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ON TODAY'S EDITORIAL PAGE Lincoln Speaks to Us: Editorial and Cartoon. The Right Billboard Bill: Editorial. Tht Ladue Consolidation: Editorial. FINAL Closing New York Stock Prices Page I5A K. U.

PAT. Off. Vol. 81. No.

42. (81st Year) ST. LOUIS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1959 60 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS TORNADO RUBBLE CLEARED TELLS SENATORS OF RACKETEER'S IKE MANSFIELD OFFERS PLAN FOR NEGOTIATING ON FROM CITY STREETS, ONLY 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's Birth Observed in U.S., Abroad Eisenhower Leads in Tributes West Berlin Mayor to Speak at Springfield, 111. Other Gatherings. REPREVE FROM ONE INTERSECTION CLOSED MURDER A GERMAN UNITY Grim Reminder of Tornado spirit of Lincoln be close at hand as we meet each successive challenge to freedom." He indirectly alluded to the current debate over the Administrations campaign for a balanced budget by reciting these words of Lincoln: "The tendency to undue expansion is unquestionably the chief difficulty.

How to do something, and still not do too much, is the question. I would not borrow money. I am against an overwhelming, crushing system. "Suppose, that each session Congress shall first determine how much money can, for that year, be spared for improvements; and then apportion that sum to the most important objects." The While House said Lincoln made these remarks June 20, 1848, when he "was a member of the House. He was til -'Tr I Child's cost left snagged on upended tree roots by tornado of home at 2758 Bacon street where woman was killed and mofjrrng.

AUTOS BARRED AT BOYLE AND OLIVE: UTILITY Damage to Lighting System Put at Phones Back in Service Irving School Reopens. Work of clearing rubhl from SI. Louis streets in areas damaged by Tuesday's tornado was completed today. One intersection, that at Olive street and Boyle avenue, was still closed to automobile traffic to permit utility workers to complete repairs without interruption. Charles Gilmore.

city street commissioner, said street sweepers and flushing equipment have gone over the entire area. Streetcars operating on Olive were permitted to go through, but other vehicles were barred, except for emergency trucks. The number of dead remained at 21 and city officials said they were satisfied all bodies had been removed from the debris of damaged homes. Some of the more than 300 injured remained in serious con dition at hospitals. The Irving School, one of the city shoulds damaged by the high winds, was opened today.

Bates School, more heavily damaged, remained closed. i Phone Service Restored. I All of the 7800 telephone I which ere knocked out of I service have been restored x-I cept for 200 in buildings de- stroyed or severely damaged. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. estimated the cost of restoration at $71,000.

Fifty-five persons. 30 of them babies and small children, were housed last night at Bricklayers Union Hall, 4020, Page boulevard, by the American Red Cross. Seven hundred persons were served meals during the day at the hall and from lour mobile canteens. Donations to Funds. The Bi-State Chapter of the Red Cross reported that in direct contributions for storm sufferers had been received by noon today.

This was an incomplete figure because many envelopes containing contributions had not been opened. Contributions to the Post-Dispatch Tornado Relief Fund, which will be turned over to the Red Cross, totaled $29,792 this morning and many more gifts were being received. A Lions Tornado Relief Fund was announced by officers of the Lions elubs. The first pledge of $1000 was made by the North St. Louis Lions Club and it was expected the fund would reach a total of $25,000.

Teams of Salvation Army workers made a door-to-door canvass of the disaster area todav to learn what clothing, bedding, utensils and furniture were needed by victims. A spokesman said the agency then would seek to meet the needs. Many persons have picked up donations of clothing at the Salvation Army's disaster headquarters, 3949 Forest Park avenue, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Three canteens also are being operated by the agency. 115 Trucks Used. Street Commissioner Gil- more estimated that JIIIIO lruckloads of rubble were removed from streets and alleys. The city employed 115 trucks in the work and each averaged about eight loads a day. About.

