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jf-6 ** THE EVENING STAR, Washington, D.C.
MONDAY, MAY 26, 1»47.
Fite of Buyers' Names
Helps Detroit Check
Used Car Racket
^DETROIT, May 26 (NANA).—
Everybody in Detroit talks about the
“feed-car racket.” But the Detroit
djpto Dealers Association is doing
something about it.
JJWhen the automotive triple play
-fjsgency to buyer to used-car lot—
fl^st threatened to become scandal
#. the association invited all ag
encies in greater Detroit to submit
tae names of prospective new car
buyers on ttyelr waiting lists for al
phabetical filing. Duplicate buyers’
orders were clipped together, with
the result that the association uses
almost as many paper clips as the
quartermaster general.
Some of the least scrupulous deal
S refused to co-operate. But the
lilts were still enough to curl
one’s hair.
- it was found that 7 per cent of all
S’ urchasers of 1946 automobiles were
uplicate buyers, some having
bought as many as eight new cars.
Of names phoned in subsequently
for checking against the file, 20 per
cent had bought more than one car.
pf eight names phoned in by one
dealer, five had had previous cars
within the year and three of the
five had bought two each. This
dealer handled one of the highest
priced cars on the market, on the
strength of which fact the associa
tion warned dealers not to suppose
their customers were “too high a
type to resell their cars.”
ura Attorney irappea.
Tlie buyer alphabetical file was
the trap that tripped up an OPA
attorney who had talked himself
in and out of 14 new cars within
the year.
The association urges every dealer
to check the file before delivering
a car and if the buyer is a repeater,
find out what happended to his
previous purchases. The trail almost
invaribaly leads to Livemois ave
nue's used-car lots.
Regrettably, one of the worst of
fenders as a class is the veteran. It
dries up something inside the deal
er, as well as his factory executive,
to learn that the former serviceman
he favored above all the rest wanted
the profit and not the car.
On the other hand, it does some
thing to the well-intentioned citizen
to wait a year or two for his car
while his dealer suplies favored buy
ers who in turn supply Livemois
Factory Sales Another Factor.
Another factor in the racket, and
this, too, is a touchy subject here,
is direct factory sales to automotive
workers. This privilege is written in
union contracts. Usually the worker
is entitled to one car a year at a
discount up to 25 per cent based on
Detroit dealers feel that they were
Imposed on in prewar days because,
they assert, their factories loaded
them down with cars in order that
Ford would not exceed Chevrolet,
and vice versa, in Wayne County
(Michigan) registrations, the indus
try’s most jealously watched yard
stick. As a result, although Detroit
dealers outsold Cleveland agencies
by 100 per cent, the Detroit profit
was said to be the lowest of any
area in the world.
Many dealers were satisnea witn a
>25 margin per sale; the permissible
dealer profit today ranges around 25
per cent. Some dealers actually sold
at a loss in order to reach a point
in total sales where they collected
a retroactive bonus on the year's
entire sales.
However this may be. Wayne
County dealers are reaping the
profit today, what with their high
quotas of deliveries, their sellers’
market and their various and sun
dry ways of adding a few dollars
here and there' if they are so in
Michigan Law Lax.
Michigan law at best permits a
slap on the wrist for the worst evils.
Michigan citisens can buy and sell
an unlimited number of cars if they
can find them. Dealers’ associations
are pushing fct a transfer tax to
be collected on sales between indi
Although agencies and Livemois
used-car lots get the publicity, the
great‘bulk of title transfers here is
from John Doe to Mary Roe. The
last check-up showed that new-car
dealers made 6 per cent and used
car dealers 30 per cent of used-car
sales. Individuals accounted for the
remaining 64 per cent.
The one regulation on the sub
ject makes it mandatory to trans
fers between individuals for the
buyer to swear that he is not in
the automobile business and ask
exemption from sales tax.
Because the volume is great and
transfers casual, Michigan regis
trations are inclined to be loose.
