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ACCUSED Mrs. Margaret Russell (above), 88, partially deaf
and blind in one eye, it pictured in the Oakland, Calif, jail
where she was being held on charges of stealing two cubes
of butter from a grocery store. The special police officer who
arrested her at the store said he would not have made the
arrest "except that she got indignant and tough to me."
Sympathetic acquaintances are coming to her 'rescue with a
Christmas party. (NEA Telephoto).
Roseburg Schools Presenting
Programs Prior To Annual
Christmas Season Holidays
The yule season Is being observed in the Roseburg schools with
programs this week, prior to the annual Christmas holidays. Classes
will be dismissed Friday afternoon and will resume again Tuesday
morning, Jan. 3, according to Supt. Paul S. Elliott.
In the Day's News
By FRANK JENKINS
MAO TZE-TUNG, boss of Chi
nese communism, arrives in
Moscow after a ten-day trip on
the Trarnt-Sltaprinn railway and
heads for the Kremlin lor a talk
WHAT do you reckon they talked
Well, Mao is now the ruler of
450 million Chinese. Stalin is the
ruler of 200 million Russians, plus
the millions in the satellite states
that are under Russia's thumb.
When two men holding that
much power get together for a
talk, you can bet your bottom dol
lar that what they talk about isn't
going to be for he general good of
MAO, by the way, Is said to
have brought 15 carloads of
gifts to Stalin and other big wheel
Soviet leaders. The gifts included
rare historical and art objects
WHICH MAO'S COMMUNISTS
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Hospital Bids' Opening
Beckons To Public
The public Is Invited to attend
the opening of bids for the Doug
las Community hospital Thurs
day, 7:30 p. m., in the office of
the Roseburg Chamber of Com
merce, hospital manager Alvin
C. Knauss said today.
Knauss said a total of 15 bids
have been submitted by general
contractors. They include a num
ber of local bids, with local con
tractors also bidding on sub-contracts.
G. M. Shiffer, chief of the hos
pital facilities section for the
state board of health, will be
present when bids are opened.
Following the Thursday night
meeting, the three lowest bids will
be submitted to the U. S. Depart
lent of Public Health for final
approval Knauss said.
Thrice-Wedded Clark Gable Becomes
4th Husband Of Lady Sylvia Stanley
HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 21. (.)- -"The king" has a new lady a
laughing, lovely blonde reminiscent In many ways of the girl
whose death kept him lonely and distant for almost eight years.
Clark Gable is honeymooning somewhere today with Lady Sylvia
Stanley, the 39-year-old widow of Douglas Fairbanks Sr. They
were married in a surprise ceremony late yesterday at a luxurious
guest ranch 40 miles north of Santa Barbara, Calif. After the
wedding, they departed for points unknown.
The new Mrs. Gable divorced
Lord Stanley of Alderley IS
months ago. Gable, 48. is her
fourth husband. She was divorc
ed In 1935 bv Lord Ashley, who
named Fairbanks as co-respondent.
Gable's first wife was Jo
sephine Dillon. They were divorc
ed six vears later and in 1931 he
married Ria Langham. Their di
vorce came in 1939. Gable's third
wife was Carole Lombard. She
was killed in 1942. The plane car
rvlng her home from a war bond
selling tour crashed near Las Ve
gas. Nev.. carrving Carole, her
mother, Mrs. Eli7.abcth Peter,
and 19 others to their deaths.
Gable mourned openly for
Rose school held programs open
to the public Tuesday afternoon
and evening. The Junior high
school has scheduled a musical
pageant, open to the public with
out charge, Thursday at 8 p.m.,
and again Friday at 2:30 for those
who miss the evening perform
ance, according to Principal R.
Benson school's program will
be Thursday at 8 p.m. in the new
gymnasium. Senior high will have
Its entertainment Friday at 2:45
In the school's gym. Both are
open to the public.
Because of the confusion In
class schedules and readjust
ments in the building programs
of Riverside and Fullerton schools,
no general program is planned,
but the children will hold individ
ual room parties Friday after
noon. The junior high program will
be presented for the first time
in tne evening, In order to give
more people an opportunity to
attend. The pageant will be pre
sented by the ninth grade boys'
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Contempt Charge Arises
From Non-Support Case
Ernest Eugene Gibbens, 25,
Myrtle Creek, is being held in the
county jail on a contempt of court
charge, arising out of alleged non
support, Sheriff O. T. "Bud" Car
Joseph Lewellyn, 24, Roseburg,
also charged with non-support,
was released to Multnomah coun
ty Deputy Arthur B. Belles, Car
ter added. .
