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WASHINGTON, D. €., AUGUST 21, 1949-134 PAGES. ★
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and Suburbs J. JliiN vJuiA -L k}* Baewhers
Russia Threatens Tito Regime
With 'Effective Measures' to
Guard Soviet Citizens' Rights
Stern Note Protests
'Unlawful Arrests,
Beatings' of 6,000
By the Associated Press
MOSCOW, Aug. 20.—In a new
blast against Marshal Tito's lead
ership, Russia warned Yugoslavia
today that she is prepared to take
"effective measures’’ to protect the
rights of Soviet citizens in that
Balkan country.
Moscow' delivered a stern note
to Belgrade protesting the “un
lawful arrest and beatings” of
some 6,000 Soviet citizens in Yugo
The note said:
"Apparently the Yugoslav gov
ernment does not intend to bring
to account those who are to blame
for these practices.
"If that is so, the Soviet gov
ernment deems it necessary to
declare that it will not reconcile
itself to sucl> a situation, and will
be forced to resort ty) other more
effective measures * necessary to
defend the rights and interests
of Soviet citizens in Yugoslavia
and to call to order the violators.”
The note did not specify what
these measures would be. It was
the latest in an acrid exchange
between the two countries. Last
week Russia called Yugoslavia an
enemy of the U.S.S.R.
Denies Overthrow’ Sought.
Russia rejected Yugoslavia’s
contention that the Cominform is
advocating the forcible overthrow
of the Tito government.
In a previous note to Moscow’,
Yugoslavia had said some of
those under arrest were guilty of
advocating the overthrow of the
government in line with the 1948
Cominform resolution w'hich ex
pelled Yugoslavia from the asso
ciation of Communist nations in
Eastern Europe.
“These inventions, however,” the
note said, "are an obvious provo
cation and slander.
“The Cominform resolution does
not contain a single word about
the ‘propaganda of overthrow of
tile state system in Yugoslavia’ or
‘forcible’ measures for changing
this system.” i
Resolution Quoted.
Then the Soviet note quoted di
rectly from the Cominform reso
lution, stressing that the resolu
tion does not ask the forcible
overthrow of Tito but requests the
Yugoslav Communists themselves
to “compel their present leaders to
admit their mistakes openly and
honestly and to correct them, to
make a break with nationalism, to
return to internationalism and to
strengthen to the utmost the
united Socialist front against im
perialism, or if the present lead
ers of the Communist Party of
Yugoslavia are found to be in
capable of doing this, to remove
them and put forward new inter
nationalist leadership of the Com
munist Party of Yugoslavia. The
information bureau (Coninform)
does not doubt that the Commu
nist party of Yugoslavia will be
able to. carry out this honorable
“As can be seen,” the note
added, “the resolution does not
contain a single word about over
throw, still less a forcible over
throw of the state system in Yugo
“The resolution only says that
the Communists of Yugoslavia:
should compel the existing leader-'
ship of the Yugolslav Communist
Party to revise its policy, or if
that should prove impossible,
should renovate the leadership of
the Yugoslav Communist Party
and elect a new leadership.”
Sharp Slap at Tito.
Then in its sharp slap at Tito
the note said that the “Soviet gov
ernnment is obliged to tell the
truth about the present regime
In Yugoslavia, even if that truth
insults some one and stings.”
“One need only look closer into
(See TITO, Page A-4.).
Annapolis Officer's Mother
Killed by Falling Wrench
fy the A woe io ted Press
TULSA, Okla., Aug. 20.—A 50
year-old woman died today after
being hit On the head yesterday:
by a wrench which slipped from
a workman's belt and dropped 400
She was Mrs. J. A. Rankin,
mother of Comdr. Eugene P. Ran
kin of the Naval Academy at An
napolis. The commander was co
pilot of the Truculent* Turtle, the
Navy plane which set a non-stop
record last year in a flight from
Australia to Columbus, Ohio.
Mrs. Rankin died in a hospital
"of a fractured skull and loss of
blood. The five-pound wrench
bounced off a ledge after dropping
20 stories and struck her, then
crashed through a store window.
