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Editorial A-i Society, Clubs...A-7
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Lost and Found.. A-3 Where to Go B-6
WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION
Weather Forecast
Considerable cloudiness this afternoon, high
in low 70s. Cloudy, mild, occasional showers
tonight and tomorrow. Low tonight about 60.
Temperatures today—High, 67, at 12:65 pjn.;
low, 47, at 2:10 ajn. Yesterday—High, 63,
at 1:10 pjn.; low, 37, at 6:40 am
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WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 1947—TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES. *★
Guide for Readers
Police Quizzing
New York Man
In Harvey Death
Report Inconclusive
After State Tests
Of Girl's Blood
Two detectives Investigating
the mysterious death of comely,
25-year-old Wyona Harvey were
in New York today to interview
a middle-aged friend who is be
lieved to have received a tele
phone call from the girl shortly
before she disappeared Sunday.
Meanwhile, a negative report on
whether the death of the Philippine
Embassy secretary was due to
drowning was made today at Rich
mond by Dr. H. S. Breyfogle, Vir
ginia's chief medical examiner, who
conducted laboratory tests of the
girl's blood.
The tests were made by comparing
blood taken from the left side of
the heart with that taken from the
right side. Dr. Breyfogle explained.
In most drowning cases, he added,
the blood on the left side has a
higher water content.
Despite the inconclusive test, Dr.
Breyfogle said he was "inclined'' to
agree with the Arlington County
coroner that the probable causeras
drowning.
jrurtner studies οι tne stomacn
contents and tissues oi the girl's
body will be made next week, Dr.
Breyfogle said, and a report prob
ably will be made Tuesday.
Jones and Chennault on Trip.
The two officers in New Yorlc are
Detectiv/· Chief Hugh Jones of Ar
lington County and Detective Joe
Chennault of Washington's Missing
Persons Bureau, who has been help
ing Virginia authorities investigate
the «fee.
Chief Harry L. Woodyard of Ar
lington police said today that Capt.
Jones would interview a "Mr. Gil
christ," and that the detective chief
was expected to return with a report
later today.
Friends of Miss Harvey &id they
believed she talked by telephone
Sunday with a friend in New York
they knew as Andrew Gilchrist, said
to be in the export business.
Accompanied by the Washington
detective, Capt. Jones called at
Manhattan police headquarters this
morning and left with an additional
detective from the New York force,
presumably to interview Miss Har
vey's friend. New York police
would not comment on the case, the
Associated Press reported.
Alibi Satisfies Police.
Meanwhile, Arlington authorities
last night released the only other
man Miss Harvey was known to
have dated—her former fiance from
Charlottesville, Va. They had held
him for questioning since Thursday
night and said they - were satisfied
with the young man's alibi.
Shortly after thé girl's body was
found face down in a shallow
stream beneath a bridge in nearby
Virginia Thursday, Miss Harvey's
pastor told reporters she had come
to his hpme early on the morning of
her disappearance to discuss her
love for the New York man and her
broken engagement to the Char
lottesville veteran.
Funeral services for Miss Harvey ;
a former Federal employe, will !
he held at 3 pjn. tomorrow at
the home of her parents, Mr! and
Mrs. Myrptis Harvey, Gretna, Va.
The body was to be taken to Gretna
today, accompanied by two of Miss
Harvey's sisters, Miss Marguerite
Harvey of Arlington, and Miss.Wil
lithea. Harvey of New York.
Police ( today had been unable to
find any'witness who had seen Miss!
Harvey after she telephoned her
sister that she was on her way to:
see her in nearby Virginia last,
(See QARVEYT~Page~Â-2J ~~ I
Rock Island Locomotive
Derailed by Rockslide
*3 ν the Associated Press
LINWOOD, Kans., April 5.—The
locomotive of the Rock Island
Rocket, fast passenger train running
between Minneapolis and Houston,
Tex., was derailed near here last
night after striking a small rock
slide.
Only casualty was the engineer,
who suffered a slight back injury.
The seven cars of the train re
mained on the tracks and work
crews were attempting to return
the engine to the rails.
