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Steel Union Accepts 6-Day Truce,
Delaying Strike Until October 1;
Parley May Reopen Tomorrow
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Murray Reveals
Workers' Decision
For Further Talks
HOPE -or COAL SETTLEMENT
Fades as Operators Await Steel
Action. Page ,A-2.
By James Y. Newton
The CIO United Steelworkers
notified President Truman today
they would accept his proposal to
extend the steel industry truce
aix days beyond the Saturday mid
night deadline, thereby removing
the immediate threat of a walk
out by the million-member union.
Philip Murray, the Steelworkers
president, announced the decision
after a brief meeting of the
union’s Wage Policy Committee in
Pittsburgh.
Mr. Murray said he was con
tacting the various big steel com
panies and that he hoped to
resume bargaining on a new
contract with the United States
Steel Corp. tomorrow. Although
Mr. Truman asked for only a six
day extension of the truce—until
October 1—he also requested the
resumption of bargaining on the
controversial pension and insur
ance issues at one. That could
postpone a steel strike indefinitely.
Big segments of steel manage
ment, led by United States Steel
Corp., already had approved Mr.
Truman’s latest propoasl.
The picture had been darkened
earlier when about 5,000 workers
in three Pittsburgh district plants
walked off the job yesterday, some
of them apparently jumping the
gun on the strike deadline. Steel
officials described the strike as
unauthorized and said the men
were “jittery over the whole situ
ation in the steel industry.”
A union official said the walk
out of 2,500 workers at two of the
plants was the result of the presi
dential request for a new truce.
The men, employed by the Univer
sal-Cyclops Steel Co. and Su
perior Steel, failed to report to
work today. The third strike, at
an American Bridge Co. plant, was
caused by a shop grievance.
“The men are tired of exten
sions in the steel dispute and that
has resulted in this walkout,” the
Union official commented of
strikes at the Universal and Su
perior plants.
Benjamin F. Fairless, president
of United States Steel, answered
the President’s request a few
hours after it was made to union
and management officials who
were attending a meeting here
with Cyrus S. Ching, the Federal
mediation chief, who was attempt
ing to bring about resumption of
bargaining on the big issues of
pensions and social insurance for
the workers.
Second Extension Obtained.
Mr. Fairless said “Big Steel”
would give the “greatest weight
and earnest consideration” in
bargaining with the union to the
recommendations of the Presi
dent’s fact-finding board. Ap
pointment of the board delayed
a strike 60 days, and another 11
day extension of the deadline was
obtained after the board reported
to Mr. Truman.
The board turned down the
onion’s request for a fourth post
war wage increase. It proposed
that the companies finance a pen
sion-social insurance plan which
would cost 10 cents per man per
hour, six cents of which would go
to pensions.
Main stumbling block to re
sumption of negotiations has been
Mr. Murray’s .insistence that the
companies accept board recom
mendations as a basis for settle
ment before bargaining is re
sumed. The employers flatly re
fused to do that. They say that
any pension-insurance plan must
be supported jointly by the com
panies and the employes.
Both Mr. Murray and the steel
company executives held that the
President’s carefully worded letter
of yesterday vindicated their re
spective positions in regard to the
basis for new bargaining. For a
long time United States Steel re
fused to discuss pensions with the
union. Now they are willing to
bargain on pensions and give
weight to the presidential board’s
findings.
“I believe the President’s state
ment is a complete vindication of
the steelworkers’ position,” Mr.
Murray told reporters.
Mr. Truman described the board
report as “a statesmanlike furmu
la for fair and equitable settle
ment” of the pension and insur
ance issues. He added that he is
in “fullest agreement” with the
board’s opinion that its recom
mendations for company - paid
plans “form a suitable basis” on
which agreement can be reached.
Industry spokesman said the
President’s request for bargaining
upholds their position—they want
to bargain but without agreeing to
accept the board’s recommenda
tions. The board was merely an
investigative body—its recommen
dations are not binding.
