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CAPACITY CROWD — There was standing room only in the V and S Liquor Store as policemen check for fingerprints. No Teacher Meeting Here This Year For the first time in recent years, Hutchinson will not be host to a teachers' convention this fall. In an economy move, Kansas-National Education Association will hold fall conventions in only five cities, Topc- ka, Wichita, Hays, Parsons and Sal inn, on Friday, Nov. 5. Hutchinson will be a convention site next year. The spring convention session, March 24, also will be in the five cities selected for this fall. Between 75 and 100 teacher delegates will meet at Hutchinson's Hilton Inn Thursday, Nov. 4, for the annual delegate assembly. Gary Smith, Lyons, j vice president of this section, will preside at the discussions of professional and educational issues and election of officers for 1972. Fourteen Hutchinson dele gates will attend. Schools will be dismissed for both the fall and spring teachers' convention days. For the first time, the Kansas Council of Administration, made up of superintendents, principals and other school administrators, will meet during the teachers' convention, Nov. 5, and Nov. 6 in Wichita, instead of in January. In planning only five meetings, instead of eight, as in the past, K-NEA could have better speakers, said Don Newell, president of the Hutchinson Teachers Association. K-NEA President Byron Smith, Anthony superintendent, has chosen the tlieme "putting it all together" for this year's conventions. Wilson Woman Hurt In Plane Mishap WILSON, Kan. (AP) - A Wilson, Kan. woman received minor injuries today when the plane she was piloting flipped over upon landing at Wilson's Municipal Airport. The FAA reported Mrs. Charles Grauer, who was alone in the Cessna 170, suffered only bruises in the accident. The plane was severely damaged. Mrs. Grauer's husband is part-owner of the Wilson telephone company. Frat Booze Rules May Change at KIJ LAWRENCE - Changes will be made in beer and alcoholic beverage regulations for fraternities at the University of Kansas if a recommendation by the Interfraternily Council is accepted. The resolution recommends that beer and liquor be allowed on fraternity premises under conditions that use and possession follow state law and regulations of individual fraternities. It is also recommended that each fraternity file its policies concerning beer and liquor with the office of the dean of men, Richard Dwyer, president of the IFC, said the proposal would be considered by Chancellor E. Laurence Chalmers Jr. and the Board of Regents. Hot Pants Caper Two Women Rob Store Police are investigating the Wednesday night armed robbery of the F&S Liquor Store, 1017 East 4th, but feel the two young women who committed the crime have left the city. Detective Harold Mangles, assigned the case, scoffed at early broadcast reports suggesting the pair may have been men posing as women. Mrs. Harold Clark, 417 East 14th, who was working alone in the store at the time of the holdup, said the women were both wearing hot pants and white windbreakers. She said one of the women was about 23 or 24, nearly six feet tall and had dark hair. The other she described as 20 or 21, 5-foot-6, also with dark hair. The pair debated the amount of liquor they wanted before pulling a revolver and robbing the store. Mrs. Clark said the pair first asked for a fifth of whiskey, changed their minds and wanted two. Then they wanted three. She brought the three fifths over to the counter, but the two changed their minds after talking it over. The short girl said, "Well, we'll take this (two fifths) and all the cash out of the drawer," as she pulled a small handgun from her pocket, pointing it toward Mrs. Clark's face. The other girl, about six feet tall, stood by the door and kept opening and closing it, Mrs. Clark said. "She kept asking me if the doorbell was an alarm system. "I took my time putting the money into a sack and she kept saying 'Hurry up,* " Mrs. Clark related. "They kept telling me 'Don't touch anything.' I kept telling them, i won't.' " Taking the two sacks of liquor and the sack of money containing $80 in bills and change, the girls ordered Mrs. Clark to sit in a chair away from the telephone near the window. Then they walked out and headed south toward an alley. Mrs. Clark said she waited until she was sure they were gone before she got up and phoned her employer and police. "Those girls were both very attractive. They looked like show people. They were heavily made up and it looked like they were wearing thick black wigs. The little one with the gun had (Kile blue eyes," recalled Mrs. Clark, who said she had nev- ir been robbed before. Getting Headache Perched on a stool l>chind the counter talking about the robbery, Mrs. Clark admitted ruefully, "I'm sure getting a headache." Name New Director MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Merle Eyestone, associate director of the Kansas 4-H Foundation the past 10 years, will become executive director Nov. 1. Author of 'Gentle Ben 9 Coming Here Walt Morey, 1971 winner of the William Allen White Book Award and the author of "Gentle Ben," will be in Hutchinson Oct. 20, to speak to students. His visit will be sponsored by the Hutchinson Public Library children's department. "Gentle Ben," Morey's first book for children, won the American Library Association Notable Book Award and the 1965 Dutton Junior Animal Book Award. The book was made into a movie and a national television series. "Kavik, the Wolf Dog," the book for which Morey received the White Award this year, has also earned for its author the 1970 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the 1988 Dutton Junior Animal Book Award. Morey will come to Hutchinson after speaking at the William Allen White Award Dinner in Wichita Oct. 27. Those in tcrested in attending the dinner which will be held in the Broad view Hotel Ballroom at 6:30 p.m., can make reservations through Mrs. Winston Kirkhart, 1913 Fabrique, Wichita. Files Suit Over Accident Injuries A lawsuit for $247,000 was filed in district court Thursday morning by Sam Beltz, Stafford. Belt/, claims that on Oct. 23, 1969, Hobart P. Blasdel, Plevna, "carelessly and negligently operated his car so as to cause injuries to the plaintiff." Beltz says he was damaged in the amount of $247,000 due to permanent injuries, loss of income, and medical and hospital expenses. Seen and Heard Announces Free Complaint Service BBB Spokesman Blasts 'Rise of Consumerism 9 The Better Business Bureau is expanding in Kansas "to combat the insidious rise of consumerism in this country," John J. Kenyon of Wichita said here Thursday. Kenyon, membership extension agent for the Bureau, was in Hutchinson to announce that Kansans all over the state soon will be able to telephone tlie Bureau, free, with consumer complaints. "Let's face it, we're in the bands of a group of angry young lawyers like Ralph Nader and Lance Burr and we've got to do something about it. ThU Is what this phone is all about," Kenyon said. Burr is the head of the consumer protection division of the state attorney general's office. Kansans will be able to reach the Bureau by dialing 1-800-362-2182 "without cost to the caller from any place in the state," Kenyon said. The number is in the new Hutchinson phone book. It will be in all the new phone books across the state. Up to this year the Bureau's activity has been limited to Wichita and the surrounding area, Even with the limitation, Kenyon said, the office receives about 50,000 complaint calls a year. "About 50 per cent of the calls we get are tettled right there on the phone. We want people to come to ui rattier than go to some politician. There has been a lot of feed off when people go to politicians rather than a business organization that knows what it is talking about," Kenyon said. He noted that there are 800 to 900 consumer protection bills pending in Congress alone and said "there never has been anything like this in the history of American business." He said if the "tide isn 't turned" American business "as we know it today'" wilt disappear into "a bunch of bad rules and regulations and restrictions that it needs like it needs a hole in the head." Kenyon said pro-business legislators and bureaucrats have "gotten so sick" of trying to fight the consumer movement they "started looking for somebody to dump it on and we gladly picked up the gauntlet." He said the Bureau Is being backed in its expansion by "captains of Industry" who have "at last Jumped In there with both feet to . . . attempt to stem the tide of consumerism...." Kansas businessmen are discovering it is necessary to "maintain the proper image of the business community" while dealing with consumer complaints, Kenyon said. He said allegations that the Bureau has been acting as a tool U> protect businesses, not the consumer, had been "blown out of proportion" by members of the press. A country store will be a featured part of the Allen School carnival from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the school. A sweet shop will sell baked goods and PTA members will conduct various games. The menu will include sloppy Joes, hot dogs, baked beans. • • • The Hutchinson T h e a t r e Guild's production of the comedy-mystery, "Catch Mo If You Can," will resume at 8:15 p.m. today at the Little Theatre, B and Plum. The play, directed by Helen Anderson, has a cast including John-David Pulver, Kathy Niv en and Abe Weinlood. It will be given Friday and Saturday nights also. Reserva tions may be made by calling Hilton Electric. • • • In ceremonies at Tulsa, Okla. this week A. R. Carr, 213 Cur tis, and O. J. Morris, 808 West Blanchard, South Hutchinson, were presented watches by the Cities Service