Longview News-Journal from Longview, Texas on February 13, 1950 · Page 1
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Longview, Texas
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Monday, February 13, 1950
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She Weather : rfjfu! Lawns . EAST TEXAS: Mostly cloud? and colder this afternoon and to night. Scattered showers near tha upper coast this afternoon. Low est temperatures 26-32 northwest and upper Red River valley tonight. Tuesday partly cloudy ani . cool. i .dvnee planning. to get ready 0f Hn, nd um- fce.utiful city. r ... AN INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER OF THE FIRST CLASS, UNCHALLENGED IN ITS FIELD KCA Sarrlc CF AlrvtwUt LOMGVI EW, TEXAS, MONDAY AFTERNOON, FEBRUARY 13, 1 950. Warld-Wid Svrrlcs f AiicUtrd PffM, Unite 4 Frtt), Inlcrafttloaal Nawi H err to 10 PAGES N0 278. rr" Killed, 2i ' t j - ' 00 Injured As Storms Batter 4 States StormJragedy I i AMmfAaaf a1 Kv hi 1 fa ft ttBtat trt n iaooa leaving an Oklahoma City hispital. His doctor said he i JT wy whether the erle of hormone treatments cured JSd Robinson. He did ay that "the flame fa out, but iJlUltif irnURf" IV "wi-v.v .hiviii;. , manLooksAt U. S. tif In , Cold War &ndminitrationfjsie- Sjj W oe taxing new. at it American .foreign t jettrmirte just where the iutti now stands in the rtii Russia. bring made by the i Security Council. This sbnets the State and de- artmenti and other agen- p Boy Is llo Death . bounded By M of Justifiable homl-pirtorntd by Justice of Wf Richardson after Nro boy, Robert " of 600 Sabine, was pfcithoutsldt! George pwcery itorc on Sabine 7:45 i.m. Sunday by !. Negro hired . 1 .1. I., J 1"' wi in ine siore i'3' . said that he had .w t about midnight J? f BoU nd hl "red toJ8 Colt pistol at "II Wlndnw nn tlii Mthe Store. He h.arrf fXWd thpn fc , MM.k r " ma, and did tint 'killed the boy until snlay morning. Questioning another ' tar u-lin i ""V iuav I1MVM routh at the time C "i required to post -""wijjauor of the lilringT b Flurries f 1SITED PRESS PPed Into Teias fettered mow flur- , -uoniof West Texaa. rnisiM. . t .. . -''h na 10 VI me pan " Dolnf- '--: eporuni l ow nurries during Amariuo: 'W ht . win T .' northwest f?'?." came .. . or sm C, t,?IanM ed oB of for-d & ! re- Responsible officials said the present review is not expected to produce any new turn In the direc tion of major foreign policy. It may, however, answer of questions raised by the long argument over the hydrogren bomb. Questions are said to Include: Whether the United States is more powerful in relation to Russia as the result of the H-bomb possibili ties, how long It may be expected to hold any edge It has. what effect the possible new weapon will have on this nation s strategic plan ning and how the, bomb should be used. Informed authorities regard the question ofuse as one of the most difficultft involves the determination ojr whether as a matter of high policy the United States should reserve so devastating a weapon for use In retaliation only or whether it should use the H-bomb like any other weapon as soon as that became strategically desirable following the Start of a war. The National Security Council pulls together mainly the thinking of the state and defense department planners. President Truman Is Its chairman. A dispatch yesterday from Moscow (passed by the Communist censors) said talk of possibilities of achieving world atomic control has been revived in Moscow's diplomatic circles. On Saturday, Senator Connally (D., Tex.), chairman of the senate foreign relations committee, said the U. S. might "at some appropriate time" renew efforts for an international atomic control agreement through the United Nations. He said the door has not been closed to possible international agreement and that "some stubborn nations" might yet realize tie need. O' - TO RECOGNIZE KOREA SEOUL, Feb. 13. fP) A government spokesman announced today Iceland has recognized the Republic of Korea, the antl-commu-nlst south section, At Salem Told By Eye Witness Three In Family Killed As Farm Home Flattened SALEM, Feb. 13. (AP) Tenant farmer Dick Windsor and his family were about to sit down to an early Sunday dinner. His plump brunette wife Dovie, 2G, already had the dishes on the table in their modest East Texas farm home. The children Shirley, 9; Betty sue, e; Linda, 4, and Linwood, 18 months apparently were gathered around the table at 10:42 a.m. Seconds later their bodies, Lin wood s already lifeless were scat tered aomng broken and uprooted pine trees Their one-story rented home was flattened. Last night at 7:30 p.m., Windsor 36. died in Angelina county hospital at Lufkin, 12 miles northwest of here. He suffered a punctured lung and a severe head Injury. At 4:50 a.m. this morning, Shirley, her pelvis and collar bone broken, died In the same hospital third of the family to die. Betty