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BROOKHARTPLANS
BOARD OF APPEALS
Grievance Hearings Would
Be Taken From Under*
Departmental Control.
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Predicting that his pay bill, now
pending before the Senate, would pass
that body by an overwhelming major
ity, Senator Smith W. Brookhart (Re
publican) of lowa last night publicly
announced that he was preparing a bill
to provide for a board of appeals out
side of the Government departments and
composed of “independent individuals”
to hear grievances of Government em
ployes and hand down decisions in em
ployes’ cases.
Speaking at a mass meeting under
auspices of the Treasury local union
of the National Federation of Federal
Employes which packed the Interior
Department auditorium beyond its ca
pacity, Senator Brookhart announced
also he was preparing a bill to “regulate
the profits of gigantic corporations.”
“When I hear of $100,000,000 cor
porations making $200,000,000 profits, 1 ’
he said, “I feel like Increasing the sal
ary of Federal employes, and I know
Who to tax to pay it.”
Referring to his pay bill, which went
over in the Senate yesterday on objec
tion of Senator King, Senator Brook
hart said he was not only confident it
would be adopted In the Senate, but
"there is a suspicion that the main
features will pass also over in the House
committee.”
Subject to Appeal.
The Senator did not amplify details
of his suggestion for a board of appeals,
but said it would have a beneficial in
fluence on Government departmental
heads, who would know that their de
cisions were subject to appeal. Officials
of the National Federation of Federal
Employes said after the meeting his
proposal was similar to one they had
been urging for a long time to set up
a civil service board of appeals to hear
all kinds of grievances of employes—
on promotion, demotion, transfer, un
just treatment or other matters.
The Senator did not specify whether
the proposed appeals board would be
placed above the present Personnel
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Classification Board, but he inferred it
would be the arbiter to which employes
could go for any of their troubles. The
Senator asked employes, however, not
to come to his office, as he was too
busy, but he recommended they make
their complaints through the federa
tion. „ „
Representative Welch, author of the
Welch bill, charged that his original
measure had been “emasculated" to
meet the desires of the chief executive,
Director Lord of the Budget Bureau,
and that Controller General McCarl
had construed the Welch act in such a
fashion that “he did a wrong.” He
charged that McCarl had taken away
“one-half cf the measley pittance given
bv law" to the lower-paid employes and
given to the higher grades “two or
three times" what had been intended.
But, he added, there was now no desire
to take away from those higher paid
the increases which McCarl had allowed.
Fight Not Settled.
The fate of the Welch bill, its author
sr.id, “hasn’t settled well with you or
with the people throughout the land.”
He admonished the employes to take
their case back to the voters and tell
what had happened. “Keep your fight
up," he challenged, "and you’ll get v.’hat
you're entitled to —a living wage.” Mr.
Welch predicted that if his original
Welch bill were brought out on the
floor of the House “they’d pass it, and
over the President's veto, too.”
Miss Gertrude McNally, secretary
treasurer of the National Federation of
Federal Employes, briefly sketched the
new platform of the federation as work
ing for the best features in both the
pending Brookhart and Lehlbach bills.
She said the federation would ask for
the two additional top steps of the
grade provided in the Brookhart bill,
and also the provision in the Lehlbach
bill which specifies that the Personnel
Classification Board shall be the allo
cating agency.
The federation is opposed, she said,
to any decrease in salaries as would be
put into effect by the Lehlbach bill,
but wanted very much to have enacted
section 4 of the Lehlbach bill, which
would take care of increases of pay in
the field service. Retroactive pay on
reallocations, 5 cents an hour more for
charwomen, and an additional 5 cents
an hour for the clerical-mechanical
service also were asked.
Workers at the Bureau of Engraving
and Printing were being separated by
“white cages.” Miss McNally said,
charging, “They don’t do that at the
Zoo—even the monkeys have cages
that don’t hurt their eyes.”
Luther C. Steward, president of the
federation, who presided, and A. J.
Oliver, national organizer, told of the
advantages of belonging to the organi
zation. Miss McNally addressed an
overflow meeting in the corridors.
THE EVENING STAR, WASHINGTON, T>. U, TI7ESPAT, JANUARY 15, 1929.
A New Yorker
at Large
House of Morgan Frowns
on Publicity
NEW YORK, (#”). —A partnership in
J. P. Morgan & Co. is reputed in Wall
street to be worth a million dollars a
year to the man who wins one. It has
another emolument, too—each partner,
on his admission to the firm, receives
from J. P. Morgan a white gold watch
in token of his initiation.
How and when the watches are pre
sented is a secret within the firm, a
personal matter between Mr. Morgan
and his partners. The company alwavs
keeps its austere side toward the pub
lic. Never is there a suggestion of
sentiment in its terse announcements,
about once a year, that new partners
have been admitted to the firm, not
even when, as this year, the new mem
bers snc!ude three sons of present and
former partners—Henry Sturgis Mor
gan, Thomas Stilwell Lament and
Henry Pomeroy Davison.
