Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - May 5, 1946, Ada, Oklahoma
/ O'lf the tires and gasoline supplies hold up, it won't be long until those of us who stay around town will be getting more postcards from Pike's Peek and the seashore than for several years.
Fair, warmer in eastern portion I Sunday; Monday partly cloudy I with seasonable temepratures. I
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Siege Of Alcatraz Ends With SeeJ^hanlom Last Of Conspirators Seized
Three Ringleaders Found Dead When Resistance Ended
Officials Do Hot Reveal Haw Many Involved, What Prisoners Were Casualties
SAN FRANCISCO, May 4.—(ZP) —The historic siege o' Alcatraz ended today with the official announcement that the last of the conspirators had been taken into custody.
Federal Prison Director James V. Bennett and Warden James A. Johnston announced that the last of the conspirators were taken into custody when the three ringleaders—Cretzer, Coy and Hubbard—were found dead and their weapons recovered.
The announcement came from the two officials in the form of answers to questions which had been asked him by press services.
Gun Shots Fatal “At the end of the battle this morning," the statement read, “there was no resistance.’*
The statement said Cretzer, Coy and Hubbard “probably died as a result of gun shots in the tunnel of utilities corridor in C cell block. Hubbard, according to doctor’s report, probably died this morning around 8 a.m. The others died earlier. Probably Coy died last evening and Cretzger sonujwhat later.”
’Hie officials said the total number of conspirators who had taken part in the riot had not yet been finally established, but added that in addition to previously named men convicts named Thompson and Shockley were ringleaders. The statement added that there were “two or three others whose names we cannot yet reveal.”
Total Casualties Not Told The statement did not clarify whether the cell-by-cell search of the cell block which the conspirators had held against deadly gunfire for three days had been completed.
Neither did it answer the question of what the total prisoner casualties inside the ceil block were.
Assistant U. S. Attorney Daniel C. Deasy and seven FBI investigators landed on the island this afternoon to begin an investigation. Deasy said the death sentence would be demanded for all who are indicted by the federal grand jury as result of the investigation.
Ringleaders Named The ringleaders named thus far besides Johnston and Bennett v*ere: Joseph Paul Cretzer, Los Angeles bank robber (dead); Bernard Coy, Kentucky bank robber (dead); Marvin F\ Hubbard. Tennessee kidnapper (dead); Miran Edgar Thompson, Texas murderer and kidnapper, Sam Shockley, Oklahoma bank robber.
Previously, Johnston had included Clarence Carnes, Oklahoma murderer, among the ringleaders. but he was not named in the latest dispatch.
The riot, most spectacular in the history of federal prisons, resulted in the death of two guards and the wounding of 14.
Complete Failure The attempted prison - break was a complete failure. Warden Johnston said it initially had been planned as a break, but not one prisoner ever got outside the cell block stronghold.
Coy had on an officer’s coat. Rigor mortis had set in and the body lay with arms in position as if firing a rifle. Cretzer wcfre an officer s pistol holster and ammunition. J
Guards who for two days had stood off and poured rifle and grenade fire into the cell house, prow’led through the dark corridors looking for any desperado still walling to fight.
TC. RAILROAD CUTS OFF 21 PASSENGER TRAINS
CHICAGO, May 4.—(ZF*)—The Illinois Central railroad announced today it would discontinue 21 passenger trains to comply with the government order to reduce steam-operated passenger service 25 percent by May IO to conserve coal.
The Seminole each uray between Chicago and Birmingham, Ala., will be operated in one section instead of two, and one train in each direction between Chicago and St. Louis will be discontinued, the railroad said. The changes will be made gradually and completed by May IO.
VFW COMMITTEE MEETS
GUTHRIE, Okla., May 4, —
About 500 members of the Oklahoma executive committee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will meet here tomorrow to formulate plans for the state convention in June at Oklahoma City.
Elmer Vale. Enid, state president of the VFW, will preside.
'Doodlebug' to Carry Mail^^l
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Oklahoma: Fair, warmer in eastern portion Sunday; Monday partly cloudy with seasonable temperatures continuing.
