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The Santa Fe New Mexican from Santa Fe, New Mexico · Page 35

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Tuesday, July 25, 1961
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Historical Parade Gets Taos Fiesta Off To Colorful Start TAGS—the annual Las Fiestas de Taos got off to a colorful * start this morning with the official welcome by Mayor Gilbert Rivera and the opening Historical Parade, replete with Taos historical figures ranging from Franciscan friars to modern artists and plaza businessmen. The parade route and plaza area were crowded with local citizens preparing for their annual blowout, and with tourists busy making a camera record of the traditional celebration. Indians from Taos Pueblo were also in force, well-wrapped in their familiar blankets despite the hot sun. The parade was organized to portray in a general way the history of the town. Indians, whose ancestors were present when the first European appeared, led the column, followed by the Spanish conquistadores with their retinue of henchmen and Franciscan friars. Mountain men and trappers were next, followed by American soldiers. Next were the bearded and paint-spattered members of the Taos Artists' Association, and finally modern Taos was represented by local businesses and civic organizations. Following the procession, music, dancing and milling around began in the plaza~activity that will continue almost without interruption until the celebration ends Wednesday night. Folk, flamenco, mariachi, And traditional Spanish songs and dances will be presented in the plaza by talented local musicians. Presiding over the celebration will be Miss Maida Mares, chosen queen from among 18 contestants and crowned during ceremonies last night. Two fiesta dances will be held tonight. One, for young people, will be held at the armory from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. under the sponsorship of the Taos National Guardsmen. The second is the annual Fiesta Dance beginning at 9 p.m. in La Fonda and sponsored by Lulac Council No. 261. Tomorrow's activities will begin with the children's pet parade at 10:30 a.m., led by Vivaron and la bruja. A second children's activity will be games and races for boys and girls at 3 p.m. The major Indian activity of the fiesta will be the Santa Ant corn dance, scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow at Taos Pueblo. A second young people's dance will be held at the armory tomorrow night, and El Baile de los Conquistadores, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, will begin at 9 p.m. in Old Martinez Hall, Ranches de Taos. The only post-fiesta event scheduled is a Spanish guitaf recital by Raymond Hernandez and Mary Wishard, set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the high school auditorium. There will be no admission charge for the recital. DAMP WELCOME—Cuban militiamen in Havana remain in ranks in water up to their ankles during a heavy rain that fell during welcoming ceremonies Monday for Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. Cosmonaut To Lead Long Parade Throughout Havana HAVANA (AP) - Soviet spaceman Yuri Gagarin was to lead an hours-long parade of 70,000 athletes and dancers through the streets of Havana today in celebration of the eighth anniversary of Fidel Castro's revolutionary movement. It was the second day in town for Gagarin, 27, who got a rainy hero's welcome Monday on his arrival for the four-day celebration of the 26th of July Movement. Prime Minister Castro personally escorted the Soviet major through a round of social functions. Wherever they went the Cubans cheered wildly. Santa Fe Publisher Presents Credentials BERN, Switzerland (AP)—Robert M. McKinney formally presented his credentials as new U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland to President Friedrich Wahlen today. Wahlen cordially welcomed McKinney, a New Mexico publisher, in the ornate federal parliament building. McKinney was presented to the bespectacled president by embassy counselor Edwin M. J. Kretzmann, who has acted as U.S. Charge D'Affairs since February, when Henry J. Taylor left: as ambassador. Hernandez Girl Dies In Accident HERNANDEZ-An eight-year - old girl, who had been waiting for the postman, darted across the highway into the path of an automobile here Monday afternoon and was struck and killed. Suzanna Erlinda Garcia, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Garcia of Hernandez, was dead on arrival at Espanola Hospital. Driver of the car, Mrs. Janetta Plew, 25, of Altus, Okla., applied her brakes and swerved to the left in an effort to avoid hitting the child. Her car spun completely around, crashing into a parked pickup driven by Vicente Atencio, mail carrier. No charges have been filed. An inquest held in Espanola Monday night was conducted by the Dist. Atty. The doctor who examined the child testified she died of a broken neck. Her body was thrown 89 feet by the impact. State police officer M. L. Cordova, who investigated, said the child's younger brother and an older girl were with her when the accident occurred. They said Suzanna had gone across the highway, taken the mail from the box and returned, only to discover she had picked up the outgoing mail. All three went back across lo replace the letters, and Suzanna unexpectedly dashed into the path of the car. Her death is the state's 176th traffic fatality of the year as compared to 215 at this time last year, Other American officials present at the brief ceremony were economic counselor C. Hoyt Price, military attache Col. Ray M. Lee, and air attache