Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 3, 1950 · Page 1
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Mtnttwr of Tht ANOtltMd PrtM, fc Pit Copf. Vol. CXIV, No. ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, JANUARY 3,19SO jMratry tl» IMC STORM, DELUGE HIT HARTFORD 7000 Illinois Miners Stay Home; Others Resume Work No Reason Announced for Idleness; ICC Studies Rail Situation SPRINGFIELD. Jan. 8, Hugh White, Illinois UMW head, MM he wired all local union* whose member* have no contract with coal operator* to remime the 8-day-week next Monday. Some smaller mine* recently signed Individual 6-day-week contract* with operator*, and moat of these were reported working today. White Mid he hinwelf had not Issued any instruction* to •top work today and that "I don't know why" the men did not show up. »T THE ASSOCIATED MESS Some 7000 Illinois coal miners today balked at g«ing back to work but the rest of the country's v 480,000 diggers dispelled strike v rumors by reentering the pits. Over the long holiday weekend rumors circulated that John L, Lewis' United Mine Workers might stop work again to support their leader'! struggle for a new contract. There was no announced reason for the Jddleness in the Illinois areas of West Frankfort, Taylorville, Springfield and Canton. One miner said: Miners Stayed Home "All I know is that they (miners) just didn't show up." About 4000 UMW diggers In the Taylorville-Springfield area remained idle. Some of the miners reported for work at Taylorvllle but left before the shift began. At West Frankfort, 111., another 1500 miners stayed home. Also affected was a strip mining ore* afar Canton, III. Ten strip ^surface) 'jnlnes were closed there by the refuiwi to work: oit about 1SOO miners. Some reported but immediately returned home. Illinois has a total of about 23,000 UMW miners. Return In I Lament Areas West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the two largest coal producing states with more than 200,000 miners, led the return to work. Many coal industry observers thought unfair labor practices, lodged by operators against UMW president John L. Lewis, had prevented major walkouts. Lewis has had all 480,000 miners on a three-day week since Dec. 5 in one of his contract maneuvers. For the past two holiday weeks, the diggers have worked only two days each—on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The operators told the NLRB the short work week amounts to Continued on Page t, Col. 7. Polar Blasts Hit Montana On Way Ernt •y THE ASSOCIATED PBESt Montana* got the' deep freeze treatment—one spot was nearly 50 •degrees below zero—on the first working day of 1950, and the upper Mississippi valley had polar bear temperatures. Tuesday weather conditions elsewhere, however, were not so grim. Mild weather continued in the lower Mississippi valley, the Ohio valley, and the eastern states. At Cutbank, Mont., ice box weather left • 42 degree below zero reading ee,rly In the morning. Near Helena one weather station reported -48. Other Montana towns vying for teeth chattering honors included Havre with -36, Lewiston -21, Billings -19. Livingston -18. The weather forecasters said this: Expect a temperature nosedive Tuesday night. In Utah the snowplows took over, chewing and butting their Centtaued an Pace I, Col. 6. Maragon Indicted on 4 Counts Of Perjury By Grand Jury Gambling His Big Headache, Stevemon Soy* SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 3. UP* — Gov. Stevenson said last night that the best way of halting com* merclallzed gambling Is to "elect conscientious, vigorous officials and nslst that they enforce the law." "The people choose the officials and the people are still stronger than the gamblers," he said. Reviewing his first year as Illinois chief executive, Stevenson said syndicated gambling has been 'my biggest headache". Disturb* Him Most He told a radio audience that gambling disturbed him even more than defeat of his No. 1 legislative goal—a constitutional convention resolution — and the state's money problems. On finances, the governor declared the "honeymoon Is over". He said the next General Assembly "well may have to find substantial new revenue for the two years beginning in 1951." Stevenson said Illinois Is acquiring "the reputation of a gambling state." "It can only exist where local officials tolerate, it, either because they are corrupt and profit from it, or because they think the people don't care or because it's politically expedient," he