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Post-Register, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1954, Idaho Falls, Idaho Crashing Quake Kills Lumberjack In N. California EUREKA, Calif. A shuddering earthquake just before noon Tuesday did untold thousands of dollars of damage in this northern California coastal city and caused on freak death by drowning. Carl Wilkerson, 42, drowned when the sudden shock at PST p.m. MST) The Post-Register fosf Idaho's Home in News, Photos and Features Hi MAKE OVER iVol. 24, No. 44 Idaho Falls, Idaho Wednesday Morning, December 22, 1954 20 Pages THEY CONVICT a.m. FBI p.m. threw him into a lumber mill pond beside which he was eat- ing lunch. A score of other persons suffered minor injuries from j falling debris or glass. Nearly every building and home in this city of was damaged, mostly superficially but adding up to a tremendous pro- perty loss. There were five small fires, four WASHINGTON if) The mill- j caused by shorted electric wiring, tary sen-ices have been told to All were extinguished quickly. The rolling shock was fc-H as Draft Slash Marks Cut In Manpower start pruning from their pre sent over-all strength to reach the level the administra- tion thinks is about right for the current Cold War. In disclosing a manpower cut- back program Monday, Secretary far away as Berkeley. 225 air miles to the south, and in a wide area of soulhern Oregon and north- ern California. !n Eureka chimneys collapsed, windows shattered and stocks in stores were hurled down in costly Power Fails of Defense Wilson said it will be accompanied by a 50 per cent! cllsalTai' slash in draft calls starting in i _, February, when the announced i fm'ed and quota of is to be dropped to j Kas SMV1CC was or Quotas have been i running months. about for many Wilson said an improved situa- tion in the Far East and "better opportunities {or peace" every- where entered into the decision to trim the services. The decision was made by President Elsenhow- er, he said. Gradual Buildup Only the Air Force, which will continue its gradual buildup to men in the next 18 months, escapes the trimming process. In the same period that is, by June 30, 1956 the Army will drop 25 per cent ol its current strength to level off at an even one million. The Navy is down for a 6 per cent cut from present strength to reach and the Marine Corps will drop 14 per cent to Overall strength for all services last month was There was no immediate reac- tion from members of Congress, but the decision seemed likely to stir some controversy. A number of Democrats have complained that the nation's military might is already dangerously weak, Indochina Crises The reduction spelled out by Wil- son both revived and speeded by .a lull year a prograrp put aside the Pentagon only )ast year be- -'cause of the crisis in Indochina and a threatening situation around Formosa. Mure than a year ago the President's military planners envisioned a gradual reduction in manpower to reach more or less stable levels in June, 1957. In the Kureka Humboldt Times and Humboldt Standard offices, typesetting machines were shaken loose and molten metal burned at least two printers slightly. There were about 20 minor injuries throughout town, mostly from glass. A check of all hospitals, however, showed no one hurt badly enough to require hospitalization. A crack was reported across U. S. Highway 101, the Redwood Highway, between Eureka and Ar- cata. 10 miles north. The 69-year-old Humboldt Coun- ty Court House developed large cracks and the building was closed indefinitely. The City Hall, another old struc- ture, had much internal damage and was evacuated. The federal building was closed temporarily for inspection of brok- en pipes and cracked ceilings. At the county hospital radiators were jerked from walls and lab- oratory equipment was broken. Radio stations KHUM and KIKM were knocked off the air by power failure. Jury Finds Sheppard Guilty Of Second Degree Murder Of Wife Happy Ending: He Finally Got Yule Tree Ohio man Mood More Municipal Judge .lanit-s A. Ravelin, oliarsiM with steattni; a Christmas tree. He IUIIIK his seed an.i admit- ted lie !.ad taken the tree. Ho sai he had been out ot work a long lime and had onl> enough money for gifts for his wife and throe children. There was no money for a tree. The judge listened to the ex- planation, but said he would Imve to fine him and court costs. Then, exercising his right to temper justice with mercy, the judge gave his bailiff to buy the man a tree and gave the man two boxes of candy for his family. AFTER MflRK thim 100 hours ol deliberating these Jive women and seven men Tuesday convicted Dr. Samuel Sheppard of second degree murder for the July 4 bludgeon Klnylnjj o( his pregnant wife, Marilyn. The .furors are (top photo, left to