The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on October 7, 1961 · Page 1
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Ottawa, Kansas
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Many Fail To Sign Names As They Appear In Voter Registration Books Protest Petition Fails In Attorney's Opinion —Page one HTK Petition The move to prevent Ottawa's city commissioners from proceeding with their plans to expand the city-owned electric plant appears to have failed. The number of names marked "OK" on the protest petition lists filed last Saturday is less than 20 per cent of 'he city's registered voters. City Attorney Douglas Gleason told the commission at last night's special meeting that City Clerk Don Capper had marked "OK" by 856 names that appear on the 81 pages of the protest petition. Twenty per cent of the city's 4,859 registered voters is 972, said Gleason/ The attorney said "OK" was marked beside each name which appears on the petition exactly as it appear^ on the registration book. . From the city clerk's marking, which was based on rulings in court cases cited in Gleason's 7-page, typewritten report on the petition, it appears that city officials are going to discredit all signatures that do not appear on the petition exactly as they appear in the registration books. This would mean that 507, or nearly 37.2 per cent, of the 1,363 signatures purported to be on the petition would be discredited. Actually there are more signatures on the petition than there are names, according to Gleason. He said eight persons had signed the petition more than one time and that one person had signed it three limes. Gleason did not tell the commission that the petition lacked sufficient signatures to block the expansion plans as set forth in an ordinance passed last month by the commission. He recommended that the commission, itself, check the lists and, considering the opinions expres- sed in his report, determine whether the signatures are sufficient. Mayor Kenneth Andrews said the commissioners will do so. The ordinance passed by the commission, which, according to Gleason, is to be considered in effect if the petition lacks sufficient proper signatures, authorizes the commission to buy a new 3,500- kilowatt dual fuel engine (generator) and to sell revenue bonds up to $780,000 to pay for it. The protest petition asked that the commissioners call an election on the proposal. Such an election, Gleason said, would have to be held within 60 days from the filing of the petition. If the commission determines that the petition lacks sufficient proper signatures, and no other legal restraint is placed upon the commission, it likely will proceed with the plans, calling for bids on the generator after specifications have been completed. The commission already has employed Universal Engineering Company to prepare the specifications at a cost not to exceed $30,000. The commissioners have said the proposed expansion is necessary because the power plant, at periods of peak load, has delivered electricity in excess of its firm power. They explained "firm" power as being the total amount of electricity a plant can produce with its largest single unit out of working order. The commissioners also have already entered into an agreement with two finance companies, Geo. K. Baum and Co., Kansas City, and the Columbian Securities Corporation, Topeka, to survey the city's financial condition. This, the commissioners said, would be done at no cost to the city, but that the two companies would have first chance at negotiation for the bonds. . The commissioners said they do not plan to ask for bids oh the revenue bonds. Mayor Andrews, said last night he couldn't say now what the time schedule would be on future steps. The petitioners, persons opposing the expansion plans set forth in the petition, could try to initiate a test of the opinions discrediting some of the signatures. In answering a Herald question, Gleason said there always is the possibility nf a lest of legal opinions. His report contained pro- nouncements which, he said, offer useful directions to a govern- is proper to exclude, or not to a signature on a petition may be regarded as that of a qualified elector. These pronouncements, he said, are contained in the case, State vs. ex. rel. v Dunn, decided by the state Supreme Court in 1925. He said this decision rules that in checking names on a petition it is proper to exclude, or not to count, the following: "A. Names of persons on the (Continued on Page 6) OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 65 NO. 256 OTTAWA, KANSAS, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1961 7 CENTS EIGHT PAGES 34 Die In Crash Of Airliner IT'S READY — Don Brown, county agent (second from left), and Ross Nelson, county 4-H agent, mark experimental grain sorghum plot prior to inspection. With agents at the plot, a mile south and a milc-and-a-half west of Princeton, are Dale Dietrick, Princeton (left) and Harold Staadt, RFD 3. Brown is seen inspecting a research variety. (Herald Photo) Down In French Pyrenees Area TOULOUSE, France (AP) — Wreckage of a Britissh DC3 Dakota airliner that carried 34 persons was found in the Pyrenees Mountains today and a search plane