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21-Billion Oil Barrel i
Yield Seen by Krug In Tideland-Areas By John A. Giles Submerged coastal lands contigu ous to the United States and Alaska “may contain nearly 100,000,000,000 barrels of oil • * * compared with the proved reserves of approximate ly 21,000,000,000 barrels” on the continent, Interior Secretary Krug! estimated late yesterday. He made the statement before a Joint Senate-House Judiciary Com-! mittee considering a bill to establish title to such lands in the States.; The Supreme Court has ruled that such areas off the State of Cali fornia belong to the Federal Gov ernment. Similar suits are planned to establish Federal ownership off the coast of other States. Mr. Krug estimating that the aggregate area of such continental shelves off the United States is about 262.500 acres, declared that the "people of the United States cannot afford to make a gift of these tremendously valuable re sources to a few coastal States.” He not only stressed the possible tre mendous monetary value of the submerged areas, but asserted that they would be of great defense value in time of war. Clark Quizzed Seven Hours. He took the stand after Attorney General Clark spent more than seven hours undergoing questioning by committee members. Both Chairman Thomas, Repub lican, of Oklahoma, and Senator McCarran, Democrat, of Nevada, predicted the measure establishing title in the States would pass. Such a measure won congressional ap proval prior to the Supreme Court decision in the California case, but President Truman vetoed it. Sec retary Krug predicted the President would veto it again this year, should it pass. “Take my word for it, this Con gress will pass this bill even more emphatically than before,” Senator McCarran declared. Only Senator Donnell, Republican, of Missouri, among the committee members regularly attending the hearing, sided with Mr. Krug and Mr. Clark in opposing the measure. Two Administration Bills. The administration has had in troduced two bills on submerged lands, one of which would set up a so-called management policy on coastal lands and the other which would assert that the Federal Gov ernment does not claim submerged land in inland waters. These meas ures are being considered by an other committee, however. The Association of Attorneys General has strongly favored the passage of the measure to place title in the States, and representa tives of 46 States have either ap peared or submitted briefs. ’The hearing, which begins its 10th day today, has been crowded with State and oil company officials, grouching on this, Mr. Clark com mented on the “striking similarity”: of resolutions adopted by bar as sociations, service clubs, etc., ask ing that the States be given the lands. He said he had received a large number of these papers. Mr. Krug described the value of ■« the submerged coastal lands as be ing greater than “all our national reserves.” i “Vital to United States Defense.” ■‘The oil reserves in the conti nental shelves contiguous to the coasts or the United states are vital to the economy and defense of the United States as a whole,” he de clared. “The people of the United States, acting through their Gov ernment, ought to manege and con serve these oil reserves for the eco nomic benefit and common defense of the Nation as a whole. Mr. Krug, terming the States ownership measure as “altogether unsound,” added that “X have every reason to believe that the President is of the same opinion." “There is no reason to believe that the President has changed his view during the intervening period,” he said, “particularly as the Su preme Court has now resolved the doubt that previously existed by de claring that California is not the owner of the'3-mile marginal belt along its coast, and that the Federal Government has paramount rights In and power over that belt.” Grill Holdup Nets $82 George Manos, proprietor of the Harlem Grill, 3308 Georgia avenue N.W., reported to police that he was robbed of $82 by an armed holdup man who stopped him as he pre pared to enter the grill early today. The holdup man, colored, pulled out a .32-caliber revolver and demanded his money, he said. Weather Report District of Columbia—Cloudy and rather cold with highest near 40 this afternoon. Cloudy with lowest near 32 tonight. Tomorrow cloudy and continued cold with some chance of snow by afternoon or night. Maryland and Virginia — Cloudy and somewhat colder tonight. To morrow cloudy and continued cold probably followed by snow by after noon or night. Wind velocity, 12 miles per hour; direction, north-northwest. Hirer Report. (From United States Engineers.) Potomac River muddy at Harpers Ferry and at Great Falls; Shenandoah, cloudy at Harpers Ferry. Humidity. Yesterday. Percent Today Percent Hoon _70 Midnight-02 4 pm. _73 8 a.m. . -92 g p m - 86 10 a.m. _88 High and tow for Yesterday. High. 54. at 1:25 p.m. tow. 38. at 11:38 a.m. Record Temperatures this Year. Highest. 