Sue, In serious condition has a, fractured skull and torn left leg. Mrs. Windsor's only apparent Injuries are minor cuts and bruises but doctors say she suffered terri fic shock. Least' hurt, and hardly old enough to know that her world has turned over, is 4-year-old Linda. She has minor cuts and bruises That's how a dipping, prodding tornado came into the life of the Windsor family yesterday. - Clock In Wreckage A clock found In the wreckage set the storm's arrival at 10:42 a.m. There was little salvage property left. The roof was found 300 yards away in the tnp ot some trees. Mrs. T. E. Murray, who lives 1 12 miles from the whlte-palnted Windsor home, saw the storm com ing. It was small and funnel- shaped. It seemed to dip crazily m one direction' and then another. Then, suddenly, it flicked the Windsor house. Besides the house, valuable pine trees surrounding it were destroy ed. But the damage in that small area was the only property damage here. Blinding rain came quickly after the screeching tornado. At Lufkin 1.43 inches fell In 27 minutes. A Mr. Curry, his car stuck In a mudhole about a half mile from the Windsor home, was first to the scene. He walked because roads in the area are treacherous, muddy &nd slippery and full of bogs. Bodies Carried Out Few homes In the East Texas timber area have telephones. Curry carried the unconscious bodies to his brother's home, 400 yards pway. Not until 12:45 p.m. could he reach a telephone. Jeeps carried the Injured Wind sor lamiiy to tne highway, four miles away, where two ambulances waited. The American Red Cross ar ranged quickly to reimburse the Windsor survivors for all their property loss. This would not In clude the rented home. For their Immediate needs, the surviving Windsors had the sympathetic help of hundreds of East Tcxans. Newspaper and radio sta tions, as well as the hospital, got lnnumerbale telephone calls. Was there anything the caller could do to help? Rotarians To Give Party For Rotary Anns Imiiers Ignore Court n f Ai.. -x HEADIN FOR TEXAS. Sheriff Paul Gaither (left), of Potter County, Tex., leaves court In Munising. Mich., to start back to Ama-rillo with Ewald Johnson (right) who Is to stand trial for the slaying of W. A. (Tex) Thornton, internationally known explosive expert. Thornton was found beaten to death in an Amarillo tourist court last June. (AP Wirephoto). OPPONENTS STALLING Legislature Near Showdown Tax AUSTIN. Feb. 13. The lrgis- ..fe. mnnn1 naQfOI' a chnHflA'ATl iHLUIB IllllVCli IltWlV today on whether ci nbt It is willing to increase takes ta pay for better treatment ot TW-rneniany ill and mentally deficient wards. It went into its third weeK oi Dedal session without having defi nitely settled the question, or come to a clear-cut vote on me issue. Opponents of new taxes have used M'Arfhur To Control Navy In Jap Wafers A Valentine party for , Rotary Anns will be given by the Long- view Rotary club at 7 o'clock Tuesday evening at the community center building. President John W. Harrison has announced that a very Interesting and entertaining program has been arranged. 7 Students Gar Plunges Killed As Over Cliff BOZEMAN. Mont.. Feb. 13. m Seven Montana State college students were killed in an auto which plunged over a mountain cliff near here last night An eighth was hurt critically. The dead-two coeds and five members of a Sigma Chi fraternity basketball teamwere: - - . Phyllli Birkeland, Fort Benton; Donaleen McRae, Forsyth: Harvey H. Elde, Scobey; Gerald W. Early, Laurel: John W. Stlnchfield. Evans- vllle. Ind.; James K. Schrumpf, Glendive; - and Leslie Greenwell, Butte. Chariest' S. Olson of Helena is hospitalized here in critical condition. :: " Sheriff Charles E. Rice said one of the girls was driving when the car plunged off U.S. Highway 10, west of Bozeman. The car hurtled over a bluff and "pancaked" on Northern Pacific railway tracks. An eastbound freight train crew, passing on other rails, saw the wreckage about midnights Engineer G. M. Randall and Conductor A. W. Benson, both of Livingston, reported their discovery to Rice. The accident was at a sharp curve near the ghost mining town of Chestnut, about seven miles east of Bozeman. Cause of the accident was not known immedlatefy. The thmiirien of the road are snow- covered, but the highway itself is fairly clear. Occupants of the car were returning from Absarokee, about 100 miles east of Bozeman. Two Sigma Chi teams from Bozeman played basketball at Absarokee yesterday afternoon. Most of the accidents male victims were on the fraternity "B" team. Several were for-mer Montana high school athletic stars. The other team returned safely In another car. WASHINGTON. Feb. 13. MV- The military high command announced today it has given Gen. Douslas MacArthur authority to assume control of American naval forcrf In Japanese waters in event of emergency. This unification move was made