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Logansport, Indiana
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Thursday, December 5, 1957
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Logansport—Partly cloudy, warmer tonight; windy Friday. Low tonight in 30s. High Friday 48. Sunset today 4:21 p.m.; sunrise Friday 6:51 a.m. Logansport high today 40, noon; low 30, 6 a.m. Saturday outlook: Mild, rain. YOUR HOME TOWN NOW IN OUR 114th YEAR HOME EDITION Founded 1844— Kor All DepnrtmeiitA LOGANSPORT, INDIANA, THURSDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 5, 1957. Full-Leaded United Pre» Wircx Dny and XlRht Price Per Copy, Seven Cents Twelve Mile House Burns WOMAN RESCUED FROM BLAZE Fear Missing Girl Kidnaped, Already Killed Score of FBI Agents Scour Town tor Clue To Disappearance SYCAMORE, 111. (UP)—A score HOMEMADE KEY Nab Escapees From Peru Jail in 2 Hours FIVE FIRE DEPARTMENTS BATTLE TWELVE MILE BLAZE PERU—Two prisoners escaped from the Miami county jail with the aid of a teaspoon and a homemade key early today, then stole a new 1958 auto from a local garage and rode to Marion., Ind., where they .were captured two hours after their escape. I Clarence Sullivan, 20, of Marion, in jail on a burglary . of FBI agents searched this farm!charge, and Michael J. Cox, 20, allegedly AWOL from town today for clues to the dis-ipi; Leonard Wood, Mo., were to be brought back to Miami appearance of 7-year-old Maria j Ridolph. feared kidnaped and per- GROUND 'MOON' haps killed by a sex fiend. Richard D. Auerbach, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Chicago, came here to head a growing team of FBI men from Chicago and Rockford. The FBI entered the case Wednesday night after waiting 24 hours under terms of the Lindbergh kidnap law. Throughout the night agents questioned a steady stream of known ;;ex deviates and persons with police records. But with each passing hour hope dwindled that curly haired Maria would be found alive. She disappeared Tuesday night while playing near her home. A Blame Valve For Failure Of Launching BULLETIN CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (UP)—The test of the Vanguard earth satellite missile wan rescheduled today for the daylight hours Friday. county jail today by Sheriff Arthur Johns. Sheriff Johns was awakened from his sleep sometime after 3 o'clock this morning by Marion police telling him the prisoners had broke out of his jail, between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. Johns credited Peru police for being alert in radioing the -escape as soon as they got a call from a local service station attendant, John Ergo. The two men had gone to the station where Ergo worked and traded a spare tire for some gasoline. He saw the dealer's license ride. A massive search of the V '"day blamed a leaking fuel valve and wild winds aground and aloft .for their failure to launch an 'earth satellite Wednesday night. steel off a bunk bed in their cell, 1 but the crewmen will get a full rounding countryside by an esti-; day , Q iron 0 ,, t the kinks in their mated 1.000 lawmen and vol- spact , machine and get some rest. unteers was called off when the j_ Paul \v a i s h, deputy .director . . Investigation later revealed the men had ripped three pieces of taken a link off a chain on the wall, and fashioned a key which they used to open the bullpen door. Sheriff Johns said there were two locks on the door of the bull- cold and t,red searchers returned |of , he vanguard project, an- uwu JUKM ull U1B uuvl . UI ule „„,,. Wednesday night and early today | nounccd flatly early Ulis m ,rnmg! pen ( hj h h ^ seven rf , , empty-handed. Some of them hadl that thl3re wouid be no test during The • pair used a teaspoon given not slept in 30 hours. jthe day "The area within a seven toj Walsh ' held a midnight , eight mile radius of town has been \ con f e rence after Wednesday's tramped over two or three times," : sc h e c!uled firing of the Vanguard, *s nnlipo cnrikpcmnn en if I "arm _'_•_ • i. _i :_..__ . _i„„„.!.. a police spokesman said, "and a ' s i x .i ncn aluminum moon already there's not much point in " on -" jponed. "We're looking for a body now," | The originally scheduled ° oln »! operative in its nose, was po.st- geta- saic! Sheriff Al Diosz. "There's lit-;way time was 4 p. m., but hour the chance she's still alive." Frost and fog shrouded the com- after hour the launching was set further. back until finally it was munity but business returned toi called off. normal this morning as volunteers I Walsh said the Navy would askj trooped back wearily from the! the Air Force missile range today fruitless search. The widespread search for the girl began Tuesday night and at various times included entire city and county police forces, squads of state police, eight