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WASHINGTON, D. C. ©letting WASHINGTON NEWS MONDAY, APRIL 28, 1947 Β Probers Hear Of Overbuying By GSI Agent Items Were Resold To Jobber Who Reaped Profit By Joseph Young Over-purchases by Government Services, Inc. of hard-to-get items during the war, which Ultimately were resold by a New York jobber at a handsome profit to the Balti more Se Ohio Railroad and Gimbel's Department Store in New York, to day came under fire of the Senate Civil Service Committee. The committee heard testimony from its investigators that GSI during the war overloaded on pur chases of dungarees, shirts, coats and cans of vegetable juices and then resold them to the New York broker. W. E. Posev, the committee in vestigator. said the jobber lost no time in reselling the goods to Gim bel's and the B. & O. Railroad at a substantial profit. Purchasing· Agent Criticized. This disclosure brought an ac knowledgment from F. W. Hoover, GSI manager, that the nonprofit corporation's purchasing agent "must have gone haywire" in over purchasing the items. Senator Baldwin, Republican, of Connecticut, chairman of the spe cial subcommittee investigating the operation of GSI's 53 Federal cafe terias here, replied: "I can understand how a com pany could make a mistake and overpurcha.se one item, but I don't see how you could have been un aware of the overpurchasing of four items." Senator Baldwin added that the committee would inquire more closely into the realtionship between GSI and the New York jobber who was identified as Jack Freeman. Mr. Posey said that from 1941 to 1946, GSI purchased 1.998 dozen pairs Of dungarees for its male em ployes. GSI officials acknowledged that they only employed a few thousand men at that time. Dungarees Are Resold. A total of 1,160 dozen of the dun garees was purchased by GSI in 1942 and later that year 900 dozen were resold to the New York jobber, the committee was told. Mr. Hoover told the committee that GSI made a slight profit on the transaction. Mr. Posey declared that the job ber in turn resold the garments at a profit of 75 cents to $1.50 a dozen. Likewise, Mr, Posey said GSI sold 310 dozen work short and 340 dozen work coats to Mr. Freeman, who in turn, sold the garments to Gim bel's for a substantial profit, The committee was further in formed that GSI purchased 5,000 cases of canned vegetable juices and sold 2,329 cases to- Mr. Freeman. The Jobber, in turn, rèsold the cases »t a profit to the railroad, he added. George D. Riley, the committee (staff director, wanted to know if GSI had taken advantage of its Government priority to purchase these items during the war. Mr. Hoover said he did not believe that this was the case. Regar Feted on Retirement As Sunday School Head Members and teachers of the First Evangelical and Reformed Church Sunday school class yesterday paid tribute to Robert S. Regar, retiring after serving for over. 30 years as Sunday school superintendent of the church at Thirteenth and Mon roe streets N.W. He was presented | with a clock, a testimonial scroll and flowers. Mr. Regar, who is 65, has been teaching Sunday school here and in Pennsylvania for nearly 50 years. He came to Washington in 1909. As an official of the Post Office Depart ment. he rose to the position of Third Assistant Postmaster General. He is now chairman of the depart ment's welfare and recreation serv ices and superintendent of office procedure and forms. He was graduated by Georgetown University Law School In 1912. Five Hurt as Car Rams Electric Light Pole Five persons were injured yester day when an automobile driven by Nick William Koustenis, 23. struck an electric light pole at Minnesota avenue and F streets S.E.. police ι reported. Mr Koustenis was admitted to Casualty Hospital with possible in ternal injuries, face cuts and a pos sible fractured arm. Three members of his family and * fourth person of the same name but unrelated to the Koustenis' also were injured. The non - relative, Harry Koustenis, 23. of 3517 Minne sota avenue N.E.. did not require hospital treatment, police said. The driver's brother, John, 19, and sisters, Jennie. 