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i 2: Wednesday, April 26, 1944 Ward President Defies Order to Seize Property Washington -- ADb -- President Roosevelt today directed Secretary of War Stimson to take "any action that may be neeesary" to enable Commerce Secretary Jones to carry out the presidential order for seiz- ing and operating the plants of Montgomery Ward and Company at Chicago. This was disclosed when the White House issued the text of the president's executive order dated April 25, directing Jones to take over the plant and facilities of the company. Upheld by Biddle At the same time the White House isued a letter b$ Attorney General Biddle to the president up- holding the chief executive's au- thority "to direct the secretary of commerce to take possession of and to operate the plants and facil- ities of Montgomery Ward and Company in Chicago, Ill." In Chicago Wayne Taylor, assist- ant secretary of commerce, had :,erved the presidential order on Sewell Avery, head of Montgomery Ward. and Avery had refused to accept the order. In the circumstances, attention focused on point number 4 of the order as released by the White House which raised the possibility that the army would be directed to enforce the president's decision. This point said: "Upon the request of the secre- tary of commerce, the secretary of war shall take any action that may be necessary to enable the secre- tary of commerce to carry out the provisions and purposes of this or- der." Should armed force be resorted to, it seemed probable that a token roup of officers and men would be dispatched to the Montgomery Ward headquarters and properties. That is the system that has been used in various instances in the past, where no violence was antic- ipated. --4------ Avery Refuses Chicago -- tP -- Wayne C. Tay- lor undersecretary of commerce. announced today he had submitted a certified copy of a presidential order authorizing him to take over the Chicago mail order plant of Montgomery Ward and company, but that Sewell Avery, head of the firm, had declined to accept it. Taylor came here from Wash- ington to assume control of the mail order house on grounds that the concern had refused to comply with a directive from President Roosevelt to extend an expired contract with a CIO union. Taylor, emerging from his con- ference with Avery, told re- porters: "I have just delivered to Mr. Avery certain communications from the president. I tendered to him a certifed copy of a presiden- tial order authorizing me to take MONTGOMERY WAR over the management of the Mont- gomery Ward and company plant and its facilities in Chicago. Does Not Recognize Legality "Mr. Avery stated that he does not recognize the legality of my authority to do so. and that for various other reasons which be said he had outlined to the Presi dent in his telegram of yesterday. Mr. Avery has declined to accede to my demand. "My further instructions in this matter were to report back to the secretary of commerce, and this I intend to do immediately." Taylor left with Ugo Carus]. ex ecutive assistant to the attorney general, after conferring with Avery. Avery declined to comment on the conference, and neither he nor Taylor would disclose the contents of the President's executive order. John BarT, member of the law firm acting as the company's coun sel. said the company had no state- ment to make and that it was "now up to the governmenL" 9,000 Empioyes in Chicago The company has 9.000 employes in Chicago, and the public rein. tions counsel for the firm estimated there were between 5,000 and 5,500 :in the bargaining unit (those em- ployed in the mail order depart. meat. the warehouse and the re. tail store). Had Avery acceded to the President's demand, the public re- lations office said, Taylor would have taken over control of the Scawinn warehouse, the mail order plant and the basement and first three floors of the building which houses the retail store and executive offices. Montgomery Ward operates 640 stores throughout the country and nine mail order houses including the one in Chicago. # 0DT Reconsiders ra ,sportation Plan Washington--4p--A plan under which ticket purchasers would sign a certificate that their travel was essential is being reconsidered by the Office of Deferse Transporta- tion. Col. J. M. Johnson, ODT director reporting this today, said the idea appealed to him "even if it would ave only ten per cent or even five per cent of the travel this summer." He added, however, that some of his aides had discouraged the plan. The proposal was considered some months ago but discarded, the new ODT chief disclosed. In Cromwellian times, battle pikes sometimes were 18 feet long. Tmc tO store your furs at Wards! lose ho! sunny days that ere mgood for you.., and sohard en your furs ... '11 soon be herel Bring your coat in now and let our skilled furriers give it the care and attention it deserves at minimum cost. EXPERT CLEANING AND REPAIR AT LOW WARD PRICES Montgomery [ Ward 710-714 5Jtb St. Pkene 3106 WorkersBaflle Flood Perilon 1,O00-Mile Front By United Pr.% Workers battled water along a thousand mile front today as flood conditmns in six states in the Mis- sissippi valley watershed grew worse, threatening an increase in human suffering and property loss. Thousands of federal troops, state militiamen, and Italian prisoners of war toiled through slimy muck and in some cases driving rain to place mud-filled sacks of burlap on the top of levees already strained to the breaking point in holding back accumulated water. Additional huireds of families, mostly dwellers of rich bottom lands which are flooded annually, vacated their homes, seeking the haven of higher ground. It was the same story on all the rivers -- from the upper streams in Iowa to the Arkausas which spilled into northern Oklahoma, flooding Ponca City after present- ing Wichita, Kan., with the worst flood in history. No Estinmte of Damage No estimate was available on property damage in Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas and Ok- lahoma but it was ascertained that more than a million acres of land was under water. Much of this land had been planted to early spring crops and it was estimated that at least 500,000 acres planted to early crops had been flooded and the crops seriously damaged or ruined. Red Cross workers aided troops and volunteer workers in strength- ening levees and secondary mud- banks holding back the water. For the most part, Red Cross workers devoted their time to removing Get More Comfort For Standing Feet With A Daily i-Mint Trut Don't let Urtl. burnful eenslUve feet on )rome feet and snkJes be) ewe work to help keep them cool and comfortable...and aItmr work to help perk them up for an evening of fun. No grmw fcdin8- won't staln socks or =stockings. Grand, too. to help  earn8 and ealloumm.  lMlnt from yoar dry. st 1 ud t toot Imp tl  row. 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Worst in City's History Red Cross workers from four Pacific states were sent into Kan- sas to aid in caring for the hun- dreds of Wichita, Kan., families who were evacuated in the worst flood in that city's history. The Arkansas river also overflowed in Oklahoma and washed out a 300- foot steel bridge at Ponca City. The entire town of Kaw, Okla., was under water. Southern Illinois and eastern Missouri, bordering on the mighty Mississippi, were threatem.l by the rapidly rising river and soldiers and civilians piled sandbags behind and on top of levees to protect river towns. More than 6,000 acres of land in St. Louis county, Mo., already were under water with the crest not expected until Saturda or Sunday. Approve Relief Funds Madison, W/S. ----(P)--- The state emergency board appropriated $16,- 850 yesterday for general relief al- lotments to Wisconsin counties In May. Sleep researchers claim that only 16 per cent of the world's people know how to relax completely. Two Fliers Killed In Plane Crash Stevens Point, Wis. --(U.P Army officers today announced that two fliers killed in a training plane crash near the Stevens Point air port late yesterday were Clifford R. Sabo, 18, Chocteau, Mont., an avi. ation student, and Robert L. Ander- son, 27. Champaign Ill., civil aero- nautics authority instructor. Their plane fell in flames when they encomtered undetermined dif- ficulties in the air. Military authori. ties ordered an investigation. Sabo was a member of the 97th training detachment at Central State Teachers college. It was the second recent accident here in which the instructor and student pilot were killed. The previous crash occurred on the edge of a swamp some distance from the air port. Mother's Day | Sunday, May 14 i You'll Find / GREETINGS I and GIFTS at 00SSST'S i BOOK STORE | __ __ __ ? St. ___ ] Dang e Da k 5,00ott. whtt e That's the latest millinery fashion Ilews, Page Five Thursday, Friday, Saturday Only! 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