Ada Evening News (Newspaper) - May 30, 1946, Ada, Oklahoma
The office cynic, reeding of a daath row occupant committing suicide, remarks that the fellow has cheated the pardon board of its chance to give a reprieve, and the executioner of his fee.
Generally fair, except thundershowers east and south central tonight, southeast Fri. morning.
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Sorrow and Pride Mingled In Emotions of America Today, Spencer Tells His Audience
Memorial Day Speaker Call* far Choice af Goad Leader-ehip in Future; Ada Spende Day Quietly, Few Businesses Open
“Today, across a grateful nation, our people are gathered in little groups with heads bowed and hearts touched with mingled emotions of sorrow and pride,” Charles F. Spencer, principal speaker at a special Memorial Day program, told
a gathering of people at joint program of veterans organizations.
Truman Places Wreath At Soldier Tomb
Pays Nation's Tribute To Dead from Every War In Brief, Solemn Ceremony
WASHINGTON, May 30, UPI— President Truman placed a wreath of white roses against the tomb of the unknown soldier today to pay a nation’s homage to its dead from every war.
It was a solemn, almost silent ceremony in Arlington National cemetery. Mr. Truman did not speak. There was no crowd of observers.
The whole tribute lasted no more than a minute.
The chief executive drove from the White House to the cemetery, left his car and stepped out onto the broad plaza in front of a white marble amphitheatre. He paused a moment, then took the wreath, stepped forward a dozen paces with hat in hand and laid it against the tomb.
Bugler Sounds Taps
Mr. Truman stepped backward four paces, stopping just in front of his military naval aides. While an honor guard of soldiers, sailors and marines stood at attention a marine bugler sounded taps, the requiem for the soldier dead.
That was all. Mr. Truman climbed back into his limousine to return to the White House.
Accompanying him to Arlington were members of the family here on a visit from Missouri. They included Miss Mary Truman, the president's sister; the presidents two brother’s-in-law, George and Frank Wallace; and Mrs. George Wallace.
Patriotic, civic and veterans organizations waited to place their own flowers beside the tomb. Throughout the cemetery, spread over a wooded hillside overlooking the Potomac and the national capital. Boy Scouts had placed flags on 70.000 graves.
Ceremonies During Day
At Arlington and in Washington. memorial exercises were scheduled all during the day. Gen. Omar N. Bradley, veterans’ administrator, was to be the principal speaker at ceremonies in the Arlington amphitheater arranged for the early afternoon by the grand army of the republic Memorial day corporation.
As part of the services, three army bombers were to swoop low and drop flowers on the resting places of soldier dead. A navy plane was sent out to sea to send an anchor of buddy poppies spinning into the waves.
From Arlington. Mr. Truman planned to take his family, on the Yacht Williamsburg for a day on the Potomac. *
Convid in Death Rev Is Suicide
Steen, Scheduled to Go To Chair Tonight, Slits Vein In Arm with Razor
MCALESTER, Okla., May 30, Deputy Warden Raymond Haines said today Stanley Steen, convict scheduled to die in the electric chair shortly after midnight, had committed suicide in death row.
Steen was discovered on his cell bed with the veins of his right arm slit by a razor blade, Rames said.
Discovery was made by Guard John H. Webb.
Steen died soon after in the prison hospital.
Webb said he had been playing the radio in front of the cell when he heard groaning and found Steen bleeding.
A doctor was called and administered first aid before Steen was taken to the hospital here he died.
Steen was to be executed for the slaying of Pat Riley, a prison guard.
Prison officials said they did not know where the razor blade had been hidden.
They said guards inspect the cells carefully, and change mattresses, once .a week.
Several relatives visited Steen yesterday but officials said they did not believe any of them had given Steen the blade.
The body was taken the the Chaney Funeral Home in McAlester. Relatives have notified prison officials they will send for the body.
