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I A1 ALL THE NEWS ALL THE TIME EQUAL !t?fpffl RSHTS PART I GFNERAL NEWS LIBERTY UNDER THE LAW TRUE INDUSTRIAL FREEDOM VOL. LXVI CC TUESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 5, 1 947 DAILY, FIVE CENTS Desc rib ed of inquiry Booking Agent Charges Loss of His Business Fastvmoving surprise testimony yesterday featured the opening session of the Congressional hearings into Hollywood's organized labor practices. The public hearings are being conducted in the Federal Building by Rep. Fred A. Hartley Jr. of New Jersey and Rep. Carroll D. Kearns of Pennsylvania. One of the most heated series of surprises came when Lee So-ble, a booking agent, was on the witness stand complaining that the A.F.L. Musicians' Union had unjustly taken away his booker's license, thus putting him out of business. Unionist Interrupts In the midst of his testimony, Soble was interrupted from the floor by C. L. Bagley, national vice-president of the union, who stated that the union had just restored Soble's license. Registering little surprise, Soble quickly tossed two more pertinent bits of information into the laps of the legislators. About 10 days ago, he said, he notified the union that he in-, tended to complain to the committee, and he pointed out that the good news of the license restoration had come while he was so doing. Offer Described Then, he testified, John te Groen, vice-president of the local union, called on him a short time ago. Te Groen. he said, told him he would help him regain his license if, when he appeared before the committee, he would testify that the union difficulties had been amicably adjusted. After that there was a seesaw of Hartley and Kearns calling Bagley, Soble and Te Groen to the witness stand to piece together bits of the unusual situation. Te Groen said Soble had "grossly exaggerated." He said that he had really felt sorry for Soble, because Soble had been hard hit by revocation of hi3 license, and offered to try to do what he could to get him back In business again. Aim Disclosed Te Groen. on questioning -by Hartley, indicated that he also had hoped to avert undesirable publicity that he believed would result from Soble's testimony and had sought to get Soble satisfied before the hearing began. Soble testified that his license wa3 revoked without explanation and without a hearing after he had operated under it as an orchestra booker since April 1. 1942. He said it was revoked in April, 194o, and that the revocation broke him and put him out of the only business in which he had ever been engaged. Te Groen said some naa Deen given a hearing but booie cut-fered as to whether such a meeting as Te Groen described could be called a hearing. Counsel's Comment Irving G. McCann, counsel for the committee, told Bagley that the union had vested in James C. Petrillo, the union's national president, personal power to deprive any booker of his right to earn a living. Bagley contended that the power was only used to keep "predatory" bookers from preving on musicians. Bag-ley said that of course mistakes were made occasionally by everybody. Asked by Hartley to explain the Soble revocation Turn to Page 6, Column 2 STRIKE CURB BILL UPHELD BY WARREN Governor, Speaking Before A.F.L. Convention, Defends Signing of Jurisdictional Walkout Ban SACRAMENTO, Aug. 4. (IIE Gov. Warren today de fended his signature of the antijurisdictional strike bill in a speech before the State convention of the American Federation of Labor and asked for the A.F.L.'s continued "help and co-operation." Warren, who was re-elected last year with A.F.L. support. said be believes jurisdictional strikes are opposed by the "vast majority" of both the public and organized labor. His signature of the bill has been criticized strongly by union leaders. . The speech brought mixed boos and applause from the dele gates. Governor's Speech "You have been told frankly,1 Warren told the convention dele gates, "by some of your most experienced officials that there is no argument that can offset the harm of jurisdictional strikes and that their continuance with in the ranks of labor was swing ing the pendulum of public opin ion against you." He said that . California has had one of the "most destruc tive jurisdictional strikes in America in the Hollywood movie strike. "It has kept organized - labor aroused, to the extent that I have been urged by labor unions themselves to supersede local authority for the purpose of suppressing some of the activities." he said. He declared he believes the new law will not cause "great in jury to labor unions." Courts will protect rights of working-men, and if the law is defective it can be repealed, he said. Executive Record Cited Warren said his record was free of "punitive" action against labor and said that workmen's compensation, unemployment la-surance and other labor-support ed programs have been strength ened during his administration. Warren spoke after the State federation's executive committee proposed a campaign to defeat State and national legislators who voted for what the A.F.L. considers antilabor bills. Earlier, George Meany, national secretary-treasurer of the A.F.L., called for defeat of movements for joint A.F.L.