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1»AOK TWO ALTON EVfttttttO TKtfORAMt FRIDAY* JANUARY », J.J. Jehle, Long 111, Dies at 73 Funeral Services Monday at St. Mary's John 3 Jehle-of 616 East Sixteenth street, died In St. Joseph's Hospital Friday at 5:10 p. m. after B long Illness, aged 73. He was the last Immediate member of a prominent Alton family. Mr. Jehle WHS born In St. Louis In 1876 and rnme to Alton with his parents when hn was n year old. His father, John Jehle, had bought out the old brewery which had up lo that time belonged to B. Runzie and It had been in business for many years. The father sold his brewery on Enston near Sixteenth street, to Anton Reck, and for years the son, John Jehle, was employed by the Reck brewery BS browmastcr. After being educated In the Alton public schools he enrolled In a college at Qulncy nnd was graduated there. He devoted many years of his life to the brewery business in which he had taken employment under Mr. Reck. Subsequently he became manager of the whiting plant at Klsnh and did much to develop that property Into the position it commanded at the time he was Its manager. He remained In the Glsah plant for one year. Mr. Jehle had not been In robust health for a long time. He began to suffer serious handicaps from 111 health after he fell and his hip was fractured, a year ago next month. He managed to be up and about the house aided by • conveyance which he found useful In that it enabled him to move •bout his home. There was a steady decline In his health until the last week when It became .apparent that he could not last more than a few days. Mr. Jehle leaves his wife, who was Miss Louise Degenhardt, one ton, John Louis Jehle, who Is one of the owners of the Alton Plumbing & Heating Co. There are four grandchildren. Besides, he leaves two nephews and a niece, all three Alton Grocer Leaves His Estate to Widow KDWARDSVILLE, Jan. t. On file In Probate Court, the will of John Simon, .elderly Alton gro- cei who was fatally Injured last Nov. 26 when struck by an automobile while crossing the street In front of his home, bequeaths h's estate to the widow, Mrs. Maude Sndle Simon, Alton, who was accompanying her husband at the time nnri incurred Injuries Jn the same mishap. Hearing on a petition to pro- bntc the will has been set for Jan. 30. A cause of action for Mr. Simon's death was listed as an nssct of his estate In the petition. The brief, single-page will was executed June 20, 1918. Alton police listed the driver of the automobile which struck Simon and his wife as Donald Louis Hellrung, 20, of Alton. * Lucas Appeal Continued From Page 1. Rivers Rise In Flood Area Ice Storms Cripple Middle Dixie that the partial strike has not created a- national emergency which would warrant use of his emergency powers under the Toft-Hartley law. The President, a critic of that law, again asked Congress this week to repeal It. The act permits the President to proclaim an emergency and seek an 80-day court order to halt work stoppages If he finds they arc endangering the nation's health or *f TMfe ASSOCIATED PRKSS Flood waters rose to new danger points In the Midwest and ice storms crippled parts of middle Dixie today as property and crop damage trom this week's weather soared Into the millions. The floods and ice storms Inflicted severe hardship on thousands. Hundreds were mude temporarily homeless. Oilier thousands were without neat, business wa» disrupted, 'navel was impeded. Scores of highways were undei water or ice-biocked. There have been several deaths attributed lo storms or the floods. Uncounted livestock in the flood areas have been losl or are In danger. crop UHiimHe In Millions Coiu wL'auit-T ml* wt'UK caused minions ol aoliuru damage to crops in southern (Juiuurnm unu rti'izona, but a break in the abnormally severe coiu was expected. Meanwhile, as a (meet, of ice en- veioped wide ureas and icy walers surged over turm lands and in- vauuu communities, mosl ol the ouHturn and southern stales enjoyed Tempera- Truman Gets Defense Plan Prompt Approval Likely; ArtnsAidDueNextMonth WASHINGTON, ' Jan. t. <*>— Officials today awaited President Truman's approval of *> new At* lantlc pact defense plan as the signal to start a full $1,000,000,000 In arms rolling to Western Europe within a month. * The'Official nod from the White House—expected promptly—Is all that is needed now to make available the full amount appropriated by Congress last summer to rearm America's European allies. Only 51,000,000,000 has gone into the arm^ program thus far, pending final action on the defense plan, This master blueprint against communist aggression was approv ed unanimously yesterday by the 12-nation