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The Weather Very cold tonight. Low 8-13. Fair, continued very cold to. morrow. High, 45; low, 28; noon, 30. River~-3.27 feet. Relative Humidity—43 percent. FINAL VOL. LXXXVI.—NO. 327 Aitociattd frtst S*nic+-Af W/rtpActe. CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1955 International Stmet 16 Page* 6 CENTS Two Girls Caught After Escape Merl-.Cain and Margaret Nichoison, both 15, were capmred today in Akron, 0., after escaping last night from Summit ; C6unty Detention Home with three other teen-agers. The f iye . girls/bound and gagged a y matron who, was found dead shortly after their escape. " •' . (AP Photofax) Matron Slain By Five Girls Fleeing Home Native Of Twimelton In Group Escaping, Victim Was Choked Picture of Victim on Page 2 AKRON, Ohio W) — Five young | girls carried 'out a well rehearsed plan to trick a gray haired: matron and escape from; the Summit Coun- 1 -J t'y De{eirtipn.JHorhe'-last night. The tightly,;boiin4m?itron4yas strangled i to death before.'heip reached her. Early today ''two .of' the girls] walked into police headquarters and gave themselves up. An acquaintance and. a brother b£ one of the girls had talked them into. the surrender. The victim of the 'escape was Mrs;-Eula Bonham, 59, who had been a matron at the home 16 years. Her body was found on the floor-of the. dormitory. -She had been bound .with cloth belts from the iprint" house, dresses all the girls wore. A washrag, soaked with ammonia which the girls had been hoarding from the cleaning diities, had been jammed into her Frigid Blasts Heading For East, SoufhAreas mouth. Coroner W. J. Pittenger said 'death was caused by strangulation, with suffocation as a'possible additional cause. Mrs- Bonham, whose first mar- raige ended in divorce years ago, had planned to be married Thursday to an Akron • rubber worker, Everett Jones, 60. Merl Cain and Margaret Nicholson, both 15, were the pair who gave themselves up shortly after the escape. / • , An acquaintance of the Cam girl found them, .with .Ruth' Beichler, 17, and Shirley Shingler, 15, shivering without coats near a restaurant. He advised all.of them to surrender and took them to the Cain girl's f Continued on Page 2, Col. 2) First Atom Sub Returns Tot Base GROTON, Conn. — (INS) — The world's first atomic-powered sub marine returned to the submarine base at Groton today after show ing top officials of the .Navy ant Atomic Energy Commission wha she can do. f . Official statements recently sau the Nautilus, since her first tria run last Jaunary, have greatly ex ceeded expectations. •Among the passengers aboard are Secretary of the Navy Thomas and Chairman Lewis L. Strauss o the AEC. Bishop Ousts Trio Charged Assault By The Associated Press & J • • . . Frigid air—termed the most severe of the late autumn season by be Weather Bureau—gripped a vast portion of the nation today. The cold arctic air covered the country from the Rockies to the Appalachians and reached from the Canadian border into the Western lulf States. ?'••• . : the cold snap, said the-Weather iureau, had 'just about expended ts force in "the South early today md was moving eastward at about 0 miles per hour. Cold wave conditions became the ule rather than the exception, for most. ot : ;ttie"Great Lakes and Ohio Galley as well as the. middle and pper Mississippi Valley. The cold was accompanied by gusty winds nd snow flurries. Sunday midnight temperatures overed around the zero mark or elow in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and North 'Dakota. Readings of less than 10 above eached as far south as northern Jansas, northern Missouri and entral Illinois. At the same time, emperatures dropped to 32 at Dalas and 30 at Memphis. A mild off-ocean breeze pro- ected the East Coast, meanwhile, and staved off the cold air. Hat- eras, N. C., reported 63 with At- antic City recording 48 and Nan- ucket, Mass., 45. ' : Temperatures were near normal elsewhere ranging from a little be- bw freezing in the northern" and central interior regions to-the 40s and 50s in the West. Farmers To Spend Huge Amount For Neiv Equipment WASHINGTON, UP) '— Maryland "armers will spend an estimated 28 million dollars for electrical ap pliances and equipment in the next ive years. The estimate was made by the Rural Electrification Administra- :ion (REA) in a new rural market study. Delaware farmers will spend an estimated 15 million dollars for the ;ame. purposes. This estimate by the agriculture department, announced today, is based-on a study just completed by the department's rural electrification administration (REA). The study's estimates are for all farms whether served by REA or private utilities. eive -the onfession, nal rites. The teacher,.Mrs. Lula B. Orte- man, filed assault' and battery harges against Mrs.