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Dr. Magnuson Ousted
As VA Medical Head;
Admiral Boone In
A bitter three-year conflict over
control of the Veterans' Adminis
tration’s vast medical program
has exploded with the ouster, ef
fective today, of Dr. Paul B.
Magnuson as the agency's chief
medical director.
Veterans' Administrator Gray
announced formal acceptance of
a resignation submitted in 1948
by the medical chief and appoint
ment of Vice Admiral Joel T.
Boone. U. S. N., retired, to suc
ceed him.
Dr. Magnuson made it clear,
however, that he feels “I was
fired.”
He told a reporter he refused
to submit a requested new resigna
tion or to issue a joint statement
with Gen. Gray “because it would
just have been eyewash.” He ac
cused Gen. Gray of setting up
“bureaucratic control” over the
medical program and expressed
the fear that this might ‘wreck
the entire medical setup.”
Admiral Boone, is a World War
I Congressional Medal of Honor
winner and physician to three
presidents. He will take over the
job by April 1.
Important Questions Raised.
Most important questions raised
by Dr. Magnuson's ouster are
whether any other VA key medi
cal men will pull out of the pro
gram with him, and whether the
move will affect medical profes
sion participation in the program
throughout the country.
Basic issue in the struggle be
tween Gen. Gray and Dr. Magnu
son was over who should control
the hospital program. Dr. Mag
nuson, charging that he was “put
on the sidelines practically as an
adviser,” fought to be put in a
direct line of command between
the administrator and the hos
pitals.
The location of VA hospitals,
reductions in force involving med
ical personnel and conduct of the
VA medical training program all
were matters involved in the dis
pute. A year ago. Dr. Magnuson
said, the administrator took away
from him the power to recom
mend new hospital managers and
set up a committee to take such
action.
Magnuson Brought In by Hawley.
Dr. Magnuson, 66, a prominent!
Chicago orthopedic surgeon, was
brought into the VA medical pro
gram by Dr. Paul R. Hawley, who
was selected by Gen. Bradley in j
1945 to clean up the antiquated
and politics-ridden medical pro
gram. At that time, the than
Veterans’ Administrator Bradley
gave Dr. Hawley virtu, ly a free
hand in developing the program.
Dr. Magnuson played a major
part in developing the present ex
tensive training program fox
young doctors at VA hospitals,!
and fought for extension of the
program through State and coun
ty medical. societies. Within ai
short time, the program had in-1
dorsement bf civilian medical1
leaders who previously had
spumed the agency’s medical ac
tivities.
The doctor, who lives at 3121
O street N.W., said he was sum
moned to Gen. Gray’s office Satur
day and told that “I'd better look
for other employment.-’
Personally, Dr. Magnuson said,
“I am relieved. Now I'm through
with those damned frustrations.”
To Resume Work on Book.
He said he intended to remain in
Washington at least temporarily,
and to resume work on a text book
on spinal injuries begun in 1931.
Admiral Boone was removed
last February 28 as chief of the
Defense Department's medical
services after sharp differences
with the then Defense Secretary
Johnson over cutbacks in military:
hospitals.
The admiral won the Congres
sional Medal of Honor during
World War I, when he. participated
in most of the major offenses with
the Marine Corps in France. He
served as physician to Presidents
Harding. Coolidge and Hoover,
and during the last war was fleet
medical officer of the 3d Fleet.
VA officials said Admiral
Boone's address is listed as St.
Clair, Pa., and that his wife lives
at 4000 Cathedral avenue N.W.
Surattsville PTA to Meet
The Surrattsville Parent-Teacher
Association will meet at 8 p.m.
tomorrow in the school at Clin
ton, Md.
VICE ADMIRAL JOEL T.
BOONE.
DR. PAUL B. MAGNUSON.
Washington Printers
Begin Observance of
Printing Week Today
Washington printers and en
gravers from Government and
private industry—representing the
city's largest manufacturing in
dustry—today began observance
of National Printing Week, pro-j
claimed yesterday by United
States Public Printer John J.
Deviny.
The observance, which is cele
brated annually to commemorate
the birthday of Benjamin Frank
lin and to publicize printing
achievements and new techniques,
began officially at 12:30 o’clock
today with a luncheon in the
Mayflower Hotel.
