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S1.30 and SI.40 her Month. » J- ° ____ ■■ . — - -- —. ■ - mam --—— | Australian Laborites Swept Out After 8 Years as Coalition of Anti-Socialists Wins 64 Seats _ ♦..... • -« Menzies Due to Get Premiership; Record 5,000,000 Vote By th« Associated Press SYDNEY, Sunday, Dec. 11.— The Australian people turned out their Labor government in a gen eral election yesterday. The Liberal-Country Party co alition, standing for a return to the free enterprise system as op posed to continued Socialism, has won—or as good as won—64 seats in a lower house of 121 voting representatives. The ruling Labor Party, which has been in-power eight years, has won—or as good as won—50 seats. There is no reasonable doubt about these results, although the final Count in some of them is not yet in. Seven seats remain in doubt. In London the Australian News and Information Bureau i said the Labor government has conceded defeat. Crowds of Australians living or stationed in London thronged Australia House fcn the Strand to hear the results. Australia House is the Australian government headquarters in London. (Deputy Prime Minister Herbert Morrison, the Labor Party’s chief political strategist, refused to comment on labor’s defeat in Australia.) Mezzies Hails Result. Thus, Australia followed New Zealand in the British common-; wealth trend to the right. Robert Gordon Mezzies, the Lib eral leader, who will become Prime i Minister, commented after hear-j ing the New Zealand results last week: “The Socialists were brought to power in New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain in that order. This dramatic result seems a hap py omen that they will go out in the same order.” Great Britain must hold general elections before next July. Labor had been in the saddle-14 years in New Zealand, eight years in Aus tralia. It has been in power in Britain since 1945. The best-informed political ob servers expressed belief that Aus tralians are tired of controls and the trend toward more socializa tion, tired of rising prices—which may or may not have been the fault of the government. 5,000,000 Cast Votes. A record number—5,000,000— voted. Now Mr. Menzies will succeed Labor's leader. Prime Minister J.; B. Chifley. Mr. Chifley made no personal concession of defeat, but Issued this statement: "On behalf of the Australian La- j bor Party I thank all those elec tors who voted for our candidates; for the Senate and the House of Representatives. I congratulate my colleagues on their splendid efforts. To hundreds of thou sands of men and women through out the country who gave so much in the party’s cause I offer :ny grateful thanks on behalf of the party and myself.” Mr. Menzies merely told a re porter in Melbourne: i “The government is out.” Labor held 43 of 74 seats in the old House of Representatives. It held a commanding grip on the Senate. Neck-and-Neck Race. Apart from Queensland, it was yi neck-and-neck race in eacn state. In New South Wales, where La (See AUSTRALIA, Page A-2.) Ward Party to Leave Tientsin Tomorrow Sy the Associated Press TAKU BAR, China, Dec. 10— Angus Ward’s ,party is scheduled to leave Red China, Anally, to morrow—aboard a tug. But the 20-odd members of the American consul general's staff are not expected aboard their ship of haven—the Lakeland Victory— before late at night. Their 16 mile trip from Tientsin down the Han River to Taku Bar, in the Gulf of Chihli, will require about 10 hours. They will start at noon. Capt. Paul R. Sexton of the Lake land was so notiAed today. He said no one aboard the Lakeland —no United States Army per sonnel, including a doctor, and no correspondents or photogra phers—would be permitted ashore during the Lakeland’s stay. Nor will any one be permitted to meet Mr. Ward at Tientsin to accompany him back aboard. The ship is expected to sail Tuesday or Wednesday. Robert Puck, German-born Tientsin agent of the PaciAc Far East'Lines, said he was told Mr. Ward and his party of more than 20 “are in good health and good shape.” Storm Hits Philippines MANILA, Dec. 10 (IP).—A new tropical storm—fourth in a month —wfts moving toward the South Central Philippines today. The Weather Bureau said its maximum winds were of 55 miles per hour. It was about 100 miles to the Yunnan Province Falls to Reds As 40,000 Desert Nationalists Communists Sweeping Over Chiang's Last Footholds on Mainland; Chengtu Fall Near By th« Associated Press HONG KONG, Dec. 10.