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Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - December 8, 1946, Ada, Oklahoma M«n may be less resistant than womtn to lie detectors, but the noarri«d men con simply explain tho! they hove been through too rn any tests for too many years to hare much resistance left THE ADA EVENING NEWS Aver*!* Net Not-. Paid Circulation 8607 Member: Audit Bureau of Circulation 43rd Year—No. 199 ADA, OKLAHOMA. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1946 FIVE CENTS THE COPY Atlanta Hotel Fire Kills 116, Injures At Least IOO ★ ★★★★ * * * * ** ★ ********* *.* * * * ** ★★★★★★★★★★★★★* LEWIS ORDER ENDS INDUSTRIAL CRISIS Some Trapped, Yule Season Others Leap Worst Hotel Biose In U. S. History Brings Appalling Scenes Of Tragedy ny The Associated Presa ATL AK T A, Dec. 7.—(ZF)— Americas most destructive* hotel fire early today turned tile 15-story Winecoff hotel here into a blazing inferno that brought death to 116 persons and injury to at least IOO more. While scores of guests apped ia the upper part of the building burned or suffocated, other men. women end children plunged screaming to death on the pavements below in the pre-dawn darkness. A revised death list compiled late tonight after a check of funeral horn* s and hospitals which was complicated by the removal of bodies from cm* mortuary to another set the toll of tile disaster at 116 Of these, 103 had bern identified and 13 bodies still were unidentified. It was possible, however, that the total might be changed slightly upon completion of the difficult casualty check. At daylight the sides of the tall, chimney-like structure were draped with torn bed sheets and blankets, mal king in grim silence where victim* tried to escape. Eyewitnesses told h o w SIX PONTOTOC COUNTY GIRLS THERE *”tJESDAY A number of mothers and dads in Pontotoc county were somewhat relieved Saturday when they found out that their daughters were not at * the Winecoff hotel in Atlanta, Ga. The county girls are attend* * g Connor college at Warner and were playing basketball with a girls team there. The team was in Atlanta last T ue sd av and stayed at the Winecoff. Some of the girls are Pauline and Geraldene Kaiser, Alma Mitts, Betty Blackburn, Norma Jean Winters, all of the Byng community, and a gill whose parents live in the Vanoss community. It was not until late Saturday afternoon that one of the girl s parents learned that the team had checked out of the hotel last Tuesday. panic-stricken guests swung from tenth and twelfth story window's, on flimsy, make-shift ropes. A few were rescued, but most fell headlong as flames burned away their supports, or they lost their grip Others were seen briefly at flaming windows, shrieking and praying, then disappearing into the terrible inferno. At one time, a half-dozen broken bodies lay at the intersection of Atlanta's famed Peachtree street .'md Carnegie Way, opposite the theater where tin* world premier of “Gone With the wind 1 * was staged. Some Kept Heads, Were Saved Some who kept their heads were saved. White haired Mrs, Banks Whiteman, manager of the hotel cigar counter, pulled the* wife and children of her employer. Arthur F. Geele, Jr . from the I‘*h floor to the top floor apartment of Mrs Arthur Geele, Sr There they huddled in a corner until the file subsided. The origin of the blaze apparently was buried in the charred UTO Rage or sealed with the dead. City Fire Marshal Harry Phillips could say only that the flames started in the corridors of the third or fourth floors. Phillips, accompanied by fire inspectors, said in every instance the flames had burned into the rooms of the third, fourth and fifth floors, indicating that the or,gin lay somewhere in the carpeted hallways. Out Of Control Quickly The fire was out of control within a few* minutes after it W'as discovered and before every piece of fire fighting equipment in Atlanta could be summoned, Phillips said. The marshal said a bellhop testified he had noticed no fumes or smoke w'hen he delivered some soft drinks to a room on the fiftn floor. But, when he turned to leave the room he found he was (Continued on page 2, Column 5) WEATHER I Oklahoma: Partly cloudy Sunday and Monday; continued mild Sunday except slightly cooler panhandle; cooler Sunday