Statesman Journal from Salem, Oregon on March 24, 1952 · Page 1
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Weather Max. . 53 ... 55 eo ... 42 Mln. Frecip. 43 JJ 45 .41 39 .00 fate Pulling Power! The finest market' place? to the Valley is the Classified 44 section of The Oregon 'it it man. Telephone 2-2441 sseaa 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Your COMPLETE NtwiHPW Portland Sin Francisco New York XVC 38 . .78 Willamette River 1.3 fee. TORCASE (from U. S. weather bureau. McNary field. Salem): Mostly cloudy with intermittant rain today, tonight and Tuesday. Hijrh today 52 to 4. low tonight 38 to 40. Salem temperature at 12:01 a.m. today wa 48. SALEM PRECIPITATION Since Start of Weather Year, Sept. 1 This Year Lat Year Normal 37.6S 45.98 30 34 POUNDDD 1651 101st YEAR 1 PAGES The Oregon Statesman, Salem, Oregon, Monday. March 24, 1952 PRICE No. tS3k 1 Ddln FDd!s Adldl ft ff D inraffl(dl(D WoeftoGiTQ OH If 1,000 Hunt for 3 Tots In Wisconsin Forests Millions Saidl Secret Greenland WASHINGTON UP)- Reports that millions of dollars have been wasted on a super-secret a r base in Greenland described as near the North Pole and on ar air route to Soviet Russia are under study by Senate investigators. Public hearings may be ordered this week by Chairman Lyndon Johnson (D-Tex.) of BGHj2Q3i 0311 Of State Senator Richard L. Neu-berger, who once made a paper consolidation of Oregon's 36 counties into nine, has returned to his thesis with a brace of articles in the Portland Sunday Journal of last week, one in the supplement This Week dealing with the general problem of counties, and one in the Journal's own supplement on the local application of his doctrine, or specifically the consolidation of the City of Portland and Multnomah County. Neuberger points to county consolidation as one way to save taxes. Of course the ones he points his finger to in Oregon aie Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler and Morrow, with a combined population of only 13,184. He cites the fact that 18 of the counties were formed Drior to statehood in 1859 mntt r,f th others before the 1 . Z c; ,v,.i turn oi me tcmui;. oniv. impTeu ua;; ;;; ;an o portation have eraf d. dta"c " that the small county is an ana.h- j improved roads and motor trans- ronism. He admits, however, the opposition to be encountered, as when his bill to combine the four counties mentioned with Umatilla was treated jocularly in the 1951 Senate and finally emerged as a bill to consolidate Multnomah and Columbia counties with the county seat at Scappoose! The opposition reflected the local loyalties and self-interest in county seats. Other counties grew apprehensive when this consolidation was proposed, fearful lest they would be extinguished by merger. This may be said in behalf of the counties, they do keep govern- ment close to the People and the , various courthouses do give some-. " . , . ( rM-iHtir-s Thp virtues, however, do not offset the excessive cost; and the fact remains that our county government as a whole is not of a high standard of efficiency. As for politics, in some states the courthouse machine is the nucleus around which the state political organizations are built. So whole states may be machine-ridden in consequence like Virginia and Tennessee. The people simply haven't the courage to apply the axe to superfluous countie not yet, that Ls. They have gone far in consolidating school districts; and it may be as the tax pinch takes a deeper bite the voters may call for modernizing both the structure and the operations of county government. tnillg Ul a ti aiiiiii Ku 1 1. . - - Lightner to Referee NCAA Al Lightner, sports editor of The Statesman, is among the four basketball officials chosen to officiate at the National Collegiate Athletic Association finals in Seattle this week, it was announced Sunday. Lightner, a regular Northern Division, Pacific Coast Conference basketball referee, officiated at the NCAA semi-finals concluded In Corvallis Saturday night. The first games of the final series will pit Santa Clara against Kansas and St. John's against Illinois. Lightner will probably officiate in the St. John's-Illinois mix because association rules bar an official from refereeing in a game in which the team from his section is playing. 