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Cleveland Park Hopes
To Get Play Area by
Deal With Chinese
The Cleveland Park area has lost
all hope of getting its long-sought
recreation center unless the Chinese
government is willing to negotiate
for a piece of its newly acquired 18
acre Embassy tract.
The Chinese recently arranged to
buy all of Twin Oaks, former estate
of Alexander Graham Bell at Wood
ley road and Thirty-third place N.W.
For a number of years the National
Capital Park and Planning Commis
sion, which buys land for Washing
ton's playground system, planned
to buy a part of the estate
to serve Cleveland Park residents
living south of Porter street. But
the sale caught them without funds.
Planners Had No Funds.
When the owners of the estate
last fall found the Chinese, who had
rented the property for an Embassy
previously, were in a position to buy
it. they sold all of it because the
planners had no money.
The latter had asked the Com
missioners last fall to approve an
appropriation to buy five acres of
the land before it was too late, but
were turned down.
It would have been a Federal ap
propriation, but would have come in
the form of a non-interest-bearing
advance that would have had to be
paid back to the Federal Govern
ment out of District tax money—
hence the need for clearing it with
the Commissioners.
As long as the property was in
private hands, the planners could
have resorted to condemnation to
get it if the price had not been con
sidered fair.
Now Chinese Territory.
Now, the land cannot be bought
for any price unless the Chinese
are willing to sell some of it. It is
Chinese territory and hence above
United States laws.
Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant III, chair
man of the park and planning com
mission, today expressed his disap
pointment that money was not
forthcoming to buy the piece of
property needed for a recreation
center and said he hoped to sound
out the Chinese on meir willing
ness to pert with some of the prop
erty.
Members of the planning commis
sion's technical staff, as well as of
ficials of the District Recreation
Department, which administers the
play areas bought by the planners,
and Mrs. Joseph Miller, recreation
representative for the Cleveland
Park Community Committee, today
described the plight of the Cleve
land Park area when It comes to
play areas.
Only One Play Center.
In the entire area bounded by
Porter street, Rock Creek Park, and
Wisconsin avenue, there Is only one
playground—a plot of less than an
acre at Macomb street and Thirty
fourth street known as the Macomb
Playground and suitable only for
small children. J
The northern end of this area is;
able to avail itself to some extent of j
the Phoebe Hearst Recreation Cen
ter, a five-acre tract next to the
Hearst Junior High School at
Thirty-seventh street and Idaho
avenue N.W.
There is absolutely no place, Mrs.
Miller said, where active youngsters
wishing to play baseball and other
sports that require room can go to
play. Staff planners and recreation
officials back up her statement.
There are plans, it was learned, to
use the odd Eaton School at Thirty
fourth and Lowell streets for indoor
recreation in connection with the
MscComb Playground, but children
must cross two busy streets, Mac
Comb and Thirty-fourth, to go be
tween the playground and the
school.
Tract Called Suitable.
The “Twin Oaks" property, plan
ning staff members and recreation
officials say, is the only remaining
tract suitable for a play center in
the area.
Mrs. Miller has gone before the
Independent Offices Subcommittee
of the Senate Appropriations Com
mittee, Senator Reed, Republican,
of Kansas, chairman, to ask that
money to enable the planners to
make the Chinese an offer be added
to the appropriation measure.
But, it is understood that Senator
Reed expressed reluctance to add in
the amount unless it is first cleared
with the District Commissioners.
The Commissioners are not in a
position to refuse approval of the
appropriation on the ground the
purchase would exempt more land
from District taxes. The land al
ready is tax exempt now that it has
become Chinese territory.
Weather Report
District of Columbia—Sunny and
dry this afternoon with highest tem
perature in the upper 80s. Clear to
night with lowest temperature'about
65, Tomorrow increasing cloudiness
and*continued warm.
Maryland and Virginia—Clear and
cool tonight. Tomorrow increasing
cloudiness and warm with scattered
showers in west portion in afternoon
and night.
Wind velocity, 4 m.p.h.; direction,
south-southwest.
Hirer Report.
(From United States Engineer*.)
Potomac River muddy at Harpers Ferry
gnd dear at Great Falla: Shenandoah clear
at Harpers Ferry.
