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January 01, 1948

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - January 1, 1948, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Freezing niln changing lo bnou, northerly winds .10-40 miles per hour. Cold wave today and inniglit. Gradually clearing Io- nium. Mich today 25. low tonight 5 hplcuv north to 5 above south high Friday 15-20. VOLUME 357 CITY FINAL 5 CENTS CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 1948 ASSOCIATED PRESS, UNITED PRESS, DJTERNATIC TERS; 150 HURT Vandenberg Takes Self Out of Race Asks Republicans Nof To Propose His Name at G.O.P. Conventions. WASHINGTON Arthur H. Vandenberg of Michigan Wednesday night formally requested Republic- ans in his state not to propose him for the Republican presi- dential nomination in 1948. The 63-year-old senator's long- expected announcement, made in a New Year Idler lo Michigan G.O.P. leaders, opened Ihe way for men who want the nomina- tion to campaign vigorously for the backing of Michigan's 41 del- egates to the party's national con- New Sf. Luke's Superintendent FBI robes vention. Careful, Son, He's Still Sore in Spots Types It Himself. Vandenberg himself typed the announcement and delivered copies to newsmen. It said: "On the threshold of this presi- dential election year, 1 wish to make this statement to my Michi- gan Republican friends who have been good enough to suggest that Michigan might again propose me lor the nomination. "Without presuming any such event, I urge that my name shall not be presented or sup- ported either in the Michigan state convention or the national convention at Philadelphia. "I am confident that I can best serve my country By completing my present term in the senate. "This is said with deepest ap- preciation of the precious loyal- ties which Michigan republican- ism has given me through 20 yews of public service.! My dfibl on this account passes all possi- bility of repayment. "With every confident hope for a Republican victory, in 1048, I remain, Arthur H. Vandenberg." Opens Way'to Olhers. Republican presideniial aspir- ants hopefully eyeing Michigan's weighty delegation to the June convention have been "hampered until now in seeking its support actively because Vandenberg was known to hava it "in his pocket.' Each of them could find en- couragement in the fact that the senator exprojsed no preference among the jfssible candidates- including Seg. Taft (R-Mich.) LOUIS B. BLAIR Louis B. Blair, superintenden of the Ohio State university hos pital, Columbus, has been namcc superintendent of St. Luke's hos pital succeeding Dr. E. T. Cough it was announced Thursday b' S. R. Hankins, chairman of thi board of directors of St. Luke's. Tile new superintendent wil take office March 15. Blair was elected unanimously to the superintendent's position by the board, Hankins said in an- nouncing the selection. Blair has held the superln- tendcncy at Ohio State since 1943. Previous to that he served as financial investigator and credit manager of the Cincinnati General hospital from 1935 to 1940 and business manager, later superintendent, of the Lawrence county General hospital, Iron- Ion, Ohio, from 1940 to 1942. Born at Cincinnati in 1909, Blair was graduated from Maryville college, Maryville, in 1932. He did graduate work at the versity of Cincinnati school of so- cial administration. He is married and has three children.. Blair is a member of the Ameri- can Hospital Association, the Ohio Hospital Association, Ihe Colum- bus Hospital Federation, of which he-is and Ihe Central Hospital service. He is trustee and chairman of'the ad- visory committee of hospital su- perinlendenls. Dr. Gough, who has served at SI. Luke's for slightly -over three years, has not announced his Over Inquiry on Report Of Rocket XS-1. WASHINGTON The air force revealed Wednesday night that the FBI is investi- gating the recent publication in Aviation Week magazine ol an article reporting that the new rocket plane XS-1 has flown faster than the speed of sound. The air force had classed as top secret Ihe performance of Ihe plane which was designed for Ihe announced purpose of trying to smash through the "supersonic barrier." It has never confirmed or denied :he report, published in the Mc- 3raw-HilI magazine's