The Times Record from Troy, New York on June 8, 1956 · Page 1
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,THE WEATHER Tonight--Considerable Cloudinesi SERIES 1956-NO. 13S Entered u S*cond CJaM Matter at th» Po/ at Troy. N. Y., Under tht Act at March 3 TIMES RECORD FINAL EDITION TROY, N. Y., FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 8, 1956 Published Daily Except Sunday PRICE SIX CENTS 578^ Get Degrees In 150th Commencement Exercises At 5,000 Attend Colorful Ceremonies OTHER R.P.I. NEWS ON PAGES 2-26. Rensselaer Polytechnic* Insti tute conducted its 150th com mencement exercises this after noon, conferring degrees upon 573 in the fields of engineering science, and architecture. An audience of about 5..000 witnessed the ceremonies in the Fiek House, colorful with flags of na lions, bunting, and palms. The candidates for degrees in eluded 134 from the Army, Navy and Air Force units at the col lege who had been commissionec as officers earlier in the day. The commencement speaker was Dr. John P. Myers, chancellor o1 the University of the State of New York. Chancellor M y e r s expressed confidence that "we in America ·with our priceless heritage and freedom and brotherhood, find a way to the hearts and minds of men everywhere." Dr. Livingston W. H o u s t o n , president, conferred the honorary degree of doctor of laws upon the chancellor, and the honorary degree of doctor of engineering upon William P. Gwinn, president of United Aircraft Corp,; Ajudhia Nath Khosla, head of the University of Roorkee, India; end Miguel Villa, consulting engineer and professor of structural engineering, University of Havana, Cuba. "Isolationism as an individual and as a "national philosophy' is dead because of the achievements of the scientists and engineers," Chancellor Myers "declared. "This unbelievable advance in scientific knowledge throws into sharp relief the failure of man to keep pace in his relations to his brother man. ""Truly,the whole world has become one village, .but there is * fear and distrust in the hearts of the Villagers." ' ' The chancellor asserted he had confidence in the "wisdom, patience, and devotion of President Eisenhower as our leader, 1 ' but that all groups must come to understand that achieving world understanding cannot be left entirely to "diplomats and statesmen, physicists, and philosophers." President Houston told the class that a recent survey of 300 of the largest companies in the United States shows that nearly half of their three principal officers has an engineering or science education. In the other cases, he said, the education background of the officers was business economics, law, and the arts, in that order. "A cynic might say," he remarked, "that it wasn't the kind of education that had 'made the men with science and engineering background so successful. He might say it was merely because they had to work hard to get through ^an engineering school and had just kept right on working hard." He continued: "The degrees which you are receiving today indicate that you are beginning to develop a proficiency in a special field of engineering, science, or architecture. But it has not been our aim to make specialists of you. Rather we have attempted to give you .as broad an education as possible and at the same time (Continued on Page 6) Truman In Paris Again Paris (UP)--Harry S. Truman returned today to Paris for the second visit of his European vacation and said he hoped to get some walking done this time. The former president was limping badly from a sprained ankle when he passed through here four weeks ago and was forced to pass up his early morning walks. Today he told newsmen, "I'm counting on you to show me my way around the streets of Pares." Mr. Truman, wearing his silver* grey ; fedora and a light grey topcoat, arrived by train from Bonn with Stanley "Woodward, a former White House aide, and their wives. : A dozen Paris policemen, wearing dark blue uniforms with scarlet shoulder fourageres and snow white gloves, marched smartly along beside them. Mrs. Truman and Mrs. Woodward trailed behind. APPROVE FISHING PACT Tokyo (AP)--Japan's Cablet formally approved today fishing treaty and sea rescue agreement ligned with Soviet Russia in Moscow May 15, MICHAEL J. MALONEY M. J. Maloney Dies After Long Illness Michael J. Maloney, superintendent of the Rail Joint Co. (Poor Co.) and president of the Troy Municipal Civil Service Commission, died today at the residence, 142 