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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 21

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3 *" It tWENTY.TWO ALTON EVENING TELEOMAPM FRIDAY, JANUARY I, Auto Speed Limits Grimed Too Low i Slow Up Traffic Professor Says tniBAKA • CHAMPAIGN, til. —^Special)—Auto speed limits potted In American cities belong to "Model-T-Days." That Is the conclusion of Prof. C. C. Wiley highway and traffic experts In 1 University of Illinois College of Engineering. Presenting results on * recent , careful survey of speed limit signs he said today: Posted tuto speed limits In cities are too low. Motorists Ignore the signs. Adequate speed limits, high •fltough to cover normal traffic operations, would expedite traffic. Traffic engineers have long ob- .served that modern traffic tends ;to run at speeds which the motorists themselves consider to i be reasonable and safe, Irrespect- Jve of any posted limits," Pro- Wiley said. h two graduate students, C, ' A, Matyas and J. C, Henberger, he •made studies of actual traffic speeds and relation to posted signs along streets carrying main highways through the University community of Urbana-Champaign. These streets wore selected because of their heavy outside as well as local traffic. The engineers found that the behavior of out- of-town vehicles was Indistlnfjuish- '«ble from those of local residents. • Observations were mnde under 'four different speed limit conditions: with the "normal" 25-mile an hour limit signs; with 20-mile • signs; with 35-mile signs arid with out any signs at all. As a back- check, additional observations were made then with the 25-mile limit signs restored. Regardless of what the signs said, and even without signs, traffic moved at the same speeds. On a well-paved street 90 percent of the vehicles moved at about 40 or less miles an hour, and on a poorer surface, 30 miles an hour or less. This held true regardless of traffic volume or time of day. Both streets are normally posted at 25 miles an hour. Since the data were collected, the poorer one. has been widened and improved, and Professor Wiley recommends that both now be marked for 40-mile an hour speeds, since recent but incomplete tests Indicate that the traffic pattern on both is now similar. He urged that such realistic and up-to-date changes be made everywhere. Lists 10 PoinU He said in the conclusions of his report: "1-Trafflc consistently ignores posted speed limits and even the absence of speed limit signs and runs at speeds which the drivers consider reasonable, convenient, and safe under existing conditions. "2-Drlvers do not operate by the speedometer but by the conditions they meet. "3-The general public gives little Attention to what speed limits are ' posted. "4-The general public has a /ajse conception of speed. "5-Most present posted speed limits are Ineffective because they .are unreasonable and hence are useless. Their removal would have Virtually no effect on traffic and would save large sums of money. "6-Speeds vary little with the time of day. "7-Speeds vary little with traffic volumes up to the point where congestion begins. "8-Adequate speed limits, high enough to cover 'normal traffic operation! and enforced with only •ufficlent tolerance to meet unusual conditions or cover the usual Inaccuracies of stock speedometers, would probably help expedite traffic and aid In the enforcement of all traffic regulations. "9-Extenslve additional studies of this nature are needed from which to derive data for an intensive campaign of education for both the general public and public officials on the true concepts of •peed and speed limits. "10-A sound definition of speed limit should be developed and universally adopted." Enforcement Problem ** On the general subject of weed limits, he cays: "Speed seems to be one of the least understood characteristic! of traffic and little tf ttitter Had Visited America— NoWar,HeSays PHILADELPHIA— (*»— An ex Natl army officer, now a studen at. the University of Pennsylvania say* Hitler never would have started war agslnst the United States If he had ever been to this country. Hans Oehmke, 24, came to the United States as an exchange student under the Army Department's re-education program. He's majoring In comparative Jangu ages. This country is so big,' Oehmke