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FTTJ A News AP Features AP Photofax 77t? WWfar Windy, Colder 94, NO. 25,959 Established 1866 HAZLETON, WEDNESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 11, 1959 28 PAGES SEVEN CENTS A COPY 77" TT SEN MEL Amu Settled to rake ah LAWRENCE PLANS TO INTRODUCE HIS Busmen Accept 2-Year Pact Including Seven ent Ho urly Increase PA. HOUSE OKAYS ANNUAL SESSIONS OF LEGISLATURE Senate Leaders Voice Support of Measure; Vote 193-0, No Debate BUDGET MARCH 2 1 VI 1 1 7 Mayor, C. of C. Official In Settlement Talks; 5 Cents Now, 2 More Jan.

1 School Official Asks Why It Took State More Than A Half Century to Close Some Schools -r i ssVnl is Li J0i 1 iVI I 'M WITHOUT BAIL PHILADELPHIA (AP) A 19-year-old Army private was held Says There'll Be Top Places In His Administration Soon For Furman, Torquato HARRIS BURG (AP) Gov. Lawrence Tuesday fixed a tentative target date of March 2 for presenta i of the commonwealth's 1959-61, budget to the Legislature. But in his first formal news conference since taking office Jan. 20, the governor declined to guess at an over-all budget figure or what specific taxes would be recommended to fill a gap expect-ec1. to run about 400 million dollars.

Lawrence, apparently relishing the give-and-take of newsmen's questions and Us said he would depend heavily on the tax recommendations expected soon from his Tax Advisory Com mittee. "I'm hoping they will come up with a unanimous report." said the governor. He pointed to the bipartisan nature of the study iroup and the fact its membership ipcludes busi ness, labor and governmental in terests, adding: "It's not beyond the pale of pos sibility that the Assembly will ac cept the suggestions for taxes they wfll bring in." Lawrence told newsmen there would be top-level places in his administration soon for former Lt. Gov. Roy E.

Furman and John R. Torquato, Cambria County Democratic chairman and former labor and industry secretary. (Continued On Page 21, Column 3) 3 Testify They TnrnnHn Wrarkprl RuiUinnc In ma" of 11,1118 are these buUding in the lOmaaq VVreCKea DUUaingS--Delmar boulevard section of St. Louis, after tornado struck early yesterday. Property damage estimated at 12 million dollars was done by the storm.

i (AP Wirephoto) Worst St. Louis Tornado in 32 Years Fatal to At Least 19 and Injures Almost 300 And Co-Defendant John Gilboy In Europe Together in Late '51 HARRISBURG (AP)-The House Tuesday approved annual sessions of the General Assembly. Senate leaders immediately voiced their support of the measure. The vote on the proposal was 193-0. There was no debate.

This is the second time through the Legislature for the proposal, which is in the form of an amendment to the constituti n. If it wins Senate approval, it can then go before the voters in November for final approval. Sen. James S. Berger, Republican floor leader, said he believes annual sessions are "the only realistic approach" to the fiscal operation of the commonwealth.

"Certainly it is unrealistic for use to have to project financing for two years. No large corporation does it and we certainly are bigger than any corporation." Sen. Charles R. Weiner, Democratic floor leader, said he could see no opposition to the bill on his side. Upon final approval of the (Continued On Page 23, Column 7) QUEEN IN SHORT SKIRT LONDON, (JF) Queen Elizabeth II Tuesday appeared in one of the shortest skirts she's worn since the long dresses of the New Look.

The emerald green silk came to about an inch below the queen's knees. She wore it at a Buckingham Palace ceremony. Saw Rep. Green Increase Is the Highest For That Month Since Before World War II WASHINGTON (AP) More Americans were unemployed last month than in any January since before World War II. The government reported Tues day that unemployment in Janu ary rose by 616,000 to 4,724,000.

This is 230,000 more than in January last year, in the midst of the recession. Unemployment then was recorded at 4,494,000. Employment also declined last month. It dropped by 1,267,000 to 62,700,000. This was ascribed in the monthly report of the Commerce and Labor departments primarily to release of extra Christmas season' retail store and postal workers and to further curtailment in outdoor work.

Many of these temporary holiday workers are not seeking new jobs. This explains why unemployment did. not increase as much as employment declined. President Eisenhower referred to increasing unemployment at his news conference and remarked that it was characteristic for economic recoveries to be spotty. He forecast a job pickup as the year goes along.

The fact that January unemployment exceeded any January jobless figure since 1941 was obtained from Census Bureau offi- rials. It was not included in the in government report. i'1 without bail Tuesday charged with the slashing of eight-year-old Deborah Poisson and seven other young girls in the last four months. Elmer D. Register, stationed at Ft.

