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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Mttnbtr of Tht AMociated PrtM. Sc Par Copy. Vol. CXIV, No. 309 ALTON, ILL., SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 1950 Established .January IS, lit* Freak Winds Whip Area; One Home Unroofed Many Fear Tornado When Roar Is Heard in Roiled Sky Three freak "tiny tornadoes" swept from Friday's storm-roiled sky to cause serious damage in one instance in the area. At. 7:12 p. m. on the Old St. Louis road, East Alton, a pint- sized twister, tore the roof off the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Forbes, who were at home with three of their four children. None was hurt. Several of the concrete blocks in the 25-by-18 concrete block house occupied by the Forbes were displaced by the wind and the peculiar gust blew away a stock of groceries. The Alton-Wood River chapter of the American Red Cross' disaster relief corps went to the aid of the family shortly after the incident. The family found shelter with friends. DamuKPs Side Porch Early Friday, at 9 a. m., a prankish wind whipped the roof off a side porch of the Robert L. Turner residence, 414 Prospect, during a heavy rain. "It must hav% been a small twister," Mrs. Turner commented today. Most menacing phase of Friday's gusts was observed and heard at 7 p. m. over the Alton area. Just prior to an increasing roar overhead, an airplane passed over the city. It was followed by a similar sound that was believed to be the noise of the turbulent upper air. At 7:05 p. m., police received a telephone call from a woman who identified herself as Hazel Hovey, 2024 Orchard, who said a quick wind had blown down a tree on Orchard, at a point near the northeast city boundary corner. Many residents of the city reported the roar in the skies at 7 p. m. Friday stirred their fears of a tornado. Some had heard a similar sound before and described it as the thunderous approach that often develops into the howling, screaming furious twister. Mercury Drops Many.are convinced that Alton barely escaped a tornado Friday evening. From a high of 64 degree* Friday morning, the mercury plunged to 28 during the night. Today'f forecast: Fair this afternoon, moitly cloudy and warmer tonight and Sunday'with occasional rain Sunday. Highest temperature today near 40, Lowest Sunday morning about 28, highest in afternoon near 50. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. Frigid 70-mile winds tore at northern Illinois early today and gent the mercury plunging 35 degrees in 10 hours at Chicago. Predictions were for much colder temperatures throughout the state with fair skies. U. S. Weather Bureau forecasters said the winds—the strongest in Illinois this season—would diminish during the afternoon. Coldest spot on the Illinois weather map was Rockford where temperatures plummeted to nine above zero. The mercury hit 11 at, Moline and it was 15 at Peoria, Joliet and Quincy. Springfield had 21, Effingham 28 and St. Louis 27. Windows Smashed, Wires Down At. Chicago the mercury dropped from 50 degrees at 8 p. m. Friday to 15 above at 6 a. m. today. Winds reaching 70 miles an hour at O'Hare International Airport In supurban Park Ridge and 60 miles In Chicago knocked down trees, smashing windows and tearing down light and telephone wires. Police reported 200 false burglar alarms were touched off and 75 calls of downed wires were received. Walls of two burned-out buildings on the South Side were blown down. Forecaster Julius Badner said the high winds and temperature drop might east flood conditions in southern Illinois. Rains were halted, he said, and the freeze may allow time for some of the water to run off. Surface water was reported frozen on most northern and central Illinois streams. USSR Reported Seeking Naval Base in China LONDON, Jan. 14 — <£>> —Rus- sla ii reported negotiating for Important new naval and military bases in Communist China. A qualified informant said last night this Information came from Moscow to a major western power. The source stressed that the report may have arisen out of speculation on the current secret talks between high Russlon officials and Communist Chinese officials. 