Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on May 28, 1947 · Page 1
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A VACAtiON 15 WHAT USUALLY STARTS SlVEfcAL DAYS BEFORE YOU LEAVE YOUR JOB AND LASTS SEVERAL DAYS AFTER YOU HAVE RETURNED. Scientists Stady Possibility of Creating Literal Rain of Death WASHINGTON—M 3 )—Scientists are weighing the possibility of fefcplodinp an atomic bomb in the midst of storm clouds to create a literal rain of death. - The advantage of this technique, experts studying the plan told '<Lreporter today, js that a city far inland could be drenched with fadWactlvity without the necessity of exploding a bomb under water, aS whs done in the Bikini experiments. -" Until now, coastal cities or those near large rivers or lakes were the most probable targets for such type atomic bombing. , There is, however, a definite possibility that the very power and lieat of the bomb might foil the plan. ..Some scientists contend that a bomb exploded in a cloud bank might first blast the cloud away and then dissipate its moisture high Into the air and away from the target. But proponents of the idea soy it would be/necessary orily 4o Watch the drift of weather toward a target and select a day* when •tain clouds several thousand feet thick were floating overhead. Radar jfrOuld lick up the target for the bombing plane, and the bomb would be exploded in the thick of the storm. Rain falling from the clouds ~Wbuld be poisoned with the deadly by-product of the bomb's explosion. 1 The use/of radioactivity in tills manner would be aside from previously reported plans for spraying a tafget area with radioactive • material released from an airplane. RUDE AWAKENING—This is no trick photography. After hiUinff these telephone poles in Milwaukee, \Vis., this car came to a stop at •this unusual angle. Driver, uninjured in the collision, had fallen •asleep at the wheel. 26 More Nazis Die or Cri rimes Local Delegation To Attend Meet On Highway 60 A delegation of some 25 people from Pampa is expected to/ leave by special bus Sunday to attend fhe meeting of the Highway 60 Association ' 'in ' Enid, Okla., June 2 and 3, at the Youiigblood Hotel, Travis Lively, chairman of the , Highway Committee announced today. Harry O. Glasser, Enid, president of tjie Association, has prepared an, extensive 54-page report on the ponditions of Highway CO which e'xtends east-west through 10 states from Riverside, Calif., to New Pprt News, Va. Glasser recently received a letter from ia Chicago resident praising the highway and the courtesiee shown him by the Association. "I wish I could tell you how much jny wife 'and I enjoyed our "yecerft trip from here (Chicago), to Phosnix—most of the wayjjy scenic U. S, Highway 60, which is one of the , finest, most interesting roads we l?ave traveled," the letter stated. "If thought we had seen'some i great scenery in Rocky Mountain National Park, the Red Lodge high". ,way,^Yellowstone, Tioga Pass across v yosemjte and a-lot pf other spots »but the scenery from Showlow to Globe and part way into • Phqenix, through parts of New Mexico and •Arigqina is without equal," the letter concluded. • • ,. The author of the; letter,. K. C. ^Rtetfmond, editor of Coal-Heat, The Btpk"ei> Magazine, also wrote a letter tp' the 1 Chicago Motor Club pro"against lending one of our highways." THE WEATHER 9, WEATHER BUREAU South pfct,w this aft, nttflU Mostly cloudy tomorrow. ' LANDSBERG, Germany—(A 5 )—U. S. Army executioners hanged 20 more Elite Guard administrators of infamous Mauthausen Concentration Camp today, completing' the execution of 48 of hte camps' guards and foremen of war crimes. Twenty-two men were hanged yesterday in two hours and 37 minutes. Today's executions of 26 men occupied three hours and 30 minutes. One «man received a last-minute utay of execution. He -was Otto Striegel, 32, the Mauthausen mess sergeant. A final decision is expected from U. S. Army headquarters within 24 hour;,. When informed of the reprieve Stricgcl defiantly demanded to know why he was not being hanged with his comrades. Maj. Victor Zollcr, Mauthausen commandant, was the last to die as the U, S. Army hangmen wound up the largest executions by an allied power in the history of war crimes prosecutions. Zoller, 35, smiled as he stood on the trap for his last words.. Like many of the others, he declared that he was