Mexico Ledger from Mexico, Missouri on March 20, 1953 · Page 1
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Mexico, Missouri
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Daily Afternoon Carrier Delivery—Vandolia, Laddonia, father, Martinsburg, V/ellsville, Montgomery City, Awosse, Centralia, Paris Everybody Reads The Ledger 10 PAGES ****** WEATHER SHOWERS NIGHT AND MORNING; COOLER CiNLY,DAILY NEWSPAPER IN AUDRAIN COUNTY MEXICO, MISSOURI, FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 20, 1953 Massed Bands Play Tonight At Presser Players From 4 Schools Unite In Fest Event This morning 287 band students registered at Presser Hall for the annual Central Missouri Band Festival, being held in Mexico today. The high school students come from Fulton, Moberly, Columbia, and Mexico. At 7:30 p.m. a concert will be given by the huge group in Presser Hall. Tickets for the concert, which will be on sale at the door, are 50c for adults, and 25c for students. The day's activities are under the direction of Alfred Hicks, prominent Missouri music educator, teacher, and performer from St. "Louis. 'Already the musicians, who arrived around 9:30 this morning, have registered, participated in the morning mass rehearsal, attended sectional rehearsals, eaten their turkey dinner served by the Hardin Junior High School cafeteria, and practiced some more in the'afternoon rehearsals. ' According to the official program as released by John Wilier, host ALFRED HICKS director, the students are allowed a free period from 4:30 to 7:30, they are requested to get back to Presser Hall by 7:00, and the concert will start at 7:30 p.m. The stage at Presser has been' enlarged to hold the mass band. No stage in Mexico was large enough to accomodate the huge number, so school carpenters under the direction of Jack Towne added a temporary 18-foot extension out over the seats. In previous festivals held at other towns this has not been necessary, since most high schools have gymnasium- auditorium combinations. Selections for the evening concert will be chosen from among the following numbers,: "Little "Norwegian Suite," "Komm Suser Todt," "Sunset Soliloquy," "Lincoln Overture," "Blue Tange," "National Emblem Marc h," "March Fantastique," "Glory of the Trumpets," "Colorado." "Tales of the Vienna Woods," "Four Episodes for Band," "La Comparsita," "Beachcomber," and "Stars and Stripes- Forever." Sgt. Botkin's Body Arrives; Rites Sunday Sergeant Robert H. Botkin, whose name is the latest on the list of those Mexicoans who have died on battlefields for their country, came home Friday morning. Escorted by Master Sergeant Charles R. Welch from the army return center at Oakland, Calif., the flag-draped casket was met by Major Donald E. Allen, of the Columbia ROTC unit. Standing by at salute, with tears flowing as his brother's body was taken from the Wabash morning train, was Master Sergeant Edgar H. Botkin, himself a veteran of the Korean war with the Silver Star for gallantry In action. Bdfoby, as Sgt. Botkin was known to his" wide circle of friends in Mexico, was killed in action in Korea January 8. The body was taken from, the train to the Precht funeral home, to lie in stale until funeral services Sunday afternoon at 2:00 at the Mexico Methodist church. Breaks Arm In Fall Bonnie Jo Patrick, 11, who fractured her left arm at the elbow while skating at Hardin Junior High School Thursday, has been taken to St. Luke's hospital in St. Louis. She was accompanied by her mother. Mrs. Glen Patrick of c:ist uf Mexico, and loii.-iy w.'is joined by hw iaihw. _ „ The Democratic Party in Dixie— Handwriting Is On Wall Of Polling Places—They Like Ike By L. Mitchell White Just a year ago, after driving through a part of the south, we reported to Little Dixie the state of the Democratic party in Big Dixie. You may probably recall we said, after talking to residents of many southern communities, that we found sentiment pointing to the pulverizing of most of the so- called "solid south" if President Truman were named to lead the Democratic party again. If Senator Richard Russell, of Georgia, was the Democratic nominee, the south would continue, electorally, solid concrete. If anyone else headed the party and Gen. Eisenhower led the Republican ticket there would be a split among the Southern Democrats and Ike would receive a surprising number of votes below the Mason and Dixon line. Some thought we were indulging in wishful thinking, but after the performance to drive the south from the Democratic convention in Chicago, in which F. D. Roosevelt, Jr., Senator Hubert Humphrey, of Minnesota and other "liberal" Democrats tried to stage a purge, the handwriting