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House Unit Kills
4-Million Ceiling
In Its Draff Bill
Supports Release
Of Reservists After
12 Months' Duty
By George Beveridge
The House Armed Services
Committee voted today to kill a
draft bill provision to impose a
strength ceiling of 4 million men
on the armed forces.
In a draft bill passed last week,
the Senate approved the 4-million
ceiling over strong protests of
Pentagon and administration lead
ers.
in a surprise move, the House
committee also approved a flat
provision that World War II vet
eran enlisted Reservists called to
active duty—who were not mem
bers of organized Reserve units—
cannot be held in service involun
tarily for longer than 12 months.
Calls Psychology Bad.
In addition, the committee:
1. Voted in approval of a provi
sion that the authority to draft
men for service be wiped out after
June of 1954.
2. Approved authority for Con
gress to halt inductions at any
time by concurrent resolution. A
concurrent resolution does not
require presidential signature.
Later Chairman Vinson an
nounced in the House floor that
the committee would finish action
on the bill today and call it up
for debate April 3.
The move to kill the military
ceiling proposal came in a hotly
contested amendment submitted
by Mr. Vinson. He was upheld by
a vote of 18 to 15. Afterwards he
told reporters:
“The psychology of this restric
tion is bad. If the world knew we
could go only to a strength of
4 million it would give the im
pression that the United States!
would go all out for defense only
up to 4 million men.”
Two GOP Moves.
Tire strong administration vic
tory in eliminating the ceiling
proposal came after two Repub
lican moves failed in attempts,
to fixe a military ceiling at 3.2
million and at 3.5 million.
This afternoon the committee is
expected to take up further
amendments. The draft measure
would lower the compulsory in
Auction age from 19 to 18l2 and!
increase draft service from 21 to
26 months.
An atempt by Mr. Vinson to
kill the proposal limiting life of j
the Draft Act was defeated, 22
to 11. The Senate was able to
defeat Republican moves to im
pose such a limit.
The committee, in dealing with
reservists called to active duty,
voted to tighten drastically an
amendment which would have told
the military to release l eservistsj
after 12 months’ service "when
practicable.” By a vote of 20 to;
13. the group upheld an amend-!
ment by Representative I owe.
Republican, of New Jersey, to re- j
quire flatly that those called in-1
voluntarily after last June 25 can!
be held only one year.
Applies only to teterans.
This provision applies only to
members of the "inactive and
volunteer” reserve, who are those
not receiving drill pay in organ
ized units, and who served between
Pearl Harbor and the end of the
war. Thus, if this provision should
pass Congress, reservists would be
come eligible for immediate re
lease in large numbers after next
June 25.
The Navy and Air Force an
nounced last night they will
order to active duty all of their!
Reserve Officer Training Corps j
students graduating from college!
this year—a total of more than'
10.000 young men.
The Air Force said a contingent
of about 8,100 ROTC students will
be ordered into uniform this year.
Those who graduated at mid-term
will be called within 90 to 120
days. June graduates will get or
ders to report as second lieuten
ants within 90 days of gradu
ation.
The Air Force graduates will
be given an opportunity to vol-i
unteer for flight training or for'
a limited number of assignments'
to special one-year graduate!
courses in meteorology. If select-;
ed for either program, they must1
agree to remain in uniform for!
three years.
A Navy spokesman said pres
ent plans call for ordering about
2.000 of its ROTC students to ac
tive duty this year. They will re
port 20 days after graduation.
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Allies Return to Seoul in Force,
Press Hunt for Hideout Reds
Get Lusty Ovation
In Former Capital;
Hongchon Captured
By th« Associated Press
TOKYO, Mar. 15.—United Na
tions troops returned in force to
Seoul today and searched the rub
bled streets of the old South Ko
rean capital for hideout Commu
nist soldiers.
The capital’s remnant popula
tion of old folks and children
Lt. Chamberlain, General'j Son, 1$ Killed
in Korea. Page 8-7:
cheered the return of the Allied!
fighting men. Communists had
held the city since January 4,
their second occupation of the
war.
All along the Korean front Al
lied troops surged northward on
the heels of retreating Reds. At
some points Allied troops were
less than 18 miles from the old
Parallel 38 border with North Ko
rea.
American assault troops stormed!
into Hongchon today and found1
the former main Communist sup-!
ply base on the central front in!
ruins.
GI s rode tanks across the Hong-!
chon River to reach the onetime
city of 15.000. Only five civilians
and one mangy white horse greeted
the Americans.
