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New York Justice Refuses
To Extradite Ex-Communist
On Seattle Perjury Charge
NEW YORK, May 16 UP)
Supreme Court Justioe Aaron J.
Levy refused Thursday to extra
dite George Hewitt, 42-year-old
Negro iormer Communist, to
Seattle, Wash., where he is
wanted in connection with a per
Justice Lew sustained a writ
of habeas corpus and released
The warrant was issued on an
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affidavit by Melvln Rader. a so
ciology professor, who charged
tnat Hewitt testmea iriseiy tie
fore a Washington State Legisla
ture's Un-American Activities
Committee on July 23, 1947.
Justice Levy said he was con
vinced that Hewitt committed no
"There is nothing to warrant
my sending tnis man to slaugh
ter, justice Jevy said.
"If I were he, I'd be very care
ful about my person in view of
what we've been told has hap-
penea to oiners wno were simi
larly situated. I am convinced
that this man has commited no
crime whatsoever and if perjury
is the complaint against this man,
it is Rader who should be the sub
ject of perjury before the grand
jury, ratner than this accused.
Justice Levy announced his de
cision after hearing testimony by
Mewm ana two otner Negroes,
both former Communists, as well
as a review of the case by Dis
trict Attorney samuel J. aley,
Rader Held Untruthful
Foley referred to a report by a
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By J. R. Williami
Joint fact-finding committee of
the Washington State Legislative
Committee Investigating Un
American activities, which stated
it was the unanimous conclusion
of the Committee that Prof. Ra
der "did not tell the truth." Foley
said he agreed with that finding.
Justice Levy complimented
Foley as an "heroic district attor
ney because of his humane atti
tude and acknowledgement of
f roi. Kaanr, a doctor or philoso
phy at the Unlversty ot Washing
ton, had charged Hewitt perjured
himself In testifying that Rader
attended a school conducted by
Communists near Kingston, N.
Y in the summers of 1938 and
The professor said he could not
have attended the school, because
In the summer of 1938 he taught
a summer session at the Univer
sity in Seattle and spent his vaca
tion at canyon CreeK Lodge near
f oiey told the court tnat in IB
years as district attorney he
never brought bacK to the Bronx
anyone for trial unless there had
been an indictment.
"Radar waited three weeks be
fore he charged Mr. Hewitt with
?erjury, Foley said. "That was
0 months ago and in all that time
there has been no grand Jury in
dictment in that slate."
PAGE 8ANTA CLAUS
WASHINGTON. May 17. UP)
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ine signature on the hand-
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lhe Coast Guard promised to
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Airlift Personnel Merits Plaudits
In Overcoming Blockade Of Berlin
By JAMES THRASHER
The men who flew the airlift rate a cheer, and a big one, from
the whole country as we!! from Defense Secretary Johnson, who
sent them a commendation through General Clay.
"Undaunted by time and weath
er, working hour after hour, day
and night, you have demonstrated
to the world unified American na
tional defense in action," Mr.
Johnson said. "Your achievement
takes its place beside the great
American victories of all time."
The secretary was not exag
gerating. It was indeed a great
victory. And more than that, it
was typical of the process lead
ing up to other great American
victories, especially those in
World War II.
The United States did not ex
pect this major battle of the cold
war, which Is what the Berlin
blockade was. It was not prepared
for it. It did not want It. But when
the Job clearly had to be done,
the armed forces did It and, we
might add, how!
U. S. Prestige Increased
The beginning was tentative,
uncertain, maybe a little hopeless.
First one C-47, then another, and
then a few more. Ten months la
ter when agreement was finaly
reached to end the blockade, "fly
ing boxcars" were in service on a
The airlift crews had flown
more than 50,000.000 miles. At
great expense to their country, at
great danger to themselves at
times, they had done the unprece
dented and the seemingly impos
sible. They had sustained a di
vided city of more than 2,000,000
people. I bey had not only brought
in the bare necessities of food,
clothing and fuel, but also enough
more to keep up what passes for
normal life In the battered Ger
It was a feat as Impressive as
it was unprecedented. It could
scarcely fail to increase American
prestige among the Germans.
And, like them or not, It is better
to have the Germans for us than
against us. It must have given
a comforting assurance of latent
American power to the friendly
governments of Europe. Most of
all, it must have provided a les
son which the Soviet government
will ponder and remember.
Cruel Purpose Fails
The Russians started out with
heartless, cruel purpose of starv
ing the population of Berlin, if
necessary, in order to force the
Western Powers out of Berlin.
Well, the Berliners did not starve
and the Western Powers did not
leave. With a determination that
never flagged, they not only
thwarted the cynical Soviet plot
but also turned it against the
Opponents of CYA Comprised Of
Selfish Interests Bent on Area's
Exploitation, Davidson Declares
WASHINGTON, May 16 (JP)
Assistant Secretary of the In
terior C. Glrard Davidson said
Friday a proposed Columbia Val
ley Administration Is being op
posed by "people who have
sought to exploit the resources
of the public domain for selfish
Davidson, In a speech prepared
for a National Resources Con
ference, identified the opponents
of the CVA legislation now be
"The private utility corpora
tions, the power lobbies ... op
erated behind front organizations
such as the development associa
tions, reclamation associations
and water users protective coun
cils recently organized in the
Northwest, . . . the railroads and
Russians with a counter-blockade
of their own.
Here, in miniature, was World
War II all over again. America
started slowly and reluctantly. It
started with tvo strikes against
it. But once under way, the poten
tial might of the nation and the
resoluteness of its citizens were
not to be matched.
If Russia ever undertakes
armed aggression, it may expect
early success, as it did In the
blockade. But it may also expect
to be overtaken. And In the Mar
shall Plan and the North Atlantic
Treaty, Russia has been given no
tice that this country will not
again take the costly and pre
carious chance of total good faith
and almost total unpreparedness.
America can do it the hard
way, as the war and the Berlin
blockade showed. But the hard
way is not the best way. Today
this country is more alert and
prepared than ever before in time
of peace. It is determined to
achieve the best by being ready
for the worst
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Anthony W. Smith, CIO at
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the industrial union councils,
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"Surely it is clear that at pres
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many dams under way, too badly
planned," Smith said.
"It would be a gain If a num
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and fitted Into broader plans."
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