was on the wall of every southern voting booth in indelible letters. We have just toured the same part of the South. We would like to give you the sentiment of Democratic leaders in these sections as of today which points significantly to the election of 1954. Only recently two important statements have been made by southern Democratic leaders. Their thinking reflects that of a great segment of the southern people but, also, there are many Democrats and independent voters elsewhere in the nation who subscribe to them. Perhaps this is indicative of the trend as well as the proximity of the often prophesied erasure of the Democratic and Republican parties 1 and their replacement by two new alignments, the Liberal and the Conservative parties. Should the socalled "liberal" element of the Democratic party ever assume the driver's seat that.could easily be the deciding factor in such a revolutionary change. the past few days we have been talking with a member of the state government of a leading southern! commonwealth. When asked about the election he said: "Because I was on the'state ticket I had to vote for Stevenson. But I wanted to see Eisenhower elected. No one was happier to see Ike go to the White House than I was. Another four years of the old gang in Washington would have completely ruined the country." When asked if he thought a change in party alignments might be the result of the Democratic "liberals" taking the reins, he said: "If such a thing happened it would seem wise to me that the names of the parties be changed. Because of the memories of the reconstruction days in the south, the name Republican is hardly acceptable. That is why we became Dixiecrats or Eisenhower Democrats when we left the party to help clean out the mess in Washington. Few northern people realize that it wasn't the loss of slaves that embittered the southern people, but the reconstruction period when an alien government was forcibly placed over us with the indignities and mistreatment the 'carpet-baggers' brought with them." Only recently the national committee of the Democratic Party bought time on the air to rebroadcast a speech by Sen. Richard Russell, of Georgia. But after his address they cancelled the radio time. He dwelt on the current thinking of the southern Democrats. He stated the south served notice that they would no longer tolerate a Democratic Party led by Northern 'liberals" who blast southern devotion to state's rights and "the right of private property" as "reactionary." He added that "There are those who would have us drink of the fatal potion of national state socialism. We must resolutely reject their enticement." There was no question as to whom he referred. Now another great Democratic leader has stated the case of the south as well as many members of his party elsewhere in the country. In a recent issue of the Birmingham, (Ala.) News, James F. Byrnes, governor of South Carolina, offers the following porten- tious preachment. Remember Gov. (Continued on Pace 8) Nephew Is Drowned Doyle Goodman, 19. who was drowned near Old Monroe Thursday, is a second cousin of Mrs. C. H. Ross of this city. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the Maupin Funeral Home in Fulton. Goodmon of St. Louis county, and two friends. Charles Dalton of St. Charles, who was also drowned when their motor boat overturned, and Arthur B. Bunch of St. Louis, who swam to safety, were all employed nt the McDonnell Ain-i-ift Corp- Hotel Fire Fatal to Five Called Arson Nine to Hospital From Racing Flames In Chicago Hotel CHICAGO, March 20 (.9 — Fire raced through a four-story hotel on Chicago's teeming near north side today, killing five persons and sending nine persons to the hospital with injuries, burns or shock. Fire Commissioner Michael J. Corrigan, who directed the fight against flames which forced scores to flee in their night clothing said: "This is arson. You can quote me." It was the Chestnut Hotel at 119 Chestnut Street. The dead were Moritora Nakagawa, 35, Mrs. Gloria Williams, about 30, and her infant daughter, Georgianna Kay; John A. Anderson, 47, and an unidentified woman about 20. One of the three men injured in leaps from the b .u i 1 d i n g was George Williams, 29, whose wife and daugher died in the blaze. Corrigan estimated damage at $30:000. •. . , -One of the injured, Miss Norene Reynolds, 49, is in critical condition with third degree burns over her entire body. One man. broke his hip and two men broke their legs leaping from the third floor to escape the flames. R-6 To Elect Two Directors $1.75 Levy Will Be On Ballot For April 7 Election Two directors of the Community (R-6) School District are to be elected for