-C.I.O. action. He declared that "elements in the C.I.O. who hold prior allegiance to Moscow still are in control," and said this prevents any merger or co-operation between the two labor organizations. FEATURES INDEX National Expert Sees No Home Costs Drop National home builders official gees no possibility of reduction In new home construction costs. Page 1, Part II. On Other Pages AMVSEMEXTS. Page 2. Part II. COMICS. Page 9. Part I. FINANCIAL. Pa?e 8. Part I. HOPPER. Pape 3. Part II. M'LEMORE. Parte 5. Part I. POLVZOIDES. Page 4. Part I. RADIO. Page 11. Part I. SOUTHLAND. Page 12. Part I. SPORTS. Page 10. Part I. VITAL RECORD. Page 7, Part II. WEATHER. Page 7. Part IL WOMEN. Page 5, Part IL Odom Forced Back; to Try Again Soon- CHICAGO. Aug. 4. (U.R) Capt. Bill Odom, 27-year-old speed pilot, landed here tonight after he was forced to turn back in his effort to set a new solo round-the-world flight record. jOdom got as far as Stephensville, N.S., be fore adverse tail winds and "minor" mechanical and electrical difficulties forced him to turn back. He said that he planned to try again within the "next few days" to cut In half the solo record of 186 hours set 17 years ago by the late Wiley Post. Ford-Union Pad Reached, Says U.A.W. Leader DETROIT, Aug. 5 (Tuesday.) (U.R) Richard T. Leonard, vice-president of the C.I.O. United Auto Workers, early today announced a tentative agreement with the Ford Motor Co. on a Taft-Hartley law dispute and it was learned that a strike set for noon had been postponed. Leonard would not state that the postponement had been or dered, but sources close to the negotiators said positively that a halt had been called on the walkout of 108,000 Ford production workers throughout the nation. Called Tentative' "We have reached tentative agreement on the thing Ave have been arguing about all day," Leonard said. He refused to comment further and smiled away questions about the postponement. Leonard's announcement of agreement came suddenly at 2:35 a.m. while company and union negotiators prepared to end the day and right-long grind. Hitch Causes Doubt Nearly a half hour earlier, Thomas Thompson, head of the ILA.W.'s Ford Local 600, said the strike "hasn't been called off yet," indicating possibly that it would be. A hitch early last night had caused a company spokesman to comment that the negotiators were "as far apart as ever" from agreement on a plan to -xempt the union from strike penalty sections of the labor law, but this was followed by in tensive bargaining. Eisler Admits Red Affiliation WASHINGTON, Aug. 4. (JP) Gerhart Eisler, on trial on charges of passport fraud, told a Federal district court today he had twice lied about his Communist connections in order to get into this country. If he hadn't denied his Com munist connection, Eisler said, he "wouldn't have had the slightest chance" of getting into this country. And for the same reason, he said, he lied again when he was questioned on his arrival at Ellis Island. Eisler is charged with concealing his Communist affiliations in applying in September, 1945, for an alien exit permit to return to his native Germany. LOST LAND OF ATLANTIS 'LOCATED' IN SOUTHLAND Members of the Transportation Club felt their hair stand on end those who had hair at their meeting in the Biltmore yesterday. The speaker was Howard E. Hill of Amazing Explorations, Inc., of Beverly Hills. Hill "divulged" in the strictest confidence and off the record-though he sent releases to the newspapers that the lost continent of Atlantis is in Southern California, a fact hitherto unknown even to the All-Year Club. Hill said some caverns had been discovered, "practically in our back yard." by Dr. F. Bruce Russell of this city and that an expedition of "noted scientists" and Beverly Hills businessmen and capitalists now is up in the archeological diggings. "It rivals the discovery of King Tut's tomb," Hill said. "There are several caverns containing evidence of a fabulous civilization that dates back 80,- 000 j'ears. There are mummified remains of men 8 to 9 feet in height." Hill said these giants were clothed in garments of hair from an "unknown animal," consisting of a medium-length jacket and trousers extending slightly below the knees a kind of prehistoric zoot suit. They must have been hunters, he went on, because in an adjoining room are the preserved remains of dinosauria, saber-toothed tigers, imperial elephants and other beasts of the period, paired off in niches as if on display. Scientists of the Los Angeles County Museum, working on the La Brea pits, made a terse but devastating comment on Hill's disclosures. They said that between 10,000.000 and 15,000,000 years elapsed between the time dinosauria were on the earth and th; time the tigers and elephants appeared. Soviets Seize U.S.