The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 2, 1958 · Page 1
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Tuesday, December 2, 1958
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The Weather Warmtr tonight; partly cloudy with IIRlt temperature ehring* Wednesday; hf 0 h today 35*48, low tonight 20-28. AUSTIN DAILY HERALD Barb for Today two months afttf t woman policeman arrested a man for speeding h« got a life sentence They married. AUSTIN, MINN., TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2,1958 Member Associated Press 20 Pages Investigators Look for Cause of School THIS WAS CHICAGO CLASSROOM-Charred desks on second floor. 90 Meet Fiery Death in Chicago Scene of Terror and Confusion CHICAGO (AP) — Grim investigators today shook off the shock of Chicago's worst school fire and strove to find the answer to this question: "How did it happen and why?" The fire that flashed through Our Lady of the Angels School Monday shortly before closing time cost 90 lives— 87 children and three nuns. More than 85 youngsters remained in hospitals. It was Chicago's most disastrous blaze since the Iroquois Theater holocaust in 1903 and the third worst school fire in the nation in 100 years. The flames shot up in the two- f* m I ««| Stark Silence Rules at Scene of Disaster Allied Diplomats Seen as Favoring Plebiscite to Challenge Khrushchev LONDON (AP) — Some Allied I jected free-city status, Khrush- diplomats today were reported in chev would be obliged to dump favor of challenging Nikitajhis scheme and continue to abide by the existing four-power occupation agreements. Bound to Withdraw If the West Berliners accepted the Soviet Premier's proposals, then the Americans, British and Khrushchev to a plebiscite in which West Berliners could accept or reject his proposal to make their city a demilitarized free city. Qualified informants said under the proposal being suggested, if th« 2,200,000 West Berliners re- 30-Day View: Cold Weather WASHINGTON (AP) — The Weather Bureau foresees weather colder than normal for the season in the northern half of the nation east of the continental divide in the next 30 days. The 30-day forecast, issued Monday, says: "The 30-day outlook for December calls for temperatures to average below seasonal normals over the northern half of the nation from the Continental Divide to tht Atlantic Sea- normal temperatures 2. That in any vote the West j fundamental rethinking among the Berliners would resoundly reject the Soviet proposals. There was no indication whether the idea of challenging the Russians thus has yet been considered by Allied governments at top level. It is known, however, that the Allies about their position not only in Berlin but in all Germany. There is a recognition in several Allied capitals that, 13 years after the war, the time has come to examine new approaches and even take risks for the sake of another high-level East-West attempt at French would be bound to with-1 Soviet move has started some a German peace settlement. draw their 10,000 troops from their sectors of the city. The Informants stressed that this was only one of several ideas being pondered. The Allied diplomats who favor some such proposal to Moscow said they are convinced: 1. That the Russians would not risk putting their proposals to the test of public opinion. story brick building like fire from a blowtorch. Heat and smoke trapped the victims on the upper! floor of the north wing of the U-shaped structure. 24 in One Room Twenty-four bodies were found in one room. Most of them were jammed near windows. Firemen, sickened by the spectacle, said a few of the children were still at their desks, apparently paralyzed by fear and panic. Others leaped from windows. The little survivors suffered from burns, bones broken in falls and the shock of the horror they beheld. Fire Commissioner Robert 3. Quinn considered the possibility of arson. That possibility was raised y the swift spread of the blaze. "It was the worst thing I have ever seen or ever will see," he said. Quinn also said the black smoke indicated ( an oil-type fire. CHICAGO (AP) — A strange, brooding silence hung over Our Lady of the Angels School today. Cold winds blew through glassless windows of the two-story brick building. The char marks of flames traced a rough pattern WHERE ROOF COLLAPSED — Officials examine charred section of second floor where roof collapsed. Burned out rooms on each side of this corridor bore brunt of damage and fire officials said most of the youngsters who perished were in these two rooms. (AP Photofax) Humphrey 'Optimistic' After Talk With Nikita MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. ] real understanding beween