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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 23, 1963, Bluefield, West Virginia Ruppen May be a Way to the first aa4efeated Aoa aaa Elice North Carolina made it la 1957. Cd Asperti. Win. La Pfulb pain vol. Lxv11i, no. 357 lae cond Clasi Poe tags blot fiend. W. Va., Rad add l Bluefield w. Va., monday morning december 23, 1963 weather. Heavy mow Varaia. Cloudy Aad cold with now today and tonight. High i 2ts. 7� Cinti 1 e cents a daily 13 sunday fire kills 3 tots in Richmond Oil explosion is cause of tragedy 16 left homeless lots to talk about Gerhard Altmann left Aad his wife. Edelgard right talk with West be Riigers Paul and Siegrid Graue Over Coffee Aad cake during a reunion of the families in the Altmann heme in East Berlin sunday. The women Are Sisters and the families have been separated since August 1961, when the communist East Berlin Wall went up. Altmann is an East Berlin Industrial heating Engineer. Graue 1 a businessman in West Berlin. A wire photo 34,000 persons flow into East Berlin for reunions 358,000 permits Are approved Christmas tree drive still lagging far behind the big Community Christmas tree party far some 2,000 underprivileged Bluefield children will go on As scheduled Christmas eve though the Trees fund drive a still far Short of Ita goal. Contributions sunday totalled 9100.09, bringing the total collected so far to $4,700.82, Only 78 per cent of the $6,000 needed for the annual affair. There a stall time to Send to your contribution and get your name on Santa a Honor Roll. The goal can be reached by tomorrow h those who have been intending to Ghie but have been putting it off will do so today or tomorrow. You should see it Money far the Christmas tree la Money Well spent. Those who have seen the Union tatted Joy at the annual party know it and if you Haven to seen the party take our word for it. Contributions May be sent to Community Christmas tree association care of Bliefield daily tet graph Box 208, Bluefield or brought to the daily Telegraph offices at 412 Bland St. The big party at Ramsey auditorium tuesday will begin at 1 a . The doors will be opened at 12 45 . The proceedings will be televised on Whis to Channel 6, from 1 30 to 2 . And Santa Claus himself will make his appearance during this period. Well knows Talent entertainment will be furnished by Whis to and am it pm personalities scoop and Snoop o. C. Young and Ray Brooks Cecil Surratt buddy Pennington Gordon Jennings Don Whitt and Darnell Miller among others. Employees of the daily t e 1 a graph printing co., and whys to am fam wih Hanifie the distribution of the gifts to the youngsters after 01�?T Santa formally opens the proceedings. The Community Christmas tree now to its 45th year is sponsored by the Bluefield daily Telegraph. Clyde e. Elliott of Bluefield is president of the Community Christmas tree As Sci atom. Contributions sunday Andrea Micozzi $3.50 Michael Anthony Miano and Deborah Ann Conner 3.00 or. And mrs. W. P. Ward 2.00 w. It. Luffman 3.00 Robert Weiss 3.50 this film High school key club 25.00 Smith i.00 Trinity methodist youth 10.09 Ray Belcher 2.00 Geraldine Ashworth 5.00 or. And mrs. A. H. Brooks 5.00 or. And mrs. Anthony Demaria 5.00 George and Doris cart Wright 5.00 Stan and Dean gatherum 10.00 mrs. Virginia Foglesong 3.50 w. H. Jessee 1.00 Beth Cindy and Mark Kaatorp 5.00 Dong and Leslie Katz 5.00 Phyllis Ann Moore 1.00 or. And mrs. F. A. Toyer 5.00 Junior . Midway methodist Church Yards a. 5.00 Ramblers of Bluefield 15.00 Sherri Spence 7.00 or. And mrs. Louis Capaldini 5.00 or. And mrs. C. R. Gilbert 3.50 Anonymous 1.60 Bluefield hardware company employees benevolent association 45.00 total i .189.09 previous total a 4,519.53 a a a a grand total $4,706.62 Snow accompanies bitter cold Over most of nation by the associated press bitter cold accompanied by Snow or freezing rain and drizzle gripped much of the nation sunday the first official Day of Winter. Subzero temperatures prevailed Over Moat of the Midwest As they have for nearly two weeks while readings Over the remainder of the country dipped below freezing except to Florida and calf Praia. Snow fell Over the Roc Taes and the Plains states creating hazardous driving conditions. There was Snow too across the Northern half of Texas end freeze of drizzle Over Mort of the states South portion. A two Inch or More Snow Blanket made for hazardous driving in Northern Texas. Freeze warning the Snow band mixed with freezing rain and drizzle extended eastward into the lower Mississippi Valley with Bard freeze warnings posted for Louisiana and Mississippi sunday night heavy Snow warnings were issued for a band from Artyaneas eastward into the Smoky mountains including Northern Mississippi and Moat of Tennessee with an accumulation of 4 to i by monday inches forecast morning. Warnings