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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
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.
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.
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
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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
But, she added, she and her hus
band, Maj. Gen. August Heiss
meyer, both believe Hitler and Dep
uty Fuehrer Martin Bormann are
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
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
“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;
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
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.
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”
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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).
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
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
"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
♦ * * *
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
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
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.
* * * *
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
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.
* * * *
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
Continues debate on $5,300,000,000
European Recovery Program.
Labor Committee considers presi
dential plan to place employment
services in Labor Department.
Continues debate on State-Com
nerce-Justice-Judiciary appropria
Foreign Affairs Committee hears
Jen. Wedemeyer on China aid.
Labor subcommittee questions
Herbert K. Sorrell in Hollywood
abor dispute.
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