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November 27, 1953

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner from Fairbanks, Alaska · Page 1

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whatever YOU WANT . . . you're sure to find It in our Classified Pages. And . . . your Want-Ad will make someone else happy, too. So ... Dial 2145 NOW: VOLUME XXXI S- "America's Farthest North Daily Newspaper" . . . Member of The Associated Press WEATHER Partly cloudy tonight and Saturday. The low tonight -4, high Saturday S; low last night -3, high yesterday 10. Temperature at noon today 3. Sunrise Saturday 9:09 a.m., sunset 2:08 p.m. T0< Per Copy FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, FRJDAY7 NOVEMBER 27, 1953 Twelve Pages No. 27S BIDS FOR BIG FOUR MEET Case Change of Venue h Issue Sep And Dismissal Denied by Judge By CHUCK HOYT Before a packed court r Investigate Alaska Housing V, < thi Diane Wells' attorneys at her ar- \ raiunmcnt for the first degree 1 murder of her husband, Cecil i W'-'ls. were heard. < Two [Motions, one for dismissal' ;n:'i anulhcr for a severance of I; •'-• (li'irndants. were denied by: .hi'liy Harry K. Pratt after a two JiMir s<.'~-i<m of arguments. | 'I i'e time of 10 a.m. today.; v. Inch was set in the district: i-'iurt for the hearing of the mo-i Imn us change of v'mie was va-i caieil by Mrs. Wells' attorneys. 1 Tin-; motion tuny be heard at a l.iVr dale, as the attorneys li.v-. en't 'Aiilxlrawn the motion. llcpp \Vants Trial Here Kverclt Hepp. Warren's attorney wis.'ies the trial to be in Fairbanks, while Mrs. Wells' attorney •< were in favor of moving to another city in the territory. Now that the separation of the defendants hns beer, denied, a tug-of- v.ar may develop if the attorneys can't agreed on a change of venue. Many Spectators Curious spectators began wail- 1)1-: fur the district court room In o;>en it's doors at noon Wed- ii'-.-day. even though the hearings v.tn-n't schedulel 'til one p.m. District Attorney Ted Stevens introduced further evidence in sui'pi'i't "f his briefs, which nec- c-.-ilated an adjournment 'til 3 1' :n. in mve attorneys Walter S.vucllo ami Charles Clasby time to study further into the case. Chnrffe "Shotgun" Tactics (lasiiy opened the hearing in I). h:ilf of Mrs. Wells at 3 p.m. on the motion for dis- thnt the a shot- ANCHORAGE, Nov. 27 Wi r T • I • Harold Stringer, chairman of OT I TIG IS, legislative examining and investi- ' gating committee said Wednesday that a public hearing concerning the housing situation in Alaska will be held here in the near future. Stringer announced the plan at the conclusion of a series of executive sessions held by the committee. Four officials of the Alaska missal. Clasby charged government was using gun method of charging people." Clasby cited cases in support of his nvption for dismissal, taking a little oror 20 minutes to complete his argument. Claim Racial Prejudice Sczudlo then argued the motion for severance of the defendants, claiming racial prejudice as his most serious objection. Sc/.udio said that while he was not attempting, to be critical of anyone he had to raise the question of racial prejudice caused, by the publicity the case lias received. lie charcecl that the point has been reached in the case by the extreme publicity. where the tleath of Cecil Wells has reached a secondary role, while the alleged relationship of the younq at- tnu-the blonde Mrs.' Wells to Nccro musician Johnny Warren has been responsible for the tremendous interest in the case and its outcome. In support of this. Sczudlo cited the fact that '.here were many nioiv people in attendance in the cmirt room listening to the hearing than there were at Cecil Wells' funeral. Hits New Publicity Sczudlo also emphasized the point that while he was not criti- (Cnntinued on page 2) QUICKIES By Ken Reynolds before the committee during the sessions. They were E. Glen Wilder, executive director; John Gaughan attorney; T. V. O'Rourke. assistant director, and Elmer Gagnon, housing manager. Their appearance followed receipt of reports made by paid investigators. The Anchorage Times, mean while, reported that two members of the staff of the U.S. sennle committee on government operations are in Juneau checking "housing and other matters." The Times said the two staff members from the committee are Herbert Hawkins and Carmine Bellino. Hawkins was quoted as saying he and Bellino are making a study of Alaska housing projects at the request of the interior department. First Aid Course Set for Saturday The first session of a First Aid course for CAP girl cadets will be held Saturday at 1 p. m. at the CAP butlclirjg on Weeks field. Trainer in charge of Ihe aide corps program is Miss Margo Fuelling, assistant medical officer for the senior CAP. Enrollment in the series of training sessions is still open. To become a CAP cadet, youth must be 14 years old or over; in school; attend regular Monday evening cadet meetings; have their parents' consent; be accepted through written application; and pass an oral interview with a senior CAP staff officer. Suggest Constitution Convention Committee Urges Amendments to Statehood Bill ANCHORAGE, Nov. 27 M*— The Alaska Statehood committee expressed general satisfaction Wednesday with statehood legislation now pending before both houses of congress but suggested certain liberalizing provisions. The recommendations are being forwarded to the Senate Interior and Insular Affairs committee lor its guidance! The committee said it believes that the- one hundred million acres land grant provided in the bills is "ample." "The new state of Alaska has no inherent fight to any more land than has been given other states as they were admitted to the union," the committee said. 