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Reds May Yield
On Truce Line,
U.N. Aide Says
But Peiping Radio
Declares Allied Stand
Has Been 'Repudiated'
ly the Associated Press
TERS, Korea, Aug. 3.—Beneath
the surface deadlock on where to
draw a cease-fire line in Korea, a
high United Nations source today
saw a hint that the Reds might
be preparing the way for con
ceding the Allied demand.
The Allies want the fighting to
stop on the present line, generally
north of the 38th Parallel. The
Reds have been holding out for
a buffer zone centered on the
Possibly nudging the Commu
nists toward a more conciliatory
attitude, the United States 8th
Army reported its attacking
troops gained more than 2 miles
on the Central Korean front
Thursday against only small
groups of the enemy.
Repudiated by Red Chief.
The Peping' radio Thursday
night quoted Lt. Gen. Nam 11,
North Korean chief of the Red
armistice delegation at Kaesong,
as saying he “repudiated the
buffer zone” proposed by the allies
“deep across the 38th Parallel.”
What Gen. Nam meant by
“deep” was not explained, but the
North Korean radio at Pyongyang
declared the Allies were demand
ing^, “top-shooting line” approxi.
mately halfway between the 38th
and 39th parallels.
This, said a high~U. N. source,
is “a lot of malarky.” The Allies
have made no such northern
reaching demand. The line they
want is where their troops now
are, 10 miles or more south of
U'haf. Ri»Hc cav ic Koirtcr Has
“Building Up for Letdown.”
“It appears they (the Reds) are
building up the folks at home for
a letdown,” the U. N. source com
mented. “If they accept the
buffer zone below where they say
we are asking for it, then it will
look like a Communist ‘victory’.”
Whether this reasoning was cor
rect only time would tell. As the
negotiations now stand. Vice Ad
miral C. Turner Joy, chief Allied
negotiator, told the Reds at the
most recent meeting that the Al
lies must hold a defensible line
because of the possibility of “an
armstice violation by the other
That was at Thursday’s seventh
deadlocked meeting of the two
They will try again today at a
meeting scheduled for 11 a.m. (9
p.m., EDT., Thursday).
Admiral Joy Quoted.
Brig. Gen. William P. Nuckols,
U. N. spokesman, quoted Admiral
Joy as telling Red negotiators at
“The United Nations command
has no intention of violating the
military armistice agreed upon,
but neither will the U. N. command
place itself in an indefensible po
sition in the event of an armistice
violation by the other side.”
Gen. Nuckols said Admiral Joy
read this prepared statement in
response to “a final question” by
Gen. Nam.
Gen. Nuckols did not disclose
the nature of this final question.
But it was presumed here that the
North Korean had asked some
thing like the following question:
If you sincerely desire peace,
and intend to observe the armis
tice, why are you talking about
defensive positions?
Question Was Anticipated.
Gen. Nuckols said the question
had been anticipated, and the
answer prepared in advance.
After making his statement
Admiral Joy asked:
“Do you or do you not agree
that the security of his forces
is a responsibility of each
commander during a military
Gen. Nam evaded a direct an
swer. Admiral Joy repeated his
question a second and then a third
time. Each time Gen. Nam
avoided a direct answer.
When Admiral Joy put the
question for the third time, Gen.
Nuckols said, it caused a flurry
on the Communist side. The two
Chinese in the five-man Red dele
gation conferred with each other,
(See TRUCE, Page A-3.)
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ou iseporrea Miiea
In Czech Mine Riots
By the Associated Press
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia, Aug. 2.
—The newspaper Politika reported
today that Czechoslovakia police
killed 60 workers and arrested 200
after riots in uranium mines. The
source of the information was not
Politika said a Soviet engineer
was killed when he tried to inter
vene in the strike, caused by diffi
cult working and living conditions.
Late News
Aliens Ordered Rearrested
The Government today or
dered the rearrest of 39 aliens
who are fighting deportation
and are now free on bonds fur
nished by the Civil Rights Con
gress. Attorney General Mc
Grath made it clear the Justice
Department no longer regards
bonds offered by the congress I
as acceptable. - I
British Plane Ready to Take
Mission to Iran for Oil Talks
New Negotiations Threatened by Teheran's
Resentment at Arrival of English Ships
Ry the Associated Press
LONDON, Aug. 2.—A special
plane was ordered to stand bj
today to carry a British cabinet
mission to Teheran for Anglo
Iranian oil talks.
