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Federal Officials Probe Bund Link with Spying in U.S.

Attorney General Frank Burphy and J. Edgar Hoover, chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are discussing German-American Bund and espionage activities with local district attorneys on a tour of Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and New York, it was revealed here today.

Upon request of the State Department, the F.B.I. is pressing a search for alien agents who join the Bund. Mr. Murphy insists that if violations of existing laws are found he will prosecute, otherwise Congress will be asked to pass legislation to meet objectionable activities.

The administration is reported seeking additional funds from Congress to expand its anti-espionage campaign. Officials interested in a big army air corps building program and naval expansion declare the spy problem is more serious than at any time since the World War. Mr. Murphy and Mr. Hoover have been conferring regularly on the anti-espionage drive, which is being directed especially against Nazis. The Army and Navy intelligence units and the Treasury Department’s secret service are working with the Justice Department in the campaign.