'The Saylor bill is generous in :hat it will give the state some 2V6 times the acreage that would accrue to the state under the traditional formula." However, the group urged an amendment giving the- state pri-, ority to' take title to pur/lic: lands that may be released from exist- ng reservations. Recommendations Other recommendations: 1. That the federal government •etain permanent responsibility "or mental patients institutionalized before Alaska becomes a state. The present bill proposes a five year limit for federal care. 2. That cash payments for const ruction and maintenance of roads be provided or that procedure be established for designating certain roads as military highways to be built and maintained ay the federal 'government. The committee also said "Alas- ans are in agreement that the new state should be able finan- (Continued on page 2) Weather Is Misbehaving; Only Two Inches of Snow The weather this winter hasn't been behaving. It's gone up when th norm is down and vice versa. Reports from the weather bureau would indicate that this might turn into .a whopper of a winter. Snowfall is way below par. There have been only two inches of it all together this winter, one inch now on the ground. The normal for this time of year is from 8 to 10 inches of snow. So far this month there has been only two-tenths of an inch of snow. This fell on only two of November's 27 days to date. Temperatures High The temperature has been different from what was expected also. The first part of November ran well below normal. It was from 10 to 20 degrees colder than usual during the first 11 clays of this month. Then the extreme shifted. For the past two weeks, the temperature has been from five to 10 degrees above normal. The month of November has averaged out to the expected norm but only because of the two extremes. September, with an average temperature of 45.2 degrees, was one degree above normal.. October, with an average of 24, '."as 2.9 degrees above the norm. The coldest point reached (his winter has been 17 below. This temperature occurred on October 30. November 3 and again the following day. Ex-student Writes Impressions Of farthest North University' "... I AM reading the Xews- Miner Want Ads—now stop nap- CinR'." AT SMALL COST . . . Your Want- ad produces large profits. For solid, down-to-earth returns . . . try the Daily News-Miner Classified . . . Call 2'iS easy. A young man who attended the University of Alaska just follow- i ing the war has written his re! actions to it in the current issue ! of the Lincoln-Mercury Times, 1 published in Dearborn, Michigan. i B. David Marks, apparently j very impressed with the univer- i sity and the surrounding coun- j try. gives in his article a run- i down of campus as well as Fair- j banks affairs. His- feature story I is illustrated with paintings by i Margaret Frederic, who depicts I the Interior of Alaska as a winter wonderland. The author attended the university between the years of 1946 and 1949. He was registered in the School of Mines. Following his education, he returned to the state of New Y'ork. His article is entitled. "Farthest North University." "At north latitude 65. the college boys walk arourrd the ll's that I campus in ski clothes, while the ' girls wear the latest in parkas and mukluks." reports Marks. "In one respect, the University of Alaska differs from any major school in the states—education costs less here. This will come as a surprise to those who think Alaska as a place where cold storage eggs are one-fifty a dozen and a hamburger sandwich seventy-five cents. Non-resident tuition here is S60 per semester, while the student pays S75 for a meal ticket and S15 to.$20 a month for a room. Thus you can buy a year of education at the University of Alaska for about S900, an amount the student can easily earn during the long summer vacation, working- for the high-paying construction companies, gold mines, oil hunters and the other outfits that are taking part in the Alaskan frontier boom. Now that the Alaska highway is in service, a student who wants to enroll can buy a car in the States, drive it to Fairbanks, {Continued on pag-e 6) Curfew Law Still on City's Books The children's curfew is again being signalled by a blast on the fire station sirens, after abs'ence of the curfew signal since the N. C. Company's fire horn was dismantled. The curfew ordinance, which is to be reviewed by the city council at its next meeting, is still in effect. Parents are held responsible for the actions of their children with regard to the curfew. According to Ordinance 386, passed by the council June 10, 1946, all children under the age of 18 years, not accompanied by a parent or guardian, must be off the city streets and away from halls and other public .places after the curfew time. Supt. Ryan Comments Dr. James C. Ryan, superintendent of Fairbanks schools, tells of finding small children, eight and nine years of age, hanging around the school functions unlit late at night, because their parents do not attempt to supervise them. "I'm all for the enforcement of the ordinance," he said. Two Age Groups Under the ordinance, children are divided into two age groups, those