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   Avalanche-Journal (Newspaper) - December 8, 1946, Lubbock, Texas                                Weather Cloudy Sec Lower Column 8 Vol 21 No 14 First In On The South Plains LUBBOCK AVALANCHEJOURNAL Sunrise Edition The Last Word In 40 Pages Today Lubbock Texas Sunday December 8 1946 Price 5 Cents AP Means Associated Killed As Atl and flames boiled from the structure while hundreds of guests sought frantically to caused the ladder he was on to collapse See story in columns 7 and 8 AP ymQKP nncl JJ rimes DOIICO irum inu M Lewis Bows To Government Ends Strike Curbs Are Dropped HST Cancels Taik 9 Dec John W L Lewis gave in to the gov ernment today and ended the soft coal strike With it like the finish of a nightmare went virtually nil the restrictions it hnd brought and the economic peril it hnd poised over this other countries President Truman cancelled the broadcast he hid planned for to morrow night clnscd his desk and went to nn art show smiling but silent on the outcome Lewis ordered the miners to end the 17day walkout and so bnck to work immediately Reports from the mine fields in dicated ready compliance Some maintenance crews headed for the pits tonight and fullscale resumption of mining Monday morning appeared certain At the same time Lewis an nounced his readiness to nego tiate with the private mine owners for now wage and other demands n step whichcould clear the wny for the government to get out of the cofll business For his slarJing step Lewis gave two the Su preme Court in considering the case might be free from public pressure superinduced by the hysteria and frenzy ot an eco nomic and that public necessity requires the quantitative production of coal during such retreat came abruptly two conferences Lewis between U S OPPOSES REDS STAND Veto Issue Blocks Agreement By U N On Disarmament Plan Chief Justice Vinson of attorneys for the union and the Justice dej sions r partment One conference By LARKY HAUCK Press Staff Wriiar T AKE J The United Nations debate on arms reduction tonight bogged clown over of Security Council supervision oC lw5 pro posed inspection and control com missions and the question was tossed into the laps of a drafting subcommittee Andrei Y Vishinsky Soviet del egate insisted before a 20nation political subcommittee that the two bodies which would check on arms reduction arid atom bombs operate directly under the Secur ity Council with its veto provi ons r Sen Tom Connally DTexJ tee agree ona resolution against re Spain burriidTecoirrmcnd thflt the Madrid government be barred from all orgnniznlions cs Court Order On Jaycees Dropped held in the forenoon before United States representative Lewis acted another was held in I was equally firm in his declara the late afternoon The court tion that the commissions should sent word that no announcement j be independent ofthe council The Lubbock Junior Chamber Commerce Saturday bowed to a district court restraining oricr prohibiting their receipt of money in an alleged scheme of and on the basis ot their not to continue their g campaign Judge G V Parriuc dismissed the suit for injunction against the Jnycccs Following a statement from Woody laycec president siving the JiiycrOs have decided n ihantlon it plan of unrl raiMMK not to uive fiway a ncw autMnnbilc as cunliMip acd and to return nil donations received under that plan County Attorney Syrian K Marbut peti tioned the court for dismissal of the SUit Woody reiterated his statement o the court and the dismissal order was forthcoming Statement Is Issued Marbut hud tiled the suit for injunction in the name of the Slate of TVxas just a week earlier and JudKe Iarfiue had issued a temporary order to irciUiflr III llir alleged schrmc until a lunriiiK could be ricld hrmiug WHS set lor Tuesday Dec Ill lit In a written statement to the AvalancheJournal Woody said Due to developments today and the dismissal of the injunction Lubbock Junior Chamber of Cormnerce has decided to aban don its previous method of raising funds to carry on its health and program and will not give away tho Xash car as contemplat ed Any person having made a donation will be refunded the donation if they so desire The metnod of this refund will be an nounced later Our desire is to co operate with the citizens of Lub bock county and we feel this action best lor all I M 11 I U Li iilUL nw i would be made today and the j lawyers all were tightmouthed Curbs Aro Abolished The nine justices at their rcgu Saturday noon conference had an opportunity to decide whether they will hear Lewis the governments request and Lewis seemed sure that they would He siiid that his future negotiations will be within the the Supreme and made otncr references to an expected ruling lo This latest difference boiled down to the old issue of the veto with the United States apparently feeling that council supervision would eventually make any deci sions on inspections subject lo the special voting right Russia has agreed that the veto would not apply within the commissions themselves but has steadfastly maintained its positionthatany matter being considered or re councilwasliable Sickening Scene At Fire Is Described By E J CHICK HOSCH Attvcialed Press Staff Writer A TLANTA Dec 7 Sickening criesof the idyJuS and tcr jiilyiinfi1 shrieksaJ horribly on the pavement below cut the