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Liverpool Echo from Liverpool, Merseyside, England · 8

Liverpool, Merseyside, England
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Tuesday, January 19, 1954
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BE IN IITAIN Tanker s Ribbon GREETING Fanfare By The Lifeguards he Queen has graciously commanded that the new £5,000,000 Easthani oil dock, largest in Britain, be called the Queen Elizabeth II Dock. This was announced at its opening to-day by Sir Leslie Roberts (chairman and managing director of the Manchester Ship Canal Company). It is the first to be so named in this country a the 28.000-ton (deadweight) Shell tanker Velletia moved slowly into the dock, assisted by tugs. she broke a ribbon between the lock leading from the Mersey into the dock. The actual breaking of the ribbon was preceded by a fanfare of trumpets blown by eight redplumed trumpeters of the Life Guards. it Leslie Roberts made his announcement from the bridge of the Velletia and immediately afterwards a 16-rounds salute was fired from four guns of the 252 (Manchester) Field Regiment, R.A. (T.A.). from the dockside, METEORS FLY OVER T•.velve Meteor jet fighter aircraft rom R.A.F. Hooton. led by Wing:commander M. Kellett. flew over he dock and dipped in salute as, he opening ceremony took place.l Ind the pipes and drums of the Averpool Scottish marched round he perimeter of the lock in ionour of the opening. Refine the ceremony began nusic was played by the Central Sand of the Royal Air Force. under he direction of Wing-Commander '. E. Simms. and the guests gathered in the specially con- . Itructed grandstand They included' he Lord Mayor of Manchester Alderman A Moss). Mr F. J itephens (managing director of the ;hell Petroleum Company) and the knglo-Saxon Petroleum Company), 2ouncillor C. F. Reid (Mayor of Bebington). Mr. W P. Cartwright [chairman of Ellesmere Port :outwit) and Lieut.-General Sir Lasher G Whistler (G 0 C.-in-C Western Command) CARGO FROM KUWAIT Within a few minutes of n'r itering the dock the Velletsa wa , curely moored to the easterly lge of the new dock and almost amediately began unloading the Loool.ons of oil she had brought from Kuwait. She is commanded by Captain James Thornton. of South Shields. Commodore of the Fleet, and waft brought into the dock by the pilot. Mr. V. Davison of Bebington Right up to the last moment workmen were putting the finish ing touches to the great mouhds of earth which have been created on two sides of the dock from the 3.500.000 tons of rock and earth excavated to make it. LUNCH SPEECH Sir Leslie Roberts, chairman and managi'ig director of the Manchester Ship Canal Co., speaking at the lunch after the ceremony said many of them would know that the occasion was to have been graced by the presence of the Queen and She was to have performed the opening ceremony. This would hitve been fitting. as she has commanded that this dock shal carry her name." The company had sent a cable stating: "The chairman and directors of the Manchester Ship Canal Co. present their humble duty and beg :eave to acquaint your Majesty that the new oil dock which your Majesty has been F ractouslv pleased to designate The Queen Elizabeth 11. Dock.' ha. been opened this morning " Sir Leslie said the dock had been born of infinite work and great anxiety because it carried a great place in the national economy. He added. however. that thz company. booed the Queen and the Duke 4' Edinburgh would be able to visit the dock in the new Royal yacht Britannia. ..... - It was the secnnd occasion In which history had been made at this particular point because. 60 years awn. the first sod of the Manchester Shio Canal had been cut. FINE QUALITIES "One can but admire the resolution. initiative and courage which those pioneers showed. and I feel' that those fine qualities have been, passed on to the present day in our organisation." said Sir Leslie. "This new oil dock is a living example of' it." he said. He pointed out that Manchester was now the third port in the , country and the second oil port. At the end of the war it had become obvious that if they were to cater for th larger type of tanker. they wo Uld have to con- Eruct a new dock at Eastham and widen and deepen the canal as far as Stanlow. As a result of a change in, Gokernment policy in 1948. the Shell company undertook to estab; fish a great refinery at Stanlow. and the era of the big tanker arrived at the same time. The cost of the developments since the war had totalled 29.750.000 which was equal to the cost of the whole of the canal when it was built. But it showed the world that British ports ware not lacking in bringing their , , organisation and equipment up to date. (Description of Dock on Page 4) YOUTN STOLE £350 Broke Into Grandmother' Home: Bound Over Accused at Liverpool County Ito Session s to -day of stealing longing to his grandmother, William Foster, aged 18. mechanic, of Birton Street. Helens. was bound over for years. Mr. A. Edmondson. for the prosecution. said that Foster broke into his grandmother's home and forced open a wooden trunk. With his girl fiend aged 18. he went to Liverpool. then to London, and eventually to Ireland. When the money was spent they returned home and he was arrested. It was stated that roster was anxious to repay the money, and that his