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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Mctnbtr el The AMoeltttd Pmt, l« Ptt Caff. Vol. CXIV, No. 305 ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, JANUARY 10,1950 Jimmy II, 1IH. Move Launched To'Modernize' CollegeViaduct City Would Have State Study Plan for Single Underpass Acting on the suggestion of Chairman Robert Brown that mod* •rnlsation of the College avenue underpass In the Interest of highway safety and adequacy to traffic needs be made its chief goal of 1950, the City Traffic Commission Monday gave the project a formal launching. Action taken by the commission at iti City Hall meeting was to authorize Mayor Llnkogle to address a letter to the district engineer, Division of Highways, requesting studies be made for an Improvement at the viaduct that will provide a highway of single level with a clearance of at least 14 feet. The letter will suggest that with full cooperation between the city and highway department it may be possible to obtain federal aid funds to make the needed improvement possible and thus eliminate at an early date the hazard and inadequacy of the present divided dual-level roadway. The commission further decided to recommend the project to City Council for its endorsement, but deferred preparation of this report so that it may be drawn up to present in detail just what the commission proposes and the present deficiencies it feels demand speediest possible correction. Discuss Relief 'of Hazard* At a recent meeting, the traffic board discussed steps for Immediate relief of some of the hazards at the underpass, and Chairman Brown reported that state highway engineers have agreed to the immediate placing of some cluster reflecting boards that mark the ends of the railing that divides the underpass into two sections; also to smooth off the pavement at the east approach to the "deep side" of the underpass, also to reflectorize a sign marking the deep side and set up a no-passing zone at viaduct approach. In turn, however, the state has asked that the city place warning reflector board at the "dead-end" of Rodgers avenue where it heads into the underpass approach; also that it provide more adequate lighting on the city side v of the viaduct. Police Sgt. Brown said that it is proposed the city have the street light moved from its present position a short distance west to top of the slope heading to the underpass, and that candlepower of this light be increased to better illuminate ttie arear "* * Pointing out how the commission studies Into immediate safety steps at the viaduct has pointed to a need for effective sponsor ship on the project of complete remodeling of the underpass, Brown said that the proposal already has been presented to the GAAC and the Upper Alton Bus! ness Men's Association, both of which promised support. To .the end that the commission might take the lead in urging the Improvement, he referred to a report prepared by City Engineer Abraham as city traffic engineer which reviews the entire under' pass situation. i Paved in 1985 Abraham recalled that. when Route 140 was paved. within the city In 1935, the slab was terminated at the westerly end of the underpass approach. it being agreed at' the time that pavement within the immediate underpass area must be left to accord with a future Improvement of the underpass itself. At the present time, the underpass is in two levels. One, the deeper of the two, was made for the former street car line. The other, designed for motorvehicles, has a clearance of but 11 feet, and Is separated from the other by an iron pipe fence. The iron railing is now beaten down from vehicle accidents; the brick pavement needed frequent repair. While the lower 'level can be used for trucks requiring high clearance, it is of Inadequate w)dth. Only a major program can correct the deficiencies. Chairman Brown suggested that because the underpass at times becomes blocked by flooding or traffic mishaps, the Kendall avenue crossing over the G. M. & O., a few blocki north of the viaduct, should be reestablished for emergency USG* When the underpass is blocked or closed, he pointed out, there is no way for traffic to pass except by way of the long detour through East Alton. He proposed the commission recommend the Kendall crossing be restablished to provide a convenient bypass for College- Route 140. Engineer Abraham suggested that the State Commerce Commission may find objection, and that the railroad will welcome no additional grade (crossing; But Brown urged that some plan to