Arthur Donald Endicott, 13,
John Day, is being held in the
county jail on a charge of
Two juveniles, aged 15 and 16,
picked up by city police for being
on the streets "after hours" in
violation of their parole, were
committed to the Boys Sate In
dustrial training school at Wood
burn, Carter said.
OVERLOADS DRAW FINES
Ustle O. Smith, 32, Roseburg,
charged with non-payment of an
overload, was fined $67 upon his
appearance in justice court, Judge
A. J.Geddes reported. Oscar Or
vill Craig, 41, Sutherlin, was
fined $20 on the same charge,
His last word from her had
been a message from Amarillo,
Tex. which said, "Hay. Pappy,
you'd better get into this man's
Gable enlisted, demanding
combat action. He was awarded
the air medal and rose from pri
vate to major in the air force.
He made several missions over
Germany as a gunner.
Yesterday's ceremony was wit
nessed by a few close friends
and some" ranch hands. The rites
were performed by the Rev.
Aage Moller, pastor of he Dan
ish Lutheran church in Solvang,
a community near the ranch.
Cloudy today and Thursday
with Intermittent light rain to
day. Sunset today 4:40 p. m.
Sunrise tomorrow 7:42 a. m.
US Bans Travel
U. S, Citizens
Espionage Charge Made
To Screen Other Motive,
State Dept. Declares
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 P)
The United States yesterday ban
ned travel by Americans to Communist-controlled
The action was taken because
of the arrest last month of Rob
ert A. Vogeler, an official of the
International Telephone and Tel
egraph corp., and the detention
of other Americans in Hungarv.
The State department an
nounced the ban in a sharp note
of protest to Hungary against the
arrest of Vogeler.
The note demanded Vogeler s
release and reserved the right
to claim damages for any injur
ies he may have suffered.
Hungarian police arrested Vo
geler Nov. 18 and charged him
with spying and sabotage. Voge
ler, 38, is the son of Robert A.
Vogeler of Long Island, N. Y.
The Hungarian foreign office
announced that the police have
evidence. Including a "confes
sion," that he had engaged in
espionage and sabotage and was
implicated in the attempted flight
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Two Men, Woman
Found Dead In
KLAMATH FALLS, Dec. 21.
(iT) Two men and a woman died
of carbon monoxide poisoning
late last night, sitting in their
car in a snowbank on The Dalles-
California highway seven miles
Deiow tiiicnnst. i
State police identified the men
as Virgil Lee Johnson, 40, of
Gates, Ore., and Jack Virgil
Friedley, 38, of Idanha, Ore.
The woman had not been iden
tified at mid-morning.
Johnson, who has been work
ing at a logging camp near Dia
mond Lake, was the driver.
Friedley is believed to have been
employed as a cook at the Star
cafe in Bend.
State police said the car appar
ently was traveling south from
Bend when It skidded on the icy
pavement and came to rest with
the rear end in a snowbank.
Snow partially stopped up the
exhaust pipe and the muffler cn
the 1940 sedan was cracked
around the base.
The trio, all in the front seat,
apparently sat with the motor
running and heater on, waiting
A passing motorist observed
the three persons in the car, stoo
ped and was unable to arouse
He telephoned the state police
office here from Chemult and a
few minutes later a patrolman
from Crescent arrived at the
All three were dead when he
arrived, Patrolman Jim Ayres
Fayette North Top Bidder
For 23 Used Trailers
A Myrtle Creek man, Fayette
North, was high bidder at the
sale of 23 used family trailers
remaining at the public housing
trailer park on the Dlxonville
North bid $116 on one trailer.
The remaining 22 trailers were
purchased by Peyton and com
pany of Klamath Falls at $100
Bids from 19 persons or firms
were submitted to the Douglas
County Housing authority, ac
cording to Director H. L. Sco
field. The bids were opened
Final sale of the 23 trailers will
enable Yojings Bay Lumber com
pany, owners of the property on
which the trailers were located,
to clear the land for their own
News-Review To Feast
The third annual father and
son banquet for News-Review carrier-salesmen
will be held Friday,
Dec. 23, 7:30 p. m., at Carl's
Haven, according to circulation
manager Fuller Johnson.