The Foreign Office insisted nc
final decision on sending the mis
sion had been made. A spokesman
added, however*-it might come at
any moment.
Britain still is awaiting clearer
replies to one or two questions it
has raised with Iran. They center
on Britain’s insistence that both
sides clearly understand the basis
on which the talks will be held.
Teheran dispatches said bitter
Iranian resentment at the arrival
of four British destroyers at
Abadan this week threatened to
break down an agreement for re
newal of the talks at the eleventh
President Truman's special en
voy in the oil crisis, W. Averell
Harriman, was reported concerned
over the possible adverse effect of
Britain’s display of force. British
planes also were reported to have
flown over Iranian territory in the
refinery area and Mr. Harriman
was informed that the Iranian
government was protesting both
to Britain and Iraq. Iraqui bases
were said to have been used by the
British warships and planes.
A dispatch from Baghdad yes
terday said British troops based
near Basra, in Iraq, had been
alerted for a possible emergency
for several days, but that the alert
had been canceled when the pos
sibility of renewing talks devel
oped. RAF planes continued tp
arrive near Basra, however.
Teheran dispatches said discord
flared today in the Iranian Majlis,
lower house of the Iranian Parlia
ment, as Mr. Harriman waited for
word from London as to when the
British mission would arrive.
Delayed by “Formalities.”
Iranian deputies were quoted as
telling Parliament the arrival of
warships “made it impossible to
start oil talks in a friendly spirit.”
A British Foreign Office spokes
man said the mission was delayed
because of “certain formalities.”
This could mean the mission mem
bers had yet to comply with for
eign travel regulations.
Yesterday the cabinet studied a
report from Mr. Harriman,
then sent off a reply to Iran. A
Foreign Office spokesman said an
answer is expected probably to
day. He indicated Iran’s reply
(See IRAN, Page A-3> ,
Military Production
Expected to Redouble
In Western Europe
Quarterly Report of ECA
Shows Sizable Increase
In Spending for Defense
The Economic Cooperation Ad
ministration said today that West
ern Europe is expected to double
its production of military goods in
the year ahead.
It's already been doubled once
“in the two years since the North
Atlantic Treaty was signed,” ECA
added in its quarterly report for
the January-March 1951 period.
President Truman sent the re
port to Congress today.
ECA said most Western Euro
pean countries are now spending
far more for national defense and
far less for non-military purposes
than before the Korean outbreak.
Price Rise Threatens Economy.
But it warned that raw mate
rial shortages and rising prices
threaten both military output and
the area’s economy.
Declaring that the Marshall
Plan program has brought about a
“remarkable recovery” in Western
Europe and has provided a “sound
economic base for the new de
fense commitments which the
North Atlantic treaty countries
, . . are undertaking,” the report
“It is important, however, that
these gains be preserved and ex
ECA authorizations for the
quarter amounted to $430 million,
bringing to $10 billion the au
thorizations approved since the
start of the Marshall Plan pro
gram three years ago.
Western Germany received the
largest amount, or $105,100,000.
Prance received $77,900,000, Italy
$48,100,000, and Austria, $35,800,
000. ,
Britain Gets No Aid.
Britain and Ireland already are
operating without Marshall Plan
aid and ECA Administrator Wil
liam C. Foster said in Paris yes
terday that Sweden and Portugal
have decided to get along without
further dollar help.
The report painted a generally
bright over-all picture for the
quarter, saying industrial produc
tion in Marshall Plan countries
was maintained at the peak level
of the previous quarter and was
up 13 per cent over a similar 1950
period. It averaged 39 per cent
above prewar.
Steel output was up 10 per
cent over a similar 1950 period
and close to the highest quarterly
rate on record. However, the out
look for a further increase in
steel output is “clouded” and de
pends on availability of high
grade iron ore, coal, steel scrap
and alloying materials.
Agriculture was expanding—al
though prospects for next year
were "not 'so favorable”—and
trade with the rest of the world
had “widened sharply.”