Los Angeles is the “guinea pig" city where Uncle Sam will test out plans to use helicopters to speed up mail* service. Arrows from plane show outlying communities which will be served by the flying “doodlebug.**
New City Commissioners Take
Over Their Offkes on Monday
For Dodds, Martin and Oliver Is First Tima Any Has Boon Elected to Office; Martin Incumbent by Appointment
Monday morning three men elected a few weeks ago in the city’election will take over the city commission posts at the head of the city government.
--• The ceremony will be brief, if
it is in keeping with those of the
Monday lo Bring Last Neighborhood Charter Meeting
Monday night comes the last of the neighborhood meetings at which the board of freeholders is giving explanation and engaging in open discussion with citizens on proposed charter revision.
The meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at Washington school and all interested citizens from all parts of the city are invited to attend and take part.
Saturday night citizens of the colored section of Ada listened with interest to a discussion conducted by the board at Philemon Baptist church.
Friday some members of the board, accompanied by Mayor-elect Luke B. /Dodds, were in Ponca City investigating some of the methods by which that city’s affairs are managed.
With the neighborhood meetings over Monday night, the board will resume its smaller meetings, to incorporate into the proposed charter some changes that have been suggested during discussions with the citizens.
The charter will also be checked thoroughly by attorneys to be certain that none of its provisions cut across applicable state laws.
Visitors will be welcome at those succeeding meetings, Dr. Charles F. Spencer, board chairman, said Saturday; he expects to be ready early this week to announce when the meetings will be held.
Administration In Move lo Col Vole
Seeks Cloture Petition To Force Senate Vote On Limiting Debate
WASHINGTON, May 4.—(ZP)— The administration moved today for a senate showdown on the beleaguered British loan bill with a bipartisan “cloture” petition automatically forcing a vote at I p.m. (EST) Tuesday on the question of limiting debate.
The motion to invoke the rare-ly-used cloture rule was made by Senator Ball (R-Minn) after Democratic Leader Barkley (Ky) had made three vain attempts to cut through the cloud of words which has prevented any test vote on the $3,750,000,000 lending proposal since it wds taken up April 15.
Barkley sought unanimous consent to limit each senator \o an hour’s discussion beginning Monday. Senator Edwin C. Johnson (D-Colo), an opponent of the loan, objected. Barkley made the same proposal for Tuesday. Again Johnson objected.
START TAJ. DORM
TULSA, Okla., May 4.—(ZP)— Ground will be broken here Monday for construction of the men’s memorial dormitory at Tulsa University, Dr. C. I. Pontius, president, announced today. *Hie building is to cost $150,000.
past, with Moss Wimbish, county] I judge, scheduled to give the oath of office to the three new commissioners Monday morning in (the office of the mayor in convention hall.
For two of them it will be the first time they have held such office—in fact* the result of the first campaigns either had ever made—and for the third it will be the first term to which he has been elected, he having been appointed to his place to complete the present term.
Two Are Ex-Seabees
Luke B. Dodds, business man and ex-Seabee, long active in church and civic life, becomes mayor and commissioner of public justice and safety. This is his first public office.
Burrell Oliver, former street department employe and ex-Sea-bee, like Dodds with months of service in the distant areas of the Pacific; becomes commissioner of public works and property.
Ray Martin continues in the office of city clerk and commissioner of finance, to which he was appointed some months ago and elected this spring. It was for him, as for the other two, the first political campaign.
Dodds succeeds Guy Thrash, who was mayor by appointment and who did not seek the place again; Oliver takes the place of J. D. Willoughby, one-time mayor and justice of the peace who has filed for justice of the peace in the coming county elections.
Calls Methodists To Battle Liquor
Methodist 'Clipsheet* Urges June 2 as Day af Prayer For Curtailment
By D. HAROLD OLIVER J
WASHINGTON, May 4.—(zM A call to ministers of the 40, Methodist churches “and any others who will join with us.** to make Sunday June 2 a day of prayer for the “curtailment of the alcoholic beverage traffic** was published today rn the second issue of the Methodist«board of temperance “Clipsheet."
