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Oct. 25.—Czechoslovak Catholic bishops told their priests today they may accept salaries from the Com munist government and swear loyalty to it—to stay out of jail. But the bishops told the priests to make there reservations: In swearing allegiance to the "people’s democratic regime" and taking the oath to “support the creative effort aiming at the wel fare of the Czech and Slovak people," priests are to add the words: “Unless it is in contradic tion to the laws of God and the church and the rights of man.” Church Rights Held Violated. In taking salaries from the government, priests are to declare they do so without assuming “any obligations which would violate my conscience as a priest nor the church laws.” The Catholic bishops stated they regretted the recent enactment of the government’s church control law as a violation of church rights. But the bishops added they were allowing the priests to comply with the law because they would other wise be subject to arrest and pros ecution. The bishops’ new stand was ex- j pressed in a statement made avail Czech Barbers Plan To Spend Holidays In Shearing Sheep By th« Associated Press I PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia, Oct. 25. — The Communist newspaper Rude Pravo today revealed the latest in Czecho slovakia’s voluntary working brigades—barbers who spent their holidays shearing sheep. “There are many sheep in the Czech northern border re gions,” said the paper, "but nobody to shear them. There fore the barbers of the dis trict have established a vol untary working brigade to give the sheep a thorough wool cut—and without charge.” able to the Western press. It represented a retreat from prev ious outspoken opposition to the church control bill. Church sources have reported that nearly 300 priests have been jailed for expressing opposition to the measure. Law Effective Nov. 1. Communist Minister of Justice Alexei Cepicka has declared that any one who opposed the new law j would be "broken as an enemy of the state.” The new law, which gives the government control of appointments, finances and ad ministration of all churches, was passed by Parliament October 14 and becomes effective November 1. The bishops’ statement to the priests said: "If you accept you do so only because of the pressure of external circumstances. It is necessary to defend you against possible con sequences and save you for the spiritual care of the faithful.” Only last week the bishops had stated that it would be "unman ly” to accept the higher salaries proffered under the church law "while thousands of believers and other citizens suffer in prison and work camps.” Offer to Join Committees. Now the bishops went even fur ther in their new, more concilia tory, attitude to the state. They offered to participate in church divisions of the regional national committees, the executive bodies which administer governmental affairs for cities and districts. It was also reported without confirmation that church and (See CZECH, Page A-6.) Stuart Benson, Sculptor, Missing From Polish Liner By the Associated Press NEW YORK, Oct. 25.—Stuart Benson, internationally known sculptor, disappeared at sea aboard the Polish liner Sobieski, which docked here today. The 72-year-old sculptor was reported missing by the captain of the liner, Jan Godecki, who said Mr. Benson was returning from a two-year stay in the south of France. Mr. Benson, bom in Detroit, had exhibited in Paris, New York, Kansas City and many other cities. He was a veteran of World War I. Capt. Godecki said Mr. Benson was missed on the morning of October 19. Until that time, the captain said, he had spent most of his time in his cabin, taking his meals there. A brother, John Benson, met the ship. He refused to talk with reporters. A friend, however, said the sculptor had been in poor health for several days. The ship’s captain said Mr. Benson had planned to make his home with his brother at West port, Conn. Atom Bomb Will Kill Nearly All Within Half Mile, Army Reports Chance of Survival Is 50-50 as Far as 1 Vi Miles, Surgeon General's Aide Says By the Auociated Press MEXICO CITY, Oct. 25.—You do have a chance against the atomic bomb—if you are at least half a mile away from the explo sion. Maj. Albert J. Bauer of the United States Army and Surgeon General’s office says if you're- 4 miles away when the bomb goes off your chances of escaping with out injury are almost perfect. But from 4 miles in toward the center the safety percentages drop off sharply. From a half mile out to a mile and a half from the atomic blast, it is about fifty fifty that you will come out alive. In the half-mile inner circle “there will be almost complete destruction,’’ with deaths very close to 100 per cent,” Maj. Bauer says (A statement by a Navy offi cer earlier this month that a person could stand in the open approximately a mile and a third from an atomic blast without serious