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Record Profit Yields
$2.50 Extra Dividend
On General Motors
•y ftw Auectattd Prau
NEW YORK, Aug. 8.—Directors
of General Motors Corp. yester
day voted stockholders an extra
$110 million slice of the com
pany’s all-time record profits
with a special dividend of $2.50
a share.
The special payment is in addi
tion to a $1.50 dividend also de
clared on common stock, both
payable September 9 to share
holders of record August 14. Pay
ments of $1.50 each also had been
made in March and June.
The action was announced after
the close of the New York Stock
Exchange, but General Motors
stock spurted on Pacific Coast
exchanges which still were open.
Sales at San Francisco reached
a high of 92% compared with a
close of 89% in New York. And
the stock sold as high as 91% at
Los Angeles.
Payrolls at Record Level.
A statement from Alfred P.
Sloan, Jr., board chairman, and
C. E. Wilson, president, pointed
out the first half record profits
were made on record production,
record employment and with rec
ord payrolls. They said the in
crease in dividends will help keep
the returns of stockholders since
the war “more in line with the
increased cost of living.”
General Motors last year made
payments of $1.25 in each of the
first three quarters and a year
end payment of $4.25 for a full
year total of $8.
Its earnings the first half of this
year totaled $485,277,389—greater,
for any corporation in history for
a six-month period—or $10.91 a
snare.
Stockholders Exceed 400,000.
The company has approximately
44 million shares of stock out
standing and more than 400,000
stockholders. A proposal for a
two-for-one split of stock, ap
proved by directors, will be voted
upon by stockholders September 27.
Mr. Sloan and Mr. Wilson in
their statement said the record
first half production ‘‘has provid
ed the opportunity for peacetime
record employment and an all
time peak payroll.” They said
employment is at an average of
463,000, or 50 per cent above pre
war levels, and payrolls are run
ning at a rate of more than $1.7
billion.
They declared that while GM
sales, the cost of living and the
wage level all rose in the post-war
period “in terms of the present in
flated dollar, GM dividends, with
the exception of 1949, have not
risen commensurately.” They said
this was because a high percent
age of earnings had to be retained
In the i stwar period to finance
expanded production and provided
additional working capital.
Duquesne U. to Present
Degree to Jess Larson
By the Associated Pross
Jess Larson of Chickasha, Okla.,
General Service* administrator
will receive an honorary doctor
of laws degree from Duquesne
University at Pittsburgh next Fri
day. ' ' »
He is to deliver the commence
ment address to the graduating
class of the summer course.
A citation stated that Mr. Lar
son was chosen because of his
contribution to increased effici
ency in Government service.
Defense
(Continued From First Page.)
any change in the Korean picture
or in the international situation
could upset those plans overnight.
Meanwhile, it was learned to
day, that the Army is having trou
ble with its policy of assigning
priority to men with no depend
ents in calling up individual Re
servists.
Priority System Fading.
While there has been no official
change in the policy announced
only last Friday, Army area com
manders are discovering they must
set aside the priority program and
bring in Reserverists purely on the
basis of requirements.
The difficulty is that only a
small percentage of Reservists fall
in the no-dependent category. As
a result the Army is beginning to
call in men regardless of their de
pendency status.
The flow of volunteers through
Army recruiting stations is being
watched closely before any further
draft calls are sent out. Selective
Service will furnish 100,000
draftees in September and Octo
ber to the Army.
The Marines will have a total
of 203,000 officers and men: 73,
000 regulars, 50,000 organized re
serves and 80,000 volunteer re
serves.
Divisional Buildup First
The first step will be to build
up the two existing Marine divi
sions, both of which have been
far below strength since the econ
omy wave of last year cut into the
corps even more sharply than in
to the Army and Air Force. Both
divisions will require a great deal
of fattening to bring them up to
their impressive war strength of
23.000 ground troops and 7,000 in
accompanying aviation.
At almost the same time that
the Marines were announcing the
latest manpower call. Represen
tative Mansfield, Democrat of
Montana, was telling the House
that the corps should be kept
permanently at a minimum of
200.000 men.
“The attempts which have been
made to whittle the corps down
to a guard outfit through appro
priations must be stopped once
and for all,” he declared.
