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Russell Takes Action
Against Committee
'Leaks' of Secret Data
Chairman Russell of the Senate
Armed Services Committee has
clamped tighter restrictions on
his committee’s handling of se
cret military information to safe
guard against “leaks.”
Senator Russell emphasized that
he is sure no member of his com
mittee was responsible for a re
cent leak, but he added that all
committees would do well to take
Hereafter, he told a reporter,
members of his committee will be
required to sign receipts for classi
fied information, saying they are
aware it is classified and assume
full responsibility for it while it
is in their possession. A time
limit also will be put on how
long they can hold the material,
he said.
Incident Prompted Rule.
The incident that prompted the
tighter restrictions was the publi
cation of some of the testimony
given the Senate Armed Services
and Foreign Relations Commit
tees by Gen. Eisenhower in closed
session. Senator Russell said that
case impressed on him the im
portance of classified information.
Senator Russell said he under
stood Gen. Eisenhower was to be
given an opportunity to edit out
any secret information before it
was published.
The United Press, which first
quoted from the unreleased testi
mony, has declined to say where
It got the information.
"It is conceivable.” said Senator
Russell, “that some unguarded re
lease of classified matter would
involve the country in war and
every possible precaution should
be taken.”
“Childish Impulse” Blamed.
He said Congress is defeating
Its own clamor to be in on military
secrets when members “cannot re
strain their childish impulse to
let people know what they have
learned in secret.”
The military, he added, cannot
be ' expected to disclose secret
Information to members of Con
gress and then read it in the
headlines the next day.
He termed it a “dishonorable
act” for men to release material
obtained in confidence and de
clared it was high time for all
committees to tighten up.
If material is classified, he said,
and a member believes it should
be made public, the member should
say so while the committee is
meeting and let a vote be taken
on it.
He said there is no way to keep
a member from walking out of a
committee hearing and telling
newsmen in general terms what
went on, but giving out verbatim
reports of secret testimony should
be stopped.
(Continued From First Page.)
offices of the Army and Defense
Secretaries was promised.
Another Pentagon public rela
tions official then called to say he1
was “unable to learn anything]
about it” and “can’t find anybody
who knows about it.”
Still later, the same official
called back to report the whole
thing was so “trivial and insignifi
cant that it doesn’t amount to a
hill of beans.”
Park Official Contradicts Military.
He said he had found out that
an agreement had been worked
out between park and military of
ficials to use some of the field
houses in the area for 10 days.
He said he could not find any
other request.
Informed of that report, the
park spokesman said the request
was for three years instead of 10
days and not for field houses, but
for the entire 14.500-acre tracts.
He said there was no mistake
about that because representatives
of a Defense Department agency
had been conferring with the
parks office on the request for
two months.
According to the park official,
the conferences have been with a
“much lower echelon” than the
Secretary's office.
Request Made Months Ago.
Several months ago, he said, de
fense officials told him they want
ed to take over the park. Several
alternative park areas were sug
gested, but a week or so ago the
officials came back to the parks
office and said they had to have
IF WISHES COULD CURE — Joe Easton, 214-year-old Char
lottesville (Va.) boy suffering from the fatal disease, chronic
lymphatic leukemia, receives a batch of mail from Postman Mac
Moyer. The box, incidentally, later was found to contain a toy
Easter rabbit. Joe has received more than 500 get-well cards and
many presents since the public learned of his illness last week.
—Bob Tenney Photo.
Prince William Forest Park. They
said they wanted it for a “top
secret project."
Parks officials told them they
would have to have a formal re
quest from the Secretary of the
Army or Secretary of Defense to
the Secretary of the Interior.
No commitments were made by
the parks office but—with the
handwriting visible on the wall
park officials called in the Wash
ington camping groups using the
area and told them it was possible
the area would not be available
this summer. The camping rep
resentatives were asked how that
would affect their plans.
Arrangements Already Made.
Attending this conference were
representatives of the Summer
Outings Committee of the Family
Service Association, which oper
ates Camps Good Will and Pleas
ant, representatives of the Salva
tion Army, Campfire Girls and
Twelfth Street YMCA.
They told tjje park officials they
had contracted for staffs, bought
supplies and provisions and that
it was too late to find any other
facilities this year. In other words
if these camps were closed 4,000
Washington children would get no
summer camp this year.
