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Move on Auto
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Loan Firms
Assailed
Plan Is Prize Method of
“ Creating Instability,
Writer Asserts.
By DAVID LAWRENCE.
THE New Deal has thought up
many and various ways of tor
turing and harassing the Ameri
can business man. but despite
the words of President Roosevelt him
self urging that business and Govern
ment co-operate in a program of re
David Lawrence.
employment, the
prize method of
creating insta
bility in the busi
ness world has
just been invent
ed by the Jus
tice Department
and announced
with the full ap
proval of the
White House.
The plan is
not intended, of
course, deliber
ately to breed fear
or to persecute
business men.
The object is supposed to be to bring
about "fair competition” as between
large and small businesses. But the
effect of the new and extraordinary
use of governmental power is such
that it would not be surprising if a
reign of genuine terror developed as a
direct consequence of the policy.
Briefly, the new procedure which is
lying tried out in connection with a
prosecution about to be begun against
nutomobile manufacturers and against
some of the big companies which
finance the Installment purchases of
. automobiles amounts to something like
this:
The Federal Government holds a
gun at the head of the business man
and says in effect, "We think you are
guilty of a crime in asking auto dealers
to do business under your standard
ized finance plans which may be O. K.
from the standpoint of the buyer of
an automobile but isn't O K. as be
tween you and the smaller finance
companies, who want a larger share
of this business. We don’t know for
^ure. Your competitors have been in
to see us and have made a lot of com
plaints. We think you are guilty. 1
We don't know whether we can secure
a conviction before a jury if the case 1
does come to trial.
Must Be Constructive.
•'Now we arc rot blackmailing you
or trying to extort anything from
you—no. not at all—but you know
*he address of our offices in Washing
ton and you know our office hours, so
if you happen to come in to see us
•voluntarily.' wc will examine a pro
posal that might get you out of our
clutches.
“Now we cannot tell you what we
will do with these proposals. They
must be constructive and must con
cede far more than we could get if we
prosecuted the cases because a crim
inal proceeding really doesn't settle
in a given case what an economic
practice should be in another case.
Likewise, we don't know precisely or
exactly what the anti-trust laws re
quire in these relations between deal
ers and auto finance companies and
the public because, to be sure, the
anti-trust- laws themselves are diffi
cult to administer and we are asking
Congress for S500.000 to conduct an
investigation to tell us Just what we
ought to do about these anti-trust
laws.
"* “Nevertheless, if you come in with a
plan that gives us a great deal more
than we have a right to expect from
a'legal settlement, well, we'll take it
up with the Judge and leave it to him
to say whether the grand jury should
file indictments against each of you
and subject you to public humiliation
or whether, where indictments have
been rendered already we. the Gov
ernment, should just drop the prosecu
tion.”
, Milwaukee Case Cited.
Not long ago Federal Judge Geiger
In MUwauke dismissed a grand jury
because at the same moment he
deemed improper negotiations were 1
going on between the Department of
Justice and the auto finance com- !
panics in an effort to force the signing ;
of a consent decree. There were some
sharp words used about coercion and
unfair tactics. But the Justice De
partment merely retaliated by trying
to get the Judge impeached in Con
gress. Chairman Sumners of the
House Judiciary Committee has never
made public his findings but the Wis
consin Bar Association sent its reore
santatives to testify against the pal
pable effort to intimidate the Judge
by threatening impeachment..
Now. the Department of Justice in
a public statement, repeats its pro
cedure. reiterating that it never did
anything wrong in the Milwaukee
proceedings and will try it again before
another Federal judge, this tlrue in
South Bend, Ind. The announcement
of the proceeding is brought out in
the open in advance of the filing of
grand jury proceedings. This at least,
is a new frankness.
yhe Justice Department doesn’t,
however, make any bones about its
desire to bargain with alleged crimi
nals. The statement’s official text
says that in using civil and criminal
proceedings "concurrently,,” it is “not
the purpose of the department to
coerce or compel the prospective de
' “fendants to consent to a civil settle
ment on threat of criminal prosecu
tion” but “at the same time it has
never been the policy of the depart
ment to bar the doors at any stage of
the proceedings against business men
who may desire to propose a practical
solution which is of major and im
mediate benefit to the industry, to
The Capital Parade
Keystone Election Seen No Victory for Virtue.
