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Lowell Sun (Newspaper) - May 7, 1948, Lowell, Massachusetts WHITE HOUSE PRESENTS PLAN TO AVERT RAILROAD STRIKE Communists Waiting to Start "Operation America Gen. Kenney Says Attack Will Come When Reds Feel They Can Win THE LOWELL BANGOR, Me., May 7 Communists will start "operation America" as soon "as they feel that they can win in a conflict against Gen. George C. Ken- ney said today. "It is no longer necessary to ask if we think there is a dan- ger of the commanding general of the strategic air com- mand said in an address pre- pared for the Maine Federation of Women's Clubs. "We are the obstacle in a struggle for world he said. "We are the primary tar- get of attack. Defeat the United States and the world is at the mercy of the conqueror." No Immunity Gen. Kenney said the nation's immunity, guaranteed by two friendly oceans thousands of miles wide; is no more. "He who controls the air con- trols the destiny of the he said. "The direction for us to look is no longer east or west, but north. "If we got into trouble he added, "that is where you wil! first pick up the enemy aircraft coming from the European- Asiatic land mass over the great circle courses, the shortest air routes across the Arctic wastes, and over the northeastern parts of Canada and the United States, on their way to destroy our cen- ters of industry and population." The distances from "existing airdromes" to Bangor, Me., he said, "are 3000 miles." The atomic bomb cannot be set- up "as our sole he said. "Common sense will tell us that the Communists already have the bomb or will have it he added. may al- ready be later than we think." o'clock and D COUNTY TODAY'S INDEX Amusements Bridge ..........25 20, 21, 22, 23 Dot Kftgallcn ___13 Lookout .........18! Deaths ...........3, Peter Edson .......8 Bob Consldlno 8 Drew Pearson Radio Hill-lock...........____ ____ Editorials Snorts .......18. 13 Hnvs You Heard.. IG Women's News. 16. 17 County News Today on Pages 9, 10 and 11 Associated Press International News COMPLETE NEWSPAPER 'Associated Press Wire-photo 70th Year No. 108 Lowell Mass. Friday May 7 1948 X 26 Pages 4 Cents Nashoba Apple Blossom Festival Opens Tomorrow To Select Queen and Court at Ball; Thousands Expected in Area Over Week-End for the ninth ning. Twenty-six annual Nashoba -Apple Blossom each representing a town of the festival have been completed and Nashoba fruit been everything is in readiness for selected and will compete for the the opening of this colorful event The Nashoba Festival is the only one of its kind in New England this year and is one of the three apple blossom festivals to be held this year in the entire United States. The other two have al- ready been held at Wenatchee, Wash., and the Shenandoah Val- ley, Va. Ball in I.eomlnster The opening event of the Nash- oba Apple Blossom 1 Queen's ball takes place in Leominster, birthplace of "John- nie tomorrow eve- coveted honor of being chosen "Queen" of all Nashoba land. "Queen Nashoba IX" will be crowned of Gov. Robert F. Brad- ford on Sunday, May 16, at an impressive Coronation ceremony followed by a spectacular pag- eant to be held at Doyle field, Leominster. Special Church Services On Sunday, May 9, all roads ll lead to Groton where Blos- som week will be officially opened with a special service in nn Pnice Thlrff-rn Jews Claim New Successes Against Arabs in Palestine Hagannah Says Two Villages Taken During Night From Foe Near Galilee I SEMINARY BAND TO PLAY AT SPELLING St. Francis Seraphic Seminary band of Tewksbury, under the direction 'of John J. Giblin of Lowell, will provide music for the Greater-Lowell Spelling Bee Finals at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium Sunday. Seminarians will give a one hour concert, starting at p. m., and at p. m., will render the stirring martial airs at the official presentation of the colors by the U. S. Naval Reserve color guard. i Seminary Band to Present Program at Spelling Bee St. Francis Seraphic Musical Unit of Tewksbury at Auditorium Finals Sunday By the Associated Press Jews claimed new successes today against the Arabs in Pales- tine. The Jewist array, Haganah said two Arab villages were taken during the night in north- ern Palestine between Nazareth and the Sea of Gililee. A hill overlooking strategic Safad, an Arab city ten miles north of the sea, also fell to Haganah. The fighting was only pre- May and British Troops Leave Haifa JERUSALEM, British troops boarded the transport Georgic in Haifa harbor today for what the troops themselves said was a return to England. There was no official an- nouncement on the number of troops leaving Palestine or their destination. The evacuation cut heavily into British troop strength in the Hoiy Land, last esti- mated at men. However, the British have brought in an estimated crack marine comman- dos and other troops from Cyprus, Malta and the Suez canal zone during the past week to cover the evacua- tion of