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   Amarillo Globe, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1949, Amarillo, Texas                               NEW YORK, Ian. 26 food prices have dropped to the level prevailing under OPA price controls in October, 1946. Dun and Bradstreet announced today; Vet Hospital Chief Says He Welcomes Smith Probe SICK OF BABY-SITTING FOR RIVAL. WIFE SLAYS HUSBAND MOBILE, Ala., Jan. 26. 29-year-old wife charged with murdering her husband told de- tectives today she was paid 96 a week to baby sit for "the other woman." Mrs. John T. Foster was booked at city Jail on a murder charge after her husband, a 39- year-old telephone worker, was found shot to death In the kitch- en of their suburban home last night. Their 20-month-old child was In the house at the time of the shooting. .Detectives Clarence Barclay and Huge Frlne said Mrs. Fos- ter told them that at her hus- band's Insistence she acted as baby sitter for the woman with whom she accused him of asso- ciating-. The "other woman" had two children of her own. "I didn't want to keep the children, but my husband In- sisted that I detectives quoted her as saying In a signed statement. "1 loved my hus- band, and I was doing all I could to try and keep the family to- While certain phases of the investigation of alleged re- fusal of admittance of Billy Gene Smith, to Veterans Hospital came to a close here today, othei phases were expanding and gaining widespread interest, particularly among vet- erans' organizations. Smith. 18 years old, died last Sunday in Northwest Texas Hospital, less than three alter he had been taken in an ambulance to the Veterans Facility and. accord- ing to charges by his mother. Mrs. Farley Wilson, 1608 North East Eleventh, was de- nied hospitalization on the grounds that his was not an emergency case Funeral services for Smith were held this afternoon. Ambulance drivers who last Thursday night took Smith to the Veterans Hospital gave affidavits this morning: that a doctor at the hospital had stated he' definitely did not consider Smith an emer- gency patient, and also attributed to the doctor a statement to the ef- fect that "lots of people have head- aches but don't go to a hospital." Meanwhile, two American Legion committees, one appointed by Charley C. Gibson, 18th District commander, and another appointed by L. A. Pitt, commander of Han- THE AM ARILLO (AP) Indicates the Associated Press (UP) Indicates The United Press GLOBE News About Amarillo and the Cntiie Great Plains Empire TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR, NO. 244 AMARILLO, TEXAS. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1949 24 PAGES PRICE 5 CENTS son Post, were continuing their in- vestigation of the charges against the hospital made by the mother of Smith. Another veteran group, the Ma- rine Corps League, announced also it was preparing a report to be made to its national organization. At the same time, Lewis P. Fields, chairman of the Texas Veterans Affairs Committee, an- nounced that he had completed his investigation yesterday and found that the hospital records showed Smith was classified as an emergency patient and was quali- fied for hospitalization Saturday afternoon. District Attorney Lloyd King and Sheriff Paul Gaither announced that they had no further interest in the case, since their investigation revealed no criminal responsibility. Smith died as a result of a "mas- sive brain hemorrhage of several days' according to the results of. an autopsy ordered by the district attorney. Officials at the hospital yesterday joined in the investigation parade, asking a probe of their own in the case. "Our records are. open, and we welcome any Col. Paul Clauser, Veterans Hospital executive officer, reiterated this morning. "We have nothing to hide, and, other than that, I have no comment to he said. Mr. Fields' statement that the boy was qualified for emergency H. F. MCGREGOR heads Legion probe treatment "Saturday" was ex- plained by Colonel Clauser. The hospital director said today: "The family physician called u: about 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, and stated the case. He asked us if we would take the patient, and we told him that we would admit him immediately. "The doctor said he would check with the family and call us. He never called us again." District Commander Gibson today emphasized: "This is not a condemnation proceeding. All -we want is a. 