Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on June 28, 1951 · Page 1
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Thursday, June 28, 1951
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TEUfPF.RATflRE Wednesdoy--high, 87; iow, 72. Last night's low—66. Airport nocn temperature--88. VOLUME XXXI — rJO. 230 MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS A SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN PAPER SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Ckiu4f tonight and Friday, ihowtft and thunderstorms •ximm south. Cooler north half 10> night, and south hoif Friday* Less humid Friday, io^ tO» night 60 to 65. High Fridoy upper 70s. MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS — THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 1951 25c PER WEEK BY CARRIER TWO OF SHELTON CLAN MACHINEGUNNED HEAVY DAMAGE IN ILLINOIS STORMS ONE KILLED, FORTY HURT IN MIDSTATE Rural Areas, Small Farm Communities Hit Hord in Springfield - Lincoln Decatur Triangle. By Associated freis High winds ripped across central Illinois yesterday, knocking down farm houses, disrupting communication and powrr lines, and leaving at least 30 injured and one m dead. Damage was estimated in • the thousands of dollars. Violent winds smashed the triangular area former by Lincoln to the north, Springfield to the west and Decatur to the cast. The cities themselves were not hit by the damaging tornadic-like winds, but cawicd the brunt of hoavy rains and electrical storms. Six small farm communities felt the whip of winds which destroyed several farm houses and tossed debris on roads and railroad 6 tracks. The communities of Emden, Hartsburg and Atlanta, ju^st north of Lincoln, reported at least 20 injured from the storm. Oxie man. William Jaggi, a farmer near Hartsburg, was pronounced dead —apparently from "strain and shock." Twelve persons from the area were in Deaconess Hospital at Lincoln today, three in .serious condition. Ai least eight others, treated in the hospital or by doe^ tors, were released after receiving r first R'' ,^ HomcK Vv recked At least 10 persons in the Decatur area communities of Heman and Latham were reported hurt. Two Heman farm houses were knocked flat, hurting a family of four in one and injuring a mother and infant in another. At Williamsville, 12 miles northwest of Springfield, another windstorm wrecked a number of homes and plunged the town into dark^ ness. W The ppd Cross at Lincoln called for aid for stricken families and the Salvation Army also joined in . efforts to help victims. The dead man's wife, Mrs. William Jaggi. about 51, was one of the injured from Harlsburg. She suffered cuts and bruises. Most of the injured in the Deaconess Hospital at Lincoln were from the Hartsburg community area. Four members of the Henry Lolling famiy were hurt, the mother and P father seriously. They were Henry F. Lolling, 36, his .32-year-old wife, and two daughters, Sarah 7, and Virginia, 9. 4 In Family Hurt Four members of the Newby family of Hartsburg also were hospitalized. They were Mrs. Eileen Newby, 33, Doris Ann, 7, Elenora, 10, and Nelson. 5. Gary Apel, 4, of Hartsburg, was among the hospitalized. Also in Deaconess Hospital were m two victims of the Heman storm, » Mrs. Harriet McGuire and her son, Thomas. Mrs. McGuire was in serious condition. Her husband, Charles, was in serious condition in Decatur-Macon County Hospital in Dqcatur, where he was brought with his daughter. Ann, 2. Hospital attendants said I hey were told the McGuires were literally blown from their home as it crumbled under the hammer blow of wild wind. Mrs. Margaret Aeciavatti, a He% man farm woman, and her S months old son, Thomas, were hospitalized in Decatur. The woman reportedly felt her house sway in the wind and flung herself over her infant son to protect him as the house crashed down. She crawled from the debric and sought help. A Latham hanker, Ed Gulp, was treated for bruises by a doclor and released. He was one of the 10 in the Decatur area reporled hurt. Phone, Lines Down Downed commmiication line.s hampered operations by State Police to determine the extent of the storm. However, police cars prowled the area searching for victims. Most of the communities in the Springfield-Decatur-Lincoln area reported troubles usually attendant in electrical and rain storm.s. Power failed in homes and com— mercial buildings intermittently, W communication service was disrupted and thunder roarori like an unending artillery barrage. Tuetcniii Strafed