- Etta B. Romero and Mrs. Lota B. Menard, vhom she identified as two of^the ssailants. The third woman in 1 the ttack'was not named. The Rev. Emery Labbe, pastor f Our Lady of Lourdes Church, aid his policy was to teach atechism to both white and Negro tudents' in the- same classroom. Unions Approve Pact NEW YORK-(INS)-The AFL- Teamsters Union and the independ ent-Mernational Longshoremen's Association have signed, a four year mutual assistance pact Truman Denies He Referred To Nixon With 'Cuss Words' LOS ANGELES HI - The Los Angeles Examiner today quotes one of its reporters as saying former President, Harry S. Truman said yesterday of Vice President Richard Nixon:. •/. ... "I don't even want to discuss l na t . —: Don't even mention his name to me." The Los Angeles Times quotes Truman: "I don't like the -• . and I don't care who knows it!" But Truman, who arrived here 'yesterday, denied making th« statements. A spokesman at the Beverly Hills home ot oilman bo 1 win Pauley, where Truman is *Uyin| quoted the ex-President «$ saying he "would never speak in any such way of anybody holding the office of vice president." Both newspapers said the quote, were Truman's response at the air port when reporters asked wha tiis reaction would be to Nixon be coming the 1936 Republican can didate for president ••„•• .•" The spokesman quoted Truma as saying he said instead: "Yo know how I feel so don't talk 1 me about Mr." Nixon." 9 Truman arrived by plane from Seattle to address a $100-a-plat banquet tonight 16 raise lunds fo the Truman library, now undo construction at Independence, M ERATH.-La. W!—The segregation sue; flared .again today in reli- ous ranks after the.excommuni- ation of. three Roman Catholics r beating a woman teacher who structed Negro, and white child- en in the; same classroom,' Bishop -Jules B. Jeanmard, head . the diocese of Lafayette .in outhwest Louisiana, said the de- ree, his first in 38 years as a relate, was aimed at three women ho a 11 e g e d 1 y attacked. the eacher. Excommunication is the severest : punishments issued by the Cath- lic Church." Any Catholic under uch an.order is forbidden to re- sacraments, including holy communion and Caxicab Driver Sought As Slayer CANTON, in. (INS) — A taxicab river was sought today for ques- ioning in the rape-slaying of an ight-year-old Canton school girl. The suspect is Lloyd Miller vhose cab was found abandoned in 'ekin. 111., 26 miles east of Canton He is believed to be traveling on i Greyhound bus somewhere between ndianapolis, Ind., and Louisville Victim of the murder was Janice May, whose body was found by her wo brothers and their pet dog in railroad yard Saturday. Soybeans Stay Firm CHICAGO tfl—Soybeans firmed jut the rest of the grain- marke was hot able to make any forwan progress at*"the opening on th Joard of Trade today. agressmen Reds In Eisenhower Meets With GOP Leader f Hall Says President Likely To Run Next Year 'If He's Able'. f GETTYSBURG, Pa. tfi—Repiib- ican Chairman Leonard W. Hall aid today after a meeting with 'resident Eisenhower he now be- ieves Eisenhower will seek'a scc- )nd term "if he feels he is able." Hall met reporters.after holding vitlr the chief .executive the : first all-out political conference Eisen- lower has had since his Sept. 24 \eart-attack. .• : The national chairman said Eisenhower's second term plans were not discussed "as a specific situa- ion" at their 45-minute meeting, but he added he felt ''very much :ncouraged" as a result of the meeting. "Feels Better" About Running 'I feel better about it (the Pres- dent's running) after the meeting his morning," Hall said. The Republican chairman came icre this morning to give Eisen lower "a rundown on politics." . 'That is all I can say at this ime," Hall told reporters as he arrived at the Hotel Gettysburg to lave breakfast with White House Press Secretary James C. Hagerty. Hall drove here from Washington yith Louis Guylay, GOP publicity director. Hail said lie expected much to depend on late January physical examinations which are supposed o show whether Eisenhower's recovery from his heart attack is complete. Hall said Eisenhower made no promises . about .running again: 'He.Midn: t say yes .and he -didn't say no,.'.'., '.!.,.; .„>.;..:'..., .,...'