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VOUjO-—N°. 262. __WILMINGTON, N. C., SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 1947 ~ ESTABLISHED 1867!
--— . ' ' — 1 1 , ... _ __
Levee Battle
Now Intense
Coast Guard Sends Men,
Boats To Evacuate Els
berry Area People
HANNIBAL, Mo., June 20. —UP)
A tense battle to save key levees
" tinued tonight as new crests
f°j.e down on this area in a continu
Dtio:1 of June floods that Army
‘ineers reported had inundated
, 295 square miles in the upper
Mississippi river valley- . ,
' The most critical areas in the
flood-weakened barriers were
,.r0sS the Mississippi m Pike
fount)’ in-- where the 60-rnile
, siiv levee was endangered,
'snd iu the Elsberry’ Mo” district
south of here.
' The division Army Engineer’s
uice 2t St. Louis announced that
mo tOO acres, or 1,295 square miles
_ , been flooded this month with
jevee failures accounting for 387
‘-re miles of the inundated land.
1 The engineers estimated 20,000
had been made homeless and $30,
000.000 damage wrought in the past
two weeks.
Force Dispatched
As the government Weather Bu
rpau at Burlington, Ia„ forecast
", rains in Northeast Missouri
and Southeastern Iowa in the next
,4 to 48 hours, the U. S. Coast
f.nard unit at St. Louis sent a task
force of 25 men and ten 18-foot
hoats for removal of families from
the "threatened Elsberry district.
Emergency radio facilities were
established in the area.
The situation in the area across
the Mississippi in Pike county was
described as critical with one-third
{ the 120,000 acres protected by
the levee already covered by back
water from the Sny river which
empties into the Mississippi at the
Southern end of the weakened, rain
soaked barrier.
All persons living in the district
were ordered to leave by local of
ficials and most of the 600 resi
dents of Hull, 111., about 10 miles
inland, took refuge in nearby Kin
derhook.
One hundred families previously
had evacuated South Quincy which
was hit by last week’s floods.
STEAMER SERVICE
REAL PORT NEED
SPA Chairman Discusses
Plans, Activities Of Unit
Before Club
It i* ■ impossible to expect any
thing great for the port of Wil
mington until a real justification
of commerce and steamship serv
ice is attained.
So declared R. B. Page, pub
lisher of the Star-News and chair
man of the North Carolina Portu
suthoritv, in addressing members
«f Wilmington Exchange club
yesterday on plans and activities
o! the authority and an analysis
of '.he problems of the port or
Wilmington. The speaker was m
tioduced by E. R. Wlison.
An important undertaking of the
authority. Page said, is the “ef
Jr.fi to make the Piedmont section
at North Carolina greater port
ir.ir.ced.-’ This approach has been
based on rate advantage enjoyed
by Wilmington and Morehead city
over Charleston and Norfolk in
the greater part of the state. . . . •
but despite this advantage for Tar
Feel ports, Norfolk gets the great
s' part of the state’s tobacco be
cause of its good warehouse stor
age facilities.”
Need Piedmont
> ,rth Carolina s ports cannot
ix great growth until they en
full favor of the Piedmont,
one the nation’s richest manu
fa. ng and agricultural areas.”
survey being made on the
potentialities for water
erce. by the engineering
of Frederick R. Harris of
York, is now nearing com-j
in, Page said, and when it
I impleted “we shall know the
ibilities for Wilmington and
r deep-water ports.”
ie general offices of the SPA
to be established in Wilming
shortlv after July 1, the date
an the $50,000 annual appropri
« on voted by the last General
• sembly becomes available for
n aintenance of this office and
’ itrying out the authority’s pro
gram, he continued.
Seek Yard Lease
Other activities of the authority
such as the effort to acquire the
now-idle shipyard here from the
0. S. Maritime commission for
conversion into deep-water termi
See STEAMER on Page Two
The Weather
FORECAST:
North Carolina—Mostly cloudy with
occasional showers and moderate tem
peratures Saturday. Sunday partly
cloudy and warmer witti scattered
■fternoon and evening thundershowers.
