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U. S. Approves Plan
To Let Anaconda Co.
Aid Aluminum Output
By Francis P. Douglas
Defense Production Administra
tor Manley Fleischmann today an
nounced approval of a program
to put the Anaconda Copper Co,;
In the aluminum production field,!
a step which has been opposed by
both the Justice Department and'
Interior Secretary Chapman.
DPA said approval would be
given to tax relief for the con
struction of a big aluminum plant
at Kalispell, Mont., by Anaconda
and the Harvey Machine Co. of
As initially planned, the plant
would cost about $95 million and
produce 72,000 tons of aluminum
a year.
In a letter to Secretary Chap
man, Mr. Fleischmann asked him
to enter promptly into a contract
to supply the projected plant with
power from the Hungry Horse hy
dro electric plant in Montana,
which will be in production next
fall. A source of ample electric
power is a prerequisite to alumi
num production.
No U. S. Loans Needed.
The Kalispell project originally
was planned by the Harvey Co.,
whose application for a $46 mil
lion loan had been certified by
Mr. Fleischmann to the Recon
struction Finance Corp. That
company also asked for approval
of rapid tax write-offs on a $94.7
million plant.
After Harvey originated the
project, the Anaconda Co., the
Nation’s third largest copper con
cern. joined it as a partner in
the projected plant.
Mr. Fleischmann said he is
withdrawing the certification for
the loan. He said also, "the Gov
ernment will not have to provide
any financial assistance in the
form of either loans or guarantees,
but only the privilege of rapid tax
amortization on a basis similar to
that extended other participants
In the expansion program. This
cannot be said of any other known
applicant for this (Hungry Horse)
The Justice Department and
Mr. Chapman both opposed the
project with Anaconda in it. One
of the grounds was that putting;
such a big copper producer into
the aluminum business would not
encourage competition in the
aluminum field.
Not Transferable, He Says.
It was also reported that Mr.
Chapman, in a letter to Mr.
Fleischmann, pointed out that
while the Government had madej
a contract to supply Harvey alone'
with electric power, that contract
was not transferable to any other
DPA officials expressed the be
lief, however, that Mr. Fleisch
mann ’s action will override the
Interior Department’s arrange-;
ment already completed with
Mr. Fleischmann said in his;
“Based on facts known to me
today, there is very grave risk
that aluminum may become the
controlling bottleneck in carrying
out the defense program, particu
larly the aircraft program.”
He said the Anaconda-Harvey
project would be the best arrange
ment from the Government’s
point of view and that it would,
be the quickest way to add any
appreciable amount of aluminum
to the supply.
Special Ohio Stamp Asked
The Postmaster General was
asked today to issue a special
stamp in 1953 to mark the 150th
anniversary of Ohio’s statehood.
The request came from Repre
sentative Brehm, Republican, of
j'goy CMgUasSaak |
GIRLS HORN IN ON A MAN’S ‘RACKET’—These WAC non-commissioned officers were the first
women to be graduated from the Naval Music School at the Naval Receiving Station here.
Brig. Gen. Charles Wr. Christenberry, Army ch ief of special services, presents diplomas to
S/Sergt. Mary Lukach, 21, of Jacobs Creek. Pa. (left), and Corpls. Marjorie Kimmell, 22, of
Greensburg, Pa., and Violet Treakle, 20. of Duluth. Minn. The girls, all members of the band at
the WAC training center at Camp Lee, near Petersburg, Va., passed the five-month course along
with 93 men._ —Star Staff Photo.
Wife of Gen. Fellers
May Win $342,000
For Father's Invention
A Washington woman may re
ceive more than $342,000 in set
tlement of a court case involving
an invention by her father.
She is Mrs. Dorothy D. Fellers,
wife of retired Brig. Gen. Bonner
Fellers. Gen. Fellers is a former
top aide to Gen. MacArthur.
A special master in Federal
Court at New Haven, Conn., has
recommended award of $342.- .
586.75 to Mrs. Fellers by Reming
ton Rand. Inc., as her share of
compensation for an invention by
her father, the late Birney Dysart
of Norwood, Ohio. Total of the
awards recommended exceeds
Suit in Court Since 1937.
