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WASHINGTON, D. C. W)t ffoeniitg Jisfaf WASHINGTON NEWS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1949 B ★★ ’ D. C. Committee Drops Proposal For 'Gag' Rule House Group Meets For First Time, Adopts Code for Procedure The House District Committee today eliminated a proposed “gag” rule which would have forbidden subcommittee members from pub licizing decisions or recommenda tions of the group without ap proval of the chairman. Meeting for the first time, the reorganized committee also knocked out three other para graphs from a total of 20 rules adopted as committee procedure. The stricken rules would have: 1. Established a three-day lapse before the full committee would act on any proposal from a sub committee. 2. Permitted only the chairman to announce the vote on any mat ter in executive session. 3. Allowed no bill to be reported to the House unless a majority of the committee actually was pres ent at the committee session. , M.’Millan Reassured GOP. In the discussion of the "gag” proposal. Chairman McMillan sured several inquiring .Republic] can members that the rule would’ not be used as a “gag” on mem bers. The rule was eliminated, however, because of the chance it might be interpreted. The proposal for only the chair man to announce executive ses-1 sion vote would have permitted an individual to disclose his own vote, a right he still holds. As to the rule requiring a com mittee majority to be present be fore a bill is reported out, it was explained that the provision is in- j eluded in the rules of the House: itself, out that there are times when speed is necessafy on non-j controversial measures and that: action may be expedited if no pe nt cf order is made in the House. Wadsworth Attends Session. The committee rules provide that its regular meeting date frill; be the first Monday of each' month. Also provided is a rule that proxies may be used in the committee and its subcommittees, but only when in writing, signed and dated an^j* referring spe cifically to the measure on which it is to be used and listing the name of the member who may use the proxy. Representative Wadsworth. Re publican, of New York, who has served more than a quarter of a century in the Senate and House, attended today’s session, filling the 10th Republican place on the District committee. Chairman Mc Millan noted his presence, and said he was delighted to have him on the committee because his service would strengthen the group. Representative' Harris, Demo crat of Arkansas, with reference to Mr. Wadsworth's protest last year against daylight saving time for Washington, joshed him with the remark, “I guess we will soon have daylight saving, now.” Griffin in Jail to Await Sentencing Feb. 25 Bennie Lee Griffin, 36. volun tarily entered Arlington Jail today pending imposition of sentence February 25 on his guilty plea to a charge of involuntary man slaughter. Griffin, an Arlington automobile mechanic, entered his plea Friday in Arlington Circuit Court in the death of Audie S. Carroll, 65, with whom he had a fist fight after automobiles driven by Mr. Carroll, a Fort Myer auditor, and Griffin, were involved in a collision. Griffin admitted he struck the older man. knocking him to the pavement. Judge Walter T. McCarthy told Griffin this morning he would prefer not to pass sentence until he gets a probation officers’ re port. He added he thought it w’ould “be better” for Griffin to go to jail meanwhile. Griffin agreed. Mr. Carroll, who lived at 829 South Glebe road, Arlington, died in Arlington Hospital November 9. Medical testimony was that injuries suffered in the fight were responsible for his death. Griffin, who is married and has an 11-month-old child, had been at liberty under $2,500 bond. His home is at 2120 South Second street. House Unit Confers On Zoo, Parks Audit Members of the Bates subcom mittee of the House Appropria tions Committee today conferred with several Government officials on the stpl unsolved question of who should audit the expenditures of the National Capital Parks Of fice, the Zoo and the National Capital Park and Planning Com mission. Chairman Bates of the subcom mittee in charge of the District’s 1950 budget said some further study of the question was likely. Conferring with the budget group were: William Ellis, assist ant to Controller General Lind say C. Warren; Roy Newbold, of the Federal Budget Bureau; Dis trict Budget Officer Walter L. Fowler and District Auditor A. R. Pilkerlon. William & Mary College To Mark 256th Year By the Associated Press WILLIAMSBURG, Va„ Feb. 7.— Exercises commemorating the 256th anniversary of the chartering of the College of William and Mary will be held here tomorrow. Dean Frederick D. G. Ribble of the University of Virginia law •chool, will speak. Federation Hits 'Biased' Report On Segregation Committee Charged With 'Untrue' Picture Of Housing Conditions Sharp criticism was directed to j day by the executive board of the Federation of Citizens’ Asso ciations against the picture of race relations recently painted by the National Committee on Seg regation in the Nation’s Capital. The 91-page report published in December by a 90-member com mittee charged that segregation is S more, stringent here than it was half a century ago. largely because of a “calculated policy pursued by community leaders as good busi ness.” In taking exception with this finding, the association board said that: 1. The committee's picture of housing conditions “is absolutely untrue in every particular.” 