Tuscola was strafed by one of the worst windstorms in its history. Light and telep.hone service was knocked out for 12 hours. Many trees were uprooted. The court house lawn was covered with broken limbs. Heavy rains flooded streets and fields. But no deaths or injuries were reported in , that area, The Weather Bureau at Chicago (Centinuid on Pat* Two) MOSSADEGH SENDS LEHER Ironion Premier Expects U. S. Support in Oil Seizure Dispute. By AiseciaUd Prt» TEHRAN, Iran, June 28. — Premier Mohammed Mossadegh in a personal letter today to President Truman expresseed confidence the United States would support Iran's nationalization program. The letter contained no hint of compromise, nor did it make any reference to rumors that Mr. Truman' might be asked to assume the role of mediator. Mossadegh blamed the British for threatening to shut down the flow of Iranian oil to the west. The letter was made public shortly after Iran sent a formal protest to neighboring Iraq for permitting the British -cruiser Mauritius to enter Iraqi river waters near the Iranian oil center of Abadan. Protests British Warsliip Iran said the presence of the cruiser and British troops in Iraq was a breach of the Iranian-Iraqi friendship pact. British troops are in Iraq under treaty arrangements. The letter to Mr. Truman said the Anglo-Iranian company must be responsible if the Abadan refinery closes down. This was the reaction of one British official to the letter: "There's not a thing new in it. There's not the slightest inclination to try and get a reachable settlement." Tt was plain that government circii •: were concerned over i\c :hreai of mass rl !i >ignatioAs by tlie AIOC's 2800 British employes. Should the British managers and technicians pull out, the billion- dollar oil industry here would, in all probability, have 'to close down. The Anglo-Iranian Oil Company reportedly expects word from London, perhaps today, to send its remaining 2800 British em­ ployes home and shut down. Women and children have all gone and the British cruiser Mauritius was ordered to stand by off the oil port of Abadan, site of the world's largest refinery, to cover evacuation of the men. It will also guard against disorders. Drake Across Border AIOC's tough young field boss, A. E. C. Drake, has spent the past two days in Basra, across the frontier in Iraq, on the advice of British Ambassador Sir Francis Shepherd. Shepherd said he was afraid Iran's proposei! new law decreeing death for sabotage might strike at Drake. Iran accused Drake of sabotage for ordering captains of British tankers at Abadan not to sign receipts saying they owned the Iranian National Oil Company for the oil taken aboard their ships. By this morning there were 42 tankers tied up near Abadan because of the squabble and the British government has ordered them to discharge cargo and sail empty rather than sign the receipts. Without ships to carry it off, oil and gasoline will soon clog the limited storage facilities necessitating a shutdown even if British personnel stay on. •^I'he company hopes to hang on at least until tomorrow when the International Court at The Hague, the Netherlands, is scheduled to take up a British request for an injunction against Iran. Iran has said it will not recognize the court's jurisdiction. Acheson's statement on the Iranian situation, made in Washington yesterday, chided Iran for proceeding with its nationalization plan "in a manner which threatens immediately to bring the great Abadan refinery to a halt and to result in instability and distress within Iran." HOUSE VOTES I*' GALLON HIKE IN GASOLINE TAX Republicans Spring Surprise in Knocking Out Governor's Nickel Gasoline Tax. Vote for 4c Measure Is 95-16. Senate Action Awaited. By Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, 111., June 28.— A one cent increase in the state gasoline tax was approved today by the Illinois House. The vote was 95 to 16, with 28 voting present. The bill to make the tax fouf cents a gallon, instead of the five cents sought by Governor Stevenson, now returns to the Senate for a final decision. The Governor's plan—previously passed by the Senate—was junked yesterday by the Republican House, majority in a surprise move approving an amendment cutting the proposed increase. If the Senate refuses to concur in the House amendment, a joint Conference committee would have to be named to attempt a settlement by Saturday, last day of the six months legislative session. These are the main provisions of the GOP House plan: Increase