The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on March 30, 1963 · Page 1
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POOR TOM AND BUCK - Aunt Polly (seated) and visitors mourn loss of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, who, they fear, have drowned in scene from "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" to be presented Friday night, April 5, by Ottawa Junior High Dramatics Club. Aunt Polly is played' by Renetta Engles. Others (from left) are Margaret Good, who plays Mrs. Thatcher; Marcia Allen, who acts part of Tom's old sweetheart, Amy Lawrence, and Hurst Coffman who plays Sid Sawyer. See story and picture on page 5. (Herald Photo). More Barking Than Biting In Latest Fuss With Cuba WASHINGTON (AP) The latest Cuban squall—with more thunder than lightning—seemed to have all but passed over today. And U.S. officials turned again to a more lingering problem: the thousands of Russian troops still in Cuba. Tension over Thursday night's Cuban MIG attack on an American cargo ship, the Floridian, dropped sharply after a swift note from Cuba saying the Russian- built fighters "probably fired in error." The ship was not hit. Informants in Havana said Friday night that Prime Minister Fidel Castro has promised to deliver an explanation to the United States on the strafing. But time was approaching for what President Kennedy said would be a new look at Soviet troop strength on the island. At his last news conference March 21, Kennedy said that about 3,000 Russians had left Cuba since Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev promised to with- Truck Tip Wins |5 Mike Steere, the first of several callers on the overturned truck at Ottawa University, receives the $5 prize in this week's news tip contest conducted by The Herald. Mike is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Myron S. Steere, 1143 S. Mulberry- Tipping The Herald on other stories were Don Brown, 1134 W. 7th; Margie Jones, 515 S. Mulberry; Mrs. Tom Arnold, 201 Dundee; Mrs. Tom Elder, Wellsville, and Mrs. Oliver Curby, 609 S. Elm. The Herald pays $5 every week for the best news or feature tip. Simply call or write The Herald when something unusual happens in your neighborhood, and you are a contestant. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Scattered showers with a few thunderstorms tonight. Otherwise partly cloudy to cloudy through Sunday. Lows tonight around SO. Highs Sunday in the 70s. High temperature yesterday, 76; low today, 53; high year ago today, 54; low year ago today, 34; record high this date, 82 in 1943; record low this date, 20 in 1856; hourly temperatures, 24 draw several thousand. That left an estimated 14,000 on the island —and, said Kennedy, "We hope more will pull out. "The month of March is not finished yet and we should have a clearer idea as to what the. total numbers should be in the coming days." Since then about 400 more Soviet military personnel have departed, according to unofficial reports. But Kennedy, who considered the Cuban situation at a meeting of the National Security Council Executive Committee Friday, has kept silent on the count. The quick cooling off of the shooting incident indicated both Havana and Washington wanted to avoid any new crisis. The State Department disclosed Friday that the strafing—which occurred about 20 miles north of the northern Cuba coast—was preceded and followed by diplomatic messages from Havana. The Castro government, possibly jittery over hit-and-run raids by Cuban exiles, messaged Wash* ington that its planes had spotted a "suspect" boat flying the American flag and asked whether the U.S. flag was being legitimately flown. Before the message was received, however, the MIGs had already fired bursts at the Floridian. Then, the State Department said, the Castro government hur- intention on part of the Cuban gov ernment to shoot at the Floridian." Assistant secretary of State Ed in who handles Latin auacnwj 10 my ras- 5.S 0 *Sr££Z trict votes Democratic," said the Republican president pro tern of win M. American affairs, said Friday night the free lance forays might cause the Russians to slow down their troop withdrawals. The Soviet Union's protest over the latest refugee attack on a Soviet ship and its demand that the United States pay for the damage, was still "under study" in Washington. The note arrived Friday afternoon. OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 87 NO. 94 OTTAWA, KANSAS, SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 1963 7 CENTS EIGHT PAGES What Happens Next In Kansas Reapportionment? TOPEKA (AP) — The Kansas tached to the 39th District in the Senate has sent a reapportion- northwest corner of the state, ment bill to the House, the House sticks out like