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WHO DOES WHAT
Cloudy this morning. Partly
cloudy this aftornoo ond Tues
day. Sunset today 7:31 p.m.
Sunrise tomorrow 4:47 a.m.
4 I d$
ROY ALLEN, local realtor,
tion with JUANITA TOWNSEND,
ant at Trailways.
I'm not sure, but I think they
served there. In some places I could mention, but won t, the
price of coffee is no laughing matter.
Juanita has been at "Chuck's" since it opened and before
that she was employed at the Rose Hotel. She has a three-year-old
son, Michael, who is the apple of her eye.
v5tamp Dispensing Machine in Post
Office Lobby New Service to Public
An automatic stamp vending machine to dispense postage
stamps at face value has been placed in operation In the lobby of
the Roseburg post office. It inaugurates a new convenience which
Is part of the Post Office Department's plan to continually improve
and expand Its service to patrons, said Postmastear L. L. Wimberly.
ro Airman On
Of Rape Murder
GUAM, May 16. UP) A 20th
Air Force court-martial today con
victed Pvt. Herman P. Dennis
Jr. of. the rape murder of Miss
Ruth Farnsworth and sentenced
him to death.
The 20-year-old Negro airman
saluated smartly when the presi
dent of the court, Lt. Col. Gerry
L. Mason of Las Vegas, Nev.,
fironounced sentence. The verdict
t subject to review by the com
manding officer of the 20th Air
Force, the Air Force Board of
Review In Washington and Presi
If the verdict ts upheld, the
manner in which Dennis will
be put to death will be determined
Dennis, his half brother, Pvt.
Calvert Dennis, and another Ne
gro, Staff Sgt. Robert W. Burns
of Spokane, Wash., are accused
of beating and raping the San
Francisco girl last Dec. 11. Cal
vert Dennis of Seguin, Tex., is
scheduled to be tried next.
Miss Farnsworth, a Navy em
ployee seized in a souvenir shop
where she worked after hours,
was dragged Into the jungle and
raped and beaten. She died sev
eral days later in a Guam hos
pital. In the Day's News
Bv FRANK JENKINS
JRS. Eisler, whose communist
! husband made headlines by
skipping the country the other
day, is arrested by federal agents.
She had been arrested in the first
place on charges of being illegal
ly In this country, and later
turned loose without bond.
One reason for her rearrest,
the Justice Department explains,
is that the Government wants to
question her about how Eisler got
away. Eisler himself makes that
quite clear. He tells correspond
ents that he paid two bits to tour
the Polish vessel as a visitor, and
hid out when nobody was looking.
When nailed by the ship's of
ficeri as a stowaway, he paid for
a first class passage to Poland
with the money that big shot
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Open House Accords Visitors
At Yets Hospital Views Of
Operating Routine, Exhibits
(See Pictures on Page 5)
An estimated 500 persons visited the Roseburg Veterans Hospital
Sunday, at an open house held in observance of National Hospital
Day. Visitors were taken on guided tours through the wards and
laboratories and viewed exhibits of the Hospital's work arranged
for display in the recreation hall.
The exhibits depicted the work
of each department at the Hos
pital in the administrative and
medical divisions. First place
award went to the display ar
ranged by the hospital laundry.
Other ribbons were awarded the
occupational therapy display, sec
ond pl"ce, and the electrical shop,
Judges of thes displays were
Dr. John L. Haskins, representing
hospital management; Hubert
Graham, representing hospital
employes, and Charles V. Stan
ton, editor of The News-Review.
Appreciation was expressed by
the hospital today to the mem
bers of volunteer organizations
who served as guides, taking par
ties of visitors through the hos
Is shown in animated conversa
waitress at "Chuck's" restaur-
were discussing five-cent coffee
The machines are being Install
ed in post office lobbies through
out the country to dispense com
monly used denominations of
postage stamps. Post office pa
trons will be spared the delay of
standing in line during rush
hours, and stamps may be pur
chased at any hour when the
lobby is open and on Sundays and
holidays, whether or not the
stamp window is open.
