Las Cruces Sun-News from Las Cruces, New Mexico on July 16, 1951 · Page 1
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Monday, July 16, 1951
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OUR HOMETOWN A' rash : or accidents on local highways denotes a relaxing 1 of vigilance, on the part of'motorists. The only way to keep the death toll do\vn is to drive carefully. News »H MO£PfNDENf OWIY AND SUNDRY NEWSPfiPEA. SERVING SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO THEWEATpER L A S C H U C K S ^ A R E A : P a r t l y , cloudy tnday,.toni(fhfand TucK'lay: Occnsional thunderstorms; L a s t " 24 hours: Las Crtlces.99-68; Statt College 117-66; Rain Saturday: Lns Crttccs, trace; College .08. VOL. 71^-No. 87 ASSOCIATED PRESS LEASED WIRE LAS CRUCES. NEW MEXICO, MONDAY EVENING, JULY 16, 1951, CENTRAL PRESS PICTURES PRICE FIVE CENTS North County Schools Are Merged With Hatch ·--.-- -- ~., · " ^^^^ . · -. · Kansas Floods Destructive Peak KANSAS CltY, July 16 (if) -The twin cities of Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kans., np- parenlly arc winning their fight to contain a disastrous flood that has inundated four industrial districts,, but a. ranging fire that ·started 72 hours ago .still burned unchecked today, ' "" Although the crest-of the flood was well down the Missouri river, water .stood as much as. 15 feel deep in the major-flooded areas.' The prospect was'that that relief would come slowly. As Kansas City operated on a state of emergency, these developments highlighted the picture: How Over Guard 1. .Missouri's governor and lieutenant governor got into a row over whether the National Guard should be called out to aid the stricken city. 2. The House in Washington approved a ?25 million 'relief bill to Rid the stricken-areas. 3. President'Truman decided to fly west tomorrow to make a personal survey of the flood-ravaged areas. 4. Kansas City business operated on sharply restricted hours. Three hundred square blocks, including the city's main'downtown aren, were closed to privately operated vehicles. Pedestrians and puhlic transit vehicles were allowed in the area.. The action was taken to clcnr the way for emergency units. Isolate* City fi. The flood f r o m . the Ncosho river 'in southeast Kansas poured into Oklahoma, isolating the city of Miami (population 12,000). The Ifeulenarit'-'g-overhoV ordered 'Guardsmen 'out aftm- 'the 'governor left the state. Gov. Forrest Smith, now in Washington, refuser] to order out the Guardsmen yesterday before leaving Jefferson City on the ground the legislature had not appropriated funds to pay the men. lAfter city officials appeared again yesterday, Lt. Gov. James T, Blair, Jr.. as acting governor, ordered four units of the Guard on duty in Kansas City. Twin furies of fire and flood lashed at Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City, Kans., for the fifth consecutive day. x · Four industrial district were under water. Transportation was crippled. The water supply was curtniled. A seven-block fire burned fiercely and destructively -- as is has since last Friday. Rivers Ueeedft In eastern and central Kansas, the swollen Kansas river and its tributaries receded generally .permitting some of the thousands of homeless to return to mud-caked arras. More than 75,000 persons in both slates were driven from their homes. Many of the towns still'lacked power and water facilities/ Eastward' in Missouri, the Mis- sotiriViyer crest rolled toward (he central part of the state. Its destructive power was still there, but there were no great industrial' cities in its path. Still Dig Out Towns along tlnj river are still digging^out of a flood that hit earlier this month. All vehicular bridges between Kansas City and St. Charles are closed because of high water. Seventeen deaths have been caused by the gigantic flood. Gen" Lewis A. Pick, chief of the Army engineers, said it appeared the cost will run considerably over the $500 million he estimated on (Continued on page four) " r OIL STOBAGE TANKS at Topeka, set ablaze after a burning service station lank sent flaming gasoline broadcast on flood waters burns dangerously near other