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LOGANSPORT .PUBLIC LIBRARY INDIANA: Mostly cloudy, scattered showers tonight. Showers north and rain soulh Friday. Litlle change in temperatures. Tempera- lure 12 noon 75 degrees, low tonight 57 to 63 north, 62 to 67 south. Highs Friday 75 to 82. Sunset 8:17 p.m., sunrise Friday 5:19 a.m. t YOUR HOME TOWN NOW IN OUR 113th YEAR HOME EDITION Founded 1844— F*r All Departm«B Phoat 4141 LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, THURSDAY EVENING, JUNE 27, 1957. vltfi Prttm Wire* and Miht Price Per Copy, Seven Cent« lnc!kt Virgil Smith And Salesman for Bribery HURRICANE HAMMERS COAST Former Governor Craig Held "Morally Responsible" by Jury Former State Highway Chairman and Arthur J. Mogilner Face Charges in Connection With Sales of More Than One Million Dollars Worth of Equipment. INDIANAPOLIS (UP) — Former Indiana highway chairman Virgil (Red) Smith and "Glo" salesman Arthur JOINS 'CLIFF STAFF J. Mogilner were indicted on bribery charges today in connection with Mogilner's sales 'of more than a million dollars worth of supplies and equipment to the state. Smith was accused of receiving more than $41,000 in bribes from Mogilner for getting him lucrative contracts. The jury which indicted the two men held ex-Gov. George N. Craig, in whose administration the* Hoosier highway scandals occurred, "morally if not legally responsible" for "misconducts" of highway officials he appointed. In addition to the indictments, the jury accused two men—without naming them—of "influence peddling" for a fee of about $48,000. The jury identified the men as an "administrative assistant" to Craig and a "former adjutant general of Indiana." , William E. Sayer, former administrative assistant to Craig, and Elmer W. (Doc) Sherwood, former Indiana adjutant general, were among witnesses who appeared before the jury during its investigation. Craig also appeared. Smith -was ordered rearrested. i Mogilner, who has been missing since the scandal broke early in April, will be arrested "when we find him," Prosecutor John Tinder said. Smith was indicted on 6 new counts and Mogilner on 12 by a Marion County jury which said Mogilner gained lush contracts with the state by "currying favor of key state employes" and "retaining close friends of Governor Craig as public relations -representatives," in addition to bribing Smith. Smith previously was indicted on charges of embezzlement of public funds and conspiracy lo embezzle and steal. He pleaded innocent. The indictments accused Mdgil- ner of giving Smith a $41,498.66 bribe to influence purchase of more than a million dollars worth of equipment from.Mogi'.ner's business firm. They accused Smith of accepting the bribes under an alias "V. Wilson." Holds Crnlg "Responsible" The jury in a long report on its inves' Hint By Ike Stirs London Arms Session Express Belief That Presi- Says Power Over-Emphasized First Tropical Storm Hits Texas and Louisiana Shores HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - (UP)—Col. John C. Nickerson Jr. testified today that "gross" over-emphasis on air power exists in the Defense Department. Reliance on air power alone, the Army missiles officer testified at his court-martial, might lay the United. States open to ."total de- defeat" if. Soviet armies overran most of the free world. • Nickerson was testifying in his own defense in an effort to mitigate his sentence for admitted negligent handling of secret documents and sendin'g classified mcmos to various outside persons. But Nickerson almost immediately launched a blistering attack on the air power philosophy of defense which he said has been "glamorized and publicized" by every member of the Air Force. Nickerson himself had openeded a bitter inter-service fight over control of ballistic missiles when he protested Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson's decision to turn such weapons in the intermediate range to the Air Force. Nickerson, champion of the Miss Barbara Blllman, 2109 Hlgh! Army . g j c pjter intermediate mis- street, city, has been appointed ns-i s ji e which ho helped develop, ad- Col JohnC NirkP^nn Mkcil* Fvnert i n.mrho.l Humcane Audrey Smashes Into Sabme, Texas; Fishing Boat Flounders m i-oi. John L. [Nickerson, M ssile txpert, Launches Gulf When rmmht in <^, m „„,! r.