700 men from the streets and park departments were still on the disaster job today. Damage estimated by the City Lighting Division at $50 -000" to $70,000 was caused to WORKERS BUSY NEW RUN TO PUT Tornado Fund Gets $20,564 In Day for $29,792 Total His 9-Point Program Favors Direct Talks Between Two Zones, Conciliation, Perhaps Supervision by U.N. By RAYMOND P. BRANDT Chief Washington of the Post-Dispatch. WASHINGTON, Feb.

12 Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana proposed today a flexible nine-point program for negotiating with Russia with the goal of a united Germany. He urged direct talks between West Germany and Communist East Germany on the problems concerning unification, including "the harmonizing of political, economic and military systems of the two zones." In a major foreign policy address prepared for delivery in the Senate, Mansfield, who is deputy Democratic floor leader and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, went further in advancing detailed counter-proposals to the Kremlin's ultimatum on divided Berlin than any responsible spokesman of either party to date. Attacks Current Policy. His major thesis was that Germany ultimately will be united and that the Western great powers and West German Chancellor Adenauer must be prepared to deal directly with the Soviet -dominated East German government. He sharply criticized the Eisenhower-Dulles policy of demanding free elections as a prerequisite for unification, which, he said, did not meet the realities of the situation.

"If the unification of Germany fs essential and inevitable." he said, "and if it is neither our responsibility nor in the interest of this nation to seek that unity by force then 1 submit that a policy which merely clings to an unrealizable slogan of free all-German elections, which does not pursue German unification by other means, is no policy at all. "it Is a strait-iacket. It is an excuse for immobility. It may well lead down the blind alley of an unnecessary conflict or disastrous diplomatic retreat." Summary of Proposals. While firmly supporting the Administration decision to stay in West Berlin in the present crisis, Mansfield proposed the following long-term points for negotiation with Russia and East Germany: 1.

It is essential for Western military forces not be driven out of Berlin. While those forces remain there on a basis of equality with Communist forces, western initiative for peace is essential. 2. It Is time to call on the German leaders of the two Berlins to begin serious efforts to unify the municipal government and public services of that city. 3.

It would be helpful to have United Nations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold use his concilatory services for this municipal unification. If agreement is reached, Soviet and Allied forces should be replaced by a U.N. police force of contingents from nations not directly involved. This force night supervise the agreement and see that all routes of access remain open until Berlin again becomes the capital of a peaceful unified Germany. Would Let Russians Go.

4. If this agreement is not reached. Western forces would remain in the city whether or not the Russians leave. "Let thorn go. if they will," the Senator said.

"I would not wish to Continued on Page 5, Col. 3. Showers, Warmer Official forecast for St. Louis and vicinity. Showers or thunderstorms and warmer tonight, low temperature In upper 30s; tomorrow cloudy, windy and little change in temperature with a few showers or thunderstorms; high around 50.

TKMI'ERATt KES Civil defense blowing up a new storm? (Airport Readings) 1 m. 2 a.m. 3 a.m. 4 a.m. 3 a.m.

6 a.m. 7 a.m. 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m.

3 1 am. 12 Nmn 1 m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 P.m.

30 29 2S 28 27 27 29 31 3 37 40 45 44 44 43 45 Unofficial. Normal maximum this riata 44 normal minimum 20 Yesterday's hiah 3(1 at p.m.: low 19 at 3 a.m. Precipitation thii yflr. inches: normal, 2 5 inches. POT DISPATCH WtATHERBIflO I All weather tinia, incluHinK lore-en nt i nri temperatures, supplied by U.S.

Weather Bureau. MUmirf-llHnii forctit. P(te 3A, cm. 1. Weather nmp and weather In other tiles, Fuse 14 A.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (AP) The nation today observed the 150th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln with both simple and elaborate ceremonies. Meetings and celebrations honoring the Civil War president hit a peak for 1959, the Lincoln scsquicentennial year. President Eisenhower led the tribute, saying Lincoln belongs not only to the ages but humanity. A joint session of Congress today was addressed by Carl Sandburg, Lincoln biographer, and heard actor Fredric March read the Gettysburg Address.

