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   Pottstown Mercury (Newspaper) - September 6, 1947, Pottstown, Pennsylvania                               STRAND SHOE BEPAW Pottstown tfb Mercury VOL. 16, NO. 295 POTTSTOWN, PA., SATURDAY CEKTlFttD LOWEST PUCES AT MORNING, SEPTEMBER 6, 1947 AMOCIA Unauthorized Strike Of Trainmen Closes Carnegie Steel Mills PITTSBURGH, Sept. 5 strike of 1800 operat- ing on an inter-plant railroad today forced shutdown of the Carnegie Steel corporation's Pittsburgh district operation! and idled thousands of other workers. The strike termed br President A. F. of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, began rhis morning when workers on the Gnion railroad talked out in a concraci dispute. The strike involves members of the Railroad Trainmen and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. Details of the demands were no: announced by either side but the employes reported to be seeking a 5C-cen; hourly pay in- crease, improved vacations and pay differentials. All basic operations of the larrest U. S. Steel subsidiary U shot down late today at plants at Homestead, Brad- Duqaesoe and Clairton. Approximately 35.0M persons, including office workers, are em- plojed at the plants. A six-hour conference between officials of the railroad and repre- sentatives of the fsro brotherhoods broite up tonight wiihout a settle- ment '.ut conferee said another meeting was scheduled for tomorrow morning. A statement by company Presi- dent C. R. Cox declared: "This shutdown will result in a daily loss of production of 21.000 tons of steel ingots. tons of blast furnace pig iron, and conse- quently, approximately 16.000 tons of finished steel products." This the company said, is an amount of steel equivalent to that required for the manufacture of more than 8000 automobiles. There was no way of telling what immediate effect, if any, d oa Pace FlTt) Four at Seven at Home No 'Blank Checks' for Aid To Europe Vandenberg By KOCEJt D WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 Senator Vandenberg (R-Mich) said today Congress will not write a "blank check" to aid Europe and called on the White House for full details of any emergency abroad which might require a special session of Congress. Is not going to act in the dark." Vandenberg told report- ers In his first news conference eince returning from the Pan American confer- ence in BraziL "And we are not going to write blank The Michigan lawmaker, chair- man of the Sen- ate foreign.. rela- tions committee, that the next move must come from the White House" by telling news- men that Republican, 'congressional leaders have no for a .special session. -'._- Vandenberg said GongresB has "no "disposition to dodge any emergency which the Presi- dent may but..de-, clared that if a special session tf needed before the scheduled retmrn of Congress nert'Jan, 'S, it would depend upon "presiden- tial initiative after in- formation." challenge to the administration to produce the facts supporting a crisis in Europe fol- lowed a grim portrayal of conditions abroad by Undersecretary of State Robert S. Lovett.' On Wednesday, Ixjvert told reporters the situation has grown so acute that U. S. aid mav be needed before the end of (Continued-oa Page Fire) Express Employes Win Wage Increase WASHINGTON, sept, 5 Sixty-five thousand railway express today joined the ranks of those getting a 15 Vi cents an hour pay raise. In another labor de- velopment, the government's new chief mediator, Cyrus S. Ching, promised to "do everything pos- sible" toward Industrial peace. Gecrge Harrison, president of she AFL. Brotherhood of Railway Clerks, announced the wage raise agreement with the Railway Ex- press agency. He estimated the increase at annually and .said it would raise the average wage to cents an hour. It is effective as of Sept. 1. Taking over the leadership -of the vastly larger federal mediation and conciliation service, Ching told reporters after being sworn in as director of this new agency: will be no miracles. The attempt to build better labor-man- agement relations is a long, slow process but we hope to make a real conlnbution- "Sometiines I