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Saturday, August 19, 1961
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mini Dial Di 4-6100 Dta Di 4-600 SIXTY-SIXTH YEAR KULL LEASED WIRE SERVICE OK THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STEVENS POINT, WISCONSIN. SATURDAY, AUGUST 19. 1961 COPY 6c TEN PAGES mm Woman Calmly Describes How She Killed Boys MILWAUKEE (AP) A pudgy, housekeeper sat in a Milwaukee prosecutor's office Friday night, and, without emotion, told how she suffocated two young brothers by "pressing their heads against my left jhoulder." The slaying of Donald Craig, 4, and his brother, Ronald, 2, turned into tragedy a day in which their parents, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Craig Jr., had hoped they would patch up their broken marriage. Lucille Adams, 34, the housekeeper, a pudgy brunette, was hired by Craig to care for his children after he and his wife separated about three months ago. He loft the two boys in Miss Adams' custody Thursday night when he went to work. He returned home early Friday to find them smothered and Miss Adams asleep in another room. Craig was expecting his wife to return to Milwaukee Friday for a reconciliation. She returned and found her two children dead and her husband in a state of shock. Mrs. Craig is expecting a third child In two months. Miss Adams was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after she told Dist. Atty. William J. McCauley she enveloped little Donald and Ronald t "until they went limp." sne could give no reason for her action except to say "everything went haywire." Miss Adams waived preliminary hearing before District Judge Christ Seraphim late Friday and was bound over to Municipal Court for trial under $25,000 bond She told McCauley that she woke up Ronald about 2 a.m. Fri day to caress him. "Then it happened so fast," she said, "something wanted me to hurt the kids. Just like that it happened," she added, snapping her fingers. McCauley said Miss Adams told him she got the idea to smother the children after "hearing that story on the radio." He said she apparently referred to a Dubuque, Iowa, babysitter, involved in simi lar deaths of three children. The district attorney also quoted the woman as saying she had burned the fingertips and ears of the children but claimed she did this in the hope of bringing them back to life. McCauley said that when she was 10 she smothered a cat because she hated cats. Craig, a night shipping clerk at a wholesale grocery firm, found the bodies of his sons, dressed in undershirts and shorts, lying on their beds when he came home at 9 a.m. A teddy bear, a red ball and a toy truck were on the floor between them. Craig awakened Miss Adams and asked her what happened to the children. She started to cry and he ran across the street to a grocery store to call police. While he was there his brother, Robert, 21, came to the home. Robert Craig said he found Miss Adams sitting in a chair in the attic with a butcher knife in her hand. She did not threaten him or attempt to harm herself but stared at the brother until William Craig returned to the house. The father said he led Miss Adams into the dead children's room. "I took her in there because I wanted her to remember that scene as long as she lives," Craig said. "I know I will. I only hope the Lord forgives her." Miss Adams told detectives that she "had trouble" with the boys all Thursday. They antagonized her, she said, and threw play things and some of her personal items out the second story window. Services for the boys will held Monday. be Start Digging For New Dorm Monday Excavation for the lootings of Central State College's new men's dormitory is expected to start Monday. Brush clearing has already started at the site of the 400-student building, which will be loqated on N. Reserve street, east of the CSC Fieldhouse. Contracts for the building total about $900,000. The dormitory, Central State's fourth and largest, is scheduled to be completed by September 1962. Cholera Scare Hits Hong Kong HONG KONG (AP) A handful of fresh cholera cases threw the refugee-packed British colony of Hong Kong into an epidemic scare today. ' Tens of thousands of people flocked to inoculation centers. The government said only eight confirmed and 13 suspected cholera cases had been reported but social workers said unreported cases may exceed 100. I t t: ,.- j .... 1 , i ' I r ' I Jr.' ,n-x , i f Vv.,.'