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U.S. Seen “subsidizing” Nazi Ships Under New Mail Ruling

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GERMAN SHIPS WILL TAKE AWAY A LARGE SHARE OF THE UNITED STATES MAIL FROM AMERICAN VESSELS, UNDER A NEW RULING BY THE POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT, THE JOINT BOYCOTT COUNCIL OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH CONGRESS AND THE JEWISH LABOR COMMITTEE COMPLAINED TODAY TO POSTMASTER GENERAL FARLEY.

DR. JOSEPH TENENBAUM AND BARNEY C. VLADECK, CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL, WROTE TO MR. FARLEY ASKING HIM TO RESCIND THE NEW RULE, WHICH REDUCED FROM SEVEN DAYS TO TWO DAYS THE PREFERENCE ACCORDED AMERICAN OVER FOREIGN LINES IN SHIPMENT OF PARCEL POST AND PRINTED MATTER.

UNDER THE NEW REGULATION, PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO AMERICAN BOATS ONLY WHEN THEY ARRIVE AT FOREIGN TERMINALS WITHIN TWO DAYS AFTER A SHIP UNDER FOREIGN REGISTRY. THE COUNCIL POINTED OUT THAT THIS WOULD CONSTITUTE IN EFFECT AN INDIRECT SUBSIDY TO FOREIGN LINES, ESPECIALLY NAZI COMPANIES, WHICH SCHEDULE THE MOST FREQUENT SAILINGS. IT ALSO POINTED OUT THAT NONE OF THE COUNTRIES WHICH WILL BENEFIT PERMITS ANY OF ITS MAIL TO BE SHIPPED ON ANY BUT ITS OWN VESSELS.

THE COUNCIL ALSO ASKED AID IN HAVING THE RULING RESCINDED FROM A NUMBER OF UNITED STATES SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES, AND FROM JOSEPH P. KENNEDY, CHAIRMAN OF THE MARITIME COMMISSION.

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