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Today's Chuckle Quote of the Day Judge: "Now tell me why yon stole that purse." Defendant: "Your honor, I wasn't feeling well, and I thought the change might do me some good." Aim Evangelist Billy Graham, after sen ices for CIs on Korean battlefront: "When I saw the tiredness In their eyes, the lines on the faces that should' be young, I had to turn away. I was weeping." Wednesday, December 24, 1952 THE SECOND FRONT PAGE Page 3 increase in sciioo. To Go o: of the Page alio Hie f-Sunny Side lax ::xzfm'z J v; ' B 31 Court Act Offers Hope V - A'- v : ' wmMfmzz l ; ! r i '-'' . f If A-" -. W J urn l :kZ?'-y- Wf 'ottf-ii .? H Pvih- yTh - M,. $9,000,000 Extra Is Sought Would Just Hold Line, Board Sajs BY JOHN GRIFFITH Free rrtti Sort Wrttw Detroit voters will be asked to approve next spring $9,000,-000 more in extra school taxes. But the School Board freely admitted Tuesday that even this amount of tax money "can't do the job." Mrs. Laura T. Osborn, president of the Board of Education, said "we only asked for what we expect to get." "We really think the voters will go for it and the interests will go for it." MRS. OSBORN gave the sentiments of the seven-man School Board to the Free Press after the members voted to ask for 44 extra mills for 10 years at the April election. Detroit's Board of Education was fared with the fact that the Z'j-mlll program for five years will expire in 1954. At the tame time, school population Is exported to Increase to 300,000 by 1960. Wayne University also Is supported out of the total budget. The present figure is 250,000 boys and girls. Many of them are housed in buildings more than SO years old. The city's population, yf 'w vft -i . ' : I 'r "'in J"- A MRS. EVELYN COLLIER GOES TO JAIL Trapped when youngsters forgot training Child Shoplifters Fail Stepmother Downtown Dazzling Gifts Confuse Youngsters; Store Clerks Break Up Operation BY JOE DOWDALL ' Fire Prut Staff Writer Two children working for their Fagin stepmother flunked out Tuesday on their first downtown job. The beautiful gifts in the J. L. Hudson Co. store so dazzled them that they forgot their training. ' 1 -.! f " " I Mrs. Evelyn Collier, i.ni rii -.i i r - - ,.m miss; t. jmnmnAMi: .--. . 'NIPPER' GETS A HUG FROM ESTRAL BEACH OWNER Lost since spring floods, doc: Is spotted in Fre Press EVICTION DELAYED Widow Gets to Keep Home for Christmas Santa's Present Amazed Santa A flabbergasted Santa Claus in Dyersburg, Tenn., found himself giving away $500 that was sent to him by Santa Claus. No foolin'! The sidewalk Santa, a genial portly fellow, had been hired by the town's merchants to sit in a cheerful igloo and dispense wisdom for the small fry. As he was so engaged, a postman stopped by and handed him an envelope. Inside were 100 checks, each made out for $5, and all signed by no other Santa Claus ! A note said to give them away. The dazed sidewalk Santa immediately hung up his "Out to Feed the Reindeer" sign and hurried to the n e a r e s t Chamber of Commerce office. , The secretary there called the bank on which the checks were drawn and asked what was up with the Santa Claus check routine. He swooned slightly as the man at the bank replied: "It's no gag. Those checks are as good as gold." Old Pete Retired To Green Pasture Peace and green pastures in old age are ahead for one of the best-loved inhabitants of Newark, N. J. So there'll be no inglorious end in the glue factory for Pete, equine favorite of Newark and pal of his rider, Patrolman John Reno. Pete was ordered killed by the Police veterinarian. Reno went to his boss, Commissioner John B. Keenan, who contacted the legal department, and Newark came up with a law. The horse could be declared surplus property and sold for $1, with a special resolution by City Council. Reno found a kindly buyer with an estate of rolling acres, and Pete has a new country home. The old trooper doesn't have to turn a hoof the rest of his life. The agreement provides Pete "cannot be used for menial tasks." Letters Clicer Seal, Workers Along with contributions to the Christmas Seal Sale hundreds of nice letters come in to cheer the workers. Each year, of course, there are three or four complaints from people who say they gave "once for all." They are not aware that the seal drive is not a part of the United Foundation drive and was indorsed as a separate effort since the TB society's work in no way conflicts with the UF's program. On the other hand, the workers are heartened by letters from Old Age pensioners apologetic that they can't send more, from people who along with their donation tell of the benefits their families have received from the TB program. One woroan who sent $10 wrote, "It happens my hus band is, in the American Legion Hospital . . . with this ailment you are fighting. I , have notified all friends and relatives that there will be no Christmas presents from us this year. I am going to give everything I can afford to your worthy cause." Mrs. Elizabeth Leidel, 65-year-old widow, will have a