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REPUBLIC CIT Safety Tip Weather Partly cloudy today and tomorrow. Little change in temperature. 5Sth Year, No. 51 24 Pages mm Captured New Mexico Big Kite Is Cause OfRumor FORT WORTH, Tex.. July 8 HP) Brig. Gen. Roger B. Ramey. commanding geneial of the E::hth Aimy Air Force, said tort tht that the purported "flying d;s" found on a New Mexico ranch had been identified as "remnants of a tinfoil covered box icne and a rubber balloon." Speaking over a Fort Worth radio station to "deflate" the wild torse th?M discoery of the device had touched off. Ramey said jr object was "a high-altitude weather observation device - a ey normal gadget in weather bureau operations." He added that although the box k;e originally carried instrument, none was found with the wreckage Asked to comment on the "flying discs." Ramey said he kr;w nothing about them and "I have never seen one." WORLD IS EXCITED (By International News Service) American? lost exclusive lights i th b'g "flying saucer" mystery joiierday when persons in far-off Australia and South Africa, as well as Denmai k and England, reported sighting the strange oniects. The Whe House also became Involved, in a negative sort of wav. It was announced officially that President Truman has not seen anv of the saucers, knows nothing about them, and hasn't ordered any investigation of the m V"terv. Joke'sters continued to muddle iff pirtuie bv coming up with v.t'.ier and si'her versions of flying a-.icers they had seen, invented nd were controlling. And rewards we;-e offered for the "capture" of cne of the things. THE WHITE HOI SE was thought into the story when an alert West coast juggler sent a wire to Fsesident Truman announcing that he took ontir- re- pr-n-.tbiiii v for the mystery. The Higgier explained he had been working out a new act with some and they g"t awav. While new scientific explanations still were being offered, press agents and self-appointed humorist., had a fieid day. The promote! of the National Air Races at Cleveland announced he is trying to J-ne up 12 saucers for formation fHing at the show. A navy flier rc had heard thnt Milton Vevnold is planning ti engage two sauceis as pate-setters fot b next round-the-world flight. Public relations officers of the at.-v 'ground forces grinned at ff-er harassed colleagues of the force; and temaiked that they vr,;i rl take some a: my air forces M-.rPr wrh hamburgers on them. Rear Aim. W. P. B Blandy. r cc-nmanded the Rikini atom t Continued On Page 9, Col. 4) Fort Plans Are Definite Republic's Washington Bureau 1397 National Press Building WASHINGTON. July 8 The tvar department said tonight that Fort Huarhuca definitely will be unandoned as a permanent army post Brig. Gen. Theodore M. Osborne. r"-ie' of the service, supply and n orurement section of the general faff, told a delegation of businessmen from B'bee today the army would turn the fort over to War Assets Administration as surplus nnut September 1. The group, which included Gus Michaels, secretary of the Bishee Chamber of Commerce, protested the artnv's action on the ground that more than $22,000 per month In pay roil is being paid to Hua-chuca employees. -MANY OF THE WORKERS at the fort have been there throughout their government service," he remmded General Osborne. The army officer also told the Arizonians there "is just no truth" to reports that permanent build-irgs on the fort are being stripped of rlumbing and lighting fixtures. "In some cases we have removed temporary .structures but the other haven't been touched," he aster t ed. The general referred the group to WAA for any plans to purchase the property. Michaels expressed a fear that private ranchers might c-va-.n the land for grazing pur- T0-es. Russia Lauds Own Recovery MOSCOW. July R-Ar- Russia today announced wide successes tn her own domestic recovery pio-jrsti The sate planning commission repotted Russia's ciop arieage for lb .er-ond quarter of 1047 was 20,-(T!imi acres higher than last car, and that industrial production was Up 1 " per cent. Th i e port indicated steady im-pioement m the Russian standard rf !ivtc and announced many in-rius r es were meeting or exceeding their goals under the postwar five-ys&: plan. Mystery if Arizona Contractors Deny Union Demand By HENRY FILLER THE LONG drawn-out negotiations between the unions of the six basic construction trades and the three contractors associations of the slate apparently came to the end of the trail yesterday and the end was not a settlement of the wage dispute. Whether or not the deadlock eventually will result in a walkout of the union men. could not be answered last night, but. Ihey will be on the job today, according to A. E. Williams, head of the building trades council. Labor is preparing a statement to be released later, he said. Since July 1, which was the deadline