Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana on June 6, 1957 · Page 1
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Logansport Pharos-Tribune from Logansport, Indiana · Page 1

Logansport, Indiana
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Thursday, June 6, 1957
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LOGANSPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY INDIANA: Mostly fair tonight and Friday, a little cooler extreme north tonight. Low tonight in the 50s extreme north to the 60s south and central. High Friday mostly in the 80s. Temperature 12 noon 79 degrees. Sunset B:10 p.m., sunrise Friday 5:17 a.m. ( "YOUR HOME TOWN NOW IN OUR 113th YEAR HOME EDITION Founded 1844— Fox All D«»mrt>»«Mt» PhOH 4141 LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 6,1957. Day United Pren Wlren Price Per Copy, Seven Cents TRUCK CRASH KILLS FIFTEEN Begin Legal Fight In Girard Case Ask Soldier Be Returned To U.S. Soil Federal Judge Directs Gove r n m e n t Authorities to Show Cause Why Defendants Return Should Not Be Ordered WASHINGTON (UP)—A federal judge today directed U.S. authorities to show cause why an American soldier accused of slaying a Japanese woman should not be returned to the United States. The. soldier, Army Specialist 3C William S. Girard, Ottawa, 111., is about to be turned over .to the Japanese for trial there on charges of killing a Japanese woman while she was scavenging on an Army firing range. Federal .Judge Joseph C. Mc- Garraghy directed U.S. authorities to show cause after Girard's attorneys petitioned him to order Girard's immediate return to the United States. The lawyers held that the shift to Japanese courts was .illegal and unconstitutional. McGarraghy said he could not do so without a "more complete record." Accordingly, he ordered more hearings next Monday to determine whether Girard should be returned to the United States. Tile action means U.S. authorities must show cause why an order for Girard's return should not be issued. McGarraghy signed papers whereby Girard will be retained in U.S. custody until the habeas corpus issue is resolved. The Japanese trial is now set for June 21. Girard's attorney. Earl .1. Carroll of New York, argued that the soldier is being made "a sacrificial lamb- merely for the purpose of appeasement." Carroll said that, e ven grantin-g that Japanese courts are as good as those in bhe United States, the case sets a precedent for all soldiers wherever they are sent. Carroll contended that the mishap took place in an area equivalent to a U.S. Army base where Japan has no jurisdiction. On the other hand, U.S.. Atty. Oliver Gasch argued that the area is not a military base but merely a section reserved for .part-time use of U.S. troops. He said the Japanese army uses the same area at other times. Girard's term of 'service expired last February. Apparently if he once got to this country he would be in civilian status and out of the jurisdiction not only of Japanese courts but of U.S. military authorities as well. The Supreme Court has ruled that ex-servicemen may not be returned to military custody to be tried for crimes committed while in uniform. A controversial U.S. decision to turn him over to Japanese courts for trial touched off a congressional investigation and charges that ttie administration is "covering up" officials responsible. President Eisenhower and De- This Is a general view of Berry Bowl as 201 members of the class of 1957 received diplomas at commencement exercise* held Wednesday evening. A crowd of about 3,000 witnessed the closing event of the school year. (Pharos-Tribune Pholo-Engrnvlng.) fense Secretary Charles E. Wilson j have defended the decision, saying' they are confident Girard will get a "fair trial" in Japan and the United States will intervene if he doesn't. The soldier's attorneys filed a habeas corpus petition in District Court here which would require American authorities to "produce the person"—Girard—in the Federal Court for the District of Columbia. If this request is denied, they aatd, they will file another motion for an order requiring U.S. officials to "show cause" why Girard Senators Hear School Claim For Damages Halleck and Jenner Urge Approval of Bill Giving Jackson Township $300,000 Congressman Charles