Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - April 2, 1946, Ada, Oklahoma
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Ada Voters Show Light Interest In Voting During First Part of Day Despite Hard Campaign
Kurd Add to Iran's Woes
Orb Hurray Bound Over For Trial On Murder Charge
Preliminary Hearing Held Tuesday on Case Involving Slaying of Ervin Lontan
Without putting a witness on
the stand for the defense, Aubrey
Grant (Orb) Murray, an oilfield
worker who lives at Pittstown,
was bound over without bond to
district court. He is charged with
having murdered Ervin Loman
another oilfield worker whose
home was at Pittstown.
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A preliminary hearing started Tuesday morning in the Percy Armstrong justice of peace court. Aubrey Grant (Orb) Murray is charged with having murdered Ervin Loman at Pittstown late Tuesday afternoon, March 26.
Spectators were so numerous that the cause had to be moved from the small justice of peace court room to the district court room.
No Space Left
After spectators had gathered, there was no standing room left in the room. Men, women and children alike scrambled for places to sit.
The crowd hearing the case was one of the largest to hear a preliminary hearing in justice court in recent years.
Most of the witnesses for the state had been called to the witness stand before noon and the defense was scheduled to take over soon after lunch.
Details On Wednesday
Murray, the accused, has been in county jail since the shooting incident took place a week ago. Judge Armstrong said that he could not make bond.
Details of the hearing and testimony of witnesses will be carried in the Wednesday edition of The News as the hearing was still in progress at press time Tuesday. ✓
Chinese Reds Make New Demands Over Troop Movemenls
CHUNGKING, April 2.—(ZP)— The Chinese communists demanded anew today that American forces cease transportation of nationalist troops to Manchuria as the dispute about the size of forces the communists and central government should maintain in the northern territory broke out again.
A dispatch from Yenan, communist headquarters, which repeated the demand to the United States, charged that government troops are being poured into Manchuria for “civil war purposes.”
“Satisfactory settlement of this question (of relative forces in Manchuria) will decide the prospect of peace in Manchuria and the whole country,” the dispatch said.
The Central daily news reported that government troops entered the Manchurian port of Yinkow at the head of the Gulf of Chihli on the night of March 28.
The communists contended that the nationalist troops are “going all out to precipitate larger scale hostilities against communist and local popular forces in Manchuria before the arrival of the cease fire field teams in order to frustrate efforts to end hostilities.”
O I e n Clements, Associated Pres.; correspondent, reported dispatches in the independent Chinese newspaper, Ta Kung Pao, announced that Russian forces had evacuated Mengkia, southwest of Mukden, and on leaving had fired the former Japanese barracks.
Another dispatch to the same paper said approximately 600 Chinese communists yesterday had attacked the railway station at Santzetien, near Tsinan in Shantung province for two hours.
The communists charged in the controversy over the size of forces to be maintained in Manchuria that the central government was violating the agreement it had made.
OKLAHOMA — Partly cloudy
tonight and Wednesday; continued warm: lowest temperatures
tonight will be in the 60’s except in upper 50’s in Panhandle.
Forecast For April 2-5
Missouri. Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska — showers and thunder storms most of district Thursday and Friday and Nebra-ka and western Kansas Wednesday. Precipitation moderate to heavy; cooler Kansas and Nebraska Wednesday and remainder of district Thursday or Friday; warmer Saturday and Sunday; temperatures averaging 5 degrees above normed.
Vote Results To Be 'Aired'
News to Announce Returns At Office as They Come in, KADA to Broadcast Totals
We’ll know tonight, soon after the returns from 16 voting precincts are brought in to the office of the county election board.
The Ada News will have a loudspeaker setup functioning at the office on North Broadway, ready to go when the first report comes in—and is expecting this to happen soon after the polls close at 7 p.m.
The returns will be announced until the final returns are in and totaled.
Station KADA, in cooperation with The News, will ‘air’ the results at the 8:15 to 8:30 period tonight and will also make announcements at later intervals of the outcome of the voting today.