South Carolina—Considerable cloudi
ness with scattered afternoon and eve
ning thundershowers -nturday and Sun
il3''- Little change in temperatures Satur
daJ' warmer north portion Sunday.
(Eastern Standard Time)
(By u. S. Weather Bureau)
. Meteorological data for the 24 hours
ending 7;3o p m> yesterday.
TEMPERATURES
a. m. 72; 7:30 a. m. 74; 1:30 p.
rn‘ 7:30 p. m. 72; Maximum 82; Mini
mum 70; Mean 76; Normal 78.
HUMIDITY
1;30 a. m. 83; 7:30 a. m. 83; 1:20 p. m.
7B; 7:30 p. m. 91
PRECIPITATION
Total for 24 hours ending 7:30 p. m.
ll7 Inches.
Total since the first of the month 4.25
inches.
TIDES FOR TODAY
numington _ 11:51 a.m. 6:48 a.m.
- p.m. 6:51 p.m.
as°nboro Inlet 9:50 a.m. 3:44 a m.
10:12 p.m. 3:45 p.m.
hunrise 5:01; Sunset 7:26; Moonrise
'ia; Moonset 10:32p.
ftiver stage at Fayetteville, N. C. at
1 »• Friday 9.8 feet.
-ore WEATHER On aPge Two
ON VIEW FOR THE FIRST OP Chicago is the new Tucker
48, which has a rear engine drive u other changes in basic automo
bile design. It has a 128-inch wheelbase, is 5 feet high and rides from
30 to 35 miles on a gallon of gas. In addition to ordinary headlights it
has a “cyclops eye” light in the center which turns with the front
wheels and lights the way around the curves in the road. (Interna
tional Soundphoto).
College Will Offer
Course In Aviation
NICE CHILD
ST. OUEN, Jersey,' Channel
Islands, June 20—(U.R)—William
Pattison, 3, was sent to. the
home of his grandparents in
England today so his parents
could relax after he:
1—Upset a lamp and started
a fire in the chicken house,
causing the death of 100 chick
ens; 2—Started a fire in the
kite! °n ,'hich scorched the Pat
tison dinner, and 3—Released
the brake on his father’s new
car, which disappeared in the
duckpond.
HICKS BELIEVES
SPLIT POSSIBLE
Chamber Airport Chairman
Thinks CAB May Divide
Airline Routes
Hamilton E. Hicks, chairman of
the airport committee of the Cham
ber of Commerce, believes that the
Civil Aeronautics board will set
tle the controversy between State
airlines and Piedmont aviation by
granting each of the airlines part
of the route.
“It is my personal opinion,” he
said, that “CAB will split the
routes in order to save face.”
Piedmont aviation did not re
quest the route between Wilming
ton and Cincinnati in their original
application, but State airline did
make the request in their applica
tion. CAB’s decision was in-favor
of Piedmont.
It has been the p ecedent of CAB,
Hicks explained, not to grant a
franchise to any airline unless it
was requested in the application,
and that is why large airlines such
as Eastern, American, and Pan
American have taken an interest
in the case.
Points Advantages
Hicks pointed out that CAB, with
a partial reversal of the decision
in the Southeastern States case,
could grant State the Wilmington
Cincinnati route and grant Pied
mont the routes surrounding Win
ston-Salem. Neither firm would be
forced into unwise competition, and
both would get what they original
ly requested in the case, he said.
The larger airlines are favoring
State in its petition to reopen the
case because CAB’s decision was
contrary to the long established
rulings.
Heretofore, when an airline was
granted a route and later wished to
make an additional stop, which was
not listed in the original applica
tion, another application would
have to be filed, he said. “The
case has become a matter of prin
cipal with those airlines.”
ONE MEMBER FAVORS
REOPENING CASE
Morning Star Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON, June 20. — At
least one Civil Aeronautics board
member favors reopening the
Southeastern States case, in re
sponse to pleas from airlines and
cities seeking changes in the de
cision, Representative Bryson,
of South Carolina, said today.
See HICKS On Page Two
1947 PIG CROP SET
AT 85,651,000 BY
AGRICULTURE AGENCY
WASHINGTON, June 20 —(TP)—
The Agriculture department fore
cast today a pig crop of 85.651,
000 head this year—an increase of
three per cent over last year.
