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Four of Five Railroads
Plan to Stop Running If Switchmen Strike •y tH» Ai»ciotad frail CHICAGO, June 23.—Four of five big railroads have announced they will stop running Sunday if an expected switchmen's strike begins. The AFL-Switchmen's Union of North America has set 6 a.m. ‘local time) Sunday as the strike hour against these Midwestern and Western roads: The Chicago, Rock Island * Pacific, the Chicago Great West ern. the Western Pacific, the Great Northern, and the Denver & Rio Grande Western. Great Northern to Operate. All but the Great Northern have announced shutdown plans. Pres ident F. J. Gavin of that line said yesterday the road “will do the best it .can” to keep running. The switchmen seek a 40-hour week with 48 hours’ pay. A presi dential fact-finding board did not recommend granting the request. All peace-making moves have been taken under Federal law. The National (Railway) Media tion Board worked at heading off the strike, but no progress was reported. No progress was reported, either, in the threatened July 15 walkout of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and the Order of Rail way Conductors. Disagree With Board. They also disagree with a Presi dential board's findings on wages; and hours. The board did not in- j elude the two groups when it sug- ■ gested a pay raise for some other rail workers. Another strike call was issued yesterday—this one by the Pull man conductors’ division of the Order of Railway Conductors. They set their walkout time for July 11. But provisions of the National Railway Labor Act delay this threatened strike. The Pullman conductors must submit to an investigation of their demands by a presidential fact finding board. This would auto matically delay the strike 60 days. They want their basic work month reduced from 225 to 210 hours without a pay loss, and certain working rules changes. New York Central Dispute. The National Mediation Board In New York meanwhile, resumed efforts today to settle a dispute between the New York Central Railroad and four railroad unions. A strike was threatened several weeks ago in the dispute which affects 8.700 union members in; New York Central service east of" Buffalo. :, The unions said the dispute centers in an accuri^iation of back pay claims, ohions in volved are the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Order of Railway Conductors, Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and En ginemen, and Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. . .. . V Jet tContinued From First Page.) The burning plane almost crashed into another farm house at Otter Hill. “It, looked like it was going to crash right into our house,” said A. C. Tweedy. “There were explosions like a pistol firing as the plain part: burned—probably ammunition,"; he added. .Tweedy said an aux iliary gas tank, still containing fuel, was found about 500 yards from the wreckage. Frank S. Mitchell, a Bedford electrician living on a farm near there, said the bodies were thrown clear from the burning plane. He said the bodies were badly mangled, but not burned. An industrial specialist in the Navy's aeronautical bureau, Mr. Turner was married to the former Grace Matilda Hughes of Felton, Del., and was the father of two children. Mr. Turner was employed by the bureau from 1940 to 1942, and after working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, returned to the bureau in December, 1948. Comdr. Sampson, who also was married, formerly lived in Evans ton, 111. Maryland and Virginia •--Newt in Brief .. - Gov. Lane Seeks Cut In Maryland Traffic Tall Gov. Lane of Maryland today asked all the State's trial magis trates to meet with him and dis cuss ‘ drastic action” against high way accidents. About 125 magistrates were invited to the session Wednesday in the Department of Motor Ve hicles Auditorium in Baltimore. In a letter urging them, he said: "It is increasingly evident that drastic action must be taken to curb the mounting toll of traffic accidents, deaths and injuries on Maryland highways.”—AP. * * * * Juvenile Judge Named Appointment of Paul D. Brown, an assistant Commonwealth's at torney in Arlington, as substitute judge of the County Court, was announced today. The appointment, made by Judge Hugh Reid, is effective July 1. Mr. Brown will be succeeded by Paul O. Varoutsos, 112 North Highland street. Judge Reid said he named Mr. Brown in order to give to juvenile and domestic relations work the “full time and attention” It deserves. * * * * Higher Bridge Tolls Private passenger cars now us ing State-operated ferries on Chesapeake Bay won't be saving any money when the bay bridge is built. In fact, they 11 be paying more. The toll schedule set up for the bridge, scheduled for completion in 1951, provides a 11.40 fee for private cars with a wheelbase of 114 inches or less. The present ^charge on the fer ries is S1.28. There