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VANK8 WHO GAVE—Officers of the El Reno hlghschool student council examine a
ile*Pedvw,th from "flrst hour" classes and various hlghschool organizations to veterans in
Will Rogers hospital. All seniors, the officers are, left to right, BUI Bruce, president; Sue Johnson,
treaaurcr; Karen Searcy, secretary, and Jimmy Moore, vice president. The Christmas gift program to
noapitalized veterans is known as “OifU to the Yanks Who Gave.”—(Photo by Phil Enz>
SAND SPRINGS. Dec. la—OP)—
A Negro man fitting the description
of Quincy O'Neal, wanted on a
charge of murder and for question-
ing about two others, today brought
some .45 caliber ammunition here
and police Immediately shifted their
hunt to this area.
O'Neal, 33, is charged with the
shooting of his wife, Anna Ruth.
28, with three .45 caliber bullets
Aug. 3, 1952. He also Is wanted In
connection with the shooting of a
young Tulsan and a middle-aged
Washington county farmer.
itie most recent victim was Vol
Dale Royster, 24, attendant at a
Tulsa trailer lental company. His
body was found last Sunday in a
roadside ditch eight mUes south
of Broken Arrow. It was In that
vicinity that O'Neals abandoned
car was located shortly after the
slaying of his wife.
The third murder was that of
8 prominent Dewey farmer Emery
Uniuh, 50, Nov. 10. A Halloween-
masked gunman shot him to death
at his rural home and took (2 while
his wife and two daughters watch-
The Royster shooting netted the
slayer a little more than 869.
TULSA, Dec. 19—(fl*)— Charles
E. Plummer. Governor Johnston
Murray's 1950 campaign lieutenant,
testified In a deposition today that
friends of a defeated candidate—
Frank Douglass—tried "a hijacking
scheme" to get money from W. C.
Plummer, who recently broke
with Doenges, Democratic national
committeeman and Murray's prin-
cipal financial backer, was referring
to a meeting that Included him-
self, Doenges and Douglass.
Douglass has filed a $22,500 suit
against Doenges for "certain serv-
ices." Doenges has denied any
Plummer said he told Douglass
backers at the time tney were try-
to "hijack" Doenges, with
whom Plummer has been associated
In politics, the automobile and oil
BRITONS SEE AGAIN
LONDON, Dec. 19 —(U.R)— The
thick fog that covered most of the
British Isles for the past 36 hours
lifted today, allowing air and sea
traffic to move normally again. The
fog was one of the heaviest thus
far this winter.
NIXON TO SPEAK
WA8HINQTON, Dec. 19 —(U.R)—
The White House announced today
that Vice President Richard M.
Nixon will make a report to the
nation next Wednesday night on his
recent trip to the far east. The
speech. 9:30-10:00 C8T. is being
made at the president's request.
Heads to Korea
U. S. Envoys Hope To
Salve Syngman Rhee
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 —
Two top government officials head-
ed for the far east Saturday In
hopes of squelching South Korean
threats to wreck the uneasy truce.
Admiral Arthur W. Radford,
chairman of the Joint chiefs of
staff, and Assistant Secretary of
State Walter 8. Robertson, an ex-
pert on the far east affairs, left
by plane on a three-week Inspec-
tion and “goodwill” tour.
Policies Not Stable
They are scheduled to arrive in
Seoul, the South Korean capital,
for conferences with President
Syngman Rhee. on Christmas eve.
Authorities here conceded they
are seriously concerned about a
possible break-down of the Korean
truce next month, despite Rhee’s
reported promise that South Korea
will not resume hostilities until after
the proposed peace conference.
In view of South Korea's con-
stantly changing policy, they fear
Rhee may do something rash to
explode the Korean powder keg on
or before the Jan. 27 deadline he
once set for a war or peace decis-
Taking Ns Chances
The implacable ROK president
once promised In writing that he
would not obstruct the Korean ar-
mistice. but he since has Interpre-
ted that agreement to be binding
only for 30 days from last Oct. 28.
when the full-dress peace confer-
ences were supposed to get under-
Arthur H. Dean, the state de-
partment's special envoy who sus-
pended preliminary peace talks be-
cause of Communist Insults and
haggling, has reported on his re-
turn here, however, that Rhee is
willing to wait until the long-
sought conference Is held.
Since this might not be for some
time—If ever—Dean concluded that
the Jan. 27 deadline no longer Is
In effect. But Rhee has switched
his position before and officials here
are taking no chances.
Slow Work Of
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Dec. 19—
(U.R)—An Arctic storm raged tonight
over the mile-high wastes of Myr-
dalsjokull glacier where rescue
teams fought to save survivors of
an American navy plane crash.
