Chester Times, January 21, 1947

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January 21, 1947

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Chester Times (Newspaper) - January 21, 1947, Chester, Pennsylvania RAMADIER Background of the new premier France, Paul Ramadier, is pro- Tided in an informative article by International News Service Foreign Editor, -jr. c. Oeslrelcher on page 20 today. 71ST Daily Leased Wire Report ol United Press (UP) and International News Service (INS) PA., TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1947 rUBLJSHKD EVJBUY EVKNINO KXCEPT SUNDAY Last City Edition COLD Chester Area: Fair (his after- noon, (rjnighl and Wednesday. Much colder with lowest near 18. lllmiiiishinj winds to- night. Continued cold Wednesday. PRICE, THREE CENTS COUNTY CLOSED '46 WTH CASH IN RESERVE GOP Women Hear Conner Report; New Officers Installed Delaware County closed the year 1946 with a cash balance "of more than a half-million dollars, C. L. Conner, president of the county's Board of Commissioners, revealed Monday night. Speaking before almost 200 mem- bers of the League of .Republican Women in Upper Darby, the County disclosed that the jkounty was in' the black to the umount of He pointed out that approximately was spent than was provided for in the budget, and that the county's in- coflie was more than was budgeted. He presented the statistical pic- ture of the county's finances in a brief speech preceding the League's installation ceremony through which Mrs. Helen G. Dougherty was Inducted as the newly-elected presi- dent. Others installed included Mrs. Lester Hauck, first vice-president; Mrs. John E. Mayer, second vice- president; Mrs. George Davis, re- cording secretary, and Mrs. Harry E. Murty, treasurer. Three directors; Mrs. Eleanor Evans, Mrs. Irene Bergevin. and Mrs. Bessie Everett were sworn in. Mrs. Bergevin. is the retiring president of the League. Mrs. Evans installed the new of- ficers, Mrs. Ethel Patterson, State Committeewoman, introduced Speakers Conner and Arthur P. Bretherick and men and women prominent in the county's Repub- lican politics were among the guests. In revealing the county's healthy financial picture, Commissioner Con- ner paid tribute to the departments in the court house "the efficiency of which contributed to the cash bal- ance." He pointed out that the office of Becorder of Deeds (headed by Mrs. Evans) was budgeted for but its receipts had reached the mark. The Register of Wills office, he disclosed, earned more than anticipated. "It's good government all through the court house that makes this cash balance he explained. In contrast he pointed to the heavy burden of .the costs that come the "corrections" category. JfWe spent for corrections during he emphasized. "After a judge says 30 days, 30 years or life, to a prisoner, we face the problem of paying for keeping that prisoner. At a rate of S800 a year, it cost to keep a man in prison for a 50-year sentence. What we could do with that money in the prevention of crime! "We gave to Camp Sunshine, yet we had no right to give it. We have no law which says we can do anything for Camp Sunshine. But there is a law which says we have to spend for corrections. It's not right. We ought to spend money for prevention instead of cor- Turn to Page 1, Number 1 A Civic Gift Ridley Tivp. Accepts Land For New School Building Plans for a new consolidated school in the Folsom-Kedron section of Ridley Township were a step nearer realization after the school board had been given approximately five acres of land by the Ridley Farms Civic Association and the Kedron Recreation Association at an adjourned meeting of the board held on Monday night. Martin Gavetti, president of the Ridley Farms group; Reginald An- skis, chairman of the educational committee of the group; Thomas Rickerds, president of the Kedron Association, and Mrs. Stanley Kudzma, were the spokesmen They cited the fact that more than 600 boys and girls now attend the Kedron and Folsom Schools, and both are overcrowded and are out- moded. The land, facing on Kedron avenue, extends back to Amosland road and from Academy avenue to Sixth avenue. It was deeded to the two associations by Frederick L Mann in 1939 for recreational pur- poses. The school board revealed that it had been studying another plot of land, approximately 11 acres in area, and that the two plots prob- ably will be joined so that complete scholastic and athletic facilities will be available. It was also made known bv the school directors that they are s'tudy- mg another plot of ground in the western section of the township where it is planned to erect another consolidated school. This, "presum- ably, is in the Leiperville-Woodlyn- Milmont area, although the