Chairman Vinson of the House'
Armed Services Committee said
he expected the Defense Depart
ment to request $500 million in
January to boost Marine strength.
Senator Byrd, Democrat, of Vir
ginia, said he understood that
“staggering further increases” in
defense spending were planned
and called on President Truman
to let Congress know what he ted
In mind. '
"Because the little girl was very careless,
the little dog almost got killed. She let
him run into the street, right where all
the automobiles were speeding back and
Jorth."
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“Imagine the poor little dog! He was
so frightened, not knowing which way to
turn with all the automobiles just missing
him and the horns honking.”
“Think ho-w frightened the dog was
when one auto, going 60 miles an hour,
just hit him on the end of his tail. It
hurt so bad the little dog started to cry."
A DIRECTOR HAS TO DO JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING—Hollywood—To get little Lora Lee Michel into a sad mood for a scene
In her new picture, Director Gordon Douglas tells her a story about a little girl and her dog. This sequence of pictures shows the
success he had when Lora Lee, only mildly curious at first, breaks down in tears. —Wide-World Photos.
Carroll Wilson Quits
As General Manager
Of Atom Commission
The White House today an
nounced the resignation of Carroll
Wilson as general manager of the
Atomic Energy Commission. Con
currently the AEC said that Carle
ton Shugg, deputy general man
ager. would act as Mr. Wilson’s
successor.
The Wilson resignation is effec
tive August 15.
Informally writing President
Truman of his desire to withdraw
from Government service, the of
ficial spoke of his reasons as be
ing “impelling” and recalled that
they had been discussed with Mr.
Truman.
Asked if he could give further
details, White House Press Secre
tary Charles G. Ross said he would
not go beyond the terms of Mr.
Wilson’s letter.
In accepting the resignation the
President expressed his apprecia
tion of Mr. Wilson’s services.
Mr. Wilson has served as general
manager since the commission was
formed.
Prisoner Found Hanged
With Beit in Hyattsville
An elderly man was found
hanged by his trouser )jl the
cell block of the Briaw <»eorges
County police substation in Hy
attsville, police said today.
He was Leonard Tate, 62, of
4201 Newton street, Colmar
Manor, Md„ according to Police
Chief Ralph W. Brown. His body
was discovered about 6 a.m. Sun
day but police did not disclose the
death until a reporter made in
quiries today.
There was no immediate ex
planation of why the man had
been allowed to keep his trouser
belt. Belts and ties are removed
from prisoners in most police
jurisdictions in the Washington
are.a The county medical exam
iner could not be reached immedi
ately for comment.
Mr. Tate, according to Chief
Brown, had been arrested Satur
day at 11:30 p.m. on a charge
of assault with intent to kill, on
complaint of his wife, Helen. The
chief said he had held his wife
at gunpoint for about an hour and
that he had fired three shots at
her feet, but did not hit her.
It Was the Principle
NEWARK, N. J., Aug. 8 UP).—
Oleg Krawewsky found a wallet
stuffed with thousands of dollars.
Dutifully, he turned it in at the
nearest police station. A desk
lieutenant counted out $100,000—
in phony stage money. Police
had no explanation, but Krawew
sky’s conscience was clear any
way.
U.N.
(Continued Prom First Page.)
Communist countries already are
doing everything they can to stop
the North Korean invasion of
South Korea.
The Soviet resolution, on the
other hand, was not even consid
ered seriously by the council ma
jority, even though Soviet Deputy
Foreign Minister Jacob Malik, this
month’s council president, filed it
under the heading of peaceful set
tlement of the Korean question.
The Soviet proposal in effect
would have the Council call off its
efforts to drive the North Koreans
back to the 38th parallel and leave
the Communists in control of all
but the southern tip of Korea.
Then, under the Soviet plan,
peace talks would begin.
The battle at Lake Success thus
continued to be primarily a war
of propaganda. Delegates are
most concerned with the possibil
ity of new aggressions by the
Communists elsewhere. Some still
believe that Russia ended her
seven-month boycott of the Se
curity Council so she could use
the veto to forestall future action
such as that taken by the Council
on the Korean problem.