MacArthur Heads Jap Scouts
TOKYO, Sept. 22. (*)—Qen.
MacArthur, occupation com
mander, today was selected as the
first postwar honorary president
Japan’s Boy Scouts.
VA Oversight May Cost Ex-GIs
Part of Tuition and Subsistence
Deadline for Enrollment in New Courses
Is Announced Too Late for Compliance
By George Beveridge
Thousands of veterans through
out the country and hundreds in
the Washington area probably will
have to pay part of their own
tuition to GI training courses this
fall and may lose up to several
weeks of subsistence pay, The Star
learned today.
Veterans affected are those who
have completed or quit previous
GI bill training, and who failed
to apply before September 12 to
the Veterans’ Administration for
certificates making them eligible
for the new courses they want to
take this fall.
Reason for the student vet
erans’ predicament is that VA
failed to tell them about the Sep
tember 12 deadline until it was
'too late for most veterans to do
anything about it.
None of the press releases dis
tributed by VA, a check showed,
mentioned the September 12 dead
line until September 15.
VA officials said they could not
estimate the number of veterans
who will have to make some cash
outlay toward their GI bill edu
cation, but that the number
could be “very large.”
The deadline date is included
in a new regulation, about which
there was confusion, even at the
top levels of VA, as late as yester
day.
The new policy is aimed at a
much stricter control of so-called
“avocational and recreational”
courses. But it also affects the
vast number of veterans enrolled
in more standard education and
training courses.
It states that all prospective
trainees who ask VA after Sep
tember 12 to declare them eligible
for courses must tell VA the name
of the school and the specific
course they intend to enter. For
merly, the “eligibility certificates”
allowed veterans to enter any ap
proved school.
Furthermore, if veterans have
(See VETERANS, Page A-4.)
House Chiefs Abandon
Efforts for Repeal
Of Taff-Hartley Law
Lesinski Says Committee
Won't Act This Year
Or in January Session
•y Hi* Associated Press
House leaders appear to have
written off chances for getting a
new labor law through Congress
—inot only for this year but for
1950 as well.
Chairman Lesinski of the House
Labor Committee said today his
committee will take no further
action on Tift-Hartley repeal—
now, or at the next session start
ing in January.
With demands for some new
legislation almost certain if the
Nation's strike picture worsens,
Mr. Lesinski told reporters:
"Unless the attitude of the
House changes we don’t intend
to try to report another labor
bill.”
And With the 1950 election
campaign already warming up,
Mr. Lesinski said he doesn’t look
for any immediate change in atti
tude.
No Labor Bills Pending.
Early In the session, the House
rejected the administration’s labor
bill and sent a substitute measure
back to committee, leaving it with
no labor legislation pending.
The Senate passed a bill con
taining many of the features of
the union-hated Taft-Hartley law.
The House hasn’t acted on the
Senate bill and leaders have indi
cated no intention of doing so.
President Truman, who cam
paigned for Taft-Hartley repeal in
the 1948 presidential election, said
recently that the administration
will fight to the bitter end to wipe
that measure off the books.
Besides Taft-Hartley repeal, a
proposal to exempt maritime hir
ing halls from. Taft-Hartley’s
closed-shop provisions also is
caught in the congressional labor
squeeze. Taft-Hartley bans the
closed shop, in which only union
members may be hired. Maritime
hiring halls are union agencies for
supplying ship labor.
Revival of Issue Feared.
Mr. Lesinski said that if the
House were to pass the hiring
hall measure, the Senate might
vote to tack its own labor bill on
as an amendment and thus throw
the whole Taft-Hartley issue into
the open again.
The committee chairman indi
cated that in future months the
group will turn to other matters
under its jurisdiction—such as
school needs.
But he made clear tAat there
is no rush in the House to become
involved again in a Federal aid
to-education controversy.
