Albuquerque Tribune, December 20, 1951

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December 20, 1951

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Albuquerque Tribune (Newspaper) - December 20, 1951, Albuquerque, New Mexico The Albuquerque Tribune VOL. 29, NO. 223 Clear and colder today. Continued cold tomorrow. ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, THURSDAY. DECEMBER 20, 1951 30 PaRcs In Two Sections Storm Piles Heavy Snow On State A now cold wave, nccompnnied by winds and heavy snows, lushed across tho state durinjr the night and loft snow piled up from one Inch to three foet. The three-foot mow was report------------------- ed between Cuba and Llndrlth Associated Press reported. Drllti of 18 Inches slowed travel on U S. A6 between and staff. Ariz. State Police warned motorists not to attempt to travel unless their can were equipped with chains. See Picture on Pace 9. The storm brought three Inches of snow to Albuquerque and made driving dangerous, but only one was reported. Another truffle mishap was reported In the the county. No one was Injured Chanrn for White The'Weather Bureau, predict. Ing that the present cold ipcll will linger here until Saturday, added that "there Is a chance ot a white Christmas, too." The snowfall here during the night was the heaviest since last Jan, 3 when Albuquerque got 4.1 Inches. A bright here failed to sent the' morcury rising and at p, m, the temperature had renchec high of only 34 degrees. "We might get as high as the forecaster said. Earlier a peak of 32 had been predicted for this afternoon. Fourteen Inched of mow Was re ported at Ilfeld, between Las Vegas and Santa Fe, and at Eagle Nest. At Taos the snow measured one foot. Other snow depths were: Santa Fe, six Inches; Gallup, four; Raton and Zunl, three; Acomlta, four; Las Vegas, Farmlngton and Sprln jcr, one Inch each. The Weather Bureau reported -blizzards at Vaughn and Clayton State Police laid that Cllnai Corners, east on 00, "Jj getting rougher by the minute." Lows forecast for tonight are 14 at the Airport and eight in tho Lowlands. The low al the Airport this morning wai 18. No reading was available for the Lowlands. Tho forecaster said the cold spell la expected to start easing up by Saturday. Lowest temperature In the state today was five at Clayton Other lows were 12 at Raton and 14 M Farmlngton and Tucumcarl. Zunl had a low of 17 with all other stations reporting marks of 20 degrees or higher. Normal mean temperature for today hern Is 32 degrees. Ex- tremes this date: 61 In 1017 and zero In 1009. Sunrise tomnrow Is at and sunset at Undulant Fever Reports Asked SANTA FE. Dec. Health Director J. R.'Scott an- nounced today the U.S. Public Health Service Is adding undulnnt fever to Its list ot reportable dls- cares, because It Is considered a possible weapon ot bacterial war. fare. The disease Is also known ai brucellosis and Bang's disease, Scott said he Is asking all prac- tlclng physicians In the state to report at once whenever they sus- pect existence of the disease In a human being. Veterinarians also will be asked to watch for signs ot 10 Are Missing As Danish Ship Burns in 'River ASTORIA. Dec. 20 Flre drove passengers and crew, men of the Danish motorshlp Er< rla to their lifeboats early today and the Coast Guard reported some were unaccounted for sev oral hours later. Thirteenth Coast Guard district headquarters In Seattle said the motorshlp still burning ly long after Its call for help shortly after 4 a, m, MST. It was afire In the Columbia River about A.J of a mile oft the Tongue Point Coast Guard station, District headquarters said there were ro known casualties, but some of the passengers and crew were unreportcd after abandoning received a report from Lt. Comdr. V. A. Johnson, Tongue Point commander, that 08 passengers and crewmen had been given rofuga in the Tongue Point barracks. A headquarters spokesman said this left either 10 or 14 still Mo be accounted for. He explained Johnson said a steward had reported 108 aboard the- vessel, but a later report from the ship's master raised the figure to 112, Johnson said some left the burn- Ing ship In while were picked up by Coait Guard Two ptOPle were picked out of portholes, he He reported the fire had spread o other ot the ship, fore- ng removal ot Coast Guard, crews fighting the tire. the disease among goats or swine. dairy cattle, Scott said New Mexico normally has only about eight or 10 cases of the disease a year. Humans seldom die from It, he said, but It takes anywhere from six