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Congress Investigator
To Look Into Costs of
Building Materials
By J. A. O'Leary
An investigator will be as
signed by the Joint Congressional
Housing Committee to inquire
into the high level of building
material prices as a result of an
all-day conference yesterday be
tween committee members and
Government experts.
Senator McCarthy, Republican,
of Wisconsin said the investigator
would give special attention to
lumber, which a Labor Department
official testified is 169 per cent above
the 1926 level. The general index
of all building materials was given
as 77 per cent above 1926.
A reduction in cost of hojne build
ing and acquisition was called the
fundamental problem in the hous
ing shortage by Raymond M. Foley,
director of the Housing and Home
Finance Agency.
1,500,000 a Year Goal.
Senator McCarthy said he is con
vinced this country needs new
homes at the rate of 1,500,000 a
year. The fact that market de
mand has been estimated at only
820,000 a year emphasizes the neces
sity of reducing costs, so that the
demand w’ill equal the need.
The conference yesterday was
presided over by Representative
Gamble, Republican, of New York,
chairman, and was preliminary to
the calling of hearings in various
parts of the country next month.
lty of reducing building costs by 5'
per cent or more in some localities
through adoption of new building
codes.
Note of Caution Sounded.
A note of caution was sounded by
Qeorge N. Thompson of the Bureau
or Standards, w’ho suggested that
“when you talk about revising build
ing codes you are not always going
to come up with an answer that re
duces cost. You are going to have
to bring some codes up and some
down.”
The committee's price investiga
tors will give some attention to the
possibility of eliminating or curbing i
middlemen profits, Senator Me-!
Carthy said. j
The Wisconsin lawmaker told the
committee some big builders have
informed him they could order
lumber in carload lots direct from
distant mills, but that there is no
advantage in doing so. The Senator
said he has been informed that, in |
such cases, the builder had to pay
profit margins to retailers and
wholesalers who did not see or han
dle the lumber.
Truman
fContinued From First Page.)
President was spared the ordeal of
wearing his pants and shirt back
ward plus one shoe imposed on the
other, which civilians and his staff
were forced to do.
Mrs. Truman also wore a baker's
cap and Miss Truman was dressed
in a sou'wester and oilskins.
Hailed before the throne on a
charge of being a Democrat and
practicing party politics in an ab
solute monarchy, Mr. Truman said
he had no defense but begged His
Majesty to be as merciful as pos
sible.
Mr. Truman recalled he had some
prerogatives ashore, but declined to
use them. The King solemnly j
sentenced him to cigars and auto
graphs.
Addressed as the first lady of the;
royal domain when she came before;
the court. Mrs. Truman asked merev
and was accorded an honor seat
with the king.
Miss Truman pleaded guilty to:
appearing in a Hollywood Bowd con
cert and paid the full penalty by
leading the -'polliwog'’ ensign chor- j
us in “Anchors Aweigh."
Jolly Roger Raised.
The main ceremonies started
when the Equator w’as crossed to
the accompaniment of a one-gun
salute and the raising of the Jolly
Roger to the Missouri foremast.
With that signal, the standby flag
was hoisted at daylight and Nep
tune (Chief Machinist J. H. Har
rington) took over.
After their initiations the Tru-1
mans went to a nearby platform and
enjoyed watching the others un
dergo more rigorous treatment.
Presidential Aide John Steelman
was spared nothing. After passing
the throne, he was led to an "operat- ;
ing” table where his feet were
tiokled. He w'as sawed with a paper;
knife and forced to swallow a vile- 1
tasting drink.
Then, with paddles fashioned of I
canvass-wrapped cloth soaked in
salt water, he W’as roundly beaten
and led up a platform equipped for
electrical shocks. Along W'ith the
chocks, he got more foul liquids and
grease for his body.
Finally, he received the coup de
grace when, sitting in a chair, he
suddenly was tilted backward and
ducked in a pool until he yelled
“shellback.” Thrown on a greasy
chute to the deck, he was forced
' to run through a block-long line of
paddlers.