says. "Now 1 understand what my father said when the war broke out. He had been to Amerl ca on business In 1938, and when war was declared, he said: 'If Americans 'are changing their Industry Into military we can never win.'" production, In Hollywood Astaire Hopes Charleston Is Dead has been dona to obtain basic Information. "Dependence has been placed on custom, assumption, and tradition tn establishing speed limits. The result is that most present-day llmita have been handed down from 'Model-T-Days' and officials •till aeem loath to change them. "Furthermore, It is evident that a strong popular belief still exists that alleged high speeds, per se, are fruitful causes of traffic accidents and that lower speeds can bo obtained by posting low speed limits. "Enforcement agencies have found that it Is practically Impossible to enforce posted speed limit* that appear unduly below those which traffic Itself consider* a 'natural' speed. As a result the practice has grown up of potting low limits and then per- By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD, <JPl — Is the Charleston coming back? Fred As- alre hopes not. The famed and frenzied dance of he roaring '20's has been making a reappearance at college dances, society parties and In Broadway hows. It Is part of a throwback o another postwar era, a trend vhlch has also brought renewed nterest In the raccoon coat, uku- clc, mah Jong and the bobbed mlrcut. Dance king Astaire thinks—and opes—the new Charleston craze /III bo*a flash in the pan. "I suppose it's a novelty to youngsters who weren't even born when It was first danced," he commented. "It must look like 'fun to them. But I don't think It will make a comeback. "For myself, I'm not Interested in old dances. I'm always looking for new ones." Astaire admitted to being a Charleston dancer himself. "My sister Adele and I danced It to a Gershwin tune in 'Lady Be Good' in London," he recalled. "It created a lot of talk." He also confessed having owned a raccoon coat. But such things are In the past now, he said. He Indicated the harleston had little to offer in the way of grace and beauty. His chain of dancing schools does not Include the Charleston In Its curriculum. But, he added hastily, 'If people want to learn it, we can teach it to them." Nostalgically, Astaire did a few steps of the oldtlme dance. All I can say Is, if everyone could Charleston the way Astaire Charlestons, the dance is due for a revival. Astaire is now starring in "Three Little Words," the life stories of song writers Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. This will be something new in musical biographies, since the script—at least at this writing—actually follows the lives and characters of its subjects. I discovered this after lunching with Mr. and Mrs. Ruby and Kalmar's widow. Astaire will play Kalmar, who really was a slim, dapper dancer. Mrs. Kalmhr, who was his graceful dance partner, is portrayed by Vera-Ellen, who certainly qualifies. Ruby (Red Skelton) Is one of the funniest men in show business and his wife (Arlene Dahl) was actually a movie star. Producer Jack Cummlngs assured me the story will be as true as the casting. "We had so much good, truthful material that we couldn't get It all In the script," he said. Ruby Is happy about having the script hew to real-life events. That seldom happens in tunesmlth's biographies. "They made George Gershwin a somber, gloomy guy," said Ruby, when George actually was a guy who loved to laugh. And Cole Porter—they had him getting the Inspiration for 'Begin The Beguine' by listening to the rhythm of a machine gun while he 'was in a trench! "Jerome Kern's life was a collection of musical numbers. Joe K. Howard's wasn't bad—you couldn't expect them to get in all of his nine wives." Television shows and motion picture projections can be seen on the same screen with a new apparatus, The television tube Is at the bottom of the cabinet, the motion picture machine at one .side. Mirrors control selection of the kind of picture to be shown. More than 100,000 Japanese were questioned by U, S. Army investigators In the prosecution of war criminal*. mlttlng considerable 'tolerance' before enforcement Is started." In Winters Praises Intelligent Men By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD, — (*» — Intelll gent men are sadly lacking In