is a 25-cent charge provided for extra passen gers on both the ferries and the bridge. Tyler to Take Stand Again Today at Trial In 2 Store Slayings William A. Tyler, jr„ 18, who took the stand yesterday in Dis trict Court to deny outright that he had entered the Lansburgh & Bro. department store early in the morning of April 7 and fatally stabbed two watchmen, was scheduled to testify further to day. Tyler, who is colored, is accused of killing Oliver ft. Hess, 57, and John C. Carpenter, 67. He is ac cused of first-degree murder. The trial was recessed until this afternoon because of other court business. * While on the stand yesterday Tyler said he had finished only the sixth grade in school. He denied he had remarked to a friend. Howard B. Roy, that the department store would be "a good place to get some easy money.” I fyier. a former employe of the store's tearoom, testified he had gone to the store with Roy on April 6, but he said the visit was made because Roy wanted to do some shopping. Mr. Roy, 20, colored, of the 1800 block of Alabama avenue S.E., testified last week that he went to the department store with Tylei on April 6. the day before the killings. Mr. Roy quoted Tyler as saying the defendant suggested “I might want to go along with him.” Mr. Roy also quoted Tyler as stating: “There .15 a wbble lot of money in tbere.!L "iTylfr, in turn, testified jester?" day--that Mr. Roy had told him: “This migiH be my next job.” Tyler testified he told Roy in effect, he would have “nothing to do with him.” \Other highlights of Tyler's tes rony included a statement that had gone to bed early on the night of April 6 and remained In bed throughout the night. The parents and brother of Tyler testified the defendant was at home in the 2300 block of Pomeroy road S.E. at the time he is accused of having committed the crimes. Judge Alexander Holtzoff Is presiding at the trial. Boy Trapped in Empty Bus By Newsstand Operator A 13-year-old boy was trapped last night in an empty bus police said he \yas suspected of trying to loot. Percy Rylana, 37. and his son of 7832 Eastern avenue N.W., op erators of a newsstand at Georgia and Alaska avenue N.W., told po lice they saw the youth near the change carrier in a bus left vacant for a minute by the driver. The newsstand operators closed both bus doors from the outside, and called police. The youth, who is colored, was held for juvenile authorities. Po lice said the carrier contained $50 in change and tokens. Want Haircuts Costlier Irate barbers at Klerksdorp, South Africa, threaten to, close up unless the price of haircuts is raised from 25 cents to 40'cents. I Briton Is Awarded Citizenship Despite Opposition to Arms A former British subject who said his conscience forbade him to bear arms in battle, and a man without a country, were among 22 persons admitted to citizenship yesterday in Prince Georges Coun ty Circuit Court, Upper Marlboro. Also in the group, most of whom were war brides, was Vasely Risko, 75, of Ironsides, Charles County. Two other applications were continued by Judge Charles C. Marbury and one was denied without prejudice. ‘ Lovel S. Crawford, 50, a one time resident of Jamaica, British West Indies, told the court he could not subscribe to that por tion of the. allegiance oath re quiring the bearing of arms. He added, however, that he w»s willing to serve in a medical or other non-combat status. Daniel Thursz, 29, born in Casablanca, Morocco, of Polish parents, was listed as “stateless” on court records. He came to this country several years ago. The 19 other persons admitted to citizenship are: Anne Marie de La Rue. 3406 Lancer drive. Hyattsville; Alix Johanna Sonoda. 4,01 Ravenswood road. Rlverdale; Wal £ur!? M»rlf Margarets Belanger, 710 South Fayette street, Alexandria; James Morgan, St. Marys street, Beltsvllle- Per jj»"de j^Oreenway, R. r. D. 2, Brandy Also Anna Lucy Di Giovanni, 5800 St. Barnabas road. Oxon Hill; Therse Wlm berger. Waldorf; Denise Yvette Desire Ozsvath. Andrews Air Force Base: Karin Lf°r* Mack, 4009 Sixty-ninth place. Ra diant Valley. Hyattsville; Elizabeth Grace Zimmerman. 4621 Lewis avenue. Sultland; • Helen Roessler, 83 Highland Place, Indian ML *.» Alan Dora Aleh .Negn*. 3200 Varnum street. Mount Rainier* Roma Mary Wil kinson. 49<t4 Avondale road, Avondale: £?,t.rlcJ» Dorcas Margaret Trombley. 4116 Flfty.flrst street, Bladensburg; Robert Jos eph Lecat. 3201 Queenstown drive. Mount Rainier: Fern Alleen Symons Imse, 4704 Norwich road. College Park. Also Doris Yvonne McNertney, 505 Chlllum road. Chlllum: Katharine Ram sey. 261R Seventy-fourth avenue. Hyatts ville. and Evy Laamann. 