25. and Helen, 22, suffered cuti and bruises. The Koustenis live at 2709 Branch ave nue S.E. Mitchell Will Discuss Truman Loyalty Probe President Truman's loyalty inves tigation order will be discussed by Harry B. Mitchell, president of the Civil Service Commission; at 6:30 ο clock tonight at a dinner meeting given by the Society for Personnel Administration. TTie meeting *111 be held in the YWCA. Seventeenth and Κ streets N.W. Luther Steward, president of the National Federation of Federal Employes also will speak. St. Louis Man's Death Due to Natural Causes Deputy Coroner Richard M. Ros enberg. today issued a certificate of •"leath due to natural causes in the "ase of J. F. O. Relier, 83, a real es 'ate dealer from St. Louis, who was found dead in his room at the V'ashington Hotel yesterday. Police said Mr. Relier checked in1 *t the hotel at 8 a. m„ and was found unconscious two hours later. He was pronounced dead at Gal linger hospital. / Price Cut Plan Gets Slow Star! At Hyattsville Survey Shows Only 30 Pet. of Stores Are Co-operating Hyattsville got off to a slow start today in the announced plan of the town's merchants to reduce their prices 10 per cent in line with the ! Newburyport plan. A survey indicated that no more than 30 per cent of the Hyattsville merchants were adhering to ,the plan. Those who had pi ι the plan into effect said that so far there has been no noticeable stimulation in I trade. The owner of a men's clothing store, Samuel Wolloch, said he was I vigorously opposed to the whole ! scheme. "Price cuts will have to originate with the manufacturer and distribu tor," he said. "This 10 per cent plan on the part of the retailers is ruin ous and would eventually put us out of business." On the other hand, L. W. Carr proprietor of a large, independent market, expressed the opinion that the plan should result in a worth while stimuiatien of business. He added that he could not guarantee a straight 10 per cent cut, but would reduce prices in line with the mark up profit. Drug Price Cute Limited. Such items as milk, bread and sugar, he said, could not be reduced in price because of the low margin of profit "at current prices." At a men's wear store and at least one women's apparel shop, prices were being cut a straight 10 per cent on almost all items, from women's stockings to men's felt hats. A druggist said that the drug business could not very well follow the plan because of fair-trade agree ments regarding fixing the prices of most drugstore items. The price of a haircut and a shave in Hyattsville was the same as usual this morning, but at at least one jewelry store a shopper today could buy watches, fountain pens, earrings, etc., and have repair work done at the 10 per cent reduction. At one hardware store it was said that prices of items such as paints, garden hose and lawnmowers would be reduced later in the day. The owner of another hardware estab lishment, however, said he did not plan to cut prices. D. C. Businessmen Skeptical. Washington businessmen, many of them frankly skeptical about the plah's effectiveness here, will watch results in Hyattsville with more than passing interest. Hyattsville is the first community in the Washington area to adopt the Newsburyport plan, which is spread ing through the country in the wake of President Truman's appeal for price reductions to avert inflation. Georgetown businessmen also are watching Hyattsville. Seventy-six merchants already have agreed to cut prices 10 per cent starting Thursday invwhat proponents have termed the Georgetown plan. At the end of the month customers will receive an additional 2 per cent re bate on every $100 worth of mer jiVinytflixA ' ν..ν·-·ν«<Μν j/uiVituOUU> 160 Expected to Join. James P. Fitch, spokesman for the Georgetown Trade Guild, which is sponsoring the drive, said workers were continuing to canvass mer chants. He said he was confident that at least 150 businessmen in Georgetown would sign up. On the national price front, Leon H. Keyserling, vice chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, called on industry for "systematic and orderly price reduc tions on a large enough scale to be significant." He added that price reductions already made are en couraging but "they do not measure up to what needs to be done." Other price developments in cluded : 1. The National Federation of Small Business, Inc., urged Presi dent Truman to order more vigorous enforcement of the anti-trust laws as a means of bringing prices down. 2. Senator Flanders, Republican, of Vermont, chairman.of a subcommit tee of the Senate-House committee charged with considering the eco nomic reports of Mr. Keyserling's group, announced plans to size up the effects of the Newbuyport plan. Synchronization Needed. Mr. Keyserling. without referring directly to the program of mer chants at Newburyport. said that reductions in wholesale and retail prices need to be "carefully syn chronized." He added that "it is a difficult feat of business engineering to accomplish price reductions with out bringing on corresponding de flation in employment and produc