Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on June 16, 1951 · Page 1
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TFUfPFII 4TIT1IF Airport noon temperature--74. Friday—high, 81; low, 61. Lost night's low —64. Rainfall—.07. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS A SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN PAPER SOUTHERN ItLH-^OIS; Pttrlkf cloudy with scatter^ HHHKSS**' showers tonight and Smdof* Not much chong« in temparo* ture. Low tonight 60-65. Hl<^ Sunday near 80. VOLUME XXXI —NO. 220 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS —SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 1951 25c PER WEEK BY CARRIER 32 DEAD, 18 MISSING IN CANADIAN FIRE THIRD RED OFFENSIVE EXPECTED Eighth Army Commonder Gen. Von Fleet Says Reds Have Enough Reserves to Try Agoin. U. N. DRIVING ON KUMSONG FORT Heaviest Fighting in Korea Is on Road to Kumsong and Along Red Escape Routes. By As.tocJAtcd PrcJs TOKYO. June 16 Rearguard Rcd.s and probing Allied patrols clashed head-on today in scattered battles across the Jagged mountains of the east and central Korea. The Communisls fought desperately to save their escape routes to the north as Allied armored forces thrust toward the new Red fortress city of Kumsong. Chinese and North Korean main forces continued to fall back along the front ahead of heavy Allied artillery fire. The U. S. Eighth Army Commander warned that another Red offensive is exix'clpd. In a frontline inlcrvieu- Lt. Gen. James A. Van Fleet said "the Communists' declared intention is still to throw us into the sea. We do expect a third round of the Chinese spring offensive. The enemy has sufficient enemy reserve units that have not been in contact for some time," Tiie bloodit,;.-; fight.r.g Sf.iurd .ij was north of Inje on the eastern front, and in the wooded hills defending the road to Kumsong. Kumsong is 12 miles north of Kumhwa on the west central,front. Ap Correspondent George McArthur said the Reds northwest of Inje launched tow counterattacks during the day. Both were thrown back. In the same area an .Allied patrol crashed into a village full of Reds. t A short sharp fight followed before the patrol returned to Allied lines. A pooled dispatch from the central front said United Nations infantrymen captured a strategic hill overlooking Kumhwa. The Reds fought bitterly to hold the hill only two days ago. Saturday, however, they loft only a small delaying force on the ridgeline. In the "Iron Triangle" are bounded by Chorwon, Kumhwa and Pyonggang, Allied patrols searched A vainly for Red Units. U. N. Airmen spotted and brought under attack 500 vehicles moving southward from the Manchurian border area toward Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. Van Fleet said the Reds could mount their ne.xt attack either in the east or west. Allied forces kept up pressure from at least two points on the suspected hub of t le next defense 1 ine — Kumsong, 12 miles northeast of Kumhwa on the main os- f[ cape road to the northeast coast. ' Kumsong is 29 miles north of parallel 38 on the centraJ front. One tank patrol moved out of Kumhwa. It fought rearguard diehards dug in along mountain ridges. Another armored column pushed through the mountains to the east to the Chupa area, nine miles south of Kumsong and 11 miles east of Kumhwa. Two bitter fights laged Friday due east of Kumhwa. In one, 400 " Reds fought an Allied unit in a midnight battle that was still going on Saturday morning. Fairfield Soldier Wounded in Korea Pfc. Darrell N. Self, a Fairfield soldier, has been wounded for the second time in Korea, according to word received from the Department of Defense in Washington, *|D. C. Pfc. Self is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward N. Self of RFD 1, Fairfield. No details on tlie seriousness of his wounds were recei\'ed. 'HONf y BEAR' WALKS AGAIN ENGLAND GETS 48 HOURS MORE TO ANSWER IRAN'S DEMAND FOR OIL PROFITS Delay Promised After U.S. Envoy Intercedes; Iran Wants All Profits; Would Repay Owners of Seized Oil Fields From 25 Per Cent of Fund. British Likely to Refuse. By Associattd Pr*>» TEHRAN, June 16 — Prime Minister (Mohammed Mossadegh today promised the British an additional 48 hourr: in which to reply to Iranian demands that all British oil profits here be turned over to Iran. The promise came as somewhat of a surprise, since Iranian negotiators had been insisting on a definite yes or no answer by Sunday morning. U. S. Ambassador Henry F. Grady had described the situation as crucial, before Premier Mossadegh acted. Kazem Hassibi, Undersecretary of the Finance Ministry and a member of the oil negotiating committee, told reporters last night "we demand a definite answer, yes or no, on Sunday morning to our requirement that the AIOC (Anglo Iranian Oil Company) negotiating team instruct thp company to pay us it profits from its oil sale." Commenting on the Iranian Ulti­ matum. Grady said "I ^on't see wh.