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					 From The B e l l Syndicate,lnc, John N,Wheeler,Pros,,247 W.43rd St,,N,Y,
 Release Tuesday, July 3 1946
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         DREN PEARSOM SAYS:
         FARM BLOC EXEXTS POl'?ERFUL, LOBBY ON FOOD PRICES;
         CEURCHILL OUTTALKED FDR AND STALIN;
         WHY MACfiRTHUR WANTED T D I N G S TO LEAVE PHILIPPINES,
             '   Washington---Farrn lobby chfofs, among ths most powerful
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 3 Washington, were put i n t h e i r place during a h o t , behh+the-
 h
 scenes fight inside the W r Mobilization Advisory Board l a s t week
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 Over the ,question of giving the Secretary o ' Agriculture super-power
                                             f
 t o regul&wood price;,
                 The Wr Mobilization fldvisory Board, chairmaned by North
                      a
  CmolLna's ex-hvernor 0, Max Gardner, i s composed of farmer,
 business, labor, and public representatives,                               It has done an A 4
  job,     u s m i l y Governor Gardner kias reconciled c o n f l i c t i n g difference,
 and r e c e n t l y the Board p2ssed a r e s o l u t i o n okayh'g the extension of
 OPA f o r m o t h e r year w i t h no crippling amendments,
                 & r t when the Board session openod l a s t ' week War Mobilizer
  Vinsm immediately challenged barren-beaned Bd OtNeal, head of the
          Bureau Federation, and Albert Goss, head of the National
  Grange, f o r going counter t o !he                  Boardts resolution and favorlng til%
  crippling OPA amendment by which the Secretary of Agrtculture could
  override OPA prices on food,
                 Ed OrNeal murmured something about not having favored such
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  an amendment, but Judge Vinaon bnmnedia t o l y challenged h i m ,
                 "Oh, yes, you did,!' he s h o t back,                       sent a Oslegam
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  t o the H i 1 1 (CapitoZ H i l l ) supporting that amendment.                             'I

                 "It sooms 'to me,         It   reproved Epic Johnston, president of
  the U.S.       Chamber of Comarce, coming t o Vhsonrs su&ort,                                              "that if
  any group ropregentsd on t h i s Board agrees t o                         R     resolution adopted
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  by the Board, i t should not go out and inform Congross t o the
  contrary withoutscoming back and t e l l i n g us t h a t i t has changed Its
  mind,      That i s the only f a b way of doing things,n
                                                     FAR? B U ' C DEFEATED
                 'W passod a r e s o l u t i o n that the Eoonomio S t a b i l i z a t i o n
                  'e
  Act should bo continued for one yoar without any c r i p p l i n g
  amendments, reminded N a t k n i e l Dyke, who represents small b u s h e s s
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  on the Board, "and then you turn around qnd urge Congress 60 pass

  a crippling amendlllentr                                                        bo=   1




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   TEE WASHINGTON MERRY-GOWROUND                         Rel. Tues. h l y 3 1945,
                                                                           ,                     Page 2
                  'We d i d n ' t propose, a crippling amendment,                   It    replled Albert
   Goss of the G ~ d g e , who by t h i s t b e was g e t t i n g a                      l i t t l e huffy.
   " e ' j u s t wanted t o see that the OPA Aot was administered more
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   efficiently. If
                 A t t h i s , nondfarmer members of the Board snorted, but kept
   t h e i r tempers.
                  IfHotv would you like t o have business go aver the bead of
   OPA and s e t i t s own prices?", rep3.ied E r i c JohnsDon,
                 "Yes, how would you l i k e the U.S.
                                                                       . CWmbdr of            Comerce
  . t o be able t o ovegride OPA when it comes t o s e t t i n g business prices?t1

   asked'Nat Dyke,               "And how would. you 1Ike t o have P h i l Murray over
   there s e t wages, regardless of tho S t a b i l i z a t i o n Act;?"
                 That ended the argument.                  Except t h a t f o r t h r i g h t Eked V h s o n
                        general thought before Congross and f i n a l l y succeeded

