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TOW CHAIN KID Frederick Moxley Francis IV called Ricky
It recuperating at the home of hit grandparents, Mr. and Mrs.
Bruce Hitt of Roieburg, following an operation in Portland
for what doctors at first thought was a mild case of pneumonia.
The doctors examined more closely when he failed to respond
to the pneumonia treatment and were amazed to discover the
trouble was an inch-long piece of steel tow chain, lodged in
his throat. Ricky is shown here holding his "pneumonia bug"
In a glass jar, an apparently very healthy little boy. (Picture
by faul Jenkins.!
LABOR PICTURE BETTER
Unemployment Lists Show
Slump May Have Passed
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9. 0P Further improvement in the un
employment picture is expected this month. This would reinforce
August's 400,000 decline In the number of Jobless men and
Officials predicted also that the July setback In industrial pro
duct Ion will be wiped out completely when the federal reserve
In the Day's News
By FRANK JENKINS .
IF you read the papers discrim
inatingly, you are aware that
our country will produce an im
mense crop this year and, bar
ring improbable convulsions of
nature, will harvest, process and
Also (if you read the papers
even more discriminatingly) you
are aware that our upper bracket
officials are acutely worried as to
what the Sam HiU we are going
to do with it after we get it har
vested, processed and stored.
IN an earlier and simpler society,
there would have been no such
Among other things, the law
of supply and demand would have
taken charge of the situation. Be
cause of ample supply, prices of
food would have fallen. Strangely
enough, that would NOT have
been regarded as a calamity. Be
cause of lower prices, people
would have been able to buy and
consume more food. As a result
of this increased consumption, the
surplus would soon have been
It Is true that in that simpler
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Barber Shop Quartet Will
Hold Its Charter Ceremony
In KP Hall Saturday Night
To most people, the words "barber shop" convey an impression
of lather and shaves, clippers and haircuts. To others they mean
a place to drop In once In awhile and pass the time of day.
But to an increasing number of Roseburg men, the words denote
a particular' type of singing, harmony which is at its best only
when close, and the closer the better.
About six months ago, eight lo-
cal men gathered (very informal
ly) in Cliff Kinch's Associated
Plywood office for mutual enjoy
ment of the old songs. Perhaps
at first their efforts at song malt
ing could not be classed as mu
sic, but as the months and week
ly practice sessions rolled bv,
their voices began to blend in
that type of harmony unique in
America, known as "barber
A natural desire to organize re
sulted in a request for guidance
from the national headquarters
and barber shop quartet harmon
r izers do have a national head
quarters. Ntwest Chapters
As a result, the Roseburg groi:p
will be one of the newest of SCO
chapters listed by the Society for
the Preservation and Encou'rage
; ment of Barber Shop Quartet
xSinging in America.
A gata charter-granting cere
mony is scheduled for Saturday
at 8 p.m. at the Knighta of Py
I board issues Its August index.
Government economists were
cautiously optimistic In apprais
ing yesterday's report of the Cen
sus, bureau. It showed that civil
ian employment rose, to 59,947,
000 last month.
That was tops for 1949. al
though almost 1,300,000 below the
record total of a year ago.
The tally of Jobless meantime
dropped to 3,689,000 as mills,
mines, stores and business
houses absorbed workers. In July
unemployment was 4,095,000,
highest since 1942.
One highly placed economist
said the significance of this show
ing "should not be exaggerated,
but we have certainly pulled
away from the downward spiral"
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8 Submarine Survivors
Arrive By Airplane
. ESTOVER AIR FORCE BASE,
Mass, Sept. 9 UPt Eight navy
men survivors ot a double suo
r:arlne tragedy In Arctic wateu
August 20 arrivJ here Thur
day aboard a military air trans
port. Four of the group were crew
men of the explosion-sunk Coch
ino. They included T. Tupaz,
San Pedro, Calif.
The other four were among
those washed overboard from
the Tusk as it moved to rescue
the Cochino's crew. They Includ
ed Norman Thomas, Olympia,
They left Immediately for New
thias hall, with delegates from
Eugene, Klamath Falls, Medford,
Portland and Saiem present for
the affair. Invitations have also
been sent to representatives of
all local civic organizations, the
mayor and other guests.