known at a news conference held bv the joint chiefs of staff who have just returned from a 10-day tour of Pacific bases. It was also announced that they have submitted a "top secret paper" to President Truman on the effects cn American security of the communist advance in Asia. Gen. Omar Bradley, chairman of the joint chiefs, was asked whether communism could be stopped at the borders of China with American aid. He replied this was primarily a State Department decision and then volunteered the statement that the top secret report has been submitted. "'0 Sessions Begin In 124th Dist. Court Two sessions of the 124th Dis trict Court began this morning at the Gregg county court house in the district court room and in the county court room. Civil cases were being heard by Judge Sam B, Hall of the 71st District Court beginning at 0 a.m. in the county court room oh second floor, while criminal cases were scheduled for the district court room at 10 a.m., with Judge Earl Roberts presiding. A list of 32 indictments on 28 persons comprised the, criminal docket for the week. Civil cases docketed are the following: Paul Nr Waddell vs. George - Holder, Lizzie Benton vs. Lawson Lacy et al, Dalton McCrury vs. Wilkes, Dake & Steed; Neal Dixon vs. Southern Harnage et al; Odom Choice vsJLawson Lacy et al; Mrs. W. J. Keel vs. Kllgore Transfer company, . , o ACCUSED OF MURDER MEDFIELD, Mass., Feb. 13. (U.fi) The estranged wife of a Boston engineer was arrested on a mur der charge today when her infant daughter was found drowned in a bathroom wash basin. - stalling tactics to delay action on half a dozen different proposals tor new revenue. Listed as first order of business in the house was the committee dpproved penny-a-pack cigarette tax boosting bill by Reps. Davis Clifton of Farmersville and Jack Cox of Breckenridge, it was written to produce an estimated $8,- 000,000 a year, all of it earmarked for a' special building fund for hos pitals and special schools. I he increase would remain in effect for seven years. The cigarette lax proposal was one of several approved in com mittee and now ready for debate in the house. Among them was a measure boosting the production tax rate on oil, gas and sulphur by 15 per cent. The original boost on these items was also that figure, but it was trimmed in committee to 10. The new bill was Introduced when the so-called economy block in the house threatened to raise the point of order that there were only two copies of the original, instead of three as required by the rules. The second bill cw of committee with the figure at 15 pei cent. o Boy Scouts Delay Mystery Event The Mystery Event of Boy Scout Week, scheduled to be held Sunday afternoon, was postponed due to Inclement weather and will be held at a later date, R. W. Whit-worth, scoutmaster of Troop 201, said Monday. The mystery event was planned for Sunday, the final day of Boy Scout Week. A dummy was to be dropped from an airplane In a rural area. Boy Scouts were to assemble and to locate it with the aid of compasses and scouting knowledge. The date on which it will be held will be announced soon. Continue Strike Full Blast In Face Of Order Lewis' Request To Resume Work Is Also Disregarded PITTSBURGH, Feb 13. MP) Angry soft coal miners continued their nationwide "no contract no work" strike full blast today. They Ignored both John L. Lewis' work order and a federal court Injunction. In some areas, lack of official notification is delaying a decision by United Mine Workers locals on obeying their chieftain's order to return to the pits "forthwith." No mines are openting in the large bituminous (soft coal) producing areas except unorganized or independent union pus and those covered by new contracts with the UMW. Pennsylvania, West Virginia, In diana, Illinois, Alabama, Ohio and other Important coal states all re port the strike is as strong this week as last. Determined strikers vow they'll stay out until they get a contract. Over the weekend, Lewis bowed to the court order and directed his 372.000 striking miners back to work. But with telegraph offices closed on Sundays In many small mining communities, several ocals were late in receiving the official word. Some idle miners said they aren't working because this is Lewis' 70th birthday. Dave Fowler, president of UMW district 21 in Oklahoma and Arkansas, looks for a continuation of the strike despite Lewis and the court. He said: " Rwsent Federal Order "Some of the miners feel the covernment is trying to make con victs out of them. The miners fought for 50 years to get their union. They don't want it stolen away from them and be reduced to slaves." In Indiana, where all 8.500 UMW diggers are idle. President Louis Austin of UMW district 11 said: "Apparently the miners are angry because they have no contract." In West Virginia, the Norfolk and Western and the Virginian i ail ways said no mines