Mr. Eisenhower attended a memorial dinner last night in a Washington hotel. Two former chief executives, Herbert Hoover and Harry Truman, sent letters to be read at the I gathering sponsored by the I Lincoln group of the District of Columbia. President Eisenhower said in his speech that it was the hope i of Americans and of freedom's i sentinels everywhere that "the I PLAN TO MAKE BURMESE BIGGER GOES TO DOGS RANGOON, Feb. 12 (UPH Burma's new government has 200,000,000 yeast tablets on its hands and does not know what to do with them.

The last time the pills were distributed free of charge, housewives used them for washing nylons and animal-lovers fed them to cats and dogs to make them grow bigger. The tablets were former Prime Minister Nu's idea. He heard the pills were an important factor in making Europeans bigger and healthier than most Burmese. He ordered the Burma pharmaceutical industry to begin mass-producing them and before long pills a day were piling up. The plan went awry when the government found its facilities for free distribution were inadequate.

Even when the tablets did get to the people, they were rarely used properly. WIND SO HARD IT BLEW FISH INLAND FROM LAKE Crappies Found 100 Feet From Water In New Mexico State Park. TUCUMCARI. N.M.. Feb.

12 (API The wind blows pretty hard across the New Mexico plains about this time of the year. Grady Mcada, superintendent at Conchas Lake State Park, said he found a number of crappies, weighing up to a pound and a half, as far as 100 feet away from the north edge of the lake. Crappies usually spawn at the lake edge in about 8-12 inches of water this time of the year, he said. "Wind blew so hard." Mcada said, "it blew 'em right up on the bank." CUBA BARBERS' UNION WANTS REBELS TO ABANDON BEARDS Business Has Slackened Since Whiskers and Long: Hair Became Patriotic. HAVANA, Feb.

12 (UPD The barbers' union, concerned by s'ackened business, has appealed to Cuba's revolutionaries to abandon the "shaggy-dog look" which has become their trade mark. At a nuhlie meeting, the union adopted a resolution de-: claring that the "patriotic 1 rjecessity" for beards and manes of hair ended when Fidel Castro's guerrillas came out of the hills Jan. 1. "The nnst-revolutionarv new look should be smooth cheeks and cropped hair," the resolu tion said. President's Pilot When Landing in WASHINGTON', Feb.

12 (UPIi The officers and men at Moody Air Force Base outside Valdosta. still are talking about the landing made there Feb. 4 by the Columbine III, the military air transport set aside for President Eisenhower. With the Chief Executive aboard, the Columbine flew south last week for the annual Eisenhower quail shooting expedition on the South Georgia estate of former Treasury Secretary George M. Humphrey.

The Columbine in these trips usually lands at Spence Air Force Base, a training center for air cadets outside Moultrie. Ga. Spence, however, was closed by bad weather and Col. William G. Draper, the Columbine pilot and Air Force aide to the President, decided to try Moody.

When Draper got over the field, conditions were too bad for landing, even with navigational aids. Draper circled for about 40 minutes, then letdown through the soupy, wet weather. The ceiling was around 400 feet when the Columbine broke through 'he menacingly dark I Detective Says Hoodlum Was Fined at A pal a chin (N.Y.) Conclave for His Jukebox Activities. WASHINGTON. Feb.

12 TAP) A New York City detective testified today a meeting of top criminals in Apalachin, N.Y., reprieved a racketeer's death sentence but fined him $10,000 for his activities in the jukebox business. Lt. James S. Mooney of the New York police criminal intelligence squad said police in- lormation is that the individual was Carmine Lombardozzi of Brooklyn, a hoodlum with a long record. Mooney told the Senate Rackets Committee that Lombardozzi was not permitted to attend a hearing on his case at the meeting at Apalachin in November 1957.