'fair, unbiased report. The com- mittee will Interview veterans who have first-hind knowledge of the way the institution is operated. The people are en- titled to know. After all it is the people's hospital for the vet- erans." Gibson said he expected a report from his committee not later than Feb. 5. The committee: F. H. McGregor, attorney, Ama- rillo, World War I, chairman; Jack Jennings, clothier, Canyon, World War II; Walter Pendleton, insur- ance, Stratford, World War II; T. G. Clay, dry cleaner, Hereford, World War II; -Cleo. Clayton, Jr., attorney, Amarillo, World War n. Commander Pitt, of Hanson Post, this morning said, "We will have a complete report on 'the Billy Gene Smith case at our next meet- tog, Feb. 1, and we'll let the chips fall where they may. "We are going to give full in- formation on this and other cases to members and all ex-service men who care to attend. "If anyone has definite in- formation about any veteran be- See Z LANDLOR County's Activities Put Squeeze on Ready Cash By FRED TRIPP Despite recent budget adjustments, the gap between cash in sight and cost of Potter County projects scheduled lor com- pletion this year remains big enough for County Auditor John Crudgington to walk through. The county at present has work in progress on the Live- stock Exhibition Building and a Kre station at Tri-State Fair Park, and on a new dormitory at the convalescent home. Already approved by commission- ers, but not yet begun, is a 4-H Club dormitory project also to be located .at the fair grounds. Not yet approved but scheduled for early consideration are removal only "If commissioners approve .the full schedule, we'll just have to scramble for money before the year is the auditor as- serted. "It is not he added, "that we might have to issue Of the present poultry building at I warrants arp a kind of nrnmisorv the fair grounds and construction! .noV; tha? ran bt Sipd at dis nr n invaniio riotpntinn Vinrnp on; note tnat can D6 -issuea at the dis- of the commissioners court. county farm property near the con- valescent home. Cost'of the new projects plus out- the county on a specified date. The warrants bear interest, are ne- gotiable and must be redeemed by standing costs on work in progress today was estimated by Grudging-j ton to total As against! this, the 1949 budget holds in sight "In Crudgington explained, warrant is just a sort of post- THE WEATHER AMARILLO AND VICINITY: Warmer this afternoon, tonight and Thursday. Occasional snow this afternoon and tonight. Continued cloudy Thursday. WEST TEXAS: Occasional snow in the Panhandle and South Plains. Occasional rain elsewhere, except freezing rain in the upper Pecos Valley eastward. Considerable cloudiness Thursday. Slowly rising temperatures. Low temperatures to- night, 20 to 26 degrees in the Pan- handle and- South Plains and 27 to 34: degrees elsewhere. NEW MEXICO: Light snow, or rain and snow mixed, today and tonight. Clearing in the west portion Thurs- day. Colder in the northwest portion tonight. High temperature for tne 24-hour period which ended at AM, 18 degrees; low, 15 degrees, precipita- tion. .25 of an inch.______________ troubles began re, cently when county costs in con- nection with development of High- way 66 were estimated to run to in 1949. Partial adjustment [of the budget was accomplished at the Monday meeting of commis- sioners court, when proposed road and bridge fund expenditures were: sharply reduced on Crudgington's recommendation. The auditor reiterated today that he i s not in favor of imme- diate work on the juvenile de- See Z It Looks Like A Clean Scoop A product of the mechanical age today threatens., to throw a lo't of Amarillo teen-agers out of pocket money. Hauling off snow on Potter County Courthouse walks this morning was a small tractor with a four-foot snow scoop attached. One pass at the walk with the machine and the snow was Rapidly completing the gone, task it would take a small army to achieve, the tractor operator was heard to remark on completion of his duties: "Wonder if any homes around here would like to rent this Yep, pocket money for snow- scoopers is going to be. scarce this winter. PARENTS' DECISION LEAVES BABY SIGHTLESS-BUT ALIVE NEW YORK, Jan. 26 A young couple, asked to choose be- tween probable death or blindness for their two children, have de- cided blindness is better. As a result, surgeons yesterday removed both eyes of 11-month- old Michael Goldstein and one eye from his Karen. Both were reported doing "very nicely" today. -Surgeons of the Presbyterian Hospital's Institute of Ophthal- mology said Michael was afflicted with a cancerous eye condition callecl retino-blastoma. They hope X-Itay treatment will prevent spread of the same disease to Karen's other eye. The decision was all the more difficult for the children's father, Abe Goldstein, 30, a veteran of three and pne-half years war serv- ice in the Pacific. The hospital said he was afflicted with the same condition as a child and had lost one eye. MAY FILIBUSTER FOR FILIBUSTER WASHINGTON, Ian. 2S Long, oi Louisiana, hinted broadly today that Southern senators are prepared to tie up the entire first session of the 81st Congress by a filibuster it necessary to save the filibuster. Long raised that threat at hearings by the Senate Rules Committee on proposals to provide for a limit on Senate debate and so end the iillibuster. Addressing Senator Lodge. Massachusetts Republican, Long said; "H> you thought the whole first session of the 81st Congress would be tied up by a you still want a proposal to change the rules brought Lodge retorted he could not as- sume that 15 or 16 senators would "filibuster till hell freezes over." Senator Ives, New York Repub- lican, put