The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on April 26, 1963 · Page 1
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OTTAWA HERALD VOL. 67 NO. 117 OTTAWA, KANSAS FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 1963 7 CENTS TWELVE PAGES !i Mine Tragedy Fear All 22 Dead By BEN DEFOREST CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP)Clinchfield Coal Co. announced shortly after noon that 14 bodies of 22 men trapped by an explosion in its Compass No. 2 mine near here have been recovered. There was practically no hope the other eight—even deeper in the mine—would be found alive. Three bodies were found first near the main mine tunnel, about a mile and a half from the main entrance. Eleven other were found a short time later in a lateral working section. The 22 men, all married, had 63 dependents. Announcement of the finding of the first victims of the Thursday's explosion was made by mine Supt. Harry Chapman, whose brother is one of the missing miners. The bodies, Chapman reported, were found near the opening of a drift in which 13 miners were scheduled to be working when a rumbling gas explosion hit the For Peace And Neutrality, Says Khrush Russia And US In Accord On Laos MOSCOW (AP) - Premier Khrushchev assured Undersecretary of State W. Averell.Harriman today that he joined with the United States in affirming full support of the accord on keeping Laos neutral and peaceful. Khrushchev made the declara- ion in a joint communique issued after he had discussed the Laos situation for three and a half hours in the Kremlin with Harriman. The communique declared that, "The President (Kennedy) and chairman of the Council of Ministers (Khrushchev) reaffirmed that both governments fully support the genera] agreements on the Laotian question about which there was an exchange of views between them at Vienna and a mutual understanding reached." The communique noted that Harriman delivered to Khrushchev a personal letter from President Kennedy on the Laotian situation. This was followed by a long discussion in which Khrushchev, Harriman, U.S. Ambassador Foy Kohler and Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko took part, as well as others from both sides. How the discussion proceeded, or whether any concrete action to stop the fighting in Laos was agreed upon was not indicated either in the communique or by embassy officials. The tightest kind of secrecy has been exercised by the U.S. embassy since Harriman's arrival. Embassy officials refused even to mention the subject of Laos to reporters. Harriman and Kohler wenl lo see Khrushchev after talking for 2Va hours with Gromyko. "Each of us reassured the other that our governments are determined to do all they can to assure the independence and neutrality of Laos," Harriman told newsmen after his meeting with Gromyko. The U.S. undersecretary of stale declined to say whether he was optimistic or pessimistic. "I would not know about using those words," he said. Harriman carried a personal letter from Kennedy asking Khrushchev to help enforce the Geneva agreement guaranteeing the neutrality of the tiny Southeast Asian kingdom threatened by Communist-controlled Pathct Lao forces. Prospects appeared remote that the Soviets would intervene to check the Pethet Lao. In Laos, informed sources in Vientiane reported the Pathlet Lao shelled positions held by neutral- is! Gen. Kong Le's troops with artillery and mortars from 5 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday but apparently did not otherwise try to drive the neutralists from their positions. The firing reportedly stopped when a storm broke over the area. The sources said that members of the International Control Commission who flew to the Plaine dcs .Tarrcs at the time heard and saw the Palhct Lao shell bursts. Harriman, the chief U.S. negotiator at the Geneva conference on Laos, arrived from London Thursday night aboard a Soviet airliner. mine. Seven other men were assigned to a drift 2,000 feet farther into the mine and two men were assisting both crews. Outside the mine's entrance, women, coal miners in working gear, police and coal company officials kept vigil. There was nothing on the outside to indicate what had taken place. Fans which circulate air through the mine continued to operate. The shaft was not damaged. The elevator which can carry 10 men down into the working area was still operating. Leonard Timms, state mines director, said the trapped men were about 1% miles from the shaft when the explosion rumpled through the deep works. As rescue crews leapfrogged through mine drifts toward the explosion area 5,000 feet back in the mine, a company official said: "We have hopes, but chances are slim they're still