Oklahoma City Times (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 57, No. 110, Ed. 1 Wednesday, June 5, 1946 Page: 1 of 24
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One fireman was killed.
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Ing the height of a fire claiming upwards of 50 lives. ( Wirephoto .)
civil war. primarily in Manchuria.
Near the the-
Just Like Old Times
1,000 Chinese Refuge
To Come Back
Leaps Through Building,
Traps Hundreds in Rooms
Culvert Near Sayre
Gives I p Dead Texan
J 1947 National Parley
Will Be Held in City
Mercury Due to Hit
90, Says Weatherman
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Attlee said Russia had
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Six Improvement Bond
Issues Get State OK
ITalks Dola yed
THREE — Reorganization of
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■ menu all day and night.
Related news and pictures on
Papes S, 9. 16, 17.
BATAVIA. Java, June 5.—(4V-
Chinese refugees reaching Batavia
Wednesday reported a large-scale
massacre of Chinese by Indonesians
retreating from the Tangerang area.
20 miles west of Batavia.
The Chinese c o n s u 1-g e n e r a 1-
promptly asked allied military au-
thorities to send a rescue expedition.
It was reported the massacre oc-
curred as the Indonesians withdrew
and Dutch troops occupied the city.
A Chinese-language Batavia paper
said at least 1.000 men, women and
children were “butchered.”
The Chinese Red Cross here is
preparing to accommodate several
thousand Chinese refugees from
areas west of Tangerang, where the
And just like old times, you
can have the Oklahoman and
Times mailed to you st your
vacation address. There >t no
extra cost, either. Call the
service department. 2-1211. .
(By The Aaaociated Preui
Republican Gov. Earl War-
ren. seeking another term as
CHICAGO, June 5.—(ZP)—At least 58 persons
were killed Wednesday in an early morning fire
that rushed through the LaSalle hotel, in the
Chicago loop district.
east to 85 to 90 in the west.
Fishermen, gardeners and
need have no fear of getting wet.
To Cease for Talks
Crowd Gathers About Fatal Hotel Fire
Jhe smoke-blackened white facade of the LaSalle hotel In Chicago provided a background
for a tangled network of ladders, hosellnes and safety chutes early Wednesday morning dur-
' after picking him up.
Sheriff Francis said the hitch-hiker
made the statement when questioned
concerning blood found in Sanders
automobile, w’hich he was driving,
when he was picked up on a warrant
charging him with obtaining monrv
under false pretenses.
British to Survey Mills
MANCHESTER June 5 —4>—Em-
ptoyara and union representatives in
•JI branch®* qf the British cotton in-
dustry Wednesday approved a govern-
Bbdfit plan for an immediate survey of
tMfB* PdMStB and textile machinery I
HMNWfai. lureta as a preliminary move !
toward revitalising the declining In- '
j I -• II eluded
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Meanwhile, allied headquarters of-
ficially denied a charge by Indo-
nesian Premier Sutan Sjhrir that
tangerang was occupied after
'heavy mortar and artillery bom-
bardment." saying the occupation
was without incident.
Pessimistic reports from Java and
questions surrounding formation of
the new Dutch cabinet caused grow-
ing concern in the British govern-
ment Wednesday over the problem
nominations on the basis of
returns Wednesday from Tues-
day's primary balloting.
Senator William F. Know land,
another California Republican who
hoped to be selected by both po-
litical organizations, ran far ahead teria and nanic.
in his own party's senatorial pri- - - -
mary but, trailed former United
States Rep. Will Rogers Jr., for the
Elsewhere in the five states which
held primaries Tuesday:
Democratic Senator Dennis
Chavez of New Mexico held a slight
lead for renomination over Oov.
John J. Dempsey.
Patrick J. Hurley, secretary of
war under President Hoover and
ambassador to China for President
Franklin D. Roosevelt, was unop-
posed for the Republican senatorial
Reds Disregard f— — —
Potsdam Spirit InCalifornia
is re- |
of the i
Mr a. Winifred Stratton. ’75. of
SulHvan, Ind., was carried to safety
from the La Salle fire by these
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Summer weather held top billing
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| peratures expected to flirt with the i
90 mark before the end of the day.
The weatherman said it will be fair
and wartper Wednesday. Wednesday,
occupied when the fire started day morning is expected to be around ,
wt w prevention, disclosed that he had sent hotel officials a list youths, also trapped by the blase,
iiew Jersey , of 10 violations of city fire prevention ordinances on May
Former Oov. Harold G. Hoffman
of New Jersey was beaten off in a
the thing that is needed most of all
at the present time—patience and un-
“I do not believe we should judge
the present state of the world wholly
pessimistically. I believe, in the over-
coming of our difficulties, no one will
play a greater part than Mr. Bevin.
