Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - May 24, 1946, Ada, Oklahoma Partly cloudy northwest, occasional scattered showers east and south tonight, Saturday and Sun. THE ADA EVENING NEWS Avtrtf# Net April raid Circulation 8131 Member, audit Bureau et Circulating FIVE CENTS THE COPY SITUATION IS DARK, STEELMAN CONFESSES Ada Feels Pinch of No Train Services, Industries Worried The nation-wide rail strike has tied up passenger transportation and mail service in addition to making some manufacturers start looking into the future for some outlet, and by Friday morning nothing had been found that might alleviate the situation. “The nationwide rail strike makes it imperative that acceptance of mail matter of the second. third and fourth classes be temporarily suspended and that first class and air mail be restricted in weight and size.” Mrs Mary West, postmaster, said as she quoted the postmaster general. Letter Mail Only No second, third and fourth class matter is being accepted for mailing and air mail and first class mail is restricted to letter mail in its ordinary and registered form. The weight cannot exceed 16 ounces. The postmaster general has informed the local postmaster that he will place an embargo on acceptance of all classes of mail except letters, registered and ordinary mail not exceeding one pound in weight. Mail to Stratford, Allen, Atoka and Seminole will be delivered. First class mail will be sent to Oklahoma City via Denco Bus at 8 p.m. and by the same service leaving Ada at 6 p.m. mail will go to Tulsa. Buses Crowded Three buses were required to handle the increased passenger out of Tulsa Thursday afternoon. The Frisco passenger train stopped at Tulsa and all passengers traveling farther south had to travel by bus. B. D. Denton of the Denco bus lines said that he was expecting a rush from the south Friday afternoon when passengers from Dallas, Tex., started arriving. About the only rush that Denco is experiencing now is the rush of mail. The Denco company has drivers and buses standing by for any emergency that might develop during the rail strike. Every driver for the company has been alerted as the company prepared to handle mail and an increased passenger service. Cement Plant Has Margin The Oklahoma Portland Cement Co. reports that about three weeks supply of raw material is on hand at the present time, but that all transportation by rail is tied. There will possibly be some delivery by trucks, but it will be a small amount as compared to the load handled by rail. L. G. Denny of the local Frisco office reported that every train in Ada was standing still Friday morning. He did say that conductors and liremen are reporting for duty as usual. Mr. Denny said that the only item that could be declared an emergency would be if a group of troops should be formed in Ada to be transported to the scene of some uprising. He asserted that no emergency service is likely to be called for. There were no road trains stopped in Ada as all such trains had orders to proceed to a terminal A large freight train left Ada a few minutes before the strike started. Glass Plant Faces Shutdown The Hazel-Atlas Glass Plant will have to close down all operations if the strike isn’t called off before Monday night as the plant has only enough raw material to last until then. The glass plant gets glass sand from Mill Creek and the only mean- of transportation is by rail. Plenty of warehouse space is available for finished products. The society editor of the News couldn’t use several locals that she had Friday morning. Some of the people who were going out of town stayed at home because of the rail tieup. School Year Is Completed Distribution of Grade Cords Final Event; College Summer Term Opens Monday College, high school and grade school buildings are silent now, the last of the old school year having faded out this afternoon to the accompaniment of shouts of freedom from youngsters waving grade cards and racing homeward in the final glad burst of release from classroom schedules. For East Central State college, the comparative quiet will be brief, for on Monday enrollment begins for the summer term and on Tuesday of next week classwork begins. Awards assemblies, commencement programs and senior sermons are out of the way now and Graduation Week is officially closed. Ada High Graduates Class Last of the classes to exchange their status of senior for that of alumnus was the Ada high school graduating group. “Education is not a diploma,” Hex O. Morrison, superintendent of Ada schools, told the 130 graduating Seniors Thursday night in his address at the commencement exercises; “each diploma has a different meaning, to some a ‘just got by,’ to others a task well done. School is not out and must never be out to the American people again. An American education begins at birth and ends at death. There is no vacation: your education continues whether you are in the classroom, vacation or work. The classroom is only the organized education. “Education is something you live with. During war, you get the greater part of your education at school. Now, with the peace, the greatest tragedy to come would be a long vacation from education, when the schools are best and the standard of living highest. There is a need to raise the teachers’ to