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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Member of Tht Associated Press. Se Pet Copy. Vol. CXIV, No. 3M ALTON, ILL., FRIDAY, JANUARY 13,1950 Established January IS, 183ft. Lincoln Hotel Building Sold ToN.S.Wittel No Plans Announced foi Historic Century-Old * Structure Purchase of the Lincoln Hole building at 206 State by N. S WUtela has been completed, the Telegraph learned today. The pur chase was made from Sonntag estate. The purchaser was unprepared t-» announce any plans for future development of the property, he said. His son, Abbot S. Wittels, by telephone told the Telegraph his father "has no plans." the elder Wittels was reluctant to discuss the purchase, the son said today Sale of the property has been reported perodlcally for some months, and various firms have been rumored as buyers. None of these reports have been confirmed, Asked if his father was acting for another in buying the property, young Wittels said his father acted only for himself. The 3-story brick structure has been used for a hotel more than a century, and was part of the estate of the late William Sonntag sr., and has been in the Sonntag family for nearly 50 years. First known as the Franklin House, the building was erected In 1841 by "a Mr. Blakeley". Later the 1 building was purchased by Benjamin Godfrey, founder of Monticello College and one of the promoters of the original Chicago & Alton railroad. Capt. Godfrey built an addition to the structure. First manager of the hotel was George W. Fox who was succeeded by Ephralm Bliss, and the latter, in turn, by Samuel Pitts. It was while Pitts was manager, in 1858, that v Abraham Lincoln stayed at the Franklin House when he came here for his historic debate with Stephen A. Douglas. Subsequent managers were Edward S. and Rufus H. Lesiire, and W. H. K. Pile. The name Franklin gave way to St. Charles, and eventually the name was changed to Lincoln by Sonntag. On the ground floor of the build- Ing are the hotel lobby, a barber shop and a store. N. S. Wittels, with purchase of the . Lincoln, now owns property from that point south to West Broadway. Lewis in Springfield For Mother's Funeral SPRINGFIELD,.Jan.^ia. <£»» John L. Lewis, United Mine Workers chief, arrived here last njght a few hours after the death of his 01-year-old mother. Lewis had been notified earlier in Washington, D. C., .that his mother was sinking and he was en route here when she died in hei home. After checking into the Leland Hotel, the miners' president went to the home to make arrangements for the funeral. Services will be held at 2:30 p. m. tomorrow at the residence. Dr. Richard Paul Graebel, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, will officiate and burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery. L«wis made frequent visits to see his mother during recent years and only last week spent three days here. He was the eldest of nine children. The mother, Mrs. Ann Louisa Lewis, had .been in declining health for two years and was hospitalized several months after breaking her hip in a fail last September. Relatives Favor Mercy; Killer Gets Light Term SOUTH BEND, Ind., Jan. 13. UB —John Klingaman, 70, of Walkerton, Ind., will receive a relatively light punishment for killing two men because the victims' relatives recommended mercy. Klingaman fatally shot Ora Jackson, 71, and his cousin, Lester Jackson, 53, both of Walkerton, last July. Police said he explained the men had teased him for years, accusing him of killing a rabbit out of season. "' In Superior Court yesterday .Judge J. Elmer Peake asked six relatives of the dead men if they would be satisfied if Klingaman pleaded guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter. They agreed. The elderly man entered the plea and was 'sentenced to two to 21 years in prison. He had been charged with first degree murder In the slaylngs. CIO, AFL Pool Political Resources in New York NEW YORK, Jan. 13, UP) — The CIO and AFL have pooled their strength in New York City (or Joint political action on a year- round basis. The decision was announced yets. terday by leader* of both big labor organizations, who termed the local political alliance "historic and unprecedented." The two unions, with an estimated 1,250,000 members in the city, set up a United Labor Committee to guide their united policy 'on political matters. Parkin* Meters en Again NEWTON, Jan. 13 -Newton's parking meters, which have been in and out, will be In use again Monday under a new city ordinance. Tbe latest ordinance was modeled after one pasted by Bloom- Ington which the Illinois Supreme Court unheld. It provide* lor a 80- cent Out If violators pay it within 48 hour* •»<) the stiffest possible penally would be a $200 fine and a ten-day Jail term (or chronic offend** Court Rules 3 Can Belong in Kramer Estate The United States Circuit Court of Appeals at Chicago has