Secretary General Trygve Lie
made it clear at his weekly news
conference yesterday that if any
such emergency arose, he was
prepared to call, on 24 hours’
notice, a special meeting of the
59-national General Assembly. In
the Assembly neither Russia nor
any other nation has a veto with
which to block action.
Lie indicated that, if he felt
the situation warranted, he would
not hesitate to-ignore U. N. rules
which provide for a minimum 14
day notice of Assembly meetings.
Atomic Film Could Poison
Wide Area, Scientist Says
By tha Associated Prate
CAMBRIDGE, England, Aug. 8.
—A British atom scientist said to
day an invisible film of radio
active matter can be used to make
a land area uninhabitable “for
several months.”
Prof. E. S. Shire, an atomic re
searcher at King’s College, de
clared :
“Details are still secret about
quantities, but I think that the
radioactive poisons from a million
kilowatt pile could cover 1,000
square miles, say the size of
greater London.
“I should be surprised if the
U. S. A. has not now atomic piles
totaling much more than one mil
lion kilowatts.”
A pile is a device for “burning”
fissionable matter such as pluto
nium to produce power.
Youth, Set for Army,
Goes to Reformatory
Thomas C. Nichols. 19. of
Wheaton will wear the garb of a
Maryland Reformatory prisoner
for the next year instead of the
Army uniform — —-—■
he had antici
pated because
the tinkle of
breaking glass
folio wf.«-*«bri m S
afouh'd too
often.
Trial Magis
trate William
B. Wheeler in
Silver Spring
Police Court to
day sentenced
Nichols after he
had been iden
tified as the Thom.. Nichols.
rock-thrower who broke 31 win
dows in 10 Wheaton stores
early yesterday. He was charged
with destroying private property
valued at more than $2,000.
Nichols, who was scheduled to
take his selective service preinduc
tion physical examination yester
day, strenuously protested his in
nocence. He said he had con
sumed several bottles of beer with
friends in Silver Spring and hitch
hiked to Washington “to get some
narcotics.”
Magistrate Williams reminded
Nichols he had suspended sen
tence a week ago on a charge of
hurling a rock .through a store
window.
“You didn’t appreciate the len
iency of the court,” the magistrate
said. “You have mentioned nar
cotics. When you come out of
the reformatory I hope you will
be through with narcotics and be
a better man.”
Ohioan Quit U. S. Reds
Disgusted by War Talk
By th« Associated Press
An Ohioan testified today he
quit the Communist Party in dis
gust because members talked
much of fighting Hitlerism while
trying to keep from being drafted.
The witness, Davis H. Levison,
40, a Cincinnati businessman,
told the House Un-American ac
tivities Committee he joined the
party in 1935 and left in 1942
after becoming “increasingly un
happy.”
Mr. Levison, who refused to an
swer all questions when he testi
fied July 14 under subpoena, re
turned to the witness stand at his
own request. This time he will
ingly answered all questions.
He said he decided the party
“was not what it represented to
be and did not represent the
working class.”
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Funeral Tomorrow
For W. J. Quinn, Sr.,
Automotive Engineer
Funeral services for William J.
Quinn, sr., 61, well-known auto
motive, electrical and mechanical
engineer here, will be held at 9
a.m. tomorrow at the Mount Cal
vary Church, Forestville, Md.
Burial will be in Washington Na
tional Cemetery.
Mr. Quinn returned from Puerto
Rico Thursday. He was greeting
old friends at Rock Creek golf
course when stricken with a heart
attack Thursday. A son, William
J. Quinn, Jr., took him to Provi
dence Hospital, where he was pro
nounced dead.
A pioneer in the automobile in
dustry, he worked with Walter
P. Chrysler on development of the
carburetor while both were em
ployed by the American Locomo
tive Works in Pittsburgh in 1910.
In 1915 he helped design the
Liberty motor, brought it to the
Bureau of Standards for testing
and was commended by President
Wilson at the White House.
When this country entered
World War I he built a special
Liberty truck. He later became
civilian automotive engineer for
the Motor Transport Corps of the
Amy Quartermaster Corps. In
1922 Mr. Quinn went to Detroit to
help -'design the first automobile
wuUehfopi the Hupmobile Co. *
"'T’Mfv QUlnn opened a refrigera
tion and air-conditioning busi
ness here in 1928. During World
War n he had charge of install
ing such units for airports, hos
pital? and Government defense
agencies.