Attlee said continued misunderstand-
ing between Russia and the western
powers “is really the Iron curtain—
it is a curtain between minds."
Touching on Spain. Attlee com-
mented that Great Britain must take I
action “best calculated to make the
Spanish get rid of their present gov-
ernment and get a decent government
in its place." But he added:
“Because you get rid of one govern-
ment. it does not necessarily follow
that you get a better one."
Germany Should Be United
He said Germany should be treated
ax an economic whole. As to western
Europe. Great Britain believes in
closest co-operation with ail countries,
“and above all. France.”
In China, he continued, it is Brit-
ish policy to do everything possible
to secure conditions favorable for
"We desire In the interests of the
Chinese people to see the emergence
as soon as possible of a strong, stable
united China.”, he said, adding that
this depended on settlement of the
dispute between the Central govern^
mem and Communists. . . ________
“Not only has a curtain descended lhc Chinese government'and the Com-
A delay of one week and
possibly two in the calling of
an emergency meeting to get
to the bottom of veterans hos-
pital needs was announced
Wednesday by Milt Phillips,
veterans director of the state
soldiers relief commission.
Phillips had planned to call the
meeting this Sunday but was ad-
vised by the St. Louis office of the
veterans' administration that their
representative would not be able to
attend this week.
The meeting will be held here
either June 16 or June 23, Phillips
Representatives of the State Med-
ical association, the state veterans'
hospital council, the American Le-
gion. Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dis-
abled American Veterans and the
VA will be invited to attend. It is
hoped that the meeting will crystal -
ize plans for veterans' hospital
needs, Phillips said.
SAYRE. June 5.—(4*)—The bullet
tom body of a man identified ten-
tatively as Arthur Clyde Sanders. 49.
Lubbock. Texas, wax found beneath
a culvert near here Wednesday after,
Sheriff Earl Francis said, a hitch-
hiker directed officers to the scene.
Sheriff Francis said the hitch-hiker I
led the officers to the culvert after
making a signed statement declaring
he shot Sanders, who had offered
him a ride to Amarillo, Texas, from
HY STERICAL unld entlfied
woman rushed up to firemen
on the street and screamed'
' “My sister had a heart attack on
the 13 th floor and she's dying I
tried to help her but she told me
to go ”
' In contrast. coming down the flra
escape, displaying unusual calm-
ness. was a blind woman clutchln<
the harness of a seeing eye dog.
They got to the street all right.
Meyer Goldberg, a Detroit. Mich .
Jeweler, said ihr halls were a pan-
demonium of women scream uig '•
He said he formed seven of them
into a chain and led them by
matchlight to a 12th floor fira
Coming down, he related, the 10th '
floor entrance u ns blocked by
crippled man who was carried
NANKING, June 5..
Marshall’s committee of three
h?po?ngy a* 15-day UucVlTMan- ’ smoke niled the. upper stor‘es'
trapped guests began jumping
I to their death from windows.
1,000 Rooms—All Full
The hotel, one of the city's largest.
i has 1.000 rooms, almost all of which night and'Thursday. The low Thurs-
| were <
at about 11.30 p. m.
At least 200 persons were injured or overcome by smoke.
Among them were 30 firemen i
Firemen were hindered by
thousands of spectators who
rushed from theaters and night
clubs when they heard the
shriek of fire engine sirens. The
crowd jostled and pushed in a
gay mood while victims were
dying inside the hotel. Few at
firsts realized the seriousness of
the fire, despite smoke pouring
But as the flames spread and
in Wednesday's forecast.
Dakota. M. Q. Sharpe, was
feated. (Details on Page 7.)
imparting to the Potsdam agreement
a rigid and literal interpretation de-
nying all flexibility to meet the chang- '
“We have to look upon the Russian j
people, to some extent, as if they had
been born in a dark forest; they do
not seem to understand the sunlight,
the wind and the air of the free
democracies,” he said,
Attlee defended Foreign Secretary
Ernest Bevin in his policies, saying: j
“The foreign secretary Is showing
for practical purposes the election
as governor of Alabama.
CHICAGO, June 5.—(UP)—Fire leaped from an
elevator shaft early Wednesday and flashed through
i the lower floors of the 23-story LaSalle hotel where 57
persons died in the worst hotel fire in Chicago’s history.
Coroner A. L. Brodie set the death toll officially at 57,
and said many of the victims died as the result of mass hys-
Many leaped to their death from windows
i high alxjve the crowded streets of Chicago’s loop.
Fire Commissioner Michael J. Corrigan also said many
[of the deaths were “tragically unnecessary.”
