Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on August 4, 1952 · Page 1
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4,-' TEMPERATURE Saturday: high, 93; low, 62. Sunday: high, 92; low, 71, Lost night's low: 68. Rainfall: .64 inch. Airport noon temperature: 84. MT. VERNON REGISTER-NEWS ••••• -- IT, *. MEMBER AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATION SQUARE DEAL FOR ALL — SPECIAL FAVORS TO NONE A NON-PARTISAN PAPER WEATHEH' SOUTHERN ILLINOIS: CMis jng and cooler tonight. Tu«t* day fair and pleasant, Lo# tortight 60-65. High Tuesday 85-90. VOLUME XXXII — NO. 262 MOUNT VERNON, ILLINOIS — MONDAY, AUGUST 4, 1952 BUSES CRASH 25c PER WEEK BY CARRIER BURN 34 DIE '4 REPORT U. S. PLANE DOWN OFF SIBERIA Soviet Fighter Plane Shot U. S. Novy Plane Down Off Coast, U. N. Sources Say. NAVY OFFICIALS WON'T COMMENT Report is That Observation Plane Was Hit While Making Routine Weather Flight Saturday. '0 By Associated Press TOKYO ~ United Nations sources in Tokyo tonight said a U. S. Navy observation plane with five creuTnen aboard was shot down off the Siberian coast Saturday by a Soviet fighter plane. Navy headquarters here refused to confirm or deny the report. It said only "we are leaving this to the chief of information of the Mavy in Washington. No announce- i -nent will be made here," U. N. sources said the plane — type undisclosed — was hit as it made a routine weather flight to gather data for U. N. forces operating off the coasts of Korea. Far East Air Forces headquarters denied any of its planes had been involved in such an incident. TRAGIC BUS COLLISION "SOUNDED LIKE THUNDER" Survivor of Gray-Dawn Horror Near Waco, Texas Tells How Negro Soldier Rescued Her From Burning Bus. People Screamed, Knocked Others Down Trying to Get to Exits. CAMP COOKE \4EN PRAISED 4j CAMP COOKE, Calif. — In a letter read to all personnel of the 44th Infantry Division on July 22, Major General Harry L. Bolen, division commander, cited a letter praising the conduct of the Illinois Guardsmen during their visits to Santa Barbara, California. The letter, from a Santa Barbara hotel owner, read in part, "Not only are thoy good soldiers, but they arc real gentlemen as well. Many of them stay at our hotel on their days off from camp, and I can truthfully say that wc never had a finer, more orderly group of fellows stay here than those of the 44th. "We have enjoyed having them here, and will bo sorry to see them leave when their period here is finished." Commenting on the letter, General Bolen said, "It pleases me a gi-eat deal to transmit the comments of the quoted letter to my command. "The conduct of the men of this command has always been a matter of prime importance to me personally." The commander added that this had not been the first letter of its I kind. "Such commendations of the behavior of the guardsmen and other personnel of the division is not at all uncommon," he remarked. TRY TO AVERT RAIL STRIKE By Associated Press NEW YORK — Peace talks began today in an effort to head off a threatened New York Central Railroad strike east of Buffalo, N. Y. Agents of four railroad brotherhoods shrugged off reporters' questions as they walked into a closed session with New York Central officials. Nor would spokesmen for the railroad say anything. The meeting was held in the office of Lawrence W. Horning, vice president in charge of personnel and public relations for the New York Central. The four railroad brotherhoods in the dispute also have scheduled their own meeting for later today in Cleveland. Presumably the Cleveland conference will await the outcome of the New York talks before making a strike decision. Focus of the dispute is a two- year-old controversy over working rules and grievances covering more than 300 issues. Some union officials say a strike may start immediately, if one is called today. Other spokesmen say 72-hours notice will be given. Involved in the dispute are the Brotherhoods of Locomotive Engineers, of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen, of Railroad Trainmen, and the Order of Railway Conductors. By AssoeiJled Press WACO, Tex. — "It was horrible, people were screaming and knocking each other down trying, to get out. They couldn't find the exit door. "It sounded like thunder. It would blow up, and then blow up again, one after another." A Waco woman, Mrs. Dora Daniels, 17. