Long Beach Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - November 1, 1947, Long Beach, California Massive Hughes Plane Floats in Harbor SEASON'S a greeting on the official open- Ing of the Christmas season in Long Beach are Santa Claus him- self and Chili Hollywood starlet, who rode together, on the only float in today's All-Western Band Review, a. reindeer and ileigh affair, designed especially for St. Photo.) British Order Bah on Private Motoring T ONDON, Nov. I. Britons-grudgingly gave up an- -L-J other of their pleasures forgoing, private motoririg to by snving gasoline. Under the British government'! latest austerity ef- fective last midnight, a private citizen can't car at all, except on euential estimate that the ban -in 000 pounds, or dwindling dollar credits.. A few hours line, motorists armed with cans, saucepans and even jugs jammed filling stations, determined to get every drop of their rations. The effect of tho travel ban will be to confine the Briton more closely to his unheated home where once he could find some solace In an extra serving of lea. Now there Isn't, enough: tea, either. That ratlbn recently was cut to half a .pound adequate for. the. Inhabitants of this nation of traditional tea drinkers. Abolition of the basic petrol ration, enough to drive 180 miles a month, aroused a-storm of op- position. Court Tests Loom on Reds' Signing BULLETIN DETROIT, Nov. l'. (U.P.) R. J. Thomas, vice president the C. I. O. United Auto Workers, denied today that top the big auto union to sign non-Corn- munist affidavits under the Taft-Hartley law. WASHINGTON, Nov. 1. (A.P.) The; National'''.Labor Rela- tions Board today began winnowing through hundreds of last-minute union with .the Non-Communist pro- vision of the Toft-Hartley Act. Just under the -wire was the big C.-'I. Q. United Auto Work- ers Union, whose'executive board reversed a previous stand and ndvised the N. L. R. B. that the necessary papers'would be filed as soon as possible. The A. F. L. United Mine Workers, headed by John L. Lewis, the C. 1. O. steelworkers were left out in the cold by their own choice. Both stood pat, past last mid- night's deadline, on their refusal to flic .the non-Communist pledges and financial statements required by the This means that the U, W. mem hers and the steelwork- ers are barred from services of the NLRB. Tho stechvorkors stepped in at the nth'.'hour with a .challenge expected to lay-the groundwork for court test of the board's power to make the non-Commu- nist rule stick. the steelworkers questioned the board's authority to toss-out 22 already pending cases involving union petitions lor collective bargaining rights. Kin Post Reward for Missing Man LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1. IU.P.) Relatives today offered re.- ward for information leading. to finding Dr. William E. Keating, 28, dead or alive. .Keating disappeared Oct. 21 at Lake Arrowhead. Seattle's Wettest October Observed SEATTLE, Nov. 1. W> The wettest October in Seattle, weather bureau history dripped to the end. A nighf rain, amounting to .88 Inch for the 24-hour period, raised the October total to ap- proximately inches, compared with a normal of 2.84. The pre- vious October record of 5.73 was In 1943. Wide Peru Area LIMA, Peru, .Nov. 1. UP) A strong earthquake shook Lima oh this All Saints' Day holiday and extended o.ver a wide section of Peru. i Two children were injured se- verely at -Huancayo, 115 miles east of when they appar- anlly .wore trampled by worship- pers tleetng from a cathedral. The walls of Huancayo buildings were crackcci. However, no reports of fatali- ties were, received here. Many Inhabitants oJf Lima were visiting cemeteries to decorate graves when the tremor occurred about 10 ,a. 