- ;w i " ; 1 , . j t i ' j t : TELLS OF BOYS' DEATHS Miss Lucille Adams, 24, housekeeper for William C. Craig Jr., is led from home where Craig's sons, Donald, 4, and Ronald Dean, 2, were found strangled in Milwaukee. Deputy Inspector Harold Breier quoted her as saying she "squeezed them until they were dead." She is flanked by Dist. Atty. William J. McCauley, (left), and a detective. Three Seen n On Nelson's By HARVEY BREUSCHER MADISON (AP) The verbal pounding of a leather-lunged Democratic minority couldn't keep the Republican tax revision bill from being dropped at Gov. Gaylord Nelson's door, sales tax and all. But the barrage of words left at least three spots vulnerable to an expected veto message from the Democratic chief executive. The areas don't even in elude the three per cent sales tax which Democrats so vio lently oppose.; And that, de pending on individual politics, is the galling or guffawing part of the whole proposition Nelson's major objection to the Republican measure could well be the three per cent sales tax fea ture which Democratic party stal warts contend is not consistent with Wisconsin's tradition of keep ing taxes in line with ability to pay. But to keep from running com pletely contrary to the report of a 19-member citizens' committee he chose to make tax revision recommendations, the governor can't make the sales tax objection the key point of a veto message. "There is a growing number of economists who believe that the combined sales-income tax struc ture is not only sound and equita ble but the only practical way to finance growing expenditures," the Citizens' Tax Study Commission said at one point in its report. Under the circumstances, a blast at the sales tax would de tract proportionately from other committee findings Nelson might want to use in support of his own approach to the tax problem. With the sales tax issue pushed into the background, the GOP measure's lack of a new plan for redistributing sales tax revenues to localities stands as Nelson's strongest veto message peg. In his own appraisal of the 1961 legislative session just recessed, Nelson limited his comments on the Republican tax bill to a criti cal shot at the redistribution void. '"They refused to do anything about redistributing state shared taxes to equalize local property tax burdens, even though property taxes in some Wisconsin communities are now 10 times as high as in other communities," he said. The chief executive has said over and over again that he feels all hope of enacting a new tax distribution plan will be lost if the chance is not made at the time a major revenue overhaul is initiated. A second dislike Nelson is known to hold for the GOP measure springs from a provision calling for complete elimination of personal property taxes on manufacturers' inventories, merchants' stocks and farm livestock. The governor agrees the tax is unjust but feels a 50 per cent reduction is enough for a starter, especially since total repeal would take $73 million out of the hill and hold real property tax relief to $68 million in the biennium. That's giving the homeowner the short end of the stick, Nel son contends. The third veto" peg Democrats whittled out during legislative de bate is the total 1361 income tax forgiveness feature linked to adoption of withholding in January. Nelson wanted the forgiveness limited to the first 510.000 of earn- lings and took the position that as Veto Areas Bill Desk Tax long as the sum was the same for all it was fair to all. Republicans contended the cutoff would deal unjustly with three per cent of Wisconsin's taxpayers who earn more than $10,000. They still would face a hefty bill from the tax collector next spring. But the GOP argument and those that preceded it evoked no sympathy from the governor. Freeze Terms In Wisconsin National Guard MADISON Maj. Gen. Ralph J. Olson, Adjutant General for Wisconsin, Friday outlined the policies which will govern the strength of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. The policies, which go into ef fect immediately, generally con form with those issued earlier this week by Secretary of the Army Elvis J. Stahr, Jr. when he announced the placement of 113 National Guard and Reserve units on a priority list in con-junction with the Army's build up in view of the present Berlin crisis. The policy issued by General Olson today restricts the enlistments of non-prior service per sonnel for the next four months, extends the current enlistments of Wisconsin Army Guardsmen, and temporarily freezes all ex cept mandatory discharges of present Guardsmen. Main points outlined by Gen eral Olson were: 1. Effective immediately in the interest of maintaining and increasing the present strength of the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and continuing until further notice, discharging of Guardsmen will be restricted to those for whom discharge is man datory. In line with this provi sion, requests for transfer to the inactive Wisconsin National Guard will be held to a minimum. 2. Nonprior service personnel, already enlisted in the Wisconsin National Guard and currently awaiting orders sending them to six months active duty will have this period of active duty deferred until after Jan. 1, 1902. 