The Eagle from Bryan, Texas on November 16, 1949 · Page 2
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Bryan, Texas
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Wednesday, November 16, 1949
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Heovfly sîlverpkiW UovtifuBy foiséwd Aftoëe by sihrersmirt« bmofs over SO years m W“ ROGERS ★ Avon pattern A. Coffee Pot, Svgar and Creom, Waiter 1 7 " B. Water Pitcbef C. Well & Tree Platter, 18" D. Meat Platter, E. Gravy Boat F. Covered Vegetable Dink SPECIAL 4.95 G. Sandwich Troy H. Bread Troy The Bryan Daily Eagle s Editorial Commenls Paire 2—Bryan. Texas Wednesday. November 18, 1949 Strikes Are Cosily The strike of the CIO Steei Worker* Union practically is settled and by '."e weekend it is exected all workers ' be back at work. Bui the dispute between John L. Lewis, still master of the Mine Workers Union have not beer, settled and operators are lukewarm on the proposal to sit down in conference with Mr, Eyebrow's, who has treated them in a highly caviller fashion oftimes in the past. They appear to feel that this time they are :n better position to resist his demands. The steel strike is estimated to have cost the average worker about $400 in wages but to have won a pension of at least $:00 per month, paid for by the steel companies and the government. But full pensions of $100 per month are payable only to workers who retire at 65 and who have had 25 years of service with the same employer. Workers who shift jobs or who die before the retirement age will not receive full pensions. The Steel Workers Union won more liberal insurance benefits but the workers must help pay for the premiums. In figuring what he got the average steel workers must set his S400 loss in wages against his possible gain in pensions. And it is worth consideration that if the workers contributed to the pension plan a system could have been worked out whereby he would have had something if he shifted employment as there are companies with contributory pensions plans which permit the worker, in case of separation from the job. to take with him what he had paid in, and usually with interest. The average coal miner lost approximately $1,000 in wages and before the strike was called he was on a three-dav work week and wages were less than normal. They were out for 52 days and had been on short pay for a considerable time before that, and reports from many mining communities were to the effect that money had run out and that bills for * food and other supplies had been run up with the result that debts wrould require some time for payment, at a time when money would be short because of holiday and other demands. In return the miners have received nothing definite. The operators have not agreed to the demands of Lewis for a seven-hour day—which would mean a five and one-half work day—and an increase of ten cents per ton in royalties for the miners’ pension fund. One of the reasons for the operators* standout is the fact that they want to have something to say about the administration of the pension fund, which they make possible, and which has been heavily depleted. It had dropped to such a low figure that many miners in recent weeks have not received their pensions or have received less than the usual allowance. On the basis of all returns the miner has gotten nothing definite in return for his support of Lewis and quitting the pits when called or working only three days per week when this was ordered. As a result of the coal and steel strikes many thousands of men were thrown out of work. Coal-carrying railroads laid off t thousands of men and other railroads were idled for a short time because many railroad trains puled by coal-burning ; locomotives were cancelled because of the fuel shortage. Employment in the auto» motive industry and in steel fabricating ’plants and in other industries dependent • on coal or steel or both, also suffered and it is practically impossible to determine how many man-days were lost, the loss in »wages and production and the total lost | through these two major walkouts—the i first time in the history of American in- jdustrv that coal and steel workers all ¡walked off the job. J This work-stoppage, which affected so | many hundreds of thousands of workers iand so many women and children and goffered a serious threat to the national economy, has served to fix attention on the problem of industry-wide strikes instead of those which tie up only one industry. Already Senator Taft, co-author of the Taft-Hartley law, has proposed a •sort of Sherman antitrust law for unions, which would be designed to prevent unions from closing down entire industries and limit bargaining to individual companies or to regional areas. Certainly it is difficult to figure any j real gam for the great majority of workers id! ed by tnese strikes, or the overall \ effect on the business and economy of the j nation In view of this it would