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Colder U. S. Weather Bureau says: Windy and much colder, with snow flurries, high of 25. Winds westerly, 15 to 25 mph. Yesterday's high 59, low 28. Sun rises at 6:59, sets 5:51. (Weulher Map, Page 13 A) 121ST YEAR Trtft tKv.pnpcr k terwd by ihc Associated Preu, Unitrd Prru. Inter-sauonal New Service. Gannett Newt Service. AP Wireptioto ROCHESTER, N. Y., SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 22. 1953 114 Pages 15 CENTS Missing Plane Found Wrecked, 4 Students Dead City Wins First Pri nze In Nationwide Contest Today's Smile Post. Tex. ) After tell-ing her class about George Washington, Mrs. Johnnie Hamilton asked one little fellow: "If you had cut down the cherry tree, what would you have said?" Came the reply in a booming voice, Timberr-r-r!" By CONRAD CHRISTIANO Democrat and Chronicle Staff Writer Franklinviile-s The bodies of four Niagara University students including 21 -year-old Donald L. Nickel of Rochester were found in the wreckage of their rented airpiane yesterday, 8 miles east of this Southern Tier community. A Cattaraugus County farmer, Eben Stalcup, came across the crumpled wreckage of the plane shortly before noon in a remote, wooded gully on a state-owned forest preserve in the town of Lyndon. Stalcup, in an interview with an Olean Times Herald reporter, claimed he saw the wreckage of the plane in a dream. He said he and his son and a neighbor acting on his hunch, set out early yesterday morning. They found one of the "Beat St. Bonaventure" leaflets carried by the plane first. Then they found the wreck. Rented Plane The youths had rented the plane, four-place single-engine Stinson, t the County Line Airport in Amherst, Erie County, on Feb. 13, to fly to Olean, 21 miles south of Franklinville, to drop pro-Niagara leaflets on the St. Bonaventure Uni versity campus, as a prelude to a basketball game last Saturday night With Nickel in the plane, piloted by James C. Sweeney Jr., 19, an Elmhurst, L. I., freshman, were Richard W. Hens. 21, of Wanakah, Erie County, and William J. Murphy of Lockport. The Rochester youth was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Nickel, 42 Delamaine Dr. Scene of the crash was only 28 miles from a high, wooded ridge near Little Valley where a Conti nental Charters C-46 crashed on Dec. 29, 1951, killing 26 persons among its passengers and crew. A veteran pilot at the scene said the 'student's plane, apparently headed northwest toward Buffalo, appeared to have caught its landing gear in the top tif one of several tall beech trees, flipped over, and plummeted down against the trunk of another large tree less than 50 feet away. The plane did not catch fire. Three bodies were found in the shattered all-metal plane cabin. Safety belts were torn from the seats. The fourth body, apparently hurled from the cabin by the impact, was found several feet away. A Cattaraugus County coroner said he believed all four youths died instantly. 8-Day Search The wreckage was not scattered, but was crumpled into one almost indistinguishable mass, making it difficult to see, not only from the air, but also from the ground. The area had been combed several times by small search parties during the week. The plane appeared to have come In low over the brow of a small hill where it struck the tops of the trees, and somersaulted into the ground on the far side of a shallow gully, about 100 yards across. Lt. William Lease, cadet commandant of a Buffalo Civil Air Patrol unit which participated in the eight-day search, said the wreckage indicated the pilot had tried to come under the overcast to get bearings or try an emergency landing. (Continued on Page 11A) I THEIR FRIEND'S DEATH VEHICLE Michael Duffy, 21, left, 50 Austin St., and Leo Kazmark, 21, 2 Belmont St., seniors at St. Bonaventure University, view wreckage in which AT Wirrphnln Donald Nickel, 21, of 42 Delamaine Dr., perished. The three had been classmates at Aquinas Institute and were graduated together in 1949. Nickel was a senior at Niagara University. 'Never Gave Up Hope' Say Victim's Parents The constant hope which sustained the parents of Donald L. Nickel, 21-year-old Niagara University student, during eight anxious days of waiting died shortly after noon yesterday. Their steadfast faith ended only Jiagara Fills Balavia after the Very Rev. Francis L. Meade, president of Niagara University, notified, them their son's body had been found with those of three other students in the twisted wreckage ' of a light plane near Franklinville in Cattaraugus County. 