Halleck and Senator William Jenner urged approval of a bill giving Jackson township $300,000 damages for the loss of its Lincoln school at a hearing of the Senate judiciary subcommittee Wednesday in Washington, D.C. Raymond Trpbaugh, former principal of the school, now employed by the State Department of Education, told the senators how planes taking off from the Bunker Hill air base roar' over the school and said there never was a day during his tenure as principal that he did not fear a plane might fall on the building. Supporting the claim Tor $300,000 to permit the township to build a new school in a safer location, Congressman Halleck said the effect is the same as H the air force had taken over the school. Trobaugh said the noise factor also is important. He asserted that jets going over the school make a noise of 60 decible intensity, twice the amount necessary to cause headaches. Township Trustee William F. Zehring also urged approval of the bill. Class Of 201 Receives Diplomas At LHS Commencement Exercises Scholarships and Awards Are Made at Annual Ceremonies Attended by Crowd of Approximately Three Thousand Persons at Berry Bowl. Two hundred and one Logansport high school seniors were granted diplomas and many received scholarships and awards during the commencement program in. Berry Bowl Wednesday night. Approximately 3,000 persons attended the ceremonies. Beth Brumbaugh, top student in the 1957 graduating class, was honored as valedictorian and Alice Jo lear, second-ranking student, was should not be United States. returned to the Teverbaugh Denies Guilt INDIANAPOLIS (UP)—Former Indiana Highway Department right-of-way director Nile Tever- bauffh tod-ay pleaded ianocefit to three indictments growing out of a Marion County Grand Jury's investigation of the Hoosier highway scandal. Teverbaugh entered identical pleas to indictments charging embezzlement, conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to embezzle in connection with alleged irregularities in land sales for the Madison Ave. Expressway here. He was "the third person to enter Innocent pleas. Virgil (Red) Smith and Robert Peak pleaded "not guilty" Wednesday. The jury heard from four more •wilnecaet in its morning session. The deputy assistant secretary oE the air force, George S. Robinson, opposed the damage claim, asserting the B-47's which will use the base in the future will not be as noisy a-s the present F-100's in use there. But the Jackson township officials asked Robinson why, if the air force saw no danger to the school, that government maps are marked with the notation that construction of buildings' for public assembly in that area should be discouraged. A letter from Former Air Secretary Donald Quarles, opposing the claim, said the Lincoln school was in approximately the same situation as is the White House in relation to Washington's busy National- Airport. Air force officials have arguec that they could not accept responsibility for compensation to the Lincoln school without opening the way for all 1 kinds of noise claims However, Alden Lillywhite, U.S Office of Education representative, said he knows of only three instances where air force planes have made schools unusuable. In addition to the Lincoln school there are at Fort .Worth, Tex., and in New Hampshire. Seventy-Eight Dead In Colombia Violence BOGOTA, Colombia (UP) — At least 78 persons have been killed in the past -week in political feuds and bandit raids in southern and central Colombia. Other lures on commencement Page Twelve. pic- engineering • at GM- institution; James Goldstine, four-year scholarship to West Point Military Academy. Dave Loner, full tuition scholarship to University of Detroit; James Paschen, scholarship to Tri State; Dale Ristedt, rehabilitation scholarship to Purdue University; James Henry, rehabilitation named class salulatorian. (scholarship to Stevens Vocational Eight other top-ranking students | college, who also were presented with gold medals from the school trustees were Mary Kern, Sharon Neher, Jon Hershberger, James Green, Local Awartk Local organization awards and recipients were: Business and Professional Wom- Dave Loner, Robert Pontius, Fred en's club for girl commercial work Schue, and Mary Newman. Harold Mertz, principal of thel ligh school, announced the