states Rep. Francis E. Walter, Democrat of Pennsylvania, Chairman of the House Un-American
Discovery of Communist party cells
among staff employees of the U. S.
Senate, in the National Labor Relations
Board, and in the War Labor Board
have been testified to under oath according io Representative Francis E.
Walter, Democrat of Pennsylvania,
Chairman of the House Committee on
This Committee, according to Chairman Walter, has found, and very short-
Iv will conduct hearings in connection
with, infiltration beyond the imagination of anyone in the federal government. This will be done when the facts
are able lo be demonstrated "beyond
any peradventure of a doubl thai there
bad been successful infiltration into
positions ol our government." "Then,"
said Representative Walter, "we are
going to bold bearings, and let the
chips fall where they mav."
Congress has charged the House Un-
American Activities Committee with the
duty of investigating the extent, character eiml objectives of un-American
propaganda activities in the United
Steel.-., the diffusion within the United
Steele-- of subversive and un-American
propaganda which is instigated from
foreign countries, or of domestic origin, and which attacks the principle of
the form of government guaranteed by
our Constitution, and eill related questions which would aid Congress in the
performance of ils responsibilities.
Speaking at a rally held in New 'lurk
City bv Mliance, Inc. an anti-Communist organization, Representative Walter
explained thai bis Committee is required
'to make tin- American people aware,
if possible, of the infiltration of communism in all phases of U. S. society.'
Over the years during which Mr.
waiter has been a member of ibis Com
mittee, they have been subjected lo
ridicule on numerous occasions. Mr.
Weill.r told of the Committee's recenl
reception in New York by a mob of
approximately two thousand, many of
whom were reportedly brought in from
oulside New York, which staged a demonstration carrying such placards as
"Walter Is Worse Than McCarthy."
"Down With Walterism," etc. This, he
slated, weis no differenl from the reception of the Committee in oilier place-.
Several years ago when the Committee
was investigating communism in Hawaii, the Hawaiian left-wing press at-
tai kid Congressman lohn Wood, then
Committee Chairman, to such an extent that in order to weaken pressure
againsl the Committee, Representative
Wood remained in the mainland I nited
Slales while the Committee went to 11a-
Rep. Francis E. Walter Harrii & Ewing Photo
waii to conduct their hearings without
him. They were met at the plane by
people bearing banners and placards.
"Go Home. lohn Wood." but John
Wood had stayed home.
Implying that the chairman of any
committee investigating subversive or
un-American activities, can expect to receive such treatment, Representative
W alter said. "You have wondered why
Joe McCarthy's name hasn't been in the
paper- recently. Well, he's no longer
chairman of a committee. I am."
Mr. Waller stressed lhat special precautions bei\e been taken by bis Committee to avoid injury by them to any
innocent person. A subcommittee of his
Committee was set up to devise rules of
procedure for this purpose. Rather than
receiving the commendation of all for
taking such precautions, a vociferous
complaint was immediately raised on
all sides about congressional committees
not having rules, although thev were
already operating under rules. A special
committee. including Representative
Walter, was then appointed by the
Speaker of the House to set up rules
and procedures before all congressional
committees. That group recommended
lhal lhe rules of the House Committee
on Un-American Activities be adopted
for all committees.
_ "There's a very fine line of demarcation ... a very fine question on looking
into beliefs that our Committee avoids
... on compelling witnesses to give
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