This publication of the Methodist church was revived last week after 13 years of post-re-peal inaction. Before repeal it had been circulated for 20 years I in promoting temperance.
The paper said that the “call to the churches,” authorized by the church’s council of bishops in February, is the beginning of two years of “temperance education and activity.**
9 This campaign in • J947 and 1948, it added, will stress “a cooperative effort by all of the agencies of Methodism to find relief from the present terrible intemperance, crime and moral degeneracy which is the result of the unbridled license under which the liquor traffic has flooded the country with intoxicants.’*
In a separate article the “Clipsheet” called on all the nation’s churches to “drive home to the consciences of Christian business men their individual and peculiar responsibility for good government/*
Killer After Five Slain
Texarkana Area Terrorised By Cold-Blooded Killings, Many Officers in Search
TEXARKANA, Tex, May 4 — CZP)—A phantom killer believed to be responsible for five murders in this Dordertown in six weeks today continued’ to elude a concentrated manhunt by both Texas and Arkansas officials.
A stunned, tense Texarkana was shocked by details of last night’s cold-blooded killing of popular Virgil Starks, 36, and the serious wounding of his attractive, 30-year-old brunette wife in their farm home near Homan, Ark, a few miles from here. Third Since March 24 It was the third such attack since March 24. The other two were double slayings on remote country roads.
Sheriff W. E. Davis of Miller County, Ark, said today officers had two major clues. He said that the fatal bullets were fired from a .22 calibre weapon, probably a rifle and that the killer dropped a flashlight in tne grass near the window through which he had shot.
H. S. Hallett, fingerprint expert of the Federal bureau of investigation and Capt. Earl Scoggins of the Arkansas state police are checking the flashlight for fingerprints.
No Safety Even At Homo Residents'of the area will have no “night life” tonight.
Although stunned by the previous murders, they had felt that they were safe at home. After last night’s slaving, the Texarkana Gazette said, there is a feeling that even at home, with blinds drawn, there is no safety from the phantom. Many men are carrying guns.
Sheriff W. E. Davis of Miller County, Ark, said today he could not link the crime with the two recent double slayings in Bowie county because of the difference in the caliber of guns used to take the lives of Richard Griffin, 29, and his companion, Polly Ann Moore, 17, on March 24, and Paul Martin, 17, and his teen-age friend, Betty Booker, 15, on April
The sheriff added that it was possible, however, the same man was responsible for all five slayings.
Three (filially Hull hi Collision North d Durant
Flva Others in Serious Condition; Bus and Grocery Truck Moat Headon
ARMSTRONG. Okla, May 4 — (JP)—Three persons were critically injured today and five others were in a serious condition as the result of the headon collision of an intercity bus and a wholesale grocery truck here, the Oklahoma highway patrol reported.
Twelve persons remained in hospitals at Durant, Okla, six miles south of here, where 19 injured were taken following the collision. The others were released following treatment Highway Trooper Ed Vandergrift said approximately 30 persons received injuries.
Most critically injured was Rena Gatlin, 12, Durant who was walking along the highway with her aunt when the crash occurred. Vandergrift said the bus struck the two after colliding with the truck. The aunt, Mrs. Retta Powell, 38, Armstrong, was hospitalized with hip injuries.
M. L. Mizenheimer, 60, Kiowa, publisher and a democratic candidate for congress from the Third Oklahoma district was seriously injured.
Critically injured included Betty Jo Simmons, 9, Caddo, Okla, and Janett Ganther, 39, Detroit Mich, negro. Others in a serious condition were George A. Stephens, 41, Caddo, Okla, driver of the truck; Mrs. Mary Patterson, 36, Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs. J. A. Brady, Durant and Mrs. Harvie Dillard, 60, Caddo.
The other three remaining in hospitals were Louis V. Kaa$l, 35, Tulsa, driver of the bus; Arthur L. Graham, 35, Orange, Tex, and W. R. Alleman, 35, San Antonio.
