Titusville Herald, May 19, 1954

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May 19, 1954

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Titusville Herald (Newspaper) - May 19, 1954, Titusville, Pennsylvania Just Like Yetterday Western Pennsylvania Partly cloudy and cool Wednesday and Thursday high around 65 FIVE CENTS vol 89 NO 287 Published in the Birthplace of The Oil and Natural Gas Daily Paper in the Oil Region Eitablished June 741805 TITUSVILLE PA WEDNESDAY MORNING MAY 191954 Over 6700 Copies Sold Daily Moon Also Planned To Kill Wifes Lawyer Policeman Testifies Wood and Leader Capture on Hearing for Governor Ike Holds To Order Sgt Naddeo Says He Got Information From Defendant In Hospital By ROBERT W PETERSON WARREN May sign lan guagfe confession from a hospital bed by Norman WMoon that he intended to kilt both Judge Allison D Wade and Attorney Harold S Hampson was described by com monwealth witnesses today as the trial of Moon for killing Judge Wade movfcd into its eighth day Attorney Hampson counsel lor Moons estranged wife in the non support case which brought Moon into court that January day was not wounded by the bullets He testified that he crawted behind the jury box and from there into the judges chambers when the firing began State Police Sgt Charles C Nad deo told of tlife signaled confession by Moon on Jan 14 the day after Judge Wade was shot to death in his own courtroom here Other commonwealth witnesses corrobo rated the damaging testimony DSfense Attorney Thomas A Waggoner crossexamined all wit nesses minutely trying to establish that Moon who was seriously wounded in the neck in a suicide attimpt minutes after the death of JuQge Wade was not physically able to understand questions the day after the shooting Sgt Naddeo and others also told of questioning the red haired defendant on Jan 16 This time a stenographer took notes and when they were transcribed Moon signtd them he said On this occa sion Moon was able to talk Says He Could Understand The defense established that the physician in charge of Moon did not give his permissionfor police to question Moon on Jan 14 end that Moons condition at that tiirfe was precarious However the physi cian Dr William E Cashman said he believed Moon was able to com prehend questions and answer in if it was by sign language Sgt Naddeo took the stand at a m TJnder direct examina tion by States Attorney David Kohn he substantiated much of the previous testimony by Warrfen Attorney Samuel D Bonavita con cerning events during the chase out of Warren at the end of which Moon shot himself in the neck Sgt Naddeo said that after the Continued on Page Eight Big Refinery Fire Brought Under Control SANTA FE SPRINGS Calif May 18 WVA fire at the Rothschild Oil Co refinery was brought under control today after firemen fought the stubborn blaze mere than three hours Fred Buell a refinery employe suffered flash burns from one of a series of explosionsFire Capt Tom Showers was injured by hot oil At nearby Metropolitan State Hospital officials said six persons were treated for minor burns Thousands of barrels of 95 oc tane gasoline5 were consumed eignt or nine 1000barrel tanks were destroyed and a testing lab oratory refinery office and pump ing station were wrecked x Capt George S Figley of Los Angeles Countys Fire Prevention Bureau said the fire beganshort ly after an explosion in a 2500 gallon tank of casinghead gasoline Liquid and vapors spread through the refinery Figley said they apparently were ignited by open flames in 100 feet from the tank Flames gushed up and spread swiftly over the volatile casinghead gasoline touching off several minor explosions The 60 employes working at the 35acre refinery raced to safety Flaming gasoline crossed a street at one point but otherwise was contained behind a concrete dike Boxer Must Pay Or Serve in Jail NEW YORK May 18 WVFormer middleweight boxing champion Rocky Graziano was ordered to spend 10 days in jail today or pay a fine for ignoring five park ing summonses Chief Magistrate John M Mur tagh gave Graziano Until Monday to pay the fine after his attorney said the exboxer now a television actor didnt have the money with him But Murtagh turned down Graz lanos plea through his attorney for leniency saying I will not Ill fine you tothe limit of or two days on each ticket 1 ought to send you to Jail and ifs high time I give out straight Jail sentences on all motorists who fail to come in on time to answer summonses Senate Is Strong For Fireworks Bill WASHINGTON May 18 A bill to restric shipments of fireworks with the aim of reducing casualties parsed the Senate today 133 It would foibid shipments into states whiciban fireworks and in instances in which manufacturers know the fireworks would be used