held that three automobiles purchased by Arthur F. Kramer of Jersey ville from Robert Knetzer of Ed wardsville were the property of the Kramer estate. The proceeds of sale of the three cars, $5100, which have been held In escrow, now will go Into the fund for Kramer's creditors. The Top Dollar Agency of Springfield had claimed the cars on the ground it hadn't been paid by Knetzer for the cars. Thomas Williamson, referee In bankruptcy, upheld this contention, and I. H. Streeper, Alton attorney who Is trustee for Kramer's creditors, appealed to the Federal Court of Springfield. There, Judge Briggle ruled the cars belong to the Kramer estate. This decision was appealed by the Top Dollar agency to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, which has sustained the Briggle decision upholding Streeper's contention. The court ruled the sale of cars by Knet/er to Kramer was a bona fide sale so far as the latter was concerned, and that the cars thus belong in the Kramer estate and proceeds from their sale go to Kramer's creditors. Press-Record Suit Results in $14 Judgment EDWARDS VILLE, Jan. 13 —A $112,000 Hbel suit filed six and a half years ago by 14 members of he Granite City fire department against E. E. Campbell, then pub- isher of the Granite City Press- Record, was settled here Thursday afternoon and trial of the case terminated in Circui't Court through entry of an agreed judgement for he plaintiffs in the amount- of $1 Each of the 14 plaintiffs had asked judgment for $8000 damages against Campbell, former Alon newspaper publisher, who for many years published the Granite :ity Press-Record until disposing of his interests in the paper to C. E. Townsend in 1947. By agreement of counsel and the litigants, after trial of the case had been underway for four days, the jury of seven women and five men was dismissed at 3:45 p. m. Thursday and a settlement concluded. The judgment for the 14 plain- iffs, each of whom was paid a silver dollar in the courtroom by de- :pnse counsel, was entered by City Tudge Joseph E. Fleming, East St. Louis, presiding as acting circu- t judge here during trial of the case in the No. 2 division of-Circuit Court Basis of the suit was a series of ront page articles and cartoons published in the Press-Record in 942, which the plaintiffs had con- ended were defamatory. The libel suit against Campbell was instituted June 28, 1942, in Circuit Court ajid pleadings extended over he intervening six and a half rears before the case reached the rial stage this week. Trial of the long-pending case vas begun Monday and selection 3f a jury completed Tuesday after- loon. The allegedly-libelous articles had been read to the jury, cartoons exhibited, and three plain- iffs' witnesses had testified before he case ended in a settlement Thursday afternoon. Plaintiffs in the suit were represented by Attorneys John B. iarris of Granite City and H. B. Cox, St. Louis. Attorneys rep re- enting the defendant were former State's Attorney C. W. Burton, Anthony W. Daly • and Harry •'aulkner. tladame Chiang Reunited With Husband in Formosa TAIPEI, Formosa, Jan. 13. <£>!— Madame Chiang Kai-shek returned o Nationalist China today to help er husband save the remains of ils: shrunken domain. They were reunited at Peach Orchard Field, a Nationalist air iase. It was their first meeting since rtadame Chiang left Nanking fcr he United States late in Novem- er of 19848 on a fruitless mission o enlist American aid. Area's Supplies Of Stoker Coal Have Run Out Police Probe $235 Robbery At 1111 Brown Temperature Falls After Heavy Rain—Gas, Oil Heat Gains Alton coal dealers today reported stocks of stoker coal have been depleted. "The situation as far as othei size 'coal is concerned seems to be all right," one reliable informant reported at 10:30 a. m., today, but he added, "The situation Is very bad In stoker coal. There isn't any coming in." Meanwhile, the Greater Alton Association of Commerce has renewed its plea to Senators Scott W. Lucas and Paul H. Douglas and Representative Melvin Price, stressing the area coal shortage. The shortage has resulted from the curtailed work week of the United Mine Workers. Much of Alton's regular supply of coal has been supplemented in recent weeks by locally-hauled coal from area mines at Coliinsville and vicinity. Relatively mild temperatures have prevailed this week and are regarded as an aid In alleviating the coal pinch. Today the mercury was in the mid-60's at dawn, but fell 10 degrees is as many minutes at 9 a. m., when a heavy rainstorm, preceded by gusts, hit the area. Rainfall .41 Inches At Alton dam and locks, the rainfall up to 7 a. m. was recorded as .59 inches. Rain began falling intermittently at 7:30 a. m. and continued through 10 a. m. and, during that time, the locks rain gage recorded an additional .41 inches. This included the storm. Police .received reports shortly before 9 a. m. that a tree limb'had been blown