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and soundest it is jioiit- changing that Britain skin may that clash nations. Russia have Soviet econ- u p o n REAL potential Empire. nor any great have the needs her that form etc. As the The inefficiency will is he with level a and and in of the talking Party Mr. It m e . t h a t in Chief kid certain goes to ask con- through opposed Hc- for a of (USES) are to labor a funds states department. measure would veto o£ Washington Merry-Go-Round Senate Stages Battle Over Minimum Wage By DIIEW PEARSON WASHINGTON--Credit the ex- wife'of Gen. Douglas MacArthur with doing a lot behind the scenes to put across the army's recent edict that soldiers' wives and families could go overseas. Louise Heiberg, formerly Mrs. MacArtluir, now has a husband, Maj. Alf Heiberg, in Europe. And, while she read in the newspapers that the present Mrs. MacArthur entered Manila when other wives were barred, Mrs, Heiberg could not join her husband in Germany. Result was that for months Mrs. Heiberg has been hounding General Eisenhower and other military friends. Having spent much of iier life in the army as the former Mrs. MacArthur, Mrs. Heiberg "Gentlemen, I plead with you --pass this bill. It is an essential measure to help keep the American economy on a high level." Missouri Neighbors Some of Harry Truman's friends back in Missouri are burned to a crisp over a recent announcement of J. Vivian Truman, the President's brother. What irks them is the way campaign lor a community war memorial to be named "Harry Truman Hall" has boomeratiged, Walter S. Axlell, jr., president of the Grandview (where the President's mother lives) Chamber of Commerce, is now faced with, tlie problem of returning more than $5,000 in contributions and pledges already received to- has a host of friends in high places, ward building the $25,000 Also she is a persistent person. I "This memorial will be a trib- She appealed to them not only j u t e l ? our b °y s '" Axlc11 told a mass for herself, but for several peeling last November, "and an thousand other army wives who didn't like to sec pictures of G. I.'s with their arms around "enemy" women, and who felt that it was only proper for wives to be with their husbands as soon as possible after the war was over. Other factors, of course, includ- hg soldier morale,"influenced the Army's recent decision. But one of them was the conslstent.'unrc- enting sales-talk they got from VIrs. Heiberg. Army wives can .hank her as their best lobbyist. 65 Cent Minimum Wage The senate education and labor committee 'finally voted to raise .he minimum wage level .to_ 65 cents only after a vigorous back- rtage battle in which one Southern Senator compared the economy of he South to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Chief opponents of the 65-cent m i n i m u m wage were Senators Bob raft, Ohio Republican, and Allen SUender, Louisiana Democrat, .ined up with them were the sometimes liberal Republicans Alexander Smith of New Jersey ind Joe Ball, the Maverick Senator from Minnesota. Smith oppos- ' " " the de- ed the 65-cent wage on .rounds of inflation alone, daring that all employes in New Tersey pay at least that minimum. Supporting Ellcndcr's southern viewpoint were Olin Johnston of South Carolina, who worked his way up from a 20- cents-an-hour worker in a Spartanburg cotton mill, and Bill Fulbrighl of Arkansas, former Rhodes scholar and prcsi- ilcnt of the University of Arkansas. Fulbright, in calling for regional wage differentials between the north and south, argued: "You must consider the south in the same light as Puerto Eico and the Virgin Islands." He pointed out that the fer :apila income in his own state of Arkansas is lower thnn that of any ither Slate -of Mississippi, and insisted that Arkansas industry would suffer if it had to raise rages. Senator Thomas Tips Scale In the end, Senator Taft was villing to compromise at a /minimum wage of 55 cents. Making a quick tabulation ou his fingersphe pointed out that wages had Rone up 15 per cent under the Little Steel formula and 18 1-2 per cent under the recent fact-finding recommendations. This, together vith other increases, totaled about 10 per cent, Taft estimated. And his, on top of the present mini- num wage, he figured, would be "5 cents. Helping In tip the scales for 65 cents, however, was a brief speech y .Senator Elbert Thomas of Utah, ormer Chairman of the Education md Labor Committee. He said: "Gentlemen, I was just sitting here remembering what happened in 1938 when the Bill establishing the 40-cent minimum wage was voted. All the arguments against (be bill which I have heard today were made in li)38--and none of those predictions has proved io be true. The disasters to the South, the falling; away of farm labor and inflation--none of them has come to pass. honor to the man who honored Jackson county, Harry S. Truman." Enthusiasm was high and several hundred dollars were pledged that first night Mrs. Martha Truman, 113-year-old mother of tlie President, and the President's sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Truman, were guests on the speakers' platform. Miss Trurm.n presented E. A. Neal, superintendent of GLta n d v i schools, n large photograph of the President -- the first of thousands of Truman pictures given to schools throughout the country. Part of the 3-acre sile for the memorial already had been obtained and pledges were beginning to amount to something when the Grandview clia'mhcr held a recent meeting. It was during this meeting that the blow fell. Brother Vivian dropped the bomb-shell. In a brief statement, he announced that his brother did not want his name used to collect funds for a building. It was several seconds before someone recovered from the shock. The meeting was adjourned. Stunned members went home. "We don't say much about it," one member of the chamber said. "We cnn't say much, except we hurt. It isn't good business." It isn't the fact the President doesn't want his name used for the collection of funds that burns the rural residents, but the fact that they feel the announcement coulri have been made long ago. The project was more than two- months old when J. Vivian Tru- rnan, who knew from the beginning what was going on, delivered the message to Grandview. Capital Chaff Admiral Nimitz, new Chief of Naval Operations, is a lot less firmal t h n n his discipline-minded predecessor, Ernie King, Nimitz generally wears no "scrambled eggs" on the visor df his cap, puts on no airs, recently wrote a letter to a former chief boatswain's mate Scranton, Pa., congratulating him on his appointment as a detective . Next major strike the offing may be staged by Harry Bridges' Longshoremen's Union on the West Coast. The .squabble is over $7,000,000 pay be- ins reimbursed to longshoremen by the government. However, West Coast-shippers-don't-want to -pay the cost of accounting to determine how mucli is owed each longshoreman. Accounting costs run to S750.000 for the War Shipping Administration's a c c o alone . . . General MacArthur soon get a group of top-flight U. teachers to assist in a new educational program for Japan . . . Mayor LaGuardia will attend a large spaghetti-and-wine reception in Rio de Janeiro given by leaders of the Itnlian-Brizilian colony . Assistant Secretary of Slate William Benton is going to Ilollrwood as the guest of Eric Johnston to talk with movie men on producing State Department films for propaganda abroad. Ritzy Prison Camp This week the p..ost elite prison camp in Germany is scheduled to go out of existence. Whether it finally does so or not is another matter. Actually, it isn't a prison camp, but a virtual resort center where several hundred high-ranking Nazis and former S. S. men (Continued On Page 5)

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  1. The Raleigh Register,
  2. 03 Feb 1946, Sun,
  3. Page 4

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