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Senate Rejects
Tax Cut Delay
By 60-22 Vote
Drives Toward Final
Action on "48 Slash
By Late Today
The Senate today knocked
down a proposal to delay in
come tax cutting legislation at
least until 1949 and then drove
toward final action, possibly
today. It rejected, 60 to 22, an
amendment by Senator Morse,
Republican, of Oregan de
signed to delay any reduction.
ly th« Associated Press
The Republican leadership
threatened to keep today’s Sen
ate session going on into the
night if necessary to obtain
passage of the tax-cut bill.
With approval of the measure
conceded, main interest centered on
the size of the majority as a yard
stick to show whether President
Truman’s forthcoming second veto
can be overridden.
The no-quarter maneuvering by
both sides to line up their forces for
that test, went on grimly behind the
jjeterminea to send tne mu to tne
White House quickly, the Senate
convened an hour early and Senator
Wherry of Nebraska, Republican
whip, said he planned a rare Satur
day night session unless the Senate
accepted during the day the bill al
ready re-passed by the House to
slash income taxes 30 to 10.5 per
cent beginning January 1.
Minority Leader Barkley asked
Senator Wherry during debate late
yesterday whether he proposed a
Sunday session.
Sunday Session Discussed.
“We’ll cross that river when he
come to it,” the Nebraskan snapped.
A' two-thirds majority of both
houses is required to make the bill
law over Mr. Truman’s veto. Such
a ratio appears certain in the House,
where the bill passed, 302 to 112.
The division of sentiment in the
Senate, however, admittedly is much
Senator Wagner, Democrat, of
New York, counted as a sure sup
porter of the veto, is ill at his home
and cannot be present for the big
senator rooey. Kepuoncan, oi
New Hampshire, who voted for the
first tax bill, was called to his New"
Hampshire home because of illness
in his family.
Should both Senators Wagner and
Tobey be absent when the Senate
considers overriding the veto, 62
out of the remaining 93 votes could
make it law. Supporters of the cut
say they can count at least 60 favor
able votes.
■ No “Pairs” Permitted.
Senator Wherry, whose job Is to
round up Republican votes on im
portant bills, told a reporter that no
•pairs'’ will be granted. Under the
Senate’s pairing system, the votes
of absent members can be offset
through an arrangement whereby
members actually present refrain
from voting.
Administration Democrats say
they will not permit a 'vote on over
riding the veto before Tuesday,
when Senator Thomas, Democrat,
of Utah, is expected back from an
international labor conference in
Before the roll call on passage,
the Senate today faced a series of
eight amendments by Senator
Morse, Republican, of Oregon, two
sponsored by Senator Revercomb,
Republican, of West Virginia, and
one by Senator McClellan, Demo
crat, of Arkansas.
The Morse amendments include a
proposal for a tax reduction bill to
be passed and put on the shelf until
Congress or the President deter
mines that employment and pro
duction are dropping or are on the
point of doing so.
Increased Exemptions Sought.
Senator Revercomb wants to raise
the personal exemptions of married
couples from $1,000 to $1,250 or $1,
500. and Senator McClellan has 23
co-sponsors for his amendment
which would allow husbands and
wives in all the States to split their
incomes for tax purposes. That
privilege now is * confined to tax
payers in 13 States with community
property laws.
Other Morse proposals included
lgwer exemptions and rates on es
tate and gift taxes, ending tax ex
emption from certain types of
securities, revision of the regulations
governing capital gains, and a re
duction in the exemptions for estate
.and gift taxes.
Representative Vursell, Republi
can, of Illinois told the House yes
terday that the President, in saying
he would veto the bill, struck ‘‘a
dangerous blow at our constitutional
He said the President put the
White House in the position of a
powerful lobby, seeking to influence
Two Trainmen Killed
As Engine Overturns
ly the AisociatMl Pr«i
LOS ANGELES, July 12.—Two
trainmen were killed, but no others
were injured when a westbound
Southern Pacific freight train loco
motive overturned and 10 cars were
derailed last night at El Casco, Calif.,
5 miles east of Redlands, railroad
officials announced here.
