Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on June 20, 1951 · Page 1
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TETWPKR ^TITHli: Tuesday—high 89, low 67. Losf night's low—64. Rainfall—1.65 inches, ^irport noon temperature, 84. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS A SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN PAPER VOLUME XXXI—NO. 223 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS—WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 1951 SOUTHERN lUINOtl*^ and a>oler tonight. ThiM. incrcosing cloudirwM- scattereici thundtrthovMlii south and w«st portiera iy ternoor\ or evening. Liswr night 56 to 63. Hl<^ Thurtdii 80 to 85. 25c PER WEEK BY CARWOC! BRITISH MISSION TO IRAN REOALLED INDICT 21 COMMUNIST FOR PLOT ON U.S. 17 ARRESTED; FOUR OTHERS ARE HUNTED FBI Rounds Up Secondory Command of Red Party Accused of Plot to Overthrow Government. By Asseciatid Press WASHINGTON, June 20. ~ Twenty-one members of the communist party's secondary command were indicted today on charges of plotting violent overthrow of the United States government. Seventeen of indicted by a federal grand jury in New York were seized in an early morning roundup by FBI agents. The four others were being sought. Sixteen of the arrests were in New York, the other in Pittsburgh. The government moved against the lesser lights in the wake of this month's supreme court decision upholding the conviction of the party 's 11 top leaders. Replaced Convicted LeaderH Attorney General McGrath and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover said in a statement: "Some of the individuals arrested are members of the alternate national committee, recently formed by the communist party to serve as the top polic. making body in the absence of the present national committee member*,' now TOTivieted." " 't-- The 11 leaders were convicted in New York in 1949 of conspiring to teach and advocate the violent overthrow of the U. S. goyprnment. Although the supreme court upheld the conviction two weeks ago, a legal battle for a rehearing is stiJl on. Each of those seized today was described by Hoover as "a prominent, active functionary of the communist party, U. S. A." List of Arrested Reds These arrests u'pre announced: Israel Amtor, 70, New York Gity, organizer of the "Friends of Soviet Russia in the United States"; Marion Mawvel) Abt Bachrach, 52, New York City, public relations director and secretary of the defense commission of the communist party; Isidore Begun, 47, of the Bronx, New York, party writer and speaker; Alexander Bittelman, 61, of Croton-on -Hudson, New York, described by the department as "one of the foremost theoreticians and dialecticians of the party; George Blake Carney, 46, of New York Citj', trade union secretary of the New York state communist party; Elizabeth Giirley Flynn, 60, of New York City, member of the party's national committee and chairman of its women's commission; Betty Gannett, 44, of New York City, the party's national educational director; Simon William Gerson, 41, of Brooklyn, chairman of the New York state communist legislative bureau; Victor Jeremy Jerone, 54, of New York City, chairman of the party's cultural commission; Arnold Samuel Johnson, 46, of New York City, temporary chairman of district number five, western Pennsylvania; Claudia Jones, also ^ known as Claudia Vern Scholnick, 36, of New York City, secretary of the national women's commission of the party; Albert Francis Lannon, 43, New York City, president of the communist political association of Maryland and Washington, D. C; Jacob Mindel, 69, the Bronx, New York, described as active in the national education department of the party; Pettis. Perry, 54, New York City, national secretary of the Negro commission; Alexander (gi Leo TrachtenberR, 65, New York City, head of the International Publisliers, Inc., New York; Louis Weinstock, 48, the Bronx, New York, member of the party's national review commission; William Wolf Weinstone, 54, Long Island City, New York, charter member of the communist party in this country. Pian§ For Undergrouiui The federal grand jury indictment naming the 21 communists ^ saki they had "detailed plans for the vital parts" of the party "to go underground in the event of an emergency." It slid this was part of their major conspiracy to teach and advocate violent overthrow of the government. It declared further that those indicted today carried on this conspiracy with the 11 com- njun St party leaders whose conviction on conspiracy charges was upheld this month by the