the present three cent state gas tax to four cents, instead of five. The estimated yield would be $80,000,000 a year, compared with $100,000,000 sought by Stevenson. Hand out $7,500,000 of total receipts in a lump sum for rural roads at the start of each year. Stevenson proposed $9,000,000. Divide Three Ways Apportion the remaining funds equally to cities, counties and the state, giving each a fraction over $24,000,000 annually. This would give the state and cities much less than under the Governor's program. Counties would get slightly more. Allow township and road district officials a free hand in spending their share. As okayed by the Senate, the bill called for state highway division supervision. Adopted 75 to 70 Adoption of the amendment by a 75 to 70 party line vote was a setback for Stevenson and his Democratic House leaders. One Democrat, Rep, Robert Romano of Chicago, said the Republicans had made rebuilding the state road system a political issue. Rep. Ben. L. Rhodes of Normal, who spoke for the GOP, said his party favored cutting back the gas tax increase "inasinuch as truck license fees are being raised to higher rates than we thought necessary." This was a reference to a measure to boost truck license fees $20,000,000 starting next January, and another $8,000,000 in 1954. Rhodes and many other GOP legislators had taken the position that an increase of $14,000,000 would be ample. The Governor wanted $28,000,000. MT. VERNON FIREMEN FIGHT CAFE BLAZE VETO BRINGS JOY TO KREMLIN, SAYSJROYLES Senate Foils by 4 Votes to Override Anti-Red Bill Veto. Archbishop and 8 Others Found Guilty by Reds By Aiiociatsd Press BUDAPEST, Hungary, June 28. —Roman Catholic Archbishop Joszof Groesz was convicted today of plotting to overthrow the Communist government of Hungary, and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. One of the other eight defendants tried with the Archbishop, was sentenced to death. He is Ferenc Vecer, a Paulician Monk, who confessed in court that he killed a Russian soldier, Five others received jail sentences ranging from eight to 14 years. The Archbishop, Hungary's highest ranking Catholic church dignitary since Cardinal Minds- zenty was sent to prison for life in a similar trial in 1949, had confessed publicly in court to illegal activities. By Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, 111., June 28.— The Illinois Senate last night upheld Governor Stevenson's veto of the Broyles-Young anti-Communist bill, sealing its doom. Nineteen senators backed the governor's veto by opposing the motion of Senator Paul Broyles (R-Mt. Vernon) to override. The motion received 30 favorable votes, four fewer than required to carry. The issue was hotly debated before crowded galleries for nearly three hours. Broyles, chief sponsor of the nullified bill, spoke tor more than an hour. "This veto will bring great joy to the Communist conspirators, traitors and the Kremlin," he said. "It will not bring joy to the veterans and others who supported this legislation." The measure v\-ould have fi-xed penalties up to 20 years imprison- nient and a $20,000 fine for persons convicted of attempting violent overthrow of the government, as well as other offenses. It would have required loyalty oaths from public employes. Mac Downing Switches Senator T. Mac Downing (R- Macomb) was one of three GOP senators voting to uphold the veto. He had voted for the bill when it came up for passage two months ago. "I just can't go back to my district and tell the teachers and public employes that they are presumed to be Communists until they prove they are not," Downing said. "This is against all fundamentals of Illinois and American law." The veto message was criticized by Senator Charles F. Carpentier (R-East Moline) as being "irresponsible in the main." He read a deposition he said Stevenson made In the case of Alger Hiss, former State Department official convicted of perjury. "This veto message is like the deposition," Carpentier said. The N 'eto and the deposition were defended by Senator Elbert Smith (R-Decatur. Didn't Defend Hiss "I'm sure the governor answered what he knew or what he believed to be true of Hiss," Smith said. "He made no defense for him. Hiss stood then cloaked with the presumption of innocence which cloaks us all. "If our action today would have ally effect of intimidating character witne.ssos in a criminal case, we would be doing a disservice." Smith called the veto "courageous." DrThompson Not Allowed Visitors The condition of Dr, Harry G. Thompson, who is a patient in Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, was reported to be slightly improved today. However, the Mt. Vernon physician is still not allowed to have visitors. TRUMAN ASKS $3 BILLION MORE INCOME^ tAXES Treasury Secretary Says $7.2 Billion Not Enough; U. S. Borrowing. By Asseeiatad Press WASHINGTON, June 28.