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   Salt Lake Tribune, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1949, Salt Lake City, Utah                                RADIO NEWS am am pm Intermountain Network Station KALL Monday Through Friday WEATHER ParlJy cloudy Wednesday with showers northwest portion Details on Page 18 VOL 158 NO 132 SALT LAKE CITY UTAH WEDNESDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 23 1Q49 PRICE FIVE CENTS A charred heat of a Flames Reduce Hangar Eight Planes to Rubble smoldering mass of twisted steel displays the intense roaring fire which destroyed the hangar shops and offices of Salt Lake airport No 2 in West Jordan The blaze started shortly after 8 am also destroyed eight airplanes Fire Strikes S L Airport No 2 The hangar eight singjeengine airplanes shop fixtures equip ment and machinery at Salt Lake municipal airport Nov 2 in West Jordan were destroyed bjt fire Tuesday morning almost two years to the day after a fire that caused even greater damage W M Baughman airport man ager estimated damage at partially covered by insurance Salt Lake County Fire Chief Jack Clay earlier had estimated dam age at He said cause of the fire which started shortly after 8 am probably was a de fective oil furnace in the hangars offices Blaze JCngulfs Structure The roaring blaze already had engulfed the structure by the time county firemen arrived about am and the steel girder roof col lapsed shortly afterward Only one plane owned by Commercial Flyers club escaped destruction and only because it had been parked outside the hangar and was moved a safe distance from the inferno The eight planes inside were converted into twisted charred masses of metal by the intense heat Two years night of Feb 20 airport was scene of a huge fire which caused nearly damage and de stroyed IS planes Started in Shop Tuesdays fire apparently started in a shop building adja cent to tne hangar Chief Clay said He quoted Don F Cordner 29 33233130 East business man ager for the Skyway Flying serv ice as saying he had lighted the furnace on arriving at the airport Tuesday morning Mr Cordner who suffered burns on his right hand while attempt ing to locate cause of the blaze told thechief he heard a minor puff from the furnace a few minutes after he had lighted it He said he investigated and found the room in flames which spread quickly throughout the hangar The Skyway Flying service owned the hangar and seven of the burned planes Mr Cordner said Shortage of Water Lack of available water serious ly hampered the firemen and forced them to make two trips to West Jordan three miles from the airport to obtain more water after their 1700 gallons had been poured into the flames and falling debris They battled the blaze for about four hours Destroyed were three Cessna airplanes single engine type two Aeroncas one Swift and one Ryan all property of the Skyway Flying service An army tractor also owned by Skyway was destroyed The eighth plane an Ercoupe was owned by the West Jordan Flying club Capt Falkenraths craft a Cessna 120 was pulled away from the burning hangar as was an automobile owned by Bill Waggoner 1035 S 7th West chief pilot for Skyway MILLION YEARLY Geneva Steel Plant Aids Economy Chief Says Tribune Leaned Wire OREM Feb group of state legislators and their wives Tuesday were told by Dr Walther Mathesius Geneva Steel Co presi dent that his companys contribu tion tothe economic hesJthof the state is now approaching 000 annually Guests of the company for a noon luncheon in Orem and a later tour of the huge plant facilities near by the party of 125 persons was informed that of this sum is received by Utah workers in the form of wages The remainder said Dr Mathesius is the sum spent by the company for supplies purchased in the state Began in 1942 Construction work on the steel center began in 1942 The facili ties were purchased by United States Steel Corp In addition to aid in the im provement of finances of the com munity and state said Dr Mathe sius a sound relationship between people and industry has been built up Utahns he added have proven good workers and have exhibited ambition aptitude and patience during the long training period Following the luncheon and ad dresses the legislators were con ducted on a tour of the plant which demonstrated to them the process in the transformation of raw ore into finished steel products Boiling Mill Storage Object of greatest interest were recently completed installations which included the new 000 hot coil rolling mill and a 140 foot by 450foot warehouse which was completed in December Buses carrying the legislators left Salt Lake City at am Tour of the plant began at pm and ended about