Pampa Daily News from Pampa, Texas on June 30, 1947 · Page 1
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A KENTUCKY MAN AT 97 IS LEARNING TO PLAY THE SAXOPHONE. IN OUR OPINION, THAT IS DECIDEDLY THE BEST TIME TO START PRACTICING. Coal Mines Are Back In Hands of Owners Tremor Added To Perils of River Valley ST. LOUIS—(#)—After climbing to Its highest peak here In 103 years the Mississippi dropped slightly today, but U. S. Army Engineers wfirned that the battle for three critical levc'es In the area was "far from, over" with another crest pour- Ing down from the mouth of the Missouri Rivev. A brief earthquake last night (brought the threat of breaks tq wntersoaked barriers holding back ithe river from thousands of acres of rich farmland on the Illinois side, but the engineers said no levees •were reported Damaged by the tremors which lasted about five seconds. Fresh appeals for volunteers were made by the engineers in their cf- Jforts to save dikes north and south (of East St. Louis arid 100 miles ;i:outh at Chester, 111., while hundreds were evacuated from their homes ahead of the flood. Thd river reached 39.25 feet, then fell .OJ of a foot, but engineers said the drop was probably a temporary tone. Harry F. Wahlgren predicted the Mississippi would climb to 3D.5 today—.38 of a foot over a previous high lit 1944. The all-time record is 41.3 in 1844. At least 1,000 persons were homeless in St. Louis and St. Louis' County with the Red Cross setting up four temporary shelters to house the victims. The earthquake added to thci Sec FLOOD, Page 6 Over Thousand Combines Heeded In Wheat Areas There has been no change in. the existing demand for combines to cut what is expected to be the largest wheat crop in Gray County's history There is still an immediate need- for-at least. 125.. combines-in the area. Ralph Thomas, Gray County Farm Agent, reported this morning. Releases from the Texas Cooperative Extension Service report that the overall combine situation is more critical each day. As of June 27. the • Service's office in Plainview had telegrams asking for 1,268 combines. Local grain elevators reported this morning that elevators are full and that no immedite relief to the storage situation was seen, /due to the shortage of box cars in the area. The box cars that are loaded in Pampa with the cut wheat are billed to terminal elevators throughout the country, and because of the locations and distances of these elevators it is expected that it will be some time before these cars are rerouted back to this area. The combine picture was generally pad. Many reports came in that whole crops were ready. % but there were no combines. For exahiple, E. C. Barrett. 609 North Frost St., Pampa. who owns an 800 acre farm near the city stated that he had the storage situation licked, because he had his ' own elevator on the farm. His problem is—no combines. Mystery Shooiin^ol Child Is Continued DALLAS—WP)— Police investiga- tion'to determine the identity of the person who early Saturday morning discharged the firearm from which a spent bullet killed a child continued today. Funeral services for the child, five-year-old Mary Lane McOarter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs, Charlie Phillips of Dallas, were to be held at Elkhart, Texas, today. ^_ Capt of Detective Will Fritz said police would not consider the case closed until it was learned who had fired'the .38 caliber bullet that spiraled its way through a porch screen Wid Plunged into the heart of the girl Mary Lane was found by her mother at 7 a.m. Saturday when s. Phillips went to awaken her. WASHINGTON—(/P)—The \jov- trnment lowered the American flags over more than 2,000 soft coal mines today and formally restored the pits to the private owners after 13 months of federal operation. The contract dispute which prompted federal seizure of the mines May 22, 19-15 still was unsettled, however, and another strike at conclusion of the current 10-day is a definite prospect. With the government stepping] aside as operator,] it will be up to the dwncrs thern- sevles to make terms with the miners. If they don't succeed by, succeed by July the miners are expected to stay home. The government gives back the mines in the same condition it found them 13 months ago—empty of workers. Forced to step out of the pits with final expiration of the Smith-Connally war Jnbor disputes act, one federal agency thus gets rid of the coal headache but another is ready to tackle the still unsettled contract war between John- L. Lewis and the operators. The coal mines administration folded up with the end of government operation, leaving Secretary of Labor Schwellenbach and his conciliation service the only official connection with the dispute, Schwellenback will try to mediate a new contract to avert the threat of a full-blown strike eight days hence. Navy Capt. N. II. Collisson, coal mines administrator, sent this notice to the opjerating managers of the mines for display at noon: "Government possession and control of the coal mines of this mining company have been terminated by order of the Secretary of the Interior." Collisson also ordered the mines toi lower the U. S. flag which had been displayed as a token of government control. He told reporters it may take two months to close the CMA's .accounts throughout the country and return the staff to navy duty. • The mines were seized May 22, See COAL MINES, Fage 6 t's Embarrassing, They Won't Tel I! LUBBOCK—(/P)— A Lubbock couple said today they had seen a silver disk-shaped object flying at high speed at an undetermined altitude near here, yesterday. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal said the couple would not give their names for a fear of ridicule. However, they said the disk was moving toward the southwest and "was about the size of the moon." They said it was impossible to determine whether the object was an airplane, or if so how it was powered. Similar flying disks have been reported over various parts .of central states the past few days. Alter Swept OH Course in Winds SAN DIEGO— (IP)— Five weary and Bun-blackened California fisher, men, blown 1,000 miles off then- course, were en route back to civilization today after six weeks of near starvation on a desolate Pacific Island off the Mexican coast. The five fishermen, missing with the 45-foot boat Thistle out of San Pedro since May 19, were rescued late Saturday by the tuna clippei Normandie from pin-point Clipperton Island, a five square mile coral atoll, some 1,700 miles south of here and 500 miles from the Mexican mainland. First word from rescuers to the Coast Guard and Navy here indicated the men were In "fair condition," but did not elaborate. The .Thistle was shattered oh the shore but none of the crew was hurt.' The Navy requested .the Normandie, a San Diego vessel, to take the fishermen to the Galapagos Islands, about 1,800 miles further south .and said it was sending a craft from Panama to pick up the victims. The Thistle's crew members were Capt. William Noble, Charles E Warren, Gilbert B. Stethe, Robert Marchall and Walter Richards, al" of San Pedro. . Veteran fishermen said the boat probably was caught in a "chubas- co'1 storm, the equivalent of a "cyclone at seat," and describee tropical Clipperton as "a very bad epot, anytime." M. J. Gorby, president of the California Marine Curing and Packing Co., Terminal Island, expressec amazement at the position of the wreck. He said the Thistle's normal cruising range was about 700 miles and that she must have blown "the rest of the, way out o control." ' 7:?0 a.m 8:30 a.m 9:30 10:30 a.m PA & VICINITY—Partly cloudy tut .ftnd Twsc&y .AvftU not much Afew in the country and tlie Peco« V«U L. J, Cassell Gels Santa Fe Promotion Ralph W. Afcer, special representative, public Relations Department, Santa Fe, has been appointed special representative with headquwv ters at Amarillo, succeeding L, J Cassell who. has been promoted to a like position in Galveston. Ater will be in charge of public relations work on Santa Fe's Western Lines and the Panhandle and Santa Fe, including the states of New Mexr ico, Colorado and West Texas. Ater attended the University o Texas, Austin, graduating in J With a B. A. degree in gpverwnen and allied studies. He followed this with a tworyear post-graduate coursi in business administration, Journal ism and related fields. / CasseJJ, who has been in charge o public relations work on Santa Fe' Wnes and |». A? S. F. since ftt gtijjveston, wc/seeding j ' ' retiring, c^sse", ha relations wort for the ,,„, ™,w QPtP,teer, 188ft ftJjd XQ that time was c; J *w *Mfif%. 5 t **i9*V. ... ™ "• . 46, NO. 75 (6 Pages) PAMPA, TEXAS, MONDAY, JUNE 30, 1947 Price 5 Cents AP Leased Wire Terminal Leave Bond Bill Goes By Subcommittee WASHINGTON—(/P) — A House armed services sub-committee today approved legislation to permit holders of GI terminal leave bonds to ash them immediately. The legislation will come before ,he full committee tomorrow, and its approval is expected in time to permit House action early next week. Republican leaders have tagged the bill for passage. There are approximately 9,000,000 bonds outstanding, with a face value estimated at $1,800,000,000. The Treasury has opposed the legislation on the ground that it would add to inflationary pressures. The legislation is not mandatory. It merely allows holders of the bonds to cash them without waiting for the five-year redemption period originally provided. The maturity date on the bonds is five years after the day of discharge, of the person receiving them. They bear two and one-half percent interest. Should the legislation become law hetders~-of -the -bonds could start cashing them at "appi'dximately 16,000 banks starting September 2. The committee decided to allow that much time to set up the machinery for redemption. New applicants lor terminal pay would have the option