Temperature and Humidity.
(Readings at Washington National Airpor*.)
Temp. Humidity
Teaterday— Degrees, per cent.
Noon_ 79 4S
4 p.m. _ S4 36
5 P.m. _ 80 52
Midnight __ 71 5.3
T°!*ii m «9 57
10 a m - 7fi 51
Reword Temperatures This Tear.
Highest. 93, on June 11.
Lowest. 7, on February 5.
Tide Tables.
(Furnished by United Ststes Coast and
Geodetic Survey !
Today Tomorrow
High _ 10:06 a.m. 10:42 a.m.
Low _✓_ 4:39 a m 5:18 a m
High _10:35 p.m 11:11 p.m.
Low _ 5:19 p.m. 5:54 p.m.
The Sun and Moon.
Rises. Sets.
Bun. today __ 5:48 8:37
Run. tomorrow 5:48 8:37
Moon, today _. 1(1:35 P.m. 7:27 a.m.
Automobile lights must be turned on
ene-half hour after sunset.
Freetpitatlon.
Monthlv precipitation in inches In the
Capital tcurrent month to date):
Month. 1947 Average. Record.
January _ 3.18 3-55 7.83 '37
Cibruary - 1.27 3.37 6 84 '84
arch _ 1 02 3 75 s.kj gj
April _ 2.48 3.27 9.13 SB
May -II_ 4.44 3.7(1 10.69 '89
June _ 6.86 4.13 10.94 Oo
July _ II_ 0.34 4.71 10 6,3 ’86
August _ 4 01 14.41 '28
September - 3 24 1. 45 34
October_ —2 84 8.81 37
November ._ - — 2.37 8,69 '89
December _ 3 32 7.56 01
Temperatures In Various Cltie*.
High Low. High. Low.
Albuuueroue 95 68 Miami. 73
Atlanta- . 87 64 Milwaukee 84 85
Atlantic City 80 A3 New Orleans 91 72
Bismarck-- 75 53 New York - 81 67
Boston_ 74 62 Norfolk _ 82 66
Buffalo_ 80 61 Okla.City-- 89 73
Chicago_ 88 65 Omaha_ 86 74
CiDCUinstl-. 86 60 Phoenix ion 82
Detroit Pittsburgh _ 83 58
frn PI Port I'd. Me.. 73 53
“ ‘ St Louis 84 69
Salt Lake C . 87
San Antonio 100 70
8 Francisco 65 54
Seattle_ 80 6*
Tampa_ 89 68
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA., JULY 5.—PRESIDENT TRUMAN AT THE WHEEL—Obviously enjoy
ing himself. President Truman does some chauffeuring during his holiday week end. With him
in the front seat on a ride yesterday are Secretary of the Treasury Snyder (left) and Stanley
Woodward, State Department protocol chief and the President's host. In the back seat are
Rear Admiral James H. Foskett, naval aide (left), and Maj. Gen. Harry H. Vaughan, military
aide.
Gael Sullivan Held
For Trial on Charge
Of Drunken Driving
By th* Associated Press
WAKEFIELD, R. I., July 5.—Gael
Sullivan, 42, executive director of
the Democratic National Committee,
faces trial July 14 on a charge of
driving under
the influence of
liquor as a re
sult of an auto
mobile collision
Thursday night.
Mr. Sullivan
pleaded Innocent
at a special ses
sion of Second
District Court
last night and
was released on
personal recog
nizance for trial
in South Kings
town.
oxi Sullivan, Police Chief
Walter L. McNulty of South Kings
town said Mr. Sullivan's automobile
collided with a car operated by James
Earl King, 47, of Poster Center, R. I„
on a curve on the Boston Post road.
Neither was Injured.
Mr. Sullivan was held overnight
In a cell at Wakefield Police Station.
He was released at 6 a.m., to await
arraignment.
The police chief quoted a report
bv Dr. Henry B. Potter as saying:
"I found this man (Sullivan)
under the influence of liquor and
unfit to drive a motor vehicle on a
public road.”
Sullivan Refuaea Comment.
The police chief said Mr. King’s
car, which left the road and struck
a ei/Uiic wan ruih uic wu»*vu,
badly damaged. Damage to the Sul
livan car was negligible.
