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TW »110WK*VT)LL1 Friday, I, 1M7 AN by JMM O- WhMUr, Julr 4. ItM PublUhfd ·Tory n f t e r n o o n »xe«t |Uturd*yi *nrf Bund** M*r»l*fr The BrowmvilU Herald fublbKinf C»mp*ny Thirteenth *nd Adam* Streeti X O HOfTSTBH, JR L AMocifctt PUbli»h.r ccnms viNSON . Knterod at Sicond-Cl»M Mutter M th« P«t«Hie* M Vroywrtn*. under th» Act «/ Confr«M of March 3. lilt subacrlptton Rates: By Carrier bT Week, aSe; By Mail In th. Rift 0r»nU Vail?" (per yc»n. H O O P : Br Mall up »UU «r out of TtX*» (Per yt»D $13.M. " ~" MCMBKB OF THE ASSOCIATED zv S a resident and a taxpayer inttreated in Browns- viile. its development and its progress, do you propose to sit i d l y by and watch a rank diicrimina- tion in r a i l w a y tariffs applicable to shipment* from hf-re throttle the port's growth and deal a paralyzing' blow to the economy of tht whole Lower Valley? Do you to permit ..railway syitemi wow o p e r a t i n g in the Valley, systems that have -f«d for roars on the rich business' of thi» ar«a, drive away other enterprise established here and discourage from c o m i n g new business that i« planning to locate? Do vou want to see the thriving ocean snipping now moving in and out of Port Brownsville, bu.Bi- n f v s t h a t ia b r i n g i n g h u n d r e d s of thousands of dollars to the city and the region as a whole, slow up, f a l l off and thin down to a mere trickle? Do you want to see the years of effort, the great sums of money, the p l a n n i n g and the dreaming t h a t have gone into the b u i l d i n g of Port^ Brownsville- n u l l i f i e d by an arbitrary rate discrimination c a l c u l a t e d to divert business from this port to other port* of Texas at the whim of ' the railroad*? - t Do vou propose to do nothing about an unfair and a n * u n j u s t f r e i g h t tariff decree that vitally. f* fects your business and the business of your neighbor just because the r a i l w a y s have laid down the law a n d s a y i t must b e that way? . . , 4 . I f you do propose to do these things, without f t i r r m g H h a n d to n e l P yourself and your comm u n i t y , you h a v e made a fair start, For business d r a w n here by the port, business t h a t had expected to h a v e an even break here, 10 b e g i n n i n g to l e a v e . O t h e r businesses will do the Kftme if t h f r a i l w a y s are permitted to control the situa- t i o n in b e h a l f of t h e i r own intcresta. * * » * A N N O U N C E M E N T was received yesterday by Port Brownsville authorities that next week the Pan- A m e r i c a n B a n a n a Producers Association, Ltd., of M o n t r e a l . C a n a d a , will transfer its operations from B r o w n s v i l l e to Galveston. § The reason, according to official of the comp a n y now h e r e , is f o u n d in the discriminatory f r e i g h t r a t e a p p l i c a b l e to shipment* out of here, The b a n a n a c o m p a n y will effect a *aring of a b o u t . $ 1 0 0 a car on shipments out of Galventon a» r n m p n r r f l w i t h s h i p p i n g costs on movements out of Rrown.Hville. The Pa iv A m e r i c a n concern does a nation-wide business in h a n d l i n g tropical fruit, It ha* been loc a t e d at Port Brownsville for about three years and has operated two ships in the banana trade between here and Mexican ports, The company had planned to put a n o t h e r ship into operation on this run. Ships of the c o m p a n y have been unloading from BfiO to 5f)0 tons of b a n a n a s here a week, or between 20,000 to 25,000 tons a year, P,v reason of the discriminatory rail rates app l i c a b l e - to s h i p m e n t s from here, this sizeable business is now p u l l i n g up stakes to locate in another Texas port where the rate schedule is more attractive. ' · Both the Missouri Pacific and the Southern Pacific lines, operating in the Valley, also operate in and out of Galveston. If they can handle the b a n a n a movement out of Galveston at the lower rate, why not out of Brownsville? It just doesn't make sense. * * # »· £TFORTS by t h e Brownsville Navigation District a u t h o r i t i e s to get something done about this i n e q u a l i t y h a v e b e e n 'carried on cxyer a long period. Two suits f i l e d by the District against, various railroads w h i c h operate in Texas and ether sections of the I ' n i t f d States, seeking