9 MINOR KOREA SKIRMISHES SEOUL (JPy- Communist night patrol thrusts shifted to the eastern Korean front Sunday but the minor attacks were broken up by Allied artillery and mortar lire. rRT Be RKD V - Wasted on &ase the Senate armed services sub committee on preparedness. Johnson's criticism of "waste, inefficiency and downright graft" on an air base project in North Africa brought a drastic Pentagon order Friday for reforms. Secretary of the Army Pace directed the chief of Army Engineers to relieve the top officers in charge of the North African construction. He also promised that a combine of five contractors. Atlas Constructors, would eliminate waste and inefficiency or face possible termination of a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract. Sharp Criticism The Greenland air base, which goes under the code name "Blue jay." already has come under sharp criticism by the Senate uatchdog group. Work on it is limited to a few-months a year when the ice- locked polar region opens up for ships bringing in materials, equip- : ment and workers. Johnson hopes to air criticism of the Bluejay project before the new work season gets underway. Col. Harry E. Keed, chief of the Army audit agency, has promised him that "we will have a report on Bluejay within a few days." The colonel testified the North African air base job "is the smelliest one we have ever had." Johnson asked if simiLar reports on Bluejay "are happy." . . . d Home "No, sir," Reed replied. The subcommittee already has heard testimony that thousands of . rjL ,,Dt " " Bluejay" workers collected more than $300,000 pay while at home awaiting orders to report for duty. Senators also heard that construction crews collected more than three millions in wages while on a ship en route to the project and before doing any actual Work. Army Engineers explained ice delayed the ship for 42 days, on a voyage expected to last only 15 days. Premium wages paid at Bluejay also have come under question. Some laborers and mechanics have been able to collect from $255 to $680 a week by working TO hours, with all above 40 hours at premium rates. to t pubiiclv about the esti . ' . .. . Army Engineers have declined inaicu iuji ui oiuejdy, sayiil saying this might disclose military se- crets. The work is being done by a combine of four contracts under the name of North Atlantic Constructors of New York City. Sophomores Center of Attention Showing the confidence that carried them to victory, members of the sophomore class at Willamette University await their turn to perform in the annual Freshman Glee Saturday night. The class sang "Serenade in Silver", sp original composition by Margie Leonard and Edna HilL Jittery Juniors, losers of the 44th anosiai songfest, were destined to try the icy waters of the mill stream this morning because of tbeU- failure. Trio Chases Porcupine Into Snowy Woods LAKEWOOD. Wis. i-Nearlv a thousand searchers pressed their hunt for three missing children as darkness fell Sunday niht over the snow-filkd fastness of Nicolet Nation Forest. The children strayed away from their homes at the edge of the forest Saturday afternoon to chase a porcupine. Apparently they lost their way in the wooded wilderness in a storm which spread more than a foot of snow on the area in the past two days. The missing tots are Cathy Church. 5 years old. her sister Mary Ann. 3. and their cousin Steven Kennedy, also 5. Their homes are on Highway 32. four miles south of Lakcwuod, in wild northeastern Wisconsin. j Tassel Found ! Bloodhounds led the searchers J Sunday to a bridge over narrow j Camp Five Creek, where a tassel, i luciiiiucil vjy w i cnuj ill utllJfi from Mary Ann's cap. was found , caught on the bridge railing. The j dogs ran along on bank of the creek, which h..s some oncn water, but deputies could lind no other : clues. j A mailbox in front of the Church home sent to Oconto to determine it spots on it were human blood. The stains on it gave rise to the theory a motorist might have .-'.ruck the children and then put thtm in his car to conceal the accident. A county grader cleared the area of snow but found nothing. Force Expands Fifty searchers roamed the woods Saturday nijzht after Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Church spread the alarm. Suooay the size of the posse was expanded with hundreds of volunteers. Airplanes were used during daylight hours, j The temperature was in the middle 20's as the snow ceased Sunday, but it dropped as darkness came. The searchers temporarily halted their hunt as darkness fell Sunday night. Foreign Aid Cut Forecast WASHINGTON (JTVSen. Spark-man (D-Ala.) predicted Sunday Congress will slash a billion dollars off the 7 billion nine hundred million dollar foreign aid program and Sen. Russell (D-Ga.) called that a "conservative estimate." Sparkman told a reporter he hopes reductions can be made on a "sensible" basis without crippling the program. He said talks with colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee indicate there is strong sentiment for economy. Bill Asks Truck Fee End Loggers to Urge Salem Council To Repeal Tax Salem City Council will be asked Monday night to remove the fees now charged all log trucks operating through the city. The city now charges $5 per truck per month. A bill to accompli.