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Thursday, December 30, 1954
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Arizona Repxj Today's Chuckle The boss keeps a bowl of gold fish on his desk. "It's nice to have something: around here that opens a raise," he explained. THE STATE'S GREATEST NEWSPAPER 65th Year, No. 12646 Pages Phoenix, Arizona, Thursday, December 30, 1954 Entered t post office m second-class matter under act of conxress, March 3, 1879; 45c a week Seven Cents 'FdDtfD MoDlldlaDiniits IFace UDBSattk rv it. VJ L 1 U I I I Li Phoenix Weather Considerable sunshine today and continued cool. Yesterday's temperatures: high 59, low 27. Humidity: high 52, low 17. Details, Page 40; E blic oj Winslow Educator Mips State School Audit t . : . i . :"' '."'"WW!!S:J fl'JW iiiii,iii.mi.ii 1 K Sfnnrlpfl Am hill nil pp Army ambulance kJllclllUL.U uiJJUiciiicc snown being pulled from deep snow drift three miles east of Oklaunion, Tex., on Highway 287, shelters several stranded motor- Tornadoes Hake South Thousands Of Motorists 22 Die As Cold Sweeps CHICAGO (UP) A massive! winter storm spread mountainous snows, sleet, tornadoes, and cold across the nation yesterday, trapping "thousands" of motorists in the Southwest and claiming a mounting toll of dead. At least 22 deaths were attributed to the weather, nine of them in the crash of an air force C-119 flying boxcar during violent squalls in Alabama. See story Page 8. TORNADOES also raked Alabama anH Mississinni. iniuring 22 persons and causing widespread property damage. The bewildering array of weather also included a flood in southeastern West Virginia a'horo a number of small streams, swollen by rain and melted snow, overflowed their banks. Low-lying homes were flooded. In the midst of the wintry blow Connecticut had the warmest Dec. 29 on record with 57 degrees. But the mercury soon fell to 41 as the storm's effects were felt. In Texas and Oklahoma thousands of motorists were reported stranded in blizzard snows that piled up in huge drifts. TRAINS, buses, army tanks, half-tracks, and bulldozers rescued more than 2,000 auto travelers" in the vicinity of Wichita Falls, Vernon, and Electra. Tex., alone. More than 1,000 cars were aided. ' A helicopter also picked up in a stalled car be tween Vernon and Seymour, Tex. In other rescues army half-tracks towed school buses over the drift-1 ed roads. Many of the rescued were given warm food and housing at Vernon by the Red Cross. But many other autos had been stranded since Tuesday night, some with small children aboard, and had exhausted gasoline needed to keep motors running so that heaters would operate. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said "thousands' were stranded in that state. Bone-chilling cold that plunged temperatures to near zero followed the snow in the Southwest. IN KANSAS, Fort Scott was 25 inches of snow and became a ghost town. Stores closed and a national guara unu was called out to help' clear blocked streets. Pittsburg, Kan. had 10 inches. Snow, sleet and freezing rain cvvfmt across the Midwest, turn ing highways into death traps and isolating scores of towns as power and communication lines were torn down. Chicago was treated to the rare spectacle of thunder and lightning in the midst of a raging snowstorm. The snow driven Temperature In The Sun At 1 p.m. I 79 by a stinging wind almost blotted 1 out vision and portions of the lake shore outer drive were closed. The center of the storm was located in southern Illinois and was moving in a northeasterly direction. It was expected to be northeast of Lake Huron by this morning. FORECASTERS said it would spew out as much as a foot of snow for hundreds of miles in every direction from the center as well as sleet and freezing rain on the outer fringes. Roads throuehoflt most of Oklahoma were blocked by snow i and hundreds of autos were ! stalled on the main streets of j Oklahoma City. Southwest rescue efforts were hampered by lack of adequate More Cold Feared In State Before Turn In Weather THE ICY AIR which invaded Arizona Sunday, and which set new cold records on two consecutive days in the Valley, will continue to be felt through tomorrow maybe longer before a real warming trend sets in. Louis R. Jurwitz, meteorologist in charge of the U.S Weather Bureau at Phoenix, said yester- day that a new cold front from the Arctic had split over the Continental Divide, and that part of it was being felt at Spokane,' Wash. TEMPERATURES there were dropping, and a new storm was developing which could bring new cold and snow flurries to northern Arizona, parts of Nevada. Utah, and other Rocky Mountain states by tomorrow. Meanwhile, the eastern split of this storm had caused a 30-degree temperature drop in two hours in Montana, with the cold air spreading south and east from there. "It is the first severe storm there of the winter," commented Jurwitz. At Phoenix, a low yesterday morning of 27 degrees at the airport, set a 59-year record for Dec. 29. It was the second consecutive day for record-breaking lows for the corresponding December date. A VERY SLIGHT warming trend was in progress, however, and a forecast of 29 degrees at the airport was fore-for this morning. That means a plus or minus of around 5 to 6 degrees for