All titles are cleared through Lans
ing. which is many weeks behind
in its work. A Livemois practice of
tossing license plates about as
though they were so many sheets
of tin makes back-tracing well-nigh
Work by Shut-In Pupils
Shown al Oyster School
By Associated Pros*
The 9th annual exhibit of work
of shut-in pupils, who are taught
oy the Visiting Instruction Corps ol
the public schools, opened this morn
ing at the Oyster School, Twenty
ninth and Calvert streets N.W, It
will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
daily through Thursday.
Among the items are paintings
craft work and science and aca
demic work projects. More thar
175 pupils, either in hospitals or al
home due to long illness, were
taught by the corps during this
school year.
An open house will be held froir
3 to 4 pm. Wednesday, at whlcl
many of the children will be pres
ent. The Association for the Edu
cation of Physically Handicappet
Shut-in Children will elect officer!
at that time.
Jap Party Leaders Meet
To Consider Coalition
t tS* Aueciat»d Prm
TOKYO. May 26. — Leaders o:
Japan's four top parties met agair
today to try to establish a workinj
formula for a coalition cabinet t<
serve under new Socialist Premia
Tetsu Katayama.
(The Socialists have postponed al
Joknent of cabinet portfolios pend
ln| a decision by the Liberal Part;
and the conservative faction of thi
Democratic Party on whether the;
will join the new government, Th
Co-bperatives, smallest of the fou
erties. have agreed to suppor
emier Ka^yama.
Zoo Here to Get
3 Salamanders
As Gift of Japs
Gifts from the children of Japan
to the children of the United States,
three giant salamanders—only speci.
' mens of their kind in this country—
soon will be making themselves at
home in the Zoological Park here.
The 30-inch amphibians, remind
ers of a prehistoric era, will leave
Tokyo by air tomorrow according to
the Associated Press.
Dr. William M. Mann, Zoo director,
brought specimens of the rapidly
vanishing Megalobatrachus Japon
icus back from a National Geo
graphic expedition to the Orient in
1937—he found them in a restaurant
in Hong Hong, he said—but they
died after a few years here.
Dr. Mann has been asking every
one he knew who was going to the
Par East to get some of the crea
tures for him.
The giant salamanders will dwarf
the smaller varieties the Zoo now
has. Dr. Oliver L. Austin, director
of the Wild Life Division, Natural
Resources Section of Japanese Oc
cupation headquarters, said the
three being sent to the United States
are about 20 years old.
7 Senators Backing
Labor Bill Voted for
Wagner Act in 1935
By Jay G. Hayden
North American Newspaper Alliance
The revolution in the attitude of
Congress toward organized labor is
illustrated by the fact that 7 of 15
Senators who voted for the Wagner
Labor Relations Act in 1935, and
still are in the Senate, turned to
support the drastic revision of that
statute now pending.
The seven are George of Georgia,
Connally of Texas, McKellar of Ten
nessee, Overton of Louisiana and
Hatch of New Mexico, Democrats;
White of Maine and Capper of Kan
sas, Republicans.
Those who voted both times on
the union-labor side are Senators
Wagner of New York, Barkley of
Kentucky, Murray of Montana,
O’Mahoney of Wyoming, Thomas
of Oklahoma, and McCarran of
The 15th member of this group
is Senator Bilbo of Mississippi.
Vote Was 63 to 127.
The vote by which the Wagner
Act passed the Senate was 63 to 12.
Of the small group that opposed it,
the only survivors are Senators Van
denburg, Republican of Michigan,
and Tydings of Maryland and Byrd
of Virginia, Democrats.
An amendment offered by Senator
Tydings and voted down, 50 to 21, is
especially significant in the light of
the Taft-lves controversy over the
present bill. With what was then
called the Wagner-Connery bill, for
bidding employers to "interfere with
or coerce employes" in collective
bargaining, Senator Tydings pro
posed to prohibit equally "coercion
of workers by labor unions.”
Another amendment passed by the
House, 127 to 87, on motion of Rep
resentative Ramspeck, Democrat, of
Georgia, but eliminated in confer
ence, would have forbidden the
Labor Board to fix as "a collective
bargaining unit" any group em
bracing employes of more than one
Attacked By AFL.
