VOL. XVIII; NO. 45
CHARLOTTE. N. C.. THURSDAY, MARCH 24. 1949
Subscription Price 52.90 Year
Southern Labor Press To
Meet In Atlanta Saturday
ers and editors of all bona
fide Southern Labor publica
tions have received notice
that the Southern Labor
Press association will meet
in Atlanta on March 26-27
for the purpose of electing
permanent officers for the
Other details concerning
the permanent organization
of the association will be
discussed at this meeting,
Stanton Dann, editor of the
Mobile Labor Journal and
acting president of the asso
L. B. Stanford, actinic secre
tary-treasurer, stated in a letter
to publishers that Matthew Woll,
president of the International La
bor Press association, had assured
him and Editor Dann that he
would make every effort to attend
the Atlanta meeting.
Lewis Hermann, secretary of
the I. L. P., has given his assur
ance that he will be on hand in
Atlanta. Both Mr. Hermann and
Mr. Woll have praised the efforts i
of Southern Labor editors and'
publishers in forming the associ
Others invited to attend in
clude: W. J. Birthright, president
of the Carpenters International
Union and George Harrison, pres
ident of the Railway Clerics.
These international presidents
along with Matthew Woll make
up the A. F. L.-I. L. P. Labor
Press committee. Lt. Col. George
Creel, laison officer of the U. S.
army, is also being invited, as
well as officers of the Interna
tional Labor Press of America.
The two-day session in Atlanta
will be held at the Piedmont ho
tel opening at 10:00 a. m. on
A banquet has been arranged
for Saturday night.
At the original meeting in Mi
ami, Florida, on January 31. the
following editors and publishers
Charles E. Silva, Florida La
bor Advocate, Tampa. Fla.; S. L.
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funeral Rites Held
For Freak Morrison
WASHINGTON, March 22.—
Last rites for Frank Morrison,
secretary emeritus of the Ameri
can reaeration o? Labor, and for
many years a champion of the
rights of the working man, were
Led by AFL President William
Green, a throng of over 400 labor
leaders, government officials and
friends attended services held in
the Scottish Rite Temple. Fol
lowing the impressive religious
service interment was made in
Cedar Hill cemetery.
In a brief addres of eulogy,
Mr. Green paid tribute to the
memory of Mr. Morrison and
characterised him as an exemp
lary citizen and a distinguished
pioneer in the American labor
Tributes testifying to the great
respect and affection felt for Mr.
Morrison poured into AFL head
quarters here and to the family
of the deceased. All signify and
attest to the remarkable and de
voted service rendered to the
organized labor movement and to
individual workers by Mr. Morri
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CITY PRIMARY, APRIL 25. 1949
CITY ELECTION. MAY 3, 1949
Following is a list of the Voting: Precincts and their i
locations, as furnished The Labor Journal by the office
of Elections Chairman Brenizer:
Precinct 1—Court House
Precinct 2—501 S. Alexander St.
Precinct 3—401 East 9th St.
Precinct 4—1600 N. Brevard St.
Precinct 5—601 North Graham St.
Precinct 6—329 Irwin Ave.
Precinct 7—825 Westbrook Drive
Precinct 8—2000 North Allen St.
Precinct 9—Y. M. C. A., E. 36th St.
Precinct 10—3501 Plaza Road
Precinct 11—1620 Club Road
Precinct 12—Midwood School, Central Ave.
Precinct 13—1400 Louise Ave.
Precinct 14—1241 East 10th St.
Pfecinct IS—537 Lamar Ave.
Precinct 16—2539 Westmoreland Ave.
Precinct 17—1028 Waterman Ave.
Precinct 18—2701 East Seventh St.
Precinct 19—Mint Museum, Eastover
Precinct 20—500 Cherokee Road
Precinct 21—111 Barnett Place. Off 1800 E. 4th St.
Precinct 22—2108 Vail Ave.