keep the Kendall crowing fenced for use only In Important emergencies might be worked out. And the Commission then authorized Mayor Unkogle to sound out the I.C.C. on the luggestion. On motion of E. J. MePhllllpi, the commission voted to start at Its next meeting to shape final provWoni of the proposed new city traffic code which It will recommend to City Council for adop- Ion. All members have had copjei of the proposed code for preliminary study, and McPhillips urged that no more Urn* be lost In getting to actual ««rk on the ordinance, He recalls!) that one of the major reasoM tar th« creation of the comnsjsjtoi was to prepare the new trattlTlSiwre, and that It WM lmr«ttit the major Initial ml* JVbu? Vp to State U. S. Funds Available for River Road, Sen. Lucas Says M r«f* 9, col s. Arrest of Boys Solves Series Of Burglaries About • half-dozen minor burglaries of recent date have been solved. Police Chief Galloway said today, through arrest yesterday of three boys, 12 to 14 yean of age. After Initial admissions, all were released early last evening to their Barents, and a conference with the soys and parents was set for this forenoon. Among the burglaries cleared up by the admissions of the hoys, said Galloway, were one of the last weekend at Double Q. grocery where about $106 was reportedly taken. Also cleared up were two break-ins of the previous weekend, one at Hurst Potato Chip shop where about $4 was secured, and another at Ray's Pan-fried Chicken lunchroom where $30 was listed stolen. * The matter of restitution was to be a topic In today's further probe of the robberies by the juveniles, also the matter of action to be taken against the culprits. Serve Warrants On 18 Charged With Gambling EDWARDSVILLE, Jan. 10 — Bench warrants were being served by sheriff's deputies today on the 18 persons charged with gambling operations in informations 'filed Monday in County Court by State's Attorney Austin Lewis. The latest set of gaming inform- ations, issued as the January term Circuit Court grand jury went into session was the third filed in Coun- Ly Court by State's Attorney Lewis since taking office 13 months ago and the ninth group in three years sin<;e inauguration of the system of periodically fining gamblers in Madison County. Six sets of similar charges were filed by Lewis' predecessor, C. W. Burton, during the final 18 months of his term as state's attorney. The informations issued Monday Continued on Page 2, Col. S. 'Canasta' Popular Firehouse Game Canasta, a currently popular card game, has spread like wildfire to the Alton fire houses. It's been some years since the smoke-and-fire lads have specialized in any particular indoor firehouse sport. The last fad was a game played extensively at the firehouses dring the war, when the volunteer auxiliary firemen would drop around. Capt. Harry "Boots" Jarrett recall-, ed a card game was popular, but he said he couldn't remember the name of the game. Probably the all-time high in popular firehouse games was dominoes in the early 30's. Checkers, too, vied for top place as firemen went on shift (24 hours on and 24 off). Social life in the firehouses reached its zenith in the late 20's at the Central avenue house. It was then the fire*' • men and their friends of the neighborhood had what was called the "Schnitzelbasjk" club. There was a pool table upstairs, loaned by friends. Many a time the eight ball was shot in the side pocket between fires. Now, as the story goes, the main game is Canasta. At No. 1 firehouse, however, the boys are still playing the old standby games, gin rummy and pinochle. As far as could be learned, the indoor sport of knitting which one time threatened to gain in popularity among firemen, has been abandoned. Sen. Scott W. Lucas, Democratic leader In the Senate, has been giving help to the cause of the Me- Adams parkway. U was through him the fact became known that the entire McAdams parkway has been*declared a Federal Route and there Is lying unused in Washington and awaiting matching by the State of Illinois a sum of money on which the state had filed no claim. Gust Maggos, head of Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co., here, happened to he on a hunting trip near Havana during the duck-shooting season recently, and while there he met Sen. Lucas, who also is devoted to duck shooting. Maggos and Sen. Lucas had a lengthy conversation on the subject of the McAdams parkway, a subject in which Maggos has expressed a deep, sincere Interest. It was through this contact in the duck blinds near Havana that Sen. Lucas was persuaded