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Editors' Wives Mix Shopping and Sightseeing
With Visits to Sessions of ASNE Convention Former WAC Officer Recalls Recruifing Here During War By Mary Cogddl ffliopplng, sightseeing and observ ing sessions of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ convention occupy the time of several members' wives, who accompanied them to Washington. , Mrs. Dwight Perrin, wife of the irnmnglng editor of the Philadel phia Bulletin, said she felt right at home in Washington. "I was in charge of WAAC re cruiting here when the Women’s Army Corps was first established,” the said, "and stayed here about five months.” Finally Visits Capitol. But she conceded she never got around to visiting the Capitol until last Wednesday, when she and her husband went to the night Senate session to hear the debate on the loan to Greece and Turkey. “I enjoyed it so much I want to ga back and find out what happens,” she said, starting to leave the Hotel Statler, which is convention head quarters. She paused long enough to add, "I have wonderful memories of Washington. "In those days, when we were try ing to educate people to the idea (if a women's armv.” she said, “the Mrs. Dwight Perrin (left), wife of the managing editor of the Philadelphia Bulletin, and Mrs. Jack Foster, wife of the editor of the Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colo., get together over coffee cups to talk about the East and West. Mrs. Blanche Hixson Smith (left), editor of the Meriden (Conn.) Morning Record and a member of the society, and Mrs. Johnstone Vance, wife of the publisher of the New Britain (Conn.) Herald, listen intently at the opening session of the convention. This is the first year wives of members have been invited to attend the regular sessions. _—Star Staff Photos. financial assistance to these coun tries in “about U months." Cites Peace ObUgatton. He had been quasttoned as to his own views an economic support of Greece and Turkey. “I think we Ye there becaupe we have toe obligation to make peace,** be said. “We want to maintain the status quo in these countries until we can come to an agreement with Russia on toe peace. As soon as that is done, I think we ought to get out of Greece and Turkey.” Asked whether he thought Presi dent Truman would sign a labor bill such as that approved by the Senate Labor and Public Welfare Commit tee, of which he is chairman, or the one passed by toe House yesterday, Senator Taft said he thought toe President “would be just as likely to sign it as not.” Senator Ives, Republican, of Mew York said there would be “no reason whatever In Justice” to veto a labor measure of toe sort likely to be sent to toe White House. Taft Met Wholly Satisfied. In his opening statement Senator Taft said he was not satisfied com pletely with the labor measure pro duced by his committee but empha sized the differences were “a ques tion of degree and not of principle.” “The act contains nothing on national bargaining, and I think it should,” he commented. Of this Senator Ives said later: “We don’t know yet what toe bar gaining unit should be. I think It is safe to delay a little longer.** When questioned on price trends, Senator Taft said he was not per turbed and felt prices would move downward. “Whether nr the group the committee would be gin hearing* on a tax measure Tues day and would take If to the floor a week or ao later, after the labor bill had been considered by the Senate. Mere Streamlining Urged. Representative Monroney, Dem ocrat, of Oklahoma commented the' congressional reorganisation plan Is not working as well as it could, because “we haven't gotten our selves personally streamlined.’’ He said Congress still is over burdened with subcommittees, in cluding a number concerned with the District. “It’s not a legitimate purpose of the Congress to be a city council for the District of Columbia,” Mr. Monroney commented. Representative Gore, Democrat, sf Tennessee said he doubts that the Republican leadership will achieve any appreciable reductions In Federal expenditures. Asked ! whether he thought a tax cut would win approval, he replied: ' "I’m afraid you're going to get it.” Addressing the afternoon session yesterday, Arthur Hays Sulzberger, publisher of the New York Times, declared every newspaper of general circulation has a duty “to inform its readers on all aides of all questions and it falls In its responsibility if it does not do it.” Shortcomings Indanger Freedom. “Most important among the dan gers to press freedoms are the shortcomings of the press Itself,” Mr. Sulzberger sold. "I wish to emphasize my belief in that, first and last. Soldier's D«<Hi Sentencei In Japan Cut to 3 Years 4 Or tha Aueciatad Fiwi President Truman has commuted the death sentence of Pvt. Leo W. Christensen of Iona. Idaho, court martialed in Japan on charges eC rape, murder and assault. In announcing the commutation, the War Department said yesterday the President reduced Christensen's sentence to imprisonment for three years, dishonorable discharge from the Army and forfeiture of all pay and allowances. Christensen was convicted of kill ing a Japanese boy with his motor'* cycle, of raping a Japanese woman and assaulting a Japanese matt with his fists. A review board and Undersecretary of War Kenneth Roy all reduced the charges to rape, assault and battery and manslaughter, thus eliminating a murder charge for the boy’s death. The presidential action further re duced the rape charge to assault and battery. The manslaughter charge was left standing. F. M. Sullivan Is Named DAY Legislative Head Francis M. Sullivan, attorney and former American Legion legislative officer, has been named legislative director of the Disabled American Veterans, DAV Comdr. Lloyd F. Oleson announced today. Mr. Sullivan has been with the Legion for 11 years. From 1983 to 1936, he practiced law here. Before that he was secretary to former Rep resentative Glynn, Republican, of Connecticut, and later former Rep resentative Goss, Republican, of Connecticut.. I WALL