402 French Soldier* Reported Killed BANGKOK, Thailand (Slam), Jan. 14, (JPl— The Viet Nan republic's office here asserted today Viet Mlnh forces "annihiiiated" 18 French posts, killed 402 French soldiers and wounded 158 in a recent offensive in northern Indo China. Flremen'i Pentium Allowed Member* of the Firemen's pension met (or their January business teuton Friday and allowed pension claim* for December. No new bualneai was presented, It was said. The board had a special meeting tarller this week at which Its annual report was completed and transmitted to City Council. Consumer Loan Business of Bank Quadruples in 4 Years Al Meyers Seek* GOP Choice For Sheriffs Office Al Meyers of 226 Hamilton, the Alton deputy sheriff, Is circulating a petition to qualify him for entry In the Republican contest for nomination to the office of sheriff subject to the April 11 primary. Meyers is a machinist and automobile mechanic by trade, but served on the Alton police force during the latter part of the War II period, and more recently as deputy sheriff for Alton area. Earlier he was in the garage business at locations on Hamilton, West Ninth near Belle, and Highland and Pearl, and was employed as a mechanic. Although born in Car- linvllle, he has been a resident of Alton virtually all his life, his parents having moved to this city when he was a year old. He is married, and has four sons and a daughter, and his eldest son' is now completing his eighth year in military service. Gamblers Draw $4100 in Fines InCountyCourt EDWARDSVILLE, Jan. 14. — Friday, the thirteenth, was slightly unlucky for 16 bookmakers and two other persons named in County Court gambling informations filed earlier in the week by State's Attorney Austin Lewis. Arraigned on the charges yesterday afternoon in County Court, the 18 defendants entered guilty pleas and paid fines and costs to taling $4563 under the system of periodic fines for gamblers launched in the county three years ago. That was the bad luck part of it for the confessed gamblers. But they got a lucky break at the same time, because the fines were relatively light and the group of 16 bookmakers got off without jail sentences, which might have hampered their operations for some time. Conviction of operating a racing handbook carries a possible fine up to $2000 or a year's jail sentence, or both. Fines assessed Friday by County Judge Michael Kinney, upon recommendation of State's Attorney Austin Lewis, totaled $4100 and costs, $463. Sixteen of the defendants pleaded guilty to one information each charging bookmaking, and all except three of the group were assessed a fine of $200 and costs. Fines of three others charged with a similar offense were higher, with two paying $400 and the third, $500. Bert Heydrick, Alton and William Davis, Edwardsville, pleaded guilty to charges of distributing punchboards and bingo trees, and paid a fine of $100 each and costs. One defendant, Sam Kassing, charged with operating a handbook at, Collinsville, appeared in court, but his arraignment on the charge was deferred. The 13 wjio paid a $200 fine upon pleading guilty to bookmaking were: George Bauer, Peter G. Me- hilos and George Slay jr., all of Alton; John Wilhite, Wood River; Elmer Nichols, Harold Burns, Waller Weir and Mack Zamrione, all of Collinsville; Alfred Miller, Edwardsville; Clara Ba'rnholz, Lester Fehling, William Skidmore and Isaiah Hughes. William Hines and Wesley Blazier, charged with bookmaking at addresses of the Hyde Park Club in Venice, paid $500 and $400 fines, respectively. Harry Wrest pleaded guilty to bookmaking at 200 State, Madison, address of the "200 Club", and was assessed a $400 fine. In the group of gaming infor- mations filed Monday by State's Attorney Lewis, Harold Schreiber had been charged with bookmaking at 626 Broadway, Alton, but the charge subsequently was dismissed and a new information issued charging George Slay jr., with handbook operations at the sanrp address. Tne set of informations was the third filed by Lewis in little more than a year, and the ninth in about three years. The total of fines and costs realized from Friday's guilty pleas, however, was the lowest to date. Fines and costs from the first set of informations filed by Lewis last February totaled $11,262, and from the second set he issued last October, $12,049. The latest group of gaming in- formations failed to include charges of dice game operations or charges against operators of the big commercial bingo game at Collinsville. State's Attorney Lewis said Monday he was informed there are no dice games operating in the county. Telegraph'a 114th Birthday, Sunday Without fanfare, without even publication — the Alton Evening Telegraph will celebrate its 114th