Ventura County Star from Ventura, California on June 28, 1946 · 1
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o Ye ntura Go un araiaia - 'J ' f' gfgww ... ON THE INSIDE Passing scene page 4 Women's news page 6 Sports page 13 Amusements page 12 Comics page 15 Ed.torial page 16 THE WEATHER Scattered clouds but generaly sunny this afternoon and Saturday afternoon but with low clouds or fog tonight and Saturday morning. Local early morning drizzles near coast Saturday. Little change in temperature. o SEVENTY-FIRST YEAR, No." 191 VENTURA (Official Name San Buenaventura), CALIF., FRIDAY", JUNE 28, 1946 (CITY EDITION) PRICE FROM NEWSBOYS, FOUR CENTS m 1) o o o o O (NEA Telephoto) UNDERWATER PHOTOGRAPHY AT BIKINI Underwater photographer working on diving stage at Bikini practices for his coming role in photographing the results of the atom bomb. Underwater photography, largely developed by the bureau of ordnance for its mine disposal service during the war, will now go to work for science. Soviets In Surprise Request: Italian Colonial Pie Slice Sought PARIS. 01 P) Secretary of State James F. Byrnes served notice on the other Big Four ministers today that he would demand a decision tomorrow on the calling of a 21-nation peace conference. PARIS (UP) Russia sprang a surprise demand today for a share in the control of the Italian colonies during the next year while their ultimate fate is being decided. The Soviet request for a finger in the Italian colonial pie was made at a meeting of the colonial committee of the council of foreign ministers. The Russians refused to agree to the maintenance of the present British control of the colonies for the next 12 months. The ministers decided last week to put off for a year a decision on the disposal of the colonies, and established the committee to plan their ad ministration during the year. The committee drew up a report admitting its failure to reach the agreement which it had been expected to present to the ministers at their regular meeting later in the day. THE MEMBERS of the committee are Beniamin V. Cohen of the United States, Gladwyn Jebb of Great Britain, Andrei Vishin-sky of Russia and Maurice de Couve de Murville of France. At committee meetings of the last three days the British have held out for maintenance of the existing British adminis'mtion They contended that a year was too short a period in which to make any worthwhile changes HOWEVER, Vishinsky on V. M. Molotovs orders insisted on Russia participating in the administration, which he wanted to be by all the Big Four. Both Cohen and De Murville presented various compromise formulas which Vishinsky refused to accept The council met with the prospects of trying to clean up the few outstanding clauses of the Romanian treaty and making another attempt to reach agreement on major Italian issues. BY UNITED PRESS Trade sources reported today that more than half the nations butcher shops were closed. They had no meat to sell, al though livestock was reported plentiful on the ranges. George Dressier, executive sec retary of the National Retail Meat Dealers association said little re leaf could be expected before September. Dressier said a nationwide survey of the organization's 58,000 members showed that more than half of them had closed their butcher shops. MEAT SUPPLIES across the nation hit a new low. An acute poultry shortage developed in the east. Many American families faced a meatless weekend. The Chicago stockyards, packing center of the nation, received only 2,500 head of cattle yesterday. In normal times, 8,000 to 15.000 arrive. Dressier said there was a minimum per capita supply of 140 pounds of meat available on farms and ranges for this year compared with 132 pounds last year. TRADE SOURCES estimated that more than 100,000 hogs and 50.000 to 75,000 cattle w-ere being held on midvvestern farms, while farmers waited to see what was to happen to price control. Dressier said his association expected- a limited flush of cattle at stockyards after next week, when the price control issue w-ill have been decided. Osami Nagano Takes Pearl Harbor Blame TOKYO. (UP) Former Japanese Fleet Admiral Osami Na-q gano, a defendant in the war crimes trial, has assumed entire responsibility for the surprise attack on Pearl harbor, the newspaper Mainichi said today. The Mainichi said Nagano made his admissions in a letter addressed to Defense Counsel Hachiro Okuyama. Nagano was indicted largely because of murder resulting from the Pearl harbor attack and that he wished to state his attitude to- 0 wards the raid, the paper said. The letter was quoted as follows: I sanctioned the Pearl harbor attack campaign. Since it was purely a matter of naval operations, nobody else is concerned. I am entirely responsible for the campaign. Stock Averages Closing Dow-Jones averages: Industrials, 205.62, up 0.59. Rails, 65.81, off .07. Utilities, 42.10, up 0.15. Volume 1,010,000. Oulland To Force Wage Legislation WASHINGTON. (UP) Rep. George E. Outland, D., yesterday filed a discharge petition to force minimum wage legislation before the house as the only hope of getting any minimum wage law before this session of congress. Outland