not a war criminal and added: "Many who were hanged here yesterday were not war criminals either." An American military court convicted the 48 men of slaughtering- more than 700,000 persons -of many nationalities at Mauthausen. Most of the Nazis mounted the gallows outwardly calm and without emotion. Their last statements coincided in expressions of "long live Germany" und pleas that their families be cared for. , Only one broke under the strain. He* was Wilhelm Henkel, 39, the Mauthausen dentist. Shaking with fright, he spoke for almost three .minutes and then burst into wild sobbing and shouted "Lord, help Noting the presence of American troops, he screamed; "I thought American troops were here for justice and freedom. . TWO gallows were used, as tney were yessterday. The doomed men included Yugoslavs, Austrurns poles and Hungarians as well as Germans. Ninety-five war cilmln- «K have been executed at lianas.- £g now the official American execution center and once a NWH •shrino because it was in a ceu J» Sn^beig that Adolf Hitler wrote "'The §gh£' ranking Nazi to die today%?af August Eigvuber, 40, who yas the gaulieter of upped Austna which Mauthausen was situat-y to 1945. «J« Ballots pissingi ini_ Election Check State Seeks to Prove Assault Connection With SI ay ing ... an honor for we haneed toy the WU WC K4WV* «.*•« M»*»O V V* W V ,-i«J cnVA inhuman of all victors, God save Youth Admits Killings But Motive Weak LAPEER, Mich. 7P—Pros- ecutor Kenneth H. .Smith said today he will seek to prove that four young Imlay City children were slain because they interfered with 16-year-old Oliver Tcrpen- ning's attempt to rape one of them. He said he will attempt to shake the farm youth's story that he shot his four playmates Monday afternoon "because I wondered what it would feel like to put a bullet through a human being." Smith said Terpening will bo osk- ed to repeat liis statement to stale police, iu which he was quoted as admitting the sesmingly motiveless killings. Terpcnlng is charged with murder. "ir he sticks to that story, he will be taken to the scene to reenact the crime," the prosecutor added. Smith advanced the theory that the children were killed after they surprised Tcrpeuitig in an attempt to assault IG-year-old Barbara Smith on the flower-picking foray near their farm homes. State Police Commissioner Don S. Leonard said the boy also admitted killing; Stanley Smith, her 14-year- old brother and his best chum, and her sistcr.'i Gladys, 12, and Janet, o at Captured in Toledo over the Ohio state border and returned yesterday to Michigan after a night of evading authorities, Terpening waited quietly in his Jail cell here while Prosecutor Leslie Smith or Lapeer County went before Probate Judge Glenn' C. Hollenbcck to seek a waiver of jurisdiction over the. minoi prisoner. Then, Smith said, young Oliver was to appear before Justice of the Peace Robert H. Perkins. If Oliver waives examination, hi; appearance in Circuit Court bo- fore Judge W. DcsJardlns will be delayed at least until Monday. Prosecutor Smith explained that "he's a minor, and we're afraid of that Supreme Court decision"—a recent ruling holding that extreme fprecl in trial and sentencing maj limit justice. Complete bewilderment over the brutal slaying came yesterday from the youth himself,-his father, parents of the victims and even the Sec SLAYING, Page 5 Sons Bury Mother Above Proiesis Of Gravediggers CLEVELAND—(/P)—There was a patch of freshly spaded soil today at lonely Lakeview Cemetery, where three sons grimly dug' a grave for their 72-year- old mother. And it was the first new grave there in six weeks, for during that time. AFL union gravediggers have been on strike, This one, said the men who spaded it yesterday, was .made over the protests of some pickets. The task of burying the aged woman — Mrs, Ora Estella Blackburn of Berea, O.