airplanes, bloodhounds, and hundreds of factory workers, businessmen and the entire senior cl£.ss of Syca- for a new firing schedule but the requested time would not be earlier than Friday. Walsh Explains Walsh told exactly what had happened to throw the plans out of kilter. "Basically there were no major technical difficulties," he said, "but we were plagued by a series them at supper time to remove press' screws and take off the other lock. The sheriff said he usually counts the teaspoons after each meal, and they were all there last night so he did not become suspicious. The men made iheir way to the basement and crawled out of two windows there that did not have bars on them. Sullivan was arrested on Oct. 22 in connection 'with a series of :-ins in Miami and Grant He was awaiting trial, on bond. Cox was awaiting pickup by 'Army authorities on a charge of being absent without leave. His home is Kansas City, Mo. He was arrested in Elkhart, Ihd. (Pharos-Tribune Photo-Engraving.) Firemen from five departments fought a $25,000 blaze which completely gutted this 12-room house owned by Mrs. L. C. Miller, 83, on stale road 16 in Twelve Mile early Thursday morning. Mrs. Miller, crippled by rheumatism, was rescued from the burning building by her daughter, Alma, a local school teacher. Britain's Worst Rail Disaster LONDON (UP)—A choking, sul- phurous fog that shrouded the wreckage of a three-train crash in impenetrable gloom halted rescue operations until dawn today in $30 A POUND 61 Die, 216 Hurt-,, D c: j nm n As Trains Crash Godfrey Pays $30,000 For Grand Champ Steer CHICAGO 'UP) — Television performer Arthur Godfrey today paid a record price of $30 a pound for the grand champion steer of the International Live Stock Exposition. The sum, totaling .$30,000, went Britain's worst rail disaster in to Mrs. Sue Secondino, 19, West five years. Authorities I announced 61 per- more High School. But the only possible clues turned UD were the girl's doll, a .,,.., ,. . paper restauran'. napkin, foot-. 3 lox (llc " uld WS™ disconnect prints, and a pair slacks. of minor things. "What really did it to us was valve which allows us to continue almost time. This is necessary because The doll, which Maria had been j th fj ox continues to with when she vanished,! playin was sent to the FBI laboratory in Washington for possible fingerprints. The girl's parents said the sons were known dead and 216 injured, 160 seriously, in the three- train smashup that wrecked a bridge and rained steel girders and masonry onto the dead and | dying below. The crash occurred at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at 'the height of London's rush hour when trains were jamme' 1 with commuters hurrying home and with early Dhristmas court house about 10 p. m. shoppers whose ripped parcels 'Key' Found to Big Mystery at Peru Courthouse PERU — Peru, police rushed to' CUT COSTS slacks were not hers. Authorities said Maria's dis- fraught parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Ridolph, Had received no ransom note, giving rise to the belief the girl had been abducted on the spur of the moment by "a sex fiend. Ridolph, a factory worker, refused to give up his round-the- clock search, although he was on the verge of collapse. His wife, .Frances, feared the worst but expressed faith that "God's taking care of her...I don't think she's alive." "If the person '.viva kidnaped her is listening, it couldn't have been done in malice," she said from her modest home. "It was a little mistake. God forgives mistakes. We would too. takeoff to disconnect the lox l~ne and this valve was giving us trouble. We attempted to replace it with a spare but had difficulty aligning the spare. Monday night after they got a call -that a man was seen going through, one of the windows. A searcn was made for the alleged culprit but he could not be found and police concluded he must have left by a rear door. The mystery was cleared up "Meanwhile we reworked .the:;yesterday when John Davisson, other valve. But it continued to leak because the part of the valve connected to the tip had become stiff or 'frozen' on contact with the lox. (liquid oxygen has a temperature of 270 below zero, Fahrenheit.) Had to Unload Lox "Thus it would have been necessary to unload lox, allow a warm- up period'for the valve, reload the lox and then take off." Walsh said the crews were growing increasingly weary.. Some had been working in the area since late Tuesday and it was considered unsafe for personnel to go through the entire process again. Meanwhile, Walsh said, upper don't cry. Don't make a fuss. We'll be with you soon." Anxious parents kept their children indoors and this city of 6,669 appeared to be a ghost town without the happy cries of children in the streets. Business came to a virtual