'We had never given up hope," the father, Leonard Nickel of 42 Delamaine Dr.,' said. "I knew he had Scout training and two years of ROTC and that if he had a chance he would get out of it. "It sure did come as a shock. I couldn't believe it, but I guess they didn't Have a chance from what I've heard. I think the pilot (James G. Sweeney, 19, of Elmhurst, Queens) must have hit an air pocket and couldn't bring it (the plane) out of it." In spite of their shock, Mr. and Mrs. Nickel forced themselves to put aside their own bereavement. Their first action after learning of their son's death was to call the parents of his college mates, Sweeney. Richard N. Hens, 21, of Wanakah, and William J. Murphy, 22, of Lockport, in an effort to console them. Like our boy, they were only sons and we wanted to do every thing to console them (the parents) Nickel went on to say. "We all needed it." Nickel, who participated in a two-day search of the Springwater, Webster's Crossing and Conesus Lake areas for the missing plane, said he tried to remain calm and confident during the past week. I've been pretty cool about all this," he admitted, "but I've placed my confidence in Father Meade." "I would like to thank everyone who took part in the search, but especially Lt. Richard T. Barber of the (Wellsvillc) State Police who kept in constant touch with us," Nickel continued. "I also want to thank the newspapers for the wonderful writeups which kept interest alive in the search and kept everyone on his toes.". Since the plane was reported miss ing Friday, Feb. 13, numerous cards and letters had been received from many out of town persons offering consolation and sympathy to the family. Nickel said he could not adequately express his gratitude for the concern shown the family during its ordeal. Mr. and Mrs. Nickel remained at home on the advice of Father Meade rather than make the trip to Franklinville where the wrecked plane was found. They later were advised their son s body had been taken to the Babbitt & Allen Funeral Home in Franklinville and that arrangements were being made to have the body brought to Rochester. Allan Haywood, 63, CIO Official, Dies Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (If) Allan Haywood, 63, executive vicepresi- dent of the CIO, died here last night of a heart attack. Haywood, who lost out to Walter Reuther last December in a bitter battle to succeed the late Philip Murray as president of the CIO, was stricken as he addressed a CIO district council meeting at a hotel here. He was taken to General Hospital here where he died. 1 88 WAR CASUALTIES LISTED Washington (IP) The Defense Department yesterday identified 88 Korean war casualties in a new list that included 21 killed, 63 wounded, three missing and one injured. w If Si-j.n.ftluwillej For Getting Out Vote QJanustowa ' Olean WHERE PLANE HIT Cross marks spot east of Franklinville where plane carrying four Niagara University students crashed last weekend, was found yesterday. Dotted line indicates their planned route to Olean, solid line their possible route before crash. WATCHING THE WEATHER Wind to Continue, Some Snow Near The balm is over, but the breezes aren't. There's an end to the warm weather, and today the mercury won't go far above 20 degrees, the weatherman says. But the winds will keep on blowing hard, between 15 and 25 mph. Some snow may fall. But there won t be any more weather of the Jekyll-Hyde variety that prevailed yesterday. At 8 a. m. yesterday the temperature went up to a record high for the date, 59. At that time the tower at Rochester Airport reported gusts of wind as high as 85 mph. Previously the high for Feb. 21 was 58 degrees. (Weather Map, Page 13 A) High and low temperatures for the 24-hour period ending at 12:01 a. m. today: Hich Low Airport (U. S. Official) 59 28 Coast Guard Station 63 28 D4C Building 61 28 is ' t I ViV - ' IT. ' DONALD L. NICKEL . . one of four on plane Entten Pratjrr The Rev. Richard Tormcy, chaplain, Our Lady of ' Mercy High School: Oh Almighty God, who dost purify Thy Church by the yearly observance of Lent, grant that we who mortify ourselves by fast and voluntary abstinence may satisfy Thy justice for sins of the past, and in restraining our earthly appetites may more easily merit Thy heavenly rewards. Rochester's reading, thinking and VOTING yesterday won it the American Heritage Foundation's first national prize for the "most intensive nonpartisan effort" of any city of its size to get out last November's big vote. Mayor Samuel B. Dicker received word of the award fiom C. M. Vandeburg. executive secretary of the foundation, the nonpartisan citizenship promotion .npanialinn that sparked l he nationwide g;t-out-tlic-vole campaign. Rochester won first award for cities of 300,000 to 400,000 population. The award, said Vandeburg. was made for "the most intensive and most effective nonpartisan register and vote effort" by any ciiy in its population class. The foundation based its selection on the fact that out of 176,785 registered voters Rochester sent 174,477 In the polls for a smashing percentage of 98.7. The Rochester record