into the street near Burton and Worden; also that some debris was washed onto Belle near Twentieth amj. also near Twelfth. Both reports were referred to the city streets department where it was said reports o£ clogged catchbasins also had been received. In the period about 7:30, the barometer here fell to a low reading, causing concern on part of some local observers that another "twister" might be impending. About 8 a. m., however, the barometer began to move upward. Since the U. S. government last April lifted restrictions on the use of natural gas for home heating, the Union Eleotric Co. has recorded 794 Installations for gas heat made in Alton. A. J. Crivello, gas and electric sales supervisor for the utility, said today the present coal situation "lends itself to an increase in inquiries on gas heat installations," relfected in telephone calls to the company. He said that, as of Jan. 1, 1950, there was 1795 space heat installations in Alton on Union Electric's gas lines. A spot survey by the Telegraph of fuel oil firms in the area today in connection with the coal shortage, revealed there has been a moderate increase in consumption reported by most dealers, but many said the demand continued at levels comparable to those which existed before the UMW miners nationally went on a three- day work week. One fuel oil concern, however, reported an increase in oil deliveries of 25 percent. In recognition of the fact that householders and commercial users must turn to other fuels when coal is unavailable, one oil dealer commented the reason the fuel oil sales remained steady without increase was the mild winter so far. He pointed out the cold this winter does not equal the low temperatures averaged last winter. "But John L. Lewis Is doing the fuel oil dealers a favor," he commented. Ga* Supply Ample Insofar as gas installations are concerned, the boom in business can easily be taken In stride by Union Electric, Crivello implied, because the completion of the Mississippi Fuel Corp.'s new transmission line from the Louisiana fields to St. Louis-has resulted in a "tremendous" Increase in the potential supply of gas to be distributed locally. "We have all the gas we can use," Crivello said. He stressed the firm prefers for customers who plan or desire to install gas heat call Union Electric In advance and ask permission because "there may About $60 cash, and some watches, jewelry, and a revolver to estimated value of $285, were listed taken in a burglary Friday evening at the home of Mr, and Mrs. Sherman Wilson, 1111 Brown Wilson called the police on arrival home at 10 p. m. and finding the house, had been ransacked In absence of members of the household since 6 p. m. At 7:30 p. m. Friday, Roy D. McQuaid of 306 East Eighth and James E. Harrison of 105 Illinois brought to the police station a youth, 20, whom they said that they had captured after seeing him tampering with McQuaid's automobile, parked on a lot near the I. T, roundhouse at the foot of Cut street The complainants said that they had pursued on seeing two youths apparently attempting to break Into the McQuaid car, but that one had made his escape. A ventilator louvre on the locked vehicle was found to have been forced open and damaged. Police held the youth for Investigation until his custody could be transferred to deputy sheriffs on McQuaid's complaint, the tampering incident having occurred outside the city. Dividend Checks Can't Be Seized Continued on Page 2, Col. g. Like Any Other Job Training Necessary for Marriage, Students Told Training Is as necessary for marriage as for any other job, Dr. Evlyn Mills Duvall told Monticello tudents Thursday morning. "Success in marriage does not result rom 'doin' what comes natural- y,'" she said. Mrs. Duvall, who Is .executive secretary of the National Council n Family Relations with head- uarters at the University of Chiago, arived In Godfrey yesterday o conduct a two-day session of assemblies, conferences, and discussions with .undergraduate*. Importance of education in mar- lage and family life is receiving ncreasing recognition, according o Mrs, Duvall. Six hundred thirty-two colleges are offering courses in the subject, while in 1943 the number was 300. Mrs. Duvall's own textbook, "When You Marry," Is one of the bestsellers In the field. Marriage and family courses are FV also offered in growing numbers of high schools across the country, Mrs. Duvall declared, Best known work in the field Is being done at Toms River, N. J., in certain communities of California and Michigan, and the states of Deleware and Oregon. In Oregon high schools such courses are required by law. Public opinion surveys have Indicated that 98 percent approved sex education at the high school and college level, said Mrs. Duvall, who holds a doctor of philosophy degree In human development from the University of Chicago and is director of a pioneer workshop in marriage and family