Taking part in the program
here are the Allied Printing
Trades Council, the Bu eau of En
graving and Printing, the Graphic
Arts Association of Washington,!
the Government Printing Office,
the Library of Congress, the
Washington Chapter of the Amer
ican Institute of Graphic Arts, the
Washington Club of Printing
House Craftsmen, the Washington
Litho Club and the Wa hingtoni
Printing Guild.
Printing plants in the District,
were hosts to journeymen and!
laymen alike today. Tours through
many job, magazine and newspa
per plants were scheduled, as well
as inspection of a display at the
Library of Congress on “Isaiah
Thomas, American Printer.” The:
exhibit is on the first floor at the1
entrance to the main reading1
room of the library.
Mr. Deviny proclaimed printing j
week yesterday through Saturday.!
declaring printing is the “art pre-;
servative of all arts (which* has
opened the vast storehouses of
knowledge to all mankind” since
the invention of movable types
by John Gutenberg in 1440.
17 Puerto Ricans Plead
Not Guilty in Revolt
By the Asiocieted Press
SAN JUAN. Puerto Rico, Jan.
15.—Pedro Alibizu Campos. United
State,s-hating Puerto Rican Na
tionalist. and 16 of his followers;
pleaded not guilty today to
charges growing out of last Oc
tober's short-lived but bloody j
revolt. i
The court gave their attorneys
five days in which to file briefs
in behalf of a defense contention
that the charges of attempted
, murder and firearms registration
| violation were not violation of |
the insular subversive law.
i The defendants include Doris
Torresola, 26, whose brother
Griselio was killed in the Novem
ber 1 attempt to assassinate
| President Truman in Washington, i
Britain Ready to Sacrifice More
For West, Eisenhower Is Told
Sy the Associated Press
LONDON, Jan. 15.—Gen. Eisen
hower got first-hand assurance
■ today that Britain — World
War II’s ‘‘outpost of freedom”—
I is prepared for heavier sacrifices
| to help shore up the West’s de
! fenses.
During the day the Allied
l Supreme Commander in Europe
' conferred with British Defense
Minister Emanuel Shinwell. Lead
ers of Britain’s defense arms
stood by to tell Gen. Eisenhower
the role their services would play
in the program.
Among other things Gen. Eisen
hower was slated to hear were
still unpublished details of
Britain’s biggest peacetime de
fense program.
It is expected to include an ex
pansion of last September’s £3.6
billion ($10,080,000,000) three
year defense estimate to between
£4 billion and £5 billion ($ll.2
billion to $14 billion).
Other objectives reportedly are
increased production of all kinds
of armaments, the drafting of
200,000 reserves for as much as
; three months training and a re
newed spurt toward 195 I s goal of
110 regular and 12 “territorial” or
National Guard divisions.
The new program will impose a
heavy burden on a nation already
staggering under austerity. It is
expected to be ready for par
liamentary action by the second
week in February.
Gen. Eisenhower’s Atlantic foroe
will be further streamlined, today’s
| Laborite Daily Herald reported, to
constitute three commands in
stead of the five “balanced forces"
originally planned.
The commands will cover
Scandinavia in the north, Ger
many in Central Europe and the
I Mediterranean in the south, the
paper said.
Before leaving London for Lis
bon tomorrow, Gen. Eisenhower
will confer with Prime Minister
Attlee and Foreign Secretary
Bevin and will attend a meeting
of the Atlantic pact’s Council of
Deputies. ^
He is expected to cal’ the dep
uties’ attention to the apathy to
ward defense he encountered in
his brief European tour preceding
his arrival here. Possibly he will
suggest a psychological campaign
to combat Europe’s diffidence In
the face of danger.
Western Europe has made no
secret of the fact that it looks
without any great enthusiasm on
the prospect of gearing __ to de
fense economies already severely
strained by World War H.
Most of West Europe’s people
are frightened by the twin specters
of possible quick defeat at Rus
sian hands and wholesale destruc
tion on a scale dwarfing that of
the last conflict.
Reds Make Capital.
The Communists, especially in
Prance and Italy, are playing
heavily on this gun-shy attitude.
