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Open * a.m. to 5 30 p.m., Incl. Saturday
— _r
BILLFOLD, black, either on Lafayette sq
bus, Chillum Hgts. bus. Sat., Aug 2; val
uable to owner: reward. TA. 1323, —6
BILLFOLD, containing valuable papers and
money; "R. E HARRIS' ; between Dragon
Restaurant and Annapolis Hotel, Saturday
evening. Liberal reward. WA. 5757. —5
CHANGE PURSE, black, containing money
and holy medal; lost Saturday evening;
reward. NO. 3224.
BILLFOLD, lady's, and makeup case, op
erator's permit and large sum of money.
Reward Call VI. 5149. _—4
BROACH, gold-jeweled in form of snray of
dowers, lost Army. Navy Country Club,
night of August 2; reward. Call EM. 3444
COCKER SPANIEL, black, male, in Lin
colnia, Va ; SIC reward. Call ALex. 0890
COCKER SPANIEL—Saturday night, on
Maine ave. and 12th st. s.w.. if found
please call OL. 8405 after 7 p m.*
COLLIE PUPPT. 3 mos., black and white;
reward. OL. 1974.__
DOBERMAN PINSCHER, female, black and
tan. answers to ''Dawn”; vie. Manassas, Va
Reward. RE. 8286. I —6
DOG. brown, male. Irish Terrier: hair re
cently clipped: answers to “Rusty." Lost
In vie. ol Montgomery Hills, Sliver Spring.
Md;_Reward._SH. 3519._—6
EYEGLASSES. 2 pairs, in double red and
black case; S10 reward. Call WO. 3763.
LAPEL WATCH, red and gold, enamel: lost
in vie. ol 31st pi. and Utah or 18th and
Columbia rd. Reward. OR. 1859. —6
MOVIE CAMERA, Cine Kodak 26. 8mm.
In front of apt.; reward. 4703 Ravens
wood rd.. Apt. 3. Riverdale. ON. 0535. —6
POCKETBOOK. lady's, black, underarm,
vicinity 5th and D n.e. or 17th and Bay
a.e.. Saturday night: reward. _ FR 86.19
- —5

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STANDING ROOM ONLY—Elliott Roosevelt (3), waiting to tes
tify, is the center of attraction in this thronged caucus room of
the Senate Office Building today as a Senate subcommittee
prepares to quiz him on his connections with Howard Hughes,
millionaire aircraft builder. Senator Ferguson, Republican, of
Michigan, subcommittee chairman, leaning forward in center
of committee table (1), is questioning John W. Meyer (2), Hughes
publicity man. Seated at table .(left to right) are Senators
McGrath of Rhode Island, not a subcommittee member, and
O’Conor of Maryland, Democrats; William P. Rogers, committee
counsel; Senator Ferguson, Francis Flanagan, assistant com
mittee counsel, and Senator Brewster, Republican, of Maine.
Newspapermen occupy several tables (4). Senatorial guests (5)
include Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth, widow of former
Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworthj Mrs. William Langer,
wife of Senator Langer, Republican, of North Dakota, and their
daughter Lucille; Mrs. Claude Pepper, wife of Senator Pepper,
Democrat, of Florida. Newsreel cameras (6) were set up. Only
a small portion of the spectators, who crowded all seats and
standing room, is visible in foreground (7).
• —Star Staff Photo by Paul Schmick.
(Continued Prom First Page.t
flying the wedding party some
place?" ask^d Senator Ferguson.
Bill for Flying Indicated.
"That is indicated," replied Mr.
Senator Ferguson wanted to know
why that should be treated as a
Hughes Co. expense, so that the
Government would pay at least part
of it, since it would reduce the com
pany’s profit.
Mr, Meyer broke in to ask the
Senator, "Wouldn’t you say this
was general entertainment charge
able to gross income, as all com
panies have?”
Senator Brewster read a General
Accounting Office report to show
that investigators sent to the West
Coast several months ago did not
confine their examination to the
Hughes books.
Mr. Meyer broke in to say the
Government has rules governing
what may be charged as business
expense, and suggested it would
•have been better if the committee
had talked with the Internal Reve
nue Bureau as to why it allowed
these items before “bringing names
into the spotlight.”
To Check Internal Revenue.
Senator Ferguson said the sub
committee would talk with the
Internal Revenue Bureau at the
proper time.
Mr. Sherwood told the committee
he believed that between 40 and
45 per cent of the entertainment
costs charged to the Hughes air
craft department would be avail
able for income tax deductions.
He was examined on this point by
Senator Ferguson who brought out
that, the tax saving angle would
apply to all aircraft entertainment
and public relations costs.
