The Daily Clintonian from Clinton, Indiana on February 1, 1937 · Page 1
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Clinton, Indiana
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w Ebould You Pail to Recalv Your DAILY CL1NTONIAN by 6:30 P. M. Phone 41 or 117 and a copy will be brought to you ttt once. .WEAJHER Cloudy tonight; Tuesday general- THE DAILY CLINTONIAN Nr.Tior fc c; .. . - prjce Three Cent. Clinton, Indiana, Monday, February 1, 1937 Volume 25 Number 72 Sam Beecher, Wife Flood Refugees Residents Abandon Cairo, Await Crest Of Crushing Flood Out on Bond After Indictment, Arrest Two Levee Workers Are Reported Dead After Barge Mishap ""' jpiiwn in mm i mi inn nr -rnr " "M 1 f f vr Vl! n n 111 1 Uk?", vfj v ' - 4( lit MEMPHIS. Tenn., Feb. 1 Although United States engineers' reports indicated all WPA workers who were aboard a huge barge when it capsized near New Madrid. Mo. yesterday were rescued, reports from several of the workers indicated at least two persons drowned. The workers, about 100 of them, were repairing the main levee in the Birds Point-New Madrid "floodway when the accident occurred. "I guess we crowded too far to one side of the barge." :sald Joe Williams, who swam to the top ol the levee alter the barge submerged. "It just went over all of a sudden, and there we were in the water. 1 didn't know anything could be so cold." LEGION ISSUES ANOTHER PLEA FOR REFUGEES Sllc H'udauariers Report Says MW Food, Clothin Needed To Maintain Red Cros Flood Refief Another plea for non-perishable food and bed clothing, experially sheets and pillow cases. waB made today by the American Lesion and the Legion auxiliary, who are working In cooperation with the Red Driven from their homes by the ravaging waters of the Mississippi, these refugees were forced to take refuge in box cars in the vicinity of Rldgely Tenn., after the swollen torrent of the Ohio river had Bent the Father of Waters surging over its banks. STEAMER SEEKS TO SAVE 35 ON SINKING VESSEL S. O. S. Brings Edam for Ninety Mile Through Gale to Aid Of American Boat Off Azores NO PASSENGERS LISTED ON SHIP NEW YORK, Feb. 1 With 35 men aboard, the American freighter Meant lent was Binklng earfy today 100 miles north of the Azores while the Holland-American liner Edam which dashed 90 miles through a -iile in answer to an S. O. S.. was -landing by in the hope of effecting a rescue. Aeeordlng to wireless messages reaching here, the crew of the Meanticut were ready to abandon ship in two lifeboats, reported to be in poor condition, when the Edam. ji'l'ied by rockets, hove in sight. The commander of the Edam radioed that he would stand by, but would not attempt to take off the crew of the Meanticut before daylight "unless necessary." Shortly after 8 a. m. (EST) Mac kay radio received an unsigned, jumbled message saying the Meantl cut was enroute to "some port" convoyed by the Freighter Waukegan Mackay was unable to confirm or (race the message. Reports Confirmed NEW ORLEANS, La.. Feb. 1 With her holds full of water, the Freighter Meanticut was in a pre carious position a hundred miles north of the Azores today, radio messages received here by the Lykes Brothers-Rlpley Steamship Company said. The S. S. Edam was standing by for a rescue but not attempt was to be made to transfer the freighter crew until daylight, according to messages recidved herev v ""Trie" Meatnlcut sailed from flew Orleans with a general cargo Jan. 16, bound for Liverpool. Capt. John Stein is master of the vessel. The Edam sailed from here Jan. (Continued on Page 0) Plans Completed For Anniversary Meeting of Club Definite arrangements for the second anniversary meeting of the Half Century club to be held Wednesday, February 3, have been completed, Hev. H. II. Wagner will speak on "Frelndship." and Attorney Frank II. Miller, of Terre Haute, will dls-discuss "Kquallty." Friendship and equality are the principles of the or-ganiation. T. L. McDonald, sage, will discuss the history of the club. F. K. (Curlle) Kussell, William McMillan and Ralph Bhattuck are also on the program. Besides the anniversary celebration the birthday anniversary of each club member will be observed. There will be a huge birthday cake with two large candles to symbolize the number of years the club has been organized, and around this will bo 361 small candles to represent the number of members. The meeting will be held In Morgan's basement, which has been recently enlarged for the club. Cms.AImu,.,LouIs a fcenistia wJl0odaiiH.lfetfaiiMi.lit 9 in Box Cars LOUISVILLE HAS GREAT TASK AS WATERS RECEDE Many Feared Dead in West End, Still Inundated; Thirty Blocks Quarantined; Water Shut Off LOUISVILLE, KyA Feb. 1 The tWMiUi -tale' f- feminization- -be gan in earnest here today.