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Former Top Red
Admits Plotting
Hungarian Coup
Rajk Says He Worked
With U. S. and Tito
To Topple Regime
By the Associated Press
BUDAPEST. Hungary, Sept. 16.
—Laszlo Rajk, once Hungary’s
No. 2 Communist, told a People’s
Court today he plotted with
Americans and other Westerners
to overthrow the Communist gov
ernment and make Hungary a
"colony of Jugoslavia.”
Rajk, former interior minister
and foreign minister in the Com
munist government, went on trial
for his life with seven others
against a background of a seeth
ing war of nerves between Com
munist Yugoslavia and the
Soviet-led nations of the Comin
form.
Rajk, who as Minister of In
terior was boss of Hungary’s
police, pleaded guilty to all
charges in the indictment. One
of these was that he plotted with
Marshal Tito’s Yugoslav govern
ment to assassinate leading Hun
garian officials.
Names Two Americans.
Rajk quickly named two Ameri
cans as accomplices. Heaping
guilt on his own head in a long
recital to the court, he freely—
almost 'eagerly—testified to con
tacts with British, French, Ameri
can and Yugoslav intelligent
agents.
(The trial was following a fa
miliar pattern. As in the case
of the convited Catholic pri
mate, Josef Cardinal Mind
LASZLO RAJK.
—AP Photo.
zenty, the defendants went on
trial with the presumption that
they were guilty until proven
innocent. This is the opposite
of most Western procedure.)
The Americans named by Rajk
were Lt. Col. George Kovach, for
merly stationed in Budapest, and
a man named Martin Himmler.
Rajk said both instructed him
about spying and plotting against
the government. The state con
tends the defendants had marked
Deputy • Premier Matyas Rakosi,
Hungary’s Communist boss, for
assassination.
The 40-year-old former foreign
minister said he also had been in
touch with Selden Chapin, the
former American minister to
Hungary. He said he placed in
Important government posts per
sons who are charged by the gov
ernment with spying for the
Americans, the British, the French
and the Yugoslavs.
Says He Fooled Reds.
Rajk denounced himself as a
police informer since 1931 and
said all this time he had been
fooling the Communists they ‘‘al
ways believed me to be one of
the best comrades.”
He said he had secret talks
with Mr. Chapin and gained as
surance from the American min
ister that the United States sup
ported his ideas. At the same
time, he said, he was plotting with
Alexander Rankovic, Tito’s min
ister of Interior and police boss.
Rankovic, he said, disclosed “plans
of Tito himself to lead and or
ganize an anti-Soviet movement
in every people’s democratic
country.”
“My task was to overthrow the
Hungarian regime, arrest the
leading officials and liquidate
Rakosi, Farkas and Gero if neces
sary,” he said. Mihaly Farkas is
Hungary’s home defense minister,
(Continued on Page A-6, Col. 1.)
Bulletins '
Snead, Mangrum Beaten
GANTON, England (JP)_
Sam Snead of White Sulphur
Springs, W. Va., and Lloyd
Mangrum of Chicago were de
feated, 1 up, today by Dick
Burton and Arthur Lees of
England to give British pro
fessional golfers a 3-1 lead
over the Americans in today’s
Scotch foursomes in the Ryder
Cup matches.
(Earlier Story in Sports Section.)
FEPC Vote Delayed
Lack of attendance kept the
Senate Labor Committee from
voting today on a Fair Employ
ment Practices Act. Seven of
the 13 members showed up, but
Senator Hill, Democrat, of Ala
bama, left, leaving less than a
majority present.
(Earlier StoJy on Page A-16.)
m
Gl Held 10 Months by Russians
Burrows Way Out of Berlin Jail
Baltimore Man Says Reds Beat and Tortured
Him After Long Questioning About Army
By tb« AitociaUd Pr«»
BERLIN, Sept. 16.—An Ameri
can soldier burrowed out of a So
viet jail in East Berlin and related
a story today of beatings and mis
treatment during his 10 months’
confinement by the Russians.
The American, Pvt. John J.
