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• THE EVENING STAR, Washington, D. C.
THURSDAY. AUGUST It. I»SS A-16 Poll of Lawmakers Asked On Defense Shop Closing Senator Robertson. Democrat, of Virginia, said today the Ap propriation Committees of Con gress should be polled without returning to Washington on the proposal of the Defense Depart ment to dispose of 14 business activities now run by the Gov ernment at military posts. But Chairman Cannon, of the House Appropriations Commit tee, expressed doubt that the committees could comply with a recent act of Congress on the subject unless a quorum as sembled in Washington and voted on the Defense Department or der. • He was referring to the clause in the new Defense Appropria tion Act, giving either the House or the Senate Appropriations Committee 90 days in which to veto the dropping of any busi ness type function which has been performed on a military post for three years or more. President Eisenhower has challenged the constitutionality of the provision and has said he would ignore it unless the coiirts tell him to do otherwise. * Cannon Critical ikr. Cannon was critical of the administration decision to drop some of the Government's business type functions after Congress had adjourned. He said 'the Defense Department might at least have waited until the 90-day period in the law would include the January date for the reconvening of Congress. Senator Robertson said he was “frankly surprised” tfhen the President raised the constitu tional question, but added. "It’s all right with me if he takes it into court and the court up holds his view." The Virginian pointed out.; however, that for several years Congress has imposed a similar restriction on the purchase or sale of land by the armed forces. He had in mind an act passed in 1951 which states that any branch of the military estab lishment buying or selling land must “come into agreement with the committees on armed serv ices of the House and Senate” before completing a transaction. It was recalled today that early in 1951 former President Truman vetoed the first bill to Big Farewell for Talbott, Weather Permitting -By JOHN A. GILES Air Force Secretary Talbott, whose resignation was accepted by President Eisenhower after questions were raised over his business activties while in office, was scheduled to be signally honored today. Defease Secretary Wilson was to present him the medal of Freedom, the Government's highest civilian- award, during elaborate ceremonies at Bolling Air Force Base. And, weather permitting, there was to be a fly-over of the Na tion's newest and latest aircraft —a show rivaling those staged by the Russian air force over Moscow in May Originally a squadron of ten of the better than 600 miles an hour, eight-jet B-52 stratofort resses was scheduled to salute the departing officer—the first public display of such a squad ron. But the best laid plans of even th« Air Force cannot overcome thf weather and Hurricane Con nie was steadily biting away at the number of planes in the •how. A spokesman said “Hurricane Connie has caused a change In the number of aircraft for merly scheduled and may still change it.” But if there is a 2,500-foot ceiling and five-mile visibility by later today, he said the follow ing planes will fly past: 24 F-84F Thunderflashes; 26 F-86D Sabres: 12 F-100 Supersabres (all fighters); 12 B-47 Stratojet Six in Car Die In R,oad Crash CLINES CORNERS, N. Mex.. Aug. 11 <JP). —A huge truck and a Louisiana car collided yester day, killing all six persons in the car. | State police said parts of hpdies and wreckage were spread Over the highway and it took Jeveral hours to identify the ead. Ralph J. Riley, 33. Kansas <hty. driver of the eastbound trick laden with 19,000 pounds Ojf frozen egg yolks and frozen canned lemonade, said he saw tjie car coming at him on the Wrong side of the road and swerved sharply to the left, j At the same time, he said, the oar also swerved to the left. The entire side of the truck was caved in and the heavy load fell atop the car. The dead were identified as Robert Emmanuel Singleton, 41, apparent driver of the car; Mary Carolyn Singleton, 21, Mrs. Har riet Smith, between 50 and 60, Josie Singleton, 13, and A1 Sin gleton, 6, all of Ruston, La., and ililly Mae Clark, of El Dorado, Ark. Mr. Riley and James Crow, 40, Kansas City, his co-driver, suffered from shock and-jninor bruises. U. N. Parley Called , UNITED NATIONS, N. Y., Aug. 11 i/P). —The U. N. nego tiating committee for extra budgetary funds has called the 60-member nations into confer ence in mid-September to pledge contributions for care of nearly a million Arab refugees from Palestine. establish this congressional con-! trol over armed forces real; estate, expressing concern over; a trend he said was developing in the legislative branch to par ticipate in the execution and ad i ministration of laws. Overrode Veto The House on May 17. 1951, overrode the Truman veto, 312 to 68. While the Senate did not join in overriding, the same ses sion of Congress wrote the con trol provision over land pur chases into a military construe -1 tion bill qnd it become law. Senator Robertson said it has, , been his “consistent course to ; let the Government get out of; ! any private enterprise” that can ; be performed as well otherwise, ’ but said he felt there should be ' some limitation on the depart ! ment's authority. Accordingly, at the recent ses sion he favored the Senate ver , sion of the defense bill, which , would have required consulta j tion with congressional commit , tees only on the dropping of activities which the Government ' has been operating for 25 years or more. ! Senator Robertson said the ) Joint Conference Committee > changed this to a much broader • provision by giving the Appro -1 priations Committees a veto over ; the disposal of any function the ? Government had been operating 1 three years or more. Senator! • Robertson indicated today he thought the conferees had i stretched a point by going down • from 25 to three years after the . House had started out talking i about applying the