The Times from Munster, Indiana on March 29, 1951 · 1
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THE WEATHER Cloudy and colder with rain ending tonight. Friday fair and cool. Low tonight 32. High Friday 45. Low Friday night 30. Outlook for Saturday increasing cloudiness not much change in temperature. Vol. XLV No. 240 Atom Woman, 2 Men May Get Chair Cave Bomb Secrets To Russia, U. S. Delays Sentence NEW YORK (UP) Two men and a woman today were found guilty of stealing America's A-bomb secret in behalf of Communist Russia and faced the death penalty. The verdict was returned at 10 a. m. after approximately seven hours and 15 minutes of deliberation by a federal court jury of 11 men and one woman, Foreman Vincent J. Lebonitte pronounced the verdicts one by one. "We the jury find Julius Rosenberg guilty as charged," he said. "We the jury find Ethel Rosenberg guilty as charged." "We the jury find Morton Sobell guilty as charged." The defendants showed no discernible emotion. They were pronounced guilty of jonspiracy to commit espionage in war-time which is punishable by death or lesser penalty. Federal Tudge Irving R. Kaufman will decide the penalty they must pay. THE JURY received the case shortly before 5 p. m. yesterday and went to dinner before beginning deliberations at 6 p. m. at 12:40 a. m., they returned to the courtroom and received permis-ion to get some sleep. Jury Foreman Vincent J. Lebonitte told Federal Judge Irving R, Kaufman they had reached agreement on the verdict against two of the defendants, but needed more time to decide on the third since they were in disagreement 11 to 1. The defendants were accused of "conspiring to deliver to the soviet union the Information and weapons which the soviet union could use to destroy the United States." Verdicts of guilty could result in a maximum sentence of death, but Kaufman instructed the jury to return only its findings and let him determine the ultimate sentence. Each of the defendants pleaded innocent and Rosenberg proclaimed his loyalty to the United States. His wife supported Rosenberg's testimony, but Sobell never was called to testify. KAUFMAN also reminded the jury to disregard the Rosenbergs' refusal to answer questions about their communist affiliations, noting they were on trial only on charges of espionage. U.S. Atty. Irving Saypol had called for a verdict of guilty, charging that the defendants stole "most important scientific secrets ever known to mankind for use by the Russians." Defense Atty. Emmanuel Bloch, in his summation, exhorted the jury to free the defendants and "show the world that in America a man can get a fair trial." i Korean Casualties Total 57,120 WASHINGTON (AP) Announced American casualties in Korea rose to 57,120 today, an increase of 1,306 since last week. The total, representing casualties reported to the next of kin through March 23, included 8,511 killed, 37,918 wounded and 10,691 missing in action. The wounded figure included 1,004 who have since died and the missing total included 87 known dead, raising total combat deaths to 9.602. Of the missing, 1,063 have since returned to U. S. military control and HI are known prisoners of war, leaving 9,430 currently missing. i illlllll llllllllllilllillillllllllllllllllilllllllllllllllllilillll Southeast Asia: Hotbed for Strife One of the world's most critical areas today is southeast Asia a region with a quarter of the world's total population, fabulous wealth in raw materials and unbelievable misery, striving for independence. How southeast Asia swings in the fight against communism may decide how that fight will end. The story of this doubly troubled section is told in tomorrow's background map, special Associated Press Newsfea-ture that appears weekly in The Times. illllll'lllIlilllllllllllllllllllllllllUHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIillllllllllU r n The Call Honored Ajraiii Mrs. Oscar A. Ahlgren, prominent Whiting clubwoman and first vice president of the General Federation of- Woman's clubs in the U. S., yesterday was elected chairman of the National Women's Advisory Committee to the Women's Division of the U. S. Savings Bond office. She is winding up a visit to Washington today and is due back in Whiting tomorrow. A clubwoman for more than 20 years, Mrs. Ahlgren has been a national leader in women's clubs for many years. She is slated to become the next president of the General Federation of Women's Clubs which she represented last year in a tour of Europe. A member of the WThiting Women's club, Business and Professional Women's club and others, she has been active in war bond work since before t World War n. 8 Girls, Man Missing at Sea MIAMI, Fla. (UP) Planes and boats criss-crossed 150,000 square miles of rough seas today in a des perate search for eight pretty girls and a man missing for three days on a sailboat trip to Cuba. The navy and coast guard checked out every radio report that the 40-foot schooner was sighted. Planes and boats combed the thousands of small islands and coves from the Florida keys to the Yucatan channel. BUT CMDR. John R. Henthorn, chief of the coast guard's search and rescue section, said no trace of the eight sea lassies and their