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Senate Group Blasts
'Blundering' in Sale
Of Surplus Plants
, (Continued From First Page.)
make certain that the entire out
put of the plant provides alcohol
only for the synthetic rubber pro
gram.
GSA oringinally agreed to sell
the $7 million plant to the com
pany for $1,750,000. The subcom
mittee said the company’s sole
stockholders are Lester S. Abelson,
Norton S. Abelson, Celia K. Abel
son, Oscar Getz and Martin W.
Bell. The Abelson interests own
several distilleries.
The subcommittee’s criticism of
the Air Force centered mainly on
disclosures that sales of usable
surplus property were permitted
at Robins base in Georgia by the
Air Material Command at Wright
Patterson Field, Dayton, Ohio,
more than a month after the
Korean fighting started.
Those findings, the subcom
mittee said, contract information
provided by Air Undersecretary
McClune on July 10 that subordi
nates had reported suspension of
all disposal action. The subcom
mittee added that “while our first
Inquiries were brushed off we later
received full co-operation from
the department and believe some
helpful reforms have been insti
tuted.’
Only Scratched Surface.
Senator Johnson, filing the re
port with the Armed Services
Committee, said his subcommit
tee has only scratched the sur
face. Reports will be out soon
on the Nation’s steel supply, agri
cultural commodity stockpiling
and Alaskan defenses, he an
nounced.
“As far as the Preparedness sub
committee is concerned,’’ he de
clared, “policies that look good on
paper aren’t enough. Wars aren’t,
won with memoranda. We intend!
to see that future performances
live up to present promises.”
The subcommittee acknowledged
"some progress toward more re
alistic attitudes” about rubber and
surplus property policies since
September. But it made such
further pointed observations as
these:
Progress in paper work, of
which there has been considerable,
is no substitute for progress in
performance, of -which there has
not been enough. Paper-work
preparedness is only flimsy pro
tection against the threat we face.
Rubber Supplies Are Low.
“The subcommittee hopes the
GSA and Munitions Board are
going to work together more close
ly in the future. Neither the
President nor any congressional
committee can be expected to
baby-sit throughout the emer
gency.”
The subcommittee showed spe
cial concern for industry supplies
of rubber which, it disclosed, ‘‘are
far less than those on hand at
the time of Pearl Harbor.” It I
urged private industry to con-1
struct or expand facilities Tor the
Vnthetlc rubber program.
f. Stating that rubber prices have ,
ghot from Tf to 75 cents a pound •
feince October, 1949, the subcom- ,
rttee Said some groups in friend
nations are “gouging” the '
United States.
, “Nationals of friendly nations,
made more secure by our mobiliza
tion program, are obviously taking
advantage of the tight situation
created by our and their national
Emergencies to sabotage the pre
paredness effort by gouging un
mercifully on their sales of rub
ber,” the committee charged.
jj ‘Paper-work’ Called Failure.
\ The Commerce Department,
according to the subcommittee,
tailed to follow-up “impressive
paper work” in its August 25 or
der aimed at reducing non-mili
tary consumption of rubber to
90,000 tons and save approxi
mately 15,000 tons a month.
“But the order, generally
speaking, favored the larger com
panies and operated unfairly on
the smaller ones,” the subcom
mittee complained. “In this state
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return. JU. 7-5605._—23_
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POCKETBOOK. lady’s, black cloth; vahT
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POCKETBOOK, black hand-tooled Mexican
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COCKER SPANIEL, light brown, male;
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Jl'lTCASE filled with clothes, in Harvey,
Illinois; dropped from automobile trunk,
write, identifying, to JOSEPH VER
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WOMAN DRIVER AT 80—AND GOOD—Groton, Mass,—Mrs.
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Mrs. Clapp has a perfect safety record dating back to 1899, when
she first started driving children to school in a horse and buggy.
—AP Wirephoto.
of affairs the department, instead
of revising the order to eliminate
the inequities and restricting the
use to not more than 90,000 tons,
proceeded to grant additional
quotas totaling 15,000 tons.”
The National Production Ad
ministration later issued a modi
fied order covering November and
December.
“The subcommittee has found
generally much less complacency
among Government officials work
ing with the rubber program” the
report continued. “The Office of
Rubber Reserve of RPC has been
particularly alert in its under
standing of the implication of
changing events and officials in
this agency have been effective in
implementing new policies. How
ever, at times, the officials seem to
have been unnecessarily hesitant
in recommending new policies.
“Authority for conserving rub
ber has so far been used only to
establish a paper record for policy
making. Implementation of pol
icy is essential. The Department
of Commerce must learn to say
no as an answer to their pleas
for more rubber if the choice is
between non - essential rubber
products and rubber for the na
tional defense.”
