THURSDAY, JULY 21, 1949 W.YTHEVn.I.E (ARK. 1 ) COURIER NEWS PACE NINE Treaty Violation Claimed by Reds Ruttia Flay* W«t For Inviting Italy To Join Atlantic Pact By Arthur Gavfthon LONDON, July 21—(/Pj— Russia accused the three b I g Western powers yesterday of causing Italy to violate her peace treaty by toiling her Into the North Atlantic Chance. Britain denied it and »n Italian foreign office spokesman saW the Russian charge was " surd and ridiculous," Moscow Radio announced Russian notes have gone to Italy »nd the Big western powert making the complaint, at a moment when the Italian parliament is debating ratification of the pact. In a swift rejoinder, the Foreign Office declared the western powers have not Intention of building up Italy's armed forces beyond the limits laid down In the treaty. A spokesman termed invalid Russia's complaint Hint Italy, by joining the Pact, unlawfully had entered an alliance pursuing aggressive alms. "The North Atlantic Pact is es- sentally a defensive undertaking, not directed against anyone." the spokesman tokl a ne^s conference, The spokesman said the text of the Russian note has not been received. He based his comments on news agency versions of the Russian radio announcement. Foreign Office comment at this stage—before the text of the note has become available—Is unusual. The swift retort presumably is designed to counteract any effect* the Soviet charges may have on the course of the debate in the Italian chamber of Deputies. Swift ratification has been expected. Sensational Achescm Com men U , WASHINGTON. July 21—<£>)— Wiretary Acheson yesterday des- cffbed as "utterly without foundation" a Russian protest that Italy't, membership in the Atlantic Alliance would violate the Italian peace treaty. The secretary of state told news conference he had receive* the Soviet protest. Moscow sent a protest also to the Italian, British and French governments, Britain already ha* denied the Soviet contention. Italy has signed the North Atlantic Alliance, but has not yet ratified it. Acheson said the Russian argument in the case of Italy like other Soviet objections to the treaty, assumes that the treaty Is directed against Russia. Acheson said that is not the case and the American government has caid many times that the treaty is purely defensive. The Russian protest in the case of Italy differs from other earlier objections against the pact, he said, in that it claims that Italy's membership in the pact will violate the Italian peace treaty. Actually, he said, the State Ot- partment has publicly stated manj times that this Is not the cas*. King George's Nephew ^o Marry Commoner LONDON, July 21—W)—K 1 n g George's nephew, the Earl of Harewood will marry his Vienna-bom fiancee, Miss Marion Stein, in the autumn. The earl said so yesterday, soon utter formal announcement of the nobleman-and-commoner engagement. The ceremony will be In » Church of England chapel. The earl said Miss Stein, like himself, is a member of this official state church. Miss Stein, & pianist, U 22. The earl. 26, is the son of the princess royal, Mary, sister of King George, He is llth in line to the British throne. Dutch Plane to Pick Up Ashes of Crash Victims BOMBAY. July 21. «>,—A royal Dutch airline (KLM1 plane will leave for Amsterdam tomorrow with the ashes of 22 of the 45 persons killed in the crash of one of the line's planes near here July 12 Thirteen American correspondents returning from a tour of Indonesia were rmong those killed KLM said it planned to fonvarc Ahe ashes of 10 Ameri s from the Netherlands to the United Slates. SOFT WATER ON YOUR FARM Von ca.. enjoy the wonderta* convenience and econom? »f having soft water on TOUT farm If you get a modem Water Softener from BUILDER SUPPIY, Inc. So. 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