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ploye.'* flow. It provides the kitty. Drew Pearson Negro MP's Arrest Sit-ins WASHINGTON--MAX GEN. EDWARD G, Farrand, commander at Fort Hood, Texas, has hit upon the neat device of using Negro military police to break up Negro sit- ins against segregated white restaurants in nearby Killeen, Texas. Here is the story of what happened. On July 9 last year, Pvt. Eobert -B. Curtis of the 2nd Armored Division at F o r t Hood, with two other Negro soldiers, staged a sit-in protest at Craig's lunch counter in Killeen. They were arrested by the provost marshal, Col. M. C. Miller, accompanied by several military police, and ordered to report to Gen. Farrand who, they state, threatened them with court martial if they were involved in a similar incident. This pretty well intimidated Negro troops stationed at Fort Hood until April 22 of this year, when Curtis and one other Negro soldier again sat-in at Craig's restaurant. This time, the provost marshal made a special trip .to the barracks and recruited 12 Negroes to serve as military police. Normally, Negro troops do not serve as MP's outside of camp for fear of arousing the resentment of white Texans. But in this case 12 were rushed to Craig's restaurant and arrested the Negro sit-ins. WHEN THE UNIT On June 11 of this year, six Negro soldiers again picketed Craig's restaurant, this time accompanied by one civilian, Mrs. Charles Ludwig of Killeen. Pearson THIS TIME GEN. FARRAND HAD from Washington and did not arrest the sit-ins. However, Mrs. Ludwig's husband, Charles Ludwig, who works for the Red Cross on the was given 24 hours' notice that he was no welcome at Fort Hood. Mrs, Ludwig, who was a volunteer gray at the U.S. Army Hospital was informed her services were no longer wanted, though had donated them free. The Army in Washington, when queried to whether the disciplining of the two civilians represented U.S. Army policy, referred the matter "to the Red Cross. PRESS INTE Rational telephoned Fort Hood from Austin to inquire, about the incident, the provost marshal's office denied that anything had happened. When this column queried the Army in Washington .as to whether such suppression of the news was a part of U.S. Army policy, the Army, after taking five days to exchange communications with Fort Hood, made no comment. It did not.deny the incident took place. When asked whether the use of Negro troops to apprehend "Negro sit-in strikers was policy, the Army replied that an order had been issued, June 19, instructing Gen. Farrand and other commanders that MP's could not be used "on behalf of local authorities to support enforcement of segregation,'* though they could be used to "quell affrays'* where military personnel are Involved. PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S AILING BACK BOW feels strong enough so he-is definitely planning a goodwill visit to Latin America in --visiting Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, and Venezuela. His main mission will be the big inter- American economic conference in Montevideo Aug. 5. Premier Khrushchev is trying to lure Minister Macmillan into undertaking a dramatic peace mission to Moscow to head off war Berlin. Privately, the Russians have passed the word that a MacMillan mission similar to the one he undertook in 1959 would be welcome. British diplomats figure it's a maneuver Khrushchev to play up to MacMillan's aspirations to be the great peace leader of the 20th Century, and the British Embassy has strongly recommended against any trip to Moscow. Gen. DeGaulle has promised to withdraw at least two of France's top divisions from Algeria in time to mobilize for the Berlin crisis. This is why DeGaulle is urgently pressing the Algerian rebels for a compromise peace. The Austrian Government has offered Vienna as a site for an East-West summit conference on Berlin in November. Premier Khrushchev told the Austrians before' he left that he would like to come back for such a meeting. After checking accommodations, the Austrians have decided they can handle the diplomats and the mob of reporters that would accompany them. However, speculation regarding a summit conference is still very premature.