Instead, Mooney said, Lombardozzi was forced to cool his heels in a garage while awaiting the verdict of a council of higher-ups. "This person was scheduled to be killed," Mooney testified, "but instead his situation was considered by a council made up of certain higher-ranking individuals at Apalachin." Called Powerful Figure. Earlier, in connection with testimony by Benjamin Gottlieb, head of the Majestic Operating Brooklyn, jukebox-vending machine firm. Lombardozzi had been indentified as a powerful figure in the New York and Brooklyn coin-machine business. Committee counsel Robert F.

Kennedy said Mooney's testimony gave the first reliable 1 indication of what was dis cussed at a secret gathering of mobsters and others, 58 in all, at the home of Joseph Barbara at Apalachin. Chairman John L. McClellan Arkansas, asked who got the $10,000 fine. "Sir. if we knew that, we'd have the whole story of Apalachin," Mooney replied.

"Presumably it goes into some fund controlled by the higher-ups in the underworld." McClellan said. Mooney said he believed that was right. McClellan also wanted to know just what the charge was against Lombardozzi. Mooney said he did not know the exact nature of the charge, but that the information of New York police was that it -related to the juke-box industry. Kennedy remarked thai Mooney was limited in the information he could disclose at this time.

21 Arrests, 13 Convictions. Mooney testified that Lombardozzi had a record of 21 arrests and 13 convictions and was an associate of the Anas-tasia brothers and other underworld figures. He added that Lombardozzi had been a bookmaker and loan shark in Brooklyn until about 1952. when he began to assume "greater dominance" in the underworld. Robert J.

Cofini, a General Accounting Office Employe on loan to the committee, testified Continued on Paee 8. Col. 3. ASSESSOR WON'T ADD TO WOES OF TORM-S TR1CKEN Some property owners In the tornado-stricken area were to get notices of increased tax assessments today. City Assessor Harold Jaeger held up the mailing yesterday, however, to avoid adding to the owner's problems.

"It's the only human thing to do," he said, adding that he had asked for a detailed description of the areas hardest hit last Tuesday, so "we can remove increased assessment notices to those whose homes are flat on the ground." Reassessment of property In the stricken area was made last January. Property owners there will pay the same tax as they did last year, Jaeger said, and a new inspection will be made after the area has been rehabilitated. "Those people have enough problems right now," he said, "without having an increased tax assessment added to their troubles." $30,250 CASH PRIZE CONTEST PUZZLE No. 29 PART 6, PAGE 5F mm making a House speech on internal improvements." About 1400 persons in Springfield. where the sixteenth President first rose to national prominence, will Continued on Page 13, Col.

3. U.S. TIMETABLE Interior Dept. Plans to Let $2,460,000 Work by June 30 No 1960 Budget Request. By THOMAS W.

OTTENAD A Staff Correspondent of the Post-Dispatch. WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 Contracts for work costing on the St. Louis Riverfront memorial project are ex pected to be awarded before, June 30. the Department of Interior reported today.

In a letter to Senator Stuart Symington (Dem.i, Missouri, Roger Ernst, Assistant Secretary of the Interior, outlined a time schedule that contem- Dlates stcp-by-step completion of each phase of the project, with the last portion of the work being undertaken by 1964. Ernst said contracts for relocation of the railroad tracks, grading and filling of the riverfront site, the first task to be undertaken, will be let before the end of the 1959 fiscal year next June. Work to Take Time. However, he cautioned that the "major portion" of the work represented by these contracts will not be carried out before June 30, 1960. This results from the fact that "approximately five months will be required before construction work for the relocation of the railroad tracks could be under way," he added.