Dix, N. signed a 20-page confession in which he also ad mitted molesting a three-year-old girl and three young boys, police testified. The formal charges against Re gister at a 35 minute hearing be fore Magistrate William Hagan included rape, burglary indecent assault and corrupting the morals of minors. Prior to the hearing, Inspector John J. Kelly of the police de partment said Register implicated a 15-yearold boy as his partner in one of the Kelly identi fied the boy as Edward Telliffero of Philadelphia.

He said the teenager was arrested at his home Monday. WASHINGTON (AP) Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower and her sister, Mrs. George Gordon Moore, departed by train Tuesday night for an Arizona vacation. President Eisenhower and all the rest of the family saw them off.

White House military aide, Col. Robert Schultz, said Mrs. Eisenhower and her sister apparently planned an indefinite stop-off before reaching their destination. The First Lady was traveling via New Orleans aboard the private car of the Southern Rail road's assistant vice president, M. Tolleson, bound for a return visit to Maine Chance health and beauty resort near Phoenix, Ariz Mrs.

Moore said they were due at Maine Chance Feb. 15 for what had been scheduled as a two- weeks' vacation. TO LEAVE CUBA HAVANA (AP) U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force missions, a target of revolutionary criticism, are withdrawing soon from Cuba. Twenty-eight officers and men are involved.

ine u.s. and Cuban govern ments have agreed to the withdrawal and there will be no Amer ican replacements, the Ministry of State announced Tuesday. The U.S. personnel helped train the armed forces of President Fulgencia Batista. Revolutionary chieftain Fidel Castro made plain soon after the rebel victory New Year's Day that they are no longer wanted here.

HARRISBURG (AP) A Centre County school principal Tuesday questioned why it took state officials more than half a century to condemn some school buildings as fire hazards. Paul Runyan, supervising principal of the Bald Eagle Area Joint School District, asked the question at a meeting of the State Industrial Board which ordered one of his schools closed unless fire safety repairs are made. "They have used this building (Milesburg elementary) for 75 years. Why is I this building so dangerous all of a sudden to a point that you order it closed within 24 hours?" Runyan asked. William L.

Batt Labor and Industry secretary and board chairman, answered Runyan's query saying: "Until the recent Chicago fire that killed 90 children and nuns, we thought differently about certain safety factors. But that fire made us change our requirements and that is why your school has been declared in need of safety repairs." Runyan said his school district would do "all it can to comply with the orders." Runyan said he would take the explanation back to his local school board but predicted little in the way of a warm reception to the answer. Runyan was one of more than a dozen school officials who appealed board "rulings at today's meeting. More than 150 schools have been ordered to make repairs or close down all or part of their operations in a drive begun more than three weeks ago. Meanwhile, Gov.

Lawrence told his first formal news conference earlier that he backed the department's action in ordering the safety changes. (Continued On Page 4, Column 1) TO INTEGRATE RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A fourth Virginia community rural Warren County in the northwest was ordered Tuesday by a federal judge to open its white classrooms to 22 Negro pupils next week. Even as U.S. Dist.

Judge John Paul issued a Feb. 18 desegrega tion order for the reopning of closed Warren High at Front Roy al, the city of Alexandria, 50 miles to the east, held racially mixed classes in three schools for the first time. Aiexandria followed tne same unwilling but peaceful and uneventful pattern of school deseg regation set last week by Arlington and Norfolk when Virginia's 100 per cent school segregation reached the end of an era. Nine Negro children were ad mitted under the watchful eyes of reinforced police guards to two elementary schools and a high school in Alexandria. Judge Paul ruled in the Warren case after a brief hearing in his court at Harrisonburg.

He turned down the plea of school board Atty. W. J. Phillips that the re opening of the school be put off until next September. 5 1 LUCKY ONES IN TWISTER AREA ST.

LOUIS (AP)-A lucky tip enabled an with 29 aboard to dodge the deadly funnel. A big brick smoke stack swayed between a Roman Catholic home for women and a small structure to -the rear. It topped away from the home, where 150 persons were asleep, and fell on the smaller structure, killing two men. The twister unroofed and sucked all the windows from the Frederick Oznam Home for Men, but 190 elderly men were spared. Entire walls were sheered away, finding startled occupants still in bed and unhurt Thus the seemingly miraculous escapes outnumbered the dead in the unheralded tornado that smashed sections of this sleeping metropolis at 2:12 a.m.

Tuesday. Snapping electrical lines set off scores of burglar alarms, which mingled with the. sound of shat tering glass in a noisy, hair-raising symphony of death. Minutes after a Trans World airliner took off from the Muni cipal Airport Tor Kansas City with 24 passengers and' a crew of five the airport control tower spotted the storm on its radar screen. A warning was, radioed to the air liner.