of hazardous driving conditions As a result of Snow or freezing rain were to effect from the Southern Kansas Border southward through Eastern Texas and eastward through Alabama. Unseasonable cold continued from the Rockies eastward. Roads hazardous Oklahoma received Snow to a depth of two or three inches Over moot of the state ranging up to six inches at Ponca City. Roads throughout the state were Snow overed and hazardous. At least one traffic death was attributed to icy conditions. A Daylong storm saturday left two to six inches of new a Tow from Montana southward into Colorado and subzero temperatures moderated. Highways in Southwest Missouri and most of Kansas were Snow packed with six inches on the ground at Dodge City and Garden City Kan. At Topeka Kan., the temperature dipped to -4, coldest of record for this Tan to Page 2, col i Berlin apr hundreds of West berliners formed new lines in freezing weather Early monday to get one Day passes to visit their relatives in East Berlin. The lines began forming before Midnight sunday outside the permit offices even As other West berliners streamed Back through the checkpoint passages in the Berlin Wall from a sunday in the family Circle after 28 months of separation. On saturday and sunday a total of 31,000 West berliners went into the East sector according to the official East Germany news Agency adn. 3,000 More with the 3,000 who went Over on the first Day of the operation that made a total of 34,000 so far. The applicants for new permits faced a wait of 13 hours before the scheduled opening of the offices. Even after that they would have to endure hours of waiting for the permits. Communist authorities announced they have approved 358,000 permits for one Day visits in the four Days the permit offices have been open. These Are available Only to West berliners. Their relatives and friends in East Berlin cannot return the visits because they Are still imprisoned behind the Concrete Wall and barbed wire fences. Pathetic scenes there were pathetic scenes of parting at the Wall As the westerners hurried to meet the Midnight deadline. There have been Many complaints about the agonizing Waits to bitter Coli the applicants have had to endure to obtain communist permission to pass from one part erf their native City to another. West berliners had to spend up to a total of 25 hours spread Over three Days standing to line to get the precious permits. The West Berlin City government announced sunday night measures to reduce the waiting time. But what they could do was limited by communist insistence on keeping the procedure completely in their hands. Political significance the communist press had been plugging the theme that the Christmas visits Deal with the West Berlin City government is not Only humanitarian. The reds claim it also has deep political significance opening the Way to future East West deals Over Germany. A Spectator described it As a a wagnerian scene a the West Richmond a. A a fire Here that killed three Small children Early sunday started when a portable Oil stove apparently exploded firemen said. Three children of mrs. Lillian Barry Edmond Allen 9 Feole Yvonne 4, and James Kelvin 3�?burned to death to the Blaze. Sixteen persons were left homeless. A the fire started in a rear room on the ground floor where the Oil stove was located and spread towards the front of the House a said capt. W. G. Longest. 2-hour fire fight three engine companies and a truck company fought the fire for nearly two hours. The House and a nearly All of the contents were ruined a said longest. T mrs. Barr who occupied two rooms on the first floor with her seven children said she was in the bedroom with her six youngest children when she smelled smoke. A about the same time i heard my oldest daughter Catherine who has been asleep in the Kitchen scream out that the stove was All ablaze a mrs. Barr said. Boy darts Back a i grabbed my two youngest children and ran out the front door. As i reached the sidewalk i saw James Kelvin following she said. The three year old boy suddenly ran Back into the flaming House. His body was found in the bedroom with the other two children longest said. Mrs. Mary Wright who lived on the second floor was treated and released for a leg Cut suffered when she jumped from a second Story window holding an infant grandson. 