illegally The bill was sent to a Senate House Conference Committee to work out minor differences The House passfd the bill last July in a somewhat different form COUNTY and DISTRICT ELECTION RESULTS in Crawford Erie and Mercer counties renominated Carroll D Kearns of Farrell for his fifth term over two op ponents STATE B Mahany Ti tusville Republican was renominated forhis third defeating Gordon Ward of Sharon F Kent of Meadville Crawford County Republican chairman was re nominated and George C Magee Jr another Meadville attorney was nominated for his first term STORIES ON PAGE EIGHT New York Court of Appeals Upsets Jelke Case Verdict Judge Rebuked For Barring Press Public During Trial NEW YORK May 18 F Mickey Jelkes vice conviction was upset today in one of New Yorks most farreaching decisions of the century bearing on freedom of tne press A new trial was or dered The Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court in a 32 de cision flatly rebuked trial Judge Francis L Valente for barring presb and public during the states case against the 24yearold oleo margarine heir His action was termed unorthodox unwar ranted We conceive it to be no part of the work of the judiciary the appeals court said upon the facts here presented to decide what a newspaper prints or to what por tion of the people it caters to sell its papers1 The court added that Valentes ban denied Jelke a fair and im partial trial It did not rule di rectly on the issue of press free dom But its decision was a strong new bulwark for the states news papers The majority opinion said in ef fect that the jury justly convicted Jelke of cafe society pandering but that Valente bungled the case The ruling was on a question of law rather than fact Jelke was sentenced March 21 1953 to three to six years in prison as a cafe society procurer of young women who peddled charms for as much as a night Hu had been convicted one month earlier on a charge of compulsory prostitution after one of the most sensational trials New York had seen in years He also was sentenced to eight months in the citys workhouse on charges of illegal possession of guns He was freed last Oct 6 He has been free on bail pending his appeal of the vice case Marriage Contract Amended for Jews UNIONTOWN Pa May 18 MV The Rabbinical Society of America pui forth today the first change in the Jewisrmarriage contract in 1000 years The society at its 54th annual convention approved a clause writing into the contract a require ment that couples seek rabbinical counse before taking divorce steps Dr Saul Lieberman who is drafting the clause said the mar riage contract in its amended form will be available in the fall Mort thai 200 rabbis attending the convention also approved a resolution praising yesterdays US Supreme Court decision ban ning school segregation Big Steel Studying CIO Demands Fate of Army McCarthy Probe Hangs in Balance WASHINGTON May 18 The White House stood pat for the time being today on a presiden tial order that left the McCarthy Army hearings dangling some where between temporary and per manent eclipse The order instructed high ad ministration officials not to talk to Senate investigators about their discussions of the blazing contro versy between Sen McCarthy R Wis and top men in the Army The White House made it rather clear there are slim chances if any that President Eisenhower will alter the instructions Presidential Press Secretary James C Hagerty told reporters that The President issued his let ter yesterday period That seemed to be another way of saying that Eisenhower wasnt retreating an inch from his con tention that any senatorial inquiry into conferences within the admin istration on the big controversy goes against the fundamental con stitutional principle of separation of powers Under instructions from the Sen ate Investigations subcommittee Acting Chairman Mundt RSD set up a conference with Atty Gen Brownell to explore the possibility of getting the presidential order modified But this was put off for a while Mundt said Brownell wanted more time to study hearing transcripts Mundt did huddle with members of the Senate Republican Policy Committee Nothing definite came of that although the senator said he is sticking by a statement that the hearings now in recess until Monday are not necessarily at an end French Planes Still Pound Red Routes PTT5BURGH May 13 The CIO United Steelworkers spelled out 1954 contract demands today for US Steel Corp in a brief meeting marking the opening of negotiations with the basic steel industry Vice President John A Stephens who is heading the corporations negotiating team said his firm will study the demands before a second meeting with the union tomorrow at lu am Davfo J McDonald president of the union which is