^ ^ w;»« R^.,^ n A Blistering Attack on Air Force at His Court- Martial; Warns of Existing Danger. BLASTS AIR FORCE iistanl personnel director at the milled he used secret dala lo gel .ogansport slate hospital, accord- across his case. He awaits senlenc- dent May Now Be Favor-:Ing to the announcement of Dr. : jng on 15 counts, a sentence to be able to Immediate Nuclear Ban LONDON (UP (—Reports that stigation held Craig "morally .f not legally responsible for the acts and misconducts of the highway officials he selected." "The evidence dearly v indicates," Ihe jury's reportP said, that Mr. Mogilner oblained his President Eisenhower might be having second thoughls on Ihe oE an immediate ban on nuclear tests sent up storm signals today at the London disarmament conference. Harold E. S'.assen was keeping the emphasis on conventional disarmament at today's session, but he was expected to put forth the American nuclear position soon. Western delegates here received another firm warning Wednesday from Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Valerian Zorin that any first step disarmament agreement must include a ban on tests. Ike Retreat Seen Observers interpreted Eisenhower',<i latest declaration on the subject as an indication of a retreat Post Office Department Gets Funds fav'oYed "position as seller lo Ihe {from previous apparenl willing-, Sc ™ le Action Guarantees «.„(» uurhw.iv Department not in ness to meet the Russian.-! on the ittn t -Normal .Postal bcrv- Jolm Southworth, superintendent. | determined by Ihe 10 - member Miss Billman received her B. S. degree In education at Indiana University In 1952 and her M. S. degree with a major In personnel and guidance this year. She taught two years in the Mlsh- awaka elementary schools and one year In a Logansport elementary school. She Is a member of Tri Kappa sorority and' the Broadway Methodist church. State Highway Department not in i ness to meet the Russians .on the fair business competition but prin-j issue. cipally Last week the President said he tl) By retaining close friends would be "perfectly delighted" to of-Governor Craig's as public relations representatives, "(2i By currying the favor of key state employes and officials by small gifts, and by throwing such persons lucrative 'business' income outside their, state duties, and "(31 By bribery of the commission chairman." Bvidence indicated, the jury said, that Smith and Mogilner were "wilfully corrupt." 9 Checks in Smith? Mogilner was accused of. selling $1,026,486 worth of equipment to the highway department, including $133,000 worth of "Glo" engine- additive. 30 asphalt mixers valued at $106,330, eight stteel sweepers valued at $88,231, thirty-six shovels valued at $529,146, and more than nine million pounds of calcium chloride valued at $169,408. Prosecutor John G. Tinder said Smith's ,.indictmcnt on bribery charges was based on nine checks which Mogilner signed, made out to "V. Wilson," Smith endorsed the checks with the signature "V. Wilson" and cashed them at the Stale Bank of Milan between November, 1956, and April, 1957, the report said. "Governor George N. Craig as chief executive during the lime of all the above mentioned irregularities . . . was in our opinion morally if not legally responsible for the acts and misconducts of the highway officials he selected," the report said. "In all fairness to Governor Craig, this grand jury found no evidence that he parlicl- .. __ paled in any of the corrupt con-;on Logunsport's south side' we're duct." accept an immediate ban, Wednesday he appeared far less ready and emphasi/ed instead the possibility of an "absoluetly clean" II- bomb, that is, with no radioaclive Call-out. Stassen and his fellow Western delegates received a stern warning from the Russians aboul the Soviet determination to halt la;ts. Norslud Blasted Again According to a Moscow radio broadcast this morning Korin told the delegates that "those who complicate the settlement of the question of ending alom and hydrogen weapon (esls by various contrived condilioas arc, In effect, raising obstacles to and undermining the possibility of ending the nuclear arms race." The Zorin statement was accompanied by another venomous Soviet attack on U.S. Gen, Lauris Norstad, the NATO commander, which outdid the Tuesday stalc- monts by Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. Moscow radio said Norstad was