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Monthly Ratei: Evening and Sunday. #1.75: C ni’MTQ 1 __ Evening only. #1.30: Sunday only. 45c; Night Pinal, 10c Additional. ** V/AJlv A O Grunewald Told Him He Acted For Senator Bridges in Inquiring About Tax Case, Oliphant Says Informed Caudle ThatWilliamsWas Probing Returns By Cecil Holland and George Beveridge Charles Oliphant testified to day that Henry Grunewald, mys terious Washington figure, onct told him he was representing Sen ator Bridges, Republican, of New Hampshire, in an inquiry aboul a tax case. Mr. Oliphant, former chiel counsel of the Internal Revenue Bureau, brought out the name ol Senator Bridges as the House Ways and Means subcommittee Investigating tax scandals lookec * further into his relations wit! Mr. Grunewald. The slight, graying former offi cial, testifying for the second day acknowledged that he had tipped off Theron Lamar Caudle that Senator Williams, Republican, ol Delaware, had asked for his in come tax returns. Truman Confers With Chairman. But he vehemently denied the suggestion made by Representa tive Byrnes, Republican, of Wis consin, that he had informed Mr. Caudle, fired by Mr. Truman as assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Depart ment’s tax division, that the House investigating subcommittee also had requested Mr. Caudle’s income tax returns. As the hearings proceeded, Chairman King of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee, conferred with President Truman for 35 minutes this morning but would not discuss their conversa tion later with reporters. Mr. King had only a “no com ment” to successive questions, re fusing even to say if he had sought the meeting with Presi Grunewald Owes U. S. $51,157 Income Taxes For '50, Lien Charges Henry W. (The Dutchman) Grunewald, mysterious \yash ington figure and confidant of former Internal Revenue Bureau officials, today was named in a $51,157 Federal income tax lien filed in Dis trict Court. The lien charges that Mr. Grunewald and his wife Chris tine owe that sum for unre ported income, interest and penalties for the year 1950. Mr. Grunewald, who lives in the Westchester Apart ments, is in Georgetown Hos pital and could not be reached for comment. dent Truman or had been called to the White House. When a reporter quipped that It was rather difficult to write a story on “no comment,” Mr. King responded that “sometimes that’s more interesting than the story." Oliphant Defends Actions. Mr. Oliphant defended his ac tions in informing Mr. Caudle of the Delaware Senator’s request as “the fairly natural thing to do,” and added: “I think it was proper.” In other testimony as the sub committee sought to wind up this week the present phase of its in quiry Mr. Oliphant also testified that Mr. Grunewald had discussed with him the matter of obtaining a pay raise. He also said he had lunch fre quently with Mr. Grunewald, who is under subpoena to appear be fore the committee, and that Mr, Grunewald “always paid the bill.” The discussion of whether Mr. Grunewald ever tried to help Mr, Oliphant get a pay raise revolved around a period when the chiel counsel’s job was being consid ered as one of 25 to be moved into a higher pay bracket. Adrian W. De Wind, the sub committee’s chief counsel, asked if it were not true that Mr. Grune wald was trying to get this classi fication through. “Not that I recall,” Mr. Oli phant replied. He said he under stood the jobs were being consid ered “on their merits” by the Civt Service Commission and that Mr Grunewald “didn’t ever tell m< h* could help me.” Phone Talk Record Read. He then read from his record of a telephone conversation with Mr. Grunewald on November 9 1949, in which Mr. Grunewald asked if the President had th< power to elevate the job. Mr Oliphant replied, according to hu (See REVENUE, Page A-3.) Santa's Helper Came From Norway Krit Kringle, Santo's helper who drives the reindeer, was originated by Norwegians who thought Santo Claus needed aid m his gift-distributing job. If you need help m selecting eco nomical Christmas gifts, consult the "miscellaneous for sale" columns of Star classified section. The Star offers mere classified selections than the three other Washington newspapers combined. If you wont to sell outgrown toys •nd other gift items, place a classified ed in The Star. The deadline for Sun day ads is 2 p.m. tomorrow, but you can avoid a last-minute rush by call jfi now. Phone SterKn| 5000. G. 0. P. Seeks Cabinet Firings, Fresh Probe of Truman Regime President's Defense of T&x Scandal Inquiry Draws Protests From Republicans By Joseph A. Fox President Truman’s declaration that he had been cleaning house in the Government, and would continue to fire wrongdoers, today was countered by Republican de mands for cabinet dismissals, a new congressional inquiry into ad ministration