The Morning Herald from Hagerstown, Maryland on May 8, 1951 · Page 1
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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Tuesday, May 8, 1951
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To« much panning and too littlt ·kttlttlng !· what makes a lot of unhappy hornet. HAGERSTOWN, MARYLAND, TUESDAY, MAY 8, 1951 * »»«.w. »»***» ,,--~v ,r*,, ^x^x^a^^i,^, 1UJJ3J/AI, JWAI 8. 1901 Mwmtet Kcrali ·**» to****** aw*TM ** ^ A . » . T ^ ^^^ ^^^ V ': " ! / , "·. ' _ _ _ _ * t «.m, «: »jfc, MHmUM ew VIS* SINGLE COPY* I- I Wilson Seeks Girl Subject Of Wide Search, f o o T ° ^ Found Asleep In Clothes Pile Mobilization D i r e c t o r Soys Biggest Inflation Threat Yet To Come Washington, May 7 (/P) -Mobilization .Director Charles E. Wilson asked Congress today for standby authority to pay Federal subsidies soon on food and farm products to forestall any lag in defense production. Along with this request. Wilson cautioned that the worst shortages of materials and "the biggest threat, of inflation" are yet to come. The mobilization chief appeared as lead-off witness before the Senate Banking Committee in opening the Administration's fight to ex- 150 Notional Guardsmen And Civilians Scour Pen Mar Area While 150 national guardsmen and civilians last night scoured the hilly countryside for miles around Pen Mar for little Susan Jane Brechbill, the two-year-old girl was sound asleep in a clothes closet in her parents' bedroom. Susan was first missed by her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Brech- jill, about 6:30 last night, shortly after the little girl scooted from her high chair and went out to play. The alarm, sounded by the father --a Western Maryland Railway worker--brought out n a t i o n a l guardsmen from Camp Ritchie, dozens of civilians and the State Police. Several big searching parties were quickly organized and spread out over a radius of several miles. tend and strengthen Federal infla- Af 12:15 this morning, just as the tion controls. The hearings are- s o j c l i e r s w ere preparing to abandon scheduled to last 20 days. Price, i 1 * 16 search until daybreak, the waj»e and credit control provisions; father happened to find his sleep- of the Defense Production Act ex-1 ing- daughter in the c l o t h e s pire June 30. j closet while making one final check Even before Wilson testified. the' t h r ° U K h their Pen Mar nome - Susan, committee, meeting behind closed I h e r Iiule red dress rumpled after doors, at least temporarily sidetracked President Truman's proposal for rent controls on stores, office space and other commercial properties. her nap, was covered over with a pile of clothes she had pulled from a clothes basket. People by the dozens jammed into the small house on Litidon Ave- Chairman Mayhank (D.-S.C.) told n u e th e minute the word came that newsmen the question will be !eftj t n e little girl had been found, until the end of the hearings "if it Susan was not quite awake as her is taken up at all." (mother held her on her lap in the bedroom to pose for a Morning Senator Bricker (R.-Ohio) quickly challenged the Administration's hid for subsidy power by asking if it was not a limited version of the controversial Brannan Plan-the program advocated by Secre- Brannan to payments to fary of Agriculture make direct Federal Herald photographer. But minutes later, when people started crowding into the bedroom to "have a look." the little girl apparently sensed something was wrong and broke into tears. In order that the soldiers, as,,a J1Iltul . k -, ^ _ ------farmers in an effort to halt rising semttfd outside, could get a look food prices. "It is like the Brannan Plan in a marginal way," Wilson replied. "Generally 1 don't like i a t the subject of their wide search, Mrs. Brechhill carried her crying daughter to the front bedroom window. The soldiers lined up to wave it, either, hut it would be done only to Susan, then climbed into their in an emergency. {jeeps and trucks and rode back to "I want to make it absolutely [Camp Ritchie for coffee and hot- clear that these proposals for dogs. Two Ball Players Have Broken Noses Baseball and fractured noses seemed to go together yesterday. Donald Lee Reeser, 8, Williams port, Route 2, had his nose broken when a bat struck him in the face; and Eugene Sanders, 10, 300 block North Mulberry Street, had his nose broken when a ball struck him in the face. Both were treated at the hospital and were discharged. The rest of the people treated yesterday all had lacerations on the head. A stone cut seven-year- old, Richard Ricker's scalp. He lives on George Street. William Lantz, 3, 400 block Summit Avenue, hurt himself in a fall. And a car hood fell on James Grove, Jr., 1200 block Virginia Avenue. All were discharged. Little Susan Jane Brechbill posed on her mother's lap a matter of minutes after she was found sleeping in her parents' clothes closet at 12:15 this morning. (Morning Herald photo) Mrs. Brechbill earlier in the eve choked back the tears to de subsidy aid to producers