The local group has grown con
siderably in the relatively few
months since the barber shop
bug" first made its presence
known in Roseburg. Instead of
the handful present that first
night. Roseburg's "Spebs" now
number 25. And of this total, at
least two quartets are organized
and are now functioning.
Originated In Tulsa
S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. was first o--ganized
in 1938 by a Tulsa attor
ney who asserted that the only
privilege guaranteed by the Bill
of Rights which had not been
limited in some way was barber
shop singing. The first group was
made up of some of the attor
ney's friends, grouped In "peace-
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Most Blazes Believed
Small But Fighters Are
Handicapped In Efforts
Douglas county's first big
storm since spring hit the Rose
burg area at approximately 4:55
p.m. yesterday and passed on to
the north, leaving a string of pow
er line outages, telephone service
interruptions and forest fires In
M. M. Nelson, Umpqua Nation
al forest supervisor, reported a
total of 19 lightning-set fires on
forest lands, scattered from the
south boundary north beyond the
Steamboat district. An average
of half an inch of rain gave fire
fighters some relief but Nelson
said only three of the blazes were
considered "controlled" by 9
a.m. today. In many cases, fire
crews have not had time to reach
fires reported by forest service
lookouts, he said.
Dispatcher U. F. McLaughlin,
of the Douglas Forest Protective
association told the News-Review
that his office had reports of 15
fires, "all over the place last
night from one end of the coun
ty to the other."
Fires Not Large
Although he reported no big
fires or considerable amount of
damage, fire crews were aided
by the rain and handicapped by
power and telephone line inter
ruptions and radio damage.
Both Nelson and McLaughlin
reported that planes would lly
over their respective areas as
soon as weather permits. They
voiced the fear that "sleeper"
fires, held in check ny the rain,
would break out anew when the
1 California-Oregon Power. com
pany' and Douglas Electric Co-op
officials reported many line in
terruptions, although estimates
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Oakland School v
New High School
Oakland's school board accom
panied architects on a final in
spection tour of the city's new
$190,000 high school building
Thursday, in preparation for op
ening day Sept 12, City School
Superintendent Millard Gilbreath
The ultra-modern building will
house an expected 100 students
during the coming year, Gil
breath said. Although built lo
house 150 pupils at full capacity,
the new school is designed to care
for a total of 500 students, if city
growth increases, with the addi
tion of more classrooms.
The old high school building,
constructed nearly 50 years ago,
will be taken over as the city's
expanded elementary grade
school, Gilbreath said.
He announced that high school
students will not attend classes
the entire day Monday. Students
will be run through an abbreviat
ed schedule, covering all classes
offered in a regular day, and will
be dismissed early after receiv
ing assignments and book lists.
The customary class schedule
will be followed Tuesday.
No special ceremony was held
yesterday, Gilbreath said. Board
members and architects merely
looked over the school in a sort
of informal "business session,"
he said. The school district does
plan, however, to hold a regular
open house at the new high
school, sometime In the next few
(See pictures, page 9)
Charges Are Reduced
On Accused Idaho Girl
SANDPOINT, Idaho, Sept. 9
(IP) Probate Judge J. P. Harris
today reduced the charge against
15-year-old Charolotte Burns and
bound her over to District court.
The charge against the back
woods girl accused of beating her
father to death with a hammer
was reduced from first degree
murder to one of manslaughter.
Her bond was fixed at $2,000.
Probate Judge J. P. Harris
took the case under advisement
after a preliminary hearing.
State and county officials gave
testimony of the events that fol
lowed the death of Charles Burns.
Judge Harris is expected to
give his decision today. He could
turn the girl over to district court
for trial, or he could substitute
a less serious charge if the evi
Neat and clean In a pink dress, i
Charlotte sat quietly in the court
room at the rearing. She shook
her head and answered "No"
when the judge asked U (he wish
ed to testify.
Fire Fighters At
KING CITY, Calif., Sept. f.