Automatically operated by the
insertion of. a coin, the machine
issues five one-cent stamps for a
nickel, five two-cent stamps for a
dime, and five three-cent stamps
for a nickel and a dime. Postage
for airmail letters at six cents per
ounce is secured by use of suffi
cient three-cent stamps and prop
er endorsement as air mail.
Wimberly pointed out that the
stamp vending machine is equip
ped with a sensitive detector
mechanism which rejects spurious
coins and is rendered inoperative
when the supply of stamps is ex
hausted. Development and perfec
tion of the machine to meet spe
cifications set up by the depart
ment and the exacting require
ments of the National Bureau of
Standards were accomplished by
Commercial Controls Corp., Roch
ester, N. Y.
Initially the machines will be
placed in post offices, but since
they will also be available com
mercially, it can be expected they
will soon be used everywhere
in department stores, hotels,
apartment houses, business of-
lices, DanKS, insurance cum
panies, and wherever else stamps
are commonly sold as a service to
patrons or employes.
Forest Fire On
Beaver Creek Now
riftco tn 150 men are fiphtinEr
tha fnrait fira in tho nlrl Rpavpr
rvaoL- hnt-n In the ntith tlmnnlia
area, the Forest Service said to
day. The lire is comaineo. wnnin
about 500 acres and is not spread
ing. An additional 50 men were re
cruited for fire fighting work
C,.-J.. Tho anlipa fnPCP is Hi.
vided into five camps, located
along tne outer eage oi ine mc
Tho man arp ustnp .10 nower
saws to cut down snags in the
old Durn. Also at me lire are sev
eral thousand feet of hose, being
used to play streams of water on
the flames. Water is obtained
from streams in the forest.
Tl,. fir-a wa hftliPVeH KPt hV
electrical storms last week. It
was reported by a united Airlines
pilot flying over the area Thurs--.i.
aftamrmn Pirn firthtlnff on-
erations were set in motion Im
pital, and serving refreshments
in the recreation hall.
A tour at the hospital took vis
itors through wards on an upper
floor of the administration build
ing, and through clinical labora
tories and offices on the main
floor. Staff members were on
duty to explain the use of the
In the recreation hall exhibits
were entered by the engineering
division, with individual displays
arranged by the maintenance
shops, boiler house, laundry, ga
raee, orchard and grounds, and
There were also displays of
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65 Others Hurt
City Zone Mass of Ruins;
Level Outlying Crops
AMARILLO, Tex., May 16. UP)
A ripping, whipsawing tornado
chewed up a four-square mile
area in Southern Amarillo last
night, killing four people. About
65 were injured.
It was the first destructive tor
nado in the 62-year-old history of
this Panhandle capital of 102,000
Dawn found Red Cross and vol
unteer workers still picking their
way through acres of shambles.
It looked as if a big kitchen mixer
had dipped in, stirred everything
up, and then spewed it around.
Although many sections ol Ama
rillo were hit, the tornado's most
destructive blow fell on the south
ern area dotted largely with new
homes of veterans. A near-cloud
burst and hailstones as large as
a man's fist added to the dam
age. Ambulances and nignway pa
trol units tunneled into Amarillo
from a 200-mile radius, bringing
injured to the crowded hospitals.
Red Cross people flew in from St.
Hail Levels Crops
To property damage here may
be added heavy loss to crops in
the wheat-rich Texas Panhandle
that part of the slate which
juts up to the north, bordered by
New Mexico and Oklahoma. Hail
such as fell here would destroy
the near-ripe wheat but smash
ed communication lines made it
difficult to discover the extent of
Three carloads of pigs, smashed
free from their freight-car pris-
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James Lamb To
Head Boys Stale
SALEM, May 16. -4JP) James
Lamb, 38, probation officer for
the Multnomah County Court of
Domestic Relations for the last
five years, was named by the
State Board of Control today to
be superintendent of the Boys
Training School at Woodburn.
Lamb, the number 1 choice of
the State Advisory Committee
for the boys and girls schools,
succeeds M. D. Woolley, who re
signed April 1 to manage the
Harney county cnamoer oi com
merce. Lamb will take over the $5,400-
a-year Job about July 1.
