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Close to Zero Western Pennsylvania — Cloudy Thursday with light snow and little change in temperature. High 22-28 north and 28-34 south portion. Not so cold Thursday night. Low 15-22 north and 20-26 south portion. Little change in temperature Friday. (Temperatures on Sports Page) Published in the Birthplace of the Oil Industry —First Daily Paper in the Oil Region — Established 1865 SEVEN CENTS TITUSVILLE, PA., THURSDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 29, 1960 Over 6,900 Copies Sold Daily THE DRAKE WELL—1859 Unarmed U. S. Plane Is Gunned Over Laos Points Attention To Russian Buildup Efforts At Red Rebel Stronghold VIENTIANE, Laos (AP)-An attack on an unarmed U. S. plane north of Vientiane focused attention Wednesday on a valley where Soviet airdrops are building up rebel forces. The plane was hit Tuesday as it flew over the valley to observe a Soviet transport plane dropping supplies to leftist rebels rallying there to battle the pro-Western regime in Laos. Whether the gunfire came from the jungle or from the Soviet plane was not clear by accounts furnished the U.S. Embassy. But this first attack on an observation plane indicated that the rebels no longer wi!! tolerate the aerial reconnaissance that has followed their flight from the lost battle of Vientiane. One reason for a sudden desire for secrecy is that Communist North Viet Nam may be sending in soldiers to help the rebels. One source returning from the valley said he saw North Vietnamese land there from Soviet planes and estimated 100 were now in the valley. The U.S. plane, a twin-engine Dakota belonging to the U.S. Air Force attache's office, carried Maj. Armand Riser of Arlington, Va., who is assistant military at- tache, and a crew of four. The attache's office reported the plane was hit in the left engine and fuselage by small-caliber fire but made it back to Vientiane without injury to those aboard. The plane was flying on reconnaissance, at the Laotian government's request over Vangvieng, a village located in a mountain- ringed valley 65 miles north of Vientiane. Vangvieng is where Capt. Kong Le's paratroops halted their retreat from Vientiane after being driven out by pro-Western forces of Premier Boun Oum in mid-December. They are supported by pro-Communist Pathet Lao guerrillas. Elk County Has Reading Of 28 Below By The Associated Press Frigid air enveloped Pennsylvania Wednesday and sent tern peratures well below zero in many places. St. Marys in Elk County hac an unofficial morning low of 28 degrees below zero. This was the Tops in Their Trade Film stars Burt Lancaster and Elizabeth Taylor are the best actor and actress of 1960, according to a poll of 1,850 crirics and reviewers. Lancaster won for his role of "Elmer Gantry" and Miss Taylor for hers as a model in "Butterfield 8." Professor Blasts Teachers of English Contends Third lowest reading reported in the state. Lehigh Tannery near Hazelton reported 26 below, Lewis Run near Bradford 24 below and Kane 22 below. Other sub-zero lows included Corry 20, Polk 19, Uniondale in Susquehanna County 18, and St. John near Hazelton 16. The bone-chilling weather was expected to moderate somewhat Thursday. However, the U. S. Weather Bureau's extended forecast through next Monday indicated temperatures still would average five to eight degrees below normal in the west and two to five below normal in the east. Dennis Dad, Jury Rules LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury decided Wednesday Bing Crosby's son, Dennis, is the father of a di vorcee's illegitimate daughter. Dennis, 26, had admitted inti macies with Marilyn Miller Scott but denied fathering her daughter, Denise Michelle, 3. The jury deliberated one hour and 37 miiiutes before voting 9-3 that Dennis was the father. After the verdict by the nine mothers and three fathers on the jury, Crosby sat disconsolately for several moments in the courtroom. When asked his opinion of the jury's decision, ,he said: "What can I say? They are the jury. They made the decision." Outside the courtroom, Mrs. Scott, a Hollywood divorcee, tarried with her blonde daughter and posed for pictures. The tot, clenching a rag doll, smiled happily as flashbulbs popped. The decision by the jury did not have to be unanimous because the trial was a civil, not a criminal, ' action. Not Qualified To Teach It PHILADELPHIA (AP) - One- third of the English teachers in United States secondary schools unfit to teach the subject? Yes, says Prof. Harold Martin, who aeads the College