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Evening star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, December 21, 1947, Image 19

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Bill to Include Reds
In Alien Registration
■ Gaining, Mundt Says
ly th« Anociattd Prut
Representative Mundt, Republi
can, of South Dakota said yesterday
that strong sentiment is developing
in the House for his bill to compel
members of the Communist Party
and Communist-dominated groups
to register as “agents of a foreign
principal.”
He told a reporter the recent
hearings of the Un-American Ac
tivities Committee into communism
In Hollywood lent impetus to the
measure.
He added that outside Congress
both business and labor are show
ing signs of interest in the bill.
Eric Johnston, president of the
Motion Picture Producers’ Associa
tion, has called on him twice to
discuss the proposal, Mr. Mundt
said.
Up to Congress, He Says.
Management and labor union
officials are handicapped. Mr.
Mundt said, by their inability to
expose Communists and Communist
sympathizers In any conclusive
manner.
"It is apparently up to Congress
to provide a clear-cut definition
of a Communist” he said. "We’ve
got to label and identify the sub
versive elements. If we do that,
as my bill provides, the force of
public opinion will protect the
country against the activities of a
group whose affiliations are known
to be with Russia.”
The effect of Mr. Mundt’s pro
posal would be to place Communists
and sympathizers under the Alien
Registration Act now covering the
activities of regular foreign agents.
Says Green May Be Called.
"That act has worked well and
there Is no reason to believe it
would not serve this additional pur
pose.” Mr. Mundt said.
The Un-American Activities Com
mittee probably will begin hearings
on the legislation early in January,
he said. He said Mr. Johnston,
William Green, president of the
American Federation of Labor, and
J Edgar Hoover, head of the Fed
eral Bureau of Investigation, might
be called as witnesses.
Pesf Control Group to Meet
The Washington Pest Control As
sociation will elect officers for the
coming year at its monthly meeting
at 8 p.m. tomorrow at 1321 K street
N.W.
Bliss Again Appointed
Head of Gifts Division
For Red Cross Drive
Robert Woods Bliss, veteran
career diplomat, has been reap
pointed to head the special gifts
division of the American Red Cross
campaign in the Washington metro
politan area, Joseph C. Grew, gen
eral chairman of the drive, an
nounced yesterday.
The campaign will be held during
March, 1948.
Mr. Grew said the 1948 campaign
organization has gained a “thor
oughly experienced leader” because
of Mr. Bliss’ willingness to take the
division chairmanship tor a second
year.
Mr. Bliss spent more than 36
years in the diplomatic service.
Before retiring in 1933, he was
Minister to Sweden and later Am
bassador to Argentina. He re
turned to the State Department
during the war to serve as special
assistant and consultant to the
Secretary of State. He retired again
in November, 1945.
In addition to being a co-founder
of the Dumbarton Oaks Research
Library and Collection, Mr. Bliss is
a trustee of the Carnegie Institu
tion, honorary president of the
American Federation of Arts and
first vice president of the Asia
Institute. He is also a trustee of
the National Institute of Public
Affairs, the American Museum of
Natural History and the American
Scandinavian Foundation.
For many years he has served on
the boards of the American Society
of the French Legion of Honor, the
Washington Criminal Justice As-,
sociation and the Foreign Service!
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