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In Big Drive to Buy Strategic Supplies Important Negotiations Started by R. F. C. to Build Up Stocks By OLIVER MrKEE. With the start of a new fiscal year the Federal Government is ready to launch its largest peace time drive for the acc^iisition of strategic materials. Congress al ready has earmarked $47,000,000 for the purchase by the Treasury of such supplies and additional sums may be voted. President Roosevelt a few days ago signed a bill author izing the Reconstruction Finance Corp. to finance the acquisition of these materials by the Government. Jesse F. Jones, Federal loan ad ministrator. is lasing no time in exercising his authority under the act to finance additions to the Na tion's stock of strategic materials. Important negotiations are now under way. The R,. F. C„ he said yesterday, may spend as much as $250,000,000 in purchasing rubber, tin. manganese, quinine, tungsten and other materials vital to na tional defense and industry, on which the United States is either wholly or in large part dependent on imports from foreign countries. After these purchases are made materials will be stored here and the R. F. C. will be reimbursed by the Army and Navy as these agencies need materials to replen ish their own stocks. Rubber Stocks Being Increased. Lack of certain strategic materials has been a major weakness in our national defense. For the fiscal year now ending Congress appro priated $10,000,000 for the purchase of these materials. Later it author ized the expenditure of several more millions before July 1. With national defense holding the spot light, Congress has appropriated vastly greater sums for the coming fiscal year. These appropriations, supplemented by R. F. C. purchases, will go far, in the opinion of Fed eral experts, to remedy our defi ciencies in such materials as rub ber, tin. manganese, tungsten and chromium. At the end of May rubber stocks in the United States aggregated about 162.000 tons. On the basis of present consumption, this would only last American industry from three to four months. In May nearly 75.000 tons of rubber were shipped from British Malaya, the largest monthly shipment on record. Three reasons are given for this record high shipmenU-first, the de mands created by the war; second, the desire of consuming markets to accumulate rubber stocks, and third, the higher prices which prevail in the world markets. Some of the rubber shipped from British Malaya in May will come to the United States. Consumption per month is about equal to the volume of im ports. Cotton Exchanged for Rubber. Under a barter agreement with Great Britain, the United States will exchange 600.000 bales of cotton for 87.000 tons of rubber. On June 1 the Government had acquired about 20.000 tons under this agreement. June acquisitions probably will add another 10,000 tons. It will be some months yet, however, before the 87.000 tons will be in the United States. It is believed likely that the State Department later will make another barter agreement to trade United States cotton for rubber. At a pinch, the United States could step up its production of re claimed rubber. On the basis of operations 24 hours a day, and six days a week, it was officially esti mated on January 1, 1938, this coun try could produce 262,000 tons of reclaimed rubber annually. Capacity has been fully maintained since then. and. on the basis of a seven day week, the United States could now produce about 305,000 tons of reclaimed rubber annually—perhaps more. Last year only 1,700 tons of syn thetic rubber were manufactured in the United States. Recently great progress has been made in this field. According to Government experts, large-scale production of synthetic rubber depends on national rather than commercial considerations. With adequate plant facilities and financing, production of synthetic rubber should greatly increase. Latin America Is Source. Last year the United States im ported 7,843 tons of rubber from In a new shape solving your problem of piano placing fflason& I'iamlin SYMETRIGRAND only five feet long y Showing the bo'onced which gives » perfectly contour it its name. With the tonal splendor Invariably associated with the Meson & Hamlin, end out standing beauty of case design and styling. C A pr in mahogany oDU >li9h,rr in walnut May be purchased on EASY TERMS -allowance on your old piano. JORDAN’S Corner 13th end C St*. Latin America. Though plantations are being developed in Brazil. Fed eral experts predict that it will take five years before Latin America can become an important source of supply. To date the Treasury has spent about $14,000,000 in the purchase of strategic and critical materials. Its purchases have included tungsten, quartz crystals, optical glass, manila fiber, chromium ore, tin, manganese and quinine sulphate. With approxi ! rnately $47,500,000 already earmarked i for the purpose during the coming fiscal year, the Treasury will step up its purchases of materials for the national defense stock piles. Strategic materials of the highest order of priority include chromium, rubber, manganese, quinine, manila fiber, mica, quartz crystals and tungsten. For supplies of many of these, and other strategic and crit ical materials, the United States largely depends on the Netherlands East Indies, British Malaya and other countries in Southeast Asia. This explains, in part, the desire of the Army and Navy Munitions Board to acquire as quickly as pos sible a larger stock pile of strategic materials. Though the sea lanes to the Far East are still open, there is I no assurance they will remain. If i the war extends to French Indo- j China the Netherlands Indies, Brit ish Malaya, and other Asiatic coun- 1 tries, the United States might be cut off from its supplies of rubber, tin, and other essential materials. Dog Takes Long Way Home JACKSONVILLE, Fla . June 29 (A1!.—For all 12-year-old Hudson Humphries knows, his pet bulldog, “Monk." takes seriously the old ex pression, “The longest way round is the shortest way home.” “Monk’’ scratched at the Hum phries' back door exactly 70 days after being lost during a family I picnic 20 miles away. Fiscal Year to Begin With Only 28 Cases On Criminal Docket Only Man Now in Jail To Go on Trial July 15 For Policeman's Death With tne c-ose of the fiscal year today the criminal docket at District Court had only 28 criminal cases pending and only one accused per son in jail. This is believed to be an all-time low figure. Clarende Blocker, colored, 54 I street N.E., charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Park Po liceman Ivan W. Thompson, is the man in jail. He is scheduled to be tried July 15 and United States Attorney Edward M. Curran said the Government is ready to go to trial, but defense counsel needed more time to prepare his case. Mr. Curran said 528 cases were disposed of since' he took office on April 2. When he assumed his pres ent duties, he said, 174 criminal cases»weijp pending. The 28 cases awaiting trial today contrasts with 67 cases at the cor responding time last year. The 28 pending cases include bond cases, with the exception of the Blocker case, but do not include fugitive cases and those in which defendants have been adjudged of unsound mind. During the fiscal year. Mr. Curran explained, 1,870 indictments were returned, as compared to 1.828 re turned during the previous fiscal year. 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