The Town Talk from Alexandria, Louisiana on January 8, 1951 · Page 1
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Alexandria, Louisiana
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Monday, January 8, 1951
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rCMrrBATl'KEI (U. S. Official as si 4 4 41 H T jfl pm . t 24 am 11T30 am . jj jo pm J SO pm VOL LXVIII NO. 251 crrnvn STRF.r.T SPECTATORS ! wJMil m mam U M U g spectators downtown despite hazards of live wires in the streets. from the Town Talk, shows the street littered with debris. fcorm At $700,000; Alexandria, Pineville Hit Late Saturday Property damage estimated at $700,000 was being repaired here -today in the wake of tornado that swept through Mayor Carl B. Close was downtown after the storm ended and organized the job of making the city safe and clearing away damage. Every city employe was working, he said. The entire personnel of the police department was called out and members of the garbage de-partment started their part of street clearing operations within less than an hour after the storm. Alexandria and Pineville and outlying areas Saturday. Eight persons injured were treated in hospitals. The storm struck between 5:'5 and 5:30 p. m. Its path made a straight line between one and two blocks wide from Eighteenth street between Jackson and Ma rye streets to Second and Washington, dipping down to hit hardest at Murray and Tenth streets, Johnston and Sixth and Wash-lnPton and Second and Third. nn (ho north side of the river It J'l'llrlr nn ..( MethndUt Hill. Wardvllle nnd destroying 13 houses Smithville - ii k to paoe Tr.m Paramount Theater to Reopen; earing Down Superstructure Th. the "c IIHIT1P Kimnftf fitntt.t-- rn j- t , - Aiiaki WU I 111 1 1 ft, - u. mR torn down, and Irving tinman, theatre &,nld. the Jb 1 be com man C "-u ana the theatre re-onened 1st " this week. fcrtlS bLulkllnR Hself Is not af-bri v ' he aUI' Tlie framework, wit work or structural steel tirL ' darnaf?ed. The 8upcr. &nvWuS orlinally built for Iy nd hB8 nnt been used ,or ore than 30 years, he said. M gilding has been inspect-nd L Cily bullrli"K Inspector not been condemned. One of the hardest hit swots M PSS aafe Loss Estimates Entire City Police on Duty When The entire city police force was called out for duty in the aftermath of the storm Saturday night. Officers were placed on guard at man., places where windows and doors had been blown away and directed traffic. A downtown clerk reported the weird feeling of seeing the arms, legs and heads of the display window mannequins on Third and Washington streets. Three cars at Second and Washington were practically demolished by falling debris. Police said a car -owned by I. J. Schwartzberg. one owned by H. Chapman of Shreveport and another whose owner was unidentified were buried by the falling bricks. Another car parked across the street and owned by Recruit Charles T. Voyles of Camp Polk was also damaged. Police reports said that Mrs. Charles Grayson and her mother, Mrs. T. T. Scarbrough of Pollock were parked for a traffic light at Tenth and Murray when a car was blown from the Red Arrow Used Car Lot and landed on top of their car. Both were suffering from shock and were hospitalized. The roof was blown from Thompson Wholesale Grocery, 1030 Murray, and from Johnny Rush Sporting Goods, 721 Bolton, Plate Glass windows were blown FIREMAN KILLED LAUREL, Miss., Jan. 8 (ZD-One fireman died today and another was hospitalized follow ing the overturn of a speeding firetruck on the outskirts of the city. The truck overturned on a curve while speeding to a fire in Ellisville yesterday afternoon. Mayor Carl B. Close said that Soule Butler, city engineer and building inspector had gone over the building and had found nothing wrong with the main building. It was not officially condemned, he said, and will be inspected again after the necessary repairs are made and permission given for It to re-open. The show was closed about 6:30 p. m. Saturday at his request, Mayor Close said. The management was completely cooperative, he added. Ward Steinman turned the lights on and he and the mayor went on the stage to a.k the udienc to leavt tha building , Aaaodated Preaa and United Press AP Featurei and If. E. A. in the storm was Second and This scene at Second and Washington, right around the corner 8 H u rt Force Goes Storm Hits Area from Lofton Grocery, 799 Bolton; Jameson Motor Company, 1330 Murray. Many of the windows that were blown out were nailed up with boards within an hour. Many places reported goods were dam aged by water as a score or more skylights were blown off roofs and many other roofs damaged by the storm began leaking during the rain which followed the tor nado. Windows broken out in the down town area included those in Durrett's Furniture store, Wei lan's, Tru-Value shop, Sears, Par amount Theatre, Schwartzberg's store, Lcrner's dress show, Sally Ann shop, the Commercial building, the Weil building and Pen-ney's on Third street, the Hub City Hardware, Abe's Pawn shop, Steve's Olympia cafe, the Kaplan building and Macks Waffle house on Second street, the Town