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   Portsmouth Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1948, Portsmouth, New Hampshire                                tier 0 The Days Almanac lay Dec 30 1948 pm Sunrise am nm OLLXi NO 81 ConHnninr Hampshire Gazette Established October 7 1756 Weather Forecast and now colder Herald 24 high 52 low 17 noon today Shipyard Girds for ABomb Attack PORTSMOUTH N THURSDAY EVENING DECEMBER Xhe with THE HERALD June 6 19ZS 10 PAGES 5c per 4 per week copy wWC delivered munlty II a of Americas submarine fleet j one ot the strongest cogs In U countrys defense an initial step to protect itJin the event of disastrous atomic jrfare ii js the establishment of a safety program Although are only in their infancy serve as grlnvreminders of the reme danger which would exist this submarinebuilding J4 n wijm worja war should come Details of the heretofore program were told to The Portsmouth Herald today by Rear Adm John H Brown USN base commander and Capt Ralph S McDowell USN shipyard commander and director of the new program Both officers emphasized that the purpose of the plan is not to alarm the shipyards employes but to give them a knowledge of and limitations ofatom warfare Captain McDowell WERE NOT TRYING to leac anyone to believe the XJnitec States is about to enter anothe war But we must race the fact tha if another war should develop th chief weapon woujd be the atom bomb And if one should hit in thi area where would we be We mus give our workers practical knowledg Caswell Seen Sure of Job CONCORD Dec 30 AP Reappolntment of Col Ralph W as superintendent of state police today appears assured after Sherman Adams and his executive council take office Caswell center of a controversy between Governor Dale and his coun been a holdover in office for a year and a half A survey of opinions of the governor and council today Two Men Quizzed In Arson Attempt At Lumber Firm Denied that all of the councilors Ivor reappointment of Caswell Adams declined to commit him before inauguration but aid You would be right in guess ig that a deadlock will not con Councilorelect Harry P Smart of jaipee said my sentiments are for swell Hes as good a man as we in J Guy Smart of Durham said he lould certainly vote for renam g Caswell C Edward Bournssa of Manches lone Democrat on the council he would vote for Caswell if Dover man is nominated I FEEL he should be reappolnt to flll out the remaining three Bd a half years of a fiveyear Charles M Mills of Jaffrey aid But if Caswell is not nominated have definite ideas of my Mills added Mills said in such a case he would Kggest Keene Police Chief Joseph L Regan for the post Councilorelect Charles P Staf ford of Lnconia said I would be Jjvorable to Caswells reappoint nnt if he is Caswell has been a law enforce jtent officer for 20 years He served ilth the attorney generals office ilded in setting up a policing sys for the State Liquor comrals ton and then became an executive official under George A Colbath c Concord when the state police Apartment was organized The state police post pays ismally DALE VETOED A council vote hi fcvor of Caswells reappointment liter Councilor Franklin Flanders if Wcare Sept 8 put forward his name Dale offered the name of a state Mtor vehicle inspector James Brown of Epplng as an alterna but the council turned him own Dale again nominated Brown on spt 17 and blasted Caswell for lack of discipline and In Dales charges centered around Swells disciplinary action against Archie Brown after an investi of the alleged theft of Browns car Dale also scored Cas because of an accident in civilian passengers in a roopers car were Injured Both Incidents cited by Dale took lace after he and the council failed areappoint Caswell when his term spired July 1 1947 Dale and the council meet again T the last time Jan 5 but there nothing to indicate the present Mdlock over Caswell will bo broken that time An arson attempt in the planing mill of the Littlefield Lumber Green street failed last night when rainsoaked wood did not ignite into destructive flame Called to the lumber yard at pm firemen found Sre smoul dering around a window from which a coarse screen had been ripped A window glass protected by the screen was smashed and an inner screen over a scrap wood bin was pushed in FIREMEN SAID they found three or four burnt wooden matches un der the window ledge and in the wood bin as well as evidence that kerosene was used Two men were questioned by po lice in connection with the at tempted arson firemen said However City Marshal Leonard H Hewitt said today that no one is being held A spokesman for the lumber com pany said he was at a loss In try ing to find a reason for the at tempted destruction of the com pany He said that employe relations are good and were on good terms with all the kids in the neighbor HELD AS ASSASSIN AbiJel Haraid Ahmed Hassan 21 veterinary college student who Cairo police