Kingsport Times from Kingsport, Tennessee on December 30, 1946 · 1
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Monday, December 30, 1946
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V Tims-Nws Circulation Last Sunday 16740 (Net Feld) Corresponding Sunday Year Ago 14045 t VXttk Weather Forecast Vol XXXI No 257 Kingsport Tenn Monday December 30 1946 8 Pages Five Cents nlgbte lew St On Your Marks Get Set' SENATE I Republican! Democrats- HOUSE Republicans lO Democrats 1 03) Am Leber Forty Cherts above show how rival parties will line up when the 80th Congressmen on Jan 8 McCord To For 2 Percent Sales Tax Nashville IP Gov Jim McCord announced today that he will recommend a two per cent retail sales tax to the General Assembly which convenes one week from today and estimated that It would bring an additional 830000000 per year Into the state treasury A legislative measure announced by the chief executive would make TO per cent or approximately 814000000 of this 830000000 for 0 educational purposes Twelve and one-half per cent or some 82800000 would go to mu nicipalities US To Oppose Changes In Germany's Border Berlin IP Reliable diplomatic sources predicted 'today that profits Is for revision of Germany's frontier except for cession Saar to France would be opposed by the United States at the forthcoming German peace treaty negotiations It is expected these sources said that the United States will not only oppose France's claims to the Rhineland but will reject more modest border changes proposed by Holland and Belgium unless the countries concerned can present satisfactory proof that the people of tbs area concerned "genuinely desire" a change The position of the United States and others on the German border settlements is being outlined among the four major allied powers here for presentation to the Foreign Ministers Council when it convenes in Moscow in March Tbs American position it was understood here will be essentially the same as that outlined by Secretary of State James F Byrnes in his 8tuttgart policy speech last September although it is being prepared in more detail to meet the complex claims against Germany expected to develop at the coming Btcotlitiosu At Stuttgart Byrnes declared the United States does not consider the eastern borders of Germany as decided and announced opposition to any against Germany in the west except for the French claim to the Saar He further qualified this by saying that in return for the gear France should readjust her rMtarations claims" There have been strong Indications during the past week that Russia will support the United Statee position with regard to Germany's western frontiers Soviet supervised and sponsored newspapers in Berlin recently have laon bitter attacks against the French for the ngw customs control which they have established over the Saar and also have criticised Dutch and Belgian claims for border revisions Peiping Students J March In Protest Peiping IP American author!-1 ties ordered U S military person nel and their families off the streets of Peiping this morning as students of Teaching University began parching into the city in a demon-r at rati on against the alleged rapi - of a 30-year-old Chinese girl by a iU S Marine l- All Marines were confined to their compounds Chinese authorities sought to dissuade the students from the anti-American demonstration but no physical resistance was offered Municipal spokesmen said the city gates would not be closed Some 2000 Yenchlng students were moving into the city from the north: The university is seven miles from the city limits Students of Fujen Catholic University and Na-k tlonal Peking University were expected to Join the march The bill would Include 10 per cent for increased aid to the aged the blind and dependent children five per cent earmarked to retire bonds issued for the construction of net? buildings including those at educational institutions and for the main te nance and repair of present build ings and the remaining two and one-half per cent for administration of the levy Governor said that a "use tax Is being prepared by the attorney gen erals office to taxing articles pur- (See Sales Tax Page 8) Open Inquiry In TWA Mane Crash Shannon Airport BUre IP U S government investigators and TWA officials gathered here today to open an inquiry into the disastrous crash of the Trans-World Airline Constellation Star of Cairo in which 12 persons were killed and 11 in Jured Saturday Heading the airline investigators were A R Wilson TWA European manager gnd Otis Bryan of New York acting general manager of the companys international divi sion TWA officials reported last night that two of the survivors Chpt Herbert Tansey the pHot and Dudley Hill a crew member had taken a turn for the worse Tanseys con dltion was described as "very criti cal" Officials said the other nine survivors spent "a comfortable night Meanwhile a flying hearse stood by to carry the bodies of the 12 dead to the United States for burial Special light coffins were being built in Dublin TWA officials who asked to remain anonymous said that one of the ill-fated ship's engines may have caught Are in the air They reiterated that "the marks indicate that the plane travelled some distance in contact with the ground until there was an explosion followed by a Are in portions