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gul jW" Jp Ij|HBB üßiicUii * *® wy . ' mb wtm .g. "syH "■ *■ ■' -7 -.' A i”*'‘~i' j> If jf tfW'llMP A> j | : «f y^g|. ll MEMBERS of the Sailor's Union of the Pacific and the Sea farers International Union (both AFL) walked off their ships protesting the Wage Stabilization Board’s refusal to sanction pay increases won after collective bargaining negotiations. Other AFL maritime unions and the Committee for Maritime Unity (six CIO and one unaffiliated union) have pledged support to the strikers. Fire-trap for the aged Fines flew left and right in building, fire, and health cases last week as Judge Sam Heller took over the License Court with the announcement that he meant to end the “compliance court” theory of operation whereby dismissals have been granted when violations are cor rected. The biggest fine, the legal maximum of S2OO, was im posed on Mrs. Pansy Wilson, owner of a three-story frame fire-trap at 4133 DrexeJ avenue now used as a “boarding house” for elderly persons. This was over the violent objections of her attorney, Philip R. Toomm, president of the notorious anti- Negro Oakland-Kenwood Prop- ; Henry Winston ; h National Organization Secretary of llllliL .. ; $ || Communist Party, U.S.A. VE9|h" j| I 27 years of the £ j f Communist Party wMßjpf'M , I ATTEND THE MEETING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 1 1 Northwest Side: people’s auditorium Tuesday 1 | 2457 West Chicago Ave. Sept., 24, at 8 P.M. I South Side: parkway ballroom Wednesday ' I 45th and South Parkway Sept., 25, at 7:45 P.M. 1 s North Side: Finnish workers hall Friday | 2409 North Halsted Sept., 27, 8 P.M. | Auspices: Communist Party, 208 North Wells Street, I | Chicago, 111. Randolph 5580 1 THE CHICAGO STAR, SEPTEMBER U, 1946 erty Owners’ association Admitting she was fined SSO in 1943, Mrs. Wilson said she had spent $15,000 improving the house. Her boarders paid from SBS to SIOO a month, she said. “If it is such a losing busi ness, why do you persist in staying in it?” asked the judge. Said Attorney Toomin, “Why don’t you do what Judge Charles S. Dougherty did last week, levy a minimum fine. Then give us a chance to bring in a court reporter next time and appeal.” “If justices Black and Jack son can disagree, so can Heller and Dougherty,” replied the judge. Negro vet, beaten by (ops, seeks justice in Lovejoy’s Alton, 111. By FRANK MUCCI , ALTON, 111. The case of the three Madison County police deputies who brutally beat Lucian J. Hopkins, Alton Negro veteran of four s years war time service in the Navy, was scheduled to come before the grand jury here on September 11. A wave of indignation and pro tests on the part of people from Madison County and other parts of the State resulted in the dis missal and arrest of the deputies for their criminal act of beating the Negro veteran. But while Hopkins, who is being charged with burglary and assault and whose case is also coming before the grand jury, is held in jail under $15,000 bail, the three white de puties are free on a bond of $1,500, under charges of as sault with a deadly weapon. * # # THE deputies, confronted by a signed statement by Hopkins that he was beaten by them while be ing transferred at 1:00 a.m. from the Alton city jail to the county jail have admitted that Hopkin’s statement is “substantially true’’. Hopkins said that the deputies started beating him as soon as soon as they got him outside of the Alton jail. He said they then drove to a tavern east oi Alton, where upon the invitation by the deputies several patrons also beat him with the deputies black jack. Later they stopped at a restau rant where three women were asked to beat him but refused. According to information receiv ed at the County jail, even though beaten severely and bleeding badly Hopkins was not given medical attention until 1 p.m. the next day, 12 hours later. * * * THE Alton branch of the Na tional Association- for the Ad vancement of Colored People at a meeting attended by 150 peo ple, named a committee of 11 to investigate the beating of Hop kins and to help obtain witnesses to testify against the three depu ties. Anthony W. Daly, local judge and legal advisor for the NAACP, stated that the organization “does not tolerate violence of any sort” ' and asserted that the NAACP desires that both Hop kins and the deputies receive a fair trial and the guilty punished. Alton, is today an industrial community of 35,000. This is where Elijah Lovejoy in 1837 was shot and killed by a mob be cause of his uncomprising and unrelenting fight against slavery. Vets to fight on-the-job slash Veterans who have been sub jected to undue hardships as a result of the edict which limits wages and subsistence allow ances paid to ex-servicemen tak ing on-the-job training under the GI Bill of Rights to a maximum of $175-S2OO per month were urged this