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Warm and windy with some sunshine today. Highest in lower 70s. Cloudy, colder tonight, lowest about 40. Tomorrow fair with highest in upper 40s. (Full report on Page A-2.) Midnight ..47 6 a.m..45 11 a.m.56 2 a.m_46 8 a.m_.46 Noon..63 4 a.m_44 10 a.m_50 1 p.m-68 t _ — — An Associated Press Newspaper 96th Year. No. 59. Phone NA. 5000. ** ’ C„ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1948-THIRTY-TWO PAGES. 5 CENTS » r . _ T Finns Expected * To Act Quickly On Soviet Pact President Believed Likely to Name Grouf Before Tuesday By the Associated Press HELSINKI, Finland, Feb. 28. President Juho E. Paasikivi i expected by Tuesday to name i delegation to discuss with Mos cow the friendship . treaty re quested by Prime Ministe Stalin. It seems likely the delegation wil be headed either by Premier Maun Pekkala or by Foreign Minister Car Enckell, Russian-speaking diploma of long experience in Moscow negotiations. Meanwhile, persons close to tb cabinet said the President has askei parliamentary groups to tell hin their attitude toward the propose) treaty by Tuesday. The mood of the Finnish peopl seems resigned. Outwardly they an Just preparing for another fine weel end, with skating championships a the main issue. But wherever twi Finns meet, the Russian proposal i the principal topic of conversation Decision ‘‘Not Easy.” The general attitude thus fa seems to be: This is not a Russia) ultimatum, but a logical result o the strained internationl situation “The decision is no easy one, sine Finland has only one goal, to sta bilize her position and retain he sovereignty,” says the conservativ newspaper Uusi Suomi. But the Communist newspape Tyokansan Sanomat declares: “Taking cover under a shroud o neutrality, Finland’s bourgeois cir cles have for several years been bar gaining their fatherland and thei people to sell them for Chauvinis and imperialist ends. It is obviou that these circles have got new im pulses, since the old slogans am tricks are being used again. Bu this time they shall no longer de ceive anybody.” (A Moscow dispatch said no Soviet newspaper published any thing on any Finnish subject to day.) Elections Set for July. Political observers expressed con cern over the Soviet move in view o the impending parliamentary elec tions, scheduled for July. This con cern stems from the pattern se throughout 'Eastern Europe In recen elections. Suoman Socialidemokraatti, news' paper of the Social Democrat Party which has been anti-Moscow, re asserted its view that Finland shouli strive for neutrality in big-powe: conflicts. It said: “The recent war altered the mili tary-political position of the countr; and the peace treaty reduced ou military chances of, for instance getting (armed) assistance. Wi therefore fail to understand thi necessity of a nact such as the om proposed by Soviet Russia.” Most persons outside the Com munist-dominated bloc seem to fee that Finland should steer away fron great power conflicts and remain i neutral Scandinavian country. It i clear, however, that the member of Parliament realize fully that i situation has been forced upon thi country. Immediate Talks Asked. Sources close to the governmen said yesterday Mr. Stalin sent hi note Monday. They said he aske< that the Finnish government taki immediate steps to open negotia tions toward a treaty either in Mos cow or Helsinki. The country seemed quiet in thi wake of this news. Many cabine ministers and members of Parlia ment were week-ending at country resorts. A defense treaty with Finlanc would give Russia a chain of suet pacts with neighbors from the Blarl Sea on the south to far north o: the Baltic. Some sources said the proposec treaty would be similar to thai Russia signed with Czechoslovakia in J945. The Soviet-Czechosloval . pact was a 20-year treaty of friend ship and mutual defense agains Germany or any power allied witl Germany, directly or indirectly, ir war. Czechoslovakia passed this weel under a Communist-controlled cab inet. The new government waj sworn in yesterday in Prague.. Three Hearings in Prospect. The Soviet note to Finland ii expected to be placed before Par liament Monday or later as a ques tion concerning a foreign power. Under parliamentary procedure such a question must be dealt witl in three hearings by Parliament unless