of the scattered wreckage Group Hits Russians In Report Bitter Criticism Lavalsd At Rds By House Committee By Alex H Singleton Washington IP Charges of economic enslavement political terrorism religious repression broken promises and ambitions for military power were leveled against Russia today by the special House Committee on Postwar Economic Policy The committee report the sharpest official criticism of Russia on Capitol Hill since the Soviet Union went to war with Germany demanded that the United States assert "positive leadership in European economic affairs Simultaneously it asserted that if Russia actually Is found to be using German war plants to :earm the Western Allies should denounce the entire Potsdam Big Three agreement and demand that the Soviets "Evacuate Germany completely First Reaction First reaction to the committee's document came in the form of a protest against "headline hunters by Rep Sol Bloom (D-NY) retiring chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Bloom told reporters the committee should have submitted its evidence if it has any to the State and War Departments for investigation He continued the report would do "far more harm than good in current diplomatic negotiations The State Department declined any immediate comment Number of Recommendations The unanimous committee rc port offered a number of specific recommendations among them:- 1 A review of the financial aspect of American occupation policy in "order to substitute productive and self-supporting economies in ex-enemy countries for the present method of supporting them with American money while they la turn are being drained by Russia and France" 2 Loans to American occupation authorities through the Export-Import Bank to start the flow of raw materials necessary for industrial production 3 An inquiry into restrictions on the movement of American business men and into the methods "by which freedom of access into foreign countries of American information agencies Including books magazines papers and movies u well as our reporters can be facilitated 4 A specific study of safeguard ing the trade recommendations (See Russia Page 3) - - Search Pressed For Kidnappers In Jerusalem Jerusalem IP British author! ties and Palestine police pressed a search for kidnapers who abducted a British major and three sergeants last night and gave each 18 lashes in what police described as blow-by-blow retaliation for a flogging administered by authorities Friday to a Jew convicted of a bank robbery Authorities said that the major was whisked aWay by five armed men from the lounge of the Hotel Metropol' in Nathanya 40 miles north of Tel Aviv where he was sitting with his wife He was said to have been blindfolded tied to a rack and beaten with a cane Meanwhile eight men armed with machine guns abducted two sergeants from in front of the Ar-mon Hotel on Tel Aviv's waterfront Forced into an automobile they were taken to the outskirts of the all-Jewish city where police said their abductors "took down their' pants and administered 18 strokes apiece A third sergeant was flogged at Rlshon Le Zion the historic Jowish settlement founded by Baron Rothschild 20 mites south of Tel Aviv He was said to be in serious condition in a military hospital Police scouring the area in search of the floggers reported that four Jews were arrested and one seriously wounded by gunfire when they tried to rush a roadblock near Lydda east of Tel Aviv during the night Authorities said they found two five-foot rawhide whips a tommy-gun two revolvers a quantity of ammunition and three grenades in the car in which the arrested men were riding Police said they believed the arrested Jews had been responsible for flogging the sergeant at Rlshon Reds Bluntly Charge Atom Still Being Used For Arms 1 ' - Reject U S Demand To Waive Veto Sen Tobey Opposes GOP Plans Washington IP Senate Republican leaders plans to divide up committee assignments at an afternoon meeting bumped into a challenge from Senator Tobey (R-NH) today of their right to act now In advance 'of the meeting Tobey told reporters that a rule adopted by the Republican Conference (the organization of Senate GOP members) on Dec 18 1944 forbids making or approving any committee assignments until after Congress actually convenes He took notice of statements by members of the outgoing Republican Committee on Committees that they were merely making recommendations to the full group of 81 Republican senators and senaters-elect 'Rump Group Tobey called this committee a rump" group but declared: "Any child of adolescence who doesnt know that those recommendations will gather the forces of a snowball is just kidding himself Tobeys attitude and a bid by Senator Reed of Kansas for the Commerce Committee chairmanship tentatively assigned by tlje leaders to Senator White of Maine raised the prospect of a sharp row in the GOP meeting The gathering of all GOP senators was called to agree on organization of the Senate branch of the new Congress and parcel out the choice leadership posts Tobey made it clear he would challenge at the meeting the right of what he called a "rump" committee on committees to make any committee assignments Claims Illegal He declared that under existing rules the new committee on committees could not be appointed until after the next