3. Effective Sept. 1 until Dec. 31, 1961, enlistments of non-prior service personnel will be restricted to those individuals of less than 20 years of age. Personnel over 20 years old may be enlisted trom now until Sept 1, and after this date only qualified service personnel and former Guardsmen may be enlisted together with the under 20-year-old group. 4. Individual Wisconsin Army Guardsmen whose term of enlistment expires between Oct. 1, 1961 and June 30, 1962, will be automatically extended for one additional year of service. Johnson Promise US Vice President Cheered By Crowds Bv JACK BELL BONN, Germany (AP) son drew a tumultuous welcome today on his mission of assurance to the Germans of American support. He said the United States does not intend to retreat before Communist threats in Berlin. Flowers and flags symbolized the German reception. The vice president was welcomed on the arrival of his U.S. Air Force jet liner at Wahn Airport, 18 miles from Bonn, by Chancellor Konrad Adenauer and Foreign Minister Heinrich von Brentano. He was also greeted by U.S. Ambassador Walter B. Dowling and top members of the U.S. JLinDassy. A German honor Adenauer told Johnson the entire German nation knows what it owes to the United States. A throng of about 1,000 spec tators cheered the declarations in a statement read by Johnson: We are united in America, re gardless of parties and regard less of regions, in our concern for the German people in their present ordeal. "The endangered frontier of freedom now runs through di vided but dauntless Berlin. The Communist dictatorship has the power temporarily to seal off a Moscow Rejects US Protest MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet government categorically rejected today the U.S. protest against closing the frontier between East and West Berlin and indicated the barrier is. likely to stay there until a new Berlin arrangement is made. The note was a swift reply to the protest made two days ago by the United States along with Britain and France against East Germany's action in closing the Berlin border. border, but no tyranny can survive beyond the shadow of its evil strength." The vice president said President Kennedy and the American people are "determined to fulfill all our obligations and to honor all our commitments." "We are not provocative, neither are we frightened," Johnson declared. "The American people have no genius for retreat, and we do not intend to retreat now. From the airport Adenauer and Johnson drove directly to Adenauer's office in Palais Schaum-berg for a conference. Essentially, Johnson's mission to Bonn and Berlin is to convince Adenauer and West Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt and their followers that the United States is determined to keep Berlin free territory. This was said to be behind the President's decision to send an additional 1,500 troops to West Berlin. This move was regarded US Space Experts Set Sights On Manned Orbital Flight By HOWARD BENEDICT CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) An 88-foot Atlas missile stands on a launch pad here ready to provide a preliminary test in an all-out United States effort to send a man into orbit before the end of the year. Within a few days it is scheduled to blaze into the sky in an attempt to place an unmanned Project Mercury space capsule into orbit for the first time. The test will be a vital one. If all goes right, the capsule automatically will return to earth after one 110-minute pass around the globe. It will reach an altitude of 154 miles. Then a chimpanzee will be in serted in another capsule for a three times around-the-world trip. If he comes back safely, an American astronaut will take the same journey to follow the trail already blazed bv the Russians Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Ti-tov. Some officials of the National Aeronautics and Space Adminis tration say the manned orbit test can be accomplished before next Jan. 1. Others, less optimistic, believe it will be at least early 1362. The space agency Friday cleared a possible obstacle to manned orbit flight this year Of Vice President Lyndon B. John guard stood by. in administration quarters as demonstrating that not only was the United States willing to deposit more man power in the Berlin Bank but was capable of doing it on short notice. (See BERIN SCENE, page 9) Rural Schools To Open Aug. 28; Few Potato Vacations Most grade schools In Portage County outside of Stevens Point will open Monday, Aug. 28, according to the county superintendent's office, which also reported that "potato vacation" is now almost a thing of the past. Exceptions to the Aug. 28 opening, said Merton Peterson, county supervising teaeher, are the Mc Dill School in Whiting, the Roose velt School in