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British Foreign Office
Discredits Press Tip
On Missing Diplomats
ly th« Aiiociat* i Pre«»
LONDON, Aug. 31.—The Daily
Herald said today it has told the
British Foreign Office where miss
ing diplomats Donald Mac Lean
and Guy Burgess are hiding—and
how they got there.
The Foreign Office replied that
the salne information has been
in the hands of the British secret
service for some time—and that
its agents have been unable to
confirm any part of it.
Mac Lean, 38, and Burgess, 40,
vanished on May 25 after land
ing at St. Malo, France, from an
excursion steamer which they had
boarded at Southampton.
The Daily Herald asserted yes
terday they had been tracked
down by MI-5, the British secret
service. It Quoted unidentified
MI-5 agents as its source.
This smoked out a formal denial
from the Foreign Office. A spokes
man said the missing men have
not been found and that the
sources quoted by the Herald
“made no such statements as
those attributed to them.”
Returning to the attack today,
the Daily Herald said in a front
page story:
“In view of this statement, the
Daily Herald has submitted its
Information to the Foreign Office.
“This information includes a
detailed day-by-day itinerary of
the journey the two men made
by steamer, train and plane and
where they are now.”
Back, came a Foreign Office
spokesman with another state
“The same information re
ceived from sources other than
the newspaper has been in the
hands of the authorities investi
gating the disappearance for
sometime. It has all been thor
oughly examined but not one
point in it has been corroborated
or confirmed.”
Crime Text
(Continued From Page A-4.)
easily enforce their rules calling
for expulsion of such cases.
The Coast Guard should be em
powered and required to cancel
the sailing papers of any seaman
convicted of a violation of the
narcotics laws, irrespective of
whether the violation occurred on
land or at sea.
The United States representa
tives at the United Nations should
work toward the adoption of
measures that will prohibit the
growing of opium poppy plants in
any country of the world.
The Attorney General of the
United States made a substantial
contribution in the effort to com
bat organized crime in calling an
Attorney General’s crime con
ference which had its meeting in
Washington in February, 1950.
The importance of the confer
ence was shown by the fact that
it was addressed by the Presi
dent of the United States. It was
attended by Federal and local en
forcement officers, prosecuting
attorneys and by representatives
of municipal, county. State, and
Federal officials.
The conference made notable
achievements among which were
the recommendation for enact
ment by the Congress of legisla
tion preventing the use of gam- ;
bling purposes of interstate com- ,
munication facilities and prohibt
ing interstate shipment of gam
ling devices. The legislative com
mittee of the conference in co
operation with the Attorney Gen
eral prepared bills to effectuate
these recommendations. The bill
preventing interstate shipment of
slot machines was passed by the
81st Congress.
Extensive hearings were held by
the Interstate and Foreign Com
merce Committee of the Senate,
and the wire-service bill was
unanimously reported favorably,
the report being made by Senator
McFarland, of Arizona, now ma
jority leader.
The committee strongly rec- j
ommends that the Attorney Gen
eral call annual conferences of
this kind and that the legislative
and other committees of the con
ference have more frequent ses
sions to study and propose legis
lation at both Federal and local
levels to combat organized crime.
1. Revision of outmoded laws I
and adoption of uniform laws. —
State and local prosecutors some
times attribute their ineffective
ness in law enforcement to the
Inadequacy of the laws they are
called upon to enforce. The com
mittee therefore suggests that
State legislatures might re-exam
ine their criminal laws with a
view to correcting any such de
ficiencies, especially in the fields
of gambling and the other illegal
activities that have been found to
constitute the basis for organized
crime. The committee strongly
endorses efforts to develop and
promulgate uniform State laws on
gambling, vice, narcotics, racket
eering, and related areas of crim
inal activity.
2. State legislative or executive
investigations.—State legislatures
in more cases might profitably ap
point legislative committees, with
broad subpoena and investigative
powers, for the study of organized
crime within their borders, per
haps patterning the duties of such
committees after those of this
committee. The establishment of
crime investigating commissions
in the executive branches of State
governments is also suggested.
Would Restrict Barbiturates.
3. Enact laws relating to bar
biturates.—The committee sug
gests that special attention be
directed by States to regulation of
the sale of barbiturate drugs to
require that they be sold on pre
scription only. Some States have
already enacted such laws. These
laws should be so drafted as to
conform to corresponding Federal
legislation which is now pending
and uniformity among the States
if highly desirable.
4. Provide treatment facilities
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GAMBLING WITNESSES ACCEPT SUBPOENAS—BIight Lee, reputed associate of numbers backer
Charles E. Nelson, poses at District Court with his attorney, T. Edward O’Connell (center), and
Mrs. Lee. The Lees appeared today in answer to subpoenas from the grand jury probing gam
bling here. They are expected to testify Wednesday. —Star Staff Photo.
for addicts.—The committee
strongly suggests that local gov
ernment, civic, educational and
religious groups promptly survey
the facilities available for the de
tection and treatment of addic
tion, and that, where necessary,
additional facilities be provided in
order that persons, especially
young people, aousing drugs may
be discovered at early stages and
treated promptly.