Sienkiewicz, 26, of Baltimore, told
American officers Soviet officials
thought because of his name, that
he was a Polish displaced person
being used to spy on the Russians.
He said he and three British
companions used a blunt knife to
bore through a thick jail wall until
they could reach through and
open their cell door. Then they
made their way to the western
sectors of Berlin.
It was Pvt. Sienkiewicz’s third
attempt to escape.
Pvt. Sienkiewicz was taken to an
Acheson Gives Report
To Truman on Talks
With Bevin, Schuman
Western Chiefs Call on
Russia to Resume Pact
Parleys on Austria
By Garnett D. Horner
Secretary of State Acheson
reported to President Truman and
his cabinet today on cold war
strategy developed in talks this
week with British Foreign Secre
tary Bevin and French Foreign
Minister Schuman.
Mr. Acheson said as he left the
cabinet meeting at the White
House that he had gone over with
the President and the other mem
bers of the cabinet the accom
plishments of the conferences. He
gave no details, but other sources
said he reported that the talks
are proceeding satisfactorily.
The three Western foreign pol
icy chiefs climaxed an intensive!
review of German, Austrian and
Balkan problems by calling on
Russia last night to resume in New
York next week deadlocked nego
tiations for a satisfactory peso*
treaty with Austria.
While saying nothing about it
officially, they were believed also
to have agreed to give all the eco
nomic and political support prac
ticable to Marshal Tito of Yugo
slavia in his struggle with Mos
cow. A joint communique said
only that they “exchanged views
on current developments in Yugo
slavia and the Balkans.”
New German Republic Hailed.
Regarding Germany, the three
foreign ministers acclaimed the
establishment of the new Western
(Kerman government at Bonn and
reported they had examined
“some q( the problems of working
relationships which may be ex
pected to arise from the new ar
rangements in Western Germany.”
Mr. Acheson, Mr. Bevin and
Mr. Schuman met for three hours
and 45 minutes yesterday after
noon following a separate con
ference between Mr. Acheson, Mr.
Schuman and American and
French economic and financial
policy chiefs.
In the economic conference, the
French were assured that all con
cessions granted Great Britain to
help relieve her dollar shortage
would be extended to them and
other countries receiving aid.under
the European Recovery Program^
All ECA Countries Benefit.
One of the most important
agreements reached during recent
American-British-Canadian finan
cial talks was that Britain
would be given more leeway in
(See BIO THREE. Page A-6.)
Truman Plans to Take
'Quickie' Vacation
ly th* Associated Prats
President Truman plans to take
a “quickie” vacation back home:
at the end of September.
Mr. Truman has given the go
ahead for a flight to Kansas City
September 29 for a four-day stay.
The main purpose of the trip
is to attend a dinner the night
of September 29 for William M.
Boyle, jr., the new chairman of
the Democratic National Com
mittee.
Mr. Boyle, a former Kansas City
police official, is to be honored on
that occasion by Democrats and
other home town folk.
Mr. Truman plans to remain
over in Kansas City and his
nearby home town of Inde
pendence until Sunday, October 2,
and then fly hack to Washington.
Aides gaid the President has
abandoned all plans for a longer
vacation until after Congress ad
journs. A stay of from 10 days
to two weeks at the winter White :
House at Key West, Pla., is on the »
schedule for mid-November.
A New York trip about Octo
ber 25 is also likely. Mr. Truman :
is expected to participate in the
dedication of the cornerstone of
the new United Nations head
quarters.
Prospects are, toq, that he will
make a speech in New York in :
support of former Gov. Herbert <
Lehman, the Democratic candl- 1
date against Senator Dulles, :
Republican, of New York, in the 1
special Senate race this fan.
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Army hospital and reported to be
in a “generally weakened physical
condition, but not unduly under
nourished.”
He had been held by the Rus
sians since last November 5, when
he rode a streetcar into the So
viet sector of the city by error.
He said he was questioned 16 days
and nights and "beaten when they
said I was lying.” He said the
Russians mistreated and tortured
him in other ways. too. '
British headquarters said the
three British soldiers were ar
rested March 3, 1948, and had
been imprisoned ever since—a pe
riod of 18 months.
