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WTO 0H Mill TTO
Trojan Lumber Co.
Sullivan Re-Saw Plant
Near Roseburg Suffers;
Bland Mountain Ablaze
Flames swept through th
Trajan Lumber company re
manufacturing plant at Riddle
Saturday afternoon, while fire
fighters from the Roteburg
and TrI City areas fought for
more than eight hours to sub
Cause of the fire was not
learned here this morning, as
telephone lines to Riddle were
out of order.
H. C. Stokes, Jr., chief of Trt
City volunteer fire department,
said he was informed by own
ers of the mill ihat the loss
would approximate more that.
Destroyed in the fire was the
mill's main building, which in
cluded the edger and other equip
ment and a considerable amoun;
of lumber. The pltter and sort
ing shed was saved.
3. Paul Campbell, owner of the
Trojan Lumber company, this
morning said loss .if the mill aiv
firoximated $100.00v Inventory
oss was about $8,300 or $9,000,
partially covered iy insurance.
Two Other Mills Suffer
Two other mills also suffered
fire losses Saturday afternoon
The re-saw of the Sullivan and
Son planing mill, north of Rnse
burg, was destroyed in a fire
at 3:20 p. m., and a portion
of the sawdust convevor at the
All Fir Lumber company, a few
miles norm oi Myrtle Creek,
The Douglas Forest Protective
association reported fighting all
incendiary grass fires which
spread into forest land on Bland
mountain, on the Tiller-Trail ign
way eight miles east of Canyon
ville Saturday afternoon and Sun
day. Roseburg Sends Aid
Equipment was dispatched to
the Trojan Lumber company lire
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Driver To Be Cited In
Crash Near Sutherlin
A two-car accident a half mile
south of Sutherlin Sunday dam
aged cars driven by Roger Lee
Cornett, 17, Drain, and Mary
Adaline Hall, 59, Sutherlin, ac
cording to Roseburg state police.
Mary Hall was taken to Merc-
hospital, with a possible leg frac
ture. A passenger in her car,
Addie Wood, 53, also of Suth
erlin, was treated dt Mercy hos-
ital for severe cuts and facial
State police officers said a com
plaint would be filed by Cornett,
alleging failure to signal.
In the Day's News
By FRANK JENKINS
AN official commission in Wash
ington has just made a mo
mentous decision. It is the White
House commission. Its job was to
decide whether to tear the old
White House down and build a
new one or to renovate the pres
r ent structure.
It decided to RENOVATE.
THE commission has $5,400,000
appropriated by congress, to
work with. In a recent report,
President Truman conceded that
' it might be cheaper to rebuild
than to try to repair the ancient
official home of our Presidents.
However, he said, the American
people would like to preserve the
present building for sentimental'
and historic reasons.
He is right. It would cost us all
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40 TO 75 CENTS AN HOUR?
Minimum Wage Boost
Issue Plunges House In
Second Big Labor Debate
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8. CD The House waded today Into its
second big labor debate of the year. This one is on whether to
hike the national minimum wage from 40 cents an hour to 75.
The Democratic party"s campaign pledge of last fall to raise
the minimum and broaden coverage of the 1938 wage-House act
was up for redemption. It faced the same determined, well organ
ized foes as the still-unredeemed campain pledge to repeal the Taft-
Democratic leaders were back
Ing a compromise bill introduced
last week bv Chairman Lesinski
(D.-Mich.) of the house la bo
committee. Many southern Demo-1
crats and Republicans were lined
i up tentatively behind a measure
N sponsored by Rep. Lucas (D.
Tex.), a labor committee member.
House members reported labor
unions active in drumming uo
support for the compromise, but
Fair and slightly warmar to
day and Tuesday.
Sunset today 7:26 p. m.
Sunrise tomorrow 5:11 a. m.
Countless Thousands Of
Persons Injured; Damage
Estimated $20 Million
OUITO, Ecuador, Aug. 8. VP)
The unofficial death toll in
earthquake ravaged Ecuador
soared above 4,600 today as dam
age estimates from some 29 moun
tain towns reached $20,000,000.
