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   Salt Lake Tribune, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1949, Salt Lake City, Utah                                RADIO NEWS am am pm Inter mountain Network Station Monday Through Friday WEATHER Fair Thursday and continued mild Details on Page 6 VOL 158 NO 126 SALT LAKE CITY UTAH THURSDAY MORNING FEBRUARY 17 1949 PRICE FIVE CENTS Floods Threaten Mountain Area Chinook Rains Heighten Peril Drifts Choke Wyoming Nevada By HAROLD W SIMPSON The threat of floods and avalanches in most of the inter mountain region was posed Wednesday as rising temperatures and rains caused heavy snows to melt rapidly In southern Wyoming continued winds kept the Rawlins Rock Springs region drifted over despite moderating tempera tures I Elko Nev reported a state of emergency because tremendous drifts have isolated a number of communities and presented a food and fuel shortage Moderating temperatures raised the flood threat here too OOO OTTT vvv i Greatest Flood Peril Greatest flood danger Wednes day was in the Pacific northwest however where a heavy rainstorm and galelike winds were reported Washington and northern Idaho were particularly hard hit Snowslides in eastern Washing ton mountains caused by rains blocked three rail lines and the three most important highway passes there bringing about a major traffic jam Union Pacific Railroad Co an nounced discontinuance of two of its three transcontinental stream liner runs because of continued snow drifts on its Wyoming lines Only the City of Portland will operate until the Wyoming block is cleared Ball Drifts Cleared Nevada drifts that halted South ern Pacific trains Tuesday were cleared late Wednesday and West ern Pacific reported its Nevada runs were on faster schedules Danger of snowslides in Ander son Ranch dam construction camp in southwestern Idaho led to the evacuation of that community Avalanches hit there last week In Utah temperatures hear the 40s that seemed high in view of past subzero readings were de scribed as about normal by weather forecasters They pre dicted another day or two of con tinued moderate temperatures for the entire state Most of the rest of the nation enjoyed equally mild weather with only eastern Montana the Dakotas and parts of Minnesota reporting temperatures Dakotas Buffeted The Dakotas still were being buffeted by high winds Drifting roads remained a major problem Rawlins and Rock Springs Wyo also were windwhipped and near the latter community 40 persons were rescued by army personnel after being isolated by drifts near Lyman Rawlins told Red Cross officials it had four emergency medical cases in the area needing evacua tions Heavy road equipment and army weasels were being organized there for emergency rescue work Heavy equipment was being Bought in Elko county Nev to open about 300 miles of snow Senate Votes Symphony Veto Support By O N MALMQUIST Gov J Bracken Lees veto of a bill to appropriate to meet a deficit of the Utah symphony orchestra was upheld by the sen ate Wednesday after it had been rolled up into one of the major issues of the session Thirteen senators voted to pass the bill over the veto and ten voted against the measure A twothirds majority of 16 was required to re pass it Having been killed in the senate the bill will not go to the blocked roads Tuscarora and Mountain Montello City were among towns requesting immedi ate aid Drifts up to 18 feet deep are reported over roads To the north it was the combina tion of heavy snow and a new rain storm that held Pacific north west areas in peril Fuel short ages were reported in both Wallace Moscow Ida in addition Bingham in Utah was another community to report a fuel short See Page 2 Column 2 UTAH WEATHER Heres Story In Nutshell Forecast Increasing cloudiness northwest portion and clear south and east portions Temperatures should range upward to 45 degrees Roads All main highways open except Logan canyon section on U S highway 89 Only major state roads closed are Utah 111 to Her rirnan Salt Lake county and Utah 144 to New Harmony Washington county Transportation Union Pacifics Los Angeles and San Francisco streamliners canceled because of continued Wyoming snow block ades Southern Pacific and Western Pacific operating on improving schedules through Nevada Denver and Rio Grande Western on sched ule Bus lines operating except into Wyoming Air lines normal Schools All schools scheduled to open Wednesday except Boone elementary in Granite district Salt Lake county Livestock Improved conditions reported Haylift operating during day Many roads previously closed now passable for truck use Copper Import Duty WASHINGTON Feb 16 The house approved unanimously Wednesday a bill suspending for two more years to March 31 1951 the import duty on copper The action is intended to encourage imports of the metal house Debate Precedes Vote The roll call was preceded by a debate in which large majority of the senate members partici pated Two main points were made The group seeking to over ride the veto took the position that the debts of the orchestra mostly for salaries was a legal or a moral obligation which the state should honor even though it cannot be sued The opposition argued that the state should not and could not be held responsible for expenditures over the prior appropriation and that it was unwise policy to spend public funds for luxuries when there was such a pressing need for such things as schools Sort of Test Some of the senators regarded Lhe issue as a sort of test to deter mine whether the legislature was to support the governors economy program or kick it over board Sen Lorenzo E Elggren D Salt for example said he considered the governors budg et recommendations unreason ably low and directed attention to reports