said. It was the governor's first lengthy discussion of the gambling question. Never Stops in Some Counties Gambling has stopped In some counties, he continued. In others stops for a while and then starts again. "In others it never stops, and the state is under incessant pressure to come In and take over local law enforcement," the governor said. To do this, he said, would be costly in taxpayers' dollars and in home rule. He went on: "For the state 1o take over local police powers seems to me a dangerous acknowledgement of the {allure of local government. • •• "But commercialized gambling with its attendant corruption and corroding disrespect' for law is even more dangerous." TJiie remarks apparently referred to suggestions that Stevenson use the 500-man state police force for a gambling crackdown. No Power of Removal He said he does not have the power, vested in some other governors, to remove any public official who tolerated gambling. "Nor have we the legal authority to take over local law enforcement on a widespread continuing basis," he said. Stevenson pledged his administration "to do our .best" to obtain enforcement of anti - gambling statutes. He said: "For . my part, I'll deal mercilessly with any state employe who has any tainted association with commercialized gambling. "Any community which seeks to clean its own house will meet no obstacle from the connivance, the purchased protection on the encouragement of any state official under my control if I can catch him." '" ' Lists Accomplishment* In his review, the governor listed accomplishments and disappointments. He said he was proud of his $100,000,000 school aid program, improved mine safety laws, the new state police merit system and increased pension awards for the aged. He said he had assembled "a great team of top-ranking executives" for the state's cabinet, and that with its help 1300 "needless" state jobs were eliminated. In the disappointment column were failure of his proposal for a special convention to rewrite the state constitution, and defeat of the fair employment practices bill. He expressed hope that the next General Assembly will take a "more understanding view" of the problem presented by the state's deteriorating highway system. The 1940 assembly turned down a Stevenson-backed bill to raise the 3 cents a gallon gasoline tax to 5 cents for highway improvements, WASHINGTON, Jan. 3. ohn Maragon, one-time mystery man who used to flit about Wash- ngton flashing a White House pass, was Indicted today on four barges of perjury — lying while under oath to tell the truth. A federal grand jury charged hat he lied to Senate invest iga- ors about the sources of his in- ome and other details of his financial affairs and employment. Investigated Laet Summer Maragon, 54-year-old Greek- American from Kansas City, was taled before the senators last lUmmcr. They were investigating 'five percenters"—when who se.ek government business for others for fee. They heard testimony that Maragon had "pressured" government lepartments for favors and had boasted of his close relationship with Maj. Gen. Harry Vaughan, resident Truman's military aide. When they got Maragon's own lory in a secret session, the sena- ors sent a transcript of his testimony to the district attorney who lubmitted it to the grand jury. Among other things, the jury charged Maragon lied "when he said $5000 that came into his hands ast year was borrowed from his mother-in-law, Mrs. Hattle E. Johnson of Salisbury,Md. Charles Murray, assistant dis' rict attorney, said he expects Maragon to come in and arrange a bond In "a day or so". He said Maragon probably will be arraigned on Friday, but that a rial is unlikely before spring. Maragon Doesn't Answer Reporters who tried to tele- hone Maragon's home here got no answer. Myron G. Ehrlich, at- orney who appeared with Mara;on at Senate hearings, said he lid not know Maragon's present thereabouts. Each of the four counts in the perjury indictment carries a possible penalty of two to 10 years. So Maragon, If convicted of all our counts by a trial jury, would ace a possible maximum sentence of 40 years. When news of the Indictment reached the Capitol, Sen. Hoey CD- NO, who headed the Senate investigating committee, commented that he was "not surprised". He added: "I felt sure that the 'acts developed aUour ihvestiga- Traffic Accidents at All-Time High in '40; Only 3 Were Fatal Traffic mishaps in Alton reached an ail time high of 1427 in 1949, but only three traffic