the known colder and warmer parts of the Valley with a variance of about 10 degrees between the cold and warm spots. Increasing cloudiness, due to the far-off storm front, is expected to make nighttime temperatures a bit warmer. Winds may keep cold air from settling. Daytime temperatures will be about the same. Yesterday's high was 58 degrees, ists and unidentified child with broken leg. Youngster, whose leg was broken Tuesday evening, stayed in am- bulance until it was pulled from drift yesterday morning (AP Wirephoto) Stranded. Country equipment for coping with such a heavy storm. An Oklahoma police trooDer said that "this state just isn't prepared for weather iiKe tms. A sleet storm in central Illinois covered power and telephone wires with an inch-thick coating. Fallen wires and icy roads isolated scores of towns in the area. Winds reached 52 mph. IOWA expected up to eight inches of snow, Wisconsin 10 inches and northern Illinois five inches. New England also had a heavy new snowfall. It was 32 degrees below zero at Fraser. Colo., and the midwest expected drops to near zero by tonight as the cold wave moved eastward. and today's may be up to 60, Jurwitz said. While pre -dawn temperatures have dipped sharply in the state's irrigated valleys for eac"' of the past two days, the duration of the cold has been for only a couple of hours. That, says Jurwitz, is insufficient to cause any material damage to citrus or other growing crops. OVER THE state yesterday morning, it 'dropped to 33 degrees at Yuma airport, which could mean a low of 23 in the rich Yuma Valley. Coldest spot was Show Low, where the mercury was 7 below zero, while Maverick, high in the White Mountains, was only 1 degree warmer. It was 2 above zero at Mc-Nary, and 8 above at Payson, which is in the valley country below the Mogollon Rim. ,The thermometer hit zero at Flagstaff. Grand Canyon, far to the north, hit 11 degrees, as did Prescott. In pointing out the Valley temperature differences, Jurwitz cited that while the airport registered 27 degrees, it was 21 at Osborn and 37th cast for this morning. That means a plus or minus of around 5 to 6 degrees for the known colder and warmer parts of the Valley with a variance of about 10 degrees between the cold and warm spots. Street, 32 at Sunnyslope. 27 at Mesa Experiment Farm, 22 at Camelback and 17th Avenue and 25 at Belleview and 25th Sireet. French Delay Final Vote On Rearming PARIS. Thursday (UP) France postponed the "agonizing" decision on approving German rearmament for 24 hours last night. but early today the national assembly put its final stamp of approval on German entry into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Communists and other foes of a rearmed Germany forced post ponement of the crucial vote on the Western European Union, which actually provides for German rearmament. Premier Pierre Mendes-France fought to block the postponement, but he was unsuccessful. OFFICIALS of the assembly, who make up the bureau of the assembly, voted to postpone the WEU vote until 5 p.m. today (9 a.m. Phoenix time). Communist members of the as sembly rushed news of the post ponement to Red demonstrators outside the assembly hall. The demonstrators immediately burst into the "Marseillaise," France's national anthem. Mendes-France had staked the! life of his government on both the WEU vote and the vote on German entry into NATO, which actually was the ratification bill as a whole. NATO entry and the other provisions of the ratification bill had been approved arti cle by article on Monday. Today's vote was on the bill as a whole. THE RATIFICATION bill also provides that all the Paris agree ments will have to be ratified by all the countries concerned at the same time. After their victory in winning a postponement ot the important WEU vote, the Communists tried to postpone the second confidence vote. Mendes-France, who had glum ly announced the first postpone ment, rose from his seat and spoke in a broken voice: "I ask the assembly to vote now (on the second confidence question), and not to postpone further these problems in view of international opinion," he said. BULLETIN A MAN tentatively identified as Charles Stroud, hit by a car at 6 p.m. yesterday at 31st Street and McDowell, died two hours later in Memorial Hospital. It was the ninth traffic fatality inside the Phoenix city limits this year. The Black Flag Is Flying Again 0 Days Without a Traffic Fatality In Phoenix Precaution Ridiculous, Says Booth By ROGER LEWIS THE RECENTLY released state school audit was sharply criticized yesterday! by a member of the state; board of education, R. E. ! Booth of Winslow, in a telephone interview. He called precautions taken to shroud the audit ;in secrecy and to preserve records, "absolutely ridiculous.' "The whole purpose of the report was to try to find something wrong," Booth, superintendent of Winslow schools, declared. He decried its "whole tone." In another development, a Mesa School District spokesman ; declared that district had at-! i tempted last summer to repay $21,000 but was stalled by the au ditors. The repayment attempt was made, the official said, to "bring the case to a head" because the district believes its claims for the $21,000 are legal. Booth noted that the auditors