Lightning Kills Five Hikers
In Grand Teton Canyon
By the Associated Press
DRIGGS, Idaho, Aug. 2.—A. bolt
of lightning killed five Mormon
Church camp hikers and injured
eight others huddled beneath a
mountain wilderness tree yes
The victim*, four teen-age girls
and a woman camp counsellor, all
of Idaho Falls, were part of a
group of 37 hiking through a
canyon in the Grand Teton range
about 12 miles east of here.
A sudden thunderstorm broke
over the rugged country, driving
the group to cover under some
large trees. Fred Miller, only man
in the group, said he had just
warned the party to “get away
from the tree” when the bolt
Mr. Miller, stuifned himself, ap
plied artificial respiration to six
unconscious girls.
Two hysterical girls ran to the
campsite, 2>/2 miles distant, to get
Volunteers removed the bodies
on horseback.
Emergency Crews Run :
Argentina's Railways
As Strike Continues
Schedules Kept Up
On Blast-Torn Lines;
'Aliens' Are Blamed
By the Associated Press
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina,
Aug. 2.—The anti-Peron Brother
hood of Engineers and Firemen
remained on strike on two main
lines for the second day today but
emergency crews of inspectors
and roundhouse workers kept all.
Argentine railroads operating.
Commuting trains were running
on nearly normal schedules on all1
four main lines damaged yester
day by a dozen explosions which
tore up sections of track.
Mounted police, sent to pro
vincial railway stations to keep
order, were withdrawn.
Alien Forces Blamed.
The government charged that,
the explosions were set off by
criminals inspired by “forces alien
to the country.”
Private reports reaching here
said the strike had paralyzed the
two big rail centers of Junin to
the west and Ingeniero White to
the south. It apparently had not;
spread to Buenos Aires and Ro
sario, largest cities in Argentina.
The lines were blown up after
the strike call by the engineers
and firemen who man the state
owned railways.
The Government, in its com
munique on the bombing, did not
mention the strike which the
union said was called because the
regime had refused to let the
union elect its own officers.
Shops Reported Damaged.
Railroad shops at Tolosa, near
La Plata, were said to have been
damaged by explosions.
It was difficult to assess the
effect of the strike on a nation
wide basis because trunk tele
phone lines were closed to Abbott,
Perez Millan and Monte—three
key points. The government
owned company said the lines
were down because of a severe
Through trains to the west and
south were reported to be running
behind schedule or to have been
canceled altogether.
Gen. Peron broke Argentina’s
last railway strike January 25 by
using his wartime emergency
powers to draft strikers. About
300 rail workers were arrested and
some were tried for “crimes
against the State.”
The newspaper La Prensa was
closed and taken over by the
government after it printed the
striker’s side of the argument.
The president still has these
emergency powers and may in
voke them again.
Jap Criminals to Be Freed
RANGOON, Burma, Aug. 2 (£*).
—Official sources said today the
last 20 Japanese war criminals
serving sentences here will be
given their freedom Sunday. They
will be sent to Singapore, to join
other Japanese being repatriated.
Pravda Takes Note
Of 'Petition' Story,
Calls It Serious
By th# Associated Press
MOSCOW, Aug. 2. —Pravda
commented today op experiences
of reporters of the New York Post
and the Madison (Wis.) Capital
Times, who had trouble finding
signers to a petition bearing the
Declaration of Independence.
The Communist Party paper
said it proved the Declaration
had been buried in America along
with the freedoms it guaranteed.
It told of the failure of the
Madison paper to get more than
one signer out of 112 asked on
the Fourth of July, and of how
the New York Post could get only
19 out of 161 to sign.
“In the joke of the American
journalists,” said PraVda, “there
is a serious meaning. “What, in :
fact, is left of the notorious Amer- ;
ican democracy after 175 years?”
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Eisenhower Job
No Politics Curb,
* *
Truman Says
General May Put
Duty First, However,
President Declares
By Joseph A. Fox
President Truman said today
that he does not believe that Gen.
Eisenhower’s duties in Europe
would conflict with any political
plans the general might have in
1952. But he added strongly that
le thought that Gen. Eisenhower
would put his duty to his coun
try first.
