Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 17, 1950 · Page 1
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ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Mtmbtr al TlM AMoeiittd Prm. k Ptt Vol. CXV, No. 2 ALTON, ILL., TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 1950 aUtablithtd January II, ItM. 300 Negroes at Mass Meeting Vote to Force School Decision Capture of Intruder Leads . To Solution of 5 Burglaries Alton Doctors to Start Community Problem Study Will Send Children to •Nearest' Building on January 23 At a Joint meeting of the Alton chapter of the National Association tor the Advancement of Colored People and other Negro groups Monday night, a resolution was passed unanimously under which colored children of those present at the meeting will present themselves to attend schools closest their homes Jan. 23, the first day of the new school semester. The resolution also provides that In the event colored students are refused admission to schools now used for white students only, legal action will be taken to force the Alton school district to end alleged segregation m the district. The resolution was offered by Robert Hogan, president of the Al ton chapter of NAACP. The meet- Ing was "held at St. Paul's Baptist Church. An estimated 300 persons attended the meeting. Hogan, chairman of the meeting, opened the discussion by telling the group that the Negroes in Alton should "loose <he shackles of second-class citizenship" and that "Negro pupils" have the right to attend Alton schools nearest their homes." Elijah P. Conley, an NAACP member, spoke briefly telling the audience that, regardless of any action taken by the meeting, he would send his children to the school nearest their home at the beginning of the second semester, Jan. 23. : . David Owens, president of the East St. Louis Chapter of the NAACP, told the group of the "struggle in East St. Louis to end segregation of students." He said that it Is impossible to have equal education with separate education for white and colored students. If white and colored students attend the same schools from the time their education begins, they will know and accept one another, he added. The system of bringing colored and white students together at the high school level, Owens said, is handicapped because they have already formed opinions based on their segregation in elementary grades. Recount* History BUly Jones, attorney for the East Si Louis NAACP chapter, presented the speech of the evening; He said that Negroes should seek education^because all of the 'progress of the colored race has been according to the education it has received. But, he added, some people want to stop the educational advance of the colored people, and If the educational progress is stopped, it will 'fall back. The Negroes of Alton should demand equal educational opportunities— the right to attend the schools closest their homes, according to Jones. Jones traced the segregation of .' Negroes in Alton, • • which the NCAAP chapter says is illegal. The first Negro schools in Alton, according to Jones, were Lovejoy and Douglass, erected in 1896. M the time, he said, there were five white schools in Alton. In 1898, according to Jones, a colored man named Scott Bibb tried to send his children to the school nearest^ their home. Being refused admis-" sion by the school board, Bibb filed suit against the board of education, Jones said. Ten years later, In 1908, the courts ruled that Bibb's children must be admitted to the school nearest their residence. Both by that time had passed school age. Jones also explained the law on state aid to education in Illinois. He said that a provision of the state -aid bill read that no transfer of students from one school to another can be made because of race, creed, or color. Accord- Ing to Jones, school districts failing to comply with this provision of the law cannot receive state aid. In the Alton district, such state' aid is approximately $288,000 a year. Lawyer Cites Statute Jones also told the group that the Illinois law provides that if a student Is refused admission lo a school because of race, creed, or color, legal action may be taken to compel the school district to admit such students. He said that further legal action may be brought against members of the board of education of the district which would provide a fine for each board member of not less than $5 or not more than 9100 for each