the chamber, by a five-sixth! majority, votes it to be urgent. Even if the note reaches Par liament Monday, any final decisior could not be expected before Wed nesday or Thursday. rauiameni nas zuu seals, mo oni party has a majority. The larges delegation, 51 seats, is that of the Popular Democrats, a bloc madi up of Communist and Socialis Unity Parties. The cabinet consists of three Com munists, three Socialist Unity men five Social Democrats, five Agra rians, one minister from the Swedisl People’s Party and one non-part; member. The Premier, Mauno Pek kala, belongs to the Socialist Unit; Party. The Communist Party claims sonv (See FINLAND~Page A-2~> Patriarch Nicodem Dies Headed Moscow Missioi By tha Associotad Prass BUCHAREST. Feb. 28.—Patriarc Nicodem of the Romanian Gree orthodox church died last night. H was 81. In October, 1946, the patriarc headed a six-man ecclesiastical del egation to Moscow to establish clos er relations between his church an the Russian orthodox church. 4 !Former Czech Justice Minister I Found Badly Hurt Outside Home Prague Police Say Note Indicated Suicide Attempt By the Associated Press PRAGUE, Feb. 28.—A former Minister of Justice, Dr. Prokop I Drtina, was found severely in jured in front of his Prague villa today, police announced. They said a letter was found which indicated Dr. Drtina had tried to kill - himself by jumping from a window. , He is in a hospital with head injuries, 5 but will live if further complications i do not set in, the official announce . ment said. Dr. Drtina was one of three cab inet ministers who were intended r victims of intercepted bombs last September. He is a close friend of ! President Eduard Benes. ) Mr. Drtina blamed Communists * for the bomb plot against himself 1 and his two colleagues and had t several members of the party ar r rested at Olomouc in an investiga tion of the incident. He was one of the cabinet ministers whose resig ! nations preceded the Communist i coup this week. i By request the United States. In 1 formation Service removed from its Windows a copy of the three-power > denunciation of events in Czecho > Slovakia. : The foreign office made the re s quest. A large crowd had gathered > outside the Information Service’s i offices on one of the main streets off ! DR. PROKOP DRTINA. —AP Wirephoto. the public square, and it was rep resented that they were hostile to the display. These other developments came today: 1. The Government withdrew broadcasting privileges from foreign radio men. Dr. Oscar Kosta, head of the foreign press section of the Ministry of Information, said: ‘‘Thej did not show in their broadcasts a true understanding of the situa tion.” 2. Premier Klement Gottwald, ad dressing a farmers’ and peasants' (See CZECH, Page A-2.) J700Greek Communists | Jailed in Athens as ; Troops Press Drive r Those Found Guilty of Helping Guerrillas ' Will Face Prosecution By the Associated Press ATHENS, Feb. 28.—About 700 Communists and members of the Communist organization ; “Self-defense” were arrested to . day in Athens. The government said those found guilty of helping the guerrillas or being dangerous to public security will be committed for trial by a military tribunal or referred to the Security Committee for a decision on their punishment, f The arrests were in line with a _ recent decision to clear cities and ’ towns of dangerous elements, it was ’ said. Offensive Is Pressed. Greek troops were reported press ing an offensive in Delvinaki near , the Albanian border. Dispatches • said seven villages in the area were l retaken from Communist-led guer ’ rillas. A high Greek government source was asked about reports from other ' sources that extensive military prep ■ arations have been taking place in . Albania, some of them under direc ! i tion of two Soviet colonies. He said ; they were true. ' These reports said fortifications were being erected along the coast ' south from Valona with anti-aircraft t installations at Aghi Sarante. Mili 1 tary installations have been built 1 along the roads on the seacoasts > and heights near the Greek border, 5 the reports said, and the fortified 1 Island of Saseno off Valona has > been strengthened under direction of the Soviet colonel. The inform ants said 22 Albanian volunteer ; battalions have been organized for i an international brigade. Guerrillas Active. : Meanwhile press reports told of ' strong guerrilla activity in various ' parts of Greece. Some 350 rebels attacked Vordona, 1 eight miles northwest of Sparta ' yesterday, dispatches said. Another 500-man force was reported engaged in a battle with national forces in i South Central Greece east of Agrin ion. Thirteen persons convicted of ; slaying during the 1944 revolution and of aiding guerrillas were put to death today at Athens. Strong Quake Recorded Off British Columbia By the Associated Pres* WESTON, Mass., Feb. 28.