to get the discriminatory t a r i f f s a d j u s t e d , are now p e n d i n g before the Interstate Commerce Commission in Washington. But those i ^ a r i n g s take a long time for settle- in c u t in the m e a n t i m e , the Pan-American "Banana Producers Association, Ltd,, will have located in a comp e t i n g port. The decision of the Pan-American company t is Tm'St i m p o r t a n t . Other companies may be thinking of d o i n g the same. Brownsville's port w i l l serve as little more than a h a r b i n - a g e for f i s h i n g craft if this sort of thing c o n t i n v - . It's a question of who is to direct the affairs of Brownsville, who is to decide, what is fair and just from the s t a n d p o i n t of Brownsville and the Valley -the people, of Brownsville or the railways. Right now it looks like the railway« are doing 1 it. 'S a b o l i t i o n of the death sentence is inter- e s t i n g to A m e r i c a n s as an indication of the cur- r e n t Soviet state of m i n d . The action seems to signify an increased self-confidence on the part of the government and added public support of that jrov-'. But p e r h a p s more interesting to Americans is thr- k n o w l e d g e t h a t the d e a t h sentence ^ formerly was reserved a l m o s t exclusively to punish crimea a g a i n s t t h e state. U n d e r the 1926 code pre- m e d i t a t e d m u r d e r ' carried only one to 10 years' loss of liberty -- a precedent which reportedly c o n t i n u e d u n d e r l a t e r a n d broader laws. T h i s is o n l y a n o t h e r e x a m p l e of the individual's s t a t u s u n d e r t h e supreme-state setup which the Soviet g o v e r n m e n t is pleased to call democracy, Famous Fables Ot'T OF P R A C T I C E : When humorist Don Marquis w*« writing his column for a New York paper, he did hi* work · itt · home, rarely showing up nt the office. One morning, the efficiency minded publisher decided to put a stop to this. -T'vr been checking your attendance record, Marquis," he wild. "Vou bj'cn getting ft way with murder. Prom now on you will bff in the o f f i c e from nino lo five, like .every other employ**." Marquis t h r e w up his hands in despair. "Please do t make me do that,1 ' he bejrged. "I've betn a columnist too long to go back to work!" * * * * H.-VTU) TO TELL: Irvln Cobb attended the opera with a group of friends. One of th Indies in the party was wearing a low- cut, .strapless uown which left an appreciable portion of her epidermis exposed. "Pretty during gown, isn't i t ? " someone remarked to tht humorist. "Uh-huh," said Cobb. "I can't tell if she i* dreseed for tht opera or an operation." IN OUR VALLEY By K. C. OSBORN now on we are going tt» ftel very frttndJy to all folk* who no by fcht name of Smith, We feel this way because of a ehap named Smith (we can't think of ' his first name) who work* for the oil rtf intry at Port Isabel. Wednesday night while returning from a meeting in Mc- AUen we had a .puncture. A *er.rch failed to reveal our Jack so here we wtrt. We tritd w»v- ing down a car but had no luck until-- ·This fellow Smith came along, driving in the opposite direction. -Hr wheeled around and offertd help. H* took Judge Oscar Dancy in his car and they drove to DREW PEARSON · « · Coal Barons Outsmart Lewis In Labor Bill Squeeze Play · · · IN WASHINGTON WASHINaTON--John L, Ltwls, who ha* outwnarttd a lofc of peoplt in hi* day, outsmarted himaelf in no uncertain term* last week. In so doing he alio left tht tntirt labor movement outsmarted regarding a Frwidtntial vtto of tht Taft^Hartley labor bill. What really happened wa* that tht eoal operators called Lewis's bluff on wage bootts and walked out--in * coolly calculated move to put Truman on tht spot no h« would have to sign the labor bill. They knew that with a' coal atrilte thrsat- ening the country, it would be difficult for Truman to veto, Usually it is John L. Lrwis who walk* out. But thU timt Lewis was caught flat-footed. A ftw hour* b«for« tht braak- down, his lltuttnantx w«r« jpi'eadin* word that »tattm*nt, at le»«t with tht northern operator*, WM "Imminent," Tht Optra- tors thflmselvtn wtrt caglly maintaining tht illuiloh of a "quick settlement," In addition, Lewi* had two friend* amort* tht coal operator* with whom he confidently felt he could do buwnew--Oharle* O'Neill, top pok«*man for the northtrn operator*, and