—The Chinese Nationalists lost all but three meager fingertip holds on China proper today. And they were ready to give up one of those —Chengtu—just as soon as they could complete its evacuation. The other two are Sichang, in Sikang Province — virtually sur rounded and worthless: and the Luichow Peninsula opposite Hai nan Island. The Reds are report jed preparing to attack on the peninsula to prevent Nationalists from fleeirig to Hainan, i These were today's fast devel opments: The Nationalist garrison at Kunming — an estimated 40.0CI troops—deserted and seized both that city and its province, Yun nan, for the Reds. It was a coup for former Gov. Lung Yun, one time friend but now bitter foe of Chiang Kai-shek. The deserters seized 12 planes at Kunming Airfield. Later, one of them, flown by Capt. F. E. Birkman, San Francisco, roared away under fire. Only one bullet hit the plane, a Skymaster of the Pacific Overseas Air Service. It carried 57 passengers to Hong Kong. Another took 20 passengers to Hong Kong. American Consul Larue Lutkins of Port Chester, N. Y„ just had been given a farewell dinner by Gov. Lu Han. He was being flown to Hainan. There was no indica tion how many Americans were at Kunming. A communist dispatch reported the Reds’ spearhead was only 6 miles from Chengtu. (But in Chengtu, Associated Press Correspondent Spencer Moosa, reported the National ists stubbornly maintained the Communists were no nearer than 50 miles—at Tzeyang, to the southeast. (However, Mr. Moosa said, (See CHINA, Page A-4.) Navy Will Strengthen Pacific Fleet Because Of Red Tide in China Transfer of Carrier And Several Subs From Atlantic Planned By John A. Giles The Navy plans to shift an air craft carrier and several subma rines from the Atlantic to the Pacific Fleet, it was learned today. The attention now being given naval strength in the Pacific is another indication of administra tion concern over the turn of events in the Orient where Com munist forces are steadily over running Nationalist China. The transfers, expected to be announced soon, will follow the recently announced shift of two cruisers from the Atlantic to the ■Pacific in what was called a move to equalize the cruiser strength of I the two fleets. ~ ■ At present the Navy is operating two 27,000-ton Essex class carriers j—the Valley Forge and the Boxer j —along with two small type escort flat-tops in the Pacific. The sub marine fleet there consists of 31, vessels. In the Atlantic there are nine of the larger type carriers and three escort flat-tops. In addition to the three 45,000-ton carriers, capable of launching 26-ton Nep tune bombers — the Midway J Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Coral Sea—the Atlantic Fleet has three Essex class ships. They are the Philippine Sea, Leyte and Kear sage. The latter two will be mod ernized and strengthened at a total cost of $80,000,000 to allow them to handle heavier type planes. The Essex presently is be ing converted at Puget Sound, Wash., and the Wasp in New York Also in the Atlantic are three 14,500-ton carriers—the Saipan, Wright and Cabot. The Navy has 44 submarines operating in the Atlantic. Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, chief of naval operations, told a National Press Club luncheon recently that he was “concerned” over the weakening of the Pacific fleet .under the shift of naval strength from the Pacific to the Atlantic. He said that he had been “going over the ways and | means of strengthening" the ; Pacific fleet since he took offlce two months ago. The Navy began moving the ' heavier portion of its forces to the Atlantic three years ago. The shifts were stepped up during the Russian blockade of Berlin. The transfers have been so | heavy that when suggestions were jmade recently that the Navy j (See PACIFIC FLEET, Page A-4.) Mother, Two Children Die In Fire Near Baltimore By th« Associated Press * ESSEX. Md., Dec. 10.—A 26 year-old mother and her two email children were burned to death to day in a fire which destroyed their home. They were identified by Balti more County police as Mrs. Mil dred Ulbig, her daughter, Helen Leona, 5, and her son, Michael Walter, 3. Mrs. Ulbig’s sister-in-law, 14 year-old Virginia Lee Ulbig, stag gered from the burning frame house. She was reported in crit ical condition in Baltimore City Hospital with severe burns over much of her body. The fire, of undetermined ori gin, broke out after 6:15 am., when Elmer Ulbig, husband and father of the victims, left the bun galow to go to work. U. N. Takes Up Cost Of Infernational Rule Of Jerusalem Today Aroused Arabs and Jews Threaten to Fight Regime; Assembly in Final Session i BULLETIN NEW YORK UP).—The United Nations Assembly today appro priated $8,000,000 to finance the international regime over Jeru salem which it approved last night. By the Associated Press NEW YORK, Dec. 10.