2. Instead of printing all the facts, good or bad, the report dis torted the picture so that people outside the District would have .little information as to real con ditions. Repeal of Law Opposed. 3. Overnight repeal of segrega tion laws, as proposed by the com mittee, will not work. Instead “the solution of the problem will come by co-operation to overcome racial tensions and by a mutual under standing on the part of intelligent persons of both races who are willing to sit down and discuss the situation and the ways and means of improving it.” 4. A fair employment prac tices act and elimination of seg-; gregation in the schools, advo cated to improve relations, in stead “will bring about chaos, further inflame both races and add fuel to the fires of racial mis understandings. The board noted that “since publication of the booklet the committee has withdrawn or re pudiated certain passages, includ ing a mistake in the identity of a president of the Federation of Citizens' Associations, a statement involving the Washington Ca thedral (Episcopal* and an inci dent alleged to have happened in a Catholic church.” Excess Is Charged. “The sponsors of this booklet have evidently failed to realize that any minority group seeking to right certain alleged wrongs must appeal to the fairness and open-mindedness of members of the majority, who in the last analysis will determine the issue. No lawyer ever won a case by in sulting the. judge. Some of the j statements in the report will fee resented by a large segment of the population. “Instead of confining them selves to a dignified approach to the problem and its solution, its authors have excoriated individ uals and organizations that may desire to improve the position of the Negro in the Nation’s Capital, but will lose enthusiasm for it after reading the document.” The board members said they always have hoped for better understanding between the races and that they do not agree with the committee’s statement that race relations are worse than they were some years ago. “The reader of the report is immediately impressed by the fail ure of the committee to attribute any animosity to the Negro race,” the report continued. One-Sided View Seen. “According to it, all the evils in the situation are the result of the white man’s intolerance and noth ing is said as to the Negro's part in perpetuating the alleged evils. Failure to recognize the realities will not help in solving the prob lem. “Several instances are cited where Negro citizens have been publicly humiliated and insulted. No one can truthfully argue that these are anything but isolated instances which do not represent the desires and intentions of the whites of the District. “We could in turn cite innumer able instances of violence perpe trated by Negroes against whites, and we could point to certain parts of the city where no white woman would dare walk after dark, but these situations, we be lieve. are not condoned by the great mass of decent and self-re specting Negroes in this com imunity.” The statement took note of the committee’s analysis of housing conditions, with special reference to charges that Negroes were forced to live in “ghettoes” and substandard houses because of “white covenants.” Covenant Situation Defended. “It has time and again been stated that the covenants are not intended to operate against Ne groes as such, but are designed as economic safeguards against such j changes as would depreciate prop erty in neighborhoods where per sons have put their life savings I into homes,” the board said. "Even so, more than half the area of the District has not been ; covered by these covenants, and ! despite the assertion that the ! Washington Real Estate Board has prevented Negroes from mov ing into areas occupied by whites, the fact is that many have (spread into so-called white com jmunities within recent years.” | Charges against Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant III and the National Cap ital Park and Planning Commis sion he heads were termed “ridic ulous.” The committee said Negroes were herded into^hettoes A TRAINLOAD OF GRATITUDE—Chairman Connally of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee cuts the ribbon on a boxcar containing gifts to the District and Hawaii from the citizens of France. The Thank You Train, which arrived * late Saturday night, was greeted here in day-long ceremonies yesterday. Other cars, destined for Southern States, left Washington early today, with stops sched uled at Quantico and Richmond before heading for North Carolina and Florida. —Star Staff Photo. McGrath to Confer With Kefauver on Suffrage for D. C. Chairman McGrath of the Sen ate District Committee was to confer this afternoon with Sen ator Kefauver, Democrat, oi Ten nessee on the prospect for legis lation