injury drew considerable criticism by offi cials familiar with atomic en ergy progress. < (They contended that the officer, Comdr. Eugene Tatom, had not properly interpreted the Hiroshima data and that he was speaking of the earlier rather than the present more powerful atomic bomb. Comdr. Tatom’s testimony was given during House hearings on serv ice unification.) Maj. Bauer prepared this report with Capt. John R. Hogness of the United States Army MeHical Center for presentation today be fore the 12th International Con gress of Military Medicine and Pharmacy meeting here. Military medical officers from 28 nations are attending the congress. Basing their findings on the atomic explosions at Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Bikini, the two jArmy medical men described the (See BOMB, Page A-5.) Minority Atom Report Warns AEC Against 'Leisurely' Program G. 0. P. Charges Security Weakness in Answering Democrats' Statement (See Editorial, “Dr. Urey's Warn ing," on Page A-10.) By the Associated Press Republicans warned the Atomic Energy Commission today that “leisurely, wasteful or incom petent” administration of the Na tion’s atomic program cannot be tolerated. The stand was expressed in a statement signed by six minority members of the Joint Congres sional Atomic Energy Committee.! The six demanded “bolder, speedi er, and more effective develop ment” of the program to maintain the “pre-eminence” of the United States in atomic weapons. The statement was issued in an swer to a majority report of the committee. Both reports were follow-ups to an investigation of charges of "incredible misman igement” directed against the AEC by Senator Hickenlooper, Re publican, of Iowa. Majority Report Clears AEC. The majority report, signed by the 10 Democratic members of the joint Senate-House committee, cleared the AEC and its chairman, David E. Lilienthal, who was Sen ator Hickenlooper’s principal tar- ■ get. The minority report, attacked the commission on three counts—j progress, security and manage-1 ment. It was signed by Senator I Hickenlooper, former joint com mittee chairman and now ranking Republican member; Senators: Millikin, Republican, of Colorado i and Knowland, Republican, of California and Representatives Cole, Republican, of New York, Elston, Republican, of Ohio and Van Zandt, Republican of Penn sylvania. Senator Vandenberg, Republi can, of Michigan, now recuperat ing at his home in Michigan, did not participate in either report. Another member, Representative Hinshaw, Republican, of Califor nia reportedly is preparing a sum mary of his own views. The minority report shied away from the terms of “incredible mis management,” “maladministra tion” and “equivocation” used by Senator Hickenlooper in his orig inal blast last May 22. Minority Charges Waste. But the minority members did accuse the commission of waste,: "loosely administered” security measures and a leisurely and in decisive approach to major proj-j ects. x The criticism of security brought I an angry retort from Dr. Harold j C. Urey, one of the Nation's fore-: most atomic scientists. "I take the most violent excep tion to this security charge,” he told a reporter in Rochester, N. Y. "This secrecy business is hamper ing our atomic enegry develop ment.” Dr. Urey called the present em phasis on secrecy "a lot of damned foolishness,” and said that if he had his way he would "fire all the security guards employed by the AEC except those at the Los Alamos laboratory” in New Mex ico, on the ground that "progress is better than dead secrets.” “The ordinary information a spy can get, scientists will find out tSee ATOMIC, Page A-4.) Six Killed, 18 Injured In French Rail Crash By the Associated Press AVIGNON, France. Oct. 25.— The Spanish Border Express crashed against a freight platform just outside Avignon early today, killing six passengers and injuring 18. Six of the injured were reported in serious condition. The trtdn was a self-propelled “auto rail.” It hit the platform after leaving the tracks, for some unexplained reason, at Barben tane. Reserve Association Chief Joins Guard in Federalization Fight Gen. Reckord Quits Post As Legislative Chairman In Air Force Dispute GUARD CHIEFS WARNED Air Force May Take Its Flying Arm. Page A-2. By the Associated Press MONTGOMERY. Ala.. Oct. 25. —National Guard leaders picked up support from outside their own ranks today in the flgst against Federal control which they say the Air Force promulgates. Delegates to the National Guard Association’s annual conference heard John P. Bracken of Wash ington. D. C„ president of the Reserve Officers' Association, speak out strongly against Federaliza tion of the Guard at this time. The ROA once was one of the most outspoken advocates of Fed eral control. Gen. Reckord Resigns. Yesterday Maj. Gen. Milton A. Reckord, Maryland adjutant gen eral and long-time National Guard Association officer, announced his resignation from the Legislative