Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on September 12, 1956 · 29
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 29

Oakland, California
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Wednesday, September 12, 1956
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: r'- v;...r " - ' ;'L ' v. j - - ' :.!'.' i "' - 7 . . ! The Linguists The document could be written in Polish or Portuguese, Serbian or Sanskrit, and still within a reasonable time staffers at the Shell Development Company in Emeryville would make a translation. That's because Shell Development has a research center positively reeking with linguists. Each of the 600 technical staffers speak three languages English, French and German. And -61 of the 600 speak four or more languages. The oil company rather proudly announces the results of a recent survey, showing that staffers speak 28 different languages ' French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Latin, Dutch, Greek. Danish, Finnish. Hebrew. Hungarian. Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish. Basque, Bohemian, Gaelic, Icelandic, Yugoslavian, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovene, Sanskrit. And also Swahili, the language of the Mohammedan Bantu people of Zanzibar. km 0 0 last accomplishment is o o The staffer with this Paul R. Hoyt, assistant head of the instrumentation department, who learned the language during 12 childhood years spent in Kenya Colony. If you've wondered about the Swahili language and who hasn't? Mr. Hoyt. has kindly offered a few expressions which might come in useful if you should meet a Swahili. ' . "jambu. Jambu sana. Jambu sana kabisa." You'd say. this on meeting a good friend you've not seen for some time. (Hello, hello very much, I'm very very glad to meet you). "Wewe nataka chyi." (Would you like some tea?) "Na maziwa?" (And cream? "Indio sante sana." (thank you very much). "Mimi nataka chyi apana take "maziwa." (I would like some tea but not cream). This will give you an idea. It's clear that Shell Development is mighty proud of Mr. Hoyt and his ability to translate any document written in Swahili. There fe, however, one small flaw in the arrangement, as Mr. Hoyt cheerfully points out. It seems that, up to now, the oil company ha never yet received a document written in Swahili. Kwaheri. (Goodbye). Cwazy, Confused Wasps Wasps are crazy; perhaps that's what makes them so irritable. A client reports that he has for years suspended fish above a pan of soapy water, and that this does indeed exterminate yellowiackets. " . But not because, eating gluttonously, they become so fat . they drop into the water. Because these slap-happy wasps in taking off fly in a downward curve, hit the soapy water, and sink without a trace. Now, why do you suppose they ever named that airplane carrier after an animal so directionally-confused as a wtsp? Straight and True The Tribune editorial cartoonist. Lou Grant, sent the original of his tirawing, "Opening Drive," to President Eisenhower, whom he admires as a great and famous American and Republican. In his thank-you note, the President with characteristic good humor notes that "I could wish that all my drives, particularly my golf shots, carried as straight and true." ? 0 & The Hills of Mt. Ida Some of the amateur astronomers who have been peering at Mars have made an exciting discovery. They've found a potential rival to Westbay's Twin Peaks on Angel Island's Mt. Ida. There, framed in the eyepiece, they've seen three pyramid-shaped 100-foot peaks set on a ridge below the top of the island hill. What's going on? they ask. t The Army is using most of the island as a NIKE site. Radar has been installed atop Mt. Ida. Its function Is to track the NIKE missiles. This it could notjdo so long as a ridge just above the battery platform base intervened. (If NIKE ever were launched without the eye of radar fastened on it from the first instant, the slim deadly weapon would.be off and away, and radar never would catch up with it.) So they've gouged out cuts in the ridge, thus incidentally, creating the three peaks which have aroused curiosity. . v . Now the setup is ideal. ' 1 The radar apparatus atopMt. Ida will track the guided missile. - A second wiH follow the target plane. After complex interweaving of data, done electronically and instantaneously, NIKE will unerringly home to the enemy plane. After which, kaboom, & 0 ? & Sign-spotter Albert B. Fuller (Albany chapter) spotted the sign on Topps Restaurant at 105th. Ave.: "Cocktails Fully Air-conditioned." . . and Walter J. Johnston hopes he's the first to muse that it would seem that Egypt's Gamal Nasser is committing Suez-side ... 