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A. B. & W. President
Tells Rate Hearing
Firm Is Losing Money
Beverly C. May, president of
the Alexandria, Barcroft &
Washington Bus Co., told the
Interstate Commerce Commis
sion yesterday his company is
losing approximately 3 4 cent
per mile for eve it bus operating.
Mr. May's testimony opened
the ICC hearings on a petition
to grant a fare increase between
the Washington and nearby
Virginia military installations.
The increase is being asked by
the AB&W, the Washington, Vir
ginia & Maryland Coach Co. and
Capital Transit.
Asking 20-Cent Fare.
The companies are asking a
cash fare of 20 cents, 17 J 4-cent
tokens or four for 70 cents, and
an interline ticket with the Cap
ital Transit Co. for 35 cents.
The rates would apply between
Washington and the Pentagon,
National Airport and the Navy
Annex.
Present rates are a 15-cent
cash fare, three strip tickets
for 40 cents and 12 interline
tickets for $2.76. The new in
terline tickets would be sold in
books of 10.
Mr. May told the commission
the service to Government in
stallations is more costly than
regular service because it de
mands a large number of buses
only at peak hour service.
Surplus Reduced.
He said the operating expenses
for the last quarter of 1952 and
the first quarter of 1953 exceeded
the company's revenue. This
reduced the company’s surplus
more than $24,000, he added.
The company has filed for
three rate increases, the com
pany official said. A rate in
crease for intrastate travel has
been granted and another for
interstate service between Wash
ington and points in Virginia
other than military installations
is now under consideration by
the ICC. The current hearings
are expected to continue for sev
eral days.
George R. Snyder, auditor for
the bus company, estimated that
the company’s losses for the
coming year would reach more
than $57,000 if the fare increases
do not go through.
Truce
(Continued From First Page.)
the second straight day treated
yesterday's truce meeting in a
reserved manner—in contrast to j
previous denunciations of the
allied proposals.
It said the U.N. command
asked for secret talks ‘‘for the
sake of free discussion,” but did
not say the allies made a new
proposal.
The truce talks were recessed j
after yesterday’s session until
June I—apparentlyl—apparently at allied re
quest so Red negotiators can
send the plan to Peiping, or even
to Moscow.
Reverses May 13 Proposal.
The South Korean sources said j
the new plan reverses the allies’ j
May 13 proposal under which ;
34.000 balky North Korean pris
oners w'ould be released as civil- !
ians immediately after an arm
istice.
The final disposition of these j
and 14,500 Chinese captives who j
refuse to return to Red rule is
the last major roadblock to a
truce in the nearly three-year
old Korean war.
The ROK sources said South
Korean President Syngman Rhee
—who insists his government will
not accept any armistice that
would leave Korea divided—was
not consulted before the plan
was drafted.
Nor w ; as Maj. Gen. Choi Duk
Shin. South Korean delegate to
the truce talks, the sources said.
Gen. Choi boycotted yesterday s
truce session—probably on or
ders from Mr. Rhee.
South Korea’s cabinet met to
day, but government spokesman
Dr. Karl Hong Kee said there
was no discussion of an “open
break’’ between South Korea and
the United Nations over truce
negotiations. He said the cab
inet did not discuss any phase '
of the talks.
Neutral Commission Retained.
The ROK informants said the
new’ allied plan:
1. Drops the allied May 13
proposal that North Korean
POWs be freed in South Korea
after an armistice. Tire Reds
bitterly oppose this.
2. Retains the Red-proposed
five-nation commission to take
over the 48.500 reluctant pris
oners after a truce. Red agents
would have 90 days for “ex
planations” to the balky captives.
3. Turns over to a postwar
political conference all prisoners
who still refuse to go back to
communism. It was not learned
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SAVED BY HIS VEST—Korea.—M/Sergt. Francis X. Connors
(right) of Bayonne, N. J., who threw himself on a Communist
hand grenade to save the lives of three buddies, points to the
vest that not only saved him from death, but from injury.
Lt. John N. Scandalois of Long Island City, N. Y., holds two
pieces of the grenade which lodged in the vest.