day the students were denied admission. The Negroes, Jones • said, may legally force the Alton school district to admit colored students to the school nearest their homes. Jones also said that some colored teachers opposed eliminating segregation because they might lose their jobs. But schools are built for students, he contended, not for teachers. Jones told his audience that the Negroes in Alton will have only themselves to blame if segregation tn Alton continues. If they sit Idly by and allow the segregation to continue, It will continue, he seid. The non-segregation policy •t Alton High works out all right, he contended, and if the students were net Mfregeted earlier, the policy weald work even better, according to JOMS. Fottfwtog the address by Jones, Cesrttauod en rag* I Cel. i. Alton's physicians will try to broaden their knowledge of the community's problems and needs, with relation to their own skills, during the next year. Dr. Harry Mantz, president; announced today that the Alton Medical Society Monday night had discussed two phases of its "get-acquainted program" and had decided to appoint committees to spear* head both of them, No. 1 on the program Is the city health department. The physicians expressed themselves as .favoring a thorough acquaintance with the department's program, aims, and operation; also a survey of the community's additional needs for its services, or further city problems that might be classified under the department's authority. The medics also approved a proposal to direct their attention to care of indigents here. Under this head, they would make themselves better acquainted with assistance given through such agencies as the township relief department, Associated Charities, Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and state agencies and programs dealing with assistance. The society's aim, Dr. Mantz said, would be to seek additional ways of helping and guiding these agencies in caring for the people for whom they are responsible. -Its survey would embrace care in hospitals, medical care, as we'll as general conditions governing the health of agency patients. Plans Laid for Baptists 9 State Session Here Plans for the Illinois Baptist State Convention when it convenes in Alton in October were set in motion Monday at a meeting In Upper Alton. Baptist Church with Dr. Samuel Orr, executive secretary of the convention. Pastors of churches in Alton Baptist Council were present' as were the Rev. L. C. Lemons of Lebanon, newly appointed area director of Alton, Judson and Wabash Valley Association; Dr. David Andrew Weaver of Shurtleff and chairmen of the various committees. The Rev. La Rue Jensen was elected chairman of the program committee. Chairmen who have been appointed are Miss Georgia Bonnell, registration; Mrs. Leo La Marsh, housing; Mrs. Agnes V. Stewart, exhibit; Mrs. Frank Bonnell, music; -Mrs. Charles Luft, banquet; E. J. McPhillips, transportation; Mrs. Frank Stobbs, host and hostess; Mrs. Jean Taggart, publicity; Mrs. Lester Sparks, check room. The convention has been tentatively set for Oct. 16-18. Andrew Osborne Seeks GOP Vote For County Clerk Andrew J. Osborne, Alton city treasurer, today put in circulation a petition to qualify him as Re? publican nominee for the office of county clerk, subject to the April primary. .Osborne, who is married, residing at 1202 Florence, has been a resident of Alton since childhood, and was severely wounded in overseas service in the European theater in the recent war. He was elected city treasurer last April, and said that should he be elected to the county office, the post as treasurer could be filled by an appointment of the mayor and City Council. Prior to being elected to city office, Osborne was Madison County service officer of the Illinois Veterans Commission, and also served in the finance department of Alton postoffice. He is a graduate of Alton High School, and for a period Immediately before War II was employed in an air* plane plant. When a youthful burglary suspect was nabbed near the Robert A. Herb residence at 1228 Rock Spring terrace about 7:15 p. m. Monday, the arrest not. only brought solution of a burglary Sunday at the Herb home, but enabled the police to clear up four other recent burglaries. Police followed up the capture of the suspect xvlth four other arrests, and, at noon today, three of those apprehended were held to the grand jury In the Herb robbery. Admissions made by