The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on April 9, 1953 · 17
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 17

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Thursday, April 9, 1953
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INQUIRY ON REDS Continue trwm Second Fage '"V, ' "' ' f f i I 1 I I 'k . WITNESS Accountant Eetrrd Skodro refused to te;i Hause SubcDmmiTte H has 'been isFr cf CoT-sLrrttsT Porty. .departing audience, "and now ; ou are putting me in the position of a stool pigeon. You are i driving out the press and the public" . " Jackson pointed out that his remarks -were being wasted, as no rrnnrter remained to Include them in the record. McCombe wa even Breed to relax by Wills am B. Esterman, one of the attorneys representing uncooperative 'witnesses. Esterman engaged in a conference with Jackson and Tavenner. After a few minutes, Jackson announced that the session was open again to the public and the audience tropped into the hearing room from the haU, where it had waited. ; Refuse t Talk When McCombe found him-, ;f a -witness m a puonc session, he dirint live up to his earlier objections to a closed t Session. Aescr20iJig lujjir-tn !a union organizer, "he refused; I to say of he had been a member jof the Communist Party any time since 1945 and chargedHhe j subcommittee with infringing! upon the rights of labor. i "If you mill tell us about the Communist Parry I promise not to ask you anything about the trade union movement," Taven--ner said. McCombe declined, staying he wanted no part Of any -deal" from the panel. Gertrude Purcell, Hunter College graduate and a free-lance i screen writer, testified that she louit the Communist Party after ia brief period because she be-! (came distressed with its poli-1 cies. ' I She appeared to clarify her sisnri, having been mentioned !cs a party member by previous co-operative witnesses. Shejof seats. vestigators in tht future re garding any information which could prove helpful to its investigation of Red activities. Voter's Registration "Why didn't you claim the protection of the 5th Amendment?" Doyle asked when she had finished testifying. "I hadnt thought about it," Miss Purcell answered. "I felt the committee was doing a good job and deserved to be told the truth." Virginia Mullen, 47-year-old actress, refused to identify a photostatic copy of a voter's registration which the subcommittee contended she signed. She disregarded Jackson's emphasis that the copy was of a public record, available to anyone. She demanded to see the original. After establishing that her address in June, 1938, was 1305 Crescent Heights Blvd., Taven-ner asked Mrs. Mullen: "Did you change your registration from the Communist Party to the Democratic Party on July 25, 1939? "I decline to answer that," Mrs. Mullen replied. "Christ said that man cannot live by bread alone." "'Were you ever a member of the Communist Party?" the counsel pressed. Mrs. Mullen again refused to answer, stating that "God is my judge, not the Attorney General or this body of men. Something of a stir was created in the hearing room at the conclusion of incommunicative testimony by Bernard Skadron, 40, a public accountant. As Skadron left the witness stand his counsel, William Esterman, objected to remarks made by perrons sitting in a nearby row S3U1U519NED Gt- Tnjcm Puree!!, screen wr-t-r, sea s qu"T Corrwruf-sr"-r poet. wined the psrtv, she said, in September, 1939. because Communism seemed the way to fight Fascism, to which she was adamantly opposed. tet ky Nasi Pact ""What led to your leaving the party?" Tavenner asked. I was upset by the Nazi-Russian pact," Miss Purcell said, "and I Knew tired of bought control being told what to think and do and the k of individual initiative. "1 went to Herbert Biberman .end told him how I Jelt. He -uggested that I take a year's leave of absence from the j party, tout be was doubtful that ver mould come back. He jsald be considered me incur- the pubcoimriittee to call her as a mitness, said she left the party late in 3342 and has had no contact whatever with it since then. She agreed to con-, "fer with the committee's in- Tou promised to have these people removed," Esterman snapped at Jackson. I don't know what their remarks were," the subcommittee chairman observed, "but I am sure they were no more insulting thanthose made to'the com mittee during the last few days." These people are part of your claque," Esterman sneered. -They are not, Jackson re torted angrily. After a few moments he warned all the audience and tne people m question spe- K pnxi. Made from DO grain neutral spirits. Sit Pientmimoff Fte. Inc. Hartford. Conn. 1 , .!' SILENT Mjrray Wojw, cc.g'"i"wg m tarief sxppesr-rc 'Red jrwestrosrion. CEYER CEFCIIE... such true, tine-fresh grape goodness o-s tht! ACACOLD CRAPE Each can makes a fvH quart! 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"If that if a sample of your accounting," Jackson inter-rupted, "you had better check up on your figures." Jackson noted that the latest appropriation to . the committee was little more than $300,-000. Would Fire Members Skadnn. said that even on a basis of a much lower total appropriated for the committee's work he would fire the members, from a business point of view, for the small amount of results achieved. "I don't think the committee s doing a good job" he said. Jackson reminded him that his personal opinion of the committee was worth nothing and did not contribute to his legal reasons for declining to answer questions put to him regarding Communist activities. "The witness has said nothing in the last 10 minutes bearing on any legal reasons for not answering the question," Taveriner said. "I look at this committee from the standpoint of busi ness efficiency," Skadron said. "Well, then," Interjected' Doyle, "give some evidence of it." 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