Johnson said about 40 carriers
and their fathers are expected to
attend the vparlv affair. Thnp
attending will Include carriers for
Roseburg, nearby towns and out
lying districts served by th
DIES AS HE LIVED
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21. .P
Edwin Weik, 57, lived by his
skill as an electrician. And he
died the same way.
Police reported that he wrapped
a copper wire around his wrist,
connected it to a wall socket and
stepped Into a tub of water.
By Savage Lion
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Dec.
21. (IP) With a roar, a savage
lion sprang at a widely known
woman animal trainer and quick
ly killed her while her horrified
children tried to save her.
Mrs. May Kovar Schafer, 42,
was in the cage yesterday with
the lion, Sultan, attempting to
break him Into training. The
powerful animal lunged at her,
bore her down and bit her in
the neck, severing the- spine.
Her children, Michael Kovar,
18, and May Kovar, 14, were
watching their mother, who was
working with a chair and whip
when the sudden attack occurred.
The children, armed with short
poles, pushed through the cage
door. But the beast, with Mrs.
Schafer's neck in his jaws, ig-
norea tneir poKings.
Michael and May and three-
year-old Sandra Schafer, who
was nearby, screamed for help.
Kuoy Muller, 59, an elephant
trainer, ran to their aid.
I grabbed up a pitchfork and
an eight-foot length of pipe," '.he
frail man said. "The lion was very
quiet. I stabbed at him with the
pitenfork with one hand and
then brought the pipe down on
his head with the other.
"That made the lion droD her
and back up."
Fir Brings Upped
Price At Auction
A timber auction which neaiiv
doubled the regular price of
Douglas fir was reported here by
M. M. Nelson, supervisor for the
umpqua national forest.
Nelson said Theiss and Hunt
of Cottage Grove, successful bid
ders on the 2,800,000 feet of tim
ber offered, raised the price ot
fir to $13.50 per thousand board
feet, comoaved to the regular
price of $7.50.
r Regular prices held on other
timDer included In the sale, with
sugar pine going at $7.55 per M,
western red cedar at $1.45, and
hemlock at $1.
Commenting on the sale, Nel
son said the four bidders present
raised the bid 20 times before the
sale was completed. He said this
sale Is somewhat smaller than
the average but that the mice
was high because of the high
quality logs and little amount ot
road construction necessary.
ine timber Is located on
Sharps creek, about 25 miles east
of Cottage Grove.
Nelson said the next timber
auction will be held Jan. 9, with
approximately 18-million board
feet of timber up for sale. The
timber is located on Brice creek
near Disston, cast of Cottage
JAYCEE -CHRISTMAS TREE Annual project of the Roseburg Junior Chamber of Commerce
it the erection of a lighted Chrittmas tree in downtown Roseburg. This year the tree was
donated by Mrs. George Sommerhalder of Mill street. Members of the Jeycee, headed by Sid
Fredrickson, chairman, cut down the tree from her yerd and brought it into town aboard an
auto wrecker. Pictured ire Sid Moon, Glenn Scott, Fredrickson, Don Cum and Irv Pugh,
decorating the tree, which now stands on Cass street, between Main and Jackson. (Photo
OREGON WEDNESDAY, DEC.
By Americans In
Control Board Agent To
Discuss Price Issues With
Producers And Dairymen
A representative of the Oregon
State Milk Control board will be
In Roseburg tomorrow to meet
with local producers and dairy
men In the milk price dispute
which went Into its second day
Ormond J. Feldkamp, co-owr.-er
of Umpqua dairy, said this
morning, "I feel confident now
that milk deliveries to the public
will not be interrupted. We may
be a little short Wednesday, but
we'll have enough milk to go
Feldkamp said any milk that
comes in to this area will be
spread throughout the entire dis
trict served by the three dairies
affected Umpqua dairy, Myrtle
Creek dairy and Roseburg dairy.
He said milk was available "all
around us," with many producers
who are not now providing local
dairies with milk, waiting for the
chance to break in on the local
Milk producers are asking an
increase of ten cents per pound
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Chest Fund Now
The Community Chest coffers
now contain $22,000, which Is
83.26 per cent of the goal, Art
Lamka, secretary, reported today.
While the drive is lagging more
slowly than had been expected,
the chest officers express them'
selves as appreciative of the con
tinuous support of the drive, he
There Is no organized solicita
tion at the present time, so the
funds received are from persons
who, recognizing the need for the
projects listed under the chest
program, have voluntarily
brought ,in their contributions
The drive will continue until
the goal is reached, but it is
hoped by the commltee the date
will not be far off.