Parallel tracks of the Union Pa
cific were blocked for a time but
railroad officials estimated at least
one line would be cleared early to
day. Traffic was rerouted over
Santa Fe tracks.
Heavy rains were believed respon
sible for the rockslide.
Jefferson Day Dinner
At Mayflower Sold Out
The Jefferson Day dinner which
President Truman will address at
the Mayflower tonight is a 2,000
ticket, $200,000 sellout.
House Minority Leader Rayburn
was accepting checks today with the
understanding that they are simply
contributions to the party treasury—
not meal tickets.
Mr. Trihnan, making his first po
litical speech since the Democratic
defeat in November, will go on the
air at 10:30 o'clock, with all net
works carrying his 20-minute speech.
He will be heard at other Jefferson
Day dinners from coast to coast.
The President is expected to urge:
ansv his legislative program, in-';
eluding fiscal stabilization, better
housing, increased public health
care, improved labor relations ma
chinery.
While Congress has taken no ac
tion on any of these issues,*,friends
did not look for the President to
criticize openly the Republican ma
jority, in view of his plea for co- ;
operation between White House and ι
Capitol Hill.
»
i
Marshall Confers 90 Minutes
With Bevin on Big 4 Progress
Foreign Minister's Co-ordinating Group
Finishing Report on Reich Government
Bl/LLETIN
MOSCOW UP).—A Soviet
Deputy Foreign Minister an
grily charged today that the
Soviet position had been dis
torted when American Deputy
Robert Murphy said the Rus
sians sought to create a
strong central government in
Germany such as existed un
der Hitler.
By John M. High tower
Associated Press Foreign Correspondent
MOSCOW, April 5.—British
Foreign Secretary Bevin con
ferred with Secretary of State
Marshall for 90 minutes over
luncheon at Spasso House today.
They were believed to have dis
cussed the progress of the Council
of Foreign Ministers to date, to
gether with "possible future moves.
At the same time, the Council's
Co-ordinating Committee vas put
ting last-minute touches on a re
port for today's Council session on
the subject of Germany's future
provisional government.
There was some speculation that
if the discussion of this report was
finished in time, the Ministers might
be able to begin a discussion of
German frontiers.
In the meeting of Deputy Foreign
Ministers working on the Austrian
peace treaty today, the Russians
lined up with the United States
against British and French demands
for compensation from Austria for
war damage to property of the
United Nations and their citizens.
The British and Frencn deputies
insist on compensation at the rate
of two-thirds of the full value of
(See MOSCOW, Page A-3.)
Marines Pursue Reds
Who Killed Five in
Arms Depot in China
Six of 16 Wounded in
Attack Near Tangku
Not Expected to Live
ty th· Associated Press
PEIPING, April 5.—Chinese
Communists, sweeping suddenly
out of the early morning dark
ness, today attacked an Ameri
can Marine artillery supply
depot near Tangku, killing 5 Ma
rines and wounding 16 others,
6 of whom were not expected to
live.
Papers found on the bodies of
slain attackers verified they were
Communists, an official Marine
statement said.
The statement did not mention
the number of casualties suffered by
the attackers, but Chinese military
officers reported 100 of the band
killed or wounded.
These officers announced that 600
government troops from Generalis
simo Chiang Kai-shek's 2d Army
'had been dispatched from Tientsin
! to aid Marines in tracking down the
j attackers, whose numbers were not
known.
marines aiari on rursuix.
Even as the attackers faded into
the darkness from which they had
struck at the ammunition dump, a
heavily-firmed Marine convoy was
made ready at Tientsin, 25 miles to
the west, to set out in pursuit.
Stung by the biggest casualty toll
in a long series of clashes with North
China irregulars, Col. Julian N.
Prisbie, commander of the 5th
Marine Regiment at Peiping, was
flying to Tientsin to take personal
command.
A brief Marine announcement
confirmed that the fighting, at
Hsinho, 5 miles west of Tangku,
raged for 4 hours and 15 minutes
beginning at 1:15 *i.m.
The reports of the fighting were
fragmentary, saying that one Marine
tank was disabled by a land mine,
and that several explosions of stored
ammunition rocked the dump.
Fighter Planes Sent.