under 15 years of age and those 15 years of age but not yet 18 years of age. 9:30 P.M. Curfew Curfew hours-Joclthe, under ii- year's group are set'at9:30'p'.m^ on evenings preceding school days, and at 10 p.m., on other evenings, from September/ to. May inclusive. During the siim- mer months the curfew for this age group is set at 10:30 p.m. 10 P.M. Curfew Curfew hours for children between the ages of 15 and 18 years is set at 10 p.m. on evenings preceding school days and midnight on other days during the school year. Some Exceptions The mayor or chief of police may suspend the curfew on specific evenings for special events, such as school dances or the Winter Carnival, the ordinance states. Children employed after curfew hours may observe such hours as are required by their work upon obtaining a permit i'rom the chief of police. Penalties Provided Parents or guardians found uilty of allowing their children to violate the curfew ordinance may be punished by a reprimand of the city magistrate for the first offense, and by a fine of not more than S100 for each subsequent offense. Will be Enforced Chief of police E. V. Danforth explained today that his department will continue to enforce the ordinance, as they have in the past. New juvenile contact forms for the use of officers finding curfew violations have been in use for the past month, he pointed out. Pioneer Alaskan Passes Tuesday In Seattle SEATTLE, Nov. 27. (.fl—Charles Alfred Peterson. 87, a former Alaska resident for more than 40 years and former sea captain, died here Tuesday after a brief illness. Funeral services were planned Friday. In 1898 he was master of a sailing vessel that was shipwrecked on Attu island in search of gold and later he placer mined for gold near Hope, Alaska. He .operated 'a small railroad in Kenai several years and served as United States marshal there. During the 1930's he and a son, Harry H. Peterson, owned a transfer business in Anchorage. He returned to Seattle during the second World War. He was a member of the Pioneers of Alaska. Two sons and three daughters survive. SOCHIN—An ex-soldier's dream to return to Alaska where he spent five happy years in the armed service, died with him last Wednesday in Cleveland, O. where he was hospitalized with cancer. His wish to be buried with-an Alaska flag and a bit of soil, from the territory will be fulfilled. Through the efforts of Kep. .George Bender <R. Ohio), Gov. B. Frank Helntzleman, and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Sochin's last'days were spent with the soil and flag at his bedside. A BIT OF ALASKA—Mrs. Mary Sochin, mother of 33-year-old Alex Sochin, holds an Alaska flag and jar of Alaska soil which will be buried with her son at his request. He died Wednesday of cancer on her 74th birthday. Socbin's dream was to return lo Alaska that he had come to love during a 5-year-tour of duty here. Runaway Lovers' Secret Is Revealed After 22 Years SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS j ORANGE, Tex., Nov. 27 dfi — ' The enduring love of Betty Mc! Cuddy and Tom Buntin. the full \ story of a secret even from their I children after 22 years, rallied ! friends and neighbors to their ! side Friday. j Back in 1931, insurance man I Thomas C. Buntin of Nashville, Tenn.—called an alcoholic incapable of earning a living outside | his wealthy family's business— i disappeared. Six weeks later, af- | ter Buntin's will had been mailed I from St. Louis, the pretty Rus- sellviile, Ky., girl who had been his secretary vanished, too. The cost to the lovelorn pair: a wife, three_ sons, family prestige and a thriving business to him; her family and a share in a million dollar estate for unmarried Betty. Only rumor and speculation ever connected the two disappearances. As much of the story anybody knows began in Brownsville. Tex., weeks after the disappearances when Tom and Betty decided to let their love flower in the lush Rio Grande valley. Their plane to New Orleans was grounded there by bad weather. They moved here from Brownsville about five years ago. Changed Names Tom. 28, proved not to be the ne'er-do-well a Tennessee supreme court branded him. He and 22-year-old Betty stayed in Texas and somewhere along the years assumed the names of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas D. Palmer. Thursday, their love—after 22 years of happiness and six children—was splashed across the nation's front pages. The Nashville Tennessean broke the story in a copyrighted dispatch. Friday dazed by the quick developments, the tall, thin man and the motherly woman with gray in her hair waited to tell their love story to children rushing to their as white frame home here. Friends Rally to Them Silent .and miserable, almost (Continued on page 2) US Regards Note as 'Tactical' Retreat' but No Policy Change i To Be Discussed at Foreign Ministers i Session in Bermuda Next Week; State i Department Says Note "Disappointing" WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, OB—The United States today branded Russia's latest note on a Big Four meeting as an obvious effort to slow progress on the development of "greater European unity and strength." A statement released at the state department also described the note as "a tactical retreat" by Russia in the sense that it is an effort "to gloss over the uncompromising nature of Soviet policy" toward the West. The real substance of the Soviet note shows that Russia has not in any sense changed its basic