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Fire Sweeps Home For Feeble Minded
WHO DOES WHAT
Increasing cloudiness with
possible rain tonight and Fri
day. - Sunset tonight 7:34 p. m.
. Sunrise tomorrow 4:44 a. m.
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By Paul Jenkins I
Ft i'S - i
BOB BROWNING (you almost can tell by looking at him
within just a matter of hours when this picture was taken had
become the father of a little, black-haired, curly-haired baby
girl, who weighed in for the battle of life at six pounds five
ounces. Her name is Capitola, after her grandma, and she is
receiving visitors at Mercy Hospital. ,
Capitola's mother, Phyllis, is bearing up remarkably well
under the severe strain her husband has been under the past day
or so; but probably will remember the poignancy of the mo
ment longer. As you may or may not have noticed, husbands
hardly can survive the ordeal of imminent parenthood, but get
over it faster than their wives. . ,
Bob owns the Richfield station at the corner of Cass and
Stephens streets, and handed out about. as many cigars yester
day as he did helpings of gas.
$950,000 Allocated For Two
Douglas Highway Projects
Allocations of state and federal funds for Douglas County
highway improvements were announced by the State Highway
Commission in its meeting at Portland Tuesday, the Associated
Among the 57 projects outlined for the state the next two
years are the $600,000 program for the Pacific Highway south
of Canyonville, and $350,000 grading and paving of the 5.6-mile
Marks Ranch-Lone Rock section of the North Umpqua Highway.
The North Umpqua Highway project is classed as a secondary
route receiving -fedewi eidt The section for which funds are al
located will be an eastward extension from the end of the present
Money allocated for the Pacific Highway south of Canyon
ville will be used to improve
highway from the standpoint of
highway money will be used.
In the Day's News
By FRANK JENKINS
HERE'S one for the book from
"The American people, con
fronted with shrinking income,
CUT THEIR SPENDING so
sharply in the first three months
of 1949 that their TOTAL
SAVINGS WENT UP."
Tills Is the way it worked out,
according to the figure experts
of the Department of Commerce:
Individual incomes after taxes
declined only a billion six hun
dred million dollars. Individual
expenditures for consumption
luppea I uun uiuiuii iuui Hun
dred million dollars.
THAT is to say:
The people, with their in
comes dropping, CUT THEIR
SPENDING. Government, facing
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FISH HATCHERY EXPANSION SLATED
Rock Creek Project No. 1
In Construction Plans Of
State Game Commission
Expansion of the Rock Creek Fish Hatchery on the North
Umpqua River is the number one priority of all construction of the
State Game Commission's program.
This information was revealed here by Clark Walsh, the Com
mission's publicity director, who said that bids will probably be
taken about June 1. While the sum of $70,000 is provided in the
budget, an additional $30,000, which must be obtained "from some
where else," w ill be needed, said Walsh.
Walsh stated he had inspected
plans for the expansion, which
will include a new dam, a com
plete new water supply, and 16
new pnnds 12 for nursery stock
and four for brood fish. The
project has been well designed
and will provide sufficient con
trol of water supply and fish.
Walsh, who spoke before the
Rosebui ir Lions Club last Thurs
day night, stated that a study ot j
hydroelectric and conservation
programs reveals thnt It all boils
down to the fact the Umpqua
River is the one remaining source
for salmon reproduction in Ore
gon. 'The spring Chinook is the
finest of game fifh, but I am
afraid the future is very dark."
he stated in discussing project
ed dams on Oregon rivers. "There
is no stopping of water power
one of the worst sections of the
curves and grades. Federal forest
Baptist Group Votes To
Join International Assn.
CLEVELAND, May 19. (JP
The General Association of regu
lar Baptist Churches, a funda
mentalist group, voted almost
unanimously yesterday to join the
International Church Council of
The action, by a 315 to 8 vote
came at the Baptist group's 18lh
annual conference. Approximate
ly 500 churches are represented
by the Association.
The Internationa! Council has
a fundamentalist approach and is
opposed to the Liberal World
Council of Churches.
Sire Of 18 Children Is
Chosen 'Father Of 1949'
LOCK HAVEN, Pa., May 19.
(JP) A 78-year-old farmer who
splits logs to "blow off steam"
today becomes the "American
Father of 1949."
William Casper Peter of near
by Beech Creek, who has 18 chil
dren and 80 grandchildren, was
selected for that honor by the
National Father's Day Commit
tee. development, but we cannot stand
in the way of progress."