Legislation toward that end be
came bogged down in .the House
after Catholic churchmen criti
cized proposed bans against ex
penditures for parochial school
transportation, health services,
and the like.,
Catholic Press to Hold
1950 Congress In Rome
By Associated Pross
VATICAN CITY, Sept. 22.—The
Catholic press will hold its third
international congress in Rome
during Holy Year under the aus
pices of the Catholic Press Com
mission of the Holy Year.
The congress will meet from
February 15 through 19. Its theme
will be “The Catholic press at the
service of liberty, justice and
peace.”
Striking Drivers Plan
To Extend Picketing to
Baltimore Truckers
Incoming Freight Piles Up
Pennsylvania Terminal;
B. & 0. Boosts Deliveries
Striking District truck drivers
plan to extend their picket lines
to warehouses in Baltimore today
in an effort to break the solid
front of seven large trucking firms
which are resisting union demands
for wage increases.
Charles J. Bell, president of
Local 639. Trade Drivers’ Union,
said pickets have been assigned to
8trol the Baltimore warehouses
the Davidson Tranter it
Storage Co., Baltimore Transfer
Co., W. T. Cowan, Inc., and
Brooks’ Transfer Co., beginning
at 4 p.m. today.
“We don’t think the Baltimore
drivers will cross our picket lines,”
Mr. Bell said.
Some Trucks Kept Rolling.
Although Washington oprta
tions of the four firms stopped
when the strike was called at 6
pm. Tuesday their interstate
trucks have continued to roll out
of Baltimore and Richmond
terminals. These trucks made no
deliveries in Washington, how
ever.
Picket lines were formed again
this morning around the Wash
ington warehouses of the seven
struck firms. Affected by the
strike, in addition to the four
firms named above, are the Eagle
Transfer Co., the Savage Truck
Line and the Elliott Motor Lines.
The impact of the strike con
tinued today to be felt most se
verely at the Pennsylvania Rail
road freight terminal, Fourth
street and Virginia avenue S.W.,
which also serves the Southern
Railway, C. Sc O. and R., F. Sc P.
Railroads. About 50 carloads of
District freight arrive at the ter
minal daily.
Freight Agent Grover Black
stone said all of the freight is
being unloaded as it arrives, but
consignees are notified that they
must make individual arrange
ments for delivery of their goods.
To avoid warehouse and platform
congestion, tho railroads plan to
use hundreds of empty boxcars
as temporary warehouses for
freight which is not called for.
B. Si O. Increases Deliveries.
The Baltimore Sc Ohio freight
terminal, unaffected by the strike
because its contract trucker has
an individual agreement with the
union, reported a marked increase
in deliveries as shipments into
Washington were re-routed over
B. Sc O. lines. The railroad also
reported picking up much of the
freight which normally comes into
Washington by truck.
Mr. Bell said the union has
made emergency arrangements to
(See TRUCKERS, Page A-4.)
China Asks U. N.
To Act Quickly
To Stop Reds
Russians Directing
Communists' Drive,
Assembly Informed
CHINESE RED LEADER An
nounces Formation of ‘Peoples
Republic.’ Page A-6.
By the Associated Press
NEW YORK, Sept. 22.—China
called on the United Nations As
sembly today to act quickly to
prevent communism from engulf
ing China and the entire Far East.
For the first time, China also
charged that Russia was directing
the Chinese Communists.
China’s chief delegate. Dr. T. F.
Tsiang, told the 59 national dele
gations that the North Atlantic
pact had halted the flow of com
munism across Europe, but there
was no such barrier in the East.
“The Chinese Communist Par
ty,” he said, “is an integral part
of the international Communist
movement. It is as fanatical as
Communists elsewhere. Its propa
ganda is always in tune with Mos
cow propaganda. Its action is al
ways in step with Moscow’s ac
tion.”
Red Regime Set Up.
Dr. Tsiang spoke less than 24
hours after the Chinese Com
munists proclaimed at Peiping the
establishment of a Communist
People's Republic of China.
