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On Murder Charge in Death of Virginia Boy The stepfather of a 2 Vi-year old boy who was beaten to death in his Alexandria home last April; 22 is being held for grand jury action on a murder charge. After an eight-hour hearing yesterday in Alexandria Police Court, Judge James R. Duncan also ordered a housekeeper at the home held for further police in vestigation. Both the stepfather. John Charles Ferranto, 20, of 110 South Fayette street, and the house keeper, Mrs. Emma Jenkins, 49, of 701 Sixth street S.W., were held without bail in the city jail. Judge Duncan said that if Mrs. Jenkins is not charged as a result of the investigation, she will be held as a material witness. Child Died April 23. The child, Donnie Ferranto, whose mother, Mrs. June Ferranto, is employed as a waitress in an Alexandria restaurant, was taken to Alexandria Hospital shortly after 1 a.m. April 23 and died about two hours later. Dr. John A. Sims, city coroner, j and Dr. Richard Palmer, hospital pathologist, testified that the boy died of severe abdominal hemor rhages and ruptures of the liver and spleen. They added there were severe: bruises on his body which "could have been caused by fist blows.” Dr. Sims told Judge Duncan he “became immediately suspicious of foul play” when he saw the boy’s body. Ferranto Recounts Events. Ferranto, who denied he had beaten the child, gave the follow ing account of events preceding the boy’s death: He had put the boy to bed about 9 p.m. and then left for a “few beers.” On returning home about 11:30 p.m. he found that Donnie was ill, took him downstairs and gave him some ginger ale to “settle his stomach.” He then put the boy back to bed. Mrs. Ferranto said she returned from work about 1 a.m. and be came alarmed when she saw Donnie. Both she and her hus band then attempted without suc cess to call a doctor, she testified, and finally took him to the hos pital. Mrs. Jenkins, who said she was in the house at the time, admitted that she was “irritated” at the child for crying during the day. Swears Innocence. When Judge Duncan showed her post-mortem pictures of Don nie's brused body she suddenly raised her right hand and cried: ‘‘I swear I didn’t do it.” Both Judge Duncan and T. Brooke Howard, attorney for Fer ranto, imoietiiajiely ouestioned the Womans reaction to thfT'pictures' 4hd asked her who had accused her of beating the child. The shaken housekeeper an swered that she just didn’t want any one to think she had beaten him. - Other witnesses testified Fer- j ranto appeared to have liked the child, who came to Alexandria from his grandparents’ home in Tennessee two weeks before, but had once punished him “bruis ingly.” They also said Donnie often broke into tears in his stepfather’s presence. Mr. Howard said today he will apply to Corporation Court Judge William P. Woolls for bail for Ferranto. The attorney said he would ask that arguments on the motion be heard Monday. Korea Reds Get Peace Plea SEOUL, Korea, May 4 tJP).— Dr. Anup Singh of India broad cast a plea to Communist North Korea last night to keep the peace despite ideological differ ences with South Korea. Dr. Singh, member of the United Na tions Commission to Korea, said the U. N. would continue to study the split nation's problem. •• ^ JOHN C. FERRANTO. MRS. EMMA JENKINS. —Star Staff Photos. Price, Nimitz Oppose Plan To Organize Anti-Red U. N. By the Associated Press LAKE SUCCESS, May 4.—Act ing Secretary-General Byron Price of the United Nations and Ad miral Chester W. Nimitz yesterday j said they opposed any move to reorganize the United Nations and exclude Communist countries. Referring indirectly to the pro posal by former President Hoover to organize the U. N. again with out the Russians, Mr. Price told visiting newspaper executives that such a step was not the answer. “The answer is not to restore the old balance of power,” Mr. Price said during a short talk in his office. “You would have three worlds- if that would happen.” He was referring to the Western powers, the opposing Soviet bloc and the smaller countries which ; would be in the middle. ! Admiral Nimitz, designated as plebiscite administrator for Kash mir, told the editors it would be a “great error” to try to reorganize the U. N. and leave “out some countries we can't get along with today.” Rockefeller FotrnMon Aid Halted in Red Satellites By the Associated Press NEW YORK, May 4.—The h^ad of the Rockefeller Foundation j says “profound political changes” have malted all foundation activi ties in Russian-dominated coun tries, including China. Chester I. Barnard, foundation president, made the statement in his annual report yesterday. In addition to the “deeply dis turbed political” situation, he said, an age of billion-dollar fi nancing in the West has reduced foundation operations to a rela tively smaller proportion of the over-all need. He said the changed political aspect in China forced the founda tion’s Far Eastern International Health Division to withdraw from Red-occupied Shanghai to Macao, and then to Bangalore. India. All personnel were removed from China, he said. A malaria project underway oa the island of Formosa has been transferred to the Nationalist government there, Barnard said. Until 1906 all Canadian coins were minted in England. <'■':> 'V,- - You have never seen a record changer to equal _ -/v It \ the Revolutionary New LINCOLN Automatic "TURNOVER" Record Changer for all records . . . 