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TEHIPEKATSTTCE Saturday—high, 85; low, 59. Sunday—high, 89; low, 70. Last night's low—65. Rainfall—.32 inch. Airport noon femperature--84. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS A SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS FOR NONE A NON-PARTISAN PAPER WEATHER SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: Partly cloudy, occasional showers ond. thunderstorms tonight and Tuesday. Cooler north pojrtiorji Tuesday. Low tonight 65 to 72, high Tuesday 80 to 88. • VOLUME XXXI —NO. 238 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS — MONDAY, JULY 9, 1951 25c PER WEEK BY CARRIER CEASE-FIRE TALKS TO BEGIN TOMORROW ASK END WAR BETWEEN U. S. AND GERMANY Truman Requests Congress Declare Stare of War Ended on Date He Would Proclaim. FOLLOWS ACTION OF BRITISH ALLIES England Ceases to Be at War With Germany; Australia, New Zealand Proclaim Peace. j By Associated Pr««jj LONDON, July 9-Great Britain ceased to be in a state of war with Germany as from today, Foreign Secretary Herbert Morrison told the House of Commons. 75 PROPANE GAS TANKS BLOW UP (By The Associated Press) NEWARK, N. J., July 9 —Authorities sifted the twisted, scorched rubble of a sprawling propane gas storage plant (above} today for a clue to the cause of a series of rocket-like explosions Saturday. Six separate federal, state and By Associated Press WASHINGTON, July 9 —President Truman asked Congress today end the slate of war between 4 the U.S. and Germany. The action would not affect the Allied occupation of Germany. It chief purpose would be psychological. Germans would no longer be considered enemy aliens and would regain such normal rights as the right to sue in American courts. Mr. Truman's request was made in identical letters to V'ice-Presi- dent Barkley and House Speaker 3 Rayburn. Along with the letters he submitted a draft of a jomtr.resolu- tion declaring that the state of war which began December 11. 1941 shall be ended on "such date as the President shall by proclamation designate." Mr. Truman said the resolution also should provide that this rountry may continue to seize German proper!y, under the pro- M visions of the iyading with the ?nemy act, in spite of the technical end of the state of war. German property which was in this country tip to end of 1946 is subject to seizure so that, (he pro- reeds can he used to pay claims arising from the war. Australia, New Zealand End War By Associated Press SYDNEY. Australia, July 9— . Australia and New Zealand form- 9 ally ended their state of war with Germany today. New Zealand also announced the end of a state of war with Austria. The Australian decision was announced in a statement by External Affairs Minister Richard G. Casey; New Zealand External Affairs Minister Frederick W. Doidge announced his country's action at Wellington. local agencies sent investigators to the 82-acre tank farm, still too hot to explore thoroughly more than 24 hours after the initial blast. Meanwhile fire officials estimated damage to the Warren Petroleum Sales Corp, and adjacent plants at $5,000,000 and said it may go even higher. Of the 11 men * injured in the holocaust, only one remained on the danger list today. All told 75 of 135 tanks filled with highly-combustible cooking gas blew skyward in a series of awesome explosions that sent tongues of orange flame 2,500 feet in the air and were heard 20 miles away. Each of the 70-foot lohg tanks held 500,000 cubic feet of propane gas. TRUCK CRASHES DOWN MOUNTAIN HITS n AUTOS Four Left Dead, 16 Hurt by Flaming Truck; Driver Held. 4 Indiana Tornado Causes Damage By Associated Press KOKOMO, Ind., July 9.—A tornado dipped into a small community near Kokomo early today, ripped the roof from one building and hurled it 200 yards into another. ,m Heavy winds and rain that: followed ii the wake of the twister swept across he southern section of the city, causing unestimated damage. Trees were uprooted, some of them smashing parked automobiles as they fell? There were no immediate reports of injuries. Television aerials were torn down and power lines broken. Several small fires were started 4| by iOt wires. Stores Close for Fair Wednesday Mt. Vernon retail merchants will close their stores Wednesday afternoon for Mt. Vernon Day at th- Fair, in cooperation with the King City Fair Association, f' All downtown stores and grocery stores will close for the afternoon, the Chamber of Commerce announced. The court house and city hall and both Mt. Vernon banks will close at, noon. ALTON'S FIRST FATAUTF* By Associated Press ALTON. T!!., July 9.