seeking new contracts for 600000 workers in the basic steel industry said We have met with the com pany and presented the issues I have nothing more to say at this time Benjamin F Fariless chairman of the board for US Ssteel in an unprecedented move attended the opening session and addressed the union and company negotiators He left before the session ended Neither the union nor the com pany would comment on the de mands presented except to say they are the same as those ap proved by the unions powerful 170 member Wage Policy Committee The committee approved a four point program which included de mands for higher wages a guaran teed annual wage improvements in the pension and hospitalization program and other changes The contracts expire June 30 Iron Worker Killed PITTSBURGH May 18 Ml James Trombetti 30 an iron work er for Ferguson Edmondson Co died today in Braddock General Hospital after he was struck by a fallingbeam in the Edgar Thom son Works of US Steel Corp the coroner reported Navys Giant Plastic Balloon Soars 22 Miles into Sky MINNEAPOLIS May 18 MVA giant plastic balloon nearly as tall as ai 18story office building soarea more than 22 miles into the sky thanever be fore for a balloon of its type The super skyhook which stretched to about the length of a football field before its inflation bore a cargo of scientific instru ments to study mysteries of the upper atmosphere The balloon was made for the Office of Naval Research by Gen eral Mills Inc and was the larg est ot some 1200 plastic balloons which been launched since 1947 The super skyhook was made of transparent polyethylene film about half the thickness of a hu man hair Stretched flat it would have covered three acres Fully inflated it was 200 feel in diam eter The previous altitude record for a plastic balloon was 111000 feet a little more than 21 miles set two years ago by a smaller bal loon officials said Shortly before 2 pm the balloon was at 117000 fee i over Kenyon Minn The bi bag of helium was set free at V51 am tCST from the University of Minnesota Airport and remained within a radius of about 80 miles of Minneapolis At Abou 3 pm several hours earlier than had been previously announc ed an automatic device released the 50pound pay load of instru ments ana rippedthe balloon to drift to earth near Farlbault Minn The balloon reached a final alti tude oi between 117000 and 122000 feet The exact height will not be known until the instruments are studied Radio signals which varied with the changing atmosphere gave pround observers altitude informa tion HANOI Indochina May 18 A French high command spokes man said tonight a lone Jielicopter bad shuttled 18 more seriously wounded French soldiers from Dien Bien Phu to Luang Prabang Laos royal capital Earlier French planes resumed their heavy bomb ing ot key routes from the fallen fortress In Geneva Hoang Van Hoan Vietminh ambassador to Red China said French bombers had killed 15 1 French prisoners in strikes last night along provincial Route 41 main route east from Dien Bien Phu Hoang blamed the French for breakdown of plans to evacuate the wounded There was no indication whether removal of the 18 casualties sig naled a resumption of the earlier plan agreed to by Vietminh for release of 450 wounded from Dien Bien Phu Only 29 have been re movea thus far including the 18 The number of French Union wounded at the fortress has been estimated at between 1300 and 2000 As the French resumed their air strikes the high command spokes man said Vietminh units moving east from Dien Bien Phu were only about 50 miles from the south western rim of the Red River deltas defenses Indochina Peace Talks Still Stymied GENEVA May 18 East and West wrangled in secret for an other three hours today but failed to break the deadlock in their nego tiations for peace in Indochina An official screen of secrecy cov ered the talks but a conference source said no progress on the major issues separating Western and Communist viewpoints had been made The dispute inside the conference room spread outside where French and Vietminh spokesmen in sep arate news conferences voiced re criminations about the breakdown of Ihe arrangement for evacuating wounded from the fallen fortress of Dien Bien Phu The nine delegations engaged in the difficult negotiations the Big Pour Red China the three Asso ciated States of Indochina and the Vietminn agreed to meet again tomorrow in secret But the pro tracted bargaining gave little promise tonight of peace in Indo china On Lutheran Board BUCK HILL FALLS Pa May 18 Northampton County Judge Caileton T Woodring of Easton today was elected to the executive board of the Evangelical Lutheran Ministerium of Pennsylvania as the group opened its threeday 207th annui 1 convention The delegates also