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County Budget Of About $2 Million Fixed
Mostly cloudy today and Sat
urday with occasional showtrs.
Sunset today 7:35 p. m.
Sunrise tomorrow 4:43 a. m.
U. Of 0. Library
Eugene , Oregon
BOMBING CHARCED Law
rence Jean Sharp, 20, above,
University of Washington soph
omore, is under arrest at Seat
tle, accused by the FBI of dyna
miting the home of his parents
at McLoughlin Heights, Van
couver, Wash., last April. Father
of the boy, Lawrence Sharp Sr.,
is a native of Roseburg, the son
of E. W. Sharp of the Broccoli
Lane district. It was the second
bombing of the Sharp home,
since when the parents have
y moved to a secret address in
Portland. Motive for the bomb
ing is a complete mystery. The
arrested youth refuses to dis
cuss it. He is held in $5,000
In the Day's News
By FRANK JENKINS
A BERLIN dispatch says:
"Eastern Germany's four mil
lion votes against Communism
may have thrown gravel into the
gears of Soviet strategy at the
four-power talks that will begin
Monday in Paris." ,
THE situation, you see, Is like
The Russians had planned to
propose withdrawal of ALL
armies of occupation from Ger
many. Then (with us and the
British and the French out of
the way) their East German Com
munist police force, which they
have trained as an army, would
step in and take over all of
Now, with a third of all the
Germans voting in this week's
election having the cold nerve to
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G. L. Routledge
Sells Feed Store
To W. R. Bernal
George L. Rutledge, owner of
Quality Feed and Seed Co., lo
cated at Burke and Short Sts., an
nounced the sale of the business
today to Walter R. Bernal of the
Douglas County Poultry Co. The
business will be carried on under
the name of the Roseburg Feed
and Seed Co.
Bernal has purchased Rout
ledge's complete stock of Hodgen
Brewster Centennial feeds and
accessories and will conduct the
business in connection with the
Douglas County Poultry Co. at
Oak and Spruce Sts. All mer
chandise will be moved to the
"Mr. Bernal has handled H-B
feeds several years and is quali
fied to give helpful information
to his customers, and he knows
the feed business," said Rout
ledge. Routledge, also owner of the
Routledge Hatcheries and Farm,
gave the press of other business
as his reason for selling the feed
store. As a director and manager
of the annual Northwestern Tur
key Show, he said he will now
be able to devote more time to
the interests of the exhibition.
State Rep. James H. Moore
Of Portland Resigns
SALEM, Ore., May 20. I!P)
State Reg. James H. Moore, Port
land Democrat, resigned yester
day. In a letter to Secretary of State
Newbry, Moore said he was ac
cepting another position which
would make him ineligible to
serve in the Legislature.
The recent Legislature was tne
first in which Moore served.
Moore is the second legislator
to resign since the session ended
a month ago. The other man was
Rep. John D. Logan, Portland
Republican, who quit so he could
go back to his former job as dep
uty district attorney of Multno
Annual 4-H Achievement Day At
Jr. High Draws Hundreds Of Youths
This today and Saturday are big days for hundreds of Douglas
County 4-H Club members who are to attend the annual Douglas
County Achievement Day being held in the Roseburg Junior High
Exhibits of cooking, camp cook
ery, sewing of all kinds, forestry,
woodworking, homemaklng, knit
ting, hobbv work, and posters are
coming here from the central and
southern parts of Douglas County.
Today the displays have been
set up for the public showing
Saturday. The home economics
Judge in charge. Miss Ester Task
erud of Oregon Stale College, has
been working all day, so that
ribbons may be on the 4-H ex
Saturday's program 'will In
clude things of interest to all 4-H
Club members attending. Begin
ning at 10 a.m.. there will be
movies In the auditorium. At 1
Four-Power Parley at
Allies Now In
'No Compromise With
Russia, Declaration Of
Secretary Of State
WASHINGTON, May 20 UP)
Secretary of State Acheson
left for the Paris foreign min
isters meeting today bearing
President Truman's best wishes
and pledged to a firm policy in
dealing with the Russians on
Mr. Truman was asked wheth
er he thought the Paris meeting
would be an auspicious occasion.