Col. William L. Walker. The Swiss chief of protocol, Richard Arnan, escorted McKinney and the others to the parliament building. Their three-car motorcade, flying red and white Swiss flags, arrived at the federal parliament building in bright, warm sunshine. In front of parliament, throngs of American and other tourists watched the new U. S. Ambassador enter. The party walked down halls where Persian carpets had been laid, as is customary in receiving important visitors, and passed rows of statues of Swiss heroes. Two official in ceremonial red and white robes met the new ambassador and ushered him into the audience salon, where he was presented to President Wahlen. Present at the ceremony were Jean Bourgknecht, minister of finance and president of council, and Charles Oser, chancellor to the Swiss confederation. After the presentation of McKinney's letters of credentials, the new ambassador and the Swiss president sat down for a brief informal talk. McKinney expressed his pleasure at his assignment to Switzerland, which he has visited seven times before. President Wahlen said he svas happy to welcome him. The ceremony and brief talk lasted only 12 minutes. THE NEW MEXICAN * 112th Year, Issue No. 200 16 Pages SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, TUESDAY, JULY 25, 1961 10 Centi Commies Cut Refugee & Flow Into West Berlin Health Jef e Warns Hospital Founders A drenching thunderstorm broke as the Soviet plane bring ing Gagarin landed at flag-deckec Jose Marti Airport outside Havana. Gagarin and the welcoming delegation were soaked to the skin Castro, dripping, threw his arms around the smiling spaceman anc gave him a clammy bear hug. Gagarin flashed his wide grin at the spectators, then rode with Castro and President Osvaldo-' Dorticos into Havana in an open- topped car. In some places along the 10-mile route cheering crowds stood knee-deep in water. Thousands more crowded the presidential palace where Gagarin and Castro appeared at an evening reception. The government without explanation canceled the final big event of the anniversary festivities, .a trip to Giron Beach for the unveiling of a memorial to Cuban defenders killed there in the ill- fated anti-Castro invasion last April. Castro, Gagarin and a party of officials, diplomats and foreign guests were to attend the ceremony. US Living Cost Rises WASHINGTON (AP)-The cost of living rose two tenths of 1 per cent in June to reach a new high. The Labor Department reported the major factors in the rise were increased prices for used cars, gasoline and household textiles. Ewan Clague, commissioner of laborstatistics, told reporters nonfood commodities were the largest factor in the rise, "although food went up to some extent." He said fruits and vegetable? generally rise at this time of of year. Clague called attention to a rise in the net spendable earnings of factory workers. After four months of steady rise in the buying power of factory workers in June reached the record levels previously set in June and December of 1959. Dr. Stanley J. Leland, state health department director, yesterday warned the founders of a Las Vegas institution for mentally retarded children that they could not use the so-called Mercier Blood Treatment on patients in New Mexico until it is "approved and recognized." The institution's founders, A. F. Mercier of Santa Fe and Mrs. Bernice Kussell of Phoenix, had told newsmen earlier that the treatment, which involves use of Mercier's "Atomic Energy Applicator," was to be used at the institution. They assured Leland, and members of his staff, however, that they did not intend to use the method until its efficacy had been proved through scientific testing and accepted by health and medical authorities. Mercier's device was condemned and ordered confiscated a year ago by a Plioenix U. S. District Court ruling on a charge filed by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration. The charge stated that the device's labeling and Mercier's oral statements to the effect that it was an effective treatment for arthritis, diabetes, anemia, cancer, numerous bone ailments, blood clots, lukemia, epilepsy, and mental retardation were "false and misleading." Mercier, in his meeting with Leland yesterday to discuss licensing of the proposed Las Vegas institution, claimed that the Phoenix court's ruling had been a "gross miscarriage of justice/' He said he had not been allowed to present evidence in his defense. Mercier, a retired geologist, mentioned the world's historic reluctance to accept scientific discoveries. He cited the instances of Louis Pasteur, Sister Kenny, Copernicus, and Galileo. Speaking of his own invention, he assured Leland, "It will eventually be accepted. We known that." Mrs. Kussell, founder and superintendent of the Valley of the Sun School for Handicapped Children in Phoenix, admitted that she was leaving her current post to become superintendent of the Las Vegas institution in the hope that eventually the Mercier method could be used there. "I don't have to leave my job," she told Leland. "I could stay there the rest of my life. But I saw with my own eyes what it (Mercier's method) can do... That is why I am stak- ing my job, my reputation, my everything on this." She told Leland of several children in Phoenix whose severe mental and physical handicaps were alleviated or cured entirely by use of Mercier's "Atomic Energy Applicator." Accompanying Mercier and Mrs. Kussell was Paul Vigil, accountant for the state department of education, who later told The New Mexican how Mercier's method had effected a "miraculous" cure of his own son's mental and physical handicaps. He