adopt solution to hold its 1955 convention here Chosen to the board with Judge Woodring were the Rev Mark 1C Trexlcr of Lnureldale Rev Hugh E Yost of Philadelphia and Robert D Rteder of Kingston fer Capitals Schools May Be Model South Still Boils Over Ruling on Segregation WASHINGTON May 18 Lfl Fresiden1 Eisenhower today asked for progress reports on coming move to end public school segre gation in the District of Columbia Officials said the capitals school system may be made a sort of pilot model to help guide the states in the historic switehover Many Southern leaders are up in arms against the Supreme Courts ruling that it is unconsti tutional to educate white and Ne gro children in separate public schools Some have ccme close to open defiance of the decision Eisenhower talked at the White House with the Board of Commis sioners for the District of Colum bia Afterward Samuel Spencer president of the board reported the President asked to be kept in touch with the progress made to ward an integrated system here where Negro pupils outnumber the white in public schools Presidential aides noted that Eisenhower is on record as favor ing an end to segregation in Wash ington He feels they say that if successful plans are made for an integrated system in the District it might serve to smooth the way lor the changeover elsewhere Farther south in Georgia par ticularly the courts ruling was repeatedly challenged Georgias attorney general Eu gene Cook charged the court with usurping legislative power and said he would refuse to participate in this falls hearings on how the antisegregation policy will be ap plieu The Supreme Court still has to decide on the mechanics for mak ing its decision effective9 and has called for arguments on the ques tion This legal debate may last for months New Mexico Gets Its Rain In One Lump ROSWELL N M May 18 tfV Vast areas of southeastern New Mexicos drought country hit for two days by deluges and tornadoes dug out from under flash floods today and watched the skies warily for more storms Roswell and Lovington cities of 30000 and 10000 population were hit hardest by tornadic thunder storms Three and four inches of rain last night and early today in undated both communities Damage estimates ranged to one million dollars in Roswell and in Lovington At least twothirds of the homes in Lovington capital of oilwealthy Lea County were Hooded Roswell was declared a disaster area by Gov Edwin Mcchem A Red Cross emergency commit tee meeting with city fnd National Guard officials said 400 were evacuated from their homes Rising waters forced some persons to take refuge on roofs Earlier officials said from 750 to 1000 had fled from their homes as flood waters rose Some houses were severely cam aged and one was washed away burning as it floated Two homes collapsed No one was injured Four cars were washed down stream The flooded area covered a four mile square section of the city with two to three feet of water Taylor Wins Harrisburg Battle With Governor Fine HARRISBURG May 18 M Haivey Taylor Republican state chairman came out on top tonight in his fight with Gov John S Fine on the Harrisburg vote for Republican nominations to the State Superior Court Sen John M Walker RAlle gheny backed by Taylor for one of the three appellate court seats tallied 14080 votes compared to 4328 for former Judge Ralph T Bell Pittsburgh BelJ was supported by Fine to gether with the other organization backed candidates Judge Robert E Woodside Millersburg and Judge George W Griffith of Cam bria County The vote was a sound trouncing in the first election venture of Ed ward Herre Sr named by Fine last week as Dauphin County pa tronage dispenser led the effort to carry Dauphin County for Bell Harrisburg went overwhelmingly in favor of Lt Gov Lloyd H Wood and Frank F Truscott for the GOP nominations for governor and lieu tenant governor respectively It was somewhat closer for sec retary of internal affairs Mrs Gaynelle M Dixon received 10048 votes for the GOP nomination com pared to 7884 for William S Liv engood Jr Sen George M Leader DYork handily carried the city in his quest for the Democratic nomina tion for governor Senator Urges Consultation On Arms Sent to Guatemala Diplomat Walks Out Of Dinner as Wiley Criticizes Shipment WASHINGTON May 18 WVThe acting head of Guatemalas Em bassy Dr Alfredo Chocano walked out of a dinner of Latin American diplomats tonight as Sen Wiley iRWisj sharply criticized the ship ment to Guatemala of arms from Communist dominated Poland Wiley chairman of the Senate Foieign Relations Committee urg ed Western Hemisphere nations to go into consultation on the matter Such consultations under inter American agreements could be the prelude to concerted action by the nations of the hemisphere