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Truman Asks U. S. Pay Raise;
$165-$800 for Classified Jobs
And $100-$310 for Custodial
Ramspeck Presents
Proposal to Senate
Civil Service Unit
By Joseph Young
President Truman today asked
Congress to give the Govern
ment’s classified employes a pay
raise ranging from $165 to $800 a
The White House also asked for
pay boosts of $100 to $310 a year
for the Government’s custodial,
crafts and protective workers.
The administration’s position
» was presented to the Senate Civil
Service Committee by Chairman
Robert Ramspeck of the Civil
Service Commission.
The administration’s proposal
calls fo& a 7.5 per cent pay in
crease on the entrance grade of
each grade from GS-1 to 15. The
amount, of the increase in the
entrance grade would carry
through for all the within grade
steps of the particular grade. For
example, the $2,200 entrance
grade of GS-1 would be increased
by $165 and this amount would
be added to each within step of
the grade. For employes in grades
GS-16 to 18 a flat $800 increase
would be given. The average pay
boost for all employes would come
to 6.97 per cent.
Explains Bracket Differences.
In presenting the administra
tion's proposals, Mr. Ramspeck
anticipated the committee’s criti
cism of the larger pay boosts for
the middle and upper bracket
employes by declaring these em
ployes have received dispropor
tionately smaller increases than
other Federal workers since 1945.
Mr. Ramspeck indicated the ad
ministration woultT not object il
Congress boosted the proposed pay
increases, but he added:
“Whatever rate of increase
might be appropriate, we favor an
across-the-board percentage in
crease, r&ther than a uniform dol
lar increase or a sliding scale
which results in disproportionately
lower increases in the middle and
higher brackets.-’
The commission chief added
that the Government pays liberal
salaries*! 4he lower brackets com
pared to private industry, but that
rates are much lower in the higher
Cites Turnover Factor.
"In matters of this sort, the
need of the Government to recruit
and retain qualified executives and
professional and scientific special
ists in the upper brackets should
be considered, as well as the needs
of others to sustain themselves in
the face of rising prices of goods
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The commission official said
Government workers would need a
greater pay boost than 7V2 per
cent to maintain the purchasing
power they had in 1939, but he
“On the grounds of national
policy, there is no question in our
minds that any Federal pay in
crease should be well within the
general limitation established by
the Economic Stabilization Agency
in the endeavor to control the
inflationary movement of wages
and prices.”
Opposes 10 Per Cent Indorsement.
Although the ESA has set a
10 per cent maximum pay raise
figure for private industry, Mr,
Ramspeck said it would not be
wise for the Government to grant
such a boost to its own employes,
since it would be interpreted as
giving the Government’s indorse
ment for a 10 per cent increase
for all workers in private in
Figures presented to the com
mittee showed that Federal em
ployes' salaries have increased an
average of 83.9 per cent since
1939, compared to an 87.1 per
cent boost in the cost-of-living
since that time.
The 83.9 per cent average pay
increase figure, however, does not
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promotions, within-grade salary
boosts and redistributing of jobs
are included in the figure. The
actual average pay increases given
to Federal employes as a result
of the four pay boosts given
them since 1945 is 54.6 per cent,
the committee was told.
The proposed pay increase
would affect nearly 1 million Fed
eral classified employes, includ
ing more than 250,000 Federal and
District Government employes in
the Washington area.
Senator Pastore, Democrat, of
Rhode Island, chairman of the
'See PAY, Page A-2.)
Livestock Slaughter
Inquiry Ordered
By th« Associated Press
A Nation-wide inquiry into re
ports of illegal livestock slaughter
ing was ordered today by Price
Enforcement Director Edward P
Mr. Morgan said all district of
fice enforcement agents have beer
directed to check on class 2
slaughterers who have not reg
istered as required by price regu
OPS orders require a slaughterer
to get a registration number in
order to slaughter livestock legally.
He must have such a number be
forfc he can receive such a quota
of livestock for slaughtering.
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Table of Proposed Raises
Here is a table showing how the proposed increases would affect
Federal employes by grades.
