Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on March 22, 1952 · Page 2
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PAGE TWO Al.TON EVENING TELEGRAPH SATURDAY, MARCH *J, Ports of Entry Near Solution Herla Give Detailed MHJ>S Of Cities MUNSAN, Korea. Mftrrh 22. /P Truce negotiators virtually wrapped up an agreement on ports of entry today as the Communists turned over detailed mnps of five North Korean cities through which they would funnel troops and supplies during an armistice. An Allied staff officer said the maps appeared to meet UN specifications and "looked In general to bo following our pa Kern," The maps showing exact areas In which neutral inspection teams would operate during a truce were flown to UN truce headquarters here for close study. A second group of UN staff officers told the Communists' (heir "new approach" to the prisoner exchange problem needed "a considerable amount of adjustment." The Reds again made It clear they have no intention of abandoning the principle of forced repatriation of all war prisoners. The UN command submitted maps of its five ports of entry Friday, but the Communists «sked for another 24 hours to pinpoint dock areas, airports and other facilities In their ports to be checked by neutral Inspectors. UN staff officers made slight modifications In their maps overnight to conform to Communist requests, The ports of entry were named Tuesday. Communist, troops and supplies would move Into North Korea through Slnuiju and -Tvtan- pojln on the Yalu river border with Manchuria, Chongjln and Hungnam on the east coast and Slnanju, a rail junction In the northwest. The UN ports in South Korea would be Pusan and Kangnung on the east coast, Kunsan and Inchon on the west coast and Taogu, an air bqse city In Southeast Korea. The Issue of voluntary versus forced repatriation of war prisoners Is the only major dispute blocking agreement on prisoner exchange. Two problems remain to be Ironed out by negotiators working on truce supervision. They are Communist nomination of Soviet Russia to a neutral Inspection coin- mission and an Allied demand for a ban.ton construction of military airfields Mn North Korea. - Scn.PnnlDougtnit To tic Speaker nf MelluHlistChurch Awarded To Bethalto Map EDWARSV1LLE — In a sealed jury vordlct, returned late Thursday and opened Friday In circuit court, Cleo J. Landreth of Bethalto was awarded $100,000 damages from Illinois Terminal Railroad Co. for injuries he incurred last Sept. 12 during switching operations in the Standard Oil Co. plant at Wood River. Landreth, a Terminal ssvltchman, had asked $35,000 judgment against the railroad In his suit, filed Dec. 15 In circuit court. He alleged he had suffered permanent Injuries when thrown from a lank car during switching operations in the Standard Oil plant. The suit was tried Thursday In circuit court before Judge K. F. Barels, with the case going to the jutty late In Ihe afternoon. The jury's scaled verdict, returned after about four hours' deliberation, wan opened Friday Landrcth was represented by Attorney Joseph M. DdLaurentl, Edwardsvllle, with Stanford Meyer of TIast St. Louis as associate counsel. Sgt.F.E.Callahan's Body on Way Home The body of S_t. Francis K. Cal lahan, 23, who was killed In action in Korea, Jan. 30, will be returned to the United Slates aboard the "Iran Victory," Sunday, and will arrive at San Francisco. His widow, the former Miss Bernardino Volner, and two children, reside at 1400 Liberty slrcet. and his parents are Mr. ami Mrs. M. E. Callahan ot 743 Madison avenue, Wood River. Sgt. Callahan was inducted into the army Oct. .19, .1950. Other survivors are a brother, Maurice D. Callahan, commander of the SS "Doyle," and two sisters, Miss Mary and Miss Patricia Callahan. Time for arrival of the body in Alton is uncertain. Knifed Slates Sen. Paul H, Dougla* will be n dinner gtmsf of First Methodist Church's official board at. Hotel Stratford, Sunday evening, following his 5 p.m. address and informal meeting al the church. Sen. Douglas is due to arrive here /ilionf 4::.TO, W. H. Thomns of Ihe committee on arrangements announced today. He Is due to drive up from East St. Louis, whore he is staying over the weekend. He Is scheduled for a political speech In Edwardsville tonight. • Sunday evening's adares*, of course, will be non-political on "The Christian Home and Family Life." It Is the address Sen. Douglas delivered before the Methodist National Conference In Chicago last October. His appearance here Is one of four discussion evenings sponsored by the men's organization of the church. On the committee arrahglng tomorrow night's meeting, beside Thomas, are Ralph Kober, Macy Prultt, James Chandler, Guy Mason, and the Rev. Dale Harmon, pastor. Seeks $100,000 In Damage Suit EDWARDSVTLLrc, March 22.