a "cannibal" who spends his time dreaming "how lo drop thousands of bombs on our counlry." It recalled thai he was chief of staff of the World War H 20th Air Force which bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 1000 Phones Out of Order Approximately 1,000 telephones Bonds of $10,000 for Smith and $36,000 for Mogilner were set. The indictments increased to 23 the number returned by the jury since it began investigaling the highway scandals lust April, a few days after newspapers broke stories of lush profits and questionable land buying for highway right-of-way. The jurors indicated there wore other "irregularities" not covered on Pane 23) I put out of service Wednesday evening by rain entering a damaged cable on the Third street bridge, over the Wabush river, but service was expected to be restored late Thursday afternoon. Telephone officials said an air hammer went through tne cable while workmen were repairing the sidewalk on 'the bridge and il was not 'discovered until the rain entered the hole and shorted 200 lines. Kepaln wero started, at once. ice Will Be Maintained court-martial after the defense completes its testimony. Nickerson said the Air Force decision lo build intercontinental ballistics missiles — ocean - spanning weapons in contrast to the 1.500-mile Jupiter—was the proper one becausa the ICBM is a "strategic" weapon. Then Mckerson began reading a prepared statement on the "two opposing theories of the most efficient method of effectively waging 'modern warfare," "The first is the theory that •by atomic bombardment there will be little use for armies and they probably will be Nickerson said. unnecessary," COLONEL JOHN NICKERSON Gulf When Caught in Storm and Crew of Nine Believed Drowned. PORT ARTHUR, Tex. (UP) — Hurricane Audrey, which had already snuffed out 10 lives in the Gulf of Mexico, hit the Louisiana-Texas coast today in a fury of howling wind and blinding rain. The New Orleans Weather Bureau reported that the first hurricane-strength winds—75 miles an hour—from Audrey hit Sabine, Tex., at C a.m. c.d.t. Communications failed as the wind raged higher at Safoine, a little town of five stores and 260 residents al tho mouth of Sabine Pass, along the Louisiana-Texas border. The center of Audrey, boiling with 100-mile-an-hour winds, was off the. coast just south of Port Arthur at 8 House Group Votes Postal Pay Increase Post Office Committee Approves 320 Million Dollar Boost in Salaries By UNITED PRESS The.House Post Office Committee ignored the objections of Pres- &•*"• an d moving inland. ident Eisenhower today and voted to raise the pay of 518,000 postal workers by 320 million dollars a year. The vote, taken behind closed doors, was reported by committee members later to have been 20-3. The pay raise bill, if finally enacted, would provide increases ranging up to $54(5 a year. Only a few days ago, Eisenhow er had opposed a pay life for postal workers this year. Administration leaders said it would only lead to demands for increases by other government workers and.up- set efforts to hold down government spending. But the.committee agreed today May Plug Up Loopholes to Protect FBI President and Senator William Knowland Discuss Repercussions Caused By Court Ruling WASHINGTON (UP)'—President Eisenhower indicated today he favors legislation to plug legal "loopholes" created % by the recent Sur "Air 'Force officers accept, Ipreme Court decision opening FBI glamorize and publicize this inccs-| files lo defendant in certain santly " he said "The Department crim , na , of Defense has been sold on A for „ , „ ,;. more than justified by the proven 1 SenaLe Ro PuMican Leader Wililiam F. Knowland said after a White House meeting lhat the facls." He said Ihe other theory called for atomic bombardment of enemy WASHINGTON (UP) — The n.a-1 targets, then quick assault and Girl Seriously Hurt In Wreck On Highway 24 Sharon Goodfellow, 14, Suffers Broken Neck, Jaw In One-Car Crash East Of City A Peru man and a 14-year-old Ohio girl visiting in Peru were in to meet next Tuesday to 'consider raises for other federal workers. Eisenhower said raises for all classified workers would be inflationary. Other congressional news: ,. FBI Flics: The Eisenhower ad- Jured in a one-car crash on U.S ministration will urge Congress .'24 eight miies east of here at (i:l! Friday to approve legislation