-h this is in the Council mill, having been introduced by Alderman James Nicholson at the request of Attorney Bruce Williams who represents 80 independent logging contractors. The bill removing fees would continue the present permit system otherwise, including city approval of routes. Although no argument has yet been presented to the Council, Attorney Williams told The Statesman that logging truck operators consider the lees discriminatory as no other trucks are taxed by the city. Logging trucks are charged fees by the county and state, he added. A new bill expected to be brought before the Council tonight, at the 7:30 p. in. meeting in City Hall, would require benefitting property owners to pay sewer improvements. New sewers and improvements are now financed by general taxation. This bill would require an amendment of the city charter by the approval of Salem voters. It was prompted by Council discussion a few months ago on the cost of providing city services in newly annexed areas of the city. It was noted that many cities now have laws under which sewers into new areas are paid lor fy owners of the property there. Bids opened recently by the administration for the paving of interior of the new Turner reservoir for Salem water department probably will be reported on to the Council tonight. Central Paving Co. of Independence submitted the low bid, $172, 730. In the recent bidding for a Bancroft bond issue of $83,382, aldermen decided between meetings to award it to Kalman & Co. of St. Paul, Minn., on low bid of $7,427 total interest, amounting to 1.6 per cent. Bids were opened by the Council at its regular meeting, but the awards was delayed pending study of the cost of delivering the bonds. Arrangements were made to have a local bank deliver the bonds. City Council Is Intermediary in one issue still hanging fire the requested transfer of most city employes from the state to the federal retirement plans. Oregon Public Employes Retirement System turned dovn a petition of city employes on grounds contested by the employes. The' city workers are now pre- paring a new petition, while continuing to clarify status of certain signatures on the former petition which the state would not accept because of age of the signers nearest retirement age and other grounds. at Frosh Glee Merchant Has if, -tm JUDSONIA, Ark W. T. Young-. SI. veteran Main street merchant of Judaonia. Ark., puts hi arm around his dog Rambler as he kneels In. front of the wreckage of his sporting goods store. Young returned to look over the ruins of his store and found that his dog, although locked inside of the building, escaped injury in the twister. (AP Wirephoto to The Statesman.) Five In Spelling Bee at Stayton Tuesday Night STAYTON Five schools will be represented at a semi-finals round of The Statesman KSLM Spelling Contest at Stayton Elementary School at 7:45 Tuesday night. Winners of the first threa places will vie in the grand finals at Parrish Junior High in Salem April 3. The five contestants here Tuesday will be: Laura Bennette, 12, 7th grade, Aumsville. Bonnie Brown, 13, 7th grade, West Stayton. Margaret Littau, 13, 8th grade, Shaw. Muriel Powell, 14, 8th grade, Detroit. Carol Smith, 13 8th rade, stay-ton. Host principal here will be John Cannon. No entries have been received TURN ER Champions from nine schools will compete at the elementary school here at 7:45 Monday night in a semi-finals of The Statesman - KSLM Spelling Contest. They will represent Halls Ferry, Marion, Jefferson, Prospect, Rosedale, Sunnyside, Cloverdale Turner and North Santlam. The "bee" is free to the public. from Sublimity, St. Mary's of Shaw, St. Boniface of Sublimity and St. Mary's Convent of Stayton. The 1952 Shaw entrant, Margaret Littau, also represented her school last year and won second in the semi-finals. Carol Smith was runner-up in Stayton last year and this time won her school title and the right to compete in the semifinals. Plea for 82,500 in Aid Received by Salem Red Cross A request for $2,500 from the Salem Red Cross chapter to aid tornado victims in the Arkansas and near-by states has come from the National Red Cross, Frank Parcher, local chairman, said Sunday. Parcher said a telegram had been received from E. Roland Harriman, head of the national organization, explaining steps which have been taken for the relief and welfare of the inhabitants of Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri in which more than 200 were killed and hundreds more left