night and Monday except panhandle. Really Here Broo lh lest Whirl Of Shopping, Porfios, Decorating It On In Ada Two and a half weeks to go— only 14 shopping days—and Christmas will be here. But the Christmas season is already here and moving into a b th-taking swirl of shopping, mailing, decorating, partying and, for the youngsters, awe-touched anticipation of the greatest occasion of the year. Shoppers are thronging Ada stores, buying there, too, as they cross names off lists or seek out suitable presents for loved ones. Evidences of the Yuletide gleam from store windows, twinkle in the strings of gaily colored lights overhanding Ada’s downtown streets, sparkle in counters piled with goods. And trees—they are showing up every here, with the silvered cines crowding in on the traditional green. And mistletoe is making an early appearance with holly from southeastern Oklahoma due in later. The Ada fire station, and the Cummings building are already beauti fully decorated and other downtown buildings are expected to be glowing with added lighting and color before this weak ends. And parties- until this week parties simply used the Christmas motif in decorations, but from now on they are frankly Christmas parties, church, school, private groups, clubs and others. From now on, Christmas will steadily take charge of church, school and commercial activities until the mystic happiness of Christmas Eve and the joys of Christmas morning bring a chinas to the season. B. R. Rudell Dies Al Konawa, Lived There Since 1899 B. R Rudell, who would have been 93 if he had lived until the coming January 5. died at Konawa Friday. He had lived in Konawa since 1899. The funeral will be held this afternoon (Sunday) at 2:30 from Watts Funeral Chapel in Konawa, Rev. Alexander Best, pastor. officiating, assisted by Rev. Keith Kelly. Methodist pastor and Rev. W. S. Lee, former Methodist pastor now retired. Burial will be in Violet cemetery. Konaw’a. Mr. Rudell was born in Sebastian county, Arkansas, January 5, 1854. He retired from active business a number of years ago and had been ill for about tw'o years. A daughter, Miss Essie Rudell, was voice instructor at East*Cen-tral college several years ago. Sin* died in 1942. Mrs. Rudell died in 1904. Another daughter, Mrs. F. T. Swan. died In 1944. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Bates of Konawa and Mrs. Grace Nuckolls of Houston, Tex.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. New Deep Oil Pool Near Lindsay ^ PAULS VALLEY, Okla.. Dec. 7    a    new deep oil pool was opened today two miles northeast of tin* Lindsay townsite in Garvin county in central Oklahoma. The well is the No. I Martin-Rose and tested an average of 190 barrels of crude an hour through casing from the Bromide sand at 9,918 to 10,814 feet depth. The well was drilled by Max Pray of Chicago and R. L. Bauman of Fort Worth. -k— —  ........... Read The News Classified Ads. CHICAGO HAS RACIAL VIOLENCE; An unidentified woman was knocked down as violence flared at the Airport homes veterans housing project in Chicago, when two negro families began to move into their homes. An estimated 250 policemen were on hand to prevent trouble as white persons in the neighborhood protested against the negroes’ arrival.—(NEA Telephoto). Southeastern and North Texas Take Speech Meet Sweepstakes Final* In Mon's Debate Decides One Award At Hanari Widely Divided Amang Many Schools With the conclusion of the senior men’s debate finals late Saturday afternoon, the East Central debate tourney tame to an end with Southeastern, Durant, winning out with 163 points over Oklahoma University’s 137 and Hardin-Simmons college, Abalone, Texas, ranked third in the men’s sweepstakes wit*105 points. Shopping Days To Christmas North Texas State college wont the women's sweepstakes award by a large margin with 148 points. The second place award went to Southwestern college, Springfield, Missouri, with 03 points and Tulsa university was third with 53 points. The hottest debates of the tournament came Saturday afternoon in the senior men’s semifinals and finals. Southwestern’s team won the semi - finals over Hardin-Simmons college, and Oklahoma university won over Southwestern of Missouri. The finals wore the deciding factor in the sweepstakes award, since