The Yanks met only light arms
fire when they first entered Hong
chon. Later mortar fire fell in the
town.
Hongchon, a vital road junction
20 miles south of the 38th Paral
lel, had been a major supply cen
Korea News Stories
To Be Checked Twice
Under New System
B> Associated Press
TOKYO, Mar. 15.—Army
authorities announced today
that news stories from Korea
will be given a double security
check.
Stories first will be passed
by United States 8th Army
censors in Korea, as now.
They then will be submitted
for approval again to the
press advisory division in
Tokyo. Heretofore, this lat
ter group has not passed on
copy already cleared from
the field.
The new system is sche
duled to start tomorrow'.
ter for at least one Chinese army
in recent days. '
Tlie big push was rolling toward j
Chunchon. Chinese stronghold, 8
miles south of the border in Cen-i
tral Korea.
The Red radio at Pyongyang'
reported fierce fighting inside
Seoul. Allied reports said it fell
without a shot being fired.
The Pyongyang radio, in a!
broadcast heard in Tokyo, said
100 Allied troops W'ere killed and
two tanks w'ere destroyed in the
Seoul “battle.” It also claimed
that six American aircraft w'ere
shot down over the city.
On the east-central front,
United States 7th Division troops
won a day-long battle with Reds
(See KOREA, Page A-6.1
Nationalization oi Oil
Unanimously Passed
By Iran Parliament
British-Owned Wells
Spread Over 100,000
Square Miles Affected
By the Associated Pres*
TEHERAN, Iran, Mar. 15.—
Iran's parliament unanimously ap
proved today a proposal to nation
alize all the nation’s oil resources,
including the wells of the huge
British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil
Co.
By a standing vote the Majlis
(parliament) confirmed the de
cision of a special parliamentary
oil commission indorsing nation
alization and gave the commis
sion another two months in which
to -work out specific details.
Some deputies said there still
was a slim possibliity that actual
nationalization might be averted
by negotiations between the
Anglo-Iranian company and the
government. But the vote today
put parliament on record as ap
proving the take-over.
• Britain's Labor government,
which has nationalized much of
its own industry, is raising a
storm of protest today against
Iran's nationalization of the
Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. more than
50 per cent owned by the Brit
ish government.
• A Foreign Office spokesman
indicated the British cabinet will
consider what steps should fol
low yesterday’s strong official
protest against the vote in Iran’s
parliament to nationalize the
rich oil concession.)
Hossein Makki, secretary of the
National Front which led the!
nationalization drive, told the
Iranian parliament “this is one
of the greatest days in the his
tory of the Iranian nation.” Spec
<See IRAN. Page A-5.)
House Group Favors
Stop-Gap Rent Control
By the Associated °ress
The House Banking Committee
today approved a Senate-passed
bill to continue Federal rent con
trols on more than 2 million
dwellings through next June 30.
The 90-day extension would ap
ply to communities which have
taken no action to retain controls
after March 31.
The committee vote wras 12 to 5.
Chairman Spence expected to
seek prompt consideration of the
measure in the House, probably
next w’eek.
The legislation is intended as
a stop-gap measure. The adminis
tration already has announced
plans to seek a permanent rent
program as part of the mobiliza
tion controls over wages and
prices.
Under provisions of present law’,
about 1,103 communities with
4 million rental units have taken
affirmative action to continue
controls beyond March 31 until
June 30, the day the entire rent
control law expires.
About 1,374 communities with
more than 2 million rental units
have failed, however, to extend
controls beyond March 31. It is
to wipe out the automatic decon
trol for these communities that
the legislation approved by the
House committee today is in
tended.
Communities W’here controls J
will expire at the end of this
month unless the extension leg
islation is passed include Detroit,
Cleveland, Minneapolis, Seattle,
Kansas City, Denver, Memphis,
Louisville, Toledo, Des Moines and
Shreveport.
5
Fulbright Denounces
Charge of Whitewash
In RFC Investigation
Senate Urged to Keep
Disclosures From Probe
In 'Proper Perspective'
BULLETIN
Chairman Fulbright of the
Senate subcommittee investigat
ing the Reconstruction Finance
Corp. today denounced in the
Senate what he called Republi
can charges that his group
wants to “whitewash” the in
vestigation. He urged the Sen
ate to keep the current sub
committee disclosures in “proper
perspective.”
