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_ _ The_ Weather ,
Fair today except snow
showers extreme east. Windy
and cooler. Sunday increasing
cloudiness, probably followed
by light snow or rain. High
both days,'3o-40. Low 1525.
Vol. ‘I. No. 8
Pasco Vet
From Suits
Court orders dismissing two
suits against Lloyd G. Kestin
by Columbia Construction Co..
were signed Thursday by Frank
lin county Superior Court Judge
B. B. Horrigan.
Kestin. a Pasco school teacher.
was sued during publication or
a series of articles in the Tri-
City Herald regarding a West
Pasco housing unit.
The court action lifted a writ
of garnishment against Kestin
and also dismissed him from
a SIOO,OOO libel suit filed against
the Tri-City Herald and Qhers
by Columbia.
One suit was filed against
Kestin after he refused to sign
~morgages on his house. Kestin
said then he wouldn’t sign un
til he was assured “certain
faults" would be corrected. He
listed them as “poor workman
ship. a plumbing system that
does not meet state health re
quirements and an over ap
praisal of price.”
Columbia, then offered to ar
bitrate the matter if Kerstin
would sign the mortgage before
alleged faults, if found by the
arbitrators, were corrected.
Kestin objected. He said he
would sign only after correc
tions were made. However he
and about 20 other buyers of
Columbia- built homes finally
agreed to arbitrate. The agree
ment provided that the suits
against Kestin would be dismiss
e O
Earlier, Columbia obtained a
temporary restraining order
against publication of a series
of articles in The Herald which
discussed the construction of
the houses. They claimed dam
ages totaling SIOO,OOO by articles
already published.
Several days later the re
straining order against The Her
ald was dissolved and the fourth
art_icle was published. h _
Both the court orders dismiss-
Ing Kestin from the suits were
brought on motion of Columbia.
Tollgqte Ski
Skiing conditions at Tollgate,
in the Blue mountains. are re
ported uncertain. At 6 p. m. Fri
day there was 42 inches of snow
and more was falling.
However, the road to the Spout
Spring lodge and skiing area
is open, and good for traveling.
Lights have been installed on
the course for night'skiing. The
lifts are operating. -
Overnight accomdations are
available at the lodge for $1.55,
but skiiers must bring sleeping
bags. The lodge is operated on
the dormitory' basis. Meals at
popular prices are also said to
be available at the lodge res.
Annual ,
Party Set
Annual Christmas party and
program of the Bethlehem Lu
theran school, Kennewick, is
scheduled at 7 p.m. today in the
school. - '
Parents and friends are invit
ed. The program includes
Song, “0, Little Town of Beth
lehem", by entire school; Christ
mas greeting by- Fred Kamprath;
song. “Let Us All with Gladsome
Voice”. by primary department;
recitation by S. Johnson, R. Mar
tin, B. Kirkendall and J. Garst;
story, “To Fine the Christ Child”;
recitation. “Bethlehem”.
Song. “Winds Through the 01-
ive Trees;” recitation. “Thy Lit
tle Ones." song, “A Holy Child;"
story. “To Worship the Savior,”
song. “Silent Night.’ by congre
gation: song. “Now Come the
Holy Angels Dear," by interme
diate group: song, “Oh, How Joy
fully," by intermediates; recita
tion. by Paul and Joseph Garst:
song. “Come Now, Ye Shepherds"
upper grades; story, “To Serve
the Newborn King.” and song,
“'(li‘o Shepherds as They Watch
e ."
Convicfed Murderer Gains His Freedom
By Helping ther 'UnforfunafePeople'
(UP) A little white-haired
man went free from Sing Sing
after 18 years today, his release
a Christmas present from the
state because he volunteered for
dangerous medical experiments.
to help "untqrtunatepeoplefl
....Louis Boy. 50. convicted on an
accomplice in c 1931 murder
and sentenced to life. said he
decided in prison that there
were people "A lot worse of!
then I was the sick and
the dying."
“I thought I was going to
spend the rest of my life here,"
he said. “And I decided to do
something worthwhile with it.
A lot of the other men did the
same thing. But when they told
me yesterday that I was being
Tri-City Family
19 Be Evicted
One 'l'ri-City are iamily had
'1 grim Christmas “present"
M“! an eviction notice.