"That remains to be seen," the
President said. "You can tell
more about it after it has been
in session a while."
Pressed further, Mr. Truman
referred reporters to Acheson's
statement pledging a "no com
promise" stand in the talks with
the Soviets on Germany's future.
In a predeparture statement
he made clear that his primary
concern will not be an East-West
agreement on Germany made
just for the sake of agreeing.
Instead he spoke of a determina
tion to protect the economic re
covery and political stability of
all Western Europe in which
Germany plays a vital part.
"We shall neglect no real op
portunity for increasing the area
of solution and tranquility in the
world," Acheson declared. "At
the same time, we shall not bar
ter away successes achieved (in
Western Germany and Vestern
Europe) for the sake of prom
ises which might again prove to
be illusory as they too often have
In the past."
, Acheson's statement on his
policy approach to the new meet
ing of the Council of Foreign
Ministers was issued here after
he had previewed his policies and
plans with the Senate Foreign
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Man Is Slain By
LOS ANGELES, May 20. UP)
A 45-year-old unemployed ma
chinist is held on suspicion of
murder today in the fatal and
apparently pointless shooting of
a father of four who police said
was just a stranger passing by.
Killed yeslerday was William
G. Whatley, 37, a musician, and
one-time movie extra.
Det. Lt. Sam Flowers gave this
Whatley who wears a goatee
was en route to a grocery store.
He passed a rooming house and
dropped with a bujlet through
Police rushed into the rooming
house and found Sylvester E.
Eaton there, his , head in his
hands and a gun on the dresser.
Police quoted him:
"Yes, I shot him. I don't know
why. I never saw that man be
fore. I don't know why I shot
him except I didn't like his chin
"They've been putting some
thing over on me for a long
time, and it has been piling up
Newcomer Buys Interest
In Rose Barber Shop
Seth Sirrine, formerly of La
Grande, has purchased half-interest
In the Rose Barber Shop
from John W. Diller, it has been
Mr. Sirrine with his wife, has
moved to Roseburg and they have
purchased a home at 760 E.
Lane St. Mr. Sirrine has been en
gaged in the barber trade for
teh last 30 years at La Grande.
Mr. Diller will continue as an
active partner in the shop.
p.m. Judging contests In cooking,
sewing and homemaklng are
Demonstration teams will "pre
sent exhibits of their work at 2
p.m. and, as a climax to the
Spring Achievement Days, the
annual style revue for clothing
club members making their own
clothing will be held at 3 p.m.
This revue Includes county-wide
competition and the two top re
vueis are to be awarded sum
mer school scholarships to the
4-H summer encampment at Cor
vallis. These are provided by
J. C. Penney Co. of Roseburg.
SUCCEEDS CLAY John L,
Mc , Cloy (above) has been
nominated by President Truman
to ba tha first U. S. civilian high
commissioner for Germany. He
will succeed Can Lucius D. Clay
in part. Gen. Clay was both
military governor and head of
the U. S. armed forces in Eu
rope. McCloy resigned his pres
ent post as president of the
World Bank in Washington.
I WASHINGTON, May 20 tP)
Senator Douglas (D.-Ill.) today
urgea tne senate to siasn a
0(50,000 appropriations bill by 40
"This is our chance to make
big savings," he said of the Armv
civil functions bill carrying funds
lor scores oi nooa control ana
rivers and harbors projects.
We are heading for a budget
ary deficit of at least three to
lour billion dollars a year, Doug
las told his colleagues. "I urge,
therefore, that we cut these ap
propriations (in the pendinf- bill)
by 20 per cent or approximately
$3000,000,000 to a total of $450,
000.000, and that we give the sec
retary oi tne Army and the di
rector of the budget the responsi
bility for making these cuts."