Dec. 22 is- sue, that the XS-1 had broken hrough the barrier with relative ease in tests at Muroc, Calif. Robert H. Wood, editor of Avia- ion Week, previously had indicat- ed that FBI agents were question- ng him about the article. He said iS did not believe that any viola- ion of military security was in- volved, because, he contended, the ir force was ready to he reported achievement anyw Although it was presumed th he FBI investigalion was prima iy intended to uncover Ihe soul f the magazine's information, 1 ir force announcement did n lake it clear who or what is b ng investigaled. Handed to FBI. Official-afpmincement that t r force -has ver lo the -FBI j plans beyond stating that he ex- pects to take a vacation after leaving his post here. former Gove' tor Stassen of Min- nesota and, jffthbugh he has not announced his candidacy. Gover- nor Dewey of New York. (At Battle Creek, Mich., Michi- gan Republican State Chairman John A. Wagner said Vanden- berg's letter "undoubtedly" leaves Gov. Kim Sigler at the top of the list for that stale's "favorite son" support, with Dewey second. Dewey's Visit Recalled. (When Dewey visited his boy- hood home at Owosso, Mich., last summer Michigan G. O. P. lead- ers indicated he would be second choice only to Vandenberg. The name of Sigler, serving his first term as governor, hardly was mentioned at that time. under tions. frc; (Arthur E. Summerfield, Re- iublican national commitlecman :om Michigan, said Ihe slale del- egation to Ihe national G. O. P. convention "reluctantly" would adhere to Vandenberg's wishes if the senator "still is of the same viewpoint" next June.) At the same 'time Vandenberg, who has frequently disavowed any wish for the presidency and has said he will retire when his senate term expires in 1953, did not say he would resist a "draft" movement which could develop under some circumstances, such as a deadlock at Philadelphia. Foreign Policy leader. As the senate's presiding officer and as chairman of the foreign relations committee, Vandenberg has taken a leading part in bi- partisan aspects of American for- eign policy making. He was a del- egate to the conference thai formed Ihe Unilcd Nalions and lias taken part in other Interna- tional negotiations. Vandenberg's action Wednesday nisht lefl it in doubt whether any one of the other presidential pos- sibilities had an edge in ihe quest for support in Michigan's Repub- lican delegalion. Some backing could be claimed lor Dewey. who is a native of Michigan and found favor with ihe delegation in 1944. Rash of Crackups Bother Police in New Year's Sleet Cedar RapMi Police of Ihe midnighl lo 8 a.m. shift took a gloomy view of 1948 as traffic accidents hit what many believed lo be a new high for Ihe eighl-hour period. The freezing sleet which started approximalely concurrenlly wilh Ihe new mixed in a few instances with New Year's eve police snowed With accident invesliga- Only two of the accidents in- vestigaled1 by cily police were sufficienlly serious lo cause hos- pilaiization of persons involved. One occurred shortly after 2 a.m. at Wilson avenue and high- way 218 SW when a car driven by Robert Stinocher of Iowa City collided with the rear of a ma- chine driven by Cliff Wears of Swisher. The collision forced Wears' car to swerve into the path of a car driven by John L. Livermore, 223 Twelfth slreet NW, who was driving north on highway 218. Four in Hospital. Hospitalized were: Livermore, who is said by hospital authorities to be suffering a head injury; Francis Stinocher of Iowa City, a passenger in the Stinocher car, who suffered a deep gash on the jaw; Harriet Louth, 1256 Second avenue SE, a passenger in the Livermore car, who suffered knee and ankle injuries. None is believed seriously in- iured.. No charges were filed by police owing to the condition of the pavement. Also hospitalized was Mrs. Agnes Barnes. 