In line with a policy of strikes
and demonstrations to protest
Gen. Eisenhower’s presence on
this side of the Atlantic, the
Communist-dominated Chambers
of Labor in Rome, Florence and
Naples have called general strikes
to coincide with his arrival Wed
nesday in Italy.
The Italian cabinet will meet
tomorrow to consider emergency
measures to prevent disturbances.
In London, however, little has
been heard from Communist agi
tators. They staged a procession!
with posters saying “Eisenhower
Go Home" and dutifully left a
letter addressed to him at the
American Embassy.
Mercury Drop Today Expected
To End 'Freakish' Weather
Colder temperatures were prom
ised this afternoon and tonight
, on the heels of a freakish period
that brought rain, ice and a minor
.“heat wave.”
Hitting a peak of 50 degrees at
7 a.m., the mercury began a grad
ual desecent today with the ex
pectancy of reaching 32 in the
city and 27 in the suburbs to
night. Tomorrow will bring a
high in the mid 40s, the Weather
Bureau said.
A rain of .71 of an inch yester
day and last night, followed by
fog, gave motorists and the Amer
ican Automobile Association a
bundle of trouble this morning.
Wet engines stalled so many cars
that the AAA received trouble
calls at the rate of 10 a minute
in the morning hours.
Yesterday afternoon ice patches
formed on surburban roads, par
ticularly in Maryland, but did not
impede traffic on principal high
ways. Ice also clung to trees and
bushes before a strong southerly
wind warmed things up.
Low ceilings and visibility
caused periodic delays in landings
and take-offs at National Air
port during the evening, but
traffic was operating smoothly
today.
Some ice was still reported on
the Pennsylvania turnpike. Last
night buses from the Pittsburgh
area arrived 30 minutes to an
hour late.
British Flu Abates
In Warmer Weather
By the Associated Press
LONDON. Jan. 15.—A week-end
lull gave hope today that warmer
weather has helped stem one of
the worst flu epidemics in the his
tory of the British Isles.
There also were no new cases
reported in an outbreak of small
pox in the Brighton area, where 28
have fallen ill and eight have died.
The Ministry of Health said
there was “no material change”!
in the flu situation over the week1
end. Its most recent figures!
showed the epidemic killed 458
persons during the week ended
January 6 in the 126 “great towns”,
of England and Wales. These
cities contain about half the coun
try’s population.
Field Marshal Sir William Slim, j
chief of the Imperial General
Staff, was prevented by flu from
attending a conference of British
defense chiefs with Gen. Eisen
hower.
Another prominent victim is Dr.
Hewlett Johnson, the “Red Dean”
of Canterbury.
SOESTDIJK, The Netherlands,
Jan. 15 </P).—Prince Consort Bern
hard and his eldest daughter, 12
year-old Princess Beatrix, are con
fined with the flu.
40 Hurt as Stairs Collapse
ROME, Jan. 15 (/?).—The stairs
of a Rome building crashed today1
I under the weight of several hun
dred girls who answered an ad
vertisement for stenographers.
More than 40 of them, some
gravely injured, were taken to hos
pitals.
The Weather Here and Over the Nation
District of Columbia — Mostly
sunny, windy and turning colder
this afternoon. Fair and colder
tonight and tomorrow. Low to
night about 32 in city and 27 in
suburbs. High tomorrow about 44.
Maryland and Virginia—Mostly
fair and colder with diminishing'
winds tonight, lowest in middle
20s west and 30 to 35 east portion.!
Tomorrow fair, colder east and
central portions.
Wind velocity at 11:30 o’clock;
this morning, 30 miles per hour:
direction, northwest.
—-"—““ I u S WEATHER BUREAU MAP
Temperature Figures Show
Average for Area
Arrows Oonote Wind Flow
to in Snow [XXXl j
Highs ond tows in Inches
i_ * ~~ "
Snow flurries are expected tonight in the G-'cat Lakes, region
and Northern Appalachian Mountains. Rain and snow will con
tinue in Northern New England, Rain will fall in the Pacific
Coast States and in the Northern and Central Rocky Mountain
States. It will be colder ir- the East, except Northeastern New
England. Colder weather is also expected in the Northern Plains
and Rocky Mountain sections. It will be warmer over the Central
anil Southern Plains and the Southwest. —AP Wirephoto.
