OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 87 NO. 52 OTTAWA, KANSAS SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1963 7 CENTS EIGHT PAGES Says Cuban Ransom May Be Illegal MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-A federal judge says the flow of ransom to Fidel Castro may be illegal, and indicates he may take steps to find out. U.S. District Judge Emett C. Choate made his remarks in rejecting a petitioner's contention Friday that shipment of food and drugs from this country to Cuba is treason. While Choate was discussing the legality of ransom payments, more than 100 new refugees, including some with U.S. citizenship, were reaching Miami by airlift that took 15,000 pounds of ransom to Havana. Choate gave plaintiff Douglas R. Voorhees and three defendants 10 days to submit briefs on whether Choate has jurisdiction to rule on Voorhees' petition to halt con- .tinuing deliveries of $53 million in goods as payment for 1,113 Cuba, invasion prisoners Castro freed last December. Voorhees, who has tried physically several times to block the ransom deal, also contends that individuals engaged in it violate the Logan. Act that forbids pri- vate citizens to negotiate with foreign governments. Choate said the deal would be a clear violation of the act if conducted by individuals. But, he said, "There's no question the government's in it." Choate, a 72-year-old Republican, made one ruling in Friday's hearing. He rejected Voorhees' contention that treason was invoked in the ransom issue. Friday's first Pan - Am plane to Cuba unloaded vital commodities and brought back 113 passengers—all that could be crammed abourd the DC6B. Another smaller plane flew to Havana and brought back 27 more who had clearance to leave Communist Cuba. The new arrivals told of seeing Russians everywhere in Cuba, and also many Chinese Communists. Alberto Ferrer, 31, speculated a brisk military building program was under way in Cuba. Ferrer said there was much activity at an eastern Cuban cement factory which employed him. To Trim Local Guard Strength Tony Curtis And Bride On Cruise LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP)—Actor Tony Curtis and his teen-age bride German actress Christine Kaufmann signed up for a cruise on nearby Lake Mead today — first day of their honeymoon. Both admitted they were nervous at their wedding Friday night. Curtis, 37, and Miss Kaufmann, 18, were married in a five-minute civil ceremony before Clark County District Judge George Marshall. Only six persons witnessed the ceremony in the Hotel Riviera's Imperial Suite, among them actor Kirk Douglas as best man and Douglas' wife, Anne, as matron of honor. It was Miss Kaufmann's first marriage, Curtis' second. He was divorced last year from actress Janet Leigh. Curtis and his bride will return to Hollywood Sunday night. Curtis must report for work on a film Monday morning. The actor met the slender, auburn-haired Miss Kaufmann a little over a year ago when they were making the picture, "Taras Bulba," in Argentina. Tauy's Toot Congratulations to queenly Kay and her queenly attendants Barbara and Judy. New Store Hours — 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday at your friendly A&P Food Store, 111 Kansas. S. Hickory, Ottawa, Adv. The priority strength of the Ottawa National Guard unit. Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Rocket Howitzer Battalion, 127th Artillery, will be cut from 76 officers and men to 69, local guard authorities announced today. The unit has one year in which to take care of the new reorganization plans handed down by the Defense Department in Washington. At present the Ottawa unit has 88 officers and enlisted men. The authorities said they expect the number will reduce itself through discharges, men finishing their active Guard obligation and men moving to new jobs in other cities. The unit which presently is over strength according to priority regulations, enlisted the additional men on authorization of the state headquarters in Topeka which recently allowed the unit to fill its ranks to a capacity of 129. The state increased the strength of the Kansas National Guard by 400 men in recent months. Under the reorganization, officers here believe two more units will be added to the 1st Rocket Howitzer Battalion. At present the Ottawa, Paola and Pleasanton units comprise the battalion. The units in Garnett and Burlington are expected to be added. The Burlington and Council Grove units were part of the group prior to the 1959 reorganization. Council Grove will not likely be restored. The local unit will report further changes in the Guard plan. New Store Hours — 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday thru Saturday at your friendly A&P Food Store, 111 Kansas. S. Hickory, Ottawa, Adv. QUEEN OF COURTS AND COURT - Kay Barr (center), 17- year-old Ottawa High senior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Barr,, 820 S. Cedar, last night was crowned "Queen of