THUKSDAT, DECEMBER 28, 1954 BLYTHEVTT..IJ? COpnrER. NEWS PAGE ELETEN Video Producers Getting Better Stuff By WAYNE OLIVER * NEW YORK (AP) — Pro-i ducers of video drama are get-| ting much better ingredients, to work with these days, says 1 Gordon Duff, who turns out Television Playhouse on NBC Sunday nights. In the past two or three years he's seen marked improvement in TV acting, writing, directing and technical work. He says, "We definitely are getting better scripts and we use few adaptions." Duff, who has 15 years experience in the legitimate theater and seven in TV, says that on Television Playhouse, ''We are attempting to get as many good writers and as many different writers as we can. "I think television acting has made tremendous strides. Seven years ago we had what amounted to a stock company available for TV drama. Now the situation has definitely broadened. "Also today's^ TV actors are studying. They're under tutors in many cases, which is great." A venerable soap opera. Joyce Jordan, M. D., is returning to radio on NBC Monday, Jan. 3, after an absence of more than 2!/ 2 years. It will tie heard five mornings a week, as will another new daily series, The Doctor's Wife. Add Christmas radio highlights: "The Barber of Seville," Rossini's operatic lyric comedy, ts the Metropolitan Opera broadcast over ABC for Christmas Day, starting at 1 p.m. BST. A 150-voice chorus from Formosa will be heard on Fulton Lewis' broadcast Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. EST. Jap Speaks On Trade Heed Of Homeland WASHINGTON Wl — The Tariff Commission was told yesterday that Japan cannot develop a second economy nor become self-supporting without "a substantial and dependable export trade." William 8. Culbertson, appearing In behalf of the American Japanese Cotton Textile Assn. (a subdivision of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce) said that unless this trade is achieved Japan "may have to seek closer relationships with the Communistic mainland of Asia." His testimony was contained in a statement prepared for presentation to the commission and the Committee for Eeciprocity Information, both now gathering data for new tariff negotiations to open In February at Geneva. Switzerland. Arguing against higher tariffs on textiles urged in earlier testimony by America manufacturers, Culbertson declared: "The great rank and file of the Japanese people are opposed to Communism in all its forms but it must be remembered that Japan must export in order to live." Smoking end Chewing ] Cijort fPxffj Cigaren 944 1056 10% 1220 120 American Gl's Said Held as Red Slave Laborers TAIPEH, Formosa (fl>>—The official Nationalist news agency Tatao reported yesterday about 120 American prisoners of war were working as slave laborers on a farm near MtUtden, Manchuria. There was no confirmation of the report, nor. any prospect* of getting it verified. The agency's account, attributed to underground sources in Mukden, described the prisoners as thin and pale, their hair long and their bodies poorly clad.' TOBACCO DIPS SLICHTLY-American smokers and chewers had less tobacco to use during 1954 than they had in 1953. To be exact, the amount of tobacco used to manufacture cigarets, cigars and smoking tobacco dropped 36 million pounds. Largest decline was in cigarels (30 million pounds) while cigars and smoking tobacco each dropped three million pounds. Newschart shows amount of tobacco used in manufacture of various tobacco prod- uts from 1945 to the present. Data from United States Department of Agriculture. Electric Power Production at Record NEW YORK W)—Electric power production hit a record high last week for the third consecutive week, Edison Electric Institute reported today. Increased industrial activity and Christmas lighting were major factors In setting the new peak, industry sources said. Output climbed to 9,909,000,000 B killowat hours from 9,84«,oOO,000 B the preceding week. It was 11.4 per cent over the 8.896,000,000 B killo- watt hours in the like week a year ago. All sections of the country showed gains over the yeai-ago week: New England 6.0'per cent: Mid-Atlantic 5.1; central industrial 8.7; west central 4.3; southeast 91.9; south central 11.4; Rocky Mountain 12.2; Pacific Northwest ll.«; and Pacific Southwest 7.6. St/W Reading SAN FRANCISCO Wl — The city's public library system reports a heavy increase in book borrowing. It says this is probably due to more people staying at home to watch television, and then reading before bed. Eberdt's Gateway Grocery MISSCO IMPLEMENT CO. wl ROK May Take Action to Oust Czechs, Poles SEOUL i.f — South Korea's pro- vosi mavslv.il implied,strongly yes^ ierduy the Republic of Korea gow eminent soon would take direct ncJ lion toward ousting tile Czech iu«}| Polish members of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, which polices Ihe armistice. Lt. Gen. Won Yong Duk demanded in a statement thnt represents lives of the Communist satellite nations be removed, and added: "Tho insistence for positive action qoines from the Korean people." Ho asserted the Communist members of the four-nation tennis use their agency for espionage. 1 purposes. The city of Hamtnimck covers an area of two square miles inside the. city ol Detroit. Mich. 370 Will Meet Death on Highway CHICAGO W) — The National Safety Council estimates 370 persons are likely to be killed in traffic accidents over the Christmas week-end, but It says safety consciousness may cut the total. 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