Monday Holiest April 10n Book; 1920 Wont Month
There wasn’t any foolin’ about the weather here on Monday, which happened to be April I.
It was the hottest April I recorded in Ada since keeping of official records started back in 1911.
The maximum out at the Ada Greenhouse was 95 degrees, which means still higher temperatures in downtown Ada.
April has produced many 90 and above temperatures during the past 27 years, the highest being a 99 degree reading on April 12, 1936. That same month had 97 on the 13th, 90 on the 15th and 30th.
But April of 1920 was the hottest April on record—just such a month as threatens unless relieving coolness comes along soon.
The premature heat wave really hit here on the 10th of that month with 94 degrees. Here are the 90 and over readings for the remainder of the month—on the lith—91 degrees; 12th—92; 13th —94; 14th—95; 15th—95; 16th— 98; 17th—92; 21st—91; 26th—91; 27th—90; 28th—91; 29th — 92; 30th—97.
Some of the other high April temperatures included: April 12, 1923—90; April 15, 1924 — 92; April 21, 1925—90; April 16, 1925 —90; April 19. 1928—90; April 9, 1930—92; April 9, 1933—91; April 26. 1939—90; April 15, 1945—90.
So 90 and over in April isn’t unusual after all.
Grand Jury Being Called Here For Monday, April 15
Tom D. McKeown, newly appointed county attorney, Tuesday morning announced that the court is issuing its call for a grand jury in Pontotoc county for April 15, 1946. He said that a joint request is being made to the governor to order the attorney general to assist in the investigation by the grand jury.
Ada ministers presented District Judge Tai Crawford with a petition signed by 56 citizens of Pontotoc county and the petition requested that the judge call a grand jury in this county.
At the time the petition was presented to the judge, he said that he would possibly call a grand jury about April 15.
The county attorney, who is known to many as “Uncle Tom” or “Judge,” has appointed J. W. Dean to serve temporarily as assistant county attorney.
WAVE Balr Is ta Hospital Again
Recovering from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Suffered on Boat
Life as a WAVE continues to be exciting for Frances Bair, C Sp., niece of Miss Fannie Nun-nally, 214 East Twelfth, Ada.
Recently she was traveling by boat from the air base at Quonset Point, R. I., to Newport Naval Hospital, Newport, R. I., for an operation to remove a metal plate she had worn since January of 1944.
She had suffered a leg fracture in 1944 while skiing in Northampton, N. J.
On the way to the hospital the other day she was overcome by carbon monoxide gas and was later reported in the hospital recovering from shock.
She has written her family assuring them that she is doing fine and has been enjoying her work. She will be in tile hospital possibly three weeks this time.
Tolab Al Midday Far Below Those Of (My Primary
Ado Voters Selecting Two City Commissionors, Mom-bors of Frookoldor Board
Adans who went to the polls some 3,200 strong two weeks ago will show considerable apathy today in the run-off vote despite earnest efforts of candidates to maintain earlier fervor among the citizens.
Reports from a number of precinct voting places at midday showed vote totals far below those of the same time in the city primary.
Mayor’s Race “Missing** .
One race that had considerable influence in getting out the vote in the first election was settled then—that for mayor—and so its impetus is missing from today’s balloting.
Luke B. Dodds won over two opponents in that earlier vote. Today his name is on the ballot— all alone—any one votes at all would make his election formally official.
Workers were combing the city, however, for other candidates.
Two Commission Places
Interest centered in the race for commissioner of public works and property, now held by J. D. Willoughby, who two weeks ago nosed out Henry Kroth for a place in the run-off against Burrell Oliver, who led the vote then. Kroth • tallied almost 1,000 votes which gave both surviving candidates a wide field of votes to be sought
Ray Martin, finance commissioner, and his opponent Drew Thomas, have made industrious and earnest campaigns.
Winners will take office in early May.
Two Freeholder Contests
The board of freeholders will be known tonight when the returns are in.
There are contests in Wards I and 3, with only two men entered from each of the other two, and with each ward to have two representatives on the board.