that the appropriations committee is overriding some of the chief executives recommenda tions and urged the senate to fol low a like course by overriding the veto Spurn Economy Test But some of the senators who voted to override emphatically re fused to recognize the measure as a test on their attitude towarc economy Typical of this group was Sen Rue L Clegg R Salt Lake who said the only issue so far a he was concerned was whether the state was going to pay its debts or repudiate a contract The vote followed much closer to a geographical line than to a party line The rollcall for the bill or to override the veto Brock bank Burns Clegg Day Elggren Fowles Jenkins Mrs Jensen Knight Marthakis Melich Milli man Reese Against the bill or t sustain the veto Gibbons Gib son Jolley Jones Larsen Lund Marsden McShane Orser Hopkin Another bill to appropriate 000 to the orchestra has been in troduced into the senate and in dications were that this could b passed over a veto in the senate It was introduced by Pres Alonzi F Hopkin D whi voted to uphold the veto on th appropriation He said after the session tha he was willing to amend this t See Page 4 Column House Approves Million Funds Proposal Doubles Truman Request For Unemployment Pay WASHINGTON Feb 16 house Wednesday night passed an emergency bill providing to help run the government until July 1 after raising the total because of mounting unemployment in many areas The roll call vote was 367 to 19 The first big money bill of the new congress also provides unds to build a Tennessee Valley authority steam plant at new Johnsonville Tenn and to restore the jobs of reclamation lommissioner Michael Straus and Road Pools Call for Amphibious Operation A dip In this road near Magna was turned into a goodstzed pond Wednesday by meltingsnows and storm sewers Passing motorists were forced to go through the covered the only roart to and from Bingham Most drivers went through in low gear State Nearing End of Case In Lack Trial Emerging Wednesday from a abyrinth of inventories and vendors reports that charged V Lack with a shortage the state hoped to wind up its embezzlement case against he former operator of the Brig ham street pharmacy package agency sometime Thursday Dist Atty Brigham E Roberts and Special Prosecutor Clifford L Ashton said they felt they had passed over the roughest part of he states journey when they fin ished with the accounting phase of the case Alleged Burglary After W Drew Leonard 927 llth Esst who directed the state auditors office audit of the Brig ham street pharmacy agency in March 1948 had testified as to his findings the states attorneys pushed into the alleged burglary of March 1 1948 the act which brought on a Salt Lake county grand jury and Lacks indictment The days final witnesses were Wilford P Home 465 E South Temple who is custodian of the Sharp flats directly over the agency and who discovered the burglary and Robert E Glade 546 Cleveland ave owner and op erator of a Radio taxicab and who found Lacks adding machinecash register on North Temple near 15th West 9273 Bottles The district attorney said late Wednesday that the state expected to rest its case by Thursday eve ning Eight more witnesses in cluding Police Detectives Ed Gal lagher and Edward Jackson who investigated the purported burg lary are scheduled to testify Mr Leonard reported that an audit of the period from Dec 15 1945 through March 1 1948 dis closed a shortage of 9273 bottles which cost the Utah liquor control commission and had a retail value of Sales as reported on the eight inventories during the 26 months See Page 4 Column 1 Elder Named Israel First President JERUSALEM Thursday Feb 17 constituent as sembly Thursday elected Dr Chaim Weizmann president of the new Jewish state Dr Weizmann 74 is Zions elder statesman He was named provisional president of Israel last May 17 three days after the birth of the new state was proclaimed in Tel Aviv At that time he was ill in New York under the care of a physi cian He did not come to Israel until Sept 30 Elections for a constituent as sembly to name a president and draft a constitution were held Jan 25 The assembly convened 1n Jerusalem last week end Its next session will be in Tel Aviv The initial meeting here was believed to have underlined Israels claims to voiced by Dr Weizmann him self Morse Tags TH NonRed Oath Clause West Europe Bloe Spurs Radar Fence LONDON Feb 16 UP The military chiefs of Europes West ern union are rushing work on a radar fence which will guard their five countries against sur prise air attack British sources said Wednesday night The first hint the electronic east wall was being built came with the publication of a white paper that Britain is furnishing radar equipment and jet fighters to her Brusselspact partners The official announcement said Meteor and Vampire jets late model interceptor be ing shipped to France Belgium and the Netherlands and plan for local manufacture of similar planes in those countries are wel advanced Major Highlights of Action In Utah Senate and House Highlights in Utahs legislature Wednesday The Senate Sustained Gov J Bracken Lees veto of a bill to ap propriate to the Utah symphony orchestra Passed by a bare majority a resolution to ratify the proposed amendment to the federal constitution limiting presidential tenure to two terms Killed a bill to legalize payment of overtime to public officials an demployes Received three commission appointments from the gov ernor The House Debated a senateapproved bill to turn over all motor vehicle registration license plate revenue to cities and counties for use on B and C roads Debated a compromise bill to provide for popular election of state board of education members Killed a bill making parents liable for damage caused by children