Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on June 28, 1955 · 1
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Tuesday, June 28, 1955
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WEATHER Map, Pag. 32 HQAAE EDITION Fair tonight and tomorrow ex- frrr cept morning high ature change. Low tonight 48 to 54. West winds 1$ to 25 m.p.h. in afternoons. ISTA1LISHID FEBRUARY 21, 1174 ASSOCIATED PRESS.. .WIREPIOTO.. WIDE WORtP... UNITED PRESS. ..CHICAGO DAILY MEWS FOKEIfiK SERVICE VOL CLXII 10 DAILY R OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 1955 2(X SUNDAY NO. 179 (aiser Buys Holy Names Site; New 14th -Broad way Building Giant Structure Planned On Lake Merritt to House Offices of Financial Empire Purchase of the College of Holy Names property at 20th and Webster Streets, as site for a multi-million dollar office building and shopping center, was announced today by Henry J. Kaiser. The project to be known as Kaiser Center will be the largest office building in the Oakland area. It will be the world headquarters for the Kaiser-managed com panies. ICaispr armnnnr-Pfl Via Viarl exercised an option to purchase the seven-acre campus bouhded by Webster, 20th, 2lst the and Harrison Streets, from iSisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. Although he declined to reveal! the purchase price, it is Understood to be $2,560,000. Master planning is under way. Kaiser said, to coordinate the j project with the City of Oakland's efforts to stimulate the private financing and construction of a luxury hotel diagonally across Harrison Street from the campus on the city-owned Snow Museum park beside! Lake Merrjtt MAYOR IS PLEASED Mayor Clifford E. Rishell hailed Kaiser's announcement as bringing tvo major, civic projects closer to realization. He said the rapid growth of the j Kaiser companies has made their local office facilities inadequate and created the possibility the firm's world headquarters might be forced to leave Oakland. The Kaiser Center project assures retention of the firm for Oakland, he declared. At the same time Rishell predicted the project will improve Oakland s prospects for a new hotel. Specifications for the Kaiser Center have not been completed and! it is not decided if the structure will follow a spraw ling or an erect design. . '-- - It will have between 400,000 and' 500,000 square feet of space and will feature - extensive use of aluminum, Kaiser said. FIVE TIMES AS LARGE The principal building is ex pected to provide up to five times as much office space as the! present Kaiser Building at 1924 Broadway. The project Urban Renewal Plan Approved Federal Officials Accept Oakland's Plan; Government to Pay Two-Thirds Federal officials today approved' Oakland's "workable program" application, under which the city's urban renewal "face lifting" can be carried out with the Federal Government paying as much as two-thirds of the cost. .Notice Of the program s approval came simultaneously Smiths Leases Two Floors, Basement of Multi-Story Modern Business Edifice Plans for a multi-storied, air-conditioned office build4 ing at the southeast corner of 14th and Broadway in downj town Oakland were announced today by Harry McClelland, president of the Capital Company. He said the major part of the ground floor, basement, and an upper floor have been leased by Smith's, pionee clothing store for men and boys. McClelland said thi eight of the building will w have- eight times as much ground area, making possible tension of the downtown shop- ping area. Retail shops and other facili ties! will occupy this area. A new California corporation Kaiser Center, Inc., has been forhied to own and develop the properties, joining in incor porating, financing and owning Kaiser Center, Inc., are the Henry J. Kaiser Company, Kaiser Aluminum and Chemi cal Corporation, Kaiser Stee Permanente Ce Corporation, Continued Page 8,' C61 in a telegram from Sen. Wil liam F. Knowland to Mayor Clifford E. Rishell and in a long distance telephone call from Albert M. Cole, administrator of the Housing and Home finance Agency (ntir A) in Washington, D.C., to Justin Herman, HHFA regional director in San Francisco. 