Committee chairmanship, together with a warning that forces are “at work in Washington that would destroy the Guard if they could.” Instead of putting the Guard under Federal domination, Mr. Bracken suggested a closer work ing arrangement between Sate controlled Guard units and the rganized Reserve Corps. Success of any move to federal ize the Guard would depend on the Army’s “willingness and abil ity” to provide training facilities, equipment and manpower, the Naval Reserve officer declared. Says Army Fails. In the case of the organized Reserve Corps, he added, “the Army has failed miserably to do the job.” Mr. Bracken advocated crea tion of a joint committee from the ROA and the National Guard As sociation to work out an alterna tive to federalization and submit it to Defense Secretary Johnson’s Civilian Component Policy Board. The chief of the National Guard Bureau of the Army also added his voice to the chorus of protests against Federal control. Maj. Gen. Kenneth F. Cramer said the Guard has made remark able postwar progress "despite be ing subjected to constant attack * * * sometimes regretably from within.” He mentioned both the Army and the Air Force. Fight Is Started. Assistant Air Secretary Harold C. Stuart and Maj. Gen. Ellard A. Walsh, president of the Guard Association, fired the opening guns in the fight to take the Guard away from State control shortly after the association con vened here yesterday. “If that is what is necessary for the strongest National defense, I am sure every one ol you here are just as much for it * as I would be,” Mr. Stuart told the delegates. Earlier Gen. Walsh had charged the Air Force with attempting (See NATIONAL GUARD, A-6.) Attlee Accused Ot Timidity in Economy Cuts Portion of Own Party Is Disappointed by 8 Pet. Reductions BULLETIN LONDON (TP). — Winston Churchill today offered a mo tion of no confidence in the La bor government on its prdgram for economic recovery. The Con servative move countered a gov ernment appeal for a vote of confidence. The vote on both resolutions is expected Thursday night, at the end of the two-day debate on Prime Minister Att lee's economy program. — By the Associated Press LONDON, Oct. 25.—Prime Min ister Attlee hit a political storm today—a whirlwind of charges that he was too timid with econ omies meant to keep Britain from going broke. Even large sections of his own Labor Party were let down by the plan which Mr. Attlee discussed before the House of Commons yesterday: A plan to whittle £280,000.000 ($784,000,000)—or 8 per cent from the country's £3, 300,000,000 ($7,240,000,000) budget. For two weeks the nation had been built up to expect a really drastic belaboring. When it came. Conservative Leader Winston Churchill summed up the reaction of many: “Is it adequate to the need in which we stand?” New Election Demand Seen. It seemed likely that Mr. Churchill would again demand a quick election to let the people give judgment on the Socialist re gime. Many political observers^judged that Mr. Attlee nimself had suf fered a damaging blow in politi cal prestige. L a b o r i t e criticisms rifled ! through a caucus of the party’s legislators this morning Its re sults were unknown but Mr. Att lee previously has been able to whistle rebels to h**el. Some of his opponents saw po litical motives in his failure to swing the economy axe wider. Mr. Attlee must call an election be fore his five-year term expires next July. The Prime Minister called for a vote of confidence in his gov ernment—the second in a month. The vote will come Thursday night, after a two-day debate on his new program. Little Doubt of Outcome. There seemed little doubt that Mr. Attlee would win it. What jever their criticisms of him, the iLaborites also are practical poli ticians, and the Socialist regime would fall if the Labor majority withheld its support on the budg et issue. Mr. Attlee's economies were de signed largely to stem inflation feared as a result of the devalu ation of the pound from $4.03 to $2.80 last month. They hit hardest at new budd ing projects. The Premier cut down on house building and many other kinds of construction, in cluding schools, hospitals and power projects. He promised to save £30,000,000 ($84,000,000)— without saying exactly how—on defense, and to trim administra tion costs in other ministries. But the ones that struck the (See BRITAIN, Page A-6.) Man Is Found Hanged In Hotel Room Here A man registered as Ambrose E. Collier, 45, of Chicago was found hanged today in his fifth floor room of the Harris Hotel, 17 Massachusetts avenue N.W. Suspended from 4m overhead heating pipe, the body was dis covered at 8:30 a.m. by Mrs. Flor ence Hawkins, colored, 407 Sev enth street N.W., a maid. Sergt. Clarence Winemiller of the homicide squad said two notes were found, one addressd to Mr. Collier’s brother, John F. Collier, 8710 Cameron street, Silver Spring, Md„ and the other “To whom it may concern.” In substance, the notes revealed that Mr. Collier was despondent and that he was “sorry to have to do this,” Sergt. Winemiller said. Mr. Collier, who had lived in various places in recent years, was in the real estate business in Silver Spring for nearly 10 years. Another U. S. Embassy Employe Ordered Out by Czechoslovakia By th* Associated Press LONDON, Oct, 25.