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INDIANA: Partly cloudy tonight and Wednesday with scattered showers and thunderstorms likely by afternoon or night. Tenrwrature 12 noon 72 degrees. Warmer Wednesday. Low tonight 57 to 63. High Wednesday in the 80s. Sunset 8:17 •p.m., sunrise Wednesday 5:19 a.m. LOGANSPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY ( YOUR HOME TOW>T NOW IN OUR 113th YEAR HOME EDITION Founded F«* All Department* Pfeone «« LOGANSPQRT, INDIANA, TUESDAY EVENING, JUNE 25, 1957." *'ull-L«»»od Cnlted Pre» Wire* Day mmd Sight Price Per Copy, Seven Cents WIFE-SWAPPING ENDS IN MURDERS ... /» , HONOR POST OFFICE EMPLOYES FOR SAFE DRIVING Living Cost Hits Highest Level in May Labor Department Reports Consumer Price Index Climbed to 119.6 Per Cent WASHINGTON (UP)—The government today reported the cost of living climbed to an all-time high last May for the ninlh straight month. The Labor Department said the May consumer price index was 119.6 per cent of the 1947-49 average. The index was .3 of 1 per cent above April and 3.6 per cent higher lhan May, 1956. The rise in living cosls means wage boosls for nearly one million •workers with "escalator" w,age contracts tied to the cost of living. Food prices spearheaded Ihe rise in living cosls with a .7 of 1 per cent increase between April and Four employees of the Logunsporl post office were presented with safe-driver awards from thc Na- May. Prices of fresh produce anl tional Safety Council,by Sylvester Kelly, postmaster, Tuesday morning. The awards included pins and cards signed by Arthur E. Summerfleld, postmaster general, and Ned H. Dearborn, president ot the National Safety Council, for professional safe-driving performa , left, presents a 37-year award Major Counts In Nickerson Case Dropped Clear Colonel of Espionage andr Perjury in Missile Case; Pleads Guilty to .15 Lesser Charges HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (UP) — The Army today .dropped charges that Cot. John C. Nickerson betrayed his country by spilling missile secrets and the defendant promptly pleaded guilty to 15 other counts 'Of failing to safeguard classified matter. The two swift developments came in the first 90 minutes of Nickerson's court-martial. The defense accomplished its main goal—'.o have the 41-year-old munist Chinese invasion following career rockeleer cleared of espiorj'he heaviest Red artillery bom- nage and perjury charges—when' bardment in nearly three years. Berserk Man Slays Former Wife and Son; Wounds Two Killer Also Shoots Husband of Slain Woman and Wounds Nine Year Old Daughter as She Begs for Mercy; Manhunt Is Waged for Slayer. TERRE HAUTE (UP)—Two men who traded wives fought a midnight gun duel in the darkness of one of their homes today, and one of them killed his ex-wife and their 11-year-old son. Hours after the wife-swapping ended in tragedy in the luxurious home of a prominent businessman, authorities searched for Thomas Whitaker, 39, a truck driver who threatened his former family because a judge awarded custody of his children to their mother. The mother, Mrs. Alma Martin, 36, and their son, Nationalist Stronchold On J ac ' c Whitaker, 11, were slain in a bedroom of the Mar*^_ __ ! f !„ ,-J CM A AAA v. ~-». _ ;._ _ r_ ..i. • t-i _ i. i_ Chinese Reds Pour Shells Into Quemoy Alert After Heaviest Bom" bardment in Three Years TAIPEI (UP)—Nationalist China alerted its offshore island fortresses today for a possible Com- jneat wenl up seasonally. The price of services was up .4 of 1 lies went down by the same yca r pin, William R.' .Watts, a rural carrier, rece\vcd°7 o'ne-year 'pi'n,' aiid'Tugenc' A.' GraV/rlght, 'rural| nouncecl the Army withdrew its second charge containing three counts. Then it ca-mo time for Nickerson to plead to the one remaining charge. One of his civilian lawyers, ».«..**.—.» v.uki.^ fuuKi.*!, «u* inifM^naiviiut a<ti<--u£ i **nf; j/ciiwiiimut;*.. ivcuy, jcxi, 1/j^at.iita u iH'yKiti uvvttfu • ; u — •• t /--~, to Owen D. Shanlcau, a rural carrier. Kay R. SwarUel, in truck, parcel post driver, received a tlireo-! B ' ODert Kl . l ? f Hantsville,. an- amount, the two changes thus can- celling each other in the index. Durable goods prices were down .6 of 1 per cent and soft" goods down .2 of 1 per cent.