The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on December 12, 1946 · Page 5
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, December 12, 1946
Page 5
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 1946 BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS War Contractors Gifts Investigated Senate Subcommittee Promises Bilbo an Unbiased Inquiry WASHINOTON, Dec. 12—<UP>— A Senate war Investigating subcommittee today promised lo pro"""' with an "open mind" us it ,_ , .n hearings on charges that =™. Theodore a. Bilbo. D., Miss., received gifts from war contractors. Subcommittee Chairman James M. Mead, D.. N. Y.. promised Bilbo that the group "approaches 'his task with an open mind and without any preconceived conclusions." "It does not prejudge the case '•Yen though the full committee has decided that a prima facie case exists which compels the committee under its inundate from the Senate to proceed with a full and thorough investigation," Mead said. Mead, in his opening statement, declined to enumerate the charges against Bilbo. He said they would lie developed clearly through testimony as ihe investigation progresses They include charges that Bilbo received more than $30.000 in cash, an automobile and a completely furnished "dream house" from coniraciors who built army air- 'lelds in Mississippi. » Mca<| said "no special privileges" fhould be granted in the unusual of a senate committee inves- tte'iing one of its colleagues. Forrest Jackson of Jackson, Miss.. nilbo's attorney, askeri whether he and the senator would lie permitted to submit questions or cross-examine witnesses. Mead said they should submit any questions to the committee, which then wnild determine their relevancy. Hilbo .sat through four days of public hearings ut Jackson last ui'ck on charges he advocated violence aim intimidation to prevent Negroes from voting i n the July 2 Mississippi primary. He was present as the war contract hearing opened. The committee summoned Army engineers as the first witnesses. Tlic hearings were expected to last Ii'Din HI days lo two weeks and will'afford Bilbo a chance to ans- all charges. Senate Republicans watched the vproceedings closely as the possible basis for ousting Bilbo on grounds of moral turpitude. Federal law ^forbids members of Congress from pllng funds from wi NEWYORKFIRE ' Continued from rage 1. Nick Sloane. who had been pinned down for hours by a beam said when he was freed that his wire and three o/.ldren and his brother were in his apartment when the building caved in. Firemen had reached him by following his consistent cries of "Get me out of here." "I don't know whether they are dead or alive," he said. Bleeding i profusely, he was given a hypotler- ic and taken to Mother Cabrlni Hospital. Peter Lagalla, 08. wiio left for woik shortly before the crash, said his wife, Mary. 59, and his daughter. Julie. 20. were trapped on the second floor and probably were dead. LagaUa's son, Joseph. 35, was not at home when the building collapsed, arrived shortly after the crash. He went immediately to his fath- , er's nearby place of business and >..brought him back to the ruined 'house. LagaLla said the building had b?en condemned as long as eight years ago but because of the war no one had been forced to move. "We always knew it was a firetrap," he said, "but we had no place else to go," Father David Rea. of St. Elizabeth's Church, climbed up a ladder into the wreckage lo give the last rites to victims of the crash. Two of the per.ions he said apparently were dead were believed to be Lagatta's wife and daughter. Many Trapped in Boil Many of the victims were trapped . in their beds as the blast sheared >' off the entire rear wall of the '• tenement and sent tons of bricK. i mortar and plaster into a massive • pile of debris two stories deep. One of the walls of the tenement and ;. one of the ice house were standing >: at perilous angles and firemen : feared that if they fell many of - Too Late 1o Cfostify What^Makes the Grasshopper Jump ,?' Feverish expression in grasshopper eye is i;cnernlod |,y thermocouple approaching from the left. A cioiiwU:' electrical device only 5/COOth uf in inch in dumicter at needle-like end. it was developed lo lake grasshopper's temperature. 1m eallnK. and if he's cold. In hunUs around lor a nice sjuit o .sunshine. To do his bes) eating, Ihe i>rass opper has to feel "Just fine." ""-•• entomologists believe th' lly NKA Service • ' , SCHENISCTADY, M. Y.. Dee. SI. \ (NBA)—It isn't the heat that: makes the grasshoppers jump, it'sj the thermometer The temperature of the grass-1 hopper, it turns out, has an im- j portnat bearing on his fcedlni! habits; and his feeding habits cost, j the nation millions of dollars each year in crop losses. So t\vo professors from 'Montane- State College, Dr. J. H. Pepper itnd Dr. E. B. Hastings, decided il they could measure the grasshopper's body temperature, they might be able to save a few 01 those millions for the farmers. Their only problem was ucllinc' a them^mt'U'r small enough. [ A couple of other scicinisls came •• to the aid of the Montana re- searehqrs. At the General Electric laboratories, they designed and built a special Ihemocouple. a dcl- Icutu electrical device 5ilOCOth oi an inch In diameter. Armed with this instrument, the entomologists set about taking the temperatura of grasshoppers, and discovered.' A grasshopper dies if its body temperature reaches 120 decrees; when the sun is hoj._nml bright., he picks a nice sliady spot lo d'l nop] Th( versa. Unless the UIJlL'Mi 11 li. ^;l lt.~v.1lu>lJJ JLl fiCU^ -* overcoat, his temperature, the. .«i en*:sts hope, will be his undoing those still alive In the rubble might be killed. Thousands ut spectators, including friends and relatives of the victims, were held behind tire lines while tortuous rescue work proceeded. Several of them described the blast felt anil sounded "like an earthquake." Fire officials said the fire explosion was one of the worst in the history of the city. They prepared to investigate the cause thoroughly. Police Commissioner Arthur Wallander said that .boys had been CiiUght setting fires in the abandoned ice house during the last few years. Yesterday, tlierc was a fire in the structure at 5:45 P.m. It was quickly put out. At 11:45 p.m. firemen again were called to the structure which this time was blczing fiercely. Firemen crawled to the roof and began to battle the flames from there when they heard a muffled blast inside. They bsgan immediately to scramble down, and all but six of them made it. Then the roof of tnc structure caved in and fell' four flights, a moment before the rear wall collapsed and crashed against the tenement house. Police were unable to determine how many tenement occupants managed to escape before the wall caved in. others rushed out and sought first aid in the ho'mes of neighbors. Priests from three nearby Catholic churches braved death to administer the last rites. I A near'oy tavern was turned into a first aid station. Anthony Alex-1 ander. bartender, said he was standing behind the bar when an; alarm clock fell from a shelf at 12:45 a.m. because of the vibration. He said he thought it was an earthquake and ordered half a dozen customers into the street. About a minute later. Alexander said, a terrific roar went up followed h v the cr:i5h of falling brick. He said he thought it was his own building at first . Cause of Blast Not Known Alexander sain he knew there had been a Jire in the ice house yesterday afternoon, but never suspected there had been a series oi them in the last few years. The cause of the explosion could not be determined I immediately, ] but il was believed escaping ammonia fnmes from several tanks in ing to get the facts of the occurrence and the condition oi the building before the fire. It had been believed sound and sai'e. Was it an explosion or wasnt' it. I want them l> give me all the pertinent facts." Chief Fire Marshal Thomas IJro- phy said, "we don't, know what hapjxmed." The building, an all brick structure, was said to have been fireproof. •Firemen employed cranes, bull dczsi's and otlier equipment in an til-night fight to ;?scue the victims. But the work went slowly because of the packed condition of the debris and because they feared others might die In sudden cave- ins. Deep-SeatedRow Comes Info Open FEINBERG'S Our gift department is a galaxy of stars! Delightful gifts for ladies. We have succeeded in assembling the finest and most complete collection of gifts that it has been our pleasure to present to our patrons. 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