Countless thousands were re
The Ecuadorian cabinet voted
in emergency session last night
to take immediate action on Presi
dent Lasso's plans to rebuild the
stricken areas most populous in
The defense ministry said 2,000
troops were on duty in the worst
hit zones and order was being
Communications were being re
stored slowly as the Ecuadorian
air force ferried doctors, nurses
and medical aid to thousands of
Three U. S. Caribbean air com
mand planes from Balboa took six
tons of relief supplies to Quito
yesterday. They included blood
plasma, serums and drugs.
Th? president, back from a
tour of the ravaged areas, said
sme of the scenes of suffering
rivalled even the "most Dan
Four towns which virtually c s
appeared from the map were
Guano, Palate, Pelileo and Pil
laro. Eyewitnesses returning from
Ambato, largest city to receive
the full force of the shock, said
the number of dead.jujd injured
undoubtedly had been underesti
mated. Death Odor Terrible
These witnesses said the rav
aged area now is only a ceme
tery where the odor of death is
They said the number of per
sons buried along the slopes of
Tungurahua volcana may never
be known. They reported that
when the quakes struck masses
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1,400 New Polio
i By the Associated Presit
More than half again as many
polio cases have broken out so far
this year as during a similar pe
riod last year.
An Associated Press survey
showed, however, that there are
signs that the peak has passed in
some of the hardest hit areas.
During the last four days of
the week past an AP state by
state tally showed 1,400 new
cases were reported.
This brought the 1949 total to
9.400 cases. The figure was more
than half again as high as for the
same period in 1948. That year
was the second worst infantile
paralysis year on record.
In Washington, D. C, the U. S.
public health service said it noted
evidence of a slackening of the
upward pace in the country as a
NEW YORK. Aug. 8. UP)
Attendance at Coney Island beach
slumped more than 50 per cent
yesterday despite 90 degree plus
The reason apparently was an
outbreak of polio which health
authorities have described as a
mild epidemic of serious but not
said that representatives would
not state their support of the
measure in writing. It falls shorf
of the original administration bill
jn ts coverage of workers.
"The town is lumping wltn
lobbyists on this thing," said one
labor committee democrat
Major amendments on the
vage section of the bill were '3
be offered by Rem. Sims (D.
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BATTLE OVER VET'S INSURANCE Mrs. Nettie W. Capps (left), Gold Star mother, sitt in Salt
Lake City jail, while her dead ion's widow, Hr. Maureen I. Stem (right) of Seaside, Calif.,
is "thrilled to hear" her former mother-in-law being punished in a court fight over Mrs. Cepps'
ion's Gl insurance. Mri. Cappi wet jailed because the refuted to obey a court order directing
her.to eccept paymenti on her late son'i policy end turn them over to hit widow. Mrs. Stem is
shown with Cerolyn Capps, 6, one of three children by her former husband. Utah's governor
received e flood of protests against the jailing of Mrs. Capps end urged a reprieve. The gover
nor disclaimed powor to reprieve in e case of contempt. (NEA Telephotol
By Load Tumble
R. J. Note, Shady, Ore., died
this morning in a Canyonville
doctor's office when a part of
the load he was unloading fell
off the truck at the Aloan Lum
ber oompany docks and pinned
him to theg round. .
Information phoned In this
morning by Mrs. H. M. An
derson, Canyonville correspon
dent, stated that Note was
releasing the binders on his
truck when one log slipped
and struck him to the ground.
He died at 10:4J.
Note was a driver for .e
McGrew Logging company ef
No additional details wera
Fire Razes Yachats Hotel;
20 Guests Flee In Rain
YACHATS, Aug. 8.-W-The
three-story frame Yachats hotel
burned Out early yesterday while
firemen worked to save the coast
al town's post office and a garage.
Hotel owner James Gross re
ported none of the 20 guests were
harmed, although they fled into
the rain in their nightclothes.
