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,,,,71.1 i i 7 tt'g, IA -N 1 "1 Feely Indicates Board 4:: --1 4 14--; I 4 Committee Will Join 1 1.. i cl 'I l'44'es''-- Pr-li 1 iat 4 1,,,,. 1 ill I -4 I 3): 1,1 A move for an official investig Nr4 of Civil Defense action in the St 1 i k- P-'- disaster was started yesterday in 1 Council 0: ic 1,,, i 'i 'rT i ...2 I I Pc Iti It L. A resolution calling for a joint 1 p. 1 I A 11: 1 4 I 7,,,...,, 1 i I 1 i i 1,0.

AT County Council and the St. Louis 1 1 1-. 1 'i was introduced by Councilman Third District, and passed Alderman Edgar J. Feely (Den told The Globe-Democrat that as cl: 1 ,...7.,.., 1 7- ''7' :.7. 1 manic Public Safety Committee 7.

along" with count cc the .1 IL, i '4- 14 i 17 r- 4 '''i'''' i' 1 operate with them on such an inve forces got into operation than three hours elaps tion early i ...4.,.,. slaught of the tornado and the tim 1 ,....0, t.nP5 A' I 4 Feely Indicates Board Committee Will Join 4 move for an official investigation of Civil Defense action in the St. disaster was started yesterday in Council. A resolution calling for a joint County Council and the St. Louis was introduced by Councilman Third District, and passed Alderman Edgar Feely told The Globe-Democrat that as Public Safety Committee he to go along" with the county with them on such an More than three hours elapsed of the tornado and the time forces got into operation early of Aldermen in Inquiry of the tardiness Louis area's tornado the St.

Lbuis County investigation by the Board of Aldermen Maurice Abramson by the Council. Twentieth Ward, chairman of the alder-manic would "be willing councilmen and "cooperate investigation." between the onslaught that Civil Defense Tuesday. The tornado, which claimed 21 lives in St. Louis, caused injury to about 300 persons and inflicted heavy property damage in the city and county, hit about 2:15 a. m.

Civil Defense did not swing into operation until about 5:30 a. In. The final edition of The Globe-Democrat describing the destruction wrought by the tornado was on the street at 4:18 a. m. The resolution by Mr.

Abram- so calls for the chairman of the lin Defense County Council to name three Councilmen to a special committee. A similar committee of three would be appointed from the In Dispute With Board of Aldermen. INVESTIGATE DELAY ess ado nty the len son ird, ing on. uiS, avy ntil en lb RIPPED BY TORNADO were these apartments at 4925-4933 West Pine bl. The one on the second floor at right is that of Vernon S.

Beck. who narrowly escaped death. Globe-Democrat Photo BRICKS WHICH LANDED ON HIS PILLOW 'are' pointed out by Mr. Beck, a big game hunter, to his wife as they survey damage in their apartment. Big Game Has Cliollatned Life 11 Auxiliary Police The St.

Louis Office of Civil Defense was swept into another dispute yesterday in the wake of Tuesday's tornado. The new dispute was with the St. Louis Auxilary Police. An earlier one was with the Weather Bureau over who was to blame for the fact that Civil Defflise headquarters did not get intu operation until three hours after the tornado struck. Adolph E.

Steelier major In charge of the auxiliary pollee when the tornado 1114 complained yesterday that he offered the auxiliary's services to Civil Defense and never heard another word from CD officers. Continued on Page 11A Women's Pages COLUMNISTS Robert L. Burnes Robert J. Died Bob Goddard Hedda Hopper David Lawrence Sylvia Porter Potomac Fever Victor Riese! Ines Rob 5 Abigail Van Buren Earl Wilson 1411 2C IOC SC SC 101 SC 101 SC IB 23 SC se ther of the the was Civil get ours 'In lice Ices CD 4B 2C LOC Sc SC LOA SC LOA Sc 111 23 CC This joint committee of six members would "investigate the delay of the Civil Defense authorities In mobilizing its units to alleviate the distress and confusion't caused by the tornado. Aft the investigation, the joint committee would "make recommendations to the legislative bodies of the city and county to avoid such delays in the future." Councilman Abramson told The Globe-Democrat, "It's ridicuious for the county to keep pouring money out for Civil Defense and then not getting the proper results." All three committee representatives of the council are Republicans, although the Democrats have held a majority on that legislative body only since last Jan.