"t The speaker told the group that “many have gathered here from a hundred corners of the earth, Burma, Sicily, Guadalcanal, Germany and elsewhere, to pay homage to their comrades whom they left behind. For a half year now, they have been wending their ways back to the place they call home. They join now with the loyal soldiers of the home front in this act of devotion.”
Offices, Businesses Closed < Most Ada business firms closed in observance of the holiday. County, city and federal offices closed all day. Some drugstores, some cafes and some filling stations remained open Thursday morning to handle necessary calls.
The observance of Memorial Day was centered in the program at ll a.m. Thursday at the First Christian church. Joe Roper, Legion post commander, presided.
Geld Star Mothers were introduced, followed by the presenting of flags, the audience giving the pledge of allegiance and the singing of the national anthem.
Goes Back Ta 1868 Memorial Day had its formal beginning in 1868 when General Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic issued an ofrder for the decoration of the graves of the Union soldiers who fell in the war between the States.
Today, Memorial Day has a large significance. There are memories of the colonel fighters who went forth in deerskin trousers and coonskin csp* and fell in the wars against the French and Indians.
.. The heroes who sacrificed themselves in the War of 1812 are rightfully remembered. There are those who fell in the war with Mexico and the blue and gray clad soldiers who fell in the unfortunate struggle between the North and the South.
Soldiers who fell in other wars including World War I and World War II are the men who are remembered most because of their nearness to the hearts of people living today.
Join Democracy 6t Death
?P«ncer Pointed out that j had a. rendezvous with death and did not return” He further stated that the war dead have joined that great democracy or death wherein there is no distinction between the genefel and the private or the admiral and the apprentice seaman. ‘They have joined the great and the gooa of all ages.”
“So near the time, our hearts are heavy, but the glory of their deeds assuages our grief. Sorrow fades in the garden of memory and gratitude and pride take root, the speaker asserted.
Not Glorifying War In paying homage to our honored dead, we do not glorify war. In humility and shame we here ana now confess our guilt in helping to create, although unintentionally, the very conditions 'which, made war inevitable,” Dr Spencer said.
“In this great undertaking of peace, we cannot depend on a few scientists for progress; democracy temg government by the majority. the majority must be able to recognize and to choose good leadership if progress is to be made We must not confuse our selfish interest with the public interest. Our duty is anything but direct and simple!
“As we meet here in memory ? ouAr *ellow heroes, let us not ♦IT*5 ^at.»they have Performed
Dr. Spencer closed his address by quoting Lincoln at Gettysburg From these honored dead we take increased devotion to that course for which they gave the last full measure of devotion.”
Mon Rain Hen, Two-Day Total 1.47
Memorial Day dawned bright and clear and delightfully cool Thursday morning, after a night in which this city and area were given a thorough washing as if in preparation for the special day.
The rain didn’t slip in quietly.
Some of that noisiest thunder in recent months accompanied the rain during the night.
The rain totaled .84 of an inch and, with the .63 of the preceding night, totaled 1.47.
On this first peacetime Memorial Day in fiva years, we pay tribute to those who died to preserve our way of life. But unless we conduct that life as they would have wanted it. Memorial Day sentiment does little honor to the dead who ‘ gave the last full measure of devotion.”
Oklahoma: Generally fair, except thundershowers east and south central tonight and southeast Friday morning; cooler west and north tonight, cooler east and south central Friday.
Dates, Registrars Far July 2 Vote Aanowiced Today
Registration for the primary election of July 2 will begin Sunday, June 2, and close on the night of Friday, June 21, according to J. E. Boswell, county registrar.
Boswell announces registrars for the county precincts, calling attention to the fact that there are some changes from the list used in the last election, also to formation of a n£w precinct in northeast Ada, one at the Ahloso Y and elimination of the old Franks precinct.
The registration period is for newly qualified voters; transfers can be made up until and including the day of election.
The precincts and their regis
Ward I, Precinct I, Mrs. Jessie Rogers Crawford, 121 E. 14th.
Ward I, Precinct 2, E. E. Uelts-chey, 526 E. 13th.
