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* The Daily Chowanian *
Volume 1 Number 22
Murfreesboro, North Carolina, December 10/ 1959
Twelve Prisoners Caught In Ohio and Virginia
PINAR DEL RIO, Cuba AP —
Hundreds of soldiers and pro-
Castro peasants searched moun-
taincus western Cuba today for
American fugitive Frank Austin
Youna escaped rrom the Pinar
Del Rio army headquarters pri
son Wednesday less than 24
hours after a military tribunal
gave him a 30-year sentence for
against Fidel Castro’s govern
'^'’iree Danish fishing boats with
a t'tsl of at least 12 men aboard
also v':re miss'ng, but officials
s^id possibly they had lost their
rpdii ant'^nnas and could not re
port in. They were the Nilan, 50
tons; Jytte, 47 tons, and Lyngvig,
46 tons. Two Danish salvage ves
sels and p’anes of the Danish and
British air forces were looking
Nixon has Midwest
Support Over Gov.
CHICAGO AP — VicePresident
Richard M. Nixon appears to
have stronger Midwest support for
the Republican presidential nom
ination than Gov. Nelson A. Rocke
feller, say several state GOP
The party leaders said, how
ever, that the New York gover
nor is not completely without
The Nixon vs. Rockefeller ques
tion has not yet appeared on the
agenda of this meeting of the
Midwest and Rocky Mountain Re
publican State Chairmen’s Assn.
But delegates to the 22-state group
indicated it has the No. 1 spot
on the unofficial agenda.
he association is made up of
chairmen from Arizona, Colorado,
Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ne
vada, New Mexico, North Dakota,
Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota,
Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Investigation of Drug Prices Turn
To The Cost Incurred by Drug Firms
WASHINGTON AP — A Sen
ate investigation of drug prices
turns today to the costs incurred
by drug firms in persuading doc
tors to prescribe their products.
Rird Dixon, chief counsel of
the Senate antitrust and monopa-
ly subcommittee, told newsmen
i-i advance of today’s hearings
that drug companies have called
tais their greatest expense.
Sen. Estes Kefauver D-Tenn,
the subcommittee chairman,
said he was “not at all satisfied”
Wit.i Connor’s explanation of the
different prices at which Merck’s
prodnisone anti-arthritis tablets
are sold in this country and a-
Figures cited by the subcom
mittee Wednesday listed 100
tablets of Merck’s prednisone be
ing sold to druggists in London
for $7.53, or less than half the
$17.90 charged druggists in this
However, the price to druggists
in Tokyo was listed as $27.78 a
Connor said he was not willing
to accept the figures as correct
even though they were obtained
from the State Department.
But in any event, he said,
many different factors have to
be taken into account in compar
ing drug prices in this country
IVY BLUFF, N. C. AP — Po
lice in two states counted 12 of
North Carolina’s worst prisoners
behind bars today, leaving seven
still at large.
The 12 surrendered without a
struggle In Virginia and Ohio aft
er hardly 48 hours of freedom.
They escaped Tuesday from the
Ivy Bluff maximum security pri
Foul bedraggled, unshaven
convicts, who escaped with 16
others from the tough Ivy Bluff,
N. C., prison, gave up in Ohio
Wednesday, and alleged that pri
son brutality incited the break
Dressed in new clothes, appar
ently stolen, the four were pick
ed up here within 1% hours after
they were spotted by an alert
service station attendant. He be
came suspicous of their unkept
Two were captured in the serv
ice station rest room as they
shaved and washed up. Another
was picked up in a poolroom and
the fourth as he stood outside a
Grady F. Stone, a blond 23-
year-old from Lumberton, N. C.,
who was armed with a .33-cali-
ber revolver when arrested in
the poolroom, acted as spokes
man for the four. He blamed
brutal treatment by guards for
the mass escape early Tuesday.
Stone said many convicts had
maimed themselves in an effort
to cscape prison work details.
He said guards would beat the
convicts with blackjacks for min
or nonexistent infractions.
Safe Crackers Are Space Pilots Are
COLUMBIA, S. C. AP—A five-
state roundup of 22 men sought
in a widespread safe cracking
operation has netted 17 of them
Chief J. P. Strcm of the State
Law Enforcement Division
SLED said the robbery coopera
tive made off with thousands oi
dollars in about 75 safe robbe
ries over a 10-year span in the
Carolinas and Virginia.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. AP
-—A powerful engine of a Titan
intercontinental range missile ig
nited today, but the giant failed
to get off the ground in an at
tempt to fire its second stage for
the first time.
When the countdown reached
zero, flashes of flame burst from
the base of the rocket. They died
quickly and the 98-foot rocket re
mained locked on its pad engulf
ed in billows of black smoke.
The missile probably was sav
ed from destruction by an auto
matic sequence system that sig
naled engine cut off when it de
tected technical difficulties.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. AP —'Ten-
year-old Michael Sopher is un
happy. He has to go to school to
day while 10 brothers and sisters
have their tonsils removed.
The family doctor, who deliver
ed ar 12 of the children of Mr.
and Mrs. James Sopher, will per
form the operations.
He examined the children when
the oldest, 15-year-old Cheryl,
came home with a sore throat a
week ago and decided the ton
sil’ectomies were needed.
“We could have strung the op
erations out until spring, but we
decided it would be easier to do
it a’l at once,” said Mrs. Sopher.
Three-months old Pamela will
And Michael? “He had his ton
sils cut five years ago and he
feel's completely left -rut now.