alive." At the shaft head at Dola, six miles northwest of here, wives of the trapped men, officials, off- shift workers and miners who escaped the blast kept a dawn vigil. State Police blocked rural roads to keep away the curious. Ambulances and rescue vehicles stood by. The explosion, tentatively laid to deadly and explosive methane gas, possibly in combination with coal dust, blew dirt and debris out the 330-foot main mine shaft just after 11 p.m. Twentynine miners working away from the explosion area tumbled out of the mine. But 22 others—14 working on one seam, seven on another and a foreman who could have been with either group—did not appear. The area was a mile and three- quarters from the nearest mine opening. Anderson Names Two Regents TOPEKA (AP) - Arthur H. Cromb, Prairie Village, and Larry Morgan, Goodland, were appointed to the Board of Regents today by Gov. John Anderson. They fill two posts which had been available for nearly four months. Cromb, president of a tool and die manufacturing firm at Kansas City, will succeed Charles V. Kincaid. He is a past president and member of the board of directors of the University of Kansas Alumni Association and a trustee of the Kansas University Endowment Association. Morgan, a Democrat, succeeds Leon N. Roulier, Colby. He is a farmer and rancher in Sherman County and is agricultural representative for a local bank in Goodland. Morgan, immediate past president of the Kansas State Alumni Association, served on the Board of Regents from 1954 to 1958., . Newsman Says He Was On Attack Plane Havana Refineries Bombed May Increase Turnpike Fees TOPEKA (AP)—The possibility of increasing tolls on the Kansas Turnpike is expected to be taken up Monday at a meeting of the State Turnpike Authority in Wichita. Addision Meschke, state highway director and a member of the authority, said Thursday a toll increase is certain but that it likely will be only a small hike in highway use fees for trucks. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST - Mostly cloudy through Saturday. Scattered showers and thunderstorms tonight continuing into Saturday. Low tonight middle 50s. High Saturday middle 70s. High temperature yesterday, 71; low today. 44; high year ago today, 82; low year ago today, 52; record high this date, 91 in ItfOl; record low this date, 27 in 1907 and 1910; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a.m., today: WASHINGTON (AP)—Alexander Rorke Jr., a former photographer in Cuba, said today four men flew a plane over oil refineries in Havana Thursday night and dropped five homemade bombs, but apparently didn't do any damage of consequence. Rorke, 36, told the story to an anti-Communist meeting. "The bombs went off, but the tanks did not blow," he said. "We made two passes—they can't deny it." To reporters later, Rorke said the bombs were a 100-pound explosive type and four napalm bombs. Napalm bombs are made with jellied inflammable and are primarily intended to start fires. In telling of the raid Rorke said they made, he said they dropped "defensive bombs." This was in derisive reference to contentions the Soviet weapons in Cuba are only defensive. As to the plane's point of departure, Rorke again essayed humor and "c6ncealmenT, J liayihg it was from "a small land mass off the Eurasian continent." At the White House, presidential press secretary Pierre Salinger declined to comment on Rorke's story. "I have no information on the matter at the present time," he said. The State Department said it had no report of the raid and noted that the Havana radio apparently has not broadcast anything concerning it. Rorke told newsmen he expected no difficulty from the U.S. government over the matter. "We didn't break any laws. The plane did not come from the United States," he said. "I'm a reporter, and reporters are allowed to go along on any kind of flight." The meeting addressed by Rorke was billed as an anti-Communist seminar. He was listed on the program as a television reporter-photographer. Rorke told newsmen he had been a reporter in Havana for the National Broadcasting Co., and had been imprisoned when Fidel Castro came to power. NBC said in New York that it knew Rorke "only as a free-lance newsreel cameraman, that he had not served as an NBC representative and NBC had no knowledge of his flight to Cuba." A network spokesman said NBC occasionally had bought some film from him, but had no other association. Rorke told newsmen he is a native of New York, attended Georgetown University here and St. John's University in New York, is married and has three children. He said his father, Alexander, was the assistant district attorney of New York who won convictions against Communist leaders from 1918 to 1920. Rorke