tanks containing gasoline. This fire raged near the Topeka Avenue bridge over the Raw river, where rescue workers strove to evacuate people stranded by rising, waters. Death toll in the flood area reached 12 Friday. ·. ·' (International Soundphoto) UN Announces 'Progress 9 In Peace Parley With Reds New Meeting Is 'Governor Issues Cryptic Scheduled Today Comment On Coogler Case Weekend Of Violent Deaths In State Claims 12 Victims By The Assitriatrd Tress Thirteen persons died violently and at least 40 were injured in New | Mexico over a bloody week-end. Heaviest toll was at Ruidoso, where four traffic deaths were counted in 21- hours. Five others were injured. A . car-truck smashup . near Farmington . killed a Navajo Indian from Albuqncrque and fatal- ly'injured his O-mnnth-old daugh- ter'and another baby. It also in- j u i e d 17 others. One of the injured was Mrs. Larry Jim of Albuquerque, wife of the man killed. Shoi fjv after the xvreck she gave birth to' a premature baby at a Shlnrock hospital. . Eight-year-old Paul Martinez of Gcliup slipped from a truck driv- More thun 10 minor auto :ic- cldents .were uhe.rkt*(t in Dona Ana county over thu weekend, hut none ivcru serious. State Police ami sheriff's officers, whit investigated th« Imlk (if thn mishaps, said most were fender-tangling in two- car accidents, and a few ni- portahlc one-car wrecks. No imts WHS seriously Injured in tiic county In traffic sincu Friday night. City police cho.rkcd n ntiin iter nf nccidciils on lorn I streets bringing the number to between 15 and 20 rrportrd over llni "Imsirst weekend we've lint! in tn:tny nionlhs." dfficers repurtccl. Mexican Worker Killed By. Train In Cruces Sunday "Dona Ana county's first train- pedestrian victim in 1951 was re- cordcd-e^cli'.-Sunda^jiiorning. The victim was Daniel Rojas, .*!0- year-old Mexican national, whose body was found' on the ATKI* 1 right-of-way between the Picncho street 'viaduct and Parker road about daylight Sunday. Rojns was believed to have been struck by either a north-bound freight train passing through the city shortly after S a.m., or by train No. 13, southbound passenger, whose fireman fireman sighted the body at 5:45 a.m. Reports Accident. The fireman, E. E. Angel, El Paso, reported to city policeman Ruben Flores at 5:50 a.m., that there was "a man lying by the track about a half-mile back." Floret checked and found the body of Rojas lying- within IS inches of the track on the east side. Officers notified State. Patrolman Jerry Brunk to Intercept the train at Mcsilla Park! Rojas' body was not mangled. He had a deep skull fracture, and leg injuries. From all appearances lie died instantly. Dr. Lcland S. j Evans, called to the scene after! Sheriff's department officers took j en by his father at Gallup and | over the investigation, pronounced was crushed to death under its} the man dead upon his ariival. wJeelp Friday. · | Curries Britain Advises America Againsl Pad WitliSpain LONDON. July 16 OB -- The Foreign office disclosed today I3ri- l a i n 1ms advised the U n i t e d States against entering any military arrangements with Generalissimo Franco's Spanish regime. Informed diplomats said, -however, the U.S. seems tajte disregarding Britain's advisft."- In the background "wiia tlepar-. lure from Washington, nf A rim. Forrest P. Sherman, U'.S. Chief of Naval Operations, for a l o u r of Europe which will include Spnin. Sherman -WPS to discuss with the Spanish 'military men matters of mutual interest. Britain hiis b e e n - i n touch with France, on the matter of U.S. Naval and air bases in Spain. French Officials in Paris'said France opposed the idea-of American bases in Spain as "politically unwise." A French government official said Paris was told last February of U.S. plans to acquire such bases. The feeling has been expressed in Paris and London that any U.S.