The Montgomery Advertiser from Montgomery, Alabama on September 18, 1958 · 1
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Thursday, September 18, 1958
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The "Weather Montgomery: Considerable cloudiness, with scattered thun-rJershowers Thursday morning, clearing in the afternoon. Predicted high 80, low 72. High Wednesday 93, low 73. (Details, Weather Map, Page 2A.) 131st Year-No. 224 .NEWS FLASHES By Telephone) Direct From Newsroom Of Advertiser-Journal Dial AM 5-8246 Fall Day, Night and Sunday Serrie By Tka Aseiated Frcaa 3Moiitgomery, Ala., Thursday Morning, September 18, 1958 32 Pages Price 5 Cents Me 1 Z M c omnussion Balks Parks Integration City Turns Down Negroes' Petition To Lift Race Bar A petition by 120 Negroes seeking the integration of Montgomery city parks was denied by the Board of Commissioners here! Wednesday. I The second bid for integration of Oak Park and other city parks met with a statement from the City Commission that "no inte grated parks will be operated by the commission." The petition which . was filed here late Tuesday with the commissioners by Atty. Solomon S. Seay. requested a hearing before the board for the petitioners to present" their views on the issue of integrating the parks. In denying a hearing and rejecting the petition, the commissioners vowed once again to "close all parks if necessary to prevent racemixing." OTHER PETITION DENIED A similar petition was denied here Aug. 25 by the City Parks and Recreation Board. Seay was unavailable for comment, but another Negro leader, the Rev. Ralph Abernathy had said earlier that his people were ready to go to court if city authorities denied their request. Heading the list of petitioners were the names of Coretta S. King and Juanita J. Abernathy. According to the city directory, one is the wife of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and the other is the wife of the Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy. Both men took leading roles in the Montgomery bus boycott here two years ago. Upon rejecting the petition, the board issued a joint statement Wednesday which stated: WOULD CLOSE ALL "A similar petition has been received by the Parks and Recreation Board. At that time the conl mission announced that it would not operate any integrated parks and if neccessary, would close all parks." "The commission will not operate any integrated parks. Under the circumstances we see no need for a hearing on the matter." ! The rejected petition contended that the city is "enforcing, executing and pursuing a policy, practice, custom and usage of denying to petitioners and all Negroes similarly situated admission to the use of Oak Park and the other 11 or more parks . . . solely be cause of "their race and color." The petition requested that: 1." The policy, practice, custom and usage of denying to petitioners and all other Negroes similarly situated admission to and the unrestricted usage of the public - parks now provided, owned operated, supervised and main-(See PARKS, Page 2A) Hpbbs Protests Code Voiding 'Insurable Interest' Barrier A Montgomery attorney warned here Wednesday that a proposed new insurance code, as now written, would in effect set aside a decision by the state Supreme Court which stemmed from the Dennison murder case in We- tumpka. Truman Hobbs, the attorney, in appearing before . a legislative committee conducting hearings on the code, referred to a sec tion relating to insurable interest Hobbs suggested an amend ment . which would require insurance companies to determine if there was an insurable interest between the person buying the policy and the beneficiary. He also recommended an additional safeguard which would Redstone Hits 33rd Bullseye CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) A powerful Redstone, the free v.-orld's only combat-ready ballistic missile and reportedly the first to explode a nuclear warhead, blasted away Wednesday on another successful space test. The Army announced it was the 33rd bullseye scored by the 250-mile war weapon in two years. Only, three Redstones have gone awry in that time. The shoot was part of the close-out phase of tests for the Army's workhorse medium-range ballistic . missile. It has been reported that the reliable Redstone was the missile that fired two nuclear warheads high above the Pacific during the summer series of atomic tests rear Johnson Island. Winter in Miami is for the birds you'll like it too travel Trallways. thru, schedules, low, low faraa. Phone AM 4.5326. UdT.) iv ' r Y I I r v V , '.: J --'h ''Nvj Hi -.V ::... W: w - J . , - .jnr , ', f ..jrjr BRANCH POST OFFICE DEDICATED HERE The Boylston Branch of the Montgomery Post Office was dedicated in ceremonies Wednesday afternoon. Shown