Talk on Washington off of Second, the Singer Sewing Co. and Brewer's Graphic on Fourth street. Windows were also destroyed in the Courthouse, West End Grammar school, Providence Central High school, the Lofton's Grocery and City Drug store. Practically all of the neon lighting and signs in the struck area uptown were destroyed or blown away. Cold Weather Due To Depart Tuesday Cold weather that accompanied Saturday's tornado into Central Louisiana was scheduled to make its exit, with a prediction for fair and warmer weather tomorrow. The temperature dropped ten degrees within an hour Saturday, registering 63 at S:30 p. m. and 53 at 6:30 p. m. The minimum Sunday was 31 and the maximum 47. Today's low ' was 27 degrees. The CAA communications station at the Alexandria airport estimated Saturday's winds at 71 miles per hour. The wind gauge stopped working shortly before the storm, with a recorded 12 miles per hour, and did not function until after the blow was over, Saturday's rainfall amounted to 1.22 Inches at the airport. Unofficial readings in town were 0.7H. The forecast: Central Louisiana: Fair, lowest 28-32 tonight, warmer Tuesday. ALEXANDRIA, LA., MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 1951 Washington. were many List of Injured in Tornado Here Alexandria and Pineville hospitals listed the following received hospital treatment for injuries suffered in Saturday night's tornado: Baptist Hospital: Robert Nugent, Georgetown, treated for cut over eye and released. Mrs. L. D. Marrell, Bennett, treated for hand injury and released. Mrs. Dimple Soder, Route 1, released after treatment for foot laceration. Mrs. Charles Grayson, 2816 Louis street, treated for laceration on head and held for observation. Mrs. Ella Scarborough, Pollock, treated for head lacerations and held for observation. Charity Hospital Earline Britt, 730 Maple, treated for face laceration and released. Mrs. Jones, who was injured when a house in Pineville collapsed. She later was released St. Frances Cabrini Sue Val-lery, 815 Erion, Pineville, student injured at Prompt Succor school. $ Henry Fonda's Son Shot Accidentally OSSINING. N. Y.. Jan. 8 (A1) Actor Henry Fonda's ten year-old son, Peter, who shot himself accidentally on a target range Saturday, was reported in critical condition today at Ossin-ing hospital. A bullet from' a .22 caliber pistol pierced the boy's liver and a kidney. He had come to an estate near here with two voung friends from his home in Greenwich, Conn. His mother, socialite Mrs. Frances Seymour Bm'taw Fonda, committed suicide last April 14 at a Beacon, N. Y., sanitarium while separated from the actor. There Tito Urges West to Get Out of Korea, Confer With Russ Editor's note: In an exclusive Interview granted Edward M. Korry, chief Balkan correspondent for the United press, Yugoslavia's Marshal Tito counsels the west to get out of "strategically futile" Korea and to try another four-power conference with Russia to avert world war III. BY EDWARD M. KORBY (World Copyright, 1951, By United Tress) BELGRADE, Yugoslavia. Jan. 8 (UP) Premier Marshal Tito believes the west should pull its troops out of Korea, delay rearming western Germany, nnd agree to a big four conference with Russia to try to avert another Wolrd War, Tito surveyed world affairs in an exclusive interview with this correspondent, calling the situa tion "very critical," he urged the western powers to try everything possible short of appeasement to save the peace, He also disclosed that he has Late Bulletins LAKE SUCCESS, Jan. . () Britain called on the U. N. today to make Another effort for a Korean cease-fire, but warned Red China that it might force a break with the free world if it insisted on acceptance of its own terms. In a major policy declaration, Britain's Air Gladwyn Jebb at the same time pledged British support as long as U. N. troops continue to fight in Korea. He spoke before the general assembly's 60-nation political committee. WASHINGTON. Jan. 8. (ff) A new $2,000,000,000 navy shipbuilding program, including a so-called super aircraft carrier, was outlined today in a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Vinson (D-Ga). Vinson, chairman of the House armed services committee, said the bill bore the approval of both the defense department and the budget bureau and could be considered an "administration bill." WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. (JP) Senators Malone (R-Nev.) and Russell (D-Ga) today introduced legislation to set up a system of Universal Military Training (UMT) after the present crisis has passed. The measure, first to be offered in the Senate since the new session began, provides for a draft of youths between the ages of 17 and 19, inclusive, for a full year of military training. PARIS, Jan. 8. (UP) Premier Rene Pleven won the first of three assembly confidence votes today on the second reading of the rearmament budget bill. The vote was 323 to 226. Cottonport Man Killed in Wreck VILLE PLATTE, Jan. 8 (UP) Harry Joseph Verret of Pla-quemine or Baton Rouge and Jesse J. McDonald of Cottonport, La., were killed instantly today when their