The suit, which has been in
the courts since 1937. is in the
hands of Judge J. Joseph Smith
for final judgment, which Is ex
pected soon.
Mr. Dysart died before the suit
was begun and since then his
widow, Mrs. Eve Perm Dysart,
also has died.
Mr. Dysart Invented an auto
matic totaling device which was
used originally by the Dalton
Adding Machine Co. of Norwood,
of which he was an official.
Remington Rand bought Dalton
in 1927. A patent on the inven
tion was issued in 1935, but the
Dysart heirs and the company
could not agree on compensation.
Another Award Recommended.
An additional award of $178,
102 was recommended to the es
tate of Mrs. Dysart for division
among Mrs. Fellers, a brother,
Samuel C. Dysart of Havana.
Cuba, and a sister, Mrs. Isabel
D. Bush of West Hartford, Conn.
Mrs. Fellers has lived here since
1940. Her husband wras on Gen.
MacArthur’s staff for five years,
serving as planning officer and
later military secretary. Since
1948 he has been an adviser on
veterans’ affairs to the Repub
lican National Committee.
Gen. and Mrs. Fellers live at
3535 Springland lane N.W.
Through a typographical error,
The Star yesterday incorrectly
stated that Major Billy Korvan, 30,
of the 4800 block of New Hamp
shire avenue N.W., was a bass
fiddler at the “Club Kiwanis." The
correct occupational address should
have read "Club Kavakos.”
Korvan was held for grand jury
action on charges of sale and pos
session of marihuana.
Big Auto Companies
Take Stand Today in
Army Contracts Probe
By Associated Pre»i
DETROIT. Dec. 13.—Congres
sional investigators set aside the
"five-percenter" phase of their
Government expenditures inquiry
today and called officials of big
automotive companies to testify.
Representatives of General Mo
tors, Chrysler and a number of
smaller firms were awaiting calls
to the witness stand as a House
subcommittee hearing entered its
fourth day.
The Congressmen, headed by
Representative Hardy, Democrat,!
of Virginia are examining Gov
ernment procurement policies. Mr.
Hardy contends the Government
has spent $305 million more than
necessary in the past three years
by buying from middlemen in
stead of basic manufacturers.
Firms Refuse to Bid.
Testimony so far has brought
out that in numerous cases the
basic manufacturers of military
vehicle parts have refused to bid
on contracts to supply those parts,
or have submitted bids far too
high to be accepted.
As a result, either assemblies of
those parts—sometimes the big
auto companies and sometimes
middlemen with no production
facilities at all—have walked off
with a large share of the defense
Samuel S. Willis, a manufac
turers’ representative, told the
committee yesterday that “too
much red tape” discourages many
small manufacturers from at
tempting to work directly with the
Government. They prefer, he
said, to let some agent familiar
with complex Government pro
cedures handle the paper work for!
Warns of Bankruptcy.
“Any small manufacturer who
bids without consulting his attor-j
ney first is flirting with bank
ruptcy,” said Mr. Willis.
A former employe of the Army’s
Ordnance Tank-Automotive Cen
ter said he had made $14,150 In
six months by obtaining Govern
ment contracts for a string of
George P. Day, a $6.200-a-year
Inspector at the center for 10
years, said he was paid $10,000 a
year from each of two companies
and worked on a § per cent com
mission for several others.
McCarthy to Speak
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 13 (&).—
Senator McCarthy, Republican, of
Wisconsin is scheduled to speak
tonight at on "Americans for
MacArthur” rally at Hollywood
Legion 8tadium.
The V/eather Here and Over the Nation
District or Doiumoia—sunny,
with few clouds, windy today;
high 36 degrees. Fair, colder to
night; low' 20 degrees in city and
14 degrees in suburbs. Tomorrow,
fair, cold. ,
Maryland—Cloudy, cold tonight,
few snow flurries in mountains;
low 15-20 degrees in east and
10-15 degrees in west, except for
5-10 degrees in mountains. To
morrow, cloudy, cold, with few
snow flurries in west.
Virginia—Fair, cold tonight:
low 10-15 degrees in west and
north and 18-24 degrees in south
east portion. Tomorrow, fair and
Wind—West-northwest, 30 miles
per hour, at 11:40 am.
