HERALD 1 Tension 1 '! VOL. 87 NO. 93 OTTAWA, KANSAS, FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1963 7 CENTS TEN PAGES A Real Comedy A delightful bit of fluff called "Breath of Spring," by British author Peter Coke, blew across the boards of Memorial Auditorium last night. This, the spring production of Community Theater Players, Inc., was thoroughly enjoyed by a small audience of less than 100. The title of this gay, witty comedy may fool you. It does not refer to the season of the year, but rather to a type of mink. The plot revolves around Dame Beatrice Appleby (Mildred Jamison) and her lodgers and their Robin Hood existence of stealing valuable furs from the rich, converting them into cold cash and distributing the money to worthy individuals. King-pin in this little scheme is Brigadier Albert Rayne (Jack Kille) late of the British Army who makes a military venture of each heist. Needless to say this play ends happily, for it is a comedy and a funny one. Mildred Jamison in the role of Dame "Bee" is very much the proper English lady, caught up in the swirl of excitement playing mother bountiful to her needy charities. Jack Kille as "Bertie" sparkles at times, but seemed plagued by line trouble. However, three people seem to pick up tiie show and literally put it in their pockets. Daisy Shull as Alice, Lady Miller, displays poise seldom seen in amateur productions. She has complete control of her character and plays it to the hilt. Betty Knoeppel, as Hattie, the nervous distraught china mender, has one of the choicest roles we have seen and goes to any length to make her character easily the funniest of the show. She is compoetely deglamorized and seems to love every minute she is on stage. Dora Carpenter, Lily the maid, with a prison background is delightful. A bright fresh breath of spring for Community Players. No review would be complete without mention of Rosemary Ralston, portraying Nan, the manly diction teacher, who contributes to the general hilarity with her hi-jinks, and Burt Brewer as Pape of Scotland Yard. This is the best performance we have seen Burt give. The play moves slowly during the first act, but gains momentum and by the third act occasionally resembles something from the Keystone Cops era. Projection is good, but at tunes certain key words are missed due to poor enunciation. Director Ruth Lathrop Kirven must have been disheartened as we were at the small first night audience. Community Theater Players have a production of which they can be justly proud and which the community should support. Tickets are available from members of Community Theater, the cast, at the Gas Service Co. and at the auditorium. Reservations for tonight's and Saturday performance can be made during the day at the Gas Service Co., or the night of the production at the auditorium. Curtain time is 8:15 p.m. Support your community theater by attending one of the two scheduled remaining performances - J.D.D. NOPE, YOU CAN'T BUY IT - Gary Bitts, assistant manager of Ottawa's Woolworth Store, displays "Flubber" which is no longer for sale. Kansas State Board of Health determined that toy product causes dermatitis. (Herald Photo). Brighter Outlook For US Economy By STERLING F. GREEN WASHINGTON (AP) - A perceptible brightening of the business outlook has caused the administration to boost—unofficially —its estimate of national output in 1963. The pickup now foreseen is too Would Take Cash From General Fund TOPEKA (AP)—Bills appropriating $22.2 million from the state general fund and $2.6 million from the institutional building fund were introduced in the Kansas House today for institutions operated under the division of Institutional Management and for the State Board of Health. The appropriations bills follow closely the recommendations of Gov. John Anderson. The general fund appropriation for operation of the Institutional Management Division and 10 institutions was only $146,000 above Anderson's recommendations. Rep. John Conrad, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said no appropriation was included for the State Tuberculosis Sanatorium at Norton because a subcommittee has not completed its review of the prospective operations there. A bill passed earlier in the ses sion expands the Norton role to more than just a tuberculosis hos pital. It now will take minimal care patients from other state institutions. * * * In the proposed general fund appropriations is $3,505,479 Osawatomie State Hospital. Want Stricter Liquor Law TOPEKA (AP)—A bill to give law enforcement officials new legal aid in dealing with drinking by persons under age won preliminary approval in the Kansas House today. The bill would make it illegal for any person under age 21 to possess alcoholic liquor. It also would make it unlawful for a minor to attempt to purchase or to purchase liquor from any person, The bill also makes it unlawful for any person over 21 to purchase liquor for any minor. for light to cause a drop in the high ate of unemployment, official ources said, but it should pre- irent any further