Tocf irrmmr Co ti ivrl n xr nm r 4a 4Ua
effect that the Hughes entertain
ment and publicity expenses made
through Mr. Meyer had run to about
$164,000 and that of this total about
$85,000 was applicable to Hughes
Aircraft operations.
Mr. Sherwood said such overhead
costs were not charges against the
costs of the planes the Hughes Co.
was building for the Government.
They were, he said, non-reimburs
able items. #
Still Available for Reduction.
“But they are still availagble for
tax reduction?" Senator Ferguson
“I believe so," Mr. Sherwood re
Senator Ferguson concluded that
the Government was paying 40 to 45
per cent of such items.
The income tax question came up
as the committee explored a bill for
$18.45 for gladioli Mr. Meyer had
sent to a Mrs. Charles Morrison.
Mr. Meyer said Mrs. Morrison “was
very charming” to Col. Roosevelt and
to himself when they were at Palm
: Springs.
“What, has that- to do with aircraft
production?" Senator Ferguson
| asked.
I “It comes under general business,
as I look at it," Mr. Meyer answered.
Inquiry is Not Confidential.
Chairman Ferguson asserted that
one of the subcommittee’s goals Is
to find out just what was charged
against war contracts. Both he
and Chairman Brewster, of the Sen
ate Investigating Committee, said
the inquiry into expense allowances
was not being confined to the
: Hiiffhps Hn
“The subject is much broader
than the particular facts of this
case." Senator Ferguson siad.
He wanted to know if the wedding
party at the Grand Canyon lasted
and laundry ticket 0207 on Seat Pleasant
streetcar Aug. 2. WILL OWENS COE. 638
7th st, n.e. Reward._3*
REWARD—Boxer dog. about 1 year old.
answers to name of ••George”: vicinity
3rd and Rtttenhouse n.w.: brown with
white paws and white breast. RA. 2910.—3
SUITCASE, brown, lost on Penna. R. R.
train. July 27. 1947; initiall H. J. B.
Reward. Contact PHILLIS HOCHMAN.
1208 E. Baltimore at.. Baltimore 2. Md.—4
WHITE SPITZ DOG. brown leather collar
and tag: answers to name of ' Beano''; 3
p.m. Saturday afternoon 2400 block oi
16th at. n.w.: reward. NO. 9106, —5
WRIST WATCH, diamond, lady's, vicinity
4300 block Pershing dr.. Geo. Mason and
Pershing dr. Wash.-bound Buckingham
bus. bet 10th and G sts. n.w. and 1317
G st. n.w.: reward. OL. 4910. RE. 3600.
Ext. 322.—6
LOST FRIEND—Small black kitten, vicin
ity of Illinois ave. and Alllaon at. n.w.:
if found please write Box 71-T, Star. •
4 days, referring to the length of
flying time credited to Pilot Frank
“No,” Mr. Meyer replied, "the
pilot might have run into bad
“Did you pay your expenses at
the party?' Senator Ferguson a^ked
Mr. Meyer.
"No, Mr. Frye paid them,” Mr.
Meyer replied.
Accompanied by Colonels. ,
In testifying today about the visit
to Hyde Park, Mr. Meyer stnd he
had been told by an Army colonel
that Col. Roosevelt had been asked
to remain in Europe until after the
He was accompanied to Hyde
Park, Mr. Meyer related, by a “Col.
•Shoop” and his wife, a “Col. Brooks”
and a “Col. Hoover.” The officers
were' not otherwise identified im
Mr. Meyer said he believed he had
not met Elliott Roosevelt until late
in November, 1944, in California. He
corrected this after Senator Fergu
son showed him a clipping from The
Star to refresh his memory.
Mr. Meyer read the clipping aloud
and noted ihat Mr. Roosevelt not
only had.landed at La Guardia Field
early in November, but that “John
Meyer was his host.”
“That refreshes my mind,” he told
the subcommittee. “Those are the
things I like to see.”
Chairman Ferguson of the sub
committee showed Mr. Hughes’ pub
lic relations man a voucher for a
$125 hotel bill in New York for the
period from October 26 to November
1, 1944, which had written on its
back, “Roosevelt party.”
Explanation of Statement.
"As I said Saturday. I sometimes
waited a month or more before mak
ing out expense accounts,” Mr.
Meyer explained, “and I would put
down the name of the most im
portant person there. ,
“I think you will find later that
Col. Roosevelt wasn’t in the country
at the time,” he added.
"Why did you write the name of
Elliott Roosevelt on vouchers for
payments for entertainmet when he
was out of the country?” Senator
Ferguson asked.