1331 First avenue SE, who was lo be examined for a back injury Thursday morning. Mrs. Barnes was injured when the faxi in which she and her husband were passengers collided wilh a car 'al A avenue and Sec- ond slreet NE.. Driver ot thc other (Continued on Page 8, Col. 4.) statement' issii ay night after Secretary M't Air Force W. Stuart Sym'ingt canceled a scheduled Friday pre conference. The air force stat ment said: "The secretary of the air forci press conference scheduled f a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, has bee canceled. The secretary had pr posed to discuss security matle in conneciion wilh Ihe XS- These matters have been taker under study by the departmenl juslice which has requesled In poslponemenl of the proposed di cussion." Story Never Denied. An air force spokesman added "The publication of recent XS- dala in Avialion Week magazin has been referred lo ihe juslic department for investigalion in ac cordance with its regular prai lice." Avialion Week released Ihe stoi to the press D3c. 21.'its story sai the Bell XS-1 experimental rocke plane "has flown faster than th speed of sound" and added that had been done "a number times." The air force never con firmed or denied the story. Passenger Trains Crash in Missouri SEDALIA, Mo. state highway patrol Thursday reported it had been advised ot a Missouri Pacific train wreck involving two passenger trains between Otler- ville and Syracuse east of and that several persons were be-I lieved killed. Today's Index Comics Courthouse Dally Record..... Deaths Editorial Features Farm............ Marlon Movies Radio Sports............ State Want Ad's '.17-J9 Cold Wave Head For Eastern Iowa Rxpldx The temperature in Cedar Rap ids hit a low of 19 at the strok of midnighl, 1947-48, and lha was only 'the beginning of th New Year, There's a cold wave blowin into eastern Iowa, the weather bu reau reports, and it's due lo hi with fullest inlensity tonighl. Th low tonight is expected to be below in north Iowa and 5 abovi in the south. Northerly winds traveling 38 to 40 miles an hour and drift- ing snow are scheduled to ac- company the cold wave, to get 1848 off lo a definite wintry start. A gradually clearing sky and diminishing winds is the predic- tion lor tonight, and Friday is ex- peeled lo be generally fair and ralher cold. The New Year slid inlo eastern Iowa on a coating of freezing rain that made driving conditions ex- tremely hazardous and s ex caused scores ot accidents in the first few hours of 1948. Snow was blankel- ing Ihe western half of Ihe state to depths ranging up lo four inches. The storm area extended from Nebraska eastward into Ohio and southwest Into the Oklahoma Panhandle. Temperatures in Minnesota, the Dakotas and Ne- braska plunged to more than 20 below zero. the storm area, torna- does struck northwestern Louisi- ana and southeastern Arkansas Wednesday, killing 14 persons and injuring about 200 others, From this morning's low of 19 at midnight the mercury had climbed to 26 by 7 a.m. and to 27 by 9 a.m. An hour later, how- ever, it had dropped a degree to 26, indicating that the cold wave apparently was beginning to edge in. [Looks as If Derby Won by Nemecek Baby An hour and 20 minutes after the New Year arrived, a boy was born at Mercy hospital, and by late Thursday morning it appeared he had a clear and decisive victory in the Cedar Rapids baby derby. The boy is Robert Bruce Neme- cek, son ot Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nemecek, 820 Oakland road NE. He checked in at six pounds ounces, with Dr. H. L. Miller of- ficiating. The first Cedar Rapids baby of 1948 and his parents will re- ceive a landslide of gifts donated to the stork derby winner, which means that Master Robert Bruce, if his title isn't contested by noon Thursday, will start life as one of the most well-heeled babies in the city. Papa Nemecek said he's been telling the boys down at Link- Belt Speeder, where he works In the engineering department, that they were going derby. to win the New Year's Eye witi US The AAV love lo lell slories Most of them are drinking storie and most of them are either o themselves or. each other. One of them, pointing to th loaslmaster, recalled an earlier wetter day for him. "J------, here, came buslling inic his office with a handful of life savers in one pocket and a bottle stead of yelling at him for Listerine in the other. Some 'people were wailing lo see him He wanted to make a good im- pression. Calling to his secretary By John I guess it 'was the strangest most awesome and most sober New Year's eve I ever spent. As a result of it, I know of at least 120 ceiebrators and awakened Thursday morning and petted the kitty in- ng his feet. Those 