This increase, if borne out, will
be reflected in larger supplies of
pork next fall and winter and in
the spring of 1948.
The number indicated for this
year compared with 83,019,000 last
year and with a 10-year (1936-1945)
average of 85,203,000.
North Carolina 781,000 and 831,
000; South Carolina 464,000 and
513,000.__i_
Wilmington Junior Curri
cula To Include Six
Other Subjects
Seven distinct courses, includ
ing one in aviation at which prac
tical experience may be obtained
at Bluethenthal airport, will be of
fered students who next Thursday
and Friday enrol] in Wilmington’s
new junior college.
Course in liberal arts, com
merce, home economics, engi
neering, pre-medical, law and
science will be in the curricula
Those studying aviation, which
will include engineering, will be
given the advantage of technical
experience.
Shops for that will be set up
at the airport, President T. T
Hamilton announced last night, as
plans materialized for the enroll
ment of men and women next
week at the New Hanover high
school.
President Hamilton explained
that the college work will center
around academic and terminal
curricula and technical and short
courses.
Students expecting to take their
first two years work in Wilming
ton will tie offered their choices
of the academic courses as listed.
English will be common to all of
those topics.
Follows Program
Engineering will lean heavily to
mathematics and biology. Com
mercial subjects place emphasis
on economics and business and
follows the program of the Uni
versity of North Carolina.
Law will go toward social and
political science with home eco
nomics looking towar^ textiles,
nutrition and personal service.
Science has a general offering in
that field and liberal arts is de
signed for those interested in gen
eral subjects.
Terminal courses are offered
for those attending college for
only two yeats and terminal sub
jects will involve business admin
istration, secreterial science and
merchandising.
Technical courses will be de
signed to train students in skills
necessary for industrial enter
prises.
Plans Approved
The North Carolina college con
ference’s committee on accredita
tion, already has approved the
college’s plan on requirements
and students graduating will be
recognized for entrance to ad
vanced colleges and universities.
Only instructors with master’s
degrees in their respective fields
will be on the faculty, president
Hamilton said. Requirements for
admission to the college, whicn
opens its doors Sgptember 4, are
the completion of four years high
school work from accredited in
stitutions.
RAINS WASH OUT
125- FOOT BRIDGE
Steel-Truss Span, One Of
Ten Structures In Ninth
Divisi6n, Goes Down
RALEIGH, June 20—(A>)— Ten
bridges, one a 125-foot steel-truss
structure in Alexander county,
have been washed out by recent
rains in the Ninth division, W.
Vance Baise, state highway com
mission engineer, said today.
The big steel-truss bridge was
over a county road in Alexander
county, but Baise could not say
definitely where it was located.
He said all but this 125-foot
structure would be replaced with
in a week. The big bridge,*he said,
would require ‘‘a little time” to
be repaired.
The Ninth division embraces
these counties: Alexander, McDow
ell, Rutherford, Cleveland, Polk,
Burke, Gaston, Lincoln, Catawba,
and Iredell. __
Whereabouts Of Reserve
Trainees Much I n Doubt
The question of what has hap
pened to the 24 men .who left Wil
mington last Saturday to partic
ipate in a two-week Naval Reserve
amphibious training cruise and
what the men now are doing was
yesterday paramount in the minds
of local Naval Reserve efficials.
Two of the members of the or
ganized surface division 6-29 have
written local reserve headquarters
and have answered the question,
but the letters make the solution
even more confusing.
One says, “we're headed for
Iceland via New York with liber
ties in both” while the other says,
“we’re anchored in Chesapeake
Bay and we’ll be here for two
weeks. We won’t make any foreign
ports, we won’t even hit New
Tork.”
On one thing, the two agreed,
they’re not on an amphibious
cruise, they’re aboard the U. S. S.
Fitch, a destroyer mine sweeper.
Both ,too, said, “The chow is
good.”
Sam Bruff says he’s going to Ice
land, Neal Partrick says he’s go
ing to stay in Chesapeake Bay
with "two or three days at sea
working on problems”. Naval Re
serve officials say nothing—they
are waiting for the third letter.