Elver Report.
(Prom U. 8. Engineer!.)
Potomac River cloudy at Harpers Perry
and at Great Falls: Shenandoah cloudy at
Harpers Ferry.
RumidKy.
(Readings at Washington Airport.)
: Yesterday— Pet. Today— Pet.
I Noon -- 91 Midnight_100
4 p.m. _91 8 a.m. -85
8 p.m. _100 10 a.m. -52
Record Temperatures This Tear.
Highest, 05. on January 4.
Lowest. 18, on January 9.
High and Low of Last 21 Heir
High. 40, at 9:35 p.m.
Low. 30. at 140 a.m.
Tide Tables.
(Furnished by United States Coast and
Geodetic Survey.)
Today. Tomorrow
Hlah _ . 12:40 a.m.
Low "I"__ 0:47 a.m. 7:30 a.m.
iHigh __ _12:20 p.m. 1:15 p.m. i
i Low _ ... . 7:14 p.m. 8:08 p.m I
The Sun and Moon.
Rises. . Sets.
Sun. today _ 7:20 5:10
Sun, tomorrow .. 7:25 6:11
Moon, today . . . 11:34a.m. 12:50a.m
Automobile lights must be turned on
one-hall hour after sunset.
Precipitation.
Monthly precipitation In inches in th;
Capital (current month to date):
Month. 1951. Ave Record
January __ 1.24 3.55 7.83 ’37
February_ ___ 3.37 0.84 ’84
March __ 3.75 8.84 ’91
April _ _ 3.27 9.13 ’89
May_ 3.70 10.09 '89
June __ 4.13 10.94 '00
July_ ... 4.71 10.03 ’80
August __ 4.01 14.41 ‘28
’September_ ... 3.24 17.45 '34
October _ ___ 2.84 8.81 ’37
November _ 2.37 8.09 '80
I December _ 3.32 7.56 ’01
Temperatures in Various Cities.
H. L. H. L.
Albuquerque 43 26 New Orleans 71 44
; Atlantic City 47 43 New York_ 50 39
Atlanta __ 00 44 Norfolk_ (11 54
Bismarck _ - 30 8 Omaha 45 32
Boston_ 42.32 Philadelphia. 37 35
Chicago - - 34 25 Phoenix 61 .33
Cincinnati.. 60 31 Pittsburgh 48 .31
Detroit _ 34 28 Portland, Me, 38 33
El Paso • _ 53 24 Portland. Ore. 48 35
Indianapolis 30 23 Richmond — 53 43
Kansas City 50 30 St..Louis . 38 32
Las Angeles. 03 42 Salt Lake C. 45 35
Louisville ._ 54 32 San .Antonio 00 30
Memphis_ 05 30 San Francisco 63 45
Miami 71 67 Seattle- 46 35
Milwaukee.. 34 24 Tampa- 77 #1
Two Teen-Age Youths!
Hold on Girl's Charge
Two teen-age District youths
today were held for action of j
! Prince Georges County Juvenile
Court on charges of assault andj
battery on a 16-year-old Wash-,
ington girl.
County Detective Richard Pear
son gave the following account:
The girl left her Southeast
home last night after an argu
ment with an older brother. She
walked out Kenilworth avenue to
the county, where she got into a
car occupied by the two youths, j
She said she was forced to enter
the vehicle, but the boys said she
got in of her own accord.
She told police that one of the,
boys raped her in the car while
it Was parked in Cheverly. The
boy accused by her, however, said
she submitted willingly.
After the incident, she went to
a nearby house, where residents
summoned her mother.
After questioning the girl and
the boys, who were picked up
after she gave police their names,
the assault and battery charges
were placed when the mother de
cided she did not want to press
more serious charges.
Crash Near Chicago Kills
Five on Air Guard Plane
By the Associated Press
CHICAGO. Jan. 15.—A B-26
bomber crashed northwest of
Chicago early today, killing its
five crewmen.
The crewmen, three officers and
two enlisted men, were members
of the 126th Composite Group of
the Illinois Air National Guard j
based at O’Hare Field in subur
ban Park Ridge.