- Miss Jane Dllley of Alton, filed suit for $100,000 damages Friday in Circuit Court as the result of Injuries sho incurred last Doc. 9 in an automobile-truck collision on Route 111, a mile south of Old Edwardsville ro/id. Named defendants were Slahly Cartage Co. of South Roxana^, and ft driver for the firm, John Davidson, Godfrey, Route 1. Miss Dllley alleged she suffered permanent injuries when the automobile In which she was riding, driven by William Coffman of Alton, struck the rear of a northbound Stahly tractor-trailer truck, which hod stopped on the pavement ahead of Coffrnan's cor, Two other persons riding In Coffman's machine also were injured in the mishap. Wind-Fed Fire Sweeps Town In Alaska WRANOELL, Alaska, March 22, ^P—A wind-fed fire wiped out more than half of Wrangell's business section early today, destroying 20 frame buildings and a residence perched on pilings along the town's main street. Loss was estimated by Fire Chief William D. Grant as close to Jl,000,000. Eighty-five persons were made homeless in 35 degree weather before the flames were brought under control at 3 a.m. 5 a.m. Alton lime, 4\i hours after the fire mushroomed from a hardware store. Firemen said a boiler explosion apparently was the cause, Only one casualty was reported. Cpl. Darrell Miller, stationed here with the Alaska Communications System, was hospitalized after being hit on the head by n timber sent flying by a dynamite explosion. His condition was not serious. Dynamiting of buildings in the path of the raging bla/.c failed to stem Its advance. Not until collapse of the only hotel in this com nuinily of 1200 persons, 720 miles north of Seattle, was the fire controlled. The entire water side of the .town's single business street WHS a scene of destruction. For four blocks the narrow beach was littered with the Htnoldering re mains of the buildings, all of which wore built on pilings because the stoop hillside on which \VranRHI is situated slopes sharply toward the water. Beauty Contest Parade Postponed—\\ eat her Bad Kaiii this morning forced postponement of the parade of en- irants in the "Miss Alton" beauty contest sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. The parade will be held Tuesday afternoon. The contest lo select "Miss Alton" will 110 at i|u> YWCA Tuesday at 8 p. m. W.LSparks,84, Long 111, Dies Burial to Be in Alton family Lot William I... Spnrks, the last, of (ho old-liny flour milling family of Alton, dlffl Just before midnight Friday fit his home in Terre Hnute, Ind, Hn had been in failing health for several years, and his death had been expected at any time for many months. Born April 1, 1867, at Lltchfleld. III., he was nearing his 85th birthday. He was the non of Capt. and Mm. David R. Sparks, for many years residents ot Alton, living first or arriving In Alton on the « of the present Loretto home and later In what was for j-ears the Sparkc home across the street on Prospect street. His marriage to Marl* L. Suck- master was a society event of Dec. 10, 1892. She died at the age of 83 in Tcrre Haute whew (he family of vtr. ant Mrs. W. L. Sparks had be»>n making thel • home for a long time. Mr. Sparks had first been associated in the Sparks Milling Co. in Alton, then he moved to Chicago In 1900. The next year ho moved to Montclalr, N. J. where lie became traffic manager and later secretary of the Union Bag & Paper Co. In 1909 he moved 'o Terre Haute, Ind., to make his homo and to head a flour mill there which had been acquired by the Sparks : '"'Ing Co, und jf .vhich he was vice president until the liquidation of the Terrc Haute plan, after 26 years. In Terrc Haute and throughout fndlnnn golfing circles he was widely known. He was on the board of directors of the old U.S. Trust Co. of Term Haute before It merged with the 1st National bank. He had a lending part in the work of developing city and country roads In the Torre Haute neighborhood. During the Spanish - American war Mr. Sparks served as lieutenant junior grade on a collier in I he U.S. Navy. He svas honorably discharged in 1898. There are three children surviving, three grandchildren and one great-gra.-dchild. The children are Mrs. Virginia Sparks Wisely, wife of Pntil Wisely of Torre Haute, Ind., with whom he made ! 