\' there is need for tnis great huiry." He warned that breakdown in negotiations at this point "could lead to chaos." The American Envoy has adopter' the role of mediator in the dispute. xinn demands — as a condition for continuing the talks — that the billion-dollar AIOC turn over 75 per cent of its profits and deposit the other 25 per cent txom which to meet its ultimate claims for compensation. England To Say No By Associated Press LONDON, June 16 — Britain indicated today she would reject an Iranian ultimatum setting out terms for turning over oil profits from the rich Anglo-Iranian oil concession. "The Iranian proposal appears to us to be unacceptable," said a foreign office spokesman. "It is like holding a pistol to our heads." FEAR 50 DEAD IN FIRE While her parents, Governor and Mrs. Earl Warron, watched proudly, i»retty Nina (Honey Bear) Warren, 17, walked for the first time (Juan 14) Hithout crutches since she was .stricken last x\ove*i«br with ^olio. She took her lirst' steps across hi?r hign school auclitoriutn stage to receive her graduation diploma from Dr. John Kennedy, president of the Sacramento Board of Education, in Sacramento, Calif. — (AP Wirephofo) U. S. WARSHIP HIT 14 TIMES BY^D SHELLS Three Men Killed, Three Wounded by Shore Batteries. POSTHUMOUS MEDAL OF HONOR TO MARION Gi By Associated Pres.- TOKYO, June 16.— The high­ speed U. S. destroyer-minesweeper Thompson was hit 10 times by shells from Communist shore batteries on Korea's east coast Thursday. Three men were killed and two officers and one enlisted man seriously wounded, the Navy said. The U. S. Destroyed Arnold J. IsbeU silenced the enemy batteries. The Thompson, after transferring her wounded to the Isbell, steamed for a Japanese port undei' her own power. The Navy said she was not severely damaged. The Thompson was the second U. S. warship damaged off Korea this week and the eighth U. S. ship damaged or lost by enemy gunfire in the war. Two days earlier the destroyer Walke suffered 33 casualties, including 26 Seamen killed, when rocked by an underwater explosion presumably caused by a floating mine. Washington, later information showed the mine sweeper was hit 14 instead of 10 times with 75 and 40 millimeter shells. Most of the shells hit the superstructure amidships, but two penetrated the hull nea!- the waterline. (These hits were patched up and the Thompson was able to sustain normal speed while bound for the Japanese base of Sasebo. (The action occurred near Song- jin, on the -east coast of North Korea). O 'Fallon Miner Killed By Associated Press O'FALLON, III., June 16. — Jacob C. Rapp, 72. an employe of the Perry Coal Co. mine west of here for 27 >'ears, was killed yesterday when a section of rock broke loose from the mine ceiling and fell on him. SUMMER BAND AND ORCHESTRA PROGRAMS HERE EACH WEEK The Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a summer program for girls and boys of (he grade and junior high .school bands and orchestras. Practice sessions will be held twice weekly for nine weeks. The grade school orchestra meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30 p. m. in the junior high cafeteria. Any children who were in this group during the past school year are eligible to • attend. The junior high school orchestra meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:30 p. m. in the junior high cafeteria. Any girls and boys who were in the junior high orchestra during the past school year and those who will be coming into junior high this fall may attend these practices. The band is practicing on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a. m. in the junior high cafeteria. Other gi'oups are being, scheduled as the need arises, Harry Dunham and V. R. Render directors of these groups, urge every girl and boy who is eligible to attend these practices regularly. Dunham and Render are also teaching private and class lessons for beginners and boys and girls who have already started on band and orchestral instruments. Pfc. Richard Wilson Died Gallant Effort to Save Buddy. in By Associated Press WASHINGTON, June 16.