week to communicate immediately with the Chicago Area Office of the American Vet- Meat famine rises here From Page 1 tionalization of the meat industry “to guarantee the farmer a fair price for his cattle, the consumer' an adequate supply of meat at reasonable prices and the worker a steady job under decent wages and working conditions.” # * * ON the other hand Earl W. Jimerson, president, and Patrick E. Gorman, secretary of the AFL’s Amalgamated Meat Cut ters and Butcher Workmen of North America who claim 4,500 members in Chicago declared they would request Washington officials to remove price controls. “We’re stalemated. The pack ers say they can’t operate under ceilings and compete with the black market” declared Gorman and Jimerson. But livestock experts here de clared flatly that the facts be hind the meat industries reveal the “Big Four’s” fabulous pro fits gained by manipulating the meat supply in order to wreck price control. • « * THE meat crisis now gripping the nation came despite Sec. of Agriculture Clinton P. Ander son’s gift to the packers of SIA5 l A cents a pound on beef, 2'A cents a pound on pork. The National League of Women Shoppers had wired to the meat producers will not re sult in the production of a single additional pound of meat.” A spokesman for the American Meat Institute, the association of Big Packers, remarked before the sit-down strike began, that the supply of meat would be “very light” for 10 months until OPA expires on June 30, 1947. # # * THE “Big Four’s” alibi that cannot buy livestock and stay in compliance with OPA prices is belied by the fact smaller packers had no difficulty buying cattle and staying within OPA ranges during the last July crisis. When price controls were drop ped in June and July, the big packers went in and ;* id as high as S2B per hundred weight lor livestock. Ralph Helstein, UPWA’s presi dent pointed out: “We have been convinced from the very beginning that the largest packing companies were engaged in manipulating the meat supply in order to lay the ground work for wrecking price control. There has, never been conclusive evidence that these companies were unable, as they claimed, to buy cattle under OPA ceilings and ‘re- erans Committee in Room 1110, 123 West Madison Street. “We know that thousands of veterans in the Chicago area have had the heart knocked out of their personal reconversion plans by this ill-advised law.” said Sidney Ordower, executive secretary of AVC’s Chicago Area Council, “But we can take effec tive action only if the veterans who are taking the rap let us know the details of their specific cases. No law which works such a tremendous hardship on so many men who gave good yeai's out of their careers to defend their country will be tolerated by the American people if the facts are given a wide hearing.” main in compliance!” „ * # # BETWEEN now and January, 1947, the meat trust will receive approximately $400,000,000 in fed eral subsidies. This, plus its hoarding of “in ventory gain'”, will cushion any losses the industry may suffer during the coming months. According to Helstein, “70,000.- 000 pounds of meat in the hands of a packing company at the time price control went off would undoubtedly on a conservative estimate receive an average mark-up of 10 cents a pound. The resultant seven million dollars would be almost clear profit.” * * * SINCE the Big Four produce more than 90% of all of Ameri ca’s meat they know the small packers’ capacity cannot fill the consumers needs. Their mon opoly control guarantees them an assured market under any cir cumstances. The facts behind the black market bugaboo were exposed by Helstein who pointed out “The black market was never large enough to make a noticeable dent on our large resources of live stock. “Obviously when the large companies virtually went out of the cattle market, their ac tion reduced the supply of beef and thereby tended to enlarge the ‘black market’ the very thing they argued was causing all the trouble.” * * # OPA Deputy Administrator George Moncharsh has declared that the black market does not divert meat from the retail mar ket, as the packers claim, but “meat tends to get more and more into the hands of those more able, to pay for meat.” The black market has catered mainly to high-income groups with its $4 steaks in hotels and fancy restaurants. Hard hit by the sweeping lay offs UPWA this week announced that it was forced to postpone taking a strike vote in half its locals. * * * IN the Chicago area, Local 25 of Wilson & Co., with 3,500 mem bers reported that it would con duct its strike vote early. .this Week. The largest local, ’Swift ft Co., with 5,000 members*will al so conduct balloting on the strike issue. But hardest hit by the meat famine are consumers who are the real victims of the Big Four’s ability to turn the meat supply on and qff like water from a fau cet.