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   Salt Lake Tribune, The (Newspaper) - April 12, 1949, Salt Lake City, Utah                                RADIO NEWS am am pm Intelmountain Network Station KALL Monday Through Friday t tfhnnt WEATHER Fair and continued warm Tuesday Details on 23 VOL 158 NO 180 SALT LAKE CITY UTAH TUESDAY MORNING APRIL 12 1949 PRICE FIVE CENTS Kathys Fear Held Likely Death Cause Preliminary Report Of Medic Autopsy Blames Suffocation SAN MARINO Cal April 11 Tiny Kathy Fiscus own fright at her plunge down an abandoned 200foot well may have brought her death surgeons saic Monday In a preliminary autopsy re port three doctors from the coro ners staff Monday blamed suffo cation in the tragedy which had much of the world watching anxiously for more than two days Deputy County Coroner Victor Wallace said the report definitely eliminates strangulation by a rope tossed to heraid as a cause of death and apparently rules out drowning in a musty old water veil Reports Not Final The surgeons emphasized that their report will not be official until after laboratory tests which may require four days Meanwhile the little 3yearold towhead whose body was recov ered from the 100foot level of a 14inch metal casing will have been laid to rest in her grand parents home town of Chula Vista near San Diego There were no broken bones nor was her skull fractured said Wallace after scanning the find Ings of Dr Frederick Newbarr chief autopsy surgeon and two assistants Drs Harry L Deutsch and Victor Cefalu Terror Possible Cause Asked if Kathys own terror could have caused her to suffo cate the doctors said it was pos sible but difficult to determine definitely If her body jackknifed in the casing cut off all oxygen from above that in itself would suffocate her they pointed out There was no evidence of Wallace continued Had she drowned there would have been water in her stomach There was none We firmly be lieve that a microscopic examina tion of the brain heart lungs and other vital organs will confirm the findings of the autopsy There was no evidence of any rope having been around either her neck or torso There had been rumorsJieard even in police circles that Kathy had been stran gled in a first futile effort to haul her to safety by rope Inquest Decision Fends Wallace said there will be no decision before late Tuesday on whether an inquest is necessary to determine if there is any re sponsibility for the unguarded opening to the well through which Kathy daughter of Mr and Mrs See Page 2 Column 1 1 Dies 14 Hurt As Reservoir Roof Collapses SANTA MONICA Cal April 11 a deafening roar the concrete roof of a500p000gallon city reservoir collapsed Monday killing one workman and injur ing 14 The body of Robert Lacey 62 killed his first day on the new construction job was recovered after 50 frantic workmen dug for three hours Fire Chief Charles N Carroll said he had been crushed and apparently died instantly The other 14 some of them part ly buried Others thrown from the roof to the ground 15 feet below Body Located Giant cranes and bulldozers were employed in clearing out the section of reservoir that collapsed but Lacey who was pushing a wheelbarrow when the roof caved in was not located until four hours A 60foot square section of the reservoir roof freshly cemented gave way as some of the reservoir underpinnings snapped The res ervoir is being built for the city of Santa Monica in the Mt Olivet area Clifford Kohier city engineer said one of the wooden shoring posts evidently collapsed starting a chain reaction which allowed the flat nineinch thick concrete area to go down Witness Tells Crash He said the area that fell Is about 50 by 60 feet in size and contained about 50 cubic yards of concrete W M McCluney 35 a cement finisher said he was standing be low on the floor of the 45000foot reservoir when the section gave way It happened in a second1 he said There was no warning It was very lucky that the other fel lows werent caught Usually you hear a crack of some kind but this one happened so quickly Lacey didnt have a chance He was wheelinga barrow one of the Arco Desert Tracts Become Trading Commodities Arco Ida once was a place on the desert where bidders for land were few anil far between but land in the Arco area has become a trading commodity since the atomic energy commission decided to DESERT BONANZA locate its new atomic reactor station in this area Here Ora T Jones in plaid jacket checks some plots for interested pro spective buyers at his tost River land office a busy Arco place Atom Project Speculation Gets Up Steam in Idaho note One of thr most important In many yearn In the lnterinounHln urea was the recent ilerifitun of the energy commission to hnllil a S50CI0001100 atomic reactor plant between Blackfnot and Arco IIn The fllowind artlele is lilt first In a nerles designer to detail what the project IB all about anil what It will mean to the area By rEKRYSWISHER Tribune Tdcatellp Bureau Chief Americas wartime miracle of destruction the atom now will go into the desert of eastern Idaho to learn how to live ir jeace for the best interests of all mankind In a nutshell thats what is meant by the announcement of the atomic energy commission that t will build between Arco and Blackfoot a atomic reactor plant A rush to profit by the atomic development already is under way The only trouble is the fortune seekers dont know just what to do or how to do it So far the A E C is being mighty close mouthed about givingany clues Biggest Boom The biggest boom is in Arco vhere land options are flying around like neutrons in a cyclo ron That air of well be rich o contagious in a boom town gives the little village of 700 souls an unreal aspect to the newcomer