' t <> I 'I OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 67 NO. 112 OTTAWA, KANSAS, SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 1963 7 CENTS EIGHT PAGES What Will The President Do To Ease The Strife In Laos? Probably Won't Dispatch Troops By SPENCER DAVIS WASHINGTON (AP)-The Kennedy administration was reported today on the verge of important decisions dealing with the strife in Laos. But officials ruled out any possibility U.S. troops would be sent there now. The officials made clear, however, that every other range of action is under consideration. And President Kennedy may discuss possilbe courses of action when he meets with the National Security Council. Kennedy described the Laos situation Friday as "most serious ... It is a matter of the greatest concern to us." Addressing the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the President said the fact that pro- Communist forces have not Home Not Where It's Wanted A persistent sparrow finally got me job done in a patrol car, but alas, the egg laid will never hatch. According to Martha Brenner, 808 Hamblin, a sparrow has been trying several weeks now to build a nest in the patrol car driven by Trooper Harold Bennett. Martha's father, Bob Brenner, who works at a local station, has pulled a nset from under the hood of the patrol car four or five times. It's a fire hazard, he says. The nest was located on the gravel pan near the battery. Several days ago when Bennett checked the engine, sure enough, there was the nest again, this time with an egg in it. But it won't hatch, he had to remove it. Long Chase For This Fox Hound A DeSoto man is pretty happy about one of his dogs. The dog was lost for a time but has now been returned to its home. The dog, a fox hound, came to the Leo Miller farm on Saturday, April 13. The dog remained, but Miller said it took a few days for the dog to get well enough acquainted so anyone could get near enough to read the name on its collar. It was found the dog belonged to F. I. Schanze of DeSoto. Miller contacted the DeSoto man and learned he had been fox hunting in the vicinity of Mound City about six weeks ago. The hunters had five hounds, all from the same litter, about 1% years old. Two were lost. One of the dogs was found about two weeks later, but the owner had given up on the other. The missing hound which came to the Miller place apparently was on its way home to DeSoto. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Fair to partly cloudy tonight and to. morrow and a little warmer tonight. Low tonight around 50. High tomorrow near 80. High temperatudes yesterday, 73; low today, 38; high year ago today, 85; low year ago today, 54; record high this date, 84 in 1902; record low this date, 25 in 1810 and 1953; hourly temperatures, 21 hours ending 8 a.m. today: 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. Noon 1 p.m. a p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. B p.m 6 p.m. 7 p.m, I p.m. 63 9 p.m. 68 10 p.m. 69 11 p.m. 71 Midnight •••••• •••••• •••••« **••** >*•>•• 72 73 73 73 71 69 66 62 1 2 3 4 B g 7 8 a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. a.m. A «in A.m. a.m. . t ^ t f *• * • •• • • • • • * * * Bulletin VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) Neutralist troops, low on ammunition, have retreated from the strategic Plaine des Jams ahead of a massive force of- proCommunist Pathet Lao, military sources reported today. * * * leeded the call of neutralist Premier Souvaima Phouma to halt attacks on neutralist troops 'raised the question of the imminent destruction of the Geneva accords." 'We will have a chance to see in the next few days," Kennedy added. The Geneva accords, signed by L4 nations, guaranteed Laos' neutrality under a coalition government. But fighting has broken out again. Pathet Lao pro-Communist forces are driving to smash neutralist troops in the strategic Plaine des Jarres in east-central Laos. Its capture would solidify the pro-Communist domination of northern Laos. Loss of the Plaine also would destroy the middle ground the neutralists occupied between the rightist and leftist armies. There was speculation that the United States could either send back its forces into Thailand or call on other members of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization to speed up the date for military maneuvers now scheduled for mid-June in northern Thailand. The SEATO maneuvers, planned long before the current emergency, involve ground operations, paratropers and air drops in a counter-insurgency exercise. All eight SEATO nations are scheduled to take part in some phase of the operation—the United States, Thailand, the Philippines, Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and France. Sea Horse Tip Contest Winner This week's Herald tip contest winner of five dollars is Rev Keith C. Shumway, 910 Hickory, who phoned the news room Thursday to announce the birth of 18 baby sea horses in the Lincoln School classroom of Mrs. Eva Fleming, 625 N. Cherry. The "colts" were born in the classroom while teacher and stu dents were observing two adult sea horses. The births were a surprise to all. The Herald awards five dollars to the person who phones or brings in the best news tip each week. News stories and picture tips are eligible for the prize All tips received before Fri day are accepted for that week's contest. Any tips after Friday are considered for the next week's contest. If anything unusual, or appar ently newsworthy happens in your community or neighborhood let us know. You may be the next person to be five dollars richer. HALF-BAREFOOTED JUMPER — Clark Hay, Friends University high jumper, doesn't have sore foot. Nor was it so warm at Interdenominational Relays yesterday at Ottawa University as to tempt one to go barefooted. "I saw someone else jump with one shoe on and