Successful Candidates Called Stooges.
By JOSEPH ALSOP and ROBERT KINTNER.
IN CASE anyor# believes that politics are growing purer in God's country,
it must be recorded that virtue is still its own reward. At any rate, it
takes no prises in Pennsylvania primaries, to judge by the recent one.
The people of the second largest State in the Union may now choose
their rulers among the following worthies, for whom the triumphant
candidates are mere loquacious stooges.
Democrats: Matt McCloskey, the contractor-boss of Philadelphia. A
converted Republican and a philanthropist, he lent $26,500 to Gov. George
Earle; invented the novel system of “macing” campaign contributions by
ITS
NOTHING
TOPPAGG,
ABOUT . ,
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$100 dinners, and helped the New
Deal to victory in 1936. Unkind
persons have suspected that his
firm’s huge State and Federal Gov
ernment building business was
bread upon the waters for his
noble works.
Jack Kelly, a debonair for
mer Olympic athlete who is Mc
Closkey’s sidekick and front man.
He is in the building materials
trade, and has also done nicely.
Dave Lawrence, a slightly sinister fellow whom Senator Joe
Guffey summoned from the purlieus of Pittsburgh politics to become
Democratic State chairman. He used the power over pap and
patronage thus conferred on him to turn the unhappy Guffey out
of his Pennsylvania satrapy.
Republicans: Joe Pew, the Sun Oil Co. millionaire. He has lavished
his millions on the Republican party in the manner of a butter and egg
man plastering a chorus girl with diamonds. He is the personification
of big business influence in the party, and his lavishness is about as good
for the reputation of the Republicans as the diamonds of butter and egg
men are for the reputations of chorus girls.
Joe Grundy, the former Senator, w'hose notion of progress is a return
to the golden age of William McKinley and Mark Hanna. Grundy failed
to get all he wanted—his Senate candidate was licked by the marmoreal
puddler Jim Davis—but he did pretty handsomely for a broken-down
tariff lobbyist.
* * * *
Such are the backers of Earle and Jones, Davis and James. At first
glance, the fact that virtue still must be its own reward appears to be about
the only lesson to be drawn from the victory of such a crew.
Looking deeper, however, there are other morals for the Nation
in the Pennsylvania doings. On the Democratic side, the McCloskey
Kelly-Lawrence faction, which had stolen the State machine, ad
ministered a licking to Joe Guffey and John L. Lewis. It was not
too bad a licking, but It was a significant one, for poor Joe Guffey
still controlled the Federal patronage and voted the W. P. A. workers,
while John L. Lewis had his big labor group behind him.
The Guffey-Lewis forces included the segments of the electorate most
heavily relied on by the New Deal. Th Guffey-Lewis gubernatorial candi
date, Tom Kennedy, had the official blessing of Postmaster General James
A. Farley, extracted by a threat to the White House that Kentucky C. I. O.
men w-ould oppose the cherished Senate leader, Alben Barkley. And Tom
Kennedy was beaten, roughly five to four.
Thus it is justifiable to suppose that, in a knock-down, drag-out fight
with a strong local Democratic machine, the White House may have trouble.
As the President is now determined to remodel his party in a fairer image,
this is dinstinctly important.
* * * *
For Republicans, the indications of the Pennsylvania primary are more
encouraging. The total Republican vote ran ahead of the Democratic total.
In this, in the signs of a labor rebellion against John Lewis, and in the
defeat of Gifford Pinchot, there are signs of a revival of conservatism.
Pinchot's crushing defeat, however, should depress those who hope
for an enlightened Republican party. He was an elderly Don Quixote, who
rode to the fray with his energetic wife playing Sancho Panza. He made
a poor campaign, yet at least he had the distinction of having given
Pennsylvania its only honest and forward-looking government in 75 years.
And he was easily beaten by the _ j-fe.
money bags of Joe Pew. . . /
If Joe Pew's Judge James wins
the governorship in the fall, a
great step will have been taken to
ward the restoration of mammon
in the Republican temple. The
altar of the fat god has not been
well served of late. His years of
burnt offerings have seemed to be
at an end. Possibly the most im
portant thing about the Pennsyl
vania primary Is its forewarning that, if the depression returns the Re
publicans to power, mammon will still be their household deity.