injured arid homeless. Already more than $1 million in supplies have been sent to the area, with another $4 million expected to be needed, Parcher reported. All chapters in the county are being called on, he said. During most of Sunday, the local Red Cross office assisted in helping Salem residents gain information on relatives and friends in the stricken areas. Parcher said this service would be continued as long as necessary. $125,000 STOLEN READING, Pa. UP)-More than $125,000 in cash was stolen from a strongbox in the home of Mrs. Helen M. Bidden over the week end, Lieutenant of Detectives Paul Slapikas said Sunday night. MOVIE ANTICLIMAX BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. ;P)-Title of a motor picture being shown in this tornado-visited city: "Cyclone Fury." Only Dog Left t i . 2J WP7i 1 Taft Camp Calls Dke Boom 'Willkie Blitz' By JACKJgELL WASHINGTON JP) - Sen. Robert A. Taft's campaign manager asserted Sunday the Republican Party won't fall for a "Willkie blitz" and nominate Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. David S. Ingalls, directing the Ohioan's drive for the GOP Presidential nomination, contended in a statement that Taft's position "has actually been strengthened" despite results in New Hampshire and Minnesota generally interpreted . - as unfavorable to him. Commenting that Eisenhower's supporters now are claiming the nomination is "sewed up" for him, Ingalls said all this meant nothing, adding: "WThat the Republican Party ls witnessing these days is another effort to pull off a "Willkie blitz." The Republican Party will not fall for the same tactics by the same old crowd." He alluded to the campaign by which supporters stormed the 1940 Republican convention and won the nomination for the late Wendell L. Willkie. Points to Future Votes Ingalls said that a great deal more can be told about the final nomination results by four major primaries in the next six weeks than by the votes that already have been cast He listed these as the Wisconsin vote, April 1, Illinois, April 1, Ohio, May 6 and West Virginia, May 13. Eisenhower's name has not been entered in any of these primaries. Ingalls said Eisenhowere won "no smashing victory" when he got 50.4 per cent of the vote in New Hampshire, saying the General's supporters originally had predicted he would get 60 per cent. Taft got 38 per cent of the vote. Says Demos Cross Over The Taft campaign manager suggested that "many thonsands of Democrats" may have crossed over to vote for Eisenhower in the primary a maneuver that could be accomplished only with the connivance of local election officials. Ingalls said the "left wing and Democratic affiliate of members of the Eisenhower . bandwagon committee" which campaigned for him in New Hampshire are "clear." Ingalls claimed Taft has the backing of 59 of the 120 GOP na- tional convention delegates al- ready chosen. Washington Student Dies After Injection of Contaminated Blood SEATTLE UP) An 18-year-old college honor student died Sunday of injection of bacterially-con-taminated blood given during an experiment connected with war research by University of Washington. The young victim, James Stanley Leedom, a freshman at Seattle University, was one of 40 volunteers participating in the project seeking better ways to preserve whole blood. He died three days after the injection, despite every effort to save his life. Dr. Robert H. Williams, head of the University of Washington department of medicine, said the blood became contaminated "by some phenomenon" after it had been refrigerated. "The only way we can explain it," said Dr. Williams, "is that the bacteria was able to grow in some manner while the blood was at freezing temperature and not at body temperature." Both Dr. Williams and Dr. Clement A. Finch, associate professor of medicine in charge of hematology After Tornado - -J Drive Aims to Aid Homeless Family of Nine Statesman Newi Service HALLS FERRY Friends and neighbors of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bowman began collecting food, bedding and money to relieve the distress brought when Bowman's home was destroyed by fire. Donations began pouring Into the Roberts store, north of Halls i Ferry. Sunday morning after word went around that Mr. and Mrs. Bow. man, Mrs. Bowman's father, and six of nine children had been left homeless in a fire Saturday night which burned their house to the ground. A benefit campaign to collect other needed supplies was organized by Carl L. Morrison of Salem Route 3, Box 723, who lives near the Bowmans. He asked that anyone wishing to help the homeless family bring articles to 361 Che-meketa St. in Salem, the E. L. Gray Real Estate office. Checks