The Democratic Party leader re
fused comment on the accident on
advice of counsel.
Mr. Sullivan, who was alone at
the time of the accident, appeared
at the special court session with
his wife and attorney, Peter W.
M<?Kieman. Clerk Thomas J. #hear
4mi presided as judge at the session.
At the arraignment it became
known that Mr. Sullivan was oper
ating his car with a temporary
Illinois driving license which empires
)n August. He was asked after the
court session why he had such a
license, but Mr. McKiernan in
structed him not to answer.
Mr. Sullivan also refused to dis
close his destination at the time of
the accident.
Curve Scene of Several Mishaps.
Chief McNulty said the curve had
been the scene of several fatal acci
dents in recent years.
The entire arraignment lasted less
than 3 minutes as Mr. Sullivan,
through his counsel, waived the
reading of the charge. He was
wearing brown tweeds and brown
buckskin moccasins.
Before the arraignment, Mr.
Sullivan spoke to no one but smiled
when Introduced to Chief McNulty
and Washington County Sheriff
Domenie P. Turco. Virtually the
entire 8outh Kingstown police force,
three State troopers and several
visitors witnessed the arraignment.
Coal
("Continued From First Page.)
their information from the newspa
pers.
More Data Awaited.
“Nothing has been decided,” said
Walter Thurmond, secretary of the
Southern association, after the
three-hour conference of 20 associa
tion members yesterday. "We are
waiting for more information.”
With the decision whether to fight
or yield still to be made and the
deadline drawing nearer, the pos
sibility increased that Southern
mines might be tied up Tuesday
when coal digging resumes else
where.
Federal labor officials said they
saw no prospect, in the light of
UMW's past bargaining policy, that
Mr. Lewis would grant more fav
orable terms to the Southern opera
tors than the Northern contingent.
On the major issues, the terms are
these:
A *13.05 basic wage for eight
hours, including walking time. This
figures out at *1.63 an hour, com
pered to the old basic rate of *1.18'4.
The old working day was nine hours,
of which two and a half commanded
overtime pay.
Welfare Fund Levy Doubled.
A 10-cent a ton levy on each ton
of coal mined, instead of the pres
ent 5 cents, to support the UMW
welfare fund.
Acceptance of the Federal mine
safety code as a standard condi
tion of work.
There was uncertainty, however,
about the phrasing of certain other
important Lewis demands, including
protection from penalty terms of the
Taft-Hartley Act and a clause speci
fying that the miners will work when
■willing and able.”
Mr. Lewis was reported to have
abandoned his insistence on six paid
holdiays a year and additional over
i time pay for Saturday and Sunday
| work.
Weed Helps Fishermen
Australian aborigines have a
simple method of catching fish, by
scattering trampled smartweed lav
ishly on a pool, causing the fish to
rise to the top because their eyes
smart.
The President smiles broadly as he clasps 3-year-old Hedg
man Smith, son of a University of Virginia pharmacist. Shout
ing, "Hi, Mr. President,” the youngster eluded his father and
ran to Mr. Truman, who scooped the boy into his arms.
—AP Wirephotos.
Truman
(Continued From First Page.)
lawn, the home of James Monroe,
which is in sight of Monticello, and
there placed a wreath at the statue
of the fifth President which stands
in a plot surrounded by an ancient
hedge of boxwood. Monroe is buried
in - Richmond.
Between the Monticello and Ash
lawn ceremonies, the President
lunched at the Collonade Club at
the University of Virginia, and shook
hands with more than 250 guests
invited to meet him by Colgate Dar
den, president of the university,- and
Edward R. Stettinius, its rector, who
was Mr. Truman's first Secretary of
State and later the United States
representative to the United Nations.
In late afternoon Mr. Truman
attended a party arranged at the
university for reporters and pho
tographers by Admiral William F.
Halsey, retired, chairman of the
university's development fund.
In the course of the day’s Jour
neying, Mr. Truman took over the
driving chore in the sleek black con
vertible coupe which he is using to
get around.
Gov. Tuck, who Introduced Mr.
Truman at Monticello, said Ameri
cans have repeatedly fought to up
hold the American tradition of
rreedom ana "we will ngnt again,
if It be necessary, to save that which
is our proud and rightful her
mitage.”