Finally, there was a moral for all men in Pennsylvania. Only
four months ago, Joe Guffey was the absolute ruler of this great
State. He spoke, and his commands were obeyed. He was silient,
and 40.000 jobholders trembled at his frown. And now he is no
more than one of 96 Senators, a busted boss, a satrap without a
satrapy. Joe Guffey's reduction to the status of an ordinary Senator
teaches the insecurity of all men's fortunes as clearly as the spectacle
of a Russian grand cuke piloting a taxi.
(Copyright. by the North American Newspaper Alliance. Inc.)
' competitors, and to the public which
goes beyond any results which may be
expected from a criminal proceeding.”
Plain Offer to Barter.
! Here is a plain offer to barter, by
use of the criminal indictment method
as a lever, for something which, if
corporation officers and directors agree
■ to under duress, they would plainly
I open themselves to suits for damages
from the true owners of their busi
j nesses, the stockholders.
Although declaring the proposed
solutions must be ‘'voluntary,” the
department's official announcement
says the proposals "must offer In ad
dition to a prohibition of the viola
tions of anti-trust laws with which
the prospective defendants are charged,
substantial public benefits connected
with the policy of maintaining free
competition in an orderly market
which could not be obtained by the
criminal prosecution.”
Even more pointed, however, is the
public offer of immunity from prosecu
tion which the department makes j
when it outlines what it will do to help j
squelch criminal proceedings if the
right kind of proposals are made. ;
There is no limit to the extent to j
which governmental power can be
abused if the doctrine is established
that on threat of indictment for a
criminal offense, corporation officers
and directors must submit to a degree
of Government control over their busi
nesses which neither Congress nor the
courts have ever sanctioned.
(Copyright, 1938.)
J. W. H. PILSON DIES
Former Mayor of Staunton to Be
Buried Tomorrow.
STAUNTON, Va., May 20 (<F>.—
Former Mayor J. W. H. Pilson, 58, a
leading attorney of Staunton, died
suddenly at Kings Daughters Hospital
here yesterday.
Funeral services will be conducted
at his late home at 3 p.m. tomorrow
by the Rev.* Dr. Hunter B. Blakely,
pastor of the First Presbyterian
Church. Burial will be in Thornrose
Cemetery.
Survivors are his widow, who was
before marriage Miss Margery Brels
ford of Palm Beach, Fla., and a son,
William B. Pilson.
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The Wasp is being constructed at
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CVHE opinions of the writers on this page are their own, not
necessarily The Star’s. Such opinions are presented in
The Star’s effort to give all sides of questions of interest to its
readers, although such, opinions may be contradictory among
themselves and directly opposed to The Star’s.
Henlein Goes to Lohdon
Should Britain Write Off Czechs She Is Bartering
Away Arms She Might Use, Says Observer.
III.
* By DOROTHY THOMPSON.
IT IS admittedly difficult for an
American to criticize British for
eign policy, because for 20 years
this country has been the world s
I moral mentor, and often common
scold. Except for Mr. Hull’s trade
policy, which has had a clear line, our
Dorothy Thompson.
foreign policy has
largely consisted
of affirming
moral principles,
and at the same
time making it
clear that w e
would do nothing
whatever to see
tha* those moral
principles were
enforced u n less
American inter
ests were specif
ically involved.
Now, the very
people who have
s u p p o r ted our
own isolationism are hugely indignant
when Great Britain adopts something
of the same attitude. The people of
the United States would undoubtedly
like to see Fascism checked in this
world, and when Great Britain shows
a disinclination to check it at the
possible cost of war. our very isola
tionists grow indignant and begin to
tell Great Britain what she ought
to do.