Some quiet campaigning has been done in this part of the race, too, a citizens’ committee seeking revision of the city charter for more efficient government backing two candidates in each ward.
Death Toll In Seismic Wave Disaster Climbs With Many Missing, Damage In Millions
Fierce Kurd tribesmen, like those pictured above, are reported in rebellion in Iran’s wild northwest region for the purpose of setting up an independent Kurdistan republic. Said to be Soviet-backed, the rebels’ force includes Kurds of both Iran and Iraq.
Some Farm-Markel Road Lettings Set For April 23
OKLAHOMA CITY, April 2.— (ZP)—Routes for 571.4 miles of farm-to-market roads in more than a score of Oklahoma counties have been approved by the Public Roads Administration and several of the projects will be ready for letting April 23, it was announced today.
H. E. Bailey, chief engineer of the state* highway department said bids will be called on the remaining routes as quickly as plans can be prepared by the highway commission and approved by PRA.
The new approval brings to 646.86 the number of miles so far approved under the federal aid construction program.
Letting Every SR Days
“The highway commission plans to hold a letting every 30 days until all projects have been contracted,” said Bailey.
He pointed out, however, that the approval by PRA doesn’t mean that work will be started immediately, but added that a great many projects will be under way within the next few months.
The highway commission is also preparing to make awards on 12 highway construction projects held up April 12 because of a controversy over rising costs. They were reapproved by PRA last week following conferences in Washington by Gov. Robert S. Kerr, Bailey and J. Dewey Celements, a member of the highway commission.
Awards to successful bidders will be made as soon as contractors assure the commission they can deliver necessary materials and complete the work in the allotted time.
Pontotoc County Included
Among the farm-to-m a r k e t routes approved under the new order were:
Pontotoc county—From a point on federal-aid road No. 38 southwest of Francis westerly to a point on federal-aid road No. 43 approximately six miles north of Ada. Approximately 3.1 miles.
Johnston county—From a point on federal-aid road No. 40 at Milburn northeasterly via fillmore and Coleman to a point on federal-aid road No. 42 at Wap-a n u c k a. Approximately 16.5 miles.
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Bank Robbery Effort Fails
Everything Goes Wrong For Tulsons of Hulbert, Finally Trapped in Creek
HULBERT, Okla., April 2.—(ZP) —The Hulbert National Bank was robbed today and a pair of chilled suspects were routed from a hiding place in the water of a creek as the climax of a chase which featured a school bus and a farm lime spreader.
Sheriff’s Deputy John Riley at Muskogee said the men, both Tulsans, submerged themselves and left only their noses protruding when the pursuing vehicles approached.
But when state troopers spotted them and fired into the water they came out with their hands up, Riley added. The suspects were taken to Muskogee for questioning by federal agents investigating the pre-dawn robbery.
Undersheriff Fred Hudlin at Tahlequah said the robbers took two sacks of silver coins but overlooked $28,000 in currency after forcing the bank’s front door about 1:30 a.m.
Riley said the men wdre surprised at their work in the bank by a bus load of students who had been to Muskogee to participate in a parade. Tney flea in an automobile with the lime spreader joining the bus in pursuit.
Names of the drivers were not available.
Unofficial estimates placed the
Will Reopen Draft Hearing
House Committee Avoids Showdown Vote Today, Some Extension Seen
WASHINGTON, April 2, UPI—
The house military committee voted today to reopen hearings on legislation designed to extend the draft law.
Two additional days of hearings started tomorrow were set aside for opposition witnesses. Chairman May (D-Ky.) said the iroiT\ American Federation of Labor probably would lead off.
After voting to reopen the hearings over the objections of some members who had sought a showdown vote today, the committee decided to start closed sessions Friday in an effort to reach final decision.
The committee already . has heard supporters of draft extension in two days of testimony.
Indications were the group would recommend a nine or ten month extension beyond May 15.
The army has asked for one year continuance.
Committee members reported strong support after today’s session for an 18-month limitation on service of new inductees, for a ban against the induction of fathers, and a requirement that the army discharge as quickly as possible all fathers now in service and all men with 18 month service.