0 0 0 0 The Secret Out In this case the grandfather of the bride was Oakland's John W. McLain, and at the reception' after the wedding curiosity was high as to where his granddaughter Elaine and the groom, Jerome Daly, might be honeymooning. Holding Tiis champagne glass high, the grandfather of thebride proposed a toast to the happy couple. Minutes later a guest was rushing from group to group, advising all and sundry that he knew whence the couple had departed. "Mr. McLain accidentally tipped it off," he burbled happily. "He proposed a toast to the couple in absentia. That's where they are! Absentia!!" , -THE KNAVE mtimt m...iiiiin...nn VOL CLXV HfftMJMt II, Ill VMIS...MITIS mil... I OAKLAND'S LOCALLY OWNED AND LOCALLY CONTROLLED DAILY NCWSPAfER OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 121956' E 27 NO. 74 Historic Mansion Is Dismantled Here - v T?' , , .-Vv, Vv,,V )Liim mtmmttm&!S"'?' i.Oii m i txamxmmi, DOOMED This historic house at 278 Adams St built about 60 jean aao by Alexander Young, Is being torn down this week. A modem apartment bouse will rissjjni Its place. The mansion once boused the William Hensbaw family. ' k & I J . " y -m ,' , W i - t f . 1 ; "fc ic 'k'iTV' ii !'' . ' fi- v . i M - "' it " . W5C1 - i : ij - I . i r t f?; 'AJ, If I - -ll-i (i f I itj rv'V; vyim Jill Htii:! W"s"f'rf i j ; , p - M-5x7; v 1 a : Xjl r ftu i si lr ij j I , , ?i i If jij? ft'V jS:iS ;. IS - - : IJ.M II I Ill Mil MIIMIIIHIIM if IlirT' " TlllMI llHriil I f . , ; T A ' i 4 f f I "v'f MASTERPIECE This ponderous buflt-in cabinet is an example of workmanship with hardwood and plate glass in the old bouse. It was situated in the dining room. Burglary Case Dismissal Roils El Cerrito Officials EL CERRITO, Sept 12 El Cerrito police and city officials said they were "fuming" today over the dismissal of a burglary charge against the son of a San Pablo City councilman and m sisted the "matter might be taken all the way to the Grand Jury." Action by El Cerrito officials was touched off yesterday after Superior Judge -Hugh H. Donovan freed John M. Snider Jr, 18. son of Councilman John Snider, at the request of Deputy Dist Attr. Mortimer M. Veale in "the furtherance of justice" After the formal court pro-! ceedings; Veale explained there was insufficient evidence. EXPLANATION SOUGHT In a letter mailed last night to Dist Atty. Francis Collins, Chief - of Police Howard A, Thulin demanded a precise ex planation for the dismissal rec ommendation. "There was a preponderance of evidence," Thuhnsaid. And on the possibility of asking for the Grand Jury probe, he added: We wL'l wait ior an answer from the District Attorney before we scream any louder." Citv Mnar Kpnnpth H Smith said he had seen the let ter drafted by Thulin and had "no objection" to its submission to Collins. He said he preferred not to comment further on the matter until Collins had replied TWO ARRESTED Young Snider and James G. Groll, 21. of 900 Florida Ave., Richmond, were arrested ' the night of Aug. 21. as they were loading appliances into a rented truck at the rear of a furniture store at 10860 San Pablo Ave., a block away from the police station. , Groll has pleaded guilty and will be sentenced Sept 2f. Young Snider waived a preliminary hearing when he was arraigned before Judge Joe Martyn Turner in El Cerrito Juslice Court Aug. 28 and was certified to Superior Court entered no plea EVIDENCE CITED evidence" statement. Chief Thu lin summed up his case against the San Pablo youth by saying he had 1 A signed statement by Groll saying he and Snider planned the burglary a few days prior to the entry. 2 Evidence that Snider had rented the truck and at the time of his arrest he had a receipt in his possession from the truck rental firm. 3 Identification by the truck renter that it was Snider who rented the truck 4 Reports of arresting offi cers that Snider told them '.'we were taking some stuff" from the store. S A new washing machine which was taken from the store and was found loaded in the truck. 6 "Miscellaneous evidence, including pictures of the truck backed up to the rear door of the store." Police reported both Groll and Snider were in the store when they moved in on them. Snider, Cop Hurt as Car Hits 3 Wheeler' BERKELEY, Sept 12 Patrol man Raymond W. Nilsson, 32, of the Berkeley Police Department, suffered a severe gash in his Hefthey said, surrendered meekly fleft IhigTj today when his tfiree- but Groll smashed his way wheeled motorcycle was hit by through the front door with a a car as he left the city corpora tion yard at Bancroit way and West St At Herrick Memorial Hospital 12 stitches were required to close the wound. . , Nilsson, who lives at 1454 Portland Ave., Albany, was hit by a car driven by Joseph P. Corso, 17, of 1249 Bancroft Way, laborer. Corso was cited for driving with a suspended license. Challenging the . "insuff