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VMPG ' GAZETTE PHONE 3-3161 - RENO, NEVADA, THURSDAY, JULY 1, 1954 PAGE NINETEEN RENO E f 11 I I J KANGAROO COURT resumed operations last night and one of the first offenders to appear was also one of youngest ever to be haled before the court. Toddler who failed to obey edict to "Go Western" in spirit of Reno Rodeo is talking things over with his mother and Larry Stevens while 'Armand Trio soothes troubled situation with music. (Ross photo). Top Cowboys Vie Here for Championship Ten of the fourteen cowboys leading in points for 1954 champion title in various rodeo events have been entered in the Reno Rodeo. Mrs. Jean Cline, secretary of the entries, is at the rodeo headquarters and this morning 22 additional entries were received by wire. LEADERS LISTED As of June 1, 1954, the cowboy leaders in the various events lined up as follows: Saddle bronc riding: Deb Copen-haver, 6026 points; Casey Tibbs, 5711 points. Bareback riding: Eddy Akridge, 6570 points; Harry Tompkins, 5106. Calf roping: Don McLaughlin, 14.238 points; Jim Bob Altizer, 6259. Bull riding: Jim Shoulders, 7047 points; Billy Hand, 7033. Steer wrestling: Bill Linder-man, 4853 points; Joe Madden, 4563. Team roping: Eddie Shell, 4001; Dale Smith. 3769. All around cowboy: Don McLaughlin, 14,800; Bill Linderman, 12,400. Bige and Bud Duncan, well known Lovelock brothers who were prominent winners in the 1953 rodeo, this morning brought in their entries for the 1954 rodeo. Bob Kealy, Sunny Blevins, Windy Davis, Al Booca, Joe Tyree and Francis Elmorini were other cowboys who entered the rodeo competition at Reno this morning. PARADE NUMBERS Entrants in the rodeo parade can pick their numbers now at rodeo headquarters. Jack Horgan, parade chairman, announced this morning. The parade entries close at 6 o'clock this evening, but the entries for the rodeo will be accepted until 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. The Fallon Lions club this morning entered a speciajly decorated 1914 Ford in the Reno rodeo parade. Tickets are moving fast, and Charles W. Mapes, jr., chairman of the ticket committee, issued a special request to all who wish to attend the rodeo to get their tickets at the downtown booth and thus avoid confusion. Federal Fugitive Caught in Gerlach Agents of the FBI arrested a federal fugitive in Gerlach Wednesday. Arthur Cornelius, jr. special agent in charge of the Salt Lake City FBI office identified the wanted man as Charles Mark Temple, 35. He was taken into custody at his home at about 4:30 p.m. ; Temple and two accomplices were charged originally with an rmed robbery at Pixley. Calif. The three were located in California in March of 1953, but Temple escaped despite officers' gunfire. The two other men, John Foshee and Robert Jordan, were sentenced and are now serving prison terms In San Quentin penitentiary. The FBI entered the case when Temple fled California to avoid prosecution. He is now charged with that unlawful flight. Temple was living in Gerlach under the name of Joe Cook, with his wife and four-year-old son. He offered no resistance to arrest, Cornelius said. Temple is now held In Washoe county jail, where he awaits trial. Questa Funeral Rites Are Held Funeral services were held for Genio Questa Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the home chapel of Ross-Burke company, thence to the Immaculate Conception church in Sparks, where a requiem mass was celebrated, commencing at nine o'clock, with Father Fanning celebrant. Recitation of the rosary was held on Wednesday at eight p.m. at the home chapel of Ross-Burke company. Bearers were Rudy Semenza, Louis Aimone. Albert Pisani, Louis Bianchini. Charles Balavac and Ross Edgington. Entombment was In the family mausoleum in Mountain View cemetery. Patrol Maintains Safety Blockades Nevada highway patrolmen continued their safety blockade at various points throughout the state Wednesday night in an effort to halt the state's rising highway toll. Unofficial records show that 73 persons have died in automobile accidents in the state since the first of the year. For the first six months of 1953, the highway toll was 56. Patrolmen in the Reno district stopped 800 cars in two road blocks Wednesday night. One blockade was erected at the patrol's RENO CHAMBER SEARCHES FOR TOURIST ROOM Prospect of a new all-time high in the three-day weekend " popularity of Reno today had the Chamber of Commerce