The workman. Ward Penturf,
27, was working on top of thfe
National Bank of Tulsa building
helping to install a television an
tenna. He told police the wrench
slipped out of his belt when he
stooped over. He did not know
of the accident until police climbed
to the top of the building to tell
him. __
Radio Programs, Page C-8
Complete Index, Page A-2
British Lash at U. S. Critics;
'Tired of Insults/ They Say
Bitter Replies Made
To Suggestions for
Greater Self-Help
»r the Associated Pres*
LONDON. Aug. 20. —The steady
lashing from some sections of
American public opinion raised
welts on the British hide today.
The result: Supporters of the
Labor government struck back,
independent organs showed a
flash of injured national pride, the*
Conservative press protested.
The stream of suggestions that
Britain would need less dollar help
from the United States if she
would do more to help herself,
gave rise to this headline in the
Sunday Pictorial, a 'pro-Labor
tabloid which claims 5,000,000 cir
“We British are tired of Yankee
Emanuel Shin well, minister of
w-ar, in a speech at Aspatria de
clared it was time that the Ameri
can and other critics quit “sneer
ing" at Britain and remember that
“the game of twisting the lion's
tail is a risky one and it may re
coil on those who indulge in this
“The suggestion that Britain is
played out is sheer nonsense,” he
continued, adding that it was time
“due recognition was given to the
part played by this country in
world affairs.”
“Now, when we have almost
exhausted ourselves in six years
of war and find ourselves in a
grave economic position, our
• Continued on Page A-6, Col. 5.)
Air of Defeat Already
Overshadows Coming
' Washington Talks
By John M. Hightower
Associated Press Stpfl Writer
An air of defeat already over
shadows next month's American
British conference on Britain's
economic crisis.
Truman administration officials
and British economic and politi
cal experts predict that a good
many sensational proposals will
be put forward, but they say there
is little chance that both sides
will agree at this meeting on a
broad plan of action that will set
John Bull back on well-shod
financial feet.
There is a chance, too, of an
irritating dispute over who is re
sponsible for Britain’s present fix.
Britain’s economic chief. Sir
Stafford Cripps, and Foreign Sec
retary Bevin are expected to argue
that the crisis was forced by the
economic recession in the United
States, which caused drastic cuts
in American spending for British
.Colonial products such as tin and
rubber. The British are spending
dollars faster than they get them.
The American viewpoint will
be presented by Secretary of the
Treasury Snyder and Secretary
of State Acheson.
Mr. Snyder—if he is governed
by American views now domi
nant—will argue that the British
are responsible for their own dif
ficulties. This argument is based
on the contention that they have
(See ECONOMIC, Page A-6'
Red Strike Offensive
Fades in Finland as
Many Return to Jobs
Fagerholm Gove nment
Still Keeps Army 1ihd
Police Force on Alert
Sy th* A's;clo!ed Presi
HELSINKI, Finland, Aug. 20.—
The nationwide Communist strike
offensive showed signs of weaken
ing today.
Workers in many areas returned
to their jobs. A major split devel
oped in the powerful Central Trade
Union Federation.
The Social Democratic govern
ment of Premier Karl August Fa
gerholm, however, remained on
guard. It kept its army and police
forces on an alert.
The government called the wave
of strikes a Communist maneuver
to seize power and seat a Red
regime in Helsinki.
Defeat of Reds Promised.
Helsinki authorities promised to
deal the Communists a crushing
defeat. Soon after trouble began
Thursday the government struck
back by arresting Communist
leaders in several regions.
In neighborhood Sweden, In
formed sources described the strike
action as the most carefully
planned Communist bid for power
in Finland since the war.
The Soviet-controlled press in
Moscow continued to call the Hel
sinki government's action against
the strikers a “bloody suppression
of Finnish workers.”
Chile Moving Troops
To Red Strike Areas,
Decrees Emergency
Mine Seized by Strikers;
Arrest of Communists'
Leaders Is Ordered
By the Associated Frets
SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug. 20 —
The government decreed a state
of emergency throughout Chile
today and sent troops and naval
units into six mining provinces
where it said Communist-led
strikes had flared.
