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Fiftieth Year of Publication and Service to the University
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UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, EUGENE, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1949
Winds Bring Threat of Flood
By Richard O’Regan
e ” FRANKFURT, Germany,” Feb.
16—(AP)—The U. S. army tonight
ordered a Soviet repatriation mis
sion to get out of the American
zone of Germany by March 1.
- Disaccreditation of the mission
was announced after the Soviet
commander in Germany, Marshal
‘Vassily D. Sokolovsky asserted it
was indispensable and that a
withdrawal would have to be
worked out between Moscow and
Gen. Lucius D. Clay, the U. S.
commander, cancelled the accredi
tation of the mission members, four
officers and four soldiers.
The mission ostensibly has been
"handling the moving of Russian
displaced persons wanting to go
_back to Russia.
Gen. Clay said: “Because the vol
untary repatriation of displaced
' persons who are Soviet citizens has
virtually ceased, the Russian re
patriation mission in the U. S.
zone will not operate after March
U. S.to Take Over
The army said it is felt the ac
* credited Soviet military mission in
the U. S. zone could take over the
i The repatriation mission’s task
. is to contact Soviet citizens who
want to go home. The army said
the number of volunteer repatri
* ates had shrunk to “negligible”
* Gen. Clay wrote Marshal Soko
lovsky that enough time has
‘elapsed to complete its job and "I
must, therefore, advise you that,
.effective March 1, the repatriation
mission will no longer be accredit
ed, and request that you withdraw
* its personnel by that date.”
Withdrawal of the Russian mis
sion would leave only the Polish re
patriation mission in the Ameri
-can zone. The Czechoslovak mis
sion was recalled in July, 1947; the
_ Swedish in September, 1947; Vene
zuelan in February, 1948, and Yu
goslav last month.
- The French also were reported
planning to ask a Russian repatria
tion mission to leave their zone.
John Chaney, newly elected pres
ident of the freshman class, will
hold the first meeting of his frosh
‘ council tonight in room 3 Fenton at
The council will formulate plans
for a dance and other freshman
.committees, and various commit
tees will be selected.
Houses which have not elected or
appointed frosh representatives to
the council are urged to send a rep
Railroad Walkout *
SAX FRANCISCO, Feb. 16—
(AP) — A Southern Pacific
spokesman announced today the
brotherhood of locomotive engi
neers and firemen has agreed to
postpone its threatened strike set
The compnay source brought
that Word out of a mediation
meeting at Southern Pacific
headquarters. He said the union
did not give any new strike date.
Brotherhood officials were not
available for comment.
The dispute is over grievance
cases. The union has complained
more than 300 such cases were
pending. In addition, Southern
Pacific is among 60 railroads
which have declined to grant the
demand for an extra engineer on
“State civil service officials who
will be here for the conference this
afternoon are looking not only for
graduates, but for sophomores and
juniors for summer positions lead
ing to fulltime employment after
graduation,” Karl W. Onthank, di
rector of the graduate placement
service, revealed yesterday.
“Fed people are aware that prob
ably 20 per cent of Oregon’s cur
rent graduates go to work for the
public in some branch of sei'vice,”
This afternoon's conference of
students with officials of state ag
encies will begin with the 2 p. m.
general meeting in 3 Fenton. Rob
ert R. Johnson, director of the
Oregon state civil service commis
sion, will address the meeting, open
to all students.
Sectional meetings to begin at
3 p. m. include:
“Accounting, Auditing and Re
lated Occupations” — 206 Com
General business and executive
“Social work”—206 Oregon.
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MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 16—
(AP)—Secrecy imposed for rea
sons unknown even to Gen. Lucius
D. Clay masked the opening of a
spy trial before a U. S. military
commission here today.
Gen. Clay, U. S. military gover
nor in Germany, ordered an inves
tigation from his headquarters in
Frankfurt. He said he would order
an open trial unless the court con
vinces him the secrecy is neces
He will have to be shown, he said,
that an open trial would involve
‘‘real and actual” danger to the
United States, or imperil the lives
of innocent persons.
(In Washington Secretary of the
Army Royall said he had called for
a report on the trial. ‘‘Only the
most important security considera
tion could justify such secrecy,” he
said. ‘‘I would not approve such a
course without the strongest show
A handcuffed man, dark-haired,
pale and slender and about 30 years
old, is believed to be the sole de
fendant in this first of a series of
five related spy trials.
Identity Kept Secret
His identity was kept a secret,
and the commission has announced
it never will disclose its verdict,
which may be the death penalty.
The man is believed to be a Czech,
one of about 20 persons charged
with spying for the Communist
Czechoslovak government. Five
trials, in all, are scheduled.
A second man, also handcuffed
and clad in rough prison garb, was
seen in an adjoining room. He was
presumed to be a witness, possibly
awaiting trial himself.
Clay, learning of the unusual se
crecy, said he feared forces un
friendly to the United States would
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T o Re-route T raf f ic
SPOKANE, Wash., l'eb. 16 (AP)—A record-breaking’ wind
blew a new Hood threat into the Pacific northwest today.
Except in Southern Idaho, no major rivers were likely to
flood. But the warm blast of air blowing down from Canada was
threatening to clog creeks in three states with runoff water from
the region's vast snow pack.