Oil Co. The watches were given Carr and Morris by Kirby E. Crenshaw, president of the company, for 30 years service by each re cipienl. Both men are employed in the company's natural gas liquids division. • • • The popularity of campers mounted on pickup trucks is causing a remodeling of the drive-in facilities of the First Federal Savings and Loan As- socatlon, 9th and Main. "For years we had no trouble with any vehicle hitting the top of our drive-in facility roof," said James Casey, president of First. Federal. "But thus year we have had five or six campers hit the roof." While they were raising the roof for the campers, officers at First Federal decided to widen the driveway and drive- in facility to allow two lanes of traffic. The outer lane will be serviced by a remote deposit facility. • • • John Sutton, county commission chairman, spent Thursday in Pratt at a meeting of the South Central Kansas Association of Commissioners and Engineers. The association meets quarterly and will hold its next meeting in Hutchinson. • • • County real estate tax statements — 35,000 of them — were received late Wednesday afternoon at the courthouse and em­ ployes were busy Thursday preparing them to be mailed Nov. 1. Grid Forecast: Great Weather TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The weather service had good news today for stale football fans and liiose who want to do things outside this weekend: The weather should be outstanding, A rapidly-moving cool front is approaching Kansas f r o in the northwest and should pass through the state tonight and Friday, but it is expected to produce only a very slight cooling and little or no precipitation. Hutchinson News Thursday, Oct. 7, 1971 Page 3 Two Judges Voice Protest At American Bar Proposal By WAYNE LEE News Associate Editor Two Kansas district court judges, both of whom have business interests, voiced protests here Wednesday to a tentative American Bar Association ethics proposal that tells judges to give up such interests as fast as they can. The proposal, outlined by two guest speakers, also suggests that judges with financial interests, however small, should in the meantime disqualify themselves from hearing cases in which they have an interest. Judge Howard Kline of Wichita said ho has been in business for 15 years and he maintained that he has never let it interfere with his court rulings. He said he probably hears 100 to 150 cases a year that, might, involve him financially, and lie said he thought such interests should only be "substantial" before a judge disqualified himself. Judges Need Income Kline also said that because of the poor salaries for district judges in Kansas (which ranks 12th from the bottom among the 50 states), that the judges "have to have outside income .... have to go into business." The salary of district court judges in Kansas is $19,500 a year, It was revealed late last year that of the (il judges in the state, only 22 listed no substantial interest in businesses. Some 39 judges listed substantial interest. Banking led the list, with 15 judges, or their spouses, engaged in it. Kline said some of the cases he hears now that might involve him financially "only mean a penny or two a year on my dividends at the most," and he said he thought the ABA proposal was too strict, In explaining the ABA proposal, which has a long row to hoe for final adoption and no enforcement teeth for reluctant states, Ivan Lee Holt Jr. of St. Louis, a circuit court judge noted that judges who own farms, ranches and rental prop erty (the most notable being apartment buildings) are ex emptcd from the standards being forwarded. Was a Compromise "This was a compromise," said Holt, who has been on the ABA committee that is trying to finalize the proposal since it was formed two years ago. "Why do you compromise for the farmer and not the judges engaged in business?" asked Judge Robert T, Stephan of Wichita. Holt said it was felt that the exempted property would be less likely to be involved in conflicts of interest than bust ncss interests would be, and there is "a matter of adoption (meaning members of the law profession from rural states will have a big voice in the decision on the proposal's fate)." Stephan countered, with a grin, that he thought that the compromise didn't provide "equal justice" for all judges and that he thought that "violates my constitutional rights." Vota Next Ycur? The ABA proposal, which has created a storm of controversy in the legal, profession, may be voted on at the ABA's national convention in California next year. But, as Holt noted, it may be a long time reaching the 50 states. The current canons of ethics for judges were adopted in 1924, partly because of public pressure. But by 1937 only three states had adopted them. By 1945 only 12 had adopted them. In the 1950s and 60s, 30 to 40 years after initial passage, 31 more states saw fit to