They were returned to O’Hare
after a long training flight. They
took off last night from Barksdale
Air Force Base, La.
Narrowly missing a farm house,
the plane plowed into a field near
the Glenview Naval Air Station
and exploded.
A few minutes earlier the crew
had radioed the tower at O’Hare
field that they were having
trouble with heavy icing on the
wings.
Names of the crewmen were
withheld pending notification of
next of kin. i
2 Veteran Carriers
Will Be Restored
To Service Today
By the Associated Press
SEATTLE, Jan. 15.—Two vet
; 2ian aircraft carriers, one of them
: called the “Fightin’est Ship in the
Navy,” come out of the mothballs
today.
The Essex, credited with de
stroying thousands of tons of
enemy shipping, 1,531 Japanese
planes, • 25 warships and 86 non
combatant ships during "World
War II, and the Bon Homme
Richard, will be recommissioned
in ceremonies at the Bremerton
Naval shipyard.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz will
; be on hand for the ceremony.
\ Admiral Nimitz, no longer in an
. active command post, will repre
! sent Secretary of the Navy
; Matthew*.
Red China's Answer
Awaited to New U. N.
Cease-Fire Proposal
* * v
By the Associated Press i
LAKE SUCCESS. Jan. 15.T
United Nations diplomats paced
the corridors today, waiting for
Communist China’s reply to their
latest peace bid.
If previous experience is any
criterion, their vigil promised to
be long. The Communist Peiping
regime twice kept the U. N. on
tenterhooks for over a week be
fore it rejected two previous ap
| peals.
Some were optimistic this time.
The new offer, adopted by the
60-nation Political Committee
Saturday, gives the Chinese Reds
much the kind of a deal they have
been demanding.
Previous resolutions only asked
for a cease-fire in Korea. The new
proposals offer the Communists,
after fighting is halted, a political
conference on Far Eastern ques
tions including Formosa’s future
and Red China’s demand for a
U. N. seat.
Considering Proposal.
Diplomatic advices received in
New Delhi from Peiping said the
Communists are carefully con
sidering the new U. N. proposal
and consider it an advance on
anything yet put forward.
This information said Peiping’s
first reaction was that cease-fire
negotiations should be part of
the political talks, rather than a
preliminary to them.
The new proposal was spark
plugged by India’s Sir Benegal
N. Rau and supported by the
British Commonwealth countries.
The United States also voted for
it, primarily. Delegate Warren R.
Austin said, to maintain the
united non-Communist front and
to go on record as having made
every possible move for peace in'
the Far East.
If the bid is spurned, the United |
States plans to press for drastic
U. N. action against the Red
Chinese. A majority of dele-1
gates here have said that they
then would support the United
States move.
State Department Under Fire.
The State Department, however,
already is under fire from its
critics for having given even re
luctant support to the latest peace
plan. These critics echoed Na
tionalist China’s charges that the
offer is a sellout to the Reds.
If the proposed conference—
with Britain. Russia, Communist
China and the United States talk
ing—comes about, observers pre
dict an American political explo
sion.
The United States has main
tained Nationalist China’s right to
both Formosa and the seat in the
U. N Sources here refused to
speculate whether there would be
popular American support for a
retreat from that policy in return
for peace in Korea.
They pointed out, however, that
should Peiping accept the U. N..
conference bid, any American re
fusal to join the talks would
I alienate many countries, particu
! larly in Asia and the British
, Commonwealth.
Senator Smith Disturbed.
In Washington, Senator Smith
of New Jersey, a top-ranking j
Republican on the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee, said he was
“gravely disturbed” by the United
States agreement to the cease-fire
formula.
Senator Smith said in a state
ment that the provision to include
Communist China at the confer-!
ence table “seems to mean blunt
ly that the U. N. has sacrificed
moral principle for expediency.”,
“How the U. N. can deal with
the defiant aggressor and nego
tiate the possible reward of ag
gression is beyond my comprehen
sion," Senator Smith added.
He said the “issue of the very
survival of the U. N.” is at stake
and outlined a “program of un
compromising opposition to this
(Red China’s) flagrant and de
fiant Korean aggression.” He said
the other U. N. members should
support such a program.