1. Council Chairman Thomas C. Dunne apparently appointed them in either a gesture of generosity to the minority party, or in a fit of pique with Mr. Abramson. Chairman Thomas C.

Dunne apparently appointed them in to either a gesture of generosity the minority party, or in a fit of pique with Mr. Abramson. BIL LIKENS BEAT gRADLEY 72 TO 53 St. Louis University's Billikens beat the Bradley Braves last night, 72 to 53, in their most impressive triumph of the season. A crowd of 9765 saw the game at Kiel Auditorium.

It was the Bills' thirteenth consecutive victory. Before the game they were ranked eighth in the nation and Bradley was ranked seventh. Bob Ferry. All-America candidate, was high for the Billikens with 22 points. The Bakens' season record now is 15 victories and two defeats.

(Details on Page 1C) Everybody Is Fooled By 'Body A body was found stuffed In the closet of a St. Louis County Hospital building yesterdayat least, that's what a hospital employee thought when he opened the closet door. However, after police and the County Coroner had been summoned, the mystery was quickly solved. It wasn't a body. Only a life-size papier-mache mannequin.

The discovery was made in a second-floor closet of the building formerly occupied by County Health Center, now used by the adjoining hospital. The "bofly" was partly hidden under canvas, with nylon-clad legs in view. Dr. Curtis H. Lohr, hospital superintendent, called County Coroner Raymond I.

Harris. Coroner Harris arrived a whisked away canvas, exposing the mannequin, which was clad in a nightgown and 1 1 1 Levee Breaks Peril Indiana City of Emergency Declared in Peru Flood By Associated Press PERU, Harold W. Handley declared a state of emergency tonight in 13 northern and central Indiana counties flooded or threatened by rampaging streams. The Governor acted after the Wabash River broke through two floodwalls at Peru. driving thou Picture on Page 2A sands of persons from their homes.

Reports to the Governor Indicated that conditions might grow worse as ice jams in the river broke up and moved downstream. Gov. Handley wired President Eisenhower asking him to extend to the newly, flooded areas a previous order which declared state of emergency conditions in five southern Indiana counties hit by floods last month. The Governor said he was informed by observers at Peru that at least 3500 persons woul be evacated there during the night. Most of them lived on the south side of the city, where a flood-wall broke early in the evening.

Another levee broke on the north edge of town near the business district Earlier, Peru Mayor John P. Devine had declared a stare of emergency at the stricken city of 15,000 in northern Indiana. Victor H. Wenning, an engineer for the Indiana Flood Control and Water Resources Commission, flew over the river below Peru and reported water was backed up by an ice jam one mile long about four miles down stream from the city. The possibility of trying to dynamite the ice jam was being considered.

Police Chief H. O. Bradley estimated 125 persons live in the South Peru area flooded by the first-levee break. The chief said he did not know whether everybody had been evacuated from south Peru. "If they didn't get out," "it's their own fault.

We- gave them plenty of in The frantic battle of the sandbags had been stepped up all afternoon as the river rose above the top of the floodwalls. The big flood crisis, which had reached a 46-year peak at the city of Wabash earlier in the day, already had an estimated 475 families out of their homes across north central Indiana, from Fort Wayne to Attica. Thirty Bunker Hill men had worked through the night stacking the first layer of bags on the floodwall. Then the rapidly rising river sloshed an urgent message that those bags wouldn't be enough to hold off the worst flood since 1943.1 CITY, COUNTY OFFICES COURTS CLOSED TODAY St. Louis and St.

