The Paris News from Paris, Texas on April 16, 1946 · Page 1
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"The timid see dangers which do not even ex ist." —PubliliusSyrus. VOL. 75, NO. 230 Leased Wir« Associated Press FINAL EDITION *ou PARIS, TEXAS, TUESDAY AFTERNOON, APRIL 16, 1946 TEN PAGES ESTABLISHED 1869 Leslie Baker Held For Murder of Hot Springs Gambler Hearing Friday; Man Shot to Death on Busy Street Special To The News HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Leslie Maurice Baker, 35, facing a charge ot murder in connection with the slaying Saturday night of Mike Abdo 43. restaurateur and gambler, will be given » hearing in municipal court here Friday morning. In the meantime officers have fingerprinted both Baker and Abdo and are investigating the past of both men in an effort to establish a motive for the killing. Prosecuting Attorney Curtis Ridgeway and Commissioner of Public Safety Weldon Rasberry were- questioning additional witnesses Tuesday. Abdo was killed on crowded Central Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after he had been called out of the National Cafe, which he owned and which was operated by Baker, who witnesses said was seated in his car in front of the place with John "Conlmincr Lampkin, • Abdo, his body riddled by bullets, staggered back into the cafe where ho dropped dead behind the counter. 'Five charges from a ,38 caliber Colt revolver entered his body, two striking him In the neck, one under the right shoulder, passing through his body, another smashing into his spine, find a fifth hitting him In the thigh, Garland County Coroner Foster Jnrrcll said dcnth was- almost instant. According to Marie Hooker and Beatrice White, employes In the cafe, Pinker left his car, called to Abdo from the front door to come out, saying, "someone wants to see you outside." The women snid they heard the shots almost immediately after Abdo stepped outside the cafe. The car in which the two men were seated sped away, but witnesses in the large crowd of Saturday night shoppers, near the place at the time of the slaying, obtained the license number, which was easily traced by officers to Baker, He was arrested a short time later by Police Captain Jerry Watkins at a Lake Hamilton tourist court. His only comment was • : I had it to do." He still declined to make 'a statement Tuesday and is represented by Attorney Richard Ryan. No charges have been placed against Lamkin, who was picked See BAKER, Page 10, Column 3 Cooper Power Line Down During Storm COOPER (Special)—The power line to the city lake, two and one- half or three miles southeast of town, went down during Monday night's rain, wind and electrical storm, and a crew worked there nil night to repair the damage. Power was restored but pumps were still under water, and the city s supply Tuesday morning was coming from the elevated storage tank. Sandbags were placed along the dam at the lake to prevent damage by the heavy rainfall, which measured 2.47 inches. The rain accompanied by a strong wind and much lightning, started about 6:20 p. m. Several trees were blown clown or damaged, and several telephones were out of service as a result. A school bus coming into Cooper with children from outlying districts was struck Tuesday morning on an unpaved road north of town, and a tractor had to be used to pull it to the highway. HOUSE WRECKED BY MOB— This house in Butte, Montana, was left in this condition by a mob Government Maps New Attack on Food Situation .Wartime Controls Ordered to Spur Butter Production WASHINGTON (/P)—The Government mapped a new attack on the snarled food situation Tuesday involving butter, bread, meat—and blackmarkels. Wartime controls were ordered slapped back in an effort to spur butter production and Stabilization Director Chester Bowles foresaw a "real improvement within the next 60 days" on this front. The Senate Agriculture committee called lor nTore details on factors dislocating meat distribution, while OPA and the Agriculture Department, moved to restore other wartime controls of slaughtering with • the aim of spreading available supplies more evenly. A potential bread problem had members of the Senate small business committee seeking ways of meeting famine relief quotas for overseas without Impairing the nation's flour supplies. The move for butter production was bracketed