set by the union leaders for a definite reply on their demand for a 20-cent-an-hour raise, straight across the board, for five of the trades and 25 cents for the carpenters, ihe two groups have held several meetings with S. Lyle Johnson, federal conciliator, presiding. These ended abruptly yesterday wilh submission by the contractors' representatives of a letter stating they could find no basis in the current dispute for arbitration as previously suggested by Johnson. THE LETTER also carried a request for submission to the em JmL uXmJjL JLm Jtt JLLmL JUL fit if mm 'Whatsis' Photographed Over .ft ployees, as provided in the new labor-management, labor relations act (Taft-Hartley hill) for approval or rejection by secret ballot, an offer that the present Tucson area wage agreement be extended to cover the industry throughout Arizona unlil December 31, 1917. In reporting the deadlock, Johnson .said: "A joint meeting was held by me on July 3 in which the representatives of the six unions involved and the three contractors associations (Associated Building Contractors, Arizona Building Contractors and the Tucson General Contractors participated. "During this meeting the union maintained its request for a wage increase of 20 cents per hour fot five of the trades and 25 cents per (Continued On Page 9, Col. 3) OMAR THE STATE'S GREATEST NEWSPAPER Phoenix, Arizona, Wednesday, July 9, 1947 4 - This flying object was twice snapped at dusk Monday as it circled north of rhoenix. William A. Rhodes, 4333 North Nth street, first shot the picture at the left as the slow-flying object was approaching him. As it hanked to make a tight turn, he obtained the picture above, showing clearly the shape of the object. In seconds, Rhodes said, the "disc" shot away to the west at high speed. It had made, three whirling turns north of the city, after approaching from the west. Aircraft fdentifieation experts yesterday would not hazard opinions on the object's nature. Speedy 'Saucer' Zips Through Local Sky By ROBERT C. HANIKA THE FIRST clearly recorded pholographs of what is believed to be a mysterious "flying disc" which has 33 states in America and even a few foreign countries on edge with its peculiar activities, was taken by an amateur Phoenix photographer. Reproduced in The Arizona Republic today, the photographs were i made by William A. Rhodes, 4333 North 14th street, who was on his way to his workshop in the rear of his home when he heard the distinctive "whoosh" of what he believed to b a P-80 Shooting Star, jet-propelled plane. Rhodes snatched a camera from his workshop bench and by the time he heached a small mound at the rear of his home, the object had circled once and was banking in tight circles to the south at. an altitude of approximately 1,000 feet, he said. IN THE overcast sky the object continued its speedy flight Horn north to south and directly east of his position, Rhodes snapped the hurtling missile by sighting alongside his box camera. Quickly rolling up his last piece of film, Rhodes awaited the re turn of the craft which continued in a clockwise movement over his home and as it disappeared into the west, the second shot was taken. Rhodes described the object s disappearance as phenomenal since it apparently wuint-u u" and shot uo into the ether. "I don't think it was a P-80, since I have observed many of them over here. Also. Ihe tact n mane no other sound after the fust pass over the house." Rhodes said, "makes me believe it was some other type of aircraft." "EN ITS THREE flights over the house there was not a sound, even when it zoomed into the south west," he said. Men long experienced in aircratt recognition studied both the prints and the negatives from which they were made, and declined to make guesses on what the flying object might be. The only general agreement seemed to be that "something" certainly had been flying over Phoenix. Previous pictures taken of the so-called "flying discs" have been so small and distorted 1hat photog- (Continued On Page 2, Col. 4) Boy, Woman Die On Roads A FIVE-YEAR-OLD California boy was killed in an automobile accident yesterday afternoon 11 miles southwest of Showlow, and a Safford woman died in a hospital of injuries suffered in a highway mishap July 4, it was reported by the state highway patrol. They were the 114th and 115th fatalities resulting from motor vehicle accidents in Arizona since January 1. Richard Carl Klunh. son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kluph, Altadena. Calif., suffered a fractured skull and internal injuries when his 1947 This Data 1946 115 y 124 father's car was involved in a collision with a truck driven by David Moore, Nutrioso. The child was dead on arrival at the McNary Hospital. Neither the elder Kluph nor the truck driver was injured, Don Welker, patrolman, said. Bessie L. Higgins. 