tion" but "it can be done," Mr. Keyserling. a former Federal Housing official, declared that there are "crucial spots in our. economy where the price level is still too high to comport with continued large volume operations" and cited the construction industry. Big Companies Blamed. The National Federation of Small Business, a private organization, made oublie a teleo-mm fmm itc president, C. Wilson Harder, to Mr. Truman, which declared that most high prices result from "allowing too much economic power to get into the hands of a few giant corpora tions." They can maintain artificial prices and control the market, he asserted. Mr. Harder urged more vigorous enforcement of the anti-trust laws as a means to encourage competi tive price levels. He asked addi tional funds to help the anti-trust division of the Justice Department. Senator Flanders, telling news men of his intention of looking into the Newburyport. plan, called it "a commendable experiment" but not the final answer to the national problem. Whether it can succeed, he added, will depend not alone on the merchants but on the whole sale prices they must pay. Sylvan Deitz. spokesman for the Hyattsville unit of the Prince Georges County Independent Trade Association, predicted that another 10 or 12 merchants probably would join the campaign within a few days. Another price development finds the Crosse & Blackwell Co., in Bal timore, reducing its canned soups 15 per cent "to help prevent a gen eral business recession." NEW MEDICAL FACILITY NEARS COMPLETION — This view from the air shows extent of the new George Washington University Hospital at Wash ington Circle, the exterior of which virtually is finished. Work of outfitting the 405-bed structure is in progress, and it is hoped first patients can be admitted by late summer. The small building visible at the corner of Twenty third and I streets was left standing for use as builders' offices, but is marked for eventual razing. The new hospital will be the largest private building in the District. —Star Staff Photo by Ffancis Routt. National Theater Suit On Racial Ban Settled With Ticket Refund A suit against the National The ater for refund of the purchase price of tickets hgld by colored persons : who were refused admission was set tled today before Judge Nadine Gal lagher in small claims section of Mùnicipal Court. After a long conference and a telephone call to New York to Mar cus Heiman, owner of the theater, opposing attorneys came before Judge Gallagher with an agreement. Robert E. Kline, jr., attorney for the theater, said his client would confess judgment of the $77 sought by the plaintiffs. He agreed the judgment should be entered on the record and that the money, purchase price of 22 tickets, will be refunded. The policy of the theater will not be changed. Mr. Kline said, and the agreement to settle was without prejudice to the theater's defense of similar future cases, should any occur. L. A. Ransom, chairman of the the Committee for Racial Democra cy, said that neither the plaintiffs or the committee would buy blocks of tickets for use of colored persons until June 1, 1948. That date is the dealine which Actors' Equity, the union of actors with headquarters in New York, has given the theater to change its policy of barring Negroes. Members of Actors Equity will not play in the theater after that date, if a change has not been made, the union has informed the manage ment. The suit was brought by seven white persons whose Negro guests, holding tcikets, were refused ad mittance to the theater on Decem ber 11. Those who sued were Jean Campbell Clements. 1909 Nineteenth street N.W.; David Lachenbruch, 1635 Connecticut avenue N.W.; Helen May Gould. 3051 Ε street N.W.; Herbert C. Holdridge. 3541 Τ street N.W.; Joseph Bierstein, 1445 Clifton street N.W., and Helen Rice, 1837 Monroe street N.W. Three of the plaintiffs, accord ing to Mr. Ransom, are members of the Committee for Racial Democracy. j Paul A. Porter Will Join Arnold-Fortas Law Firm Paul A. Porter, former price ad ministrator, is joining the Wash ington law firm of Thurman Ar nold, former assistant Attorney general, and Abe Fortas. one-time undersecretary of the interior, on May 15. On that date. Mr. Porter will be come a partner and the firm will be known as Arnoldd, Fortas and Porter. Mr. Porter has just resigned as head of an economic mission to ; Greece, with the rank of Ambas- ; sador. The law firm has offices in the! Bowen Building. Before joining ΟΡΑ, Mr. Porter was chairman of the Federal Com munications Commission. Senator Hoey Conducts Sunday School Class The Mount Vernon