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PUBLIC LIBRARY APR - 9 1947IIEtRO FINAL RAIN Be a dark, dank day but warm San rises 6:W3 m. m.: Sim H) T:Ofl o. m. DETROIT TEMPERATURES DETROIT BACKS GREEK LOAN Vandenberg Opens Senate Debate With Urgent Plea for Aid to Greece. See Page 3. T am. 34 20 m m 40 1 p m. 45 p m. 46 v p m. 44 10 pm. 41 8 a.m. 35 11 m. 45 2 p m. 7 5 p.m. 46 8 p.m. 44 11 p.m. 40 P 12 3 6 a.m. 37 noon 45 p.m. 47 p.m. 45 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 1947 On Guard for Over a Century Vol. 116 No. 340 Five Cents 8 p.m. 41 12 m. 40 IV I IT vHLluliy i t 'LI Tax Split jUpheld by 'High Court Schools and Cities to Get Extra Cash BY OWEN C. DEATRICK Of Oar Lansing Bureau ' LANSING The Michigan Su (preme Court upheld unanimously (the legality of the constitutional amendment that gives cities, echools and townships one-third 'of the sales tax revenue. ! Legislators who had hoped the 'court would decide that the tax- diversion plan either didn't mean 'what it said or didn't take effect until next July were downcast. THE COURT held that the I division started on Dec. o, one ! month after the amendment was approved by the electorate. At stake was $17,062,000 or one-i third of the sales tax collected between Dec. 5 and April 1. . Gov. Sigler declined immediate .comment. He indicated that the decision might make mandatory inew taxe3 to balance the state ( budget. The amendment had been f challenged on grounds that it was not legally submitted and i had other technical defects. ! Regarding the formula for giv-fjng the schools as much money as jthey previously received plus one-'eixth of the sales tax, the court (ruled that this section of the amendment was "mandatory but I (not self-executing." Legislative 1 action thus becomes necessary. I The court held that the rest of (the amendment was self-executir.g. (Sales-Tax Decision Hailed by Jeffries ! Mavor Jeffries hailed the de cision upholding the sales-tax amendment. "I feel it is very wholesome to know that the will of the public has not been thwarted by technicalities," he said. The Supreme Court's action means that teachers will be assured of raises. I General Citv revenues increased by $7,700,000. will be Girl Kidnaped Sin Chicago in 1945 Is Found CHICAGO (U.R) Mary Ann jKubon, 5, who was kidnaped from a boarding house here in 1945, (was found by G-men in New Orleans in the custody of a member lof a professional skating act. j Chicago police and spokesmen for the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the accused kidnaper l was William CJ. nainer, 44. j THEY DECLARED that he had stolen the girl to train her for a professional skating career. Authorities said that Fuller, his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Rema Taylor, all members of a skating act, lhad been arrested in New Orleans. I The child's parents had placed her in the boarding house a few jnonths before the kidnaping. j Loses Needle PITTSBURGH (JP) A three-!juarter-inch magnet, suspended by la string down the throat of a 16- year-old girl, painlessly removed a two-inch sewing needle she had swallowed, doctors reported. Big League Stars Are Ready The 19 47 major league baseball campaign is scheduled to get under way Monday. But how do the leading players this year stack up? PARADE MAGAZINE offers a special preseason illustrated article with pictures and thumbnail sketches of the leading aces. Also, in PARADE, see 'The FBI," an exclusive picture story of the G-Men's struggle to hold crime down. In SUNDAY'S FREE PRESS Auto f " ' 'Lt 4 f ; - - , .. - - r If i i i ' MnrwiW""' . A YD Group Is Banned by Wayne U Dr. Henry Cites Red-Front Evidence Wayne University has withdrawn recognition from the campus chapter- of American Youth for Democracy. Dr. David D. Henry, Wayne University president, in a prepared statement, said the action was taken as a result of a letter from the United States Justice Department indicating that AYD chapters are Communist youth re cruiting centers. THIS LETTER repudiated an earlier statement by the Justice Department which . stated there was no evidence the group's program was subversive. "The University does not fol-erate subversive activity nor allow an organization to continue when its purposes are found to be different from those for which it was recognized," Dr. Henry said. "We further do not permit a student group to be subject to the influence or control of an outside political organization." DR. HENRY SATO the Committee on Student Activities voted to withdraw University recognition from the AYD unless the chapter divorced itself from the state and national organizations. The chapter met Monday and refused to withdraw from the state and national bodies, Dr. Henry said. The cancellation of recognition followed. Student Pilot Hurt in Trenton Crash Francis Caler, 24, of 514 Central Wyandotte, was injured critically when a small plane he was piloting crashed in a field near Fort and Argonne, in Trenton. Caler, a student pilot who was flying alone, had taken off from the Hansa Airport, in Wyandotte. Witnesses told police he had been flying Oow and appeared to be stunting, just before the crash. He was taken to Wyandotte General Hospital." Oh Inside Pages Amusements 8 Guest 4 Brady 11 Horoscope 19 Chatterbox ' 10 Lyons 20 Classified 17-18 Pringle 12 Comics . 