- Spanish military arrangements would' give Spain a place in the A t l a n t i c Pact alignment, however obliquely, and there is strong feeling in both Britain and France n- gainst inclusion of Franco's regime in western defense arrangements. me." the Governor made one cypUe ! tion would lie hired fur the job. By Hie Associated Press MUNSAN, Korea, July 1C ri -(United Nations negotiators reported ; - "some progress' today in Korean war cease-fire talks, held in a friendly atmosphere with Communist delegates. Tt was the first formal annouu- c~ement of progress. Negotiators arc still working on the agenda. It may be "2-1 hours or 24 days" before the agenda Is completed and actual negotiations on armistice terms get under way, a spokesman said. Held In luiCBung Two 55-minutu sessions wore held Monday in neutralized Kaesong. The next · meeting was scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday (G p.m. Las Cruces. time Monday.) There wasn't an armed Communist visible within half a mile of the house where talks were held. "It is much better nuw that we sire not . surrounded by guards," said Vice Adm. C. Turner Joy, chief U.N. delegate. "The Communists have fulifill- ed their agreement with respect to the neutrality of the cimfurenco i the Colorado n t n t c prison, situ," A U.N. communique said, j Warden Roy Best said the hrunk "in ( h a t - n o armed personnel was was engineered hy five eonvlcts. most of them serving long terms fo" murder nnd robliery. Guards armed with high-powered rifles and .submachine guns cornered the five convlcia in a ccllhousc and flushed them out with tear pas. Surrender Weapons · The convicts first tossed nut their weapons -- one ..'t8 caliber automatic pistol nnd four knives Governor Edwin Mechem today insisted "it'll news to me" t h a t a private investigator will be lured to probe the two-year-old unsolved dcatli of Ovida "Crickutl* Cooler at Las Cruces In 19-iE', 1 according to Associated Press. State Police Chief Juu Roach j cinor find other two bun i d mem- said he had no knowledge of surh j bcrs hud rumiidered hiring a spe- a move but added t h a i any such i i-lal investigator to work on the hiring'would be authorized by the Coopler case. He added, ho State Police Board. That board is composed of Governor "Edwin Mechem. Charles Fischer of Clovis, and .Theodore Van Soelen of Santa Fe. Although insisting "it's news lo remark lo newsmen today: "Maybe sunm one has been reading my mind or my mall!" Medium refused lo say what he n u m n t by that remark. Rd;ich .said hu believed t h e gov- thai he had no idea how f u r the plan had been considered. Mechem's ami Roach's comments tndiy followed publication of » newa brief by the Santa Fe New Mexican Hint n special invc.sLiga- Guards Wounded In Latest] Colorado Prison Break Try CANON CITY. Colo., J u l y 16 l.Vi j i, y convicts in an a t t e m p t e d brenk. -Two prison guards were w o u n d - 1 ' A rew ,, ,. lt(1| . a R , m n , W33 ed f n r l n y In an a t t e m p t e d b r e a k . ;:ov(!1 . (ilv hcllten hv ., pri!HmpI . w]lo which wna quickly put down i n ; ncrusp ;, him of U p p l n B ,, rf Mlo pl(ll ;erved." Rud Mi's Patrol Armed Red military police were in the war-battered city. They were there by agreement readied Sunday. Some -smiled »t the second group of 20 U.N. newsmen to go into the city. Others scowled. The negotiations t h e m s e l v e s were conducted In a form;'I atmosphere across a green-topped table in a secluded conference room. "Bui is was not a foniitlity that would prevent an agreement," said Lt. Col. Howard S. Levie of New staff officer who York, a U.N. was present. 1 ' '· Everyone was* more friendly today than ever before." Spirits High The two Chinese generals on the five-man d e l e g a t i o n especially j seemed to be in good spirits at the afternoon session. "The Chinese smiled when they came back into the conference room," Levie said. "They nodded Jo General Cralgie" -- Maj. Gen. L. C. Craigie, one of the five U.N. delegates. "Maybe," the spokesman suggested, "the Communists have if tipping ; lo prison authorities. I The prison is about T2fl miles NoulhweBl of Denver. The Inst nmjnr outbreak there wns Her:. 