assassinated Prime Minister Mahmoud Fahmy Nokrashy Pasha is held by an offi cer after his arrest Police said the student was a member of the ardent nationalist association the Moslem Brotherhood State Escapes Serious Accidents On Glazed Roads CONCORD Dec 30 Hampshire returned to the ice age for a time yesterday and last night but there were no known fatalities Temperature recordings as high as 50 by this morning had put all major highways of the state back In good traveling condition state po lice report The police also Bald already poor driving conditions during the night there not only had been no fatalities but had been only a few minor accidents A Winchester woman chel R Partridge had narrowest escape from death as her car slid off the highway at Ashuelot and Into the icecovered river bearing the same name as the town PAUL WUitARD of Ashuelot and Alton Hortcn of Winchester heard Mrs Partridges cries for help as her car started to break through rhe Ice The men threw a rope to the passenger and Mrs Partridge was pulled to safety Mrs Partridges dog scampered to shore ahead of its mistress Highway workers spread tons of sand during the day and early evening yesterday Later rising temperatures eased thenchore Circuit Road Ruled Not a Public Way Charge Dismissed Circuit road in Wentworth Acres is not a public highway within the meaning of state law the su perior court at Exeterruled today in dismissing a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor brought against a Ports mouth youth Gerard T Schock 21 of 277 Cir cut road appealed a Portsmouth municipal court finding of guilty on the charge and moved to have the superior court throw out the com plaint Chief Justice John K Goodnow heard arguments this morning and ruled in Schocks favor SHOCKS ATTORNEY Thomas E Flynn contended that Circuit Schock was arrested on Oct not laid out accord ing to law nor had It been dedi cated as a public highway through the required 20 years usage of atomic warfare If warshould Captain McDowell added we cant run and hide Weve got to build submarines regardless of atomic bombs Thats why our men here must be trained to work under such Captain McDowell reported that two topranking naval officers here and two key shipyard experts whose namesare withheld by the navy already have completed an inten sive sixweek course in radiological defense at a chemical corps school Army chemical center Edgewood Arsenal Md Three other civilian employes will attend the school at various Intervals early In1 1949 It also was announced that three other shipyard workers have com pleted threeweek courses in the practical aspects of radiological de fense at the same school The train ees are required to have a college degree and a thorough background in chemistry and physics ADMIRAL BROWN said that special radiological instruments now are en route to the local ship yard to be utilized in the training program In view of this the ad miral said two additional shipyard workers were sent to the San Fran cisco naval shipyard recently for four weeks instruction in the care and maintenance of such radiolo gical instruments as the Geiger counter which is used to detect and measure ionizing radiations Plans also are underway for the medical aspects of radiological de fense A senior medical officer ex pertly trained in radioactivity treat ment Ls expected to report soon at the Portsmouth naval hospital where a special dispensary will be es tablished These are the principal objectives of radiological safety program which is being inaugurated in the 10 other naval shipyards throughout ths country To prevent or mitigate per sonnel injuries resulting from ex posure to radiological hazards through detection and avoidance To facilitate relief work and restoration of essential services in the event of an atomic bomb attack through the protection of personnel whose civil defense duties might require their entry Into radiologi cally hazardous areas To prevent or minimize con fusion and panic through the col iecuon and proper dissemination of factual information concerning the of ra diological hazards EDUCATION of the shipyards personnel in the various phases of turn to page three Contract Scandal A Hot Potato for State Legislature CONCORD Dec 30 Hampshires 131st Legislature promises fireworks even before it convenes next Wednesday The states StoryCote construc tlon contracts case drops squarely in the laps of the 423 legislators because one of the first orders of is election of a state treas urer State Gordon Kim fcall under civil suit by the state for payments allegedly in excess of legislative appropriations is seeking reelection Tne disputed payments were made under contracts awarded by former state comptroller Stephen B Story to Manchester contractor Donat F Cote The Republicancontrolled Gen eral Court is thus Immediately con cerned with the states investiga tion of the StoryCote affair Both Story and Cote are under criminal