labeled by the foundation as "the largest demonstration of active citizenship in our history" was credited by Dicker to the Gannett Newspapers novel R?ad! Think! Vote! cam paign, which for the first time in history enlisted the entire community of Monroe and 10 surround ing counties in a nonpartisan effort to get out a big and INFORMED vote. , Spurred Voters to Action For six months The Democrat and Chronicle and The Times-Union set aside assigned space not only to spur voters to action, but also to keep them informed on the personalities and issues ol the election campaign. The award itself will be symbol ized in a full-color reproduction of Arthur Szyk's illuminated painting of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and other historis documents. It was especially litho graphed by the Lithographers Na tional Association. The campaign brought out a percentage of 84.4 registered voters in Monroe County's 19 towns and a percentage for the entire county of 91.5. The newspaper campaign united i the entire 11-cotinty area in a non partisan campaign, which was joined by civic and patriotic organizations, youth and church groups, business organizations and leaders of both political parties. It was endorsed; by both national and state officials. Half Million Words W- J? ; i (y U Jl!j HIS CITY A WINNER Mayor Samuel B. Dicker plances at Read! Think! Vote! pages which helped bring Rochester national lame hy lending all cities in population class. On the Inside Winds Cause Havoc in Area Truman Becomes $600,000 Author Page IB WEST'S INTENSE cold moves northeast, bringing hfch winds, low temperatures. Page 9A . . Russia agrees to accept expert on Soviet affairs as new V. S. ambassador. Page 84. . THK LOCAL FRONT Theater rally to spark launching of Red Cross fund campaign. Page 1-B. In the six-montlr period the news papers printed more than half a mil- ion words equal to six to 10 full- length novels sent 40 speakers out into all parts of the region explain ing the campaign, conducted a scrap- book contest for children and adults and an editorial-writing contest for high school pupils and sent free copies of both newspapers to every i Daybook school and college in the community for every day of the academic year. Much of the written material consisted of interpretive stories designed to keep readers abreast of the issues as they changed. Pictures, stories and feature material also related how the community expanded its efforts throughout the period. Among the active organizations supporting the vote drive throughout (Continued on Page 2) THE SPORTS FRONT Royals defeat Syracuse, 84 to 73. Page II). Art 4F Radio, Aviation 12F. TV 10E-11E Books 9E Real Camera Estate 6F-11F Column 12F Records in Crossword 91) Review 10E Daybook 2B Skiing 5F Deaths 3C Sports 1D-10D Dog Notes 16C Stamps Editorial 14A in News 8E Financial 9D Theaters 1F-3F Fraternal 2C-3C Travel 5F Gardening 7F Tripp 1C Kenny 2C Vicinity 12A Letters 15A Women's Merrill 2C News 1E-7E Music 4F Dally entftrd , Srcond Ctm Matter. Postoffke, Rocheittr Kansas City (IP) Former President Harry S. Truman has sold the rights to his memoirs to Life Magazine for $600,000. He announced his selection of Life Magazine yesterday, ending wide speculation over how he would market his version of the history making years he spent in the White House. The former chief executive declined 'to say how much he would be paid for his works but it was learned in New York that the figure was $600,000. Truman said he is well into the writing of the memoirs but that they would not be published for two years. He said they will be published in one or two volumes. Truman's announcement, came at a press conference, his first lormai one since he returned home from Washington a month ago. He explained that by 1954 he will be able to speak more fnllv on subjects pertaining to the role his Administration played in world affairs. Asked if he was going to do the writing himself, the former President answered quickly: "Of course. They are more than half finished now." TRAIN-CAR CRASH FATAL Chcektowaga (ff) Emil Adler. 66. of nearby Buffalo was killed yesterday when, according to police, his automobile was struck by a New York, Central passenger . train on a grade crossing. llie Silueb Chalice A Novel by Thomas B. Costain BASIL, adopted son of IGNATIUS, has been cheated of his inheritance by LINUS, Ignatius' brother. Linus has sold Basil as a slave to the Silversmith SOSTHENE of TARSUS. He is rescued from ' slavery by LUKE the PHYSICIAN and brought to Jerusalem by ADAM ben ASHER, a caravan leader of JOSEPH of AR1MATHEA. In Jerusalem he meets Joseph's granddaughter DEBORRA. COR A WEEK Basil saw nothing more of Joseph of Arimathea or his granddaughter. Adam ben Asher, he learned, had departed from the city. He worked a little on the clay bust from memory but