'The upproval," Herman said, makes Oakland the second city in the entire West to qualify under this urban renewal program, joining Los Angeles in that classification. - "Oakland can indeed be proud of Mayor Rishell's work on this project and of the enthusiastic support given him by other city officials , and members of the Citizens' Committee for Urban Renewal." FIRST STEP IN SERIES The "workable program" is thef irst in a series of steps set up in the Housing Act of 1954 under which theteaerai , uov ernment helpscitiesto ' help themselves get rid ot slums and rehabilitate blighted neighbor hoods. '. To qualny .. under this first step, a city must show the HHFA that it recognizes that it has slums and blighted areas, is try ing to do something about them in a planned, coordinated way, but needs financial help to help pay the staggering costs. Approyal of ats workable program qualifies Oakland to receive, immediately, financial advances to help pay the costs of planning, and, if necessary, ac quisition of properties 'Later, when specific projects have been designated, the Fed eral Government will pay up to two-thirds of the total cost with no strings attached, NOT TAKE CASH Even the city's one-third share may not involve actual cash outlay. Money the city spends for Continued Page 8, Col. 3 State Opens Argument in Simin Trial So They Say CHANCELLOR ADENAUER of West Germany warned the Russians are preparing for a civil war against Bonn: "In East .Germany we face a Standing army of 150,000 Ger-Jnans trained by the Soviet army." MRS. NtAL MCiNfclLL, owner if the . Hillsborough mansion rented to the Russian U.N. delegation, ays, they left the house just as they found it: Except for a few cigaret burns and stains." SENATOR AIKEN, Republican f Vermont, commented on com-munists-in-government as an is sue in 1956: "You can't beat peace and prosperity as an issue. Peace is the big thing. The people will even take a little cut in prosperity so long as we can avoid war." Inside Today Today's wild frontier is no place for Davy Crockett it's a nightmare zone 600 miles straight up. Ralph Craib, on Page 2, writes on what Mof-fett Field engineers and physicists are trying to find out about it. THE NEWS METER f BETTER THAN NOTHING The troubled cry with doleful din: "O what a state this globe is in!" Yet any state on this old ball Is better than no state at al JACK BURROUGHS. THE DAILY EXPRESS. Lord Beaverbrook's London paper, blasted at Dr. Hewlett Johnson, the Dean of Canterbury: "Why is the red Dean permitted to use Canterbury Cathedral as a centei for communist propaganda?" WHERE TO FIND IT Bridge Scores 16 Classified . ,22 Comics 14, 15 Crossword Puzzle 29 Editorial . 38 Financial ... 20, 21 Gardens . . ... .15 Geraldlne 13 Mary Margaret McBride. ... 13 Radio and TV 16 Society and Clubs ...... 12 Sports 33 Theaters 8, 9 Uncle Wiggily 15 Vitals 29 Weather .32 Both sides rested today in the bribery and extortion trial of Joseph L. Simin, suspended Oakland police sergeant, and the prosecution began its in itial argument. Simin is accused of extorting $1,000 from William McClure, 52, of 3238 Wentworth Ave., an East Oakland hardware mer chant, as the aftermath of i minor traffic accident in which McClure was involved. Deputy Dist. Atty. Thomas Buckley told the jury today: It is up to you to determine who is telling the truth -Simin or McClure." HOUR AT SCENE Buckley noted that although Simin was in charge of all pa trolmen in East Oakland on the night of the accident, Nov. 16, he spent more than an hour at the scene with McClure. "This was an inordinately long time for Simin as well as two patrolmen under him, Officers Joe H. Shelton and Robert F, Warren, to remain on the scene." Buckley said. 1 Buckley emphasized the fact that Shelton was completely off his beat and that although the accident occurred in Warren's territory it was not Warren's duty to investigate minor traffic accidents. It seems strange," Buckley said, "that Simin's testimony concurs with that of McClure's with the exception of those points which tend to be incrimi nating. NEARS JURY The defense is expected to give its argument tomorrow. The case should go to the jury late tomorrow. , The second defense witness called yesterday was Walter Mello, a bartender of 3424 Dela ware St., who testified he heard only portion of a conversation between Simin and McClure on Nov. 18 while tending bar at the Fairfax Tavern, 5312 Foothil Blvd. Mello said McClure was hav mg a dnnfc at the bar when Simin came in and started conversation , with McClure Mello recalled McClure declared in his presence: "I'll have Wally (Mello) witness the fact that said I'm a damn liar. Meiio said unaer cross ex amination that he didn't recall any other conversation and par ticularly he didn't remember any mention of a $1,000. McClure earlier - testified Simin accosted him in the bar and told him to "keep his mout shut" about the alleged $1,000 payoff or he "would find him self in the Estuary. DENIES