the Area Man in Hospital With Shot Wound GRAND MEADOW, Minn. — A Grand Meadow area man is in good condition at a Rochester eastward board. "Above are indicated for the California coast and Florida. In other areas j about normal temperatures for] He is Lester Alger, about 22. the season are in prospect. ! who lives with his parents, Mr. and | Hubert Humphrey (D-Minn) said in a telephone interview from Moscow today he "came away- optimistic" after talking disarmament with Russian Premier Khrushchev. But, he told the Minneapolis Star by telephone, "believe me, they're out to win. They're working day and night. We've got tough competition." In this and another interview by radio station Wcco, Minneapolis Soviet premier and the United States. "I stated our position on all issues frankly. I made it clear that I was not speaking as an envoy of the United States but as a private citizen and a legislator," 'Seemed Receptive' Humphrey told Wcco that various Soviet officials including Khrushchev, "seemed receptive" to his suggestion for greater international cooperation in pooling Property Damage Was Only $50,000 CHICAGO (AP) — Fire Commissioner Robert J. Quinn, who directed firefighting and rescue operations at the tragic fire in our Lady of the Angels Grade School Monday, estimated damage to the two-story brick building at $50,000. Cyprus Deadlock Unbroken as U. N. Hears Session End The fire originated In the north- "What does that mean in the east corner of the school at 3808;face of this tragedy?" Quinn W. Iowa St. on jthe Northwest asked. Side. Investigators pinpointed the place of origin below the street level. Can on Stairwell A 30-gallon can was found in a stairwell in that section of the structure. It was taken to the police crime laboratory for careful examination. Another possibility was that the in black near the top of the north wall. A geography, seared and shorn of covers, lay on the sidewalk out in front. Silence also ruled the school half an hour before the end of Monday's classes. Then: A stranger walked into th'e can- fire sprang up in waste paper in.dy shop of Mrs. Barbara Glow- the basement near that corner of acki, just north of the school, the building. " He asked to use the telephone," Daniel O'Shea, 12, a pupil who she related, "and I told him I had carried the waste paper to the j no public phone. Then he said the basement a few minutes before jschool was on fire and left." the fire started was questioned by police seeking to determine the cause of the disaster. Dumped Paper Dashed Out The stranger had a calm air about him, and Mrs. Glowacki's reaction was slow. But when'she By TOM HOGE UNITED NATIONS, N.Y (AP) — The U.N. Assembly today dragged into the home stretch of one of the least eventful sessions in its 13-year history. There ap- jeared little to stop the world body from winding up on schedule Dec. 12. The 81-nation main Political Committee pressed to conclude debate on the Cyprus issue by midweek. That would leave the Assembly with only three main items to discuss — atomic radi* tion, Algeria and Hungary. *> To Vote on 6 Plans The Cyprus question appeared, headed for a deadlock. The committee neared a vote on half a dozen rival, resolutions.' None appeared 'to have enough support to get the two-thirds majority needed for Assembly approval. A compromise resolution entered Monday night by India and eight other nations called on Britain to continue negotiations to promote self-government for its crown colony. The British said the Kaus-Kmmt Employe Election Slated Friday Announcers, salesmen, office force and engineers at Kaus-Kmmt will decide Friday on the question of union representation in a 10 a. m. to noon vote at the station. hospital, recovering from an ac-j^Pgt""^"^ Humphrey"d'ecHned medica) information. Among his The boy said he left his seventh ! rea lized the import of his state-! cidental gunshot wound suffered ! t() R0 into de ' tai i s of n j s i ong cou . \ proposals was one for establish-1 grade room with a basket of paper' men t, she dashed out to ger her 1 Monday. ference with Khrushchev. j ing and international health and | about 10 minutes before the fire be-Daughter -Helena, 6, a second-} medical research year, along theigan. He added that he dumped j grader who emerged unhurt. ' lines of the International Geo jthe paper in a container to be, Across the street from Discussed Main Things "Precipitation is expected to ex- Mrs. Elmo Alger, Bennington "We discussed in detail the I physical Year. ceed normal along the Gulf and | Township. St. Marys Hospital staff Geneva conference on disarmama- The Mnator described Khrush . Atlantic coast, over the northern j members said the pellets passed! ment, agriculture, Russia's seven- L hev as « very frank and outgoing, | burned later by the janitor. Plains, and along the West Coast. "Subnormal amounts are expected in the southern Plateau, the •outhern Rocky Mountain states and the central Plains. Otherwise near normal precipitation is indicated." the school, a housewife, Mrs. Mary Sgt. Drew Brown, head of the 'Jalowiecki, dashed out of her police arson squad, said the waste; apartment. Her son Ronald was throughhis thigh. No large vessels: year program, the education pro-| (a m£m) who talks right up and paper was dllmped in the boiler |_ ... :.. : ] im'am frarlo roliirinn in T?nccia i .... . ...' . .