The top line of each grade with the various within-grade steps
shows what the new salary would be. The second line shows the
present salary. The third line shows how much the increase would be.
For example, the opening step of grade one would be $2,365 as
a result of the Administration’s proposal. The second line shows the
I present salary, $2,200. The third line shows the amount of the
! increase, $165.
I Grade Rates Within Grade
1 S 2.365 S 2.445 $ 2.525 $ 2.605 S 2.685 $ 2 765 $ 2.845
2.200 2,28(1 2..3HO 2.440 2,520 2.600 2,68(1
>65 165 165 165 165 165 185
2 2.635 2.715 2.705 2,875 2.055 3.035 3.115
2.450 2.530 2.61(1 2,6110 2,770 2 850 ”030
185 185 185 185 185 'l85 185
3 2.850 2.030 3.010 3.000 3.170 3.250 3 330
2.650 2.730 2,810 2.800 2.070 3,(150 3.130
200 200 ”00 200 20(1 700 200
4 3,000 3,170 3 250 3,330 3.410 3,400 3.570
2,8,5 2,055 3.035 3.115 3,105 3.275 3,355
215 215 215 ”15 215 ”15 215
5 3.335 3,480 3.585 3.710 3.835 3.060 4.085
3.100 3.275 3,350 3,475 3.600 3.725 3,850
235 236 235 735 235 236 ”35
' 6 3.710 3.835 3.080 4.086 4.210 4,335 4.460
3.450 3,575 3.700 3.825 3.050 4.075 4.200
260 260 760 260 ”60 260 260
7 4,110 4.235 4.360 4.485 4.610 4,735 4.86(1
3,825 3.050 4.075 4.200 4.325 4.450 4.576
285 285 285 285 ”85 285 285
8 4.515 4.040 4,765 4.80(1 5.015 5.140 5.265
4.200 4.325 4.450 4.575 4.700 4.826 4.050
315 315 315 315 315 315 315
9 4.045 5.070 5.105 5.320 5.445 5.570 5.605
4.600 4.725 4.850 4.075 5.100 5.225 5.350
345 345 345 345 .345 345 345
10 5.375 5.500 5.625 6.750 5.875 6.000 6.125
5.000 5.125 5.250 5 376 5.500 5.625 5.750
375 375 375 375 375 375 375
11 5.805 6.005 6.205 6,405 6.605 6,805
5.400 5.600 5.800 6,000 6.200 6.400
405 405 405 405 105 405
12 6.880 7.080 7.280 7.480 7.680 7.880
6.400 6,600. 6.800 7,000 7.200 7.400
480 480 480 480 480 480
13 8.170 8.370 8.570 ■ 8.770 8.970 9.170
7.600 7,800 8.000 8.200 8.400 8.600
570 570 5'0 570 570 570
14 9.46(1 9,660 9,860 10,060 10,260 10.460
8.800 9.000 9.200 9,400 0.600 0.800
660 660 660 660 660 660
15 10.750 11,000 11.250 11,500 11.750
10.000 10,250 10.500 10,750 11.000
750 750 750 750 750
16 12.000 12,200 12 400 12.600 12.800
11.200 11.400 11 600 11,800 12,000
800 800 800 800 800
17 13.000 13.200 13.400 13 600 13.800
12.200 12.400 12.600 12.800 13.000
• 800 800 800 800 800
18 14.800
Grade Rates Within Grade
1 * 1.625 * 1.685 S 1.746 $ 1.805 * 1.865 * 1 9"5 ft 1 oas
i.510 1 570 1,6.30 1,690 1.750 T810 * liSfo
2 2,280 2,350 2.430 2.490 <>,560 2 6.30 o 700
2.120 2.190 2.260 2.330 §400 247(1 3l2o
160 160 160 160 1 60 '?«}!
