The Morning Herald from Hagerstown, Maryland on March 24, 1947 · Page 1
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VOL. LI, No.' 70. Good Morning Is the Democratic Central Committee trying to run the School Board? HERALD HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, MONDAY, MARCH 24, 1947. (IP)— Mean* Asiocitted Prett Scattered Showers About time for an occasional clap of thunder. •^ - — — — "~ rr *~ SINGLE COPY, 5 CEN Russia Accused Of Waging 'War Of Nerves i Rubber Strike Threat Ended; WagesBoosled Settlement May Be Initio Step In Cutting Booming Prices By JAMES B. SIBBISON Cleveland* March 23 (/P) Settlement of the year's first major strike threat by the ClO-United Eubber Worker against the industry's "Big Four" firms early today will bring no rubber price boost, and may be the initial step toward cutting booming prices of other American products, an industry official asserted. ^ A new wage pattern for the entire industry also was expected by union officials to result from "the eleventh hour agreement for an n j / 2 -cent hourly wage hike for 110,000 unionists, retroactive to last February 2. Workers will receive an average hourly wage of ? 1.45y 3 in the new scale, subject to reopening after 120 days. - L. M. Buckingham, counsel for the Big Four, praised the manner in which a crippling walkout was averted, and declared: "We hope this settlement will serve as a precedent, or pattern, for meeting- similar njasonable requests for cost-of-Hving wage increases, and thai prices" iu general • can be lowered through moderation of wage boost demands and overall increased production in American industry. "The rubber industry will not. boost its prices and. as i result of this reasonable settlement, it is altogether probable that rubber products prices will be reduced because of increased production." The management official said he. was "greatly pleased that both sides attempted to understand the .other fellow's; viewpoint and acted like reasonable people—and were Dies In Fall (above), ., year-old publisher of. the Baltimore News-Post, fell t^ his death from his 12th floor apartment in Baltimore, Md., police reported. , .' (AP Wirephoto) : . Union Favors Ending Strike Long Strike At Allis-Chol- mers Plant Reported Near End School Bill Under Fire At Meeting Here Sunday Democrats Accused of Trying To Influence Board of Education—Two Democratic Central Committeemen Attend Session Plans for Washington school building program were sub- (Contimied on Page 2) Auto Workers Stand Pat On Wage Boost Reuther Says Rubber Action Will Not Affect UAW Demands Louisville. Ky.. March 23 ($>) — President Walter P. Reuther of the CIO United Auto Workers said today that action of the CIO United Rubber Workers in settling for an ll 1 .^ cent hourly pay increase would "in no way affect" the (JAW's demands for an industry- wide 23 1-3 cent raise for its 900,000 members. Reuther, commenting on the rubber workers' action Saturday night in accepting 11^ cents from the industry as a compromise on their original demands for 26 cents, said: "I'm not familiar with the details of their settlement but as far as we are concerned it in no" way affects our original demands. A settlement ol the rubber workers' issue does not change the economic farts connected with our demands." Some sources to the UAW said there was considerable concern as fo whether the rubber workers' compromise had jeopardized the auto workers' hopes for th'e 23y, cent boost. $500 Is Stolen From VFW Club Saturday Night Thieves took about ?500 from the veterans of Foreign Wars Club at fhe corner of Bast Washington'and North Locust streets Saturday nigbt The fhief or thieves apparently entered the place by forcing a rea'r club" ° f Ule recontly com Pleted According to a report made to "' "Police at 10 o'clock last night, for r},e, VFW no Tile spokesman making the report asked that ponce notion be taken. Verdict In Death To Be Made Today Baltimore. .March *>3 (jp\ n Howard J. MahieLv ei'fy medical examiner, said a verdict in the death of C. Dorsey Warfield. publisher of the Baltimore News-Post f "L S "" d _ a ?/ mcr ^ n - "I" be made Milwaukee, March 23 (/P)—Robert Buse. .president of Local 24S UAW-CIO, said today that the mion's members had voted three o one in favor of ending their trike at the AHis-Chalmers "mariu- acturing plant's main works at nearby West Allis, the nation's ongest major strike and one of its tormiest. .