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    Lowell Sun (Newspaper) - August 11, 1948, Lowell, Massachusetts                                SPY QUEEN TELLS OF PAYOFF REVERE INDICTMENTS NEAR Surrounding Moscow Talks .Report Tough Bargaining Stage in Negotiations By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Diplomats in Moscow were at the tough bargaining stage to- day in an effort to end the Ber- lin blockade and ease the cold war between Russia, and the west. Frank Roberts, the British en- voy, hinted that a decision would come this week. A fourth meet- ing in ten days between :Foreign Minister Molotov and the diplo- mats of the U. S., Britain, and France appeared in prospect. No positive news came from1 the lour capitals and it was impos- sible to tell from the vague hints dropped here and there whether success or failure is in the offing. The Russians said they had massed enough food in Berlin to-feed all the city for 40 days. Complaints of hunger mounted from the surrounding Soviet zone. A. Miller, member of the "state parliament in the Russian state of Saxoriy-Anhalt, a Russian newspaper In Berlin: "We have WHcr for Im- provement of our food ration be- catine our hnvn Ionic Mpcnt. HlncsscH longer and our to pro- duce are Impaired." Another Russian newspaper in the city the "Soviets blockaded suggested the squeeze is hurting the Russians. FueJ shortages have closed many factories in the western sectors, and Neues Deutschland said the western factory output is "urgently" needed in the Soviet sector. U. S. and British -'authorities have flown in a thirte weeks' re- serve of food for 'the or more Berliners in the western zones. They prepared to keep the air bridge open all winter if the blockade continues. Doubtless there will be much suffering lor lack of coal, however. Prepare Protest' The British prepared a protest to Russia over the flight of 12 Yak fighters over their Gatow airport in the city. American troops'will take part next week THE LOWELL 6 o'clock COUNTY TODAY'S INDEX Amusements .....17! Bridgt ..........16 Bob Consldlne.... 4 Classified Comics 15 ,16, 17! Dnvld Lawrence. Dot Kllgltllen.....I Draw Pearson.... 4 Lookout .........12 Deaths.......... 3 Polities 5 Radio Programs... U Dr. Hurlock...... 6 Sumnasconnics Edltorlnln ........12. 13 Havo You Heard.. News..... 6 County News Today Prest International Servico-FBE COMPLETE NEWSPAPER United F re ss Associate d Pres. Wirephoto 70th Year No. 188 Lowell Mass. Wednesday August 1948 X 18 Pages 5 Cents Got Medal From oviet Agent Butchers Admit Frankly Meat Strike Hurting Them Some Say Consumer Resistance Just Couldn't Get Any Worse By United Press Som9 butchers admitted frank- y today that organized price strikes were hurting their busi- ness out .many claimed that con- sumer resistance already had cut sales to the bone. TrvltiR Hcily proprietor of the Slicepshcad Foodland market in Brooklyn said the New York strike "is effective, all right." "There's no use staying he said. "All butchers ought to close down until prices drop. "I've been operating at a loss for the last three months. Price Petticoat Rebellion" Successful Butchers Claim Battle Hasn't Reached Critical Stage By Vernon B. Hobart DALLAS, Aug. 11 The 'petticoat in French array maneuvers 1n Germany. Belgium signed a trade agreement can-British zone of Germany. The Communist police of Berlin arrested the ninth policeman from the'western''zones. Sidelights The Communist bloc of eastern Europe voted down a second Am- erican effort to-ensure tree navi- gation of the Danube. The Bel- grade conference then started adopting the Russian draft con- vention. Russia rejected in the United Nations an American proposal to give Trieste back to Italy. The Soviets supported at Yugoslav assertion that the U. .S. and- Brit- ain, had violated the Italian peace treaty. BERLfN, Aug. 11 (UP) sia has shipped 8000 of wheat Into Berlin to back up an offer to feed the whole city, in- cluding the Germans in the western sectors, the Communist _organ Neues Deutschland reported today. The Communist paper claimed that the western' powers had been unable to supply Berlin by air. But American officials said west; Berlin had about three weeks of foodstuffs on an'd if the weather.'