3 2.420 2.500 2.580 2.660 2.740 2 8" 2 inn
2,252 2.3.32 2.412 2.492 2.672 2 66!> I'vSt
168 168 168 168 168 ]«5 168
4 2.6.85 2.715 2 795 2.875 2 955 3 0.35 3 15
2.450 2.530 2,610 2.690 5,770 2.350 l:»30
185 185 185 185 185 185 IK5
6 2.875 2 956 3,0.35 3J15 3.196 8.275 3 355
2.674 2.754 2,834 2.914 2.994 3 074 3 154
201 201 201 201 201 2,11
6 3.116 3,195 3.276 3 365 3 4.35 3 515 3505
2.900 2.JW0 3.060 3.140 3.220 3.300 S.liilo
215 .15 215 215 215 216 •> 15
7 H$2 Un 3»!?g 3.760 .3.860 .3 960
3 hi 3 :{.|5 3.420 3.525 3.65 3.726
3.15 33d 2.15 235 236 •>.»,.
8 3.655 .3 780 3.905 8.8.30 4.155 4 980 4 405
3,400 3.535 3.650 3.775 3,900 4 025 4 150
255 355 255 255 256 255 '-166
0 4,060 4,185 4,310 4.435 4.560 4.685 4 81<i
3.11& 3.900 4.025 4.150 4.276 4.490 4.525
10 4,460 4.A85 4.li0 4.S3* 4 ii60 * Hft| *-no
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64 Arlington Farms
Airmen Are Stricken
With Food Poisoning
Enlisted Men Taken to
Bolling and Andrews Base
Hospitals; None in Danger
At least 64 Air Force enlisted
men living at Arlington Farms
were stricken with food poisoning
today and were rushed to hospitals
at Bolling and Andrews Air Force
The Air Force said it had deter
mined that the men had con
tracted the poisoning at an Ar
lington Farms mess hall.
None of the men was believed
in critical condition, but several
were termed seriously ill.
At 1 p.m., 30 men had either
been admitted or were en route
to the Bolling Hospital and 20
were en route to Andrews. The
whereabouts of the other 14 strick
en men was not immediately
The toll of those stricken was
mounting rapidly.
The Air Force quickly sent med
ical and sanitary officers to the
mess hall in an effort to deter
mine the cause.
All the stricken men are at
tached to the Air Force’s Special
Activities Wing, and most of them
are assigned to the Pentagon.
At least 10 ef the men became
ill at the Pentagon, and others
were stricken at various service
schools in the area.
Woman Killed in Plunge
Identified as Mother of 3
A woman who leaped or fell to
her death from the Calvert street
bridge last night was identified
today as Mrs. Eleanor Carroll
Gookin, widow of a Washington
eye specialist.
Mrs. Gookin, 46, and the mother
of three children, lived at 1113
Sixteenth street N.W.
Her body was found on the Zoo
side of the Calvert span by Park
Policemen J. J. Shaw and M. M.
Delano, who were cruising past
the spot in a scout car about 11:50
p.m. Identification was made by
a brother, Benjamin L. Jackson,
of 2900 Woodland drive N.W.
Mrs Gookin leaves her children,
Carroll, 21; Eleanor, 20, and
Richard, 19; her parents, Mr. and
Mrs. B. Lowndes Jackson, and a
sister, Miss Elizabeth Jackson, all
of Washington; and another sis
ter, Mrs. Courtland Smith, of Bel
mont Bay, Va.
Belgium Closes Consulate
BRUSSELS, May 16 (jP).—Bel
gium has closed Its Consulate at
Hankow in Communist China
because of lack of trade, the
Foreign Ministry said today.
Kansas Republicans
Want Eisenhower as
Candidate in 1952
Landon and Darby Call
General Strongest, if
He Is Available
By Gould Lincoln
Star Staff Correspondent
TOPEKA. Kans.. May 16.—
Kansas Republicans believe Gen.
Eisenhower is the strongest candi
date the G. O. P. could nominate
for President next year—and that
goes for both the Darby and the
Landon factions.
They do not profess to know
whether he will be available. They
said frankly that they have had
no word from him. While most
of the leaders seem confident of
his Republicanism, they are in
sistent that he must make his
jparty affiliation or leanings known
a reasonable time before the
G. O. P. National Convention if he
;is willing to run.