North Atlantic council Secretary of State Acheson, representing the United States, presided over the meeting. -The 11 governments were represented by their top diplomats here. Even though Acheson voted for it, the President must now examine the strategy plan and issue a formal finding, on whether it _. ___ «»»»««• HPAS-U infu -PL- L ii_ i • • provides for "integration" of West- FLOOD WATERS REACH HIGH—This scene shows the lapping i £ rn European military defenses B.50 Plunges Into Florida Bay$2MayStiIlBeAboard ELGIN AIR rOUCfi BASIS, Fl«. Jan. t, MB — Hie ftlf fotx* today prepared to raise one of its huge B-50 bombers from Choctowh«» chee Bay, where It plunged ycster day with 11 crewmen aboard. Nine of the men reached life rafts and were saved. Th* other two, whose names were temporarily withheld, were believed to be pinned Inside the plane. They haf not been accounted for almost three hours after" the crash. Assessments Continued From ?•*• >• being members of religious orders In the Roman Catholic Church. They are Father John Dreisoerner, pastor at. Fulton, Mo., Catholic 'Church; Father Carl Dreisoerner, Who Is stationed at Freiburg, In •Switzerland, and Sister Chamlnade, who* Is stationed at Crlchton House, at Harmon on the Hudson in New York state. Funeral rites will be conducted Monday with solemn requiem mass at 9 a. m. In St. Mary's Church. •The body Is at Staten funeral home where friends may call after 7 p. m. today, The rosary will be recited Sunday at 7:30 p. m. at the funeral home. welfare. Public Suffering Several Republican Congress members contended the public Is suffering because the admlnlstru- tion Is withholding action against Lewis. Some called on Congress to act and one, Sen. Jenner (R.-Ind.' said: "Somebody seems to be fiddling while the people of this nation are freezing to death." Lucas, saying the three-day week has caused .a serious coal crisis, carried complaints from Illinois constituents direct to the White House. In a statement later, he said he had asked John R. Stcelman, Mr. Terminal Buys Land for Docks Coal-Loading Facilities to Be Relocated Through a purchase of 160 acres on the Mississippi riverfront at Birds Hollow, about a mile and a half upstream from Lock Haven, Illinois Terminal railroad has acquired a site for the relocation of its coal dock facilities. The docks now are located at the 'foot of Grand avenue, near the pumping station of Alton Water Co., at the westerly limits of Alton. Great quantities of coal are unloaded from freight cars to barges at the docks, thence to be moved by towboats on the Mississippi and Illinois waterways. Plans for the removal of the docks were announced long ago by the Terminal. The step is one that keys in with the plans for the extension and completion of the McAdams river parkway from Its present terminus near Clifton to Graf ton. The tract purchased by the railroad as a coal dock site was acquired from William J. Herb, Alton real estate and Insurance man, and city comptroller. . The land, it was said by Herb, is a part of the former Runzie farm and will provide the Terminal wltli a frontage of n half mile on the Mississippi. Two quarter-sections of the tract front along the river paralleled at that point by the railroad tracks, and at Its upstrean side the tract extends back foui quarter-sections. Herb described the bluff tract conveyed to the railroad as "stone and timber," scenery rather than farm land. But he pointed out that it contains stone usable by the rail road for construction work that may be required on the coal dock, and possibly for piling, as well. Herb said that he had acquired the old Runzie farm from the Run- zle heirs more than a year ago, and that since the sale of the ICO-acres has 240 acres of the original farm left. The Runzie place Is I mined i- Truman's assistant, to "lose no time In laying all the facts at his command before the President of the United States." Lucas said Steelman promised to review the whole situation with Mr. Truman today. LIICIIR I'rominen Action The senator said that unless Lewis and the mine operators soon reach an agreement restoring the tures climbed lo record marks. But the warm wealner was ending in\ the Northeast, with snow expected lo replace drizzle in the New York City to Boston region today. H inches of Snow in New York Kight inches of snow piled up in nortnern New Vo^k state, and 5 inches In the western portion. And snow fell In Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, the fall ranging to 5 inches. A forecast of warmer weather in the Midwest flood belt brought a new threat of a quick thaw and faster flooding. Hain and sleet over the Ohio river valley to the Gulf heightened the