Mrs. Marjorie Wilson. Ken
newick' lied Croce executive
secretary. appealed ior help
in iinding the iarnily a new
home. She said there are rev-
GII children. aged 2 to lit. The
{Other is semi-invalid. '
She said the iamily is to be
evicted Monday but that be
cause oi the holiday a day or
two of grace probably would
be given.
Anyone knowing of housing
that will rent for less than S3O
was asked to telephone Mrs.
gillfon Tuesday at Kennewick
The iamily. which was not
identified by name. lives on a
iann near Finley.
New U. S.
The United States government
today threw up a new barrier
in the way of ‘seaborne trade
between the United States and
Communist China.
The State Department made
public a warning that any Am
erican skipper who takes his
vessel into the “hazardous" wa
ters of Shanghai may have his
license suspended or revbked.
This was the most drastic step
yet taken by the government to
re-inforce the Chinese National
ist effort to blockade Shanghai
blockade which the United
States does not officially regard
as legal. ‘
At the same time, on another
angle of the continuing Chinese
Communist conflict, a State De
partment official declared that
now settled down in the island
China’s Nationalist government,
of Formosa, can purchase wea
pons here with its ohm money
anytime it wants to. That is
long ’ established American 'pol
icy, he said. . .
The official, press officer
Michael McDermott. announced
that the state department had
{ejected_an application trom__the
York for a license to export 100,-
000 Springfield rifles to China.
Drigg did not have in hand .the
rifles which it wanted to ex
port, McDermott declared. The
Chinese government had not re
quested .the rifles of the Amer
ican government, he added, and
the state department had “no
indication that Driggs was re
presenting the Chineael govern
ment. ' . , ~
'However, Raymond Voyes,
president of the Driggs Firm,
said in New York that his com
pany filed the application at
the request of the Chinese Na
tionalist government, with whom
it was doing business.
McDermott said that It the
Chinese wanted to buy rifles in
the United States for the defense
of Formosa, using their own
funds, the proper procedure was
to approach the American gov
ernment directly. If Briggs was
then accredited as Chinese gov
ernment agent, Driggs could
handle the business.
OK Vote
PARIS. Dec. 24 (AP) Pre.
mier Georges Bidault early to
day won a vote of confidence by
a narrow margin on the nation
al budget proposed by his coali
tion government.
The vote in the National As
sembly, the Lower. House of
France’s Parliament, was 303
to 297 for the opposition. The
Premier’s main objective was to
head off an opposition vote of
311, which would have meant
the_resignation of the cabinet.
The test was on whether the
Assembly would begin discuss
ing the Cabinet's proposed 1950
budget or a smaller opposition
budget sponsored by the Assem
bly’s finance committee.
freed—well It's a Merry Christ.
mas, a wonderful Merry Christ
Facing the chance that the
experiment might kill him. Boy,
last spring exchanged his blood
with that of a girl afflicted by
Leukemia, a cancerous condition
of the blood. The child died,
Boy so far has not been affect
There was no one to meet
Boy when he walked through
the prism: gate in a driving rain
and to the dingy railroad sta
tion where he waited for a train
to New York. Just before his
train pulled in, his sister, his
brother and his brother-in-law
arrived and, for the first time,
he broke into tears.
Missing was the wife he left
arm @ourierJHam
The National Safety Council
had predicted 435 trafic fatal
ities for the three-day weekend
trams p.'m.- Friday to midnight,
Monday (local time). -
This estimate covers only iii
ticipated immediate deaths or!
those occurring within a few‘
hours after the accidents. 1
Auto Group
Loses Bid '
The Pasco - Kennewick Auto
mobile Dealers association has
lost its bid to be recognized as
the labor bargaining agent for
its members.
The National Labor Relations
board yesterday dismissed the
association's petition for certi
fication as bargaining represen
tative, the Associated Press re
The board’s three - member
panel ruled that both the Strick
ler Motors 0': Kennewick and the
Pasco Auto Company are pro
per separate bargaining units.
The association had intervened
to contend that a bargaining
unit should be association-wide
in scope.
The International Association
of Machinists (IND..) had peti
tioned to represent skilled work
ers in the two plants.