place Meth odist Sunday school class was con ducted by a United States Senator yesterday. Senator Hoey. Democrat, of North Carolina, told the class the United States should become the spiritual leader of the world and that God I is the only source for leadership in such a restless world. The Senator taught Sunday school in his own State for more than 40 years be fore coming to Washington. ι Sun Found to Have Heartbeat; Affects Earth Τemperatures Kadiatton Lnanges May Aid Forecasts, Academy Is Told Atlantic Ocean has Double Bottom, Geophysicists Learn By Thomas R. Henry Science Editor of The Stor. ine sun na,s a weekly heartbeat. Once every 6.6456 days, precisely, its radiation of heat and light into space, upon which the life of the earth depends, ebbs or rises by ap proximately one two-hundredth part. This heartbeat, which may play a vital role in various physical phe nomena on earth, is so feeble that it never has been observed before. The discovery was reported to the National Academy of Sciences, meeting here today, by Dr. Charles G. Abbot, former secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. It resulted from an intensive statistical analy sis of measurements of daily varia tions in solar radiation for 35 years made at the Smithsonian Observa tory on the summit of Mount Mon tezuma in Chile. The heart bea.t, Dr. Abbot says, is reflected in temperatures on earth and may eventually prove of value in weather forecasting, although the mechanism of the reflection is ex tremely complicated. The time period of temperature fluctuations is almost precisely the same, but is not necessarily parallel in time. % In Class by Itself. This radiation fluctuation places the sun in a class entirely by itself, he explained, and the necessary observations are so delicate that it probably never will be possible to find out whether any other stars behave in the same way. Many variable stars are known in the Milky Way system. All of them are from 100 to 100,000 times brighter than the sun and their fluctuations are relatively enormous, so that they easily can be observed from the earth. The variations are known to be due to expansions and contrac tions in the orbs of the stars them selves, like the rising and falling of the chest in breathing. This explanation, Dr. Abbot said, is impossible for the solar "heart beat." The temperature effects on earth, as shown by United States Weather Bureau records, often are quite pro nounced, he explained and cannot be accounted f Dr by actual increases or decreases in the heat received! from the sun. The earth, however, is surrounded by a continuous sheet of the rare gas. ozone, a form of oxygen, at an altitude of about 40 miles. It plays an important part in shielding the surface from the deadly ultraviolet radiation of the sun and in keeping the heat of the earth itself from being radiated into outer space. The thickness of this ozone layer, how ever, is largely determined by the amount of the solar radiation of invisible ultraviolet light. Cosmic Ray Storms Aid Study. The most probable hypothesis is that the apparently minute varia tions due to the sun's heartbeat are quite large in the ultraviolet region of the sun's spectrum with corre spondingly great effects on the ozone layer. This would account for the temperature differences but science has no way now of knowing whether it actually happens. Three great cosmic ray storms in the past 10 years, each of which lasted several hours and were ob served simultaneouslv in different parts of the earth except at the equator, may serve as the basis for a new theory of the origin of these mysterious radiations, reaching in tensities of several billion or more electron volte, which bombard the earth from outer space, the academy was told by Dr. Scott E. Porbush of the Carnegie Institution of Wash ington. I Each of these storms was accom-1 rne Atlantic ocean has two bot toms. Evidence of this was presented before the American Geophysical Union, which started a three-day meeting at the National Museum today, by Drs. J. B. Hersey and Maurice Ewing of Columbia Uni versity. Along a line from New York through Bermuda and Puerto Rico they exploded small bombs near the surface and measured the return ing echoes from the sea bottom. They found that constantly they were getting back two echoes from each explosion—one from about two-and-a-half seconds to an in terval too small to be measured later than the first. First Echo From Sediment. The conclusion was that the first echo came from the thick layer of sediment and sedimentary rock which forms the apparent ocean bottom, but that some of