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POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y.—ROOSEVELTS CUT CHRISTMAS TREE PRICES—Elliott Roosevelt and
his wife, Faye Emerson Roosevelt, yesterday sold Christmas trees grown on the Roosevelt estate on a lot just outside the business section with the solgan, “Any tree for one dollar.” The ven ture was an attempt, Mr. Roosevelt said, “to make Christians out of Christmas tree dealers.” —AP Wirephoto. Yule Trees Won't Provide Mink, Reaular Sellers Tell Roosevelts By the Associated Press POUGHKEEPSIE, N. Y„ Dec. 19. —Christmas tree dealers here cast a baleful glance at Elliott Roosevelt's retail Christmas tree venture today and declared the balsams they sold were superior to the spruces from Val-Kill farm on the old Roose velt estate. Referring to Mr. Roosevelt’s sale of any tree for $1, Charles Burlin game, a dealer, said “The spruce trees on Elliott's lot look pretty but along with his drop in prices goes a drop In needle* when you get them in door*.” Mr. Burlingame ’ said he kept spruce trees on hi* lot just to show his customers the superiority of balsam. Earl del Santo, another dealer, joined Mr. Burlingame in claiming that most customers “demand bal sams.” At the same time, referring to the fact that Mr. Roosevelt’s wife, Faye Emerson, helped him sell more than 900 trees yesterday while wearing a mink coat, Mr. Del Santo said that “if Mr. Roosevelt had to make his money selling Christmas trees, his wife would not be at the lot wearing a mink coat." Mr. Roosevelt, who is engaged in farming with his mother, has been selling the trees which his father planted while he was President, at a wholesale price of 65 cents a tree in 100 lots. His decision to sell at retail came after a New York visit when, he said, he saw 15-foot trees selling for as high as >35. Gas Kills 4 Stevedores SINGAPORE, Dec. 19 (£>).—Four stevedores were asphyxiated today by escaping gas while unloading the Australian refrigerator ship Nabada, which arrived yesterday from Free mantle. A fifth stevedore was near death in a hospital. Arab Hostility Blamed For Halt in Work on American Pipeline •y th« Auociaud Prm CAIRO, Dec. 19.—Arab hostility over American support for the parti tion of Palestine has forced a halt In work on the western end of the trans-Arabian pipeline, which Defense Secretary Forrests 1 has declared vital to American interests, a company representative said to day. Work appeared to be progressing only in Saudi Arabia, the site of American oil concessions. The project was halted in trans-Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Due for Completion in 1950. The 31-inch line from Abquaiq, On the Gulf of Persia, to the Leban ese port of Sidon, on the Mediter ranean, had been scheduled for completion In 1950 to move 330.000 barrels of oil a day, the work of 85 to 90 tankers. The pipeline is a Joint project of the Texas Co., Standard Oil of New Jersey, Stand ard Oil of California and Socony Vacuum (Standard Oil of New York). William S. S. Rodgers, chairman of the Texas Co. and also of the Trans-Arabian Pipeline Co., declared in the Lebanese capital of Beirut yesterday that the pipeline, plus several others planned or under con struction. "is vital to us in the United’ States" and also necessary if Europe is to have “sufficient fuel to make the Marshall plan work.” Aside from Arab hostility over par tition, the Syrian Parliament nas not yet ratified a convention allowing the pipeline a right of way, but Mr. Rodgers said he expected favorable action. Completion of all the planned pipelines in the Middle East would provide for the pumping of 1,500,000 barrels of oil a day from the Arab states and Iran to the Levant ports. Oil shortages in the United States have caused some rationing and talk of more in that country. Mr.. Rodgers said the United States and the West ern Hemisphere are shipping 800.000 barrels of oil a day to the Eastern Hemisphere and that world demand was increasing. American construction crews along the pipeline route were reported unsafe everywhere except in Saudi! Arabia. Josephus Daniels Sees Truman, Finds He's Still $l-a-Year Man Josephus Daniels, 85-year-old publisher of the News and Observer at Raleigh, N. C., still rates as a “special adviser” at a dollar-a-vear in the Truman administration. The World War I Secretary of the Navy found that out yesterday when he dropped by to see President Tru man and attended the President’s news conference before addressing the Women’s National Democratic Club. “How am I going to live in Wash ington on ‘$1 a year unless you bring back the OPA and cut prices?” he asked. The President turned to Admiral William D. Leahy, his chief of staff, and suggested maybe we'd better put him back on the Navy payroll. Mr. Daniels, who has watched the Government operate from an “inside” seat more than 50 years, told reporters after the news confer ence that he was glad to hear the Chief Executive express the con viction that ultimate peace would be achieved. "I’m tired of hearing these war : mongers,” he said. “They ought : to be gagged. They ought to talk 1 about peace. If you talk about war, the people will think war. If you talk peace they will think peace.” Mr. Daniels said talk of compul sory military training is “talk of war.” 1 “You can get all the volunteers 1 you want if you make the service ; attractive,” he said. “Send 'em around the world and educate ’em and you won’t need compulsory training.” Dynamite Blast Kills Worker ASHLAND, Pa., Dec. 19 </P).—A shanty filled with dynamite caught fire last night and blew up on & mountainside near here, killing Stanley Wufsus, 44, electric shovel operator, as he approached with an extinguisher to fight the flames. Mr. Wufsus was hurled 75 feet by the blast. 1 Group Named fo Aid Hoover in Studying Government Economy ■y the Auociatad Prats NEW YORK Dec. 19—Former President Herbert Hoover, chair nan of a commission which will itudy how to simplify and promote iconomy in the Federal Govern nent, yesterday announced ap jointment of several persons to itudy various phases of the com nission's program. Mr. Hoover, now 73, accepted the :hairmanship of the 12-member lommlssion from President Truman ast September. The appointments iollow: Maj. Gen. Arthur H. Carter, Inance officer in the War Depart nent during the war, will study ‘the experience of the Government in competitive businesses and the torm of organization under which such businesses should be con ducted." Thomas Jefferson Coolldge of Boston, former Undersecretary of the Treasury, will head a commit tee studying “overlaps in adminis tration, taxation and grants in aid between Federal and State govern ments." Members of this committee in clude former Gov. Charles Edison of New Jersey; Senator Byrd, Democrat, of Virginia; W. L. Chenery, publisher of Collier’s Magazine; John Burton of the New York State Budget Bureau; Prof William Anderson of the University of Minnesota; Gov. Frank Carlson of Kansas, and Dean William I. Myers of Cornell University. The committee’s research will be di rected by Frank Bane of the Coun cil of State governments. Russell Forbes, associated with the Munitions Board, will report on Government procurement policies other than those of national de fense. Paul Grady, a partner In Price, Waterhouse & Co., public account ants, will study Government lending agencies. The Brookings Institution, a re search organization in Washington, will report on Government health, education, social security and trans portation activities. Appeasement Can't Win Peace, Donovan Says ty the Aueciatwl Pr*ts » PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 1#.—"The United States will never get peace by appeasement and It is up to the public to put an end" to such at tempts, Maj. Gen. William J. Dono van, wartime head of the office of Strategic Services,' said last night. Gen. Donovan told members of the Overbrook Lecture Club "the public must pressure the Government into revealing the names of the cliques in Washington okaying shipments of materials to Russia”—materials which he declared "could be used by our friends abroad.” Gen. 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