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Jewish Fighters Seize
Arab Village to Break
Jerusalem Blockade
■y *h» AuociotMl PrHi
JERUSALEM, April 3.—Jewish
warriors seized an Arab village
today in a drive to! blast open a
supply line for Jerusalem’s
100,000 hungry Jews.
Striking before dawn, fighters of
Hagana, the Jewish militia, routed a
handful of Arabs defending Kas
' tel, a hilltop village five miles west
of Jerusalem. Bitter fighting de
veloped when the Arabs rushed up
reinforcements and sought to re
. take the position. One Jew was
killed and nine were wounded. The
extent of Arab casualties was not
At sunset the British army moved
in to halt the hostilities and said
the Jews still were in Katsel. Arab
and British sources reported the
Jews had launched operations
against the nearby villages of Ain
Karem and Suba.
Food Convoys Halted Week.
Kastel has a dominating position
on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv road,
which now is blocked by the Arabs.
The village is located on a site
where fortresses have stood since
Roman days.
A large Jewisn convoy seeking to
reach Jerusalem has been try
ing to fight its way through the
series of Arab roadblocks west of
Kasel since Wednesday. The last
Jewish food convoy reached Jeru
salem from coastal Tel Aviv a week
ago Friday.
- The Arab blockade of the highway
has been particularly strong at Bab
El Wad in the Judean foothills. The
Jews are believed to be trying to
drive wedges along both sides of
the road to that point. Historically,
Bab El Wad was the closest point
to Jerusalem reached by Richard
the Lion Hearted in the Third Cru
Fighting today brought to 2,302
the unofficial def^th toll since the
United Nations voted for partition
November 29. Hundreds of Arab
children, both Christians and Mos
lems. are being sent as war refugees
from Palestine to Syria and Leb
Children Being Evacuated.
~ Victor Khayat, chairman of an
r- evacuating committee, told a re
el porter in Haifa that his and similar
organizations would help 6,000 to'
8,000 children up to 12 years of age
reach safety. He said:
“We are not interested in the
children of well-to-do families. We
are sending out children whose par- j
ents are unable to do so themselves.” j
He added that children who have
lost one or both parents in the
Palestine fighting are receiving
priority. Bus convoys take the chil
dren across the frontiers.
Gen. Sir Alan Cunningham. I
Palestine high commissioner, called
on Jews and Arabs tonight to cease
fire under the truce asked by the
United Nations Security Council.
Jews Welcome Truce.
He said British authorities are
ready now to discuss with Jewish
and Arab civil and military leaders
“the details required for conclu
sion and enforcement of such an
agreement". '* *§2
The Jewish Agency welcomed the
' plea for a truce. An Agency spokes
man said, however: “A prerequisite
to the discussion of truce terms
would be consideration of the ques
tion of Arab invaders of Palestine
who now are officially admitted to
be in possession of certain northern
parts of Palestine."
Dr. Hussein F. Khalidi, secretary
general of the Arab Higher Execu
tive, said:
“The cause behind the present
conflict has been known since Zio
nism set foot in this country. No
useful purpose would be served by
the conclusion of a truce unless the
causes of the struggle were removed
by the revocation of partition and
rionlst renunciation of the ambition
of a politically controlled state in
this Arab ocean * *
Irgun to Come Into Open.
Irgun Zvai Leumi, one-time ter
ror of Britain's Palestine govern
ment, is planing to change from an
underground resistance band to reg
ular army status.
But it Intends to revert promptly
to the underground if the rest of
Palestine Jewry gives up the fight
for statehood.
An Irgun spokesman said Mena
chem Beigin, who has commanded
Irgun’s 1,000 men for six years as
an underground force, wHl go into
uniform and operate from public
headquarters in Tel Aviv shortly.
"We hope to emerge into the open
as part of the Jewish army, oper
ating on a basis of military co-op
eration with Hagana, the Jewish
militia,” the spokesman said.
Catholic Library Group
To Resume Lecture Series
The lecture program of the Study
Guild Catholic Library, which was
suspended during Holy Week and
the Easter season, will be resumed
Tuesday evening when the Rev.
Sebastian Miklas. O. F. M, Cap., will
apeak on "To Think or Not to
Think: A Discussion on Logic.”