Hollywood, says startling Shelley Winters. Miss Winters, who Is not as dull-witted as you might gather from the floozies she plays on the screen, goes even further. She names the five most Intelligent men she has met in Hollywood They are: 1. George Stevens, who directed her In "A Place In The Sun." "His Intelligent approach to his work brings better work from actors than they knew- they were capable of." 2. Farley Granger, her fairly steady date. "He has extreme In tergrfty for his job as a movie actor and studies hard at it." 3. Marlon Brando, a recent date. He knows three or four langu ages 'and constantly seeks new cnowledge — making himself a bet- er actor." 4. Charles Chaplin. "Despite ivhat his critics may say, he remains a great humanitarian, a courageous man and a snperb artist." Charles Laughton. "He unselfishly Imparts all his vast knowledge of the art of acting to he new generation— not only to hose with talent, but to anyone A'ho seeks his learning." The actress indicated that Iri- clllgence Is as scarce as Florida Tapefrult In Hollywood. "People here seem to be ashamed of seeming intelligent," said. "They avoid talking about serious subjects, with the result that the conversation is uperficlal and shallow." Miss Winters admitted that her iwn career doesn't appear des- Ined to follow intellectual lines. "The studio sent out ' a Brochure on my picture, 'South Sea Sinner,' " she said. "All that was visible on the cover was a Icture from my shoulders to my highs. "For this, I took all those dramatic lessons!" Capsule review: "The Bicycle 'hief" is one of the finest films rom postwar Europe. This gem ells the story of a frantic search y a man and his son for a stolen ike which is necessary for the nmily's existence. It is told with fie usual Italian realism, but with nusual excitement. Like most ilms from Italy, it ends with no ay or hope. Toivn Unearthed In Iraq May Be World's Oldest By FRED .1. ZUSV AP Newsfeatures BAGHDAD—Scientists delving nto the hidden past of mankind .vlll set to work anew this this 'all at a desolate site, in Iraq reputed to be the oldest city In the .vorld. The city Is Eridu—a temple site said to have . been dedicated about 6,500 years ago to the wor- hip of the water god, Enki, also <nown as the god of wisdom. Dr. Naji Al-Asil director general 'of Iraq's antiquities department, says that Enkl is believed o have been the first god wor- hlpped by primitive man; at least he first god to whom a temple was dedicated. The antiquities uepartment began excavating at Eridu two years go. Work continued last year, and his season Dr. Al-Asil expects to Inish the work, Eridu investigation has produced several notable finds thus far. 'races have been found of what $ believed to be the earliest nown building In the world; and model boat, shaped of clay has teen discovered which is described s the oldest representation of a vater craft in the history of man. The Eridu site is an unusual me, AH that was visible when xcavatlon work started was n riass of crude brick work—the ulns of a gainl Ziggurat or tem- le tower erected during the bird dynasty of Ur, about 3000 BC. But careful Investigation 10- ealcd that beneath these ruins were the remnants of 14 earlier emples — each built on top of he ruins of the one preceding it. Archeologists have concluded y pottery and other finds that he 14 buried temples represent period of 1,500 years — with he earliest one probably dating rom about 4500 BC. This detective work into the ast of a primitive marsh-dwell- IK community was a difficult ob because the temples to Enki Muiicol InitnifMiit MMteoMfAL I Depicted musical Instrument I Conductor's wand I) Eating away 14 Puff up 15 Seine IS Memoranda 18 Underworld god 19 Female deer 20 Rear 21 Drunkard 22 Hebrew deity 23 Thus 24 Fruit of the palm tre* 27 Pitcher 29 Area measure 30 Accomplish 31 Negative reply 32 Depart 33 Sacks 35 Paradise 38 Preposition 39 Northeast fab.) '40 War god 42 Woman's title 47 Goddess of infatuation 48 Cover 49 Pointed arch 50 Central 51 Habitat plant forms 53 Replace 55 Ladies 56 Educated VERTICAL 1 Repaired 2 Interstice 4 Exists i Belongs to me • Uncouth » Poker stalie • riftest • Indian mulberry 10 Small children 11 Indolent 84 It original* It Wlw adviser In — 17 from (prelU)3« Whole 25 Sharp flavor 97 Required 28 Love god 41 Plrtt man 27 Rim (Bib.) 