right) James C. Bird, Howard L. Barrish, Frank 3. Kollarlts, William C. Ijmib, Frank 3. Moravec, Edmund L. Vcrllnger and Jack N. Hanson. The women arc- (left to right) Mrs. LtMiis K. Feuch- tnr, Mrs. Elizabeth A. Borke, Mrs. Beatrice P. Orrnsteln, Mrs. Ann VI'. Foote. and Airs. Louclla Williams. (NBA) Officers Push Bandit Hunt POCATEIXO W) Search loc- used here Tuesday for a young ...gunman who pulled a bank atickup Monday. Chief of Detec- tives Glen Hadley said 16 wit- Besses could identify him. Hadley said several witnesses Relieved the man, who held up the East Branch of the Idaho Bank and Trust Co., had been seen in Pocatello before. He said "There's no' reason to f believe" the bandit had left the "There have been no slolen cars, Ho plane, bus or train tickets Hadley said. A roadblock, set up shortly after the early afternoon holdup, was called off at p.m. Monday. Hadley said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had taken charge of the manhunt. The robber, described as be- tween 25 and 28, held four persons at gunpoint shortly after the bank '.'dosed Monday. A cashier.'Mrs. Virginia Grayson, stuffed bills into 'a grocery sack at his order. Police found of the money in a garbage can after two small boys saw a man "hide "something" there. A bartender reported a: man looked like. the bandit 'tried .vijto-buy a bottle of beer, iut'.flod .'when the bartender turned to get Vchange- for a J20 bill. French Begin Key Debate .PARIS (ffl-rThe. French National Assembly Tuesday disposed ol final committee reports and got down to actual debate on ratifica- tion of the Paris treaties on Ger- man rearmament. A parade of 40 listed speakers was led off by Gen. Pierre Au- meran, a former De Gaullist. He opposed the treaties, saying they contained no way of preventing a rearmed West Germany from breaking wilh the Western defense bloc at some future date. Lobby talk persisted that a mo- tion might be submitted to post- pone debate..This could be intro- duced at any time. But there was no decision' by sponsors of the move. Detest Seen Should such a motion be forth- coming, it was expected to go down to defeat in the face of Premier Pierre Mendes-France's demand for Assembly action be- fore Christmas on the Paris treaties to enroll West Germans as uniformed sodiers of the North Atlantic .Alliance. Similarly it was expected that the Assembly would vote finally, probably on to "ratify the four treaties. Political sources said some. of Mendes-France's chief enemies want the premier to be held responsible in the future for German rearmament, 1954 MATA HARI Court Convicts German Beauty On Spy Charges which those factions believe prove a political liability. will THE WEATHER 7 By Associated Press Southeastern Idaho Fair Wed- iiesday and Thursday. Patches of 'early morning fog. Little change High both days Low Wednesday night 0-10. Mar Min free 52 49 -sBoise -..''Denver -Idaho Fulls Angeles Orleam i .'..yNew York v.j-Om-ina k Springs ait Lake City an Francisco Louis ttlp 31 31 57 29 79 66 25 39 31 69 29 38 36 39 34 49 39 30 25 16 12 22 24 5 55 36 15 15 21 39 3 34 7 15 36 25 45 23 18 Britain Rejects Russ Warning LONDON if) Britain rejected Tuesday the Kremlin's warning that Soviet Russia will scrap their 1942 treaty of alliance if this coun- try ratifies the Paris agreements to free and rearm Western Ger- many. "Her majesty's government would much regret it if the Anglo- Soviet treaty of 1942, to which they have always attached importance, were to be canceled or annuled by the Soviet a Foreign Office statement said. "At the same time, they deplore both the manner and the context in which that government now threatens such annulment. "They cannot accept the argu- ment used in the Soviet note." The note, which Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko handed to British Ambassador Sir William Hayler in Moscow Mon- day, warned that the treaty would be denounced if ratification of the Paris agreements is completed. A similar note was addressed to France on Dec. 16 threatening to denounce the French-Soviet tresty of I9H Both treaties provide for .15 mutual assistance in the event of .02 Tr. BERLIN (S A U. S. high commission court sentenced a 24 year-old German brunette beautj Tuesday to five years in prison for betraying to the Russians military secrets she wangled from her two American lovers, both U. S. Intel ligence officials. Irmgard Margarethe Schmidi had pleaded guilty, but sobbec at the sentence. "I can't take .she said., "It's too much." High Commission Judge Am- brose Fuller of Chicago ignored her tears and rejected a recom- mendation by U. S. Prosecutor Thomas K. Lancian for a three- year term. "If these cases are serious enough to be tried, they are ser- i ious enough to be the judge said. Miss Schmidt, still weeping, was led away to begin her