site was not revealed. Mention was made of the fact that the Leedoni Estates School, built only a little more than a year ago, already is overcrowded and that a two or three room addition will be needed shortly. The school board stated that no funds are available for the erection of the new plants, and that it would DEADLINE NEAR ON REPORT FOR UNEMPLOYMENT Pennsylvania Unemployment Com- pensation Bureau officials stated to- day .that reports due the Burcru of Employment and" Unemployment Compensation must be filed by Jan. 31, to avoid penalties and interest charges. All employers who have not pre- viously i.Ied may secure complete information and reporting forms by calling the County Supervisor, A. T. Craig, at the Masonic Temple, Ninth and Welsh streets. The telephone number is Chester 8157. There will be a field accountant at the Upper Darby office, 7032 Gar- rett road, second floor, and at the Chester office, on Wednesday Thursday and Friday, Jan 29 30 and 31, 1947, to aid in filling out the returns. Get Assignments Local Legislators Named on 15 Committees at Harrisburg By JACK B. THOMPSON Times Legislative Correspondent County is represented ex-ofncio on all 21 standing committees of the State Senate, at Harrisburg, and on 15 of the 32 standing committees of the Hcrose of Representatives. Under the Assembly reorganiza- tion bill, the first measure to be passed this session, the number of standing committees in the Senate is cut from 31 to 21. In the House, the number of committees is cut from 42 to 32. As president pro tempore of the Senate, Delaware County's Weldon B. Heyburn is an ex-ofncio of all standing committees. They are: Agriculture, Appropriations, Banking. Constitutional Changes and Federal Regulations, Corpora- tions. Education. Elections, Execu- tive Nominations, Finance, Forests and Waters, Game and Fish, High- ways, Insurance, Judiciary Gen- eral, Labor and Industry. Law and Order, Local Government. Military Affairs and Aeronautics, Mines and Mining, Public Health and Welfare, Rules, and State Government. Each of Delaware County's four representatives in the House has Fireman Wades Into Creek To Rescue Dog A Vauclain fireman waded-into Crum Creek night to res- cue a small dog from drowning. Hero of the chilly episode was Peter Vilanova. 24, of 1314 Miller street, Crum Lynne. With several other firemen Vilanova was chat- ting at the firehouse shortly be- fore p. m., when an excited woman burst into the group. She asked the firemen to help her retrieve an animal which had fallen into the creek from the Chester pike bridge near the Baldwin plant. Although the stream Is shallow at that point the dog apparently was too Ingntened. to make its way ashore. Noting the animal's plight, Vilanova walked into the creek with the frigid water lapping around his knees. He carried the shivering, black-coated terrier back to the firehouse where vol- unteers bedded it down for the night. f This morning police and firemen I started a hunt for the owner. been assigned to serve on four sep- arate committees. On 'only one committee is there more than one of the local representatives; Louis A Bloom, of Chester, and T. Jay Sproul, of Nether Providence, are both on the Counties Committee of the lower house. The Delaware County Representa- tives and their committee ments follow: Louis A. Bloom: Aeronautics. Third Class Cities, counties, and Judiciary. Walter F. Layer: Boroughs, Mu- nicipal Corporations, Public Health and Sanitation, and State Govern- ment. T. Jay Sproul: Counties, Insur- ance, Townships, and Workmen's Compensation. Ellwood J. Turner: Appropriations Banking and Building and Loans Liquor Control, and Public Utilif Rep. Turner is vice-chairman of the Banking and Building and Loan Committee of the House. Other committees of the House are: Agriculture and Dairy Indus- tries, City and County. First class- City and County, Second Class Edu- cation, Elections and Apportion- ment, Fisheries. Game and Forestrv Highways, Labor Relations, Law and' Order, Military Affairs, Mines and Mining, Motor Vehicles. Professional Licensure, Railroads and Railways, ways and Means, and Welfare. necessary (o float bond issues, which would have to be voted upon by the township electorate. The amount needed is not known at present, as the plans for the schools have not been drawn. In speaking of the crowded condi- tions in trje Kedron and Folsom Schools, spokesmen for the two groups added that they did not feel i that the school board was to blame, but that the township was grow- ing so rapidly that it was almost impossible to avoid such conditions. J It was mentioned that there would be some expense involved in .trans- ferring the title. of the five-acre plot, and that there were some back taxes on