2809 Southern avenue. Bradbury Heights. Draft (Continued From First Page.) and not in separate organizations, which. Chairman Vinson of the Armed Services Committee ex plained, would remove fears that the United States planned a for eign legion. Army Needs Aliens’ Aid. Mr. Vinson said the Army needs the specialized services of the men to be enlisted and assured his colleagues that all the aliens would be “hand-picked.” The Senate draft action came after defeat for the second time of a racial segregation plan for the armed forces. Senator Rus sell, Democrat, of Georgia, who lost an earlier attempt to let men who enlist and inductees request service with members of their own races, offered a modified pro posal. The new plan, rejected, 45 to 27, would have required approval of all men enlisting or drafted in three-fourths .of the States during the next six months or would have been ineffective. This was followed by a civil rights fight which for a time threatened to bring on a Southern filibuster when Senator Humphrey. Democrat, of Minnesota offered an amendment which would have' made it a Federal crime for any Jhe Weather Here and Over the Nation ui ^uiuinuia—nainer cloudy, warm and more humid to day with scattered showers and high near 84. Some cloudiness tonight, low around 70. Tomorrow some cloudiness and warmer with a thundershower likely by after noon or early evening. Maryland and Virginia—Some cloudiness tonight, low around 70. Tomorrow some cloudiness and warmer with scattered afternoon thundershowers. Wind velocity at 11:30 o'clock this morning, 10 miles per hour; direction, southeast. Five-day Forecast for Washington and Vicinity, June 23-28. Temperature will average about three degrees above normal for the period, which for Washington is maximum 85, minimum 65. Quite warm over the week end. becoming somewhat cooler by Tuesday. Scattered afternoon thundershowers through Monday. Total rainfall about one-third of an inch. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected tonight In the Appalachian region and westward into the Mississippi Valley. Similar conditions are also expected from the Dakotas -to the Oregon cpast. It will be warmer in the North. Atlantic area and er in the North Central States.—AP Wirephoto Map. Kivu Report. (From D 8 Encineers.) Potomsc River clear «t Harpers Perry and Orest Falls. Shenandoah clear at Harpers Ferry. (Resdlnss at Wsshlnston Airport.) Humidity. Yesterday. Pet. Today. Pet. Noon.. 81 Midnight_ 73 4 p.m._ 64 8 s.m_ 79 8 p.m___82 10 s.m. _ 77 Hish and Low of Last 14 Hours. Hish, 81. st 3:20 p.m. Low, 68. at 6:20 s.m. Record Temperatures This Year. Hishest. 93. ob May 6 Lowest. 16. on March a. Tide Tables. (Furnished by United states Coast and Geodetic Survey ! Today. Tomorrow Hish ____ 2:18 s.m. 3:18 s.m. Low __ _ 9:21a.m. 10:26 a.m. Hish _ 2:35 p.m. 3:35 p.m. Low _ . 9:28 p.m. 10:30 p.m. Tht Sun and Mouu. Rises. Sets. Sun, today _ 5:43 8:37 Sun, tomorrow_ 5:43 8:38 Moon, today. 1:45 p.m. 1:07 a.m. Automeblia ilsnta must be turned on one-ball hour altar sunset. Precluitstlen. Monthly precipitation in inches in the : Capital (currant month to date): Month. I860. Avs. Record. January _ 1.91 3.56 7.83 .37 February _ 2.72 3.37 6.84 '84 March_ 4.17 3.76 8.84 '0J April_ 1.88 3.27 8.13 '89 May _ 6.76 3.70 10.68 '89 Juna _ 2.66 4.13 10.64 '00 -Uiy - — - 4.71 10.63 '86 AuSUSt - ... 4.01 14.41 28 September __ 3.24 17.46 '34 Octobe; __ 2.84 8.81 '37 November__ 2.37 8.89 '89 December __ 8.32 7.68 ’OJ Benefit Show Planned For Arlington Fund A benefit show for the Arlington j | Juvenile Safety Education Fund , ■ will be held tonight at the Airport! Drive-In Theater, Twentieth and Jefferson Davis highway. Sponsored by the Arlington County Safety Council, in co operation with the County police department, the show will be a double feature with pictures at 8:45 and 10:45 o'clock. k Police Tighten Case Against Airman Who Confessed Slaying * Police gathered more evidence today to tighten the case against an 18-year-old airman who ad mitted killing a Post Office De partment employe May 27 at Bolling Air Force Base. They sought additional witnesses who could testify they saw Pvt. j Gilbert W. Reynolds with a .38 caliber revolver which is believed to have discharged a fatal shot ; into the head of Gordon C. Brown, i jr.. 24. of 224 Carmody Hills drive. Carmody Hills, Md. The revolver was recovered at ,the Sayre (Pa.) home of Reynolds' [grandmother, for whose welfare Hanky young airman said he at tempted to rob Mr. Brown. Says He Told of Holdups. Homicide squad detectives said another Bolling airman. Pfc. Thomas Kintop, revealed he knew Reynolds had a gun two or three weeks before the shooting. Pvt. Kintop also said Reynolds told him he had committed sev eral holdups before the shooting, and invited Pvt. Kintop to par ticipate in the fatal robbery at tempt, Lt. Richard Felber said. Pvt. Kintop refused to take part in the crime. He told Lt. Felber i that about 2 or 3 a.m. the night of the slaying Reynolds revealed[ to him that he had shot a taxi cab driver. Mr. Brown, a typewriter me- j chanic for the Government, drove i the cab part time. Reynolds, in a signed statement, told how he stopped the cab near the base operations building and