's home during his long lllneus and where he died; Hunter Debow Spnrks of Nashville, Tonn., and William Baxter Sparks of Virginia Beach, Va. ( all of whom spent part of their childhood in Alton. The 'body will be brought to Alton for burial in the Sparks family burial lot: in Alton cemetery. It is expected that the body will arrive Monday at 5 p.m. accompanied by members of the family, and will be taken to Morrow & Qulnn funeral home. The funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m., Rev. K. J. Vance of the First Presbyterian Church officiating. Friends may call at the Morrow- Quinn funeral homo after 7 p.m. Monday. Two Indicted By Grand Jury In Meat Probe SCENE OF AIRLINER CRASH IN GERMANY — This is a of rescue workers probing wreckage of fuselage of KLM airliner in woods near Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday. Parr of derrick being used to pull plane apart in search for victims may be cccn at upper right. —AP Wirephoto via radio from Frankfurt. CHICAGO, March 22 <T -- A Cook county grand jury indicted two Chicagoans yesterday and reportedly voted a true hill charging a third man with perjury in Its Investigation of the horse meat scandal. Rart Picone, owner of the Avondale Provision Co., and Mark Levy, « salesman for the firm, were indicted on charges of bribing a former slate food inspector, John McNamara. A bribery indictment was returned Thursday against McNamara. Joseph Soive of Chicago reportedly was named in a true bill charging perjury. Sorce had testified before the grand Jury that: some 2000 pounds of horsn meat found last year in his store was for his own use and that he had purchased it from an unidentified man. Assistant State's Attorney Martin Brodkin, who is leading the horsemen t probe, said other evidence introduced before the grand jury showed Sorcc had purchased Ihe horse meat from a legitimate dealer. 3 Persons Hurt in Two Auto Mishaps Two motor vehicle accidents in which three persons met injury were listed in police records today, one mishap having occurred within the city, the other on a state route. John Henry Adams, 77, of 12.11 East Sixth street, received emergency treatment In St. Joseph's Hospital shortly after 8 p.m. Friday because of injuries incurred when he was brushed by an automobile as he undertook to cross Oak street at Firth—a half block from the hospital emergency room. Police learned he had an apparent dislocation of hi« right wrist and bruises lo his hip for which a doctor gave, treatment. The automobile in the accident was driven by William Fltzglbbons, 15, of Route 1, Jerseyville, police said. At 9 a.m. today Jules Bindler, 43, and Mrs. Tillie Bindler, -39, of St. Louis were received at St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment of injuries Incurred in a traffic mishap on the Lewis & Clark bridge ,route on Missouri Point. Both were admitted for treatment, but it was said immediate examination revealed no hurts having serious aspects. Police were Informed the Bindler car had. skidded off the slab, due to the rain storm, colliding with a tree,.".when-the Blhdlers \vei-o en route.from St. Louis to Alton. Two hit-run crashes were reported to the police Friday evening. A. W. Owens, .713 Silver street, complained that a motorist who slcleswlped his car when on Henry, near 1.11 h street, had sped on without a stop. At Broadway j und Pearl, a sedan driven by Harry F. Murphy and a car of Paul Potts of 2408 Brown street were struck and somewhat damaged by a third vehicle, the driver of which backed out of contact, then drove on without, revealing his identity. Early today, police found that a coarh operated by Howard H. Davis of 1405 East Fifth street had run, out of control, jumping the curb, and halting at the brow of a steep embankment. A tow- car had to he called to extricate it. Trieste Riots Start Again As Students Lead Henderson May Be Street Test 'Professional 9 Red Cross Fund Drive Opens TRIESTE, Free Territory, March 22--fl>~Fighting between police and Italian demonstrators broke out again today in the Allied-controlled city which both Italy and Yugoslavia claim. Clashes erupted in the central Piazza Unlta, scene of wild demonstration Thursday when 30 persons were injured and 61 arrested. The city was strike-bound by a 12-hour walkout ordered by the non-Communist unions to protest police action against Thursday's demonstrators. Students, taking the lead in this latest demonstration for return of the city and free territory