standstill Wednesday as shopkeepers closed their doors and factories dismissed workers to join county superintendent of schools, explained the situation. Davisson had left tiis keys with his wife and son who were waiting for him inside. To get in he hoisted himself, with the aid of his son, through a window. They left then by the rear door. '58 Auto Show OpensTonight Doors to the fourth annual Lo- gansporl Auto Show swing open at 7 o'clock this evening for a three-hour s'howing of 16 new cars, including two sports cars, one strew toys among the wreckage. Tragic Scene Described One boy of about five lay dead in the wreckage still clutching a toy drum. Near him lay a dead woman, her knitting needles still in her hands, an unfinished Christmas present torn and ravelled at her feet, A steam train, its engineer blinded by the fog, slammed into an electric train which had halted GOP Hopeful Of Balancing Next Budget By RAYMOND LAHR United Press Staff Correspondent WASHINGTON (UP) — Republican Congressional leaders took an optimistic view today of the administration's chances of balancing . the' next federal budget despite planned increases in missile spending. Their reports indicated President Eisenhower's aides are using a magnifying glass in an effort to find savings to offset the prospective budget increases. But no clear picture has yet emerged of - when ,t sends Con- the search, which fanned throughout the county. out Police said a small search party . ity for a launching increased; The will continue through Ar- increased were e: mil an hour maximum by the time the rocket could have been drained and reloaded. "I cannot honestly say when the test can be resumed," Walsh said near the end of his briefing. "When we get our ducks in a row we'll ask when the schedule "can today will scour one remaining |""_! section of this hilly, farm areaj "which has rot aeen searched yet! entirely to our satisfaction." Authorities would not define the area I in question. A $500 reward was posted by the Sycamore posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the be resumed." event is sponsored by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. because even its brilliant head- what economiesJhe adramistration light could not lift the blackness; y" """ "" " of the early December evening. A blue electric flash lighted up the fog and then there was darkness. Above the scene, just 'entering a bridge, a third .train left the tracks with a jolt that added deadly wreckage from the bridge to the wreckage of the splintered cars. 29 Coaches Involved One of the trains had 11 coaches, another 10 and the • third eight. Normally each coach would carry about 60 persons. Wednesday there were scores of standees. The fog, worst of the season, disrupted all communication and caused several ship collisions in the fiscal year beginning next July 1. The balanced budget goal was emphasized by the White House and the GOP Congressional leaders who attended Wednesday's conference with President Eisenhower on his domestic legislative program for next year. The Congressional group was part of the larger bipartisan delegation which met with the President Tuesday to discuss defense and foreign policy. Some GOP Leaders Dubious Some of the GOP leaders were Terre Haute, Ind. She broke down and cried. The raven-haired young farm wife said she and. her husband, Pete, 23, will use the money to buy their own farm. The summer Yearling Hereford, Honeymoon, weighed "right on 1,000'pounds," she said. Godfrey, conducting his network TV show from the auction ring, bid $90 a pound to eclipse, the previous high bid of $26.25 by Howard Johnson Jr., vice president of a restaurant and motel chain. The previous record was set last year when Penn State University sold the grand champion for $20.50 a pound—a total'price of $20.367. The young couple, now living with her parents on a Vigo County farm, had said they had been dickering for property of their own. The auction was the hifih spot of the 58th international farm exposition and .the young Indiana farm couple has emerged as hero and heroine upon winning the junior grand championship. They bought the steer as a calfj for $100. ' : Godfrey said he had no immediate plans for the steer. Sue earned the recognition ind the reward for the couple while her husband was serving a six- month tour with the Army. When Pete went into the Army shortly after they were •married last Feb. 23, Sue stayed home and took care of her wedding present, a steer named "Honeymoon." In her last year of eligibilitj as a 4-H member at the big farm exposition here, Sue won the junior grand championship last Saturday and then captured the senior grand championship Tuesday with the Hereford. She 'was the first married Rescue Injured Walton Woman Hip Broken. Couldn't