Lami) received nis training in
physical education at Washington
State college. Then he took
social service work at the Uni
versity of Chicago, as well as
working in Chicago's tenement
He then went to work for the
Washington State Department of
Public Welfare, and durincr the
war he did recreation work for
the War Relocation authority.
Working for Judge Donald E.
Long in the court of domestic
relations In Portland, Lamb
handled the cases of 3,500 boys
in the past five years.
Lamb told the board today that
the boys school has "plenty of
money in its budget to do an
adequate job, and I might even
get along with fewer employes."
Governor Douglas McKay said
experts of the children's division
of the federal government in
spected the school last week and
gave It a good rating.
Non-Union Painter On
Truman Job Stirs Protest
INDEPENDENCE. Mo.. Mav
lfi. UP) The summer White
House has less than half its
spring coat of paint today and
President Truman has a protest
over the non-union painter.
1 he protest Is a registered let
ter mailed to the president by
Painters District Council No. 3,
A. F. L.
John H. Moler, 67, who started
a one-man Job on the president's
home. May 3, says he's not a
union man, never been one and
doesn't Intend to be one, hut
doesn't have any grudge against
Moler, who lays he's painted
for the Trumans before, savs he
can't understand "why the union
is so upset.
Jack Cooke, union business
representative who announced
the mailing said "after all, Tru
man has championed himself as
the man of the hour In labor and
you can't serve but one master
if you serve him right."
Cook said the letter was
notification" to the president
that Moler it doing the job.
There was no comment from
the White House.
NAVY SECRETARY Francis P.
Matthews (above), Omaha,
Neb., lawyer and banker, has
been selected by President
Truman to be Secretary of the
Navy. He will succeed John
L. Sullivan, who resigned in pro
test against cancellation of
Navy plans to build a 65,000
ton aircraft carrier. (NEA tele
photo). Christian Church
Christian Churches of Coos and
Douglas Counties will participate
in a district convention at Rose
burg Wednesday and Thursday
of this week.
Three churches In Coos Coun
ty and nine from Douglas are
expected to have representation
at the meeting which will open
with a banquet at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday in the First Christian
Church .at4 Roseburg, male
quartet and speaker from North
west Christian College, Eugene,
will be featured on the banquet
Thursday's conference meet
ings will cover all departments
of church organization, with spe
cial emphasis on missions, men's
women's and youth's departments.
Among conference leaders will
be Ray Smith, manager of the
Beaverton home for the aged;
Dr. R. G. Griffiths, president of
Northwest Christian college;
Charles Addelman, Portland, sec
retary of Oregon Christian
churches; Kenneth Johnston, pas
tor at Dallas, and Howard jar
vis, pastor at Medford.
A youth banquet program on
Thursday evening will be con
ducted by Earline Rogers, Med
ford. Block Rezoning Plan
Up to Council Tonigrt
Hearing on the rezoning of
Block 47 from Class 2 residential
to Class 3 business Is scheduled
by the City Council tonight. The
block is that bounded by S. Main
and S. Kane Sts., between E. Cass
and E. Lane.
The rezoning Is being sought
by Umpqua Post No. 16, American
Legion, and the First Methodist
Church in order to permit these
organizations to go ahead with
The Council meeting is at 7:30
In the City Hall. Other business
to come before the Council will
include the reports of Council
committees and the reading of
SLAYER LOSES AGAIN
WASHINGTON, May 16-4f.
The Supreme Court'today refused
for the second time to review the
trial of Jake Bird, Tacoma,
Wash., Negro condemned to hang
for the axe-slaylng of Mrs. Bertha
Federal Mediator to Enter
Ford Strike at Union's Bid;
Wage Cost Up to $50 Million
WASHINGTON, May 16. (P) The federal government stepped
into the Ford strike today In an effort to get a settlement.