The second phase of construction work, completion of the grading work and filling operation, landscaping and installation of paved areas, similarly could not be undertaken until "well into, if not late in, the 1960 fiscal year," Ernst's letter stated, adding: "In view of this lag and bearing in mind the over all budgetary and fiscal situation, this item has not been included in the President's budget for the 1960 fiscal year." The I960 fiscal year commences July 1. "You may be assured, however, that we will watch the progress of this work and as additional federal funds are required under the matching arrangement, we will take the first opportunity to obtain them, taking into considera- Continued on Paje 5, Col. 2. Missed Runway Soupy Weather weather and walls of rain. An Air Force colonel asked.

"Does he always come in so high with the Columbine?" Instead of landing at the forward end of the runway, the Columbine seemed to come down at an unusually high angle and touch down about midway the length of the landing strip. After the presidential party left, personnel at Moody understood why the Columbine seemed to have landed "high." On the starboard side landing gear there was mud and grass. Then the story was pieced together. When the Columbine lowered through the soupy weather, its first point of impact put the landing wheels on one side of the ship into the grass and dirt, instead of hitting the concrete runway. Draper lifted momentarily, then brought the plane back down in the center of the runway, giving the impression that the ship had come in high.

For experienced transport pilots, this is a routine flying problem when the weather is bad, but it seems to become much more pressing when the passenger aboard is President of the United States. RIVER RONT JOBS OUTLINED BIG TORNADOES HAVE HIT HERE AT 31 YEAR CYCLES The tornadoes that struck St. Louis in 1896, 1927 and early Tuesday came at intervals of exactly 31 years and four month, which may be accounted for by sunspot cycles, Edward M. Brooks. St.

Louis University meteorologist, said today. All three tornadoes occurred near the end of a sunspot cycle, hen sunspot activity was at its peak. Brooks said. Extensive activity on the sun is related I to weather disturbances. Brooks believes.

I A sunsDol cvde usually lasts about 11 years, although it may be less. There were three cycles between the 1896 tor nado and the 1927 tornado and three more before last Tuesday's twister. Brooks pointed out. Each cycle was just a little less than 11 years. Should St.

Louisans take the hint and spend May or June of 1990 visiting relatives in Nome, "It's nothing but coincidence." Meteorologist George N. Brancato contended. POSTMEN'S BEST FRIEND DETROIT, Feb. 12 UPI Postmen in Royal Oak. are deeply indebted to Anthony Odoi.

He walked into the Royal Oak Post Office and deposited 100 pairs of spike-studded creepers for walking on ice. Odoi explained that his uncle used to be a postman and no lelter carrier should be without creepers in the Michigan weather. fiv a msi -lJlopaicu Phoutgrn pher. across street from wreckage others were injured Tuesday Money Sent to Post-Dispatch Will Be Distributed Through Red Cross. Cash contributions of $20,564 lo the Post-Dispatch Tornado Relief Fund were received last night and this morning, bring ing the total recived thus far to $29,792.

The gilts received by the Post-Dispatch its television and radio affiliates, KSD-TV and KSD, will be turned over to the St. Louis Bi-State Chap- ter. American Red Cross, for distribution to the victims of the tornado that struck the St. Louis area last Tuesday. No deductions are made by either the Post-Dispatch or the Red Cross for handling the fund, and the money is given to victims for food, clothing, shelter and other demonstrated needs.

It is an outright gift, and recipients are under no obligation to repay the outlays In large amounts and small a few less than SI many contributions were accompanied by messages expressing regret that the amount could not be greater. Boy Sends His Dollar. One gift of a dollar was received from 5-year-old Tommy F.rh. 15 Stratford way. Belleville.

A note with it said: "I am a little boy just five years old and my mommy is writing this. I want to help with the tornado relief 1 heard about on TV. I am glad God didn't let that big wind hit me, i Continued on Page 9, Col. 1. closed for today?" Years later, retelling the story to his grandson Lincoln Isham, he said simply: "I forgot it was pop's birthday." "Pop's birthday" isn't being marked by the three greatgrandchildren today.

Isham refused several dozen invitations to participate in the one hundred fiftieth anniversary celebration from Washington, C. to the Pacific coast. Mary Beckwith. 61 years old, his cousin, lives on the family farm on the south side of Manchester. She plans to spend the day helping milk the cows and care for the Black Angus cattle as usual.

