The news-review. (Roseburg, Or.) 1948-1994, May 23, 1949, Page 1, Image 1

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46 Killed As Storms Rake 10 States
- U. Of 0. Li'crary
lj Eugene, Oregon
229 Persons
Injured, 900
Houses Razed
Cape Girardeau, Mo., Is
Hardest Hit; Damage To
. Property Enormous .
(By The Auociated Presi)
A rapid succession of tornadoes
The Weather
Fair to portly cloudy with few
showers over the mountains to
day and Tuesday. Little chonge
in temperature. '
Sunset today 7:38 p. m.
Sunrise tomorrow 4:41 a. m.
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1 MIKE LINDCREN is parts manager at big 'Interstate Tractor
at Jackson St. and East Second Ave. S. and Is pictured at (he
parts counter listing some of the innumerable orders which pour
in there.
With heavy duty equipment in operation some of it day and
night in the forests, mills and fields of the county, parts are
in-demand at all hours, and Mike, trying to meet the insistent
demands, works plenty of overtime. "I had seven different calls
for parts last Sunday," he moaned. Personally I think it's a
hard life.
Young GOP Raps
Ouster Of Tax
EUG.'NE, May 23. UP) Dis
missal of two State Tax Commis
sioners by two members of the
State Board of Control has drawn
a protest from the Oregon Young
Republican Federation.
A resolution on the subject was
adopted here Saturday night after
a federation picnic with Univer
'sitv of Oregon party members.
Miss Vivian McMurtrey, Port
land, federation president, said
the resolution referred to the
vote of Secretary of State New
bry and State Treasurer Pearson.
The resolutions sam ine -roung
Republicans believe a person
noining puonc uiuce uucupies a ,
position 01 trust ana commence,
and that appointments based on
political considerations alone are
betrayals of such confidence."
Newbry, a Republican, and
Pearson, a Democrat, had joined
in ousting Earl Fisher and Wal
lace Wharton, two experienced
members of the Tax Commission.
The move was opposed by Gover
nor McKay. Named by Newbry
and Pearson to fill the vacancies
were Ray E. Smith, Portland, and
Robert MacLean of Waltlport, a
Lincoln County commissioner.
New S. P. Streamliner To
Begin Operation July 10
PORTLAND, Ore., May 23. UP)
The Southern Pacific Railroad's
$5,000,000 Shasta daylight stream
liners will be placed in daily op
eration July 10, the railroad's
president announced today.
A. T. Merceir said the coach
streamliners would make the 718
mile run between Portland and
San Francisco in 15'2 hours
three hours fasler than the best
In the Day's Hews
A BERLIN dispatch starts off:
"America, Britain and France
will go Into the Paris foreign
-ministers conference in their
f strongest positions since Yalta."
It concludes:
"The west goes to Paris with a
Western Germany economy
headed toward recovery; a stable,
democratically elected govern
'ment and with as much support
from West Germany's 46 millions
as any occupation power could ex
pect. "Russia goes to Paris with a
decimated Eastern German econ
omy with a falling living stand
ard, a government hand-picked
but lacking popular German sup
port and a German population
(Continued on Page Four)
Air Battle Against Budworm In Two
Oregon Counties Put On Speed Basis
EUGENE, Ore., May 23. t.Pv Foresters have taken to the air
in a last ditch stand against the tiny budworm which is threatening
to destroy $20,000,000 worth of second growth fir in Linn and Lane
Counties. Officials said this miming that the larvae are hatching
fasler than anticipated and the operation will have to be speeded up.
Over the weekend, four planes
sprayed 8.000 acres of the 12.).000
infested and before the end
the week 13 planes and three hell-
copters will be pitted against the '
i w ill DDT in in VlempY to
'kill nVsts before they emerge
. . ,
The brown. Inch -long spruce i east of Harrisburg. at Spring
budworm was first discovered in ! field. Crawfordsville, Lowell and
Oregon last fear. Thev ran rie-f Cottage Grove. The budworm at
strov a forest within three years
if not completely controlled. Most
Leukemia Claims Boy
Who Craved Melons
RICHMOND, Calif., May 23.