—The Czecho Slovak Telegraphic Agency re ported today that John Heyn, an employe of the American Embassy in Prague, has been ordered to leave Czechoslovakia within 24 hours. The broadcast report, heard in London, said Prague authorities handed to the American Embassy “a strong protest against the ac tivities of John Heyn.” It ac cused him of spying. Last week the Czechoslovak gov ernment arrested Samuel Meryn, a clerk in the American Embassy, on spy charges, and demanded the withdrawal of Isaac Patch, jr., political attache, who since hasl left the country. The Czech gov ernment announced yesterday that Mr. Meryn would go on trial soon in a Czech court. Mr. Meryn is a naturalized American citizen. The broadcast said Heyn was accused of “inducing Jan Skuda, a Czechoslovak citizen, to collect important state secrets.” “Heyn gave Skuda concrete in structions for espionage duties,” it added. .It said Skuda was asked for data on the rolling mill where he worked, and continued: “He was asked for details of the raw material, its kind, quality and quantity, the results of the ful fillment of the five-year plan, the tSee HEYN, Page A-6.) .MllilliJ l llUl ill 11 1 r SWELL,HERB 1 _ (THAT'S THE \M I FELT NO,THANKS,HARRY.J VlastNOVEMBER. ? IT’S IN THE BAG!) >J| [BLAIR1 HOUSE U__r Conciliator Reports To White House on Steel-Coal Strikes Truman Has No Plans to Intervene Immediately In Twin Stalemates By James Y. Newton Cyrus S. Ching, Federal media tion chief, reported to the White House today on the steel and soft coal strike stalemates. The prob lem of what to do about the basic industry shutdowns thus was laid on the doorstep of President Tru man. Mr. Ching, just returned from fruitless talks with steel industry executives in New York, spent 45 minutes giving a fill-in on the strike situation to John R. Steel man, presidential assistant. A White House spokesman said President Truman still has no immediate plans to intervene in the strikes. The decision as to what iteps t< take next toward settling th< walkouts now is up to the Pres ident and Mr. Steelman. It wai apparent that neither manage ment nor labor in either dispute had yielded an inch from Uieii positions. Could Tell Ching to Try Again. The President could instruct Mr. Ching to try again to bring the disputants together or he could step directly into the con troversies himself. In the case of the steel dispute, it appeared that Mr. Ching had tried without avail nearly every avenue tc peace. Mr. Truman could invoke na tional emergency provisions ol the Taft-Hartley Act with its strike-delaying court injunctions, or he might decide on a personal appeal for peace backed up by in vitations to settlement confer ences at the White House. He was represented as being reluc tant to use Taft-Hartley for sev eral reasons In the case of coal since the injunction has an 80 day limit, Taft-Hartley procedures could project the shutdown intc the winter when need for coal is greatest. CIO President Philip Murray who also heads the striking United Steelworkers, was quick to strike back at the hint of use of Taft Hartley. A political ally of Mr Truman's, the union leader said in Cleveland that the use of in junction would “unquestionably be unfair.” The effects of the strikes, mean tSee LABOR, Page A-5.) Cold Mov^s South; Snow in Delaware * By the Associated Press Freezing cold hit the Southern Pl8ins today after heavy rains which took at least three lives in Texas and' damaged the cotton crop at harvest time. Even lower temperatures moved into the Northeast and Midwest after the season’s first snows fell at several points. » In the Texas Panhandle, Dal hart reported an early morning low of 26 degrees. Elk City, Okla., had the season’s lowest, 29, after two days’ rain which delayed the cotton harvest but helped other crops. Snow covered the ground at Georgetown, Del. There was snow in Upstate New York and flurries swirled over parts of Maine. The low New England temperature was 18 degrees at Rumford and Houl ton, Me. Canton and Massena, N. Y„ each reported 20 degrees. Rain pelted a wide area from the Texas Gulf Coast northeast ward across Louisiana and Ark ansas into Southern Missouri and in parts of Kentucky and West Virginia. * Many streams overflowed in Texas and a number of families in San Antonio had to flee their homes. Some highways werej blocked. Car Dumps Man, Turns by Itself to Run Him Down Ey the Associated Press VENTURA, Calif., Oct. 25.