was delegated to file the petition by some 90 members of an unofficial house steering committee seeking passage of the presidents reconversion measures. Outland wants to force out of the labor committee a bill by Rep. Frank E. Hook. D Mich., to increase minimum wages to 65 cents an hour now and 75 cents in two years, and to increase the coverage of the law to include maritime workers, agricultural processing w-orkers and certain groups of store employes. o Navy Recruiting Office To Stay Open Sunday LOS ANGELES. (UR) Navy-recruiting offices will remain open Sunday to give navy enlistees their last chance to sign up in time to receive wartime family allowances during their enlistments. After the Sunday midnight deadline, men enlisting in the navy will get pre-war pay rates, which do not allow $50 for one dependent, $30 for the second and $20 for each additional as do the wartime rates. Men enlisting before the deadline, however, will receive the wartime allowances throughout their enlistments, w-hich may be as long as six years. Newton Admits Killing REDWOOD CITY. (U.R) Vohres Newton, former coast guardsman, today confessed that he killed his two infant daughters and attempted to kill his wife -with a blunt instrument last Tuesday in a lonely canyon near the rugged San Mateo county coast line. Deputy District Attorney Fred Wycoff announced. THE 24-YEAR-old Oakland Glazier broke down and admitted the brutal murders as he. viewed the bodies of his two infants Barbara Ann, 23 months, and Caroline Lee, 7 months, at a mortuary at Burlingame, 10 miles north of here. Earlier Newton, after hours of questioning admitted to authorities: I might have done it I dont remember killing them, but no one else could have done it. I must have done lfc Authorities grilled him incessantly since he was arrested in a dazed, blood-soaked condition near Lake Tahoe in Nevada Wednesday night. He had a laceration over his right eye and a brused back after he apparently had attempted suicide by jumping off a rock. With his wife, Lorraine, 23, still in critical condition in Community hospital at San Mateo with a depressed skull fracture, authorities took him to view the bodies of the infants. Their skulls were fractured as if struck with a claw hammer. THE BODIES were found Tuesday afternoon in a clump of weeds and wild lilies. Whether or not the accused father makes any additional confession today, he will be taken to Half Moon bay for arraignme. on two charges of murder and one of attempted murder. His wife remained in a critical condition and doctors have given her a 50-50 chance for recovery. Authorities have refrained from further questioning of the mother who was found wandering in a dazed condition near the place where her childrens bodies w-ere discovered. Wyckoff said that 24 hours of almost constant questioning had y.elded several new angles to the case in addition to Newton's purported confession. SPEAKING in quiet tones, the stocky youth told police yesterday that he had taken his family down the peninsula Monday to look at a home m San Bruno he w-as considering buying. He said he had engaged in a violent argument with his wife over a proposed abortion. We had a heated discussion, Newton said, from the time we left the doctors office in San I rancisco until we were well down the coast highway. It was very heated. I remember parking the car while we argued Thats all I remember until I woke up on a park bench in Reno. o M an Killed Instantly In Auto-Train Crash GLENDALE. (UR) Harry E. Francy, 52, was killed instantly last night when his automobile was struck at a crossing by the Southern Pacifics Daylight Limited. The wrecked car was dragged about 1,000 feet before the train was brought to a halt by Engineer C. C. Alford of Bakersfield, police said. o HUSBANDLESS HOLLYWOOD. (U P.) Diana Barrymore, who left Hollywood for Las Vegas, Nev., a month ago with a husband, came back today without one. o Stargazer Saw: POLICE CHIEF SAM PRIMMER of Santa Paula helping to haul in 13 halibut on his day off yesterday. William S. Hart, jr., Refuses To Discuss Father's Will: $1,000,000 J-JOLLYWOOD. (U P) William 1 S. Hart, jr., 24, angrily barricaded himself behind locked doors today and refused to discuss his fathers will, which cut him off without a cent and left almost $1,000,000 to found Memorial Parks in the late cowboys name. Terms of the document, filed yesterday in probate court, obviously came as a great surprise to the young government worker, who only last week lost a court battle for custody of his fathers fortune. Witnesses at the hearing said young Hart never wrote his father except to ask for money. The tremendous estate, built up when the famous western star (NEA Telephoto) FATHER HELD FOR CHILD SLAYINGS Vorhes Newton, 24, (right), who confessed the clawhammer murders of his infant daughters, is turned over to Sheriff E. J. Kenison of Placer county (left), by Constable Harry Johansen of Tahoe City (center). Newton will be taken to San Mateo county jail in Redwood City, Calif. His 21-year-old wife, Lorraine, is in a semi-coma in a San Mateo hospital. She had been severely beaten, possibly with a claw-hammer. Ex-GI s