Specific Recommendations Listed.
The subcommittee’s 14 specific
recommendations were:
1. That, generally speaking and
unless there are strong counter
vailing considerations, the Muni
tions Board should adopt a policy
of disapproving further disposals
of industrial facilities capable of
the production of defense items
needed now for the preparedness
effort. Where, however, the only
alternative is keeping the plant
idle for a substantial period of
time, we agree with the Munitions
Board that sale or lease of the
properties to private interests for
productive use may be appropri
ite -'■rglK adequate safeguards.
2. GSA promptly make a
horough investigation of finan
:ial responsibility of the Central
States Corp., lessee of the Omaha
ilcohol plant, and, that if finan
:ial responsibility cannot be estab
lished, terminate the lease, if pos
sible, at the earliest practicable
date.
3. That GSA, in any event, in
voke the clause in the Omaha
plant contract giving the Govern
ment the right to all alcohol pro
duced at the plant upon 60 days’
notice, in time to secure the out
put for the synthetic-rubber pro
gram.
more uo-orainauon urged.
4. That GSA and the Munitions
Board co-ordinate their decisions
and actions on surplus property so
as to avoid further episodes like
the scrapping of the 100-octane
aviation gasoline plant at Cotton
Valley. La.
5. That the Air Force close the
gap between adoption of policy
and execution of policy—a gap
which contributed to unfortunate
disposal of surplus materiel at
Robins Air Force Base in Georgia.
6. That GSA, as an interim step,
immediately undertake to procure
the insertion of a national security
clause in the sale contract with
Schenley Distillers, Inc., covering
the Kansas City alcohol plant.
7. That GSA, in addition,
promptly seek an adjudication of
validity of its sale of the Kansas
City plant to Schenley Distillers,
Inc., since the sale was consum
mated while its “freeze” order on
disposals was in effect.
8. That the studies recommend
ed in President Truman’s new
rubber program be undertaken and
completed promptly so that the
program visualized in the Presi
dent’s recommendations can be
put into effect at the earliest pos
sible date.
9. That the rubber needs and
rubber programs of nations friend
ly to the United States be consid
ered thoroughly in the develop
ment of our national rubber
policies and plans.
Continued Research Stressed.
10. That exercise by the De
partment of Commerce of its allo
cation and conservation powers
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over rubber be made more realistic
and effective.
11. That industry and Govern
ment continue on a vigorous pro
gram for synthetic-rubber re
search.
12. That the Department of
Agriculture, other interested agen
cies, allied nations and industry
seriously pursue the development
of domestic natural rubber pro
duction in this country and in
the Western Hemisphere.
13. That an adequate reserve
stock of guayule seed be developed
quickly and that guayule nurseries
be planted immediately.
14. That a guayule production
program based on the recommend
ed nursery plantings be instituted
now and that preparations be
made to expand it rapidly if and
when it becomes apparent that
our rubber supply line from South
east Asia is or will be cut.
The aviation gasoline plant at
Cotton Valley, La., was sold in
1948 to the Dulien Steel Products,
Inc., of Seattle, Wash., for dis
mantling. The plant originally
cost $6 million. The War Assets
Administration, headed by Jess
Larson, now GSA administrator,
put a fair value of $2.1 million on
the plant.
The subcommittee criticized the
Air Force for surplus sales at
Robins Air Base and its repur
chase of aircraft computers. It
had sold these computers for $6.89
and bought them back recently for
$63,000.
“In all our investigations.” the
subcommittee declared, "we have
not encountered a more astound
ing case of short-sightedness than
was displayed in that Instance.”
Bevin Stand on Suez issue
Brings Egypt Student Strike
•y th* Attociat«d Pr«»»
CAIRO, Egypt, Nov. 21/—A wave '
of student strikes started today in
protest against British Foreign
Secretary Bevin’s rejection of
Egyptian demands that the Eng
lish get out of the Suez Canal Zone.
About 9,000 students at King
Faud I University here walked out
in an orderly demonstration. Stu
dents of some secondary schools
were reported also to have struck.
There were no disorders.
Mr. Bevin told the House of
Commons yesterday Britain had
no intention of withdrawing her
troops. British troops are there
under the Anglo-Egyptian treaty
of 1928 which Egypt is threaten
ing to annul. Mr. Bevin declared
withdrawal of his country’s forces
from the strategic area would
leave the whole Middl East de
fenseless against aggression.
Tokyo Population 6 Million
TOKYO, Nov. 21 (£>).—Popula
tion of this Japanese capital has
increased to 6,275,190, a gain of
more than 850,000 since 1948, the
news agency Kyodo reported to
day.