said that when his child was four years old his legs were withered and he was unable to walk, he could not feed himself and "he had no energy." Now, at five, Vigil said, his son is able to "jump up and run around and he can feed himself and he's hill of ener- •gy-" Mercier also later told The New Mexican of instances in which his method had cured Parkinson's disease, "which is considered incurable," and epilepsy-like seizures. At other times, Mercier has said he believed he could cure 80 per cent of the insanity cases in the nation with his device, but contended he has been bar- rassed by drug manufacturers and the American Medical Association. Mercier told The New Mexi- (Continued On Page Two) Presbyterian Pastor Dies TAOS—The Rev. Amador 0. Martinez, pastor of the Ranches Presbyterian Church for the past 13 years, died yesterday at Embudo Presbyterian Hospital following a heart attack. Rev. Martinez, a native of Chimayo, was 63 years old. He previously had been pastor at Raton, Walsenburg, and Mogote, Colo., and at Chamisal. He had also served as moderator of the Santa Fe Presbytery and of Synod of New Mexico. Survivors include his widow, Carolina Martinez, and t w o sons; Robert, a psychiatrist at Pineville, La.; and Dirk, who is stationed with the Army in Panama. Also surviving are his mother and three sisters. The body is at the G a r c i a Funeral home in Taos, where arrangements will be announced later. NEWS IN •BRIEF* SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico (DPI)—Soldiers and riot po- • lice clashed today in bloody street battles with more than 1,000 irate supporters of a defeated gubernatorial candidate. More than 20 persons were injured, four of them seriously. Tear gas grenades, night sticks and rifle butts were used during the free-for- all. Fifteen persons were arrested on "sedition and revolt" charges. LEOPOLDVILLE, The Congo (UP!)—The United Nations an nounced today that 30 American, British and Canadian missionaries arrested last week in Oriental Province have been released. But it was uncertain Red Police Making whether they actually were free. Ethiopian U.N. troops guarding) the missionaries with Congolese' iernoon One-For-One Check BERLIN (AP)—A Western official said today tight- enetl control by Communist police has succeeded in cutting down the flow of refugees into West Berlin. "More people are trying to come now," he said, "but fewer are getting through. It used to be that one was stopped for every two that made it, but now its Airliner Passengers Released MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro today released the passengers and crew of an Eastern Air Lines plane hijacked over Florida and nearer one-for-one. Other sources, however, minimized the role of police controls in checking the refugee flow. They pointed out that many who planned to flee after school ended July 8 have probably made it by now. A large number of young people are among the refugees. The official, who watches the refugee flow carefully for a Western mission in Berlin, said the numbers arriving are still some- jwhat above normal even for this peak vacation period. Over the weekend—Saturday af- to Monday afternoon- soldiers cabled word of the release to U.N. headquarters, but 1V«C1<3V *•*-« W •* ' * 11*, 44 UV£14Vt 1 I •-J tJ, irfMl. ( . the U.S. embassy called the; bc ™ re - the arrivals numbered 2,575, but it was nearly 3,000 the weekend U.N. message "confused." The Embassy said it had no information of its own. ROME (UPI)—U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai Stevenson conferred today with Premier Amintore Fanfani, who has announced he will go to Russia for three days next week. Fanfani ended three weeks of indecision and consultation with NATO Allies last night with the announcement that he and Italian foreign minister Antonio Segni will leave for Moscow Aug. 2. MOSCOW (UPI)-Sovlet Premier Nikita Khrushchev opened the Moscow World Youth Forum lo- The Western official said Communist police seem to be doing everything short of actually stopping trains to check the stream. Their difficulty is compounded by the fact that Berlin is a main rail transfer point for East Germany and would-be refugees can buy tickets within the country, then flee when they reach there. Hundreds of subway and elevated trains go from East Berlin to West Germany everyday, and it flown to Havana. (See earlier story on Page 5) Pan American World Airways received word of the Cuban Leader's decision • from its agent in Havana and put a DC7B and crew on standby at Miami International Airport. The Swiss embassy in Havana had been trying to arrange for the return to Miami of the passengers and crew. An embassy spokesman said its efforts were hindered because of the Castro revolutionary celebration. Tentative plans for the airlift called for the PAA plane to take is virtually impossible to check off at 2 p.m. (EST) and return every passenger on each one. to Miami about two hours later. In addition to troubles with the youth, the Reds are also having difficulties with farmers who insist they want to get out of collectives. Neues Deutschland, the official daily of the East German regime, (Continued On Page Two) I (Continued On Page Two) Eastern officials consulted with Pan American over arrangements for the flight. Reports from Havana said passengers were generally in good spirits despite delays in unwinding the red tape to allow their release. Tunisian Chief Says France Violated UN Cease-Fire Order TUNIS (AP) — Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba accused France today of violating the U.N. Security Council's Bizerte cease- fire order by