they gave a 'large number of points to the winner. In a close argument, Southeastern^ winning team, Scotty Nobles and Gerald Sanders came out over O. U.’s powerhouse team, Dean Emery and Hugh Ben LaRue. Debate Results Following are the results in all the debate finals: Men’s senior — Southeastern; men’s junior- North T e x a s State, Denton, Texas; men’s inex-p e r i e ti r e d—Southwestern, Springfield, Mo. Women's senior — Southwestern Kansas, Winfield; women’s inexperienced — North Texas State, Denton. Mixed debate winner was Oklahoma university* Finals in the various preliminary contests wound /Up Friday evening with the after (linnet REMEMBER? Stunning Shock of Dec. 7, 1941, When News Come Of Jap Attock on Pearl Harbor speaking finals that were held at a banquet given for the debaters. Winners of the various contests that were not announced in Friday’s edition are: Women Extemporaneous Speaking—Jeanne Martin. Southwestern. Mo., and Margaret Givens. Hardin-Simmons, tied for first; Betty Masson, O. U., Margaret Chapman, Southwestern, Mo. Poetry Interpretation. Women '(Pi^pared) —- Janell Wood, N. Texas, and Margery Givens, Hardin-Simmons, tied for first; Harriette McKinstrey, Tulsa, Rose Marie Elliot. Phillips. Impromptu Speaking II (Women) — Barbara Brown, Drury; Doris Stewart, Seminole Jr. college: Rena Williams, Hardin-Simmons. Impromptu Speaking II (Men) —Gerald Sanders, Southeastern; Max Kirkland, Southwestern; Scott Traylor. Drury, Bill Humble, Abilene Christian college, and Horace Mahan, O. U., tied for third. Extemporaneous Speaking (Men)—Tommy Webb, Hardin-Simmons; Scotty Nobles. Southeastern; Warren Hultgren, Hardin-Simmons, and James Hori-gon. O. U., tied for third. Women Radio Newscasting (Broadcast over KADA) —Joan Krafft, Southwestern. Mo.; Janell Wood, North Texas; Joyce Gray, North Texas. (Continued on Page 2 Column 4) JAPANESE FORCES BOMB HAWAII AND PHILIPPINES. That two-line streamer, in the largest type The News had. headed an extra edition published Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, a few hours after the Japs struck Pearl Harbor. Bulletins were pouring in, some of them of rumors, others actual reports, much of the information confused as the stunned nation rallied to realization that the U. S. was now in an all-out war. V. S. READY FOR WAR AS PHILIPPINES ATTACKED -—cried the streamer for the second special edition. It had a picture of T. O. Cullins. Jr., executive officer of the USS Oklahoma which was sunk at Pearl I (arbor. And by Monday, young men who had been coming to The News to find there what the army and navy ‘had to offer’ were pouring in asking “how can I git over there where the fighting is?” (Newspaper offices had bern centers of information for the services which were trying hard to muster fighting .strength for the war they feared was imminent). People sat bv their radios through that dreadful Sunday night and Monday little normal business could be done, until the first shock was over and grim determination took its place. And now—Christmas comes for the second time since the end of the conflict and even this (ime there are hundreds of Pontotoc county men home for Christmas who were many miles from here just 12 months ago. While for many a family no Christmas will ever be the same because of sadness over white crosses in distant lands that weren’t there on that epic day in 1941. Holdenville Goes After Industries HOLDENVILLE, Okla., Dec. 7—(ZP)—Holdenville business and professional people plan to set up an Industrial Foundation with capital stock of $100,000 to attract new industries to the area. At a meeting Friday night, 400 civic leaders voted to establish the non-profit foundation to provide sites and buildings for new industries and to emphasize the availability of cheap natural gas. told 1 ac- and rifl Combat Injury Proves Fatal Maurice Carpenter, Stratford, Succumbs Finally; Wounded in Africa Maurice Carpenter of Stratford died Thursday; his death was attributed to a paralytic condition from which he had been suffering for almost two years, outgrowth of a combat wound. He was wounded at Fonduck, Africa. April 9, 1943, when a bullet struck him just above the heart and continued its course out of his body. Carpenter was hospitalized but returned to service in