UP) Ronnie Calvert has enjoyed
his last watermelon.
The three-year-old leukemia vic
tim, whose cravings for the fruit
got into the news a few weeks
ago, died yesterday.
Ronnie came down with the
disease last December.
His craving for watermelons,
typical in that disease, brought
gifts of melons from both Florida
and Mexico. The largest ship
ment, more than a score, was
flown from Florida by a B-29
crew on a routine training flight
to the West Coast.
Funeral services will be con
ducted Tuesday in Warren, Ark.,
wnere Ronmes paternal grand-
mother, ..Mrs. Christine Calvert,
Reds Better At
Shanghai Defense
UII1IIIUII!M uuuys MlfU all uv i
to crack Shanghai's defenses. But I
at nightfall they had not achieved
a break through.
Some progress was made In
spots. In others the attacks failed.
The center of the fighting was
directly across the Whangpoo
from the heart of Shanghai.
Thousands watched the battle
from high buildings and the
streets. Shell bursts set no less
than 40 fires during the day.
Some burned for hours.
While this battle at Shanghai's
backdoor flickered and flared,
word from the west defenses hint
ed the Reds had driven to a point
near the Hungja golf course.
That puts them at least three
miles further into the suburban
area. The communique said the
Reds were stopped at the main
defense line.
Life, Property Toll In
Brazilian Flood Heavy
(.1') Hundreds of buzzards hov
ered over flood-ruined town"
along the lower Amazon today
as villagers hunted bodies. in the
swirling debris. There is fear the
death toll will mount into the
Reports from Belem said the
floods worst since 1918 wen
sweeping over Maceio, capital of
Alcoas State, and other towns,
wrecking hundreds of houses,
killing cattle and ruining crops.
Governor Eilvestre Pericles es
timated 100 dead already and
said the damage is over $2,500.-
000. He decreed a three-day
mourning period. An air survev
disclosed many towns completely
under water, with only the top
of palm trees showing.
Meeting of the board of gov
ernors of the Oregon State Bar
Association was held in Roseburg
Friday and Saturday. Business
sessions were held In the Circuit
Court room at the courthouse.
of ,n( nfpsted acreage is in the
i second year of infestation with
j 10 acn, of Meral timber near
0akj( ige in ,ne fala ,hird year.
! state. 300 private owner, and the
1 1WI government.
Bases have been established
present is out or control in'
'land and parts of Canada.
Established 1873
Suicide Of James Forrestal
Set For Naval Investigation
West Berlin
Denied Rail
Seizure Right
Allied Military Heads
Respect Soviet Control
Following Bloody Riots
BERLIN. Mav 23 (1 The
three Western military command
ers rejected today a petition from
the West Berlin city government
to seize strikebound elevated
railway stations in the city.
The strike against the Soviet-
appointed management of the
railways, now in its tnira day,
was marked by a weekend of
bloody rioting in which Soviet
controlled d o 1 i c e used guns
against mobs of strikers and their
The decision of the military
commanders of the United States,
Britain and France in effect re
affirmed the property rights of
the Russian-controlled railway
system. The rights were estab
lished in 194D by iour-power
agret ment.
The anti-Communist city gov
ernment had asked Western au
thorities for the right to send
their own police into railway in
stallations and stations in West
ern sectors, with the backing of
American, British and French
authorities. The strikers num
bering about 12.000 had been
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Constitution Signed By
11 West German States
BONN, Germany, May 23.
UP) The west German constitu
tion was proclaimed thebasie'law
for 45,000,000 Germa s today.
The formal signing by 11 slates
was completed just as the Four
Power council of foreign minis
ters wes convening in Paris in an
a' tempt to work out a German
settlement. The constitution is ex
pected to strengthen the hand of
the West in the Paris talks.
The signing sets the stage for
establishment of a west German
government by mid-July.
Ford Co. Inspector
Mysteriously Slain
WINDSOR, Ont., May 23. W
Provincial police sought today
to turn up a clue in the mysteri
ous shotgun slaying of a Ford
Motor Co. inspector.
