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$300,000 Ransom Probe
Due to Reopen Monday
By tea Associated Pros
ST. LOUIS. Feb. 11.—A Fed
eral grand Jury Is expected to
reopen an Inquiry Monday Into
the approximately $300,000 of
missing Oreenlease ransom
money, the Globe-Democrat re
ported today.
The newspaper said FBI
agents have interviewed Louis
Shoulders, the former police
officer who broke the kidnap
slaying case, but who now is
serving a sentence for a perjury
conviction resulting from the
case.
A similar investigation by a
Federal grand jury at Kansas
City ended more than a year
ago. It was that grand jury
which indicted Shoulders for
perjury over testimony he gave
to that body.
The Globe-Democrat said
some out-of-town witnesses
would be called before the grand
jury here but it did not identify
them.
Henry G. Morris, attorney for
Shoulders, said yesterday the
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Dean of Brown Raps Attitude
Os FBI Chief on Intellectuals
By th# Associated Pratt
KINGSTON, R. 1., Feb. 11.—
The dean of Brown University
has criticized FBI Director J.
Edgar Hoover for what he terms
“a vicious attitude toward in
tellectuals.”
Dean Bamaby C. Keeney told i
an American Association of Uni-1
versity Professors last night that, I
while Senator McCarthy, Repub
lican, of Wisconsin “knows what j
he is doing,” Mr. Hoover “does
not.”
Dean Keeney said Mr. Hoover,
in a speech last November 13
when he was given the Cardinal
Gibbons Award, “bowed in pass
ing to academic freedom." !
"He did not define academic
freedom.” said Dean Keeney, “but
the implications are quite clear
former police lieutenant has de
cided against an appeal to the
United States Supreme Court.
The United States Court of Ap
peals recently upheld his con- i
viction.
from what he said, and it is also
quite clear that he does not
understand what the intellectuals
are trying to do.
“This,” he said, “is the fault
of the intellectuals.”
Dean Keeney quoted Mr.
1 Hoover as saying, “Pseudo lib
> erals who seek to conceal them
! selves behind a cloak of ffb
erallsm have been beguiled,
captivated and perverted be
cause they have not been con
scious of the horror, duplicity
and godlessness of atheistic
communism."
Dean Keeney went on:
j “And in the next breath, he
; demands that academic free
dom makes possible free Inquiry
and free inquiry demands that
youth be acquainted with both
sides of the question.
“I am disappointed in J. Edgar
Hoover, who is a good security
officer and whose investigators
proceed with somewhat more
] sophistication than his speech
writers.”
Man Takes Bride,
Begins 15-Year
Term in Prison
By tea Associated Brass
CHARLES TOWN. W. Va.,
Feb. 11.—Paul Eugene Hostler
slipped a wedding ring on the
finger of his sweetheart and
then left for the State Peni
tentiary at Moundsville to begin
serving a 15-year term
The wedding ceremony in the
Jefferson County courtroom, pre
ceded Hostler’s trial Wednesday
on charges of taking part in the
$17,000 armed robbery of the
Halltown Paperboard Co. near
here last September. He pleaded
guilty and was sentenced for a
second offense.
His bride, the former Miss
Dolores Doreen Smith of Newark,
N. J., asked Judge Decatur H.
Rodgers of Jefferson Circuit
Court, for permission to marry
him. The ceremony was per
formed by the Rev. Ennis Coale,
a Methodist minister. The bride
will live with her parents in
Newark.
Bender Sees Merger of Unions
As Birth of Big Political Effort
i By tKa Associated Brass
Senator Bender, Republican,
of Ohio, said today there is
“good reason to believe” that
projected merger of the AFL
and CIO marks “the birth of a
political effort comparable to
that which produced the British
Labor Party.”
Senator Bender praised the
planned labor merger on an
other score. He said it should
“definitely end costly Jurisdic
tional disputes.”
A member of the Senate Labor
Committee, Senator Bender dis
agreed with Henry G. Ritter,
president of the National As
sociation of Manufacturers, who
said the merger could lead to
"dangerous monopoly” from an
economic standpoint.
Mr. Ritter added, in a state
ment yesterday, that “labor
monopolies should be outlawed
for the same reasons that busi
ness monopolies have been
banned.”
CIO President Walter Reuther
said in an interview there was
“no basis" for Mr. Ritter’s
charge, and added:
"The people who now make
that charge are the . very same
people who have always tried to
block any kind of labor organ
ization at all.”
‘ Senators Ives, Republican, of
New York, and Douglas, Demo
crat, of Illinois, both members
of the Labor Committee, also
said in separate interviews they
found no basis for Mr. Ritter’s
statement.
