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Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1938, Abilene, Texas WEST TEXAll WM MEWSMKR VOL. LV111, NO. 148. 'DISTURBED' AT TREASON CHARGES- WITH OFFENSE TO. FRfENDS OR YOUR WORLDJiXACTLY AS IT ABILENE, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 26, PRICE FIVE CENTS FDR Flays Prober Dies In Defending Michigan Governor I ho defense- ol Gove-nor Frank Murphy of Michigan tonight against charges of "treason" leveled at (lie governor by wit- nesses before the house com- mittee on un-American activ- ities. And In cloiilff so, Mr. Roose- velt took occasion to five the commlltcr a severe dressing down, which Included an accu- sation thai it had let Itself he "used in a flagrantly unfair al- teinpt to Influrnce mi no effort lo gel truth." "Most fair mliKied Amer jald (he president, "hope that (he committee will aban- don the practUe of merely pro- viding a forum to those uho for political purposs or otherwise, seek headlines which they could not otherwise obtain." Mr. Roosevelt referred spe- cifically lo testimony of last Friday by Judge Paul V. Gadola ol a Michigan circuit court and John Barrlnger, Former city manager o! Clint, Mich., that Murphy had prevented the exe- cution of a writ for the ejection of automobile sit-down strikers and had failed to give the city needed assistance. Barrlncer called the governor's actions "treasonable." On the contrary, the p.esi- dent said In a formal statement, Murphy by "painstaking and statesmanlike brought about a settlement ol the strike without bloodshed or the use of force, which "elicited the commendation of all Ihe Impor- IN NORTH ATLANTIC STORM OFF NEWFOUNDLAND- tant motor manufacturers In- The chief executive's state- ment was issued at the clo.se of a day which saw the commit- tee receive testimony accusing Secretary Perkins of the labor department of "dereliction o-' duty" foi not pursuing- a more vigorous course in the deporta- tion of communist aliens, and a suggestion that impeachment proceedings were In order. The witnesses were Harper Knowles and nay E. Nimmon, of the Radical Research committee of the Legion of Cali- fornia. The president was asked at hb press conference whether he was concerned about the testi- mony (riven regarding Gover- nor Murphy. His reply was: "I very much disturbed. r was dlsturLerl not because of the absurdly false charges made by a coterie of disgruntled re- publican office-holders against a profoundly religious, able and law-abiding governor; but because a congressional com- mittee charged with the respon- of Investigating un- American activities should have permitted Itself to be used In a flagrantly unfai: and un- American attempt to influence an election. "At this hfarlnj Ihe Dies commHtee (Hep. Din, Te.vas dfmcrrat, I, chairman of Ihe committee) made no effort to tel at the truth, ellher by ratl- ing for facts to support mere personal opinion or by allowing facts and personal opinion on the other side. "On the threshold of a vitally important gubernatorial elec- tion, they permitted a disgrun- tled republican Judge, a dis- charged republican city man- ager and a couple o! offidoiu police officers to make lurid charges against Governor Prank Murphy, wchout at- tempting to elicit from them facts as to their undeniable bias and their charges and without attempting to obtain from the governor or, for that matter, from any responsible motor manufacturer, their ver- sion of the Blaze Liner Imperils A. f r A t L fV A M _ "----------------------------------------________________ AS FALSTAFF Hugh Price Fellows, above, head of the speech department of AfcMurry college, as he will appear as Falstnf
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