—-The Congressional Medal of Honor will be awarded posthumously to a former Marion, 111., Medical Corps man for valor in Korea. Pfc. Richard G. Wilson, whose duty was to care for wounded soldiers, was killed last Oct. 21 when he returned to a bullet-swept ambush to rescue a wounded comrade. Announcement of ihe award of the nation's highest military dec- oratiqn to Wilson was made yesterday in Washington. Gen. Omar N. Bradley, chairman of the joint Chiefs of Staff, will present the medal to Wilson's widow, Mrs. Yvonne L. Wilson of 123-A North Main St., Cape Girardeau, Mo., at a ceremony in the Pentagon June 21. Wilson's mother, Mrs. Alice M. Wilson, and three sisters will come from Cape Girardeau for the ceremony. Mis father, Bert Wilson, Route 2, Marion, 111., and a brother Pvt. Normal L. Wilson, Camp Carson, Colo., will also be there. An eyewitness account of Wilson's gallantry was given 1o the Army bv S<?i. 1st Class James Hardin, Route 2, Laurel Hill, N. C. RoRfinient Ambushed The 187th Airborne Infanti'y Regiment suffered many casualties when it fought its way out of an enemy ambush. Wilson re- ropcatedly lefl sheltered positions to uo to ihe side of wounded men, many of whom he carried to safety. Alter his group withdrew, Wilson thought he saw one soldier, who had been given up for dead, moving in the ambush area. Dis- regrading the pleas of other soldiers, Wilson cahnly walked through a shower of Communist bullet.s to the side of the stricken soldier. Sgt. Hardin said he returned to the scene two days later,, when he saw "the body of Pvt. Wilson beside the body of the soldier he had tried to aid, with a morphine syringe clutched in his hand." Wilson was born in Marion, Hi., Aug. 19. 1931. He entered the Army in 1948 and left the United States for Korea early in September. NAB THREE MEN IN MUSIC STORE BURGLARY HERE Charge White Man, Two Colored Men With $2,600 Theft Last March. BRIDGES DENIES "CHINA LOBBY" INFLUENCED HIM He Supported China 10 Years Before $1,000 Campaign Donatfon. AIRLINER HITS DEER By Associated Press OMAHA, June 16. — You can add deer to the hazards of flying. A United Air Lines plane coming in from Chicago struck and injured a 150-pound buck deer on landing at the Omaha Municipal Airport last night. The plane was not damaged but police ^ad to destroy the deer. Long, intensive investigation by the Mt. Vernon police force has resulted in the arrest of three men on a charge of stealing $2,600 worth of musical instruments'-^t^ Varel's Music Store, 1502 Broad- ' way, last March. Lodged in jail on charges of burglary and larceny were: Richard Madden, 23, of this city, who is out on parole from Menard penitentiary. Oliver Scott, 22, colored, of 1016'li south 11th street. Robert Miller, 19, colored, of 1018 Bell street. Authorities announced this morning that Scott and Miller confessed late yesterday to implication in the burglary which occurred on the night of March 2, 1951. Madden has made no statement, officers said. Musical instruments, valued at a total of $2,681 were stolen. They included five accordians, one trombone, one saxophone, s i x clarinets, one trumpet and one guitar. Also stolen was $3.00 in small change. Scott and Miller told authorities they waited outside in an automobile while Madden broke out a rear door window with a gun. He made several trips into the building, carrying musical instruments to the car, they said. Scott told authorities he took the saxophone and later traded it in on a deal for a used car. Both Scott and Miller told State's Attorney Martin J. Dolan and Police Chief Verner Pigg that Madden threatened to kill them if they., confessed. Authorities said that Madden is out on parole from the penitentiary, where he served time on a larceny charge. Only loot recovered to date was the saxophone, police said. Lost Jets Landed In Czechoslovakia By Associated Press WASHINGTON, June 16. — Czechoslovakia advised the United States today that two jet fighter planes missing from the American zone of Germany since June 8 landed on Czech territory and the pilots are unhurt. The information was dispatched to the State Department here by Ambassador Ellis Briggs. The envoy's evident concern now is to obtain release of the pilots and the planes from Communist authorities. One of the pilots is Ainerican, the other a Noi-wegian flier who has been