those in custody, Police Chief Galloway said today, definitely clear up five burglaries recorded since the opening of the new year,' and the arrests also have resulted In recovery of much of the loot. Last week police cleared up five other relatively minor burglaries by arrest of four juveniles whose cases have been referred to County Court. Thus the total of robberies solved within a week totals ten. With one exception, a burglary at Sportsman's tavern, Chief Galloway said, every break-in of recent date now has been cleared In a definite manner. In the burglary at the Herb home on Rock Spring terrace, Sunday, a shotgun, Mauser automatic pistol, and a bank containing about 500 pennies figured in the loot. Herb and police searched the area near his home yesterday. During this search, in the afternoon, Herb found a box of pennies at the base of a tree about 150 feet to the northwest of his premises which are close to Rock Spring park and Rock Spring Country club. 521 Pennies Policemen assigned to the case took charge of the box and it was found to contain 521 pennies and a nickel, apparently the pennies missing from Herb's home. Decision was -made to keep a watch on assumption someone concerned in the burglary would return for the pennies. It also was conjectured other articles taken might also have been hidden in the vicinity, but nothing was found. Early last evening Policemen C. Reno and Don Johnson were driving to the Herb home to set up a watch at the tree where the pennies had been discovered. Just at this moment,'members of the Herb family telephoned the police desk that someone was seen near the tree. The policemen, informed by radio, speeded their trip. Capture of the youthful suspect followed. Wore Pistol Holster The youth captured at the tree gave his name as Edward Lee O'Brien, 16, of 1306 East Fourth. Police said that, he was wearing a pistol holster which H«rb identified as missing from his home, having been taken with his pistol in the burglary. After his arrest, O'Brien led the police to a hiding place where he shotgun from the Herb home was recovered. Police said that the gun had been concealed under some leaves on the No. 9 fairway of Rock Spring Country club, not far from the easterly end of Fairway Drive. When recovered, the gun was covered with glistening frost that sparkled under the rays of police flashlights. O'Brien, police said, implicated two other youths in the Herb burglary, and in course of subsequent admissions clearing five burglaries also Implicated two young men, aged 23 and 26. All were arrested, the last being rounded up at 1:30 a. m. today. State Complaint The youths named by O'Brien were Gerald Wayne Edwards, 18, of 774 Park drive, and John Thomas Clayton, 18, of 1124 East Fourth, These two, with O'Brien, were named today in a state complaint charging them with burglary and larceny at the Herb home, and a warrant was issued by Police Magistrate Hawkins with approval of Assistant State's Attorney Reis. When taken into court at noon, the three youths waived preliminary hearing; after first offering to plead guilty, and were held by Magistrate Hawkins to the Circuit Court grand jury in bond of $5000 each. Parents were called Into the courtroom !for a conference as to whether bond could be made for their release. The two elder suspects remained under ihvestigation today, it was Police Chief Galloway, and It remained to be determined by further investigation just what part they might have had, if any, In the burglaries. Police said that as investigation proceeded last night, one of the adults picked up for questioning turned over to them a pistol, miss- Continued on Page t, Col. 4. Sales Clinic Sponsored by GAAC Will Be Held Feb. 3 Retailers, wholesalers and sales people of the greater Alton area are being asked to attend an all- day retail sales clinic Thursday, Feb. 3, 'sponsored by Greater Alton Association of Commerce and the University of Illinois, It was announced today by Howard Otstot, chairman of the GAAC retail committee. Joseph T. Meek, executive secretary of the Illinois Federation of Retail Associations, will speak at a banquet, to wind up the conference, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 801 Blair, at 6:30 p. m. Dr. Earl P. Strong, director, business management service, College of Commerce and Business Administration of the University of Illinois, will be the general chairman of this Greater Alton re- tallers conference