By Robert K. Walsh
Some of the severest critics
of the Reconstruction Finance
Corp. looked to the Senate today
to save its life.
RFC had a narrow escape in1
the House yesterday, and still
faces formidable obstacles. The j
Senate Expenditures Committee I
called open hearings for next |
week for all Senators “who want
to abolish it, reorganize it, or do
other things.” A Senate Banking
subcommittee on Monday will
question two RFC directors in its
inquiry into “influence and fa-!
voritism” affecting the agency, j
Continuance of that subcommit-!
tee’s investigation and abolition of j
RFC were demanded by the Sen- \
ate Republican Policy Committee !
Despite the House Republican set- j
back yesterday in an effort tol
block President Truman’s pro- j
posed reorganization of RFC, Mi- j
nority Floor Leader Martin de- i
dared “the battle to abolish RFC!
has just begun.”
RFC, meanwhile, has become I
“like a morgue” as a result of the j
congressional criticism and a
grand jury inquiry that began this I
week, C. Edward Rowe, one of the!
five directors, said. He told re-1
porters that businessmen evidently j
hesitate to apply for loans lest
they find their names unfavorably
in headlines. Mr. Rowe and other
officials added that staff morale
is at a low ebb.
That condition was cited by
Senate Subcommittee Chairman
Fulbright today as further reason
for quickly approving the Presi
dents plan as a major step toward
improvement. Even if Congress
passed a bill to abolish RFC. the
vote would be so close that a prob
able presidential veto could not be
overturned, he explained.
The subcommittee received what
was described as an “oblique snub”
(Continued on Page A-5, Col. 2.)
House Employe
Tells of Joining
Butler's Sfaff
Volunteer Served as
'Sort of Messenger'
In Election Campaign'
By W. H. Shippen
An employe of the House was
grilled today on how he happened
to volunteer his services as a "sort
of messenger boy” in Senator But
ler’s successful campaign against
Millard E. Tydings in Maryland
last November.
Robert E. Lee of 3147 West
over drive S.E., minority cleric of
the House Appropriations Com
mittee, said he could not recall if
he had first discussed his entry
into the campaign with Senator
McCarthy or members of the Wis
consin Republican’s stafi
Senator Hennings, Democrat, of
Missouri demanded in loud tones,
"Who enlisted you in the Butler
campaign?”
Services Volunteered.
“I volunteered,” the Federal
employe replied. "I talked to Mr.
Jonkel and to first and then an
other in the Butler organization.”
The witness was referring to
Jon M. Jonkel, Chicago public re
lations expert, who was hired by
Mr. Butler in July as a publicity
man and who later became his
campaign manager for want of a
more experienced director.
"Did you discuss the idea with
persons outside the Butler organi
zation?” Senator Hennings asked.
"Yes, with Senator McCarthy
and others,” the witness replied.
"Did you discuss your participa
tion first with Senator McCarthy?”
saw various Legislators.
The witness replied he had dis
cussed the matter with various
Republican members of Congress.
"What individual did you first
discuss this project with?”
"I can’t recall. Possibly with
Senator McCarthy, Miss Kerr or
Don Surlne.”
A previous witness had testified
that Miss Jean Kerr, an employe
af Senator McCarthy’s office, made
arrangements with him for print
ing 100,000 Butler campaign post
cards and half a million folders
containing a brief history of Mr.
Butler’s life.
Mr. Lee told the Senators he
had been informed Butler workers
were “bogging down” on the pre
election job of addressing, stamp
ing and mailing the postcards in
the final days before the Novem
ber 7 election.
Mr. Lee's wife Wilma previously
had been questioned about the
$6,000 in Butler contributions she
had received and banked to defray
the expenses of mailing campaign
literature.
A $5,000 check had been re
ceived from Alvin Bentley of De
troit. w-ho was stopping at the
Shoreham Hotel at the time. Mr.
Jonkel had previously testified
that he believed Mr. Bentley's
interest in the campaign was
prompted largely by his fear that
Communists were infiltrating
Government departments.
Mrs. Lee said the $5,000 check
was made out to Mr. Jonkel who
indorsed it for deposit in her ac
count along with two other checks
(Continued on Page A-3. Col. 1.)
McCabe Reported Quitting
As Head of Reserve Board
By the Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA, Mar. 15. —
rhomas B. McCabe has resigned
as chairman of the Federal Re
serve Board, the Evening Bulletin
said today.
The newspaper reported Mr.