Entrance Examination Board's Commission on English, "If there is to be any hope of lasting improvement in the sec onday schools, there must be radical correction of collegiate and graduate programs in English," says Martin, who is from Harvard University. The commission has recommended lighter work loads tor teachers, more theme writing for students, greater emphasis on grammer and less use of abridged editions of classics. Speaking before the Modern Language Association Convention at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, Martin said only half of the secondary English teachers majored in English in college. He said in many state qualification standards for teacher ac- crediation are very low and in 1958, nearly 30,000 of the secondar English teachers — approximately a third—did not even meet the minimum qualifications. Working conditions for English teachers are "unbelievably bad," Martin said; most teach five classes a day and many teach six, some have as many as 200 pupils of widely different intelligence and reading ability. In addition, Martin said, "the English teacher ^spends, on the average, two hours a day working on extra-curricular activities and he conducts one studyhall and a homeroom. "In short, he has worked 40 hard hours at least before he puts a minute into class preparation, correction of themes, or an effort to keep his mind alert by reading Continued on Page Sis Says 21st Child Will Be Her Last LEICESTER. England (AP)— Edith Hill, 46-year-old grandmother, said Wednesday after giving birth to her 21st child: "This is my last." The baby, a boy weighing 7 pounds 13 ounces, raised the total of her children living to nine boys and 10 girls. Two children died in infancy. Mrs. Hill married at 16, and her eldest son is 30. Her husband is a postman. Judge Blasts Young Killer Of Boy, 14 NEW YORK (AP) - A judge lashed out Wednesday at a 17- year-old boy accused of stabbing to death a younger teen-ager who refused to give up 50 cents earned in delivering a Christmas tree. Edward Vogt sat silently biting his lips as Schreckinger 'Magistrate Irving held him without bail on a homicide charge. Almost simultaneously 500 persons were attending the funeral of the victim, Robert Guitarri, 14. Robert, a boy of good repute, met sudden death Friday from six cnife wounds in the back on the sixth floor of an apartment house where he was delivering the tree. Police said Vogt had admitted: 'He looked like an easy touch. ". killed him." "If what I've heard and read is true," the magistrate said, "this is one of the most vicious, savage, atrocious and senseless crimes ever committed in the city. If it's true, something must be mentally wrong with you." A hearing was set for Jan. 6. U. S. Has Big Stockpile Of Atomic Weapons By JOHN HARBOUR Associated Press Science Writer NEW YORK (AP)-The United States now has a stockpile of atomic weapons roughly equal to 50,000 A-bombs of the size that smashed Hiroshima, a scientist said Wednesday. In the next three years, the Jnited States will add the equivalent of another 30,000 Hiroshima- type bombs. The Hiroshima bomb packed he wallop of 20,000 tons of TNT. Current bombs of the same weight would explode with the power of 20 million tons of TNT. These grim statistics on atomic arms were presented to the Amer- can Association for the Advancement of Science meeting by Dr. Ralph E. Lapp, Arlington, Va.> physicist. Most Soviet aim »r* soft tar- gets and would yield to nuclear weapons that produced a blast effect of three pounds per square inch, Lapp said The Atlas, and Titan intercontinental missiles can carry warheads big enough to produce a blast effect of 100 pounds per square inch, he added. U.S. decision-makers are going to face the painful task — in case of war — of choosing whether to strike back at Soviet cities or military installations, Lapp stated. If the Soviet Union and the United States are going to agree on a ban of testing nuclear weapons, it will have to come within another year, he said. Pressure is mounting in U.S. military, political and atomic energy circles that may make such an agreement unlikely unless >it is formuteted soon, Lapp said. $400,000 Theft Seen Inside Job Police Question Employes Of Tampa Finn TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Polic said Wednesday the theft of mor than $400,000 from the vault of a, armored car firm apparently in volved at least one employe of th company. Officers began trimming thei list of suspects in an effort to single out the individual who couli lead to a break in one of Florida' largest