The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 22, 1947 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Monday, December 22, 1947
Page 9
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MONDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1947 BIATHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS .Parents Refuse To Accept Twins j Babies Born Joined Together at Skull; Doctors Won't Operate By Joel S. It earn (United Press Staff Correspondent) ,. k INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 22 <UP> — J%Ir. and Mrs. Edward B. Speer of ''Bedford, Ind., today had only two weeks to decide what to do about their Siamese twin sons who were born joined together at the tops of their skulls. Dr. Donald Casicy, director of the Indiana University Medical Center, said that If the twins continued to thrive for those two weeks, they would he ready to leave James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for children. But the Speers Insist that they will never take the twins home—or even look at them—so long as they are still joined. But doctors said ttiat an operation would certainly be fatal since the same brain tissue runs through both skulls. Furthermore, authorities said the Speers could be charged with non- sup[>ort If they refused to take the babies. Speer, a 31-year-old modestly- paid acounlant for the Naval Depot ' at Crane, Ind,, said he and his 27- year-old wife could not afford the special care the babies need. j "We couldn't possibly take care of I . them as they are," he said. "It would men hiring a full-time nurse or I placing them in an institution. We | just don't have that kind of money "For a while we thought they could be placed in a stale hospital. But I understand now that there Is no such hospital for cases like this. "Consequently, I'll hive to insist that surgeons try to operate." But >)ll the weight of thousands of ycai-o .fcf philosophy, law, religion and "^uman ethics were against the Speers. "No doctor will operate to separate the twins, even if the parents Insist," Casley said. "The ethics of the profession prevent us from trying what we know to be futile." Spokesmen for the American Medical Asociation at Chicago said doctors In the case should be guided by the oath laid down for them by Hippocrates two thousand years ago: "To please no one will I prescribe a deadly drug or give advice which may cause his death." Professor Mortimer J. Adler, University of Chicago authority on the Philosophy of Law, said that the Indianapolis case Involves "the who question of mercy killing." "And the courts have held," he said, "that mercy killing is murder." He said he could offer the parents no advice but to take the children or face prosecution for non-support. The experts' opinions had no influence on the Speers, however. "We PAGE NINB To Hear Proposal tor lotting Minimum Wages next, year. Wallace Townsend, Rcublic*.n National ccmmittceman from Arkansas, )iu received a formsJ petition and a check for 11,000 from Stassen. He called a meeting of the Republican >tat« committee In Little Rock Jan. ao to discus* like pro- possl. A 193* law provides (or a direct vote on the nomination ol presidential candidates. WASKINQTON, Dec. 2J. (UP) — The Labor Department said todsy it will open hearings next Jan. 21 on a CIO proposal to boost the minimum »age Jor workers In the uniform clothing Industry from «0 to 85 cents an hour. The increase was proposed last month by the CIO amalgamated clothing workers in a petition to . _ ,• _ . Secretary of Labor Lewis. B. j OlCeOla to Extend schweiieuuaui. n would raise the i Street Lighting System minimum wage lor all clothing Industry employes who mike clothing for government contracts, Schwellenbach has authority to jfi-niil the Increase if he believes the hearing proves the need for a higher minimum wage. Storcr Parsons, research assistant at tlir Jarkson Memorial Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Me., holds a vicious rabbit, lab variety, the result of selective inbreeding. While handling the uninhibited liltle bunny. Patsons has been bitten several times. Staisen Fifes Formal Petition in Arkansas LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Off. 23. (UP)—Harold E. Stauen has made the first move toward a preferential presidential primary in Arkansas Osceola's "white way" street llfht- inc system will be extended South on Walnut Street (Highway «1> from Ford Avenue to Butler Corner as part of the city's current improvement program, Mayor Ben P. Butler announced yesterday. The new lights will be liuUlled on completion of street-widening program now underway on South Walnut Street to increase Its width from 20 to 40 feet. Shtep first were Introduced Into America In 1609, being brought to Virginia from England. Reeder Secures Interest In Carney Awning Co. J. R. Reerter has purchased a half interest h: the Carney Awning Co., 113 South First, it was announced today. Mr.s. William Carney is the other co-owner. don't ever to see them as long as they are like that." Speer sa!d. The Speers have not seen the • twins since they were born Nov. 29 In a Bedford hospital. Neither baby has been named. Rlley Hospital attendants refer to them as twin "A" and twin "B". Pediatricians still doubted that the twins would win their battle for life even though they have gained weight—except for a temporary Interruption during the last few days —on the usual baby's diet of milk formula. If the twins did survive, however, they never would be able to live normally. Neither could sit or stand. Botn would spend their lifetime In the position in which they have lain In an incubator from birth—on a single mattress with their feet extending In opi>oElte directions. They have been kept, In the incubator because It is the only crib long enough to accomodate them. Despite their common brain tissue, the two babies apparently have sep arate personalities and mentalities. Twin "A" may cry while "B" coos happily. One may be eating while the other plays with Its tiny toes. However, doctors said that is could not be determined whether they have normal mentalities until they were grown. ORDER NOW... For Christmas Needs XX CREAM EXTRA MILK There Will Be No Milk Delivery Christmas Day DIAL 4631 MEADOWBROOK DAIRY MILLARD ENGLISH, Distributor 527 Park Street Ill [fill G1D1 WISH fi Alt that makes for a merry, merry Christmas.. .th« voic«» v of carol singers filling the air, th* bolls pealing melodi- ously, the holly wreaths hanging in the windows.. .all these things plus (oy and happiness in your heart we sincerely hope is yours on this glorious holiday. Edwards Furniture Co. CHRISTMAS TOYS AND GIFTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY At Savings Up To 60%! ^MOTHER Carving Sets Reduced From 13.11 63 pc. Dinner Sets, Reduced From J16.SS 32 pc. Breakfast Sets, Reduce* From 11.05 Chicken Friers (Aluminum) Reduce* From I8.S5 Paritij? Knife, (Pal) Reduced Tram 49* Flex Seal Gamier, Reduced from fie,15 Dutch Ovens, Magnetic Elec. 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