Ward I, Precinct 3, Mrs. Ad-rianna Vreeland, 817 E. 15th.
Ward I, Precinct 4, Mrs. Bettie Armstrong, 325 E. 15th.
Ward I, Precinct 5, H. A. Stevenson, 821 E. 13th.
Ward 2, Precinct I, J. D. Ma-loan, 830 N. Broadway.
Ward 2, Precinct 2, Mrs. G. C. Harris, 939 E. 7th.
Ward 2, Precinct 3, Mrs. Edna S. Lasater, 525 E. 8th.
Ward 2, Precinct 4, Mrs. Joe Thompson, 730 E. Orchard.
Ward 3, Precinct I, Miss Louche Scott, 307 W. 7th.
Ward 3, Precinct 2, Mrs. C. C. Ray, 720 W. 10th.
Ward 3, Precinct 3, H. A. Eb-rite, 501 W. 5th.
Ward 3, Precinct 4, Mrs. Gene Baxley, 704 W. 7th.
Ward 4, Precinct I, Mrs. Blanche Smyth, 215 W. 15th.
Ward 4, Precinct 2, Mrs. Mary Stidham, 833 S. Stockton.
Ward 4, Precinct 3, Mrs. Quinton Blake, 614 W. 19th.
Ward 4, Precinct 4, Mrs. W. A. Davis, 605 W. 14th.
Allen, North, H. C. Compton, Allen.
Allen. South, Dr. C. M. Meanes, Allen.
Ahloso Y, Mrs. A. G. Stout, Rt. 4, Ada.
Bebee, A. F. Crow, Route 4, Ada.
Canyon Springs, Mrs. E. D. Norman, Pontotoc.
Center, Mrs. C. C. Grindstaff, Route 5, Ada.
Colbert, Mrs. Edith Balthrop, Route 3, Ada.
Conway, Mrs. Henry McMeanes, Route I, Stonewall.
Dolberg, Mrs. P. M. Bowman, Route 2, Roff.
Egypt. G. T. Harris, Route 2, Ada.
Fitzhugh, Mrs. Lula Emerson, Fitzhugh.
Francis, O. G. Rose, Box 34, Francis.
Pittstown, Mrs. I. R. Doolittle, Box 385, Pittstown.
Frisco, Mrs. W. S. Stegall, Frisco.
Galey, Mrs. Bertha Newby, Route 2, Ada.
Greenhouse, W. E. Pitt, Ada.
Hart, May Johnson, Route 5,
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J. M. English, Rancher, Dies
Accidental Revolver Discharge Kills Houston Trucking Magnate, County Ranch Owner
Friends here were stunned Wednesday with news of the death qpar Houston, Texas, of J. M. English, Houston trucking company owner who about two years ago bought a ranch in Pontotoc county and since has spent much time on his property near Ada. He became a member of the Hereford Heaven association after that purchase.
First details of the death were scarce but it was learned that English was on on! of his properties near Houston when a revolver fell from his holster or belt, being discharged as it struck the ground.
The bullett went through his hip and into the abdomen, inflicting a wound that proved fatal.
Funeral services were arranged for Houston at 4 p.m. today, with burial at Dallas Friday.
English served overseas during the recent war, being in charge of the great trucking operation which rushed supplies across Iran to Russia and emerging with rank of colonel.
He is remembered here more generally because of his generosity to a Texas farm youth.
Flew Calf To Texas
The boy just failed in his bid for a calf championship in a big Texas show and English, liking the Wray the boy took his disappointment, promised him a registered calf from his Hereford ranch near Ada.
So, in a short time, he and the lad, from Seguin, Tex., flew to Ada in English's private plane, loaded the choice calf aboard and went by air to the boy’s home near Seguin.
English, in addition to his trucking and ranching activities, was a breeder of fine palimino horses at a Texas ranch.
He is survived by his wddow and other relatives.
SHAWNEE, May 30.—(/PI—Dr. George L. Cross, president of the University of Oklahoma, will speak at the Shawnee high school commencement exercises tonight.