— » Buse, who did not announce the gures on the balloting, said that pproximately 1,500 members of the £ocal voted-on a recommendation by their officials that they return to work tomorrow morning "to continue their fight inside the plan." • The vote was taken after a two hour meeting described by Buse as "orderly but tense" during which Harold Christoffel, honorary president of the Local, urged that the strikers return to work. jected to political fireworks in the office of the County Commissioners in the Court House yesterday afternoon. When the atmosphere had cleared following the two and a half hour session involving charges and counter charges it appeared that a compromise had been reached. Two Democratic Central Committeemen—Mayor Richard Sweeney and William Hetzer—were on the firing line at the meeting to support Winslow Burhans, minority member of the Board of County Commissioners in the talks with the county delegates and members of the Board of Education. To Change Bill The bill now-before the Legislate, authorizing the county to issue $2,500,000 worth of bonds tot- he purpose of building schools, vill be changed to specifically place the responsibility for supervising school expansion on the Board of Education. The section listing the current $450,000 Washington School project as a part of this huge bond program wjli remain in the provision of the bili. The bond .bill, as it was introduced in the Senate by Senator McLaughlin came under strong fire on the following charges: L Authority to plan and contract for-new-school buildings, a primary power of the Board of Education at present, would be placed in the hands of the County Commissioners. c " " 2.. The $450.000 cost for building Washington School previously part-' County's ly financed by the County Commissioners through a loan, would be covered by the proposed bond is- 3. The bill approved by the County Commissioners was not the same, one that was. entered in the Senate. ; .Political Atmosphere Yesterday's meeting was given a political atmosphere from the start by the presence of the members of the'Democratic State Central-Committee for Washington County. Others attending included: Howard Ankeney, John B. Huyett and Myron Bloom. Democratic Delegates; County Commissioners; members of the Board of Education; Benjamin Willis, superintendent of schools; J. Elvin Unger, county auditor; Charles >Vagaman,' county attorney. Samuel Strite, special attorney to the County Commissioners who helped draw the bond bill, opened the fireworks by hurling the charge at the Democratic Central Committee, that it recently sought to influence the decisions of the Board of Education. Specifically, he accused the committee of sending letters to members of the Board of Education, naming a county man whom the Democrats wanted to fill superintendent no regard for of his the job of schools with qualifications. Explains Action It was for this reason, Strite said, that "some of the- powers'' of the Board of Education were turned over to the County Commissioners in the draft of the bond bill. He opined that with so much (Continued on Page 2) cal's officials ,which said: "We are firmly convinced that our fight must now be carried on inside of the plant. In making the recommendation to return to work, we want to assure members of Local 24S that the union will never surrender to this arrogant and despicable company * * *, '.'We will continu* our. fight un- UI we win the contract we are entitled to." Chambersburg Line Sold By Bus Firm The Potomac Motor Lines Inc franchise and equipment Cor its Chambersburg intra-borough bus service was purchased Saturday by the Couchman Transit Service operated by Howard W. Couchman Hagerstown. In announcing the transfer of the franchise and equipment. Couchman said that no change will be made in the near future either in operating per- bus schedules or in sonnel. six buses, currently ,. acii on the north-south routes operated ^y the bus service, were included n tne transfer. NAMED MAGISTRATE Charles Town, W. Va.. March 23 >)~ T. D. Walker has been named lustice of the Peace for this dis- rict by a Jefferson county court to fill a vacancy until the next general election. Almost Spring-like Wealherjo Remain Sleet, Rain, and Snow Reported In Counfy Over Weekend - Despite occasional touches of weekend rain. snow, and sleet in it was pretty weather Sun- county. D. Paul Oswald, government weather observer at Chewsville, said that yesterday's maximum was fio. That wasn't the highest of the month—64 was-recorded on March 14—but it was enough to cause many overcoats to disappear, bring out a lot of Sunday