"It Is good,” the Governor said,
“that all of us can stand here on
this occasion in this historic pres
ence, unruffled, unafraid, and un
ashamed because we have stead
fastly clung to those fundamental
principles of democracy expressed
by Jefferson and for which he lived
and died.”
The Governor asserted there
should be no American without an
intimate knowledge of the life,
works, and deeds of Thomas Jeffer
son and no American who does not
“embrace and practice the Demo
cratic principles which he enun
ciated.”
Mrs. Sarah Jewler, 56,
Dies of Long Illness
Mrs. Sarah Jewler, 56, of 6412
Elliott place, Hampshire Knolls,
Md., died ^yesterday at Prince
Georges General Hospital after a
long illness.
Born in Russia. Mrs. Jeweler came
to this country in 1921 and had
lived in Washington before moving
to Hampshire Knolls last year. Her
husband, Samuel Jewler, formerly
was engaged in the grocery business
here.
Surviving in addition to her
husband are a son, Morris Jewler,
and two grandchildren of Wash
ington.
Funeral services will be held at
1 pm. tomorrow at the Denzansky
funeral home, 3501 Fourteenth
street N.W. Burial will be in
Tifereth Israel Cemetery.
Observatory Head Named
CHICAGO, July 5 (^.—Appoint
ment of Gerard P. Kuiper, 42, pro
fessor of astronomy at the Univer
sity of Chicago, as director of the
university's two observatories—
Yerkes, at Williams Bay, Wis., and
McDonald, at tSe University of
Texas, Austin—was announced to
day by President Ernest Cadman
Colwell.
English bee-keepers received an
extra sugar allowance for spring
feeding.
i
Judge Reinstates Legatee
Cut From Will by War Duty
By th« Auociated Prtst
LONDON, July 5.—His patriotism
in Joining the American Merchant
Marine at the risk of losing a $20,000
inheritance won Henry S. Demarest,
22, the commendation of a British
Judge yesterday and the assurance
| that he would receive the money
three years hence.
i When Mr. Demarest of Wilson,
I La., was 10, his British grandfather
Iset up a $20,000 trust for him. He
was to get the money at 25—pro
vided he had been educated in Eng
land and had not left that country
| until his 21st birthday, except for
three-month vacations.
Shortly after Pearl Harbor, Mr.
Demarest, then a student at Oxford,
joined the merchant marine and
remained away from England for
a long time.
Justice Wynn P. Parry, in rein
stating the youth as heir, said Mr.
Demarest’s act “does nothing but
redound in the highest degree to
his credit" and that the will’s re
strictive clause was against public
policy.
6-Point Loyalty Test
For U. S. Workers
Gets Congress Priority
By th» Associated Pr#is
Republican leaders say enactment
of a six-point loyalty standard for
.Federal employes is almost certain!
■ before Congress adjourns at the end
of this month.
Among other things, the measure
is designed to weed out Federal em
l ployes maintaining even “sympa
thetic association” with any Com
munist, Faseist, totalitarian or sub
versive group in this country or
' abroad.
It is designed also to prevent
‘leaks” in confidential Government
information. *
With only three weeks to go before
the scheduled July 26 adjournment
goal, Republican leaders gave the
measure a top priority rating for
congressional action next week,
along with bills for unification of
the armed forces and the rejuve
nated $4,000,000,000 tax cut.
House passage of the loyalty bill
.is expected next week. It then
would go to the Senate.
House Wants Law.
The loyalty standard was recently
set up by President Truman in an
executive order establishing: a loyalty |
committee to check on the Ameri-1
canism of Government workers. The
House Civil Service Committee, how
ever, decided that a law is needed.
The proposed loyalty board, in de
termining whether an employe or
applicant for a Federal job should i
be in Government service, would be
instructed to consider the Individ
ual's record on these six points:
1. Sabotage, espionage, or at-1
timpts or preparations therefor, or
knowingly associating with spies or
saboteurs.
2. Treason or sedition or advocacy
thereof.
3. Advocacy of revolution by forc<
or violence to alter the constitutions’
form of Government of the Unitec
States.
Documents Included.