lather had been paying it back at the rate of £2 a week. SMOKE INTO MOUSE A 16 years•old Walla , ev boy whnl ke into a neighbour'''. hou.r anit e a 6d Postal Order wa , ulw , ed probation for 12 rnon't ,, at Baser Juvenile Court to day ordered to pay 15' coos lie for a similar offence to be LAST CITY OIL THE LIVERPOOL ECHO, IS NAMED THE Y, JANUARY 19, 1954 of R.A.F. Meteor jets flying overhead street the tanker Velletia as she the new Queen Elizabeth II dock, opened to-day at Eastham. A salute of 16 rounds by the moves forward to Obscene Books: Two Gaoled Three Firms Each Fined f 2,000 Two men were each gaoled for SIX months and three companies were each fined 22.000 at the Old Bailey. to-day. for printing and publishing obscene libels In seven books. The men were Reginald Herbert Carter. aged 34. and illiiaS Reiter. aged 46. both pub'ishers. and the companies the Arc Press. of; Borough High Street. London: the New Fiction Press, of the same address. and the Gaywood Press. of Garwood Street. London The Recorder. Sir Gerald Dodson,, said he hoped this trial would put ; a stop to the debasing literature which sooner or later would drag the reading public down" . into a veritable pool of depravity.' All the charges had been denied. The jury had spent several hours in their private room reading the books. More than half a million copies of five of the books were said to have been on sale. Duke's Dilemma The Duke of Marlborough teas at Orford tu•dar Fined 12 foe exceeilina the speed limit. The Duke uns not represented in court. In u letter uritten from Blenheim Palace. he said " I shall be unable to appear, as I hare to sit on the bench mvsell at that lime:. Boy, 6, Began Fire Sister Died, Six Saved The coroner. Mr. R. A. Daniel, said at an Altrincham inquest. to-day, that there was no doubt that a _boy was responsible for a Are which caused the death of his three, years-old sister. r. He is only six. therefore one cannot charge him or make his future unhappy as a result of what happened A verdict was recorded that, Linda White died from shock due to severe burns accidentally received. Linda. youngest child of a family of seven, died after a fire at their home in Broad Street, Altrincham. on January 4. The six other children were saved. FELL ON SOFA Inspector A Elliott said the boy told him: "I got up when they were all asleep I went downstairs and got a piece of paper and got a light out of the fire to find some bread in the parlour. The piece of paper fell on the sofa and lit it. I went back upstairs and got back into bed " When the smoke came. I jumped back over the gate at the too of the stairs." The boy did not tell his parents about the blazing sofa because he " thought they would hit him." The boy's father told the coroner he had tried to stop the boy going downstairs during the night for food and other things and made the gate to prevent his doing so BOY SEEKS DAMAGES Terrihle Injuries After Bather Dived On Him A 16-years-old boy. said by his counsel to have suffered from injuries which are terrible and terrifying." was taken into the Assize G:urt at Bedford to-day in a ; wheelchair. Mr. W. A Fearnley-Whitting- Q.C.. said that the boy. Derek John Pearce. of Dudley ; Street, Bedford. dived from a diving board in Newnham swimming baths at Bedford on July 21. 1951, and. while he was sub;merged. another bather dived on ;top of him. As a result the greater Dart of his body was paralysed for life. Derek claimed damages fur personal injuries and loss caused by the alleged negligence of the defendants, the Mayor. Aldermen and Burgesses of Bedford. who own and control the pool. The defendants denied that they were negligent and. alternatively. that the boy's injuries were caused by his own negligence. (Proceeding) Artillery and two squadrons the ribbon across the lock of REDS REFUSE TO TAKE MEN BACK Korea Prisoners Dispute NINE-PAGE LETTER PANMUNJOM. Tuesday. the Communists told the Indian Command to-day that they would not take back the 349 pro-Communist prisoners scheduled to be returned to them to-morrow. The Indians said they would proceed with the transfer of the 22.039 anti-Communist Korea n s and IChineae back to United Nations' custody. The Communists' nine-page letter to the Indian Command uPoosed the decision to return all unrepatriated prisoners-of-war to their captors beginning to-morrow. The Communist reply flatly rejected tho Indian view that. although certain aspects of the armistice had not been fulfilled. the custodian troops could neither held the prisoners, nor retain them, but could only return 'them to their captors. First Success For Mellor Manchester Youth At Wolverhampton Kinellan. sent from Berwickshire to contest the Hilton Selling Handicap Hurdle at Wolverhampton to-day, started favourite but was beaten in a good finish by Straight Border. Straight Border went to the front approaching the second last hurdle and kept on gamely under pressure. He was well ridden by Mr. Stanley Mellor. a 17-years-old amateur from Manchester. who was gaining his first success under National Hunt Rules. Mr Mellor kept his mount going' strongly to hold off the strong challenge of R Curran. the North's leading jockey. on Kinellan. Mr. Mellor is a well-known rider in the' ishnw ring. Balkan Catch proved himself a' promising young 'chaser when he' Iran out a very easy winner otsthe