Harry Mow*, negotiator for U. S. Steel's "captive" coal min*«. Both men like to boast that they can "get along" win Ltwi*. tvtn in a tough- wage fight, and Mose* alway* make* it a practict to call on tht United Mine Workers Chitf, when in Washington, tor a social chat. Reversing Mr. Lewi* Lewis wasn't unawart ,that the Taft,-Hartley labor bill might affect his own negotiations, but a* ont clout fritnd put it, "John didn't think that Charity O'N*JJ or Harry MOK* tavt a damn about using the mint negotiations a* a Wudgton tc force Truman to sign the bill." ' '\. , M ^ Howtvtr, the burly mine-labor chief got tht *urpri»e »f hi*f life when he walked into tht meeting with tht operator*. For Now We See Through A Glass, Darkly ^rhT!lfok a ^m7th r dfd aKe once/'o-NelYf and" Mo«,« didn't want to "do burin.*'- with I f wj*. with a jrtCK. smjtn en a a j i . i / n e rTM,.,',.,.,,, ,,,,,,,.« *-,,,, ..^ir.mnn w*v* ahnnl. ns coowerauve as ciffar- work of changing the tire despite our protests. When the job wa* completed, we stated we couldn't think of words to express our thanks. He helped "us out by saying, "You all can *how your thanks to me toy doing tht »amt for »omeon* el§«." Thert would bt no war's if- th* world wa* madt up of fellows like the one named Smith that- .we met the other night. -TTHERE may be a prettier moon 1 but we will take the Rio Grande Valley one that has been shining the past few nights. We may not be very high above sea level but It does seem wt are awfully close to the moon. In fact closer than if we were on a mountain top. * * * OO3 MARTIN, athletic director ° in tht local high school, calU up to ttll us he i* getting his summer recreation program under way. This program should have the backing of every Brownsville citizen and each should be interested enough to look in on the program quite often. You *hould do your part to htlp in the Juvenile delinquency program -- not depend entirely Upon tht other fellow to do your share of the work. + * * /^)NE of these days the expres- ^ slon "Lower Rio Grande Valley of Mexico" will be Just ns familiar ns "Lower Rio Valley of Texas." At least we gathered that much while attending the water meeting at M£Allen at which L. M. Lawson, of the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission, spoke. * * * '""THE bridoship had plenty of cuddle seats aboard and there was a great deal of mop." T3ae above oontence makes perfectly good sense, according 1 to the Encyclopaedia Brltannlca 1147 Book of the Year, which Carries an article on new word* added to the English language. A rough tra'nslatlon of the sentence would rend: "A ship carrying 1 large numbers of servicemen's bridos had aboard many small scats for two operator spokemen wtrt about as cooperative as cigar- store Indians all during, tht brief and hostile conference. Lewis had optntd with a demand · for a 35-cents-an-hour wage increase. Thii is u«ual in wage dickering. Lewis always open* high, waits for a counterproposal, then compromises t % lower figure. Thi* time, howevtr, thtre was no compromising. O'Neill flatly r*f u«td to cpn*idtr any wage boost abovt the 15 cent* he had offertd. It wa* oniy thtn that it dtwned on L«wis that the operator* apparently wtre working with bu«ine«* leader* on the outsidt- and int«nd«d to use the mine negotiation* to put President Truman on the *pot. O'Neill carried out his role to the last with fine theatrical flair, staging a red-faced, belligerent txit from tht metting. It made sood headlines, and it put responsibility for a strike party on President Truman's lap. , No te-a- John L. Lewis is now in an ·xtremely difficult bargaining position. Recently he told friends: "Bufore, I had to ne- * gotiate with an injunction and a jail sentence facing us. Now I must negotiate with tht sword of Damocle* hanging- over my head." Merry-Go-Round ^ Elliott Jtoosevelt has completed a new book based on hitherto confidential letters from his father. Americans for Democratic Action (Mrs. Roosevelt's and Leon Henderson's new liberal group) is hanging one million tags on doornob* rtading: "greetings, your rent is going up." Hi's to combat the OOP drive in Congress to raise rents. Ex-Mayor Ed Kelly of Chicago ha* told friends he wlil oppose Senator Scott Luca* 'of Illinois for rt-tjection next year .The Chicago machine is irktd at Luca* 1 * anti-labor votes. Promotions