82. on February 28. Lowest. 5. on January 26. Tide Tables. (Furnished by United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.) Today. Tomorrow High 2:53 a.m. 3:55 a.m Low _ 9:49 a.m. 10:48 am High - 3:19 p.m 4:21 p.m tow 10:32 p.m. 11:2? p.m The Sun and Moon. ' Rises. Sets. Bun, today 6 36 J:04 Sun. tomorrow _ 6 35 6:04 Moon, today . -- 3‘08 a.m. 1*..09 p.m Automobile lights must be turned or one-half hour after sunset. Precipitation. Monthly precipitation in inches In th( Capita! (current month to date): January1" - V® 7«7 February - '■%* Kml\ - 327 9.13 '88 May - 3.7(1 10.69 '88 June —_ 4.1.3 10.94 -go August - ♦01 JJ<1 September - 3;4 1.J5 October __ ..84 8.81 November 'III-~ £37 '** December __ 3.82 7.60 01 Degree Dim. “Degree days” yesterday __ ^ Accumulated ‘degree days” 3020 - ■ ■ INI - 4; Captured Nazi Women's Leader Says Hitler's Ideals Still Live Gertrude Scholz-Kllnk Helssmeyer, former leader of the women’s branch of the Nazi Party, and her husband, former S. S. Col. August Helssmeyer, pictured outside the French mili tary Jail In Tuebingen, Germany. —AP Wirephoto via radio from Frankfurt. By th« Associated Press TUEBINGEN, Germany, Mar. 4 — Frau Gertrud Scholtz-Klink Heiss meyer, who was the fuehrer of Ger many’s women in the Nazi days, declared today: "I am still a Nazi —as much as ever.” But her voice as she said it was soft, almost meek. Then, clenching her fist, she said: ‘‘Hitler still lives for me and my husband.” But, she added, she and her hus band, Maj. Gen. August Heiss meyer, both believe Hitler and Dep uty Fuehrer Martin Bormann are dead. Frau Heissmeyer, her once blond hair faded and her once buxom figure covered by a shabby man’s coat, talked with an interviewer today for the first time since she was arrested last week end by American, French and German po lice. Gen. Heissmeyer, apprehended with her, spent most of his time during the interview trying to shush his wife. They are being held in a small French prison here. She said she escaped from Berlin on May 2, 1945. after being wounded five times by Russian shell splinters in the last days of nazidom. With her husband, she said, she fled into the Russian zone and stayed there until October, 1945. Then she said they came to Wuerttemburg and sought sanc tuary with Princess Pauline, a ci gar-smoking 71-year-old who was arrested yesterday on charges of sheltering the Heissmeyers. Frau Heissmeyer said they adopt ed the name of Gen. Heissmeyer’s mother, Stuckebrock. Under that name, she said, they were exoner ated in French denazification pro ceedings. “I suppose we will have to be de nazified again,” she said. Although she said she had little interest in politics any more, partly because of lack or information dur ing more than two years in hiding, Frau Heissmeyer had a few observa tions to make: “I think the Russians intend to gobble up all of Europe. This is a tragedy for Germany, as well as for Europe as a whole.” Frau Heissmeyer and her hus band, formerly an SS (Elite Guard) officer, are being held by the French, who said they would be questioned further to determine what, if any, charges to bring against them. United States officials said they had no further interest in the two. Finland Still Argues Whether to Negotiate Pact With Russia By tht Ai»oeiot«d frut HELSINKI, Finland, Mar. 4. —High officials said today they foresaw little chance of a de cision , before tomorrow on 4Shfithec FipJai^^iy^npggWate President Juho Paasikivi is still awaiting the views of parliamentary blocs toward the pact proposed by Prime Minister Stalin February 22. He was disclosed last night to have replied to Stalin that the proposal would be takep ud through .normal Finnish ‘ 'parliamentary and-- demo cratic procedures- — ... — * Of the six parliamentary groups, only the popmar-front combination of Communists and radical Social ists and the Swedish Peoples Party have answered the President. They urged immediate launching of ne gotiations with Russia. The blocs were scheduled to have secret meetings today. By night, informed Finns expect, Paasikivi would have a clear picture of what