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 30.— (ZP)—After an appeal from a Garvin county delegation headed by State Senator Homer Paul, the highway commission authorized advertisements for bids on Rush Creek bridge in Pauls Valley by June ll.
Estimated cost of the project is $50,000.
LAWTON, May 30.—(ZP)—More than 200 spring graduates of West Point military academy will come to F6rt Sill to begin a six-month course in field artillery beginning in August.
Maj. Gen. Louis E. Hobbs, commandant, said Fort Sill officials are arranging housing accommodations for the young officers, about half of whom are married.
Price Boosted For
Dairy Products lad Another Possible
By MARVIN L. ARROWSMITH
WASHINGTON. May 30—(ZP) —The government jolted housewives today with a $250,000,000-a-yea.r price boost for dairy products—and predicted still another sharp hike if congress cuts subsidies.
Stabilization Director Chester Bowies estimated the public will pay a quarter of a billion dollars 1 more for food annually as the result of price increases of one cent a quart for milk, about ll cents a pound for butter and approximately six cents a pound for cheddar cheese.
Bowles announced last night that the new prices will become effective early in June. The exact amount of the increases will be fixed when the date is set.
The stabilization chief also directed OPA and the agriculture department to institute controls on the use of butterfat in the hope of increasing butter production. These controls include a ban on the sale of wtiipping cream, effective July I. and establishment of price ceilings on bulk cream for the first time.
Ice cream manufacturers also were authorized to cut down on butterfat without trimming their prices. It is butterfat that gives ice cream its richness.
He added that subsidy cuts already voted by the house and by the senate banking committee “will require further sharp increases in the prices of milk, butter and cheese after July I.”
He estimated these might jump the total increase to two cents a quart on milk, 18 cents a pound for butter and eight or nine cents a pound for cheese.
“Although I regret the need for saddling the consumer with (these) price increases, there is no question about the necessity for greater returns to dairy farmers if we are to maintain milk production.”
Along with higher milk prices, housewives will pay proportionately more for butterfat, coffee cream, cottage cheese and similar products.
Evaporated milk will go up another cent a can at retail. It went up a cent a week ago. —
WELLINGTON, New Zealand, May 30, tJP>—Acting Air Vice Marshall Sir Keith Park predicted today that submersible aircraft carriers would be the answer to long distance atomic missiles.
Sir Keith, here for air talks with the New Zealand government, said “sailors will probably have a fit at the suggestion but somebody had better start experimenting and carrying out tests with models.”
VERSAILLES. Ky., May 30,
—John Horace Gay, 80, nationally known breeder of saddle horses and short horn cattle, died here last night. His stable included Highland Denmark, often referred to as the greatest sire of saddle horses in the country.
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Lewis Wins Most of What He Asked; No Drastic Law Now Likely, Barring New Crisis
Congress May Not Pass New Law on Labor
Truman's Emergency Bill Loses 'Heart'; Much Depends on Maritime Strike
By WILLIAM T. PEACOCK
WASHINGTON, May 30.—(A3) —Hedging with a couple of “ifs,” some congress members began to speculate today that the capitol storm over strikes may not produce a single new labor law.
The hotly-disputed draft section already has been ripped out of President Truman’s emergency bill.
There were too many uncertainties for flat predictions, but the possibility of a complete blow-over was being widely if privately talked. Settlement of the soft coal strike obviously has taken off the main heat.
Two Major “Ifs”
The big “if^’ are:
1. Whether President Truman signs into law the Case strike control bill which a thumping 230 to 106 house vote sent to him yesterday. Several democrats have said he will veto it.
2. Whether t#e threatened June 15 maritime strike develops a new “crisis”.
On the Case bill, the president is getting conflicting advice from legislators and others and meanwhile is keeping his own counsel. Secretary of Labor Schwellen-bach told reporters he may recommend a veto.
