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Surprise Storm
Dumps Over Inch
Of Snow on City
Emergency Order
Held Unnecessary;
Warmup Predicted
The March lion caught Wash
ington by surprise today and
dumped an inch of snow on the
city.
Although the snowfall slowed
motorists, police said there were
few traffic difficulties in the city
Itself.
In nearby areas, however, snow
which ranged up to 3 inches
Pictures on Page A-24.
brought headaches to police and
road crews. Biggest tieup was on
Route 1. Buttermilk Hill, Elkridge,
Md., where several tractor-trailer
trucks jack-knifed and blocked
traffic for several hours. Some
parts of Western Maryland had
8 inches of snow.
The snow stopped shortly before
10 a.m. and sunshine began melt
ing it. Streets were expected to
be relatively clear before freezing
temperatures predicted for tonight.
No Emergency.
Traffic Director George E. Ke
neipp said the situation here was
not bad enough to warrant de
claring a snow emergency under
an order drafted by the Commis
sioners after the District’s last
snowfall.
“The situation does not meet
the requirements of the order,”
he said, “since the streets are
not deemed to be in hazardous
condition."
Light traffic, because Govern
ment offices are closed on Satur
day, also helped.
Fourteen sanding trucks went
Into operation at 6 a.m. today
to sand slippery spots as they were
reported by watchmen at various
city garages. William A. Xanten,
head of the Division of Sanitation,
was in his office before dawn to
direct the operation.
Storm From Texas.
The storm, which moved in
during the early morning hours,
came from the Texas Panhandle
at a brisk 55 miles an hour, the
Weather Bureau said. Its fast
pace was responsible for its not
being predicted, forecasters added.
The snow covered a broad belt
200 to 300 miles wide across Penn
sylvania, Maryland and Northern !
Virginia.
. The forecast was for fair and I
colder tonight, and fair and rather
cold tomorrow.
Many Minor Accidents.
Suburban buslines were operat
ing close to schedule. Capital i
Transit Company said its vehicles
were moving slower than normal.
Police in nearby areas said they
have had reports of many minor |
accidents, but no serious injuries
were reported.
On Snake Hill on route 1 south
of Alexandria, State police report
ed a traffic tieup similar to that
at Elkridge. Jack-knifed tractor
trailer trucks blocked traffic about
a half an hour. State Roads De
partment trucks in Virginia and
Maryland were out in force to
clear hazardous spots.
The snow in Maryland ranged 1
from 3 inches on the Eastern
Shore to 8 inches or more in West- 1
era Maryland. It made highways 1
slippery to impassable in many1
sections.
Drifts Hamper Work.
Strong winds brought drifts, '•
making it harder for road crews
and motorists to operate. 1
Frostburg reported nearly 71
inches, Hagerstown 6 and Cum- 1
berland 5%. Oakland reported
3 as did Friendship Airport. About1
4 inches fell in Baltimore. 1
The State Roads Commission 1
called off ceremonies scheduled'
for the opening of the new Kent *
Narrow Bridge on the Eastern
Shore. Spokesmen said Gov Mc
Keldin felt the ceremonies should
be canceled rather than add to
the hazard of people traveling
when they didn’t have to.
One Serious Accident.
District police reported one seri
ous accident caused by the i
wtather. Seven persons were hurt
when the auto they were riding in
skidded off Michigan avenue near
the First street gate of the Old
Soldiers’ home and crashed into
a tree.
Admitted to Freedmen's Hospital
were the driver, Leon Shelton, 44,
of 819 Sixth street N.E., with un
determined injuries, and Lucius
Jackson, 16, of 3213% Oeorgla ave
nue N.W., with head and face cuts.
Treated and released at the hos
pital were Mrs. Rebecca Shelton,
44. of the Sixth street address,
head and leg cuts; Doris Thomas,
15, of 516 Randolph street N.W.,
right ankle injury; her sister Sa
rah Thomas, 18, right leg injuries,
Sd Phllicia Jackson, 17, of the
orgia avenue address.
Charley Justice Returns
To Redskins, Eager to Play
(Earlier Story on Page A-12.)
Charley Justice, former all
America back at North Carolina
University, today returned to the
Redskins’ fold, signing a one-year
contract after a brief conference
with President George Marshall
and Herman Ball, head scout.
Justice said he was eager to
play again.
The salary was not announced,
but "Justice did all right, he won’t
starve to death.” according to
General Manager Dick McCann.