to give what help he could toward promoting the McAdams parkway project from the Madison-Jersey County line to Grafton. The important fact is stressed by Sen. Lucas in the following letter that already the route has been declared a Federal aid route from the county line to Grafton. It had, been known that "the route from the county line to Alton already was a Federal aid route. The letter of Sen. Lucas to Gust Maggos, after the conference at Havana in the duck blind, is as follows:' Text of Letter Mr. Gust Maggos, Alton, 111., Dear Gus: I am very sorry that I was extremely busy during my last two weeks In Illinois with plans for announcing my candidacy for reelection and it was impossible to make the trip to Alton. This is to advise you that I have checked with the officials here and have been informed that there is a Federal Aid Route on the system at Grafton going down into that county line, and also a route connecting from there on down to Alton. This is not programmed for construction now t and nothing will be done until the state recommends the same. Public Roads Administration has nothing in the file here on the eight miles from Madison- Jersey County Line to Grafton. There are still 24% million dollars available in federal funds for Illinois roads. This is broken down as follows: Primary funds balance of about $7,500,000. Federal Aid for Secondary Roads —(available only outside municipalities of 5000 or more)—$8,300,000. Urban funds (available , only within cities of 5000 or more), Federal Aid primary system, $8,800,000. Public Roads here also advised that if the state would program this eight miles of road, federal funds would be available for use of construction. However, federal funds have to be matched with state funds. I note that you have been in touch with the state officials and I shall be glad to be of any further assistance with them or the federal officials when the proper time comes. With best wishes and kind personal regards, I am Yours most sincerely, SCOTT W- LUCAS. Russian Parliamentary Elections to Be March 12 MOSCOW, Jan. 10. <£•>—Russia's millions of voters will elect members of the supreme Soviet of .the USSR, the nation's two-house parliament, March 12. The announcement last night said Prime Minister Stalin is expected to be a candidate again in the Stalin district of Moscow and will take an active personal part In the campaign. The last election for the supreme Soviet was held Feb. 9, 1946. Board Tries to Pare Costs of New Building May Face Necessity of Complete Revision Of Plans City to Ask Payment of Tax Believed Due from Busline After hearing a report Monday night by Street Supt. Parker that street repair funds are exhausted, the finance committee of City Council made informal request that the city's revenue department seek a payment believed now due from Citizens Coach Co. under the bus franchise. Parker pointed out that there remains an unexpended appropriation of several thousand dollars in the fund to which the bus franchise tax would be deposited, although there actually Is no cash in the fund. He suggested that, if money due this fund is secured, it could meet most of :he street work costs.to end of the fiscal period, March 31, Under the appropriation ordinance for this year, $5000 of anticipated busline franchise and wheel tax receipts were allocated to the fund (or "paving and maintaining streets," and Parker suggested some of these expected receipts are still to com* In. • Parker told the committee that the streets department has laid off most of Its employes and drew smiles by reference to his "big shift", of three day men, and his "little shift" of two night men. "If 1 could put the whole crew on one of the repair jobs made necessary by the storm last week," said Parker, "it would take them until April to finish it." . Battle With Ice hi the recent battle with Ice and sleet, Parker reported, an average ot ten truck loads ot cinders per day were spread, but his stock pile of cinders since has been built back to be ready for the next Ice storm. Chief damage done In the storm last week, he said, was the blow-put in the sewer on the Market terrace at Fourth. Another waihout occurred at Seventh and Market. Alderman Warren suggested that the council should designate one of the city finance officials to be responsible for prompt collection of all franchise fees, lease, and rental payments due the city, commenting "There always seems a lack of precise information just how things stand". Mayor Linkogle said he would personally see that a check up as to any bus fees be made