Douglas said that "in the old
days" the civil functions bill was
known as the rivers and harbors
bill, and added:
It was also commonly, if Ir
reverently, referred to by the peo
ple as the 'pork barrel'. It was
commonly believed that sufficient
fat chunks of appropriations were
passed around among the various
districts-and states to ensure its
"This bill is now being market
ed with a comparatively new pack
age, " " but when- tne new
wrapping is peeled off, I have a
very real feeling that however
succulent the slices, it is still the
same old bologna."
Douglas said cutting the bill
40 per oent would permit work to
be continued - on $300,000,000
worth of projects now under coh-
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Report Of Grand
The Douglas County Grand
Jury, which has been in session
all week, is expected to make
its report today. Several criminal
cases have been investigated.
The Circuit Court May term
will open Monday at 9:30 a.m.,
with 12 civil cases and possibly
some criminal cases on the dock
ets. An additional Jury list to com
plete the panel was drawn Thurs
day, and includes the following
Ethel Bashford, Frank Denton,
Don Forbes, Marjorie Miles, B.
R. Shoemaker, Cliff Thornton,
Cleo Tipton and Anna R. West,
all of Roseburg; Goldie E. Dyer,
and Henry Shirtcllff Sr., both of
Mvrtle Creek; Ruth Jackson,
Henry C. Kclley, Ralph L. Rich
ter and Gordon W. Ware, all
Route 2, Roseburg, and H. Eliza
beth Ogle, Route. 1, Roseburg.
Lower Umpqua Highway
Job Contract Ordered
Bid for the grading, surfacing
and oiling of a 2.98-mile section of
the Umpqua Highway between
Luders Creek and Murphy's
Camp, has been referred by the
State Highway Commission to
the division engineer, who has
authority to award a contract to
Umpqua River Navigation Co.
The company bid $171,252.
Charged In Appointment
Of 'Inexperienced' Man
1 PORTLAND, May 20. UP) A
split in the Republican Party
widened today in arguments over
recent State Tax Commission ap-
Governor McKay, one of the
principals In the split, was urged
to prevent Ray Smith, Portland
Republican, and Robert MacLean,
Waldport Democrat, from be
coming tax commissioners.
They won appointments this
week, partly through the efforts
of Secretary of State Newbry,
McKay's rival in the split.
Newbry and Democrat Walter
Pearson, state treasurer, outvot
ed McKay on the appointments.
McKay had wanted to retain Re
publican Earl Fishep-and Demo
crat Wallace Wharton as tax
. Stale Senator Frank H. Hil
ton, Multnomah County Republi
can, in a letter to McKay, de
scribed Smith and MacLean as
"men wholly inexperienced in tax
He added the Governor could
block the appointments through
a section of the state law that
says, "each commissioner shall
be skilled and expert in matters
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Raised - In Probe--Of
WASHINGTON, May' 20. P)
Senator McCarthy (R-Wis) to
day angrily quit the Senate group
investigating the Malmedy trials
and blasfcd it for "attempting to
whitewash a shameful episode"
in armed forces history.
McCarthy, himself . a World
War II Marine veteran, has con
stantly been at odds wilh Sena
tor Baldwin (R-Conn), chairman
of the group looking into the
trial of Nazi soldiers charged
with massacring American pris
oners of war during the Battle
of the Bulge.
1 he Wisconsin lawmaker Issued
two bitter statements one to
the press, another for ' the Sen-
ale record in which he accused
Baldwin's armed services sub
committee of "a deliberate at
tempt to avoid the facts."
After issuing his stalement.
McCarthy went to a meeting of
the committee, then walked out,
saying the inquiry is "a sham,
a farce and a very deliberate at
tempt to whitewash" the Army's
trial of the Germans.
Speaking directly to Baldwin,
McCarthy added: "More than 100
unarmed surrendered American
soldiers were brutally shot down
In cold blood by German S.S.
"To this day, not one (Ger
man) has been executed for this
Six Germans are under sen
tence to die, but the executions
have been held up pending the
Arson Suspected In
Fairview Home Fire
SALEM, May 20. UP) The
State Police arson squad thinks
tne fHMXXJ hospital fire at Fair-
view Home Wednesday was set
Dy a iireoug.