a sore thumb on has sent one to the Senate, and the map. nobody would comment-on what happens next. The Senate passed its version ate thinks I'm obnoxious, I'm wil- Priday over the objections of a ling to resign," he said. " * ' ' " It Howatt is the only Democrat on 40 the Reapportionment Committee. He lost on an amendment to have Trego County transferred to the 38th District. His amendment would have left adjoining Ellis County intact. He charged the county was split to cripple the Democratic vote. Sen. Wade A. Myers, D-Emporia said splitting counties was not necessary in western Kansas and in the east it appeared that where county lines were crossed, new senators would be elected from less populous counties. small but angry minority, would rearrange the state's senatorial districts on a population basis and give considerably more voting strength to Sedgwick, Johnson, Wyandotte and Shawnee counties—the larger urban areas. The House reapportionment bill would cut its membership from 125 to 105—one for each county. It is in the Senate Reapportionment Committee. The Senate is under court mandate to reapportion. The House enacted its bill to offset any readjustment of the Senate solely on a population basis. The Senate reapportionment measure carried 24-6 on a roll call vote Friday, minutes after the close of debate. Sen. Paul Wunsch, R-Kingman, chairman of the Reapportionment Committee, answered critics by saying it followed population lines closely. "The plan is as nearly mathematically correct as anyone could have made it." Sedgwich County would have five districts and parts of four others. Wyandotte would have three districts and parts of two others. Johnson was given two districts, another combined with Wyandotte and part of another with Franklin and Miami counties. Shawnee County has two full districts districts. and parts of two The small but audible minority labelled the billa master plan of gerrymandering and unfairness. Population in the 40 districts would range from about 48,000 to slightly more than 60,000. The average population is 54,125. The chief opponents were Sen. Worden Howatt, D-WaKeeney and Sen. Fayette Row, R-Columbus. Rowe called it gerrymandering and said 7,000 persons in his area ried off a second message that would be disenfranchised. the MIGs "probably fired in er- "Is that because we have a lot ror and that there had been no of Democrats in Crawford and Cherokee counties?" he asked. Wunsch said the party vote of a district was given little consideration. "The area attached to my dis- Rowe said the plan was drawn to help some senators. "It sticks a dagger in some of Wunsch said. The bill creates nine districts in which present senators will have to run against each other. Howatt said Trego County, at- "They were after an individual. They were after me. If the Sen- County Sells Equinment For $5,776 Eighteen pieces of road maintenance equipment assumed from the 16 Franklin County townships by the county highway department sold for $5,776.54 yesterday after the county commissioner opened bids and awarded the machinery to the highest bidders. Among the items sold were tractors, dozers, brush spraying equipment, rock crushers and trailers. The equipment was taken over by the county after the road unit system was adopted in last year's general election. The commissioners appraised the equipment in each township and deposited the appraised value in each townships name. Three one-cubic-yard scrapers, a brush sprayer, one rock crusher, one tractor and brush sprayer and one two-wheeled trailer drew no bids. The commissioners said any interested bidders may submit bids without sending money to cover the bids on any or all of the unsold machinery. The bids will be opened at the commissioners' office April 10 and they will negotiate with the highest bidders. Bidders on the equipment sold yesterday were required to cover their bids with cash or a check for the amount of the bids. All the money received from the sale will be placed in the county road and bridge fund. Tauy's Toot We could leave Sergeant Slay in the Corps and pick him a platoon to drill: Private Khrushchev, Private Castro . . . Want JFK To Walk With Them To Polls GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) President Kennedy has been urged (o come to this Mississippi Delta city and walk with Negroes going to the county courthouse in their bid to become registered voters. "It's" the greatest thing the President of the United States can do to let the world know we believe in democracy," Wiley Branton, a Negro attorney from Atlanta, told a voter registration rally Friday night. The tension eased slightly Friday. Police kept pedestrians— both white and Negro—scattered and moving. The Lcflore County courthouse was blocked off by wooden bari- cadcs and police squad cars. However, Police Chief Curtis Lary said Negroes were free to enter the courthouse, provided traded about 400 persons, was the they walked in small groups in- fifth in as many nights since shot- stead of a mass march. „ ...