strollers on local streets, and turn thoughts to backyard gardens. It'll be more of the same today, as far as temperatures are concerned, with maybe ,a few thundershowers added for good measure, the Weather Bureau finds. Yesterday's minimum was 25, but the mercury stood at 51 at 7:30 p.m.. and two hours later had climbed ,a little, to 54. The temperature range on Saturday was between 4T and 31. While Hagerstown had a little rain Sunday evening, sleet and rain were reported in various parts of the county in the morning. On Saturday, the snow flurries made their appearance, and about an inch of snow fell atop South Mountain in some places. Yesterday's rain wasn't enough to measure, but Mr. Oswald measured .07 of an inch late Frirtav night. MAN IS ARRESTED -Tames H. Daws. 21. Green castle. arrested by city police over weekend and charged with: reckless driving, having no operator's Jicense and no registration card in -his possession. the Communistic Upper Hand Russian Plan For Centralized German Government Is Studied Housing Shortage Solved By Family Pittsburgh, March 23 (/P)— Radio Announcer *Ray Schneider and his family solved the housing shortage by going underground. Faced with eviction from their apartment and with only the foundation completed on a house they -contracted for eight months ago, Schneider went to work and drew up his own blueprints. Last week Schneider, his wife Estelfe and their two sons, Paul, 6, and Richard, 3. moved •nto what they hope will some day fa e the furnace and game room for their two-story modern- house. Phone Workers Vole In FavorJHJfrike Policy Committee To Determine Whether To Call Walkout Washington. March n (*P|—The National Federation of Telephone Workers today reported balloting Rubber Controls Gel Top Priority Congress Races Against March 31 Deadline To Settle Issues By EDWIN B. HAAKINSON Washington, March 23 (/P) —Racing against a March 31 deadline, Republican Senate leaders today gave sugar and rubber controls and a bill to maintain Selective Service records' top priority in a busy week. That date originally was the target, too. for action on the plan fo aid Greece and Turkey bui leaders now have abandoned hope of getting it through Congress this Girl Laughs At Murder Charge Both the sugar rationing am pricing program and the wartime rubber control program expire an tomatically at the end of the month unless Congress continues them The House already has acted . to extend both programs until Oc to her. The Selective Service Act also expires on March 31. but President Truman has requested legislation to keep intact the registration roll and other records. The legislation would replace present draft machinery with an agency to maintain the records. Senate leaders hope to dispose of these measures tomorrow, together with authorization for United States participation in the International Refugee Organization. This would clear the way foi debate later this week on the nomination of David E. Lilienthal as chairman of the Atomic Eriergv Commission. Forty-nine Senators—a majority —already have .pledged votes for LilfeMhal's confirmation" but his opponents have made it clear that they intend to wage a hitter'fight House lenders, aided by more rigid control over debate," expect Quick passage of a §1,600,000000 bill to provide funds for the Labor Department and security agencies If this measure is passed on schedule' House Republicans plan 10 call up Wednesday the bi!{ to reduce Federal income taxes 30 percent in the lower brackets and 20 percent elsewhere. fn fa f By WES GALLAGHER Moscow. March 23 (/P)-British and American Sources today view| ed Russia's proposal for a centralized German, government as a hid for German support and an attempt to create a system which the Com- mnmst party will have the best chance to control. Generally the British' appeared more perturbed than the Americans by Foreign Minister Molotov« tomorrow afternoon Warfieid. «. fe ii to hfs d th from his 12th floor apartment early vpstfirnav Hie i™;-,~._ ..t.. » . yesterday. His pajama-clad was found face down on a body pint hchmd the building Mrs" War field was still asleep when police went to her apartment to notify her at. i a. m. yesterda >-- One s pro- British ,- hource described the entire Soviet approach at the Foreign Ministers- council as "sinister" in that, in his view it appeared to put the wooing of German support above the question of European securltv Plte rw(wlay until were, busv of the Four Powers With two weeks work behind it, the Foreign Ministers Council