Court" at Ottawa-Olathe basketball game. Attendants are Barbara Heath- man (left), a senior and 17-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Hcathman, 1040 N. Cherry, and Judy Ferguson, 17, a senior and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ferguson, Ottawa RFD 4. Ottawa won the game. See details on Pg. 2. (Herald Photo) Articles On Russia Available Articles by John P. Harris, printed last summer in The Herald, were the subject of a story in a Russian newspaper, according to a report received yesterday from Moscow. Harris, a native of Ottawa and now chairman of the board of the Hutchinson News, wrote the articles after visiting Russia. For the convenience of readers, The Herald has compiled these articles into a 6-page paper, with illustrations. A limited number of these papers are available at the Herald for 10 cents each. Harris, incidentally, is now en- route to India to work with newspapers in small cities of that country. He will visit Malaya and the Philippines as a resentative of the International Press Institute. His articles about his travels will appear soon in the Herald. Senator Explains Position On WU State Sen. William Bowers, Ottawa, today explained his position on Wichita University. Bowers voted against an administration bill which would admit WU to the state system. The bill carried in the Senate 21-18. "I voted against the bill," Bowers said, "because I don't think the state needs a third great university at this time. Admission of Wichita University as proposed would result in a duplication of services now offered at other state schools." Bowers said he favors admission of Wichita under the strict but controversial provisions of the Eurich report which would make WU an extension branch of the University of Kansas. Soviet Troops 'Instructors? In Cuba, Says Khrushchev MOSCOW (AP) -Premier Khrushchev told newspaper magnate Roy Thomson today that Soviet troops in Cuba are there only to instruct Cubans in advanced weapons. Thomson said the Soviet premier told him there need be no concern by the United States about a Soviet arms buildup in Cuba. Thomson met Khrushchev in the Kremlin for 2% hours, and told newsmen afterward that their discussions were most frank and ranged over many subjects. Thomson said he asked how many Soviet troops are in Cuba, and the premier replied he did not know the figure and would have to look it up. Thomson said he asked if the Americans should be concerned about reports of a new Soviet arms buildup in Cuba. He said Khrushchev replied: "Absolutely not." Khrushchev indicated, Thomson said, that the German problem was the most crucial problem in the cold war and that with its settlement the cold war would largely end. "He was adamant that the division of Germany must continue," Thomson said. The 68-year-old newspaper and television station owner said: "He left no doubt that he will not envisage any further settlement than the two Germanys. He envisages West Berlin as an island with the people living as they want to live." Thomson said Khrushchev told him the Communist Chinese are "our friends" and would always be. When friends quarrel, it is not always serious, Thomson said the Soviet leader told him. Gives Up Loot Talks Gunman Into Praying SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Police Chief Sam Robards has disclosed how a deeply religious hardware merchant talked a gunman into praying with him and then returning $400 loot. The merchant, Elmer V. Grant, about 60, said he was sure the bandit intended to kill him during the robbery Jan. 31. Robards related this story: Pays Damages For Peeping Goat HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The case of Billy, a window-peeping goat, and Queenie, a dog with a nervous stomach, has been settled out of court The suit was filed in Dakota County District Court by Travis Sparkman. He claimed a neighbor's goat upset the temperament of his German shepherd, Queenie. According to Sparkman, Queenie was in the house when T. G. Sommer's roaming goat peeped through a window. Queenie charged through the house, knocking over firniture, plants, lamps and a television set. Before the matter came to trial, Sommers agreed to pay $300. Girl's Death Is A Puzzle KANSAS CITY (AP)-Five-year old Connie Sue Hutton collapsed and died at school Friday, the same way her twin sister died May 18. Connie toppled over in a hall at the Mason School in Lee's Summit and was dead when a physician arrived. Her twin, Bonnie Lou, dropped dead in the kitchen at their home last year. Cause of the deaths hasn't been determined. Their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Loyd Hutton of Lake Lota wanna, have five other daughters and a son. Cuban Embassy Worker Defects MADRID (AP) - Another official of the Cuban embassy in Madrid /announced today his defection, "because I would rather be a dead democrat than live Communist." Support your nation. Fly your country's Flag on Lincoln's and Washington's Birthday. New 