can be used only in those cases where necessary defense production scribe to a Morning Herald reportei -would otherwise be lost or interfer- how her little girl climbed down ed with," he emphasized. j fr01 " her high chair after eating Wilson also told the lawmakers (supper, and went outside. Mrs that speculative trading in the commodity markets should be controlled in approximately the same way that stock market dealings are regulated. In brief, the proposed subsidies would cover (1) production of materials from high-cost sources, (2) high-cost processing of farm commodities, such as meat packing, and (3) temporary increases in costs of production, distribution or transportation. Baltimore Electing City Officials Today 3-Way Race For Holds Chief interest In Voting Baltimore, May 7 (^--Baltimore, the nation's sixth biggest city, will elect a mayor tomorrow after a campaign in which oppo incumbent Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. made the National Democratic Adiministration the main issue. D'Alesandro, a former Democratic congressman seeking his second four-year term as mayor, has stuck to defending his municipal administration. But Joseph L. Carter, Republican, and C. Markland Kelly, a Democrat running as an Independent, have concentrated their campaigns on national issues. This approach was followed in the main last fall by Republican Senator Butler in winning Maryland's seat from the veteran Democrat, Millard Tydings. The state also elected a Republican governor, Theodore R. McKeldin, in that election. Politicians and 65 .per cent of the 369,731 registered voters to turn out. Polls close 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Besides electing a mayor, they will choose a city comptroller, 20 city councilmen and a council president. All of the incumbents are Democrats. Brechbill. who has five children Turn to Psgs 2, Column 3 Hardware Promised Authentic Materials Offered To Historical Society The restoration of the Jonathan Hager property near City Park has received another boost Leon Morgan, Boonsboro, has promised to provide all the hardware needed for the ancient home of Hagerstown's founder, when the restoration work gets under way. A collector of old ironwork, he is*considered one of the authorities on this topic in this area. Since some of the original hardware on the old house has disappeared in the course of the years, the -Washington County Historical Society has welcomed the offer of the local collector. Preliminary planning is continuing on the .restoration, to make starts, it will be done in the most authentic manner possible. Danger To Orchards Will Last One Week Growers Schedule County- Wide Meeting Here On Thursday The county's orchardists, who have another week of frost danger to go through, will meet here Thursday night to hear about other problems. County Agent. Mark Miller made the estimate of another week of possible frost damage. He said that if the temperature hasn't done harm by the end of the week, peach and apple prospects will be fairly secure- Meanwhile, the county agent ha called the meeting for Thursda evening. May 10, in his office at p.m. Dr. Castillo Graham of the Un versity of Maryland's Hancoc fruit laboratory, and Dr. L. Weaver, plant pathologist of th University of Maryland extensio service, will be on hand to brin growers up to date on the diseas situation and insect perils. Seen For Nest A couple of k robins who wanted light housekeeping to raise a family j have built a nest on the back porch of Mrs. Laura Martin, 16 Elizabeth Street. They constructed the nest just a few inches from the electric light bulb that illuminates the porch. So far, there are two eggs in the nest. Eighteen Votes Five Funkstown officials were voted back into office yesterday by 18 of the town's residents. It was one of the smallest votes n the history of the town. How ever, there wasn't any opposition so few of the estimated 900 eligible voters turned out. Re-elected were Guy R. Hebb who will begin his 23rd year as burgess; C. Guy Hoffmaster, assist ant burgess; Reynolds and commissioners. Ellis Duffey, Pan Frank Stockslager Staff Meeting Held Mayor Calls For Speedup In Construction Projects Mayor Mills yesterday called to gether his department heads to seek a speedup in the city's con- expect between 55 struction program especially the dual highway water line project. A majority of the department proposed bond issues totalling $49,500.000 for municipal improvements. Four candidates are in the race lor comptroller. They are J. Neil McCardell, incumbent Democrat, Harry D. James, Republican, Chester W, Tawney, a Democrat running ftg an Independent, Self, Progressive. and Milton STRAWBERRIES R I P E N I N G Onley, Va., May 7 (/P)--Strawberries are ripening on the Eastern Shore. The first berries have sold n't the Bayview ·rate. auction here for $10 a catch up on its backlog of work by having a lot of it done by contract They pointed out that the city could not hope to expand its forces to speedily complete all the projects on the program