1,000 leave fire racked ship in freezing Atlantic help speeds toward big Ocean liner Martin Blankenship dead beside wrecked Auto a a a a a a found after 4 Days a 23-year-old Bluefield nil missing from his Home since last wednesday night was found dead beside his wrecked automobile of the outskirts of Bluefield sunday afternoon. State police said the victim Martin Roger Blankenship had been Send three or four Days. His death was the 30th traffic fatality of the year to Mercer county one Short of the 1953 All time High of 11. The victim was Fouad beside his car about 3 30 . Sunday. The vehicle had apparently gone out of control and plunged Over an embankment on u. S. 52 about a Anile Aad a half North of Bluefield near the Littles Burg Road trooper r. L. Sturms said. The car landed in a secluded area not easily seen from the Highway and had apparently been unnoticed until discovered sunday by Malachi and Harrt Street Brothers who were walking along the Highway Sturms said. The car was apparently travelling toward Bluefield when the wreck occurred too trooper added. Hie v 1 e 11 mrs relatives reported he had not been Home since wednesday night and since to was not toe Type to stay away without letting his relatives know they had instituted a search for him thursday and the search had been underway since that time. Blankenship was an employee of Virginia foods a native of Tazewell va., and a son of o. W. And Ruby s. Blankenship of 3016 Bluefield ave., Bluefield with whom he resided. Survivors also include two Sisters Frances and Brenda Blankenship of toe Home Aad the maternal grandmother mrs. Dailey Stowers of Bluefield a. Funeral arrangements Are incomplete. The body is at Dudley memorial mortuary Blue Field a. 18 sailors rescued from Atlantic tossed lifeboats 7 5till missing Tura to Page 2, col. 4 people reverse courts ruling Omaha apr attorney Tom Kelley turned to the people of Omaha instead of the Law books to gain a reversal of a juvenile court order and reunite a family of 12 for Christmas. The Story began on a note of Heartbreak dec. 3 when the children of or. And mrs. John Walker were taken from them by the court order. The reasons weren t the usual ones. There was no excessive drinking by parents no wilful neglect by the Mother. Instead welfare records show the Walker children ranging from one to 14 years to be a poor but the youngsters attended school and Church regularly. House condemned but the authorities also Learned the tiny House the family lived in had been condemned and the father was making Only $64 a week in take Home pay. Juvenile judge Seward l. Hart ruled the children must be taken there just Wasny to enough Money to go around. Kelley serving without fee was troubled by the family s plight As he left the courtroom. He started talking to people he knew. A vacant five bedroom House was found but it was in poor condition. Bartenders and some of their customers electricians a plumbing firm a garage operator and others heard the Story and rolled up their sleeves. Some furniture was contributed by a radio station manager a Rug came from a District court judge a doctor gave some chairs and tables. Some policemen took the contributions to the Home to a truck. Bought presents wives of those interested bought and wrapped presents for the children. A Christmas tree and trimmings was provided. A new Job was found for Walker As a truck Driver at $100 a week. �?T64 rights Bill passage seen Washington a the chairman of the House rules committee virtually conceded sunday that a civil rights Bill will be passed in 1964. But he charged the pending Bill is unconstitutional and was drafted in violation of required House procedures. The chairman rep. Howard w. Smith d-va., asserted that after the Bill becomes Law a if i made the kind of talk in a making now against civil rights. I could be thrown in the Smith interviewed on the Abc radio and television program a issues and answers a said the hearings that open before the rules committee Jan. 9 to determine whether the Bill should be reported to the floor will last less than a month. Full of Booby trap it has been stalled in his committee for several weeks and is still awaiting both House and Senate consideration. Smith said this Bill is just As full of Booby traps As a dog is of fleas. .1 mean infringements on the rights of individual a it was t drafted at the Capitol. It was drafted at the department of Justice who said. And when it came up before the House judiciary committee for consideration Smith said the chairman a announced no one would be allowed to offer amendments. But the rules say members must have an Opportunity to offer rep. Emanuel Celler . Is the judiciary chairman but Wasny to mentioned by name. Objection Al aspect Smith said the most objectionable aspect of the Bill is its a infringement on the rights of association and rights of business people to do business As they have always done then he cited the Public accommodations clause designed to give negroes free Access to restaurants hotels and other places of Public service. Then he made his statement that he could be a thrown in the Hoose Gow for similar comments if the Bill becomes Law. He said this would be possible if its Powers Are linked with those of the 1957 civil rights Bill which he said gave judges the right to punish persons for civil contempt including the Power of detention