March 24, 1943

Senate Probe of Matter Underway
WASHINGTON, D.C.—J. Lester Perry, president of the Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corporation, yesterday admitted to a Senate investigatory committee that tests on steel plates for shipbuilding had been faked. As a result, plates with faulty lamination have been shipped to the government. Approximately five per cent of steel plate shipped to the government last year failed to meet specifications. Perry stated there was a “…regrettable failure…” to conduct the required tests, but that “…highest management…” was unaware of the lack of testing. Senator Harry S. Truman of Missouri, chair of the investigation, responded such action was “…just plain crookedness and cheating on the government.” The Department of Justice has begun to look into the allegations for possible criminal action, according to an unnamed source.

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