The President’s comments came
it the news conference which was
iberally interlarded with political
The President revealed that he
intends to fly to San Francisco on
September 4 to open the confer
ence preliminary to the signing
if the Japanese peace treaty, but
.aid that for the time being, a
whistle-stop tour of the country
was ruled out.
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lower’s political future was in
jected when the President was
isked to comment on a statement
jy Bernard Baruch that the gen
:ral is “leading the greatest cru
sade since Peter the Hermit" and
ioing a fine job as head of the
Sforth Atlantic Treaty forces.
No Comment on Statement.
The President said he was sure
hat Gen. Eisenhower would con
-inue to do a great job.
He refused comment, however,
vhen the reporter pressed for his
news on Mr. Baruch’s statement
hat any one seeking to turn Gen.
Eisenhower’s thoughts from his
iuty “is doing Ike and the coun
ty a disservice.”
A reporter then asked Mr. Tru
nan how long he thinks it will
x necessary for Gen. Eisenhower
-o stay in Europe.
The reporter’s guess is as good
is his own, the President re
sponded. But he added that if the
luestioner was referring to 1952,
ie didn’t think Gen. Eisenhower’s
luties would conflict with anything
hat might happen then if Gen.
Eisenhower happens to be in that
'rame of mind—meaning political.
Speedy Trip Possible.
Then the President concluded
Irmly that he thought that under
»ny conditions, Gen. Eisenhower
would put his duty to his country
The President’s announcement
;hat he intended to go to San
Francisco was in response to a
luery about his travel plans. When
ie said he intended to fly to the
jpening of the Pacific conference,
ie was asked if he would go to
3an Francisco one day and come
jack the next.
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“Does that preclude the likeli
hood of a whistle-stop tour later
;his fall?’* he was asked.
It does at this particular time,
the President said.
Had Considered Tour.
Mr. Truman has said previously
that he was considering a tour of
the country after Congress had
adjourned to discuss issues with
the people, as he has done
The President also took a dig
it the Republicans when he was
asked to comment on a current
magazine article by Herbert
Hoover in which the former Presi
dent says his party should “ex
pose, oppose and propose” next
Mr. Truman said he agreed
with the last word—propose—
adding tartly that they’ve never
done that yet.
Always a Democrat.
Asked to comment on the Re
publican mayoralty candidacy of
Dr. Daniel A. Poling in Philadel
phia, Mr. Truman said that he
was very fond of the good Bap
tist preacher, but as between a
Democrat and a Republican he
would always have to be for the
The President described as out
side of his sphere a request for
comment on a proposal by Sena
tor Mundt, Republican, of South
Dakota that Republicans and
Southern Democrats combine their
forces in the presidential race next
year. That, the President con
tinued, was between the Senator
and the Southerners.
Asked what he thought of the
idea that has been advanced of
having Presidents nominated by
primary instead of by convention,
Mr. Truman said he thought one
presidential race was enough.
New Red Guide for Party Chiefs
Doesn't Sound Like Friendship
By Ernie Hill
Correspondent of The Star and
Chicago Daily News.
2.—The Soviet press has tufned
jut a 50-page pamphlet called
(Jotes for Agitators contrasting
strangely with its new English
anguage fortnightly magazine,
Notes for Agitators is printed in
Russian and is being distributed
;o key party leaders through the
world to give them the line on
what to preach about the United
Fresh off the press, the pamphlet
jontains none of the soft words
ibout better Soviet relations with
;he Anglo-Saxon world as does the
tfews which has adopted a curious
pattern of friendship.
“Immigrants go to ths United
States,” declares the new hand
book, “full of hope for a new ex
istence and find only slave-like ex
“A debauch of reaction charac
terizes the United States in the
postwar period.”
Wall Street is described as the
country’s great banking center,
and the pamphlet claims that
“American foreign policy is de
termined here.”
Sixty families, the guide con
tends, control the United States
and are “the contemporary slave
owners.” Four names are men
tioned—Morgan, Rockefeller, Du
Pont and Mellon.
Considerable material is in
cluded concerning tHe economic
plight of the Negroes in the South,
the Mexicans along the Rio
(See PAMPHLET, Page A-3.)