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Webb of Waco, described the gray-dawn horror on the Temple highway from a bed in the emergency room of Providence Hospital. The "thunder" was probably exploding fuel tanks. The sickening scent of burning flesh was still heavy in the air. Saved By Soldier Mrs. Daniels, who had been home for the week end, was returning to Corpus Christi whei-e she worked at a drive-in. She said she owed her life to a Negro man who was thrown to safety "but was brave enough to come back and pull us out." Mrs. Daniel's injuries were not serious. The Negro was unidentified except that he was believed to be a soldier at Fort Hood. "I got on the bus at 3:10 a. 117. CST exactly," Mrs. Daniels said. "The bus was late and was going pretty fast to catch up. I was seated in the rear. Somebody screamed 'iook out.' Tlien the buses hit. The Negro man saved me and a little girl who was seated next to me. * Scene Of Horror "He was thrown out of the bus but was brave enough to come back and get us out. A little Mexican girl was sitting by me. Her mother and father were standing near her. They were killed. I know they were. The little girl kept saying, 'want my mama.' I didn't know what to do, so I just kept her with me. "There was a little baby. It was lying in the middle of the pavement, bui-ning. Nobody could lielp. "There was a boy walking along with us. We were all stumbling around in a daze. He kept looking back and saying 'those poor people.' I suppose he was one of the boys who kicked out the windows to let us out. We couldn't find the exit door." Matilda Zamoudio, the little Mexican girl taken from the bus by Mrs. Daniels, was given breakfast in bed this morning unaware her father and mother were dead. The family was enroute to Mexico. "I was asleep," the brown-eyed 11-year-oId said. Mother screamed when something fell on her. I was choking. So much smoke and fire. A girl by me opened the window and she pushed me through it. I couldn't walk. A man picked me up and brought me and the girl here in a truck." Her parents had left Waco, where the father was a cafe cook, for San Antonio where they were to take a train for Mexico. Their names were unavailable. BARRETT IS IN RACE TO STAY FORGOVERNOR Democrafs to Pick Illinois Nominee Within Next Ten Doys. CICAGO—Edward J. Barrett, Secretary of State, says no combination of circumstances can make him get out of the race for the Democratic nomination for governor of Illinois. Barrett said "I sincerely feel that my long administrative and legislative experience qualify me for this high office." James A. Ronan, chairman of the Democratic state central committee, said he may know today just when and where the committee will meet to pick the Democratic nominee for the job of Gov. Adlai Stevenson, now Democratic nominee for president. The 25-member committee is expected to pick its candidate within a week or 10 days. Barrett. Democratic nominee to succeed himself a" Secretary of State, has been termed by Stevenson an "excellent administrator." However, Stevenson has said he prefers Lieut. Gov. Sherwood Dixon as his successor. He said last week he considers Dixon " a very logical choice." He indicated he thinks Dixon is the best candidate from a standpoint of executive ability. Barrett, who has been contacting rr ibers of the committee, said in his statement Sunday "I believe the State Central Committee should make its. selection tree of any duress or dictation from any source." "I am confident," Barrett continued, "that the State Central Committee will choose the best and strongest, nominee and I am po-fectly content to abide by its decision." The Democratic nomination for the governor's post has attracted the attention of several possible cani'idates, but all except Barrett have indicated they would respect the governor's wishes. Barrett and Stevenson have never been close friends. TWO KILLED IN ACCIDENT WEST OF ML VERNON Albion, III., Residents Are Victims. Mt. Vernon Nurse Bodly Hurt. Two Albion, 111., men were killed shortly before midnight last night in a head-on collision 11 miles west of Mt. Vernon on U. S. Route 460. They were James Warren Bell, 17, and Carl Myers. 