housing desk again appealing to residents for listings of rooms in private homes. Influx of tourists and rodeo fans this year threatens to swamp transient accommodations in the Reno-Sparks area, chamber spokesmen said, even though the number of such accommodations has increased considerably during the past year. Both Washington's Birthday and Memorial Day weekends topped all previous records for the number of visitors attracted to the Reno recreation area, the chamber said, ar.d now the Fourth of July weekend seems certain to top previous records as well. Rodeo fans from all parts of ' the west top the list of visitors, but thousands of week-enders to whom the rodeo is an incidental attraction are also expected. The chamber of commerce is already taking listings of rooms in private homes to house visitors expected to -arrive after hotel, motel and guest house accommodations are filled. Additional listings are needed. Home owners having extra rooms which can be rented for the weekend are urged to list them with the chamber by telephoning 2-2146 and asking for the housing desk. The chamber will be staffed until 11 p. m. Friday and through the weekend all day and as late each evening as there are visitors to be served, according to William Brussard, general manager. PURSE TAKEN' Theft of her purse 'and $100 was reported Wednesday by Olive Caf-ferata, 522 California Ave. She told Reno police it was taken while she was at work in Armanko's stationery store. The purse, without the S100, was found later in a rest room of the store. TAHOE CITY FOREST FIRE TAKEN UNDER CONTROL Fire which swept through between 40 and 60 acres of forest land at the north end of Lake Tahoe shortly after noon Wednesday, is now under control and is not expected to break out again, barring unfore-. seen wind conditions. Fire fighting crews will remain in the area for the next few days on a 24-hour basis to complete the task of mopping-up. About 75 men including crews from the U. S. Forest Service and the Fibre-board Corp. from Hobart Mills plus volunteer workers are at the SLOT SPOONERS FAIL TO PAY FOR ROOM, CLAIM Two Texas men who were caught fleecing a slot machine Wednesday have also been charged with failure to pay an innkeeper. The two, Lowell E. McComb, Fort Worth and Samuel O. McCaskill, 27, Corpus ,ChrisU, were operating the slot machine with a thin metal strip instead of monej. Police said McCaskill pulled the metal "spoon" from the machine and attempted to hide it in his trousers. Both men pleaded guilty in municipal court and were fined $150 each. The second charge, filed by Frank W. Smith, 1758 East Fourth street, will be heard in Reno justice court. checking station west of Reno, and a secona at tne XNorin virgima-Sierra street junction. GRIM RACE This blockade uncovered the current leader in the long distance, marathon driver derby, a grim race credited by the patrol for many of the state's fatal accidents. William McKenzie, patrol inspector, said two men in a Canadian Mercury told him their car had been on the road for 59 consecutive hours and that they had traveled from Coyos, British Columbia, with nothing but coffee and meal stops. In the various blockades last night in the Reno area, patrolmen issued 17 citations as a result of safety checks. Another blockade is to be erected at Lake Tahoe tonight in the State-line area and safety checks will be made on cars entering Carson Friday. OTHERS PLANNED Weekend road blocks also are scheduled in the vicinity of Wells, Elko and Ely, and continuous safety checks will be made on all highways leading into Las Vegas, the patrol has announced. Motorists are asked for drivers licenses and checked for fatigue and intoxication. Lights, tail lights, brakes and steering mechanisms ot vehicles stopped in the blockade also are inspected. Meanwhile, GovCharles H. Russell today issued a plea to Nevada motorists to observe a sane July 4, urging motorists to do their best to make the long weekend as safe as possible. "The Fourth of July traditionally is a joyous holiday," the governor said, "and there is no need to mar the happiness of any person because of needless highway accidents." Redding Man Dies in Reno John J. Kelley of Redding, Calif died at a local hotel Wednesday in his 64th year. Mr. Kelley Is survived by h:s widow. Mrs. Barbara Kelley of Redding, Calif. He was a motion picture photographer. Funeral arrangements, which are incomplete, will be announced by Walton Funeral