—The United Nations Assembly voted decisively last night to set up an international rule over Jerusalem in the face of open threats against it by the Arab and Jewish occupy ing powers. The 1949 Assembly meets in its final session today to debate what ..8 Jews' Mayor Warns * Of Fight Against International Regime By the Associated Frets JERUSALEM, Dec. 10.— The mayor of the Jewish sec tion of Jerusalem today said his government would fight —“with all the means at our disposal, and if necessary with arms”—any attempt to establish ah international regime in Jerusalem. The Jewish mayor, Dr. Daniel Auster, said there would be “no entry for any one coming to Jerusalem to implement the International ization decision” of the United Nations Assembly in New York. "One hundred thousand Jews in Jerusalem, in whose name I speak, cannot recog nize last night’s vote,” Dr. Auster declared. it will cost in casb. It was warned the cost in blood may also be heavy. y_ Both Israel and Hashemite Jor dan, which now control separate sections, of the city under a mil itary armistice, have said the population will fight rule by a U. N. trusteeship. Israel said King Abdullah of Hashefnite Jordan had told his Arab people the United Nations would rqle the old walled part of the Holy City that he occupies “only over my dead body.’^ That quotation of the King came to the Assembly from Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett. * Israel and Jordan are in tenta tive agreement that they will keep (See U. N., Page A-2.) 'Big Joe'Scheve, Gambler, Slain In Poolroom Rigsbee, 'Tough Guy/ Is Arraigned, Tells Of Personal Feud James Abbott Rigsbee, 35, self-styled “tough * guy,” was arraigned before United States Commissioner Cyril S. Lawrence today on a charge of mur dering Joseph (Big Joe) Scheve, 56, convicted gambler, in a Ninth street pool hall early this morning. Neatly dressed and calm, Rigs bee listened impassively when Commissioner Cyril S. Lawrence said he would continue his prelim inary hearing until December 21. He nodded and said, “Yes, sir,” when the commissioner told him he would be given an opportunity to retain ai lawyer. “Big Joe,” who backed his dice games with $50,000 in cash and had a reputation for slugging those who crossed him, died face down on the floor of a poolroom at 913 Ninth street N.W. with a .38-cali ber slug in his back. Rigsbee fired four shots at “Big Joe" as the gambler, who was sen tenced to serve from one to three years in prison last June, turned to flee. Some 30 patrons in the pool hall flattened themselves on the floor or dived under tables as Rigsbee opened fire. Bystander Wounded. One bullet struck a bystander, David Silverman, 42, of the \300 block of Missouri avenue N.W., in the thigh. He was taken to Emer gency Hospital where his condi tion was reported to be not serious. Another bullet grazed the coat col lar of an unidentified man. The fourth shot buried itself in the wall. With the gun upraised in his hand and a smile on his face, Rigsbee sauntered out of the pool hall and waited on the sidewalk until police arrived. He dropped the gun as he went to hand it to Pvt. Paul Gothard and oblig ingly bent down, retrieved it and handed it to the officer. In the patrol wagon he sat with one foot cocked on a seat and chatted affably with bystanders. “A lot of people »think I'm tough,” he said. “He (Scheve) had been thr eatening me a long time.” Personal Fend Blamed. At police headquarters, Rigsbee calmly told Lt. Richard Felber of the Homicide Squad how he de cided to shoot "Big Joe” after the latter paused him to lose face in the pool hall. After hearing the story Lt. Felber said he was convinced the killing was the result of a personal feud between the two men and had no connection with Scheve’s gambling activities. Scheve was at liberty under bail pending outcome of his appeal from the prison sentence imposed after he was convicted last June with three others of setting up and keeping a gaming table. That case grew out of charges by Robert E. Ricker, a Lancaster, Pa., business man, that he had lost $7,500 at a dice table operated by Scheve in a private home in the 2700 block of Woodley place N.W. Scheve lived at 4515 Longfellow street, Hyatts villf.