— A ■ strong earthquake lasting about an hour and a half last night and prob- 1 ably off British Columbia in the Pa- < ’ cific was reported today by the Bos- ! ; ton College seismograph station. 1 The Rev. Daniel J. Linehan, seis mologist, said the tremor was re- ! corded at 9:05:53 p.m. and was < 1 2,930 miles away. Britain and France Call: Marshall Plan Session1! By the Associated Pres* PARIS, Feb. 28.—Britain and 1 ^ France today invited the Marshall j Plan nations to meet March 15 to . create a permanent organization. Invitations to the 14 other nations i proposed that they meet in Paris. . The countries last rail drew up a , ■ preliminary draft of what they con sidered their needs in American aid. I . Proposals to carry out the program, I , or parts if it, are before Congress. . The invitations were sent after a i joint Franco-British inquiry mission r had sounded out officials in Italy, . Switzerland, Belgium. Holland, Lux- : ’ embourg and Scandinavian coun- i tries. ■ All capitals were favorable to the i proposal for a permanent organiza tion to assist the American admin- ■ • istration in delivering Marshall i ' Plan aid. : I Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin and Foreign Minister Georges Bi- ! dault will head the British and : i French delegations. It is expected ; t the Foreign Ministers of most of e the other nations will also attend. The conference will have at least 1 two formal plenary sessions, before - splitting into closed working com - mittee sessions where the actual 1 task of adopting the permanent organization will be done. L i Nazi Defense Lawyers Appeal to Truman for Fairness in Trials Doubts About Justice of Nuernberg Prosecutions Cited by Attorneys / By the Associated Press NUERNBERG, Germany, Feb 28—German attorneys appealed today to President Truman tc insure fair trials for Germans facing American war crimes courts here. “The recent statement by a high American judge confirms doubts prevalent among the defense aboul the administration of justice before the United States military tribuna in Nuernberg,” the attorneys said. Judge Charles Wennerstrum 01 Iowa recently charged in an inter view with the Chicago Tribune thal the American prosecution has “failed to maintain an objectivltj aloof from vindictiveness.” Judge Wennertsrum presided ovei a court which convicted eight Ger man generals of war crimes. H« said defense counsel had access onl> to documentary evidence “which th« prosecution considered material tc the case.” speait lor raroen Lawyers. Brig. Gen. Telford Taylor, chiel of the war crimes prosecution, callec Judge Wennerstrum’s charges “to tally unfounded.” The German attorneys who signed the appeal to the President are Ottc ECranzbuehler, Konrad Boettchei and Hans Laternser. They spoke for lawyers defending the 23 directors 3f the I. G. Farbenindustrie Chemi cal Trust, 12 Krupp munitions di rectors and 13 generals in war crimes trials. They told the Presi dent: “All efforts to safeguard fair pro feedings hitherto foundered through regulations issued by the American military authorities. Spokesmen for the defense attorneys in the current industrialist and military trials at Nuernberg appeal urgently to you for support and remedy.” , The military government's legal iivision in Berlin said the appeal was routed to the Department of thf Army in Washington, where it should arrive tonight or tomorrow. Since the publication of the Wen lerstrum interview in the Chicago " (See NUERNBERG, Page A-2.’ Hanns Eisler Settles Taxes; Leaves for Rome Monday By the Associated Press NRW YORK, Feb. 28.