
Coupled with the Communist men
ace is the fear that soon after the |
withdrawal of the small American <
force the threat from Yugoslavia i
will once more become acute.
A crisis similar to that which i
exists in Greece is expected to take i
place within a few months after the i
ratification of the Italian peace 1
treaty by the United States 8enate. I
The Italian Communist Party I
boasts of a membership of two mil- i
lion perrons. The figure does not
appear to be exaggerated, consider- :
ing that many former Fascists have 1
found hgven from punishment by i
Joining mat party.
Palmlro Togliattl, a former official i
Of the Third International, is active
and leads the only well-organized i
political party in Italy. It has large I
sums at its disposal, both from Rus- i
sis and from black market manipu
There Is hunger, a good breeding
ground for communism, in Italy.
Although Italians need not actually
starve, the actions of the govern
ment are such that living has be
come an increasingly difficult task
tor the masses of people.
No one accuses Premier Alcide de
3asperi of communist inclinations.
But being head of a stop gap gov
ernment, he does not dare oppose
;he social and economic plans of the
Communist ministers. In this way
re is'avoiding a cabinet crisis before
:he elections, which are scheduled to
>e held this summer.
The country is divided. The in
iustrial north is leftist Socialist,
chile the south is conservative and
■oyalist. It is in the north that Mr.
rogliatti is most active. Money is
>eing spent lavishly among the
corkers of that most productive por
lon of Italy.
The partisan organizations, created
luring the "war by the Communists
uid provided with small arms and
nachine guns by the Allies, still
ixist. The Allied occupation forces
lave n*ver insisted that these wea
xms, dropped into Italy by plane or
imoggled in by sea, be surrendered,
ts a result, according to reliable
•eports, there are today some 7,000
ommyguns and submachineguns
ind many rifles and pistols among
ormer members of the resistance
The failure to collect these war
ime weapons has provided the Ital
an Communists with the nucleus
or an armed organization.
bour, a Library of Congress em
ploye; Mrs. J. M. Keen of Charleston,
W. Va.; Mrs. Harold H. Cooper of
Cleveland and Mrs. David A. Holmes
and Norman Barbour, both of San
Child Profecitve Group
Adds 16 Cases in March
The Children's Protective Associa
tion handled 16 new cases in March,
Miss Mildred Terrett, executive sec
retary, reported yesterday at a board
meeting at the association head
quarters, 1901 6 street N.W.
The agency cared for JOB cases
last month. Miss Terrett said, of
which 141 were receiving foster care
in boarding or adoptive homes.
She explained that whenever pos
sible the child was kept in his own
home and his problem solved there
by professionally trained workers.
However, when the home was
broken by sickness, desertion or
death, or when the child was so
emotionally disturbed that a change
of environment seemed necessary,
the worker found a foster home
for him. *
The agency has 63 approved
boarding homes on its list and is
supervising 50 children in adoptive
CBS and Shirer Win
Joint Radio Award
•y Associated Press
NEW YORK, April 17.—William L.
Shirer and the Columbia Broadcast
ing System, who recently parted
company in a dispute over Mr,
Shirer's replacement as a news an
alyst on a Sunday program, today
received one of the George Foster
Peabody radio awards jointly.
Mr. Shirer resigned from CBS
March 30-after he was being replaced
on the program because of his "lib
eral views.’’ CBS Vice President Ed
ward Murrow denied the charge and
said the commentator had been of
fered another program time.
The joint award to Mr. Shirer and
CBS was for "outstanding reporting
and interpretation of the news.”
A special award went to John
Crosby, New York Herald Tribune
radio columnist, for "his outstanding
contribution to broadcasting through
Edward Weeks, editor of the At
lantic Monthly, and John E. Drewry,
dean of the University of Georgia
Henry W. Grady School of Journal
ism, read the citations and made the
awards at a luncheon of the Radio
British Partially Lift
Curfew From 500,000
Jews in Palestine
A. |La A m
ff|r Inw AMVCIVlVQ rrmS
JERUSALEM r April 17.—Brit
ish authorities ordered today a
partial lilting of the strict cur
few which had held more than
500,000 of Palestine’s Jews under
virtual house arrest since the
hanging of four Jewish extrem
ists yesterday morning at Aere
There was no relaxation of vig
ilance, however, on the part of the
military, who remained alert for
the first dgnwf retaliatory meas
ures which the Jewish underground
had promised in the event any of
its members were executed.
In general the situation through
out the Holy Land was reported
quiet but tense.
Incident at Prison.