join. j In his speech explaining why| the ABA committee wants to adopt light rules on judges and business, Holt said that, "we know that if a judge has a case involving AT&T and he owns one share it won't sway him, but we think the public doesn't look at it that way." He added that the committee had worked long and hard in preparing the conduct rules and added that he thought they were needed to "restore the badly shaken public confidence in tlie judiciary in this country." Warren P. Cunningham, circuit court judge in Houston, Tex., and chairman of the National Conference of State Trial Judges committee that is studying the ABA proposal, explained to the Kansas judges tiiat his committee isn't sold on all of the sections in the proposal. He noted that several states are already adopting their own code of ethics (apparently in an effort to resist or blunt the national proposal before it is even firmed up). But Cunningham said his committee believes that the p r o- posal that asks a judge to get rid of his business interests, or disqualify himself from heading cases involving those interests, should mean "just what, it says." He said the Texas Supreme Court has ruled that, one share of stock in a business is a reason for a judge to disqualify himself. Cites Pressure Cunningham said his committee also agrees with the ABA proposal that a judge should not actively seek funds or other aid even for non - profit organizations. He said it is well known that pressure from a judge can cause some persons to donate to a cause when they might not otherwise. In his speech, Cunningham outlined several areas of disagreement with the AHA proposal, lie said he did not think it would he lair to ask judges to try to supervise gifts to their offspring who are not living at home. He said he didn't think It was fair to judges to ask them not to talk to persons nlxiut a case (his committee feels that "facts" shouldn't be discussed, however) or about national events. He said he feels judges should be protected from having to make speeches at partisan events, but that they should be allowed to attend them. He said closed circuit television of courtroom events should exclude things like journalism classes. He said a judge's entire outside financial activities should not he on public file, only on file with the persons with authority to discipline a judge. Should Allow Arbitration And he said judges should be allowed to act as "arbitrators" in labor and other disputes, with compensation, when they know il will not interfere with their own courts. He told the group that, the AHA has wrestled long and hard to try to come up with a set of standards that crosses m a n y state lines and encompasses inadequate salaries and insecure tenures," but he said upgraded standards are being forced by a "hue and cry, especially in the public news media." Draws Laughs He drew laughs from the audience when he noted that one of the members of his committee wrote of the ABA proposal which restricts the business activity of a judge's family too: "I can't control my wife —if they think I can, they're just plain foolish." Several of the Kansas district court judges stressed that business interests for them are a must, since the salaries are so low. In several states, some smaller than Kansas, the district court salaries are $11,000 a year higher. Kansas ranks -list in paying its supreme court justices, a slip from 391 h just a year ago. The salary scale ranking for district court judges slipped from 35th to 38th in tho same year. Efficieiicy. Economy Advocates Switch To Six-Man Jury By CONNIE IIAIMUS In an interview, Musser said Judge Don Musser, Pittsburg, | ie was "looking forward" to told a conference of district judges in Hutchinson Thursday tho best way to hold down jury expenses is to cut down on the numbeir of jurors. Quoting from a brief by U.S District Judge Arthur J. Stanley Jr., Musser noted soverai advantages of six-man juries, in addition to savings in juror fees "Employment «f the six- man jury will result in an obvious saving of time to the court and its supporting personnel, and to counsel," he said. "The smaller number wil save time in calling, impanel ing and hi voir dire examina lion, and quite probably in the length of the period of jury deliberation." Musser spoke at the seminar and conference of tlie Kansas District Judges Association at the Hilton. Tlie convention was to ad journ Thursday afternoon, but judges were expected to remain for the mid-year meeting of the Kansas Bar Association which opens Friday. Leon Jaworski, president of the American Bar Association, Is scheduled to speak at a noon luncheon. Musser noted from Stanley's brief that three states, Florida, Utah and Virginia, have provi sions making juries of less than 12 men mandatory in civil jury trials. Thirty-seven other states have in some manner provided for jury trial with less than 12 