because of ment and the difficulty in hiring the proper type of workers. Yesterday's meeting of all city department heads was called by the Mayor, he said, to permit a mutual exchange of ideas on current problems. The Mayor said he plans to call similar staff meetings regularly, probably once a week. On the dual highway water line project, the Mayor pointed out that every day the line fs delayed the city is losing water revenue. The Mayor said property owners along the line Are clamoring to buy city water. Richard Willson, superintendent of the city water department, said his department has built 6,000 feet of pipe since November. He said there has been a lot of trouble with rock on the early stages oi the dual highway project. .He said the workmen are largely through job. Including the purchase price of the pipe, Willson said his department has so far spent $40,000 on the dual highway project. As to contracting for water department pipeline projects/WttTson said he would recommend that the by the city, but that, some other projects be done by contract. Park W. T. Loy, the^city's new personnel director, observed during :he general discussion that the city government finds that "it is Absolutely impossible to get reliable men at our wage scales." Mayor Mills said he was calling or a speedup in the building of city water lines because the city, being in the utility business, is osing money every day the projects are aot completed. This County Gaining in Properly Values Less Then Six Million Dollars Behind Allegany At Present Washington County is catching up- with Allegany County in its value of real and personal property. Figures released by the State Planning Commission show that the gap amounts to less than six million dollars now, somewhat less than a decade ago. j The figures are $131.402.206 for Allegany County and $125,532,852 for Washington County. Both fig- South Koreans Smash At Reds Setbacks Coincide With Reports Of Communist Unrest Tokyo, Tuesday, May 8 OP)-South Korean troops smashed hard into a North Korean army corps northwest of Seoul Monday and rolled it back three miles to points 13 miles from the capital. Other Allied forces in the east forced back hard fighting Reds a Atomic Bomb Attacks On America Possible; MacArthur Answered mile and a half. These Red setbacks on the flanks and a withdrawal north of Chunchon in the center coincided with reports of dissatisfaction in Communist ranks. AP Correspondent John Randolph reported some Allied officers on the western front believe North Korean and Chinese Reds were angry because they felt Russia had let them down on tanks and planes for their now stalled spring offensive. , The Allies have won back nearly half of the ground lost north of Seoul to 300.000 Reds who aimed the main weight of their futile offensive at capture of the capital by "May Day. Defense Secretary Says General Jumped Gun On Peace Talks (EDITORS NOTE: The author of this story today was awarded a Pulitzer prize for a story written w h i l ^ reporting the Korean War). By DON WHITEHEAD Washington, May 1 (fP) -Secretary of Defense Marshall told senators today that General Dougks MacArthur's peace appeal to the enemy last March destroyed for the time seing any chances of a Korean war settlement. He said the United Nations was preparing an announcement of preparations to discuss a war set- lement -- the announcement to come from President Truman -when MacArthur issued a statement on March 24 that he was ready to talk peace terms with the Red commander in Korea. "In view of the serious impact of General MacArthur's statement, on the negotiations of these nations," Marshall said, "it became necessary to abandon the effort, thus losing whatever chance there may have been at' that time to negotiate a settlement of the Korean conflict." Ali-Out War Risk Marshall made this statement after declaring that MacArthur's war plans would risk an all-out war with Russia, expose Europe to attack, and perhaps split the free world into two camps. But he hinted this countrv will hit Red China by air and sea if lines in operation." the Reds strike at American "There is no denying that before i f o r c e s outside Korea presumably the offensive began April 22 there those in Ja P an and with tfl e 7th were many signs were counting on that the Reds tanks and air- Fleet off Formosa. The closed door testimony by ures have nearly last ten years. However, both doubled in the Alleganv and craft." Randolph said in his dispatch from the western front. "Behind their front, roads were being widened and improved and for weeks there had been constant work on regular fields and new airstrips. " 'Uncle Joe (Stalin) sold them down the river again,' one officer exulted after the first few hours of the offensive showed no tanks or planes." Last weekend, some 7,000 North Koreans northwest of Seoul stood their ground and defeated Allied attempts to dislodge them. But Monday at dawn, South Koreans opened an attack with support of Allied artillery. The Reds resisted until late afternoon. Then the North Koreans