Christmas. To Browes Kidnaping, 2 Deaths, Fire Hit Family The tragedy - ridden Browe family struck back Tuesday at the cruel fate that has plagued the family with a kidnaping, two accidental deaths and a fire. Robert Browe, 51, of 20055 Powers, Dearborn Township, was appointed special administrator of the meager estate of his mother, Mrs. Marion Burgett. THE ACTION by Probate Judge James H. Sexton will enable Browe to effect an Insurance settlement on the damage to the family home, which was owned by Mrs. Burgett. She died Dec. 16 in Wayne County General Hospital. Browe's attorney, Carl C. Matheny, said the family has been receiving help from the Dearborn Kiwanis Club but that the home, damaged Dec 16 in a fire, remained unrepaired because of Mrs. Burgett's death. The Browe family troubles be gan In 1938 when Buddy Browe, then 19 months old, was kidnaped from his carriage in Clark Park. No trace of the child was found. Two years ago, Browe's wife, Alice, then 40, waa killed In an auto accident. Browe Also was injured and has been unable to work. THE FAMILY was taken care of by another son, Charles, 24, until he was killed in a truck collision last February. Browe, with' eight of his 11 surviving children, are living on Charles' Insurance money. The fire this month routed Browe and two children, Irene, 17. and Louise, 5, from the burning home. The other six children were in school. " Browe's attorney said the home has been without heat since the fire because of the difficulties in dealing with insurance represen Natives. PRICE UP Planning To Buy Some Tom-Toms? With only a modicum of interest. Common Council learned Tuesday that the price of tomtoms is going up. The information was submitted in a memo from the . Bloom Bros. Co., which furnishes oddments of equipment to the city. It noted that the little drums, formerly a hot buy at $30 a gross, had shot up in price to $35 a hundred. COUNCIL PASSED this notice without question but Hazen Funk, commissioner of the Department of Purchases and Supplies, was stopped immediately by reporters who wished to know the city's needs for tom-toms. Funk excused himself and phoned his office. He returned triumphant. "They" are sold as souvenirs at the Zoo." he said. Hotel Manager Fails to Gain Charles Lott, 76, manager of the Detroit Leland Hotel, remained in critical condition Tuesday in Receiving Hospital. He has a bullet wound near his heart. The wounded man was found Monday in the bathtub of his suite at the hotel a .45-caliber pistol at his side. He has been ill. Land Price Set In Condemnation A condemnation jury in Re corder's Court Tuesday granted , $664,250 for three parcela of land j between Monroe and Cadillac on I Randolph. . ( j The land was ' sought for the i widening of Randolph in a move to eliminate a traffic bottleneck at the Gratiot intersection. I 'J V f Free Press Reunites Dog With Family Last spring the severe floods along Michigan's shoreline drove Mr. and Mrs. Walter Schwartz from their Estrsl Beach home. They moved, with their four children, into a relative's home in Monroe. The next day they discovered the family dog, Nipper, was missing. THINKING THEIR pet had drowned, the Schwartz children Ruth. 12. Walter, Jr., 10, David, 4, and Francis, 2 were heartsick. Tuesday morning Schwartz glanced at the back page of the Free Press and saw a picture feature of dogs held at the Detroit Dog Pound. One of them was Nipper. Schwartz, a trucker, hustled to the Pound and retrieved the animal. Where he came from, no one knows or cares. "This is the best Christmas present our kids could get," Schwartz said as he headed for home. 4 More Seek Oakman's Council Post Charles G. Oakman, congressman-elect, will leave at least eight contestants for his Common Council job behind when he goes to Washington. Four more filed for the post Tuesday. They were: Gertrude Clark, of 2424 Hoi-comb, a registered nurse, former school teacher and Detroit resident since 1916: Frank A. Lubin-ski, 39, of 8052 Ewald Circle, owner of an insurance business. World War II veteran and father of four; John Lesinski, of 5240 Carpenter, and Stanley Novak, of 5543 Moran. 't : 1 too, is shifting to the outskirts, where schools are Inadequate. Mrs. Osborn said the additional money would be used to build more school buildings and to reduce class size. She said that the price of mtaeriala is increasing and more children must be accommodated. "THIS IS not going to solve our problem," she said. "It will not provide housing in 10 years. It will not reduce class size in 10 years. "It will not do what we want to do it will only enable us to hold our ground." "It can't do the job because we're so far behind. But it will ! alleviate the situation. We think the public will approve because we did such a good job with our 2'i mills." SCHOOL OFFICIALS mean- : while admitted that all might be lost if the voters thought the demand excessive. Should It be approved, It will mean in effect that Detroit will have Its first $100,000,000 school budget In 1955-1936. For the home owner with a house valued