The Charlotte News

Monday, September 26, 1949


Site Ed. Note: The front page reports that before the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York, Yugoslavia accused Russia of using pressure, including armed demonstrations, economic blockade, threats, troop movements along the Yugoslav borders, and armed incidents provoked by Albania, Bulgaria, Rumania and Hungary, to force Marshal Tito to accede to the will of Moscow. The Yugoslav Foreign Minister, Edward Kardelj, did not, however, call for U.N. intervention. He refused to side with China's protest the previous week against Russia for allegedly backing the Chinese Communists, because, he said, it was advocating war against the Soviet Union.

From Berlin, it was reported that Russia had constructed rocket bases throughout Eastern Europe, their exact locations unknown. Allied military intelligence officers said that they believed that a chain stretched from the Baltic to the Black Sea, but that there was no evidence that the Eastern zone of Germany was being so prepared. The Soviet program was centered at Peenemunde, the former Nazi rocket plant located in East Germany, and at Rechlin, another underground former Nazi rocket facility, with German scientists believed primarily responsible for producing the rockets, improvements on the German V-2 used in the latter phase of the war. Rumors at the end of the war were that the Germans had been working on a rocket capable of reaching the U.S. East Coast.

The joint Senate-House Atomic Energy Committee, chaired by Senator Brien McMahon of Connecticut, had sent back the first draft of its report to be rewritten in light of the revelation of the first atomic explosion by the Russians. The chairman said that the section on preserving atomic secrets would be the focus.

Reports of new discoveries of uranium deposits in Czechoslovakia and Spain, already known to have deposits, prompted talk of an atomic arms race. The official Soviet news agency Tass reported that the Russians had possessed nuclear weapons since 1947, a claim dismissed by Western observers, and that the Soviets were ready to engage in some form of atomic energy control.

Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson and high-ranking military officials, including the Joint Chiefs, sailed from Norfolk aboard the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of Task Force 87 maneuvers, to provide the officials a look at how modern seapower worked. Also aboard were about eighty civilian leaders from labor, education, religion, and industry, all invited by Secretary Johnson.

Ooooo, as Sir Donald of Orange said last night at the debate, General MacArthur might not agree with that, showing everything to the potential enemy, being too transparent when opacity and stealth are demanded, such as with his secret plan to dismantle ISIS—which the generals will impart to him after they meet when he is elected President. It is, in other words, so sensitively secret that even he cannot be trusted with it, yet, though he is in possession of the plan presently at all times. It is why he must be orange.

But why does Sir Donald care of anything General MacArthur might have liked or not, when, last we heard, he was touting President Truman, General MacArthur's nemesis in 1950-51, as a role model. Maybe Sir Donald has not progressed that far in his history lesson.

The President signed the two-year Reciprocal Trade Agreements Act extension, providing the President free discretion in working out tariffs with foreign nations. Former Secretary of State Cordell Hull, present at the White House for the first time since VJ-Day, September 2, 1945, was present for the signing ceremony. Mr. Hull had originated the reciprocal trade concept, passed initially in 1934.

In Pittsburgh, crucial talks began to try to avert a steel strike set to start the following Saturday, failing acceptance by the companies of the ten-cent per hour pensions and social insurance fund contribution recommended by the President's fact-finding board. The vice-president of CIO expressed pessimism that the talks would yield an agreement.

In Dover, Del., a 16-year old boy, accused with his mother of murdering an elderly man, testified in his trial that the man had become fresh with a 26-year old woman with whom the boy admitted having sexual relations. The trial was in its third week. The boy and his mother were accused of luring the man with a lonely hearts letter and then killing him for his money and personal belongings.

In Winston-Salem at the conference of Western North Carolina Methodists, assignments were given Methodist ministers for the new church year, with the ministers for Charlotte listed. Dr. Clovis Chappel of Charlotte's First Church delivered the memorial sermon in which he said that most Christians dreaded death as a form of finality, whereas Jesus regarded it as only going from one room to another. Dr. Chappel said that it was worse to be morbidly afraid of life than death, though not wholesome to exist either in the latter condition.

In Chapel Hill the prior Saturday, Governor Kerr Scott had been booed at the UNC-N.C. State football game in Kenan Stadium when his halftime appearance was announced at the start of the game. At the halftime ceremony, he said that the State was building a new hospital in Chapel Hill for the Carolina team, with Greensboro Woman's College graduates stocking it as nurses, but admitted that he was a "State College man", prompting more boos. UNC beat the Wolfpack 26 to 6—about the score last night at the debate.