Home, West Second and Vine streets. scene. Bulldozers and tankers were taken from the Fibreboard firm to fight the blaze. The fire started about a mile from Tahoe City about 12:15 p. m. Wednesday. Gusts of wind ranging as high as 25 mph fed the fire and prevented firefighters from checking the blaze. In the early evening, when the wind died down, the 150 fire-fighters were finally able to hold their fire lines. While the community of Tahoe City was not threatened at any time as the wind was blowing away from the town, no natural barrier lay between the fire and the city and had the wind changed its direction, the blaze could have swept down on the exposed town. Henry Toccallini, forest service dispatcher at Truckee, reports that the fire is believed to have been started by the cigarette from a careless smoker. The blackened hills were still burning early this morning but later reports verify the blaze definitely under control. County Agents Keep Tab on Range Conditions Water, Foraqe Reports Readied For Governor Nevada county extension agents are keeping close tab on range and water conditions in the state and will furnish Gov. Charles H. Russell a comprehensive report on the over-all situation early in July. Preliminary studies compiled as of June 19 show that early June frosts have damaged hay crops around the state to a considerable extent and that irrigation water supplies are, for the most part, low. GETS PICTURE The governor soon will be given a more up-to-date picture of state conditions as agents now are compiling data from June 19 to July 5. The statewide drought committee is meeting in Reno, July 6 to review range and water conditions in the 17 counties. A report will be issued at the meeting to Gov. Russell who will leave July 8 to attend the annual governor's conference at ' Lake George, New York, called by President Eisenhower. He will discuss Nevada's situation with other state chief executives and with federal agriculture officials. PRESENT PICTURE Generally speaking, here are present hay, range and water conditions around the state: Hay: crops are below normal because of early June f ro&t and some weevil damage. In some counties crops are 25 per cent of normal. Irrigation water supplies: ample to near normal in western Nevada compared to "very low" in the northern, eastern and southern counties. In the extreme south, water supplies for irrigation are about normal in Moapa valley but the flow in the Virgin river is unusually low and may work some hardship in Virgin Valley. Ranges: dry and short for the most part with lower elevation feed about gone. Higher ranges mostly in good condition. Churchill county reported, as of June 19, that Summer ranges were good and that moisture should be adequate now for good Fall feed. No infestations of crickets or grasshoppers were reported with the exception of scattered areas jn Elko county where cold weather has retarded hatching. At Gov. Russell's request, members of the state drought committee are serving again this year so that they might be ready to handle immediately any emergency that might arise due to prolonged drought. Experience has shown that it takes upwards of two months or longer to get a county 'declared a disaster area because of drought conditions. It is the governor's hope that should another drought occur, his state committee can be ready to immediately cope with the situation. Jailed Man Wins Freedom When Charles Carter, the Gerlach justice of the peace, isn't a justice of the peace he's a grocer and Deputy District Attorney William Raggio would have been as happy that he wasn't, in Washoe county district court this morning. Raggio was confronted with a writ of habeas corpus, filed by Attorney Charles Springer, seeking to free one Jesse Weed. Weed had been apprehended on a charge of "defrauding an innkeeper," given a 30-day sentence by Justice Carter, and his bail was set at $500. Springer said it was all improper justice. Raggio finally agreed. Raggio, interrogating Carter, learned that no telephone was available to Weed, so he couldn't immediately get an attorney. They also learned the complainant, W. Hi Tennyson, ran a service station and and was in no sense an innkeeper, although he was owed a bill, so the complaint failed on that ground. ' Carter's grocery store was legally definable under that statute as a proper business bringing the suit; but Raggio said that,4t appeared Carter in his court was in effect t