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(in o Michigan's Biggest Buy : For Reader And For Advertiser FINAL EDITION BENTON HARBOR, MICH., FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1950 18 PAGES PRICE FIVE CENTS . WEATHER FORECAST Cloudy and mild tonight; Saturirj mostly cloudy and colder. . TEMPERATURE Reading from Than, mm to Fit non: 12 n. ., 3 p. m. 6 p. m 12 m 39 Un. , . U 40 S . m. 15 39 Km. M 32 12 n. n lb iL i r n 0 0) (Coal Shortc, Hundreds Of Trains Cut Accident Spills Precious Cargo M j- S."pr . . ft 4 .. ,v . ' V...Y a .... 7 : . .j - ' 4 .4 Many a passerby looked longingly at a large pile of Coal spilled from the hopper of an overturned coal truck on US-12 yesterday afternoon. With coal at a premium due to John L. Lewis's altercation with the mine owners and the world in general, the spilled fuel was a precious commodity. Workers of the Lane Coal company are shown above industriously shoveling the coal into another truck hastily called by the driver of the overturned vehicle. The driver of a passenger car involved in the accident was injured. Orville Baldwin, 42-year-old truck driver for the Lans Coal company, had a bad day yesterday. His big coal truck picked a spot on US-12 near the twin city airport to break down, involving Baldwin in an accident that brought injury to the driver of a passenger car. That was bad enough, but the five tons of coal in the hopper of Baldwin's truck spilled out onto the pavement when the vehicle overturned. And, coal is a precious commodity at present with the min ers idle while John L. Lewis and the mine operators spar. On top of that, Deputy Dale Sha-fer handed Baldwin a ticket after investigating the circumstances of the accident. The driver had an expired chauffeur's license. Baldwin was traveling east on the highway with a full load of coal when he suddenly heard a loud snapping noise on his truck. He applied his brakes to stop and investigate, out the truck veered almost at right angles into the side of a car driven in the opposite di rection by William Gonther, 26, of route 2, Hartford. The car was spun about almost in a complete circle by the careening truck which overturned on its side after throwing the auto off into a ditch. Baldwin was unhurt, but Gonther, was taken to Mercy hospital for treatment of a possible fractured hip, shock and painful bruises. The coal was scooped up into an other Lane Coal company truck as passersby looked longingly at the heat-giving commodity. Elevator Beheads Woman DETROIT, Feb. 10-(AP)-An office building elevator leaped upward out of control and killed a woman yesterday. The head of the victim, 63-year-old Mrs. Mary A. Pebley, was severed from her body. City officials pressed an investi- gation today of the ghastly mishap. MRS. PEBLEY, a widow, was about to enter the car, witnesses said, when it suddenly shot upward. The7 floor of the car caught her under her chin and swept her to the top of the open door. Banquet Honors Dr. Carl Mitchell Dr. Carl A. Mitchell, Army surgeon in World War I and long one of this city's most prominent medical men, was the guest of honor Thursday evening at a testimonial dinner given at the First Christian church by the Laymen's League. Dr. Mitchell served as superintendent of the Church Sunday school for 20 years and as chairman of the church board for more than 30 years. He has been a church elder 42 years. His career in medicine, his religious and civic activities were the subjects of eulogies by G. O. Wells, Earl Watkins and the Rev. Harry Saum. ' At the conclusion of the program, during which L. C. Wright served as toastmaster, Dr. Mitchell was presented with a luggage gift and Mrs. Mitchell was presented with a gift by Mrs. Donald Paulsen in behalf of the General Aid society of the church. In his response, Dr. Mitchell expressed appreciation of the honor bestowed upon him and Mfs. Mitchell Two sons of Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell and their wives. Mr. and Mrs. Rob ert Mitchell and Mr. and Mrs. Wil-1 lard Mitchell, attended the affair. SPEAKERS RECALLED that Dr. ' ' - i r - . r i a Am i ! . n't ,1 ki Edges of the car floor and door-top clamped vise-like around her neck. She was killed instantly. Her head fell to the car floor, her body down the shaft. Hysterical women passengers screamed. Their voices shook afterwards as police questioned them. Mrs. Pebley, on an errand, had started to board the elevator on the first