-British Oil Refinery Red Army Moves In on Austria Plant to End Allied Argument New York Times VIENNA, Aug. 4. Red army troops occupied the joint American Vacuum Oil and British Shell Oil refinery at Lobau on the outskirts of Vienna during the week-end, and the Soviet commander, Gen. Kourasow, informed the commander, Lt. Gen. Geoffrey Keyes, that the Soviet Mineral Oil Administration had taken over the property as a Ger man foreign asset. Three truckloads of Red army soldiers suddenly appeared at midnight at the plant, which is the largest in Austria, and surrounded it. Entry and exit from the plant are. permitted only with special Russian passes. Official Notice Read In the morning a delegation of the Soviet Mineral Oil Administration appeared and read a notice stating that the plant and a 54-kilometer-long pipe line from the Zisterdorf oil fields had passed into Russian possession under the Berlin agreement of Oct. 15, 1945. A Russian engineer immediately was appointed director of the refinery. All ' emploj'ees of the plant were informed that they were forbidden to correspond by telephone or otherwise communicate with the head offices in Vienna of the Vacuum and Shell oil companies. Austrian manage ment employees were discharged. effective immediately, and Russians appeared who took their places. The discharged Austrians were thoroughly searched at the gate and various papers and books seized before they were permitted to leave. Issue Raised Recently The issue of rightful ownership of the Lobau refinery had been raised about two weeks previously by the American dele gation to the Vienna Treaty Commission, meeting here since mid-May. The Americans presented a paper stating the case for the Americans and British, contending that the refinery and pipe line are wholly owned by two German subsidiaries at Ham burg of Vacuum Oil Co. and Shell Oil Co., called respectively Deutsche Vacuum and Deutsche Shell. These subsidiaries, in turn, are wholly property of the Amer ican and British parent companies. The Soviet delegate made no answer, but merely said he would examine the American paper. This week-end's action is regard ed by members of the treaty commission, it is reported, as a direct affront to that body. Seizure of the property by armed troops apparently is regarded by the Russians as a proper an swer to the American argument, Copyright. 1947, New York Timei ELLIOTT TELLS BY HU OF $1000 GH1S AGENT M ill- 1 - : - V s f 7 iP Wirephoto WITNESS Elliott Roosevelt speaks into cluster of microphones os he testifies before Senate war investigating subcommittee regarding Hughes' plane contracts. Churchill Asks Election to Vote Out Attlee Regime Fire Causes $100,000 Damage in Tijuana TIJUANA (Mex.) Aug. 4. (JP) A blaze which broke out in a building in the center of Tijuana soon after noon today swept through a warehouse containing countless curio items and damaged three other structures. Fire Department officials estimate damage at $100,000. Federal army troops were called to the scene to prevent looting. Town Swept by Fire COBALT (Ont.) Aug. 4. (U.R) Fire destroyed 15 frame buildings in this Northern Ontario town of 2500 persons today while the whole population was five miles away at a picnic. Loss is set at $200,000. STOWAWAY RIDES PLANE WHEELBASE NATAL (Brazil) Aug. 4. (JP)A Portuguese citizen,' Francisco Carvalho, arrived from Lisbon today reporting he had crossed the Atlantic clinging to a KLM line plane stowed away in the wheel-base. Carvalho, 30, said he almost fainted from the heat. He added he was too nervous to be hungry but grew thirsty looking down at the ocean all night. LONDON. Aug. 4. (U.P.) Winston Churchill charged today that the Labor government's socialistic policies had brought the country to the brink of ruin and demanded a general election to throw out "those who have so obviously failed in their task." Addressing 60,000 on the great lawn of Blenheim Palace, home of his ancestor, the first Duke of Marlborough, and his own birthplace, Churchill said of Britain's urgently grave economic and financial crisis: Change Needed "I say without hesitation