UP) Forty vacationists, turned
fire fighters when trapped at
beautiful Tassa Jara Hot Springs
resort, were safe today.
The windblown fire last nigh!
periled Inhabitants of the scenic
mountain valley 20 miles west
of here and destroyed a two
story stone hotel building and
about 15 of the 35 cabins.
Several hours after a care
taker reported the flames yes
terday, the fate of the hotel occu
pants was in doubt.
Late last night Forest Ranger
Henry Branaeh and Jack Curran.
a U. S. fire control officer, reach
ed the resort. They drove througil
nan a mile ot still burning wood
land. Stopped at a burned out
bridge, they walked the rest of
the way through smoldering
brush and reported by radio all
Curran said Actor Phil Terry,
owner of the resort, had organized
vacationists Into a volunteer bri
gade to fight the flames.
The vacationists may have to
remain at the hots springs un
til late today. Curran said the
kitchen had not burned and could
be used to feed them and hun
dreds of others being brought
to battle the flames.
Evacuation of some of the
guests may be attempted by heli
copter today. A helicopter was
being trucked from Palo Alto,
Calif., to the resort area last
With Terry former husband of
Joan Crawford, Oscar winning
movie actress were his wife, the
former Helen Myers, and her
three children, two sons and a
The flames blackened some 1200
acres in the Los Padres National
forest. The scene is between
King City and the Pacific, about
100 miles south, of San Fran
To Draw Crowds
SALEM, Sept. 9 (JPh- They
keep on pouring Into the Oregon
State Fair in record numbers.
Yesterday's attendance, 33.273,
was an all-time record for the
day. It was. 3,000 more than on
the same day last year.
New betting records are being
made every day at J he horse
Yesterday was a day of spills
for the horses. U. S. Sen. Wayne
L. Morse was thrown head first
to the floor of the horse show
pavilion when his horse, Sir
Laurel Guy, bolted during a
The horse ran wildly around
the ring and upset another driver
to the ground. After order was
restored, Morse's horse went on
to win the event.
In the featured horse race yes
terday, two horses fell and sent
their jockeys to the hospital.
Both were slightly injured.
A pair of blondes were chosen
the healthiest 4 H club boy and
girl in the state. They are Har
old Brost, 11, Portland, and Bar
bara Brown, 14, Corvallis.
Southern Cal Relaxes
But New Storm Brewing
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 9. P
Southern Californlans relaxed
some today as the weather ex
perts reported that a tropical
storm, originally of hurricance
proportions, was apparently dis
sipating off the coast of Mexico.
However the U. S. weather bu
reau here reported that another
tropical storm has been sighted
160 miles southwest of Manza
nillo, Mexico. Meager reports give
the new storm 60 mph winds
within 100 miles of the center. It
is moving northwest at eight
miles per hour.
The original storm was 450
miles southwest of San Diego and
was moving out into the Pacific.
bizzling temperatures also ap
peared to be abating. Los Angeles
had a high of 103 Wednesday but
yesterday the maximum was 96.
Two Negroes Sentenced
In Florida Rape Case
TAVARES, Fla., Sept. 9 (Un
charging the defense with trying
to inject the racial question into
the trial. Circuit Judge T.
Futch yesterday sentenced two
Negroes to die in the electric
chair for raping a young farm
wife last July.
He condemned Samuel Sheo-
herd and Walter Irvin. both 22. to
death for the rape that stirred
white night riders to terrorist ac
tivity against Negro communities
in Lake couny.
An all-white jury convicted the
apir and Charles Greenlee, 16,
last Saturday; but it recommend
ed mercy for Greenlee. Judge
Futch sentenced Greenlee to life
A fourth suspect, Ernest Thom
as, was killed by a posse 10 days
after the rape.
ROSEBURG, OREGON FRIDAY, SEPT.
Storm Starts Many Fires
Are Argued In
'Attitude Of Mind' Of
Mojonnier Big Issue ,
As Jury Is Excluded
Admissahlllty of a statement
by Ralph Majbnnier to his sister
by Ralph Mojonnier to his sister
and attitude of mind," was ar
gued by attorneys for the state
and defense in Victoria Sanders'
murder trial this morning.