appear that some measures should be taken for the benefit not only of labor and of management but for that of the millions who always are hurt by such disturbances. ICMPS Lewis In Smart Retreat What amounts to a three-week truce has been ordered by John L. Lewis in the coal dispute. The maneuver is not a new tactic with Lewis. The only question is: Why did he resort to it at this time? A review of the miners’ strike history in recent years shows that the Unhed Mine Workers* boss has often beat a strategic retreat just at the moment a stoppage threatened to become genuinely critical. There were three truces in 1943, each followed by new strikes. Another was declared in 1946 as Lewis was about to be summoned to the White House for a showdown with President Truman. Similar factors apparently affected Lewis’ decision this time. After 51 days without production, coal stockpiles in many parts of the nation were getting dangerously low. A real emergency was approaching. Hints dropped by government officials gave the miners’ chief warning that some sort of federal intervention would certainly be undertaken if a settlement of the strike did not develop shortly. Use of the government’s injunctive powers under the Taft-Hartley law generally was expected in the event no accord was reached. The feeling seemed to be that Lewis would ignore all ordinary back-to-work appeals and respond only to the compelling authority of the federal courts. The pressure upon Lewis to do something in the face of this prospect was increased by hte wide cracks in the steel! strike front. Wi mhtajor and minor steel makers signing up one by one. it became clear their demand for coal soon would exceed the above-ground supply. Nothing but a resumption of mining could have prevented another steel stoppage in a few' weeks. Lewis, always trying to gauge aff factors in his efforts to win new gains, surely 1 must have understood thoroughly that within a week or so the government would be bound to move against him. The Bethlehem steel settlement started events rolling. With the expectation that j other firms would soon sign pension agreements, Lewis nevertheless was reluctant to call off his own walkout until the pressures upon him actually developed. He sought instead to break the coal operators’ solid resistance by obtaining a settlement with the Illinois and Indiana producers. The attempt failed. To judge from the progress made in negotiations during the 51-day strike, from now until Nov. 30 is none too long a period for the miners and operators to find the necessary common ground. But federal mediators, well aware of the damage another strike could cause with winter w'eather in the offing, undoubtedly will work tirelessly to resolve the differences and keep the men in the pits. ‘‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”—John 15:13. Orchids go to Bennie Ann Dansby. daughter of Mayor and Mrs. Roland Dansby, who is celebrating her birthday today. Our best wishes go to Binnie Ann for a happy day. Gift Showing at Haswell's last night was a great success. Bryan can now boast of a shop in keeping with the big cities. Nothing was missing. It certainly put the Christmas spirit in your bones. The very latest things were on display in china, aluminum, glassware, books and etc. The arrangement was perfect with shadow boxes and special lighting to give the desired effect. “What others do Bryan can do better.” is a worthy slogan. It goes without saying that the household was not forgotten with papering, paint and electrical appliances in plenty. DICK TRACY CHESTER GOULD ------------------------------SO IN/STEAD OF FINDING MOUSEY, WE DISCOVER SOME OLD MEPWIT WHO MAS A MOUND SMART ENOUGH 70 STEAL FUR College women are said to bemore efficient for important projects that cannot be hastily carried out. Like getting hubby to finance a new winter coat. One mind, according to a psychologist, can affect another at a distance. Wre’re convinced, having seen men turn pale after trumping an ace. Civilized nations brought about the last war and now' they say the next war will end civilization. Sounds like a vicious circle. If you’ve ever worked with your relatives. you can understand why our congressmen were anxious to get their vacation. NATIONAL CAPITAL OBSERVATIONS By Peter Edson { WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (NEA) r—A special investigation of ■crime conditions and rackets in ,the District of Columbia has been -ordered by Congress. One of the | things this probe is expected to go into is the widespread, organized gambling that goes on in government buildings. Every Friday afternoon in the fall work practically stops while government employes try to pick their Selections for the next day’s football pool. Two or three syndicates operate these pools. Every weekend the gamblers’ take on the football pool alone is estimated to be more than $20,000. All year long the numbers lacket and horse betting