SlMewall High To Graduate Nineteen
Senior Sermon May 12, Commencement May 14
Stonewall high school is planning now for graduation of a class of 19 seniors.
The graduation sermon will be delivered Sunday morning, May 12, at ll o’clock in the Stonewall high auditorium with Rev. A. D. Gregory, pastor of the Stonewall Methodist church, as speaker.
Commercement exercises will be held Tuesday, May 14, at 8 p.m. with the seniors to give their own program.
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Report Arab Groups Plan To Ask Russians For Aid
MacArthur Cheered by Trends Toward Democracy by Japan
By MORRIE LANDSBERG
TOKYO, Sunday, May 5.—(ZP) —General MacArthur, in the latest of his periodic reports on the progress of the occupation, said today he saw “encouraging signs” of success for the allied campaign to establish democracy amid the ruins of i feudalistic Japan.
Publication of the report came scarcely 24 hours after MacArthur intervened in Japan’s cabinet crisis to prevent the appointment of an allegedly pro-axis premier, and after he had reprimanded the outgoing Shidehara government for its failure to disqualify the man — liberal party leader Ichiro Hatoyama—without waiting for the supreme commander to act.
Are Learning Basic Issues
“There is reason to believe,” MacArthur reported “that the Japanese are becoming more cog
nizant of the fundamental issues involved in their political revolution.”
The revolution revealed itself, he said, in the proposed new Japanese constitution, which he called “epoch-making”, in the recent general election — Japan’s first free election in ll years; in the new unshackled Japanese press, and in the spirit of the people themselves.
Emperor’s Authority Slashed
MacArthur added that although the proposed constitution drastically curtailed the authority of the emperor “the Japanese seem to accept the new constitutional limitations imposed on their rul-
He termed the clause renouncing war as a sovereign right of the nation the “foremost provision” of the new constitution, and said it had met wide approval.
MacArthur noted that there were some who questioned whether Japan was ready for rapid democratization after centuries of regimentation and control. The Japanese press, for instance, he said, had expressed concern over the gap between “enlightened provisions” and the level of political education of the masses.
Papers Back Constitution He added, however, that the newspapers almo t solidly backed the new constitution and urged their readers to study and discuss its terms to learn the mechanics of democracy.
MacArthur said the general election was noteworthy for the interest shown b; women voting for the first time in Japan's history, for the democratic manner
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County’s Candidates Arrange Political Rally Speech List
Thirteen off 14 Dates Set at Convenient Places to Avoid Ivory-Night Speaking Schedule; Begins May 18
Pontotoc county candidates have gone into a huddle and drafted a speaking schedule which is arranged to give every voter in the county an opportunity to see and hear them but to avoid the every-night schedule of a few years ago.
-e Local chairmen have been se
lected to make arrangements for
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All-Metal Doors For Big Hangar On Way lo Ada Now
The all-metal doors for the all-metal hangar purchased recently for Ada are on their way here and are due to arrive ‘any time’. Mayor Guy Thrash said Saturday.
He had just received notice that the doors had been shipped from Granite City, HI.
The doors weigh a total of 78,-000 pounds, which is 39 tons—and a lot of door.
The originally cost the government $8,400 and were bought for $1,600, plus cost of shipping them to Ada.
The doors are in 12 foot sections, with IO of them included for each end of the hangar, and work on steel tracks, so that they can be opened to any desired width from 12 feet to 120 feet. The hangar itself is 130 feet by 160 feet when set up. One man can operate a whole set of the doors.
Molotov and Bavin Unito Against Voto Only Batwccn Disputed Boundaries
PARIS, May 4.—(ZP) — U. S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes tonight proposed holding a plebiscite in the “No Man's Land” between boundaries projected by the Americans and Russians to settle the Italian-Yugo-slav border dispute, an American source reported.