to Italy, marched through police-patrolled streets. They overturned an Allied military truck and damaged several others. They sang Italian hymns and defiantly shouted against both United States and British authorities of this occupation zone. British and American military police backed up the civil police. First reports said a policeman and a civilian were injured in today's demonstration. A score of demonstrators'were arrested. Windows were'broken In dance halls, bars and other places frequented by Allied military government personnel. The Rome radio in its noon broadcast said Allied military troops were confined to barracks in Trieste and demonstrations also had occurred in Bologna, Venice nnd Rome. It said 76,000 Trieste workers were on strike. Thursday's demonstrations, which had been .forbidden by Allied authorities, were called to mark the fourth anniversary of a declaration by the United States, Britain and France that they favored the return of Trieste to Italy. It was Italian territory before World War II. The Big Three have hold off a final decision on Trieste .because of inability to reach agreement with Russia and because Yugoslavia also claims the area and the Western Allies are supporting the anti-Kremlin regime of Premier Marshal Tito in his fight against the Comin- form. M F T UBC Proposal for Improvement With ths filing today of ft petition to the Board of Local Improvements. signed by owners of all property to be benefited, Henderson street loomed as first that may be slated for an MFT Improvement with curb and gutter the cost of whlrh would be shared 50-50 between the property owners and the city. Final decision on the scope of the project which may Include an asphaltlc surfacing of the street. was deferred to n meeting next Saturday at which C. H. Sheppard. project engineer for the city In motor fuels tax Improvements, will present alternate cost estimates. Property owners may then make a choice with fairly-acrurnte understanding of just what type of lob they prefer would cost them. When the petition of property owners was presented at 10 a. m. today at a meeting in the council chamber of city hall at which Mayor Linkogle presided, It was explained that 19 of the total of 20 property owners had signed, and that their petition was limited solely to installation of curb and gutter under the city's "matching fund" MFT plan. Engineer Fairfield then explained the advantage of having an asphaltic street surfacing included with curb and gutter, and pointed out that stale highway department approval, which will be necessary, will he more certain if a street surfacing were Included. After the discussion had progressed along this line, it developed the one property owner who had failed to sign the original petition for curb-gutter was In favor of a general street improvement. He then joined the original petitions by appending his name, and making the request for the improvement unanimous. As a rough estimate on cost. City Engineer Fairfield told the group of 10 property owners at the meeting that curb and gutter would cost about $5.80 but that with grading and "oiled pad" asphaltic chip street surface, total cost would be about $10 or a cost to each property owner of tbout ?2.50 a property front foot with the city paying half the total. Alderman Parker, streets committee chairman, who had aided In promoting the Henderson street project, explained the city plan to pay half the cost _of curb-gutter projects when property owners pay the other half. He said the city cannot undertake to pay all cost of curb and gutter because demand would make this an impossibility. But by limiting the city's matching fund plan to projects where property owners pay half, it is believed city financing with MFr money will be possible, and that the city in the long run, will be recompensed for the outlay because an- ^gUdMggMMMBHBV^ Pace Quickens In Presidential Campaign Trot ft, fHE AMOCIAfBB MM* Presidential campaign skirmish ing was most active today In upcoming-primary states—Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois—but blasts and booms were echoing elsewhere. Once around the country turns up these events: Nebraska The April 1 primary campaign got R shot in the arm with the arrival of Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee and announcement of a write-in drive for Sen. Robert Taft of Ohio. Sabres Climax Best Week Yet Scientists have found it impossible lo give an exact definition of a living organism. . of Frank A. Gerard, chairman