"It is the purpose of the state
to show from the time this rela
tionship (between Victoria and
Ralph) commenced, the aggressor
was the woman." District Attor
ney Robert G. Davis argued be
fore Circuit Judge Carl E. Wim
berly. The legal argument which took
up almost an hour, concerned
testimony which Ralph's sister,
Mrs. Sylvia M. Gleason. was
about to give on the stand yes
terday alternoon, when Defense
Attorney Paul E. Geddes objetvd
to the district attorney's ques
During the argument over le
gal points thh morning, the jury
was excluded from the court
room. Both the defense and the
state cited precedents established
in similar cases In the past. Ged
des' objection concerned the ad-
mlssabillty of hearsay evidence.
Judge Wimberly ruled that
Mrs. Gleason could answer the
question. When she took the
stand, she told the Jury that
Ralph had told her in March,
l47, seven months before his
death, that he "did not want to
live with Victoria," that she was
a poor housekeeper and "neglect
ed the baby."
Mrs. lileason told the court
that her brother had said; "One
of these days I'll have trjMrtck
In a visit In June, 1947, to the
Mojannier home, Mrs. Gleason
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Man Dies From
Creasy Elton Finch, 54, injured
In an automobile accident at Ten
mile Sunday evening, died yester
day. Sept 8. His was the third ac
cidental death In this community
over the Labor day holidays. He
was born Dec. 10, 1894 .and was
a former resident of Los Angeles
moving to Tenmlle two years ago
to make his home.
Surviving are his widow, Ber
tha, who is still confined In
Mercy hospital from injuries re
sulting in the same accident. He
also leaves a brother, frank
Finch, Los Angeles, and a sister,
Mrs. Bernard Hansen. Dixonville.
Funeral services will be held
in The Chapel of The Roses,
Roseburg Funeral home. Monday.
Sept. 12, 2 p. m. with Rev. H. P.
Sconce oficiating. The body will
be shipped to Los Angeles for
entombment in the Inglewood
HEATING PLANT STACK Pictured above are workmen adding
the finishing touches to the tmoke stack, located next to the
senior high school et the lite of the newly-comtructed central
heatin, plant. The plant will furnish heat for the high
and Fuilerton grade school and will be completed before taa
weather sets in. (Picture by Paul Jenkins.).
SALE OF GOODS
Sir Stafford Cripps Says
Britain Must Sell Enough
Goods To Be Self Sustaining
WASHINGTON, Sept. 9. OPV-SIr Stafford Cripps declared to
day that the "only satisfactory solution" for Britain's economic
plight is to sell enough goods for dollars to become self-supporting.
Britain's chancellor of the exchequer made that statement in
a speech prepared for a national press club luncheon.
18 Year Old Girl
Near Hood River
HOOD RIVER. Ore.. Sept. 9.
LVt A landslide crashed down on
a house in the logging town of
l We yesterday. Killing an 18-year-old
Her 22-vear-nlri sisfer.in..aw
escaped only by a freak. A re
frigerator tumbled next to her
and kept her from being crushed
as the smashed house was car
ried 100 feet to the east fork
of the Hood river.
Suffocated under the slide was
Alia Joanne Downard, who was
helping Mis. Reese Howell In
the kitchen at the time. Mrs.
Howell, an expectant mother.
was only partly covered by dirt,
and was free 20 minutes later.
Her small daughter also was
spared, as she was playing in
the untouched yard of a neigh
bor. The dirt and rocks tumbled
down on the town, ten miles
south of here, from a steep ull
side. James D. Wlrrlck, general
manager of the Oregon Lumber
Co., estimated 400 cubic yards
slipped free. He blamed moisture
from an Irrigation canal at the
base of the hill.
The slide covered the Lost
Lake hlahwav In Its course to
ward ".the Howellj home; which
was the only one hit.