and there are plenty of deal lungry newcomers there Arco property is going up but rumors are a dime a dozen and money cant bring forth any more acts So until population increases can still buy an Arco ham burger as big as your bat for 75 ents Arco is on the western edge of he area approximately 25 miles iy 25 miles square 400000 Accordingly it dominates that ap iroach to the project Eastern Side On the eastern side is Blackfoot which also is vitally interested ut not as hopped up as Arco And hen to the north and south are daho Falls and Pocatello both of which expect to play vital roles as gateways to the project More ibout that later While word is awaited on A E C 3lans where 6000 construction workers and 2000 permanent em iloyes will live for n general outline is the place the atest atomic project fills in our tillfantastic atomic era At Oak Ridge Term fissionable re is separated for military pur ioses and medical byproducts It s a physical rather than a chem cal process Oak Ridge is already randed by some experts as ob olete More Important At Hanford Wash not only is ranium extracted from ore but he far more important plutonium lement is made artifically from lOnfissionable uranium The ra lioactive matter is canned literal y for use in atomic experiments In eastern Idaho A E C will 400000acre laboratory for chieving peacetime uses of atomic energy Pilot units will be erected in he privacy of the desert where nly three lava buttes can oversee Vsaembled and to tests for consistent energy radiation safety and workability the re actors will in time become a source of energy for the first bigpeace time application for instance the propulsion of a steamship How to Convert Without refueling a ship could run 10000 miles on a cupful of fissionable matter How to con vert the energy into steam to turn the turbines is the question Arco desert will help answer it Essentially then the Idaho proj ect will be a rehabilitation camp for the atom Of proven war time prowess the atom now will go into the desert to learn how to live in peace Second Boy Dies After N Y Fire NEW YORK April 11 Nineyearold Robert Wander crit ically burned Saturday when the overturned packing case in which herwas playing caught died early Sunday in Queens General hospital His playmate 6yearold Den nis Tpbin was found burned be yond recognition in the flaming box Saturday by workmen who smothered Roberts flaming cloth ing and rushed him to the hos pital Foxhole Religion9 Not Confined To Army Ranks FORT WAYNE Ind April 11 UP The famed fighting chaplain of the wartime 82rid airborne division said Monday he has learned that foxhole re ligion is not just typical of army men Rev George B Wood prepar ing for Eajster services in his church here said hes found plenty of it in civilian congrega tions as much as he ever saw in the battlefield Men who will seek the church when theyre in combat willfall back on religion to help them meet the problems of everyday life he said Hospital Move To S L Urged WASHINGTON April 11 Dr P B Magnuson chief medical director of the Veterans admin istration has testified he would like to see 18 veterans hospitals moved from isolated locations This was revealed Monday when the house appropriations commit tee made public testimony taken early this year on appropriations for the V A in the year starting July 1 A Veterans administration spokesman told a reporter no for i program for making the trans fers mentioned by Dr Magnuson was under way or proposed Asked by Rep Albert Thomas D Tex to name the location to which he would want to move the existing hospitals which he described as isolated and in which thedirector said The veterans are not getting the kind of service we want to give them Dr Mag nuson listed Roseburg Ore moved to near Portland Ore Sheridan Wyo moved near Denver or Salt Lake City Fort Bayard N M to Albu querque Big Springs Tex to Houston Utah Boy 4 Dies in Hospital After Taking Hopper Bait Tribune Special SANTAQUIN Utah County April 11 A 4yearold Santaquin youngster died here Sunday night after swallow ing grasshopper poison he had found in the bam at the family home Sammy D White son of Mr and Mrs Albert Behrens died in a Payaon hospital late Sunday six hours after he had complained to his parents that he had swallowed some thing from a bottle and felt dizzy The poison had been left in the barn apparently by former owners of the place it was reported Monday The child was born here Dec 20 1944 His father died before he was born Surviving are his mother and step father a sifter Geraldine Behrens Santaquin and two brothers Darcie White Salt Lake City and Leon White serving on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints Funeral services will be conducted in Valley mortuary Thursday at 2 pm Board Rejects Rail Union Engineer Bid CHICAGO April presidential factfinding board Monday rejected a demand of the brotherhood of Locomotive Engi neers for an extra engineer on Diesel engines but union officials were silent on whether a strike will be called over the issue The brotherhood had scheduled a strike Jan 31 on 14 western railroads and planned to extend the walkout eventually to all major railroads Truman Averted Strike The western strike was averted when Pres Harry S Truman ap pointed the board to investigate the demand Hearings were held here The board reporting back to the president said at Washington it found no reasonable or logical grounds for a second engineer on big multipleunit Diesels At Cleveland Alvanley John ston brotherhood president and other officials declined comment on the finding or whether they will go ahead with a strike Under the railway labor act no strike can be called for at least 30 days after the board makes its report During