radioed that there were no Side US, Russia survivors, police at Prades announced. Ground parties made their way slowly to the scene, in the area of Canigou Peak at an altitude of about 6,000 feet. The search piane made its identification in a low-level flight over the wreckage, the police said, and reported "there was no sign of life." Swipes INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP)While Deputy Sheriff Harl Morris was at the Independence Hospital Friday obtaining information about an accident victim, his 3- year-old son, Ken, was brought in unconscious. The boy had a concussion from a fall at their home. He was taken to the hospital by Mrs. Morris and another deputy. The child was in good condition today. Sick Of Bargain EXETER, England. (AP) -It was rainirtg when an auto pulled up outside Exeter railroad depot and the driver signalled for a porter. Porter Jimmy Parkyn, 52, went out in the rain and carried the man's baggage to the train. The motorist asked Parkyn if he could drive. "Yes," replied Jimmy. "Well," he said, "You can have my auto." With that the man handed the porter the keys and the registration and boarded the train. Parkyn, thinking it was a stolen auto, went to the police. They traced the owner, merchant seaman Donald Waddle, 28. "I bought it cheap two weeks ago when my ship docked at Plymouth," Waddle explained. "I was driving home but it was teaming with rain and the rool leaked. I got soaked. I couldn't stand it any longer. "When I reached Exeter I decided to give the auto away and go home by train." Prescriptions—Raney. CH 2-3092. adv. Still Apart WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a two-hour conference between President Kennedy. and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko, the United States and the Soviet Union were reported still ar apart today on ways of negotiating a peaceful settlement of The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Clear and mild through Sunday with lows tonight in 40s and high Sunday in 70s. High temperature yesterday, 76; low today. 55; high vear ago today, 79; low year ago today, 43; record high this date, 98 In 1639; record low this date, 24 in 1953; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a.m.. today: 9 a.m 62 9 p.m 80 10 a.m 60 10 p.m 5' 11 a.m .71 11 p.m 57 Noon 73 Midnight 5' 1 p.m 7 * 1 a ' m 51 2 p.m 73 2 a.m 57 3 p.m 75 3 a.m 51 4 p.m 73 4 a.m 5( 5 p.m 70 5 a.m 55 B p.m P8 B a.m 5." 7 p.m *5 7 am 8 p.m 8] 8 a.m 58 ;he Berlin crisis. Informed officials here consider he East-West dispute over Berlin still extremely dangerous. At ;he same time hope persists that a solution short of a military showdown will be found to end the crisis. Kennedy and the Soviet foreign minister discussed the situation in the Oval Room of the White House late Friday and wound up their talks shortly after 7 o'clock without issuing any kind of formal statement. As he climbed into his limousine to return to the Soviet Embassy on nearby 16th Street, Gromyko told newsmen the conversation had been "useful". Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who sat in on the discussion, merely called it "interesting." Kenedy was understood to have told Gromyko in calm but very emphatic terms that the United States and its Western Allies are fully determined to defend West Berlin against Com- munist pressures, to preserve their right to maintain troops in the city, and to keep open the supply lines from West Germany. At one point, referring to Russia's Berlin demands, Kennedy said the Soviet Union is trying to trade the United States "an apple for an orchard." He told Gromyko there would be no deal like that. Officials said the President meant that the Soviets are asking a lot and offering very little in return; they want to convert West Berlin into a "free city"—that is, free of the protection of Western troops—while offering mainly unexplained "guarantees" of Western access to the city. Well-informed officials said today that the Kennedy-Gromyko talk was dominated by Berlin but Kennedy did warn of the dangers of conflict In Southeast Asia. The warning is understood to have covered both laos and South Viet Nam. Weather in the area was reported bad Mt. Canigou, which is mined for iron ore, rises to 9,137 feet. The British plane, a Dakota, dropped from sight on a flight from Gatwick Airport near London to Perpignan, a regional commercial center of 65,000 in southern France about 10 miles from the Mediterranean and 20 from the Spanish frontier. A spokesman for Derby Aviation, owners of the missing plane, said there were 31 passengers and 3 crew members aboard. The passengers were flying to France to begin a bus tour of the Costa Brava in Spain after land ing. It was believed all aboard were British. At Perpignan, a team of 35 mountain climbers waited in case word came that plane wreckage had been found. Construction workers in the Ariege Department (county) of the Pyrenees said they heard a plane flying over early this morning and that its engines did nol sound as though they were func tioning normally. There was speculation the plane may have gone down in the area ot the 8,000-foot Carlit Peak, about 15 miles from the Spanish frontier near Puig- cerda and Bourg Madame. Would Boycott Top UN Official UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (AP) —The Soviet Union will boycott ny interim U.N. secretary-gener- 1 who may be chosen without the onsent of the Security Council. Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister /alerian A. Zorin told reporters .t a Sudanese reception here Friday night that if the General Assembly picks a successor to the ate Dag Hammarskjold without he council's prior recommenda- ion, "Life will go very hard for hat man." He explained that the new man would have the same trouble as iammarskjold, boycotted by the Russians from last February un til his death Sept. 18 in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia. No serious man, Zorin said, would take the job under those circumstances. What Happened In Demos' Room? TOPEKA (AP)—There are widely differing versions of what happened in state Democratic headquarters here early Friday but Harry E. Brennan, a former state employe, was hospitalized for treatment of injuries. Witnesses told police there had been a political argument between Brennan and Marshall Gardiner, state Democratic treasurer and headquarters manager. But Gardiner said there was no fight to his knowledge and that whatever occurred happened while he (Gardiner) was in the hotel coffee shop. Gardiner said Brennan wanted to make a telephone call and locked the door after Gardiner left for the coffeeshop. He said he believes Brennan must have fallen in the headquarters room. Police said they answered a call to the headquarters in a Topeka hotel and found Brennan with his face bruised and swollen. Brennan's physician ordered the extent of injures and the condition of the patient withheld, the hospital said. Mrs. Marie Vickers, state Democratic chairman, and Mrs. Lillie Washabaugh, former Democratic state printer, were at the headquarters after Brennan was hurt. Brennan was an employe of the State Department ot Revenue during the administration of former Bomb Beirut Newspaper BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - A fifth pro-Nasser newspaper was bombed in Beirut today, reflect ing Lebanon's tension following the revolution in neighboring Syria. The explosion caused som< damage at the daily newspape: As Siassa, which supports th< United Arab Republic and it: President Gamal Abdel Nasser. Friday night, four papers wit! similar policies were damaged by explosions. No one was hurt in the five bombings. Democratic Gc>v. George Docking, j be here Tuesiay and Wednesday Odd Fellows Plan Meeting LIBERAL (AP) - The Grand Lodge of Kansas, Independent Or der of Odd Fellows, and subordi nate groups will meet in Libera Sunday through Thursday. It will be Ihe lodge's 103rd an nual session. The Rebekah As sembly of Kansas will hold it 73rd annual meeting. Verdie A. Dodds of Massachu setts, sovereign grand master o the Odd Fellows, is expected t Ask Basis For Equal Apportion HUTCHINSON (AP)—Four Kansans have asked the United States Supreme Court to declare unequal legislative apnortionment to be a violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and therefore unconstitutional. Their action came in a brief lied as friends of the court (amici curiae). It was filed in support of a Tennessee apportionment case which will be argued before the Supreme Court Monday. The brief contends the Kansas legislature is as badly appor- ioned as that of Tennessee. It asks the court to "establish a ready basis for relief in securing equal representation and voting rights as guaranteed by the Kansas and Federal Constitutions." The brief was filed by J. P. Harris, Peter Macdonald and John McCormally of Hutchinson and Ernest W. Johnson of Olathe. Harris is editor and publisher of the Hutchinson News; Macdonald is associate puoUsher and McCor- mally associate editor of that newspaper. Johnson is editor and publisher of the Olathe News. Man Drowns As Boat Sinks KANSAS CITY (AP)-James Gatlin, 25, drowned in the Missouri River Friday after a boat sank because a drain plug had )een removed. Two companions, Charles Bent, 47, and Estel W. McDaniels, 53, swam to shore. The three Kansas Citians were starting a trip to Leavenworth n a 14-foot outboard when they noticed gasoline spilled in the JOW. The plug was removed to drain :he gas while the speed of the 3oat held the bow out of the water. Police said the boat apparently slowed, alowing the bow to drop. Water poured in, swamping the craft. Police said one of the men still had the plug in his hand when he got to shore. Episcopal Meet At El Dorado EL DORADO (AP)-Clergymen of the Episcopal Diocese of Kan sas opened a two-day conference in El Dorado today. Laymen of the diocese will hold their conference Sunday. The Rt. Rev. Edward C. Turner is bishop of the diocese. Recognition For Syria LONDON (AP)—Damascus radio announced today the Soviet Union had recognized the new revolutionary government of Syria. The broadcast said Communist Bulgaria had also decided to recognize the Syrian regime, which took power after a bloodless revolt against Egyptian President Nasser in the United Arab Republic. May Throw US Troops Into Battle Would Help South Viet Nam Fight Off Communist Rebels By W. B. RAGSDALE JR. WASHINGTON (AP) — The United State