three year terms on the Board of Education, at the April 7 election. Candidates must file with Frank S. Paxson, Martinsburg, secretary of the board by noon, March 31. The $1.75 levy for the district will be on the ballot for approval at the election. Voting places will be the usual ones: Laddonia school. Rush Hill school, Benton City town Today's Smile Driving through a dense fog, a motorist followed the tail light ahead of him for a full hour, free from worry. Suddenly, the red beacon ahead stopped and the two cars bumped. "Hey, why don't you put out your hand when you're going to stop?" yelled the man behind. Came the causl reply, "Why should I? I'm in my own garage." —Butler Bee. Fights, Rain Mark 1,000th Day of War South Koreans Hurl Back Two Chinese Attacks SEOUL, March 20 Iff) — South Korean infantrymen hurled back two sharp attacks by some 100 Chinese on the muddy Western Korean front today — the 1,000th day of the stalemated struggle on this Asiatic Peninsula. The Eighth Army reported troops of the Republic of Korea First Division smashed assaults by more than two platoons of Communists in a driving rainstorm near Little Nori Hill, west-northwest of Yon- chon. The heavy rains — up to two inches in some sectors — and a thick haze covered the battlefront. Sporadic patrol clashes were reported on the central and eastern sectors. Allied fighter-bombers for the second day were hampered in their blows against Communist troops and supply facilities. However, a few found holes in the clouds on the extreme western front and reported hitting a dozen trucks in the Haeju area. The U.S. Fifth Air Force reported that, later in the day? F-84 Thun- derjets caught a 20-truck convoy on the road from Kunu to the Korean Communist capital, Pyongyang. Pilots said they destroyed six trucks and damaged six. Other fighter-bombers hit a rail bridge north of Sarivvon, on the main supply route south of Pyongyang. U. S. Sabre Jets patrolling MIG- Alley farther to the northwest were unchallenged in the murky skies. .At sea, the U.S. Battleship Missouri blasted the long-besieged east coast port of Wonsan Thursday. Today is the 1,000th day of the costly, inconclusive Korean war with the battle line in the middle of the Asiatic peninsula. That's just about where the boundary was when north Korean troops invaded South Korea to launch the war June 25, 1950. It is a stalemated struggle — but the forces arrayed across the mountainous land are far different in character and strength than that fateful day when the Russian- equipped North Korean Army invaded the U.N.-sponsored Republic from Parallel 38. Now 17 Allied Nations — American and South Koreans providing the bulk of the manpower — are Jined up against the legions of-Red China, which prolonged the war by her bugle-blowing entry in the late fall of 1950. The North Korean Army, although rebuilt, is still only a remnant of the force beaten after the Inchon landing in September, 1950. Council Candidates' Session 7:00 Tonight Tonight's open meeting of city council candidates, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, will begin at 7:00 at the Pearl Motor Co. showroom on North Jefferson street. The time was changed from 7:30 to 7:00 to reduce the conflict with the meeting for the organization of a Citizens Commission for the schools, and with the Central Missouri Music Festival band concert at Presser Hall. Both the school meeting, at McMillan, and the Presser concert are scheduled for 7:30. Splatter Rioting Reds Police use a water cannon to disperse rioting Communists outside West German's barbed- wire barricaded Parliament building: in Bonn as Chancellor Konrad Adenauer pressed for ratification of the European Army Pact.— (NBA Radio Telephoto). Choice of 'Greatest Show' As Best Film Surprises Many HOLLYWOOD, March 20 Wl — The Motion Picture Academy's choice of Cecil B. De Mille's "Greatest Show on Earth" as the best film of 1952 surprised many movietown observers. Most popularity polls favored Stanley Kramer's taut western, "High Noon." "Greatest Show" was the only selection that could be called an upset. Gary Cooper and Shirley Booth were heavy favorites. The supporting player races, won by Gloria G r a h a m e and Anthony Quinn, were hotly contested with no "sure things." By ways of comparison, an Associated Press poll of .member newspaper and radio movie editors from coast to coast named "High Noon," Cooper and Miss Booth, and in supporting roles, Barry Fitzgerald in "The Quiet Man" and Thelma Ritter in "With A Song In My Heart." Daily Variety, film trade journal which polled Academy members, agreed with the AP in the top three selections. Population Up Now To 158,657,000 In