winners of the scholarships which had been awarded by various colleges, universities and industrial organizations. The scholarships were awarded :o: Betty Neese, state scholarship ;o Indiana .State; John Cromer, state scholarship to Indiana university; Charles lies, state scholarship to Indiana'university; Alan Killion, state scholarship, to Indiana State; Alice Jo Gear, special merit scholarship to honor ad.mis- sion at Miami university; Robert Pontius, special merit scholarship, admission hondrs, to Purdue; Joe Sabatini, tuition scholarship to Wabash; Bryan Graham, cash scholarship to Wabash; Fred Schue, cash scholarship'to Wabash; Sharon Neher, cash scholarship to Manchester college; Ronald Nazerine, cash scholarship to Indiana State; James Green, General Motors five- year scholarship for cooperative I to Patricia Wolf, presented by Miss Judy Wheaton. Delta Kappa Gamma award to Betty Neese, presented by Miss Agda Rafter. Florence Nightingale award to Patty Pasquale, presented by Phyllia Williamson. Sigma Phi Gamma award to Sue Newton, presented by Mrs. Herman Loner. Homemakers Home Demonstration award of $50 to Patricia Wolf, presented by Mrs. E'. L. Mason. AAUW book award to Alice Jo Gear, presented by Mrs. Virginia McCord. VFW Post 3790 award to Dale Ristedt, presented by Richard Webster. Tri Kappa sprority award of $200 to Mary fieth Easter, presented by Mrs. Robert Lowe. Club Awards Rotary Club award of $250 . to Weldon Bleiler, presented by Hoi- lis Johnson. Local 3261 United Steelworkers award of $300 to John Cromer, presented by Edward O'Donriell. Kiwanis club $200 award to Ronald Nazerme, presented by Allan Hildebrandt. 40 and 8 club -nurse award of tuition and monthly allowance to Mary Ellen Newman, presented by Leland Smith. John Price Memorial trophy, to Harry Elliot, presented by Dalen Showalter, last year's winner of the award. Don McGarnes Memorial for outstanding athlete to 'Rex Harris, gold medal by Broadway Methodist church. United Steelworkers District 30 award of $2,000 to Robert Pontius; presented by H. A. Rasmussen, RBM Scholarships totaling $7,500 to Jon Hersiiberger, and Mary Kerns, presented by Harry Huntsinger, assistant General Manager of RBM. Edwin Bu-shjahn Purdue Pharmacy award of $1,000 scholarship to Judy McCart, presented by Jphn Ulmer, high school guidance director. Elks, award of $500 to Harry Elliott, presented by Herbert Porter. Lorena Walling fund award of $300 each to Fred Schue and Mary Kern. Ann, Grace, Betty Neese, and Lance Freehafer delivered the student addresses during the BGlh Logansport high school commencement program. The diplomas were granted by Charles L. Sharp, superintendent o( city schools. Seated at the speakers' table were Mertz, Sharp, and school trustees, Wayne Schaeler, Ed Jasorka, and Don O'Neill. Migrai nt Workers Die In Highway Collision Twenty-Six Others Injured When Tractor-Trailer Truck Ploughs Into Vehicle Loaded With Bean Pickers at North Carolina Road Intersection. FAYETTEVI'LLE, N.C. (UP)— A traclor - trailer truck loaded lh potatoes smashed into a truck crowded will) migrant bean pickers at a busy highway intersection near here today, killing 15 persons. HOUSE TRAILER UPSETS ON HIGHWAY 24 Damage estimated at $1,500 was caused to a double deck house trailer when tt.upsei on U. S. highway 24 four miles west of Logansport at 10:55 a.m. Thursday. Billy J. McConnell, 24, of Abilene, Tex., was driving a 1996 model truck pulling the 1952 model house trailer owned by T/Sgt. Thomas Jenkins o( Griffith Air Force'Base, enroute east to Rome, N. Y., when the trailer wheels dropped off the pavement onto the berm on the light side. When the driver pulled It back onto the pavement the trailer began whipping from side to side and finally turned over on its left side crossways In the' right lane of the road after breaking loose from the truck. . State Trooper Richard Keyn and Sheriff O. R. Carson Investigated. Damage to the truck wai only $10. McConnell and Jenkins weri unhurt. . (Phum-Trlbune Photo-Engraving.) Boy Injured In 18-foot Fall From Window James Hendricks, 14, in St, Joseph Hospital With Fractures of Arm and Hand James Hendricks, 14-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Hendricks, 2318 East Broadway, is in the St. Joseph hospital with fractures of hi-s right