Others Also Given “Works.”
Also getting “the works” were
Presidential Secretary Matthew' J.
Connelly and Stanley Woodward.
State Department protocol chief, i
wno forgot to bring his old shell- j
back credentials. Nor were sparedj
Brig. Gen. Wallace H. Graham, |
presidential physician, and his as-'
sistant, Capt. Thomas J. Burns.
The White House correspondents;
AS HOUSING PROBE OPENED—Three members of the Joint Congressional Housing Committee
shown yesterday as they laid the groundwork for a comprehensive investigation or the housing
situation. Left to right: Representative Gamble. Republican, of New York, chairman; Senator
Sparkman, Democrat, of Alabama and Senator McCarthy, Republican, of Wisconsin.
—Harris & Ewing Photo.
I came in for their share of the
rough treatment, too.
Each of the novices had received
a mock subpoena saying:
“You will accept most heartily
and with good grace all pains and
penalties of the awful tortures that
will be inflicted upon you to deter
mine your fitness to be one of our
trusty shellbacks.”
The only summons actually read
to a member of the presidential
! party was that addressed to Mr.
Woodward, who was accused of at
tempting to introduce departmental
protocol on the battleship.
Admiral William D. Leahy, chief
I of staff to Mr. Truman end a
“shellback'' since his midshipman
days, was greeted by Davy as an
old friend. The arrival of Davy
Jones was preceded by several hours
of rough-housing in varying degrees,
with officers and reporters waiting
on table and crewmen undergoing
hazing at the hands of “shellbacks”
and their associates who were
armed with canvas clubs.
Several rebellious sailor “polly
wogs” turned en mass on their tor
mentors and once used fire hose to
good advantage. President Truman
ate lunch in the enlisted men's mess
to see the fun.
Mercy Call Answered.
The celebration w;as halted in
midafcernoon yesterday when the!
Missouri’s wireless picked up a call j
from the American freighter Del i
Sol, formerly the Cape Juby, 165j
miles northeast of the battleship, j
The freighter asked any ship in the
area with a doctor to send help for]
a seaman in grave condition with'
blood poisoning, incurred after an
injury several days ago.
While both crews w'atched silent
ly, the escorting destroyer Small |
pulled alongside the Missouri and i
the battleship shot a line to the j
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continuing underway, Lt. James T.
Wolstemholm, a physician, and
Pharmacist’s Mate Roy Kelly were
hauled aboard the destroyer with
a medical kit, to be rushed on the
errand of mercy. Mr. Truman was
an intense observer.
Later, the merchant seaman,
Charles A. Scott of Egermont, Miss.,
was moved to the Missouri after the
destroyer brought him from the Del
Sol. His condition was reported asj
satisfactory.
Earlier, in daily orders, Mr. Tru- j
man congratulated the men of the j
Missouri and its escorting destroy- j
ers on their conduct during the
visit to Rio de Janerio. Mr. Truman’s
orders said "not a single discredit
able incident occurred,” adding
“you have made a contribution of
inestimable value in furtherance of
the Good Neighbor policy.”
Commodities
(Continued From First Page!
buy “is almost like getting tickets
to a theater,” Mr. Males said, de
scribing his firm's vain efforts to
obtain a carload recently.
Further meat price increases as
a result of yesterday’s Government
forecast of a short corn crop this
year may reach the consumer in a
week or so. Raymond C. Briggs,
president of L. B. Briggs. Inc., local
packers, said it is usually takes a
week for local dealers to get re
placements. Mr. Briggs reports
“very little” meat being offered in
Chicago and other Midwest markets.
"This is the most confusing time
I’ve ever known,” Mr. Briggs said,
“and we re very much in the dark
as to what's happening.”
Not Enough to Go Around.
John Schumacher, wholesale meat
dealer, said “it doesn't look like it's
going to be any easier,” but he re
ported a “definite falling off" in de
mand for top grades of beef. How
ever this has not resulted in a price
drop because the demand is still
adequate to meet the supply.