Justice and Ball expressed be
lief there will be little trouble in
getting Charley back into playing
Shape. He will go West with the
team to start training July 24.
* ♦
President to Address Nation
On Mutual Aid Next Thursday
Acheson Calls Program Vital to Success
Of Western European Defense Plans
ly »ht Altociatcd Pr«»»
President Truman will address
the Nation on the Mutual Security
Program next Thursday night.
The White House announced
broadcast and television plans to
day, on the heels of reports that
the administration has decided to
fight any cut in its proposed $7.9
billion new foreign air program.
The President will speak from
10:30 to 11 p.m. over all major
radio and TV networks.
Joseph Short, presidential press
secretary, said the President will
Text of Acheson Speech on Page A-3.
send Congress his request for the
military and economic aid funds
at about the same time as the
speech.
Opening the administration’s
campaign, Secretary of State
Acheson told a Nation-wide radio
and TV audience last night that
the foreign aid program “deserves
our utmost support” and is vital to
the success of Western European
defense plans.
He warned that success of the
defense build-up measures agreed
upon “will depend upon how
vigorously they are followed up by
further action” in all the Allied
countries.
The secretary listed five major
accomplishments of the North At
Tennesseans Search
ThroughTornado Ruins
For Additional Victims
2 Dead at Fayetteville,
150 Injured Estimated
As Twister Spreads Havoc
ly th# Associated Press
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn., Mar.
1—Red Cross workers, highway
patrolmen and National Guards
men probed wrecked homes and
businesses and poked among twist
ed trees and a snarl of power lines
today looking for more possible
victims of yesterday’s savage tor
nado.
The late afternoon ripper left
at least two dead in this south
Picture on Page A-2.
central Tennessee town. The
Tennessee Highway Patrol esti
mated 160 were hurt or burned
in the subsequent outbreak of fires.
As heavy clouds scudded low
overhead, Patrol Chief W. T. Shel
ton said, “I don’t see how this
sort of a blow could strike and
kill only two people.
“There’s no telling how high the
toll would have been had it hit
early in the morning when the
people were asleep.”
An Atlanta Red Cross disaster
service crew started a survey today
of those who must be provided
shelter. Early estimates were that
from 600 to 1,200 were homeless.
The town was patrolled by more
than 100 National Guardsmen and
highway patrolmen.
Damage Estimates High.
Chief Shelton said he had heard
estimates of damage ranging up
to $4 million, but added it was im
possible to gauge accurately the
extent of destruction. The busi
ness section was raked, but not
hit squarely by the tornado. Chief
Shelton said 100 houses were de
stroyed or damaged.
The twister skipped over other
areas in Middle Tennessee and
Northeast Alabama with less in
tensity.
The high winds smashed into
the center of Fayetteville (popula
tion 6,000) at 4:30 pm. (CST),
ripping buildings apart, tearing up
trees and knocking out communi
cations and power lines.
Charlie Vance, 56, a dairy work
er, said he heard a roar and saw
the “gray funnel” of the twister.
Limbs of trees, parts of buildings
and other debris swirled “as high
as 500 feet in the air," Vance said.
The dead were identified as
Willard McCown, 35, grocery
clerk, and Mrs. Eugene McOehee,
55, a housewife. Both perished
when their homes were de
molished.
Episcopal Church Felled.
The blast hit first in the down
town area and swept away the
Episcopal Church. Five other
churches were badly damaged, as
was the Lincoln County court
house. The winds then boiled into
residential areas. A Negro sec
tion was hard hit.
The tornado struck Donalson
Hospital for Negroes, tearing away
the kitchen and dining room and
scattering heavy equipment about
the yard.
The wrecked hospital was left
without heat and light as an
emergency generator failed. Dr.
L. M. Donalson, superintendent,
said 25 to 30 persons were in
jured there.
The tornado also raked the
Lincoln Memorial Hospital, sweep
ing the roof from the maternity
ward. Mrs. Kenneth Olstrum, in
labor when the roof was whipped
from that section of the building,
gave birth to a boy shortly
afterward as attendants worked
by lights from an emergency gen
erator.
Darkness came shortly after
the tornado struck and greatly
hampered the search.
Has 25th Birthday at 100
SANTA CRUZ. Calif., Mar. 1 (IP).
Silas Jenkins celebrated his 25th
birthday at nearby Ben Lomond
yesterday with his 82-year-old
wife and a 56-year-old son. Mr.
