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Weather Forecast
! Sunny with high near 82 today. Fair and
cooler tonight with low about 60. Tomor
; row mostly sunny and continued cool.
(Full report on Page A-2.)
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5 CENTS
Probers Vainly
Seek Maragon
Customs File
Try to Find Why
He Escaped Action
On Perfume Oils
BULLETIN
Senator McCarthy. Republi
can. of Wisconsin, revealed to
day that "sources very close to
President Truman” are furnish
ing information to the Senate
"five-percenter” inquiry on the
activities of Mai. Gen. Harry H.
Vaughan, the President's mili
tary aide. The legislator said
the Senate Expenditures Sub
committee also is getting infor
mation and leads from persons
close to Gen. Vaughan himself.
Senators investigating • five-per
centers” have tried to find out why
there was no prosecution of John
Maragon for failing to declare per
fume oils at customs, but have
been unable to get the records
from the Justice Department, it
was learned today.
Committee Counsel William P.
Rogers said the committee is “try
ing to get the history of the case
after the facts were made known
to tthe Justice Department.” So
far, he added, he has been unable
to get to the Justice Department
records.
Mr. Rogers revealed that the
committee also wants to know
more about how the arrangements
were made for Mr. Maragon and.
two other representatives of a
perfume firm to fly to Paris' on
private business in an Army Air
Transport Command plane in
July, 1945.
Freezers Linked to Trip.
Senator Mundt, Republican, of
South Dakota said today he
thought this trip, at a time when
businessmen “just couldn’t get to
Europe,” provided a “suspicion of
a motive” for the gift of deep
freeze units to Washington
notables by the same perfume
company less than a month be
fore the trip.
Mr. Maragon’s adventures at
customs and the plane trip were
both brought out in secret testi
mony taken Monday, but made
public yesterday. Mr. Maragon,
who has described himself as a
close friend of MaJ. Gen. Harry
,H. Vaughan, the President’s mili
tary aide, was credited by one of
the secret witnesses as • the ar
ran’ger for the ATC flight.
The testimony revolved around
the gift of sevei deep freeze units
but the questioning showed the
Senators were trying to find the
motive for the gifts made by the
Albert Verley Co. of Chicago in
1945 and early 1946.
In the testimony, Committee
Counsel Rogers commented that
Mi. Maragon, who was then
an employe of the company, was
“extended quite a lot of considera
tion” when he declared essential
perfume oils as “four bottles of
champagne.y
“The law says that the prop
erty is supposed to be con
fiscated,’* Mr. Rogers said, “and
it looks to me on the surface as
though they caught Maragon red
handed smuggling the stuff in,
and there was no prosecution.”
Mr. Rogers, in the course of the
testimony about Mr. Maragon and
the customs agents, told the Sen
ators he had been trying for two
weeks to get records on the case
from the Justice Department.
The committee, it was explained,
wants to know wfyy the contain
ers of essential perfume oils were
hot confiscated and why there was
ho prosecution. It was indicated
indirectly in the testimony that
aoine fine might have been paid.
More Facta Sought.
Although the Senators were told
that Mr. Maragon arranged for
the plane flight to Europe, Mr.
Rogers indicated that the com
mittee wants to find out how these
arrangements were made, and
through whom.
Senator Mundt commented that
"some one had to exert a colossal
amount of influence In high cir
cles” to obtain passage on an
Army plane for businessmen at’
that time.
Monday’s secret testimony was
madf public after President Tru
man, asking the public to sus
pend judgment until Gen. Vaughan
appeafs at open hearings, accused
" (Continued on Page A-6, Col. 1.)
Typhoon Toll Reaches 80
TOKYO, Aug. 1# (fl*).—National
rtOral police headquarters said to
ddy that 80 were dead and 123
missing in the typhoon that struck
Southern Japan early this week.
Boy, 8, Hunted
In Trunk of Auto
V/ith D. C. Tags
An 8-year-old boy who is unable
to talk may be in the locked trunk
of a Washington automobile, New
York police advised authorities
here today.