After the war he retired be
cause of poor health but in 1947
accepted a job with the Air
Transport Comand at an air base
near San Juan. There he was in
charge of refrigeration and air
conditioning units until illness
forced him to return here Thurs
day.
Mr. Quinn leaves his wife, Mrs.
Teresa M. Quinn; two sons. Wil
liam J. and Joseph L. Quinn,
who is in the Navy in Korea, and
a daughter, Mrs. Donna C. Dun
can of Washington.
Second Finn Ship Ordered
Searched at Philadelphia
ly th« Associat'd Pr'ss
PHILADELPHIA. Aug. 8.—A
second Finnish ship bound for
Philadelphia was halted today at
Delaware Breakwater lor exami
nation by customs men.
Collector of the Port Michael J.
Bradley, who yesterday ordered
the Finnish freighter Hamina not
to dock here, disclosed the second
ship had been halted. He identi
fied the ship as the Sirius, owned
by the Finland Steamship Co., and
scheduled to load general cargo
for Helsinki.
The Sirius was directed to an
chor in the lower Delaware Bay,
where the Hamina previously un
derwent an intensive 18-hour
search. Bradley declined any fur
ther information on the Sirius.
He said yesteTBay after the Ha
mina was ordered to discharge a
cargo of wood pulp onto lighters:
“After investigation it was
found possible to discharge the
Hamina’s cargo at that point
(Bombay Point anchorage), and
transfer it to Philadelphia by
lighter. In my judgment, I feel
this procedure was advisable.”
Church Group Decides
Not to Appeal Ban on
Communism Debate
The ruling of Gov. Lane of
Maryland banning a church
sponsored debate on “Is Commu
nism a Friend of America?” sched
uled for tonight in the University
of Maryland Auditorium, will not
be appealed, sponsors have de
cided.
“We have lost a golden oppor
tunity to give communism a real
blow in Maryland, “declared the
Rev. Kenneth Woodring, acting
chairman of the Washington
Council of Christian Churches,
who had helped arrange the de
bate.
Asserting “that subject is not
debatable,” Gov. Lane ordered
withdrawal of permission to use
the university auditorium. He
acted after learning one of the
scheduled speakers was Philip
Frankfeld, chairman of the Mary
land-District of Columbia Com
munist Party. He was to debate
with Dr. Fred C. Schwartz, Aus
tralian physician and delegate
to the International Congress of
Christian Churches in Geneva.
Mr. Woodring said he had
planned to ask Gov. Lane to re
verse his ruling and at least dllow
Dr. Schwartz to speak and ex
pose the evils of communism, but
changed his. .mind because of the
publicity the ruling of the '• Gov
ernor had received.
“The Governor was just mis
informed,” Mr. Woodring said. “I
understand a group of Hyattsvillc
clubwomen telephoned hi© and
protested against the use of the
auaitorium to spread Communist
propaganda. Just the opposite
was our intention.
Dr. Schwartz has debated
Communists with marked success
in Australia and in this country
He has spoken not only under
the sponsorship of Protestant
churches, but the Roman Cath
olic church as well. We had not
the slightest doubt as to who
would win the debate.”
In a telephone interview from
Beach Haven. N. J„ Dr. Schwartz
told the Associated Press he could
have “wiped the floor with
“Frankfeld and that the debate
would have laid bare “the stupid
ity and weakness of the Commu
nist program.”
He added he thought the Gov
ernor’s action was “very foolish.”
In banning the use of the uni
versity’s facilities. Gov. Lane in
dicated the same action would be
taken in any future similar case
involving State property.
His statement said:
“I am not now and have never
been, an advocate of the abridge
ment of freedom of speech.
“There is no obligation, however,
on the part of the State of Mary
land, or any of its agencies to pro
vide the forum for the exposition
of the totalitarian doctrine of
communism.
“With Americans being shot
down on the battlefield of Korea
in defense of our way of life
against the insidious forces of
communism. I cannot and will not
permit the representative of this
malevolent conspiracy the free
dom of the University of Maryland
campus.”
Frankeld told a reporter that
“when the world is faced with a
crisis . . . debate and public dis
cussion of issues and ideas are as
imperative as the air we breathe.”
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