said he had taken part in earlier operations against Castro's Cuba. He identified himself as the owner of the Violynn III, a motorboat which was seized and temporarily held by the British when Workers Share Kaiser's Profits See tht new Lawn Boy mowers at Brown's Hardware, 1540 S. Main. Adv. 9 a. m. 10 a. m. 11 a. m. Noon 1 p. m. 2 p. m. 3 p. m. 4 p. m. 5 p. m. 6 p. m. 7 p. m. 8 p. m. .54 .55 .59 .63 .65 .68 .70 .71 69 .67 .63 .59 9 p. m. 10 p. m. 11 p. m. Midnight m. rh. m. m. m. m. m. m. Asks Moderate Approach To U.S. Racial Problem FONTANA, "Calif. (AP)—Kaiser steelworkers, their paychecks fattened under a new cost-saving plan, went to worfc today convinced that they have a good thing going for them. The company and its employes split nearly a million dollars. Some 3,930 employes covered by the plan divided $312,000 Thursday when the company distributed the savings from March, the first month of its operation. The average bonus came to about $80 per man, with some workers getting nearly $200. "Man, I got it made," shouted D. D. Prazee, a Riverside machinist, as he walked away from the pay window. His paycheck showed an extra $122.62. "I figured I'd get something like $20." Union officials representing the covered employes indicated satisfaction with the bpnus plan. Kaiser said savings for March came to $962,00. The figure is based on the cost of producing steel at the Fontana plant in 1961. Under the formula announced last December, the company will take about two-thirds of the savings, with the other third going to the employes. Workers share in the savings according to their type of work. The bonus averages al>out 55 cents an hour in addition to $3.15 regular hourly pay for those eligible to share. Although the Kaiser plan was fashioned only for that company, the rest of the industry is watching its outcome. t put into the Bahamas several vccks ago ami was found to be oaded with weapons. Rorke introduced a man lo the assembly as Laureano Batista, and said, "He won't say he did it, and 1" won't say he did it." This was in reference to any role in Thursday night's operation. Rorke said that "as to where we (the plane) left from," he could say that "it was a small land mass off the Eurasian continent.' He called he operation "a defensive mission in a defensive plane." He said not one shot was fired at them. He said there were four people aboard the plane, including an American student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was on his way to Boston. Rorke laid particular stress on the desire of the Cubans for action lo free their Country from Castro "The Cubans for action are organized despite what you are lold and always have been," Rorke said. He lold reporters the bombing was at 8:55 p.m. and Uiat Ihose aboard Ihe plane included Cuban freedom fighter technicians a well as Cubans. He said they were over the Ha vana area, just east of Morro Cas tie, for 4 minutes and 40 seconds He said also "I took movies a we approached." Tauy's Toot Kind of hurts a fellow's eyes lo look at so much dazzling beauty all at once. Pick Captain To Direct Sub Hunt WASHINGTON Mavy has called (AP) The back from re- irement Capt. William R. Ander- 3 on former skipper of the pioneer nuclear submarine Nautilus, to iclp pull together its underwater •escue programs and techniques or salvage from the ocean floor. Anderson's return to temporary active duty with a new naval ;roup was learned today, little more than two weeks after the nuclear submarine Thresher sank a mile and a half under the At- .antic's waves with 129 men. Because of the great depth the Vavy holds out no hope for salvaging the Thresher. And the Mavy said there are no plans now for Anderson's group to have any direct part in the search to locale the submarine's hulk. Anderson, 41, who had been a Nautilus shipmate of the Thresher's skipper, Lt. Cmdr. John W. Harvey, will hend the submarine section of the newly formed group to consolidate all the 'Navy's oceanographic and deep salvage studies. Everywhere How Dry It Is WASHINGTON (AP) - A government weather and crop expert said today crop production in many parts of the country will be in "real trouble" if there is no widespread rainfall within a week or 10 days. "Important crop production areas are at the crossroads leading either to good production or to d r o u g h t-shortened output," said Peter D. Weber of the Agriculture Department's Crop Reporting Board. Weber said it is too early to say a big drought may be in prospect. Conditions are not classed as a drought until subsoil moisture supplies have been depleted. At present, the moisture shortage is limited largely to topsoil. The situation by states in- HST Suffers Upsefc Stomach KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)-Former President Harry S. Truman suffered a stomach upset Thursday. This morning The Associated Press called his office to inquire about his condition. Truman, 78, back on the job, answered the telephone. "I'm all right," he said. "It was just a stomach upset." eludes: Arkansas—Soil moisture continues uniformly short. Colorado — Locally severe soil blowing caused closed highways and widespread duststorm caused considerable damage to growing crops. Nebraska — Topsoil moisturt short in most areas. Missouri — Precipitation needed over most of state. Oklahoma—Moisture critical in western areas, needed elsewhere. Kansas — Surface moisture su{V plies short in 90 per cent of counties. * * * Driest Spell Since 1956 TOPEKA (AP)-Not since the drought year of 1956 have soil moisture supplies been so low in the western two thirds of Kansas, federal and state agencies report. Departments of Agriculture reported Thursday that v»ter available for plant use in the top four feet of soil averaged 3.12 inches in mid-April compared with 5.85 inches a year ago and a five-year average of 6.5 inches. The average inches. in 1956 was 2.09 See the new Lawn Boy mowers at Brown's Main. Hardware, 1540 S. Adv. Can You Pick Miss Ottawa From This Bunch Of Beauties? ATLANTA (AP) - Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy said today that unless moderates get together America can expect a rise in militancy and extremism on both sides of the racial issue. Kennedy said he believed the country is "on the right road now" in dealing with civil rights problems and "I think we will get the job done." As for Negroes, he said, "You can't expect a group of people to continue to be treated as inferiors. . .It would be the most natural thing in the world to go in some different direction." He made that comment during a news conference in response to a question as to whether he considered the Black Muslims a subversive group. He said he did not class the Negro organization, which advocates black supremacy, as subversive. The attorney general, on a cour- tesy visit to Southern governors and U.S. district attorneys, had breakfast today with Gov. Carl E. Sanders. He praised Georgia's progress in working out civil rights problems through cooperation by political, educational and religious leaders. Kennedy told newsmen he had no intention of becoming a candidate for president, or governor of Massachusetts. He said he hoped to continue as attorney general through his present term and "I hope well into the next." By the latter remark, he said he hoped his brother, President John F. Kennedy, would be returned to office. The attorney general already had visited with two Dixie governors. He warned at Columbia, S.C., one of the few remaining segregation strongholds, that real racial progress must be made or there will be worse agitation and bloodshed 10 years from now. Soil moisture tests were madt by special crews at eight-mMe intervals over a 3,000 mile course in western Kansas. The agencies reported stocks of grain in storage April 1 were smaller than a year ago. Stocks of wheat totaled 521.5 million bushels, down about 8 per cent from last year but still the secortd highest of record for the date. Sorghum grain slocks were 126.5 million bushels, corn 48.1 million, barley 8.9 million and oats 3.2 million. All were below last year's figures. Chance For Rain; Knock On Wood TOPEKA (AP)-Scattered show. ers broke out in parts of southern Kansas today and the state had R reasonably good chance of getting general rains, even though Ihey might be light. So far this year Kansas has been considerably drier than normal and crops are being damaged. Clouds moved into southwestern Kansas during the night and spread rapidly over the state. Traces of rain were reported and the Weather Bureau reported radar showed thunderstorms in fh« developing stage. .1- Best chances for rain were in. the south central and eastern sec- ions. Twelve candidates for Miss Ottawa—that's all of them—are pictured together at tea yesterday afternoon at home of Dr. and Mrs. David Laury, 328 E. llth. Miss Ottawa will be chosen in 2-night pageant, May 3-4, in Memorial Auditorium. Candidates are (seated, from left) Merry Lee Atkinson, June Masters, Nancy Bcthcll, Diane Watkins, Sylvia Provencal, Joy Long and Wendy Edwards; and (back row, from left) Janice Millikcn, Dianue Williamson, Ann Cooper, Helen llurrell and Annie Lou Jennings. (Herald Photo by Lois Smith) Kansans Vote No On Grains WASHINGTON (AP) - All fiv* Kansas Republicans voted against as the House passed the adminis* (ration's feed grains bill Thursday, 208 to 196. Prescriptions—Raney, CH 2-3091.' 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