McCabe’s resignation “is in Presi
dent Truman’s office awaiting ac
tion.
Mr. McCabe plans to return to
private life in his old post as
president of the Scott Paper Co.
cf Chester, the Bulletin said. It
reported his letter of resignation
was sent to Mr. Truman last Fri
day but that Mr. McCabe’s de
cision to go back to his former
civilian post “w'as made long be
fore that.”
Mr. McCabe, a Republican, suc
ceeded Marriner S. Eccles as
chairman of the Federal Reserve
Board in April, 1948.
Entire Inflation Drive
In Peril as All Sides
Whittle af Curbs
Johnston Is Said to Have
Warned Cabinet That
Collapse Is Possible
By James Y. Newton
The Government’s anti-inflation
program today was threatened by
heavy pressures from all sides as
officials searched vainly for an
acceptable basis on which to re
; establish wage control machinery.
There were these developments
on the stabilization front:
1. Economic Stabilizer Eric A.
Johnston reportedly told a closed
meeting of top Government
leaders that the program to halt
inflation is in distress and could
break down unless they give it
stronger support.
2. An estimated 220,000 workers
employed by the country’s major
meat packers threatened to strike
; March 26 after Mr. Johnston had
I refused approval of a contract
! under which they won an 11-cent
per-hour w-age increase.
3. Similar situations were faced
in other industries, particularly
in textiles and shipbuilding. A
new wage settlement ending a
long strike in Northern woolen
mills also faced possibility of re
jection.
4. The Interstate Commerce
Commission approved a new $220
million-a-year freight rate in
crease for the Nation’s railroads
despite objections of stabilization
officials that it was inflationary.
It was the ninth freight rate in
crease since World War II.
Johnston Criticism Reported.
Mr. Johnston's lecture to the
high officials took place late yes
terday in a meeting of the De
fense Mobilization Board, which
was set up to advise Mobilization
Director Charles E. Wilson. Six
members of the cabinet md the
heads of five other agencies make
up the board.
He reportedly accused several
cabinet officers of caving the
stabilization program less than
all-out backing.
Mr. Johnston was quoted as
saying that unless there was more
support from the White House and
the cabinet, from Congress and
the mobilization command, the
Government might as well aban
don its effort to stabilize prices
and wages.
Some Problems Are Listed.
Deploring what he called un
willingness of any large segment
of the economy—farmers, labor or
industry—to accept the sacrifices
which the defense program de
mands, Mr. Johnston listed some
(See LABOR. Page A-5.1
Camp for City's Underprivileged
Sought by Army, Park Aide Says
Military Spokesmen Say Top Officials Know
Nothing Aboyt Taking Over Virginia Tract
Defense Department officials
have notified the Office of National
Capital Parks that they want to
take over the Prince William For
est Park, where 4,000 underpriv
ileged Washington children get
their summer vacation, but re
porters’ efforts to find out exactly
what they want with it were un
successful.
The Park official said he has
been informed that a formal re
quest from the Secretatry of the
Army or the Secretary of Defense
has been mailed to the Secretax-y
of Interior. It has not yet been
received.
The Star’s efforts to find out
why the military wants the camp
ing area near Triangle, Va., and
who in the military establishment
made the decision ended in con
fusion.
A public relations official today
said no top-level defense official
knows anything about it. He of
fered to check .further, but he
added that his Investigations to
date convinced him that the De
fense Department ‘‘is not moving
in that direction.”
When The Star later called to
say it understood a formal request
had been mailed, a check of the
<See PARKS. Page A-2.)
Narcotics Smuggling
Rose Alter Luciano's
Ouster, Probers Hear
Federal Agent Testifies
Before Senate Group;
Costello Called Again
By the Associated Press
NEW YORK. Mar. 15.—Nar
cotics smuggling into the United
States increased one year after
Vice King Charles "Lucky" Luci
ano was deported to Italy, Senate
crime probers were told today.
Samuel Levine, an agent for the
Bureau of Narcotics, testified that
the flow of illegal drugs from Italy
began rising sharply in 1947.
“Was this one year after one
Luciano was deported to that
country?” the witness was asked.
"Yes,” he said.
Agent Is First Witness.
Mr. Levine, the first witness on
the fourth day of the committee's
New' York hearings, did not give
Luciano's full name. But the
one-time United States under
world power for years has been
connected with the narcotic
traffic.