some of the ground. It was not known just how much this would involve. Wilmer D. Cole presided at the school board meeting in the absence of the president, Mrs. Bertha Cover- dale. A minor bombshell was tossed into the meeting when the heads of the high school departments asked a pay boost, re- troactive to September. It was pointed out that-the salaries of de- partment heads was so little more than that for regular teachers that it "doesn't make sense." The board hinted that it might be more inclined to grant a pay boost to all the teachers of the dis- trict rather than to grant the increase just to department heads. G. Harold Morgart, superintendent was instructed to make a study of the budget in order to determine what funds are available for in- creases. He will make a complete study of the teachers' salary sched- ule and report back to the board. Miss Marie Sidorsky was named head of the township's music de- partment, which is a new job in the district. K Several acting heads of depart- ments in the high school were Turn to Page 2, Number 4 PLANS FOR CITY PARKING TRACT ARE SUBMITTED Tentative plans for development of a city-owned parking lot were submitted to City Council today. The proposed project would'be lo- cated on property purchased last year by the city at a cost of The site covers from Sixth to Sev- enth street, extending in depth from t'.ie Chester river, which bisects it, to the rear property lines of Penn street. As conceived by Damon and Fos- ter, a Sharon Hill engineering firm, '-ie project would entail an expen- diture of before it Ls com- pleted. Plans call for vast improve- ments to the property and installa- tion of modern facilities. There were, indications, however, that for the time being the city will settle for a less elaborate project. Councilman John c. Kane, Direc- tor of Parks and Public Property emphasized In distributing the d-awings that council has not yet had an opportunity to confer on the Idea. He said that It Is entirely passible Turn to Page 2, Number 7 Mercury Dae To Drop To 18 Degrees Tonight Delaware Cpuntians will be re- minded it's still January as winter weather makes a return tonight with temperatures of 18 or lower in this area. A particularly balmy Jan. 20 was experienced with a high of 55 re- Turn (o Cage 2, N'umbcr 6 Twlay's Weather Temperatures for 24 hours__ High yesterday, 55 at 12.15 p. m low this morning, 36 at 8 a m average yesterday. 45. 24 hours 175- this month, 2.70. Sun rose. 7.19 a. m.: sun sets 5.06 p. m. Moon rose, 7.03 a. m.-' moon sets, 4.23 p. m. New moon' Jan. Today's Chester Ter- minal Pier: High, 11.40 a. m 1205 p. m.: low, 6.45 a. m.. 7.22 p.m. Local this after- noon, tonight and Wednesday. Much colder tonight with lowest near 18. Diminishing winds to- night. Continued cold Wednesday. Expected temperatures High today, 37: low tonight, 13; high Wednesday, 30. Penna. GOP Bloc Attends Duff Inaugural Ceremony Times r.esislative Correspondent brisk, bitter wind swept up state street from the Sus- quenanna River as Delaware County's Senator Wei den B Hey- burn stepped up to the microphone and announced that "the hour of noon having struck and Governor- elect Duff having arrived, we shall proceed with the inaugural cere- monies." Countless thousands were massed on the broad steps leading up to the Capitol and in 'the streets in front of the raised and covered dias on which were gathered Governor- elect Duff, Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court George W. Maxey, newly-Inaugurated U. Gov. and Mrs. Daniel B. Strickler and other officials of state. The first delegation to arrive and take seats in the special section near the inaugural stand was the Pennsylvania Republican bloc in the United States Congress, Including Delaware County Representative E Wallace ChacUvick. t The congressional delegation was lOlIowed by members of the State Senate, each wearing a red carna- tion. Then came members of the House of Representatives, who had been marshalled for the inaugural ceremonies by Delaware County Representative Ellwood J. Turner, to whom the gavel was assigned by Representative Franklin Lichten- walter, speaker of the House. As Governor-elect Dun" arrived the Carnegie High School Band struck up "Happy Birthday to Duff was born ;on this date years ago. The invocation wa.s given by Dr. 1 Turn lo Page 2, Number S gurated At Capit TEACHERS' ASKS BOARD FOR BONUS OF GROUP RUSSIA TO Support For New State Salary Plan Is Also Sought The Chester Teachers' Association has requested of the Ches- ter School. Board a cosi-oi'-liv- ing bonus to be paid this year. Tha request was made at an in- formal meeting of the board and the association's Welfare Committee Monday night, in the Larkin build- ing. The committee represented 175 paid members of the association, wording to President E. Veronica .mourke. The formal request of the asse- rtion wa.s: 1. That a cost-of-living bonus be paid this year to apply on the 1946-47 salary schedule, that to become a permanent part of the salary. For example, a teacher now receiving would have added for a total 1946-47 salary of 2. That any increments or ad- justments made by the board or enactment of law bv the State Legislature apply to the total sal- ary for 1946-47 rather .than the basic salary. For example, incre- ments to be computed on the total or salary rather than on the basic or salary. 