.... "But Hall offered "as his'"personal opinion" the comment that-.."I hink he will (run) if:he feels he's able." ••••• •• ; ' : :-V... • And .Hall said he feels more op- imistic about the President's running that he did when they last met. That was in Denver, two veeks before Eisenhower was stricken. , . • •• • Hall said the President demonstrated in their talk that he has kept in close touch with political affairs during his illness. He said iisenhower has "a continuing interest, that goes beyond today or tomorrow." GOP hopes were growing that he would accept renornination. His stepped-up activities in recent days, his appearance of physical well-being and consistently favorable medical reports.gave reason for the President's party to cross ts fingers, at least. On the other hand there was the virtual certainty that some Eisenhower intimates, above all Mrs. Eisenhower, have been telling, him ic's done enough for his party and country and the time has come tc step aside for somebody without a heart attack in the background Three Factors Cited In New Orleans for a convention Edgar Eisenhower disclaimed any aiowledge of what his brother's decision might be. But he told the Times-Picayune these three factors would determine the President's second-term plans: 1. "What the doctors tell him.' 2. "What Mamie (Mrs. Eisenhower) feels about it." 3. "What 'the foreign situation is." Benson Holds Conference As Tighter Squeeze Seen .WASHINGTON UPl-Secretary of Agriculture Benson opens a farm outlook conference today with fresh signs of a tighter farm price cost squeeze in the coming year The Agriculture Department fore cast yesterday that farm production costs would continue at near record levels next year. The de partment previously had predictec (Continued on Page 2, Col. 1' Describes I£eten tionHt* 'Meieh JRecls Three Gunmeii Seize Sheriff AndTakeAuto California Officer Released Later, Two Men Escape On Foot Police Groiip 4-Hotir Safely back from East Berlin,'Rep. Harold C. Ostertag (R-NY) listens as uniformed escort officer Lt. James T. McQueen. tells interviewers today how Communist police in Soviet sector held his congressional party at pistol point for four hours yesterday. • (AP Phofofax via.rodio from Berfin today) JACKSON, ;;i£alif;;:ifl(--i n r,ee ; v" ien ddnaped ..the sheriff of'"Calaveras County and "his "deputy last "night after whipping out hidden guns while being questioned at a jail: Sheriff Lester McFall was put out of his stolen car at Slough louse, 20 miles from here, apparently because the-gunmen did not want to hurt him. He is almost 60. The deputy, Russell Leach, overpowered one kidnaper shortly af- :erwards when the car stopped for roadblock. The other pair ;fled on foot. Forty officers hunted them. The scene was in the famed Mother Lode gold country'of California, in the-foothills of the Sierra about 40 miles east of Sacramento. The story .was like those Mark Twain handled when he was a California editor and it started in the county Twain made famous with his story about the_ jumping frog of Angels Camp. McFall said he and Leacli picked up the three, who had been hitchhiking near Mokulmne Hill, because one resembled a man seen leaving a recent burglary. The California highway patrol identified the captured man as Louis Cervantes, 21. They said the fugitives were James Woolsey and Ronald Garrett, both about 18 or 19. All are from Sacramento. Rhubarb Menaces f Baseball Meeting COLUMBIS, Ohio tfi—A rhubarb between the American Association and the International League threatened today to erupt into an open clash between, these two Triple A circuits as delegates of the minor leagues gathered for their annual winter baseball meetings. In a pre-convention session among American Association directors, a proposal by the Milwaukee club to transfer its Toledo franchise to Miami was sharply rebuffed although the official announcement given the press was that the proposal "is still very much alive." Noted Composer Dies PARIS — (INS) —World-famec composer Arthur Honegger died today in Paris at the age of 64. Jaywalker Ban Slated In'N..-Y.' NEW YORK — (INS) — Traffic Commissioner T. T. " Wiley announced .yesterday he plans to outlaw jaywalking in New. York "City within "two or three months." Jaywalkers would face up to a 550 fine and possible 30-day jail terms, for crossing streets against red lights and anywhere except at intersections.',.; '• ;•;,; ; ' t ','...