The board ruled that bargain
ing units also should include
car washers, tire men and other
unskilled workers. The Mach
inists Union had asked to have
them excluded; the association
argued they should be in.
The board ordered employes’
elections within 30 days in the
two plants to determine wheth
er the employes desire to be
represented by the Machinists
Austin Simonds, Kennewick,
association president. was ab
sent from the Tri-City area;
Other officers of the organiza
tion also were unavailable for
22 Persons
Lose Lives
P! 1!"- FMS"!!! We,“
The Christmas holiday travel
rush began Friday night with
automobile accidents taking
their usual death toll.
Near midnight 22 persons had
been killed across the nation
in traffic mishaps since 6 p. 111.
Two others died in tires for a
total accident ton 01.24.
First Mass
In Church
First public mass will be cele
brated Christmas Eve in the new
St. Joseph's Catholic church in
Kennewick. .
Father E. G. McGrath, pastor,
will deliver the sermon and Fa
ther J. N. O’Dea. assistant, who
recently came to Kennewick from
Irelenduwill be celebrant.
The church was started Aug.
28., The cornerstone was laid
Sept. 4.
The church will be dedicated
formally some tinie in January,
it was reported. _ -
Program‘ for the midnight high
Singing of "Mass In F" by W.
A. Leonard: “Adeste Fideles.”
from Cistercian Greadual: “Si
lent Night,”.by Grubes; “Panis
Angelicus" by Father Lamb!!-
lotte; “Consecration to the Sa
cred Heart of Jesus," by Sisters
of St. Francis.
The mass, hymns and carols
will be sung by the senior choir,
directed by Mrs. Julius Bahl, with
Mrs. William Shaughnessy at the
05839-1 . _ A ~
Confessions will be heard Satur
day from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Christmas Day masses will be
at 8 and 10 a.m. -
The 8 a.m. mass will also be a
high mass sung by the junior
choir with Mrs. U. L. KeOlker at
the organ; Mrs. Bahl will direct
the choir.
Avert: Strike Threat
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 23 (UP)—Last
minute intervention by Gov. For
rest Smith of Missouri late today
halted a threatened strike of
50,000 CIO communications work
ers in six southwestern states.
18 mrs ago when he entered
prison. She married Joseph Cor
renti, a truck driver, five years
ago because she thought her
husband would never be free
“I'm glad tor her." Boy said.
“She came to see In. (or 11
years but she had her own
lite to lead and I couldn't ex
pect a woman to wait for me
all her life. .
“No, I’m not even going to
see her. It wouldn’t be proper.
She has a husband of her own
now. I’m going to stay with my
mother. She came to see me
twice a month, every month for
18 years."
Boy was freed still maintaining
his innocence. He was convicted
of furnishing the guns used in
Kennewick. Benton County. Washington Saturday Morning. Dec. 24. 1949
AEC Files Show Reds Knew
Afomic Secrefs Long - Ago
Russian scientists had mas
tered the basic theoretical sec
rets of the atomic bomb in 1940,
before the United States laun
ched its multi - billion dollar}
Manhattan project, documents
on file at the Atomic Energy
U. 5. Population Passes
ISO-Million People
The nation cut its death rate to
the lowest point in histo last
year, the government reported
today. It said heart diseases and
cancer accounted for almost half
of the 1,440,337 total.
While there were only 1,033
fewer deaths in 1948 than in the
previous year, the fatality rate
dropped from 10. per 1,000 popu
lation to 9.9. This is.one percent
below the previous record low
set in 1946.
The declining death rate was
accompanied by a rapid increase
in the country’s- population
At Home
- (AP) - . President Truman
came home in buoyant spirits
today to spend the Christmas
season with the people he knows
and loves best. ,
The plane Independence, bring
ing Mr. .Truman and daughter
Margaret from Washington,
landed at Fairfax Airport in
Kansas City, Kan., at 11:42 a. m.
after a flight of just over four
hours. '
On hand to greet him were
Mrs. Truman, other relatives and
old friends. While waiting for
the Independence to land, Mrs.
Truman acknowledged to re
porters that she always worries
“;hile the President is in the
a r.