burglaries. Detectives and company offi rials estimated the vault con tained about SI million in casi and checks. How much cash was in the 19 stolen bags remained a question. The money came from weekenc receipts of seven Tampa firms firms and a shipment of cash foi Gulf State Bank of nearby New Port Ricbey. Police Inspector 0. C. Beynon said several employes of Rasdale Armored Car Service Inc. hac been questioned. He said FB. agents and detectives planned to call several others in for interrogation. A. R. Rasdale, president of the firm, termed the theft "definitely an inside job. They knew what they were doing and timed the whole thing just right." Asked how the thieves got into the vault, he replied, "They knew the combination." Rasdale said at least two men used a key to enter the one-story building early Tuesday. When the door opened, lights flashed on ant an alarm sounded at Tampa Signal Co. several blocks away One of the intruders followec the usual procedure of employes when they enter or leave the building during protective hours. He immediately called the signa! company and gave a name anc code number. The man on duty at the signa: company checked the information in his files. It didn't match anc he called police. No one else was in the building at the time, Rasdale said. He stated that the theft occurred during a 30-minute interval between the arrival times of armored cars at the building. Rasdale theorized the men went directly to the vault after making the call, took what they could cart off in a few minutes and left before police arrived. Trade Pact May Avert Berlin Crisis BERLIN (AP)—West Germany Wednesday reported agreement in its trade talks with the Soviet Union, but negotiations were still deadlocked with Communist East Germany. Failure could bring & New Year's crisis to isolated Berlin. In Bonn, Chancellor Konrad Adenauer talked with Soviet Ambassador Andrei Smirnov. When it was over a West German spokesman announced a new trade :reaty would be signed probably before the end of the year. On Dec. 12, the Soviets had refused to sign the agreement. The trouble was over Berlin. The Soviet Union would not stand for a supplementary West German statement that West Berlin belongs to West Germany's currency area. The Soviet Union wants to make West Berlin a free city, surrounded by Communist territory. The spokesman did not say that the Soviet Union had agreed to a West Berlin clause. But if it has, that would raise hopes Communist East Germany will follow suit. West BerKn is also the chief snag in the talks between East and West Germany. School Lunches Include Smokes LONDON (AP)-A survey published Wednesday Family Doctor, British Medical Association magazine, says some London parents pack cigarettes into their children's school lunches. One mother rewards her 9-year- old son for good behavior by giving him a cigarette in the morning and a cigarette at night. W. G, Penn, health education officer of Midlesex County, interviewed 2,500 smoking children between the ages of 9 and 17. About a quarter of them said their parents know they smoke. -—Means Associated Presi Kennedy Winner In H divan by 115 HONOLULU (AP)-Hawaii's confused recount of its first presidential ballots ended Wednesday with President-elect John F. Kennedy winning by 115 vo'es. The recount of Hawaii's 240 precincts gave Kennedy 92,410 and Vice President Richard M. Nixon 92,295. In a reversal of the state's certified Nov. 8 election returns, Circuit Court Judge Ronald B. Jamieson ruled, in effect, the three Hawaii electoral votes should have gone to Kennedy. Nixon had been certified winner by 141 votes. 1730,360 Refund Due From UNG PHILADELPHIA CAP) -Philadelphia Electric Co. Wednesday announced an expected refund from Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. will be passed on to customers in the form of billing credit. Philadelphia Electric said the refund will amount to about S7 per average residential customer. Philadelphia Electric is one of several Pennsylvania gas companies slated to receive rate reductions or refunds from Texas Eastern under an agreement reached by the Shrevepon, La., gas transmission firm and Pennsylvania's Public Utility Commission. The Federal Power Commission approve the agree-! still must ment. Under the proposal Texas Eastern will cut in half two rate increases it has put into effect since 1957. The PUC said the agreement would give the firm an estimated 5 per cent return on its capital investment. It was understood other states, communities .and private interests had reached similar