U. S. WASHINGTON, March 20 I* — The nation's population increased 209,000 during January to a total of 158;657,000. This estimate today from the Census Bureau included Armed Forces overseas. It represented an increase of 2,693,000 since Febuary 1, 1952. State Aid for County Fairs Cut Out By House Committee JEFFERSON CITY, March 20 (SI —A $150,000 allotment of state aid to local fairs and shows was cut out in a bill introduced today by the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Max Myers (R) of Jasper County, the chairman, said the committee felt the money could Court Ruling Releases 95 Assorted Bottles of Liquors A charge .from Callaway .County against Ernest Bell of Fulton, alleging sale of intoxicating liquor without a license, ended in dismissal in the Audrain County circuit court Thursday afternoon. The defendant filed a motion for dismissal based on the fact the charge had not been brought to trial within three regular terms of court, and the court sustained the morion. The court's order also authorized the release of an assortment of liquors taken under search warrant in the case. The liquor was taken October 29, 1951, from the Bell residence at 326 N\V 8th street, Fulton, and was listed as: 68 half pints, one pint, and 19 fifths of whisky; a gallon of wine; six half-pints of gin, along with six shot glasses, bottles, and a funnel. The case was filed in 1951 at Fulton, with a change of venue taken May 12, 1952, to Mexico. Promise Improved Hospital Care If Budgets Are Increased JEFFERSON CITY, March 20 ffi — Superintendents of Missouri's mental hospitals promised last night improved treatment for patients and more cures if the legislature provides increased money. They made the promise to the House Appropriations committee after being told of a subcommittee's recommendation that $41,000,000 be appropriated to modernize the mental health program in the coming two years. At one point two members of the committee, also members of the subcommittee that studied the hospitals, tried to question Dr. R. P. C. Wilson closely on operations at the Marshall-Carrollton school for feeble-minded. But appropria- tions chairman Max Myers (R) of Jasper County reminded them that only questions directly relating to approprations would be permitted. The subcommittee demanded earlier, and the full appropriations committee agreed, that Gov. Phil M. Donnelly should fire Dr. Wilson from his job at the school because he had not set up a plan to help patients toward discharge. They said he kept patients just as cheap labor. Donnelly has taken no action. Dr. Wilson told the committee it would take an exorbitant amount of money to set up a rehabilitation program but he believed the money provided in the subcommittee's recommendations would be enough for a starter. Construction Moves Along On New Audrain Hospital Enlargement Work on the SI ,000,000 project of enlarging; the Audrain Hospital continues to move along. This view, taken from the east end of thi 1 ' present hospital structure, shows progress of work by the lim>le .Construction to. 01 Columbia, View is i,outuea:jt, with nurses' home building- showing- in upper right corner. Street at upper left is E. Jackson. The view does not take in all of the addition site, which extends east to Hord st. beyond Hie picture.—(Ledger 1'holo by Viu lliltlfbrimdj. be used to better advantage in agriculture extension work than in state aid for premiums at local fairs. A $50,000 allotment for 4-H premiums was left in the bill. * * * The action had no effect on appropriations for the state fair at Sedalia. The bill introduced today carried $800,000 for the state fair, from its earnings fund. Myers explained this is not a final amount because additional funds are being added in a bill pending in the Senate. . He could not estimate what the final allotment for the state fan- would be. Also cut out was $40,000 for free testing of seed. The State Department of Agriculture would be granted $347,640 for administrations, or $70,000 less than Gov. Phil M. Donnelly recommended. * * * Another new bill offered today would require bars selling liquor to close at midnight on week nights instead of 1:30 a. m. It also would eliminate the hour and a half when bars can be opened after midnight Sunday. Judgment For $4000 In Auto Damage Suit A judgment for $4,000 damages was entered in the Audrain County circuit court Thursday afternoon in a Callaway County suit heard here on change of venue. The case was tried before Judge George P. Adams, after a jury sworn in at the morning session was discharged in the afternoon by consent of the parties. The plaintiff, Clarence R. Davis, administrator of the estate of Richard