The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on October 19, 1950 · 41
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 41

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Thursday, October 19, 1950
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LOCAL NEWS EDITORIALS OPINIONS PART 2 VOL. LXIX Times Office: 202 West First Street, Los Angeles 53, Calif. MAdison 2343 CC: THURSDAY MORNING OCTOBER 19, 1950 BY THE WAY with BILL HENRY WASHINGTON Midweek communique: One of the secondary results of, the mid-Pacific conference on Wake Island may be the more rapid development of that tiny do In the Pacific now that President Truman has had the opportunity to see its importance. WAKE ISLAND It was natural for reporters, with a sentimental turn of mind, to get the notion that one major reason -for choosing Wake Island was the memory of its brief moment in the news in the early days of the war. It would have been a nice gesture, and very good politics in view of the recent unpleasantness caused by the President's short-tempered letter about the Marines, to have made some reference in the communique to the magnificent stand first one of World War II for us by the handful of Marine! under Maj. Devereaux. However, -,the President - ignored the : opportunity, - and Presidential Secretary Ross insisted that the choice of Wake wa3 dictated by its nearness to MacArthur'a headquarters. By holding : the conference on Wake, MacArthur needed to be away from hi3 area only one day. VALUE However, the meeting did give the opportunity for the President to see the activity on Wake. One after another, planes carrying troops and supplies headed for Korea dropped in during the Presidential stay, refueled, and moved on. Other planes, some of them carrying wounded, landed and took off eastbound for Hawaii.- It is a busy spot on the well traveled skyway and our possession of it greatly increases the pay-load that can be carried by the planes, for it is a key stopping place in the series of 2000-mile hops, skips and jumps across the Pacific The CAA is in charge right now and is busily engaged in putting up new accommodations, new aids to navigation, new communications arrangements. It is a very busy place indeed. REPEAT This is the second time that the government has made the belated discovery of Wake's importance. The other time was just before World War II, and the bloody history of the battle for Wake reminds U3 that we were too late then. Now' the air authorities are hopeful that they'll get their installations ready before further trouble develops. The feeling is that the President's visit may well spur the development of the tiny wishbone-shaped island. Actually it wouldn't take much money to make Wake into a magnificent national monument one worthy to perpetuate the memory of the bloody days of 1941 when some 450 marines fought off Japanese air and sea forces, for weeks, inflicting damage all out of pro-protion to the strength of the garrison. THE BATTLE The Marines started with one small battery of 5-inch guns, two 3-inch batteries and a squadron of 12 fighter planes. Three-quarters of the planes were put out of commission by the first Jap attack but before the garrison capitulated 21 enemy planes had been destroyed, 51 damaged, 2 destroyers certainly sunk and a cruiser and a submarine probably sunk with 8 other'Jap warships appreciably damaged. About 50 marines remained to face the hundreds of Japs who came ashore in the-amphibious attack and enemy casualties were estimated at more than a thousand. Miracles of aid were given by the hundreds of civilian workmen who pitched in and, in many cases, joined the defending fighting forces. . MEMORIES As the President's plane rolled out to the , take-off to return home it passed the wrecked Marine planes which were cannibalized as they were damaged to .get sufficient parts to keep the remaining planes in service. There are enemy shelters, many of them holding wrecked trucks which did not escape the American bombing. There is a wrecked Jap seaplane on the shore and the gnarled and twisted framework of the buildings which were almost, but not quite, completed when the Japs attacked. You drive past a Japanese cem- etery, past a big 8-inch gun which they captured from the British at Singapore and moved to Wake to strengthen the defenses, past' old Pan American Airways ramp which was used when seaplanes rather than landplanes were being used. It Is a spot of great historic interest as well as of tremendous strategic value and chances are that, thanks to the interest that may have been stirred up by ey may be made available to : convert Wake into a spot the , United States will not only be glad to have, but one that might traction as well. V Hac Bill Hnry, Monday through Friday, XKt 6:55 pjn. ' - r . Vv;. V" i - .i"--'"' :- lliiilliriiillil -) iiisif-ii ':ilissii BALLET Robert Helpmann, left, and Margot Fontayn, two leading members of Sadler's