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Hilo's Loss Could Have Been Greater
Two or Three Hours Later Waterfront Would Hove Been Swarming with Life
By DOUGLAS LOVELACE
HILO, Hawaii, April 2.—(ZP)— Hilo’s seismic wave death toll might have been in the thousands had it struck two or three hours later than it did.
The swells engulfed Hilo’s waterfront business district while the city slowly was waking to life yesterday. A little later, employees and shoppers would have thronged warehouses and stores in the ravished area.
Warning Waves First The warning given by the two smaller of Hilo's three waves saved hundreds, who had time to flee from the waterfront.
This is how the waves struck: The first inundated 50 feet along the waterfront—much of it park and warehouse areas. Cries of warning sounded and people boiled into the streets in a mad rush for higher ground.
Few Stayed Behind A few merchants remained to tidy their stores, which were barely touched by the water.
Ten minutes later, a second, larger wave struck, driving IOO yards deeper into the city, smashing frailer buildings and strewing mud, coral and debris through Storrs. Volunteers poured into the area, routing laggards.
A few minutes later the third wave struck—a towering, angry 20-foot wall of water rushing in from the north at incredible
It smashed buildings to smithereens as it coiled and whiplashed
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Taft Stalks Out Of Hearing Atter Ejection Threat
loot at about $35 but Hudlin said j from year to year since then, the
act expires May 15. The armed services want it kept alive another year in its present form, but with an 18-month limitation on service of new inductees.
While committee members are in general agreement that the act must be extended, they are split on how l6ng an extension should be recommended.
Mayo, who told reporters he expected final committee action today, favors a continuance only until the middle of September. At that time, he said, congress again should review the needs in the light of world conditions.
most of it was recovered. *-
Sharp Uphim In
(ar, Truck Output
Production Lines Rolling Out More Vehicles
DETROIT, April 2, (ZP)—Anoth-er sharp upturn in car and truck production this week was indicated today as additional General Motors divisions returned to assembly plant activity. The GM plants had been strike-bound since last Nov. 21.
The production lines last week rolled out 43,070 vehicles, the largest single week’s output since the war stopped civilian assemblies in February, 1942.
This week, with assemblies from GM plants and accelerated output by Ford and Chrysler, the total may reach 50,000 units. The industry in pre-war days produced as many as 150,000 vehicles in one week.
The strike of Detroit’s munici-pally-owned transportation system has not retarded production activity in the city’s automotive factories. It resulted in some absenteeism, company spokesman said, but assembly plant operations always are geared to a certain amount of worker absence.
Fainting Spell No Bandit Handicap
DETROIT, April 2.—(ZP)—Two bandits, who refused to be put off by a woman’s fainting spell, escaped with $190 in cash and $1,900 in clothing and jewelry from a hotel apartment Monday night.
They bound and gagged Mrs. Bernice Amsden. 40, the tenant, and her guest, Miss Evelyn Te-beau, 21, of Port Huron.
When Mrs. Amsden showed signs of fainting, the men ungagged her, gave her a drink of water, replaced the gag, and continued ransacking the apartment.
.Mrs. Amsden didn’t faint.
U. S. Navy Units To Visit Scandinavia
ABOARD THE USS MISSOURI IN THE MEDITERRANEAN, April 2.—(ZP)—Units of the U. S. navy will pay courtesy calls to Scandinavian ports this spring or summer, and later will pay similar calls to ports all over the world, says Admiral H. Kent Hewitt.
Hewitt, commander of U. S. naval forces in Europe, said that the Missouri’s present trip to Istanbul was not intended tp imply that the United States was offering backing to Turkey. The battleship, with Hewitt aboard, is bearing the body of the late Turkish ambassador to Washington. Mehmet Munir Ertegun, back to his homeland.
Hewitt declared, however, that the Missouri would be ready at all times to stand by in any port where she was needed if disturbances threatened American interests.