flourish. Government officials ignore the situation and many top executives themselves play the ponies regularly with the bookies in the buildings. Most of the syndicates’ agents are government employes, messengers and janitors. They use the government telephones to call in bets as they get them. In the Pentagon there is competition among the agents for the business. The only time of­ ficials take action is when the gamblers fight among themselves. Local police are handicapped in trying to stop this activity because their jurisdiction in a federal building is vague. And most local building guards have no instructions to stop gambling. Total yearly take from U. S. buildings here is estimated at being over $5,000,000. * * • Senator Taft has turned up with what his staff claims is a brand-new campaign gimmick on his current stumping of Ohio, in preparation for next year’s election. He makes it his business to wind up every luncheon and supper meeting in the kitchen, congratulating the cook. Then there usually follows a bull session with the Ohio senator doing some good for himself, it is reported. « * • An American firm has just bought 2000 tons of armorplate from the German battleship Tir- pitz, which was sunk in a northern Norway fjord during the war. The Norwegian salvage company which is dismantling the dead warship estimates that the whole job of taking the ship apart will take four,years. When Sarah Churchill, actress daughter of Britain's former prime minister, was married at Sea Island, Ga., photographers asked her to pose on the nearby ruins of old Fort Frederica. The British had used the garrison against the Spanish in colonial days. She agreed, but a ladder had to be found to get her up on the high parapet. The first one located had a couple of rungs missing so they started to search for another. That didn’t bother Sarah. She said: ‘‘Use that one. I know all about these things. Remember, my father is a painter.” Veterans’ Administration insurance officials report that the hundreds of thousands of veterans who either did not put a serial number on their GI insurance divided application card, or put more than one, have nothing to worry about. A vet had more than one serial if he rose from enlisted man to officer. The serial nnmber determines how soon a man gets his dividend check. In the case of no serial number being put on the card, VA has gotten it from the records. In the case of more than one, VA will add them together and determine mailing priority from the total. * Mrs. T. A. Adams getting down to the barbershop. . . Peggy Peacock, a senior in Stephen F. Austin high school. . . W. W. Chaffin, better known as “Tiny,” j our regular customer who reads the Eagle daily. . . Coulter Hoppess was in Dallas yesterday on business. . . Mrs. P. L. Barron, one of Bryan’s most attractive j matrons. . . . Our good friend Mrs. W. T. Jones of Reliance sent us some cancelled stamps. Mrs. Jones is a tried and true friend. . . Mrs. Dan Thompson of the Blossom j Shop down with the early crowds. . . Sam Harrison making his usual rounds. . . Mr. and j Mrs. Tom Field visited in Cal-! vert. . . Mrs. M. P. Holloman dropped by for a visit. —©— W. W. Manley of Easterly was a business visitor to Bryan today. Manley is a rancher and has fine Hereford cattle. He came from West Texas and is a newcomer to this part of the state. . . Mrs. Thomas Lundin has finally gotten to Florida from Boothbay Habor, Maine, where she has been spending the summer. Her address is 4858 Pine Tree Drive, Miami Beach 40, Florida. We had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Virgil A. Parrs visitor, Miss Orlene Berlin of Hutchison, Kansas. A delightful person. As usual we tried to entice her to come to Bryan to live. . . J R. Farquhar getting his cup of coffee. . . Bill Stasny is off for a deer hunt and his force has taken over and going to prove to Bill what good business men they are. —fr­ it is with regret we learn that our good friend Dr. Will S. Parker of Calvert is on the sick list. . . . Mrs. Kay Halsell in visiting. As chairman of publicity for the book review for St. Andrew’s Episcopal church on Nov. 24, she was telling us about it. Padre Vern Swartsfager will review his own book “The Bell Ringers.” The proceeds will go to the Altar Guild. — fcL_ Ruth Lord v-e had not seen in many, many months. She tells us she has resigned from her position at A&M College after 31 years and is going to spend the remainder of the time doing just what she wants to do. We do that every day—work, work, work. It is indeed a joy to be able to “earn your bread by the sweat of your brow.” J. B. Christian, Sr., was in Kirbyville on yesterday testing out the air conditioning and heating plant he has just installed in a new building. H. V. Haltom & Co. were the contractors on the job. We are always glad to record any worx the Bryan establishments can get, especially out over the state, for it broadens our trading territory and affluence. 