found it unwise to attempt much, fearing he might lose tne likeness. He spent his mornings in rambles about the city, finding himself involved in the busiest phase of life in the Holy City. It was crowded with v i s i to r s who asked no more than two things: To watch the paschal moon rise over Jerusalem and to bow their heads in reverance in the Temple. It was difficult for him under these circumstances to pursue his quest for information about Kester of Zanthus, but he did not allow himself to become discouraged. Basil went up and down the Streets of the Glassblowers, the Wa-terskin Makers, the Meat Sellers, the Goldsmiths, the Spice Dealers. He haunted the neighborhood of the great palace of Herod; he pa- the country about Babylon trolled the market on the floor of the valley, asking his question of anyone who could be persuaded to halt for a moment, "Know you aught of one Kester of Zanthus?" He had no success at all. On the eighth day Basil was summoned to the bedroom of Joseph. Deborra met him at the door. "Grandfather always has a nap at this time," she whispered in explanation. "I read to him. I thought it might be of help to you if you could study his face in repose." The young artist hastened to take full advantage of this opportunity to study his subject. His fingers wrought on the clay in eager haste, adding detail to what he had achieved at the first attempt. Although absorbed in his work, he found himself following what the girl was reading. It was the story of a young shepherd who was captured and sold into slavery in the household of a wealthy man in He paused from his labors to ask a question. "What is it you read from?" JJEBORAH ANSWERED in the same even tone, "This is the Book of Jashar. It is very, very old and made up of tales of early Hebrew heroes." "Are all the stories true?" "I don't know. But it has been read for centuries and no one questions its truth." She raised her eyes from the parchment to smile across the couch at him. "I read Grandfather to sleep every day at this time. He falls off at once, but if 1 stop he wakens." "Do you never get tired?" "Oh, no. But I I practice a deception on him. He has me read always from the Torah or perhaps from some legal documents. It is very dry, and as soon as he is safely asleep I change to something I find more interesting myself. Such as this." "I may not be- here when you finish the reading," he said. "Is the slave given his freedom?" Deborra nodded. "Yes. And he is given some land and sheep and cattle. And a house of his owe in the hills." "And does he marry the daughter of his master?" A slight trace of pink showed under the ivory of the girl's cheek. "Yes, he marries Tabitba." JJASIL WAS SUMMONED at the same hour for several days in succession and the work progressed rapidly, his acquaintance with Deborra keeping pace with it. On the fourth day, as he pressed with questing fingers around the line of the mouth, he realized that he had achieved a change of expression. He hastily withdrew his hands. "It is finished," he said after a moment. Deborra dropped the parchment and ran over to stand at his shoulder. The white sleeve of her palla touched his arm. He was aware that she was breathing quickly. "Yes, yes!" she exclaimed. "Lay not another finger on it, Basil, for fear it may change for the worse. It is perfect now." "Not as much as a fingertip." He spoke happily. "It is finished and ready for casting.' They had been speaking in excited tones, loseph roused and sat up. "What is it?" he asked. "It is finished," announced the proud artist. "May I show it to you?" Joseph studied it with critical attention and then nodded his head. "I am well content," he said. "Tomorrow Luke will be here, and then I shall have something to say to you." Basil was so delighted with the approval bestowed on his work that, he paid no attention at first to the news about his benefactor. Then he said: "I am happy that Luke will be here. I have missed him very much." "Paul and his followers reached Caesarea several days ago and stayed there in the house of Philip. They are now approaching Jerusalem and will arrive at some time during the evening. I very much fear that those who oppose him are as well informed of his movements as I am. There may be trouble." Joseph's eyes returned to the clay bust. "I agree now with my granddaughter. It is perfect." T;HAT AFTERNOON Deborra paid a visit in fu's room on the top floor. She was accompanied by three women of the household and carried in her hand a large metal ring filled with keys. Pausing in the doorway, she held up the ring. "I have messages for you. They could have been brought by a servant, of course. But I thought I would like to be in a position to judge of your comfort by the evidence of my own eyes. And so," smiling. "I decided on a tour of inspection as an excuse to come." "It