"If there were even an ample •
supply,” he said, "the switch to I
lower price cuts should have brought
down the prices, but there just
isn't enough to go around and there
seem to be enough hotels, restau
rants and individuals to buy all
there is in the market.”
Mr. Schumacher saw a possible
drop if farmers decide not to gamble
on feeding cattle high priced corn
to fatten them up and instead send
them to market. “Farmers don't
want to take the gamble—too many
things can happen in 120 days, the
usual fattening up time,” he added.
He said that retail competition is j
so keen in Washington that con- j
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made easy by renting a room.
Renting a room is made easy
by advertising in The Star.
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jsumers are getting ‘‘a better break”
| than elsewhere. Lamb and veal
prices, he said, are being pulled up
by a switch in consumer purchasing
from beef.
Butter Up Two Cents.
Safeway Stores, Inc., announced
new week end prices today showing
the best grade butter up 2 cents to
91 cents per pound and grade A
jeggs up 2 cents to 79 cents a dozen,
j Leg of lamb also went up 4 cents a
j pound to 69 cents, while porterhouse
steaks remained at 89 cents and
center cut pork chops at 79 cents. !
A. & P. reported their best fresh j
eggs up from 83 to 85 cents last week j
they rose from 77 to 83, a 6-centj
increase. Butter is now at 94 cents'
for a pound of quarter-pound sec
tions and 92 for the solid pound. An
A. & P. spokesman said the fresh
egg supply is very low but he
thought some consumer relief might
come from a drop in cold storage
egg prices in the next few weeks
when they are substituted for grade
B fresh eggs.
A. & P. beef prices were firm,
porterhouse and sirloin steaks re
maining at the previous high of 98
cents a pound. Lamb remained at
69 cents but pork loin went up
2 cents to 71 a pound. Vegetables
remained steady in price for week
end shoppers.
Index Up Sharply.
The Dun & Bradstreet index of
wholesale food prices for the week j
ending Tuesday showed sharp in
crease for 20 of the 31 basic food
items included in the index. A rise
of 31 cents brought this sample
‘'marketbasket’s” cost to $7.02.
Rises were shown for beef, hams,
bellies, lard, butter, cheese, flour,
w'heat. com. rye. oats, barlev. coffee.
cottonseed oil, cocoa, eggs, potatoes,
steers, hogs and lambs. The only
unchanged items from the previous]
week were peas, rice and raisins.
Mutterings against high prices ]
came from consumer groups around
the country. In Baltimore the
Americans for Democratic Action
plans to call on housewives to stopj
buying butter and eggs for five
days in an effort to halt the rising
prices. The Washington chapter
of ADA will have an Executive
Board meeting tonight and will dis
cuss the price situation, a spokes
man here said, but he was uncer
tain whether the local would follow
Baltimore's lead.
To Distribute Handbills.
The Baltimore group plans to dis
tribute handbills in shopping areas
saying:
“You can bring down the price of ,
butter and eggs in five days. Join
the ADA buyers’ strike. Don’t buy
any butter or eggs Friday, Septem
ber 12, to Wednesday, Septem
ber 17.”
Eggs were ''selling from 73 to 83
cents a dozen in Baltimore, the'
Associated Press reported, with but
ter as high as 98 cents a pound. 1
In Springfield, Ohio, a housewives'
chain-telephone-call buyers' strike
was being attempted. A housewife
selects a name from each letter in
the alphabet in the phone book, calls
the number and asks the housewife
to curtail buying of food until prices
drop. She asks each housewive to
call five or more persons, the Asso
ciated Press said.
At Toledo, Ohio, the Toledo Joint
Council of Retail, Wholesale and
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voted yesterday for State-wide mass
picket lines as part of a buyers’
strike. Toledo Housewives,, Inc.,
earlier this week launched a pro
gram against buying butter, eggs,
mUk and meat.
Butter Jumps to $1.05,
Eggs to 98 Cents in New York
NEW YORK, Sept. 11 (JP).—Butter
sold at $1.05 today in some New
York stores, and at 90 to 96 cents in
others, but everywhere clerks told
worried housewives:
“It’ll be higher tomorrow.”