THREAT Simin, in his testimony yes terday, emphatically denied threatening McClure. He said he visited McClure solely to inves tigatecharges made in a "crank letter to Simin which, accord ing to the officer, said McClure was telling bar acquaintances about a $1,000 payoff to "police Continued Pare A, Col. epend on the space require ments of various other ten ants with whom Capital Company is now negotiating. The structure will be of the most modern design and ap pointments, with high-speed evators. Noting that the space allocated i Smith's will total 45,000 square feet, he said this will continue the firm's distinction the largest men's and boys' clothing store west of Chicago. IMPORTANT PROJECT This is the most important retail business project downtown Oakland has had in years, he said. We are just as enthusiastic about having Smith's on the corner of 14th and Broadway as they are in coming there. As major advertisers and aggressive merchandisers, they will create heavy shopping traffic volume for the entire downtown area, and their many thousands of customers will find the new location the ultimate for their convenience. Confirmation of the agree-j ment with Smith s came from Harold B, Smith, president of the firm, and the project was enthusiastically hailed by its executives. HERE SINCE 1886 Jesse Smith, vice president, noted that the firm has been in business in Oakland continuously since 1886. 'After much consideration, we have concluded that this new location is the most ideal we could select for the convenience of our customers," he said. "It will be the most modern store of its type in America, and will be only a half block away from the 600-car parking garage of the Downtown Merchants Association." Irving Alkus, merchandising manager, a partner. in the lirm. said the new store will have ap proximately 240 feet of window display space on the major downtown corner. "We carry more famous brands for men and boys than any other store in the West, and our oppor tunities to display them will be superb," he said. NEGOTIATED DEAL The lease transaction was ne gotiated by Ben Unger, Oakland real estate broker representing Smith's, and John Sassell, as sistant vice president of the Capital Company. Known for years as the Hen- shaw Building, the property has 00. feet on Broadway and 200 feet on 14th St. The four-story structure was built in 1891 and housed the Macdonough Thea ter, the city'si first legitimate showhouse. In later years it be came a motion picture theater. The building was purchased in the late 20's by the Bank of America, with the intention of making it. the main Oakland branch. Flans were changed when the Oakland Bank at 12th and Broadway was acquired and the Bank of America established there. Capital Company later Steel Union Renews Talk; Strike Near do Chief Trying To Avoid Walkout Tomorrow Midnight PITTSBURGH, June 28 (iP CIO United Steelworkers President! David J. McDonald, press ing to avert a nationwide steel strike Thursday midnight, resumed negotiations today with tlie" Nation's six1; big steel producers, i At the same time, U.S. Steel Corp., diacer, the and world's Jones largest pro & Laughlin Steel Corp., the Nation's fourth DoRuss.Want 4 Geneva to Tell - Dulles Peace? Continued Page 8, Col. 6 biggest steel maker, said preliminary steps are under way to effect an orderly shutdown of its mills. j A ! spokesman for Jones Laughlin also said the company wjill submit an offer to the union later in the day. He said the offer substantially will be the same as that offered by U.S. Steel earlier. That offer, was re jected by the urjion. WAGE TALK ONLY I Before entering the meeting with! U.S. Steel,! McDonald was asked by a newsman if he at any time suggested to industry a plan for a guaranteed unem ployment benefi fund. I Mcuonaia repea: ' "Our contract fcalls for wages wages only. will stand by the contract. I have talked to the steel companies only about a substantial wage increase." Before meeting with U.S. Steel, McDonald! met privately With! his negotiating teams. The meeting lasted only about a half hour and McDonald made no comment. j- -j The big union,; is pushing for a wage settlement before Tjhursday midnijght and is empowered by its wage policy committee to call a nationwide strike then if its demands for a substantial wage increase are not pet. OTHER FIRMS Union sources said negoti ations also are Scheduled to re-g'umje with Bethlehem,, Republic, Youngstown Sheet & Tube, Jones & Laughlin and Inland Steel. I The union already has re jected offers from U.S. Steel and Inland Steel to" increase wages an estimated 10 and 10 cents n hour. , Big Steel has shown ino in dication that it will up the ante in a counter proposal but some observers thought this was en tirely possible. j In an advertisement today U.S. Steel saidi! its "substantial' offer would give workers aver age! straight-time hourly earn ings more than 10 cents higher than those provided by recent increases in the automobile in dustry. 