at $10,000, the additional 2 mills will result in an added payment of $20. Of course, it is understood that this is added to the additional $25 they have ; been paying: , tor the past few years. DURING THE present year, locally raised school taxes amounted to $47,000,000. To this was added money from the State from the schools' share of the sale tax and from grants in aid. But already voices of discontent were being heard. The teachers retirement fund, which gets about $2,300,000 a year out of the school budget, had expected a straight allocation of one mill out of the added taxes. They did not get a straight I away commitment. I Some quarters have been saying (that Detroit's school building 'costs are too high. In fajt, the 1 present school construction program has been sharply criticized i by Mrs. Jane Lovejoy, a board ' member. Teachers too, have raised the question of higher salaries. They are now getting about $6,000 a year at the maximum. A major- ity of them are at me maximum figure. Department bars one fourth Extension Of Freeway Still in Air Common Council's merry-go-round on the proposed eastern extension of the Edsel Ford Express way continued to whirl in reverse Tuesday. Refusal of Mayor Cobo, in Tucson, to add his recommendation to the only remaining; proposed route blocked a Council vote sched uled on the matter at the formal session Tuesday night. BF THE END of Tuesday morning's commttee-of-the-whole session, Council had agreed to: J Consider a request for another hearing from interested East Side property owners. 2 Study a timetable of construction requested of Glenn C. Richards, expressway coordinator; ' 3 Study a report on the total houses moved, destroyed or condemned thus far In expressway construction; awards paid to date to property owners who were In the way of expressway construction. 4 Study a report by factions favoring overhead expressways. Richards was asked to have the entire compilation of statistics for council by Monday. Needy Family Pledged Aid Of Cub Scouts Cub Scouts of Troy Township have absorbed the ti;ue meaning; of Christmas this year in an un- j selfish effort for a needy family, i They have pledged their Christ- j mas pocket and gift money for j the Jullettes, whom the Den moth- j ers have been looking after since : the death of John Juliette last! July. A POLIO victim, he left his wife, Sybil, and-- his children. Donna, 12; David, 10; Brenda, 8; Charlene, 6; Dale and Gail, twins, 4; Lyle, 2, and John, six months. The family, which never has asked for help, lives at 4323 For-sythe. Detroiter Named To Union Post Pete Hann, of Detroit, has been elected a member of the national executive board of the Brewery Workers Union (CIO), it was announced. Hann is a business representative of Detroit Local 181. , 8, of 11629 E. Jefferson, was jailed and the children, Dorothy, 10, and John, 9, were placed in the Juvenile Detention Home. They were arrested when Dorothy became so enthralled by the merchandise she bobbled a theft and drew the attention of sales clerks. MRS. COLLIER told Policewoman Margaret Heaney that she and the children came to Detroit three months ago from Sweetwater, Tenn., to join her husband, Bernard, 35, a factory worker. W hen Bernard didn't show a fondness for steady work, Mrs. Collier said, she conceived the Idea of training the children In : shoplifting. They started in neighborhood variety stores and small grocery shops. MAMA TAUGHT them to work as a team. Dorothy and John would cany a shopping bag, each holding a handle. They would slip the articles under their coats and later drop them into the bag. Whenever they failed to bring home an article mentioned by Mrs. Collier the children were Slnpped around, Dorothy told police. Finally Mrs. Collier decided the children were ready for bigger and better stores. "I wanted them to have nice things for Christmss," she explained. First they visited a dime store on Woodward. Dorothy filched a flashlight for her brother and a necklace for her mother. John didn't THEN THEY were ready for Hudson's. First, they worked their specialty of taking shoes, with Dorothy taking one and John the other. The shoes were for tnhn and there were slippers for Dd. Dorothy snitched a pair of panties for Mama. John got a bottle of perfume, the likes of which Sweetwater never whiffed. THEN DOROTHY saw a display of belts and forgot everything she had learned. She dropped her grip on the bag and pilfered two belts. A sales clerk saw her. Mama saw the development and became enraged. She slapped Dorothy and reprimanded her so loudly and created such confusion that other clerks rushed up. ' There they were attracted immediately by the shopping bag held by John with the unwrapped merchandise. The arrest followed. The children are Bernard Collier's by a previous marriage. Mrs. Collier is held for investigation of cruelty to children. AND ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE NOT A CREATURE UAS STIRR1N6 happy still be living at 13657 Troester, been fighting to keep. Mrs. Leidel's happiness waa unbounded