of taking bonds or cash. Should they elect to, take cash, they would receive interest from the date of their discharge. The legislation requires payment of accrued interest to the date of redemption on any bonds cashed before the five-year maturity date. The subcommittee voted approval of the bill after Edward F. Bartlet, fiscal assistant secretary of the Tieasury, testified the addition of more than a billion dollars in cash to money now in circulation "is bound to result in further upward pressures on prices." No Eggs Were Fried- Bui Weather Was Hot No reports of eggs being fried on Texas sidewalks were made yesterday, following scorching weather, 3Ut it was probably due to the fact that no one had the energy—the weather was torrid enough. Hottest spot yesterday was Spur 108 degrees. But many areas reported above-100 — Childress reported 106, Lubbock, Lamesa and Plainview 105, Encinel and Snyder 104. Laredo and Big Spring 103. The US Weather Bureau here reported a high of 88 degrees yesterday afternoon. Coolest today was Dalhart's 58 degrees No rain was reported anywhere in Texas. BAY CRACK UP BOSTON— (&)— The 7,500 ton army transport St. Albans Victory and the Danish freighter Bolivia, collided in fogbound waters off Nantucket today and the transport's crew of 70 (uncl 10 troops and a woman were* taking to lifeboats in moderate seas the Coast Guard reported. Picture Drab As Ministers Enter Parley PARIS—(/P)—The foreign ministers of France, Britain and Russia met late today in a critical third .session which may decide whether Europe can organize economic cooperation transcending political and ideological differences. Informed sources said there was no agreement between Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov on one side and Britain's Ernest Bevin and France's Georges Bidault on the other concerning the Marshall aid- Eupore plan. These informants predicted n showdown, saying the French and the British planned to restate their proposals for European economic recovery after weekend disclosure of the Russian view that the task of the conference was merely to decide the amount of financial aid needed from the United States and whether r>uch aid could be obtained under the proposal advanced by Secretary of State Marshall. Most sources were openly pessimistic.' Some speculatated that should the conference end in com plete disagreement, the fact might be camouflaged by announcing an "adjournment" until some later date. The British, however, have insisted on speed in organizing a plan acceptable to the United States Congress, which would help finance European economic recovery under the Marshall plan. The Russians urged American aid on a nation-by-natlon basis and rejected the French and British proposals for international committees to administer the recovery program. The British and French contended that a first requirement of the Marshall plan was for Europe to Organize to help herself. French and British informants said they did not believe the Russian proposals would receive serious consideration in the U. S. Congress The creation of a western bloc enforced by economic necessity anc jmare Qle,a.rty dividing the west from the ' Ri&ssiah'^aominated "ISasfr--;-t>: Europe, appeared to be a possible result if the conference fails. Good Will Caravan Slated to Appear An automobile delegation of good will trippers from Canadian was to converge upon the citizens of Pampa this afternoon at 12:30. The good will trip, headed by C R. Higgifis, president of the Canadian Rodeo Club, is advertising the forthcoming Canadian Rodeo and Celebration, July 4-6. The group was to be met at the city limits by city and Chamber of Commerce officials, headed by Jim- mle McCune, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Good Will Committee. The trippers were to be escorted through the Pampa business district to the front of the LaNora Theater, where they were to present a 15- minute radio broadcast over Radio Station KPDN from 12:45 to 1 o'clock. The caravan was due to leave Pampa at 2 o'clock. San Antonio Child Is Killed by Bus SAN ANTONIO—OT—Bonnie Lee Norris. 17-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James L. Norris, was fatally injured late, yesterday when crushed beneath the wheels of a bus in the driveway of her home eight miles north of here on the Handera Road. Deputy Sheriff Oscar Kramer said the child was playing in the driveway with other children when a privately owned bus backed in to turn around and ran over her. PARTING OF WAY HOLLYWOOD— (/P) — Actor Ed- Ward Arnold and his wife of 18 year* nave separated, his studio said today. The Arnolds could not be reachec for commenc. FROM THE DIM PAST— Five-Day Devil Dance of Apaches Will Be Held North of El Paso By JACK RUTi^DGE Associated Press Steff Tomorrow at sunrise the annual five-day devil dance of the Apache Indians will begin on the 500,000- acre Mescalero Reservation 100 miles northeast of EJ Psiso. Qeron- uno will be there. Robert Qerontmo, one of three known survivors of the murderous Apache chief, will join other Indians in the centuriesrold devil dances once banned by the United States but now permitted- Indians from several tribes will come by horee and covered wagon to watch and take part in ceremonies that date back fajr before the coming of Coronado. Braves will be wearing bended buckskins wvd, fa.n,cy w»r bonnets, .and their squaws will he dressed in m &Urt5, ^iyl*y4olwed, *— before the young braves. For the past year the girls have been pre paring costumes covered with elab orate bead symbols, delicate moo casins and head bands. There is a social caste among thi Apaches, and the wealth of the fani illes is shown in the girls' costume which are worn during the four-day dance and then laid away to be come treasured keepsakes. When the sun rises tomorrow thi Indian girls will be kneeling on sof deerskin rugs, attended by sponso Squads. Then they will get up anc rvjn down a double line of devi dancers. Their main fear will be o stumbling, « slip that would brand them unacceptable as a good wife. Puriug the races the first thre? days singers will chant the Apach '"Bong of the Bu»yU»g girls," On the fpttrjjh day, the girls joiw th< gftUdilyrRaijited devil dancers with Arrests Are Made, Army Is Suspect PARIS—/P—Interior Minister Edouard Deproux announced today the discovery of a "very widespread" plot by an organization known as the Black Maquis to overthrow the French republic and set up a military dictatorship. Depreux said Gen. Guillaudot, inspector general of the F'rench Gendermerie; Ma.j. Jean Loustaunea-Lacau, a righest resistance leader who before the war acknowledged that he was a member of the anti-republican Ca- goulards (Hooded Ones), and other officers and civilians had been arrested. A usually reliable semi-official source said earlier that four French generals and several civilians had been PRESIDENT TRUMAN takes 4-year-old Theodore Roosevelt IV, great grandson of Teddy, on a tour of the White House grounds on the youngster's visit there with hjs grandmother, widow of the late Gen. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. She presented the President with a special set of 32 stamps commemorating the general's career. --.___, _,- — - - | .._- .- .— - ._ -" ..- ~- -- -- -•-- ' ~~~~ Charging Inadequacy, Truman New Rent Control Bill Signs Texas Weekend Toll of Dead Is At Least 13 By the Associated Press The weekend death toll from accidents or violence climbed to 13 in Texas today. Five persons died in traffic accidents, three were shot to death, two drowned, one apparently died of a heat stroke, another strangled and one was electrocuted. An automobile accident near Hitchcock Saturday night proved fatal to Miss Ella Winningham, 44, Houston nurse. She died in a Galveston hospital yesterday of injuries received in the smashup. Charles Eckhardt, 65, San Antonio, was struck and killed by an automobile Saturday. In Dallas, Mrs. Connie Leonora O'Keefe, 70, was killed Saturday when she was hit by a street car shortly after stepping down from another street car, Mrs. Hazel Olsen, 50, was killed Saturday on the Fort Worth JPike near Grand Prairie when she was hit by an automobile. Another traffic fatality was Mark Smith Stevenson, Jr., 17, who was killed when his automobile skidded and overturned in the downtown business district of Corpus Cliristi Saturday. Five-year-old Mary Lane MeCar- ter, daughter of Mrs. Charlie Phillips, was found shot to death Saturday in her bed on an upstairs sleeping porch of her Dallas home. Detective Captain Will Fritz said the child was killed by a stray bullet from a pistol. (See separate story, Page 1.) Rufus Riggs and Shirley Johnson 'were shot to death in Dallas Saturday night. Police said the shooting followed an argument over a dice game. The body of Anthony J. Burek, 27- year-.old seaman from Norfolk, Va., who fell from his ship Saturday, was recovered from the Houston ship channel yesterday. A coroner's verdict had not been returned. Ten-year-old Charles Robert Edwards drowned Saturday while wading in the Wichita River at Margaret Crossing near Seymour. Richard Wayne, five-year-old son of Mr. and'Mrs. Fred Wilson of Ennis, was electrocuted Saturday night ias he attempted to upright a lamp at his home. Harold G. Hillouse, 24, Lampkln, died in Waco Saturday while visiting a cousin, Clifford H. Watson. He collapsed while working with his cousin on an automobile. Heat was believed to have been the cause of his death. Robert Fryear, 25-year-old sailor stationed at Orange, Texas, was found strangled with his belt in his bedroom Saturday. CORPORATION COVftT Two men were assessed fines of $16 each and two men were assessed fines of $10 each on charges of intoxication in Corporation, ppwt guij- day morain$ by Judge Clifford. Braly. This morning Judge Braly assessed WASHINGTON — (#>)— President Truman signed an extensionof rent controls today but" toia"CBnf?ess the new law is "plainly inadequate" and added: "It is this bill or no rent control at all. I have chosen the lesser of two evils." In a special message to the House and Senate announcing his action, Mr. Truman also: 1. Asked action on a six-point long range program for encouraging home building, low rent housing and slum clearance. 