—William H. C-jper, 66, struck by a car and » fatally injured late Saturday night 9 while walking across a street just 10 feet inside the city limits, was the first person killed in a traffic, accident in Alton this year, By Associated Press WURTSBORO, N. Y., July 9 — A steep Catskill Mountain road yesterday became a mile - long bowling alley in which a careen- ingj-.jyrakeless, 30-ton trailor truck crashed into 11 automobiles. Four persons died and 16 were hurt, two critically, in the flaming wreckage. The driver of the truck, Marsdon H. Reese, Jr., 28, of Bayonne, N. J., miraculously escaped injury. However, five hours after the accident he was charged with criminal negligence and held in S5.000 bail. 'Iqr State police sai(f> many of' the deaths and injuries were due to flames that enveloped the truck and at least four of the cars. The truck was loaded with highly inflammable propane gas in cylinders. But it was the big vehicles fuel supply, and not the propane that caught fire as it sidesvviped the first of a long line of passenger cars. Many of the cars the truck ripped into were halted at a traffic light at the bottom of the grade. Sprays Burning Oil The truck roared on, crashing sideswiping and spraying flames of fuel oil. It rounded a long, sweeping curve and then came to rest in the middle of the road against a taxicab. Three passengers in the cab burned to death. Reese was quoted by state police as saying he was going down the hill at about 20 miles an hour when his air brakes gave out. He tried applying his emergency brakes, police added, but these also failed. Former Benton Woman Killed U. N. CORRESPONDENTS BARRED FROM KAESONG Allied Writers Angered at Ban From Talks Attended by Communist Newsmen, Declare the Enemy Has Stolen Propaganda March. By Associated Press SEOUL. Korea, July 9 — United Nations .War Correspondents, angered at being banned from yesterday's preliminary peace talks at Kaesong while Communist Correspondents attended, declared today the enemy had stolen a propaganda march. Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway, Allied Supreme Commander, indicated to newsmen tonight that they would not be represented at the opening session of the full- scale peace talks tomorrow. They might be at later sessions, however. Earlier, public information officers recommended that 16 newsmen, photographers and broadcasters be taken to Kaesong to cover the negotiations. In outlining his position to the angry Correspondents, Ridgway said " * * * the issues are too great to prejudice failure and breakup." Censorship Muddle status of Kaesong also aroused a storm omong, the Correspondents. The military has reformed. io_Kae-. song as being in a no-man's land, leaving the impression it was an open city.Jf-,: But <jS|f Andrew . J. V ney, chief of-fhe J. N. liaison team which yesterday arranged prelim- inaires for the full-^cale talks, told a news conference last night Kaesong "definitely is in enemy hands." Pilots who flew Kinney's group to Kaesong saw armed "Reds on the ridgeline around the landing strip, j .- . Red Photogi tiers. ' Attend Kinney saiu. several Communist photographers were present at Kaesong, . probably including newsreel men. He thought Communist newspapermen also were there, although he was not certain. The only press represenation the U. N. had at Kaesong was an Army Photographer, taken along WESTERN HORSE SHOW TONIGHT AT MT. V. FAIR Five-Day Racing Program Begins Tuesday, Ends Saturday. 7:30- TONIGHT Western Horse Show. TUESDAY Two Year Old Trot (Illinois Colt Stake)—Purse $1,000. 2:15 Class Pace—Purse $500. 