that there will be no recovery from our present misfortunes until the, guilty men whose crazy fears and personal incompetence have brought us down have been driven from power by the vole of the nation." He blamed the government for fumbling its nationalization of the coal mines, for "wild financial extravagance," for over-great expenditures on the fighting forces "for such meager results in fighting power," for failure to inform the United Nations that Britain could no longer bear "the burdens of insult and injustice in Palestine," for lending or spending abroad without any return $3,000,000,000 since the end of the war. Even as he spoke, Prime Minister Attlee and key members of his Cabinet broke the almost in violate August bank holiday to confer here on the . crisis and steps to meet it. These steps foretelling ever more deprivations for this war- exhausted, ration-ridden country will be announced to the na tion Wednesday at the start of a two-day Commons, debate. "We are told .... that the Prime Minister is to unfold an other catalogue of pains and penalties which everyone must endure," Churchill said. "In spite of all our warnings he has left action so late, I fear, that his measures will not be equal to the emergency and will be only another installment of privation and frustration and restriction along our downward path ... Inaction Assailed "There is not one proposal that Mr. Attlee can make on Wednesday that would not have been far more effective if made a year or six months ago. "The government had the knowledge but neither the sense nor the decision to act. They were too busy planning and making their brave new world of controls and queues,' of hordes of officials and multitudes of regulations. ' "They exhausted whatever energies they had and consumed their time and thouerht in carrv- ing out their party fads, in chock- Turn to Page 4, Column 2 PRICE OF LEMONS SOARS AS HEAT MOUNTS IN EAST CHICAGO, Aug. 4. U.R) The mercury went up today and so did the price of a cold glass of lemonade. You could measure the temperature by the cost of America's favorite hot weather drink, and it went up nearly everywhere. The price of lemons increased from 5 to 10 cents a dozen from the Rocky Mountains to the Ap palachians. The temperature rose 10 degrees or more. Temperatures ranged from 15 to 20 degrees above normal from Denver to New York and Minnesota through Oklahoma. Produce merchants and weather forecasters said there was little relief in sight the price of lemons and the temperature will go still higher before they drop. 1 The heat wave rolled across the nation from the southern plains. Iowa's tall corn crop was threatened by soaring temperatures. Crop experts said the corn, which now is entering the critical tasseling and silking stage, is badly in need of showers throughout most sections of the nation's corn belt. It was 109 at Pierre, S.D., hottest spot in the Midwest; 108 at Mobridge, S.D.; 101 at Omaha arid 100 at Rome, Ga.; Kansas City, Mo.; St. Louis and Chicago; It was a record temperature for Aug. 4 in Chicago. At Topeka, Kan., the temperature hit 102 degrees, the eighth time in nine days in which the temperature was 100 or more. Son of Late President Asserts He Repaid It With Interest; Calls Inquiry Smear on F.D.R. WASHINGTON, Aug. 4. (OE) Elliott Roosevelt, who helped Howard Hughes to get a $50,000,000 aircraft order over the protests of high-ranking Air Forces officers, told Senate investigators today that he borrowed $1000 from Hughes' press agent "just before" he married Movie Actress Faye Emerson in 1944. . Roosevelt, second son of the late President, testified before a War Investigating subcommittee that he got the money from John W. Meyer, the $10,400-a-year Hughes' publicity man and party giver, who claimed to have spent more than $5000 entertaining Roosevelt and Miss Emerson before and after the aircraft order was granted in 1943. "But I paid him back in five Los Angeles 'Cools Off at 88; E! Centro Has117 Slight relief from nine straight days of hot weather during which the maximum temperature ranged between 90 and 96 degrees, was experienced in Los Angeles yesterday when the top, reeistered (at 1 p.m..) was 88 degrees. Continued warm weather, with Bay City 'Sizzles' in Record 82.6 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 4. (P) The temperature went to 82.6 degrees at 11:10 a.m. today, the hottest Aug. 4 reading in the history of the Weather Bureau. local night and morning low fog or clouds near the coast, and lit tle change in temperature, was forecast for today with cooler weather promised for tomorrow. Yesterday's minimum was 66 degrees. EI Centro Hits 11T Highest temperature reported was at El Centro, where it was 