Tuesday evening when she attended a small Christmas party with friends and neighbors. Among those who did not attend was her son, Leonard, of 22RA1 P. van Pmler Line VL'hn nnlH the home from under his mother j in what Circuit Judge Vincent M. Brennan called a-"fraud." MRS. LEIDEL several years ago deeded the home to Leonard with the understanding, she testified at an eviction hearinjr. that she could rm. thpl nr f '.., . her life. But Leonard sold the property to the Ray L. Balchas for $9,000. When Mrs. Leidel refused to vacate the new owners sued. "They'll carry me to my grave," said the arthritis-ridden Mrs. Leidel when Judge Brennan ruled she must vacate. ! T.. T..J- V j! to a rehearing in the case and that spurred the Christmas party. Prominent at the party was Attorney Douglas Leo Paterson, who has waged an astute legal fight to save the home for Mrs. Leidel. THE 'PARTY was arranged by Mr. and Mrs. William E. Grutze, of 4730 Grandy, neighbors who put I up their home to cover a bond ' required for Paterson to appeal ! Judge Brennan's original decision, j "This is the best Christmas ! present In the world," sobbed j Mrs. Leidel when Informed by Paterson that Judge Brennan j had granted a rehearing. But her happiness may be shortlived. Attorney G. Norman Gil-1 more, who represents the Burton ' Abstract Co., insurer of the title ! for the new purchasers, is equally adamant that Mrs. Leidel vacate. Mrs. Leidel's sole income is from Old Age Assistance. So far Leonard has failed to comply with Judge Brennan's original ruling that he turn over $5,000 of the 19,000 sale price to his mother, I i Bribe Attempt -n f-w-y She's happy because she will a lVa-story house that she has Soldier Loses Life in Korea; Five Wounded The Defense Department Tuesday released the name of one Michigan serviceman killed in Korea. Five were wounded. rt.M. T ,rro7. ;,.. htw deus S. Szukala, whose brother Killed in action was Pvt. Thad Jerome lives at loooo tveysione. Army wounded are Pfca. Willie G. Peterson, of 8450 W. Jefferson, and Kenneth D. Moore, of Otsego, and Pvt. Walter Kieronski, Jr., of 6836 Calhoun, Dearborn. Navy wounded are Jerome J- Soltys, HM3, of 3527 McKinley, and Samuel J. Wesaw, of Hartford. City May Hall Lift Blot Detroit's leading fire trap may lose its title soon. Common Council, at formal session, unanimously approved a bid of $45,700 to inclose stairways in 'the City Hall as a safety measure and to replace antiquated elevators. The City Government has been red-faced for six years because it enforces fire safety rules rigorously for private properties while neglecting its own official house. Awarded the job was the Killfoile - Wendeln Construction Co. Gillis Files For Primary Recorder's Judge Joseph A Gillis filed his nominating peti- tions Tuesday with City Clerk Thomas Leadbetter. Recorder's Judge John P. Scsl-len is the only member of that bench who has not yet filed his mienuun io compete in me spring election Deadline for filing Dec. 29. I Potomac Fever WASHINGTON Tho Justice ls!iriims lerm of the crew of the French liner Liberte from shore leave here because of the McCarran Act. Lafayette, we are here alone. 0 The White House says President Truman will leave for Independence, Mo., immediately after Eisenhower is sworn in. Harry is anxious to hurry home and get at Ms papers before the historians do. e It's revealed that Ike is startling visitors by releasing mechanical grasshoppers on his desk. Don't say they didn't warn us, men if 1953 turns out to be the year of the locust. e Senator Paul Douglas says the Democratic Party shouldn t try to turn conservative. It should keep the fires of liberalism forever alive as long as there's a single dollar left to burn. Others, beside sending money, gay they are praying for "success in your splendid work." One man wrote he was suffering from something nearly as bad asTB "calendar-itis," which had put him on the sidelines as a worker at 65. And, somehow, a letter to Santa Claus from a little boy named Stephen got sent along to the Christmas Seal workers. The Free Pres welcomes contribution for "The Sunny Side o' the Page." Surely yon know people who do things to brighten np life as they go along! Let us hear about It bv writing "Sonny Side," Detroit Free Press, Detroit II, Mich. Tittt'f ir- l TWAS THE ( NiSt-fT BEF05E BEPORE I CONTINUE , HERE VI I ( WOULD UX) LIKE TCA MS A BR'EP WOW PRO J V. BUY A MAGAZINE? j TTHE SPONK-j 1 WOULD TOO LIKE TO BUY A AVASAZlNE cv Found guilty of a $10,000 bribe attempt, Dominique Albertini, 44, a "native of Marseilles, was sentenced Tuesday to a year and a I day by Federal Judge Frank A. Picard. Judge Picard also ordered the prisoner deported. Arrested last Sept. 7 for illegal entry into the United States from Canada, Albertini offered the bribe to Immigration Officer Peter Car.gemi. j Adiai Stevenson's aides announce that he'll make a world tour in the spring. Stevenson is a grateful man and wants to visit personally every precinct he carried. fMalier Knebel

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