months to six or eight years to recover. Construction Set at Sandia First slap toward construction of a two-story 44-by-120-foot addition to base headquarters building at Sandia Qase will be taken Dec. 26 by the U. S. Army engineers here when they Issue nvitatlons for bids. On the same-date Col. Charles H. McNutt, district engineer, said bids will be asked on an addition to the water system at Sandia Base. This job will Include building of two pump houses, of two wells and Installs ttnn of additional water lines, aids on both projects will be opened In late January, Col. McNutt said that Brown. Olds Plumbing and Heating had been awarded a contract for additional steam mains at San dla Base, Robert E. McKec Co, received an contract for fuel stor- age facilities at Biggs AF Base. El Paso. Bids have been asked by the Engineers on construction of six airmen's dorms and mess hall at New Mexico and El Paso air bases, They v.'ill be opened about mid- January. Included arc a three-story dorm and a mess hall for Biggs Field, El Paso; one three-story and two two-story dorms at Holloman AF Base, Alamogordo; and two three- utory dorms at Walker AF Base, Roswcll. All will be of permanent' type construction. Wells Predicts New Economies for City City Manager Charles E. Wells today predicting further slashing of Albuquerque's municipal oper costs, Tuesday night the City Com- mission voted to pay approximate- ly In "current" bills for November. The total, the 'city manager said today, represented "close to" less than October bills. December bills also will show a drastic cut, Mr. Wells said. POW Airlift Plans Charted By 8th Army I PANMUNJOM, Korea, Dec. 20 negotiators turn< ed over the deadlocked truce pollc Ing Issue to staff officers today as the 8th Army completed plans to airlift allied prisoners to Japan when an exchange agreement it reached. However, hopes for the release of prisoners by Christmas dwin- dled as the allies refused to re- sume discussions on an exchange of war prisoners until the "piti- fully small' roster furnished by the Communists li studied and analyzed, Only seven days remain before the 30-day "cease-fire" period ends. In an to break the three- week deadlock on armistice super- No. 3 on tlje agenda joint subcommittee Instruct- ed staff officers to draw up a set of. principles acceptable to both sides. Col, Don 0. Dnrrow and Com' munlst Col. Chang Chung San went to work Immediately on the problem. However, the subcom- mittee was scheduled to meet again at 1 p.m. Friday (9 p.m. Thursday MST) regardless of what progress staff officers make, The staff officers' cession began after the subcommittee adjourned. Tho subcommittee met twice Thursday for a total session of three hours and 10 minutes but bogged down In flaring Commu- nist tempers and made "no prog ress." After meeting for about two hours, the staff officers adjourned until 10 a.m. Friday (6 p.m. Thursday All major sections of the 8th Army finished plans for the recep- tion, care and transportation of the allied prisoners, Includ- ing 3198 Americans, listed by the Communists as available for ex- changs under possible armistice terms. iama time, the, 8th Army rrudit plans for the1 possible north- ward movement of Com- munist prlionars It .holds.. Although the method of actual exchange his not yat bten worked has been decldid that all LJ.N, personnel released by the Reds would bo evacuated through normal Army medical channels to Japan as soon as possible, It was disclosed at 8th Army headquar- ters. An airlift would be employ- ed to evacuate the prisoners. The subcommlttea dealing with prisoners agenda Horn No. tailed to meet for the second straight day and there was no In- dleatlon ot when It would resume, Grunewald Asks Open Hearings WASHINGTON. Dec. 20 The lawyer for Henry (The Dutchman) Gfunewald Insisted today he will demand an open hearing for his client before a House committee Investigating tax Sanchez Takes Oath as New f U.S. Attorney Maurice Sanchez was sworn In today as U. S. attorney for the district o: New Mexico by U. S. District Judge Carl A. Hatch In ceremonies In the Federal court- Strike at Eunice EUNICE. Dec. 20 of the oil workers International union (CIO) were on strike it the Columbia Carbon Co, plant near here today. scandals. Attorney William P. -Maloney gave that word to reports as he and Gruncwald, a mystery figure In the tax probe, walked Mto the House office building for a closed- door meeting with the Ways and Means Subcommittee. The King subcommittee wants to qusitlon Qruncwald about