to give Washington leal suffrage. Back from a Florida vacation. Senator McGrath said he hoped that early action can be obtained on the draft of a new home rule bill being prepared for Senator Kefauver, who is chairman of the Senate District Subcommittee on Home Rule. He hopes to have a bill ready soon. Senator McGrath emphasized that a simple form of legislation would stand the best chance of enactment. “There are always plenty of roadblocks to any form of home rule for the District,” he said, ‘and we hope to avoid as many of these as possible.” The draft of a bill is being pre pared by the District Democratic Central Committee here in co operation with the Washington Home Rule Committee. At the meeting of the Senate District Committee at 11 a.m. to morrow Senator McGrath hopes to look over the agenda and de termine a course of action for pending legislation. One of the subjects before the committee is the nomination of Judge Aubrey Fennell to succeed himself as judge of Municipal Court here. He now is serving under a recess appointment, his regular term having expired last summer. Court to Probe Injury To Montgomery Baby Judge Alfred D. Noyes of Mont gomery County Juvenile Court an nounced today his office would launch an investigation into the case of an 18-month-old baby admitted to Children's Hospital last night suffering from bronchial pneumonia and a broken left leg. The child is Billy W. Keith, jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Wr. Keith. 12114 Selfridge road, Viers Mill Village. Judge Noyes said he decided tc make an investigation after re ceiving a report from police that the cause of the injury was un explained. Sergt. Alton Harding, stationed at Silver Spring, said he had questioned the father at the hos pital. The parents said they did not know how the child’s leg was broken, Sergt Harding said. The hospital reported today that Billy's condition is fair. Mr. Keith Is 23 and a stock clerk in a Silver Spring automo bile dealer's shop. marked by set boundaries and “are forced by Government policy be hind racial barricades satisfactory to the Real Estate Board.” Document Called Propaganda. If all the facts had been pre sented, persons outside the Dis trict then would have known “there are fine residences occupied by Negroes, even first-class neigh borhoods wholly tenanted by them; that Negroes have spread out all over the city; that they live in homes comparable to the economic status.” “In a spirit of accuracy the re port should have called attention to the fact that there are building, loan and insurance companies, banks, theaters, stores, taxi com panies, and other businesses owned and operated by and for Negroes. “We assert that in the District of Columbia a greater proportion of Negroes own their own homes than in any other city in the United States. But anything favorable could not be fitted into the pattern of propoganda which the document presents.” 3 Defense Witnesses Dispute Glen Burnie Case Confession By W. H. Shipped, Jr. Star Staff Correspondent BALTIMORE, Feb. 7.—Three defense witnesses at the trial of Thomas A. Edwards testified to day that certain statements in his confession to the murder of a young Glen Burnie couple could not possibly be true in light of conditions they investigated near the murder scene. Edwards, who is 23 and colored, told police in a signed statement last November that he was walk ing down a paved road not far from his home near Glen Burnie when an auto headed at him and forced him to leap into a ditch on the night of September 17. He added he saw the car turn from the road and park in a small clearing, before he followed it and demanded an explanation from the driver. It was at this place, Edwards said, that he shot John H. Mahlan, 25-year-old postal employe, and clubbed his companion. Miss Mary C. Kline, 18. Couldn’t Have Seen Car Turn. Edwards had stated he drove away with the body of Mr. Mah lan and the girl, whom he had placed in the rear seat. apparently unconscious. He stopped in an other clearing, he said, and shot the girl through the head after removing them both from the car. The defense witnesses, Fayette Layton, Coleman Dupont and Sam D. Foster', all of the Glen Burnie vicinity, said they went over the scene and agreed it would have been impossible for Edwards Fireman Rescues Boyr 2, From Flame-Swept Room A fireman yesterday rescued a 2-year-old boy from a flame swept second-story ‘room at the home of Donald T. Banks, colored, 3768 Foote place N.E. The baby, Donald T. Banks. jr„ was unconscious in his crib when Pvt. J. L. Nelson of Engine Com pany No. 27 dashed up the stairs and carried him to safety. The parents already had rescued three older children, but smoke and flames blocked their attempts to enter the room. Pvt. Nelson, who lives at 763 Nineteenth street N.E., took the baby outside, where Ire was revived by members of Rescue Squad No. 1. The child was treated at Gallinger Hospital and released. Firemen said they are investi gating reports that the fire was started by children playing with matches. Hume PTA to Hear Talk Miss Margaret Ludwig, director of instruction for Arlington elementary schools, will speak at