througs negligent use of firearms or other de structive weapons Furnishes Equipment Ground radar equipment is also being furnished from the United Kingdom Britain for an in tegrated earlywarning system the white paper added No de tails were given British sources Wednesday nigh filled in some of the blanks on the methods which will probably be used to guard Britain France Belgium the Netherlands and Luxembourg against blitz raids These sources said well con cealed radar stations would be se up along the outer borders of al five nations close enough together to weave an invisible net tight enough mesh to detect even relatively small guided mis siles as well as enemy bombers To Link Stations Stations in all five countries would be linked to a central head quarters where all air movements anywhere near the borders of the five nations will be continuously charted It will be possible to dismiss most targets immediately as peaceful aircraft following regular routes WASHINGTON Feb 16 Sen Wayne Morse R ailed it an insult to loyal labor eaders to require them to swear hey are not Communists He sug fested instead that everyone seek ng any service from a government agency be required to state his oyalty to the United States Morses attack on the Taft lartleys law nonCommunist af fidavit provision came at senate ataor committee hearings on the administrations labor bill That measure would replace the TH aw with a modified Wagner act Other Developments There were these other develop ments at Wednesdays session 1 An official of an employers roup vigorously defended the closed shop which requires that employers hire only union rnem oers The TaftHartley law bans the closed shop Paul M Geary executive vice president of the National Electrical Contractors Assn told the committee the ban impairs the employers right of contract and strikes at union security 2 William Green president of the American Federation of Labor testified that if the government had jailed John L Lewis in the 1948 coal strike the miners would have stood like the rock of Gibraltar and never moved Green who is opposed to use of court orders to block critical strikes said the injunction the government got in the coal case last year under the TH law ac tually had nothing to do with ending the strike He added that the miners went back to the pits only after the mine owners met their duty Embarrassing Oath 3 Richard Gray president of the AFLs building and construction department said Robert N Den ham general counsel oC the Na tional Labor Relations board ha gone far beyond the intent of con gress in applying the TH law to the construction industry 4 William T Gossett vice pres ident and general counsel of the Ford Motor Co opposed lifting the TaftHartley ban against com pelling firms to bargain with fore mens unions Trainmen Agree To Postpone Walkout on S P SAN FRANCISCO Feb 16 A Southern Pacific spokes man announced Wednesday the Brotherhood of Locomotive fire men and enginemen has agreed to postpone its threatened strike set for Friday The company source brought that word out of a mediation meeting at Southern Pacific headquarters He said the union did not give any new strike date Brotherhood officials were not available for comment The dispute is over grievance cases The union has complained more than 300 such cases were pending In addition Southern Pacific is among 60 railroads which have declined to grant the demand for an extra engi neer on Diesel locomotives In opposing the TaftHartley ection requiring nonCommunis ffidavits of union officers be ore their unions can deal with he National Labor Relations oard Morse said he agreed with Sreen that such an oath is em arrassing to labor men It seems to me Morse said that if we are going to have any orm of pledge at all we ought o work out a general statement f loyalty to our form of consti utional government Morse suggested that all per sons seeking service from any government agency be required to ile such a statement The Oregon senator called it an admission of weakness and almost a presumption of guilt o require the type of affidavit he TaftHartley law demands He ermed that requirement an in sult to loyal labor leaders who lave been doing a magnificent job in routing Communists from unions AF Reducing Basic Units In Caribbean WASHINGTON Feb 16 UP The air force announced Wednes day it is reducing its squadrons and bases in the Caribbean area in another cutback aimed at keep ing within Pres Harry S Tru mans tight fiscal 1950 budget bases will be closed At Atkinson Hyde Park British Guiana Beane Bieux Forte St Lucia and Collidge St Johns Antigua British West Indies Three Squadrons Out Three squadrons will be trans ferred or retired from active duty and the civilian personnel of the Caribbean air command will be cut iis California regional director Richard Boke Provo River Funds Included in the bill are extra funds for a number of reclamation developments in the west Included s a appropriation for the Provo Utah River project The measure contains money to keep some form of rent control going after the March 31 expira tion date of present rent controls and to meet the cost of Pres Harry S Trumans recent pay raise Administration Majorities All efforts to trim the bill dras tically were rejected by solid ad ministration majorities The total was only less than asked by Pres Truman But the house raised to 000000 the sought by the president to administer unem ployment compensation and state employment offices The hike was asked by the appropriations com mittee to meet an acute employ ment problem particularly in larg er cities The house rejected 132 to 101 an attempt by Rep Antoni N Sad ak R Conn to raise the un employment figure to The proposal was ac cepted by voice vote The house defeated 192105 a move by Rep