the professional division of the 19M Red Cross fund drive, has an nounced that his phase of the cam 1 John C. Barker Rites ! Arc Held at Grafton , Funeral services for John C. Darker, 85, of Grafton, who died Wednesday in St. Joseph's Hospi^ Wj>re }„,,„ at ]0 a , m , (oda / jn St. Patrick's. .Church, Grafton. The Rev. Father Michael Sheehy was celebrant of Ihe requiem mass and officiated at Scenic Hill cemetery, where the body was interred. Pallbearers were Laverne Johnson, Hubert Hosey, Paul Arnold, nual costs earth borne street by the maintenance city will be Robert Freeman, Thomas han, and Charles Amburg. Calla- paign will start today, and continue lo the end of March. It is through this phase of the annual campaign, that the professional men of Ihe area are asked to contribute to the local Red Cross needs. The Alton-Wood River Chapter of the American National Red , f . _ , n . >oss is conducting its campaign | Matthew Johnson Kites hroughout March to coincide with I the national fund drive. The goal i of the local Red Cross is $38.020 to' meet the budgeted needs of the' 'chapter for the coming year. i In commenting on the profession- i al phase of (lie 1952 drive, Gerard said ! "Although the campaign lias pro-1 lo dale, the results of | Conducted at St. Mary's Funeral services for Matthew Johnson, 78, were conducted at St. Mary's Church at 9 a.m. today, with Msgr. J. J. Brune as celebrant of the requiem high mass. The Rev. Father Anthony Schmidt officiated at committal rites in St. reduced. After the idea of including street surfacing with the curb and gutter was presented, property owners sought more definite information on how the project would be handled and Engineer Sheppard was called in, He explained alternate types of curb and gutter, and of bituminous street surfacing specified by the stale. The street merely could be graded and oiled, a surface that possibly would hold a year, he said; or it could be given, a state- approved type of bituminous surfacing with a 4-inch pad of oiled earth cushioning the final surface of asphalt and chips, such as Engineer Fairfield had suggested. But the best surfacing, he said, would be the state-approved type with a six-inch base layer of stono beneath the oiled-earth pad. The stone-base surfacing, he estimated, would add $1.10 a property foot to the cost. It was agreed that Sheppard would prepare estimates on the three types of improvement, having figures, accurate within about 10 percent, by next Saturday. Mayor Linkogle, while declaring he favored the Henderson project, explained to the properly owners that in the present instance the city is "pioneering" and has to move carefully, because all steps must have final highway department approval. -City Engineer Fairfield said it is believed Alton is the only city in Illinois that has set up a matching fund MBT program for curb and gutter. Attorney Ross Armbruster attended the meeting in interest of the petitioners, and took part in discussions that showed the property owners plan to put up cash in escrow to guarantee payment to the contractor of their part in any work finally authorized and carried out by the city. Kefauver, opposes Sen. Robert Kerr of Oklahoma for the Democratic nomination. Taft Gets Boost Taft, seeking the Republican nomination, got a double boost. Omaha supporters announced plans for a Taft write-In campaign and a Lincoln group readied a program to teach voters how to cast write- in ballots. Republican ballot entries: former Gov. Harold Stassen of Minnesota and Mrs. Mary Kenny of Lincoln, a supporter of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Wisconsin The state supreme court's refusal yesterday to consider taking California Gov. Earl Warren's name off the April 1 ballot left Taft and Stassen backers arguing over who started it. Taft was stumping Northern Wis consin. Stassen the Fox River val ley industrial area and Warren the populous southern tip — Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee. John B. Chappie, national leader of the draft MacArthur movement, suggested Taft announce willingness to be vice-presidential running mate to MacArthur. Illinois Eisenhower backers announced in Chicago they will not sponsor a write-in campaign in the April J Illinois presidential preference primary. Their reason: the state GOP organization "Hgs been steadily working" for Taft. Taft workers retorted: "Alibil." New Jersey Former Gov. Charles Edison, a Taft backer, in a statement issued to New York, urged Eisenhower to