Alf Landon, former Governor
and Republican presidential nom
inee in 1936, and Harry Darby,
Republican National committee
man, both said today they thought
Gen. Eisenhower would be the
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added he would be a sure winner
I if he were nominated. Gov. Ed
ward F. Arn of Kansas went along
with them in this view. Mr. Lan
don put it this way:
“I think that Gen. Eisenhower
would be the strongest presiden
tial candidate the Republican
Party could nominate as of today.
Sentiment for him runs strongly
throughout the country. He must,
however, make it clear he is a Re
publican in a reasonable time.”
In the view of Mr. Landpn, Gen.
| Eisenhower would not nave to
'announce his candidacy — but
merely let it be known he was a
Mr. Landon said that he be-:
lieved Senator Taft of Ohio wasi
(Continued on Page A-7, Col. 6.)
6 Hurt in Bus-Auto
Crash in Alexandria
Six persons were injured when
&n Alexandria, Barcroft & Wash
ington bus and automobile col
lided in Alexandria today.
Three ambulances went to the
scene at Russell road and Rose
mont avenue. Preliminary reports
to police said two persons would
be admitted to Alexandria Hos
Both vehicles remained upright.
Alexandria Hospital was unable
to release names immediately
pending examination of the in
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D. C. House Unit
Approves Curbs
On Bottle Clubs
Davis Crime Bill
OK'd Unanimously;
Due Out on May 28
By Miriam Ottenberg
The House District Committee
today unanimously approved the
Davis crime bill, which would pul
illegal bottle clubs out of busi
ness and provide more than i
score of new legal weapon;
against criminals here.
The 30-point bill goes to the
House floor on May 28, the nexi
District day.
Favors ABC Control.
In today's action, winding ui
; many months of work on the bill
the comittee:
1. Approved the bottle club pro
vision which nuts tho _
establishments under the control
of the Alcoholic Beverage Control
Board and sets up the legal ma
chinery for padlocking clubs thai
operate without an ABC licens<
ior otherwise violate the law.
2. Agreed to authorize a staf
of five investigators for the Unitec
States Attorney's office.
3. Struck from the bill a sec
tion reorganizing the high com
mand setup of the Metropolitar
Police Department and agreed tc
handle that issue in a separate
Sees End to "Subterfuge.”
Representative Davis, Democrat
of Georgia, author of the sweep
ing measure, said the bottle clufc
provision will “put out of busi
ness the clubs that should be
put out of business.”
He said the bill will "absolutely
eliminate the subterfuge” under
which the bottle clubs have been
operating. He explained he re
ferred to their operations under
charters granted to benevolent,
educational, social and non-profit
Under the bottle club section,
the Commissioners are authorized
to set up whatever rules are neces
sary to control the consumption
of alcoholic beverages in the bottle
clubs and to prescribe the hours
during which whisky may be
drunk. The bill specifies, how
ever that the Commissioners shall
not authorize the consumption of
any beverages in the bottle clubs
on Sundays except lights wines
and beer.
Police Section Dropped.
The bill’s requirements would
make it fairly easy for a legiti
mate ^private club to operate,
but it would virtually be imoossiblf
for a commercial after-hours club
Mr. Davis explained that the
police reorganization section was
eliminated because of last-minute
protests from police officers who
contended the section would have
the effect of reducing three assist
ant superintendents in rank and
pay and adversely affect retired
officers. Mr. Davis said he would
add the separate police reorganiza
tion bill to the pending police pay
Among other major provisions,
the crime curb bill fixes minimum
sentences for certain crimes,
amends the Dangerous Weapons
Act. provides for forfeiture of
property used in violating gam
bling laws, authorizes arrest with
out warrant in a number of cases,
provides punishment for habitues
of “dives,” strengthens disorderly
conduct provisions, officially pro
vides a central criminal record set
up, and establishes a council for
law enforcement in the District.
Authority for Judges.