Truman Tells Nation Labor Bill
Will Divide People, Aid Strikes;
Soviets Walkout On UN Meeting
Gromyko Says
No “Boycott”
Question Of Procedure On
Global Police Force
Precipitates Break
LAKE SUCCESS, June 20.—(£>)
Russia resorted to the walkout for
the second time in United Nations
history to emphasize her disagree
ment with the other four mem
bers of the big power military staff
committee on a question of proce
dure.
Tne walkout occurred at a closed
meeting of the generals and ad
mirals who have the responsibility
for drafting plans for a global po
lice torce and carrying out orders
of the Security council for the use
of such a force.
Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister
Andrei A. Gromyko explained to
reporters afterwards that the with
drawal of the white-jacketed Sov
iet ‘brass and braid” applied only
to this morning’s meeting and that
it was not intended as a general
boycott of the military discussions.
Some delegates expressed the
belief, however, that the new move
reflected stiffening Russian trend
toward refusal to participate in
deliberations where they were out
voted. Although this was the first
actual walkout since Gromyko
himself strode out of the Security
council March 27, 1946, during de
bate on the Soviet-Iranian ques
tion, Russia frequently has refus
ed to participate in U. N. projects
Soviet Defeated
Today's Soviet military delega
tion maneuver came just before
the Security council handed Russia
another defeat by voting 9 to 1 to
begin discussions immediately on
the selection of a governor for
Trieste. Russia alone opposed the
British proposal on Trieste.
France abstained.
In view of Gromyko's insistence
that Russia could not agree to
consideration of the governorship
in the council until the Italian
peace treaty was ratified and in
force, some delegates feared he
See GROMYKO on Page Two
SALISBURY FLIER
IN DARING RESCUE
Lieut. Bert Hoffman Lands
Plane On Rough Sea To
Aid Fellow Officer
QUONSET POINT, R. I„* June
20 —(/P)—The pilot of a single-seat
er Navy float plane out of the
Naval Air station here today
made a landing and takeoff in
heavy seas 15 mile? South of Nan
tucket ' Island to rescue a fighter
pilot who had ditched his disabled
plane, the Navy announced to
night.
Ensign Malcolm Sillars of Bos
ton landed his Hellcat at sea after
the motor quit on an operational
flight at 30,000 feet. He floated
an hour in his life jacket while
fellow fighter pilots circled the
spot and a crash-rescue flying
boat stood by, under orders not
to land because of the rough seas.
■ Hearing “rescue talk” on his
radio as he was about to take
off from this base, ’Lt. Bert A.
Hoffman of Salisbury, N. C. got
radio clearance from Quonset to
the scene and made a successful
landing near the floating pilot. It
took him 20 minutes to maneuver
alongside the floating pilot.
Despite the extra load, Lt. Hoff
man lifted his small plane suc
cessfully from the sea. A big wave
tossed the craft 30 feet into the
air and it fell off on one wing
but he gunned it into safe flight
just before it was to hit, he said
here tonight.
Ensign Sillars was treated at
the dispensary for exposure, and
discharged.
Along The Cape Fear
TIMBER PRODUCTION —
Timber in the turpentine industry
in Wilmington and vicinity in the
188U’s principally came from Blad
en, Cumberland and Robeson
counties. To get it to this city,
after it was cut and hewn, it was
shaped into rafts on the banks of
the river and its tributaries. There
i it was held until freshets came
along to carry those rafts down
stream.
Often there were so many rafts
at one spot, that it was nearly
possible to walk across the logs
from one side of the stream to
the other. Only a small charnel
was left in midstream to allow
the passage of vessels.
* * *
STORES AND YARDS — Naval
stores that handled turpentine and
its by-products lined both the west
and the east side of the Cape
Fear river at Wilmington. There
were two turpentine stills around
1885 in the northern section of the
city.
One was the Wilder and Mor
ton firm and the other Blossom
and Evans company. There also
were commodious yards for stor
age along the river from between
Orange a:id Nun streets,
%
THE SHERIFF GETS A NEW BADGE—Mr s. Thomas J. Gause, left, is shown pinning a dia
mond studded gold badge on the coat lapel of Sheriff F. Porter Davis, as Mrs. Davis looks on. The badge
a gift of. over 100 friends^of Davis, was presented a t a fish fry given in his honor at the Blue Top lodge
last night. (Staff photo by Ben Maynard).