rise in joblessness and has virtually dispelled ears of a recession this year. It also could improve the federal budget outlook slightly. Highly sensitive business indexes now point to a better than an- icipated spring, but the tipoff to a shift in administration thinking came from Dr. Walter W. Heller, chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, in a speech last Monday to the Magazine Publishers Association. Heller dropped the hint so guardedly that reporters did not pick it up. National production, fie. said, should total $578 billion to $580 billion in 1963. His January forecast was $578 billion. Administration sources said today that Heller's phrasing was deliberate and significant. National output could go $l-billion to $2- billion higher than was foreseen only 2Va months ago; the $578 billion figure is now in the lower range of expectations. The improvement should create enough new jobs to absorb the year's crop of new entrants to the labor force, it was estimated, bul not enough to take up any of the idle capacity in industry or reduce the unemployment rate from the unsatisfactory area of 6 per cent. It was 6.1 per cent last month. There will be no letup, therefore, in Kennedy's pressure on Congress for tax reductions as business stimulant, officials emphasized. They pointed out that a total output of $580 billion would rep resent only a $26-billion increase from last year—very slightly more than the $25-billion rise in 1962 which failed to prevent rising unemployment. Estes Could Get 25-Year Sentence EL PASO, Tex. (AP)-At leas' part of the Billie Sol Estes maneuvers in farm finance were frauc and not just a method of doing big business, a federal court jury decided Thursday. Unless the appellate courts dis agree, the chubby, round faced promoter could draw prison terms totaling up to 25 years. U.S. Dist Judge R.E. Thomason said sen tence will be passed in about two weeks. The verdict, capping an 18-day trial, came just one day short of a year after federal agents ar rested Estes at his costly Pecos home in West Texas. Since then his 30-odd rfims dealing in grain storage, fertilizer sales and cotton farming have collapsed. Now he's bankrupt Miss Ottawa Pageant Expanded With 16 candidates in the field, he Miss Ottawa Scholarship Pageant will be conducted on two nights, with preliminaries on May I and finals on May 4, Dr. Don WcKelvey, general chairman, has announced. Dr. McKelvey also said a 'Pepsi Party" for candidates and people working with them would be at the home of A. M. Harvey, 437 E. 12th, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. The informal get- together will provide an oopor- tunity for the candidates and workers to become acquainted with each other. The Ottawa Lions Club sponsors the pageant. Ottawa's Pepsi-Cola plant awards scholarships to the winner and runners-up. Miss Ottawa will compete in the Miss Kansas Pageant later at Pratt. No More Flubber For Sale Ottawa stores today quit selling "Flubber," a pliable plastic material designed as a toy, on orders of the Kansas State Board of Health. Health authorities said numerous cases of dermatitis, a skin ailment, among children had been caused by exposure to the product. Some Ottawa store managers and owners said they had sold "Flubber" to Ottawa and area customers. But Mrs. Rosalie Osburn, Franklin County public health nurse, said her department had no reports of dermatitis cases. Stores in Ottawa and the county were notified of the Board of Health order by the county health office. One Ottawa merchant told The Herald he had taken the product off his shelves several days ago when news of a connection between "Flubber" and dermatitis was reported elsewhere in the nation. A spokesman for the state food and drug division of the Board of Health said 60 to 80 cases of dermatitis have been reported in Kansas. "Flubber," In Cuban Crisis President Calls Security Meeting * * which was sold for a dollar, is a clear mass of material which can be stretched, molded or rolled into a bouncing ball. An "Error" Says Cuban Government WASHINGTON (AP)-Thc Cuban government has told the United States its MIG jets "probably fired in error" at the U.S. ship Floridian and that the Cuban government had "no intention" of shooting at the American ship, the State Department announced today. Press officer Lincoln White disclosed receipt of two messages from the Castro regime in which the Cubans contended their forces were out looking for a "suspect boat." The United States promptly sent Havana a demand for "a full explanation of this matter." White declined to describe the U.S. note as a protest. The Fidel Castro regime acted with unusual speed in contacting the U.S. government about the Floridian incident and, in its second message to Washington, came close to apologizing in admitting the "error." White declined to say whether the United States now believes the Red Havana regime understands the seriousness of Caribbean shooting incidents. But the fast Castro admission had the effect of toning down the crisis, which flared quickly following Thursday night of the attack. WASHINGTON (AP) - President Kennedy called the executive committee of the National Security Council into session today amid a new wave of tension over Cuba. The inner strategy group, formed during last fall's Cuban crisis, was faced with these developments at its noontime meeting: 1. Thursday night's report by a U.S. vessel that two unidentified jet planes shot at it in international waters off Cuba's north coast. The 4,600-ton ship, the Floridian, unhit, sailed on toward Miami under U.S. air escort. 