—Hanns 2isler, Hollywood composer charged vith being an alien Communist, will ly to Rome Monday after an in :ome tax “compromise" with the federal Government, his attorney lisclosed today. The German-born Eisler was iranted the flight permit after the government attached music royal ies due him from the American society of Composers, Authors and ’ublishers, according to the attor ley, Mrs. Carol King. Eisler and. his wife Louise will ravel on a Czechoslovakian pass tui L uutauicu muui/iio o^u, ivxia. Cing declared. The lawyer said the Government :laimed Eisler owed it $1,800 as a esult of allegedly incorrect deduc ions on tax returns back to 1945. Jut officials agreed to reduce the ivm by $500. she said, adding that Sisler had arranged to pay $125 jvery three months from the oyalties. Mercury to Climb to 70s today, Forecaster Says Blustery winds and a warm sun hine with the temperature readi ng the lower 70s—were predicted for he District today. At 1 p.m. the nercury had risen to 68. Tonight will be windy, partly •loudy and much colder, with the emperature dropping to the upper :0s, the Weather Bureau said. Tomorrow will be about the same )ut the temperature will be more learlv normal for this time of the •ear, in the upper 40s. Although today has a chance of jeing the warmest February 28 since 1903. when 73 degrees was recorded, t has little chance of breaking the ill-time record for February, which was 84, in 1930. Yesterday's high was 62 degrees at 2:27 pjn. and the low was 43 at 3:02 a jn. today. Treaty to Help Chinese With Planes Revived # 135 Still Due on 1945 Agreement With Nanking BULLETIN Recent developments in Czechoslovakia and Finland make it imperative that Con gress decide as promptly as possible what it is going to do on the various foreign aid pro grams to discourage the spread of communism, Chairman Vandenberg of the Senate For eign Relations Committee said today. A secret 1945 agreement to arm cmna with 1,071 American planes, suspended in 1^6, has been revived, with 135 remaining to be delivered. The administration let this be known today in reply to congres sional critics demanding military help for Chiang Kai-shek’s Na tionalist Annies, which are locked in battle with Communist forces. At least 936 planes already have been transferred to China. Of the 135 listed last month as still due and ready for shipment, 37 are Fly ing Fortresses. In addition, the United States has trained 5,137 Chinese to man and service the planes. Secretary of State Marshall, then President Truman’s special envoy to China, called a halt to the pro gram in August, 1946, when his efforts to stop the Chinese civil war broke down. Ban Relaxed Gradually. The ban was relaxed gradually until Gen. Marshall lifted the final barrier to fulfillment of the Air Force program last December 16, it was disclosed last night. Until then the only publicly an nounced military aid to China was a relatively small shipment of am munition last year. i Whether the new information; would silence Republican critics of | the pending $570,000,000 economic aid program remained to be seen. A AD Un.mnlrnVn 4m eluding Chairman Bridges of the Senate Appropriations Committee have contended the money would be wasted unless Chlang were given weapons to beat down the Com munists. Bridges Reveals Agreement. It was Senator Bridges who made public the Air Force agreement. The State Department had in formed him of it last month, but the information' was labeled secret until last night. Senator Bridges’ office then re leased copies of a letter telling of the pact. A State Department spokesman said the reason for taking the se crecy ban off the letter was to show that this country has been giving military help to China all along. Senator Bridges himself was not immediately available for comment. However, only yesterday he joined with Senator Taft, Republican, of Ohio, in urging that military help for China be lumped with the new $275, 000.000 Greek-Turkish aid program. Senator Taft is chairman of the Sen ate Republican Policy committee. Reached In 1945. Under the agreement reached in September, 1945, the United States undertook to supply enough planes— and train the men to fly them—to give China an air force of eight and one-third groups: One heavy bomber group, one medium bomber group, four single engine fighter groups, two troop car rier groups and one photo-reconnais sance squadron. These total 1,071 planes. The program further provides for a three-year supply of replacement equipment and spare parts. ine leuer sain uie iimuicmcm cost