in that he was ready to take get that chance if necessary rules change- on debate. to Farm Union Elects Berg for Third Term To Evict Families Of 600 TULSA. Ian. 26 (UP) hundred famil- ies faced eviction to day as members of the Tulsa Property Owners Association "withdrew from the rental business" to protest against two rent control bills now in Congress. Rev. Wallace I. Murphy, executive secretary of the as- sociation, said similar action piobably would be taken by landlords in 20 other cities, including Chicago, Houston, Kansas City. Denver, Detroit. St. Louis, Fort Wayne and I Grand Rapids. "We simply refused to operate under rent Murphy said. "We're going out of the rent busi- ness as long as there are controls." Eviction notices to the 600 tenants were in the mails today, Murphy also is honorary presi- dent of the American Property Owners which has branches in Tulsa, Denver, Colorado Springs, Portland. Ore., Chicago, Kansas City, Carthage, Mo., St. Louis. Danville, Ohio, Schenectady, NY, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Tyler, Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Janesville, Wis., Okmulgee, Okla., and Srand Eapids. Murphy, an extensive property owner and founder of a rescue mis- sion here, is a retired Baptist minis- ter. He said the two rent control bills before the 81st Congress are "intolerable." In Washington, Rent Director Tighe E. Woods said he was "shocked" by the action, but added there apparently -was nothing the government could do to stop the evictions. He said the tenants could appeal their eviction notices to local courts under the current rent control act. "But there isn't anything we can he: said. Woods said that he has "never heard of the American Property Owners Association." "But I'm shocked to think that anyone who uses 'Reverend' at- tached to his name would lend his support to such an uncharitable move which seems to thwart the in- terests of the he said. Woods was one of the framers of the administration's new rent con- trol bill which was sent to Congress Monday. The other bill was intro- duced by Pennsylva: Both measures provide long term extensions of reni control and strengthen the present law. The administration's bill would give Woods' office power to con- trol evictions. It also would give the rent director authority to col- lect triple damages from landlords who break the law. Myers' bill is even stiffer. Need More Room for Growing Pains "Give us this day our daily bread." Children at Amarillo Day Nursery might add "and a little more room." Mothers who work for a living must leave their children at the nur- sery and the nursery is crowded. Building' Fund Now Contributions to Amarillo Day Nursery's building fund continue. The total today stood at Preliminary estimates on a much needed addition call for approxi- mately three times that much. Latest contributions: Beaumont Stinnett ...........525 Dr. T. M. Montgomery ......S10 Dr. Mike Montgomery Previously reported contributions range from to- Day Nursery officials are 'confi- dent of the success of the cam- paign, launched by Mary Miles Batson, 1522 Rusk, who became interested in the need while as- signed to duty at the nursery by the Junior League, Pre-school age children of work- ing mothers are left at the nursery, 401 Van Buren. The nursery, a non-profit in- stitution, has the stamp of ap- proval of Amarillo's "Man of the Dr. E. B. Fincher, who contributed to the fund. Checks made fSayable to the Nursery Building Fund may be sent to the nursery or to Mrs. Batson, 1522 Busk, who also has volunteered to collect any cash contributions. Jriyers" Version Of Affair Ambulance drivers who last hursday night took Billy Sene Smith to US Veterans [ospital here gave sworn latements today in which hey say that a doctor at the Veterans Facility stated that te definitely did not consider mith an emergency patient. The ambulance drivers are Wayne Edwards, 19 years old, and Bob Aorrison, 20, both, employes of Box- ell Brothers Funeral Home. They also attributed to the doc- or a statement to the effect that lots of people have headaches but lon't go to a hospital." These same two ambulance drivers ook Smith to Northwest Texas lospital at the request of mem- ers of Smith's family, after re- eiving permission of the doctors at he Veterans Hospital, they said. The joint affidavit of Edwards ,nd Morrison reads: "On the night of Thursday, Jan. 0, 1949, about 10 o'clock, we an- wered an ambulance call to 413 Vorth Pierce Street, in Amarillo, where .we picked up Billy Gene Smith. "Wayne Edwards drove the am- lulance to. the address, and Bob Morrison drove from that address the US Veterans Hospital, with Edwards serving as an attendant with the patient. "Billy Gene Smith was in a semi, onscious condition. "At first, we thought he had >een drinking, but when he vom- ted we knew he had not, because here was no smell of intoxicating drink. "When we got to the Veterans Hospital, we were delayed at the admission office about 15 minutes, waiting for a doctor to arrive. The doctor, whose name we do know, came in and asked