19 Radio 19 Crossword 15 Riley 10 Donovan 16 Sports 14-15 Editorials 6 Theaters 8 Fashions 11 Town Crier 20 Financial 16 Women's 10-12 Plant to Final Resting WHERE HENRY FORD WILL BE BURIED Pioneer industrialist will lie in family cemetery, Joy Road and. Greenfield Truman Calls Cabinet to Study Price Crisis Economists' Report to Be Studied at Special Meeting, Today WASHINGTON (AP) President Truman underlined his fears about high prices by calling a special Cabinet meeting for Wednesday to study what was situation. The Chicago Grain Market promptly dropped as much as seven cents a bushel for future deliveries. 21 Students, 6 Adults Die in Plane Crash Holy Week Trip Ends in Tragedy CARACAS,. Venezuela (P) An Aeropostal Venezolana airliner crashed in a mountainous region 25 miles east of here killing all 27 persons aboard. The victims included 21 high-school pupils and two professors The bodies of the three crew members and the 24 passengers were destroyed by fire. The students, returning to Caracas from a Holy Week vacation, at Cumana, included five girls and 16 boys ranging m age from 14 to 18. They were accompanied by one woman and two faculty members. Train Crash Derails Cars CANTON, O. (JP) Two engines and six of 14 cars of .the Pennsylvania Railroad's Chicago-to-New York Manhattan Limited were de railed here Tuesday night after sideswiping a freight train on a neighboring track. But 250 passengers were only slightly shaken up. City firemen quickly extinguished blazes under the passenger cars and in three box cars. Truman-Roosevelt Ticket Is Urged " FARGO, N. D. (JP) The North Dakota State Democratic Committee indorsed Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt for vice presidential candidate as a running mate for President Truman. Slaver Executed ml SIOUX FALLS, S. D. (JP) George Sitts, 33, convicted slayer of a South Dakota officer, was executed early Tuesday, the first man to die in an electric chair in this state. Place for Ford officially described as a "serious It rallied later, May wheat clos ing 3 to 4 under Monday's finish at $2.49 to $2.49. ..' CHAIRMAN . Edwin G. Nourse of the President's Economic Coun cil gravely told reporters: 1 He is frankly worried, and . "I think every citizen is, particularly the economists. We have to regard it as serious." 2 He has "no comment" on whether price controls should be reinstalled. 3 There have been instances of a desire by industry to bring' prices down. However, Nourse said that industry, handicapped by shortages and other1 problems, has not been able to make adjustments effective enough to take pressures off wage earners. 4 The telephone strike and other threatened strikes complicate the situation. He hopes that the country can get by without another round of major strikes. 5 The blame for the price situation cannot be pinned down exactly because it is made up of so many factors. All in all, Nourse summed up: Tt is in many respects a difficult situation." Forest Fire BALTIMORE (JP) About 5,000 acres of forest and brush land were burned out in a wave of fires which menaced at least 19 com munities in five Maryland counties. VICTIM OF OWN BURGLAR SNARE Colly ers Body Found Under Booby Trap Debris NEW YORK (JP) Langley Collyer, 61-year-old recluse, was found dead Tuesday under the debris in his fantastic Fifth Ave. ' home. He was a victim of the booby traps he set to shield himself and his brother from the world. His body, stumbled on by police as the climax of an 18-day search, lay sprawled only a few feet from the spot where the emaciated body of his brother, 65-year-old Homer, was found March 21. LANGLEY HAD devoted his life to his brother's care. But the Pause Tree PreM Phot State Gives Republicans a Landslide Sumeracki, in Wayne . County, Is Exception BY HUB M. GEORGE Free Pre Staff Writer Pluralities for Republican state candidates passed the 100,000 mark as returns accumulated late Tuesday. Disruption of communications due to the telephone strike still left 1,100 outstate precincts unreported. AJ1 but three of the 29 counties involved are traditional Republican strongholds. It appeared probable that the final t returns would give Republicans a 200,000 edge. County Auditor Jacob P. Sumeracki was the only exception to the Republican sweep. WAYNE COUNTY gave pluralities to all other Republican candidates. So