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   Edwardsville Intelligencer, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1952, Edwardsville, Illinois                               May the true spirit of thfj First Christmas shine bright- ly in the hearts of you and your family today and every day. Wednesday, December 24, 1952 ,91st Year Intelligencer Dally No. 35. 8 S Cents Tlw Weather Mostly cloudy with occasion- al snow flurries Wednesday night and thursday. A little colder Wednesday night. Fri- day partly cloudy. Low Wed- nesday night, 28; high Thurs- day 33. High Wednesday, 36; low, 31. Frenchmen Ineligible for Entry to U.S. New Immigration Act Bars Seamen From Having Shore Leaves NEW YORK (UP) Nearly 300 French seamen of the liner Liberte were barred from Christmas shore leave today under provisions of the McCarran-Walter Immigration act. Immigration officials said after the ship docked here that 270 of the 974-man crew were ineligible for entry to the United States under the new law and 27 others had improper papers. The 270 ineligibles will spend Christmas aboard the luxury liner, but the 27 were expected to straighten out their documents later today and be cleared for en- try The Liberte will be in port until Saturday. Immigration Inspector Leonard Martin made the trans-Atlantic crossing on the Liberte to check the crew. He reported the 270 either refused to answer questions or were found otherwise ineligible for entry. At seaports, international air- ports and border crossing points around the nation, U. S. Immigra- tion Service fficers began a tight curtailment of entry privileges un- der the new law, which was at- tacked bitterly by both presiden- tial candidates in the recent elec- tion At New York's Idlewilc'i Interna- tional Airport, immigration author- ities were standing by to put alien crew members foreign planes through a 'screening that could fo''ce some of them to spend their American layover in detention on Ellis Island. The McCavran- (WaUer Act was passed over President Truman's veto last June by a Congress an- xious to revise outdated immigra- tion and naturalization laws and at the same time make the coun- tiy safe from Communist spies and ether undesirable aliens. A storm of criticism broke after passage of the act. President-elect (Continued jn Page t! Ship Wreck The wrecked French liner Champollian rolls in the surf off the Beirut, Lebanon coast after ground- ing and cracking in half on reef. A heroic captain of a Lebanese motor launch rescued single handedly all the remaining passengers and some crewmen from the ship. (NBA Radiophoto) Truman to Spend Holidays in D. C. WASHINGTON year for the second time since becom- ing President, Harry S. Truman Will pass up his annual Christmas week get-together with home town cronies in Missouri. The carolers from the Jackson County Girls Training School will not get their customary personal greeting from Bess Truman. And Margaret Truman's soprano voice will be missing from the choir of the Independence, Mo., Trinity Episcopal Church. The Trtimans are spending their second, as well as their last, Christmas at the White House. The oiily other time Mr. Truman spent Christmas here as President was In 1947. The Yuletide holiday 'may not be as rollicksome as vvhen the Abraham Lincolns or Theodore Roosevelts or Franklin D. Roose- velts were in residence. For the Trumans are a quieter family. And Mrs. Truman has just lost her 90- yeai-old mother. But Christmas is a big day in the life of the Truman family and plans already are under way to carry out all the old traditions. there will be no lack of Christ mas trees in the White House. A huge tree has been installed in the East Room of the mansion A smaller tree has been set up in the family sitting room upstairs. Two irjes grace the North Portico. Poinsettias and evergreen are spot- ted throughout the building. A large sprig of" mistletoe has been attached to the chandelier in the main lobby. As with every other Christmas since 1941, there will be a huge evergreen on the south Irwn which blazes each Christmas as a symbol for the nation. This year Mr. Truman will be on hand to throw the switch on Christmas Eve instead of carrying out the cere- mony from Independence. The kitchen staff already is col lecting goodies for the traditiona holiday dinner of turkey, and per haps a ham. The White House will buy its own, and all the gift tur keys will be sent to hospitals or to charities. FBI Agents to frail Hoodlums NEW YORK govern- ment put FBI agents on the trail f waterfront hoddlums and racke- eers today to out if they re violating federal laws in their ilunder on the piers. Attorney General James P. Mc- Granery ordered J. Edgar Hoovers !