pm At the luncheon in Orem Sen B M Jolley Orem welcomed leg islators and their guests to Utah county and introduced Dr Mathe sus Nearly a dozen key execu tives of Geneva steel were also introduced to the legislators Rep Ed McPolin speaker of the house expressed appreciation to the Geneva company for the tour and luncheon The trip was planned by Rep John Merch Og deh after Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Utah Manufac turers Assn urged Dr Mathesius to make arrangements On the return trip the visitors were shown Utah lake and Mt Timpanogos along with other points along the way by Utah county legislators who acted as unofficial guides Picture on page 6 Youth 17 Bests Georges Toss FREDERICKSBURG Va Feb 22 Harding 17year old Fredericksburg high school athlete won the Washingtons birthday dollar throwing contest Tuesday Harding heaved a silver dollar 370 feet nearly 100 feet beyond the far bank of the 273foot wide stream Five others of the nine high school youths competing achieved the feat Legend says Washington as a a silver dollar from his boyhood ferry farm horde in Stafford county to the Fredericksburg side of the Rappa hannock Hardings toss exceeded the 277 foot throw of the late Walter Johnson in 1936 The prize won by Hardings throw was a silver dol lar donated by Bob Feller Cleve land Indians pitcher The winner alsjo received a number of other prizes including a silver dollar minted in 1796 and donated by T H Webb of Lynchburg Va Approximately 2500 spectators gathered on the Fredericksburg side of the river to watch the con test 217TJH ANNIVERSARY Truman Congress Lead U S In Washington Tributes WASHINGTON Feb 22 Congress led the nation Tuesday In observing the 217th anniver sary of George Washingtons birth The senate and house listened to the reading of the first presi dents farewell address Sen Mar garet Chase Smith R Me and Rep Corbett R Pa performed that traditional duty this year It is traditional for Republicans to read the address one year and Democrats the next Wreaths were laid by patriotic organizations at the Washington monument and at Washingtons tomb at nearby Mount Vernon Va Government employes took a holiday Merchants of the capi tal as usual offered odds and ends of merchandise in fivehour Washingtons birthday bargain sales Traffic jammed the down town district as a result Across the Potomac river the old city of Alexandria celebrated its bicentennial with a big parade and speech making Pres Harry S Truman sent a wreath to be deposited at Wash ingtons tomb He arranged to spend most of the day in his offi cial residence Blair house work ing on a speech he will make Thursday night to Jackson day dinners at two local hotels The address is to be broadcast na tionally Hear Ye GXs Never Had Life So Good By ARTHUR EDSON WASHINGTON Feb 22 G Is and exG Is everywhere will be pleased to learn that they never had it so good In the past 40 years their salaries have soared a whopping A poor major general in the meantime has had to struggle along on a mere 10 increase This pictureof the happy green backfilled life of the G I was presented to a house armed serv ice subcommittee Tuesday by Lawrence H Whiting Hes a member of a civil commission named to study military pay and pensions S to 50 Per Cent The commission favors a bill which gives increases of three per cent to the low grades and almost 50 to brigadier generals The reason for this Whiting said is that the private already has got his raise It is not a valid claim he said that the brass is getting all of the best of this bill I hope the press will broadcast that said Rep Dewey Short R I not only decided to broadcast that but was on the verge of rushing out to enlist when Rep Melvin Price D an old en listed man himself stopped me with Started From Nothing Percentage wise that seems an awful lot higher But it must be remembered that the enlisted man started from almost nothing Thats right Whiting agreed He used to get a month Short said its no wonder the privates pay has been boosted Speaking as politicians and con gressmen said Short speaking as a politician and a congressman we have more privates than gen erals in our districts A U S general may get up to around a year everything figured Whiting decided Watch Foreign Admirals But for real class see an admiral for unspecified foreign powers One of our sister South Ameri can countries Whiting said pays its admiral a year And an admiral for another nation which always has been a sea power pays its admiral 000 and 116400 for table services Is that being paid with Mar shall plan funds asked Rep L Mondel Rivers D S Whiting said he didnt know When the questioning was over Rep Carl Vihson D who is chairman of the full armed