think that more progress is made by making haste alowly than by trying to do "Some- thing TRUMAN HAILS BRAZIL 'FRIENDS1 Says U. S. Won't Forget Co-operation During War; Economic Aid Visioned By UtNEST B. VACCARO RIO DK JANEIRO, Sept. 5 President Truman told an applaud- iar Bnngfllap today that the of; the United States are -not'a; people who forget their friends "when those friends are in need." After referring to Brazil's aid "in World War H by providing air bases and supplies of strategic materials. Mr. Truman departed from.his.pre- pared address, declaring: am here to say that we are not a people who forget our friends when those friends are in need." Mr. Truman also said that "Brazil and the United States. must continue to cooperate with theh- sister nations of the West- ern hemisphere in the develop- meat of a strong and concerted force for the good of mankind." He declared that "the United States is resolved to support the United Nations with all the re- sources at our command." Some Brazilians said they i thought, the president's Interpola- i tion strongly implied a pledge of' economic aid to Brazil. Members of Mr_ Truman's party, however, cautioned correspondents against Interpreting the statement in any specific terms. These sources suggested that the interpolation should be viewed against Secretary of State Mar- shall's address to the Inter-Ameri- can conference. and" Truman's own j ran speech at the closing session of that bodyu in which It was explained that- the needs of Europe were relatively more urgent than those of the Western hemisphere. Truman's reference to United States" support of the "United Na- j tions was heavily applauded. The President, making hie second speech on Brazilian soil since arrived to close the Qwitandiaha Inter AmericaK conference, described Brazilian- American relationship as one of "lifelong friendship." Brazil and the United States, he (Coatiaaea1 om Page fire) Staff Photo Robinson, Spring City RD 1, b here by cereo age children, who are oolj part of her brMd II. FTOBL left they David and Dennta. romr-month-ald twins'-tir- their am; aad Jmaet, twtmm Mated the arms the chair. Thunderstorm Soaks Pottsfown Area for Second Straight Day Two Jieayy rainstdnns again Pbttstowns off-to-work hours yesterday for the second day in succession. _. At 6 a. m.. a hard shower accom- paniedT by thunder rolls and light- ning soaked the borough and paved the way for a second storm at about j she still has to. take This Afo Rest When Children Goto School While most" mothers heaved relief when school opened and they were able to send. their children off to classes, Mrs. James Robinson, Spring City RD 1. paus- ed, took a. deep breath, 'and plung- ed back into her work- After a long Summer, she got four of her children readv for The latter one spilled rain in volume for nearly a half hour and brought along with It a gray over- cast which shaded residents throughout the entire day. Both storms accounted for of precipitation. In a 24-honr from 8 a. m. Thnrsday to 8 a. m. yesterday, over .8 of an inch was recorded. A few drops fell Intermittently through the day, but was only etioogh to wet sidewalks and require Friday shoppers to carry their umbrellas. Although humidity percentage high, the absence of the sun's rays held down the mercury to a high of 75 degrees which permitted more comfort than the weatherman had predicted. Both storms' in the morning failed to alter mercury readings which hovered around the 70 mark. The -weather outlook for the i weekend could be classified as and there are no signs that' Summer Is giving in to the approach of Fall- Today is to be care of seven at home. It is be- lieved that the Robinsons have the greatest 'number of under-school age children at home in this area. Mrs. Robinson, who read of Mrs.. Georfe Mace, 440 King street, has eight children in school, felt; that they had something in common. But, in a -IHtte" different way. problems are similar on Sunday morning, however. "You should see us scurry around on Sunday Mrs. Robin- son said. "All 13 of us attend Beth- el Methodist Sunday school where we are on our second year of.per- fect attendance." Mrs. Robinson's