. stayed good the on Paire Three rebellions" scouts reported today that the Dallas meat strike was a success but butchers claimed the week-long cost .of living battle had not yet- reached a critical stage. Women sent out by the meat striker's ''leader, Mrs. R. D. Vaughn, said the number of cus- tomers in butcher shops had strike began Monday. "We have .confidence in the reports from these Mrs. Vaughn said. "I just don't think people are buying meat." one a woman was buying a bone for her dog. In a- man was buying lunch meat. The rest of the meat deal- ers had practically no' business and in many cases the butchers admitted it. Only One A United Press check of five Dallas housewives showed that only one bought meat yesterday. Four of the women said they hadn't bought much meat before the strike and had simply stopped buying altogether. However, the manager of a chain of food stores said the real results of the strike would- n't be known until Friday and Saturday when housewives, do most of their buying. Jabe Ruth in Critical Condition NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UP) Ruth was reported in critical condition today at Memorial hospital. The hospital issued the following bulletin on base- ball's former home run king: "Babe' Ruth's temperature has afain risen. There are pulmonary complications. Condition critical." control rationing is the only remedy." He-said business has fallen off 50'. per, cent .since the strike started two days.ago. Off M Per Cent; Mrs. Bess Snidcrman, chair- man of the Detroit committee to combat high prices, said butch- ers reported their sales off as much as 50 the committee began .striking. She said .'housewives were planning to extend the boycott to milk purchases. Most .Cincinnati retailers said customers, were buying as usual but a few said sales dropped sharply. Butcher Robert Gibbs said he was with freezers full of meat that I bought at out- rageous prices and that I can't even afford to eat myself." At women conducting a petticoat rebellion against high living costs said their meat strike was successful. Retailers, however, said the results would not be known until Friday and Saturday when housewives usual- ly make their heaviest purchases. Many butchers reported that business couldn't get much worse "because there's been a buyers' strike on for three months any- how." Yesteryear, She Was Toast of World; Today, An Unclaimed Corpse in Morgue rREATEST D-BABGAIN SEJ IN THE SUN TOMORROW The Choicest Bargains Are Sun Advertised Bar- gains Find Them in 'Thursday's Sun. PLAN TO SHOP THIS WEEK CHICAGO, Aug. 11 body of Mary De Sousa, former light opera singer was the toast of Europe and America, lay unclaimed today in the Cook county morgue. She died of malnutrition Sunday. For years she had mingled with royal and distinguished per- sonages who thrilled to her golden voice. But at the age of 66 she was too weak to even sup- port herself in her job as a char- woman. Miss De. Sousa began her career in -Chicago at the turn of the century when she sang. a no one else would sing. It .was composed by the late Alderman "Bathhouse" John Coughlin who ruled' the Loop district. The. song; "Dear Midnight, of did not become popular. But the girl who sang it did. Her. sweet soprano voice and slight figure charmed thousands of light opera goers. She toured the world and played with Eng lish and French companies. Cheered Wildly For a time she starred in pro- ductions 'at London's Drury Lane theatre. -Parisians cheered wildly when.she appeared at the Moulin Rouge. In 1910, when newspaper dis- patches reported that "she 'had "the titled heads of Europe at her Miss De Sousa -mar- ried Eton Arthur Haines, a minor English nobleman. They were divorced two years later. In 1913, while' Aus- tralia, she met Dr.' -William O'Hara, a surgeon. They mar- ried soon afterwards and, Miss dt Sousa retired from the stage t- move to Shanghai with him. They lived there until 1941. In that year O'Hara died and the Japanese overran the area where they lived. Miss de Sousa .vas interned twice by the Japs She finally was repatriated on ;he Gripsholm. in America, she founc herself unknown and friendless She came to Chicago, scene of her early triumph, and tool room in a cheap hotel. Ti support herself, she took a job as scrub woman in the publi schools. Neighbors in the note said she had to; quit becausi she was too weak. Lack "of food "made her con dition worse and she final! entered the county hospital a a charity case. That was wher she died. She wasn't- identified as the former singer until after her body had laid unclaimed'-in the morgue for three days. Officials hoped someone would -claim the body so that it would not have to rest :Potter's field. GOP Lays Plans to Keep Communist Probes Going Sen. Pepper Charges It Is All Part of a "Smear Campaign" Arabs Prepare to Resume War in Palestine Three States Reported Armed to the Teeth TEL AVIV, Aug. 11 Jewish authorities asserted day. that Arabs are making everlsh preparations for a re- newal of warfare against the itate of Israel. Reports concerning the war preparations were said to have not only the Jews but