serv ices committee complimented the commission for the way it ha done its job In view of the importance of this I think wed better get down to work immediately I am plan ning meetings every Simon Legree Short inter rupted Do we get Sundays off asked Rep Paul J Kilday D Sunday evenings Vinsoi promised A Munich Frees Former US Bund Leader German Court Cuts Fritz Kuhn Term To 2 Years Served MUNICH Germany Feb 22 UP German appellate court Tues day freed Fritz Kuhn former GermanAmerican bund leader and convicted major nazi by cutting his 10year prison sentence to two years already served Kuhn grinned at the decision He said it was a fair trial Then he heckled John Roy Carlson a prosecution witness and author of the antifascist book Under Cover in a corridor encounter Get that Communist out of here Kuhn shouted Get him but I dont want to talk to a Russian It is finished Carlson Just Grins Carlson an American citizen of Armenian birth grinned broadly at Kuhn and shook his head Kuhn who was born in Munich in 1896 said he would try to regain the American citizenship he lost June l 1943 Kuhn had ob tained citizenship by naturaliza tion at Detroit The U S district court of New York canceled it on grounds of fraud No more organizations no more anything Kuhn said in re ply to a question whether he planned to start another bund He has been in prison or in in ternment almost steadily since Nov 29 1939when he was con victed in New York on six counts of grand larceny and forgery in cluding misappropriation of bund funds He was sentenced to a term of two and a half to five years The United States interned him as a dangerous enemy alien upon his release from prison June 21 1943 and deported him to Germany in September 1945 Here he ran into the denazification courts Seeking Publication Kuhn said he had turned over the story of his life to the U S Department of Justice and that he would try to get it published Asked if he would follow Hitlers lead and call his book Mein Kampf Kuhn grinned and said I might Its good propaganda The appellate court ordered 20 of Kuhns property confis cated but Kuhnsaid hehad no holdings in Germany He has been working in a medical laboratory in the Langewassjer prison camp He said he and his family would re main In Munich for the time being The most important thing is to get them out of Germany as soon as I can he said For U S reaction to freeing of Kuhn see page 2 column 3 Gen Harry Vaughan Truman lavish in praising military aide I DO THE NAMING No Pick My CabinetTruman WASHINGTON Feb 22 UP of staff who was sitting near by Harry S Truman Tuesday as one of the ablest military men night challenged any soandso to in the United States try to unseat any member of his Mr Truman continued by de Liy LU unsurtt any niciiiuur ui ills JYII nuumn IAMIUJIUCU wj uc cabinet or staff by some smart nouncing Democrats of little faith n 1 sin A r i M F i VlA A tllVl aleck statement over the air He said he cujv BLcHdueji L uvcr Lilts can jnu oatu nc wi wjiu Mr Truman spoke informally were not so jittery on the third at a dinner given by the Reserve of November as they were on the Officers Assn at the ArmyNavy first of November Country club in Virginiajust out uiuu in tv it gujicx j UOL uut jnc iuiiiiuucu uy aaiuuiug side Washington Purpose of the Vaughan as his able and ef dirmer was to honor Mai Oen militnrv fririp Hoover Urges FarmerAid Setup Change WASHINGTON Feb 22 reorganized agriculture depart ment with a single office in each farm county to handle the govern ments multiple farmeraid pro grams was advocated by the Hoover commission Tuesday Such an agency said the com mission would end one of the major criticisms of the depart the farmer mustnow deal with many separate agencies which too frequently follow con flicting policies The commissions task force on agricultural activities took sides on the controversial issue of future farm price supports but the commission itself did not men tion the subject It did say how ever that crop adjustment pro grams r should be operated on a standby rather than continuous basis In Kight Direction The task force said a system of flexible price supports embodied in the Aiken farm bill passed by the Republican 80th congress was a step in the right direction It opposed further extension of the present rigid supports at 90 per cent of parity The task force also recom mended that price supports be abandoned for perishable products Farmers would be paid compensa tory payments from the treasury instead designed to give them a fair return Kegroup Various Bureaus The commission proposed re grouping the various bureaus and agencies of the department into eight different services or units as follows Research extension