5H-YEAR INCREASES The advertisement added that the; "spectacular wage increases given company workers during the! past 5 y fears had ot been "even closely approached" by workers in any other major in dustry, The average hourly scale under the offer would provide earnines 74 Cents higher than in (January, 1950, the ad said, "more than three times as great as the rise in the cost of living during this period "Entirely inadequate, ; is the answer of the union headed hy David J. McDonald, i . Among other things, McDon aid, says, the steel industry is boOminc and ! can well afford a "substantial" hike for his men who now average $2.33 an hour, In Washington some govern ment officials1 expressed concern oyer the situation t Civil War Threat Told By Adenauer BONN, June 28 tf Chancel lor Konrad Adenauer warned the West German Parliament to day that the Russians are preparing East German youth for a civil war against the Bonn Republic. 'In East Germany we face a standing army of 150,000 Ger mans trained by the Soviet army," Adenauer said, adding: "In East Germany the youth is being prepared for civil war against West Germany." The 79-year-old chancellor plunged into a stormy debate in the Bundestag (lower house) over a bill to authorize the government to call up the first 6,000 volunteer German soldiers this summer for training. BILL ASSAILED Adenauer intervened after a leader of his own Christian Democratic Party (CDU) as sailed the bill and warned that CDU deputies would not support it in its present form. Parliament is determined to clamp civilian controls on the new German army. The opposi tion booa lists and some members of Adenauer's "four coali tion parties charge that the brief, three-paragraph volunteers' law does not provide safeguards against a resurgence of German militarism.' The government contends the volunteers' bill is only a stopgap and that later, detailed legisla tion willi contain all the safe guards nejeessary . ADENAUER'S VIEW Adenauer told the house to day: The policy which we have followed has led to the Geneva Conference and to my invita tion to visit Moscow. If we had followed the Socialist program there would be no unification of the West and therefore no Gen eva Conference. Socialist policy would lead the 50,000,000 West Germans and the 18,000,000 Germans in Soviet East Germany like lambs to the slaughter." The Socialists have consist ently opposed Adenauer's policy oi rearming West Lrermany in the Atlantic alliance. Trigger Happy Russ Blamed in lane Incident WASHINGTON,1 June 28 UP) Secretary of State Dulles today blamed 'Trigger Happy" Russian pilots for the shooting down of an American Navy patrol plane off Alaska last week. "So far, we doubt that rep resents a considered policy on the part of the Soviet Union," Dulles said. "Certainly, we hope not." He and President Eisen hower had talked over the af fair during a plane trip last night from Maine to Washing ton. The secretary said the Gov ernment has not decided yet whether to stick to its demand that Russia pay the full cost of the plane and provide repa rations for seven crewmen who were wounded or injured in the crash landing. WHAT USE IS CACTUS?' Ike Signs VA Pay Raise Bill WASHINGTON, June 28 ) President Eisenhower today signed the bill raising the pay of 1,073,262 federal employees per cent or an average of about $325 a year. Enactment of the measure completes a round of U.S. pay increases voted at this session totaling about $1,250,000,000. The bill signed today covers 983,057 classified civil service employees throughout the Na tion and 90,205 others in various government agencies with sepa rate pay systems. The increase, which will cost about $328,000,000 a year, Is-ret roactive to March 1. This means the employees will get lump sum payments totaling about $110,000,000 as soon as they -can be arranged. The annual payroll for the workers covered by the bill now is about $4,350,000,000 a year. The last general pay raise for these workers was in 1951. The increases will ruft from about $190 a year to $1,005 for the civil service employees. Moofov Arrives in N.Y., Pays Visit to Baruch NEW YORK, June 28 (v-Soviet Foreign