The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 23, 1958 · Page 1
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Austin, Minnesota
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Tuesday, December 23, 1958
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The Weather Cloudy with Httte light i«w Wednesday; hfoh in tipper 36»; low tonight near 25. A Day To Remember DAILY HERALD Barb for Today Most meteoff bom of» if Uwy, race towards the cnrth, and they descend merely HI dust cannot be seen, AUSTIN, MINN,, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23,1958 Member Associated Press Fire Rages Out of Control in 80^Yr.-Old Grand Hotel Fight to Save Adjoining Theater, Cafe Fire raced between , the third floor ceiling and roof of the Grand Hotel today, threatening to wipe out the 80-year-old structure. It appeared to be centered oh the northeast corner of the building, where the first flames broke through. Source og the fire, however, was noJSmmediately deter- rrdned-fctlFirernen chopped holes in the ceiling in an attempt to get it under control. Mrs. Hazel Glassel, hotel operator, called the station at 11:17 a.m. to say teresly, "The Grand Hotel is on fire." At that time there was just a curl of smoke. AH Apparatus Used Two pumpers and a 1 a d d e r ruck answered the call. Firemen went up on the roof and started spraying the roof and wall of the paramount theater, just a few feet to the east. At 12:15 Chief John Tobar call Mrs. Bryan Elmer, Norman Park Addition, with Audrey, 3, and Craig, 5, in a Christmas scene, typical in homes BUT GOP HAILS PLAN throughout America. Though not in the picture, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur B. Elmer, 203 S. Greenwich, were proud grandparents as they watched the youngsters decorate the tree while Ken Hanson, THE HERALD cameraman, snapped the color photo. Dems Dubious Over Budget WASHINGTON (AP)—President Eisenhower's plan for a 77-billion- dollar balanced budget next year taxes, and some new user charges for government services. Chairman Clarence Cannon (D- was described by Democrats as!Mo), whose house appropriations unrealistic today, but Republicans!committee will have first crack at called it a welcome Christmas;Eisenhower's appropriations represent to the taxpayers. I quests, said he is gratified at the Eisenhower'.-? announcement of|P lan for a balanced budget "but his budget plans, unprecedented in advance of the opening of Congress, said defense spending would be higher and other expenditures "consistent with the public interest" without any general increase in taxes. ' Below Estimate His approximate 77-billion dollar spending figure would be two billions below this year's estimated $79,200,000,000 total. At that level, a 12-billion-dollar deficit is expected this year, partly because the recession cut expected federal revenues. Eisnhower originally had forecast a 500-million-dollar surplus for this year, based on lower spending , higher revenues and a postal rate increase higher than that Congress later provided. Without giving details, Eisenhower said "reductions in total spending, will be achieved in part by reason of the ending of temporary programs in agriculture, unemployment insurance and housing." Soil Program to Expire Due to expire next year are part of the soil bank program and a recession-born program of extended unemployment compensation benefits. Although no I am quite dubious about it. I I don't see how he is going to get the extra revenue." Wishful Thinking Sen. A. S. Mike Monroney (D- Okla) said the announcement seemed to him to include "more wishful thinking then any realistic general tax increase is to be asked, Eisenhower said—again without giving details — that his budget will request higher postal rates and gasoline approach" to budgetary problems. Sen. Mike Mansfield (D-Mont), assistant Senate Democratic leader, commented that "I can't see a gas tax increase" as being in the cards and said Eisenhower will have trouble, too, in getting Congress to vote another increase in postal rates. "I don't see how he can expect to balance a budget of 77 billion dollars of outgo with an anticipated income of 75% billions for the next fiscal year," Mansfield said. Discounts Postal Increase Like Mansfield, Cannon dis- counted another postal rate increase, but he saw more chance of a rise in the present 3 cents a