instructed Mr. Brown to drive him to to the south end of the field. It was here that Reynolds said he hit Mr. Brown with a home-made blackjack, then fired into the back of his head. Frightened by a passing car, the airman said he left without taking any money. Blackjack “Missing." Yesterday Air Force and police investigators failed to find the blackjack which Reynolds said he threw into a creek near his grandmother’s home at Sayre. One policeman donned swimming trunks and dived for the missing weapon. They returned to Wash ington after asking police there to continue searching. Arraigned before United States Commissioner Cyril S. Lawrence yesterday, Reynolds did not con test his confession as reported by police. He was held without bond. Squads of a dozen Washington detectives and an equal number of Air Force investigators had worked Incessantly since the slay ing, questioning about 4,000 Boll ing personnel. The crime’s solution brought high praise for the District police detail from Lt. Col. Kirby M. Gil-1 lette, head of Bolling's Office of Special Investigations. Col. GUlette. who worked with Scotland Yard 13 months in the war, said the- District homicide force was the finest he had ever observed, including “the Yard.” serviceman, to be attacked or lynched because of.race or color. Senator Holland, Democrat, of Florida objected that Senator Humphrey had told the Senate Wednesday that he had abandoned efforts to tack civil rights riders to the draft bill in order to speed its passage. The Minnesotan re torted that since Senator Russell had pressed his amendment again he had felt compelled to submit > his proposal. The rider was defeated by voice vote on motion of Senator John son, Democrat, of Colorado when Senator Humphrey failed to get support for a record vote. President Truman appeared certain to wind up with something less than his present broad authority to order inductions of youths between 19 and 25 to keep the armed services at strength. Taft, Wherry Dissent. The Senate Armed Services Committee recommended that i this authority be continued, but! some Republicans, including Sen- j ators Taft of Ohio and Wherry of Nebraska, sought to follow the j House plan to give Congress alone ; the power to order actual draft-! ing. Senator Saltonstall, Republican of Massachusetts, proposed that either Congress or the President have the authority, to which Chairman Tydings of the armed services committee agreed. But Senator Kem, Republican of Missouri, opposed that plan. Senator George, Democrat, of Georgia, suggested that the Pres ident have the authority only when Congress was not in session and Senator Taft proposed that the Chief Executive find a “na tional emergency" before taking such action. Others objected that, this would produce a war scare or give the President unintended power. The provision was toned down to "a national emergency exists." Martin Calls Council Of Strategy to Fight 'Phony' New Tax Bill ty At Associated Presi House Republican Leader Mar i tin called hi* Policy Committee together today to map party strategy on what he called the ‘ phony" new tax bill. Some Republicans, privately de scribing the bill as "political dynamite.” said they will vote for it despite misgivings about some of its features. The vote 1* ex pected next week. The long-awaited tax measure was approved by the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday by a 17-to-8 vote. Two Repub licans joined with 15 Democrats in voting to report the bill. The measure would slash excise taxes an estimated $1,010,000,000 on fur coats, jewelry, luggage, cos metics, movie tickets, travel tick ets, telephone bills and scores of other items. It would inake up the excise revenue loss to a large degree by new taxes on big cor porations. Kean Voices Criticism. Representative Kean, Republi can. of New Jersey, member of the Ways and Means Committee, said: "This bill reduces the tax on luxuries and transfers the tax burden to necessities.” Mr. Martin told newsmen: "It is a kind of phony tax reduction bill. True, it gives relief to some taxpayers, but at the same time it makes taxes much more bur densome on others.” The Republican leader and many other Republicans, as well as Democrats, have been battling for reduction of the wartime ex cise ratio. Mr. Martin contends that, instead of hiking other taxes to make up the revenue loss, the excise relief should be accom panied by reduction in Govern ment spending. Moreover, he contends that ex cise reductions will stimulate busi ness so that actually the Govern ment is not likely to suffer any revenue loss by cutting the excises. Goes Too Far, Doughton Feels. Ways and Means Committee Chairman Doughton, the top Democratic tax manager, takes the view also that the $633 million boost in taxes on big corporations goes too far. He said that he would rather see a reduction of Government spending, to save money. He is going to pilot through the House the bill ap proved by the committee, how ever, since it apparently Is the only way now to get excises cut. The measure applies increased tax rates only \o corporations earning $167,000 or more a year, while reducing the tax burden for corporations earning between $5, 000 and $167,000. Mr. Kean said that this actually will mean that the smaller corpo rations will get a (ax reduction of about $267 million and the lar ger corporations, which produce about 76 per cent of the Nation’s goods, will have to pay about $700 million more a year. To make up the higher taxes, the New Jersey member said, the prices of food and other necessi ties will rise. “It is a good political bill, look ing at it on the surface.’’ he said, “but the impact on the cost of living might be serious.’’ Baltimore Killer , Seeks Third Trial ^ By tH« Associated Pros* BALTIMORE, June 23.—Attor neys today filed a motion asking a third trial for Thomas A. Ed wards, 26, convicted this week for a second time of the Mahlan Kline murders. The petition included a plea that the verdict of two Baltimore judges was against the weight of the evidence; that they made erroneous rulings during the trial, and that new evidence has been discovered. Sentence has not yet been pro nounced on Edwards, who is col ored, but he faces either death or life Imprisonment as the result of his conviction on a first-degree murder charge. Edwards was sentenced to hang after his first trial 17 months fego. The Court of Appeals set this aside and ordered a new trial after find ing that Edwards was improperly induced to confess. Victims of the sensational slay ings, on September 17, 1948, were John Mahlan, 26-year-old clerk in the Glen Bumie Postofftce, and Mary Kline, the 18-year-old Glen Bumie redhead he had dated for about a year. Lightning Kills Fleeing Convict, Knocks Out Florida Ball Players: iy the Associated Press MIAMI. June 23.—Lightning in Florida yesterday destroyed a church, killed an escaping con vict, and knocked down eight baseball players and an umpire. Convict Angelo Massina, 30, was hit by a bolt while fleeing across a field near Winter Haven. Man ager M. L. Fletcher of the Bartow State road camp said. An eyewitness gave this ac count: He saw Massina running. Lightning darted about him, but he threw up his hands and kept going. Lightning again flitted around him and this time he fell.; The bolt ripped off the soles of his shoes and one shoe was twisted. Mr. Fletcher said no wounds jrere found on Massina who, with a companion, had jumped off a prison truck when it stopped at a traffic light. The other convict, RoberLW. McKay, 28, was criti-( cally wounded by gun shot. Mas sina was serving five years for breaking and entering and Mc Kay, four years for the same of fense. Another bolt during a baseball game at the Naval Air Station near Jacksonville knocked the umpire and eight players to the ground. Three players were re vived by artificial respiration.! None was seriously hurt. Charles Webb was winding up to pitch when lightning struck1 just off the mound between sec- j ond and third bases. He was lifted off the ground. The game! was called right there, in the eighth inning.' In Winter IJaven, lightning hit! a power pole, traveled under the street by underground cable to the Christian Science Church and started a fire-. The church, built in 1928 at a cost of 875,000, was burned to the ground, ft | The Federal Spotlight ----- New Civil Service Pay Policy May Cut Rate for Thousands (Continued From First Page.l ing such a measure for over a year. Mr. Murray suddenly introduced the bill yesterday afternoon. The Tennessee Democrat pre viously had < been cool to the jbill but appar ent ly changed his mind. An other factor is that some ad ministration of ficials have been clam oring for such legislation. The Civil Service Com mission is di vided on the T»»»*. measure, with some of its officials ; strongly opposed to outright dele ! gation of authority to the agencies. They charge it would result in a return of the spoils system in Government, with political and personal patronage the order of the day. Others feel that the commission would have enough authority to police the program for any violations. The Murray bill gives each agency tjie right to set up its own plan for examining and hiring em ployes. Each plan, however, would have to gain the commission’s ap proval before it could go into ef fect. Also, the agencies could set up their own kind of job registers along the lines of the Hoover plan, dividing candidates into categories such as "outstandingly well quali fied,” "well qualified” and "quali fied.” And agencies could operate under the one-out-of-flve hiring rule, instead of the present one out-of-three system. The commission would be given investigative and administrative powers to crack down on violators and could set standards for the individual agehcy programs. Also, the bill would provide for a new