with OPA action to keep consumers bills at their present levels for milk, butter, cheese and other dairy products, A program of larger subsidies for dairy farmers was announced Monday to compensate- for higher fee,d and labor costs. On butter, the OPA aimed at overcoming a situation which had made it more 'profitable to use buttcrfat for ice cream and other products than for butter, Accordingly, the wartime' ban will be restored on the sale of whipping cream and restrictions were placed on the amount of buttcr-fa,t in ice cream. The Senate agriculture committee was plainly exercised about the meat situation which Packer James D, Cooney testified was "a national scandal which makes prohibition look like petty crime." With the FBI ordered into action against one group of black marketeers, there- were hopes of curbing some illegal transactions In meat. which smashed windows and doors, chopped out porch supports and' then went into the building to break mirrors, glass, dishes, and furniture. (AP Wirephoto) General Marshall Slates Urgent-Trip to. Peiping ^^ _ . .. __ 1 .nJ-4'Xk \\T n p Vi»n fit A rt Power, Communications Disrupted By Paris Storm Monday night's wind and lightning resulted in disrupted power and communications, and almost caused death or severe injury to four persons riding in a car north of Paris. Mr. and Mrs. Harry Vallier, 211 W. Brame St., their son, Harry Vallier Jr.. and Mrs. Valuer's mother, Mrs. J. B. Jordan, 586-3rd SW, escaped injury when a telephone pole fell on the car in which they were riding. They had been to Lake Crook where Mrs. Valller's brother, Jimmy Jordan, was fishing. En route to Paris, Mrs. Vallier stopped the car at the intersection of the Lake Crook road and Highway 271. Too late she discovered a telephone pole was toppling over on her car. It struck the back side of the vehicle, inflicting considerable damage. She was able, however, to drive it to Paris. Power was off in the northern edge of Paris, as well as at Chicota, Powderly and Arthur City after See STORM. Page 10, Column 3 Dine and dance to Chuck Fisher's Orchestra, at CLUB ROYAL, 60c per person, couples only. (»dv.) President Signs Bill Against Radio Coercion WASHINGTON. (^—President Truman signed Tuesday legislation making it > federal offense to use coercion against radio broadcasters. Sponsors said the measure is designed to halt certain practices of the AFL musicians union headed by James C. Petrillo. It carries penalties of up to a year's imprisonment and $1,000 fine for compel!' ing or attempting to compel broadcasters to,: Hire more employes than they want. Pay money for services not performed. Pay unions for the use of phonograph records. t , Pay again for broadcasting a transcript of a previous program The same penalties could be in voked against persons interfering with broadcast of cultural or educational programs originating in foreign lands, By The Associated Press G e n e r a ! Marshall recognising the urgency of the Manchurian fighting, Wednesday will fly direct from Tokyo to Peiping, the Sino-American truce headquarters, to again throw his powerful influence into peace negotiations. Marshall, President Truman's special envoy to t!hina, cancelled an important conference with Chinese Premier T. V. Soong in Shanghai to go direct to the truce headquarters city. There he will meet the impotent Sino-American committee of three which'— with substitutes for all ;hree original members—has not lad authority to carry outfits- assigned mission of affecting a truce between battling Chinese government and Communist forces. He effected both military and political truces last January, but .neither was put into effect and shortly aft- Negro Sentenced in District Court Sammy Baldwin, 22-year-old Negro, Tuesday was sentenced to 10 years in the penitentiary, by a jury in 6th District Court which found him guilty of entering Dawson's Market, 121 Lamar Ave., March 26. Baldwin faces three more charges of illegal entry. The jury in the case included J. Nat Thompson, 2943 Lamar Ave,, as foreman. Other members were Tulley Temple, Pattonville, Rt, 1; J M, Gann, Brookston; Glenn Edwards, 924-23rd SE; Joe P. Skidmore, 2108 Simpson; Burrell Harvey, Blossom, Rt. 1; Carl Fisher, 200-lOlh NE; Harvey Cagle, 535 E, Polk. Walton B. Marshall, 1967 Lamar Ave.; Claud Burks, Blossom, Rt. 1; J. W. Conder, Powderly; Arthur