today. City Treasurer Osborne, who is ex-officio tax collector, appeared before the finance committee to request that In the next city budget pay for extra clerks and typ- IsU In his office for the annual tax collecting program be increased from 75 cents to 85 cents an hour. He explained that he has met much difficulty in securing competent help at 75 cents an hour, and that the propostsd increase The board of education of th« Alton school district rejected one entire set of bids Monday night, and members Indicated that the board may be unable to build the proposed junior high school as designed on State street, because of lack of funds. The board discussed finances and bids on the new junior high school for three hours at the Monday night meeting, held at Haskell House, and adjourned after voting to reject all bids on cafeteria and kitchen equipment for the new school. Four firms had bid on the equipment with the bids ranging from $12,547.60 to $15,434.25. Robert L. Goulding was elected president pro tem, of the meeting in the absence of President C. J. Schlosser, who entered the meeting late. Except for the motion to reject bids on the kitchen and cafeteria equipment, the votes taken by the board were only expressions of opinion and were intended to find out how the board members felt at the time about the nine alternates to the base'bid for the school. Goulding explained that the informal voting did not in any way constitute an official board action. Because of the acute financial problem, trying to tailor the costs of the building to be approximately $600,000 available for the purpose, the board members were agreed that the ceiling to the gymnasium should be eliminated. By omitting the acoustical ceiling in the gymnasium, the board could save $7000 on the base bid. For the same financial reasons, the board informally agreed that it would be impossible to add two classrooms to the structure as planned in the base bid. The base bid calls for 22 teaching units, but an alternate provided for the addition of two classrooms, on the theory that exceptionally low bids might make such an addition possible. Adding two classrooms would have cost the district $16,593. Clawroom Space On another alternate, however, the members seemed to concur on keeping the 22 classrooms in the base bid. A third alternate had provided for deleting two classrooms, which would have deducted $14,508 from the cost of the building. In discussing the possibility of cutting off the two rooms, the board heard the architect, A. M. Goedde, explain that the cost of those rooms was approximately 38 cents per cubic foot, far below the average cost of the building which is about 52 cents per cubic foot. He also explained that if the two rooms on the first floor were deleted, the room below them, designed for vocational education, would be considerably reduced in size, destroying much of its value. Both'J, B. Johnson, superintendent of schools, and R. R, Ready, administrative assistant in charge of curriculum, told the board they thought the rooms, and the large vocational . room, necessary. Eugene K. Elf gen, board member, voiced the opinion that the removal of the two rooms would mar the appearance of the building. Two alternates which the board seemed to agree to discard concerned different types of roofs The base' bid called for a gypsum deck roof and alternates were provided for either a steel deck 01 a Kalo deck roof. Using a steel deck roof would save $2860 on the base bid and use of a Kalo roof would cost $8335. After considerable discussion concerning the qualities of the three roofs, with maintenance a major point, the board seemed to agree that the gypsum deck was preferable fot the costs involved. Another alternate bid which the board informally agreed to reject was one for the omission of glass block from the building. Dr. F. A. Morrison, board member, discussed the benefits of block for lighting and aiding the eyesight of pupil: and the project was discussed from maintenance and insulating angles. The cost of including the glass block is $3250, which several members considered low. From opinions expressed, how ever, the board probably will save $8500 by Haydite backup for some sections of the building Instead of brick. The members and the architect, discussed the structural strength of the construction with Haydite block, and seemed to agree to Its use, with Ed Hull board member, recommending that the block be waterproofed. Discuss Lighting On the subject of fluorescent lighting for the building, the five board members expressed the opinion