peril of developing floods in major streams. Memphis lilt by Ice Storm Memphis was locked in the worst Ice storm to hit the Mississippi river town of 350,000 in 17 years. Knin-swollen streams spilled out over thousands of lowlands in parts of Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Floods also were reported in middle Tennessee and northeast Mississippi but were regarded as not serious. Many schools throughout the area have been closed. In Indiana alone, the Red Cross reported 500 families already had been forced to leave their homes flood waters of the Meramec River reaching under a clothes lin into the back yard of an old home near Valley Park, west of St. Louis Taken yesterday, the picture is typical. The river continued to rise today, flooding homes, business houses and highways. Scores 0 families have been evacuated but no casualties have/been reportec —AP Wirephoto. Red Cross Gets 13 Applications For Storm Aid five-day week he will "take the ,"n a do/^n communiUes. floor of the United States Senate and protest as vigorously as I know how the continuation of these conditions." Lucas did not specifically call on the President to Invoke his Taft-Hartlcy emergency powers against Lewis. But Lucas noted that the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board may be able to seek a court order to force the union leader to put the miners back on a full week. Lucas Indicated this would serve the same purpose as presidential Intervention. Denham Considering Injunction The NLRB counsel, Robert N. Denham, is presently considering seeking a court injunction on .the basis of unfair labor practjces filed against the union by the coal operators. • ' • Denham yesterday asked the U. S. Court of Appeals here to enforce a year-old NLRB order prohibiting Lewis from seeking an Illegal union shop contract. The mine owners' £ew charges before Denham say that Lewis still Is trying to obtain contracts with illegal union shop clauses. Such clauses, which require all miners to be union members,' arc legal under the labor law — provided the workers have sanctioned this by an NLRB election. There has been no such election among the miners. In still another legal action against Lewis, a group of Ohio coal operators sued him yesterday for $8,872,000 damages under a state anti-trust law. An Injunction against the three-day week was also asked. 83 New Homes ately farm upstream from the Lock from which Lock Haven (Once platted as the townslte of Randolph) takes Its name. Lock Haven Is the former June. (Ion point of the old Bluff Line, where the route to Grafton branched off from the then main line northward through Jerseyvlllo to Springfield. Left now Is I he route between Alton and Grafton which with the relocation of the Coal dock will assume new Importance from the railroading standpoint. Circuit Jury to Be Impaneled Monday EDWARDSVILLE, Jon, 7, Circuit Judge R. W. Griffith will impanel a new grand jury Monday at 9:30 a. m In connection with opening of the January term o/ Circuit Court. \ Petit jury venires have been gjimmoned for 10 a, m. Monday, when 4iiat aesslons of Circuit Court •» In progress, with Judge presiding In the No. 1 dl- wrf City Judge Joseph F Vt.fHt ft, Louis on the division No. 9. Attorpey Austin Lewis | fM4*y lit expected to pro- •fcWt30 criminal •WV fried Jury next Continued From Page 1. ing permits for the calendar year was $5722. 35. 2N I'crmiU in December Last December, the city building department Issued 28 permits for projects estimated In aggregate at $80,655. Included wero six dwellings, $49,660; one new business building, $15,000; and three private garages, $1750, a total of $66,410 In wholly new construction. Additions, alterations, and repairs comprised nine residential projects, $6095. and 7 business projects, $5000. First building permit of 1950 has been issued to Stella Wheat ley of 1108 Belle for a private enrage, $150. Last permits In December Included: J. W. Letter, 3632 Sidney, 3-car garage on Orchard, $1000. Edward Mook of Route 1. Godfrey, redlining wall m 1014 Humboldt, $27b. Clarence Markle, 2407 Denny, new floors, roof and front for store, $1000. Miss Julia Bildcrbeck Funeral Monday Funeral services for Miss Julia Eva Bllderbeck of 1320 Pearl, will be conducted Monday; at 2 p. m. In Cherry Street iJaptlst Church. Burial will be In Alton cemetery. The body Is at.Streep* er funeral home where friends may rail after 7 p. in. today and until noon Monday when It will be taken (o the church. Godfrey Fox Hunters Bag Five Animals GODFREY, Jan. 7. - Five foxes were bagged by • group of hunters sponsored by the Godfrey Civic Association this morning. The animals v. re killed on and near (he back