William C. Miles and William J. Wylie, said they' audited 216 school districts and found 109 of them had put in claims for more state aid than they were entitled to. "In 102 of these cases," Booth said, "th Claims amounted to very little, probably less than 10 children for the whole school year. "No statements are made in the report of the 26 school districts who did not claim enough state aid," he asserted. The audit reported seven districts representing a total of 22 per cent of the state's school children could not be audited because of deficiencies in the systems used for recording average daily attendance (upon which claims for state money are based). "It is general knowledge that two of these districts are Phoe nix Elementary District and Tucson Elementary District," Booth said. "I do not know the others." HE SAID he believes the attendance accounting systems in use by the two districts were permitted by a board ruling years ago. Supt. Loren Vaughn Jr. of Phoenix Elementary District said that the district has never been told its attendance accounting system is not legal. He said it has been in use for many years. He said M. L. Brooks, state superintendent of public instruction for whom the audit report was made, should have remembered how the district keeps attendance because he used it himself when (Continued On Page 2, Col. 1) Man Creates Own Miracle OSAKA, Japan, Thursday (AP) Ryoichi Takita, 63, decided to make a New Year's call on his relative at Oita, 700 miles away from his Tokyo home on foot. That was the only way to get there. He was broke. Yesterday, 25 days out of Tokyo, Takita staggered into Osaka, still 350 miles from Oita Only a miracle could get him to Oita by New Year s Day, he said Trudging painfully through Osaka, he saw a large bundle fall from the rear fender of a cyclist, who pedaled away unaware. Honest Takita took the bundle to the nearest police station. Takita started walking on toward far-away Oita. Several hours later police picked him up. "Now what have I done?" police said he protested. "Plenty," they told him, and whisked him back to the police station. There they handed Takita 20,000 yen ($56). That was his reward for returning the 400,000 yen which police had found in the bundle he brought them. "The miracle has happened," exclaimed the old man as he '.bowed out of police headquarters jand headed for the nearest rail-iway station. Next dune 15 KOOL-TV Will Get CBS Affiliation COLUMBIA BROADCASTING System's television network affiliation will move from KPHO-TV, Channel 5, to KOOL-TV, Channel 10, effective next June 15. Gene Autry, majority stockholder of KOOL Radio and Television, and Tom Chauncey, local jeweler and managing director of the station, told The Arizona Republic via long distance telephone yesterday that they had . signed contracts making Channel 10 a basic affiliate of the network. The operation is cur- Autry rently an affiliate of ABC-TV. At Channel 5, spokesmen declared, "No comment. We know nothing about this. As far as we are concerned, we were and are, CBS-TV's basic affiliate. Indications were that the network headquarters in New York had not notified Channel 5 of the switch. Channel 5. the first television operation in the state, signed on seven years ago with all four networks CBS-TV, NBC-TV, ABC-TV, and Du-Mont. Declared Autry: "As you probably know, Columbia network long ago promised its radio affiliates that when and as they acquired television facilities and operations, they would be given strong consideration for CBS-television affiliations. "I feel like part of the CBS family, what with my 25 years of recording for Columbia Records, and my work on CBS-radio and television. And I feel like part of the Arizona family, too. That's my second home. I plan to retire there when my movie-making days are over." The cowboy star owns interests in ranches near Winslow and Florence. Chauncey indicated that when the radio-TV affiliation becomes the same network in June, the operation will Coolidge Bank Robber Gets Short Time To Enjoy Loot COOLIDGE (AP) A 30-year-old cottonpicker stepped up to a teller's window of the Valley National Bank branch here yesterday, thrust in a note directing, "Fill this bag," and made off with $11,500 in small bills. Within five minutes police grabbed him running down an alley and recovered the money. The robber identified himself as Marvin Carson White and said he had been picking cotton in yiis area. - He was charged with bank robbery by the FBI, and is being held in the Coolidge jail awaiting transfer to Phoenix. He had walked into the bank shortly after noon and joined a line of customers before a teller's window. Everett Ufford, teller at another window which had no customers, called out to White, "Can I do something for you?" White moved over and handed Ufford a bag and a note. The note read: "Fill this sack with money. I am desperate and mean business. Sorry to OH IHSIPE PAGES Salad Bowl Football stars from Skyline and Border conferences put finishing touches to attacks they will display in Phoenix Saturday. Sports, Page 35. Pay Raises Administration discloses plans for raising pay of postal and civil service workers as well as armed forces. Page 12. Plane Crash Flying Boxcar torn apart nine killed. Page 8. Page