children at home are Doris, 5; Janet and Joan, twins, 4; Robert, 2; Diane, and'David i and Dennis, twins, 4 months. Site in Ninth Ward Is Acquired for Stowe Grade School A tract of land for the erection of a "Stowe" grade school has been acquired in the Ninth ward, Ralph P. Holloway, sec- retary of the Pottstown school board, announced yesterday. The announcement followed a Mercury editorial yester- day, The announcement followed a Mercurr editorial vesterdav citing bunding, HoUow.y the need for grade school build- am" ing in that area. until building Hollo way said a down pay- _ 1 T7 Sets I now must travel by bus to Walnat street, west Berks street, had been made and that a Nwristown trust company BOW was searching the title, The land was purchased from Ralph F. SchUchter. 869 North Charlotte street, and the school board is paying for the tract out of current receipts. The title is being searched to Insure full and outright ownership by the school district, Holloway went on. No plans have been drawn for more centrally located in the bor- The Ninth ward tract is the sec- ond piece of property actjuired by the school board for the construc- tion of grade schools. The first site is a complete block located In the north end of the borough- It is bounded by Franklin and W.ash- ingcon streets and Grace and ral streets. A grade school building there will serve residents of the north end. Roberts Put on Demo Slate At Local Party Caucus Democrats representing both the county and met last night at the Ringing Rocks home of Dr. J. Elmer Por- ter, to smoke the pipe of peace at a party pow-wow and join conflicting forces for the forthcoming primary elections. Specifically, one new name came out of the tha't of Attorney Victor J. Roberts, who win be the third Democratic candidate for Pottstown school director. According to C. Roy Bosh, president of borowgh eownciU Roberts was away on his honey- moon and Taxation when the Jaly 21 deadline for boromgh of- come around, and at that time, only two candidates were aonooDced. Since his candidacy has been, announced late it will necessary for name to be written in on ballots next Tuesday. About io men and women Conver Is Selected Chief Patriarch of IOOF Encampment Excelsior Encampment 85, IOOF. held its semi-annual election of of- ficers at its meeting last night in Support of Hospital's Improvement Plan Voted by Clubmen Forty delegates of the Pottstown Clubmen's association last night voted financial support of Memo- rial hospital's building and refur- David Conver was elected chief J niching program after a tour of natriarch, succeeding. Raymond C. i the institution, escorted by the hos- Odd Fellows halL THE WEATHER For Eastern Pennsylvania; Cloudy inth a few scattered showers and alightly warmer today. Fair and warmer followed by scattered after- noon thundersbowera tomorrow. 75 Mercury 57 Antics TEXFEKATUU EXTKEJfES Local temperatures yesterday-and early morning were: 500 0 Spectato rs Expected To See Lay field Air Show cloudy with a few scattered, show- Maurice E. Sassaman Sr., to grand ers, and may be snghtly warmer in j encampment; Rowland, to orphan- the south portion. Sunday is to be jage In Philadelphia, and Liverigood fair and warmer, with possible and Rowland to Home association scattered afternoon showers. i In5tjlIutiOn neW 19, and will be conducted by William j M. Gay. Phoenirville, district dep- pital's board of directors. i Ten of the 18 clubs In the asso- j raation have already pledged j it was reported, and the remaining j eight, clubs are expected to follow !.with.liberal contributions. Support, the Community Chest drive also was pledged. Ernest V. Hunter, board president of the hospital, gave a brief talk on its workings and fatve. plans. Other were made by Earl B. Bechtel and Daniel S. DrumheDer, of the chrimeafs President Floyd E. Seeders, uty grand patriarch, andi his staff. I Brooksids Country club, was m Sweetwood. Other officers elected were: Sweetwood. high priest; H. Bechtel, senior warden; Adolpb Hvots, junior warden; .Harry Lirengkod, scribe; H. >L Rowland, treasurer, and F. Eagle, trustee: Representatives elected were: to welT-Cif ormed adurceK. 