Louis County offices and courts will be closed today for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Public and parochial schools In the city and county will be open as usual, as will banks, business firms and federal offices. Reduced staffs will be on duty at St. Louis City -Hall In the License Collector's office to sell automobile stickers and in the office of the Collector of Revenue to certify payment of personal property taxes, necessary to obtain an auto sticker. The Missouri Employment Security offices will be closed today.

In East St. Louis, public and parochial schools will be closed for Lincoln Day, as will state, city and county offices. However, banks and other business houses will be oPe71- Lc UU I GE1113 1 el 11 thariV Intitnnn tat' I 1 (11111 1 A rift, 15 000 Uil Of I I Emergency Declared in By Associated Press Peru Flood PERU, IIGov. Harold W. Handley declared a state.

of emergency, tonight in 13 northern and central Indiana cotmtles flooded or threatened after the byThraemGponvgeinraog srtraecatmeds. Wabash River broke through two floodwalls at Peru, driving thou- Picture on Page 2A as no-I vtgwetwt et fvfinva Hunter Away Wall Next S. Beck Relates St. Louis big game hunter and and the Far North, apparently Weather Bureau Finds No Fault, With Office Here By MARSH CLARK rrom Int Globe-Detnotrat wthington Bureaus WASHINGTON, Feb. 11.The sneak tornado that struck St.

Louis was something straight out of a weatherman's nightmare. That was the statement today of a top official at United States Weather Bureau headquarters. here. His words indicate strongly that Washington officials find no fault with the performance of St. Louis Weatherman George Brancato, who issued a warning against severe thunderstorms but not a tornado.

Norman Hagen, meteorologist and public information co-ordinator at the national headquarters0 said the worst problems facing the Weather Bureau in detecting tornadoes and alerting the public conspired to take the city by purprise. These were: ONE: The hour at which the tornado struck. Even if an advance warning had been possible, the problems of notifying the public would have been great. Weather Bureau officials here are "very concerned" over the question of how best to flash an alert during night hours. TWO: The funnel apparently did not touch ground until it swooped down on St.

Louis County and the city, then evapotted Into the sky, as luddenly its it appeared. Had previous ground observation been possible, the city perhaps would have been alerted. THREE: Weather conditions Continued on Page 8A SHERMAN WAS FIRST AREA -HIT BY TORNADO Sherman, a community five miles south of Ellisville, in St. Louis County, was the first area bit by Tuesday's tornado, it was reported yesterday. Brentwood was believed to have been the first town struck by the twister.

Troy Cooper, who lives at 123 South Drive, near the Meramec River, said he was awakened by the tornado at 1:55 a. m. He rushed his wife and four children to a basement just as the tornado passed. Part of his roof was ripped off, a 42-foot porch was torn from the house and a nearby two-story structure was crushed by a falling pole. He said several neighboring farm buildings were damaged and two cows killed.

Public Housing Available for Homeless Here The St. Louis Housing Authority has mobilized all resources to help families made homeless by Tuesday's tornado to get public housing immediately. "No family made homeless by the tornado need go without a place to stay as long as we have available units," said Don Lowe, director of management for the Authority. He said he had been instructed by Charles L. Farris, executive director, to do everything possible to house the victims.

People were not referred to the Housing Authority until Tuesday afternoon but nine families were housed, with a total of 49 persons. Four families with 13 members were placed yesterday. Mr. Lowe said the Housing Authority has about 100 vacant units. He said if the families have no money they should not worry about it.

They may be registered with the Red Cross and the grant for housing will be worked out in a day or two, he said. Anyone made homeless by the tornado may go to the Housing Authority office at 2031 Olive he said. MAN CAUGHT FLEEING STORM DAMAGED HOME Police captured a man at 3:40 p. m. yesterday minutes after he fled from a tornado-damage home carrying a radio and a pair of trousers.