campus of Montlcello College. Another hunt was staged this afternoon. Shotguns were the only arms used on the expedition, The army prepared to send 800 soldiers from Fort Knox, Ky., to Vincennes, Ind., today as the crest of the Wabash river's worst flood since 1943 surged toward Terre Haute and Vincennes. The Wabash, on the Illinois-Indiana border, the White river and other streams have overflowed their banks at many points. The Wabash, Indiana's largest river, had inundated parts of Logansport and Delphi. Water poured 4 feet deep over high 41 at Attica, cutting off the town from Ihc north and West. Priioiiera Work on Levee Forty prisoners from the Indiana state penal farm at Putnamvillc went to Terre Haute last night to help strengthen levees. Five blocks were Hooded at Martinsvllle and 100 families prepared to move from the White river lowlands. The Red Cross declared a state of emergency at Lowrenccville, III., on the Wabash river along the state's eastern boundary. The Km- barrass and the Kaskaskia rivers also were out of their banks at many points. While Memphis reeled from the damaging Ice storm, other nearby communities also were hit by the severe weather. Thousands in the northeast and eastern part of Tennessee were reported without power or communications. The three, days of sleet and rain in Memphis loft large sections of the- city without electricity or telephones. Klectric bus service was sharply curtailed. j Many Highway* Closed Some families and livestock In the lowlands near Columbus, Miss were evacuated as the Pearl aw Tomblgbee rivers started'rising t flood stage. Many highways were closed. Although no serious flood wa expected In either Tennessee 01 Mississippi, governors of both state; hnve alerted national guard units for emergency duty. There wore some flood conditions in western nnd southwestern Onto but MO serious danger appeared Rain-swollen creeks and rivers flooded some homes and blockec roads. A few families In the lowlands of the Little Miami river, in the Dayton-Springfield area, mov ed nut of their homes. The East and the South again yesterday reported near record or record temperatures for the date For the third consecutive day, Norfolk, Va., had a record reading, 75 above. New York reported a top mark for the fourth straight day ns the mercury climbed to an unseasonably high 63,7. It hit 72 ,it Washington and 71 at Philadelphia Thirteen applications for assist ance have been received by the American Red Cross from victim of the twin disaster that struck Wood River and Hartford last week, according to Miss Betty Mack, director of disaster opera tions in the area. Eight Wood River area families have been registered for assistance in the disaster office set up in Wood River City ball; their homes and belongings were damaged or destroyed by the flood waters from Indian creek Tuesday night anc Wednesday morning. Fuel supplie; were given to those whose supplies were covered by water and ice and in one case where a foundation wall caved in, the Red Cross will assist in replacing the damaged property. From the Hartford tornado area has come requests for assistance from five families, and all requests are for aid in replacing damaged homes. From a revised report the total number of homes damaged in the twister area was set at 14, two of the dwellings being totally destroyed. The Red Cross will maintain its temporary disaster office in the Wood River City hall for the next five to seven days to register further requests and Mr. Leo Whiteman, St. Louis area national building adviser, is making immediate surveys on reported losses., . 12-Foot Cavity Continued From Page 1. Mercury Rises Continued From I'uge 1. the oil transports over the slippery gradv. City Electrical Inspector H. C. Alexander said today that he had been keeping the downtown white- svay control clocks operating through the recent cold wave by a homely dealing device contrived from an old coffee can and a 60- watt light bulb. The clocks, located on the transformer posts to rear of Temple Theater building In Court House square had been stopping, or falling to move the electrical switches at the appointed hours, every time ternpralure fell under 30 degrees. "I got tired being called out to operate the contacts' by • hand," Alexander explained, ,"so I rigged up. the heating bulb In the can. Holes nunched In the bottom of the coffee can let thf air, warmed by the light, move upward against •he pases inclosing the time clocks. U keeps the clocks warmed sufficiently to work properly with no "lore stopping," The population of Japan was es» limated at 68,635,788 as of Oct 1, 1949, t Alton settlement, and in other construction. When the Piasa stone