The twin-engined Neptune pa-
trol bomber crashed into the ice
mountain Thursday with nine men
aboard. Search craft sighted the
wreckage yesterday and reported
One of the two rescue teams at-
tempting to scale the glacier In
the race against death radioed to-
night that the storm had stalled It
for 14 hours. There was no word
from the second party which was
made up of veteran Icelandic
mountain climbers familiar with the
rugged ice mass.
It was a race against time as
well as the elements since the
stranded airmen could not survive
long in the snow', ice and sub-
A brlel break in the weather
permitted a single airforce plane
to circle the glacier late today. But
the pilot saw nothing through the
wind-driven storm below and was
at last forced to return to his base
by the worsening weather.
The Neptune crashed near the
crater of the dormant volcano
Katla, yawning like a frigid chim-
ney in the Icy waste. The area is
rutted with snow and Ice-shea ted
chasms, each a possible death trap.
Sales Work On
Cut in Defense Coots,^
Approved by President
WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 —
President Elsenhower Saturday
wound up his three-day campaign
to sell congressional leaders his
1954 legislative program, lncludbif
new weapons against suspected
crooks and Communists.
The President and Attorney Oen*
eral Herbert Brownell, Jr., sought
support of two leading congrssslan*
al investigators for bills whld|
would allow the use of wiretap evU
dence In federal courts and find s
way around the fifth amendment
shield which has sheltered manl
wltneses from congressional queo4
The proposals were presented t*
Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (Republi*
can-Wisconsin) chairman of thi
senate permanent Investigating sub-*
committee, and Rep. Harold HI
Velde, (Republlcan-IUlnois), whd
heads the house un-American ac-
Defense Costs Cnt
Mr. Eisenhower was present at
the discussion. It was the first
face-to-face meeting of the presi-
dent and McCarthy since the sena-
tor criticized the administration's
foreign policy recently.
A third investigator, Chairman
William E. Jenner (Republican-In-
diana) of the senate Internal secure
ity subcommittee, was invited but
was ill in Indiana.
Meanwhile, it was disclosed that
the chief executive has approved
a “new look” defense program cost-
ing about 85 billion less than this
year’s military spending.
The president also endorsed long- ,
range plans to trim some flOO.OOO'r
men from the army, navy and mar-
ine corps, and to raise the air force’s
expansion goal from 120 wings up to*
137 by mid-1957, Informed sources
Though some details were rtfll to
be hammered out. It was understood
that, in general. Mr. Eisenhower
approved a defense budget of be-
tween 838 billion and $39 billion far
the 1965 fiscal year, which begins
next July I. Defense spending for
the current fiscal year Is estimated
at 943 billion.
The defense cutback was consid-
ered a sure signal for a congression-
al battle between the economy bloc
and those who oppose cutting de-
fenses while Soviet Russia Is still
a massive threat to world peace.
Brownell's proposals for better
means to root out suspected sub-
versives were by no means new. He
advocated them last month in tes-
tifying about the case of the late
Harry Dexter White, whom he call-
ed a Communist spy In government.
Various forms of the two proposals
are already before congress.
Aids to Convictions
In brief. Brownell's requested leg-
1. Make evidence gained by wire-
tapping admlssable In federal courts
in cases involving national secur-
ity or certain serious crimes. Brown-
ell indicated that the Justice de-
partment thinks it has cases against
a number of persons If it could only
use evidence It has gathered by
2. Allow Brownell to grant a
witness Immunity from prosecution
for cases about which he testifies
before a congressional committee.
The witness would then be required
to answer questions or face con-
Vol. 62, No. 261
46 YEARS OF CHRISTMAS SEALS—Bobby Allen's collection of Christmas Seals dates back to 1907
when the first Issue brought a total of $3,000 to the Red Cross fund. Later turned over to the Tuberculosis
association, last year's Issue sold more than $23,200,000. (Photo by Phil Enz.)
13 Convicts Tunnel To
Freedom, Kidnap Girls
JACKSON, Mich., Dec. 19—(AP)—Thirteen long-term
convicts escaped through a tunnel from Southern Michigan
prison tonight and three hours later state police reported
five had grabbed two girls as hostages and were fleeing
The thirteen had terrorized a home earlier, taking a
pistol and civilian clothing and stealing an automobile in
which they fled.
Six had been recaptured when state police reported the
grabbing of the girl hostages by five who had stolen a 1952
beige-colored Cadillac (license K2534) and had inquired the
to Indiana on M60 to
MEMPHIS, Tenn., Dec. 19 —
(U.R)— Robert Brickey, the
reluctant bridegroom, said today
he was sorry he balked and left
! the bride standing alone at the
altar but he was Just plain
The bride, Connie Watkins,
said “It Just about broke my
Robert refused to go through
with the wedding yesterday and
Connie bravely carried on with
Robert Is five, Connie is six.
