OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 65 NO. 282 OTTAWA, KANSAS, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1961 7 CENTS TWO SECTIONS — 26 PAGES Side Swipes POTTSTOWN, Pa. (AP)-Ralph Richards, of Pennsburg, was fined $1 for parking on the wrong side of the street but he sent in $10 with the following note: "Keep (lie change. If you're that hard up for money, you might need the extra money." Pottstown Borough Council ordered the treasurer to return the $9. Wild Ride AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) - Four- year-old Dennis Lee Hannah just frowns when asked about his 32- mile ride clinging to the rear of a car. The tot came through the ride unscratched. Relatives were visiting the Hannahs Sunday and when they left Dennis perched on the rear bumper. Mrs. Hannah raced after the car but couldn't catch it. She summoned police but they were unable to find the car on its route to Wrens, 32 miles away. A motorist in Wrens spotted Dennis and waved down the relatives. Surprise ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP)Thieves who took a carton from a truck were in for a surprise. The carton contained 12 jack-in- the-boxes. To Pay Less For Junior, Senior Party The budget for the annual Ot tawa High School Junior-Senior spring party will be sharply reduced this year, the Ottawa School Board was told last night. Class sponsors Lee Olmsted and P. K. Worley appeared before the board along with Princt pal W. P. Shepard. Spent last year for the evont was $1,249.34. Proposed expenditure this year is 1700. The sponsors said class officers had suggested elimination of the dinner and reduction in the amount spent for decorations. The board agreed that last year's costs were a little high and approved the proposed budget. Funds for the spring party are derived from activity ticket sales and receipts from class plays. Shepard also suggested the board consider payment of mileage to either the principal or the athletic director for out-of-town athletic events. He said he believed one or the other should be at gatherings in case supervision is needed. He said that his rough estimate is that mileage traveled would be in excess of 2,000 per year. The board took the request under advisement. Liquor Tax Total Up TOPEKA (AP)-An increase of more than $200,000 in liquor gal- lonage taxes in the first four months of the current fiscal year is reported by Walter Reed Gage, state liquor control director. Gage said collections in the new fiscal year totaled $936,737 compared to $713,967 in the similar period a year ago. Okay Topeka Housing Plan o TOPEKA (AP)-A $2.5 million public housing loan contract has been signed, clearing the way for the Topeka Housing Authority to proceed with plans for 21,1 public housing units. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Fair tonight and Wednesday; low tonight 20s; highs Wednesday around 60. High temperature yesterday, 43; low today, 38; high year ago today, 82; low year ago today, 25; record high this date, 76 In 1845; record low this date, 21 In 1953; hourly temperature), 34 hours ending, 8 a.m., today: 8 a. m 34 9 p. m 31 10 a. m 34 10 p. m 32 11 a. m 36 11 p. m 32 ....38 Midnight 10 ....41 1 . m 32 m 31 m 32 m 31 m 39 m 30 m 33 Noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 3 p. m. 4 p. m. 5 p. m. 6 p. m. 7 p. m. * n. m Disastrous Fires Still Raging 41 , 43 43 42 41 38 35 Costly Homes Razed LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two disastrous fires threatened today to join and burn oceanward on a 10-mile front that officials said would threaten a whole new community—fashionable Pacific Palisades. The major multimillion-dollar blaze—the worst in Southern California history—already had destroyed more than 200 costly homes including those of such film stars as Burt Lancaster, Joe E. Brown and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Ex-Vice President Richard M. Nixon was among those who fled the flames Monday. The larger sprawled out of control today like an ugly, flaming crown in the Hollywood Hills- Santa Monica Mountains range above swank Bel-Air and Brentwood. Eating through Topanga Canyons explosively dry brush during the night, a companion fire that also broke out Monday moved to within slightly more than a mile of the Bel-Air fire. The Topanga fire had raged through 4,000 acres, the Bel-Air through 3,200. Only Rustic Canyon, which has a few expensive homes, separated the two. Officials said the fires probably will join, forming a 10-mile flaming front. If they continue burning southward, all of heavily populated Pacific Palisades, near the ocean, would be in danger, the officials said. The two fires already were only three or four miles from that community. "We are making full preparations for the worst," said County Fire Chief Keith Klinger. Men and equipment in large numbers moved into the southern end of the Topanga Canyon holocaust. Twenty-four bombers, 12 for each fire, were loaded for daylight bombing of the flames with a fire-retarding borate solution. Minor injuries to 10 firemen in the Bel-Air fire were reported. The Weather Bureau predicted gusty northeast winds, decreasing slowly, in the mountains and below coastal canyons today. More than 2,000 persons had been evacuated from one of the nation's richest residential areas. Residents leaving the area with armloads of possessions, leading horses, pets and children, suggested refugees fleeing from war. Wild animals scrambled along Beverly Glen Boulevard. Flames had ravaged their native haunts. Magnates, movie stars, school children and housewives fled from homes and classrooms to escape the blaze Monday. Fire officials called it the most damaging in Southern California history. Nixon, whose rented home escaped the flames, said: "I have seen trouble all over the world, but nothing like this." Some of the movie stars' homes reportedly cost more than 1100,000. RANCH HOMES RAZED BY FIRE - Three rambling ranch homes on street in Bel-Air section of West Los Angeles, Calif.. are simultaneously destroyed by disastrous brush fire