OTTAWA HERALD VOL.87 NO. 76 OTTAWA, KANSAS SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1963 7 CENTS EIGHT PAGES Several Die In Explosions In South Africa, Germany Dynamite Blast At Johannesburg JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP)—The world's largest dynamite factory blew up today with four tremendous roars at Modder- fontein, 16 miles from here. Company officials said casualties were miraculously low. The blasts shook people from their beds as far away as Johannesburg. They caused the death of a sleeping woman 11 miles away, the South African Press Association reported. A company announcement said one white worker was known dead and that four or five nonwhites were missing. The South African Press Association said earlier that first reports had indicated 35 to 45 persons were killed. One official reported 18 white and nine nonwhite workers injured. The news agency reported the blasts dislodged bricks in a home in the Kensington suburb, 11 miles from Modderfontein. The bricks cascaded onto an African servant as she lay in her bed, killing her, the agency added. A police statement broadcast by Radio South Africa said there was no evidence of sabotage. South African police have been battling increasing sabotage, touched off by opponents of the segregationist government. But, police said, they could nof determine the cause of the explosions immediately. The company said it did not know how many of its 4,000 workers were in the factory. Presumably only a skeleton night crew was working at the time. The firm is a subsidiary of Harry Oppenheimer's huge Anglo-American Corp., a mining combine. It makes explosives for South Africa's gold mining industry. The entire area was evacuated because of fear of new explosions. Police with dogs ringed the area and refused to let anyone through their lines. The company reported four shops were destroyed, including a nitroglycerine washing house. Social Security Tip Wins The Herald's $5 for best news tip goes to Mrs. James Kerr, 422 E. 14th Street, this week. She supplied the tip leading to the story of the 4-year-old girl who received a request from the federal government for her social security number. Others supplying good news tips were Mrs. Roy Mclntosh, Quenemo; Mrs. Harry Fisher, and Charles Shaw. The Herald pays $5 each week for the best news tip sent in. Tips on incidents of real news interest, sent in quickly after the incident occurs, have the best chance to win the money. Forging Factory Hit At Arnsberg ARNSBERG, Germany (AP) At least 15 persons were killed and another 40 injured in an explosion that ripped through a forging plant at Belecke near here today, police reported. A spokesman said 15 bodies had been recovered from the debris. Many of the injured were in serious condition, police said. The blast occurred about 9 a.m. Police said it was believed caused by the bursting of a pipe carrying compressed air. All the victims were believed to be workers of the plant, which belongs to the Stepmann Works. The drop forging industry in this regin—eastern Westphalia—is hundreds of years old. "It's a terrible scene," one eyewitness said. "The ceiling came down and buried many of the workers. They are still searching for more bodies." Many Italians are employed by the Siepmann plant. Police said identification of the victims may take several hours. The explosion completely shattered a big hall of the Stepmann plant, one of the largest in West Germany. Rescue teams made up of fire police and voluntary helpers worked feverishly to remove the Russians Leaving Cuba, Says Rusk ambulances to hospitals debris. Red Cross carried the injured nearby. Thousands of people watched at the gates of the sprawling plant. Most of the male residents of Belecke, a small town of 5,000, are employed at Stepmann Works. Tauy's Toot It may not help their feelings much today, but some of last night's basketball losers 50 years from now will be just as happy as some of last night's winners will be. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST — Fair and a little warmer tonight Increasing cloudiness and wann- er Sunday with scattered showers or thunderstorms afternoon and evening. Low tonight near M. High Sunday upper 90s. High temperature yesterday, 49; low today, 32; high year ago today, 38; low year ago today, 34; record high this date, 74 in 1902, 1904 and 1955; record low this date, 6 in 1932; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a.m., today: • a.m 37 9 p.m. 10 a.m 45 10 p.m. 11 a.m 48 11 p.m. Noon 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 8 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. • p.m. 48 Midnight 45 1 a.m. 43 2 a.m. 42 3 a.m. 40 4 a.m. 40 40 39 38 5 a.m 25 « a.m 24 1 a.m 23 • a.m 23 WASHINGTON (AP) - Secre-! tary of State Dean Rusk said today some movement of Soviet troops out of Cuba is under way, and the Russians have shipping in position to withdraw several thousand- men within the next week. Rusk also told a news conference that the United States.is "turning an important corner" in the long and costly fight against the Communist struggle to seize power in South Viet Nam. He said the U.S. • supported South Viet Nam forces now "clearly have the initiative.' On a third major point of foreign policy, Rusk asserted bluntly that any nuclear test-ban agreement which may become possible with the Soviet Union will require the United States to take some risk. But on the other hand, he said, continuation of the arms race unchecked would involve very great dangers for this country. Rusk opened his first news conference since Feb. 1 by inviting questions. He offered no preparet statement. He said he would not discuss the Cuban situation in detail at the moment, although he said the government is watching now with great interest to see what the Soviets do about fulfill ing their Feb. 18 promise to pull out several thousand troops by the middle of March. Other informants say privately hat, so far as the United States knows, only a few hundred men actually have gone out. Rusk said he would not, at this time, become involved in a dis- Ray Smith Ca cussion of numbers. He said the State Department and other agencies here will make an assessment later on the way the withdrawal goes. Prescriptions— Raney, CH 2-3092 Adv indidate— \ For Education Board Ray V. Smith, RFD 3, Ottawa. las filed as a candidate for one of the board of education positions of School District No. 30. He is the sixth candidate to file for the