The wedding was an act In a
kindergarten Christmas pro-
gram. The frightened Robert
sat with his teacher while Con-
nie and her bridesmaids did a
"I don't know why they pick-
ed him as the groom," said Mrs.
A. G. Brickey, Jr., Robert’s
mother. "He won’t even Invite
girls to his birthday party.”
Farm Leader Says
WASHINGTON. Dec. 19
An administration farm leader said
today the nation must reduce its
huge food and fiber surplus by
"better salesmanship” to the world.
Assistant Secretary of Agricul-
ture John H. Davis, back from a
world food meeting in Rome, told
reporters that better selling, not
price-cutting or dumping in the
world market. Is the way to trim
the $4,500,000,000 stock of excess
But Davis, who heads all the
department’s marketing activities,
said there U “no magic wand” to
whisk away surpluses, and the
United States may have to “sweat
them out" for several years.
FIRE DAMAGE8 CAR tempt of congress citations. At pres-
Fire In the engine of a car owned ent many witnesses suspected of
by E. C. Bench caused about $5 i crimes or Communism refuse to
damage shortly before 7 p.m. Friday ' answer on the basis of the fifth
in the 1100 block on North Grand,! amendment, which provides that a
fire department records showed I person may not be required to tes-
Saturday. | ttfy against himself.
VERSAILLES, France, Dec. 19—
WP)— The unprecedented deadlock
in the French parliament over el-
ection of a new president of the
republic held through the sixth
ballot tonight. The weary parlia-
mentarians then put off the next
rollcall until tomorrow.
Splitting as before along right,
left and center lines, the deputies
and senators sitting in old Ver-
sailles palace left France’s busi-
nessman premier, Joseph Laniel, 56
votes shy of the majority of votes
cast on the sixth ballot.
The rightist politicians received
397 votes, 23 more than he got on
the fifth tally.
Marcel-Edmond Naegelen, the
Socialist who is supported by Com-
munist votes because he is opposed
to the European army plan, polled
306, a drop of six, and the third
candidate, Jean Medecin, radical
Socialist (moderate) mayor of
Nice, gathered 171, a decline of 26.
SANTA GET8 AN EARFUL—"Now you look here!", Ruth Haus-
man, 6, says as she gives Santa an earful for scaring her liCQe sister
U»n, 2. at a Christmas party In San Diego, Calif. (NEA Telephoto).
Oamegle library patrons Interes-
ted In securing reading material
during the holidays should check
out their books before closing time
Tuesday, they were reminded Sat-
Itrs. Earl Armold, secretary of
the library board, said the library
will be closed Wednesday as staff
members are given their annual
The library will remain closed
until Monday noon, Deo. 28.
City schools closed for the holi-
day season with the end of class-
work Friday and datMs will not re-
sume until Monday, Jan. 4.
Five of the six were caught as
their car, Into which state police
were pumping bullets, careened Into
a ditch on M50 near Napoleon,
Mich., 12 miles southeast of Jack-
son. The sixth was picked up near
there an hour later.
Made Leng Flans
It was the first tunnel escape'
from the prison, the world's largest
walled penitentiary and the scene
of two bloody convict uprisings in
1952. It has approximately 5,000 In-
The convicted murderers, robbers,
burglars and kidnapers cut their
way through steel grill guard-gates
In a drainage tunnel with a make-
shift acetylene torch. One of those
recaptured said they’d been plan-
ning the escape since Labor Day.
Brandishing knives and clubs they
fell upon the nearby home of Olenn
McMillan after leaving the tun-
nel. McMillan said they “busted It
up" as they ransacked the House.
Before fleeing in McMillan's car
they tied him and his wife up, took
his .32 calibre pistol and at least
four outfitted themselves in his
All Roads Blocked
Those four were among the five
reported by state police to be flee-
ing with girl hostages toward In-
diana. The car they took belonged
to a Jackson factory executive.
Just how it and the girls were taken
was not learned Immediately.
State police were mobilized from
throughout southern Michigan.
Headquarters at Lansing estimated
100 police and sheriff’s deputies
were manning road blocks alone.
McMillan gave the first alarm.
He called state police when he freed
himself, reporting 12 to 14 convicts
had terrorized him and his wife.
When police called the prison
authorities were then making a
routine check because 10 men had
been missed at a 6:30 check-up.
Quickly an armed guard was thrown
around the walls outside.
The tunnel escape then was dis-
covered. The men had slipped Into
the tunnel during a recreation per-
iod from the prison cannery. They
left It 250 feet outside the east
pHILATELISTS, or Just plain
A stamp collectors — whichever
you prefer—El Reno probably has
as many youngsters and old-
timers following that hobby as
any other city of comparable
And one of the most unique of
local collections Is a Christmas
Seal series compiled by Bobby
Allen, a 14-year-old freshman at
El Reno hlghschool.
