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   Salt Lake Tribune, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1949, Salt Lake City, Utah                                RADIO NEWS am am pm Intelmountain Network Station KALL Monday Tiiroiish Friday WEATHER Fair and wanner Monday Details on Page 14 VOL 158 NO 179 SALT LAKE CITY UTAH MONDAY MORNING APRIL 11 1919 PRICE FIVE CENTS Kathy Found Dead in Casing Believed Drowned on Friday Ten Perish Violently In Utah Wyoming Week End Collects Fatality Toll By Air Road Water Mishaps By TRIBUXE REGIOXAL STAFF Nine men and an ISrnonthold boy were dead Sunday the of a plane crash in Wyoming four traffic accidents inj north and central Utah and a drowning in Tooele Heaviest toll was in the Wyoming plane crash near Granger Sweetwater county where pilot and two oil equipment company representatives perished Sunday noon A headon collision on highway 140 west of Vernal late Saturday and a traintruck crash south of Ironton Utah county Sunday each claimed two lives A detached trailer in Ogden and an accidental drowning in Toocle claimed two other victims and a Brigham City traffic victim died j Dead are Granser plane crash Bill j Hull Casper Dale Roiish Odessa Tex and John I Womaek home town not known I Ironton accident George E Argyle 56 and George Clifford Argyle 19 both of Spanish Fork Vernal highway ton Kanislanaux 27 and Errol Hullinger 21 both of Vernal Ogden Mc Kinlcy Rochell 51 Washing ton Terrace Ogden Tooele White 18 months son of Samuel Delhourne Dell and Ida Lloyd White Xooele Brigham City Virgil By ron Stallings 74 Brigham City who died Sunday of injuries suffered in a March 15 collision Injured are Nick Rogdanovich 37 Detroit Mich Willie Spears 29 Indianap olis Ind and Herman Wooley 32 Vernal all victims of the Vernal crash Body Recovery Climaxes Heroic Rescue Try Cliisppd in tho arms of Bill Yancey one of many workers who toiled frantically o release her the hodv of Kathy Fiscus is brought tosurface The recovery climaxed heroic rescue atlempt Germans Cool To New Rule BONN Germany April 10 AP occupation statute a sub stitute peace treaty for west Ger many was handed to the Germans Sunday It received a cool recep tion The statute offers the Germans selfgovernment to the maximum possible degree consistent with occupation But it bristles with re strictions and reservations The German press commenting on the basis of an advance outline of the contents greeted the docu ment without enthusiasm Contin ued allied controlof German trade and industrial research were the chief sore points Berlins Sozialderhokrat said the occupation powers were afraid of German competition Political leaders agreed to with hold comment for 48 hours The document was handed over ceremony by French British and American liaison offi cers to Dr Konrad Adenauer pres ident of the parliamentarycouncil has the task of drafting a constitution for a west German government PALM SUNDAY WORSHIPPERS Gas Blast Kills 6 Hurts 40 In South Dakota Church MARION S D April 10 butane gas explosion shat tered little St Marys Catholic church just before the 9 am Palm Sunday mass killing at least six worshippers and injuring more than 40 A witness said the blast was touched off as two altar boys struck matches to light the altar candles for mass Brick Church State Fire Marshal Arch ODell said an investigation showed the small brick church was full of gas from a basement furnace leak and that any spark could have touched off the explosion The churchs shingle roof was lifted in the afr and collapsed down onto the pews buckling in the middle The brick walls tum bled crazily some falling inward and some outward Only the steeple and the arched doorway remained standing Six persons were counted dead in the first few hours after the blast and a crew of 50 workers TJ S to Keep 70000 Troops On Hand in New Germany WASHINGTON April 10 UP U S army force of some 70000 combat the present stay on the alert in Germany after the task of occupation government is turned over to civilians officials said Sunday termined by general military and security considerations He added that he had no reason to know at present that these forces should be either increased or diminished State department quarters de nied emphatically meanwhile that there is any inconsistency They made it plain that ihe size j in turning western Germany over of the force will be governedby j to civilian control while the United how Russiabehaves as well as by States is proposing to help other how the Germans behave under i western European nations rebuild limited selfgovernment Any decision to increase or de crease the troops probably will be made here by the joint chiefs of staff and the national secur ity council instead of by the civilian allied high commissioners who will replace military occupa their armed strength These quarters pointed out that none of the other western Euro pean governments are now under military control All sre run at the top by civilians just as western Germany will be under the new plan tion authorities it was said j This is not a change in the These statements spelled outnumber of men or the amount of remarks of Secy of State Dean military equipment we will have G Acheson at a news conference