He told the Assembly Soviet
Russia had outdone even Czarist
Russia in the conquests of Man
churia.
Dr. Tsiang, who speaks fluent
English, delivered his declaration
in classic Mandarin Chinese, Na
tionalist China’s official language.
The Chinese delegation circulated
a text of the speech translated
into English.
When Dr. Tsiang finished he
was applauded loudly except from
the Soviet bloc delegates.
Big 4 Ministers Absent.
Russian Foreign Minister An
drei Y. Vfshinsky, Secretary of
State Acheson, British Foreign
Secretary Bevin, French Foreign
Minister Schuman and several
other top-ranking diplomats were
absent.
One Soviet delegate, Semyon K.
Tsarapkin, was asked by newsmen
for comment and he replied with
a flourish of his cigarette holder:
“It's so foolish a speech that I
do not know whether there will be
any reaction.”
Mr. Tsarapkin said Mr. Vishin
sky might deliver Russia’s policy
speech this afternoon or tomorrow.
So far Mr. Vishinsky is not on the
speaker’s list.
British Minister of State Hector
McNeil had this comment on the
Chinese declaration: "It was a
very good speech.”
The only other speaker this af
ternoon besides Dr. Tsiang was
the Iraqi foreign minister, Fadhil
Jamali. The Assembly recessed
until 3 p.m.
Makes Appeal for Help.
Dr. Tsiang devoted almost his
entire speech to an attack on
Communism. Then he made his
appeal for help.
“I ask the General Assembly,”
he said, “to ponder over the pre
sent situation in the Far East
(See U. N., Page A-4.)
Man, 81r Seriously Hurt
When Struck by Bus
An 81-year-old pedestrian was
struck and critically injured at
8:30 a.m. today by a Capital
Transit Co. bus as he attempted
to cross O street NJS. near Eck
ington place, police reported.
He was identified at Casualty
Hospital as William E. Rideout,
of 1820 Swann street N.W. Police
said they were told the pedestrian
started across and then back from
the middle of the street indeci
sively as the bus approached.
The Capital Transit Co. iden
tified the bus driver as James I.
Mills, 37, of 1226 Perm street N.E.
Possibility of Arson Reported
Probed in Toronto Ship Disaster
TORONTO, Sept. 22.—The To
ronto Star said today a secret
inquiry at the Ontario fire mar
shal’s office is investigating the
possibility of-arson in connection
with last Saturday’s fire aboard
the cruise steamer Noronic. At
least 132 persons lost their lives
in the tragedy.
\ The Star said at least two crew
members of the Canada- Steam
ship Lines vessel had not been lo
cated by inygstigators.
The newspaper says the inves
tigation has not revealed the cause
of the flie, but that crew members
already questioned are said to
believe it started in the ship’s
linen closet. Passengers in the
cabin next to the closet are listed
as missing and no remains were
found in the cabin.
The Star adds that investigators
were trying to determine what
had been stored in the linen closet
that'might have started the blase.
The linen itself was not con
sidered combustible.
The Canadian government will
open its formal inquiry into the
disaster next Wednesday in To
(Sea NORONIC, Page A-4.)
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_A Chip Off the Old Bloc
U. S. Accuses Ohio Newspaper
Of Injuring Radio Competition
Lorain Journal and Four Executives
Named in First Court Action of Its Kind
The Jutice Department an
nounced today the Government
had filed its first case under the
Sherman anti-trust act against
a newspaper accused of conspiring
to injure a competing radio sta
tion.
A preliminary injuction was
sought against the Lorain, Ohio,
Journal Co., and four of its officers
requiring that the Journal accept
advertising from sources which
also advertise over radio stations
in Lorain and nearby Elyria, and
in a competing Sunday newspaper
at Lorain, it was said.
Attorney General McGrath said
the suit, filed in Cleveland Federal
Court, was the first of its kind
against a newspaper. The publi
cation was charged with under
taking to acquire ownership of the
competition and refusing to accept
advertising given also to the radio
stations and the Sunday papeT.
