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2 Port I FRIDAY; NOV. 1 6, 1 945 L OS 3t1 gClCS Cf IttCS D fudenf efies Cominiffee Youths Ousted From Strike Inquiry Room After Applauding Too Loudly Continued from First Page handling students engaged in what was termed subversive activities and. Field said, they will go more fully into thi3 particular inquiry at a later session with the two campus administrative officers. Not Representing U.CX.A "It was wrong for the students to parade, (their participation in the . Warner Bros, demonstra tions) as representatives of the university," Dykstra - told the committee. He said that at the next student meeting after the trouble he had admonished the students against doing things- a U.C.L.A. representatives when they were not in any way autfr orized to represent the school. , The 'committeemen expressed ' eome anxiety because Warner Bros, had sent advance notice of the students' plan to the univer sity, and that their plan was not stopped, and that the State, as some of them put It, incurred liability "because of what the students did. Dykstra took the position that the - students . were acting on their own, that if they did wrong there were police and other law enforcement officers to ' handle them as well as- any other violators and that thi3 " was not properly an affair of the univer sity officials if they did not rep resent the university. Views Criticized His views drew heavy' fire from some of the committee and its counsel. . He : said the uni versity had not followed up the studio incident with any invest! gation, Committeeman Thomas H. Werdel and Field told him the student participation was hatched "right on this campus and in this very building" and , they variously, expressed the heated opinion that university officials should do something about it. Before Peterson was .on the witness stand, the committee heard Annette Rosette Dolinsky 18-year-old student Her story was, in substance that she came here not long ago from a Chicago junior college, is majoring in sociology, is a mem ber of the International House Council and of the student ex ecutive council :r ' -. .Plan Told By Telephone She testified that Jack Daley, identified a3 a Hollywood press agent and member of the strik ing Screen Publicists Guild, telephoned her In her room and told about the plan to have stu dents join in the striker dem onstrations. She said Daley was "a perfect stranger" to her. She got up a party of three, includ ing Gloria Roman end - Patricia W adsworth, the latter not a student, and they joined the demonstration. . . - "Are you a member of the American r Youth . for Democracy?" Beirne asked Miss Dolin sky. - " " : v "No, I am not," she replied. Beirne eventually brought out that she had been a member and in recent months had attended a convention of the organization which committeemen described as an . outgrowth of the Young Communist League. -. - Meets in Y.W.OA. Miss Dolinsky s-Id she knew nothing about the background of the organization. She said it has a U.C.L.A. chapter, some of whose meetings in the -Young Women's Christian Association were attended by "about 50 per- ques- se re- sons." She said the campus or ganization is known as the Four Freedoms Club. Repeated questioning by Beirne brought out that the or ganization issued a publication "Campus Currents," that she wrote for it and that her name appeared on one of the Issues as one of the editors. Miss Dolinsky declared that she did not know her name had been so usecL She later admitted she has a copy of the issue but said she had not looked at it. She admitted also that she had addressed one of the club meetings and that Averill Berman was another speaker. Berman is a radio commentator. ' iou reanze me seriousness once broke Into Beirne's tioning of Miss Dolinsky. "Certainly, I realize the riousness of perjury," she plied. 1 - '-Jerry Pacht, 23-year-old law clerk just out of the university, was another principal witness Witness' Testimony Persistent an d sometimes pointed questioning . by Beirne drew from the witness the story that Daley - met him on the campus and there discussed the proposal to nave students join m .the strike demonstration. Pacht said he had discussed the. strike with "practically all my friend3 on the campus I could name 30 or 40." He named first William Job Stout, editor of the Daily Bruin, official organ of Associated Stu dents. He said that Daley, Stout and he discussed the student demonstration proposal and were joined also by John Peterson. . Pacht said Daley was not in any way connected with the university, but that, "I ran into him on the campus." Among other things discussed about the proposed student dem onstration, Pacht testified, was "the making of signs" for stu dents to carry during their, demonstration at the studio.