—AP Wirpehoto.
how’ long the conference would
take for this matter, but the
original U. N. plan fixed a 30-
day period. Finally the remain
ing POWs in custody would be
handed to the U. N. General As
sembly.
4. All decisions would be made
by majority vote. The exact
meaning of this provision could
not be immediately determined
but presumably it applies to
the five-nation commission and
political conference.
The Allied proposal, described
by Allied sources in Tokyo as
a showdown plan, is similar to
the Indian plan adopted by the
U. N. Assembly last fall. The
Reds turned it dowrn at that
time.
The new’ Allied plan aroused
bitter feeling in South Korean
government circles. An angry
National Assembly in the pro
visional capital of Pusan ap
pointed a six-man committee to
fly to Seoul and confer with
government leaders.
Nehru Sees and Backs
New Truce Proposals
NEW DELHI, India, May 26
(VP).—Prime Minister Nehru said
today he has seen and indorsed
the latest United Nations pro
posals on Korea. He expressed
hope that an agreement may be
reached at Panmunjom.
Mr. Nehru told a mass meeting
the proposal is the closest so far
to the Indian resolution on Korea
which was accepted by the
United Nations.
Mau Mau Leader Slain
During Battle in Cave
By th* Associated Press
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 26.
British-led security forces have
killed a dreaded Mau Mau ter
rorist leader knowm as Brigadier
Simba (The Lion).
He was shot dowm in a cave
where he and members of his
gang had fled with the head of a
Somali native they cut off in a
raid on a European-owned farm.
Two other Mau Mau raiders
were killed in the same battle.
Simba was dressed in army
uniform with the badges of a
colonel when slain.
The Mau Mau is a secret na
tive organization which has been
waging a campaign of violence
against white settlers and na
tives friendly to the whites in
this British colony.
'Secret' Label Criticized
Government departments mark
many documents “secret” or
“confidential” unnecessarily, says
the Justice of the Peace and
Local Government Review in
London.
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WITH UNITED STATES 40th
DIVISION, Korea, May 26.—A
master sergeant who smothered
a Communist grenade in his
armored vest and saved the lives
of three companions has been
recommended for the Distin
guishe Service Cross, second
highest United States military
award.
The United States 40th Divi
sion told the story today of Fran
cis X. Connors of Bayonne, N. J.
He was moving forward to set up
an outpost when his boot snagged
a Red booby trap.
“Grenade,” he yelled.
Sergt. David G. Moore of Jack
son, Tenn., and Sergt. Roy E.
Zittle of Hagerstown. Md.,
stopped in their tracks. Lt. John
N. Scandalois, Long Island City,
N. Y., hit the ground.
Sergt. Connors threw himself
on the grenade. Exploding steel
fragments ripped into his arm
ored vest and heat seared the
blue nylon jacket He was blast
ed into a tangled bush.
Sergt. Connors slowly picked
himself up, amazed to find he
had escaped injury. Slashes in
the vest showed where fragments
had glanced off harmlessly.
Commended by Lt. Scandalois
for outstanding bravery, Sergt.
Connors shrugged and said: “My
foot set off the booby trap. It
was my responsibility to see that
no one else was hurt by my mis
take.”
Public Works Discussed
At D. C. Conference
Two aides of the Senate Dis
trict Committee today discussed
the city's multi-million-dollar
public works improvement pro
gram with District budget offi
cials for more than an hour.
Robert Albrook, committee
clerk, and William P. Gulledge,
assistant committee counsel,
made' the trip to the District
Building at the request of Budget
Officer Walter L. Fowler.
At the close of the meeting,
Mr. Albrook would only acknowl
edge that the subject matter was
the works program. Other city
officials who sat in were Schuyler
Lowe, director of general admin
istration, and Corporation Coun
sel Vernon E. West:
Area AFL Parley
Debates Hiring of
Full-Time Official
The question of whether the
Maryland-D.C. Federation of La
bor, AFL, should hire a full-time
officer tied up the 47th conven
tion of the union group today.
After much debate, the con
vention decided to proceed with
other business and take a vote
on the officer question tomorrow
morning. This will follow elec
tion of regular officers.