2:26 Class Trot—Purse $500. Half Mile Run—Purse $150. Pony Race, One Quarter Mile —$50. Five-Eights Mile Run—$200. Barnes-Carruthers Free Acts. 4-H Day and Parade. The Army's censorship of the'at the last minute. TRUMAN STEPS INTO PERSIAN OIL DISPUTE Offers to Send Harriman as Envoy to Try for Settlement. POWER OFF AT CENTRALIA; MAN ELECTROCUTED By Associated Press With the weekend punctuated with rain storms making driving hazardous only five traffic deaths were reported in Illinois. Four of the fatalities occurred in Chicago. Mrs. Wava Lauius, 31, of East Peoria was fatally injured Sunday when- the pick up truck she was driving overturned in a ditch one mile south of Hartsburg. Her husband, Dallas, 41, escaped with minor injuries. He told police his wife lost control of the truck as she attempted to pass an automobile on state highway 121. The couple were enroufe to Benton, where they formerly living. The four deaths in Chicago included: Andrew Kidala, 47, struck by a streetcar; Paul Anderson, 16, a passenger in a car which collided with a hearse; Bernard Heldt, 23, crushed to death when a truck in which he was a passenger overturned; and Lillbron Talus, 72, struck by an automobile. Bus Plunges into River; 60 Missing By Associated Press MEXICO CITY, July 9.— About 50 persons were missing today after a bus in .which they were riding plunged into a river some 75 miles southwest of Mexico City. The bus fell into the flooded Vado river between the towns of Puebla and Oaxaca last night. Police and soldiers searched the river banks for possible survivors and the bodies of victims. Worker Falls Across Line; Substation Catches Fire. High By Associated Press WASHINGTON, July 9 —President Truman offered today to send Averell Harriman to Iran to help try for a settlement of that, country's oli dispute with the British government. Mr. Truman said the conflict threatens "a collapse of oil operations" which would be "a disaster." He declared that "the time available is running out." Harriman is foreign affairs adviser to the President. Mr. Truman made his offer in a message 1o Iranian Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. The Iranian Chief wrote him two weeks ago asking American support for Iran's nationalization of its oil resources. At the same time Mr. Truman said !he still hopes that a way can be found for "British skill and operating knowledge" to continue to be used in running the strategically important, oi industry. MAY APPEAL TO U. N. By Associated Press LONDON, July 9 — Foreign Secretary Herbert Morrison said today Britain is "considering" asking the United Nations Security Council to order Iran 1o keep her hands off the British-run oil industry. Morrison told the,' House of Commons this course^' might be followed if Iran positively rejected the recommendation of the International Court of Justice to allow the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company to continue oil producing operations pending a negotiated settlement of the British-Iranian dispute. Iran announced today she was rejecting the ruling of the court— and apparently any other rulings the International Court might, make. However, Morrison told the House the Iranian attitude on the ruling "is still obscure." Britain has formally accepted the ruling. \ By Associated Press CENTRALIA, 111., July 9. — A construction worker was electrocuted today in an unexplained accident at a power station here, cutting off electrical power to Centralia and six surrounding communities. The man was C. H. Guthridge, 55, of Evansville, Ind. He and five others were doing a remodeling job at the Illinois Power Co., substation here for the L. E. Myers Construction Co., of Decatur, 111. Guthridge fell across a power line carrying 2,300 volts. A fellow employe working next to him, J. W. Strong of East St. Louis, said he did not see how Guthridge came to fall onto the wire. Power was restored to the six surrounding communities about 45 minutes after the accident, happened but it was still off here several hours later. A fire starting in the substation, following the accident, was brought under control. Vatican Guards Ask Pay Raise By Associated Press VATICAN CITY, July 9.—The Pope's famed Swiss guards want a raise. They say their $50 a month salaries are more in line with the unit's mediaval traditions than with modern prices. In arf open letter to Roman newspapers, the guards said 16 of their number have already quit and gone home to Switzerland because they could not support their families on wages paid. They said that after several requests for pay raises, the Vatican offered $1.50 a month more which they angrily rejected. A Western Horse Show in front of the grandstand will be tonight's feature of the 45t.h annual Mt. Vernon State Fair, which began yesterday with a horse-pulling contest and thrill show. John C. Dale of the horse show committee announced this afternoon that there will be seven classes in tonight's