Gross estimated the damage at
$35,000 and said he doubted the
hotel, built in 1925 and acquired
by him last year, would be re
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the sewdust-covered ground, to the re-sawer. Above, the re-sawer is shown In its burned state.
been set. Firemen mill about the structure, making certain the left spark Is out, (Staff phote.)
At Riddle Hit By $100,000 Fire
OREGON MONDAY, AUG.
San Francisco Bay Area
Shaken By Earthquake
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8
UP) A wide area around San
Francisco Bay was chaken by
an earthquake at 3:02 a. m. to
day. The Jolt rattled windows and
dishes and awakened some
people. No damage was report
ed. University of California seis
mologists said the quake cen
tered 18 miles from Berkeley.
Wood Waste Molasses At
Springfield Plant Looms
EUGENE, Aug. .. (M-Final
ftovernment negotiations for leas
ng the Springfield alcohol plant
to Hudson Brothers of Americus,
Georgia, may be completed soon.
Rep. Harris Ellsworth issued
statement Saturday in which he
indicated that Washington offi
cials considered the Hudson pro
posal for rehabilitation and oper
ation of the plant "generally ac
ceptable." Charles B and W. S. Hudson
made an inspection of the plant
in June. They indicated that they
desired the structure for produc
tion of molasses from wood
waste. They said Mther by-products
might be produced later,
but declined to specify the na
ture of possible secondary products.
AT MILL The Roseburg fire department and volunteers were
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Barkley Takes Her Out
To Ball Game; Romance?
ST. LOUIS. Aug. 8. VP)
With nothing like the secrecy at
tempted two weeks ago, Vice
President Barkley turned up at a
ball game yesterday with a very
lovely and charming ..Su Louia
Those are the adjectives he used
with reference to Airs. Carleton
S. Hadley, while she stared
straight ahead as they sat to
gether in Owner Fred Salgh's box
at Sportsman's park at the game
ociween tne cardinals and uiants.
"Romance?" He was asked.
and he answered:
There have been rumors like
that about me lor the past year
but that's as far as It's gotten."
The last time the vice president
detoured his Washington-bound
plane to St. Louis for a Sunday
luncheon with Mrs. Hadley It was
supposed to be "sort of secret." ac
cording to reports.
Yesterday they kept their date
in front of some 29,000 persons. .
DRUNK SENT TO JAIL
Morris Everett Rov. 42. Rose
burg, pleaded guilty in Municipal
court today to being drunk on a
public street, reported Judge Ira
b. niadie. .
He was committed to the city
Jail for 20 days In lieu of payment
of a $40 fine.
Hundreds Of Men Toil
To Subdue Inferno That
Has Claimed 13 Lives
HELENA. Mont.. Aug. 8. (.V)
Wind sent flames boiling up Wil
low mountain this morning as
weary men strained desperately
to trap the mammoth "gates of
the mountains lire.
About 400 men worked through
out last night building fire lines
to encircle the killer of 12 forest
service parachutists and another
Thev haped to complete the
final three miles of fire line, bot
tling the wilderness area blaze
on 7,500-foot Willow peak today.
But westerly winds oi 13 to 23
miles an hour drove rampaging
flames rapidly towards the east
slope and vast expanses of dense
The battlers were given a good
chance to gain control during the
day by a lorest service observer
who flew over the area. Bob
Stermitz said that "It looks bet
ter this morning than at any
The weather bureau predicted,
moreover, that winds may In
crease to 23-35 miles an hour late
Two determined groups of men
moved in from the flanka today
against the fire which has black
ened 5,000 to 6,000 acres since
Friday and has a perimeter of 21
More Help Asked ;
Willow mountain Is east of
Mann gulch, where the lightning
blaze started Friday, ine lire
has moved four miles east of
where the Missouri river winds
picturesquely through mountain
Calls for volunteer went out
again yesterday. Forest service
officials sent fresh men in to re
lieve those nearly exhausted on
fire lines. Thev also built up a
pool of manpower In case the
lire crosses Willow mountain.
The forest service has not sent
any of its parachuting firefight
ers to the blaze since Friday
when the smokejumplng pro
gram suffered Its worst tragedy
In its 10-year history.
Fifteen smokejumpers, mostly
college students, were trapped
by fire when tne wind snuiea
suddenly after they were safely
on tne ground at Mann guicn
Only three escaped.
In addition to the 12 smoke-
iumoers. the fire killed a preven-
tion guard from nearoy canyon
terry ferry ranger si anon.
A helicopter brought the char
red bodies to a Helena morgue
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called to Sullivan's mill, located
sparks from the burner, along
Estimated damage has not yet
Mrs. Hazel Martin, Ashland,
FJ. Schneider, Grants Pass.
Death Victims; Eight Injured
A head-on traffic collision 26 miles south of Roseburg early
Sunday morning claimed the lives ef two persons end injured
eight ethers, three of them seriously, according to e report from
Roseburg state police headquarters.
Three ambulances end e through-freight truck transported the
dead end Injured to hospitals in Myrtle Creek, Roseburg and
Fatally Injured were:
Mrs. Hotel Martin, 38, Ashland, who died Sunday In
Francis Joe Schneider, 20, Grants Pass, who died at Rose
burg's Mercy hospital Sunday evening.
Kill 11 Persons
'By th Aaaoclated Prntl
Highway accidents In Oregon
over the weekend claimed the
lives of eleven persons.
Two of the mishaps caused
Killed yesterday when a car
plunged off the South Santlam
highway east of Lebanon were
Mr. and Mrs. Ivan G. Marsh and
Mrs. Bernard A. Blind, all of Bend.
Mrs. Blind's husband and the four
children of both families were In
Blind crawled out of the 350-
fot deep ravine Into which the
car plunged from a slippery road
to summon aid. The Marsh chil
dren, Carolyn, four months, and
Billv, age b, were not listed as
seriously hurt. The Blind young
sters were tiaine, age 4, and
Wayne, age 6. Wavne Wfli con.
sidered to be in critical condition
w.. multiple head and body in
juries, according to the Sweet
The other fatalities occurred
Tnree men died when a truck
went on a road near Swisshome
The victims were Vernon Spink,
15, Phoenix, Ariz.; tils son, Louis,
m, master oi tne fcimlra Grange,
and Owen P. Hedges. 37. Elmii-a.
They were enroutc home from a
logging camp near Deadwood.
A two-car crash Saturday niuht
killed John Gilllgan, Portland, and
injured his wife and aix others in
the car. At La Grande, motorcy
clist Leon N. Gowlns. 18. died
when he collided with a truck
Near Bonaza. a car driven hv
Billy W. Null, 17, Klngsburg,
Calif., overturned on a curve and
crushed to death Raymond
Thoads, 16, Shatter, Calif. Among
the six persons In the car we ?
young companions from Bonanza
and Merrill, Ore.
An overturned and burning
gasoline trailer truck took the lile
of Warren R. Allen, 27, Baker, at
a railroad crossing near Oxman.
Rueben Sanders Jr., Chemawa,
died In two-car crash south of
Jail Prisoner! Halted
In Act Of Sawing Bars
SALEM, Aug. 8. jP F our
Marlon county Jail prisoners were
thwarted yesterday In an attempt
to saw their way to freedom.
One of the four was Edward
Charles Mc Ewen, 32, Lodl, Calif,
held here on auto theft and want
ed In Arizona for questioning in
the slaying of a rancher in May.
He Is a former Arizona con
vict, A passer-by heard the sound
of the cell bars being sawed
and notified the 'sheriff's office.
Sheriff Denver Young said the
men were guarding a trusty and
working on two window bars. He
guessed they might have cut
through the bars in another 30
Tolo Rural School Burns,
Two Homes Damaged
MEDFORD, Ore., Aug. 8. (JPi
The Tolo rural school was burned
down and two homes damaged
late Saturday In a brush and scrub
fire that scorched 300 acres north
Crews brought the fire under
control early Sunday, but not
until power lines into Gold Beach
and Rogue river were disrupted
and highway 99 traffic slowed
to a half because of billowing
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fulton,
whose home burned, were over
come by the smoke but were
Plum Pit In Windpipe
ESCALANTE, Utah, Aug. 8.