Top-grade eggs, keeping pace with
butter in their recent break-neck
sprint, went to 91 to 98 cents a
dozen at retail stores.
Retail meat prices in New’ York
"in some cases are higher than last
October, w'hen prices skyrocketed
after decontrol,” the city’s markets
commissioner, Eugene G. Schulz,
said.
Underpass
(Continued From First Page.)
to delay the actual construction of
the underpass because the demands
placed by other contracts on the
city’s highway fund were expected
to use all money available until
perhaps 1950.
The South Capitol street contract,
which calls for a $2,329,043 expendi
ture, was one of the contracts which
Capt. Whitehurst feared he would
have to pay at an early date.
The Dupont underpass, when com
pleted, will carry through traffic on
Connecticut avenue, both cars and
streetcars, under the famous circle.
Cars will travel in one tunnel di
rectly unda* the park, while street
cars will run in underground tunnels
around both sides of the circle, where
underground loading platforms big
enough to accommodate six street
cars at once will be served by nine
interconnecting entrances from the
street.
Already some preliminary work on
the underpass has been done on a
special storm sewer extending west
from the circle under P street to
drain the tunnel and on other sewer
and public utility line relocation in
the area.
U. N.
(Continued From First Page.)
for the Council to drop the question
from its agenda—a step which U. N.
authorities contend would auto
matically put an end to the Balkan I
investigating commission and its
subsidiary group now in Greece.
In a letter drafted for submis
sion to the Security Council, the
United States asked that the Bal
kan question be put on the agenda
of the Council’s next meeting to
consider asking the Assembly to
take over' the case. Herschel V.
Johnson, deputy American repre
sentative, already had asked infor
mally that the question be brought
before the Council’s next meeting.
Assembly Meets Tuesday.
The American letter made no spe
cific mention of whether the Coun
cil should drop the queston or keep
it on its agenda. An American
spokesman pointed out, however,
that if the Council requested As
sembly action it would not be neces
sary to drop the case.
The U. N. Charter says the As
sembly may discuss matters which
are before the Assembly, but may
not make recommendations on them
“unless the Security Council so re
quests.” The Assembly will begin
its session next Tuesday at Flush
ing Meadow Park in New York. No
date for the next Council meeting
has been set.
The American spokesman said the
United States was prepared to ofier
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a resolution to meet the Charter re
quirements. He said, however, that
it was not yet sure whether the reso
lution would provide that the Bal
kan case be dropped outright. It
might be possible, he said, merely to
declare that the question was no
longer under active consideration.
Steel
(Continued From First Page >
have made and are in the process of
making elsewhere in the world.”
Mr. Brubaker emphasized that his
union is not concerned ‘‘with imput
ing any conspiracy on the part of
the industry to preserve scarcity.”
He suggested that the committee
il> make a study of possible legis
lative action, < 21 a survey of export
needs in the light of the Marshall
plan for Europe’s rehabilitation," and
<3) if necessary, ask for a meeting
of industry, labor and Government
officials to be called by President
Truman to “drawr-up a joint program
for expansion."
Industry spokesmen have con- ‘
tended that the present capacity is,
sufficient to take care of foreseeable
requirements. Mr. Brubaker argued
that they based their estimates on
an historical pattern which gives
undue emphasis to the depression
years of the ’30s.
If the industry does not expand.
Mr. Brubaker suggested, the Govern-,
ment might have to "build and lease
the necessary facilities."
Argentina Curbs Exports
Of Meat to Britain
By th* Associated Press
BUENOS AIRES, Sept. 11.—A
temporary ban on export of canned
meat to Britain was in effect today
by Argentine government decree.
In announcing the ban. which
does not affect bulk meat, the gov
ernment said yesterday it was
necessitated by Britain’s recent sus
pension of convertibility of pounds
| sterling into dollars.
! This move, the government ex
! plained, cut off a source of dollars
! needed to buy American metal for
j making cans. Most of this metal
! comes from the United States.
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