show. They will include parade horses, handy horse class, pleasure horses, saddle scramble, pair class, musical chair and champion stock horse. The saddle scramble will be something new for Mt. Vernon Fair patrons. The riders will pile their saddles at one end of the arena, ride from the opposite end, bareback, find their saddles, put them on their horses and race to the other end. The first one across the line will be the winner. RACES TOMORROW The five -day horse racing program begins at the Fair tomorrow afternoon, with three harness races, two running faces and one pony race on the schedule. Tomorrow will be 4-H Day and all children will be admitted free. Big race of the day will be the $1,000 two year old trot, an Illinois Colt Stake, which has seven entries. The 2:26 trot for tomorrow has 11 starters. Large crowds Attended the horse-pulling tjOoijWj' yesterday, the opening eve ^|||pfc^he 45th 1 annual Fair, and lasPnlght's thrill show. The results of the horse-pulling Heavyweight— First—Russell Fitzpatrick, Patoka, 111. Second—Bill Fancil, Robinson, 111. Third—Edward Bunting, Bone Gap, 111. Fourth—M. L. Wayman, Salem Fifth—Nelson Martin, Ina. Middleweight— First—Roland Gilbert, Martinville, 111. Second —Sylvester Midget, Flat Rock, 111. Third—Clyde Robinson, Waltonville. Fourth — Stanley McCowen Waltonville. Fifth—Short\ Materson, Greenup, 111. Lightweight- First—Erie Wells, Nason. Second — Herman Glasser, Greenup, 111. Third—Frank Dudley, Ina. Fourth—Leon Cannady, Oblong, 111. Fifth—Andy Gregory, Fairfield. Fair officials announced today that judging of horses and mules, beef cattle and sheep and swine will be at 8:00 a. m. Wednesday and judging of dairy cattle will be at 8 a. m. Thursday. India Proposes Birth Control to Cut Food Shortage By Associated Press NEW DELHI, India, July 9.— A special commission headed by Prime Minister Nehru announced today its recommendations for a five-year-plan to give India economic and social stability. It includes proposals for birth control to cut India's vast population growth and so ease recurring food shortages. The commission, which worked since March, 1950, to produce the 344-page report, proposes the spending of 17,930,000,000 rupees ($3,765,300,000) to spur India's advance toward betterment of her agricultural and industrial position and her national standard of living. The report is now thrown open" to discussion before preparation of the final framework on which the economic structure will be based for the next five years. The report reconmnended, as a means of curbing tne population growth— the increase is estimated at 5,000,000 a year—that the state provide facilities for sterilization o* the giving of contraceptive advice on medical grounds. It asked that such help not be withheld from those who seek it on economic and social grounds, and it urged information centers throughout the country to aid India's families to plan their size. India 's population in 1941 was nearly 300,000,000. The report estimates that it will be 383,000,000 in 1956 at the present rate of growth. EMMISARIES' HELICOPTER RETURN The big H-19 helicopter which carried UN cease-fire erami- saries to Kaesong hovers, right center, while a smaller H-5 lands behind barbed wire enclosure after their return to the advance peace camp north of Seoul (July 8). —(AP WIREPHOTO VIA RADIO FROM TOKYO) ALLIES DRIVEN BACK IN ATTACK ONMOUNTAIN U. N. Troops Withdraw After 12-Hour Battle on East- Central Front. By Associated Press U. S. EIGHTH ARMY HEADQUARTERS, Korea, July 9.—Allied troops storming Mount Taeu on the east-central front were driven back today by determined Red counterattacks. The United Nations soldiers started their pincers attack on the mountain stronghold Sunday roornin. Twelve hours later they neared their-objective, 12 air miles northeast of Yanggu. The Reds hammered back with mortars, small arms, automatic weapons and machineguns. The Allies withdrew. iThe,action highlighted an otherwise^ ' ;omparatively quiet day along uie front as time drew near f \t peace talks to begin in Red- lv-ld Kaesong. No ground action was reported from the Kaesong area. Red Plane Downed Allied F-86 Sabre jets shot down a Russian-made Mig-15 jet in northwestern Korea - Monday. Three other Migs were destroyed and two were damaged in an air battle Sunday. For the first time in four days Red artillery shells fell in the north central