- .., , Beirne asked Pacht, son of Isaac Pacht, former Superior Court judge, whether he knew of - the Superior Court order against mass picketing. Pacht said: -- - "I had heard of some such In junction. ' Pacht said he did not Join the student group at the studio. He said he was out of town, of perjury, don't you?" Field speakers. Marching Admitted Stout, who said he is 18 years old, admitted being at the studio, marching in the demonstration for about an hour, and carrying a banner. Beirne asked Stout whether he is a member of American Youth for Democracy. Stout said he i3 not. The committee counsel per sisted in questioning him about the organization and finally he admitted he was "connected with it, late in 1944, about three months." Stout said the Associated Stu dents pays him $40 a month as editor; of its official publication, the Bruin.- v - . - Concerning s o m e of his friends, he said: - ;' "I've eaten breakfast with Jer ry (Pacht) every day for over a year." - Stout also told of the meet ing with Daley and about ar ranging for the student demon stration with the film pickets. He admitted putting up a sign in the. Daily Bruin office pro moting the demonstration. Among others with whom he discussed the project, he testi fied, were Anne Stern and Anne Hebert. respectively managing editor and assistant managing editor of The Brum: also, his father and mother. ' - - Witness Nervous . On one occasion Beirne had to admonish the : nervous wit ness to stick strictly to answer ing questions. Stout at various times had begun volunteering statements. Stout said both he and Pacht told Dalev that because of uni versity examinations there prob ably would be "very few out there" at the strike demonstra tion. When Beirne asked him about a court order against mass picketing, Stout said: "I knew there were several in unctions around." . Shown pictures of some of the demonstrators at the scene, Stout identified some of his student friends.: : Today's . committee session will begin at 10 a.m. in the State Building. - - Meeting to Protest The Council of Guilds and lin ens yesterday announced that a mass meeting against the Leg- slature s committee investigat ing the breakdown of law and order during the film strike riots is to be held in the Hollywood Legion Stadium Sunday at 8 p.m. . Rollin McNitt of the County Central Democratic Committee was announced as chairman of the meeting with Municipal Judge Stanley Moffatt and As semblyman Albert Dekker i - . - "V. ' " pi S .. ." -' :;: I .iaiSMWeWH'. - v..-. "hfifl iriiir r 'r"n""-irvi mr iTiirnrn' irnrirniniiiiHiBM,irrTTTTiTiTff'iTiiririiiTimiiiMMiirimiirJ- """i 11111111111 iiifcMiM -- Times i V. ohoto IDENTIFIES STUDENTS Jerry Pacht, seated, Identifies some of U.C.LA. students in picture of film studio rioting for William B. Beirne, counsel for the Legislature's committee which carried strike disorder investigation to the Wesrwood campus yesterday. r- f - . 1 . . , y ' - - i 1 : - . I t . - , I 1 ' . . ; . ! I ' . - - N r I r s s ! ? . . - x x t I CYt 1 V- ' - v , .'J A '$ .'' " i v-rli v) - , ' - ; - , . 1 1 1 JM? - , - ' J- r - i - - ' "i-!: ' f up :.: rrjt: r , t ; Times Dhoto WITNESS William J. Stout, editor of the Daily Bruin, organ of the Associated Students at U.C.LA., pictured on witness stand in film strike inquiry. BYRON PRICE ACCUSES FRENCH IN REICH CRISIS WASHINGTON, Nov. 15. (JF) the White House today to go MAN-MADE 'BRAIN' BEING BUILT FOR UNIVERSITY Don't look now, but there's a mechanical brain on thef way. It cost $150,000. It will add, divide, subtract and' multiply, of course, but scientists shudder at the thought of using it for meTely lengthy problems of arithmetic and algebra. Instead, in eight hours, it jam3 through the work which would take a mathematician 3000 hours to complete. It talks a language of differential equations and variables falling over variables. Dean L. M. K. Boelter of the College of Engineering, Lo3 Angeles campus of the University of California, told about this dream wonder yesterday. It's being custom-built by