automobile left the highway on a curve two miles east of Ville Platte and hit a culvert. State police were not sure whether Verret was from Pla-quemine or Baton Rouge; he had both addresses in his pocketbook. State police estimated that the victims were about 30 years old. They evidently hit the culvert at a high rate of speed. The dashboard was swept back, driving their knees against their chests and pinning the bodies against the seats. It took three hours to get the bodies out of the wreckage. The heads of both men were crushed. The legs of both were broken and Verret's head was almost severed from his body. They had been visiting relatives at Ville Platte and were returning to Baton Rouge. The accident happened about 1:30 a.m. Farmer Wallace Ardoln, who lives near the scene, heard the crash when they hit the culvert. He saw they were dead and called Sheriff Bruce Soileau. discarded for the present any thought of releasing Catholic Archbishop Aloysius Stepinac from prison because of opposition within Yugoslavia to such a move. Monsignor Stepinac was sentenced in October 1948 to 16 years in prison on charges of collaboration with the Nazis. Altogether I asked Tito about 30 questions during the interview. He frequently chuckled and Joked as he replied between puffs on a clgaret in his famous pipe-shaped holder, Korea Fight Useless Highlights included: On Korea "In my opinion the thing In Korea is useless. It would be better for the UN forces to leave because the situation Is strategically futile." The wwt should save Its strength for Europe. On whether Russia really wants peace "you cannot say that someone dors not want peace. The question is under what conditions. What is peace (NOW Tl'ftN TO VAGI THIBTtIN) EIGHTEEN PAGES Ml ays nation preparing For Full Mobilization WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. (AP) President Truman said today this country is ready to negotiate "honarable settlements" with Russia but "we will not engage in appeasement." Mr. Truman coupled this statement in his "State of the Union" message to Congress with an assertion that the United States will vastly expand plane and tank production to uphold the democracies. He said American industry must be capable of producing 50,000 modern military planes and 35,000 tanks a year. His message was delivered personally to a joint session of the House and Senate. Wonju Occupied by Reds as UN Forces Withdraw TOKYO, Jan. 8. (AP) Allied rearguard forces yielded the ruins of Wonju to an overwhelming horde of Chinese and North Korean Reds today after a bitter holding action that bought precious time. Red troops entered the burning road and rail center as U. N. forces withdrew to new positions. The allies had fought fiercely for the city, 55 miles southeast of Seoul, -to buy time for the main body of U. N. forces to retreat southwestward from Seoul on the road leading to the southeast port of Pusan. Wonju's defenders battled Saturday, Sunday and Sunday night to keep the Red hordes from sweeping into the gateway city to the heart of South Korea. A web of roads lead from Paul Gilham, Coca Cola Co. President, Dies Paul A. Gilham, Jr., above, 48, president of the Alexandria Coca Cola Bottling Company, died at 8:50 p.m. Sunday in the St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Hospital. He was born in Atlanta, Ga., March 18, 1902, the son of Paul Asher Gilham, Sr., and Alberta Torrence Gilham of Atlanta. He attended schools there and in Alexandria and was a graduate of Sewance University. He moved with his family to Alexandria in 1910. He was a member of the First Presbyterinn church, a past president of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, and a director of the Guaranty Bank and Trust Co. Survivors Include his wife, Mrs. Paul Gilham, one daughter, Mrs. Sue Bennye Woods of Beloit, Wise, four sisters. Mrs. Thelma Polk of Alexandria, Mrs. Melissa Thomas of Baton Rouge, Mrs. Jackie Carroll of Alexandria, and Mrs. Elsie Schubert of Houston, and two grandchildren, Paula Woods and Susan Bennye Woods. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Jan. 9, 1951 in the Hlxson Bros. Funeral home chapel with Rev. W. G. Foster, Jr., pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be in the Greenwood Memorial Park. RIVER BULLETIN Stage In Feet Flood Present 24-Hour Stations Stage Stage Change Mississippi 34 15.5 4.1 12.2 48 18.4 Memphis Vicksburg Natchez 2.8 rise 0.4 rise 0.4 rise Atchafalaya 37 City 8 3.0 Ouachita 28 8 4 40 Melville Morgan Camden Monroe 0.4 fall 0.8 fall Black 50 x52.2 yesterday). Joncsvllle U Stage 0.8 rise Wonju into the interior Held at bay by the grim de fenders were seven Chinese armies, possibly 210,000 men, and their Korean Red comrades. Then the defenders abandoned the town and its airstrip. AUied warnlanes strafed and fire-bomb ed Wonju after the withdrawal. An ammunition train was blown up. Casualties Light U. S. Eighth Army headquar ters said allied casualties were light during the holding action. Headquarters said fighting continued in the Wonju area, east and west of the city. One battalion counterattacked Monday morning, but pulled