Jenkins was born on Leap Year
Day 100 years ago.
1
lantic Treaty Organization meet
; ings in Lisbon, and his separate
conferences with the British and
French Foreign Ministers, from
which he returned Wednesday.
These involved agreements:
1. On the forces to be made
1 available to Gen. Eisenhower’s
NATO command this year—a total
of 50 divisions, active and re
serve.
2. On the bases to be built and
maintained for these forces.
3. For creation of a six-nation
European army, including West
Germany, to be closely interlocked
with NATO.
4. To end occupation of West
Germany with a series of con
tractual agreements establishing
German sovereignty “to the fullest
extent possible in the present
world situation.”
<6. Reorganization of . NATO it
self.
Mr. Acheson conceded that the
defense forces projected by the
end of this year "are not the total
forces required to assure the main
tenance of peace.” But he said
that “they will be an effective
and united force which will grow
in the years that follow.” This will
“reduce but not remove the dan
gers we face,” he added.
i
Living Cost to Remain
Steady Rest of Year,
Statistics Head Says
Clague Expects Food Price
Drop to Be Offset by
Rises in Other Items
A Government expert was on
record today as forecasting that
living costs generally would re
main stable during the remainder
of this year.
Ewan Clague. commissioner of
labor statistics, said there are "no
Retail Fries of Food Lowest Here Since
August, Page A-24
signs of any basic change” in liv
ing costs in the months ahead.
He indicated, however, that the
Government’s next monthly index
of consumer prices, due to be an
nounced late this month, may
show a alight decline because of
falling food prices.
But Mr. Clague warned that de
clines in food prices now showing
up at both retail and wholesale
levels are due largely to seasonal
factors and these trends could be
reversed later The declines, he
said, are caused by seasonal drops
in prices of fresh fruits, vegetables
and eggs.
Food Depends on Weather.
Future trends of food prices,
Mr. Clague continued, depend on
weather and crop conditions,
largely. If the weather is favor
able and farm crops are large,
then prices could continue down
ward.
But any drop in food prices,
Mr. Clague said, likely will be
offset, in calculating living costs
generally, by continued rises in
rents and costs of utilities and
some civilian hard goods.
"I can see nothing but fairly
stable prices the rest of the year,”
Mr. Clague said. “It would ap
pear there will be little fluctua
tion.”
Mr. Clague unveiled the Gov
ernment's new and expanded
wholesale price index with the
claim that it will aid business by
more accurately reflecting com
modity price changes.
New Base Period Used.
The new index uses the three
year 1947-49 periodjnstead of the
single year 1926 as TQE base for
measuring price changes. It also
Includes the prices for more than
1,800 items, Instead of 900, as
previously.
Mr. Clague said the index will
show what is happening to prod
ucts worth more than $200 billion
annually, whereas the less-broad
old index priced items worth about
$80 billion a year. Most of the
new items added to the index are
semifinished goods and manufac
tured products. The old index
primarily priced raw materials.
The wholesale index is extreme
ly Important to business because
sales contracts made for future
delivery of billions of dollars
worth of goods very often carry
"escalator” clauses gearing the
contract price to changes in the
index at time of delivery.
Egypt Premier
Quits in Dispute
With Palace
'Currents Behind
Back' Blamed for
Maher Resignation
•y the Associated Pros*
CAIRO, Egypt, Mar. 1.—Premier
Aly Maher Pasha resigned unex
pectedly today on the eve of talks
he had confidently predicted
would lead to settlement of Egypt’s
bitter feud with Britain. He
stalked grim-faced from an hour,
long emergency cabinet session
and told reporters he had quit.
He made no other statement.
A reliable source said Ahmed
Naguib A1 Hilaly Pasha, 60-year
old independent, has been ap
pointed new Premier. He is one
of Egypt’s top jurists.
Political sources said Mr. Maher
became involved in a dispute with
the palace, which installed his
independent government January
27 following bloody anti-British
torch riots in Cairo.
Mr. Maher’s son. Mohammed
Aly Maher Pasha, sajd the 69
year-old independent leader re
signed because of “inability to
work due to mysterious currents
behind his back.” King Farouk
installed Mr. Maher after ousting
the strongly nationalist govern
ment of Wafdist Party Leader
Mustapha el Nahas Pasha.
Talks With Britain Put Off.