4. Intentional, unauthorized dis
closure to any person, under circum
stances which may indicate disloyal
ty to the United States, of docu
ments or information of a confiden
tial or non-public character ob
tained by the employe making the
disclosure as a yesult of his employ
ment in or under the executive
branch of the Government.
5. Performing or attempting to
perform his duties as an employe, or
otherwise acting, so as to serve the
interests of another government in
preference to the interests of the
United States.
ti. Membership in. affiliation with,
or sympathetic association with, any
foreign or domestic organization,
association, movement, group, or
combination of persons, designated
by the Attorney General as totali
tarian, Fascist. Communist, or sub
versive, or as having adopted a pol
icy of advocating or approving the
commission of acts of force or vio
lence to deny other persons their
rights under the Constitution of the
United States, or as seeking to alter
the form of- Government of the
United States by unconstitutional
means.
Banker's Death in Fight
Is Held Accidental
By tha Associated Press
OSSINING, N. Y., July 5.—Dr.
Amos O. Squire, Westchester County
medical examiner, today classified
i as “accidental” the death of Vincent
j L. Banker, 46, vice president of the
I Chase National Bank, who died June
' 25 after a list fight with another
'Chase vice president.
The medical examiner's decision
1 absolved Henry J. MacTavish, 45, of
Stamford. Conn, of any criminal
responsibility.
Dr. Squires report said Mr. Bank
er engaged in a scuffle with Mr.
MacTavish on June 5 at the bar in
the Shencrock Shore Club at Rye.
N. Y„ where Chase officials were
having an outing.
The Chase official died at United
Hospital in Porst Chester, N. Y„ of
'a cerebral hemmorhage and arterial
sclerosis,” the report said. It added
that before death Banker suffered,
convulsions and there were indlca
tions of injury to the anterior
cerebrum.
“It is my opinion,” Dr. Squire
said, ‘that Mr. MacTavish acted in
self-defense when he struck the de
ceased with his fist with no other
object that to proptect himself from
further assault.”
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MAYVILLE, N. DAK.—TREES BLOCK HIGHWAY—This high
way between Mayville and Hope, N. Dak., was blocked by more
than a half mile of trees, toppled by a tornado which swept the
Red River Valley Thursday night. The death toll in the storm,
which swept from Manitoba into North Dakota and Minnesota,
stood at 11 today. —AP Wirephoto.
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PISTOL VICTIM’S FAMILY—Here Is the family of Melvin Hyland Leeland, jr„ 13. who died after
snapping the trigger of a target pistol on what he thought was an empty chamber, with the pis
tol at his temple. On the left is Melvin's brother, Donald Leeland, 12. All the other children
are half brothers and sisters of the Leeland boys. Donald is holding Ronald McGarvey, 2, and
the others are (left to right) Helen McGarvey, 7; Mrs. Sara McGarvey, the mother, holding
Ramona, 1, and Harry McGarvey, 3, and Anna McGarvey, 6. Raymond McGarvey, 9, who lives
with relatives, is not in the picture.
9 —-----1 '
Lloyd “Buzzie” Greff, 13,
2204 Fairlawn avenue S.E.,
shows how Melvin Leeland
shot himself while the two
were playing.
—Star Staff Photos.
Gun Tragedy
(Continued From First Page.V
to the home of a neighbor, who
summoned police.
Melvin's six brothers and sisters
were asleep in the*house at the time.
His mother, Mrs. Sara McGarvey,
had gone with friends to get a
sandwich at a nearby eating place.
She said she had asked a girl from
a neighboring family to sit on the
porch while she was gone.
Melvin had had the pistol for
about a month, playmates told his
mother today. She had not previ
ously known he possessed the weap
on, she said. She said she was told a
playmate had given it to him and
that he had fired it in the neigh
borhood a number of times.
Mrs. McGarvey said her husband.
Raymond C. McGarvey, 37, was not at
home at the time. He was located
by police at her request.
Mrs. McGarvey said she had re
ceived some aid from welfare agen
cies and that Melvin had had odd
jobs from time to time to help.
Mrs. McGarvey formerly was mar
ried to Melvin Leeland. They made
their home at Upper Marlboro, Md.,
before their divorce. Melvin and a
younger brother, Donald, are Mrs.