Father Sebastian is superior of the
Capucin College, Catholic Univer
The lecture will be given at the
library, 1725 Rhode Island avenue
N.W., at 8:30 p.m. All lectures are
open to the public without charge.
Daring Acts Bring Gold Medals to Two
In 7946-47 Awards to Police, Firemen
(Continued From First Page.)
a hazardous rescue, and four honor
able mention certificates for other
There were no police awards for
the year. The committee explained
it considered the incidents offered
for consideration to be ‘‘more ex
pressive of uniformly high-quality
police work than of individual ac
complishment • •
Pvt. Barnett was with No. 2 En
gine Co. when a fire broke out in
the Roger Smith Hotel November 3,
1946. On arriving there, the com
pany learned a man and woman
were trapped in rooms at the end
of a lOth-floor corridor, flames hav
ing blocked their way to a stair
Knowing the aerial ladder then
being raised could not reach above
the eighth floor, the firemen went
; to the roof of the hotel, where Pvt.
Barnett volunteered to be lowered
by a lifeline. Entering a 10th floor
window, "he fireman told the man
to await his turn, then picked up
the woman and with her in his arms,
was lowered to the end of the 100
foot aerial ladder.
There, he handed the woman to
another fireman and signaled his
partners on the roof to hoist him
i back to the 10th floor for the man.
The latter, however, had been led
to safety by other firemen who had
subdued the ftaines in the hallway.
Pvt. Barnett, a fireman four years,
has been married a year and lives
at 4754 Homer avenue S.E. A broth
er, Lt. John Barnett, is attached
to No. 11 Engine Company.
Expresses Pleasure.
Notified of the award yesterday,
jPvt. Barnett expressed pleasure Lt.
Wallace also had been honored,
j The committee noted the "extreme
personal risk” of the rescue.
Lt. Rouse and Pvt. Hamilton, on
I plainclothes duty, spotted a stolen
car parked in the first block of Q
street N.W. early November 1, 1946.
It was occupied by two persons.
The two policemen left their cruls
! er and approached the stolen car, in
; tending to arrest the occupants. Lt.
! Rouse recognized the driver as a
man wanted by headquarters. The
car began to move. Pvt. Hamilton
clung to the driver's side without
footholds and Lt. Rouse succeeded
in opening the door on the other
side, but was unable to get com
pletely inside to overcome the
driver because of the resistance of
a woman passenger.
The car finally crashed into a
trailer truck at New York and Flor
ida avenues N.E. and was demol
ished. Pvt. Hamilton died of his
injuries later the same day.
The driver and companion were
apprehended, and the former,
Charles W. Scott, 24. colored, who
also was injured, died in the Dis
trict Jail Infirmary.
Lt. Rouse Injured.
Lt. Rouse suffered seven fractures
of the same' leg and other injuries.
Physicians warned him repeatedly
i he would have to have an amputa
tion. He pleaded to retain tha leg
through months of treatment.
Maj. Barrett, then chief of de
tectives, already had crossed off the
detective as "forever lost to the de
partment" in recommending him
for aa award.
Lt. Rouse continued to work on
his swollen knee joint, however,
massaging and endeavoring to exer
j else it. Finally, doctors became
| more optimistic.
! Last Novemper, after more than.
; a year on the inactive list, Lt.
! Rouse returned to duty and was
made assistant to the lieutenant in
charge of precinct detectives. The
next month, he was appointed act
ing lieutenant and driver for Maj.
A policerragn 24 years, he was the
first member of the department to
operate a radio cruiser car. He
served as a motorcycle man for a
time and was assigned to the auto
squad as a detective sergeant for a
number of years.
Praised for Heroism.
Lt. Rouse is married and lives at
1633 R street S.E.
The committee called the act for
which he was honored one "of per
sonal heroism above and beyond the
call of duty."
Pvt. Hamilton, assigned to the
13th precinct, sought to wrest con
trol of the automooile from the
driver during the desperate ride,
although only his head and arms
were inside the window and there
were no running boards to give him
“This act clearly distinguished
Pvt. Hamilton for gallantry and in
trepidity above and beyond the call
of duty, and in upholding the high
est traditions of the police depart
ment he gave his life,” the commit
tee commented.