The boy, Richard King, of the
Willow Brook School,' New York'
a deaf mute, has been missing
since 3:30 p.m. yesterday and may
have crawled into the trunk of
the car which was seen parked
near the school police said.
Number of the District license
plates Is not known.
FCC Curbs Radio Prize Shows,
Hitting Big Money Programs
Threatens to Ban Licenses After October 1
For Acts Ruled Lotteries or Involving Chance
By the Associated Press
The Government today slapped
stringent new rules on radio and
television giveaways. They may
knock out most of the prize pro
grams.
The Federal Communications
Commission said that, effective
October 1, it will not permit pro
grams advertising lotteries or "of
fering prizes dependent in whole
or in part upon lot or chance."
The penalty will be the loss of
a broadcaster's license.
Then the commission set forth
conditions that will bar a pro
gram. While each program will
be judged separately, the rules
Appeared broad enough to cut off
most of the programs that have
showered millions in' cash and
prizes on listening and viewing
audiences.
Trade circles expressed belief
that the action would hit hardest
at the telephone call giveaway,
in which a contestant has to be
at home to answer the telephone,
has to be listening to the pro
gram, and has to identify a tune,
solve a riddle or answer a ques
tion correctly.
Other programs may be affected
in varying degrees.
Radio industry officials with
held comment publicly, but said
American Consulate
Closed in Canton as
I
Reds Drive Nearer
Personnel and Equipment
Removed to Hong Kong;
Key City Captured
By the Associated Press
CANTON. China. Aug. 19 —The
American Consulate General was
closed officially here late today as
Chinese Communists captured a
key city 170 miles northeast of
this southern capital.
The battle for Canton appeared
to be approaching.
Ten plane flights to Hong Kong
removed all but a few of the
consulate personnel. A handful
remained to wind up affairs.
Lewis Clark, American Charge
d'Affaires, will fly to Hong Kong
tomorrow. Jfe will commute
daily to Canton until the Na
tionalist government moves.
Consul General Karl Rankin
will go to Hong Kong Monday
with the last of the American
officials. He. too, will pay almost
daily visits to Canton.
Information Office Boarded lip.
All day long packing cases,
borne in many instances by wiry,
sweat-drenched woman coolies,
were carried to trucks waiting
outside the Shameen Island of
fices of the consulate.
The United States Information
Service, which moved only last
week fo the Yokohama Specie
Bank Building on Shameen
Island, was boarded up. The flats
above in which junior officials
set up housekeeping were vacant.
Evacuations also reduced Amer
ican and British business com
munities almost to that group
which will remain in Canton come
what may.
Despite repeated official warn
ings to leave, it appeared well over
half the non-official Americans
in the Canton consular district
would stay. t
As an example all members of
the faculty of Lingnan University
in Canton are staying. Only 17,
most of them dependents, are pre
paring to leave.
The American Consulate in Can
ton is the only one to close.
Loss of City Announced.
The key city that fell to the
Reds was Tayu. It is in the
broad Kan River Valley, which
leads to Canton. Tayu’s fall was
(See CHINA, Page A-4.)
35 GIs Escape Death
As Plane Lands in Sea
•y th« Aiicciotwi *(•>»
STEPHENVILLE, Newfound
land, Aug. 18.—Thirty-five Amer
ican servicemen escaped drowning
last night when their transport
plane landed in St. Georges Bay,
near the United States base at
Harmon Field on the west coast
of Newfoundland.
The plane was en route from
the Azores to Westover Field,
Mass. It was to refuel at Harmon
Field.
The plane ditched in the bay
and the men scrambled into
dinghies and onto rafts and
reached shore. No one was re
ported missing.
The 32 officers and three en
litsed men aboard were returning
from duty in the Berlin airlift,
Westover officials said.
Names of tlje group were not
available immediately.
New Zealand Strike Ends
AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Aug.
19 (ff). — Waterfront workers
ended today a strike they began
a week ago in protest against
overtime assignments. At all New
Zealand ports they are accepting
overtime. In Auckland, 2,000
workers began unloading 50.000
tons of cargo in ships awaiting
discharge.
privately it looked to them as|
though all the prize contests
would have to be confined to
studio audiences.