Bridge 20 Editorials Financial Features Comics 38 Crossword 46 be able to do simulcasts beam the same programs at the same time over both radio and television. As other channels opened in the Phoenix area, taking away various networks, Channel 5 signed a basic affiliation contract in June 1953, with CBS-TV. It was understood at that time the contract was firm for a two year period. Channel 5 is owned by Meredith Publishing Co., of Des Moines, Iowa. Autry and his associates own radio-television operations in Tucson, and radio interests in Yuma, Nogales, and Coolidge. In Phoenix, Charles Garland, general manager of KOOL Radio-TV, said, "Naturally we are pleased, delighted well, just tickled to death. We have been happily associated with CBS for many years in radio. We hope we may continue to serve ABC-TV, too. CBS-TV has been well represented here by its present affiliate. We realize we il have to maintain CBS's high standards of programming and operation." All three KOOL officers Autry, Chauncey, and Garland paid tribute to Radio Station KOY "for helping build and playing a part in the operation of Channel 10. We have highest pegards for them and when they decided not. to go into television, we parted amicably. There never was disagreement." There were uncon firmed rumors last night that KPHO-TV would claim breach of contract against CBS-TV on grounds that the network failed to give six-months notice of affiliation change. A six months requirement would have meant notification on Dec. 14. Read Tune in on Page 21. have to do this, but no other way out." Ufford crammed $5, $10, and $20 bills into the bag and handed it over. White calmly walked out of the bank. None of the other employes or customers were aware what had happened until Ufford rushed over and told Assistant Manager David Frazer. Ufford ran out of the bank to follow White, while Frazer phoned police. White walked down the street to the end of the bank lot and started to cut through an alley. Policeman James Smith seized him and took the bag of money. White was not armed. . JACK EATON, TACKLE Skyline r From. New Mexico in rough weather over Alabama; 0 ' Page Page! ' Page 6j Pictures 10! Theaters 19 39j Radio-T, 20-211 Want Ads 40-45 13Sporti. 35-37i Women's 25-33 Thousands Flee Fury Of Volcano MESSINA, Sicily (UP) The volcano Stromboli erupted a huge stream of fiery lava yesterday and vio- ent earthquakes rocked the nearby island of Salina, sending terror-stricken in habitants fleeing to the Sicilian mainland. Red Cross officials report ed there was no house left hab itable on Salina, some 20 miles from Stromboli Island, in the wake of the latest of a series of quakes which have rocked this Mediterranean area for more than a week. Scientists said Stromboli appeared to be 'the focal point of the new upheaval. Experts on the spot proclaimed it a major eruption. Smoke was also reported spouting from famed Mount Etna volcano on Sicily. The Stromboli lava flowed sizzling into the sea at 12 mph. The eruption rained rocks and flaming ash upon the island. It drove ouU the 150 inhabitants of the fishing village of Ginostra, 200 yards to the east of the flaming lava stream. ON SALEVA island, a series of violent earth tremors shook res idents throughout the day. Huge rocks crashed down the slopes of two extinct volcanoes which form the island and splashed into the sea. Coast guard launches and fishing boats ferried more than 1,000 weeping women, children, and old men from the rocking 10-square mile island. Left behind were 700 young men and landowners who clung doggedly to their homes. "If this is the end of our island, we will die with it," an islander told officials who tried to persuade the holdouts to leave. Two bier Italian coast euard shins, capable of evacuating the remaining inhabitants, ranged offshore and made intermittent trips to 'Stromboli to survey the situation there. Russian Ship Ruse Claimed LOS ANGELES (INS) An historian charged yesterday that 740 merchant ships flying the Pana manian flag actually are training vessels for Soviet naval personnel. The historian, Dr. Walter C Hucul of the University of California Davis Campus, also declared that Russia is building 1,000 long-range submarines and an unknown number of fast cruisers as her principal naval vessels for world revolution. Dr. Hucul, speaking at the final session of the 50th annual meeting of the Pacific Coast branch of the American Historical Association, said: "Subs have been used by Russia to transport revolutionary leaders, gold, and strategic weapons to distant areas about to be subverted. "Ships operating under the Panamanian flag carried arms from Czechoslovakia by way of Polish ports to Latin American countries." A Prayer For Today OUR FATHER, as the end of another year approaches, give us grace to recall with gratitude Thy unfailing support along the way by which we have come and to entrust ourselves to Thy keeping with deepened faith for the path that lies ahead. We bless the divine mercy, which unburdens us from sin and folly, that with lightened heart and in humility, we may confidently accept the invitation of the future. In all things may we do Thy will instantly and from the heart; in Jesus s name. Amen. T

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