The burglary suspect was identified as Wilbert R. 1 ayes, 33, who gave his address as 5418 Page ave. Police arrested him near the home of Peter Stamps, of 3707A Garfield at. Without With to get the rest of them to vote for you." "You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin," the little New York girl told Lincoln. Then she added this persuader: "All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be president." Lincoln got the letter at his home in Springfield, Ill.

Despite the heavy demands of the campaign, the president-to-be replied at once. .,:,.:.:1 1 'l 1 1 Vti 1 I. :,.,3 ,4., IF Mayor Asked Ike For U. S. Troops In Little Rock WASHINGTON, Feb.

11 tr. The mayor of Little Rock, was disclosqd today to have pleaded for the federal troops that President Eisenhower sent there in 1957. Until now, for all the general public could tell, the bitterly controversial decision a the Eisenho wer Administration's own ideas. It has hurt his party in the South. Today the Justice Department released a document covering advice which Herbert Brownell, then the attorney general, gave President Eisenhower on what to do in the crisis resulting from opposition in Little Rock to school integration orders.

The opposition, at its worst, included mob violence. The Brownell papers published today included a telegram to the President from Mayor Woodrow Wilson Mann on Sept. 24, 1957: "The immediate need for Federal troops is urgent I am pleading to you as President of the United States in the interest of humanity, law and order, and the cause of democracy worldwide to provide the necessary federal troops within several hours." At the time, Mayor Mann refused to confirm or deny that he ha.d requested troops. He was not immediately available today for questioning on the disclosure of his appeal. There were reports on Little Rock back in those tempestuous days that Mr.

Mann had sent such a telegram, addressed to Mr. Brownell. The Justice Department denied this. The denial was technlcally true, since the request now is shown to have gone directly to the White House. The White House Press Secretary, James C.

Hagerty, declined today to say why Mr. Mann's message was not disclosed at the time. He said: "You will recall that when was asked at the time about a report such a message had been received, I said I had no comment but I never denied there was such a message." Thus Sr. Hagerty passed up a chance to explain why the White House, has kept silent so long almost 17 monthsin the face of Southern denunciations of Mr. Eisenhower as a President who ordered Federal troops to the scene on his own motion.

Many Southerners contend this was in disregard of state's rights. One possible explanation, at least for the time when feeling was red hot: Mr. Eisenhower wanted to protect Mayor Mann from possible harm, physical or otherwise. Mendes-France Expelled by Party PARIS, Feb. 11 UP1.The Executive Board of the Radical Socialist Party today announced that former Premier Pierre Mendes-Fiance had been expelled from the party.

Mr Stecher said he got out of bed at 3 a. m. Tuesday, shortly' after, the tornado struck. He received many calls from auxin. ary police and "could have put Alter Mr.

Abramson had intro- 200 men ith the field in two duced his resolution, Chairman hours. Dunne, a fellow Democrat, asked WAITED FOR CALL him to hold up action on it for a After arising, Mr. Stecher said week. Mr. Abramson replied that he "waited and waited" for a he could see no reason for the call to duty but none a me.

delay and called for an im- Finally he called CD headquar mediate vote. tens about 7 a. m. He talked with The resolution passed by a 5-to. Col.

C. Elford Smith, CD execu0 vote, with Mr. Dunne abstain- tive, who told Mr. Stecher the lag and John Dowling auxiliary police would be called Second District, absent. Mr.

if needed. Dunne' then appointed the three Mr. Stecher said auxiliary Republican councilmen: Richard police officers met with CD WI A. Hetiage, Fourth District; cials as recently as a month ago George E. Bohrer, Sixth District, to discuss their role in and John Molloy.

Sevent District. emergencies. Past practice on the council He complained that emergenhas been for the majority party des such as the tornado are to have two plates on a three- "what we are trained for." member committee, with one Another auxiliary official place going to the minority par- said: "The question is, a Brig. Gen. Francis P.