He was opposed by the Soviet and British foreign ministers, who said any plebiscite should cover the entire area claimed by both Italy and Yugoslavia. But Byrnes asked the other ministers to think over his proposal before another meeting tomorrow, it was said.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Yvacheslav M. Molotov received a cold reception on an offer to meet Italian interests “halfway” on colonial and reparations questions if the disputed city of Trieste was given to Yugoslavia, British informants said.
But on this point Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin declared “you cannot bargain away people’s lives,” these sources added.
The whole question of the disputed border area of Venezia Guidia with its main city of Trieste, was pointed up by Yugoslav deputy Premier Edward Kardelj, whc asserted Yugoslavia would take “any measures it might judge necessary” if the foreign ministers put sloveness in that territory under Italian rule.
He told a news conference at Soviet headquarters that Yugoslavia “could never accept a Big Four decision giving Yugoslav peoples to another country.”
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13 political rallies covering the county.
These will begin May 18 at Allen and finish with a rally at Ada at a date to be settled on finally later.
The primary election is July 2. Thus the candidates will have six weeks in which to combine rally speaking and personal campaigning.
The schedule as arranged to date, with the local arrangements committees, are:
May 18—Allen; William Pegg and Perry Blue.
May 21—Jesse; Clint Morrison and A. D. Wells.
May 2J—Summers Chapel; E. H. Light and Ben Hunter.
May 28—Francis; Jess Williams and Bud Henson, Jr.
May 30—Gaar Corner; C. A. Gentry and Fred Barker.
June 4—Pittstown; A. W. Oliver, Mr. Doolittle.
June 6—Lula; John Harden and H. G. Gore.
June ll—Vanoss, H. M. Phillips and Theron Jones.
June 13—Stonewall; Clem Gibson and J. M. Byrd.
June 18—Roff; L. E. Fairchild and W. C. Gregory.
June 30—Byng; J. E. Teague and Ed Little.
June 25—Fitzhugh; J. D. Williams and Lee Elliott.
June 27—Steedman: C. T. Hogue and R. O. Frederick.
Port of Balli im re To Be Tied Up
Decision off Shipyard Workers ta Ti# Fart
BALTIMORE, May 4. —-****— Some 600 workers at the Bethlehem Steel company’s Sparrows Point shipyard voted overwhelmingly today to strike for increased wages and contract changes.
In so doing, members of Local 33 of the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America (CIO) joined about 7.000 other workers in the Port of Baltimore in calling the strike for Wednesday.
A union spokesman said the action would tie the port up “tighter than it or any other port in the country has ever been.”
Company spokesmen were not immediately available for com-iqent.
All unions connected with shipbuilding or shipping have agreed to respect picket lines, Oakes added, and will refuse to handle any goods to and from the struck yards and ships in the harbor.
The union has asked an 18-cent hourly wage increase, retroactive to last December 4.
A company spokesman said figures on tho workers’ average hourly earnings were not at hand.
Lf. Maynard Runall Bags 375 Found Tiger In Jungles off Burma
Lt. Maynard Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Russell, 1032 South Belmont, is pictured at the left with the tiger he killed in Bahmo, Burma recently.
This 75 pound cat is the largest ever killed by the 330 G. S. Regiment of the Army Engineers in that area.
Lt. Russell, now near Calcutta, India, has spent more than sixteen months in the China-India-Burma theater of operations and hopes to be at home in June.
Mrs. Russell, the former Miss Alice Stephens of Konawa, is rsonnel director at Love Field, alias.
Chicago Now Faces More Dimming Oui
Night Life Blocked Out By Restrictions in Iffffoct To Conserve Cool
CHICAGO, May 4, <&—Chicago, its night life blacked out by decree and its business and industry limited to a 24 hour weekly use of electricity, was warned today that further restrictions might be ordered next week to reach the goal of a 40 percent savings of coal.
The Commonwealth - Edison group of power companies reported that use of electricity was off 27 per cent at noon today, compared with 17 8 percent yesterday and expressed satisfaction at the trend of compliance. The dimout order had saved 5,900 tons of coal up to midnight last night. The companies normally consume 20.000 tons daily.