agricul tural resources conservation com modity adjustment regulatory agricultural credit rural electrifi cation and a secretarys staff service whichwould deal with sufch matters as finances person nel legal questions information The commission also recom mended that land forestry and soilsaving activities of the inte rior department be transferred to i the agriculture department dinner was to honor Maj Gen Harry H Vaughan military aide to the chief executive who has been a frequent target for criti cism in the press and on the radio Attacks Criticism Standing afew feet away from Vaughan in the dining room of the luxurious club Mr Truman took full cognizance of the criticism If any soandso thinks he can get me to discharge any of my staff or cabinet by some smart aleck statement over the airhe has got another think coming Mr Truman said vehemently He went on to say that no pollster or any columnist can name any member of my cabinet or my staff for do the nam ing This was in obvious irritation over frequent reports that the chief executive was about to fire or hire some member of the cabi net or the inner White House circle Another Think Columnist Drew Pearson who has been Vaughans chief critic recently immediately retorted that if Mr Truman is trying to dis courage the right of fair comment then he also has another think1 coming The men he has on his staff are his though the tax payers have to foot the bill Pear son told a reporter But when his staff members accept medals from a military dictator whose principles our government has de nounced then its the publics busi ness and should be Trumans He referred to his criticism of Vaughan for accepting a decora tion fromthe Argentine govern ment The president explained at his last news conference that this decoration will remain in the state department unless an act of con gress permits Vaughan to keep it to Take It Mr Truman said he thought his staff was able to take it Then he plunged into another of his favorite public opinion polls which unanimously forecast his defeat last November president said he just re cently finished reading a book about pollsters in which the author said if he ever found himself in agreement with the Chicago Tribune the broad casters who had been attacking Injunction Lever Held Imperative For Coal Peace Mine Speaker Asks Senate To Retain TH Safeguards WASHINGTON Feb 22 spokesman for mine owners told congress Tuesday the country may be confronted with another crippling coal strike unless the safeguards in the Taft Hartley law are continued The statement1 was made to the senate labor committee by Joseph E Moody president of the Southern Coal Producers Assn He said the TH law forced John L Lewis United Mine Workers to bargain collectively with the association last year after Lewis first refused to recognize the operators group Moody sounded his warning about a possible new strike after another coal industry official with a wary eye on Lewis urged the committee tokeep the TaftHart ley law provision authorizing 80 day injunctions against critical strikes 13 Major Strikes James W Haley secretary and general counsel of the National Coal Assn pointed up his argu ment with figures showing 12 major strikes in the soft coal mines since 1935 Moody told the committee We feel that unless the safeguards in the TaftHartley law which en abled us to reach a contract in 1948 are continued the country may again face a crisis in coal He added Since the TaftHartley act has been in effect there has been but one strike and today the country has the best supply of coal on hand in over 10 years It would seem reasonable to conclude that far from havingthe TaftHartley act precipitate this industry into confusion it has established for the first time in many years an orderly procedure to encourage and develop collec tive bargaining Doesnt Share View Haleys advocacy of the Taft Hartley injunction provision prompted Sen Wayne B Morse R to tell him You may labor under the im pression that you can mine coal with an injunction but I dont share your view Morse said that regardless of the injunction granted in last years strike the miners actually did not return to the pits until they got what they wanted and Lewis then ordered them back to work Haley and Moody testified after 1 Gerhard P Van Arkel for mer general counselof the Nation al Labor Relations board called the TaftHartley law a union busting weapon He demanded re peal of the law 2 David R Clarke general counsel of the Illinois Manufac turers Assn lit into the measure which the Truman administration wants to substitute for the TH law Clarke told the committee in fact that the government should get all the way out of the business of regulating