McGarvey's sons by the first mar
riage.
five jruuilgci mau-1/iuxHvio “
sisters live at the Fairlawn avenue
address. Another half-brother lives
at the home of Mr. B. F. Saul,
Washington builder and real estate
man, in Kensington, Md. Mrs. Saul
Is a sister of Mr. McGarvey.
Melvin, who previously had at
tended Holy Comforter School and
two months ago transferred to Orr
School, would have entered the
seventh grade in the fall.
The coroner said no certificate of
death would be issued until an
autopsy had been performed.
Parents Greet DufcjT Girl
Who Tended Son's Grave
By As»ocio-«d Pr«t*
LEXINGTON, Mass.. July 5—A
pretty 21-year-old Dutch girl, who
for more than a year has tended the
grave of an American soldier she
never knew, arrives here today to
spend three months as the guest bf
his parents.
Miss Gertrude tGerry) de Faber
of Kirkdale, Holland, will be the
guest of Mr. and Mrs. Allen W.
Rucker. Mr. Rucker is a business
consultant and president of the Tool
Owners’ Union.
Mr, Rucker said the girl found
their address on the back of a cross
on the grave of their son, Allen, Jr.,
at Margraten Cemetery, Holland.
Young Rucker was killed in action
in Germany April 7, 1945.
‘‘We've been trying to get her to
visit us since last Christmas,” the
couple said. They planned to take
her on a tour of New England, New
York, Washington, and other sec
tions of the East.
Miss de Faber reported that all
the people of her community tended
graves of Americans and she hap
pened to (boose that of young
Rucker.
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'Flying Discs' Reported Here
As Rumors Pour In Over Nation
The nearest eyewitness report on
the “flying saucer" mystery was
made today by an Alexandria
housewife, who said she saw a
large, round object floating in the
sky early yesterday. Her statement
came as reports were received from
all over the Nation that strange
flying objects had been seen in the
skies last night.
The Alexandria witness, Mrs.
Martin Kole, 3202 Valley drive, said
she was awakened shortly after 4
a.m. by something shining in her
face.
“I went to the window and saw
something large and round with a
reddish tinge in the southwest por
tion of the sky,” Mrs. Kole reported.
“It seemed to be stationary. I
looked at it a few minutes and then
went back to bed.”
Capt. E. E. Duvall, deputy super
intendent of the Naval Observatory
here, said none of the observatory
stall “has seen the object or objects
in the sky which caused comment
in the newspaper. Therefore, we
cannot identify it. Prom descrip
tions, however, the object does not
seem to be an astronomical phe
nomenon.”
Reports Are Widespread.
District, nearby Virginia and
Maryland police said they had re
ceived no reports from any one who
had seen the objects.
Meanwhile, “I saw them myself"
statements came from a veteran
United Air Line crew', scores of
Portland (Oreg.) residents and 60
picnickers at Twin Palls Park in
Idaho, according to the Associated
Press.
The UAL pilot, copilot and stew
ardess, who had scoffed consistently
at "flying saucer" tales, said they
saw such objects last night while
flying a passenger plane from Boise,
Idaho, to Portland.
Their statements followed a day
during which the "saucers" were
reported seen in many parts of the
Nation.
Many Portlanders—including po
lice, experienced flyers and three
newspapermen—declared they saw
silvery discs over Portland.
In New Orleans, Miss Lillian Law
less said she saw an object, shining
like silver or chromium, flying at a
great height apd at a terrific speed
in a north easterly direction over
Lake Pontchartrain.
Describing what they saw as flat,
translucent plates 12 to 15 inches
in diameter, several Port Huron
(Mich.) residents reported seeing
the "saucers.”
Capt. E. J, Smith, Seattle, a vet
eran of 14 years with United Air
Lines, said he observed the round
fiat objects—"like a pancake stand
ing on end”—-for about 12 minutes
while flying from Emmett Idaho, to
a point southeast of Ontario, Ore.
He radioed the Ontario airport but
airport officials saw nothing.
Sixty persons picknicking at Twin
Palls Park, near Twin Palls, Idaho,
said they saw the discs yesterday
afternoon. A party of seven first
saw some and 10 mlnutees later, a
a crowd of 20 or 30 people saw an
other batch of nine or ten. Word
passed around, and soon the waiting
crowd saw another batch circling
and climbing.