gallon federal tax on gasoline. There has been increasing talk in recent weeks of a possible increase to 4 or 4% cents a gallon to help meet rising costs of federal highway construction. Sen. Joseph C. O'Mahoney (D- Wyo) said he doubted even the higher postage, gas tax and service charges mentioned by the President would produce a balanced budget if spending reaches a 77-billion-dollar level. New Scientific Tricks Revealed by America's Talking Satellite LOS ANGELES (AP) - America's talking satellite is up to some new tricks. As it flashed over Southern California Monday it punched out a teletype tape in a listening station near Los Angeles that was used by The Associated Press on its nationwide news wires. Punched in Past The tape carried President Eisenhower's Christmas greeting to the world. It was punched out in a Signal Corps' listening post in Corona, Calif., by the radio signal beamed from the four-ton Atlas. The tape was transmitted from The Associated Press office at Los Angeles exactly as received. The first few words were missing and there was a typographical error or two in the paragraph as the result of interference in the atmosphere. De Gaulle Says Hell Visit U.S. PARIS (AP) ~ Premier Charles de gaulle has accepted an invitation to make a state visit to the United States early next spring, informed sources disclosed today. De Gaulle, who takes office as president of France Jan. 8, was first invited to the United States by President Eisenhower July 5, after he took over the reins of the French government. The invitation was renewed last month by Secretary of State John Foster Dulles when he called on De Gaulle during the NATO Council meeting in Paris. Here is the paragraph just as it was received by the Signal Corps and transmitted by the AP: "Pt of the United States speak ng. Through the marels of sci- dotific advance my voice is com- ng to you from a satellite circling n outer space. My message is a simple one. Through this unique means I convey to you and to all mankind America's wish for peace on earth and good will toward men everywhere." The start of the message should read, "This is the President oi the United States speaking" and 'marvels of scientific" in next sentence. APPREHENSIVE CHRISTMAS West Berlin: Blessed by Wealth but Nagged by^Fear of Commies By SEYMOUR TOPPING BERLIN (AP)-Children singing carols as U.S. Army tanks rumble by ... Minks and diamond studs at gay holiday parties and tattered refugees from the Communist East.. .A city blessed by prosperity and nagged by fear. This is West Berlin at Christmas time — five months and four days before the Russian ul- of ditional way. They try to forget their isolation in the heart of Communist East Germany. Yet under the city's skin, there is a gnawing apprehension of the Russians, blockade and war. It doesn't show plainly in the newspapers or in casual conversation. "Pray this Christmas that the Russians don't gobble us up," said a young streetcar conductor. of war will become acute when the Russians transfer to the East German satellite regime their controls over Allied supply lines to West Germany. The United States, Britain and France say they will resist East German controls. And the Russians are retorting that an Allied effort to ram through to isolated West Berlin by force might trigger World War III. 3 BIG ON DEC. 23 "Two days before Christmas" has been written graphically Into the records of the Austin Fire Dept. Dec. 23, 1949 was the date of the disastrous Montgomery Ward fire on Mill street. Dec. 23, 1954 was the date of the Riverside Market blaze on Water street. . Today, with Christmas just two days, away, the department experienced the biggest fire of 1958. , ed out all the apparatus, Including a 750-galloh pumper, which ha been in retirement. This pumpe was dispatched to the rear of th building, where furniture, house hold goods, merchandise a n equipment were hastily piled, o taken away in cars with help from bystanders. At 11:45, Chief Tobar ordered halt to salvage efforts, for by tha time conditions were such tha lives would be in grave danger Fronting the structure on Wate street near Chatham were, east tc west, Donna Lynn Maternity Shop Arens Real Estate, Grand Hote lobby, Kozy Nook Cafe, H. O Greene Real Estate, Imperial Cleaners, and Holgate Barbersho and Beauty Parlor. Directly we; of the building is the Rose Room