Marine fighter planes were called
out, but the Chinese had vanished
before tne airmen could get into
action.
This same dump was raided last
October 3 by an estimated 200
Chinese who wounded a Marine
slightly but left several of their
own dead behind. They succeeded
in carrying off some ammunition.
That may have been their motive
this time, but they found the dump
manned by about a company, of
Marines from the 1st Battalion of
(See MARINES. Page A-3j
Gerig Appointed Deputy
On U.N. Trustee Council
President Truman today named
Benjamin Gerig, chief of the Divi
sion of Dependent Area Affairs of
the State Department, to be deputy
American representative on the
Trusteeship Council of the United
Nations. The American representa
tive is Francis B. Sayre.
Mr. Gerig has been in the State
Department since 1942. From 1930
to 1939 he was a member of .the
information and mandate section
of the League of Nations Secretariat.
Russians Seen Aiming
To Put Blame on U. S.
If Conference Fails
Deliberate Effort to Slow
Progress of Ministers
Attributed to Reds
By Newbold Noyes, Jr.
Star Staff Correspondent
MOSCOW, April 5.—That Rus
sia is trying to slow down the
Foreign Ministers' German ne
gotiations just as hard as we
are trying to speed them up is
becoming more apparent every
day here.
There are many possible reasons
for the Soviet delaying tactics. Her
attitude is probably conditioned by
several of them.
It may reflect the fact, for in
stance, that Russia is in more im
mediate need of what she is after
here—reparations from Germany's
production and a hand in control
of the Ruhr—than we are in what
we want—an economically united
Germany which has a chance of
developing into our kind of demo
cratic state.
Russia, too, may have the im
pression that we wart to go home
and, if exasperated enough by de
lay, çUght agree to a flimsy com
promise which would, however, give
her what she wants. If this is one
of her hopes it is a forlorn one.
Secretary of State Marshall does in
truth have urgent business in Wash
ington. But so far as Americans
here are concerned—the day of the
flimsy compromise, patched up to
make discord sound like harmony,
is definitely over.
World Reaction Eyed.
Russian Foreign Minister Molo
tov also doubtless has his eye on
world reaction, especially German
reaction, to a failure of this con
ference to achieve anything signi
ficant.* He may think that failure
is inevitable, reasoning at the same
time that if he stalls long enough
ard forces Gen. Marshall into call
ing a halt on behalf of America, we
will appear as villains of the piece.
This last point is a matter of seri
ous concern to members of the
American delegation, particularly as
it relates to German public opinion.
There may be some doubt as to
why Russia is applying the brakes
to these already stalemated ne
gotiations. But there is no doubt
as to how she is doing it.
Gen. Marshall, to get things mov
ing, is trying to push. the ques
tions on which the ministers bog
down into the hands of subordinate
committees. While the Council
forges ahead to new problems, he
wants these committees to do as
much of the tedious routine hag
gling as possible. When commit
tees have produced something, the
mir^ters themselves can take up
these questions again.
Two Russian Tactics.
Russian delegates deal with this
situation in two Ways. First, they
slow up the work of committees as
much as possible, quibbling on every
point. Secondly, when a commit
tee finally reports to the Council,
Mr. Molotov argues even about
points on which—after hours of
work—it managed to produce an
agreement.
Joday, for instance, the Council
may finally get a report from the
Co-ordinating Committee on the
(See NOYES, Page A-3.)
U. Ν. Session Monday a Sellout,
With Gromyko Big Attraction
By th« Associated Press
LAKE SUCCESS, Ν. Y-, April 5.—
The United Nations today was in the
unusual position of having a sellout
on its hands without knowing
whether the "star" of the show—An
drei A. Gromyko—would speak his
lines.
More than 5,000 overflow applica
tions for seats to Monday's Security
Council meeting already have been
rejected, the U. N. press division
reported. The Council chamber
seats only 514 spectators and all
tickets were exhausted last Wedne#
day.
The U. N. added that nearly all
written and telephone requests were
accompanied by the comment that
the applicants "wanted to hear
Gromyko's answer to American Dele
gate Warren R. Austin's statement
last week on aid to Greece and
Turkey."