one off once," he said, "and I just do it for luck." He was lucky enough, or just plain good enough, to win second. For Relays results and other local sports, turn to Pg. 2. (Herald Photos). WHAT DO GIRLS DO AT RELAYS? - Why, they sit on bank nearby and attract the eyes of passing athletes. Catching also the eyes of photographer at Interdenominational were Laurie Hunt (left), OU sophomore from Aurora, Colo., and Joyce St. Pierre, OU freshman from Concordia. Evidence Of Flames In Thresher Debris PORTSMOUTH, N. H. (AP)A large piece of polyethylene plastic found with the new debris at the scene of the submarine Thresher sinking, showed charred spots, indicating it was burned "in a rush of flame," a naval court of inquiry was told today. The plastic piece, about 18 inches square, was introduced as evidence at the resumed hearings at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Frederick L. Downs, a chemist who is conducting tests on the debris, testified the plastic was of the type commonly found in submarines of the Thresher class. He said it is used in the reactor shielding on nuclear . powered ships. Downs testified that the plastic showed indications "that it had been in contact with a rush of flame." There were bits of metal imbedded in it also, he said. There are to be further tests, he added. Also presented to the court Castro Defends Missile Buildup HAVANA (AP)-Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro says he armed his island with Soviet missiles because he knew of plans for a second invasion and now has proof he was right. Making the most of the split between former exile leader Jose Miro Cardona and the Kennedy administration, Castro told the nation over television Friday night, "Now the whole world will know who was responsible for the Caribbean crisis." He said Miro's lengthly resigna- tion statement proved Cuba was right in preparing "to resist the new imperialist aggression." Miro resigned Thursday as president of the Cuban Revolutionary Council, charging that Kennedy backed down on a promise for a second invasion. The U. S. State Department has described Miro's charges as "highly inaccurate and distorted." Castro called Cuba's military pact with the Soviet Union one of several "just and necessary measures to brake the warlike and aggressive adventurers." were two pads, which appeared to be the stuffing from the inside of a life jacket, The new debris was brought to court in a seabag, and its nature was not disclosed until it was presented to the court. Also presented were eight other pieces of plastic^-none larger than a man's hand. Downs said the edges appeared to be torn raggedly, and that tests will be made to find out the cause. The two pads which were identified as appearing to be life jacket padding are orange. Each is about 18 inches long and six to eight inches wide. The debris was found near the Thresher's last known position and introduced into evidence by Capt. Samuel R. Heller, design superintendent at the Portsmouth yard and custodian for any debris found at the search scene. A Dry Weekend TOPEKA (AP)-Generally clear skies and warm temperatures will continue over Kansas through the weekend with no prospects for badly needed rain. Tauy's Toot Pretty, young spectators at a track meet are more attractive than some news. Not All Wheat Under JFK's Plan WASHINGTON (AP)-F'armers have not been guaranteed a flat a bushel for so-called "certificate" wheat under a new wheat control plan the Kennedy administration will submit to a grower referendum May 21. Reports from some producing areas indicate some misunderstanding exists among growers regarding the proposal's price supports. OU Alumni "To Meet" Far Apart Ottawa University alumni tonight will sponsor a "Telemeet" involving graduates in Ottawa and eight other cities. They will be linked in a long distance telephone conference hook-up. Each station will have a loudspeaker so that alumni in all the cities involved will hear the 15-minute program, A representative from each chapter will speak. Rev. James McCrossen, Topeka, president of the Alumni Association, will be master of ceremnies in Ottawa. Others on the program will be President Andrew B. Martin, Dr. W. D. Bemmels, Coach Dick Peters, Lulu Brown and Robert Froning, Tulsa, president-elect of the association. Cities involved are Ottawa, Kansas City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Hutchinson, Wichita, Bartlesville and Washington, D. C. Prescriptions—Raney, CM 2-3092 Adv. The plan would provide a base support of $2 for part of the crop and a base rate of $1.30 for (he remainder. The proposal, which requires approval by at least two-thirds of the growers voting in the nationwide referendum, would set up two categories of wheat. One would be 975 million bushels earmarked for the domestic food market and for a substantial part of the exports. This category is referred to as certificate wheat. Us base support would be $2. The other category would be wheat grown on federal acreage planting allotments in excess of a farm's share of the certificate wheat. This grain could be used for feed, for commercial non-food uses and for additional exports. Its base support would be $1.30. Price supports would be offered in the form of loans on stored grain. These supports would b* built around the $1.30 level. It is possible that the individual support rates might vary from less than $1 to upwards of $1.48. Rates are set by counties as well as by quality factors. Rates in counties far distant from terminal markets are lower than those close to terminal markets. This difference is designed to reflect transportation costs. Any farmer wishing to take advantage of the support for certificate wheat would be entitled to the rate determined under the $1.30 base rate plus 70 cents. In other words, the plan places a uniform