time to make the Serlano landing. He continued operations in Italy almost to the time that Rome was liberated. He was returned lo the hospital after some physical fatigue was noticed. Fought Until Too Weak Tlu* following story is about Carpenter’s last battle lion: “He was getting weak when he started to load his ..... the last time there wasn’t enough strength enough in his hand to push the clip into his rifle. To get the ammunition into its pro per place, he had to tut it against a rock ” This epic story is told by a close friend of Carpenter who was with him in service. Carpenter left tin* U. S. early in September, 1942, and landed in Scotland later that month. He left Italy in January. 1944, and arrived in the U. S. in July, 1944. Ile received his discharge Aug. 12. 1944. He took part in action in North Africa and in Italy and was the possessor of the KAME Medal with three battle stars and the Purple Heart. Baptized in Italy Treasured among his possessions is a certificate sent to his family from a chaplain in Italy stating that Carpenter had been baptized. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Willie E. Carpenter; daughters, Cynthia Ann and Mary Katherine Carpenter; parents, Mr. and Mu. Leek Carpenter, all of Stratford; two sisters, Mrs. Joy Anderson OI Phoenix, Ariz., and Miss Wanda Carpenter of Oklahoma City; two brothers, Frank B. Carpenter, Stratford, and Troy Carpenter of Konawa. Services were conducted Friday by the Ada VFW post. It W'as the first service conducted exclusively by the local veterans post. Miners Back to Pits, Threat Of Economic Disaster Fading From U.S. and Other Nations into and the dc- Yuletide Mail Rush Starting Mail early—wrap and pack securely—-this is the annual message of local postoffice authorities as they piling! Christmas dispatching livcring season. A slowing down of Christmas mail followed announcement of coal strike caused restrictions on parcels but as these restrictions vanish the mailing volume here is expected not. only to regain its earlier mark but to increase steadily for the next two and a half weeks. The postoffice here already has help lined up lo keep the sea son’s mail moving steadily. There is even an additional truck in sight, says Postmaster Mary West. to expedite deliveries here And from the way people have been getting their buying done the last two weeks and the thousands of Christmas cards that have been leaving tho downtown counters, the postoffice will be a busy scene from now on through tim remainder of the month. Schoolmasters To Meet al Pittstown * Pontotoc County Schoolmasters club will meet Wednesday night of this week at Fittstown. Rev. Mitchell S. Epperson, pastor, First Presbyterian church of Ada, will be the principal speaker. Also present will be Pont toe county’s delegation to the state legislature which goes into session in January—Senator Virgil Medlock {himself a school man, teaching at Lawrence), and Representatives Thomas P. Holt and H. P. Sugg. J. N. McKeel. host superintendent. will report on a meeting of the board of directors of the GEA. And McKeel promises that last year’s still-talked-about meal will be surpassed (there’s talk of squirrel* already in the locker). Restrictions Fade Rapidly, Lights, Travel, Pay Resume Stringent Measures to Sove Fuel and Power Lifted At Strike Ends By IV. II. MOPLEY WASHINGTON, Dec*. 7. f/P)-Tlu* sudden end of the coal strike sounded a signal for a Christmas season of lights and travel, more goods in the stores, heat in public places such as theaters and night clubs, big packages by mail and moi e pay checks. All these had been gone or threatened as the mine stoppage forced on the nation measures i more stringent than those of w:ir time for conservation of fuel and the elect ne power that comes from it. John L, Lewis announced the ciid of the stoppage at 2 p.m. •KST) and within an hour and 20 minutes these restrictions had been lifted: ODT By the Office of Defense Transportation - 1. A general freight embargo, in effect since Friday, forbidding rail shipment of anything except prime necessities such as food, medicines and fuel (with exceptions for oil and hydro electra* powered lines). That puts new goods in til!