at the ceremonies are (left to right) Robert L. Roberts, superintendent of the Boylston Branch: George C. Harris, regional operations director of Memphis, Tenn.; and Postmaster Cha-rles D. Moore. The Robert E. Lee High School Band performed for the ceremonies. The Boylston - Branch, located at 510 Johnson Ave., contains some 2,100 square feet of interior space. REOPENING SOUGHT Private Set Up LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) A group of Little Rock citizens formed the Little Rock Private School Corp. Wednesday, the first move to reopen the high schools and operate them as private in stitutions using state funds. The action was taken with the prior knowledge of Gov. Orval E. Faubus, who closed the schoo's The group of incorporators, five men and a woman, includes Dr, Malcolm G. Taylor, a member of the board of the segregationist Capitol Citizens Council. Presumably, although it was not explicitly stated, the group will attempt to operate the schools on a segregated basis a move that lawyers expect will be immediate ly challenged by the U.S. govern ment. The Arkansas Democrat said it is "a safe assumption that this is part of the governor's plan to set up private schools in Little Rock. Circuit Judge J. Mitchell Cock rill signed the petition to incorpor ate, giving the organization legal sanction to operate. The corporation set forth that its purpose is to operate private schools by lease or other means; that the corporation may accept tuition, gifts, and other forms of income. The six members of the corpor ation are: Dr. T. J. Raney, Pulas ki County health officer; Mrs. Gordon P. Oates, Democratic nominee for state representative; Dr. Malcolm G. Taylor; J. C. Mitchell, of the State Merit Coun cil, which examines Civil Service cases; Ben C. Isgrig. retired busi require the consent of a parent or guardian before a policy could be taken out on the life of a person under 21 years of age and unmarried, if such a policy is taken out by a third party. Hobbs was the attorney for the parents of two children murdered by Mrs. Earl Dennison in We-tumpka several years ago. Mrs. Dennison was given the death penalty for administering fatal (See INSURANCE, Page ZA) Steve Allen Sees LETTER TO Television star Steve Allen, in a letter to a prominent Selma man, has expressed "grievous concern" that some Southerners might object to seeing Negroes perform on television. In the same letter, the. comedian said he felt it would be an "encouraging sign of the nation's maturity" if people devoted less time to television and more to reading and spiritual contemplation. Allen's latter was written to Walter H. Craig of Selma, who earlier had written the TV personality protesting his entry into the celebrated Jimmy Wilson case. Allen was one of the thousands of persons who wired Gov. James E. Fol-som, urging him to spare the life of the Negro. In writing Allen, Craig enclosed a clipping from The Montgomery Advertiser in which it was mentioned that TV fans who had ceased to watch Ed Sullivan's show on Sunday nights because of the prominence given Negroes might now choose to cease watching Allen. The two shows are on at the same time, but on different channels. Allen, in his five page letter, commented School Company For Little Rock nessman; and Herschel Goodman, a businessman. The incorporators are scheduled to hold their first meeting Thurs day. The articles described the corporation as a nonprofit association to be operated for the following purposes: "To establish, conduct. and SUPPLIES TRICKLE IN Reds Move To Hammer TAIPEI, Formosa (AP) The Chinese Communists opened up on Quemoy with heavy artillery and deep-penetration shells Wednesday in what appeared to be a new attempt to smash Nationalist gun positions. Previous heavy shellings were aimed at blasting supply vessels coming ashore at Quemoy or at Nationalist troops. By Nationalist count, the Reds dropped in 8,333 shells on the Nationalist offshore islands up to 6 p.m. The last 52-minute bombardment of more than 1,200 shells was aimed at Qiiemoy. Other targets were Little Quemoy and the Tan islets. The Nationalist military infor mation service said that Tuesday's heavy bombardment of Quemoy killed 11 civilians and wounded 22 others, 9 seriously. The bombardment did not halt the Nationalists' trickle of sup plies to Quemoy. Two LSTs Landing Ship, Tank unloaded cargo Wednesday and backed off the beach undamaged. The guns now being used by the Reds were described by National ist ordnance experts as 204mm. and 212mm. weapons, as corn- ADVERTISER TODAY Clai. Ad S-7D Comic -7B Movlrs 7B Obituaries IA Crossword iA Tassinc Throne SD Editorial - 44 Society 2-SB Leaal Notices SO Sports ... . - -- Local Radio-TV A Weather Map 1A: Markets 4-JD Tucker 4a ' Columnists: Alsop, DaTldson