”Asked if she “sweats ’em out."
she replied. “I don't like it un
til they get down."
a holdup slaying in 1931. but
he said today he had never seen
the guns.
Boy gained national promin
ence when he volunteered to in
termix the blood in his body
with that of the eight-year-old
girl. Boy said he suffered no ill
effects except for a brief per
iod of “fever and chills I
never really felt bad at all.”
The prison guards shook
“Louie’s” hand and called Merry
Christmas as he walked through
the barbed administration build
ing and Warden William E. Sny
der wislwdhim luck. Boy, a man
not over five feet tall and weigh
ing less than 120 pounds, had on
a blue suit donated by the state
and carried in his pocket the S2O
given all released prisoners.
.Commission showed today.
.But, so far as American offi
cials can tell, it was not until
last summer that Russia was
able to overcome the 'myraid.
technical difficulties involveH
in translating their theoretical
know-how into a workable A
I l
which now has passed the 150,-
000,000 mark and is still rising.
On this point the census bu
reau estimated the total popula
tion was 150,183,000 on November
1 this year and is growing at a
200,000-a-month pace.
The nation’s death figures for
1948 were supplied in a report
from the office of vital statistics
which gave these highlights:
471,469 people died from heart
diseases and 197,042 from cancer
and" other malignant tumors.
131,036 others succumbed to cer
ebral hemorrhages and other dis
eases of the ,brain and nervous
system. (This compares with the
United States, fatality total in
World War II of 308,978.
Deaths from pneumonia, in
fluenza and tuberculosis reached
new lows, with a 56,493 total for
pneumonia and influenza and
43,833 for TB victims.
Dean Shot‘
By Wife ~
ATHENS, Ga., Dec. 23 -—(AP)
Dean John E. Drewry of the
University of Georgia School of
Journalism and a friend, Miss
Merriam Thurmond, were shot
tonight by his divorced, wife.
The condition of both was re
ported serious. . -
Sheriff Tommy Hu'ff said
Drewry’s former wife had been
confined to a hospital bed in
lieu of jail and_ was under
ground on an open charge.
The Clarke county sheriff said
it was believed Mrs. Drewry had
“taken something” which led to
helr being placed in the hospi
ta .
Drewry, head of the tamed
Henry W. Grady School 0; Jour
nalism and past president of
the American Association of
Teachers of Journaism, was shot
twice in the stomach, Huff said.
Miss Thurmond was wounded
twice in the back and once in
the arm. he said.
Hos:To Fit Feet
hosiery - manufacturer report
ed today that women’s feet are
getting bigger.
From now on, he said, his
firm will make stockings with
bigger feet, so that ladies will
be spared the embarrassment
of asking for a larger size.
Yakima Bid ls Low . 7 ___
SEATTLE, Dec. 23 (IE-A bid
of $126,860, submitted by Yonker
and Schultz of Yakima. was ap
parently the lowest of 10 ‘opened
by army engineers here yester
day for flood control work along
the Puyallup river at Tacoma.
The United States exploded its
first bomb in 1945, and has-been
igggongg the des_igr} gver since.
‘iiii‘nirs’ii‘éfi‘inwfitfs'ém' 7' 7
. {the . (documents, ,which show
how 'far Russfrhad progressed
in atomic science before the
World War II began, are scien
tific papers published in the
Soviet Union during 1940. '_
More than a~ Score of U. S.
libraries, including the library
of congress, received routine dis
tribution of the Russian langu
age publications ang still have
untranslated copies__9n- file. _
American scientific circles
long have known of the ‘exist
ence Of the papers, but they nev
er before have been disclosed
to the press. '
English translations of the
papers were made for the Army’s
Manhattan project during the
war, but were classified’ "secret,"
presumably to conceal U. S. in
terest in the subject.
seem-:1 Lung orr_ _
The Atomic Commission re;
cently removed the secret label,
and at the request of the United
Press, permitted reporters to read
the translation. .
They show that more than
nine years ago Russian scien
tist: o
Wer'e publicly discussing the
theoretical feasibility of making
uranium 235 explode by sudden
ly assembling it in “supercriti
cal" amounts. " _
' Understood the theoretical re
quirements for _a chain-reacting
uranium pile, and the use of
heavy water to slow‘neutrons to
their most effective atom-split
ting speeds.