—was conducted by Dr. Laurence Blackburn, 49, pastor of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, Lowell, Mass,; Wallace M. Blackburn, 36, of Detroit; and Harold Blackburn, 42, of Framingham, Mass. Working under a steady, fine rain, the sons completed the job without, as they feared earlier, any interference from pickets, members of the AFL Aborists and Landscapes Union. And even as the ceremonies ended, the Rev. Albert J. K. Manton, officiating pastor from First Methodist Church, Berea, peeled off his coat and grabbed a shovel to help fill the grave, The entire incident was termed by Martin E. Vanderwerf, union representative, "one of those things you wish hadn't happened." Told of a complaint to the cemetery by Dr. Blackburn that certain pickets had threatened him, Vanderwerf declared: "I don't know who this could . have, been. I try to do the best I can. If anybody did it wasn't with my sanction. If I had been there arid had known about it I'd have had our men go in and dig the grave for the Blackburns for nothing." Kansas City Grand Jury Probes Case VOL. 46, NO. 43. (8 Pages) PAMPA, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY. MAY 2«. 1<M7. Price 5 CentsAP Leased Wire j KANSAS CITY /P Pri- Expected Cold Front Would Retard Harvest A cold front, forecast to drop temperatures in the Panhandle to the 4C's tomorrow night, was descending on Texas following snows in Wyoming and other Western states, according to the Associated Press. The New Orleans Weather Bureau reported that thundcrshowers were due for both East and West Texas' areas today and for East Texas tomorrow. Ralph Thomas, Gray County Farm Agent, said that low temperatures would further retard our already late harvest, but no damage would be incurred unless freezing temperatures should prevail. Thomas said most lands huct enough moisture, nnd, should further moisture come, rust damage would increase. Harvest of what is predicted will bo the naticn's iirst billion-bushel \vheat crop has begun in the Has- Itell and Olney, Texas, areas where first loads have reached grain buyers or storage, AP said yesterday. The firstjoad appeared at Haskell yesterday. Andy Norm and George Burkett, who farm neighboring acerage on the southwest edge of Haskell, virtually tied for houors witl1 tlielr initlal com " Short But Sweet! WASHINGTON— (/[>>—Here is the complete text of one of tho day's shortest speeches in tho House, a:, delivered by Rep. Matthew (R-NJ): "What this country needs is a foreign policy that is less foreign and more policy." iiic Cause Texas City Blast Uniound WASHINGTON--t/Pj—The Coast Guard reported today ^investigation of the Texas City explosions failed to disclose any lor the disaster. specific cause Samples of nitrate like that carried by the French vessel Grand- camp when it blew up April 1G did not explode when tested with rifle bullets, fire, oil, and contact with heated metal, the report said. The report did say that "hardly without exception" the persons who were concerned with tho handling of the nitrate cargo "displayed a lack of knowledge of the provisions of regulations governing the safety pf the operations either by land or water." "prohibitions against smoking were printed in the French language on various parts of the exterior of the ship," it added. "No such signs in English were posted. Control of smoking on deck and in the Smoking on the No, 4 hatch was .holds was lax. main deck near committed." The report said the French government owned the Grandcamp and the French line operated it. The ammonium nitrate was consigned to the French Supply Council, which had been storing it ir, a warehouse preparatory to shipment. Coast Guard officers said the shipment was handled by a freight forwarding concern—not further identified. The report said ammonium nitrate is listed as a "dangerous substance" in Coast Guard regulations and shippers are required to give written notification to vessels concerning "characteristics of a dangerous cargo." The report .added: "This was not done in the instant case." The report also said that no specific instructions on storage of the material were given tp Longshoremen, who did the loading. "Broken or torn bags were not re- iillccl or repaired but were stowed in the holds in violation of Coast Guard regulations," the report add- W. Although no specific cause of the explosions was brought to light, tho report pointed out thyt fire had been discovered on the ship an hour before the initial blast occurred at 9:15 a.m... Creation of a special committee to study and "determine every aspect of the characteristics of amon- ium nitrate, develop additional information relative to its hazards in transportation, handling and stowage" was recommended in the report. It suggested the board be composed of representatives of the State, Treasury, War, Navy, Interior, Agriculture, and Commerce