One mine was reported seized
by 6,000 strikers. At another,
miners threatened resistance if
troops were sent in.
The cabinet of President Gabriel
Gonzalez Videla said it created
the state of emergency—a modi
fied form of martial law—to meet
“revolutionary action by the Com
munist Party.’’
The government ordered the ar
rest of all Communist leaders in
the mining areas. It served notice
that summary measures would be
taken against any person helping
to promote or maintain the strikes
or contributing to disorder.
Second Action in Week.
It was the second time in a
week that the Chilean government
had acted under emergency pow
ers. Protests against higher bus
fares developed into rioting in
Santiago, ithe capital, earlier in
the week.'
Mostly the demonstrations cen
tered on the higher cost of liv
ing, for which the government
blamed speculators.
Finland, under fire from Mos
cow for some time, is the only
nation on Russia's western door
step with a non-Communist gov
In the third day of the labor
crisis the Ministry of finance
opened a propaganda campaign
against Communist strikers.
Newspaper advertisements
warned workers not to heed strike
calls and posters attacking the
Communists were tacked up In
the streets. x
Apparently determined to fight,
on, the Communists rushed a let
ter to President Juho Paasikivi
charging the strikers’ constituti
onal rights were violated when
police dispersed a crowd of work
ers in Kemi two days ago.
Treaty Violation Charged.
They also claimed the incident
violated Finland’s treaty with
Russia. The Finnish government
has a 10-year friendship and mu
(See FINLAND. Page A-5.)
Several More Cool Days
Predicted for Washington
Another air-conditioned day is
in store lor Washington today, the
Weather Bureau is predicting.
Cool air which moved down
from Hudson Bay area will remain
for several more days and keep
temperatures several degrees below
The forecast for today is mostly
sunny, continued cool with a high
near 72 degrees. Normal tempera
ture is 84 degrees.
The high yesterday was 74 de
grees at 1:18 p.m. and the low
was 60 at 7:08 a.m.
Santiago was quiet today m
contrast to the mining areas.
Buses and streetcars operated. A
government statement said 400
were on strike compared with
1,700 yesterday.
This was the situation in the
mines, as reported by the govern
At Lota, 6,000 miners went on
strike and seized the mines. The
government ordered troops to
move in and arrest all the strikers.
Troops occupied other coal mines
near Lota and Coronel Schwager
in Concepcion Provinqp.
Resistance Threatened.
Eight hundred strikers went
out in Antofagasta Province and
served notice they would resist
any troops 'dispatched _ t& that
The six provinces are Aurauco,
Concepcion, O’Higgins, Atacama,
Antofagasta and Tarapaca. Arau
oo and Concepcion produce coal,
O’Higgins copper and the rest
mainly nitrates.
President Gonzalez ordered half
the fleet to the southern coal pro
ducing zone. The navy had orders
to take over mines and communi
The balance of the fleet got or
ders t<f hurry to Northern Chile
and occupy the country's nitrate
and copper iqining areas. Eight
hundred nitrate workers were on
strike at El Toco in Tarapaca
• Troop reinforcements arrived in
Santiago. The government said it
had learned that the Communists
were planning to call a railroad
strike, general strike of public
workers, bank workers and some
civil service employes. i

House Recess
Planned, Senate
Bogged in Bills
Representatives Hope
For Month Vacation
After This Week
By J. A. O'Leary
The Senate, bogged down in
unfinished “must” bills, may find
itself working alone after this
week while House members recess
for several weeks to Telax and
find out what the folks back home
are thinking.
House leaders, who are far
ahead of the Senate on the leg
islative program, had intended to
take a series of three-day re
cesses, starting about August 27.
which either branch may do with
out the consent of the other.
This, however, would require
keeping a corporals guard of
House members here to hold a
routine session every third day.
The latest plan being consid
ered by House managers is to seek
Senate permission, through a con
current resolution, for the House
to close shop completely until late
in September, after it passes two
or three more bills this week. A
decision on the form of recess is
expected in a few days.