H. Davis, dismissed as to one defendant, Lillian Tucker, admin- istratrix of the estate of Leon Holland, and was granted judgment against Mrs. Curtis Inglish, administratrix of the estate of Robert E. Berry, with costs against the Berry estate too. Davis, Holland and Berry died as the result of an auto accident October 22, 1951, on which the suit was based. Search Continues For Northern Crash Victims ST. JOHN' S, Newfoundland, March 20 </PI — Search continued today-for the bodies of two missing victims of a U.S. bomber crash on Newfoundland's isolated east coast as rescue parties waited clearing weather to bring out the remains of 21 known dead. . Their burned-out plane was one of two American bombers downed Wednesday in Newfoundland with a possible toll of 33 lives. Good Morning, Judge! WICHITA, Kas. (ifi •— An automobile, illegally parked in a downtown truck zone, was towed to the police garage. Officers, looking for additional identification, saw the sun visors covered with slips of paper. They were tickets for other parking violations — 57 of them. More people buy more in stores using Ledger advertising, VOL. 65—NO. 41 Sue Coach And 2 Others Over Gambling Losses Rottenest Smear, Says Coach Rupp Of Kentucky U. LEXINGTON, KY., March 20 W —University of Kentucky basketball Coach Adolph Rupp, Ed Curd and Frank Costello today were named co-defendants in a Federal court suit seeking triple damages of $573,257.79 for alleged gambling losses. The suit was brought by Mm. Lucille Chumbly Bradberry, Athens, Ga. She is the sister of one of the alleged losers in 1 gambling operations the suit said were cflB- ducted by "Curd and his' co-conspirators." * The amount asked is three times the total of the losses alle£edkfn the suit. How many others besides Chumbley figured in* the claimed loss of $191,085.93 was not stipulated in the suit Curd, Rupp and Costello, the suit alleged, "concocted a fradu- lent and debasing scheme of gambling in schools, colleges and university sports and athletics," wnd "seduced student leaders and players to betray their institutions and devotees of the institutions and college sports." Rupp asserted: "Of all the smear campaigns that ever have been conducted against anyone, this is the rottenest. It is evidently a well-organized campaign aimed entirely to discredit me. The timing of everything has been perfect." • ' The veteran coach did not say why he felt anyone would want to discredit him. His reference to "timing" apparently was made because the state high school basketball tournament is in progress here. Rupp said he did not know the plaintiff or her brother. He denied all allegations contained in the suit. Costello was a key figure dur« ing the Senate Crime Committee investigation. He is now in the Federal Correctional Institution at Milan, Mich., serving 18. month* for contempt of Congress. He alsa is" under indictment" fat inccifl* tax evasion. He was indicted in Louisville earlier this month. 7 Miles Away, A-Bomb Blasts Off His Shoe RICHMOND, Va., March 20 UR — Footnote to Tuesday's atomic explosion in Nevada; Dewey Swicegood, a Civil Air Patrol observer, standing seven miles from ground zero, had his left shoe blown off. Swicegood — from Danville, Va. — was perched on boulder to view the blast last Tuesday. "The explosion looked like the sun had come down to earth," he said. "Then the rumble and the shock. My shoe string snapped and the blast knocked the ahoe right off my foot." The Virginian retrieved his shoe. But he couldn't get any adequate scientific explanation of why it happened at such a distance. Truck and Six Cars In Fatal Crash On 61 PALMYRA, March 20 W—Harold Buckner, 21, of Palmyra was killed instantly early today when his car collided with a loaded auto-transport truck about three miles north of here. Police officers said Buckner's car was demolished. The truck overturned, damaging all four new cars aboard. Franklin Lyon of St. Louis, truck driver, was only slightly injured. The accident occurred on state Route 61. Carthage, Mo., Gets Collection of Relics From Ancient Carthage CARTHAGE, Mo.. March 20 UB —The city of Carthage today received a collection of relics and objects from the ancient site of its namesake, Carthage of Tunesia. The presentation was made on behalf of the Tunis office of antiquities by Jules (Bob) Verlaque, former operations manager for TWA in Tunis. Among the relics are stone tablets, vases, urns and perfume burners estimated to be from 2,200 to 2,500 years old. Verlaque uncovered the objects in Punic tombs at the site of ancient Carthage. The Carthage library board will be curator of the collection.

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