that time the union and management decide whether to accept or reject the re port General Meet Viewed BLE officials said the report wouldbe studied and then sent to union chairmen on the railroads A general meeting of chairmen will be called to review the find ings probably in a week or 10 days at Chicago Spokesmen for the Association of Western Railroads here also de clined comment During hearings here the union said the second engineer was needed as a safety measure while the railroads condemned the de mand as pure featherbedding The board held that duties in the engine room which 5s separate from the engineers compartment on a Diesel properly belonged to the fireman Claims of Firemen Members of the same board in Tune will hear claims of the Brotherhood of Firemen and En ginemen for an extra fireman on Diesels In its earlier phases the demand for an extra man evolved Into a jurisdictional dispute betweenthe engineers and firemens unions with each claiming it should rep resent him The firemen petitioned for the right to be a partyto the fact finding boards first hearing but it was decided their claim should be heard separately later Abdullah to Visit U S LONDON April 11 sponsible diplomata reported Tues day that King Abdullah of Trans Jordan is considering a visit to Washington and London for finan cial help to develop his country J Hoover Titles U S Waste As Startlinr9 Report to Congress Assails Military For Vast Outlays WASHINGTON April 11 UP Pres Herbert Hoover Monday handed congress a report charging the military departments with startling waste and ex travagance The document immediately brought demands for reforms and threatened to put another road block in the way of the adminis trations controversial armsfor Europe program A hue and cry is already being raised to fit the cost of the arms program still undisclosed into overall foreign economic and mili tary spending and many senators are demanding to know the price tag of the arms plan before con sidering the North Atlantic Se curity pact Gets Pact Today Pres Harry S Truman will send the pact to the senate Tuesday along with a special message Mr Hoover who headed the commission on government re organization testified before the senate armed services committee on an administration bill to fur ther unify the armed forces and strengthen the power of the sec retary of defense He made public a hitherto secret report by one of his commissions task forces which accused the military departments of padding their money requests for the 1950 fiscal year Budget System Tails The report said flatly that the military budget system has broken down and must be com pletely revamped In one case alone it accused the army of asking for to modernize 102 tanks which it no longer possessed In another it said funds were requested for enough tropical uniforms to outfit all the enlisted men in the army and then some A clerical error boosted the cost of 155mm howitzers by 000 the task force said and it wanted to know what became of vast quantities of war material at the end of World on hand War n Project In another instance the report accused the services of asking tor questionable construction proj ects including910 family houses in Alaska costing each and houses on Guam costing apiece Mr Hoover described the situa tion as a startling state of af fairs and said extravagance by the military is seriously impairing the nations economy Wallgren Says Hes Available WASHINGTON April 11 UP Gov Mon C Wallgren of Washington said at the White House Monday he is still avail able to be chairman of the Na tional Security Resources board Pres Harry S Truman nomi nated Wallgren for this job some weeks ago but the nomination was tabled by the senate armed forces committee Brannan Unveils Plan to Keep Pork Price Up Costly Program Would Let Market Seek Own Level WASHINGTON April 11 of Agriculture Charles F Brannan disclosed Monday that the government soon will undertake a costly new program to keep up the price of pork He made that statement before the house agriculture cbiri mittee during a wrangle with Republican members over the probable cost of his sweeping new farm program The program would use taxpayers dollars to guarantee farmers an income equal to that of a recent 10year period Consumers theoretically would be benefited because retail food prices would be allowed to seek their own levels BILLION BUSHELS U S Predicts Near Peak Wheat Crop WASHINGTON April 11 The agriculture department Mon day estimated this years winter wheat crop at 1019686000 bushels second largest of record Such a crop would raise the prospect of a return of prewar production controls in 1950 These are designed to prevent burden some surpluses While a final decision on con trolsmay not be made before June officials have indicated a combined winter and spring wheat crop of 1275000000 bushels or more would set the stage for controls next year No estimate was given on spring wheat Monday because it has not all been planted But a spring crop equal to last years 298000000 bushels would result in a total wheat harvest of about 1307000 000 bushels or more than the in dicated control level The only thiriptniit mightpre vent controls would be a very short grain crop abroad and prospects of a continued heavy export demand Controls if invoked would in clude planting allotments and marketing quotas for individual growers Quotas would have to oe approved by at least twothirds of the growers voting in a refer endum which would be held prob ably in Julv Used for wheat only in 1942 quotas probably would limit plant ings for 1950 harvest to around 67500000 acres compared with this yearsrecord of about 82000 000 Quotas are in effect this year on major types oftobacco and pea nuts