these groups think. Under the constitution, the Presi- j dent may make his own decision on j a foreign-policy matter like this.] But it was learned he again has urged that the parliamentary groups sp^ed consideration of the problem so he can have the benefit of their . j_-i_ vMiidf onvl flU * iV/t. A «» ---«r -V treaty that may result from the proposed talks. The cabinet holds its weekly meet ing this afternoon. A government member said the proposed pact is not on the agenda. Members of the government's Foreign Affairs Com mittee planned to sit in on meetings of the parliamentary groups. The Finns still take a calm attitude toward the situation. Most profess to believe that there is little like lihood of Finland becoming “another; Czechoslovakia.’’ Witness Says Glass Prices Were Fixed 20 Years Ago By rh« Aisociated Pr*i» TOLEDO, Ohio. Mar. 4.—Manu j facturers worked together to regu late prices 20 years ago. a former ; company executive has testified in j i the Government's antitrust suitj against nine flat glass corporations.! Burnham W. Diggle, former gen eral manager of the Wichita Falls : (Tex.) Window Glass Co., will re turn today as a Government witness in the Federal Court trial. The nine companies are charged; with conspiracy to monopolize the I flat glass industry. Mr. Diggle testified yesterday that 1 members of the Window Glass Manufacturers’ Association worked [jointly to regulate prices and allot 1 production. He said this was part of a production curtailment pro gram. Mr. Diggle is now a deputy hous ing administrator in Washington. Wender Elected President Of Argo Lodge, B'nai B'rith Harry Wender. Washington at torney and chairman of the Dis trict Recreation Board, last night was elected president of Argo Lodge. ! No. 413, B'nai B'rith, at a meeting in the Jewish Community Center, Sixteenth and Q streets N.W. Mr. Wender, who lives at 6432 Thirty-first place N.W., also is gen eral counsel for the American Foundation for the Physically Han dles pped. Other new officers are: Harry Wechsler, first vice president; Abra ham Waronoff, second vice presi dent: Charles Katzin. warden; Ken neth Bennett, guardian; Frank Pa ley. chaplain: Norman G. Cohen, assistant monitor; Henry Salus. treasurer: S. David Rubenstein, sec retary, and Morris Gewirz. Bernard Fischgrund and Dr. A. Harry Os trow, trustees. i Bolling Field Employe Beaten and Robbed, Thrown From His Car A Bolling Field repair superinten dent today told police how he and a companion were beaten, robbed and thrown from their automobile by two men early this morning near Oxon Hill, Md. John Andrews, 50, the Bolling Field employe, told police that he and a man named “Bill,” who wears an artificial leg, were accosted as they came out of a tavern by two men who asked for a ride. "Bill obliged, police said, and shortly after the strangers got in his car, they both pulled out pistol's and told -him "to drive and told him "to drive around.” Mr. Andrews said "Bill” had a car which could be driven by amputees. A little later, the men beat Mr. Andrews, robbed him of *8 and threw him from the car, police said they were told. Mr. Andrews told them, they said, that he was knocked unconscious. When he re gained his senses, he got up and walked around for about 30 minutes and found "Bill” on the ground un conscious. He then telephoned Prince Georges County police from a residence In the neighborhood but said he could not find "Bill” afterward. County police reported that when a scout car went to the address given over the telephone, they did not find any one. Shortly after ward. however, they got a call from District police telling them Mr. An drew’s had walked into No. 11 pre cinct. District police took Mr. Andrews to meet county police who planned to comb the Oxon Hill area in an attempt to find “Bill,” the two hold up men and the car. Chest X-Ray Survey Tops 200,000 Mark The Washington Chest X-Ray Survey has topped the 200.000 mark in its drive to examine 600.000 Dis trict area adults for tuberculosis. The campaign began January 12 and is scheduled to last six months. As examinations began this morn ing, the official total was 200.900. The drive was reported about nine days ahead of the schedule it will have to maintain to reach its goal. In the figures announced today, X-ray officials said, were included about 12,000 examinations at inde pendent, permanent X-ray ma chines. operated in co-operation with the special tuberculosis drive. These machines are at various hos pitals, and do not make daily re ports to the survey headquarters. The