37. Seriously injured were Russell" Atteberry, 30, also of Albion, and Henrietta Lueke, 39-year-old Ashley resident who is a nurse at the Illinois State Tuberculosis Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Mrs. Lueke was returning home from work, driving a 1950 Ford two-door. The Albion car, a 1952 Pontiac sedan, was going east. Bell, the driver, and Atteberry were in the front seat and Myers was in back, police said. Bell and Myers died enroute to the hospital. Both had fractured skulls. Their bodies were taken to Albion to the Nale Funeral Home. The Good Samaritan Hospital here reported Mrs. Lueke was in serious condition with head injuries and a fractured leg. Atteberry was to undergo surgery today for a broken arm. Myers is survived by one brother, Donald of Albion, and one sister, Mrs. Frank Kochs, of Des Plaines, Michigan. Bell is survived by his -father, Roy BeU, a stepmother, and several half-sisters. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Bell would have been.a junior in Edwards County High School next fall. Myers was a World War II veteran and a chef at the Moose Lodge in Albion. FLY BABY QUAIL FROM MT III U.S. Navy Plane Fights Off Jets By Associated Press WASHINGTON, — The Navy reported today that one of its patrol planes fought off two Russian built MIG jet fighters over the Yellow Sea Sunday, and returned to its base in Korea. Two of its crew were killed and two were wounded in the fight. The Navy said the plane, a Martin Mariner, was on routine patrol over the sea area west of Korea when it was attacked by two "Chinese Communist MIG- 15" fighters. In a running fight, the American plane, a . 200-mile-an-hour flying boat was damaged but was able to limp to the West Coast of Korea where is received spot repairs before proceeding to Iwakuna in Japan. MAKE APPEAL FOR NURSES IN POLIO CASES An urgent appeal for registered nurses for hospitalized polio cases in Illinois v/as sent out today by the local Red Cross Chapter. The appeal was made after a telegram was received by the local chapter from midwestern head- quraters of the American Red Cross in St. Louis. The telegi-am told of the need for nurses in both Illinois and Texas. Any registered nurse in the Mt. Vernon area who will go on assignments in polio cases are asked to telephone Miss Barbara Strattan, executive secretary of the local Red Cross chapter, at number 2083. WOMAN KILLED ATLST. LOUIS By Associated Press EAST ST. LOUIS, 111. — Mrs. Rosemary Perryman, 28, of Centreville Station, 111., was killed today when she apparently lost control of her car and crashed into a tree. She was alone In the car. TWO EXPERTS SAY FLYING SAUCERS "JUST AIN'T THERE PEDESTRIAN ICILLED By Associated Press LAWRENCEVILLE, 111. — William Hulen, 53, of Route three, Vincennes, Ind., was killed by a car as he walked on a highway near Russellvilie early Sunda.y. By Associated Press WASHINGTON —An Air Force general and a psychology professor both discounted flying saucer reports, but the nation's capital still buzzed with them over the weekend. Maj. Gen. Roger M. Ramey, who heads the Air Forces investigation of the current rash reports, said six yeads of study has convinced him "reasonably well" there is no such thing. Dr. Jessie Sprowls, professor of Abnormal psychology at the University of Maryland, apologized for his grammer but said flying saucers "just ain't there." But within hours after Gen. Ramey made his talk — on the CBS television show "Man of the Week" — telephones started ringing at newspapers and TV stations in Washington. The callers said they had seen a light shoot across the capital about 7 p. m. CST Sunday. The Washington National Airport's radar team reported it had picked up no unidentified objects around that time. While Gen. Ramey was pretty definite about the saucer reports, which he said the Air Force has been tracking since the first one in 1947, he edged around another topic. That was a report of vapor trails over Alaska last April 17 which an interviewer said "caused quite an alert." Ramey gave no direct answer, even when asked: "What was found?" Of the saucers, Ramey said: "We are reasonably well con- \inced they are not materia, solid objects". About 20 per cent of the reports in Air Force hands — he said there were 1,500 such reports —"remain to be explained." Professor Sprowls said in a radio interview WGA Silver Springs Md. that saucer reports are due "primarily to hallucination." WEST BERLIN RED "MARCH IS A FIZZLE By Associated Pri'ss * BERLIN — West