Under the bill as it now stands,
judges would have to fix these
minimum sentences:
For robbery, housebreaking at
night or assault with intent to
commit rape, not less than one
year. The minimum sentence for
these offenses would be three years
if the offender had previously been
convicted here or elsewhere of a
crime of violence.
For rape, not less than five
years. The minimum sentence foi
rape would be 10 years if the of
fender had previously been con
victed here or elsewhere of a crime
of violence.
For assault with a dangerous
weapon on a policeman, for a sec
ond offense of illegal posession of
a pistol, or for possession of bur
glar tools after a previous felony
conviction, not less than one year
Offenders convicted of crime?
where these fixed minimum sen
tences apply would not be eligible
for probation and would not be
paroled before the minimum sen
tence expires.
$50 Million National Art Center;
And Stadium Backed by Truman
President Truman wants the
Capital to have a $50 million fine
arts center that would include
a vast stadium for athletic con
tests, Representative Klein, Dem
ocrat, of New York said after a
White House call today.
The President, however, thinks
that the financing should come
from private sources. He is con
vinced that Congress would not
underwrite the program. He said,
however, that the Government
could make land available and
Mr. Klein was not certain as to
what location President Truman
had in mind.
Mr. Klein called to seek the
President’s support for his bill
which would set up a national i
theater here for cultivation of <
opera, music, painting, sculpture i
and allied arts. ]
The New Yorker proposed that i
the Government finance the proj
ect but has not figured out what,
the cost might be. ,
President Truman, he explained,
said that he had already set up a
commission headed by former
Secretary of the Treasury, Henry '
Morgenthau, jr., to study this 1
whole proposal.
He suggested that his commis- 1
sion be the fund-raising body. 1
Representative Klein said he <
was going to continue to press for <
passage of his own bill for Gov- !
emment financing. j
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Chiang Says He Can Halt Korea
Aggression by Invading China
Tells AP Executive Body Punch Delivered From
Formosa Would Stop Any Counteroffensive
By Frank King
General Executive of the Associated Press
TAIPEH, Formosa, May 16.—
Cbiang Kai-Shek today told the
Associated Press that his Na
tionalist forces on Formosa, by a
body punch to the mainland, can
halt Chinese Communist aggres
sion in Korea.
“Once a counter-offensive from
Formosa starts,” said the Presi
Mr. King is on a tour of the troubled
Orient. Today he is visiting the Chinese
Nationalist island of Formosa.
dent of the Chinese Nationalists,
“then Chinese Communist aggres
sion in Korea will end; at least
the Chinese Communists will not:
Boards Told to Halt
Induction of Students
Until August 30
Hershey Orders Delay
To Wait for Results
Of Aptitude Tests
By George Beveridge
Draft Director Lewis B. Hershey
today ordered local draft boards
not to induct any college students
this summer until after they have
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ferment through the new national’
aptitude tests.
The order, officials said, gives
iron-clad protection to thousands
of college students, previously
subject to induction as soon as
summer vacation begins, who!
might otherwise have been drafted,
before they could qualify under!
the deferment program.
At the same time:
1. A District university regis
trar charged that uncertainty
about whether they should take
the tests is causing considerable
frustration among many draft
liable students.
2. Draft officials also an
nounced postponement until May
25 of a deadline on applying for
;the tests.
30-Day Grace Period.
Today’s order told draft boards
to hold up induction orders until
August 20, if necessary, in order
to get results of the aptitude tests,
as well as cerificates from col
leges telling where the students
rank scholastically in their
classes. August 20, officials said,
will be sufficient time for results |
to be tabulated.
Gen. Hershey also stressed that
all high school and college stu
dents slated for induction are to
be given a 30-day period after
(See DRAFT, Page A-4.)
be able to start any new offensive
in Korea.”
The 64-year-old generalissimo
has an estimated 500,000 men in
training on this island bastion.
These soldiers have figured in the
great debate on United States
policy in the Orient now raging
in Washington.,
During one of his rare, personal
interviews* lasting nearly an hour,
Chiang carefully guarded against
discussion of specific issues in
volved in that debate.