training with the U. S. Air Force in Germany. Technically the release of the Norwegian presumably will be a matter for his own government to handle with the Czechs. The State Department said yesterday that following disappearance of two fighters "on a normal training mission over the U. S. zone of Germany" reliable reports were received that the planes had landed in Czechoslovakia. Briggs immediately asked the Czech authorities for help in locating them but until today he had received no information on them. In a statement issued here yesterday the State Department said "the U, S. government cannot comprehend this dilitory action and lack of cooperation on the part of the Czechoslovak government in dealing with the matter of aircraft and personnel." By Associated Press WASHINGTON, June 16.—Senator Bridges (R-NH) denied today the so-called "China lobby" fSad' iftfluenced his support of Chiang Kai Shek's Chinese Nationalists in a battle with the administration over Far Eastern policies. Bridges and Senator John Marshall Butler (R-Md) were signled out for ra-jntion in a Democratic National Committee blast yesterday at administration critics in the senatorial investigation of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's ouster as Pacific commander. Writing in a weekly party pamphlet, William M. Boyle, Jr., the national chairman, assailed the so-called China lobby, whose agents he said "have constantly attacked the policies of the American government in Asia and have sought to discredit and besmirch the reputations of the men carrying out that policy." Senators McMahon (D-Conn), Sparkman (D-Ala) and Morse (R- Ore), all MacArthur inquiry committee members, have called for an investigation as to whether any American aid funds have been channeled to the group to support the Chiang Nationalists now on the island of Formosa. Boyle said that Alfred Kohlberg, New York importer he identified as "a leading figure in the China lobby," had made "sizeable campaign contributions" to Bridges and Butler. $1,000 Contribution Bridges, an inquiry committee member, told a reporter there is no secret about the fact that Kohlberg contributed to his successful campaign for reelection in 1948. Records show the contribution was ,?1,000. "Kohlberg hasn't influenced me on China," and neither has the so-called China lobby," Bridges declared. "1 was for China 10 years before 1 ever heard of Kohlberg. The inquiry gioup decided to vote Monday on how many more witnesses to call in its investigation of MacArthui-'s dismissal and its inquiry into world wide foreign policies. Chairman Russell (D-Ga) said he hoped hearings can be completed within 15 days, adding that MacArthur will get a chance to return to the stand if he chooses. Mac Speaks in Te.vas In Dallas, Tex., MacArthur had no comment on this. Plowever, he lold an audience of 27,500 that the Truman administration is trying to mislead the public over the best way to '\in the war in Korea. Told by reporters that a subcommittee headed by Russell apparently would recommend that only six to 10 more witnesses be heard in the MacArthur inquiry, Senator Knowland (R-Cahf)—a member of the full committee— called that reasonable and predicted the plan would be approved. The committee wound up testimony yesterday from Louis Johnson, former secrotai'S' of defense. CrntiSccl the Rubicon Johnson old the senators, among other things, he doesn't believe the United States can afford to neglect Asia in order to build up the defenses of Europe. "Having gone into Korea," he said, "we crossed the Rubicon, in my judgment. You cannot take the philosophy of promising for the defense of Europe to the point of saying you desert the Far East." ORPHANAGE ANDHOMEfOR AGED BURNS Disaster Strikes Cofliolic Hospice in Montreol Where 400 Aged ond Children Lived. FIRE STARTS IN ELEVATOR SHAFT Fallen Blow Torch Sets Fire Which Cuts Off Escopc of Those on Top Floor. Billows of smoke pour from the flame-swept Hospice Ste. Cunegonde in Montreal (June 15) as fire hoses pour w.iter in from all sides in an attempt to control the blaze. The blaze took the lives of 32 persons and 18 were missing. About 400 children and old persons lived in the home, which was constructed of stone and wood and was 75 years old. The home was operated by the Roman Catholic Grey Nuns. — (AP Wircphoto) STOPS CAR TO AID BLIND MAN; DEATy ESULTS Truck Swerves Behind Stopped Auto, Hits Approaching Cor. ,By Associated Press FLORA, 111., June 16.