if they abet disobedience of the Law. A i done to think this Bill ought to be passed a he said. But when he was asked whether Congress would pass a civil rights Bill next year he said a a in a very much afraid that it Louisville Tot lies unnoticed after car wreck Louisville. By. Apr two year old Tara Len tee Paris Lay unnoticed in 9-degree temperatures for several hours after an automobile wreck sunday. Her body temperature was Down to 74 when she was taken to n Hospital hut by night it was Back to Normal and doctors said she would be All right unless complications result from toe severe exposure. Her father Clarence e. Peris 22, and Mother Mary Frances 29, were killed when their car ran off an expressway into a Field. A fireman retracing the cards path found the child. White House tree lighted Washington a president Johnson lighted the National comm Unity Christmas tree behind the White House sunday night and expressed the Hope a that the world will not narrow into a neighbourhood before r has broadened into a speaking before television and radio microphones and face to face with a chilled crowd of about 5,000, Johnson began by alluding to the assassination of president John f. Kennedy and said that a while our spirits cannot be Light our hearts need not be declaring that Christ taught there is life after death Johnson said a we can believe and we do believe that from the death of our National Leader will come a rebirth of the finest qualities of our National Johnson said there was one wish be wanted to express before turning a switch to Light the thousands of bulbs on the 71-foot red Spruce standing in the Center of the Park behind the executive mansion a it is a wish that we not lose the closeness and five sense of when Johnson pressed a switch to Light the giant tree cries of Quot ohm and a a aha rippled through the crowd. Floodlights illuminated the Park the Sre of the annual christinas pageant of peace and the South facade of the White House half a Block away was bathed in a Brilliant White Light from beacons placed on the Back Lawn. From freighter Halifax . Apr braving still mountainous seas an icebreaker and a fishing smack snatched 18 French sailors from the Stormy Atlantic sunday where they had tossed helplessly in two lifeboats since saturday. Three bodies were also recovered and Canadian air sea Rescue authorities said search for the seven men still missing from the 2,300-ton French freighter Douala had been abandoned. The Douala Sank Early saturday morning in a howling storm 35 Miles Southeast of Burgeo fld. Found by fishing Boa the latest survivors and the one body were picked up sunday afternoon by a fishing boat identified Only As the Ludwig about 50 Miles Southeast of port Aux basques. The first 16 survivors were plucked from the sea by Canadian icebreaker sir Humphrey Gilbert about 10 Miles North of the spot where the second Lifeboat was sighted. There were no Early reports on the condition of the survivors who spent 24 hours on the open sea. Temperatures dipped during the night to Well below freezing on All nearby land areas. Worst in years authorities on Shore called the storm the worst to years. A . Navy c130 aircraft from Argentia nfld., joined the search with four Canadian aircraft after winds in the area had moderated to 35 Miles an hour and the seas had subsided. The storm which hit the Seaboard Canadian province of Nova Scotia new Brunswick and Prince Edward Island with winds gusting to 100 Miles an hour left at least 10 dead. Three of the four victims who died ashore suffered heart attacks. The fourth was hit by a flying door caught up by the winds and died of head injuries. Six crewmen aboard the coastal freighter Mary Pauline drowned when Waves swamped their dories. They had abandoned their i2>foot freighter Between Nova Scotia and the Newfoundland coast. The storm dumped ten inches of Snow ashore. Inside Abby. Add years classified comics crosswords editorials Goren .14 .14 .12 15 14 4 14 Graham. 3 movies .16 Pri Acetta .12 society. 8 sports .16 to m weather a 2 most believed to be britons ship North of Maderia London monday a the greek cruise liner Lakonia with �0 Christmas season passengers and a Crew of More than 300 aboard took fire in the Eastern Atlantic sunday. Passengers and Crew abandoned ship. Ships and planes began a massive Rescue operation off the azores and Early monday a spokesman for the Lakonia i owners said he had an unconfirmed report that some passengers had been picked up. He added a we have had no reports that the Lakonia has gone Down. We can Only presume she is still an intercepted message from the British Tanker Montcalm said it was within 54 Miles of the Lakonia at 3 35 . British time f 10 35 . Est and had not yet sighted survivors. Picking up survivors at 4 15 . British time <11 -15 . Est sunday . Rescue operations officer in the