U. S. supreme court. The indictment charged that the 21 defendants intended to MT.VERNONITES IN PARIS Tills picture of two Mt. Vernon couples was made on an Eiffel Tower platform overlooking Paris and the Seine River last Saturday afternoon (June 16). Left to right, are: Co), and Mrs. Harry Ford and Mr. and Mrs. James Ranniar. The Ranmars are on a tour of Europe and the Fords are living In France wliere the colonel is stationed with theU.S. Air Forces. Part of the Ranmar's trip wHl be made with Mrs. Ford in the latter's automobile to Denmark, where Mr. Ranmar was born. KNOCK OUT 10 RED PLANES IN AIR^TTLES Both Jet and Propeller Plones In Two-Level Korean Clashes. (CantinuMi an Pu» Two) By Associattd Prc» TOKYO. June 20 — Ten Red planes were shot down or damaged today in the Korean War's first double-deck dog-fight. Both jet and propeller driven planes — 98 of them — took part in the fourth consecutive day of air war over northeast Korea. On the ground North Koreans suddenly abandoned Punchbowl Valley, which they had fought for so viciously. United Nations guns now dominate the former Red buildup area on the eastern front. Sharp battles flared Wednesday on both sides of the valley —one near Kansong on the east coast and the other in the mountains north of Yanggu. The double air battle broke out simultaneously between low flying propeller planes and jets swirling above at 13,000 feet. When it was over the Reds had lost three planes destroyed one probably destroyed and six damaged. 3 Reds Shot Down Twenty-four U» N. Mustang fighters overpowered a flight of six Russian-built propeller planes. All the Reds were hit. A Yak fighter and two Stormovik attack- bombers were shot down. Another Stormovik was probably destroyed and two were damaged. Thirty-two American Sabre jets battled 36 Russian-type MIG-15 jets in the top level of the battle. The jet fight began at 13,000 feet and swept down to 6,000. Four red-nosed MIGs were damaged. All the MIGs then streaked back across the Manchurian border, 15 miles from where the action started. The Fifth Air Force said ail Sabi'e jets returned safely. (Dispatches did not report whethbr any-U. N. Mustangs were lost.) The four days of air war cost the Reds 28 planes destroyed or damaged. The Fifth Air Force listed nine shot down one probably knocked out and 18 damaged. There have been no figures of U. N. losses if any in these air battles. The Reds stepped up air action included a bombing and strafing raid Wednesday morning on a U. S. bivouac area in the Uijongbu sector north of Seoul. The new boldness of the Reds revived speculation that they are planning to unleash their Air Force, once estimated at 3,000 planes, possibly in support of a new offensive. U. N. liombers pock-marked six North Korean air fields with explosives in Tuesday night raids. Sharp ground finghting was re- poBted for control of three roads— a secondary route near Kansong on the east coast, the highway running north of Yanggu on the east central front, and the Kumh- wa-Kumsong road in the center linking the fallen Red triangle with a new Chinese buildup area. The abruptly abandoned Punchbowl lies between the Kansong and Yanggu sectors. One U. N. patrol pushed thi'ee miles beyond Allied lines in this sector north of Inje and found only two Red snipers. Another patrol blew up a Red supply dump north of Yanggu. CITY MANAGER BILL PASSED BY STATEJENATE Goes' Bock to House for Con. currence On Petition ;v Amendment. BASEBALL Yankees 2, White Sox 1. Indians 14. Red Sox 8. Braves 9, Gubs 0. * SPRINGFIELD, lil.. June 20. — The Illinois Senate today unanimously ^oproved a bill permitting all downstate cities and villages to hold a referendum on adopting the city manager foi-m of government. The only remaining step for the bill to clear the legislature is House concurrence in a Senate amendment. The amendment provides that the first petition submitted requesting a referendum shall be the one to be placed on the ballot. Under the present law, only cities of less than 5,000 population may ballot on the city manager form. The bill provides that a city council would appoint the city manager, who would have the administrative powers for running the city. The mayor or village president would preside at council meetings, attend ceremonial affairs and be the official head of the municipality for civil and legal purposes. Manager Enforces Laws The city manager would enfoce laws and ordinances, appoint and remove all directors of departments and attend council meetings, but with no riglit to vote. The legislative provides that