sentence. Her trial lasted less than an hour. Two Charges She pleaded guilty to two charg- es of charming defense secrets from the intelligence an Air Force colonel and the other a civilian. Her guilty plea ruled out any need for naming the Amer- icans in open court and they were not named. Army officials here declined to say whether they plan- ned any action against the pair. Prosecutor Lancian, commented: "The revelations which the girl suppressed by her guilty plea would have done irreparable harm to our prestige here in Berlin. They would have benefited only the Soviets." Had she pleaded innocent, the officials' activities with her would have become a matter of court record. American authori- Lic-s breathed sighs of relief that these details along with intelli- ;ence methods used in Berlin, were not disclosed. East German Native Lancian said Miss Schmidt, a native of East Germany, was sent to West Berlin by the Russians in May, 1953. The prosecutor this account of her activities: She appeared at the U. S. Tem- ple of Airbase and identified her- self as an agent of the Russians, but expressed willingness to sup- ply secret information about the Communists as a double agent. Two U. S. officials investigated I proved 47-5. her carefully. j From London, U. S. intelligence office here, bu was fired for taking too great ar interest in filing cabinets, safe and secret papers. Her friend interceded and go her another secretarial job. There she contacted a Germai in the employ of U. S. intelligenc and promised to marry him if h would give her vital information He tipped off his superiors, wb decided -to-pass-along harmless tips. She was arrested Dec. while riding: a bus en route to the Soviet sector with this informa tion. UNOfficialSets Nehru Visit UNITED NATIONS, N. Y. IB U. N. Secretary General Dag Ham- marskjold will hold up his arrival in Peiping until early January so he can confer with Prime Minister Nehru of India about the Red Chi- nese. This was reported in Informed quarters here Tuesday as Ham- marskjold took off from Stock- holm for a return flight to New York. He is scheduled to arrive at a.m. MST Wednesday and will plunge immediately into lop- evel conferences about his mis- sion to Peiping. He is trying to enlist the sup- port of all neutral countries in this mission. Hammarskjold will fly to Pei- ping to seek the release of 11 American aviators jailed by Red China as spies and to do what he about repatriating other Americans and U. N. personnel reported still unaccounted for by he Chinese Communists. It was reported he would depart the U. N. some time next veck and would talk with British "oreign Secretary Anthony Eden n London. Eden's government ;ave the United States strong backing in Washington's plan to have the Assembly condemn Red China for jailing fhr- aviators and asking Hammarskjold to work for their release. Because of this teamwork, the resolution was ap- New Mail Record Set An all time rei-orii for i-a.m-el- lation at the Idaho Falls Post- office was counted Monday with substantially exceeding the set in December. 1953. George superintendent of malls, said Tuesday cancella- tions for December, up to Mon- day were ahead of last year for the same. time. Receipts for the year to Doc. 20, are .For the same time last year the.y were 337.55, lass. For De- cember of this year to Monday receipts totaled an in- crease of over las year's Nine parcel post cars are now operating "from the post-office an nex on the west side of the city and a total ol 32 extra employe were hired to with tin seasonal deluge of mail. Keller said outgoing mail is starting to decline now but In coming is still at a peak and should remain there until possibly Thursday. He also said this is the first year the pastoffice force was able to keep up with the flood o: Christmas mall. He noted that at no time during the season have crews been behind in dispensing with the mails. BE A GOODFELLOW Still Time To Help Goodfellow Program Christmas is just n few days awny but (here is still time to contribute to the Goodfellow fund to provide Christmas dinners for the city's needy families. i I The fund is growing; hourly, but so Is the need. Major C. Koril of the '-iilvation Army, who hus charge of tlu: purchase of foodstuffs ami the distribution of the baskets, announced i today that more names are being placed on the list each day. "Unemployment, and the sustained cold wave have added to it he hardships for many families which have not been on the list in other he snvs. That means thai the Good fellows cannot relnx in their giv- ing. In fact it means that it is going to be necessary to open our hearts and purses to give a helping hand vo our less for- ttmnte neighbors. The amount of help they receive will de- pend entirely upon the amount of money the Goodfellows