The announcement said that
numerous affidavits from business
men in Lorain, Elyria and Cleve
land were filed along with the
suit, reciting their experiences
with the Journal.
In a statement, Mr. McGrath
said:
“As the Supreme Court pointed
out in the Associated Press case,
(See NEWSPAPER, Page A-4.)
Parliament Recalled
Tuesday for Debate
On Pound Devaluation
Speculation Increasing
That Attlee May Have to
Order Election Soon
■y the Associated Press
LONDON, Sept. 22. —Prime
Minister Attlee’s cabinet agreed
today to call Parliament from its
vacation next Tuesday to debate
devaluation of the pound.
Meanwhile, speculation in
creased that devaluation may
compel Mr. Attlee to call a gen
eral election soon. One well-in
formed pro-Labor informant said
the chance of an early election
now seemed about 50-50.
Labor rank and file remained
restless and fearful of higher liv
ing costs to come from devalua
tion.
But railway workers, bowing to
union discipline, spumed a call
for a paralyzing slow-down strike
on London subways this morning.
They instead were awaiting de
valuation developments.
A government source confirmed
the cabinet’s decision to recall
Parliament for an emergency ses
sion. Neither house normally
would-reconvene until October 18.
Session to Last 2 or 3 Days.
Conservative Winston Churchill.
Liberal Leader Clement Davies
and the Communist Party all had
demanded an earlier meeting to
consider devaluation. The session
will last two or three days, de
pending on how much time the
opposition requires, the informant
said.
Politicians of the left and right
agreed that devaluation’s promise
of harder times was creating a
Stem test for the Socialist regime.
Plans to throw London's subway
system into chaos in protest
against rejection of wage-boost
demands fizzled out. Only a hand
ful of the capital’s 50,000 railway
men heeded a call by their local
union for a slowdown beginning
last midnight.
Politicians of the left and right,
however, agreed that the Labor
government still faced a severe
test of making its devaluation
policy work.
25th Nation Takes Step.
Meanwhile, the list of nations
slashing the value of.the money
rose to 25. Hashemite Jordan cut
its pound in line with the British
devaluation today: Luxembourg
and Portugal did the same yes
terday.
In Paris, a high American offi
cial predicted that Prance, Italy
and Belgium will soon make a
compact to exchange their cur
rencies freely with each other as
a move to meet British trade com-!
petition.
The go-slow threat misfired
after top officials of the National
Union of Railwaymen appealed to
the rank and file not to upset
(See DEVALUATION, PageA-4.)
Arms Slash Backers
Show Gain as Senate
Prepares to VofeTo&f
Bill Held Sure to Pass,
But Approval of Full
Amount Sought Is Doubtful
By J. A. O'Leary
Advocates of a further cut in
the $1,314,010,000 foreign military
aid bill were gaining ground as
the Senate prepared to vote at
6 o’clock this evening.
The bill to strenghten 16 na
tions co-operating with the United
States to prevent another war is
sure to pass, but administration
leaders concede they face a hard
fight to hold a majority against
peiiding amendments to reduce
the $1,000,000,000 earmarked for
Western Europe.
Both parties are split on the
amount that should be put up
this year to carry out the North
Atlantic treaty. On the Demo
cratic side the administration finds
three influential Southern Demo
crats—Senators George. Byrd and
Russell—working to cut the
European fund to $600,000,000.
Vandenberg Also Opposed.
On the Republican side, Senator
Vandenberg of Michigan, leading
exponent of bipartisan foreign
policy, is supporting the admin
istration figures, but he also finds
a substantial bloc of Republican
Senators ready to line up for
less.
In short, a bipartisan economy
bloc is challenging the backers
of bipartisan foreign policy. Once
the amendments are out of the
way, observers expect the bill to
pass by an overwhelming major
ity, probably by 7 p.m.