Officers quoted the three as say
ing: "We were brutally treated
throughout our captivity and were
subjected to immersions in cold
(See ESCAPE, Page A-2.)
Murray Calls on Steel
To Accept Board Plan
And Avert Walkout
Union President Summons
Wage Policy Committee
To Meet Wednesday
•y th« Associated Frets
PITTSBURGH, Sept. 16.—The
CIO United Steel Workers today
appealed to the steel Industry to
accept the presidential board’s
peace recommendations to avert
a strike at midnight September 24,
and at the same time summoned
its top strategists to plot the un
ion’s next move.
Philip Murray, union president,
sent his appeal by telegram to the
57 steel - producing companies
which were represented before
President Truman’s fact-finding
Board.
“A strike can be averted if your
corporation will agree with the
union and public opinion to accept
the recommendations of the steel
industry board as a basis for ne
Ohio Steel Locals
Told to Prepare
For Strike Sept. 24
By tha AuacwMd Prat*
CLEVELAND, Sept. 16.—
William 7. Donovan, District
28 director of the United
Steelworkers .Union, today
telegraphed 17 Northern Ohio
locals ordering them to start
strike preparations.
The CIO union chief’s dis
trict includes approximately
24,500 workers in basic steel
plants in Cleveland, Akron,
Lorain, Amherst and Elyria.
In the telegram, Mr. Dono
van said, "it begins to look as
though a strike will be called
in basic steel at midnight
September 24, due to the fact
that steel companies are
showing no inclination to
accept recommendations of
the President’s fact-finding
board.’’ t
He asked local officers to
follow strike preparation plans
distributed before the strike
scheduled for July 16 was
postponed.
gotiating a prompt settlement of
the existing labor dispute.
“We are ready and willing to
resume collective bargaining and
to reach prompt agreement with
you on the basis of the board’s
recommendations.”
Mr. Murray ordered the big un
ion’s Wage Policy Committee to
meet here at 10 am. Wednesday.
There was no amplification of
the announcement on the wage
policy session. Union officials 're
fused to discuss the order.
The Murray action came with
a resumption oy contract negoti
ations blocked by a difference of
opinion over whether workers
should help companies pay for
social insurance and pension pro
grams. «
Both sides now are working
(8ec STEEL, Page A-2.)
Lewis Due Here
For Showdown
On Mine Fund
May Summon Trustees
In Royalty Fight;
Strike Call Feared
By the Associated Press
A crisis appeared near in the
soft coal industry today over re
fusal of some operators to pay the
20-cent royalty for miners’ pen
sions.
John L. Lewis headed back to
Washington from White Sulphur
Springs, W. Va., for a possible
showdown with at least the
Southern coal operators, who have
been holding back the welfare
payments due August 20. Some
operators feared a strike call was
imminent.
Mr. Lewis also was reported to
be calling a meeting of the wel
fare fund trustees, amid rumors
that Senator Bridges, Republican,
of New Hampshire, the neutral
member, was about to resign.
Senator Bridges has been criti
cized for remaining as a member
after it was disclosed that he and
Ezra Van Horn, the employer rep
resentative, were receiving $35,000
a year each for their services.
Senator Bridges accepted the
post 17 months ago and helped
break Mr. Lewis’s deadlock over
pension payments at that time.
Mr. Lewis is chairman of the
trustees, but accepts no pay.
He gets $50,00 a year and ex
penses as head of the United Mine
Workers* Union.
Cause for Anxiety Spreads.
The UMW boss concentrated his
welfare attacks on Southern op
erators he said were causing
the $100,000,000 a year pension
fund to be “bled white.” But
there were indications also that
he was anxious about whether
mine owners in the North and
West would hold back when their!
pension payments come due next
Tuesday.
Mr. Lewis met with the Northern
and Western operators at White
Sulphur Springs yesterday for
three hours and did these two
major things:
1. Questioned the owners about
the next payments, but did not
get a firm commitment from the
operators about whether they
would pay up or refuse as some
of those in the Sbuth already have
done.
