Avery Batson, Beatrice Daily Sun, 5/26/1953
••••••••••^•••^^^^ " ™' Unicameral Kills Diversion, 24-10 Proposal On Water Issue 3rd To Lose Lawmakers From Platte Valley Lead Opposition To Bill LINCOLN UTt—The Neb r a s k a Legislature's answer to diversion is still "no." The ttnicamcral lale Monday voted. :M-10. to kill the current diversion bill. It was the third proposal, each of which has provoked a major legislative battle, to be defeated. The bill would have permitted taking unused water from one watershed into another for irrigation irrigation purposes. The main opposition came from Platte Valley Senators. 'Not Sufficient Water' Sen. 0. H. Person, Wahoo, who inade the motion to kill it, voiced " the opposition's prime argument: "There is not sufficient water to justify diversion," "Only a few people in Nebraska Cops Investigate Suspicious Buzz From Packages NEW YORK (*)--A mysterious buzzing coming from two packages sent, from the same place made employes at I he Brooklyn general post office suspicious Monday. So Ihe police bomb squad was called. The officers look the packages packages to a nearby vacant lot and carefully opened them. Inside each package was a toy telephone set, operated by batteries batteries and accidentally turned on. UN May Get SayOnPWs General Assembly Would-Determine Repatriates' Fate SEOUL l/n—Authoritative South Korean sources today revealed that the secret new Allied truce plan would give the United Nations "umv a lew uuuiJit- m m-u.^.™.General Assembly the final say are asking for this bill-Hastings j in determining the fate of war and the Tri-County District," he prisoners who refuse to return to said. , . Sen. Marvel, Hastings, had introduced introduced the measure. Hastings is in the central Nebraska Public Power and Irrigation district—Tri-County for use in arid areas of the district. Sen. Lee, Fremont, echoing the claim "there is no surplus water," continued "as sure as you take this water over the divide, it will be gone as far as the Platte River is concerned. It will go down to the Kansas River, past Kansas City, and on to the Gulf of Mexico.]' Nine persons spoke against diversion diversion while Marvel was supported supported by Sen. McNult of Lincoln, the Lincoln senator referring to a sec- lion of the slate constitution which he interpreted . as supporting diversion. diversion. But to that Lee responded that the Supreme Court of the state had declared present law docs not permit diversion from one watershed watershed to . another. . Opening the debate which started started in the morning, Marvel had emphasized that prior rights otlhe people of the Plate Valley, both present and future, would be protected. protected. He said upwards of 580,000 acres of land could be irrigated in the their Red homelands. The informants said the proposal handed the Communists Monday at Panmunjom was clearly unacceptable unacceptable to South Korea. One government official called it "nothing "nothing but an Allied defeat by the Communists." The truce talks were recessed after Monday's session until June 1 —apparently at Allied request so Red negotiators can send the plan to Peiping, or even to Moscow. South Korean sources said the new plan reverses the Allies' May 13 proposal under which 34.00C balky North Korean prisoners would be .released as civilians im mediately after an armistice. The final Disposition of these and M,500 Chinese captives who refuse to return to Red rule is the last major roadblock to a truce in the nearly three-year-old Korean war The TtOK informants said the new Allied plan: 1, Drops the Allied May 13 pro- 'posal that North Korean POWs be freed in South Korea after, an.armi slice. The Reds bitterly "oppose Ihis. 2. Retains Ihe Red-proposed "five- nation commission to take over the of lanri coma oe irn B «i«, ... UK f .500 reluctant Prisoners after a Central Ncbraska-Tri-C o u n t y-1 trace. Red age,Us would have 90 area if the water were available.' days for explanations to the Tho hill was drawn "not just balky captives. The bill was drawn "not just for one section, but for the benefit of the entire state," Marvel asserted. asserted. Sen. Martin of Grand Island declared: "The whole idea of diversion is ridiculous." He said the Platte Valley includes includes all or parts of 65 of the state's 93 counties, and only one city in the entire valley obtains its' water supply from other than underground water. He said there would also be a disposal prpblcm if the Platte were drawn on too heavily. Sen. Williams of Kearney demanded demanded "who wants diversion?" "It's the business man of Hastings, Hastings, Minden and Holdrege," he continued in answer to his own question. Uocuivcd Negative Answer Sen. Lee asserted the Federal Bureau of Reclamation was "the main driving force behind this bill." Having run out of work in the west, he charged, the bureau now wished to spend 500 million dollars in Nebraska, adding "who's going to pay for it?" Sen. Marvel, in reply, said he had questioned A very Batson, regional regional director for the Reclamation Reclamation Bureau at Denver, as to whether whether the bureau would come into Nebraska Nebraska if the diversion bill passed. The answer, Marvel added, had been "no." balky captives. 3. Turns_over to a post-war political political conference all prisoners who still refuse to go back to communism. communism. Finally the remaining POWs in custody would be handed to the U. N. General Assembly. 4. All decisions would be made by majority vote. The exact mean ing of this provision could not be immediately determined but pre sumably it applies to the five-na lion commission and political con ference. Nehru Hopeful NEW DELHI,-India W)—Prime Minister Nehru said Tuesday he has seen and endorsed the lates' United Nations proposals on Korea He expressed hope that an agree ment may be reached soon at Pan munjom. Nehru told a mass meeting the proposal is the closest so far to the Indian resolution on Kores which was accepted by the Unitet Nations. Nehru gave these as his reason for urging an early settlement in Korea: 1. It is time the destruction in Korea is ended. In the name o helping Korea, nearly a third o the population has been killed and there has been destruction i" every town and village. 2. A settlement, in Korea is no an end in itseff but a means to ai end -leading to settlement of othc outstanding issues in the Far Eas.