Included in those holding seats
were at least one member of Con
gress, Representative Gary, Demo
crat, of Virginia and 100 West Point
cadets who are students in interna
tional relations.
Meanwhile, the usual secrecy sur
rounded Russian plans, and Mr.
Gromyko, Deputy Foreign Minister
and Council delegate, turned aside
queries as to whether he would speak
with, "No comment."
I
»
The thousands seeking seats ap
parently were banking on Mr. Gro
myko's statement in response to Mr.
Austin, who last week laid before the
Council President Truman's proposal
'for a $400,000,000 program of uni
lateral aid to Greece and Turkey.
At that time the Russian delegate
said he would "touch upon these
questions" at the next Council meet
ing.
There also was a possibility that
Mr. Gromyko would offer Russia's
proposals on arms reduction at a
morning meeting of the Commission
on Conventional Armaments. Per
sons topping the list of rejections for
Council seats were given tickets for
this session.
The largest previous Council crowd
:n Lake Success history appeared for
Mr. Austin's major policy speech on
Greece, several hundred being turned
away. The U. N. said, however, that j
the current demand for Monday's
meeting was unprecedented.
There still was no indication whether
Monday's meeting would be broad
cast, as was done by three major
networla when Mr. Austin spoke.
The U. N. press division said no ar
rangements could be made pending
the answers to these two questions.
1. Will Gromyko speak?
2. Will he apeak 1b Englishf

Committee Asks
Speed in Aiding
Greece,Turkey
Opposes Russell Bid
For New Plebiscite
As Relief Condition
By J. A. CLeary
Delay in extending American
aid to Greece and Turkey might
prove "more ineffectual than no
action at all," the Senate For
eign Relations Committee de
clared today in urging speedy
passage of the $400,000,000 pro
gram.
"The Committee on Foreign Rela
tions, therefore, convinced that the
recommendation of the President is
in the best interests of world peace
* * * urges the Senate to act on it
at the earliest possible time," the
committee said In making public its
formal report on the bill. The meas
ure will be taken up for debate in
the Senate next week.
Earlier, Senator Russell, Democrat,
of Georgia had suggested a new vote
by the people of Greece on their gov
ernment as a condition to American
aid, but the committee declared it is
convinced the United States does not
propose to interfere in the internal
affairs of Greece or Turkey.
Senator Russell is supporting the
aid program on the ground it is in
the best interests of this country, but
he indicated. his belief Greece and
Turkey do not have democracy.
Committee Seeg Progress.
The Senate committee agrees In
its report with the State Depart
ment view that both of these coun
tries "have already made much prog
ress" along the road of democracy
and that, given political and eco
nomic security, they will continue
along that road.
The committee also took the firm
position that assistance to Greece
and Turkey presents a single prob
lem and that to aid only one might
seriously threaten the independence
of both.
some senators nave aavocatea
aiding Greece only, but the commit
tee stressed the importance of help
ing Trukey also to withstand what
it called "severe external pressure."
"The immediate objections of this
pressure appear to be to separate
certain portions of Eastern Turkey
from the rest of the country, and to
abridge Turkish control over the
Dardanelles," the committee con
tinued, "but the ultimate objective
might be to deprive Turkey of her
independence. * * · The loss by the
Turkish people of confidence in their
future might eventually lead to con
ditions not dissimilar from those
now prevailing in Greece."
Senator Russell's proposal for a
new plebiscite in Greece probably
will be frowned on by the adminis
tration, in view of the position
taken by the State Department in
answering a Senate questionnaire s
few days ago.
Believes Both Democratic.
In the questionnaire, the depart
ment said it considers that "both
the Greek and Turkish governments
are essentially democratic and that
both are progressing along the road
to democracy."
"The essential democracy of these
two governments is * * * demon
strated by the fact that in both
countries substantial opposition par
ties are not only legal but are carry
ing on an energetic campaign of
criticism of the governments in
power without hindrance by the
government authorities," the de
partment said.
The department said the last
parliamentary elections, held March
31, 1946, "were conducted by the
Greek authorities in accordance with
the Constitution." It added that
foreign observers reported that the
elections "were generally fair and
gave a true picture of the will of
the Greek people at this time."