In the event they do not sup
port it, Senator Smith said, the
United States may be compelled
to re-examine its whole relation
ship to the U. N.
Uuaker cemetery Moved
From Site of Steel Mill
By the Associated Press
[ MORRISVILLE, Pa., Jan. 15.—
A private cemetery founded by
| associates of William Penn 250
■ years ago is being moved to make
|way for a steel mill
Workmen have begun removing
remains from the burial ground
of the Harrison-Pemberton fam
ilies in Falls township. The ceme
tery is situated on part of the
tract where the new Fairless plant
of United States Steel is to be
erected, about 25 miles from
' Philadelphia.
The remains are being taken to
Pennsbury, restored manor house
of the Quaker family, about "
miles away.
Archeologists of the Pennsyl
vania Historical and Museum
Commission witnessed the opera
tion.
4 Navy, Marine Air Stations
To Be Reopened Soon
By the Associated Press
Four naval and Marine Corps
■air stations on the East West and
| Gulf coasts will be reopened this
; spring to help meet requirements
I of the expanded military program,
the Navy announced today.
The four World War II bases
■ are at Brunswick, Me.; Sanford,
] Fla.: Kingsville, Tex., and Santa
I Ana, Calif. The first three are
inava lair stations; Santa Ana is
‘a Marine facility.
I Some or part of the four sta
tions are presently under lease to
■ private firms or municipalities,
the announcement said, but all
j are subject to reclaim by the Gov
ernment.
The Federal Spotlight
NFFE Council Adopts Program
On Employes' Role in Defense
By Joseph Young
The Executive Council.of the National Federation of Federal
Employes has wound up its week-long meeting here after adopting
a program designed to heighten the role played by Government
workers in the national emergency program.
NFFE oflicials said their 1951 program, if adopted by Congress
and the executive branch, would result in streamlining Government'
operations and increasing effi
ciency and economy, as well
as providing necessary improve
ments in em- •
ploye working
conditions.
Hie council
urged the Gov
ernment to use
more effectively
the economy
perform ance j§j
program a u - i
thorized by
Congress, in
which employes
effecting econ
omies in their
offices and
agencies are J*,eph ¥o,mi
granted promotions. The NFFE
said this program has been com
pletely neglected by nearly all the
departments and agencies.
The council also asked for a
Federal pay increase to meet the
rise in the cost of living and to
retain competent Government per
sonnel needed for the defense
program, and time-and-one-half
payment for all overtime work.
In addition, the council placed
the more than 100,000 NFFE
members on record as strongly
opposing any attempts to reduce
Government employee’ leave privi
leges. And the NFFE urged bet
ter promotion programs in Gov
ernment and an extensive and
improved program for training
supervisors.
Unemployment compensation
benefits for Federal employes is
another 1S51 legislative goal of
the NFFE. And the u? ion also
asked Congress to make the loy
alty program a permanent law.
The NFFE officers declared that
the Government should constantly
be on guard against the infiltra
tion into the Federal service by
subversives.
The NFFE officers also took a
crack at "arbitrary meat - ax
methods” sometimes applied by I
Congress in dealing with Federal
appropriations. True economies
can only be achieved by a selec
tive and scientific study as to
which Government functions are
necessary, the council declared.
* * * *
OVERTIME — A companion
measure to the Federal overtime
| pay bill sponsored by Chairman
Johnston of the Senate Civil Serv
ice Committee has been intro
duced in the house by Repre
sentative Miller, Democrat, of
! California.
The legislation provides for
time-and-a-half overtime pay
ment on the first $5,000 earned
by all Federal employes. This
means that employes earning
above that figure would get credit
for the first $5,000 of their salary.
* * * *
BEP—Thirty-five employes of
| the Bureau and Engraving and
Printing have been promoted to
Jobs as apprentice plate printers.
Nearly half the employes are col
ored, which marks the first time
in the agency’s history that
Negroes have been assigned to
such positions
The promotions follow the
recommendations made nearly a
year ago by the President’s Fair
Employment Practices Board for
the Government Service that
these employes be given the ap
prentice jobs. The promotions,
however, were delayed pending a
move in Congress to overrule the
FEPC board’s recommendations.