Walter Reuther, president, of the CIO Auto Workers, visited
Federal Mediation Director Cyrus S. Chlng and talked with him
about the strike. .m
Coming out of Ching'i office,
Reuther told a reporter, in reply
to a question, that Ching's agency
conciliation service plans to
"have a man there today"
meaning at the strike negotia
tions in Detroit.
The union had asked the
mediation service t Intervene In
The Ford Motor Company,
with 100,000 men Idle, had de
clared in Detroit earlier that it
would give "all possible assist
ance" to any federal peace effort.
President Henry Ford II asked,
however, that Chlng "weigh care
fully" certain factors other than
the strike itself before stepping
OREGON MONDAY, MAY
Or Tax Boost
Congress Splits On
Which Course to Adopt;
Huge Debt May Mount
Bv DOUGLAS B. CORNELL
WASHINGTON, "May 16 lP)
A weekend estimate that the
government will go $3,000,000,000
into the red next year stirred up
conflicting cries today for more
economy and more taxes.
The estimate was made for the
Senate-House Tax Committee by
its staff of experts.
They forecast a "moderate"
business slump. They figured that
in the fiscal year starting July 1
it would result in cutting the gov
ernment's Income by $2,100,000,
000 and adding that much to the
$900,000,000 deficit predicted in
President Truman's budget.
"That," said house Democratic
Leader McCormack (Mass), "is
all the more reason for increasing
taxes by $4,000,000,000, as Presi
dent Truman repeatedly has sug
gested." In the Senate, however, Senator
Russell (D-Ga) announced that
he and some other Democratic
members of the Appropriations
Committee are drafting a bill to
slice about $3,000,000,000 off fed
eral spending. Russell said their
plan;; were started even before
the report of the tax experts was
issued. Senator Maybank (D-SC)
suggested the $5,580,000,000 Euro
pean aid program as a good place
Senator McKellar (D-Tenn),
chairman of the Annronriatinns
Committee said he would "rather
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2 Convicts Flee
Prison at Salem
SALEM, Ore., May 18.-P)
Two state prison trusties one of
them ready for parole sawed
dormitory window bars and es
caped over an unguarded wall
orison warden (jeorge Alexan
der said Ralph E. Ncyman, 26,
and Henry Bradley, 27, used blan
kets to lower themselves from
their window. They then used a
rope to scale a 10-foot uncom
pleted wall. The dormitory was
outside the main prison enclose
They were missed at breakfast
Bradley was originally convict
ed in Lane County for larceny by
bailee in 1945. He was later pa
roled but was returned as a vio
lator in March. 1948. Neyman was
convicted in Washington County
In 1948 for obtaining money un
der false pretenses. The warden
said he had been ordered paroled
April 9 but had not been released.
Boy Smothers to Death
In Wheat Elevator
IONE, Ore., Mav 16. UP)
A 15-year-old Oklahoma boy
smothered to death In wheat at
a ranch elevator Saturday before
he could be dug out by workmen.
Morrow County Sheriff T. J.
Bauman Identified the boy as
Sylvan Wente Caldwell, Tulsa,
Okla., who, with another Tulsa
boy, Donald Hess, had been chas
ing mice in the grain.
The sheriff said the Caldwell
boy sank Into the wheat and be
yond young Hess' grasp. It took
rescuers three hours to find the
Both boys had arrived at the
ranch the night before and ap
plied for work.
inta the dispute. One of these Is
the company's contention that
factionalism and politics in the
union, led to the strike.
Union officials deny that.
DETROJT, May 16. lP)
Ford and the United Auto Work
ers (CIO) without any federal
mediators present resumed
their peace negotiations today In
connection with the strike of
65,000 Ford Motor Company
The government planned to
stay out of the negotiations, one
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RODEO QUEEN Blonde, 17 - year
RntAhurn Hmh $r.hnnl. will b.a
r . if . 1
County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo. She end her court were chosen
at the Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon. For a picture of the rodeo
princesses, turn to Page 9. (Picture by Master Photo Shop).
