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Warrants Issued
for Five Communists
$ilent Before Dies
j;j Curran Acts to Bring
i : Defendants to District
p For Arraignment
, J.. Bench warrants for five alleged
Communists, charged with declining
to answer questions before the Dies
Committee, are on their way to
United States attorneys in their
home jurisdictions, United States
Attorney Edward M. Curran an
nounced today.
The bench warrants are designed
to aid in bringing the defendants to
Washington for arraignment in Dis
trict Court.
Assistant United States Attorney
John C. Conliff, jr„ who handles
fnovals and extradition hearings
the district attorney’s office here,
d that bench warrants for the
arrest and removal of Philip Frank
feld, executive secretary of the Com
njUnist party in New England, and
Thomas F. P. CDea, president of
the Young Communist League of
Massachusetts, have been sent to the
United States attorney at Boston,
Mass.; for George Powers and James
V. Dolsen of Pittsburgh, Pa., to the
United States attorney there, and for
Dr. Albert Blumberg of Baltimore,
Ud.. to the United States attorney
{ft Baltimore.
The quintet did not post bond
h^re, Mr. Conliff explained so bench
warrants were issued and certified
copies of the indictments in each
case were forwarded to the United
States attorneys interested.
Mr. Conliff thus explained the pro
The United States attorneys will
turn the warrants over to the
United States marshals in their
jurisdictions. The marshals will se
cure local warrants from United
States commissioners. The defend
ants will then be apprehended, if
they can be found, and brought be
fore a United States commissioner
for a removal hearing. The de
fendant can waive a hearing and
post bond for his appearance in
the District of Columbia or demand
a bearing before the United States
The Government is required to
Show the proper identity of the man,
the fact of the charge against him
and probable cause that he is
guilty of the offense charged.
f.f satisfied, the commissioner
holds the accused over for the ac
tion of district court in that juris
diction, which also holds a hear
ing. The Federal judge, if con
vinced the proceedings are proper,
then signs an order of removal to
the District of Columbia.
Laborers Settle Row,
End One-Day Strike
Two hundred members of the
Hod Carriers and Building Laborers’
Union returned to work on the new
8ocial Security Building today, after
settlement of a one-day strike that
yesterday threatened to spread and
stall the $14,250,000 project.
The laborers walked out in a
Jurisdictional dispute with the iron
fprkcrs, another A. F. of L. affiliated
ijCaion, over which group should
WUoad steel reinforcement rods,
laborers’ Union officials said that
the work was awarded their men
after A. F. of L. high executives
reaffirmed a 20-year-old A. F. of L.
building trade department decision
holding that this work belonged to
the laborers.
(Continued Prom Page A-3.)
into the Associated Press office that
not only men up into the 50s were
being drafted, but even World War
veterans who lost an arm or a leg
were being called to take the places
of military office workers sent to the
Reports from the Dutch and Bel
gian frontiers brought back by trav
elers unanimously agreed that roads
and railways to both borders were
At Aachen, for Instance, all roads
to the Belgian border were closed to
civilian traffic.'
Patriotic Germans openly boasted
to foreign correspondents that Ger
many had completed the minutest
details, down to supplying 185,000
rubber boats for navigating the flood
areas of Holland.
A careful reading of the press and
a careful following of the comments
of authorized persons also indicated
that Germany was not aiming pri
marily at striking or counter strik
ing in Southeastern Europe for the
moment, but was thinking primarily
of her western borders.
New Meaning on Charge.
In retrospect, the German prop
aganda minister's release of the re
ported telephone conversation be
tween Prime Minister Chamberlain
and Premier Reynaud of France ac
quired new meaning.
Apparently German authorities
were anxious to Impress the German
people with the Reich’s Intelligence
service. This was done so the -Ger
man people would believe more im
plicitly that that service again had
succeeded in forestalling allied ac
In the Foreign Office supreme
confidence was shown that Holland
“will be pacified" within 20 hours.
Nobody would entertain the view
that the Netherlands and Belgium
would hold out.
Informed sources also asserted
Premier Mussolini of Italy would
not enter the war for some' weeks
To back up Ribbentrop s asser
tion that Germany had absolute
proof of the marching plans of the
French and British armies, there
was handed to the foreign corre
spondents a report by the German
high command. This was dated
May 4 and correspondents were told
there would be a fuller report by
the German Ministry of Interior
dated March 29.
The high command's report, signed
by Col. Gen. Wilhelm Keitel, com
mander in chief of German defense
forces, comprises 29 typewritten
Section one attempts to prove
that Belgium was unneutral from a
military viewpoint. This report said
Belgium land defenses since the
World War were “directed solely
against Germany.”
Exchange of Information Charged.
Col. Gen. Keitel said documents
found in Warsaw after the capture
of that Polish capital showed there
was a regular exchange of infor
mation with regard to Germany on
the part of Belgium and Holland.
Since October 2, 1939, of 21 mobil
ized divisions of the Belgium fleld
army, approximately 14 stood on the
northern and eastern frontiers.
Local populations, he said, were
prepared for removal from their
homes only along the German
Evidence kept accumulating, the
commander charged, that the Bel
gians more recently had entered
upon military arrangements with
the English and the French and
general staff talks occurred regu
larly with the Western powers.