Kangaroo Car Makes Post-War Debut yENTURA countys rambunctious Leapin Lena has its first post-war assignment! Lena, a battered but faithful old jaloppy, painted a myriad of gaud-- col-ii s, came -ut of rv tirernent last night to herald the July 4 festival being staged at Portuguese Crown Club hall, Oxnard, by AMVETS. Its owner, caretaker and former GI, Ralph Shaffer, was glad to get at the controls of Lena once more after a long absence m the ETO. The bucking, rough-riding novelty car made its first appearance a number of years ago when Shaffer bolted and wired it together for entrance in an Oxnard Elks harvest festival parade. Rivalling the antics of any circus contraption, the car became an integral part of all Oxnard affairs. Its popularity grew and it came to Ventura qn several occasions, once on a political mission, and even got as far as Santa Barbara and Santa Moni 10 Child Health Conferences Set Ten child health conferences have been scheduled by the Ventura county health department for July. The conferences will be held for the main part from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Clinics will be held as follows: July 1, Moorpark high school; July 3, Oxnard Ramona school; July 12, Nordhoff grammar school, Ojai; July 15, Santa Paula Methodist Episcopal church; July 16, federal housing community building, Port Hueneme; July 24, Somis school, and July 25, Roosevelt school, Oxnard. A clinic will be held in room two, Washington school on July 2 and at May Henning school on July 9, interested persons being asked to telephone 6131, station 51, for appointments. Parents who wish to have their children attend the Foster school clinic on July 23 are asked to telephone 5084 for appointments. The regular immunization clinic will be held at the health department office from 9 a.m. until noon on July 5. Estate Left was tracking down badmen and Indians on the movieland range for a fabulous $10,000 a week, went largely to Los Angeles county on the condition it be maintained in Harts memory. Hart, jr.s name was conspicuous by its absence on the list of bequests. He was mentioned only once when the late actor explained why he was cutting him off. I provided lor him amply during my Lifetime, he said in the will. He made no specific mention of money gifts presented his son during his lifetime. But in the next paragraph old two-gun Bill, whose mind was almost as quick as his trigger-finger, forestalled any effort on ca w-here Elks of those cities took advantage of its kangaroolike cavorting. Lena was put out to pasture when Shaffer became an lr force g.-onnd ciew member ar l went to England and Europe. Now, after using his mechanical ability to keep the big U. S. bpmbers in the air, Shaffer has returned to his Port Hueneme garage and to Lena. As chairman of the membership committee and third vice president of AMVETS, Shaffer is anxious to make the July 4 festival of the organization a success. And Lena, happy as a young colt to be back in harness, is helping him to spread the word. Placards on the side of the jaloppy will inform passersby and bystanders that the festival with barbecue, games and a dance will be held all day July 4 at the Crown Club hall on Woolley road and that tickets are on sale by AMVETS members. Fear Expressed For Safety Of Couple (See Picture Page 8) LAS VEGAS. (UP) After failing for the second day to spot their driftwood raft from the air, searching pilots today expressed fears that Mrs. Georgie White, 35, and Harry Aleson, 42, may have lost their lives in trying to shoot the Colorado river rapids. They began their five-day journey last weekend. The raft should have been visible from the air, the pilots said, but their all-day patrol of the 81-mile river course from the Diamond Creek, Utah, junction to Boulder City, Nev., did not reveal a trace of the couple. Mrs. White, a Los Angeles resident, said before beginning the trip with Aleson, a veteran river-man from Richmond, Utah, that they both would wear life preservers in case their raft was splintered by the rivers, jagged boulders. Last year they made a slightly shorter passage through the rapids with nothing but life preservers keeping them afloat. By Famed Movie Cowboy his sons part to contest it. I hearby bequeath the sum of $1 to whoever might attempt to break this wil:, he ordered. His son was not happy last night. "Oh, s.,ut ,7. ue si owled into the telephone. I have absolutely nothing to say. And he slammed down the receiver. I imagine he will contest the will, one of his attorneys, Bu-ron Fitts, said. I think some outside influence may have been brought to bear on his father. The boys a pretty good kid. The biggest chunk of his estate to be turned into a memorial park was his 20G-acre Hill of Degnan Suspect Vague DHOENIX, Ariz. (UR) Ed S. Healy, assistant states attorney from Chicago, expressed belief today that Richard R. Thomas story of kidnaping and butchering Suzanne Degnan is too contradictory to warrant extradition, but he added we arent through with him yet. Healy made the statement after a disclosure from Chicago that the two other Chicago officials here to question Thomas Detectives John A. Olson and T. D. Allman