J. C. Turner, Washington
labor leader, led the debate in
favor of a full time officer. He
said the federation’s president
should be in charge of organiz
ing and indicated he also should
be the full time officer.
Callabro Leads Foes.
Opposition to the move was
spearheaded by Sylvester Calla
bro of Baltimore.
Yesterday, the delegates to the
Mayflower Hotel convention
heard Secretary of Labor Durkin
declare collective bargaining
without government interference
was the American way of settling,
disputes.
The cabinet officer’s message
was read by William Hargadine,
jr., regional director of the de
partment’s Wage and Hour and
Public Contracts Divisions.
“Across the Table.”
Mr. Durkin told the delegates
labor and management should
settle their differences directly
across the table. He said this is
insurance against totalitarian
ism, with the parties immediate
ly concerned ironing out their
own troubles.
Mr. Hargadine, w’ho addressed
the convention, declared Mary
land has a better record than
the national average in mini
mum wage violations, overtime
and child labor.
Smith and Durkin
Back Immigrant Bill
Acting Secretary of State Wal
ter Bedell Smith and Labor Secre
tary Durkin urged the Senate to
day to approve President Eisen
hower's request for the admis-
I sion of 240.000 immigrants from
! congested areas of Europe as a
means of strengthening this
country's NATO allies.
Mr. Smith told a Judiciary
subcommittee that 110,000 of the
total would be escapees from be
hind the Iron Curtain who fled to
West Germany and Austria. The
remaining quotas would be:
From Italy and Trieste, 75,000:
from the Netherlands, 20,000;
Greece. 20,000, and other NATO
allies. 15,000.
Secretary Durkin assured the
committee these arrivals to
America over a two-year period
would not endanger the jobs of
any American. Migrants would
be assured of employment before
they get visas.
Elephant Attacks Train
After colliding with a train In
Portuguese East Africa and dam
aging the engine, an elephant,
injured, attacked the rest of the
train causing more damage, Lou
renco Marques reported.
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Girl's Plunge From
Calvert St. Bridge
Gallinger Hospital attendants
described as “good” today the
condition of the 19-year-old girl
who plunged 128 feet from the
Calvert Street Bridge yesterday
afternoon.
Survival of Miss Barbara Tru
itt, 3025 Fifteenth street N.W..
was regarded as nothing short of
miraculous. Only the fact that
her body crashed through a 40-
foot tree spared her life.
She suffered a compound frac
ture of the left leg, fractures of
both arms and the pelvis and
back injuries.
Police still had no explanation
why Miss Truitt, a continuity
writer for Radio Station WTOP,
leaped from the high span.
Miss LaVerne Travers, her
roommate and closest friend,
said Miss Truitt had seemed
happy and contended.
Her mother, Mrs. Martha I.
Truitt, visited the young woman
at the hospital yesterday after
noon. Miss Truitt refused to
tell her why she had murmured
to hospital attendants: “I want
to die.”
Until two months ago Miss
Truitt had lived with her wid
owed mother, an Army Depart
ment employe at Gravelly Point,
at 1137 Colonial avenue, Alexan
dria.
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tion last August, Miss Truitt had
worked for the Army as a clerk-
Red Leader Foster
Gets New Trial Stay
By th* Associated Press
NEW YORK, May 26.—Wil
liam Z. Foster, American Com
munist Party chairman, has won
a new and probably lasting stay
from standing trial on charges
of conspiracy to teach and ad
vocate violent overthrow of the
Government.
Federal Judge Sylvester J.
Ryan yesterday granted an in
definite continuance in the case
after saying a trial might kill the
72-year-old Foster, who has a
bad heart.
Judge Ryan’s action was based
on the findings of a court-ap
pointed physician, who said he
found indications of a rapid de
terioration of the blood vessels in
Foster’s heart.
Foster, who was continued in
$5,000 bail, was indicted with the
first 11 Communists to be tried
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MISS BARBARA TRUITT.
typist at Gravelly Point.