'm., 'e.s.t. The quake.was felt at Iquitos, some 650 miles northeast of Lima, and also at Huancavelica City, 140 miles southeast of the capital. Missing Honduron Steamer Hunted MEXICO CITY, Nov. 1. (m The Navy today ordered a sea and air search for the Honduran steamer Lloyd IV, reported missing since she left Amapala, Honduras, for Salina Crux, on the Pacific side of southeastern'Mexico. same ship was missing last year ahd had to be towed to LOIS G VOL 274 LONG BEACH 12, NOVEMBER I.J947 TELEPHONE 690-66 CENTS H O M E EDITION (Four Editionr Daily) HALF MILLION SEE LONG BEACH BAND EVENT Ship Readied for Taxiing Tbwfrihg Rudder '''N.a'rirawly 'Misses Steel' Framework By EDSEL flEWTON The-massive, 200-ton, eight- ngine Hughes (lying .boat loated the waters of Long Beach ..Harbor today, after. clearing its dry dock at a. m. The- plane at noon still lay Between the two concrete jet- ties extending sewafd from the dry dock. had used the jetties to tow the shipJfrom the dry docks. Tugs were to be attached huge plane (to tow it '..but iijto the ;.harbor Droper; when -wind controls: and of his. englneerS .the iiwas towed, out- 'of ;the dry docks In an operation which required ap- proximately a; halt hour.. Spectators held their breath when the drydock gates were opened as: the ocean current and a slight breeze started the; giant Hying boat gently pitching and rolling. The towering rudder swung back and iforth, 'narrowly missing a tall steel framework near by which had held the ship's canvas covering during construc- tion work. Water was pumped into the drydpcks and let in through In- lets dock gates this morn- Addlttouil of Hindim plmw on A-tt and B-l. ing-arid a, m. the craft was w.aterborne within' the docks. The' .dock gates' were then low- ered and the ship began moving out into the harbor. Twenty-five Washington, D. C., newspapermen arrived by plane sarely in .time to witness the opening of the Hood gates. The 25 .press correspondents Joined 50 other .newspaper, radio and newsreel men covering the mo- mentous launching of the biggest plane In the world. At.. 12 o'clock, Hughes: apolo- gized to the entire press for halt- ing the plane just outside its'dry- docks, where it was still held in check by land tractors. He said that the breeze which had gained :n intensity had changed condi- tions to cause the delay, but ma- rine .tractors, which are small tugs, had the situation 'well in liand. TOWERING CRAFT While the huge ship lay glisten- ing'in the-sunshine and swaying gently with the current, Hughes left the control room and came to a temporary flying bridge erected'atop the ship for handling it on the surface. The plane tow- ered high over numerous small craft..in which, were kept 'at a distance by the Coast Guard. Tomorrow morning -the huge craft' Is scheduled for its first water taxi tests, provided that today's: preliminary floating test meets expectations. Coast Guard patrol 'boats were on duty around the dock today, and tomorrow" they will patroi the vast water runway inside the breakwater to keep all other boats-out of-its path. Hughes, himself, will be at the controls in the taxi tests when the big ship is expected, to roar along at 80 knots. History was being made be- cause this is the biggest heavier- than-air machine ever contem- plated. T Nothing has even approached It. It is 'designed to carry 700 infantrymen. The famed German-built DO-X built in the 1920s and was the'biggest in her day could (Continued ;on Page A-6, Col. 7.) HUGHES S1ANT JUST BEFORE sits: in the pilot's seat of h i giant eight-engined wooden flying boat before it became water-borne this morning in its Long Beach dock. The movie producer-plane'manufacturer plant to take the huge ship on water taxi tests tomorrow; in the local harbor, juit inside the breakwater, The under construction for four and a half years, has cost about and ii the subject, of a Congressional Php'to.) Dynamite-laden lll'HPI Ship Will Shift Newsmen were a little jittery and guards and others at the Howard Hughes :flying boat dock expressed some concern, pbout this morning when a freight- the through Santa Flavia, moved the channel entrance within less than yards o'. the plane. Aboard the freighter was 450 tons of dynamite. The Coast Guard said it 'had ?iyen approval for the dynamite- [aden ship to move into the har- i Tremendous Power Needed to Manage Big Plane's "TOE LOUIS and Jack -JDempsey -together could not control U this Howard Hughes