49, Safford, died of injuries suffered in n July 4 accident 15 miles west of Safford. The car in which she met her death was driven by George W. Higgins, 20. Patrolmen said the Higgins car was forced off the road and after it regained the highway it was involved in an accident with a car operated by Frank E. Barlow. 59. San Carlos. Rose E. Barlow. 58. a passenger in the second car. suffered a broken leg and face and head lacerations. She was taken to Butler Cnic, Safford. Phoenix ; . WILLIAM A. RHODES Sex Slayer Hits Again LOS ANGELES. July 8-(AP) The battered, ravished and strangled body of Mrs. Rosenda Mon-dragon. 20 years old, was found almost in the shadow of the City Hall early today, and police sent out a state-wide teletype bulletin for the apprehension of a man with whom she had reportedly been seen shortly before her death. SHE WAS the eighth sex murder victim locally in a cycle which began last January 15 with the mutilation slaying of Elizabeth Short. the so-called "Black Dahlia." This case has never been solved. Charles B. Horrall, police chief, said that a clerk. William H. Moore, had seen a woman resembling Mrs. Mondragon get into an automobile on a downtown corner. He furnished a description of the driver. Detectives said they believed Mrs. Mondragon had been slain elsewhere, and her body dumped into the street from an automobile. Bob Lohrman. detective lieutenant, and Sgt. Harry Hansen said her husband. Antonio Mondragon, had reported his wife visited him at the home of his brother-in-law only about two hours before discovery of the body. They were I estranged. Lohrman said. Mrs. Mondragon had been strangled with a silk stocking. Her i face was bruised and swollen and her breast lacerated. Contusions covered her legs. Detectives said she apparently had been raped. India Riots Continue; Death Toll Hits 74 CALCUTTA, July 8- (API-New outbreaks of communal fighting in Calcutta and the united provinces have caused at least 74 deaths and more than 140 injuries, reports showed tonight. Dispatches from Lueknow. United Provinces, said that 35 refugees crammed into a bus were killed. Fifteen bodies were found in the bus. 18 were recovered from a well, and two have not heen found. The toll of dead in Hindu-Moslem rioting which negan here yesterday rose to 39. Police reported order had been restored. fees ! i ... sjttw... T.fc-tWftt..v- f- "-3 EPUBLIC use I n U i a II S Urge New Gas Pact (Exclusive Republic Dispatch! WINDOW ROCK. July 8 Development of the huge deposit of helium gas located in tne four Coiners area of the Navajo Indian reservation as a potential source of income for the Navajo tribes was discussed today at the opening sessions of the Navajo Tribal Council here today. Norman Lit tell, Washington, D. C, attorney, urged efforts to bring about (he execution of a mote advantageous contract with the federal government for the sale of the gas for government use. Lit tell, who came here at the request of Sam Ahkeah, Navajo tribal council chairman who recently visited Washington, expressed belief that terms of the present contract are not favorable enough to the Navajo nation. HE SAID IT is estimated the Four Coiners helium field contains 788,000,000 cubic feet of the comparatively rare element. Littell declared, however, that he was certain the Navajo people would want "Uncle Sam" to have first priority to purchase the helium for use in military operations and for national defense purposes. Helium, a nonexplosive and non-inflammable gas is used by the military forces in lighter-than-air craft. Because it is lighter than air it also is being used to inflate airplane tires. The Four Corners deposit was discovered six years ago in the course of oil drilling operations in that area. During the war, a pipe line was built to Gallup, from which point it was shipped in con tainers to all military installations at home and overseas where light-j The French foreign ministry an-er-than-air craft were used. Inounced that 10 nations Belgium. THERE ARE only two fields of helium in the United States. Chairman Ahkeah opened the council 'meeting with a report on his recent visit to Washington to discuss Navajo needs with niem-i hers of congress and other government officials. ! "What we need most." he said, "is schooling and hospitals. We need better schools and more of them. We also need more wells and windmills to produce more water for our lands. We also need better roads so our people can get around better." The council meeting will continue through tomorrow. Subjects to be acted upon will include the election of a council vice-chairman to succeed the late Chee Dodge who died last January. THE TRIBAL representatives also will select an attorney to represent, their interests in general. The choice, it was reported, lies between Littell and John S. Boy-den of Salt Lake City. or the first time in history the present council, consisting