life. Requirements for a successful marriage, at listed by Mrs. Duvail, are: Good disposition, compatibility, long acquaintance, "goodness," Continued M Page I, Col, I. WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 UP) — GI dividend checks are exempt from seizure for payment of debts, the Veterans Administration said today. The Treasury Department printed its first large batch of the World War II insurance dividend checks yesterday, and the Post Office Department will start mailing them—at a proposed rale of 200,000 a day, 1,000,000 a week- next Monday. The major part of the $2,800,000,000 dividend is to be paid out by next June 30. There are about 16,000,000 policy holders. The Veterans Administration said in a statement that the dividend checks "may not be withheld fi"om veterans as security for Indebtedness due an individual or firm." It added that it issued the announcement "after noting that some veterans have directed that their checks be mailed to certain business establishments in various localities. "We have no choice but to honor such requests, since the veteran has the right to have his check mailed to any address he designates," VA said. "However, no one' has the legal right to withhold dividend checks from veterans after receipt, either for settlement or of a debt or for any other reasons." The dividend checks also are exempt from income taxes. Plan to Ban • Liquor Ads Hit WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 <£t — It. would be just as reasonable to ban automobile advertising because of traffic injuries as to ban liquor advertising because of some abuses, a witness told Congress today. He was Emite J. Soucy, executive secretary of the New Hampshire Wholesale Beverage Association, Manchester, N. H. He testified before the Senate Commerce Committee in opposition to a bill by Sen. Langer (R- ND) to bar liquor advertising in Interstate commerce. Soucy added that New Hampshire has certain restrictions on liquor advertising. He pointed to this as an example of how liquor advertising can be controlled "back home" if it is found necessary. Before opponents opened their case, the committee heard one more witness in favor of the bill. He was the Rev. J. Warren Hastings of the National City Christian Church, Washington. Describing himself as "the son of a drunkard," Hastings denounced the use of alcohol generally and said that "the free and loose advertising of liquor is wrong because it helps to condition people negatively." He also asked the committee to learn how much of the liquor Industry is controlled by "one or two nationalities." He said he was informed that 98 percent of the people who run liquor outlets in Washington "are of one nationality." This reference brought a response from Soucy later that those in favor of the bill were attempting to Introduce a racial angle inlo the picture, Flying Arrow Arrives In Communist Port ABOAKiJ FLVJNU AKHOW, Jan. 13. t*>—The Flying Arrow steamed Into the Communist port of Tsingtao today after bidding farewell to its U. S. destroyer escort eight miles out. For at least the next .week the American freighter will lie here repairing the damage of a shelling by a Chinese Nationalist gunboat. The warship attacked when thit ship tried to enter the Yangtze on a voyage to blockaded Shang- 52 Feared Dead Aboard Sunken British Sub Ship Hit by Swedish Freighter in Thames Estuary BULLETIN CHATHAM. England, Ian. IS (.T) — Thr Drltlfth navy tonight gave up for dead the 82 men bellrvrd trapped In the rum- med and minken submarine Truculent. CHATHAM, Eng., Jan. 13 '.*>»Fl fly-two men were feared dend aboard thr rammed, and sunken submarine Truculent today. Divers and frogmen tapped out messages on the hulk of the sunken undersea raider, but up to this afternoon apparently had received no response. Vice Adm. G. B. Mlddleton of the Chatham navy yard posted n notice saying "great loss of life" is feared. Hope Fading Swiftly Word from rescue craft at thn scene indicated hope was fading swiftly for the men still believed to be aboard the submarine which went to the bottom of the Thames estuary last night after she was rammed by the iron-clad prow of a Swedish tanker. "We have practically given up hope," an admiralty spokesman said after divers came up and reported they found no sign of life. Dusk was beginning to close In on the rescue operations. Nine are known dead. Three of these were picked up last night after the collision and six more bodies were found today. Fifteen men were rescued. In addition, all five men aboard a Lancaster rescue plane were killed early today in a takeoff crash at a Royal Air Force sta- SINT SUB TO BOTTOM—Parts of wreckage of tho British submarine Truculent arc imbccled in !he prow of the Swedish tanker Divina after a collision in the Thames estuary last night. The submarine, which accounted for 20 Jaoancse ships during the war, •sank within a minute 1 after being rammed. Fifteen