3. That the board support through resolution the proposed state schedule as presented by the Legislative Committee of the PSEA with its minimum starling salary of maximum for certified teachers without degrees BS degree, 54100; MA de- gree, SMOO. No formal action could be taken by the board at the session since it was not a regularly scheduled board meeting. However, there was lengthy discussion of the requests and the board's budget problems. The association's representatives ex- pressed satisfaction with the meet- ing. Members of the association's Wel- fare Committee are: Mrs. Cather- ine B. Laws, Mrs. Henrietta Tooker, Elizabeth Harley, Dorothy Haller, Mrs. Helen Newanger and E. Veron- ica O'Rourke. All members of the board attended the meeting except Norman Mc- Keever, who was ill. The Chester Federation of Teach- ers also, has requested a-SSOO cost- of-living tionus and salary schedule, increases. LIFT CENSORSHIP AT BIG 4 CONCLAVE Kesult of Deal Between Byrnes And Molotov Washington has notified the United States that it will lift its press censorship during' the forthcoming Big Four Foreign Ministers' meeting in Moscow en th'e German peace treaty, it was lenrned today. Foreign correspondents will be ul- lowcd to dispatches about the day-to-clay events of the Big Four meetings which stnrt March 10. The assumption Is that such dispatches will not even be subjected to n screening ccn.sor.ship to make sure they are not on topic extraneous to the conference. It still is not clear, however, whether radio correspondents will be permitted to make voice broad- casts from the Russian capital. The Soviet decision on press cen- sorship wns transmitted to the U. S. government in fulfillment of the agreement made between retiring Secretary of State James F. Byrnes and Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov at the last Big Four meet- ing in New York. At that meeting Mololov prom- return for Byrnes' acquics- encc to go to Moscow for the next -v foreign correspond- ents would be allowed to report pro- ceedings of the Moscow Conference just as they had been allowed to do in Paris and New York. Thq Soviets, it was learned, have given every indication that they in- tend to dp their utmost, to fulfill that promise within physical limita- tions. Until this week Byrnes hnd heard nothing from the Soviets about how they planned to implement their New It was learned, however, that within the last few days the State Department was Informed by the Soviet Government that it would not only lift censorship on the Big Four meeting but set up sion facilities in the hotel housing foreign correspondents. Thus, foreign newsmen will 'be able to file their dispatches directly from their hotel. Heretofore, they have had to lake their dispatches, or send them by messenger, first to the censor and then to the tele- graph office. More than 60 American newsmen have applied for credentials to at- tend the Moscow Conference. Polish Government Bloc Has Domination of Parliament With 390 Out of 444 Seats Warsaw (UP1 The victorious government bloc will occupy 330 of the 444 seats in the Polish Parli- ament as the result of Sunday's elec- tion, a government spokesman said today. Alignment of the seats in Ihe one- house parliament was announced by the government spokesman on the basis of final election returns not yet published. Of the 444 total membership, 372 were chosen from the country's 52 constituencies. The other 72 mem- bers were on the so-called "state lists" whose seats are allotted to the various parties on the basis of the proportional total vote. The government spokesman said alignment of the 372 constituent seats would give the government bloc 327, Vice Premier Stanislaw Mikola- jczyk's Peasant Party 24, Labor Party 7, Dissident Pasants 7, others 7. The government's share of the 72 state list seats brings its total to 390. The government was rolling up a popular vote lead of about 10 lo 1, according to foreign office figures. Returns from G70 districts gave the government bloc to 'for the Peasant Party. Mikolajcxyk told a press confer- ence that his party was "not only discouraged but