38 Students From Lamar Tour Eagle Newspaper Office Thirty-eight students of Lamar Junior High School were guests of The Bryan Daily Eagle yesterday afternoon on a complete tour of the newspaper plant. The students, in Mrs. R. H. Bush’s ninth grade social studies class, were: Roy Abbott, Tommy Adcock, Margaret Batten, Hazel Batten, Billy Barnes. George Boyett, Clara Bomonski, Billy Ray Buffington, Bobby Burley, James Chastun, Edmund Havel, Orin Helvey, Billy Hotard. Bobby Karow, Rex Kathcart, Jean Kirby, j A. J. Kucera, Natalie Lero, Ethel Metzer, Jimmy Moore, Delbert Morris, Frankie Nemec^ Anna Mae Poholek, Henry Presnal, Milton Risinger, Bobby Rhodes. Mary K. Seeman, Richard Sowells, Ottis Sanders, Noel Stanley, Lucile Strasripka, Bonnie Tullis, Lois Wallin, Duane Walton, Walter Wilcox, Winifred Wynn, Patricia Zemanek, and Royce Ann Zalenski. Mrs. Rush plans to bring all her classes for a visit to the Eagle office within the next few days. Persons wishing to see inner operations of a newspaper office and print shop are invited to drop by the Eagle office any day between 3 and 3:15 p. m. PROPOSE STRIKE VOTE FOR BELL EMPLOYES SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 16 i/Pv— ; A Southwest Telephone strike I may be authorized during the Southwest Division convention here the communications workers of America. D. L. McCowen of St. Louis, regional president, said last night the 600 delegates will be asked to take a strike vote before the convention ends. Such a strike would involve 50,000 Southern Bell workers in five Southwest states. RAYBURN WILL SPEAK FRIDAY IN HOUSTON HOUSTON, Nov. 16 •/?»— Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn of Bonham will be the principal speaker Friday night at a Democratic rally here. Eight other Texas representatives and Senators Tom Connally and Lyndon Johnson will attend the rally in Sam Houston Coliseum. Little Theater To Discuss Play, 'Happy Journey' Miss Marjory Wipprecht, chairman of the Workshop Group of The Little Theater of Bryan and College Station, will be in charge of the regular bi-monthly meeting at 8 p. m. Thursday in the district court room of the court house. The one-act play, “The Happy Journey” by Thorton Wilder, will be read and parts discussed with the possible thought of producing it in the future. This play is very similar to “Our Town” and of the same nature as many of Mr. Wilder’s in that there is no scenery used and no particular place to be represented. The play does have a stage manager who comes out and talks directly to the audience. The action evolves around the leading character, “Ma Kirby,” and because of this the author considered calling the play “A Portrit of A Lady.” In his way of pepicting everyday life, he finally decided on the title “The Happy Journey.” All ages interested in Little Theatre work should come to this open meeting as Miss Wipprecht says that there are tw'o young parts, one 13 and one 15 years of age, in the cast. Dr. Carlion R. Lee OPTOMETRIST 203 S. Main Phone 2-1662 EAST TEXAS LEAGUE TO MEET THURSDAY DALLAS, Nov. 16 <JP >—The East Texas League will hold its annual meeting at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Longview, president J. Walter Morris announced. CANCER RESEARCH AT U. T. WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (i?)— The University of Texas has been granted $3,240 by the National Cancer Institute for cancer research, the institute announced here yesterday. PRE-CHRISTMAS r A I ■■ I AY-A WAY PIANO j/VLC Not One, Not Two - But MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PIANOS TO CHOOSE FROM ... at the LOWEST Prices in Years! New and Used Baby Grands • Spinets • Uprights. $ 0 DOWN r*i*rv»i any pionot Mail Thi» Ad ft Full Dttaili Nom* .... Addr*u City BROOK MAYS PIANO CO. im MAIN IT. PA-00« HOUSTON, TIIAi Mrs. Sam Crenshaw is now employed with the Kazmeier- Sherrell Inc., on College Road.. . | Mrs. M. M. Erskine in visiting. . . . We enjoyed a visit with our Williamson county friend, Mrs. R. H. Ballerstedt. Saw there ; some of the prettiest pepper plants, just full of red berries. Jess Conlee is a fortunate man in that he has three sons who can take over for him and carry on the business. . . Marshall Peters visiting in his bank. , . J. W. Lester is in New York making purchases for Lester’s Smart Shop, . . Mrs. Mac Mabry going home at noon time. She is employed at Robertson-Chambers... —©— R. B. Butler returned on yesterday from Seguin where he got the contract for building a new school building. Our friend Mrs. H. H. Weinert is treasurer of the school board and delegated Friend Butler to bring us greetings. Mrs. Weinert is National Democratic Committee Woman for Texas and a good one too. A thinker, speaker and organizer, she has put much into the Democratic Party, nationally. CALDWELL'S JEWELRY STORE 112 N. Mala Bryan Phon« 2-2434

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