The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 18, 1950 · Page 2
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 2

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 18, 1950
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TUMDAY, APRIL 18, BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE TWO Love Called Motive For Bomb Planting Aboard Airliner • LOS ANQELES, April 18. W)—Love-for » pretty rod-haired airline itevartiess was idvanccd today by police as it motive for the action of i young father who sought to destroy his family by planting a time bomb on an airliner carrying them and 13 other persons, Police Lt. C. E. Ream said that* :— Death Removes Man from Iron Lung After 19 Years of Polio Treatment M!s» Betty Suomela of Hermosa beach told him that she was In love with John Henry Grant, 32, and that:,at the.approximate time yesterday that he placed Hie bomb on an United Air Lines DC-3, she thought he was appearing In court getting,* divorce from his wife. Too Many Stewardess The stewardess, who Is not employed'! by United, told Ream that Grant led here to believe that he would many her after the divorce. Ream Questioned the stewardess after Grant drove her car to the airport. Ream said he was convinced that the stewardess was In no she would be released. Grant.lost his nerve at the last moment 'and no one was injured- Just as the blue and silver United Airline* DC-3 was about to leave Los . Angeles Internationa! Airport for San Diego yesterday, Grant ran to the ticket counter and screamed:. "Don't let that plane take oft! 1 Just put » bag on It full of gasoline I" Suitcase Explodes At the same moment a baggage handler loading the plane out on the field dropped a heavy suitcase. .It exploded and flames flared" up. the man's eyebrows and hair. . The baggage man. Harold Mayer, Quickly extinguished the flames and tossed the suitcase out on the ground. He opened It and found an alarm clock wired to Ignite a box of matches, which in turn would explode several gallons of gasoline contained in sections of an Inner- tube.. Only a small portion of the faaollne was Ignited, however, and no one else was injured. fC.OM In Drbt Det, Ned O. Ijogdson, who arrested Grant, said the onetime topflight aviation engineer told him he WM 46,000 in debt. He quoted Grant u aaying he planned to collect I3S,000 in insurance taken out at the. airport on hts wife and two children. ....:' Det. K. B. McCreadle said Mrs. Orutt told him most of the debts Iran Incurred In connection with a paternity suit involving her hus- band In New York several years ago. "The last few weeks he's been very nice to me," McCreadie quoted Mrs. Grant. "Last week he told me to buy a new dress. I wondered why he wos being so nice. I guess this must be the answer." Grant during the war was an engineer for Douglas Aircraft Corp., specializing In DC-Gs. After the war he went to American Airlines in New York (o supervise DC-6 opera- lions and came here in 1047 ns resident engineer for American Airlines. He left American in 1348 pud for the past 11 months had been employed as a laboratory technician at Alresearch Manufacturing Co., near the airport. "I'm a Sick Man" , "I'm a sick man," Detective Logsdon quoted Grant. "I Just lost my nerve. My wife and my youngsters—it's not their fault. I'm glad It turned out this way. No one was hurt." The Grants were married eight years ago. Their daughter, Marie, Is six and their son, Robert, Is five. Capl. Ray Pinker, hend of the Los Angeles police crime laboratory, said the bomb was cleverly constructed. "There's » clock Inside It," he .said. "It is connected to batteries and a high-resistance bridge. At a set time the clock would have turned on the current and an ordinary book of paper matches wuuld have been Ignited. The bag In which the mechanism was contained was crammed with Inner tube sections filled with high oclnne gasoline. TliR matches and the gas would POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., April II Vn— Death yesterday took 32-year- old Btrdsall Sweet out of the iron lung that kept him breathing during 19 years of polio. He had lived In an Iron lung longer Hum any other human In medical history. Th« next longest case was 15 years. The young man's release came at the end of a slow decline that began last summer and grew more serious two months ago. Doctors called it "complications of lohg- eslabllshed polio." Sweet's father and mother, who spent a good part of their own lives serving their imprisoned son, were with him when he died. ' "They have been a marvelously attentive family," the physician. Dr. Scott Lord Smith, said. The \ father. Percy Sweet, Is a Beacon, I N.Y,, real estate man. Stricken When 13 Sweet was stricken with polio when he was 13 years old. While he survived the first attack, he had to stay in the lung or stop breathing. Later he was able to leave it for short Intervals, sometimes up to six hours, but always had to return. He gresv up in his .strange prison and was as normal a boy as .he 1 could he. He became a baseball and football fan. Later he made himself an expert bridge player. Many people wrote to encourage,him. One was another polio victim. Franklin D. Roosevelt. Once a relapse almost killed him. but he slowly worked his way back to what had become ."normal" for him. Other ailments, many of them aggravated by his confined, Immobile life, fastened on him. He suffered from colds, hay fever, eczema, curvature of the spine, pneumonia! eye trouble and kidney stones. At one time he and his family had hoped and planned for the future, but as the years passed, they gave It up. On Christmas In 1939 his father said: Don't Talk of Future "We don't talk about futures. We're Just going along from day lo day." A few days -before Sweet's 21st | birthday—also in 1939—it was found that hts coming of age would make have done the trick—set fire flam- j ing in the rear cargo hold." Jap Asks New Name NAGOYA, Japan. April 18. (AP) —Isamu Hondo asked the court to change his first nnme to Yasuo. "Why?" asked the Judge. 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