Nadine Sparks Selected to Reign As
Queen of Annua! Rodeo Here in June
Five pretty horsewomen were chosen at the Fairgrounds Sunday
to rule over this year's Douglas County Sheriff's Posse Rodeo. , The
queen and her princesses were chosen by a secret committee of
the Posse, as they rode thlr mounts In the arena before a large
crowd of spectators. .
U.S. Threat Hits
Ship That Carried
WASHINGTON, May 16-fP
The State Department said today
the United States had threatened
action to seize the Polish liner
Batory unless the master of the
ship surrendered Ihe fugitive
Communist Gearhart Eisler to
The department said formal no
tice was served on the ship's cap
tain that units he gave up Eisler
when the Batory put into South
ampton "the attorney general will
proceed against the steamship
line lor lorteiture of tne vessel
and other applicable penalties un
der United States law."
Eisler, German-born Commun
ist leader who fled from the
United States aboard the Polish
ship, was removed forcibly from
the Batory at Southampton Sat
urday. The. Polish embassy In London
said In a statement yesterday
that the u. s. had mane the threat
to scire the Batory the next time
she returned to American waters.
hbtel Fire Victim Once
Actor in Roseburg
Clarence M. Heath, Portland,
who died last week In a Pasco,
Wash., hotel fire. Is remembered
by Mrs. Ethel Minturn of Rose
burg as a vaudeville star who
played regularly on the stage of
the old Antlers theater hrre In
the early '20's. The Antlers is
now the Indian Theater. Mrs.
Minturn vs then the organist
at the theater.
- old Nadine Sparks, student at
aUAAll nf thi( vast's Doualat
This year's queen will be Na
dine Sparks, blonde and 17, a stu
dent at Roseburg High School.
Her rodeo court wili Include
Mildred Chrlstensen, 18, and
Wanda Andrus, 17, both of Rose
burg, and Pat Ronk, 18, and
Gwcn Pitts, 17, both of Myrtle
Creek. They were selected from a
field of 10 entrants on the basis
of their ability to ride, their beau
ty, and on their horses and rid
Queen Nadine she'll be crown
ed at the Rodeo to be held June
17, 18 and 19 has many interests
besides riding horses. She swlmB,
dances, twirls a baton for the
Knights of Pythias Girls Drum
Corps, and she's a good student,
too. She is the daughter of Mrs.
Nadine's older sister, Valerie,
was queen of the Trail Dust Sad
dle Club's Stampede last year
and also was a Rodeo princess.
This year's Rodeo queen will
ride her horse, "Red," in the Ro
deo parade in Roseburg and at the
head ol the grand enlry Into the
arena each day r.t the Rodeo. The
horse Is an American saddle-bred
Other contestants who tried
out at the Fairgrounds Sunday In
cluded Donna Sutton, Roseburg;
Louise Merk, Voncalla; Marian
Boise, Glide; Francis Stnne, Rose
burg, and Dorothy Rathkey, Rose
burg. Flood Situation Eased
In Northwest Region
(By the Associated Press)
A welcome temperature drop
eased the Pacific Northwest
flood situation today, Just after
one of the snow-swollen rivers
claimed a highway bridge.
The Peck bridge, a 750-foot
span across the river at Peck, Ida.
ho, collapsed yesterday morning
Into the swollen waters. The high
water of a year ago, plus the
pounding of this year, was
Cooler weather, that slowed the
snow melt, slowed the rise of sev
eral rivers today. Some were
even beginning to fall. Nearly all
streams In the Yakima River wa
tershed were dropping.
Youth Bags Cougar With
SALEM. May 16. UP) Marion
Towerv, 17,- has a nice cougar
skin which he killed with his
Marion, who lives In the North
Santiam country east of here,
saw the cougar Friday night
while he was driving on a coun
try road. He chased the animal
and ran over It. He had to back
up several times and run over It
repeatedly before the cougar
The cougar weighed 140
pounds, and was 7 feet 2 inches
vovcrnor rvtcivay ores
Against Ouster, Crying
RAT.FM" dra 1WQ ic an
The State Board of Control, split.
ting j. to l, threw State Tax
Commissioners Earl L. Fisher
and Wallace S. Wharton out oC
Gnvernnr nntialm H tt
charging Secretary of State Earl
iiewury ana aiaie rreasurer
Walter Pearson with playing
"nartisan nnlltlr " unta, t. iaAn
.... ' . . V. I V-. .It I.
