Cumberland Evening Times from Cumberland, Maryland on February 20, 1952 · Page 1
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The Weather Cloudy, rain tonight. Low 30-35. Cloudy, colder tomorrow and Friday, High, 42; low, 30; noon, 42. River —4.09 feet. Relative humidity-Si per cent. FINAL VOL. LXXXIIL—NO. 50 Associated frea Semc» — Af Wirfphoto CUMBERLAND, MARYLAND, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1952 International Hews Stm'cc 18 Page* 5 CENTS 95 Jets Tangle In Furious Fights Seamen Stick To Derelict Tanker Severed By Storm v '' . . •: **" ^J Coast Guard Saves Mates In Sea Epic 13 Stay On Stern Of Broken Craft In Hope Of Salvaging Section CHATHAM, Mass.—(;?)—Thirteen Weary seamen, true to the tradition of the seas, stuck it out today on the derelict stern of a broken tank «r, hoping to salvage the hulk. Crewmen of the tanker Fort Mer cer—torn in half by the winter's worst storm two days ago—passed Up rescue last night. Twenty-five of their mates were taken off the Wreck by Coast Guardsmen. Eighteen of them reached Boston this morning aboard the cutter Acushnet, While tugs and other cutters hovered around the bobbing wreckage mapping out salvage plans. May Sink Hulk It was hoped the stern section could be towed to port, but the vessel's owners in New York, the Trinidad Corporation, said a decision might be made today to sink it by gunfire. The Coast Guard had said the wreckage Is a menace to navigation The Fort Mercer, loaded with fuel Oil for New England ports, was one of. two 10,000 .ton tankers torn in half In the vicious northeaster storm off the Cape Cod fishing community. Both halfes of the other tanker, the Pendleton, washed aground yesterday. The bow section of the Fort Mercer still floated in the seas some 30 miles from the etern. All crew- f men had been rescued from those three sections. One of the survivors of the Mercer's breakup said on reaching Boston that the strength of the ship's bulkheads saved their lives, "The bulkheads didn't collapse," Quartermaster H, W. Newman of Memphis, Term., said, "if a couple went we would have more likely foundered." Praises Coast Guard Another member of the crew, Thomas A. McCoy of Providence, R. I., a fireman and water tender of 20 years' service in the seas, said the rescue by the Coast Guard was "the greatest demonstration ot courageous seamanship I have ever seen." The latest batch of survivors brought to 57 the number rescued from the four drifting sections. Six are listed as dead and eight! Children Shot To Death By Young Mother Michael Patrick Smith (left), five, and his ten-year-old brother, John Thomas (right), were slain by their mother, Mrs. Eugene J. Smith, 31, of Renton, Wash., who then shot herself with a .22 cajibre rifle late yesterday, police said. The woman, reported in critical 'condition today, was quoted as saying "it was the only way out" of domestic financial difficulties for which she blamed herself. Congress Seen Soing Slow On Truman's Plea War Power Extension Declared Imperative As Expiration Nears WASHINGTON— (IP) —President Yuman's request for blanket exten- on of some 60 war powers that may ran out on him soon got a make haste with caution" rating oday in Congress. The request, made yesterday In etters to Speaker Rayburn and ice President Barkley, went to the 'ouse and Senate judiciary committees with a plea for prompt onslderation. Chairman Celler (D-NY) of the louse committee promised to "act expeditiously" after a careful j screening of the legislation involved. Committee hearings, Celler said, "will be as brief as possible because are missing and presumed dead. Eighteen of the 25 men rescued last night were due to arrive in Boston at 10:30 a. m. aboard t ' ie U a v e Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet. The cutter had been due to reach port. at 7 a. m. but had to revise its of the obvious urgency, but there will be no stampeding." House Republican Leader Martin of Massachusetts said he wants to a "good look" before voting any emergency powers. "Congress will not hesitate to give estimated time of arrival because of rough seas. Three others, also rescued from the Ft. Mercer's stern, were on board the Cutter Eastwind standing by at the scene. The other four were taken off the bow section of the Ft. Mercer and put on board the Cutter Yakutat, expected to reach Portland, Me., sometime tonight. The Acushnet and the Eastwind teamed up to rescue 21 men from the stern half of the Ft. Mercer. The two rescue vessels floated the President any powers it believes he needs in the interest of national security," Martin said. But he declared Republicans will not vote for "blank check" powers without seeing what they are. The President