The headquarters in the E. G.
High office have been closed, but
arrangements have been made
for acceptance of donations at the
Chamber of Commerce office.
Persons desiring may mail their
contributions to Postoffice Box
"SICK OF BLOOD
Not Be Another War If
World People Can Have
Their Way, Truman Says
By D. HAROLD OLIVER
WASHINGTON, Dee. 21. (API President Truman laid to
day there would never be another war if the peoples of the
world, "sick of blood-letting," could have their way.
But while captive peoples "ere made to respond to our
handclasp with a mailed fist, we have no choice but to stand
reedy in self defense," he declared.
The President spoke at Arlington National cemetery, accept
ing a Carillon memorial to the war dead from the American
Veterans of World War II. Allied diplomats from many nations,
end high ranking military and civilian officials were in the
White Con Held
As Attacker Of
Negro School Girl
WRENS, Ga Dec. 21. UP) A
Neero school girl was attacked
and brutally beaten near here
and Sheriff James Hubbard an
nounced he had charged a life
term white convict with attempt
"And if she dies," Sheriff Hub
bard added, "then it will be mur
der." The sheriff named the convict
as Pete Coleman, 30, and said he
received his life term for the
slaying In 1947 of Bertha Mehr
ten's, called the "Good Samari
tan" because of her community
benefactions in Savannah.
Hubbard said the girl, 14-year-old
Dorothy Carswell, was attack
ed Monday morning on the way
to school. Her head was batter
ed and she was tossed Into a
briar patch to die.
Another Negro, Ed Carroll,
found her at 10 D.m. after she
had lain unconscious for 14 hours.
He took her to a Louisville, G ,
hospital where Dr. J. W. PilcheT
said she was so critically injur
ed he could hardly touch her for
Hubbard commented that in 18
years as a law officer he had
"never seen a more horrible
Store Closing Period
Dated By Retail Assn.
Members of the Roseburg Re
tail Trade association have agreed
to have stores remain closed on
Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, being ob
served as holidays because Christ
mas and New Year's fall on Sun
day, Harold E. Hlckcrson, execu
tive secretary of the chamber of
commerce, announced today.
It was only coincidence that
Mr. Truman spoke on the birth
day of Soviet Russia's Premier
Stalin and he did not mention
Russia by name.
But allusions to the Russian
threat to peace were plain and
repeated. Thev were clear, too. in
a brief address from Norwegian
amDassaoor wnncim Muntne ue
Morgenstierne, the dean of the
The ambassador said those
v ho died in the war should know
that "without their fight the en
tire world might today be in a
state of abject slavery." He
'And to make that freedom
prevail, those who come after
them may have to stand up, and
go down, the same way If, God
forbid, the free world should ever
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Boy Who Robbed
To Avenge Father
i; DEDHAM, Mass., Dee. 21 UP)
f.-A young college student wno
said he robhed a cafe for funds
lo avenge his father's death in
the crash of a bombed airliner
was freed yesterday on his moth
er's promise he would be treated
for a nervous condition.
Superior court Judge Frank J.
Donahue released Patrick J.
Parker, 18, of Rye, N.Y., a stu
dent at Brown university, Provi
dence, R. I., after a county pros
ecutor said he had the mother's
pledge the boy would be placed
in a private rest home.
Police said young Parker rob
hed a Plalnvllle cafe of $55.60
Nov. 19 to get funds to finance
a trip to Canada to kill J. Albert
Guay, a Quebec jeweler, held on
a charge of murder.
Young Parker's father, Russell
J. Parker, former vice president
of the Kennecott Copper company
and president or tne yucnec iron
and Titanium company, was one
of 23 persons killed In the crash
at St. Joachim, Que., last Sept. 9.
Police quoted the boy as saying
he had hoped to gain access to
the prison where Guay is held to
The boy, they said, appeared to
be "completely broken over the
death of his father.
Young Parker did not contest
the robbery charge. Judge Dona
hue placed the case on file a
disposition which means no ac
tion was taken on prosecution.
Under Massachusetts law, how
ever, the case can be taken from
the file and prosecuted if the boy
Is ever arrested again.
Three Children Perish
When Fire Levels Home
WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis.,
Dec. 21 (IP) Three children died
last night in a flash fire, while
five brothers and sisters and
their parents escaped as their
rural home was leveled.
