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Thomas Lands in D. C.
After Moscow Visit; Lauds Red Industry By James Y. Newton R. J. Thomas, vice president of the CIO United Auto Workers, re turned from a trip to Moscow today saying that he did not think the Russian people could be driven into a war with the United States. ‘‘I think the Russian people are the same as the American people,” Mr. Thomas told newsmen on arriv ing at Washington Airport after a flight from Frankfurt, Germany. ”You couldn’t drive either of them Into a war with the other.” The automobile labor official was a member of a three-man CIO dele gation to the meeting in Moscow of the Executive Council of the World Federation of Trade Unions. The others were Michael Ross, director! of the CIO’s International Depart ment, who returned with Mr. Thomas, and James B. Carey, CIO secretary-treasurer. Toured Moscow Auto Works. , While in Moscow’, Mr. Thomas in spected the Stalin automobile works. It was his first visit to Russia and he was favorably impressed with Soviet production methods. ' “I was very much surprised that they were getting along so well in production,” he said. "They are doing a very good job, particularly on truck output. The quantity of the auto output wasn’t so good, but they told me the main Stalin auto plant had been moved to the Ural Mountains.” At the plant he visited, Mr. Thomas said, the Russians made a large automobile similar to our Packard'. He commented that the quality of the car ‘‘was as good as anything I have seen in this coun try.” He said he timed the truck assembly line and it produced about 165 trucks in an eight-hour shift. Had Freedom of City. "We were absolutely free to go any place we wanted to in Moscow’,” he added. ‘‘We took motion pic tures all over the place. ‘‘The auto workers over there look about the same as ours. But, of course, they have had a tough time in the war. The standard of living of the workers is not as high as here, but I would say that it has improved greatly over the years.” One the return trip Mr. Thomas and Mr. Ross toured the American occupation zone in Germany. They said that German labor leaders in the zone were having a difficult time largely because the area is pre dominantly agricultural and thej people there are “not as progressive as elsewhere in Germany.” 162 Violent Deaths Listed For Nation During Holiday ly tha Associated Press The toll of violent deaths rose to 162 today as the Nation celebrated a holiday that for many Americans will extend over four days. Tabulation since 6 p.m. July 3 covered 73 deaths from traffic acci dents, 46 from drowning and 43 from miscellaneous causes. Fire works caused some deaths as the Nation celebrated a comparatively safe and sane July 4 yesterday. On the Fourth of July last year, a Wednesday, 159 persons suffered violent deaths. The National Safety Council esti mated 800 deaths would be caused by the four-day holiday, with 275 traffic fatalities. The council fore cast 75 traffic deaths for yesterday alone. District Bills on Hospital, Slum Clearance Held Over The House District Committee this afternoon postponed until Mon day morning a scheduled meeting tomorrow to take action on meas ures providing for the construction of a $20,000,000 hospital center here and for the clearance of Washing ton slums. Chairman McMillan said he was forced to postpone tomorrow's meet ing until 10 a.m. Monday because of a “lack of quorum." Should the bills be favorably reported, there is an outside chance that the measures could be brought up for House ac tion the same day, since Monday is District day in the House. However, unanimous consent would be needed before the bills could be brought up. . DALLAS, TEX.—PLAN TO PICKET O’DANIEL APARTMENT— Wesley Brient and his son Gary, 4, read an eviction notice in the living room of their apartment in a building owned by Mike O’Danlel, son of Senator O’Daniel of Texas, who staged an eight-hour filibuster recently against passage of legislation extending OPA price and rent controls. Mr. Brient, a veteran recently returned from the Pacific, said last night that members of the American Veterans’ Committee would picket the apart ment house today to protest the eviction notice. Mrs. Mike O’Daniel said that her husband and Mr. Brient had engaged in a verbal argument over a rent increase. —AP Wirephoto. Operations Now Normal On Northwest Airlines By the Associated Press ST. PAUL. Minn., July 5.—Opera-' tions of Northwest Airlines, halted for more than 30 hours by a strike of mechanics, were back to normal* today, following return to work of the men on creation of an emer-1 gency fact-finding board to investi gate the dispute. 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