(•,..,' Youth Admits Setting Fires, 150 Robberies CHICAGO tin—Police report an IS-year-old boy with a record as a firebug and burglar has- admitted setting 50 fires and committing 150 burglaries- and robberies in the last four months. Detective Francis Higgins saic yesterday Charles Harris Johnson admitted he set fires Saturday in two North Side apartment houses. One of the fires set Saturday was at 2413 Lincoln Ave., the scene of a 1953 arson fire for which Johnson was committed to the State Training School for Boys at St. Charles. • Johnson was released last July after serving a year in the Sheridan Reformatory for burglary. Higgins said Johnson estimated his 125 burglaries yielded an average of 560 apiece. He did not give figures on 25-odd strong-arm robberies police said he admitted. Johnson was held without charge. Approval Slated In Labor Merger As Leaders Meet NEW YORK (INS)—Labor leaders from all parts of the country converged on New York today for| final approval of the merger of the) American Federation of Labor and, the Congress for Industrial Organi-j zations. Leaders of the- two giants in American trade unionism held pre- convention meetings today.' Both groups will hold a joint meeting next Monday to conclude the merger of a single union comprising some 16,000,000 members. Market Moves Higher NEW YORK W)—Rails and steels went ahead .as the stock market- moved higher in early trading today. FBI To Probe Wounding Of Negro Leader Shot Down In Dixie- Town After He.Urged People To Register BELZONI,'filissv-i/av^-A 'tail fledged probe shaped up.Itoday, in the gangster-style ..shotgun "Was that wounded' a Negro' who urgec iiis people to register as voters The FBI opened a preliminary investigation yesterday to see if the Friday night shooting of Gus Courts, 65, violated any federa' laws—such as those pertaining to civil rights. Courts,.a Belzoni grocer, is pres ident of the local chapter of the National Assn. for the Advance ment of Colored People. He is the second NAACP leader at Belzon involved in controversy this year A Negro minister, the Rev. G. W Lee, died May 7 following an auto mobile accident, ' Two Negro physicians and a Negro dentist reported they-fount lead pellets in Lee's face. NAACP leaders insisted Lee had. been shot A-coroner's inquest returned no decision, leaving the case open. .No arrests have been made in- the case.' In a hospital at Mound: Bayou the nation's only all-Negro town Courts said he thinks the shooting was a "hired job" and that "the same ones are behind it as in the Lee case." He was struck in the abdomen and left arm by the buckshot pel lets of a gunman who fired through his store window from a car. The 6-foot-2, 275-pound grocer said he hopes to leave the hospital in aboui one week. Gov. Hugh White has urged j thorough investigation. Sheriff I. J Shelton said he would ?sk the state n'ghway patrol's bureau of identi ication to join county officers on the case today. Whiskey Hijackers Take Shipment Worth S75,000 NEW YORK—(INS)—Police of 13 states and FBI officials are searching this morning for a truck full of bourbon whiskey valued at more than $75.000. A gang of whiskey hijackers kidnaped a watchman from a Fairview. N. J., garage Saturday night and made off with the load of liquor. Reds 9 Cold Wrir Seen Pushing Sonth Ed Communist Strategy For Round Tico Cited In U.S. Study By WARREN ROGERS JR. WASHINGTON 'W — A preliminary U. S. study pictures Communist strategy for Round 2 of the cold war as this: Hold the line in Europe and push steadily south in the Middle and Far Bait'-- . ''" Such relentless downward pressure from the Russo-Red Chinese empire, this study indicates, is not the kind that can be checked solely by a "policy of containment" such as the Truman administration devised to hem in Soviet military power. The new' Communist, plan is viewed as involving much more than that—economic aid and trade concessions, for instance—and as being too complex.and too subtly applied for a single solution. Further U. S. countermeasures are expected to be developed as the study, being conducted in the highest councils of government, progresses. Still there, of course, arc the Russian bear's mutcle and growl —Soviet military might and the threat to use it This was nowhere better demonstrated than in the last week's news that Russia has exploded its biggest H-bomb type of nuclear blast to dale. But,the new. Soviet strategy, as seen by American experts viewing the wreckage of this year's Geneva conferences, mixes up the plays like a talented quarterback operating behin-i a powerful line: The Kremlin's combined leadership—calling signals for Red China and the Eastern Europe satellites as well as for the Soviet Union- will strengthen local Communist parties, tempt trade-hungry countries with deals they want and need, run guns to troubled areas, give "big brother" encouragement to uneasy neutrals, promise no- strings-attached help to underdeveloped countries, and on and on. All the time, the Soviet leaders are expected to taunt the West, particularly the United Slates, as the enemy of newly free peoples and as supporters of colonialism. Ileicn Officers Say :/^ Laws Violated : By\. J Automobile Radio: > By TOM REEDY : | BERLIN «v-Two American congressmen were held yesterday in he Russian sector.of Berlin for more,than four hours. The incident challenged some of the Allied occupation rights in this four-power ty.