that the district should take advantage of the $6058 saving by omitting the fluorescent lighting. Dr. Morrison, however favored fluorescent lighting. The other board members felt that the increased Initial cost and greater cost of maintenance of fluorescent lights would cancel the lower cost of operation, and that the higher foot candle power rating woulc soon decrease as the efficiency of the tubes decreased. The final alternate .provided for in the bids concerned heating. The base bid provided for two gas burners to heat two boilers in the school. An alternate called for one gas burner and one oil burner with a 4000-gallon tank. The board Informally decided in favor of using the alternate, but with a 6000- gallon tank. In arriving at the decision, the board discussed the possibility ot one fuel supply falling and the cost of operation of I Ceatteue* e* Page I, CM. ft. CeaitBues) M Paf« Crews Work to Block More Levee Breaks Sir TMK ASSOCIATED More rain fell today over parts of the flood-stricken areas of Illinois and Indiana. Rescue crews worked to halt further breaks in evees along rampaging rivers and streams. Strong winds prevailed throughout most of the flood region, creat- ng a new hazard. Weather bureau officials said the high winds would make "heavy seas" of water n the lowlands. But tempera- ;ures were mild, bringing a measure of relief to the hundreds of persons who have been forced to lee from their homes. Damage to Crop* Mounts Damage to crops and property mounted as waters spilled over .housands of acres of rich farm ands. The critical situation at Vlncennes, Ind., appeared somewhat eased as the rain-swollen Wabash river receded slowly dur- ng the night. Army engineers, directing sandbagging operations on the' weakened levees for two days, expressed the belief the worst of the flood was over. Meanwhile, a cold wave, with winds up to 50 miles an hour, moved across Montana, the eastern Dakotas and Minnesota. The strong winds whipped snow into huge drifts in some areas of the cold belt. At Willmar, Minn., visibility was zero as 50-mile-an-hour winds whirled snow. The mercury hit zero and colder readings were forecast. It was below zero in Montana and parts o£ the Dakotas as skies cleared. Thermometers tumbled sharply as the cold mass moved nto Wisconsin and Jowa and headed for northwestern Illinois and northern Indiana. Mason City, la., reported a drop from 36 above at midnight to 13 above at 5 a. m. Rain fell over areas from central Pennsylvania to the North Atlantic coast and there were thunderstorms from. Arkansas tl Kentucky. Fair weather was reported in the South Atlantic states, the Rocky Mountain region and the far Southwest. Rain fell in parts of Washington, Oregon and northern California. Soldiers Join Volunteer* In the Indiana-Illinois flood area, more than 900 soldiers joined with volunteers in sandbagging weak spots in dikes along the Wabash and Embarrass rivers. Rescue squads worked in the danger areas of the two streams and also along the Little Wabash and Big Muddy rivers. Gov. Stevenson of Illinois, who inspected the stricken region in southeastern Illinois yesterday, ordered national guard vehicles placed at the disposal of workers in the Mt. Carmel and Lawrenceville floodlands. 100 Leave Home* on Merameo Nearly 100 persons were forced to evacuate their homes along the Meramec river in St. Louis County, Mo., yesterday after five houses, undermined by flood waters, toppled into that stream. No one was injured. A number of other houses were endangered. The Meramec'at Valley Park soared to a crest of 30 feet from a flood stage of 14 feet. Flood damage in one Illinois county—Jasper—was partially estimated by Farm Advisor R. E. Apple. He said flood waters of the Embarrass river- had caused damage of between $30,000 to $40,000 to corn alone and livestock losses will total between $15,000 and $20,000. About 25,000 acres of farmland in the county are under water. Arms Cargo for Nationalists Loaded In U.S. Destroyers Ready to Escort Ship to Any Port Except Shanghai It? THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ninety carloads of tanks and armored cars consigned to the Chinese government at, Formosa were loaded aboard a Turkish freighter at a Philadelphia pier today. Officials of the Rending Co. disclosed that the tanks and cars were transported over Reading Lines from "somewhere in Ohio" to a pier along the Delaware river In Port Richmond, located in the northeastern section of Philadelphia. Loading was begun this morning aboard the 8077-ton freighter, S. S. Mardln, owned by