culvert was built. In 1849—a hundred years ago last summer—the city council gave the contractor permission to take stone from Market street "near Piasa Mill". Oldest city directories fail to list a Piasn mill, but it Is believed the stone for the original section of Piasa sewer was procured close to the point of its construction, which was from Second to Fourth streets. Later, the sewer contractor got permission to take earth from Market, apparently in the area between Third and Fourth, to make a fill over the completed culvert and raise the grade of Piasa and West Third in the business district to somewhat the present grade. The quarrying along the west slope of Market left some abrupt "cliffs" and when the street car line was constructed in the early 90s, it was necessary to fill oul Ihf street with earth, then cut a shelf for the car tracks that formed the embankment into the two terraces that still exist. Puralytio Killed CHICAGO, Jan. 7, <£•>—A bedridden 70-year-old paralytic was found bludgeoned to death today in his home in suburban Palos Park. Police said a 23-year-old stuble-hami employed by the dead man made an oral statement several hours later that he killed the helpless man during a burg' lary. To Tfy 62 Cases In County Court Six - Day Setting Begin Jan. 17 ED WARDSVILLE, Jan. 7. — -A six-day setting of 62 criminal case for jury trial In bounty Court be fore Judge Michael Kinney during the two-week period beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, was announce today. The setting, as prepared b; State's Attorney Austin Lewis anc issued by County Clerk Eulalia Hot/ as clerk of the court, include charges of being an "inmate of a house of ill fame," filed by State' Attorney Lewis against eight wo men arreste^ by Sheriff Dallas T Harrell last fall during vice raid: on Collinsville road, 20 case against lathers charged with neg lect and refusal to, support thei families, 17 bastardy cases, two charges of keeping a disorderly house and two of keeping a house of ill fame, also filed by the state's attorney as a result of Sheriff Har rell's raids below Collinsville, near Fairmount race track. Also included are one charge each of keeping a common gaming house and keeping a slot machine hree cases in which defendants ire charged with violation of the Illinois Unemployment Compensa- ion Act, four cases charging vio- ation of the Illinois Medical Prat- ice Act, and one charge each ol operating a motor vehicle without he owner's consent, assault and resisting arrest, larceny, and va grancy. All 20 non-support cases have been set for trial the .opening day, Jan. 17. Mrs. Addie Shea Services Monday . r Private funeral services for Mrs. Addie Shea, who died at the Soldiers and Widows Home at Wil- •nington, III., late Friday after- loon, will be conducted at 11 a. m. Monday at the Staten funeral home by the Rev. W. Freeman rivet t. Burial will be in Oakwood emetery. The body was being brought here dday. Mrs. Shea had lived In Alton intil about 11 years ago. She vas born near Delhi, but came ere with her parents early dur- ng her girlhood. Mrs. Shea was the daughter of 1r. a,nd Mrs. Jeremiah Curry, and he widow of Michael Shea. Her death occurred following her ollapse at the dining table at he home. Surviving are a son, Harold of Uton; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Dickering and Mrs. Lydia Appley of Alton and Mrs. Joseph Meyrs of Brighton, and a brother, ohn Curry of -Alton. Explosion Predicted Tonight LONDON, Jan. 7. UPt—Tonight s the night the Russian's are ex- ected to touch off their second tomlc explosion, according to British editor Kenneth De Courcy. Mrs. Truman. University Club Women Call Off Proposed Ten and production facilities. In passing the arms-aid pro gram, Congress insisted that this "integration" must be a fact before $900,000,000 of the $1,000,000000 voted for Europe would be turned loose. Government authorities said the President already Is familiar with the broad outlines of the defense plan and believes it meets the requirements gress. laid down by • Con In anticipation ot the President's approval, plans to officials are making start American guns, tanks, ammunition and supplies moving to Western Europe around Feb. 1. While details of the master strategy plan are secret, informed officials said it provides in general for the French army—largest In Western Europe—to bear the Initial brunt of any Russian attack, with Britain and the United States providing air and sea support. Hospital Fire Continued From Page 1. in critical condition. Only one of them was immediately identified —Miss Mary Ruth Finnerty of Ottumwa, la. Hospital attendants "said all the survivors were calm. Some