Her education included school
ing at George Washington High
School in Alexandria, the North
field School for Girls, East
Northfield, Mass, and the Mary
Washington College of the Uni
versity at Fredericksburg.
Miss Truitt did not work yes
terday. Sunday she had planned
a canoe outing with Miss Trav
ers and another friend. Miss
Paula Frederick, 17, of 1133
Colonial avenue.
The outing was called off be
cause Miss Frederick had suf
fered a severe sunburn. In
chatting with Miss Truitt by
telephone, Miss Frederick found
1 her cheerful and normal, she
said.
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under the Smith Act. However,
his heart condition won him a
severance.
The other 11. all top American
Communist leaders, went to trial
in 1949 and were convicted.
Eight now are in prison. Three
others jumped bond and are still
at large.
Newspaper Advertising
Hailed by J. C. Penney
CHICAGO. May 26 —James C.
Penney, head of J. C Penney
stores, says that in spite of radio
and television “the very back
bone of our advertising must still
be the local newspaper.”
“It seems perfectly natural to
us that retailers can no more
live without newspapers, than
newspapers can live without retail
advertising,” he told a meeting
of the Inland Daily Press Asso
ciation yesterday,
j Mr. Penney asserted, “the bet
ter a newspaper is news-wise,
the more attention its adver
tisers get.”
THE EVENING STAR, Washington, D. C.
ITESDAT. MAY 36. 1»63
12 MIGs Shot Down
In One Day; Fighting
On Ground Dwindles
By the Associated Press
SEOUL. May 26.—United States
Sabre jets shot down 12 Com
munist MIGs and damaged an
other today, boosting their MIG
kills this month to 51—12 less
than the Avar's one-month record
set last September.
Two sharpshooting pilots
bagged two MIGs each in savage
sky battles high over North
Korea.
Maj. James Jabara of Wichita.
Kans.. the world's first jet ace
now serving his second combat
tour in Korea, got two and
boosted his total kills to nine.
Maj. Jack E. Mass of Red Bank,
N. J„ doubled his score with two
MIGs.
The war's one-day record is
13 kills, one probable and seven
damaged on July 4, 1952. To
day’s bag was the biggest since
May 18 when 12 Red jets were
destroyed.
Night - flying B-26 bombers
w’iped out 90 Communist trucks,
destroyed a locomotive, seven box
cars and a railroad bridge in
pre-daw’n strikes, the Air Force
said.
8—29 Superforts smashed a
130-acre troop and supply area
north of Hamhung on Korea's
east coast and bombed smaller
supply dumps in the same area.
Ground fighting dwindled to
patrol clases as the air war
mounted in intensity.
The opening sky duels flared
while Sabres were flying cover
for 23 Sabre fighter-bombers
which streaked deep into North
Korea and blasted a troop con
centration area on the west coast,
10 miles southeast of Namsi. The
Air Force said 22 buildings were
destroyed.
Other Sabre fighter-bombers
slammed 1,000-pound bombs
onto Red anti-aircraft guns
northeast of Kumsong, attacked
rail lines and supply areas,the
Air Force said.
Allied warships pounded Com
munist shore batteries and other
installations on both coasts, the
Navy announced.
Costs Exceed Taxes
PARIS (CDN).—Wine and
liquor taxes bring France's treas
ury more than $l5O million a
year. But according to the In
stitute of Demography, it costs
more than twice that much to
look after alcoholics and their
families.
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To Revive One-Shot
Appropriation Bill
The Senate is slated to make
another attempt today to re
vive the Byrd plan for a single
package appropriation bill, in
stead of splitting the annual
Federal budget into a dozen or
more departmental measures.
Congress tried the plan a few
years ago, but without author
izing it as permanent procedure,
and the following year House
leaders insisted on returning to
the old system.
Senator Byrd, Democrat, of
Virginia, believes his new reso
lution is an improvement over
j the 1950 experiment, because
it seeks to have Congress con
trol the amounts each depart
ment would spend in a year
out of old and new appropria
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At present, the annual apprl
ation bills measure only the
amount of new money being
authorized, but place no curb
on overall spending out of bal
ances from past authorizations.
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