S. John Crawley, secretary of
the Summer Outings Committee,
reported that l*e had canvassed
the entire State of Virginia at
the request of the Elks, who also
wanted to start a summer camp,
and had not found a single sat
isfactory site.
Handicapped Used Camp.
Winfield Weitzel, chairman of
the Summer Outings Committee,
also wrote Edward J. Kelly, su
perintendent of National Capital
Parks. He reported that last year
more than 1,300 requests for
camp places were received by the
committeee from the 31 agencies
which refer youngsters for Camps
Good Will and Pleasant. Their
capacity is 720.
In addition to the two-week
camping periods for these chil
dren, 112 physically handicapped
youngsters selected by the Wash
ington Heart Association went to
the two camps after the others
left last summer.
“These children, mostly heart
cases," wrote Mr. Weitzel, “are
served at these camps because
there are no other camps in the
National Capital area especially
equipped to offer the special
guidance, nursing and medical
care these heart-sick children
Girl Scouts Have Cut Capacity.
Mr. Weitzel also pointed out
that because of a flood, the Wash
ington Girl Scouts have been
forced to cut the capacity of
Camp May Flather and a recent
fire has caused the YWCA Camp
| Committee to close Camp Kahlert,
| “all of which has resulted in few'er
| camping opportunities in 1951.”
For several years, The Star has
sponsored fund-raising campaigns
to help defray the expenses of
Camps Good Will and Pleasant.
The generosity of the people of
Washington has been so great that
House Coalition Kills
Defense Housing Bill
By Vote of 219-170
By the Associated Press
Republicans and Southern Demo
crats banded together yesterday
to shelve the administration’s de
fense housing bill for the time
The coalition forced the bill off
the House floor by a 219-to-170
vote. It can be recalled at any
time, but leaders indicated the
measure may first be drastically
revised to meet objections of
The bill would have boosted
Government authority to Insure
homebuilding loans by $3 billion
and allowed the Government to
build any defense housing not
erected by private enterprise.
Opponents charged this would
allow the Government to get into
the homebuilding field in a big
way and result in a wave of public
housing projects.
Representative Latham, Repub
lican, of New York charged that
the administration could build "a
golf course and swimming pool” in
every community in the country
under the bill’s provisions allow
ing expenditures for community
“This bill leaves the door wide
open for pork, privilege and
patronage,” he said.
But administration spokesmen
contend the bill is needed to pro
vide housing facilities near defense
plants and military camps.
Representative Wolcott, Repub
lican, of Michigan, leading opposi
tion to the bill, said the admin
istration had sharply curtailed
the ability of private builders to
construct needed housing by dras
tic credit restrictions. He said
now the administration wanted to
let the Government do the home
each year the campaign has been
over-subscribed. As a result, the
surplus has been distributed to
other camps for underprivileged
children—including those run by
the Salvation Army at Prince Wil
liam Forest Park. Part of the
funds also have been used for
permanent improvements at the
camps in the park.
The park was developed as a
camping area to afford summer
vacations for underprivileged chil
dren in the Washington area. Five
camps within the park are used
fully each summer, but a sixth is
occasionally operated for the over
The camps include cabins, mess
halls, swimming “lakes,” wood
land trails, good roads, electricity
and water supply.
“They’re fully developed,” com
mented the parks spokesman. “It’s
taken years to get them that way.
But it’s because they are devel
oped that the military wants
The Weather Here '•nd Over the Nation
District of Columbia — Some
cloudiness this afternoon with a
high of about 48 degrees. Fair
tonight with lows of 32 in the
city and 26 in the suburbs. To
morrow, fair and milder by after
Maryland—Mostly fair tonight
except for occasional light snow
in the Alleghenies. Low tonight,
25 to 30 degrees. Pair tomorrow
and milder by afternoon.
Virginia—Mostly fair tonight
except for a few snow fluries in
the high mountains. Low tonight,
25 to 30 degrees. Tomorrow, fair
and milder by afternoon.
Wind: West at 11:30 o’clock at
11 miles an hour.
It will continue cloudy tonight from the lower Lakes region
through New England, with occasional showers along the coast
and light snow over Northern New England. Oregon, Wash
ington and Idaho will have rain, changing to snow in the higher
elevations of the Rockies in Montana and Wyoming. It will be
warmer from Southern California eastward through the Great
Plains and into the Gulf States. It will be cooler in the Northern
Rockies. _AP Wirephoto Map.