Stow Ave. He was 72. He was a lifelong resident of the Stow Hill section and was the son of the late Michael and Margaret Meehan Maloney. Mr. Maloney had been ill for some time. Mr. Maloney was active in af- 'airs of the Democratic Party in iis younger days and served as Democratic leader and alderman for the 6th Ward. He served as a member of the Troy Board, of Education from 1926 through 1931 and was appointed a member of the Civil Service Commission, in 1932 . He aas served .since that time on th'eCivil :; S£rfe group and had been president for more than 15 years. Mr. Maloney was married to the late Lorelta Dorney. He is survived by two sons, Michael G." and John P. Maloney, and a sister, Miss Mary H. Maloney, all of Troy. He was a member of St. Michael's Church axd the Holy N 7 ame Society of the church. He vas also a member of Troy Council, K. of C., and Troy Lodge of -.Iks. ' · The funeral will be held Monday at 9 a.m. from the Leahy Funeral Home, 336 3rd St, and at 9:30 a.m. from St Michael's Church, where a Solemn Requiem Mass will be sung. Interment will be in St Joseph's Cemetery. WomanKiUs Rockdale (AP) -- Despondent over failing health, Mrs. Marjorie 'isher killed her husband with a rifle shot from her bedroom vindow, called State Police and hen killed herself yesterday, troopers said.. Wmiam Fisher, 41, was work- ng in the garden when his 40- ·ear-old wife plugged him in the back from 150 feet away, police aid. Coroner Roger Williams of Ihenango County said he would ssue certificates of , death by murder and suicide. Troopers said Mrs. Fisher's health was the only motive they ould uncover. She broke her hip n a fall abolit two years ago and omplications.set in. She weighed ibout 80 pounds at death. Their son, Billy Jr., 15, was in the time. State Police said Mrs. Fisher used a 30-30 Winchester rifle to hoot from her second-story bed- ·oom window of their home in his community 'West of the Cats- alls. Then she telephoned the State Poke troop headquarters t Sidney, six miles to the south. Fisher, whose parents were VIr. and Mrs. Warren Fisher of 'ortland, Ore., was a retired avy chief aviation machinist's mate with 22 years' service. · Murderer Dies [n Texas Chair Huntsville, Tex. (AP)--Marion A. Washington, 27, died in the electric chair at the state peni- entiary early today for the slay- ng of Airman Henry Poole of Spartanburg, S.C. Poole, stationed at Connally Air Force base, was slain in a struggle with · an armed Negro April 2, 1955, after the airman and his fiancee were 'forced to eave their auto on a lonely, road near Waco. Tex. Troy Council Sets Hearing On City Hall Officials of the city administration indicated today they will welcome the opportunity for public discussion of the controversy over their proposal to build a new City Hall instead of converting former School 5. A public hearing on the ordinance which would authorize the city to proceed with plans for a new City Hall was scheduled for Thursday, June 21, after the ordinance met heavy Republican fire when it was introduced by Alderman Edward M. Cahill (D-ll) at last night's Common 'Council meeting. Leading the opposition was Alderman Frank E. Popp (R-6). The issue of who should bear the responsibility for leaving the roof off the present building, which would be demolished under the new proposal, appears to be a key one. Mayor John J. Purcell's administration is expected to contend that the building was left uncovered from Nov. 11 through December and that any damage to the interior was done long before the new administration ordered work halted on Jan. 11 and that such damage was irreparable. The question of why some S30,000 was spent to pay city employes to guard the building and dismantle heating and plumbing equipment is also expected "to be fully aired, especially in view of the fact that this ~was done over the objections of the architects and contractor hired to do the first phase ot the work. The mayor's advisory committee recently recommended construction of a new City Hall by a 9-7 vote after criticizing the fact that the building was left uncovered. The issue has been a controversial one and last night's outburst from the minority had been expected by the administration.. 'Charges of deliberately halting work on old School 5 after the roof was ripped from its moorings came from minority members. Further, they 'challenged- Mayor John J. Purcell and his administration to "fix the responsibility on the proper man or men" who (Continued on Page 4) Employment Near Record Washington (AP)--The government reported today that 'the number of auto industry jobs has dropped by almost 200,000 but overall nationwide employment has increased to a near record 65Y4 million.