The employes involved are vet
erans, but the bills introduced in
Congress would have opened the,
jobs to all veterans who wished to,
compete for them. The legisla- j
ture failed of enactment and the
BEP subsequently promoted its
own employes to the apprentice
positions. Most of the Negro
employes involved are members of
the United Public Workers.
* * * *
CHAIRMANSHIP — Chairman
Harry B. Mitchell of the Civil.
Service Commission apparently!
will stay on the job a while longer.
Mr. Mitchell has been reported
ready to leave the middle of this
month, but administration offi
cials say he will stay on for the
time 'being.
Mr. Mitchell submitted his resig
nation to President Truman nearly
two years ago. However, failure
to find a suitable replacement
has led the White House to ask
Mr. Mitchel to stay on the job |
until a successor is named, The
search for a new chairman is now
actively going on, both inside and
outside of Government.
* * * *
CAPITAL ROUNDUP — The
Naval Gun Factory has announced
job openings for coppersmiths
electricians, pipefitters, electro
platers, heat treaters and refriger
ation and air conditioning me
chanics ... at salaries of $13.04 to
$15.76 a day... . Edwin W. Warren.
| chief of the Civil Service Commis
;sion’s retirement claims section, has
retired after more than 45 years
of Government service. . . . “The
Wage Picture for Federal White
Collar Workers” will be discussed
by the Society for Personnel Ad
ministration at 7:30 p.m. tomor
row in the Archives Auditorium.
Speakers will be Harry Douty of
the Bureau of Labor Statistics and
Thomas Hollapd of Catholic Uni
versity. . . . fort Meade, Md„ has
job openings for laborers at $1.09
to $1.13 an hour.
iBe sure to listeti at 6:15 p.m.
every Saturday over WMAL.
The Star station, to Joseph
Young's Federal Spotlight radio
broadcast featuring additional
news and views of the Govern
mental scene.)
Customs Official Feted
On His Retirement
Deputy Commissioner of Cus
toms Charles Stevenson retired
from his post in ceremonies at
tended by nearly 300 Treasury of
ficials and em
ployes from all
over the coun
try
Mr. Steven
son. 66. served
in the Govern
ment 51 years,
44 of them with
the T r e a sury
Department. He
started as a
special delivery
messenger boy
with the Post
Office at the
age Of 16. Mr- SttreiMon.
Well wishers at the party in the
Carlton Hotel Friday night in
cluded Customs Commissioner and
Mrs. Frank Dow, Assistant Com
missioner and Mrs. David B.
Strubiner and Assistant Treasury
Secretary and Mrs. John S.
Graham.
The Stevensons were given a
television set as a going-away gift.
The retired official came to
Washington from Buffalo, N. Y„
his birthplace. He started out
to work as a delivery boy for The
Star at the age of 11. When he
reached 16 and decided on a Gov
ernment career he undertook up
per-grade schooling at night. In
this fashion he graduated from
high school and from Georgetown
University with a law degree.
The Stevensons live at the
Kennedy-Warren.

Shaw's Secretary
SaysHeWasEag:r
For End to Come
By the Associated Press
LONDON, Jan. 15. — George
Bernard Shaw met death color
blind. nearly deaf, obsessed with
groundless fears of impending
bankruptcy, and “eager to be
gone.”
That's the closeup of the famous
Irish playwright published yester
day by his secretary for 30 years,
Blanche Patch. Miss Patch’s
book, “Thirty Years with G. B. S.,”
is published by Victor Gollancz,
Ltd., London.
It describes Shaw in his last
years as impatient with the in
firmities closing in on him, “bored
with us all,” but still tilting val
iantly with his pen in a hurry to
say all he had to say before the
end came.
Shaw, who died November 2 at
his Ayot St. Lawrence fiome in
Hertfordshire, “was obsessed by
the idea he was not only living
beyond his means but on the verge
of bankruptcy,” according to Miss
Patch. At 90, she adds, “a phobia
about surtax took hold of him,”
and there followed a spate of “lit
tle economies” in the Shaw domi
cile.
Youth Killed, Comoanion
Missing as Auto . s
A 20-year-old youth was fatally
injured today when the car in
which he was riding ran off Lees
burg pike and turned over near
Falls Church.