The victim, William D. Allen,
37, was felled hy a sholgun blast
at midnight Saturday as he ale a
sandwich and worked a cross
word puzzlie in the kilchen of his
Officers said the assassin stood
on the porch of Allen's home,
rommed the shotgun through a
window and fired from about
seven feet.
Oakridge Man Killed In
Automobile Plunge
EUGENE, May 23. UP) Lewis
V. Brown, 4R, of Oakridge was
killed Sunday when the car
which he was driving left the
highway one half mile west of
Kitson Springs. A companion,
Margaret Abernathy, was unin
jured. Brown was an employe of
Pope Talbot Co. at Oakridge.
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4-H ACHIEVEMENTS ON DISPLAY This wsi h scene in the
t the annual Spring Achievement Day f Douglas County 4-H
Former Secretary Of Defense,
Ex-Cabinet Member Leaps From
16th Floor Of Bethesda Hospital
, WASHINGTON May 23. API A naval board of inquiry
was ordered today to inquire into the suicide of 57-year-old
James Forrestal but his friends among the nation's great wrote
their own verdict: He died because he worked so hard for his
Forrestal, cabinet member under Presidents Roosevelt and
Truman, ended his own life early Sunday morning by leaping
from the 16th floor of the Navy's towering hospital at Bethesda,
Md. He left as his farewell only an ancient Greek poem of
despair and death.
He was the first Secretary of
Defense a wearing job that he
gave up as a sick man In March,
Before that, he had been Secre
tary of the mightiest Navy the
world has ever seen, and before
that he had served as an assistant
to Franklin D. Roosevelt in the
White House.
This spring, his health broken
by more than nine years of nerve
wracking service, he decided to
seek release from the strain. A
few days in Florida after his res
ignation, and then he entered the
hrtsinlal April 2.
His death and the manner of It
shocked the capital.
President Truman said "this
able and devoted public servant
was as truly a casualty of the
war as if he had died on the fir
ing line."
He issued a proclamation order
ing that flags fly at half staff
from all public buildings, forts
and warships.
So far as was known, the for
mer secretary left no note.
Tragic Poem Near Bed
But on a radiator, near his hos
pital bed, was found a book "An
Anthology of World Poetry." A
ribbon Jay Detween me pages
opened to Sophocles' "Chorus
From Ajax. inai poem w--n
nrnfnund and hopeless tragedy.
in tho hark of the book was a
piece - ol hospital memorandum.
(Continued on Page Two)
Queenie Hamilton
Dies Suddenly
Mrs. Queenie Hamilton, 75,
resident of Roseburg for 59 years,
and early-day teacher in the
city's public schools, died sudden
ly yesterday, May 22, at her home
on E. Cass Street. She was born
Jan. 14, 1874, in Terrace, Utah.
She was the widow of the late Dr.
Waller S. Hamilton, pioneer Rose
burg druggist, one-time county
judge and ex-mayor of Roseburg.
He preceded her in death in 1945.
Mrs. Hamilton was a member
of the original Mental Culture
Club of 1895, of Roseburg and of
the Garden Club, of which she
had been a very active member.
She was well versed in the floral
studies of this community. She
was married to Dr. Hamilton
April 28, 1897.
Surviving are a brother, Stan
ley L. Kidder, of Roseburg, and a
sister, Mi st Bessie MacDaniels, of
Funeral services will be held
In The Chapel of the Roses, Rose
burg Funeral Home, Wednesday,
May 25, at 2 p. m. with Dr. Mor
ris H. Roach officiating. Vault
interment will follow in the
Masonic Cemetery.
Regular meeting of the Rose
burg City Planning Commission
will be held at 7:30 tonight in
the City Hall. Routine business
will be discussed.
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Overwork; suicide.
Youth Pleads Insanity In
Murder Of Sister-ln-Law
MILWAUKEE, Wis., May 23.