28 Clump of tree* 42 Cryptog amoun S3 Seethed plant 43 Silver (symbol) 44 Barth 45 Asseverate 4« Plateau 47ThebM god 5 J Down MPalm lily Continents of World May Be Floating Masses Like Ships existed before mankind discovered the art of writing. The ear- lest literary reference to Eridu dates back only to 2500 BC. Even hen It was reputed to be the oldest city in the world. In the tteratSire- of the Sumerians— whose civilization preceded those if Babylon and Nineveh — the :reation of Eridu takes precedence over all other places. The Sumerlan legend of crea> ion, carried on Into later millen- ums, observed that "all lands vere sea, then Eridu was made." When Eridu was founded the 'ersian Gulf was believed to have xtended as far inland as Eridu. Excavations beneath the 14th and arliest temple have revealed virgin-green sea sand. Today the uins are in a desolate desert waste with the sea 100 miles or more away. Traces of fish offerings to Snki were numerous. Beside ih? earliest temple was found remnants of a round oven — similar o ovens used today to bake bread in primitive Iraq communi- .ies—believed to have been used or burnt offerings. PLANET TRAVEL Forward-looking H. V. Kamath, member of India's Constituent Assembly, wants the new Government to have power over in- erplanetary travel. He suggest- id, at New Delhi, that travel be tweeri the planets and their satel- ites be included in the list of its egislative powers. He ' asked members not to "shut their minds to the phenomenal ad ance of science" and make pass- tort regulations applicable only o travel on Earth. But the House would have none of it and re- ected his resolution. The weasel Is yellowish brown n summer and white In winter vhen its fur is known as ermine. In the wild state the mink is he nmskrat's worst enemy. STATI ASTHMA SUFFERERS WATCH THIS SPACE A Representative of the Af THMA-NimiN CO. Will Be At Our Mam U Advise Vou In (he Ktllef al Asthma Tucday, Jgn. 9th, 323 College Avenue Store. Wednetdn, |an 10th, 632 fait IrotdwtV Store. ThurKty, |«n, Uta, 12 I. For|u»on, Wood livtr, Stort. Friday and Saturday, Jan. I2tk, 13th, at our 323 lellt Stort. •IIINNINI TUESOIY, JANUARY III FOR 4 DAYS THRIFTY DIN STOKS TONITE AMD SAT. BARGAIN MATINEE SATURDAY and SUNDAY Adults 35c Until 2 P.M. After 2, 42c ' Child 14c All Times WASHINGTON—(*»—Are the continents of the world moving masses, like great ships? Or were they once such moving masses, now firmly anchored In place? Dr. Vannevar Bush, president of Carnegie Institution of Washington, raised these questions today because of rock formations his staff of scientists found in Maryland. His annual report discloses that these rocks contain patterns of magnetization millions of years old. But these patterns are ones that apparently should be contained in rocks of South Africa, almost 8000 miles away. North Is where south should be In the rock pattern. This means the -rock formation may have moved from one side of the world to the other at some prehistoric date. Or the earth's magnetic field may have been reversed,. or at least changed, in some prehistoric- age. Once the North Magnetic Pole may have been where the South now Is. Another possibility is that som* j great electrical force within the earth may have changed the magnetic field pattern over a large area of the earth at some early date, but not throughout the whole earth. Dr. Merle A. Tuve, internationally known director of the institution's department of terrestrial magnetium, says no bolt of lightning or simiar event of comparatively weak force could have changed the natural pattern in the rocks of this particular area of Maryland. The area is too large—at least 50 miles in length—to have been so affected, the report says. And similar patterns of magnetization have been found as far away' as Birmingham, Ala. Dr. Tuve says the Maryland discovery has "opened surprising questions relating to the possibility of great movements of the earth's crust with respect to the core and geographic poles during ancient geological, epochs." Telegraph Want Ads "CLICK" In Hollywood ThelmaToddDeath Still a Mystery By MM THOMAS HOLLYWOOD, »1fe - W,ai It murder? Of was It suicide? Or m Thelma Todd accidentally die 14 yean ago? That riddle has been cause for delate in Hollywood ever since the-ttond atar WM found dead In her gatage 6ne morning