"Lt. Thomas Sheridan, head of
the squad, said the fire broke
out in a basement storeroom
where beds and mattresses were
stored. He said there was noth
ing there which could have caused
a fire to start accidentally.
Hospital authorities reduced
the damage estimate from $300,
000 to $250,000, because they
learned some of the equipment
could be salvaged.
Dr. Irvln Hill, hospital superin
tendent, said he wants a new one
story hospital constructed to re
place the burned two-story structure.
Injunction Halts Ban
On Fishtraps And Seines
SALEM, May 20.-(P)Clrcult
Judge E. M. Page yeslerday
granted a temporary injunction
to prevent enforcement of the
ban on fishtraps and seines in
the Columbia River.
The ban was voted by the
people last November, but the
Columbia River Packers Associ
ation and trap and seine oper
ators brought suit, claiming the
ban violates the constitution.
The preliminary Injunction will
remain In force until the Judge
derides whether the law li con
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1949
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HIGHWAY ACCIDENT News -
Vot!ty atter tiis accident occurred on Pacific Highway 99, midway- between Myrlle Crsek and
Canyonville. , The upper pictura shows Uaniel nenry Minchew,
besides his damaged car, which allegedly sideswiped a truck,
Horseley, according to State Police Sgt. Lyle Harroll. Minehew's
are standing around. Tha lower picture shows the badly damaged
OSee story page I today.)
Power To Jail
Groups Is Asked
WASHINGTON. May 20. UP)
Attorney General Clark dis
closed today that the Justice De
partment is Investigating or
taking action against "833 sus
pected subversive aliens."
He supplied the information In
a letter read to a House Judiciary
Subcommittee - by Immigration
Commissioner Watson B. Miller.
The letter strongly urged passage
of a bill that would let the Depart
ment jail deportable aliens like
Gel bart Elsler.
Eisler, described by the House
Committee on Un-American Ac
tivities as the former No. 1 Com
munist in the United States, is
awaiting an extradition hearing
In England after being taken off
a Polish ship on which he escaped
from this country as a stowaway.
He was under bond In a deporta
tion case and two criminal cases
which are on appeal.
Kep. Hobbs ID.-Ala.) testified
that thousands of aliens have
been ordered out of the country
"They tell us to go to hell and
there is nothing we can do about
Hobbs Is author of the bill
Clark wants enacted.
Lumber Workers Set
Vote On New Contract
PORTLAND, Ore.. Mav 20.
UP) The 40.000 CIO lumber work
ers In the Pacific Northwest will
vote before June 11 on the pro
posed new contract for the com
Ballots will go Into the mall
Monday, CIO officials said here
after tentative agreements were
signed between union negotiators
and the Lumbermen's Industrial
Relations Committee, ' the Pine
Industrial Relations Committee
and the Willamette Valley Oper
Union heads have recommend
ed acceptance of the contract,
which does not call for a gen
eral wage Increase. It does, how
ever, provide a night shift pay
differential of 4 cents an hour
and overtime rates for holidays.
Wages will not be brought up
for further negotiation before
April 1, 1950.
Welder's Torch Causes
$63,000 Fire At Hangar
FAIRBANKS, Alaska. Mav 20.
UP) A spark from a welder's
torch set off a blaze that com
pletely destroyed the Alaska Air
lines No. 3 hangar late yesterday.
Frank Barr. Kali banks manag
er of the Airline, estimated the
damage at $60,000, plus another
$3,000 In mechanics' personal
- - is.
Revlay Photographer .Paul . Jenkins, .hppwiJ 4ilong Thtirtlay,
Truman Placates Dixie
Group In Appointment
WASHINGTON, May 20 UP)
President Truman today ap
peared to have broken the Ice
on Southern appointments with
his nomination of Abraham Ben
jamin Conger as federal judge In
Conger' was recommended by
Senator George (D.-Va.), vigor
ous foe of the President's civil
rights program and one of the
Democrats who has refused to
go along with Mr. Truman's re
quest for $4,000,000,000 in new
The President's action In send
ing the nomination to the Sen
ate yesterday was widely Inter
preted as a victory for those In
the Democratic Party who have
Counseled against trying to pun
ish Dixie lawmakers who didn't
get out and root for the Presi
dent in last year's campaign..