have really Doomed in thf Army. Twenty West Pointers, class of 1P40, gathtrtd in Washington for a reunion. Under the .Army'* petcttimt promotion »y»tem, non't would have boon higher than a Jitutnnanfc colonel. Yet tht lowwrt; yank present was major. Tht otlitr* wtrt lituttnunfc eolontl* and full colonol*. At long last Senator Taft'* joint Oongre**Um»l committee on the President's economic report will bogin a lu)I-dre«tt investigation of how to block a wtw d«pr«**ion. Senator O'Mahoney, ranking Democratic member of tht committee, ha* been needling Taft. He will demand a renewed Ju*tict Department drive against monopoly. Retrying South Carolina I^nehttv Though public rtaction ha*' *ub*idtd rtgarding tht South Carolina lynching cant, tht Ju«tict Department hat not. The ca»e may reach the Suprtmt Court yet. Attorney General Tom Clark, who eomt* from Ttxa*. and Assistant Attorney General Lamar Oaudlt, from North Carolina, both believe that Southerner* jnu»t demonstrate that thty can handle their own lynchig case*. , Accordingly they are working on an entirely now phase of the South Carolina lynching. The 28 self-confewed lynchers were tried for murder and acquitted. .But they were not tried for violation of civjl right*. iFurthtrmore thty wtre tried by the state of South Carolina. And while the federal government cannot retry them for murdtr, it can try. them for violation of civil rights. , · The important point is that itate law frequently differs from federal law. In many of the Southern »tate», fc*r instance, operating a whisky still i« only a misdemeanor. But under federal law, it is R felony, Furthermore, federtl juries usually represent a more intelligent cro«*-*ection and there i* a better chance for conviction. These, are some of the factor* Attorney General Clark and TEHUANTEPEC LAGOON ANGLERS' PARADISE--B;- CurtU Vin.on Stilwell To Write On Fishing In Mexico To pick up where I left off yesterday in my recollections about the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, provoked by Hart Stilwell '5 plans to do * another round of the fishing spots of Mexico, it was Texas-born Sidney J. Stewart who told me about the Well, I was in Arriaga and that's what Stewart told me. I don't know whether Hart'll get. down Arrinpa-way but I can tell you I really had him in n swivel, when I got. through re- colleoting about that, rppion. Yes, sii-, he was ronlly listening with Mar Muerto along the Pacific ^ ot ' Jl onrs coastal reaches of C h i a p a s state. Stewart, who was born in Clairette, JHrath County, is a railway and bridge man and WR* at Arriaga on tho Pan American Railway superintending some railway rehabilita- I hope ho doos get thnt, fiu* because he'll run into enough t.nhi.s there to keop oven J. Frank Dobie interested. Prank lives nt Austin too, you know. Helps 'om run the University, I hear. Writes a lot of prime pieces for the tion work when I rolled into that papers and the magazines also, picturesque town. Arriaga is only Frank comes from Bee County a few miles from the Gulf of Tc- which is north a piece from novel, The Uncovered Wagon, a story of frontier life in Southwest, Texas. The time is in the first decade of the current century, about 1907-08, some four or five years after Hart's father brought him to Brownsville in * 6tni?o coach of that storied period. Well, in crise the publisher pecs this, I'll be mighty interested in reading The Uncovered Wagon for the benefit of our book review department. As for that Fishing in Mexico volume. I just hope Hart get* down to Arriaga for a look at that Dead Sea. It's not that I don't believe every word Sid Stewart told me about it. Great huantopec and this Mar Muerto, here but still pretty good .country. snakes and little fishes, no! Steor Dead Sea, is one of the many I haven't seen him In a coon's wart's ft very conservative sort of fellow. I'd just like to hear some; more about the place--giant *ays, sharks, flying fish, and four-eyes. What, couldn't I do there with a pole and line and a can of freshly dug worms! Yesteryears In The Valley FIFTY YEARS AGO June 6. 