of the aircraft was approxi mately *121,000.000 and the selling price to the Chinese is presently set at *7,200,000.” However, it estimated the cost of added materiel to complete the program “at something on the order of *166,000,000 to *178,000.000 at cur rent prices.” Letter Tells of Plan. The letter Senator Bridges made public was one from Secretary of the Air Force Symington to the State Department reviewing the Chinese air force program. It was dated January 15, 1948. The original plan, it said, was to provide equipment and train per sonnel for 18 groups. "After study, it was finally deter (See CHINA AID, Page A-27) I Youth Shot in Stolen-Car Chase; | Driver Held for Jury, Girl Freed A 16-year-old youth was shot by a policeman early today after a wild chase of a stolen automo bile through Southeast Wash ington. The youth. Jack N. Beach, jr., of the 400 block of G street SB., was grazed in the left temple. His con dition is not serious, Galllnger Hos pital reported. While he was speeding through the Southeast section with a police car in hot pursuit, his father thought he was safely home in bed. Young Beach was a passenger in the stolen car. His companions, according to police, were William E. Ness, 19, of the 1100 block of I street S.E. and Betty Jean Rempfer, 18, of the 500 block of Eleventh street S.E. Police said both ad mitted they had juvenile records. Th'e policeman who fired the glancing shot was Pvt. Glenn M. Griffin of the fifth precinct. Pvt. Griffin testified in Municipal Court today that the stolen car hit 90 miles an hour at on^ point. Ness, listed as the driver of the stolen car, was held for the grand jury under *2,000 bond cm a joy riding charge. He admitted his guilt before Municipal Court Judge 4 George D. Neilson, but a not guilty plea was entered automatically. He pleaded guilty to reckless driving and driving without a Dis trict, permit. Judge Neilson sen tenced him to spend 90 days in jail for reckless driving and to pay $200 or serve 60 days for diving without a permit. His girl companion was freed after Assistant United States Attorney Frank Reifsnyder dropped a joy riding charge placed against her by police. The prosecutor said there was insufficient evidence that she knew the car was stolen. The chase began on Eleventh street S E. when Pvt. Griffin and his scout car partner, Pvt. John C. Wil son, spotted a speeding car going north. They dropped in behind it, Pvt. Griffin said, and promptly recog nized it as a 1140 Chevrolet sedan reported by Raymond E. Barnes of 917 Silver Spring avenue, Siller Spring, Md., as stolen earlier in the night. The car started ducking in and out of alleys, zigzagging up narrow streets and testring around sharp ' (See CHAiE, Page A-2.) i ^ ^ (BOSS, BETTERS COME HOME. > 11 CURIOUS THINGS J mfi&sraL j I iL#*’ ' Closed Hearing Held On Cafeteria Strike By Hoffman Group 'Rumor' of White House Pressure to Force GSI To Bargain Is Probed A closed hearing on the dead locked- strike of the cafeteria workers’ union against Govern ment Services, Inc. was being held today by Representative Hoffman, Republican, of Michi gan. Mr. Hoffman said he called the session to investigate "rumors” that President Truman’s adminis tration was bringing pressure to bear to force GSI to bargain with Local 471, United Cafeteria Work ers, CIO. Mr. Hoffman is chairman of a House Education and Labor Subcommittee. Deliberate Move Rumored. He also said he was interested in learning the truth of rumors that the administration was “deliber ately” endeavoring to bypass the Taft-Hartley Act. The hearing was still in progress at noon, with Mr. Hoffman calling Government officials and union leaders in one by one. The long corridor outside of the bearing room was spotted with groups of the strikers who were picketing the session. Some of them said they wanted to be heard, too. Admitted in Groups of Five. The strikers were admitted to the corridor in groups of five, at stag gered points down the hall, in con formance with a House rule. They were delayed for a time before Capi tol police admitted them to the building. The strike by employes of 42 cafeterias in Government build ings pas been under way for eight weeks and is still in the deadlock stage, according to George E. Stiong, mediator. When he announced his inten tion of holding the session, Mr. Hoffman