One hundred and fifty seven British sailors were killed when German U-Boats torpedoed the destroyer Daring. The British Admiralty confirms the loss of the ship, which occured at an undisclosed time at an undisclosed location, with only five members of its crew known to survive. The Daring is the sixth British destroyer lost since the start of the war, and the twenty-fifth British vessel in total. The confirmation of the Daring's fate comes as German authorities claim to have destroyed thirty-two ships in just the past six days, and that the Daring was sunk during an attack on four convoys. Reports from Finland claim that an entire Russian division of 18,000 men was killed or taken prisoner fifteen miles from the Russian frontier northeast of Lake Lagoda near Syskyjarvi. The Finnish reports do not comment on Russian claims that Red Army forces continue their advances thru the Mannherheim Line, and that Soviet troops have "isolated" a key Finnish fortification at Kovisto. The wife of convicted abortionist Dr. Henry Blank testified today that Dr. Abraham Ditchick tried to prevent her husband from testifiying before Assistant Attorney General John H. Amen about his involvement with a Brooklyn abortion ring. Mrs. Sydney Blank took the stand today in Dr. Ditchick's trial in Brooklyn Supreme Court to state that the two men met last summer at a lodge in the Catskills to discuss the situation, and that she was present when Dr. Ditchick told her husband that he should keep quiet. Mrs. Blank testified that Dr. Ditchick told her husband that County Judge George Martin had been convicted of accepting a bribe in an abortion case from Dr. Louis Duke, that Assistant Attorney General Sol Ullman, also under indictment, would be freed, and that Amen would have to "depend on the same witnesses" thruout his investigation. Dr. Blank, stated his wife, was primarily interested in preserving his own medical license, and the discussion between the two men "nearly came to fisticuffs." Mrs. Blank told reporters that whatever her husband has done is all right with her, and that she is "sticking by him." Earlier, Dr. Blank testified that he had paid Dr. Ditchick almost $15,000 out of the fear that he would lose his medical license if Ditchick turned him over to the Medical Grievance Board. Dr. Blank stated that Mr. Ullman was Dr. Ditchick's "man on the Medical Grievance Board, " and further stated that Dr. Ditchick had urged him not to worry about Mr. Amen, because "Amen would be taken care of." Dr. Blank is currently serving a sentence at Sing Sing Prison after being convicted of performing an illegal abortion, but insists he did no such thing, stating instead that he had performed about three hundred "therapeutic abortions," which, he argued, are not illegal. Dr. Blank currently has an appeal pending before the Brooklyn Appellate Division, and is seeking reinstatement of his medical license, which was automatically revoked upon his conviction. A university-trained psychologist who earned a comfortable living giving "Crime Does Not Pay" lectures was brought into court today on a stretcher to be sentenced on his fourth forgery conviction. Joseph Gordon of 108 Myrtle Avenue had pleaded guilty to passing a bad check for $22.50 for 85 cents worth of food at a DeKalb Avenue grocery store, and could have faced a life prison sentence as a habitual offender. But Judge Franklin Taylor refused to impose that sentence, noting the triviality of the crime, which involved no violence, and allowed Gordon -- whose lectures were once heard over fifty radio stations -- to plead guilty to a petty larceny charge instead of third-degree forgery. Police Lieutenant Cuthbert J. Behan has pleaded not guilty to twenty-four departmental charges stemming from his alleged involvement in the borough bail-bond racket. Behan's attorney requested that the trial before Special Deputy Commissioner Jeremiah T. Mahoney begin next Monday, but Mahoney protested that he plans to be on vacation next week, and instead called for the trial to begin on March 4th. Heavy rains continue to diminish the legacy of last week's heavy snowstorm, but many roads in the borough remain impassable. Bushwick Avenue remains full of slush and bad ruts, and it is impossible to drive thru a green light at intersections without slowing nearly to a crawl. Van Buren Street is barely cleared enough for a single file of traffic, and the tall snowbanks of Lafayette Avenue force the motorist to drive directly behind the trolleys. Side streets off Willoughby Avenue remain completely blocked. Myrtle Avenue