deaths were recorded, police department rec- ° r The number of traffic fatalities was two less than in l'J48, and was the same llgure for 1944 which was lowest in a period of eight yean for which definite record! were available. Motorvehlcle accidents reached a prV-war peak of 1417 in 1941, then declined sharply as veh cle use leafswed under wartime tire ana BltTifr restrictions. Last mtyvto&tfrJfllK first line* the war* ch reported vehicle ^^Jtd th« 140fMn§rk. up |0 November, last year, ve- hies} accident! here had held un- tor ttsi 1941 •howini, but cUmbad i****" 171 «»f fi< I lH»ic> rapidly In the final six or seven weeks of 1949 until the 1941 top was exceeded by ten. In 1948, police recorded 1359 vehicle mishaps of all sorts and there were seven fatalities, five of persons on foot, and two of persons in motorvehlcles. The three fatalities of 1949 In eluded two pedestrians and one motorist. The totals of motor ve hide accidents and fatalltiet In the last fivt years follow: Year Mishaps Fatal 1949 ,.,1497 3 1948 1359 7 1947 }07f 5 1946 971 Jl 1945 871 40 In 1944, when vehicle accidents reached the wartime low of 541 traffic injury cases fell to a low of 112, and the three fataUMft were all of pedMtriana. Second Round OfTairDeaF Battle Starts WASHINGTON, Jan. 3 (fFi — Congress, with one eye already cocked to next, fall's elections, con- r ened today for its second round if battling over President Truman's "Fair Deal." Today's assembly was mostly « ormality. The real kick-off for he second session of the 81st Congress will come tomorrow. That is vhen Mr. Truman will tell the awmakers what he expects from hem. Beginning about noon the Pres- dent will deliver his State of the Union address to a joint Senate- House session. All major radio and elevision networks will carry the ipeech. High Command Sees Speech At a White House meeting vhich ended shortly before Congress met, Mr. Truman gave his congressional high command an advance look at the message. They also went over his economic message, which he will send to the Capitol Friday, and his budget message, due Monday. Emerging from the one hour and five-minute conference, the Democratic expressed enthusiasm over the President's plans. Speaker Rayburn of Texas told reportTS: "It looks like the country is in pretty good shape—I never saw it n better shape. Others who sat in on the con- erence were vice President Barkey, Senate "Democratic leader iucas (111) and'House Democratic eader McCormack (Mass). White House officials confirmed oday that Mr. Truman will send a pecial tax message to Congress soon, following up his State of -the Jnion, economic and budget, messages. All of those will deal with its tax program in a general way. The tax. message will spell out thVdetails. ;•'•'' "' '-"-"-.-i-•>.--. ; Underlining political overtones Continued on Page 15, Col. 1. Five Babies Born New Year's Day; First Is a Girl First baby of the New Year to be born in an Alton hospital was a girl, the daughter of Mr. and tfrs. Donald Springer of 1534 State. The baby, the first child of Mr. and Mrs. Springer, has been iven the name of Janet Marie. The infant was born at 8:55 a. m. Vew Year's Day in St. Joseph's Hospital, weighing six pounds and three ounces. Janet Marie is the granddaugh- er of John J. Springman, president of Springman Lumber Co, Father of the baby is employed at the lumber company. Other New Year's babies were a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Donaldson of 455 Shell view, Bethalto. The baby, sixth child of Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson, was born at 9:35 a. m. Sunday in Wood River Township Hospital, weighing five pounds and 11 ounces. At 3:10 p. m. Sunday a daughter was born in Wood River Township Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hoi man of 331 Goulding, East Alton. Shortly after the birth of the Holman baby, a daughter was born In Wood River Township Hospital to Mr. and Mrs. Otis Riggs of 712 St. Louis avenue, East Alton. The baby, fourth child of Mr. and Mrs. Rlggs, was born at 3:23 p. m. weighing eight pounds and eight ounces. The only boy to be born New Year's day in hospitals of the area was at Alton Memorial. He is Stephan Edward Wall, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Wall of 502 St. Louis avenue, East Alton. Stephen Edward, weighing seven pounds and six ounces, was born at 10:26 p. m. Mr, and Mrs. Wall have ah other son, Joseph David, 13- months-old. Weather Cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with