Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on May 1, 1954 · Page 1
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Alton, Illinois
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STRIKE HACK! DOftAft: TO c *\ct:ii ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Serving the Alton Community for More Than Aft<m *rei: CfeHft MM|lt *«! §tm*I» *fft tsfft fctfffifttof t. Ltfw Sutwfily flfrtfof ftlj ffl niffMre 009* . Member of The Associated Press, 5c Per Copy. Vol. CXIX, No. 92 ALTON, ILL., SATURDAY, MAY 1, 1954 Sudden Storm Damaged Area Trees 9 Utility Wires; Wind Breaks Store Windows 16 PAGES Established && 15,183ft, Greene Farm Hand Killed During Storm CARROLLTON - Archie Edmiston, 64. employed on the Chris Meyer farm near Hillview, was instantly killed Friday evening during the heavy windstorm that sfruck Greene County around 6:30 o'clock. Edmiston had been discing a field near the Meyer farm home.and when ho noticed the sform approaching, drove the tractor and disc under a large tree in the field. While he was attempting to uncouple the disc from the tractor, the strong gust, of wind blew a large tree limb down on him knocking him face downward into the sharp discs, lacerating his face and head severely. According to a spokesman for the Mehl Funeral Home, he was killed instantly.. Storm gusts estimated up to 50 miles an hour s\vept Alton area at 7 p. in. Friday. Rain fell heavily for five minutes. Damage In Alton and surrounding communities; was mostly to i trees and utilities wires, blown | down by the wind. Boiling, ominous black clouds rolled out of the southwest, at a low altitude like a giant wave, and anxious residents watched for signs of dreaded tornado as the preceding winds whipped trees. Alton was directly in the path of the storm. The wind smashed plate glass windows of four "stores — Vogue, Biederman's, Cook's, Firestone, and Goodrich. This was the third time in 11 years the Vogue window has been broken by wind. Main gusts appeared to have concentrated for live minutes in the area of Summit St., State and Carroll Sts., and in the Middletown section around Tenth and Alby Sts, and on College Ave. around Johnson St. Fear of tornadb residents to go to their basements and wait for the storm, to pass. Roots Damaged Sections of roofs in various areas of the city were reported damaged and were the subject of insurance claims. * Electric service to about .2,000 homes was interrupted by the THE WIND, A STRANGER, WENT WRONG WAY — Instead of following the sign which points downhill, the strong wind Friday- blew north and tore down a big signboard at the corner of Broadway and Alton St. Only one upright remains. — Staff photo. Rain Duri n g Friday Storm Only .32 Inches The rain in Friday's storm as measured at Alton dam and locks totaled only .32 of an inch. The brevity of the rainfall and the effect of the driving wind would tend to make the rain gage measurement low, in spite of the fact that the storm appeared to storm. Primary wires were 'knocked down by trees in three sections of the city. Four crews of Union Electric Co. and two additional men worked most of the night. By midnight, service had been restored to most homes. By this morning, a spokesman said, service was normal in all houses that had reported power failure. In the Middletown area, service was restored in less than three hours. In all cases, tree limbs were blown onto high-voltage wires. In a large number of instances, limbs knocked lead wires into homes, stopping service. Storm damage to power lines, a Union Electric spokesman said, was the greatest in several years, "~iS""iho number of homes without service. But service was restored in a comparatively short time in most areas. SO Phones Out of Service About 50 telephones were out of service after the storm, all because limbs had blown onto lead wires going into the homes. By 8 a. m., today, all telephone (Continued on Page 13, Col. 7.) Board Fights Suspension Of Ozark Service The Civic Memorial Airport Authority isn't taking the Ozark Airlines service suspension, decision by a federal examiner lying down. Chairman Allan Barnerd of the Authority said it already had begun preparing exceptions to the examiner's report, which would permit suspension of service by Ozark at the port. The local Authority, he said, would ask for a full hearing of the federal