did the Democratic strongholds of Muskegon, Genesee and .Bay counties. Sumeracki turned back the Republican challenge of John A. Kronk, former councilman, by 10,000 margin. Supreme Court Justice Leland W. Carr, who gained distinction while teamed with Gov. Sigler in the Ingham County grand-jury investigation of legislative and other graft, proved the top vote-getter. He picked up a 270,507 total compared with 218,980 for John R. Dethmers and 201,887 for Henry M. Butzel. his Supreme Court as sociates. -THE THREE were returned vic tors over Edward Kane, Patrick H. Nertney and Maurice E. Tripp. Incumbent Wayne County Cir cuit Court, Recorder's Court and Turn to Page 2, Column 4 blind and crippled Homer was not able to repay the devotion when Langley was caught beneath the toppled pile of junk which became his tomb. Detectives said Langley's left arm and foot had been gnawed by rats, indicating he must have died before his brother. Malnutrition was a contributing cause in Homer's death and it appeared certain he . died because Langley no longer was able to bring him food. Always afraid f Intruders, Langley had arranged the debris for Tribute of Silence Set for Thursday Not a Wheel to Turn in Industry He Helped to Make Great The entire automobile-manufacturing industry will pause at 2:30 p. m. Thursday to pay tribute to Henry Ford, who cultivated its giant growth. Not a single wheel in a single automotive plant in the Nation will turn at the hour when final services are held for the Sidelights on the career of Henry Ford are on Page IS Pictures on the Back Page. A special editorial is on Page 6 inventive pioneer who died Monday night at the age of 83. Each company will determine how long the pause will last. Ford plants throughout the world will close for the whole day. 1 ANNOUNCEMENT of the tribute of silence was made by George W. Mason, president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association, after a consultation with automobile-plant officials. He invited other organizations, particularly those in the highway-transportation field, to join the motor industry in the commemorative pause. o Estate Tax Unlikely to Wreck Empire BY LEO DONOVAN free Press Automotive Writer The financial structure of the industrial empire Henry Ford fathered will withstand the assaults of Federal estate taxes and the Michigan inheritance tax. Although the Ford Motor to. declined to issue a statement on possible effects of Henry Ford's death on the value of his personal fortune or the company's position, tax experts and lawyers believe neither is in jeopardy. The amount of wealth Henry Ford personally amassed concerned him little, but speculation has been common that it was upward of $500,000,000 perhaps even $750,-000,000. Assuming his entire fortune was subject to taxation, the Federal and State governments would take $383,388,200 of the first $500,000,000 and $537,388,-200 of an estate appraised at $700,000,000. However, it is understood that 95 per cent of the stock of the Ford Motor Co. is held by the Ford Foundation, Inc., which was established in 1936 as a charitable, scientific and educational organization and, therefore, tax exempt. THE OTHER 5 per cent all of the voting stock is believed to be held exclusively by the Ford family. Henry Ford and his wife were understood to have held 58 per cent of the voting stock. The other 42 per cent was assumed to be held by their daughter-in-law, Mrs. Edsel Ford, and the four grandchildren, Henry, Benson, William and Josephine Ford. Probating of Edsel Ford's estate of approximately $200,000,-000 has been under way since June, 1943, and lawyers believe that the will of his father will follow the same course. The issue between representatives of the estate and the Federal tax officials is understood to revolve principally on two questions: Whether the Ford Foundation is tax exempt. . 2 What is the value of a share of Ford stock? A tax authority estimated that the contest over the . amount of Federal taxes to be paid on the Edsel Ford estate may . continue Turn to Page 2, Column 5 in an ingenious maze so that it was necessary to proceed through most of the rooms on hands and knees. A false move would bring a pile of debris down on the unwary searcher. The trap worked too well. THE DISCOVERY of the body ended the amazing legend of the Collyer brothers but it left many questions unanswered. Neither brother ever had explained why, despite education, wealth and fine family background, they turned their 1 Civic, National Leaders Pay Their Tributes Genuis, Integrity Widely Praised From the lips of prominent De-troiters and in the messages from national leaders and automobile men of other lands words of mourning and, of tribute poured in at the death of Henry Ford. These are their words: PRESIDENT TRUMAN (personal telegram to Mrs. Ford)i "In