X-ray units operated exclu sively for the survey, and manned by United States Public Health Service technicians, have completed 188,327 examinations. D. I! A Dsciilfe I i IWV riMV » IW ■ ■ In $4,189 for District The District Government today is richer by *4.189 as the result of the Police Department auction held yes terday at 469 C street N.W._ A total of 247 lots of miscellaneous property which had been lost, aban doned or confiscated by the depart ment in the course of the year was sold. The most expensive lot purchased consisted of 560 cases of empty beer bottles and 75 empty cases, bought for $275 by Louis Fox, who runs a grocerv at 801 Massachusetts ave nue At 75 cents a full case and 27 cents for the empty ones Mr. Fox stands to make a tidy profit on the deal, with the breweries pay ing the hauling coats. Next highest bid was for $245 on a lot of furni ture, bought by M. Starbecker. 4519 Georgia avenue N.W., former ownei of the Murray Galleries in George town, and now in business for him aelf. Several small items sold for *1 I Christoffel Planning To Appeal Conviction On Perjury Charges A District Court Jury last night convicted Howard Christoffel on all six counts under an indict ment charging the former Mil waukee labor leader with perjury before the House Labor Commit tee in denying any connections with the Communist Party. The defense was expected to file an appeal within the next four days.' The jury deliberated for five hours' on the six counts, each of which is punishable with a maximum of two: to 10 years in prison. Specifically, Christoffel was con victed of lying when he denied under oath he was or ever had been a member of the Communist Party, had never been a member of the Communist Political Association, had never worked with the party, never participated in its activities, never supported or indorsed its aims and was not acquainted with certain well-known Communists in Wis consin. Sentence Deferred. Judge Edward M. Curran deferred ■anfanna tft <riv« ftl.tnr neys time to file an appeal and Christoffel, who had been at liberty under bail, was committed to jail. While the jury was deliberating, the tall, thin 38-year-old defend ant sat in the nearly empty court room and rocked continuously on the back legs of his chair. He re ceived the verdict without show of emotion. The trial, which began February 17, was marked by testimony that at least one of two strikes at the strategic Allis-Chalmers plant in Milwaukee was brought about from political motives. Statements to this effect by Louis Budenz, former managing editor of the Daily Worker, who resigned from the Comunist Party in 1945, were challenged by Defense Coun sel O. John Rogge, who described the plant’s management as "labor baiting, union-hating.” Christoffel was president of the Allis-Chalmers (CIO) local forj almost 10 years before being drafted into the Army in 1945. Mr. Budenz testified he was pres ent when Christoffel agreed with high party officials to bring about a strike at the plant in 1941 to help cripple aid to Britain and our own defense program. In his instructions to the jury of eight men and four women, Judge Curran made particular reference to a point raised by the defense that Christoffel's oath was not binding because a quorum of the Labor Committee was not present when he took the stand March 1, 1947. The judge ruled that ir a quorum of 13 was present when the session opened that afternoon, it would be presumed the committee acted as a legally constituted body through out the whole meeting and the question of whether or not mem bers left the hearing before Chris toffel testified was irrelevant. uue 01 me six peijuiy cuuuta charged that Christoffel lied when he told the committee he did not know Fred B. Blair, a leader of the Wisconsin Communist Party. Blah refused to testify as to whether he knew the defendant on grounds he might incriminate himself al though several Government wit nesses placed the two together on numerous occasions. The Judge instructed the Jury that it was not necessary to prove that the two were intimately ac quainted to establish the fact that they “knew” one another. Radioactive Isotopes Sent To 8 Foreign Countries ty the Associated Press OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Mar. 4 — Radioactive isotopes for research have gone to eight foreign countries, and 16 countries altogether have arranged to obtain them, the Atomic Energy Commission announced. The commission said last night that foreign countries obtaining the isotopes must agree, among