SHERIFF HONORED
AT FISH SUPPER
Friends Present Porter
Davis With Diamond
Studded Gold Badge
Sheriff F. Porter Davis is a brave
man, but last night tears welled the
eyes of the veteran law enforce
ment officer as over 100 of his
close friends, including representa
tives of the city and county gov
ernment nad members from every
law enforcement agency in the
county gathered at a fish fry and
presented Davis with a diamond
studded gold badge.
The badge, a symbol of his au
thority as sheriff of New Hanover
county, was pinned on his lapel by
Mrs. Thomas J. Gause, wife of
the late Capt. Thomas Gause, one
of Dr vis’ closest friends, as, 100
guests cheered.
Wilbur Dosher, Wilmington post
master acted as master of cere
monies and introduced many of
the prominent guests. Representa
tives of the city council, county
patrol, federal bureau of investi
gation, city police officers, sher
See SHERIFF on Page Two
COOLEY TO URGE
FARM BILL FUNDS
North Carolina Congress
man Will Appear Berofe
Senate Committee
WASHINGTON, June 20 — OP) —
Rep. Cooley (D-NC) will ask the
Senate Appropriations committee
tomorrow to restore millions of
dollars to the Agriculture depart
ment appropriation bill for the
next 12 months.
He told a reporter he will urge
that the Senate “save the Ameri
can farmer from the disaster of
the House-trimmed bill.”
Cooley, who is a member of the
House Agriculture committee, will
ask the Senators to put into the
bill again $108,000,000. which he
said was chopped off of section
32 funds. These are derived from
30 per cent of import duties and
are allotted to disposition of sur
plus crops in this country. The
House allowed only $40,000,000’.
He said he also is asking the
committee to add $135,000,000, for
soil conservation payments be
cause “it is a breach of faith for
Congress to take this money from
the farmers.”
He said “the House took so
much money away from -the Farm
Home administration there isn’t
even enough left fci the organiza
tion to operate efficiently.” He
wants $35,000,000 added for this.
From the top of Sunset Hill,
the view of the river revealed
thousands upon thousands of bar
rels, to carry the product, lining
the banks on both sides of the
river.
At times, residents of those
days still alive, recall that the
accumulation of lumber and naval
stores were so great that both
sides of the Cape Fear river would
be iined with vessels awaiting car
go.
There would be schooners,
brigs, brigantines and barks. But
no full-rigged ships ever came in
to port. And it was not until later,
when Alex Sprunt and Son began
shipping cotton in large assign
ments, that tramp steamers ar
rived in pert.
* * *
ROSIN GUM—As could be ex
pected, rosin yards in the early
days often would catch afire.
Huge, dense, black smoke billows
would surge skyward from the
flames, at times almost obscuring
the light of the sun.
There is some evidence that
Wilmington also may have been
See CAPE FEAR on Page Two
Trask Asks Joint
Income Tax Returns
BREAKS NECK
Special to the Star
Hugh Blackman, 22-year-old
resident of Whiteville, Route 3,
is in Columbus county hospital
today with a broken neck as
the result of a dive from a
pier at Lake VVaccamaw last
night about 9:30 o’clock.
In company with friends,
Blackman was swimming and
diving into the water sustained
the injury.
His condition was reported
critical and unchanged late
today.
KNIFE WIELDER
SOUGHT BY POLICE
Tabor City Man Stabbed In
Back; Another Dies 01
Heart Attack
(Special To The Star)
TABOR CITY, June 20. — One
man was seriously injured when
he was stabbed in the back here
tonight, and another was believed
stricken with a heart attack and
died late this afternoon as he swam
in the Lumber river near Board
man.
Police said they were searching
for Robert Jernigan, 32, who al
legedly stabbed Vance Suggs, 30,
resident of the Green Sea section
of South Carolina after the two
had been in an argument.
Officers said that Suggs was
seriously injured. He was carried
by ambulance to the Columbus
county hospital in White ville.