5. Conferences of local prose
cutors. State attorneys general
should take the initiative wher
ever possible to insure better co
ordination among local prosecu
tors. In a few States attorneys
general have had conferences
with district and county attorneys
for the exchange of views and in
formation to emphasize the need
for close co-operation in dealing
with organized criminal activities.
The committee urges the attor
neys general of other States to
adopt this practice on a regular
6. Organization of State crime
conferences of citizens groups.
The interest currently being
shown by public-spirited citizens,
educators, religious groups and
civic organizations in the assault
on organized crime should be kept
alive, and fully utilized> Contin
uing public support of the activ
ities of enforcement officials is of
great importance. Officially
sponsored crime conferences,
where civic leaders can meet and
exchange views with enforcement
officials, might well be organized
on a State-wide basis from time
to time, perhaps in co-ordination
with the activities of the national
crime co-ordinating council de
scribed in this report.
Check on Income Tax Data.
7. Use of State income tax data.
—>Much valuable information on
the activities of organized crime
is available in state income-tax
returns. Special staffs could be
organized to screen this material
in order to provide local law
enforcement officers with many
leads which are not presently
available to them.
8. Utilization of Federal occu
pational-tax data. Federal oc
cupational - tax returns require
disclosure of the identity and ac
tivities of liquor dealers, slot-ma
chine operators, the possessors of
gangster-type firearms and (if
H.R. 4473, now pending before the
Senate Finance Committee, is en
acted) gamblers. These returns
are available to state and local
enforcement officials by a special
provision of the internal revenue
code. They have not been widely
relied upon, and the committee
urges local authorities to take ad
vantage of such information
wherever it would help them in
detecting violations of applicable
local laws.
9. Closer relations with Fed
eral enforcement agencies.—State
! and local enforcement units which
deal with organized crime are in
vited to avail themselves fully
of the research and training fa
cilities and the accumulated data
which are available in parallel
Federal agencies, the Federal Bu
reau of Investigation, the nar
cotics bureau and the alcohol tax
unit, and to reciprocate with as
sistance, and a steady flow of sug
jgestions and information to these i
10. Prohibiting political con
tributions by racketeers. —State
legislation similar to that pro
posed in this report for Federal
candidates prohibiting campaign
contributions by racketeers might i
be considered to safeguard the
democratic processes at the State
level. Gangster participation in
local campaign activities has been
clearly exposed in a number of
instances and remedial action
therefore seems appropriate, es
pecially in the case of candidates
for offices which involve any as
pect of law enforcement.
(Continued From First Page.)
explained the jurors asked her
about the whereabouts of Lee.
Mr. O’Connell told reporters
the Lees were unaware that a
subpoena was out for them but
he refused to say where they have
been. The attorney described them
as tobacco farmers.
He accompanied the couple to
the office of Assistant United
States Attorney Thomas Wadden,
where marshals served the court
papers. The attorney advised
them to answer no questions, Mr-
Wadden said.
Mr. Wadden said the Lees were
served with a “forthwith” sub
poena. Since the grand jury study
ing gambling is in recess until
: Wednesday, it was technically
i necessary to bring the couple be
i fore another jury, which is in
. session today. For that reason,
Mr. Wadden explained, they were
; told to return this afternoon.
After introducing the Lees to
i the regular jury, Mr. Wadden said
' they would be excused until next
week, when they must report for
Lee was in a jovial mood when
he reached court. When photog
raphers asked him to pose with
Mrs. Lee and Mr. O’Connell, he
“Take a good one. I don’t have
to pay lor this!”
On an elevator he was asked to
state his age.
“Are you 32?” inquired a re
“I’ll have to buy that man a
drink,” said Lee with a wave of
the nand.
Lee wore a light gray suit and
white ohoes. He was hatless. His
pretty wife was dressed in a pink
summer frock and wore white
shoes. She said nothing to news
Women Shed Tears.
Mrs. Fearson, a resident of
Brandywine, Md., is employed by
a meat packing firm here.
She said yesterday she spent a
vacation at Colonial Beach, Va.,
with the Lee family early in Au
gust. At that time, she added,
Lee remarked that he was plan
ning another trip but did not in
dicate where he intended going.
Assistant United States Attorney
John W. Fihelly, whose booming
voice sometimes can be heard in
the corridor outside the grand jury
room, denied that any one hol
lered at Mrs. Fearson. Asked
whether she had been helpful in
the search for Lee, he com
“Hope springs eternal. . . .”
Before Mrs. Fearson’s unexpect- j
ed appearance, the grand juryj
questioned Mrs. Leona Weightman,
stenographer at the Nelson horse'
breeding farm near Ritchie, Md.,|
and wife of Nelson’s former man-i
ager in the bonding business, she,
too, shed tears.
As she left the jury room Mrs.'