Meanwhile, Representative
Priest, of Tennessee, acting House
majority leader, disclosed that
many House members already
have started home for Vacations
before the fall school term starts.
No Concern Over Quorum.
Despite the exodus, Mr. Priest
expressed no concern over the
danger of not being able to muster
a quorum.
"When an important bill comes
up. we’ll have a quorum." he said.
Bills the House hopes to pass
this week are:
A>river and harbor public works
The so-called private housing
bill without which portions of the
Federal Housing Authority law
will expire September 1.
The $150,000,000 Korean eco
nomic aid bill if the Rules Com
mittee gives it the green light.
When the Senate will catch up
on bills the House passed weeks
ago i* anybody’s guess, but some
of the more optimistic Senators
still gaze longingly toward a pos
sible adjournment late in Septem
“There IS no reason on earth
why the Senate can’t finish up
and be through by September 15,"
Senator Johnson, Democrat, of
Colorado, said'yesterday.
Will Have to Step Up Pace.
One glance at the roster of un
finished Senate business, however,
makes it apparent that the Senate
will have to step up the pace at
which it has been jogging along
recently if it hopes to get home
by Thanksgiving.
Lined up awaiting Senate action
Seven important appropriation
bills, five of which were due to
pass by July 1, plus two deficiency
bills. Many Government func
tions covered by these bills, have
been kept going by a stopgap
resolution until September 15.
The $1,450,000,000 foreign arms
authorization, which the House
cut to $869,505,000 last week and
which may be rewritten by the
Senate Foreign Relations and
Armed Services Committees this
week. No one can predict how
long this will be debated when it
reaches the Senate floor.
Extension of the President’s
power to make reciprocal trade
agreements with other countries.
The bill passed the House early
in the session. Although this law
expired in June, agreements then
in effect continue. The lapse pre
vents any newtrade treaties from
being made.
Wage Bill Fight Seen.
The House approved a bill rais
ing the minimum wage law from
40 to 75 cents an hour, which is
due to be taken up. in the Senate
as soon as the appropriation bills
are disposed of. The administra
tion faces » fight to get rid of
House amendments, narrowing the
scope of employe-coverage.
Before that is reached, however,
(See CONGRESS, Page A-5.)
States' Righters Ban
To Bring Democratic
Showdown This Week
National Committee Meets
To Fill McGrath's Post;
Boyle Election Due
By th« Associated Press
The long-deferred showdown on
barring States' Rights Democfats
from the regular party organiza
tion will come this week.
The issue will be decided in a
meeting Wednesday at the May
flower Hotel of the Democratic
National Committee. It will be
the first session of this group
since the memorable 1948 con
vention battle over civil rights
and the walkout of several South
j em delegations.
The meeting is to elect a suc
cessor to Chairman J. Howard
McGrath, the Rhode Island Sen
ator who has been confirmed as
Attorney General.
William M. Boyle, jr., $30,000
a-year executive vice chairman of
the committee, is expected to be
elected without a contest. He has
the approval of President Truman
and Senator McGrath.
Therefore, the big fight will
come over expulsion or retention
of Southern committee members
who deserted the Truman ticket
last fall in favor of Gov. J. Strom
Thurmond of South Carolina,
States' Rights candidate w>ho
fought the President's 10-point
program for legislation covering
civil rights of minority groups.
Thurmond Won 4 States.
The Thurmond ticket carried
the States of South Carolina, Ala
bama, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Mr. Truman has said he is proud
of the fact that he won without
their support.
Seating of a number of the
committee members from those
States will be contested. Some
compromises may be reached and
| there is a possibility a seat or two
may be left vacant.
A contest also is coming from
Texas. Byron Skelton of Temple
left by air yesterday to “present
my credentials of election as
Democratic National Committee
man from Texas.”
State Fight Recalled.
A State convention last Sep
i tember voted to replace National
Committeeman Dwight Morrow
I of Houston with Mr. Skelton.