night like nir raidsirens gone mad utu 1 uu jiuiii tin MI jiKc Jin iHIQall Una IHHM lablishcd by the having Tnat wns jlc hotel relations withit fire early today where 120 per ia wi Hie CrtLlV LUUaj w w f Jn the midst of the Spanish dc sons ost theil jves It was like bate Sen Connally restated the an air raid thc shrill United States position against a failing shell Turn to Page 12 Column 6 Please j heartrending thicksounding thud of another body mashing driver said The sudden end ofthe strike brought swift action by officials junking Ihc coal conservation measures which hnd shackled in dustry and darkened the Christ max outlook The freight and express embargoes were lifted the han on passenger Iravcl re voked and the 21suiUs dimnut cancelled in time for Saturday night shopping throngs except in a few places where the utilities arc nearly out of fuel A partial removal of the freeze on coal Committee Gels Problem After four hours o debate the question was given to n drafting committee of eight milions for re porting next Monday Those nam ed were Russia United States Great Britain Can ada Belgium and Czechoslovakia In another political subcommit stocks being prepared and Three Texas Cities Vote Down Beer Sale By Thp Associated Voters of three Texas counties StOCKS WilS DCing WL probably will be issued tomorrow I yesterday turned down proposals We want to remove the con to legalize the sale of beer said a spokesman trols as quickly as possible so the proposals losing by large majorities coal on deliveries and on in all cases mav return to norj Archer county deContcd such a proposal by a vote of to CG2 The county hus been dry since IH1I The Freestone county vole was 139 for beer and against An estimated 300 votes had not been counted late last The voters of Nolan county de feated the beer sale proposal V80 to Less than 150 voles were llnrcported last night for the Coal Mines administration How ever w want In miikc sure the niiiMinurs In tin critical cntc Kories tfel sufficient coal stocks arc President Truman one hour after Lewis acted cancelled the broadcast he had planned for to morrow night but issued no com Turn to Page 12 Column 5 Plcaae See Coupon On Page 4 K Donations Roll In To Yuletide Fund Contributions totaling more than 10 per cent of the OOn goal were showninthe first days tabulationyesterday in the Goodfellows twelfth annual Christ mascheer program here This in dicates that a generous public will again aslast year bring the iund raTsing campaign to an early con clusion permitting committees by Chief Goodfellow to against concrete An ambulance Theyre coming down like men bailing out of a burning Again and again came those bubbling wailing shrieks screaming through the night air then silence death People Line Lodges Firemen yelled Dont throw them dont throw from a seventh floor window a woman pushed two a boy about seven and a girl of four or five then followed them in a wild plunge The children Cell like rag dolls On the pave ment the little boy twitched a moment The little girl was still Ive covered train wrecks coal mine explosions and other catas tfophies but all of them togeth er pale in comparison to this the worst hotel firs in the nations Reaching the scene in less than 45 minutes after he was dis covered turned the corner to sec flames shooting from the fourth fifth and sixth floors Doz ens of guests mostly women lin ed the ledges above tho flames Improvised rope Catlike braced against the building she began descending to an aerial ladder two floors below Suddenly she lost herfootins and dangling her body swayed and slowly turned in the light of flames lapping at her feet Then she hurtled groundward Her body hit the marquee awning Another body landed squarely on a fireman slowly descending a ladder with a woman victim All three fell the several floors to the marquee The women were killed and the fireman Jack Burn ham gravely injured I made a dash for the hotel in trance barely reaching it as a body plopped at my feet Hear ing that many guests were jumping from windows in the rear ot the hotel into an alley I ran around the corner and started up the alley My foot caught on some thing snd I sprawled sliding through water Bodies In Alley Regaining my feet 1 saw an elderly man mumbling incoherent ly while trying vainly to lift the body of a same ago strewn along the a Turn to Page 12 Column 3 Please Food Shipments Are Rushed To Germany WASHINGTON Dec 7 J Secretary oC War Patterson to night announced emergency LI res tn speed more than tons oC food to tho U S xone in this month In meet a um lu ropes of sheets and shortage caused largely by Mewhall House holocaust bedclothes dangled from many j ulc marilimc strike windows Patterson told Lt Gen Lucius Body after body hurtled down j D Clay that I The Wal department is un More Than 100 Hurt n Fiery Disaster Many Victims Fall To Deaths Along Streets Others Survive Tragedy Ry The Rssoctnl1d Presxt ATLANTA Dec most destructive hotel fire A early today turned the 15story WinecoK hotel here into a blazing inferno that brought death to 116 persons and injury to at least 100 more While scores of guests trapped in the upper part of the building burned or suffocated other men women and child ren plunged screaming to death or the pavements belowv in the predawn darkness A revised death list compiled late tonight after a check of