pointed out that the powers involved will terminate once the peace treaty with Japan becomes official. That may be soon, he said, since the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has recommended ratification of the treaty. When Congress originally voted the powers in World War II it pro- life rafts to the Ft. Mercer-through ! Tv7ide(d / h f they cease when the 15 to 25 foot waves - and then! u ™ te <? statcs no lon * er ls technic pulled the men to the Eastwind. ally at war. When that operation proved "too j slow," the Acushnet made two dan-i^JX JNclVy All'lllC!! gerous passes alongside the Ft. j .., * Mercer. She took five men off the |^i[led \\\ di'cisil 13 on the second pass. ! Five men lost their lives from the | CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas~W)— stricken craft on the first pass and i Six Navy airmen forward section of the Ft. Mercer and four students- - two instructors -were killed yes- in an earlier rescue attempt. The terday in a two-plane, low-altitude sixth was crushed between a rescue [ collision about five miles west of craft and the stern end of the; Rockport, Texas. Pendleton. The two-engined Beechcraft The eight seamen presumed dead planes were attached to the ad- were washed overboard from theivnnce training command at Corpus bow of trie Pendleton. |Christi Naval Air Station. Meanwhile, three commercial tugsj Names of the fliers were with- sped to the scene in the hope ot held pending notification of next of salvaging the wreck of the Mercer, kin. American Woman Fatally Hurt When Hit B Plane In Mexico MEXICO CITY— Wi— The sum-; The 18-year-old pilot. Jose Galil mil of the centuries-old Pyramid • Velazquez of Bogota. Colombia, of the Sun was stained today with, lanried his alrcraft «"ely amid * e ancient rums surrounding the the blood of a U. S. diplomat's 1pJTami( j Car Owner Sues For 'Cold Shot' LOS ANGELES — (#>) — The way George Brown tells It, he was driving down a street last Jan. 7 when his car hit a hole in the street. Result: A tire blew out. He caught a cold while changing it. He had to pay $5 for a cold shot. He missed a day's pay—$15.84. He had to pay $53.76 for damage to his car. Brown sued the city yesterday.for $74.60. Ross Must Die In Slaying Of Cleveland Cop CLEVELAND—W)—A jury found today that Ex-Convict George Ross. 27, murdered Policeman Forney Haas and ruled he should die in the electric chair. Casey To Face Probers Again On Ship Deals Senators Seek Links With Morris, Named As Ttuman's Sleuth WASHINGTON— (JPi —Senate Investigators called Joseph E. 'Casey before them again today to tell about his dealings — if any — with Newbold Morris, President Truman's corruption sleuth, Casey, a former Democratic representative from Massachusetts and now a Washington lawyer, also will be asked for more details on a surplus ship deal in which he piloted a $101,000 cash Investment Into a 3U million dollar profit for himself and some prominent" friends. Casey's group is reported to have [laid large fees to Morris' New York law firm for its counsel on some Jurymen deliberated a total of(' aspects of the deal. Morris Is ex- eight hours and 35 minutes before returning to the Common Pleas Court and convicting Ross of first degree murder. In the court when the jury returned were the wife of the slain patrolman and their son, Donald Haas, 16. Ross was convicted on both counts of shooting and killing a policeman and of premeditated muffler. In each case the law provides death as a penalty unless the jury recommends mercy. The verdict — without a mercy recommendation — was announced by Foreman John C. Koch. Ross shot Haas Dec. 8 in an East Side rooming The prose- pccted to be • called for testimony later.. Portugal Asks Spain Admission By NA TO Greeks, Turks Join Allies At Lisbon Parley Council Facing U. S. Congress-Fund Cuts Unless Speed Shown LISBON, Portugal — (JP) — A grave-faced Dean Acheson .told the Atlantic allies, opening their ninth council sesssion today: "We must take actions that will strain all of us to the utmost." "It is a task for governments and for peoples," the U. S. Secretary of State said. "We must develop the concrete military strength which alone can insure our people against the destruction and suffering of another war." LISBON, Portugal —WV- Portuguese Foreign Minister Paulo Cunha broke into the usual welcoming pleasantries at the opening'of the ninth council session of the Atlantic allies today with a plea for admission of Spain. He said the defense of the Iberian peninsula was Indivisible and that Spain's exclusion from the alliance was a . strategic absurdity. Portugal Is allied with Spain. For the first time two new members, Greece and Turkey, joined the 12 