male skipper was found. Henthorn expressed hope that the schooner was drifting somewhere northeast of Dry Tortugas and west of Key West. The schooner's food was believed running out. Its radio did not respond to constant calls. John Babinec Named Chief Deputy Assessor CROWN POINT John Babinec, 28, of 313 Huffman St., Crown Point, was appointed chief deputy county assessor today by Assessor Thomas S. Kennedy. Babinec, a graduate of East Chicago Washington High school and Carleton college in Northfield. Minn., succeeds Carl Davis, new Crown Point acting postmaster. He is a World War II veteran. Communist Police Protest Firings VIENNA (AP) About 100 communist police demonstrated in front of Vienna's city police headquarters this morning after a one-hour strike last night, protesting the dismissal of 267 police officials by the city government. Most of those fired were communists. 0( P J 4 f : " T : fewffww ,vn irwm,! tfftiiiiinrtifniiiiiaiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiMiinriinSMj U. S. Slaps Price Ceilings on 60 Per Cent of Food Items; Rollbacks Coming WASHINGTON (UP) The government today put limits on grocers' profits in a move which will mean some food price rollbacks and some increases. The- new OPA-type regulations put price controls on about 60 per cent of the nation's $32,-000,000,000 food budget. The regulations cover 10,000 wholesale food suppliers and 560,000 retail food stores. Price Stabilizer Michael V. Di-Salle predicted that price rollbacks would outweigh the increases. THE ORDER permits retail and wholesale food stores to add certain fixed percentages of their net costs to the price of an item. That is their mark-up. The controls affect food items Sheffield 3100 rioJr East Chicago Police Hit Dope Traffic U. S. Aid Asked To Curb Trade Between States Twin City police, in the wake of raids last night on 12 sus pected dope nests, today called on federal narotics officials to probe Indiana-Illinois drug trafficking disclosed by an admitted dope user who was arrested in the raids. , The mass raids, directed by Det. Capt. Otto H. Stumpf, cul minated six months of prepara tions during which the East Chicago department investigated complaints by ministerial and civic forces that the use of nar cotics flourishes on the Indiana Harbor side and has been re sponsible for a crime rate climb. Stumpf said the prisoner, Henry Lee Daniels, 25, seized at the Up- shaw hotel, 2302 Broadway, con fessed that a tavern known as the "Jimmy Palus tavern" at Drexel Blvd., and 39th St., in Chicago was the source of his drug supply. OTHER disclosures by Daniels of the Chicago-East Chicago dope pipeline prompted Stumpf to con fer this morning with U. S. narcotics agents to smash a two-state market. Fourteen detectives in charge of Stumpf were armed with 10 search warrants issued by City Judge Thomas Callahan in staging the raids on a dozen places, most of them private homes. Stumpf said that while the raids did not produce evidence that dope addiction was as widespread as be lieved, he felt that the use of drugs is moving beyond the marijuana stage. CAPSULES found in the room of Daniels, who is jailed on an open charge, were being analyzed today. The prisoner, Stumpf said, was in possession of a hypodermic needle and his arm bore puncture marks indicating he had been an habitual injector of heroin. Daniels said he began using the drugs while he was in army service, stationed at Fort Knox during October, 1950. He said that following his discharge and while unemployed he purchased heroin capsules for $1.25 and cocaine capsules for $2.50 from various south-side Chicago suppliers. He maintained that after the recent purchase of a batch of drug capsules at the Palus place, he "quit using dope." Stumpf said clergy leaders and former dope charge defendants had volunteered information to East Chicago police on narcotics activity in the city, which complaints said was responsible for crimes worse than the use of drugs itself. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiltiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiliiliiinililllliliililililllll Moral to This Yarn: Don't Kick a Cow! SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Glenn Yoder would have been better off if he had only cried over spilt milk. Yoder's cow kicked the bucket and Yoder kicked the cow. Hospital attendants said Yoder's foot was badly sprained. The veterinarian said the cow was unhurt. Illllllllllllllllllllllinilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll for which housewives spend about $20,000,000,000 a year. They replace the general price freeze of Jan. 25 on these goods and are to be put into effect between April 5 and April 30. At the same time, Economic Stabilizer Eric C. Johnston said a "tough policy on business profits" is essential for stabilization. He apparently referred to a pending price order limiting manufacturers' price markups to pre - Korean levels. Johnston also confirmed reports he has talked to farm organizations about freezing parity, but said he has made no specific proposals, and he said efforts to end the wage board dispute have got nowhere. The food order issued by the office of price stabilization affects grocers selling canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, butter, pack- A j Formerly The Lake County Times LLJL L Calumet Region's Hammond, Indiana, Thursday, March 29, 1951 omJid Gui wLtfif'y -"1 ... . "- :-. " r. .::.'