funeral homes and hospitals which was complicated bv removal of bodies from one mortuary to another set the total of the disaster at 116 Of these 103 had been identified and 13 bodies still were unidentified It was possible however that the total might be changed slightly upon completion of the difficult casualty check Bodies Eall InJo Streets At daylight the sides of the tall chimneylike structure were draped with torn bedsheets and blankets marking in JPim silence where victims tried to escape Eyewitnesses told how panicstricken guests swung from tenth and twelfth story windows on flimsy make shift ropes A few were rescued but most fell headlong as flames burned away supports or they lost their grip Others were seen briefly at flaming windows shrieking and pray ing then disappearing into the terrible inferno At one lime a halfdozen broken bodies Jay at the intersection ot Atlantas famed Pcachtrce street and Carnegie Way opposite the 1 heater where the world premier of Gone With The Wind was Some who kept their heads were saved Whitehaired Mrs Banks Whileman manager of the hotel cigar counter pulled the wife and children of her employer Arthur F Geele from the 14th floor to the topfloor apartment of Mrs Arthur Geole sr There they hud dled in a corner until the fire subsided The origin of the blaze apparently was buried in the charrea wreckage or sealed with the dead Chy Fire Marshall Harry Phillips could say only that the flames started in the corridors of tne third or fourth floors Phillips accompanied by fire inspectors said in every the flames had burned into the rooms ot the third fourth and fifth floors indicating that the origin lay somewhere in the carpeted naL The fire was ou Firo Out of Control of control within a few minutes After it was J IlC I III W n uu i u i VVMVIIJJ iinnm discovered and before every piece of fire fighting equipment in At lanta could be summoned Phillips said The marshal said a bellhop testified he had noticed no or smoke when he delivered some soft drinks to a room on the mth floor But when he turned to leave the room he found he was trapped by flames in the doorway The mystery that surrounds the origin also gave rise to speculation as to how the fire could spread so rapidly through a fireresistant UTlie brick concrete and steel structure had no outside fire escapes but was classed as ire Marshall Harry Phillips said it met all safety codes when it was built in 19H The fire apparently started onj the third or fourth floor and New Records Set In Retail Sales By BOB WEDDLE AvalancheJournal Staff Writer A record breaking shoppina crowd flooded Lubbock streets Saturday and jammed retail slorsf in whal m3ny merchants termed Spreading with disastrous of be bigcest buying sprees idily through the southwest side Mayor William B Hartsfield said its origin was under investigation Wouldbe rescuers told of see ing many forms silhouetted against boiling flames praying vainly for succor that could not reach them Thudding bodies crashed in ghastly procession into the street iu ancj into smokefilled alleyways woman of about the There were 285 guests registered Other bodies were at the hotel which was one of Atlantas leading hostelrics Guests Arc Trapped of the building flames raced up stairwells and elevatorshafts to trap nearly half the guests The death toll eclipsed Chicagos La Sailc notel fire of six months ago when 61 rtiod and more than in the history of the city Not only was the day marked by the largest sales in most stores of any previous Saturday this fa1 but many store managers sajd without modification that it SURVEY OVER STATE SHOWS Majority Of Texas Grid Fans Jfiink Tech Should Be In SWC By JOE BELDEN Director Tho Texas Pell 15 lor a i conccinca j Tho Texas Pell Uoedy to un lrqTTN nflf Texas Tech develoDmcnts which he said JTCCl iqht about the clubs dc f1 foulcl bc a member of the frther than to sy in ef Sou hwes con erence feet that the Jaycees deemed it a matter of expediency Automatic Electric irons Kinds Jewelry 1020 KFYO Tune In 1340 Kc AvalancheJournal Station This is the view of a majority of footballminded Tcxans as reveal ed in special postseason survey conducted by The Texas Poll this week on the subject of the autumn sport football TheSouthwest conference the top organization of college sporis loams in this region is now com posed of Rice Institute Baylor uni versity A M college South ern ilcthodisl university Texas Christian university and the uni versities of Arkansas and Texas In recent years there has been con siderable agitation particularly in West Texas for the admission of Texas Technological college The Texas Poll first asked whether the person interviewed had seen any college football games this year or whether he reads newspaper articles about or listens to radio broadcasts of col lege games The answers of persons who had not attended college games or do not follow college football through Turn to Page 12 Column 1 Please turn their attention to other de tails whichthere aremany First list of contributions was announced as follows Nnlliinul Unity IVinilty In Memory tr Mllln Mr mill Jon II IJMIO TypnuTHiihleiil Onion No HUH J A Clwtmnn M P Lciinh nncl Umefl Baker 11 F Hlnchcy LlinillM the biggest in he history of trebled the 3i dead in Almlas Terminal hotel fire of May I were tht the most I cxtnivuRMiit ever ex The nations previous