Fordhouses Novices' 'Chase. He gave none of his opponents any chance of catching him throughout the last half mile and won by six lengths from Ballaroan. Wrekin broke his neck when he fell three fences from home. Shottsford landed a gamble in the Low ,Level Handicap Hurdle. After r.imping the last hurdle. he quickly raced clear to win by four lengths. Bramble Tudor won her fourth consecutive race when she outclassed her two opwnents to win the Pattingham 'Chase in easy Ate. Bramble Tudor has now won eleven of her last thirteen races. She will next run in the Lancashire 'Chase at Manchester next weekend. HONEYMOON COUPLE SAVED FROM WRECK Vessel Sailed From Garston A honeymoon couple. married a week aio in London. were among 25 persons. including stewardess, rescued by the Stornoway lifeboat from the Swedish steamer Etna t 1.593 tons) in heavy seas ear:y to-day when the vessel went agtound en Skeirnoe. a reef three mi es from the island of Scalpay (Outer Hebrides). The Etna': - which was on voya from Garton to Denma rk. :ater sank by the head. All on board were taken off. Three of the crew who were injured when the Etna struck the reef had to receive rn^dical attention. Coxswain of the lifeboat. Malcolm Macdonald. tepor'r•d that despite the heavy seas he was able to bring the Vessel alongside the stranded steamer. Macdonald was decorated a year ago by the Duchess of Kent for rescuing four Imen from an island off the Butt of Lewis. SHOT MAN DIES Frederick Carter. aged 62. of 25 Bath Street. Southport. who was, found with a gun shot wound in the abdomen on his allotment at Moss Road. Birkdale. on Saturday. died in Southport Infirmary to-day Mr. Carter often shot rat, and rabbits on the allotment at weekends. Emp',wed for many vearc by a Southport firm of seed men. he was a member of the committee of Southport Allotment and Horticultural Society. DIED AT WORK Thomas Howard. aged 53. of 34 Zetland Street. Southport. employed in the machine shop of D. G. Todd and Co.. plastic toy manufactlrers. Tulketh Street. Sou thpor t. collapsed and died at his work in-day KILLED BY TRACTOR A t5-veers-old farmer Gwilvo. tones of Moreton Mount Farm Weston Rhvn. Oswestry was killed yesterday when a tractor he was trying to start pinned him against a haystack. LANDED AT STORNAWAY The 25 survivors later landed at Stornaway included two womena stewardess and a Swedish woman on honeymoon. The honeymoon couple are &Alf and Singe Persson. who were married a week ago in London. The injuries of the three men hurt were not believed to be serious. Radio contact with the lifeboat had been lost for a time and the first news to reach Stornaway was that she was on her way back to port with the rescued crew and passengers. It had taken three hours desperate battling for the lifeboat to reach the Etna. LIFEBOAT'S FIND After a seven hours' search. Fleetwood lifeboat to-day found a wreck, believed to be the Fleetwood inshore fishing vessel) Florence Baxter. which was due to return to port at 8 p.m. yesterday. No bodies could be seen. The lifeboat left port in driving rain and high winds shortly after 3 a.m. to-day to search for the Florence Baxter. which sailed Yesterday morning at breakfast time. The fact that it had not returned was reported by the wife of the skipper. Richard Wright. of Blakiston Street. Fleetwood. The wreck was found just off shore. ILLEGAL DRINKING Raid On A Wavertree Horne Guard Club As the result of a police raid on the 85th Wavertree Home Guard Club, 12 Sandown Lane, Wavertree, on the night of October 17. 1953, 20 people were fined at the Liverpool Stipendiary Magistrates' Court to-day for breaches of the licensing laws, Thomas Walker. aged 47, machinist, of 8 Chesnut Grove. Liverpool, secretary of the club, was fined a total of £2O for selling liquor without holding a licence and for supplying liquor after hours. Fines totalling £lO were imposed on each of four members of the committee, who admitted similar summonses. They are: George Oven, aged 29. window cleaner, of 12 Sandown Lane: John William Metcalfe. junr.. aged 41. corn and 'seed merchant, of 14 Ventnor Road: Albert Tinman. aged 45, decorator, of 24 Monkswell Drive. treasurer of the club: and Joseph Edwin Stringer. aged 46. coal dealer, of 11 Arnold f,rove. all of Liverpool. Eight people were each fined 20s for aiding and abetting Walker to stll liquor without a licence, and seven people were each fined 20s for consuming liquor after hours. An application to strike the club off the register was adjourned until Ju'v 20 " LENIENT SENTENCE" Pleading guilty at Liverpool County Quarter Sessions to-day to breaking into a factory at Kirby. John William Hardy. aged 35. of 'no Axed address, was told by Mr. A. E dalland Q C.. the chairm3n"To-day you might have had 14 years taken out of your life but we sentence you to two years' imprisonment You know how lenient that is "If there is one spark of gratitude in your make-up you will not abuse that leniency." NO LEAVE TO APPEAL The Court of Criminal Appea to-day refused to grant Albert Joseph Wt hams, aged 30. steel erector. and Francis Tomktns. aced 25 labourer. leave to appeal against sentence of three years' imprisonment passed on each of them at Liverpool Assizes for robbing with violence George Harvey Allan in Liverpool. GAOL AGAIN Guy Knox aged 51, of 16 Hey Road Huvton. W:l5 sent to prison for 2R days at Prose"t to-day after he had pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Derby Road. Huyton. Chief insnertor E. Fairelough said Knox had 25 convictions for similar offences the last one in August. 