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Charges on Bell Plan To Increase Pensions Union dissatisfaction over the Bell Telephone System’s method of boosting pension rates set up a legal showdown today. The CIO Communications Work ers of America, representing 320, 000 telephone employes, an nounced it would file unfair labor practices charges and seek a con gressional investigation because the companies acted outside of collective bargaining. Officials of the operating com panies replied that provisions of the pension plan, started in 1913, give the right to administer it and revise it. The pension plan Itself is not in the contract with the union, but there is a clause in the contract forbidding a pen sion reduction without consent of the union, the company added. Minimum Payments Increased. The pension changes increased minimum payments from $50 for employes with 20 years’ service, or more, to $75 for such employes under 65 and $100 for those 65 years or older. unaer tne old sen system pian an employe could retire after 20 years or more service at a mini mum of $50 a month. When he became 65 years old and eligible for social security payments, the amount he received from the com pany was reduced by one-half the amount he received from the Gov ernment. Under the new plan, an employe may retire at any time after 20 years or more service at $75 a month minimum pension. He may get more than that under a formula based on length of service and average wages. When the retired employe under the new plan reaches 65, he will get a $100 minimum payment. In some cases, however, the company will deduct the full amount of his social security benefit so that if he gets $30 from the Government, he will get $70 from the company to make the full $100. Increases Called Inadequate. Union President Joseph A. Beirae said the increases were “not enough” and that, although the Supreme Court has ruled pen sions are a matter for collective bargaining, the increases were initiated without consulting the union! Bell System officials said the new plan was not put into effect before discussions with employes, pensioners and union representa tives. Undercutting Charged. To this, union spokesmen re torted they were not consulted until yesterday and that the plan was made effective last Wednes day. The company said many em ployes now get more than mini mum pension amounts and that the average" is $102:30, including social security payments. The union estimated that pensions now average $78 a month, including those to management personnel. -:- „ ! Reparations Ending With German pulpwood repa rations deliveries to France end ing, the recent fires in the Lan des and Gironde forests, destroy ing some 100,000 acres of pulp wood timber, are considered in France a national disaster and a blow to tiie nation’s economy. 1 SENATORS IN AUDIENCE WITH POPE—Members of a United States Senate Appropriations Subcommittee posed with Pope Pius XII at Castel Gandolfo, papal residence near Rome, as the group was received in audience by the pontiff. The committee visited Rome on a tour of European countries. Left to right: Senators Thye, Republican, of Minnesota; Robertson, Democrat, of Vir ginia; Chavez, Democrat, of New Mexico; Maybank, Democrat, of South Carolina; his daughter; Mrs. Chavez (front), Thomas, Democrat, of Oklahoma, subcommittee chairman; Pope Pius XII, Senator McClelland, Democrat, of Arkansas; his wife; Mrs. John C. Stennis and Senator Stennis, Democrat, of Mississippi. —AP Wirephoto. August C. Klippstein Dies; Retired Army Sergeant August C. Klippstein, 66, retired Army staff sergeant and a resi dent of Silver Spring, died yester day at Walter Reed Hospital. He had been ill for four years. Born in Stettin, Germany, Sergt. Klippstein lived in Appleton, Wis., before joining the Army in 1905. Later he was stationed at Fort Washington, Md. He had lived at 419 Silver Spring avenuee, Silver Spring, since 1921. During World War I he served in the C°*st Artillery in Panama. He retired in 1935 after serving at Walter Reed Hospital. Sergt. Klippstein was a member of the Takoma Lutheran Church, Seventh and Dahlia streets N.W. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Mamie E. Klippstein; a daughter, Mrs. Katherine Becek, 614 Silver Spring avenue, and two sons, George W. and John C. Klipp stein, both ofk419 Silver Spring avenue. Funeral services will be held at 12:15 p.m. tomorrow at the Pumphrey funeral home, 8434 Georgia avenue, Silver Spring. Burial will be in Arlington Ceme tery. Locking Safety Device Developed for Guns; By the Associated Press QUINCY, 111.