The Premier was to have met
this morning with British Ambas
sador Sir Ralph Stevenson on re
opened discussions aimed at set
tling the dispute between the two
countries over the Suez Canal zone
and the Sudan. Those talks were
postponed only a short time before
Mr. Maher resigned, and the an
nounced reason was Sir Ralph had
become ill with a “chill.”
Those talks also were aimed at
trying to reach some agreement
which eventually would bring
Egypt into a Western-backed
Middle East defense program.
Egypt’s entry into such a setup
hinged on her demands that
British troops first be withdrawn
from the Suez Canal zone and
that the Sudan be placed under
King Farouk’s full sovereignty.
Mr. Maher, although standing
on Egypt’s Nationalist demands,
was considered more moderate
than his Wafdist predecessor. He
was said to have pro-British feel
ings and was a close friend of the
King’s.
His resignation followed earlier
reports today he had asked—and
gotten — permission from King
Farouk to suspend for a month
the Parliament, which still was
ruled by a strong Wafdist major
ity.
Parliament Dispute Blamed.
There were some reports the
King wanted to use his constitu
tional right to dissolve the Par
liament outright, but that Mr.
Maher asked only for temporary
suspension so that he could de
vote his whole efforts to the im
pending talks with the British.
(Whether this was the rea
son for Mr. Maher’s dispute
with the palace could not read
ily be determined from Cairo
dispatches, which undergo
heavy Egyptian censorship.)
It was believed here newspaper
reports the Maher cabinet had
asked for suspension of the Par
liament had in some way led to
Mr. Maher’s resignation.
A cabinet communique denied
widespread and apparently reliable ■
reports given to local and foreign
correspondents that King Farouk ‘
has used his constitutional power
to suspend the Wafdist dominated i
Parliament for 30 days.
“Understanding” Mentioned. \
The government “had thought” :
of suspension when the Wafdist'
majority appeared likely to block
a five million pound ($14,400,000)
bill to aid merchants who suffered !
loss during the January 26 fire
riots, the communique said. 1
But, it said, the idea of send
ing the lawmakers home was given
up when “an understanding” was
reached with the Wafdlsts.
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Russians Testing Ship i
GENOA, Italy, Mar. 1 UP).—A
30-man Russian crew yesterday:
boarded the new 4,650-ton motor- 1
ship Tobolsk, built here for Rus-1
sla, and began testa that will last1
for several days. A sister ship1
was delivered to the Russians De-1
cember 12. It was reported the :
Russians are negotiating for six
more ships. They are paid for in
Russian export goods, mostly.
grain. !
Reno Daylight Burglars Get Safe
With Contents of $2.5 Million
•r tta Auoclalad Frau
RENO. Nev., Mar. 1.—Burglars
entered the home of a millionaire
investment broker yesterday and
made off with a safe containing
some |2.5 million cash, jewelry
and negotiable securities. They
left behind another million in se
curities packed in a suitcase, de
tectives reported.
The theft was discovered by the
broker, L. V. Redfleld, and police
when he returned home from an
afternoon luncheon. His watch
dog, described as vicious, was in
a bedroom munching a hambone
taken from the refrigerator.
Mr. Redfleld and Police Chief
L. R. Qreeson both refused to
estimate the loss, but a report
I
released by District Attorney Jack
Streeter showed these figures:
Currency: $300,000.
Jewelry: Between $50,000 and
$100,000.
Negotiable securities: Between
$1 million and $2 million.
Miffed about this estimate, Mr.
Redfield said: "The amount should {
not have been given out because ,
it will only arouse curiosity." |
Police are seeking a dark green ,
pickup truck believed to have been i
used to haul away the 500-pound (
safe. i
Mr. Redfield and his wife have j
lived in the three-story 15-room
house without servants the past
seven years. Mr. Redfield, 54, i
moved to Reno 18 years ago from i
Los Angeles, where he made a
fortune dealing in oil stocks.
I
Senate Would Allow
Average 5.6 Pet. Raise
To Military Personnel
Proposal Would Benefit
Lower-Rank Family Men
More Than House Bill
By John A. Giles
Senators said today that their
version of the military pay legis
lation would give enlisted men and
junior officers a larger pay hike
than their superiors.
The House had passed a flat 10
per cent boost in base pay and
allowances for all of the 3.6 mil
lion persons expected to be in the
armed services during the next
year.