operations and a challenge to make an issue of the scandals in next year's campaign. The President’s defense of his course at a news conference yes terday brought a prompt retort from Senator Taft, Republican, of Ohio, who said that he doubted the administration “can ever suc ceed in reforming itself.” j Senator Nixon, Republican, of ; California, another foe of the ad !ministration, told reporters he re gards Mr.Truman's news confer ence statement as equivalent to “telling the country there will be: no cleanup." In the brisk news conference' colloquy, the President said flatly that no cabinet heads were due ' to roll, and he left open the ques tion of whether he would set up some special investigative machin ery to go into the tax scandals and similar developments in other fields. He held out the possibil ity that something would be done this week. Arguing that the magnitude of the wrongdoing in the tax serv ice, which House investigators have bared, is no greater than in former years, the President said that his administration has been constantly at work to eliminate wrongdoers, and had moved in on several cases before the House sub committee came along and made the headlines. His statement that the number of dismissals was about the same this year as in past years recalled that Revenue Commissioner John B. Dunlap reported two days ago that at least 113 officials and em ployes in the tax service have been ousted so far this year, as com pared with 40 last year, 36 the pear before and an average of 46 over the past five years. Senator ’ Smathers, Democrat, of Florida said in a statement that the country will emerge stronger and healthier from a :leanup, and added that inquiries <Sec POLITICS. Page A-8.) Appeal Is Studied By Service, Ousted As Acheson Aide * Review Board Reports 'Doubt' About Loyalty on Basis of Amerasia Case By Garnett D. Horner John Stewart Service today studied a possible appeal of his firing by the State Department on a finding by the Government’s top loyalty board of a “reasonable doubt” about his loyalty. The finding by the Civil Service Commission Loyalty Review Board Texts of Findings in John S. Service Loyalty Review Cose. Poges A-6-7 reversed previous clearances by the State Department’s own Loy alty Security Board of the much investigated career diplomat. Lengthy conflicting opinions of the review board, dated Wednes day, and of the department board, dated October 6. 1950, were made public by the State Department! last night in announcing dismis-; sal of Mr. Service Dismissal Effective Today. j The dismissal, effective at the I close of business today, was prac tically automatic in view of the review board’s decision trans mitted to the department yes terday. The review board emphasized that it did not find Mr. Service actually guilty of disloyalty, and that it did not have any evidence that he ever was a member ofi the Communist Party or of any other subversive organization. But it did decide there is a “reasonable doubt” about Mr. Service’s loyalty because of his admitted loan in 1945 to Philip J. Jaffe. then editor of Amerasia magazine, of copies of some of his own reports to the State Depart ment from China. These reports had been classi fied by Mr. Service himself as "secret” or “confidential,” but he contended they were carefully se lected to give Jaffe only the same •sort of “background information” that he had been accustomed to give newspapermen in China as part of his official duties. "Serious” Indiscretion. The State Department’s Loyalty Security Board reported the loan of the documents to Jaffe was a “serious” indiscretion and a breach of regulations, but did not (See SERVICE, Page A-3.) NPA Dropping 200 From Staff by Dec. 31 In Economy Hove Other Expenditures Are JJeing Trimmed, Kimball Announces The National Production Au thority is cutting down its staff of 4,695 classified employes by 200 persons by December 31, to econ omize. Prank C. Kimball, director of the personnel-division, and Arnold Sukrow, director of the employ ment division, said today dismis sal notices have gone to 100 em ployes and additional notices are to be issued. Some of the notices, however, were withdrawn when employes quit for a variety of reasons— what is* described as natural at trition. NPA is financed through appro priations to the Commerce De partment, of which It is a part, although initially it was financed through funds appropriated to President Truman for emergency purposes and other funds. Other Expenses Cut. According to Assistant NPA Ad ministrator William A. Murphy, Commerce allotted about $30 mil lion to the agency which means its expenses have to be trimmed by about $1 million. In addition to reducing the staff by 200, Mr. Murphy said, the agency is trim ming expenditures for printing, travel and certain contractural services. Mr. Sukrow said some of