50 star Hags available at the Ottawa Herald $3.00. The gunman cleaned out Grant's cash register, then forced him to go to a bank and cash a $400 check. Back at the was tied hand floor of a and rear room. store, Grant foot on the The ban- see I'll pray with if we can't dit pointed his gun at the victim. "I knew then he intended to kill me," Grant recalled, "I said: 'Son, I've been in trouble before and each time I've prayed to God for help. Each time. He has helped. If you like, you and we'll work this out." The bandit knelt beside Grant and prayed with him. Then the man released Grant, surrendered the pistol and gave back the $400. Then he said: "I'd like to borrow a dollar to get home." Grant gave him the dollar and urged the bandit to report the in'- 7 cident to police. Robards said the man didn't appear at headquarters. The chief said the pistol was stolen from the Army Reserve Armory Springfield several weeks ago in Cast Chosen For Comedy The cast has been selected for "Breath of Spring", comedy to be presented March 28, 29 and 30 by Ottawa Community Theater Players, Inc. Mrs. Ruth Latnrop Kirven, director, has announced this list of performers: Mrs. Clarence Ralston, Jack Kille, Dora Carpenter, Mrs. Frank Shull, Mrs. P. R. Jamison Mrs. Al Knoeppel, Bert Brewer and Clarence Ralston. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST-Considerable cloudiness with no important temperature changes through Sunday. Low tonight around 30. High Sunday around 40. KANSAS FORECAST-Considerable cloudiness west, cloudy With occasional light drizzle or light snow northeast tonight. Sunday considerable. cloudiness. Low tonight 25-35. High Sunday low 30s northeast to 40s southwest. High temperature yesterday. 34; low today, 30; high year ago today, 42; low year ago today, 32; record high this date, 73 in 1932; record low this date, 20 below zero in 1891; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8am today: 9 10 11 Noon 1 p. m 2 p.m 3 p.m 4 p.m 5 p.m 6 p.m 7 p.m I p.m a.m '.. 30 a.m 31 ... 31 .... 31 ... 32 ... 32 ... 33 ... 33 ... 3« ... 33 ... 32 ... 32 .. 31 .. 31 .. 31 Midnight 31 p.m. p.m. p.m. 1 a.m. 2 a.m. 3 a.m. 4 a.m. 5 a.m. a.m 31 a.m. a.m. Gets To Go With Haircut Winner of the Herald's $5 news tip contest this week is H. C. Beuthien, Wellsville, a salesman, for reporting the story on swapping a box of cold pills for a haircut. Others who turned in news tips were Mrs. Carl .Wittman, 516 S. Locust; Mrs. Ike Rantel, RFD 2, Williamsburg; Hank Gilroy, 839 Willow; and Mrs. Albert Masenthin, RFD 1. The Herald pays $5 every week for the best tip called or sent by mail. Immediate reports on such developments as major fires and accidents, as well as human interest stories, are likely winners. Yon don't have to write a story to win; simply call The Herald, and a reporter will take it from there. $4,000 A Month For JuneAllyson LOS ANGELES (AP)—Superior Court granted June Allyson $4,000 monthly as a family allowance for six months or until final inventory is made of the Dick Powell- estate. Executor A. Morgan Marec Jr. requested the order Friday, reporting that the actress was without adequate funds to support herself and their children. The estate's value has been estimated at $2.5 million, all of which was left to the widow and Powell's four children. Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3002 Adv Iraq Premier Dies Before Firing Squad By WEBB MCKINLEY BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP)-Rebel firing squads have executed Iraq's overthrown Premier Abdel Kerim Kasscm and three of his top lieutenants, the Baghdad radio announced today. The executions toci place after the capture of Kassem and his aides by army rebels who staged a lightning revolt Friday, the broadcast said. Earlier broadcasts by the new pro-Nasser regime had said Kassem was "destroyed" but gave no details of his reported death. It was believed by some that he could have fled from his besieged defense ministry and made good his escape by boat on the Tigris River. Another broadcast today said that the bodies of two of Kassem's lieutenants had been found by soldiers in the rubble of the bombed- out ministry. As soon as the announcer read his statement, other voices were heard shouting that the "mad dictator has met his death beneath the feet of the people." Indicating that anti-Communist rebels may not yet have extended their supremacy everywhere, other broadcasts urged people to report to recruiting centers and enlist to defend the revolt against Kassem's supporters. Borders and airports remained sealed off from the rest of the world and Iraqis were warned that violators of a curfew would be shot. Syria, Iraq's northwest neighbor closed its own borders and braced for possible trouble from the pro- Nasser new regime. The situation in Damascus, where pro-Nasser students had demonstrated against the government last month, was described as tense. Turkey, on the northeastern border, alerted its gendarmerie and air