back after a brief fight. Planes attacked Reds on ridges on Wonju's flanks. The allied rearguard still was fighting desperately to block the Reds from a southward sweep that would menace the main body of U. N. troops. General MacArthur's summary, timed at 2:40 p. m. (12:40 a. m., EST), had reported U. N. troops north of Wonju had withdrawn, but gave no indication they had given up the city. About noon, a U. S. Eighth Army spokesman had said: "As of the early hours today(Monday) we still controlled Wonju." MacArthur's summary said heavy casualties were inflicted on the Reds. It reported allied (NOW URN TO fAUt SIXlfcENl Ike Confers With Top Military Men in France on Men and Guns PARIS, Jan. 8 W) The top military leaders of France met with General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower today to talk, in terms of men and guns, of their contribution to his Atlantic Army. Among them was Gen. Al-phonse Juin, career soldier and an Eisenhower colleague of World War II, who is strongly reported due to be the Atlantic Army's ground forces commander. The famous American general paid calls on Premier Rene f'leven and Foreign Minister Robert Schuman early today, and then went to the defense ministry to get down to work. Defense Minister Jules Moch received him privately first, then convened a session of his highest ranking officers and chiefs of staffs. Eisenhower made his tour today with onlv his chief strategist, Lieut. Gen, Alfred M. Gruenther, 8nd two aides, plus two French officers as translators and escorts. The famed World War I leader arrived in Paris yesterday to head an International force to defend the west against communism. At once he served warning that any nation, tempted to test the power of the west had better think long and carefully about starting anything. Eisenhower's arrival h e r marks his first formal viH t itacei or bib vm Tot the twenty-four hours ending thai morning at tight o'clock Had River fell 01 of foot and read on the) government gauge 14 ft bova Mr. Shreveport: PRICE 5 CENTS Mr. Truman told the legis- lators that in order to strengthen this nation he will shortly ask "a major increase in taxes to meet the cost of the defense effort." To Ask Tax Hike He did not say how much new revenue he wanted or from what kind of taxes, leaving those details to later special messages. Much of his address was concerned with the grave international situation and he appealed to the legislators: "I aslf the Congress for unity in these crucial days." The president said the threat "of world conquest" by Russia la "a total threat and the danger If a common danger." Then he went on to say: "We are preparing for full wartime mobilization, if that should be necessary. And we are continuing to build a strong and growing economy, able to maintain whatever effort may be required for as long as necessary Mr. Truman submitted a ten-noint legislative program calling for: "First, appropriations for our military build - up. "Second, extension and revision of the selective service act. "Third, military and economic aid to help build up the strength of the free world. "Fourth, revision and extension of the authority to expand production and to stabilize prices, wages, and rents. "Fifth, improvement of our agricultural laws, to help obtain the kinds of farm products we need for the defense effort. "Sixth, improvement of our li-bor laws to help provide stable labor - management relations and to make sure that we have steady production in this emergency. "Seventh, housing and training of defense workers, and the full use of all our manpower resources. More Doctors "Eighth, means for Increasing the supply of doctors, nurses, (NOW TURN TO PAOE TXX) Al'MSEMENTS TODAY DON Frenchl rox DRIVK-N Summer Stock JOY All about Ev JOY DRIVE-IN No Sad Songi for Ma HEX So Young, So Bad STAR Father of the Bride one of the European powers that will give him men and machine! for the army the 12-nation Atlantic community has asked him to create to fend off aggression from the east. After a quick tour of the North Atlantic treaty countries, Eisen- l alatoH to return to Washington late this month. Ht comes back here arouna mia-February to begin the task of putting into full operation his supreme headquarters allied pow" ers in Europe (SHAPE). In tones as confident as though he had 100 divisions at his command, Instead of the dozen or so ready for him to lead. Eisenhower declared yesterday: "Aroused and united, there Is nothing which the nations of the Atlantic community cannot achieve. Let those who might bt tempted to put this power to the test, ponder well the lessons of history. The cause of freedom can never be defeated. "I am here, ' he declared, "because the United States believes with the rest of the world that we have, not only the right, but the duty to protect the culture which has been spreading out through the world." Making it clear that each European member of the Altantie community "must still continut the hard core of its own defense." Eisenhower said . n amount of outside aid awna could defend Europe."

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