man juries. In an interview, Musser suid he knew of 12 district judges in Kansas, including himself, who are or will be experimenting with six-man juries in misdemeanor or civil cases. Kansas statute is not specific on the use of juries with less than 12 persons, and Musser said he anticipates an appeal will l>e taken soon to the Kansas Supreme Court. "Then the Supreme Court will have to decide whether or not it's proper," lie said. In a show of hands, most judges favored the use of juries with less than 12 men. Among those who did not Indicate approval were local judges James Itexroud and William Gossage. Musser reviewed with the judges tlie specifics of a new Kansas law which |>rovides that jury lists be prepared beginning Jan. I from "voter registration records and enumeration or census records of the county." He said he believed any system for preparing tlie jury lists would be proper us long as it brought about random selection from a cross section of tike com munity. Under the new law, |>ersons who are 18, 19, or 20 years old will be eligible for jury selection. young jurors. "I think having them on the panel will be a wonderful, educational experience for them, and it should give the jury a better cross section of the com munity than before," he said. Asked what the chances are of an IH-ycaiMild actually serving in a case, Musser replied: "I wouldn't be surprised If the attorneys tnke them off. It's kind of hard to tell. A lot depends on what kind of person they are representing and whether they trust young people or not." Musser said he has had good experience with women on juries. "Lots of time serving on a jury is more convenient for them," he said. "If the woman's a housewife, she can put off cleaning and scrubbing until after the trial's over." Arraigned on Illegal Firearm Possession Jack 0. Taylor, 41, 1804 Lyman, Apt. C, was arrested and arraigned Wednesday afternoon on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm. The charge is a felony and the warrant states that Taylor had a .22 caliber pistol revolver "within five years after his conviction of forgery In the Scott County District Court," His preliminary hearing was set for Oct. 21 and he posted a $1,000 bond. Met in Army McCoy, Whiteside Longtime Friends (McCoy Interview Page 5) "He's a very attractive hombre." This is the way Col Houston . Whiteside, 504 East Sherman, describes his friend, Col Tim McCoy, who will be performing in Hutchinson Friday night, "He's 81, you know, and, at Ills age, I think it is amazing that he is able to keep up with such st re no us work," Col, Whiteside said. Col McCoy, who began his theatrical career in Hollywood's first feature length movie, "Covered Wagon," more than 50 years ago, will appear at 8 p.m. Friday at Convention Hall, along with Junior Samples, and the Col. Tim McCoy - Tommy Scott Country Music Circus and Stage Show. dians. He stayed there In Hollywood for several months while they were filming the movie and some of the movie producers said, 'Why don't you stay in the movies?* Col. Col, Whiteside met Col, McCoy during World War II when they were quartered together while attending the Adjustant General's School in Washington, D.C, Keep In Touch We trailed around Washing- together at tluit time, and, although tlie school only lasted two months, we've kept up our friendship ever since. Hie calls and writes me often and we manage to see each other whenever lie happens to be in this part of tlie country," Col. Whiteside said. "He was a rancher in Wyoming before he started iierform- lng. He went to Hollywood the first time when he took Indians there to be used in the "Covered Wagon," film, Knew Sign Lunguage "He had always been interested in Indian lore and was one of Uie few men in the west who could use and understand tlie sign language of the In- White/tide "He always had a touch of the theatrical in him, so he stayed, and except for time out. during the war, has been in the business since then," Whiteside said. Col, McCoy eventually formed his own Wild West Show and traveled with it extensively, in Europe as well as the United States. He now lives in Negates, Ariz,, but, according to Whiteside, is seldom there, "He starts out In the middle of winter and travels all over with bis show. He's slUI doing all the riding, roping, and fancy trick shooting he always did. Naturally, he's not as robust us be once was, but, be's still out there performing," Whiteside said. Col. McCoy, "dabbled in politics," along with his theatrical career. He ran for governor one year in Wyoming but was defeated, Whiteside said. Col, Whiteside just returned from Colorado, and hasn't heard from Col, McCoy yet, about his scheduled performance In Hutchinson. "But, I wouldn't be surprised that he will be giving me a ring soon. He always does when he's in the area," Col. Whiteside suid.

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