a meeting of the Hume School Parent-Teacher Association at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the school on South Arlington Ridge road. to have seen the automobile turn from the highway at the spot he described in his confession Rufus Edwards, elderly father of the accused man, returned to the stand as a defense witness today to testify he gave Anne Arundel county investigators the names of witnesses he believed could estab lish a satisfactory alibi for his son. Mr. Edwards testified he was in formed by police that he was “wasting his time,” and that as far as he knew, no effort was made by investigators to interrogate the witnesses he named. FBI Linked Shells to Gun. The father admitted under cross-examination that he was present when officers found his son’s .380 caliber Czechoslovakian automatic in a cupboard of his home. *■ " Federal Bureau of Investigation ballistics testimony had linked an exploder shell* found at the scene after the bodies had been removed, with the firing pin of the auto matic taken from the Edwards home. The fatal slugs removed from the heads of the victims were of the same type as the bullets used in the automatic but could not be definitely tied to a particular gun. Mrs. Pearl Edwards, mother of the accused, told the three judges hearing the case in lieu of a jury; that her son was a steady worker who lived at home except for sev eral years in the Army. She said her boy neither smoked nor drank. The defense was expected to conclude its case this afternoon. Baptist Public Relations Unit Will Meet Here Tomorrow The semi-annual meeting of the Joint Conference Committee on Public Relations for the Bap tists of the United States will be held at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Baptist Building, 1628 Sixteenth street N.W. E. Hilton Jackson of Washington, chairman of the committee, will preside. Dr. Edward B. Willingham, pastor of National Baptist Me morial Church here, will give a re port on “Religious Liberty.” Dr. J. M. Dawson of Washington, ex ecutive secretary of the commit tee, will present a report outlining the activities of the organization during the last six months. Other reports will be by Dr. Stanley I. Stuber of New York, chairman of the Baptist World Alliance Committee on Religious Liberty, “World Issues,” and Dr. W. P. Binns, president of William Jewell College, “Domestic Situa tions.” _ Arlington Methodist Dinner The Friendship Class of the Arlington Methodist Church will hold a covered dish dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday in the church. State Won't Prosecute Ex-Pastor Who Says He Burned Church By the Associated Press PORTSMOUTH. Va., Feb. 7.—A married Bible salesman who told : police here he burned down a ! Baptist church in Alabama 23 years ago can rest a little easier 1 today. Alabama authorities have de cided to forget about the whole thing. Otto Franklin Barnes, 65. father of a married daughter, confided to police that his conscience troubled him and he wanted to make amends . He gave no reason, police said yesterday, why he set fire to the church and parsonage in Girard, Ala., while serving as pastor in 1926. His mind just “went blank,” he said. "I want to get off and pay my debt in full,” Barnes said in ex pressing his willingness to return to Alabama and stand trial. No such thing, replied Sheriff Ralph Matthews at Phenix City, Ala., which has annexed Girard since Barnes preached there. When he first heard of Barnes’ confession, the Alabama sheriff said, he thought he’d have extra dition papers prepared. But not now. “We have talked with a number of the congregation who were in church at the time,” said Sheriff Matthews. “They said it would have been virtually impossible for Barnes to have set the flies, since he was with them, and had been for some time, when the blaze was discovered.” Barnes pointed out that he re mained in Girard three years and led a campaign that raised funds to rebuild the church and par sonage at a (Cost of $41,0C0. Supt. F. Perry Williams of the Norfolk County police force said Barnes walked into county jail January 25 and calmly told his story. Now Barnes can go about his business with a free conscience. As far as Alabama is concerned, it’s all a closed book. Photographer Drops Complaint Over Film Ruined by Policeman The complaint of a New York photographer that a policeman seized his camera and destroyed a roll of films was called a closed chapter today after a conference of the principals involved. Capt. Clyde N. Strange of the second precinct said both the photographer, Joe Covello, 27, and the policeman, Pvt. L. R. Screen, colored, admitted during the hear ing they might have been “a little hot” at the time and now wished to forget the incident. Employed by the Black Star Publishing Co. in New York, Mr. Covello was at Seventh and P streets N.W. about 3 p.m. yester day tgEtogcandid street scenes for 'an article on Negro life In Wash ington to appear In Ebony Mag azine. Camera Wrested From Him. Nearby, Pvt. Screen was talking to J. D. Williams, a colored plain clothes policeman, who was seated in an automobile. Another police man. Pvt. O. W. Davis, colored, was