“Although there is no present need,” he added. “I would like to see more ships in the Mediterranean. However, under the present situation, we could be reinforced quickly from the Atlantic fleet.”
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CHECOTAH. Okla., April 2 — (ZP)—Milam King announced today he would not be a candidate for re-election as a democratic state representative from McIntosh county.
His prepared statement said that “the time required during regular sessions of the house and senate is more than I am able to devote under present conditions.”
WASHINGTON. April 2—(ZP) —Senator Taft (R-O) stalked angrily from a senate committee hearing today after Committee Chairman Murray (D.-Mont.) threatened to have him ejected.
The row broke out and quickly reached the shouting stage as the senate labor committee began consideration of legislation to set up a national compulsory health insurance plan.
Taft broke into a statement by Murray to assert that the bill was “the most socialistic one congress ever had before it.”
In the exchange, Murray told Taft:
Shut Up, Or Else
“I want you to subside, to shut up or I’ll have the officers called and put you out of this committee room.”
Murray opened the hearing by commending the Washington post for an editorial in which he said attention was called to some claims that such health bills were “socialistic.”
“I’ll tell you this measure is the most socialistic one congress ever had before it,” Taft interrupted.
Taft then insisted on making a statement. He managed to shout, above the loud protests of Murray, that he himself would introduce a health bill.
Reach Shouting Stage
Murray, standing almost shoulder to shoulder with Taft, snapped that he didn’t intend to be “bluffed” by “grandstand plays.” “You have so much gall,” cried Murray, “that you would not let me, the chairman of this committee, conclude my statement.” Then, he made his threat to have Taft put out of the committee room.
“Mr. Chairman.” Taft retorted, “your attitude is not very hopeful. You’ve shown your intentions to sponsor this purely propaganda measure ...”
Murray: “It is not propoganda. Everything that is done to do something for the American people like you coming in any saying it’s communistic.”
Taft: “I didn’t say it was communistic: I said socialistic.” Murray: “You said something about the full employment bill being communistic.”
Taft: “So I did. In its original form that was taken right out of the Soviet constitution.”
Taft kept on trying to get his "statements” into the record as Murray, his face scarlet, shouted continuously at him.
After he and Murray had ended up their sentences at one point in the same breath and left a dead silence for a second or so, T».ft exclaimed:
“I am a member of this committee. I demand to be permitted to make a statement because I must attend another committee
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Rescue Planes and Boats Bringing in Some of Missing Who Were Swept Ie Sea
Lott of Lite in Hilo Estimated of 300; No Word From Naval Garrison on East Island* Overrun by Soot
HILO, Hawaii, April 2.—(AP)—The death toll in the eastern Pacific’s worst seismic wave disaster reached 93 today and a naval officer estimated the loss of life in Hilo— chief victim of the boiling seas—might total 300.
Damage ran into the millions of dollars.
A submarine earthquake which geologists called world-shaking sent giant swells fanning out from the north Pacific at 400 to 500 miles an hour early yesterday. Beaches on Hawaii, the Aleutians and California were lashed by IO to 100-foot waves.
The death toll:
HAWAIIAN ISLANDS—60 bodies recovered at Hilo; nine on Oahu, seven on Maui and six on Kauai islands.
UNIMAK, the Aleutians—Ten men swept to sea from the Scotch Cap lighthouse.
CALIFORNIA—One man swept to sea from the Santa Cruz beach.
Many were missing in Hilo and in rural Laupahoehoe, but the number was not known.
At Honolulu, William W. Monahan, chairman of the Hawaii Red Cross, estimated that not more than 4,000 refugees asked for shelter in all of the Hawaiian islands. Of these, 1,800 were on Oahu and 800 on Hawaii islands.
Robert Lindsey, chairman of Red Cross disaster relief here, said 60 bodies had been recovered from wreckage in Hilo and “I expect there will be more.”
► Territorial Gov. Ingram Stain-back invoked the Hawaiian defense act “for the safeguarding of life and property and the preservation of law and order” in wave-ravaged areas.