ALABAMIAN VOICES CONCERN ALLEN maintain private schools of the highest educational standards in the City of Little Rock, County of Pulaski, State of Arkansas, where students may obtain an education comparable to that obtainable in the Class A public schools of this state, including the extracurricu lar activities normally enjoyed by (See LITTLE ROCK, Page 2A) In Biff Guns At Quemoy pared to the 152mm. artillery previously aimed at Quemoy. The smaller artillery spattered the island with antipersonnel shells which burst into fragments. The new, bigger guns use deep-penetration shells. Apparently the Reds hope these will silence the underground gun emplacements from which the Nationalists are returning the fire. At last report, most of the Na - (See FORMOSA, Page 2A) Negro Parents' Plea Denied On Harlem Pupil Placement ALBANY, N.Y. UPh The state boards unless asked to do so by education commissioner refused the boards, or in the case of a Wednesday to intervene in a con- formal appeal under the state troversy between a group of Negro parents and New York City school officials over assignment of children to heavily Negro schools. The parents of nine seventh-graders had asked commissioner James E. Allen Jr. for a hearing on the dispute, and a state investigation of conditions in Harlem schools. The parents have refused to send their children to the schools, which have enrollments almost entirely of Negroes. - Allen wrote the parents attor- neyf paui r Zuber, that it was i- . i j i i i : a " i"e ucHuicma piatuce iu interfere in matters under the jurisdiction of local education Diversions From it as much on the clipping as he did the Wilson case. "WE NORTHERNERS are perhaps in some ways more naive than we realize in regard to the matter of race relations." Allen wrote. "You see, we have been assuming all along that what a certain number of Southerners objected to was going to school with Negroes, or sitting near them on a streetcar, or eating with them in restaurants, or coming into other forms of social contact with them, and in a certain sense we find these objections understandable, although we do not share them and do not think them Christian and fair." "There are, after all, perfectly practical reasons why some of us object to social contact with others," he continued. "I, for example, should not want to sit next to any man, black or white, whose smell I found offensive. Nor would I want to eat in a restaurant near a man who was intoxicated and boisterous. Nor would I want to spend time in the company of a fanatic, whatever his color." "But it now develops (assuming that the attitude exposed by this editorial is to a degree representative) that the issue of social contact is really of only secondary importance," he wrote. "All the talk about restaurants and schools and buses is almost beside the point. For the point, bared in all its horror in this Court Writs Hint More Closures Two Virginia Areas Handed New Orders To Integrate Schools RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Federal court decisions firmed integration orders in two localities Wednesday and led to the immediate prospect of closure of two more Virginia schools. Chief Judge Simon E. Sobeloff of the U.S. 4th Circuit Court refused at Baltimore to stay a decree admitting two Negroes to Charlottesville's Lane High and 10 to Venable Elementary School at the scheduled opening of classes Monday. Thus 1,700 Charlottesville white pupils 1,050 of them at Lane High near the University of Virginia almost certainly will mark time further under state law which would close the schools rather than permit integration. DATE DELAYED The Baltimore judge's action followed that of U.S. Dist. Judge Albert V. Byan in the Arlington school case. Bryan ordered the admission of four Negroes to Stratford Junior High School but he put off the starting date until January, removing the populous county south of Washington from the immediate threat of state school closure. Bryan turned down the applications of 26 other Negro pupils to various white schools. John S. Battle Jr., son ot a former governor and Charlottesville School Board attorney, appeared resigned to seeing Char lottesville's only white high school and the elementary school remain closed. Other city schools have opened but the start of classes at Lane and Venable were deferred until next Monday until the courts acted. Battle said he expected the next step would be for Gov. J. Lindsay Almond Jr. to take over the two schools as he "did Friday in the case of Warren County High School which was ordered integrated. The Charlottesville attorney said he saw no reason for a school board meeting and doesn't plan to ask for one. "Stay orders are, not granted as a matter of course," said Sobeloff in announcing the refusal, "but