also challenged the au thority of Secretary of Labor Schwellenbach, Federal Works Ad ministrator Philip B. Fleming or Mr. Strong to act as mediator or conciliator under the Taft-Hartley Act. Mr. Strong, an atttorney, has been trying to settle the strike since he was appointed to the job by Gen. Fleming. Witnesses Listed. Mr. Hoffman said that GSI ap parently refuses to bargain with the union because it has hired new employes since the strike began and because there has not been an elec tion under the Taft-Hartley Act designating bargaining agents for the workers. Witnesses scheduled to appear today, in addition to GSI and union officials, include Mr. Strong, John W. Gibson, Assistant Secretary of Labor; G. S. Davitt, administrative assistant, Navy Department, and Gen. Fleming. Thieves Get Empty Hand BUFFALO, N. Y„ Feb. 28 (JP).— Hijackers got away with a truck load of beer cases here before they noticed the 800 cases were empty. Traffic Deaths Over U.S. Drop 13 Pet. in January By tho Associated Press CHICAGO, Feb. 28.—The Nation’s traffle deaths dropped 13 per cent in January compared with the same month last year. The January toll was 2,130, com pared with 2,450 in January, 1947. The National Safety Council, In reporting the figures, said North Dakota provided a “high light” of its report by going through the en tire month without a traffic death. The council said this was the only time in its history that a State lien uau a ucaw i-ucc muuui, cept for the war years when travel and gasoline were restricted.. Congress Faces Task Of Living Up to Budget Cut of 2i Billion Departmental Supply Bills Are Likely to Pass Tough Economy Ceiling Problem Both branches, of Congress are on record today in fatfor of hold ing Government expenses for the next fiscal year to $37,200, 000,000. Now all lawmakers have to do is live up to it as the de partmental supply bills come along. The House late yesterday voted, 314 to 36, for such a ceiling, which the Senate already had adopted. The budget President Truman presented in January asked for $39, 700,000,000 for all Government pur poses. The ceiling adopted yester day calls for cuts totaling $2,500, 000,000 from the January figure. But unforseen requirements always make it necessary for the Executive to add to his original budget. This means the Republican leaders on Capitol Hill may have to save four or five billions to stay within their ceiling. Ceiling is Not Binding. me ceiling resolution is required by the Congressional Reorganization Act of 1946, but is not binding. The theory behind it is that Congress will be more economical if it sets a goal for saving early each year. The budget resolution also recom mends that at least $2,600,000,000 be paid on the national debt during the coming year. The national debt stood at $254,682,154,341 in the latest Treasury report and some members of Congress think more of the antici pated surplus should be applied to debt retirement. Room Left for Tax Cut. Republican leaders have left room for their promised income tax re duction, however, and the Senate Finance Committee will begin hear ings Monday on the House-ap proved $6,500,000,000 tax - cutting program. The Treasury plans to pay off in March more than a billion dollars of national debt. Much of this cash, thq Treasury said yesterday, will go to the Fed eral Reserve System. This will be withheld from the money stream as part of the Joint Treasury-Federal Reserve effort against inflation. Clipper Bound for Calcutta Cracks Up; None Hurt By the Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28—A veteran pilot, sensing something amiss with his landing gear, halted the takeoff of his Pan American Airways Clipper last night and the four-engined aircraft cracked up and caught fire on the runway. None of the 24 passengers on the plane bound for Honolulu and Cal cutta was injured. They were taken to a hotel to await another flight. The fire, breaking out in the in board right engine from static sparks caused by a wing dragging along the concrete runway, was quickly extinguished. C. V. George, pilot of the crippled plane, said he noticed his landing gear was not Reacting properly on the takeoff. He cut the engines be fore the craft was airborne and skidded to a stop. Danes to Lift Film Ban COPENHAGEN, Feb. 28 HP).