regular Palestine forces. Shop With Ease The easy shopping- method is to begin with your daily copy of The SUN. Merchants tell you, in their' ads, about the best offers. If you see it advertised you can rest assured it is worthwhile. Slake a list of the items and prices you are interested in, before starting: .your shopping trip. "SHOP THE SUN" T-O-D-A-Y FOR SATURDAY BUYING liminary to the expected battles which the United States, the United Nations and much of world opinion have been en- deavoring without success to forestall after the British man- date ends next Friday night. Concern was voiced in Wash- ington lest battles between Jews and Arabs in Palestine spread to other areas of the middle east. Western Europe was viewed as relatively secure, for :the time being. Most opinion in the U. S. capital was that if new Russian pressure is to develop in coming weeks, it probably would come in the south or middle east. Iran, Turkey and Greece were men- tioned as danger points. Winston Churchill, wartime i Prime Minister of Britain, ar- ranged to keynote plans for a United States of Europe to an unofficial 22-nation forum in The Hague. Exiled leaders from Yugo- slavia, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Finland attended. The Brit- ish Labor government opposed the meeting, but a good many Labor members of parliament attended anyway. Greece executed IS more per- sons accused of murder, stem- ming largely from the 1944 up- rising. Already 213 had been ex- ecuted this week. Hundreds more were doomed. The British ambassador asked an explanation and at least four British newspa- pers cried out against the execu- tions. U. S. officials in Greece apparently were helping to me- diate differences between Greek Liberals and Populists in reform- iing a new cabinet. i Efforts to reach a truce for (Jerusalem were made in that city land in Jericho. A responsible United Nations official said at Lake Success the Palestine crisis could be settled if the U. S. and Britain'got together. The U. S. wants a temporary trusteeship; the British a neutral commission. Jerusalem itself was quiet. The British army said 70 new cases of typhoid had broken out in crowded Acre, swollen with Arab refugees from Haifa. Haganah said Lebanese troops again shelled the Jewish settle- ment of Ramat Naftali in north- ern Palestine, but there was no confirmation elsewhere. Dracut Boy Hurt in Fall From Bicycle Paul Blanchette, 15, Confined to Hospital With Head Injuries about the face and head when pitched to the ground from the bicycle he was riding near his home last night, 15-year-old Paul Bian- chettc, 40 Grant street, Dracut, remained in a semi-conscious state at St. Joseph's hospital to- day. The youth, it was reported, was riding the bicycle almost in front of his home shortly after 9 o'clock when a wheel struck an object in the road, causing him to lose control and fall from his vehicle. He received numerous lacerations of the face and head, in addition to being rendered Ernest unconscious. Blanchette, the lad's father, took the boy to the hospital in the family car. Fol- lowing emergency treatment the youth was admitted for obser- vation and X-ray. Authorities reported that young Blanchette spent a rest- less night but was in "fairly good" condition today. X-rays will be taken to determine if ho received a fractured skull in the accident. By Raymond P. Bates 25-piece band of St. Francis Seraphic seminary, Tewksbury, under the direction of Bandmaster John J.' Giblin of Lowell, will provide a stirring series of military marches as a musical prelude to the 194S Greater-Lowell Spelling Bee Finals program, when the record- setting field of 75 word decipher- ers gathers at Memorial Audi- torium Sunday afternoon. Concert at 1.30 P. M. Clad shirts, brown topped off with snappy brown caps and white pompons, the band to strike up the overture promptly at 1.30 p. m. and it will continue its program for an hour. At 2.30 Mr. Giblin will give in white trousers and with flowing capes of the downbeat for a drums and blare of ruMe of trumpets. Janet R. Dufault This fanfare will be the cue for the honor battalion of the United States Naval Reserve Training Center of Lowell to commence its eye-filling presentation of colors. To the thrilling strains of Souza's 'Military March, the crack Battalion color guard, es- corted by a squadron of rifle- men, will parade down the cen- ter aisle, bringing Old Glory and the battalion flag on-stage. When the flag-bearers wheel into posi- tion, the rifle squad will corr.e to "present arms." The bat- talion flag will be dipped and the Seminarians will sound off with our National Anthem. This coiorfu] introduction will The death sentence of a young'be by thc parade ot Nazi fanat.c who proclaimed, champions, featuring the star- himself Hitler's was com-: spanKled cast of 75 school repre- rnuted to life imprisonment sentativos in a wholesale procos- day by General Lucius B. Clay, sion across the st rf t U. S. military