in Germany one official said Friday He said U S troop It is merely ft change in the top strength in Germany will be de1 direction of them dug through the debris for possi ble additional victims About 10 of the injured were in serious con dition The roof was dragged away quickly with bulldozers however and searchers believed that no more victims would be found Some 30 injured worshippers were rushed to hospitals in near by Sioux Falls Yankton and Mitchell S D In addition Dr W E Heib said about a dozen other persons were treated for minor injuries at their homes here Came Running Neighbors came running up to help the trapped and screaming worshippers They said they came staggering out of the church blackened from the blast Most of the dead were struck down at the doorway wherethe blast apparently spent its greatest force because of the open door Anelia Stubbe who lives across the street and other witnesses told of seeing a great column of smoke and dust arise from the church before it collapsed There was no fire Neighbors moved into the wreckage to free those caught un der the roof untilaid was organ ized The injured were stretched out in front of the church until ambulances arrived Women Expires Dr Henry Berreth said he pulled out three dead including a woman who expired as he was lifting her into a truck to betaken to a hospital Rev Father Joseph Zimmer man was putting on his vestments ana parishioners were hurrying from the clear sunlight of Palm Sunday into the dim church when the blast hit Postmaster W W Brady said he was sitting in a front pew and the place blew up just as the altar boys lighted matches It was believed the boys Bobby Louns bery 10 and Kenneth Wagner 13 were among the injured Brady and his wife were injured and taken to a Mitchell hospital Father Zimmerman suffered a leg injury and possible broken ribs and was taken to the parish house i near by i Utah Father Sou Killed III AutoTrain Crash Tribune Lraspd Wire PROVO April prominent Spanish Fork resident and his son were killed one almost instantly Sunday at am when the truck in which they were riding was struck by a Union Pacific Diesel freight train at a crossing a mile and a half south of the Pacific States Cast Iron plant in Ironton Dead are George Clifford Argyle 19 Spanish Pork who died almost in stantly of internal injuries George E Argyle 55 former chief of police in Spanish Fork who died at pm in the Utah Valley hospital in Prove of severe head and chest injuries According to reports of investi gating officers the two were driv ing south on a country road which parallels the railroad on the west side then at the point of the crash makes a crossing to the east side of the tracks Apparently both failed to hear the southbound Diesel freight and turned squarely in front of the train at the cross ing Crew of the light freight which included only five cars in addition to the engine units included F G Stuck conductor and A A Sher wood engineer both of Salt Lake City Born in Payson George Erwin Argyle 55 was born Aug 30 1893 in Payson a son of Frank and Agnes Cowan Argyle and received his educa tion in Lake Shore and Spanish Fork Utah county schools On June 10 1914 he married Agnes Hortense Anderson in the Salt Lake temple Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints A farmer and stockman by occupa tion he had also served as chief of police in Spanish Fork from 1940 to 1945 He was a home mis sionary for the L D S church two years and was a member of the Diamond Fork Riding club Surviving are his widow five sons Delos Kenneth Sanford and Sterling Argyle Spanish Fork and William M Argyle Ogden two daughters Mrs Evelyn Chris tenscn Salem Utah county and Mrs Rosetta Stanton Layton his father Frank Argyle Sr Spanish Fork three brothers Frank Alex and Clarence Argyle Spanish Fork and four sisters Mrs Eliza beth Beckstrom Benjamin Utah county Mrs Lavieve Cornaby Spanish Fork and Mrs Pearl Moore and Mrs Zita Williams Magna George Clifford Argyle 38 was born Sept 16 1930 in Spanish Fork high school whero he had been a member of Woj Woda club He was a high priest in the Span ish Fork First LDS ward Combined funeral services will See Page 3 Column 1 Plane Crashes Kills Three In Wyoming o Tribune Special GRANGER Sweetwater County Wyo April fliers per ished Sunday noon when their light plane crashed on a takeoff and burned six miles northwest of here in Lincoln county Wyo Dead are Bill Hall Casper Wyo pilot Dale Roush Odessa Tex sales man for H C Smith Bit Co Tulsa Okla John Womaek home town not known also a salesman for the Tulsa concern The three men had flown here from Casper to examine an oil well being drilled by the Brinker hoff Drilling Co of Casper C A A Charts Probe At Green River Wyo Deputy Sheriff Art Pentila of Sweetwater county said Civilian Aeronautics administration officials will start investigation of the tragedy Civilian investigation is being conducted by Lincoln county Wyo j authorities as the crash occurred just west of the SweetwaterLin coln county lines The two salesmen had stopped at the rig to inspect bits which had been furnished the Brinker hoff Co by their firm Hall land ing the plane on an air strip which has been cut out of the sage brush to serve the well drillers Plunges