Mrs. Howell was hospitalized
here, apparently In good condi
tion. Miss Downard's parents are
Mr. and Mrs. Alma O. Down
ard, Sunnyvale, Calif,
Roseburg Rent Control
Office To Be Closed
SAN FRANCISCO. Sept. 9
(JP) Twenty-one branch offices
of the regional housing expediter.
In six western states, will be
closed Sept. 15. About 60 per
sons will be cut from the pay
Some have been announced
previously in the Pacific North
west. Rent control business, hereto
fore handled by those offices,
will be cleared through area rent
offices, Ward Cox, regional di
rector, said today.
He added that the consolida
tions would not represent any
weakening of rent control in the
Oregon offices to be closed In
Astoria. LongvlewKelso, Klam
ath Falls, Corvallis and Roseburg
to be closed and served by-Port
land; Pendleton to be served by
' Mi'.) t V 4x
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Indicating British acceptance
of American advise to stream
line selline techniques, he said
that "on the question of exports
to dollar markets, I believe that
there Is a most urgent need for
more Intensive salesmanship.
Sir Stafford pictured the solu
tion of his country's economic
crisis as essential for the coor
dinated political and military
strength of the West in Its strug
gle with Communism.
He said that Secretary of State
Acheson and British Foreign
Minister Bevln have made "re
markable progress" toward build
ing the western political and de-
iense structure but added:
"All this progress will be , In
vain If we fail to provide a sound
economic basis for these com
bined efforts of the free democra
The twin themes of Crinp's ad
dress were hard work for the
British people in their struggle
to live on their Income and hope
for success in the British-American
Canadian finacial talks
which opened here Wednesday.
These talks, Cripps reported,
"have opened in an atmosphere
of mutual determination to bring
some more permanent solution
so as to avoid these recurring
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Russia May Not
By ALEX SINGLETON
BELGRADE. Yugoslavia. Seubl
a m r-vi, .i -1 .
tri iifjiuinaiic uoservers neie
sailed down with a liberal dose
of caution today the prediction
by the Italian pro-Communist so
cialist leader, Piertro Nennl, that
Russia would stop short of war
in her anti-Yugoslav campaign.
Any analysis oi Yugoslavia s
unique position halfway between
east and west should underscore
this: that the prospects for a
peaceful settlement of the dis
pute with Russia should be re
garded as warily as the possi
bility of a shooting war.
Remember last spring. Then,
largely Inspired by rumors in
Washington and Paris, reports
were circulated that Russia had
begun a peace offensive to patch
up her differences with Premier
Marshal Tito differences which
began with the expulsion of Tito's
Communists from the Communist
International Information Bureau
(Cominform) 16 months ago. The
peace offensive did not mate
rialize. On the contrary, the Balkan
war of nerves was intensified,
marked by Russian-Imposed eco
nomic sanctions, spying sabotage
and frontier Incidents.
The Balkan people might nat
urally look upon the Nennl state
ment as a trap to lull Yugo
slavia into a feeling of false se
curity. But there seems little
pissibillty now that the Yugo
slavs will nibble at the bait. Nen
nl made his statement yester
day after his return from a
"peace congress" In Moscow.
Nennl knows well that before
there Is any peace between Tito
and Stalin, certain questions must
be answered, among them:
Will Tito's success in getting
help from the United States
spread "Titolsm" elsewhere in the
Communist orbit 7
This last Is the point which
prooaniy nas Moscow most wor
ried. Signs of Titoism have de
veloped outside Yugoslavia.
Grand Jury Criticizes
Brother Of Mike Elliott
OREGON CITY, Sept. 9-P
A grind Jury report yesterday
criticized Policeman B. L. Nae
ger. a brother-in-law of Sheriff
Marion Le Roy (Mike) Elliott of
The report said Naeger "erred
In attempting an arrest and par
ticularly In drawing his revolver '
here Aug. 12.