- The report by the Commerce and Labor departments fixed employment in May at 65,238,000, .a record for the month. This was close to the 65% million peak for any month set in August last year. Unemployment in May rose slightly from an estimated 2,564,000 to 2,608,000 although a decline usually occurs at this .time of the year. This was attributed to an early flood of students looking for summer jobs and some increase in auto and other manufacturing layoffs. , As compared with last year employment is up 2% million and unemployment is up only about 100,000. The auto industry's estimated 200,000 unemployed means that roughly one out of every four or five regularly employed workers are now idle in that industry, which was hard hit by a slump in car sales. Haiti Reported To Have Spurned | Loan From Russia New York (AP) -- The New York Herald Tribune said today the Republic of Haiti has rejected a preferred 100-million dollar loan from Russia, A Washington dispatch to the newspaper gave this account: Soviet Russia offered the loan to the Negro republic recently as part of Russia's new economic drive to penetrate the Western Hemisphere. . ' Russian "technicians" were to go to Haiti to supervise whatever was done with the money, however, and Haiti said "no, thank you," very firmly, even though "it is in the market for more loans to develop its economy. THREE DIE IN CRASH Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (AP)-One Gurkha and two British army officers were killed last night when-their light air force plane crashed in thick jungle in Negri SembiUn State, Niagara Gorge Plant Wrecked By Big Rockf all Showdown On Aid To Tito Washington ( A P ) -- A second major foreign aid battle shaped up in the House today over whether to continue America's military and economic help to Communist Yugoslavia. With administration support, House Democratic and Republican leaders tried to ward off stiff congressional demands to end aid to the country whose President Tito is now visiting and soliciting closer ties with Russia. Speaker Rayburn (D-Tex) and House GOP L e a d e r Martin (Mass), beaten yesterday in their effort to restore funds President Eisenhower had asked for military aid, were not optimistic about their chances on the Yugoslav issue. But supporters of an amendment by Rep. Edna F. Kelly (D- NY) to cut off aid to Yugoslavia were cautious about predicting victory for their side in the face of . opposition from the united leadership. Eisenhower asked for 30 million dollars in economic aid to Yugoslavia, plus a larger but secret amount of military assistance. The House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to chop the 30 millions in half. Dramatic Victory. Chairman .Richards (D-SC) scored a dramatic victory yesterday when the House 1 backed up the committee-approved cut of 51,109,000,000 in Eisenhower's 54,900,000,000 request Eisenhower, through a "Dear Joe" letter to Martin, joined personally in strenuous efforts by Martin and Rayburn to restore 600 million dollars of the committee cut Martin read to a hushed House Eisenhower's letter saying "America's security and our partnership with like-minded nations in the world will be seriously impaired" by the committee slash. Rayburn said "it is necessary for the security of the country" to vote more money. . But in a rare repudiation of the joint leadership efforts, the House by a 192-112 standing vote turned down the 600 million dollar restoration amendment which was .offered by Rep. Brooks (D- Ark). A majority of Republicans on hand voted against Mr. Eisenhower's request Applaud Richards. Many Democrats stood to applaud Richards when, with unusual bitterness, he said all Rayburn and Martin know about the bill "is what they are told about it down at the White House." Richards also won the other test votes. The' House shouted down a move by Rep. Flood (D- Pa) to restore the full billion dollars of .military aid cut from the bill.' It defeated by a 17869 standing vote a motion by Rep. Bentley (R-Mich), which had much Republican support, to slash a half billion dollars deeper than the committee did. In its only fund-raising move, the House shouted .approval of an amendment by Rep. Dodd (D- Conn) to add another five rail- lion