Despite this strong expression of
congressional distaste for industry
wide or Nation-wide bargaining, the
Labor Board first apointed by Presi
dent Roosevelt favored so invariably
the largest possible bargaining units
that it was bitterly attacked by the
crafts-minded American Federation
of Labor. Representative Connery,
Democrat, of Massachusetts, sponsor
of the bill in the House, himself
offered an amendment which, if
adopted, might have saved the Labor
Board from some of the disrepute it
This amendment, declaring that
“nothing in this act shall abridge
the freedom of speech, as guaran
teed in the first amendment of the
Constitution,” was rejected on the
ground that it was unnecessary.
The board, however, as one of its
earliest acts, laid down the dictum
that if an employer so much as
spoke disparingly of labor unionism
in the presence of an employee, this
action constituted coercion.
An amendment by Representative
Bierman, Democrat, of Iowa, which
would have forbidden strikes in de
fiance of a union contract, was
voted down in the House, 140 to 107.
Influenced by Schechter Case.
The 1935 debate discloses that the
two chief factors prompting Con
gress to pass the Wagner-Connery
law were (1) The Supreme Court’s
Schechter decision outlawing the
National Recovery Administration,
and (2) desire to do away with
“company unions.”
section 7A or the nba Act tor
the first time established collective
bargaining by workers through rep
resentatives of their own choosing
as a basic legal right. The court
decision knocked this out. The Sen
ate previously had passed the Wag
ner-Connery bill and immediately
after the Schechter decision the
House rushed it to the statute books
without even a record vote.
If anybody in Congress so much
as dreamed that by this enactment
there was being created the undevi
ating alliance of government with
organized labor that came out of
it, no speech so discloses. What
really brought about the combina
tion, as it now appears, was the ex
treme constructions placed upon the
law by the Labor Board, backed ul
timately by a Rooseveltized Su
preme Court.
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U.S. Must Lead Peace,
Senator Hoey Says
At Massing of Colors
Senator Hoey, Democrat, of North
Carolina, speaking yesterday at
Washington Cathedral, urged Amer
ica to spread the doctrine of a free
government for men throughout the
world and lead in world peace.
The Senator was the principal
speaker at the massing of the colors
in the amphitheater to honor the
Nation’s war dead. The ceremony
was under the joint auspices of the
Military Order of the World Wars
and the cathedral. *
To justify the sacrifices her
youth has made, the Senator de
clared America must be in the fore
front of democracy and peace. He
recalled that the first Americans
came to these shores to find freedom
from fear and want and secure free
dom of speech and religion. The
four freedoms, Senator Hoey told the
audience, must be preserved here
and throughout the world.
Americans Urged to Be Thankful.
Americans snouia oe mamaui
that "amid all our failures and
shortcomings, we still have faith in
God,” declared Senator Hoey.
Brig. Gen. Albert L. Cox, former
commander in chief of the Mili
tary Order of the World Wars and
commanding general of the District
National Guard, Introduced Sena
tor Hoey.
Representatives of more than 100
patriotic and other groups, carry
ing flags and banners, marched into
the amphitheater. “Onward Christ
ian Soldiers” was played by the
Marine and Salvation Army Bands.
Bishop Welcomes Visiters.
The right Rev. Angus Dun, Epis
copal bishop of Washington, said
the projected Patriots’ Transept in
the Cathedral would honor the
names of thousands who served the
Nation in uniform. He welcomed
the visitors to the Cathedral cere
"An Act of Thanksgiving for
America” was led by the Very Rev.
John Wallace Suter, dean of the
Canon Merritt P. Williams of the
Cathedral staff, a former Navy
chaplain, read the Lesson. Hymns
were sung by the Cathedral choir
of men and boys, occupying the
platform with the distinguished
Plans for the massing of the
colors were made by Col. Edwin S.
Bettlelheim, Jr., and the grand
marshal was Lt. Col. George O.
The Du Mont Laboratories here
transmitted the ceremonies by tele
Parents Jailed as Girlr 7,
Is Found in Chicken Coop
ly th» Associated Press
CHARLESTON. W. Va., May 36.—
Seven-year-old Delores Diaz, said
by police to have been half naked
and suffering from malnutrition
when they removed her from a
trash - filled, padlocked chicken
coop, was being cared for by social
workers today.