Departments, Interstate Commerce Commission, the Maritime Commission, and the Bureau of • Explosives. The nitrate on the Grandcamp, the report said, was shipped from three Army ordnance plant: Iowa ordnance plant, West Burlington, la.; Cornhusker ordnance plant, Coplant, Neb., and Nebraska ord» nance plant, Firestone, Neb. The report observed that amon- ium nitrate has been transported for' more than 25 years without any explosive phenomenon. Attendance ai Bible School Is How 274 The Rev, R. Q. Harvey, pastor of the Central Baptist Church, said today enrolment in the summer Bible School at the church had reached 274 — a record number for all time. Enrolment is still going on, he said. On June 6, a picnic will be held for the eurolees, he stated. J. O. Daniels, local automobile dealer, has donated the service ot » large truck \\iiich will be used to take part of the group to the picnic' s}te, Harvey said. Frank Culberson, local ayto dealer, has volunteered the use of his plane for a free ride for 24 boys and ?4 girls who encourage the Iwgest bine yields, the report said. The first grain of the new crop, graded No. 1 and bringing from $3 to $2.10 per bushel, was delivered to Courtney Hunt, independent elevator operator and grain ' buyer, under contract. The moisture content ranged from la.79 to 17.74 percent. Norris reported his 142-acre tract in wheat was yielding an average of 20 bushels per acre and Burkett, harvesting 312 acres, was getting a yield of 18 to 20. bushels. The first load in the Olney area was brought in yesterday by R. C. Self, who farms in the Inglesidc Community five miles west of Olney. The load was placed in storage at the Olney Gin Company, grading No. 1 with about 15 percent moisture content. Self's crop on 230 acres was expected to yield 18 to 20 bushels per acre The first loads of the 1947 crop, set back by three weeks of persistent vainfaH in this section of .the southwest, came- in 19 days later than a year ago. The first yield of 1046 was marketed at Olney May 3. Ford Offers 15 Cent Wage Hike DETROIT—(/P)—The Ford Motor Co, today offered 130,000 CIO production workers the equivalent of a 15 cent an hour wage increaase and simultaneously boosted 20,000 salaried employes 10 percent. The boost in salaries was limited to those making less than $1,000 monthly and becomes effective June 1, the Company said, * The offer was worded in such a way as to exclude 3,800 striking foremen as long as they were not covered by a contract. The proposal to the CIO United Auto Workers, which has threatened strike action after three weeks of negotiations, was conditioned on their acceptance of their old contract virtually intact except for wage issues. It provided an m» cent hourly wage boost plus six paid annual holidays, identical with the pattern established in settlements with General Motors Corp. and Chrysler Corp. There was no immediate union comment. Acceptance by the UAW-CIO of the proposed increase would boost the average Ford production wage to Sl.SO 1 ,-: an hour compared to $1.42'i at General Motors and $1.44'/i at Chrysler. The Ford statement said the Company had hoped to reach agreement with the UAW-CIO by the time the old contract expires May 30, but expressed a willingness to negotiate to June 15, with the wage increase retroactive to May 31. Ford said the proposed increases to the production workers would add approximately $43,000,000 to its annual labor cost and added: "This i added cost to production of cars ! and trucks at the critical Jme must somehow be compensated, Eor by high productivity, continued freedom from unauthorized work stoppages and sustained high production if we are to escape the unsound position of simply passing the bill on to our consumers.'" Applications Taken For Girl Seoul Camp The Area Girl Scout Camp to ae held at Lake Marvin for two one-week periods from July 13 to 27 is fast filling up with Girl Scouts from over the Panhandle who are eager to enjoy a week of established, camping. Miss Marie Stedje, executive, said today. The camp will be directed by Miss Norma Jane Ewing, area director, and she will be assisted by a qualified staff including unit leaders and assistants, a cook, and a dletHion; also a waterfront person and assistant. Pampa girls who me planning to attend camp are asked to DIPLOMAT DIES—William S. llowcll (above), recently ap- iwintud ambassador to