Engineer'S. Whitlock of Glendale
and Fireman M. L. Perkins of Los
Angeles were crushed to death un
derneath the engine when it turned
over on its side.
Southern Pacific officials said the
cause of the accident had not been
0 m
Missing Car in Plank Slaying
Found, Driver Is Arrested
Paroled Convict Jailed in Kingston, N. Y.,
Will Be Returned Here for Questioning
By Herman F. Schaden
Two missing links in the Nor
man Le Roy ^lank murder case—
a man presumed to have been
a house guest and a black auto
mobile—showed up together to
day in Kingston, N. Y.
Fairfax County police were in the
New York town today to bring both
back to Washington.
The FBI and Police Chief Ernest
Boss of Kingston identified the man
as Alvah B. Martin, 29, Taunton,
Mass. He was wanted by the FBI
for violation of a conditional parole
from the Atlanta Federal Penitenti
ary, and has a long criminal record.
Chief Boss said Martin admitted
he was in the home of Mr. Plank’s
sister, Mrs. Nell L. Burrer, 4108 For
est lane, Chesterbrook Woods, near
Falls Church, last week end. It was
during that period that Mr. Plank
was shot to death in the basement
recreation room.
He also told of talking to Mrs.
Burrer, who was spending the week
end at a Maryland beach, when she
telephoned her brother at home Sat
urday afternoon, Chief Boss said.
Martin was dressed in dark blue
trousers answering the description
of a pair taken from the Burrer
home and bearing a cleaning mark
of the Glebe Laundry, the police
chief added.
“His story was somewhat con
fused, but he said he was picked
up about 3 a.m. last Saturday by
Mr. Plank in Lafayette park in
Washington," Chief Boss said. “He
spent Saturday drinking in the
Burrer heme and slept there Sat
urday night."
Mr. Plank. 29, a District Small
Claims Court deputy clerk, was
found about 12:30 a m. Monday, shot
through the right temple. His body
was at the foot of the basement
stairs. Five stairs up lay a .22 cali
ber pistol.
Coroner Nelson Podolnick at first
(See 1PLANK, Page^A-2.)
Two British Sergeants
Kidnaped by Jewish
Group in Palestine
Underground Army Scours
Towns for Pair Under
Martial Law Threat
fty the Associated Press
JERUSALEM, July 12.—Two
British sergeants were kidnaped
from Natanya early today by
Jews believed by police to be
extremist underground fighters,
and later a Jewish source said
Hagana, moderate Jewish under
ground army, was searching for
the two undor threat of British
martial law if they were not
The Jewish informant said Ha
gana, so-called Jewish national de
fense army and miltary organiza
tion of the Jewish Agency, was
searching between 30 and 50 Jewish
coastal plain settlements north of
all-Jewish Tel Aviv and had thrown
several hundred men into the
search. Natanya itself with a Jew
ish population of 10,000, lies 40 miles
north of Tel Aviv.
The informant reported that au
thorities had informed Hagana that
martial law would be clamped down
throughout the area unless the kid
naped men were returned before a
given deadline. He did not specify
the time set.
Officials said Jews In a taxicab
kidnaped the two sergeants shortly
after midnight from a public side
walk only a hundred yards from a
Natanya police station.
The soldiers, identified as mem
bers of the army’s special investi
gation detail, were reported hurried
off toward Tel Aviv highway, 5
miles away. Officials said it was re
ported both were chloroformed.
Brig. J. N. R. Moore, military com
mander of the area, told Mayor Ben
Ami of Natanya “if the population
does not bring back the soldiers
alive, I shall feel obliged to impose
martial law in Natanya.”
“We shall do our best,” replied the
A Jewish civilian, a clerk at an army
installation near Natanya, was seized
with them, but was left behind tiec
in an orange grove before the group
had gone far.
Police said they believed the kid
napings might have been a Jewish
underground act to get hostages for
the lives of three Irgun Zvai Leumi
gunmen under sentence to hang for
the May 4 Acre prison raid. .The
hanging sentences were confirmed
by the Palestine military commander
this week and now are awaiting pos
sible commutation by the high com
Natanya was named for Nathan
Straus, an American financier, and
is the center of Palestine’s diamond
Britain and U. S. Reach
Accord on Reich industry
ly th# Associated Press
BERLIN, July 12.—Britain and
j the United States agreed today on a
new level of industry for their eco
inomically merged occupation nones
jin Germany, Gen. Lucius D. Clay
1 announced.