2. The withdrawal of Soviet soldiers from Cuba, which the United States deems disappointingly slow. Latest U.S. estimates place 13,000 to 14,000 Soviet military personnel still on the island. 3. Hit-and-run raids by anti- Casto exiles, which Washington fears could make the Caribbean situation worse. * * * news MIG Explosive Shells Fired By MIGs Fla. (AP)—The cap- Olson said he was on the bridge * * * Oppose Willow Street Widening A petition in remonstrance against the paving and widening of Willow Street from 7th Street to 15th Street has been received at the city hall, it was announced today by the city clerk, Don Capper. The petition will be considered by the city commissioners next Wednesday night and will be referred to the city attorney for checking as to its sufficiency. A petition, to be a valid remonstrance to prevent such an improvement of a street, must bear the signatures of resident property owners of more than 50 per cent of the property against which the cost of the project will be charged. Saturn Gives U.S. Boost In Space CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) —The United States' Saturn booster may soon overtake the Soviet lead in rocket power in a move which could have a significant bearing on the race to the moon. Although Saturn still is in the experimental stage, it may within six months score a great propellant breakthrough and at the same time toss a 33,000-pound satellite into orbit—more than doubling the weight of the largest Soviet satellite sent up to date. In 121 seconds of powered flight Thursday, Saturn completed the first phase of its test program. When the test was over, the first stage had registered its fourth success without a failure and demonstrated it can operate even when one of its eight engines fails. After 100 seconds of flight, a timing device cut off one engine to simulate a failure. Fuel flow to that engine halted automatically and the propellant was distributed equally to the other seven. The remaining working engines each burned two seconds longer than normalto to a maximum of 121 seconds—and Saturn completed its mission with very minor loss in performance. Russia Demands Damages MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union today demanded that the United States pay damages for a Cuban exile commando raid that crippled the Soviet freighter Baku three days ago. A note delivered to the U.S. Embassy also threatened to take unspecified measures to protect Soviet shipping from attacks by anti-Castro guerrillas operating in Cuban waters. The U.S. government has said repeatedly it is doing all it can to discourage such raids by Cuban exile groups. But Moscow's note charged that the Baku and other attacks on Soviet vessels "are not accidental and isolated actions, but planned provocations directed from a single center on U.S. territory." The Soviet note was the second such protest this week. In both notes, the Soviets accused the United States of giving support to the exiles, Prescriptions—Raney. CH 2-3092 Adv MIAMI, tain of the merchant ship Floridian said today two Soviet-built MIGs fired shots across the bow and stern of his vessel Thursday 20 miles off the coast of Cuba and he flashed an immediate distress call to the Coast Guard in Miami. U.S. Navy jets from Key West, Fla., did not reach the scene of the incident until 55 minutes later, the second engineer, Norman Teeples, of Dania, Fla., reported. "The planes appeared and circled the ship for about 20 minutes," Capt. Curtis Olson told a news conference aboard the ship shortly after the Floridian reached here under escort of U.S. fighter planes. After the first firing pass by the hostile jets, Olson said, his reaction was: "This couldn't be happening to us." It was the second incident of its kind reported in a month. Two MIGs with Cuban markings fired at a U.S. shrimp boat 60 miles off the Cuban coast last month. The vessel was not hit. The Floridian was traveling at 15.4 knots when the planes approached and stepped its speed to 17 knots during the strafing, but remained on normal course, Olson said. The third firing pass was across the bow at less than 100 yards he said. Olson said 15 to 30 shots were fired by the planes on their third pass. "They were explosive shells," he said. "They exploded in the when the first shots were fired without warning." He identified the shots as coming from machine annon. "The planes were very dark green in color," he said. "There peared to be a white or tan ircular insignia around the fuse- age, but