those dismissed are being placed in jobs in the Small Defense Plants Ad ministration which has just re cently begun operations. He said an “out placement” program is being conducted to find places for others. Mr. Kimball Indicated that NPA employment operations are in a state'of flux as changing pro cedures shift needs from employes with one skill to employes with another. First Problems Over. For instance, he said, the Con trolled Materials Plan, under which available steel, copper and aluminum are allotted carefully to users, is now over its initial diffi culties. In addition, about 15,000 users of controlled materials have been relieved of the necessity of filing applications for allotments, and a considerable number of ap plications are to be diverted to the Commerce Department’s field of fices. The amount of paper work is thus cut down substantially. Missing U. S. Soldier Believed To Have Deserted to Czechs By tlw Associated Pratt FRANKFURT, Germany. Dec. 14.—An American constabulary trooper was missing from his post today and indications are that he has deserted to Czechoslovakia. The private, whose identifica tion was withheld by United States Army authorities and probably will be for several days, was on sentry duty at Wildenau, near Re hau, when he disappeared Decem ber 12, leaving his rifle behind him. A United States Army officer said tracks in* the snow led from the sentry post near the German Czech border toward Czechoslo vakia and then dwindled out on windswept ground. ‘We do not know where he is,” an officer said: ‘‘Indications are,; however, that he headed into Czechoslovakia.” J Prom other sources it was learned that the soldier had told comrades he planned to desert, and indicated he wanted to go East. It was understood from in formants in the border area that the soldier had been picked up by Czech frontier guards and put aboard a train for Prague. United States Army authorities said that as of now the soldier is listed, as being absent without leave until it has been clearly established he deserted. Unofficially they expected to hear soon if he de-camped to the East. “The Communists will undoubt edly attempt to use him as a propaganda device if he volun tarily crossed the border and asked to stay,” one officer com mented. Three 'Neutrals' Approached for Armistice Role U. S. Asks Sweden, Norway, Switzerland To Inspect in Korea ®y th* Associated Press The United States has alerted three nations—Sweden, Norway and Switzerland—that they may 'be proposed as members of “non belligerent” inspection teams in i event of an armistice in Korea. The proposed teams would main tain a check on whether the Com Thrc* Allied Planes Lost to Flak While U. S. Jets Destroy I MIG. Page. A-2 Allies Put Full Home on Reds if Talks Fail Over Prisoners. Page A-32 Geneva Convention Flouted Deliberately by Reds, U. N. Soys. Page A-32 munists, on the one hand, and the United Nations forces, on the other, were abiding by the armis tice terms. The approach to the three na tions was made through their Am bassadors here yesterday by John D. Hickerson, Assistant Secretary of State for United Nations Af fairs. Mr. Hickerson, it was learned, i told the Ambassador the United States would like to know wheth er their governments had any ob jections to participation on an in spection commission. They were told that in principle the United Nations Korean com mand probably could accept the armistice inspection idea. The Communists have referred to this idea as inspection by “neutral” teams; the United Na tions, as Mr. Hickerson explained it to the envoys, call for "non belligerent” teams. Mr. Hickerson is reported to have said that the American Gov ernment did not believe that any United Nations member could be considered as neutral in the Ko rean conflict but that many mem bers without troops in Korea were clearly “non-belligerent ” feeds Refuse to Supply List of Their Prisoners MUNSAN, Korea. Dec. 14 UP).— The Reds flatly refused today to lift the curtain of secrecy sur rounding their prison camps, but said they would okay the rotation of 5,000 troops a month if the Allies accept other Communist terms for enforcing a Korean truce. The limited rotation plan was part of a new six-point Com munist proposal which made little impression on Allied negoti ators. An official U. N. communi que made no mention of rotation and said the proposal showed "little significant departure from the unacceptable proposal of December 3." The Allies have indicated they might accept a Communist pro posal to use representatives of neutral nations for behind-the lines inspections if an armistice is agreed on. Red delegates said International Red Cross inspection of Commu nist prison camps was “out of the question:” Communists Make Slip. They again refused to turn over l'sts of Allied prisoners unless the U. N. command first