Given Roseburg Officers
Six Roseburg police patrolmen
received certificates as having
completed the six weeks' advance
police training course sponsored
by the Oregon Association of
City Police Officers and Oregon
State Sheriffs Association.
Those graduating are Patrol
men Don Starmer, Ted Mezac,
William Deal, John Ellis, James
McAlplne and Roy Lorance. Ap-
firoxlmately 50 officers in Doug
as, Lane, Coos and Curry coun
ties have completed the series,
the final class of which was held
In Roseburg Thursday.
Other local officers completed
the course last year.
Attempt To End Bendix
Plant Strike Fails
SOUTH BEND, Ind., May 20
UP) Negotiations for ending the
month olii shutdown at the Ben
dix Aviation Corporation Plant
have been broken off Indefinite
ly, an official of the striking
ClO-Unlted Auto Workers said
The strike began April 20
when the local union walked out
In a dispute over production and
pay rates in the brake shoe d"
partment and dismissal of 47
workers on lowdown charges.
Textile Union Not To
Seek Wage Increases
NEW YORK, May 20.-tP)-A
textile union official says mem
ber locals have been advised not
to seek wage Increases In contract
talks starting Aug. 1.
John Chupka, director of the
CIO Textile Workers' Woolen
and Worsted. Division, said last
night the group's policy commit
tee unanimously voted against
seeking further pay boosts.
driver, strercnaa our on rna roaa
operated by Carroll Eugene
sister, her husband and children
truck, which was overturned.
Truck; 3 Persons
Three persons sustained in
juries as the result of a truck-car
sideswiplng accident about mid
way between Myrtle Creek and
Canyonville at 11:30 a.m. Thurs
day. State Police Sgt. Lyle Han-ell
reported Daniel Henry Minchew,
Azalea, operator of the car, was
taken to Mercy Hospital at Rose
burg, but was later released Jifter
receiving treatment. He suffered
chiefly from shock, and lay un
conscious for some time before
the ambulance arrived.
With him was his sister, Mamie
Ann Vann, who sustained facial
cuts and shock; her husband,
Lonnic Vann, uninjured; and their
three children. One child, Shir
Icy Ann, suffered cuts on the
face, but the other two were not
Operator of the loaded logging
truck was Carroll Eugene Hors
ley, Canyonville, who was unin
jured. Sgt. Harrell said the investi
gating officer's report showed
Minchew was traveling north
over the yellow line, when his
car sideswiped the truck, travel
ing south. Both car and truck
were badly damaged.
Streetcar Fare Boosted
To 12 Cents In Portland
PORTLAND, May 20. UP)
The streetcar fare will be up to
12 cents In Portland Sunday. It
may be up to that level in Se
attle and Tacoma soon.
These developments came out
of a stormy City Council session
here yeslerday, In which the
council voted 3-2 to Increase the
fare from the present dime.
Gordon G. Steele, president of
the Portland traction company,
asserted the firm needed more
The Increase was voted over
the objections of finance com
missioner Ormond R. Bean and
Mayor Dorothy McCullough Lee,
who said the traction company
"Is not now giving service com
mensurate with the present fare."
Rock KilirWoman While
BEND, Ore, May 20.-UP)
Mrs. Robert H. Douglas, 33. was
killed by a falling rock Thurs
day as she clambered on a cliff
to collect flagstones for her gar
She and a friend. Mrs. Sterling
Sorcnson, were collecting atoms
on Century Drive, eight miles
west of here. As she examined
a stone, another came loose from
the cliff above her and knocked
hpr 20 feet down the cliff.
The friend dashed Into Bend
for help, but Mr. Douglas wit
dead when rescuers arrived.