complainant, judge, jury, prosecutor, and principal virtually the only witness. The only other was a deputy who allegedly discovered Weed was leaving Gerlach. "Backwoods justice," he claimed, and asked that Springer's writ be made permanent. District Judge A. J. Maestretti concurred. Two Women Hurt In Auto Mishap Two women were hospitalized Thursday morning after a two car collision at Stewart and Sinclair streets. Dorothy Ball, 22, 250 Airport Road, has a broken collar bone. Ida Maclver, 39. Walker Ave., suffered a broken ankle and numerous contusions. Miss Ball was in an automobile driven by Kenneth R. O'Eoyle, 38, 755 Aitken St. Mrs. Maclver was in a Whittlesea taxi driven by Stewart Sinclair, Sinclair was charged with failure to yield right of way. Bingo Games, Commission Meets Odds on Coverall Plan Labelled Astronomical Coverall bingo at Lake Tahoe drew the attention of the Nevada Tax Commission Wednesday afternoon and the; enforcement staff was ordered to take step b to keep the situation from getting out of r mxl. Efforts of various Tahoe resorts to attract customers by offering ric'h prizes in cover-all games were outlined j : by Robbins E. Cahill, tax com- a mission secretary, and C. W.TVjIVe WGV (Bud) Young, Washoe county f . ' sheriff IBinao Game One casino, the commission was , 3 told, offered $10,000 tothe player , I f J J covering all 24 spots on a bingo 5 .161611060 card in a 45-number drawing. i ASTRONOMICAL ODDS I One Lake Tahoe resort twner "It sounds easy." Cahill declared, U saw Washoe County Sheriff C. W. "but the odds against a winner are-J : i mi i J i i i . astronomical. The" odds probably run into the millions or trillions'' against a winner." The tax commission se.cretanV declared that the situation, .whicfi is building up, could create file hazards within the club buBdinf;s and lead to acute traffic difficulties in the lake area. If the clubs start competinglwjith one another by offering hligher and higher pris, which the us-tomers actually have little dance to win in 45-number dravriligs,, "there's no telling where itl can! end." Cahill declared. He reminded the commissoin that similar prize offerings were jnade several years ago in Las Vega 6, but the coverall games were banned by the county commission for a time a when the clubs started a cyiUe off higher and higher prize offeiungs.j URGE GUARANTEE Both Cahill and Young told; the4 commission that the clubs offr tringi the prizes should furnish some, guarantee that eventually a wiianerf would be named. This could be ac-i! complished. they declared, by irw creasing the numbers drawn for4 the coverall game. ' Cahill said that the coverall bingo games were not illegal hut-1 that protection of the public is in-; volved. J Governor Charles II. Russelll agreed that the commission should; filling the 24-place card, thus low-see to it that the prizes, including;! ering odds. automobiles, as well as cash. shouldf "I'll make it 46. then 47. then be disposed of before the soa.sonala 48. and so on,' until somebody lake operations are closed down, li A formal resolution adopted by I the commission empowers the en forcement staff of the "gambling control division to confer with the lake operators to obtain agnee-d ments that some method will be! devised to insure eventual payofLj prizes, including two new cars, says Sheriff Young said he had in-l giving away the $10,000 "is just terviewed one lake casino owner! good business." and had been assured the, prizes he Tm going by the law of aver-offered would be paid before the ages," he said, "if somebody plays end of the vacation season Sep. free bingo, he's going to buy a cup 12. . of coffee, or play a slot machine, LAST FRONTIER j or buy a drink. By the end of the The rommic-oinn al rnmntpH I season 1 11 net enough to pay the an airing of the financial structure of the corporation operating, the Last Frontier hotel in Las Vtgas, but took no action on various applications now pending. Principal stockholders now are Jake Kozloff, Beldon Katleman and Murray Randolph. Pending before the cxmmiison are applications from Milton J. Stevens, 19 45 per cent; WiSliam Hartman, 9 per cent; Robert "Krol-off, 3 per cent, Arthur Brick, 3 per cent, and Max Wittis, 2 per cent. Written and oral reports of hidden interests in the California club in Las Vegas led to an interview of Walter Parman, former Reno gambler, and William Arquilla, who once operated a club in Virginia City. The commission