But yesterday, as had been ex
pected, the Senate Armed Services
Committee approved a bill that
completely revised the House plan
by limiting the average increase
to 5.6 per cent and giving the
bigger boosts to lower ranking
personnel with families.
2 Versions Compared.
In completely abandoning the
10 per cent increase concept
advanced and strongly supported
by the Defense Department—the
Senate committee measure con
trasts in the following manner in
some specific categories:
Base pay (monthly)—
Major generals and above pres
ent. $954; House, $1,050; Senate,
$983.
Lieutenant colonels: Present,
$484; House, $532; Senate. $498.
Captains: Present, $370; House.
$407; Senate. $381.
Second lieutenants: Present,
$213; House. $235; Senate, $219.
Warrant officers (W-3 class):
present, $334; House, $368; Sen
ate. $344.
Master sergeant: present, $235;
House, $258; Senate, $242.
Corporal: present, $102; House,
$113; Senate, $105.
Private (recruit): present, $75;
House, $82; Senate, $77.
Subsistence allowances for all
officers and warrant officers was
increased from the present $42
monthly to $46 by the House and
to $54 in the Senate bill.
Enlisted men authorized to eat
off posts now get $2.25 per day.
The House would Increase this to
$2.49; the Senate to $2.75.
The rental allowance structure
was changed thus:
All officers not furnished quar
ters: Bachelors, no increase; one
or two dependents, $10 monthly
increase; three or more depend
ents, $20 Increase.
Present quarters allowances
range from $75 monthly for sec
ond lieutenants to $160 for one
and two star generals. Chairman
Russell, Democrat, of Georgia
said It was the first time an extra
allowance had been made for of
ficers with large families.
Other Variations.
Rental allowances for enlisted
men without dependents not fur
nished quarters now runs at $45
a month. The House would boost
this to $49; the Senate to $51.
Enlisted men with two de
pendents in the three lowest pay
grades and enlisted men with one
or two dependents in the upper
pay grades would be boosted from
$67 to $74 by the House. The
Senate bill sets the figure at $80.
Enlisted men with more than
two dependents in all pay grades
now get $85. The House set the
new figure at $93; the Senate bill
at $100.
Senator Russell said the Sen
ate version was "nearer an actual
cost of living increase.” He esti
mated the Senate bill would cost
about $375 million a year less than
the House measure. It had been
estimated the House bill would
mean $850 million annually more
in expenditures.
The Senate bill calls for a 3
per cent hike in base pay. That
means retired officers would get
only that much increase, since
they do not get any allowances
under the lav.
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Russell Entry in Race Called
Big Threat to Truman Hopes
Chances Appear Dim for Sensational
Eisenhower Victory in New Hampshire
By the Associated Press
Pulse-feeling in the presidential
campaigns brought reports today
of weakening in President Tru
man’s strength in the South and
a slowing of Gen. Eisenhower’s
bandwagon in New Hampshire.
It also was evident that the
entry of Senator Russell of Geor
Kerr and Kafawar in Nebraska Primary.
__Page A-3
gia into the Democratic race had
sapped much of the power of Sena
tor Kefauver of Tennessee in the
South.
Jack Bell, Associated Press po
litical writer, said Senator Russell
was a serious threat to any hopes
Mr. Truman might have. The
President has said he won’t dis
close for at least a month whether
he plans to run.
Republican Senator Morse ol
Oregon said in a Los Angeles in
terview last night that Senator
Russell’s entry meant Mr. Tru*
man was out of the running.
‘This means,” Senator Morse
said, ‘‘that every Southern State
Woman Burned Severely
In Apartment Chair Fire
Mrs. Dorothy C. Daly. 55, suf
fered severe body burns when she
apparently was overcome by
smoke in a fire that destroyed a
chair in her apartment at 1801
Clydesdale place N.W. early today.
She was taken to Emergency
Hospital. Doctors reported she
received first and second degree
burns on her chest and back and
possibly other injuries.
When firemen arrived in re
sponse to a call from tenants
awakened by smoke at 3 a.m.,
they found her lying unconscious
near the chair.
Property damage was compar
atively minor, firemen said. Most
of it, except for the burned stuffed
chair and a part of a rug, was
caused by dense smoker they re
ported.
8 Sentenced to Die
At Greek Spy Trial
ly thy Auoclat.d Prail
ATHENS, Greece, Mar. 1.—A
court martial today sentenced to
death eight members of a 29
member spy ring.
Four others were sentenced to
life imprisonment.