2. Notified the operators he
wants a seven-hour work day
without loss of pay in place of the
present eight-hour day. The min
ers now get a base rate of $14.05
for six and a half hours of pro
duction. Another hour and a half
is allowed for underground travel
and meals.
The latter demand would
amount to the equivalent of a
wage boost of approximately $1.75
a day.
Meeting Recesses.
The White Sulphur Springs
meeting was recessed until next
Wednesday, the day after the
Northern and Western payments
are due.
Mr. Lewis met with the North
ern and Western group for the
first time since the contracts ex
pired June 30 and he imposed a
three-day work week rather than
shut down the mines altogether.
He was believed to have decided
on that course principally to save
the welfare fund from swift ex
haustion. The 20 cents is collected
only on each ton mined.
Parallel meetings with the
(See COAL, Page A-7.)
183 Chinese Reported
Dead in Mine Flood
■y th« Associated Press
SHANGHAI, Sept. 16.—Belated
dispatches to the Communist
newspaper. Liberation Dally, to
day said 183 Chinese miners were
drowned in August when flood
waters trapped them in the Hung
arian mine near Poshan.
Sixty others managed to escape
the flooded mine.
The dispatches blamed the dis
aster on the failure of mine op
erators to take proper safeguards
against the spreading floodwaters.
Boy Showing Off Stolen Revolver
Held in Shooting of Child, 6
A 14-year-old boy exhibiting his
technique with a stolen .38-caliber
revolver was held today in the
shooting of a 6-year-old boy in a
Northeast alley yesterday.
Police found the suspect. George
William Mooney. 20 Fourteenth
street N.E., sleeping in the home
of a relative at 2:30 am. today,
nine hours after Aubrey B. Jasper,
jr., colored, was shot in the neck
and critically wounded.
'Young Mooney was held for
action of juvenile authorities, who
earlier this year sent him to the
receiving home as a burglary sus
pect. The boy ran away from the
home once “because I didn’t want
to celebrate my birthday there."
The shooting occurred in an
alley bfhind the wounded boy’s
homejgt 309 Fourteenth place NK.
Searching relatives’ homes, po
lio# found their suspect fully
clothed %xeept for shoes, sleeping
at the home of an aunt. Detective
Lt. J. Kenneth Baker said a po
lice special, detective model re
volver was found under his pillow.
i #
It held live live cartridges and one
spent one.
Brandishing the shiny revolver
in a group of children, Mooney
aimed it at several white boys
and pulled the trigger, but the
gun did not lire, police said.
Later he pointed at a telephone
pole and told Patricia McCarthy,
13, of 217 Fifteenth street NJB., to
watch him hit it. Instead, the
bullet struck the Jasper boy, police
said. They quoted the suspect as
warning Patricia:
"If you tell the cops I did this,
I will come back and kill you be
fore the cops get me.”
Police said the boy stole the re
volver Wednesday night from the
home of Paul Norman. 1522 D
street 8JE.
The wounded boy’s mother, Mrs.
Dolores Jasper, learned of the
shooting when another son, Ken
neth, 4, ran into the house say
ing: "Stoney is hurt. Come out.”
Finding the boy lying in the
alley, she called for aid and a
neighbor, Mrs. Marie Davis, col
ored, 1419 C street, helped in tak
ing him to Gallinger Hospital.
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Navy Bars Public Statements
By Officers on Crommelin Case
Secretary Matthews Orders Them to Clear
Controversial Opinions Through His Office
Navy Secretary Matthews has
gagged naval officers from mak
ing public statements on the con
troversy that has developed
around outspoken Navy Capt.
John G. Crommelin. it was learned
today.
The Secretary in a dispatch to
all commands, denied “any intent
to impair the right of free ex
pression of views,” but pointed to
“the more appropriate and ef
fective procedure” of sending
controversial expressions to him
prior to being made public.