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River Report.
<From united States Engineers).
^Llv,*r cloudy at Harpers Ferry
Faks; Shenandoah cloudy a?
Harpers Ferry.
(Readings at Washington Airport.)
Yesterday— Pet. Today— Pef
Noon - 87 Midnight_ 9]
| P.m.- 88 8 a.m. __ I 77
8 pm.- 813 10 a.m. _ _ 67
1 P.m. _46
Hieh and Low of Last 24 Hour*.
High, 40, at in a m
Low, 33, at 7:05 a.m.
Record Temperature* This Year.
Highest, 72. on February 13.
Lowest, 11, on February 8.
Tide Tables.
(Furnished by United States Coast
and Geodetic Survey »
Today. Tomorrow’
tH‘ih -12:58 a.m. 1:51a.m.
LOW - 647 a.m. 8:48 a.m.
P?|Lh - 1:10 p.m. 2:17 p.m.
Low - 8:30 p.m. 9:35 p.m.
The Sun and Moon.
„„„ . . Rises. Sets.
Sun. today __ 6:10 615
Sun. tomorrow 6 18 6-16
Moon, today .. 10:23 a.m. 1:31a.m.
Automobile lights must be turned on
one-half hour after sunset.
Monthly precipitation in inches in the
Capital (current month to date):
Month. 1951. Avg. Record
January - 2.18 3.55 7.83 '37
Febiuary - 2.65 3.37 6.84 '84
March —- 1.51 3.75 8.84 '91
1 - 3.27 9.13 '89
May - ___ a.7f) 10.69 '80
Jbbe -- 4.13 10.94 *00
July -- 4.71 10.63 '86
AbB«st - — 4.01 14.41 "28
September __ 3.24 17 45 '34
October - ___ 2.84 8.81 '37
November __ 2.37 8 69 ’83
December . _ _ 3.32 7.56 '6l
Temperatures la Various Cities.
. High. Low. High Low
Albuquerque 57 37 New York 40 25'
AtlantlcCitJ* 47 34 Norfolk . . 40 33
Atlanta . 36 33 Omaha 29 16
Bismarck-28 1 Philadelphia 48 34
Boston ._ _ 43 38 Phoenix 85’ 47
Chicago 36 32 Pittsburgh 36 28
Cincinnati 33 31 P'iand, Me. 40 37
El Paso 70 42 P’iand, Oreg. 52 44
Indianapolis 34 32 Richmond _ 46 29
Los Angeles 86 54 St. Louis 33 29
Louisville. 36 34 Salt L. City 54 32
Memphis 42 30 San Antonio 66 42
Miami — 72 58 S. Francisco 75 43
Milwaukee 35 30 Seattle 49 42
New Orlean* 69 41 Tampa_ 65 63
State Senate Shelves
Canal Parkway Bill
By Ordering Study
By a Staff Correspondent of The Star
ANNAPOLIS, Mar. 15.—Legis
lation authorizing Maryland to
buy land for development of the
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal into a
scenic parkway has been shelved
by the General Assembly.
The Senate Finance Committee
yesterday ordered a study of the
proposal, after hearing objections
from residents of three of the
four counties affected.
Montgomery, Frederick and
Washington Counties are against
the plan, leaving Allegany County
as its lone supporter.
The study will be made by the
State Roads Commission and will
be directed chiefly toward getting
Federal guaranties that commer
cial interests will be given perma
nent access rights to Potomac
River w’ater.
Du Pont Plans Abandoned.
Permits now issued are tem
porary and speakers yesterday
contended that the uncertainty
caused the Du Pont Co. to aban
don plans for an explosives plant
near Hagerstown and choose Mar
tinsburg, W. Va., instead.
If the project is carried out, a
spokesman for the Western Mary
land Railroad said, “Maryland
will have a scenic parkway and
West Virginia tremendous indus
trial expansion.”
Representative Beall, Republi
can, of Maryland, and Harry T.
[Thompson, assistant superinten
dent of the National Parks Service,
assured objectors that “industry
will be protected.”
“The Government,” Mr. Beall
declared, “will do nothing detri
mental to Maryland’s industry.”
Aid to Commerce Seen.
Mr. Thompson said, “We have;
never denied a reasonable request!
for access, and we see the project!
as a potential aid to commerce.”!