—A couple pulled an automobile to a stop to give a lift to a blind man and his seeing-eye dog—and a man was killed in the highway crash that followed. Killed in the accident yesterday was Verdayne D. Fisher, 41, of near Clay City. His son, 13, suffered a broken knee.^ State Highway Pati'olman Noian Venable gave this version of the mishap on Highway 50 three miles east of Flora: Mrs, Naomi Magers, 30, of Carlinville, driving a car in which her son and her partiallv blind husband were riding, stopped her car suddenly at the side of the highway. A truck following the Mager machine swerved suddenly toward the center of the highway and collided with the Fischer car coming from the opposite direction. The Fischer car overturned. Occupants of the 'other machines were uninjured. The man the Magers started to pcik up is Marshall Seiber, 38, of Centralia. Blood Donated Here Available At T.B. Hospital Blood donated by Mt. Vernon and Jefferson county residents will be kept continually available for use in life-saving work at the new Mt. 'Vernon State Tuberculosis Sanitarium. The announcement came today from local Red Cross officials, within a matter of hours after the new 100-bed sanitarium accepted its first patients. Dr. I. Zapolsky, medical superintendent of the new hospital, said "When we are in need of whole blood we will be very happy to use blood collected through the Red" All three hospitals in Mt. Vernon, including Jefferson Memoi'ial and Good Samaritan, are cooperating in the Jefferson County Blood Program, as well as other hospitals. Pointing to increased needs, both locally and for the military, the necessity of Jefferson county meeting its monthly quota in blood-giving was stressed today by Harry Wolter, Blood Program chairman for this county. "For the past two months we have been far below our quota of 144 pints of blood per month," he said. "We urge all citizens to become blood donors this month." The Bloodmobile will be in Mt. Vernon on Friday, June 22. Blood donor hours will be from noon until 6:00 p. m., at the Armory. VVoltcr announced that Jess Stringfield, i-ecruitment chairman for the Moose Lodge, has turned in 13 appointment cards for Moose blood-donors for the June 22 visit of the Bloodmobile. Recruitment chairmen of all other organizations in the city and county are urged to turn in their appointment cards at, the Red Cross chapter office notjlater than ne.xt Tuesday, June 19. BLAST TRUMAN SUSPENSION OF RED TRADE BAN _______ - *• ; -/ X "Wilful Nullification," "Betrayal of War Dead" GOP Senators Soy. By Associated Press WASHINGTON, June 16—President Truman's suspension of a ban on foreign aid to countries trading behind the iron curtain may be the cui'tain raiser to a bitter new political battle. The White House yesterday announced an "interim" suspen- , sion of the ban—known as the pKem amendment after its author Senator Kcm (R-Mo.) for a maximum period of 90 days. The amendment was attached to an appropriation bill. Mr. Truman signed it into law June 2 but complained he did so only because the funds were urgently needed. He said the amendment would do this country and its Allies far more harm than good. He called it '"seriously defective" and said it would w'eakon our security. This statement was disputed strongly by Republican leaders who cautioned against any general suspension of the ban. Senator Wherry of Nebraska, the Senate Republican floor leader assailed the suspension today as "a willful nullification of an act of Congress." He told a reporter he considei 's that the action "keeps open a loophole which will permit the flow of strategic materials to Communist satellite countries, which in turn will feed them to the Chinese Communists to help them kill our bovs." "Betrayal" of Dead Senator Cain (R-Wash.) denounced suspension of the Kem amendment provisions as "an unbelievable betrayal" of the American dead and wounded in Korea. "Such a decision," Cain said in a statement, "is the logical con- seriuence of a 10-year period of appeasement and cowardly surrender of American interests to European politics and Soviet strategy." He added in a statement: "It is about time that our administration and our Allies began to take the anti-Communist struggle, espcciallv the bloody Korean war. seriously." Law Permits Exceptions The Kem amendment called for shutting off U. S. aid to any nation shipping war-useful materials to Ru.ssia or its satellites. One of its provisions allowed exceptions