anniversary Sunday. Its celebration for the year was in August, during National Newspaper Week, when it observed Open House and gave the public « chance to see its remodeled building and it* new preu, Growth of consumer-loan business, In four years, until today it comprises 40 percent of the bank's total business, was reported Friday to directors of Alton Banking & Trust Co., at their annual meeting. "Consumer small loans" are those made in small amounts to bank patrons to finance the purchase of "consumer goods" such as new automobiles, electrical appliances for the home, FHA-ap- proved loans for home modernization, and .personal loans. During 1949, the volume of such loans was $2,558,392.04. The number of persons with consumer loans was 5574, and the average loan was $474. New car loans numbered 253, those for electrical appliances totaled 938, for home modernization 898, and personal loans numbered 1844. Consumer loans now in force total 6000 with a volume of $1,742,598.41. The phenomenal growth of the so-called small-loan business at the Wedge Bank is shown in the following totals for four years: 1946, $673,385.32; 19-17, $1,477, 061.43; 1948, $2,044,448.69; 1949, $2,558,392.04. "In making 5574 consumer loans during 1949," said an officer of Alton Banking '& Trust Co., "we processed one loan every 20 minutes during the year. The consumer loan business has virtually quadrupled in four years. Besides broadening banking services, and taking banking service to a far greater number of patrons, the consumer 'loan business increases savings. Many patrons, after completing monthly payments on a loan, will deposit that sum regularly in a savings account." Directors of the bank were reelected at a stockholders' meeting last Monday and officers were reelected Friday. The directors are W. C. Gschwend, C. J. Jacoby, Eugene K. Elfgen, Carl A. Luer, Lawrence Keller jr., V. Joseph Wardein, and I. H. Streeper. Officers are: W. G. Gchwend, president; Lawrence Keller jr., vice-president and secretary; George M. Wilhite, E. L. Wyss and Clyde E. Borman, assistant vice- presidents. Frank Riskorski, cashier; Sue E. Miller, assistant secretary; John M. Carnahan, trust ot- ficer; E. H. Kremer, Viola Welling, and Emma Sawyer, assistant cashiers. 3 Persons Hurt As Automobile Hits Wire Pole Vehicle Jumps Curb Near Donald-Washington Ave. Curve 2 Boys Held, Placed Metal in Path of Trains (Picture* on PUB* ft.) Three occupants out of tour met injury at. 8:15 a.m. today when a coupe driven north on Washington ran out of control on the turn at Donald, jumping the curbing to graze ft tree on the property lino at 1203 Washington, then carom against a wire pole. The wrecked vehicle came to rest, tilted against the pole. Injured according to the police report were the driver, George Henry Holmes, 25, of 1928 Alby who suffered a head injury and shock; Otis Goble, 40, of 3506 Oscar, who incurred a fracture of the right leg, near the ankle: II. N. Meredith of 544 Whitelaw, East Alton, owner of the vehicle, who suffered an injury to his right foot. Holmes and Goble were moved to St. Joseph's Hospital. The fourth passenger, Clnva J. Daily, 19, of West Broadway, was said to have escaped with minor bruises, complaining only of being shaken up by the crash. When the crash with the tree or pole occurred, Meredith said, the right door, the one on the downward side of the car as it halted, was flipped open, so that occupants were able to get out with no difficulty. Police responded In two cars when the accident was reported and two ambulances also went to Ihe scene. Holmes was moved to the hospital in the police cruiser, and Goble in the Staten ambulance. Before Goble was moved, however, a splint carried in the police cruiser was applied to keep the broken bones in his injured leg immoble. Meredith told a newspaper reporter that, the group had driven north on Washington to take Goble to his home in Milton Heights. When the coupe was nearing Donald, he said, he perceived that Holmes was driving too fast for safely on the curve and called out to him to slow the car. A moment later the coupe struck the curb and seemed to leap from the pavement. Crash of Glider Fatal to Thirteen CHICAGO, Jan. 14 UP) — Police held two boys for further questioning today after, officers said, they admitted placing 500 pounds of metal obstructions in the path of two speeding streamlined passenger trains. Police quoted one of the youths as saying: "I had read about train