2. Appealed to state governors "to exert every effort to protect tenants from hardship, eviction or exploitation." 3. Urged a congressional investigation of "the real estate lobby saying "this group has sought to achieve financial eaifa without regard to the damage done to others It has displayed a ruthless disregard of the public welfare. It is intoler- abel that this lobby should . . . block programs so essential to the needs o] our citizens" 4. Said "rent increases ,could revive the inflationary dangers whici we have greatly reduced." 5. Said "this most unsatisfactory law" repeals parts of the veterans emergency housing act "which have been most helpful in meeting the housing needs of veterans." Addec that "delays in the completion of veterans hospitals" will result. 6. Urged that his program for reorganizing federal housing functions into a single establishment no be rejected by Congress and tha 1 housing apporpriations not be cu too drastically. implicated. Depreux told a news conference that whole units of the'French army might have been involved. He said first details of he clandestine organization of former ring wing resistance leaders, monarchists and Vichy collaborationists became known to French >olice forces late in 1946 'rom police informers. Through undercover Investigation, Depreux continued, police uncovered lumerous details. He said the Black Maquis had rawn up a complete "blue plan" for irst filling Frenchmen with fear of i "communist putsch" and then itepping in to set up a "provisional directorate" of military leaders, pat- erened along totalitarian lines. The Maquis were French underground 'ighters during the war. Depreux held a long conference ;hls morning with Premier Paul Ra- nadler concerning the purported conspiracy. French Press Agency dispatches rom Rennes, in Brittany, named M. De Vulplan, 47, editor of the weekly France Vlvante and president of a veteran's organization, as among ,hose arrested, together with Marc Jacquot, a wine merchant of Montigny, and the rector of the abbey at Lamballe, in Brittany, identified only as Rault. Depreux confirmed the arrest of all three of these persons and identified De Vulpian as a count. De Vul- pian was brought to Paris last Wednesday and signed a statement implicating himself and Guillaudot in the affair, the minister said. He said Guillaudot was questioned at once, but was not taken into custody until lie allegedly acknowledged that he knew about the Black Maquis organization and had had some relations with nearly every person implicated. Also arrested last night. Depreux said, was Mme. De Walleff, a widow in whose Paris apartment a large quantity of gold was found. He said she had been given provisional liberty because of her advanced age. Police learned nearly all of the meetings of the purported conspirators were held in her apartment and that Gen Guillaudot was present at all of them, the minister declared. He said some of the persons held had tried to enroll in Gen. Charles de Gaulle's French People's Rally (RPF), but had been refused admittance. He said the organization even published a clandestine newsaper, Le Reseau, (Kenetwork). Copies of it were seized in such widely separated sections as Lamballe in Brittany See FRENCH PLOT, Page 6 Texas Senators Favor State's Coast Claims AUSTIN—(/P)—Texas Senators it Congress today had assured State Land Commissioner Bascom Gile of their unqualified support of legislation to give states full claim to tidelands. Giles said that Sen. Tom Con nally has advised that lie supported previously enacted legislation whicl was vetoed by the President and would continue to do everythin possible. 17-Year-Olds Are Still Acceptable WASHINGTON —(/P)— Presiden Truman today signed a bill ex -tending indefinitely the Army's vol untary enlistments for two. thre 1 four, five or six years and re-en listments for terms up to six year in the regular army. Non-commis sioned officers could re-enlist to unspecified., terms, and get a $5 bonus at the eud of each year o their terms. Under the present law. the maxi mum enU&ment period is thre years. Commission Reports 102 Wells Completed AUSTIN—(ff)—The Railroad Com mission today announced comple tlons of 92 oil wells and 10 gas well last week- bringing totals for th year to 2,603 and 26? respectively The oil well completions wer ahead of completions for th It's All-Out Afar, Declares Gen. Chiang NANKING —(/P)— Chiang Kai- hek and leaders of his Kuomin- ang Party agreed today oncom- jlete mobilization of the nation's manpower and resources to battle Chinese Communists on China's