— Denmark will lift her restrictions against American motion picture companies, probably Monday, the Ministry of Trade announced today. During the next 10 months 81 Amer ican films will be permitted to enter Denmark and American companies will be allowed to take up to 500.000 kroner ($250,000) out of the country. Hacker Found Slain Here, 'Vicious Killers' Are Sought by Police Another Driver, Shot And Robbed, Reported In Serious Condition Two men, described by Police Chief Robert J. Barrett as “vi cious killers,” were being sought throughout the city today for the slaying of a District taxicab driver last night and the shoot ing and robbery of another. Maj. Barrett ordered all detectives of the hqpiicide and robbery squads to Join the hunt after the discovery early this morning of the body of a 37-year-old colored man in an alley near Second and Canal streets S.E. The man was identified as Howard Jones, 417 Irving street N.W. Police said the man had been shot through the head with a large caliber pistol. His face also had been beaten badly. Police believe Mr. Jones was robbed and killed by bandits late last night. His aban doned cab was found at Eighth and R streets N.W. Driver 8hot by Passengers. The killers are believed to have been the same who robbed Mid criti cally wounded a second cab driver last night in the same vicinity. James Hardy, 32, colored, 647 G street N.E., told police he was driv ing two passengers south on New Jersey avenue when they grabbed and beat him. One shot him in the lower right side with an automatic, he said. The thugs robbed him of $4, he told police, and tossed him from the cab. He rolled down a railroad em bankment which runs along New Jersey avenue near I street S.E., where Charles Bernard Coffer, 139 H Street S.E., and Paul Townsend, 118 Heckman street S.E., both 15, heard his cries and called for'help. He was taken to Casualty Hospital, where his condition was reported as critical. His cab was found aban doned at New Jersey avenue and M street S.E. Wife Identifies Body. The wife of the murdered man, Mrs. Lannie May Jones, told police her husband left home in his privately-owned car early in the evening. When he failed to return at a reasonable hour, she called Dolice to find out if he had been arrested or injured. Mrs. Jones identified the body today at the Dis trict Morgue after police found a scrap of paper in the dead man's pocket bearing the name of Jones. A third taxi driver, Johnnie W. Curkeneal, 20 Girard street NJE., re ported he was robbed of $75, change and papers early today by two col ored men who boarded his cab when he stopped at a traffic light at Florida avenue and Fourteenth street N.W. One of the men threat ened him with what appeared to be a gun, he said, and forced him to drive a considerable distance before robbing him at Madison* street near North Capitol street and forcing him from the cab. The machine was re covered a block away. Congress Asked for Billion For Highways in 1950-51 By the Associated Press Congress was aSked today to pledge $1,000,000,000 for state high way construction in 1950 and 1951. Federal Works Administrator Fleming said such assurance is nec essary now to permit State legisla tures to plan their share of the costs. In a statement prepared for a Senate suocommni.ee on iua.ua. vjen. Fleming said also that funds already authorized will be spent or "obli gated” before the next Congress could take action. He said a proposed $500,000,000 authorization for road-building in fiscal 1949 "may well be omitted In view of the delay in pushing the con struction program authorized in 1944.” __ Bulletin Boxing Commission Sued The Metropolitan Amateur Athletic Association today filed su’t against the District Box ing Commission to restrain the commission from inter fering with a boxing show planned by the MAAA at Tur ner’s Arena on April 2. The commission previously had re fused a license for the show. 1 i Hamilton Quits As Democratic Finance Chief Treasurer of Georgia Says He Can't Support Civil Rights Program By the Associated Press ATLANTA, Feb. 28.