—-The Truman Administration today asked the Senate to add about $3,000,000,000 more to the House- approved boost in individual income and excise (sales) taxes. Secretary of the Treasury Snyder told the Senate Finance Committee the $7,200,000,000 tax hike voted by the House is insufficient, because it threatens to put the government in the red and add to inflationary pressures. Backing up his plea, Snyder said the government already has started borrowing money again to make ends meet and will have to borrow several billion dollars" in the next six months. It is the first time in nearly a year that the government has had to resort to deficit financing. Congress, he insisted, should provide at lea'st the roughly $10,000,000,000 in extra taxes asked by President Truman originally—and should aim chiefly at individual income and excise taxes for the $3,000,000,000 addition to the House tax bill. The House measure would raise individual income taxes by 12 per cent to provide an extra $2,847,000,000 in yearly revenues. Excise taxes on gasoline, tobacco and many other items would be t)oosted by varying amounts to bring in $1,252,Q00,000 more annually. Snyder was the leadoff witness as the Senate Committee opened hearings on higher taxes, using the House bill as the cornerstone of its deliberations. Dense smoke pours from the L. & N. Cafe, 1500 Main street, late this morning as firemen battle the stubborn blaze. The cafe was damaged thousands of dollars from fire, smoke and water although at no time did fire break through the walls or roof. —(Leitzell Photo) HEAVY DAMAGE TOL&N.CAFE BY FIRE, SMOKE Blaxe Controlled by Firemen, But Damage is Thousands of Dollars. RED PLAN: NEGOTIATE IN FIELD U.N. ARTILLERY STOPS SERIES OF RED ATTACKS Homecoming at Sesser Two Days SESSER, 111., June 28.—The second annual Sesser homecoming will open tomorrow with the Illinois Cutting Horse Association presenting a parade and two days of contests. Attorney General Ivan Elliott will speak at noon Saturday. About 5,000 persons were expected to attend. Sesser's population is only 2,100. DOWN 32 RED PLANElS By Associated Kres. TOKYO, June 28.—B-29 gunners of the 19th Bomb Group have shot down or damaged 32 Red planes in a year of fighting, over Korea, the Far East Air Forces said today. Most of the Reds u'ere jets The .T & N. Cafe, at 1500 Main street, was damaged "thousands of dollars" late this morning by fire, smoke and water. Firemen who controlled the blaze during the noon hour said they could make no immediate estimate of the damage. "But it will be heavy," said Fire Chief Paul Partridge. Apparently, he said, the smoke and water damage will be greater than that from fire. The blaze was a stubborn one to fight. Firemen quickly knocked out the blaze in the kitchen ceiling, where it originated, but the flames had spread into the attic through an air duct. Dense smoke poured from the building for more than an hour and the entire brick structure was filled with smoke for a long period of time. Because of«the location of the fire, it was difficult to control. Firemen cut holes in the roof to get streams of water on the blaze. On several occasions firemen who worked in dense smoke in an attempt to control the blaze, narrowly missed being overcome by smoke. Both fire trucks were rushed to the scene of the blaze and all off- duty firemen were summoned to the scene. Russia Suggests Commanders Make Korean Truce Terms on Strictly Military Questions. Washington Co. Taverns Raided By Associated Press NASHVILLE, 111.. June 28. — Illinois state police have raided more taverns in Washington and St. Clair counties, seizing 14 slot machines. The slots arrived by truck in Nashville at 6 p.m. yesterday. They were guarded today in a state highway garage. In other raids the state has turned the information over to county authorities and the courts have ordered the machines destroyed. The state ijolice, apparently handpicked for the job, were not from this area. Sheriff Albert Gorman of Washington county said he was not notified in advance. It was the second Washington county raid by state police. From taverns on the other side of the county—the east side—28 slots were seized and destroyed March 2. The county ti-easury received $2,600 from the 28 slots. Four Washington county taverns were entered yesterday. The number in St. Clair county was not available immediately. By Associated Press WASHINGTON, June 28.