—A Quincy sports man-inventor believes he has the antidote Jo aopifentaL discharge of rifle^ and shotguns. Elmer Saas has perfected a re movable safety device equipped with a key lock of the type used on automobile glove compart ments. The metal gadget, weigh ing 3 ounces, slips around the trigger guard and firing mech anism. Snyder Confers 2 Hours With Quirino, Cabinet By the Aiseciatcd Pros MANILA, Nov. 22.—Treasury Secretary Snyder had a two-hour conference with President Elpidio Quirino and the Philippine cabinet last night. A press release from Malacanan palate described the discussions as touching on “financial and eco nomic matters of common interest to the Philippines and the United States.”_ Eisenhower Again Urged To Seek G.O.P. Nomination By tti* Associated Pros BURLINGTON, Vt.. Nov. 22 —A new movement to induce Gen. Eisenhower to seek the Repub lican nomination for President in 1952 is under way here. A similar efTort collapsed two years ago when he refused to be a candidate. George Abbott, a real estate broker, said the sponsors of the local Eisenhower - for - President CluMoked the Columbia Univer sity president a week ago to sanc tion the movement. Despite the fact that he did not axpwer, Mr. Abbott said, “we’re ralng ahead with the movement, anyway, until such time as Eisen meeting' meld in City Hall Auditorium last night to boost Gen. Eisenhower for the nomination. ■■ -**!.■ 8ai&,DI!|ers p«J* for Prandfent would slogan: “First in War. First in Peace and First in the Heart of Hu manity.”__ Sugar, wine, starch, oil wax and resins are among the products ob tained from palm trees of various species. » * ^4' 434z+i4^£<*+^' £ Vken tke family gatkera at Tkankagiving, naturally Portia Candiea ara on kand. Nona Exquiaite Candiea are part of every kappy occaeion... a mark of koepitakty wkick aaya, -Hare ara candiea wortky of our gueata.” Ckooae your Norria Candiea for Tkankagiving, today. Norxi* Variety Box, America’* favorite gift package. Ckocolate* end confection*. $2.00 tka pound t EXQUISITE CANDIES Norril Dali* Roklia Mint*, tk* original fruit and flower mint*. $1.25 tk* pound Norn* Peacktree Ckocolal**, Aaaortad Dark Vanilla and Milk Ckoeolatea. $1.50 tk* pound Raymond Tompkins Dies; Former Newspaperman ly the Associated Prats BALTIMORE. Nov. *22.—Ray mond S. Tompkins, vice president and director of public relations for the Baltimore Transit Co. and a former reporter few the Balti more Sun, died today. He was 59 and had been seri ously ill since November 13. . Mr. Tompkins was born at' Nyack, N. Y. In his teens tfce family moved to Washington. His father was a printer. Mr. Tomp kins graduated from Georgetown University Law School and went to the Post at Frederick, Md., for his first newspaper job. He joined the Sun as a police reporter in 1915 and served as a war correspondent with the 29th and 79th Divisions in World War I. He resigned from the Sun in 1924 to become an assistant to the president of the transit com pany. He was made a vice pres ident last year. Mr. Tompkins wrote “The Story of the Rainbow Division” in 1924 and another book on Maryland heroes of the fighting in France. He is survived by his widow, a son and a daughter. Work will start soon on the world’s largest reservoir onj&e White N^ ;te>ric»„. .^g, Amvets Present Carillon in Honor Of Wpr Dead An electronic carillon of Eng lish chimes and Flemish bells is being placed in the amphitheater of Arlington Cemetery where America’s war heroes are buried. • The bells are being presented by Amvets to honor the dead of World War n. . National Comdr. Harold Rus 'sell announced today the $25,000 carillon will be accepted by Presi dent Truman at dedicatory serv ices December 21. The carillon will be played then fbr the first time by Dr. Arthur Bigelow, bellmaster of Princeton University. Thereafter the bells will sound daily at the hour of retreat. They can be played either manually or automatically with hand-cut plastic music rolls. Burglars Believe in Signs HAMBURG, Germany (A*).—A Bremen department' store adver tised a sale with a window poster which read: “And now off with the goods.’’ Next morning the window pane was smashed, all the goods were gone and to the pos 4 Chungking Officials Go to Hong Kong to 'Comfort' Ailing Li By ih* Associated Prut CHUNGKING, Nov. 22.