the city council or village board would cBntinue to be the legislative body, adopting ordinances and fixing duties and salaries of appointive officials. Terms Must Expire Senate sponsors of the bill said if a city adopts the council-managerial form, the changeover would not be made until the terms of the incumbent city officeholders expired. Two Gas Stations Are Burglarized Here Last Night Thieves broke into two Mt. Vernon gasoline service stations last night. Sometime during the night they entered the Mobilgas Station at 14th and Broadway, taking numerous items valued at a total of ,$45.25. They pushed a window out to enter the North Shell service station for the second time in three nights. The loot this time amounted to only 50 cents in coins. City police reported that the thieves took many items from the 14th and Broadway station. They included six cigaret lighters, fou^ cartons of cigarets, a miniature blow torch, a spot light, 12 pocket combs, four packages of candy, six packages of potato chips, four packages of corn curls, four ball point pencils, 12 candy bars, two ball point pens and four bicycle horns. The thieves also attempted to break into the popcorn machine. Vote to Bon Car Sales on Sunday By Associated Press SPRINGFIELD. 111., June 20 — A ban on sale or exchange of automobiles on Sundays was voted today by the Illinois Senate. Senator Peter Miller (R-Chicago) said he sponsored the measure so employes of used car dealers would have the day off. The vote was 29-1 , moving the'l'oill to the Senate "FOG-SPRAYING" OF MT. V. PLANNED THIS SUMMER Chamber of Commerce Works on Task for Polio Prevention Measure Which Would Cost $1,000 or More. Chamber to Try for New hidustries, Draw Up City Map. Mt. Vernon will be probably be sprayed with insect-killing "fog" again this summer—as a polio preventive measure. Plans for the fog-spraying task were discussed at a meeting this week of the Board of Directors of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce. This community was fog-sprayed last year, along with several small Jefferson county towns, and it was pointed out' that no cases of polio were reported all summer long. The spray kills flies, mosquitoes and other germ-carrying insects. Working on plans for the spraying is the Chamber's City Health Committee, composed of Harold Myers, chairman, Harry Williamson and George Schroeter. Board members pointed out that the money.for the spraying must be raised before the job is done. It would cost about $1,000 to spray Mt. Vernon alone and about $1,600 to spray the city and the small towns of the county. Groups wishing to help in the cost can send their contribution to the Chamber of Commerce office. Try for Industries At the board meeting. Chamber President Charles Covington pointed out that every effort is being made to obtain progressive new industries for Mt. Vernon. Every prospect which has been received has been carefully investigated and in each instance closely followed through with allpertinent f^cts and statistics which would present Mt. Vernon as the ideal location for new industry. In order that this important part of the Chamber activity may be carried on even more efficiently and effectively, C. S. Ward was appointed chairman of the Industrial Expansion Committee. Sub-committees will be appointed in conjunction with the industrial committee in order that all data relative to industrial sites and facilities will be in the hands of the committee, to facilitate immediate and effective action-"on each prospect. Plan New City Map Kenneth H. Setzekorn was appointed chairman of the Chamber's City Map Committee and Glenn Pettit was appointed as a member. Plans are being made to draw up a new up-to-date city map which will contain all new subdivisions, showing the many new residential areas which have been developed since drafting of the old city map. The Chamber's Executive Committee for the 1951-52 fiscal year is composed of Charles Covington, chairman, Harold Myers and Edward Curtis. Make Plea Here For More Blood Donors on Friday Despite an urgent plea from the War Department for more blood, only 40 appointments had been made by today for the visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile to Mt. Vernon this Friday, June 22. Organizational chairmen and the appointments they have turned in at the Red Cross office include: Jess Stringfield, Moose Lodge, 16; Noma Lowther, Woodlawn, 19; Mrs. Wells, Waltonville Home Bureau, 4; Mrs. W. R. Hayman, Newcomers Club, 1. Other organizational chairmen are urged to get their appointment cards