a salary and glamour equal to that of other professions. Teaching is the most important task in the world. There is a need to recognize schools, for they stand between us and the test. Opportunities are there and will be there, but the most important part is the responsibilities that go with these opportunities. What Education Does “Education builds cities, railroads. it teaches people to know and get along. It teaches understanding. not just an individual but a whole wide world. The Japanese. Germans, and Russians, had better learn to get along with each other. “Graduation shows one is on the right track. There is greater power in education than in any weapon or invention. Our enemies recognized the value of education and so have other nations, such as Russia and Great Britain. War taught the values i Continued on Page 2 Column 3) WEATHER Oklahoma — Partly cloudy northwest, occasional scattered showers east and south tonight, Saturday and Sunday; not much change rn temperature; lowest tonight 50 northwest to 70 »outh- Fireworks Spreading Complaints Bring Action By City, Threat of More Stringent Bon Hero Some parents are going to be surprised when they are taken to the police station to pay a fine for something that their youngsters have done. Mayor Luke B. Dodds pointed out that there is an ordinance in the city charter that prohibits the discharging of fire-arms, fire-works and other combustibles and from building bon-fires within the fire limits of the City of Ada. Because of the increase in the number of youngsters shooting fire crackers and other forms of fire-works within the city, the mayor is planning to take definite steps to halt the disturbance. Complaints have been made to the mayor that the firecrackers are doing more damage than the youngsters might think. A few calls have been made by friends of men who have recently been discharged from the service. Some Vets Upset Those veterans who do not have strong nerves since returning from overseas are being upset by the constant noise of bursting fire-works. It is unlawful for any person or persons to discharge any firearms, set off any fire crackers or squib, throw any fire-ball, make any bon-fire, discharge any hand-grenade, chinese bomb, rocket, Roman candle, fireworks or other dangerous material within the fire limits of the city. The law states that a person who violates the ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be fined in any sum not less than one dollar and not more than $20 together with all costs. Almost Started Fire I. G. Killough, operator of the McSwain, Ritz and Riva theaters, told Mayor Dodds that a youngster set off a fire cracker in the back of one of his theaters causing a disturbance and creating a fire hazard in his place of business. There is no ordinance in the city charter forbidding the sale of fire-works within the city limits, but the mayor said that if the fireworks don’t stop, action will be taken to forbid the sale or discharge of any such fireworks within the city limits. Registration For Voters Ends Today For Charter Election Of June 4; Opens June 2 For July 2 Primary Election Registration for the vote set for June 4 on a proposed charter revision ends today. T ransfers, of course, can be made right on up to election day. reminds J. E. Boswell, county registrar. Boswell also announces the regitration books will again be open soon—starting June 2 for the 20-day period for the primary election of July 2. Combining of two precincts into one—Franks and McLish— and addition of a new precinct in northeast Ada will mean registration changes for the voters living in those areas. -k- Thunder accompanies every flash of lightning, although you may not always hear it. E. C. Honor Awards Given Part of Spring Commencement Program; Scholarship Winners Announced Later Special awards were made to several East Central State college students as part of the commencement program of Thursday morning. The S&Q Clothiers Award— most useful all-around student— this year has a joint donor, the Ada Soft Water company, and goes to Thelma Hokey and Barbara Hansard, leaders in vocal music and in women’s debate. The Blue Lantern Gift Shoppe Award—music—went to Wanda Jean Page, member of the Concert Sizers and accompanist on numerous occasions. Yarbo Jewelers Award—b est athlete—went to Buddy York, basketball star who led the Oklahoma Collegiate conference in his senior year. Two of the scholarship awards will be announced later. They are for highest grade average in lower and higher college classes, and final tabulation of comparative grades has not been completed. More Is Told Of Brutality of SS Two Yanks, Wounded Comrado Shat in Cold Blood from Rear By CYNTHIA LOWRY DACHAU, May 24, (Mwo American soldiers and the wounded comrade they were carrying on a stretcher were shot in cold blood from the rear during the Battle of the Bulge, a 20-year-old former elite guard private said in a statement read today in the Malmedy trials here. The private, Gustav A. Sponger, said he shot and killed the wounded American. The recounting of the slayings concluded the 16-page statement by Sprenger, who told yesterday of shooting U. S: war prisoners at the Malmedy crossroads, where 71 bodies were found later. Sprenger said another nazi “fired into the two men who were carrying the stretcher.” After they fell to the ground “I then shot the wounded American soldier who was on the stretcher suffering with a bad wound in the right upper leg,” he added. The former Drivate is one of 74 SS officers and men charged with slaying and torturing American war prisoners and Belgian civilians. 