record in a hotel fire wns 71 in the nt Mil waukee in 1883 Among the identified dead was You areasked to turn NOW to j the coupon on page 4 of this section clip it out IlJlIn the call edfor information Mail it to Chief Goodfellow P 0 Box 491 or bring it to AvalancheJournal offices 12 113 Texas Avenue along with your fund contribution if you have not already taken care of that The information asked on the coupon is vital to proper function Turn to Page 12 Column 6 Please through the chill predawn dark ness Some landed in outstretch ed lifenets some struck the e with sickening thuds One womans body struck a wire or rope just above the marquee spun crazily and momentarily the vic tim was suspended by the neck She thrashed once and fell the remaining few Icct Death Plunges Soon From us high up as the eleven th Jloor some ot the 285 illlnl cd guests plummeted to their death in crazed fear Another wo man on the seventh floor clasp ed her hands as if inprayer bowed her head for a moment and then fixed a stare skyward dot OF IT ledge and started down a W F Winecoff 70 one of the hotels builders who died in his dertaking to send long tons I upperfloor apartment His wife of food this month compared with tons in November 2 Seventeen grain laden ves sels arc to sail from Albany in December with the Coast Guard ready to provide icebreakers in the Hudson river if needed 3 Standby vessels will bc held in other ports to prevent unfore seen delays and lake On additional lastminute cargoes Pattersons statement said the War department in making head way against difficulties in break ing bottlenecks in food transporta tion which have threatened to wreck the occupation E J IChick Hosch southern division sporis editor of the As sociated Press said he saw many persons leaping to their deaths One woman throw her young son and daughter to death from the seventh floor and then followed them herself I never expect lo so terrible as iho of Ihoso pcoplc from the lime they would jump until they struck the pave he said Night clerk Comer Rowan said Turn to Page 12 Column 3 Please pcrieneed is in prospect for Lub bock citizens with more presents and larRCipresents being given than ever before The buying spree a surveyor retail establishments here reveal NINE PERSONS CONDEMNED LILLE France Dec 7 persons were condemned to death and 15 others sentenced to hard labor or prison terms today at the end of the trial of The Brigade of the a collaborationist group charged with informing to the Gestapo aboul activities of pat riotic Frenchmen during the Ger man occupation Sterling Silver Carving set WomanAlive After TenStory Plunge ATLANTA Dec 7 G D Burch of Chattanooga fell ten stories in the WinccofI hotel fire and lived Burch reported his wife suffer ed broken legs and arms and in ternal injuries She was taken to Grady hospital Mrs Burch climbed through a window of the tenth floor and at tempted to descend a rope made of blankets BIRD SURVIVES FIRE ATLANTA Dec 7 f Sight hours after firemen extinguished the last blazing embers of the WinecufC hotel a lone canary was found singing on charred fourteenth floor The bird was still in its cage and apparently unharm ed The name of the birds owner was not known Circulating Cotton Money Has Area Cash Registers Ringing By A B SLAGLE in dollars was available im Bv A n J Staff Writer mediately on various other cash crops such as grain and otnei feeds poultry and drry products and others for which this part of WHERE are people on the South Plains getting the money they are spending so throughout the area for Christmas merchandise Based cotton ginnings report by the Bureau of the Census showing bales of cotton ginned in the 15 South Plains counties prior to Nov 14 farm ers of the area arc pouring into the channels of commerce nearly from the cotton crop alone the state Aggregate has total become noted from these ed embraced all types of retail stores jewelry stores furnirure stores clothing mea and women as well as department stores and five and tencent stores But even though many sources believed yesterdays buy ing was unprecedented numerous business men wore looking forward in an even greater volume next Saturilay and each of ihe two romainiiiK Saturdays from now until Christmas The manager of one large store here said Saturday was undoubt edly the biggest day in the history of that store giving as reasons the facts that the town is growing there are more items for sale now Turn to Page 12 Column Please The Weather WEST Sunday partly cloudy and slightly cooler with widely scattered light from Pecos valley westward Monday partly cloudy with scattered light rain and cooler pecos valley east ward rrodrdcd by Wist Tcxu Go company durinc DRSI 24 products could reasonably bc ex pected to equal or exceed the cot ton money Neither does it include cotlon that has been harvested and sold on a lucrative mnrkct since the a m 2 B m 3 m M m 5 m S B m 7 n m 3 m 3 R m 10 R m 11 T m 12 Hinij nn 58 81 low o m 15 official Mov H report Compared with last year and based on prevailing cotion prices And cotton is only part of the the same time of year cotton picture No seasonable estimate I Turn to Page 6 Column 1 Please cpdlnK 6 p Maximum iicllt Station in 2 minimum 2 o 3 p n 5 D nl 6 D 3 s m b U 12 irnl rrcoremci a ore 1 A SHOPPING DAYS 1ft TO   

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