The State Executive Committee
a week later decided to support
the action. Mr. Morrow was
I elected at an earlier convention
'in Brownsville. The Skelton
forces claim Mr., Morrow did not
vigorously support President Tru
man in the election. Mr. Mor
row says there is "no truth in
the statement that I have not
: done my best for the Democratic
. (See DEMOCRATS. Page A-4.)
Average 1948 District Income
20% Above $1,410 U. S. Peak
Individual incomes in the Dis
trict averaged 20 per cent higher
than those of the Nation as a
whole last year, even though the
national average reached an all
time peak of $1,410 per person,
the Commerce Department * re
ported last night.
The Efistrict’s per capita income
of $1,691 was 4 per cent above
the 1947 figure of $1,632 and
placed it behind only five States
in the national ranking.
The hational average jumped
7 per cent over that of 1947 and
the total dollar income of $206,
000,000,000 last year bettered the
1947 figure by 9 per cent. The
individual average went up less
because of a large relative gain
in population.
Maryland’s per capita income
last year was $1,546, a 7 per cent
gain over the preceding year and
10 per cent higher than the na
tional average. The State was
tenth in the national listing.
Virginia’* individual average,
was $1,159, and 18 per cent below
the national level. But the State
showed a 9 per cent gain over
its 1947 average of $1,083.
The report covered individual
income from all sources.
*New York led all States with an
average of $1,891, followed by
Illinois, with $1,817; Montana,
$1,791; Delaware, $1,741; Connec
ticut, $1,700; the District, $1,691;
Nevada, $1,679, and California,
$1,651. At the bottom of the
list was Mississippi with $758.
The report noted that the rela
tive disparity in income levels
among states and regions has nar
rowed appreciably in the past two
The largest regional gain was
the 12 per cent credited to the
Central States of Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota Mis
souri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Areas
showing the smallest gain were
the New England States and four
Par;r Western States, California.
Nevada. Oregon and Washington,'
where the upswing was 6 per cent. I
Gl Hitch-Hiking
Is Forbidden in
2d Army Area
By the Associated Press
FORT MEADE. Md„ Aug. 20.—
Travel by thumb was forbidden
to soldiers in the 2d Army area
A directive by Lt. Gen. L. T.
Gerow said hitch-hiking is ‘‘un
military and not in keeping with
the high standards of self-reliance
expected” of soldiers.
The order applies to soldiers
in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio,
Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia
and the District of Columbia.
It added that ‘‘members of the
military establishment may ac
cept offers of rides voluntarily
made by individuals or properly
accredited organizations.”
Salary Raises Ranging
Up to $2,i" j Sought
For 12 at Gallinger
D. C. to Ask Civil Service
To Grant Top Hospital
Doctors Higher Rating
By George Beveridge
The District will ask the t Civil
Service Commission to give 12
top Gallinger Hospital doctors
eventual pay raises ranging up to
$2,000 a year, it was learned last
If the commission %&ve these
big jobs a higher rating, the move
would answer one of the most
urgent and consistent complaints
about Gallinger—that it "does not
offer enough money to attract
and hold doctors.
The plans affect top-level jobs
of the hospital superintendent,
chief of staff, deputy superintend
ent, six chief medical officers, two
associate chiefs and the chief of
‘ At the same time, Commissioner
Guy Mason has ordered budget
officials to determine emergency
needs of the X-ray service, and
steps to improve anesthesia and
laboratory services — frequently
described as the weakest parts
of the hospital’s medical pro
gram. •
Congress Decides Votes.
Most of the top medical jobs at
Gallinger now are paid according
to amounts designated by Con
gress. If the Civil Service Com
mission will classify the jobs at
ratings requested. District officials
plan to have them changed from
statutory to classified pay status
in the 1951 appropriation bill, ef
fective next July 1.
This will allow doctors to get
sizeable “in-grade promotions,”!
thereby benefiting those who re
main on the job.
Budget officials already have
sent to the District Personnel
Board “job description sheets” for
the superintendent, deputy super
intendent and chief of staff. Those
fop the other positions are being
prepared, but officials said they
doubted final congressional ap
Tcontinued on Page A-5, Col. 4.)