“He told me he wished he cou d
stay si the hospital with his
WASHINGTON AP — The De
fense Department announced to
day that all U. S. Army troops
will be withdrawn from Iceland.
Some 4,000 U. S. Air Force and
Navy men will remain.
The force to be pulled out con-
ists of an Army battalion com
bat team of about 1,200 men.
’The Army troops will be rede
ployed during the first s i x
months of 1960.
“Army units stationed in the
United States will continue to
maintain their capability for im
mediate deployment to Iceland
in case of emergency,” the head
These emergency troops would
be frcm the Strategic Army
Corps—units of the 82nd and 101-
st Airborre divisions from Ft.
Bragg N. C., and Ft. Campbell,
Ky., and of the 4th Infantry Divi-
I 'im. Ft. Lewis, Wash.
LONDON AP — The American
Thor missile, capable of deliver
ing H-bombs 1,500 miles, has
been declared operational in Bri
tain. Four squadrons of 15 mis
siles each are deployed on the
east coast of England.
The missiles here are manned
by Royad Air Force crews but
their warheads remain in con
trol of the United States.
CALIF. AP — America’s space
pilots are learning to live where
nothing weighs anything.
The lessons will serve them
when they someday make their
expected historic flights aboard
satellites orbiting the earth.
One of them, Capt. Donald K.
Slapton, 35, of Sparta, Wis., says
the sensation of weight lessness
is nothing he hasn’t experienced
before during his 17 years of fly
They practice eating and
drinking during the brief periods
of zero-gravity-never more than
a minute at a time.
Containers won’t empty, water
won’t pour. So they use tubes,
like tooth paste tubes, to squeeze
the semi-solid food and the water
into their mouths.
Slayton and Capt. Virgil I.
Grissom, 33, of Mitchell, Ind.,
are taking the weightless train
ing this week. Three of the seven
handpicked spacemen finished
the phase last week and the two
others are due next week for the
Levittown Man and Wife Jailed for
Violation if School Law
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. AP — .A
Levittown man and his wife were
jailed because their tsen-age
daughter was so frequent absent
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest LaPorte
said their daughter’s glands had
swollen frequently because o
tonsolitis. They said she is to
have her tonsils out later thi
The Falls Township Schocl DIs
trict said Shirley, 15, was absent
from her eighth-grade class 27
times and did net produce a doc
tor’s certificate, as requested by
The school brought the case
to a justice of the peace and he
jailed the couple Tuesday—^the
father for 10 days, the mother
for 15—after offering both the
alternative of fines. They were
convicted of violating the state’s
compulsc ry school attendsuice
An older son borrowed money
to get the father out early Wed
nesday. LaPorte, a bus driver,
said he then borrowed money to
get his wife out. She spent nearly
1 24 hours in jail.
Wilson And Company is Scene of
Large Stril(e Causing Violence
ALBERT LEA, Minn. AP —
Non-union production workers
reported at the Wilson and Co.
plant for work early today amid
jeering, catcaUs and an occa
sionally hurled rock from a pick
The activity was mild compar
ed to Wednesday’s violent three-
hour siege by nearly a thousand
massed pickets and sympath
izers at the plant gates. Work
ers were barred from leaving
the plant by stone throwing un
til police formed a protective
An occasional rock sailed out
of the early morning darkness
as first workers’ cars started ar
riving about 6:30 a.m. Jeers, cat
calls and booing rose from the
picket line as cars passed
through the main gate, only en
trance opened this morning.
About 100 cars passed through
the gates carrying a work force
estimated at 50 per cent below
that of the last several days the
plant has been operating with a
nounion production force. Only
employes entering the plant on
foot were a few office girls who
passed along the picket line with
out incident. They are not UPWA
Late in November the company
warned employes to return to
work by Nov. 30 or lose their
jobs. On Nov. 28 it said if it hir
ed new men, they would be con
sidered permanent employes.
Major League Ball
PITTSBURG, Pa. AP — Joe
Moon Harris, a former major
league ball player, died today at
his nearby Plum Borough home
after a long illness. He was 68.
Harris started his big league
career with the New York Yan
kees in 1914 as an outfielder. In
the next 14 years, he saw duty
both in the outfield and at first
base with the Cleveland Indians,
Boston Red Sox, Washington Sen
ators, Pittsburgh Pirates and
Harris appeared in two World
Series—with the Senators in 1925
and with the Pirates in 1927.
TOKYO AP — Ultra-leftist
Japanese students today aban
doned a march on the Japanese
Parliament to protest Japan’s
military alliance with the
The demonstration collapsed
after other leftist organizations
boycotted it it because of pub
lic indination over a similar
march Nov. 27 in which 700
persons were injured.
LONDON AP — Albert H.
Robinson was divorced by his
wife Olive Wednesday for over
doing that strong, silent stuff.
She testified that after the war
he formed the habit of never
speaking to her on weekends
and finally went a whole year
without addressing or replying
Trainsto be Stopped
in One Week
RALEIGH AP —■ The Utilities
CommissioD today gave the state
and Southern Railway ^ addition
al week in which to file briefs in a
case in which the railroad wants
to halt operation of two passenger
trains between Greenslxtro and
The attorney general’s office
and railway lawyers were granted
a new deadline of Dec. 17. The
briefs orginaily were to have been
NORTH CAROLINA: Some
cloudiness but mostly sunny and
mild today; high generally in
the 60s. Increasing cloudiness
and not so cold tonight, low 35-
40 north and in the 40s south por
tion. Friday,considerabIe cloudi
ness and continued mild.