(P)Milton Babieh pleaded Inno
cent and innocent by reason of in
sanllv at the time of .the set today
to a charge of murdering his
brides prelty sister.
Mnnirinnl Judee Herbert J,
steffes. aeceDtine the 19-year-old
former honor students iirst pie;,
in the dealh of 16-year-old Patri
cia Birmingham, adjourned the
arraignment until May it.
At that time, the court said, a
sanitv commission would be
named to examine the youth.
Traffic Crash Kills
2 Students, Hurts Woman
Two high school students here
were killed, two others hurt and
a 35-year-old woman critically In
jured in a two-car collision Satur
day night.
Slate police said the dead were
Martha Pond, 16, and Irwin
Franks, 17.
In serious condition is Mrs. Ce
lesta Williams, 35, who was half
scalped and suffered concussion
and wrist and arm fractures.
Plane Crash Kills Dallas
Boy, Injures Companion
A 17-year-old Dallas boy was
killed and a young pilot injured
yesterday when an airplane
crashed in approaching an air
field near here.
Police said Carl James Waltner
Jr. died in Ihe plane's front cock
pit seat. Pilot Walter Querlng, 22,
also of Dallas, suffered fractures
of one leg and his jaw.
The n rrrnf nan neen reniea i
earlier In the day from the field
f v? if 'lev & m'ft
Ro.eburg Junior Hio School jymniium Friday and Saturday,
Club.. (Picture by Paul Jenkins.)
23, 1949
Full Probe Of
Atomic Board
Is Demanded
Educational Award To
Red Irks; Senator Asks
Lilienthal To Resign
Senator Vandenberg (R.-Mich.)
called today for "a complete in
quiry" into the attitude of the
Atomic Energy Commission and
Chairman David E. Lilienthal on
all security problems.
A congressional committee al
readv is looking Into the com
mission's operations and one in
vestigator Senator Hickenlooper
IR.-Iowa) has demanded that
Lilienthal resign.
The investigation has revolved
about the award of atomic educa
tional grants to an admitted Com
munist and to others who failed
to receive security clearance for
work on secret matters!
Vandenberg said in a statement
that "it is unthinkable to me that
Communists should be educated
at public expense."
He added that he must withhold
"final judgment" on Lllienthal's
work as AEC head until the se
curity issue is cleared up.
Vandenberg, a member with
Hickenlooper of the Senate-House
Atomic committee, said the im
portance of the security matter
"cannot he ignored in view of
Senator Ilickenlooper's state
menl, because he is in my opinion,
one of our best informed experts
on this whole matter.
Hickenlooper accuses Lilienthal
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Columbia Basin
Carpenters Quit
In Wage Dispute
COULEE DAM, Wash., May 23.
(Pi Carnenters on the huce Co
lumbia Basin lrrieation project
walked tJl 4oday In wage-dis-
AFL carpenters union officials
said 700 men on basin projects
failed to report lor work toaav.
Negotiations .broke down in
Ephrala Friday.
The basin carpenters are seek
ing a wage boost from $2.06 to
$2.25 an hour five cents more
than demanded by other Eastern
Washington carpenters now on
The carpenters walking out to
day are employed by private eon
tractors building the government
projects. About a dozen union car
penters employed directly by the
Federal Bureau of Reclamation
at Coulee Dam remained on the
job al the old wage scale.
S. A. Barlels, business represen
tative for Carpenters' Local 1332,
said the conlraclors' final offer
during negotiations was $2 an
hour, or less money than the men
have been making.
Bureau of Reclamation efficlals
said a prolonged walkout would
affect the completion dale of
many contracts: on basin projects.
Projecls involved include the
$2,700,000 job of building a con
trol bay and cable tunnel In the
east powerhouse at Grand Coulee
dam and a $13,348,000 ronlract
for pumping plant construction.
Other projects scattered through
the Basin also may be affected.
May 23. (iV) The Bishop of
Chichester led the congregation
of this village to the banks of
Ihe River Arun and offered pray
ers for rain to end the drought.
Thenhe hustled the parishioners
; back inside the village church.