1897 -- Reports aboirl the condition of James Dishman state that his condition is still very critical and chances for his Dr, *alt lakes or lagoons hemmed off age but I used to know him when from the Gulf of Tehuantepcc he was a student nt Southwestern by long barrier reefs. Six or fie- University instead of a college vim miles southwest, of Arringn, professor as he is now. About it U some five miles wide and the same time Rufus Ransome perhaps twenty-five to thirty went 1,0 Southwestern, miles long. The finger-like bar- Hart was born up in Lnwica rier that hems it in from the County, not- very far from tea, except for a narrow inlet, Frank's home county, at Yoa- i* about 400 yards across. There kum. mo, it wasn't named after IB a passable dirt road from Lil Abner's family. The spelling AiTiaga to the lagoon through a dense jungle growth. The barrier itself is covered with thick vegetation. Stewart described the lagoon as "the only really virgin fishing grounds I've ever seen and I've even is different.) That -was back in 1902 and since Hart is a third-generation Texan it puts his family in the real pioneer bracket. Stage Coach .Tourney Even in 1902 a good deal of £Ta T± ,!£!* "o^ hl £S W *"~ A"TM' ^n,^ CaudT a^w^ro-Tin the* -SUTup and down the Atlantic »TM £ -' » *ooa TM«£ ^An SdeV InT ta°T *TMl P 1 TM '° "^ s ° uth «·""»·'· *""»»««* »»*·». »J ^"SnlfS'VlS. "TMS »«* *»?'* '?"VT' ?' S 1 ^ ' ' " ^^«i ~ f . ^u * ,,* w,,i^. ,,..,. «· _ ftn « Lne ^'ii'i-ea ouitu-j, j.ij.- J, o,, hrnucht him to Browns- «-,!,,, ,.«^^,,. ..^u^^w «/· f»,« « denl of a mild form of h'ubbn hubba." · * · A LBERT FERNANDEZ is put-- tinpr on an extra smile these days -- all because of that new buildinp that is going up next to his pharmacy. MaJii Bag H. J. T. H., New York -- there 'were two Axis Sallies, one broadcasting to U. S. troops in Italy, the other to troops in Germany. The Italian Axis Sally has been tried and punished by the. American Army in Itnly. The German Axis Sally will be tried was in 1943 but there seems little reason to believe conditions have changed much since then. Fisherman's Paradise Fish of a thousand., varieties woll, Sr., brought him to Browns ville in 1003, when Hart was only one year old. The journey was made in a stage coach. Part of it must have been aboard a streamliner of the old Alice coach Barbs for treason in the United 8t«te«--provided the Justice Depart- literally make the waters of the J i n e nbout tnc comings and goings ment can get two witnesses of her broadcasting activities. These Dead Sea alive though the sur- Qf ^yj-jjQ^ there is frequently an two witnesses have to testify to the same act of treason; they face ie calm as a rule. Giant ^ cm { n our fifty and forty years o n M ' n n l - - « r . * i ' / i r n AI44 «*AVI{' mfi+ti Wf\nito\rmr tf*Trav*l ·v-f^T'c ·wrVin ».·«·· lio wi /s- (r»n 1 occ nn 1',VlP nn(,«- . * ' * Spring cleaning: time Is when the whole family i* called to join the scrub team. * * * Why is it that no one can put a hat on your head and make it feel a* if you put it there yourself? * * * The fellow who writes ideas on hi* cuff usually has something more up hi« sleeve. cannot testify o different acts. However, several ex-GI's, who were in German prison camp* when Axi* Sally asked them to make radio recordings, have volunteered us witnesses and it looks as if the government had a reanonable, chance of conviction. rays lie motionless on the bot- column. torn, but you can see them Mr sti , we]I( who Wfts kcenly through the clear water Sharks inlei . estpd in the science of nor- The various schools of the city are now going through the annual Krind of final examination* and also making extensive preparations for the closing exercises, which will take place the latter part of this month. · · · · The telegraph line between hcr« arid ETt Snuz is down. * » · r£ Ar^STJf PO» Scu-tpr^T^nm.»mi. .jr.r^^.'fo^r.fslu^ , ves on me smaiH.i IK»IJ. x UIHUJD^ 2 anrf ex p enmen (, ec ] a t the time So far it has been impossible to convict Tokyo Rose, and play. Great turtles paddle sjowiy w i t j i ^ R cultivation of citrus and will continue to be. There were four different Tokyo Roses, all about. There are schools of tuna. otncr f[. u jt s o n hi.s return in H broadcasting at; various intervals to American troops in the Pa- Plying fish skim swiftly over tne J g o g ^ w i m ' the one _ yenr .oid euaiainns. cific. One of them now ha* a sister living in Sun Fi'ancisco. surface. One most unusual form ^^ ]ie p j B11 ( ied n e n r Brownsville The difficulty in getting a conviction, however, is due to the fact of fi*h life there is called cuatro the ' fj) , st commnrciol citrus or . ffr Rtie« that we had no witnesses who .aw any of the four Tokyo Roses ojos, or four eyes, by the natives } rf , Cftmcron coxinty and f J 2 " e ?' ^ O 7 907 n the e^K , - r t o r f ^ n . ( J rt A* M »v{/..» 