other things, to allow “qualified scientists, irrespective of nationality,” to visit the laboratories where the research is being conducted. Also, progress reports on their ex periments must be submitted to this country every six months, and they must agree not to use the materials for any purposes other than those agreed on with the United States. Forty-four shipments have gone to Australia. Argentina, United Kingdom, Denmark, Peru, Canada, Italy and Sweden. Preliminary arrangements for ob taining the isotooes have been made by New Zealand, the Netherlands. Cuba, France. Belgium, Union of South Africa, Ireland and Switzer land. _ Pulaski's 200 Birthday Marked by Polish Embassy The 200th birthday of Count Casi mir Pulaski, Polish hero of the American Revolution, was observed this morning by the Polish Embas sy here wdth a ceremony at the Pulaski statue, Pennsylvania avenue and E street N.W. Stefan Rogozinski, charge d’af faires of the Embassy, laid a wreath of red and white carnations at the foot of the equestrian statue. with him the brief ceremony were Tadeusz Jaworski, first secre tary; Wladvslaw Nizinski, second secretary; Goguslaw Herman, sec ond secretary; Czeslaw Milosz, at tache, and Maj. Alfons Olkiewicz, assistant military attache. The statue is inscribed with 1747 as the date of Count Pvflaski’s birth, and his 200th birthday anni versary was celebrated in Poland last vear. Reference books, how ever, list March 4, 1748, as the Revo lutionary’ War general's birthday. Mr. Rogozinski said the exact date of the general's birth is in dispute. He said he thought the confusion resulted from the use of two calen dars in Poland in the 18th century. Romanticism in Painting To Be Corcoran Topic Nineteenth century romanticism in painting will be the chief topic of a "Friday Gallery Talk” at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Corcoran Gallery of Art by Miss Amy Briggs, staff lecturer. The talk is the second in a series of five which will conclude Good Friday, with a discussion of me dieval altar painting. A story hour for children 6 to 15 years old will meet at 11 o clock Saturday morning in the Barye bronze room. The children will hear animal tales suggested by the work of the French sculptor, Antoine Louis Barya, f t HERBERT K. SORRELL, Denies Communist Party mem- j bership. —AP Photo. Group Probing Sorrell Communist.Charge to Call More Experts By th* Associated Press Congress will ask additional hand writing experts to examine a Com munist Party card allegedly issued to Herbert K. Sorrell in 1937. Representative Kearns, Repub lican, of Pennsylvania, chairman of a House Labor subcommittee, agreed today to summon the experts after Mr. Sorrell branded the card "a fake” and swore under oath that he was never a Communist Party mem ber in his life. The card, introduced in evidence, bears the name "Herbert Stewart.” Clark Sellers, a handwriting ex pert, testified to a California State investigating committee yesterday that “Stewart’s” writing and Sor rell's were the same. Central Figure in Strike. Iff Cnfrnll r.nlH nrociflPTlf of the AFL Conference of Studio Unions, has been a central figure in the long-drawn Hollywood movie strike which is under scrutiny by Mr. Kearns’ committee. Representative Owens, Republi can, of Illinois asked Mr. Sorrell to write his name before the hand writihg experts were called in. “Sure!” Mr. Sorrell said. “Give me a piece of paper, somebody.” And he signed with a flourish. Mr. Kearns announced he also plans to call Westbrook Pegler, syn dicate newspaper columnist, “to find out what he knows about Willie Bioff.” Sorrell Assails Bioff. Bioff, who has claimed he was “Peglerized” by a series of the writer’s articles, formerly was Hol lywood agent for George E. Browne, one-time president of the AFT, In ternational Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes. In his testimony yesterday, Mr. Sorrell called Bioff “a fllty panderer, rotten to the cpre.” He declared the trouble, which touched off the movie strike, began when Browne "made a deal” with Nicholas Schenck, presi dent of Loew’s, Inc. The witness said Mr. Schenck, as “general of the bosses in the movie industry,” set Bioff up as “dictator of movie labor” and thus kindled long-smoldering strife between rival Hollywood unions. Bioff later was convicted of extor tion and served a term in prison. Czech Official Flees, , Benes Delays Return By th« Associated Pros* PRAGUE, Mar. 4.