session of Congress actually convenes on Friday "We have been fighting for some time to lick centralization of power he said "Thirteen million men went to fight in a war against that principle" Tobey declined to commit himself on his own committee preferences The present committee on committees headed by Senator WMa(l t put him down as chairman of the of high winds which yesterday Banking and Currency Committee caused damage running into thou- Lake Success N Soviet Russia charged bftmtfy today that atomic still being for production of arms and called action to outlaw i for that the veta be Nations of the the BUTTER PRICES FALL Butter prices are going down so fast that the sign painter at this New York City produce store can hardly keep up with the changes Best sweet butter dropped from 91 cents to 88 and then to 80 Best salt butter went down from 89 cents to 83 to 80 (NBA Telephoto) Windstorm Leaves A Trail Of Wreckage Hopkinsville Ky IP Scattered wreckage of several Army buildings at Camp Campbell at least one demolished farmhouse and several wrecked barns were left today as results of a severe windstorm which cut across Southern Christian and Todd Counties yesterday Damage on the Army post alonewas estimated at $280000 by Maj Gen Jens Doe camp commander with the destruction to farm property Two Major Soft Coat Strikes Cut '46 Output 95 Pertent Washington IP The nationsd- soft coal mines shut down by two major strikes during the year produced 95 per cent less coal up to Dec 21 than was mined during a comparable period in 1948 the Solid Fuels Administration reported today However anthracite coal production untouched by major work stoppages jumped 99 per cent over output recorded for the 61-week period of last year Dan H Wheeler Deputy Solid Fuels Administrator estimated soft coal production through Dec 21 at 514607000 tons compared with 568627000 tons through Dec 22 1945 Cumulative anthracite production for the same 51 weeks of 1946 was 59488000 tons compared with 54153000 tons for the comparable part of 1945 Soft coal production suffered from major strikes in April and May and in November-December Wheeler estimated bituminous production at 13100000 tons during the week ending Dec 21 Production for the week ending Dec 14 the first week following the mines shutdown was 13220000 the highest since before the strike of last spring During the week ending Dec 22 last year 11150000 tons of coal were produced The soft coal output in Districts 7 and 8 in the important Virginia Southern West Virginia Eastern Kentucky and Northern Tennessee area was 4062000 tons for the week ending Dec 14 compared with 176 000 tons in the preceding week Cumulative production in the two districts for the year through Dec 14 was 155909000 tons a decrease of 69 per cent from the comparable 1945 production Voices Demand The New Hampshire senator also voiced a demand that Senator-elect Lodge (R-Mass) be restored the same committee seniority he would have had if he had not resigned his Senate seat to enlist in the Army He said Congress had insisted that private employers preserve veterans seniority rights and that he saw no reason why Congress should not follow the same pattern There were reports that Senators (See Congress Page 8) Possibility Of 1 3rd Political Party Is Raised New York IP The possibility of a third party on the American political scene was raised today in the wake of speeches by Henry Wallace and others at a meeting called to organise a new political action group the Progressive Citizens of America Formation of the new organisation was voted yesterday- by 800 delegates from 21 state representing 10 groups with a claimed membership of 18000 Included were the National Citizens Political Action Committee the Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts Sciences and ' Professions and eight smaller groups Wallace who was not elected to any position by the delegates attacked the records of both major parties' and asserted: "Progressives want a genuine two-party country and not a country operated by a fake one- system under the guise of partisan bloc The former Commerce Secretary asked for a clear definition of political issues and said he would prefer "the election of an out-and-out reactionary like Taft (Sen Robert Taft R-Ohio) in 1948 to a lukewarm liberal Wallace said "reactionaries had made it difficult by legislation for a third party to get on the ballot bat added that progressives mean to have a two party system "one way or another Street Scenes Well-known constable dad In overalls carrying pistol low down In pants pockdt explaining that he can "get the drop easier that way fa fa "ft Neeesslty-and-lnvention department: Feminine smoker impatiently pulling out pack of matches and touching off wick of cigaret lighter that wont work then offering the tighter flame for friends cigaret fa fa fa High-ranking police officer attending rustic holiday party at which candles are set In whisky bottles holding notioeable portion of liquid making a point of sniffing the decorations then disappearing sheepishly when the liquid turns out to be only water used as Are prevention measure to weight the containers sands of dollars No deaths were reported Sweeping down from Kentucky the storm roared across Tennessee snapping off power poles and uprooting trees Several barns lost