Marta T. A. S. of Istanbul, Turkey. Departing: Next Week Agents for the ship, B. H. Sobelman & Co., Inc., said the ship will depart next week. The agents declined to give detailed information on the consignment, stating an agreement with the Turkish company prohibits release of any news reports to the press. By WAYNE RICHARDSON ABOARD THE FLYING ARROW, Jan. 10 — UP> — Two American destroyers were alongside the shell battered freighter Flying Ar row tonight ready to escort her to any port but Communist Shanghai. They arrived in midafternoon. They are the Stickell and Bausell. Lt. (jg) C. L. Stuart of Chico, Calif., who boarded the freighter From the Stickell, said escort would be provided to any port but the ship's destination, Shanghai. Gunboat is Near In the distance lurked a Chinese gunboat at dusk. It was the only other vessel in sight, although other Chinese Nationalist warships had been visible during the day. (The Chinese Nationalist foreign office expressed hope tonight the Flying Arrow incident would not affect friendly feelings between the Chinese and American peoples. In a formal statement the foreign office said the American freighter was shelled yesterday by a Nation 1 alist warship "when she sailed into the closed area of Chinese territorial waters in the Yangtze estuary.' Gunners Take Care (The foreign office said the gunners took "care that no injury would be done to lives on board" the Flying Arrow.) The ship was hit by 30 to 40 Nationalist gunboaj: shells in international waters yesterday. She was about 20 miles off the Chinese mainland when the attack started. Her master, Capt. David Jones, 31, of Chicago, says the shell hits rendered her unseaworthy. He Hay ner Board Indorses Vote OnLibran Plan Full support and endorsement of the Alton free public library and reading room referendum being sponsored by the Greater Alton Association ot Commerce has been given by the board of directors of the Jennie D. Hayner library, it was announced this morning by Mrs. Paul H. Buxton, president. Although at the present time it would be impossible to merge the Jennie D. Hayner library with a publicly supported institution, -it is hoped that in the future such a move could be arranged, Mrs. Buxton stated. "The fact should be emphasized that the present ordinance passed by the City Council does not include the matter of erecting a building and that any money appropriated will be for the staffing and furnishing only of a library. The GAAC civic improvements committee has received widespread support from practically all civic, service and educational institutions from throughout the city, Frank H. King, chairman, stated this morning. The leaders of our community have been appearing before organizations throughout the city and are receiving splendid support In their requests for help." Harley Volton, chairman of the poll workers committee, advised this morning that he has had 47 volunteers from among regular poll workers who will help on election day, Jan. 21. The Rotary club has taton on the task of seeing that the polls are manned and will furnish the needed extra workers. The Klwanls club has made an outright contribution of $100, and the Lions club has donated $50 to help cover some of the expense of the election which is being underwrlt- :en ,by the Awociatlon of Commerce, UMW Walkout Spreads; 57,000 Idle In 7 States Attlee Reveals Date of British National Vote LONDON, Jan. 30. </P>~Prime Minister Attlee told his cabinet Britain's big official secret today: The date of the first national election In five years. Tomorrow he Is expected to let .he nation In on it. Word spread quickly that Feb. 23 is the most ikely date. For weeks this has been the date most favored by guessers for the clash at the polls between the ruling Laborites and Winston Churchill's Conservatives. Atltee's ministers left the meeting at No, 10 Downing Street smiling broadly. Then the lobby correspondents — accredited political experts of the British press—were called into No. 10 for a briefing. The British Press Association lobby man quickly came out with these predictions: Attlee will announce his election plans tomorrow. He will dissolve the present parliament on Friday, Feb. 3, and voting will take place 20 days later. A "snap" election at an earlier date can now be virtually ruled out. One of Britain's biggest book makers made the Labor party a 4 to 6 favorite today to win the election. Douglas (Duggie never owes) Stuart offered 5 to 4 against Winston Churchill's Conservatives. Two Legal Tool* Suggested in Congress to Deal With Lewis ' CollinsvilleMiner Plans Action To Retain Job Continued on Page IS, Col. 2. Weather Fair and colder this afternoon and tonight. -Wednesday Increasing cloudiness; loweit temperature Wednesday morning about 20; highest in afternoon near 40. Shippers' forecant: North 10-14, wert 16-20; east and south 20-24. Five-day forecast: Temperatures will average 4-6 degrees above normal. Normal maximum 82 north 42 south, normal minimum IS north 24 . south. Colder tonight and Wednesday. Warmer Thumday and minor change* Friday through Sunday. Precipitation will average in ex- cnss of one-half inch occurring a* rain late Thursday and Friday and again Sunday. River Stage* W. Bureau 1 •. •*• •«• L«v«l 1 • • (Zero 388.41 m. » Lack ft DM* M Stage 7.62 Ft. Pool 418.99 Fall .64 Ft. Tallwatcr 403.10 COLLINSVILLE, Jan. 10, WP) — A Colllnsville coal miner today considered the possibility of lega action against a Progressive Mini Workers union local which he sal deprive him of his job because he plans to heat his new home wit! gas instead of coal. Charles Waichekauskas, a mine for 37 years and a member of Lo cal 3, was told he was out of a jo yesterday because other miner would not work with him, The 56-year-old miner's wife sai< her husband intends to look fo another job first. "My husband is going to use every labor channel he can to get into some other union," Mrs. Waichekauskas said. "If he doesn't succeed we'll decide later whether to take legal action." When Waichekauskas reported for work at Lumaght Coal Co. mine No. 2 yesterday, his foreman, Eugene Gavillet, told him: "Charlie I'll have to send you home. The other men refuse to work with you." Local 3 has a bylaw barring use of gas for home heating by members, The Waichekauskas couple Intend to use gas in their new home because they say fumes from coal in their present home makes their son, Edward, violently ill. Union officials planned to con sider the matter at a meeting today at Springfield. Faye Emerson Completes Divorce Requirements CUERNAVACA, Mexico, Jan. 10, (IP} — Faye Emerson has finished the legal requirements for her divorce from Elliott Roosevelt, but she is staying on, she .said, "be cause I like Mexico." The New York actress signed her divorce petition yesterday in a cracked-wall courtroom in the Morelos state penitentiary, which Is also the civil court. 3 in Negro Family Massacred By Whites Trying to Rape Girl KOSCIUSKO, Miss., Jan. 10. UP) —A critically wounded Negro early today gasped out a story that three white men massacred three members of his family after attempting to rape his 14-year-old stepdaughter. The Negro, Thomas Harris, was shot in the back and lung. One hundred white possemen combed central Mississippi for two of the white men. A third was captured yesterday. District Attorney Henry Rodgers identified the captured man as Malcolm Whltt, 32. Ho said the two still hunted are Leon Turner, 38-year-old former convict, and Wendell Whltt, Malcolm's 24-year- old brother. Rodgers said all three had been held in Attala County jail on charges of attempting to rape the 14-year-old stepdaughter, Pearllne Thurman. But 11 days ago they escaped, using a beer can opener to dig a hole In a cell wall. Rodgers said Harris gave him this statement: The two Whltts and Turner came to his home last Sunday night. Turner told Harris he was going to have Harris' stepdaughter "or we're going to kill the whole damn bunch." He marched Harris Into the kitchen white ogj Whltt stood guard at the front door and the other at the back. Turner shot Harris in the back and then wenl into the bedroom where he killed three children: Frankie C. Thurman, 10, Mary Burnslde, 8, and Ruby Nell Harris, 4. The rela- 'tlonship of the children to Harris was not immediately determined The white men were armed with a .22 rifle, another rif^e of undetermined caliber, and a .38 caliber pistol. Rodgers said Pearline told him she hopped out of bed and ran to the back door but was turned back by one of the Whitts. She then scampered through the front door and under the house only to be pursued by the other Whltt who told her he would kill her If she did not come out. As she came out and started up the front steps, Turner shot her in the arm and right breast, Rodger quoted her. She rested until she regained some strength and then, leaving a trail of blood, went to the home of neighbors to summon help. Bailey said Harris' wife fled In her nlghtclothes, taking with her an Infant cbild only a few week old. He said officers were con vlnced the white men returned and shot the Negroes because they be lieved Harris