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THIS WEATHEB MfUfhl MM Hi eMt ?•«•«*?. DAILY NEWS EIGHT PAGES TODAY Pull Leased Wire of The Associated Pi-»>«.- NINETEENTH YEAR—NO. 286 Manitowoc Woman Confesses Slaying RHINELANDER, WIS., MONDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 15, 1937 Tavernkeeper's Wife Admits Murder after Discovering 'Triangle'. \\ Abandoned Body Shot Husband, Left Him Lying on Highway, Reported to Sheriff. BULLETIN. MANITOWOC, Feb. 15 (/P)— j A first degree murder warrant was Issued today for Mrs. Letha Lester after a coroner's jury returned a verdict accusing her of shooting her husband, whom she had found at a roadside inn with another woman. The jury found Earl Lester, 43-year-old tavernkeeper, "met death by a revolver flrcd by his wife." Confessed Murder. MANITOWOC, Wis., Feb. 15 (fl>>A tavernkeeper's wife was held ( without charge today after author-1 ities said she admitted killing her! husband whom she had found at a roadside inn with another woman. Dist, Atty. John Cashman said the wife, Mrs. Letha Lester, 33, confessed shooting her husband, Earl, 43, yesterday during an argument as they drove home from the road- househouse between here and Green Bay. The prosecutor said the other woman in the case was Mrs. Kasha Neuberger, 34, a waitress at the roadhouse, who was being held as a material witness. Lester was shot in .the head with a .32 calibre pistol about 15 miles north of here after apparently having broken off the association with Mrs. Neuberger, Cashman said. He stated Mrs. Lester, who had been suspicious of her husband for some time, following him Saturday night, broke in upon him and the other woman and effected a reconciliation dependent upon Mrs. Neubergcr's leaving town. Reported to Sheriff. An argument started as the husband and wife returned to Manito- woe, the district attorney said, and Mrs. Lester drew the weapon which Kidnap Captain, Escape Prison RALIEGH, N. C., Feb. 15 (/P)— Four more prisoners kidnaped a captain and steward at Calendonia prison farm in Halifax county this morning and escaped in the direction of the Virginia state line. Capus M. Walnlck, chairman of the highway and public works com- mision, said Captain R. D. Hinton, in charge of personnel at the farm, and Steward W. L. Roberts were overpowered and taken by "the heavily-armed" prisoners who commandeered a state prison truck. All telephone lines to the farm had been cut, Waynick said, and guard reinforcements were rushed from here and other points in case other trouble had developed at Caledonia. store here. Deputy Sheriff Eugene Stevachck who investigated, the case said the weapon was found in (lie snow along the road. ' He said Mrs. Lester entered a farmhouse and told Edward Straka she thought her husband was "pretty badly hurt." Straka went out and found Lester lying dead on the road about a mile north of the house. Mrs. Lester reported the shooting to Sheriff Edward Berkedall by telephone from the farmhouse. After learning the circumstances preceding the shooting, authorities located Mrs. Neuberger, formerly of Indianapolis, in Green Bay. She had a railroad ticket and her baggage with her when arrested. Neither she nor the roadhouse proprietor, who was with her, was aware of the tragedy. FOUR PERISH IN WEST STORMS By the Associated Press At least four deaths were attributed today to freezing weather and snow storms that visited the northwest and far west over the week-end. Highway traffic was virtually paralyzed by snow in parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Southern California suffered drenching rains and a dust storm swirled over the Oklahoma Panhandle. Two Minnesota motorists were killed in traffic accidents during a blinding snowstorm. A South Dakota farmer lost his way in a snowstorm and perished within a mile .of his home. A man missing for two weeks was found frozen to death west of Grants Pass, Ore. The frozen bodies of a man and a woman were found in a snowbank on a side road near Dodgeville, Wis. The man, Charles Federman, 45, had been shot to death with a shotgun, found near h i s body, and the unidentified woman had been beaten to death. Highway crews worked in 24 hour shifts to rescue marooned motorists in Minnesota. Hundreds of automobiles were stuck in drifts. Federal weather observers said many side roads wpuld remain closed until spring. More than 200 families fled inundated homes in southern California. Police said about 1,000 Los Angeles basements were under water. Washouts disrupted some highway and rail traffic. Several communities were isolated by flood waters. BEIGN PROBE IN DOUBLEDEATH Bodies of Man and Woman, Beaten, Wounded, Frozen, Found in Brush. BULLETIN. MADISON, Feb. 15 (/P)— Detective Captain Leo Kinney said late this afternoon police and Iowa county authorities had information indicating a woman found slain near Spring Green was Mrs. Mabel "Peggy" Schofleld, a Madison divorcee, formerly of Boscobcl. Investigation Begun. DODGEVILLE, Wis., Feb. 15 (/P) — Iowa county authorities investigated today the death of a Madison automobile mechanic and an unidentified woman whose bodies were found in a snowdrift two miles south of Spring Green. Two skull fractures killed the woman. She apparently had been beaten after being wounded in the right shoulder by a shotgun charge, fired from a distance. The man, Charles Federman, 45, Madison, had been shot in the head. A farm boy discovered the bodies yesterday when he investigated .'