The flames spread from an elevator shaft to an adjoin-
ing cocktail lounge and within seconds turned the ornate
lobby into a fiery death trap.
Modernistic leather upholstery in the bar ignited al-
mosts instantly and soon the expensive wood panelled walls
of the lobby were enveloped in flames.
Sightseers in Street Hamper Rescue Work
While thousands of spectators jammed the streets and
hampered firemen outside, hotel guests fought through
smoke-filled halls. Many failed to make it. One sailor chose ,
to jump from the 18th floor to certain death. Others leaped I
from lower floors.
Fire department officials, investigating the cause, found
that the fire apparently started in an elevator shaft below
the street level. They believed it started in a single cable
beneath an elevator car.
Marshal Fenn, deputy fire marshal in charge of fire
Her husband. Claude, handed them
$500 after the rescue waa effected.
/CHICAGO. June 5.——Chl-
cago's financial district
was thrown into wild, tragic,
screaming confusion early
As firemen fought their way up from floor to floor the death Wednesday by the spectacular
Bodies of suffocated victims lay in the corridors
A bond issue of $24,000 by the city
of Chandler for extension and
provement of the sanitary i—
system wa* approved Wednesday
the attorney general.
Other bond Usues
ONE—Permanent cessation of hos-
‘ travelers since it wnx built in 1909
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tions. disrupted many places by the
A planned vacation* A care-
free holiday, which you can
enjoy with a clear conscience.
T EE VOIJ.ENHOVER 32. Newark,.
■L* N. J., in a 15th floor room, said
he was awakened by the smoke, e
pouring into the halls from the
An army major assisted his wife
who was pregnant to the street,
while carrying thetr young aon on
his other arm
Firemen, working feverishly, wej-e
Rrim as they emerged from the
smoke filled corridors
Fire Captain Vincent Malek and
three 6t hia company climbed up
A political novice war veteran.
Riant James E. Folsom won the
Democratic nomination and hence
tang (government party) leader.
Court Convicts Private
Of Lichfield Beatings
BAD NAUHEIM June 5.—iJP.—A
general court - martial Wednesday
convicted Pfc. William B. Norris, of
Mulga. Ala., of beating four Amer-
ican soldiers imprisoned at the U. S.
army guardhouse at Lichfield. Eng-
Norris was sentenced to forfeit $15
a month in pay for four months—a
total fine of $60. He was not sen-
tenced to confinement. Norris, who
saw action In Normandy before be-
coming a guard at Lichfield, was the
third soldier convicted of cruelties
there. (Further Details. Page 23.)
A Chinese spokesman said the In-
donesian action might be explained
over the fact that
were serving with -
An: .-. n -eting of the National
Farm Chern .rgic council, which will
include vwitorx from almost every
state in the nation and a number
•f 'foreign countries will be held In
Oklahoma City nexW March. Exact
Rakes are still uj be set
The announcement was made at
the final luncheon Wednesday of the
aoathweu chemurgic clinic by John |
Tlcknor New York, national treas-
urer and assistant to the president.
Derision was reached here late Tues-
Oay at a meeting of directors.
Last two national meetings of the
council haie been held in 8t. Louis,
with a—large delegation from Okla-
homa attending. The meeting will
hat four days, with several sessions
going ax once In order to cover the
entire field of chemurgy and bring
all groups up to date with advance-
menu in the scienUfic field.
The national council has members
In 21 foreign countries, and a num-
ber of them Usually are represented
ax'the annual meeting (Related news.
Famed Jap School Closes
TOKYO. June 5.—(A*)—Peers school.
! the blueblood Institution which ETn-
iperor Hirohitos 12-year-old son en-
Jtcred this week, was closed for 10
days Wednesday for what officials
'called a “food crisis vacation.”
La Salle hotel fire which took
an estimated 52 lives and in-
jured about 200 others.
Many screaming guests, trapped
on the upper floors of the 20-story
hotel, leaned out of windows, wav-
ing bedclothes and apparently try-
ing to decide whether to jump or
stay in their room*.
While on the streets below, fire-
men and bystanders shouted
_ “Sit tight—we'll get you all out"
OTEADY streams of nightgown
O and pajama-clad guests clogged
fire escapes. Luggage and clothing
dropped like rain from windows
and fire escapes.
Firemen carried other guest*
down .ladders rigged on Madison
and LaSalle street side* ..of the
hotel Panic was feared because of
the dense smoke, although Intla
flame was visible.
Firemen quickly mobilized by-
standers into teams to assist- guests.