* stores for Christmas 2. Passenger service restrictions that already cut mileage of coal-powered trains 25 per cent and would have slashed the service to half tin* pre-strike level at midnight Sunday. That lets families travel to their tradition ii Yuletide gatherings. 2. An export freight embargo that had halted shipment of anything except food and fuel to ports. That brings a degree of Christmas cheer abroad. Postal By the post office department— The rules, effective since Friday, that had limited paixel post packages to five pounds in weignt and to a length of 18 inches and a combined length and girth of 60 inches, and had cut off overseas parcel post entirely except for members of the armed forces. That provides for tho big bundl s that go so wi^ll under the tree on Christmas morning. CPA By the Civilian Production Administration - The brownout rules that had darkened theater marquees, store windows and displays, cut street lighting and brought pleas to house holders to cut electricity use* rn 21 eastern states and the District of Columbia where power comes from coal. That brings the tune honored brightness bac.c to Ila* season. Still rn effect, however, were still more stringent rules, such as a ban on outdoor floodlights, a 50 percent cut in store illumination. and slashes in elevator service and non-essential use of electrical yuichines, in a few com inunities where utility coal piles had fallen below a 25 clay sup ’v Those rules come off when the power companies get coal. Pay Checks To Resume Tin* pay check effects of the end of the* walkout were expected to start appearing quickly. As of this morning ti e number of those jobless as railroads cut force with the reduction in service and other industries slowed down or quit for lack of fuel had numbered at least 690.000, including the 400.000 miners. The ODT said railroad .service will come back to pre-strike levels as fast as the carriers can put it there, so that laid-off railroad men will be among the first to get back on the payroll. There was no immediate authoritative estimate on how fast such industries as steel and automobiles, quickly affected by the shortage of fuel, will get back into stride. Steel plants already were down to 35 to 50 per cent of capacity operations. PROPERLY PLACED Glow-worms are not flies nor worms, but beetles. In midsummer, the males can be seen at night, shining periodically as they fly. At the same time. the’females crawl about on the ground and emit light to attract their more frivolous partners. Most important of fur farming industries is fox, but Sinnett-Meaders has what rates priority for your car—good repair. 12-8-lt Miners Are Happy, Too Means No Block Christmas 4 After All for Them PITTSBURG. Dec. 7. UPI—An almost audible sigh of relief with an occasional outspoken expression of joy. could be heard to day as news of the ending of the 16-day old coal strike swept through the mining towns that border this great in lustrial city. Out in Bentleyville, Harwick Cloverdale, Library, Lawrence, Volant typical small communi perched on the side of a hill or nestled in a dirt-covered valley —there was jubilation of one kind or the other as the miners received word that this wouldn’t be a black Christmas after all And they were not long in showing it. Christmas shot (ping and Saturday afternoon activities had been below nounal. But then came tile tidings. At Bentleyville one could almost im me diately see the effect as within an hour there was a noticeable increase in buying. Return to work would mean another pay check before Christmas. Throughout the coal fields were made to re-open the mines as soon as possible-- many of them on Monday. But the effect of the strike w'lll not wear off in some related industries for several weeks. A Harwick, Pa., miner heard the news and said: “Most miners have big families and don’t let anybody tell you thev aren’t happy its over. Show me a man with a big family who would want a strike at Christmas.’