crcurrsn were picked up alive, and three others were dead \\hen taken from the (water. Hope is fading for 52 others who were trapped in the submarine—AP Wire-photo by radio from London, Johnson, Bradley To Testify Jan. 26 GOP Assured of Open Primary; NoSlatePutUp (Continued on Page 21, Cnlumn 1) Mental Patient Faces Trial For Murder Now Power Plant NEWTON, Jan. 13 tffi - A1128,. JOO municipal power plant will be put into operation her* Wednesday .or tome 9900 uteri, Newton recently tuffered an ID-hour blackout after a boiler failure. DAVENPORT, la., Jan. 13. UPt— A young woman patient who ad* mitted setting a mental ward tiro that killed 41 women because "I thought I could escape it the building would burn," Is to he arraigned Monday on a charge of murder. Mrs. Elnora Epperly, 23, of Rock Island, 111., was charged by Scott Coifnty Attorney Clark O. Filseth yesterday with "murder committed in the perpetration of arson." She was held in the Scott County Jail. Authorities said they were check ing further into the story told by the small, attractive brunet, who was a patient in St. Elizabeth's mental ward at Mercy Hospital. The mental ward was destroyed by fire last Saturday morning. Dr. Werener M. Hollander, Davenport psychiatrist, said Mrs. Epperly was "schizophrenic." He added her story was typical of her type of patient. (Schizophrenia is a form of mental derangement resulting in Inaction or simulating of qualities one does not possess). Specifically, Mrs. Epperly is charged with the death of Mrs. Anna Neal, a nurse who died trying to save her patients. All the other five victims were patients, Filseth said Mrs. Epperly gave this version of the fire when questioned in his office: "I thought my husband was dead. He would never come to see me. I was going crazy with fear and thought I could escape if the building would burn, "I had a clgaret lighter which I had planned to give John (her husband) for Christmas. After all the other patients had retired I ignited the curtain In my room. "I knocked on my door which was locked, and a nurse let me out. I ran outside and fled from the building. I didn't know the fire would be as bad as It was. "It breaking out glass In a door to escape, I cut my wrists and ankles. I later found that my husband had come to visit me, but hospital authorities told him his presence would disturb me and wouldn't allow him to see me." Filseth said Mrs. Epperly replied: "I don't think that's any of your business," when asked why she believed her husband, a steel worker, might be dead. Weather Cloudy and colder this afternoon, tonight and Saturday with occasional rain. Lowest teiniH-ruture Saturday morning about 88, highest In afternoon near 40. Shipper* forecast: 30-24 north, M-80 west, above frees- Ing to east and south. Extended five-day forecast t Temperatures will average normal north and 4-M degrees above normal south. Noj> mal minimum 14 north ft •ejith. Rain tonight and part of Saturday and again late Sunday and Monday. Moderate change to colder Saturday and Saturday night, warmer Monday then turning much colder Tuesday. Rainfall heavy fa? tkeperlod. _ Rim totfc* Rite '.25 Ft, Tailwater 402.82 SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 13. (& — A wide open primary for Illinois Republicans was assured today after GOP county chairmen stayed away from endorsing a slate of candidates. But. party leaders cautioned against any "mud-slinging campaign" among Republicans in the April 11 nominating election. No move was made at the chairmen's meeting here yesterday to put the organization behind a slate. Instead, they were told that "everyone has a right to run." Earle Benjamin Searcy, seeking re-election as State Supreme Courl clerk, declared: "Let's all of us say kind things about any of our primary opponents and save out fire for the Democrats in Novem her. That's what I'm going to do.' John W. Spence, head of the county chairmen's association, sale the primary is open to all but "this shouldn't start a mud-slingln( campaign that could be usec against us in the fall election." Carlos Campbell, chairman ol the GOP State Central Committee said two weeks ago that his group will not endorse a ticket. Republicans haven't had a free- for-all primary since 1940. The Democratic organization already has approved a 1950 state slate led by U. S. Sen. Scott W. Lucas for re-olectlon. Candidates for statewide and district offices will begin filing their, nominating petitions with the secretary of state's office here Monday. Among Republicans, the only candidate without a contest to date is Everett M. Dirkson of Pekin, running for U. S. senator. Both Searcy and Vernon L. Nickell, state school superintendent, have opponents and the race for state treasurer has drawn six candidates. Searcy told the county chairmen that the 1950 campaign should "get away from me-tooism." "Let's have a Republican party —not a bipartisan party," he declared. John