tojP-m. Wednesday. "correct loopholes" created by the j The girl. Miss Sharon Goodfel Supreme Court decision opening! low of Athens, Ohio, suffered a FBI files to defendants in certain i fractured neck and a badly broken criminal cases, .jaw, and lacerations in I he wreck Labor: Chairman Graham A. She also lost several of her front Harden (D-N.C.) of the House La-'teelh. A two-masted fishing vessel, the Keturah, crashed into an oil rig near Galveston Wednesday night and sank in the threshing seas, with all nine crewmen aboard. Another man was drowned off the Texas coast. Thousands of persons fled their homes in Port Arthur, where tha tide was seven feel, and look refuge in schools and churches to await the hurricane. The first high ' winds of the approaching tempest blew dowr. trees and television antennas. Worst Yet (o Come In Louisiana, the first emergency turned up at Cameron, 30 miles south of Lake Charles and about the same distance east of Sabine. It is in the .southwestern corner of Louisiana. The town reported it was isolated. The Coast Guard rushed life boats to Cameron to tnkc out all whose lives are endangered. Larry Steuhcnson, civil dofen.se direclo'r for Calcasieu Parish, La., called the situation at Cameron "an ex- bor Committee and Secretary of Ralph Finicle, Jr., 24, f>4 East Labor James P. Mitchell feuded ;Ca nal street, Peru, (he driver, suf- agam over who is responsible for | fared lacerations and a severe cut delaying congressional action on new labor legislation. Garden accused Mitchell at a committee hearing today of unnecessary de- sidercd serious, lays in answering certain congres-' Finicle and t on his upper lip. Both are in St. Joseph's hospital, where the girl's condition is ccm- sional requests. Tclccasis: Speaker Sam Rayburn said there will be no more telecasts of hearings by the House Committee on Un-Amer:Cian''Activi- ties, He conferred today with Committee Chairman Francis E. the girl, who was visiting with her sister, Mrs. Gerald Glaze, in Peru, were enrnulc to Monl.icello, headed west, when the brakes on Finicle's 1957 model convertible locked, causing il. to leave the road. The auto, which was a total loss lion was assured today of full postal service for the year begin, ning July ]. The Senate passed and sent to the While House today a supplemental Post Office Department money bill providing an extra 130 million dollars for next fiscal year. Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfiold had warned of r.aw cuts in postal services and the shutdown of possibly thousands of local post offices unless Congress provided him more funds to run his department. Summerfield had askod an additional $149,500,000. But the Senate, in approving the bill Wednesday, went along with House cuts ol Slfi,- 50(1,000. However,. Chairman Carl Hayden ID-Ariz.) of the Senate Appropriations Committee assured his colleague that the reduction, would not moan any curtailment of daily rural mail deliveries or suspension, of Saturday service In cities and towns. Sen. Paul II. Douglas ID-Ill.), voting against the bill, accused Summerfield of trying to intimidate Congress with threats instead of seeking to save money by modernizing the mail service. , President Elsenhower, who lad backed Summerfield in his fight to obtain extra fumls.'was almost certain to sign the measure. Tha postmaster genera! had curtailed postal services briefly earlier this year when Congress refused io grant him extra funds to tide his department ,over the fiscal year ending June 30. On another matter, Summerfield told the House Post Office Committee Wednesday he and Eisenhower would give "careful consideration" to any postal pay raise recommended by the group. The administration, which opposes pay hikes for postal and other federal workers ss inllaVfin- ary, has centered Its fire on a bill Lo increase postal pay by about 40 per cent at nn estimated cost of a billion dollars. holding action by ground forces in accordance with the proven con. cept of warfare. Speaking loudly and rapidly, the square-jawed 'M-ycar-old colonel said that Soviet armies were constantly poised at the borders of free countries in tho Near East. Europe and Asia with at least six months supplies. No amount of atomic bombardment could prevent some of those armies from overrunning these countries and ground forces should be strengthened to