Truman to Return Here
Today After Yacht Trip
President Truman will return to
the Blair House late today after
a week end aboard the yacht Wil
liamsburg with a party of friends.
The party sailed Friday night and,
after anchoring for the night off
Quantico, cruised down the Po
tomac and into Chesapeake Bay
Aside from Rear Admiral Rob
ert L. Dennison, the President’s
Naval aide, the members of the
party were not identified. Mr.
Truman spent the time relaxing j
and yesterday morning slept a;
little later than usual.
The President will fly to Miami,
Fla., tomorrow to address the con
vention of the Veterans of For
eign Wars. ^
Perry Dellastatious,
Tech Football Star,
Killed in Jeep Crash
Two Companions Escape
With Slight Injuries as
Car Hits Tree and Pole
Perry A. Dellastatious, 18, crack
athlete and president-elect of the
McKinley Tech High School stu
dent body, was fatally injured yes
terday when the jeep he was driv
ing crashed into a tree and power
pole in the 2600 block of Rhode
Island avenue N.E.
The youth, who lived at Burnt
Mill Hills, near Silver Spring, was
thrown to the pavement and suf
fered a fractured skulk The ac
cident occurred at 2:40 a.m. and
he died in Casualty Hospital at
1:40 p.m.
Halfback on the Tech foot
ball team and quarter-miler on
its track team, young Dellastatious
was riding with two friends who
escaped with slight injuries.
“Burs” Thompson Also Hurt.
One of them, James R. (Bugs)
Thompson, 19, of 1312 Randolph
street N.E., won renown as one of
McKinley’s “touchdown twins” be
fore his graduation two years ago.
Now a sophomore member of the
Clemson <S. C.) College football
team, he suffered a slight concus
sion and was ordered to bed for
several days.
Miss Helen Hudgins. 18. of 3803
Fortieth place. Cottage City, Md.,
the other passenger, was treated
at Casualty for arm and leg
bruises and released. She, too,
was released.
Young Dellastatious was to have
graduated from McKinley next
February. His ambition was to
attend the University of Missouri
and make a football mark as did
his brother, Bill, now freshman
football coach at the University
of Florida. Bill DeHastatious won
all - America recognition with
Missouri's 1941-45 teams.
Headed Circle T Club.
Perry Dellastatious’ popularity
at McKinley was further refleeted
in his selection as president of
the Circle T Club, varsity letter
men’s organization. Next fall he
would have wielded the gavel as
president of the general organiza
tion, the student governing body.
He also had been active in sand
lot sports-in the Woodridge area.
Until four years ago, he had
lived with his family at 2001
Newton street N.E.
Later he moved with his parents,
(See CRASH, Page A-4.)
Arlington Man Backed
To Succeed Ruhland
Dr. Ralph G. Beachley, Arling
ton County health officer, has
been recommended for the post
of Dr. George C. Ruhland, District
health officer who retires at the
; end of next month, it was learned
| last night.
Dr. Beachley’s name is one of
| several that have been submitted
i to members of a nine-man nom
inating committee named to ad
jvise Commissioner Guy Mason in
choosing Dr. Ruhland’s successor,
a committee member disclosed.
The committee is expected to
hold its first meeting about Sep
tember 1.
The Arlington official declined
last night to make any statement
on the matter. In his present
post 10 years, Dr. Beachley also
is adjunct professor of preventive
medicine at George Washington
University and holds a similar
post at the Medical School of Vir
ginia in Richmond. He is a
George Washington graduate and
a native of Bladensburg, Md.
Another physician prominently
mentioned for Dr. Ruhland’s post
is Daniel L. Seckinger, assistant
health officer since 1935.
The nominating committee,
whose members represent nine
organizations in the field of
health here, will recommend
three candidates to Commissioner
Ex-Aide at WAA
Quizzed on Hunt
DDT Transaction
Mollison Recalls No
Extra Consideration;
Feldman to Testify
By Miriam Ottenberg
Brig. Gen. James A. Mollison.
former associate administrator of
the War Assets Administration,
has been questioned about the
DDT bomb deal in which James
V. Hunt saved his clients $400,000
by getting the Army to take back
850,000 surplus insecticide bombs,
it wa?t learned last night.