He said it was hoped a solu.
tion satisfactory to both fish re
sources and conservation of water
power could he worked out, but
so far this has not been pos
sible. Proposed water developments
on tne coiumnia, Willamette,
rschutes and Rogue Rivers will
block completely o percent of
the salmon spawning area, he
slated. With the Umpqua the one
remaining major spawn area,
concentration is being made to
develop hatchery facilities for
Evaluation Must Change
Sportsmen, Walsh stated in
spcakinp of game in general.
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County Road Department
Tops Increased Items;
Recreation Sites OKd
General adjustment in salaries
in all departments Is provided in
the proposed budeet for Douelas
County. This was announced fol
lowing adoption of the tentative
budget by the County Budget
Committee, which met all day
Total amount of the budget was
not available this morning, since
it was necessary to retabulate
the item totals to include changes
in the various departments, re
ported County Clerk Roy Agee.
There will be a special levy out
side the six percent limitation,
to be voted on by the people.
Total budget, anticipated reve
nues, amounts to be raised by
taxation, and the amount outside
the six percent limitation will
be published in Friday's News
Review. The salary increases generally
follow a pattern of $400 a year in
crease for all elective officials, ex
cept that the salary of the two
commissioners will be raised from
$3000 to $4000 and that of the
county school superintendent
from $3300 to $4000. These chang
es were authorized by the state
A general salary pattern of
&juu a montn lor an otner iuii
time Courthouse employes was
The County Road Department
shows the largest increase, be
cause of the need to rebuild coun
ty roads badlv damaged by freez
es last year and contemplated new
.road construction.- - -v.
A special item provides $10,000
for purchase by the County of
certain lanas along ine iNorin
and South Umpqua Rivers for
recreational purposes. This is con
sidered as only a starter, to be
added to in future years.
A new deputy sheriff is provid
ed for at Canyonville. A more
detailed report on the budget
will appear later.
Sites' Fund Asked
Of Budget Board
Douglas County may have
money next year to make a start
on recreational land acquisition.
The Umpqua Basin Conserva
tion Council presented a petition
to the County Budget Committee
Tuesday, asking inclusion of a
sum of $30,000 or more to be
used by the County Court in buy
ing land for picnic sites, access
to fishing streams, boat moorages
and other purposes.
The petition, signed by all
sports clubs affiliated with the
Council, bore endorsement from
the Reedsport Chamber of Com
merce and Reedsport Lions Club.
Various organizations throughout
the county have offered endorse
ment of the petition, the Commit
tee was informed by Bruce Yea
ger, Council secretary.
Appearing before the Budget
Committee on behalf of the
Sports Council were Yeager, V.
V. Harpham, Harold Hickerson
and Charles V. Stanton.
The Budget Committee Indi
cated approval of the plan, pro
viding a source of revenue can be
found, but gave no definite
promise until a more thorough
study is made of County finances
to determine availability of
money for the project.
Safecrackers At Salem
Get Booty Of $3,000
SALEM, Mav 18. -4.B Safe
crackers got $3,000 last night by
breaking the safe in the Busick
Market here, police reported to
day. Police said the Job was the
work of experts, who picked off
the lock of the big safe and then
carried off a 500-pound inner
vault which contained the money.
It was Salem's fourth safe
cracking job in recent months,
but police said the methods used
show they have been done by
They got into the market by
climbing on top of a marquee
and breaking a second story
Youth Drowns In
Private Swimming Pool
NEWBERG. Ore., Mav 19
(JP) Twelve-year-old Peter John
uroat drowned in i private swim
ming pool yesterday at nearby
The pool Is located at the Dan
Harmon home. The victim was a
son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Groat,
Mrs. C. T. Shields
Body of Mrs. Carrie Thompson
Shields, 80, was found hanging Dy
a rope in the woodshed at the
rear of her home at 703 Mill St.
this morning, Chief of Police Cal
vin H. Baird reported. She had
apparently died by her own hand,
the chief said.
The tragedy was discovered by
a neighbor, Mrs. C. H. Wickham,
who told police she looked for
Mrs. Shields in her woodshed,
where she did her washing, after
the elderly woman failed to re
spond to knocking on her door.
Mrs. Wickham said she knew
Mrs. Shields could not have been
Mrs. Shields died a little more
than two weeks after the death
of her husband, B. F. Shields,
from a heart attacK May 2.