Bynwwm «f fmmmm_
Snow flurries are expected tonight in the mountains of the
Middle Atlantic States, the Great Lakes region, the Lower Ohio
Valley and the eastern slopes of the Southern and Northern
Rockies. Occasional rain is predicted for California, Arizona,
the western part of Nevada and the western part of Oregon. It
will be colder in New England, the Middle Atlantic States, the
Ohio and Tennessee Valleys and the Plains States. It will be
mild^n Texas and Louisiana. ^ — AP Wirephoto Map.
River Report.
(Prom U. 8. Engineer!.)
• Rivercloudy at Harpera Ferre
Harperi^F*rryF*U*’ 8hpn*ndo*h eloudjr at
(Readings at Washington Airport.)
Testerday— Fct Today— Fct
N?°“ —.- |3 Midnight_4K
a P-tn. -34 8 a.tn. _ 70
8 P “- -43 10 a m. _48
1 P.m._38
Record Temperatures Tkle Teue.
Highest, 90 on June 2.
Lowest, 11 on February 8.
High and Law of Laat 24 Hours.
High, 40. at 2:10 p.m.
Low. 32, at 11:45 p m.
Tide Tablea.
(Furnishad by D S. Coaat and Geodetic
... . Today. Tomorrow.
Low - J:5?am. 8:37 a.m.
Lo* - 2:21*a.m. 3:12 a m
-- 8:18 p.m. 8:54 p m.
Low - 2:32 p.m. 3:14 p.m.
The Sun and Moon.
Sun, today - 7 :lf*a m. 4^4*1 p m
Sun. tomorrow 7:20 4 40
Moon, today 4:44 p m. T 48 a m
o*K,.0"1‘L“lle lights must be turned ou
one-half hour after sunset.
Monthly precipitation in Inches In the
Capital (current month to date):
Month. 1051.
1 January -5.18
February -2.05
March _2.92
May _2.74
lJuno -6.34
July -6.25
August -1.76
September _2.07
j October _ 1 07
November _3.70
December _ .87
Temperatures in Various Cities.
High. Low. High Low
Albuoueroue 62 28 Norfolk _ 47 28
Anchorage- 17 1 Okla. City . 67 40
Atlanta 69 34 Omaha _ 82 13 i
Bismarck— 20 -3 Philadelphia 42 28.
Boston- 42 2B Phoenix _ 64 62
Chicago _ 25 _ Pittsburgh _ 31 is!
Cincinnati 31 *0 Prtl’nd. Me. 39 111:
El Paso . 50 40 P'tl'd, Oreg. 41 3.7
Indianapolis 20 17 Richmond 44 27
Kansas City 38 25 Salt Lake C. 29 111
Los Angeles 03 48 San Antonio 09 45'
Louisville 37 20 San Diego 04 5o|
Memphis SO 34 San Pr'cisco 52 «9|
Miami 85 63 Seattle _ 47 80
New Orleans 67 44 Tampa_ 66 601
New VRrk 40 28
I f
-New* in Brief
County Officials Back
Teacher Pay Raise
The Maryland Association of
County Commissioners has added
its support to the movement for
a pay raise for school teachers
throughout the State.
The organization yesterday
adopted a resolution indorsing the
Legislative Council's plan to push
through a law to that effect in
the 1952 session of the General
The resolution was offered by
VIrs. Stella Werner, a member of
■he Montgomery County Council.
Another resolution urged Mary
and legislators to support bills in
Congress to provide Federal funds
o States and counties to compen
sate for revenue lost when prop
erty acquired by the Government
is dropped from local tax rolls.
* * * *
Budget Ideas Ready
The Maryland Legislative Coun
cil today prepared to get some
ideas for revising the State budget
setup from the Sobeloff commis
sion on government reorganiza
Simon Sobeloff. Baltimore at
torney, said his group would pass
along its proposals for a "one
package" budget.
This would do away almost en
tirely with the present system of
adding supplemental figures to the
Governor * original budget.—A. P.
Add Births
Rehearsals of a new play by
Fort Belvoir's Little Theater
group were interrupted twice by
births in the familiee of prin
Jim Crockette, romantic lead,
and Bob Adler, director, both
became the fathers of boys.
The play: "Bom Yesterday."