of 72 tribal delegates, includes one woman member. She is Mrs. John Neal of the village of Huersano. Attending the meeting today was H. A. Matthieson, assistant to William Zeh, head of the Phoenix Office of Indian affairs. AID TLAN'S STUDIED Republic's Washington Bureau 1397 National Tress Building WASHINGTON, July 8 Indian bureau officials said tonight that the Navajo Tribal Council meeting, beginning tonight in Window Rock, Ariz., may propose its own plan for relief of distressing conditions on the reservation. John JL Provinse. assistant Indian commissioner, said that "any long-range program must have the (Continued On Page 9, Col. 2) Navajo Food Pledge Made Republic's Washington Bureau 1397 National Press Building WASHINGTON, July 8 The Commodity Credit Corporation tonight, assured shipment, at its own expense, of car-load lots of potatoes to the Navajo reservation, where hunger threatens the lives of tribe members. No limit was placed on shipments. Carl C. Farrington, acting CCC administrator, told Richard F. Har-less, Arizona representative, that the only remaining steps to be taken was for the reservation superintendent to "put in a request with the CCC office in San Francisco. Calif." The congressmen, impressed by the plight of the red men on his visit to the reservation last month, asked Farrington to clear the way for shipment of potatoes to the reservation. "I don't approve of burning .up our surplus, or shipping large quantities abroad when we have starvation among our own people." Ilarless declared. Farrington said, during the summer, his office also might make available some vegetables, if .surpluses exist in sufficient quantities in the Southwest. The potatoes will be table grade. Farrington urged the Indians to continue their program of raising as large a crop as possible from seed stock. n non 77 roves American . Stars Win (Additional Stories, Tage 16) CHICAGO. July 8 UP - Fancy base running by Bobby Doerr, of the Boston Red Sox, and a timely pinch-hit single by Stan Spence. of Washington, gave the American league a 2 to 1 victory over the National League today in the 14th annual All-Star game. It was the American circuit's 10th victory in the series. Doerr scored the winning run in the seventh inning. Fast on his feet, he got a clean single to left off Johnny Sain, the Boston Braves' right-hander. On the very next pitelt to Philadelphia's Buddy Rosar, Doerr look off as Sain raised his arm, and he slid into second well ahead of the toss by Bruce Edwards, Brooklyn catcher, to teammate Peewee Reese. That was just the start of his shenanigans. Doerr took a nice lead off second and let. Sain throw another ball to Rosar. Then he took another good lead and watched Johnny throw the (Continued On Page 2. Col. 2) Aid Meet Draws 13 Nations By JOSEPH E. DYNAN PARIS, July 8 (APi-Thirteen nations, including Czechoslovakia in the Soviet sphere, have accept e1 French-British bids to the Paris conference on the Marshall plan. Czech sources in Prague hinted that Russia herself might finally be represented. There had been no refusals bv nightfall from the 22 invited na- tions ! V1- f0?"1' ,Eir' IGrrp: T.ur" ;key. The Netherlands. Luxembourg. Czechoslovakia and Iceland - have turned in formal acceptances. Associated Press dispatches from Berne. Vienna and Copenhagen sakt that Switzerland. Austria and Denmark decided officially to participate in the reconstruction parley. Confusion concerning what was going on in the Russian zone states mounted as the Thursday deadline for accepting the invitations drew near. The conference will open Sat urday. POLISH. Romanian and Finnish diplomats denied reports broadcast by Tass, official Soviet news agency, that their countries had rejected the invitation. They said a decision could not be known until tomorrow. An Associated Press dis- k n Lruu LJULJ patch from Warsaw said it still was j said, "no justification for any othr a "toss-up" w hether Poland would i commit tee to consider this ques-accept. i tion." Yugoslav, Albanian, Bulgarian (Continued On Page 2, Col. 2) Holder Stubborn About '29 Bonds OASA GRANDE. July R They matured in 1929. but a New Jersey man consistently has refused to redeem some $1,700 in C'asa Grande, municipal bonds for their face value plus interest. E. M. Pederson, city clerk, has advised council-men. The easterner, lone holdout on that particular bond issue, steadfastly insists on payment of interest to date, on the long expired improvement bonds. Letters demanding payment in full to the current date reach the city clerk's office at regular six - month intervals and, despite repeated pleas from Casa Grande officials, the bond holder refuses to settle on the basis of the 1929 expiration date. Commission Approves $6,240,785 Budget By CHARLES A. ESSER AFTER JUGGLING its original allocation of funds to give sharp increases to the