- As (lie Ohio slowly relinquished its hold on t,he city, storekeepers unbearded their windows and doors, banks opened for business, autos and trucks were permitted on the streets, and an army of 15,000 WPA workmen began purging the city of the slime and debris left by the floodwaters. More Deaths Feared Flood water still stood many feet deep In the low-lying west end sec tion, hiding the fate of hundreds of persons reported missing and unaccounted for in refugee camps. Recession of water in this area, it is (4 'olHiniiril on Page 6) LINDY REPORTED ON TRIP ABROAD LONDON. Fell. 1 A report spread in aviation ciitIps today that Col. linrlea A. lAiulhv.rgh, carrying ono paasciiKnr. had cleared customs at Lympno airdrome this forenoon on a trip ahroad. Tin American flyer's destination was Egypt, according to the report, Lynipue ofticials and members of f.'ol. Lindbergh's household declined either to onfirm or deny the report. BASQUE REDS IN TRIPLE ATTACK MADRID, Feb. 1 Government troops pushed a triple offensive to-day on the llasque front while HC-tinly ill the Madrid area was con-lined, except for minor clashes on (hi! western front, to the Arranjuez area south of the city. The Basque militia, drawing ever closer to Hurgos. the rebel capital miles norUi of Madrid, attacked in the Elgeita, Eibar, and Ordena sectors. BANKER LOSES PLEA ANGOLA, Ind.. Feb. 1 Hollo N. Walter. I.a Grange banker under prison sentence for embezzlement, tod.iy had lost a plea for retrial after a Steuben circuit court ruled that alleged new atvidence was Insufficient to warrant a rehearing. The court granted Walter an appeal to the Indiana Appelate court on the ruling. CLUB PLANS MEETING A meeting of the Clinton Commercial club will be held at the I.'Amor cafe at 7 o'clock this evening. All members are urged to Terre Haute Official I Charged With Misuse Of City Cash By Grand Jury MAYOR ACCUSED ON FOUR COUNTS TKItRE HAUTE, Feb. 1 Mayor Sam Beecher and his wife, Kather-ine, city controller, were free under $2,500 bond each today after submitting to arrest under an indictment charging them with misconduct arid malfeasance in office. The indictment, naming each in four counts, was returned by the Vigo county grand jury which completed its work Saturday. More Action Seen Prosecutor Leonard Kincade said further investigation may be conducted by the new grand jury to be iworn In February 8. Wrongful use of city funds, un-Jer direction of the mayor and with approval of the city controller, is harged In each of the four counts. The charges were: The mayor and his wife allegedly used 1.246 gallons of gasoline purchased for the police department. Noble Wilson was paid $250 salary as assistant superintendent of a city cemetery when he was not working for the city. Davis In Probe C. T. Davis, street commissioner, was paid for local service while he was absent In the interest of Beech-er's campaign tor the republican gubernatorial nomination. Part of the money appropriated to move city hall furniture into temporary quarters was : used to pay clerlcaf ' help -enff buy postage for" the camipaign. Beecher, who received nationwide publicity last fall by refusing to permit Earl Browder, communist candidate for president, to speak here is a republican. Kincade is a democrat. Pope Shows New Strength Sunday, Drafts Reform. VATICAN CITY,' Feb. 1 After lie spent a "fairly restful night, the slightly improved condition of Pope Pius remained unchanged today, ac cording to semi-official advices. Dr. Aminta Milanl, the pontiff's personal physician, visited him at 7 l. nv. and found that his holiness had passed a better night than many during, the course of his Illness. Meanwhile it was learned the pontiff is drafting reforms which will permit the Italian state to participate in his own funeral and other ceremonies attending a papal death. This is being done. It was re vealed, in view of the uew relations between church and state resultiug from the Vatican-Italian concordat. Yesterday the Pope suffered less from the pain which has caused him. great suffering during his illness. The newspaper (laintta Del Popo-lo uf Turin reported Dr. Milan! was satistled with the Pope's condition aud does not fear complications. The Pope passed an active Sunday, receiving Cardinal Pacelli, Vatican secretary of state. Marquis Se- rallnl, governor of Vatican City, and Father Soccorsl. director of the Vatican radio station. YOUNG MOTHER DIES AT DETROIT Word was received here this morning by relatives of the death of Mrs. Kenneth Stites, 23. of Detroit, who died Sunday evening at her home following the birth ot daughter. Survivors besides the baby are her husband. Kenneth (Pete) Stites, formerly of Clinton and her parents. Mr. Stites is the son ot Mrs. Ernest Martin of 1236 South Seventh street and the grandson of John Baird ot South Fifth street. Although funeral arrangements were not known, buriul will be at Detroit. THE TEMPERATURE By The Clintonian thermometer: $ a. m., 22; noon. 24. Hoover's Son to Wed Margaret Coberly By recent announcement of her parents, Margaret Coberly. Los Angeles debutante, will become the bride of Allan Hoover, 30, son of former President and Mrs. Her bert Hoover, next June. FLINT IN PUBLIC EYE AS FIGHT IS TAKEN