con- tribute. Watch the list of Goodfellows grow! Now is the time to send or bring your contribution to The Post-Register, and have your name enrolled with these other Goodfellows who have already contributed their bit toward making this a Merry Christmas for those who are less fortunate than ourselves: Novelist Hilton Dies in U.S. LONG BEACH, Calif. Ml James Hilton, British novelist and screenwriter whose books included 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips" and "Lost died Monday night after a long illness from cancer of the liver. He was 54. Critically ill for several weeks. e succumbed at p.m. (PST) in Seaside Hospital. His former wife Alice, who had maintained a vigil for days, was still at the redsidc. Athough he had been writing for he motion picture industry, he lad lived here in Long Beach for .0 years. Hilton, born Sept. 9, 1900, in Leigh, Lancashire, England had said it was Hollywood which brought him to America al- hough he said he couldn't find America in Hollywood. "I live in Long Beach because t puts me closer to the feel of he once said. "You an't get the feel of. it from Holly- wood." vtail Record Set SALT LAKE CITY W An esli- pieces of mail were a'nceled in the Salt Lake City Office Monday night. The number broke all previous ecords for the Christmas mailing season. Postal employes said they i expected the record to be cracked Elks No. 108T ..............JiSOO 1. F. Shrine Club............ MO Idaho First National Executor, Eel F. Wlnn Estate 25 Trustee, Ed F, Wlnn Estate 250 Klwanls Club .................100 Tim Coke Cluh 100 Phillips Petroleum Company NX Fordo I... Johnson, Inc....... 50 Fred Estate...... SO Ue.l-Alre 60 JtolK-rt F. Johnson t Associates Sfl City Employees Fund W American Acceptance Corp 3( American Legion, Post. No. .10 ....................S8.28 Idaho Livestock Auction Exchange Clr.b of Idaho Falls 25 Culllgan Soft Water Serv. 25 BFO Does 2K Idaho Falls 1'ollce Annn...... 25 W. Brunt Agency, Inc.... 21! Carroll's, Inc............... 2K Farr Candy Co.............. 25 The Post-Register........... 25 Duclo Mattinnon 16 Beta Sigma Phi.............. 25 Rogers Bros. Seed Co....... ill Veterans of Foreign Wars 22.80 Idaho Falls Jayceo's........ 20 Lloyd Nash 20 Kenold Murom Agency...... 15 fock and Naomi McClaskcy 10 A (Joodfcllow 10 F. Baker S A. Goodfellow I. F. High School Future Teachers S Karl fl. Haln 3 Pearl M. Mr. and Mrs. Tony Focht Mr. and Mrs. Bain II. Kittle S Deo Jenkins Co 3 Mr. and Mrs. W. II. Mattrson 3 Mr. and Mrs. Charles Arnold 3 Phil Cypcrt 3 II. S. Bergman ft Klrby Book Store 2.50 Hilly Spelts 2.RO Don Klrby 2 John Dubach 2 John Keller 2 George Laraen 2 E. K. Huffman 2 Mr. and Mrs. Donal Hanly 2 J. Loltoy Johnion t A. Goodfellow 2 E. S. Baugh 2 Marie Woolf 2 Susan and Chrlntlno Walber 2 C. K. Nelson 2 A. Goodfellow 2 Robin and Kris Wackcrll Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd W. Jones Sen J. Plasllno 2 3on Everlngham 2 A Goodfellow 2 Mr. and Mrs. Leo Larsen Soyd Fartlngton 2 Evergreen Gables 10 Melville Studio 10 M. Amlrus ...............10 Mr. and Mrs. George Brunt.. 10 Fanning Wholesale Co....... 10 I Kenny Ashton 10 ,j. w, stambmigh............ 2 Social Order of Beauccant M. Buckingham 2 13S Mr. and Mrs. George Jacobs 2 ilr. and Mrs. Bob Johnson lock Couch 2 (on Mansfield 2 fohn It Jim Chrlstcnsen..... 2 Mrs. C. A. Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Huffman 10 JIO Locnl 6S2-A............. 10 <ynn Crandall.............. 10 F. Jay-C-Ettcs 10 Ke.iih C. Sundhcrg.......... 10 H. Boozer Oil Co......... 10 "ice. M. Scott Jt Sons 10 'appy and Mom Moore 10 Jonrcevlllt! Order of Demolay 10 Pacific Fruit t Produce Co. 10 daho Falls J.A.C.L 10 F. Theta Rho Girls Club 'o. 19 10 Olrls Federation, I. F. Ugh School 10 Operative Plasterers and 'emcnt Masons 10 (ruse Motel 10 "alls Cafe. 10 .nonymous 10 Irs. Irene Putnam 7.30 irange Trans.-Collett Tank- lies, Employees 7.50 Electric Motor Service Co. 7.50 F. McDermott She got a secretarial job in a I will fly to New Delhi. Hammarskjold I again before the holiday season I ends. SPACE SHIPS TOO DREAMY U.S. Explores 'Earth Satellites' By Elton C. Fay WASHINGTON W-Secretary of Defense Wilson has termed ques- tions about space ships "a litUe dreamy" and disclaimed knowl- edge of such studies by the Pent- agon, but his department said Tuesday it is actively exploring the possibility of creating artificial earth satellites. And it has been doing that lor at least six years. In response to a question about' the status of a program mentioned in a 1948 report by the Grst retary ol defense, James Forrestal, Defense Department gave this official "Studier. relating to a satellite ja revival of aggression by Ger- program mentioned in 1948 are ._ many or her World War II allies, active and <tn proceeding ut web itudy." rate