1953. when he was sent to prison for one month. WOLVERHAMPTON 1 15) — .I'L . TBO". c'Sff Mt' 910 7 Mit el It Owen's STRAIGHT gg 110R1)1111 Mr S Mellor 8 18 ;, La r de r J . l . Ncie tr yet.• !Veer R hurl= 2 Winner trained by 0 'A fmr R h snii* a eff Mae ran: Curragboor• Clattoi d Tinker King. Blue Leur 11, Dandinl. Twenty Twenty. F o r ge lield-Attle Blue Bridge Angel a Mount. Valley Remember Me Cranford Star Hasten Slowly. Aces MO Setting: 15-8 110millan, 6-1 Blue Lear II 5-1 Remember Me. 10-1 Curreghmont. Clatfoed Kid-Atlantic, Oendinl. isTRAIGHT BORDER. 100-8 TuJor King Twenty Twenty Blue WHIN 20-1 any other. Tete (seluding stake): WM 32/7: places. 7,2. 2/9. 54 , 6, Hon 01 halt • letirta: tour lengths. —O, PO : DHCKIB i Iij o H . OLICSI, 3 O * • , 1 , 11 ABB 1 45 Off at 1.46 6 12 3 Mr A M Mob's BALKAN CATCH J Ha T siem 1 Echo Men's Selection 912 5Mr al Tote's Ballarean .A Mullins 2 5 11 0 Mc A C II Porter's Carnelian M Brudsinere 3 Winner trained by 0 Balding_ Also ran: Pill Cleft !larder Mips. Winkle. Porthlll Anne D'Or Easton Bay Pasta. Merino. lls• Romany. Bahadur King's Crest, Benin Adair Midas. Ilettelgi 5-1 altdos. Carnelian, 11-2 Ballarcein, Basin Adair 7-1 MU oett. 10-1 BALKAN CATCH. Reston Bay. 100-8 Anne DT. 100-7 Romany. 100-6 Wrealn. Pests. 2 -1 an othtr Tab: In 25/1: places. 5/9. 3/11. 4/3 Won by six lengths length Reston Bay Plll Oelt and ',realm fell. The last-mentioned died from Us injuries. 2 —I.OW LBVIL H'CAP RDLE, ot IV IL SOO Two miles. Of et 215 5 10 10 Mr F J Butes SHOTTSPORD K Mullin. I Echo Man's aria Stories Selection 7 10 OMr J C Edges Pull 14: N itreenwaY 2 81013 Mr H Rouinsun•s flionsemergoi R Holllnshead 3 Winner trained i» J Roberts Also ran: Bevin Shandagan. Pontes. Lough Ennel Scotch Comfort, San Antone, aaCanSiOn.Hants. Whltmoor, Seaunouttn. Hunting Cite Master Yenta:7 Hours,. Salting: 11-8 SHOTTSFORD. 6-1 Shandenim, 10-1 Pontes. Ascension. 100.8 1 smith Comfort San Antone. Olencemeron Besuboutin NOOnay. 20-I any ng a hs. leng other Won by four 4/ le t 4: Mres. 10. 273. th 2 45 -PAITINOHAM CHASE of E 3 0 1) 6 12 7 Col Th l.4 Joree mile icer's AAAAA LKs Off TUDOR at 2 45 R Curran 1 Wm Man's and Storrs Selection 7 11 7 Mr T L Parke's Illeka T nne4 Itrutthatir 2 9 12 7 Mrs P Clarke's Mont M Sc=nere 3 trained by Ilt ht Betting: 8-Winner 15 BRAMBLE Wig TUDOR. 15-8 Mckanfel, 100-7 Mont St MicheL That WM. 2/7: forecast. 3 6. Won DT atz lengths; length 3 1.5 C.C( A I3 N OO "It Tw r o O m U L Y R 11 0 Mr It P 0 Barlow's TYLIR.J Wpm 1 Echo Man's and Stork's Wall Selection 11 OMr NI 0 Benjamin's MAIM. J Beast, 2 12 OMr P J Arm's Shilfeird M B James 3 Winner trained by Thomson Jones Also ran: Phalene. Priory Paul. Captain Hornblower. Unusual. Planetary Bunts,. Imperial Flag. Disibrlna. Torbidor. ()olden Brings Mim Plum. sir Norman. Clear .Pront. Cardington Lam ONINts: 3-1 Maoris. 7-2 Captain Hornblower. 4-1 nil.= 'l-2 !Milford. 10-1 Priory Paul. 100-6 tardlegtem Las s. 20-1 an, other. Tote: 9 - 3: places. - lengths'lo. 5/11. Won bu r length- four TOTI SOUKS (2.15-3.1:1 races. Inc 10, stake,: LS 19— (202 wnrs. pool £2.0121. 3 45 -DODLNT H'CAP 'CHASE. sibs CS each. £250 added. Two miles and 50 yards. Of at 3.45 911 10 Ma A H Visrburtnn's QUICK ONE T Brookahaw 1 Echo Man's and Stork's Selection 10 11 IMr Nowell Clark ' s ' Mtmlimene 14 Asmara' 2 9 10 4 Mal T E Jerson's Wild Iris Dempsey 3 1011 0 Mrs H Zeus's Gold Hyacint McCo h mb 0 Winner trained nY 0 R Owen Sett)ng: 7-4 QUICK ONE. Nortronte. 4-1 Wild Iris. 6-1 Gold Hyacinth. To4o: Win. 4'S- forecast. 9 , 6. Won by eight lengths- ten lengths. JOCKEY'S RIB INJURY B. K Well, was found to hare cracked two rite and nulled a muscle in hia aft Ica hy his fall on Mont St Write! yesierday He is unlikely to ride again for a fortnight OFFICIAL SCRATCHINCS All engagements including Llncnlnalute handicap - Bellhuok at 9 aor to-dav BOY SHOPOREAKERS Accused of breaking into a shop at 22 Park Road. Liverpool. and stealing playing cards. matches. flints. etc.. value £2 16s. two 13- years-old boys were put on Probation for 12 months at Liverpool Juvenile Court to-day. One was also fined 5s for stealing a bicycle lamp in Park Street. MAN HANGING IN CELL George William Davidson aged awaiting trial at Durham S.:I7.PS charged with indecent was finind hanging from .1 mailbag cord in his cell in Durham prison to-day The American Sixth Fleet will vigil Greek waters between February 13 and 24. FIGHTING UNLIKELY Major-General Murray. Commander of the British Commonwealth Division, said to-day the chances of the present tension in Korea leading to renewed fighting were '" small." " The United States certainly does not want the war to start again,' he said. "I do not think the Chinese do. The only doubtful quantity is South Korean President Syngman Rhee. He is completely unpredictable." The Commander said the Commonwealth Division. at present " very much up to strength." was "in pretty good fettle." Some of the National Servicemen were extra young. but " they are coming along very well." General Murray said that there was no question at present of withdrawing any Commonwealth forces from Korea. The Korean war started because American forces pulled out too soon after the Occupation, and the Allies were not likely to make the same mistake again. Genera! Murray added.