Weightman plopped into a chair 1
and quickly covered her face with!
her hands, crying.
The day before Nelson’s wife,
Mrs. Virginia Madge Nelson,
emerged weeping after a ahort
stay with the jury. She swathed
her head in a bright red scarf,
leaving only a slit for her eyes,
as she walked past photographers
out of the court building.
Nelson was described by Senate
crime investigators as the real
head of a $6 million-a-year num
bers racket with roots in Northern
Virginia, the District and nearby
Maryland. He admitted to the
Senators that he reaped handsome
profits from an investment which
he “thought” had to do with the
numbers game.
Accused of Bribe Attempt.
As the Senate inquiry developed,
Nelson was accused*of attempting
to bribe law enforcement officers
of Prince Georges County for po
lice protection and the Senate
committee issued a subpoena for
him to return. But he failed to
do so before public crime hearings
were concluded at the Capitol.
He did answer a subpoena of the
grand jury, however. He was one
of the first witnesses in. the cur
rent probe but was described by
Mr. Fihelly as unco-operative.
Mr. Fihelly applied a similar de
scription to one of the witnesses
yesterday. The attorney gave the
man’s name as William Baton,
colored, a resident of Alexandria.
It was reported his name is noted
in Nelson records obtained by the
Senate committee and turned over
to the grand jury.
“He was unco-operative,” Mr.
Fihelly said. “If he wanted to he
could say plenty.”
(Continued From First Page.)
a collection of concessions at
North Beach, Md. The foremost
attraction there unquestionably
was the imposing array of “one
arm bandits” whose profit-making
possibilities have been well estab
lished. Claiming inability to dis
cuss his business affairs without
access to what he termed his
“little red book,” at the commit
tee’s suggestion Nelson was ac
companied to his elaborate farm
by a staff member where the
"little red book” proved to be a
file cabinet of ledgers and records.
Examination reflected receipts
for bondsmen's fees, lawyer fees,
fines of associated individuals for
gambling arrests, receipts for vast
purchases of numbers books, add
ing machines, coin wrappers and
other accoutrements peculiar to
the numbers business. From the
records Nelson was found to have
realized a net of more than $250,-
000 over a four-year period from
the business he “thought” might
have been gambling. He had ac
quired in recent years properties
estimated to be worth over $1
i million.
Notwithstanding the fact that
: Nelson’s books reflected a net in
come from his gambling accounts
of more than $50,000 during 1950,
not 1 cent of tax did he pay to
the Government. How did he ex
plain this? As a gentleman farm
er his losses from the operation of
the farm, which included such
questionable deductions as mileage
charges for as many as seven auto
mobiles, exceeded his admitted
gains and tnus his method of com
putation left the Government
without any tax payment.
But the figure which was
charged off as an operating ex
pense that interested the com
mittee the most was the SIO,OOO
which he annually entered as
“good will—advertising.” Why
did he seek good will? It was
shown that one of his practices
was to distribute turkeys at
Christmastime to various indi
viduals, some of whom were mem
bers of the police department
charged with investigating num
bers operators.
Sheriff Carlton G. Beall of
Prince Georges County told how
he had been approached by Nel
son recently with an offer of graft
of $15,000 per month to be paid
by Nelson and Sam Beard, a no
torious Washington area gambler,
to the sheriff, chief of police,
and State’s attorney for the priv
ilege of running their gambling
enterprises unmolested. Accord
ing to the sheriff. Nelson had even
embellished his proposal with an
offer to help the sheriff find and
make cases against Nelson’s com
petitors and thus obtain the neces
jsary publicity and statistics to
[convince the voters that the laws
were being enforced.
These proclivities on Nelson's
part to ingratiate himself with
police officials caused the com
mittee to question several county
policemen after a witness told of
complaining of Nelson’s opera
tions and assisting the police to
obtain the evidence only to find
that a planned raid executed
simultaneously with the commit
tee hearings apparently was abort
ed by an alleged tlpoff.
Since the hearings, State, coun
ty and Federal law enforcement 1
and prosecutive officials have
manifested interest in Nelson’s
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By thn Associated Press
CHICAGO, Aug. 31.—Japanese
who survived A-bomb radiation
at Hiroshima and Nagasaki have
recovered their fertility.
Also, there’s been no unusual
amount of abnormalities or de
fects in children born to the sur
vivors since then.
This was reported yesterday to
the Council on National Emer
gency Medical Service of the
American Medical Association.
The reports were made jointly by
Drs. Charles L. Dunham. George
V. Leroy and Shields Warren of
the Atomic Energy Commission,
Washington, and Dr. Eugene P.
Cronkite, United States Naval
Medical Research Institute, Be- ;
thesda, Md.
The report added that “it is too
early to write of the eventual out
come of the Japanese who recov
ered from radiation injury.”
The report said 25 to 50 per cent
of persons getting high doses of
radiation eventually die from the
effects, but that more than 90
per cent of those with mild to
moderately severe radiation injury
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