Officials have sai3 they ex pect to extendthem to cotton next pear along with possibly wheat and corn particularly if produc tion of these crops is again large this year Loyalty Cost Million WASHINGTON April II The loyalty check of federal work ers is costing more than for the two years ending June 30 says the civil service commission U S Adds 80000 to Pay Roll Personnel Twice That of 39 WASHINGTON April li UP There now are 80000 mare civilians on the federal pay roll than a year ago The immediate prospects of reducing this figure are poor New government programs mean more employes And if Pres Harry S Trumans social legisla tion makes any headway the gov ernment higher pay roll will go even Forest Reseeding Of Million Gets Senate Okeh WASHINGTON April 11 resolution to authorize a program for rcseed ing national forest lands was passed Monday by the senate The measure by Sen Clinton P Anderson D N would authorize annual appropriations ranging from toflO 000000 a year for reforestation of denuded lands and from to a year for revegetation of forest ranges Anderson said there are now more than 4000000 acres of de n u d d and unsatisfactorily stocked timberlands and an ad ditional 4000000 acres of seri oiisly depleted rangclands in cluding Idaho 52600b Mon Una 100000 Nevada 600000 Utah 1169000 and Wyoming 200000 No one knows just how far the government employment figure will go Government officials say it is entirely up to the amount of work laid out by congressional action 3096498 Employed As of February there were 2096498 federal civilian employes both inside and outside the conti nental United States compared with the wartime peal of 3769646 in June 1945 But the present num ber is more than twice the 988099 average of 1939 Meeting the pay roll of more than 2000000 public servants is costing Uncle Sam about 000000 thin fiscal year At the present scale of salaries thbgov crnment pay roll is expected to total about during the fiscal year beginning July 1 Pay Roll of Last year before government employes received a pay increase the pay roll was Some critics who believe the government is overstaffed have proposed a flat percentage cut in the number of workers on the pay roll But James Webb former budget director and now undersecretary of state once answered such a sug gestion this way of all government em ployes outside the national mili tary establishment and the post office department were fired not only would it be impossible to operate the government but the total saving would be only about 11000000000 a year Critics of the plan have labeled it a step toward socialism They argue it would regiment the farm er and might be so expensive it would push the federal treasury toward bankruptcy Cites Imponderables Brannan conceded that impon derables such as weather and im proved farm techniques make it impossible now to pin an accurate price tag on it But he pointed but that the government already is spending hundreds of of dollars under the present farm law to support egg potato and butter prices In a depression he added it would cost much more As a matter of fact he were going into a substantial program soon to support the price of pork He added that while it probably will mean a heavy drain on consumers tax dollars they will get nothing in return of Flair Under the plan Brannan Mid farmers would sell their pork for whatever it would bring Tne govermritnt thui would pay the farmer the difference between the support price arid the price he ac tually received The present program is not benefiting consumers in any way shape or form commented He admonished congress not tb compare the cost of the new pro gram vwith no cost at all They must view it in light of what the government already is spending to support farm prices he said impressed Rep August H Andresen Ri Minn said he wasnt impressed He estimated that the total gov ernment outlay under the pro gram might fun as high as 000000000 a year Brannan said the government already is spending about 000 a day to support potato prices wniie he did not mention it the government also has spent about so far this calendar year to support egg prices and has made token purchases to main tain butter prices The secretary said previously that it soon may be necessary to support whole milk prices which he said will pensive Timing of Program Agriculture department officials said the timing of the new pork support program depends on when farmers start marketing1 their big new pig crop in full volume Farm ersf are producing a lot more pigs because the big corn crop resulted in cheaper corn prices Actually a pork support pro gram might not mean any heavy dollar losses to the agriculture de partment Many foreign nations would like to buy U S pork but are barred from doingso byex port controls The agriculture department might merely buy up enough pork to steady the price and thenre sell it to those foreign countries final cost still would chalked up against the taxpayers however since these foreign cus tomers presumably would ugff American recovery dollars to pay for the meat New Farm Plan Seen More for the Money WASHINGTON April 11 UPK of Agriculture Brannan said Monday night sweeping new farm1 would give taxpayers idr heir money and should cost no more thanthe present price sup port law vS He made the statement to an American Broadcasting Co radio audience after revealing earlier that the government undertake a costly new program to keep up pork prices which will not benefit consumers any way shape or The new program willadd pork to a growing list ol foods being supported by the government The lilt already includes potatoes and butter and may be expanded to cover fluid milk   

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