raging through area. Sand Creek Area Seeks Annexation Chimps Train For Space Trip CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —Five frolicsome chimpanzees, including veteran space traveler Ham, and a rhesus monkey are training here for a pair of important rocket launchings. One of the chimps is scheduled to spin into orbit within, two weeks in the last scheduled Project Mercury trial flight before an American astronaut is lofted on an orbital mission. The monkey, a radio transmitter and biomedical sensors imbedded in his body, is slated for a suborbital trip this week to determine feasibility of using implanted devices in human spacemen. Petitions requesting annexation of territory in Sand Creek School District, northwest of Ottawa, were received last night by the Ottawa board of education. Requesting annexation were residents who live in that area which is not a part of the Appanoose High School District. The common school in the district is closed this year, and the students are attending Ottawa schools. The board accepted the petitions which carried the names of more than 90 per cent of the electors in the area and announced it would request appointment of an enumerator as soon as possible. After the enumerator's report is received on the sufficiency of the petitions, the area can be formally annexed. The board also received an enumeration of residents in the Hood area south of Ottawa. It showed 105 of 146 electors in that area had signed petitions seeking annexation. The board formally took the area. Hood children this year are attending the Ottawa schools. The board also heard a report of the Franklin County unification subcommittee work by Robert A. Anderson, a member of the subcommittee. At his suggestion the board agreed to set up a meeting next Tuesday with board members of Briles, Spring Creek, Le Loup, New Union, Pleasant Ridge and Peoria school districts. The meeting will be at Garfield School at 8 p.m. This same group of school boards meets Wednesday night with the Wellsville school board. It also was agreed to have a meeting with the Wellsville board soon. Halt Revolt In Ecuador QUITO, Ecuador (AP)-A military uprising by an engineer regiment objecting to the arrest of leftist Vice President Carlos Arosemena was beaten down by loyal troops today in a seven-hour battle in the southern part of Quito. The regiment rebelled and left its barracks early in the morning and took up positions on the southern flank of the capital. Its officers said they were supporting Arosemena who was being held with nine congressmen. There were no immediate reports of the number of casualties in the military action. Arosemena, who appears to have backing of a majority in Congress, was arrested around midnight. Aides with him also were taken into custody and imprisoned in the federal penitenti ary. They offered no resistance when approached on the street by Gonzalo Jacome, director of national security, and informed they were under arrest. Leah Marches In The Dark MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-The girl marches briskly wih the band down the football field, guided by two bells and the ringing courage of her heart. The blazing floodlights never bring squints to Leah Russell's blue eyes; the floodlights are black to her. "I have only one terrible fear," said Leah, 16, blind since birth. "I'm scared that sometime I may not hear the sound of the bell-players and I'll go marching off by myself—all alone, in the wrong direction. I would be so ashamed." Almost three years ago Leah began studying the piccolo, painstakingly putting the music into Braille. Last year her Southwest Miami High band director, Marvin Mockabee, welcomed her into his 64-member unit. "As a sitting member only," said Mockabee, "she practiced with us, played in concerts, but I was afraid to try her out as a marcher." But Leah felt lonely sitting out the football game marches and finally pleaded to be taught to march. It was trying and often frightening for Leah, "But her patience and determination almost brought tears to our eyes," Mockabee said. The "left flank" and "right flank" movements gave Leah trouble. Then Mockabee hit upon the bell-player guides, As the band struts down the field two husky bell-players pound their big shiny instruments with Leah marching between them. With the radar-like hearing of the blind, Leah maintains a straight line of march—the sound of the bells measuring distance for her. "When the bells stop momentarily, you can see her hesitate," said the band director. "But then the boys whisper, "Leah, we're coming to the left flank. Or right flank. Get ready. 1 " Working alone in her world of darkness, Leah earns a near straight-A average. She does her homework in Braille. Someday, she said, "I will become a teacher and perhaps help other boys and girls to march in the dark." Employment Boost In Area JOB TEST — Mrs. Marguerite Gray (right), 1105 N. Main, demonstrates speed and accuracy in using her hands on pegboard at Ottawa's Kansas Employment Service office. She's one of more than 225 persons who've applied for jobs with Parmelee, Inc. Administering test is Mrs. Jim Pol lorn, clerk-stenographer in office. (Herald Pluito) A new industry and expansion plans by two existing ones have created a "very good" employment situation in the Ottawa area, said Cal Ewing, manager of the Ottawa office of the Kansas Employment Service. The office already has received more than 225 applications for jobs with the new industry, Parmelee, Inc., said Ewing. Parmelee, manufacturers of safety glass terns, plans to begin operation in Ottawa this month. Ewing's office serves Franklin, Miami and Anderson Counties, but the manager said applications had been received from Douglas and Osage Counties as well as these three. The office also is taking applications for Ottawa's two garment manufacturing companies, Bruce and Mode O'Day, both of whom have announced expansion plans. Hiring for Parmelee may be started this week, said Ewing. He-said Parmelee, which will hire mostly women, has stimulated an interest among women workers which had resulted in a large number of new applications. During October, there were 242 new applications, compared with 158 in September and 124 in October, 1960. The office referred 234 persons to non-agricultural jobs and placed 84. However, many of the referrals were to the new industry which has not yet reported on them. Thirty persons were placed in the 42 referrals to agricultural jobs. The October unemployment compensation load remains fairly consistent, with about the same number of claims as in September. It is far below the claim load for a year ago. Ewing anounced thai, until further notice, the office will be closed at 4 p.m. on Fridays. The change, from 5 p.m. to 4 p.m., is necessary to allow time for office personnel to complete the week's administrative work, he said. Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3092 adv. Would Halt Bomb Tests, Says Khrush MOSCOW (AP) — Soviet Premier Khrushchev told a cluster of newsmen at a reception, that the Soviet Union will drop nuclear testing "when the others stop." Earlier today, he acknowledged that nuclear testing is harmful to health. "We will stop when the others stop," Khrushchev said in answer to a question by correspondents. "If the West continues testing there will be more tests here." This was a reflection of the Soviet device of blaming the West for beginning the testing of nuclear weapons, although actually the moratorium was broken by the Soviet Union. To further questions at a party honoring the 44th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, Khrushchev also said the Soviet Union does not want to hustle the West into a needlessly fast response on the Berlin question. But when asked how long the Soviet Union would wait he replied, "Not indefinitely." Khrushchev also denied reports published in the West that three Soviet cosmonauts had been killed in mid-October in an attempted launching of a Sputnik. Morever, he added, no immediate launch- ing of another manned Sputnik is contemplated. He conceded nuclear tests are harmful to health but insisted universal disarmament is the only answer. "There is talk of the harmful effects of experimental nuclear explosions on peoples' health," the Soviet premier was quoted by the Soviet News agency Tass. "Yes, it has been scientifically established that they are harmful to health. "But the use of nuclear weapons in war is a million times more dangerous, not only for the peoples' health but for the very lives of people—for it is clear that these weapons are not being produced to be kept in storage." Khrushchev said the Soviet Union would "be glad if it were possible not only not to test these weapons, but also to rid mankind of them entirely." An Urgency In Education "There is a great sense of urgency in education today," Dr. A. B. Martin, president of Ottawa University, told the advance gifts committee of the university's centennial fund drive last night. "In the years ahead," he said "millions will be poured into education. We have a 4-year college here, a good one. We know thai in the next few years, students will come to Ottawa in greater numbers. This creates a local sense of urgency." Dr. Martin added that so far the university has 141 applications for admission for next year. At the same time a year ago the figure was 41. "As things now stand," he continued, "we can handle comfortably only 50 more students. That is why we are coming to you to help raise the funds needed for capital improvements." Total goal of the campaign is to raise $500,000, of which the university hopes to raise $150,000 in Ottawa and Franklin County in a drive that starts this week and extends to Nov. 20. The funds raised will be used to build a student union, remodel the present Commons building, repair the administration building and also increase dormitory space. Milo M. Hewitt, general drive chairman, announced the goal to the special gifts committee. He pointed out that "this can be compared to a new industry, this college expansion. We would go to great lengths to obtain a new industry. Let's help one we have." Homer Fairly, manager of the drive, pointed out that contributions are tax deductible and can be paid over 30 months or four tax years. He explained details of the drive. Presiding at the meeting, held at Colbern's, was Robert A. Anderson, chairman of the special gifts group. He urged his team of 20 businessmen to carry out their work in the county as quickly as possible and to "show the alumni and friends of Ottawa Uni- versiy that this community backs OU to the fullest extent." LOOK INSIDE FOR: one. AH freedoms hin^e on Editorial, Pg. 4. Farm Bureau debates two plans for surpluses, Pg. 8. Kuala Lumpur, a pearl on a pendant, Pg. 4. Principal, students walk out of New York comedy, Pg. 6 Causes of "tiredness," Dr. Molner, Pg. 4. DR. LEWIS V. SPENCER Dr. Spencer CD Adviser Dr. Lewis V. Spencer, of tht Ottawa University physics department, has been named a member of the Advisory Committee on livil Defense of the National Academy of Sciences, Washington. He and other members will serve as an advisory group to federal Civil Defense efforts which nvolve research. Dr. Spencer served for three years as chairman of sub-committee of the National Academy Defore moving up to the major committee. He serves as a consultant to the National Bureau of Standards and last year was on leave of absence from his university post to conduct special work for the bureau on radiation penetration. He is recognized as a world authority in the field of radiation shielding. Adenauer Chancellor BONN, German (AP) — Th« West German Bundestag (parliament) today elected Konrad Adenauer to serve a fourth term as 'hiincrllor. The Bundestag vote on the first jallot was 259 votes for and 205 against. He needed a simple ma- ority of 250 of the 499 members o win. The coalition of Adenauer's Christian Democratic party and he Free Democratic party holds JO!) seats. Tauy's Toot With all those new jobs coming up, Santa Claus ought to have a jolly Christmas.
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