- Further Rise Seen Ewan Clague, commissioner of the department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, predicted that food prices will rise for the next two months, then drop in August. He said durable and soft goods prices should go down while services continue to rise for the remainder of the yeor. Clague said the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables is in step with last year's increases but Uiere are "some signs" that they will hit a peak below last year's. The department also reported that the pay after taxes and the buying power of factory workers continued a decline that bogan last January. He attributed this to a shortening of the work week and the rise in the cost of living between April and May of this year. The factory worker's earnings after taxes dropped 17 cents in May to $74.47 a week for a worker with three dependents and to $67.08 a week for a worker without dependents. Clague said about 750.0CX) workers in metal industries will receive around 4 cents an hour more because of tolay's higher index. These industries are basic steel, in Uie tiny Army carrier, received a six-year pin. The NSC.also awarded a one-year pin to Howard E. Thomas who was absent when the picture was taken. (Pharos-Tribune Photo-Engraving.) BREAK GROUND FOR DELPHI ARMORY courtroom: "In view of the fact that the prosecution has withdrawn charge No. 2 the defendant wishes to plead guilty to charge No. 1, on specifications 1 through 15." Jenkins Questions Court Court was recessed a.t that point. The defense ministry said "several" civilians had been killed 'and at least 20 others injured' in the bombardment. It was feared military casualties would run higher. The vest pocke-t war between the Communists and the National- lists flared an«w Monday night when Red artillery on Amoy pounded the Quemoy Island group with 9,395 rounds. About 180 houses were leveled on little Quemoy, only three or [our miles from the mainland. The overall casualties and dam- tins' 840,000 home in a fashionable suburb. Whitaker's and Mrs. Martin's daughter, Regina, 9, was shot and wounded badly as she begged for her life. Mrs. Martin's husband, Stewart, 40, was wounded less seriously as he and Whitaker fired at least a dozen shots at each other in the dark after Whitaker broke into tho house armed with a shotgun. Authorities believed Whitaker took the death gun into a woods and shot himself after the shootings. They could not find his body, however. The second charge could have car- ages worc heavier than the Na- ried up to 16 years in prison, and tionalisls suffered ai the height of the "little war" in September, 1954. An air of tension grew rapidly in Ihe Formosa Straits and 'in all his motion. Jenkins" attempted to get the members to say whether they •would be influenced by evidence of Mckerson's motives in the event he_ was convicted. The court responded in (.he affirmative. Count one in the second charge, . dealing with espionage, accused Nickerson of passing on to Erik Bergaust, editor ' of Missiles and Rockets magazine, three secret I documents dealing wills the missile program. Nickerson had reason to believe, the -charge said, that the docu- - — . merits contained .information which Delphi city officials and civic leaders gathered dcspitu rain Monday morning to officially break ground he had reason to believe could be $10,000 fine or both. The first •charge involved up lo 30 years and heavy fines on all counts but Nickerson's guilly plea was expected to be a factor in the sentence. ,-,,,„., „*,., u ,,,, an >« . . i , « i v Colorful Ray H. • Jenkins. Nick-! ££ ^re'alerted to" a os^le »«?** night "" ersons civilian counsel, had ques- r.hinosr. rnmmimlrf attack from i w" 4 - 864 a vcar - tio.ned the 10-member court-martial •briefly about its "general attitude" before Taylor stood up • to make The two couples, once close friends, were divorced two months apart late last year, the Martins after 20 years of marriage. Martin then married Mrs. Whitaker and Whitaker married Mrs. Martin. Authorities said (here was no evidence the couples worked out an. agreement to swap mates and that it "just happened." A posse of 20 heavily armed officers combed woods and dense brush looking for WJiilaker. Police quoted Stewart Martin, 40, a prominent Tern- llaii'.e !