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Partly Cloudy, Cooler Tonight. Saturday Mostly fair attd Coot THE DAILY A Better Newspaper Pledged; $41,m Coal: $75,513 VOLUME LXXII — 251 GALESBURGr, ILLINOIS — FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1953 PRICE: FIVE CENTS Builders of Jet Planes Go Out on Strike LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 28,000 men arid women who build some of the nation's best known jet planes went on strike today at North American Aviation Co. plants here and in Columbus, Ohio. The walkout and the picketing were orderly. > The CIO United Auto Workers' contract with North American expired at midnight Thursday. Negotiations were broken off at 9:30 Thursday night and no date was set for renewal. * The union wants a wage increase of 23.4 cents an hour : " |plus severance pay, a pension War Casualty Figures May Top 3 Million UNITED NATIONS, N. Y.-Final casualty figures for the Korean War, still clouded by uncertainty over the fate of thousands miss ing who may be dead, indicated today that both sides suffered a toll of more than three million. * Based on figures from officia and U. N. delegation sources, total casualties for the U. N. side ate figured at 1,474,269, of which the Republic of Korea total is 1, 312,836; the United States total 144,173; and the total for the 15 U. N. allies 17,260. In all but a few instances, the figures ran past the July 27 arm! stice date. Pentagon sources in Washington estimated Communist casualties, killed and wounded, at 1,420,000, and prisoners at another 120,000 for a total of 1,540,000. 7,955 Missing The United States still has 7,955 listed missing. Along with almost complete casualty tolls, delegation sources have revealed that the U. N. allies ac tually put onto the front thousands more of men, through rotation and replacement, than the standard size of the unit. From three to finally. slmSPw^fwe front Turkey, for" example, with a unit of 5,000 men, had personnel num bering 29,882 during the three years Turkish troops were on the front. Troop losses generally figured in ratio to the standard size of the unit involved. ThisVas the breakdown of U.S casualties: dead 25,604, wounded 105,961, missing and presumed dead 7,955 (as of Oct. 9), captured and returned 4,631, (adjustment of Aug. 19 'figures), prisoners now in repatriation compound 22. Total 144,173. program and other benefits. Pay now ranges from $1.42 to 2.32 hourly. The company has offered a 4 per cent general increase, plus an additional 4 to 5 cents hourly for top workers. Threatens Production The strike threatened production of F100 Super Sabres, F86F Sabre jets and T28B, Navy trainers. The company said it would keep the plants, open and try to continue making planes. The picketing recalled the turbulent days of 1941, when federal troops took over the North Ameri can plant here temporarily during a strike. The union later took disciplinary action against some of the strike leaders for defying back to work orders. Some 12,500 workers struck at midnight Thursday in Columbus. Nearly 16,000 walked out in Los Angeles. The strike is expected to extend to a smaller plant of the company at Fresno, Calif. The Fresno contract expires at midnight tonight. In Washington, a Federal Mediation Service spokesman said the service plans no moves at this time, but will watch the situation to see how it develops. A spokesman for the 12,500 striking employes of the Columbus plant said today the strike is an industrywide struggle between unions and the aircraft industry. Ray Ross of Springfield, Ohio, UAW regional director, addressed an estimated 6,000 members of Local 927, UAW-CIO at the State the ^tJFajwtJuad* U»i»-w»rrthie. ,Jt The mass meeting, by * voice vote, made the walkout an official strike. • • Ross contended other aircraft manufacturers are holding up wage discussions pending outcome of the North American-union negotiations. Premier Denies Desire to Break Away From France SAIGON, Indochina (UP)-Viet Nam Premier Nguyen Van Tam denied today that his country wanted to break away from France and "go it alone against the Communists." His disavowal of Nationalist de mands for complete independence coincided with reports Emperor Bao Dai may oust the premier upon returning Monday from France. GRANDMA STARTS HIKE— Mrs. Sylvia Marie Carlen of Detroit, Mich., celebrates a birthday in the usual maimer—by taking a long hike on her 85th birthday. She is shown as she started a 60-mile walk from Detroit to Fort Huron. Grandma Carton's walks have become famous. Once a doctor asked her if she would rather die in bed or walking. Her answer was "walkijjg." He told her to go (beid and walk* THEY COULD HELP SOLVE FARM PROBLEM—Secretary of Agriculture Eira Benson, fourth from left seated, met Thursday in Washington with a new group to consider recommendations for farm law legislation. Those in attendance are considered bi-partisan and represent all sections of the nation with most of them being farmers. They have the official title of the National Agriculture Advisory Commission. (AP Wirephoto.) Kidnap Money Probe Nears Completion ST.LOUIS W— The panel of top police officials may complete- a secret investigation into their