Harda- auxiliary police been trained way Civil Defense direc- for le years to do nothing at tor, has blamed the Weather Bu- all at a time when' they are reau for not predicting the tor- needed?" nado or for not notifying Civil This auxiliary officer claimed Defense immediately after the that regular police "had their tornado hit. hands full" directing traffic and Weatherman George N. trying to keep sightseers out of Brancato yesterday charged the disaster area. National it of )rtly H. put two said )r me.

the tiled liary offi- ago 1 in dal ned at aro' med their and it of onal Tornado Ripped To Bed, Vernon Vernon S. Beck, 72-year-old veteran of expeditions to Africa has a charmed life. He has had close brushes with death in the course of his adventures in many parts of the world. But the most harrowing of all, he said yesterday, was the tornado that ripped away the wall next to his bed in his second-story apartment at 4933 West Pine bl. early Tuesday.

1 "I guess I live under a lucky star," Mr. Beck said. "This was my third close shave. "The first time was on a swimming party in Lake Superior. I went down three times, and the third time I hit bottom.

But the wind or current carried me to I a sand bar where it was shallow, and I managed to walk back in. "In Africa, I was in a car that went off a mountain road. The guide, who was driving, was killed. Three natives riding with us were hospitalized for weeks. I went all the way down the mountainside and got only a split lip and a skinned knee." HIT BY FLYING BRICKS At 2:15 a.

m. Tuesday, Mr. Beck related, he was asleep in his bedroom "and dicliet wake up until two bricks hit me on the head. But they Just grazed and that's why I'm still here. "My wife, Lola, sleeping in another room, came to the door and said, 'Are you all right, "I answered I thought I was, and muttered something about being hit by a couple of bricks.

They were both on my pillow. "As Soon as I got up, I saw that the wall was gone. My bed was sitting on the edge of nothing. "Then we found the windows were out everywhere. Every Continued on Page 11A He wrote Grace he'd never worn any whiskers, and asked her in a gently humorous vein: "Do you not think people would call it a piece of silly affectation if I were to begin it now?" But Grace's advice took, because Lincoln began growing his beard immediately.

And, whether or not this had anything to do with the outcome, he was elected several weeks later. In February, 1861, Lincoln began his slow train trip to Washington, stopping along the way for rear platform Wks to crowds that turned out to see him. One stop was at Westfield, N. where Grace lived. Lincoln had not forgotten her letter.

He told her fellow townsmen about it and asked if she was in the audience. Bashfully, Grace came through the crowd. Lincoln stooped from his great height and kissed her. Then the train pulled out, and Lincoln headed for the great cares and tAe ultimate death by assassination that awaited him. A LITTLE GIRL ADVISED HIM Why Abe Wore Whiskers Continued on Page ilk Inside Headlines VITALE AGAIN REFUSES TO TALK STORY ON PAGE 2A QUIET HEROES OF THE DISASTER STORY ON PAGE 3 DEPUTY McDONALD ACQUITTED STORY ON PAGE 12A IA IA IA By FRED S.

HOFFMAN Associated Press Staff Writer WASHINGTON, Feb. 11. Because an admiring little girl told him "you would look a great deal better" with whiskers, Abraham Lincoln grew the beard that Is so much a part of America's image of its sixteenth president. It happened in the fall of 1860, in the closing days of a bitter presidential campaign fought in the shadow of oncoming civil It's an oft-told story, recalled today on the eve of COWS 150th birthday anniversary. In upstate New York, 11-yearold Grace Bedell pondered a picture of Abe Lincoln, the Republican candidate.

Her father had brought her the picture from a fair. After a while, Grace sat down and wrote to Lincoln, saying she wanted "you should be President of the United States very much." "I have got four brothers part of them will vote for you anyway," Grace confided. She promised that "if you win let your whiskers grow I will try Important Inside Features Amusements Classified Ads Comics Crossword Puzzle Editorials Financial, Markets Jumble Local News Obituaries Picture Page Radio-TV Sports Through the Years 28 4-7C 12-13C 12C 10A S-11C 13C IA, 12A 11A 8C 13C 14C 10A 1, A4t 1.

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