Precinct 23—1601 Park Drive *
Precinct 24—2131 Raddiffe Ave.
. Precinct 25—1026 Providence Road
Precinct 26—Myers Park Club, Myers Park
Precinct 27—Avondale Com. House, Avondale & Lilac
Precinct 28—1612 Kenilworth Ave.
Precinct 29—Dilworth School, 405 E. Park Ave.
Precinct 30—1716 Lyndhurst Ave.
Precinct 31—1927 Dilworth Rd., W.
Precinct 32—1004 Poindexter Drive
Precinct 33—Wilmore School 428 West Boulevard
Precinct 34—Alexander Graham Jr. High School
Precinct 35—Wesley Hts. School, 128 S. Summit Ave.
Precinct 35—Seversville School. 1701 Sumter Ave.
Precinct 38—2436 Wilkinson Bird.
Precinct 39—West Charlotte High' School
Precinct 40—Fairview Homes, 1026 Oaklawn Ave.
Precinct 41—Hutchison School, 1400 Hutchison Ave.
Precinct 42—1607 Statesville Ave.
(Additional Data On Pace 3)
Everybody Depends On Biggest Customer
Those dreaded words “layoff,” “short
wee}' and “unemployment” are back in the
daily newspapers again. So far the busi
ness cutback has brought hardship, suf
fering amt anxiety to relatively few Amer
I.A.M. members are faring better than
most. But all of us are watching the
news uneasily. A layoff eats into family
savings like a blowtorch on a cake of ice.
Just the fear of layoff is enough to make
most families tighten up on their spend
ing and postpone every possible purchase.
Labcr is still the biggest customer for
manufactured goods and for farm prod
ucts and it’s a serious moment for busi
ness when its biggest customer begins to
cut down on his spending.
In this situation, Leon H. Keyserling,
vice chairman of the President’s Council
of Economic Advisers, has offered some
advice to union members. Speaking at
the recent convention of the Amalgamated
Meat Cutters, he told the butchers that a
general business recession could only be
avoided by keeping purchasing power high.
Here’s wha Dr. Keyserling said:
“Nothing at this time would do more
to accentuate the beginnings of a soft*
ening-up that we have seen in a small way
than to follow up price adjustments by
wage reductions which would cancel out
the consumers’ increased buying power.
Softening up starts because consumers
throughout the country do not have enough
money to buy goods in amounts that will
keep production and employment at a max
Dr. Keyserling advised the butchers to
keep plugging for higher wages. “I ask
you to be good trade unionists,” he de
clared, “to be militant trade unionists in
the best sense of that word.”
In other words, President Truman’s ec
onomic adviser is saying that this is no
time for union members to be timid or to
sacrifice just demands. That would jeop
ardize the prosperity of the entire coun
Our job as union members is to make
sure, in this year of all years, that the
biggest customer has money enough to
buy what is being produced on the farms
and in the factories.
—From The Machinists, I.A.M.
House tabor Committee Votes
To Uphold Anti-Closed Shop Law
MECKLENBURG MEMBER OF COMMITTEE, MRS. JOE
ERVIN VOTES AGAINST MODIFICATION
Raleigh—Rep. Howard E. Parker of Barnett said this
was how members of the House Committee on Manufac
turing and Labor voted on a measure to modify the State’s
antklosed shop act.
Parker, a member of the committee, said he would draw
un o mtnnritv rpnort
Voting to modify the anti-1
closed shop law, according to
Representatives H. T. Baldwin
of Richmond, Dan Edwards of j
Durham, A. C. Edwards of
Greene, Troy A. Fisher of Cum
berland, E. R. Hanford of Ala-,
mance, F. D. B. Harding of Yad
kin, Robert Hayes of Randolph,
Arthur Kirkman of Guilford, P.