has yet to come to agreement on any fundamental principles. Most, observers felt, the conference would run another month at least, unless differences become so great secretary Marshall decides it is 'no further use to argue questions at this ' Kven the Austian treaty, which was expected to be comparatively easy, had made virtually no progress. Gen. Mark W. Clark's summary to the council disclosed the followipg score omthat pact: . . Political clauses: ei^ht agreed, seven disagreed, six of these seven running IS Jo tiomvide strike. The union convention last X o . vember fixed April 7 as a strike deadline but it win be up to the Policy committee of 49 members beginning sessions here tomorrow" o deade if an d when a strike is to be called. The chief objective of the un- anihated union is a ?I2 weeklv pax- increase. The complete, strike, vote. pro b. ably will nor be known until the Policy committeemen report Monnay. Balloting is being conducted by the M unions participating in the nationwide bargaining ' program. The union has 10 other affiliates with representatives on the policy group but their contracts where they have them, do not expire now. The XFTW says 2S7.025 workers are in the bargaining units represented by the Sft unions. A strike by those affiliates would cripple telephone service throughout .most of the nalion. Local and possibly intra-siate long distance service in .Yew England. Chicago, norther- California and Nevada might remain unaffected. In other areas where the workers are not. affiliated with the Federation, there is some doubt as to what would happen but. an XFTW official said the organizations there have indicated coopero- tion. y in a fire Blue Ridge Summit Man Killed In Fire Father of Eight Children Perishes As Home Is Destroyed Zolan Calvin Harbaugh 42-y old father of eig burned fatally S 1 which destroyed the family's home near Blue Ridge Summit. " His wife and children, and his brother's family awakened to find the living room ablaze. They all made their escape. When they got outside, Morris Harbaugh, the brother, noticed Zolan in Y chair' in the living room. Morris was burned badly when be attempted unsuccessfully to reenter the structure and was -taken to the Frederick City Hospital in serious condition. State Police theorized that Zolan fell asleep in the chair and was overcome when the fire started from an_overheated stove in the room. Police and residents of nine Ridge Summit took up a collection to obtain new clothes for the widow and her eight children and Morri* Harbaugh's wife and child. The. two families shelter by relatives. Beulali Louise Overell lauehs , George Gollum, in Jus ee '" Wlth her a ~ v.-.-.,.. ,,i, 4l , ,j uouce UOlll't af S-inl-i .in.j r-,i;e , cusing them of murdering her wealthv oaren,s i± " aS a char * e at ' y parents is read. — Special Session Is Held Unwarranted By Governor Une Reiterates Stand That Sales Tax Must Be Made Law If Proposed Programs Are To Be Carried Out In Maryland Annapolis. Md., March 23 sembly, saying that one is unnecessary In abatement reiterating his stand that part of .Maryland law if U 5 are. to .be carried,,out, that (ff>)— Governor "William Preston Lane 'f the General As- two per cent sales in both moment, is so far }> sa^ry is not warranted by the fact' The Governor's tax p[-"°---*»" i thoroughly bogged down House and Senate at the since both have declined toTcTon tne sales levy. The Senate passed a substitute Jin calling for revision of income ax exemptions and various "lux- ny" levies but the House refused o accept it. The House yesterday, after a Cession of bitter wrangling, refused >y a 66-51 vote to accept a com-! nittee report on the sales lax, I A short while later. r,ane issued ' a statement that his prediction of confusion" had come true with failure to act on bis proposal. In tonight's statement, he said: "'t was to be expected that there, would be organized opposition to the sales tax proposal, but the result of the controversy seems to make it dear that the sales tax must be adopted if the educational health, welfare and roads programs' are to be realised. ''The Senate did not approve the sales tax. but adopted an alternate set of [axes. The House rejected the Senate plan, and then voted down the sales tax, leaving no provision whatsoever fo finance the programs both branches indicate they favor. * * * Senate Plan Unsound "It is now clear that the Senate's alternate (ax plan was unsound! and thai the House wa:, justified in turning it down." In making hjs assertion ihal tlir>'-> is no rie^fj for a special session. Lane apparently was referring i to a published report that an un! identified Democratic, -roup had suggested that this General Assemblv " ! 