moot them, !ie said. But under the present Volley of eutti dnowng manpower on the ground, both in this country and among our Allies, Nickerson said, our foreign bases would ho overrun, resources IDS', and the prospects o[ "total defeat" would be present.. "It is foolish for any service to claim that'll is the front line," Nicltorson said. "The Army just wants to say that its claim for enough men, weapons and troops is just as valid as that of .any other service." Nickerson's appearance was conducted by his special defense counsel, Ray I!, Jenkins, but Mckerson did nearly all the talking. Replace Bridge With Sewer Pipe The Pcrrysburg road, which was closed Wednesday for the Installa- ;io:i of sewer pipe for the Howard ditch to replace the bridge at the junction with the Heine! road, was reopened to traffic Thursday, Tho old abutment Is being removed to give the; Clay township school bus more room to make the turn at thai point, four miles cast of Logansport, next to the' east Chase farm, according to Elmer Shuman, highway supcrlnlcndenl. The .stately elm Iree, a half mile south of that juncllon, which has 1 stood in the middle of the road for many years, recently was cut down because it, was dying, and ,he stump will be blasted out in .be near future to remove the.ob- slruclion, Shuman said. Presidenl recognized there is a --,_,_ "" " " ' ~' J mvti vtiu v»ll l.llv: IULIU JUSl W very real problem for enforce-1nored Rayburns previous ruling'th c George Pear home ro Walter (D-Pa.Mvho last week ig- swerved off the road just west of menl agencies growing out of the court's decision. ' Knowland said the President did not endorse any specific legislation to correct what Knowland called "loopholes" created by the decision. But he said Eisenhower "raised no objection" to legislation introduced to counteract the ruling, The President indicated he recognized there is u ''very real problem" in the area, Knowland said. The court ruled June 3 in the so-called Jencks case lhat defendants in a criminal case have the right to examine FBI reports provided by informers who are used as government witnesses ,in the trial. Some trial, judges have interpreted this Lo mean that Ihe against radio or TV coverage ofip e ru, and lore down s to commillce procedures. Rayburn said Waller requested today's meeting and agreed to abide by his ruling. Tax Ilcllcf: A Democratic-controlled congressional .subcommittee handed a setback lo Democrats seeking early tax relief and easier credit restrictions. The joinl subcommittee on fiscal policy also backed up Treasury Secretary George M. Humphrey who has been defending Ihc ad- mlnlslraUtm's "tight money" policies against Democratic attacks the past week. In a- unanimous report, the three Democrats and Iwo Republicans on the .subcommittee warned that cither' a tax cut or easier credit policies would In- government 'should produce uli, t > )mse lnf| a [lo ' n . sharply boost the FBI reports lhat may be perllneni: I cos '" of livin S and threaten to bring on government wago-prlcc Bills have been introduced in both the Senate and House to limit tho effect of the court's decision. Generally, they provide that FBI documents would be produced only al the discretion of the trial judge. Eisenhower's altitude on pending legislation was set forth al a Lime' when the FBI made clear that It would drop flul of prosecution of some spy and other criminal cases of such u drastic stop is necessary lo protect Us confidential sources. Knowland said thai Ally. Gen, Herbert Browncll Jr. who sat In on the White House meeting, indicated that he (eels the "approach" of the pending bills in, both houses is "constructive" and would "remedy some of the problems." Knowland said Ihnt Brownell feels some, legislation is "desirable" but Is not "wedded to any particular form" • of corrective legislation. control. City Begins Weed Cutting The city this week 'launched Us annual summer program of weed cutting. Growth and vegetation on city- owned property were removed first, then weeds on private property received attention. Meanwhile, tho city health office is acquiring a lenglhy list of complaints on excessive weed growth on vacant lots. The weed removal program Is conducted under a city ordinance, which requires owners of real cs- Inle to cut and remove weeds and other rank vegetation growing thereon and providing for