accepts the Communist idea of exchanging all prisoners. Rear Admiral R. E. Libby wanted to know why. He asked: “Is it because your list contains just a handful of names and you are ashamed to give it to us?” Later a U. N. spokesman said the Allies would be “more recep tive” to the Reds’ all-for-all ex change proposal if the Commu nists first turned over a list of prisoners the U. N. command con siders accurate. The Reds complained the great majority of prisoners held by the U. N. would not be returned if an exchange were made on a man for-man basis as the Allies want. -A U. N. spokesman called the Communists’ remark a sliD. A U. N. command broadcast from Tokyo to Korea again charged that the Red secrecy con cerning prisoners was “blackmail” to win their armistice demands. Below'Present Rotation Rate. Brig. Gen. William P. Nuckols. official Allied spokesman, said the rotation of 5,000 troops a month, as proposed by the Communists, would be well below the current American rotation level. He said that while the new Red proposal appears to follow closely one offered December 3, many points need clarification. There is a possibility the Com munists may accept the Allied plan for truce inspectors operating under a joint military armistice commission, he said. An Allied negotiator said the whole Red proposal will be studied carefully “for any gimmicks it might contain.” i' ... : ,r, u. »< * •>! i . '.. • ■ ,1 ; " , ' , I< ' - - AT -■ ■ ’3 ! • I Joan Bennett's Husband Faces Court in Shooting of Her Agent Walter Wanger Wounds TV Executive Twice As He Chats With Actress on Parking Lot fry th* Associated Press BEVERLY HILLS. Calif.. Dec. 14.—Before the horrified eyes of his wife, Joan Bennett. Producer Walter Wanger, 57, shot down her agent in a parking lot last night "because he broke up my home.” The greying moviemaker ap proached the pair as they were chatting and without saying a word fired two shots from a .38 caliber pistol at point blank range. The agent. Jennings Lang, 39. was seriously wounded in the groin and leg and underwent surgery lasting an hour and a half. Miss Bennett said she and Lang had been together on bus iness during the afternoon. She denied any romantic interest in him. Mr. Wanger was booked on sus picion of assault with intent to commit murder. He spent the night in jail and was to be ar raigned later today on a similar formal charge or one of assault with a deadly weapon. A bullet ripped through the left front fender of Miss Bennett’s green Cadillac convertible. She was sitting in the car when the gun roared, about 5:30 p.m., in a parking lot across the street from the Beverly Hills police station. Mr. Lang was standing by the car, talking to her. He doubled over, clutching at his abdomen. Chief Anderson quoted Miss Bennett as saying she told Mr. Wanger: "Get away and leave us alone." She told the police chief that her relations with her agent were purely business. Sid Holtzman, manager of a service station on the parking lot, drove Mr. Lang to his doctor’s office on Wilshire boulevard in Miss Bennett’s car. She went along. Mr. Lang later was re moved to a hospital. Two policemen took Mr. Wanger into custody on the parking lot. Miss Bennett, 41—one of the movies’ "glamorous grandmas” like Marlene Dietrich and Gloria Swanson—was quoted by Chief Anderson as relating: About 2:30 p.m. she went into the nearby Music Corp. of Amer ica building to see Lang, her agent ' for 12 years. They took a drive around Bev erly Hills and Hollywood in his car, discussing a proposed television (See JOAN BENNETT. Page A-8.) Winter's First Snow Hits District Area; • Two Inches Forecast Rising Temperatures Tonight Expected to Turn It to Rain Winter’s first snowstorm struck the Washington area shortly be fore noon today and spread a treacherous coating over the city's streets. Eighteen traffic accidents were reported between 12 and 12:30 o’clock. The Weather Bureau warned that 2 inches of snow will fall — ----——— Midwest Highways Hazardous in Wake of Big Snow and Sleet Storm. Page A-2 before nightfall and will be fol lowed by freezing rain. Motorists were advised to dfive with utmost caution. Rising temperatures during the< night will bring rain, which is ex pected to wash away the snow and ice before morning, the fore caster predicted. The city’s snow-fighting equip ment was mobilized shortly after 11 o’clock. Sanders Ordered Out. William A. Xanten, superin tendent of the District sanitation division, ordered 6 big, automatic sanders and 12 trucks with crews of laborers out to cover hills in heavily traveled sections. Extra crews from the Highway, water and sewer departments will be sent out before the eve ning rush to spread sand, Mr. Xanten said. The Capital Transit Co. also: sent out extra crews to sand routes traveled by its buses. A rush call for sand came at (See WEATHER, Page A-4.) Maj. Gen. Frank Merrill Is Recalled to Duty By the Associated Press CONCORD, N. H., Dec. 14.