Wells Ballet arriving here yesterday, chat at hotel with Sol Hurok, ballet producer. Sadler's Wells Ballet Arrives From Company of 150, All British as Can Be, Brings Aura of Tradition to Southland BY TI3IOTHT G. TURNER The Sadler's Wells Ballet from London came to Los Angeles yesterday for a run starting today at the Shrine Auditorium. Its com pany of 150 all British as can be brought an aura of tradition which wa3 incongruous in this, the newest of the world's large cities. In the time that a fellow named Will Shakespeare was running a playhouse in London, Sadler's Wells was established. A theater has been on the site ever since and even the well is still there. Two Companies It is now a ballet and musical theater with two companies, one of which shows at the Royal Opera House at Covent Gardens. Shakespeare, Kit Marlowe and Ben Jonson would have been flabbergasted at the projection of the Sadler's Wells name into Los Angeles yesterday. Perhaps they -were there in spirit at a press conference at the Ambassador, where leading members of the troupe are stopping. Waiters served coffee and doughnuts, the American equiva lent of tea and crumpets. Cam eramen flashed and clicked until the floor was strewn with bulbs. Everybody Talks The dancers, all in mufti, smiled at the little birdie and everybody talked at once. Reporters took notes they couldn't read afterward but the impres sion of the scene was unforget table. Margot Fontayn and Robert Helpman formed a little tete-a tete in the corner. They are two leading members of the corps de ballet. The troupe's director is Ninette de Valois, who, despite her name, insists she is Irish. In all this confusion, a man of Napoleonic stature and som ber mien stood apart. And, probed by gentle questions, he unburdened his souL It was Sol Hurok, who brought Sadler's Wells for a first national American tour, and he is mightily pleased with himself. Likes Western Spaces Hurok came from Russia and his accents imply that origin as well as the strange English of his adopted city, New York. But he is American to the core and likes the wide spaces of the West if they aren't too wide for one- day jumps. It was Hurok who discovered, several years ago, that people who ride in subways can be relied on at the box office more than those who ride in -limou sines. He put on quality productions at popular prices for them at the old Hippodrome. From that start, he has become a national impresario. Most producers," Hurok confided in a loud voice, ''haven't learned yet even that the pub-lic'll pay for good things and that goes for the movie industry, also." I London He waved his hand in the gen eral direction of Sam Goldwyn. "The movie industry " he con tinued with glee, is suffering, suffering! It serves 'em right, they got it coming. The television is now, what do you call it a thorn sticking m their flesh. And they haven't learned yet that you can sell good things to the masses. "They explain that," piped up the interviewer, "by claiming the machine must produce popu lar things m large quantity; that the theater, with its small turnover, is another story. "Well," Hurok countered tri umphantly, "the Sadler's Wells Ballet will do a $3,000,000 coast- to-coast business on this tour, Is that peanuts?" Extra Loses Guild Suit Mike Jeff ers, once prominent in motion-picture extras guild and certain other film union cir cles, has lost? his $200,000 dam age suit against the AFL Screen Extras Guild. He filed the suit last May, charging that he had been libeled in a "newsletter" issued by the guild. 'Superior Judge William B. McKesson yes terday found : against Jeffers' contention and assessed the cost to him. This was said to amount to $3686. - . I :: : 111 Will 1 f 9 CLEARED Sabu Dagistar, film Elephant Boy, is congratulated by Atry. Sydney Williams after Superior Court jury -found ha was not father of ; -dancers child. v V Times photo Verdict of Jury Clears Sabu in Paternity Suit ;Sabu, film Elephant Boy, yesterday was found, by a jury verdict of nine to three, not to be father of Michaela, 2-year-old child of Mrs. Brenda Julier Ernst, London ballet dancer. ' The six men and six women who had spent the past eight days hearing evidence in the pa ternity suit in court of Superior Judge Philip H. Richards, went out shortly before noon, and re turned at 4 p.m. Sabu, when the verdict was read, collapsed momentarily with his head on his arms on the 'counsel table. Then he turned to his attorney, Sydney Williams, who laughingly em braced him. Hears Verdict Stoically Mrs.