positions on world issues and from this standpoint, therefore, "the note is disappointing," the department said. The statement forecast that the Russian message, which was delivered only Thursday night and called for a four- power foreign ministers meeting •at Berlin, would be discussed at the Bermuda conference of the government chiefs and foreign ministers of the Unitccl Slates, and United Kingdom and France beginning in a week. Evidence thai the note was a thrust at European unity and strength, the state department said, was found in the fact it was 'Jmcd to coincide with the for- t __ ., ^ eign policy debate in the French parliament on the European defense community which would mean West German rearmament. The statement called that "one of the most significant and obvious aspects" of the note and added that it "woulr' appeal- therefore, to represent another Soviet effort to impede progress on EDC ratification and other steps toward greater European unity and strength." Note Released In Paris A digest of the no f e Russia sent Thursday night to the United States, Britain and France became available in Paris. It indicated that if a Big Four meeting, of foreign ministers, were held the Soviets would immediately press for a broader, follow-up", meeting including Communist China. Expert Stalling Informed observers here said the result might be that instead of further postponing a four- power meeting by dispatching repeated notes on the Chinese question, the Russians conceivably might allow (he meeting to as- (Continucd on page 2) City News In Brief... Fires Outside City Cily fire chief Eugene. B. Woodcox today appealed to residents outside the city to refrain from calling for fire fighting TOWS from the city department to fight blazes outside the city imits. "It is many times heartbreaking to refuse, but the city firemen are not allowed outside of the city limits," the chief explained. Several fire alarms in South Fairbanks recently were reported to the city fire hall with appeals for aid. Nothing could be done by the firemen. Liquor Permits Applications for the renewal of liquor permits should be made lo the office of the Clerk of Court soon, in order that the city council may consider them in time for issuance before the first of next year. City Clerk Einar Ton- scth suggested today. Before the licenses of liquor establishments within the city limits may be Coastwise granted, they must obtain the approval of the city council. Art Exhibit Opens Eudora M. Preston's art exhibit opened today in the lobby of the Nordale Hotel and will continue through Monday. The showing consists of oils, pen and ink washes and miniatures. All scenes and portraits are Alaskan in character. Many Hunters Out There are more hunters out now than there were last year during the second season, reports wildlife chief Ray Woolford. One reason is that the weather is milder. Also, the second season came earlier this year than last. The hunting period, which started on November 20, ends on the last day of the month. Brennan is Serious John Brennan, local businessman and civic leader, is seriously ill in the Swedish hospital in Seattle, according to word received from his wife today. It is likely that he will have to undergo an operation. He suffered a (Continued on page 2) British Okay Russian Note For Meeting LONDON. Nov. 27. (,?! —The British foreign office welcomed the new Soviet note Friday night as an acceptance of the Western Powers' proposal for a four-power meeting. A foreign office spokesman voiced this view. At the same lime Foreign Secretary Anthony t-dcn was reported to have cabled the United States government that he feels the three western Allies should join Hie Soviet Union in an early meeting. Western diplomats in London regarded the Soviet acceptance of an invitation lo "Big Foui" talks its a carefully timed propaganda move aimed at undermining the French sovernmont raiii- er than a change in Kremlin attitude. The French foreign office, in its commemary, said the Russian note was essentially concerned with Gorman rearmament and "on that it appears that iho Soviet position has not changed. It still opposes German rearmament, which the government of France fools Is necessary to the security of Western Europe." Tile slatemcm said that tho note makes no reference to Western demands for free German- wide elections before establishment of any provisional all-German government. In Berlin. Allied officials said the Soviet Union's choice of that divided city was in itself a pol"n- tial issue for disagreement. An American authority said tho question of whether to meet in East or West Berlin could bocomo an extremely touchy subject involving the matter of prestige. Chamber Members Renewing Their Subscriptions To date 43 Chamber of Commerce members have renewed Ihoir subscriptions bringing in a total of S3.900, Chamber manager Don Dickey reported today. The latest to renew are; N. F. Shaw. Inc., A relic Alaska Travel Service. Fox I-'urs. Hall Electric, Inc., Interior Airways, Title Insurance & Trusl Co.. Independent Lumber Inc., Wells Alaska Motors, George P. Nehrbas. Anderson Transportation Co. 'Anchor- ago'i, B. .1. Bingle, Lonnie HalJ, Earl Cook. Clyde Sherman, and Copyright 1953. Fairbanks Pub. Co., Inc. "Got in trouble with my wife yesterday. Wuz talking too much as usual. Remarked that we had two gobblers. One wuz in the oven and the other wuz doi'n" Ihe cookin'."

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