board on the matter, - Alton was one of 20 stops which the examiner's report recommended be eliminated from Pzark's . schedule. ' But tha> isn't all. The Authority, is looking ahead to bigger things tor 1 the airport, it has obtained fcdml »uth«v be, • deluge. At Ozark Air Lines^ office at Civic Memorial Airport the wind velocity at , the height of the storm was measured at 40 to 45 miles per hour, which was lower than the velocity of the wind that struck directly at Alton. Alton police desk answered a barrage of telephone calls starting at 7 p. m.,»from residents Talley Appointed For Tax Inquiries ity to proceed with liinj^ning the runway by l.QSO (eet so that (t can accomodAte|p^r,motpjr aircraft rr presum*Wy ^*jgbt plajies Whije funds ftft.'tljf' expansion won't be available forgome time, the Awthority has pj^ij^te n* goiiaUj witfl wvflejru of p* eoujth of tin tirport |or an, "—' "• igriM Ifer thj - who > reported trees down and similar incidents. There were 27 calls of trees and branches down and 25 reporting locations where wires were .affected. Alton cit^ struts workers were busy most of the night, engaged principally in temporarily clearing the debris of branches and trees from streets. By 8:30 a. m. today, city trucks had hauled eight truckloads of debris to the city dump. Sign Blown Down Early today a sign company was reapiring a sign that was blown down on the roof of the Kroger building at Broadway and Piasa St. To the north and west of A1-. ton, the velocity of the storm was not as violent. JerseyvHle reported some trees down and power off in one secton, 'plus an incident that involved several persons in an automobile who were unhurt when a tree fell on the car. They were not identified. • At Carrolllon, it was said the storm's main effect was merely "a .lot of rain". Unusual Sunset As an aftermath of the storm at dusk Friday, area residents had the opportunity to witness one of the most unusual sunsets in recent years. To the east, a ^brilliantly defined rainbow formed one leg into the overcast. To the Vvest, a strip of torn plack clouds was strung out just above the glowing horizon, giving the illusion of a tree-line on the other side of a river where no river could possibly be. Then the river became a pellucid lake and finally a gulf, with a black quay pointing its needle finger intp an endless or- Area Meeting Set May 19 On Sewer Needs Ah arearwide exploratory meet ing'on drainage and sewer disposal sponsored by the long range planning committee of the Greater Alton Association o] Commerce for Wednesday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at Milton School was announced by Dr. R. B. Lynn, chairman. Speakers will be O. S. Hollden and A. P. Trpemper, sanitary engineers from Springfield, representing the Illinois Sanitary Water Board. These men will discuss the problem and point ways and means of i forming sanitary districts arid taxing bodies that can help- solve a health problem that is causing much concern, 'Dr. Lynn stated. Representatives of all the incorporated cities and towns in the Greater Alton area will be invited to attend and members and officers of the Wood Rive'r Township Chamber of Commerce are also being asked to take part. "Our committee since its inception has been tussling with this project and in cooperation with Alton city officials we have heen able to get some constructive, thinking started. It is hoped that from our meeting % on the 19th we. can come up with some ideas that can later be put into operation," Dr. Lynn said this morning. . He pointed out that this is by far the gravest and most important problem facing the 70,000 citizens living in the immediate area of Alton, Wood River, and Godfrey townships. "It will take full cooperation and calm judgment on the part of each person to come up with the right answer," he said. He also* stated that everyone must realize that a satisfactory system will money and will (Continued on Page is, Col eHments. undoubtedly call for referend- urns to form a district and fi, nancing the necessary improve. 