occasional rain, changing to freeslng rain or sleet late this afternoon or early tonight and to snow late tonlgkt; colder this afternoon; much colder with cold wave late tenltht mid Wednesday. Highest today about M; lowest Wednesday morning near te, highest in afternoon about 28, Increasing wind* this afternoon. Shippers' forecast: 4-s north, 1-1* west, li-te east, Zi-IO south. Five-day extended forecast: Temperatures will average near nerm«l. NarateJ maximum Si Mrth to 41 tenter, Mrmal minl- MUM It north t<> 14 seutk, Be. lew normal Wednesday and Thursday, moderating Friday and Saturday, tuning colder again •ver tfce weekeM. Precipitation H te 1 Inch occurring Wednesday and aiaift ever the weekend. »>. RIM rt, *. Lock * Da* M Pool 418.9T Tailwtter 402.68 Real Kick-Off to Come With Truman Message Tomorrow Continued oh Page 18, Col. S. Puppy Rescued From Sewer on New Year's Eve HARTFORD VOLUNTEER WORKERS rest while standing on a wall of the home of C. R. Inlow, whose house was destroyed by the storm which hit Hartford Tuesday morning! Part of Inlow's home was blown completely across Fourth street and the flying timbers damaged two other homes there.—Staff photo. Man Injured in South Roxana Gasoline Blast Rescued early New Year's eve from Shields branch sewer, whence ts cries were at first mistaken for hose of a child, a small dog, described as an affectionate shepherd iuppy, will have a permanent home at the Fred Haper towing service on Pearl, near Joesting, unless an owner with a good claim shows up. eric's of the puppy in the sewer vere heard about 5 p. m., when someone from the Haper office went to the rear of his premises o empty a waste-paper basket. Sounds coming from an inlet to he sewer sounded like they might >e the whimpering of a child. Haper telephoned the police. Patrolmen responded and on checking the sounds had a call made for some members of Alton Volunteer Emergency Corps with wading equipment. But meantime, Haper relates, he found a couple of pairs of boots. Traffic Patrolman C. Reno and a Haper employe, Henry Jones, donned the boots and entered the sewer. Soon they emerged with the puppy, which apparently had been crying with reluctance to cross the stream in the bottom of the large duct. "We're planning to keep the pup —that is unless someone to whom the dog seems really attached should show up with a valid claim to him," said Haper. SOUTH ROXANA, Jan. 3.—Roy Sanders, 39, of 300 North Central, Wood River, suffered elbow and eye injuries, and three buildings where it: was revealed he suffered fumes in a gasoline trailer-truck on the Stahly Cartage Co. parking grounds at 4 p. m., Monday. Sanders, doing some spot welding on the two-piece trailer, was blown against another truck in the parking lot. He was removed to Wood River Township Hospital, where It was revelled he suffered compound fractures of the left elbow and lacerations of the left ,eye.- ,-.-•• •-—-••-• •.>•>:.•••'•'•;•>-«'•'•'. '••• • Six 1 windows : were broken in the John Alken home, adjacent to Stahly's, located on Sinclair avenue. Three windows were broken in South Roxana School. Estimate of damage to the trailer, which was badly shattered by the blast, is as yet unavailable. Insurance companies were investigating the ! loss this morning. Stahly's was not damaged, nor were any other trucks in the lot. A window at Carl Benefiel's grocery was shattered and the display in the front of the store was scattered. Benefiel was taking inventory of his stock at the time of the explosion. Mrs. Aiken, • resUng on a divan in the living room, was blown across the room by the blast. Parts of the truck were blown into the house, exterior of which was damaged. Details concerning the cause of the blast are'unknown, according to John Metcalf, dispatcher for Stahly's. He said there was no gasoline in the truck at the time, Sanders is an independent welder, associated with Thomas Sexton. Sharp Quake Shakes Idaho, Utah; No Damage SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 3. (JP> — A sharp earthquake shook northern Utah and extreme southeastern Idaho yesterday. No important damage was reported. The earth tremor was felt from Preston, Idaho, on the north to Salt Lake City on the south, The point of greatest shock apparently was Corinne, in Box Elder County, where witnesses said highways "shimmered" for several seconds. Volunteers on Job Early in Hartford Area Immediately following the storm at Hartford, home owners whose houses were damaged and neighbors