He said the officers’ views would
be used “in support of the in
Ilgenfritz Makes Offer
To Work for U. S. Free
And Draw Steel Pay
Would Accept Legal
Opinion on Federal
Compensation, He Says
By the Associated Press
Cdrl A. Ilgenfritz. $70,000-a
year ateel official today offered to
work for the Government for
nothing, if it is possible. His
nomination to be chairman of the
Munitions Board is under fire in
the Senate, because he refuses to
give up his private paycheck while
he serves.
Mr. Ilgenfritz said in a telegram
to Stephen T. Early, deputy Sec
retary of Defense, that if the
Senate approves his appointment
for the Job in a vote scheduled at
3 p.m., he will ask for a legal
opinion as to whether he can
serve without pay.
Chairman Tydings of the Sen
ate Armed Services Committee,
made public the letter shortly be
fore he took the floor to argue
for confirmation of the appoint
ment. \
Carson Next on Schedule.
Another controversial nomina
tion—that of John Carson of
Michigan to be a member of the
Federal Trade Commission—was
next on the Senate schedule.
The Ilgenfritz appointment has
been attacked by Senator Byrd.
Democrat, of Virginia, as estab
lishing a bad precedent under
which Federal officials could con
tinue to receive outside pay from
private companies.
Mr. Ilgenfritz, vice president of
the United States Steel Corp. of
Delaware, said there are "impell
ing reasons of the most personal
nature” which make it impossible
for him to resign from his com
pany or refuse 'to draw salary
from it. Friends said he would
lose pension and other benefits if
he took such action.
President Truman has approved
an arrangement under which Mr. j
Ilgenfritz would continue to draw j
$70,000 steel company pay and get I
$14,000 Federal pay at the same;
time.
Would Ask for Decision
Mr. Ilgenfritz said in his letter
he was advised that as a matter
of law he cannot serve as Muni
tions Board chairman and not
take the salary Involved.
“For this reason it jvould be fu
tile for me to decline a salary
from the Government,” he said.
“If the Senate, in its wisdom,
should confirm me, I will imme
diately, upon taking office, request
the responsible law officers of the
Government to render a legal
opinion on my ability to decline
Government compensation and
will abide by the terms of that
opinion.”
Mr. Ilgenfritz said that if the
Senate rejects his nomination "I
shall nevertheless be grateful for
the honor the President has done
me and will continue to look for
esee NOMINATIONS, Page A-6.)
A
tegrity and efficiency of the naval
service.”
Secretary Matthews late yes
terday had transferred Capt.
Crommelin from a high-level job
to which he had been assigned
by an admiral only a few hours
before after being shifted from
his post with the Joint Chiefs of;
Staff. At that time, Mr. Matthews j
sharply rebuffed the service’s top
| admirals who apparently had other
plans for Capt. Crommelin.
Today, it was learned that Mr.
Matthews sent this dispatch to all
commands:
“Please take steps to insure that
the following Is made known to
(See NAVY, Page A-2.)
1951 Defense Budget
May Call for 100,000
Cut in Armed Forces
Re'enlistments in Navy
Curbed; Two Big Aircraft
Carriers May Be Laid Up
By John A. Giles
The Defense Department is con
sidering a 1951 budget which calls
for approximately 100,000 fewer
officers and men in the armed
forces and the Navy already is an
ticipating its lower strength by or
dering that re-enlistments be held
down, it was learned today.
Undersecretary of the Navy Dan
A. Kimball, declaring that "antici
pated budgetary limitations ne
cessitate an immediate and sizable
reduction in enlisted strength,”
has issued orders to all ships and
stations to make a start in that
direction.
Officials said the cutback in
uniformed strength, which follows
a recent slash in the number of
civilian workers, likely would hit
the Navy’s shore establishment
hardest. However, the laying up
of two of the Navy’s presently
active eight large aircraft carriers
also is being considered.
The Army’s strength also
would come in for a cut under
the budget for the year beginning
July ;, 1950, If present thinking
prevails. However, the Air Force
might actually show a slight in
crease, but officials said such
figures might not be "entirely ac
curate.” They explained this by
the fact that several thousands
of Army personnel now providing
services for the Air Force ex
clusively likely would be trans
ferred over to the air arm as the
unification process progresses.
The officials termed all the con
templated reductions "modest.”