John Taber R N Y to knock out to start work on the T V A steam plant Off Pay Roll Similarly the house knocked down 192105 an effort by Rep James W Wadsworth R N to keep Strauss and Boke off the federal pay roll The 80th con gress fired them as of Jan 31 by ruling that engineers must hold such jobs Neither is an engineer Wadsworth said there was doc umentary and incontrovertible evidence that the two men de ceived congress by spending a years funds for the California Central Valley authority in six months Rep Michael J Kirwan D O replied that congress cut the cen tral valley projects funds that year by 47 and work had to pro ceed on schedule under terms of the law Pres Truman asked that the two men be restored to their jobs Other defeated amendments in cluded three by Rep Ben Jensen R la to restrict use of funds by the reclamation bureau and Bonneville Power administration and an effort to require retention of the present glass skylights in the house chamber from 8000 to 3000 The action came as House Speaker Sam Rayburn revealed that many congressmen are feel ing pretty blue about the high cost of the nations air power He made the statement after the con gressional big four discussed the pros and cons of a 70group air force with Pres Truman Rayburn did not say what the president thought about house plans to provide more planes this year than Mr Truman asked for Others Can Too But he said some congressmen who saw the air forces big dem onstration for the president anc congress Tuesday were depressec because of the high cost of the new machines and the realization that if we can make them other people can too Wednesdays was the second air force cut in the past six weeks On Jan 11 the air force cancelled in jet and transporl plane contracts announcing il would use the money to buy addi tional B36 superbombers While not an immediate cash reduction the move curtails the air forces expansion plans and shifts phasis to strategic bombardment The other services also have an nounced cutbacks to fit the 268000000 defense budget for the 12 months beginning next July 1 PROJECTS FUNDS Bill Includes Idaho WASHINGTON Feb 16 The emergency bill passed by the house Wednesday provides funds to remodel the house and senate chambers The major items in the bill were not controversial They included for increased oldage and blind aid grants to the states provided for by congress nearly for the veterans ad ministration and money to make up the Postoffice departments def icit The following extra funds for reclamation projects are in the bill Construction Davis dam Ari zonaNevada Colorado Big Thompson Colorado 000 Columbia basin Washington Missouri river basin Boise project Idaho Payette division Lewis ton Orchards Ida Provo River Utah Operation and maintenance ColoradoBig Thompson Colorado North Platte Nebraska Wyoming and Kendrick project Wyoming U S Pact Aim Unchanged Acheson Says The for Provo river con struction among the approved projects in the house emergency bill passed Wednesday is to com plete the Provo canyon aqueduct and Provo reservoir canal accord ing to Ernest O Larson regional director U S bureau of reclama tion Increased costs made the supple mental appropriation necessary Mr Larson said Total cost of the project is over WASHINGTON Feb 16 Secretary of State Dean Acheson declared emphatically Wednesday that American policy toward the proposed north Atlantic security treaty has not changed He thus challenged complaints in western Europe and Communist propaganda claims that the United States was backing down on its intention to make an effective de fense alliance with the western European nations His statement was issued at a news conference in response to questions prompted by assertions of senate leaders that this coun try cannot make any automatic commitment to go to war in case one of the other nations in security system is attacked Talks of Objectives The precise kind of commitment which may be made is still being negotiated and Acheson did not discuss it He talked instead about objectives and policies and de clared that in this respect there are no real differences between the State department and the sen ates bipartisan foreign policy leaders Tom Connally D Tex and Arthur H Vandenberg R We have been proceeding he said on the basis of policies which have been clearly defined and which I think are well under stood FIRST STEP OUT Russians Resign From U N World Health Organization GENEVA Switzerland Feb 16 UP Soviet Russia resigned Wednesday from the World Health organization the only specialized agency created by the United Na tions charter to which she be longed N A Vinogradov Soviet dep uty health minister cabled the resignation to W H O headquarters here calling the agency inefficient and overexpensive The Ukraine and White Russia the two Soviet republics which have separate memberships with the Soviet Union in the U N re signed also Urgent attempts were started at once here and at Lake Success N Y to get the Soviet govern ment to reconsider its decision Dr George Brock Chisholm di rector general of WHO cabled the Soviet government and the governments of the Ukraine and White Russia refusing to accept the resignations for the present and offering to go to Moscow to talk over the situation U N Secy Gen Trygve Lie ex pressed his regret in a statement issued at Lake Success He dis closed he was in touch with Mos cow through Chief U N Delegate Jacob A Malik in an attempt to get Russia to change its mind Some U N leaders openly feared that the resignation of the Soviet Union from the WHO might portend a future walkout from the U N itself The prevailing view however was that it would not that it would have nothing to gain and plenty to lose by such action   

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