The committee recently named
him as the long-distance czar, or
intermediary, between a Chicago
crime syndicate and a New York
New' Orleans crime axis ruled by
gambler Frank Costello.
Tracing narcotics operations in
the United States. Mr. Levine said
1936 bureau records showed that
a "mob” headed by Thomas Lu
chese controlled distribution in
this key port city.
The mob, he said, had sources
‘See CRIME PROBE. Page A-5.1
Boy, 6, Swallows 6-Inch Section of Toy Arrow While Playing
The arrows of Indian war hold
no terror for Patrick Michael
Gleeson—he eats ’em.
Patrick is a 6-year-old veteran
of cowboy and Indian wars. With
his 7-year-old brother, Martin
Gleeson, jr., as ftie Indian, he was
making a last stand at the bath
room door of their home, 3901
Burns place S.E., last night.
Sorely beset by the suction-cup
tipped, 12-inch arrows, Pat peered
around the door to draw a bead
on his brother, when he took a
direct hit. The rubber suction
cup struck him on the nose.
Grabbing the arrow, he started
out after Martin on the run.
He stumbled, fell, and the ar
row, rubber- suction cup first,
plunged into his mouth, rammed
down his throat and broke off in
the center. Choking and gasping
for breath, he was rushed to the
apartment of a neighbor, a young
J i
PATRICK GLEESON
Before the arrow battle.
medical interne, James Gilroy,
who suggested immediate removal
to Gallinger Hospital.
On arrival there, Pat had
i
—Star staff Photos.
BROTHER MARTIN.
Here’s how.
seemed to recover to such an
extent that a doctor suggested
perhaps he hadn’t swallowed the
half an arrow at all and ^hat
they should go home and see if
they couldn’t find the missing
half.
“We tore the house apart try-!
ing to find it,’’ said his mother, j
Mrs. Martin Gleeson. Then, with- j
out finding it. they returned him'
to the hospital.
A fluoroscope found it—a six-j
inch stick of wood tipped by the'
rubber suction cup lying flat in:
Pat’s stomach. The young war
rior is hardly uncomfortable thus;
far unless he moves about.
He is to remain in the hospital
several days. An operation will j
be necessary unless the arrow [
leaves him by normal function.'
Two Poles Doomed as Spies
WARSAW, Poland, Mar. 15 (£*).[
—Two Poles were sentenced to
death by a military court at
Szczecin (Stettin) on charges of I
spying for the former British Vice
Consul, Joseph Waiters. j
Elliott Roosevelt Weds
Mrs. Ross in Simple
Florida Ceremony
Marriage to California
Oil Heiress Is Fourth
For Both Parties
B/ the Associated Pres*
MIAMI BEACH. Fla., Mar. 15.
—Elliott Roosevelt, second son of
the late President, married Mrs.
Minnewa Bell Ross, California oil
heiress, in a simple ceremony here
today.
The wedding was completed at
10:25 a.m. at Mrs. Ross’ home on
fashionable Sunset Island No. 1.
It was the fourth marriage for
each.
Immediately after the brief
service, John Roosevelt, Elliott’s
brother, invited newsmen and
photographers to a back lawn
facing the water.
Ceremony Performed by Judge.
The wedding was performed by
Judge George E. Holt of the Dade
County Circuit Court. It followed
by three days the bride's divorce
at Key West from Dr. Rex L. Ross,
jr„ a Santa Monica, Calif., physi
cian and surgeon.
The tall, slender 39-year-old
bride wore a natural shade pongee
suit—simple in cut. She wore
matching shoes and no hat. She
carried a small bouquet of tiny red
sweetheart rosebuds.
In her ears were two delicate
seashell earrings with a tiny pearl
in each.
Elliott Roosevelt was attired in
a dark blue jacket, gray flannel
trousers, dark “loafer” shoes and
wore a white carnation on his
lapel.
Young Son Attends.
The bride's 7-year-old son. Rexie
Ross III. was among those attend
ing. Before the wedding, he
emerged from the house and told
a reporter that “it’s all a mess in
side. Flowers all over the place.”
The boy has been attending a
Miami Beach parochial school.
He was placed under a police
(See ROOSEVELT, Page A-3.)
Guest for TV Sues
Hosts After Falling
In Dark Apartment
By the Associated Press
BALTIMORE, Mar. 15.—
The Cohens invited their
neighbor. Miss Ida R. Block,
over to watch television.