PAPERING I by tbo EBERLY PLAN I ONE mpoiuibility OURS | t^r^VDI.6667 j mmWKKBst This grant madldne la fmmtm to relieve pain, narroua dial raw aad weak, cranky, 'dragged out' taattagb of auah days—whan duo to faaaala functional monthly disturbances. DMZ/ltniMJSSta people here helped so much, we fed the rest of the country In the cumber of recruits." Mrs. Perrin, who then was Julia Kerby, was discharged from the Army in January, 1946, as a major, she said, and married Mr. Perrin last July. Mrs. Jack Poster, wife of the editor of the Rocky Mountain News, Den ver, Colo., said "it’s almost like com ing back to the old home town for me to come to Washington.” Reporter on Local Paper. She attended Georgetown Convent here and later was a reporter on a Washington newspaper. She and her husband met when both weer reporters on a newspaper in New York. "I think it’s a good idea for news papermen to marry newspaper women,” she said, "because I don’t believe any other woman would be willing to be married to a news paper, too.” She planned to visit friends here while her husband was attending convention meetings. Only a few of the editors’ wives came to Washington. There is no auxiliary organization for them, and those interviewed indicated there was no deside to have a planned program for the women. "We have little in common with each other, except that our husbands are newspapermen,” one of the wives said, "and we prefer to be free to do what we please while we are here.” Many of the women visitors left their hotel rooms early to get in a full day of shopping in Washington ■tores. Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby of the Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby of the Houston Post, a member of the society, sits between Don Weaver (left) of the Columbus (Ohio) Citizen and James North, Jr., of the Fort Worth (Tex.) Star-Telegram at the first session yesterday of the American Society of Newspapers Editors’ convention in the Hotel Statler. Houston Post, the first woman mem ber of the society to be nominated for its Board of Directors, said the business sessions would take all of her time. "And with the biggest story in the country (the explosion at Texas City, Tex.) only 40 miles away from my city, I’m busy keeping In touch with developments back there,” she said. "You know,” she added thought fully, "I’m not interested in that explosion just as a news story. Many of my friends live in that area and I haven’t heard from some of them.’’ She hurried off for a last-minute check to see if any more telegrams had come from Houston before go ing in to the business meeting. Another woman members of the society who expected to spend her time in convention sessions was Mrs. Blanche Hixson Smith, editor of the Meriden (Conn.) Morning Record. Hopes to See Mneeoms. “I’m afraid I’ll be too busy to do the shopping and sightseeing I would like to do,” Mrs. Smith said, "but I do hope I can find time to see the cherry blossoms.” With Mrs. Smith was Mrs. John stone Vance, wife of the publisher of the New Britain (Conn.) Herald. '‘I’ve attended many conventions," Mrs. Vance said, "and since this is the first year the business meetings have been open to the wives, I in tend to take advantage of it and find out what goes on.” She believes it is almost essential for an editor’s wife to keep up with current events and understand some of his business problems. 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Perhaps, he suggested, one an swer might be: "It’s because so many liars apeak for publication.” After hearing Acting Secretary of State Ache son at luncheon, the edi tors were to be addressed this after noon by Dr. James Bryant Conant, president of Harvard University, on “Public Opinion and Our Schools.” The editors last night heard legis lative matters discussed by a panel of members of Congress. Senator Taft, Republican, of Ohio, a member of the panel, called the Greece-Turkey loan program "a po litical matter in connection with settlement of the peace” and esti mated the United States could end houses, the only hope we have of lower prices Is Increased produc tion,” Chairman Wolcott of the House Banking and Currency Com mittee said. Report on Bill Tuesday. He revealed his committee planned to report out a bill next Tuesday which would release all controls on building construction, reduce the veterans' housing preference period from 00 to 30 days, remove rent controls from new construction and from properties remodeled, to in crease the number of units and fix new policies on other rents. Mr. Wolcott said the committee would decide today <jr tomorrow whether to retain present controls on rental housing now tenanted or permit a fiat 10 per cent increase. Chairman Taber of the House Appropriations Committee promised substantial additional savings would be effected in appropriation meas ures yet to be considered. Chairman Milllkin of the Senate Finance Committee said he thought "prospects for a substantial tax reduction are very good." He told "For the moment, however, I am concerned with what, In my Judge ment, Is the source of the chief ex ternal attack, and I believe that comes from Communists and fellow travelers.” Following his talk, the more than 400 members attending the three day convention were received by President Truman at the White House for an off-the-record press conference. Nash Post to Celebrate Kenneth H. Nash Post, No. 8, American Legion, will hold a 25th anniversary celebration at 8 o’clock tonight at the St. Francis Xavier School Hall, Twenty-seventh and O streets SK. Officials of the Le glon District Department will speak. TINNing ” EXFEBIXNCED MECHANICS Takema Sheet Metal Werks "’Stt'cZZ s°t“M Takoma Park, D. C. 5113 r 6lStyEAR OF QUALITY MEN’S WEAR ill _ Grosner .Springweave is SPRINGWEAVE P-L-U-S GROSNER “Service” assures perfect fitting of these famous cool, wrinkle-shedding Springweave Tropicals. Come in and see their smart styling, pre cision tailoring and handsome light and dark col ors. 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