wrecks in the papers and I wanted to see one. I wanted to see the sparks fly." Tvvo Chicago & North Western Railroad trains, the twin cities 400 and the valley 400, plowed into the pile of switch bars, angle irons, tie plates and pieces of rail Thursday night. Both trains, carrying several hundred passengers, were about four miles from the North Western terminal when the accidents occurred. No one was injured. Both trains remained on the tracks. Railroad detectives last night seized three boys near the scene of the accidents after they had broken into a sectional tool shanty. Police said John Graman, 15, and Thomas Bryl, 12, orally admitted placing the metal obstructions on the tracks. They said the third youth seized with them was hot involved, all were held without charge in the juvenile home, Rossellini's Annulment Ruled Legal in Italy TURIN, Italy, Jan. 14. (^P)—;.n Italian court today removed one of the obstacles that lias been keeping film director Roberto Ros- sellini from marrying his leading lady, Ingrid Bergman, An assizes court ruled that the Austrian annulment of Rossellini's marriage to Marcella de Marchis is valid in Italy. Rossellini and his former wife were represented in court by attorneys. The court had .said it would make no effort to investigate the ceasons for the reported annulment, but only would establish that an Austria court had Issued the annulment decree. Miss Bergman's Italian attorney hafc said she will seek a Mexican divorce from her husband, Dr. Peter Lindstrom, a Hollywood surgeon. Miss Bei'gtnan first announced her intention to marry Rossellini after she had starred in his latest movie, filmed on the volcanic Island of Stromboli near Sicily. FORT BENNING, Ga., Jan. 14. I GP)—The unexplained crash of an j airforce glider here brought death to 13 of Uncle Sam's top-flight rough and ready fighting men. Five of the 17 men aboard the glider survived yesterday's crash, but one of the survivors died of injuries early today. Three of the remaining four survivors are In critical condition at the Lawson Airforce Base Hospital. Among the victims were 11 student paratroopers ready for their final exam-hitting the silk in one more jump. Also killed were a sergeant- instructor and the glider's pilot, Second Lt. Robert D. Henley of Columbia, Mo. The glider, one of two released by a C-82 tow plane, was settling on the runway normally when, witness reported, one wing dipped sharply and struck the ground. Another witness reported the glider hit the runway, bounced into the air and began to disintegrate. Debris and bodies were scattered over TOO feet of the runway. Capt. A. C. Parker of the infantry training center public information office said 15 of the men were taking glider training in conjunction with their six weeks training as paratroopers. The students ajl were members of Company A, airborne battalion. First 1950 Permit For a House Issued First city building permit of 1050 for a new dwelling has been issued at the office of Building Commissioner Abraham to Ben Hill of 4105 Alby who plans to erect a frame structure in the 4100-block of Alby, which extends from Elm t,o Delmar. Estimated cost of the house is $5990. Also in hand today at the commissioner's office was an application for another home building permit. Luer Bros. Packing Co. has taken a permit for a roof renewal at its East Broadway premises near Ridge, $500. Judge Fulton Breaks Kneecap Leaving Train SYCAMORE, Jan. 14 — <*) — Illinois Supreme Court Justice William J. Fulton will spend his 75th birthday in bed today nursing a broken left kneecap. The prominent jurist was Injured Thursday night when he glpped and fell while stepping off a train near here. He also received head cuts, bruises and shock. The justice was on his way home from Chicago when the accident occurred. He lost hi* footing as he left a Chicago, Aurora & F'gin train at Lakewood station. 