police and fire departments, the city commission late yesterday adopted a final budget of S6.240.785 for the 1947-4S fiscal year which started July 1. The budget was adopted after a morning session featured by protests against "legality" of the budget and against any attempt to decrease the pay of city employees. At the close of the day, Alice Mosier. city auditor, also reported that revenue beyond expectations from the higher water rates had made it possible to subtract 100,000 from the amount that must be raised by property tav s. As a result, when the city com mission meets next Tuesday to set the tax rate, it probably will fix the amount at $1.68 per $100 of assessed valuation, based on a total assessed valuation for the city of $101,000,000. THE $1.68 TAX RATE compares with $2.15 for the year just ended, based on an assessed valuation of $sU)lM).()00. so it is questionable whether property taxpayers win nav anv less in taxes this year, even though the rate is lower. The final budget figure is ex actly the same as that set in the tentative budget adopted in June The increases for the fire and police departments and for a few other departments were taken out of contingencies and in some cases budgets for other departments. Highway and street traffic: signs are for th protection of jourself as well a other; obey their message. Five Cents O Jj nay ucn ocores Victory By -IACK R. REED Republic's Washington Bureau 1 357 National Press Building ! WASHINGTON. July 8 -Ar zons today won the first round of the water light in the United States Senate. The senate voted 41 to to overrule its president pro tern. Sen. Arthur Vandenheig, Michigan Republican, in his decision that the McCarran-Downey suit bill should go to the committee on the judiciary. After the vote, the bill, a joint resolution which would aulhori.e a federal suit against the five lower basin states to adjudicate waier rights in th Colorado : river, went to the committee on I public lands. ) II was the first, time in at least I six years that the presiding officer ; of the sena'e has been overruled m an important parliamentary I quest ion. The vote was a personal triumph for Carl Hayden. Arizona senator. THE OLD desert warhorse conducted the fight to override the chair with a shiewriness and force which won the admiration of the entire senate. It was an uphill battle, for it. was an appeal from a ruling already made by the chair upon the advice of the parliamentarian, and in apparent, accordance with the senate's rules. The fight began when, by unanimous consent, the senate laid down all other pending matters to consider the appeal. Senator Hayden opened the fight for Arizona by reading to tne senate a statement which he had prepared and laid on the desks of ail senators, setting forth the reasons why. in his judgment, the bill belonged into the public lands committee instead of the judiciary committee and he nointod out tSu' I ihe public lands committee had , unuuest ioned jurisdiction over com- pacts between states, and had unquestioned right to consider questions of water right between states. HE NOTED also that almost every law and agreement which had been cited in the agreement as requiring court action, had sprung from the committee on irrigation, a predecessor of the present public lands committee. Sen. Eugene Milhkin of Colorado, chairman of the public lands subcommittee on irrigation, joined him in the declaration that the judiciary committee must, of necessity, retrace the same facts which the public- lands committee already has before it. i here is. Minikin The first opposition speech came from Sen. William Know land of California, who was given the floor by Sen. Pat MCarran of Ne- (Continued On Page 2. Col. 3-' Poison Alcohol Kills Soldier FRANKFURT. Germany. Julv 8 (AP)--The U. S. Army announced I tonight that one American soldier was dead and 22 others were m a hospital near Bremen from drinking "poison alcohol." The incident was the latest in what, fiie army called an "alarming series of deaths" in Germany caused by soldiers drinking products containing methyl alcohol. Five soldiers died recently from the effects of an antifreeze mixture. The dead soldier in the most recent incident was identified as Pvt. Tony J. Sanchez, 20 years old. of Blanca. Colo. Despite increases, the fire department, is about $17,000 short of what L. B. Barnum, chief, estimated as the bare minimum needed for operation, and the police department is about $15,000 short of its salary needs, in the opinion of K. C. Moore, chief. In noting these shortages, members of the Busey niaiority bloc on the commission pointed out that, all departments were required to (Continued On Page 2, Col. 1) Republic and Gazette Average net paid circulation for June, 1917: Morning and KvpntllJ 97.430 jLvening and ounaay U)6,6

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