informed the two men they had reports of undisclosed interests of Samuel Bratt, Elmer (Eones) Remmer, William Pechart, Thomas Whalen, Otto Graham' and Tom Barry. Parman, who also is licensed at the Circle RB lodge in Reno, said that Bratt. a former Florida gambler, had loaned him $50,000, secured by a note with an option to purchase an interest in the club. The option is conditioned upon issuance of a state license to Bratt, Parman added. NOT ELIGIBLE Cahill declared that Bratt had been informed he was not eligible to apply for a Nevada gaming (Turn to page 20. col. 3) WARDEN ISSUES WARNING ON FIREWORKS USE A warning against using fireworks over the Fourth of July noli dry has been issued by Geore Zappettinl, atsistant tate i jester firewarden. Both Nevsda and federal laws prohibit the use of fireworks in forests and watershed areas as well as in the city. Dry forest conditions and high winds during the last two weeks have caused the. danger of fires to rise rapidly. Campers and plcnicers are especially urged to be careful with fire as they take trips during the Summer.Deslgnated spots in the national forests should be used and campfire permits are necessary in na-- tional forests and parks. Tho fire instructions on the back nf each permit should be observed carefully, said Zappetint, Sfralla Studied Young bright and early this mora- : . . i. i ing to assure him that he was de termined to give away $10,000 in a free bingo game by Sept. 12. NO INJURY Joby Lewis, owner of Cal Vada Lodge, at the lake, visited the sheriff to assure him that no injury to the public was being done in advertising the big prize. The bingo games and high prizes were brought before the state tax commission yesterday, by Young and Commission Secretary Robbins Cahill. Cahill told commissioners that although it was mathematically possible to win the prizes advertised, odds against a winner Were "astronomical." He said the public was being. deceived if there was no guarantee that the money would be won. Lewis agreed that winning the SmnrtO unnlri tf "wrv hnrrt" as odds are now, but said he plans to lower the odds periodically until someone wins. Right now anyone who walks into Cal Vada Lodge is given a free bingo card. If he can cover all 24 numbers with 24 of 45 numbers drawn from a mechanical hopper, he wins the 510,000. .LOWERS ODDS Lewis said he plans periodically throueh the season to raise the quantity of numbers to be used in wins," Lewis said. "We close Sept. 12. If there's no winner by closing time Sept. 11, we'll increase the numbers to bo drawn with each game Sept. 12, until we get a winner," he said. Lewis, who also lists other high 510,000 and still have a profit. Lewis says: "It's exactly like the grocery store that selLs coffee below cost because the coffee -customer will buy beans and bread, too." Te!pBiiDi Affects Twenty-one employes of the Western Electric Co., members of Local 10971, Communications Workers of America (CWA), Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO), went on strike in Nevada today, joining some 17,000 such union workers throughout the United States. Eighteen of the strikers were in Reno and three in Elko. So far. however, the effects locally was slight, with no picket lines as yet installed around the telephone company facilities. The Western Electric Co., is the manufacturing arm for the Bell Telephone system, and it consists of 17.040 workers throughout the country-. 769 MEMBERS . According to Bell Telephone Co. officials, there are only 769 members of the Western Electric branch of the union in northern California and Nevada, compared with 30,000 Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. workers and 7000 members of the CWA CIO. There is both a PT&T district union local of CWA CIO which in Reno consists of about230 opera-tors and maintenance men and the Western Electric district locaK While both unions pay their dues to the same organization, they do not necessarily act in concert, said union officials of both groups. Marvin Sullivan, head of the Reno CWA CIO local for Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co., a subsidiary of PT&T, said this morning that if picket lines are installed his local would as a policy matter "respect the picket lines." However, he said he didn't know exactly how many of the 230 workers would actually cease work, not being bound to do so. It has been noted, in some past labor difficulties, that the switch-bo a r d operators, for