their roofs and numerous fires were caused by falling wires Numerous calls during early momlhg hours kept firemen busy with small biases Power and communications fall ures were general throughout the Middle Tennessee ares especially in Shelbyville Fayetteville Mur freesboro Paris and neighboring towns Emergency repair crews worked throughout the night to re pair the damage Heavy rains accompanying the wind caused small flash floods In many sections clogged inadequate sewers and stalled automobiles George Hatchett Nashville representative of the Fire Companies Adjustment Buredu a service organization for insurance companies said the storm wqs a severe blof to the firms he represents and that though mast claims will be small the storm covered a large area and damage was very general His organisation represents fire tornado and plate glass insur anco companies Weather Bureau observer E M Barto said the storm was the result of a moving cold front suddenly meeting masses of moist warm air over Kentucky and Tennessee He added that during the peak of the storm a wind velocity of 55 miles per hour was recorded for a one-minute period and that at 1:25 a m a velocity averaging 41 miles per hour for a five-minute period was accorded In Clarksville the roof of a grocery store was blown off and two adjoining houses - also were unroofed Numerous minor fires were reported but no serious damage Following the early morning storm temperatures began to drop abruptly The thermometer went to a low of 23 at the U S Weather Bureau station at Nashville's air-1 port this morning and electric power and telephone lines to be added to that figure as soon as an estimate can bo made Despite the widespread havoc wrought by the storm slight in- uries to two persons were the only casualties reported Officer Hurt Lt F W Conard of Columbus Ohio who went unscathed through 48 months of service overseas during the war was treated at the Camp Campbell Hospital fof Cuts and bruises on his forehead and left eyebrow neatly shaved off He was sleeping In a boons trailer when a tree fell upon it His wife who was with him was uninjured BlHy Jones tbs small sea of William Jones a civilian butcher employed on the poet suffered a bloody nose the hospital reported (See Storms rage 8) stray existing rayko newly-sign ml United moved that the incorporated la today to the i as the commissions i to the United Nations Council "It is necessa "to distinguish cerning the prohibition of atomic and all other weapons to mass destruction in order te take an urgent decision on tt since the atomic energy is still being used exclusively for Industry Attacks Wage Demands Back-Pay Actions today against labor's demands for a(h-K 1 which by their very nature are dee- Cold Air Wave Moving In On Area Minnesotans bundled up in 25 below weather Sunday New York fought snow and sleet and dropping temperatures 10 persons died in New England most of them vie time of exhaustion and heart conditions while shovelling snow In Kingsport however despite steady rain early in the day it was a balmy Sunday with the highest temperature recorded at 67 The cold wave which has en veloped the entire country la moving in on Tennessee however Tem peratures in Kingsport have al ready dropped from Sundays 67 to just above freezing with the read ing at noon Monday registering 33 Colder weather snow flurries and winds are predicted for today and Tuesday U & Weather Bureau forecasters laid the cold wave to an Influx of Siberian air The storm area originated in Siberia they explained and moved down the North Alaska route the Yukon Valley and doe south through the Dakotas to Texas Along about the Ohio Valley lt bumped Into the warm Gulf air and pushed underneath a meeting which accounts for the snow sleet and gensrally bad conditions Moderation of the cold wave is predicted in about two days but there will be below normal temperatures most of the week Wilson Appointed Washington IP Pr Truman today appointed Carroll Louis Wilson St-year-old engineer as general manager of the U & Atomic Energ new round of wage Increases and 1170000000 in back-pay court actions The National Association of Manufacturers announced it would make public (at approximately 2:80 pm EST) a "complete refutation of CIO contentions that wages can be hiked without raising prices again or without cutting profits below their wartime peaks In advance of the NAM action the United States Chamber of Commerce disclosed in its weekly publication "Business Action that it will call on Congreea for thoroughgeteg study of the wage-hour law and its economic effects" because of the mounting total of "portal pay demands The CIO also has taken the lead in the back pay litigations a leadership sharply criticized by the railroad union newspaper "Labor The paper contended the CIO was using the suits as a "ballyhoo stunt to woo members away from other unions and that the demands have so "extreme additional Ire has been aroused against the whole labor movement Most AFL unions are advising against radical action In fihe situation" the newspaper supported by prominent AFL rail union affiliates declared "They (AFL unions) contend that the labor movement has more to lose than to gain when it relies on the courts rather than the collective bargaining table to get more money for workers 'They feel also that