began a gener al withdrawal from advance hil the secretary--himself a five-star general and onetime Army Chief of Staff--spotlighted the conflict of ideas that has been underway for months over the best way to wage the war in Korea. Marshall came to the hearing-by the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees- armed with a big pile of secret documents. Ana whole chunks " of his testimony were deleted by the Defense and State Department Overheated Pipe Starts Fire Here An overheated furnace pipe in the cellar of a house owned and occupied by Mrs. Benjamin Moore, 235 Summit Avenue, caused a small fire last evening which was quickly put out by firemen. The overheated pipe charred a portion of the floor and woodwork. Firemen from the First Hose and Antietam Companies used booster lines to put out the fire. Damage was negligible. The alarm, from Baltimore Street and Summit Avenue, was sounded at 11:12 p. m U.S. Has Good Bomb Defense Caldwell Urges Crusade To Make The Public Aware Of It Washington, May 7 OP)--The nation's civil defense chief. Millard Caldwell, said today there is a good defense against the atom bomb. He called for a nationwide crusade to make the public aware of it. Caldwell said such a crusade also should aim at awakening people to the real danger that bombs may fall. A well-organized civil defense program, he said, could reduce the casualties at least by half and "keep the cities and production President Fr*f Notions Hove Stopped Reds In Asia By ERNEST' B. VACCARO Washington, May 7 President Truman declared tonight that the free nations have stopped the march of communism in Asia and hav* Kremlin conspiracy" all over the world. He said expanding the Korean war, as Gen. Douglas MacArthur proposes, would bring a real possibility of "death blow" atomic at* tacks on American cities---if not the destruction of "civilization a» we know it. 1 ' And he said the first signs of ft crackup of the Communist world are appearing in the form, of "internal tension and unrest behind the Iron Curtain." Attacks MacArthur In an address prepared for ft national civil defense conference, Mr. Truman delivered a slashing attack on MacArthur's "go it alone" policy for Asia, saying it might wreck the whole western defense alliance and bring about "a tremendous Soviet victory." The President declared that "the best collective military advice in this country" backs ni» policy of limiting the war in atomic Korea, and that--contrary to MacArthur's statements--"our policy Caldwell spoke at the opening session of a two-day civil defense conference attended by leaders of some 250 national organizations is designed to win," "But if the aggressor taket further action which threatens th« security of the United Nations in Korea," he said, "we will counter that action." Thus he left open the possibility that some of MacArthur's hit-the- Reds-harder demands will be car- witb a total membership of 50,000,-lried out if the Chinese Communist! 000. President Truman was to ad- I provoke them. dress the conference tonight. All Warns Of Attack The President said there must radio networks planned to carry;be nation-wide organization to his address (9:30 p.m. EST) and j meet the "awesome and terrible it was to be televised by ABC, NBC and Dumont. Caldwell told the delegate that possibility" ot atomic attack. But he declared: "The best defense against atomic nombing is *-* ~ - - -- - j *.-w uu-u ·^^u.iA.i.Lji, cn.vjujia*, UV/JLUUJ.1*K La we cannot stop an atomic bomb- to prevent the outbreak of another Turn to Page 2, Column 6 Washington Counties are still far behind the leaders in the state-Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, besides Baltimore City. The State Planning Commission got its figures from the Maryland omptroller. CRITICALLY ILL Washington, May 7 (/P)--Former Secretary of State Cordell Hull is n precarious condition at the !"Javal Medical Center at nearby Bethesda, Md. He was admitted to the hospital on Saturday. Jamison Reports On Convention t the regular semi-monthly meeting of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce at lotel Alexander yesterday, President J. V. Jamison, III, gave a report on the annual convention of he Chamber of Commerce in Wash- ngton, D. C., recently. Speakers at the convention in eluded Secretary of State Dean Acheson, Senator Robert A. Taft, and Senator Harry F. Byrd. Official business was of a routine ature. positions. U.S. Eighth Army headquarter in Korea estimated that 2,940 Red were killed or wounded in the firs day of the limited Allied push Monday. Red losses since their ill fated offensive of April 22 hav exceeded 80,000. People Come From Area To Get a r r i e Young couples come from all over to get married in Hagerstown. Yesterday was a representative day, and young men and women with the love bug came from point in a 1,000 mile radius to be united Of the licenses issued yesterday only two were for Marylanders. Th others came from Ellsworth, Minn Lowell, Akron, and South Charles ton, Ohio; Harrisburg and Ship pensburg, Pa., Stephens