turned in immediately. Because of a special plea by the War Department to "disregard all quota limitations and collect more blood," Red Cross officials here hope that the old quota of 144 pints of blood will be surpassed this Friday when the Bloodmobile will be at the Mt. Vernon Armory from noon until 6:00 p. m. The officers lounge at the Armory will be used as a nursery for children of mothers who keep appointments to donate blood. Walk-in donors will also be welcomed. Boy, 4, Struck By Bat, Suffers Skull Fracture Gary Davis, four-year-old son of City Clerk and Mrs, Lester Davis of 603 south 15th street, suffered a skull fracture yesterday when he was struck by a baseball bat while playing with another boy. Gary was struck behind the left ear, at the base of the skull. He was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital, where X-rays showed a fracture. Gary was knocked unconscious for a short time, but was able to be taken home last night and is apparently getting along all right today. MT. V. FLOODED; PHONE, ELECTRIC SERVICE^IS HIT 700 Phones Out, Power Serv> Disrupted at 100 mEAT FOR INDIA ice Homes Last Night. A torrential rain nearing cloudburst proportions, accompanied by hail, lightning and high winds hit Mt. Vernon at dusk yesterday. It disrupted telephone and electric service in some parts of the city, flooded basements in hundreds of homes, knocked down two trees at the city park, felled limbs all over the city and made temporary rivers out of low-lying intersections and streets. ' In one hour the rain measured more than an inch and a half. Rainfall for the 12-hour period from 6:00 o'clock last evening to 6:00 o'clock this morning measured 1.65 inches at the U. S. weather station about four miles north of town. The rainfall in Mt. Vernon was apparently much heavier than that. Lake Islands "Gone" The islands in the lake at the Mt. Vernon city park simply "disappeared" as water in the lake raised several feet. City officials reported that the water coursed out over the west side of the lake' and completely covered a road near the lake shore. The wind knocked several limbs from trees all over the city and street departm.ent workers were busy this morning collecting the debris. Phone Service Out Telephone service was knocked out, for varying periods of time, at about 700 homes in all parts of town. Lightn/ng hit one phone cable and hail and rain damaged other cables. Telephone service had been restored to all homes except 58 by this morning. Hits Electric Service Illinois ^Power Co. officials reported that approximately 100 homes in tlie city were without electric power foi- periods of from a few minutes to several hours. All service had been restored by 2:30 a. m. today. Electric service was disrupted to homes in part of east Mt. Vernon, on south 12th and in the southwest part of the city. A transmission line feeding into Mt. Vernon froin Du Quoin was knocked out when a tree felled by the high winds fell across -the lines. Lightning struck a transmission line between Mt. Vernon and Waltonville and caused some damage. There was also some damage to rural electric lines. One pole was knocked down by the wind and service to the Drive-In Theatre was disrupted. Big Hailstones Hail as big as marbles fell in Mt. Vernon, but no injuries were reported. A section of carpeting was soaked at the Granada Theatre when the driving rain came through a leak in the roof. PHILADELPHIA, Pa., June 20 —Madame Pandit, (center) India's ambassador to the U.S., watches last of 336,000 bushels of wheat being loaded aboard Liberty ship, John Chester Kendall, here Tuesday, following ceremonies in which Madame Pandit accepted first shipment of U.S. wheat for the famine-stricken country. Wheat is first of Z million tons bound for India. Others shown with Madame Pandit are unidentified. —-(AP WIREPHOTO—SPECIAL TO THE REGISTER-NEWS) WON'T GIVE UP GREAT OIL FIELD British Troept, Plantt, Ships Stand by, 7,000 in Dong«r; Mossodtgh Gives Seixurt Order. POWER OFF IN ANDERSON, IND., CITYOF 46,000 Cobles Burn Out; Close Theatres, Cafes, Filling Stations. Rain Is "Timed" Over Mt. Vernon The weather was the subject of an unusual telephone conversation here yesterday afternoon. Calling from the city park, a resident asked a friend who resides in northeast Mt. Vernon; "How do you like this rain?" "What rain?" was the answer. "It's raining by the bucketfuls here at the city park," said the caller. "Not a single drop has fallen in this part of town," was the answer. The friends conducted an experiment, kept their conversation going until the rain reached northeast Mt. Vernon. The time it took for the rain to cross town was 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Accept Bids for OIney Hospital By Associated Press OLNEY, 111., June 20 — Low bids totalling $1,358,054 for the Richland Coupty Memorial Hospital were ac(*'epted by the County Supervisors last night. Contracts will not be awarded for several days pending approval of state and federal authorities. The total project, including equipment but not including offsite sewer work, is expected to cost .