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UNITED PRESS 1 NEWS BRIEFS NATIONAL: Economy Drive Catches Up With Congress WASHINGTON, D. C. May 16. — The congressional economy drive today caught up, in a small way, with Congress itself. The House Appropriations Committee, which has been dealing out cuts averaging 7- per cent against the record-high budgets of the governments executive agencies, reduced by about 2.7 per cent next years spending plans of the House itself. Small as it was — amounting to only ,208,343 — the recommended curtailment came as fresh evidence that the congressional economy drive was rolling unchecked, despite a stern new warning from President Eisenhower against unwarranted cuts. USIA Fights to Regain Budget Funds WASHINGTON, D. C, May 16. — The battered U. S. Information Agency today fought to regain a few million dollars in a House-Senate compromise on its deeply cut budget. The USIA budget emerged from the Senate last night shorn of 37 per cent of the funds President Eisenhower said it needed to fight Soviet propaganda in fiscal 1958. The Senate voted the agency 0.200,000— 3,000,000 less than Eisenhower requested and 5,900,000 less than the House voted it. Advance Guard of Pilgrimage at Capital WASHINGTON, D. C, May 16. — The advance guard of a mammoth "pilgrimage to Washington organized by Negro leaders began arriving here today to press for civil rights action. The "Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom," expected to draw 50,000 participants from 31 states and the District of Columbia, will be held on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Formal ceremonies are set for Friday but delegates from California and other distant states were scheduled to start arriving today. USS Skate, Atomic Sub, Slips Into Water GROTON, Conn., May 16. — The USS Skate, the first hunt-and-kill-type atomic submarine to be built, slipped into the baptismal waters of the Thames River today to become a part of what will be "the most powerful fleet ever assembled." Smaller than either of her nuclear-powered predecessors, the Nautilus and Sea-wolf, the Skate was christened by Mrs. Louis B. Strauss, wife of the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission. Hammarskjold Against Appeal on Tests UNITED NATIONS, N. Y., May 16.— Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold said today he did not think it would be "useful or even appropriate" for him to appeal to the big powers to halt nuclear tests. Eisenhower Plans Gettysburg Visit Today WASHINGTON, D. C, May 16.— White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty said today that President Eisenhower probably will fly to his Gettysburg, Pa., farm Friday afternoon. The chief executive is expected to return to Washington Sunday or Monday. Interceptor Missile Set for Production WASHINGTON, D. C, May 16.— The Air Force announced today a contract for production of the new Bomarc long-range interceptor missile. The jet-propelled pilot-less vehicle is designed to knock down enemy bombers "at a far greater distance than any other missile presently in use in air defense." FOREIGN: Britain Builds Negligible Fail-Out H-Bomb LONDON, England, May 16. — Prime Minister Harold MacMillan said today Britain has succeeded in building a hydro- • gen bomb with "almost negligible fall-out." MacMillan told the House of Commons that first report from the Cristmas Island test site indicate the explosion of Britains first hydrogen bomb "proceeded as planned." These first reports, he said, indicate that the fall-out has been "almost negligible." MacMillan refused to disclose any other details of the test in spite of a barrage of questions. Offer 18 Million for Economic Development KARACHI, Pakistan, May 16. — The United States, Britain and Pakistan offered a total of more than 18 million dollars today for economic development of the Baghdad Pact countries. The offers were presented at the opening session of the pacts economic committee and lent weight to prior statements that the anti-Communist organization would start placing more emphasis on economic development and less on the military phase. Arthur Gardiner, acting chief of the U. S. Mission in Karachi, pledged 2,570,000 for surveys of capital development phases of several regional Baghdad Pact projects.