agreements. The amount of rebate per Pennsylvania natural gas distributor computed by the PUC for all except the last three months woulc e: Manufacturers Light & Heat o., Pittsburgh, 52,328,702; Philadelphia Gas Works, (operated by Jnited Gas Improvement), $1, 714,094; Peoples Natural Gas Co. Pittsburgh, $1,434,295; Equitable Gas Co., Pittsburgh, $1,351,135; Philadelphia Electric Co. $1,036,843. United Natural Gas Co., Oil City, £730,360; Carnegie Natural Gas Co., Pittsburgh, $162,797; -ewistown Gas Co., 593,333; Hunt- ngdon Gas Co., $53,942; Cham- jersburg Borough Gas Works, ?48,302; T. W. Phillips Gas & Oil Co., Butler, $38,003; Waynesburg Gas "o., $33,269; Shippensburg Gas Co., $5,394; and $43,646 to four irms owned by John Ware, Ox- ord, in Pottsville, Hamburg, Ash- and and Moun' Carmel. Pleasure Being With Children CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — "My leasure is being with childreji," ays 33-year-old Mrs. Louis Warel who 10 days ago gave birth to er 12th child. When the Warfels married 15 'ears ago they agreed to have lots" of children. Both parents ame from families of six children. "My fondness for children bean in my own family because we all had such good times," Mrs. Varfel said. Before the arrival of Daniel, he newest addition to the family, taples consumed in a week in- luded 10 gallons of milk plus wwdered milk, 25 to 30 loaves of read and 5 dozen eggs. Mrs. Warfel solves part of the lothing problem by making many the girls dresses and tailoring ome of the boys' trousers. Big Offer Vot Accepted BUFFALO, N. Y. (AP) - An ffer of J13 million for WKBW-AM nd TV of Buffalo has not been ccepted, an official of the station State Plans Stop-Gap On Relief To Maintain Payments With Diverted Funds HARRISBURG (AP)—David R. Baldwin, budget secretary, said Wednesday the administration will take stop-gap action to maintain relief payments in the next few months. Baldwin said some $62 million will be diverted from other appropriations to meet shortages. Also included in the stop-gap program would be some $16 million for public instruction needs. Of the funds $42 million will be diverted from appropriations to the state school teachers retirement fund and ?8 million from appropriations for the state employe retirement fund. Diversion of money from those appropriations requires legislative approval. Baldwin said another S12 million will be diverted by executive order from appropriations to various state departments. "Only by careful management have we been able to produce the $12 million from the existing appropriations," said Baldwin. The money will be restored to the retirement funds in the 196162 budget. In effect the state is borrowing money from the retirement funds, _ said Baldwin. Similar action has aid Wednesday. The offer was roadcasting aid Clinton made by Taft Co. of Cincinnati, D. Churchill, vice resident and general manager of /KBW. Churchill confirmed Tuesday tat an offer had been made, but dded that the otations had not >een offered for sale. He said the fer was one of several made for ie stations, founded and owned his father. Dr. Clinton H. hurchill. I been taken by previous administrations to meet public assistance deficiencies. In other financial action the commonwealth revised upward the estimated cost of a pay boost to some 13,000 state employes authorized by the executive board Dec. 14. The state personnel office said the pay boosts—resulting from classification changes and upgraded standards in 824 job categories—would cost an estimated $2.8 million a year. Doris Day Voted Best Moneymaker •»' HOLLYWOOD (AP)-Doris Day, famed as one of the screen's most wholesome stars, was named Wednesday as the s top moneymaker by the men who run the nation's theaters. Her selection, in the annual top 10 poll conducted by Motion Picture Herald, the trade magazine of exhibitors, came in a year when movie fare leaned heavily to so- called adult love themes. The magazine said Miss Day won the honor by a wide margin with three blockbuster pictures— "Pillow Talk," "Midnight Lace" and "Please Don't Eat the Daisies." Runners - up in the balloting were, in order. Rock Hudson, Gary Grant, Elizabeth Taylor. Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis, Sandra Dee, Frank Sinatra, Jack Lemmon and John Wayne. To Film Ballet LONDON (AP)—Moscow radio says the Bolshoi ballet will make a movie of "Cinderella" for 1961 release and film "The Nutcracker" later as a joint Soviet-British production. Italy Lures Tourists ROME (AP)—A record 19 million tourists spent 500 billion lire $800 million—in Italy this year. Pop: 9,691,000 TOKYO (AP)-Tokyo's population hit 9,691,000 last month. Police Use Tear Gas And Belgian Union Calls General Strike Harvard Man To Be Solicitor General Another One To Be Secretary Of Air Force PALM BE^CH, Fla. (AP) Harvard man John F. Kennedy reached into the Harvard Law School Wednesday and tapped Prof. Archibald Cox, a close political ally, to be solicitor general of the United States. Cox will be he government's chief advocote Before the U.S. Supreme Court. President-elect Kennedy also named Washington attorney Eugene Zuckert, once assistant dean of the Harvard Business School, to be secretary of the Air Force in the new administration. Both Cox and Zuckert have broad backgrounds of prior service in the government. Each served for a time in the office he now will head. Cox, 48, was coordinator during the presidential campaign of a team of professors who supplied Kennedy with background material for statements and speeches. He did stints in the government with the National Defense Mediation Board and the State and Labor Departments, as well as in the office of solicitor general, as an attorney from 1941 to 1943. In 1958 and 1959, Cox advised Kennedy on the handling of labor reform legislation. He also has arbitrated numerous labor disputes. Zuckert was assistant secretary of the air force from 1947 to 1952. Sen. Stuart Symington, D-Mo., held then the post Zuckert will take over. Kennedy now has chosen two of three of the civilian heads of the military service. The appointment for the Army is yet to come. John B. Connally Jr., ForL Worth, Tex., attorney and close associate of Vice President-elect Lyndon B. Johnson, was given the Navy post Tuesday. Kennedy's press secretary, Pierre Salinger, was asked whether an appointment is contemplated for Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr. as assistant secretary of the navy— a position the late President Roosevelt held during World War I. "I wouldn't make a comment on that," Salinger replied. Argument In Israel JERUSALEM (AP) - Golda Meir has threatened to resign as foreign minister in a serious policy dispute with Prime Minster David Ben-Guron, informed sources sad Wednesday. The issue is the long and mysterious "security leak" dispute eddying around Pinhas Lavon, fired by Ben-Gurion as defense minister in 1955 for what was announced as an error in judgment. Sources said Mrs. Meir walked out of a Cabinet meeting in anger over Ben-Gurion's -mwillingness to join Cabinet approval of the findings of a committee that cleared Lavon four days ago. Navy Secretary- B. Connally Jr. (above) of Fort Worth, Texas, will be the new Secretary of the Navy. President-elect John F. Kennedy announced his selection at Palm Beach, Fla. Purge Due As Result Of Bombings HAVANA (AP)-The new government-controlled leadership of the Electrical Workers Union announced a nationwide purge of members Wednesday night following daring daylight bombings of power installations and electric company offices. The announcement was the first official confirmation of the bombings. Extension of the purge to other locals outside Havana also appeared to confirm reports of widespread dissension among the rank-and-file electrical workers. A union spokesman said the ousted workers were adherents of deposed union leader Amaury Fraginals. Fraginals earlier this month led an electrical workers' march on the presidential palace to protest efforts of the Confederation of Cuban Workers to impose pro-Communist elements in key union positions. He was subsequently ousted from his job and the union leadership taken over by confederation people. Can't Cash It; Give Check Back MONTREAL (AP) — When Joseph Dallato stepped from a bus Monday two men accosted him demanding his money. He gave them his $32.42 paycheck, saying that was all he had. At the same intersection and at the same hour Dallato stepped From the bus again Wednesday. The same two men were there. "Here you are," one said, handing back the check. "We haven't been able to cash it." Tent City for Evicted Negroes Continues To Grow in Tennessee SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP)-A ninth evicted Negro family prepared to move into nearby "tent city" Wednesday on the eve of an appeal of their plight to a high ederal court. The Sixth Circuit Court of Ap- x>als, sitting at Cincinnati, Ohio, will hear a .government plea Thursday to stay the eviction of some 700 Negro sharecroppers rom Haywcod and Fayette Coun- y farms. The government, which last week lost the opening round in its 'irst