2 MenT rapped In Mine Set Off Dynamite MAHANOY CITY, Pn., Jan. 14, (if) — Rescue workers trying to roach two brothers trapped In a mine cave-in reported today they heard a dynamite blast far below the surface of the earth. The rescue men said the blast, shortly before noon, seemed proof that at least one of the men trapped was alive nearly 24 hours after the cave-in, and WHS attempting to dynamite a path to safety. A second dynamite blast was heard less than an Hwur later. "There's no doubt about It," said one rescue worker. "Sqfuebody's trying to blast his way out." Weary and dirty, the 150 rescue workers dug with renewed vigor into the raln-sogged earth, working with shovels and bare hands. They were hampered by heavy rains which turned the grounds into what a state mine Inspector called "miles of mud." The brothers, Joseph Burdan 30, and Kdward, 25, were trapped late yesterday In a collapse of earth in their Independent, operation near this eastern Pennsylvania hard coal town. A third brother, Frank, 19, scrambled to safety literally by leaping out of his boots as the collapsing earth crashed in on him. He was among the rescue workers today. Prior to the dynamite blast, there was no positive indication that either Joseph or Edward survived the cave-In. Some of the rescue workers previously claimed they heard tap- pings that indicated at least one was alive. Others said they heard no tappings. State Mine Inspector John Mor- j gan of Frackvill.e, Pa., said it was possible that one or both of men might, have escaped being buried alive by squirming from the collapsed slope into an adjoining gangway. It. was from one of these gangways that rescue workers claimed to have heard the tappings. Some said they heard clawing sounds from beneath the earth late yesterday afternoon, others before dawn today. But by 0:30 a. m. the slow rescue job had succeeded In getting only 20 feet below the earth. The trapped men were believed to be more than 100 feet underground. Morgan, although heartened by skies which began clearing this morning, said "from the looks of things I fear It will be several days before we know whether the men are still alive." The mine inspector went ahead with plans to drive a two-inch pipe straight down through the caved- in slope in hopes of pumping air through it to the area behind the cave-in. It was hoped that oxygen supplies in these gangways would last: until the rescurers were able to reach the brothers. Pessimistic diggers said it might take two or three days to reach the trapped men. Officials of the independent mine said the men were working along a slope 100 feet below the surface when the cave-in took place. It occurred 30 feet, down and sent tons of debris into the opening. State Mine Inspector Ben Hei- noehl of Mahanoy City is directing the rescue operation. Greeks Suspend 1946 Emergency Measures ATHENS, Jan. 14. UP)—Emergency measures invoked to meet the Communist-led rebellion in 1946 were on the way out today. King Paul has signed a royal decree suspending the emergency act throughout Greece. It suspended such constitutional clauses as the right to free speech and assembly. Woman Killed By Train Identified SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 14 — UP>— An elderly woman killed by a train in nearby Riverton Dec. 31 has been identified as Mrs. May Miller 72, of Decatur. Coroner W. L. Dragoo said her identity was established by checking the woman's clothing and description with rel- aitvcs. 13th Child Born to Couple on Friday 13th NEWTON, Jan. 14. Iff)—A 13th child was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ray Tarr yesterday, Friday the 13th. The new arrival was named David Allen. The family lives on a farm near here. Worst Storm of Century Kills f 5 in Northwest IW p e i p i ng Consulate Cold Brings Respite to Flooded Areas of Ohio River its Bjr THK ASSOCIATED PRKSS Winter showed the nation brutal skip today. The Pacific Northwest's worst storm of the century took five lives, parts of the East reeled in near-hurricane winds, and sharply colder weather brought only a respite to the flooded areas of the Midwest. The Pacific bli/./ard, which dumped heavy snow meted temperatures was responsible for nil u r By Chinese Reds and plum- downward, five deaths, Mine Locals Rebel, Won't Resume Work PITTSBURGH, Jan. 14, (-"PI—Al lenst four big UMW locals In southwestern Pennsylvania and All American Personnel Ordered to Leave Com* immist Dominated Area WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (AP)— Chinese Communists invaded the U. S. consulate in Peiping today and seized American government prop* erty. Denouncing the action as • , _ , another in West Virginia today flagrant violation of treaty 1 in Washington stale. By Sat-j voted to continue their week old rights, the State Department :•.••-.>• morning, the storm covered walkout despite the orders of ! announce d the United State* parts of northern California, all ! John L.Lewis. . tt : lf t _ii of Washington and mosl of , Hnho j They include the 2000 workers '^ el " n S OUt OI a " and western Montana and was at the world's largest soft ™•»' ' At 9:oO a. m. on moving eastward toward South Dakota and norlhern Nebraska. 