own officers' handling of the Bobby Greenlease kidnaping case today. Chief of Police Jeremiah O'Connell said Thursday night it is pos sible that testimony might be con eluded with the questioning of two more witnesses. The police chief previously said he was "sure" a statement would be made when "the entire investigation is completed." There has been no indication whether the investigation has produced any leads on the missing $300,000 in ransom money. About half of the $600,000 ransom was found in the possession of Carl Austin Hall, confessed kidnap-slayer of the boy, when he was arrested here eight days after the Kansas City kidnaping. Hall and Mrs. Bonnie Brown Heady were arrested Oct. 6 on a tip from taxi driver John Hager. Another taxi driver who drove Mrs. Sandra, June O'Day to Kansas City after she, spent the night of Oct. S in a St. Louis County motel with Hall was one of the witnesses questioned Thursday. Mrs. O'Day is held in Kansas City as a material witness. The driver, Herman J. Dreste, told the Globe-Democrat before he was questioned that Mrs. O'Day told him she had been on a three- day binge and had been "with a 'jerk* at a county motel." / "Mrs. O'Day gave me $80 and asked me to buy her some luggage. She said she had lost her own luggage during the drunk," Dreske said. "I bought the luggage and she pujt her clothes in it. "She had a bundle of $10 bills, but said all she had left was $500 and that she guessed she would have to get some more money from her 'old man'." Dreste said Mrs. O'Day paid him $150 for the trip, made in his private car. Parks to Close If Rain Fails PEORIA, HI.. Ul — Unless rain comes by Friday night all parks will be closed as fire hazards, city officials decided Thursday. Peoria <has had no rain is 18 days. Death Toll in Flush Floods Mounts to 89 REGGIO CALABRIA, Italy (UP) —Federal police said 89 persons are known dead, 20 missing and feared dead and five of the most heavily hit communities still isolated in disastrous flash floods which swept the toe of the Italian boot. It was feared the death toll, already near the 100-mark, may soar considerably higher when rescue parties are able to reach the five . isolated mountain communities. The threat of additional floods and landslides still hung over many villages, police said. Aid was being rushed to the homeless and ill and the U.S. Embassy and U.S. 6th Fleet in Naples reported they were standing by to answer any pleas for additional aid. Police said 89 victims have been identified in the flood-ravaged towns they have been able to reach and that approximately a score are missing. Their figures, they said, include no casualty reports from the five villages which' apparently were hardest - hit, SoHfeg"^ Macailerl, Di Pellaro and Rosario Valamidi. Seven swollen rivers, their for mer courses changed, still rampaged over the wreckage of farms, homes, shops, bridges and churches. Police said the town of Saraci nello, which had a population of 7,000 was "destroyed." Surplus Butter To Be Given to Berlin People BERLIN W) — A million pounds of American surplus butter will be given away Saturday to the people of Berlin, the International Rescue Committee announced today. The committee, which paid the shipping costs of the butter with private donation's in the United States, is making it available to Berliners from the Soviet as well as the Allied sectors. Improvement for Producers of Beef Is Seen by Benson WASHINGTON (UP) — Secre-.ber of cattle increased by 6,000,000 Russian and U.S. Vessels Pay Courtesy Calls ISTANBUL, Turkey (ffl—Units of Russia's Black Sea Fleet are little more than 100 miles away today from warships of the U. S. 6th Mediterranean Fleet — the closest they have been for some time. Twelve American vessels were paying a courtesy call at Istanbul. A Russian squadron* has been paying a similar courtesy call at the Bulgarian port of Stalingrad in the Turkish straits. tary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson believes the cattle crisis has eased and that definite improve-] meht for beef producers is coming in the 1954 election year. In an exclusive, interview with the United Press, he indicated that for those persons who know the business, now would be a good time to buy feeder stock. "I have advised my own brothers now to fill up their yards with feeder cattle," he said. The Benson family farm is in Idaho. The secretary has no such advice for what he calls ''the flyby-nights." They are the amateurs who jumped into the cattle business as prices zoomed in recent years. The current price squeeze may have driven most of them out. Scorns Buying Plan And Benson scorns the idea of govejamenUMHsctose ices/ There has been support for that in Con gress, and from some stockmen, too. Benson said he had checked personally with leaders in the processing, distributing and producing of beef since the House Agriculture Committee asked on Oct. [0 that the government begin a ive cattle purchase program. He said none of them thought the plan practicable or that the government safely could undertake it. The department asked 23 farm and livestock groups for Senators See Extension of Price Support WASHINGTON WV-Two Repub lican senators said today they ex pect