120 persons are among thousands today In a which has the faith to move mountains but the strength only to live from day to day in the battle against knocking over a straight hooker or two. They are members of Alcoholk, Anonymous and from 12 differen :ities and towns in four states hey gathered at the Rooseve lotel Wednesday night for th ourth annual AA New Year's ev inner dance, There were no cocktails be- fore dinner, no uiinc with the dinner and liobody carried any- thing more than a. clean hand- kerchief on his hip. But Ihe good time began as soo s the first handful of guests ar ived and it was at its heigh vhen the old year passed into th ew. II may or may not be a sourc f interest to this par cular know that a sobe augh sounds awfully genuine. "If we seem a little remarked one, "it comes from assuming the vertical position again after having so long been n the horizontal." That's a sample of the AA', nmor. AA makes no presumptive ef irt not to mention drink or pas xperiences; It seems a parl o e program lo lalk about booze ollles and bustups, about souses anilariums and slidebacks. These people are bound to ethsr in one of the strangest as- clitions of all as- xjialions of one former booze- ghter helping another to be dry reload of wet. Service to the other fellow is a eystonc of AA. One afler another will leslify at the man or woman who els" AA slays only If he or she elps someone else. You believe when you hear them talk, see em enjoy themselves and others. n n a I got kidded a bit. "You're no said one an. "You don't euen fcnou; 'hat drinking is. you wen a oort two-fisted drinker lite we sed to bc.'you'd be in AA." The speaker of the evening was Midwest resident, a magazine riter whose reputation 'is coun- rwide and whose name you'd in a minute. We are drawinc ihe greal- eit pMrihle dividends after hsv- ag made the wont possible In- In he remarked, fearpenlng the paradox with tlw average non-drinker ean't thai; JM never he said, 'Mis get my broker on the phone.' A'-litlli tired of his bluff and awfully tire of his drinking, Miss G 'Yes sir; stock or A visitor fro or pawn m Minn said esota war introduced, although everybody Ir. AA in Iowa knows him. He's sponsored 29 people since he "got1 AA. and A'A "got" him. We'll call this AA whe'elhorse Bill, although that's not his name doesn't really matter. Bill spent in sanitariums before he got on the program and stayed there. "I said his on the (Continued on Page 8, Col. 6.) Family of I I Is Homeless After Fire eclal lo Thc Gazette. and Mrs. Oliver Shaw and .Iheir nine chll- Iren were made homeless Wednes- day by a fire which.destroyed ihe enant home they occupied on the Vernon J. Sands farm, five miles outheasl of Manchester. Loss was stimated at When Shaw discovered the lire, he Manchester department 'as called and respondr.1. Only few articles on the first floor of IB two-story frame struclure were saved, and the family lost 11 clothing except what they were: Z, 3, 4, 6, 7 and Iz years old; ihe girls are 9, 10 and 13. The Red Cross has given the amily two boxes of used clothing nd Mrs. B. H. Byers, county nairman, has issued an appeal ir more contribulions. The Man- ifcsler Implement Company con- ribuled Iwo boxes of clothing. A Marlon resident, who would not reveal his name, drove to Manchester Wednesday night, lib car loaded with .clothing for ihe stricken family. lie said he had tone through a similar ex- xrlenee and "knew how bad It wai." All articles Runaway, 13, Solo Florida Trjp WEST PALM Bachlor Crawford, 13, Thursday was the guest of the pob'ce department after a mile runaway jaunt from his home in Bay City, Mich. Charley's mother, Mrs. Tom B. Crawford, thought he was kidding when he said he was going to run away. Thursday she knew he meant business. It was no hum's trip for Charley either. He did il first class. He left home withoul a dime in his pocket, but when Patrolman J. J. Watts found him here Wednesday, Charley was dressed up in a brand new cowboy suit omplete with five-gallon hat and new flashlight dangling from his >elt. At Swank Hotel. Not only traveled by Jullman all the way and when he rrived he went straight to the uper-swank Breakers hotel. .Watts found Charley just in ime to keep him from giving two "nen a lot of trouble. The way- varri cowboy had them