his associations with Charles Ollphant recently resigned chief counsel of the Internal Revenue Bureau. Gruncwald also has been por- trayed as an old friend of George J. Schoeneman, who resigned as revenue commissioner last June, NM Work.Okayed DENVER. Dec. 20 The tlonal Production Authority office here today announced approval for these projects In New Mex- ico: Remodeling of a Roswcll Variety store, state ex- ecutive building at Santa Fe, H OME Edition PRICE CENTS 6th Albuquerquean Listed as Prisoner room. Mr. Sanchez, an assistant In the office since 1P42, except for several years spent In Army service, sue. ceeded Everett M. Grantham. See Picture, on Paie Z. Mr. Grantham resigned his of- flee effective last nlcht to pave the-way for his entry Into the race for the Democratic nomination for governor. Judge Hatch then Immediately appointed Mr. Sanchez to succeed Mr. Grantham as federal prosecu- tor. Praises Them Judge Hatch pralicd both the new and retiring U. S. attorneys In a brief talk from the bench. "Mr. Grantham has served with distinction and honor during his 14 years as VS. S. Judac Hatch said. U with regret thit we ace him leave." Judge Hatch added that It was a great pleasure to appoint a man (Mr. Sanchez} who so well qualified for the by hli ability and both t per- sonal and public. mist. Mr. Judge Hatch concluded, "but we welcome Mr. Grantham opened Jhe'ceremdny by Informing Judge Hatch that he ud resigned effective midnight ut nUht and "suggesting that a vacancy exists ln< the U, S, attor- ney's Not 'Attlni' Appointment Judge Hatch answered light- heartedly that he already "sur- mised that a vacancy existed." "You noticed thst I called you Mr, Grantham Instead of addres- sing you as Mt. District Attorney when you approached the lie smiled. Judge Hatch then- announced that he 'had appointed Sanchez as U. S.- attorney, stressing that the appointment was not as an "acting1' U, S, attorney. The swearing In ceremonies fol- lowed, Gliing Meets With Steel Employers WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 Cyrus S. Chlng, Federal Media- tlon Service director, arranged to meet separately this, first with the steel afternoon employer group and then with union offl< clals amid dimming hopes of lire, venting a New Year's Day strike. This morning Industry imd union leaders met for 2V4 hours with Chlng in Joint session. 3 U.S. Soldiers Go Over to- Reds BERLIN. Dec. 20 S. au< thorlties announced tonight that three American soldiers have de- serted to the east and have been given political refuge there. The announcement descrlbisd the soldiers as "fugitives from mili- tary Their Identity was withheld; Prisoner List Brings Joy To 2 Albuquerque Families By KATY MARVIN Two more Albuquerque mothers today joined the ranks of tlinso who have sons on the Communists prisoner of war lists. For Mm. Marvin McMaster, 2733 N, Montclalre, It was the first word of her son she has had since July 12, 1930. The son, Pvt. Curtis A. Thompson, was reported mis- sing' 11 days after he arrived In Korea, Ffc. Thompson Tfc. Osborn "This makes It so good I don't know what to she said joy. fully. Three weeks igo her son's per. sonal belongings were .shipped home, and her husband had feared there was no hope. He Wan Alive' "But I was hoping ao Mri. McMastcr said, "I just knew he was still alive." Mrs. McMaster took a radio to work with her last night to listen to the broadcast of names but had missed the one she so badly want- It remained for. her brother-ln. law to wake her up today with tho good Pvt. Thompson, 20, has been In the Army three years. In another home, that of Mr, and Mrs. Emanuel Osborn, Route 4. Box fl34, a large group was hud- died Intently over the radio yes- tordsy, Mrs. Osborn and eight brothers and sisters of Marine Pfc, Loyd Oiborn were listening to the pri- soner list. Whoop- With Glee The telegraph messenger had to knock several times before of the family could break away from the broadcast, The Defense Department mes- sage gave them the news they awaited. Mrs. Osborn read the telegram aloud and there was a long silence before nine-year old Eldrlge gave a whoop of glee, Then they all joined In. There was Robert Dutchle, IS; Helen Jeannett. 