to Earth Men at the rig told Pentila that soon after the plane took off shortly before noon the motor coughed and cut out once but caught again and the plane con tinued without again landing Im mediately afterwards when only a short distance above the ground with an altitude of perhaps 100 feet it plunged suddenly to earth and broke into flames All three men were dead when rescuers reached the flaming plane The plane was identified as a Beechcraft Bonanza and used by the bit company to visit outlying wells Bodies of the three men were extricated from the wreckage abutit 5 pm Sunday and taken to Kemmerer The scene of the ac cident is about 4 miles from the nearest ranch In order to reach the scene of the crash authorities had to ford a river However using longer routes hundreds of motorists found their way to the scene of the crash later in the day Local authorities kept crowds away from the crash scene until federal investigators could arrive to examine the evidence More C A A planes are to arrive there Monday carrying officials to probe the accident Weary Rescuers Recover Twisted Body in Water SAN MARINO Cal April 10 found Kathy Fiscus idead by drowning I After 52 hours of heartbreaking backstraining effort i weary rescuers Sunday night reached the end of their search and a hopeful world the end of its vigil That she was dead was announced at But it would have been the same if it had been only two hours Dr Robert J McCullock family physician said 3yearold Kathy had been dead since last heard from Friday afternoon That was little more than an hour after she tumbled into the weed TTjypiro hidden narrow mouth of an j Hi3 abandoned well j Her body was found in water j wedged in the 14inch well pipe 92 feet below the surface where her distraught parents David and Alice Fiscus waited and prayed the two days and nights It was the end the line too for the 50 or more volunteer res cuers who went almost without sleep in the frantic digging that Kalhy Fisois Lifeless body found deep In well deathtrap Forrestal Resting Hospital Reports WASHINGTON April 10 UP Bethesda Md naval medical center said Sunday that James Forrestal former secre tary of defense was resting very comfortably at the hos pital where he is undergoing a thorough physical checkup Forrestal was admitted to the hospital April 2 five days after Louis Johnson succeeded him and the hospital said then that he had been admitted for a routine examination Radio commentator Drew Pearson Sunday night broadcast a report so far unconfirmed that Forrestal had svifferftd a nervous breakdown He related several incidents to substantiate the Stricken Mother Near Collapse At Death News SAN MARINO Cal April 10 Alice Fiscus walked aimlessly back and forthin her living room Sunday night asa doctor told her that her baby daughter died in a 90ft fall down an abandoned well The front door was open on the warm spring evening and reporters outside i could see the distraught young mother near collapse from griefand fatigue pacing back and forth Her husband David official of a water company which dug the woll into which threeyear old Kathy tumbled Friday walked beside her Their other child Barbara 9 was in bed at a neighbors home but officials said she had been told Powerful Reds Poise for Yangtze Jump NANKING April 10 Three powerful Communist armies ham mered hard at the governments thin bridgeheads north of the Yangtze river Sunday with the avowed aim of invading South China The Communists announced that they already had boats waiting to make the crossing They have set a deadline of Tuesday for the government to accept terms amounting to total surrender and thus end the war Acting Pres Li Tsungjen and his top officials were reported drafting a statement they hoped would meet the Communist ulti matum Start Dropping Shells As a foretaste of what other wise may come quickly Red ar tillery pumped a shell across the river into the railway stationof Lungtan only 18 miles east of Nanking A strong drive was reported in progress against Kwachow on the north bank 40 miles east of Nan king From Kwachow Red artillery can sweep the ShanghaiNanking railway where it bends close to the south bank Chinkiang pivotal defense center on the Shanghai Nanking route also was being laid open to bombardment Hold Yangtze Ferry The Reds already held Icheng a northbank ferry point 27 miles northeast of Nanking but farther from the railway than Kwachow Upstream the government mil tary news agency acknowledged strong attacks against northbank positions opposite Wuhu 50 miles southwest of Nanking The egency said government forces also had fallen back 23 miles north of Kiukiang south mnk city 230 miles from Nanking It admitted loss of a string of towns 30 to 50 miles north north west and east of Hankow the so called Chicago of China 375 miles upstream from Nanking After months of secrecy the carried them 100 feet down only to find water and death Last Heard Friday Nothing had been heard from the pipe since Kathys last frenzied faint cries to her mother about 6 pm Friday But hope had been held that perhaps shock had co rratizeci her and zhe would survive The bereaved Fiscus family in response to the sympathy ex pressed from all corners of the world said simply There is nothing