—M- nessman who opcrales a photographic supply slore, as saving 464 Highway Employes Get Salary Raise Wage Boosts in State Highway Department Amount to $634,864 INDIANAPOLIS (UP) —The ,„ , ( . Indiana State Budget Committee , Whitaker was angered' be.caus'e'his raised the pay of 464 employes of | and Mrs. Mai-Lin's children were tho State H 'S lwa y Department'given to the cuslodv of their a total of! mote when they wore divorced for the new $393,948 Delphi National Guard armory, to be completed within 270 days. First shovelful of mud was turned by Capt. Dan Claw son, commander ot the unit, Company B, 293rd Infantry Kcglmcnl, 38th Division, Looking on are, left to right, Charles Raider, member of armory hoard; David R. Bourn, iron ore mining, aluminum, metal member of armory hoard; Delphi Mayor Roy Clauser; Chnrlt'S A. Wood, president of Delphi Chamber of container, and refractories. Another 115,000 employes in the.tractor, meat-packing industry will receive a 3-ceM. an hour wage hike. Tj the aircraft industry, 83,000 will get a 2-cent an hour boost while another 22,000 will get 1 cent more an hour. Clague said "an upward press on food prices is quite apparent" for the next two months but that autos and household appliances face a drop. Commerce; Dean Overbolser, of the chamber; Morris Clem, Lions club; and Robert E. Fitzgerald, on Council Balks At Transfers A proposed ordinance to transfer available monies from one fund to another failed to pass the city council. Alderman John Anderson's "no" vote delayed passage of the resolution, which involved a matter of bookkeeping and no extra appropriations. Since the law stipulates a two- thirds vote of the entire council body, a unanimous approval of thc five men present was required last night. Aldermen James Diyan and Itaeburn Cox wore absent. The ordinance will be placed on the agenda of thc regular council meeting July 1. The objection centered on tho transfer of $15,000 from the parking meter fund to thc street fund to replace money paid for the new street sweeper. KishiCollsonUN To Halt Bomb Test NEW YORK (UP) — Japanese Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi appealed to thc United Nations today to take the lead in hailing nuclear tests. In a speoch broadcast over the U.t»f. worldwide radio, Kishi also called on the (J.N. to guile the world toward a sweeping disarmament program. Kishi, the first Japanese prime minister to visit the U.N. since Japan became n member last December, repeated his nation's demand lhat atomic tests be ended. "I hope that nuclear energy will be devoted solely to peaceful purposes of promoting world prosperity and progress," he said. (Pharos-Tribune Photo-Engraving.) DOWNTOWN SIDEWALK REPAIR PROGRAM UNDERWAY used to the injury of t'he United Stales or to the advantage of a •foreign nation. Counts two and three charge! •that Nickerson lied about sending copies of a memorandum he wrote to the office of columnist Drew Pearson and to John A, Baumann of Radio Corporation of America. the mainland on the offshore is-! rt !* wage hilces ' illv °' vin £ most l anc | g . ,• engineering employes from chief Press report in Taipei said a engineer Carl Vogeigesang -on strong Nationalist task force composed of planes and warships were ordered to patrol along the Red Chinese coast watching Red movements. The Chinese Nationalist batteries on Quemoy and Little Quemoy returned tile Communist fire which broke out at dinner time Monday night. There was no official reports on casualties inflicted by the Nationalists. HI 1956. Couples Best of Friends Friends of the Marlins and Whitakcrs said l!iu two couples down, afffded all except 14 per- . - —.— sons in the engineering division of i were tllc , b ? SL of friends and spent the highway department, •A now salary schedule was out-1 many evenings together before tho were divorced last Former Local Resident Dies Marion Keith Shuman, 4!), son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sbuman, 1519 Miles street, a civil engineer in charge of dredging the Ohio river for the U. S, War department, who formerly resided in Logansport, died suddenly of a heart attack at 5 o'clock Tuesday morn- Nickerson's defense con tends -i-'ig at'his home in Jeffersonville. tbnt he wrote the memos only as a means of registering his belief that the Army is best qualified to mount missiles in the 1,500-mUe intermediate range. Secretary of Dofease Charles E. Wilson had allotted such weapons to the Air Force last year shortly after Nick-; duo university. Born Jan. 18, 1008, at Columbus. 