117. The minimum there was 84. Newport Beach reported a 16-year record high water temperature of 74.6 degrees. Fire Chief Frank Crocker, who has taken dailv water temperatures since 1920, said the mark was eight de grees warmer than the previous 15-year average for July. Slight reductions in maximum temperatures were reported at near-by communities, except Riverside, which registered 97. Indio reported 110; San Diego, 76; Santa Monica, 74: Santa Barbara, 71; Blythe, 107; Needles, 104; Newhall and Daggett, 99; Beaumont, 97; Burbank and Palmdale, 95; Bakersfield, 93; Long Beach, 83. It was the longest stretch of high temperatures since September, 1939. Bus Pact Near in Long Beach Prospects of settlement of the 52-day-old Long Beach bus strike last night appeared brighter after a meeting between management officials and union representatives. William A. Baker, district manager for National City Lines, parent organization of the struck Long Beach City Lines, issued a hopeful statement after the meeting. . "As a result of negotiations with the union," he said, "a basis for settlement has been reached and the terms will be presented to the union membership Wednesday morning by the un ion negotiating committee.' Queen Mary Due Today on First Trip NEW YORK, Aug. 4. JP) The mighty British liner Queen Mary, fresh from a 10-month face-ntt-ing which erased all traces of her 500,000 miles of wartime service, completes her first postwar luxury trip tomorrow when she arrives with 1883 passengers. The arrival of the Mary, holder of the blue pennant for North Atlantic speed supremacy, will mark the inauguration of two-way express service by the world's two largest ships, both operated by the Cunard Line. The Mary s sister ship, the Queen Elizabeth, began its postwar luxury service nine months ago. months, .and he got a full year's, interest," Roosevelt said. The former Air Force brigadier general made it plain that he viewed the inquiry into his relations with Hughes as part of a "smear campaign" against his father. . He freely admitted having ac-. cepted entertainment at Meyer's expense, but claimed that he Illustrated on Pag 3, Part I did not know that the publicist was turning in vouchers to the Hughes Aircraft Co. for every cocktail consumed or every meal eaten. But he said he did not believe he had violated an order by Gen. H. H. Arnold, then Air Forces commanding general, forbidding any officer to accept gifts from any person "seeking consideration from the A.A.F." because it might "tend to so compromise both the Air Forces and himself as to seriously impair public confidence." "I paid my fair share of the bills," he said. Mejer Says No Committee Chairman Homer Ferguson (R.) Mich., turned to Meyer, who sat next to Roosevelt, and asked: "Did he ever entertain you, Meyer?" "Of course not," said Meyer in a pained voice. He had testified earlier that all his lavish wartime parties featuring expensive gifts for pretty girls, Scotch and other liquors, luncheons, dinners and night club entertainment were "in the line of business" for his boss. He admitted that the purpose behind them was to get "goodwill and influence" for the Hughes company. to Testify Hughes, also the target of investigation in connection with his 1942 venture with Henry J. Kaiser, West Coast industrialist, in which they got an $18,000,000 contract to build a wooden cargo flying boat which has never left the ground, is expected to testify Wednesday. Today's hearing broke up in confusion when Roosevelt and Meyer started questioning each other about various expense account items, some of which Roosevelt challenged on the ground he wasn't even in this country when the reported parties took place. Roosevelt was told to come back tomorrow for mere questions, chiefly about entertainment, after he and Meyer had practically ignored the Senators and debated the high cost of night life in New York and Hollywood. Thumbing through the stack of Meyer's expense vouchers, Roosevelt found one which listed $106 as the cost of dinner for 10 persons at New York's Club Torn to Page 7, Colnmn 2 Hughes Plane Primed for Capital Hop Howard Hughes' private converted B-23 bomber stood by for the pilot-industrialist's flight to Washington, but by late last night he had not yet embarked on the "easy stages" eastward trip he promised four days ago. Having agreed to attend a Senate War Investigating Committee hearing tomorrow, Hughes said he would, fly halfway to Washington Monday, stop overnight, and then proceed - to arrive "late Tuesday afternoon." His press relations spokesman reported that the Hughe3 plane yesterday remained in its hangar at the airman's Culver City field.

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