started making what repairs were possible, covering damaged roofs and broken windows to keep out. the rain—which continued to fall heavily for some time after 1 he wind had lessened. The volunteers were aided by the Illinois state police, the Hartford police and city officers, and the sheriff's office of Madison County. Damage to t^e inside of the houses only partially damaged was held at a minimum by the prompt temporary repairs. . The heavy rain which followed the stc-nn Tnade efforts to, repair damaged'houses difficult., and continued for more than an hour after the winds had died down. Volunteer workers under the direction of the state police and local authorities directed traffic around the affected area, where high voltage wires were down, creating a hazard, Powerline workers, however, arrived at the scene of the damage soon after the storm and cut power from the lines affected. 'Boiling Cloud 9 Lashed 500-Ft. Hartford Area Though it was still a question at 2 p.m. today as to whether the storm that struck Hartford Was a tornado, several persons declared they had seen it coming. "It was a boiling cloud that whirled," one woman declared. "It came rushing down (on the section at South Olive and Fourth street, Hartford) like a big fire," said another observer. Some reached the conclusion the storm was a rolling underdraft from the cloudy sky--an under- draft with Its lower curve touching just the one section of Hartford, about. 500 feet square. Most miraculous escapes were those of the C. R. Inlow and Jack Cunningham families, who were not at home when the wind vortex hit directly on their homes. Evidently the two houses occu- Freezing Rain. Snow Forecast For Alton Area Continued on Page 2, Col. B. ONLY THI IASIMINT LEFT of the home of jack Cunningham, on Fourth street, in Hartford following the wind Storm which bounced up the railroad tracks and did extensive damage to more than a dozen houses Cunningham's home was demolished, one of two which were directly in the storm's path and destroyed The timbers of the frame house were lifted from the foundation and scattered in a radius of almost 100 feet.—Staff photo. Rainfall In Alton in the five "lours between 7 a. m. and noon today amounted to 1.4 inches, it was said at Alton Lock & Dam. Both branches of Wood River were reported rising rapidly this afternoon as the result of the heavy rain. Where the forenoon downpour was heaviest, East Alton, pools of water formed at some points on the state highways, motorists reported. . Although freezing conditions to the- west and northwest will .cut off the rain, a considerable upturn here in the Mississippi Is expected; ~:•••'••.iu-s ...o.' r .<i;i;,..'!v;; U - ! The rains came 'With the new year. Alton, accustomed to battling with snow and sleet, got out the raincoats and the umbrellas. New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were warm, with a mist that barely affected the rain gage, but Monday, with the new year here, and duly welcomed, the rain gods performed. The rainfall for that day I was 1.57 inches—which is high, if I not a record, for a winter day. i The temperature was springlike. The maximum reading Sunday at the Alton dam was 56 and the minimum was 35. On Monday, the mercury climbed to 60 and that day's low was 47. These readings were higher even than thu 1939 top of 54 on New Year's Day. But, Jan. 2, in 1939, showed a high of 60, tying this year's, and on Jan, 3, 11 years ago, the high was a summery 66. s? But winter was due today, with all the tough trimmings—-freezing rain and snow. The forecast: Cloudy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with occasional rain, changing to freezing rain or sleet late this afternoon or early tonight and to snow late tonight; colder this afternoon; much colder with coid wave late tonight and Wednesday; highest, today about 65; lowest Wednesday morning near 20, highest in afternoon about 25, Increasing winds this afternoon. Alton's welcome to the new year was noisy, and frolicsome, but the grceters didn't get out of bounds, and few arrests were made by Dozen Homes, Shell Refinery Damaged; None Reported Hurt Tornadic Wind Centers fa Small Area of Village Hartford was lashed by a torn*. die wind, at 11:21 a. m. today. Th« gale was accompanied by a cloudburst. Nobody was reported Injured. At least a dozen homes were rt* ported damaged, four of them demolished. Damage was caused at the Shell Oil Co. refinery, in Roxana, lea than a mile away. The storm in Hartford apparently