— Maj. Gen. Prank D. Merrill, World War n commander of the famed Merrill’s Marauders, will leave his pgst as State commis sioner of public works and high ways and return to active duty. Recall of the China-Burma India fighter by the Army was announced today by Gov. Sher man Adams, who approved Gen. Merrill’s request for a military leave of absence. Gen."Merrill said he has been ordered to Washington for fur ther assignment. * T Rigsbee Is Acquitted In Poolroom Slaying 01 Gambler Scheve Jury Reaches Verdict After 8 Vi Hours Here; Defendant Is Freed A District Court jury today ac quitted James A. Rigsbee. 36, of a charge of first degree murder in the fatal shooting of Joseph H. (Big Joe) Scheve in a Ninth street poolroom in December, 1949. The jury had deliberated ap proximately eight and one-half; hours when it returned its verdict at noon. The jury also acquitted Rigsbee' on a charge of assault with a dan- i gerous weapon in the shooting and wounding of David Silverman. The latter was struck by a stray bullet in the shooting. The jury did not elaborate on its verdict of not guilty. It could have reached such a decision either on grounds of self-defense or temporary insanity. Defense Counsel James J. Laughlin had claimed both self-defense and temporary insanity on behalf of his client. Immediately after the verdict, Rigsbee’s release was ordered by Judge Edward M. Curran. First Conviction Set Aside. The panel had been told by Judge Curran it could bring in any one of four possible verdicts —murder in the first degree, with death sentence man datory; second-degree murder, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years to life; manslaughter, 5 to 15 years, or acquittal. Rigsbee. who in 1934 pleaded guilty to assault wiht intent to rob, was convicted of second degree murder at an earlier trial in connection with the Scheve slaying. But this conviction and his subsequent sentence of 15 years to life was set aside by the ap pellate court when doubt was cast on the unanimity of the verdict. , Case Based on Self-Defense. I Throughout the trial. Mr. ] Laughlin painted a picture of the defendant as one who was driven i to the point of insanity by i Scheve’s bullying and taunts. The i defense also asserted that Rigsbee I fired In self-defense after Bcheve < advanced on him, pistol in hand. < Prosecutor John D. Lane lashed it Rigsbee as "a yellow a^lley rat” J who, with premeditation, obtained i i pistol and walked into the pool- i room deliberately to shoot down t Scheve. Mr. Lane denied that a Schevs was armed and cited po lice testimony that no weapon s was found on the dead mai^ i J' Virginia Man Named To Social Work Pos) InD. C. Juvenile Court Richmond Attache Picked To Fill $7,040 Position Formerly Held by Woman Appointment of Henry J. Pal mieri of Richmond, Va„ as di rector of social work for the District's Juvenile Court was an nounced today by Judge Edith H. Cockrill. The appointment takes effect January 16. The post has been vacant for more than six months. The last director. Miss Helaine Todd, re signed May 28 in protest against Judge Cockrill's policies. The new appointee is the first man to hold the post. Mr. Palmieri for the last five years has been chief probation officer of the Juvenile and Domes tic Relations Court in Richmond. He has also been superintendent of the Richmond Juvenile Deten tion Home. Served in Ohio, New York. Previously he had been a juve nile court attache in Ohio and New York City, and Judge Cockrill said he has had an extensive back ground as a social worker. He is 42. Judge Cockrill first disclosed the appointment at a meeting of the Juvenile Court Advisory Commit tee yesterday afternoon, but with held the new director's identity until after informing the court staff this morning. In the preliminary announce ment yesterday, the judge stressed that the newT director would be a man, recalling that a special study committee last spring urged more male staff members for the court. The director’s post, which pays $7,040 a year, has been a key spot in the extended controversy which has enveloped the court for nearly two years. Reached in Richmond, the new director said he had “discussed the full situation” of the court with Judge Cockrill before accept ing the appointmnet, and he added: “I am in complete accord with Judge Cockrill on what is to be done with respect to the services rendered by the court.” He said he had a lengthy con ference with the judge here but had not yet talked with staff members. Judge Criticized. Mis Todd's predecessor as direc tor, Miss Virginia Clary, also re signed in a dispute with the judge. Four other court workers have handed in protest resignations. Judge Cockrill came under heavy fire in the spring because jf an order she had