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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier News - Tuesday, July 18,19W- Fiji 'Ftn AFTER 31 YEARS — Recently the 1935 graduating class of Cooter High School met to renew acquaintances after 31 years of going their separate ways. Faculty members present were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wimp, principal and sponsor and Mrs. Lehore Muir, teacher. Class members present were Ralph Barber and wife, Doris Fraizier; Hazel Barnes and husband, Darrell Caldwell; Doris Barnett ad husband, Crawford Price; Victor Clifton and wife, Dorothy Bond; Irene Duffey and husband, L. L. Hubner, both members of the class; and Zelma Shearer and husband, Herbert Price. (Photo by Taylor) Power Plants Fad Record Heat Wave Blows Fuses in Mid-West ST. LOUIS, Mo. (AP) -.A blistering heat wave and the resulting demand for air-conditioning caused electric power interruptions in St. Louis and in areas of central and eastern Nebraska. In St. Louis, the Union Electric Co. declared an emergency Monday and cut off power to wide areas of the city and its suburbs for up to two iwurs. A spokesman said the compa- ny feared a massive power failure as consumption reached a record 3,230,000 kilowatts in 106- degree heat. He said the shutdowns "would continue until the heat wave breaks. The National Broadcasting Co., said it was sending tons of air-conditioning equipment to St. Louis by plane to cool off two mobile television'trucks at today's All-Star game at Busch Stadium. The network said ex-1 two hours. treme heat could burn out filaments in its equipment. •Power failures in Nebraska were attributed to a relay failure at South Dakota's big Fort Randall Dam and a burned out main transformer at a Nebraska power station. Two blackouts, one shortly after 11 a.m. Monday and the other at midafternoon, each lasted about an hour and a half to Mercury Climbs to 110 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Hot weather continued today across broad areas in the eastern two thirds of the nation with no indication of immediate relief. Temperatures shot into the sizzling 106 at St. Louis, the second-highest mark in the city's history. * * * The Union Electric Co. declared an emergency in St. Louis and cut off power to broad 100s again Monday from - the areas of the city and its suburbs Great Plains to the southern for up to two hours. Power fail- and central Mississippi Valley as the prolonged heat wave extended more than three weeks in some areas. Two massive power outages struck areas in Nebraska and in St. Louis where the heavy demand for air-conditioning caused interruption of electric power. The mercury soared to a ures in Nebraska were attributed to a relay failure at South Dakota's big Fort Randall Dam and a burned-out main transformer at a Nebraska power station. Several areas in Atlanta, Ga., and vicinity were blacked out the demand for electricity ran ahead of supply, the Georgia Power Co. said. Heavy thunderstorms broke out in the Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley in the wake of the record-breaking heat in the nation's midsection. The Weather Bureau said a tornado dipped down east of Pierre, S.D., causing minor damage. The mercury climed to 110 at Huron, S.D., Monday. Winds of 50 to 60 m.p.h. swept areas northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul late Monday night while wind gusts of 63 were clocked at St. Cloud, Minn., and Hit were the cities of Grand Island and North Platte in central Nebraska, Norfolk in northeast Nebraska, and Lincoln, the capital, and Beatrice in southeast Nebraska. While the inconvenience was considerable as air-conditioners and, in some cities, water went off, there was no great hardship reported. Omaha, the metropolis of Nebraska and 13 east Nebraska counties served by the Omaha Public Power District, escaped trouble when the situation was quickly assessed by district em- ployes and the district was taken off the interconnecting state grid system. The temperature was starting its climb from the 90s into the 100s when tile first outage came. In Lincoln some persons were temporarily short of water when the city's electric pump shut down. The same was true at Norfolk and at Valentine, in north central Nebraska, where standby pumps were used. Howard Ericksen, executive manager of the Nebraska Public Power System, said the first ing. Congress Silumbers Despite Prodding By BARRY SCHWEID WASHINGTON (AP) - In the months after Lyndon B. Johnson became president any government secretary or lawyer could — and did — tell you "he gets things done." Who could argue? Congress, as if paying off a reverent debt to the assassinated John F. Kennedyy, sprang to life and pushed along the White House program as it had not for Kennedy. The pace quickened after the 1964 elections gave Johnson a massive majority in both the Senate and the House. But around last Easter Congress dropped off to sleep. Perhaps coincidentally, perhaps not, it was about Kiat time that the polls showed a drop in Johnson's popularity. * * + As Congress straggled back to town this week, well-rested after a 10-day Fourth of July "weekend," there was little evidence that the long sleep was over _ although the Senate did pass a federal pay raise bill Monday. The lack of action can be explained in part by the war in Viet Nam. Johnson's appropriations requests have taken time and, particularly in the Senate, go have the voicing of Individual legislators* positions. Only three measures listed as major bils in the official calendars have reached the President