This attitude on our part undoubt
edly arises from the unconscious j
thought that British institutions are 1
seriously threatened by the increasing
victories of Fascism, while ours are
not. This is, I believe, a supreme il
lusion on our part. Specifically, the
triumphs of Fascism in Spain will,
without the shadow of a doubt, have
repercussions on the whole Spanish
speaking world, and the most impor
tant outposts of that world are in
South America. If a victorious Franco
goes into cahoots with the Germans
and perhaps the Italians to exploit
that world, with the political and eco
nomic devices which Fascism has so
ingeniously perfected, our trade with
South America and our influence
there will be seriously affected, and
the Monroe Doctrine, which is our
only consistent and traditional for
eign policy, will be challenged.
Fear Diplomatic Trap.
The American attitude toward Eu
rope consists in the .comfortable belief j
that all countries and notably Great
Britain are trying to trap us into an
alliance—that "England expects every
American to do his duty." That wp
may some day wish somebody else to
do his duty by us never seems to cross
our minds.
Having said these words about our
own ostrichism. one can with belter
grace regard the ostrichism of Mr.
Chamberlain. Great Britain is re
arming. The object of that rearma- i
ment is Germany. The British popu- j
lation does not start in its beds if an
automobile backfires in the streets be
cause it fears that a Russian bomb,
or a French bomb or a Czechoslovak
bomb has exploded. It starts because
it fears a German bomb.
It is not the fear of Russia or
Czechoslovakia that has led Mr. Cham
berlain into making the most uncom- i
promising military alliance with
France that has ever existed in his
tory. It is the fear of Germany.
In the House of Commons there are
complaints that the rearmament pro- i
gram is going along too slowly. There
is difficulty with labor, and the Labor
party indicates why this is so. While
labor is being asked to be prepared to
defend democratic England, the Brit- |
ish government is selling out demo- j
cratic principles in all directions in the j
hope of maintaining peace.
The argument is made that Britain !
is not yet prepared, and that some day ;
in the future, with more airplanes and
other weapons, she will be able to take
a firmer stand.
But meanwhile Mr. Henlein feels It
quite in order to go to England to try
to get British support for pressing the
Czechoslovak government into greater
concessions to his German Nazi move- j
ment. despite the fact that if Henlein I
gets what he wants, Czechoslovakia j
will be delivered over, either to serious j
internal strife or to becoming an out
and out vassal of Germany.
Enormously Strong Enemy.
A Germany that can depend upon
the neutrality of the Czech army, and
that can get access to the grain fields
of Hungary and the oil and mines of
Rumania, will be an enormously
strong enemy and an extremely un
comfortable and domineering friend.
And as it happens, Czechoslovakia
has right now more troops, airplanes
and equipment than Great Britain
can train, build, or buy, in any fore
seeable future, and has announced
that she will use them if her sover
eignty is threatened.
The only thing that might persuade
her not to use them would be if she
were deserted by everybody. Even
then, she might use them.
The Czechs are among the most
realistic people in the world. They
are passionately quiet patriots, who
marched half-way around the world
in the last war to fight on the allied
side for their national freedom. At
that time they took a very long risk.
Right in the heart of the German
orbit, they joined the allied cause at
the moment when it looked weakest.
And if Czechoslovakia is turned into
another Spain, there will be a great
many people who will march more
than half-way around the world to
defend her cause. Mankind as well
as God love those who help themselves.
So, if Britain writes off Czecho
slovakia. she has no guaranty of peace,
but barters away arms that she might
use.
It may be that Great Britain has
written America off her books as any
potential source of help in a crisis, but
it ought to be put on the record that
the Chamberlain policy has brought
British stock to an all-time low! among
the people of this country, and that
French docility to that policy has had
the same effect on the attitude of
Americans toward France.
This country has no love for the
British Empire. We do have affection
for certain British institutions*which
were the parents of many of our own;
the same Institutions which the British
people are still prepared to defend.
They are the most powerful bonds |
that unite the two countries.
A great many Americaus who were ■
in favor of the embargo on arms to
Spain, because they believed that
Great Britain and France were ready j
to enforce genuine non-intervention j
there, feel that we were sold out. and
became unwittingly the ally of one
side in the civil war.
Of course, there are circles in the
United States who, though they might
prefer to preserve democracy, provided
it can be kept sufficiently antiseptic,
are so scared of communism that they
prefer Hitler to Stalin, and, like their
British brethren, hope that Hitler will
eventually •'clean up the bolshevlst
menace’’ or that Germany and Russia
will spring at each other's throats and
weaken themselves in war. But these
circles are small.