'Tht-r included candidates from the Second, "Third, Fourth, Sixth, and Ninth wards, candidates for county offices, and. party workers. The county candidates present were J. Alfred Marquee, 1131 Queen street, :-jal union official running or county controller; Ra3Tnond KL iensch, seeking his third term as county commissioner; John S. linkle, Spring House, running for lecorder of Deeds, and James M. Seating, Colmar, candidate for Clerk of Courts. One-of the main purposes of the conclave was to introduce the candi- dates to the workers.. Each of the office-seekers present spoke a few words, mostly to the effect that they hoped for party unity and support in the elections. Mensch, whose office is the only one contested on the pri- mary slate, denied allegations that he WM a "Republican and asked any' party worker who waa dissatisfied with him to stand and speak his piece. Only one did that was George F. Shaner. borough surveyor. Shaner was rather upset that the engineers were appointed to" sur- vey the Gtowe site for a Pottstown municipal airport, claiming that he, as a good Democrat, should have got the job. He admitted, however, that he could not have done the job gratis, as iJie county is doing for Potts- jtown, but claimed that he could have done it much quicker. Court Delays WentzelCase UntilOctober of arguments on the tion. of Gerald C. Wentzel, conVict- ed murderer, for a new trial yester-; day -postponed until October. Judge George C. Coraon, who pre- sided at the week-long trial of the Kenilworth man last April on a MOTORCYCLISTS ARE HURT IN TRAFFIC CRASH Youth, Girl Are Hurled From Vehicle in Colliding With Car at Sanatoga A youngf motorcyclist and his companion narrowly es- caped serious injury last night when they ran into an auto- mobile in the center of i Benjamin FranVOin highway. about I one mile cast of Raon's hilL Russell 138 New street {Spring and Jean Tnren, 133 Adam street, Royersford. were riding west on. the highway when they ran into an automobile 'driven by George T. Maxwell, Pottstown RD i. Maxwell the Sanatoga. constable. 3fJbM Thren was admit ted to the hospital with mcrm lacer- ations of the left ankle aa  stopped immediately, he toW police, but the driver came straight toward him after around another -vehicle westbound on Route 422. saw him swerve around the other driver and come toward meV Maxwell narrated. "I he didn't see me until it was too late. I had come to a stop when, he' struck my Although both XaxweB aad fcfa wife, WMhmt, hardly test the Jott, Wt saw the jwug kwrtle iromv tfceh- w- hieie, aad tliooahl .that tfcey httrt scrftomdy.- _ An ambulance of the Oood WiH company took Parke and Iftea to Memorial hospital shortly after 9 pjm. The collision occurred at pan., State police, of the CoUegevme sub-station The left front fender of Max- well's car torn almost loose from the body by the impact of the crash, and the rear left window at his sedan was cracked. A strand ol left in the derilvfty be- tween -the window and the frame the head of one of the tietima struck the automobile. of aUyinc frarrted the Mjtriaim ar As- sistant Dia tticf A. Benja- min and Attorney Welling- ton H. counsel for the defenses Wentael, a resident Ken-, ilworth, is free ander SZ5.0M bail follawinx his coHTietlan second decree mnrder and the   rived', in: about two minutes and they, really saved vthe .day.T William last night-after- a roaring fire In the cellar of home at 613 East. Howard street, Stowe, was checked "rapidly by the Stowe firemen. The heat the blaze at. its height was sufficient to burst the glass frames of the cellar windows, ruin an electric hot-water heater, sear off the wiring, and burn the underside of the upstairs "flooring so badly that the living room floor roils and swells- The fire started, at Slabj said, whew spark from a. plumber's torch1 he was vsing ignited and a half gaDons gasoline. Aid- ing the gasoline as perfect tmd were large pfles wood Slahy inteaded to to bwild new second-floor stairwav. Led by Chief R M- Eagle, the Stowe firemen rushed into the cellar .with, coses and gas masks and extinguished the intensei smoky blaze, Siaby's sons Joseph, 3, arid Wil- liam