—George B. Hamilton resigned today as di rector of finance of the Demo cratic National Committee. Mr. Hamilton, who is Georgia’s State treasurer, said the resignation is effective immediately. In a letter to National Chairman McGrath, Mr. Hamilton said he had “arrived at this decision because of the fact that I cannot in any way agree with the civil rights program promulgated by the President and indorsed by you officially as chair man. “I believe that this Droeram will effectuate untold damage to equi table solutions to the racial relations that should and must be ultimately arrived at.” Named When Hannegan Quit. Mr. Hamilton was appointed di rector of finance and temporary act ing treasurer of the Democratic party in October, 1947, by Robert Hannegan, then national chairman, and Senator McGrath, who already had been selected to succeed Mr. Hannegan. In the absence of Senator Mc Grath, who is in Indianapolis, Dem ocratic National Committee officials in Washington would not comment on Mr. Hamilton's resignation. It was said, however, that Mr. Hamilton has not been active in the finance job for some time. Position Was Restricted. Mr. Hamilton’s temporary posi tion with the National Committee was restricted because of the Hatch Act. This act bars Federal office holders or officials of States receiv ing Federal aid grants from solicit ing funds for a national campaign. As Georgia State treasurer, a committee officer explained, Mr. Hamilton could go over the com mittee's books and prepare reports, but could not do any actual fund raising. The National Committee has not had a treasurer since George Kil lion resigned several months ago. . f in._a _ LA_ JOUZiwrn Lscrmn.ruu rnup Further Fight on Truman By tha Associated Pratt Southern Democrats mapped fur ther offensive* today against Presi dent Truman and his civil right* program. These developments pointed to in tensified intra-party strife: 1. The Mississippi Democratic Ex ecutive Committee called a special meeting Monday to consider a head quarters site for the “True Whit# Jeffersonian” Democratic movement. Representatives of eight Southern States banded in this drive already have contributed $61,500 toward a $100,000 war chest. 2. The Southern Governors' con ference was summoned to meet in Washington March 13 to hear a special committee's report on the civil rights fight. Democratic Na tional Committee Chairman Mc Grath refused to yield to the com mittee's request last Monday that President Truman withdraw his pro posals. Stalwarts on Committee. The Governors will meet the day after Senator McGrath confers with a newly appointed executive com mittee of the Democratic National Committee. Democratic rebels in Congress, meanwhile, prepared to renew their fight next week against enactment of anti-lynching and anti-poll tax legislation. Both of these are part of President Truman’s civil rights plan. Approved by, a Senate Rules Sub committee yesterday, the anti-poll tax bill was scheduled for prompt clearance by the full committee early next week. Republicans re jected a demand by Senator Stennis, Democrat, of Mississippi for public hearing in the seven Southern States "TSee CIVIL RIGHTS, Page A-2.) President Sees Radar Work Aboard Sub By Joseph A. Fox Star Staff Correspondent KEY WEST, Fla., Feb.| 28.—Presi dent Truman today got a closeup of the Navy's peacetime experimenta tion with submarines when he boarded the Requin—named for a French man-eating shark—and was instructed in her workings by the • nnnc Cnm A *• T St Pflot r\f Richmond, Va„ Congressional Medal of Honor man. The Requin is one of a dozen or so of the Navy’s undersea “school fleet’’ here equipped for picket radar duty, and in wartime would be used for a sea patrol to detect the ap proach of enemy aircraft. While the President was aboard, the sub’s radar screen picked up a cruising C-47 which gave the Pres ident an idea of what the craft is designed to do in war. When the President was leaving the dock where the Requin is tied up, he stopped to exchange greet ings with a group of Navy wive* and children. The President is going to hold a news conference Monday. It will be the first time since he has been coming to Key West that one ol these sessions has been arranged. For the rest of the day, the President plans to get in some more swimming at the Fort Taylor beach, which has been his vacation hang out. He also will do some work after another courier plane arrives from Washington with mail. The President got a batch of mail to work on late yesterday. He signed legislation extending rent controls until April 1 and retaining certain wartime powers of the Maritime Commission.