The body was removed to the
KoseDurg f uneral Home, wnere
funeral arrangements will be an
Part Of Ban In
BERLIN. Mav 19. (JP) Mai.
Gen. George P. Hays, deputy U.
S. military governor, announced
today the Russians are modify
ing their new restrictions on
truck traffic from West Ger
many to Berlin.
He said the Soviet military
administration informed him
freight-laden trucks from West
Germany now halted by the Rus
sians at Helmsledt on the inter
zonal frontier will be allowed
to proceed to Berlin without writ
ten, permits from the Soviet Zone
Economic Commission. .,
But, he added, the Russians
will demand that any other
trucks crossing the frontier bear
Gen. Hays said the Western
Allies would try to get the Rus
sians to drop that demand in
further negotiations. He called it
"a new restriction and therefore
a violation of the four-power
agreement in New York for lift-
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Silver Dollars Of Same
Year Pay For New Auto
SPOKANE, May 19. (JP)
Charles Hink, Spokane service
station operator, bought a new
"There's your money," he told
the dealer, pointing to a wooden
chest. In the chest were 2,600 sil
ver dollars, all minted in 1921.
Five years ago, Hink started sav
ing 1921 Iron men, figuring to get
a new car. It worked.
So did the dealer. He wrestled
yie 170-pound box into his car
and spent the rest of the day
counting and stacking cartwheels.
PASSES TEST DIES
GLENDALE, Calif., May 19.
(P Robert Mann, 62, pulled
his car alongside the curb and
stopped. Driving Instructor
Lloyd W. Bradley, Jr., told
"You've passed your test."
Mann gasped, collapsed and
died. Police said yesterday that
"a heart attack was the cause.
THREE DEAD, 4,000 HOMELESS IN FORT WORTH FLOOD Flood waters of the Trinity River
inundated this section of Fort Worth, Tex., when the swollen river, fed by 1 0-inch deluge of
rain, smashed four levees and (urged into 1,000 or more homes. At least three persons were
drowned, 10 others are missing and an estimated 4,000 were homeless as a result of the flood.
In the foreground, resembling a bathtub filled with water, is Farringten Football Field. Large
building In left background is Montgomery Ward and Ce. INEA Telsphonle).
OREGON THURSDAY, MAY
, 4 .
APPROVE COUNTY BUDGET Douglas County's Budget Committee met in an all-day session
Wednesday at the Courthouse to draft county expense allocations for tht coming year. The
exact amount of the budget was not totaled ready to announce before Friday. Pictured here are,
left to right, County Clerk Roy Agee; H. W. Clough, Canyonville; Jack Diehl, Reedsport; JuJge
D. N. Busenbark (standing); Commissioners Lynn V. Beclcley and Dick Baker, and seated in
front, Arthur H. Marsh, Lookingglass Route. Clough, Diehl and Marsh are Budget Committee
members appointed by the County Court. .
New Sawmill At
Operations at the new sawmill
of the Associated Plywood Mills,
Inc., at Green were started Tues
day afternoon. Wednesday was
the first full day of production.
Klamath Machinery Co. planned
the layout of the operation,
which includes the main sawmill
building, equipped with an eight
foot band saw and 8 x 60-fooJ
edger; the planer shed, and other
Thurman Johnson has served
as construction superintendent
for the layout, while M. M. Rob
ertson will serve as superintend
ent of the new mill.
Timber for the mill comes from
Associated Plywood's holdings on
Lttle River. Peeler logs for the
company s piywooa mms ai tu
eene and Willamina mill con
tinue to be shipped by, raij frorp
Here. ' . -K.
S. Wenljar, local manager
of Associaled plywood, plans 10
have an open bouse at tne new
sawmill within a few weeks. No
definite date has been set.
Death Claims 3rd Victim
Of Three-Auto Crash
CHAMBERLAIN, S. D., May
19. (JP) Mrs. John P. Christen
son, Everett, Wash., died in the
local hospital Tuesday night. She
was the third fatality in a three
car accident three miles east of
Kennebec, S. D., Monday.
Those who previously died in
the mishap were Mrs. Andrew
Anderson, Florence, Ore., and
Gene Fairchild, Pueblo, Colo.
Three others seriously hurt In
the accident were described today
as "resting quite well." They are
Mrs. Gyla Fairchild, Pueblo; An
drew Anderson, Florence, and
Mrs. Lloyd W. Swanson, Palo
Accused Girl Blames
PORTLAND, May 19 (JP)
A school sorority initiation was
blamed today by a high school
girl for teaching her criminal
Police reported Leila uund-
lach, 18, charged with falsifying
store charge accounts, told of be
ing instructed to cnarge a batn
ing suit to a fictitious account.