the sound continued through this medium to much harder rock below. This ap parently is the true sea bottom and lies at a maximum distance of about 9,000 feet below the apparent bottom. While these measurements were made only in the off-shore area along the American continent the probability is high that the same conditions continue to a much greater distance eastward. One of the moet titanic natural features on earth is the 250,000 square-mile Ross Ice Shelf which forms the southern end of the Ross Sea south of New Zealand in the Antarctic. Ships are confronted by a 600-mile-long wall of blue ice from 50 to 100 feet high into which extend occasional narrow bays, such as the Bay of Whales where the Byrd Antarctic expedition was based this winter. Survey* Reported to .Union. Prom the open sea the shelf ex tends 400 miles southward to the foothills of the Queen Maud Moun tains which constitute the rim of the Antarctic Continent. Results of extensive surveys of this mammoth sheet of ice were reported to the Geophysical Union today by Dr. Thomas C. Paulter, geologist of the last Byrd expedition. Dr. Poulter traveled for more than 2,000 miles over this shelf with a seisomograph by which he could measure the rate of shock waves sent through the ice and made more than 200 measure ments. Much of this work was done in the terrible cold and darkness of the Antarctic winter. His conclusions were that the average thickness of the shelf is about 750 feet and that a large part of it is floating on top of the sea. Below it flows at least one ocean current with a maximum speed of about a mile an hour. He has defi nite evidence, however, that some of the ice reste on dry land. panied by intense radio iade-outs all over the earth and by great flame eruptions from the face of the sun, reaching thousands of miles into space. The evidence indicates. Dr. Forbush said, that changing magnetic fields associated with such a solar flare may act as mag netic accelerators for charged particles and similar processes on the stars of the Milky Way galaxy may account for all cosmic ray phenomena. The National Academy this morn- ; ing started its annual two-day meet ing in the National Academy Build ing on Constitution avenue. This is the first of its meetings held there since the start of the war. Delegates 'Talk Shop' At U. S. Chamber Before Convention By Vincent Dwyer Delegates to the 35th annual meet-' ing of the United States Chamber of Commerce spent today Inspecting the chamber headquarters at 1617 H street N.W., and "talking shop" with chamber officials. By 10 a.m. tomorrow, when the meeting formally opens, between 2,500 and 3,000 businessmen from all parts of the Nation are expected to be in attendance at the first annual meeting to be held here in six years. Ralph Bradford, executive vice president of the chamber, welcomed the delegates at the "shop talk" session in the Hall of Flags at the headquarters at 1:30 p.m. today. He explained how the "machinery" of the chamber operates to carry out "the broad policies and principles we stand for." Fire Contest Awards Presented. Arch N. Booth, chamber manager, presented awards to representatives from six cities which won the cham ber's 1946 Fire Waste Contest. He said the contest judges estimate that the cities "saved" approximately 100 lives, two schools from being burned and over $22,000,000 worth of prop erty. Grand prize was won by Mans field, Ohio, for cutting its five-year average fire loss nearly 80 per cent— from $4.62 a person to 86 cents. The national average showed a grain of 30 per cent, Mr. Booth said. Chicago won first place among cities of more than 500,000 popula tion. Cincinnati won for cities of 250,000 to 500,000. Tulsa for 100.000 to 250,000, Newton, Mass., for 50,000 to 100,000, and Beatrice, Nebr., for cities under 20,000. More than 700 cities participated in the contest. 30 Dinners to be Held Tonight. Chamber officials said heavy at tendance was expected tonight at the 30 or more dinners to be held by delegates and Senators and rep resentatives from their home States. Thirty-eight members of Con gress from New England will meet with chamber members from that section in a dinner at the Mayflower Hotel, Dudley Harmon of Boston, executive vice president of the New England Council, announced. Problems of the United States and of the world will be discussed dur ing the meeting which ends Thurs day with the annual dinner. Forrestal to Speak on Defense. | At tomorrow's morning session Navy Secretary Forrestal will speak on national defense and Walter Lippmann, author and newspaper columnist, will outline America's new