backed gainst a building at the point of new hunting knife. "1 was gonna cut he said. I didn't like 'em." Police said Charley told them his amazing story: He boarded a pullman in Bay -ity on Dec. 27 and slept under a >at on the train, eluding con- uclors all along the line. A kindly nan boughl him dinner on the 'am. When he got to Florida, the oung cowpuncher was still broke, ut he found a wallet containing 23 at the Breakers hotel. (Police ere at a loss to explain how he >t into tile exclusive resort spot rich winter tourists.) Charley used the money to buy As the zero hour approached, lowever, Nemecek's calm assur- ance was shattered. The Nemeceks were spending New Year's eve at he home of Mr. and Mrs. De- wayne Mozey, 1920 Washington avenue SE, when Mrs. Nemecek announced she thought they should be going to the hospital. "That was about or a quarter lo Nemecek esll- malcd. "I couldn't say for sure. I was pretty exciled." Arriving at the hospital, the couple was informed by Dr. Mil- lei- that "we .got it cinched." This was certainly the truth so far as hospitals go. No report of a baby being born at home has been received. Baby Nemecek's closest rival was a son born lo Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Robbennolt at a.m. in Mercy hospital. There wasn't any activity immediately before mid- night, either. For.a time this week there was the .possibility of a sensational news story in connection with the baby .'derby, but'it failed to ma- terialize. Last year's winner, the'Her- bert Thome family, which Jan. I, 1947, was back In Ihe maternity de- partment at Salute's: hospital': on Dec. 29. Hut Mrs.'. ThbmeV doctor released her Deo, 30. So it looks like the Nemeceks without a close rival. Births musi have been reported lo The Ga- zette within 12 hours and must have taken place within the city limits. Oil Country In Louisiana Laid Waste "Friendship Train" To Devastated Sector By Nearby Town. 'COTTON VALLEY, La. (UP) Disaster workers searched Friday for more victims of a devastating tornado that whiplashed through the rloK Red river valley oil and farm country of northwest ana on New Year's eve, killing at least 17 and. Injuring an estimated 150 to 200. Other hundreds of shocked ofl well and refinery workers and farm families were left homrieH, and cold Thursday added to misery and suffering. The cast was for near-freezing temper- atures. Dawn on this first day of new year rose on a scene of ruin and sorrow. Cotton Valley, (population which took the brunt ol the storm, fully 75 percent of buildings lay in ruins. It was that 14 of the dead were counted. Five bahies and small children were among those who lost their lives. Devastated Area. The tornadic winds roared up and down an area of northwest Louisiana and -southern Arkansas 100 miles long and 50 miles wide, collapsing. houses, barns and other buildings -.as. .if -they, were1 flimsy Mr. Nemecek is a war veleran, having served in the lank corps. He met his wife, Joyce, in New York while in service. cowboy outfit, Jlife and some food. flashlight, Immaculately clean. He was immaculately cban, being, contributed re being assembled at the Plaza eater. Beds and bedding are the greal- t the Shaws. They lost eir five beds and all bedding in The' nine Shaw children are be- j washed on Ihe Irain and in bus station rest rooms, adding: "I can take care of myself." Police feiephoned Charley's mother and she said his family would either send someone to get him or else send money for his return transportalion. She probably figured Charley wouldn t have any Iroubie gelling home by himself, afler his ex- perience. Meanwhile he was enjoying his Florida vacalion. He had already made plenty of friends al Ihe police station and at radio stalion WJNO. He will probably spend ihe rest of his vacation in Florida wilh them. f for in the homes elaUvti at Muonvillt. of G.O.P. Can't See Taft Act Repeal; Hint Modification WASHINGTON ican leaders gave a chilly recep- tion Thursday to a proposal that he Tait-Harlley act be repealed, rat they admitted there were 'some slight prospects" that its closed shop ban might be modi- fied. The repeal proposal was ad- varlced by Rep. Owens a member of the house labor com- nillee who helped frame the act He said: "We would be better off without the law on