DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
The Department of Justice announces that James Buxton Dixon, 25, was
arrested by Special Agents of the FBI this morning in Baltimore, Maryland, for
committing sabotage at the Bethlehem Sparrows Point Shipyards where he was
employed as a welder.
Director J. Edgar Hoover of the Federal Bureau of Investigation said
that a total of eight men were apprehended last night and today for faulty
welding on liberty ships being constructed for the United States Maritime
In none of the cases, the FBI Director declared, has careful FB I
investigation revealed any foreign motives for the damage. The laborers
admitted doing improper welding to speed up their work and earn more money.
Instead of thoroughly welding plate connections in the ships, the
workers "slugged" or "bridged" the plates together. Both terms indicate only
superficial welding which leaves a veneer of metal on the outside, although
connections may appear to be solid.
In addition to the damages, the FBI Director said, the cost of produc-
tion has been increased and the ships have been delayed. Improper welding is
likely to break under stress and it has a tendency to crack, similar to a piece
of glass, and continues to break until the tension is released.
Apprehended earlier were Herman Scherer, Raymond Ashby Burkholder, Hiram
Thomas Via, Jr., Farrell Houston Smith, and Leonard Lucas, all at Baltimore;
Harley Brastus Killer at Lexington, North Carolina; and Wilfred James Gossman
at Zanesville, Ohio. Dixon is being arraigned with the others before the
United States Commissioner in Baltimore today.
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