dollars to the 10 millions (Continued on Page 4) Soviet Oil Works Tehran, Iran (AP)--Using the same nationalization law that drove the British from her oil fields, Iran has taken over Soviet oil works in Khuryan, 165 miles east of Tehran. The Soviet embassy promptly registered a complaint. A foreign ministry spokesman replied that the government had acted under, the 1951 law nationalizing the oil industry. The spokesman said troops had been "ordered to take over installations which included six oil drilling machines, a radio transmitter 'and" two electric power plants." Foreign ministry sources said they did not believe the Russians would raise much fuss since the Shah and Empress Soraya are to visit the Soviet Union soon. Niagara Falls (AP)--The most destructive rockfall in the history of the spectacular Niagara Gorge took one life late yesterday and left the huge Schoellkopf hydroelectric' station in tumbled-down ruins. More than 40 other employes of the Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. scrambled 'along the precipitous bank to safety as two of the station's three sections roared into the wild rapids behind them. Company officials were appalled at the damage, which wiped out a 360,000-kilowatt pow- ?r capacity in the twinkling of air eye. They could only say that the damage would run well into the millions. Original cost of the two completely wrecked s e c t i o n s , however, was believed to have been about 35 million dollars more than 30 years ago. Machinist Missing. Lost in the maelstrom of rocky debris was Richard A. Draper, 39, of nearby Lewiston, a machinist Two companions saw him disappear in the cascading remnants of powerhouse waEs. His body was not immediately recovered. Draper and the others had been working feverishly sandbagging a leak at the base of the station half a mile downstream from the American falls, where a giant rockfall destroyed Prospect Point on July 28, 1954. The seepage had been discovered only hours earlier. The staccato reports of cracking walls warned the men that the end of the building was near. "All I know is that the walls and ceiling started to come down and I ran like hell," said Chris Nelson, 25, one of the crew. "I didn't stop for anything. I was really scared." Three Slides. The station, largest · hydro plant in the Niagara Mohawk system, was hit by three earth-shaking slides which followed each other in rapid order starling just before 5:30 p.m. (EDT). When it was over, the six turbine generators in the two sections were buried in debris at the foot of the 220-foot gorge. \ The destroyed generators, all used in Niagara Mohawk's 25- cyde service for heavy industry, had a total capacity of 200,000 kilowatts. The'sudden loss of power brought much of the area's sprawling chemical industry to a grinding -halt The third section, where company officials hoped they might salvage some remnant of their investment, housed four 7,200-kilowatt generators in 25-cycIe service and nine fi.OOO-kilowatt generators in standard 60-cycle service. Power Cut Off. All power in this highly industrialized city of 10,000 was instantly cut off. But a gradual return began within two hours as the company drew in power from its central division, from steam generalizing plants and from the Ontario Hydroelectric P o w e r Commission across the river. A company official speculated that the collapse was caused by a seepage of water into rock crevices between the face of the gorge and the hydraulic canal which fed water into the station. He suggested there was an "earth movement" in the area. Dr. Austin C. McTigue, in charge of the Canisius College seismograph in Buffalo, agreed with the "earth movement" idea, saying he believed there -had been a minor earthquake. He said Niagara Falls was in an area subject to "aajustments" in the earth's surface. ' Tourists Horrified. Hundreds of tourists along the Canadian lip of the gorge and on the R a i n b o w Bridge, which crosses between the Schoellkopf station and the.falls themselves, watched in horror as the rockfall crashed into the rapids. Thousands more poured into the area afterward. The rockfall at Prospect Point two years ago was the worst in many years. It tore away the point itself and took a huge pie- shaped bite out of American Falls, radically changing the appearance. There was no immediate indication of whether Niagara Mohawk would go right ahead with a replacement project -- which might cost well over 50 million dollars