arm between the wrist and elbow and a frac- lure of his left hand sustained when he fell out the second floor window of his bedroom at 2 a.m. Thursday. He also suffered scratches on his face and on his foot, apparently from having struck the cement" sidewalk at the west side of thei Hendricks home. Since the window is at least 18 feet from the ground, it was considered fortunate that the boy escaped more serious injuries, particularly since a bicycle was parked-almost directly below his bedroom window. James, who was just graduated from the St. Bridget schrfol Sunday, could not explain how' he fel! and it was believed that he had been walking in his sleep. Attorney J. T. Hillis, who resides .ne»t door, at 2314 East Broadway, was first awakened by the moaning of the boy who had crawled • over to the back step of the Hendricks home, ten feet from where he fell. He phoned Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks, whose bedroom is on the opposite side of the house, and .then hurried outdoors to determine how badly the boy was injured. James was rushed to the hospital for treatment. oE the bird elimination Disagree On Financing of Bird Program City Officials and Downtown Merchants Discuss Project to Gas Starlings The only disagreement arising from Wednesday's meeting of city officials and a group of downtown merchants on the acute starling problem concerned who was going to pay the bill. The city claimed such a program, while wholly desirable and needed, wasn't its responsibility. The businessmen thought it was, but some woxild agree to an assessment just I] eliminate the bird filth in the shopping district. Mayor Ralph Eberls suggested the Chamber of Commerce or the Jaycees finance the project. Councilman Walter Berkshire advised the merchants to pass the expense on io the consumer. City Attorney Tom Hirscliauer raised the questions of whether or not it was a "overnmental function and how the city could finance the program without such an item in the budget this year. Harry Eisenbise, Chamber of Commerce executive secretary, declared the city has the responsibility to safeguard the health of the community. CosH Is $4,0011 Acting as chairman of the delegation, Bruce Mygrant conceded that he was willing to go along with any kind of an assessment if the city couldn't help in the financing. Cost would amount to $4.000 for treat' ing 12 city blocks from Sixth to Second streets and from North street to the railroad, according to Frank McCray, of Saginaw, Mich., who has worked in the starling extermination business for 12 years. McCray told the group he would guarantee 80 percent extinction, alongside "the road" "and the bed's Twenty-six other workers were injured in the collision nine miles north of here on U.S. 30 and authorities sakl the death toll probably wouid rise. All of the vic'.ims were Negroes, One was identified as a G-monlhs- old child. The truck carrying the workers burst into flames after the spectacular collision and at, least two of liie victims burned to death. Hours after the accident authorities had been unable to identify the dead and injured. They wera migrants from Mississippi, Alabama, GeorgJa and South Carolina. The tractor-truck driver, Gilbert Robert Peters, 25, Wapwallopen, Pa., told patrolmun that the workers' truck failed to slop at the intersection and pulled into the patli of his huge rig. Peters' truck was loaded with 100-pound sacks of potatoes being shipped from Edisto Island, S.C. Peter. 1 ; suffered shock but was nut in serious condition. Three Die Of Injuries Tiie state highway patrol said 13 of the victims were killed when the two vehicles rammed together and three others died later at Highsmith hospital here. .Other injured workers were taken to hospitals here and at nearby Dunn. A highway patrol officer, V.L. Spruill, said there were 41 workers on tlie truck when it was hit squarely by the tractor - trailer. The Impact almost demolished tha truck carrying file bean pickers. Sheriff L. L. Guy of Cumberland County, N.C., who reached the scene 10 minutes after the accident, said "There were 12 dead sprawled all over the highway." The impact drove the stake-body truck on which the workers were riding into a weed-choked ditch but that the gassing process usually kills about 96 percent of the birds. The