sector of the old Red "Iron Triangle," now held by the Allies. U. N. patrols fought a short bitter battle with Reds west- northwes tof Yonchon. Other Allied troops in the area directed artillery fire on an enemy platoon in the area west-northwest of Kumhwa. Scattered skirmishes were reported from the central and east- central fronts. U. N. forces stood off a series of probing attacks northeast of Yanggu. An engagement with an estimated enemy battalion was still going on in late afternoon. On the east coast, Communist company threw artillery and mortar fire at U. N. forces northwest of Kansong. Earlier reports said thousands of Communist vehicles jammed north Korean roads Sunday night. They were moving in all directions on all main roads. PIPER CITY HAS SEVEN-INCH RAIN; SIX AT STERLING Pontiac Cut Off by High Water, Hundreds of Cars Stranded. FIVE ENVOYS ARE PICKED BY GEN. RIDGWAY Admiral Joy Heads U. N. Delegation Which Get! Final Instructions From Ridgway Today. RIDGWAY WARNS NO PEACE GUARANTEE Says Performance Stage Not Reached in Negotia- t i o n s; Arrangements Made at Sunday Meeting. Wheat Loan Rate In Jefferson Co. $2.31 Per Bushel By Associated Press DECATUR, 111., July 9 — The government will support the price of Illinois' 1951 wheat crop at an average of $2.31 a bushel, Harry M. Combrink, state production and marketing administration chairman said today, The average for Illinois compares with a national average of $2.18 a bushel, Combrink stated. In Illinois, loan rates vary by counties and rage from $2.27 to $2.34 a bushel. j\\ The basic support rates announced apply to^ wheat grading U. S. No. 1, Combrink reported. Loans and purchase agreements will be available to farmers from Harvest time through Jan. 31, 1952, at county PMA offices, - he added. Wheat eligible fo ra loan must be placed in approved storage, either on the farm or in commercial elevators. Loan rates per bushel, in counties in this area, are: $2 .31 — Jefferson, Franklin, Marion, Washington. $2.29 — Hamilton, Wayne. The loans are based on 90 per cent of parity as of July 1. The loan program is carried out under provisions of the Agi ,] ture Act of 1949. iv By Associated Press Torrential 1 hunderstorms struck many sections of Illinois Sunday, causing crop losses, disrupting communications and stranding some travelers. In some areas, the storms were accompanied by hail. High winds were reported, with subsequent property damage. Pontiac; in Livingston county', was hard' hit. Only one road^put of the town—Route 66 north* ward—was open. Route 66 southward to Bloomington was closed by high water, and a newsman said "hundreds of people" were stranded in Pontiac awaiting opening of the highway to cars and trucks. No trains or buses were moving out of Pontiac, the newsman said. A washout was reported on the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio tracks. Roads Under Water ( The nearby towns of Fairbury and Forrest were reported hard hit, with tree down and roads under water. Farm land in the area was flooded. A rainy, wet growing season has saturated the ground so little further absorption was possible, and farmers said oats, near harvest, would be extensively damaged. Losses to other crops were fared, and some farmers reported livestock missing in the deluge. A "very extensive, heavy rain" was reported at Piper City in Ford county. Unofficial measurements showed seven inches of rain fell in successive storms that began about noon Sunday and continued through the night. Water overflowed the streets, basements were flooded and many sections of crop land north of the city were under water. The Illinois Commercial Telephone Co., reported about 50 per cent of its service in Ford county was knocked out by the storms. Washouts were reported on the tracks of the Toledo, Peoria and Western and the Nickel Plate Railroads. Rain Closes Roads The intersection of routes 24, 54 and 45 at Gilman was closed to traffic because of high water, Hail fell in the Piper City area. The Weather Bureau at Chicago ?aid "excessive" rain fell in the u-ea west and north of Chicago, averaging from two to five inches. Heaviest amounts were in a belt from Dubuque, la., through Rock ford and across northeast Illinois. Branches and wires were down and local flooding of streets, basements and underpasses was reported in numerous communi ties. Sterling, 111., reported six inches