force units on the frontier. Prime Minister Ismet Inonu was quoted in the Turkish press as saying "my guess is Nasser has a finger in this affair." The tenor of accounts in the Turkish press indicated the writers believed the revolt was justified. The three executed besides Kassem were Col. Gadel Abass El Mahdawi, president of the People's Court; Taha Sheikh Ahmed, described as a notorious Communist agent, and a Lt. Kanaan of the military police. The bodies uncovered in the Defense Ministry ruins were those of Col. Wasfi Taher and Brig. Abdel Kerim El Jedda, the radio said. Taher was Kassem's chief military aide and El Jedda, was chief of the Defense Ministry guard. It was there that Kassem and his loyal troops held out for hours while the rebels strafed with planes and bombarded with tanks. A communique said Kassem and his aides were arrested by the armed forces and a military court was set up to try them. "It passed on them the sentence that they should die by firing squad. The verdict was a.m. EST." carried out at 5:30 Raiding Stills After Shooting NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP)-". . . The revenue officers's a comin' . . . gonna tear yo' still house down." This refrain from the mountain ballad "Darlin" Corey" might well have been written about Cooke County, which Alcohol Tax Unit agents call the moonshine capital of the world. And this time the "revenooers" are coming with a vengeance. The code of the hills has been broken. Sheriff Kin Holt says ho ordinarily is not interested in raiding or "cutting" stills, as he calls it, but when moonshiners shoot at revenue men, that's another matter. State and federal agents moved into the county's hill country—43 miles east of Knoxville—en masse this week after moonshiners opened up on two State Revenue Department agents with rifle fire Monday. Since then, 75 state and federal agents have broken up 40 stills and poured 12,500 gallons of good corn ground. mash out on tht The excitement stems from rifle fire at the ATU agents' car. Eight bullet holes were found in the vehicle. Nobody was hurt, but this broke the unwritten code of the hills, which says revenuers and moon- shiners don't shoot at each other. Flags Too Worn To Wave For Abe Tuesday is Abraham Lincoln's birthday, but flags won't fly along Ottawa's main stem, the Chamber of Commerce has announced. The reason is the 48-star flags are worn and too tattered to be used further. The Chamber today urged merchants to fly their own flags in place of those normally put up on holidays under Chamber sponsorship. Postpone Discussion On Bases In Spain WASHINGTON (AP)-Thc visit of Deputy Secretary of Defense Roswell L. Gilpatric to Madrid to discuss renewal of an agreement on bases in Spain has been postponed "by mutual agreement of both countries," the Pentagon said today. The explanation given by a Pentagon spokesman was that this would "allow both sides more time to do their preparatioas for the discussions." The announcement here followed a report by the U.S. embassy in Madrid that the visit had been postponed "because it appears neither side is yet ready to start talking." Gilpatric was to have arrived in Madrid Feb. 15. The Pentagon spokesman said no new date has been set but indicated it would be in the near future. Gilpatric leaves Sunday for Europe, where he will go ahead with planned conferences in Rome and Bonn with U.S. and foreign officials. The Pentagon obviously holds to the opinion that there is continuing need for use of air, naval and communications bases in Spain, even though the original paramount importance of air bases may have been diminished by the advent of ballistic missiles and strategic bombers able to operate from U.S. bases. Reports have been circulating in Madrid for a week that Gilpatric had been running into difficulties in arranging interviews with top Spanish officials during his planned four-day stay. It appeared that the embassy had advised Gilpatric to postpone his appearance here both because of apparent reluctance on the part of the Franco government to set up a requested schedule, as well as a possible desire to let some time pass after • visit of French officials here before initiating discussions on renewal of the de« fense pact. Last Tuesday, reliable American sources said there had been difficulty in arranging appointments for Gilpatric's scheduled four-day visit here and added that it was possible the visit of the deputy secretary of defense would have to be postponed or cancelled as a result. But spokesman for the State Department and the Defense Department in Washington denied this report. The latter called it "pure speculation." A Spanish government spokesman confirmed that "it had been agreed that Gilpatric's visit should be postponed to give us both more time." Four Spanish officials Gilpatric particularly was interested in seeing had indicated they would be out of town or otherwise not available.
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