$1,682,000. Some $841,000 will come from federal and state aid. A bond issue of $900,000 recently was voted for the rest of the cost. By Associated Press ANDERSON, Ind., June 20. — Emergency electric power supplied parts of this industrial city of 46,000 today and the rest of the city was without electricity. A cable shorted out in the Municipal Power Plant yesterday and in turn burned out all the other main cables in the plant. Some officials said it might be two or three days before the plant could operate. The big General Motors plants —Delco-Remy and Guide Lamp— suffered almost no effects, because they normally get much of their power from Indiana & Michigan Electric Co. I. and M. couldn't find connections big enough to handle a citywide standby service. But two pumps were wired in at the waterworks to begin restoring water pressure last night. However, all auxiliary firemen and auxiliary police were called out as a precaution against fire. No Gasoline Pumps Radio stations WCBC and WHBU couldn't broadcast, and filling stations couldn 't pump gasoline. Theaters and cafes were closed last night. The Herald, a morning newspaper, made a hasty move to the plant of its afternoon partner, The Bulletin, in the uptown business district where emergency service was restored last night. Busy Day Ahead For Grand Jurors Here on Friday A busy day Is in store for members of a Jefferson county grand jury which will convene in Mt. Vernon Friday to deliberate on criminal cases. States Attorney Martin J. Dolan said that an unusually large number of cases will be presented to the jury. However, he said, it is expected that the jurors will complete their work in one day. Zacharias Says Korea a Mistake Associated Press ST. LOUIS, June 20. — Korea was a blunder by both Russia and the United States, Rear Admiral Ellis M. Zacharias (retired) declared today. The former deputy director of Naval Intelligence told delegates to Kiwanis International 's 36th annual convention in a prepared speech that Korea was not on the Russian timetable. "It was not supposed to have occurred, "and it would not have occurred, except that we led them to believe that we would have done nothing about it," Zacharias said. "For that reason Korea was a blunder on their part." MAC DECLINES TO APPEAR AT HEARING AGAIN Charges Truman Silenced Witnesses; Gen. Hurley Testifies. By Associated Press WASHINGTON, June 20.— Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Hurley, former ambassador to China, today accused the State Department of surrendering the principles for which World War II was fought. Hurley also called for an end to what he called a "policy of appeasement." He was testifying before Senate committees investigating the ouster of Gen. Douglas, MacArthur. When Hurley took the witness chair, the committee made public a letter from MacArthur contending that President Truman 's orders "silencing pertinent witnesses" had denied the inquiry group the "full facts" about his. recall from his Pacific commands. Declines to Return In the letter, MacArthur declined an invitation to return for further testimony before the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees. MacArthur's reference obviously was to Mr. Truman 's stand that Gen. Omar Bradley, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, and Secretary of State Acheson should not testify about what was said by individuals at White House conferences on dismissing MacArthur. Hurley, a Republican, was the eleventh witness at the inquiry. He is a former Secretary of War who served as ambassador to China from November 30, 1944, to November 27, 1945. Acheson's "Injustices" At the outset. Hurley hit out at the State Department and what he called "the injustices" done to him by Secretary of State Acheson in testimony before the senators. "We should quit the policy of appeasement and present again a positive foreign policy based upon the principles of individual liberty, self - go\'ernment, regulated free enterprise and justice." Prior to today's session