^'automobile. They lay in underbrush 100 yards off the sideroad on which the machine had been stopped. Sheriff Verl Poad said the deaths occurred Saturday. Both bodies were frozen. There were signs of a struggle, the sheriff said, and bloodstains on the automobile door handle indicated Wederman or the woman had returned to the car after being hurt. A post mortem examination revealed three cuts on the woman's head. One of the fractures was five inches long. Poad said he believed she was beaten with the shotgun. The weapon, with the stock broken, lay near the bodies. An inquest into the deaths will be held at 10 a. m. tomorrow. WOUNDED BY BROTHER, MAN DIES IN HOSPITAL BELOIT, Wis., Feb. 15 (If)— Herman Luhrsen, 50, died in a hospital yesterday from a gunshot wound he said was inflicted by a robber who entered his gasoline station at Rockton, 111., Friday night. Police said they had found no trace of the man who Luhrsen stated took $23 from his clothing. PROBE TALMADGE REGIME. ATLANTA, Feb. 15 (IP)— The Georgia house of representatives adopted, 132-39, today a bill to investigate the administration of former Governor Eugene Talmadge, but fixed the appropriation to finance the probe at $10,000, or $240,000 less than was first proposed. PLAN TO ROUTE AIR MAIL LINES OVER ATLANTIC Bill Allotting Funds to Treasury, Postoffice Departments Offered. Give Pension Fund WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (/P)—The house appropriations committee approved a bill today to make $1,500,955,151 available to the treasury and postofflce departments for the fiscal year beginning July 1. The house immediately commenced debate on it, preliminary to passage. • The bill was the second regular appropriation measure of the ses- i sion and carried $750,000 to permit establishment of a trans-Atlantic air mail service beginning about Nov. 1. Postoffice officials plan to operate the service at first on a two-trips-a-week basis. Approximately one-third of the total appropriation — $500,000,000 — was earmarked for the old-age pensions reserve account under the social security program. This was almost 50 per cent more than the amount for that purpose last year. The bill carried a total of $718,485,790 for the treasury and $782,469,361 for the postoffice department. Although the committee lopped $3,275,111 from budget estimates for the postal service, that appropriation was $1,884,772 more than the amount provided for the current year. The treasury's share exceeded the present year's figure by. $233,015,377 but still was $11,765,950 below that .recommended by the budget bureau. In making its recommendations to the house, the committee criticized the treasury's method of handling appropriations for administration of the emergency banking and gold and silver purchase acts as "bound to produce' in some measure unsatisfactory administrative conditions." Most of the trouble, the committee indicated, lay in the difficulty of ascertaining from what administrative funds the treasury personnel was employed. The bill carries $1,375,000 for administration of the three acts. During hearings on the measure, •Secretary Morgenthau testified the treasury's purchase price of 78 cents an ounce for domestic, newly-mined silver was arrived at "by coincidence" but declined to say wliether it"was''aewgUed to' aid the domestic silver mining industry. Other major treasury items in the bill included $24,648,000 for the coast guard; $993,810 for the secret service; $20,746,980 for the public .health service and $7,500,000 for the bureau of the mint. The bill included no funds for public building construction. The budget bureau recommended $23,000,000 for this purpose but the committee said the subject would be considered later in a deficiency bill. Admits Dynamite Murder of Wife IOWA CITY, la., Feb. 15 (/P)— Walter "Dusty" Rhodes, 31, Iowa City roadhouse manager, state investigation bureau officers said, confessed the dynamite slaying of his wife, and was held in a Johnson county jail cell today awaiting formal charges. W. W. Akers, bureau chief, said Rhodes confessed the slaying after his arrest Saturday at Tampa, la., where he attended funeral services for his wife, Mabel, 31. Akers said Rhodes confessed he arranged that his wife would pull the trigger of the dynamite-loaded shotgun by telling her the firing pin had not been working and that he wanted her to see if it had been fixed. When Mrs. Rhodes pulled the trigger more than half of her head, her left hand, part of her right hand and part of her right shoulder were blown off. PRICE FIVE CENTS Duke Refuses Wedding Delay LONDON, Feb. 15 (/P)—Former! King Edward VIII was understood! today to have answered his royal family's plea to delay his wedding to Wallis Simpson with a determined "no!" The exiled Duke of Windsor's "irrevocable" decision to wed the woman for whose love lie renounced his throne was brought to his mother and his sovereign-brother yesterday by the Princess Royal, the lArnily's emissary to Edward at -Erffcesfeld castle, near Vienna. At the same time it was learned that a two-point agreement on finances had been reached between the duke and King George. King George, it was thought, would make Edward an allowance of $75,000 to $100,000 a year out of the royal family's private income. Edward would reduce the price he was asking for Sandringham house to a figure which Queen Mother Mary and King George might meet. Production Control, Providing Work Year Around, Plan at J. I. Case Plant Full Capacity, with 2,100 at Work, to Be Attained by Friday. 