* Another Harwick miner estimated the strike cost the average miner nearly $200. which he W'ill never recover. In some communities around Uniontown, the locals will vote on the matter tomorrow and they are expected to approve Lewis* action. One miner. Michael Hans of Harmarville, said he didn’t think the miners would work as long as the fines were hanging over their heads but his 12-year-old son was jubilant; ‘Tm glad its over. Now, ITI get something for Christmas.” Nickel Candy Bar Is 'Out' Tile nickel randy bar is no longer a nickel. Just like every thing else—clothes. groceries, rent, cars. etc. the post war price has been hiked* It now costs six rents. Even though the price on the nickel bars have been raised, they are still not as plentiful as dime bars .... The candy count tis now consist almost entirely of small, very small, delicacies of pecan, almond and cherry cream bars. These tiny bars that now cost ten cents could be bought before the war for a nickel and were considerable larger in size But the hike of the nickel bar could not be prevented by the retailer and comes as no surprise to the purchaser. The raise in price by the wholesaler, and before them, the producer, made it necessary for the retailer to go up. Not all the stores have gone up as vet. but most of them have, and those who have not probably will soon. YOU FIGURE IT Ada Woman, After Filing Complaint, Finds Her $5,-000 When She Returns Five thousand dollars in cash is a considerable amount of money to have on hand, but one Ada woman did have that much money at her home then the other day she reported that it had been stolen. The woman signed a complaint against two men. but on her return to her home she reported that the money had been thrown inside the front door. Charges have been filed and a warrant for the arrest of two men has been issued. — 0- Read Tho News Classified Ads. President Cancels Broadcast and Goes Smilingly lo Show Lewis Says Wants Court Free from Public Pressure, Public Necessity Cored For WASHINGTON. Dec. 7. CP John L. Lewis gave in to th* government today and ended thi soft coal strike With it, like the finish of i nightmare, went virtually all th-restrictions it had brought an* the economic peril it had pots* • over this and other countries. President Truman canceller the broadcast he had planned fo tomorrow night, closed hts desl and went to an art show. am;I mg but silent on the outcome. Miners Obedient Leu is ordered the 400,000 min cis to end the 17 day walkou and go back to work immediate Iv Reports from the mine field indicated ready compliance. Son maintenance crews headed fo th** pits tonight, and full-scali resumption of mining Monda: morning appeared certain. At the same time Lewis sn nouneed his readiness to nego lisle with the private mine own ers for new wage and other de mantis, a step w hich could clea the way for the government ti get out of the coal business For his startling step Lew ii gave two reasons—that tho sn preme court in considering th* case might he “free from pub! * pressure super induced by th< hysteria and frenzy of an i *onn mic crisis,” and that “pub! < necessity requires the quantity tive pro {action of coal duriri such period.” Comes Suddenly Lewis’ retreat came abrupt; between two conferences wit! Chief Justice Vinson of attorney: for the union and the justice de pertinent One conference wa held in the forenoon, bete < Lewis acted; another was he! in the late afternoon The ecu sent word that no announcer*?^ would be made today, and th* lawyers all were tight-mou* cd. Tile nine justices at their re/ alar Saturday noon confereno had an opportunity to decic* whether they will h* ar Lewis appeal, at the government s re quest, and Lewis seemed sui that they would. He said tha his future negotiations will b “within the limitations of th findings of the supreme cour f and made other references to ai expected ruling C ontrol*! Dropped Quickly The sudden end of the striki brought swift action by official junking the coal conservate measures which {tad shackled in dust i v and darkened the Christ mas outlook, Toe freight an * Xpress embargoes were lifted the ban or passenger travel re voked. and the 21-state ditnou cancelled in time for Sa ta rd night .shopping throngs except ii a few plaues where the utility 1 are nearly out of fuel. A parti a removal of the freeze on cor stocks was being prepared sn probably will be issued tomor row, “We want to remove the eon (Continued on page 2. Column 6) TH' PESSIMIST Hr n«k rimim, J* If you can laugh at your troubles you’ll stay tickled t* death nearly all th* time. —OO— Before you condemn th* weaknesses o’ others you’d better try mendin’ a few o* your own. «