The stabbing occurred about 9:30
p.m. in an uptown section of the
village, officers added.. Complete
details’ of the motive were not
available.
Meanwhile, the body of Clyde
Manning, 40, was recovered about
11 o’clock tonight about 30 yards
from where he sank in the river.
Witnesses said that Manning and
his two sons and some friends
were swimming in the river when
he suddenly sank in the stream
after swimming about half way
across it.
Wtih Manning at the time of the
tragedy were Wayland and J. C.,
his two sons, and friends, Bob
Watts and Robert Allen.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs.
Mary Anderson Manning, five
children, Leon, Hazel, Kitty Jo, J.
Se Knife Wielder On Page Two
THREE BALTIMOREANS
HELD ON AUTO THEFT
COUNT; RING CHARGED
BALTIMORE, June 20 — W —
Three Baltimoreans were arraign
ed before U. S. Commissioner
James K. Cullen today on charges
of transporting stolen automobiles
from Baltimore, Wilmington, Phil
adelphia to Columbia, South Car
olina, Special FBI Agent Fred B.
Hallford said they had been op
erating an elaborate theft ring.
Booked as Isadore Goodman,
35, cab driver-bartender, Herbert
Prince, 22, Emanuel Hoffman, 37,
bartender, Cullen held them in
$5,000 bond each for hearing next
Wednesday.
Wilmington Truck Farmer,
Lowrimore Appear Before
House Committee
(Wilmington Star
Washington Bureau)
WASHINGTON, Junee 20 — C.
Heide Trask, Wilmington truck
farmer, said today that his com
pany will be "practically bank
rupt” unless congress blocks ad
ditional tax assessments resulting
from a Supreme court decision
outlawing family partnership for
income tax purposes.
Trask and Charles S. Lowrimore,
Wilmington accountant, urged the
house ways and means committee
to pass legislation letting families
divide their income as a means
of paying lower taxes.
Residents of 10 states which al
low the pooling of family Income
pay lower taxes than those in the
ether states, including the Caro
linas, and this "inequity” should
be eliminated, they said at a
hearing on the proposed legisla
tion.
Legitimate Cases
Trask said the bill should rec
ognize legitimate family partner
ship such as his own family, which
operates vegetable farms near
Wilmington.
The Supreme court decision in
February, 1946, against such part
nership for tax purposees, "re
sults in the denial of the God-giv
en right of millions of American
farmers to do justice to their
wives and children who contribute
their labors, and almost their en
tire being to the farming opera
tions,” said Trask.
The pending bill w'ould make
valid for tax purposes those fam
ily partnership, which are legal
under state law and “not just
shams for Income tax evasion,” he
added.
"If we are forced to pay the ad
ditional assessment, it will prac
tically bankrupt us and will take
bread and meat from approxi
mately 500 men and women who
w^ork for us,” he declared.
Equality Basis
Lowrimore said congress should
“place each individual taxpayer
on a basis of equality for income
tax purposes, regardless of the
geographical location of resid
ence”.
RAILWAY U ONS
ASK RULE CHANGE
Western Carriers Repre
sentative Terms Demand
“Featherbedding”
CHICAGO, June 20 —W—The
working rules issue which led to a
nationwide railroad strike 13
months ago was revived today
when five unions representing
350,000 railroad operating em
ployes demanded 44 changes in
the rules.
Conferences between the rail
roads and 17 unions representing
about 1,000,000 non-operating em
ployes opened earlier this week.
These workers asked a wa^B in
crease of 20 cents an hour.
D. P. Loomis, chairman of the
Western carriers conference com
mittee, asserted the wage de
mands wouleh add $568,000,000 an
See RAILWAY on Page Two
Prosecutor Turns Cop
To Capture Trespasser
GREENSBORO, June 20 — (£>)—
Guilford Superior Court Solicitor
Charles T. Hagan left his role of
prosecuting criminal charges long
enough early today to chase down
and hold an alleged lawbreaker for
the city.