Maxwell, Roxton. At 2:30, a jury brought-in a ver- diet of guilty against Woodrow C, Dawes of Chicota. He was charged with wilfully burning an automobile, and received a four-year suspended' sentence. cr he went to Washington for conferences, the situation worsened, Marshall's decision to fly to Peiping was made after the No, 2 Chinese Communist leader, -Gen. Chou En-Lai, called the fighting in Manchuria full scale civil war, Both Marshall and Chou were original members of the committee of three, along with Minister of War Chen Cheng, who is ill. Marshall conferred , with MacArthur in Tokyo Tuesday. There wag a virtual news blackout - unexplained, but presumably caused by poor communications— from Manchuria Tuesday. However, Associated Press Correspondent Spencer Davis radioed from Mukden that the embattled 'Changchun, Uie Manchurian. capital, was so tense that a neutral plane,probably would be sent there to remove five American correspondents—o. j a woman. Latest news from Changchun said Communists, attacking from three directions, had captured Cfiangchun's three airfields. The. official Chinese Central News^Agency, in a Changchun dispatch, reported belatedly Tuesday that Communist troops had entered the capital city Monday after one night of continuous attacks. The Communists were reported to have 30,000 to 40,000 troops around Changchun, the Government only 4,000. . < Associated Press Correspondent Tom Masterson, one of the five American correspondents in the Manchurian capi':at, Monday said the Communists had been attacking 10 hours when his dispatch was filed. The assault began two hours before the scheduled departure from Changchun of the last Russian occupation troops. Housewives to Pay More for Fruits WASHINGTON, (/P) — House wives in some areas will pay up to a cent a pound more for oranges, lemons and tangerines beginning Wednesday.' Announcing this Tuesday, OPA said that in other areas a hike in growers' prices to offset increased costs will have no effect at retail, Explaining, the agency said re tail prices—which are based on varying 'costs—will be rounded oft to the nearest cent. OPA said it could not cite areas where increas es may result. SPANISH RADIO EXPRESSES FEAR OF RED INVASION Friendly Nations Invited to Send Investigators LONDON. 0?)~The Madrid radio expressed fear that Russia was planning to invade Spain as the Franco government awaited replies Tuesday from five "friendly" nations.invited to send technicians to investigate charges that Spain is a threat to world peace. These charges, together with an assertion that Spain was harboring German scientists, were made by Oscar Lange, the Polish delegate to the United Nations Security Council. The Council, meeting in New York- Tuesday, is scheduled to take up the Spanish question as soon as it disposes of the Russian- Iranian dispute. The Spanish foreign ministry announced Monday night that it had extended the formal invitations to five Council members which maintain "friendly relations" with the Franco government. The countries are the United States, Britain, Egypt, The Netherlands and Brazil. The'Madrid radio, which is controlled by the Franco regime, said there was a secret agreement be- twecn France and Russia which might lead to a Soviet march through France into Spain, The existence of any such agreement was promptly denied in Paris by a source close to the French Foreign Office. The broadcast said that "all indications" were that the Spanish Republican government in exile, which 1 has headquarters in Paris, was "preparing military intervention by means of frontier incidents" in the Pyrenees. "Once such an incident has taken place," the Madrid radio continued, "Russian troops could come to the assistance of their Allies by marching through France from the German and Austrian zones of occupation." • ., Action on Russo Proposal Postponed by UN Council I MT?\W vrvrn<r — (W — The U TAKES OATH—Newly elected Mayor J. A. Binnion, left, is shown- here as outgoing Mayor John Barnes gave him the oath of office Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock in the City Hall. , Binnion offered his resignation as city secretary to Barnes and was then sworn into the office of Mayor. He in turn gave the oath .. • War Department Responsible for "Chaotic" Bill Colorado Senator, Sends Blistering Letter to Patterson WASHINGTON (/P)—Senator Ed- Communists Troops Break Into Capital CHUNGKING — — A Chinese ..