The partners are comrades as well as
business colleagues, but few stories
about their fellowship are ever told, for
Mr. Morgan himself has a modesty and
a distaste for public notice which
amounts to shyness—a trait inherited
from his father, and a tradition of the
House of Morgan which his partners
share and respect.
Avoiding the Limelight.
The man in the street knows a good
deal about J. P. Morgan, but not by Mr.
Morgan's wish. The public hears that
Morgan's chrysanthemums or Guernsey
cattle have won first place at a Long
Island fair; that Morgan is cruising on
irw\ (Jiy
JLo a vfy
most important group
of motor ear buyers
Certain American people are getting on land a lot. Oakland knows, for example, that
4 in the world. Many of them are just starting. progressive people are thrifty. But it knows
But they’re headed up the ladder. Their ideas that their thrift is governed by real wisdom,
of luxury and beauty are expanding. They They will not skimp in first cost when a few
want finer homes, finer furniture, finer auto- additional dollars mean greater quality and
mobiles. more impressive performance. They loye
beauty. They want more luxury. They are con-
These people form a most important n j j. * ,
11 1 tinually demanding greater power and speed.
group of automobile buyers. Their importance
lies in the progress they are making. As they For this progressive group, Oakland has
progress, their needs grow. Their ideas encom- now created a brand new Pontiac Six. It repre
pass new standards of living. sents an even greater advancement oyer
r . i everything else in its field today than the
For three years, hundreds of thousands J ° J
- . • k • , i original Pontiac represented in 1926. It offers
of these progressive Americans have been
buying the Pontiac Six. Some of them have aU the sty,e ’ Bafety and comfort advanta * e9
■ *■. - * a.i_ jd . of entirely new bodies by Fisher. It will enable
bought it as the first car they ever owned. But J J
to most of them, Pontiac has represented P ro S ressive Americans to enjoy greater
. n A r .i , . beauty, greater luxury and finer performance
the first big step up from the lowest price ° J r
_ , _ than ever at its price. It will take its buyers
field.
farther than ever up the ladder of motor car
Three years of building Pontiac Sixes quality in one step. And that step remains
for progressive Americans have taught Oak- ®s easy as ever to make. Watch for the
PONTIAf
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the Mediterranean in his yacht; that he
has farms in Scotland and Virginia and
an estate In England; that he is financ
ing a revision of the Episcopal prayer
book, or that he has a notable collection
of old Bibles —not through Mr. Morgan
himself, but through sources over which
he has no control, and which he would
silence if he could.
The same aversion for the limelight is
extended to the bank’s affairs, fortifying
the public impression of it as an awe
some and impersonal institution. The
firm stationery is severely simple, carry
ing on its letterhead no names of part
ners nor even that of Mr. Morgan him
self. merely the firm name and address:
23 Wall street. None of the partners
have titles. The bank building itself is
outwardly severe, with heavily barred
windows and doors.
An Informal Family.
Yet within the bank the atmosphere
is one of pleasant informality. At the left
of the door is a waiting room for callers.
Along the right wall are the desks of the
partners in a long row' —simple mahog
any desks partitioned from the lobby
only by a counter and a head-high
plate of glass. At the end of the row is
Mr. Morgan's office, occupied also by a
pair of his senior partners and cut off
from the other partners’ desks only by
another glass partition. The partners
are easy of access. If a caller is known
he is ushered to the partner’s desk. If
not, the partner comes into the waiting
room to meet him. Most vice presidents
of neighborhood banks are harder to
get an audience with.
Os course, the gracious attendants at
the door are men who can deal quickly
and severely with mischief-makers, and
the glassed and barred waiting room is
an effective prison for cranks and ras
cals. But these are second impressions.
The greatest financial institution in
America is much like any other bank—
except that it has no publicity man.
POTASSIUM IS FOUND
TO HAVE STRONG FORCE
Discovery of Rays More Penetrat
ing Than Those From Radium
Is Announced.
BERLIN (AP). —Discovery of rays from
potassium, which he says are more
penetrating than those from radium, is
announced by the physicist, Prof.
Werner Kolhoerster of the Federal
Techno-Physical Institute here.
The fact that potassium is radioactive
has been know r n to physicists, Prof.
Kolhoerster says, and they know also
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that It emitted rays known as beta
emanations. But the activity he found
Is something different.
While making tests of minerals that
stretched in the shape of layers along
the bottom of a mine near Strassburg
he detected intense rays, described
as gamma emanations. Experiments
caused him to believe that these rays
were reaching him after penetrating
blue rock salt, which, he says, radium
rays do not pass through.
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