— The State Department announced today that Russia has proposed the United Nations, North Korean and Red Chinese commanders negotiate a Korean armistice. The Soviet Union suggested [armistice terms limited "to strictly military questions." The proposal was made yesterday to Ambassador Alan G. Kirk by Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Gromyko in Moscow. Gromyko, the department said, "indicated that it would be for the military representatives of the unified command and of the Korean republic command on the one hand and the military representatives of the North Korean cojiimand and of the 'Chinese volunteer units' on the other to negotiate the armistice envisaged in Mr. Majik's statement." Jacob Malik, Soviet delegate to the United Nations, put forward the original cease-fire suggestion in a speech Saturday. Kirk, in instructions from Secretary of State Acheson, called on Gromyko yesterday to seek a clarification of Malik's speech. The State Department announcement said: I "The armistice, Mr. Gromyko pointed out, would include a cease fire ad would be limited to strictly military questions without involving any political or territorial matters; the military representatives would discuss questions of assurance against the resumption oi hostilities. "Beyond the conclusion of an armistice the Soviet government had no specific steps in mind looking toward the peaceful settlement to which Mr. Malik referred. Mr. Gromyko indicated, however, that it would be up to the parties in Korea to decide what subsequent special arrangements would have to be made for a political and territorial settlement." "He said that the Soviet government was not awa of the views of the Chinese communist regime in Mr. Malik's statement. "The implications of Mr. Gromyko's observations are being studied. The department of state is consulting with the representatives of other countries having armed forces in Korea under the unified command." Von Fleet Reports Chinese Building Up for Big By ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON, June 28.—Rep. Cannon (D-Mo) »ald today the latest military information is that Russia has 100 atomic; bombs. In event of war and Russian attack, Cannon suid, military men say it could be expected that Russia could get through and drop 70 bombs on American cities. As chairman of the. House Appropriations committee, Cannon often receives highly secret Information front government official*. Fined «500 For Drunken Drivinq Edmund Lee, 51, of Fairfield, Dleadod guilty to a charge of driving while mtoxicated in county court here yesterday. County Judge Morton Dorothy assessed a fine of $500 and costs, revoked Lee's driver's license for six months and put him on probation for a period of one year. Lee, arrested here in April, faced two counts of drivinz while intoxicated, f By Associated Press TOKYO, June 28.—Thundering Allied artillery today smashed a series of Chinese attacks which Lt. Gen. James A. Van Fleet warned may be forerunners of a new Red offensive in Korea. The United Nations ground commander foresaw no "major thrust immediately." But, he said in a tour of the fighting forces, "the Chinese appear to be building up for another effort "to overrun U. N. lines. Neither Van Fleet nor the Supreme Allied Headquarters of Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway would discuss a Russian cease-fire proposal. Sharp fighting flared all across the central front as opposing armies continually probed enemy lines. Heaviest action was near Kumh- wa, where a Red battalion attacked a U. N. division last night. Allied artillery broke up the attack in the early morning hours. Other attacks followed until daylight. All were smashed. In the adjoining Kumsong sector, two other Red battalions beat back Allied efforts to probe defenses in that Red builup area. One powerful Allied tank-infantry task force, with supporting artillery, picked its way through mine fields on the rugged northwestern front against scant opposition. It pounded a Red ridge line guarding an important east- west road far northwest of Chor- won before withdrawing. A staff officer indicated it was the deepest recent U. N. penetration of this area. Patrol No-Man 's Land Allied patrols moved freely in the No Man's Land