Smith what was his trouble. Smith was still in a semi-conscious condition, but he was able to tell the doc- tor that his head and his stom- ach were hurting. The doctor said that that was no reason to come to a hospital. He said lots of peo- ple have headaches but don't go to a hospital. He said he definite- ly did not consider it an emer- gency case. "The doctor took Smith's pulse, his blood pressure, his heart beat, and examined his stomach. Smith was still on our stretcher. He was never taken off of it at the Veterans Hos- pital. The doctor asked Smith rou- tine questions, but Smith couldn't answer because of his semi-con- scious condition. All -say was head and stomach hurting. "The doctor said he would have to call in another doctor before Smith could be admitted; that if the other doctor saw fit they would take care of him. "He picked up the phone and See 3 Warmer Air Tackles Job of Defrosting Warmer temperatures may begin peeling the coat of snow and ice from the Panhandle tomorrow, P. W. Reynolds, US Weather Bureau Observer at English Field, said this morning. A gradual rise in temperature is scheduled to start this afternoon, and the mercury is slated to climb above the freezing mark tomorrow, he said. Occasional light snow is forecast for this after- noon and tonight. High temperature expected today is 28 degrees, and low forecast for tonight is 22. High expected tomor- row is 35. High yesterday was 18, and low last night was 15. Lightning Hashed and thunder rolled early this morning as Ama- EIGHT JOBS PAY HIM WEEK; HE STEALS 117 YEARS' SALARY NEW YORK, Jan. 26 (jP) A man who earned only a week for doing eight jobs is said by authorities to have admitted taking about from his employer 117 years' salary mostly to buy liquor and bet on horses. The defendant, William J. Aliearn, 52-year-old bachelor, lost as much as a day in the races'. Asst. Dlst. Atty. Francis X. Clark said yesterday. Ahearn worked as bookkeeper, cashier, accountant and general manager for two allied companies. Clark said he admitted taking the during the past 20 years. Ahearn was arranged on an indictment specifically charging theft of 31 years' salary. The smallness of the pay for the eight jobs was not explained in court. Later, long told reporters that if Southern senators were going to filibuster a civil rights program then there was no reason why they wouldn't filibuster against a rules change. What Long meant is this: If the Rules Committee backs a rules change designed to end filibusters, the committee's recommendation go to the Senate. Foes of the change could filibuster and prevent a Senate vote on changing the rules. That would mean the Senate could conduct no business until the pro- posal was the filibuster was broken. Before the committee heard Long, it got from Senator Stennis, Miss- issippi Democrat, a proposal for compromise on the issue: Outlaw the filibuster in emergencies af- __See Fire doesn't oare who you are. Be protected with InBuranoe: WUllama- Boyce Aiencr. Phone 433V Business reports and an adop- tion of a state program were qn this morning's calendar, for the annual state convention of the Texas Farm- ers Union here. The convention was scheduled to end at noon, ac- cording to Harry C. Murray, state secretary for the farmers group. On the business schedule was completing election of officers. J. J. Berg, veteran booster of the Texas Farm Union, was named president of the group for his third term. Mr. Berg first was named head of the farmers union in 1946. He was re-elected in 1947 and was named chairman of the board of directors last year. He returns to the presi- dent's post for 1949. Named to the board of directors were: Andrew Peterson, Canadian; E. W. Hawkins. Godley; Fred Hai- duk, Groom; Bill Finkner, Peters- burg; and Bill Stubbs, .Alanreed. Peterson and Hawkins were named for three-year terms; Haiduk was named for a two-year term; Fink- ner was named for a one-year term. Stubbs, a hold-over from the old ___See FARM 2 _ Gals May Have The other bill was Intro- v TV9 1 W Sen. Francis J, Myers, of I I apt IfllnrH TCkT ,nla, Democratic whip. AiWOl YTUIU J, Cl HABRISBUBG, Perm., Jan. 26 (IP) Jeanette M. Dye demanded today the end of a Pennsylvania law that punishes women for talking too much. She has proposed a bill in the ster state legislature which would abolish "the common-law crime of common Edward A. Moyle, president of the scold." Kansas City Property Owners As-! As the legislature's leading pro- sociation, said his group would meet tagonist of women's rights, Mrs tonight to consider the action taken Dye says of the common scold law by the Tulsa organization. He said Murphy sent him a tele- gram asking Kansas City landlords1 See 3 J. J. BERG named again Jeweler's Bracelets Are Plenty Tricky NEW YORK. Jan. 26 (U.R) In response to a telephone call, Jack Jucker, 21 years old, a diamond merchant, took worth of jewels to a hotel room for dis- play and possible sale. When he entered the room three men grabbed him. One held a gun on him while the others took the diamonds. "What a said one of the men. "You should have known call was a phony." At that moment two detectives waiting in the hall outside called for the bandits to surrender. They did and were soon handcuffed. Jucker was no dope. 1. It's unnecessary. Laws against disorderly conduct and libel cover common scolds. 