imrictanent for allegedly defrauding the state They have pleaded inno cent THE REPUBLICAN party caucus scheduled for Tuesday night can hardly avoid making the Kimball reelection its top subject for action It is customary for the party at its caucus to agree upon a choice for state treasurer Senate president and House speaker Indecision of many legislators on the statusof Kimball may lead to setting up a legislative investigat ing committee to undertake a sweeping probe of the whole con struction contracts case The legislature in such a case Please turn to page three Attorney Flynn called City CJerk j Eileen D Poley of Portsmouth to testify that city records show the city had not accepted the Went worth Acres streets and that last March a special city council com mittee recommended that the city decline responsibility for policing maintenance and other utility func tions at the Acres County Solicitor wyman P Boyn ton called two witnesses Sheriff Simes Prink and Deputy Sheriff James G Curran t SHERIFF FRINK said he lived near the Acres and that the roads there are constantly used by the public Mr Curran who was the arrest ing officer said the streets are open to the public but admitted that a map of the Acres introduced by the state as an exhibit had been pre pared by the federal government Employment Skids Earnings Fall Off In New England BOSTON Dec 30 saw loss of factory jobs in New England signs of slack ening price rises and little change in wages which amounted to a cut in real a yearend report on the sx states showed today The report of the TJ S depart ment of labors bureau of labor sta tistics adrled that while housebuild ing increased 25 over 1947 there are still serious housing Employment was off 5 compared with 1947 the bureau said in list ing these job decreases for types of industry textile leader machinery RETAIL the bureau reported although still rising in many commodity groups appear to be slackening In their upward Food and clothing prices rose less in 1948 than In the previous year but house furnishings went up turn to page three Mail Rate Boosts Begin Here Saturday Substantial postal rate Jlectlve announced today by Postmaster Peter J Hickey of the major changes will be n air mail rates to be raised from vc to six cents for matter up to ounces Over eight ounces must sent via air parcel post Applicable rates on air parcel post be obtained at the postoffice Hickey reported The new rates e effective on all air mail within United States its possessions and Canada and Mexico The postmaster announced that will be no rate changes on Ilrst and second class matter How ver all third class mail is subject a boost For example he ex Plained greeting cards birth an uncements pamphlets and other Wmted matter now sent for one Kntandahalf for two ounces or will cost two cents for the two ounces and one cent for additional ounce In other a piece of third class mail eight ounces would re Wire eight cents postage THIRD CLASS mall of irregular such as rolled calendars small film packs bags and other pieces that cannot be put through a cancelling machine will require a three cent minimum charge re gardless of weight after Saturday Postmaster Hickey explained that such irregular items must be stamped by hand when a cancelling machine cannot be used Substantial changes also will be made in the rates of first second third and fourth class special deliv ery mail In the first class category the present 13cent rate for up to two pounds will be boosted two while postage on parcels over two pounds and not more than 10 will be hiked from 20 to 25 cents Articles weighing over 10 pounds will cost 35 cents a 10 cent increase over present requirements Second third and fourth class special delivery mail will be in creased from 17 to 25 cents up to two pounds from 25 to 35 cents for parcels weighing between two and 10 pounds ahd from 35 to 45 cents for parcels over 10 pounds POSTAL NOTES which now sell for five cents will cost eight cents WarWeary China Anxiously Awaits Chiangs Decision NANKING Dec 30 AP War or peace talk still flooded Naiikmg today but a government spokesman spiked reports that Chiang Kai shek called together his lieutenants to discuss Chinas overall future Instead said spokesman Shen Ohangohuan at his hews con ference the Chinesemilitary lead ers came here for consultations rather than a This was taken to mean they were here for individual rather than col lective meetings with the Chinese president But Chinese looked forward to Chiangs promised first of the year statement for some inkling of what the generalissimo has on his mind The big question is will the war con tinue or Is there some hope of peace for Chinas warweary millions SHEN BRUSHED OFF a report that Vice President LI Tsungjen had joined the National group now advocating peace with the Com munists Bad flying weather continued to delay the arrival from Peiping of Gen Fu Tsoyi north China com mander wlio is expected