chemical used assures a Eagles May Lease Area to City for New Parking Lot The Eagles lodge and the city of Logansporl are discussing a transaction to raze the old lodge building at 211-213 South Sixth street and turn it into a parking lot. Under the tentative -arrangement, the area would be pavod and parking meters installed by the city, leasing the property from the Eagles. The additional space would permit parking for 30 vehicles in the downtown area. George Berfder, Eagles secretary, conferred with the board of works Wednesday on the project. Probe Dynamiting Of Railway Bridge BLOOMINGTON (UP)—Federal authorities today investigated the dynamiting of an Illinois Central Railroad trestle near here. No one was injured in the blast late Wednesday night, set off by five sticks of dynamite. Three ties were shattered, but officials said damage to the trestle about seven miles south of here was not believed, to be extensive. quick and painless death, McCray said. It is normally harmless to human beings. "Starlings destroy eggs of the songbirds and kill their young," he said. "If starlings arc not controlled soon, the songbirds gradually will disappear." Lloyd Copelancl, speaking for the Humane Society, agreed the starlings should be eliminated. "It would appear that it is a problem for the board of health not the Humane Society," Copeland stated. , The committee plans to meet soon and discuss a method ot financing. Fire Alarms In May 33 Logansport fire department answered 33 alarms in May, Chief J. R. (Dick) Eise.rt reported Thursday. Estimated total loss on buildings and contents was $7,560; $6,350 estimated loss on buildings and $1,210 on contents. Estimated total value of buildings protected and contents was $45,000; estimated value on buildings was $38,000 and on contents, $7,000, . Of the 33 alarms answered, 2-1 were telephone and 9 were box alarms. Types of fires listed were: automobile, 4 flue, 3; buildings, 14; grass and trash, 3; false, 7; inhalator, 1; services calls, 1. wooden sides splintered. The fire burned a highway sign. The truck carrying the migrant workers was bound from Mount Olive, N.C., U> Dunn. Erskine McCullough of Florida, foreman of the Negro workers, said he was riding in a car ahead of the truck. "I heard a crash and turned around and saw bodies all over tho road," he said. He said he was uncertain about the number of workers on the truck, but said it was around 33. William Timmins, 65, Longcliff Attendant Official, Succumbs William Timmins, 65, assistant attendant supervisor at the Logansport state hospital, died at 2:25 p.m. Wednesday at the home of his father-in-law in West Baden. Death followed an illness of three months. Timmins had been employed at the state hospital for six years. Survivors include his wife, Audrey, and a brother, George, 425% Fifth, Logansport. Final rites will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the West Baden Methodist church. The body is at the Ritter funeral home in French Lick. Ike Goes to Sea Aboard Big Carrier President Is Passenger On USS Saratoga for Study o£ Missile, Jet, :ind Nuvy Operations ABOARD USS SARATOGA (UP) —President Eisenhower put to sea. today aboard the pride of the Navy, the new (io,000-ton super- I carrier, USS Saratoga, for a concentrated 24-^our study of guided missiles,, jet operations, anti-submarine warfare and defense against atom bombs. T he chief executive flew from Washington with most of the National Security Council and other top federal officials and boarded this angled - dec-k "floating air base" at Mayporl, Fla. The President arrived at this St. John's River base from Washington aboard his personal plane, the Columbine III. The landing strip was only a tew yards from the huge carrier whio'i was all set to sail the moment the chief executive arrived. Eisenhower was -welcomed aboard by the screams of two Skyray jet fighters which were catapulted from the massive deck of the carrier while she stood at docks! dc. Accompanying the Chief Executive on his overnight cruise aboard the Saratoga are Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, Secretary of Treasury George M. Humphrey, Defense Secretary Charles E. Wilson and Chairman Lewis Strauss of tihe Atomic Energy Commission.

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