disavow the "ill-advised" support of Gov. Alfred Driscoll. Asks Withdrawal In Washington, D.C., Taft headquarters said the Ohio senator will ask formally that his name be stricken from the ballot. New York City A Republican congressman from Wisconsin suggested that Eisenhower and Taft get togegther "bn the GOP ticket "for the good of the party and . . . the country." Rep. Alvin E. O'Konskl told newsmen he thought Eisenhowei should be the presidential nominee with Taft for vice-president. Maine A state convention of Democrats meets today to nominate a 10-vote national convention delegation, expected to be favorable to President Truman but unpledged. Mississippi MacArthur addresses a 1 p.m joint session of Mississippi's legislature from the steps of the capita ! in Jackson. He promised "an olc fashioned states rights speech." Kentucky In Louisville, Eisenhower forces asked Taft to withdraw from the Kentucky delegate contest, beinj held by Republicans early in April Taft forces replied: "Asinine" anc "impudent." Maryland In Baltimore, Royden A. Blunt candidate for the Republican sen atorial nomination, said he wil seek court action for an Eisenhow cr write-in campaign in the May ! primary. Write-ins are considerec legally unacceptable in Maryland California Democrats supporting Presiden Truman decided to dissolve the Truman slate, leaving Kefauve the only avowed Democratic can didate in the state. Truman had his name withdrawn earlier this Week iit 3 Communist In Air Battle MIG's By STAN CARTER SEOUL, Korea, March 22, /p — U.S. jet planes outnumbered 31 to 5—hit three Communist MIGg In a wirling air battle over Northwest Korea late Friday, climaxing one of their most successful week* of he air war, the U.S. Fifth air force reported today. After a 30-mlnute battle high over Slnanju American F-86 Sabre'jet pilots claimed one Communist rtIG-15 probably destroyed and two others damaged, During the week ended Friday UN pilots destroyed nine Russian- niilt fighters; probably destroyed three and damaged 26. Only four planes of the Fifth air 'orce were lost—one in air combat, two to Red ground fire and one for an unknown reason. Overcast skies Saturday kept most Allied warplanes on the jround and limited the ground 'ighting to a few desultory Red irobes. "There were about 19 layers of clouds over North Korea, and a ittle snow," an air force spokesman said. F-84 Thunderjet fighter-bombers made a few close support strikes against Red front line positions on [he east coast. There were some patrol contacts on the central front Friday. Haze and overcast limited fighting on the eastern and western flanks of the 155-mile battleline. Two Red groups of undetermined strength proved UN positions northwest ot Chorwon, but the attacks were brief and small. Carrier-based planes and Allied warships hammered both Korean coasts Friday. Report Chinese Communists in Indochina Acts Mrs. M. Coventry Dies at Age of 87 Mrs. Minnie Coventry, 87, a member of an old Edwardsville family, died at 10:20 a.m. today in St, Joseph's Hospital, where she had been a patient since March 13. Among survivors are t w o nephews who reside in Florida. The body is at the Lesley Marks funeral home in Edwardsville. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. E ,, mch , St . drive. Only through the continued excellent support of the professional men will our phase again materially contribute toward achieving the goal." Contacts will be by personal letters to all. with visits if possible. It is expected that the campaign, which is past the half-way mark, will again receive a substantial i boost from the generosity of the i protessional men of Ihe Greater Alton-Wood River area. were pallbearers. i " TQBNAPQ RIPS THROUGH JUDSQNIA, ARKANSAS. - A |>ado ripped through the to*vn^ait right, judsona w 0 s one 01 the to AP Wirephoto. r ue»v of judsonia, Ark , after tor- .-.ns in four itatgi that were hit.— | KeporU Car Stolen i Theft of his coach from a parking I place at Bozza and Washington avenue was reported at 1:15 a.m. today by Ernest S. Collins of Forest Homes, near Cottage Hills. Town Drafts Army Doctors for Duty BLACKSTONE. Va., March 23 .¥—This southside Virginia town has "drafter" 'two army men for Five Divorces Granted ! By Judge Bareis | EDWARDSVILLE, March 22.