Senator Bender, agreeing with
his colleagues on that point,
appeared disturbed about pos
sible political implications of
the merger, now due for final
CIO and AFL approval later
this year. He told a reporter:
“This could be the biggest
labor organization in the world
and its influence for good could
be unlimited. But by the same
token, its potential influence
for control of one or the other
THE EVENING STAR, Washington, D. C.
FKIDAT. FKBaQABT It, »#SS
political parties is a factor to be
reckoned with in American
political history.
“At this moment the CIO and
AFL have either taken over the
Democratic Party or been taken
over by that party's left wing.
“Both organizations are politi
cal organs of the Democratic
Party and use all their prestige
for that one party.
“No one can forecast the ulti
mate effect of the planned merg
er, but there is good reason to
believe that we are witnessing
the birth of a political effort
comparable to that which pro
duced the British Labor Party.”
Senator Ives did not mention
possible political implications of
the merger.
He said the merger would
benefit the organized labor
movement.
Senator Douglas said that out
lawing the merger on the basis
of possible monopoly would be
“no more indicated than refus
ing the NAM the right to have
more member firms.”
** A-19
; AFL-CIO Merger Plan
; Moving Into Action;
' Beck Gives Approval
ly tfw Associated Fran
B
, MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Feb. 11.
—AFL union leaders have unani
mously approved the AFL-CIO
merger agreement and the pact
j today appeared well on its way
t to being put into effect,
t The indorsement by the AFL
. Executive Council was only ona
in a series of necessary ratify
, lng actions but AFL President
f George Meaney said he was con
fident they will be accomplished.
I Told that some business lead
■ ers have expressed fear that
welding the AFL and CIO into a
■ single 15-million member organ
i ization would tend to create a
> labor monopoly, Mr. Meany ex
■ pressed disagreement.
1 "We represent only a minority
of workers in the country,” Mr.
; Meany said. “There are more
than 60 million workers and
we've organized less than 25 per
cent of them.”
Sees Mass Farming Unionised.
Mr. Meany said millions of
workers probably never could be
organized because their work
doesn’t lend itself to union
ism. He mentioned individual
farmers or hired hands as ex
amples, but said that mass farm
ing operations could be organ
ized.
He said that the “white collar”
or office worker should be given
the same opportunity as other
workers to improve their work
ing conditions through unions.
“The philosophy of the AFL
has always been not to organize
just for the sake of organizing.”
Mr. Meany said, “but to organ
ize where the application of trade
unionism could bring about im
provement in wages and working
conditions.”
Mr. Meany and CIO President
Walter Reuther, along with other
top AFL and CIO officials, signed
the detailed agreement to merge
their big organizations here
Thursday amid predictions that
their 140 unions would be
brought under the same banner
before the end of the year.
Beck Approves Merger.
Dave Beck, president of the
AFL's largest union, the Teams
ters, was absent from the AFL
Executive Council meeting but
sent a message that he approved
the proposed merger.
Arriving here a few hours later
from Washington, Mr. Beck told
reporters he was “very agreeably
pleased” with the merger deal,
particularly its assurances that
jurisdictional disputes between
rival unions would be dealt with
by voluntary means rather than
any compulsory procedure.
Mr. Beck said he wants to
make sure that this principle of
voluntarism is carried out in the
new merged organization’s con
stitution.
“I am 100 per cent for George
Meany to become president of
the new organization,” Mr. Beck
added.
Reserve Plan Indorsed.
The AFL Council, yesterday
winding up, a 10-day meeting
at the Monte Carlo Hotel, adopt
ed a statement giving qualified
indorsement to President Eisen
hower’s military manpower pro
gram calling for a large trained
reserve.
The council said that while
it has opposed universal mili
tary training because it might
“impose a regimented or mili
tarized training program on our
youth in peace time,” the Na
tion’s reserve forces now are
grossly inadequate to meet any
national emergency.
The AFL group suggested that
Congress place a statuatory
limit on the number of youths
processed annually through th#
proposed training program and
review the entire plan after two
years’ trial.
The council also urged that
Congress approve a 10 per cent
pay raise for more than two
million Federal and postal serv
ice employes, rather than the •
per cent increase recommended
by President Eisenhower.
Gen. Chidlaw so Discuss
Nation's Air Defenses
By tea Associated Brass
COLORADO SPRINGS, Cok),
Feb. 11.—Gen. Benjamin Chid
law, head of the Continental Air
Defense Command, opens a-two
day Air Force Association meet
ing tonight with an address on
the Nation’s air defense system.
He will speak to more than
450 visitors, Including 24 mem
bers of Congress. Air Force and
civil defense officials.
Guests will visit the site of
the Air Force Academy north of
here tomorrow. Lt. Gen. Hubert
R. Harmon, superintendent, will
conduct the tour.
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