I Just in time to beat the rain
Beaver Creek Fire
Is Said Subdued
Close to 350 fire fighters at
Beaver Creek, near Tiller, were
Eaid off Sunday by a Forest
ervlce paymaster from Port
land. The fire has been subdued
and will be watched by a standb
crew, said M. M. Nelson, super
visor of the Umpqua National
At its peak, the fire covered
1,000 acres. Fire fighters used 36
nower saw sets . to fall snaes
around the outer perimeter.
Some crews cut as many as n.i
snags in a single day. Mop-up
crews followed with hose lines.
Nelson said more than five miles
of hose were laid from streams
in the forest.
The fire was believed to have
been set bv electrical storms in
the vicinity a week and a half
ago. The fire was sighted by a
United Airlines pilot, who ra
dioed Forest Service headquar
ters. Crews rushed to the scene dun
ing the week included loggers
from the vicinity as well as For
est Service employes. Men also
were recruited from Eugene to
Medfotd to aid the fire fighters.
Eleven d eces of. four-wheei
drive equipment were used over
the "Jeep road" to the base camp,
while four pack strings trans
ported supplies to the five camps
around the fire's outer perimeter.
Radio communication was set up.
Austrian Issue
Enters Agenda
Of Big Four
PARIS. Mav 23. UP) The Big
Four Council of foreign ministers
met today In an attempt to solve
the problems of Germany and
decided swiftly to add the Aus
trian question to their agenda.
The four ministers agreed on
a four-point agenda:
1. l'roniems oi uerman unn.v,
including economic and political
principles and Allied I four-pow
er j xonmu.. . , --.-.----""
2. Berlin, Including currency
3. Preparation of a peace
treaty for Germany.
4. Preparation of an Austrian
Independence treaty.
The Austrian question has been
deadlocked over many a long
meeting of the foreign ministers'
deputies, and Austria has begged
the Council to take it up at this
session. Like Germany, Austria
Is occupied by the Four Powers'
Secretary of Stale Dean Ache-
son of the United States, Foreign
Secretary Ernest Bevln of Brit
ain, Foreign Minister Robert
Schuman of France and Foreign
Minister Andrei Y. Vishlnsky oi
Russia assembled for the discus
sion. At almost exactly the same
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Roseburg Police Force
To Have Reserve Unit
'Twelve-member reserve unit
will be organized by the Rose
burg Police Department, said
Chief of Police Calvin H. Baird.
The unit will he composed of
men who have applied for regu
lar positions with the police
force, as well as others with
nrnvlnus nollce experience who
wish to continue in police work.
Members of the reserve will
wear the same uniforms as the
regular nollce. Their badges win
designate them as reserve offi
cers. While on duly, they will
have the same authority as regu
lar officers, said Chief Baird. As
vacancies in Ihe department oc
cur, they will be filled from the
The unit will receive formal
recognition July 1, start of thfl
new liscai year, expiainea ine
Auto Occupants Slightly
Hurt In Traffic Crash
Rounding a curve at what wit-
nnei maif Wfl B "Mall MlP OH
speed," . an automobile operated
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nurg, was namngra nuntiHy morn
a uihra It trurW a I n Anscles. ' v,n supei nuenueni ui
"m frnlhV iruck AnRclc-! Oregon Fairview Home for feeble
Seattle f i eight truck. . V. ,. -ci.h thp Stain
Slate Police Sgt, Lyle liarreii
said the accident occurred at
11:15, 37 miles south of Roseburg,
near Ihe Pioneer Bridge. The
freight truck and trailer were op
erated by Harold R. Quint, Se
attle. Sgt. Harrell said the Alloway
car, going north, swung Into the
left lane of traffic as It made the
curve and si ruck the southbound
truck. The car was damaged and
Mrs. Alloway and her husband
suffered minor injuries.
Portland Streetcar
Catches Fire 2nd Time
PORTLAND, May 23.-t.Tl A
Council Crest streetcar caught on
fire again today, and several pas
sengeis were taken to a hospital.