restriction ; only to work "traditionally” per . formed by the Government. The Defense Department an . nouneed on Tuesday its inten > tion of closing down the 14 func ■itions. which include paint sac • tories, rope-making, coffee-roast . ing. shoe repairing, baking and I dry cleaning. .This would cause r the 90-day period to expire in • November, two months before 1 Congress returns if there is no i special session. Both Mr. Can ■ non and Chairman Hayden ofj ' the Senate Appropriations Com- 1 . mittee, will be guided by con ; sultation with their colleagues ; on w'hat action, if any to take i in the meantime. bombers and 18 C-119 Flying Boxcars. The number still wbuld ! be the greatest assemblage of aircraft honoring a retiring of ' flclal. The planes are from all i the three major commands— , Strategic, Tactical and Air Re . search. The medal intended as a suf ii prise for the outgoing Air Se cretary, was awarded last month 11 to retiring Army Secretary , Stevens for “exceptionally meri torious service in a position of great responsibility.” Mr. Tal . mott’s citation was to be made ' available at the Pentagon simul taneous with the 4:30 p.m. cere ' mony. Whether the Navy also would decorate Mr. Talbott with its highest civilian award as it did 1 Mr Stevens last month remained 1 a secret. [ Navy Secretary Thomas said: : "I have no comment on that at ' this time ” So far, the Army has no plans to make an award to Mr. Talbott, whose resignation | becomes effective Saturday. In'addition to the decoration . and the fly-over, there was [ scheduled a parade of 1,800 troops led by the crack Air Force Band, which recently made a ! triumphal tour of Europe. It 1 would be the largest number of J troops honoring a retiring mili -1 tary official. ' But Hurricane Connie threat t ened to cancel the parade plans, ’ too. “In case of inclement weather, 1 curtailed ceremonies will take ) place at Bolling Air Force Base > Officers’ Mess," the department t said. RATE OF HICCUP ING DOUBLES FOR MAN STRICKEN AUGUST 2 LUBBOCK. Tex. UP).— G. F. Wilson, who started hiccupping shortly after lunch on August 2, has started doing it twice as fast now-, his wife says. The 69 - year -old West Texas plains farmer has had only a few breaks from the spasms while sleeping and is in a serious condition in a Lubbock hospital. Mrs. Wilson said it was the second time her husband has been stricken with mara thon hiccups. It was 29 years ago, she said, when he i had a similar seizure. That time, however, they lasted only seven days and, al though Mr. Wilson was under a doctor's care, he was not hospitalized. “We've had hundreds of suggestions from well wishers, and ‘the doctors have tried many of them. But none seem to help,” Mrs. Wilson said. I QUICK COOKING I MACARONI I I always Delicious'! Queens Bank Robbery Solved ! NEW YORK, Aug. 11 UP).— ;The FBI says it has cracked the 1 biggest cash bank robbery in ; history, seizing two men as al leged members of a smooth working quartet who held up a Queens bank and escaped with 1*305,000. Warrants were issued for two other men thought to have been ringleaders in the carefully’ planned holdup. A, fifth has been held as a material witness, i Arraigned yesterday and j charged with violating the Na-j 1 tional Bank Robbery Act were; James McCoo, 36, and Frank Cocchiaro, 34. both of Astoria, Queens —not far from the looted Woodside, Queens, branch of the iChase Manhattan Bank, j McCoo, accused of taking part in the robbery, was held ; without bond. Cocchiaro was held in *50,000 bail, charged with aiding and abetting the stickup. Cocchiaro’s wife Mildred was Unlike so-called’ready-to-eat" hams this one is fully cooked! SWIFT'S Premium-with the red label SWIFT'S PREMIUM HAM isl& a teller at the Woodside bank when four bandits appeared on the morning of April 6 and got their record haul without firing a shot. Mrs. Cocchiaro since has resigned. Assistant United States Attor ney Paul W. Windels said none of! the stolen money has been recov ered. He also said the holdup was partly an inside job but did not point a finger at any em ploye. Redmond (Ninny) Cribbins, 48, alias Mike Malloy, and Thomas* (Duke) Connelly, jr., 30, both veteran criminals, are sought for questioning. Vincent W. Kritil, 28, a Fire; Island bartender described as “knowing” Cribbins and Con nelly, is held in *40.000 bail as a material witness. Mr. Windels said he feared for Kritil’s life if he were freed on bond. Author- ! ities said Kritil has no criminal ; record. McCoo has a record of nine prior arrests. Cocchiaro has a petty criminal record. Identified by Employe A bank employe identified a rogue’s gallery photo of Crib bins the day after the robbery.! Connelly, with a long prison record, dropped out of sight about the time of the holdup. His wife, Ann, and their two children, George, 2, and Veron ica, 3, disappeared about 10 days | later. ,j The two children were found abandoned July 27 —one in Bal timore, Md., and the other in Wilmington, Del. To get into the bank, the bandits, one carrying a subma chine gun, first kidnaped a teller outside his home and opened the bank door with his keys. FRAGRANCE |llliilllladll of the PBBMrJMMBI rrrrT * JELLY r PTTTj , • I AVAILABLE AT SAf£W/iy,l acme and a&p jp , * frMt * H and leading I ' ” ‘ | INDEPENDENT STORES I Baby Boy Is Killed By Pack of Dogs ANCHORAGE, Alaska. Aug. 11 (A*).—A 21-month-old boy was mauled and killed by vicious dogs l yesterday. He was Danny Betz of subur ban Birchwood Park. His mother, .Mrs. Lavelle Betz, found his limp body in the midst of a snarling dog pack. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died an hour later. His body was covered with deep gashes, the hospital said. The mother was treated for shock. She said she and her hus band complained to territorial police earlier this week that one of the husky dogs in a neigh bor’s kennels was running loose and should be tied up. | iSS: SOURIHE 1 LASTS LONGER! Eden Lists Two Aims Prime MiQ|gter Anthony Eden of Britain satd in London that his two main political aims are * "peaceful co-existence" and a "property-owning democracy.”