Since January she had continued
obtaining merchandise that way.
Four Students Missing
From Monmouth College
SALEM, Ore., May 19. (JP
Four married men, all students
at Oregon College of Education
at Monmouth, were the object
of a police search today after
being missed since last night.
College authorities reported to
State Police that the men came
from Monmouth to Salem last
night to go to a baseball game,
and that they haven't returned
It was feared they might have
had an auto accident, but no
accidents were reported.
The men are Bert McConnell,
Sam Ramey, Bob McKeever, and
Wayne A. Hubbard. They drove
in Hubbard's car.
The college reported that all
four men had good habits.
MeConnell's wife is an ex
pectant mother, and Ramey's
wife teaches at Monmouth. All
four are war veterans.
Only 10 Pet. Of Czechs
Red, U. S. Woman Says
NEW YORK, May 19. OP)
Miss Vlasta Adele Vraz, Ameri
can relief worker, who was jailed
in Prague last month on espon
age charges, says "not more than
ten nercent of the people In
Czechoslovakia are Communists."
"About 90 percent are be
coming more and more opposed
to the government and more and
more unhappy," she said on her
arrival here yesterday aboard a
Miss Vraz, who headed Ameri
can Relief for Czechoslovakia In
Prague, said she was arrested on
"false charges of espionage" be
cause she had known a man a
year ago who since has been ac
cused of spying. He was not
Husband, 82, Father Of
New Set Of Twin Boys
BATES VILLE, Miss., May 18.
(JP) W. T. Thompson, 82, is
the father of a new set of twin
The boys were born to 41-year-old
Mrs. Thompson Saturday.
Each weighed five pounds, eight
The Thompsons have three
other children, ages two, five and
Mrs. Thompson was 16 and her
husband 57 when they were mar
ried in 1924.
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Urged By McKay
WASHINGTON, May 19. (JP)
Governor Douglas McKay of
Oregon said today his state
heavily favors the Army En
gineers' recommendation for a
$3,000,000,000 development of the
Columbia River and Its tribu
He is here to testify tomorrow
before a House Public Works
subcommittee in favor of the
"We want to see adopted an
orderly program for the develop
ment of the Pacific Northwest
where our great resource is
hydro-electric power," the Gov
ernor told a reporter. "We need
more power and flood control
in the Willamette River Valley
where floods have caused $50,
000,000 in damape since 1943.
"We need the power and water
storage for irrigation because tne
tremendous increase In our pop
ulation makes it imperative that
we be able to take care of the
McKay will be joined by Gov
ernor Arthur Langlie of Wash
ington stale, and Elmo Chase of
Eugene, Ore., in testifying favor
ably for the Columbia Basin de
Presbyterians Asked To
Reduce Synod Structure
BUFFALO. N. Y.. May 19.-WP)
The Presbyterian Church in the
U.S.A. opened its ltiisi uenerai
Assembly today with major or
ganizational changes near the
top ot the agenda.
The changes are recommended
in a 59-page report completing
two years of study by a com
mittee headed by Dr. Robert B.
Whyte, pastor of Old Stone
Church, Cleveland, Ohio.
The most drastic cnange pro
posed concerns the synod struc
ture of the Church. The com
mittee recommends that the
number be reduced from 40 to
about 12 with about 200,000
Church population In each.
It also proposes that the Gen
eral Council be reorganized, en
larged and given greaier in
creased powers, becoming the
"conscience, heart and will of
In connection with this, it pro
Doses creation of a new office
of general secretary of the Coun
cil to serve as lis executive.
James Truslow Adams,
Noted Historian, Dies
SOUTHPORT, Conn.,- May 19
(JP) James Truslow Adams,
who quit a career In Wall Street
to become an internationally
known historian, died here last
night at his home.
The 70-year-old chronicler of
colonial New England, winner of
the pulltzer prize in history in
1922, had been 111 for several
weeks. He suffered a stroke a
He leaves his widow, Mrs.
Kathryn Seely Adams, and a
cousin, Frank Adams Truslow,
president of the New York Curb
Adams received the Pulitzer
prize for his "Founding of New
England," one of about 20 histor
ies he produced.