Senator, Byrd (D-Va.) said he didn't think MacArthur was kept sufficiently informed of policy decisions before he was relieved of his Pacific command. "Mac" Left in Dark Byrd told a reporter he doesn't support MacArthur 's proposals to expand the fighting in Korea to Red China itself. But he said he believes the five-star general was "left in the dark" on some vital matters. "I think a majority of the committee investigating MacArthur's dismissal may agree that he was not kept fully informed," the Virginia senator said. Hurle.v Blame* Yalta Hurley said that since the Yalta agreement and in general since the end of World War II. "a weak and confused" American foreign policy has been "the primary cause for every international'prob­ lem confronting our nation, and By AtfMiiM Preu LONDON, June 20. — Foreigii Secretary Herbert Morrison today ordered the British mission to Tehran to return home. , Morrison told a crowded silent House of Commons Britain again would appeal to the International Court of Justice at The Hague for advice on what "provisional metbr ods" it can adopt to protect Iti rich Iranian oil interests. Morrison's announcement came after the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company's negotiators in Tehran luld asked that an airplane be sent to return them home. The negotiating team includes one government representative. The foreign secretary indicated that Britain is not abandoning the sprawling oil fields and the giant oil refinery of the Anglo-Irani^q Oil company in southern Iran. But he warned that Britons in Iran may have-a difficult jdb keeping the installations operating. . "Riots, abu$es, misrepre^nta^; tiqns and the uncertainty i>f thi future have made condition diffii cult for them," he said, ^e adM this warning: "The British-government la iwjf prepared to stand by idly If the lives of British nationals are in jeopardy." Britain's sea, land and air forces in the Middle East already are on the alert, a qualified government source said, in the event they are needed to protect some 7,000 Britons working in the Iranian oil fields. Mossadegh Orders Sebmre Earlier Iranian Premier Mo^ hammed Mossadegh ordered government officials to take "full au^ thority" over the oil company and he promised to keep oil flowing from company installations. Mossadegh's orders were issued at the end of a five-hour cabinet meeting. Deputy Premier Hussein Fatlml announced that Iran would not carry out threats of extreme nationalists to "shut the valves" of AOIC's refinery at Abadan — th* world's largest. The cabinet had been summon* ed into emergency session, Th* ministers'had before^them an appeal from the United States to reconsider a British offer whose rejection brought to an end negotia^ tions to resolve the oil crisis. Plan Gradual Takeover A vaguely worded communique indicated the Mossadegh government planned to try to take oveir the administration of the vast oil fields gradually. It announced that Iranian officials had been namM to take over "Anglo-Iranian'a northernmost oil fields at Kerman. shah. The cabinet meetiiig, whosei length indicated that Iranian ofr ficials realized the enonnity of the task before them, came after British-Iranian talks on a possible settlement broke down last night. The communique said that any orders of the Anglo-Iranian board of directors and its general man? ager would not be carried out unless countersigned by the temporary board of directors of Iran's National Oil Company. The next step is now up to AIOC. Iranians apparently expect former AIOC employes and executives to continue to work mdac the direction of the government^ oil company. Fatimi himself had voiced the threats to cut off the flow of oU at Abadan because of British refusal to turn over profits of the company to Iran. But. his aii- nouncement after the meeting made it certain that no such ac^ tion was planned. ' Reject British Offer The blow-up came when Iran f«- jected a British compromise offul of a financial advance as ^ stitute for the profito the InUl! ians had demanded from tht feBi lion-dollar Anglo-Iranian OtIOQ||l< jany. whose controlling interest ll held by the British government... Apparently the Mossadei^ fM^ ernment was bent on eamsmt surrender by the company. implied Iranian threat to alMI^ pipeline valves at the AbpdM^ finery, so the company no tMM could make deliveriea '<» ,.ll|l||>i heightened the air of 1 (London soutcei these valves couU sions and fires.) Deputy Premier toW reporteta Jf aickbed when h§ in eventi aad

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