differential of 70 cents belween certificate wheat and the non-certificate wheat. Reject Herald Building Bids Muchow & Sprigg, Paola contractors, were apparent low bidders for the new Ottawa Herald building yesterday when bids were opened at the old Herald building. Base bid submitted by the Paola firm was $171,054. Low bid for the automatic sprinkler system for the 8,625-foot square structure was $5,777, submitted by Gelco Mechanical Contractor, Inc., Kansas City. The low bid was one of four submitted by general contractors. Four sprinkler bids were received. All bids were considerably higher than estimates of the architects, Miller, Hiett, Don- No Invasion Plan-Before Or Now~Says JFK WASHINGTON (AP)-President Kennedy has denied ever promising a U.S. invasion of Cuba and has ruled out that kind of venture now. "It would be a mistake," he said. But "time will see Cuba free again," the President told the American Society of Newspaper Editors Friday, "and I think when that happens the record will show that the United States has played a significant role." The President also ruled out another kind of venture: an administration onslaught against the steel industry for raising prices last week. Kennedy described the boosts as selected price increases that were "responsive to market situations." "It represents, really, about a 1 per cent price increase for steel products which restores, really, the 1 per cent that has been lost since 1959 in the price of steel," Kennedy told the editors. But the President said he was concerned about the psychological effect of the increase and hoped steel-using manufacturers would absorb the new costs and not pass them on to the public. "I know the steel industry, it seems to me, has acted with some restraint in this case, which I think is very useful," he said. "I am hopeful that other companies, particularly in the auto industry, will act with similar restraint, and that the union itself will guide its conduct in accordance with its long-range interest, which is the national interest." But the editors, while curious whether the country would see a repeat of the Kennedy-steel battle of last year, seemed more concerned about Cuba than steel prices. At least, the bulk of their questions, submitted in writing, touched on the • Communist state of Fidel Castro. Kennedy was asked to comment on the accusation by Cuban refuge leader Jose Miro Cardotia that Kennedy had reneged on a promise to invade Cuba. "Nobody in the United States government ever informed anyone in the government or outside the government, Dr. Cardona or anyone else, that we were going to launch, a military invasion with six divisions," the President said. Kennedy said "the United States cannot launch itself into a massive invasion of Cuba without considering the world-wide implications to other free countries and also its effect upon our own position." But the President said he hoped the refugees did not see the present situation as "a struggle between the United States and the exiles." "We want to work with Dr. Cardona and all other Cubans," Kennedy said, "but we must maintain the control of our policy here in the United States and here in Washington and will continue to do so." In a speech that preceded the question and answer period, Kennedy said that "a cut of $5 billion now from the proposed federal budget, as many have suggested, would cause 1 million fewer jobs by the end of the fiscal year." This brought a retort later from some congressmen who have been trying to cut the budget. "Pure poppycock" was the reaction of the Republican Congressional Committee. The President rejected a suggestion by the Civil Rights Commission that the federal government cut off funds to Mississippi for failing to uphold the civil rights of its Negro residents. "I don't have the power," the President said, "and I would think it would probably be unwise to give the president of the United States that kind of power because it could start in one state and for one reason or another it might be moved to another state which was not measuring up as the president would like to see it measure up in one way or another." Asked his views about the press, Kennedy noted that the editors would be visiting the White House later in Uie day. Referring to a recent article by New York Times columnist Arthur Krock, he said: "Mr. Arthur Krock has warned of the temptations there and the seductions which take place in the press in the White House, but I want to know that we expect that you will all emerge with your journalistic integrity and virtue unmarred." borger and Arbucklc. None was accepted. Following the bid openings, the architects and the owners conferred with the low bidders and their prime sub-contractors, Wiggins Electric Service of Ottawa and Carey Plumbing and Heating Co., also of Ottawa. Robert B. Wellington, publisher of the Herald, said today that no contracts were signed, and the architects had been asked to revise plans in order to reduce the overall costs. The revisions are expected to take about 10 days. Muchow & Sprigg estimated 200 calendar days for completion of the one-story building which would be built on a tract of land purchased at 1st and Cedar. Other general contractors and the base bids submitted were: Cornelius & Associates, Paola, $179,340.02; B. A. Green Construe- tion, Lawrence, $176,980; McClure Construction, Richmond, $178,625. OU Trustees Meet Monday Ottawa University trustees will meet Monday evening and Tuesday in their annual spring meeting. The sessions will open with a dinner at the university on Monday evening. President Andrew B. Martin said that the trustees will divide into groups Monday evening after the dinner to discuss various phases of the university program. The regular board meeting will be held Tuesday.
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