we could not make it ut. I could tell they were MIGs, ut what type of MIGs I cannot ay." The ship was flying a 4x6 foot Vmerican flag at the time, he aid. * -A- * Tally's Toot I'm going to the mountains instead of taking that ocean cruise I'd planned this summer. Near Record Ottawa's warmish 84-degree high temperature yesterday missed by one degree the record high for the day. It was 85 on March 28, 1910. ^ ate 7~ nd f observed'a pale"gray But even the strong winds didn't cool the city down enough last night to prevent a new record; the 67 minimum last night was a record high minimum, beating the 61 in 1896 by six degrees. smoke." Harold Keane of Philadelphia, chief mate, photographed the MIGs in action, Olson said, "but I believe those pictures are in Washington now." 200 Students In Concert Tonight The annual Franklin County Music Festival will close with a concert at 8:15 tonight in the Ottawa Junior High School gymnasium. Participating will be Williamsburg, Princeton, Pomona, Richmond and Lane high schools. Darrell Burkdoll, Williamsburg High band director, is coordinator. Guest Conductors will be William Kloster and Robert Schaaf. Kloster, who will be working with the band, is assistant professor of Music at Ottawa University where he has the instrumental music program along with music theory and fine arts classes. Schaaf who will be working with the vocal groups, is completing study on his master's degree in music at Kansas Univeality and has had extensive experience with opera, musical comedy, orchestra and various vocal groups in the capacity as conductor. There are approximately 200 students participating in the program. The program is as follows: Band — Hymn of Freedom, Brahms; Firework Music, Handel; Rhumbango, Minelli, and King Cotton, Sousa. Mixed Chorus and Girl's Glee Club — Gloria In Excelsis, Mozart; Hey, Look Me Over, Coleman-Leigh; Michael, Row The Boat, Spiritual; September Song, Weill-Anderson, and Oklahoma Rodgers-Hammerstein. There will be no charge for admission and the public is invited. READY FOR CONCERT - These three girls, repressing three Franklin County high schools look over music for tonight's concert which will conclude Franklin County Music Festival. Girls (from left) are Judy Sutton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Sutton, Princeton; Bonnie Goodwill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. I. Goodwill, Williamsburg, and Sharon Buhner, daughter of Mr. and Nn. Dfeiel Buhner, Michigan Valley. Sharon attend! Pomona Higk (Herald Photo). Four Die In Boston Hotel Fire BOSTON (AP) — Four persons perished and at least 25 were inured today in a predawn fire that swept the Sherry Biltmore Hotel on Massachusetts Avenue. Firemen carried about 75 persons down ladders from the old 'rick building. Among those rescued were members of the cast of 'The Sound of Music" now play- ng in a downtown theater. Most of the cast was attending a party on an upper floor. They were unable to leave by a door and climbed out a window. About of them lined up on a narrow edge and waited until firemen aised aerial ladders. The dead—two men and two women — were not immediately dentified. Names of three of the injured were on the danger list at city lospital. Most of the others were eleased after treatment. Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)-Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a.m. Friday—0 For March—23 For 1963—84 Comparable 1962 period—110 The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Fair* and cooler tonight and Saturday. Lows tonight in 40s. High Saturday around 60. High temperature yesterday, 84; low, today, 67; high year ago today, 48; low- year ago today, 42; record high thU date, 81 in 1846; record low this date, 16 in 1944; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a.m., today: 0 a. m. 10 a. m. 11 a. m. Noon 1 p. m. a p. m. 3 p. m. 4 p. m. 5 p. m. « p. m. 7 p. in. • p. m. m. m. .60 9 p ..70 10 p ..75 11 p ..79 Midnight ..81 ..83 ..84 ..84 ..84 ..80 ..77 ..78 m. m. m. m, m. m. m. m. 75 .75 .74 .73 .79 ,.7170 6» Last month two MIG jets witH Cuban markings fired on a U.S. shrimp boat, the Ala, while it wai drifting, its motors out of commission, in the Florida Straits about 60 miles off the Cuban coast. The United States vigorously protested the attack and Kennedy ordered the Defense Department to make sure that "action will b« | taken against any vessel or aircraft which executes an attack against a vessel or aircraft of th«i ; United States over international waters in the Caribbean." The Castro regime denied its planes had fired on the shrimp boat, which was not flying a flag. On the Soviet troops question, U.S. sources said several hundred more Soviet personnel have been observed leaving Cuba since Kennedy estimated March 21 that 3,000 troops had been pulled out. Some 400 were reported to have steamed from Cuba aboard the Soviet liner Baltika last weekend. * * * Correction: Price quoted bananas in last night's paper »n| Pence Ad should read 10 ~ Ib.
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