floor of the Transportation building on LaFayette avenue In downtown Detroit. HALF A DOZEN women were already in the car. It was operated by Miss Marilyn Kanakis, 20. "The car suddenly shot upward," Miss Kanakis said. "I had not touched any of the controls." The car stopped its upward flight at the second floor and the women aboard were led out. City Council President Louis Miri-ani ordered an Inquiry. He said city engineers reported there had been trouble before with the same eleva tor. DR. CARL A. MITCHELL Mitchell has been a practicing phy- cian and surgeon here since September of 1907. He has served on the staff of Mercy hospital since the .LY A FEW WEEKS aeo it had I gone out of control and shot up to the tenth floor. That time the girl operator, who was alone, was slightly injured. Paul Sanderson, a tenant of the building, said he heard a "grinding crash" and "women screaming." "I ran to the door, which was open a little, and saw the women huddled against the back of the car, their faees pressed against the wall. They wouldn't look at me," he said. Two passengers and Miss Kanakis fainted after being removed from the car. Mrs. Pebley, a seamstress, came to Detroit from Johnstown, Pa., as a widow in 1929 with two daughters. (See MITCHELL, Page 3) Banks, Courts Closed Monday Many twin cities public buildings will close Monday, Feb. 13, a legal holiday in observance of Lincoln' birthday which falls on Sunday, Feb. 12, this year. Some will remain twin cities banks, libraries, the county courthouse In St. Joseph and municipal court In Benton Harbor's city haD. will close. : , The city hall in., fit. Joseph will close while all offices in the Benton Harbor city hall will remain open with the exception of municipal court. Pcstofflces in both cities win be open all day for regular hours. Stores will be open as usuaL Fresh home baked pies. Roosevelt Grocery. Adv. Fireman's ball, Bridgman Legion hall. Sat, Feb. 11. Joe Mitlo, polka artist. Adm. 75c. Adv. Pipestone Grill will be. closed Monday, Feb. 13. Open Tuesday, 7 a. m. Adv. Mercury, West, Is Dropped Court Declares Four Of Lewis Demands Illegal PITTSBURGH, Feb. 10- (AP) -The nation's coal-burning railroads rushed to comply with Interstate Commerce commission orders to slash service tonight because of dwindling coal stockpiles. Hundreds of trains will be taken out of service at 11:59 p. m. (local time). That will mean unemployment to an unestimated number of railroaders. SEVERAL THOUSAND railroad employes already have been fur-loughed. Unemployment in other industries will skyrocket within the next three weeks unless John L. Lewis' striking coal miners go back to the pits. In addition to the 370,000 soft coal diggers who are striking at least 35,000 other workers in allied industries have been laid off because of coal shortages. The nation's soft coal supply is variously estimated at from one week to three weeks. Regional shortages are being reported dally. IN MICHIGAN the west-bound Mercury,- Detroit-to-Chicago flyer headed a list of Michigan passenger trains cancelled by the New York Central railroad because of the coal shortage. (The train made a regular stop at Niles, Mich.) The east-bound Chlcago-to-De troit Mercury train will continue to operate. It leaves Chicago at 8:30 a. m. and arrives in Detroit at 2:45 p. m. 1 The west-bound is train No. 75, the east-bound No. 76. MEANWHILE a court decision in Washington cast doubt today on the legality of four of Lewis' contract demands, and a top official expressed hope this might speed an agreement ending the soft coal strike. NLRB General Counsel Robert N. Denham said the ruling by Federal Judge Richmond B. Keech might narrow the area of disagreement between the United Mine Workers president and the nation's coal operators thus finally clearing the way to settlement of then-long dispute. Some sources suggested, however, that by stiffening the miners' resistance it might have Just the opposite effect. It was at Denham's request that Judge Keech agreed late yesterday to issue an injunction against union contract demands which mine owners complained were illegal. ALL FOUR of the contract terms involved were contained in the coal agreements which expired last June 30 setting off the dispute which culminated this week in the walkout of 370,000 UMW members. A t h r e e-m a n Presidential 69 Years For Fair Plain School Homemade German potatg pancakes, Friday nlte, Tip Top Cafe, St Joseph. Adv. Layout draftsman wanted. Experienced man for tool and products design. V-M Corp, 4th & Park. Ph. 8135. Adv. Fresh dressed White Rock fryers, 39c lb; stew, hens 25c lb.; roasting hens, 35c lb. Wolfs Grocery. Ph. 8133. . Adv. Enterprise Clean en. Ph. 6303, Adv Fish fry at Chiefs Bar, Millburg, Friday nlte! Adv. Rummage sale 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. Sat. Salvation Army. . Adv. ;, if , iillfillSiiliailtli m--' v - $ i , . . 