only for good cause shown." He said there wasn't enough pause shown for him to interfere !with the integration order of U.S Dist. Judge John Paul. education law. Allen said he would be willing to meet with Zuber but advised him that his protest should be submitted to the New York City Board of Education. By state law, there Is no segregation in public schools. In New York City, however, neighborhood racial patterns sometimes result in student' bodies made up chiefly of one race. The Harlem parents want their children assigned to better integrated schools outside the city's predominantly Negro section. They contend those schools provide better educational programs. In a telegram to Allen, Zuber (See HARLEM, Page 2 A) OVER OBJECTION TO NEGRO editorial, is that some of you do not even want to see the faces of Negroes on your television screens, do not even want to regard them in the safe sterility afforded by a thousand miles of television cable, and do not, one presumes, particularly desire to see them continue as inhabitants of those parts of the planet upon which we are permitted to live." COMMENTING FURTHER on The Advertiser clipping, Allen said the one part of the article that pleased him was the conclusion, which suggested that those who did not care to watch either the Allen or Sullivan TV shows might read a good book or go to church. "I would consider it a most encouraging sign of the nation's maturity if people watched television less and instead devoted their leisure time to reading or spiritual contemplation," Allen said. "In fact, it is not unlikely that truly good books or good sermons would expose them to precisely the sort of ideas that are most needed in the present difficulty." Turning to the Wilson case, Allen insisted he did not feel the Negro should go free but "only that he (Gov. Folsom) commute his death sentence." "The alternative, as I understand it, is life Imprisonment, a terrible fate under any circumstances but the more so in Alabama which C ' V . -fi I " . .-.,.. ...Hum ..I. I ?. ir 111 ( t . . itti f t!l5-' . 1 . r 'iiswfj It l v . Jt , M - villi i - CREW WORKS TO CLEAR TRACK AT SPRAGUE Wrecking Equipment Used To Remove Twisted Debris 70 CATTLE KILLED 44 Freight Cars Wreck 10 Miles South Of Here Forty-four railroad cars and five locomotives left the tracks Wednesday at Sprague Junction when Atlantic Coast Line freight train No. 115 er route from Way- cross, Ga., to Montgomery was derailed. Late Wednesday night, crews under the direction of O. V. Hor ace, Montgomery ACL superin tendent, were still busy clearing Soviets Warn Atomic Tests May Resume LONDON (AP) The Russians Thursday broadcast a threat to end their suspension of nuclear weapons tests unless the Western nations quickly follow their ex ample. The Soviet suspension of tests was announced by Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko March 1. He said at the time the Soviet Union would consider itself free to end the suspension if the other nuclear powers the United States and Britain did not join in. Gromyko did not indicate then how long the Soviet Union would wait. Radio Moscow declared Thurs day. "The Western Powers are simply forcing the Soviet Union to take back its word. The Soviet Union pledgee in (See SOVIETS, Page 2A) U.S. Jury Returns 22 True Bills Here The federal grand jury reported 22 true bills with the same num ber of indictments in U.S. Dis- t r i c t Court in Montgomery Wednesday. The grand jury, which opened its fall session Monday, also re ported seven no bills. One case was continued with the permis sion of the court. North South East or West head tor the one vou like best via Trallways. Phone AM 4-5326. atT TV 'Good Sign' 'Ml I Photo By CHARLES MOORE wreckage from the blocked main line. One source said some 70 cattle being carried in two cars were killed or later dispatched by members of the Montgomery SPCA. Cars not derailed in the crash stretched for about a mile down the track. In all, some 145 cars were reported connected to the five diesel engines, which were derailed and plowed their way to less than 150 feet from an oc cupied farmhouse at 11:45 a.m. Cause of the wreck was not an nounced immediately pending an investigation by company offici' als. Apparently, most of the 44 de railed cars piled up on the five engines. A number of them actual ly came to rest on top of the engines. A wrecking car and crew were busy on the scene Wednesday night. Superintendent Horace said he hoped 'the tracks would be clear for traffic by 7 a.m. Thursday. A railroad spokesman said another wrecker and crew were en route from Waycross, Ga., and were expected to arrive late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. ACL yard master M. L. Driver and W. W. Enzor, ACL train mas-(See TRAIN, Page 2A) Patterson Expected To Name Jones State Insurance Chief Gov.