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Phone Union to File
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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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