-men to make a "full scale In- vestigation" of New York dock con- litions, a job already undertaken by a state agency and the Broo- yn grand jury. The New York Crime Commis- ion, now in recess, recently pro- duced testimony showing the void's busiest waterfront was a layground for shakedown artists, loan sharks and cor- union officials. McGranery issued a brief state- ment in Washington Tuesday an- nouncing he had put the FBI to vork on the waterfront. Although McGranery's terse an- nouncement did not say what steps 'BI agents were taking, it was ndicated they were watching for iolrtion of the Taft-Hartlcy Act and other federal statues on gov- ernment-owned piers. The state commission already has heard testimony indicating iolation of a section of the Taft- Hartley law making it. a misde- meanor for employe group agents o give or take payments in any activity involving interstate com- merce. Thus far, only one waterfront igure has been convicted in the crackdown. Edward J. Florio, New [ersey organizer for the Interna- :ional Longshoremen's Association received an 18-month pris- on term for lying when he told a grand jury he never received S 000 from a stevedoring firm to 'urnish it with longshoremen. U. S. Attorney Myles J. Lane said Tuesday night he expected the FBI investigation to produce 'further indictment" of waterfront criminals. He said a grand jury was awaiting their evidence. Newsettes By United Press Three persons charged with traffic violations at Detroit got off with suspended sentences Tuesday when their attorney turned out to be Santa Claus. Lt, Covernor-elect Clarence A. Reid took time off from making the rounds of churches and schools as Santa to act as defense attorney. He still wore his red suit and white whisk- ers. Judge George T. Murphy said "You're lucky Santa Claus is your counsel. Sentence suspended." Sadosa Connellee sent a Christ- mas present of three neckties to Assistant County Attorney Roy Semtner at Oklahoma City. At- was a card which said simp'.y "Noel." Semtner had pros- ecuted Connellee last spring for foregery and sent him to prison for the 10th time. When Richard Cutrer of Jack- son, Miss., told his mother he killed a "big wildcat" during his hunting trip with his Christmas cap pistol she skeptically told him to "bring it home." Half an hour Inter eight- year old Richard returned pulling a 30-pound bobcat in his little red wagon. Richard said "I bashed the cat on the head with my _gun when he jumped out a tree" on top of me." Curious neighbors soon found out the bobcat had been dead several days, but they didn't tell Richard. Pullman Co. officials at Chicago said today a passenger ppparently lost his Christmas spirit on an east- ward trip from Seattle, Wash. The man left a seven-foot undecorated Christmas tree on "the train. Frank Primozich of Milwaukee, Wis-., found the following note at tached to a Canadian balsam Christmas tree he bought here. "Dear Santa: "I am a boy 11 years old and in Gr. VI at scKbo! and I would like to have a pair of pance size 14 for Xmas and my name is Sterling Jardine, Quarry- ville, New Brunswick, Can." Company T Refuses to Celebrate Christmas Eve WESTERN FRONT, Korea (UP) the slow beat of shellfire broke the silence of the night before Christmas. A beam of moonlight glanced off the dots of snow clinging to sheli- loles. It etched the ragged profile of enemy hills yards away. This was I men who fought the battle of Bunker Hill and The Hook. Tonight they refused to celebrate, even with what little they had. But they all remembered, one man said. "I got no feelings. This just isn't Christmas." Even so, the company decorated a Christmas tree with ornaments sent from the United States. The tree stood in a shrapnel-ripped tent which serves as a mess hall. Sgt. John Hately, 27, of Char- lotte, N. C., told how the men had come to walk by this glittering symbol of Christmas as if they could not see it. one day he said, "one of the guys was walking from his platoon to the command post across that rice paddy there, A round came in and got him. "They took him to the mess tent here. We got a doc from the bat- talion. But the guy was ripped to p i e c es. He died next to the Christmas tree. He never said a word." The tree stands abut 4 feet tall, just inside the tent flap. Wind from shrapnel holes in the tent twisted the ornaments. Under the tree I Company has put Christmas stockings. But many of 'the men already have opened their presents. Capt Mur'-ay V. Harlan, 32, of Kingston N. C., said he Opened his presents as soon as he got them "so I would have everything and every- thing would be thanked for." The company still remembers the last man to die on the long nights guard duty watching the enemy. "We heard him whistling, "There's No sale Kennard Hart of Lawler, Iowa 'and out of nowhere the shell lands on his head." Tonight, the men who were not standing guard in the trenches gatheredjn bunkers to hear Christ- mas carols on the radio. But there were only a few radios and more than 200 men. The others sat and talked abou things back home. Once a snatch of singing leaped out from the 'blan kets covering a bunker opening. "We just got to a voice said, "Someone started up a Christ mas carol." The men often were silent, star ing at the floor between their boots