the books." Owen's slatement was made during a subcommittee hearing in Chicago into the current newspa- per strike. He said he would make his recommendation to congress. A high ranking Republican who asked that his name be with- held, said the G.O.PT considered the Taft-Hartley act one of the "major accomplishments" of the party. He added lhat modifica- tions mighl be possible but lhat repeal was out of the question. Some Republicans, however, were known to be studying pro- posals to modify the closed shop Jan. They contend that in its pres- ent for mil might endanger peace in the building trades industry. Thc building trades work under master agreements signed every spring in key cities. They regulate conditions of work and determine which of the many craft unions shall perform different types of work. Lone Escapee Is Hunted in Hills CANON CITY, one wolf killer lurked snow-covered mountains Colo. A in' the Thurs- AIRLINER MISHAP. ATLANTA (AP) Twenly-one passengers were shaken up but none was injured seriously when an Eoslern Air Lines plane col- lapsed its landing gear during a sudden squall at the Atlanta air- port Thursday. day, the only convict who re- mained free afler he and 11 others broke out of the Colorado state penitentiary. With 24 hours of the break Iiiesday evening, nalional guards- men and posses killed two of the convicls, wounded five and cap- tured four others unhurt. James B. Sherbondy, 29, baby- faced murderer of a deputy sher- iff, was believed hiding in the hills near here. A "mountain kid he was experienced in living in bitter cold. Temperatures in the mountains Wednesday night fell to 20 zero, coldest since the convicts the modest letcaped, year bejan. There.' were' two known dead at" Haynesville, La., and one at Vil- lage, -'Ark. Gilham, was also hard hit, 'with -.ovej. 20. '.buildings no'; casualties there.' wind ripped .through a sub station of the Louisiana Power and Electric Company, blacking out Cotton Valley. The utility set up a short wave radio station at Haynesville to relay emergency messages. The Premier Oil Com- pany, where many of the victims worked, opened its cafeteria. In the early hours after the dis- aster a "little friendship train" moved into the desolated area on the Louisiana and Arkansas rail- road. Boxcars for Housing. Twenty empty boxcars were sent for housing. Food, clothing and medical supplies and gallons of drinking water arrived, along with 75 volunteer workers. They were gifts from tht nearby BWn of Minden, visited by a tor- nado just seven years ago. Cotton Valley is a typical oil jroduction and refinery town. Most of the structures were of frame construction, built low on he flat countryside. Above tha andscape rose the derricks of the wells. The howling wind ripped he towers from their bases and fashioned them into a latticework of twisted steel over the scarred landscape. W. P. Tanner, an investigator of the T.oiiisiana state police, spoka of the "pitiful sight ot youngsters poking among the ruins of homes for their loved ones." Some of tha frame dwellings had been lifted, from their foundations and flung precariously into tree tops, Guardsmen Sent. Two companies of Louisiana na- tional guardsmen were moved info Cotton Valley. Armed guards- Tien palroled the shattered, iittered streets all night to pre- vent looting. Minden Police Chief ,T. M. Kirk- ,ey said an unidentified and hys- :erical woman telephoned first news of the tragedy from Cotton Valley. "Help, send us she yelled. ler voice breaking in hysteria. 'The town has blown away. Oh God, send us help." In a matter of moments, the dis- ress calls were relayed by radio, elephonc and word of mouth. doctors, nurses, Red Cross disaster workers and the people who were not touched by the savage storm canceled their plans for gala New Year's eve parties. When the tempest descended on Haynesville, the high school bas- ketball team was practicing in tha gymnasium. The building trem- bled as the wind passed over, then collapsed. Torby Haynes, 35, high school superintendent and basketball coach, was killed in the wreckage. and about 12 spectators were slightly injured. The team wcapei unscathed. GUARD GAIN. WASHINGTON (AP) national guard roster bootttd ill strength to men at dole of 1947, a long itride from the modest It had ;