116 Yean Ago NEW YORK, May 24, If you’re waiting for a train today, ponder this: Exactly 116 years ago today— on May 24, 1830—passengers rode the first railroad built in the United States for general transportation purposes. The lin£, built by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, was opened between Baltimore and Ellicott’s Mills, Md. But — passengers needed a horse on that day too. The first train was horse-drawn. Greater returns for amount invested. Ada News Wan! Ads. President May Ask Authority Considers Appeal lo Congress for Power to Prevent Mora Nationwide Strikes WASHINGTON. May 24. <**»-Senator Byrd (D-Va.) said after a White House call today that President Truman is considering an appeal to a joint session of congress for additional authority to prevent further nationwide strikes. Byrd said he had strongly urged Mr. Truman to go before oon-gress “if he needs additional power or legislation to punish those who have been guilty of any infraction of the laws and to prevent strikes.” The president, Byrd told White House reporters, said he is giving the matter full consideration. Country's Ready “My judgement is that if the railroad strike is not settled today the Dresident should come before congress tomorrow,” Byrd added. “The country is strongly behin t him in any move he may make to settle this crisis and now is the time for action.” Byrd called at the White House to witness the signing of a federal pay raise bill and took the occasion to appeal to Mr. Truman. Byrd was asked when the president should go up, and replied “the sooner the better.” “If the strike is not settled today, he should come up tomorrow or even tonight.” May Limit Debate Meanwhile, a move to limit further senate debate on labor legislation gained ground behind cloakroom reports that numerous senators will stay away from the chamber when the roil is called at I p. rn. (EST) tomorrow. A vote is scheduled for that hour on a debate-limiting “cloture,” rule, which can be applied only by a two-thirds majority of senators present. Of course there must be a quorum, of at least 49 senators. If only 51 should be on hand tomorrow afternoon for instance, affirmative votes of 34 would put the rule into effect. Twenty-seven members signed the clotur? petition presented last night by Senator Knowland (R-Calif). Boy boul Drive Doing Well in lls Earliest Sieges Ground work for the annual Boy Scout finance drive is coming along as planned, according to Harry Lundgaard, general chairman. Lundgaard is pleased with the response so far as to contributions and the willingness of men to serve on teams to make the general drive next Tuesday. Scott Baubles, chairman of general solicitations, reports that the captains appointed are having no difficulty in securing men to work on their groups. These groups will be finished today and will be ready for the Early Bird Breakfast at the Aldridge hotel on Tuesday morning of next week. Following the breakfast the teams will canvass the entire town. A feature of the breakfast will be a free shave to the team that has all its members at the Aldridge first. American hunters killed 16,-000,000 ducks in 1943, but also wounded 8.000,000 they did not get, according to estimates. No Meeting Of |Crippling Effects of Railroad lewis’ Board Tie-Up Spread Paralysis Over U.S. Transportation, Industry Latest Move Stalls Negotiations Until 'Clarification' of Miners* Status By The Associated Presa Thousands of freight cars, over 500 of them filled with perishable ( food, stood in Kansas City’s rail yards today and workers made frantic efforts to keep the food iced to Isave as much as possible. Meanwhile, six passenger trains departed and three arrived during the morning and early afternoon at Kansas City’s union station, the locomotives manned by supervisory officials who formerly were engineers. The normal traffic in that period is 52 trains. Three of the departures were on the Santa Fe, two on the Rock Island and one on the Kansas City Southern. / Wheat Causes Worry Rail officials indicated that not a freight car was moving in the southwest and expressed concern for the millions of acres of wheat in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The union policy committee unanimously authorized the truce and would have to ratify any new contract or, presumably, any further extension of the truce. Assails Act The Smith-Connally act prohibits any person from inciting a strike or conspiring to strike in a government-seized mine. Lewis’ notice at union quarters said: “Notice to members, policy committee, UM WA: “Government seizure of mines invokes the punitive provisions of the infamous Smith - Connally slave statute. “This imperils legally the liberty of individual members of the union. Until further clarification, there will be no meeting of the national policy committee. Lewis.” Secretary of Interior Krug, federal boss of the government-seized mines, met coal operators early in the morning, presumably to present the