“I just wrote it,” the witness shrug
ged. “I must ‘like t.he name.”
“Is that your only explanation?”
“That's all," Mr. Meyer drawled,
“unless you can show' something to
the contrary.”
Pressed for other details Mr.
Meyer said. “I don’t remember what
it’s for, and if there’s no accom
panying voucher I have no way of
knowing who was there. There
might have been 25 or 30 other peo
! pie. I can’t understand it. I might
have been staying there myself.”
Senator Ferguson read another
jitem of $38.08 for another hotel in
New York about the same time—
October 30 to November 3—and
brought out that it had on it a
notation, "Col. E- Roosevelt.”
Myer Chides Ferguson.
“Why did you write that on the
bill?” asked the chairman.
“I haven't any idea,” came the
“Did you know Col. Roosevelt was
coming into the country and you
were there to meet him?” pressed
the chairman.
"I don't think so.”
“Does it refresh your memory
that Col. Roosevelt did come home
after the election, and that you
entertained him?” asked Mr. Fergu
“WVi Arp arp th* vouchers?”
manded Mr. Meyer.
! After insisting he did not know
he put Col. Roosevelt s name on
some of these expense accounts.
Mr. Meyer chided Senator Ferguson
by saying, "You ■ always bring out
an Elliott Roosevelt bill, whereas
the next day it may have been an
admiral or a general. You skip
around, and noDody brings out a
complete summation of what I
Senator Ferguson replied he was
trying to clear up one thing at a
Ferguson Asks Details.
Senator Ferguson asked Mr. Meyer
about details of expense vouchers
for hotel, night club and parties in
which Mr. Roosevelt was mentioned
during the same month. Miss Emer
son and Mrs. Anna Boettiger, daugh
ter of President Roosevelt, also were
listed as having been guests at some
of the parties.
"What was the purpose of all these
expenditures?'* Senator Ferguson
“They were in the line of business,
Senator,” the witness replied.
"Would you say the getting of war
contracts was in the line of bus
iness?” the chairman continued.
“Senator." Mr. Meyer said slowly,
“I did public relations for the
Hughes Companies. What resulted
from it or what we got was up to
Mr. Hughes."
Senator Ferguson displayed a
voucher stating that a party given
by Mr. Meyer at the Waldorf Astoria
Hotel in New York city in Novem
ber, 1944, was "at Elliott Roosevelt’s
Said Party “Would be Nice.”
“That party was irfy idea,” Mr.
Meyer explained. “I probably wrote
it down wrong on the voucher when
I said Elliott requested the party.
He did not.” “What did he say when
you arranged the party for his
friends?” Senator_ Ferguson de
“Oh,” the publicity man responded,
“I think he said it would be very
The voucher, as read by Senator
Ferguson, did not reveal the amount
spent on the party. Attached to it
was a long guest list.
“Are you going to read all those
names just so they can all get their
names in the papers?” Mr. Meyer
wanted to know.
Senator Ferguson said he had
obtained all the information he
needed for the time being.
Was Invited by Mrs. Roosevelt.
Concerning his trip with several
Army officers and other friends to
Hyde Park shortly before the 1944
election, Mr. Meyer said he had
been invited by Mrs. Eleanor Roose
velt. He added that he had not
previously met her.
Senator Ferguson then asked the
witness whether the November,
1944, trip to Hyde Park was “in the
line of business."
“Wouldn't it be business to go to
the home of the President of the
United States?” Mr. Meyer coun
tered. “It was a great privilege and
a great honor.”
"But,” Senator Ferguson broke in,
“you charged it as a business ex
pense of your company."
“Why should I pay it personally?”
the witness retorted.
"Do you think the Government
should pay it?” Senator Ferguson
“How the Hughes company spent
its money was not my concern,”
the witness said.
Paid for Baggage Transfer.
In further explanation of some
of the charges listed in connection
with entertainment of \Jr. Roose
velt, Mr. Meyer explained that he
livd in New York City at the Wal
dorf Astoria Apartments. Although
that was a part of the hotel, he
said, it was "my New York home,
and if Elliott stayed there he was
a guest in my home.”
Turning to details of gifts listed
as having been given to several
women other than Miss Emerson.
Senator Ferguson asked what that
had to do with war production.
“It may have been ‘Be Nice
to Soldiers Week,” the witness
One such expenditure paid for the
transfer of baggage of a couple
Iiuiu V1JV iiv n av/m iivwi IV nil
“Now that shows what happens
when you try to do a favor,” Mr.
Meyer said. "It looks bad in print.