loreign observers as well. There is purported evidence .hat at least throe Arab states namely Egypt; Syria and Iraq arc -arming to the teeth. Egypt was said to have re- ceived a huge stockpile of Brit- sh arms from Singapore along with hundreds of tons of aerial bombs left by the British in [ndia. Obtain Material One report said Syria had ob- tained former, war material from British Eritrea and made other purchase of arms from Sweden and Belgium. Reports concerning Arab arm- ing were heard following a warn- ing by United Nations Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte that he will refer any future truce viola- tions in Jerusalem directly to the UN. In effect he announced he is going to "get tough" in order to prevent the continued sporadic sniping, shelling and mortaring in the Jerusalem area from de- veloping into "something bigger." In making it official, Count Bernadotte expressed himself in letters to both.Jewish and Arab military authorities. The mediator indicated that_he would make full use of an inter- national police force to suppress any underground movement against demilitarization of Jeru salem. By .Jack Bell WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (AP) laid plans today to keep their investigation of Communists in government go- ing through September and Sena- tor Pepper (D-Fla.) charged it.is part of a "smear campaign." Senator McClcllan told a reporter ho lias been noil- fled to return to WfishliiKlon September 13 for resumed hear- ings by n committee headed by Senator Ferguson Told of this, Pepper said the timing smacks con- clusion with which McClcllan didn't agree. "This makes it obvious that the Republican pattern is to make this a smear Pep- per declared. "The whole design is to discredit the late President: Roosevelt, the Democratic party President Truman. "But: I have seen a lot of these srr.enr campaigns react. I don't think the Republicans are going to be satisfied with any judicial inquiry and their effort to make a tar baby out of the Democratic administration may backfire on them." f Another View wasn't for President Truman's nomination at the Democratic national con another view. "The president's statement that the congressional investiga- tion is nothing but a 'red her- ing' is almost the Arkansas senator declared. "Whether or not the charges made by Miss Elizabeth Bcntley that site' got information from officials and passed t along to Moscow are true or not, the public is suspicious that something is wrong. Those sus- spicions ought to be cleared up one way or another." McClellan voiced the opinion that the issue of whether there are Communists working inside the government may become one of the two or three biggest issues n the presidential campaign. "President Truman ought to co- operate with us in bringing this thing into the he declared. Only One Survives MONTREAL, Aug. 11 Only one of quadruplet boys born to Mrs. Paul E. Vaudry, 45, survived' today. The quads were born pre- maturely yesterday at St. An- toine-des-Laurentides, '40 miles north of here. They weighed about one pound each at birth. Qne died on the way to the hos- pital, two others died last night. Doctors said the surviving baby and Mrs. Vaudry "were in :good health and will live." U. S. TREASURY WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (INS) balance August JERUSALEM, Aug.. 11. (INS) r- A fighting Irish leatherneck commander was given responsible ity today for peace in Jerusalem. .He is Brig. Gen. William E. Riley, of Minneapolis, Minn. Gen. Riley's appointment was announced by Unitec. Nations Mediator Count Folke Bernadotte He becomes Count Bernadotte's personal representative in the Jerusalem w.rea to insure observ-1 ance of the truce ordered by the. U. N. security council. Gen. Riley, will have 75 American, French and Belgian officer observers under his di- tion in the Jerusalem area. Reds Denounce Finnish Premier MOSCOW, Aug. 11 Soviet Literary Gazette today carried a strong denunciation of the government of Finnish Pre- mier Karl Fagerholm, "Which was organized recently with Com- munists excluded. The article, by Sergei Maxi- mov, warned that "the Finnish people not forget 'the men of 1939' forUvhom they paid so 'dearly." The article charged that Fager- holm .excluded Communists from his cabinet, by placing "provoca- tive conditions" on their accept- ance of cabinet posts. Council Okays arking Meters for Lowell Ordinance Approving Installation Passes by 6-2 Majority I.OWKIX Parking meters will appear on downtown streets in Lowell in the comparatively near future. By a'vote of- six to two, the city council last night approved an ordinance that authorizes the installation of the meters as