the General Electric Co. and will be delivered and installed here late next year. It's a little bulky In comparison to a portable typewriter or adding machine. In fact, it's nine feet wide and more than 300 feet long, with thousands of gears, shafts and electric gadgets. The tension was broken when a woman asked timidly, "Can it be used to make out an income tax report?" Dr. Boelter answered frankly. "I'm afraid not" Byron Price. President Tru man's special investigator, today said that French policies are leading . to the "economic dis memberment" of Germany, con -trary to the aims of the Potsdam agreement. Price told White House news men, after a call on the Presi dent, that France had refused to agree to any plans of the con trol council to keep Germany as an economic um t. As a result, he said, critical conditions can be expected this winter with starvation riots and disease a distinct possibility. The wartime chief censor spent two months in the Ameri can, French and Russian zones of occupation surveying rela tions between the military gov ernment officials and the Ger man population. He made , his formal report several days ago and called at Accused Murderer Held Without Bail John Thomas Honeycutt, 32-year-old mechanic accused by police of the slaying of his estranged wife, Florence, 37, in the Van Nuys home of her parents last Monday night, was arraigned on a murder charge 3'esterday before Municipal Judge Robert Clifton. He was ordered held without bail pending a preliminary hearing next Wednesday. Kept. Dist. Atty. Don Avery filed the murder . complaint against Honeycutt, who, police assert, has admitted the crime. over it with Mr. Truman. The President is withholding it from publication until he finishes a study of it. - ' Price gave his Informal sum mary to reporters as it became known that the United States and France have begun conversations here on France's pro posal to strip Germany of con trol over her industrially rich Ruhr and Rhineland. . "I think the Army has done a good job under all the difficul ties. This isn't the fault of the Army at alL It's the fault of the French." LARGER PACKAGES MAY BE MAILED TO SOLDIERS ABROAD WASHINGTON, Nov. 15. () Larger and heavier packages now may be mailed to American troops outside the United States. The War Department said : that beginning today packages up to 42 inches long or 72 inches in length and girth combined and weigh-' ing up to 11 pounds may be sent. Previous regulations . set a limitation of 15 inches in length, 36 inches in length and girth combined and a maximum weight of five pounds. It still will be necessary to have a specific request from a soldier overseas in order to send any package weighing more than eight ounces. Ford Asks Union Make Security Guarantees DETROIT, Nov. 13. 'VP) The Ford Motor Co. today demanded that the C.I.O. United Automobile Workers give "effective guarantees against work stoppages and for increased productivity" by union workers. Asserting that four years of a union shop and due3 check off contract had not brought peaceful relations, the manage ment informed the union that unless it recognizes and fulfills "a responsibility of its own, the very future of the Ford Motor Co. is at stake. j The ; company s position was outlined in a letter addressed to Richard T. Leonard, U.A.W, C.I.O. Ford director. The letter proposed 31 modifications in the union contract to be considered Union Rejects G.M.C. Offer of 10 Pet. Pay Rise DETROIT. Nov. 15. (U.R) The C.I.O. United Auto Workers to night spurned a new 10 per cent pay increase offered by General Motors Corp. and announced "a costlv and terrible strike" is be ing forced upon it. In a storm of developments in the union's critical 30 per .cent pay increase dispute, U.A.W. President R. J. Thomas bitterly denounced the automobile industry's "managerial clique" as responsible for an Imminent walk out. No strike call has been issued and no date has been set, but Thomas clearly indicated such action was in preparation. Against Big Three " His statement brought the shadow of climax to the union's strike . threat against the big three of the industry General Motors, Chrysler and Ford, In rejecting the General Motors' proposal within three hours after' it was presented, U.A.W. Vice-President Walter P. Reuther declared that "realistic preparations" are being made for a strike against General Motors. Work Week Assurance In operation, the proposed