The pilot of the four-engine lt- Uner changed course, B- i. If I Report Seven Persons Missing and Estimate Damage At 12 Million Dollars ST. LOUIS (AP)-A killer tornado caughtfflojyjflbsuiUzens of St. Louis asleep Tuesday and left a patchwork of death and destruction in the Nineteen were hiown dead in the city's worst tornado in 32 years. Almost 300 others were injured.

The tornado took the same path as a 1927 twister which killed 78. Searchers picked through the rubble of smashed homes and apartments throughout the day for more bodies and. others who might still have been trapped. Seven persons were reported missing. B.

G. Gregory, executive secretary of the Insurance Board of Si Louis, estimated property damage at 12 million dollars. The tornado came without warning and with tremendous speed. Just as suddenly it was gone, eaving behind minus silence. It crumpled a radio tower, then a television tower built to stand winds over 100 miles an hour, cutting a diagonal path northeast from "Brentwood and Crestwood southwest of St.

Louis across the heart of the city. Most of the victims had been in bed for hours when the tornado hit at 2:12 a. m. It was preceded- 1 A bus drivers, -strike called against the Luzerne-Carbon, County Motor Transit Company has been settled. Normal service on seven city and area routes, in addition to that supplied for numerous area schools and industrial plants, resumed this morning after the strike paralyzed the transportation system for but one day.

Agreement on a two-year contract between Michael Baran, operator of the bus line, and members of Local 181, United Transport Workers of America, came last night at approximately 7:30 o'clock in the offices of Mayor S. Thomas Cap-parelUn City Hall. Seven Cent Raise The new pact specifies a seven-cent per hour wage increase, five cents to be paid immediately and an additional two cent raise to be applied January 1, I960. Baran had offered a five-cent hourly increase under a proposed three year contract. Original employe demands, Introduced during earlier negotiations asked a pay raise from the $1.35 per hour paid under the old contract to $1.75.

A.revision of these S1.50 an hour, as the salary gain demands brought a new figure drivers wanted. This was the figure with which last night's bar-gaining began. Andrew J. Kaelin, international vice-president of TWUA, spokes-man for the drivers, also sought retroactive pay from January 1 expiration date for the-old threo. year contract.

This point, however, remained unresolved at the conclusion of last nignt session when official nt both parties said discussion of this request would take place prior to uie nai contract signing. Sign Agreement A preliminary agreement, signed in the Mayor's office last night by Baron and union officials, will act as a legal document until the actual contract is drawn up. Coordinating efforts of management and employes to end the day-old striket in addition to Mayor Capparell, was John R. Williamson, chairman of the Labor Relations Committee of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. Both the Mayor and Williamson complimented officials of both factions for the rapid settlement which put back into operation bus service for several thousand area persons with but one day's delay.

Last night's meeting was originally scheduled for 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon but was delayed until 6 p. m. at the request of the Mayor who expressed the desire to participate in discussions. State Official Meets A preliminary meeting yester day afternoon brought Baran and Fred Fudge, state labor mediator, together to discuss salient points in the labor disagreement. Union members later in the day convened with the state official.

The settlement revives transportation for several thousand area bus riders, many of whom were hard pressed to find conveyance to places of employment. Also seriously affected yesterday were some 300 students who are (Continued On Page 14, Column S) Allied moves to arrange a foreign ministers conference with the Soviets on the Berlin and German deadlock. A team of American, British, French and German diplomats was reported putting final touches to a new note to Moscow prospos-ing such East-West talks in the near future. The Allied proposal, was reported to omit any firm date for such negotiations. They are widely expected to begin about mid-May.

Maj. Gen. Leonard D. Heaton, the same surgeon who operated on President Eisenhower in 1956 for ileitis, will operate on Dulles. Heating, talking with newsmen, said the hernia operation will be a simple one.

He said Dulles will be on his feet shortly after th surgery. (Continued On Page 4, Column I) WEATHER FORECAST Today Windy and colder, Quite cold tonight. Thursday Fair. High 28-38. (Complete forecast on Pag 27).

Made Homeless By Tornado tSfiVrVS keep warm beside a fire yesterday in the fbrnado ravaged section of St. Louis, Mo. These youngsters are gathered in front of their wrecked home in the 1800 block of North Prairie Avenue. Early morning tornado ripped through the near-west side of the city. Falling temperature added to the misery of the homeless.

(AP Wirephoto) LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP)-Three government witnesses testified Tuesday they saw Rep. William J. Green (D Pa) and John P. Gilboy together in Europe.