a parking control. Joining in futile opposition were Councilors Wiliiam C. Geary and James J..Bruin. Mayor George A..Ayotte; vacationing in Canada, was absent. The other six coun- cilors favored the measure. Must1 Approve The ordinance will 'not lake and will have to meet; the approval of (lie state department of public works. Fol- lowing that, bids for the instal- lation of the meters will be called for, by the office of Ciiy Pur- chasing Agent Martin D. Sul- livan. To be decided is whether the city will' make an outright pur- chase meters by cash pay- ment or'whethe'r the meters will be purchased on an installment plan. Parking meter experts have estimated that in a city like Lowell, revenue to the city will i eventually hit a year.' Such receipts are limited to use "or improving traffic and park- ing conditions in the city. Penny A Minute The rate to be charged for parking .in metered zones is one for every 12 minutes or :ive cents for an hour of legal marking. Parking beyond an lour's time will not be permitted under terms of the ordinance. Only remonstrants against pas- sage of the measure were the two Councilors, Geary, and Bruin. On the other hand, the only per- sons to appear and speak in favor of the measure! other than the six supporting councilors, were Police Capt.'Francis M. O'Lough- lin and George Mandikos, 44 Franklin street, a chemist. Jurors Hear Gambling Law Violations Suffolk County Grand Jury Set to Act Today BOSTON, Aug. 11. Suffolk county grand jury was believed 'ready to return indict- ments in the bribery phase of the Revere corruption investigation today as it began to hear evidence on gambling and liquor law vio- lations. Indications that the jury's first i indictments in the case were near came late yesterday when the jurors heard additional witnesses on an allegedly bribe-linked Re- vere housing project, held an hour- long closed door conference and then, summoned the county in- dictment clerk. All witnesses who testified up to that time were connected with the state police investigation of charges that a "slush fund" helped win Revere city council approval of a veterans housing project for which a utilities appropriation of was voted. Foui' city councilors and a Brookllnc rnnl cslntc operator wore uiTCSfcd on bribery charRos in that phase of the investigation. Among Witnesses H became apparent Hint the jury was ready to turn to other matters when Revere Police Lt. William A. Gillis, former acting 'chief of the Beach City force, was among the first witnesses sum- moned today. Gillis headed the department until a few weeks ago when Chief Edward J. Tighe returned from a sick leave of several months. I was during his tenure that state detectives were, sent into Revere to investigate charges o: gunfire and illega liquor sales. Two other witnesses called were State Police Lieuts. Art- drew T. Trodden and Gerald F STOCK MARKET Fourth Year of Unconsciousness HAGERSTOWN, Md., Aug. 11 Bertha Myers is beginning her fourth year of un- consciousness at the Washing- ton county hospital. Attendants said yesterday that the 77-year-old woman is able to swallow liquids and soft foods, but has shown no signs of aware- ness since she fell down a flight of steps at her home here in August 1945. A brain'operation performed about two years ago had no ap- parent effect. i, NEW YORK, Aug. 11 Stocks were lower at the open- ing today. Cotton ruled 2 points higher to 7 points lower. Bonds steadied. Selling quickened after the first few minutes. General Motors lost 1 1-8. Studebaker, on a similar block, was down 5-8 to 24 1-8, Bethelem Steel, lost 1-2. Pure Oil, Armco, Eastern Air Lines, Richfield Oil, Westing- house Electric, Deere Co., Western Union, Montgomery Ward, Goodyear, United' Aircraft, Allis-Chalmers, 11 be- TRAGEDY AVERTED BETHANY, Conn., Aug. giant size lollypop came stuck in the throat of seven-year old Floyd Smith. State police made a quick 13-minute automobile. dash with the boy to New Haven hospital-. When he got there, Floyd quietly removed the stick from his mouth. The lollypop had melted. McCarthy, the two detcctivch who spearheaded the-state aclior after Chelsea District Judge John W. MacLeod charged tha Revere police had been "muz zled" for the benefit o racketeers. Until Tomorrow Asst Ally. Gen. George Fin gold said he probably would no finish presenting evidence in th second phase of the case unti tomorrow. After the jur ,is expected to make a complet report to Superior Judge Vincen Brogna. Subsequent juries prob ably will, hear other phases o the case, Fingold has said. Fingold disclosed after the ad journment of yesterday's sessio that he has summoned additiona .vitnesses besides the 25 person he