On the wall they had put up a few Christmas cards among the pinup pictures. One of the biggest said in gold letters: "All the blessings oi the Christ mastide." Area Won't Have White Christmas A white Christmas will be only dream in most parts of the nation and that includes Edwardsville and the Weather Bureau re- >orted Wednesday, While light snow was failing Wednesday in the upper reaches o: he Midwest, there was little ihance it would go farther south han northern Illinois, although the Bureau thought occasional snow lurries might be the case in Cen ral Illinois Wednesday night and Ihristmas Day. The temperature in the area was to drop slightly tonight, h a low of between 25 and ?8 anticipated. Christmas will be observed here n traditional ways, the dinner, ex- change of gifts, etc. Snow pelted an extensive area 'rom Oklahoma to New Mexico, >ainting a while landscape as iar south as Albuquerque, N. M, and the Texas Panhandle. The blanket mounted to four inches at Guyrnon, Okla., and spread as far north us Hutchinson, Kan. Light snow fell Tuesday in Colo- rado nad southeastern Wyoming, and in the midwest, Northern Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin plus sections of the some of the snow. Rain was falling along the New England coast and somber skies were the rule throughout the east. Wild temperatures were expected Ji most of the area with a drop .ikely on Christmas Day. Light showers were predicted in ;he Northwest and in the west, rain was expected to hit Northern California by Thursday. Southern California had warm and sunny weather with a high in the 60's at Los Angeles. LI. N. Troops Crush-Major Commie Assault Chinese Reds Mowed Down When Trying To Take T-Bone Hill SEOUL, Korea (UP) U.N. troops, outnumbered 10 to one, to- day crushed with staggering losses the first attempt by Chinese Reds to make good the Communist boast to be "in Seoul by Christ- mas." U. S. Sabrejets underscored the Red ground defeat by ripping apart a "large force" of Com- munist MIG-15J' in a swirling bat- tle just south the Yalu River in which two MK5S were probably destroyed and nine others were damaged. The Reds aimed their first ma- jor attempt to punch a hole in the United Nations defenses guard- ing the historic invasion gateway to Seoul at T-bone Hill, on the west central front. An estimated fanatic Chi- nese were hurled into the assault. Allied machine guns, artillery and rifles- chewed Communist at- tackers to bits as they surged up the icy slopes of T-bone Hill screaming, "Kill, kill, kill." Front line reports said the first wave of 200 Chinese was virtually 'killed off." Airman Decorated Safe Carted Off At ITS Station Theft of a 400-pound safe con- taining to was discovered at the Illinois Terminal railroad sta- tion on Troy road about 6 o'clock Wednesday morning. Police Chief August Soehlke said the burglars broke a wooden panel in the door of Ticket Agent Henry Johnson's office to unlatch the door. The safe, located in the south- east corner of the office, evidently was wheeled from the office into the adjacent waiting room and out the north door of the station, Soehl- ke said. Tire marks in the crush- ed-rock drive just outside the north door indicated that the bulky safe had been hauled away in a truck, Soehlke added. P. H. Lahey of Springfield, an Illinois Terminal Jjrakeman, dis- covered the theft about 6 a.m. Police said the break-in occurred sometime after a.m. Station Agent Johnson made the estimate of the safe's cash contents. A more detailed check was being made with the assistance of a company iiuditor. Morton Man Killed MORTON, 111. S. Rumbold, 31, was crushed to death in the machinery of a dump truck near here Tuesday. His body was found late Tuesday night on a farm where he had been working alone when the accident occurred. NO PAPER THURSDAY The Intelligencer will not be published Christmas Day. All departments oi the.newspaper will be closed for the day. Hoover and Eisenhower Meet Former President Herbert Hoover (L) shakes hands with President- elect Dwight Eisenhower as they met in New York for luncheon at the home of John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State-designate. The Republican leaders, discussed re-organization of the executive branch of the government, it was reported. (NBA Telephoto) MAJ. WILLIAM B. HOELSCHER Headquarters of the Far East Air Force in Korea officially an- nounced Tuesday that Major Wil- liam B. Hoelscher, 504 East Union street, had received the first Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross from Col. James K. Johnson commanding officer of the U. S. Air Force fourth Fighter Interceptor Wing. The award was made more tfian a week ago at an advanced Fifth Air Force base in Korea. Major Hoelscher, 31-year-old jet pilot, arrived in Edwards vile over the weekend after completing 100 missions in Korea. He flew the famous F-86 Sabrejets. The Air Force officer who re- sides here with his wife and two children, received the Oak Leaf Cluster for distinguishing