furious with the conduct of the election." He said an appeal to the Supreme Court to nullify the election was his only plan at present. He said he would "try to keep my members within the legal forms nnd pursue the Supreme Court appeal. There is too much evidence for them to drop the Charges." He said he did not believe Peas- ant Party members would attempt illegal retribution against the gov- ernment since "we have many times given orders that PSL (Peasant Party) members shall not engage in anti-state activity." U. v S. Ambassador Arthur Bliss Lane and British Ambassador Vic- tor Cavcndish-Bentlnck conferred at the British Embassy late yester- day, presumably on the election -Today's Netos Summary- How It Looks To Us By THE EDITORS T TCr has a new governor- James H. DufT. In colorful inaugural ceremonies at Har- nsbiirg today the Commonwealth began a new adminis- tration. The State Assembly am! Senate met this morning and more than 100 bills were up for con- sideration. George C. Marshall arrived in Washington this morning and wa.s sworn in as Secretary of State He begins his new duties with many pressing problems not the least of which is the Polish election. In Georgia Herman Talmadge goes before his legislature today and our editorial page columns deal largely with that issue The suspect in the Black Dahlia murder case has been set tree and police now believe a woman may be the Fred Othman reports on a quiet day in the L. fc. Senate; the baseball world is talking about a rumored offer for Mickey Vernbn; and a hos- pital plane crashed in Oakland, California. The and Russia are quarreling din- lomatically; Herriott is being given added support for the presidency of France; the Polish vote count shows that about 390 of the.440 seats are controlled by Con- mumsts; Sir Hubert Wilkins is aiding army operations m Alaska; and there is a report on the new French premier on page 20. County wound up the year with a half million dollar surplus according to Clarence Conner; the Big Inch pipeline sale is being delayed- Chester Rolanans saw the Times movie at their luncheon session today; crowded conditions'in Ridley schools brought action by its school board last night- the committee appointments of Delaware County As- sembiymen are listed in a front page item from Jack J nompson; Safety Engineers of the county met at Media Inn last night; T. Jay Sproul has introduced a bill at Harrisburg which would close banks on Saturday; and the weatherman says it will be degrees that is Sworn In Before Harrisburg Throng; Affirms GOP Policy MARSHALL KILLS '48 RUMOR; TAKES OATH OF OFFICE Bluntly Claims No Interest In The Presidency Washington George C. Marshall took ofllcc fts secretary of slate today after bluntly squelchilig speculation that he might be avail- able later as a Democratic candidate for President. Some Democrats had discussed the idea of drafting him if President Truman should not run in 1948. Before taking his new post, Mar- shall In an unsolicited statement to reporters declared: "I cannot be drafted for any po- litical office." In addition to squelching presiden- tial speculation concerning him, Marshall also said thai he consid- ered the secretaryship of slnte to be non-political job. lie added, "I am going to govern myself accordingly." Marshall's statement was perhaps the most explicit and unambiguous disavowal of political ambition since another general .look himself out of politics after the Civil War. At thai time Gen. William T. Sherman de- clared that he.would not run for president If nominated, and would not serve if elected. "I am being explicit and em- Marshall said, "in order'to terminate once and for nil nny dis- cussion of my name in regard to po- litical office.1' Whatever his feelings about poli- tical oflice. the moment Marshall took office as Secretary of Stale, he became heir to the office of Presi- dent should'anything happen to Mr. Truman in the next two years. There being no vice-president. Ihe Secretary of State Is now first In the line of succession. Marshall took the oath of office as successor to James F. Byrnes from Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson in Mr. Truman's executive office. Present at the ceremony In addition to Mr. Truman were Byrnes, the cabinet, high government and congressional officers, and friends of the General. The former Army Chief of Staff arrived here by train from Chicago at 7.35 a. m., completing n journey from China which was interrupted by several clays of rrsl In Honolulu and by a brief layover at Chicago, where his plane was grounded by bad weather. Marshall did not leave the train until about an hour and n half nfler Its arrival at Union Station. When he finally emerged from his private car, the first thing Marshall