A minor incident was reported at
Acre prison, where approximately
100 prisoners staged a one-day
hunger strike in protest against the
Transhipment of 3,553 uncertified
Jewish immigrants from the refugee
ship Guardian was completed at
Haifa without trouble, however—
three transports departing for
Cyprus with the last of the immi
owiy-iour outer rerugees rrom
the Guardian—which was Inter
cepted off the Palestine coast last
week end—were sent to Athlit de
tention camp as unfit to travel.
Twenty-two more were sent to the
government hospital at Haifa.
Authorities announced the death
in the hospital of Menahem Samet,
36-year-old Immigrant who was in
jured while attempting to prevent
the British from boarding the
Guardian. He was the third to die
as the result of injuries sustained
in the operation.
Curfew Ends in Three Cities.
In Tel Aviv, Haifa and Petah Tlk
vah the curfew was ended complete
ly this morning after being in effect
for a full day and night. In Jeru
salem, it was lifted at 6:30 ajn. but
was to be reimposed at 6:30 tonight.
An all-night curfew on road travsJ
was ordered continued until further
notice in all except purely Arab dis
Meanwhile. Mrs. Helen Friedman,
sister of Dov Bela Gruner, one of the
executed extremists, prepared to re
turn by plane to her home in Lan
caster. Pa. She had come to Pales
tine several weeks ago in a futile
hope of saving her brother’s life.
Advices from Nicosia, Cyprus, re
ported that 1.658 uncertified Jewish
immigrant, intercepted earlier this
week while trying to enter Palestine
aboard the small freighter Guard
ian, had arrived there on three Brit
ish transports. 8everal hundred
more of the Guardian’s passengers
still are awaiting shipment from
New British Bomb Scare
rouna to no Groundless
LONDON, April 17 (IP).—A new
bomb scare in Jittery London turned
out today to be unfounded, but Scot
land Yard agents undertook a na
tionwide drive to prevent the spread
of Palestine’s violence to Britain.
A day after a home-made time
bomb was discovered in the Colonial
Office building, a cardboard con
tainer which officials said "appeared
to have a fuse attached” was found
in the busy Charing Cross post office
in the heart of London,
The container was dbuaed in water
and rushed to the Home Office, but
laboratory experts there found It
contained only rubbish.
Scotland Yard, acting after offi
cials officially linked yesterday’s
bomb attack with the Palestine
Jewish underground, alerted air
ports to watch for a young, dark
haired woman suspected of planting
the 24 sticks of a French explosive—
with a time clock mechanism at
tached—in the Colonial Office annex.
The bomb apparently was timed to
explode at about the hour Dov Bela
Oruner and three others went to
their deaths in Palestine for anti
t'NRRA Personnel Blamed.
M Foreign Office spokesman said
that UNRRA personnel had assisted
‘wittingly or unwittingly” in the
movement of Jewish refugees bound
for the Holy Land.
The spokesman said the British
government was making "represen
tations” by letter to UNRRA head
quarters In the United States.
In reply to a question, he said he
was not aware that the United
States Government was being In
UNRRA Official Denies
Aiding Jews' Tray el
FRANKFURT, Germany. April 17
<A>).—Paul B. Edwards, UNRRA’s di
rector in the American aone of
Germany, said today a recent In
vestigation had uncovered "no evi
dence that UNRRA personnel have
assisted” In the movement of Jew
ish refugees toward Palestine.
BELLS FOR CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY—Samuel Cardinal Strltch
of Chicago is shown blessing a set of carillon bells which he
presented to Catholic University yesterday in a ceremony at the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The cardinal
said the bells were given to him by a manufacturer of carillon
bells at 8ellersville, Pa. —Star Staff Photo.
(Continued Prom First Page.)
to work together It can only be by
striving Jointly to secure peace and
to raise the standards of living,
health and prosperity of the whole
Northolt Airport said Mr. Wal
lace was due in Stockholm early to
morrow. His plane took off at 5:30
p.m. (10:30 am. EST).
Summing up his British impres
sions at a final news conference be
fore starting a flying tour of Scan
dinavia and Prance, Mr. Wallace
said that his only regret was that
he was unable to get a more nearly
complete picture of the Conserva
He declared that he hoped to
meet representatives of all parties
in Scandinavia and Prance be
cause “I feel my trip cannot be of
real service to the ideal of a world
united for peace” without such con
Peron Termed Skilled Dictator.
He refused to make what he
termed a "definitive statement” on
United States relations with Latin
Ameriea, but described President
Juan Peron of Argentina as "one of
the most skilled dictators” of the
last 30 years.