This would mean that programs
could stay on the air but no
awards would be given to the
people listening in.
Obviously, however, one of the
big attractions for sponsors of
giveaway programs is the drawing
card of a big radio audience
anxiously and hopefully waiting
for a chance at a prize.
Only lour members of the
i seven-member FCC took part in
the decision and one of the four
dissented. « The ruling, stemming
from a year-long investigation, I
seems certain to be carried into
the cqurts for review.
Industry Fought Stand.
The proposed regulation wasj
fought vigorously by most of the;
radio' industry on grounds that |
the FCC lacks authority to censor
program content.
The commissions reply was
that it is empowered to forbid the
use of the air for promoting a
lottery." |
The commission said in today’s
order, covering standard, FM and
television stations, that whether a
given program violates the lottery
(See RADIO, Page A-4.)
26 or More Killed
In Crashes of Two
Planes in Britain
22 Known to Have Died
In Transport; 4 More
Perish in Test Flight
By th* Associated hiss
MANCHESTER. England, Au
gust 19.—A British European Air
ways plane en route here from
Belfast crashed into a hill In thick
weather today and killed 22 or
more of its 32 occupants.
Four persons were killed in an
other crash of a light plane on a
test flight at Baildon, near Ship
ley, Yorkshire, the Civil Aviation
Ministry announced.
All occupants of the planes were
believed to have been British.
The BEA twin-engine transport,
an hour out of Belfast, ap
proached Manchester in a thick
mist. It plowed into a mountain
side, exploded and burned.
The company announced that
22 lost their lives.
Police officers at the scene said.j
however, that they counted 22
passengers and four crew mem
, bers dead. Another passenger, a
woman, died en route to the hos
pital in nearby Oldham. About
half the passengers were women'.
Two children, badly injured, |
were reported to be among the
survivors.
1 Workers at a nfcarby paper mill
said they heard a thud and an
explosion. Several said they saw
the plane break in two and then
burst into flames,
j -
Weather Over Nation
Resembles Autumn
•y the Associated Press
' CHICAGO, Aug. 19.—The weath
er was at least slightly suggestive
of autumn over virtually the en
tire Nation today.
Temperatures were no higher;
than normal anywhere and at
many points were pleasantly cool.
At Kinross, Mich., the mercury
dropped to a chill 41 degrees
early today.
Fair weather with partly cloudy |
skies was reported from all areas;
except the Lower Mississippi Val-j
ley and the coastal region of New j
England, which had scattered j
thundershowers. The heaviest'
rainfall. 2.89 inches, was at To
peka, Kans.
Fifty Dead in Turkish Quake
ISTANBUL, Turkey, Aug. 19 (JP).
—Fifty persons were killed and
from 62 to 73 injured in the
earthquake which shook Eastern
Turkey Wednesday night, official
sources said today. The casual
ties occurred in the provinces of
Bingol, Erzurum and Erzincan.
Livestock loss was'reported high.
Sliced in House,
Arms Aid Faces
Critical Senate
Bill's Backers Hope
For Better Treatment,
But Are Fearful
Administration leaders today
looked to the Senate for fcentler
treatment of the foreign arms aid
program after a battering it re
ceived from the House.
The $1,450,000,000 program was
slashed to $869,505,000 and hedged
in with restrictions before the
House passed it last night by a
vote of 238 to 122. It marked
a bad defeat for President Tru
mans congressional leaders, who
had expected its approval without
crippling amendments.
The legislation is still being
considered jointly by the Senate
Foreign Relations and Armed
Services Committees and Senate
debate has not been scheduled.
Senators Hear Wallace.
At reopened public hearings by
the Senate committees. Henry A.
Wallace, the Progressive Party's
1948 candidate for President, as
sailed the program today and
said the undertaking would "un
dermine the economy and military
security of both the United States i
and Europe.”
Mr. Wallace also declared the
statements in support of the pro
gram by Mr. Truman, Secretary
of State Acheson and the Nation's
military leaders "are the state
ments of men who are either in
tent on provoking war or are so
afraid their case is weak they
must incite passion to support it.”