and will guide the morning and afternoon meetings which will be held In the auditorium of the VWCA, 304 East Third. The morning session will open at 9 when registrations will take up about an hour. Formal opening will be at 10 when Dr. Strong will speak on Greater Alton's retail sales problems. This will be followed by Dr. Robert D. token of the university who will discuss the findings of a retail survey of the area. In the afternoon the meeting will open at 2, at which owners, managers and key sales people will hear Dr. Robert W. Walston discuss "Effective Retail Sales Techniques." This will be followed by a discussion period on "A Blueprint for Sales Training" conducted by Drs. Loken and Walston. The afternoon sessions will close at 4, followed by the banquet at the church. ' Notices to greater Alton retailers were placed in the mail this morning which Include a charge of 11 registration fee and $2 for the banquet tickets, Formal Invitations are unnecessary, as any retailer within the Alton area Is welcome to attend, and they may call the office of the Greater Alton Association of Commerce tor their reservations, Walter T. Woodcock, executive secretary of the GAAC stated today. Precinct Polls Designated For Vote on Library 27 Listed by Council for Referendum, Eight in School Buildings School buildings will be used more than ever before as polling places when the library question Is submitted next Saturday as a public referendum. After the City Council appointed polling places Dec. 28, using the same listing as for the city election last April, it was found that eight of these former polls would be unavailable. Accordingly, as its meeting last week, the council made eight changes in the original listing and In so doing It lidded five more schools structures and one college building to the array of polls. Lincoln, the Boals annex, Clara Barton, Horace Mann, and Dunbar schools, also the Shurtleff gymnasium, were made voting places for the referendum. On the original list were Rufus Easton school and Haskey house, the public school admlnlsrative center, so that, all told, referendum voters in eight districts, Saturday, will cast ballots in buildings used for educational purposes. Because the referendum falls on a Saturday, a school holiday, activities will be undisturbed by using schools as polls. In its seven wards, the city has a total of 27 voting precincts. The eight that will different in Saturday's election from those appointed for the biennial city election last spring are: Second district of Third ward: second and third of Fourth ward; third of Fifth ward; fourth of Sixth ward; and second, fourth, and fifth of Seventh ward. Voters in these districts should beware of past voting habits and watch their step as they set out to cast their referendum ballots Saturday. One of the oldest voting places, that now parses from the ken of voters is the former Turner Hall, now a warehouse; but in the main the changes in polls avoid the use of residences, always difficult to obtain for use as balloting spots. A home that thus has been eliminated 'after years of usage at successive elections is the Balster residence on Humbert in Northend Upper Alton. Another home crossed off the polls list is the Brown residence at Eighth and George. List of Booth* The lists of voting places as set up for the referendum is: POOLING PLACES First ward—Precinct 1, Union Storage & Transfer Co., State and Wall; Precinct 2 and 3, Water Tower Shelter House, 844 Danforth; Precinct 4, D. of U. V. Hall, 2334 State. Second ward—Precinct 1, Winkler Tire Co., 701 Belle; Precinct 2, Rufus Easton School, Nelson and Gesche; Precinct 3, No. 3 Hose House, 2411 State. , Third ward— Precinct 1, City Hall, Third and Alby; Precinct 2, Lincoln School, 1021 Alton; Precinct 3, Hyndman's Garage 1229 Alby. Fourth ward—Precinct 1, Nash Auto show room, 512 E.' Broadway; Precinct 2, Alton Real Estate, 716 East Fourth; Precinct 3, Boals Building, 502 East Sixth; Precinct 4, Klinke Building, Sixth and Oak. Fifth ward—Precinct. 