governor of Ger- many. The youth, Siegfried Life Term for "Hitler's Heir" STUTTGART, May 7 Pastor Bans Bee to St. Michael's Pupils to the many inquiries received, The Sun Spelling Bee Director wishes to point out again that St. Michael's school in Cen- tralville WAS invited to enter its Champion in the grand finals at the Auditorium, on Sunday. The Sun opened the ,1948 Bee not only to every school in Lowell, public, pri- vate and parochial, but also to all schools in the 20 towns. in Middlesex County and New Hampshire which The Sun serves. The children of St. Michael's school were de- prived of-the right to enter the thrilling contest and com- pete for the most valuable Spelling Bee prizes ever of- fered by any newspaper in New England by the refusal of the Rev. Francis L. Kee- nan, pastor of St. Michael's parish, to permit the children to compete. No explanation was offered to The Sun repre- sentative who contacted the school principal by phone for the Rev. Fr. Keenan's de- cision. The daily average net paid circulation of THE SUN for the month of April was Second Czech Plane Lands in U.S. Zone Seven Aboard Airliner Which Changed Course FRANKFURT, May 7 A Czechoslovakian airliner carry- ing seven persons including the crew 'landed at Erding air base near. Munich Wednesday, the United States air force announced today. The announcement said the plane took off from Brunn, Czechoslovakia, on a short flight to Budejovice, but changed course and crossed into Germany. passengers Proposals Are HadetoThree Onion Leaders Settlement Hopes Seen Rather Poor By Laurence Gonder WASHINGTON, May 7 The White House will submit to three strike-threatening railroad unions today a series of pro- posals for averting the rail strike set for 6 a. m. Tuesday. Informed sources said Presi- dential Assistant John R. Steel- man, who is handling the dispute for the government, will present the proposals to the union leaders at their conference at the White House. These sources said none of the proposals would give the unions much hope for a better settle- ment than was recommended by a presidential fact-finding board last March. The railroads ac- cepted the board's suggestions but the unions turned them down. Summoned to the Whtie House conference were Alvanley John- ston, grand chief engineer of the Brotherhood of Locomotive En- gineers; D. B. Robertson, presi- dent of the Brotherhood of Fire- men and Enginemen; and A. J. Glover, president of the Switch- men's union. They are asking a 30 per cent hourly wage boost and about 20 changes in working rules for their members. Board's Report It was understood Steelman first would ask the unions to ac- cept the board's report, which recommended some changes in working conditions and a 15 Two of the five aboard were women. It was the second Czech air- iliner to change course and fly! 'Communists seized control of! j Czechoslovakia. Last month another airliner with 20 passengers and crew aboard was taken over at gun- point by one of its passengers and flown into Germany. Air force officials announced that the first "refugee plane" was permitted to leave Munich yesterday, flying in the direction cent hourly pay increase, retroac- tive to last, Nov. 1. If the unions accept the report now, they can serve new wage demands on the railroads in 30-days, A second suggestion, it was un- will be that the unions Kabus, was convicted in January, 1947, for leading a gang of ex-Hitler youth members in the bombing of three denazification courts in Stuttgart. rHE WEATHER Rain, Cool Tonight; Clearing, Milder Saturday. See Full Report Page 3. Earth Tremors Felt in Montreal MONTREAL, May 7 (AP) tremors, lasting for some 10 seconds, were felt throughout the island of Montreal today. The shocks came about 7.03 a. m., Eastern Standard time. Provincial police reported that the tremor was felt strongly at L'Abord A Plouffe, 10 miles north of Montreal, and that some walls were cracked. Roger Field being seated. Master of Ceremonies James Droney then will bring the mic- rophone to the first contestant. Conductor James F. Conway-will assign the opening the gallant struggle for the spel- ling supremacy of Greater-Low- ell will commence. Capacity Crowd Expected wits against1 similar champions for national honors.