contract terms the government proposed to John L. Lewis’ United Mine Workers. Morrell In Charge Krug left before the conference ended in order to attend a cabinet meeting at the White House. The mine owners continued their discussion with Krug’s deputy, Vice Admiral Ben Moreell. In the operators group were Charles O’Neill, head of the Appalachian operators; E. R. Burke, leader of Southern operators; Ezra Van Horn, chairman of the bituminous wage conference; Kenneth Spencer, representing Western operators; George Campbell of the Illinois operators; and Harry Moses, spokesman for the operators of “captive mines.” Even if the government succeeds in obtaining a settlement before a miners’ strike truce expires tomorrow, the rail walkout offered a second threat to put the industry down for the count. STORM HITslpANAMA PANAMA, Okla., May 24, Considerable damage was caused yesterday when a small tornado sw f ept in to blow several houses off their foundations, cave in roofs and knock over trees. No one was reported injured in this small eastern Oklahoma tow’n. TULSA, Okla., May 24, CPI— The second meeting of the Oklahoma highway development association will be held at Oklahoma City June IO instead of May 28, the date originally chosen, President Early R. Cass announced today. Nation Reels From First Effeds Of Rail Unhm Me Industries Hard Hit, Food Spokesmen Fear Widespread Suffering lf Continues By The Assot lated Press The nation reeled today from the first effects of the greatest strike in railroad history. From coast to coast and from border to border rail transportation was at a virtual standstill. Industries, large and small, were threatened with shutdowns or sharp curtailment in production. Fears were expressed that a serious food situation would result within a week if the strike continues. The government, struggling to bring order out of the near chaotic conditions in the movement of freight, mail and passengers, planned new’ negotiating conferences in attempts to effect settlement of the dispute betw-een the carriers and two rail brotherhoods. lengthy sessions last night shed no hope for an immediate agreement on the disputed issues of w ages and changes in working rules. Tieup Is Speedy The tieup of service on 384 railroads ensued quickly after 4 p.m. local standard time yesterday as 250,000 engineers and trainmen left their jobs in obedience to a strike call of last April 29. Made idle by the walkout were most of the 1.200,000 members of the 18 other rail brotherhoods not included in the strike call. A few trains operated and were manned by supervisory employes. But the Association of American Railroads said the tie-up was “pretty close to IOO per cent.” The only class one carrier not affected by the walkout was the Illinois Central, which was taken over by the government last August. Grave predictions came a few hours after the strike became effective. * A brownout in eastern and midwestern coal producing areas will be ordered next week, the Civilian Production Administration said, if the tieup continued or soft foal mining is stopped. Steel Mills Closing The shutdown of the country’s soft coal mines, now under federal control and a strike of 400,-000 miners still unsettled, appeared imminent. Steel mills were closing and others w*ere threatened with an early closing. Thou- “How about a poppy, mister?” That’s what you’ll hear today and Saturday as the Rainbow Girls, Campfire Girls and members of the American Legion and VFW auxiliaries begin an all-out tw r o day campaign on Poppy Week, the first peace-time sale of poppies since the Great War. As you receive your poppy, you w r ill contribute some amount of money to the workers which will go to welfare and rehabilitation funds. All of the persons distributing the poppies have volunteered their services for the entire day and every cent of the money goes to the benefit of dis continued on Page 2. Column 4) Thought Boby Ugly, Abandons Him James Ashe, left, feeds his 10-day-old son who was abandoned in a Chicago hospital by its mother Mrs. Marjorie Ashe, right, who left a note saying she thought their baby ugly. Ashe chartered a plane after his wife was located in Burlington, Iowa, and brought her back to Chicago and convinced her that the baby was not ugly.—(NEA Telephoto J. Rail Strike At* A Glance By The Associated Press On strike: 250,000 members of the Brotherhoods of Locomotive Engineers and Railway Trainmen, with nearly all of the 1,200,000 members of 18 other rail unions made idle. First effects: first country wide r. ii strike since 1922 threatens knockout blow to nation’* industry; acute food situation feare’d; millions left stranded; other millions in big cities confronted with problem of getting to work. Negotiations: Two rail union presidents formally reject president Truman’s compromise proposal of 18 1 it cents an hour wage increase, which was accepted by 18 other rail brotherhoods and the carriers; government officials call further conferences in at tempt to effect settlement of dis pule over wages and changes in working rules. Transportation: Some trains operate, manned by supervisory .employes but Association of American Railroads said tieup “pretty close to IOO per cent.” Priorities governed movement >f passengers and freight by air, highway and water as