110, 1948 when 12 long term c r i m i n a l s , m n d e 11 geiaw-.;. fl'wo were shot to denth. five .wounded nnd pie rest recaptured. (Juard Is Shot Guard Capi. Chat y«o WBH shot j Resolutions Passed In the back and seriously wounded Resolutions passed at Is. Voted By Three School Boards Consolidation of all schools in northern Dona Ana cuunty has been voted unanimously by three local boards of education. Only focnial approval by the state board of cduca- Uon,' expected to . rubberstamp the county decision', is yet to be-made. Consolidation resolutions were unanimously passed and signed at a joint board meeting of the Dona Ana county school board. Hatch Union high school board, nnd Hatch Municipal school bnard.' · · /The. meeting wag. held Friday night in Hatch. . The new merged district, to bi called Hatch consolidated sch-X)!:*, will be governed by a bnard to bn appointed by the state board of education. Jury Ueemiimewlitliim Consolidation at Hatch in a re| .suit of a county grand jury inves- 1 tlgation I n t t i Hchpol affairs. It asked a state survey commlttao t) review the county school administrative set-up. That survey board, headed hy state school superintendent Tom Wiley, recommended all county public nchools he placed under three administrative units. Because of topography, the survey "panel recommended all schools in the Hatch area be placed mulor out; adinintstrntivc unit. LLIS Crii- re.s schools come under another unit at Las Cruces. and the (lai drtti independent school district i mains IIH consolidated four years ago. A Navrtjo war veieran was found with his neck hacked open with an ax near Gallup, and Sheriff's officers held his brother. At Las Cruces, a Mexican-farm worker was struck and killed by a train. 14-year-old Madrid boy was wounded fatally while - shooting the mishap, with three teen-age buddies. Two Californians were hospital izcd when their cnr leaped from The farm-worker, contracted by John Tomlin,. had been carrying a bag of'groceries when struck by the train. The groceries were about ten feet south of the body. One of Rojas' shoes was sitting about 30 feet north of the body. There were no eyewitnesses to the highway near Santa Ke. three others were critically injured in an accident near Fort Sunnier, seven persons were hurt in two accidents near Albuquerque, two were injured on Los Alamos highway and a rodeo performer was (Continued on page four) Las Crucens Asked To Aid In Finding Missing Man A Now Jersey woman has solicl- tjvl tho Sun-News', help In an attempt to locate her missing father, hullevcd to be In or ntar Las Cru- C09. The missln|:. infjn's i^anic la Fititldn William Summers, usually called Bill Summers, about 47, JS fcol, six Inchoa, 140-150 pounds, chestnut colored wavy hair, cleft chin, and straight nose. His daughter, Mrs. Leon Lovett, saK her pa re nbr'separated some- timo In 10.12. Recent Information ]Mfta h«r to b«Heve hot father la In the Lns Crucca area. He had earlier been a cook, n salesman and counterman. Store than 1,200 letters have been written by Mrs. Lovett in an effort to find hor father, her letter disclosed. ,She has a daughter who 3s a victim of polio, and is most anxious for the young girl to «ec h«r grandfather. Mrs. Lovett may bo contacted at thp'public library. Beach Haven, New Jt'rse'y. If anyone nan information about a person who might be hor father, they arc urged to contact Mrs. Ixwetl, % Rojas was a contracted brncero worker whr/se home wns in £nca- tecas, Mex. Mexican Consul-General's office in El Paso was attempting to contact relatives Sunday, Removed To Mortuary The body was removed to Olra- hnm's funeral home after a coroner's inquest was called by Justice of Pence Martin Hcrrcra. C o l . G / E d d y To Be Promoted Promotion of Col. G. C. Eddy, White Sands Proving Ground commandant, to temporary appointment as Brigo'dicr Ge.neral is now being considered hy the U. S. Senate. President Truman nominated Colomsl Eddy, an A r m y ordnance officer,. on July 11. tho Associated Press told the Sun-News [his morning Presidential nominations mm.t bo approved by the Senate, which has not yet taken action in the mtitler, Farmers In Stale Get Increased Financial Aid ALBUQUERQUE, July 16 I/P» -New Mexico farmers received 1.2-15 loans totaling $2.