role in the world. Radio Com mentators Albert Warner. Raymond Swing, Eric Sevareid and Richard Harkness will participate in a pane! discussion on "Waging World Pe^ce." Henry Ford II will talk on the obligations of business management at a dinner in the Hotel Statler at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Speakers who will appear before the chamber delegates include Sec retary of Commerce Harriman, Dr. Paul Douglass, president of Ameri can University; Senator Ball, Re publican, of Minnesota; Dr. James B. Conant, president of Harvard University; Gov. Kim Sigler of Michigan; W. Randolph Burgess, vice president of the National City Bank of New York; Mildred McAfee Horton, president of Wellesley Col lege. and Rear Admiral Emory S.: Land, retired, president- of the Air Transport Association of America. Arlington Student Wins Test WILLIAMSBURG. Va., April 28 v^P).—Allen Lee Bowman, senior at> Washington-Lee High School, Ar lington, won the chemistry contest conducted Saturday by William and Mary College. ' Sudden Chill Breaks Summery Week End That Filled Parks Thousands who basked in a warm spring sun yesterday put on heavier 61o*ftlnf again tejlay as thé thermometer took a Sharp drop"/;# Bumper-to-bumper traffic lammed Hains Point yesterday afternoon as Washington residents and visitors thronged to see the unfolding beauty of the double cherry blossoms. The double blossoms had reached the peak of their beauty. They will continue at the height of their splendor for several days, according to Edward Kelly, assistant to the commissioner of National Capital Parks. Temperature Rises to 77. Parks and countryside were filled as city-dwelling workers took ad vantage of sun, high temperatures and a week end to enjoy the out of-doors. The temperature rose to 77 at 3:55 o'clock yesterday afternoon, be fore clouds and a cool breeze sent many picnickers and sight-seers home. The balmy sun also brought scores out on the Potomac River and gave harbor police a busy afternoon. Several small boats capsized and brisk breezes late in the afternoon resulted in calls from stranded sailors who couldn't get their craft bark t.n nnrt Sail Boat Capsizes. John Summons, 4408 Fourth road. North Arlington, Va., was rescued by harbor police when his .16 foot sailboat "Bette" capsized in the Washington Channel near the Army War College. Richard Hull, 7320 Thirty-first street N.W., was fished out of the river by George C. Jones, Robert Kreds and Joe Belohlabek of Naval Air Station, who were passing in a. rented craft when his outboard motorboat overturned^ in George town Channel. Harbor police rescued his companion. Dr. L. Car ran, 40, of 208 Maryland avenue. Also rescued were three women whose 16-foot boat capsized in Georgetown Channel. They were Janet Mitchell, 37, of 1089 Twenty eighth street South, Arlington; Merle T. Levine, 23. of 126 Danbury street S.W., and Susan Massonneau, 21, of 2121 Virginia avenue N.W., according to harbor police. Mike Logan, 37, of 3356 Ν street N.W. and Richard Handler, 24, of 616 Rittenhousê street N.W. were rescued when Mr. Handler's canoe tipped over near Three Sisters Island. Low Near 40 Tonight. Cold air moved in durihg last night, with brief showers, and drove the thermometer down to 40 de grees by 5:40 a.m. today. The fore caster said it would be sunny all day today, with the temperature rising to the upper 50s. It will go down close to 40 degrees again to night, he said, witn warmer weather expected tomorrow. Temperatures plummeted to below freezing early today from Northeast ern Illinois through Central Indiana, Central Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, most of New York State and New England, .but a rapid recovery was predicted in all but the North At lantic States. Cadillac, Mich., reported a low of 16 degrees and Chicago broke its record for the date with 29.6. Considerable frost accompanied the cold in the lower Great Lakes region but thé season has been so backward that not much damage was done to young buds. Science Academy to Meet CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., April 28 OP) .