Were predicting that "many
attemps" to build atomic ex
plosives “will‘ be undertaken in
the near future” but that "tre
mendous” practical difficulties
would be involved.
Were studying in detail the
problems of separating fission
able uranium 235 from the more
plentiful but non-explosive ur
anium 238 with which it is mix
ed in nature.
Recognized that ‘tagged atoms”
or artificial radioisotopes, would
play a major role in medicine
and biological research.
Lamp Stealing
Mark Broken
A new contender for the hon
or of having Christmas lights
stolen the iastest stepped tor
wards Saturday.
'She was Mrs. Gilbert 6. Bon
er. 521 Delafleld. Richland.
She read a story in Thursday's
fierald about Les Bahcock.
Kennewick. who lost some out
side decorations two and one
haii hours after he put them
Mrs. Boner said her lights
were stolen within two hours
aiter she put them out. That
was Dec. 11.
Pinballs To Go
PULLMAN, Wash., Dec. 22
(AP) —The 30 pinball machines
in this college town must be
shutdown by Jan. 1. police ruled
today. The ruling is in accord
ance with a recent supreme
court decision that makes the
devices illegal.
Soviefs Charge
Jap‘s Planned
Use Of Germs
LONDON, SATURDAY, Dec. 24 (UP)—Russia charged
today that Japan plotted to use germ warfare against the
allies she fought in World War II and that 12 Japanese
army men had been indicted as the plotters.
It was asserted that the Japanese not only planned
to use the germ warfare but “partly did apply” it in their
preparations in Manchuria for the great war which broke
at Pearl Harbor.
The Moscow radio made the announcement that the
12 Japanese had been indicted on the germ war charge:-
Pope Calls
Hon Year
Dec. 24 (UH—Three ;blows from
a ceremonial hammer wielded by
Pope Pius XII today signalled
the formal opening of the 1950
Holy year, the 25th in the history
of the Catholic church.
One million Catholics from 36
nations rejoiced as the Pope
opened the holy doors of St.
Peter’s basilica and three special
cardinals-legate opened the por
fals of Rome’s three other basi~
The doors at all four great
churches. will remain open
throughout the year, which Pope
Pius hopes will prove the tum
ing point for peace in the world.
This holy year—the first since
1925—has been proclaimed “the
year of the great pardon,” and~
Catholics who perform prescribed
acts of deVotion can win for
giveness for all their sins.
Solid masses of prayerful Cath
olics jammed the squares outside
St. Peter's, St. Mary Major, St.
John in Lateran and St. Paul’s
outside the walls as the Pope
and his three representatives
opened the great doors in keep
ing with a ritual proclaimed in
The Catholic church has ob
served a Holy Year every 25
years since 1300. The door open
ing ritual in .use today'was pre
scribed by Pope Alexander VI.
} R. E. Bruntlett was elected
president of the Richland local
L7BB of the National Federatidn
"‘Errlplgyes at a meeting recently.
G. F. Penn was named secre
tary-treasurer. Other officers
elected were William Foley,
first vice president; Mrs. Laße
bie ‘Enslow. second vice presl
dent; Ned Sturgis, third vice
president; and Lee Speer, R. J.
Gidney and Paul Fako, direc
. Speer is retiring president and
Ed Chapman was secretary.
tre_a_surer__last ye_§._r._ _ -__ _
The officers will be installed
at the January meeting by Otto
'Schnellhardt, president of the
Walla Walla local, a state vice
president, and past president of
local 788. »_
White House Has
Tree For-_Squirrgls
WASHING'IDN. Dec. 23 —(AP)
The White House v'squirrels
rallied round their own Christ
mas tree today.
The three-foot evergreen was
set up by White House main
tenance employs just west of
the wing that houses President
Truman's offices. It was decor
ratedl with roast peanuts in the
shel . c .
Icy Eastern'Washington
HighWoys ’.Cast Today
u nssocmm puss
A The weatherman is giving the
Pacific Northwest an assortment
of Christmas presents. all of
them unpleasant: storms, wind
that broke power lines, a flood,
slush, and—to cap it off— a
And he appeared likely to un
wrap still another ugly parcel‘
today: an ice glaze over high
ways in Eastern Washington. .