himself by extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial com- bat. His citation read in part: "While leading a flight of four F-86s on a fighter sweep of the Sakchu area at feet, Major Hoescher sighted a formation of four MIGs at feet directly below his flight. Immediately leading his flight into the attack he made several firirig passes on the MIGs. During the ensuing bat- tle, Major Hoelscher scored sever- al heavy hits in the wing roots and fuselage section of the enemy air- craft. An explosion occurred in the aft section and flames shot from the MIG as it spiraled into the ground. Major Hoelscher's un- selfish devotion to duty and expert marksmanship led to the destruc- tion of the MIG." After a 30-day leave spent here with his wife and sons, he will re- port to Larsen Air Force Base at Moses Lake, Wash. Successor for Pinay Sought PARIS Vincent Auriol held an emergency meeting with former Premier Rene Pleven today as France wallowed without a government in its deepening poli- tical crisis. During the day Auriol planned to confe- witft at least five more former premiers in an effort to find a successor for Antoine Pinay, who resigned as premier early Tuesday. There seemed little hope that Au- riol could solve the crisis, 18th of War II, until after Christmas. Auriol's list of appointments in- cluded talks with Edgar Faure, Rene Mayer, Jules Moch, and Andre Diethelm after his session with Pleven, who heads the mod- erate Democratic and socialist Union of Resistance (UDSR) par ty. Faure and Mayer are- former premiers. Moch is a leading So cialist. Diethelm is a supporter Gen. Charles de Gaulle, wartime resistance leader who Tuesday night appealed for a regime that could "put new life" into France. Later in the day Auriol was to talk with three other ex-premiers Paul Reynaud, Edonard Dala- dier and Felix Gouin, then receive delegations from Socialist and Communist parliamentary groups. France has grown accustomed to recurring political crisis in re- cent years, but Auriol's efforts to form an 18th postwar government took on unusal urgency because of major economic and foreign problem plaguing France this notably in Indo-China and North Africa. De Gaulle said that thp French system of government that has operated since the war "must be condemned and thrown overboard in the public interest.....in briet, the country must be awakened in- stead of chloroformed; there is no other way because there is no other chance." Staunton Resident Killed by Train James E. Waterfall of Staunton, 74-year-old retired real estate broker, was killed early Wednes- day morning by a northbound Wa- bash freight train while apparent- ly walking along the tracks about three-fourths of a mile north of Worden. Deputy Coroner Maurice Bur- gett of New Douglas, who took charge of the body, said Waterfall apparently failed to hear the ap- proach of the train. An inquest is tentatively set for Friday at Liv- ingston, Burgett said. Deputy Sheriff Eugene Kitzmil- ler, assigned to 'assist with the in- vestigation, said he was told Waterfall left his Staunton home about p.m. Tuesday and was last seen alive at the Worden wye. Friends of the deceased said he had been in poor health and was believed to have wandered onto the railroad tracks. His widow be- came alarmed when Waterfall fail- ed to return home Tuesday night and had asked authorities to look for him. State police and local of- ficials were alerted, and the search ended with the discovery of his mangled body along the tracks about this morning. Deputy Sheriff Kitzmiller said the train engineer was J. M. Drais. vis. The deceased was bom Oct. 7, 1878. in Kansas, the son the late Mr. and Mrt. Samuel Waterfall. He was married to the former Miss Bertha Boettger of Moro, wh6 died Nov. 10, 1942. On Oct. 3, 1943, he married the former Miss Frieda Hasse at Staunton, who survives. Other survivors include a son, Ralph J. Waterfall of Edwards- ville; a daughter, Mrs. C. F. (Ella) Dreyer, Chattanooga, Tenn.; one brother, Charles J. Waterfall, Whitewater, Kans.; two sisters, Mrs. D. W. Chancy, Pomona, Calif., Mrs, Effie Jessen, Friends- (Continued on Page 2) Ike Reported to Have New Plan For Ending War Officiaf Headquarters Refuses to Comment On Times Dispatch NEW YORK (UP) President- elect Kisenhower and his top ad- visers have worked cut a "new strategic plan" to bring about an end to the war in Korea, the New York Times reported today. The Times, in a dispatch from I United Nations Headquarters here, said details of the plan could be made Dubiic but the strategy would follow the general lines laid down by Eisenhower upon his return from Korea. Eisenhower's headquarters an- nounced it had "no comment" on the Times dispatch. The plan would be aimed at con- vincing the Kremlin that the United States will not pull out of Korea or yield her position against forced repatriatiqn of war prison- ers. Nor would the plan involve danger of spreading the Korean fighting into a bigger war. The Times said the plan was