The house vote yesterday was large enough to override a veto (two-thirds are needed), but the senate’s last Saturday was not. Chairman Murray (D-Mont) of the senate labor committee, who frankly wants a veto, predicted the senate would sustain Mr. Truman if he takes that course.
Lawmakers generally agreed that developments in the maritime dispute are bound up with the future of the president’s emergency bill.
Strike Draft Cut Out The senate by a 70 to 13 vote late yesterday cut out what some legislators consider the heart of that bill—the provision for drafting into the army those who strike against government-seized plants.
Democratic Leader Barkley (Ky) told reporters that whether the maritime dispute is settled “will determine my course’’ when the senate goes back to work on the measure tomorrow.
Barkley said there were reasons to believe the dispute might be settled by then and that if it is he will not object to the bill’s going back to committee.
There, he added, members could “perfect” the measure in an atmosphere free from “heat and passion.”
But in congressional practice, once a bill is returned to a committee from the floor it usually stays there. In the legislative jargon, it is “pigeon-holed.” Furthermore, congress is aiming at getting away from a summer recess early in July.
ROBSON WINS SPEEDWAY RACE
Los Angolas Driver Surprise Winner, His First Major Victory
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY, May 30.-(ZP)— George Robson, Los Angeles* registered a surprise victory in the 30th renewal of the 500- mi Ie race at the Indianapolis Speedway, today.
Robson, 36, never before a winner of a major race, defeated Jimmy Jackson, Indianapolis, veteran dirt track driver, by a margin of less than one minute.
Billy Devore, of Indianapolis, son of the famous old-time racer. Earl Devore, skidded on the southwest curve, hit the wall and bounced back onto the track in his 166th lap (415 miles.) He walked back to the pits, apparently unhurt, but his car was out of the race. He had been in seventh place.
LaGuardia To Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY. May 30. —(ZP)—Former New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia will be in Oklahoma Monday to discuss state wheat production with some 25 key wheat farmers and farm group representatives.
The director general of UNRRA also will address a public meeting Monday night on the global food crisis. *
PAULS VALLEY, May 30.—(ZP) —R. W. (Bob) Reeves has been re-employed as city manager at Pauls Valley. The city is beginning its second year under a manager form of government.
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Coal Dispute Not Settled Finally Yet
Uwh Deal It With Government, Operators Not
Owners Not In Hurry to Sign New Contract
Public Hopes for Industrial Goods Flow, Will Get Big-
Bound, May Be Slow to Sign gar Coal Bill Now
WASHINGTON, May 30, CP>— John L Lewis’s coal dispute may seem settled. It isn’t.
True, another strike is unlikely. But the settlement I^ewis made was with the government not with the mine owneis.
It may take the owners a month, or months, to reach an agreement with him. Yet, the owners seem to be in a terrific crunch. In the end, they will almost certainly have to sign up with him, pretty much on his terms.
Here’s the story.
The government seized the mines a week ago. To end the coal strike, the government signed an agreement with Lewis, granting in large measure the demands he made.
Lewis is willing for his miners to o back to work under that agreement. But it will be in effect only as long as the government has the mines. It’s strictly a government-Lewis agreement.
It doesn’t bind the owners in any way. The government will have to Tceep possession of the mines until the owners and Lewis agree to a contract of their own.
If the government turned the mines back to the owners before they had worked out an agreement with Lewis, he almost certainly would call his miners out on strike again.
Since the owners want possession of their mines again, and since they already have lost money by the stoppage of coal production, its to their interest
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Truman Cheered By Coal Deal, Welfare Of Country First
By ERNEST B. VACCARO
WASHINGTON. May 30.—(ZP)
--President Truman, plainly relieved and happy over settlement of the coal strike, says he’ll go on meeting emergencies “in a way that is for the best welfare of the country.”
World War ll was a struggle to uphold individual liberty. Mr. Truman declared at George Washing ton university’s commencement exercises, “we are still fighting for the right of the individual and we are going to continue that fight.”