of rain and Rockford had 5.64 inches. Other amounts included 4.36 inches at Dubuque, la.; 3.58; at Joliet; .42 at Chicago and 1.82 at Bradford, 111. Telephone service in several Lake county communities was disrupted. During the night the thunder storms spread southward. Peoria reported 1.47 inches of rain. More thundershowers were prospect in southern sections the state today. jn of ST. LOUIS STORM By Associated Press ST. LOUIS, July 9 — A severe electrical storm, accompanied by wind and heavy rain, flooded a number of streets and basements and disrupted electrical power to more than 2,000 homes in Darts of St. Louis, the county and East St. Louis. III., early today. In St. Louis, the storm hit hardest in the northwest area. About 1,500 homes there were without electricity for an hour when lightning struck a feeder line. Between an inch and an inch and one half of rain fell in the area in less than a half hour. . By Associated Press SEOUL, Korea, July 9 — Gen. Matthew B. Ridgway warned tonight there was no real guarantee that peace in Korea will come from the armistice negotiations opening tomorrow in Kaesong. With the start of the cease-fire talks only hours away! Ridgway said: \: "Whether there is to be good faith or not is only to pe judged by performance, and we haven't come to the performance stage * * Agreement on an armistice must precede a cessation of hostilities..'* The Supreme Commander was addressing Correspondents on news coverage of the full scale negotiations. The Correspondents have demanded Western Press representation at the historic event. He disclosed that he personally selected the five United Nations' peace envovs and that, he reserved, "thtfright *5o ^change the delegates at any time." Red News Broadcast The Peiping radio in a broadcast late Monday night gave a bare report of the preliminary meeting and said "representatives will now start for Kaesong to attend the meeting which begins on the tenth" It did not say whether they actually had started. The Red report was attributed to "a Correspondent of the Korean Central Telegraph x Agency" at Pyongyang. Earlier today Ridgway gave his representatives their final instructions. Earlier Monday Ridgway flew to Seoul from Tokyo with three of his envoys. Shortly thereafter they travelled by light planes to the advanced "peace camp" near Munsan, where the other two members of the delegation were waiting. ,., Ridgway gave his envoys their final instructions, then returned to Seoul. Peace Camp Five Minutes By Air The peace camp is only a few minutes by air from Kaesong, the ancient capital where an end may be found for the Korean war, now in its 55th week. f The talks probably will begin about 10 a. m. Tuesday ( 6 p. m. Monday, CST). Rfdgway, Allied Supreme Commander, flew in from Tokyo Monday afternoon with three of his representatives. The other two already were in the area. Vice Adm. C. Turner Joy, Chief Allied delegate, will confer with Ridgway at the ned of each day's sessions. Joy Is Commander, U, S. Naval forces in Korean waters. Other Allied representatives are Maj. Gen. L. C. Craigie,, U. S. Air Force; Maj. Gen. Henry I. Hodes, Deputy Chief of Staff, U. S. Eighth Army; Rear Adm. Arleigh A. (31 Knots), Burke, U. Navy, and Maj. Gen. Pai Sun Yup, Republic of Korea Army. Joy Graigie and Burke accompanied Ridgway from Tokyo to Seoul in the Supreme Commander's C-54, transport plane. Paik, commanding general of the ROK First Army Corps, arrived early Monday. He conferred with Hodes, then went on to Munsan. Communist representatives at Kaesong will be Gen. Hsieh Fang and Gen. Tung Hua of the Chinese Army, and Gen. Nam II and Maj. Gen. Lee Sang Cho of the North Korea Red forces. Groundwork Talks Sunday Groundwork for the armistice talks was laid Sunday, also at Kaesong. Liaison groups representing both sides held a stiffly formal meeting in a once palatial home in the Red-held city. „ Col. Andrew J. Kinney, U. S. Air Force, who headed the U. N. delegation Sunday, said the preliminary meeting was a "100 per cent success." . . Another envoy indicated, however, that there were a number of disagreements {hat had to o« ironed out.' He said several times when he s talks would fall The U. N. dele**: scale talks probably helicopter from " a. m. (5 p. tn.Jr, There has wen _*» ment of when the t will arrive, or hw iM ^ M

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