worked out by "the high command of the Eisenhower administration." It said the source for its news did not say whether Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who conferred with Eisenhower last week, contributed to forming the plan. The plan, according to the news- paper, calls for "considerable in- creaso" in participation of South Korean forces the war, but with no great increase in participation by other members of the United Nations. Details of the new strategy re- main to be formulated by the State and Defense Departments after the new administration takes otfice Jan. 20, the Times said. Then rep- resentatives of other nations in- volved would be called in to work out a final decision on future eon' duct of the war. Expensive Wrappings to Litter Living Room Floors NEW YORK (UP) The mound of colored paper and tangle of bril- liant ribbons which will appear on living room floors Friday will be the most expensive in history. The days when a bundle of red tissue paper and a ball of green twine settled the family's gift wrapping problems are. gone. They're buried, in fact, beneath expensive metallic paper that sells for as much as a roll, yards of elaborate ribbons and countless doodads like colored balls, painted pine cones and artificial holly. If the gift costs less than a dol- Iar, the receiver better take a good jlook at the wrappings, it might be smarter to save the paper and ribbon and throw away the gift. Departmnt stores charge as much as for fancy wrappings on a big package. That Includes paper and a generous bow. Mary Lull, a slim, attractive woman who admits to partial re- sponsibility for all these trim- mings, has upper crust customers who pay her as much, as for wrapping one package. Miss Lulu started wrapping fancy packages for stores 14 years ago. Now she concentrate only on com- mercial packaging and a select list of Christmas customers. She works far into Christmas Eve in her paper-piled office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Some of the packages are wrapped in shining black paper with bright pink and gold ribbon. Plain colors and heavy paper were one of the first trends she promoted, Now she's using two different kinds of ribbon on many of her fanciest packages, in case anybody is trying to use up leftover ribbon on last minute package wrapping. She also glues on gold Initials in- stead of a gift card. "Some of our ideas aren't expen- sive to copy, she added. "We use Christmas tree cutouts on some packages in contrasting paper and the gold initials could be cut out of heavy gold paper." She also suggested a stapler as handy equipment along with cello- phane tape. Ribons can be stapled together and paper fastened se- curely. The woman who likes to save wrappings for next year's presents won't appreciate the sturdy fasten- ings. Unless opened with caution, these fancy packages disintegrate into torn waste paper. But for tonight they make a wondrous sight under the tree. Pilgrims Set Out For Bethlehem JERUSALEM, Palstins Thousands of Christian pilgrims from this divided city set out today for Bethlehem to worship in tra- ditional Christmas Eve ceremonies at the birthplace of Christ. One of the first parties to leave, headed by Patriarch Alberto Gori, passed beneath Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate early in the day, skirted the tween Israel and Jordan, and moved off slowly along the 15-mile route to bethlehem Special buses and taxis carrying thousands of other pilgrim's and' tourists from all parts of the world were expected to head out of Jerusalem before nightfall. Among the first pilgrims to leave were 30 Christian ministers and laymen led by the Rev. Harold Gretzinger of Los Angeles, Calif. The patriarchal party "wound through thf Judean countryside, past the Garden of Gethsemane and across the slopes of the Mount of Olives, to Bethany where Christ was annointed in the house of Simon the leper From Bethany the route climbs through low hills until it joins the ancient Bethlehem-Jerusalem road if biblical times. Today's skies, washed by fresh winds, were clear and blue across the Holy Land. Moonlight was ex- pected tonight. Members of the diplomatic corps were scheduled to leave the Israeli- held section of Jerusalem after dusk today. Some three thousand persons crossed the Israeli-Jordan border at Jerusalem's. Mandelbaum Gate for a 36-hour holiday stay in Jor- dan, time enough foi the pilgrim- age to Bethlehem. The Mandelbaum Gate is Jeru- salem's only official point of con- tact between Jordan and Israel. Tourists, foreigners employed by the Israeli government and com- mercial firms, members of the clergy and other pilgrims crowded the patriarchate mansion where their documents were checked by bolder guards. Meanwhile, hundreds of pilgrims planned to celebrate Christmas in Nazareth, where Clirist grew to manhood. Entrance to that city was restricted to holders of special per- mits. EWSFAPES NEWSPAPER!   

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