-ISO.260 from the Farmers f Home Administration during the past 12 months. Of these, State KHA Director Gien t Grisham reports, all but a million dollars were for f a r m opera t i n g expenses. Demand for the loons continues heavy, he s;iid. ' Costs of farming hove increased greatly in recent years, Grisham said, nnd new farmers and those moving onto new irrigation projects have hnd to borrow to get started. Analyses Loiins He broke the loans down this way: Operating expenses - 1.002 loans totaling 51,440,000. Disaster -- 15 totaling $17,000. House construction or improvement -- 67 totaling $;tOO,000. Water facilities -- 58 totaling $273,735. Farm purchases -- -12 lolaiing $·148.865. During the year, payments including interest from the farmers totaled $1,750.000. Grisham said. H« pointed,out Uinl no KHA loan is available to farmery who can get credit elsewhere. CRASHKS N K A K KL PASO EL PASO, July Ifl W ·-- Kn- K l n o - f a i l u r e yesterday caused an Air Force cftigo plane with H persons oboard Lo crash-land along « highway a\\ mllcn cant of El Paso. No one was Injured seriously, - nnd then marched nut with hands upraised nnd tears stream- Ing from t h e i r eyes. Prison officials at first believed the leader of the escape plot was Harold Hathaway, who has figured In other bloody riots at the penitentiary. However, Hathaway was one of 10 convicts held in solitary confinement In the Isolation sectoi the cellhoiiKe. The five r i o t l t i K ' in today's outbreak. Another jruiml. Anton Wen-ley, was shot In F.'lday's consolidation mcelinR in Hatch Included measures that would; the leg. Wanlim Dent said tho five ring- lendorK of the '10-minnte ouU) were: Ch (tries \V. Garton, ,11, Berving H l!5-Lo 2D- year term for kidnap- ing, from Pueblo. LUR Mom, IS, life term for nmr- j ,.,,,.,, of Gnrficlrl. Snlem. Rincon, dei at Pueblo. · nnd two from Hatch. John W. Dnvifi, 31, '2Q tu .10 , Economy In afiminlstratlon forc- , years for k i d n a p i n g at Denver. | Keen under the merger vould bo John D. Henehcn-y, 21, two to effected bv not luring replacements 1--Gun ran tec present position, 1 * and tenure to county school Hutch Unlun, and Hatch municipal school employees, nnd 2 -- Ncw board recommendations to the slate honnl would Includo request for 11 representative board, w i t h one member nominated from ASK KESKKVIST HFJ-FASIC reach t his section and free men, hut were thwarted by q u i c k ] punv action of prison . officials a m i , guards. Ijitcst In Series This .was the latest In a l e c c n t j WASHINGTON. July 16 I/P -series of trouble-making episodes i A House Armed Services subcom- at the prison, which now holds m i t t c e has called for release us learned we are not. the man eaters' 1.2511 inmates. .In May guards u n - 1 noon an possible of nil reservists they wcie led to believe from their, covered a cache of weapons which serving on active military duty (Continued yn pase four) : apparently were to have hecri used involuntarily. , ,..,,..v j-. for aiding county · prisoners in an escape attempt at ; I New Mexico's Senator Anderson Believes Democrats Will Nominate Truman In 1952 resigning t the ciHisolidtitcil system ivjll gradual. * · ncluiK'H '1*81 Ml.'e* The new school district is » (Continued on page f o u r ) By .JACK HELL WASHINGTON. July 16 t/Pl -- j Senator Anderson ( D - N M ) pro- dinted today the 1952 Democratic convention will nominate President Truman again.' ·- i Anderson, who heads the Democratic Senatorial campaign committee, tofd a reporter he is s a i l s - j ficil in his own mind that unless! Condi t ions change great ly. M r. Truman · w i l l , accept and seek n second full term. On the otner nand, Senator Kerr (D-OkliO said he doos hot believe Mr. Truman wants to run again. Tills difference of opinion between staunch administration Http- portcrs illustrates the extent to which the president !wn befuddled political office hoMera -- as well as the party'w rank nnd file with his silence about f t i l u r e plans. Tmninn Moy Retire. One segment of the administration camp apparently believes that If peace is arranged In Kort'ii nml no new Communist aggression starts within the next year, the President will retire, On the other side, those who believe he will make another try for the office say any deepening world crisis la likely to convince the