—A.P. and Reuter. Liverpool And Coloured Policemen Watch Committee's Decision Iv LISTENER No report on the recruitment of coloured people as constables is to be called for by the Liverpool Watch Cornmittec. At their meeting this afternoon. Councillor Mrs. E. M. Braddock. M.P.. seconded by Councillor A. Louis Caplan. pressed for such a report In accordance with Mrs. Braddock's motion which was as fol lows:— That the Chief Constable be requested to examine and report on the possibility of enrolling British 'Colonials resident in Liverpool who possess the necessary qualifications to meet the regulations laid down for employment in the police service. An amendment, proposed by Alderman Luke Hogan and seconded by Councillor Gordon F. Catlin. was carried in the following terms:— Inasmuch as the qualifications for appointment of constables are laid down by statutory regulations. which do not discriminate between British subjects by race or creed, this Committee do not consider it either necessary or desirable to call for a report. or to express any opinion in regard to the recruitment of any special class of persons as constables. After discussion Mrs. Braddock offered to withdraw her motion. but the Committee declined to allow her to do so. On a vote Alderman Hogan's 'amendment was carried by 12 votes to nil, the Socialists present refusing to vote. The amendment. as a substantive motion. was carried by 12 votes to five. Several Socialists again abstained. After the meeting Mrs. Braddock said she proposed to put a question to the Home Secretary. SOLDIER ACCUSED HONG KONG Tuesday Private Samuel Brown. aged 23 of County Den Ireland was charged a thr F..prvine Court here to -day with th..aanslaughter of Lance-Cr rporal Harold Smith. on November 7 ;553. in New Territories The prosecution alleged that as Brown who wa, in military custody at the time. was being transferred tt, another camp in a jeep he grabbed the steering wheel. causine the tern '0 collide with a trey As a resul id the prosecutor Smith was [lung nut ,if •ne vehicle and died two days late' --A P Australia is to sign the declaration extending the General Agree- Iment on Tariffs and Trade (Galt) to the end of June. 1955. QUEEN ELIZABETH COWARDICE IN KOREA Only Two Cases Occurred COMMONS ANSWER Mr. Shinwell (Lab) asked Mr. J. R. H. Hutchison (Under- Secretary for War). in the Commons to-day. how many cases of cowardice on the part of British troops had occurred in Korea, and whether the statement by Major-General West on such cases in a television broadcast had been made with the Secretary for War's consent. Mr. Hutchison replied that there' was only one case in Korea. apart from Fusilier Lydon, in which there had been a charge of cowardice. but there had been a number of other cases which might have involved an element of cowardice as part of other charges. The Minister added that General West's appearance in this broadcast had been approved by the Secretary of War, but since the broadcast was unscripted there was of course no question of prior approval of statements made. " The Secretary for War has. however, sent Mr. Shinwell a letter in which he says he does not think there was anything said by General West on this subject which is open to criticism." NOT SATISFIED Mr. Shinwell.—This letter is far from satisfactory. and this matter will have to be raised as an important issue on a subsequent occasion. "Does not the Minister agree that the script of the broadcast did convey that General West specifi- cally asserted that there had been seven cases of cowardice in Korea. and would it not be advisable. if there were such cases, that instead of a statement being made in an unscripted broadcast. it ought to have been made by the War Office 7" Mr. Hutchison.—lf the principle of allowing generals to make unscripted broadcasts is approved —and the Secretary of War agrees it is desirable—one cannot control what is. in fact. going to be said. UNDESIRABLE Mr. Shinwell.—While I express no objection to high - ranking military officers indulging in unscripted broadcasts. when statements are made which appear to be either in conflict with War Office policy or convey information which for some reason or other the War Office does not convey to the country or the House. is that not extremely undesirable? Mr. Hutchison retorted: " The War Office is constantly conveying information to the country, and cannot be held to anticipate what may come out in unscripted broadcasts.' , Mr. George Wigg (Lab) said that in view of the Minister's unsatisfactory reply he would raise the matter again. DESERTIONS Giving further details of courtmartials for cowardice in Korea. Mr. Hutchinson said that one man was court-martialed in Korea during hostilities on a charge of cowardice and was found not guilty on that charge, but guilty on an alternative and less serious offence. This man is now serving a sentence of four years' imprisonment. There were 26 serious cases of desertion, for which men were sentenced to imprisonment for three years or more. There were 11 convictions for mutiny. for which sentences of two years' detention were imposed. The War Secretary, from inquiries he had made in Korea from certain war correspondents, was satisfied there had been no withholding of information or refusal of facilities in that theatre. Mr. S. T. Swingler (Lab).