- Ernst, hiding swollen eyes behind dark glasses, received the news stoically. Later, she said "I don't understand why they think that I know he's the father." Smiling Sabu was receiving congratulations of his, friends. As the jury retired to deliber ate, the final argument of Wil liams, who choked up as he paint ed the actor as "a sweet lovable boy, wide open for a suit of this kind," was still echoing in the courtroom. The -lawyer said "greed for money" caused the suit. Also, still ringing in the ears of the jurors were the -words of Turn to Page 12, Column 1 1 t CITY COUNCIL OPPOSES GAMBLING PROPOSITION The City Council yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Councilman Don A. Allen putting the city's legislative body on record as emphatically opposed to Proposition 6 on the Nov. 7 ballot, legalized gambling. ' ' "Widespread gambling in our State would be an unproductive parasite on the wholesome economic and social life of California and, inevitably, a corrupting influence on all our governmental institutions," said - Allen, a former State Assemblyman, in part in his, resolution. As chairman of the Council's Revenue and Taxation - Committee, Allen also recited that "this committee has been informed that it (Proposition 6) will place upon the city tremendous costs for additional policemen and other city services, which could run between $3,000,-000 and $11,000,000 annually, with no provision in the act for proper subventions to defray this cost." Police Need Told; 18 Reserves Quit Chief Parker Stresses Shortage; Newton District Officers Resign Within a few hours yesterday Chief of Police Parker told the county grand jury that Los Angeles is short on policemen and another group of unpaid reserve police officers resigned. Chief Parker, appearing before the ' jury during the day, declared he sees no immediate solution to the problem. . i ' i A short time later, in the early evening, 18 of the 35 members of the Police Reserve Corps in the Newton Street Division, turned in their badges to Douglas Shaw, regular police -officer who serves as reserve co-ordi-nator for the Newton area. Parker's appearance before the jury-was an aftermath of the fatal shooting Oct.- 7 of 18-year- old James Woodson Henry, a John Muir College student,' by a Highland Park Division reserve policeman. ( Faith Not Kept Action of the Newton reservists, too, was an aftermath of the slaying. It followed by only two days the resignation of 47 Highland Park reserve officers, who, in a letter to Chief Parker, declared that he, Mayor Bowron and City Councilmen had not kept faith with the reserve, but had. instead held it up to public scorn. Hollenbeck Station reserve officers also met last night but no resignations were reported. Instead, the reservists there approved a resolution asking for a mass meeting of all reserves in the city with the Police Commission and Chief Parker at the Police Academy. A speaker at the Hollenbeck meeting was Councilman Ed Roybal who told the reserves he would give all possible help in working out a meeting with the Police Commission and Chief Parker and the reserve officers. Serious Obstacles Parker told the grand jurors that the police personnel prob lem is created by two serious obstacles. First, he said, is the lack of sufficient funds. Second, he added, there Is a scarcity of qualified applicants for police jobs, even if the funds are provided. This situation, he said,-led to the use of the volunteer reserve nolicemen, who must furnish their uwn . uniforms and equipment. , . Current Budget The City Council, Parker said, has authorized a police force of 4491 men, but appropriated only Turn to Page 11, Column 2 STOIC Brenda Ernst after jury - ruled against her- in child's paternity suit; : fills M i , . City Not Broke; No New Taxes Seen by Mayor Mayor Bowron said yesterday that he does not intend to recommend any new city revenue or taxation measures. The statement was made as the Mayor took exception to published stories that the city is "broke" because the City Con troller announced the necessity to borrow from some fixed mu nicipal funds to meet current expenses. ' "In my budget message I pointed out that transfer 'of ap proximately $3,000,000 in city funds would probably be neces sary to meet expenses during the period when no tax payments are coming in," said the Mayor. "This often occurs and is a normal condition. When new tax revenue comes in fixed funds are reimbursed in the amount borrowed. 'Money Enough "The city has money enough to finance itself for the present unless some unforeseen emergency arises," continued : the Mayor, "and I plan to ask for no new tax measures. . If the Council should adopt some such meas ure, however, I would give it consideration. ' In the City Council there was also objection to reports that the city is "broke," and a general agreement with the Mayo r's statement regarding the transfer of funds. Councilman Ernest E. Debs, however, said that, under present conditions, the Council must consider the problem of raising city employee salaries. Councilman George Moore promptly announced that while he will vote for salary increases he will oppose any increase In the sales tax. Police Given Authority to Hire Civilians The Police Commission yesterday authorized the employment of 106 civilians to permit the reassignment of an equal number of. police officers now doing clerical and other work not directly connected with law enforcement. The City Council will be asked to appropriate $152,000 to; pay their salaries for -the rest of the fiscal year. Both Mayor Bowron and Chief of Police Parker recommended engaging civilians for such duties. . l At the same time, the Commission approved the' hiring of 34 civilian radio technicians, who will not replace any officers. 