western allies in a council meeting..of, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Delegates included the foreign, defense and finance ministers of the 14 members. Pearson Gives Warning Solemnly, Chairman Lester B. Pearson of Canada rapped a gavel on the flower-banked rostrum in the white marble Portuguese National Assembly, and warned that this session may well determine whether the Atlantic coalition will be a strong and enduring, association for the defense of peace, or merely a fretful and uneasy alliance. The session is faced with the necessity of producing enough concrete results in western military and civil cooperation or risking a possible slash by the i-nHed States longress in multi-billion dollar aid. Portuguese guardsmen in bright Flying Globes Seen In Korea Baffle Pilots TOKYO— m— Air Force officers ihere and in Korea today refused to Morris has denied receiving any dress uniforms lined the staircase i comment on a report tnat B _ 29 Wedding Plans Of "Liz" Hit Snag Film Star Elizabeth Taylor and British Actor Michael Wilding smile happily as she arrived yesterday at London airport, but their plans for a wedding tomorrow hit a snag when It was found she did not bring her divorce papers—so a delay Is expected. Probe Into McCarthy Attack To Be Pushed PROVIDENCE, R. I. — (IP) — The 'Providence Journal-Bulletin said today the unpublished month-old report of an Investigation of charges of perjury, lying and deceit made against Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis) recommends that a Senate elections committee push ahead with money in the case. The New York Herald Tribune today quotes his law partner, Houston H. Wasson, a.s saying Morris shared in a "normal division" of the law firm's income. Sen. Hocy (D-SC), chairman of the Senate investigations subcommittee, described the inquiry as one which might: 1. Set off sweeping moves for federal seizure of ships sold by the U.S. as the delegates filed into the as-1 bomber crewmen saw strange look- sembly, among them Sophocles Venizelos, Greek deputy premier and' foreign, minister. ling orange globes over North Korea the night of January 29. Far East Air Forces headquarters Venizelos declared Greece fully re- in Tokyo _ whicn dirccts B -29 bomber allzes her responsibilities in the or-| opcr j, Uons ln Korea, would issue no ganization and she will show the ; statement on the latest version of same determination if called sauccrs . . to aid her allies, as did her tough j Aslted lf p u ols of ni g ht fighters or mountain fighters in putting down j B _ 26 ]jg nt bombers had seen the ob- Communist revolt within her own|j ectSi a pjfth Air Force spokesman borders. I in Korea said: Maritime Commission after World! In P dvate conversations before « To affirm or dcny it wou i d pu t War II to Casey's group and others, j (Continued on Page S, Col. 2. Bring a tightening of the tax' laws as a result of testimony that profitable ship charter rentals were cution said the policeman had I exempt from U.S. taxation, arrested Ross for a traffic violation.! The subcommittee disclosed it in- Ross escaped but was captured near. Baltimore, Md., several days later. Properly Taxes Paid, But It Costs County DETROIT —(/Pi— Stephen Kicr- micki has his property taxes paid up for another year, and ' Wayne County is six cents richer—or $1.07 poorer. Kermicki's tax bill came six cents, but County Treasurer' Editor Jailed As Soviet Spy STOCKHOLM, Sweden tends to call as witnesses two men named to the .Senate a year' ago as members of a Washington influence | Johan > r itiof Enbom, Communist ring, both of whom have been in- agitator and editor, was charged dieted on charges of lying under today jn the Slockno!m Magistratesi us in the position of discussing It and we cannot discuss it." An Air Force spokesman in Washington said B-29 crewmen reported they sighted the objects over Won- san on the Korean east coast and over Sunchon in west central Korea. hearings on McCarthy's activities. The Providence newspaper published excerpts 'it said it, together with the Minneapolis Tribune and the Des Moines Register, had obtained frpm the report of the Senate committee's staff investigating charges lodged against the Wisconsin senator by Sen. Benton (D- Conn) in support of Benton's resolution seeking McCarthy's expulsion from the Senate. The closely - guarded 300 - page oath. They Casey's brother-in-law, and Joseph H. Rosenbaum, Washington lawyers named by a Senate banking subcommittee last February as members of a group which exerted improper in- "fluence on the Reconstruction Finto just i ance Corporation (RFC). Harold E. stoii figured it cost $1.13 former Newsman Expires fr« rt/\l !