On July 31, the latest figures
available, there were 1,616,600 of
ficers and men in the armed forces
—660,500 Army, 448.500 Navy,
(See DEFENSE, Page A-7.)
U. S. Population Estimated
At 149,452,000 on Aug. 1
By th« Auouatad Pratt
The Census Bureau estimated
today that the population of the
United States was 140,482,000 on
August 1.
This was an increase of 237,000
over the July 1 estimate. At that
rate of Increase, the population
will pass the 150,000,000 mark be
fore January 1.
The August 1 figure represents
an increase of 17,782,000, or 13.5
per cent, over the 131,660,275 per
sons actually counted on April 1,
1040. the date of the last census.
The increase was 1,401,000 in
the first seven months of 1040.
This is about the same as the
increase during the corresponding i
period of 1048.
13% Phone Rate Raise
For D. C. Subscribers
Requested by C. & P.
Would Increase Charge
To $5.50 a Month;
Higher Costs Cited
The Chesapeake & Potomac
Telephone Co. today asked per
mission to increase rates approx
imately 13 per cent to its 225,000
District subscribes. The request
was contained in a petition filed
with the Public Utilities Commis
sion.
If granted the increase would
mean that the $4.75 monthly rate
now changed for an unlimited
residence line would go up to
$5.50. 4
Higher operating costs, inade
quate earnings and major require
ments for new eapital to finance
service improvement and expan**
sion were cited as basis for the
requested increase, which esti
matedly would produce $3,200,000
in additional annual gross rev
enues. - -
C. H. Johnson, company vice
president *and general manager,
reported the minimum amount
needed to meet higher costs of
operating was $1,800,000 in addi
tional annual net earnings after
taxes.
Raised 10 Per Cent In 1947.
In 1947, the company was
granted an* increase of approxi
mately 10 per cent. This was its
first rate boost in 27 years, the
company noted. (
Largest item figuring in the
company’s report of the highest
current operating expenses in its
history is wage costs. Mr. John
son declared that wage increases
have added substantially to the
company’s high costs and that
construction costs “continue at
record levels.”
The company has been obliged
to spend approximately $55,000,000
for plant construction since the
end of World War n to meet its
service demand, the petition
noted.
The application went on to say
the company's “unprecedented
peacetime 'construction program”
is far from complete and “the
full impact thereof has yet to be
felt.” It said the company will
be required to spend “many mil
lions more” for additional tele
phone facilities in the next few
years.
Earnings Under 4 Per Cent.
Net additions to the plant to
day, according to the petition, are
averaging more than $400 per
telephone added, as contrasted
with the level of less than $200
per telephone added in the years
preceding the war. This has re
sulted, the company said, in re
duced earnings on investment, as
the company’s existing rates “are
not geared to the present high
cost level.”
The application said wage
raises granted in November, 1948,
and Jamuary, 1949, increased
overall labor costs an additional
$1,374,000 a year.
The company informed the Pub
lic Utilities Commission the addi
tional earnings it seeks represent
“the minimum amount necessary
to permit the company to main
(See TELEPHONE, Page A-7.)
Albania Charges Tito
Prepares for Partition
•y tin Associated Press
ROME, Sept. 16.—Gen. Enver
Hoxha, Communist Albanian
Premier, accused Yugoslavia of
preparing for the "partition of
Albania” during a speech at
Tirana yesterday, the Italian news
agency said today.
The Italian report said Hoxha
addressed a mass meeting of
20,000 persons at the Albanian
capital.
Hoxha also charged Marshal
Tito with attempting to incite
guerrilla warfare in Albania,
Astra continued. The Albanian
leadev, the report said, devoted his
entire address to attacks on Yugo
slavia.
4
2 Truck Drivers
Die in Flames in t
Fairfax Crash >
Trapped Motorist
Breaks Out Through
Rear Window of Car
(Pictures on Page A-3.)
Two drivers died this morninf
in flaming wreckage as their heavy
■trucks crashed at the narrow Cub
Run Bridge on route 50. near
Chantilly, Fairfax County, Va.