Her parents, Domingo and Mary
Diaz, were in the county jail,
charged with felonious assault and
neglecting a dependent child.
State Police Corpl. R. T. Cum
mings said the mother told him she
frequently locked up Delores “to
keep her from running away” and
her wrists and legs were tied to
gether “every night.”
Corpl. Cummings said he and
State Trooper L. E. Hampton broke
a strong hasp and padlock to re
move the child from the chicken
coop while the parents were away
from home Saturday. Charges
against the parents were filed yes
terday, he said.
Other children of the family ap
peared well-fed and well-clothed,
Corpl. Cummings said.
Bishop Dun Officiates
At Confirmation of 125
Nearly 125 persons from the Dis
trict and four nearby Maryland
counties were confirmed yesterday
In the Bethlehem Chapel of Wash
ington Cathedral.
The Right Rev. Angus Dun, Epis
copal Bishop of Washington, offici
ated at the annual Whitsunday con
firmation service. He was assisted
In the 45-minute ceremony by Can
ons W. Curtis Draper and Merritt
F. Williams of the Cathedral staff
and about 15 clergymen of the di
Men, women and children—the
youngest of whom was 11—were re
ceived Into full membership in the
church during the service, which
commemorates the appearance of
the Holy Ohost to Christ's disciples.
Mussolini Sculptress
Is Killed in Plunge
By the Auocialvd Frau
NEW YOftK, May 28—Mary la
Lednicka, 50, noted Polish sculptress
for whom Benito Mussolini once
sat 10 hours, plunged to her death
last night from the fourth floor
of her studio apartment.
She was the daughter of Alex
andre Lednicka, a Poliah diplomat,
and sister of Prof. Waelaw Led
nicka of the University of Cal
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Romney Defends Self,
Charges Smithwick
With Wrecking Him
Kenneth Romney, former House
sergeant at arms convicted of con
cealing a $143,803 shortage in bis
House “bank” accounts, blames
former Representative Smithwick of
Florida for wrecking him financially
and causing all his present trouble.
Romney offered no defense during
his District Court trial but last
night he issued a long statement
giving his side of the story of what
happened during his 32 years in the
sergeant at arms office. Sentenced
to serve from one to three years in a
Federal prison, Romney is free
under $2,500 bond pending an ap
“I was guilty of lamentable folly,
yes, and of many mistakes of judg
ment in trusting and protecting
faithless men,” Romney said. “Rut
in my own heart and conscience X
feel no sense of purposeful fraud.”
Up to the last minute, Romney
declared, he believed the shortage
would be covered.
says He was rromisea Aid.
Smithwick, he said, had repeat
edly assured him and the late Harry
Pillen, cashier of the House “bank"
for 14 years, that Smithwick’s wife's
“millionaire family could and would
quickll bail him out in any emer
“It was inconceivable to me that
“they would not do so to save his
fine son and daughter from having
their father’s name dragged
through a criminal trial," Romney
said. “But my appeals to them
brought no tangible response, even
after I offered to assign $26,000 in
long standing life insurance.
“The explanation is, . I am sure,
that Smithwick, as he admitted to
me, had never told his Wife the
truth about his wild and reckless
operations and the source of his
Admitted Debt of $83,MO.
Romney said that when Cashier
Pillen demanded reassurance from
Smithwick in 1932, Smithwick told
Pillen, in Romney’s presence that
he, Smithwick, personally owed the
sergeant at arms office more than
$83,000; that this amount Included
both Romney and Smithwick checks
and that he expected to pay back
all of it in 1932.
In describing his deals with
Smithwick, Romney said:
“When Smithwick lured me into
the fantastic Florida boom In 1935,
I had around $25,000 in cash in the
National Bank of Washington and
as much more in bonds, mortgages
and other property.
"I made the down payments from
my personal funds for hm and
myself on the only two pieces of
Rorida property in which we were
in partnership. He put little If any
of his own in either Florida and
Maryland and his operations in the
latter State were carried on over a
period of six years.