1, Hell- rungs Shelter House, 707 Central; Precinct 2, Carter Bros., 1400 East Broadway; Precinct 3, Clara Barton School, 409 Main; Precinct 4, Zimmerman Residence, 1313 Pearl. Sixth ward—Precinct 1, Haskell House, 1211 Henry; Precinct 2, Manshold Residence, 1209 Highland; Precinct 3, No. 2 Hose House, 1417 Central; Precinct 4, Geo. Harris, 2121 Johnson. Seventh ward—P r e c i n c t 1, Robertson's Garage, 1211 Pine; Precinct 2, Horace Mann School, 2708 Edwards* Precinct 3, Fire Department, 2422 College; Precinct 4, Dunbar School, 2309 Washington; Precinct 5, Shurtleff College Gym., Annex Street. Little Hope (or Entombed Miner MAHANOY CITY, Pa., Jan. 17, (Jft— At the risk of their own lives, a small band of rescue workers inched to within a dozen feet of an entombed c°oal miner today. They said they expect to reach Edward Burda, 25, late this afternoon, but they have little hope he is still alive. Burda was trapped by a rock slide last Friday, 120 feet below the surface in an anthracite slope. A brother, Jqseph, 36, was rescued early Sunday from a spot 55 feet down. Veteran miners said there remains a chance Eddie is in an open space behind his coal car. It was possible, they said, the car may have stopped enough of the debris to save htm from being crushed to death. Three of five Burda brothers were working In the small independent mine when the rock slide occurred. Casmlr Burda, 32, was close to the entrance and managed to run for help. Joseph noted Eddie was partially trapped and went to help him, A second rock slide trapped Joseph before he could reach his brother. Forty hours later, the rescue workers—encouraged by the sound of dynamite blasts set off underground by Joseph Burda — pulled him to safety. Senate Rejects Substitute For OleoTaxRepeal WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 — UP)— Backers of straight-out, repeal of oleomargarine taxes today beat a dairy state substitute, 48 to 37, in a Senate test. The margin Indicated the oleomargarine repeaters had control of the Senate and eventually would put. through their measure, already passed by the House. But Sen. Langer, (R-ND) whose state is a big dairy producer, planned an effort to tack "civil rights" amendments to the repealer. Debate on this could -run at length — and perhaps lead to defeat of the measure. Debate on the bill, the first major legislation to be taken up at this session, started two weeks ago. It. would repeal taxes of 10 cents a pound on yellow oleomargarine and of one-quarter cent a pound on the uncolored variety, as well as occupational taxes on manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. The amendment to cut excise taxes back to 1942 levels on such items as jewelry, furs, cosmetics, light bulbs, transportation tickets, photographic equipment, admissions, telephone calls and telegrams was offered by Sen. Butler (R-Neb.). It was accepted as part of the substitute by Sen. Wiley (R-Wis.) one of the chief sponsors. Not all the dairy state senators agreed with him that it would bolster their chances. Democrats OK Formosa Policy Of President Coal Walkout ThreatensStecl, ea^. ^**. c ,--,000 Ordered hreatensMeel. „. . 4 Power Output To Flee Flood Area; cruciWoTi^rr, cuMi,, g /Vo />a n#e r #e re Operations 25 Percent , ._. ..- WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 UP) — Senate Democrats united today behind President. Truman's "hands-off" policy on Formosa. Sen. Lucas of Illinois, the Democratic leader, said a party caucus showed that all of the Democrats support, the stand of the President and Secretary of State Acheson in refusing to give military aid to the Chinese Nationalists on the island. "The Democrats think the State Department and the President are definitely right in the actions they have taken," Lucas told reporters. "The Democrats are fearful that any intervention there ultimately will mean war." Republicans have taken the lead in sharp criticism of the President for refusing to move to secure Formosa, an island 100 miles off the China coast, against attacks by Chinese Communists. The reported agreement followed a suggestion from Sen. George (D-Ga) that. Moscow may be calling all the signals for the Chinese Communists' treatment of American diplomats. And a Republican senator, who asked that he not be identified by name, said of the previous internment of Americans and the recent seizure of the Peiping consulate: "I don't think these are isolated incidents. I believe they are part of a pattern." Another Democrat, Sen. O'Connor of Maryland, denounced the Communist, seizure of the American consulate as "outrageous." O'Connor demanded that the U. S. block admissoin of Communist China into the United Nations. He also urged, in a statement last night, "a forthright announcement that the United States has no intention, now or in the future, of giving recognition