Jr_ 7. were In tears and some- times in screams as the fire was fought lor halfari hour. thought they were going to lose their home." saicl their motJier. Mrs. Amelia Slabj-. Arriving right behind the fire- men and before znost c' the large crowd had gathered was Capt. Meral Cox the Salvation Army mobile unit. No one was injured in the fire, but Slaby said trie total damage WM several hundred dollars- troop. The youngsters will be looting ZS DEE IX NEW DELHI NEW Sept 5 i tonight said 25 persons were i whicn" Toad slain in the last 24 hours in Hindu- will" io.1T every nook >nd violence in India's capital. for iron, rags, and paper, all of Expert Watch Repairing Prompt aervIce. Arnell Store, XI High St. Ringing HU1 Orchard W. W. Harley, 3chwenkvlUe, now has insurance bus. of J. I- Schaffer, Lim. Oood Will and Sun., Al Food Speclali in Market ad, Pace B West End Fire Co., dancing tonight. Leon Deafolfs Orch. Members only. Quick Radio Call 2S30. J. Fcgely A Son Co., M High 9L Now open at 17 N. Hanover, Chas. Longacre. Jeweler, fonmy in Arcade Dan Keek's Barber Shop Will be closed Sept. 6 to U New Fall Drewes 9 to 44 RoMmont DreaMt, High and MOMS'. -Police of Stowe. but unofficial reports placed tne If necessarv. they will bind scrap total at more tnan 50. paper and take it out of the homes, Open Every Sunday East End Restaurant Heat in Winter. Cool in Summer. Mike Raymond. 358 Cherry. Ph. 2331. Hookies. Membera only. Orchestra Saturday and Sunday evenings. Watches, Diamonds, Wedding Rings Levln'i, High and Hanover Streeta Food Specials in Market ad. Page 3. Big Koiak Bror COOPCT'I Beer. P 1W5-W at Harry i if the owners wish. Enjoy Sunday dinner at Howard Johnson's, 1500 High. Air cond. Radio and Appliance Repair Vemke'g, 413 High St. Phone 330 Assorted Colors Rytex Printed Stationery. Mercury Office. Dr. John B. Peterman, Veterinarian Office, 3302. Residence, 8J3-R-4 Dr. A. A. Gmllo will resume Surgical Practice Mon., Sept By Appt. Only Phont" UQI A goal ol 2000 members. 800 more than last year, has been set by the YMCA membership roll call com- mittee for its campaign which opens Tuesday, Victor F. Patter- son, general secretary, announced yesterday. A meeting of the committee will be held at the YMCA at 8 o'clock Monday night in preparation for the membership drive, he aaded. eoaamaBders, division commanders and captains of the committee will neet receire their histrctcttons for the BriTe. They atso win re- eeire prospect carait for persona whose membership ex- pires this rear. Patterson said that the meet- ins: be imaer the tiirecuon of j William H. Curtiss. general chair- i man of the membership roil call committee, arid Jacob R. Setter, chairman of the YMCA member- ship committee. The roll call will be divided into three sections, Patterson explained. From Tuesday until Sept. 17, an advance enrolment of old members win be held, while from until Sept. 17. the group will enrol sponsoring members- Both of these parts will be closed campaigns. They tvill be followed by a regu- lar enrolment period from Sept. IT to Sept. 30. The campaign will be.conducted under the slogan, "Y-Sure." Patterson emphasized that (CoatiBuHL on -ON THT- AAAIN DRAG Peaches! Lloyd's, Coventryville Road. Phone '202 -J -3. Dance, St. Peters Hall, 1128 South Saturday, Charles Hicks Orchestra Open Every Sunday East End Restaurant Sef; Food Specials in Hartenstine's Market ad, 3. Big Values! Open. Pottstown B'uslness Sun any Monday. School 16 mm Sound Projectors, sale, rent. Arrow Camera Shop, 80 N. Charlotte Elberta and Hale Peachw Hillside Fruit Farm Phont 1M-M Blossom Restaurant Will Be Closed All Day Monday Peaches Peaches Brown's Fruit Farm, FruitvDle Elberta Hate PeachM. Pli. J. H. Halderman Farm, Rt. U MAKGIE assigned to a gym class in school TO3f EWANICK a small bug frora his shouldei. TONT SALVATORE the help wanted daily. BARBARA SNT3LL !or college clothes. NICHOLAS MACHARXEK a home in tirbs. BCTH BUCKWALTEK to ice a cake. GWKNDOLTN' a silver toinnf MUKIEL op news. MBS- V __waiting impatiently for salesgirl in a local storm. HAKHr MLAD1XY a pml.for iNEWSPA'FERr lEWSFAFERl   

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