G. Powell of Rockingham, Fred
Royster of Vance, Clyde Shreve!,
of Guilford, W. C. Taylor of <
Caswell and John Umstead of1
Orange. ! i
Members present who opposed :
giving the bill a favorable re- <
port were: Hugh Alexander of i
Cabarrus, Joseph Branch of Hali- <
fax, Noah Burfoot of Pasquotank, :
9. C. Dungan of Rowan, Mrs. Joe
Ervin of Mecklenburg, B. T.
Falls of Cleveland, H. S. Gibb* of
Carteret, F. L. Gobble of For
lyth, R. L. Harris of Person, C.
P. Hatha way, of Gates, Hal W.
Little of Anosn, John Matheson
>f Iredell, J. K. Powell of Co
umbus, Leroy Scott of Beaufort,
it. A. Shoemaker of Avery, W.
Frank Taylor of Wayne, Harry
^anderlinden of Catawba, J. P.
Wallace of Montgomery and Sam
Worthington of Pitt.
One of the above members did
lot cast a vote. The thirty- j
fourth member present at the ,
ommittee meeting was Chairman t
iarry Greene of Hoke, who also <
lid not vote tor or against the
PRIDGEN RITES HELD
Funeral services for Mrs. C.
Jack Pridgen, Sr., 52, of 1830
North Allen street, who died
Monday morning: in * local hos
pital after an illness of 15
months, were conducted Tuesday
afternoon at 4 o’clock at McEwen
:hapel on East Mo re head street.
Rev. F. W. Hiker, pastor of
Belmont Park Methodist church,
and Rev. J. Walton Stewart of
Plaza Presbyterian church offici
ated. Interment was in Forest
Surviving Mrs. Pridgen are
ler husband, a member of Char
lotte Typographical Union, who
ias been an emplyoe of The
Charlotte News for about 25
fears; a daughter, Janice Prid
<en; five sons, C. Jack Pridgen,
Jr., and Marvin S. Pridgen, both
>f The Charlotte News, Vernon
3.* Pridgen, student at a lino
ype school in Tennessee, Wil
>ur L. and Everett F. Pridgen
>f the hoq»e; a sister. Miss Mag
gie Farrior of Kenansville; and
hree brothers, W. D. Farrior of
Fayetteville, and Meredith L. and
1. D. Farrior of Kenansville.
To Old Line Party Men
RESIGNS AS PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY OF NORTH
CAROLINA AND NAMING OF SUCCESSOR
AROUSES SPECULATION; COLLEGE PROBABLY
BE RUN BY CHANCELLORS AND COMPTROLLER
FOR TIME BEING.
CHAPEL Him N. C., March 23.—Dr. Frank P. Graham
s scheduled to take the oath of office in Washington next
Monday as North Carolina’s junior senator, following his
ippointment by Governor W. Kerr Scott to succeed the
ate J. Melville Broughton, who died suddenly in Wash*
ngton on March 6. This was the information given out
lere today. Governor Scott appointed Dr. Graham to the
Moition at a dinner last Tuesday night in Chapel Hill after
having received scores of requests that he appoint various
North Carolinians to fill the place left vacant by Senator
Broughton. The college president’s appointment was a
surprise to most party leaders, although he had been rec
ommended by many of his friends for the place.
The Uovernor, in maxing me
sppointmnt at the dinner here,
•‘It has become necessary to
name another United States Sen
ator I finally came to a con
tusion and I just wanted to make
the announcement that your next
United States Senator, if your ex
ecutive committee is willing, is
Dr. Frank Graham.”
After considerable applause,
Dr. Graham responded:
“It is the most difficult decis
ion in my life to leave the place,
the institution, the people—young
and old—that have been such a
deep and hajppy part of my life
for over 40 years. God helping
me, I will do my best to continue
to serve them, my State, my
Country in the new post to which
the Governor of my State has
has called me.”
For a long time after the pinner
eras over Dr. Graham was busy
accepting congratulatory hand*
ihakes. He serves only until 1950
because of a provisiiyj that di
rects the selection of another Sen
ator, after death, at the next
general election. Broughon’s
term would have ended in 1954.