had notified states attorney William J. Tuohy by telephone that they would return home tonight without Thomas. HEALY SAID it was felt that would be the result, but added another intensive questioning is planned today. He indicated the trio of officers probably would relinquish claim to the 42-year-old suspect, but would obtain more samples of his handwriting for study by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The two detectives said they told Tuohy that Thomas did not disclose any details during questioning last night that he could not have read in the newspapers. THE ONE-TIME radio singei is scheduled to be sentenced in Maricopa county court here Monday for committing unnatural sex acts against his own 13-year-ld daughter, Patricia. Pointing to this fact, Olson said he will be available if we -want him later, presumably after the FBI handwriting check. From the questions asked, it would appear that Thomas is off the 1 fe i," said Sheriff Ernest W. Poadi,,"who joined the questioning with Healy, Olson and All man, representative of the Chi cago police commissioner. THE CHICAGO investigators, who flew here to check Thomas confession against facts uncovered in the Jan. 6 mutilation slaying, got nowhere when they began checking the story yesterday. After a few minutes of questioning, Thomas begged for a few hours rest. He said he was exhausted after a sleepless night. He was given a sedative, and questioning was resumed at nightfall. Thomas, who confessed the crime as he awaited sentence on Monday for raping his daughter, Patricia, 13, stuck firmly to his story that he found Suzanne asleep as he prowled through the Degnan home. He said he carried her off and cut up her body after she suffocated in a sack. o Storm Warnings Given In Northern Districts SAN FRANCISCO, (UR) The weather bureau today ordered southeast storm w-arnings from Cape Mendocino off the central California coast to Newport, Ore. Small craft warnings were ordered from Point Arena to Cape Mendocino and from Tatoosh to Newport. A disturbance of moderate intensity centered about 300 mil'' west of Newport and the weath bureau said it would move ea: ward. Fresh to strong southerly winds, shifting to the southwest on the Oregon and extreme northern California cost, were forecast for this afternoon and tonight. o Cummings Treated for Broken Glass Mishap HOLLYWOOD. 01 R) Actor Robert Cummings, who accidentally gulped broken glass for a movie scene, was under a doctors care today. He was expected to recover without serious effects. The accident happened when Cummings slammed down a thermos bottle in a scene for The Chase, then took a drink without realizing he had broken it. The Winds Ranch in Newhall, north of Hollywood. Other heirs to the cowboys fortune included: Mrs. Frances Viereck, his sister, $50,000; grandnieces Maryellen Hogen and Beatrice H. Hunt, $5000 each; the Commercial club of Billings, Mont., $5000 for charitable use; and the American Society for the Prevention of cruelty to animals, $50,000. Five-thousand-dollar bequests went to the Players club, the Masquers club, and the Actors fund of New York; $2000 to St. Johns Episcopal church of Los Angeles; $3,000 to Father Neal Dodd of Hollywood, and $2000 to the Braille Institute for the Blind. Battered Goes To WASHINGTON. (U.R) The senate today passed and sent to the WhiteHouse a battered price control bill extending for another year but opening the way for higher prices on food, clothing, autos and many other types of manufactured goods. The roll call vote was 47 to 23. The bill cleared its final legislative hurdle after President Trumans four top lieutenants in congress called at the White House and urged him to sign it whatever its imperfections. Senate Democratic Leader Alben W. Barkley, Ky., said the Big Four asked the president not to veto the measure because it is this or nothing. Mr. Truman, he said, did not indicate what his final decision would be. But there were mounting indications that Stabilization Director Chester Bowles, who considers the bill an inflationary booby trap, would resign if the president signed it. Mr. Truman said yesterday that Bowles had repeatedly sought to quit his post but so far had been prevailed upon to stick it out. Barkley indicated his belief that the administration could not push through congress a resolution extending OPA as is in event the president vetoed the bill. The White House said Mr. Tru- COUNTY NEAT SHOPS BARE Meat in Ventura county today was nearly all on the hoof and a check of meat wholesalers revealed that it most likely will stay that way ' until the present OPA wrinkles are ironed out. Butcher shops throughout the county were either closed or were selling only cold cuts. Very few, if any, had more than 10 percent of their usual supply of meat this week. Cold storage lockers and slaughter houses wt.e inactive. MEANWHILE tons of beef grazed in the county while cattle ranchers kept an eye on the newspapers and radios for word of the OPA bill progress. There were numerous reports that if OPA price control remained at former levels, the meat supply would be improved very little. One meat supply houe operator said he