—Can , he give an absolute assurance that Ihis information regarding charges of cowardice is correct, and that of General West's was incorrect CONFLICTING He asked, in view of General West's " grossly inaccurate statement on a subject of which he was apparently ignorant," what steps had been taken to ask General West to withdraw his statement that there had been several courtsmartial for cowardice and that correspondents had not been able to attend these trials. Mr. Hutchison said Mr. Swingler was conflicting the question of pure straightforward charges of cowardice and other cases in which an element of cowardice might come tn. "Furthermore. he must give General West credit for having got well over the difficulty of having to deal with a completely unrehearsed broadcast." he added. TECHNICAL POINT Mr. Shinwell said General West might have made " a slip, or It might have been an accident," but he did say there were several cases of cowardice in Korea. Was this true or not ? (Mr. Hutchinson replied that on the strict technical legal interpretation of a charge of cowardice. General West's statement was inaccurate. Although he had not the information to hand, he did not believe that any charges of cowardice were pending. Mr. Hutchison said he wanted to remove any thought in the minds of the House that there was any attempt to sidetrack or eliminate the Press from any of these courtmartials. SUMMONSES FAIL Children Were Chastised Summonses against Henry Bernard Hodson, aged 32. unemployed scaler, of 39 Speke Road Gardens, Garston, alleging that he assaulted two children in a manner likely to cause them unnecessary suffering were dismissed by Liverpool City magistrates to-day. The children. Maureen Chambers, aged 3, and Bernard Chambers. aged 8 were said by Mr. T. H. Gaze (prosecuting for Liverpool Education Committee) to be illegitimate and born before Hodson's marriage. Hodson apparently felt it a grievance that affiliation payments were not made and he had to provide for the children. Special officers of the Education Committee visiting the house, found bruises on the children. Hodson. who pleaded not cuiltY, and was defended by Mr. A. Bann. said he smacked Maureen but not severely. She had dirty habits. He struck the bov because he did not come in until late at night and told him a lie . Mr. R. Watson (presiding magistrate) said the magistrates 'did not think the children's punishment was over-severe. and Miss Lavinia Garrett. who sat with Mr. Watson. congratulated the education authorities on the fairness with which their ca,se had been conducted. Racehorses it Too Fat Now" Francasal Case Offer To View When the alleged " horse switch " case was resumed at the Old Bailey to-day a London bookmaker. Edward Mellett, said that both horses, Santa Amaro and Franca sal, were completely unknown. If Santa Amaro had been running at Bath. instead of Francasal, in his opinion it would not have made any difference to the odds. The accused are: William Maurice Williams. aged 47. of Malden Road. Kentish Town, London; Harry George Kateley. aged 42, hairdresser, of Queen's Street. Maidenhead. Berkshire; William Rook, aged 57. racehorse owner. Taplow Common Road, Burnham. Bucks: Gomer Charles. aged 46. bookmaker, of Park Place. Cardiff; and Robert Victor Colquhoun DiII. aged 57. of Daleham Gardens. Hampstead, London. They have pleaded not guilty to Conspiring to defraud Bath Racecourse Co. Ltd.. by falsely pretending a horse running at Bath on July 16 'ast year in the name of Francasal, was, in fact, Francasal: and of conspiring to win money arising out of the same race by simila- According to the prosecution. two horses, brought from France, Santa Amaro and Francasal. were switched for the two o'clock race at Bath on July 16 and the horse that ran in the name of Francasal won, FARMER AND DOGS DIE A farmer and his two dogs died in a fire at Fraddon. near NewquaY (Cornwall) early to-day. The body of the farmer. Mr. A. G . Dewe. aged about 40. who lived alone with his dogs, was found by firemen at the foot of the staircase The dogs were lust inside the front door. The farmhouse was well alight before the Are was seen bt• a lorry driver NEW CARGO LINER Harland and Wolff. Ltd launched to-day from their Belfast shipyard the Loch Gowan. a new 9.650-ton turbine-driven cargo liner for Royal Mail Linea, Ltd. SIR WALTER: NO ACTION AT PRESENT F.T.U. Call Out 800 Men LOCK-OUT DAY Sir Walter Monckton, Minister of Labour, asked in the Commons this afternoon for • statement on the strike in the electrical industry, said he was continuing to watch th• position. " The services of my officers are still available to the parties, but there is no indication that they could usefully take any action at the present moment." Sir Walter, who had been asked for a statement by Mr. George Isaacs. pointed out that the National Federated Electrical Association had reported a dispute under the Industrial Disputes Order. " I have the report under consideration but as matters stand at present I have not thought it desirable to refer the dispute to the tribunal." " INTENSIFICATION " Referring to yesterday's token strike and to-day's counter-action by the employers who locked out thousands of electricians