Move for 40 Hours A 77-year-old Walton woman who lay on her dining room floor with a broken hip for' more than .40 hours before she was found by a neighbor, wa.s convalescing Thursday at the St. Joseph hospital in Daughter Helps 83-year-old Escape Flames Son Also Flees S25,000 Fire in 12-room Home Mrs. Mary J. Miller, 83. widow of Dr. L. C. Miller, and her two children. Dr. Don Miller and Miss Alma Miller, teacher at the Riley junior high school, lost all of their personal belongings in a fire which completely gutted their 12-room home at Twelve Mile early Thursday morning. Mrs. Miller, crippled from rheumatism, was half-carried and half| dragged down the stairway by her j daughter after they awakened to discover the building in flames at 4:30 a.m. The aged woman then was carried from the front porch of the burning home to the nearby Ora Grable residence by George Gearhart and Lee Hewilt. She was removed to Memorial hospital later in the morning. Although she was unable to estimate the amount of the loss, Mrs. Miller's daughter said it was partially covered by insurance. It was believed that the loss would be at least $25,000. Ora Grable of the Twelve Mile fire department said the fire probably was caused by the furnace stoker in the basement of the two- story frame building. Firemen from five fire departments in three counties fought (he flames. In addition to the Twelve Mile department, firemen from Logansport, New Waverly, Full.on and Mexico answered the call for assistance. The Miller residence, largest In Kokoir.o. Mrs. Stella Kilchell, a widow who resides alone, fractured her left hip in a fall in her dining room late Monday afternoon, shortly after the departure of a daughter, Margaret, of Iowa, who had visit ed her over Thanksgiving. Unable to reach the telephone, she !ay on the floor until Wednesday when she was found by Mrs. Maurice Rush, next door neighbor, who became alarmed when she noticed a light was still burning in the Kitchell home. Although the Kitchell home Is automatically heated, 'the aged woman had no food or water during the long period that she lay there helpless. She was taken to <he hospital in the Wolf ambulance. . Her broken hip is to be pinned Friday at the hospital. 7th by Mothers of World War II with 584 passengers had to anchor Burglar Kills Self CHICAGO (UP 1 — A 20-year-old, burglar cornered in a store base-;°" shore, ment shot and killed himself today j It was Britain's worst wreck while a. policeman crept toward: since Oct. 8, 1S52, when a Perth- him in the dark. lEuston express hit a local train ,. and space-age spending. But White the English Channel. The liner | House press secretary James; C. Queen .Mary due at Southampton | Hagerty> W h 0 sat in on the'meet- Wednesday night from New York inss sajd the p res ident made it more- dubious than others about j woman to win the grand cham- prospects for saving enough to i pionship in the 58-year history of offset prospective rises in missile ! the exposition, and the first Indi- American Legion for anyone finding the child a/.ive. Maria's playmate, Cathie Sigman, 7. told police the two girls were playing when a blond, curly haired man about 24 years oil. approached and offered Maria a piggy-back ride because she had a doll. Cathie said she ran home to get a doll and a pair of mittens, but when she returned, Maria and th* man had disappeared. Soviet Claims Launching Of First A-Powered Ship MOSCOW (UP) - Russia today launched the world's first atomic surface vessel, the 16,000-ton icebreaker Lenin. The ship was put into the water ice two meters (six feet) thick'," the announcement said. The Lenin is the first atomic• powered surface vessel. However, ihe United States has two nuclear at Leningrad, the offidal. Soviet powered submarines, the Nautilus New/s Agency Tass announced. It said the ship would have a speed of 32 kilometers an hour (about 20 miles an hour) "in unobstructed waters." ' "The ship will be easy to liteer and will be capable of breaking and the Sea Wolf, ic-powered surface vessel was laid last Monday at the Fore River Shipyard of the Bethlehem Steel Corp., at Quincy, Mass. The vessel is not expected to be completed until 1961. at Harrow and Wealclstone Station in Middlesex and. a' Euston- Manchester Express smashed into the wreckage. The death toll was 112; 349 persons were injured. • Latest In Trains PARIS (UP)—France has a new self-tilting railroad car which officials claim can whip around curves at 80 miles an hour without spilling food in the diner or both- ana winner since Purdtie took the crown in 1941. plain he is shooiing for a balanced budget and believes it can be' achieved if there is a will to do so. It was disclosed after the .Tuesday session the 'administration wants to spend about two billion dollars more in fiscal 