inter-agency transfer pro-i gram, whereby employes In im-' portant jobs may be transferred; to other agencies as the need de-' velops. * * * * ANNUITIES — Final action by Congress may come this week on the bill to provide survivorship annuity benefits to the spouses of Federal employes already retired. House-Senate conferees have agreed on a final measure. The conference report rejected the Williams amendment that would have required those drawing smaller annuities to take a cut in their pension in order for their spouses to get the survivorship annuity benefit. This is good news for the annuitants involved, since the Williams amendment would have made the bill almost, i meaningless. * * * * CAPITAL ROUNDUP — Cecil Goode, director of the personnel management staff of the Veterans’ Administration, has been elected president of the Society for Per sonnel Administration. Others elected were John E. Moore, assist ant to the chairman of the Federal Personnel Council, vice president; Ellen E. Manchester, chief of the Civil Service Commission's Admin istrative Section, secretary-treas urer; Harry Hubbard, executive vice chairman of the Federal Per sonnel Council. Executive Commit tee member, and Charles F. Ed wards. Veterans’ Administration, and Phillip H. Whitbeck. Navy Department. Advisory Committee. . The Federal Security-Labor Chapter of the CIO's new right wing Government Workers' Union is holding a party at 8 odock tonight on the penthouse atop the Federal Security Building, Inde pendence avenue and Fourth street S.W. . . . The Naval Ordnance Laboratory has announced a safety slogan contest for its employes ’The slogan is another part of the NOL's campaign to reduce on-the job accidents among its employes. . . . Elmer Johnson has been re-, elected president of the National Association of Retired Civil Em plbyes. Others elected were Lewis H. Fisher and Carolyn T. Manning, vice presidents; Emery J. Thomp son. secretary, and William W. Keeler, treasurer. Mr. Keeler is resigning July 1 and will be suc ceeded by Ernest G. Dodge. (Be sure to listen at 6:45 p.m. every Saturday over WMAL. The Star station, to Joseph Youngs Federal Spotlight radio broad cast featuring additional news and views of the Government scene.) ' "* i McCarran Denies Action On Judgeships Is Held Up 9y the Associated Press President Truman suggested yesterday that Chairman Mc Carran be asked why the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding up action on five Federal Judge ship nominations. Senator McCarran, when told of the* presidential suggestion, said “our committee is not holding up anything.” What's more, the Nevada Demo crat went on. “we re not going to be forced to accept any nomina tion.” Mr. Truman made his sugges tion at his news conference. The five nominations still pend ing are those of Gus J. Solomon of Oregon. Carrol O. Swituer of Iowa. W. H. Hastie of the Virgin Islands, M. Neil Andrews of Georgia and Austin L. Staley of Pennsylvania. Ireland Buys Tea Direct Ireland, which uses about 20.000.000 pounds of tea a year, is getting its first consignment of Chiha tea direct, from Hong Kong. Instead of via England, as usual. Fight Brews in House Over Bill to Broaden Federal Firing Rights •y t*>« Au«k««m % A controversy was brewing In the House today over a bill to giva Federal department heads abso lute discretion to fire Government workers "in the interest of National security,'* The bill was approved yester day by the House Civil Service Committee A committee spokes man said the group will press for early House action Opposition is based on the argument that the bill would tear down the protections Federal employes have gained through years of Civil Sen ic* system operation The bill's backers insist that its sole purpose it to cut through the red tape that now makes it diffi cult to get rid cf undesirable personnel. Defense Agencies Specified. The bill applies specifically to these agencies: The Defense Department, the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Treasury, the State Department, the Atomic Energy Commission, the National Security Resources Board and the National Advisory Committee for Aeionautics, But it would let the President by executive order extend the power to the head of any other department or agency. Some of them already have the discretionary firing power under year-to-year provisions inserted in appropriation bills. The pro posed new law would make the authority permanent and a part ^>f the basic law. Suspension Is Provided. It says the head of the agency "may, in his absolute discretion and when deemed necessary in the interest of national securltv, suspend without pay any civilian officer or employe of the depart ment." If the agency head decides that it wen t interfere with national security, he may tell the employe why he was being suspended and let him file a statement in his de fense. 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