The American military com
mander said legal authorities would
draw up the agreement for signature
Wednesday, and that terms of the
pact would not be announced until
that time.
Authoritative sources predicted the
I industrial level would be based on
Lsteel production of about 12,000,000
tons yearly. The agreement was
‘reached at a meeting attended by
i Gen. Clay and Sir Brian Robertson
I deputy British commander.
Gen. Clay said he would be repre
sented at a British-American con
ference in Washington late this
month on Ruhr coal by his economic
! adviser. Maj. Gen. William Draper.
Late News
Negro Voting Upheld
Federal Judge J. Waties War
ing ruled today that “Negroes
are ent tled to be enrolled to
vote” in the South Carolina
i Democratic primaries.
Czechoslovakia Signs
Five-Year Economic
Treaty With Russia
Soviet to Provide Wheat
And Fodder, Communist
Premier Declares
By the Associated Press
PRAGUE, July 12. —Czecho
slovakia’s Communist Premier,
Klement Gottwald, announced
today that a new five-year eco
nomic treaty has been signed
with the Soviet Union.
“Among its provisions,” the Pre
mier said in a radio address, Czecho
slovakia is to Teceive from Russia
200,000 tons of wheat and 200,000
tons of fodder, presumably within
the next 12 months. This will be in
return for exports and manufactured
products of Czechoslovak heavy and
light industries."
Mr. Gottwald and Foreign Minis
ter Jan Masaryk returned by plane
this morning from Moscow, where
they negotiated the pact.
Mr. Gottwald's telephone call from
Moscow to Prague Thursday brought
about Czechoslovakia’s sudden re
versal of her decision to attend the
Paris Economic Conference on the
Marshall proposal.
In his address, Mr. Gottwald made
only brief reference to the Paris
“It is impossible,” he said, “to talk
about economic reconstruction with
out it being explained how this is
intended to operate.”
Mr. Gottwald hailed the results of
his mission to Moscow as a “great
Victory,” and said his visit had shown
"what a great help the friendship of
the Soviet Union is, both from the
standpoint of our security and our
Judge, Fining Two, Warns
1). N. Attaches on Speeding
Sy th» Associated Press
NEW YORK, July 12.—Magistrate
Edward Thompson, who Imposed
speeding fines on two United Na
tions attaches in Queens Traffic
Court yesterday, warns that U. N.
officials and attaches “will Jiave to
| abide by the traffic laws of this
State just as any citizen.”
| The magistrate issued the warn
ing as he fined a Polish delegation
chauffeur $50 and revoked his
driver’s license.
Judge Thompson rejected as ex
S planation by the chauffeur, Edward
J. Klecker, that he was speeding to
the U. N. Assembly Hall at Flushing
Meadow Park last May 17 to meet
a Polish delegate’s schedule.
The chauffeur, police said, had
been arrested on speeding charges
this year twice before.
A letter from Julius Katz-Suchy,
secretary general of the Polish dele
gation, saying his chauffeur was
acting under orders and that he
hopes “a measure of clemency”
would be shown, was produced In
court yesterday by a U. N. repre
Oscar Pezet, 24, who identified
himself as a diplomatic attache to
the Argentine delegation, was fined
$50 for speeding at 70 miles an hour
June 27. He said it was his first
offense, and the magistrate said,
"In that case you’ll remember this
$50 fine.”
Riot After Political Meeting
Injures 50 in Budapest
By tht Associated Press
BUDAPEST. July 12— About 50
persons nursed Injuries today as a
result of street rioting yesterday in
which, witnesses said. Communists
attempted to break up a Budapest
meeting of the Hungarian Freedom
The witnesses reported that the
fight began after about 20 Com
munists had crashed a Freedom
Party meeting in a boarding house
and shouted down the main speaker
with Communist slogans.
They said the Freedom Party
members, numbering about 250,
forced the intruders into the street
and there were met by 300 or 400
more Communists, many armed
with clubs. The brawl followed.