increase would boost "take home" pay for General Motors workers by 6 per cent over wartime checks, even though the work week is reduced from 48 to 45 hours. However, the corporation said a 4S-hour work week was likely in many of its divisions "where plans for production will require our utmost efforts." The 45-hour work week assur ance was contained in this state ment: "It will be necessary that all of our plants be scheduled between 45 and 48 hours of work per shift per week." Prison Ship Struggle for Survival Pictured Suffocation, Murder and Insanity Described; Yank Air Attack on Jap Convoy Adds to Horror This is the third installment oi an account of 49 days o! savagery and tragedy unequaled in the war in & Pacific, of a Jap-made hell from which approximately 300 Americans from more than 1600 emerged alive. It was prepared from the stories of the survivors. - BY GEORGE WELLER, Chicago Daily News Foreign Service Union in Concession at Ford's Canada Plant WINDSOR (Ont.) Nov. 15. U.R) Striking C.I.O. United Auto Workers voted at a mass meeting late today to permit reopening of the Ford Motor Co. powerhouse, thus giving rise to hope that the 63-day-old strike may be ended soon. at negotiations on the union's demand for a 30 per cent wage increase opening next Tuesday. Of the wage demands the let ter said: "We do not believe that this is the time to attempt to settle on general wage Increases. They would have to be based on guesses of what our volume of production and our costs are going to be. We feel a general increase such as you propose would amount to a very heavy mortgage on the future of all of us the Ford Motor Co. and its employees alike." 'Company Security' Besides the proposal for what it termed "company security, the Ford letter also proposed i provision requiring the union "to reimburse the company for any damage it may suffer by reason of violations of the pro vision prohibiting strikes and other interferences with produc tion." "The company agreed in 1941 to the union shop and checkoff provisions," said the Ford letter us purpose in so doing was not only to give the union the benefit of membership and finan cial security, but to eliminate a great deal of friction, dispute and downright industrial strife. Experience Unhappy "The peaceful relations have not materialized. The experiment has been an unhappy one. The records show, for example, 1 13 work stoppages since the signing of that contract in 1941. 'During this period the cost to the company of. maintaining the checkoff sj'stem has been huge. Last year, for example, the company spent $2,814,078.36 n the Dearborn (parent plant) area alone to collect these dues and fees and to pay more than 1000 union men in the company's plants who spent all or part of their time handling union business. 'From August, 1941, through October, 1945, the company collected for the union in dues. initiation fees and special as sessments, a total of $7,799,- 924.65. Last year, the union's ncome through the checkoff system was $2,050,563.71." Star's Mother to Be Married Tomorrow. BY HEDDA HOPPER Mrs. Ruth F. Davis, mother of Actress Bette Davis, will be mar ried at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 to Robert Woodbury Palmer, re tired Boston, businessman, she said j'esterday. The wedding will take place at Smoke Tree Ranch in -Palm Springs. About a dozen lunch eon guests have been invited for 1 p.m. and after the wedding a reception will be held at the ranch for 100 friends. The cou pie met here last year. Houser Grants Stay to Slayer SACRAMENTO, Nov. 15. (fF) Acting Gov. Frederick F. Houser tonight granted a reprieve to William M. Lindlejv 50, who was under sentence to die in the gas chamber In San Qucntin at 10 a.m. tomorrow. . Lindley was convicted of mur dering 12-year-old Jackie Hamil ton near i uba City in a criminal assault in September, 1943., Lt. Gov. Houser, who is act ing as Chief Executive in the absence from the State of Gov, Warren, said he issued the re prieve which the Governor had refused to issue, because of two affidavits given to him, casting doubt that the identity of Lind ley as the slayer had been estab lished. Bandsman Cooley Accused by Girl Donell Clyde (Spade) Cooley, 34, western dance band leader of 8623 Franklin Ave., was free on $1000 bail yesterday awaiting pre liminary hearing next Wednes day at 10 a.m. on a charge of assault with intent to com mit criminal attack on 18-year old