As the senator spoke of the grim implications of the arms shipments Chocano walked to the speakers stand apparently to ex cuse himself Then he strode out of the banquet room by a back door Chocano is charge daffaires of the Guatemalan Embassy here Earlier the State Department officially notified Latin American embassies here of the shipment which it had announced last night but gave no indication whether it would promote any efforts to halt this or possible later shipments Wiley said news of the shipment was alarming and of the ut most gravity but he told the dip lomats in ais prepared remarks that the situation is not one for United States concern alone It is a hemispheric concern he said It is a basis for hemis pheric consultation The State Department announce ment which gave no details of the size 01 nature of the ship ment said it was made from the port of Stettin in Communist Po land and the arms are now being unloaded in Guatemala Attempt To Rescue Housing Program WASHINGTON May 18 Senate Banking Committee voted today to rescue the public housing program which the House sought to kill The commiUees action if ap proved by the Senate and the House would more than meet President Eisenhowers request for authority to build 35000 units of lowcost housing each year for the next four years The number to be built each year would be left to the President The House had rejected the request Veteran Lawyer Dies PITTSBURGH May 18 Horace J Thomas Sr 88 secre tary of the Allegheny County Bar Assn for more than 10 years died today in Sewickley Valley Hos pital Bond Issue Approved By Ridgivays Voters RIDGWAY Pa May 18 UF Voters of this little Elk County community tonight approved over whelmingly a municipal bond issue The vote was Yes 703 iio 262 Money raised from the bond is sue will be used to improve the water distribution system recon struct and extend storm sewers and drains and widen streets 11 Arrested In Pittsburgh Strike Riot PITTSBURGH May 18 lice armed with night sticks broke up a fight today on a busy down town street after a group of mes sengers one of five strike bound department stores was at tacked Patrolman Thomas OConnor es timated that between 100 and 150 men rushed 15 messengers from Homes department store as they returned from carrying parcel post packages to the post office One man was shoved through a plate glass window at Sitter leys mens store OConnor said he understood the unidentified man was injured but was unable to con firm the report Police arrested 11 men on charges ot inciting to riot and an other on charges of disorderly con duct Home s is one of five stores which has halted delivery service because of a strike by 12 AFL unions The labor dispute centers around wages and the one unions demand thaiit have the right to decide when parcel post is to be used instead of truck delivery Of the 12 arrested police said six were messengers five mem bers of Local 249 AFL General Teamsters and one a sympathetic bystander First reports said all those arrested belonged to the AFL teamsters key union in the strike which began last Nov 27 The teamsters union is striking over the parcel post issue Oil City Woman Gets CD of A Post SCRANTON Pa May 18 Th Pennsylvania convention of the Catholic Daughters of America today elected these officers Mrs May Schasny Latrobe president Mrs James Stitler Oil City vice regent Miss Elizabeth Connell WilkesBarre monitor STRENGTH BY WEST ONLY WAY To Slow Russias Expansionism By J M ROBERTS JR Associated Press News Analyst John Foster Dulles has now made the tranicest admission by any top level diplomat that nego tiations with Soviet Russia approacti hopelessness and the idea of coexistence is fantastic He doesnt rule out limited agreements on specific points pro ducing tactical changes in rela tions such as would result from a ceasefire in Indochina But he says in effect that there can be no peace while Soviet lead ers seek to extend their power He says the United States will not maJcr a peace which infringes the liberties of those who still have them or the hope of liberty by those who have lost it In other words no deals no formalization ot conquest or spheres of influ ence Any general settlement de pends on a complete change In Soviet policy and Soviet actions This publicly accepts as a tbet the world has been loathe to for the foreseeable future its present course is ts only course that the Communists must be kept sur rounded by such physical strength that they will not dare attempt to implement their policy by ac tion The nature of this contemplated action is made clear by the charge in Australia that the Krem lin was actively developing there an underground force to be used m war It is made clear by shipment of arms to the Communists in Guate mala where