the doing of such work by the city in case 'of default of the owner and iule 4, ice posts with 10 rods of fence on the Pear It then hit a sign post and a tree, the left side hitting the post and the right side the tree. The vehicle then skidded around, coming to a stop In the ditch along the road, headed buck east. The girl was thrown lo the floor of the car, under the dashboard, and Finicle' was thrown out in a corn field on Ihc Pear farm. They were rushed to the hospital in tho Chase-Miller ambulance. Investigating the wreck were Deputy Sheriff Lionel Davis and Stale Trooper Richard Keyes, who reported Ihol traffic nl tii« .scene was cxlrcmly heavy, creating a hazardous condition. Five Perish In Collision MOUND RIDGK, Knn. lUl'l Five person.s, Including three'.my of members of one family, were killed ;md three others Injured Wednesday night in a twn - car crash al a county road intersection near here. McPhersou County sheriff's deputies identified the (lend as Holand Schmidt, 36, his wife, Ituth, find a B-yenr-oltl son, Mnrk. all of Walton, Kan., and Kveroll B. Sexton, Solomon, Kan,, ami John V, Meyer, Salino, both 49. Deputies said one car nppjircnl- !y sped into Ihc inter.seclion into the path of the other. Informed sources said both FBI I making the cost thereof a lien upon Director J. Edgar Hoover • and | 'he real estale and providing for Brownell are standing firmly behind a traditional policy that FBI reports and sources of information must not be compromised. Otherwise, they feel,, the agency's effectiveness may be impaired. Ihe enforcement thereof." •The ordinance attempts to prevent the, weeds from becoming a nuisance and dangerous to the public health of the city or offensive lo the surrounding residents. Communisfs Shell Two More Islands TAIPEI (UP) — Chinese Com- munlsls bombarded two more Na- I3ca( -'h near Gnlvcslon. Iremc emergency." lie said Coast Guardsmen wera attempting 'rescue operations in waters lashed by SO-milc an hour winds. The worst, was yet to come. ^ Steplienson asked for more (enls, blankets, amphibious vehicles and medical supplies for Lake Charles rind Sulphur, La., which were expected lo be isolated when Audrey smacks deeper inland. Audrey's path included some of -he richest manufacturing area along the Louisiana-Texas coast. The nrcn is filled with refineries, chemical plants and shipyards. More than 100 ships from World War 11 are moth-balled at Orange, Tex. Tlie Weather Bureau said lhat ains from Audrey probably will jush as fur north and cast as H'e.slcrn Tennessee ;tnd Kentucky ind as far west as southeast Ols- ahomii. • The Co.ast Guard cutter Ca- loone, which had been lowing the doomed Kelurah, c.-illed off lha earch al 12:2:t n.m. c.s.t., and (xik off in u .southerly course in ,n cffor-l. to survive Hurricane Audrey, first storm of (he sea- on. Another Death IJstod Audrey already li.nl claimed me life before- k'ii.shlni! Its fury >n Hit' Kclunih and moving Uj- ward the smith Louisiana coast. Th« Kelurah struck Ihfi oil rig .ml xunk rapidly after lliu low- ino broke II miles out of (kil- rt'slon. It had lo.^f power and <'nl out a dislrcs.s signal, lo diich [lie Cahniinu responded iboiil 70 miles from Galvoslon, After I In; Ke.lurah hit the rid and sank, Ihe Calmom- .searched ic heavy seas bill could not null tho crewmen from the waters. .Storm Heads )>'or Count The Const Guard reported lh.il shortly before the Mil.fool Kelurah smimtieil Into t.'ie rig lhat It at- templod lo man is Iwin sails in the «iilos pushed by Audrey, which was' packing mo-milc-per-hour winds near her ceivter. Audrey was oxpcded in strike Louisiana and Toxa.s before noon 'J.s.t. today. The missing men aboard UIB Kelurah were not Ihe lirst victims of Audrey. Lamnr Lieser, 23, of Chalflehi, Tex., was .sucked under and. drowned by an undertow Wednev day as he fished near Slcward* tlonullsl Islands with shore artillery and gunboat fire loday, The Red guns were silenced by the Nationalists' American-supplied artillery, The bombardmenls were less severe than Ihc ll.OOO-pmmd Monday shelling of little Quemoy Island, defense workers warned vacationer.* on Pleasure Island, Tox., to fcvucutilc as wind gusts reached <H miles nn hour Wednesday nighl. Mass evacuallon of Bolivar Peninsula, which .separates Gal- veslon Bay from Uia Gulf continued.

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