Solicitor Hagan and a friend
were returning to Hagan’s home at
12:30 a.m. when they spotted a
man on the lawn close to me resi
and caught the man within 200
yards. The confusion awakened
dence. Hagan set out in pursuit
Hagan’s next-door neighbor, Soli
citor E. D. Kuykendall, of Munic
ipal-county court, the prosecutor
whom the alleged lawbreaker,
George A. Trull, 25, faced in court
this morning. Trull received 30
days on the state roads on u
charge of trespassing.
Senate Fight
Delays Vote
President Makes Last DitcK
Effort To Have Upper
Chamber Sustain Veto
LAL3R AT A GLANCE
By the Associated Press
Truman vetoes Taft-Hurtley
labor bill as “exceedingly
dangerous,’’ “drastic” and
“unworkable.”
House overrides veto, 331 to
83.
Foes of bill delay senate
vote in night session.
Truman broadcasts to nation
that bill is “bad for labor,
bad for management, bad for
the country.”
WASHINGTON, June 20 — ()P)_
President Truman told the nation
tonight that the Taft-Hartlev labor
bill would divide the people and
increase strikes and voiced a last
ditch hope that the senate would
uphold his veto.
The House already had voted
overwhelmingly to override it and
enact the bill, and the senate was
locked in a long night session
when Mr. Truman took to the ra
dio at 9 p.m. (EST) with a scorch
ing new assault upon the meas
ure.
He warned that it was “load
ed,” that it was “filled with hid
den legal traps,” and that em
ployers as well as unions would
regret the day that it was con
ceived.”
Of immediate concern, he de
clared it would not solve a soft
coal strike by John L. Lewis—
a possibility that looms just aiieae
—but only postpone it until cold
October when it would be worse.
Taft Hits Buck
Senator Taft (R-Ohio), co-author
of the bill with Rep. Hartley (R
NJ), scheduled a broadcast in re
ply half an hour later. In ad
vance of his speech, Taft said
the presidential veto message rais
ed “not a new thing” and that it
followed “almost point by point”
a CIO memorandum.
Here is what happened in ten
lam-packed hours after noon.
1- The president's veto message,
more blistering than any he ever
wrote before, was read at noon
(EST) to the House and greeted
with GOP boos. Mr. Truman blast
ed the bib as “dangerous” and
“drastic”, "backward” and “bur
densome,” “unworkable” and “im
possible.”
2. Quickly, without debate, the
House voted to override and enact
See SENATE on Pag© Two
MARITIME BOARD
CLOSING OFFICES
Entire Washington Staff Of
Commission To Take
Enforced Holiday
WASHINGTON, June 20.—UP)—
The Maritime commission announ
ced today 2,850 employees—virtual
ly all its permanent personnel
here—would be furloughed without
pay for the ten days remaining in
this fiscal year.
Vice-Admiral W. W. Smith, com
mission chairman, said the pay
less layoff until June 30 was neces
sary because of “lack of available
administrative funds for the re
mainder of the fiscal year.”
Smith said the commission has
“not exceeded our total appropria
tion”. of funds.
Nevertheless, he said it had
been unable to get permission
from Rep. Taber (R.-N. Y.) the
House appropriations committee
chairman, or from Comptroller
General Lindsay Warren to pay the
employees out of another fund
which would be “ample” for for
the purpose.
Main Offices Hit
Most of the employees affected
are in Washington. A Maritime
official said field offices, reserve
fleet anchorages and personnel
dealing with ship operations would
not be affected.
But the main offices of the com
mission here appear slated to be
almost completely empty for the
ten-day period. It appeared that
there was some question as to
whether even a skeleton crew could
be maintained.
The commission announcement
said that “the Senate is consider
ing as part of the urgent deficiency
bill an appropriation of $15,000 to
maintain a skeieton crew for tele
phone, mail and other similar ser
vices for the remainder of the
fiscal year.”
And So To Bed
The desk sergeant’s phone
rang at the police department
yesterday. ,
“Hello, I want to report
something,” a woman’s voice
said.
“What's the trouble, ma
dam,” the oKicer replied.
“My dog is missing. It’s a
white dog.”
“I know who’s got it,” the at
ficer said.
“Who,^ questioned the warn*
an.
“The dog catcher,” said thfc
policeman.

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