Police restored order within an hour
and arrested about 100 persons.
An American correspondent who
said he was barred from the riot
area by police complained to the
head of the Hungarian political po
lice, who told him American cor
respondents "must go where they
wish” but refused to give written
authorization to that effect.
Bevin Is Elected
Parley Head as
Britain and France
Pledge Full Support
Of Recovery Plan
By the Associated Press
PARIS, July 12.—Delegates of
16 nations began a conference
today on American aid for Euro
pean economic recovery and
were told that Britain and
France would give Secretary of
State Marshall’s plan firm back
British Foreign. Secretary Bevin
was elected president of the confer
ence and immediately pledged in
support of the plan the resources
of the whole British commonwealth
of nations—insofar as we can in
fluence it.”
Earlier, French Foreign Minister
Bidault in opening the meeting in
the foreign ministry's grand dining
hall said Britain and France would
spare no effort to make the confer
ence a success. :
Russia and eight Mother Eastern
nations were not represented. Soviet
Foreign Minister Molotov had re
fused to join Mr. Bevin and Mr.
Bidault in sponsoring the parley,
and the other countries, following
Russia’s lead, had turned down in
France at Head of Table.
The conference started at 11:05
a m. France was seated at the head
of the conference table. "I am au
thorized to state for the British
government,” Mr. Bevin said, "that
not only the resources of Britain
but, Insofar as we can Influence it,
the resources of the entire British
Commonwealth of Nations will be
thrown into the support of this ef
He stressed that the conference
was economic and not political.
"I emphasize again,” he declared,
“that this is a voluntary arrange
ment. We are attempting to organ
ize the economic resources of the
continent for the benefit .of all
Europe. * •
Mr. Bidault said the primary ob
jective of the meeting would be to
form an organization to determine
Europe’s resources and needs as a
preliminary to requesting American
financial assistance. Gen. Marshall
in a Harvard University speech June
5 offered American support of a
common European reconstruction
Sessions Open to Press.
The conference accepted Mr.
Bidault’s proposal that the sessions
be open to the press, and many
newspapermen crowded into the
meeting place.
Mr. Bevin was nominated for the
presidency by the Lowlands bloc—
Belgium, Luxembourg and the Neth
speaking or tne aosence m
and eight states within the Soviet
orbit, Mr. Bevin said:
"It is a matter of regret that
certain countries have not been
able to attend this conference. I am
sure that they regret it themselves.
We regret their absence, but we
fully understand and express our
"It Is the sentiment of Britain and
other countries at this conference,
and countries outside the conference
as well, that the door is always open
to all countries of good will who
wish to contribute to the health of
Russian Charge Scored.
Mr. Bevin labeled as “just non
sense” the Russian charge that the
Western powers were interfering
with the sovereignty of small na
Italian Foreign Minister Carlo
Sforza, the only delegate besides
Mr. Bevin and Mr. Bidault to speak,
said the program fashioned here
must be kept open to Eastern Euro
pean states and that "the German
people must remain in the com
munity of industry and trade.” He
offered Italy’s ports, factories, rail
(See MARSHALL PLAN, Page A-2.)
Train Falls in River, 200 Die
HONG KONG, July 12 (/P).—The
Central China News said today that
more than 200 persons were killed
and scores injured north of Canton
Thursday when a passenger train
jumped the tracks and plunged into
a rival*
Pay Offer Withdrawn
In Pineapple Strike
By th« A»sociat«d Pr«i
HONOLULU, July 12.—A strike
against Hawaii's $65,000,000 pine
apple industry, marked in its early
stages by minor disorders and arrest
of 16 pickets, went into its second
day today with a sympathetic strike
affecting five ships and the pine
apple employers withdrawing tc
their original yvage offer.
Asserting that the walkout of 12,
000 workers was called early yester
day while negotiations still were in
progress, industry spokesmen an
nounced withdrawal of “all tenta
tive proposals” under discussion and
a return to the basic offer of an in
crease of 10 cents an hour.
The International Longshoremen’!
and Warehousemen’s Union (CIO)
called the strike to enforce demand!
for an increase of 15 cents an houi
from the present scale of 80 cent!
for men and 70 cents for women
The union originally demanded ar
increase of 23% cents.