azores told the associated press by radio Telephone that the Tanker was picking up survivors. A we a vie no information As yet to any casualties a the officer said. A it seems to have been in so far As anything can be Normal in circumstances like these a Normal ship evacuation. A your information is that the Hull of the vessel is still the order to abandon ship came at 7 22 . The admiralty said. From then on the Lakonia went out of All radio Contact. At 3 15 . British time the admiralty reported that the 4,-999-ton British Tanker Montcalm had sighted the Lakonia but had no word at that time on survivors. Three ships including the american liner Independence were reported making for the disaster scene at top Speed. American air Force units in the azores stood by to help the Rescue operation. In addition five . Coast guard cutters were speeding to the area . Air Rescue units were mustering at the azores and in Rheinstein Germany and Small freighters to the heavily travelled shipping Lane were making steam for the la Konias position about 180 Imler North of Madeira. 656 passengers the Lakonia left Southampton England dec. 19 with 658 passengers seeking a Christmas in the Sun and More than 308 Crew. Its first Call reaching the British admiralty soon after Midnight reported tersely that it had a fire aboard but made no Appeal for help. Then came word that the fire was spreading and All aboard were taking to the boats. The Lakonia gave is position As 35 degrees North 15.15 West a putting it roughly 180 Miles North of the Sunshine Island of Madeira. The admiralty said the swedish Ore Carrier Alta 10,008 tons was expected to reach the Lakonia at 10 . Est sunday and probably would be first of the scene. The Independence 23,754 tons was due on the spot at 1 30 . Est monday. Another ship speeding to the scene was the 10,946-ton freighter Charlesville. Prepare search planes the Headquarters of the u. S. Air Force Rescue service at Orlando air Force Rescue service at Orlando air Force base a Florida said the command was preparing to dispatch air ree turn a a a Page 2, cel. 2 4 parishioners killed trying to halt rectory robbery Ottawa apr four persons were shot to death sunday and a fifth wounded when parishioners of a tiny roman Catholic Church in Midtown Ottawa tried to halt an attempted robbery in the next door rectory. The shooting shattering a quiet noon hour mass in the Church of Christ the King on Argyle Street took the lives of Pawl Mercier of Sherbrooke que. Miss Alberte Guindon about 45, Niece and housekeeper of the Parish priest Roger Binette about 21, one of the would be robbers and mrs. Dorise be Chard 00, occupant of a third floor apartment to the rectory. Police said Binette shot himself through the head. Dies several hours later mrs. Bechard died in Hospital several hours later despite doctors efforts to save her life. Her companion in the apartment Henedine Bechard was wounded less seriously and was released from Hospital after treatment. The noon mass was nearly finished to the Small Brick Church when the second housekeeper in the rectory Agthe Jensen rushed through the Back door of the Church to toil father Chev Rier that two men had broken into the rectory. Father Chev Rier was at the front of the Church while the Rev. Father Gerard Therrien was saying the mass. He ran Down the Side aisle of the Church and asked some male parishioners to come with him. He was followed out by Mercier join Horner Roger Lacroix and another Man. A i just got to the rectory door when i heard the first shot a i guess that a the one that killed inside front door police said Mercier was shot inside the front door near the stairway. A shot was fired at Horner they said and he faked death falling to the floor and waiting until be had a Chance to Duck out for help. He ran Back to the Church asked the male parishioners to surround the rectory and told the women and children to stay my. About 31 inn ran around the big a Etory rectory. A Doorman in a Public building across the Street called police. Deputy chiefs George Stewart and Albert Cavan told reporters that when the men arrived they found merrier dead and the Houku e robbers had fled upstairs. One a a talked do was one was a staked Down by detective Tom Flanagan a with some apparently he had tried to reach a third floor fire escape hut by this time the rectory was surrounded. When police reached the Ond floor they found miss Guidon a body. On the same floor near toe stops leading to the third floor was the body of Binette shot thro Urti the head. The two injured women were in their third floor apartment. Deputy chief Cavan said he two intruders carried four guns. Masks were found to their pockets. Nearly 500 people gathered around the rectory to mfr degree weather after Woid of the Aholt tog wee broadcast. I

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