Gosh, though, it was sure amazing that Secretary Clinton even showed up and did not collapse on the floor in an epileptic fit of coughing or head-shaking spasms. She cheated with an invisible microphone in her ear, while the microphone of her opponent, as he said afterward, was rigged by the liberal mainstream media not to work. That's why she won. She also, undoubtedly, had cue cards being held up by the invisible Globalist Government hologrammatic teleprompter. She, herself, may have been a hologram.

By the way, Sir Donald, it is incorrect to say that you were probably "unsatisfied" with an architect's work and so refused to pay him after moving into the building which he designed. The word is "dissatisfied"—or in this case, "stiffed". The architect was unsatisfied, being the stiffee. Maybe they did not teach English at Fordham and Wharton, or maybe you were too busy at the time trying to plan how to spend your father's "small" million-dollar graduation gift.

On the editorial page, "Weak Spot in Defense Program" tells of two vacancies in the nation's defense apparatus, one on the Munitions Board and the other on the National Security Resources Board, the latter because of rejection by the Senate, for lack of experience in the area, of the President's nominee, Mon Walgren, whose nomination was withdrawn. The President had also declined to allow standby economic mobilization legislation to be presented to the Congress, a situation which would lead to chaos in the event of a national emergency.

Bernard Baruch had been the severest critic of the Administration in this regard and he had lost favor with the White House because of his outspoken bluntness regarding the absence of a mobilization plan. The piece regards his warning as quite timely, especially in the wake of the Russian detonation of an atomic bomb.

"Queen City of the Air" tells of Charlotte having come of age in air travel, as further explored by Dick Young in a piece on the page. The city was served by four airlines and 50 daily flights.

"Program for Progress" tells of an agricultural plan in use in Cleveland County whereby a farm improvement contest was held, with a contestant from each township and a central council set up to help the contestants. At the end of a year, the winner was announced as "farmer of the year" and a cash prize awarded to that farmer. It urges the other counties of the state to adopt a similar program.

Dick Young of The News tells of the age of air transportation having come to Charlotte, with greater air service than any other city of comparable size in the nation. He recaps the history of development of air transportation in the city.

A piece from the Atlanta Constitution, titled "Now That the Soviets Have It—", reminds that in 1945 after the detonation of the first atomic bombs, the scientists had said that there was no atomic secret, that any physicist could find it, that the only secret was the technique of manufacturing the bomb itself, and, consequently, that it would be two to three years before Russia or another power could produce such a device. Four years had passed since August, 1945.

It finds that though it was dismaying to learn of the Russian detonation, it should not have been a surprise. The primary reliance now was on the American lead in production. There was no need for panic as the Russians would still require several years to catch up.

Drew Pearson goes back to his Christmas season column of 1945 and reproduces it in the wake of the news of Russia's successful test of the atom bomb, which had occurred August 29.

It's too early for Christmas. It was about 200 degrees here today.

Joseph & Stewart Alsop address the steel dispute regarding the ten-cent benefits recommended by the President's fact-finding board. United Steelworkers president Philip Murray had quickly accepted the recommendation because the union's resources were too depleted to keep a strike going more than a month, and with a coal strike already transpiring, a steel strike would carry little weight with the companies as they could not produce steel without coal. Thus, Mr. Murray's bargaining strength was low. But he was determined to hold out for the ten cents to the pensions and social insurance fund, as the rank-and-file were insistent on it.

If a strike became necessary, then the best way out for the union would be for the President to seek an injunction under Taft-Hartley to stop the strike. But that would compromise the President's position in campaigning for repeal of Taft-Hartley, which he intended to push again in the 1950 session of Congress. His strategy for the Congressional campaigns was three-fold, to garner the support of labor, the farmers, and racial minorities by campaigning for repeal of Taft-Hartley, civil rights, and his farm program.

If a strike were to be averted, it would be a tribute to all concerned, as no temporary gain would justify the major impact on the nation's economy from a steel strike.

Jack Adams tells of hearings beginning regarding FCC proposed changes of regulations of television, which would provide for 42 more channels on an ultra-high frequency dial, revised engineering standards regarding how far apart the broadcasting towers should be, and color television. A converter would be needed for the UHF band, to cost between $15 and $18, and a $75 adapter could be used to receive color, which was still probably several years away.

We can go down to the hobby store and buy some of those colored plastic sheets for about $5 and achieve a nice rainbow effect. That's good enough for government work.

They will get color when that tv show "Bonanza" comes along.

A pome from the Atlanta Journal, this one "in which advice is given those who sometimes speak in public:

"When you talk at a luncheon
Make your hearers quit muncheon."

And after, don't go to sleep as a curmudgeon,
Lest you get hit by the copper's truncheon.

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