The only advantages which the
dictatorships possess today derive j
from the clearness of their policies !
and from the fact that the imagina- j
tions of their leaders encompass a
wider range of possibilities.
The failure to comprehend the
dictatorial mind is the greatest weak
ness of democracy. Democratic gov
ernments cannot wholly accept the
possibility of war.
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This Changing World
Tunis Again May Become Stumbling Block in
Rescuing French-Italian Relations.
By CONSTANTINE BROWN.
THERE is little likelihood of a honeymoon between tne French and
the Italians.
After the signature of the Italo-Brltish agreement—which has
not yet been put in force—there was a general belief that a similar
agreement would be concluded between the Delbos administration and II
Duce. Optimists went so far as to prophesy that a French Ambassador
would be in Rome at the time of Hitler’s visit. Nothing happened, however,
and today the two countries are as far apart as ever.
* * * *
It seems that old-fashioned diplomacy with crossed T’s and dotted I’s
is the cause of this.
Soon after the conclusion of the British-Italian agreement, the
French Charge d’Affaires in Rome, Jules Blondel, was ordered to approach
Count Ciano with the object of re
newing diplomatic relations with
the Italians.
Instead of presenting a short
memorandum expressing such a
desire, the old-fashioned diplomats
in the Quai d’Orsay presented the
Italian foreign secretary with a
voluminous file containing all the
details of the outstanding questions
between the two countries for the
last 10 years. The question of the
withdrawal of the Italian “volunteers” from Spain, the evacuation of
Malorca, the propaganda in the Moslem countries under the French flag
and many other thorny questions were all brought up before an agreement
had been reached to renew friendly relations and have Ambassadors ap
pointed in Rome and Parts.
* * * *
Count Ciano looked hopelessly at the huge file and sighed “My
God, how many chapters and subchapters you have in this ’dossier?' ”
And instead of telling M. Blondel he would be willing to send an Am
bassador to Prance he said that his various departments would look
into the question with utmost care. Then, the Italian foreign secre
tary had to represent II Duce at the Tirana wedding; Hitler came
next and finally Mussolini took the matter in hand. Last week in
Naples he told the French publicly it would not be as easy as most
people expected to renew friendly relations between the two countries.
* * * *
One of the most serious questions which have cropped up is the rights
and the privileges of the Italians in Tunis—a French protectorate.
This matter had been temporarily solved in 1935 during M. Laval’s
visit to Rome. But while the French government considers the agreement
of that time still in force, II Duce claims the sanctions applied by France
against Italy during the Ethiopian controversy have rendered the agree
ment a dead letter. It is for this reason that Mussolini stated formally
that the Stressa agreement was dead.
Consequently, the Italian dictator wants a free hand regarding the
Italians in Tunis and considers all previous arrangements obsolete.
If and when diplomatic relations are renewed between Italy and
France, the Tunisian question will once more become a serious difficulty
which might wreck any attempt for an improvement of these relations.
And that is Just what Hitler desires.
A * * A
King Zog of Albania has recently married a Hungarian countess
whose mother was an American.
The new" Queen is giving her husband a good deal of trouble.
She has been brought up in luxury and comfort and cannot get ac
customed to the simple, almost primitive Albanian life.
* * # *
He had to buy for his bride a superb chateau and provide it with
bathrooms, electric light and other modern amenities.
He was compelled to allow her to wear a modern bathing costume
when she went to the seashore. This might create a good deal of trouble
among his Mahomedan subjects who still believe a woman should not ap
pear in public unless completely covered. They do not object to the Queen
not wearing a veil but a bathing costume . . . it's anathema. The Queen
of Albania is a great music lover
and likes amusements. King Zog
had to promise her to build an
opera house and hire talent from
abroad for several weeks’ perform
ances every year. Furthermore,
he will have to give henceforth
several state bails every year. All
these things cost money and the
Albanian treasury is none too full.