Salaries Upped, Road
Needs Heavy; Tax Levy
Not To Leap 6 Pet. Limit
Douglas County's operating
budget for the 1949-50 fiscal year,
as fixed by the budget committee,
will approximate $2,000,000, but
the amount to be raised by taxa
tion, which is $369,329.13, has been -kept
within the six precent limi
tation. However, an additional
$200,000, voted by the people last
November for construction of a
new county home, will be raised '
by a special four-mill levy. '
While the budget will be con
siderably higher than that of last '
year, because of general salary
adjustment, needed expansion in
some departments and the urgent
need for an extensive road build
ing and repair program, the in-
crease has been largely offset by
increases in anticipated revenue.
Also, the county has tapped for
the first time a county road de
partment sinking fund to obtain '
money for the much needed road
building program. From this fund, :
now totaling $1,019,372, has been
taken $243,160 to balance the bud
get and still accomplish the re
quired work. The fund, it was
explained by County Recorder
Roy Agee, has been accumulated
during the war years and since,
when materials and equipment
were unavailable for major Im
provements. Items Compared
The general county fund re
quest Is $733,470.53: the county
school request, $136,860, and coun
tv school library vequest, $1,368.
60, making a total of $871,699.13,
compared to a total of $697,125.
41 last year. Estimated receipts
for the coming year total $756,
580, which includes an expected
budget balance of $100,000. com
pared with estimated receipts last,
vcar of only $592,650. The amount
In this fund to he raised by tax
ation is $115,119.13.
The rnuntv school reauest.
based upon $10 per capita school
census, last year was paid by
the state from Income tax funds,
and mav he paid cgain this year,
hut information on that Item is
not definite. If the state again
assumes the obligation, the tax
levy will be reduced by that
The county road fund this year
has been increased lwm $968,705
to $1,280,495, but estimated re
ceipts also have been increased
from $869,355 to $1,026,285,- leav.
htg a balance oi if. '5-1,210 in this'
fund to be raised- by tax.
A general yearly salary In
crease of $400, authorized by ths
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Vehicle Driver In
Death Of Woman
Is Still Sought
State Police, in cooperation
with Oakland and Sutherlln offi
cers, are searching for two cars
one a pickup truck which might
have been responsible for the
death of Mrs. Syble Florine
Nichols, 35, wife of William Troy
Nichols, at Union Gap Monday.
, Sgt. Lyle Harrell stated today
that witnesses observed a pickup
truck, with a low flat bed, pas
sing about the time Mrs. Nichols
is supposed to have met her
death," probably about 12:30 p. m.
Also observed passing at a high
rate of speed about the same
hour was a red car, not specifical
A three-year-old boy of the vi
cinity, which is about halfway
between Oakland and Sutherlln,
reported he saw Mrs. Nichols hit
by a car, which he said was a
taxlcab. Hownver, said Sgt. Har
rpll, the child's story must be dis
counted to some extent, as lt is
believed he would have difficulty
distinguishing whether or not tho
car was a taxi.
All taxlcabs In this vicinity
have been carefully checked and
no evidence from this source has
been revealed, Harrell said. Other
leads are also being traced by
stale and local officers.
Mrs. Nichols met her death
sometime betwpen 12:30, when
she was last seen walking along
the east shoulder of the highway,
and 6:30 p. m., when her body
was found In a rather deep ditch
In front of the Union Gap Cot
tages by S. G. Holder, owner. The
long time intervening prevented
officers from making an immedi
ate search for possible responsi
Community Hospital Will
Be C. of C. Forum Topic
"Your Community Hospital"
will be the general topic for the
Chamber of Commerce forum
luncheon Monday noon at the
Hotel Umpqua, reports George
Luoma, program chairman.
A frank discussion of building
plans, approximate date construc
tion will start, when the hospital
may be In operation, administra
tive plans and othpr factors of in
terest to the commnuily In gen
eral are planned.
Lvity Fact Rant
By L. F. Reinnttein
Passag of the Communist
control bill pending In Congress
will drive tht party under
ground, a Red leader told a Sen
at hearing. If that threat It
earrltd out, a lot of good fish
bait will be contaminated.