the sorrow which has come with such sudden and unexpected force, I offer to you and to all who mourn with you this assurance of deepest sympathy. GOV. SIGLER: "It is fitting and proper that the State mourn the passing of a man who contributed such a great service to the State and to humanity." MAYOR JEFFRIES: "Without doubt Henry Ford is as much or more responsible for Detroit's attaining worldwide stature than any other single individual. His name will be a byword as long as wheels turn. All Detroit grieves the death of this great man." SENATOR VANDENBERG: "Mr. Henry Ford's death ends, one of the greatest and most thrilling careers in the life of his country. It is the vivid epitome of what a man can do for himself and for his fellow men under our system of American freedom through his own irresistible genius and courage. He probably has had as great an impact on his time as if he had Turn to Page 2, Column 1 backs on the world nearly four decades ago and barricaded themselves in the one-time mansion. Perhaps the most baffling mystery about the brothers was their motive in accumulating an extraordinary collection of junk which literally filled every room of their home from floor to ceiling. Police carted more than 100 tons of this weird assortment out of the house before they reached the climax of their search. Funeral Burial to Be IN ear r lace of His Birth Grave to Be Beside . Those of Parents BY JAMES S. POOLER Free Press Staff Writer Within a few miles of where he was born, Henry Ford will go to rest Thursday. His grave will be beside those of his father and his mother in the little cemetery at Joy and Greenfield just down the road from where he was born at Ford and Greenfield. Somehow it rounds out the story of the man who was born, grew great and died on the outskirts of the city that flourished with him. But before the final services at 2:30 p. m. Thursday in St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, the people of Detroit will have their chance to pay Henry Ford the tribute they give great men, a fellow citizen whose name went ringing around the world, one to whom, in a sense, they felt close. HIS BODY will lie in state from 8 a. m. Wednesday until 10 p. m. in the Recreation Hall of his beloved Greenfield Village so the people can pay their last respects. Knowing how they will come in his death to honor the man whose name for 50 years was as close in the people's conversation as the name of any friend, those in charge of the funeral have arranged for the public to use both the Oakwood and Southfield entrances to Greenfield Village. This will be the mute tribute from those who felt that Ford, grown into the fabulous, withal was a man who stayed close to them in an essential simplicity. Already the great spokesmen had reacted to his death with ringing phrases. "He has probably had as great an impact on his times as if he had been President of the United States." . . "The world will long cherish his genius." . . . "Ford's was an irresistible genius." . . . "He was a giant in a day of giants." BUT PROBABLY what rang closest to the mind of most men was the phrase "He went from humble obscurity to humble fame." There is no doubt that the death of this man of 83, gone into a retirement that in itself sounds the prelude to death, still came as a profound shock to the world. It was the end of a legend that gave some ambition, some hope an end even to the legend of a fabulous active longevity. Close after dawn Tuesday the wires and the radio had chattered to the farthest places, even the far-off lands from which strangers came with the one ambition of seeing the best-known of living men, the drama of his death. In Brazil, where he created a huge rubber plantation; in Istan- Turn to Page 2, Column 5 Girl Strangled in Miami Hotel Free Press-Chicago Tribnne Wire MIAMI The nude body of an attractive young woman, about 25, was found on a bed in a downtown hotel. She had been strangled by a towel knotted around her neck. Police began looking for two men. One was a beribboned soldier who had registered with the girl at 3 a. m. as "Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Jackson, of Boca Raton." He checked out later alone. Boca Raton is the site of an Army Air Forces base. Fall Is Fatal to Railroader George Kennedy, 49, of 1972 Ard-more, Ferndale, died at St. Joseph Hospital in Mt. Clemens shortly after his legs were crushed under the wheels of a string of freight cars at Mt. Clemens. He was a Grand Trunk-Western brakeman. Up in the Air OAKLAND, Calif. (U.R) Charles H. Osborn had nothing but a red face to show after his attempt to crack the international altitude record. He forgot to turn on his plane's altitude recorder. - . , Wheel Alignment Specialists Arlington Motors 13800 W. 7 Mile. Ar.

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