at current construction costs. Power needs of the area, however, indicated that some means of restoring the supply level quickly'had to be, found. Authorities said a full inspection of the remains/would have to be made before any decision was reached. WASHINGTON--The above photograph of"President Eisenhower was taken last night when he attended the annual dinner of the \Vhite House Photographers Assn. at the Sheraton Park Hotel. He was in good spirits when he left the dinner but he suffered an "upset stomach" a few hours later. (United Press Telephoto) Mollet Wins Test Vote On Pensions Paris (UP)--Socialist Premier Guy Mollet won his second vote of confidence in three days today when the 150-man Communist bloc in the national assembly supported his bid to increase old age pensions. Mollet's victory was assured when Communist Deputy Arthur Musmeaux announced, that his party would vote for the government The Communists abstained in the Tuesday vote and Mollet won with right-wing support. Mollet obtained a majority of 277 to 133 today in a vote on methods to be used to pay for the government's old age pension scheme, estimated to cost S400 million to increase old age bene : fits by as much as S89 a person. Mollet won Tuesday's vote on his Algerian policies and the government's policies as a whole by a vote of 271 to 59 with 200 abstentions. It was a shaky victory and showed how near the government consorts with disaster. And - it demonstrated the zig zag policy Moliet must maintain if he is to stay in office. On the Algerian question he had the support of the right-wing political parties. The 150-man Communist bloc abstained since it has called for a negotiated peace in Algeria. The Communists backed Mollet in today's vote because they approve his social reforms. Political observers said the Mollet government would fall the moment he linked the Algerian question with any of his own socialist programs. His position was shaky because Mollet is sure of only his own socialists' 100 votes, about 50 of the 60 members of Pierre Mendes-France's r a d i c a 1-socialists, and 18 UDSR ballots in the 575- member house. He must play off one political group against the other in the chamber to remain in office. Buffalo Police War On Hoodlums Buffalo (UP)-- Two anti-hoodlum police squads, armed with night sticks and sawed-oS shotguns, were organized here yesterday to combat a wave of street muggings by teenage gangs. Police Commissioner Joseph A. DeCillis said the squads will "be rough" on street gangs looking for trouble. "There will be no more coddling," warned the commissioner. "If these punks want to learn the hard way, we will e glad to accommodate them'." RUMOR VENEZUELA REVOLT Paris (INS)-- Agence France Presse said today that according to rumors in Lima, Peru, a revolution has broken out in Venezuela. A military junta was said to have been setup under Romulo Fernandez. Mrs. Biddle, Noted Copper Heiress, Dies Paris (AP) -- Mrs. Margaret Thompson Biddle, wealthy copper heiress and divorced wife of ex : diplomat Anthony J. Drexel Biddie Jr., died early today of a cerebral hemorrhage. She was about 51 Mrs. Biddle was stricken after returning to her Paris home from the opera. Her death came without warning. She had been planning a birthday party at her home here next week for her son and had intended to spend this weekend completing the decoration "of a home she recently bought at Cap Ferrat, on the Riviera. Married in 1931 'to Biddle, she went with him to Warsaw when he ,was named U.S. ambassador to Poland and was with him there when World War II broke out Together they accompanied the Polish, government in its withdrawal through central Europe to France. The Biddies made their wartime home in England, where he was American ambassador to all the refugee European governments headquartered there and she ran various service canteens After their postwar divorce, Mrs. Biddle spent most of her time in Europe although she maintained a home in New York and visited America frequently. Her Paris home was a favorite gathering place for such close friends as President and Mrs. Eisenhower when he was NATO commander in Europe; Gen. Alfred M. Gruenther, NATO's present European commander; the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, leading French political figures and the outstanding liteary and artistic personalities of Paris. After the war Mrs. B i d d l e wrote extensively for magazines, including the Paris Realities and the