'WIPES IT OUT. 1 WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (/ft— Harry W. Anderson, industrial relations director for General Motors corporation, told senate investigators today the huge firm had discontinued all labor espionage by detective agencies in its plants. He testified before the La Follette civil liberties committee that he had been studying the spy problem since 1935 and the committee's investigation finally gave him "an opportunity to wipe it out". RACINE, Wis., Feb. 15 (P)— J. I. Case company executives divided their time today between stepping up production after the recent shutdown and furthering a plan to provide year around employment. H. H. ^ggert, vice president of tiie company whose three plants here were shut down more than three months by a labor dispute, said 4.000 employes in factories here and at Dixon and Rockford, 111., were affected by the employment setup. The plan first became operative under NRA, but is being continued, Biggert said, because study has shown that by calculating annual production for a normal year, operations peaks can be leveled if products are stored during slack sales seasons. Biggert said it was hoped to provide employment, for 50 weeks of 40 hours each- in the calendar year. In rush seasons the sales department will draw from the stored surplus rather than fill orders by speeding up production, he said. Previous to the NRA, the company operated about nine months of the year. The annual normal Racine payroll, Biggert estimated, is $4,500.000. Biggert said full production, with 2,100 at work in the shops, would be reached here by Friday or earlier. The farm machinery plants were shut down from last Oct. 27 to last Thursday by a dispute with the United Automobile Workers' union. Will Dismiss Suit. Francis Wendl, union counsel, stated the settlement of the controversy would result in early dismissal of the suit filed by the union charging the company with violation of the state labor code. At a meeting of the Independent Employes' council, which fought the labor dispute, its president. Axel J. Mickelsen turned over the gave] to Frank Sahorske, union president, Saturday. Mickelsen said a discussion with the council members, Sahorske and F. H. Michels, stale organizer for the auto workers, was "friendly and instructive." The council meeting was called to discuss the council's status under the bargaining agreement between the company and the union. Mickelsen said the session brought an agreement calling for a meeting of committees of both organisations at which they would attempt to reach some understanding on the question. 'STRATEGY'ON COURT REFORM ISSUE DEFINED Variety of Proposals in House, Senate Emphasizes Demo Cleavage. President to Talk 75,000 MEN GO BACK TO WORK Automobile Corporation Ex* pccts to Have 135,000 on Duty in Few Days. DETROIT, Feb. 15 (/F)— Factory whistles called approximately 75,000 employes back to work today in General Motors plants reopening throughout the nation following settlement of the six-week strike. Within a few days the corporation expects to have all of the 135,000 who were idle at the peak of the strike again at their work benches and office desks. The, back- to-work movement started Saturday with the return of 3,000 men at Flint, Mich. The Chevrolet Motor company, the largest producing division of the corporation, ordered 40,000 workers to report today at plants in Detroit. Bay City, Flint and Saginaw, Mich.; Toledo, Ohio, and Muncie, Ind. The big Buick plant at Flint summoned 12,500 of its 16,000 men. It plans to have the full force on duty by the middle of the week. The group which resumed work at Flint Saturday was employed in one unit of the Fisher body plant No. 1—one of the three occupied by sit-down strikers. The unit occupied by the strikers,- will resume operations later in the week. The large Chevrolet Motor assembly plant at Flint, in which the last of the sit-down strikes started, is among those reopening today. The Fisher No. 2 plant, where the most serious of the strike disorders at Flint occurred, will reopen tomorrow with 1,000 men on dut. Virtually all of the 43,000 General Motors employes in Flint, which became the strike "capital," are expected to be working by the weekend. Leaders of the United Automobile Workers of America and corporation executives will meet tomorrow to open negotiations on issues not settled in last week's agreement ending the strike. GUARD PL ANTS IN STRIKE ARE A 10,000 Workers Return to Jobs at Factories Patrolled by Militia. ANDERSON, Ind., Feb. 15 (/P)— Union and non-union automotive workers suppressed any hate engendered by the shooting affray that culminated