board of education. The others are Vern Chesbro, Dr. John Hudelson, Mrs. Elizabeth Spencer, Dr. Don McKelvey and Mrs. Ethel Rule Seymour. Mr. and Mrs. Smith live 3M> miles southwest of Ottawa. He has been a resident of Franklin County 45 years. He graduated from Ottawa High School in 1928 and from Ottawa University in 1932. He served for 15 years on the school board in the Wycoff district, was a Lincoln Township trustee from 1946 to 1952, and was on the board of directors of the Ottawa Coop from 1950 to 1954. Mr. and Mrs. Smith have a daughter who lives in Panama City; a daughter who has recently received her cap in the schoo of nursing, Stormont-Vail Hospi tal, Topeka; a son who is t sophomore in engineering at Kan sas State University, Manhattan 1 a daughter in the 4th grade a Garfield School and a son in kin dergarten at Garfield. Filing by Smith brought the number of candidates to six f 01 the board of education, and twc have filed for city commissioner They are J. R. Cheney and Lyl« D. Hanes. Deadline for filing is noon to day. If another candidate' file 1 before that hour it will be neces sary to hold a primary on Marcl 19. The city election will be hel( Tuesday, April 2. Army Bills In House Next Week WASHINGTON (AP)-Bills that wiH let the armed services buy 60,000 missiles, 3,000 airplanes and 43 ships, and pave the way for Army induction of an estimated 90,000 men next year, face roll call votes in the House next week. The two key defense measures— a four-year extension of the draft, "SWING YER PODNER" — Four members of Town & Country 4-H square dance group are shown in 4-H Regional Club Day competition at Baldwin where they danced for honors against groups from six other counties. Pictured (from left), are Gerald Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Reed, RFD 2, Ottawa; John Brockway, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brockway, 429 Willow; Sherffl Shoemaker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Max Shoemaker, RFO 4, Ottawa, and Donna Bones, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Bones, RFD 4, Ottawa. (Herald Photo). Bill Introduced Would Base School Taxes On Earning law and a record" $15.if billion military authorization bill — are due on the House floor Monday and Tuesday. The House Armed Services Committee unanimously approved the draft bill, saying "its enactment is essential to our national security." The induction authority runs out July 1. The bill would extend it until July 1, 1967. The measure also would keep in effect a 13-year-old suspension of statutory ceilings on the size of the armed services. If that expired, the services would have to cut more than 600,000 men. "It is clear that this section of the law must be extended," the committee report said. The Army estimates it will draft about 90,000 men during each of the next four fiscal years. And the committee said that without the draft voluntary enlistments would drop far below their present levels. TOPEKA (AP) — A bill to use wages and net earnings as a base for school taxes was introduced in the Kansas House Friday by its Livestock^Cpmmittee. The bill was backed by the Kansas Livestock Association as a means of reducing the tax burden of Real Estate. A bill to carry out Gov. John Anderson's recommendation that cereal malt beverage regulation be placed under the office of Alcoholic Beverage Control was introduced by the State Affairs Committe. It was one of the last bills submitted prior to the cutoff date for all bills except those submitted by the Ways and Means, Assess ment and Taxation, Claims and Accounts, Education and Legislative Apportionment committees. Another State Affars Committee bill would keep firemen anc police pension programs under state jurisdiction rather than subjecting them to home rule. The limit on damages recoverable for wrongful death would be increased from $25,000 to $30,000 under a bill by the Judiciary Committee. A Forestry, Fish and Game Committee bill would increase the penalty for trespassing by hunters and fishermen to $25 to $100, with tiie possible addition of a jail sentence up to 30 days. A Senate bill introduced by the Fees and Salaries Committee would give state officials salary increase ranging from $500 to $1,000. Another bill introduced in the Senate calls for distribution of the $70 million sales tax fund for 1964. The money will go to school, welfare and special aid funds, with $12,500,000 to be returned to the counties. Distributions included $13,254,000 for social welfare, $10,370,000 to the high school finance fund and $11,441,000 to the school emergency fund. The municipal university fund would receive $315,000, and $420,000 would go to the junior college fund. Two state senators lost a bid to have a $100,000 land appropriations bill withdrawn. Sen. Alvin Bauman, D-Sabetha, and Sen. Paul Lamb, R-Caney, attacked the proposal to build a prairie national park in Kansas. The House gave tentative approval to a bill to create a state universities research foundation." Pick Candidates At Wellsville WELLSVILLE - At a regular caucus held last night at Wellsville the following persons were nominated on the Citizens' ticket as candidates for the coming April 2 election: For mayor — Bernhard Fleming. Four councilmen — Clarence Coffman, Lee Chamberlain, Harold Bouse, Jim Simmons and Dick Moherman. For Police Judge — Frank Taylor. Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)-Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a. m. Saturday—0 For March—8 For 1963-69 IK Comparable 1962 period—79 Some Win, Some Lose, And You Can Tell Which Is Which THEY WON - Melvern High's Panthers, last year's atate Class B champions, will take crack at state BB title at Dodge City. They WM regional at Greeley last night, details on Pg. 2. Kneeling, from left, art Harry Oder. Dale Mochamer, Robert Burnett aad Raj Fattenwi. Standing, from left, are John Gibson, Bill Kramer, Wayne Cranwell, Boh Criss, Dennis Haworth, Jim Lacey and Coach Gene Otis. (Herald Photos). THEY LOST — Pomona High's Indians moved far up into eliminations toward state tournament, taking second-place in Class B regional at Council Grove. Council Grove, who played in state Class A tourney last year, won, details on Pg. 2. Pomonani, from left, are Terry Heidner, Allen Crawford, Assistant John Kimbrel, Doug Regester, Richard Altie, Roger Shoemaker, Bernie Nelson, A)va Watts, Gate Lantis, Bob AWe awl Coacb Carlin Nallejr.
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