4 -T----""T---''"i;'Tf'--w-i-niiiwl)i (See COAL, Page 15) Sub Skipper Reprimanded CHATHAM, England, Feb. 10-(AP)-A British naval court last night sentenced the commanding officer of the submarine Truculent to be reprimanded severely for his part in the Jan. 12 sinking of his vessel, in which 64 men were lost. The court convicted the submarine skipper, Lt. Charles P. Bowers, 28, of negligently endangering the Tiu culent but acquitted him on the more serious charge of negligently losing his ship. 'Bowers, a hero of the Pacific war, had pleaded Innocent. The Truculent sank In the Thames estuary after colliding with the 643-ton Swedish tanker Divina. Bowers and 14 other men were saved. River pilots at a previous hearing said the Divina had the right of way. These two Fair Plain school teachers were honored yesterday for their long-time and highly valued service to the Fair Plain community. They are Miss Frieda Franz (left) and Miss Agnes Dickinson. They hold silver tea services present ed to them during P. T. A. activities in their honor at the school. Miss Dickinson has taught at Fair Plain 44 years, Miss Franz, 25. Story on page 6. (News-Palladium photo). Stiff Prison Terms For 7 4 Offenders Get Paroles Sentenced By Judge Breakey Seven men were handed stiff prison sentences late Thursday by Judge James R. Breakey, in Berrien county circuit court. Four other first offenders were placed on probation. Jerry Griffith, 19, St. Joseph, and George William Cearly, 18. of Ste-vensville, were each sentenced to serve three to five years on charges of robbery unarmed. The pair confessed to thier part in the robbing Mrs. Serena Forbes, 80-year-old St. Joseph grandmother, of $280 and two revolvers. THE AGED WOMAN did not report the robbery, which happened on October 1, 1949, until a week later for fear of reprisals. She also claimed that the youthful pair took $1,000 in cash from her and warned her not to call the police. Both young men were arrested in California on vagrancy charges and returned to St. Joseph. Three of the gang of five men (See SENTENCED, Page 15) City Commission Meets Tuesday The regular session of the Benton Harbor city commission will be held on Tuesday evening next week instead of Monday as usual,' City Clerk Earl Tldey announced today. The change is due to the fact that Monday falls on Feb. 12, Lincoln's Pbirthday, a legal holiday. The meeting begins at 7:30 p. m. Sanitary Dry Cleaners. Drive-In. Wash. &Plpestone Sta, B. IL-Adv. Ingrid Gets Her Divorce ROME, Feb. 10-(AP) -Jubilant Roberto Rossellini said today he and film actress Ingrid Bergman would marry "just as quickly as her di-divorce papers arrive from Mexico." The Swedish actress, who bore a son "Roberto" here eight days ago: was granted a divorce in Juarez, Mexico, late yesterday from Dr. Peter Lindstrom of Hollywood. Rossellini said Miss Bergman was "overjoyed" at the news of the granting of her divorce in Juarez. "Oh," he added, smiling wryly "if only this had. happened 10 months ago." j Lindstrom ignored the 'Mexican court proceedings and remained in Hollywood. Popularity Poll Puts Ingrid 3d HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 10-(AP) -Ingrid Bergman dropped from first to third place in Photoplay magazine's annual popularity poll, it was disclosed today. Jane Wyman and James Stewart were the most popular screen per formers of 1949 and The Stratum Story" was the most enjoyed motion picture, according to the re-suite of the magazine's annual poll of the movie-going public. Miss Bergman, most popular ac tress in the 1948 poll, was in third place this time behind June Allyson. Behind Stewart in actor populari ty were William Bendix, Kirk Doug las, Cary Grant and Bob Hope. Mothers of World War 2, Unit 1, rummage sale. 206 Pipestone, Sat., Feb. 11. Adv. Shrine Band Makes Hit British A -Genius Indicted Klaus Fuelis Revealed As Old Marxist BULLETIN WASHINGTON, Feb. 10-(AP) . Senator Tydings (D-Md) said Z today that information Russia " got from Dr. Klaus Fuchs may speed