are reported working along their lines. About 14,000 miners arc idle in Logan county, West Virginia. No mines are operating near Harlan, Ky. Comment from rank and file diggers showed their attitude to be onp of grim determination. ("Thci injunction won't mine coal afyi .wfj know It," said a miner at 38 Die In Louisiana Etex, Areas Twisters Take Heavy Toll Of Lives And Property; Red Cross Aids Victims SHREVEPORT, La., Feb. 13. (AP) Tornadoes whirled through four states over the weekend, leaving at least 47 persons dead. Another 200 more were injured in East Texas, Northwest Louisiana, Southern Arkansas and Tennessee. Nine persons were killed in the little Tennessee farming: community of Hurricane Hills, near Ripley early today. The twisters previously had struck 38 persons with Tornadoes At Glance By ASSOCIATED PRESS Tornadoes, spawned In the clash of masses of cold air and warm moist air, ripped into twenty towns In Northwestern Louisiana, East Texas and Southern Arkansas in less than 24 hours over the week-end. Thirty-four persons were killed; an estimated 200 injured. The twisters killed at: La Porte. Texas: Ella Dodson. former slave, whose are was between 97 ad 101. She died Sunday in a Houston hospital. Jericho, Texas: Mrs. Buster Fults. Fellowship, Texas: Mrs. Laura Grayson. Mrs. Will Eastridge. Haslam, Texas: Mrs. flair-borne Mayfield. C'orley. Texas: r Mrs. Paralee Banks, 66. 1 ' Salem. Texas: l inwood Windsor. 18 months; his father, Dick Windsor. Rnytown, La.: Nine dead. Sllgo, La.: Four dead. Shreveport. La.: 1 dead. Slack Air Force Depot (near Shreveport): 6 dead. Grand Cane, La.: Four dead. Hood's Quarters, La.: Two Coal Contract Talks Expected Lewis May Resume His Bargaining the-Russelton, Pa., mine No. Two of Republic Steel corporation. He added: "That Taft-Hartley business is foolish. No contract no work. Miner Paul Trucklcy of Curtis- vllle. Pa., declared: "Truman gave the operators an ace in the hole. They knew Lewis eitner had to order us back or leave us wide open to an injunc tion. In my opinion, the men are solidly opposed to going back without a contract." Digger Defiant Another digger, at the Wheeling Steel corporation's shaft at Har- marville, said: "Let the operators dig their own coal." The government indicated it will not seek contempt of court cita tions if all the diggers fail to re port Immediately. An official explained this is because of the time See MINERS, Page 9 Assault Charges Filed Ater Affray Charges of assault were filed on two local men by Seaborn Hearrel of the district attorney's office after the two were arrested at Payne's Cafe on Highway 80 Satur day. A restaurant chair, a 12-inch knife, and a 7ti-lnch knife were weapons used In an affray between the two. WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. fP) John L. Lewis and coal operators may complete arrangements shortly for resuming contract talks as directed by a federal court. However, nothing was definite. Judge Richmond B. Keech di-rnrtprl renewed bareainlng "in good faith" at the same time on Saturday that he ordered Lewis and 370,000 United Mine Workers to call off their strike. Lewis quickly messaged his top UMW aides to Instruct miners to return to work an order which most miners indicated they probably would ignore in the absence of a contract. Also in compliance with the court order, Lewis asked coal operators to resume bargaining with him next Wednesday. The operators said they would wait to see if the men returned to the pits before answering this bid. What can be done if the ..iIik s refuse to work may shape Into a classic for the courts. The law says Individuals can work or quit within punishment. But the law also says a union Is responsible for the acts of its "agents," and it might be punished because its members quit In a group. If Lewis and the coal operators get anywhere in the prospective renewed bargaining sessions, the legal questions won't matter. Coal production to end the fuel short age is the government's main interest. Government lawyers waited to see how man. miners start swing ing their picks again. It was even indicated they may wait to see how the bargaining talks come out before moving for any contempt of the back - to - work injunction, should the strike continue. Brannan Plan May Be Applied To Potatoes To Show It Won't Work WASHINGTON. Feb. 13. UP) Congressional critics of the Bran-nan farm plan said today they are considering applying it to the sur- plus potato issue. 