—The Com munist press hinted today former Health Minister Adolf Prochazka, his wife and an anti-Communist student leader have fled Czecho slovakia, but mystery surrounded their whereabouts. Prochazka is one of the Ministers singled out by Communist Pre mier Klement Gottwald as “an agent of foreign reaction.” Milada, 19, the minister’s daugh ter, is under arrest after an unsuc cessful attempt to escape from the! country. Milada Fronta, a Communist newspaper, said the Prochazkas and a student leader, Emil Ransdorf, escaped across the border. It was! the first time the Communist press reported that Czechs were fleeing across the frontiers. The Ministry of Information an nounced President Eduard Benes is convalescing at his country home in Sezimovo Usti, Southern Bohemia, and will not return to Prague this week, as scheduled. There was some evidence, mean while, that the new government was trying to rein in some of the Com munist action committees active in almost every field of Czech life. Alexej Cepicka, the minister of justice, warned the committees, mentioning especially those which have been grabbing former German owned lands and parcelling them out in small lots. 2 More Tankers Returned By Reds Under Lend-Lease By th« Associated Pross YOKOHAMA, Mar. 4.—Two more lend-lease tankers have been re ; turned to the United States by Russia, at a time of critical world shortage of such vessels. The tankers are the former Swanee Rail and the Paul Dunbar. They w?re brought to Yokohama by Russian crews. American crews will be flown here to sail the ships to the Persian Gulf for oil to relieve the shortage along the United States East Coast. The first lend-lease ship to be returned by the Russians was de livered to an American crew last week in Hong Kong. Thus began! the return of vessels the United I States has sought to get back since, the end of the war. j Four other tankers are to be brought here, and a fifth Is slated for delivery at Trieste. Albert Warner Heads Radio Correspondents The Radio Correspondents’ Asso ciation yesterday elected Albert L. Warner (MBS) to head the organi zation for the coming year. He was elected unanimously to succeed Wil liam Henry (CBSi, who becomes an j ex-officio member of the group's Executive Committee. Other officers elected include: Elmer Davis (ABC), vice presi dent: William R. McAndrew (NBC), secretary: Francis W. Tully, jr. (Yankee Network), treasurer, and three members at large on the Executive Committee—George J. Marder (UP Radio). Gilbert W. Kingsbury (WLW-WINS) and How-, ard L. Kany (AP Radio). V The Federal Spotlight McCarran Files Bill to Give Career Workers Recognition By Joseph Young Legislation to give career service recognition and opportunity to the Government’s supervisory employes was introduced today by Senator McCarran, Democrat, of Nevada. Senator McCarran’s measure would drastically revise the present Classification Act by creating^, new administrative and avAontlva oloecifiootl r\n in iha TTaH — O 1 1 *—— . eral service to Include these em ployes. Although Nevadan made It clear he did introduce t h legislation as pay raise mea; ure, its enac ment undoubt edly would mea" pay boosts fo: thousands o supervisory anc other sub - prc fessional peopli Senator Me uaiian, JnKK ways has take: »'"'•/*» ' a great interest PliiiPHidHH in Government j««pph ronni, employes’ a f - fairs, declared, as he introduced his bill, that it would provide “the foundation for a real career service for administrative and executive workers in Government.” At present, many supervisory em ployes with administrative talent are classified in the CAP categories, with little or no chance to advance in the Federal service with adminis trative and executive recognition. The McCarran bill would include them, according to the responsi bility they have in their present jobs, in the new AE (administra tive and executive) classification. Although Senator McCarran did not ask for removal of the $10,000 Federal pay ceiling, he said that should be considered by the Senate Civil Service Committee, to which the bill will be referred. $3,021 Starting Grade. The starting grade in the pro posed A&E classification would pay salaries ranging from $3,021 to $3, 773 a year. The classifications would go up to Grade 9, which would pay a maximum $10,000 an nual salary. Senator McCarran’s bill was drafted before the general Classi fication Act revisions proposed yes terday by President Truman. As a matter of fact, the measure differs sharply from anything the Civil Service Commission has had to say on the subject. But it’s certain to have a. lot of support, both in Congress and in the