and become law since Congress convened six months ago. The major enactments (1) provided tmergency financing for the war in Viet Nam, (2) revised the tax laws and stepped up withholding rales and (3) established a program of benefits for military personnel with Korea service. Otherwise, major administration measures are far from the passage stage. The House Rules Committee has cleared the $1.75-billion antipoverty bill for floor action, but when it gets there Republicans are certain to slow action by battling the administration approach every step of the way. The Senate has yet to act. The House has approved bringing another 7.2 million workers under the federal minimum wage law and increasing the minimum to $1.60 an horn- by 1969. Again, the Senate has not acted. Neither the House nor the Senate has debated Johnson's urban development program. The Senate has passed a measure to establish minimum auto safety standards but this time the House has not acted. And the President's civil rights bill is in deep trouble. A coalition of Democrats and liberal Republicans managed to work out a compromise version of the controversial open housing provision. But even if the measure passes the House it is almost certain to set off a filibuster in tiie Senate. * * * Other priority items didn't even get off the ground. A proposed constitutional amendment to fix a four-year term for House members is probably dead for the session. So, too, is proposed repeal of the Taft- Hartley law section which permits states to ban th« union shop. Again and again congressional leaders have pushed back the target date for adjournement. The question now is not so much when Congress will get out of 55 at Huron S D 'The storms outa S e apparently resulted from moved into northwestern Wis-i rela y failure at Fort Randal! consin during the early morn- which cut ° ut a 230-kilovoIt line feeding power into the Nebraska system. Power had just about b een restored when the second outage occurred. This one, Ericksen said, came when the main transformer burned out at the Sheldon Station of Consumers Public Power District in southeast Nebraska. Gov. Frank Morrison ordered the Nebraska Power Review Board to make an investigation of the outages. town but how much Johnson legislation will expire with the end of the session. The gas incinerator was first developed in 1909. Nations View Mn Gandhi's Soviet Visit with Skepticism MOSCOW (AP) - Indian | Main and a cease-fire after the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi launches a week of Viet Nam peace efforts in Moscow today but the prospects are not good. Arriving after visits to Cairo and Yugoslavia Mrs,. Gandhi will try in talks with Premier Alexei Kosygin and other officials to persuade the Soviet government to join Britain in reconvening the 1954 Geneva conference that ended the French Indochina War. Agreements reached at that conference thoretically are still in force, and the Soviet Union and Britain remain conference cochairmen. British Prime Minister Harold Wilson visited Moscow in February in an unsuccessful effort to get the conference back in session. He is due back Saturday fo ranother try as Mrs. Gandhi leaves, but there has been no public indication that the Soviet leaders have changed their position. The Soviets in the past have taken the attitude that they are not a direct party to the conflict and herefore have no direct role to play in the settlement. Diplomats believe this cautious Soviet approach is based partly on reluctance to try publicly to influence the North Vietnamese government for fear of failing. It is also believed based on sensitiveness to Peking's charges that the Soviet leaders are selling out the Communist cause in Viet Nam to arrange joint Soviet-American rule of the world. The Soviet Union has met this charge with renewed vows of aid to the Vietnamese Communists and support for peace terms, which Hanoi's include American withdrawal from Viet Nam before any negotiations. The latest Soviet support pledge came Monday night in an announcement that the appropriate Soviet government organizations have been instructed "to take all necessary measures" to carry out the Warsaw Pact pledge of increased aid to North Viet Nam. Countries in the Warsaw Pact at a meeting in Romania last week pledged increased material aid and offered volunteers if NTorth Viet Nam wants them. Although the offer of volunteers was new for Czechoslovak- a, East Germany and Poland, ;he statement showed no new lasic thinking about Viet Nam. The Soviet Union first offered volunteers a year ago, but Hanoi said they weren't needed. The Warsaw Pact is the Communist counterpart of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The Chinese Communists lave already publicly rejected Mrs. Gandhi's appeal for a new Geneva conference, saying the Indian prime minister sought to deceive the world." Her proposals included a halt j to U.S. bombing of North Vieti conference got under way, to be supervised by the International Control Commission of which India is chairman. The commission is charged with policing the provisions of the 1594 Geneva conference. Its other members are Canada and Poland. The final settlement should include the withdrawal of, all foreign troops from Viet Nam and guarantees of neutral inde- 1 ! pendence for Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia. Mrs. Gandhi said. ATHLETE'S FOOT HOW TO TREAT IT— IN ONE HOUR after applying T-1-L (a batch of chemicals In alcohol), itching must STOP. In 4 days infected skin sloughs off. 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