Hawaii produces 90 per cent of thi
world's pineapple. Industry spokes^
men reported about $40,000,000 o;
this year’s crop is ripening in thi
fields and will waste away at a $500,
000-a-da.v rate if the strike con
. *
Dead Heat in Soap Box Derby
Thrills 8,000 Early Spectators
Vienna (Va.) Boy Wins Re-run by 12 Inches;
Paul Junior High Sextet First in Trials
Two boys today drove their
homemade racers across the
finish line of the District Soap
Box Derby course in a dead heat,
giving a rapidly swelling crowd
of more than 8,000 spectators
their first big thrill of Derby
Winner in a re-run was Russell
H. Sheets, 13, of Vienna, Va„ who
nosed out John M. Shepherd, 15, of
310* U place S.E., by 12 inches and
was clocked at the second fastest
speed so far In the day.
The two competitors in their first
race not only went over the finish
line together but also were clocked
at the then second fastest time, 31.6
When they took their sleek, black
racers to the top of the Derby course
and coasted down again, the winner
clipped one-tenth of a second from
his time. v
As the first series of heats neared
their end, two boys were tied for the
speed record of the morning.
They were Matthew Boring, 13,
of 7723 Eastern avenue N.W., and
David Icenhower, 15, of 3127 G
street S.E. In their respective heats,
both boys rolled over the finish line
in 31.4 seconds.
Matthew was one of six Paul
Junior High School boys to capture
first honors in the preliminary
heats. The boys built their speedy
racers at school under the direction
of their shop instructor, Charles E.
The Special Awards Commtitee
announced the prize for best de
(See SOAP BOX, Page A-10.)
Greek Red Chief Calls
For Creation of New
Regime in 'Free' Area
Government Troops Press
Drive Against Guerrillas
Near Albanian Border
ly the Associated Pres*
ATHENS, July 12.—Grece’s fu
gitive Communist leader called
today for the “creation in free
democratic areas of Greece of a
free democratic government.”
Government troops continued a
heavy drive against guerrillas in the
northwest, where the War Ministry
said insurgents sought to set up a
Communist state.
The War Ministry said loyalist
and artillery units were inflicting
heavy casualties on leftist guerrillas
on Mount Grammos, near the Al
banian border. Greek War Minister
George Stratos said yesterday the
insurgent objective in that sector
was ultimately to set up a separate
Open Break Reported.
Nicholas Zachariades, Communist
chieftain facing sentences of from
one to five years for criminal libel,
said in a signed article in the
Athens Communist newspaper Riz
ospastis that the Communists had
come to an open break with non
sympathetic political parties.
The article said the "material
break" could be effective only with
the creation of a “free democratic
•Rizospastis said Mr. Zachariades,
who has been in hiding more than
two months, returned to Athens last
week. Athens police said if he had
it was to take part in a Communist
uprising. Government authorties
announced three days ago, with the
arrest of 3,000 persons, that Com
munist revolutionary plot had been
Minister of Public Order Napoleon
Zervas said he did not believe Mr.
Zachariades had returned. If the
Communist minister is found in
Athefis he will be arrested in con
nection with the revolutionary plot,
the minister said.
Unconfirmed press dispatches said
an international brigade unit of 120
members had appeared in action on
(SeeGREECE, Page A-2j
Winchester (Va.) Man
is Robbed in Rome
ly 1f» Ai»ociot»d Prm
ROME, July 12—Four Americans
reported to police today that they
had been held up by a gunman in
the heart of Rome last night and
forced to surrender cash and sign
over travelers’ checks totaling $320.
The four were Harry Carper of
Winchester, Va.; Stuart Landa of
New York City and the Misses Anne
Frank and Margaret Wrenne of
i Tennessee.
Mr. Carper said the holdup oc
curred near the heavily traveled Vis
President s Advisers
Worried by Prospect
Of Still Higher Prices
Fear Public May Relax
Resistance to Inflation
Because of Prosperity
ly the Associated Press
The administration today put
aside fears of a mid-1947 busi
ness setback to study instead the
question whether the Nation’s
high-riding economy is headed
for an inflationary crackup.