told 50 .members of the press this morning prior to thp towing 'of the giant flying boat, Hercules, out of its dry dock. The millionaire sportsman and plane builder explained that it takes .pounds of effort to move .the huge plane's controls! However, a, booster system multiplies the efforts 200 times, he said. .Hughes spoke to the newsmen as water was .pumped into the drydocks in which the 200-ton going..to a South American port. The Coast Guard boats patrolled the water around the freighter as it passed the Hughes dock and the guardsmen remained on duty when won to becom the first thoi-oughbred to eari or more on the track. H was retired at the close of hi three-year-old campaign. Man o' War sired the of more money than any i other American sire, living or dead. Pirate Sinkings Unconfirmed CANTON, China, Nov. 1. within minu about 3 minute :5p..frfm. of each other yesterday after a flight of three hours and 25 minutes from Shemya, one of the westernmost islands of the storm- ridden Aleutian chain. Units, Santa, Pin-up Parade Seventh All-W.iterr. Review Ushers in City's Yule Season v By VERA WILLIAMS Chriatmae came Lonir todny. It'came triumphantly wilii ha arrival of Santa CUue anel he seventh annual 3nnd .Review, Long mditionnl salute to the gentler, man from the North. An estimated hall-million young, old and nit all exuberant and Jink to see Santa, thronged theT treats for the parade of 60 bandr- ,nd drum and bugle corps which: or two nwung through, he Chrlstmaii-decorated Beaming from a reindeer-drawn In hat sounded oddly like Dick Dll- duy's shouted, "Hello, to- ne, children, and "I'll be back on' Christmas Eve." It not clear" vhether'Santa Claus' great joy vas because of his fait Hljjht; rom. the., North Pole and warm welcome in Long Beach, or. because snuggled against him lit he sleigh scat sat Chill Williams. :catured 'motion picture player' ind favorite GI pin-up girl. 'umed as a polka-dot girl, alaa ivaved at, the crowd and added to he festivities. 'In the reviewing stand ore Dec an Blvd. sat high-ranking Navy and Marine Corps municipal and school officials and civic leaders of Long Beach arid towns. Among these Vice Adm. Walter Si DeLanyv commander of and cruisers of the Pacific; Rear Adm.: Paul Hendren, comman- dant, Navy Base, Terminal Island, and Maj. Gen, L. E. Woods, com- manding general of the Fint Marine Aircraft Wing at El Toro Marine Base. Downtown windows Ate-- n-ated for the occasion with lificent displays of Christmas Floods which Santa Claus Is slated to place in stockings or. their counterpart on Christmas Eve. Aerial bombs launched the l-ade, headed by Long Beach motorcycle police and the Junior Traffic Patrol Bicycle Corps, Then came the Victor McLagfen Motorcycle Corps In blue uni- forms trimmed with gold, shln- (Continued on Page A-6, CoL Living Cost Nullifies Wage Cains WASHINGTON, Nov. 1. Labor Department showed today that prices more than wiped out increases gained by the nation's average factory worker between 1942 and last Sept. 1- The department revealed that despite wage increases the aver- age worker actually lost In buying power in the period ended Sept. 1. In a statistical survey of the wage-price relationship, the de- partment deflated weekly wage figures to show what they would have bought in 1939, which fov-. The independent China newspaper Tai Kwong Po today quoted a wireless report from Kwang- .250, miles sputhwest of here, asv-saying an unidentified American warship sank five Chi- nese, pirate ships east of Kwang- chowan. The report said all the pirates perished., The newspaper gave no date for the report, not confirmed 'elsewhere. American authorities here said they had no knowledge of such an incident. ernment economists consider last real peacetime year. It came up with this: The average factory worker with three dependents had a take- home pay of a week In 1942. It would buy only what would have bought in 1939. The same worker had a weekly take-home pay of last Aut gust. This was a dollar IncreaM of over the 1942 average, but the department Mild It would buy only what would havt bought In 1939.