Berlin authorities expressed puzzlement to^ay at the fizzle of a loudly advertised "peace and snity" demonstration of the Communist Free German youth. The FDJ had announced that young storm troopers would, demonstrate Sunday at two points along the French sector, at an area bordering the American sector, at Potsdamer Platz and, 10,000 strong in the British sector's Jungfern- heide Park. • Instead of all this, only 2,000 of the Blueshirts turned out at all, in scattered demonstrations near the sector borders, can-ying their blue banners and chanting Communist songs. West Berlin police, who had been mobilized and braced for any eventuality, reported only two minor incidents in which 38 Blueshirts were taken into custody. Puzzling over this showing. West Berlin authorities speculated that it was the Communist intention to make as much propaganda as they could with the minimum turnout. This speculation was supported by a report of the Soviet-licensed ADN News Agency, which reported "many thousands" of Communist youths demonstrated in Berlin against "the warmongering policies of the West German Republic and the Western Atlantic pact nations." Three thousand baby quail, hatched at the Mt. Vernon State Game Farm, were loaded into an airplane at the local airport this morning for a trip to Galesburg, Hi. where they will be distributed to central Illinois sportsman's clubs. (Mary Jane Studio Photo) MURDER VICTIM IDENTIFIED AS DALLASWOMAN Believe Toung Waitress is Victim of Gangland Revenge. VOTE TO OIL LIBERTY ROAD The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors voted to oil about Similes on the Liberty Road, from the Opdyke Road to Ritchey's Welding Shop, in a.special meeting at the court house this morning. Work will begin as soon as money is awarded from county road funds. The Liberty Road will be the first road to be oiled. The board also cancelled a resolution for a contract for tuck- pointing* the court house building. A new contract will probably be awarded in a few weeks. Dodds Edifor of Publication of Safety Council Tom Dodds, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dodds of 115 N. 12th St.. and a former resident of Mt. Vernon, has been named editor of the Safe Railroader, a bi-monthly publication of the National Safety Council, which is devoted to articles and tips on safe work practices for railroad employees. Dodds, who now lives in Chicago, is also an associate editor of the National Safety News, and editor of the National Safety Congress Transactions. Over the Memorial Day holidays he appeared on the American Broadcasting Company's "Around the World This Week" program a;; spokesman for the National Safety Council, with safe driving tips for holiday motorists. By Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY — A sobbing sister and grief-stricken brother early this morning identified a mutilated, headless murder victim as Betty Jack Stevens 21-year-old Dallas waitress. The girl's nude, .tortured torso, with the letters "RAT" carved in- lo the abdomen, was discovered Wednesday in a dry creek bed near Yukon, Okla. Identification was made Sunday from the victim's fingerprints. O. K. Bivins, chief of the Oklahoma Crime Bureau, said Miss Stevens had a criminal record in both Texas and Oklahoma. Police believe she may have been a victim of gangland revenge. The gii-l's sister, Helen Stevens, 26, of Texarkana, Tex., broke down completely when she viewed the body. A brother, Eddie Stevens, 24, of Dallas, identified it by scars and birthmarks. Helen said she hadn't seen her sister for several months. EJddie told police he saw her a month ago and at the time she was "well and happy." Both, however, claimed they had been out of touch with her for some time and could give no clue to the motive for the brutal slaying. The girl's father, O. S. Stevens is a farmer at Grapeland, Tex. Hei' mother is dead. An autopsy performed at Oklahoma City Sunday indicated she had been tortoured and decapitated while still alive. REP. McCABE DIES IN SLEEP By Associated Press MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Ed- v\ard J. McCabe, Illinois state repre-sentative from the 21st district, was found dead this morning in hi.s summer home at Long Beach, Ind., near Michigan City. McCabe, a Democrat apparently died in his sleep of a heart attack. The 60-year-old legislator was vacationing with his wife, Helen, and his daughter, Helen Elizabeth. His death was discovered when his family went to arouse him. .McCabe was known as an ex- perl on tax legislation and was director of research for the Cook County Assessor's office. 