„».; government dispatch said Tuesday that Communist troops nau broken into the Manchunan capital of Changchun after a night of unceasing assaults. A Government military spokesman reported dispatches from Changchun up to Monday mid- —By St»ff Photographer of office to the new'aldermen, Wasson Uzzell, alderman at large; Al C. Barnett, Ward 2; Albert L. King, Ward 4 and David Robinson, reelected from Ward 1. George Lacy, re-elected alderman from Ward 3, was not present but' was sworn in Tuesday morning. win OPA Studying Rail Rate Increases WASHINGTON. W—The OPA hauled out its price charts to determine what effect a requested 25 percent boost in railroad freight rates would have on living costs. Although an official of the agency emphasized that it has no jurisdiction over rate matters, he told a reporter privately that OPA would intervene before the Interstate Commerce Commission if its study shows the proposed increase inflationary tendon- might have cies." The Association of American THE WEATHER EAST TEXAS Fair west, clearing. east portion, cooler east and south portions Tuesday afternoon; fair, cooler near coast Tuesday night. Wednesday partly 9 1 o u d y. warmer northwest portion. OKLAHOMA — Fair west and north, rain ending in southeast portion Tuesday; warmer northwest Tuesday; fair Tuesday night and Wednesday; warmei Wednesday and in west and north portions Tuesday night; low Tuesday night In lower 50s, High temperature Monday 75, low 51 Rainfall to 7 a.m. Tuesday 1.25 Inches. Precipitation for year 14.34 Inches. Sunrise Wednesday 6:01 a.m.. sunset 7;03 p.m. FAIR Railroads asked the ICC Monday to grant a ge'neral 25 percent hike in freight, rates effective May 15. The carriers at the same time also asked the commission to make permanent the 10 percent higher passenger fares first ordered in 1942. Final Count Gives Drys 2,119 Margin Lamar County drys won last Saturday's local option beer election by a margin of 2110 votes, complete returns to County Clerk Joe Hammack showed Tuesday. .The final, unofficial tabulation showed: For legalizing 2800. Against legalizing 4919. The 7719 votes cast in'this election exceeded by 2526 the total of 5193 polled in the 1943 election which would have legalized the sale of beer, and of wine not to exceed 14 per cent alcohol. The dry forces won that election by 2141 votes, are by a margin of 22 votes more than their 2119-vote lead in this election. night indicated that the slim Government garrison still clung to at least a portion of the city. The spokesman said the Chaung- chun garrison numbered no more than 1,000 troops. (A 'pooled dispatch from U.S. correspondents in Changchun estimated the Chinese Communists had 40,000 men surrounding the city ) The nearest substantial reinforcements were nearly 70 miles to the southwest, where the U.b.- eouipped Chinese First Army was fighting around the railway junction city of Szcpingkai. • Paris Jewelers Pace Foundation Drive Retail jewelers Tuesday became the first Paris group to reach 100 per cent participation in the I ans, Texas, Industrial Foundation, O. W. Boswell, chairman, reported. Retail automobile dealers and automotive equipment merchants were the second group to be called together to hear an explanation ot the organization committee's new industry-wide approach. Retail druggists will meet Wednesday afternoon. . . The' committee feels this procedure will bring more satisfactory results in raising the $100,000 capital stock of the Foundation Chairman Boswell was joined by Lloyd DeShong, Chamber of Commerce president, in commending the jewelers for their action. Jewelers participating m purchase of the stock were Dewey Miller Charles Sargent Dennis, Jeffus, Joe Tom Hill, Staples Jewelry, Kish's Jewelry, Cook's. Jewelry, House Jewelry, Jack Kamen and J, 0. Gaston. C. Johnson (D-Colo) asserted Tuesday the War Department is. responsible for what he termed the "confused and chaotic" draft extension bill passed by the House. The legislation provides for a nine month extension of the draft law beyond May 15, but prohibits any inductions until October 15. It also halts the drafting of teen-age youths. In a bristling letter to Secretary of War Patterson, the-Colorado Senator spoke of the War-Department's "blind and congenital stupidity" and said-the