A month previously the Atomic
Energy Commission gave clear
ance to Dr. Graham as head of
the Oak Ridge Institute of Nu
clear Studies after overriding
commission security officials.
To that Dr. Graham said:
“I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN OP
POSED TO COMMUNISM AND
ALL TOTALITARIAN DICTA
Dr. Graham served closely with
President Roosevelt during the
last World war. He was a mem
ber of the 11-man Super-Media
tion board which acted in labor
disputes which threatened to im
pede national defence production
lie was on the National Railroad
Mediation board, and, under Pres
ident Truman, was a member of
the three-man good offices com
mission of the United Nations
which was assigned the task of
settling differences incident to
the Indonesian-Dutch truce.
The Board of Trustees’ Execu
tive committee will meet Saturday
in Raleigh to act on the resigna
tion and to make arrangements for
a new university head. Until se
lection of a new president the
college probably will be run by
the three chancellors and Comp
troller William Carmichael.
Governor Scott revealed today
he first asked Dr. Graham to ac
cept a post as U. S. Senator “a
week ago Saturday.”
It was not until after a meet
ing at the Governor's mansion
Sunday night that the southern
liberal accepted. Six persons, In
cluding Governor Scott, were
present at the meeting.
The Governor said the first
two times he asked Dr. Graham
to accept the appointment the
small, balding confidant of Pres
idents flatly rejected it.
Governor Scott declared Gra
ham "finally consented if he
passed a physical examination.”
This he did. said the Governor,
but again said no, stating that
the -chancellors of the Greater
university #“had censured him in a
friendly way" for his Indonesian
mission. Since then Graham had
a “friendly pact" with the chan
Scott said he then asked Gra
ham if the chancellors agree will
you.” Graham assented. Scott
said he got them together Sunday
night, “went over the whole
story.” end asked each one to
The following were present at
the meeting in the mansion:
Chancellors W. C. Jackson of the
Woman’s college, R. B. House of
North Carolina university, and
John W. Harrelson of N. C. State
college. Also present were comp
troller W. D. Carmichael, Jr., of
the Greater university, and Jona
than Daniels, Democratic national
Agreement was easily reached
during this meeting which ap
proved Graham for the post.
In Washington, Senator Clyde
Hoey congratulated his new col
league today and paved the way
for almost a hundred North
Carolina friends to have special
■pace in the Senate gallery to
witness the oath taking ceremony
Monday. He also offered Dr.
Graham the use of his office until
he is assigned space in the Sen
ate office building.
Senator Hoey continued:
“Dr. Graham is an outstanding
educational statesman and one of
the most respected educators in
the nation. He has had varied
experiences in many public ca
pacities and is eminently qualified
to deal with vital problems, espec
ially in regard to the internation
al situation. His experience in
this field should be valuable as
we pass through this critical pe
Later today Senator Hoey took
the floor of the Senate to defend
his new colleague after an attack
by Senator Bricker, republican,
of Ohio. He defended his loyalty
to his Vountry and (laid Itim
tribute for his integrity and gen
eral public service.
Representative Hamilton C.
Jones said that Dr. Graham
would “bring a store of knowl
edge and experience” to his new
position as United States Sen
ator from that State.
TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT
Senator Graham is going to
Washington as a staunch support
er of President Truman’s pro
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Charlotte, N. C., March 19, 1949.
Charlotte Labor Journal,
Charlotte, N. C.
As we are winding up our successful 1919 March
of Dimes Campaign, before we can close our books
on a job well done, we want you to know that your
part in making our success possible was a very im
To those like you who went out of your way to
give us extra assistance, we are sincerely grateful,
because without this kind of co-operation we know
we couldn’t have accomplished the goal.
J. E. SIZER, Campaign Chairman,
W. M. PARKER, Campaign Director,
W. F. PHILLIPS, County Chairman.