such suits are unfair to employers particularly since the unions for years accepted the working conditions which the CIO now wants to use as a to collect big damages Despite this comment some AFL unions have filed back-pay suits although the major demands have been put forward by the CIO Several members of Congress have announced their Intent to urge amendments to the present wage-hour law to curtail future back-pay demands under the act They have expressed doubt however whether any legislation could be made to apply to suite now pending Brak-ln Reported At Downtown Office Police are Investigating a break-in at the Main Street office of the Brooks Sand and Gravel Company which was discovered Monday morning when employes came to work and noticed a broken window in the side of the office A company official said that only a small amount of candy stolen from a vending machine was missing The thieves smashed the glass in the front part of the machine and removed a portion of the candy the official said Knutson Stunds Firm On 20 Pertent Tux Cut 'Across Bourd' Despite Added Protests lined for an attack mainly on cities with numerous civil tlon Gromyko also declared t United States conflict with the resolution adopted the United Nations sembly on Dec 14 Call For Diaensoten He called for an item-by-item discussion of the U S plan in order to make "absolutely rections and to proooe lay with preparation of the hibitlon of the of atomic and other adaptable to ing in mind the draft submitted by the Soviet i on July 19 1946 (this was the 1 sian plan for atomic centra))" Paul Haaluck of Australia C Alvaro Alberto of Brazil Q--i G L McNaughton of ' Col Mobamed Bey Egypt quickly supported motion Alexandre Parodl of the commissi on he agrs substance of the plan prefer that the actual be left out of the tlon without changing the intent of that part Wiggins Named To Treasury Post man hajfchoeea A L M Wiggins HartsviUe & C banker to be Undersecretary of the The White House day that Wiggins f of the American tlon will succeed O when the latter dor to Britain Presidential Press Charles G Rose said the i of Wiggins will be seat to the ate after the Senate acta on G ner's diplomatic i ner will continue as i secretary until that I Wiggins his Archibald Lee dent of the Bank of owner and publisher ville newspapers the 1 senger Secretary of the ' told reporters that the appointment e added that Wiggins has h business agriculture and j lets one experience" Wiggins who is 55 I president of the South Bankers Association the Retail Merchants South Carolina P a director of the Atlantic Railroad and adviser to I st ruction Finance the Federal Reeerv He is a native of Durham N C Washington IP Despite pro- teste from both Democrats and fellow Republicans Rap Knutson (Minn) declared today he has retreated "not one inch in his drive to cut individual Income taxes by 20 percent "across the board Returning to Washington to assume RUUnsanihip of the potent House Ways and Means Committee Knutson said he will call the committee together very short ly to tackle the tax-slashing lob "This tax reduction should be done and can be done the Minnesotan told reporters "Were living in an unusual age If people don't want their taxes cut Moreover Knutson outlined two other major considerations for committee attention: 1 A searching investigation of administration foreign trade and tariff policies by the new Republican dominated Congress Bilbo Needs Votes Of 32 Senators 2 Liberalisation of the Social I Means group both Democrats said Security laws Knutson said some they would support no tax cut un 20000000 workers now are denied til the budget is balanced and Washington A Aa 'overage including self-employed sizable debt payments era made Republican eenstvr aafc farmers domestic workers and pro- J Among House Republicans who tor Theodore G Bill fessional people jhave questioned the wisdom of probably will be able I "We may find that the solution quick cutting is a program for voluntary participation" ne added Since Knutson and the House Republican Steering Committee announced their tax-cutting program after the Republican election victory opposition has developed on both sides of the political fence 8enator Ball also a Minnesota Republican spoke out against a sharp slash saying "the soundest kind of economics would dictate keeping high taxes In boom times reducing them in bad times Senator Byrd of Virginia and Rep Doughton of North Carolina I payment retiring chairman of the Ways and I taxes cut Reps Judd of if he mi Minnesota and Curtis and Miller of only 32 Nebraska Senate Senator Taft of Ohio named to This direct a subcommittee study of be quoted by taxes for the Republican confer- being p reseed pie nee of the Senate has voiced majority report of the agreement with Knutson that In- Investigating " dividual levies can be pared as in the much as $8400000000 a year But thirds vote "for the Ohioan reportedly la opposed to Meantime the idea of a flat 90 percent slash gueon R-Mich wh "Nothing has happened to change Bilbo can be barrel my opinion" Knutson asserted to-j his oath la the new day He added be is convinced simple majority un that the budget can oe balanced publicans te try te a the debt and from being sworn I term next Friday aaid the i by a i

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