School Budget Approved
In Light Corvallis Vote
CORVALLIS, Ore.. May 19 (.V)
Corvallis School District voters
yesterday approved a 1919-50
school budget of $:R2.000 which
carried a tax levy of $125,995 out
side the six percent limitation.
Out of about 8.000 eligible only
521 voted. There were 395 favor
able votes and 116 unfavorable.
The election was one of four
special elections which face the
people of Corvallis between now
and June 7. The others are on a
special bond issue for the city,
expansion of the city limits and
on a special county road tax.
Fire Fourth In Two Years
At Oregon Institution;
$300,000 Loss Covered
SALEM, Ore., May 19. (.?)
The 40-bed treatment hospital at
the state's home for the feeble
minded was in ruins today, but
heroic work by staff members
saved all inmates from injury.
Twenty-five bed patients were
in the Fail-view Homes Hospital
when fire broke out yesterday.
The flames were discovered just
at the time for changing shifts
and the staff was short-handed.
Stairways were blocked as the
flames spread rapidly from the
basement, up an elevator shaft
and through the two-story fiame
building. Staff workers carried
or aided patients to first floor
windows and helped them
through. Patients on the second
floor were sent down fire es
Cause of the fire, the fourth
in two years at the Institution,
was under Investigation by state
police arson squad officers.
Damage was estimated by Dr.
Irvin Hill, superintendent. $300.-
000. Most of the value was In
costly surgical, x-ray and medi
cal equipment. He said the fire
was defected at about 5 p.m. The
Institution's fire equipment was
joined by the Salem city depart
ments. Only the four walls of the
stucco-finished medical center
were standing today. It had been
built in 1933.
Dr. Hill said none of the cot
tages and other buildings hous
ing about 1,000 other inmates
Loss Fully Covered
One fireman was overcome by
smoke and another knocked from
a ladder by a falling cornice.
Neither was seriously hurt.
William Ryan, supervisor of
state institutions, reported the
damage was covered by the state
restoration fund which contains
about $400,000. The fund is main
tained by the state In lieu of in
Dr. Hill reported the patients
In the hospital, 13 of them tu
bercular, were moved to other
buildings quickly. He said the
staff would be hard pressed tem
porarily In medical treatment De
cause of loss of equipment. Surgi
cal cases will he sent to .the
State Hospital here. .,.., ,
Medals For U. S.
WASHINGTON, May 1.9. (JP)
Maj. Gen. Harry H. Vaughan,
the president's top military aide.
will have to wait awhile longer
to wear the highly-publicized
medal he received from Argen
tina. A House armed services sub
committee voted unanimously to
day to table a bill which would
have let him and 15 other army
officers accept decorations of the
order of General San Martin
from the Argentine government.
It was Vaughan's medal that
Indirectly touched off President
Truman's now-famous "s.o.b." re
marks. Columnist Drew Pearson
criticized Vaughan for taking it
from Argentine President Peron
whom Pearson described as a
That brought a retort from Mr.
Truman that he wasn't going to
let any "s.o.b." tell him who he
should name to government posts.
The House Commute acted on
the recommendation of Rep. Vin
son (D-Ga). Vinson said "no
harm will be done if these medals
Just stay a little while longer" at
tne state ucparimem.
Gas, Diesel Tax Hikes
Not Effective Same Day
SALEM. Ore., May 19. (JP)
Oregon's increased gasoline tax
should become effective July 2,
but the increased tax on diesel
and other motor vehicle fuels
should become law on July 16, At
torney General Ncuner ruled to
day. The present tax is 3 cents a
allon on gasoline and diesel. The
eglslature voled to boost them
to 6 cents on July 1.
Ncuner, In his opinion for
Secretary of State Newbry, held
that the rilosel tax Increase
couldn't become effective until 90
days afler the adjournment of
the Legislature because It was
not an emergency measure.
H. L. Beard, Former Band
Leader At O. S. C, Dies
CORVALLIS, Ore., May 19.
(JP) Harry Lyndon Beard, 70,
who led the Oregon State Band
for 40 years, died In a hospital
He had retired two years ago,
after 42 years on the staff of Ore
gon State. An assistant professor
of mathematics, he was better
known for his musical work.
His wife died In 1929. Two sonf,
a daughter, a sister, and four
Levity Fact Rant
By L. F. Relzenslein
Prince Aly Khan (could bo
pronounced Alley Corf) an
nounces he will censor any pic
ture taken of his marriage to
Rita Hayworth. For this con
sideration for tht reading pub
lic he merits a vote of thanks.