In Oregon, Umpqua basin streams were rising and local floods
GENEVA, Feb. 16—(AP)—A
surprise decision of the Russians
to cut one of their ties to the Unit
ed Nations was disclosed today.
The Soviet Union, White Russia,
and the Ukraine have walked out
of the world health organization
(WHO), a specialized UN agency.
The WHO director-general re
fused to accept their withdrawal.
He proposed instead that he visit
Moscow to answer Russian argu
ments that the WHO is ineffective
and too expensive.
The withdrawal would remove
the Russians from the only special
ized agency they have joined since
the UN was formed. They have
bitterly attacked most of the dozen
such agencies sponsored by the
Resignation of the Soviet Union,
White Russia, and the Ukraine
would reduce the membership to
The Russians in resigning said
"tasks connected with internation
al measures for prevention and
control of diseases and with the
spread of medical science achieve
ments are not being accomplished
by the organization satisfactorily.
At the same time, maintenance of
the organization’s swollen admin
istrative machinery involves ex
penses which are too heavy for
member states to bear.
'Vodvil' Comes Back --to Oregon
Preparations for Oregon’s all
campus vaudeville show April 15
are gathering momentum under the
leadership of general chairman Art
Johnson. Special committee chair
mon and criteria for judging acts
were announced yesterday.
The show will replace the Frosh
Glee, which was cancelled.
“Each campus living organiza
tion and church group will be eligi
ble to enter an act in the big show,”
Johnson stated. “If it is a success
we hope to make it an annual af
fair.” Proceeds will be donated to
the World Student Service fund
A permanent trophy will be pre
sented to the organization putting
on the best six-minute program,
for which judges will be named lat
er. This ti-ophy will be on display at
the Co-op before the contest; a sec
ond and third prize will be award
Semi-final competition will elim
inate all but the most professional
acts, which will be presented in the
Committee heads named yester
day were Helen Caldwell, tickets;
Ed Peterson, campus sales; Willy
Dodds, downtown sales; Barbara
Ness canvassing; Marguerite Johns
downtown publicity; Gr e t c h e n
Grondahl, campus publicity; Suzie
Michel and Ward Sybouts, promo
tion; Jeannine Macaulay, stage;
Velma Snellstrom. program; and
Billijean Reithmiller, judging and
“The acts will be judged on five
criteria,” Miss Riethmiller announ
ced yesterday. The judges will be
selected from students, faculty
members, and townspeople, and will
base their decision on originality,
audience response, appearance, per
fection, and wholesomeness.
“Programs may consist of skits,
magic acts, tricks, songs, slapstick
routines, dances, etc.,” Miss Snell
“We do want to emphasize keep
ing the acts clean,” she continued.
“The vaudeville is being presented
with the sanction of the executive
council and, in formally, of the uni
versiy religious council. It’s going
to take place on Good Friday; so
acts will verge too much on the
study side will have to be disquali
fied by the judges.”
"The show will be heavily adver
tised and solicited downtown,”
Johnson says. Tickets will be sold at
fifty cents each through house-to
- house canvassing.
"Since the program will serve the
dual purpose of a service to the
campus in presenting a bang-up
talent show and a definite contribu
tion to a worthy cause, we are hop
ing for a good response.”
were expected m J4 to 4<S hours
near Roseburg. The Santiam
river was at Hood stage at Jef
ferson, but no major damage
was anticipated. While tribu
taries of the Willamette river
were rising the main stream
was not likely to reach flood stage
unless heavy rains upset river fore
casts. The town of Granite, west of
Baker, was snowbound for the thir
teenth day. Astoria, Ore., feared
slides might move houses off their
foundations as happened last week.
In mountain passes, the danger of
big slides was as great as the threat
of local floods in the lowlands. The
Cascade passes of Washington were
shut off by the worst slides of the
winter. Residents of the Coeur D’
Alene mining district in north Ida
ho anxiously watched the steep
snow-covered hills towering over
Direct damage by the wind was
especially severe around Spokane
where wind velocity of 45 miles an
hour broke all weather records for
February and some of the bureau’s
A big radio antenna blew down
and smashed and weather workers'
struggled in the gale some time be
fore they could get a weather bal
loon into the air to record how fast
the wind was blowing.
Windows Break In Wind
Gusts up to 71 miles an hour cav
ed in two plate glass windows in
downtown Coeur D'Alene, Idaho,
knocked over many trees, and blew
the roofs off several small build
ings. Power and telephone lines
In western Washington and Ore
gon the winds were less severe but
rain brought slides and minor
floods as damaging as those creat
ed by the inland Chinook.
At Port Angeles on Washington’s
northern coast, floods and slides
blocked every highway west of the.
city. Water was running two feet
deep over one secondary highway.
Steady rains sloshed into snow
banks and streams kept rising. A.
slide isolated the northwest tip o?
the Olympic peninsula.
Runoff water flooded basements
at Lewiston, Idaho, but it came
from minor creeks.
The Palouse country of eastern
Washington and north central Ida
ho still was more concerned with
snow clogged roads and a coal shor
tage than with floods. However,
continued warm winds could clog'
the Palouse river quickly. Colfax
and Pullman, Wash., suffered seri
ous floods last February and tho
snow is deeper this year.
All schools in Moscow, Idaho, ami
Latah county remained closed, and
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