0., to Charles and Kathcrine Shu- mun, he was graduated from Lo- gar.sport high school and was employed by the Waters Dry Goods company and by the Western Union here before he attended Pur- (lined, including raises for sub- professional assistants from a range of $155 to $341 to a range of $200 to $350 a month. " . The committee also approved a $500 annual salary increase for Joe McCord, director of the Department of Financial Institutions, and $300 for Charles Bryant, a deputy secretary of stale. Most of a $7,005 appropriation restored from funds previously ordered cut in the present year allocations ana Boys School raised to Sl,72!),tl85 the amount re stored from a $2,661,641 sum previously ordered withheld in a money-saving gesture by thc 1857 Legislature. The committee also: Approved spending $100.000 for architect engineering fees o.i e:-son went inlo action with Die idea of getting the order modified. The defense plans to show that Nickersoa spilled no real secrets and that (he missile program, on the olihcv hand, would suffer unless the Army plays a big part Nickerson's position has an historic parallel to that of the late Gen. Billy Mitchell, the early Air Force enthusiast who was lieved of his command insubordination. for The work of tearing out the old sidewalk aiid curb on the cant sldu of Fourth street south of thc alley between North and Broadway was completed Tuesday morning iiy employes of Dean MnsKclman, and forms fur the new walk and curb were being laid. Shown ubovv removing the old walk arc Ronald Coleman, Peru, operating thc tractor-loader; Wayne Willing, Logunsport, with back to camera; and Phillip Krlskey, city. (Pharos-Tribune Plioto-Engravlng.) Bulletins LONDON (UP)—The U.S. for- mtilly proposed today that American and Soviet armed forces he reOuccd In three successive stages tl> a level o( 1,700,000 men each. WASHINGTON (UP)—Bob Feller, one of baseball's ad - time greats, told a congressional oom- rrilltec today that organized baseball Is a business and should be put under the antitrust laws. married Mrs, Martin last December and Martin married Mrs. | Whitaker last April ami took her •and the Whitaker children to live 'in a new home in a luxurious residential area in the suburbs. Martin told newsmen this story of the shootings: Martin henrd n noise about I:4J a.m.,'arose from Jiis bed and wort to the rear of the house where ha firand Whilakcr removing hinse.? :he present fiscal'from a door. Whilaker was carry- went to Ihe Indi-'ing a double-barreled shotgun. . The restoration Armed with a revolver, Martin and Whil.alier fireil at least a dozen shots while Martin called to his wife to lake the children in a bedroom and lock (Jie door. Martin said he thought Whilaker was, "after me." Mrs. Martin telephoned the sheriff'.? office before she locked new maximum security unit at | Herself in th c bedroom. Mart in Norman BeaUy Hospital at West- withdrew to another part of the house and Whilaltw broke into the He has been employed by the federal government since he attended Purdue, Ho worked first at Portsmouth, 0., and Cincinnati,! 0., but had been working out of the* Louisville office for the past ten years. He was exalted ruler of the Jeffersonville Elks lodge at thc time of his death. ville. Approved $100,000 for roof repairs at the Indiana World War Memorial in Indianapolis. Approved $1,488,000 for rehabilitation of a laboratory anil home bedroom wJiere his ex-wife and his children were hiding. Hears I'lcn For Life Martin heard shots and heard his step-daughter Regina scrcn economics building at Purdue Uni-! "Don't kill me, Daddy, I'll'go ami versity. Approved $232,000 for land purchases at Ball State College at Muncie. Approved $100,000 for music building equipment at Ball Stale. live with you." He said he heard Whilaker say, "All right, you'll live." Whilaker JefL Hie slaying room but returned later and fired a blast at his daughter, inflicting a Survivors are his wife, the former Mary Porter; a son, Richard, = _. at home; a daughter, Mrs. Kalh-lHospflal. Turned down a request foi-! wound m , !K ' r arm whic " J' h .vsi- '- $26,000 for extra bedrooms in staff |?. laiui ,5""' ! llay , rc 5 uir<! <™P»'n, cottages at Ihe Now Castle State H 0 "' ihm , ] ™ f»und Martin and ( __ F* . vim( mt>, in ].,i I...i ~.- i,* i • . erine Ann Billman, city; thc parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shuman, city; a sisler, Mrs. Jean Kinsey, Fort Wayne; and three brothers, Howard, Florence Ky.; Charles W., Lafayette; and Roger, Fort Wayne. The body will be brought to the Krocger funeral home Thursday morning at 9 o'clock, Funeral rites will be conducted at • 10. o'clock Friday morning at the Kroeger funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery. Man's Crushed Body Found Along Tracks AUSTIN, Ind. (UP)—The mangled body of a man was found along a Pennsylvania Railroad right-of-way near hore today. He was identified by State Po-. lice as Jesse Willard Buckner, 2G, Austin. Authorities learned Buckner and Dan Begley, 32, Austin, walked along the rails from