Hede Massing Repeats Story
That Field, Duggan Joined Reds
Ex-Communist Tells Senators of Coming
Here to Enlist Former State Department Men
By Cecil Holland
Vienna-born Hede Massing to
day told Senators her story of
coming to Washington in 1934 and
recruiting two State Department
officials—Noel Field, now missing
behind the Soviet Iron Curtain,
and the late Lawrence Duggan—
into a Russian espionage “ap
Mrs. Massing, former wife of
Communist Gerhardt Eisler, testi
fied as the Security subcommittee
continued its investigation of
whether any subversive forces have
influenced American Far Eastern
Mrs. Missing's testimony dealt
with details brought out at previ
ous hearings.
The subcommittee, headed by
Senator McCarran, Democrat, of
Nevada, has centered its Inquiry
thus far on the Institute of Pacific
Relations. This is a private or
ganization established in the 1920s
for objective study of Far Eastern
With Mrs. Massing on the
stand, the subcommittee released
a number of letters and docu
ments to show what Robert Mor
ris, the committee counsel, said
were connections between persons
named by Mrs. Massing as Com
munists and the institute.
Mrs. Massing testified that she
and Alger Hiss, former State De
partment Official, competed for
Field’s services after Field re
luctantly agreed to join her ap
paratus and, as she said, "betray
his country.”
Hiss is now serving a prison
sentence for denying under oath
that he gave secret information to
a Communist spy ring operating
CSee SECURITY. Patrp A-2.I
Six Days as Private
Convinces Drafted
Indiana Doctor
Ey th« Associated Press
CHICAGO. Aug. 2.—Dr. Robert
Beconovieh, 27, a Hammond (Ind.)
doctor who was drafted last week
when he refused to accept a com
mission, has changed his mind
after six days as an Army private.
The public information officer at
Fort Sheridan said the young doc
tor left there yesterday for Fort
Sam Houston, Tex., after express
ing willingness to accept a com
mission in the Officers’ Reserve
The Army spokesman said Dr.
Beconovich’s change of heart was
being forwarded to the office of
the Army Surgeon General in
Washington, and that he probably
will be granted the commission he
previously spurned.
Allies Gain 2 Miles
On Central Korea Front
By th« Associated Press
tacking Allied troops gained more
than 2 miles on the Central Ko
rean front today. They met only
small groups of Reds.
The advance was made south of
Kumsong, Communist supply cen
ter. Infantrymen advanced from
3,000 to 4,000 yards. Patrols
engaged into small groups of Reds.
Communist forces made light
probiftg attacks early this morn
ing on either side of the Allied
advance. They were stopped.
The Reds made two of these at
tacks northeast of Kumhwa, 12
miles southwest of Kumsong.
Another predawn Red attack
was made northwest of Yanggu,
30 miles southeast of Kumhwa.
Elsewhere the battlefronts were
quiet. Warplanes flying north of
battle lines followed up yester
day’s 500 sorties, hammering at
Red supply lines.
Committee Condemns
Oatis Imprisonment;
Press Club Also Acts
Truman's Proclamation
Paves Way to End All
Czech Trade Concessions
By Garnett D. Horner
Congi-essional and National Press
Club resolutions condemning Com
munist Czechoslovakia’s imprison
ment of Associated Press Corre
spondent William N. Oatis co
incided today with a presidential
proclamation paving the way for
ending tariff concessions to Czech
The House Foreign Affairs Com
mittee yesterday adopted a resolu
tion denouncing the “sham trial
and unjust conviction” of Mr.
Oatis on spy charges and calling
on Government agencies to “take
all possible action to bring about
his release.”
Mr. Oatis’ immediate release
was demanded in a resolution
adopted by the National Press
Club Board of Governors. It
charged the Czech Communist
regime had distorted fill honest
reporting “through perverted proc
esses of justice.”
riraiucm iiuman signed a
proclamation authorizing the can
cellation of all tariff concessions
to the Soviet Union and her satel
lites, including Czechoslovakia./ He
then ordered the cancellation into
effect August 31 for 13 Communist
lands, but excluded Czechoslovakia
and Russia herself, among others,
until further legal steps are com
The President’s order will have
the effect of increasing tariffs
after August 31 on any goods im
ported from Albania, Red China,
Estonia, the Soviet zone of Ger
many, Communist-controlled parts
of Indo-China, North Korea, the
Kurile Islands, Latvia, Lithuania,
Outer Mongolia, Romania, South
ern Sakhalin and Tannu Tuva.