went to sleep In the lobby of the main hospital building. Others sat quietly wjth expressions of horror on their faces. In all, firemen said that 25 or 30 persons were removed from the blazing ward early in the fire. From the south section of the structure firemen lowered the forms of six patients down aerial ladders, then it was learned only two of them were alive. Patienti Screami Give Alarm Miss Josephine O'Toole of Davenport, a nurse's aide, said she was awakened by screams of patients while asleep in her room on the third floor. "I threw open a window," Miss O'Toole said. "Then I heard someone shout fire' and I opened my door and looked out into the hall, "I swelled smoke and heard more screams on floors belof me. So I grabbed my coat, put it over my nightgown, and ran down the stairs to the basement. There I was joined by Mrs. Neighbors, one of the patients, and we went out h rough the basement. "I really dqn't know what time t was but it must have been a ittle before 2 o'clock.' First Out of Building "I guess I was one of the first out of the building. The mercury stood at 19 de- rees. When all officers In the vere rushed to the scene of the lisaster, merchant policeman, Bill Stegen, 57, of Davenport, was among those who responded. He said he gained an "indelible im iresslon of pure horror." This was Stegen's story: "I arrived about five minutes fter the second alarm. The east ide was aflame so I stepped round to the west and assisted he firemen vhile they h rough bars on the window. Ax Used On Bars "First, we tried some of the bars vith a wire clipper but this was n vain so we used an ax. One woman was sitting at the window with the flames close by. "A fireman got her out and sessor books of the 24 townships. the books were turned over to County Clerk Eulalia Hot* and by late afternoon an abstract of the 1949 assessment for all townships had been prepared at her office and sent by registered mall to the Illinois Department of Revenue at Springfield. As the next step In the state's complicated tax machinery, the revenue department will determine thfc "multiplier" or factor to be applied under the Butler laws in raising locally-assessed and equalized valuations to so-called "100 percent" for taxation purposes. Extension of 1949 taxes, to be paid next spring, will be delayed at the county clerk's office until the new multiplier is supplied to the office for application against all board of review-equalized ssessments to bring them up to full valuation. Valuations of railroad property and capital stock in the county assessed directly by the state revenue agency at Springfield, also are awaited at the county clerk's office before tax extension work can begin. The county's $70,339,915 valuation total for 1940, as equalized by the board of review, represents a net increase of $592,130 over the figure set for 1948 by the review body. Madison County's "100 percent" assessed valuation for 1948, on which taxes were paid the past year, totaled $500,431,389, including railroad and capital stock assessments made by the state revenue agency. The figure for locally-assessed and equalized property, after application of the 5.8824 multiplier certified by the revenue department, was $458,055,535. Just what multiplier will be certified by the revenue agency for Madison County this year, after study of real estate transactions, remains an unknown quantity, but in view of the trend in recent years the factor Is expected to be higher than the 5.8824 figure for 1948. For 1947 the factor was 5.5556, and for 1946, the first year the Butler tax laws became effective, the county's multiplier was 5.2632. I with my flashlight attempted to cut WASHINGTON. Jan. There'll be no joint tea drinking Jan. 16 by Mrs. Harry S. Truman md the University Women's Club, Inc. ' In fact, to save embarrassment all around, there won't be any tea drinking by the club Itself on that date, though the affair once had been fully arranged and the President's wife had accepted an Invl- at Ion. It's all tied up with the row, In Congress and elsewhere, over civil Ights for Negroes. . The club once was the majority group In the Washington branch of the American Association of University Women. It quit the na- ional organisation in a long fight over the Washington branch's re- eetlon of Mrs. Mary Church Terrell, Negro leader, for membership, It took the new name and a minority group, which had favored Mrs. Terrell's admission, took over he capital's AAUW Branch. Unaware of the long controver- sy, Mrs. James Helm of the White House staff announced on Tuesday of thii week that Mrs. Truman had accepted an invitation to the club's Jan. 16 tea. That produced some comment about