to the (Chinese) Communist, regime." George, acting chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters he hopes Secretary of State Acheson "may be able to give us some information on what influence Moscow has" In the situation in China. Acheson previously has said that Russia is taking over North China areas, including Manchuria, as a part of Communistic imperialism. The committee had scheduled a meeting with Acheson for Thursday to receive a report on the China developments. But it was postponed until next week at George's request. Senator Connally (D-Tex), chairman of the committee, is visiting in Texas and George said too many Continued on Page 2, Col. 5. Weather Montly cloudy and rather windy this afternoon, tonight and Wednesday with occasional rain. Warmer today and tonight; continued mild Wednesday hut becoming colder in late afternoon or at night. Highest today about 45 lowest Wednesday morning near 40; highest in afternoon about 50. Shipper*' forecast: North 18-22, above freecing all other directions. Extended five-day forecast: Temperatures will average 8-6 degrees below normal, normal maximum S3 north to 48 south, normal minimum 14 north to 24 south. Above normal hut turning- colder Wednesday, colder Thursday. Rising trend Friday but turning voider over weekend. Precipitation will average one-quarter to three-quarters Inch occurring as snow north and rain south Wednesday and as snow north and rain or snow south Friday or Saturday. •River W Bureau < • m Sea i*v«! 1 • m iZtro 385.48 in. c.i Lock * Dam IS Stage 12.14 Ft. Pool 418.42 Kail 1.22 Ft. Tailwater 407.62 79,000 Miners Idle PITTSBURGH, Jan. 17. (JP\ — j The coal strike which has idled , 79,000 miners In six states today I cut into si eel production and threatened a power shortage In 1 Pittsburgh. i Crucible Si eel Company of ! America said its plant at nearby Midland, Pa., is cutting operations 25 percent. Power Rationing Coiinidrrcd At almost the same time, the Duquesne Light Co, warned all major industries in the greater Pittsburgh area to prepare to close their plants by Friday night if rationing of electric power bf- comes necessary. In Washington, President Truman rejected an appeal by Sen. Brewster (R-Me) that he use the Tart-Hartley Act against. John L. Lewis to end the strike. Crucible Steel, which employes 13,000 at plants at Midland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, N. Y., is the first steel producer to curtail production in the nation's latest coal strike. 300 Industrie* Affected More than 300 major industries, including many steel plants, would lose all electrical power If Du- qucsne Light decides to shut, off supplies to industry to conserve power to domestic users. The coal strike spread to new areas as roving pickets stopped at several mines svhich were working. I Five additional steel company ! mines employing 1800 were forced ' to close in Alabama. Almost, all | the 7300 miners who refused to ! work in Alabama are employed by either the United States Steel Corp. or Republic Steel Corp. I About 50,600 Pennsylvania soft 1 coal diggers are staying at liome out of the state's total of 100,000. Motorized bands of pickets extended the no contract, no work strike to central Pennsylvania • where two Cambria County pits : and three in Indiana County were j forced to close. The Cambria mines are owned by Bethlehem i Steel Co. Police Force Strengthened Twenty state policemen were i brought into the county to sup! plement a six-man force detailed i to patrol rural roads. There have been numerous reports of roving pickets in the area. One district official of the United JMine Workers is striving to get the miners back at. work in line with UMW President John L. Lewis' suggestion they end their , strike. | District 4 president, Cecil J. Ur- jbanik, called officers of 110 Loj cal unions .to a Thursday meet| ing at Monongah, W. Va. He ex- I pressed confidence that when min; ors "understand the program of the union they will return to work." , About 10,500 West Virginia mln- • ers «re out in the strike which • began a week ago yesterday over ! dissatisfaction with the UMW's in! ability to obtain a new contract. Mass Meeting Called In western Pennsylvania, where 47,000 of the district's 56,000 miners stopped work, a mass meeting of miners was called to Brownsville, Pa., Thursday. Committeeman Althone Brown of Maxwell local of the union refused to say why the meeting was called. Brown said