4Worm*Damaged Farmer Receives Shoulder Injury During Windstorm CAHROLLTON - Damage on fo«r form* ww caused, by tee wind siorm that W^ t)iis,ai*a about fl P-m, fCST) was injured,' At the KeUh the storm struck Qnp Wllhm«ei» milking ft M*, »«J ha w ft g n out of the cowshed. He »uj- A shoulder tolury and w u ei it in »oy<J Mwortol house, |h* smoke-house was tlown lutaf, rtorooder-house demolished wui the roof blown frnom the milk 1 •• T ^ f &H» Harlon ReJJ farm, the roof. wa« Mown pff the barn J ~~l«,» ,]m caused to the tt»»iW»ry, and the tool down, at th* , Marion Johnson form. Roof damage was repotted (be Qsatts Wiatm toro- EDWARDSVILLE.—State's At torney Fred P. Schuman today announced appoinfment of Har old G. Talley, Alton, as a spe cial assistant in his office for investigation . of "certain tax matters," property 'assessment and fees due the county from justice of the peace courts. Authorization for the appoint ment, made Friday afternoon by Schuman, was voted Wednesday by the Madison County Board of Supervisors. The board set a limit of $1,200 on the special assistant's compensation for the remaining three months of the count's current fiscal year, which ends July 31. Talley previously served as an assistant state's attorney and as an assistant to the former Illinois attorney general, Ivan A. Elliott. After appointing Talley as a special assistant Friday, Schuman appeared before Granite City Court Judge Wesley Lueders, presiding here as acting circuit judge, and upon his motion the appointment was ordered spread on the court's records. The County Board Wednesday, in adopting a resolution offered by its finance committee, empowered Schuman to appoint a special assistant in the investigation and prosecution of delinquent personal property tax cases, to investigate real estate and personal property tax assessments and to check into unpaid justice of the peace court fees due the county. •Certain Tax Matters' The resolution pointed out that it was "urgently necessary" that lawsuits and distraint proceedings for collection of delinquent personal property taxes for 1953 and prior years be filed and prosecuted in various townships over the county. Also,\.the resolution asserted, there was urgent necessity that a special investigation be made as to "cer. tain tax matters" relative to delinquent personal property taxes and property assessments for taxation purposes. Need for InvevUeailon In further urging that authorl- tion be given the state's attorney to name the special assis- ant, the resolution declared that here is need for an investiga- ion as to fees due and payable o the county from justice of tne peace courts. The $1,200 enter- ;enpy appropriation of general unds, for compensation of the special assistant through July 31, .will come frpm the'contin- gency, fund set up in th? county's 1953-54 budget, -*,' . The county b»ard previously iad authorized filing of suits in Circuit Court to collect delinquent personal property taxes ivhere arrearages were in such ount* aMo warrant proseou. O. '•* j A number ot such suits have filed and, recently several disposed pf through non- irisl* in Ckcwit Court, with the court noidinf that tne county other t«x£>| bodies were to a porUw of the <je- arouou wed lor* , HANOI, Indochina IP — The French today reported a "calm" night at the embattled fortress of Dien Bien Phu after n series of lightning charges against Vietminh attackers. Units of the garrison force struck Friday in raids which drove the Rebels from an undisclosed number of entrenchments and gun positions nestled close to the French barricades. Twenty Vietminh soldiers \vere reported killed and some prisoners were taken. The French high command acknowledged, however, that the Vietminh masses surrounding the remote mountain position were continuing to dig their web' ot trenches and foxholes ever closer to the shrunken key areas of the fortress. The diametr of the bastion now is only about a mile and rehl entrenchments are within 1,800 feet of French headquarters. As the battle for Dien Bien Phu went into its 50th day, there was no sign when the Communist commanders of the Rebel force would launch another mass infantry assault to try crushing the fortress. It still was expected, however, that they would try to score a big victory to sway the Geneva Conference in its Indochina negotiations. Metal Crafts Agree To New Shell Contract WOOD RIVER-A spokesman for Shell Oil Co. refinery said this morning an agreement with the Metal Trades Department of the AFL had been reached on a new contract. Full terms of the now pact, as agreed on at a meeting Friday, were unavailable but it was learned no increase in wages was included. The Metal Trades group includes about 12 different crafts. Negotiations with the Operating Engineers Local and Machinists are progressing satisfactorily, it was said, and prospects of an agreement with both "seem good," the spokesman revealed. .Old contracts of .all three groups •expire'today, although the operating engineers-have agreed to extend their contract to May 7 while negotiations continue. There appears to be little chance of a strike at the plant a spokesman for a union said, since negotiations are "peaceful." 