Naeger has been under suspen
sion since the Incident, in which
he was beaten by several per
sons after he attempted to arrest
David Ll9yd Thomas on a minor
The grand Jury also censured
those who beat Naeger. They
Naeger has submitted a resig
nation, effective Sept. 5. He said
,nn nJll n0 yet acted on the res
To Quit Jobs
Many Thousand Mora
Employes Will Be
Affected By Shutdown
President Truman made last
minute attempts today to avert
a strike set for 1 p.m. (PDT)
on the 7,200 mile Missouri Pa
However, all Indications point
ed to the scheduled walkout ot
5,000 operating employes. The
strike is expected to force the
laying off of some 25.000 other
workers and affect industries In
more than 1.000 communities in
11 states served by the Missouri
Mr. Truman, who also said he
may ask for another 10 day truce
to delay a steel strike scheduled
next Wednesday, said he was
making every effort to avert the
MOPAC strike. He said the gov
ernment had exhausted nearly all
its authority in the dispute.
The Missouri Pacific was ready
to halt all operations. The four
brotherhoods involved in the dis
pute went ahead with their strike
Freight Service Stopped
Freight service stopped yester
day. Early today an embargo wai
placed on passenger, mail and
baggage service. However, trains
In operation at the strike dead
line will finish their runs.
The chief issue in the dispute
is the manner in which various
operating rules should be inter
preted. Wages and hours were
not involved in the dispute.
Unions involved are the Loco
motive Engineers, Railway Train
men, Locomotive Firemen and
Englnemen, and the Order of
Railway Conductors. The carrier
is the nation's ninth largest.
President Truman also waa
concerned with the CIO steel dis
pute which threatens a strike
of some 1,000,000 members of
the CIO United Steclworkers. But
he told a news conference yes
terday he was awaiting a report
on the presidential fact-finding
boards report tomorrow before
deciding his future action. Nei
ther side in the dispute Is re
quired to accept the board's rec
In anticipation of the board's
findings, the USW top strategy
makers arranged to met In Pitts
burgh Monday. The union called
the strike for July 16 after steel
companies rejected their demands
for a 30-cent hourly wage in-
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The Roseburg Lions had an ap
propriate speaker Thursday night
the weather man.
Thomas J. Hill, manager of the
Roseburg office of the U. S.
Weather Bureau, disclosed that,
until the recent storm, this com
munity has lust experienced the
driest summer since 1883. That
summer measured a rainfall of
only .05, which was one-hundredth
less tnan tnat or the current year.
mil traced tne causes and de
velopments of storms, referring
to "fronts" which develop In tem
perate zones, as the result of
warm and cold currents coming
He further differentiated be
tween cyclones, system of winds:
hurricanes, any wind over 75
miles an hour, and tornadoes, a
small system of wind, which
touches the ground and is only
75 to 100 feet wide. A typhoon, he
explained, is merely a geographi-
c .1 term applied to a hurricane in
the south Pacific or oriental
Barometers In Roseburg aren't
of too' much value, because Rose
burg weather does not follow a
true pattern. Frequently, when
the barometer drops and calls
for a storm, the clouds pass over
this vicinity, which lies In a
pocket, and the rain falls In the
mountains or beyond.
Formations of clouds, lightning
causes and other matters pertain
ing to weather were described.
Hill disclosed the lightning bolt,
which rocked the city and woke
local residents Wednesday night,
struck Mount Nebo, putting out
the beacon light, then Jumped
across to the State Police radio
Guests were J. S. Murphy, Po
mona. Cal., and John Purvis,
The club plans 100 percent at
tendance night Thursday of next
Traction Co. Workers
Granted 4 Cent Raise
PORTLAND. Sept. 9.HP
1-cent hourly increase for operat
ing employes of the Portland
Traction company, except those in
the mechanical departments, was
awarded bv an arbitration board.
The AFL streetcarmen s union
had asked a 12'-cent boost with
mechanical departments limited
to 8 cents. The company eskd
that all workers be cut 10 cents
In their hourly pay.
The award of the five-man ar
bitration board, announced by J.
L. Jennings, chairman, called for
equivalent Increases for employes
covered in the agreement and re
ceiving monthly rather 'han
hourly pav. The Increase is retro
active to last April 1.
A vacation award gives one
week for service up to five years,
two weeks up to 20 years, and
three weeks for employee with
, more than 20 year service.