Mr. Ricker said Scheve beat him on the head with a gun when he (See SCHEVE, Page A-2.) Violent Storm Devastates Korean Cuttlefish Fleet By th« Associated Press SEOUL, Korea, Dec. 10.—A vio lent, sudden storm ripped through the Korean East Coast cuttlefish fleet last Sunday, causing a heavy loss of lives and boats. Estimates of fatalities ran as high as 600. The marine bureau of the Korean Commerce Depart ment said, however, that official reports were incomplete. The first word-of the tragedy came here today from the Kang nung correspondent of the Ko rean Pacific Press. - He said at least 100 small boats were lost. Medical parties were dispatched to the area from Seoul. Most of the boats were caught about 20 miles off the coast oppo site Seoul when the storm struck at 1 a.m. Cuttlefish are caught at night. They are 10-armed ma rine mollusks similar to squids and octopuses. They are cut into fancy shapes and served as an appetizer. Pope Receives Dagger From Man Who Once Planned to Kill Him •y th« Auociatad Pint ROME, Dec. 10.—A trolley con ductor handed to Pope Pius XII a dagger with which he once had planned to kill him, the Rome newspaper H Tempo reported today. The dramatic scene occurred Thursday night in the Pontiff’s private chapel after a special rosary service attended by a small group of streetcar workers and Vatican laborers, the newspaper said. The conductor, identifed as Bruno Cornacehiola, accosted the Pope and said, according to II Tempo, “Holy Pather, here is 4 Bible which I used to speak against the church and here is the dagger with which I planned to do you harm. I beg your forgiveness.” An unofficial Vatican source confirmed the story, which quoted Cornacchiola as saying he had thought of killing the Pope years ago when he was fighting in the Spanish Civil War. II Tempo said the Pope “smiled with paternal indulgence and asked the man why he had wished to harm him, but the repentant sinner preferred to say only ‘J beg forgiveness.’ ” The Pope then caressed the man’s cheek, whispered ‘God bless you” and withdrew, keeping the Bible and the dagger, the news paper said. ^THAT'S a\ GOOD LINE... \ LET'S USE IT IN THE MESSAGE'/ •j ; DOntfgv ’ SgSS. iSSS**? Isir-I*1 :_ Eisier's Ex-V/ife Links Hiss To Communist Agents Here • Trial Testimony Is First Direct Support For Whittaker Chambers on Disputed Point By Newbold Noyes, Jr. Star Staff Correspondent NEW YORK, Dec. 10.—In shap ing Alger Hiss’ defense strategy over the week end, attorneys for the former State Department offi cial are taking full account of the possible effect on their case of new testimony by Mrs. Hede Massing. A former wife of the fugitive Communist leader, Gerhart Eisler, Mrs. Massing told the perjury retrial jury late yesterday that she and Mr. Hiss had an argu ment in 1935 as to which of them would command the services of Noel Field in the Washington Communist underground. Mr. Field, who also is a former State Department employe, re cently disappeared in Russian dominated Eastern Europe, under mysterious circumstances. Mrs Massing said her conversation with Mr. Hiss occurred in Mr. Field’s home in Washington. “I said to Mr. Hiss, ‘I under stand you are trying to get Noel Field away from my apparatus into yours,’ ” Mrs. Massing, blond, thrice-married and Vienna born, told the jury. She said Mr. Hiss answered: “So you're the famous girl that is trying to get Field away from me.” Mrs. Massing quoted Mr. Hiss as telling her: “We’ll see who is going to win.” She said she coun tered with: “Remember, Mr. Hiss, you are competing with a woman.” The dispute ended, Mrs. Mass ing testified, on the note that .(See HISS,' Page A-3.) Study of Bar of Soviet Information Bulletin In Schools Is Sought Board President Sharpe * Declares Issue Will Be Reviewed Without Bias C. Melvin Sharpe, president of the District Board of Education, today called for a review of action barring the Soviet Information Bulletin from high schools here. He mdde it clear that he was primarily concerned with the man ner in which the action was taken by school administrative officials without attention by the responsi ble school board, expressing no opinion on wisdom of the action itself pending further study. Mr. Sharpe told a reporter that efforts of the Russian Embassy to distribute its slick-paper magazine in the schools should be consid ered without bias and with full attention to Government policy of freedom of international informa tion as well as to the nature of the magazine itself. Copies Pile Up in Office. Norman J. Nelson, first assistant superintendent of schools, dis closed yesterday that high school principals had been instructed to intercept copies of the Soviet magazine addressed to their li braries and send them instead to the Franklin Administration Building, where they have piled up in his office. Mr. Sharpe said he wanted it known that he knew nothing about this action until he read, about it in The Star last night. He emphasized that the matter had not been brought to his at tention as president of the school board. • He asserted that he was re questing a full report. Asked if the whole matter would be recon sidered by the school board, he said sharply, “That’s where it should have been considered in the first place," and made it clear there would be a full review. The magazine is published twice (See MAGAZINES, Page A-3.) West Java Parliament Ratifies Hague Pact iy th« Associated Press BATAVIA, Java, Dec. 10.