President the experience he lifts gained in thn White Houae in the last H!X yearn IK ncuded In the no tlon'H No. I Joh. They point also lo tho fec-t that nobody cl«o In tho Democratic party IH being given n clmncc to gfiln the national xtnturo required for the nomination, unless it i, Dwight O. Eisenhower. (Jin I m KKcnlKm-iT Some Republicans claim Eisenhower as their own hut many of the Democrats who don't w a n t Mr. Truman as t h e i r H)fi2 candidate look on the general as a possible Democratic nominee. The President's expressed in- t e n t i o n to keep StTrclary of Stiitr Acheson in tht- cnbint't despite Congressional criticism also has complicated tho presidential guessing. Some Democratic Senators who plan to seek reelection are known In have told Mr. Truman they regard Acheson as a political liability, although they support Ills politics and are not personally critical nf h i m . .Sign r.r Drrlslon To thrni, tho Picsidrnt's cnnlin* Uf l refusal to T eplaro t he SPCI o- tnry of State Is a sign he doesn't Intend to scftk another term. « Hut other lawmaker* Instat Mr. Truman has his dander up ahmit tlie attacks on Achr.ion and would be perfectly willing to lake on his critics In a campaign lo defend tho administration in which Ach- cjson Is such a vllnl cog. Anderson also said he nnlici- pales that foreign policy will be the big political Issue next year because the Republicans "have about 40 school* of thought and are going off In dlferent directions while, the Democrats arc united." Ke|Hlhl)rail Differ* Will Senator D1rk«cn ( R - I U ) , I head of Hie COP .Scnntnrial ciim- ! pnign committee, s'n'd he t h i n k s | tho big issues will be C o m m u n i s m , iiiid morality in government. Dirkson told 11 reporter many v o t e i s liclieve WIIIH- -high officlal.s "are (no soft about Communism." John L. Lewis, head of the U n i i - cd M i n e Workers, said ytwtenby that If Mr. Truman and Senator T u f t iR-Ohlo) nn? the rival candidates, it will be like choosing "between Scytla nnd CharybdiH" -- the equally deadly monster and whilrpoo) of Greek mythology. Softball, -Baa'toill-, Scheduled Tonight .Despite light showers Hoday, softball nnd Little Lcagno hose- ball originally planned for tonight will still bo pi lived -according to schedule, the SunrNewM.leunufif a li.'IO today. Scheduled in the Junior leap of t h e summer recreaUtm'tiuCtlu program Is n PC rap between C. Anthony and Shook fleeappors f G p.m. at Junior high school. i Also scheduled for (i at Lit 1 I pink IK a clash lietuee.n Culumhitt I Simiies and T u n e n t i n e Clievn»!i- ' In the Senior league. i At 7 p.m. in Lions park tiio fii." i of two Little Lyague gunies wii i l)e played. Yanks t a k e on th ! Phils In tin 1 opener, while Ki" · Sox and ALhciUuM meet In th nixhtcappcr. | Should heavier t aln* I'alb tills | afternoon, all games will be pnst- i poned. Unless Protest Filed, State Won't Control Well Drilling Unless some one protest?) against | excessive use of water from wells '· in the I^is Cmccs area, the state i will not stop into the picture. The statement was made hy | Gov. Edwin L. Mcchein to iho As-' sodated Pre.s.H in Santa !· today. And even if there should be such fitcst.s, the Governor said, it Is "oiicatlonable" If the stfttn through state «nglnocr would have any jurisdiction over tho situation itt Las Cruces. The Governor mild a 1-15 engineering survey at Las Crucos showed that most of the water underlying that area la tmh-surdtcr water from tho Klu Grande. "In reality," ho Haiti, "tho survey showed thoro Is no underground wo tor In tho I*na Crueea urea except thu Klo Grfuulo's sub aiirfnco flow. "And It la questlonnnlo If (he slate has jurisdiction them, us U does In declared underground water bnslns." Report? from Las Cruces s*j well« arc being extensively nscc to produce irrlKfllion water. COTTON A I A U K K T . Futures'finished $l.-lfi to 52.1! a halo lowflr than tho prevloui cloao. Oct. Dec. Mnrch May July Oct. a4.S6 34.7ft 34.82 3174 35.02 IM.04 34.96 34.84 31.51 34.44 33.00 32.00 32.0 32,71 (N.Nomlnat; 3i,f)2-03 34.78 34.84 34.73 · · 31.44 (. 33.6B-N

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