2. It's discriminatory. Women alone are subject to the law which over the years has exempt- ed men. "And what's more I intend to do everything I can to end, as far as Pennsylvania is concerned, the farce of subjecting women to a silly law such as she told a reporter 1 The crime of common scold j originated in England centuries ago and was directed against womer :who became a public nuisance. PHONE USERS GET THE AIR i NEW YORK, Jan. 26. I Bell Telephone Company an jnounced today that an air-con ditioned phone booth has been developed and is now being placet in production, booth will be times a minute. Air in the new changed severa Watch for the most beautiful thine on wheels. January 31. Easily-Read Markers For Streets, Houses Aim of Civic Clubs (See Pictures on Pages 4 and 12) Erection ol street markers on every intersection in Amarillo is being studied by the San Jacinto Kiwanis Club and the 20-30 Club as a joint project, in connection with ;heir project to nunrber all houses n Amarillo. "If we can sell numbers for half the houses in each block, we can also mark the Sid McKinney, representative of the San Jacinto Kiwanis Club, told the commissioners. The two groups are completing ilans for a city-wide compaign, sell- ng "Scotch-Light" numbers. The numbers, which have a luminous] glow in the light ot automobile Deadlights, will be mounted on a two-sided standard to be placed near the curb in front of the house, where it will be easily seen by mo- torists. Suggested street marker is a- triangular concrete block, about 18 inches high, to be placed near the curb at each intersection. The street names will be marked in the "Scotch-Light" material, easily vis- ible at night. "We don't know how much it will cost, yet, to mark the inter- the club representatives said. "We may have to call on the city for help." The city commissioners expressed definite interest in the project. "We have studied this problem before but it ran into- too much Mayor Law- rence Hagy told the club represent- atives. "We are definitely interested, if you can show us a way to mark the streets at a reasonable he said. LOWDOWN WEATHER CAELIN, Ney. Jan. 26 elaborate electric thermometer, cali- brated to register only to 40, was broken yesterday when the tem- perature dipped to 57 degrees be- low zero. Winner of Gift Car Gets in a Prize lam WEST HARTFORD, Conn., Jan. 26 (U.R) A brand new automobile was offered free to a Hartford man last night but he couldn't take it. The name of Joseph Elansky was drawn as persons with raffle chances jammed In and about a garage. Elansky was given five minutes in which to claim the car. One hundred yards away, the first elated then frantic man pushed and elbowed through the crowd. He kicked. He clawed. Finally he wedged up to 'the platform just in time to hear the auto being awarded to some- one else. Elansky said he'll, sue. rillo had its second thunderstorm of the week. The thunder and light- ning heralded the fall of freezing rain. Amarillo was roused by thun- der in the early morning hours Monday. Intermittent sleet fell yesterday and last night. Precipitation for the 24-hour period which ended at o'clock this morning was .25 of an inch. Total for the month is 1.80 inches, or 1.39 inches above nor- mal. Precipitation since the storm began Sunday night is .41 of ar. inch. In spite of slippery road condi- tions, no serious traffic .accidents were reported this morning by either the State highway patrol or the city police traffic depart- ment. There were no emergencies at St. Anthony's or Northwest Texas Hospitals this morning. The traffic department said haz- ardous street intersections have been salted. Buses were operating on or near schedule. All highways were icy but open. J. M. Harris, state highway department district maintenance engineer, said roads were slick all over the district. All the department's light snow plows were engaged hi seraphic sleet off highways. The covering was not heavy enough to require heavy plows. He said a thin skim of ice clung to the pavement and could not be removed with the scrapers. The Panhandle's communication system was still hampered but was improving, and no communities were isolated. A. o. Thomas, Southwestern Bell Telephone Company district mana- ger, said 9nly 50 of the 340 long distance circuits into Ama- rillo was dead. About 50 per cent-of the long distance lines were out yes- terday morning. Mr. Thomas said the situation will become much better with thawing temperatures. Chief cause for trouble, he said, was the- freezing together of wires which were slapped against each other by the wind. The Western Union wire chief said difficulty was still being en- countered between Amarillo 'and See S FHA repair loans. 10% down paymMrt. Miwnard Lbr. Co. STOW. EC   

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