example, most of whom are CWA-CIO, have not gone off the job in a solid bloc when picket lines art thrown up. 1 Gambling Boat Operator Has'No Chance for Permit Members of the Nevada Tax Commission agreed' unanimously this morning that Tony Stralla, also known as Tony Cornero, former operator of gambling boats off Long B?ach, "would never get a gambling license from this -state." Stralla is one. of the applicants for a license to operate the planned Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas, a 1000-room resort layout. The application was not formal ly before the board, but the discussion started when Gov. Charles H. Russell reported he had read a Los Angeles newspaper quoting Stralla as saving he had been cleared and would be licensed by the official Nevada board. The report apparently ired the governor and it had the same effect on other commission members. Commission members said the report is erroneous and that Stralla has been made no promises he would be "approved. On the contrary, members said, investigation of Stralla and his associates has produced information which probably would bar him forever as a Nevada licensee. The commission also decided to call to the attention of . the Securities and Exchange Commission the agency's stand in the Stardust Hotel enterprise. Other Stardust applicants are Katherine E. Kastris. former employe in the governor's office a'nd Benjamin W. . Silver of Beverly Hills, a businessman. In other licensing actions the gambling control board defended action on the application of Milton J. Stevens for a 19 per cent interest in the Last Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. At the same time, the board requested the commission enforcement staff to prepare a resolution directing the officers of the Last Frontier Corporation t dissolve their voting trust which was discussed at length Wednesday morning. Also deferred, pending a requested hearing, was the application of nine Las Vegans who want to open the Showboat, a resort hotel rearing completion on the Boulder City highway. The apnlicants are Morris Klein-man. Ruby Kolod, M. B. Dalitz, Bern's Rothkopf and Cornelius J. Jones, currently licensed, at the Desert Inn, George Rozen, William W. Friday, Joseph H. Kelley and Roy Earl, a Las Vegas attorney. Burglary Suspect Is Apprehended James Thomas Steele. 34. suspect in a local burglary, has been apprehended in Glendale, Calif., local pe'ice were informed Wednesday. A warrant issued here charges Steele with committing a burglary of Heric's cafe, 703 South Virginia St., May 16. Approximately $100 was reported taken from a slot machine. Where they have, supervisors have filled in. A third union the formerly independent Order of Testboardmen and Repeater Tollmen is involved with Bell Telephone's operation. It consists of 28 members, but it is an American Federation of Labor affiliate now and is unions tse at considerable odds with CWA-CIO. There appears no likelihood AT&T personnel will respect any CWA-CIO picket lines. Early information on strike proceedings from New York indicated that 17.000 CWA-CIO workers mere called on strike across the nation, but that there was a general delay in picketing. , In previous strikes. New York sources noted, that the failure of long distance telephone operators difficulties in telephone service, but dial phones ard automatic equipment could continue to operate for some time before needing attention or repairs. Locally, construction enlarging Bell Telephone's plant on the northeast corner of First and Virginia streets will be affected, if the strike goes any length of time. Dan Kostenko, local representative of the striking union which embraces northern California and Nevada, said that his union is seeking a six-to-eight cent pay increase from the old contract which expired on May 2, and protection against some "retrogressions" for example., weakening of the effect, of arbitration machinery as well as a company-financed hospitalization plan. The company has offered four to six cents an hour increase. New York reports indicated. CWA-CIO bargaining representatives and PT&T officials are themselves in negotiation in San Francisco over a new contract with local. sources Indicating this isn't progressing too satisfactorily at the moment: but there isn't any present indication of a tie-in between the two labor developments. Stroke Nevada Reno Lumber Dealers feel Pinch of Strike Situation Here Could Become