Detective Sergt. Hunt and a partner
were serving as "plants" in an effort
to apprehend a pair of “stop light”!
bandits at Tenth street and Rhode
Island avenue N.W. June 13, 1947.!
A holdup man approached Sergt.!
Hunts side of the parked car,;
pointed a pistol at the detective and!
demanded his wallet. Another ban- j
dit appeared at the other side of j
the car, but Sergt. Hunt drew his
service revolver and fired at the
one on his side.
The man on the opposite side
fired into the car. striking Sergt.
Hunt in the back. His partner.
Detective Sergt. Ernest P. Jefferson,
fired three shots at this bandit, then
rushed Sergt. Hunt to the hospital.
The holdup men were appre
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1337 G St. N.W. RE. 5262 Br., Takonta Pork
Pvt. William D.
Lt. Clyde O. Rouse
Pvt. Harry M.
Pvt. Eugene R. CurrierLt. Mason E. Wauace aergt. Joseph H. Hunt
RECOGNIZED FOR VALOR—These six policemen and firemen
were selected for meritorious service awards by a Commissioner
appointed committee for their work in 1946 and 1947.
hended when they applied for treat
ment of their own gunshot wounds.
Sergt. Hunt, a native of Wash
ington and a policeman for 26
years, holds 12 commendations. He
has been a detective sergeant with
the robbery squad since 1943.
He lives at 601 Hillwood avenue,
Palls Church, with his wife and two
Lt. Wallace, then with No. 2 En
gine Co., as a sergeant, directed the
rescue operation in which Pvt. Bar
nett was engaged and assisted in
lowering him on the rope. He dem
onstrated “the highest degree of
judgment, zeal and ingenuity," the
committee stated.
A native of Washington. Lt. Wal
lace joined the fire department in
October, 1930. He became a ser
geant in 1942 and a lieutenant May
1, 1947.
His record includes an honorable
mention for assisting in the rescue
of a baby.
Lives Silver Spring.
Lt. Wallace lives at 812 Easley
street, Silver Spring, with his wife,
son and daughter.
Pvt. Currier, then an aide to the
7th battalion chief, w’as assisting.
No. 6 Engine Co. with a hose line
on a wooden stairway in a burning
house at 214 P street N.W., October
25. 1945. Despite intense heat and
dense smoke, he entered a third
; fl°or room, after Lt. W. H. Ronan
on the engine company had kicked
j open the* charred Apor, and carried
j fo safety a 29-ifear-old colbred
Pvt. Currier, born in Augusta,
Me., moved to Washington as a
child and went to school here. He j
joined the department in August,'
1936, and received an honorable1
mention during his first year for
helping rescue a woman and two
children from a burning building.
He lives at 2317 Valley drive,
Alexandria, with his wife and two
Awards Listed.
The honorable mention cer
tificates for 1947 were awarded as
Fire Department—Pvt. William T.
Stockton, No. 29 Engine Co., “for
demonstration unusual courage in
the attempted rescue of a drowing
victim in the Georgetown reservoir
on May 27, 1947.”
Pvt. Herbert D. Reed, No. Pour
Truck Co., “for demonstrating un
usual courage in the attempted res
cue of a drowning victim in the
Georgetown reservoir on May 27
1947.” j
Pvt. Howell P. Gosnell, No. Two
Engine Co., “for the exercise of un
usual personal risk in removing from
a burning, wrecked automobile, in
Caroline County, Va,, several per
sons on July 9, 1946.”
Policemen Honored.
Police Department — Detective
Sergt. Ernest P. Jefferson, “for ac
tion in the highest tradition of the
department in connection with the
apprehension of armed bandits on
June 13, 1947.”
Pvt. Hubert W. Estes tdeceased),
“for courageous action in the highest
tradition of the Police Department
in subduing an armed murderer on
May 16, 1947, in the accomplishment
of which he lost his own life."
Pvt. Norman J. Miller. 1st precinct. I
“for exceptionally meritorious cour
age and judgment in effecting the i
arrest of an armed criminal on May
23, 1947, while off duty.”