22 Monuments In Cemetery Put Each on Bases All of the 22 monuments overthrown in Alton Cemetery last week have been returned to their foundations. The work-was done by the Bunker Hill Vault and Monument Co. which has equipment it uses for setting in_place concrete vaults and monuments, and this equipment was employ- d for the purpose of putting back on their bases the marble and granite blocks which had been toppled by vandals. Identity of the vandals has not yet been established. It was desired to erase all the evidence of the vandalism so that the :emelcry might present a fine appearance for Memorial Day a month hence. It took but a short fime to put the blocks back in ilace. There was but little destruc- ion to the materials of which he monuments were marie, Dulles, Molotov in Huddle On Atom Plans Suggested .___ • ' ^XV^ By .U.S., Russian Rulers Snail's Pace Mundt May Attempt To Speed Hearings r GreekEarthquake Kills 20, Hurts 130 3 Big Unions UniteToFight H • T, Layoffs WASHINGTON /P-Threo of tire nation's bigger unions have laid the groundwork for united action against unemployment and • the Taft-Hartley Labor Relations Act. A plan for joint efforts by the United Mine Workers, the AFL Teamsters Union and the CIO Steelworkers was drawn up Friday at a luncheon meeting of their leaders. Afterward, mine workers President John L. Lewis told newsmen he, Dave Beck, the teamsters' president, and David J, McDonald, president of the Steelworkers, had agreed to try to prod the government into a spending program to fight unemployment. ATHENS, Greece fi> —Greek officials reported today the earthquakes which struck central Greece Friday and crumbled whole towns killed at least 20 persons and injured 130. More than 25,000 were made homeless. Earlier official reports had the death toll as high as 150. Cight tremors continued throughout the day after the violent initial shock lasting 20 seconds. King Paul and Crown Prince Cotlstantine cut Short an inspection of army units in Thrace to fly to Volos in the Gulf of Pegasai, where the earthquake destroyed the town hall and split open a section of the quay. The uake disaster was the worst worst since the shocks that devastated the Greek Ionian Islands last August, killing up to 1,000 persons and destroying the homes of 120,000. Friday's stricken area stretched from the East Coast into the Pin- dus Mountains, where shattered rp> ^ . , - t ™ • ••ww»*fcwi»tu( TI n\,» \j OIIC11I.CJ.UU The three unions claim a total i villages could be reached only over membership of some three million 'donkey trails. and Lewis said nearly a half million of these are how idle. ,;Lcwis also said the three unions Thousands of persons slept in open fields—some because they jhad np home to return to and By JACK BELL WASHINGTON $ - Sen. Mundt (R-SD) says an attempt may soon come to shorten the public probe of the flaming dispute between Sen. McCarthy (R-Wisl and his aides and top military officials. Mundl, chairman of the Senate Investigations subcommittee during the televised inquiry, said Friday night the hour may shortly be at hand for efforts to narrow the Issues that have now been pitted before the senators in seven days of under-oath hearings without signs of let-up. Secretary of the Army Stevens, who first took the witness stand the opening day, April 22, was still there when the group recessed for the weekend Friday, although several others have testified for briefer interludes. .Stevens was listed for another appearance Monday. As the hearings closed Friday Ray H. Jenkins, special subcommittee consul, drew from Stevens an acknowledgment that when the Army secretary was-thinking of relieving Maj. Gen. Klrke B. Lawton from command at Ft. Monmouth, N. J,, he so Informed McCarthy "to find out how Sen. McCarthy felt about it." McCarthy Target