to talk with But T V Soong gov ernor of Kwangtung and Lu Han governor of Yunnan province reach ed here today from the south to join other National leaders pouring into Nanking Nanking was the scene of con stant political activity against a background of recurring reports that a way was being sought for Chiangs retirement in order to open peace negotiations with the Communists On toe war front Itself there was comparative strange quiet for China which has known less ware through the centuries and has been involved in almost con Battle in Congress Due to Flare Over Pleas by Forrestal PRINCESS STEPS radiantly Princess Elizabeth leaves the Paris Cinema in London This is the first time she has attended a public function since the birth of Prince Charles Democrats Plot Wqr On Rules Committee WASHINGTON Dec 30 Democratic leaders put final touches today to a plan aimed at giving the Truman administration a surefire way to get around the oftentroublesome rules committee Still another move within ranks was reported Catholics Involved In Cardinals Arrest Excommunicated keep Representative Bankin D off the unAmerican activi ties the leaders re fused even to discuss it They did however arrange a meeting with Speakerdesignate Sam Bayburn of Texas in the hope of winning his promise to recom mend the rules committee project to President Truman THE PRESIDENT originally had planned to huddle this morning with Rayburn and Vice President elect Barkley of Kentucky on plans for the new Congress which con venes Monday House said the But the White meeting probably will be held tomorrow instead Mr Truman and President Boose velt before him both have had trou bles with the House rules commit when the Democrats were in control of Congress as they will be again next week That trouble arose because the rules must give Its okay before major bills can get to the floor for has had a heavy proportion of Southern Democrats as members after the first of the year Mr Hickey said He also reported hikes in the cost of registered mail The increases will be on a graduated scale from 20 to 25 cents for to indemnity to an increase of from to on to Further details on this increase also may be obtained at the post office Mr Hickey said Insured mail worth from to now requires three cents postage but under the new plan it will be Increased to five cents This raise also will be graduated scale j with the top postage of 25 cents for mail worth boostedan ad ditional five cents Mr Hickey also reported that the local post office will be closed all day Saturday and Sunday with no city or rural deliveries He added that the post office will close at the regular 6 pm hour tomorrow In addition the postmaster also released figures on the cost of extra help at the post office during the Christmas holiday He said that 34 extra carriers and 23 additional clerks earned a total of They were paid an hour New Castle Gets New Town Clerk New Castle today hasa new town clerk for the first time in 22 years She is Miss Louise Berry of At kinson street a ballot clerk for five years who was chosen by the selectmen to succeed Mis Cora I Marvin who has served as town clerk since 1926 Mrs Marvin according to her son Oliver chairman of the New Castle board of selectmen was forced to resign because of ill health He re ported that llis mother is confined to York hospital with a fractured tinuous strife since the 1911 revo1 These Democrats often teamed lution when Sun Yat Sen overthrew with Republicans to refuse clearance the Manchu dynasty to New Dealtype legislation GOP Insurgents Map 1949 Congress Strategy WASHINGTON Dec 30 Old line leaders of Senate Repub licans and a band of gents meet today in rival strategy sessions Amid some secrecy Senators Ives of New York and Morse of Oregon invited other selfstyled GOP Hb to a closeddoor discussion hip suffered in a recent fall and has time and lace urianuounced been unable for several weeks to carry on her municipal duties The appointement of Miss Berry the board of selectmen Council to Meet Briefly Tomorrow The Portsmouth city council is scheduled to approve the1 transfer of funds between various municipal departments at a special session to morrow at 11 am City Manager Edward C Peterson said the meeting would be brief and is being called solely up the loose ends of the years busi Still smarting under the partys November defeat this group is de termined to have a bigger say on party policies during the new Con gress which meets Monday with Re publicans in the minority Senator Taft ofOhio meanwhile called the regulars together for a only announced purpose to map plans for tomor rows final session of the SOtli Con gress ln addition to Taft and Wherry the GOP policy group rlncludes Senators Vandenberg of Michigan Minikin of Colorado White of Maine Cordon of Oregon Ferguson of Michigan Saltonstall of Massa chusetts Brooks of Illinois and Hawkes of New Brooks was defeated for reelec tion while White