1 c «;«f.. IM .T.r,.r,... KrroHr. n rti»i»- .f« - Til MA flfih haVC tWO BVCS OH CftCh .. _ . T-11 _. s O1 U1G S t f t S O n OI l a u ' ln l " e en . the very afternoon the paper made mention of it, by our city FORTY Y E A R S AGO June R. 1907 -- The first broadcast. No Americans were'- m Japanese broadcasting Hta- tioris where they could witness Jap radio work.. Furthermore Tokyo Rose did not visit prisoner-of-war camp* in Japan, M did Axis Sally in Germany. These fish have two eyes side, front a.nd rear, and swim the Volley. tire United States were shipped MEMORIES OF NORMAN LITTELL AFFAIR _ By Peter Edaon ."^H-'with their eves above the Alon * ^out 1908. when Halt f Brownsville today. June 6th, IS JK? nt 6 W3S JUSt BCllnfir l n t o l h l s bv the Rio Grande nurseries! water line. growth, the family moved to T ' hjs meftns that Browns^lle is San Benito and there the elder - ust six weeks ahead of the fam- Stilwell cleared the first tract ous C n l i f o r n j n vineyards in shlp- of land in the San Benito irn- i n f f a n-uit for which people all Senate Committee Just Ignores Bjddle Appointment WASHINGTON CNEA)-- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee may be taking; President Harry Truman off of a barbed and rusty hook by refusing to do anything about confirminf formftr Attorney General Francis Biddle for the $20,000 a y«ar tax-free job as U. S. representative on the UN Social and Economic Council, to succeed John G. Winant. The President nominated Biddle for this job last January. Republican* in the Senate gave it silent treatment for a few months. Then the President was asked to withdraw the nomination. He refused, and, another showdown fight such as the President had with Ed. Pauley became necessary. Under xirging from Democratic Senators Alben B. Barkley of Kentucky and Tom Oonnally of Texas, Chairman Arthur Vanden- 'berg of' Michigan agreed to have .Biddle before th* Foreign Relations Committee to explain his political views. Biddle ifi reported to have l e t / o n that hft WHsn't, tho 100 per cent New Dealer he was supposed to be--even though U; was known that h« and Harold Icke« were ringleaders with the CIO-PAC in supporting Henry Wallace for vice president nfc Chicago in 1944. Biddle'« defense WHS that he had opposed Roosevelt's courb-paokinc plan and the toA. This apparently got an "uh-huh" from the Republican majority of the committeB, which decided to pursue its past policy of doing nothing about the Biddle appointment. This is perhap* the kindest thing the committee could do. The fear that Biddle 1« too ardent a New Denier to be confirmed for a UN Job is just window-dressing---polite stuff to show the public in covering up an embarrassing situation, Skeleton IMjffinr in order What Harry Truman knows--what every senator vho served under his chairmanship on the War Investigating Committee knows-- is that if the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had to go into an all-out investigation of tho former attorney general, it would have to dig up a lot of skeletons. Twice before congressional committees have been on the verge of investigating Biddle's administration of the Department of Justice in wartime. Both cases were outgrowths of the Norman Littell affair of 1944. ' / . Littell had been assistant attorney general in charge of the l*nds division under Biddle, Frank Murphy, and Bob Jackson. 'Uttell ht,d given off the record testimony to tht Truman commit- tee on a number of cases handled by the Department of Justice --the Breakers Hotel case, Sterling Products, Empire Ordnance, Savannah Shipyards, Elk Hills, Canol Pipeline, and surplus property disposal, All were notorious .scandals of the early war years. The brunt of Llttell's testimony reflected no great credit on Biddle. In fact;, they attempted to make much of Biddle's close connections with Tommy Corcoran. Corcoran and associates represented Sterling Products, Empire Ordnance and Savannah Shipyards among others. Some of this background has recently been dug into by Howard Ambru»ter and put between covers of a book, "Treason's Peace." It'* more 'about the doings of the German I. G. Fnrben