Ft. Monmouth, a radar research center, was then a target in McCarthy's hunt for alleged espionage. Stevens, under stiff questioning, said that McCarthy wanted Lawton the Taft-Hartley Act and to in-,'fled. fluenco the course of legislation in which they are interested on the federal, state and local levels. i SchumanMaySeek Court Order To Destroy 'Slots' EPWARDSVILLE — The 43 slot machines confiscated Friday at Alton by Sheriff James T. Callahan as the "one-armed bandits" were being released to any of the owner who claimed them reposed under lock and key today in the county jail basement until their fate is determined. It is anticipated Hint a county court order will be sought by State's Attorney Fred P. Schu*man, present when the machines were confiscated Friday, for destruction of the "slots" as gambling devices. The machines were brought here by ti-uck Friday afternoon from Alton and stored in the jail basement. The machines were in storage at an Alton warehouse for nearly two years since their seizure in FBI raids at fraternal, social and veterans' clubs. The government sped supplies and medicine to the earthquake victims and dispatched troops to repair communication lines. A religious holiday which had closed down communication and government offices hindered the relief measures. Sofadhes, a town of 4,000,. was almost destroyed. One person was killed and several injured. Farsala, about the same size, had 80 per cont of its houses down, leaving 5,500 persons shelterless. Reports on the' dead and injured wore not in. The town is a historic site, said to he tho home of Achilles. It also was the battle ground of Pharsalus, where Julius Caesar defeated Pompey the Great in 48 B. C. Karditsa, population about 28,000 had 75 per cent of its houses toppled. Shipping Official Indlctrd TOKYO /P —The head of Japan's third largest shipping company, Kcnsuke Matano, has been indicted in connection with tho with McCarthy's investigation, and that in fact Lawton was left in command at Ft. Monmouth arid still is. But the secretary said he was "not afraid" of a McCarthy reprisal if Lawton was removed, that he gave McCarthy the information on Lawton as part of his own policy of cooperating with the Senate probe, and that he decided to retain Lawton strictly "on the merits" of his case. • Stevens bas charged McCarthy and his associates with seeking favored Army treatment for Pvt. G. David Schine, a former McCarthy committee non-salaried consultant. McCarthy has accused Stevens and his aides of attempting to stop his investigation of alleged Communists at Ft. Monmouth's radar center. Both sides have denied the others' charges. McCarthy Doubtful Mundt said the inquiry group discussed in a closed session Friday tho possibility that opposing counsel could get together to narrow some of tho issues in dispute. Asked about tho posibility of nation's some compromise, McCarthy said mounting bribery scandals. Matano, before he left for weekend speak- is one of the biggest figures swept j ing engagements in Wisconsin that up so far in the investigation of "off hand, I wouldn't know of any charges that shipping firms bribed! way it could bo done." Army counsel was unavailable for comment. McCarthy was also asked about reports that he might try to end high government officials to secure lush subsidies and favorable legislation. Slots Loosed, Seized By CM!* OtLMORfc GENEVA IP — U. S. Sceretat? of State Dulles and Soviet Foreigrt Minister V. M. MotofoV fcent ifttd a private huddle today td Catty on their talks o« President Elsen- hower's plan for an international atomic energy pool, It was the second meeting between the t\vo top East-West dlplo* mats since they came here for last Monday's opening of the conference on Far Eastern questions. The meeting today was held In strictest secrecy. Molotov had Bi. dicated early this week he wai ready to deliver Russia's reply t« super-secret "concrete" proposals made by the United States Mahsh 19. These talks between the AmeH- cans and Russians have been go. ing on behind the tightest cloafc of secrecy since Eisenhower proposed an international pool of atomic energy raw materials and know-how for peaceful uses irt hi* address to the U. N. General Assembly last Dec, 8, There is nothing that would pr*. vent Dulles and Molotov from going over other problems, including the currently bogged-down discus* sions on .Korea,and the projected talks on Indochina here at Geneva. Dulles has a full wekend schedule before he leaves Monday to return to Washington. This includes a meeting with Undersecretary of Stale Walter Bedell Smith, who is arriving today to heaef the U. S. mission at Geneva after Dulles departs. , ,-, On his way to Washington, Dulles first will stop off in Milan, Italy, to confer briefly with Prime Minister Mario Scelba on mutual U. S.