33V3-78-45 RPM Automatically plays 20 Stand ord or 22 Long-Playing records •—ONE SIDE or BOTH SIDES in proper sequence. Inter mixes 7, 10 and 12 inch records of the same speed. Plays through your present Radio, Phonograph or Television. Plays up to 21 hours of continuous music without reloading Peabody RadioHonors Won by Stations in Detroit and Helena |y th« Associated Press NEW YORK, May 4.—Radio Stations WWJ of Detroit and KXU of Helena. Mont., received the top public service citations in the annual George Poster Pea body Radio Awards announced today. They are among 18 awards in various classifications admin istered by the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism of the Uni versity of Georgia. This year’s awards, covering both radio and j television plus three special cita | tions, were presented at a lunch ■ eon of the Radio Executive Club of New York. They were estab lished in memory of Mr. Peabody, native Georgian, who became a prominent New York banker. WWJ’s public service citation mentioned especially its programs on sex crimes, polio. Congress and world affairs. KXLJ won the award for public service of smaller stations. Both WWJ and KXLJ are affiliates of the National Broadcasting Co. network. Sevaried Named. Other winners by categories in cluded : Radio: Reporting and interpretation of the news—Eric Sevaried. Colum bia Broadcasting System, Wash ington, D. C. Also citations to radio station WMAZ in Macon, Ga., A CBS affiliate, and to Erwin Canham, editor of the Christian (Science Monitor, for his news casting on the American Broad casting Co. network. Entertainment and drama— Jack Benny, CGS. Special un classified citation to “The Great est tSory Ever Told,” ABC. Entertainment in music — WQXR, the New York Times sta tion. Educational—“Author Meets the Critic,” ABC. Outstanding contribution to international understanding — NBC’s United Nations project. Ed Wynn TV Show Cited. Television: Entertainment—Ed Wynn show, CBS. Education — “Crusade in Eu rope,” ABC. Reporting and interpretation of the news—CBS coverage of United Nations General Aseembly. Children’s program — “Kukla, Fran, and Ollie,” NBC. Special citations also went to the U. N. and American broad casters in general for “contribu tions to better international un derstanding;” to H. T. Webster for his cartoons “Unseen Audi ence,” and to Harold Ross and The New Yorker magazine for their campaign against commer cial broadcasts in New York's Grand Central Station. Burmese Threaten . To liujcn Villages By th« Associated trail RANGOON. — The Burmese Army has announced that all vil i lages and hamlets within a 3-mile | radius of destroyed bridges and tracks will be burned to the ground. The announcement fol lowed a spate of bridge wrecking and rail sabotaging in Central and North Burma. An army spokesman said the saboteurs were acting under di rections of rebel Karens and Communists. Tour-Hay Week-End Stand Here Planned by Big Ringling Show The big top comes to Washing | ton this year for a big week end. Advance agents for Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Cir cus announced today this year’s visit of the super show is scheduled for May 18-21, a four-day stand running from Thursday through Sunday As billposters plastered the news over the area, Advance Man A. J. Clarke let newspapers in on the secret that the show is about 90 per cent new in this, its 80th year. Mr. Clarke modestly proclaimed as the show’s outstanding feature a “fabulous new $300,000 proces sional pageant, in which nearly 2,000 gorgeously garbed humans and animals participate.” Right oehind the spectacle he rated “Seville,” introducing Pinito del Oro. "Spain’s daring Queen of the Air in her first American tour, and a ballet of 60 alluring and exceptionally talented senoritas aloft.” Circus-goers also will see “Old Vienna." featuring the horses of Luciana and Freidel—“Europe's foremost exponents of equitation." Other imported acts include a group of Himalayan. Russian.! Syrian and Polar bear performers, with one of the bears so intelligent he actally puts his pals through their paces. Springboard acrobatic elephants will be presented in an "incredible display of pachydermic skill,” and scores of other human acrobats, trapeze performers, tight-wire walkers, aerial artists and clowns will perform. The wife of the late Gargantua. king of gorillas, is in the menag erie with two adopted babies. Closing out the main- show will be “Jungle Drums'—“a weird, wild, tom-tomic jubilee in the land of Mumbo Jumbo, with native girls, boys, and elephants in a fan tastic, surprise finale.” I Chrysler (Continued From First Page.) “Mr. Weckler (Herman Weckler, Chrysler vice president and gen eral manager) prostituted the facts.” Still Mr. Reuther hailed the pact. He said the UAW would have struck “without hesitation” even had they known the strike was to last 100 days. He claimed the settlement was the “largest economic package the UAW has been able to win in fourth-round (since the war) ne gotiations.” But Mr. Weckler said, “a strike is not a victory for anybody.” Mr. Reuther viewed the settle ment as a "victory over the blind selfishness of the Chrysler Corp.” He added: “The Chrysler strike was more than a fight for pension, hospital medical and insurance benefits and an improved contract. The Chrysler strike was a part of a great human crusade to build a better tomorrow and a better world—a world in which we and our children can have a little ftiore of the good things in life, a little more security and a little more happiness.” Company Issues Statement. Mr. Weckler issued a statement stating: “The new contract is a good contract. It provides pension and insurance benefits that should be 1 helpful to our employes in the emergencies of life that people j are not always financially pre | pared to