The twister struck a residential‘
section at Long Beach, Wash.,
yesterday amid a storm sweep
ing inland from the ocean.
The 50-foot wide twister was
the first ever reported in that
area. Half of Eric Matson's 20:32-
foot root was carried more than
a block away, where part of it
smashed the wall of a cottage
and the rest wrecked a glass-en
closed porch. ‘
The coastal storm brought
winds up to 60 miles an hour at
Astoria, closing the harbor there,
and dumped 1.06 inches-of rain
on Newport in 24 hours.
McMinnville suffered the worst
power failure in eight years
when the Salem . McMinnville
line went out at ,the storm's
height. .
Bonneville crews did” not find
the cause of the failure, but said
it possibly was a treethat fell
over the line, then later tell tree.
Inside Today
Churches. page 2-3; editori
als, columnists, page 4; amuse
ments, page 5; sports news,
page 7.
>the first to be made the specific
basis of a war crimes trial since
the ,war ' ended.
It was asserted that Emperor
Hirohito himself sent secret or
ders to the Japanese army in
Manchuria for germ warfare pre
paration. ‘
Named among the defendants
were Gen. Otozo Yamada. com
mander in chief of the army in
Manchuria, and Maj. Gen. Kiosi
Kawasima, of the army medical
The Russians captured Yama
da, and presumably also hold
the others.
The Moscow broadcast said
that Kawasima had given “evi-
MacArthur Spokesman
Says No Record Of It
(UH—A spokesman to: Gen.
Douglas Machthux-‘s head
quartcn said today that tho
chemical section of his head
quarters. in a_ ‘-“comploto"
search of its men. “did not
and anything relative to Jap
anese use of bacteriological
variant." ‘
dence”—apparently a confession
For the germ warfare prepara
ons. .
A long Moscow broadcast
started: .
“The indictment of former Jap
anese army service men is to be
broadcast on the Moscow radio."
, The broadcast continued that
V’interrogationg" i_n the cnse:_
Q" . established that in pl 3;
:1 awn“ war against
Sovfet" ‘loir anT'othcr states.
Japanese imperalists to reach
their aims intended to apply on
a large scale, and partly did ap
ply, criminal means of the mass
extermination of people the
weapon of bacteriological war
com CHARGE m p
_ Russia selected for its. dread
charge a time ‘when in 'lbkyo
the question of the fate of an es
timated 376,000 Japanese prison
ers still missing more than four
years after the end of the war
had become acute. Russia had
broken repeated promises to send
them home. Gen. Douglas Mac-
Arthur announced Thursday that
he intended to get the United
States to ask a neutral country
to investigate the mystery.
New Pollution
Rules Pending
OLYMPIA. Dec. 23 (AP)
E. F. Eldredge, state director
of pollution control, said today
new regulations will be adopted
for disposal of waste from pulp
mills, dairies, éanneries and
other industries
He said the new regulations
will establish minimum stand
ards for industrial waste dis
posal as recommended at a re
cent meeting in Portland of the
state and provincial officials
of the northwest who are charg
ed with the control of water
' The storm battered" Portland
with gusts up to 47 mils an
hour. - '
Seattle got 9; of an inch of
rain in eight hours.
A flood plagued Prince George.
BC, closing sawmills and caus
ing some families in the mill
district to flee. The floodwaters,
backed up by ,an ice jam.
swirled through the streets to
cause at least $75,000 damage.
Snow that has promised East
ern Washington a white Christ
mas began melting into ankle
deep slush yesterday afternoon.
The weather bureau forecast a
freeze during the night, threaten~
ing dangerously icy highways
throughout the area. A cold front
was progressing eastward from
Central Washington.
CHICAGO. Dec. 23 (UP)—-A
white Christmas, or a cold one
at least. was promised for much
at the nation today.
Holiaay travel already was
heavy and appeared likely to de
velop igtqa recgrcl migration.
The National Safety council, in
its gloomiest estimate, predicted
that 435 persons would die be
tween 6 o'clock tonight and mid
night Monday. The figure would
be a record for the Christmas

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