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Ex-Park Planning Aide
Indicted in $3,000
Embezzling Charge
A Montgomery County grand
jury yesterday indicted R. Glenr
Sheer, former chief clerk of the
Maryland-National Capital Park
and Planning Commission, on e
charge of embezzling about S3.00C
in commission funds.
The grand jury, completing its
November returns, also indicted
Lee Edwards, 20-year-old Army
veteran, on a charge of murder.
34 Bills Returned.
The panel returned 34 indict
ments, most of which involved
charges of housebreaking and
larceny, according to State’s At
torney Walter Dawson. The jury
returned 23 indictments last week.
Six cases presented to the panel
this month were ignored.
Sheer, who lives in the first
block of Parkside road. Silver
Spring, is free under $1,000 bond.
He was discharged after the short
age was discovered June 8 by the
commission’s auditors. A com
mission spokesman said Sheer ad
mitted taking the money over a
period of about a year and had
arranged to make restitution to
the commission’s bonding com
pany.
Victim Shot and Slugged.
Edwards is accused of the mur
der of Donald J. Stambaugh, 21,
a George Washington University
graduate. Edwards was arrested
September 2 at his home in the
4900 block of Fourteenth street
N.W., about six hours after Mr.
Stambaugh was found dying at
the side of a lonely lane off Piney
Branch road, Silver Spring. He
had been shot in the stomach
with a .45-caliber revolver and
slugged over the head. Mr. Stam
baugh lived at 409 Fourth street
N.W.
ICC
(Continued From First Page.)
petitive advantage to General Mo
tors and Ford because these two
had established assembly plants,
away from their home factories,
in virtually all sections of the
Nation.
The complaining companies
maintain factories and most of
their distribution at Detroit.
Evansville, Ind.; Los Angeles. Ke
nosha. Wis.; South Bend, Ind.,
and Toledo, Ohio.
Benefits Are Pointed Out.
They asserted that General Mo
tors and Ford deliveries from the
regional assembly plants of cars
which included the rail transpor
tation charge from their home
factories in the Detroit area gave
these companies an additional
profit. The commission said:
“In a highly competitive mar
ket, those manufacturers having
a low level of rates are bene
fited and the manufacturers with
the higher level of rates are in
jured.
“While at the present time, the
benefit is not reflected at the re
tail level because of the pricing
nethods of the manufacturers, it
s present in the form of greater
'un'ds for use in the various manu
facturing operations or for the
layment of larger dividends to
itockholders. It is clear that Gen
?ral Motors and Ford are bene
fited and the other manufacturers
are injured by the differences in
the levels in the rates from their
respective plants.”
To correct this the railroads
were directed to make upward ad
justments in rates out of the as
sembly plant cities and downward
adjustments out of the home
factory cities, resulting in the
average 12 per cent saving in the
transportation charge included in
the car sales price.
Three of the 10 members of the
ICC who considered the case dis
sented. They asserted that this
was the third time in recent years
that the commission had attempt
ed to equalize automobile com
petition through changes in the
rail rates.
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shooting spree in which she ter
rorized the cross roads community
of Stanton, Miss.
"It must have been the devil in
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page in which she wounded her
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other meats, was stolen from
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out in the yard to give Ollie Ma«
lunch money. It was a miss.
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daughter. Another shot, also a
miss. Mrs. W. T. Hayles, Ollie
Mae’s grandmother, called Irom a
window. She was answered with
a bullet—another miss.
Then Ollie Mae saw her uncle
Marvin Hayles, in the doorway.
She cracked down, pinking him in
the arm.
Ollie Mae saw a mail truck in
the road, pointed the gun at the
driver, Joel Prather, and ordered
him to leave. Postmaster W. H.
Baldwin of Natchez reported later
that Mr. Prather left. The morn
ing mail wasn’t delivered.
Ollie Mae arrived at a general
store just ahead of the owner,
Lynwood Hightower. As he started
to park, she drew a bead on him.
He tired to reason with her but
failed. He called out to an imag
inary figure behind her and as she
dropped her guard he backed
away.
“Frankly, I took off,” he re
called later.
Deputy Sheriff Guy Smith and
Police Lt. E. E. Haley drove up
to the store. Ollie Mae fired a
shot through the automobile door.
Mr. Haley went to the rear of
the store. A bullet ripped through
his raincoat and went between his
legs.
Ollie Mae next took her stand
at an old barn.
By then. Sheriff Burns had ar
rived on the scene. He edged his
way to within earshot and began
pleading with Ollie Mae to sur
render. She did and went quietly
to the county jail.
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