—A four man mission today departed for Hong Kong to ‘Comfort” ailing Acting President Li Tsung-jen. •Their real purpose was more probably to try to arrange a set tlement. between Li and' Chiang Kai-shek. The mission was composed of Vice Premier Chu Chia-hua, a member of Chiang’s 12-man emer gency council which is considering a supreme war cabinet; Hung Lan-yu, secretary general of the council; Elder Statesman Chu Cheng, a member of ^the council, and Cheng Yin-fun, secretary general of the Central Executive Committee of the Kuomintang, Chiang'; Nationalist Party. (A Hong Kong dispatch said the mission had arrived there.) Planning Trip to United States. lyhether the mission would try to dissuade • Li from a contem plated trip to trie United States was kept secret. The purpose of Li’s intended visit to the United States, officials here say, is to as certain the United States’ attitude toward China and seek American aid in the* fight against the Com munists. Several Chinese officials have pointed out that the American attitude toward Nationalist China in this civil war has been clearly set forth in the State Depart ment’s white paper which wrote off the Nationalists. Their position since has become very much worse, with Canton and Kweiyang gone. Pengshui, a city 95 miles east of Chungking, lost only today, and Chungking itself threatened. Rumors of Red irregulars with in 60 miles of this provisional cap ital caused further unrest. Firms snapped shut. Unemployment in creased. All along the lighting front the government’s position worsened. * Li Denies Having Engaged In 'Any Outside Activity' HONG KONG, Noe. 22 (/P).— China’s Acting President Li Tsung-jen, in an apparent effort to refute rumors he has broken with Chiang Kai-shek and will form a new party, said today he had not engaged in "any outside activity” since coming to this British colony Sunday. In a statement issued by his personal secretary, Li said he had not talked with any "non-partisan leaders" in that period, either. He is in a Hong Kong hospital suffering from an intestinal ail ment. _... Trucks Haul Freight About 82 per cent of all freight hauled less than 100 miles goes by truck. For distances more than 1,000 miles, 91 per cent gojes [toy rail.■ ROBERTO F. CH1AR1, New President of Panama. —AP Wirephoto. New President of Panama Faces Cabinet Opposition By the Associated Preis •. PANAMA CITY, Panama, Nov. 22.—President Roberto Chiari, who took office as a result of a bloodless police revolt Sunday, faced growing opposition to his new regime today. Foreign Minister Samuel Lewis, jr., and Education'Minister Jose Isaac Fabrega resigned last night, less than 24 hours after entering Mr. Chiari’s cabinet. They quit because the President refused to fire the police leaders who engin eered the revolt that ousted Presi dent Daniel Chanis. At the same time a majority bloc of , 22 deputies in the 42 member National Assembly blocked legislative action approving the police coup._ Mersin, which has a population of 30,000, is Turkey’s third rank ing port. In ancient times it was known as Mersina. Grant Tells of Plan to Extend Constitution Avenue Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant III reviewed some possible change* in the layout of the District at a meeting of the Lincoln Park Citizens’ Association last night, most spectacular of which was | the proposed extension of Consti tution avenue eastward to con nect with the Baltimore Parkway. Gen. Grant also said that re moval of all temporary Govern ment office buildings is one of the ultimate aims of the Park and Planning Commission, but ex pressed the opinion that this will not be realized in the near future because of expanding need for governmental office space. The need to limit the accumu lation of Government offices in centralized areas was stressed, in view of modem methods of war fare. Gen. Grant asserted that nearby Maryland; and Virginia offer many attractive sites for extended agencies. rne association voted to as* the traffic bureauto make a study of the corner of Eighth street and Massachusetts avenue N.E., with the suggestion that a traffic light be installed. Members agreed that it is practically impossible to cross Massachusetts avenue at this point during rush rours. The meeting was held in the Epworth Methodist Church, Thirteenth street and North Caro lina avepue N.E., and was con ducted by Levy R. Tindal, presi dent. '_ Crater Explored By risking their lives in lower ing themselves to the bottom of the 600-foot-deep crater of Mt. Vesuvius, in Italy, Professor Im bo, director of the Vesuvius Ob servatory, and two companions, were anle recently to test the surface and say that no immi nent renewal of eruptions was indicated. has a tour of Europe cost so little money Lower fransportation Rates • Lower Prices in Europe New Favorable Exchange Rates Consult your travel agent for details, itineraries, and all travel and hotel reservations. Write for, folder “Europe in the Brilliant Fall Winter Season.” Room 4766, 122 E. 42 St, N. Y. 17, N. Y. Jtopresontotlves In America of thm European Travel Commission 1 AUSTRIA • BELGIUM . 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