was flooded with calls for meat and several people had become irate and had attempted to enter his locker room to see if he was hiding meat from them. We just are butchering, he explained. There are no cattle available. MEAT MARKETS were opening two or three days a week ar.d then only a half-day at a time m many instances. Restaurant supply channels were operating on a meager basis with some meat av ailable, but gradually declining. The OPA bill still was before congress and there was no indication whether President Truman will approve or veto the re-hashed and badly battered measure. No improvement in the meat situation locally is expected until satisfactory price levels are reached. Illegal Radio Charges Dropped On grounds that facts available did not warrant prosecution, charges of operating an illegal radio station have been dismissed against Francisco A. Gutierrez, 450 N. Ash street, Santa Paula, United Press reported todav-U. S. Commissioner David Head. Los Angeles, before whom Gu-tierrqz was to appeal today, said the case had been dismissed June 18 for lack of evidence. Gutierrez was arrested by Santa Paula police May 20 in his front room studio where he allegedly was broadcasting programs heard more than 100 miles away. A lengthy investigation reportedly preceded the arrest. Gutierrez has returned to Santa Paula w here he is employed by a citrus firm. o Kiwanis Members Get Hearing Test fU P) F e 1 m a Heath, 35, of Wilmington, was killed last night when struck on the head by the rim of a tractor tire that exploded as he was inflating it. ... i,,u Heath was repairing the tire Members of the Kiv. n --at the service station at which he today found out whether their ears have been functioning all right or not. Mrs. Julien Hathaway, health coordinator for the county schools, gave members of the club a hearing test similar to the one given to students of the county schools. Results were not revealed. Ed Shearer was program chairman for the day. o Helicopters Due tor Test Flights Monday LOS ANGELES. (UP) Four Sikorsky helicopters now enroute from Bridgeport, Conn., to inaugurate southern California helicopter mail service July 5, will receive their test flight Monday. Postmaster Michael Fanning announced today. Measure Truman man hadnt decided -whether he should address the nation to explain whatever action he finally takes. The bill extends OPA until June 30, 1947, but strips the agency of many of its powers and drastically lestricts others. In its principal provisions the bill: 1. Transfers OPA' authority cner food and agricultural products tu the secretary of agriculture. 2. Gives final authority for removing or restoring price ce' lings to a new. three-man board of decontrol. Ceilings on any item must be removed when supply- equals demand. 3. Slashes government subsidy program to $1,000,000,000 and orders an end to ail food subsidies, except those on sugar, by April 1. This is expected to bring retail price increases in meat, milk cheese and other dairy products. 4. REQUIRES OPA to raise prices for manufacturers and processors to equal levels of Oct. 1-15, 1941, plus subsequent increases per unit cost. Resulting price increases OI?A claims they will be considerable w?il be passed on tn the consumers. OPA also would be required to allow distributors, wholesalers and retailers profit margins prevailing last Jan. 1. 5. Revokes OPAs maximum average price regulation (MAP) designed to encourage production of lower-cost clothing. OPA av this will lead manufacturers to concentrate on costlier and more profitable lines. 6. Prohibits ceilings on raw cotton. Requires OPA to consider actual market cost of cotton, rather than parity price, in computing textile prices. OPA says this will raise textile prices because the market price is higher than parity, o Automobile Oulpui Expected To Rise NEW YORK. (UP)A prediction that automobile output will rise substantially in the final half of 1946 and a gam of 24 to 28 percent m retail trade throughout the nation helped the stock market to advance again today. The main list of prices rose fractions to more than a point with a long list of specialties scoring gains ranging to 19 points in Hazel-Atlas Glass, which responded to announcement of plans for a 5-for-l stock split up. Chrysler ran up more than a point in its group as Wards automotive reports predicted that car production in the next six months will double the figures for the half year just closed and reported a rise of 10,320 units in production for the past week. Tire Worker Killed In Freak Explosion MAYWOOD. w as employed, fracture. He died of a skull BASEBALL TODAY NATIONAL LEAGUE Boston 001 000 0001 6 0 Brooklyn 100 000 02x 3 5 2 Sam. White (8) and Masi, Padgett (6); Lombardi and Edwards. New York at Philadelphia, night. Chicago at Cincinnati, night. St. Louis at Pittsburgh, night. AMERICAN LEAGUE Washington 000 000 010 1 11 t Boston 003 024 30x 12 12 2 Wolff, Scarborough (6) Pieretti (6) and Guerra; Harris and H. Wagner, Padgett (6). Philadelphia at New York, night. Cleveland at Chicago, night. Detroit at St. Louis, night. .4 4 4 iLmi uWMiJBMJWun mfmm

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