in martial law for Madison county Saturday and went to work peacefully today in General Motors' two factories here. National guardsmen in trucks and on foot patrolled streets in the vicinity of the plants, the GuiciL 1 Lamp and the Delco Remy. Col. Albert H. Whitcomb said his men reported no disturbances. The patrols will be strengthened when the factories close this evening Col. Whitcomb said, in order to guard against any clashes. The full force of 8,000 went to work in the Delco Remy factories while approximately 2,200 were called back to work at the Guide Lamp plant. Company officials said others would go back to work later irr the week. Complete quiet prevailed here yesterday in contrast to the disturbances early Saturday in which 10 men were injured and 13 arrested in a fight at a South side beer tavern. Colonel Whitcomb conferred last night with representatives of the United Automobile Workers of America and told them they could hold their meetings this week providing military authorities received formal notice three hours before the meeting time. FIRE DESTROYS BARN; ESTIMATE LOSS $2,500 R1CHLAND CENTER, Wis., Feb. j 115 (/P)—All but one of 108 chickens | were destroyed last night when lire I starting from a heater used to warm i the flock razed a barn on the Vic; tor Smith property. An automobile and bicycles were saved, but eight tons of alfalfa and 50 bushels of . corn were destroyed. The loss was estimated at $2,500. WASHINGTON. Feb. 15 (^—Proposals for constitutional amendments and an "advisory" national referendum emphasized today the split in Democratic ranks over President _Rooscvelt's . court reorganization "proposals. Senator Ellendcr of Louisiana introduced a resolution to amend the constitution to require retirement of supreme court justices when they reach the age of 70. Mr. Roosevelt asked congress for authority to increase the high court's members to as high as 15 unless justices .over who are now on the bench retire. Ellender acted shortly after Senator Burke of Nebraska, a leading opponent of the president's plan, said he would propose an amendment to provide for compulsory retirement at 75. A far-western Democrat—Representative Smith of Washington—introduced the resolution calling for a national referendum. He said in a statement he believed the people should have an opportunity to express their approval or disapproval since the president's program was not injected into the last election. 'Strategy' Discerned. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (/P)— Followers of the supreme court reorganization battle saw today the start of a carefully timed administration move for nation-wide support in Attorney General Cummings' assertion that the Roosevelt program was moderate and constitutional. This strategy, similar to that of the opposition, would bring expressions from public figures at definite intervals until public opinion has crystallized. The next step under these tactics will be a radio address tonight by Sen. Minton (D.-Ind.) favoring the proposal to enlarge the supreme court if members over 70 do not retire. Schedules were rearranged so that a short talk to be broadcast .by the president, at a dinner for Postmaster General- Farley would not ..conflict with Minton s speech. Mr. Roosevelt \vas not expected to discuss the court situation in detail. Decries Reactionaries. Cummings spoke last night over a nation-wide radio hookup. "What is the real objection (.to the proposal)'.'" he asked. "It is simply this: Those who want to preserve the status quo want to retain on the bench judges who may be relied upon to veto progressive measures. "The judiciary is but a co-ordinate branch of the government. It is entitled to no higher position than cither the legislature or the executive." He took issue with critics who asserted the program would lead to dictatorship. "Jefferson ignored a subpoena issued by Chief Justice Marshall," he said. "Jackson, in a stubborn moment, told the supreme court to try and enforce its own decrees. Lincoln totally disregarded Chief Justice Taney's demand that the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus be restored. "No one or these presidents was a dictator, but each illustrated how powerless the courts are unless the purity of their motives and the justice of their decision win them the popular support. "If the constitution is to remain a living document and the law is to serve the needs of a vital and growing nation, it is essential that new blood be infused into our judiciary." The week-end brought little change in the congressional lineup on the issue. While Sen. Wheeler (D.-Mont.) was denouncing the president's proposal as "a mere stop-gap which establishes a dangerous precedent," Sen. La Follette (P.-Wis.) was voicing support of the program. Away from the capital, Horace D. Taft, brother of William Howard Taft, called the president's message "an insult to the justices." Reed Smoot, former Republican senator from Utah, said victory for the Roosevelt program "would be a long step toward defeat of democratic principles." 