Plover and the Junction City School. Classes will start Tuesday, Sept. 5, at McDill and Roosevelt At Junction City, the date is still indefinite. A new school is under construction there, and it is hoped to have part of it completed before classes begin. Potato vacation was once an annual event in just about every corner of the county where spuds were a crop of any importance. That Included nearly all of Portage County's rural schools. Classes began as early as mid-August, and then were suspended for two weeks when the late potato harvest started, usually in early October. In recent years, more of the potato crop has been concentrated on larger and fewer farms. This, plus mechanization, has lessened the need for rural youngsters' labor on family farms during the harvest period. Another factor has been mergers, creating larger schools where, in some cases, only a minority of the students are farm children. Peterson said he does not know at this time which rural schools will have a potato vacation this year, but he doubted whether there will be more than one or two of them. "Habit keeps it going," he commented. when it cancelled any additional suborbital rocket rides like those of Alan B. Shepard Jr. and Virgil I. Grissom. NASA said detailed evaluation of these two 15-minute up-and-down flights "revealed no problems which would require additional suborbital flights." The announcement said the space task group "will now devote its full energies and resources to the orbital phase of Project Mercury and to follow-on flight programs," Two more Redstone rockets remained for suborbital flights. If they had been used, scores of capsule, instrumentation and tracking personnel would have been tied up. Now they are free to work on the orbital program. The Atlas will be on trial in the upcoming shot. Four times it has come to the launch pad with a Mercury capsule. Three times it failed causing months delay in the project. One of the failures occurred on the only previous effort to propel the capsule into orbit The Atlas blew up 30 seconds after liftoff, but a rocket escape system pulled the capsule free and it will be re-flown next week. Since that April 25 explosion, technicians have worked carefully with the Atlas, Ironing out diffi- culties. In military tests, the Atlas ives 3 I 1 -! 1 , i . , it j . ' :'-J ft t n m,.. " . .A,: ' . - 00 N.w . k ---; " -V"' WALLS FOR BERLIN EAST-WEST BORDER Workers protected by East German police start building wall of concrete blocks along the sector border dividing East and West Berlin. Li e Can Be Chaotic Al ong Berlin's Red Wall EDITOR'S NOTE Lynn Heinzerling, AP's Pulitzer prize-winning foreign correspondent, observed and wrote about Berlin 1n Hitler's day. Now he's back. And here's what he has found. By LYNN HEINZERLING BERLIN (AP) It is pure chaos in Harzerstrasse. Everything north of Harzerstrasse is in Communist-ruled East Berlin. But the street Berlin. The people living along have had the best of two worlds. Their back doors opened up on the bounteous life of Then a group of grim workmen nailed shut every door on Harzerstrasse and plastered brick walls inside the doors. Other workmen put rather ugly concrete walls across the end of the three side streets leading into Harzerstrasse from the north. Several hundred people living in the four-story apartment buildings along the street were consigned to the restrictions of Communist living. Communist police and soldiers took up positions on nearby roofs to see that nobody tried to jump out of windows. They also took up positions behind the walls in the street. And they laid barbed wire in one flower bed at a corner where the occupants might possibly jump six feet from a balcony to freedom. A little farther along the street Communist soldiers took up posi tions in some gardens, clumping through the neat cabbage patches and the petunias. All this resulted has worked wonders. But troubles develop when the large capsule with lines not aerodynamically smooth is placed on top. To solve these problems, the upper section of the Atlas, where it is mated to the spacecraft, has been strengthened. If the unmanned capsule, chimp and astronaut shots are success ful, the space agency plans several more orbit tests to determine man's ability to perform useful functions in the weightlessness of space travel. Maximum capacity of the Atlas capsule combination is 18 orbits, one more than the 23-hour flight taken by Titov earlier this month. Beyond Mercury lies Project Apollo, a plan to send a three-man spaceship to the moon by 1970. While the Merucry program nears its critical stage, President Kennedy Friday signed a hugh appropriation bill that provides $1,671,730,000 for NASA, one-fourth of it for the m a n-on-t he-moon project. The space agency also continued its search for launch fabrication and test