At Seattle, Prank Flyman, Coast
Guard yeoman, said he took a
picture of what some residents north
pf Seattle thought was a flying disc
riie photograph showed a pinhead
size light spot against the dark
evening sky.
The Oregonian dispatched a planr
to hunt Portland's saucers. It foun<
nothing but empty aky.
Strange Craff Over Philadelphia.
In Philadelphia. Dr. M. K. Leis
a junior interne at the Pennsylvania
Hospital for Mental Diseases, and
other persons in the western sec
tion of the city, reported seeing
strange craft in the skies last night.
It was something round with •
luminous halo about It, Dr. Lelsk
declared. It was not shiny, but
dark In color and seemed to be
propelled by whirling wings. Dr
Lelsy said the object he saw was
moving at approximately the speed
of the wind, below the clouds. It *
eventually vanished in the clouds,
he added.
A dispatch from Summerside.
Canada, said farmers in the Prince
Edward Island region claim to have
seen more of the mysterious dise
like missiles reported flying through
northern skies earlier this week.
James Harris, farmer at Sher
brooke, 1 mile north of here, and
his hired man, Herman Linkletter,
said they saw one of the objects
last night traveling from the north
west toward the southeast.
Marshall Plan
(Continued from First Page.)
Slovakia and Poland were in the
making today.
Britain and France, which have
laid the groundwork for the con
ference, issued the invitations
Thursday night. The day before,
they had failed to get agreement
from Soviet Foreign Minister Molo
tov to a program of European eco
nomic co-operation to take advan
tage of an offer of United States
help made by Secretary of State
Marshall in a Harvard University
speech June 5.
Would Meet Saturday.
The French Foreign Ministry,
through which the invitations were
sent, disclosed the text yesterday.
Under an informal time table the
note sets up, the nations invited—
every considerable one in Europe
except the Soviet Union and Franco
Spain—w o u 1 d answer by next
Thursday, meet in Paris Saturday,
and set up committees to begin j
work July 15 and report before
September 1.
Under British-French proposals
from which the conference is to
work, a steering committee with
subcommittee* on food, power, met
als and transport would list Eu
ropean resources and needs in the
report, to be presented to the United
States Government.
A British Foreign Office spokes
man at a news conference yesterday
voiced hope that the invited nations
would be "left completely free and
uninfluenced by every great power
to make their own decision.”
The Moscow radio reported the
British-French invitation without
comment in its first bulletin in Rus
sian this morning, heard in London.
(In Moscow today, neither the
Soviet press nor radio com
mented on the invitation, though
both reported it.
(However, the official Russian
News agency Tass, in a Part*
dispatch, said, "These separa
tist actions of the British and
French governments, which try
to force their arrangements on
the question of American aid on
other European countries, en
counter serious criticism In dem
ocratic circles.”
(A Moscow dispatch by Eddy
Gilmore of the Associated Press
yesterday quoted informed per
sons as saying that Russia, with
good harvests in prospect and in
dustrial production rising, was in
a position to offer economic aid
of her own to European countries
as a counter attraction to the
Marshall plan.)
Two Czechoslovak officials—Pre
mier Klement Gottwald, Communist,
and his foreign minister, Jan Ma
saryk—headed for Moscow after
discussions in Prague parliamentary
circles yesterday.
On the train with them was
Polish Premier Josef Cyrankiewlcz
and nine ministers, homeward
bound for Warsaw and a Polish
decision on the conference. Poland
and Czechoslovakia signed a cul
tural and trade treaty in Prague
yesterday.
In Sofia, British and French dip
lomats planned to call on Bulgarian
Foreign Minister Kimon Georgiev
today with the written Invitation.
A reply was expected within a few
Jays.
Six of the dozen cabinet membars
who attended an Independence Day
reception yesterday at the United
States Legation were questioned
about Bulgaria’s attitude on the
Marshall plan. Their consensus was
that they had "just begun to study
the question and it is too early for
an answer,” Georgiev was among
those queried. Communist Premier
Georgi Dimitrov was at tha re- ,
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