—The 25th annual meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science will j ae held May 8-9-10 at the University jf Virginia. ' Two Policemen Go on Trial in Jail Escapes Negligence Charged In Break by Killers Let Out of Cells The trial of two Washington policemen on a charge of negligently permitting two murderers to escape from the District Jail death house began today in District Court before Justice Alexander Koltzoff. The accused men are Pvts. Hubert C. Davis, 30, and Oscar C. Sander lin, 39. The murderers, since executed, were Joseph D. Medley and Earl McParland. They tied up the two policemen and escaped from the jail with the help of a can opener on April 3, 1946. Killers Let Out of Cells. John Conliff, assistant United States attorney, told the Jury in his opening'statement the Government ι would show that "in utter disregard I for their duties" the defendants lefc I the two murderers awaiting execu tion room and got in a card game with them. In addition. Mr. Conliff said, San derlin went into one of the cells and reclined on the bunk, and Davis went to sleep on a table. It was then that Medley and Mc Parland tied the policemen and es caped. Davis' attorney, James J. Laugh lin, told the jury in his opening statement that Davis was placed "between two bitter factions in the ! jail fight," resulting from conditions ! which led to numerous previous es ! capes from the jail. He said Davis I was given conflicting instructions 1 and he would prove that what was done was "common ^practice at the jail" *nd known to jail officiais. N^ury Selected Quickly. Charles E. Ford, attorney for the other defendant, said he would show ; that Sanderlin did lie down on the Ê cot in the cell when stricken with I severe headaches, "something be | yond his control." I The jury of 10 men and two women was selected and sworn in 5j within 20 minutes after the trial began. The maximum possible sentence for such an ofTense, on conviction, is 20 months to five years' imprison ment. ~ Mr. Conliff said the Government would call approximately 18 wit nesses. including jail officials, Metropolitan policemen and FBI agents. Razing of Units Begins At WAVE Quarters D Workmen today began tearing down 39 frame buildings which had been used as WAVE quarters during the war. The buildings were known as WAVE Quarters D and coyer some j 30 acres at Massachusetts and Ne ! braska avenues N.W. Those buildings on the grounds j which have been turned over to ! American University will not be demolished, according to the con tractor, H. Herfurth, jr., 60 Ο street^ S.E. The buildings are near the* university's Ward Circle campus. The barracks were built in 1942 and enlisted Navy men were the first occupants. Later the buildings I were turned into WAVE barracks. ! The WAVES moved out about a year ; ago. i Since then. Navy officials said, I numerous attempts have been made i to dispose of the buildings, but ! American University was the only interested party and did not need ! all the buildings. ! The barracks at one time accom modated about 3,500 WAVES. A general recreation hall and a swim ming pool are among the facilities I taken by the university. Rail Service From D. C. To Harrisonburg Resumed By the Associated Pr*si HARRISONBURG, Va., April 28. —More than 1.000 persons jammed the railroad depot here yesterday ,to see the first Southern Railway [passenger train in five years puff in here from Washington. I For at least one of the passengers, Thomas Rowan of Alexandria, it was a nostalgic trip. Mr. Rowan ί was the engineer at the throttle : when the first Southern train rolled i into Harrisonburg In 1896. Southern Railway officials took , the Washington - to - Harrisonburg: 'train off shortly after war started i because the equipment was needed ί to move troops. At the insistence; oi a Harrisonburg, Rockingham and ! Shenandoah Valley committee, the ! State Corporation Commission re« |cently ordered the train service re stored. ! On hand to greet Engineer J. C. ; Crump and present him with % I Virginia ham were Mayor B. Tt I Denton of Harrisonburg, Mayor J. P. Harpine of Broadway, Mayor Raymond Hoover of Timberville, Secretary Russell L. Stultz of the Harrisonburg Chamber of Com merce, Chairman Howard Heatwol# of the Board of Supervisors and J Delegate J. O. Stickley. 1 1 Georgia Avenue Underpass Work To Detour Cars Traffic on Georgia avenue in Silver Spring is scheduled to be re routed around the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad underpass tomorrow. The detour, caused by widertps of the underpass, will route Wash ington-bound traffic along Colèf ville road to the East-West high way and back to Georgia avenue about two blocks south of the m· road tracks. Traffic coming freei Washington will turn to the riggt along Burlington avenue, to 3pgp avenue and back to Georgia avenué. James English, representing lift J. D. Hedin Construction Co., çbaf· tractors for the widening job, alfd Montgomery County police Wtth announced plans to start the detour tomorrow, although a foreman said that the move might be delayed. It is estimated the detour will be In effect for about a year.