is considering sending U.S. troops to help South Viet Nam fight off Communist at- ;acks, expected to grow stronger when the rainy season ends later this month. U.S. officials consider South Viet Nam .the main target of the Communist drive in Southeast Asia. If the government of President Ngo Dinb Diem should fall, they say, Thailand, Malaya, Burma and Cambdia would be dangerously weakened. High State Department sources revealed privately Friday that sending troops to South Viet Nam was under consideration. Press officer Joseph Reap, while not specifically confirming this, did not rule it out. In answer to questions, Reap said: "In view of the serious situation there, due to increasing Communist attacks against government defense units, we are considering various means of as- siting the Viet Nam government against Communist efforts to take over the counrty. "We are hojwful that measures to strengthen Viet Nam's defenses now being taken jointly by the Viet Nam government and the United States will prove effective." Troops from other countries in Must Stop Saying Franz Looks Like Stein Of Beer By JOHN BAUSMAN NUERNBERG, Germany (AP) —A Bavarian court has ordered a West German news magazine to stop saying Defense Minister Franz Josef Strauss looks like a stein of beer. Strauss is 5 feet 9 and weigh about 200 pounds. Publisher Rudolf Augstein of Der Spiegel (The Mirror) argued that such a description of the chunky Cabinet minister fell within the privilege of freedom of the press. The court ruled Friday that an article comparing Strauss to a beer stein was slanderous. Strauss, 46, was granted an injunction to prevent further distribution of the magazine carrying a long story which he said my "completely misinterpreted personality." Among the statements the defense chief objected to were that he is filled with ruthless ambition, and that he wants nuclear weapons for the West German army in order to be able to draw the United States into a war with the Soviet Union. Strauss protested the article was "one big, extravagant insult, filled with slanderous charges designed to ruin my reputation." Publisher Augstein, whose magazine is widely distributed in West Germany, contended it was within the rights of the press to criticize a public official. But the court ordered a ban on this particular article about the defense minister. the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization may join in bolstering South Viet Nam's defenses. Plans for the protection of Viet Nam's pro-Western government, completed at a recent meeting of SEATO military advisors at Bangkok, Thailand, were reported to include use of SEATO forces it necessary. Rayburn Rests Comfortably DALLAS, Tex (AP) — Cancer- stricken Sam Rayburn took nourishment Friday and a doctor said the House speaker was resting comfortably. Dr. Ralph Tompsctt said Rayburn, 79, much thinner than his colleagues in Washington remember him, had some soup and tea. Tompsett is chief of internal medicine at Baylor Hospital and a consultant in the Rayburn case. Rayburn had not eaten sine* surgery was performed Thursday to remove a lymph gland from the groin area Since then he has received blood transfusions and intravenous feedings. A biopsy, doctors said, showed that the politically powerful and beloved Democrat has an incurable cancer. Local Holds Key In Ford Strike DETROIT Mich. (AP) - Local 600 of the United Auto Workers Union—often called the biggest union local in the country—appeared today tn hold the key to settlement of the LIAW's strike against Ford Motor Co. The strike hegan Tuesday and has idled 120,000 production workers at 88 plants in 26 states. Sat., Sun., Carry Out Special — Whole Fried Chickens $1.00, 5-9 p.m. only. Homemade Dounts, 35c doz. Colbern's Restaurant. CH 2-4194). Adv. Rough Winter Ahead-Almanac Says So By RUSSELL LANDSTROM LANCASTER, Pa. (AP)-Squirrels will wear mink coats, rabbits will wrap up in beaver stoles, and human beings had best simply find a .nzy corner and park there for the winter's duration. On that lugubrious chord John Baer's 1962 agricultural almanac makes its bow today. this famed Pennsylvania Dutch standby, few weather forecasts have been more numbing. Shivering at their own sagacity, the publishers say: "We can no longer call a - spade a spude. We've got to call it a snowshovel, and, brother, will it ever get a workout this winter." If Americans, particularly in In all the 137 years history of j East and Midwest, thought last winter was tough, they'd better beware of wha*'s coming, says the almanac, for "old-fashioned winter will set. new styles in snow, cold and blows this season." Trouble with all this, however, is that you have to separate the grim from the gay. Baer's, like most people who swear by it, has a playful side earthy, extravagant, expansive. One minute it is solemnly oracular, the next it is off on an outrageous spoof. For example it would have you believe this winter will match one of old that was so cold a candle flame froze solid on a Pennsylvania Dutchman's kitchen table. What did he do? He threw the flame, now an icicle, into the woodshed Next day, the yarn goes, the fUme thawed, setting the shed afire

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