„ gun blasts were fired into the Meanwhile, Mayor C. E. Samp- home of a Ne g ro who has ^0 charged the Justice Depart- sons active in civil ri 8 hts work i ... ... ,, . . Wn rma urac Viif ment with helping "professional agitators" foment racial trouble in Leflore Counly-where Negroes Court Fridav ° n disorderly con- outnumber white persons nearlv duct chai 'g es stemming from uuuiumucr wuiie persons neany ° — — ° ..«..2-1-in an attempt to win Negro Wedn esday|s vote march vowed f fl tV*m am in -inil iittfil it.** /A^A-Hnl votes. In Washington, the Justice Department said it was awaiting $200 fines. "Fighting Man" Going To Prison SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) Marine Corps Sgt. Carlton L. Slay, convicted of 14 counts of mistreating recruits, shuddered and ground his knuckles against the table before him when he heard his punishment pronounced: Dog Pen-Up To Begin Monday +s Ottawa dogs, under the provisions of a city ordinance, will begin their summer of restriction Monday, April 1. The ordinance requires that dogs must be tied, or penned up, or kept on a leash, or under direct supervision if permitted-to take a run, or a walk, during the months of April, May and June, designated as the garden months. The ordinance was enacted a few years ago following petitioning of the city officials by members of garden clubs and others. 6 Die, 50 Hurt In Explosion TUCSON, Ariz. (AP)-An explosion leveled a large cleaning establishment Friday, killing six persons and injuring more than 50. The injured included a co-owner of the firm, Harris Salonic, who was trapped under debris for more than an hour. His condition was critical. The cause of explosion was undetermined. The firm's boilers were found intact, Most of the dead were in the basement of the establishment, Supreme Cleaners. Of the injured, eight were hospitalized. Confinement at hard labor for three years, demotion to the rank of private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a bad-conduct discharge. The 33-year-old Leatherneck slammed his gloves on the table and wept. He had wanted to stay in the corps. After his conviction, but prior to his sentencing, he told a general court-martial Friday, "I consider myself a career man and a professional Marine. I am ready, prepared and trained to go into combat whenever the button is pushed. I'll be proud to go back and serve as a Marine wherever they send me." Slay has never been in combat. Convicted of striking and choking recruits, Sgt. Slay got an even stiffer sentence than Marine S. Sgt. Matthew C. McKeon, who in 195(5 led a night march on which six recruits drowned at Parris Island, N.C. Slay's sentence is subject to review, first by the commander of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here and later by higher authorities. It is not uncommon for such sentences to be reduced. Fifteen young Marines who had been drilled hy Slay testified for the prosecution earlier in the trial. But they returned to testify for the defense and all but one said they would be willing to follow Slay into battle. Conors To Wed HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Actor Chuck Connors said Friday that he and Kamala Devi, an actress of Indian-English parentage, will be married April 10. Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3092 Adv. OU Looking For Lakeside Recreation Site hours ending 8 a.m., today: 9 a.m 73 9 p.m tia 10 a.m 74 10 p.m 61 11 a.m 75 11 p.m 59 73 Midnight 56 74 ' 75 76 76 76 70 Noon 1 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 P.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. I P.m. 68 W 1 a.m. 3 a.m. 3 a.m. 4 a.m. 5 a.m. 6 a.m. 7 a.m. S a.m. 54 53 63 64 56 66 56 A recreation area for Ottawa University on real estate leased from the federal government on the shores of Pomona Reservoir is a possibility, although no lease has been signed as yet. Yesterday afternoon representatives of the University, including two members of the board of trustees, made a trip into the reservoir area with two representatives of the Corps of U. S. Engineers, to look at possible locations for such a recreational facility. The trip was not for the purpose of selecting a site, or for entering into any agreement, but rather it was a starting point for working toward such an agreement. In the group were Dr. A. B. Martin, president of the University; E. E. Haley and Robert A. Anderson, members of the university board of trustees; Claude Webb, alumni secretary and