The House action in imposing
a 50 per cent cut on the $1,160,
990,000 of the arms fund ear
marked to help Western Euro
pean nations’resist Soviet aggres
sion was taken despite entreaties
from administration leaders.
Half Would Go in U. S- Ships.
On top of the cut. the House
decreed that at least half of the
supplies sent abroad must be
carried in ships flying the Amer
ican flag. The lawmakers also
tightened up a prohibition against
using United States troops for
other than non-combatant duty
in connection with the program.
But the House granted the full
$211,370,000 the President wanted
for aid to Greece and Turkey and
the $27,640,000 he asked for Iran.
Korea and the Philippines and It
beat back amendments to:
1. Add $100,000,000 for China
and other Southeastern Asia
areas.
2. Charge the Western Euro
pean allotment against the cur
rent United States military ap
propriations.
3. Withhold funds from Britain
as long as Ireland remains parti
tioned.
4. Ban the use of United States
troops for any purpose under the
program.
5. Require the President to
channel production into areas
suffering from acute unemploy
ment problems.
Defeat of those amendments
was a shallow victory for the ad
ministration, whose House leaders
had predicted confidently that
they could stave off any cuts in
Western Europe^! funds. What
they failed to figure on were the
(See ARMS, Page A-4.)
- 4
Chairman Murray Hits Tactics
Of Postal Workers on Pay Bill
Vatican Secrecy Shrouds
Belgrade Prelate's Visit
By the Associated Press
VATICAN CITY, Aug. 19.—Top
secrecy surrounds a visit of the
Most Rev. P. Hurley, regent of
the episcopate of Belgrade, to the
Holy See. He has refused to be
interviewed.
Informed sources said he vis
ited the Secretariat of State at
the Vatican palaces two days ago.
They speculated that he had al
ready been received in private
audience by Pope Pius XII, but
no communique was released.
100 Reds Seek M. P. Seats
LONDON, Aug. 19—(&).—,The
British Communist Party an
nounced today it will put up 100
candidates for seats in Parlia
ment during next year's general
elections. The party now has two
members in the House of Com
mons.
A bitter attack against postal
employe groups for “bombard
ing Congress with more pressure
than I’ve ever seen in my life” was
made tpdajF by Chairman Murray
of the House Civil Service Com
mittee as he appeared before the
Rules Committee to testify on the
postal pay measure.
At the same time. Representa
tive Murray urged the Rules
group to give the green light to
the general Federal reclassifica
tion pay measure for the rest of
the Government employes.
Approval of the committee is
needed before the pay'legislation
Can be cleared for House action.
Mr. Murray sharply denounced
the activities of postal employe
unions in regard to the postal
pay bill, declaring:
“I want to do what is fair, but
I don’t propose to be blackjacked."
At this point Representative
Cox, Democrat, of Georgia, a
member of the Rules Committee,
interposed to remark that he
“wasn’t in favor of pressure tac
tics” being used on Congress.
The House Civil Service Com
mittee, over Mr, Murray’s objec
tion, several weeks ago approved
the bill granting postal employes
a *150-a-year pay raise, increas
ing their present IS-day annual
leave to 20 days, and providing
an allowance for their uniforms.
Mr. Murray had advocated a flat
*100 raise, without the other
benefits.
The committee acted after the
postyl group had sucessfully
launched a campaign which saw
more than 300 members of Con
gress sign a discharge petition to
force the bill out of the com
mittee.
The postal groups have started
another discharge petition cam
paign—this time against the Rules
Committee.
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D. C. Area Population Estimated
At 1,400,000, Up 45 Per Cent
Census Unit Reports on Increase Since 1940,
With Flow Into Suburbs Continuing
An increase of 44.9 per cent in
the population of the Washington
Metropolitan area since 1940 to
a total of 1,400,000 as of last July
1 was estimated today in figures
released by the Census Bureau.
The totals revealed a continued
spread of Federal workers into
nearby Maryland and Virginia.