Crotticrsvllle to Austin early today, then laid down near the tracks to sleep. Police theorized Buckner crawled onto the tracks and was hit by a train. Begley woke up about daybreak and walked to Austin. RUSSIAN WARSHIPS GET INTO THE ACT Western Fleet Maneuvers Begin NAPLES, Italy (UP)—The Western Allies today began four days of massive fleet maneuvers In the Mediterranean, It appeared the Soviets were homing in on such activities for t'he second lime in a week. were reported approaching the' western end of Ihe Mediterranean at Gibraltar, but a British Admiralty spokesman in London said early today he had "no knowledge" they had been sighted from the British base. The U.S. 6th Fleet led ships of I It was. the second time within six nations in exercise "Rosie- Rosie" to test the Western atomic defenses from Gibraltar to eastern Turkey. And somewhere in the middle of it were a Soviet cruiser and three escort vessels. a week Soviet vessels have intruded on a Western defense maneuver. Last week Soviet minesweepers suddenly appeared in the middle of the fledgling West German navy as the German ships Monday night the Soviet vessels I steamed through, the Baltic on their first maneuvers. It took several hours for the Germans lo convince the Russians tihey were in the wrong place, and before leaving the Russians sailed for several hours between the rows of German ships. Today's Allied exercises were aimed at testing the' defenses of NATO's southern flank against atomic attack. Ships from the 6th Fleet, the British Mediterranean fleet and smaller contingents from Greece, Turkey, France and Italy took part; New Albany Girl Taking Swimming Lessons Drowns NEW ALBANY (UP) — Irma Parker, 1(1, New Albany, drowned today in a pool while she was taking swimming lessons wiUi a group of 40 persons. Her brother found her body under water in the deep en\'l of the pool at New Albany Junior High School while instructors were giving lessons in three separate classes, Rescue squads administered oxygen and artificial respiration in a fruitless, effort lo revive Ihe girt. Authorities said the students were not supposed to go beyond a marker separating the shallow .and deep sections of the pool' They Turned lown a request for salary increases for the executive secretary of the Indiana Board of Public Harbors and Terminals, tilie director of the state library, the ' executive • secretary of thc Stale Board of Medical Registration and Examination, Ihn director of the Aeronautics Commission of Indiana, an) the superintendent of the World War Memorial. Turned down a request for ?34,000 to pay half the cost of a slate police helicopter. Uie federal government to pay the oilier half. Golf Course Road Paved Resurfacing of a five-block stretch of Pollard avenue from the Dykeman park gates lo the golf clubhouse has been completed by the C. A. Studebakcr Construction company. City officials said the roadway was full of chuck holes and was included on the paving program because of ils extensive use by Dykeman parkr nicnickers and golfers this summer, The city street department, meanwhile, is concluding its program of leveling and grading streets in all parts of thc comtnun- said nobody saw Irma go to tlic ity, preparatory to turning them deep end, lover to Studebaker for resurfacing. shot him in the log as Martin grabbed at the weapon. W'ben police arrived in anxwor to Mrs. Martin's frantic call, they found Martin crawling wounded to a neighbor's home for help. Whitaker'3 car was found a quarter of a mile away at a dead end road. Searchers beat through a wooded, brush-covered area looking for Whilaker. Two families related to Mrs. Martin asked for police protection when they learned of the tragedy. They said Whitaker had threatened them. Threatened Him Twice ^Marlin said Whitaker threatened him and other members of his family twice la.st weekend in personal visits and phone calls. But he saUl he didn't think Whilaker would carry out any of his throats. Whitaker's wife Dorothy, told of the shootings, said "I'm not surprised." She said Whiiakcr left home near midnight, saying he was going out for a beer. Martin and Mrs. Whitaker had two children by Uieir marriage, a daughter, Diane, in her la<e teens, and a son, Donald, an Indiana University sludenl wlio is working in St. Louis, Mo., this summer. Authorities said Mrs. Martin apparently took her ex-husband's threats seriously. She had applied for and received a court restraining order to keep him away from tho Martin bom*.

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