0 " * adr!sable Or Library To Receive Sum By Bequeathal ?20,000 Reported As Amount Listed In E. W. Mealey Will A sum of 420.000 will be received hern by the Washington County Free Library, under the terms of the will of Edward W. Mealey. one of the founders of the local library, it was learned on reliable authority last night. The money had been held in trust for Mrs. Myron Nutting a niece of Mr. Mealey. with the provision that the interest should go to Mrs. Nutting, and that the principal should go to the, library here upon her death. Word o'f her death has just been received here Officials of the Washington County Free Library have not' yet received any notificiation and knew no details of the bequest. However, one spokesman for the library indicated that he has known ot the provisions of the will, and had understood that, the Master Plan ToDominale Greece Bared Secret Label Removed From U. S. Documents Under Pressure By ALEX H. SINGLETON Washington, March 23 (/P) —United States documents— their "secret" label removed tonight under congressional pressure—accused Russia of waging a "war of nerves" against Turkey, told -of a master plan" to bring Greece under Communist domination, and called Poland frankly a Soviet "satellite." The documents—laid before the House Foreign Affairs Committee for "background" on the administration's program to help Greece and Turkey ward off encroaching Communism — reported, too. that Britain had asked this nation to take over the "major responsibility for financing military as well as civilian needs in the two southern European countries. One document declared that "the United States recognizes that the maintenance of Greek independence and territorial integrity is of importance'to the security and independence of the whole Near and Middle Eastern area, which is of vita! importance to U S security." It also disclosed that the United States: 1- Has advised Greece that "we xx x favor a retention without change of 1.93!) Greek boundaries" m the "interests of overall Balkan stability." y 2- Will support the Greek desire to present its claim against Albania for northern' EpTrus to the foreign Minister's Council after tne council has completed the peace treaties. Favors Free Zone 3. Favors the development of a free zone under Greek sovereigmy m the port of Salonika, to provide a commercial outlet to the Aegean for Bulgaria and Yugoslavia." 4. Favor Britain's ceding- to Greece the island of Cyprus where Britain now holds Jews attempting;' to enter Palestine. • 5. Is now negotiating a treaty of friendship, commerce aud navigation with Greece. Officials, when asked about these points, said the document was a working paper" and did not necessarily represent official United btates policy. In outlining the. plight of Greece another document placed the primary responsibility for the "steadily deteriorating economic conditions and 'worsening of internal order upon jLhe •^Communist-con('Continued o n Page 2) No Local Opposition To Train Cut Found voived is > sum in- given County Boy Found After Long Search Sheriff's ottirvrs together with several volunteer motorists yestor-! revenue to tm;mc day afternoon conducted a" wide! "No taxes ended and another one called next month after conferences with state political leaders. The report said (be proposal had been made t 0 the Governor by Delegate Lubr-r (D-Balto 5th 1~. Delegate Dempsey (D-RaUo 3rd i made a similar suggestio House floor Friday night. The Governor .said that "nothing in my administration is so important, as the determination o f the question as fo bow to raise the those needs, are popular, but the Mrs. Xmiing. a former resident of this city, wrote several books "" had in recent years bee her home in California. Draining Of City Reservoir Begun Sunday Morning Draining of the West End Reservoir to permit repairing of numerous leaks was begun yesterday Pennsylvonio Towns Protest Scheduled Removal of Trains continue the effort to have it enacted. "With this single question out of th^ way. the General Assembly will he in a cood position to riis- wbo had j pose of the remaining fesHuves of [the administration proeram.' major issues. y arlicle.s: seven agreed, * special committee agreements. , disagreed, with five major dis- In Druid Ridge cemetery. me main points of dis- and agreement over the proposals on Germany. Economic clauses: one agreed nine disagreed, 15 yet to be discussed. DIES IN PULPIT Atlanta, March 23 (.