But the fact is that the young lady
and her husband had to leave the
one hotel because of the three-day
rule. So I was able to get a place
for them at my hotel.”
Bill for Wallets Under Fire.
At the start of the session Senator
Ferguson questioned Mr. Meyer
about a bill amounting to $139.75 in
September. 1944, for two small bags
and two metallic wallets, that were
charged to Hughes Aircraft. An
other exhibit showed the metallic
wallets were returned to the dealer
and the bill reduced to $109.75 for
the two small bags.
Senator Ferguson said the records
indicated they were gifts for Mr.
Roosevelt's wife and Judy Cook.
Hollywood swimmer and model.
Pressed by Senator Fetguson as
to why the expense was incurred
and what, it had to do with the
manufacture of aircraft. Mr. Meyer
replied. "It was general entertain
ment, as charged by everybody in
A little earlier Mr. Meyer said,"
I was entertaining everybody—no
specific person—any one who came
in contact with the company."
Mr. Roosevelt arrived at National
Airport last night from New York
and brushed off reporters’ questions
about his testimony with the re
mark. “I’ll say it all on the witness
He was to be asked specifically
whether the entertainment in
fluenced him in making the recom
mendation that the Hughes plane
would be “the mast suitable for
photo work in Europe.”
Previous witnesses disclosed that
the Army had rejected the plane on
which the Government has spent
approximately $22,000,000 in addi
tion to outlays by Mr. Hughes. Gen.
H. H. Arnold, then chief of the
Army Air Forces, reversed the re-,
jection. An order for 100 planes was
given to Mr. Hughes soon after Mr.
Roosevelt, then a colonel in charge
of air photo-reconnaissance In Eu
rope, recommended the craft. The
plane still is not in use.
Comment on Testimony Refused.
Mr. Roosevelt was accompanied by
Mr. Sharlsin, former Philadelphia
city solicitor. He explained that his
wife is opening a new play in Hyan
nis, Mass., and “just couldn't get
As the subcommittee began its sec
ond week of open hearings on plane
contracts awarded to Mr. Hughes
and-Henry J. Kaiser, West Coast in
dustrialist, Senator Pepper, Demo
crat, of Florida, a subcommittee
member, declared the inquiry thus
far has not produced “any evidence
of fraud, corruption or profiteering
in these contracts.”
“It seems to be limited to enter
tainment involving Col. Roosevelt,"
he observed. “We are almost out
distancing Hollywood with Holly
wood color in this investigation so
far. I hope that in investigating
corporate expenditures by war con
tfotrAM tViic enmmittPA ic (rnimr 1
to be limited to those for Col. Elfiott
Mr. Hughes has sent word he
would testify Wednesday.
Besides giving his version of war
time transactions with the Govern
ment, Mr. Hughes is expected to
renew his accusations that Senator
Brewster, Republican, of Maine,
chairman of the Senate War Inves
tigating Committee, offered to call
off the current inquiry if Mr. Hughes
would consent to a merger of his
Trans World Airlines and Pan Amer
ican Airways. Mr. Hughes as
serted also that Senator Brewster
accepted “lots” of entertainment
from Pan American Airways.
Senator Brewster has denied the
accusations. He declared in a radio
interview yesterday that he hopes
to expose “what I would term the
whites of his lies” when the Holly
wood manufacturer takes the stand.
Hughes Begins Flight Today;
Will Testify Wednesday
By th# Associated Press
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4. — The
camp of Howard Hughes was calm
early today and there was nothing
to indicate that the multi-million
aire plane and film maker would riot
start his air journey for Washing
ton, later today for his long-heralded
appearance before the Senate War
Investigating subcommittee.
Mr. Hughes, whose wartime Gov
ernment plane contracts are under
investigation by the committee, -said
‘‘I have announced thi^ 1 will
leave here Monday on a routine
trip, arriving in Washington late
Tuesday. That is what I intend to
do and nobody is going to force me
to do otherwise.”
Mr. Hughes spent the week end
resting at an undisclosed retreat.
Last Thursday Senator Ferguson,
subcommittee chairman, issued a
subpeona for Mr. Hughes to appear
before the Senate group “forthwith.’'
United States marshal's deputies,
however, reported they were unable
to locate Mr. Hughes.
Regarding this Mr. Hughes said
through his press agents:
“I am not hiding from anybody.
I simply refused to be pushed
around * • •”
Firemen to Have Cruise
The Clarendon. Va„ Volunteer
Fire Department will hold its annual
moonlight cruise Wednesday aboard
the S. S. Potomac. A. C. Chinn,
chairman, announced today.