Bobby, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Corliss Allen. 814 South Miles,
has a specimen of every Issue
since the annual series was
started as a funds-ralslng ven-
ture for the American Red Cross
back in 1907, later taken over by
the Tuberculosis association In
A member of /the local Mo-
WlUlams Stamp club, Bobby's
collection of Christmas Seals ex-
hibit has gained considerable
national attention and was a
prize winner at the Oklahoma
Philatelic society’s worldwide ex-
hibition In Guthrie last October,
LONG with Bobby's collection
Christmas Seals Is the
name of the designer of each
Issue, along with the amount of
money gained from the annual
For instance, the first Issue
back In 1907 brought in some
$3,000 for the Red Cross, while
the 1952 sales totaled $23,200,000
for the TB fund, and this year's
seal sale may bring even more.
Bobby collects other stamps,
but his favorite is the Christmas
Seal works, and he is happy to
show his collection at his home.
Dies in California
PASADENA, Calif.. Dec. 19—(AV-
Dr. Robert A. Millikan, Nobel
award physicist and authority on
cosmic rays, died today at his
The world-renowned scientist,
who for years was head of the
California Institute of Technology,
succumbed after a long Illness at
his residence In neighboring San
Marino. He was 85.
Ail Patrolmen Called
To Duty as Oklahoma
Roads Are Jammed
At least six persona met
death and others were seri-
ously injured Saturday in the
opening* day of Oklahoma’s
Christmas week traffic rush
which became so heavy all
off-duty highway patrolmen
were recalled to their posts.
Four of the six deaths were
caused when drivers Btruck
trucks stalled on highways_
the worst of which nearly
wiped out a Blessing, Tex.,
family. The deaths sent the
state’s 1953 highway traffic
toll to 516, compared with
555 at this time last year.
Woodrow Atha, 37, Blessing, Tex.,
his wife, Yolanda, 36, and their
daughter Janice, 5, died when their
car struck a Jack-knifed truck
south of Mlnco on U. 8. 81 early
Two Sons Injured
A son, Michael, 10, was In a
Chickasha hospital Saturday night
not expected to live, and another
son, Stephen, 9, was in serious con-
dition with back Injuries.
Highway Trooper Alton Bogle
said a semi-trailer truck Jack-knif-
ed across the highway three miles
south of Mlnco after its brakes
failed. The Atha car came over a
hill and hit the truck broadside. The
patrolman said another car struck
the two vehicles.
Atha and his wife were killed In-
stantly and their bodies were near-
ly severed In the collision. The
daughter was dead on arrival at the
It was later learned that the fam-
ily was enroute to Wichita. Kan,
to spend Christmas with Atha's
Tracker Not Hart
The truck driver, Lloyd Clayton
Bridges, 42, Waurika, and driver <4
the other car, Mrs. Aubrey Flak, 3fc
Waco, Tex., escaped serious Injuries.
Other deaths Saturday resulting
from traffic accidents were Vlrgfl
Ray Rumssy, 22, Wichita, Kan.,
J8Q9A M Lesley,' 89, fQlshiror
City, and Akbar Rian, 28, & Paul,
Troopers Pendleton Phillips and
Vernon Butler said Rumsey was
killed Saturday night when his
motorcycle tides wiped a car he was
passing on the outskirts of Watonga
on SH 33.
Lasley died Saturday in a Sen-
tinel hospital of Injuries received
Friday night when his car and a
truck collided west of Cordell on
state highway 41.
Rlazi, an Iranian student who
graduated last June from McAles-
ter college In Minnesota and plan-
ned to study osteopathy, died In an
Oklahoma City hospital. He was In-
jured three hours earlier when his
auto went out of control on a curve
and hit a bridge 11 miles west of
Oklahoma City on U. S. highway
Patrol officials reported the traf-
fic rush started late Friday and
picked up steam Saturday.
Travel on the Turner turnpike
between Oklahoma City and Tulsa
nearly doubled within 24 hours.
Generally fair west and partly
cloudy east Sunday and Sunday
night; a little warmer In the south-
east Sunday: high Sunday gener-
ally In the 50s.
STOCKHOLM. Dec. 19 —(U.R)—A
Swedish businessman said today
that the mysterious "missile" sight-
ed over southern Sweden Thursday
probably was one of his huge Am-
erican-made balloons carrying the
message “Merry Christmas."
The Swedish chiefs of staff had
ordered an Investigation of the
“missile" seen moving at “super-
sonic" speed over southern Sweden
by a Swedish airlines pilot.
A defense staff spokesman said
that a preliminary check made It
"Improbable” that the object
sighted by the pilot was a balloon.
But, Carl-Arvld Lindblad, a bus-
inessman In the city of Yitad, about
50 miles south of where the “miss-
ile" was sighted, said the mysterious
object probably was one of his ad-
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