had turned them »vsr to police test December. t By THE ASSOCIATED Walkouts by soft coal miners pread today to three more stew ompanles which operate coal pits s twin moves shaped up In Congress to provide new legal toon or dealing with John 1* Lewis. \bout 57,000 diggers are Idle la seven states. One legal move was a resoIU- Ion due to be Introduced by Sen. Ferguson (R-Mich) asking Pres- dent Truman to Invoke his em«r» gency powers under the Taft-Harl* ey law to end the present three. lay coal mining week. Anti-Trust Ruling Urged Another was the suggestion by Sen. Robertson (D-Va) that th. Senate Banking Committee spon- or a move to apply the anti-trust aws to labor unions. Industry sources think there'. ittle change of a general return o work before Monday. Many of the idle miners dont _>ven know why they are not work« ng. The operators say the walkout is another effort to needls> hem Into signing a contract. Some miners—those who wert willing to talk with outsiders about t—said the strike was decided on at meetings of their UMW locals. Other miners said their local* held no meetings; they're just staying away from the mines be* cause "that's the healthy thing to do when there's a strike on." Not Nationwide Strike It's not a nationwide strike. Th. idle diggers are only about one- eighth of the 400,000 men employed in the bituminous industry. Some industry sources said th. walkout" probably will end without warning, just as it began. They termed it a planned policy of har- rassment which will continue to strike at random. Illinois Miners Return For example, 16,000 miners In Illinois who struck a week ago returned to work yesterday just as the current walkout in seven other states began. As Sen. Robertson prepared to outline his anti-trust proposal to the Senate Banking Committee, its chairman, Sen. Maybank, (D« SO said he was personally in favor of the idea. Robertson want* the banking committee to send his proposal to the judiciary committee with a recommendation that that com* mlttee hold hearings and push the idea to a Senate vote. Basically. Robertson wants labor unions placed "on a par with corporations with respect to actions in restraint of trade" In certain cases. . Ferguson, after hearing protests of coal shortages from a number of Midwestern retail coal dealers, said he probably would Introduce a resolution asking President Trumai\ to take fast action in the present coal situation. Could B« Ignored However, It was apparent that either the Robertson or Ferguson moves would take a long tlm. clearing Congress. Also, Rep. WoU cott (R-Mlch), while favoring • resolution like Ferguson's, acknowledged that the President could Ignore fc Lewis, meanwhile, stuck to Mis position that mine owners sign on His United Mine Workers' terms. Those are a 95-cent daily wag. boost for miners now receiving $14.05 and a 15-cent increase in the present 20-cent tonnage royalty for the miners' welfare fund. Most of the coal operators hay. balked at these demands as too costly. Their fight with Lewis over agreeing on a new contract has been getting steadily hotter since the old pact expired last July 1. No Signs of Action Neither President Truman nor Robert N. Denham, general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, showed any signs of acting on separate demands that they seek court Injunctions to fore, miners back on a five-day week. The coal diggers abandoning the three-day week for a no-day week for the present are groups einV ployed mostly by steel company mines and the big Pittsburgh Con* solidatlon Coal Co. In Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, West Vir» glnia, Alabama, Virginia and Utah. Mr. Truman has held to th. position that there is no coal emergency warranting his use of Continued on Page «, CeL 4. Many Homeless In Illinois Floods By tH8 ASSOCIATED HUMS Hundreds of southern Illinois persons have been made homeless by the week-old floods along the Wabash, Little Wabash, Embarrass, Kaskaskla and Big Muddy rivers and lesser streams. Many are lowland families who tak* exodus as an expected annual occurrence. The exact number of refugees can not be ascertained because many of them went to homes o* relatives and friends on UHlr OW|> Lacking official records on tftasCi local Red Cross officials MM! «j| state police have provided thssf approximate figures, by ar«si: Crawford County •••••••••J* Wabash County ...«.»••'•JW Lawrence County ..«t»M»Jg ' Whit* County ..»«..W» Clinton County •••!•••*••• Jackson County ••»• Estimated total UOO

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