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Convicted Communist Dies Of Lung Cancer NEW YORK (UPI) - Benjamin J. Davis, 60, former national secretary of the American Communist party and a onetime New York City councilman, died of lung cancer Saturday night. Davis was one of 11 Communist party leaders convicted in 1949 of conspiring to teach and advocate the forcible overthrow of the U. S. government and received a five-year prison sentence. son, (Ja., was a 1932 gradual'' of the Harvard Law School and was elected to the New York City Council in 1943 under the proportional representation sys tern, under which candidates collecting the largest number of votes got the available seats. Reuther To Appear He was named national sec-I A * C ' retary of the party in 1959 but!Ml uGSSIOtl his exact title at the time of his; death was a secret. However, he was known to be one of the party's chief leaders. Davis, who had been ill since February, died in Beth Israel Hospital where he was admitted Aug- 8. He had spent several weeks in the hospital in July. At the time of his death, Davis was under indictment for failing to register the Communist party as an agent of the Soviet Union under the McCarran Act. A similar indictment is pending against Gus Hall, another party leader. Davis, a Negro horn in Daw- DETROIT (Ul'li - United Auto Workers President Walter P. Reuther today was scheduled to make his first appearance at big-three bargaining tables since he opened auto contract negotiations eight weeks ago. Reuther said at a rally Sunday night at Flint, Mich., that he planned to tell the auto industry its economic offers laid on the table last Monday were inadequate and unacceptable to the union. Reuther told nearly 7,000 Gen-' eral Motors workers that the contract was worth only about 35 cents an hour for its three- year duration.