Secretary of the Treasury
Snyder was directed to deny trade
benefits to these countries under
the proclamation establishing the
basic authority for carrying out
a Congressional order to cancel
tariff concessions to Russia and
all countries dominated by Mos
cow as soon as practicable.
The congressional order was
contained in an amendment to re
cent legislation extending the Re
ciprocal Trade Act. Carrying out
another amendment, the President
also flatly embargoed imports from
(Continued on Page A-3, Col. 5.)
$1,542 for First Cotton Bale
DALLAS, Aug. 2 (/P).—M. Aura
of Dallas paid $1,542.50 for Dallas
County’s first bale of cotton and
said he would sfend it- to Germany
for auction. Proceeds would go
to some German charitable cause.
C. C. Witherspoon of India, Tex.,
grew the first bale.
'Influence' Man Probe
Begun by Grand Jury;
Senators Blast Mason
He Is 'Complete Fraud/
Hoey Says as Court
Action Is Revealed
A Senate subcommittee today
denounced pudgy Sam Mason as
“a complete fraud” who worked a
confidence racket “to swindle ap
proximately a quarter million dol
lars from his victims,” on promises
to obtain cheap leases of Govern
ment property.
Chairman Hoey of the Senate’s
Subcommittee on Investigations
announced a Upderal grand jury is
starting an inquiry into Mason’s
activities. Witnesses told the sub
committee Mason said the Gov
ernment, in fear of atomic attack,
was planning a vast underground
construction program, and many
buildings would become “surplus.’
| Senator Hoey said in a speed!
prepared for the Senate that hf
was filing a formal report coverins
the "fantastic machinations” o!
Mason, a New Yorker, who hai
said his real name is Samuel D
Mussman. He lost a leg in Worl<
War I and draws $195 monthly ii
Government compensation.
raid ->o income iax.
Testifying before the Hoe;
group, Mason said he has paid m
income tax since 1929. He sai<
he had a scheme to bribe publii
officials, and asked the Senators
“What’s wrong with that?’
Mason acknowledged collectinf
around $100,000 from five witnesse:
against him, but said he turned ii
all over to a mysterious Vinc<
Eungart, in Washington. He saic
Eungart was to us* the money tc
obtain leases, but has gone to Aus
In District Court this morning:
the Justice Department started
the machinery rolling to prosecute
Mason on possible charges of per
jury and obtaining money by false
Other Violations Reported.
Attorney General McGrath filed
a letter in the criminal clerk’s of
fice authorizing a Washington
attorney, Irving Goldstein, to pre
sent evidence in the case to the
grand jury, in which capacity he
will serve as a special assistant tc
the Attorney General.
Basis for the appointment, the
letter said, was that the Justice
Department is “informed thal
Samuel D. Mussman, alias Samue:
Mason, violated District of Colum
bia code sectidns op perjury, and
by obtaining money and property
or other things of value through
false pretenses with intent to de
The Attorney General addec
that the department also has beer
informed that Mason has “vio
lated other criminal laws of the
United States.’’
Maximum penalty for perjury
on each count is 10 years, while
false pretense holds a maximum
of one to three years per count
Sworn In Immediately.
Mr. Goldstein, who has had an
active civil and criminal law
practice here for many years, is
a former assistant United States
attorney for the District. He was
(See RACKET', Page A-3.)
Polish Vessel Under Guard
In Sweden After Mutiny
ly the Associated Press
STOCKHOLM, Aug. 2.—The
Polish minesweeper Hedregfar
iezon docked in the port of Ystad
today with all officers locked in
their cabins after a mutiny by
crew members in the Baltic, the
Swedish defense staff said tonight.
The ship, which carries a crew
of 33 men and officers, was placed
under police and naval guard in
Ystad harbor.