ivil war. an informed source said. The decision was reached, the ource said, at a five-hour closed— ind carefully guarded—meeting of he government party's political council and its central executive itanding committee. One government leader said the action "means simply we are tak- ng off our gloves and really fight- ng the Communists hereafter with 10 holds barred." Chiang appeared before the high )olicy-making bodies as large-seals Nationalist reinforcements in Manchuria entered still smoking Szep- ngkai. battered by a 17-day seige of now-retreating Communist troops. However, a Mukden dispatch rom Associated Press correspondent fohn Roderick reported government recapture of Szepingkai—a rail city Between Mukden and Changchun— said the Communists still appeared .0 retain the offensive in Southern Manchuria with a new thrust reported developing from Jehol Pro- More Austerity Living in Sight LONDON— (/P) —The chancellor o the exchequer, Hugh Dalton, announced today that Britain woulc cut imports of tobacco, gasoline and newsprint during the year beginning tomorrow, to conserve her shrinking dollar supply. In addition, Dalton told the House of Commons, he would ask Parliament for authority to put an import duty on motion pictures, if nee. essary, to economice in foreign er- change. Dalton said a severe shortage o: dollars was developing "in almos all parts of the world." "In particular," he added, "our own line of credit under the Anglo American loan agreement is being drawn upon much more rapidly thai we expected. It is our clear dutj to take further steps to close th gap between our necessary import and our exports." 'Republicans Hove Us All Messed Up' DENISON—(#)—Rep. Sam Ray burn made a surprise four-day visi to Bonham to "see about my cat tie and handle some other busi ness." He left for Washington by train last night. The House Democratic leader sal "Republicans are terribly behin with legislation." "AH appropriation bills shoul have been passed by June 30. an several of these must be tided ove with continuing resolutions," h commented here as he hoarded th train for his return to the capita $13.000 BLAZE SAN ANTONIO — (ffi— Fire whir: swept a Brown Express Compan building here early today cause estimated damage of $13,000. fire de partment officials reported today. The blaze, origin Q| yhwh wa $ trucks buUd rince to the north. The Kuomingtang decision to turn the government's full power on the Communists followed by .wo days the U. S. agreement to sell 130,000,000 rounds of rifle aai-- munition to Chiang Kai-shek's government. The decision must be approved by Jie multi-party state council, but nformed quarters expected no opposition from minority party members. The mobilization order, it was earned, will include provisions to ry to revive national spirit of Chiang's fighting men by educating them on why they must defeat the Jommunists Sunday Verdict Declares Guilty McKINNEY— — Chesley A. Gragg of Dallas faced a sentence of :ife imprisonment today following lis conviction by a Collin County jury on a charge of murder in the, 1943 barrow pit drowning of hi3 wife. The jury of 12 middle-aged farmers returned the verdict of guilty yesterday — one of the few verdicts ever returned in Collin County on Sunday. Gragg's attorney, G. Ray Lee, said he would file a motion for a new trial and would appeal the sentence if the motion is denied. This was the fourth time Gragg had been tried in the case. In the first trial the death verdict was reversed by the Court of Criminal Appeals because the indictment failed to specify the liquid in which Mrs. Gragg was drowned. The second trial resulted in a hung jury. The third time the case came to trial a mistrial was declared when the previous death sentence was mentioned while a witness was being ~ The case then was here on a change of questioned. transferred venue. An indictment charging Gragg with murder of his stepson, who drowned at the same time, is still pending. The defense claimed that Gragg's 10-year-old stepson, Brady Lynn Blasslngame; fell from his boat while they were fishing in a Dallas harrow pit; Gragg's wife jumped in after the boy and he could not res-- cue them because he cannot swim and gets cramps in the water. Contention of the state was that Gragg drowned his wife in order". that he might wed 'Ann White, who married the defendant's brother, Al« fred, shortly after the first trial. Murder Charge U Hung on Ex-Star PELLY—•(#")—Elton Tuck, 39-y«f W old former star football player berf svnd a member of a prominent Pejjy (family, today was released wncje* $10.000 bond after being ph&rgtg with the murder of Mrs. koujs Qtr trude Crowell, Pelly saleswoaia^, Tuck was charged Saturday j lowing Mrs. Orowell's death, fy$jp \ juries she told police she yw? ' when she was thrpvm from an j mobile. She told police t .also drove the veluele over twice. T,vu* tod been. to murder pyiW

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