previously said would b called. He said he would seek indie ments against 15 persons, includ ing some not yet arrested. Nin teen persons have been arreste since the state investigation o Revere conditions started July Miss Bentley Takes Stand Again Today in Capital Probe By George E. Reedy, Jr. WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UP) Miss Elizabeth T. Bentley will tell congressional investigators today how a Soviet agent gave her and a medal she couldn't wear for spying on her own government. The money was slipped to her S20 bills on a street corner New York by a man she new as "Al." The payoff came October, 1945, after she had .von herself up to the FBI, and aid how she served as Wash- gton-New York courier for two artime spy rings. Circumstances of the payoff -ere. related to reporters last ight by Chairman J. Paraell homas, 'R, N. J., whose house n-American activities com- ittee is conducting the espion- ge inquiry. He identified "Al" s a "high representative" of le Soviet government, and said money is now impounded by ie FBI. Vo Comment Thomas would not comment n the medal which Miss. Bent- ey also was said to have re- eived. But other committee members reported she dec- rated with the Order of the Star. At the suggestion of the FBI, Bentley later tried to get ,ick into the ranks of Soviet pics but: she found she was not rusted with nny Important mis- ions. Committee members said hey assume she has been prom- scd immunity from prosecution or giving her information to U. S. authorities. 'o Quiz Tcaclicr The committee, according, to Thomas, will question Soviet Schoolmaster Michael Samarin and his wife in secret session. sometime this week. Later, he said, an open session may be arranged at which Samarin can tell his story. The teacher, who was served with a subpoena yes- terday, has been hiding out in he New York area .since he talked to the FBI on Sunday. Soviet Ambassador Alexander Panyuslikin already has sought .o discredit' in advance any reve- ation Samarin might make. He said the teacher is still suffering from the effects of a head wound THE WEATHER Showers and Thunderstorms Tonight; Thursday Cloudy And Humid; See Full: Report on Page 3. Sharp Quake NEW YORK, Aug. 11. (INS) A sharp earthquake was re- ported by the Fordham Uni- versity observatory .2059 miles southwest of New York this morning. Father Joseph Lynch, S. J., said the first shock occurred at (EDT) and the second at inflicted- during the war and is not responsible for what he might say. Slated to follow Miss Bentley to the witness stand today was Henry Collins, a former agri- culture department employee, who allegedly furnished the meeting place for an "under- ground" cell of Communists in Washington prior to 1937. NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (UP) Police inspectors assigned to in- vestigate the case of the Soviet school teachers who-refused to go back home said today they twice have been denied permis- sion to interview- Mrs. 'Oksana Kosenkina at the Russian consu- late. Mrs. Kosenkina was "rescued" by Soviet officials at a White Russian farm at Valley Cottage, N. Y., on Saturday and taken to the consulate. She was permitted an interview with reporters through consular interpreters on that day, but since then the con- sulate has kept her in hiding. Refusal Deputy Chief Inspector ward Mullins said he had talked with the Consul General Jacob Lomakin in an effort to interview the teacher, but. that Lomakin refused to let him see her. Mikhail Samarin, the other teacher who refused to return to Russia, remained in hiding in New York, after accept- ing a subpoena by the house un- American activities committee to testify before the group this week. Saniarin's wife and three' chil- dren are secluded on a farm near Pioehold, -N. J., where they are being guarded by armed anti- Communist White. Russians. LEE LISTENS TO Lee. former OSS employee, liitens as .Miss Elizabeth T. Bentley, self-styled Red agent, repeats yesterday before house un-American commitfee her charges that Lee furnished Communist underground with highly secret WIREPHOTO. Special Treat If You Stay Up Late BOSTON, 'Aug. 11 Late stayer outers, weather .permitting, are promised a special treat for tomorrow. morning. The annual three-day pres- entation' of the Perseid me- teors is expected to reach its peak of brilliance between midnight and dawn tomor- row. Fifty to 70 shooting stars an hour were expected. Astronomers said the me- teors which are remnants left in the orbit of Tuttle's comet in 1862 are about the size of a grain of sand and probably would be burnt out by fraction before reaching the earth.   

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