Casualty reports appeared to be complete from all damaged areas except the island of Hawaii, on which Hilo with its 25,000 population is located.
Some Turning Up
There was some hope that Hilo’s death toll might not reach the naval of! leer’s 300 estimate. A score of persons previously reported missing had been saved from the waters off Hawaii by army and navy air-sea rescue planes and small surface craft. One, a 21-year-old school teacher, Miss Marsue McGinnis, was rescued after eight hours in the water.
There was hope also that the waves might not recur today, as feared for a time last night. The commander of the Alaska sea ffontier, at Seattle, emphatically denied as “grossly exaggerated* reports that a 100-foot tidal wave was rushing along the Aleutian island chain toward Kodiak. He added that no new wave was forecast.
Damage In Millions
Hawaiians “dared not estimate the damage, except in the millions of dollars.” Herbert C. Shipman, Hilo Sugar planter, said $700,000 worth of raw sugar was swept into the ocean with destruction of territorial wharfs.
Tens of thousands of dollars worth of food in warehouses was destroyed.
It was estimated that Hfio had only four days of food available To conserve the supply, residents were limited to the purchase of $2 worth of food at one time.
Army Flies In Food
The army flew 30 tons of food to Hilo from Honolulu last night and will fly additional supplies today. There w*as no request for medicines.
Fleet headquarters at Pearl Harbor reported there was no loss of navy personnel or any damage to major naval installations in the MidPacific area, including Palmyra, Canton and Johnston islands. It said some personnel suffered minor injuries.
Navy dispatches from Midway and tiny Johnston Islands reported major damage to communications facilities hut no loss of navy personnel. New equipment and radio technicians were dis-
Seisaoiogisl Has Explanation Of Why Ike Big Wave
PASADENA, Calif., April 2 — (ZP)—Here’s a seismologist’s explanation of the tidal wave, from Dr. Charles F. Richter of California Institute of Technology.
“The wave seemed somewhat out of proportion to the shock itself.
“Apparently conditions of earth-motion, the locality, depth of water at the point of the shock and other factors caused an unduly heavy wave, which fanned outward, probably traveling as fast as 400 mph in deep water.”
There were indications the earthquake, first registering here at 7:38 a.m. (est) yesterday, may have had its Epicenter in the Aleutian deep, which at places plumbs 15,000 feet below the ocean’s surface.
Dr. Richter added that such phenomena are not uncommon after submarine quakes and this particular one was only moderate in strength.
More Wheat Used By U. S. Brewers
WASHINGTON, Apr. 2.—(ZP>— Internal revenue bureau figures I today showed more wheat and wheat products were used by brewers in February than in January although their use in beer making was halted by the government February 6.
In February, according to the figures, 5,712,312 pounds were used at the breweries against 4,-829,994 in January. Decreases were showrn in February use of hops, malt, corn, rice and their products, while increases were * shown in use of barley, sorghum, say beans, sugar and syrups.
The restriction on use of grains other than wheat to 70 per cent of 1945 consumption did not become effective until March I. The cutbacks were ordered to save grain for relief of food-short foreign nations.
February beer production dropped about three per cent under Januaiy, bureau figures showed, but there was a compensating rise in stocks.
U. S. OII Output Average Has Drop
TUIJ5A. Okla.. April 2.—(ZF)— Losses in six major oil states wiped out gains ir four others for a 5,830-barrel decline to 4,417,370 I in daily average crude Oil production in the week ending March 30. the Oil and Gas Journal reported today.
California slumped 4,500 to 855,250. Kansas 6,150 to 253,200, Oklahoma 2.300 to 365,200, Wyoming 2,270 to 98,000. Montana 270 to 23,440 and Arkansas 200 to 77,050.
Illinois increased 3,300 to 211,-900, Louisiana 1,400 to 377.200. the eastern area 1,350 to 65,100 and Colorado 1,260 to 23,460.
Texas, at 1.817,450. and New Mexico, at 95.150, were unchanged.
The Rocky Mountain area of Colorado. Montana and Wyoming declined 1,280 to 144,900.
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