department apparently had assumed "that members of Congress are dummies and that they can be awed and influenced by a mass of distorted mathematics." Johnson said the House measure- would > not provide replacements for fathers and combat veterans now in service. He urged the de- parment to back his proposal for a six weeks' extension to July 1. A "cooling-off" period in the Senate appeared in store Tuesday for the chopped-up draft extension bill, along with its companion pay boost measure. Senate leaders indicated an inclination to do nothing for at least a week about the two pieces of legislation passed Monday by the House, FEDERAL COURT HEARING CIVIL SUIT TUESDAY s Two Paris Negroes Sentenced, One Case Dismissed A civil suit was being heard Tuesday in Federal District Court, which convened Monday. Judge Randolph Bryant is presiding and heard several criminal cases Monday. Reward Now $1,700 For Double Slayer TEXARKANA, Texas. W) — Heavy rain ndded to the gloom of Texarkana Tuesday, is- citizens crowded into the Beech Street Baptist church for separate funeral services for Paul Martin and Betty Jo Booker while Texas Rangers and Bowie county officers redoubled efforts to apprehend the slayers of the two teen-agers, The Texarkana Gazette and Daily News added $200 to the reward fund of $1,700 put up by officers and citizens for information leading to arrest and conviction of the .killer, who is believed to be responsible for a similar slaying March 24 of Polly Ann Moore and Richard Griffin. No developments were announced from the office of Sheriff W. H Presley although the sheriff and Capt. M. T. Gonzaullus of the Texas Rangers said progress was being made in the investigation. Tuesday's action involved suit, of Mrs, Lizzie. B. Hood against the Texas Company, for. damages. It grew out of a collision near Cooper last year in which her husband Jim Hood, was killed. The acci dent involved a Texas Company gasoline truck and an automobile driven by Mr. Hood. Case against James H. Summer indicted at Tyler for sending threatening letters through the mails, was dismissed on motion of he United States attorney. Benjamin F. Davis, of the Cut hand community, Red River Coun y, pleaded guilty to two counts charging possession of unstampec iquor and operating an illegn distillery. He was sentenced to serve one year and a day in prisoi and was fined--$100 on the firs count and received a suspended entence of two years in jail or he second count. Luther Johnson, Paris Negro pleaded guilty to concealing per sonal property of the U. S. Gov ernment known to be stolen and was sentenced to jail for 30 days The government property named was 20 pairs of Army shoes. Henry Robinson, Paris Negro pleaded guilty on two count charging possession of unstampcc iquor and transport of unstampcc 1 .iquor. He received a sentence o n year and a day in jail on In :irst count and a suspended sen .ence of two years in jail on th second count. He was not repre sented by counsel on his own plea Air Guns REVISED ORDINANCES SECTION 345 To shoot an air gun, "nigger shooter/ 1 or to hurl-or throw any missiles or implements having a spring, rubber or other motive power 1 within the city limits is illegal. Veterans Buy SurplusJeeps AtCampMaxey Approximately 300 persons at tended a sale of surplus Army jeeps at Camp Maxey Monday. To be sold to veterans^ only, abou 30 jeeps were put on the block by p, W. Smith, sales chief of the re gional War Assets Administration office, which was sponsoring thr sale, •Due to the number of veteran interested in purchasing the ve hides, sale of the jeeps was b> lot. Prices on the jeeps range- from $461 to $583. After an inspection, the Jeep were placed on sale. It took abou a minute per sale, it was said. Proposal Approved WASHINGTON. A proposa to bury two "unknown Americans from World War II beside the un nown soldier of the First Worl War was tentatively approve Tuesday by the Senate military committee. NEW YORK — (&) — The United Nations Security Council Tuesday ostponed action on Russia's pro- osal for dropping the Russian-Iran- an case and adjourned until Wed- icsday with three delegates de- nanding immediate consideration f Poland's charges against Franco ipain. Dr. Quo Tai-Chi, chairman, an- lOunced the Council .would meet t 2 p. m. Wednesday. He did not state what would be aken up then. But France, Rusia