* * * *
Democrats Get Together
The five Democratic Central
Committees of Maryland’s 6th
'Western Maryland) district got
together last night in Hagerstown
to form what is believed the first
such affiliation in the State’s po
litical history.
The organization would not
bind any county group. Its pur
pose is to keep all of the district's
Nation's Mayors Ask
Congress to Provide
Adequate CD Funds
The Nation's Mayors were on
their way home today after closing
of the three-day session of the
American Municipal Association
| at the Hotel Statler during which
they asked Congress for adequate
and immediate cviil defense
The association, in a resolution
yesterday, expressed “grave dis
appointment” that Congress has
not already provided these funds.
It declared Congress has “failed”
to recognize civil defense of the
cities as a “vital part” of national
defense. It wants Congress to
provide the money without delay,
so the cities can proceed with
adequate civil defense programs.
Radio, TV Motion Passed.
In another resolution, the as
sociation called for the Federal
Communications Commission to
require radio and television sta
tions to make available at “rea
sonable rates" adequate time dur
ing popular listening periods for
all “important political cam
paigns and public issues.” This
action was sponsored by Mayor
William B. Hartsfield of Atlanta,
chosen vice president of the asso
ciation. Mayor-elect Joseph S.
Clark of Philadelphia, who pre
sided at yesterday’s luncheon
meeting, strongly approved the
Manly Fleischmann, defense
production administrator, princi
pal luncheon speaker, declared
that controls on structural steel
may be somewhat relaxed late
next year. But copper, he pointed
out, will remain scarce “as long as
we have a mobilization program.”
Sufficient materials will be allo
cated to maintain an adequate
level of school and highway con
struction in 1952, Mr. Fleisch
mann asserted.
At Mr. Fleischmann’s sugges
tion, the association altered the
wording of a previously adopted
resolution. The original one pro
posed that Congress allocate "an
adequate proportion” of the na
tional production to “the inter
nal development of the Nation
and to the improvement programs
of local government.” But Mr.
Fleischmann pointed out that if
Congress supervised allocations it
would be "absolutely fatal to the
mobilization program."
Detroit Mayor Elected.
The mayors substituted the
words "Federal authorities” for
“Congress” in the resolution.
The controlled-materlals plan is
working satisfactorily, Mr. Fleisch
mann told the more than 500
Mayor A. E. Cobo of Detroit was
chosen the association's new presi
By resolution the association
advocated that Congress halt in
flation and it also urged that
more funds be made available for
urban highway construction.
Low Bond Bidder Named
RICHMOND, Dec. 13 OP).—
Brooke-Willis, Incorporated, of
Richmond and associates were low
bidders yesterday on a *550.000
city of Hopewell public improve-j
ment bond issue.
committees informed of any ac
tion or recommendation on the
State or district level.
Among officers named were C.
William Hetzer, Hagerstown,
chairman, and J. Ingram Medley,
Montgomery County, first vice
chairman.—A. P.
* * * *
Opposes School Change
A proposal to abolish compul
sory education in Virginia high
schools for backward students to
day drew qualified opposition from
State Senator Charles R. Fenwick
of Arlington.
The plan, advanced last week
by Colgate W. Darden, president
of the University of Virginia,
would permit ‘'unwilling, uninter
ested and less competent” stu
dents to drop out of school after
the grammar grades.
"The suggestion,” said Senator
Fenwick, "overlooks the present
law which provides for the excus
ing of certain children from com
pulsory education after reaching
the age of 14 years.”
The Senator also deplored the
“thought of dumping on the com
munity a child who could not
make satisfactory progress in
school without some provision for
either giving him employment or
further training along vacation
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Experts Are Ready to Decorate
45-Foot Christmas Tree Here
Miss Jane Summers looks over some of the national Christ
mas Tree lights._ —Star Staff Photo.
The trimmers of the Nation’s
[Official Christmas Tree don’t plan
on being caught short.
It’s still 13 days to Christmas,
but the ornaments for the 45
foot National Community Christ
mas Tree are ready. They are:
Nine hundred (900) electric
light bulbs.
One thousand balls.
The tree, of course, is on the
White House grounds.