-: -.-'''.'. ' '.-:. ' TJ.S. officials disclosed that East e'rman Communist police de- ained Rep. Harold C: Ostertag R-NY), Ostertag's wife. Rep. Edward P. Boland (D-Mass). and heir .escort- officer,: Lt.. James T. : IcQueeri, of Mullins, S.C, ''•-. '•' .-.>-, .The party .was held at-.pistol point at the Russian VVar Memorial enter in Treptow. The German police contended the visitors had iolated the laws of the Comrmi- nist state "by using an .automobile equipped with a two-way.radio;-'•"/. Russians Support Claim , , U.S. authorities said that the Russians supported this claim later n the' day when the Americans'., release was secured. American of- • ficials'took this to mean that-th« aws of the East German republic now could be applied to Allied per- onnel entering East Berlin. This would in effect weaken, if not destroy, the four-power character of the divided, occupied city Maj; Gen. Charles L. Dasher' Jr., U.S. commandant in Berlin, demanded an audience with the Soviet commandant, Maj. Gen. P. A. Dibrova, to lodga a verbal protest. Dasher indicated he would take up with Gen. Dibrova the rights of the Allies, especially in the use of official vehicles, as well as the "unjustified.'. mistreatment" of the , cdrigressionar party. :;,'., .-:. Oslertag told newsmen it was a "harrowing experience for me but I felt it would straighten itself out. It was difficult to understand the delay in getting the word down the line to any responsible authority. My wife was rather nervous, of :ourse." Rep. Boland left by plane this morning for Frankfurt and Naples. Th? party was touring in an Army sedan of the type used by the U.S. Mission accredited to the Soviet zone. The mission has never been involved in any incidents over the use of its two-way radio. Officer Describes Events Lt. McQueen gave this account of the incident: The congressional party crossed into the Soviet sector of Berlin at II a.m. and drove to the Red army emetery, which attracts foreign visitors almost daily. .* While the group strolled through the grounds, an East German policeman looked into the parked auto and noted the radio telephone. When the party returned, the policeman demanded the car keys. The policeman cocked his pistol and when McQueen demanded to know why, he was told: ''It is against the- laws of the (Continued on Page 2; Col. 3) Wilson Declares U. S. Power Still World's Greatest MIAMI, Fla. wv— Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson said today that the retaliatory power of the United States' armed forces "is unequalled in the world and we plan to keep it so." He also said that: "U is going to take years for men of good will throughout the world to establish the sound condition for a just and durable peace. In the meantime, we don't dare let down out guard." In an address prepared for the American Municipal Assn., Wilson said the threat is continuing. As Wide-Open Split Sighted WASHINGTON (INSV —The politically explosive White House conference on education opens today with the issue of direct federal aid to schools threatening a wide-open split among delegates. ' Some 2,000 men and women gathered in Washington for a mam moth four-day program of "round tables" on problems of overcrowded classrooms and teacher shortages. The conference formally opens tonight with a filmed welcome message from President Eisenhow cr prepared last week at Gettysburg. Vice President Richard M. Nixon will then address all delegates. By the time the conference ends. Thursday night, representatives of educational, civic, labor and other groups from 53 states and territor-.; ics will have covered a broad range of school problems. , . ...,;. The principal controversy ip»-. pcared to be over proposals to pro-, vide federal funds for school conr. struction. . Meanwhile, a caucus of nearly 100 labor delegates withheld adion on,a resolution which wouW havr condemned the meeting before H : "; started and, instead, offertd • pledge of cooperation. ' ;

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