-nominate John Patterson is expected to announce momen tarily the appointment of Robert L. Jones of Montgomery as su perintendent of the State In surance Department during the next administration. While Patterson was not avail able for comment, it was learned that Jones had already been as sured of the key position and that an announcement to that effect would be made shortly. At one time two other Mont- PERFORMERS has a penal system that Gov. Folsom has just described as 'the worst in the world, " Allen added. ALLEN ALSO pointed out that he was not contending that Wilson was innocent but added "'there are degrees of culpability and courts traditionally take this fact into consideration when pronouncing judgment." Craig, in his letter, had asked Allen what amount should be robbed to justify the death penalty. Wilson got only $1.95 in the robbery of the white woman, and it has been this fact which attracted so much attention to the case. "I quite agree with you that Wilson should not automatically be-considered somehow more virtuous because the amount of money he stole was small, since one presumes that he would have stolen all that he could find," Allen said. "But the fact remains that down through history man has always considered the measurable ingredients of a crime, so to speak, in meting out punishment." In conclusion, Allen said that "many people feel Wilson was sentenced to the electric chair not simply because of his crime, but also because he is a Negro and the woman involved is white." "HISTORY MARCHES but slowly, but one (See ALLEN, Page 2A) Ford,UAW Okay Pact For 3 Years Agreement Reached Following Strike Of 98,000 Workers DETROIT (AP) The United Auto Workers and the Ford Motor Co. agreed Wednesday on a new three-year contract Mveral hours after some 98,000 workers walked off their jobs in plants across the nation. In announcing the settlement, the bargainers said in a joint statement that the contract was "fair to the workers, the company and the American public." UAW President Walter Reuther said the union would get "atop the strike situation as quickly as we can but explained that local problems would have to b settled in certain plants before the walkout is ended completely. PAY BOOSTS The new Ford contract called for pay boosts, increased pensions, severance pay, cost-of-liv ing and improvement-factor al lowances, compensation for thope on short work weeks and extended supplemental unemployment pay. The Ford settlement was ex pected to set a pattern for new contracts in the entire auto industry. BARGAINING SESSIONS Reuther told newsmen that he would appear at bargaining sessions later this week but declined to say whether he would join the talks with General Motors or Chrysler. As with Ford, Reuther said, "We will not hesitate to set a strike deadline with the other members of the Big Three auto companies if it becomes necessary." Shortly after the agreement was announced. Louis G. Seaton, GM vice president, said in a statement: "I would like to congratulate both parties for arriving at an accord. I. know it took a lot of hard work. I see no reason why with hard work and sincerity of purpose around the bargaining table that at GM too our people cannot look forward to a long period of labor peace and stability. We would not want to comment on the Ford settlement until we have an opportunity to study the terms of it." The settlement brought a similar reaction from Chrysler. John D. Leary, vice president and manager of personned said the agreement "naturally will have a bearing" on its talks with the UAW. What effect the cost of improved worker benefits might have on the price of Ford's 1959 models was a matter Bugas said would have to be settled by the company's board of directors gomery men had been considered in the running for the same job insurance executive Spencer Longshore and State Rep. Wilbur Nolen. However in recent weeks it has become apparent Jones was the likely choice. During the past 10 days Jones has been a regular observer of the public hearings being conducted on a proposed new state insurance code. When asked if he was Patterson's official representative at the hearings, Jones smiled and conceded he was taking some notes that would be delivered to the next governor. The 51-ycar-old Jones, a native of Phenix City but a resident of Montgomery (3545 Gaston Ave.) for the past 15 years, was an active supporter of Patterson in the recent Democratic primary elec tions. He took a leave of absence from his job as personnel director for Preferred Life Assurance Society, to work during the cam-(See JONES, Pace 2A) ROBERT L. JONE3 Insurance Chief? Tr -' - , , - s ' - - . V - - -,... s, ' .. ' :- ? t ft

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