. Four railroads already have announced curtailment of passenger trains service to conserve coal. The Illinois Central and the Cri-cago Burlington and Quincy roads today joined the Alton railroad and the Chicago and Eastern Illinois which took this step yesterday.
The power companies disclosed, meanwhile, that warnings were being served on 550 violators of the power conservation order and tha| discontinuance of electric service would result from any second offense.
Hay Ask U. N. Consideration
Arab Leaders Look For
Grand Mufti to Return,
Lead Opposition Movement
By TOM WILLIAMS
LONDON, May 4.—(AV-Several Arab groups are reported planning to send a delegation to Moscow to ask the Russians to champion their cause in Palestine before the United Nations, an Arab league spokesman said today in Cairo.
The Arab delegation would not only ask the Russians to bring the subject of Palestine before the United Nations, but would also request the Soviet Union to ‘•support the Arabs in Palestine against the British-American report,” the spokesman said, quoting Palestine reports.
Musa Alami. second in command of the Majority Arab party in Jerusalem, refused to deny or confirm the Cairo report. Unofficial Arab sources said they did not know of any appeal to Russia to place the Palestine issue before the United Nations.
Exiled Leader May Return
In Palestine Arab leaders, apparently more closely united than at any time in the past two decades, were speculating that the exiled grand mufti of Jerusalem would return to the middle east from France within a month to lead them in opposing British-American proposals that 100.000 European Jews be permitted to migrate to the Holy Land.
Heads of all the Arab states were said to be discussing the report of the British-American inquiry committee, and advices from Cairo said an extraordinary meeting of the seven states in the Arab league had been decided upon.
Lebanon was advanced as a tentative place, but no date was mentioned.
Moscow Is “Aware*
There was no official reaction from the Soviet capital on the Palestine issue, but the Moscow radio took cognizance of the situation, reporting yesterday’s general strike and the Arab higher committee’s protest to British Prime Minister Attlee.
A Reuters dispatch from Jerusalem said Gen. Sir Alan Cunningham, high commissioner of Palestine, had asked the committee to withdraw its protest, which rejected the recommendations of the British-American report.
The Holyland was quiet on the Jewish sabbath after yesterday’s one-day strike by the country’s 1,250,000 Arabs in protest against the report.
Zionist officials in Palestine were silent.
Apparently few Arabs question the Mufti’s pro-Axis record in the war. which has led to demands that he be tried as a war criminal.
IMI. May Be Able To Drag Inn Issue
NEW YORK. May 4. — (ZP) — Spokesmen for several delegations to the United Nations security council expressed belief today that the council would be in a position to drop the controversial Iranian case when it comes up again next week.
They said private reports received by their governments confirmed press dispatches from Tehran that the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Iran would be completed or almost completed by the May 6 deadline.
Solution of the Iranian case would leave only the Spanish question on the council’s agenda.
GUTHRIE. Okla. May 4, UP*— T. C. Bland. 75, a retired farmer, was killed here last night when truck bv a Santa Fe freight train. He is survived bv his widow, three sons and a sister.
TEHRAN, May 4.—(ZP)—Army and police officials said today that all of Iran had been evacuated by the Russians, but Prince Mozaffar Firouz, director of propaganda, described the Soviet exodus from contentious Azerbaijan province as “almost” complete.
An Iranian general staff officer declared “all Iran has been evacuated by the Red army” and gendarmerie officials made similar statements.
FISH FEW— SO ARE LIES
NOWATA, Okla.. May 4.—(ZP)— The liars here aren't lying; they merely haven’t any fish.
Word went out today that unless more fish contributions come in for the annual Liars’ club banquet on May IO some of the members may have to eat sardines.
Joe Tits worth, president of the club, said anglers told him fish “few fish are biting.” He didn’t say whether he thought that wras a lie.
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Bf Bob Blank*. 1ft
Th’ average motorist these days makes th’ wild man frum Borneo look like a piker.
Whut’s worse than settin* in front o’ a couple o’ gum-poppers in a pjcturo abow?