Never Consulted on Desk
"I was not consulted about a
single deal he made in Maryland
and only once; dining an automobile
ride with him, saw any of the ex
tensive holdings he controlled.
"He had already loaded me down
with worthless paper and my only
interest was simply to get his checks
out of the office.”
As late as 193$, Romney added, he
was sued here on a promissory note
for $3,350 he had signed for Smith
Wick and which Smithwick told him
had been paid. A settlement later
was effected and Romney said he
made the payment from his own
Reported to Bankhead.
As for another principal point
made during the Romney trial—why
Romney did not have frank Ma
honey, former sergeant at arms em
ploye prosecuted for embezzlement
—Romney said he was the last man
in the office to hear about the
He said he immediately obtained a
signed confession, discharged Ma
honey and consulted with his cashier
and others on the best course to
“Speaker Bankhead,,” he said,
"did not advise me to refrain from
prosecuting Mahoney when I re
ported the matter to him. He made
the very reasonable suggestion that,
since Mahoney’s bond was for less
than a third of our losses on him, it
might be well to advise his New
York sponsors of his confession and
ascertain if they would not prefer
to effect a settlement rather than
have him prosecuted.”
Romney said he got assurances
from New York “that satisfied me.”
He added that he was not afraid to
prosecute Mahoney or call in his
bond because the signed confession,
supported by three witnesses who
heard Mahoney’s oral admission,
would have been promptly accepted
by any bonding company without
Romney said his friends had crit
icized him for paying off more than
$23,000 in other persons’ bad checks
rather than redeeming three of his
own checks.
“My answer is that I did not owe
a dime of the money represented by
my checks, and my action in pay
ing for the thefts, forgeries and dis
honored checks of others, while per
haps quixotic, is the best possible
proof of this and of my belief to the
last that the Smith wick checks,
which properly included mine, would
be paid,” Romney declared.
He wound up by commenting bit
terly that “Smithwick is sheltered in
wealth and security in Georgia;
Mahoney is carefree in sunny Hon
olulu and I am convicted of de
frauding my Government.’'
Befhesda Youth Wins First
In Oratorical Contest
Two District Boys’ Club members!
captured first and second places
yesterday in a regional oratorical
contest at Richmond sponsored by
the Optimist clubs of Maryland and
Virginia and the District.
Peter Van Allen, IS, son of Mr.
and Mrs. Willard Van Allen, of
1838 Park avenue, Bethesda, a junior
at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High
school-, placed first. Kenneth New
man, 16, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy
C. Newman, of 1133 Twenty-fourth
street N.W., Western High School
junior, placed second. There were
seven entries.
Young Van Allen, a member of
the Southeast Boys’ Club, was the
entry of the National Capital Op
timist Club. Young Newman, a
junior officer of the Georgetown
Boys’ Club, was the representative
of the Optimist Club of Washington.
Van Allen will be sent to Denver
to represent this region in the
national finals at the end of this
month. He will compete for a stat
uette trophy and a scholarship at
the University of New Mexico.
Buchenwald Commander
Testifies in Defense
ly th» Aiseciattd Prtu
DACHAU, May 26.—Ruling that
the prosecution had presented evi
dence of a "common design” to com
mit murders and brutality at Buch
enwald concentration camp, an
American war crimes court today
refused to dismiss charges against
31 of the camp’s former operators.
The defense then began putting
the accused Germans on the witness
stand in their own behalf, leading
off with Hermann Pister, former
camp commandant.
British Labor Parly
Votes for Draft to
Back Foreign Policy
Sy tin AusciatMl trw
MARGATE, England, May 26 —
The Labor Party voted by a ratio
of 3,332 to 371 today in favor of
peacetime conscription to back up
the Nation’s foreign policy.
The vote underlined an appar
ently waning opposition within the
party to Foreign Secretary Bevin’s
stands. It repulsed ‘‘rebel’* ele
ments who have argued this policy
was too closely aligned with that
of the United States and too an
tagonistic to Russia.
A draft bill for 12-month con
scription already has passed the
House of Commons.