icientp- GU W3S 5?pt"red shortl afterward by El Richmond police. Cerrito and Symphony Chief Quits NEW YORK, Sept 12 M Arthur Judson has resigned as manager - of the Philharmonic Symphony Society of New York He held the post 34 years. HIDDEN SAFE-BUSHING A concealed button under mar ledge caused the center mb ror on this mantle to swing back exposing a serfs. Wreckers bad already, chipped imitation brick from face of the fireplace which was In the dining loom. $300,000 Apartment U nit To Replace Old Structure The latest architectural link to Oakland's past to pass from the scene is the historic 27-room Alexander Young mansion of the 1890s at 276 Adams St. The old house, also occupied at one time by the socially prom inent William G. Henshaw fam-ily, is now in the process of being dismantled, and a $300,000 modern apartment house will be built on the lot ' The three-story structure was built nearly 70 years ago by Young, a wealthy Hawaiian plantation owner. It passed through the hands of George L. Nusbaumer, Harry R. Noack who now lives at 309 MacArthur Blvd. the Henshaws and Mrs. Mary Stubbs. Saul Pearee. Oakland builder, now owns the property and will start construction on a 26-unit apartment house with swimming pool on Oct 1. The building is being torn down by the Charles L, Cam- panella Wrecking Company of Oakland. MOVED ACROSS STREET Noack bought the lot at 276 Adams St in 1906, and in an operation that was unique for the times, the giant house was moved from across the street the site of original construction. Mrs. Stiibbs, who is temporarily in Alaska, lived in the house for several years, renting out some of the rooms. She sold it to Pearee in 1950. The house-was owned by the Henshaws from 1910 to 1920. William, Henshaw,-Oakland banker, lived in the house with his wife, Hetty Tubbs Henshaw, and their three children, Flor ance, Alia and Griffith. The only surviving member, Griffith, now 62, and a semi-retired investment banker, lives at 25 Glen Alpine, Piedmont FOUNDED" BANK The elder Henshaw .founded the old Union .Savings Bank which was housed in the present Easton Building. He died in 1924 leaving an estate 61 more than $5,000,000. Hetty Henshaw, member of the pioneer Hiram Tubbs family of Oakland died in 1950. Florence, who became Mrs. Charles Keeney of Piedmont and Alia, who married an Ital ian prince, both died a few vearsl ago leaving multi-million dollar estates. The house was'an architectual masterpiece. It had 11 bathrooms, two "40-foot chimneys running up each side and a spacious sunTporch off the second floor supported by 12 mortar pillars. An 'elevator once ran from the first to the third floor, according to Griffith Henshaw. The cedar, redwood and vari ous hardwoods used in the con-(convenience to travelers in the horse-and-buggy era. ' That era is just , memory now. so is the oia nouse inai was so much a part of it struction of the house and built-in fixtures inside looked new up to the end. This was especially apparent in a grand -TODAY S ASSIGNMENT FOR; staircase that ran from the first ' to the third floors. The staircase was pierced by a large candle , stick chandelier suspended from . a 25-foot xpd. . HIDDEN SAFE ' ' Probably the most unusual feature of the historic mansion ' was a hidden wall safe over the fireplace mantel in the dining room on the first floor. A large central mirror, swung open on hinges' when a concealed button . under the mantel ledge was : pushed, disclosing the safe. The main , entrance to tne house was previously on the side, where the first step is twice as high as the others, s JUNIOR EDITORS BACK TO SCHOOl-3 THIS IS YOUR OFFICE Every morning, five mornings week for the next few months you will leave home for school just as ygur father leaves home for work. -' For you, school is your office or workshop and you hsve duties to carry out, just as your parents have. - In every grade you will learn things,that will be helpful to you for the rest of your life. You will learn how to co operate and work with others of your own age. - Here k a arouo of children working tcraether on project. They are studying farms. John is painting a big wall picture of the farm. Jane is making animals outtr ciay, ana tommy, who likes to work with a hammer and nails, is making e chicken coop for the little chickens Jane has made. Color this picture with your crayons, and then paste it down on cardboard, leaving a wide border around if as e frame. Cut it out and hang it up with string through the holes m the upper corners. LyH O'Brien, Dayton, Ohio, gains tne $11 award for serf testing this idea first Perhaps yoe save an idea far Janlof Ed tors. If so send it to Jailor Editors, ee The Tribnae, T.O. Bo 509, Oakland 4. f i 1 w

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