TO COURT General Motors Seeks Injunction ,To Force- Sit-Downers From Two Factories Holding Back Production FLINT. Mich.. Feb. 1 Eyes of the nation were focused on this strike-torn Industrial city of 160.000 today as General Motors headed for the courts to force sit-down strikers from two of its key plants here. At the same time. Gov. Frank Murphy reported he was laying the foundation for a new truce, following failure ot Secretary of Labor Perkins to get CMC and the United Auto Workers Union together at a bargaining table. Before Union attorneys left Detroit for Flint, they announced they would seek to delay hearing on GMC'c injunction petition scheduled to come up this afternoon before Judge Paul V. Gadola. Kvictlon Sought General Motors in Its new court action asks that the sit-dowuers he removed from its two Fisher Body plants, and also requests an injunction against picketing. By holding these two plants, the UAW has uc-ceeded in virtually halting the corporation's entire production. After Sheriff Thomas Wolcott announced he would "see that the plants were cleared if the court ordered it," reports came that several thousand union members would be assigned to the plants as shock troops to resiBt eviction. Sheriff Wolcott was booed out of the plants (Continued on Pae 6) clean. It was crowded with liedt1 and the beds were crowded with mountain folks, Charley Johns' folk, who are now Eunice Winstead's folk. An air of backwoods reticence enveloped the place, but here and there a linsey quilt, fashioned by the needles of the Johns women, was raised to disclose a listening ear and a peeping eye. "I have cared for Charley ever since I was a little girl." Eunice remarked, as though years and years were packed into her memory. "He's been awfully good to me. "And I love Charlie." added the bride. "I like to play house-keeping, but 1 reckon I don't know much about it yet. I can make a bed up. (Continued on Page 6) t n I v ' f ,fry $ Peak Expected Tuesday Or Wednesday; Big Wall Holding Waters REHABILITATION BEGINS ON OHIO Cnlrn wus the dry vortex of swirling sea ot flood water today, with the rampant Ohio lapping at the top of a 60-foot concrete levee pro tectiue the city and only a 3-foot bulkhead atop the seawall standing between doom and the 61-foot flood crest, which engineers predict wil arrive tomorrow or Wednesday. Cairo was being evacuated of all Ub residents except the 4,000 work crs patrolling the levee, bolstering weak spots, and obstinately fighting the flood waters, confident their handiwork will withstand the onslaught of the flood crest. Bolow Cairo, the confluence (f the Ohio and the Mississippi. Army engineers were equally confident the 1.200-mile levee system stretching from Cairo to New Orleans will resist the flood tide which already has driven more than a million peo ple from their homes, taken a death loll of more than 4 25. and caused property damage conservatively estimated at $400,000,000. Paducah Abandoned As the flood crest moved slowly downstream, leaving a wide swath of death and disaster, Paducah was being abandoned to the mercies of the river. Regular Army troops di reeled the evacuation of the approx imately 4,000 residents remaining In the flood-stricken city, already largely under water and without 4w,,ud.,fiHW fvUir.-i- w Above Paducah, through southern Illinois and Indiana, plans Cor the gigantic task of rehabilitation were made as the river crest either remained stationary or slowly receded. The danger of pestilence menaced the entire flood-stricken area and at Louisville, where the work ol rehabilitation has already begun, a large area of the city was placed under a rigid quarantine. Thirteen Doomed Soviets Believed Victims of Guns MOSCOW, Feb. 1 Though there was' still no official announcement, it was generally believed today that Bwift death by rifle fire had been meted out to 13 former bolshevik officials condemned for treason in the Moscow conspiracy trial. The executions were thought to have been carried out during the night after their appeals for pardons had been rejected. The pardon pleas were turned down by the president of the central executive council of the V. S. S. R. under ordinary procedure, the executions would take place In secret sometime between this rejection and midnight tonight. The exact manlier in which Soviot executions are carried out Is not known to the Russian public because the criminal code Is silent on thiH subject, and witnesses are unt al lowed to attend executions of condemned prisoners. Tills secrecy is explained by Soviet olflcials on the grounds thai executions are "barbarous spectacles. Consequently the public Is never Informed until after the deatli sentence lias been executed. "Notification" usually takes the form of a iief and inconspicuous communique in the newspapers Bodies of the condemned are cremated immediately after death. CLASS TO MEET ON WEDNESDAY The regular meeting of the Men's Bible Class of the Christian Church will be held at 7 p. m. Wednesday