Uruguay. died in hi.s sleep at his home at Bryan just an hour before he was to leave on his diplomatic mission. Dress Rehearsal Set a! 7 Tonight In Beauty Contest Full-dress rehearsal will be held at the Junior High School Gym at 7, preliminary to ihc Miss p'ampa beauty contest tomorrow night, it was announced today by Joe Fischer, chairman of the Jaycce committee in charge ot the event. The contest is sponsored by tho Junior Chamber. Tomorrow night's show will begin at 8. A stage has been built in the gym for the girls to perform. Each contestant will make three'appear- ances—1 in evening dress; 2, in costume befitting the kind of performance she will give, as required by the Miss America Pageant rules; and 3, in bathing suit. Upon completion of this part of the program six finalists will bo chosen by the judgps, and from these Miss Pampa will be selected. Miss Pampa will* represent tho. city in the Miss Texas contest to be held as part of the Buccaneer Days celebration in Corpus Christi, June 12-14. Governor Jester > will crown. "Miss Texas" of 1947, newsreel cameramen will spotlight the event for theatre audiences, and writers and press photographers will cover the event. Donald Novis, star of motion pictures, radio and stage, will act a.s "Miss Texas" escort, and Ted Weems and his orchestra will serenade her. Appearance on radio programs, stage shows and other events will be part of the queen's fortune. Locally, a dance will follow immediately after the contest. Mu.sic will be furnished by Finky Powell and his orchestra. The contests and their sponsor. 1 ; are Irene Hoggett, Deluxe Dry Cleaners; Vevii Daughcrly, Post Office News; Gwen Weston, Murfee's Inc., Bertie McDowell, Jerry Boston Grocery and Market; Fern Phillips, J, C. Penney Co.; Jeanne Anderson, Zalc Jewelry Co.; Paulettc Traywick, Pampa Furniture Co.; E'.'a McGee, Bentley's; Ernestine Dearen, Montgomery Ward & Co.; LaRue Kessler, Boyles Nash Co.; Betty Lovcll, Lcvine's; Patty Rutherford, Kitchen's Tire Shop; Pat Miller, Behrman's. Local VFW to Give Service at McLean All members of the VFW are asked by Bert Stevens, commander, to meet in front of the VFW Hall at 9 a.m. Friday morning to go to McLean where they will participate in a Memorial Day service at 13 a.m. Stevens asked that all members wear their uniforms and bring cars for transportation. 12-Inch Snow Falls In Western Nebraska OMAHA—i/f 1 '- Sprinc .'.now:; landing up to 12 inches at Al- liiinc; 1 ::overecl r: - .;ch o! Western Nebraska today. The .snow falliiiM 1'v.t niuht •.mil continued today. At Alliance trees wore broken down by tho heavy wet snow which contained 1.36 of an inch of moisture, roads were blocked, traffic -n.irlpcl and all snow removal equipment called into play. The :;no\v full there was hr-avier thin any experienced during the winter. Tctrixva'-ure, dropped to freezing in some places. Memorial Day Services Set Friday 3 P. M. maiy election ballots check- ffl by a county jjrand jury in its investigation of alleged vote frauds were reported • today from the vault Memorial E/ay services for of the Kansas City Board of P.lf'ction Commissions. Lmhvick Graves, chairman of the board, said both doors of the large storage vault iii the county courthouse had been pried open and ''three ballot boxes containing; ballots checked by the grand jury have been opened "One of the boxes,'' he added, "is definitely empty." Tho cou:ity grand Jury, which completed its term last night, returned a total of 81 indictments against 71 persons, and recommended a complete recount of all ballots in the race for the democratic nomination for representa- ! live in Congress from the Fifth DIs- i trict of Missouri last August. j "It is our belief," the grand jury i report said, "that Roger C. Slaugh| ter in this race was deprived of j the nomination by a fraudulent the miscount of votes and other types of of all war.5 will bo held Friday afternoon by tho combined veterans organizations of Pampa Foirview Cemetery following a .si root parade from the high school to the cemetery. In corporation uil.h the move thr Retail Trado Committee of the Chamber of Commerce voted to close business houses from 3 p.m. Piiciay and remain closed for the rest of the day with the exception of grocery stores rind drug stores that will reopen at 4:30. All city and county offices, except police and sheriff's departments will be closed nil day as well as both banks and the postoffice. fraud." Tho Pampa Daily News will publish as usual to give its readers the latest news. Radio Station KPDN will also operate on a full schedule to give service to its listeners. Pampa's three movie houses will 'oe open ;>.t regular hours. Veterans organizations in uniform, v.iil meet at 2:30 p.m. at Pampa .Senior High School and parade to Fairvicw Comctcry whore services will bo held around the new flat?