The Electric Institute of Wash
ington handles the annual trim
ming job. The institute let pic
tures be taken yesterday just to
show it was, as it were, on the
Miss Jane Summers, who goes
by the name of "Goddess of
Light,” is supposed to be testing
the bulbs. Actually they were all
tested some time ago, and then
dipped in red and green coloring
to get that yuletide look.
The red and green were decided
on some years ago by the late
President Roosevelt, a spokesman
explained. President Truman has
remained loyal to the scheme.
The President, of course, snaps
on the lights every year, and he's
expected to preside as usual this
time. That’ll be Christmas eve at
precisely 5:16 p.m. Mr. Truman
probably will do it by long distance
from Missouri, as he did last year.
The trimming, however, will be
done well before the big Eve. That
starts about 9 a.m. December 21.
It’ll take the better part of that
The Recreation Department su
pervises the job, but the electrical
people—Potomac Electric Power
Co. men—do it. It'll take nine of
Each of the colored bulbs rates
at 10 watts. They 11 burn 15 cents
worth of juice an hour.
Ten New Partners Named
In Merrill Lynch Firm
ly tH* Associated Press
NEW YORK. Dec. 13—The Na
tionwide investment firm of Mer
rill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and
Beane yesterday announced it
will admit 10 new partners, ef
fective January 1.
Winthrop H. Smith, managing
partner of the firm, said the new
partners are Office Managers
Kenneth H. Bitting of St. Louis,
J. Lowell Driscoll, Minneapolis;
Francis D. Willis, Atlanta; John
C. B. Burch, Memphis. Term.;
John J. Gurian. Portland. Oreg.;
George C. Thayer, Philadelphia,
and the following from New York:
John H. Moller. John F. Sulli
van. James D. Corbett and Austin
A. Graham.
Rigsbee Murder Case
Expected to Go to
Jury This Afternoon
A District Court Jury was ex
pected to begin deliberating this
afternoon in the case of James
, A. Rigsbee, 36, on trial in District
Court on a charge of first degree
murder in the fatal shooting of
Joseph H. (Big Joe) Scheve in
a Ninth street poolroom in De
cember, 1949.
Defense Attorney James J.
Laughlin in final argument today
contended his client fired the
fatal shots while acting under
“irresistible impulse.” Mr. Laugh
lin also contended his client had
fired in self defense and was tem
porarily insane at the time of
the shooting.
Final arguments began yester
day afternoon before Judge Ed
ward M. Curran, with Assistant
United States Attorney John D.
Lane castigating the defendant as
“a thug and an alley rat” and a
number of defense witnesses as
characters and jailbirds who per
jured themselves.
Discrepancies in Mones
In hurling his charges of per
jury, Mr. Lane referred to dis
crepancies in the stories of soma
of the defense witnesses and Rigs
bee himself as given in the current
proceedings, at an earlier trial and
in statements to police. In the
earlier trial Rigsbee was convicted
of second-degree murder but the
verdict was upset by the United
States Court of Appeals.
The prosecutor pointed out that,
in his confession to police, Rigs
bee had sworn he left a Ninth
street poolroom after an argument
with Scheve. obtained a pistol and
returned to the pool hall with the
intention of shooting Scheve in
the leg. But during the current
trial. Mr. Lane pointed out, the
defendant asserted he carried a
pistol in his pocket for some time
before the slaying.
No Weapon on Dead Man.
The prosecution contends the
act of leaving the poolroom and
obtaining a weapon shows pre
meditation—a prime element in
first-degree murder.
In hammering at a defense con
tention that Rigsbee shot in self
defense after Scheve pulled a gun
on him, Mr. Lane pointed to police
testimony that no weapon was
found on Scheve’s body. A de
fense witness had declared that h®
saw a gun on the floor following
the shooting. The weapon used by
Rigsbee was turned over by him
personally to police.
The trial proved a field day for
assorted psychiatrists and psy
chologists and neurologists, with
three asserting that, in their
opinion, Rigsbee was sane at th®
time of the slaying and two testi
fying that the defendant probably
was unbalanced at that time.
Young on Vacation
Joseph Young Is on vaca
tion. The Federal Spotlight
column will be resumed on
December 27. Meanwhile, the
Federal Spotlight radio pro
gram will be heard as usual
this week at 6:15 p.m. Satur
day over WMAL.
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