The speedy relief granted the
firm Mr. Hunt represented will
I be one of the matters the Senate
I "five-percenter" inquiry will deal
with when Maj. Gen. Herman
Feldman, suspended quarter
master general, is called to the
witness stand Tuesday, according
to a Senate committee source.
Senator Mundt, Republican, of
South Dakota, said Gen. Feldman
will be questioned about a "series
of contacts with and calls to
Hunt.” Mr. Hunt, a management
counsellor who has been a key fig
ure in the “five-percenter” in
quiry, has described Gen. Feld
man as a close friend.
Mollison Doubts Special Action.
Gen. Mollison. now retired, said
he had been questioned by WAA
compliance division investigator*
about the DDT transaction but he
could not recall that Mr. Hunt
.•^lcceeded in getting expeditious
treatment for his clients or any
special consideration.
Although the “five-percenter”
hearing has been in recess since
Wednesday, there were these de
1. A committee source said the
i investigators have evidence con
| cerning letters allegedly written
by Maj. Gen. Harry H. Vaughan,
; the President's military aide, seek
ing special consideration or priori
ties for his friends. The letters,
according to this source, were car
ried by these friends as a form
of pass to gain special attention.
2. After conferring yesterday
with Assistant- Chief Counsel
Francis D. Flanagan of the Senate
investigating group, Senator
Mundt said the committee is in
vestigating reports that Geq,
Vaughan became “abusive” with
an Agriculture Department of
ficial over the tightening of grain
(rationing for alcholic beverages.
Koenig to Be Questioned.
Two Senate sources, who de
clined to be quoted by name, said
Gen. Vaughan gave “particular
hell” about the order to Nathan
Koenig, then executive assistant
to Secretary of Agriculture Ander
son and now assistant to Secre
tary of Agriculture Brannan.
Senator Mundt said Mr. Koenig
will be questioned by staff investi
gators as soon as he returns next
week from a "trip to Puerto Rico.
The committee member said he
had told Mr. Flanagan to seek any
notes of telephone conversations
or other memorandum tending to
“confirm or refute reports reach
ing us in this case.”
The story reaching the com
mittee was to the effect that in
1946 Gen. Vaughan asked the
then Secretary Anderson—now a
Senator from New Mexico—if any
changes in grain rationing were
contemplated. Mr. Anderson said
that depended on the grain situa
tion and later he did tighten the
order applying to use of grain in
alcoholic beverages.
Vaughan lo lane stand.
According to the Senator's ac
count, Gen. Vaughan got a com
plaint from a representative of
Milwaukee brewers and. failing to
reach Mr. Anderson, called Mr.
Koenig to protest that the White
House had not had advance in
formation about the change in the
grain regulations.
Senator McCarthy, Republican.
Macfadden Scoffs
At Aging, Makes
Chute Leap at 81
By the Associated Press
DANSVILLE, N. Y.. Aug. 20—
Bernarr Macfadden, physical cul
turist and publisher, made his
j first parachute jump today and
; walked away smiling.
Mr. Macfadden came down this
evening in a field half a mile
from Dansville airport.
Mrs. Macfadden rolled up to
the scene in a red convertible,
jumped out, ran to meet her
81-year-old husband and shouted:
“Oh, you wonderful man, you.”
Mr. Macfadden stamped around
climbing out of his parachute rig.
- “It was wonderful coming
down,” he said.
He jumped from about 2,000
A threat of - arrest by State
police, if he went through with
the jump, dissolved. The officers
apparently were satisfied when a
Macfadden aide announced over a
loudspeaker at the airport that
it was not an exhibition jump
and asked the spectators to go
away. Many of them did, but
began to trickle back well before
the breeze died down making the
leap possible.
Mr. Macfadden’s announced
purpose was to prove “this grow
ing old idea is all nonsense.”

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