The interview took place in
Chiang’s office in the huge ad
ministration building whose cav
‘See CHIANG. Page A-7.) .
Army Seizes Control
Of Bolivia, Charging
'Immediate Danger'
President Resigns
And Leaves Country
After 10-Day Tension
By the Associated Press
LA PAZ, Bojivia, May 16.—The
Army seized the government of
this tin-rich nation today, claim
ins iv wan 111 letu aim immediate
Maj. Gen. Ovidio Quiroga, army
chief of staff, named a military
junta headed by Gen. Hugo Bal
livian as president and defense
minister, after President Mamerto
Urriolagoitia resigned and left
the country.
The nation was immediately
placed under a stage of siege—
modified martial law. Strikes
were declared illegal and the army
command was given authority to
order mobilization of both sol
diers and civilians to maintain
public order.
The coup came ip an at
mosphere of tension following the
May 6 elections in which Victor
Paz Estenssoro, exiled leader of
the nation’s tin miners, won most
votes but not enough for the
clear majority which would en
title him automatically to the
presidency without an act of Con
<Paz Estenssoro issued a
statement in Buenos Aires say
ing the coup was an attempt to
prevent him from returning to
take the presidency. He said he
was awaiting more details, but
(See BOLIVIA, Page A-2.)
Quakes Panic Italians;
No Deaths Reported
By th« Associated Press
ROME, May 16.—Sharp and
engthy earthquake shocks shook
Northern Italy last night and early
oday. Residents panicked, but
here were no reports of casualties.
The tremors -this morning fol
owed a strong quake of unusually
ong duration which frightened
nhabitants of more than 20 north
ern provinces shortly before mid
light. The initial shock was re
>orted to have caused some dam
ige to buildings.
Throughout the quake area
vindows. were broken and plaster
ell from walls. In Milan cracks
ippeared in the walls of some old
luildings. The brunt of the
[uakes was around Lake Garda
md Lake Como.
One report said the initial shock
asted from 30 to 35 seconds in
he area of Genoa. Experts point
d out that the devastating earth
luake which struck Sicily and
Southern Italy in 1908 lasted 53
Red Troops Attacking
All Along East Front;
Big Push Seen Near
Hoge Predicts Offensive
Friday, Other Officers
Expect It Next Monday
ly Associated Press
TOKYO (Thursday), May 17.—
Red troops poured out of the hills
in attacks all along the eastern
front of Korea Wednesday night.
It was too early to tell whether
it was the start of the expected
Achesan Deflates Rumors on Chinese Red
Peace Feelers. Page A-7
Red offensive, or new probing in
They struck strong blows from
Chunchon, 45 miles northeast of
Seoul, eastward to the Sea of
The attacks came not long after
raaj. wn. wunam Hoge. com
mander of the United States 9th
Corps, predicted the Red offensive
would open Friday. He said his
troops would welcome it.
To Follow Usual Pattern.
The general said if the Chinese
follow their “previous pattern of
; attacking on the full moon, the
blow should come soon. The moon
comes full on the 18th of the
month. That gives him two days.’’
(The World Almanac and the
United States Coast and Geo
detic Survey say the full moon
comes next Monday.)
Allied intelligence officers said
a striking force of 390,000 Reds
! was ready for the signal to begin
their biggest offensive of the war.
One U. N divisional officer said
the Communists “will have to do
more probing” before the attack.
"They are not too familiar with
our defense lines.”
Allied patrols reaching across
the 10-mile wide no-man’s-landi
also probed continually into Chi
nese buildups. Deeper penetra
tions ran into artillery Are from
self-propelled guns.
Red Morale Weakening.
A divisional spokesman said in
creasing numbers of Red prisoners
were being brought back, indicat- i
ing a weakening of Communist
Peiping radio sought to bolster
Chinese troops by assuring them
they have shown that the “United
States is nothing but a paper
tiger.” The Red China broadcast
said the war. will continue until
‘we drive the mad, shameless
American imperialists completely
out of Korea.”