Ruthie Jayne Reece, novelty singer in his organization, of 946 S. Magnolia Ave. The asserted offense was said to have taken place Monday night in Glendale, : but Miss Reece did not sign the complaint until Wednesday night. Commercial Air Service to Hawaii Starts Today SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 15 VP) Pan American World Air ways announced tonight that commercial air transport service to Hawaii, cut off when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, would be resumed tomorrow. NYLON PRICES CUT, EFFECTIVE NOV. 20 WASHINGTON, Nov. 15. ()The O.P.A. today unveiled good news for the ladies a cut of at least 25 per cent in ceiling prices for n3'lon stockings, effective Nov. 20, in retail stores. Price Administrator Bowles said that by next year, when nylons are produced in volume, the new ceilings "will mean savings of millions of dollars to American women." Jammed into the airless, filthy pits of hell, that were the three holds of the Jap prison ship Oroyku Maru, approxi mately 1600 American prisoners fought for life. The heroes of Bataan, Coriegidor and the March of Death to Camp O'Don-nell were face to face with death again. Some already had failed. They had suffocated, been slain by their fellows or simply had died of weakness, from almost three years in prison camps. Some were insane, all were naked or nearly so, and hungry, thirsty, sick. It was December, 1944, and they were on their way from Manila to Japan. Alreadj' thev had spent one night in the black, horror-filled holds. : Dark and Tragic Dawn Dawn came slowly and at first almost no light filtered back into the rear bays, or shelves, where most of the dead lay. Chief Warrant Officer Walter C. Smith of San Diego had found himself a tiny shelf beyond the last .tiers of the suffocated. "I was jammed all the way up against the rudder," he said. "I could hardly see daj'light at first.";. r ' -. The gray-haired, Indefatigable Comdr. Frank Bridget took charge. To the few who were not naked some had kept on their clothes even in the dripping heat as protection against being pawed by the wandering insane men he said: "Take off all the clothes you can. Don't move around. You, use up extra oxygen that, way and you sweat more. Use your shorts to fan each other." Some Revived He showed them how the little air that came down the hatch could be fanned with easy motions back into the rear bays. Some of the officers in the rear bays, lying in a stupor between suffocation and life, came slowly alive. Others did not stir. The Japanese lowered a little rice, and it was distributed , by Warrant Officer Clifford S. Sweet of the U.S.S. Tanager. Water there was none. In the growing.Iight;;with the unbalanced men out of the way and the , dead ,na .longer taking their, share of air, and with ev-eryone sitting down and none wandering around, it was possible for the officers to take cognizance of where they were. . "The whole space in the aft- hold," according to Maj. John Fowler of 140014 Menlo Ave., Los Angeles, "looked to me about 100 feet long by about 40 feet wide. There were about 13 bays or little compartments on each side, and two across Each bay was double, above and below, and the average was about 8 feet by 11 feet." Air Attack Begun The Oroyku Maru coasted slowly and uncertainly along the edge of Luzon. In the morning, summoned perhaps by the sub marines which, had attacked the convoy during the night, the American planes were overhead. Soon they began their attacks. Bridget, completely cool, sat at the top of the ladder. Like an announcer in a press box. he called the plays. I can see two planes coins for a freighter off on our starboard side," he would say. "Now two more are detached from the formation. I think they mav be coming for us. They are! They're diving: duck, everybody!" The Japanese gun crews opened fire, and a wild cacophony of gun dialogue went back and forth. . Thump, : went the chock as the bombs hit the wa ter. The bulkheads shook. The naked men lay flat on the filth-smeared planks. tremblinff Captives Killed Lt. Col. Elvin Barr, executive of the 60th Coast Artillery on Corregidor, stumbled up to Fowler from the well-deck. 