did was to give reporters the oral .statement In which he .stated unequivocally that he could not be drafted for any political oflice. After Marshall Look the oath, an informal reception was held In Hie President's olllce during which the new secretary received congratula- tions from the nation's leaders. Afterward, Marshall sat. down with the President for a 45-mlnute conference. He left the While House a few minutes before noon to go to the office of the Secretary of State in the State Department. There, Marshall conferred with Byrnes during the lunch hour. As he left the White House, Mar- shall wa.s asked whether he planned to go to Moscow for the "Big Fnur" conference on the peace treaties with Germany and Austria. He said: "I don't know anything- about that. That wasn't one of the mat- ters discussed." Gen. Marshall said he will confer at length with Byrnes to acquaint himself with his new job. He said: "I have a great deal to do and not must time in which to do it." One of Marshall's first major problems as Secretary of State will be a possible crisis In American- Turn In I'ngc 2, Number 3 Complete ful- fillment of the Republican party's platform pledges made during the 10'IG campaign wns promised today by Gov. James 'H. Duir In his In- augural address. His initial address as chief exe- cutive, delivered to thousands of persons at the stale capltol and car- ried over a statewide network, em- braced veterans, health and welfare, agriculture, education.- highways, labor and Industry, juvenile delin- quency. stream clearance, conserva- tion and general policy. The governor emphasized that he began his administration faced b a variety of serious social, politi cal and economic problems." H said many obstacles to progres Turn to Paje 2, Number 9 GENERAL MOTORS INCREASES PRICES Detroit (INS) The Detroit Times said today that the General .Motors Corp. has increased prices on models from to S193. The new prices, the Times said, already have been sent to branches. Largest increases are on the station wagon modeb. The SH boost was listed for the Pontiac sedan-coupe. COVKKKOR DUFF DUFF PROMISES FULFILLMENT OF PARTY PLEDGES Harrisburg lands of P e n n s y 1 v a n i a n s braved a chilling wind today ind jammed in front of the Slate-Capitol to witness the .muiguration of James H. DuiV, the Commonwealth's 3'ltli governor. A 24-miIe-an hour wind whipped against tho inaugural stand and uinny spectators were bundled in Jlankcts. It was the first inaugura- -lon day in 12 years that rain failed to mar the cgremony. i A half, dozen children playing tag in a grass plot near the stand xpparcntly were oblivious to the formal ceremony taking place nearby. The Invocation was'delivered by Hcv. George M. Duff, the new chief executive's brother, who is pastor of the Rtverdale, N. Y., Presbyterian Church. Hundreds of slate officials, U. S Sen. Edward Martin nnd wives and friends of the candidates were on hand for the Inaugural. On the aland wa.s Lt. Gov Dan- iel B. Strlckler, of Lancaster In- ducted into office at 10.33 a. m In a brief ceremony In the State Senate where lie will preside during the 1047 and 1940 sessions. Ule ief. Clerk William J. Ridge read the certificate of election and State Supreme Court Chief Justice George W. .Maxey, of Scranton. swore Duff Into oflice. DufT took his oath on his 64th birthday nnd the Carnegie High School Band played happy birthday The band was brought from Duff's home town especially for the cere- mony. At the conclusion of the'oath, Maxey wished the new governor "A. happy and successful administra- tion." The only ex-Governor In the stand was Martin. Former Gover- nors Earle and James were absent although invitations had been ex- tended. James has been in Florida on a vacation for more than a week. State Police Commissioner C. M. Turn to Page 2. Number 10 Talmadge Offers to Resign And Run in Special Election Atlanta, Gn. Hundreds of university students marched on the State Cnpitol today demand- Ing Herman'Talmadge get out as Governor. The students were from Georgia .Tech, University of Georgia, Emory and other schools. They carried placards reading "Georgia does not want a Nazi govern- ment." Allanla. Herman Talmadge told the legislature today that he would resign after the pass- nge of a white primary law if Lt. Gov. M. E. Thompson will ulso step down so that the governorship can be decided In a special election. Talmadge's .surprising proposition wa.s made in a hastily appended sec- tion of a speech before u Joint ses- sion of the assembly. As he spoke, some 2000 college students were pre- paring to march on the capltol and demnml that the people of Georgia at large be given a voice in the gov- ernorship battle. If Thompson agrees lo relinquish his claims to