action of the Union Supply Co., a U. S. Steel subsidiary, in cutting off miners' credit at. mining town stores is bringing new hardship to diggers' families. "We had to send children off to school hungry around here today," Brown said. Predicts Strike Will Spread Another UMW leader predicted the mine strike would spread. John Ozanich, president of the 2400-mcmber local at the Robena mine in Greene County, Pa., declared those miners still working in the area won't be working long. He asserted: "They'll go out, too. Or we'll see that they go "out. We've got plenty of cars for picket duty." He was referring to the miners' roving picket practice. Motorized caravans, leap frog fashion, routinely check various mines in the area. Ozanich predicted the strike will Continued on Page 2, Col. 2. Filed Petitions FirstDayListed SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 17. UP>— Downstate candidates who filed nominating petitions with the secretary of state's office yesterday include (X-denotes incumbent): Representative in Con grow 13th District: Dem.—None. Rep. —Ralph E. Church (x) Evanston. 14th: Dem.—None. Rep. Chauncey W. Reed (x). 15th: Dem.—Wayne F. Caskey LaSallc. Rep—Noah M. Mason (x). 16th: Dem.—Richard G. Myrland, Rockford. Rep.—Leo E. Allen (x). 17th: Dem.—None. Rep. Leslie C. Arends (x). 18th: Dem—Walter Durley Boyle Hennipen. Rep. Harold H. Velde (x). 19th: Dem.—None. Rep.—Robert B. Chiperfield (x); W. Don Jones, Rock Island. 20th: Dem.—Howard Manning, Jerseyville. Rep. — Sid Simpson (x). 21st: Dem.—Peter F. Mack jr. (x). Rep. — Joseph L. Moore, Springfield; Benjamin S. DeBoice, Springfield; Ivan J. Falconer, Springfield. 22nd: Dem.—None. Rep.—William L. Springer, Champaign; Louis L. Mason, Decatur. 23rd: Dem. — None. Rep.— None. fe 24th: Dem.—John David Upchurch, Eldorado. Rep.—Charles. W. Vursell (x). 25th: Dem.—Melvin Price (x). Ren.—None. 26lh: Dem.—Kenneth J. Gray, West Frankfort; John W. Reps, Carterville. Rep.—C. W. (Runt) Bishop (x); Lucius S. Smith, Du- Quoin; Ray J. Hawkins, Marion. State Senator 33rd District: Dem.—None. Rep —Charles F. Carpentier (x) East Moline. 35th: Dem.—None. Rep.—Dennis J. Collins (x) Dekalb. 37th: Dem. — None. Rep.— Frank P .Johnson, Kewanes; Or ville G. O. Chapman, Bradford. 39th: Dem. — None. Rep.— Fred J. Hart, Streator; Elmer P Hitter, Ottawa. 41st: Dem.—Sam Perry, Glen Ellyn; Dominic A. Romano, Jollet Rep.—Lottie Holman O'Neill, Dow ners Grove; James W. Barr, Joliet 43rd: Dem.—None. Rep.—Wai lace Thompson (x) Galesburg. 45th: Dem. — K. O. (Kenny) Holmes, Springfield. Rep.—Leon- Continued on Page 11, Col. 1. Starlet to Quit Films, Attend Church School HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 17. UP) — "The glamor and money of Hollywood are unimportant," says 21- year-old Colleen Townsend, who is giving up the films "to devote my life in serving Christ the best way 1 can." Miss Townsend, starring with Dan. Dailey in a forthcoming picture, declared: "Giving up a Hollywood career may seem like nonsense to some people. I had thought that perhaps I could serve Christ through motion pictures. But I have decided that I can serve him if I give all my time to him." A member of the Hollywood Presbyterian Church, Miss Townsend said she felt, it unfair to sign her studio contract, for another year because she plans to go to theological school. Her contract expires next month. Colleen doesn't know what she will do when she finishes school. "I will just let the Lord lead me. It may be that I will go into missionary work, or Christian education, or that I will just try to be a good Christian wife," .IIUNOIS TOWN THREATENED—Flood waters of the Wabash river edge into Maunie, a southern Illinois town of 500. Residents of this and nearby communities have been advised to evacuate by army engineers. The curving channel of the river is shown in this aerial photo.—AP Wirephoto. 10 Army Trucks Sent to Missouri Points to Pick Up Residents; Levee Plug May Be Blasted Br THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The army engineers and the Red Cross ordered 12,000 persons to get out of a low floodway today as emergency plans went Into e^ feet to fight the biggest Mississippi flood threat in 13 years. Forty army trucks from Charleston, Mo., rolled to the extreme north end of the floodway, situated between New Madrid and Bird* Point, Mo. They were to pick up residents of that area. That is where a levee plug may be blasted out. Muddy river water be blnsetd out. Muddy river waters will then flow into the low basin area. This will relieve the pressure on the river dikes downstream. The decision to dynamite the plug was yet to be made. Engineers said the evacuation'order was precautionary. 