About 863,000 persons are now
living in the District, according
to the latest estimate. This is
about 62 per cent of the Metro
politan total as compared with
69 per cent reported by the 1940
census. I
The bureau included in the
Metropolitan area Arlington and'
Fairfax Counties and the City of
Alexandria in Virginia, and Mont
gomery and Prince Georges Coun
ties in Maryland.
The gain for the area over the
last 12 months was 31,000.
“The total population of the
Metropolitan area increased stead
ily,” the bureau said, “from 967,
985 to 1,386,000 on July 1, 1944,
Largely because of a decline in
the number of persons in the
armed forces stationed in the area,
the population declined about 3
per cent between July 1, 1944, and
July 1. 1946.
“After the latter date, however,
the population again began to
1 See7pbPtFLATION. Page A-5.f
Recreation Officials
To Protest Choice of
Site for Sesqui Fete
Members of Board Seek
To Avert Loss of One
Of Largest Play Areas
BULLETIN
Representative Taber of New
York, ranking Republican mem
ber of the Appropriations Com
mittee, opened a vigorous
attack in the House this after
noon on the proposed $3,000,000
! appropriation for the District
sOsquicentennial celebration. He
i declared plans are confused
‘ and the whole thing is a mess.”
By Coit Hendley, Jr.
A protest against the site se
lected for Washington's sesqui
centennial celebration—the park
Hand east of the Armory—is being
planned by some members of the
District Recreation ' Board who
| want to prevent the loss of one
■ of the city’s largest recreation
1 areas.
! The city began to lose recrea
tion areas in 1940 and 1941 when
I temporary Government buildings
began springing up, Harry S.
Wender, chairman of the Recrea
tion Board, pointed out today.
: Temporary buildings erected on
|the Mall, in West Potomac Park
and in Anacostia Park took away
a large number of recreation areas
with playing fields. The polo field
in West Potomac Park is occupied
by Navy temporaries now. The
Naval Receiving Station in Ana
costia is on what used to be rec
reation facilities.
$80,000 Spent on Facilities.
Mr. Wender said the park land
near the Armory—where Jhe In
terior Department’s National Park
Service hopes some day to,de
velop a national sports center—
was developed into a recreational
area by the Recreation Board in
1942 specifically to replace other
(See SESQUI, Page A-6.)
Aviafrix Lands in Scotland
On Flight From Iceland
By Associotod Pr#*i
PRESTWICK, Scotland, Aug.
19.—Mrs. Richarda Morrow-Tait,
British round-the-world flyer, re
turned today to Britain, which she
left just a year and a day ago.
Mrs. Morrow-Tait’s single-en
gine plane landed at Prestwick
Airport from Iceland at 3:05 p.m.
(10:05 a.m. EDT).
The model-turned-aviatrix was
held up by weather in Iceland and
so prevented from finishing the
trip on the anniversary.
After refueling her light plane
here, Mrs. Morrow-Tait is expect
ed to fly on to London’s 'Croydon
Airport to end the first single
engine round-the-world flight by
a woman at the point where she
started it.
Flaring with her as navigator is
Michael Townsend; 36.
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Barrett Says Probe
Of Wire-Tapping May
Lead to Court Action
Others Besides Shimon
May Be Drawn Into
Inquiry, He Declares
The police investigation center
ing around activities of Lt. Joseph
! Shimon, veteran top investigator
for the United States attorney's
office, “may mean Trial Board
action and it may mean court
action," Maj. Robert J. Barrett,
superintendent of police, said
today.
Maj. Barrett said he ordered Lt.;
Shimon transferred from the Dis
trict attorney's office to the 14th
precinct last Saturday "because
we didn’t want him in that office
while the investigation is under
way”
The police chief, who cut short
his vacation at Colonial Beach
to return to police headquarters
and discuss the Shimon case with
reporters, said premature publicity
has interfered with the investiga
tion.
Others May Be Involved.
! Maj. Barrett refused either to
confirm or deny reports that the
complaints of wire-tapping had
been received at his office.
"I can say this though,” the
police chief added. “The police
department owns no wire-tapping
equipment and we have never au
thorised any wire-tapping.”