Earlier today the ruling party’s
conference scaled down expressions
of criticisms against Mr. Bevin’s
actions, and voted a rebuff to com
* n_Jii .1 as . Jia . j
With Prime Minister Clement
Atlee and nearly all of his cabinet
attending, the party conference de
feated by a show of hands a motion
to permit Laborites to join the
British-Soviet Society. Opponents
of the resolution said the society
was dominated by Communists.
The conference also eliminated 19
resolutions, 15 of them critical of Mr.
Bevin, and substituted on the agenda
two composite motions, the most
critical of which condemned British
policy in Greece and denounced the
"Truman doctrine” of aid to Greece
and Turkey. The two substituted
motions will be discussed and voted
on later.
The conference withdrew from the
agenda resolutions sharply critical of
British policy in Palestine. Instead,
a composite resolution was submit
ted reaffirming the labor view that
Jews must have a "national home"
and constitute a majority of the
population in the Holy Lend.
Elected Upper House Sought.
A resolution was submitted calling
for the creation of an elected upper
house to replace the House of Lords
as now constituted.
British Air Minister Philip Noel
Baker, party chairman, keynoted the
conference with a call to the Labor
jovemment to establish a "new
relation of equality and confidence”
among nations based on “a new
worldwide intercontinental ffstem 4
economic co-operation.”
Mr. Noel-Baker said that Britain’s
troublesome domestic problems were
“a small issue compared with the
major issue that confronts the
world: The major task of building
peace on sure foundations.”
He urged the Government to seek
development of "a new world-wide,
inter - continental system of eco
nomic cooperation, far, more devel
oped, far more ambitious than any
thing we’ve know before.”
But, first, he said, “we must
establish a new relation—old sins
cast long shadows—a relation of
equality, confidence and trust be
tween the western, the European
and the American peoples'and the
other peoples of the world.
Voices Confidence in U. N.
"No one who has seen the new
assembly of the United Nations and
its tense debates on every question
that even remotely brings up race,
can doubt that this is perhaps the
gravest single problem of the cen
tury in which we live.”
Declaring that the United Na
tions must be made "the over-riding
factor in international affairs,” Mr.
Noel-Baker voiced confidence that
the world peace organization can
accomplish its task if given time.
"Any one wha thinks that the
United Nations has already tried
and failed declares his ignorance,”
he said.
Mr. Noel-Baker conceded, how
ever, that "we still have to convince
our Soviet allies that the true in
terests of Britain do not conflict
with theirs.”
"We’ve still to satisfy them,” he
said, “as we’re satisfied ourselves,
that nations with differing social
systems can all live by the (U. N.)
charter, and by the charter work
together in harmony and peace.”
Blind Man Killed by Car
Driven by Pitcher Casey
Sy the AiikM Nn
NEW YORK, May 26.—Alex Asaie
wicz, 62, a blind man, was fatally
injured Saturday night when hit
by a car Detective Harold Tobin
said was driven by Hugh Casey, 34,
pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers
Mr. Tobin said Mr. Casey was not
arrested. He added that an investi
gation would be made and that the
baseball player was told he would
be notified later if officers wanted
to talk with him about the ac
Mr. Azaiewicz was crossing an
Intersection. He was accompanied
by a sister, Stella, who was not
Injured. 6
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parts department stocked with Buick
engineered parts that are just made
for Buick cars.
So you see the difference between
ordinary service and Buick car care.
It’s the skilful, considerate care that
keeps your Buick always a Buick. It’s
the kind of care which proves that
next to you, we like your Buick best.
Suppose your Buick is crowding the big
figures in high mileage. Suppose you don't
want to wait for that new one.
Here's a happy answer.
If your Buick's any model year from If37
through If42, you can make it factory-fresh
as far as power is concerned with the Buick
Power Package.
This is all the majer assembly of a new Buick
Fireball engine except carburetien and elec
trical systems. It puts good-as-nOw tip and
performance into high-mileage cars.
Changing over is handled in a single op
eration — takes less time and often costs
less than a really thorough overhaul and
replacement job. More satisfaction, too, be
cause you'll have a now factory-built engine.
Easy payments if you wish. Come In and
talk it over.
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