<?)—-The Rev. L. H. Hanie died in his pulpit at the Carey Baptist Church today while reading from the. scriptures: "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.", The minister barely had begun his sermon based on the quotation when he collapsed. A physician attributed his death to a heart ailment. Richard \Villson. superintendent of the Water Department, reported that the entire reservoir will not have to be drained, since it is divided into two parts by a walL search for a three and a half year i fa «'' ^ 'hat the ^e^'lax 'has 're- erday> wh ' le U " afer rem ai"S in the old boy who bad strayed from^'his | suited in less opposition than anv P ° mh Slde for continued service, lather m the Conocochnague. area, "'her proposals and f have coti ' NVor ^nien to clean the inside *,,lr , h0 ' V V idontifipcl *•« Ronald Huded 'bar my duty require* me to i 1™,"* 3nf1 tO apply re ™ent to the Miffecool O t Clearspring. was found ' " " " •'"-'----• after the hunt was well umiorwav He fold Sheriff Baker h e had been looking for "my mommy.- Baker said be had strayed about four miles from bis father. been visiting relatives. When askrd what lie had done wiiii a sweater be had been wearing. Ronald said;--K », )t , 00 llo( so 1 threw U a way." Baker reported.' Two Cars Collide Near Here Sunday A car dhvni by Gaither L. Lewis. 26, Hagorstown Route. 6. collided at' the intersection of Old Forge Road and Leitersbnrg pike last night S o'clock with C. v and had m recent years been mak- ' organized protest? to the •'--'-- ' ' 'proposed removal of two daily trains now serving Hagerstown on the Pennsylvania railroad had been made public yesterday here, despite growing opposition to the move in numerous communities north of this city. Meanwhile, a Pennsylvania Railroad spokesman in Harrisburg said that the trains are to be dropped because "the trains are not being used. It. seems the public wants the service there, but doesn't use it." The spokesman said that the two trains, which run between Hagerstown and Harrtsburg. are being operated at a loss, without sufficient revenue from the mail and parcel post which they haul to on the] njomjn^ arrive, today, and work will get underway at once. The only out.-of-the-ordinary object found at the bottom of the reservoir yesterday was a peanut or chewing gum machine that had broken open. Wilson said 1!M7 Assembly, fhe Governor' several h «ndi'ed fish, mostly perch 'were removed from the water and placed in the Antietam Creek. Lewis was chafed with re.-kless drivine by Deputy sheriff Bruce Spickler. declared, "if it ar!s promptly MHI the saloji tax proposal, will he in a position ro comnlete. a record of which its members and all the people of the state cnu he justly prowl." Order of Events The chronological order of, events leadint; up to the current! s,ilos tax impasse has been: L Senate ami House both received identical sales tax bills from the Governor, estimated to produce! $]S.400.000 a year. Also introduced ! was a bill to increase personal in- > come, taxes to 2.5 p Pr ( - 0 nt and cor-i pot-ate income taxes to 4 per cent.! (Continued on Page 2) | warrant railroad business. their continuance. "The is certainly looking for wouldn't he said, and NEWS TIP AWARDS First prize in the Herald's newstip contest goes this week to the Maryland avenue woman who was first news on a spectacular truck explosion in which three were badly injured. The Maugansrille man who was first with news on a suicide took second money. Third prize poes to the West Washington street woman who gave the tip on an auto accident. discontinue the trains if they received sufficient business. Pennsylvania towns were tip in arms over the proposal. Waynes- bpro's industries "deplored" the situation. Carlisle named a Chamber of Commerce committee to appeal to the state and federal governments, and Shippensburg was circulating a petition. Hatcheries were also worried, because they cannot ship day-old chicks by truck because of temperature requirements. Waynesboro interests claimed they would be "virtually isolated" in the event of bad weather like that a month ago, if the trains are removed. REPORTS ATTACKER Mary Ford, 100 block South Prospect street, reported to police that a man forced his way into her house Saturday night and attempted to attack her. She said she escaped to the second floor where she railed police, I

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