and Hawkes did not seek reelection Millikin who Is chairman of the GOP conference of all Republican senators yesterday removed himself from consideration for GOP Senate floor leader in the new Senate Unless the rebel group sgrew upon a candidate the Millikin an nouncement may clear the way for Wherry as floor leader Wherry acted in thispostduring the last year because White the majority leader most of the time Ives and Morse ducked reporters in advance of their meeting But it was learned that these GOP sen ators planned to attend Aiken and Flanders of Vermont Baldwin of Connecticut Knowlandjaf Califor nia and Thye of Minnesota VATICAN CITY Dec 30 CAP The Vatican excommunicated today all Roman Catholics who had any thing to do with the arrest of Josef Cardinal Mlndszenty primate of Hungary The action was taken by the sacred consistorial congregation in a decree dated Dec 28 and published today The Communistrun government of Hungary announced the arrest of Cardinal Mindszeivty last Monday and accused him of plotting against the government spying treason and black market money dealings It said Mindszenty was a sponsor of Hungarian Ten other church figures also are held EXCOMMUNICATION cuts members of the church off from all sacraments As a punishment it is surpassed in church penalties only by the pronouncement of anathe ficclesiastical curse The decree was said to have class ed all offenders in this case under infamia Infamy of the would mean the crime involved was on a level with rape heresy and Simony is il licit traffic in sacred things The condemnation is pronounced under the canonical law specially reserved to the apostolic see Tills means that the offense can befor given only by the holy see itself Thus such a condemnation ranks among the highest degrees of ex communicatidn and expression of the churchs anger SISE AGENCY ROCKINGHAM HOTEL SPECIAL NEW YEARS EVE DINNER 9 Until Midnight Reservotions Only Defense Chief Wants Power For Decisions WASHINGTON Deo 30 Secretary of Defense Forrestal set the stage today for a possible new fight in Congress with his plea for greater power over the armed services At the same time the cabinet offi cer declared this country must help rearm nonCommunist Europe even though the cost may necessitate hard decisions by our For itself the United States Is less vulnerable today than it was when the army navy and air force were unified a year ago last Sep tember Forrestal said But he added that this is not enough We must do all in our power to recreate the confidence and hope of FORRESTAL did not say w5mt hard decisions he had in mind But plainly he meant the possi bility of higher taxes and more shortages at home while more Amer ican dollars and goods are poured into the dike being erected against Russian Communist aggression His first annual report made public last night was devoted large ly to a review of the military estab lishment under his direction to gether with recommendations to the White House for changes in tlie unification law But it was spiced by a terse but intriguing notation that military Scientists are working on an earth satellite vehicle a manmade moon from which great destruction might be heaped on any threatening nation The chief but not unexpected recommendation from Forrestal was that the unification act be amended to give the defense secretary more direct authority over the armed Without referring directly to tha bitter feud between the air force and navy over long range bombinp and supercarriers Forrestal there have been many arguments and And he added there are stm great areas in which the viewpoints of the services have not come HE LEFT NO DOUBT he to be able to tell the services to get together and make his order stick When the Republicancontrolled 80th Congress passed the unification bill in 1947 there was hot debato over how much power should b8 delegated the cabinet In the House Hoffman argued against provisions of the bill which he said might point toward military dicta torship He declared that under tiia measure as then pending the power over the military that belongs in the hands of civilians is finally con centrated not in the President be cause he cannot grasp and use it but in the secretary of defense And the secretary of defense will be Jf not the unconscious tool at least the agent of the military NOTICE To Our Invtntory Will B Cloud All Day Tomorrow f A Happy New Year To All PEAVEYS 36 Marktt St Phon 5P9 ROCK SALT for Walki Drivcwayi Etc 100 Ibi Moulton fir Goodwin TEL 389 1S7 MARKET ST CELEBRATE A Thrilling Exciting NEW YEARS EVE MUSHYS INC Salisbury Beach Phone Newburyport 2198 PORTSMOUTH COUNTRY CLUB NEW YEARS EVE PARTY ROCKINGHAM HOTEL MAIN BALLROOM Dancing 92 Full Course Midnight Dinner per Person RESERVATIONS MAY BE MADE WITH Mrs Gordon Aston 1086 Mrs Ralph Margeson 2410 Mrt Ralph Thompion Mrs Tom Mullen Jr 4186M Mn Dion Maptt S713M 3739J   

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