the governorship, Tal- madge's resignation may be forth- coming .shortly. His pet bill lo ex- clude Negroes from voting in Georgia primaries already has been given second reading In the House. lie insisted that he would not resign until the bill was passed. Announcing that he would resign if his conditions were met, Talmadge said: 'I therefore propose as that the legislature complete iU .dutlM In nccordancfc with the Demo- trtitic 'iiarty platform (passage of a, white primary law.) After comple- tion of this duty, if the lieutenant governor will resign, your governor will resign. "The speaker of the House of Representatives will assume execu- tive authority. "I will meet any candidate for governorship of Georgia in a Demo- cratic primary to let the white peo- ple of Georgia determine who is their choice for governor." Some 20 or more of Talmadge's opponents in the legislature were not present to hear his proposal, an abrupt changeover from his previous determination not to yield the of- fice unless the courts rule against him. They had walked out of the House chamber shortly before he- entered to make his speech at the special invitation of both houses Before making his resignation offer. Talmadge told the cheering assembly that he would call on "the white people" of Georgia to come to Atlanta and stage a huge demonstra- tion in his behalf. In an address to a joint session of the Assembly at noon the 33-year-old chief executive branded as false re- ports he had used violence and force to wrest the governorship from Ellis A mail. "You were present, and you know Turn Pajjc 2, Number 2 U. S. to Control Coal Mines Until Date of Expiration Washington govern- ment Intends to retain control of the soft coa! mines until June 30 un- less a new union-management con- tract is signed before then, govern- ment sources said today. June 30 Is the expiratjon date of the government's authority to hold properties seized in labor disputes. President John L. Lewis of the United Mine Workers (APL) already has raised the threat of another 'Red' Cleared; Seek Woman As Black Dahlia Mutilator Los Angeles. Cal. (UP) Police made a complete about-face today in their efforts to find the torture- murder of pretty Elizabeth short, and began an intensive search for a woman, rather than a man. as the mutilator of the "Black Dahlia." Former roommates of the strik- ingly beautiful 22-year-old girl were placed first on the list of those to be questioned. The decision to change all previous tactics of the week-long search came after a meet- ing of the city's top-ranking police officials which began last night and lasted well into the morning hours. Prime suspect in Ihe new drive Is a girl roommate who disappeared Jan. 15, the day Miss Short's tor- lured and. mutilated body, hacked In two, was found In lover's lane. Adding to their belief that the girl's slayer may have been a woman were two factors. First, the fact that she was known to be in Los Angeles Jan. 9. without any lug- gage which would indicate she spent the week before she was killed with some woman who could provide extra clothing and makeup. Second, police officials said they believed the killing followed a pattern of other horror-murders by women. Her presence in Los Angeles on Jan. 9 was sworn to by Robert (Red) Manley, 25, who was cleared of suspicion yesterday after a long grilling by police and two lie de- tector tests. Manley suggested an- other possible suspect, a swarthy, stocky "blind date" who Jealously scratched Miss Short's arms until they bled. The man was insanely jealous of the girl, he said. ''I saw some scratches on her arms Turn lo Page 2, Number o national coal strike for midnight March 31. If no agreement between Lewis and the industry is reached before then, it would throw the government into another tug of war with Lewis. Federal Coal Mines Administra- tion officials said the government would like to return the mines "to- last week." 'But." one official said, "it doesn't look as if an agreement between the owners and the union is immi- nent, so we'll just have to hang on.1' He said the Supreme Court's de- cision on the government's contempt of court case against Lewis and the union would have no bearing on the return of the mines. The high court heard arguments on the case last week and a decision is expected next month. "Our position is crystal clear." this oficia! said. "We took over the mines last May to get coal and to assure continued production. That's just exactly why we're keeping them now." In Today's Amusements 15 Bcritime Story 16 Comics 16 Cross. FuizTc 6 Deaths 17 Kditorials 6 Kdson 6 Household Arts 10 Jimmy Fidler IS Marian Martin 10 Pearson Peglcr Radio Service Men Sports 2. 6 17 16 12 Times FHes Tucker 4 Women's Paje ;