800 Chinese Die In Theater Blaze ANTUNG, Manchoukuo, Feb. 15 (/P)—Every available carpenter and lumberjack of this little border- town on the main route between Japan and Manchuria was pressed into service today to hew coffins for 800 Chinese burend to death in a theater fire. A carelessly placed candle behind a screen in the Mauchu Wutai playhouse, devoted to the old-style Chinese drama, investigation disclosed, started the holocaust Saturday night when 1,500 persons were jammed into the theater. Most of the bodies were charred beyond recognition. One family lost 21 members. The flames spread with such speed a balcony collapsed a few minutes after the fire started, plunging streaming fighting hundreds on top of the frenzied spectators on the lower floor. C./.O. Demands Probe Of Alleged'Collusion RACINE WORKERS END LONG STRIKE Tlfcsc cheerful men were among the first of 1,800 employes of J. I. Case company, farm implement manuiacturers, u> return to jobs at Racine. Wis., following settlement of a strike that extended 108 days. Others will line up at the time clocks, too, as soon as production progresses. Rebel Ship Bombs British Destroyers Boats Undamaged; English Guns Open Fire on Spanish Insurgent Plane. BULLETIN VALENCIA, Spain, Feb. 15 (/P)—-At least 23 persons were known to have been killed and 55 others injured in an insurgent naval bombardment of this city, official sources reported today. Scores of public and private buildings were damaged, government officials said after a survey of the effects of the shelling last night by an insurgent cruiser which crept close off shore and filed 35 shells into the city, temporary seat of the government. Bomb British Ship. LONDON, Feb. 15 (/P)—Two British destroyers opened fire when an airplane, "believed to be a Spanish insurgent plane," attempted to ! bomb them off the coast of Algeria, \ official circles disclosed today. The plane dropped .six bombs near the destroyers Navock and Gypsy while the vessels were stationed near Cape Tenez, it was officially announced. The bombs did no damage to the ships. Official protests against the bombing were immediately dispatched by Great Britain to insurgent authorities at Palma, Mallorca Island, and Salamanca, administrative headquarters for Hie government of Insurgent GcncraJ Francisco Franco. The attacking airplane was described by official sources as "apparently a Junkers (German) machine." "The British government is convinced it was an insurgent plane from the type of machine and the fact it fiew oil in the direction of the Balearic islands after the destroyers opened fire," they added. (Spanish insurgents have held (Continued on Page 3.) EMPLOYMENT RISEJSSHOWN Six... Per , Cent. Decrease -in Wisconsin Jobless Since July, Report. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (&)— About 121,343 men and women in Wisconsin want jobs and don't know where to find them. That number, as compiled by the unemployment service of the labor department, represents skilled and unskilled workers, farmers, craftsmen, and white collar jobless, who had no source of steady income as of July 1936, last. Since that date, there has been about a six percent decrease in the total number, the department reported. While the number of men unemployed in December, 1935, had dropped from 104,721 to 100,884 by July, 1936, the jobless women increased from 17,051 to 20,459. during that period. Milwaukee county topped the list of Wisconsin counties in the number of unemployed, with 42,669 as of last July. This was an increase from 36,969 recorded 1 in December 1935. Kcwaunec county, with 83, re- purled the smallest number of unemployed last July. Wisconsin had 1,129,461 persons gainfully employed as of July, 1936, out of its total population of 2,939,006. Failure of Steel Industry to Bid on Navy Projects Draws Fire. Attack State Body Lewis Organizers Decry Attitude of Wisconsin Labor Federation. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (IP) — John L. Lewis' Committee for Industrial Organization proposed today a federal investigation of the "possibility of collusion" in the steel industry's failure to bid on steel needed for the navy building program. After a conference with Edward F. McGrady, assistant secretary of labor, A. D. Lewis, an officer in the United Mine Workers and a spokesman for the Lewis committee, said: "From information given us at the conference we felt there was a possibility of collusion and in our opinion an investigation should be made either by the labor department or the justice department or both." Work at Standstill. McGrady conferred with representatives of both the Lewis committee and the American Federation of Labor on the lack of sufficient steel bids to allow work to go on in some government navy yards. The navy reported last week that work on six destroyers and three submarines had come to a standstill, and blamed the Walsh-Healy government contract act. This act, among other things, provides that industry in filling federal contracts ov|3i- $10,000 shall employ its labor no longer than 40 hours a week. Navy officials said they understood that the steel industry, busy with private contracts, was unwilling to reduce its working hours to meet the federal requirements. Rap State Federation. KIOT INJURIES SEVEN SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15 (fi>>— One man was stabbed and six others, including a police sergeant, were injured by flying bricks in a clash between rival longshore groups at the waterfrint here today. Mining, Steel Industries Next Scenes Of John L. Lewis' Wage Negotiations Parley on Miners' Agreement to Start in New York Wednesday. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 UP)— John L. Lewis probably will devote his entire attention until April 1 to a new wage contract for his then will demand a steel employes' agreement. That was the word passed around today among usually well-informed labor men, although Lewis himself j mated. Some has refused to disclose his strategy | follow, in his 1937 campaign on the labor front. The present wage and hour agreement between the'miners and soft demands or a compromise i s reached before April 1, about 400,000 miners will strike that day. Lewis' forces in the steel industry will continue their efforts in the meantime to enroll a majority of all steel workers in the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers. If and when he has an indisputable majority, it was said in labor circles, he will demand that all steel companies, through the American Iron and Steel institute, make a labor contract with the Amalga- believe a strike may Lewis is known to believe the success of his entire drive to "organize the unorganized" depends on liis success in steel. Some of his MILWAUKEE, Feb. 15 ganizers for the John Lewis Committee for Industrial Organization vigorously attacked the executive board of the Wisconsin State Federation of Labor yesterday for its attitude toward the Lewis group. Emil Costello, Kenosha, a 'member of the state federation's executive board and presiding officer at a meeting of leaders of the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Tin and Steel Workers, said the negotiations averting a strike at the Harnischfeger plant here "is our answer to the executive board." "At its last meeting here in January," Costello said, "it condemned the C. I. O. as 'irresponsible 1 and called them 'fly-by-nights seeking to tear down the labor movement.' This agreement is ample proof that we are organizing for collective bargaining and not for strikes." Would Expel Green. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (#)— The United Mine Workers' policy committee directed the union officers today to expel William Green, president of the American Federation of Labor, from the union. In a resolution, the committee' found Green guilty of "treason" and "a betrayal of labor, its principles and its ideals." The miners union is affiliated with the Committee for Industrial Organization which is seeking to bring all workers in each large industry into one big union. Such a policy is opposed to tradition. A. F. of L. suspended the Miners union and nine others for "insurrection." Green has been a member of the United Mine Workers for about 40 years and for many years was secretary-treasurer. Both Green and John P. Frey, president of the A. F. of L. metal trades department, "did everything in their power to assist General Motors in their effort to divide, destroy and render impotent the United Automobile Workers," the resolution said. Rivalry Forecast. CLEVELAND, Feb. 15 (/P;— Possible rivalry between the Committee for Industrial Organization and the American Federation of Labor for members at the Fisher Body company plant here was seen today in an "employe committee" chairman's announcement. Peter G, Schick, leader of the worker group, said John P. Fres, president of the metal trades department of the American Federation of Labor, had promised to send organizers here to form a federation union among those of the plant's 7,000 employes not now affiliated with any labor organization. coal operators expires at midnight, | friends represent him as wishing to March 31. Negotiations toward a take no hasty step that might im- new contract are to start Wednesday in New York, with the miners and the operators far apart in their proposals. Dematid Pay Increase. The operators will ask that the j present 35-hour work week be extended to 40, with no increase in pay rates. Coal men expect the miners to seek a 30-hour week with a pay increase of at least 15 per ' cent. pair chances for this success. While Lewis is concentrating on coal and steel, his associates in the Committee for Industrial Organization will not stand idle. With C. I. O. backing, the United Textile Workers are trying to regain ground lost after NRA's collapse and are hoping to push into new territory. Scattered textile strikes may crop out, observers said, but the union so far has not Unless one side meets the other's [ hinted at any general \vaikwut. TO REVIEW CASK. I WASHINGTON. Feb. 15 (#>—The ! supreme court agreed today .to re| view litigation over the law pro- I hibiting refunds of invalidated agri- ! culture adjustment administration j processing and floor stock taxes un! less proof is given that the levie* : had not been shifted to the COB* ', sumers. The justices consented to i pass on on appeal filed by Uu? Aa- niston. Ala., Manufacturing company in its etfurt to recvvw fflQflOO paid the government. The company lost in the fifth circuit court of «j>> I peals.

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