. ",: '.; . 1 ,, ..... ... , .. ......... ;y V -., 4 t Vw ; " V ' fir v. . ' ' ' " 'r -K- ATOM SPY trial defendants, leave New York federal court cases. Board Settles East Chicago Ballot Issue East Chicagoans can vote for school board candidates in the May 8 primary without declaring their political affiliation, providing they don't vote on candidates for other city offices. This ruling was made yesterday by the county election board in response to questions from Twin City residents. THE RULING was expected to insure a neavy vote in tne scnooi board primary, since more than 50 candidates are expected to be in the race before the deadline to night. This is the first time school board members will be elected by ballot in East Chicago. According to County Clerk Bartel Zandstra, heres how the voting will work: The voter will tell election workers he wants to vote only for the school board candidates. A lever will be pulled shutting off all other sections of the voting machine. He will cast his ballot for five board candidates only and leave. Ten candidates will be nominated. Zandstra pointed out that this ruling leaves no loophole for those who want to vote on all candidates without declaring his politics, since all other levers will be locked. THIRTEEN candidates filed late yesterday, and this morning for East Chicago school trustee, one of them Walter D. Conroy, former police chief and now an Indiana Harbor business man. Others who filed are: Frank Wadas, 4836 Baring Ave.; Edward Fiori, 4217 Northcote Ave.; Jack Albertson, 1510 Columbus Dr.; Eugene Fauber, 4516 Baring Ave.; Simon Taybos, 3909 Hemlock; Victor Cornea, 509 140th St; Richard O'Connell, 4120 Fir St.; Lucille Adinolfi, 3917 Deal St,; William Donovan, 4109 Baring Ave.; Jack Moss, 4915 Drummond St.; Michael Koscielniak, 4916 Melville Ave.; Frank Bonaventura, 4"43 Olcott Ave. aged cheese, baby foods, cocoa, breakfast cereals, coffee and tea, flour, jams and jellies, lard, mayonnaise and salad dressings, shortenings, canned meats and canned fish. Major items not covered by the regulations are fresh milk and cream, fresh meat, bread, fresh fruits and vegetables, sugar, ice cream, soft drinks and candy, beer, wine and liquor. OPS hopes eventually to place flat dollars and cents retail ceilings on most food items. It cannot do so now because as long as farm prices remain under parity, the farmer may increase his price. PRICE STABILIZER Michael V. DiSalle has said it will be at least six months before many flat ceil- fish and wildlife service said a ings could be imposed, although strategy conference will be held at he hopes to have some within 30 tojWahpeton, N. D., before the attack Continued on Tage 2 is launched. D JL JL Home Newspaper Convicted Atom Spys Morton Sobell and Mr. and Mn. Julius Rosenberg (leftVo right in car) this morning shortly before jurors returned guilty verdicts in all three " (AP Wire photo) Kovacik Denies Stanton's Charge, Vows Innocence Mayor Andrew Kovacik of Whiting, facing a grand jury in vestigation of gambling in the city and alleged bribe soliciting, today challenged the prosecu tor s office in Crown Point "to get all the indictments they want." The mayor and several Whiting policemen will be called before the grand jury April 9 and 10, accord ing to Prosecutor David P. Stan ton. "I HAVE the utmost confidence that nothing will come of these, charges and that my innocence of any wrong doing will be proved," Mayor Kovacik said. "Mr. Holovachka (Metro Holo-vachka, deputy prosecutor) can get all the indictments he wants. I am not afraid of any charges that are so politically-tainted as his, and ask only my American right to refute them and demand complete vindication. "The investigation is part of savage political propaganda campaign against me and my administration by men who would stoop to anything to gain their political ends." Stanton said about 22 witnesses, including the mayor, his polic? chief, James Mullaney, and several Whiting city policeman, will testify before the grand jury. Stanton de clared he is anxious to learn more about alleged gambling activities in Whiting as well as reports of bribe solicitation on building projects, A pro&e or East Chicago gam bling-politics tieups is scheduled after the Whiting investigation. Stanton indicated that the grand jury will investigate further into the East Chicago school board election charges made by Aid. Thad Bogusz that councilmen solicited bribes from candidates. Crate from Lost Plane Picked Up LONDON (AP) A U. S. destroyer has picked up part of a charred crate known to have been aboard the giant U. S. transport plane which vanished last Friday with 53 American airmen, it was announced today. A spokesman for the U. S. third air division said the debris was found last night by the destroyer Benner about 600 miles southwest of Ireland. It was identified as a piece of the packing for a spare gasoline tank carried as cargo on the missing four-engined Globe-master. The plane