the President's civil rights program. "We just didn't dream It would be embarrassing," Mrs. Leslie Whit ten, the club's hospitality chairman, said today. Sho told a reporter that afU:t she saw the comment she telephoned Mr*. Helm, "rather than her rail me,' She said she offered to withdraw the Invitation If it would be embarrassing to Mrs. Truman. The next day's mall, Mrs. Whitten related, brought a "lovely note" from the White House accepting the offer to take back the bid. Mrs. Helm would say only that "the invitation was graciously withdrawn by the club." With the first lady not coming, the |ea itself was cancelled. hen had to struggle with her be- ause she wanted to return and et her clothes. In one instance a little Irish woman at the window was call- ng for help. The firemen finally ot her out a,nd had quite a tiirw ettlnu her down the ladder. "Other women were screaming. "I saw one man that got out 'ho had a narrow escape. He had sunk to the floor, overcome by smoke, but the firemen got to him In time. Bister Carrie* Blankets "I stood alongside a white-robed sister whose arms were loaded with blankets. She was crying. Just then the flames broke out through the roof on the northeast corner. "I asked her: 'Anybody on the upper floor?' "She said It was filled to capacity. "I saw officer Fee (of the Davenport police) call for water. He was on an extension ladder. They (toured water on him and he dove in the window and emerged carrying a woman In his arms. He had /ound her In bed. "One of our city firemen also went In,and pulled .a woman out of the same room. This was while the flames were within five or six feet of the window on the south section. Several ratal "I have never seen anything like this. It was pitiful, Women were dashing at the .iron bars, crying The board of review this year raised local assessors' figures in 17 townships, with the net increases ranging from $240 for Moro township to a net boost 'of $255,650 for Marine township. The big gain for Marine township, resulted principally from the board's nclusion of oil leases omitted by ;he local assessor. Local assessors' figures were lowered by the board of review In seven townships, with net assessment cuts ranging from $400 for Leef township to $92,545 for Grante City township. Godfrey town ship was among the group o seven in which local assessmen otals were reduced through th board's equalization work, experi encing a net drop of $2945. Othe ownships whose assessor-fixed val uations were pared by the board ncluded Helvetia, Venice, Oliv and Collinsville. Chouteau township's assessor tixed valuation for 1949 was in creased $218,665 by the board o review, largely through inclusion of the Shell Oil Co.'s new "tank farm" in that township. John P. Lauer Dies at Age 88 FatherofDemoeraticChair. man 111 2 years John P. Lauer, 88, died at 0-30 a. m. today, at Mather nursing home, where he had been a patient for two years. He was the father of John W. Lauer. head of Klinke Ice firm and chairman of the Madison County Democratic Com- mlttee. Mr. Lauer was born on a farm at Highland, eldest of 12 children In boyhood he went to Edwards- viile and resided there until seven years ago when, after the death of his wife, he came to Alton to make his -home with his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs John W. Lauer of 519 Henry. Until his retirement, the elder Mr. Lauer had been employed by a lumber company at Edwardsviile. His wife died of Injuries in a crossing accident at Edwardsviile He Is survived by two sons, Joseph of Washington and John of Alton; two daughters, Mrs. John Donnelly of Ferguson, Mo., nnd Mrs. Rose Blunk of Alton; and a sister, Mrs. Carrie Duffy of Chicago. Another daughter, Mrs Hilda Schenk, died 20 years ago. The body will be at Burke (sue- cessor to Bauer & Hoehn) funeral home, where friends may call after 6 p. m., Sunday, The rosary wil! fte recited at the funeral home at 9 p. m., Monday. The funeral will be Tuesday morning, with servlret at St. Boniface Church in Edwardsville at a time to be set. Burial will be in Sunset Hill icmetery at Edwnrdsvllle. 