3,000 BIRDS ON FAST RIDE TO GALESBURG Three thousand baby quail, hatched at the -Mt. Vernon- State Game Farm, took an early morning airplane ride today. Loaded into a plane at the Mt. Vernon Airport, they were flown to Galesburg, 111., where they will be distributed to sportsman's clubs of eight central Illinois counties. The 11-day-old birds were accompanied on the flying trip by Don McClean, the pilot, and Walter Gutzler, superintendent of the state game farm south of Mt. Vernon. It was the second airplane shipment for baby quail during the summer hatching season. Supt. Gutzler said the quail hatching season will end at the game farm next week and by that time some 58,000 baby birds will have been shipped out to sportsman's clubs in Illinois. The Mt. Vernon farm is the only state; farm which hatches quail. The quail are raised to adult birds by the sportsman's clubs in holding pens, then are released in the various counties to improve hunting conditions. STEVENSOmr CREDITED WITH SMART MOVE TWELVE DIE IN ACCIDENTS ON WEEKEND Fotol Collisions Near Pontiac, Konkokee, Woukegon and Chicago. PASSENGERS ARETRAPPEir IN FLAMES Two Greyhound Buses Hit Head-on Near Waco, Texas Just Before Dawn This Morning. BOTH DRIVERS ARE VICTIMS Identificaiion Difficult; Uniforms of Soldiers, Sailors ond A i r m en Marked Many of the Dead. By Associated Press WACO, Tex.—Two Greyhound buses crashed head-on near here just before dawn today and burst, into flaming death traps. At least 34 persons — possibly up to 50 — were killed. It was difficult to count the dead because many bodies were so badly burned they fell to pieces on being moved. The buses themselves burned almost to rubbish. The collision occurred about 6 a. m. (CST) about seven miles south of here on hep^ily-traveled Highwav 81, a popular Dallas- Austin route. Hours later, burned shoes, parts of purses and their scorched conr tents, luggage tags and other clues to the identity of the victims still were being carefully combed from the blackened wreckage. Twenty bodies were brought to Compton Funeral Home here and eight to Waco's ConnaUy Funeral Home. Six were counted at 'the Waco Funeral Home. By Associated Press At least 12 persons died in traffic accidents in Illinois during the week end. A survey of the state showed these fatalities: PONTIAC.—Four persons were killed Satui-day night in an auto collision on a country road about 7 miles north of Pontiac. They were Francis D. Carey, 34, Pontiac, driver of one auto; Mrs. Carolyn Jenkins, 30, of Ottawa; Bill Bowen, 36, Pontiac driver of the other car; and Donald McClernon, 20, Streator, a passenger in the Bowen auto. Choice of Springfield as Headquarters, Wyatt as Helper Hailed. TRUCE TALKS ARE RECESSED By Associated Press MUNSAN, Korea ~ U. N. and Communist staff officers today agreed on most of the wording in a proposed Korean ai-mistice draft, including a paragraph dealing with exchange of war prisoners. The number of prisoners to be exchanged still is blocking a truce. The main armistice negotiations, discussing that, recessed Sunday until Aug. 11 by mutual consent. By Associate!/ Press WASHINGTON — Politicians of both major partie.s today credited Gov. Adlai Stevenson of Illinois, the Democratic presidential nominee, with a smart move in establishing his national campaign headquarters in his home state at Springfield. They said privately that this will aid Stevenson in his apparent effort to divorce his campaign from the Truman administration and the Washington atmosphere. They also believe it will help Stevenson to bid for support of Mid-Western and independent voters. Stevenson's selection of Wilson W. Wyatt, former mayor of Louisville, Ky., and federal housing e.