Ladies Home Journal. Recently,she had been the European representative for the Crowell- Collier Publications. Mrs. Biddle was the daughter of Cql. William Boyce Thompson, a pioneer mining engineer and banker, from whom she inherited a large fortune. She herself made extensive investments in French Morocco and on the European continent Mrs. Biddle was born in Hel ena, Mont. Her first husband Theodore Schulz, died 20 yeaii ago. The couple had two children, T'eodore Boyce-Thompson Schulz, who lives in France, and Mrs. Margaret Schulz Downey of New York, the wife of singer Morton Downey. Funeral services will be held in Paris, with the family to decide the burial place later. FRENCH AUTHOR DIES Paris (AP)-Julien Benda, 88, French essayist and philosopher, died in his home near Paris yesterday. He wrote mort than books. 50 (ke Removed To Hospital After Attack Washington (AP)--President lisenhower was stricken witk- abdominal pains early today, an4L= n the afternoon was taken, by ambulance from the White Hous« to the Army's Walter Reed Hospital. _The White House said physi- ians had diagnosed the troubl* as an ileitis, or inflammation of ihe lower portion of the small intestine, and that "there is no indication of any heart trouble. 1 * Press Secretary James C. Hagerty said a cardiogram--a tracing of the heart action -- would b« taken at Walter Reed. _ He described the hospitalization as a "precautionary measure." Asked whether the President 1 * 'ondition could be called critical, Hagerty replied: "I have not used any adjectives." In response to questions, Haf- erty told .newsmen that physicians had not made any suggestions to him that Eisenhower'* illness was a result of food poisoning. Removed In Ambulance. The olive drab Army ambu- ance was pulled up to the south side of the White House to revive the ailing Chief Executive. It departed by the southeast gate, at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) accompanied fore and aft by a.motor- cycle escort. Eisenhower could be seen lying in the ambulance. His hands were-folded on his chest A crowd of about 100 persona had gathered at the southwest gate hoping to see the President, but the ambulance turned befor* reaching that gate and left by tht other exit. Press Secretary Hagerty said that the President was put on a. stretcher and the stretcher was placed in the ambulance. He said it was the first time since th« President's-intestinal attack that he had left his bed. Eisenhower was in pajamas.-{ Mamie Goes To Hospital. Some time before the ambulance wheeled away, Mrs. Eisenhower left in a White House limousine--presumably going ahead to the hospital. As her car reached the White House gate, an Army car pulled up and her son, Maj. John Eisenhower, leaped out. . "Mother," he said, and climbed into the White House car with her. Maj. Eisenhower is stationed at Ft Belvoir, Va., south of Washington. The ambulance made the run . to Walter Reed in little mort than five minutes. Quite a crowd of newsmen, hospital patients and medical personnel had gathered at one entrance but they caught no glimpse of the President He was taken in through another entrance. Crowd Affected. The. crowd did not know Eisenhower was there until secret service men informed them. Mrs, Eisenhower, her ey«i downcast and her face drawn, was escorted by her son into the east wing entrance. Earlier, Hagerty had described the President's difficulty' as an "upset stomach" -and insisted "It is not an illness but an upset" Hagerty said Mrs. Eisenhower called Dr. Snyder last night whea the President first became awart of pain some time before 2 a.m.: Hagerty added that no cardiogram had yet been made to gauge the performance of the President's heart but that one would be made at the hospital. The press secretary said ht would stay at the hospital whil« Eisenhower was there. Before the Snyder diagnosis, Hagerty had s u g g e s t e d Eisenhower might go to hii Gettysburg, Pa., country place tomorrow. He had said also that engagements were being made for tht President for Monday, including a meeting with Senate Democratic and Republican leaders about the foreign aid bill. There was no immediate word (Continued oh Page 4) The Index Classified Cohoes Comics Crossword f Puzzle Death Notices Editorials Financial Obituary Pulse of the People Radio-Television Record Pattern Society Sports Theaters 27, 28, 29 17, 18: 229 15: 14* 23' 23 14 22 12 10 24,25

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