The dead were identified as:
Chester L. Painter, 26, of 4804
Fifty-second avenue, Edmonston,
Md.
John C. Miller, 28. of 1436 Meri
dian place N.W.
Mr. Painter was listed as one of
the drivers by the Southern Oxy
gen Co., 2900 Kenilworth avenue,
Bladensburg, Md., whose truck
was involved. The truck was car
rying empty oxygen tanks.
Mr. Miller, a contract driver for
the O’Boyle Tank Co., 817 Michi
gan avenue N.E., was identified by
another driver for that firm, Mel
vin Moran, 723 Silver Spring ave
nue, Silver Spring. Mr. Moran said
Mr. Miller had left Baltimore thia
morning about 45 minutes ahead
of him with a load of gasoline.
Another Motorist Escapes
John George Markley, 43, Paris,
Va., a carpenter at the National
Memorial Park Cemetery, Falla
Church, narrowly escaped death
in the Are. He gave the following
eyewitness account of the crash
which occurred about 7 o’clock:
“I stopped my Buick sedan be
hind a panel truck which had
halted to let a west-bound gaso
line truck cross the bridge. I waa
on my way to work.
“The Southern Oxygen truck
passed my car and crashed with
the gasoline truck—not quite head
on—right by my car.
"The oxygen truck was knocked
to the right against my car and
the gasoline truck went to tha
other side of the road and into
the ditch.”
Mr. Markley said he tried to get t
out the right door of his car but
it would not open. He couldn't
get out the left door because it
was jammed against the burning
truck. His car started to burn.
yjust kept my head. I realized
id to get out somehow so I‘
ed out the back window and,
climbed out,” Mr. Markley said.
Volunteer Are companies from
Herndon, Fairfax and Chantilly
responded and fought thd flames.
It was almost two hours, though,
before Dr. Nelson A. Podolnick.
Fairfax County coroner, could
reach the drivers.
Traffic on the heavily-traveled
highway was forced to detour on
side roads to get past the spot
blocked by the wreckage. Route
50 is the road to Winchester.
Loaded With Empty Tanks.
Mr. Painter was married and
has a 4-year-old son. Chester L.,
jr. A native of Kittanning, Pa..
Mr. Painter came to Edmonston
about two years ago and had
been employed by the Southern
Oxygen Co. for about 18 months.
Mr. Painter enlisted in the Ma
rines in 1940 and spent five year*
in the service, practically all of It
overseas. He Might at Okinawa
and later saw service in Tokyo, hi*
wife said.
A company spokesman said Mr.
Painter left here yesterday to de
liver tanks of oxygen to Virginia
points. He was returning with a
load of empty tanks, the spokes
man said.
Mr. Miller’s wife June is em
ployed as a secretary at the
Southern Dairies here. He was
divorced and had a child by a
former marriage.
Mr. Miller owned two trucks
which hauled under contract for
the O’Boyle firm and other com
panies. His father, Charles Miller,
drove the second truck for his
son. The dead man’s mother,
since remarried, is Mrs. J. K.
Cartwright of the 1000 block of
C street S.W.
Mr. Miller was a veteran of
one year’s service in the Army.
He received a disability discharge
and had been driving throughout
Eastern States since 1943.
The bodies were taken to Reed
funeral home, Herndon.
Truman Plans to See
Regatta Races Sunday
President Truman plans to
watch some of the races in the
President’s Cup Regatta on the
Potomac River Sunday afternoon,
the White House said today.
Charles G. Ross, White House
press secretary, said Mr. Truman
would board the presidential
yacht Williamsburg tomorrow aft
ernoon with some members of his
staff for an overnight cruise.
The President will transfer Sun
day afternoon to the cruiser
Margie, named for his daughter
Margaret, Mr. Ross said.
Regatta News
In Sports Section
Today’s Sports Section car
ries full details on the power
races of the President’s Cup
Regatta opening here tomor
row, including list of entries,
time of starts, plus the usual
local yachting news. Turn to
Page C-l. See The Star to
morrow and Sunday for full
accounts of the powerboat
races. j

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