Critical Soon The pinch, both in supply snd price, from the Pacific Northwest lumber strikes is beginning to be telt in Reno, a spot check of lumber dealers and contractors indicated today. lost said that there was still a certain amount of lumber available, and that the situation isn't yet Teally critical, but that it shortly could become so. Some foresaw less construction work and conseo.uent layoffs if the -strikes aren t settled and the flow of lumber resumed fairly soon. REACTIONS VARY Reactions varied, as apparently do supplies, but one dealer said bluntly, "It's past the serious stage, we're darned near shut down." He noted, however, that he had seen good stocks of lumber in other yards and indicated, "some deals will Have to be made pretty soon." One large housing development builder said he had bought lumber heavily before the . strikes and wasn't immediately affected, but that he had been notified thai prices were going up. (Crow's Lumber Digest, trade journal, reported this week that green dimension lumber, green 3 and better 2x4 studding was selling at 573 to -$75 a thousand, up 511 to 514 since the strike's start, and local sources for the most part indicated they had learned of larger raises than that). Another major contracting firm here said that in another 30 days a very definite shortage would effect the whole industry here. A representative said there was little immediate effect, since some local yards have a 15-20-day supply, but that larger and longer timbers already are not available. He mentioned a $15-$18 a thousand price raise, and said that the increase was damaging to contractors who have launched jobs, especially under contracts requiring completion during a certain time. SOME OS EDGE Some of the smaller contractors who work with small inventories and who may contract directly with mills for lembor were believed on the verge of being stalled. One 6aid he didn't have any iobs running he couldn't finish, but might be held up starting new ones. One retail lumber dealer, saying the price to him already was up $10 a thousand on ordinary fir, said his stock was fairly sufficient for his commitments right now, "but how successful we'll be in replacing it we'll learn in the next two weeks." He riidnt sound very hopeful of re placement efforts if the strikes continue. One important wholesale - retail dealer taid of his lumber, "We've got some and we'll get some," but noted that one yard's stock could be depleted overnight as soon as other yards start to run out By the "getting some" he referred to some of the small mills not yet struck. He mentioned price increases of up to $20 a thousand that had been quoted to him. however: Most dealers were hesitant to quote exact prices they are charging, apparently for the reason that they may have to be changed to-' morrow. One large dealer said his prices were up about 10 per cent so far. and noted he was serving two large contractors building . homes. SOME MILLS RfX One dealer said that wn of the roughwork mills are still running, and that lumber can be had from them, but this means that the lumber must be surfaced here and the cost goes up again as a result. At Portland the Associated Press reported this week that after one week of the strike catioadings at Eugene, Ore., vere down only 20 per cent instead of the expected 50 per cent from last year. This was attributed to smaller mills unorganized or operating under settlements pushing production and paying a strong percentage effect in a normally dull period. Even so. layoffs by railroad and trucking firms and other businesses directly affected by logging and the transportation of lumber were reported in the Pacific Northwest Crow's Lumber Digest pointed out that virtually no kiln dried fir lumber is being produced In the Pacific Northwest now, so the sales are on green stock, produced from the small operating mills. Mining Exchange Trading Is Brisk SAN FRANCISCO UP Trading on the San Francisco Mining Exchange, spurred by the interest in uranium, reached a 21year high in June of 3,297,607 share valued at $394,597. The exchange announced today that the monthly volume was the highest since June, 1933. Pacing the activity was Verdi Development Co. with 515,666 shares. The turnover In Consolidated Virginia, Eureka Co.. Gold-field Development, and Mt. Union exceeded 200,000 shares each. Several others passed the 100,000 share mark.

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