Congress next year to extend rigid price supports for basic farm crops and perhaps extend the program to additional commodities. The prediction came from Senators Mundt (R-SD) and Payne "It was unfortunate that drought|(R-Me) after Sen. Young (R-ND) aggravated this problem and issued a tart statement saying forced additional liquidation of beef President Eisenhower's decision cattle herds. But I believe now not to stump for GOP candidates that the number of cattle has in the 1954 congressional cam- reached its peak. Normally the up- paigns "will help the Republicans in 1951 and again crash had to come. in 1952. The State Welfare Department to Be Overhauled SPRINGFIELD, 111. (AP) — Gov. Stratton says the sprawling State Welfare Department, with 50,000 wards and 11,000 employes, is in for a major overhaul. He made this known Thursday after describing as "tragic" and "degrading" recent disclosure of systematic looting of supplies from the Kankakee State Hospital. Stratton announced the resignations of a husband and wife who were veteran employes at Kankakee mental insti- Woman Asserts McCarthy Is ward cycle would have run a cou pie more years. In the months ahead — next year — the situation will stablize still further. "By refusing to buy live cattle we have avoided a fiasco." The cattle count began to rise in 1949 from 77,000,000 at that time to 93,700,000 last Jan. 1. Benson thinks there has been no increase this year. The high in cattle prices came in 1951. The average for all] grades is down today 45 percent from the 1951 figure, and a great malty cattle raisers axe demand ing'Benson 's scalp.,.-.^/ Storm Strands 1,000 Hunters In Big Horns SHERIDAN, Wyo. (UP) — Between 300 and 1,000 big game hunters %vere believed marooned by snowdrifts in the, Big Horn — «,-— r - — their'Mountains west of here, it was views on cattle supports. Only one!reported today, groim, so far, has proposed govern-i Tn e estimate was made by ment purchase of live cattle. That I Sheridan County Sheriff Willard was the Farmers Union. iMarshall who based his figure on The interview began like this: Imports from hunters who made "Mr. Secretary, Rep: Dcvey Short their way out of the snow-clogged (R-Mo.) has been telling homc.area. Earlier estimates as to the state audiences that unless some-1 number of marooned hunters had thing is done for the farmer quick-jbeen set at more than 100. iy there will be damn few cowsi Planes Ready to Aid and no Republicans in Missouri, j Meanwhile, a dozen planes were What about that?" :Standing by, ready to go to the Approach Is Practical ' aid oi trapped hunters. The planes "Our present prograr. is the i were loaded with food, clothing only practical approach .'to thei and medical supplies, and two whole question," Benson replied.j were equipped with skis for emer -Lhe believes Congress will extend "We have been unable to find a S enc y rescue work. * ' * •—practical, feasible way to buy live' Marshall said several hunters animals. We have had some ex-j nad b *en able to fight their way through the 5-foot drifts and reach greatly in the Midwest." Young, who opposed confirmation of Secretary of Agriculture Benson's appointment, said the "administration's lack of farm policy and their multibillion-dollar glorified Truman giveaway foreign program are very unpopular" in the Middle West. Neither Mundt nor Payne had any comment on Young's blast, the sharpest yet from a Republican lawmaker in the midst of growing controversy oyer farm problems and Benson's attitude to ward them 4^-*«enhower strongly defended Benson at a news conference two days ago. Both the President and Benson have said they will have definite recommendations on farm policy to submit to Congress in January. Mundt, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said .in an interview he was confident Congress would not approve any change in the law that would weaken present price supports or reduce the income of the farmer. "It's my belief that Congress will approve an extension of the present price support program and perhaps include other stbrable crops not now on the mandatory (support) list," he said, "unless the Agriculture Department comes up with a plan that would give farmers a better income." Similarly, Payne said he does not expect cutbacks in the present program requiring that prices of six basic crops—wheat, tobacco, rice, peanuts and corn—be supported through government loans to farmers at 90 per cent of parity. Sen. Stennis (D-Miss) also said tution, bringing to eight the number ousted there in a probe of large-scale thievery. The newly dismissed persons, both civil service workers, were named by the governor as James Clements, a maintenance equipment worker, and his wife, Frances, a cook. Clements had worked at the hospital since 1933 and his wife since 1928. Both admitted stealing over a period of 15 years, Stratton said. Neither he nor Dr. Otto L. Bettag, state welfare director, divulged any more details. No Charges Filed At Kankakee, State's Atty. Frank Curran said no charges have been filed against the Clements but that he will wait until the investigation is complete and then submit names of all those involved to the grand jury. Stratton declared, "We're going to look at operations of the higher echelons of the Welfare Department." "I think these things may go all the way up," he added. To a question whether he thought!