meet. And with the co 1 operation of our employes and the union, the contract should also make for smoother opera tions in our plants. . . . “As regards pension and other benefits that the individual em ploye gets under the new con tract, he could have got Sub stantially these at the conference table losing a single day’s pay.” In addition to pensions and hospital medical and insurance benefits, the union claimed these other gains: - The pension plan is backed hy a trust fund, to be jointly ad ministered. The company is not forced to pay any specified cents per-hour amount into the fund, but is pledged to keep it financial ly sound. The company offered before the walkout to pay $100 monthly pen sions, including federal social se curity benefits, but refused to set up a trust fund. It declared its "good faith and credit" were guarantees enough. The union de manded a trust fund. The pension differences were major causes of the strike. The Chrysler pension plan is almost identical with one which recently went into effect at the Ford Motor Co., the only other major one in the auto industry. The union now is negotiating for •$125 monthly pensions, including 'federal social security, from Gen t eral Motors, last of the industry’s Big Three to get UAW demands |on pensions. Daylight Saving (Continued From First Page.) ! confessed that, after she had told a few it should be ahead, she “got to wondering” about how it works herself. Workers at the Government Printing Office who put together the Congressional Record each night, stepped up their pace in order to have copies on the law makers’ desks by 8 a.m. today. Telephone Confusion. For anyone up at 2 a.m., who wanted to check the time by phone, the Chesapeake and Poto mac Telephone Co. added to his confusion for five minutes at least. Officials earlier in the night had explained the recorded voice which answers a call to Sterling 2525 would be switched over to another recording based on daylight time at 2 a.m. However, something evidently went wrong with the works, be cause calls as late as 3:05 a.m., daylight time, brought the firm, business-like announcement from the mechanical female voice assur ing the caller “the time is two, five.” A few minutes later, a voice just as authoritative -pronounced “the time is three-eight." In nearby Manassas, it ap peared some families might have to use the two-alarm-clock sys tem. The town council has adopted a daylight saving time resolution, but the superintendent of schools, R. Worth Peters, has announced the Bennett, Brown and Osbourn schools in Manassas would remain on standard time. There is no legal compulsion in the council’s action. Every one's time is his own. Sugar is found in almost every kind of food. SPECTACULAR BUY! 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Court officials. Mr. Laskey said, cited the need for added psychia trists because courts now must call one of two doctors on duty at Gallinger Hospital for every case. Under the new plan, he said, the psychiatrists selected will re ceive fees of $25 for each psychi atric examniation and $25 for each court appearance. Under the Miller act. sex of fenders can be sent to St. Eliza zeths Hospital for treatment. After release from the hospital,! they are sent back to the courts for action there. Mr. Laskey announced the new plan at a joint meeting of thei medical and legal groups at the medical society auditorium. 1718 M street N.W. Main speaker at the session was Dr. Leonard M Elstad, president of Gallaudet, College, who discussed programs for training the deaf. Deputy Health Director Dr. Roberts Is Appointed ■y tht Anociotcd Pres. BALTIMORE. May 4. — Dr. Dean W. Roberts, administrator of the Bureau of Medical Services. ! has been named to the newly ! created post of State deputy direc tor of health. His appointment was an nounced yesterday by Dr. Robert H. Riley, State health director. Dr. Roberts also has been as sistant in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and medical administrative consultant to the State Department of Edu cation. His new work will include supervision of local health pro grams. mmmmmammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Hallowell Elected Head Of Washington Highlands Elmer W. Hallowell was elected president of the Washington High lands Citizens' Association last night. Other officers elected include Charles Price and Maury T. War ren. vice presidents: Ralph E Cushman, treasurer: Mrs. Bernice Ramsey and Thomas T. Waugh, secretaries: Joseph V. Moran and William J. Hudgins, delegates to the Federation of Citizens' Asso ciations. Howard A. Nessen. outgoing vice president, was attending his last meeting with the group. He said he and his family are moving to Idaho, where he will work with the Bureau of Reclamation of the Interior Department. The association honored Mr. Nessen and his wife at a surprise banquet last week in the Bald Eagle Recreation Center, Nichols avenue and Joliet street S.W. Stephen A. Marinshaw. outgoing president, and Mr. Hallowell con ducted the meeting in the Patter-; son School. South Capitol and Darlington streets S.W. Furniture Sales Up HERSHEY. Pa . May 4 A spokesman for the household fur niture industry reports a lfjjjrr cent increase in sales during the first three months of the yAar over 1949. J. C McCarthy. CAl cago. secretary of the National Furniture Manufacturers' Board of directors, made the statement at the board's annual one-day spring meeting here. Low Ratos Phone STerling 9400 JORDAN'S Corner 13th and G Sts. N.W. c MU DA BY AIR 'ifitJORoiity\ oqz trip y FROM WASHINGTON, 0. 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