'Economists tell us it probably would backfire and cost about $400,000,000 this year," said one lawmaker, , who would not permit use of his name. "That ought to blowtheBrannan-plan to pieces forever -but it might be worth it." Secretary of Agriculture Bran- non touched off a political explo sion recently by asking senators what should be done with some 50,000,000 bushels of surplus potatoes taxpayers paid for under the present price-support program Brannan opposes the present farm program, under which the surplus potatoes accumulated. Last year he suggested that perishable foods,, such as potatoes, be allowed to find their own market price levelswithout-government price supports. He said farmer would get "production payments" If market returns failed to provide a fair income,- adding that consumers would benefit from lower food prices. Congressional critics protested that this was an attempt to subsidize " consumers' grocery bills as well as farmers. Both the house and senate rejected even trial runs of 'the- Brannan plan, agreeing in-steady on a new farm price-support program. , Under this program, Brannan has announced he will again support potatoe prices at an average of $1.01 a hundred pounds this year, or about nine cents below the averageforlhe:lasti:cropr which included the much-publicized surplus. ' . It cost $225,000,000 to support potato prices from the 1048 crop and the 1049 crop is estimated to be about $100,000,000. " " The Brannan proposal listed supports for, potatoes at about $1.50' a bushel. Recent crops have been above 400,000,000 bushels. Opponents of the Brannan plan believe potato - prices,- without government supports, would skid down to 50 cents a bushel or possibly even lower. - death in Northwest Louisiana and East Texas. The sheriff's office at Ripley reported that still others, probably Negro tenants of the stricken Woodard farm, were believed killed. Three houses also were damaged by a twister at Kosemark, near Memphis. No one was reported Injured at Rosemark. As the tornadoes continued a northeastward course, the death toll mounted in Louisiana and Texas. The Red Cross reported 20 were killed in Louisiana. This total did not include one fatality reported by the Shreveport Times in Shj-eve-port. The death of nine-year-old Shir ley Windsor in a Lufkin hospital early today raised the death toll In Texas to nine. The tornadoes spawned Saturday when a mass of cold aid collided with, a mass of warm, moist air struck at lei.st 20 times ia ess than 24 hours. The number of dead In Texaa and Louisiana had been reported as high as 42 at one time last night. But Louisiana state police at Bossier City scaled this figure down with a recheck that caught some duplications. East Texas Hit First to feel the twisters wi lower East Texas. A 'ornauo smashed LaPorte, Tex., and Alvln, Tex., Saturday afternoon. Another twister hit later that day at Chapel Hill, Bremond and Bailey-villp. At midnight the tempo increased and with machine-gun rapidity the twisters struck at C'orley, Grocsbeck, Jericho, Fellowship. Haslam, Gill, Salem, and Hughes Springs, all in Texas; at Roytown, near Castor, Sllgo, Shreveport, and Grand Cane, in Louisiana. The Shreveport Times gave this breakdown of Louisiana dead: At Roytown, nine; Slack Air Force Depot near Shreveport, six; Sligo, four; Hood's Quarters, on the out skirts of Shreveport, two; Shreve port, one; Grand Cane, four. Twisters In Texas killed three women near me nine saw-miu town of Haslam; an 18-months-old boy and his father in a community southwest of Lufkin, a women in the Hericho community near Has lam, an elderly women at C'orley, near Texarkana, and an ex-slave at LaPorte. Arkansas reported much loss damage and no injuries from a single tornado. Damage Heavy There were few Immediate esti mates of damage. But It was put t $300,000 in the LaPorte-Alvin area; $.i5.()(Ju at Hugnes bprings and $25,000 at Corley. Most points hit In Louisiana were still wearily taking slock today. ' Texas bore the brunt of the storms Saturday and early yesterday, but then they whip-lashed into Louisiana and wreaked great er havoc. Louisiana's dead were still only See STORM, Page 9 Victory In Fight For Depletion Allowance Seen WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. 0J.R) The oil, gas and mining industries seemed assured today of winning another round in their fight with the treasury over special tax concessions. Members of the tax-fra.nlnsj House Ways and Means commit tee agreed that the "depletion al lowance clause probably wiii' be left substantially as it is despite arguments by President Truman ana ms aiacs. v They pointed out that 22 of the. 48 states have oil or gas field and others produce minerals. This Is a fairly large segment of the country with sufficient influence and enough votes to ward off any major changes in the tax law. zi:--- . ..l:,q k Henderson Girl Injured In Crash ''1 Nadlne Strong. 12. of Route 4, Henderson, is under treatmt in Gregg Memorial hospital for In Juries sustained in an automobile wreck Sunday morning about one half mile west of Silvey Bridge on a county road off Highway 322. i The car, driven by her father M. B, Strong, was in a collision with an automobile driven by Kos coe Bennett.

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