While leaving the dark
ened apartment. Miss Block
contends, she tripped over a
rolled-up rug and fell, break
ing her wrist. So yesterday
she filed a suit against Mr.
and Mrs. Louis Cohen for
$10,000 in damages.

U. S. Considers
Prosecuting 80
lax Fraud Cases
La Fontaine Cohort
Left $150,000 Cash
In Box, Capitol Told
The Government is now con
sidering more than 80 tax cases
for criminal prosecution, it was
disclosed today as Capitol testi
mony showed the tax returns of
a dead associate of Jimmy La
Fontaine are now under investi
gation.
This information was presented
to a House Appropriations sub
committee, which made public to
day the testimony of Internal
Revenue Bureau officials.
These officials reported that a
special "racketeer” force of agents
is making an “intensive investi
gation” of tax returns of rack
eteers involving $57 million in
taxes and penalties.
$150,000 Found in Box.
Questioning about the reported
false returns of Jimmy La Fon
taine, the late big-money gambler,
brought the statement that while
checking on this case, agents dis
covered that when an associate’s
safety deposit box was opened,
$150,000 in cash was found.
It was learned that the testi
mony referred to Charles Price,
an associate of La Fontaine’s at
Jimmy’s place—a one-time plush
gambling establishment in Mary
land. Price died in 1049.
Officials of the Internal Rev
enue Bureau, testifying for their
next year’s budget, asked for funds
to continue the increased program
against tax violators.
Convictions have been increas
ing over the past nine years, ac
cording to Daniel A. Bolich, as
sistant commissioner of Internal
Revenue.
figures Oiven on Convictions.
He told the subcommittee that
these were all in the “area of so
called racketeer or hoodlum type.”
Convictions varied in the early
40s but recently have been on a
steep incline, the witness said. In
1947, he said, there were 10 con
victions; in 1948, there were 22;
in 1949, there W'ere 33; in 1950,
| there were 22, while in the first
! eight months of the fiscal year
j 1951, there were 21.
Mr. Bolich said there are now
485 cases “in process" among
, w'hich he emphasized “there are
I some 88 receiving consideration
! for criminal prosecution.” He
added that there were 16 cases
under indictment.
At the suggestion of Represent
ative Canfield, Republican, of New
Jersey, who read newspaper clip
pings. the committee went into
somewhat lengthy discussion of
the La Fontaine case.
Helped by Charles Ford.
The story of how more than $1
million in currency was found in
a safe in La Fontaine’s home and
stored away in a safe deposit box
was related to the subcommittee
by Edward I. McLarney, deputy
commissioner of the income tax
unit.
Mr. McLarney said that revenue
agents started an examination of
La Fontaine's income tax returns,
and got the co-operation of La
(See RACKETEERS. Page A-3.)
Vandenberg Reported
'Holding Own' Today
By th« Associated Press
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Mar.
15.—Although still gravely ill.
Senator Vandenberg was reported
“holding his own” today.
The Republican Senator's per
sonal physician. Dr. A. B. Smith,
said there had been “no change—•
one way or the other” last night
and this morning.
“The Senator spent a relatively
comfortable night,” the doctor
added.
Yesterday the condition of the
veteran lawmaker had continued
grave. He was reported growing
progressively weaker.
Keeping an almost constant
vigil at the bedside was Arthur
Vandenberg. jr„ son of the senator.
The 66-year-old GOP foreign
policy spokesman has been in poor
health for more than two years.
He was recuperating from a series
of tumor operations when he suf
fered a relapse February 26.
Featured Reading
Inside Today's Star
EULOGY FOR BARBARA—Read this
moving, prize-winning essay written by
a 17-year-old District schoolgirl for The
Star's Scholastic Writing Awards Con
test. It appears, with a story about
the winners, on Page A-21.
BY A MISSPELLED NAME—A man
who died in obscurity Monday after a
fight turns out to have been a well
known baseball groundskeeper who laid
out diamonds at Forbes Field in Pitts
burgh and Navin Field in Detroit. His
story on Page C-l.
RED CROSS SERVICE—It takes
money for the Red Cross to carry on
the lifesaving work of its Home Service.
Some of the things that this service
has done for people are related on
Page B-l.
GIRDING FOR DEFENSE—Things
ore humming down in Texas as the re
sult of the mobilization program. From
oil and gas to planes and air bases
Texans are turning out the tools of de
fense at a record breaking rate. The
mobilization spotlight swings to the
Lone-Star State in the latest in The
Star's rearmament series, appearing on
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