vanished on Good Friday during a flight from Limestone, Me., to the Mildenhall air base in England. The search continued today with 51 planes in the air. North Dakota Declares One-Day War on Skunks BISMARCK, N. D. (UP) North Dakota will open a full-fledged war on skunks, April 5. On that day state and federal conservation men will take to the fields with shotguns, traps and gas bombs in an attempt to stop infiltration of rabies-infected skunks from South Dakota. Mark Worcester of the federal Times JtfyjNS. DP, CP, AtoWlr Photo i I 7 " n Ify Prosecutor Lauds WCC On Birthday Credits Women With Ridding County of Vice GARY The crusade by-a group of Steel City housewives aroused two years ago by the brutal robbery slaying of s school teacher halted a $26, vvv,vvv gamonng industry in the county, struck an effective civic blow at corrupt politics and touched off a national re form movement that led to the senate investigation of U. S crime conditions. Prosecutor David P. Stanton last night heaped that praise on the militant Women's Citizens committee at the second anniversary of its organization in Seaman hall, where an enthusiastic throng of 700 heard pledges that public-spirited citizens will not relax in their battle for good, progressive government. THE SHOT that killed Mary Cheever was heard around the world," Prosecutor Stanton acclaimed. "It was the spark that touched off a, revolution unique in the annals of American government. "The march of 2,000 women upon the Gary city hall first focused the eyes of the country upon conditions now shown to exist nation-wide. "Miss Cheever's death and the widespread publicity attached to the women's revolution in Gary were responsible in a large part for the recognition of the need of a national crime investigation such as that of the Kefauver committee!" STANTON, whose election climaxed the two-yer campaign of Continued on Page 2 Chroiiowski to Ignore State Election Ruling Despite an opinion by the Indiana attorney general's office that he is ineligible to run for mayor of East Chicago, Peter S. Chronowski, North township justice of the peace, said today that he does not intend to pull dut of the mayoralty race. The deadline for filing or withdrawing is midnight tonight. County Clerk Bartel Zandstra said his office in Crown Point will be open until 4 p. m. but candidates may file declarations for city offices by mail if their letter is postmarked by midnight tonight. IN A SURPRISE move this morning, City Judge Thomas W. Callahan filed for renomination on the democratic ticket. He has been East Chicago city judge since 1937. Judge Callahan had indicated previously that he may not be a candidate, although he led the democratic ticket during each of the four times he ran for office in East Chicago. . Chronowski, a former court bailiff, is one of three democratic candidates for mayor of East Chicago. The attorney general's office late 30 Pages Charge Mac Plots Thrust At Mainland Hopes for Early War Settlement Now in UN's Lap TOKYO (UP) The Chinese reds dashed any hopes for an early cease-fire in Korea today with a scornful rejection of Gen Douglas MacArthur's bid for battlefield negotiations. Radio Peiping called Mac Arthur's offer of last Saturday to meet the communist commander in the field "a shameless bluff" and "an insult to the Chinese people." accused mm or plotting an invasion of China itself and again called for a "holy struggle" to drive the UN forces out of Korea. PEirLNGTS flat rejection f MacArthur's "military" offer left the next step for peaceful settle ment of the Korean war up to United Nations diplomats. The United States in association with 13 other UN members with iroops in Korea is preparing a new statement of policy on Korea. It is expected to include a basis for a new approach to communist China. Radio Peiping' s rejection of MacArthur's offer was issued in the name of the government-sponsored antl - Amerlan Korean aid general federation, headed by communist Vice Premier Kuomo-Jo. It dealt at length both with MacArthur's offer to discuss a mil itary way out with the communist commander in chief and his warning that any UN decision to strike at China itself "would doom red China to the risk of imminent mill tary collapse." The statement said MacArthur's offer was "not worthy of consideration" by the Chinese people's gov ernment. "MACARTHUR'S statement is a shameless bluff," Peiping said. "Like many other past bluffings he has made, it is not worth even one laugh and will certainly prove bankrupt, as in the past. "However, MacArthur's declaration concerning American and British prepartions for direct inva sion of our country is a stern fact. . . . "From the very beginning of the American and British invasion of Korea, we have pointed out that the aggressors' objective was China. Therefore, the Chinese people in facing the Korean situation cannot leave it undealt with. "At present the situation is very clear. "Not only is the UN unable to cancel its shameless resolution censuring us as an aggressor, not only do the American aggressors and their accomplices refuse the reasonable demands of our country and other countries regarding peaceful settlement of the Korean problem and an American military withdrawal from Formosa, but MacArthur and the American aggressors are hard bent upon pro longing and expanding this aggres sive war. 