* there was stealing in the higher T echelons, Stratton replied he was accusing no one. But it's apparent they were not competent to stop it," he asserted. "It's a sorry and pitiful thing," he said, "when people making a civil service career find them- COP Handicap NEW YORK l/R — Mrs. Eugene Meyer, wife of the chairman of the board of the Washington Post, said today Sen. McCarthy (R-Wis) is a handicap the Republican party "can no longer afford." She accused him and Rep. Velde (R-Ill) of insulting American Prot- i estants in their congressional committee probes. Mrs. Meyer, describing herself as a lifelong Republican, said in an address prepared for delivery to members of a unit of the New York State Teacher Assn. that "It is not the duty of President Eisenhower to curb McCarthy and Velde." "It is the duty of Congress to control congressional investigations conducted in total disregard of established American principles of justice and fair play," she said. "The Republican members of Congress can readily disassociate themselves from McCarthy's rampages by refusing to, make appropriations for his committee in the next congressional session." She noted that McCarthy's term still has four years to run, but selves up to their elbows in a bad, declared Velde's career could be nasty situation." iterminated next year if he tried perience in buying perishables — butter, potatoes, eggs." He indicated he wanted no more such experience if he could avoid it. But he said the present program of buying beef had the same market effect as would the purchase of live cattle. "The trouble was with the flyby-night feeders — the doctors and dentists and others who rushed into the cattle business. There was some similar buying of breeding stock, too, but most of the expansion was by fly-by*nights. The num- safety after U.S. Highway 14 was opened. But he said hundreds of others /were marooned as far as 20 miles from an open road or trail. Hunters coming out of the area said most hunters still snowed in have plenty of food and good shelter. Several hunters were reported grouped in large camps in the Little Horn-Dry Fork area. They were said to have killed I enough game to supply them with; food for several days. the present farm support law, now due to expire at the end of 1954. Sen. Kerr (D-Okla), who has been one of Secretary Benson's most persistent critics, said in a speech at Paducah, Tex., Thursday night the administration should get a new agriculture secretary. If it doesn't he added, "the people should have—and will get—a new administration." Recorded Message Is Sent Cpl. Dickenson by Mother BIG STONE GAP, Va. GB-Somewhere between this Virginia mountain spot and Tokyo, there's a recording in flight today carrying a mother's message to her hospitalized son, Cpl. Edward S. Dickenson. Cpl. Dickenson is a 23-year-old farm boy who was captured by the Korean Reds and refused repatriation until last Wednesday, when he decided he wanted to come back to his home straight up on a southwest Virginia mountain where he grew up and helped out with the farming. He was flown Thursday from Korea to Tokyo, where he was hospitalized for a checkup. "Hello, Ed," the recording starts off. The tear-heavy voice is that of his mother, Mrs. Bessie C. Dickenson. "You don't know how proud we are you're a-coming home . . . We're just waiting for you to come in so we can all welcome you home. "And w« want to have * big pot and a little one. We're gonna give a big chicken dinner and so is Keith Myers gonna bake you a big fruit cake. He said so." The recording was made in the simply furnished living room of the one-story mountain home three miles from the village of Crackers Neck. "It seems so long since you left . . ." his mother continued. "And I want you to come back . . . Margaret was around today and I wish you could just see her baby. And Rose Helen has growed so much . . . You wouldn't know her. And I saw your girl friend last night and she sure will be glad when you get home." Then Jim 1 Dickenson, the corporal's half brother, speaks: ". . . Whenever you land, give me a ring, Eddie. And I'll be there to get you in a car—no matter how far it is. I'll come and get you. "I'm getting ready for a deer bunt and hoping you'll be here The corporal's 72-year-old father, Van Buren Dickenson, also had some words for his son. He talked about the family's dogs. Meanwhile, a neighbor girl Katie Laney, said the corporal had proposed to her by mail. But the 20-year-old blonde, whom he'd never dated but who's "always in my dreams," has replied and suggested they talk further about it when.he gets home. She said she received a letter from Dickenson last Dec. 15 which read: "Kate, I don't know how to say this. Maybe you will call me crazy, but I don't care. Kate, I would like very much to have you for my wife. I know that I never tried to go with you before, but I'm sure we could be happy together." Earlier, his parents said they thought their son "had been doped" into refusing to come home. Mrs. Dickenson said a fellow POW told her Ed had been smoking