and Poland joined in asking mmediate consideration of the Spanish case. Poland has charged Franco Spam vith ' ngering world peace and with harboring Nazi scientists dong research on new weapons in his atomic age. Eight delegates lined up Monday and Tuesday against Russia's proposal that Uie council immediately .trike the Russian-Iranian case i-om its agenda. Russia and Poland stand to- jether for the Russian move. The eleventh nation on the council, France, presented this morn- ng a compromise proposal designed to have Secretary General Trygve Lie obtain complete infor- nntion of the case for the Council's report to the general assem- )ly which meets here September 3. This would have the effect of taking the case off the Council's docket. . ,,_,,, Lie this morning handed the council n memorandum expressing doubt that tlKvcouncil could legal- y keep tho case on its agenda. The council referred.-the Lie nemorandum to its committee of experts for a report within two days, This could bring the matter up again on Thursday.. The council saw a brief recurrence of the bitterness that marked its session late Monday when the Russian delegate, Andrei A. Gromyko, expressed "doubt" that the United States and Britain wanted peaceful settlement of the Iranian case. Edward R. Stettinius Jr., the American delegate, told the .council Tuesday that his government still thought it not wise to drop the Iranian case immediately. Gromyko closed the discussion by telling the council that he had "called things by their names Monday and I did not expect the delegate of the United States to- agree." / Binnion Takes Over Mayor's Office, Mayor J. A. Binnion, elected in the April 2 city election, took office Monday afternoon at 5 o'clock m tthe City Hall. The new mayor offered Ins resignation as city secretary to John Barnes, outgoing mayor, and took the oath of office from Barnes. After being sworn in, Binnion m turn gave the oath to new aldermen, Wasson Uzzell, Al C. Barnett and Albert L. King and David Robinson, re-elected. Alderman George Lacy took the oath Tuesday morning. After taking office, Mayor Binnion appointed W. G. Norwood as city secretary until a special election can be held. The mayor was undecided lues- day morning as to whether ho would hold a special meeting of the City Council to call an election or wait until the regular meeting in May. Easter Holiday For Paris Students Paris schools will be out Friday of this week and Monday of next week in observance of Easter, it has been announced by City School Superintendent A. H. Chamness and Paris Junior College President J R. McLemore. Bikini Tests No Threat To World, Admiral Says WASHINGTON (&) —.The atom bomb task force believes the cost of the Bikini experiments will be no greater than that for "one large new ship"—which could be about $110,900,000,. the current price of a super-battleship. Vice Adm. W. H. P. Blandy, commander for the joint Army- Navy operation, said "the uninformed" had estimated the tests would cost $425,000,000 for target ships and another $100,000,000 for other expenses. "Such figures are gross exaggerations," the Admiral asserted in a statement. Blandy also mad« these other observations: I—The tests are no threat to other nations and no "martial gesture." They are a defensive measure of "caution and economy, not aggression." • , 2 The postwar armed forces '•will be definitely and markedly affected by the implications of the atomic bomb. 3—Although the projected third test, where the bomb is to be exploded several thousand feet down in the open sea, "is commonly believed to be the most important, it is by no means certain that it will prove so." The second test, with the bomb exploded in the shallow waters of Bikini lagoon or just at the surface, "may readily turn out to be more lethal in its combined effects upon ship and crew —especially since this attack can be made either at sea or in port, and the bomb can be quickly brought to the desired exploding position, that is on the surface or slightly below it." 4—Prompt information is necessary. Scientists say any reasonably industrialized nation can produce the A-bomb in a few years, but it is not expected a positive guarantee against the use of the weapon can be accomplished except through a step-by-step process over an indefinite period.

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