who took part in it, Sir Walter said: "There are indications that some further Intensification of the dispute is He understood that there was a complete resumption of work in Scotland to-day. Mr. Isaacs said that in view of the possibility of the dispute being extended, would the Minister take the earliest opportunity—though it was appreciated that one could act too soon—of bringing the parties together to see if he could get an adjustment' Sir Walter said he was very grateful to Mr. Isaacs for pointing out the dangers of acting too soon. adding: "One can often suffer from an itch to do something when it would be better not to." He continued: As matters stand at present, I am satisfied there is nothing useful I can yet do. If the chance comes. I shall not hesitate to take t.." " OUTLAW STRIKES " In the Commons to-day Sir Waldron Smithers (C) asked if the Prime Minister would introduce legislation which would make strikes illegal until such time as a secret ballot of the workers under Government auspices had been taken. Sir Winston Churchill told him: "No, sir. The Government have no intention of departing from the established tradition in this country, under which the trade union movement is left to manage as own affairs to the fur est possible extent without Gm erniment interference." CAPENHURST AFFECTED The Electrical Trades Union has. the Press Association understands, ordered between 800 and 900 men out cn indefinite strike. Among them are 250 electricians at the Ministry of Supply atom site at Capenhurst and 240 at the Associated Ethyl oil refinery at Ellesmere Port. The Ellesmere Port men have been out since Thursday. Men at the Capenhurst site were all out yesterday and were given no work to-day. Thousands of electricians who took part in yesterday's token strike ordered by the E.T.U. were locked out by their employers to-day. The men. engaged on contractors' installation work. had been warned by the employers' organisation—the. National Federated Electrical Association—that this action would follow the national 24-hour stoppage. Mr. T. K. Richardson. chairman of the Liverpool branch of the employers association, the National Federated Electrical Association, said the lock-out instruction was fully carried out. Employees who did not take part in the token strike were retained on full pay. To-morrow, all contractors will be open to receive and offer work to all men and apprentices." he added. At the Audenshaw electronic .factory 04: W H Smith and Co.—a key point in the dispute-26 men who took part in yesterday's strike were dismissed when they reported for duty this morning At the company's Trafford Park factory. which is engaged on Contracting work, only two of yesterday's 51 strikers reported for duty. They were told by the management there was no work for them. OPPOSING BILLS Cheshire County Council Special Meeting A special meeting of Cheshire County Council has been called for Friday to consider recommendations to the Parliamentary Committee to oppose Parliamentary Bills being promoted in the present session by Manchester Corporation and Birkenhead Corporation. The minutes say that the Birkenhead Bill contains two parts affecting the county. One of them is to give effect to an agreement between Birkenhead Corporation and Bebington Corporation for the dissolution of the Bebington Burial Board and the transfer of this property to the Bebington Corporation. The other deals with Birkenhead Corporation Transport and Ferries undertakings. The only matter which might need to be dealt with by the Cheshire County Council is to ensure certain powers in connection with lands are confined to the area of the county borough. Regarding the Manchmer Corporation Bill. the minutes say there are three clauses affecting the County Council. One concerns the Corporation's powers to erect and maintain standpipes in the streets; a second the stopping up of a lane and certain footpaths crossing Ringway Airport. and the third proposed to amend the Lancashire and Western Sea Fisheries District Orders so as to absolve the Corporation from membership and the obligation to contribute to the expenses of the local Fisheries Committee. EVERTOR TRIO Three tycoon platers are included in the 11 from which the Western Command team to play Swansea at Shreerserurv.on Thursday. will he chosen. The team Is from. Pie Caldwell ILserton): Gm. Showell tWolveti. Pie Hopkins iTotienhani H I. On Forth.. (Egerton , . Cpl. Melee (Wolves), LIB& Newness (Binslngham C.). Gnr. Clayton fitackhurn Pte, Gilson (Egerton). Chr. Shindies tHeddervileld Om. Smith (Leeds U.). I iCni. Meadows (Manchester C.). Pte. Cog (Birmingham C). Gar. Pettmos IBarnaltyl OURSCOUGH CUP-TIE Burscough. who bare won the Lancashire Junior ('up on taw occasion' since 1946. be at full 'trench for their flrst-round same at !rt. itters Town on 'stunt" The teams Imre drown twice is Lancashire Combination , II) sanfes Surs.ousS - Hunt: COOkIOII. Green; VellTrefl, Brener. Thomas on Burnett. Wilson. Vincent. Dole. Wilkinson CITY'S CUP REHEARSAL Liverpool City bare a pleura , of their cppikupy Cup opponents Rhea Oldham visit Knotty Mb oo Saturday with ao uocbaegad team Team Gaoler. Cracknell, Barrow, Dative O'Grady: flaky. Feather,' 01Men. Raub. Smith. Winslade. Tomlinson. Ooldmrsin. It Rochdale Hornets sign Reath from St. tidy,s to-day they will include him In their team to receive Marrivution on Saturday. Walter Jones and Kelly are also included Team Ifroei caall; McArthur Harris. A N Onset. Ron Stanford. Sandal,: Chisnatt Lord: Linsley. ( - roil Hasa,' Doonts W tones. Kalil , . McNally. Printer' and Putrneked try the Ltrefottel plb Post end Echo. Ltd.. WS@ Vtctorta Street. %17171Flieetartren". Court $ 4 1(01. " al. L"‘" Central 76561. Lettere alowill a t i e le r n reen tO tne Mee ire Mutant "IN VICINITY" Mr. Ashe Lincoln (representing Kateley) told the judge: "I'm , instructed the horses are in fact in the vicinity of this court." The Judge.