issued, severely curtailing the release of informa tion to other agencies involved in the court’s cases. Miss Claire Fagrie, probation supervisor, and Miss Clary were the first to resign, in June, 1950. Next were Mrs. Helen Cooper, a lepartment supervisor, and Miss rodd, both last May. They were followed by Mrs. Grace W. Bell ind Mrs. Caroline Hughes, case (See JUVENILE COURT. A-4.) Fwo Show Girls, Man Hurl In Freak Road Accident A New York man and two Bal ;imore show girls were injured ?arly today in a freak accident nvolving a tractor-trailer truck >n the Baltimore-Washington >oulevard near Baltimore, State >olice reported. The car in which they were j iding was coasting backward lown a hill after running out of! [asoline, police said. A Baltimore wund tractor-trailer truck, pro :eeding up the hill, sideswiped the ar at West Elkridge Hills. Taken to St. Agnes Hospital in laltimore were Harold Freedman, !8, of New York; May Stater. 18, .nd Terry Gayle, 24, both of Bal imore. Miss Stater’s condition' iras described as serious. Police said Miss Stater is a inger and Miss Gayle is a dancer n Baltimore night clubs. Sumner Pike Resigns as AEC Commissioner Was Original Member Of Board; Five Years Of Service Praised The White House today an nounced the resignation of Sum ner T, Pike as a member of the Atomic Energy Commission, ef fective tomorrow night. Mr. Pike, a Maine Republican, was one of the original members of the commission when it waa set up five years ago. He earlier had served on the Securities Ex change Commission. The undated letter of resigna tion disclosed that Mr. Pike had asked to be relieved October 31 which he told the President would mark tne end of his fifth year on the commission. He termed his service there "the most interesting and reward ing task of my working life.” Lauded by Truman. In accepting the resignation of the 60-year-old commissioner, the President said: “I want you to know that I deeply appreciate the more than five years of selfless and devoted service which you have con tributed to the national atomic energy program. The mature wisdom, wide knowledge, varied talent and integrity which you have brought to bear upon the problems of the commission dur ing its crucial formative years have been invaluable in helping to set the course of atomic energy development in this country.” The President added that “aa the sole remaining original mem ber of the commission your loss will be sorely felt.” Was Reappointed Twice. Mr. Pike was first appointed a commissioner late in October, 1946, was reappointed in 1948, and again in 1950. At that time there SUMNER T. PIKE. was a serious fight over his con firmation. By a 5-4 vote. Senate members of the Joint Congressional Com mittee on Atomic Energy reported unfavorably on the nomination by President Truman. The Presi dent stuck by the nominee, blasted the four Republicans and one Democrat who objected, and even tually saw the nomination go Through the Senate by a lop sided count. Senator Hickenlooper. Republi can. of Iowa had accused Mr. Pike of opposing the development of the hydrogen bomb but the com missioner said he merely took time to study the matter and finally concluded that it should be de veloped. Acting Chairman. Mr. Pike was acting chairman of the AEC for several months after David E. Lilienthal resigned in February, 1950. In 1939 and 1940 Mr. Pike was an adviser to the Secretary of Commerce, the late Harry Hop kins. and for six years thereafter was a member of the Security and Exchange Commission. He tried to retire twice before— once in 1939 and once in 1946. Then he was chosen for the first Atomic Energy Commission. An AEC spokesman said Com missioner Pike wanted to retire about a year ago. but agreed to remain on duty because several fellow members were new ap pointees and he thought he should stay to maintain continuity of the atomic program. Novelist Wins Divorce RENO, Nev„ Dec. 14 (A5).—Novel ist Betty Smith, author of the best seller, “A Tree Grows in Brook lyn,” was divorced here yesterday from Joseph Piper Jones of Chapel Hill, N. C. Featured Reading Inside Today's Star THE DOWSING MAYOR—Mayer G. LaMar Kelly, jr., of Rockville, is back home from a round-the-world trip, and it's about time. The Marylond city needs a couple of new water wells, and the Mayor is a "dowser." Haw he goes about finding water is teld in a story by Jayne Lynn Greene on page A-25. SANTA CLAUS AT GRIFFITH STA DIUM—Santa Claus is coming ta Griffith Stadium again. How he will arrive Sunday between the halves at the Redskins' game with the Pittsburgh Steelers is being kept secret. Star Staff Reporter George Kennedy describe* past arrivals on page A-5. HOMEMAKERS—The Christmas spirit is kept alivp throughout the year by the Homemaker Clubs of the Depart ment of Agriculture. Their activitiea ore pertrayed in a picture ooae 1-1.