American troops, somewhat
bored with waiting, have had time
in a two-and-one-half-week lull
to bolster their defenses thor
ougniy. a division spokesman
said the Allied forces probably are
in the best positions they have
manned yet. He said they’re con
fident and in good spirits. '
Associated Press Correspondent
John Randolph reported that
(See KOREA, Page A-7.)
Acheson Declares
He Has No Intention
Of Giving Up Job
Secretary of State Acheson said
today he has no intention of re
He was asked at a news con
ference about his plans in view of
a recent flurry of rumors that
bis resignation was imminent.
After stating flatly that he has
no intention of quitting, Mr.
Acheson added that "my position
is as it always has been—I feel:
that I enlisted for the duration
and I am prepared to stay as
long as the President wants me
to stay.” .

Bradley Hearing
Held Up by Baffle
Over Secrecy
Truman Supports
General in Refusal
To Reveal Talks
By Cecil Holland and
John A. Giles
An acrimonious dispute over
whether confidential White House
conversations should be disclosed
today engulfed the Senate com
mittee investigating the Mac
Arthur controversy and caused
postponement until Monday of a
second round of testimony by Gen.
Bradley, chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff.
Yesterday afternoon Gen. Brad
ley refused to answer questions
relating to conversations he had
with the President in his capacity
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quiring him to answer under
threat of contempt action was
settled for the day by a ruling of
the chairman of the committee.
This morning the controversy was jt
renewed by a motion to appeal the “
chairman’s ruling to a committee
vote. And at the same time the
White House announced that
President Truman backs his top
military adviser.
White House Press Secretary
Joseph Short said:
“The President made the deci
sion (in regard to Gen. Mac
Arthur) and the conversation
which led up to it in his business.”
He said that he did not know
if Gen. Bradley had been in touch
with President Truman about the
Vote Due Tomorrow.
After nearly two hours of hot
debate, the investigating commit
tee—Armed Services and Foreign
Relations—voted 19 to 6 to excuse
Gen. Bradley.
The chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff left the closed
hearing room in the Senate Office
Building shortly before noon after
having been asked the same ques
tion which caused the controversy
and again declining to answer.
The committee recessed at
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told reporters there would be &
vote at 1 p.m. tomorrow on the
issue. The vote will be preceded
by three hours of debate, equally
divided between the two sides of
the controversy.
Senator Russell said that Gen.
Vandenberg, Chief of Staff of the
Air force, will be the witness on
Friday. Gen. Bradley has en
gagements on the West Coast in
connection with the observance
of Armed Services Day and for
that reason will not be able to
testify again before next week.
Russell Explains Question.
Senator Russell said the ques
tion before the committee for de
cision tomorrow was whether "a
committee has the power to com
pel an advisor of the President to
disclose details of a conversa
tion held on a confidential basis.”
He added that he would not
“charge now that there was poli
tics involved in the wrangling.”
However, the feeling engen
dered within the committee by
the issue were reflected in a com
ment by Senator Fulbright, Dem
ocrat. of Arkansas. Leaving the
hearing room, Senator Fulbright
told reporters he fear the Re
publicans are “trying to sabotage”
the investigation “because they
don’t like what is taking place.”
The transcript of the closely
guarded hearings also showed
Senator McMahon, Democrat, of
Connecticut as saying that some
of the Republican committee
members were trying to intro
duce “certain extraneous notes”
which should not be injected into
the investigation.
Senator Wilev
Wisconsin, quickly disputed this
and insisted that Gen. Bradley,
unless the President prohibited
him, “would be willing to tell all
the facts.”
The committee became involved
Four Killed, 100 Injured
4$ Tornado Hits Formosa
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tornado whirling in from the west
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lured more than 100 others in
Southern Formosa. Property dam
age was estimated at more than
SI million.
The Chinese Nationalist naval
aase at Kaohsiung was hit hard
. Iiiree midshipmen were
idled and about 80 others were
njured. The Naval Academy.
)ther buildings and harbor equip
nent were severely damaged/
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