unions and employers Act Caused Friction 3 Paul M Hcrzog chairman of the N L R B said in a letter to Senator Morse a committee mem something very wrong of people who He concluded by saluting ficient military aide Berliners Love Holiday Too Get Record Lift BERLIN Feb 22 Allied planes roared through the moonlight fog and sunshine of Washingtons birthday Tuesday to lift a record 75139 tons of supplies into Russianblockaded Berlin Landing at tlie rate of one every two minutes British and American transport fliers sur passed the previous 24hour record of 6987 tonsset on U S air force day last Sept 18 The 15000000plus pounds of food coal and other supplies they brought in with 876 flights between noon Monday and noon Tuesday was almost double the minimum 4000 tons needed dailv for the 2250000 residents of Berlins British French and American sectors Red Army Told U S Stirs War LONDON Feb 22 shal Nikolai N Bulganin Soviet minister of ttte armed forces called on Russian soldiers Tuesday night to indefatigably maintain constant combat readiness on a high level because the United States seeks to rule the world by force Moscow radio said Bulganin sounded the call in order of the day to mark the 31st berthat the TaftHartley act has anniversary of the Soviet army Moscow said While the ruling circles of the United States of America seek to establish their world domination by force Soviet armed forces must indefatigably maintain con stant combat preparedness on a high level said Bulganin Sergeants and petty officers soldiers and sailors must dili gently study the military profes sion and observe without demur military regulations and orders of their seniors They must master their my staff he knew there would be weapons and augment their skills They must multiply the ranks of j o w j v j cLimo He deviated briefly to praise those distinguished for excellent Gen Omar N Bradley anny chief military and political training ExU S Embassy Aid Smears American Envoys to Moscow MOSCOW Feb 22 can diplomats are the target of a little published by the bears the name of Annabelle Bucar the Pennsylvaniagirl who quit her job with the U S information service here a year ago The book is call The Truth About American Diplomats Its 132 pages contain such charges as these An extreme antiSoviet wing of the U S state department is trying to foment war with the Soviet union The U S information service is really a setup for intelligence work U S Ambassador Walter Bedell Smith operated in the black mar ket and ordered Russian em ployes to sell valuables for him Counselor Elbridge Durbrow a native of San Francisco was an active speculator in the black mar kjet Large speculators go back to the United States with tens of thou sands of dollars worth of art works illegally exported Ambassador Smith under going treatment for a stomach ail ment at Walter Reed hospital in Washington declared the charges are completely without founda tion Durbrow now attached to the army war college in Washing ton said this whole thing is ab solutely cockeyed Miss Bucar was an administra tive assistant in the information service She complained in her letter of resignation last year that embassy policy was directed See Page 4 Column 7 caused friction between the board and its general counsel Robert Denham 4 Sen Forrest C Donnel R protested that the senate hearings due to end Wednesday are being rushed in a manner not consonant with the best public interest He added I should like to see the hear ings extended for at least two more weeks Meantime on the house side of the capitol talk was heard of a possible compromise which would repeal only a part of the Taft Hartley bill and retain much of it Outwardly as least administra tion leaders in the house were expressing confidence of getting an outright repeal bill through the chamber But according to some southern Democrats who op pose repeal the leaders are much less confident in private Hint Overtures In fact some of these southern ers said some administration sup porters had made overtures to them for a compromise under which 1 The TaftHartley act would be repealed in part and 2 Much of the Truman civil rights program bitterly opposed by the southerners would be shelved However nobody was willing to be quoted by name on these reports of a deal and only the future could determine wheth er they will pan out The National Coal Assn whose secretary testified to the senate committee Tuesday carries on no actual negotiations with the United Mine Workers union headed by Lewis The associations mem bers do however and Haley said they represent about 75 of the total commercial coal production in the United States   

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