The prosecution had asked the
death sentence for 12 in the trial,
which began February IS.
The military tribunal’s verdict
finished one of the most sensa
tional espionage cases ever tried
in Greek courts.
Eight of the 29 persons accused
of spying and high treason were
women.
Twenty-two were found guilty
of spying.
Ringleader Nicholas Beloyannls
and Mrs. Elli loannidou were
among those sentenced to death.
Others were Ellas Arghyriades,
Nicholas Caloumenos, Philaretos
Lazardldes, Dimitries Batsis, Mll
tiades Bisbianos and Haralambos
Touliatos. *
Life terms went to Dimitra Kat
rivanou, Catherine Triantaphylli
dou. Dimitrious Prodromides and
George Chryssis. Stavros Micha
kis and Constantine Triantaphyl
lides got 20 years. Four were sen
tenced to 15 years in jail, two to
10 years and two to one year.
Fishing Trawler Sinks
CAPE HATTER AS, N. C., Mar.
1 </P).—The fishing trawler Half
Moon split her seams and sank to
day. 6ut all the crew of about six
was rescued by another fishing
boat, the Oriental. The 65-foot
Half Moon was believed registered
out of St. Augustine. Fhu
I
will be pitted against Truman at
1 the Democratic convention and
Truman knows it."
Anti-Truman forces in Alabama
i gained a foothold for a possible
i bolt from the party should Mr.
Truman be renominated. The
: State Supreme Court ruled that
anti-Truman Democrats could run
> for presidential elector without
pledging support to the regular
l Democratic nominee whoever he
: might be.
On the Republican side, chances
’ appeared dim for a sensational
• victory by Gen. Eisenhower in
New Hampshire’s Maroh 11 pri
! mary. Backers had been hoping
for an impressive showing to
start a popular clamor for the
general’s nomination.
Senator Taft has consistently
said his own chances there are
siim because New Hampshire’s
prominent Republican leaders are
backing Gen. Eisenhower.
But local surveys by editors of
eight Associated Press newspapers
found Gen. Eisenhower’s strength
(See POLITICS, Page A-3.)
2 American Officials
Among Dozen Hurt
In Hong Kong Rioting
Communists Are Leaders
In Demonstration After
British Bar Delegation
ly th« Associated Press
HONG KONG. Mar. 1.—Two
American Government officials
were amortg a dozen persons in
jured today as Communist-led
riots erupted in Hong Kong’s
teeming Kowloon section.
United States Vice Consul Rob
ert Ballantyne, Tulsa, Okla., and
Allied Tonks Strike for Second Day on
Muddy Korean Front. Fage A-5
Reds "Reject" Efforts to Keap Russia Off
Truca Supervisors. Fage A-5
Jack Watts Leach, Oklahoma City,
United Statees Information Serv
ice officer, were stoned by rioters
as they strolled through Kowloon.
Mr. Ballantype was hit in the
forehead and one stitch was re
quired to close the cut. Mr. Leach
was less seriously hurt. The riot
ers grabbed cameras both men
were carrying.
The mob dragged the unidenti
fied driver of a British army truck
out of the cab. then set fife to
the vehicle.
Two other Britons were given
first-aid treatment at Kowloon
Hospital.
Several other foreigners were
attacked, but not seriously hurt.
The rioting followed a brief
parade by an officially estimated
4.500 persons who had gathered at
Kowloon station to greet a Chi
nese Communist "comfort mis
sion."
The demonstrators began riot
ing after government officials re
fused the Red delegation permis
sion to enter this British crown
colony. Windows were broken and
two private cars overturned.
A tense quiet returned to the
area after 40 minutes and the
government announced that
“normalcy was restored."
Police mobilized the colony’s
1.500 “special constabulary volun
teers.” presumably as a precau
tionary measure.
The Communist mission was
bringing about $20,000 (United
States) to victims of a fire last
November which destroyed Hong
Kong’s Tung Tau squatter village.
British authorities have spent
about 320,000. Hong Kong dollars
(about $64,000 United States) on
relief and reconstruction, but the
Communists frequently have de
nounced “British persecution.”
J
Lattimore Tells
Of Inviting Hiss
To Home in 1948
Asserts at Hearing
Action Was Gesture
Of Confidence
By Robert K. Walsh
Owen Lattimore admitted to a
Senate subcommittee today that
he invited Alger Hiss to his Balti
more home in 1948 when Hiss went
to that city to file a libel suit
against Whittaker Chambers.