— Judge E. I uncontested Circuit Court. Granted divorces on grounds of cruelty were: Edith D. Eppel of Alton, from Drury E. Eppel; Helen Elizabeth Karns, from Joseph Elsworth Karns, with the plaintiff awarded temporary duty. When Blaekstone's oMy tors became ill this week, offi dais called on nearby Camp Pick- jofVchlfd awarded to the plaintiff, ett for aid. , Wilma Pennington was granted Col. A- H. Robinson, post hos- \ a divorce from Fred Pennington custody of a child; Edward S. Polaski, from Betty Jane Polaski: Betty Jane Rebenaek. from Alfred Theodore Rebenaek, and custody pital commander, obligod. He as- on grounds of desertion, signed Lt. Col. Vincent J. Anato and Lt. George Geyer to temper- ary % duty as Blackstone's physi- H If no fertilizer were used on U. S. farm crops, production would be at least 29 percent lower. Parakeets Liable To Parrot Fever SPRINGFIELD, 111., March 22 .T-An Increasing demand for parakeets as pets has brought a warning from the state health director of potential threats of "parrot fever." Dr. Roland Cross says tropical birds like parakeets, love birds, parrots and lorikeets may transmit the disease, even though they appear healthy. : Six cases of the relatively rare ! disease were reported in Illinois last year, Director Cross said. Japs MX Conference MOSCOW, March 22 ff - The government newspaper Izvestis said today the Japanese government is harming itself by fetus- ing passports for Japanese to attend the Soviet-sponsored "Inter{national Economic Conference" j next month in Moscow. I »|ay 11 Armed Forces Day i WASHINGTON, March 22 # President Truman yesterday proclaimed Saturday, May 17, as Armed Forces Day and directed government officials to cooperate with, civil authorities in commemorative ceremonies. WASHINGTON, March 22 fP Official reports that Chinese Communist forces are in French Indochina raised Congressional questions today whether the Chinese are preparing for "another Korea." But top Pentagon sources and French officials in Paris and Saigon quickly denied that Red fighting forces have crossed the Indochina border. Pentagon sources say some arms supply officers and truck drivers probably have—a far less serious situation.' A report from Saigon, Indochina, said reliable sources estimate 6,000 to 10,000 military advisers and technicians from Red China are making a "slow invasion" of Indochina. Defense Secretary Lovett, testifying before the House foreign affairs committee in favor of president Truman's $7,900,000,000 foreign aid bill, said yesterday "some" Chinese forces had been in bloody Indochina "for some time." In answer to a question by Rep. Mansfield (D-Mont) if that meant "We arc faced with the possibility of a buildup as the Chinese did in Korea," Lovett said that is "always possible." Secretary of State Achcson the day before told the Committee, "I believe some Chinese nationals are involved in the fighting in French Indochina." This was the first hint that Chinese Reds may have joined hostilities against the French in this gateway to rich southeast Asia. Repercussions were immediate, because it could mean that the border had been crossed by the advance guard of a Communist army 200,000 strong known to be deployed near the Chinese side o( the boundary. Congressmen were worried, recalling that the Chinese sifted across the Yalu river border into North Korea during the Allied push in October 1950 then regrouped and forced the United Nations backward 100 miles. Junior Modern Woodman Entertained at Kane KANE—Junior Modern Woori man Camp No. 1120 staged it^ March party Thursday night In the MWA hall. Thirty-six members and 11 guests were present. The meeting was presided over oy Harriet Johnston. Margaret Erwin and Harriet Johnston were honored for havine birthdays in March. Recreational leader was Ronnie McKenne.i. Prizes were awarded to Judy Ha'i mon, Mrs. Byron Erwin, Carol am Patsy Woolsey, Edward Hardwi<•:. and Joyce Todd. The next meeting will be April 17. News Notes KANE—Mrs. Fred Johnson re turned to her home at Woor' River, Friday, after several day.-, visit with her sister, Mrs. T. J. Masterson. The Phtfathea class of the Methodist Church will have a jitney supper at the church Thursday. Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Cope and Mrs. Cora Dunphy of Jerseyville, were guests Thursday of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bates. Grenades Kill 4 SENDAI, Japan, March 22 ff— Four Japanese farmers were killed and three wounded Friday by grenades tossed by American soldiers on a drill ground near here, the U. S. army said. The area had been put off limits by the army but apparently the Japanese farmer* were not aware of the restriction.

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