Soviet development of the hydrogen bomb by a year or more. LONDON, Feb. 10- (AP) -German- born scientist Klaus Fuchs was ordered held for trial on charges ot slipping atomic secrets to Russia today after a British prcsecutor called him a "political fanatic on ' the payroll of a foreign power." Prosecutor Christmas Humphreys declared at a preliminary court hearing before Chief Magistrate Laurence Dunn that the mild-mannered British scientist had confessed slipping Anglo- -American bomb secrets to the Soviets continuously since 1942. . Fuchs, a prewar refugee from the Nazis who became a naturalized Briton, was ordered held for formal trial at the high court session begin ning reo. 28. IF CONVICTED on two specifia chanres of betravlnff official am-reta he faces a term of 14 years in prison. Fucns. 38. was arraiened on two- charges of violating the official secrets act. He was arrested last week after a tip by American FBI omciais tnat he had divulged se crets on the atomic bomb and the hydrogen super-bomb to the Rus sians in 1945 and 1947. Humphreys asserted In bis opening statement that Fuch was "irrevocably wedded 4 communist principles.'' The prosecutor told the court (See FUCHS, Page ) Theater Packed For Performance BY BOB WHITE Begin with the ever popular and reliable base of band music, mix adroitly with well chosen vocaliz ing and add the spice of comedy and you have an entertainment dish fit to set before the king. There aren't enough royal characters to crowd the box office of the Liberty theater, so they weren't missed last evening when the fa mous Saladin Shrine band of Grand Rapids played to an audience the likes of which hasn't been seen since the Blossom Queen contests back in the pre-Pearl Harbor days. T- For the benefit of those who have arrived in town since Thursday, the occasion was the Shrine band's annual benefit concert for the Tri-County Shrine club's crippled children's fund. The band and featured entertainment specialists who presented the evening's program brought with them a recipe for musical enjoyment that has never failed and never will, so long as the organization maintains its unbeatable standards. The baton of Conductor Forrest D. Van Dusen is a magic wand that waves away dull care and summons music inspiring. Joyful and hearty music from a group of artists who blend their collective genius into superb harmony. From the time the curtain went up to the final number there wasn't an unexhilarating moment. With Chester H. Rose as master Polio Fund Drive Ends In Berrien (See BAND, Page 15) Oak cord wood. Ph. 3-2145. -Adv. March Of Dimes May Reach Its $36,000 Goal The March of Dimes camnalra in Berrien county will close today. with the question of whether it will hit its $36,000 goal in doubt. Homer Pavlides, county chairman ior tne polio fund drive, said the imai report will not be ready until next Tuesday or Wednesday. Most communities in the county will have sums to count after the drive closes tonight, he said. "There is a good possibility , the county will reach its March of Dimes goal, especially if persons who have delayed making their contributions will do so in the next couple of days." He pointed out that because of the epidemic proportions of polio last year uie neea ior lunas was much greater for this year and the $36,000 goal for the county is nearly a 200 per cent increase over the goals of previous years. The chairman said contributions can still be made after today by contacting a community committee member or by mailing them to "March of Dimes," Benton Harbor or St. Joseph. Mrs. Bernard Reiser, chairman of the Benton Harbor committee, reported $3300 collected, with most of the canisters and industrial contributions still to be picked up. She said this morning she felt the city would hit $5,000 when the counting is completed. George and Harding Dey, co-chairmen of the drive In St. Joseph, reported $3,805.77, collected up to noon today. Pavlides said one of the most successful community drives reported was that conducted in New Buffalo, under chairmanship of Jack Meyers. New Buffalo, hard hit by the polio epidemic last year, has turned in $1,800 to date, Pavlides stated. Official count of the money raised in the county will be made at the Farmers & Merchants bank here Tuesday, according to Pavlides. It harl hfpn ntannM to make the COUnfc Monaay dui oanas win oe cuwei that day, e legal holiday.

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