- It alian problems. Among other meetings scheduled was a conference of the 16 nations which fought in Korea under the United Nations banner. This group is working out its strategy for the remainder of the Korean discussions "here. ; • - '' thc>AUied group has appointed « subcommittee to draft a resolution outlining plans for free elections in Korea designed to unify the war-torn peninsula. There still was no definite 'indication when the talks will get started on the 7-year-old war in Indochina between the 'French Union and the Communist-led Vietminh. 3 Democratic Senators Balk At Indochina By EDWIN B. HAAK1NSQK' WASHINGTON 1 /P-Three Demo- •raUc senators said today Congress is in no mood to approve involvement of U. S. fighting unite n the Indochina wai% ~ " := ^*— A Republican, Sen. 'Flanders Vt), agreed that the thought of direct American intervention is unpopular in Congress. But he said he Uniled States and the United Nations may be forced to take direct action, if the Communists threaten to overrun Indochina. Sen. Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo) took note of President Eisenhower's news conference statement Thursday that this country will not the inquiry by claiming that the S ° l Int ° a war eJWe Pt thr °«gn the Army had failed to prove its l '°"f tmillo » a l P^ess, Involving a charges and then walking out. dec| aration of war by Congress. The . Wisconsin senator is the " If the President waits for Con- subcommittee's regular chairman. • g '' ess lo give llim tlie go-ahead on hut has stepped off the group for i sendin S u - S. troops to Indochina " purposes of the inquiry. However, ' Jotinso " said, "he will wait for- a both his side and tho Army's have f longl long time ' There is no senti- tlie right to question witnesses. Some Republicans have made no secret of their belief that the GOP is being damaged politically by the spectacle of Republican appointees clashing with Republican ! elected officials and their aides. ! First questioned by Roy M. Cohn i McCarthy's chief counsel, about ment in the Senate for intervention in Indochina." Sen. Monroney (D-Okla) said in a separate interview that "no case has been made as yet for the . , . use of American troops" in Indochina and he added: "There is lit. tie likelihood that Congress would give such authority now," mftriiijies which w»re r«l* a *ed by * r «»» wrtitaB* by «wvtoiw oww »t third floor storage rooms of the Hornwy comiwoy, Fridav, so county officials «l ewneiv tad ijwvtog roii we w J the Lawton matter, Stevens said: Sen> Holland (D-Fla) said he that he had had under c6nsidera- j ) vould nave to ^ow much more tion transferring the general be-! " about the immediacy of the situa- ! cause he didn't like some of Law- tkm "" Ind °china) before I'd con. ton's public utterances. sent *° sending our combat troopi Cohn said that John G. Adams, """'" " Army counselor, had asked McCarthy on Nov. 24 in New York City for assurances to Stevens that the Wisconsin senator "would not make a public issue and charge reprisal" if the Army secretary removed the general from command. Stevens said he was trying to fjnd out McCarthy's attitude because he was "working very closely" with McCarthy in the sena- t x or's Ft. Monmouth investigation— "cooperating all down the line and 1 thought a thing as important as that he ought to know." Jenkins suggested that perhaps Sevens was "afraid" to fire L,aw- ton without McCarthy's consent. " Stevens denied he wag afraid, «•*••• 1 t In taking his somewhat different position Sen. Flanders said: "We can't pass off all our dan. sers ahd troubles to our children and grandchildren. Wa must face them.' 1 Flanders is a member of tn* Senate Armed Service* Commit. toe. Earlier in the weok, th* Hou» defeated 314-37 a proposal by use of American «W**t forces Indochina wiUwut prior Mlvtr 9.34.

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