it was obviously hoped a situation could be cre ated which would require United States intervention and thereby produce a division of thought which would be dangerous to the whole security system of the Americas It is made clear thai no area is sufficiently remote or sufficient ly small to fce ignored RS the f repare toi the day ot world revo lution The prospect that this situation will continue until it either gets worse or is ended by a cataclysm within Russia herself is enhanced by the fac1 that Russian world policy is not merely a manifesta tion of communism which can be expected to collapse one day of its own weight and inefficiency It is inconceivable to Western minds that its disregard for human rights and the dignity of the in dividual can long continue Bui Russias expansionist policy is more than an effort to the world safe for communism by its rootr in traditional Russian at titudcs a mst for empire which goes back for hundreds o years There is therefore no assurance that it would be ended by the end of communism The chief is that as she increases produc tion from the vast wealth of her own resources hc will no lonfer be under sicb powerful to expand Ticket Leads All Contests Wood Making Runaway of It Mrs Dixon Ahead PHILADELPHIA Wednesday May 19 Lloyd H Wood har mony candidate with organization backing early today was nominat ed to run for governor of Pennsyl vania on the Republican ticket George M Leader Democratic State Policy Committee choice held a commanding lead in the race for the right to oppose Wood in November Wood Montgomery County at torney now serving as lieutenant governor was making a runaway of the GOP race with more than one third of the count completed In 3350 precincts he had 297566 votes to 56573 for Thomas E Ste phenson and 19466 for Gordon F Chamberlin The margin was much closer on the Democratic side with Leader slowly adding to theedge he had held all evening In 2908 precincts the vote was 103096 for Leader to 66646 for William D McClel land Allegheny County independ ent and 11728 for Charles J Schmitt of Erie No Surprise to Owleti GOP National Committeeman G Mason Owlett one of the slate makers said he was well pleased with the victory of the entire harmony ticket Its nosurprlse to me he said I felt certain they would win There appeared to be only s slim chance the GOP slate would be cracked In the race for threa Superior Court spots Judges Rob ert E Woodside George W Grif fith and Ralph T Bell were sub stantially ahead of State Sen John M Walker the strongest of four opposing candidates Atty Gen Frank F Truscott was rolling up a lead ot nearly 3 to 1 for the lieutenant governor nomination The closest fight was for secretary of internal affairs with Mrs Gaynelle M Dixon ahead by nearly 3 to 2 over incumbent Secretary William S Livengood Jr HaUanan Hits Excessive Oil Imports9 PITTSBURGH May 18 Pres ident Walter S HaUanan of Plym outh Oil Co said today that unless voluntary or compulsory action brings about a marked reduction in imports of crude oil the domes tic oil industry will be seriously injured Hallanan told the companys stockholders imports had risen from 377200 barrels daily in 1346 to i 049 000 barrels daily in 1953 and added the U S Bureau of Mines forecasts a further increase of 46000 barrels daily in 1954 In meeting the competition created by excessive imports Hallanaii said we are made to realize that we are competing with welib that produce 6000 bar rels daily while the average pro duction of wells in texas is only 19 barrels a day He added While all thoughtful persons in the industry recognize that it is not desirable to write rigid import quotas into the law we certainly are made aware that neither is it desirable for the domestic indus try to be put upon a 17day quota We have reached the point where we are faced with the alter native of a quota either for pro duction abroad or for production at home And certainly there can be no doubt about which is the best interests of our country Ike Reiterates Confidence CHARLOTTE N C May 18 President Eisenhower today reaf firmed bis faith in the nations armed forces with the declaration that we are still confident in them from their secretaries and their nigh commanders on down to the las private to the ranks With Secretary of the Army Ste vens seated behind him the Presi dent made no reference to the Army McCarthy hearings in a briei informal address to a police estimated crowd of 30000 in Char lottes Freedom Park But the ref erence to the civilian chiefs in Ste vens presence seemed to indicate the Presidents continued faith in his Army secretary in hU with Sen McCarthy Eisenhower accompanied toy 8tc vens on night from ctmt hect to help Charlotte County the anniversary tlM lenburg Declaration el eaca f ;