'There's a hole knocked ' in the bulkheads down there." Barr said. He had a wound in his side that ran from armpit to hip. "Between 30 and 40 ma-l jors and lieutenant colonels have already died doAvn where I came from," he added. Though neither of them knew it, Barr himself was to die of this wound, disease and neglect before he reached Japan., v. ." ,. ,.,:.,..,.' Out of bombs but not out of gas or bullets, the planes returned and began to strafe the ships. These attacks could not sink the ship, but they raised havoc with its gun crews. Courage of Japanese An artillery officer says: "They were magnificent. As soon as a crew would be wiped out, another would take its place." The half darkness that still reigned below decks gave a strange phenomenon. Bridget would announce a dive bomber, "Here comes one now!" And the prisoners would hear the scream of wings. Then, lying flat but with faces turned sideways, they would hear the crunch of the striking bomb. And suddenly the whole side of the bulkheads would be alive with . bluish sparks. Though the "American' flyers brought terror to the prisoners, they also brought two gifts-light and air. In the shock and disorder the hatch planks had become disarrayed. . A food detail that was allowed to go up the ladder and forward to the galley reported that a big ship in the convoy was burning and that the course was turning back toward Subic Bay. Through Lt. Col. E. Carl En- gelhart, the American interpreter, the Japanese sent down this warning: "If anyone other than an officer in charce so much as touches the hatch ladder he will be instantly shot," Terror and Confusion Among the 2000 Japanese civilians there was terror and confusion. From the forward hold, where Lt. Col. Curtis Beecher of Chicago was in charge, the Army physicians, Lt CoL William North and Lt. Col. Jack W. Schwartz, along with : several doctors and corpsmen, were summoned on deck to take care of the Japanese wounded. Especially in the afthold blood seeped down through the hatch planks and gave the naked, panting men a spotted appearance. In the middle hold, where approximately 250 men were under Comdr. Maurice -Joses of Santa Monica, there was enough air to maintain discipline and plenty of room. , , , , Between 3 and 4 o'clock In the afternoon the Oroyku Maru, edged close to shore. (Continued tomorrow) Copyright. 1943. CJiIcmo Daily New. Ina. Pope Opposes Death Penalty ROME, Nov; 15. VP) A Foreign Ministry official today said Pope Pius had appealed to the Italian government not . to execute death sentences imposed for political crimes. ., The official, who asked h i a name not be used, added thati the Council of Ministers had "received the appeal with understanding." . - , j Official Vatican circles neithert confirmed nor denied that the) Pope had sent such an apneaL but well-informed quarters saicj the ; lack of comment was be cause it was up to the Italian government to make the notd public. . Stasscn Returns to Civilian Life- CHICAGO, Nov. 15. Navw Capt. Harold E.- Stassen re turned to civilian life todav with the announcement hrt would actively participate in public and political affairs and would "endeavor to strengthen,' the liberal and progressive view point in the Republican party The former Governor of Min-i nesota, who has been mentioned as a possible Republican Presidential candidate, said he would1 participate in the 1946 Congressional election camnaipn.. MOVE STARTED TO STOP RENTING OF DWELLINGS Continued from First Tage by local experience to compe tently administer the law." Many Sign Telegram At the reading of the telegram several landlords In the audi ence rose with their own with drawals, some numbering more than 100 housing units each. They swarmed to the speaker's platform to sign the telegram. despite urging of Chairman Cul ler to keep order. :.. E. P. Conser, secretary-man ager of the apartment associa tion, said that rental withdrawals would beein this morninz. All petitions to the O.P.A. offices for withdrawals, he said should be handled through the association's office in order to present a unified campaign td rectify rent, controls and restrictions. ' " " : "' - . ,4 j Group Votes to Form 'Anti-O.P.A. League' Approval of a plan to found local chapter of an organization! to be known as the "Anti-O.P.A, League" was voted last night byj a majority of about 700 members of the Apartment. Hotel &i Motel Association of California, meeting at 2200 W." Seventh St. The majority also approved a plan' to bombard Southern California Congressmen with let ters end radio speeches urging modification of Office of Prica Administration rent control rules. :

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