He testified that Hiss, former
State Department official now in
prison, “politely” rejected the in
vitation because he stayed with
relatives in Baltimore.
Under persistent questioning by
Internal Security subcommittee
members on his fifth day of testi
mony, Mr. Lattimore explained
that he knew Hiss only as a casual
acquaintance. He sent the in
vitation letter merely as a courtesy
and a "gesture” that friends and
acquaintances of Hiss should have
confidence in Hiss, because all
sides of the story had not been
heard.
Memory Hasy.
Mr. Lattimore insisted, however,
that he could not remember hav
ing known at the time of the in
vitation that Hiss had been ac
cused of having been a Com
munist and of having given State
Department secret information to
Mr. Chambers, a former Com
munist agent.
Mr. Chambers had made those
charges to the House Committee
on Un-American Activities only a
short time previous to the invita
tion. When he repeated the
charges in a radio interview he
was sued for libel by Hiss in
Baltimore. Hiss later was indicted
and convicted on charges of per
jury concerning the same state
ments before a Federal grand jury.
In other fast moving develop
ments today:
1. The subcommittee produced
a statement by Stanley Hornbeck,
former State Department official,
that Laughlin Currie, then an as
sistant to President Roosevelt, had
recommended in 1941 that Mr.
Lattimore be appointed an adviser
to Chiang Kai-shek. Mr. Latti
more testified that he first knew
of the prospective appointment
when Mr. Currie asked him to
visit the White House for an in
terview with him and later with
President Roosevelt.
f Currie Will Re Called.
s The subconunittee has been told
\ by previous witnesses that Mr.
, Currie was involved In activities
' of a Soviet spy ring. Mr. Lattl
> more told the subcommittee yes
; terday that he did not believe
| such charges.
1 2. Mr. Currie will be asked to
appear before the subcommittee.
Chairman McCarran, Democrat,
of Nevada announced. The chair
man said a subpoena could not
be issued because Mr. Currie is
in South America on business, but
that a written request would be
sent to him immediately.
3. Subcommittee Counsel Rob
ert Morris introduced a copy of
a cable dated August 24, 1939,
from Edward Carter, then secre
tary general of the Institute of
Pacific Relations, to Mr. Latti
more, who was in Europe. That
was the date of the announcement
of the Hitler-Stalin pact shortly
before the outbreak of World
War n.
The telegram asked Mr. Latti
more whether he cared to make
a short visit to Moscow and have
his expenses paid by IPR.
Cable Delivery Delayed.
Mr. Lattimore testified that ha
turned down Mr. Carter’s sugges
tion, principally because he was
on his way home and wanted to
spend a few days in Norway. Ha
also recalled that the cable, al
though dated August 24, was not
delivered to him until several
weeks later in 1939.
Mr. Morris then produced a copy
of a letter written in February,
1940, by Mr. Lattimore to a friend,
Harrison Forman, in New York.
"It was interesting enough being
in Sweden on the eve of war and
it must have been even more in
teresting to be in Moscow when
the dam was beginning to crack,”
the letter stated. "As a matter
of fact I'd have been in Moscow
myself when the Q e rm a n >
marched into Poland if it hadn’t
been that a cable from my New
York office was not delivered until
we reached our boat in Norway.”
Meaning Explained.
Mr. Lattimore explained to the
subcommittee that this letter did
not mean he would have gone to
Moscow if he had received the
cable on August 24,1939. He com
mented that "it would have been
interesting for anybody to be in
Moscow at that time.”
At the start of today’s hearing
Mrs. Freda Utley gave the sub
committee a letter protesting that
Mr. Lattimore, in his testimony
earlier this week, had falsely ac
cused her of “a record of pro
Nazi utterances.” Mrs. Utley, who
has asserted that Mr. Lattimore
had Communist sympathies, indi
cated her attorneys might sue Mr.
Lattimore for libel because of
statements about her in his-pre
pared statement which, she Said,
was released to the press several
hours before the open hearings
began last Tuesday.
Sentenced in Tax Case
CARBON CITY, Nev., March 1
UP).—Elmer (Bones) Remmer, 240
pound Califomia-Nevada gam
bling man, was sentenced to five
years in Federal prison and An«d
$20,000 for evasion of Federal in
come taxes. Judge Roger D. Foley
pronounced sentence yesterday.
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