in the basement of the church. Guests will be members of Boy Scout Troop 64 aud Mr. Shattuck's class of the church. The principal speaker of the .evening will be Skipper Wilson of Terre Haute, who will give a talk on the refugees at Terre Haute. visited the state headquarters in Indianapolis, was informed that the food and clothing supply is still far 'rom satisfactory. Those who have not been contacted and wish to contribute are sked to get in touch with Mrs. Albert Wheaton by calling 756-J or Mrs. C. C. Manship at 4 74-.I. and the donations will be picked up by members of the auxiliary, or they can he taken to Jackson's garage by the "ontributor. Much AH Given The state Legion is maintaining a relief supply depot In Indianapolis ind to date have shipped 450 truck-loads of food and supplies from its ilx warehouses. Frank Cassa of Jeffersotiville, who in 1935 was state commander of the Legion, related that he lost every-ihing in the flood and had to swim to safety, and that nt the present time he is wearing borrowed cloth ing. Ills wtie was sun wun me (Continue!) oa Pace ) RAYNES - FRAZIER CLOSING 2 DAYS Preparing for their big Going- Out-Of-Business sale which win open Thursday. Feb. 4, the Raynes- Frazier hardware store will remain closed Tuesday and Wednesday. It was announced this morning. The firm Is soon to be dissolved. It was said, and the sale will continue uutil the entire stock has been sold. Fascists Informed Mussolini is Ready For Another Fight ROME. Feb. 1 In a dramatic speech that lusted only 50 seconds. Premier Mussolini today thundered Italy's readiness to lii;ht if need be. Addressing massed thousands of legionnaires and veterans of the Ethiopian war from the balcony of the Venezia pidace in ceremonies celebrating the 1Kb anniversary of Duce shouled "If the fatherland calls again, we will Imitate the high example or the heroes of the Ethiopian war." Earlier be had awarded 1.1 gold medals and 160 silver medals In me-moriam for bravery in action. John N. Wellman Dies Suddenly in Illinois Sunday John N. Wellman, S3, a life-long resident of .St. Bernice. died suddenly Sunday al Hie home of bis daughter. Eflie McCarry at Dan ville, III. - He was preceded in death by Mrs. Wellman 18 years ago. Survivors besides Mrs. j'McGarry are a brother, James Wellniiin of Chrisman. 111.; a daughter. .Mrs. Clara Vance or Hammond; a son. Clifford WelluiHii of Paris, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Another son. Fred, died August 4, 192S. Funeral services will he held Tuosday at 10 a. m. at the Callahan and Callahan funeral chapel at Danville, III., with burial In the Edgar Cemetery at Paris, where short services wiwli he conducted. BOARD MEETS TONIGHT An official Hoard meeting of the Methodist Church will be held at the church this evening at 7:30 o'clock. ThankB to energetic and of fir-lent work by state health authorities and relief agencies, however, the casualties from disease have been restrained to a minimum. There have been no formidable epidemics of typhoid and scarlet fever and pneumonia, as often happened in past disasters. NewspaperB have recorded possibly a score of deaths directly due to the inundation, but there is no official casualty Kst. If the death toll is believed large, a house-to-house canvass by WPA workers and oth- may be. instituted to prepare an official word. If there are many victims, bodies will be buried by workers under direction of health officials, who alsrj will dispose of (Continued on Pae ) Public Sentiment Strong Against Marriage of Nine-Year-Old Child But Young Bride is Not Bothered Great Loss of Life Expected to Be Revealed as Flood Waters of Indiana Section Begin to Recede INDIANAPOLIS. Did.. Feb. 1 Indiana's death toll in the greatest flood in history may never be known, state health board officials said today. The slow recession of the yellow, death-dealing waters of the Ohio river undoubtedly will reveal many bodies In Lawreuceburg. Jefferson-ville and Kvansvllle and in the smaller towns, according to authorities. "T have no way to determine the total loss of life in this great trag-dv." said Mr. Verne K. Harvey, di- KNOXVILLE. Tenn.. Feb. 1 East Tennessee's city and town people were up In arms today against the child-marriage of Eunice Win-stead but the nine-year-old backwoods bride was blissfully unaware of the furore. In her mountain cabin home near Sneedville, she put aside a doll, clambered into the arms of her lanky husband and gravely eyed an interviewer. "I guess I'm right happy," she said. ' Charles Johns, the six-foot, 22-year-old mountain youth who two weeks ago espoused Eunice, s'roked her honey-colored hair and rocked in his split-bottom, hand-made chair. The two-room cabin was scrubbed rector of the state division of pub-;ers lie health, who has toiled at bis desk 20 out of 24 hours daily for a week. "It will be difficult to record all of the drownings and deaths from exposure and suffering."

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