Regardless of how today’s fight
ends, the bill which goes to Presi
dent Truman for signature is al
most certain to contain less than
$1,314,010,000. The House already
has cut the European fund in
half, which brought the total of
its bill down to $819,505,000. This
means the final draft will have
to be a compromise.
George Motion Dae for First Vote.
As the bill now stands, it sep
arates the European fund into
$500,000,000 cash and a like
amount of contract authority.
The flrg£ *vote may come on
Senator Oeorga's motion to make
this $300,000,000 cash and $200,
000,000 of contract authority.
If this fails to carry. Senator
Knowlandt Republican, of Califor
nia, will move for smaller cuts of
$100,000,000 from the cash and
$100,000,000 from the oontract
authoriation, leaving $800,000,000
for North Atlantic treaty nations.
Other amendments pending on
fhe clerk’s desk, which have less
chance, would:
Earmark $100,000,000 to repair
or rebuild churches of all denom
inations in Europe.
Set aside 10 to 25 per cent of
the funds to start an international
(See ARMS. Pace A-4.)
Pressmen Put 'Heat'
On Lesinski, Ended
Probe, Jacobs Says
Intends to Ask House
To Create Select Group to
Continue Investigation
Representative Jacobs, Demo
crat, of Indiana charged today a
House Labor Committee investiga
tion of undemocratic trade union
practices was dropped because of
“heat” brought by the Interna
tional Printing Pressmen’s Union
on Chairman Lesinski.
Mr. Jacobs was chairman of
the investigating subcommittee.
Mr. Lesinski, as chairman of the
full committee, abolished It and
other subcommittees last month.
The Indiana congressman, a
former labor lawyer, said that he
would introduce a resolution in
the House, probably today, to re
create his committe as a select
oommitte of the House and, a*
such. Outside of the jurisdiction ol
the Labor Committee, in that way
he hopes to continue the investi
gation of the Pressmen’s Union as
well as undemocratic procedures
in other unions.
The Jacobs subcommittee held
extensive hearings on the press
men in June and July and heard
evidence of the suspension of local
charters and the suspension of in
dividual members who refused to
bow to the will of international
officers.
Manipulation Charged.
Most of the evidence brought
out in the investigation pertained
to the manipulation of union
funds by the late George L. Berry,
onetime Senator from Tennes
see, who was president of the
Pressmen’s Union for 40 years un
til hfe death last December. Mr.
Berry was accused of diverting
huge sums of union money to his
personal use and leaving his own
and the union’s financial affairs
in a near-hopeless tangle.
"Heat was put on by the Press*
men’s Union to dissolve the sub
committee, and Lesinski couldn’t
stand the heat,’’ Mr. Jacobs said,
George L. Googe, a union inter
national vice president, "was out ir
my district in Indiana bragging
about dissolution of the committe*
a week before it took place,’’ Mr
Jacobs declared.
Mr. Lesinski said yesterday 11
was necessary to end the activities
of Mr. Jacobs’ subcommittee be
cause a request for an additional
$42,000 financing was unfavorably
received by the House Adminis
tration Committee.
Studies Seen Needed.
To this, Mr. Jacobs retorted:
"He (Mr. Lesinski) is practicing
rank deception when he says that.
The House Administration Com
mittee did not vote on the resolu
tion for the $42,000, although 1
understand that all but one or two
favored it.”
There are a number of things
demanding congressional study,
Mr. Jacobs said. He named one
;a« the question of democracy in
the maritime unions, and another
as the question of Communist con
(Bee PRESSMEN, Page A-4.)
Two Men Prevent Clerk
From leaping Off Bridge
The attempt of a 37-year-old
clerk to leap from the Calvert
Street Bridge last night was pre
vented by two men who were
walking by as he climbed to the
rail, police reported.
The two men grabbed and held
the would-be suicide until police,
summoned by a motorist, arrived
and assisted in pulling him to
safety. The two men left without
identifying themselves, according
to Corp. Frank V. Breazeale.