commensurate with the tech- nical state of the art. "These studies are being co- ordinated within the office o! the secretary of defense and provide for full utilization of the com- bined efforts of the services." Wilson was asked at a news conference Nov. 16 if there waj such a study under way. The ex- change went this way: Wilson: "In the space ship busi- ness? Oh, No." 1M8 Study Reporter: "Forrestal wrote about it. There was a study in 194S. Has it bran discontinued or It it (till under Wilson: "You are going back too far for me. I dont know ol any Reporter: "There have been re- cent published reports that the Russians had given priority to the establishment of the space satel- lite. Are you concerned that they will teat us in the air with Wilson: "I wouldn't cart iJ they did." Reporter: "You really wouldn't? You mean you don't care if they get to the moon Wilson: "I would rather they go off to the moon or some other place than come over here." .Lust week this reporter sub- mitted the question "Is the pro- gram still 1o the De- fense Department. TV formal re- ply was produced Tuesday, In addition to the apparent hold his love against the allure o! other women. The state hail asked the death penalty. Marilyn was four months preg- nant with her second son when she was beaten to death in bed with i n savagery Hint left her heart all hut shapeless from 35 blows. Dr. Sheppard blamed lite murder on a prowling, bushy haired stranger. Not Guilty' "I'm not the 30-year- nltl osteopath insisled to the court and jury just before he was led out of Hie courtroom. Dr. Sheppard could have gotten (lie eleelric chair. Instead he will bo eligible for parole in 10 years. His defense lawyers said they will appeal the conviction and ex- pressed confidence- it could be up- set. Meanwhile, they sought a new legal prelude to an ap- peal. Common Pleas Judge Ed- ward Blythin set a hearing for Dec. 30. A trial judge rarely, if ever, reverses his own conduct of a case by granting a new trial. Dr. Sheppard took (lie verdict with nn audible gasp, but without any of the tears he shed so often during the trial. 1-Ast Look Just before he was led menacled from the courtroom to his cell two floors above, the 6-foot osteopath twisted his head over his right shoulder for a last rueful look at the jury of seven men and five women. As he stood-before Judge Bly- thin, Dr. Sheppard responded to an invitation from the court by saying in a slightly trembling voice: "I would like to say, sir, that 1 nm not guilty and I feel there have been facts presented before this court that definitely have prov- en that I couldn't have performed this crime." Began Oct. IS Dr. Sheppnrd's trial began Oct. 18 and was the longest and most spectacular in Cleveland's history.' It ended its 10th week Monday and the verdict came on the 65th day. Speaking for all the Jurors, Fore- man James C. Bird told a news conference: "We have agreed that we will make no comment. When we heard the request by Mr. Corrigan for a new trial, we realized that any- thing we might say would be used In that appeal, and so we have all agreed that is the extent of the statement we wish to make at this lime." Early Today Pug ind Denbclgh Anderson Kd Carney Rail Strike Set LONDON W A nationwide rail- way strike involving work- ers called Tuesday night tar Jan. 0. The National Union of Railway- men sounded the call after of negotiations with the Ministry of Traniport over raises. The rani British Roads Said Okeh BOISE (fi The State Highway Department reported all Idaho roads in good ccniltior, except for slick qpoti in shaded areas and hither High- ways In the eastern edge of the state and over Lookout Pau mow-covered. By The Associated Press With winter arriving officlallj Wednesday at a.m., MST, the weather throughout the nation Tuesday generally matched the change in seasons. An exception was the southern edge of the country, where it was warm. A storm barged into the New England area, dumping 12 inches of snow on Cape Cod. It was ex- pected to leave up to 16 inches New Hampshire and western Maine and 6 to 8 inches in south- eastern New England. Light snow or freezing drizzle peppered the Mississippi Valley from Quincy, HI., northward to Duluth, Minn. Snow flurries scat- tered across the rest of the Great Lakes territory. Temperatures early Tuesday dropped to as low as 2 below zero it Watertown; 3 above at Mas- sona and 5 above at Bihghampton. all in upstate New York. New York City recorded a low of 16.2 de- grees. Sub-freezing temperatures push- ed deep into the resort and citrus districts of Florida but crop ex- perts said little damage was done. Coldest spot reported in the country was Frazer, Colo., with 18 below zero. The Plains and most of the Rooky Mountain area had a daytime range of 4 to 10 degrees lower than the previous day.