7000 Scouts to See Bowl Variety Show Saturday morning will be a big day for more than ,7000 youngsters when the YMCA Boy Day variety show is presented in Hollywood, Bowl. Boys from all oyer Southern California and some from Arizona will partici pate. In the afternoon the boys will see the Stanford-UCLA football game at the Coliseum. I J T 5fr I u Jv .v,1 fw4'': v( .i-4 - - - hXt WiSvi?--- '?Z-M : 1 I i"' . .:?:i;il:-K-il . i':V I-;- - ; 1 ' :' ( ' - v Hi Lr-;;.-l !.- ' ' '' .. ?..... J- ".i ,u - ., v 1 I' I 'Ji 1 i i iin iiiiiiiminii iiiiiwii if s a . -s UP A TREE Fred Koehler, animal inspector at St. Ann Animal Shelter, hands Cookie, 4-month-old kitten, to Helper Joseph Conlin. Kitten spent night up tree. Times phot DOWN FROM TREETOPS Climbing Match in Cookie is the-climbin'est kitten. Can't keep her from climbing trees. . : Recently she spent three days aloft in a tree at the rear of her home, 144 N Oxford Ave. The Harbridge children who own her Mavis, 12, Carol, 9, and John, 8 enticed: her down. Then Tuesday afternoon she made another ascent, this time up a tree in front of the home of the J. A. Slone family at 126 N Oxford Ave. Tricks No Good None of the familiar, oft-tried tricks could get Cookie down. Instead, she climbed higher. Yesterday Animal Inspector Fred Koehler of the Ann Street Animal Shelter showed Cookie BLOOD PRESSURE LINKED TO HEREDITY BY WILLIAM S. BARTON Heredity is the basic cause of high blood pressure. Deaths from congestive heart failure and angina have been cut in half by increased use of anticlotting drugs. These and other advances which are extending the length of human life were unfolded yesterday at the opening of the annual two-day scientific meeting of the Los Angeles Heart Association. Some 700 doctors are attending the meetings in the Ebell Theater. No. 1 Killer' Discussed The l"o. 1 national killer, high blood pressure, was discussed by Dr. George W, Pickering, internationally famed specialist from London,. Eng. "My own view," VISIBILITY RECORD; TODAY'S FORECAST Following are the forecast of visibility today for the Los Angeles Civic Center and the range of visibility yesterday as compiled by the U.S. Weather Bu- reau: -. - . .. Forecast Sunrise to 8 a.m.. Very good ' 8 a.m. to 2 p.m....... Good 2 p.m. to sundown Very good Yesterday's Range 8 a.m. ..,'..........15 miles 9 a.m. 12 miles 10 a.m. 8 miles 11 a.m. ..-7 miles Noon ..... ...5 miles 1 p.m 3 miles 2 p.m .......2 miles . -(Smoke and Haze) 3 p.m. .i........-....-10 miles- 4 p.m. ............ 15 miles Jk Kitten Meets Inspector that she wasn't the only adept tree climber. He went up after her in nothing fiat, causing on lookers considerable uneasiness. Koehler, unlike Cookie, also was adept at going down th tree. ' Nothing flat again. Tha onlookers sighed. Children Rejoice Mrs. Slone had a bowl of milk waking for the 4-month-old kitten, and there was general rejoicing among children in tha neighborhood. . You can't censure Cookie too much for her escapades. She just hasn't learned her way around. She has lived in California only a short while. A . stranger from West Palm Beach in Florida. he asserted, "is that the role of heredity as a basic cause of tha disease may not have been stressed sufficiently. We usually find high blood pressure tends to be a family trait. The trait, apparently, can be inherited either from mother or father. "But this is no reason for alarm. Neither do I see any sense in engaged couples worrying about their high blood pressure inheritances. If they don't inherit that tendency they may inherit a worse one. As a mat ter of fact, high blood pressure, unless extremely severe, isn't a very bad condition. Often, .it does no harm and its victims may live to be 90 if they follow medical advice. rroblem of Diet "You ; can have high blood pressure and still have a normal heart. Only in the severest cases does it seem worthwhile to make patients, miserable by putting them on a radical and tasteless salt-free diet. I could be in a minority, but my view is that we aren't yet positive as to just how the more immediate causes of pressure, notably spasmodic contractions in blood vessels, or even kidney disturbance, are involved." Asked to comment upon the view that blood pressure victims can smoke cigarettes (which constrict blood vessels) providing they also drink liquor (which expands vessels), the authority replied: Anticlotting Drugs "I've never taken seriously the idea that patients should Turn to Page 8, Colama f

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