(P) Five-year-old Lowell Harvey
Liston suffocated Saturday when
a plum pit lodged In his wind
pipe. The bov was crossing a street
while eating plums.
DRUNK DRIVING CHARGED
William Jacob Davis, 54, Suther
lin, was arrested near Rice hill
on highway 99 and "111 be arralg
ned In Justice court today on
charges of drunken driving, ac
cording to Roseburg state police
According to state police,
coupe driven by Hollis W. Hat
ten, 28, Talent, collided with a
sedan driven by Chester W. Ben
nett, a, canyonville, on a curve
250 yards north of the steel
bridge on highway 99, north of
State police listed the oceu-
pants of the Hatten vehicle as:
Hatten, the driver, taken to 4
Eugene hospital In serious condi
tion; Corlas Ellsworth Morrison.
43, Ashland, in Mercy hospital
with shock, cuu. r-rUses and i
compound fracture of the left hip,
and Mrs. Martin.
Injured occupants of the Ben..
nett car are: Bennett the driver,
taken to a Eugene hosDital In a
serious condition; Mrs. Betty Jeai
oray, i, canyonville, taken to
a Eugene hospital reportedly In
fair condition, following an emer
gency operation there Sunday;
Raymond Sears Pate, 20, Canyon
ville, in Mercy hospital with dis
located neck vertabraes; Fran!t
Gray, Canyonville, treated for
facial cuts and later released
from the Myrtle Cieek hospital:
Lois Rutter, 19, Canyonville, In
the Myrtle Creek hospital with
facial lacerations and shock;
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1 -Armed Mayor
Leads In Routing
IRON CITY, Ga., Aug. 8. CP)
A one-armed Georgia mayor and
some of his friends renewed a
shooting war against robed, night
riding Ku Klux Klansmen yester
To top It off, the mayor chased
a Klan official 'nto Alabama
at a 100-mile-an-hour pace and
had him Jailed.
The shooting spree starved, said
Mayor C. L. Drake of Iron City,
when 12 or 15 carloads of robed
klansmen rolled into this little
southwest Georgia hamlet In the
dark, early Sunday morning
noun, une unidentified kiana
man received a flesh wound.
Drake reported none of his light
ers was hurt.
The mayor, a Klan foe of Ions
standing, declared "some of the
bullets whizzed by within five
feet of me" while he hastily
scribbled down the robed figures'
auto tag numbers.
Drake said he dldn t rave a gun
but that some of nis friends did
and they peppered the Klan con
voy with shotgun and pistol fire.
The night riders retaliated, he
Several hours elapsed between
the shooting and the daredevil
automobile chase to Dothan, Ala
The Klan official, booked as
Bill Hindi ix of Tallahassee. Fla.,
said he is an organizer for a new
hooded order, the "southern Ku
Klux Klan." The mayor had him
on a warrant charging assault
with intent to murder.
Iron City, on the mayor's insis
tence, has banned wearing of
masks in public. Klan leader
Hendrix said none of hit men
Laughing Religion Sect
Is Launched In Japan
MAEBASHI. Japan. Aug. 8.
tjp) A new sect known as the
laughing religion has been found
Its founder Is Meln Zuko.
whose name means "beautiful
clouds and sacred sunbeam."
Zuiko said the main tenet of
the sect is laughter on the theory
one can laugh If he lives right.
FREEZING AT BEND
PORTLAND. Aug. 8 (.TV-
Summer? Not at all; It was
freezing today at Bend.
The mercury there dropped to
32 degrees early this morning.
Baker and Klamath Falls record
ed lows of 42.
A cool air mass moving In from
the ocean accounted for the low
er temperatures, and Increased
humidity through the state, it
was a welcome respite to fire
Ltvity Fact Rant
By L. F. RebwMtein
Congress, all In a dither ever
the situation in Asia. It at loss
for a future poiicy but declares
that "something must be done."
This recalls what Mart Twain
laid about the weather.