* * * *
, Moreover, there is a likelihood
of having some trouble with Italy. The Queen wants all her dresses
ordered from Budapest and has induced her sisters-in-law and her husband
to follow her example. Heretofore the Albanian royal family had or
dered everything from Italy. Even the chef, who was an Italian, has been
replaced by a Hungarian. Mussolini might overlook these things if
Hungary agrees to enter the Rome-Berlin axis in the near future. Other
wise, it is probable the American-Hungarian Queen might be compelled to
return to Rome for her purchases and her principal chef. «
limit whatsoever upon their possible
expansion. Hitler dreamed in 1924
of making Germany the sovereign of
the Continent of Europe, and there
is not the slightest reason to believe
that he has ever abandoned that
dream or ever will abandon it unless
it is perfectly clear that he can’t re
alize it.
The dictatorships shrink before no
methods, nor do they dream of ask
ing for universal rules to apply to
themselves as well as others. They
will arrest and condemn to death
Headline Folk
and What
They Do
Col. MacNab to Settle
Argument With Gun
in Africa.
By LEMUEL F. PARTON.
HE Campfire Club of Mount
Kisco, N. Y., is always getting
Into arguments about the range
and shooting power of rifles.
Ool. A. J. MacNab is off to Africa to
settle once for all the question of
whether an old-style American buffalo
rifle will kill a wild bull elephant at
one shot.
Col. MacNab is the man for the job
having been tn command of all the
training In rifle and pistol shooting ol
the A. E. F. in the World War. From
1907 to 1917 he had been rated the best
pistol shot in the Army, and at the
training center at Le Mains, France.
200.000 men passed through his course
every six days. He w'as for five years
Regular Army instructor for the New
York National Guard and probably has
coached as many men. in various
branches of soldiering, as any living
man.
He was a buckaroo on an Idaho
ranch, enlisting in the Spanish-Amer*
ican War. His hell-for-leather ex
ploits in the Philippines in Wild West
tradition worked him out of the Idahor
Infantry and made him a second lieu
tenant in the Regular Army. He be
came "El Presidente” of an insurrec
tionist province and is possibly the only
living American who ever held the out
right power of life and death. In 1906
and 1907 he was with the army of
Cuban pacification.
He could fill a dozen pulp magazine*
with exciting yarns of catch-as-catch
can battling in jungle hell holes, but
has written instead a manual of small
arms practice which is standard for
this pastime.
He was military attache at the Mex
ico City Embassy when the late Dwight
W. Morrow was Ambassador.
At 59. he finds his eyes can focus as
sharply as ever on a gunslght. The
African experiment will no doubt be
valid and satisfactory to everybody but
the bull elephant.
Col. MacNab Is accompanied by
Harry Snyder. Canadian owner of the
largest radium mine in the world.
(Copyright. lU.'JS.i ,
any foreigner who attempts inter
vention in their internal affairs, but
they openly announce a policy of in
tervening in other countries' internal
affairs.
And at not a point do they meet
organized unequivocal opposition. On
the contrary, and because of the hope
of maintaining peace, they receive col
laboration.
Hitler did not annex Austria until
he was perfectly sure that nobody was
going to oppose him. He got the
equivalent of that assurance, as far as
Britain was concerned, from Ixird
Halifax. I doubt whether Lord Hali
fax openly gave that assurance, but
he certainly conveyed to Hitler the im
pression that Britain would be dis
interested. and unless things are go
ing on of which we are not informed—
for pre-war secret diplomacy is on
again with a vengeance—the same im
pression is being conveyed to Hitler
regarding Czechoslovakia.
The effect of all this is not only to
| fill the Fascist powers with a sense of
arrogance, but, what is much worse,
to fill the democratic countries with a
sense of defeatism. They are vastly
overrating the actual power of the
dictatorships, and vastly underrating
their own. and by this fact they are
contributing to making the Fascist
boast a reality.
(Copyright, lP.is New York Tribune Inc.)
Hahn Specials for the 30th
3.95
They’d cost you at least a dollar more
anywhere else on the map!
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MEN'S SHOPS—14th & G • 7th Cr K • 3212 14th
White Ruff
Buck with plon
totion Crepe
soles.
In all white or
with tan or
block trim.
White elk,
brown saddle.
Rajah red rub
ber sole.

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