test of a section of the 1957 ivil Rights Act, claims the Negroes were evicted by white land- i owners because they registered to vote. The landowners deny it, saying the -sharecroppers are no longer needed on their rapidly mechanizing farms. Eight of the homeJess families already have moved into a spreading line of tents pitched, in a Negro farmer's field south of here. Negro leaders say other families will follow after Jan 1 unless they get relief by court action. White leaders call the tent shelters strictly a propaganda move. ''I hear they're taking up money up North," said.Somerville Mayor L P. Yancey. "But I don't fcnow of anybody hungry down here. I it is just a propaganda situation." Federal District Judge Marion S. Boyd of Memphis. Tenn., refused last Thursday to grant a pretrial preliminary injunction Stopping the evictions. He held that the Civil Rights Act does not empower him to rule on contract and property rights. Sharecroppers usually work under yearly contacts with landowners. In its original suits, which have not been set for trial, the government charged some 190 residents and four banks in the two west Tennessee counties with economic reprisals against Negroes. The population of the two countkt is | about (A per cent Negro, New and Bigger Demonstrations Likely Today As Socialist Violence Grows BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP)-Police battled 5,000 workers in Brussels Wednesday and used tear gas on demonstrators in Ghent as violence mounted in the Socialist strike against the government. Union leaders in the big port of Antwerp called a general strike to protest police use of tear gas against strikers at Ghent. New and larger demonstrations were called for Thursday to bolster the drive to pull down Premier Gaston Eyskens' government. A spokesman for' the Socialist- led General Workers Federation, spearhead of the angry resentment against the government's planned new austerity program, predicted 50,000 supporters would turn out in Brussels Thursday. The Socialists, demonstrating against Eyskens' coalition of Social Christians and Liberals for eight days, say the austerity and tax reform program is too hard on the working classes and favors the rich. The program is designed to recoup the loss in revenue since Belgium gave the rich Congo its independence this summer. The country is split along roughly the same lines as in 1950, when Socialists rioted against King Leopold and forced him to abdicate because he had refused to form an exile government during the wartime German occupation. The current strike campaign has paralyzed the industrial and French-speaking south, stronghold of the Socialists' support. But many workers in the Flemish- speaking north, who are allied with Social Christian unions, did not join in. Socialist unions hava about 700,000 members, Social Christian about 800,000. No loss of life was reported in the riots although there were a number of injuries and arrests. Twenty women pickets were or- rested in the southern industrial center of Liege and held for brief identity checks. The pickets, led by a Socialist woman municipal councillor, tried to stop postmen from going to work. In this uneasy capital, a shouting knot of men dragged a driver from his bus and roughed him up before he was rescued by police. Hurling stones, steel bolts and nuts, demonstrators elsewhere in Brussels smashed the window of a streetcar. Navy Witness Criticizes Firemen NEW YORK (AP)—A Navy witness testified Wednesday that a deadly fire aboard the aircraft carrier Constellation could have been put out in 30 minutes had not city firemen interfered. John F. Rutledge, a chief machinist's mate on the destroyer Remey, said he organized a firefighting and rescue detail of 28 men shortly after the fire flared aboard the carrier. He said his men moved aboard the carrier with special fire-fighting equipment and oxygen tanks. "We were doing fine until we were ordered off the ship becauss of lack of hard hats"—protective helmets worn by workmen. He said a New York City firi chief gave the order to get out because falling debris made the use of hard hats essential. Rutledge's ship was berthed near the site in the New York naval shipyard in Broklyn where the Constellation was nearing completion. His testimony was given befora a naval court of inquiry investigating the Dec. 19 fire that cost th« lives of 49 workmen, and cauaed $75 million damage to the carrier. Analyzing The News Read the Article by ROSCOE DRUMMOM) On Pagv Poor

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