is kind of you to take so much interest. As you see, I live in the greatest comfort and luxury." After a moment's silence her eyes, which she had kept lowered, were raised to his face. "I know all about you," she said in a low tone. "I know how you were robbed of your inheritance and how badly you were treated. I think you were very brave about everything." Then, realizing that she was allowing herself to display too much emotional involvement, she went on. "If you care to come with me now." she said, "there is someone below who has information for you. He told me of it before I came up. He is one of Grandfather's men. His name is Benjamin, but everyone calls him Benjie" the Asker. Benjie the Asker was waiting for them in a dark cubicle in the warehouse wing. He was small and wiry, with owl-like hollows around his eyes. "I know everything that goes on in Jerusalem," he announced. "And it has come to my attention in fact, it is my business to know all such things that you spend your mornings wandering about the city and asking questions of everyone you can pcrsaude to stop. I decided, after consulting our lady here, to take your quest on my own shoulders and see what I could find about the elusive Kester" Basil asked eagerly, "And what have you found?" "I have found everything that is known about him," declared the : little man in a pompous tone. "He j came to Jerusalem seven yerrs ago, : being interested in army contracts, i For three years he was quite active, j He became wealthy and in due course decided he should seek a wider field. He went to Rome." BASIL'S INTEREST was so intense that he found it hard to remain still. "Are you sure of this?" he asked. "I had not succeeded in finding anyone who had ever heard; his name. "I am never in error, young man. There can be no doubt that your missing witness removed to Rome four years ago. He was still active, still in Rome, and still active as recently as three months ago. At that time he wrote a letter to an old acquaintance here in Jerusalem. I." importantly, "have seen the letter." "What manner of man is Kester of Zanthus?" asked Basil. "All I can tell you," answered Benjie. "is that he left a reputation here for honesty; and that is an extraordinary thing for an army contractor to do." Basil drew a breath of relief. "My future." he said "is going to depend on how much of that honesty he has retained." He remained silent for a moment, and it was apparent that he was suffering from a sudden embarrassment. Benjie the Asker had of his own accord done him a very great service and was entitled to a reward. But how could a reward be paid out of empty pockets? While this thought was running through his mind he became aware that something had been dropped into the palm of his hand. It was a coin, and moreover, of gold. Deborra was standing beside him, and it was apparent that she had trans ferred the piece of gold into his possession without letting either of them see what she was doing. "I shall be forever in your debt," he said to the Asker, holding the coin. "Will you accept this from me? "(JJOI.I):" CRIED Benjie. He nodded his head gratefully. "May you always eat off gold plate and say your prayers before a golden shrine. May you wear a sword of gold at your belt." Basil's embarrassment returned when he left the room in the company of Deborra. "You were observant and very kind," he said. "For two years now I have had no money in my possession. Since I was sold as a slave, my pockets have been empty." "Did not Luke have money for you when you left Antioch? My grandfather thought that plenty had been sent." "It cost him more than had been expected to purchase my freedom," explained Basil. "He had nothing left when the transaction was completed except two copper coins." The girl's eyes opened wide wi'Ji surprise. N "How then did you get to Aleppo to meet Adam?" "Luke was not concerned. He said to me that the Lord would provide. The first night we stopped at a small village and were directed to the house of a widow. My benefactor said to her. 'Christ is risen. and she made an answer that seemed quite as strange but meant something to him " Deborra interrupted in a low voice, "I think what the widow said was, 'He sits at the right hand of God.' " "Those were the exact words. It seems that this established an understanding between them." "A complete understanding, I am . sure." Continued Tomorrow From the book, the Silver Chalice. Copyright 1952 by Thomas B. Costain. Published by Doubleday t Co. Inc. If you wish to continue reading the story of "The Silver Chalice.' and do not now take the daily Democrat and Chronicle, here's what to do. Call LOcust 3600, ask for the Circulation Depart , ment and say you want the weekday newspaper. Delivery to your home will start at once. 1

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