It commented that the last par
liamentary elections were held in
Turkey in July, 1946, "after a free
political campaign."
Senator Russell said he was try
ing to be realistic in his support of
the program, adding:
"I'm not saying that I want to
help democracy in Greece and
(See FOREIGN, Page A-3.)
Trygve Lie in Boston
On Way to New York
By the Associated Press
BOSTON, April 5.—A Swedish
Airlines transport carrying Trygve
Lie. secretary general of the United
Nations, landed at Logan Airport
from Oslo today, unable to go on
to New York because of weather.
Passengers remained aboard the
plane awaiting a decision by air
ways traffic control (CAB) whether
to let the ship continue to La
Guardia Field on entrain hère for
New York.
An American Overseas airliner
from London also was held up here
because of weather.
Gun at His Back,
Cabman Violates
Laws to No Avail
Ey the Associated Press
BALTIMORE, April 5.—Gerald E.
Caldwell, a cab driver, told police
today he broke every traffic regula
tion he could think of in a 5-mile
crosstown trip but couldn't get ar
rested. His passenger had a gun in
his back.
Mr. Caldwell said the fare climbed
into his cab with the declaration:
"This is a pistol. I've had a
rough time tonight, and now I'm
going to give you a rough time."
He gave a destintation and Mr.;
Caldwell set out on his carefully
planned orgy of speeding and stop
light running, expecting any mo
ment the gunman would relieve him
of his receipts.
, At the end of the.trip, Mr. Cald
well said the passenger got out and
told him:
"Here's $5.25. That's all I've got,
and that's all you're going to get."
The meter reeding wit $1.60.
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Woman Killed by Fire
|ln Home; 3 Critically
Burned in Dormitory
Two-Alarm Blaze Strikes
Converted Barracks; Four
Injured en 47th Street
A woman died of smoke suffo
cation and seven other persons
were injured in two early morn
ing fires, one in a home at 4444
Forty-seventh street N.W. and
the other in Alcott Hall, former
WAVE barracks in West Poto
mac Park.
The dead woman was Mrs. Sara
P. Thome, 51, who apparently was
asphyxiated when fire broke out in
the second floor of her home. She
was an employe of the Internal
Revenue Bureau.
Injured in the Forty-seventh street
Are were:
Talmadge Thome, 50, husband of
the dead woman, treated in George
town Hospital for cuts, burns and
possible rib fractures. He is an
Internal Revenue attorney.
Fireman James Serre Isa of No. 12
engine company, treated at Emer
gency Hospital for arm cuts.
Fire Department Lt. S. C. John
son of No. 30 engine company
wrenched back.
Policeman .Wayne M. Hostetler, 33,
of No. 8 precinct, treated for hand
cuts. , ;
Two-Alarm Fire in Hall.
Thoce burned in the two-alarm
Alcott Hall fire shortly after 4 a.m.
today were:
Miss Cornelia Mayer, 57, of Lyn
brook, Long Island, a Comment#
Department employe, in critical
condition at Emergency Hospitft
with burns of the entire body.
Mrs. Clara M. Biggs, 58, of
Wellesley, Mass., a Navy Department
employe, in critical condition at
Emergency Hospital with burns of
the feet, neck and arms.
Miss Sadie Gordon, 25, of Vander
grift, Pa., also a Navy Department
worker, in Emergency Hospital with
critical burns of the face, hands
and feet.
Mrs. Thorne was pronounced dead
by a private physician after firemen
fought their way through dense
smoke to the second-floor hallway
and found her unconscious on the
floor. She had not been burned,
firemen said. Dr. Christopher J.
Murphy, deputy coroner, ruled death
was due to accidental suffocation.
Walls Scorched Through House.
Mr. Thorne, the two firemen and
the policemen were injured attempt
ing to extinguish the flames.
Cause of the fire was not de
termined immediately. It was be
:ieved to have started in a library
on the first flçor, and police
thought a cigarette might have
ignited overstuffed furniture there.
The" blaze itself was confined to
the library and kitchen, but Intense
heat scorched walls throughout the
house, and there was considerable
smoke damage. The fire marshall's
office was investigating.