Speaking extemporaneously to the graduation crowd at Constitution Hall last night, Mr. Truman remarked jocularly that the “country is perfectly safe” when the president, by one speech such as his won draft-labor demand to congress Saturday, can bring to “accord” such diverseelements as Senators Pepper (D-Fla) and Taft (R-Ofciio), the Communist Daily Worker and the Wall Street Journal.
Despite dire prophecies by some, he continued, “the end of things has not come — for this great nation, or for the world.”
“It is only the beginning.” he said, and then for emphasis, he repeated, “It is only the beginning."
The university gave the president’s daughter, Margaret an A.B. degree and made the chief executive an honorary doctor of laws. He handed Margaret her diploma and planted a kiss on her cheek.
Mr. Truman gave daughter Margaret full credit for his own honorary degree, the seventh he has received since taking office.
It js a most unusual thing, he said, for a daughter to “create a situation which will make her old daddy an alumnus of*1his great institution on the same night she becomes a graduate.” He appreciated, he said, “the honest work my daughter did to get it for me.”
Conservatives Win In Dutch Election
AMSTERDAM. May 30.—(inofficial returns from yesterday’s provincial elections indicated today that the Catholic people’s party had won a plurality of 17 in the 50-seat upper house of the national legislature, whose members are chosen by the provincial councils.
The Catholic People’s party also won a plurality of 32 of the IOO ‘ seats in the lower house at the national elections May 17. Dr. L. M. Beel, minister of the interior in the present government and a Catholic party leader, was invited earlier this week by Queen Wil-helmina to undertake the task of forming a new cabinet
By HAROLD W. WARD
WASHINGTON, May 30— (iF> —The coal strike is over.
John L. Lewis won a $1.85 a day wage boost, a health and welfare fund and nearly everything else he asked for his 400,000 bituminous miners.
And the public caught the vision of an uninterrupted flow of postwar automobiles, radios, refrigerators and gadgets from long-troubled assembly lines. But the public also got a bigger coal bill.
P: esident Truman watched Lewis and Secretary of the Interior J. A. Krug sign the contract late yesterday in a White House ceremony that ended the last major barrier to full-scale industrial output.
Hard Coal For Heating
Lewis’s anthracite miners are due to walkout at midnight tonight, but hard coal is used primarily for heating homes.
Lewis said the bituminous pits will be in full operation by Monday. The strike lasted 59 days— broken only by a two-week truce when it was at the peak of its staggering impact.
When the government will be able to return the mines to their owners remained a question. The operators—contending they were advised of the contract terms only a couple of hours in advance of die actual signing—were plainly displeased.
Contract Terms Listed
The government seized the mines nine days ago and immediately got down to bargaining with Lewis. Out of those talks came there principal contract terms:
An 18 1/2-cent an hour wage
increase, which with overtime provisions will add $1.85 to the miners daily rate and hike his earnings for a five-day week from $50 to $59.25.
2. A $25,000,000 a year welfare fund to be financed’by a five cent a ton royalty on each ton of coal produced and to be administered by a three-way board. Present payroll contributions will go into a separate hospital and medicine fund to be controlled solely by the union. The payroll contributions vary in different coalfields.
3. Unionization of rn limited number of foremen.
4 Standardized safety, sanitation and housing facilities.
Borrowed Truman Fen
Tile contract, signed by Lewis with a pi n borrowed from Mr. Truman, is good only for the period of government operation
The operators themselves will have to sign Indore the mines will be returned to them.
But the operators, who had tried in vain for two months to wangle a contract out of the bushy-browed United Mine Workers’ chief, made little effort to hide their chagrin over the terms.
One important producer said privately he feared some “marginal” mines would have to shut down when relinquished by the government. And he *ided the I “hunch” that many others would like to “close up and go fishing.” Says People Lost
John D. Battle, executive secretary of the National Coal Association, termed the government contract the forerunner of royalty demands on every other industry.
| “It is a victory for Lewis over I the government and a defeat for the American people, who must foot the bill,” said Battle in a j statement.
I Another industry spokesman. declining to permit use of his
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