army and navy muster pilots and planes in (Continued on Page 2 Column 2) Today, Saturday's Poppy Sales Aid Disabled Veterans Tile sale of “Buddy Poppies” was. going as good, if not better than expected Friday morning, when members of the American Legion and VFW and their Auxiliaries in addition to volunteer workers started an extensive drive for selling poppies locally. It was no task for the workers to sell poppies, in fact, people wore going to those selling poppies asking for one or more. The minimum price charged for poppies i3 IO cents, but ther? is no limit to the maximum prie.» that might be paid. More than once during the morning sales period, men paid as high as $5 for one [ >ppy. Men have been reminded that it would be suitable to purchas? corsages made from poppies for any occasion. All of the poppies sold in Ada were made by the veterans now located at Muskogee General Hospital. The sale of these poppies has been going on throughout this entire w'eek, following a proclamation by Mayor Luke B. Dodds that this was to be Poppy Week. The local group is part of a nation-wide army of over 100,-000 unpaid volunteers, who are working thrbughout the nation on the Poppy Days. The quota here is doubled— the need is much greater because of the increase in service men disabled during the second great war. Kansas Flying Farmers Convene HUTCHINSON. Ka*., May 24, t.i*>—i n perfect flying weather, more than 200 farmers dropped their lr't airplanes onto Hutchinson’s Municipal airport this morning as they convened for the organization session of the Kansas flying farmers club. Johnson county, with 28 rural pilots registered, took an early lead in registration, and immediately began promoting Alfred Ward, prominent rancher, for president of the new organization. Other planes were arriving throughout the morning as farmers prepared for an aerial parade of light plane models and army and navy air shows this afternoon. IWO Rail Met WASHINGTON. May 24. Unjust for the record: there are two railroad .strikes instead of one. On July I, 1922, 400,000 railroad shopmen quit their jobs. They stayed out a long tim-, then began to drift back to the shops. But. says the Association of American Railroads, they never got around to calling off th** strike. Officially, it still is on. n- The mineral jade exists in all colors, the amount of iron present being the determining factor* Truman Calls Top Advisors; Mediator Sees Ne Quick End President Silent, May Go Ta People With Broadcast On Situation WASHINGTON. May 24.-W —A “dark” outlook for any quirk settlement of the railroad strike was reported today by Dr. John R. Steelman, top government mediator. “The situation looks dark,” Stedman said in a message relayed to reporters between meetings with the carrier and union representatives. The statement was brought out by Cmdr. Joseph I*. Miller, Steel-man’s assistant, as he left a meeting with the chiefs of the trammed and engineers brotherhoods to confer again at 2 p.m. (EST) with representatives of the carriers. Top Advisers Called With the country tied up by a nationwide railway walkout. President Truman t«xiay called a 3 pm. EST meeting at the White House of top cabinet and labor advisers to canvass “the whole strike situation.” Press Secretary Charles G. Ross, who made the announcement, so described the meeting’s purpose when asked whether it concerned the coal or rail crisis. A presidential mediator w'orked feverishly today to bring the carriers and striking workers into an agreement for ending the paralyzing mil strike. Cabinet Talks Strike A growing urgency, fed by accumulating reports of impending food shortages and vast unemployment, was reflected also in two White House developments: 1. Postmoster General Robert L. Hannegan told reporters after a 90-minute cabinet meeting: “We discussed strikes, nothing but strikes and we did so emphatically and intensely.” 2. Senator Bvrd (D-Va) said after a call on President Truman that the chief executive is considering an appeal to congress for additional authority to prevent further nationwide strikes. John R. Steelman, presidential labor adviser, talked with leaders of the striking trainmen and engineers and then met representatives of the carriers as negotiations were formally resumed in a downtown hotel after a fruitless session at the White House yesterday. Congress reacted still further. While the senate debated labor disputes legislation, the house labor committee ordered an investigation of industrial unrest. Scattered Rains Fall Over Stale ■y Tho Associator Prose Scattered rains fell in Oklahoma overnight with Sallisaw receiving the heaviest fall of 1.38 inches. The federal weather bureau predicted no more rain would fall during the next 24 hours. Official rainfall reports included Miami .10; Muskogee .37; Pryor .08; Sallisaw 1.38; Tulsa .05; Vinita .13; Ada .03; Ardmore .10; Durant .34 and McAlester .57. ALVA, May 24 —OP)—The Alva Review'-Courier, participating rn a state traffic safety program has distributed green stickers pledging safe dnv ng to Alva motorists. TH’ PESSIMIST By Bob ft'or.ko. JA (Iran pa Wheeler has cut out sweets, meats an’ car rides in ’n effort t’ be here when television git* gom’. so he can see th’ stockin’ ads, —OO— Pay day is when your wife will intel you mote than half Way.