5 Men, 2 Boys Held for Rape ROCKFORD, Jan. 7. (^—Polie< lave seized five men and two boyi ncluding a former policeman or statutory rape or morals charge) nvolving two young girls. Detectives Paul 7irrello and Carl 'ohnson said yesterday the girls aged 13 and 16, are being held in he county detention home on charges of delinquency and lar- :eny. Their names were withheld They said the 13-year-old girl old them Stuart Rapp, 35, the ormer policeman, a 14-year-old oy and another youth picked hot up on a Rockford street aboul Dec. 1 and drove out into the Daily Bergman Conferences NEW YORK, Jan. 7. UP» — A day-to-day conference is in' pro gress here to try to smooth out legal aspects of Ingrid Bergman's problems-of-the-heart. Her attor ney, Gregson Bautzer, is meeting with her husband's attorney, Laurence E. Brlnn. for help and I saw several fain away and disappear in the smoke and flame. "The feeling of helplessness wai terrible." The burned building was 60 years old and intended primarily lo house women patients. Hospital officials estimated the loss at $20,000. A force of 107 firemen fought the blaze." Mrs. Gladys Oeitendorf, a nurseV aide, said she started to take one woman from the blazing building but the woman balked, saying the wanted to go back and get her shoes. She said she finally managed to get the patient to forget about (he shoes and flee the flames. t Leap From Window Another nurse'i aide, Mrs. WIN lard Bennett, said the saw two men leap from the building as the led women to safety. The men jumped from the second floor window but she could not tell If they were hurt, she said. Three women were rescued by firemen who carried them down and aerial ladder extended to the roof. Three men patients who escaped flames were given emergency treatment — * -• Hospital. •nd placed In Mercy Cots were set up In hallways of the hospital to care for patients driven from the psychiatric division. The entire staff of nurses, aides, orderlies and listers was called for emergency duty. All available doctors and nurses In the city were called to the scene. Hospital officials said part o( the section used for mental patients had recently been remodeled particularly to care for these patients. The main hospital, which escaped flames, |, lined at having 276 beds,* :ountry. There, she related, the 14-year. ild boy, whose name also wai withheld, had sex relations with her in the back seat of the cai vhile the other youth and Rapp sat in the front seat. Rapp told them the girl's storj as true, the detectives said. The 14-year-old boy and anothei pouth, 15, whose name was not given, were placed in the custody f their parents for appearance omorrow in county court on de- inquency charges. Held in county jail are: Douglas Polk, 20, Kenneth iainwater, 18, and James Cava- augh, 19, all charged with sta- utory rape; and Rapp and Theo- ore King, 21, both charged with ontributing to the delinquency of a minor. All are accused by jbolice of having -sex relations with the two girls. The girls'face larceny charges, the detectives said, because of the alleged theft of money from s bread box in the older girl's home. The detectives said the older girl has admitted taking $35 and the younger girl $56 over a period of time. The money belonged to the older girl's mother. Rapp was a probationary member of the Rockford police force from January, 1948, to January, 1949, the detective said. They said the board of police and fire commissioners voted not to appoint him to a permanent job. No date has been set for I hearing of charges against th< men or the girls. All of the principals are residents of Rockford Traffic Jam in Downtown Area Premature fugitives from th< "chain gang," a week's accumulation of downtown visiting, plui treacherous condition of downtowr streets following today's thaw created a witchs' brew of traffic thii noon. Few cars seen downtown during the time had chains on theii wheels, and there were few spot! where chains were needed. But the few places where they were required caused plenty ni trouble, Lincoln-Douglas square'! tangle of cars getting out of their parking places at noon combined with a little more than ordinary Broadway and Front street traffic to create one bad situation. Traffic was backed up on Front street to Easton at one time amid the tangle, as cars sought to leave the square, some gett'ng caught in the Ice. Others complicated Hie situation attempting to get across Broadway. Cars with chains made out nil right, though they had to wait for the others to skid into forward motion at points. Bell Dispute Back At Starting Point ST. LOUIS, Jan. 7. MP> r- The contract dispute between Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and he CIO Communications Workers oday Is right back where it wni when negotiations opened Oct. 25. There appears little hope for a peaceful settlement. Dlrec.1 negotiations between the wo were broken off yesterday fter the company turned down a mlon demand for a J5-cent-an« hour wage Increase. The union In turn rejected the ompany's proposal to extend tin 949 contract for another year. QaleslHiM GALESBURG, Jan. 7, 'ester, 74, of Galesburg, Injured Wednesday when he was struck y a taxi cab driven by Clyd« Hans, 39, died today.

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