is, like Lafayette, reduced to a slow-moving single file of traffick. Total travel time from Bushwick to Borough Hall -- forty-five minutes for a trip that usually takes fifteen to twenty. (Funny, I always kind of thought if Antarctica had an official cigarette, it would be Kools.) "Appreciative Reader" reprimands Helen Worth for allowing an obvious prank from a "perverted mind" like that letter from the 17 year girl about getting spanked to sneak thru. Helen notes that she's been doing this column for seventeen years now, and acknowledges that sometimes she does get pranked, but since she possesses no magic crystal ball or powers of divination, she has to give the benefit of the doubt. Discriminating burglars broke into a Queens apartment this morning and escaped with a $500 Persian lamb coat. Robbers rifled the home of Miss Edna Quigg at 395 Ocean Avenue, ransacking her living room and stealing her fur. The burglars also emptied the pocketbooks of Miss Quigg, her sister, and their niece, but found no cash. The trio had hidden fifteen dollars in a fur muff, which the robbers did not discover. The man who introduced the saxophone to the modern dance orchestra and gave Rudy Vallee his name has died at the age of 46. Rudolph "Rudy" Wiedoeft was pronounced dead today at Flushing Hospital of a stomach ailment after being taken from his 165th Street home in Flushing. Mr. Wiedoeft was a sensation in the world of music even before he took up the saxophone, playing first clarinet in a Denver orchestra at the age of 11. Among Wiedoeft's students was Hubert P. Vallee of Westbrook, Maine, whom Mr. Wiedoeft instructed by mail, and who took his master's name in tribute. Mr. Wiedoeft subsequently made several appearances on Vallee's radio program. Mr. Wiedoeft most recently led a quiet life giving music instruction from his home. The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa told a Brooklyn audience today that "irreligion" affects at least half the people in the United States. Bishop Francis C. Kelley spoke at St. John's University, urging organized action to "clean up books, magazines, and some editorials" just as the movies have been "cleaned up." Meanwhile, columnist John Heffernan rails against progressive education as the real cause of America's problems, declaring that Dr. John Dewey, leader of the movement, is "noted for his strong interest in the Russian Revolution," and further states that Dewey's philosophy of "Learn By Doing" is similar to the "Strength Thru Joy" credo of Nazi Germany. And he also points out that the fruits of Dewey's philosophy can be found in the familiar "New York dialect," so widely spoken by our youths, and which is so inferior as to prove disadvantageous in later life. Students, he insists, must be taught "the correct expression of ideas." ("See," says Lippy. "This is the ball. Ya throw it. After that -- we'll see.") Tex Carleton, a $10,000 Dodger pickup, may be 33 years old, but he feels like a kid again as he gets the kinks out of his pitching arm. Carelton, a consistent fifteen-to-eighteen-game winner with the Cardinals and Cubs over the past seven years, was plucked from the roster of the Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association by Larry MacPhail, who thinks Carleton still has a few good wins left in his wing. Carleton struck out 147 batter in the A. A. last year, following a sore-armed 1938 that ended his career with the Cubs, but thinks he could have done better. He expects to do so for Brooklyn in 1940. Joe Medwick made an appearance at the Dodger camp yesterday -- but not to play. He was hanging around waiting for his pal Durocher to finish for the day so the two could go play golf. The Duck has yet to sign his 1940 contract with the Cardinals, and says he won't sign for less than $20,000. The Americans might be in sixth place in the National Hockey League, but last night's tie against the Blackhawks means they still have a shot at a playoff berth. They'll face the Rangers Thursday night at the Garden, and Eddie Shore is slated to play in eight of the Amerks' nine remaining regular-season games. Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray star tonight in "Made For Each Other," on the Lux Radio Theatre, 9 pm over WABC. Or you can tune in right here: Jo doesn't want to slap Oakdale -- on the back. With nothing else to do, Leona decides to go to that YCL dance she heard about, and she picks up a few pamphlets on her way in. Real effective gas dispersal system you've got there, Arliss. I can see why you're such a criminal mastermind.