Instead of the mild “dip" which
most Government economists once
predicted after July 1, many now
forecast a new and higher plateau
of prices in August and September.
Sixty million jobs yesterday be
came a reality instead of the title
of a book by Henry A. Wallace. The
Census Bureau reported that 60,
055,000 civilians were worknig in
June, an all-time high for peace or
This “drove the last nail in the
coffin" of the much discussed sum
mer slump, some of the economists
say. Actually, the working force
exceeds Mr. Wallace's “full employ
ment” goal, for he included men in
military service. If these are added,
today’s total is 61,453,000.
The earnings and purchasing
power of this army of jobholders Is
one of the economic forces which
President Truman must consider in
his special midyear report on the
state of the economy. The message
goes to Congress next week.
The President’s Council of Eco
nomic Advisers, which .yesterday
gave Mr. Truman and the cabinet
the facts, figures and forecasts on
the problems of prosperity, is de
scribed reliably as worried lest the
country is “relaxing its resistance
to the inflationary mood.”
At this moment, one official close
to the council reported privately
the advisers feel it would be “un
fortunate and unjustified” if sizable
price increases are placed on stee
and consumer goods made from steei
as a result of the wage increase won
by John L. Lewis’ coal miners.
Neither should the coal settlemenl
set off a general demand for an
other round of wage boosts, the
council believes, because the miners
$1.20 daily wage increase is nol
much bigger than the 15-cent hourly
(See ECONOMIC, Page A-2.)
200 Students Reach Oslo
OSLO. Norway, July 12 OF).—The
transport Marine Jumper arrive
yesterday with 200 American stu
dents who will remain here for tw
months to study Norwegian geog
raphy and culture. They will at
tend summer courses at the Uni
versity of Oslo.
President Will Send
Flood Control Plan to
Congress Next Week
Program Would Cover
Middle West Area From
Rockies to Appalachians
By th« Associated Pr#»*
President Trruman will send
to Congress next week a special
message recommending a com
prehensive flood control plan foi
the entire Middle West, the
White House announced today
The message is expected to go to
both houses about the middle of the
Press Secretary Charles G. Ross
said the flood control proposal will
embrace not only the Missouri Val
ley where recent floods have done
extensive damage but the whole
area from the Rockies to the Appa
No Details Given.
Mr. Ross would not go into detail
as to the cost or any other features
of the plan at this time. He said
the President is working on the
message today and expects to spend
more time on it next week.
The message will precede the
President's message based on the
latest report from his economic ad
The President told his news con
ference Thursday that he Is still in
I support of legislation to establish
' a Missouri Valley Authority. He
added, iiowever, that this would
not meet present emergency flood
control needs on the Missouri, Ohic
and Des Moines Rivers.
Truman Favors MV A.
The Missouri Valley Authoritj
proposal, patterned after the Ten
nessee Valley Authority, is a long
range plan which embraces not
only flood control but navigation
and power development.
The President recently discussed
the MV A and flood control with
Senator Murray, Democrat, of Mon
tana, author of an MV A bill. He
said he is for the Murray bill anc
always had been. Senator Murray
told newsmen he expects to hole
hearings in the field on the meas
ure after Congress adjourns anc
said the President also is in favoi
of that.
Biddle U. N. Nomination
Withdrawn by Truman
By the Associated Press
President Truman today withdre\
the nomination of former Attorne:
General Francis Biddle of Penn
sylvania, to be the United State
Representative on the United Na
tions Economic and Social Council
Mr. Truman at the same tim
nominated Willard L. Thorp o
Connecticut, now Assistant Secre
tary of State for Economic Affairs
for the pest.
The White House said the actioi
was taken at the request of Mi
Biddle, whose nomiation has beei
held up since it was first submittei
to the Senate for confirmation las
January 29.
The nomination of Mr. Biddle
Attorney General under Presiden
Roosevelt, encountered heavy op
; position from Republican member
i of the Senate. __
French Strike Threat Fade:
With Wage Accord Near
By th« Atsociatod Pr»s*
PARIS, July 12.—The threat of
general strike of French civil ser
vants faded today as governmen
sources reported Premier Paul Ra
madier and union leaders near ac
cord on wage issues.