Maj. Barret said Lt. Shimon is
the only police officer whose name
has been drawn into the investiga
tion thus far.
“There may be others before
we are through,” he added.
Two Complaints Received.
Two separate complaints re
ceived at police headquarters led
to the investigation which began
a few days before he started his
vacation on August 6, Maj. Bar
rett said.
Asked if the recent divorce of a
socially prominent couple figured
in the investigation, Maj. Barrett
snapped:
"No comment.”
Chief of Detectives Robert Bry
ant and Capt. Robert V. Murray,
assistant detective chief, are con
ducting the investigation person
ally and reporting directly to him,
Maj. Barrett said.
The police chief said he hoped
the inVestigation will be com
pleted/next week. Inspector Bry
ant said it will take "several more
days” to complete it.
Lt. Shimon has given a state
(See SHIMON, Page A-4.)
U. S. Fleet Reaches Naples
NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 19 (#>.—
The United States Mediterranean
Fleet arrived here today under the
command of Vice Admiral Forrest
P. Sherman. Units which an
chored in the harbor include the
carrier Coral Sea, and the cruisers
Fargo and Juneau.
*
Landlady Shot in Neck,
Police Arrest Roomer
In Row Over Rent
Salesman Persuaded
To Surrender as He
Loads Belgian Pistol
An argument'over back rent was
climaxed today by the shooting of
a rooming house landlady and the
arrest of a tenant who was dis
armed by a policeman.
The landlady. Mrs. Thelma
Prances Owen, 46, w'as shot in the
right side of the neck with a .44
caliber Belgian-make pistol. Her
condition at Casualty Hospital was
described as fair.
A few minutes after the shoot
ing, on the third floor of a three
story stucco house at 3360 Six
teenth street N.W., a lone police
man found Sylvan Hirsch, 61, a
clothing store salesman, loading a
pistol and persuaded him to sur
render.
Landlady Wanted Rent.
Homicide Squad detectives said
the shooting was precipitated by a
week-long argument, during which
Mrs. Owen had futilely attempted
to collect rent from Mirsch. The
police continued:
Today, on advice of her at
torney, Mrs. Owen sealed the door
of Hirsch’s room with adhesive
tape, hoping to keep him out.
About 11:15 a.m., Mrs. Owen
and Hirsqh met on the third floor,
near his toom, and the argument
was resumed. In the midst of it,
Hirsch tore the adhesive tape from
the door and entered the room.
Mrs. Owen telephoned police that
Hirsch had threatened her, then
went to the room.
The argument went on for about
15 minutes. Then there was a
shot.
The other tenants found Mrs.
Owen and helped her down to the
first floor. The first policemen
on the scene were Pvts. Carl
Krogmann and. Russell bivermore
of the 10th precinct.
Policeman Draws Gun.
Pvt. Krogmann said he went to
the third-floor room and found
Hirsch loading the gun. Drawing
his own revolver, Pvt. Krogmann
came up behind the man and
urged him to drop his weapon.
Finally, Hirsch yielded and was
taken to No. 10 precinct. He was
(See SHOOTING Page A-6.)
Richard Strauss Worse
GARMISCH - PARTENKIR
CHEN, Germany. Aug. 19 (JP).—
Ailing Composer Richard Strauss,
85. took a turn for the worse today
and his physicians said he is suf
fering from Angina pectoris, a
heart ailment. Strauss' illness de
veloped after a recent operation
in Switzerland.
English Vicar
Needles Pubs to
Brighten Signs
By the Associated Press
GREAT SHELFORD. England,
Aug. 19.—The parish vicar gave
the village saloons a. tip today on
how to pull in more customers—
brighten up those signs.
The Rev. R. H. Gardner, who
hoists one now and then himself,
wrote in his parish magazine:
“Personally, I would much
rather drink my mild and bitter,
or shandy and stone ginger, at an j
inn with a fanciful colored sign
than at one unable to rise above
the level of mere dull statement.
“Go see what they’re doing in
the neighboring country of Wilt
shire,” said the vicar. A revival of
bright and lively pub signs there
has “added color and exilaration
to the town and village streets.”