Police said a neighbor who heard
Mr. Thome's cries for help sum
moned them by telephone, thinking
some one was trying to break into
the house.
When Policemen Hostetler, D. M.
Brown, John O'Reilly and Eugene
Gooding arrived in two scout cars,
they reported, they found Mr.
Thorne standing on the sidewalk
in his bathrobe.
Bleeding and shaken, he told
them, they said:
"My wife is inside."
Broke Through Window.
According to police, the Govern
ment attorney said he had been
aroused by his wife shortly after 3
a jn. and, finding the bedroom filled
with smoke, had broken a window,
climbed to a first-floor roof and
jumped to the ground.
Policeman Hostetler turned in a
box alarm, but firemen already were
on the way on a telephoned alarm.
Police said the home was owned
by Mr. Thome's father, John R.
Thome of Palls Church, Va.
Charles Randall, Mrs. Thome's
son by a previous marriage, lives
in Arlington,, police said.
Heroine of the Alcott Hall fire
was Miss Joyce Walton, 20, of Stone
Bluff, Ind., a Navy Department em
ploye, whose screams aroused the
more than 50 occupants of the burn
ing barracks when flames swept
Wing P.
Firemen said the fire broke out
in a room occupied by Miss Gordon.
Miss Walton said she «woke shortly
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Howard Hughes to Test
New Photo Plane Today
By th« Associated Press
CULVER CITY, Calif., April 5.—
Howard Hughes was scheduled to
make another try today at test
flying his sharp-nosed AF-11 photo
reconnaissance plane.
His first attempt with a similar
plane last July almost cost him his
life and he spent weeks in a hospital
after crashing in a Beverly Hills
residential area.
Hughes aircraft spokesmen said
the plane is a duplicate of the first
except that it has single rotation
propellers instead of eight-bladed
counter-rotating props. Mr. Hughes
said after his crash that one of the
counter-rotating propellers failed.
Record Crowds Pour
Injo City to Spend
Week-End Holiday
Weather Bureau Says
Prospects Are Good
For Easter Sunday
EASTER SUNRISE SERVICES
scheduled for the District. See
story on Page A-12.
Record-breaking crowds still
were pouring into Washington
today for the Easter week end,
with good weather for Easter
Sunday "quite possible."
The Weather Bureau predicted
that showers would, fall tomorrow,
but that they should end in the
early morning and should be fol
lowed by cloudy skies and winds.
Today will be cloudy and warm with
a few showers both today and
tonight. The weather will be mild
both days with the temperature
reaching the 60s this afternoon.
"It's a fair chance it will clear
up before noon on Easter Sunday,"
the bureau said.
Over the city churches were pre
paring for the Easter services. Yes
terday, Good Friday services at
tracted thousands during the three
hour observance starting at noon.
In addition to the religious services,
organizations over the city planned
other traditional Easter events. The
Monday program of the District
Recreation Department includes egg
hunts, egg rolling and picnics at the
various parks and playgrounds.
159,000 Visitors Expected.
An estimated 150,000 visitors will
be in town Over the week end, ac
cording to Clarence A. Arata of
the Greater National Capital Com
mittee. This marks the heaviest
influx since the Easter week end of
1Î39 which was a prewar peak year
for visitors to Washington.
Mr. Arata said the incoming
travel was expected to be equaled
and possibly surpassed by the num
ber of Washingtonians leaving to
spend the holidays elsewhere.
Heaviest travel was reported to the
New York area.
Hotels are booked to capacity,
according to Arthur J. Hartnett,
secretary of the District Hotel As
sociation. Many without reserva
tions were turned away.
Some relief in thj» rooming situ
ation was being given by the Board
of Trade's housing bureau which is
operating from the lobby of the
Star Building.
Mr. Arata said thousands of per
sons seeking rooms have been placed
(See EASTER, Page A-2J
U. S. Experts Pressing
'Last-Chance' Efforts
To Avert Phone Tieup
Continuous Conferences
Held; Settlement Is Aim
Rather Than Seizure
Government conciliators to
day were engaged in virtually
continuous conferences at the
Labor Department representing
a last-chance effort to avert a
Nation-wide telephone strike at
6 a.m. Monday.