—l do not know what you mean. in the vicinity. Mr. Ashe Lincoln said that in' view of the evidence concerning the identification of the horses it might, before the end of the case, be of some assistance to the jury to see the animals themselves. "In that event I would ask the coats of the animals should be properly clipped. Clearly if they are allowed to grow, such a thing as a white spot on its withers would become obscured to some extent." The Judge.—l do not think I can order their coats to be clipped. After all, it is January now and I do not know what they are going to do with the horses. We shall have to see abaiLt that. I cannot see any good purpose woulle be served at the moment to have the horses here. Mr. Seaton.—You will appreciate these horses had been doing nothing since the ;ace a 4 Bath and they are not. appilkontly. in good trim. I am told theylpilre fat. having been put out to grake and now they are being (v 1 on other matter. 'They are bdth extepimely fat and not looking at all ilk racehorses. The Judge.—They are out of condition?—Yes. The judge told Mr. Ashe Lincoln, he would bear it in mind and if it hemline desirable to have the hors"; brought to court that would be arranged. (Proceeding) DARK MAN SOUGHT Liverpool Hold•Up Was Carefully Planned Liverpool C.I.D. officers are still searching for the thirty-years-old man who yesterday in daylight. attacked Mrs. Phyllis Heighway. aged 32. of 73, Esher Road, Kensington, Liverpool. and robbed her of £3. She was carrying over £6O and was on her way to deposit it at Martins Bank at the junction of Smithdown Road and Lawrence Road. The police are convinced that the robbery was caretally planned. and that Mrs. Heighway 's assailant knew that she was in the habit of taking money to the bank from the shop at 89 Lodge Lane. belonging to Richard Taylor and Sons. Ltd.. bakers. where she is employed as an assistant The may for whom the C.I.D. are searching is about sft. Bins. tall. well built, with dark hair and ruddy complexion. He was wearing a dark overcoat, white scarf. and grey woollen gloves, but no hat. He spoke with a pronounced Liverpool accent. SLUM PROPERTIES Strengthening Powers, Says Minister In the Commons. to-day. Colonel M. Lipton (Lab) asked Mr. Harold Macmillan whether he had considered a proposal to strengthen the powers of local authorities in dealing with slum properties, the actual ownership of which was difficult to establish. Mr. Macmillan said he had, but was not at present inclined to Impose new obligations upon all owners of property in the area of a local authority in the hope, which might well prove illusive, of establishing the identity of a limited number of them. Colonel Lipton.—ls the Minister aware that action is urgently required to kill the Brady-Waters slum racket which is being operated behind a network of companies by an impudent rogue who calls himself E. W. Leslie, of H Baker Street, 77 Gloucester Place, and other London addresses? Mr. Macmillan said it was difficult to make a law which could not be enforced. but there were already powers under the Housing Act 1936.1 and he proposed, in the first schedule. of the Housing (Repairs and Rents) Bill to strengthen the powers of action, which was the thing which mattered in the event of not being able to trace a particular owner. 1.0. M. SHIPS-NO DEBATE There was no debate on the 1.0. M. Steam Packet Co., Limited. and the proposed take-over bid when Tynwald (the Manx Parliament) met to-day. The Lieutenant-Governor, who arrived back in the Island to-day by air after a week-end visit to the Home Office. made no statement. Liverpool Stocks TO•i) AY'S CLOSE During the final half-hour there were signs of a rally in Mining shares, where °faits moved up from 51s to 51s 9d, Geoffries from 17s to, 17s 9d. with Randfonteins an outstanding feature at 755. Western Reef recovered and wen: over the 60s mark. Elsewhere, G.U. Stores put on 4 1 / 2 d at 57s 4 1 / 2 d. as did the " A - to 55s 4 1 / 2 d. Oils made a general upward move and in Cottons Amalgamated, recovered the full loss of the day at ils Mid. but English Sewing Cotton fell further to 60s 9d. British Funds remained weak at the unchanged levels of Consol 4 per cent. 93 5-16. the 2 1 :: per cent. 64, Transport 3 per cent 83 13-16. Conversion 3 1 / 2 per cent. 85 7-16 and War Loan 3 1 4 per cent. 84 7-16. Report and Prices—Page Fire. SOY INJURED Nine-years-old Peter Graham. of 39 Red Rock Street. Ani received leg injuries when he was in an accident with a lorry in West Derby Road shortly alter noon to-dav He was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital and detained. Italy's new Christian Democrat ,Cabinet took the oath of office too--day. 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