centered its damaging effects in an area about 500 feet square between Fourth and Sixth streets, south of Olive. ' Early reports were inconclusive as to whether the storm was • genuine "twister". Some descriptions of the gale Indicated two storms might have met over Hartford. Within moments, after the storm struck Hartford, the wind had veered 180 degrees to reverse its direction. Wind Changed A Shell official said the wind was blowing from the south, and he rose to close the window of hit office. By the time he reached the window, the gale was blowing from the north. The sky was black, and a torrential rain wai falling. Immediately across the Missis* sippi river, in Missouri, the wind mocked down several telephone) poles on the Burlington railroad at Spanish lake. At the refinery of Shell Oil Co. first reports were that a cooling- water tower had been wrecked and that part of the roof had been blown off a chemical storag* building. Other miscellaneous damage was described as minor by a company spokesman. One tank was damaged, • Continued on Page I, Col. 1. cut on the head of one ^ employe. ' . •. , .International Shoe Co. tannery at Hartford escaped damage from the wind, it was said at the company office. The plant of Wood River Oil & Refining Co. in Hartford was undamaged. Wire poles were tilted in Hartford. Dwellings Demolished Two dwellings on East. Fourth IB Hartford were reported demo? ished. They were the homes of Jack Cunningham and C. R. Inow, on East Fourth. The Ben Farnsworth home on Olive street, on which two rooms had recently >een completed, was blown off ill 'oundation. The home of Everett Richardson on Olive also was damaged as was the Bouchet residence n the south part of the community. Light poles running parallel to the Illinois Terminal tracks south of Hartford were blown down as were poles along Route 67 south of the village. Traffic in the south section of Hartford was curtailed by "live" wires across roads. Motorists who entered the storm section within the first hour of the blow said the downpour was so heavy they could not open their windows and could scarcely see out of their automobiles. At the Clinton Sturgeon home at 101 West Sixth, an aluminum plate on the chimney was blown Continued on Page t. Col. 4. Film Roll Burns Projectionists Stop Fire at State Theater; Patrons Remain Calm An orderly withdrawal of State Theater patrons shortly after 7:30 p.m. Saturday night prevented what might have been serious consequences of a small projection room fire at the theater, 1316 East Broadway, Fire Chief Lewis reported today. He said Harry Beck, theater manager, announced the fire to the audience shortly after It started and requested patrons to walk out in an orderly manner. There was no rushing or panic and oper ators In the projection room quick' ly extinguished the blaze that had resulted when a roll of film became Ignited, the chief said. Fire damage was confined to the film roll. Four companies of the Alton fire department, No. 1, 2, 4 and the ladder truck, responded to the alarm. One Alarm This Year One firo alarm had been answered by Alton fire department up to mid-morning today, since the first of this year. Fire caused extensive damage to the Interior of a four-room frame dwelling at 2702A Amelia at 7:01 a.m. Sunday, Fire ChUf Lewis reported. Located at the rear of the occupied by Its owner, Ben the damaged structure wu «*• cupled by the James France family. Chief Lewis said the only member of the family home at the time was France, who reported he had arisen about 4:30 a.m. Sun* day to fire a coal heating stove' and had returned to bed. Shortly before 7 a.m., France told the chief, he arose and found the Interior of the house ablaze. He grabbed the bedclothes around him and escaped through a rear door. Engine companies No. 2 and 4 and the ladder truck responded to the nlnrni. The blaze was caused by a defective flue, the chief re* ported. Two Ante fires As the old year waned, Alton firemen answered two other alarms Saturday, beside the one to the theater projection room. No. 1 company extinguished *» auto fire at Third and Alby M 11:17 a.m. The car, a sedan owned by George Paddock, Grafton, waj damaged slightly by Ore follow* Ing a carburftor f)**h. At JtiOf p.m., a short In tat w» auto owned by Ralph 20i> East Twentieth, that resulted In M •round the motor MM, ( reported. The tlvro house flre so two engine No. a and 3, and the company rtaponded, t I

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