questioning two persons vio lating the law by riding double on a bicycle. Mr. Covello said he was about to take a picture of this activity when Pvt. Screen wrested the camera from him and said: "I'm going to take out that film. I ought to smash this camera against a telephone pole.” The photographer said he man aged to retrieve the camera after a “little tussle” and offered to give the policeman the films if he would not destroy the camera. Since Pvt. Screen apparently did not know how to release the films, Mr. Covello did this for him. Films Exposed to Light. The policeman then looked at the films, exposing them to the light, and dropped them on the street, Mr. Covello said. All this happened before he had an oppor tunity to explain why he was tak-! ing pictures, the photographer added. Capt. Strange said the police man felt justified In seizing the films because of a regulation against commercial photographers taking street pictures without a license. Mr. Covello said the films repre sented the work of a day and a half and that the destroyed roll meant he would have to retake 11 pictures, many of them requir ing time-killing appointments. Anti-Lynching Legislation Urged by Mrs. Mallard National support for anti-lnych ing legislation was urged last night by Mrs. Amy Mallard, colored Georgia school teacher, who de | scribed to a gathering in All Souls j Unitarian Church how her hus j band was slain by a band of robed ! and hooded men last November. Civil Rights legislation in gen eral and an anti-lynching law in particular are needed “so that no else will have to go through what I’ve been through,” Mrs. Mallard said. Formerly of Lyons, Ga., near where her husband was shot to death, Mrs. Mallard said she would never return to the South. Under sponsorship of the Na tional Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People, Mrs. Mallard is telling her story on a tour of several States. Tonight she will talk from a New York radio station. Pennsy Train Delayed By Mechanical Trouble A Pennsylvania passenger train which left Washington at 9 a.m. today for New York was delayed for almost 90 minutes this morn ing due to mechanical trouble in the electric locomotive shortly after leaving Washington. A substitute engine was dis patched to take the stalled train in tow. Meanwhile, traffic in both directions was routed on another track. Maryland Assembly To Get Bill to Increase Home Rule of Counties By J. B. Zotman Star Staff Correspondent ANNAPOLIS, Feb. 7.—Legisla tion which would give Maryland counties wide home-rule powers is expected to be introduced to night in the General Assembly. The bill, sponsored by Senator Edward D. Storm, Democrat, of Frederick County, would confer on county officials almost as much power to run their own j affairs as that granted Mont-! gomery County's new Council un der its new charter. Jt is similar to a measure sub mitted in the Senate nearly twro weeks ago by Senator Storm to give incorporated towns and cities more home rule. His latest measure faces an un certain future because many county officials want to ‘/pass the buck” to the Legislature on im portant legislation desired by the people, according to a prominent Democratic leader here who asked that his name be withheld. Senator Storm declared, how ever, that county heads should “have the courage of their con victions” and “stop shifting their responsibilities to the Legislature.” He said his bill would eliminate almost all of the local bills which occupy most of the legislators’ time and leave them free to con centrate on State-wide measures. One of the principal provisions in the bill would permit counties to issue bonds up to 7 per cent of their total assessable base. But the bonds issued in any one year could not exceed one-quarter of 1 per cent of the assessable base without a referendum. In addition, county heads could pass all laws not contrary to State and local laws and the State constitution, or those deal ing with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Com mission and the Washington Sub urban Sanitary Commission. These two agencies affect both Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties. A move is under way by the Montgomery delegation to transfer many powers now held by the two commissions to the County Council. Admiral Good Assumes Service Force Command By the Associated Press NORFOLK, Va., Feb. 7.—Rear Admiral Roscoe Good, formerly commander of heavy cruisers division 3 on the West Coast, to day became commander of the service force, Atlantic Fleet. He succeeded Rear Admiral Wilder D. Baker, who has com manded the service force since June, 1947. Admiral Baker has ! been ordered to the West Coast as commandant of the 11th Naval District. Pearson,Connally Butts of Barkley's GagsatCeremony Vice President Barkley, in high good humor at yesterday’s Thank You Train ceremony here, twitted Columnist Drew Pearson (over the public address system) and Sena tor Connally (sotto voce) from his place in the grandstand. When Mr. Pearson—who pre dicted a Repubican victory almost till the end on election night introduced the Vice President, Mr. Barkley’s opening words were: “I’m going to make this