As a result, orders had been given
for the Belgian gendarmery to clear
the roads along the French border
to enable French troops to enter
quickly, the commander said.
Belgian empty railway cars were
placed at the border for French use,
he said, and locomotives and. heavy
railway material were held in readi
Gen. Keitel alleged that 18 British
sports planes with British instruc
tors had arrived near Liege for the
Belgian Army, and that French and
British commands had arrived at
various Belgian garrisons.
French officers supervised the con
struction of Belgian fortifications,
while British munitions supplies ar
rived regularly, he asserted.
Claim Allies Already In Belgium.
The German reconnaissance
flights, he contended, showed the
French-British left wing with
motorized and mechanized divisions
standing ready in railway stations
for an attack via Belgium. He
charged that British soldiers have
been occupying important positions,
such as airdromes, in Belgium.
Section 2 of Gen. Keitel’s rpeort
took up the Netherlands. At the
beginning of the war, he said, the
Dutch Army was so deployed as to
indicate the possibility of a British
landing, constituting the chief
danger to the country.
By the middle of November, he
said, the picture had changed. The
Dutch troops stood at the Grebbe
Line (the Netherlands’ water de
femes facing east) and south there
of, with the vanguard along the
IJssel line (also facing Germany).
Added obstacles were built against
Germany, he said, and non-effective
ones directed toward the Nether
lands southern borders. To Hol
land, too, according to Gen. Keitel's
reports, came British officers who
posed as tourists.
The intelligence services of Eng
land and Holland co-operated with
out stint, and countless neutrality
violations directed against Germany
went unchallenged, he complained.
< Various reports reaching the Ger
man general staff led to the sus
picion that the Dutch and English
air forces general staffs were co
operating, with British officers in
specting Dutch aviation units and
supplying anti-aircraft formations
with guru.
Transports were moving con
stantly from British and French
harbors toward the northeast. Com
mercial shipping in the English
Channel was forbidden.
French and English officers, ac
companied by Dutch officers, recon
noitered around Utrecht.
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will have air-conditioned beauty
parlor and cocktail lounge.
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The Writers
Most Talked About
Are Writing For
LLOYD GEORGE - e n gland’s “unreconstructed
rebel”—-personification of the Opposition whose right to speak
plainly in war or in peace is a symbol of Democracy—is making
headlines in World War II, just as he did 25 years ago in World
War I. The Associated Press quotes his speeches in Parliament
and sends his sizzling words over the cables. But only in The
Star can Washington readers find his signed articles—a feature
of the Sunday Editorial Section—which make dinner-table con
versation here and make His Majesty’s Government squirm over
LELAND STOWE —His stories from the Norwegian
fronts—his great scoop on the “Trojan Horse” occupation of
Norway—his dramatic, and prophetic, eyewitness account of
British withdrawal before Nazi planes and naval artillery—these
stories are still the talk of the town. Where will Stowe go next?
To follow him you must read The Star, for in Washington it is
only The Star which gives you the dispatches of Leland Stowe and
his colleagues o^ the Chicago Daily News Foreign Service.
If ILL WHITE—Until this war started he was just an
other good newspaperman, known chiefly for the fact that he is
the son of the great William Allen White, editor of the Emporia
(Kansas) Gazette But when this war started, he went abroad
as a free-lance writer and he is making himself a name through
his colorful, personal, anecdotal dispatches. He’s on his way now
from Finland to Southeastern Europe where more trouble is brew
ing. His stories appear, in Washington, only in The Star. People
are reading them and talking about them.
JAMES P. ALDRIDGE —A letter came to The
Star last winter from an angry reader. He read a story in The
Star by Aldridge of the North American Newspaper Alliance,
describing the horrors of fighting in Finland’s sub-zero weather
which left the frozen dead in the fantastic positions of some mad
sculptor’s dream. The subscriber protested. Such things could
not be, he said, and he thought that The Star was an honest news
paper! Later, other writers and the photographers, with films
that do not lie, backed up Aldridge’s word picture in every detail
—one of many that stick in Star readers’ minds. Aldridge is a
N. A. N. A. correspondent, and N. A. N. A. dispatches appear only
in The Star in Washington.
country to thinking and talking last year with his best-seller book,
“The Ramparts We Watch.” And in his thrice-weekly stories
which in Washington are found only in The Star—Major Eliot is
writing informed and interesting explanations of the war’s
strategy, what it is and why it is, as it unfolds.
# These are some of the men—free-lances, we might call them—
whose dispatches, colored by the personality of the writers, bring
home to you the headlights and the sidelights of the war. They
write as they please. Their names make news. You find their
stories here only in The Star.
But The Star is most proud of the splendid, day-by-day news gathered by
its representatives abroad of The Associated Press—cool, disciplined news
paper reporters—trained in the great traditions of the world’s greatest
newsgathering organization—ready for each zero hour of press time
fighting the battles of censorship—risking their necks with every story—
striving to tell you what happened when it happened, but striving most to
tell you the truth—without bias, without rancor, without editorializing.
Not for glory, but because it’s their .job.
And they are doing a swell job!
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