Truman Turns Down I
Mrs. Roosevelt's Offer
To Quit U. N. Post
President Truman said today
that Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt had
offered to resign as American rep
resentative to the United Nations,
but that he was declining to
The President said that each
year as a matter of courtesy Mrs.
Roosevelt has submitted a resig
nation but that she would be back
at the next session of the United
Nations as usual.
The question came up at the
President’s news conference when
Mr. Truman was asked about a re
port that Mrs. Roosevelt had of
fered to resign following her ex
change with Francis Cardinal
Spellman over the controversial
Federal aid to education bill.
No Chronological Connection.
Asked of there was any chron
ological connection between Mrs.
Roosevelt’s offer this year to re
sign and the education contro
versy, Mr. Truman said there was
Mr. Truman said that Mrs.
Roosevelt and other representa
tives of this country tender their
resignations periodically to give
the President a chance to make
changes if he so desires.
White House Meeting Urged.
Meanwhile, Mr. Truman was
asked to arrange a White House
meeting of Cardinal Spellman and
former Gov. Herbert Lehman' of
New York to ease the controversy
over the former’s letter attacking
The request came from the In
dependent Businessmen’s Com
mittee of New York which said
“the best interest of all” would
be served by such action.
Mr. Lehman came to Mrs.
Roosevelt’s defense after she was
criticized by Cardinal Spellman
for a newspaper column regard
ing the educational bill. A pend
ing House bill by Representative
Barden, Democrat, of North Caro
lina, has been attacked by Cath
olics as being unfair to them.
O'Dwyer Offers to Help
In Ending Controversy
NEW YORK, Aug. 4. (/P).—Mayor
William O’Dwyer has offered to
act as peacemaker in an effort to
settle the controversy between I
Francis Cardinal Spellman and
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt over
Federal funds for parochial and j
other private schools.
The Mayor, a Roman Catholic,
said yesterday he has “equally
great respect” for both Cardinal
Spellman and Mrs. Roosevelt.
He declared he could not believe
that the stand taken by the late
President’s widow was “the result
Mayor O’Dwyer, expressing deep
regret over the controversy, urged
yesterday that mutual friends of
the cardinal and Mrs. Roosevelt
attempt to reconcile their differ
Asked whether he himself would
try to bring about such an under
standing, the Mayor said “nothing
would give me greater happiness.”
The Mayor refused comment on
pending Federal legislation for aid
to schools—the issue which
touched off the controversy. He
said that “is a matter for Con
Representatives of Cardinal
Spellman and Mrs. Roosevelt said
last night that neither had any
comment on the Mayor’s remarks.
Parched New England
Made Disaster Area
By the Associated Press
BOSTON, Aug. 4.—All New
England States except Maine were
listed as disaster areas because of
the extended drought today."
Fanners who have exhausted all
credit sources in Massachusetts,
New Hampshire, Vermont, Con
necticut and Rhode Island now
are eligible for low-interest Fed
Maine has had more rain than
the other five States.
Farm officials expected some
2,000 Massachusetts farmers to
apply for Federal aid.
Some sections of drought
parched New England received
some relief yesterday from rain.
The fall in Massachusetts was
Scattered showers were forecast
for the six-State area today.
Rheumatic fever takes twice as
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infantile paralysis does.
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CHICAGO, Aug. 4.—Champions
in three events were crowned last
night in contests conducted by the
American Contract Bridge League.
Charles Goren of Philadelphia,
top-ranking life master, and Os
wald Jacoby of Dallas, Tex., won
the national championship for
men’s contract pairs after three
sessions of play from an original
field of 152 pairs.
Robert Nail of Kansas City, Mo.,
and J. G. Ripstra of Wichita,
Kans., were second, 14 points be
hind the winners.
Ruth Sherman and Mrs. Lester
Rhodes, both of New York, cap
tured the national women’s pair
title. Mrs. R. P. Cunningham of
Chicago and Mrs. H. Mason
Smith of Cincinnati, who were
second, also were runnersup in the
same event last year.
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teams were the defending title
holders, Mrs. Helen Sobel of New
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Atlanta and Charles Goren and
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Cotton Limitation Bill
Nears Final Approval
By th» Associated Press
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Senate is expected to speed to
President Truman's desk legisla
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farmers to slash their acreage be
ginning in 1950. The idea is to
ward off sharp price breaks in
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yesterday authorizing the Secre
tary of Agriculture—if two-thirds
of the farmers approve—to limit
1950 cotton plantings to 21,000,
000 acres. There were 26,380,000
planted this year. Similar legis
lation has been passed by the
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