The clerk told police he wanted
to “end it all.” He said he lived
in the 3600 block of Thirty-eighth
street N.W. Police sent him to
Oallinger Hospital for mental ob
servation.
B-36 Probe Calls
For Appearance
Of Symington
Presence at Naval
Inquiry Required,
Air Chief Informed
By Robert K. Walsh
A naval court of inquiry insisted
today that the “physical presence”
of Air Secretary Symington is
needed for testimony on the back
ground of a memorandum criticiz
ing the Air Force’s B-36 bomber
program.
Mr. Symington did not appear
at the opening of today’s session,
although the three-admiral court
late yesterday requested him to do
90. Instead, he sent a letter say
ing he had returned early today
from New York and would “sup
ply” answers to any questions sent
to him at his office.
Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid,
president of the court, directed its
judge advocate, Capt. Sanford B.
D. Wood, to inform Mr. Symington
at once that his physical presence
was needed.
Available at 4 P.M.
Later, Capt. Wood put through
a call to Mr. Symington’s qffice
and was told the Secretary would
not be available until 4 p.m. Capt.
Wood said he would confer with
Mr. Symington then to determine
whether he will agree to testify
personally.
Capt. Wood also reported to the
court that he had talked with
Representative Lyle, Democrat, of
Texas. He said Mr. Lyle was will
ing to testify but prefers not to do
so because he thinks he can add
nothing to the evidence the court
has obtained. No further steps
were taken toward getting Mr.
Lyle to be a witness.
I Mr. Symington, one of the cen
i tral figures mentioned in the B-36
'document, told the House Armed
! Services Committee last month
that he knew who had prepared
! the paper. He said it was a group
of persons, and he offered to
name names.
j A note from Mr. Symington1*
i office last night stated that h*
| had gone to New York in accord
ance with a previous engagement
and might return sometime to
day. The note added that he «ug
guested that the court “transmit
to him questions it would like to
have answered and h* would tolto
these questions under considera
tion when he returned.11
When the court convened this
morning, it received a personal
letter from Mr, Symington. Be
explained he had gone to New
York to attend a dinner given hy
the American Ordnance Associa
tion for Secretary of Defense
Johnson. He said that when he
read newspaper accounts of the
court’s request he shortened his
trip and returned early today. His
letter expressed willingness to an
swer questions, but did not say
he would be willing to appear be
fore the court.
Kinkaid’s Announcement.
Admiral Kinkaid, after reading
the letter, announced:
“The court instructs the judge
advocate to inform Secretary
Symington thgt his physical pres
ence is needed by the court of
inquiry because evidence before
this court could be used at any
future trial of individuals, and
because in the course of that evi
dence the individuals who are in
terested parties are privileged to
examine any witnesses.”
The memo in question was ad
mittedly written by. Cedric R.
Worth, suspended civilian assist
■ ant to Undersecretary of the Navy
i Kimball. It hints of politics and
: other irregularities in B-36 bomb
i er buying, and its reference to
Mr. Symington and others, caused
(See NAVY, Page A-4.)
Gl Who Escaped Russians
Gets Dufy Oufside Berlin
By th» Associated Press
BERLIN, Sept. 22.—Army Re
cruit John J. Seinkiewicz, 26, who
escaped from a Russian jail last
week, leaves Berlin tomorrow for
reassignment to duty in the Amer
ican zone of Germany, the Army
said today.
The Baltimore man has been
undergoing examination in an
Army hospital in Berlin to deter
mine the effect on his health of
nearly 11 months’ detention, un
der-feeding and beatings by the
Russians.
United States Army sources said
Sienkiewicz was being sent to the
zone “out of reach of anybody
who might not have liked the
statements he made’’»after his
daring midnight dash to freedom.
The youth escaped with three
British soldiers who still are in
Berlin.
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weekly 15-minute roundup of
scores and highlights of foot
ball games played across the
Nation.
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