—It sounds like something out of an old Mack Sennett movie, but it was no comedy to Harry Wilton Field, 35. Mr. Field took his two children along w'ith him yesterday as he drove a trailerload of trash to The city dump. | He saw in the rear-view mirror that the trash was afire. He l stepped on the gas to beat the fire to the dump. Rounding a curve the car door swung open and Mr. Field fell out. The driverless auto with the children aboard sped crazily down the highway. Then the car turned itself around in the road and came back toward Mr. Field, ran him down and knocked him to the pave ment. The car stalled. Mr. Field was treated for cuts on the head, but the children were unhurt. I j CIO Decision Sough! Today on Ouster of Leftist-Led Members Union Issue Confused by Murray's Fight to End 25-Day-Old Steel Strike By the Associated Press CLEVELAND, Oct. 25.—The CIO Executive Board met today to decide whether the CIO delib erately is to rid itself of 1,000,000 members under left-wing union leadership. The answer almost certainly would be an anxious "no”—if there is any way to woo left-wing followers away from the rebellious forces. The CIO has a maximum of 6,000,000 members, and President Philip Murray indicated he wants to keep as many of those under his banner as possible. But the so-called left-wing | movement, spearheaded by a team of resourceful leaders in the United Electrical Workers and by Harry Bridges of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehouse men’s Union, was expected to put up a serious challenge. Murray Seeks Strike Peace. Mr. Murray’s involvement in the strike of 558,000 steelworkers muddied the left-right war which has plagued the CIO for months. The once clear-cut lines be tween the left-wing and anti communist right-wing forces in the CIO were somewhat confused by Mr. Murray’s pressing desire for a settlement in the 25-day-old steel strike. The UE Executive Board in New York voted to throw its financial j resources behind ttoth the steel (See CIO, Page A-5.) Margiotfi's Daughter Wed At Basilica of St. Peter By th* Associate Press ROME, Oct. 25.—Miss Juliette Margiotti, daughter of a former attorney general of Pennsylvania, and Alexander J. Suto. jr., a war time Air Force pilot of Pitts burgh, were married today before the Altar of the Blessed Sacra ment in the Basilica of St. Peter. The ceremony was performed by Father John Boccella, a native of Audubon, N. J., now director general of the Franciscan Order, Assisted by Father Anthony Mag nello of Altoona, Pa., and Msgr, Fammulumi of the Vatican. The bride, daughter of Charles J. Margiotti, Pittsburgh attorney, and the groom, a Pittsburgh ac countant, flew here for the cere mony with members of her family. Immediately following the cere mony, the couple and members of the family motored to nearby Cas tel Oandolfo where they were re ceived in private audience by Pope Pius XII. Fowler Warns of Need To 'Adjust Brakes' on District Expenditures 81st Congress Added $8,504,267 to City Budget, He Points Out It is time to think about “ad justing brakes" on District ex penditures if further increases in taxes are to be avoided. Budget Officer Walter L. Fowler told the Commissioners today. Submitting figures showing that action of the 81st Congress will require the addition of $8,504,267 to the city’s budget, Mr. Fowler suggested a rein on further legis lation providing benefit payments and a re-examination of existing | provisions. “If we could have several sab batical years and proceed to fcru tinize legislation now existing for the purpose of revision or repeal we would be headed for financial stability,” Mr. Fowler advised the city heads. Increase in Employes. “I have to express the hope that every one is fairly happy now and there will be no need for Beneficial legislation for some time.” The budget officers pointed out that the $8,504,267 can be divided into two groups: $8,192,825 for re curring expenses, and $311,442 for non-recurring, or items which will not have to be met every year. ! “If we are to avoid further in crease in taxation now is the time to think about adjusting brakes, ’ Mr. Fowler wrote. He noted that positions in the District government totaled 13, 572 in 1939, as compared with 18,380 in 1949, an increase of 4,808 or 35 per cent. Payroll Is Larger. “Our total payroll in 1939 was approximately $27,000,000, while today it exceeds $60,000,000,” he said. “Naturally the question arises, where are we headed?” | Mr. Fowler listed the following recurring items: Annual $330 pay increases for teachers, policemen and firemen, $3,285,000; annual $330 increases for classified employes, $2,876,000; revision of the Classification Act, $1,200,000; increase in pensions for widows of policemen and fire men, $345,900, and sick leave for teachers, $160,000. Also increased subsistence and mileage allowance, $2,000; in creased jurors’ fees, $45,000; in creased salaries for judges in Mu nicipal Court and the Municipal Court of Appeals, $39,925; addi tional circuit and District judges, $65,000; leave for part-time em ployes, $15,000; amendment to the Teachers Salary Act, $22,000; in creased allowance for injured em ployes, $77,000; additional judges for Municipal Court, $60,000. Among the non-recurring items, Mr. Fowler included an additional judge for Juvenile Court, $10,305; and $100,000 for day care centers, as well as retroactive pay of $189, 000 for retired policemen and fire men. Cattle Prices Hit $40 CHICAGO, Oct. 25.