-__.. .. i.' were injured. igram, trade, religion in Russia- Reports on the accident are in-i we had a long talk on that." complete. Apparently Alger was cleaning the gun when it discharged. His parents took him to Spring But he said he wanted to report j n omic life, to officials in Washington, including possibly the president, before i seems well informed, particularly | room about 15 feet from the stair- £L||J X/Vfr" « American political and eco- lievd V*I1IIQ YlCilmS Duluth Area Youth Is Fatally Wounded Rice Lake Township youth who would have been 17 Christmas Day was fatally wounded by • shotgun blast late Monday. A younger sister found Arthur T. Zimmerman shot in the home of their parents. Mr. and Mrs. George Zimmerman, when she returned from school. Duluth police were summoned but the boy died shortly after being taken to a hospital. Valley doctor, who after first aid, i expanding on the talks, transferred Alger by ambulance Humphrey said "it's going 'o to Rochester. .take a lot of time" to establish The Weather Official I. S. Keadiiif; from Herald WealUer Site on Hoot of Fire Station: High previous 24 hours — 26. Low previous 24 hours — 21. Reading at 8:30 a.m. — 21. General weather—Partly cloudy, j Readings Taken at Herald Bltig. ! MONDAY | . 22 7 P. M. 1 P. M. 2 P. M. 3 P. M. 4 P. M: .i P. M. ti P. M. 1 A. M. 2 A. M. 3 A. M. 4 A. M. 5 A. M. 6 A. M. 24 25 24 8 P. M. 9 P. M. 10 P. M. ..23 11 P. M. •» 12 P. M. TL'ESDAY .. 18 : 7 A. M , .. 18 8 A. M. ..19 9 A. M. 10 A. M. 11 A. M. 12 Noon 20 21 22 . 21 j . 20 j . 20 18! | 24j 2li! 29' 33 i 36j SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS READ OUR ADS well where the fire was believed; to have started. From 9 tO 1 4 But, if the fire started in the : paper, how was it kindled? CHICAGO (AP)—The 87 pupils came forward with an;at Our Lady of the Angels grade Smith Favored to Succeed Sucha Melvin Smith, a Ramsey County deputy probation officer, this morning was unanimously recommended as Mower County Probation Officer to succeed William Sucha. The recommendation to the Mow- Nobody answer. j school who perished in a fire One theory was that a cigarette Monday ranged in age from 9 tol may have been discarded in the U- Most of the victims were from'" Coun 'y Board came from Dis ' refuse second-floor classrooms. i lnct Judges A. C. Richardson, Sgt. 'Brown found black smudg- The West Side Roman Catholic | Warre" Plunkett and James Caes on the lower walls of the stair- school had an enrollment of 1,300 nl , a » d ^ v ^ e Jud ee Paul Ktm- well that indicated an oil-like sub- »' "* eight grades. The eighth- alJ fter sudyingM applications Mrs. Stasia Haversberg, bus! ness agent for Local 578, said this morning that sample ballots anc instructions for conducting the elec tion were Deceived from the Nation al Labor Relations Board. Employes at Kaus - Kmml went on strike Nov. 21, charging that the Black Hawk Broadcasting Co., Waterloo, Iowa, was stalling in not refusing to recognize Local 578 as bargaining agent. Company officials and union oJ ficials met Friday with a representative of the NLRB and agreed to hold an election within 10 days to decide union representation, A list of 29 employes was certified by both sides as eligible fcr the voting. A representative of NLRB will take charge of the secret balloting. stance had burned there. grade class rooms were on the Pope John XXIII sent to the burned-out second floor and many Chicago Archdiocese a telegram P"Piis in the 12-13 age group were of profound sorrow over the disas- lisled among the dead. Some, low- ter in the Roman Catholic school. , e "'-Bi'ade class rooms also were •on the second floor but most were Milling Throng Strains at Leash Fastened to Disaster BLONDE BEAUTY NAME ROSE TOURNEY QUEEN — Pamela Elaine Prather, above, 19-year-old beauty from Pasadena City College, today was named Queen of the 1959 Tournament of Roses. She has green eyes, is 5 feet 2'/2 inches tall, and weighs 1 10 pounds. (AP Photofax) for the post held by Sucha since 1951. The County Board is expected to act on the