17 Inches of Snow in Srattlr There were 17 inches of snow on the ground at Seattle, where It was 10 above zero and still snowing. Portland, Ore., had 10 inches and 13 above, and Spokane was hard hit by a 9 helow zero temperature and a 21-inch snowfall. Livingston, Mont., reported a reading of 28 below zero, and Yakima, Wash., had -IS. More than 1000 autos were reported marooned in various parts of Washington and Oregon, but announced the United States China. conl' "At 9:50 a. m. on Jan. 14 the nlmt , premises of the consulate general Some fi',1,000 diggers in the hcurt Y'r lnvad ^? ^ V, 1C P olice and fOUf , , .. , „ u n ii n,,-,t thr,' civilian officials,' the announce- 0 . l ! P . hlU '" 1 l 1 .? i..^''.?. L , ,° men. said. This would be 7:50 p. m. pits this week without ox,, anation. Jnn Lewis, their union «v,o«, rrr. thrSay Monday. The rebellious locals, are located chief "sue- to work on , Recall orders tor all of the 135 schedule on i offlcial u - s - personnel in the Communist dominated areas were an» nounced along with a report on the raid that drove Americans out at Robena, Nemacolin, Isabella and o£ Vne' VThVfour insular 'com- Lake Lynn, Pa., and Osagc, W. Va. The Robena mine, operated by the U. S. Steel Corp., is the world's largest. pounds in the red capital. Removal of Americans Undecided There remains a question on the 1 circumstances under which the 17. S. h Planning Giveaway Of Potatoes Eggs, Milk Butter WASHINGTON, Jan. .14 W With more than $3,500,000,000 invested in surplus farm products, the government is planning to start giving away perishable items which might otherwise go to waste. The Agriculture Department said last night It U setting up a system for handing out the perishables. Under terms of the 1949 farm act they can be given to federal agencies, public and private relief agencies in this country and foreign relief organizations. The department's far • flung Production and Marketing Administration will handle the give-away job, which is expected to involve such commodities as potatoes, dried eggs, dried milk, and butter. The bulk of the government's surplus stocks are storable commodities such as cotton, wheat, corn, tobacco, soy beam, dried beans and other grain*. Since these can be held (or long period* U U unlikely they will be given away. Under the law, the munitions board and other government agencies which might exchange the products for materials not produced in this county will get first choice. Next in line are federal-state school lunch programs, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, federal, state and local public welfare agencies, and private welfare agencies operating in this country and its territories. Last on the priority list are private welfare agencies assisting the needy abroad. Any American agency receiving surpluses would have to make sure that the products did not get buck Into regular trade channels, and that the agencies themselves did not reduce their food purchases as a result of the donation!. Commodities distributed abroad would have to be given away free of charge. The Lewis edict, which is what. : Americans will be allowed to get his "suggestion'" amounted to, OU | all occupants were believed'safe, j failed to quiet rumblings of dis- ; Tho Slate Department said Dozens of (-0111111111111 ies were iso- j content throughout the two big- communist officials carried out the lated. Across the nation, furious \ «est. coal producing stales. Union '• se izure of consular property in the winds buffeted the country from I leaders would not predict what face of warnings, some delivered the Great Lakes region eastward, action the miners would take. through the British who have The situation Is sort of cloudy," ( recognized the Communist regime, Widespread damage wns reported in western, northern and central New York state, where gusts exceeded hurricane velocity of 75 miles an hour and at times reached as much as !)0 and 95 miles an hour in places. New York Krslilonts Warned The weather bureau there said John Busarello, District No. 5 president at Pittsburgh. "It is serictly up to the locals whether they follow Lewis' suggestion." The Morgan)own (W. Va.) Post says "a revolt against. John L. Lewis" is developing in several northern West Virginia coal min- that. the result would be withdrawal of