The three said they had seen the Philadelphia congressman and the former Scranton engineer in Madrid, Spain, and in Paris, France, during the latter part of 1951. Green, Gilboy and five others are being tried on charges of conspiracy to cheat the government in connection with the construction of the U. S. Aarmy Signal Corps Depot at Tobyhanna. Sol P.

Fink, a stockbroker from New York City, told S. District Court he saw Gilboy and Green in Mardid about the middle of November) 1951. Fink was a vice president and a director of the Merritt-Chapman and Scott Corp. in charge of Eu ropean development at the time. The firm later built utility systems at the depot.

Green and Gilboy were in Ma drid about 10 or two weeks, Fink said, and he later saw the two in Paris during a visit of four or five days. Fink testified that he did not know anything about proposed construction of Tobyhanna and did not learnhis firm received a contract until after he was called to active duty as a colonel in the Army Reserves in February, 1952. John J. White, an architect of Washington, and New York, told about a luncheon at the Ritz Hotel ir Paris with Green, Gilboy, Maj. Paul H.

White and others. White said he had known Gilboy for some time and had introduced him and John P. O'M alley to Mr. Stopper. The three formed the architect engineering firm and White said he later became asso ciated with tbe company.

(Continued On Page 4, Column 4) Record Tremor in Texas; Twisters In Five States; Snow, Ice Snag East; Floods Make Thousands Homeless Ike Predicts Negotiations on Germany Will Move Ahead on Schedule Despite Dulles Leave by hours of torrential rains which flooded scores of basements. Hardest hit a section of tenement houses occupied mostly Negroes. But a block of brick apartments in, the fashionable West End also was ripped open. Tragedy stalked through the wreckage. A father was pulled from the ruins, his dead son still hanging to his back.

Crowds gathered in the darkness behind floodlights and silently watched rescue work amid debris and deadly broken electrical lines. Mayor Raymond Tucker called upon President Eisenhower to declare St. Louis a disaser area, making it eligible for relief funds. The President told his news conference Tuesday morning that all federal government agencies have been alerted to give the city every possible aid. (Continued On Page 23, Column 3) Where To Find It IT s- Page Deaths 14 Funerals 14 Hospital Admissions 15 Births 18 Personals 11 Comics, Crossword 16 Women's Page 18 Sports Pages 21-25 Editorial Page 12 Classified Page -26 Markets 27 Theatres I7 Television 22 Mine Work Schedule 2 Freeland News 22 McAdoo News 27 Beaver Meadows News "13 White Haven News 10 Weatherly News 9 Conynsham News 23 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wide areas of the eastern half of the nation reeled Tuesday under damaging wintry blows that exacted a heavy toll in dead, in jured and property damage.

The climatic assault included rash of off-season midwestern tornadoes, flood-triggering rains, heavy snow, and treacherous glaze that sent more than a thousand victims of falls to hospitals. A tremor accompanied by two distinct blasts shook a large sec tion of the Texas Panhandle and southeastern New Mexico but sies-mograph stations discounted the possibility of an earth tremor. The shock at 2:06 p.m. was felt from 100 miles northeast of Am-arillo, to Roswell, N.M., 200 miles to the southwest. Twisters also struck parts of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

ripped through a farming area near Carrollton, about 50 miles north of Louisville, in juring at least six persons. A small twister injured five per sons in a 10-mile area in southern Highland County in southern Ohio. Anotner small tornado struck a suburban area south of Indiana polis, but there were no reports of injuries. Other twisters hit the north edge of Mitchell in southern Indiana, and in southern Illinois. Freezing drizzle slicked high ways and streets from Iowa, across northern Illinois and into southern Michigan.

4 Glanze also (Continued On Page 20, Column 4 WASHINGTON (AP)-President Eisenhower confidently predicted Tuesday that East-West negotiations on Germany move ahead on schedule despite of State John Foster Dulles' new illness. Eisenhower brushed aside So viet Premier Nikita Khrushchev's bid for him to visit the Soviet Union for informal talks on international problems. Khrushchev extended an invita tion in a Moscow speech Thursday, coupling it with a bitter at tack on U.S. officials. Eisenhower made hie comments at a news conference about the time Dulles entered the Army's Walter Reed Hospital or a few days' rest prior to a hernia opera tion.

Doctors tentatively planned to operate some time this weekend. Eisenhower spoke of Dulles, who is 70, as "the most valuable man in foreign affairs that I have ever known." He also voiced a hope Dulles will return full time to his desk in a few weeki. Eisenhower foresaw so delay la I Al ill ii iPfJ C-m Df Residents of Wabash, Indiana, wer rescued from ReSCUea rrOm rcOOlTOpS rooftops by boat as the waters of the Wabash River pilled Inte the residential areas of the town. (AP Wirephoto) 4-.

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