1959,.starting next July 1, than in the' current fiscal year for missile development and a number of other defense programs to answer the Soviet space'age challenge. Defense sources said afterward, efforts will = ___ be made to find enough savings inj s e a s 0n today and polico reported Twelve Mile, was built approximately 40 years ago. It is on slate road 1C, which was blocked while firemen fought the blaze. A postal truck was driven down the sidewalk so it could get through the town without running over the fire hose. Miss Miller said she and her mother were sleeping on the second floor and her brother was sleeping downstairs. She was awakened by the noise of a door slamming, apparently from the heat, and the smell of smoke. The entire basement was in flames and the fire was starting up the stairway. She did not have time to save even her glasses. She threw on a robe and after she had reached the front porch with her mother she grabbed a couple of coats, which she put around the aged woman. Miss Miller also donned blue- jeans and galoshes which, she found on the porch. Meanwhile, her.brother also had made his escape from the house barefooted. It was feared at first that the family's two dogs, a fox terrier and a shepherd, had perished in the fire, but they wer» found later. Deputy Sheriff Roy King went 'to the scene to help handle the Poinsettia Sale Slated Saturday , , . -IT A LU l«»C on-lit tw Jit; 11./ UUJIU1U U1C Poinsettias made by hospitalized traffic during the firc> which ^ The funds derived are used only for hospitalized veterans and needy veterans' families. Money is sent each month to four Veterans Hospitals, located at Marion, Fort Wayne 10th street, Indianapolis and Cold Springs. Also a party is given each month for the veterans at Uie State Hospital, at which time cigarettes are given and distributed, and refreshments served. Headquarters will be at Hardin's locker, 409 East Market Street. Jennie Renkenberger and Louise Hardin, co-chairman, assisted by Mothers of unit 18 and Hi-Tri 1, 2, 3 and 4 will represent the unit at this sale. \ traded a large crowd of tors. The absence of a strong wind and the snow on the roofs of the buildings helped firemen prevent t!ie spread of the fire to the Twelve Mile post office building east of the Miller home and the Mrs. Omer Maus residence on the west. The home had been stuccoed before the present siding was applied, and firemen believed that helped keep the outer walls of the building intact. The house was damaged beyond repair, however. 40 Christmas Shoppers Trapped After Explosion VILLA RICA, Ga. (UP)—A terrific explosion ripped through downtown Villa Rica during the height of the Christmas shopping phone lines were clogged to the little city 40 miles west of Atlanta astride the Birmingham - Atlanta highway. One of the stores ripped apart one billion dollars of this. ering passengers with sensitive Much of Wednesday's discussion stomachs. Unveiled in a test run! dealt directly and. indirectly with Wednesday the 32-passenger ex-;the budget. Hagerty said "there other defense areas to offset about I uno ffi c j a M.y-that 40 to !»" persons; was a 5 & 10 cent store where .... u.-ii.--_ j->i— -,„-!. may have been trapped and killed I shoppers were purchasing gay Christmas toys and wrappings. Cause of the blast, which could be heard for miles, was undeter- Ike Works in - < Forenoon, Then Goes to Farm WASHINGTON (UP) — The White House said today that President Eisenhower is continuing his "fine" recovery from last week's cerebral attack b'lt is not yet back on a full working schedule. The President had a busy forenoon, however. He conferred with his military and security advisers and performed other tasks before leaving by automobile in the afternoon for a long weekend at his Gettysburg farm. perimental model. tilts automatically to offset exactly .the centrifugal forces that generally throws passengers toward the outside .of the curve. was a feeling" the administration will not have to ask an increase in the present 273 billion dollar debt ceiling when Congress reconvenes. in the wreckage. Atlanta police gave the report of the estimated casualties in a broadcast to all cars to cooperate with rescue equipment passing through the city. There was no way of telling what the'final toll would be. Tele- That's That! TOPEKA, Kan. (UP)—Mrs. Leo Schreiner refuses to pay city garbage collection fees because she mined. It was followed by fire that raged through the structures. The state highway patrol in Atlanta reported that three buildings wer« "blown away." gets rid of her waste by feeding it to chickens. When told a city ordinance prohibits chickens, she had a ready answer. Her backyard chicken pen is in another township, ihe said. V.

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