all U. S. representation. The White House said President Truman was being kept fully Informed on the situation, but had no comment. Angry demands arose Immediately on Capitol Hill that, the U. S. warned New York state residents i ing countries. that it. would be dangerous to be "They (the miners) want a nes with them outdoors all day. ! contract," the newspaper sa.d, "are ; dealings vMtn tnem. classify Chinese Communists at outlaws" and shun any diplomatic Indianapolis, ind., clocked a sus- Rotting tired of this 'on again, off > /h lned wind of 60 miles an hour, again' business Mr. Lewis is en- al of w five das -om The announcement of talned with gusts up to 100 miles per Ba B ln B In They want five days hour, but. the only damage was the toppling of a few utility poles. Strong winds of 40 to 50 mile-an- hour sustained velocity were reported in the Lake Erie and Lake a week or no days at all." What do the operators think about the situation? This comment, from a man who asked to remain unidentified, was typical: also ... tions that this country is reaping the results of an "appeasement" policy. •A Horrible Development!' Sen. Kefauver (D-Tenn) told *• „ .-„._... We don't, know what will hap--i reporler ne thinks the Communist The winds were the result of a i pen next. If you can figure out invasion o f the American com- Lewis' strategy you are pount i at Peiping is "a horrible dean we are." velopment." strong low pressure area centered in southern Quebec, which acted as a vacuum. Air from surrounding regions, rushing to fill the "vacuum", caused the raging windstorms. Cold air came In on the wings of the winds. Overnight drops in temperature were as great as 43 degrees. South Bend, Ind., with a high of 62 Friday, had a reading of 39 this morning. Indianapolis dropped from 65 to 29, Continued on Page 2, Col. 4. Heir to Auto, Radio Fortune Dies in Plunge LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14. W>— A nine-story plunge from a Wilshire •Blvd. building took the life of Thomas Stewart Lee, multimillionaire head of a California radio, automobile and television empire. The 43-year-old Lee, mentally harassed, dropped from 12th floor fire escape yesterday. His body was found minutes later on the third floor roof of the Wiltcrn better than we are. President Truman has refused "We should classify the China (o use Ihe Taft-Hartley Act to Communists as outlaws and cease get Ihe mines hack on full pro- to do business with them," Kefau- duct ion. The President says a ver declared. national emergency does not ex- Sen, Bridges (R-NH) asserted js l i lint the Communist foray "should Meanwhile, the Senate Labor! make it evident that under no Committee has agreed to call a conditions should we recognize the hearing, at a date yet to be set, on a Republican resolution urging the President to reverse himself. Last, night the Federal Bureau of Mines said in a cautiously worded report that "some individual cases of hardship" may result (Chinese Communist government." "Their utter lack of respect for the U. S. government has been brought about, at least in part, by our continual appeasement and retreating policy in China and Asia," he declared. 'Weak-Kneed Policy" Sen. Young <R-ND> said ha from an uneven distribution of coal stocks coupled with consumer demands for certain types of coal.'thinks the Communist move "is a The bureau says that coal stocks natural result of our weak-kneed in dealers' yards on ,lan. 1 aver- I policy in China." , aged four days' supply, compared j Chairman Connally (D-Tex) ot with a five-day average supply a;the Senate Foreign Relations com month earlier. The U. S. Chamber Theater Building. He had been flown here from Palm Springs in his private plane , for a dental appointment. cillng Lee was nominal head of the Thomas S. Lee Enterprises, includ of Commerce insists that, a real coal emergency exists. At Chicago, the Illinois Manufacturers' Association said that unless coal production returns to normal \vithln the immediate future "extensive unemployment in Illinois industry" will result. Where soft coal is used in Illinois, dimouts were ordered at mental hospitals and other wel< faro institutions because of dwln- resrrves. There is still a chance the National Labor Relations Board may Ing the Don Lee Broadcasting Sys- try to end the shortened work mittee declined comment. The State Department will handle it," he said. "I don't have anything to say about it." Sen. Lucas of Illinois, the