                        i   the amendment whereby the Secretary of Agriculture
   oould put farm p r i c e s i n a preferred p o s i t i o n ,                   Judge Vinson, long
   one of the most respected and populhr members o r Congress, has done
   more t o cement r e l a t i o n s betweon Congress and'the Executive branch
   than any other one man, not excluding Jimmy Byrnes.
                                        CHURC ilI LL f          I
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                 FMends of the ?.ate President who are anxious f o r Truman
   t o go over b i g a t h i s forthconing Big %Tee t a l k t e l l t n i s s t o r y
  about the % I t a and Teheran conferonces,
                 Roosevelt, when he r e t w n e d , t o l d f r i e n d s how, i n discussing
  d i f f e r e n t t o p i c s w i t h Churchill and S t a l i n , he would usually make
   the f i r s t prescn-tation of t h e case,                 This took three t o f i v e m u t e s ,
   Then Staliul would give h i s views, whlch a l s o took t h r e e t o five
  minutes,
                 "men,      It   said Roosevelt, "Churchill would present his
  memoirs-lasting                30 r i d n u t ~ s ~
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                 Xhib House a & r i s c r s aro wondering how T w n can avoid
   the Churchill ttrnomoirs" when he goes t o &rain,
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                                              MACAXTBUR A N D ?FYTZINGS
                 The o t h e r day, hzndsome Senator Tydings of Maryland devoted
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  considerable time on the ,Senate floor t o borating t h i s columr+J.st
  for speculating on why Tydings returned from the Philippines a f t e r
  f i v e days, when he expected t o rcmain five weeks.                                  No s p e c i f i c r e a s o n
  was offered 'by t h l s w r i t e r for Tydlngs' sudden return.                                He had made
  his abrupt decision a f t e r honferring w i t h General MacArthur,
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   -THd IiVASHINCisrON MERRY-GO-ROUMD                                   .
                                                         Rel. Tue s July 3, 1945              Page 3

                    Since then, f u r t h e r information is avaiJ.abag.,And                       a t the
    r i s k of f u r t h e r d e n i a l s a n d ' f u r t h e r w a s t e of    the taxpayers' mmey
     i n paying f o r t h o Maryland Senator's fblminations in the Congression-
     a l Record, here are the f a c t s behind w i n g s sudden departure:
                    General MacArthur i s convinced that the strongest p o l i t i c a l       e     .




     group i n t h o Philippines today i s the F i l i p i n o undkrgroutld, the
    m n who stayed an& r e s i s t e d t h o Japs.
     e                                                               As   i n European CountrSies,
     the exiled governments have l o s t t h e i r popularity.
                    Thorefme, the Osmena Government, without c a s t i n g any
     r e f l e c t i o n an the s t e l l a r q u a l i t i e s and leadership of President
     Osmna, 1s not popul?r i n the P h i l i p p i n e s and probably w i l l be
     voted out of office in November.                        The f a c t t h a t Osmena lived in

     Washington during the Jap occupation i s held against h i m ,                                       b




                    Th8refor8, Rlackthur argued that f o r Tydings t o make a
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     protracted s t a y i n ?lie P h i l i p p i n o s and discuss indoFndqnce and re-
     oonstruction loarm w i t h the Osmenan Governmsnt would merely be talk-
     ing w i t h a government which would not be i n power a f t e r November.
                                          conferences
     He a l s o f e l t that such         L  .
                                                might confuse tho P h i l i p p b e people
     by making I t appear that Sonatorial'taLks w i t h Or s put the
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     o f f i c i a l stamp of approval on Osrnena f o r re-election.
                    It is a l s o suspected that General MacArthup is not averse
     t o seeing h i s friend Brig, Gen, %muel Roxas elected President
     in November,           Although a Fmber of the puppet Cabinet under Japan,
     Roxas was released from j a i l and appointed on PJIacArthurts s t a f f as
     the only puppet Cabinet mmbor not a c o l l a b o p t o r ,                        Roxas has now

     resigned f r o m t h e U,S,           Army and ennounced h i s candidacy for
     President.
                    Note-The        f a c t a t h a t President Osmna and the l a t e
     President Quezon f l e d t h o Philippines i s not t h e i r f a u l t .                       They were