director of publicity for the school; and Lamar Phillips, of the the Herald. Representing the Corps of Engineers were Francis K. Walters, realty officer, and Howard J. Prante, land use planner, both of the Kansas City District office of. the Corps. A few areas of land are available for lease to non-profit groups for recreational use, but no gov-, C7 ernment land is available for private cabin sites. Also reserved on the shores of the lake are several areas that are to be developed as public use areas. Work on the dam and clearing work in the reservoir basin are progressing, and it is anticipated that impoundment of water for the permanent pool of the reservoir will begin with the fall rains this year. Next step in the discussions between the Corps of Engineers and Ottawa University will be preparation and outlining of a tentative plan or program showing what type of development the university envisions as a recreational area. This plan will then be submitted to the Corps of Engineers and will serve as a starting point for future discussions relative to a possible lease of the land. Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)-Kansas traffic death log: 24 hours to 9 a.m. Saturday—0 For March—23 For 1963-84 Comparable 1962 period-Ill FIELD TRIP - Ottawa University officials and representatives of (he Corps of U. S. Army Engineers look over possible sites on shores of Pomona Reservoir for lease by university as recreation are*. From left, Robert A. Andenoa, Claude Webb and E. E. Haley, Ottawa; Francis K. Walters and Howard J. Prante, of the Corps of Engineers, and Dr. A B. Martin, OU president, (Herald Photo). word from investigators in Greeni wood before deciding what action, if any, lo take in the situation. Friday night's rally, which at* No one was hit. Eight Negroes sentenced in City to remain in jail until the federal government acts. Each got 4-month jail terms and * * Bulletins WASHINGTON (AP)-The federal government today began court action lo halt any interference or intimidation .of Negroes seeking to register as voters in Greenwood and Leflore County, Mississippi. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy announced filing for an injunction in the U.S. District Court for Northern Mississippi. The suit specifically named officials of Greenwood and Geflore County and said they had used "intimidation, threats and coercion" including the "arrest and prosecution" of Negro registration workers. The suit for a temporary restraining order also specifically demanded the immediate release of eight Negroes jailed in Green* wood Wednesday after they walked to the city hall to seek police protection for registration workers and Negroes trying to register to vote. The Justice Department action would enjoin Greenwood and Leflore County officers from intimidating or attempting to interfere with registration workers or applicants, and would prevent pun- ' ishment for anybody registering, k or trying to do so, because of his race or color. The injunction, if granted by the court, would also bar injuries or , threat of physical force against I registrants and the use of police | dogs, or any other means, to hinder persons from exercising their right to register and vote for federal officials. Last Night To See Play It's still not too late to get tickets for the Ottawa Community Theater Players' last presentation of British playwrigt Peter Coke's "Breath of Spring". Tickets may be purchased from members of the cast and organ* ization; or at the Gas Service Company, Mrs. Robert Pickens, producer said today. The play drew about 250 spectators last night, more than doubling the Thursday night's crowd; Based OH Saturday audiences attending past plays, a much largj- er crowd is expected tonight when the curtain goes up on the first act at 8:15 in Memorial Auditor^, ium. "Breath of Spring" is a ... set in a British atmosphere. Tickets seil for $1, or $U5 reserved seats. Mrs': Ruth rop Kirveo is the director. Measles Vaccine Available f How would you like the mea- f sles? ,] You can get them for only $8. At that price, they are a bargain because only a light case, lasting * two or three days is available. Local physicians today reported that measles vaccine is now available and can be administered by local doctors. The $8 price includes two shots, given at the same time, one of the vaccine, the other a gamma globulin. With the shots, the patient usually breaks out in a light case of measles which last two or three days but doctors report this case is much less serious than the full-strength meales making the rounds of the school these days. The vaccine arrived here by parcel post in a frozen state and must be kept frozen until administered.

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