Preliminary reports from hear
ings by Swedish authorities indi
cated the mutiny was started by
eight men, who later were joined
by eight others. The 16 muti
neers were reported to have asked
asylum in Sweden as political

Auto Price Boost
To Be First Test
Of New Controls
Chrysler Files Plea;
OPS Admits Law May
Permit Increase
By Robert K. Walsh
The new economic controls law
today headed for its first major
test as most automobile manufac
turers prepared to ask further
price boosts, perhaps up to 10 per
cent, on new cars. f
The Office of Trice Stabilization
said the Chrysler Corp. has “un
officially” given notice it will seek
a 9V2 per cent price increase. An
OPS spokesman said that such re
quests might have to be granted
in most cases because the new law
requires price ceilings to reflect
business cost rises up to last
The legislation, signed by Presi
dent Truman late Monday after
congressional approval of a Sen
ate-House conference report, got
off to an otherwise stormy start
at the Capitol and White House.
The President’s criticism of the
legislation drew the fire of Re
publicans in both branches of
Congress. Senator Ferguson, Re
publican, of Michigan aimed a
blast at an OPS order earlier this
week fixing pork price ceilings .
which would allow increases of
3 to 9 cents a pound for some
“Political Maneuver” Charged.
“That was a shocking political
maneuver,” he telegraphed Chair
man Owen J. Cleaiw of the Mich
igan Republican Central Commit
tee, “by announcing the order just
after Congress had passed a new
controls law, the administration
seeks to identify the increase with
the new law. It seeks to excite
the public and to confirm its own
propaganda line that the new law
would wreck the inflation pro
gram. The Truman administra
tion may shout to the housetop*
about insufficient control author
ity but it actually wants high
prices and inflation.”
The Ferguson telegram, which
also contained a charge of “polit
ical double dealing” by the ad
ministration, was in reply to Mr.
Cleary’s telegram, which said peo
ple were confused by the OPS
Price Stabilizer Michael V.
DiSalle immediately invited Sen
ator Ferguson to visit OPS. He
said the Senator then could decide
, for himself whether the pork price
, ceilings were justified in view of
’ the “squeeze” that packers suf
; fered because of a sharp rise in
| the price of lean hogs.
The principal attack on Presi
dent Truman in the House yester
day came frorq Representative
r Halleck of Indiana, Republican
> deputy floor leader. He asserts
I the President “has shown he
: would rather plan politics than
enforce the economic controls law.”
■ President Truman, according to
• Mr. Halleck, “is determined that
i the new law shall not work if he
, can help it..” Mr. Halleck re
peated the general Republican
contention that the new law is
adequate to cope with inflation
“if it is properly and. judiciously
Senator Moody, Democrat of
Michigan, ana Representative
Javits, Republican, of New York
supported the President’s warn
ings that the new law would “dam
age” American families and
should be “repaired” by further
congressional action.
"The new law,” Senator Moody
said, “will not protect the Ameri
can consumer nor t’ American
(See CONTROLS, Page A-4.)
U. S. Legation Plane Feared
Sabotaged at Saigon
By th« Associated Press
SAIGON, Indo-China, Aug. 2.—
American sources reported today
an attempt to sabotage a plane
used by the United States Lega
tion here. They said iron filings
had been discovered in an oil filter.
Robert Blum, chief of the United
States Economic Mission to Indo
China, said “something abnormal”
was discovered on the plane, but
he could not say definitely it was
sabotage. He was due to fly to
Bangkok Saturday in the plane.
Forged Prescription
Traps Drug Addict
A man accused of forging a
narcotics prescription was ar
rested in a drug store last night
at Twelfth and F street N.W. as
he was trying to have the pre
scription filled, police said.
Lt. H. H. Carper, head of the
narcotics squad, seized Joseph
Christopher Asturi, 21, of the 600
block of G street N.W. Police said
they found four morphine tablets
in one of his pockets.
A prescription for 10 morphine
tablets had been forged on the
prescription blank of a physician
with offices in the 1800 block cf
I street N.W. Asturi told police
he obtained the blanks from a
man in Baltimore.
He also told police he is free
under $1,500 bond on a similar
charge in Pittsburgh, his former
home. In Municipal Court this
morning, Asturi waived prelimi
nary hearing and was held for
grand jury action under $1,500
bond. Judge Nadine L. Gallagher
also ordered immediate hos

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