     urged t o leave by the l a t e President R o o s e v ~ l t . &d they remained,
     they would Mve been t o r t u r e d by the Japs, and t h e i r s i g n a t w e s
    'used t o issue proclamations t o the F i l i p i n o people making it appear
                ,
     t h a t thep approved Japanese rule.
                                                     CAPITAL CHAFF
                    Mal, De C Jernigen, comander
                            ,                                           of U,S.     Ehae Post Office
     One a t Sutton-Coldfield, @gland, has boon relieved from duty-
     as a result of p u b l i c i t y given t o the Amy's burning of packages
     seht t o U.S. k1;Lled and m i s s i n g soldiers.                          The packages were burned
                                              .
      instead of being returned t o the U,S.A,,                           and according t o B r i t i s h
      papers, contained c i g ~ rtete liqhters, cannid gsods, ohocolates,
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  b i s c u l t s , cakes and other d e l i c a c i e s i n such "staggering
  qumt i t ie s " t h a t B r i t i s h children c a r r i e d                    them
  War Department describes these r e p o r t s a s 'ojuaggerated and days that
  the lllatsrlal thrown away              WEISe i t h e r   s p o i l e d food o r goods impro-
  p e r l y packed and therefore unreturnable t o the U.S.A.,,                           ,,Some
  Army o f f i c i a l s think Major Jernigen &s being made the g a t by the
  brass h a t e who f i r e d him.            He i s a former ace' postal inspectm.
  The order t o r e l i e v e h b fkom duty cam from SHAEF,


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                Some members of the Senate Commerce Co&ttee                              a r e unhappy
  about, the a c t i v i t i e s of WiZliarn Primm, son-in-law of sanctimonious
  Senator JosSah Bailey of North Carolina,
                P r h used t o be Seorotarg of the Commerce Conwittee whioh
 his fathm?-in-law chairmns.                      But as of April 30, he established a
  hpubllrr r e l a t i o n s r ' o%$'ics i the F ~ M s e y
                                         n                BuZlding, ~ a s h i n g t o n . A
  "p.Liblic r e l a t i o n s " office i n ~ s p i t o llanguage sometimes is the
                                                         -
  equlvalont of a lobbying agenoyo
           And what mabs same Sonators see red is tho f a c t that
  PrSmm, 4lthough no longer with the Senate Connnerce Committee,
  apparently f e e l s quCte a t horn in. the Committee ,office, and spends
  a l o t of time there,
             A l s o P r 3 - m seems t o have considerable influence with hls
  father-in-law,          Y2.a i s now      supporting 'I"ree and open competition of
  u,s.    ai?19ms ove:-mas*               Previously, Senatcr BaSley w a s reported                  88

                                                             vhir:h favor2 a monopolistic




                Prlim is an ablo'and Likcttble young man.                             How much he has


  Airways and also t l -voting af o t h e r
                        ~                                     Co-merrss     hmd.tZ;ee members is
  not lrJlavln*      TJn6ov.bteei.y he d i d &is best;                b.t probably Presidont
  T r w o 1s posZi;icn ?m.s 5002 somev7hat mom pers-bxasim,
                Anymy,            ru3-c?mitteo of the C o m r e e 2ommittee bas now
  votod s l x t o X z e c7.gaL.rJlsi: tis McCnrrar Bj.:Ql s p r w o r o d b y t h e P a m
  I.snc:Rica:li A h v a y s .r;q!ti%dsG S e m t o r Prom Nevadae This Bill would not
  poPi%t dOt??es%SC U*$. a.h?&ih9s t o operate ouksfde th8 k i t O U States,
  OP Trice versa*
               Bowe-rer, in view of the White House position f o r fkee corn-
 p e t i t i m i n a l l f'omign air r o u t e s , i t is likely that the McCELrran
 Bill w9.1 bs defeated, Sona*bor Happy Chmd.ler of Kentucky, who had
 been 011 the fence, -happened t o meet Qemocratic Chairman Bob Hannegan
 a t ths prize fight l a s t week, and now Happy i s d e f i n i t e l y on Truman's
 side and against t h o monopolistic McCarran Bill,
               Notem-On the s t r e n g t h of g o t t i n g f a r e i d a i n r o u t e s , TWA
'stock has r i s e n f'rum 26 t o 49 I the past two months, while American
                                           n
 Airlines stock has risen from 41 t o 65.

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