Senator Robert B. Kimble, Re
publican, Allegany, introduced the
bill to authorizeg the State to
acquire 11.000 acres of land and
donate it to the Federal Govern
ment, which now owns the re
maining 4.764 acres necessary to
complete the project.
Long-range plans call for a
parkway width averaging 1001
acres a mile and a two-lane high- j
way over the 185-mile route from!
Washington to Cumberland.
The highway would be built by‘
the Federal Government at an;
estimated cost of $17 million, with!
Maryland contributing acreage at!
a predicted outlay of from $11
million to $2.5 million.
Called a Military Asset.
Thomas L. Post, mayor of Cum
berland, labeled the proposed route
“an invaluable military asset, and
an aid to conservation.” He said
20 million people would be at
tracted into the area and would
spend substantial sums in Mary
A spokesman of the Baltimore
& Ohio Railroad said he had been;
instructed “not to oppose the bill.” j
Heads of two departments of!
the State Government urged the!
committee not to act favorably at
this time. They were William H.
Bagliff. of the Board of Natural
Resources, and Joseph F. Kaylor,!
of the Department of Forests and!
Parks. !
- News in Brief
School Bond Vote
Set in Arlington
April 17 today was set as the
date for an Arlington referendum
on a $4,875,000 bond issue for
school construction.
Circuit Judge Walter T. Mc
Carthy set the date in response
to petitions from the School and
County Boards. A $7,450,000 pro
posal was defeated by the voters
last November.
* * * *
Bills Hit Beer Sale
Identical bills to end the mo
nopoly sale of beer in Montgomery
County today were before Mary
land’s Senate and House of Dele
Prepared under direction of
State Controller J. Millard Tawes,
the bills were sent to the State
House at Annapolis with a state
ment attacking the statute under
which Montgomery enjoyed a
$100,000 profit from beer sales
last year.
* * * *
Higher Budget Seen
Maryland’s budget prospects to
day total $163 million, $18 million
more than last year’s.
The State’s spending outline for
the year, beginning July 1, jumped
from the original estimate of $159
million to the new high when Gov.
McKeldin sent his supplemental
budget request to the General As
sembly last night.
* * * *
New Sewer District Backed
Proposed creation of a new san
itary district in the Taxuemont
area of Fairfax County has the
indorsement of the County Board
of Supervisors.
The supervisors acted yester
day. A public hearing on the pro
posal will be held March 23, in
Circuit Court. The new district
would be known as Sanitary Dis
trict No. 4.
Hit-Run Driver Is Sued
For $150,000 in 2 Deaths
By the Associated Press
BALTIMORE, Mar. 15.—Dam
age suits totaling $150,000 were
filed yesterday by William Brown.
26. of Ferndale. in the hit-and
run deaths last December of his
expectant wife and 3-year-old
son, Donald.
Named defendant was Leroy F.
Ammons, 26-year-old distillery
worker here, who was convicted of
manslaughter in the deaths in an
Annapolis court last week.
Ammons’ appeal for a new trial
will be heard at Annapolis tomor
row by Judge Benjamin Michael
Mr. Brown’s wife and their
young son w'ere returning home
from Baltimore when they were
struck and fatally injured by an
automobile near their home. The
car did not stop after the acci
dent, according to testimony.
The Federal Spotlight
Senators to Probe Agency Abuse
Of Civil Service Personnel Rules
By Joseph Young
The Senate Civil Service Committee will extend the scope of its
investigation of the Government’s personnel practices to examine
complaints of reported personnel irregularities in various departments
and agencies.
The group has received $50,000 from Congress to investigate the
vjovernmenb s personnel system in
relation to the national emergency
program, and to see what steps
can be taken to improve Federal
employment practices for the en
tire Civil Service system.
However, the committee alsc
will delve into the personnel prac
tices of individual agencies anc
One of the
first agencies to
come under the
c o m m i 11 ee’s
scrutiny is ex
pected to be
the Veterans
Many employe
have reached
C o n g r ess re
garding VA
personnel prac
tices. Employes
charge that
their bosses diS- Joseph loan*,
regard rights and follow a “back
ward” personnel policy designed to
break down employe morale.
Other agencies also will be in
vestigated to determine whether
employes are being treated fairly
in personnel matters, and
whether Civil Service standards
are being met.