Though there was no indication
of progress toward a compromise,
Assistant Secretary of Labor John
W. Gibson and Conciliation Director
Edgar L. Warren emphasized they
still were thinking in terms of set
tlement rather than Government
seizure. They hoped to better or at
least duplicate last year's feat, in
which a strike was averted less than
an hour before the deadline.
As the conciliator fought to avoid
serious consideration of Federal
seizure, they had before them a
statement by Joseph A. Beirne,
president of the National Federation
of Telephone Workers, who chal
lenged the Government's right to
seige the telephone system.
"If seizure is decided upon, we
will then determine what action is
to be taken," Mr. Beirne declared
last night.
i/ΐΐΓκ 8 upimon uispuiea.
He said Attorney General Clark's
opinion of yesterday, in which he
stated President Truman could
take over the telephone system
under war powers in the Communi
cation's Act, was "contrary to the
opinion of our legal counsel."
"He is stretching the law to the
breaking point in handing down
such a decision," Mr. Beirne added.
A Labor Department spokesman
said early this afternoon that con
ferences between the conciliators
and represéntatives of the unions
and the long-lines division of the
American Telephone & Telegraph
Co., and the Southwestern Bell Tele
phone Co. "show signs of going on
for some time."
The conferees did not indicate
whether progress was being made,
he said. He quoted conciliators as
saying the conferences would be
kept in "almost' continuous session
from now on."
Meanwhile, the Virginia Federa
tion of Telephone Workers an
nounced that a second conference
with the Chesapeake & Potomac
Telephone Co. had adjourned with
out agreement. Α. V. Atkinson, head
of the Virginia FTW, said notifica
tion of the unsuccessful outcome of
(See TELEPHONE, Page A-2.)
Wreck of Dutch Plane
Sighted on Peak in Java
By th· Associated Press
BATAVIA, Java.. April 5.—The
wreckage of a Netherlands East
Indies Air Force Dakota (DC-3)
plane, which disappeared March 13
with 27 persons aboard, was sighted
today on the β,000-foot peak of
Mount Boerangrang, 10 miles north
west of Bandoeng.
The reconnaissance pilot who re
ported the discovery said®ie saw no
signs of life. He said both wings
were ripped off, but that the body
of the plane was intact. A ground
searching party immediately started
the long climb toward the wreck.
Senators to Hire Investigators
To Report Agency Spending
By Joseph Young
The Senate Appropriations Com
mittee today served notice on Gov
ernment agencies that beginning in
July the committee will employ an
investigating staff to keep close
watch over all Federal spending
activities.
The new policy will permit the
committee to keep an up to date ;
check on all funds appropriated
to Government agencies duinrg a
fiscal year, instead of the present
system of waiting until the end of
the year to review a department's
spending activities, it was said. ·
Senator Reçd, Republican, of Kan
sas, acting chairman of the sub
committee on the Treasury-Post
Office 1948 appropriation bill, made
the announcement u postal officials
requested the Senate to restore some
of the cute made by the House.
"Starting in July, we will keep
t
close watch owr the money we have
given agencies for the next 12
months," Senator Reed said. "In
this way, we will be In a good posi
tion to know if the money was.spent
wisely when the agency comes to us
with new appropriation requests at
the end of the year."
Tl\e Kansan added "until now the
committee has had no staff to do
this work but it will be different
from now on."
Senator Hayden. Democrat, of
Arizona, another member of the
subcommittee, commented "that's
the only way to do it."
The Post Office Department's in
spection division asked the commit
| tee to restore a $247,000 reduction in
' its budget request made by the
I House. J. J. Dor an, chief postal in
spector, said his division has « "tre
mendous number of investigations
; to make during the next year."
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lewis Urges
Closing of All
But Two Mines
Asks That Pits Stay
Shut Down Until They
Meet Safety Code
BULLETIN
John L. Lewis today "sug
gested" to the Federal Coal
Mines Administration that it
order "closed forthwith" all
of the bituminous coal mines
in the country except two
whiclj, the Federal Bureau of
Mines had said earlier were
the only ones found to be free
of safety violations of the
Federal mines safety code. Mr.