were requested to be made payable to Walter Bowman. Meanwhile, the nine victims of the tragedy had been taken in by relatives and friends in Salem. Two small buildings on the Bowmans' land were believed habitable. Neighbors said that quarters might be fixed in the buildings so that the Bowmans could live there until a permanent place could be found. PAPER FAVORS IKE WASHINGTON UP)-The Washington Post, an independent newspaper which has not endorsed a Presidential candidate since 1933, came out editorially Sunday night for Gen. Dw.'ght D. Eisenhower. at the university, said they would "gladly participate in the same experiment tomorrow." They said the bacteria had not yet been identified, but they believed it to be a saprophyte, any organism living on dead or decaying organic matter, which does not grow at body temperature but thrives when chilled It produces shock and high fever. The project in which Leedom took part was started by the university nine months ago as part of a nation-wide effort to find preservatives which would keep whole blood longer than the 21 days considered safe with the present use of acid citrate glucose. Several other laboratories in the country are conducting research along the same line. The boys father, Stanley P. Leedom, said he held no one at fault for his son's death. "I don't blame anyone for this, he said. "I Just don't want this tragedy to deter in any way from the blood donor program or these experiments." Twister Weather Subsides LITTLE ROCK, Arkj JP)Gtit, floods, exhaustion and cold biao-. keted the tornado stricken eseas of six Southern states Sunday night where 233 died and 1,100 more were Injured. The death toll was expected a climb since many of the injured there were 711 in Arkansas mkjum were In critical condition. It was the worst week-end 4 tornadic terror in the past quarter of a century. Temperatures dipped Sunday in the torn and desolate areas atoosj the Mississippi River to freezing Or near freezing. For the homeless, crowded into , any available shelters, it mtit misery added to loss. The exact number of dead, i Arkansas was difficult to compute. The Red Cross gave two tm-' ures 121 and 158. The latter Hjtr ure contained many duplicating but after their elimination and the. addition of new names, the UA1 became 134. The downpours which accHt-ponied the dread winds swelled streams dangerously and added t the property damage already timated in the tens of millions. Hopes Rising While the digging for more bodies continued, there were riinejj hopes that the wave of death had subsided. Apparently the tornadoe? and-storms which boiled out of leaden skies Friday to strike Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Tenntss, Alabama Saturday were oer sharply cooler weather broke sultry conditions. No new tornactees" were in sight. Other tornadoes, listed by weather bureau as a possibility Saturday night evidently failed to materialize. s At least 1.007 homes were destroyed and 1,348 damaged. Hen again the Red Cross emphasised the figures were incomplete. Livestock and crop damage was untold. Arkansas, the hardest hit, counted 134 dead: Tennessee, 59; Missouri, 16; Mississippi, 11. Kentucky, 8, and Alabama, 5. 8 Killed Saturday The latest addition to the rie.ta toll came from Alabama, when storms a few hours apart Saturday killed eight persons and demolished buildings in the noithw part of the state. All the Alabama dead were la Morgan County, some 70 mihm north of Birmingham. The storms which roared ka Arkansas Friday cut a swath fMsn the southeast corner to the northwest tip. Judsonia, near Seary, was the heart of the stricken aa. So many curiosity seekers t logged the roads into Judsonia after the storm that for fi time even ambulances carrying injured we slowed to 10 miles an hour. Silverton Child Killed by Car " SUUiman Newt lefTtc SILVERTON Three-year Susan Lee Krake was killed - stantly Sunday when she was rat p; over by a car near Rose Lodge t : Highway 18 route to the Orest , Coast. f She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Krake of Silverton, ; and was born here Jan. 21, 194. f The little girl's body was brought : g here where funeral arrangements? are under the direction of tho Ekman Funeral Home. There weaa jf no further details on the tragedy. Besides the parents, she is aur- ; fi vived by a brother, Robert, hurt . grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ted -h Anderson of Salem and Mr. and1 Mrs. Roy E. Krake of Tillamook, i Animal Crackers Bv WARRtN GOODRICH 8t I to you. 0oJe. WW Wd let our different bectyoftd ferer. fve ' ' - ; ' . , if- 9 2 CVrf w m atom rr m j j 1 lw 'i

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