»r auauc wou xauKU bv uxa
cum the Spanish situation in the
light of Gen. Francisco Franco’s
latest statement, but in regard to
America^-Spanish relations he said
he felt adoption of a "hard pol
icy” might have an effect the op
posite of that desired.
“Human nature is such," said
Mr. Wallace, “that sometimes when
you put on preMure you simply
Robber of Poor Box
Wfi Only Claiming
Refund on Donation
•y It* Au*ci*t*d Prut
BRIGHTON, England, April
17.—Mordicisa James, 42, sen
tenced to six months' imprison
ment today for attempting to
steal money from a church of
fertory box, gave this explana
He made an offering to 8t.
Anthony in the hope of getting
a job, got the Job but was dis
appointed with the wages, and
delved into the poor box “to
get my money back because 8t.
Anthony let me down.”
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increase resistance to that pres
He told newsmen that representa
tives of “leading parties” had in
vited him to Paris. There, he said,
he will address a meeting arranged
by the American Veterans’ Com
mittee. He declared that the AVO
was “animated by exceedingly high
ideals,” but in the United States
was “like many others that tend
to quarrel among themselves about
“They are looking down Instead
of up.” he said, smiling.
Questioned About De Gaulle.
The news conference was ar
ranged primarily for French cor
respondents, but only one question
was asked about Gen. Charles de
Gaulle, whom Mr. Wallace had men
tioned on two previous occasions.
“Do you intend to meet De
“I don’t know whether I will or
not," Mr. Wallace answered.
He said his ideal was “unity of
the world for peace.”
“I hope my coming to France will
serve that purpose and only that
puropse,” he declared.
Clark Asked to Probe
Phone 'Strike Breaking'
ly die Associated Prats
ATLANTA, April 17.—The South
ern Federation of Telephone Work
ers said today Attorney General
Clark had been asked to Investigate
the union’s contention that the
Southern Bell Telephone Co. Is
bringing "strike breakers’* across
The union released for publication
a telegram which it said Henry
Meyer, chief counsel for the Na
tional Federation of Telephone
Workers, had sent Mr. Clark offering
to substantiate charges that the tel
ephone company had brought "strike
breakers” acrfess State lines con
trary to the Byrnes law.
The telephone company had no
Big 5 on Committee
To Probe Palestine
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LAKE SUCCESS, N. Y„ April IT.—
A British spokesman said today his
country would propose exelusion of
all five major powers Iran the pro
posed committee of inquiry on
Palestine which will be considered
by the special session of the United
Nations Assembly beginning April
Britain also was reported opposed
to granting committee representa
tion to either Jews or Arabs. The
committee's task will be to sift all
available information on the Pales
tine problem and make recommen
dations to the regular Assembly
session meeting in September.
Under the British plan, the
spokesman said, the committee
would comprise about a dosen small
powers who have little or no direct
interest in the highly controversial
qeustlon, so that it could avoid the
pressure which might result If inter
ested parties were represented.
Albania Aeewsea Greece.
r Meanwhile, Albania further con
fused the turbulent picture in the
Balkans by filing a formal protest
against Greece with the United Na
A non-memoer or the u. N, Al
bania said In a letter to Secretary
General Trygve Lie that “in the first
week of April fresh provocations
and violations of our territorial
waters by Greek ships have taken
place in the southern sector of our
frontier between Saranda and Vivar
(near the Greek island of Corfu)."
The complain specifically charged
that a Greek tanker four times pene
trated Albanian territorial waters in
the period between April 3 and 4.
cruised in “our waters" for some
time and made “rapid and suspicious
Two British warships were dam
aged by mines 1 nthe Corfu Channel
last October 33 and London accused
Albania of laying the mines. After
Russia vetoed a Council verdict of
guilty aaginst the Tirana govern
ment, the Council referred the case
to the International Court of Justice.
Questions Put to Russia.
In another phase* of U. N. affaire
puzzled delegates to the Atomic
Energy Commission submitted writ
ten questions on atomic control and
inspection for the Soviet Union to
Following procedure agreed oh in
a closed session, members of the
Working Committee of the commis
sion shaped their queries in writ
ing—and Andrei A. Gromyko, So
viet delegate, was expected to an
swer in writing. The Working Com
mittee was slated to meet at 10:30
am. today while the Political Com
mittee of the commission meet* at
Delegates Intimated that the ques
tion in which most were interested
“Does Russia want inspection of
atomic plants by international per
sonnel responsible to an interna
tional agency or does Russia want
Inspection by national personnel
responsible to an international
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