\- pediter in 1946-47, also drew approval of two influential Democratic senators. Sen. Joseph O'Mahoney of Wyoming, a former vice chairman of the party's national committee, said Wyatt "is a very able and a very competent man." Sen. Earle Clements of Kentucky who heads the party's campaign to elect Democrats to the Senate, also spoke well of his fellow Kentuckian. "Mr. Wyatt is a very comi;x?tcnt person and well respected by those who have been associated with him in Kentucky," Clements said. Both pointed out that Stevenson had promised to boss his own campaign and that his headquarters will be near the center of the nation. KANKAKEE. — James Strong, 61, a Negro of Hopkins Park, was killed Saturday in a truck collision near St. Anne. The driver of the other truck, Elvin Chagg, 51, of St. Anne, was unhurt. WAUKEGAN.—Marvin Laurent, 35, of Hammond, Ind., was killed Saturday when the auto in which he was riding struck an overpass abutment near Waukegan. The driver, Mary Alice Weaver of Hammond, was seriously injured. KANKAKEE. — Robert Fuller, 17, of Chicago, was fatally injured in an auto collision here late Friday night. CHICAGO.--At least five per- .sons died in traffic accidents in the Chicago area during the week end. They were: John Walowski, 67, struck by auto; Peter Bates, 38, auto collision; Charles Quigg, 83, struck by auto; Joseph Patrick, 13, truck-bicycle collision; Mrs. Antionette Farrell, 65, auto collision near Worth, U.N. PLANES HIT KOREAN KEY TARGETS By Associated Press SEOUL. Korea — The U. S. Filth Air Force said U. N. fighter- bombers struck in two massive waves at.a key North Korean military headquartei-s near the Red capital of Pyongyang and left it a flaming wreckage. Air Force and Marine warplanes hit the headquarters with more than 275 sorties. The Air Force said U. S. Sabre jet pilots intercepted elements of 63 Russian-made MIG-15 jet fighters and destroyed one Red fighter and damaged another. This raised to 1,002 the number of MIGs destroyed probably destroyed or damaged since the start of the war, the Air Force reported. On the ground, U. S. Second division troops smashed a Chinese charge against heavily fortified positions atop Old Baldy hill. Half the attacking Reds were killed. Bus a Bubblsh File , "One of the buses "bite led dovyn to a rubbish pile," said fcun Wood of the Waco Times-Hersld. "The other was almost is- ba,^. When they pulled the smashed buses apart, the wreckage just fell to pieces." Waco police officer .Sam .Tohnt son, one of those earliest at the scene, estimated the dead at ,50. He sad only one Negro .man escaped from one of the'' burning buses. Drivers Killed Both buses rem.'^.ied upright, even after their blackened shells were forcibly separated by wreckers. The Waco Times-Herald said there were up to 67 passengers in the two vehicles. The known dead included the two drivers—Billy Malone of Waco, driving the south-bound bus which had left Waco a few mo-' naents before the crash and M. B. Herring of Waco, whose bus was about to reach Waco. Uniforms of sold'ers, airmen and some sailors marked many of the dead and injured as servicemen. Men on week-end passes from military installations at Wa- cr Temple, Austin and San Antonio often use the buses to return to duty. Cause Unkno^vn Police Chief Jesse GuntermAn said officers had not been able to determine the cause of the accident. He said Herring had just topped the crest of a slight hill. That section of the highway has no curves. Six ambulance companies from Waco, Temple and Jam Connally Air Force Base answered the call for help, Sheriff C. C. Ma.xey of McLennan County said. Other reports on the number of dead in the 6 a. m. (CST) crash varied from 50 to aro-'r ". 30 with, as many as 65 injured. The weather was clear and no immediate cause for the crash could be given. occurred on the heavily-traveled U. S. Highway 81. Many servicemen from Army and Air Force installations at Austin, Fort Hood, and San Antonio usually use the southbound buses to return to their posts after week-end leaves. EISENHOWER'S SON IN KOREA By Associated Press WITH U. S. THIRD DIVISION Korea — Maj. John Eisenhower, son of the Republican presidential nominee, says his first reaction to •Korea is "it's a hole" but "I'm very happy where I am." Publicity-shy young Eisenhower; 30, told newsmen who sought him out there's a little bit more war going on than people realize." Given his choice, he joined the 15th Regiment of the Third Division because it was commandsd by rhis father as a lieutenant colonel > at Fort Lewis, Wash.,iirj^^ f'^^ ' Asked how he felt aftcfet' father's ncmination. t%> ^ IJMIIJK r said "Well. I W9S {otW^mWrnrh doubted he would vott in'the N<|* ,/ viember election.

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