dye trust than it is about Biddle. But Sterling Product* was a subsidiary of Farben, and the record of Biddle's failure to pro- ancute this combination, forcing the resignation of trust-buster Thurman Arnold in the process, runs all through Ambrustcrs's expose, The Go*t Get* The Last Laugh For his -testimony before the Truman Commit lee, Li'.i.ell was accused of. disloyalty to the attorney general, who asked for his resignation. When it was refused, Biddle carried t.he case to the White House. President Roosevelt settled it by firing Littell in December, 1944. r Democratic Sen. Hurley Kilgore of West Virginia and other members of the War Investigating Committee favored opening up the whole case and doing a job on Biddle, to purge the party. But Harry Truman had in the meantime been elected gation district and started another orchard from which he shipped grapes, peaches, plums and other fruits for a number of years. Entered Fourth Estate Well, Hart just went on geUing over the land are willing to pay fabulous prices. » * · Gen. A. E. Garlinpton, inspector of the army, testified to the senate committee on military af- f n i r s that he had failed to get his growth and finally he got it. n n y positive evidence of the guilt like most folks do if they keep at it. He must, have also Rot printer's ink on hi.s hands somewhere along the line for after graduating from the- University of Texas he came bnck to the Valley and got into newspaper writing. He did free lance writing, correspondence for various papers, wrote for magazines. of t h e ncpro soldiers and of the investigation of other officers which caused him to hold to the be)ief t h a t t h e neproes did the shooting, taut had agreed to protect each other by remaining silent. · · * TWKNTY-FTVK Y E A R S A G O June (, 1022 -- Plans for organ- It wns about 192-1 that he did i/jng n company to produce juices his first work for t h e Brownsville. Herald. From then until 10-14. or for twenty years, ho had a connection in one capacity or another with The Herald. He was editor of Tho Herald in 19-1344. Then, in 39-lfi, he moved lo A u s t i n and settled down to writing- «bont fishinp and hunting and other things. Before he pot out of the Val- from the culls of the Rrnpefruit, ornnRc and lemon crop in the Rio Grande Vnllcy were outlined before t h e directors of the Chamber of Commerce by W. A. Sargent of Houston. * * · The Willacy county ouster suit ·against- County Judge S. L,. Gill and W. A. Harding, T. St. Clnir Thompson and T. C. Richards, vice-president and Sen, James M. Mead of New York had sue- V nry hard to pin down the locale ley. hownvcr, Hart turned out his county coinmissionprs. probably first book. Border City, which u -jj] go lo tho jury tomorrow even- was published in 1945. It's not j n g or the next morning. ceeded him as chairman of the War Investigating Committee. Not wanting to wash his party's dirty linen in public, Mead dropped the issue. Littell was, therefore, made the goat. He went; into private law practice in Washington and is apparently doing all right. at it. Also, he i* entitled to the last laugh in the situation. When Roosevelt died, Truman-- knowing all this background- lost no dime in accepting Biddle's 'resignation which had been submitted as a formality. But then the pressure began to be applied to Truman, to find Biddle another job. He was given temporary work as a Nurenberg was crimes judge. Now he needs another. Only out for the President now is to have Biddle ask that his name be withdrawn, and go to work in private law practice, u hi* predec««»or Homer Cummin go-has done, of t h i s volume, which was fa- vornble received, to Brownsville. Then, in 194G, Hunting and Fishing In Texas was published. In the meantime there was, and has been since, ft flow of articles to Esquire, Field and Streanii Collier's, Cosmopolitan, New Republic and other magazines. Frontier Novel Scheduled Scheduled to come out next September, under the. imprint of Doubleday and Company, is a So They Say IT isgenerally agreed there must be greater democracy in decisions to strike. --Sen, Claude Pepper (D) of Florida. » * * THE actions of the majority of juvenile criminals were -- and are -- directly related to the conduct of their parenus. --FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.

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