drugged cigarettes. To Test Legality Of Commission On Toll Roads WASHINGTON (I) — The Illinois Toll Road Commission is going to file a test suit tc determine the constitutionality of the act setting up the commission. Chairman Evan Howell announced plans for the suit Thursday. "We're going to find out whether the Legislature passed a bill constitutionally sufficient to carry out the purposes for which it was intended." "The Illinois Toll Road Authority," he continued, "will have to issue tonds for construction of roads. The market investors must be sure of the legality of the bonds. If they are going to issue good bonds, we must find out if the law is good." Howell said he did not know when or how he would start the suit but before he does he plans to talk to toll road authorities in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia "to find out their early problems and mistakes." The governor said there probably are ,oih«.«tate institutions "where in varying degree you have the same kind of sloppy administration." Stratton declared the Welfare Department has been "loosely and sloppily managed"'and that he is going to put a stop to it and see that "patients and the taxpayers get their money's worth." In all, the department has 26 institutions scattered throughout the state, including mental hospitals, correctional institutions and others. It spends about 60 million; dollars a year. The governor said his plans call for a closer relationship between top administrative officers in the department, improved employe morale and better business practices. Praises Bettag He praised Bettag, who took over as welfare chief when Stratton was inaugurated last January. He said Bettag is doing a "wonderful job and doing it with considerable opposition within bis own department." Stratton mentioned that investigations at state institutions already have turned up a case of embezzlement at Jacksonville, a loan racket at Elgin and bookmaking in Chicago — in addition to the larcenies at Kankakee. Suspend Leaves TOKYO UB —The U, S. Army has suspended test leaves in Japan for American troops in Korea because of a transportation shortage, an Army spokesman said today. He did not say why transport was Short. Dean Recommends Get-Tough Policy With Russians LOS ANGELES (UP)-Former Chairman Gordon Dean of the Atomic Energy Commission said today this country should warn the Soviet Union that another act of aggression will be met with atomic bombs. Speaking before a group of trucking executives on the 50th anniversary of the motor truck industry of Southern California, Dean said he thought the time has come "when we must be very clear and very blunt in our dealings with the Soviet." Dean said it was also "high time that we face up to the fact that within two years the Russians would have the capability virtually to obliterate this country if they made a surprise attack with atomic weapons." Reach Accord on Wayward Soldiers TOKYO 1*1 — An agreement giving Japanese police and courts jurisdiction over British and other U.N. soldiers who commit crimes against Japanese while off duty was reached here today. » The agreement concluded by Japanese, British Commonwealth and U. N. Command officials is to be signed next Monday. It follows closely a pact covering the jurisdiction cf American security forces which goes into effect Qct 2«. , then to run for the Senate. Mrs. Meyer said McCarthy vilified the Protestant clergy through J. B. Matthews. 'He employed J. B. Matthews as executive director of his committee at the very time Matthews was asserting in print that 'The largest supporting the Communist apparatus in the United States today is composed of Protestant clergymen', " she said. Mrs. Meyer said Velde's House Un-American Activities Committee presented "uncorroborated accusations" smearing clergymen. She said nobody claimed special immunity for the clergy, but that it was wrong and un-American to sow seeds of dissension and distrust among the people concerning any group, whether clergy, educators, labor union leaders, or butchers, bakers or candlestick makers. McCarthy, informed of her remarks, countered, "It is complete* ly unnecessary to comment on anything that the owner of the Washington Daily Worker (sic) has to say. She has been a hero of Communist causes ever since I have been in Washington. If people like her were not critical of me, I'd feel that my fight against communism would not be as effective as it has been." Father-in-Law Named in Suit by Wilniette Woman CHICAGO 1/B —The wife of a former Wilmette, 111., lawyer followed up a separate maintenance action filed Monday with a $140,000 alienation of affections suit Thursday against her father-in-law. Mrs. Patricia McGrath, 29 charged adultery in her separation suit against James G. McGrath, 31, former assistant U. S. attorney who resigned Aug. 14 and moved to California. Her superior Court action against James' father, Thomas, a Chicago lawyer, asks $50,000 for herself and $30,000 each for her three children, Patricia Ann, 8; James G. Jr., 6, and John Michael, 3. The husband, who bad returned to Chicago, was under $2,5QQ bond to remain within the court's jurist diction. 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