Pvt. James D, Williams, 2nd
precinct, "for demonstrated courage
and initiative while oft duty in ac
complishing the arrest of a criminal
he knew to be armed on August
10, 1946.”
Detective Sergeants John L. Sul
livan and Thomas F. Harty, "for ex
ceptionally meritorious courage dis
played in pursuing an armed mur
derer and accomplishing his arrest
after a running gun battle on Au
gust 23, 1946.”
Many are Commended.
Oral commendations were given
Insp. Walter S. Storm, Sergt.
Thomas Rasmusen, Pvt. Charles L.
Wright, Pvt. Otto M. Neilson, Pvt.
Mason T. Lewter. Pvt. Aloysius M.
Guelig, Pvt. John A. Livingstone
and Pvt. John C. Vinson, "for ex
ceptional and co-ordinated police
work under exceptionally hazardous
circumstances in accomplishing the
arrest of an armed criminal fleeing
from a robbery on December 31,
Also commended were Maj. Bar
rett, Inspector John H. Fowler, In
spector Floyd A. Truscott, Lt. Jere
miah F. Flaherty, Lt. Robert V.
Murray, Lt. Roy E. Blick, Lt. Edgar
E. Scott, Lt. Dewey L. Guest, Sergt.
Philip L. Abel, Detective Sergt. Har
old C. Ruffman, Detective Sergt.
John O. Curtis, Detective Sergt. Al
fred D. Clarke, Detective Sergt.
George W. Cook, Detective Sergt.
Bernard D. Crooke, Detective Sergt.
Robert G. Kirby, Detective Sergt.
Albert L. Embrey, Detective Sergt.
Nunzio Bonaccorsy, Detective Sergt.
Edward B. Crandall, Detective
Sergt. Carl L. Hayden, Detective
Sergt. David A. Higgins, Detective
Sergt. Edward P. Nallmen, Detective
Sergeant Frederick B. Ashe, Detec
tive Sergt. Walter B. Vogelsand, De
tective Sergt. William V. Christian,
Detective Sergt. Howard E. Ogle, De
tective Sergt. Paul H. Clark, Precinct
Detective James Roche, Precinct De
tective Edner J. Scott, Precinct De
tective Summerfleld B. Tillett, Pro
bationary Detective Everett Cooper,
Private Milton B. Thompson, Pvt.
Salvatore J. Greco, Pvt. Robert
Weaver, Pvt. Herbert Taylor, Pvt.
Ray L. Dixon, Pvt. Herbert Payne
and Pvt. Leroy Smith "for excep
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tlonal and co-operative endeavor In
effecting a solution and subsequent
apprehension of the perpetrators of
a baffling murder case.”
Kelly Murder Recalled.
This was the shooting of Frank
C. Kelly, M, during a holdup at
tempt in March 1947, for which
three min are awaiting execution.
Honorable mentions for 1946 were
given the following firemen:
Captain Alexander Whiteman. No.
6 Truck Co., "for rescue work per
formed at a fire in premises 1227
Girard Street, N.W., on December
30, 1946.”
Pvt. Ernest W. Howard. No. 6(
Truck Co., “for rescue work per
formed at a fire in premises 1227
Girard Street, N.W., on December
30, 1946.”
Pvt. Fred J. Widmayer, No. 6
Truck Co., “for rescue work per
formed at a fire in premises 1227
Girard street N.W., on December
30, 1946.”
Pvt. Caesar Young, No. 4 Engine
Co., for judgment and zeal in tak
ing steps to avert imminent panic
on the occasion of an incident at
the Howard Theater, on July 29,
The committee is composed of
Robert V. Fleming, chairman; John
A. Reilly, Maj. Barrett, Fire Chief
Murphy and B. M. McKelway.
1 It was established by an act of
Congress of March 4,1929.
Resources Unit Head
To Meet With Utilities
Representatives of the Nation’s
public and private electric utilities
will meet here tomorrow with
Chairman Arthur M. Hill of the
National Security Resources Board.
Plans for a survey of the present
power supply and requirements and
the ability of power systems to meet
the anticipated additional loads
likely as a result of the new defense
program will be discussed, Mr. Hill
Included in these discussions will
be the questions of whether or not
Federal assistance is needed to com
plete present construction programs
and the effect of the present fuel
situation on the industry.