Rejection of Red Plan
On Jap Treaty Seen
By th* Associated Press
Top State Department official!
were reported yesterday to have de
cided to reject Russia’s proposal t<
turn over the writing of the Jap
anese peace treaty to the Counci
of Foreign Ministers.
This means that if Russia hold!
firmly to its position the America!
Government probably will taki
steps, likely within the week, to pro
ceed with its own plan for begin
ning work on the Japanese settle
This proposal is based on an 11
nation conference to draft thi
treaty. The time and place of ai
initial meeting are yet to be nego
tiated. Also, unless the Russian!
yield and If the United States act!
as expected, it will be a 10 and not
an 11-nation meeting.
In addition to Russian and th<
United States, the countries which
this Government proposed for par
ticipation in the work are Britain,
France, China, Austria, New Zea«
land, India, Canada, the Philippines
and the Netherlands.
The American proposal called for
the initial session to begin August
19. However, the British Common
wealth countries asked a later date.
The proposal also called for the
meeting to be held either in Wash
ington or San Francisco. No deci
sion has yet been made on the place.
The American proposal presented
two main issues with Russia: First,
the inclusion of small as well as
great nations in the original treaty
drafting, and, second, the abandon
ment of the system of veto voting
for the great powers which has pre
vailed in the Council of Foreign
Ministers work on European peace
treaties. The Russians objected on
both points in a note received here
about two weeks ago.
70 Mountaineers Return
From 2 Weeks 2 Miles Up
By th« Aitociattd PrMi
DURANGO, Colo., Aug. 4.—Sev
enty weary mountain climbers, iso
lated from the rest of the world
more than two weeks in 2-mile-high
camp supplied by parachuter, headed
for their homes today, Victors oi
fresh conquests over nature.
From their wilderness camp on Nc
Name Creek, deep in the Rocky
Mountains, they made the first re
ported ascent of 13,700-foot Scepter
Peak and opened new trails up Sun
light Peak, 14,053 feet: Wlndom
Mountain. 14,084 feet, and Mt. Solus
14,079 feet.
Their base camp was established
July 18 by the Colorado Mountain
Club. They rode a narrow gauge
railway to within 10 miles of Silver
ton, Colo., perched on' the Conti
nental Divide. Then they packed in
on a mountain trail which' in one
place rises 2,500 feet in 5 miles. They
crossed a rocky chasih one-by-one
in a cable-supported bucket.
Evelyji Runnette, secretary of the
club, reported there were no serious
Fourth Youth Dies in Blast
In Illinois Backyard Club
By Associated Pros*
DANVILLE, III., Aug- 4.—A fourth
youth died today from bums suf
fered yesterday when a backyard
clubhouse was destroyed by a seriee
of explosions and fire.
Paul Phelps, 17, was the fourth
fatality. The others were Paul's
brother, Howard. 18: Harry Culp
18, and John'L. Hinner. 17. all ol
Tilton, a village two miles south
west of Danville.
John D. Cole, Vermilion Count;
coroner, said the cause of the blasts
were not determined but that frag
ments of a small can marked “gas
oline” were found in the charred
clubhouse which had been used as
a rabbit hutch before it became a
neighborhood rendezvous.
Paul Phelps was graduated in June
from Danville High School. The
others were undergraduates.
Copra Trade Changing
The Netherlands Indie copra trade
is to be returned to private hands.
] “■*
Meyer Admits
Two Others Split
Party Checks
John W. Meyer, fast-talking pub
lic relations man for Howard
( Hughes, threw the crowded hearing
room of the Senate War Investigat
ing subcommittee into laughter to
day by admitting he was slightly
in error Saturday in testifying he
never saw any one else "pick up a
| check during the war.”
Only slightly abashed, he made
the admission when the committee
reached items on his expense ac
count showing that in June, 1945,
, two bills for entertainment were
, split, one with A1 Bloomingdale,
| the other with William Cagney.
"That’s unbelievable, but it’s
true,” said Mr. Meyer, when the
first split check was read, showing
he paid only half.
“I think he deserves to get his
picture in the paper.”
When Senator Ferguson suggested
he Identify Mr. Bloomingdale, Mr.
Meyer said with a smile:
“He owns a small store in New
York—he can afford it.” Mr. Meyer
later identified Mr. Cagney as a j
Scientists in Japan have devised
a method of catching fish by sound
r- ~ —Si
In advertisement of Adam
A. Weschler & Son, Auct
ioneers, which appeared
on Pa§e A -16, Sunday
i Star, August 3—an error
This advertisement should
have read, "Call Cal In
corporated." Laundry and
Dry Cleaning Business.
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