Restaurant. John Loring, owner was sending out coffee to firemen Wind Blows Smoke Smoke, blown by a north wine started pouring into building across the street and business op erators closed the doors to keep i out as much as possible. Water street was roped off to keep the ever-growing crowd of Christmas Shoppers from get- ling too close. However, the smoke was becoming so dense that the barricade was hardly necessary. At 12:30 p.m. Chief Tobar stat ed that the*35-room building prob ably could not be saved. Firemen still clung to the hop FIRE (Continued on Page 10) WHERE FLAMES BROKE THROUGH—The first breakthrough of flames in the Grand Hotel fire was in the northeast corner of the building under the roof. This 'WHOLE SKY ON FIRE' photo was taken by THE HERALD from the roof of the Paramount Theater. Shattering Eruption of Gas Truck Kills 4, Injures 160 BROWNFIELD, Tex. (AP) — Four men perished when a bottled gas truck blew up in a shattering eruption of shooting flames and lying steel Monday night. An estimated 160 persons, most of them spectators, suffered wounds and burns. Clothes on Fire; Building Ruined WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A teenage boy's snowman costume caught fire Monday when he lit a cigarette. He ran screaming through a clothing store and set fire to the building. The boy was David Balst, 17, of Wilmington, hired by the store to entertain. While a phonograph played "Frosty the Snowman," the costumed youngster danced on the sidewalk outside the store. He lit the cigarette during a break in his routine. As he rushed through the block-long store his burning costume set little fires in the piles of clothing on display. The fire destroyed the store and damaged apartment in the three- story building. Five persons were overcome by smoke. Biast was in critical condition TV Set Goes Off Way Off With Thief DETROIT (AP)-David Barton, 30, told police he was watching a late movie on television when he feil asleep. When he awoke, the room was dark and he thought the picture tube had burned out. He turned on a room light and found the $300 set had been stolen. About 45 remained hospitalized today. "The whole sky seemed to be on fire," a witness exclaimed. (Tries Fill Air The cries of the injured filled lie air at the scene, on the outskirts of this west Texas city of 7,000. The community turned out to help the wounded and burned. Soon the Terry County Hospital could receive no more, and doctors and nurses sent them to nearby towns. Killed were the truck driver, two firemen and a spectator. Cab Overturned The fire which caused the explosion was set off by the collision of the bottled gas truck and a pickup truck. The cab-of the cab- trailer truck overturned. The spectacular fire drew an estimated 250 spectators. Firemen said the three-compart ment gas tank caught fire at both ends and the center tank exploded later, shooting metal and flames info the massed crowd, some standing in the immediate area remainder across the highway. Twenty firemen were alongside the truck. Minister Credited The Rev. James Tidwell, Methodist minister, was credited by res- cue directors with greatly speeding relief for the injured. The minister, from the hospital grounds, saw the flash of the explosion. He alerted the hospital staff that injuries would be great because he had seen > the large crowd around the gas truck. Blood offers came from Brownfield citizens almost simultaneously with the explosion. There were more offers than were needed. Many Help Seven Brownffld doctors, medical student, a minister with some medical training, two Levelland doctors and three military medical corpsmen home on leave pitched in and helped with the injured. The operation was so speedily mobilized and - carried out that within two hours the hospital was cleared except for the seriously injured who were bedfast. One disaster worker said ambulances from "every town in the area that had ambulances musl have sent all they had." SELL RESERVED SEATS MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — All reserved seats for the Russian-U. S. Nationals hockey game here Jan. SIZES IT UP— A fireman sized up the situation from the roof of the Grand Hotel. .The helmet of another fireman can be seen 'from a window below. ' Hotel Dates Back to 79 3 have been sold but 1000 general i when fire destroyed the Grand admission tickets, costing $1.50 Hotel today, it claimed one of the . i_ , . . />ift**» j-»l/?Ac»f \\tiilt3inrrm each, went on sale today. No tickets will be sold at Williams Arena on the day of the game. IN CHRISTMAS ADDRESS timatura for the withdrawal Allied troops expires. "We West Berliners are heroes," says a newspaper editor. "But we will keep our nerve. , , ,. . j i" "~~ ™ ~~ — —- —• —- w«w I«*W<*B MUM V f V4 V* i*V-l*lJ*iJ£*J A ^JdWbd There is no other choice. East Germans from traveling to,Soviet bid to convert their me- So the 2,200,000 West Berliners i West Berlin. jtropolis into « defenseless "free celebrate Christina* in their tra-1 West Berliner* think the danger ' city." When the Soviet ultimatum runsj West Berliners surrounded by jout, the Russians say they intend j 400,000 Russian troops, know what 110 1 to end the four-power status of; their fate will be if war conies. Berlin. Then the Reds might close j Nevertheless, they have defiantly the East Berlin border and block'and overwhelmingly rejected the city's oldest buildings. The hotel was originally called the Mansfield House and was built in 1879 by J. H. Mansfield, who opened it for business late that year. It was a frame building with brick veneer, three stories high. It had 35 rooms. In the early 1900s, the place was operated by B. E. Shutt and the name had been changed to t h • Grand Hotel. The "History of Mow* er County" published in 19H des< • cribed it as "A commercial and family hotel," well situated and John XXIII, in his first Christmas i warned them to be vigilant "in 'well conducted. Rooms are airy, address, urged the world to Chris- j the night that is darkening" and and well lighted, and the cuisine" tian unity and peace today. But ready to defend Christian prin-jis excellent." he said his plea was not likely to ciples against the "insidiousness : Forrest Miller, former Aust«» be heard in Communist -ruled! of the enemies of God"— a clear j resident, has been owner of the lands. 1 reference to atheistic communism. ' building for many years. Curing Pope Asks Men to Put Aside Thoughts of War VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope) Then, in the next breath, he The 77-year-old ruler of the Ro-i man Catholic Church asked men of faith to put aside military and his violent thoughts. his ownershi P. considerable modehn S was done. Weather Official U. S. Readings from THE HERALD Weather Site ou Roof of Fire Station: High previous 24 hours — 36. Low previous 24 hours — 12. Reading at 8:30 a.m. — 24. General Weather — Overcast. Precip. — Trace of Snow. Temperatures Recorded at THE HERALD Building: MONDAY 36 ' 7 P. M. .37 8 P. M. High Tribute to Pius The Pope paid high tribute to; m recent years, Miller has predecessor, the late Pope j making his home at Grand Rapidf Pius XII, who during his long j during the summer, and Florida ia reign delivered 1U Christmas mes-j winter. Last summer his lodge at sages to the world in which he. in-; Grand Rapids was destroyed by variably pleaded for peace and fire, i Christian unity. willingness t of God in unity and peace "was the most terrible problem of hu-l man history and of' the lives of' individual men and people." Broken I'nite 1'robtfiu _. _,._, ... LOUD, Mnin. GRAND HOTEL IN EARLY DAYS — Quite a fancy building, with its cupola atop the roof was the Grand Hotel when it was built in 1879. Numerous remodel- ing jobs have changed its appearance. For many years 9 porch ran across tht entire front. 1 P. M. 2 P. M. '3 P. M. j 4 P. M. 15 P. M. iti P. M. ' 1 A. M. !•> A. M. : 3 A. &;. J4 A. M. 5 A. M. 6 A. M. 9 P. M. 10 P. M. if P. M. 12 P. M. TIESDAY :5o i 7 A. M. .34 8 A. M. .. 33 , 9 A. M. 10 A. M. 11 A. M. 12 38 38 37 35 3U 30 30 , (AP) [the j Northern League championship St. Cloud Rox, has been rehjred for i Pope John said the broken unity the 1939 season, of "the heredity of Christ" continues to be a grave problem, but j- that his own efforts would be un- 35 : flagging toward "fioae dear, sep- 34 i araied brothers who bow to the ' .,, i name of Christ and read the holy 35 ;Bible." 31; Then the pope added, in a sharp criticism of Communist-ruled 30 lauds, "in many parts of the world 30 there is no ear for this invitation 31 (to unity and peace)." in those 311areas, he said, the "most sacred 31 : concepts are suffocated or have 31 'been suppressed."

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