Government departments, from UlUoC W UU uavc that the present classification sys tem oilers very little hope to rank and-file employes of ever achieving a real public service career in Gov ernment. The plan has a lot of merit and deserves serious consid eration. When Congress gets around to overhauling the entire Classifica tion Act. * * * * THAT'LL DO IT—A recent civil service job description of a supervi sory position in one of the Federal departments listed the duties as follows: "A supervisory employe who to gether with the chief cook and a meatcutter maintains discipline in the kitchen * * *” As we always say. there's nothing like a meatcutter to enforce disci pline. ♦ * * * RETIREMENT AX — There's a move afoot in the Senate Civil Service Committee's professional staff to reduce the Civil Service Commission’s retirement staff to j skeleton size. Now that the Langer-Chavez-; Stevenson retirement legislation has become law, some committee staff members say the commission's 500 man retirement staff is no longer needed. They contend the new law simpli fies things to such an extent that the various agencies’ personnel of-1 fleers or employes themselves can handle individual records and com putations. Therefore, only 25 or 50 employes are needed in the com mission’s retirement division, it is argued. It should be noted that the one who is pushing the plan is John Phenix, the committee’s actuary. And there Is no love lost between Mr. Phenix and Warren Irons, the commission’s retirement chief.‘Their feud started when Mr. Phenix for merly worked in the commission's retirement division under Mr. Irons. Whether Mr. Phenlx’s proposal has much of a chance of being adopted depends on whether he can sell the idea to Chairman Langer and the rest of the members of the committee. The Civil Service Com mission is certain to oppose such a move vigorously, contending that It would break down the Government’s retirement system. * * * * POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS — The House Civil Service Committee is beginning a series of investigations of agencies where violations of vet erans’ preference rights have been alleged by various veterans’ organ izations. Initial agency to be investigated is the Railroad Retirement Board, which was moved to Chicago dur ing the war. A subcommittee headed by Representative Jones, Republican of Washington, will begin hearings tomorrow in Chicago. There have been other complaints made to the committee that agencies < are Ignoring veterans’ preference rights in hiring and firing person nel. These charges also are due ] to be Investigated by Chairman Rees ana the committee. * * * * CAPITAL ROUNDUP — Senator Chavez, Democrat of New Mexico, will address the National Associa tion of Retired Civil Service Em ployes at their meeting at 2 pm. Saturday In the National Museum Auditorium. Tenth and Constitution avenue N.W. Civil Service Com mission Retirement Chief Warren b. Irons will appear with Senator Chavez, who is one of the co-outhors of the Langer-Chavez-Stevenson retirement measure.... Three Gov ernment agencies—the . National Archives, Panama Canal and the Civil Service Commission—have ex ceeded their individual quotas in the National Symphony Orchestra's sustaining fund drive. In general, however. Federal employes have met only 6 per cent of the Govern ment’s $28,000 quota. ... The House wind up its Federal pay raise hear ings next week. And Chairman Rees hopes to report out a bill as soon as possible. (Additional newt of Govern ment affairs and personalities make up Joseph Young’s broad cast version of the Federal Spot light at 3:IS p.m. every Sunday on WMAL, The Star station.) AP Man Fails in Attempt To Save Son From Train •y th* Auo<iat*d Pr*t« PALMETTA, Ga„ Mar. 4.—Th* 6-year-old son of Paul Simmons, Associated Press staff writer, was killed by a train yesterday as his iatner sougnt to pun nim irom tna path of the engine. The child, Alexander Walthall, died en route to a hospital. In addition to his parents, thf child is survived by a sister, Eudora, and a brother, Vaughn, Congress in Brief •y th# Associated Press Senate: Continues debate on $5,300,000,000 European Recovery Program. Labor Committee considers presi dential plan to place employment services in Labor Department. House: Continues debate on State-Com nerce-Justice-Judiciary appropria ;ions. Foreign Affairs Committee hears Jen. Wedemeyer on China aid. Labor subcommittee questions Herbert K. Sorrell in Hollywood abor dispute. 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