—The provisional Parliament of the state of West Jaya ratified today The Hague agreement for a United States of Indonesia. The vote was 6 to 4, with 2 abstentions. This brings to 13 the number of states which have accepted the outline for establishment of a new, independent nation in these rich islands of the East Indies. Decisions by the islands of Bangka, Billiton and the Parlia ment of the Indpnesian republic are expected early next week. The lower house of the Dutch Parlia ment also has given approval. Five Testify They Spied Against Bulgaria on Orders of Yugoslavs 5T Witnesses Lined Up For Questioning on Fifth Day Of Trial of TT Reds 8y th# Associated Prill 80FIA, Bulgaria, Dec. 10.—Five witnesses at the Kostov treason trjpl this morning testified that they carried on espionage for the Yugoslav intelligence service. They appeared against 11 Bul garian Communists charged with treason, espionage and sabotage! to aid Yugoslavia. They said they worked against: the Fatherland Front and the Communist Party under direct in structions of Yugoslav Embassy ofiiciHs in Sofia. Iril Nikolov, identified as a for mer Nevrokop district prosecutor, said he followed Yugoslav intelli gence instructions to carry out subversive activities in Mace donia, aiming at the annexation of Bulgarian Macedonia to Yugo slavia. As the fourth day of the trial opened, 51 witnesses for the pros ecution and the defense and five commissions of experts were in line for questioning. The local press prominently carried stories of the attempts of top defendant Traicho Kostov, former deputy premier, to deny some points of his pretrial writ ten confession. “In fact this confession of Kos tov’s was one confirmation of his first confessions” one paper said. “Kostov could not support his de nials with any proof.” Rabotnichesko Delo, Communist Party organ, carried on its front page excerpts from an unpublished letter of the late Premier Georgi Dimitrov to the Central Commit tee of the Politburo. The letter was dated May 10. The paper quoted Dimitrov as calling Kostov “one of the most intelligent individuals* but also a cunning, refined coward for whom there cannot be a place in a really Bolshevik Party, as we with all our heart desire our party to be." Late News Bulletin Crash Hurts Seven Seven persons were injured today when their car crashed into a bridge abutment on Biadensburg road near the Peace Cross at Biadensburg. They were taken to Leland Me morial Hospital, Riverdale. The hospital said there were three adfilts and four children, all col ored. , Truck Kills D. C. Man At Berwyn; 2 Youths Hurt as Car Hits Bus Auto Crashes Into Rear Of Arnold Lines Vehicle On Lee Highway A Washington man was killed last night crossing the Baltimore boulevard at Berwyn. James Lynch Bean, 29, a waiter and counterman of 1447 Chapin street N.W., was struck by a tractor-trailer and died almost instantly. Prince Geofge County police reported. A technical charge of man slaughter was placed against the driver. J. C. Keith, 26, of Society Hills, S. C. Police quoted Mr. Keith as say ing he saw two men trying to cross the highway in front of his southbound vehicle. One hurried across, he said, but the secohd, Mr. Bean, hesitated. Mr. Keith said he applied brakes but the pedestrian got into the path of the truck and was hit. Two Youths Injured. Police said they had not learned the identity of the pedestrian with Mi*. Bean. Two Falls Church youths were injured in an accident at Lee highway and Edison street, Ar lington, at 1:30 a.m. today. Police said their automobile crashed into the rear of an Arn old Lines bus which was about to pull away from a curb after dis charging a passenger. The injured are Joseph J. Catte. 20, of 222 West Greenway boule vard, the auto’s driver, and Wil liam Allen Monch, 18. Route 2, Falls Church, an employe of the East Falls Church Sports Center, according to police. They were takeh to Arlington Hospital, where their condition today was described as fair. Truck Overturns. Police said damage to the au tomobile amounted to $500 and estimated the bus damage at $1, 500. The bus was operated by John Albert Hutton, 25, of the 500 bloqk Grove avenue, Falls Church, police said. Attendants at Prince Georges General Hospital said they treat ed Paul J. Voigt, a Beltsville plumber, for back injuries he re ported receiving when a truck he was driving overturned early to day at Sunnybrook. He told the attendants he fell asleep at the wheel. , Governor of Sarawak Dies of Stab Wounds Sy the Associated Press SINGAPORE, Dec. 10.