between Chor- won and Kumhwa, but ran into sharp skirmishes on the western front southwest of Chorvvon. The North Korean Army com­ munique reported Communist troops made limited gains in ground fighting and shot down five U. N. planes. On a visit to all three corps of his Eighth Army, Van Fleet reported he found the morale high —unaffected by Red tactics or cease-fire talk. It was the 133)-d consecutive day that U. N. warships shelled Won- san. Nevertheless, night-flying planes reported they saw the heaviest Red highway traffic in months moving down the east coach through the Wonsan area. It was headed toward the front. Pilots returning from Thursday air strikes said they had knocked out 68 bridges in seven days. Miners Begin Long Vacation By Associated Press DU QUOIN, 111., June 28— About 350 workers at the Union Colliery Coal Company's New Kathleen mine began an extended vacation yesterday. They were told to return July 11. Regular United Mine Workers' vacation period would be June 3D to July 9. The Ne .v Kathleen m.itiers received the same $100 vacation pay despite the longer vacation. PENNINGTON COUPLE SHOT; HUNT HARRIS Black Choriia" Hdrrit Homed os Astoilont off Lulu Shelton Ptnningtoi» ond Husband, Guy. AMBUSHED ON FAIRFIELD STREET Their Car Blocktd, Coupla Seriously Wounded by Mochinegunntr Who Escapes in Block Mercury. BULLETIN! FAIRFIELD, III., Jmie 28.— One man was reported killed at 2:45 p. m. today in the home of Ogie Pennington, who is a brother of Guy Pennington who was mochinegunned with his wife Lulu in Fairfield • short time before. The man was identified at Louis Sons, about 56, shot in the mouth. By Atsoeiatarf Pms FAIRFIELD, Dl., June '18. ^ A machinegun assailant seriously wounded two Sheltoa clansmen- Lulu Shelton Penningtea, 40, and her husband, Guy Peanlngs; S4JB The assailant fled. Within inlii< utes Illinois state police had or» dered roads blocked. It was the latest of a series of mysterious ambushes that have killed three brothers of the Shelton Clan which ran a prohibition era Southern Illinois gang Lulu is a sister of the ill-starred brothers. Assistant State's Attorney Bill Pearce of Wayne County reported: The Penningtons' car was blocked by a black 1950 Mercury automobile on a street three blocks from Fairfield Memorial Hospital. The driver jumped out of the blocking car as Guy Pennington swerved and stopped. The man fired several bursts from a machinegun. The Penningtons were wounded several tiniee in their car. Lulu started to get out and fell and was shot at least twice more. Guy bolted down the street under fire. The machinegunner sped awiay in his car. A woman was reported to be riding with hinj. Expected to Live The hospital said the condition of the Penningtons was serious but they were expected to live. It reported early examinations showed Guy had at least three bullets in his left side and shoulder and that his wife was similarly wounded. The hospital said X-rays were being made to determine the full extent of their injuries. NAMES CRARi:.I£ HARRIS Fairfield Chief of Police Otis HaUam said that Guy Pennington told him, "It was Charlie Harris and I want him arrested." Chief Hajlam was the first officer to reach the scene of the shooting. Assistant States Attorney Pearce said that he had the names of four'persons who will testify rthat Charlie Harris fired the shots whicif wounded Mr. and Mrs. Pennington. He listed three of the prospective witnesses as the victims, Guy and Lulu Pennington, and Guy's brother, Ogie, who was riding in another car behind Pennington's automobile when the machine-gunning occurred. Pearce refused to divulge the name of the fourth prospective witness because, he said, the witness was not a member of the Shelton or Pennington families. Harris, an ex-convict and one. time Shelton associate, was arrested and questioned after ihe slaying of Carl Shelton in 1947. but he was cleared by a grand jury. Harris also was questioned after a non-fatal gun attack on Little Earl" Shelton in 1949, Mrs. Mary Crickman, who lives near where the shooting occurred, said that "it sounded like tirt- crackers." She said that she then heard a woman scream and ran to the door of her home in time to »• the machinegunner get beck In his car and drive away. States Attorney Gerekl H, berry said that a warrant c|' ing assault with intent would be filed afPUltt Charlie Harris. The States AM Lulu Pennington account of the ah.. .„.„ Lulu said she was i on City stnNst with

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