Wharton and Fisher.
But Newbry and Pearson,
who had the final say, voted to
nut Rav Smith 41 m.nons.
the Eagles Lodge ' in Portland,
into risner s place in charge of
Income taxes on the PnmmtHlm,
. ('nl Pnhar-t A.TnT AnM AO T I 1 J
County Commissioner, was named
iu i tine wnarton s place as head
of the assessment division.
Both appointments are effec
tive June 4 Smith Bnrf mhAi
are Republicans. McLean and
,..a. iuii our iytrmuui (us.
The third member of the Com.
mfsfilnn la Pat! rhnrnkn T1
.. iia.,iits7l a, i-cii"
dleton, a Republican, who headi
ine uuuiies division.
McKay Voices Warning
Governor Mnk-nv tnlH Dn...nn
the only Democratic member of
ine coara ot uontrol, and New
bry that "you just have gone out
to fix me up, but the public is
going to be the final Judge."
Newbry denied that he and
Pearson "have made any .deal.
Governor, I'm surprised that you
haven't taken a more active in
terest in this matter."
Fisher has served 30 years on
the Tax Commission, and Whar
ton has served 10 years, except
for his service during the war
as a navy captain.
Governor McKay said:
"This is no occasion for parti
san politics. You want to throw
out two competent, experienced
men. lis wrong to put In two
people who are not experienced
Just because of personal prefer
ence. There is no need to change
just to cnange.
has been against Wharton, The
governor asuen mm why, anl
PnDAB .Mnitt .'IT 4lt.t -lnU ....... ,
him In there."
Newbry said "Fisher Is com
petent, but improvements could
be made. He could be kept on as
an flcclctnnt nr it an nrli.lcn.
until he reaches his retirement
age (65) next March 18. There
Is some basis for criticism of
Fisher everv session nf the TadIs.
Tf Flchei tnavoi inn ctola nanr-
Ice now, he will get $63 a month
retirement pay, Pearson said. If
Vl glflVi nn tha notrall until ha
is 65 years old, then he would
gei $t3 a monin.
Airplane Crash Kills
Twe Grants Pass Men
CAVE JUNCTION. Ore.. Mav
16. UP) A private airplane
crashed at the Siskiyou National
forest Airport near here yester
day, killing two Grants Pass men.
Josephine County Coroner Vir
gil Hull said John M. Scott, a
machinery operator and the plane
mot ana owner, and i nomas no.
and. formerly of Boise, died soon
after the plane cracked up.
Witnesses said the plane appear
ed to stall in taking off and nosed
Into the ground. They had flown
here from Grants Pass.
Scott was employed by tht
Grants Pass Provision Co.
Fred Hale, manager of tha
Grants Pass Air Service, report
ed Boland was preparing to take
an examination for a private pilot
Girl Assoulted Near
Spot of Similar Crime
TACOMA, May 16. UP)
A ltt-year-old girl was raped Sat
urday evening within a few miles
of the area In which ai'other girl
was assaulted and siain a few
months ago, Sheriff Lee Croft
The girl said that she was
pushing her bicycle up a hill on
a Brookdale road, southeast of
Tacoma, when a man offered her
a ride In an automobile. She de
clined but was pulled Into the
car and assaulted. '
The scene of the incident was
approximately three miles from
where pretty 17-year-oid Noreeil
McNIrholas was slain last No
vember. Gov. McKay to Testify
Against Proposed CVA
SALEM, Ore., May 16. UP)
Governor Douglas McKay will fly
to Washington tomorrow to
testify at congressional hearings
against the proposed Columbia
Senate President William E.
Walsh will be acting governor.
Livity Fact Rant
By L. F. ReiMnstehi
In being forced to lift the
Berlin blockade), Rutaia didn't
mind tho Allied "htt" what
tht didn't rttisfc ww the htmifc