Dem-, ocratlc leader, told a reporter that he sees nothing particularly alarming in the situation. He said, however, that he believes the action will make relations "a little more strained" between the two countries. Protests to Chou En-Lai, Communist foreign minister, and other red leaders had informed them of tht> grave view this country would lake of any such move. These tern, founded by his father, the i week without White House action. ! communications had argued that late Don Lee, the automobile clis-1 jit would violate treaties and show tributing agency bearing his fath-,-, rr , , i • er's name, and television station ! JMeW I llbCfCUIOSIS KTSL, which the younger Lee himself pioneered and built. An only son and a bachelor, Lee was the heir of a $9,430,213 estate. But he was declared mentally incompetent in 1948 and guardians were appointed for the estate. He had been under frequent treatment in sanitariums. Born In Los Angeles May 4, 1906, Lee entered his father's auto business at the ago of 22, and he- came an ardent racing fan. He entered several cars at Indianapolis and had a string of midget racers here. He built the first television transmitter in Los Angeles In 1931, and later moved it to the top of Mt. Lee. He was regarded as one of the Industry's first authorities. Lee was declared mentally Incompetent following a general hospital hearing, In which physicians said his condition apparently stemmed from a spinal injury suffered as a youth in an auto accident. Halp! Police UJutt Bit a Hot Pepper! What was said to be one of the most unusual calls received by the Alton police department was answered by Policewoman Mrs. Berta Edwards at 9 a.m. today. An unidentified woman telephoned and confided -she had just bitten into a hot pepper. "My mouth is on fire. What'll I do?" the caller asked. Mrs. Edwards, who admitted later she Is not an authority on what to do about hot pepper burns, said she made the suggestion thai the woman might find relief if she drank a g'lau of milk. Rise 14 Prt. in Year SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 14. UP>— The number of new tuberculosis cases reported in Illinois last year rose about 14 percent, the Illinois Tuberculosis Association said today. "Although Ihe T.B. death rate has dropped steadily each year," the association said, "more cases will he reported because of the Intensified efforts to find T.B. early by tuberculin testing and chest Xray surveys." There were 7973 cases of the disease found In 1949 compared with 6831 in 1948. Another Sub Collision LISBON, Portugal, Jan. 14, (*•>— The Portuguese submarine Delflm, with Vice-Admlral Olivelra Pinto aboard, collided today with the patrol ship Santome off Setubal Bay during maneuvers. Both^crait were damaged but there were no casualties. Won'her Fair this afternoon, mostly cloudy and warmer tonight and Sunday with occasional rain Sunday. Highest temperature today near 40, lowest Sunday morning about 28; highest in afternoon near 50, Shippers' forecast: North 18-22; west 26-30; east 1620; south 26-30. Blver Sl»gt» w auinau t*» •»• uvii i •• • <l«fo we «• m * Lock * QM» *• Stage 11.22 Ft. Pool Rite 3.83 Ft. Ttllwater 406.70 disregard of elementary international usage. The Reds carried out their aeiz- ure under cover of a proclamation for taking over former foreign military barracks in the city. The State Department pointed out thai the American property seized, while once a barracks, had been converted long ago to quarters for the official consular offices and living accommodation* for some American personnel. 3 Boys Fall Through Ice; 2 Rescued, 1 Drowned DIXON, Jan. 14. UP) — One ot three boys who fell through the ice-encrusted Rock river yesterday drowned. He was James Jurechka, 11. Firemen rescued George Howei 14, and Gary Stiller, 13, who managed to climb onto small cakei ot ice. They said James swam for • while after they fell through the ice but was unable to stay up. The boys had walked across the ice to a small island and fell through on their return trip. Filipinos May Investigate Use of American Aid MANILA, Jan. 14. MPt — Th« Philippines Congress opening Jen. 23 may Investigate Secretary of state Acheson't charge! that American postwar eld hai bee* misused here. The inquiry was suggested to* day both by member* of Pneident Elpidio Qulrlno'i majority UhftfJ party and follower! of thie ty Maclonallsta party Jose P. Laurel, puppet under the

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