Details of the accident were not
Immeilialrly available. The fire
department quoted Ihe mntorman
as saving he shut the controls off
and the "thing exploded."
The fire occurred at Southwest
King and Burnslde Streets, Just a
block from the point where a
streetcar on the same line caught
i fire several weeks ago.
and other weather fury killed
46 persons and caused millions
or dollars m property damage
over the weekend in widely scat
tered areas.
The storms raked ten states.
Injured at least 229 persons and
smashed 900 houses. In Wash
ington, Basil O'Connor, president
of the American Red Cross, said .
the organization had set asida
$500,000 for relief of the many
hundreds left homeless.
Hardest hit were Missouri, Il
linois and Indiana, where a total
of 44 persons were killed. Other
deaths were reported in Ken.
tucky and Pennsylvania while
West Virginia, Texas, Tennes
see, Iowa and Maryland reported
heavy property damage.
Missouri Toll Heaviest
Cape Girardeau, in southeastern
Missouri with 21 dead and prop
erty damage estimated at be
tween three and four ' million
dollars, suffered the most. A sur
vey of that hard-hit city showed
202 houses totally destroyed, 231
damaged, 18 business buildings
and a church destroyed, and 12
business buildings and another
church damaged in the city of
20,000 population. More than 200
persons were injured and hun
dreds left homeless.
Three other Missouri towns,
not directly In the path of the
twister, each reported one dead.
They are Clarksville, Bessville
and Cabool.
Indiana's 11 dead and 47 in
jured are at Shelburn, Terre
Haute and Clay City. Ralph C
werner, a Kco cross spokesman.
said the states damage would
run Into hundreds ot thousands
of dollars.
Eight persons were killed at
Shelburn, two near the outskirts
of Terre Haute and one near
Clay City. The twister missed
thu business districts of the two
cities. In the west side of Shel
burn, a town of 1,000, the tor
nado demolished 65 houses, and
damaged 95, 60 of them severely.
Illinois had a total of nine
dead, five at Wood River and
four at Palestine.
At Wood River, up the Missis
sippi from, St,, Louis, 325, home
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Marshall Plan
Fund Reduced
By House Group
The House Appropriations Com
mittee today ordered a 15 per
cent cut In the Marshall Plan
spending for the year starting
July 1.
Overriding a subcommittee rec
ommendation, the full committee
voted to cut $629,730,000 from
Ihe $1,198,200,000 President Tru
man had asked for the European
recovery program's second year
of operations. .
the suocommltlee had recom
mended a cut of only $182,300,000
but Republicans claimed this
wasn't enough.
The full committee also voted
to cut $150,000,000 from the $1,-
000,000,000 President Truman
sought for government and relief
in occupied areas. Ihe subcom
mittee had chopped this item only
The full $50,000,000 asked for
aid to Greece and Turkey was ap
proved by the committee, as was
a fund of $1,074,000,000 sought
for Marshall Plan operations for
the April-June quarter of this
The overall amount recommend
ed for all operations In the bill
was $5,542,470,000. The President
had asked $6,322,200,000.
The actual amount of money to
be made available depends on
what the full House and Senate
vote when the bill comes before
The cuts the committee made
are on lop of a $157,800,000 re
duction that Mr. Truman himself
suggested because of the decline
in price since he sent his budget
to Congress in January.
$300,000 Asked For New
FairvieW Home Hospital
SALEM. May 23.-7P Dr. Ir-
Board of Control- today for per
mission to build a new $300,000
30-hed hospital for his institution.
It would replace the. present
hospital, which was partially de
st roved by fire last Wednesday.
The board instructed Dr. Hill
to prepare plans and estimates.
If the board approves, the Slate
Emergency Board would be asked
June 17 for Ihe money to build it.
Dr. Hill said the loss to the
.present hospital was $127,000,
compared with his previous $300,
000 'estimate. He suggested the
present building could be fixed
up for use as a school for the
Lvity Fact Rant
By L. F. Reiainstein
Twe head art better than
one especially en the tamt
man in this seesaw typi of
weather; ent head for a straw
hat, the other for felt.