that il weis subsequently located from
my descriptions. It was found to have
belonged to a former I .S. governmenl
official, Irving in \\ ashington, D.C., in
1911. who has been identified bv Elizabeth Bentley as a Soviet espionage
A second house thc FBI desired to
find vvas the place where f had attended
meetings of the A oung Communist
League with Dr. Joseph \\ einberg and
others in 1911. Again I drew diagrams
of the exterior ami interior ami in this
case I knew lhe general location iii Oakland.
In a government car wilh FBI agents.
Charles Finish and a Air. Modehouse,
we drove up one street and down
another, searching for the place'. Although I was sure I would recognize
the house al sight, with its curved archways, it was not easy In locate.
Finally, as we drove by 1 Id ALiiaga
Street. Oakland, I recognized il as the'
place. The 1919 occupants were most
cooperative and permitted me and the
FBI eigsnls to look at the interior. It
corresponded te» mv description. Governmenl investigation revealed lhe facl
that in 1941 the house at 146 Maraga
Street had been occupied by a known
member nf the Young Communist
League, anil lhal another known Communisl. a veteran nf lhe lied "Abraham
lhat address in registering hi- car
FBI Agent- Brush and Modehouse
also look me on many extensive
scene bis in the hills around Berkeley
for a third house important to government investigations. It was the place
where Kenneth Alay had taken me and
Svlviei in 1941—the house where I had
made a reporl on the new parly line lo
special section units. I had given the
FBI the most minute' description of the
interior and exterior of the house and
ils physical surroundings, and had
drawn diagrams showing the main
The FBI agents and I did not have
the slightest lead to indie ate the owner
or occupant of the house where the 1911
meetings were held, and the hill areas
around Berkeley are extensive. We
drove up one street after another with
absolutely no success.
.About January 1. 1950. after mv
testimony in lhe Bridges trial had been
completed, I weis asked by Mr. Richard
E. Combs, chief c isel of the California Senate Fact-Finding Committee,
to remain fur a lime in California as
ei special investigator on the staff of his
committee. I accepted the invitation eiml
immediately began work.
During the five months uf my employment most of my lime was devoted
to work with Mr. Combs ur other investigation and study in connection with
two matters. First was the murder "I
the brilliant 21-year-old Everett Hudson, a student of I CL A. in September,
I'M". \ll evidence pointed to murder
l.v Snviet AIYD agents because they
feared Hudson was in process nf breaking wilh Ihe Red movement after he
had acquired inside information of
great importance. It weis ei typical Soviet
liquidation job. carried out wilh scientific precision, ami indicates lhe danger
hanging over those who have considerable confidential information about the
Red apparatus if they are suspected
of intent to break with the' Kremlin
The cold-blooded murder of Hudson obviously was done by hypodermic in'ection of
a little known but deadly drug I will not
name for obvious reasons. This and other
MVD murders reveal the true and brutal
nature of communism behind a thin and
false veneer of pseudo-idealism.
My second major field of work was
in investigation of Soviet atomic espionage in Alameda County during the weir
years. I studied extensive minutes of
meetings of Scherer's FAECT apparatus thai hail fallen into the hands nf
the California committee, and other
documentarv material, and in light nf
my own California experiences and
first-hand inside knowledge I weis able
to understand things that would have
been a puzzle to others.
The FBI and the California state
committee vve-rc equally interested in
finding the house in the Berkeley hills
where I had made my 1941 repent
During January anil February the
searches continued. Sometimes 1 wenl
with FBI agents, sometimes with Mr.
Combs and Mr. \. a California security
official. We got nowhere anil realized
that by random drives through lhe hills
we mighl spend months or a year before
we located the house.
After ihe firsl ol" March I suggested
ihe possibility that the' meeting mighl
have been held in the home of a subscriber nf the Communisl daily, People's
II orhl. eunl proposed lhat we obtain the
publication's 1911 mailing lisl anel
check the residences of ever) subscriber
who lived in lhe hill areas around Berkeley. From an intelligence source in
San Lreiniise-o Mr. Combs anil I obtained the' 1911 People's II orid mailing
lisl. ami with lhe eiiel uf maps listed
names eiml addresses uf all who lived in
the Berkeley hills.
On the subscription list we found that
among those living in hills around Berkeley
were Professor Haakon Chevalier and Dr. J.
Robert Oppenheimer, the latter with address
at 1 Eagle Hill. Along with many others we
went to the addresses of both Professor
Chevalier and Dr. Oppenheimer. Only a
glance was necessary to show me that neither
was the house we were looking for.
We went nn down tin list, checking
off name after name, and wire' per
haps two-thirds of the way In lhe end
when we e einie' In lhe eiihlress (,f ;i
People's World subscriber, Erie Loran,
HI Kenilworlh Courl. That .lav Mr.
Combs anil I wen- in a car driven by
Mr. \ uf the state security forces. We
found lhal Kenilworlh Courl really is
unlv a drive, and ended al a house
partly concealed on ils front side hy
Mr. X ami Mr. Combs remained in
the car. parked nn lhe paved street,
while I walked up the drive known as
Kenilworlh Court. Is soon its I came In
the house I instantly recognized il as
lhe place oj lhe 1941 meeting. There
were two cars parked ill lhe basement
garage. I look down the- license numbers and returned to inform Mr. Combs
and Mr. X thai the long search had
come lo a successful end.
ll is importanl lo point out here' tbeil
lung before lhe house was found I had
'.liven Mr. Combs lhe same detailed
information on the exterior anil interior
thai I hail furnished lo the FBI. Mr.
Combs even look tin' precaution lo HI''
the drawings lhal I had given him.
We drove in Mr. X's office and by
phone cheeked the license numbers '
heul obtained, "tie of the cats wel-
registered in the name of Erie Loran,
the either in his wife's name. The FBI
immediately was advised lhal the' house'
finally had been located, lhe only remaining teisks were lo check on the
interior ami in find nut all we couW
aboul Erie Loran before we questioned
him regarding the 1911 meeting. Bod'
the California committee anil the II"
began independent searches of utility
and other records lo establish the "facl
we expected to prove thai Loran was
the occupant at the time' of ihe meeting-
Investigations revealed surprisingly
little lo connect Erie Loran, an -11'
professor al the I niversity uf California, with the Communisl part) other
than subscription tn its daily paper ovei
a period of years. We presumed, ho"'
ever, lhat he hail been a very careful
The fill weis the firsl lo obtain detailed information on the' interior nl ''"
house and ils agents informed tne th*
il corresponded exactlj with my dm"'
nigs and the' descriptions I heul give"
them in all major respects. (There l,a"
been some minor remodeling uf ll"
interior since 1911.1
Perhaps two weeks after the house *"*
located, an agent of the FBI gave me
great surprise. He told me that the hou*'
had been occupied at the time of the 1'?
meeting, not by Professor Erie Loran. but *J
Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his *"'
Katherine. Investigations had disclosed fh'
fact that in the fall of 1 940 Professor L°'°"
had leased his home at 10 Kenilworlh Coe"
to Dr. Oppenheimer and had gone to Ne ,
York, remaining there until the latter paft °
August of 1941.
(To he eon tin tied next month)