In this connection, Lawrence J.
Wainwright, a national vice presi
dent of the AFL’s American Fed
eration of Government Employes,
has written to Chairman Johnston
of the Senate Civil Service Com
mittee strongly urging such ac
In addition, Mr. Wainwright
asked Senator Johnston to take
the lead in pushing legislation to
give the Civil Service Commission
the power to reverse adverse
agency actions in the case of non
veteran employes.
Mr. Wainwright pointed out
that at present the commission,
except in cases of veterans in
Government, does not have the
authority to crack down or re
verse agencies in cases where non
veteran employes have a justified
personnel grievance.
Mr. Wainwright said the com
mission now is more or less an
“advisory body.” He urged that
the commission be given "real”
authority to run the Government’s
personnel system.
* * * *
PENTAGON—The Pentagon
! soon will undergo a reorganization.
: However, the changes won’t affect
employes as far as consolidating
offices or reassigning personnel is
The reorganization will be more
of an administrative move, de- j
signed to cut dowrn paperwork and
•streamline procedures. No jobs
| are expected to be abolished as
| a result of the reorganization.
* * * *
STATE DEPT—The State De-;
partment has rejected a proposal;
of its own special advisory com- j
• mittee that the Foreign Service i
be merged with its departmental j
j civil service personnel.
| Instead, the department has
adopted a compromise plan where- •
1 by more of its Civil Service em- j
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But it won’t give the department’s
Civil Service employes the wide
scope of opportunity that a com
plete merger would have.
* * * *
LEAVE — Postmaster General
Donaldson has told a House Ap
propriations Subcommittee that he
sees no reason why postal employes
shouldn’t have the same annual
and sick-leave privileges as the
Government's classified workers.
Postal workers now get 15 days’
annual and 10 days’ sick leave,
compared to 26 and 15 for the
classified employes.
Mr. Donaldson said a survey
showed that the 15 days’ postal
leave was comparable with the
average vacations in private indus
try, but that if classified employes
received 26 days, postal workers
should be entitled to equal bene
sociation of Federal Architects
will hold its spring dinner at
6 p.m. today in the Statler Hotel.
. . . The Civil Service Commission
has announced exams for Gov
ernment building guards (veterans
only), radio engineers, litho
graphic offset pressmen and fore
men, and various types of card
punch, tabulating machine, book
keeping machine and addressing
machine operators. ... As dis
closed here yesterday, the Air
Transport Association has of
ficially given Robert Ramspeck,
its execuitve vice president, a leave
of absence to become chairman
of the Civil Service Commission.
Mr. Ramspeck will return to his
ATA job when his commission
duties are over. . . . More than
24,000 persons here applied to
take the civil service exam for
clerical jobs. The first group of
applicants take their tests Satur
(Be sure to listen 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
! ment scene.)
0. C. Minimum Wage
Law Changes Still
Sought by Neely
Chairman Neely of the Senate
District Committe still hopes to
get approval from his committee
for his bill to extend the major
provisions of the District mini
mum wage law to men.
The measure, even in a modified
form, yesterday failed to gain a
favorable report, but Chairman
Neely ordered that absent mem
bers be polled. At least two of
these members were expected to
vote for the bill.
Six members were present
yesterday when the vote was
taken. Democratic Senators
Neely, Johnston of South Carolina
and Pastore of Rhode Island voted
for the bill. Three others voted
against it—Democratic Senator
Smith of North Carolina and Re
publicans Butler of Maryland and
Welker of Idaho. In addition, by
proxy, an adverse vote was
registered by Republican Senator
Case of South Dakota.
The bill was designed to protect
the jobs of women and minors,
covered by District minimum
wage rules, by preventing em
ployers from hiring men as their
substitutes at lower than the
prescribed minimum for women
and children.
Opposition Senators argued
that there was no real showing
that men were willing to work
for less than the minimum pay
for women and children. They
also contended the measure
seemed to be a move to get a
minimum wage law for men under
the guise of something to protect
Pupils to Present Play
Students of Bladensburg Junior
High School will present “China
Boy,” a three-act comedy at 8
p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium,
Bladensburg road and Annapolii
Early to Address PTA
William A. Early, Arlington
County superintendent of schools,
will speak at 8:30 p.m. at a meet
ing of the James Madison Parent
Teacher Association at the school.
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