'Therefore, our whole nation must increase its vigilance and strengthen the holy struggle to de mand the homeland, liberate all Korea and fight until the aggres sors are driven out of Korea. . . ." Remove Triple War Neivs Censorship TOKYO (UP) Gen. Douglas MacArthur's headquarters today abolished triple censorship of news dispatches transmitted by army teletype from Korea to Tokyo. yesterday in an official opinion to Edwin Steers, member of the state election commission, said Chronow- GARY Peter Billick. Gary police captain, resigned today and announced that he will seek the republican nomination for mayor in the May 7 primary election. Billick has been on the force for 21 years. ski is not eligible to hold the office of mayor in a city in which the mayor does not act as city judge. Chronowski told The Times he will fight the case in court, if necessary. "The attorney general, as far as I'm concerned, has been right only about 1 per cent of the time," Chronowski said. Continued on Page 2 "AnAr Final Edition More About Crime Read about the shocking revelations ef corrupt politicians who promoted lawlessness over the nation on Page 25 today. Price 5 Cents n J Allies Ram Across Old Frontier TOKYO (UP) United Na-tions forces hammered stub bornly resisting Chinese reds back to the 38th parallel in western Korea today and rammed seven miles across the old communist frontier on the east coast. The UN command also struck hard at the communists by air and sea as the Chinese rejected Gen. Douglas MacArthur's offer to discuss a truce with the red commander on the battlefield. One B-29 Superfortress carried the war to China's doorstep. It fought off intercepting enemy fighters and bombed the half-mile-long railway bridge across the Yalu river border between northwest Korea and Manchuria at Sinuiju. IT WAS THE first raid in recent months on the main bridge over which Chinese reinforcements and supplies enter Korea. Sixteen other B-29s blasted airfields around Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, and eight more hit the enemy's east coast port of Hamhung. The B-29s altogether dropped 210 tons of explosives on the three target areas. IT. S. Sabre join also tangled with communist jets over northwest Korea on three occasions today with no known damage to either side. Sixteen Sabre jots battled 23 hoviet-built MIG-15 in one dogfight this afternoon. Other American planes killed or wounded 250 enemy troops and destroyed seven communist tanks in strikes just behind the fighting front. At sea, U. S., British, Dutch, Australian and South Korean warships carried their non-stop bombardment of the communist east coast port of Wonsan through Its 41st day. V. S. REAR ADMIRAL Allen K Smith told a press conference that Wonsan, once a thriving port cf 35,000 population, had been turned into a "city of death." Only "suicide groups" living In caves to repel any Allied invasion remain, he said. Front dispatches reported Chi nese and North Korean communist troops falling back all along the ground fronts under relentless Al lied attack. Even elements of the fresh 26th Chineses division rushed in to stem the Allied push north of Seoul were reported withdrawing. U. S. elements du north of Seoul and L'ijonghu were only five miles from the 38th parallel late today. Farther east, an 8th army communique reported stubborn communist resistance in Changgo. seven miles south of the parallel. On the east-central front, an American division ran into its first opposition in 13 days six miles below the parallel and 10 to 15 miles northeast of Pungam. U. S. patrols there were fired upon by reds using small arms and machine guns. An unseasonable snowstorm slowed operations generally on the east-central front. Smile-Wrcalhecl Cops Gel Awards The Hammond man who wrote a letter to The Hammond Times "Voice of the People" a month ago, offering to give $1 to every Hammond policeman caught smiling, has finally paid off. A. It. Harris, 4548 Hohman Ave., who complained in his letter that the local law enforcers went about their duties in too grim a fashion, has found two policemen who smile. IN A LETTER to Chief Thomas J. Martinson, he enclosed Jl for Officer No. 119-who is Patrolman William Blaemire together with a letter complimenting Blaemire and a fellow-officer. Patrolman Alhort Wilfinger, for their smiles whilo on duty. "I was downtown about 11 a. m. Saturday and to my great pleasure, they could and did smile continuously," Harris wrote. "This is a very rare thing for a Hammond policeman. "Keep it up, and let's see If we can't encourage others, from the chief on down." Blaemire and Wilfinger say they're pleased to get the $1 and they plan to turn it over to the Red Cross, since they don't want to commercialize on their personalities. Today's Times Crossword Puzzle 24. Classified Ads , 29-27-28-20 Comics .....21 Editorials Obituaries 6 Radio and TV Programs. . .25 Region Bulletins 6 Sports 17-19 Theater Tage 23 Unle Ray's Corner 10 Voice of the People 18 Woman's Pages .....11-15 0)

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