facilities and a flight center for the proposed lunar shot Cape Canaveral and the Pacific missile range in California are among seven launch sites under consideration. A decision is ex- peeled within a week or 10 dayi. ermans No Retreat V"V -V - i and sidewalks are m West the north side of the street West Berlin apparently from the fact that Harzerstrasse was a popular exit for fed-up East Berliners early in the week. The blocked-up doors and the new walls at the intersections attracted crowds all day. And the young "people's police" and sol diers on the other side of the walls took a lot of heckling. "Yesterday 10 of you men came over," shouted a man from the capitalist side of the wall. "Maybe there'll be more." "Maybe, said one of the soldiers. An aged and bent little lady who had come 25 miles to see a friend couldn't get in the house to see her. The friend was sobbing from a third floor window. A Communist polkeman blandly told the old lady to walk to the nearest authorized entry to Communist Berlin, a walk of about four miles. "You must be crazy," a West German shouted at him. "Can't you see she's not going to start a revolution." Along the street there were similar scenes. One woman shouted up at the third floor of an apartment: "Tell Elsa to come to the window." "I suppose that's permitted," she said to a soldier with a submachine gun. The 18-year-old soldier smiled wanly. Another woman shouted ("Tell Auntie to get through Elsenstrasse and come over." Auntie lives across the street and Elsenstrasse is about two miles away. Neighbors said they knew of one communist living in tne ar- fected buildings. He dropped a flower pot from the third floor on demonstrating West Berliners last Sunday, they said. He also is the only man in the building with a television set, they stated, as though this proved he was a Communist. A West Berlin policeman who had been watching the antics of the Communist forces all day shrugged and said "othrr countries, other customs." He said many of the soldiers across the wall were not Berliners. He said the East German sol diers seemed to be depressed and would not talk with him. He looked down the pleasant shaded street and sighed. The new wall, described by some West German policeman as the "Chinese Wall," is made of concrete building blocks, nearly six feet high. Iron bars have been inserted along the top for holding barbed wire. The wall is not continuous, but is laid acrost every street or vacant area which might be an escape exit. At Potsdamerplatz, once one of the busiest intersections in Berlin, the wall stretches across Pots-damerstrasse and Bellevuestrasse which lead into West Berlin. Crowds gathered there and asked the soldiers on the other side whether they intended to build it any farther. There was no answer. The police were using it to duck from photographers. "They're not unfriendly," a West Berlin policeman said. "They just aren't allowed to talk." The lady who runs a small shop with cheap dresses and cosmetics at Potsdamerplatz had a bad day. She said she had a good many customers from East Berlin and usually did a business of $250 daily. At 5 p.m. today she had taken in 35 cents. Another unhappy German was the driver of a tractor who was working the day before on a building site on Lindenstrasse. The wall across Linden Street trapped his huge tractor and the People's Police said he couldn't remove It because it would involve knocking down the wall. "That property is owned by a Swiss, too," the driver mused, as though Swiss neutrality should somehow protect him. Jet Bomber Crashes, One Killed, Two Survive HASTY, Colo. (AP) An Air Force B47 jet bomber with four persons aboard crashed early today near the John Martin reser voir on the Arkansas River in southeastern Colorado. The Air Force said one occu pant of the plane was killed, two survived and one was missing. The bomber, which normally carries a crew ot three, crasnea about 7 miles south and 5 miles east of Hasty, a village north of the reservoir. The plane was from Davis-Mon-than Air Force Base at Tucson, Ariz. Authorities there said it was learned that the two survivors had ejected from the plane and were in good condition at a hospital at Lamar, Colo. Moscow Bound TOKYO (AP) President Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana left Communist China for Moscow today after signing trade and friendship treaties with Peiping. The Weather Wisconsin Fair northwest showers and thundershowers ending and becoming fair southeast today. Cooler east and south today. Fair and cooler tonight Sunday fair and pleasant. High today mostly in the 70s. Low to night 43-53 north 54-60 south- Stevens Point Temperatures Yesterday's maximum, 85. Last night's minimum, 60. 11 a.m. today, 64. Precipitation, 3S inch.

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