we can say but merely thank all the people who have been helpful The childs body was brought up at pm PS She was in the arms of Bill Yancey as he was hoisted oiit of the rescue shaft by cable The body wrapped in a gray blanket was placed im mediately in a waiting black hearse and taken to TurnerStevens mor tuary Over the public address system came the voice of Dr Paul Han cm This is Dr Paul Hanson family physician and a close persona iricnd of the Fiscus family Kathy is dead and has ap parently been dead since she was last heard speaking on Friday Asks Crowd to Leare Her family has been notifiec and Dr Kathy dead and is assisting in re moval of the body For the sake of the family who have held up so gallantly through this ordeal anc all the people who have aided so magnificently we ask you to please eave the scene of the accident as a courtesy to them If this had been your child we are sure you would not want a crowd remaining at the scene of the tragedy I now wish to read a messagefrom the Fiscus family Family Expresses Thanks There is nothing wa can say to fully thank the many people who have helped us so unselfishly tony of these people have gone lome to muchneeded rest Our leartfelt gratitude goes out to them for their sacrifices beyond belief The doctor said the family is at home He said the cause of the death as drowning and the body was ound in water He said he didnt know how long it would take to remove the body Knew She Was Dead O A Kelly the engineer who ound the body told reporters I knew she was dead the minute saw her She was three feet be ow the level of the window in the well She was upright and covered vith water Kelly said it was he who asked See Page 2 Column 2 Tense World Acts Role Of Rescuer we are now notifying you McCullock has pronounced By JIM BACON SAN MARINO Cal April 10 whole world was shocked Sunday night by news of Kathy Fiscus death For 52 hours they had mentally and prayerfully helped dig away each shovelful of dirt toward the little girl im prisoned almost 100 ft under ground Blond cute a old kid as one ever wedged down there in a 14in pipe And all over the United in some foreign coun tries and thou sands of people were flooding newspaper switchboards All of them asked hopefully Foremost Query Is she alive To newspapermen it one of the great human interest stories of all time Mostly because was Kathy and 3 Bob Moore telegraph editorof the Dallas News summed it This story has hit me the hardest of any since been on the V In Albuquerque the Journal re ported that it had the most tele phone calls of any story since the first atom bomb was set off in New Mexico It was the same everywhere Switchboard operators were jammed Flood Tribune Board The Salt Lake City Tribunes operator said 1 havent seen anything like it since Ive been an operator Even tiny children almost too young to talk are calling for news about Kathy In Philadelphia the Inquirer and Sunday Bulletin reported that of their thousands of calls pe culiarly enough the calls have come from nearly as many men as women 4 Hundreds of the calls were ad vice on methods of rescuing the tot Plumbers blowpipe operators sewermen were among those ad vancing various ideas From Chicago City Engineer W W De Beard suggested greas ing inside of the pipe and then through the use of a tube using a light vacuumto force the girl up ward All over the country midgets and thin men volunteered to go down the pipe after little Kathy At the scene among the crowd of onlookers were tiny jockeys from nearby Santa Anita race track midgets and circus hin ready and hoping for a chance to go down for the ittle girl But the rescue chieftains dis carded their offers Veteran dig rers they said were the best hope From Portland Ore came this from a 6yearold youngster HOPE TURNS TO HUSH Silence Grips S L on News Of Little Kathys Death A hopeful Salt Lake City was ushed into near silence Sunday it pm when first announce ment of the death of little Kathy Piscus was flashed to the world Until that time anxious per ons flooded The Salt Lake Trib neSalt Lake Telegram switch soard with telephone calls inquir ng about the latestnews of Kathy hose entombment in an aban oned well touched the heart of he nation voices about Kathy And when they were told that the little girl still was trapped in the pipe they hung up despondently From 9 am until her death was announced the TribuneTelegram public information bureau handled 2376 telephoned inquiries Addi tional hundreds were handled by switchboard workers and available Death of the little girl stilled operators editorial whoever else wat Since the little tot first fell most phones It also plunged her nto the underground prison calls j prayerful audience into sorrow tegan coming into the switch oard As her rescue nearcd the alls increased in volume end per isted throughout Saturday night Communists suddenly proclaimed and early Sunday morning their crossing intentions in Old and young alike called In prising detail to ask in hushed and worried The few who called in after childs lifeless body had been found still seemed confident that Kathy would be found alive They stunned to find she wasnt Oh no one caller just couldnt be dead   

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