««*• 1 4- • * to collect it. Sheriff Winner, Gambling NEW ORLEANS— UP) —Sheriff said his arrest last week smashed iFrank J. Clancy, who carried out one of the most dangerous Red spy his promise to the Kefauver Crime Court with "gross espionage" for are Robert W. Dudley, | Soviet Russia Swedish officials rings ever to operate in Scandinavia. Enbom, 33, appeared today before Investigating Committee and closed the lush gambling casinos of Jef- the court in a closed session forifcrson Parish, won re-election yes- security reasons. The charpe car- • terday. rie-s a maximum penalty of life; He piled tip a victory margin of report was filed with the Senate committee on Jan. 18. There is a possibility a decision whether to go ahead with the hearings, as recommended in the report, will be made at a meeting Feb. 28. The newspaper said the cases into which the investigative staff 1 is said to have recommended further Inquiry include: Benton's charge that McCarthy committed perjury when he denied under oath that he had said in a Wheeling, W. Vfl. speech that there were 205 card-carrying Communists in the State Department known to the Secretary ol State. The so-called "Lustron case" involving Benton's charge that McCarthy accepted $10,000 in "influence money" from the Lustron Corp., a manufacturer of pre-fabricated houses. In Case No. 4 Benton said MR- Yank Airmen Defeat Reds In MIG Alley Reds Stall Sessions By Insisting Russia Help To Police Truce SEOUL, Korea— OF)—XI. S. Sabre jet pilots today shot down two Communist MIG-15 jets and damaged five in two furious fights over northwestern Korea. Col. Francis S. Gabreskl of Oil City, Pa,i one of America's leading World War II aces, and Maj. William T. Whisner of Shreveport, La., shared credit for one MIG kill Wednesday afternoon. Each moved to within half a plane of becoming five-MIG jet aces. Two MIGs also were damaged in ;he afternoon clash between 25 Sabres and 70 Russian-built swept- wing craft over Sinuiju. The fight lasted 15 minutes. No Major Action ' Allied jet pilots damaged three MIGs in a morning battle. Allied losses are announced weekljr. A bone-chilling wind swept the 155-mile ground front. No major action was reported, Tuesday three Chinese Red platoons drove Allied troops from an advance hill position east of the Pukhan River on the Central front. The fight lasted nearly six hours. Light contact was reported *t scattered points. 1,000 Red Trucks Hit TJ.N. fighter - bombers attacked nearly 1,000 Red trucks on North Korean highways Tuesday night. Pilots reported 120 destroyed. In Tokyo Wednesday the Navy said Communist supply lines are being shattered on the sea as well as on land. Naval headquarters said 31 Red vessels trying to run the Allied blockade were destroyed between February 11 and 17. Since the war began, TJ. S. naval forces have destroyed 1,283 Communist small craft and damaged 2,551. Communist Insistence Stalls Armistice Talks MUNSAN, Korea—(#•)—Commun- st insistence that Russia be invited as a neutral nation to help supervise a Korean truce stalled armistice talks today. The Allies offered "in the interest of progress" to pare their troop rota- ,ion figure from 40,010 monthly to 35,000. But the Reds would not even -alk about it. No specific progress was reported rom another truce meeting on prisoners of war ifor a third committee of staff officers to work out technicalities on the final truce clause—recommendations to governments. U. S. Rejects Debate Red negotiators were insistent that the Soviet Union be the third neutral nation nominated by the (Continued on Page 8, Col. 3) Wife Wins Plea To Have Alimony Payments Reduced CHICAGO—m—The only woman in Illinois reportedly paying alimony won a reduction in her payments yesterday, but she is to have her estranged husband as a roomer. After Mrs. Frieda Cupper, 32, agreed t.o provide a room for her Carthy "practiced calculated deceit husband. John. 39 she was allowed on the Senate and people by falsely j by circuit Judge John T. Dempsey stating on the Senate floor that, Sen. j t(1 reduce her weekly payments from Tydings (D-Md) had forced him to $10 to $5. make public the names of govem- accept him only as a rnent officials against whom his j roomer," Mrs. Cupper said, unsubstantiated charges of munism were directed." imprisonment. : almost four-t.o-one over Beaurecard! Authorities said previously the ! Miller, a Gretna marshal who cam- j Four Soldiers Killed ring he is accused of heading was|paigncd for "home rule." Complete The tax-payer's property in! FORT PIERCE, Fla. — i7P> — John: a relay to Russia for U. S. atomic! but unofficial returns from Jeffcr- downtown Detroit is 102 feet long and two and four-tenths inches wide. It is valued at $10. L. Eddy, 82, retired president of the secrets and betraved some ofson Parish, part of ' • ' Standard News Association, died Sweden's most vital military secrets! New Orleans, gave Clancy 28,124 Com- Mrs. Cupper had agreed to pay temporary alimony three moiH-hs ago when she was permitted to continue operating the small cleaning 1 plant, in which Clipper lias an in- EL PASO. Tex.