Lewis asked that all of the
mines except the two "remain
closed until reinspection has
been made by the Federal
mine inspectors, together with
certification by him that they
are in conformity" with the
safety code.
By James Y. Newton·
Government estimates today
indicated that a larger number of
soft coal mines than expected
earlier would be ready for re
opening Monday, as it was re
vealed tha,t the Senate Labor
Committee is studying a plan to
block "national paralysis strikes"
such as coal or telephone stop
page.
Some of the 518 mines ordered
closed for safety reasons by Secre
tary of Interior Krug already have
been certified for reopening. It was
predicted that in the coal-rich
Pittsburgh arerf there would be "a
flood of last-minute certifications.
The plan for dealing with strikes
in major and vital industries is in
corporated in a preliminary draft
of a corfTplete labor bill prepared
by the Senate committee's staff.
The draft also includes a ban on
the closed ship, jurisdictional strikes
and secondary boycotts. The pro
posal were described as "something
for the committee to shoot at" and
it was held doubtful if all of them
would be accepted by the committee.
25 Per Cent Expected to Reopen.
One Federal official predicted
that 25 per cent of the mines held
unsafe Thursday would be ready for
reopéWlng when the United Mine
Workers' Nation-wide "memorial"
stoppage ends Monday. John L. '
Lewis called the mourning period in
honor of the 111 miners killed in
the Centralia, 111., disaster.
Unsafe condition» in the 518 mines
were being corrected as rapidly as
possible. The corrections in some
pits involved major operations, how
ever, installation of heavy machi
nery, and there was the likelihood "
that such mines would remain shut
for some time.
Federal coal officials cautioned
that it still was too early to predict
how many of the mines would re
main closed Monday, since in the
final analysis reopening is up to the
mine workers themselves. They ex
pected instances where the miners
would refuse to return even though
the pits were certified as safe. Mr.
Lewis' union, however, was throwing
full responsibility for such deter
minations on the Government'·
shoulders.
The Senate committee's preliml
(See COAL, Page A-2.)
Four Reported Killed
In Oklahoma Storm
By th· Associated Pr««
WISTER, Okla., April 5.—The St.
Louis & San Francisco Railroads'
station agent here reported that
four persons were killed when a
wind storm struck the Glendale
community in Le Flore County in
Eastern Oklahoma early today.
The Red Cross reported that the
four dead were from the Vaughn
family and listed them as Andrew,
George, Jewell and Nancy. Their
ages were not known.
The storm struck the area about
2 a.m., destroying several houses and
uprooting trees.
Reynolds World Flight
Delayed by Weather
■y lh« Asteciatad Pr«u
NEW YORK, April 5.—The round
the-world flight of Milton Reynolds,.
Chicago pen manufacturer, and hi»
two-man crew has been delayed
until midafternoon by rain and
murky weather conditions, a Rey
nolds spokesman said today.
Frederick Lamb, trip director, said
the converted A-26 Douglas bomber
in which Mr. Reynolds hopes to set
a new globe-circling mark of 55
hours would leave Roosevelt Field
on Long Island about 1 or 2 p.m.
for Newark Airport, the takeoff
point. New York earlier had re
fused to permit the takeoff on New
York airports because of the danger
of fire from the heavy gasoline
load.
At Newark the plane will be fueled
and readied for its record-breaking
attempt, Mr. Lamb added.
He said meteorologists' reports in
dicated the flyers would encounte*
clearing weather when approx
imately 450 miles out over the
Atlantic.
Poor weather conditions had
forced several postponements in th«
scheduled takeoff and a delay also
occurred when the flyers found it
necessary to install and repair a
new gas tank flown in from Cali
fornia.
Mr. Reynolds' crew members are
William Odom, 27, of Roslyn, Ν. Y,
the pilot, and T. C. Bailee, of Roose
velt Field, the flight engineer, the
pen manufacturer, himself an ex
perienced pilot, will act as navigator.
Hie flight log for the trip includes
stops at Paris, Cairo, Calcutta,
Shanghai, Tokyo and Anchorage,
Alaska.

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