Fairfax County Policeman Clar
ence Hurst said the man had
been identified as William In
gram, 20, colored. Mr. Hurst said
it is believed that Mr. Ingram
lived in Warrenton.
Mr. Hurst said witnesses told
him there w’as another man in
the car but he had disappeared
when police arrived.
Mr. Ingram was pronounced
dead on arrival at Arlington Hos
| pital.
| Policeman Herbert Marcey. who
helped Mr. Hurst and Sergt.
; Pierce Lysinger lift the car off
| Mr. Ingram, suffered possible
j fractures of two fingers when a
door slammed on his hand.

Prince Frederick Fire Fatal
PRINCE FREDERICK. Md.,
Jan. 15 UP).—Dennis Stepney, col
ored. about 50, died yesterday
when an early morning fire swept
through a two-story house here.
$3 Billion Increase
In Defense Costs Laid
I
To Soaring Prices
The Senate Small Business
Committee declared today that
“soaring prices alone” have boost
ed defense costs $3 billion since
last June, and added that the ab
sence of inflation curbs is periling
the little concerns.
In its first annual report the
committee, headed by Senator
Sparkman, Democrat, Alabama,
asserted that small business out
fits generally are beset by infla
tion, and argued that the Govern
ment, as a huge buyer, should be
aware of the necessity of applying
controls.
Little business wants these
checks, the commitee said, ex
plaining that in the “dog-eat-dog
scramble for materials,” some
actually are losing money on de
fense contracts and other are hav
ing to pay “profit-cancelling
prices” to gray market operators.
Socialist Plans Charged.
Meantime House Republican
Leader Martin accused President
Truman’s economic advisers of
[Planning a “completely Socialist”
' America. The Massachusetts law
maker tied that in with a state
ment that the people face the
prospect of paying up to 50 per
cent of their earnings in taxes.
! The Small Business Committee
reported on surveys, hearings and
small business clinics conducted
since the group was organized last
June.
“To many a small manufacturer
caught between the soaring costs
of doing business on the one hand
and the acute scarcity of essen
tial production materials on the
other, it seems as though the les
sons learned during the early
phases of World War II have been
forgotten,” the committee said.
Hit by Material Scarcities.
I “Nor are these small producers
reassured when they see military
procurement officers, in their un
I derstandable haste to award de
fense contracts, take some of the
| short cuts which were partly
responsible for the exclusion of
; small bidders in the early days
i of the last war.”
I “Perhaps • nowhere is the vul
| nerability of small companies
more glaringly revealed than in
the current dog-eat-dog scramble
’for many essential materials of
| production,” it continued.
I The" report cited price increases
| since the start of the Korean war
of 133 per cent for natural rubber,
[ 83 per cent for tin, 67 per cent
for wool tops, 48 per cent for lead,
116 per cent for zinc and 12 per
1 cent for steel.
I Representative Martin's attack
was on the annual report of the
President’s Council of Economic
‘ Advisers, which he said is a “blue
print from socialism” worked out
| “in the name of the national
crisis.”
■ The “touchstone” of the blue
print is increased taxation, Mr.
I Martin said, adding:
! “Already the average American
i is paying more than 25 per cent
of his income to Federal. State
! and local governments in the form
of taxation.
The economic council is headed
by Leon Keyserling. The other
members are John D. Clark and
Roy Blough.

Photographs of Women
On Bali Are Prohibited
By the Associated Press
JAKARTA, Indonesia. Jan. 15.—
Tourists will no longer be per
mitted to photograph the bare
: bosomed beauties of Bali in the
: flesh.
Gov. Susanto Tirtopridjo, head
of the Lesser Sunda Isles, which
include Bali, has imposed the ban.
It is part of the emancipation of
Balinese women, he explained yes
i terday to the Jakaria newspaper
Merdeka.
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CORRECTION
Advertisement of Maxims
I Beauty Studio located at
Bonds, 1335 F St. N.W.
I which appeared in the Star,
Sunday, Jan. 14 stated—
i "Open Evenings next week,
Monday through Friday 'til
8:30 P.M." This should have I
read—"Open Thursday Eve
nings 'til 8:30." We regret
the error.

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