The board advises the President
on military, industrial and civilian
Electric utilities leaders from
throughout the entire country and
representatives of 'he Tennessee
Valiev Authority, the Rural Elec
trification Administration and util
ities under the jurisdiction of the
Department of the Interior will be
present, Mr. Hill said.
Regent of Belgium Due
Here by Plane Today
•y *h« Auociattd Pru> t
BRUSSELS. Belgium, April 3.—
Prince Charles, regent of Belgium,
left by plane today for a 12-day
visit to the United States. He is
accompanied by Premier Paul
Henri Spaak, former president of
; the U. N. General Assembly.
The regent and his party are
scheduled to arrive in Washington
at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow.
Others in the Prince's suite in
clude Paule de Groote, minister of
national equipment and economic
co-ordination; Roger Ockrent, Mr.
Spftak's chief of cabinet; Col. Aean
van Nerom, officer in attendance on
the Prince; Albert de Staercke, pri
vate secretary; Flight Maj. Count
du Monceau de Befrgendael, Bel
gian military and air attache In
Palestine Passport
Sought by Isacson
After Paris Trip Ban
»y tH* Auociatwi Pfm
NEW YORK, Apr. S.—Re presen -
tative Isacson of New York, who was j
denied a passport to attend an in
ternational conference in Paris, said
tonight he will ask the State De
partment for permission to go to
The American Labor Party mem
ber said the department's refusal
to allow him to attend the Paris
parley on aid to Greece demon
strated that “this country is in dan
ger not from abroad, but right here
at home.”
Speaking at a founding meeting of
the New York State Wallace-for
President Committee, Mr. Isacson
“As long as I can’t go to 'Paris,
I’m putting in a new application
to go to Palestine, and I defy the
State Department to say that go
ing to Palestine and helping the
Jews who are trying to set up a
state, is against the interests of
the United States.”
The State Department announced
last night it had turned down Mr.
Isacson’s passport request on
grounds that his attendance at the
Paris meeting was not in the in
terests of the United States Gov
Sees Support of Guerrillas.
The State Department said the
Paris gathering would bring to
gether members of committees or
ganized in “most Eastern European
countries" to supply material and
morale aid to Greek guerilla forces.
Mr. Isacson said he planned to
attend the meeting as an observer
for the American Council for Aid
to Democratic Greece.
A State Department spokesman
said the council is not in sympathy
with the United States program of
aid to the Greek government, and
that “it la obvious, therefore, that
the issuance of a passport for the
purpose stated is not in the interests
of the Government of the tfnited
State*.” .
The Bronx House member, re
cently elected in a by-election with
the support of Henry A, Wallace,
third-party presidential aspirant,
said he had wanted to attend the
Parts conference to "learn the
truth” about conditions in Greece.
8ays Access to Facts Are Denied.
Mr. Isacson referred -to reports of
“brutality" of the Oreek army and!
of “mass execution of captives” in
that country, and said:
“It is frightening to think that'
our administration refuses access to I
the facts.”
The Council for Aid to Democratic!
Greece said tonight the passport I
denial constitutes an interference
with the "freedom of information
of the American people."
In a statement by its secretary,
Michael Mandolenakis, the council
said Mr. Isacson was to have attend
ed the conference on Greece as an
“uncommitted observer.”
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Mrs. Hopkins to Guido
Finch Fund Campaign
Mrs. Raymonde Briggs Hopkins,
widow of Dr. Nevil Monroe Hopkins,
former scientists with the Bureau of
Standards here, has been appointed
general chair- '
man of a fund
raislng cam
paign for Finch
Junior College,
New York.
The drive la
to raise funds
for a new 41,
000.000 building
to be 12 stories
high and to be
erected next to
the main build
in* at 52 East
Seventy - eighth
Mrs. Hopkins Mrs. Haskins,
is vice chairman of the college s
board of trustees and is active in
New York welfare and civic work.
Dr. Hopkins, to whom she was
married six years ago. died in 1946.
He was with the Bureau of Stand
ards here until 1928.
Mrs. Hopkins’ stepdaughter, Mra.
Whittier Peaslee, lives at 1234
Nineteenth street N.W.
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