speech brief. I want to get home in time to hear Drew Pearson's predic tions of things to come.” Later, when veteran Democratic Senator Connally cut the ribbon on the door of the French box car, Mr. Barkley leaned over and said: “Tom, is that the first boxcar you ever broke into?” Neither the columnist nor the Senator had a comeback. Thank You Train Arrival Draws 3,000 Here Franco-American Link Stressed by Barkley And Vandenberg Another link in the chain of Franco-American solidarity was forged here yesterday when high officials of both nations renewed pledges of continued co-operation and friendship in connection with the arrival in Washington of the French Thank You train. Vice President Barkley and Senator Vandenberg, Republican of Michigan, keynoted America’s acceptance of the gratitude train from France, while French Am bassador Henri Bonnet headed the delegation presenting the gift to the United States. The ceremony, attended by about 3,000 persons, was held at the Pennsylvania Railroad's Four teenth street yards, where the nine cars of the Thank You train are to be on display all day today. The other 40 cars of the train—actually “40 and 8” type French boxcars mounted on American-gauge flat cars—are crammed with all kinds of gifts from the people of France. The train was sent to this coun try in gratitude for the Friend ship food train sent by the United States to France a year ago when the French food supply shrank to a critical point. Link Is Praised. “I don’t know what is in these cars,” Vice President Barkley told the crowd, “but what pleases me more than the beauty and value of the gifts is that what has come to us are the hearts of France. “This ceremony is only one of many kindred incidents which link our two nations together. We are happy to know that the spirit of France is not dead. The American and French people will stand together in the fight for democracy and justice.” Senator Vandenberg, former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, declared: “This is a significant and elo quent moment in the relation ship between the French and the United States people. It speaks not from government to govern ment but from countryside to countryside in terms of these human values that have bound our people together for 200 years. “This is an inspiring moment | in the way of life commended by the Prince of Peace.” French Ambassador Speaks. Speaking for the people of France, Ambassador Bonnet said: i “I want you to know how close jmy people are to you. They lis I tened to the Voice of America during the dark days of the war. I They thank you now for helping | liberate them from the oppressor jas well as for the gift of the Friendship Train.” Columnist Drew Pearson, who originated the idea of the Friend ship food train, said the gifts of the French people were more precious than gold and rubies. He said the “merci” train was a memento in perpetuity of a people’s gratitude. Mr. Pearson acted as master of ceremonies at the ceremony. Michel Junot, head of the French Gratitude Train Committee and personal representative of the premier, officially presented the contents of half a boxcar to Sal vind O. Olson, chairman of the District committee. Mr. Olson, who was chairman of the Lions Club Committee that raised the money for the District car in the Friend ship Train, accepted a plaque from • Mr. Junot on behalf of the peo ple of Washington. Hawaii to Get Gift. The other half of the District’s car of gifts will go on to Hawaii. The gifts for the people of Washington will be catalogued and put on display in the windows of Woodward and Lothrop’s depart ment store this week. The Thank You Train Committee of the Dis trict will meet later to decide how the gifts are to be disposed of. Earlier yesterday, French-Amer ican friendship was symbolized in ceremonies at Arlington Ceme tery where a flambeau was lighted with fire from the eternal flame burning under the Arch of Tri umph in Paris. Several hundred Americans and members of the French colony here braved the chill morning air to attend the rites. Army band and a 16-man honor guard from the Third Infantry Regiment par ticipated in the ceremony which American Legionnaires and French war veterans paid homage to the Unknown Soldier. U.‘ S. Flag Returned. Rodolphe Rufenacht, former commander of the War Veterans of Le Havre, presented a historic American Flag to Ow’en C. Hol leran, chairman of the Sacred Torch Committee and American Legion National Executive Com mitteeman from the District. The flag was presented to the French veterans of Le Havre in 1935 when they visited the United States. When the Germans occupied Le Havre, the Flag was the only American banner saved from the destruction of war. “This Flag, entrusted to the war veterans of Le Havre,” Mr. Rufe nacht said, “is now yours as a token of their friendship and gratitude.” Highlight of the rites was the sacred flame ceremony. Pierre Triou of New York, president of the Federation of French War Vet erans, presented the flame to Perry S. Brown, national com mander of the American Legion. The flame will be taken around the 48 States and then will be come the property of the Ameri can Legion.