refusing to withdraw to their prebattle positions and by extending their hold on Tunisian territory. Bourguiba warned at a news conference that fighting may break out again. He said he had told nations that had offered volunteers to help Tunisia that he needed trained guerrilla fighters, planes based in Tunisia or other countries, arms and mobile antiaircraft batteries. Bourguiba did not accuse the French of renewing the attack. But he said if they did not withdraw from Bizerte city into the naval base enclave, "fighting is bound to start again." "We have decided to resist until the end and we are prepared for new hostilities," the president declared. "We have decided to inform the Security Council that thlj cannot continue. This situation cannot last indefinitely." While Bourguiba spoke, U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammar- skjold conferred with Tunisian of- Traffic Hazard Prime Objection Citizens Air Opposition To Oval Site A series of interviews with Santa Fe community leaders indicated today that strong sentiment exists in favor of reconsideration of the proposed Fed* eral Place oval site for the new post office-federal building. The check made by the Old Santa Fe Assn. of a long list of officials of public and private organizations and other prominent officials shows that they object to the oval location for a variety of reasons. Principal causes for objection were the additional traffic hazard for some 2,500 school children at* tending three schools adjacent to the oval, a feeling (bat toe citizens of Santa Fe have not been adequately consulted as to the choice of the site* and the fact that a $00,000 professional planning study now under way was not utilized in selecting the location. Others pointed to apparent in* efficiency in locating the main post office on the opposite side of town from the airport and rail terminals where mail is de* livered and dispatched or noted that the oval site would be at least a mile from Santa Fe'i center of population. Allan Mac Gillivray. president of the Santa Fe Board of Edit* cation said; "A poll of the mem- fibers indicated that, while a majority of, the Board feels they are not in a position to recommend * site, they do feel the proposed federal oval site adjacent to the High School, the Leah Harvey Junior High School and the Carlo* Gilbert Elementary School would not be advantageous. The board would like the Federal Government officials to consider the possibility of buying the high school •ite for federal office building and/or post office. This would permit the Board of Education to build a new high school in a more suitable location." Raymond Shiya, wbo to> °P* erated a jewelry store In the Plaza area for 28 years, said, "I have consistently opposed the federal oval site. The post office should be built for the convenience of the citizens of Santa Fe and not be an arbitrary decision forced on us by the Federal Government." The Rev. Robert Boshen, D.D.. minister of the First Presbyterian Church, stated. "I drive in this area practically every morning of the year coming to my study, and the automobile traffic from 7:90 until I a.m. is exceedingly heavy. The students who have been banned from parking on Utt tchool grounds use up all the available space for several blocks, and with hundreds of children and young people approaching on foot and getting out of parents* cars, there is a great deal of congestion and confusion. To add the additional traffic of (ho businessmen and others attempting to do business at a post office and federal building would make an almost impossible situation. "I really feel that new and enlarged access streets to the proposed location is hardly the solution to the problem. My principal objection to this site lie* in Us clow proximity to three public schools," Boshen continued. Mrs. Charles H. N> lander declared: "As a mother whose two children will attend Harvey Junior High School for three years, 1 strongly oppose the federal oval site. A post office on this site will only add to the already very dangerous traffic congestion." Larry Waterman, president of the Santa Fe Kiwauis said: "The site for the new post office should bo reconsidered. Something else could, I feel sure, be worked out to the benefit of both the postal service (Continued On Page Two) ficials in an effort to keep th« crisis from reaching bigger proportions. Hammarskjold, who arrived In. the Tunisian capital Monday at Bourguiba's invitation, was study* ing Tunisia's case against Franca in one of the thorniest and most difficult tasks of his career, A number of Tunisians doubted that the U.N. official would produce a solution that would satisfy Tunisia, which wants total unconditional French withdrawal from the Bizerte base. Hammarskjold had a three-hour session Monday night with Bour*. guiba which a Tunisian official described as exploratory. The U.N. chief was tight-lipped, when he emerged from ba's seaside summer palace 19 miles outside the capital. His only comment to newsmen wai that he had not scheduled a visit to the city of Bi/erte, which th« French in four days of bloody fighting captured before a ceasa* fire call from the U.N. Security Council stopped the shooting. The secretary-general, who df" scribed the crisis as "a matte* of urgency," was reported t» have told officials he could not foresee how many days his mil* sion would take. U.N, sources in New York said Hammarskjold was expected to return Thursday* A Tunisian delegation source »fc U.N. headquarters in New York said another Security Council sion on Bizerte was virtually tain l»ti tbii «•*,

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