Fobtnote: Mild and bitter—a
mixture of two kinds of ale.
Shandy—a mixture of ginger beer
and beer: Stone ginger—a mild
British wine drunk mainly by
old ladies and vicars.
Home Rule Issue
Is Shelved for
Present Session
House Committee
Votes, 15 to 8, to
Bury Legislation
By Don S. Warren
The House District Committee
today buried—for this session
bills providing for an elected and
reorganized city government here.
At a special closed session, the
full committee voted, 15 to 8. to
sustain the action of its Judiciary
Subcommittee defeating the city,
suffrage bill that was passed May
31 by the Senate.
Two other bills proposing simi
lar forms of limited home rule for
the District, in addition to a
couple of tentative substitutes,
still are pending before the sub
committee headed by Representa
tive Harris, Democrat of Arkansas.
Final Mission of Year.
Leaders of the committee, in
announcing today's action, made
it clear, however, that there is no
intention of trying to act at this
session on these suffrage meas
ures, either in the subcommittee
or in the full committee.
In fact, Chairman McMillan, of
the full committee, said today's
session would be the last for this
year. Mr. Harris likewise said his
subcommittee had no plans for
further work this year on the
suffrage issue because adjourn
ment of this session was expected
in "the near future.”
Home rule supporters indicated
they would start to work
promptly, in view of today's ac
tion, to prepare a petition to the
House for the discharge of the
District Committee from further
consideration of the home rule
legislation.
If this rarelv-used procedure is
successful it would take the
subject out of the hands of the
committee and bring it before the
House. To take tie bill, directly
to the House floor under the dis
charge rule, a petition would have
ito be signed by at least 208 mem
bers or a majority of the House
membership. *
Suffrage sponsors, however, in
dicated their hope to obtain the
necessary signatures, not immed
iately, but by the early weeks of
the next session in January.
Kefauver Disappointed.
When he heard of today s com
I mittee action-. Senator Kefauver,
Democrat, of Tennessee, who
piloted the home rule bill through
the Senate, said it was "very dis
appointing” that the committee
had buried the home rule legis
lation.
"I hope,” he said, “that some
way may be found to give the
House the opportunity of voting
on home rule.”
The Harris subcommittee voted
last week to table two of four
home rule bills, all of which call
for an elected city council and an
elected school board.
The subcommittee then voted
last Tuesday to report its action
to the full committee.
The rekult was today's decision
[—(See HOME-RULE. Page A-6.)
Peron Gives Parly Medal
To Retiring U. S. Envoy
By the Associated Press
i BUENOS AIRES, Aug. 19—
President Juan D. Peron has given
i the medal of his political party to
1 James Bruce, the retiring United
States Ambassador.
| The medal is a party emblem
; and not an official decoration of
I the Argentine government. It
1 was presented to Mr. Bruce last
| night at a dinner in Gen. Peron’*
private residence.
The Ambassador is finishing his
two-year mission here. He will
fly to Lima tomorrow, en rout*
to the United States. It is ex
pected that he will be succeeded
here early in Sepember by Stan
ton Griffis, formeb Ambassador to
Cairo.
Meanwhile, the Embassy will be
run by Minister-Counsellor Lester
Mallory as Charge d’Affaires.
Sunday Reading . ..
The grim battle between
criminals and law a,gents is
moving at a faster pace due to
modern transportation. To
meet the challenge of light
ning getaways, American, Ca
nadian and Mexican authori
ties have tightened their net
of co-operation. FBI Director
J. Edgar Hoover tells of the
results in Sunday’s Editorial
Section.
Judging from the snappish
attitude of some Republicans,
the honeymoon of bipartisan
co-operation on foreign affairs
is wearing thin. An open
break between parties on pol
icy would, of course, please
Moscow. Correspondent Ed
ward A. Harris explores this
in another Editorial Section
article.
For the college girls, Fash
ion Editor Eleni Sakes takes a
look at the fall campus styles
in an illustrated story in the
Pictorial Magazine.
These are just a few of the
special features of
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