recommendation sometime this afternoon. Smith, 30, is a graduate of Guson the first, which was not badly i l ' uVUS Adolphus College with a ma- damaged. | iur in business administration and _ ! minor in sociology. one of the first youngsters out of | H ? is married and a 1038 gradu- the school. :ate of the Juvenile Officers Insti- "I went upstairs (in the school) tule ol llle University of Minn?CHICAGO <AP) — The milling talked to each other in Polish. : and the smoke hit me and I went ; sota throng had a life of its own - Hushed, soft Italian voices joined right back," Mrs Jalowiecki said.!. Salar y recommended by the stretching and straining at a leash the murmur. | Then she burst into tears and^ udges is * 5 ' (5(x) a y fi ar. that was fastened to disaster. ' Most just looked. A man touched sobbed: "The kids on the second As firemen bore each lifeless the woman by his side — they'floor were hanging out of the form, shrouded in canvas, to the turned away without words. windows and screaming. At leuat waiting line of ambulances, faces And others waited. Those clos- lu jumped. I saw five or six sit- surged forward, then back. est to the tragedy, the parents, iin S and laying in the gravel (on Some heads turned away from went to hospitals, then to the ' ne ground directly under the up- T1 I the sight of the pitifully small fig ;morgue in a bitter search for their ;P er windows). They were full of 1C lures. Others faced ahead, blank, children. jblood. It was horrible." unbelieving, as they watched fire- Nuns who taught the children,; Sirens Filled Air linen carry the dead from Our ; knew them, loved them, sat silent The sound of sirens tilled the Jr - of I l « a ca, N. Y., containing two Lady of the Angels Catholic paro-'in the convent. chilly air of the Northwest Side ^ bills aild tms admission: j chail grade school. In every home sered by the fire, as fi*'e trucks, police cars and am- He sneaked into the theater 10' i Through the broad door and shades were drawn, but lights still bulances sped to the school. But years ago and saw "It Had To Bei stairway the tragic procession burned. tnef > a strange silence enveloped Vou," a 1947 film starring Ginger icame — under the arch chiseled Searchlights still bathed the ruin the area. Kogers and Cornel Wilde. jwith Our Lady oi the Angels. — but it was over. Mayor Richard J. Daley | An old woman held a black ker- The new day came, but for city officials stood I duel to her thin lips. She crossed many the memory ot the old was school. They were i herself, her lips moving in prayer, an etching in sorrow that will not FIRK Two men wept openly. They yield to the dawn. (Continued on page 2) SeeS PlCtUTC 111 '47 J M U D <t^ 300 NOW HO rOyS $Z HOLLYWOOD Calif (AP) ' , ~~ manager of Warner Bros. Hollywood Theater s,aid he re ceived a letter from Nick Tuevsky proposal was not acceptable, virtually dooming prospects for passage. 12 Nations Represented The radiation issue was expected to be disposed of quickly. Twelve nations represented on he U.N. Scientific Committee on Atomic Radiation have put in a resolution proposing that the agen- . cy continue its work. It was expected to be approved without serious opposition. The Algerian discussion promised to be a heated but one-sided affair. ' The French have served notice they will not take part in the debate on grounds the future of the North African territory is a French internal matter. Most of the 28 Asian-African nations and the Soviet bloc are expected to speak fully on the colonial issue, however. India Is Working. Informed sources said India was working on a resolution whereby the Assembly would call for negotiations to settle Algeria's future but it had a doubtful future. The Hungarian question, which is expected to generate considerable East-West heat, goes directly to the General Assembly. The West is expected to concentrate its fire on the executions of 'former Premier Imre Nagy, Gen. Pal Maleter and others who led the abortive 1956 rebellion. The Assembly's Special Committee on Hungary has issued a com- munique deploring the executions and later put out a special report outlining other sentences against Hungarian freedom fighters. and Tuevsky said, he wanted to outside the make it good, because the picture grave' and was "of some cpnsequence. entertaining as well as educational." HERO CONGRATULATED — Eddie Sowell, 17, University High School sophomore at Morganfown, W. Va. ( takes one of several congratulatory calls he received after stopping a runaway loaded school bus. His mother listens in. The youth brought the bus to a halt after the driver was stricken with a fatal heart attack i AP Photofax)

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