Robert Todd Lincoln Beckwith, 54, Mary's brother, has no special plans either. Re tired, a law school graduate who never practiced law, he lives on his 280-acre farm near Urbana, in the warm months and spends winters In Washington. MILS. PLANES Pacific Flights Will Approach Kamchatka Peninsula Due to Start in April. Nw- Vnrh Tlnifn Nw Srrvlc WASHINGTON, Feb.

12 The United States is planning to inaugurate a new Pacific air cargo run that will bring military aircraft near the Soviet Union's Kamchatka peninsula. A test schedule of regular flights between Alaska and Japan will be started in April by the Military Air Transport Service, operated by the Air Force. There have been non-scheduled military flights over this route in the past. The new flight plan, which ultimately will include 10 planes a month, was disclosed by soures at the Pentagon yesterday. The planned route for the MATS flights starts at Travers Air Force base, Fairlield-Suisson, between Sacramento and Oakland.

The first leg ends at Elmendorf Air Force base, near Anchorage, Alaska. The final hop is via Shemya airport in the Aleutians to Tokyo. Officials indicated that this would facilitate use of cargo space that is only partly filled in existing military trafiir to Alaska. The Russians have several military bases on the Kamchatka peninsula. Officials here said the new course would be a sale distance away.

At least one commercial airline follows the same route. Meanwhile, the State Department apologized for not telling the House Foreign Affairs Committee in advance that it had a tape-recording of a Russian fighter attack on an American transport plane. Assistant Secretaries Livingston T. Merchant and William B. Macomber Jr.

told the com mittee in secret session it was a "slip-up" and would not happen again. Representative Wayne L. Hays Ohio, a committee member who had accused the State Department of keeping Congressmen in the dark on important foreign policy developments, said he was satisfied with the answer "until the next time it happens." Lost in Storm. Literally. KANSAS CITY, Feb.

12 (API James Tinker told ilice yesterday that he left his car at a service station in a storm Feb. 2 after it had stalled. Now, Tinker said, he en not remember where the station is. NEAR BASES Lincoln's Great-Grandchildren Ignore Birthday; One Forgot It the municipal lighting system. About 100 affecting 2200 lamps, were knocked out by the storm, and all but a few are back in use.

Thirty traffic signals were out immediately after the storm, most of them as a result of power failure. Five signal standards were knocked over. Joseph P. Sestric. director of public safety, praised tne work of 350 firemen who were on the job immediately after the storm passed.

Using power tools and lifting equipment, they dug 55 persons from the ruins and nine of the 21 bodies. Sestric said quick work by Utility company employes relieved some of the danger caused by fallen wires, broken gas lines and other damage. John Hatch, fire alarm superintendent, notified the utility companies as soon as he learned of the tornado. Modernization of the distribu- Continucd on Page 5, Col. 1.

MANCHESTER. Vt Feb. 12 (API "Hello Margaret, this Is Lincoln, I plan to come down Wednesday or Thursday to see about some letters." "Well, better come Wednesday, Thursday we are closed for the holiday." "Closed for what holiday?" "Lincoln's birthday, of course." "Oh, I forgot, I'm as bad as grandpa." This conversation took place Monday between Lincoln Isham of nearby Dorset, great-grandson of President Lincoln, and Manchester Probate Judge Margaret Doherty. The grandpa referred to was Robert Todd Lincoln, only son of the President to reach maturity. Of Robert's three grandchildren, two live in Vermont onH tha tHirrt in ViroiniA Once in Chicago more than? 50 years ago, Robert Todd Lincoln asked his wife, "What in the world are all the, stores Sunset.

5:38 p.m.; sunrise (tomorrow), 6:55 a.m. Stage of the Mississippi at St. Louis, 15.7 feet, a rise of 14; the Missouri at St. Charles, a fall of 0.2..

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