136,000 Acres In Floodway The floodway is 136,000 acres in extent. The rain-swollen tributaries ot the great river have made it rise slowly up its levees. (While floor conditions prevailed in the southern area of Illinois, the Alton area was free of high water, with the Mississippi stage at Alton dam declining 1.22 feet from Monday's moderate level of 408.84) The Wabash and the Ohio rivers were rising today. Sweating crews sandbagged in southern Indian* and Illinois to keep their levee walls above the lapping river crests. Vincennes May Be Saved Vincennes, Ind., expects a flood crest of 28 Mi to 29 feet by Friday. Army engineers say they may save the town from inundation If the crest doesn't go above 30 feet. The normal flood bulwarks are 29 feet high. Schoolboys helped other volunteers as sandbagging preparations continued. Hundreds are homeless.. .some of them quartered in box cars... in Illinois, Indiana, and Arkansas. The victims are from the banks of the Wabash, the Little Wabash, and the Illinois shore of the Ohio. Snowshoed residents of northern Michigan plodded around in 28 Inches of fresh snow. Dense fog, clouds, and drizzle covered most of Texas but temperatures there were from the upper 40s to thf Elsewhere in inequation, rain and snow plagued northern California and the downpour Is expected to reach as far south as the San Joaquin valley of central California. Intermittent Shows continued in the snow-blanketed Pacific Northwest. Colder weather swept Into parts of the southland. Below zero cold still held northern border states in its grip. • Vincennes was putting up a stiff fight against the river, which was inches below the 29 foot floodwall. If the river should spill over, large residential sections would be affected first. The river crested, last night further upstream at Terre Haute, but the crest was moving southward toward Vincennes. More Rain Expected The Ohio river continued • steady rise in southern Illinois. More rain is expected tomorrow la the Ohio valley. At Rosiclare, 111., water covered Front St. and 40 business houses closed or their stocks were moved to . higher ground. About 250 of the 2QOO residents were homeless. Old Shawneetown, 111., was Isolated. Truck, boat and automobile relays took food and mall into the town. In the Carmi, 111., area, the Red, Cross used trucks, boats and men to evacuate reticent* of Maunie, Rising Sun, Concord and New Haven, 111., all on the Wabash or Uttie Wabash. About two-thirds ot the 1450 residents of the four towns refused to leave their homes. Residents who have been evacuated are living in private homes or box cars at Carmi. Biggent Fight Sine* 1M1 . U. S. Engineers girded for thf biggest fight on the lower Mississippi since 1937. District engineer* warned that about 12,000 persona in the 200-square mile area of the Birds Point-New Madrid may have to evacuate on short notice if thf river is opened into the floodway there to relieve the river pressure at Cairo and other towns further north. The engineers ordered personnel into an area ranging from 39 milea above Cairo, 111., to 142 miles below. They directed the personnel to "establish headquarters, install communications and perfect organization" for a flood fight. The river gauge at Cairo Inched upward toward a 55.5 foot crest expected Thursday. The river al- •eady was 14 feet above, flood stage and less than five feet below the 1937 high. Ohio Falling a* Cincinnati Upstream, the Ohio river crested at 51.1 feet at 4 p. m. yesterday at Cincinnati. It started to fall slow* y early today. Flood stage there s 52 feet. Winds up to 65 miles en hour whipped rain and snow across northern California last night in the third successive storm in a lit* le more than a week. The down* xmr was expected to continue to* day and tomorrow. Planes dropped food to livestock marooned In thf Bald mountain area of northern California. In the Pacific Northwest, tbf weather bureau forecast more Intermittent snows for at lent en» other 48 hours. The snow storm started with a 20 inch cover blow* n by e biisMrd last Friday. Af he sub-normal weather continued, Continued en raft I. Oei I*

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