Leonard East, Cook County party chairman, defended the en- IdVsement of a Cook County slate fty a majority of committee mem- tiers. Sinon A. Murray, Chicago West Side leader, fought East on the issue of an open primary. "I don't, know whether we will wind up with a first class fight In Cook County or not," East said, 'but I hope not." Sen. Wallace Thompson of Galesburg, Senate Republican leader, and Rep. Reed F. Cutler of Lewis- own, House leader, predicted GOP members will retain control of the late Senate and win the House from Democrats. "I think It can be done with en- husiastlc work on the part of the party said. organization," Thompson WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 — <£•» The Senate Foreign Relations Committee agreed today to invite Secretary of Defense Johnson and Gen. Omar Bradley to testify Jan. 26 on the strategic importance of Formosa. Chairman Connally (D-Tex), who opposed the move, said the decision to ask Johnson and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to testify was reached without a record vote. The two will be asked whether they consider it important for American defenses that the island of Formosa be kept out of Chinese Communist hands. Republican senators have been demanding action to prevent the Communists from assaulting the last stronghold of the Chinese Nationalist government. President Truman has announced a hands-off policy toward For mosa, with the possible exception of giving the Nationalists there some economic aid. The decision to call Johnson an Bradley came after Secretary o State Acheson had spent nlmos two hours behind closed doors wltv the committee answering senators questions about Formosa and th Far East. Before Acheson reached Caplto Hill, some Republicans renewec their moves to get a review of th Pacific strategic situation from the military leaders. A Republican committee mem her said Chairman Connally (D Tex) will be asked formerly during the day to summon Secretary o Defense Johnson and Gen. Omar N. Bradley, chairman of the join chiefs of staff. A report to the House Foreign Affairs Committee from an aide on its staff says the Chinese Nationalists might be able to hold out on the island of Formosa six to 18 months without U. S. help. Acheson said in a talk at the National Press Club yesterday: "What is happening in China Is that the Soviet Union is detaching the northern areas of China from China and is attaching them to the Soviet Union. "This process Is complete In outer Mongolia. It is nearly complete In Manchuria and I am sure than In Inner Mongolia and in Slnkiang there are very happy reports coming from Soviet agents to Moscow "I should like to suggest at any rate that this fact that the Soviet Union is takine the four northern provinces of China Is the single most significant, most important fact In the relation of any foreign powor with Asia. "We must not undertake to deflect from the Russians to ourselves the richteous anger and the wrath and the hatred of thn Chinese peonlo which must develop. "We must tako the position we have always taken that anyone who violates the Integrity of China s the enemy of China and Is acting contrary to our own Interest. That s the first and the greatest rule n regard to the formulation of American policy toward Asia." U. S. to Set Up Coast ToCoastWeatherNetwork WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, UP — The government is setting up a 0,000-mile coast-to-coast wire network to speed up long distance weather forecasts — especially for pilots. Rain Forecast Raises Threat OfMoreFloods; 4000 Routed NoRclief in Sight in Southern Illinois; Showers Cover Wide Belt Bell Workers Give Notice Of Possible Strike After Sunday ST. LOUIS, Jan. 13. UP)—Union officials today formally served no- lice on governors of the six states served by Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. that they feel free to call a strike after midnight Sunday. That date marks the end of a .ruce arranged by Gov. Forrest Smith of Missouri. Division 20, CIO Communlca- .ions Workers of America, made known its position in telegrams to each of the governors. The telegrams said the union has nade every effort to settle the contract dispute with the telephone company and that it would continue to strive for a peaceful settlement through J*n. 15 as recommended by the governors Dec. 20. However, the telegrams added, the utility "refuses to recognize its responsibilities to the public and Its eniployei . . ." Frank P. Lonargan, union vie* president, said the telegrams do not necessarily mean the union's 50,000 workers would walk out at midnight Sunday. A strike date, he added, would not be revealed "beforehand." It was considered possible that the union would not strike until next month, when a nationwide telephone walkout is scheduled. There were no indication! today that the company and union would get together in negotiations before the Jan. 15 deadline, On