12; Eldrldgc; Joanle, 7; Clara, 4; Carolyn, Nells, 8 months; and Ella Fern, 17. An- other slater.'Martha Belle, IP, was phoned the news In Amarlllo. Pfc. Osborn was Imprisoned Dec. 1030. He was In one of the first Marine divisions to land In Korea Salvation Army's Kettles Filling Up The Salvation Army Christmas kettles Jingled to the tune of JMO yesterday as generous Albuquer- queans more than made up the loss suffered by the organ- ization's Christmas fund In a theft early this week. Maj. Ira P. Hood, commanding officer, said that approximately cama In by mall yesterday. The total fund is now approxi- mately An additional must be collected by Christmas Eve to reach the quota needed to supply Christmas dinners to 223 needy families. LAST. LETTER DATED JUNE. 19501 Mr. and Marvin Me. Mauler, 2733 N. Mnnttlalre. reread the last letter they received from their son, Curtis A. Thompson. Tvt. Thompson wan.reported by the an prisoner. He been July. 1050. (Redman rhoto) GET GOOD NEWS! Mr. and Mm, Emanuel Oiborn, who live Just north of Alameda, have been told by the Defense Department that the name of their Marine Tfc. Loyd Osnorn, on the Communist prlioner of war Hit. They'are holdlnr a, picture of their platoon. In which hr upp-ar-. (Redman phntn) Waiting-Mothers Hopes Shattered! Newly revived hopes.of a mo- then for word of her son, who Is missing In.action were tragically crushed today. The mother Mrs.. Ysldora Martinez, 908 S. John. Confusion over a list of prison- ers of war and a list of men unaccounted was blamed. Lists of prison, ers, released' by Pfc, Martinet Chinese Reds in Korean peace peace talks, have been top news for two days. But the names of many missing New Mexico men have, not ap. pearcd on the lists, while their families wait anxiously for some word that they still live. Mlsilnc Since Dec. 1950 Such .1.1 the family of Pfc. Primco R. Martinez, 20, who has been mlislng In action since Dec, 2, 1030. He enlisted in the Army In March, 1B50. By that July he was In Korea. Last night friends telephoned his mother. "Your son's name Is on the they said, "We heard It on thn radio. Today, two ulsters of Pfc, Mar Robert Gonzales, 1010 S. John, and Mrs. Manuel Salinas, 008 S. John, Were told bv girls Twmtr-timr Twos the Night Before Christmas a POW Camp EDITOR'S NOTEl The followlnr atory WM written by a former prisoner of war whs U Mow member of The Tribune itaff. Mr. Jonra was an Infantry cnylaln at the time of hit capture bjr the He dlichiried from the major; By LYMAN JONES Times may tough, prices and tajtes In the stratosphere, and many an Albuquerquean, therefore fresh out of spirit. All things are relative, though. And for'at least one resident of the city, this Christmas will be the best of all possible It's been that way since 1D44. Why 1944? Well, remember Christmas Eve, 1944? Seven short years was barren time for moil of tha peoples, A world writhing under five years of war could not have been expected, probably, to take time from mass f raticide to think of celebrating ,lhi birthday ot the Prince of Peace. 1 So It wai, then, a barren time. And for the of a itranga little American colony deep Inside. Ger- that Reich built to a thousand It particularly devoid of .gladness, In that place were 1300 male Americans. And there were neither shepherds nor men among' them. These men were prisoner, ot the codlflen of International law with masterly call In Ihi of a dttalnlng belllgertnt powor." Ljrrain JOOH It seemed very likely, to these men on this Christmas Eve, that the Reich would Indeed last for a millennium. And that they would be prisoners for years to come seemed a self-evident truth. They had Just been handed, by the camp's Gestapo security officer, a Christmas present: The delayed that German ajmored columns had broken through Allied lines opposite Liege and that Panzers were even then on their way to the North Sea. "The American Army." chortled Gestapo CapUin "Zimmerman, "1st and destroyed." At piece of Information, many grown American turned, his to the wall of hii small cubicle and ,a thing which comes easily when you are dirty and weary and hungry and the peculiarly penetrating -.tench of confinement coven all like a low-hanglnc cloud, Not all wept, though. Among the camp'i more positive enter- prise., dreamed up like all othen in an effort to pass the crawling hours an unusual newspaper, It wai edited by ilx or few newspapermen turned soldier for the duration and a war, correspondent or two who had been captured In tha coune of trying to report the war. The the Oflag one ot the notable morals builden. or had been until Christmas Eve. Though the edlton-were forced to use the official German com- munique their principal source of they early had worked out a system for pasiini to their readers an editorial opinion' The camp had a secret radio. With the editors listened daily to Allied from .Rome. Paris, London, Moscow and North By balancing German and Allied, dalmi they were often able to come up with an approximation of the truth. By a code arrangement, they let their readers know. Placing a story on the 'extreme left of the Item's front meant thn It was, Indeed, fart, A story In the extreme rlnht hand column was understood to bo ns false as If the editors had'plulnly marked It: "Take with 30 grains of salt." But on this Christmas Eve, these were concerned with a problem more sore and deep-seated. The news of the Belgian Bulge, coupled'With another cut-In the prisoners' already meager rations, had driven the. spirit' of the men to a desperate low. The problem, as the editors It, was to come up with tomethlng for the Christmas morning edition of that would get talked about, some- thing to fiuitnln everyone for -the months of confinement they thought still were ahead, They conferred all night, by the light'of a candle that .had to be hidden from the There were many suggestions made, many more tossed Into the discard. Finally the notation Juit presented iUelf. The turned to an old American newspaper classified ment. One of the edlton, a man-who as If to emphasize the-coin- cidental of the world, now and In Albu- querque, wrote out the words that appeared In the first and last classified ad. It ran on the front page Dec. 23, 1944, in way: on .earth of food will.. Pleate. all to Jeiiu Chrlit. Our Lord, whoae ad- dresa la, M U haa alwaya been, the bearte of ChrUUaii Five More NM Names Disclosed The Defense Department announced today that another Albuquerque s e r v i c eman's nnrac in Included in the list of prisoners the Communist iort they are He Is Army Pfc. Curtis A. Thompson, son of Mrs. Bernlce McMaster, 2822 N. Second. He Is he sixth Albuquerquean whois name has been announced, Pfc. Thompson's was one of 'Ive names of New Mexico men. Riven out In Washington as pub- Icatlon of the Communist list neared comnletlon. The latest additions bring the late total to 28. Twenty-one were announced yesterday. The department hai completed publication of 2866 names ot Americans on the Communist list, which totaled 3198 names. Dlserepanelei. Found department said that ng difficulties have delayed pub- Icatlon of many names. The cas- ualty section hni not been able to identify Immediately tome of the names submitted by the Reds, and tome personnel on the Red lUt had previously been recorded by the Defense Department as killed In action. Further Investigation ot these will made before next of kin are notified. The namei; of 75 Army men whose next of kin are oversea! also has been, held up until noti- fication can be radioed abroad. The iiame.of another Albuquer- quean WM added to list lut night. He Is Marine Pfc. Loyd JC. ion of, Mr. and Emanuel A. Oiborn, Rt. 4, Box The Osborp home U about one-half mile north of Albuquer- que on Highway 83. Four were announced earlier In the day. The latest New Mexico addl- Jons Pfc. Osborn and Pfc, Thompson are: Second Lt. Paul Roach, Jr., son of Mts, Hester D. Roach, Cruces. Army Pfc. Elmer L. Thompson, husband of MM. Josephine Thomp- son, Gallup. Army Sgt.'Robert L, hip, husband of Mrs. Anna T. Blankenshlp, Hernandez, Osborn, both and Blankenshlp were listed at the prisoner of war camp at Chiang- Song, 30 northeast of uljl In extreme northwest Korea. Roach was listed at the Pyok- Dong camp, near the Valu River 30 northeast of Sinulju. 'Mr. Million' Is Hearing Death (fir The nation's traffic toll today approached the mark. ft reached al 11 a. m. MST. The count rose slowly this morning. Widespread sleet nnd freezing ruin in the north appkrcntly limited driving. The National Safety Council said the grand total had risen to laitt midnight. It added: "The remaining deaths are .expected to occur by about noon Saturday If the anticipated travel and accident pattern does not change." But the council also advlied driving xnd walking Americans that millionth death can still be postponed by Improved traffic behavior In tho final Man Killed by Hit and Run Car SANTA FE, Dec. JO C. Ross, 33, of Twin Buttes, N. M., was found fatally Injured along- side U.S. Highway 888 ten north of Gallup late yesterday, state police headquarters 'Ron died In Fort Deflince pita) p.m. Police nld ho apparently Ivad been hit by a ear whose driver did not stop. death raised the New Mex- ico highway death toll to 370 for the year. ONE EVERY HOUR WASHINGTON. (DIM a 'conference If he eared to comment "en the rash et In lerenuneBt John L. replied! today. I haven't read the neon yet." ;