— iff-)— Four enlist-' tcrest. He has been ill and un- metropolitan j' :J mcn stalioned **• Fnrt Blis * near | employed. here were killed yesterday when the [ They were married in 1938 and yesterday. jo' the Soviets. j votes and Miller 7.415. truck in which they were riding ! separated last, Sept. 28. Her pending overturned. Another wa,s injured, (divorce bill charges cruelty. GOP Cheered By New York Victor yjLincoln Relics Reveal Witty, 'Anti-Truman Trend' Cited In Congressional District Vote **-^ « <By The At*nci«tc<i Press) [telephone and door-to-door calls.'opponent. City Councilman Hugh' He said "there can be no doubt Republican leaders today hailed i He had served in Congress fromjQuinn. Liberal Party Candidate that the people of Queens have wife, killed by a low-flying private: "HC and another 18-year-old flying! the election of Robert Tripp Ross as; 1945 to 1948. i George F. cranmore got 2,64(5 votes : spoken in a, voice that will swell plane which hit her as she stood'with Ilim were held on charges of i Congressman in New York's Queens; Lass of this first Congressional! and the American Labor Party-In- to a huge chorus by next Novem- atop th& 216-foot monument 28 : homicide by negligence. |County as "the handwriting on the!race in a presidential election year ; dependent candidate. Mrs. Thcima bcr." miles from here. ; The pilot said he stot his private'wall for the Truman administra-jcut the. Democrats' margin in the! Bearrrian, 1,221. Chairman Guy George Gabrielson •Hie dead woman was Mrs.'flying license last month and was : tion." House to 28 seats. The special elec-j This was the lightest vote ever, of the. Republican National Corn- Eleanor Wernlmont of Aurora, 111., flying low to take pictures of the; This New York City district has tion was held to fill the seat va-jpolled in the district—32,609 said "this significant. Re- Wife of Agricultural Attache Ken- pyramid. | chosen Democrats in three out of'cated by Democrat T. V in ce n t! of the 106,528 eligible voters. i publican victory in a Democratic, neth Wernimont of the U. S. Em- Mrs. Wcrnimont had taken the | five elections in its eight-year his-iQuinn, who resigned to become j In Washington, Rep. Leonard W. stronghold x x x reflects the de- bassy here. HSr sister and niece, party to see the ancient ruins atjtory. ; Queens District attorney. I Hall of New York, chairman of the termination of voters everywhere to Self-Doubting Rural Lawyer Mrs. WilHam Bailey of YcrkviHeJSan' Juan Teotihaucan. As theyj ROJS. conducting his fourth cam-j Ross, only entry in the four-way , Republican Congressional Commit- 111., and Geraldine Bailey, 20. to: stood on top of the pyramid, thejpaiRn for the scat, ran on a strict- 'race to take a distinct stand on : tee, called Ross' victory "the hand- whom she was showing the historic little plane's wheels dashed through jly anti-Truman platform which he the Truman is?ue, polled 17,300, writing nn the wail for the Truman pyramid, were injured. -the group. (expounded to voters by direct mail,; votes to 11,442 for his Democratic! administration." replace Trumanism with sound. honest, government,, competent to achieve peace and preserve our freedom." e NEW YORK —(/Pi —Relics of a One-time country lawyer sold for $185.253 here yesterday. The lawyer was Abraham Lincoln. The 392 relics were among 842 items in the famed Lincoln collection of the. late Oliver R. Barrett of Chicago, on auction sale yesterday and today a:. Parke-Bernet Galleries. The sales told the story of Lincoln the man. troubled by self-doubts, quick in wit, rich in prophesy. "How miserably things seem arranged ;n this work!,'' he wrote. 1 ''If we have no frirnris, xve have. no pleasure; if we have them, we are soon to lose them. , ." He wrote thcsn words to his ,'intimate friend. Joshua Pry Speed. j For this loiter and 13 others, tVle ! Barrett, Lincoln Collection Fund jpaid 535.000—the highest, pricr ever ' paid for a collection of Lincoln letters. They will be triven to the Illinois State Historical Library. Lincoln's own record r>{ the ! Lincoln-Done!?::; debates went for $24,000 to Alfred Whital Stern of 1 Chicago, second highest price of the day. 1 Many of f.he ! were intimate L'mcolnesque material; lonely letters to his wife, an old text book, an io!d axe handle, a family Bible.

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