Three Chicago youths found elderly
Claude Stratton of Sullivan. Ind.
and Miami, Fla . a small, slender
man attempting to aid his 75-year-
old wife. Winifred, down a lath
floor fire escape. She a as almost
overcome from smoke
They placed her in a chair and
• carried her to safety. Stratton at
St. Luke's hospital later rewarded
the trio with a $500 check.
Premier Sjahir was quoted as
saving that Dutch offers for settling
Indonesian demands for indepen- |
dence were "fab below expectations," 1
hr a result of which Indonesionx
"must be prepared for the worst.” er
In The Hague, authoritative
sources said Premier Willem Scher-
merhorn's Labor party—second to
the Catholic party in the number
of parliamentary seats—would agree
to a coalition government with the
Catholics only if the latter agreed
to accept a liberal view on the In-
Dutch Laborite circles were pic-
tured as apprehensive that certain
elements in the Catholic party
might insist upon a stern policy to-
ward Indonesian independence as-
The sheriff said the hitch-hiker
said that the snooting occurred when
I Sanders decided to turn back to Clin-
‘ ton instead of going on to Amarillo
the truce would go into
effect immediately after it was signed _______
by the committee of three, whose jitter
members are General Marshall, U. 8.1 ftrc
envoy to China; Communist Negoti- j
ator Chou En-lal, and government
Oen. Chu Yung-chang.
On Russian Stand
LONDON, June 5.—(XP)—.
Prime Minister Attlee
charged in the house of com-
mons Wednesday that Rus-
sia had disregarded the spirit
in which the allies entered
into the Potsdam agreement.
He spoke in a foreign affairs
debate shortly after Winston
Churchill, wartime prime min-
ister and now opposition leader. **
declared “the seeds of a new
"and tbe way their faces looked." .
James O'Hara. New York City, ran
Pl.KARK TURN TO |
PAGB 1. COLUMN 2 a^iaMBMT
City Probe Slated
Kelly said he would call a special
city council session, probsbly Friday,
to consider recently-reported viola-
tions of fire and building ordinances
Kelly said he understood Chicago
hotels have a "bad habit" of putting
oan fires and said he un- ,
(nat this case was "one of
those" where they failed to call the
fire department in time
The bodies of an unidentified moth- ,
and her child clutched in her arms
were found on the roof of a three- ! ,
story section of the building. She
apparently had Jumped from a higher
Guent Discovers Bodies
Fred Malorrus, St. Louis, said he -
opened the door of hix room and
found five persons he believed were
dead lying in the hall.
‘Til always see their eyes." he said
Harmon and. Greer counties, board
of education of town of Gould, $12.-
500, transportation equipment; John-
ston county, union graded school dis-
trict No. 12. $3,000. furniture; Le-
Flore county, union graded school
district No. 66. S3,700. transportation
equipment; Custer county, board of
education of Custer City. $12,000,
transportation equijoment. and Sem-
inole . county. school district No. 27. _____ _______ L_______ __________
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10. He said the violations had not been corrected. Whether
any of them contributed to the fire he declined to say.
Despite the panic there were stories of heroism. Mrs. Julia
Barry, a telephone operator, told the assistant manager she was
going to “stick It out because I might do some good here at the
switchboard.” She died In the flames.
i was out in front for both the ,
rain in sight.
The truce is preliminary to negoti- ,
ations for permanent peace between
i munists. who for 18 years have waged
civil war. primarily in Manchuria.
Lu Chung-11, prominent Kuomin-
} ater and night club district, it has east ,o 85 to 90 ln the
I been a principal stopping place for Fishermen, gardeners and golfers
travelers since it was built in 1909 have no fear of getting wet. as
Mayor Edward J. Kelly, who ap>i ^he weatherman doesn’t see a drop of
pointed his own five-man com
to investigate the fire, said
I ports indicated 15 to 20 m
the elapsed between the outbreak\
I fire and the time of the call!
the fire department He said,
ever, that so far as he knew the con-
ditions listed by Fenn in his May 10
not responsible for the
Primaries in Brief:
La Salle Elevator Blaze
List Climbs Above 200
|In Chicago Loop; Injured
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58 Killed in Hotel Blaze
EVENING EXCEPT SUNDAY
FINAL HOME EDITION
PRICE FIVE CENTS
AfaAe CAeck.s To
Fair and warmer Wed need* v.
Wednesday night and Thursday; high
Wednesday 8* to 85 east. 85 to 9S
Oklahoma City Times
Paid Circulation Greater Than Any Other Evening Newspaper in Oklahoma
(Svsning Edltien of Th* Daily Oklahoman ) KnttraB at the Oklahoma City. Oklahoma. Poatottico aa aacond eiaaa mail mattar under tha act of March 5.
Hope Are All
In Hotel Fire
Many Think First Of
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