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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 043
Transcript the lhat is the two jobs I had alter the war ''nded. Q. Then you returned to the United States ? A. Soon after that, yes. 0. And were released from OWI ? A. Yes. Q. And then where did you go? A. After the OWI. I worked for a "umber of months as an organizer for lhe Farmers Union, northeastern division. V. Ami what year was lhat. and month ? A. Well, lhal was in the summer and 'all. if I recall correctly, of 19 11,. V- And who was lhe president of that "ortheaslern division al lhal lime? A. Mi. Archie W right. ','• Did you know Archie Wright as a Communisl ? (Mr. Hinton conferred with his '"'lusel.) . A. I decline lo answer lhal. on the b|-sis of the Fifth Amendment. V- Did you have instructions from "' Communist party to seek cmploy- ""'"' with the Farmers Union? (Mr. Him,en conferred with his "'nisei.) , A. | decline to answer that, on the "''*'■- "f ihe Fifth Amendment. e- Did vou repor! to the Communist '^r-y in connection with your relations '-Jl the Farmers Union? A I decline to answer that, on the '''"■<' grounds. Y- Are vou a member of the Com- """list parly? A- I decline to answer lhal. on the *"'"• grounds. "•_ Were you a member of lhe Com- . ""isl parly when vou were in Japan . -"37 working on the Japan Adier- we!' ,1 decline lo answer that, on the i "-1' grounds, and I want to say righl l('r-' dial I think that the committee is tie ^ "riproper to ask any questions of of l ' n'lM,'vt' ,nal '' 's a" invasion 0, H' rights of a citizen for a question -ns kind to be asked, particularly as ** ''ailed here lo talk about my exi I r| ■" called here lo talk aboul my cxpe- ,'j^ in China, fi-af- 'rman: Mr. Hinton. you must '"' thai the Communi nsi conspiracy il.' '"'ispiiaev tee overthrow and destroy ai- \\ f0Vl'rnmenl by force and ' "■ l„- v iole ing a duly constituted committee "-« United States Senate, feel thai we 'lii'i.3 ri'sl"lnsibility Ii) ihis nation. We m,. is a verv proper question. Now. nave glits ider the Cons! i- Am not l0 answer, under the Fifth Wi,,. 'Iim ""'"'• ;""' y°u nave exercised "W. r'Pnt. We want to extend lo vou Courtesy. Hut we do nol waul vou lt,d rgUe this committee on what '""s are anil what ihey are not. # » # •' 'on say von traveled considerabl) 'o PORUM NEWS, March, 195.'; there in northern China, from east to west, and north and south. A. Yes. Q. And that was during the period the Korean war was going on; is that right? A. Yes. Q. Did you see American prisoners of war while you were in that section of China? (Mr. Hinton conferred with his counsel.) A. I decline to answer lhal question, on the same ground as slated before. Q. On thc ground of the Fifth Amendment? A. Yes. Q. Did you have occasion to interrogate any American prisoners of war while you were in China? A. I decline lo answer that question, on thc same ground. Q. Mr. Hinton, do you mean to say lhal you. as an American, being over in this country, having had an opportunity to see one of our own boys who was a prisoner of war, feel, having been asked Ihe question whether you talked to him or saw him. that if you should answer that it might tend to incriminate you if you told the truth? (Mr. Hinton conferred with his counsel.) A. Just now I claimed the Fifth Amendment on that question, because it seemed lo me we were gelling into an area of linking me with Americans who have been under attack. Bul in thinking Ihis over. I would rather answer lhat question. I saw no American prisoners in China. O. You saw none al all? A. No. Q. Mr. Ilinlon. maybe we can gel al it ibis way. Did you see oilier Americans there in thai area lhat had seen American prisoners? (Mr. Hinton conferred with his counsel.) A. I decline lo answer lhal. (,). You decline lo answer lhat question under the Fifth Amendment: that your answer might tend lo incriminate A. Yes. Q. Are you married. Mr. Hinton? A. Yes. Q. To whom are you married? A. Mv wife's name is Bertha Ilinlon. I). And when were vou married? \. I'll.). C). How many children do you have? A. I have one daughter, Q, Where are vour wife and child now ? A. Well. Ihe lasl lime I saw them, they were in Peking. 6, When was the last lime you saw them ? A. I haven't seen them since I have Be ind see page 45 been back iii America. It has been almost a year. (,). Almost a year. You left them in Peking? A. To the best of my knowledge, the) are in Peking. Q. Why do you say "the best of mv knowledge"? Don'l you know where your wife and daughter are? A. Well. I have been awav a year. Q. Don'l you hear from them ? (Mr. Hinton conferred wilh his counsel.) A. This is a personal question, which involves my marital relations, and I don't think lhal ihis is pertinent lo ibis. Q. We are certainly nol trying lo probe your marital relations, but certainly if you asked any American where his wife was he could surely answer. A. Well. I answered it to the best of my knowledge. * * * O. Whal have you been doing since vou returned lo thc States? A. Well. I have been giving a series of lectures on my experiences in China. (,). On your own. Air. Hinton? Or are vou working for some organization? (eMr. Hinton conferred with his counsel.) A. Yes: 1 am lecturing on my own as a free-lance lecturer to any audience lhal cares lo hear. Q. I hand you. here, an article entitled "Travelogue: Y'enan to Mongolia." from the Daily People's World. Friday. January 8. 1951. author William Ilinlon. and I ask you if you are the author of lhat article. A. I would like lo sec it. Q. You may. (Mr. Hinton conferred with his counsel nt length.) Chairman: 1 call to the attention of lhe people at this hearing lhat congressional committees have been under sonic fire for their method of handling hearings, but in no courl of law would a witness be permitted lo sil and visit wilh his counsel before he responded lo a question. Il is being permitted in this hearing. It would not be permitted in a court of law. A. This appears to be a reprint of something which I wrote while I was in China, and I am nol sure whether il is accurate or whether it is in full what I wrole. [Testimony follows which includes the reading of "aboul lhe author" material from lhe "Travelogue: Y enan to Mongolia" article as follows: "About the author: William Hinton is a United Slates agronomist who has spcnl the last several years in China. This arlicle describes a trip he look lo visit his brother- in-law. Sidney Engst, al a livestock experimental farm in Inner Mongolia."] (Continued on Page 43) I "a ire 41 ii*
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