the contrary, U. S. conciliator! have all but given up hope that anything can be accomplished through further meetings—unlew one tide or the other changes ita petition. The deadlock developed last Friday when the company turned down the union's demand for a 15- cent-an-hour wage increase, Fourteen other issues alto are Involved. In addition to Missouri, Southwestern Bell serves Arkansas, Oklahome, Kansas, Texat and a small section of Illinois, Mr THE ASSOCIATED PBEI8 Flood dangers appeared mount' ing today In many Midwest river areas as more rain splashed over n wide belt and threatened fur* ther damage. Weather bureau officials said no break appeared in Ihe warm, moist Gulf air which Is causing the steady rains or drizzle over the lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys. They said there wa! a possibility of heavier rains over the flood areas during the day. Forecasters said thunderstorms ia Arkansas were moving northward, More Rain in Prospect The rain belt covered most of (he Ohio and middle Mississippi valleys today and extended Into Oklahoma and Kansas. Ther* were locally heavy rains In Ken* tucky and the extreme southern parts of Illinois and Indiana. Kvansville, Ind,, had 1.41 inches In :!4 hours. The rains may end for a few hours today, weather bureau forecasters said, but more rain was In prospect. Forecaster A. W. Walstrom at Cincinnati warned that with more rain forecast in the Ohio valley "all Interests should keep alert to the possibility that additional rain* fall may become heavy enough to change the (flood) picture." He had predicted last night the Ohio river in the Cincinnati district "will fall slowly in the upper portion," and "very slowly in the lower portion during the next 24 hours." Meanwhile, more than 4000 per* sons have fled their homes from the surging rivers and streams in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri. But hundreds of othera have refused to move to higher ground. Army, Red Cross Join Volunteers) The army, the Red Cross and volunteers have joined in the rescue operations ajid work to strengthen weakened levees at many points along the rain-swollen rivers. The flood front covera areas along the Ohio and Wabash rivers, the two biggest of the Midwest's threatening streams, as well as several smaller rivers. The Ohio spilled .into the main street of Rosiclare, 111., yesterday and some 60 families fled their homes. The rising waters of the Ohio, Cumberland, and Green rivers in western Kentucky forced several families to leave their homes, But there appeared no immediate indication of major property damage In the area. The flood waters hit Smithland and Eddyville. At Pa* ducah the city's 12 floodwall pumps were placed in operation a.: a precaution against the surg- ng Ohio. At Louisville the Ohio river crest was four feet above flood stage. Although surrounded by water, many families remained in their homes in the lowlands near Ken* lett, Mo., and received supplies by boat from the Red Cross. 900 Refuse to Leave Homes Some 900 persons refused to leave their homes at Old Shaw- leetown, 111., which was engulfed by the disastrous 1937 Ohio River lood. The river reached 47.9 feet yesterday. Flood stage is 33 feet and the crest predicted for next Monday or Tuesday ha! been upped from 51 to 53 feet. Shaw* neetown is protected by a 60-foot "lood wall. ' Evacuation of an -entire flood hreatened southern Illinois com* nunity and a neighboring town .vas urged by the Red Cross but many of the 500 residents refuted u leave their homes. The Wabash river rose at Maunie and at learby Rising Sun. .< In Indiana, a potential danger pot was Mt. Vernon, on the Onto iver, a few miles upstream from ho mouth of the Wabash. But at Vincennes, the Wabash river cvel held steady at 27.1 feel, short of the expected flood craat, Near freezing weather hit some uterior parts of southern Cau> ornia early today. The mercury topped to 34 at Riverside, .a Lot, Angeles suburb, while it waa St t the Los Angeles airport. •But the country's coldest weath* r was in Montana, part of tht Dakota., Minnesota and Nebraska, where sub-zero readings were ra* 'Cited. It was -21 at Bemldjl, linn., and Pembina, N. O. Bloods on Wabash Close Roads in Illinois, Indiana CHICAGO, Jan. 13 MP> - The Chicago Motor Club today lafUM he folowlng road bulletin thorn y before noon: ; Floods on the Wabash river navf losed the following roads: ' Illinois 1 at Carml; U. S. M rom Lawrenceville, III., to Vin- ennes, Ind., and Illlnoi* 149 eaijt nd west of Zelgler; At Cairo, (ha Iver is 11 feet over flood Itagft; ut main highways are open J. S. 60 east from Cairo to Doro, Ky. WELLINGTON, New an. 13 -Wellington 1 ! led into the streets thif i three minor earth tremor! aj$ church belU ringing, dUhet elii* ering and door! banging- " ~" us damage was nan a lot of broken china ware. The qualm :51 a. m. Now Zealand

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