to be made by the Security Council in any case involving the security interest of the U. S Yesterday's temporary blanket suspension was made under that provision. The announcement said the purpose of suspending the ban was to allow a chance for further study of trading situations in countries recei\ing U. S. economic aid. The Pi'esident has said a sweeping ban is unworkable. When he signed the bill two weeks ago he said "exceptions on a broad scale" might have to be made. kem has called the administration's arguments against the ban "State Department Jargon." Members of the Security Council include the President, the vice president, the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and the chairman of the National Security Resources Board. The last post is recently vacant. By Asiaciattd Press MONTREAL, June 16. — The death toll from the disastrous fire which gutted an orphanage and home for the aged rose today to 32 and firemen said it was feared the figure might reach 50. Searchers continued to bring bodies from the ruins of the home, St. Cunegonde's Hospice, which went up in flames yesterday. A morgue attendant said earlj today that 32 charred bodies hav» been carried from the rubble ol the 75-year-old stone and fram« building where some 400 old people and children lived. Firemer, said it was believed 18 persona were still missing. About a dozen of the aged were blind and many of the childreri were cripples. Coroner August Clement said an inquest would be held this morning. Bodies recovered- during the night were kept at the scene of the blaze. In the over-crowded morgue 25 bodies were laid out. The bodies of two nuns, Mother Superior Rita Gervais, 52, and Sister Chauvin, 60, were taken to the Mother house of the grey nuns who ran the Hospice. Starts in Elevator Shaft The fire broke out about noon yesterday in the Roman Catholic Hospice. The Rev. Father P. M. Seguin, chaplain of the Hospice, said "it was apparently started" accidentally in a tinder-dry elevator shaft. One report said a blow torch being used to install a new elevator, fell into the shaft. Flames shot up the opening to the roof and billowed through the corridors cutting off escape for those trapped on the top floor. Hampered by Crowds All available fire-fighting equipment rushed to the scene, but was hampered by the thousands of lunch-hour curious who jammed around the building in Montreal's midtown south side. Pious residents of this predominantly French-Canadian Catholic city, meanwhile, hailed the memory of Mother Superior Rita Gervais, 52, who rushed into the blazing inferno to try to have hex charges. She was last seen clutching a fire extinguisher pitifully trying to break through a wall of flame which cut her off from those she was trjing to aid. Firemen later found her body with the hands clasped as though in prayer. The alarm was given by Father P. M. Seguin, chaplain of the Hospice, at 11:45 a. m. He was in the chapel at the time. Father Seguin said: "An old man left the chapel. He opened the door leading to the corridor and then seemed to stagger, and then he turned and cried 'Fire" P«lls Fire Bell "I ran out and saw great gusts of ^moke and a roar of flame. I raced as fast as I could to the fire bell and pulled it. It started the alarms going all over the building. "Everyone I saw was very brave. There were cries and tears. But there was no panic, no scrambling to leave. "Everyone was well-disciplined and obeyed the fire regulations. You see, we had held a number of rehearsals for such an emergency." The toll was highest among the aged women because they were at the top of the building. Old men and children lived on lower floor's. The rescued were scattered among various civic and private relief agencies making an accurate count of the dead.and injured difficult. The fire alSo destroyed all records of those in the home. At one time every emergency ambulance in Montreal was at the scene. ,. _ One resident, 70-year old ro^ tunat Taillefer. said "it happened so fast it was like shooting a ««• volvcr." Taillefer fears that his 97-year old mother perished in the flames. Only 6 Identified All night long, white reh^- Dominican Priests end blacic »bjd ; Nuns glided silently throufh tht city morgue trying to identify W dead. The fire had so charrsd tfc^ victims that only six v!«i»jftfe recognized. Two of thg» r Nuns—Mother Superior MUl vais and Sister Ch«uvihiv|(!l

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