Mr. Ramadier met with to]
French labor leaders last night am
promised to give his decision 01
■ compromise proposals. These pro
posals were approved earlier yester
day by Deputy Christian Pineal
president of the National Assembly'
Finance Commission.
Ohioan Thinks
Man May Have
Used'Blanks' 1
| Capitol Police Hunt
Patronage Seeker
Who Lost Job
Two shots were fired harm
lessly at Senator Bricker In the
Senate Office Building subway
today by a man described by the
Ohio Republican as a disgruntled
patronage seeker.
Senator Bricker was not injured.
He told office assistants he believed
; the shots were blank cartridges.
Apparently unperturbed by the
i incident, the Senator, who w;as vice
presidential candidate in 1944, con
| tinued on to the Senate chamber,
where debate was underway on the
revived $4,000,000,000 income tax cut
Assailant Sought.
Later Senator Bricker asked that
Capitol police begin a search for
his assailant.
John Eckler, administrative as
sistant to the Senator, told reporters
the man who fired the shots had
lost his Government job.
Capitol police said the weapon
used apparently was a .22-caliber
pistol. Empty shells of that type
were found in the subway.
"The man has talked with Senator
Bricker numerous times,” Mr. Eck
ler said. "He complained that he
had lost some money in a building
and loan association some years
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back. But the Senator said h#
could do nothing about it."
Drew Pistol and Fired.
Senator Bricker went down to the
Senate Office Building basement
about noon to ride the monorail
underground car to the Capitol. Mr.
Eckler said, the man approached,
drew a pistol and fired.
I “Senator Bricker told the car op
erator we better get out of here. I
think that man is crazy,” Mr. Eckler
i recounted.
I A second shot was fired as the car
moved away and the man with the
gun disappeared.
Mr. Eckler said the theory the
j shots may have been blanks resulted
! from failure to find any traces of
I bullet marks.
i News of the incident spread about
the Capitol and Senator Bricker. a
former Ohio governor, soon was sur
rounded by other Senators on the
floor. He laughed as he told about
what had happened.
Pvt. O. B. Anderson, Capitol po
liceman o nduty at the street level
entrance in the Senate wing, said
that at 11:45 a m. a Capitol employe
i reported to him that Senator Bricker
1 had been fired on.
The man told Pvt. Anderson he
and Senator Bricker had boarded a
Senate subway car at the Senate
Office Building end of the subway.
A man standing beside the construc
tion work going on at that point
started shooting at the subway car.
Ducked Under Seats.
The Capitol employe, whose name
was not immediately available, said
he and the Senator ducked under
the seats of the car and Senator
Bricker told the operator to keep
going toward the Capitol.
Pvt. Anderson notified Capt. Wil
, liam J. Broderick of the Capitol
r Police. After going to the spot where
the shooting occurred, Capt. Brod
erick and Lt. William Ballinger, also
of the Capitol Police, left to ques
tion a former Capitol policeman,
dropped three months ago when
Republicans organized Congress.
Pvt. Anderson said the former po
liceman had been pacing around
the subjvay today and that for sev
eral days has been acting “most
queerly.” He said that the suspect
comes from Ohio.
j Lt. Robert V. Murray of the
Metropolitan Police Detective Bu
reau arrived at 12:45 to begin an
Senator Is Unconcerned.
1 Senator Bricker certainly did not
' reveal any excitement to his office.
5 His secretary, Miss Ruth Brial. said
the Senator called from the Capitol _
, shortly after noon.
I "He said to cancel his reservation
today to the Governors’ conference
: at Salt Lake City and that he would
1 leave tomorrow if the Senate voted
ion the tax bill today,” Miss Brial
i said.
-| 'He didn’t say one thing about
t' anybody shooting at him.”
J Miss Brial said she heard about
- the shooting from another source
about 20 minutes later and called
> Senator Bricker to confirm it.
1 “The Senator told me somebody
i shot at him a couple of times, but
- he didn’t sound excited at all,” the
. secretary said.
,| "He said there was ‘nothing to it,
f that somebody had fired some blank*
i at film.’ ”

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