—UP)—Steers advanced to a top of $40 a hun dred pounds today, another new 1949 high. Kinds grading low good and below were weak to 50 cents, lower. Hogs were steady to strongf. The top was $18.15. Late News Bulletin Sesqui Plans Approved The Commissioners today ap proved aU plans for the National Capital sesquicentennial de veloped to date and expressed confidence the Freedom Fair can be located at the foot of East Capitol street despite plans for constructing an Anacostia River bridge at that point. (Earlier Story on Page B-l.) Defense Officials Study 'Lessons' In House Probe Johnson and Matthews See President; Staff Chiefs Plan Session BULLETIN Defense Secretary Johnson, accompanied by Secretary of the Navy Matthews, conferred with President Truman today, but Mr. Johnson refused later to say whether changes in the top command of the Navy had been discussed. His only answer to reporters’ questions was "no comment.” By John A. Giles Defense Secretary Johnson held a huddle today with top civilian officials of the Defense Depart ment to discuss “lessons to b® learned’’ from the House Armed Services Committee investigation of the bitter interservice unifica tion row. A cryptic announcement of the meeting came just a few minutes before Mr. Johnson and Navy Sec retaiyr Matthews were scheduled to call on President Truman at the White House. Hurry-up calls went out to Puerto Rico, meanwhile, to get Gen. Vandenberg, Air Force Chief of Staff, back to Washington for the first regular meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since their public row over unification. The meeting originally was set for 9 a.m. but was rescheduled for 2 p.m. in the hope that Gen. Van denberg could return in time. With Secretary Johnson at the Pentagon meeting this morning were Secretary „ Matthews and Deputy Defense Secretary Early. Army Secretary Gray and Air Secretary Symington were out of the city. They were represented by Acting Army Secretary Tracy Voorhees and Acting Air Secretary Eugene Zuckert. Nothing More to Be Said. The announcement of the meet ing said: I "Secretary of Defense Johnson met with Deputy Secretary of De fense, the Secretaries and Acting | Secretaries of the Army, Navy an4 j Air Force and the Assistant See* retaries of Defense today for a general discussion of the lessons to be learned as a result of the hearings of the House Armed Services Committee concluded last week. There is nothing fur ther to be said at this time.” The Assistant Secretaries of Defense are Wilfred McNeil and ' Marx Leva. , The meeting at the White House was to mark the first time Mr. Matthews had talked with Mr. Truman since the House commit tee completed its hearings on the Army-Air Force-Navy charges and countercharges. Mr. Truman ha* refused public comment on that battle. It has been the custom in the past for one of the three service secretaries to accompany Mr. Johnson to the White House each week and this was Mr. Matthews’ turn to make the trip. No Comment on Denfeld. Although Mr. Matthews refused to discuss in advance what he would say to the President, it was considered certain that the de fense row would come up. Neither would Mr. Matthews comment on increasing reports that Admiral Denfeld would be asked to step out as Chief of Naval Operations. Friends of Admiral Denfeld have made it plain that he will not step aside unless he is asked to do so by the President. Most of the principals in the House investigation into defense policy were scheduled to be on hand for the joint chiefs’ meet ing. Besides Admiral Denfeld and Gen. Vandenberg, they are Gen. Bradley, the chairman of the joint chiefs and Gen. Collins, Army chief of staff. Bradley Comment Criticized. Admiral Denfeld was one of the admirals who told the com mittee that sea power was being weakened in the Pentagon to the detriment of national security. Gen. Bradley, who offered the main rebuttal argument for the Army and Air Force, was taken to task for one of his remarks yesterday by House Majority • Leader McCormack. Referring to the admirals, the general had declared: "This is no time for ‘Fancy Dans’ who won’t hit the lirte with all they have on (See SERVICE FIGHT, Pg. A-5.) Put Your Classified Ad in The Star Public confidence in a news paper often is gauged by the volume of classified ads which it carries. The Star has rea son to be proud of the expres sion of confidence shown by the public it serves. During the first nine months of this year The Star carried 133,180 more classified ads than the three other Washington newspapers combined. When you have a classified ad in mind just phone THE STAR. Sterling 5000.