-' |)olc. The ritualistic services of the V F. W. and American Legion will also be u.scd. Principal speaker will be the Rov. Douglas E. Carver, pastor cf the First Baptist Church. The Rev. .B. A. Norris, former Army chaplain, will deliver the invocation. Musical portions of the program arc under the direction of Virgil Mott. The services are expected to start shortly after 3 p.m. Efforts are now underway by the organization to broadcast the services over KPDN. Members of the Ladies Auxiliaries of the veterans organizations will decorate servicemen's graves on Friday morning. Slaughter, running for reelection, C ;i. i was defeated by Enos Axtell wha j was both by President Truman and 1 James M. Pcndergrast, head of & Kansas City democratic faction. Axtell was defeated in the general election by Albert M. Reeves, Republican. Graves said the theft of the ballots early today apparently was "the work of professionals." , He said the burglars had brought a mattress to the vault, but apparently did not need it. The outer double door had been pried open from the top, and the single inner door had been forced in "a Pampasis Look Over Boys 7 Eanch Progress A group of Pampa men toured Boys Ranch near Amarillo yesterday, looking over ihe work that has Ijecn accomplished there under the guidance of Cal Farley. Those who made the trip in Frank Culberson's plane are the Rev. Rudolph Q. Harvey, Judge Sherman White and Lieb Langston. Farley will speak before the local Kiwanis Club 011 Friday, outlining .suggestions for helping underprivileged children in this area, Harvey heads the club's Committee on Churches and Underprivileged Children. The- group today commented favorably 0:1 the work being done at Boys' Ranch. similar manner. "We have not gone in there yet," he explained. "And are waiting for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and poilce to take fingerprints and make their investigation." HEEL QUALIFICATION SYRACUSE, N. Y.—(/P)—The elderly man who applied for a fishing license under a new state law granting free permits to applicants of 70 or over will have to wait until July 1—effective date of the law. Otherwise, he is plenty eligible. Arthur Ashmore, information clerk at the court housp, said the man gave his age as 95. Twins Enter Soap Box Derby flacr There will be a s,et of twins running for honors in the All-America Snap Box Dsrby here July 20. They are Jimmy and Bobby Mil- • lone, 11-year-old sons of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Malonc of 401 South Starkweather. About 15 boys have entered the race, and many racers are already in construction. Rules books were being sent out today to a group of boys at White Deer and Skellytown. A number of boys will bo entered from those communiticr.,, as well as from other surrounding; towns. There was a meeting of the general Soax Box Derby committee yesterday afternoon at the Chamber of Commerce offico. The committee id headed by Morris Enloe of DeLuxe Cleaners. A number of arrangements for the rase were made. The working groups to man the arrangements for the race and, for putting it on am mostly from the Pampa Lions Club, co-sponsor of the event with the Pampa Daily News, Culberson Chevrolet and General Motors' Chevrolet Division. Enloe announced that the U. S. Army ha.5 volunteered use of a large sound truck with ample speak- f-r.s and mikes for the race. The State National Guard unit here will furnish portable telephones. Pom pan Named to New State Board R. G. Hughes, Pampa, was appointed yesterday byTJov. BeauforcJ K. Jester to the State Board of Plumbing Examiners, AP reported today. Other members of the board in» elude O. R. Walker, Lubbock; Her* shel A. Watson, Dallas; Allen C, Love, Weslaco; Warren Bellows, Houston; and Frank White, Sweetwater. The board was recently created in' a bill passed by the Legislature.

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