- More Champions Those are the awards school champions like Roger Field, Pel- ham, N. H., junior high, and Janet R. Dufault, Greenhalge school, Lowell, will be striving for on Mothers day. By the way, fans, you still Kearney Square. The supply is A capacity crowd is expected jean get tickets for the Finals at to turn out to pay tribute to the The Sun Annex box office, 15 bright-eyed little boys and girls as they undergo the strenuous test for over S250 in prizes. The champion will receive a new wardrobe at a cost of The runner-up will receive S50. Third prize is S25, fourth prize is S15, and fifth, 510, That's merely the beginning of the generous payoff. The cream of the prize list comes in the form of an all-expenses-paid round trip to Washington, D. C, where the New, England repre- sentative will match skill and Greece to Get New Cabinet ATHENS, May 7 Paul was expected today to swear in a new cabinet selected to head off a threatened collapse of Prague. Its passengers were permitted _the choice of remain- ing in Germany as refugees or returning to Czechoslovakia. their dif- ferences. Informed sources made it clear that if Steelman's mediation ef- forts fail the government will take over the railroads. Justice department lawyers be- lieve the government has' clear authority to seize the roads under an old, World War I law. That law gives the president power to operate the railroads "in. time of war." President Truman has not yet declared the end of World War II. A high railroad official, mean- while, told the United Press the industry will take "drastic action against any firemen, switchmen or engineers who participate in a. strike." The da'y- after the strike starts, if it does, the railroads will notify all strikers that if "they don't report back to work within 48 hours they lose all seniority with their this official said. Embargoes Ordered At least 20 major railroads were taking steps to insure that no perishabft goods will spoil in. CHICAGO, 111., May if a rail shutdown occurs bequests to employees and one: These roads ordered embargoes to the North Tewksbury Baptist ion the shipment of all livestock church were included in the will'and perishable foods. Most of of the late Henry H. Hilton, re-'them are effective at midnight tired book publishing president, tomorrow, of North Tewksbury, who died April 10. H.H. Hilton Will Lists Five Bequests Tewksbury Farm Employees, Church Receive Total (Special to The Sun) The will was admitted to pro- bate here yesterday. The be- quests are as follows: To Omer N. Blanchard, the Hilton farm manager, S7500; to of Premier Themistocles Sofoulis Amanda Triebieas, secretary, coalition government. The Liberal and Populist par- ties, which are in general agree- ment on its makeup, held final talks today. It was understood that Costa Rentis-would continue as. minis- ter of public order. But the names of the new ministers have not yet. been announced. S2000; to Lena Jones, housemaid, S20QO; to Edith Baldin, secre- tary, S500; to the North Tewks- bury Baptist church, The residue of the es- tate is ordered left in trust to provide a life income for Hil- ton's widow, Mrs. Charlotte Hil- ton of North Tewksbury. After death the' residue goes to Hil- ton's children. At least another 20 railroads announced they will not attempt to operate any trains with super- visory personnel or non-union la- bor in the event of a strike. Greater-Lowell Residents Involved in Two Suits Here LOWELL Two suits arising from automobile accidents, both involving Greater-Lowell resi- dents, were on trial in superior civil court here today. diminishing, so act now." If j In one of the largest suits on they're not all distributed present docket, Benjamin Sunday, the remainder will be available at the Auditorium when the doors open at p. m. Although admission will be by ticket only, for the convenience of latecomers, The Lowell Sun will permit non- ticket holders to fill any empty seats alter Molinari of Billerica, acting for his minor son, Benjamin Moli- nari, Jr., is suing Edward Votour of Concord road, Billerica, for On Dec. S, 1945, a car op- erated by Votour struck young Molinari on Pinehurst avenue, Billerica, the plaintiff alleges. The second suit involves an- p. rn., if there are any empty other minor, Joan Cormiei1, whose of 28 Cambridge street, Ayer, for personal and consequential dam- ages of S5000 arising from an ac- cident on Memorial drive in Cam- bridge on June 27, 1946. THE STOCK MARKET NEW YORK, May 7 (INS) Stocks opened moderately active and irregular. this morning as yesterday's late rise brought in scattered .profit taking. Northern Pacific again paced the rails" in volume, advancing fractionally. A small loss Italian Train Wreck Kills Seven MILAN, May 7 workers reported today that sev- en persons were killed and 15 se- riously injured when a passenger train smashed into four loaded freight cars in a tunnel near Gal- larate, 60 miles northwest of Mi- lan. Red Cross workers and soldiers brought out seven bodies and rushed the injured to hospitals. The wreck sent passengers fleeing from the tunnel in dark- ness, screaming in terror. The engine and two coaches of the passenger train were heavily damaged. The freight cars were reported to have broken away from a train and halted in the tunnel. U. S. TREASURY WASHINGTON, May 7 (INS) balance May 5 S4- seats. So play safe; get your j father, Joseph Cormier, of Cam-j Chrysler was matched by a tickets at once. bridge, is suing Charles Brown'minor gain in General Motors. RIVERSIDE FARMS llu- OpcnlUK of PANSY KOl'TIJ .T NO. BILLERICA. Open Dully 1 P. M. to Dark CnrnntlollN illld Gfrnnlums for MOTHERS DAY Dlnl
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