In 1935. Here's how the death occurred: Thelma, the fun-loving ex-school teacher from Lawrence,- Maw., went to a Saturday night party at the Trocadero in honot of the English comic, Stanley Luplno. A chauffeur picked her up between 2:30 and 3 a. m. and drove her back to her cafe at the beach. She appeared quiet and tired. When she waved goodbye to the ^driver at 4 Sunday morning, It was the last time she was seen alive. At 10:15 Monday morning, Miss Todd's maid opened the garage door 7 and found the actressy 1 slumped in the front seat of her car. She wore a mauve and silver evening gown and mink coat, and jewels ornamented her throat and wrist. She had been dead at least 12 hours—of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Ignition key was turned on and the heavy garage doors were closed. There were no notes or MIDTOWN ... NOW! ENDS SAT. * GLENN FORD * if EVELYN KEYES * "MR. SOFT TOUCH* 9 1:80. 18ft E. Ferguson e) Wood River TONI6HT • ENDS SAT. Shown V.SS. AND A LIFETIME OP LOVE... IN 72 TKRILUNQ HOURS! M-G-M pmintt NE4GLE WILIIN Shown 8:50. ALSO CARTOON, SERIAL, AND PETE SMITH SHORT TONIQHT. SATURDAY , y OKLAHOMA 1 . Shown at 8:38 (Saturday at a« - «:13 - •-.88) Shown at T:00 - lOilS (Saturday at 1.8» • 4:57 • 8:11) ALTON, WOOD KIVRN AND JKKSCYVILLE ROY ROGERS it it TRIGGER * /* DALE EVANS it ' in color IT'S MITCNUM't NIWUM PICTUMI "UNDER CALIFORNIA STARS" WALLY VERNON COMEDY BIG DANCE MEMORIAL PARK, COTTAGE HILLS (8 Blocks South of Shell StotUm) - PLUS FIRST CHAPTER MOMERN AMP OLD TIME DANCING-* P. M.-l A. M. Admission ate Per PcrtM (Tac IcwIiMM). RofrotaineMU TWO CARTOONS otMt etowt A taftfif gfttlOft MtMM< Wit It murderf Ml* Todd'« lawyer though ao. What about suicide? Young Ida Lupine, daughter of ifti Troc piny* itteat ot honor, told Ml* Todd that night of tang tind of movie tniHAew and wanting to quit. v "I've been trying to do that all my lite," antwered Miss Todd, "hut f guett then'* only on* way out." But Thelma's mother Mid! "My daughter'* death wa« accidental, t am convinced of that," Detective Chief Thad Brown of thi Los Angeles police agrees with that theory. "The death It still accidental in my hook." ,_,)_,_. * L ...-. • . -.^^- ._- -_ -»<-,. - tt'l estimated that 15 percent of cattlemen In the United State* are •mall operator* with less than 2CO head of cattle. TONIGHT AND SATURDAY MATINEE SATURDAY Send the Kiddles to our special afternoon show with special short*, thrilling serial and 2 fine movie attractions. The children will he entertained for several hours. I TONIUHT AT B:*» 1*. M. UHI Sat. *:!>, 5:35 and »:00 P. M. NotimiGYbuMit WARMER BROS! HURT LANCASTER Shown 1:00 3:00 8:05 7:10 9:18 NOTHINI WW UNOM TNI SUM . ,, mil You'll H» iwpfbMl »•* PUa*«4 with IARNEY MALI wri kit "HALf.STONES" Hie WOOD RIVER MOOSE CLUI HalHrday Night • la I——-Members may Invite friends. Plus Second Feature Tonight at 7:20 P. M. Only Sat. 1:00. 4:30, 8;00 P. M. Only COMING SUNDAY Robert Montgomery and Ann Blyth in "Once More, My Darling" Barry Sullivan and Marjorie Reynolds in "Bad Men of Tombstone" >8e TILL 5 PRINCESS TODAY * SAT. 'Terrifying Adventure In Suspense! HALE DIBCOtl UNNE0Y trnuiT ^^^H£j|M^K]Mf0 I Shown 1:15 4:05 6:55 0:40 PLUS — | HE'S MO -mOOKa" IN THi RING! JOE KIRKWOOO LEON ERROl {DELYSEKNOX Shown 2:35 5:20 B:10 MATINEE SAT. 1:30 HUXANA. 111. THEATRE I WOODRIVER ft SAT. Oufof/nnotfnf Confusion... inb TONIGHT & SATURDAY Either Williuin*-Ked Station "NEPTUNE'S DAUGHTER" In Color—Shown a) 8:53. Ronald ReafaJi. Virginia Mayo "THE ami FROM JONES IEACH" Shown at 7:35. SELECTED SHOUTS. LUX THEATRE EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. SUN.-MON.-TUES.-WEO. Jumury S, B, 10. 11 JUNE HAVEB — MARK STEVENS "Oh You Beautiful DoN" Shown Sunday at 1:30 - 3:30 - 5:8S - T3S - 0:30 Monday. Tutiday, W«diiMday— Shown at T:ll * CIO ALSO SELECTED SHORTS. Thii it Ike h*«r|. gripping drama •f on* firl't »n* pilhttic milfoil* . ..»nd lh* prict tk* paid... • pric* lh«i 100,000 •irlt pay •v*ry y*arin "lh* United $*•»•• I IDA LUPINO MIM UU EAST ALTON AMERICAN LEGION DANCE SATURDAY NIGHT Starting lit g:M Legion Had CUT ALTON MiHie by Pansy'* Oreluetra, Feeturtnc OU Him Square FORREST BRASSELLE-PENN "THE WINDOW" Shown 7:25 OPEN g:M WILD E Y TOMIT1 4 1AT. "MIGHTY JOI YOUNG" "THI MUTINEERS" * SUNDAY AT THE GRAND * 4

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