—A stah wound inflicted by a rebellious native brought death today to the British Governor of Sarawak, 45 year-old Duncan G. Stewart. Mr. Stewart died in a Singapore hospital after a seven-day fight for life. He was stabbed December 3 while making his first visit to Sibu, an inland center of the North JBorneo crown colony to which he came only a month ago. Mr. Stewart’s wife, flown from England, was at his bedside when he died. Their three children still are in England. The British government said the Malay youth who stabbed Mr. Stewart and another who attacked with him, were members of a na tive organization seeking an end to crown rule in Sarawak and the return of the Brooke family of “white rajahs." The two Malays have beep charged with attempted murder but government officials here said the charge probably will be changed. Nine other Malays also have been arrested. 2 Youths Killed, 2 Hurt Seriously In Auto Crash Doctor's Son, 23, Dies Instantly as Car Rolls Down Embankment Two young men were killed and two more seriously' injured shortly after 4 a.m. today when their speeding automobile went out of control at Reno road and Tilden street N.W. and rolled down an embankment into a section of park land near the Bureau of Stand ards. Those killed were James C. Harding, jr., 23, a law student at the University of Pennsylvania, son of Dr. and Mrs. James C. Harding, 5428 Forty-first street N.W., and George Terrell Giragi, 21, of 1606 New Hampshire ave nue N.W. Both were graduates of Notre Dame University. Seriously injured were Frank Finn, jr., 21, of 1606 New Hamp shire avenue N.W., a Federal Bu reau of Investigation employe, and Notre Dame graduate, and Joseph T. Maloney, 21, of Trenton, N. J., a student in a night law class at Georgetown University. Both Have Head Injuries. Mr. Finn was reported to have a fractured skull and head arid wrist cuts, while Mr. Maloney suffered undetermined head in juries and possible fractures of the shoulder and nose. They wefe taken to Emergency Hospital by rescue squad firemen. Dr. Harding, wh^ Is the assist ant medical director of the Vet erans' Administration, said the young men had been visiting in his home and his son was driving JAMES C. HARPING, JR. —Bagby Studio, South Bend. them back to their homes in the doctor’s car when the accident occurred. Police reported the car was traveling “at a very high speed" south on Reno road. The sedan jumped the curb where Tilden street forms a “Y” intersection with Reno road op the border of the Bureau of Standards. The automobile was demolished as it overturned down the embank ment. Mr. Harding apparently was killed instantly, and Mr. Giragi was pronounced dead, at Emer (See ACCIDENT. Page A-3.)' ~ North Korea to Free 2 U. S. Men Tomorrow By the Associated Press SEOUL, Korea, Dec. 10.—North Korea's Communist regime has given definite word that two Americans held nearly seven weeks will be released tomorrow. The Americans are Alfred T, Meschter, 28, of Kinderhook, N. Y., and Albert E. Willis, 40, of Brook lyn. They were advisers to a Korean crew which mutinied and sailed the cargo ship Kimball R. Smith to a Korean Communist port September 22. United States Embassy officials said North Korea’s Radio Pyong yang broadcast last night that the two men will be taken to Yoyap, near the North-South Korea bor der, either tonight or early to morrow. They will be turned over to an official American party at 11 a.m. tomorrow (9 p.m., EST, to day). Both Mr. Meschter and Mr. Willis are members of the Eco nomic Co-operation Administra tion’s marine bureau staff. Snow Forecast Scrapped;^, Rain Due Tonight Instead Predictions of week-end snow for Washington were abandoned bythe Weather Bureau today, and forecasters said anything to fall on the city will come toqjght in the form of light rain. The mercury was expected to reach a high near 40 today. 8kie* will be cloudy tonight, with occa sional rain and a low of about 32 degrees, the forecast said. To morrow will be cloudy and a little milder. Snow, which the bureau first expected to move in this after noon, stopped at Gordonsville, Va., about 75 miles away, fore casters said. Italian Explorer Dies ROME, Dec. 10 (tf5).—Comdr. Alfonso Marria Massari, African explorer of the last century, died' in Rome today. He was 95 years old.

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