The dead, all children of Mr.
and Mrs. Frank Sonhelm, were
Nancy, 7 months, Gary, 2, and
Kenneth, 9, was overcome by
smoke and hospitalized here.
Not a stick of lurniture was
saved from the two-story wooden
house, one and one -half miles
west of here.
Assistant Fire Chief Earl Kess
said the blaze apparently broke
out when some of the children
were In the basement late at
night piling firewood. They bump
ed over a can of lacquer. For
some reason they started scrap
ing its contents Into a lighted
stove. Flames flared up and
spread swiftly through the house.
Mother, 39, Gives Birth
To Sixteenth Child
WOODBURY, Conn., Dec. 21
'Tl Mis. Norman CoV who Is
39, gave hlrth to her 16th child,
a daughter, at her home last
jliirteen of the children have
been born here and all but one
The proud father, a scrap met
al dealer, doesn't believe large
families are unusual.
He has 14 brothers and sisters
Burning Fuses Expire .
Close To Planting Of
39 Sticks Of Explosive
DETROIT, Dec. 21. Dvna-
miters made an attempt to blow
up the CIO United Auto Work
ers' headquarters last night.
iney ianed, but only by a hair t
A stack of 39 sticks of dyna
mite, wrapped In tape and colored
Christmas gift paper, was found
at a side stairway of the union
Two fuses had burned to with
in an inch or less of the ex.
plosives before they sputtered
txcept lor two night workers,
the union building was empty.
However, lives were imperiled in
a neighboring General Motors
As a result, authorities were
confronted today with a new
task In solving mysterious acta
of violence against the big auto
union ana its leadership.
Within less than two years
would-be assassins have tried to
kill two of the UAWs prominent
Walter Reuther, president of
the UAW, was shot by an un
known assailant in April of 1948.
He almost lost tne use oi an
Victor Reuther. the union's ed
ucational director, lost an eye in
a similar shotgun attack last
Both of the shootings still are
Police immediately linked last
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Boy, 5, Doesn't
Realize He Shot
Mom" To Death
PITTSBURGH. Dec. 21.-m '
Little Joe Langston, a bewildered
flve-vear-old. wouldn t talk to
detectives who gently queried him
for hours about tne latai snoot
ing of his mother.
But later, when Joe was taken
back to the scene of the shoot
ing, he told his aunt, Mrs. Fran
'I saw a bird In the room.
My pussy cat was there too. . I
saw the gun and I shot my
i-oumy ueieouve oieve runner-
said that he and lour otners irom
the district atorney's office heard
the youngster's admission.
The words confirmed what
Joe's two older brothers had told
police and what a paraffin test
made almost positive.
Joe's mother, Mrs. Helen Lane
ston, 39, was shot to death in the
family's home yesterday after
she intervened In a quarrel be
tween two older sons, William,
18, and John, 17.
William and John said little
Joe, the baby of the family, bran
dished tne pistol to make tnem
stop fighting, somehow the gun
went oil and Airs, iangston leu
dead, a bullet in the brain.
Little Joe doesn t know his
mother is dead. He thinks sne
Killed In Plunge
NEW YORK. Dec. 21. OP)
Jacques Stern, French minister
for merchant marine In 1933 and
minister for colonics three years
later, plunged to his death today
from his ninth floor duplex
said the 66-year-old ex-
cabinet member, who also was a
retired banker, left two notes. His
death was listed as probably
Detective Frank Farrell said
one note was addressed to Stern'
maid, Carmen Imperial, and the
other pinned to the dead man's
lapel asked authorities to notify,
a lawyer of his death.
stern nad been ill ior some
His wife, who lives on Fifth
avenue, was said by police to be
suffering from a heart ailment.
A son, Jacques, jr., la, is a polio
myelitis patient in New York
U. S. Sends Birthday
Greetings To Joe Stalin
MOSCOW. Dec. 21 OPy Tha
United States sent birthday greet
Ings to Prime Minister Joseph
Ambassador Alan G. Kirk sent
the following message to Soviet
Foreign Minister Vishinsky:
"I have the honor on behalf of
the government of the United
States of America to request you
to transmit to Generalissimo Sta
lin, chairman of the council ot
ministers of the U.S.S.R., best
wishes on the occasion of his 70tli
Levity fact Rent
By L. F. Relzenstcln
Non-Communist nations muff
ed a tint chance when the av
alanche of presents were sent
to Joe Stalin for his birthday
anniversary. They should have
tossed in what Jot and the
Russians generally need most
a few socks.