City and Winchester, Va., and Cumberland. Lend-lease Talks With Russia Off .Washington, May 7 (£)--The nited States and Russia today roke off direct talks aimed at ettlement of Moscow'! $10,800,000 end-lease account Both sides agreed to call off heir regular meeting after a rief 30-minute session today pro- uced the usual deadlock. Russian Ambassador Panyushkin made no move to budge from hia firm opposition to returning American lend-lease *hip"s or boosting Moscow'! financial settlement off- ·'· Late Bulletin Laurel, Miss., Tuesday, May 8 (P)--Willie McGee, 37-year-old Negro grocery truck driver, was executed early today, five and one half years after raping a white housewife in the bedroom of her home here, McG«e died in the electric chair at *10 minutes after midnight (CST) after losing four desperate appeals within his last six hours. The execution ended a case that attracted international attention. McGee made no atatement as h« waa led to the chair. Fifteen minutea earlier he jauntily sat in his Jonet (Laurel) county jail call and smoked a cigar and wrote his will as hia head was shaved. H i s t o r i c a l H a s P u r c h a s i n g Man "Hysterical 1 ing if the enejny decides to- make the attack." "Despite our best military efforts, at least 70 out of 100 bombers will get through." Caldwell said. Daniel K. Edwards, newly appointed assistant Secretary of Defense, likewise told the conference that no air defense could possibly destroy every enemy bomber be- Turn to Page 2, Column 3 Turn to Page 2, Column 8 October 31 Chosen The old bell that rang out. the time in the town clock atop Hagerstown's old City Hall may be placed on exhibition in the main business office of the present building. The plan was suggested yesterday by Mayor Mills at the first of his regular staff meetings. City Purchasing Agent Edgar King suggested that something be done with the old bell, because he has a crying need for more space in the city equipment building on Memorial Boulevard where the bell is now stored. "It may be historical," King observed with a smile, "but it is driving me hysterical." Williomsport Governor McKeldin yesterday vetoed a Washington County measure passed at the recent session of the General Assembly. The bill would have given the mayor, assistant mayor and council members in Williamsport up to $60 extra for attending special meetings. A bill introduced by Senator D. Kenneth McLaughlin was signed into law. The measure imposes a rad tax on trucks coming from states where road tax is imposed on Maryland trucks. Original Cisco Kid Warner Baxter, 62, Star Of Motion Pictures, Dies Club's General Committee Has Opening Meeting Local folks can put a red circlt (around the last day of October oa their 1951 calendars--that's the date that has been set for the Alsatia Mummers Parade this year. The first meeting of the general parade committee was conducted last night in the Alsatia Club headquarters. Members announced that Wednesday night, October 31, has been designated as the date for the parade. Committee members discussed a number of proposals for making: this year's parade an event of outstanding interest. New surprise features have been taken under consideration, and announcement of all parade details will be mad* during the months to come, as soon as definite decisions have been made. Leonard Humelsine is general chairman of the parade committee again this year. Beverly Hills. Calif., May 7 Warner Baxter, 62, veteran mo tion picture actor, died at his home tonight after a long illness. He had suffered from arthritis for years and a lobotomy was per formed three weeks ago to allevi ate his pain. Bronchial pneumonia set in recently and hastenec his death. Warner Baxter, the original 'Cisco Kid" of the movies, enjoyed ruggedness in life in keeping with virile characters he portray- d on the screen. Deep sea fish- ng, hunting and tennis were his avorite hobbies. But In recent years he was chronically ill, suffering pain which made eating difficult and induced malnutrition. In April, 1951, he Yesterday wa* fr*» warmer Uwa . PMI Otw*M rated.jsoon after and were divorc-{°* M ** *** WMliW inderwent cranial surgery at St. was ma rried in 1911 to Viola Cald Fohn's Hospital in Santa Monica, we]] of Philadelphia but they wp- hen returned to his Beverly Hills VE Day To Have Its Anniversary Persons with short memoiie* may have forgotten it, but this f« the day when whistles toot*d an* bells rang: just six short y*ar» af o. VE Day occurred on May f, Jf4i» ts of talk was heard abott waking it a permanent holiday. Art you'll even find it marked on * f«w calendars this year. As far as could no local organlxntions hav* program to celebrate th* lust Or* WormtrMotidty iome. He and his second wife, the former stage actress Winifred Bry-: 2 9, ijjg9. his trend to show son, celebrated their 33rd wedding H«" Turn t# P«f» t. Column t ed. · jtion yesterday. Born , n polumhus, Ohio. March ** Oil S«*d* y - Ti« ****«**** a»d 41 ·» By f:9f fcMt »*fatttrt «*t fcMfc

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