Minister V. M. Molotov went off today -to visit Bernard M. Baruch, financier and elder statesna. Molotov, who returned here today from the UN- session at San Francisco, spent the morning visiting theSoviet Union's offices on Park Avenue and the American Museum of Natural History. Then his motorcade sped off at noon to Baruch 's estate at Manhasset, h'jsland. foreign minister had a big smile for everyone as he arrived by train from the West Coast. j1' ' I Molotov's visit to the: natural history museum caught officials there by surprise. j An impromptu escort party was arranged for him and his aides. Molotov lingered amid the collection of North American mammals, stopped for a second look at an electric eel, and wound up an inspection o' an Arizona desert scene by injuiring: f'Of what use is cactus in everyday life?" Fire Sweeps Eight Acres in Tilden Park A fire, possibly started by fallen power line, burned eight acres' of grass on a steep hil side in Tilden Regional Park to day, Three pieces of equipment from the Orinda Fire Depart ment and two from the Eastbay Regional Park department had the fire under control in about hour. One rig from the an Berkeley stood by. Fire Department Two Die in Plane Crash KUTTAWA, Ky June 28 ( A -C-45 transport plane crashed in flames in a cornfield near here today, killing Col. Joseph Thomas and Mai. Roy Lock biirn. - House, Senate Vote to Extend Doctors Draft WASHINGTON, June 28 Uti Both the House and the Sen ate passed the draft extension act today after a futile but sharp f ieht in the House to kill the controversial provision for con tinuing the -doctors draft. The House acted first, accept ing the measure Jea-D alter turning back 221-171 a proposa to send it back for further con ferences with the Senate. Rep resentative Mason (R., 111.) of fered that motion. SENATE APPROVES . Then just 15 minutes later the Senate approved the measure by voice vote with no debate, The doctors draft extension is for two years and the regular draft for four. Both laws Tere due to expire Thursday night. The Senate had written the doctors draft provision into the bill which the House passed without it. Conferees accepted the medical section. NO' VOTES LISTED The "No" votes on final House passage were by Representatives ' Crumpacker of Indi ana, Hoffman of Michigan, Mason of Illinois and Smith of Kansas (Republicans), and Bar- den" of North Carolina (Demo crats, ; . Yoting to send the bill back to conference were 88 Democrats and 83 Republicans. Against this action were 127 Democrats and 94 Republicans. The medical draft, vigorously opposed by medical and dental associations, would make doctors, dentists and other trained men liable to the special draft below the age of 46. Reserves Bill OK'd, Paa A German Unity Is Key, Says Secretary ' 1 WASHINGTON, June. 28. W Secretary of State Dulles said ' today Russian failure to discuss German unification at the Big Four Summit conference would hrow doubtj on Soviet sincerity toward easing international tensions. I Dulles said the division of Germany is a world problem which contains the seeds of greater evil. Any realistic effort to promote peace must include work on German unification, he said. Referring; to remarks by So viet Foreign Minister Molotov last week i at San Francisco. Dulles said Russia appears to have lost interest in getting Germany unified. Molotov had spoken of the East-West division of Germany as likely to continue for a long ime. ATTITUDE DEPLORED Dulles said he deplored this attitude. He added that if the Soviets really desire to advance the cause of peace they will talk about Germany at the July 18 summit! meeting in Geneva. On other subjects Dulles told news conference: 1 Dulles told Molotov at San Francisco that Russia should pay me iuu cost oi me loss oi tnt plane and! reparations for injuries seven of the 11 crewmen in the shooting down of an American patrol bomber over the Bering Sea. But Dulles does not yet know what the total bill will be, nor how the claim will be pressed. U.S.-SOVIET DEADLOCK 2 The United States and Russia appear to be deadlocked over Russia's idea of holding a Far East conference, to include red China as a participant, after the Geneva meeting. The United States feels Nationalist China should be ! present and Russia disagrees. 3 Dulles does not rule out the possibility of direct talks between United States and red China on some matters. 4 The United States would give very sympathetic consider ation to a visit to the United States bv Marshal Tito. Presi-' dent of communist Yugoslavia, currently Doing wooed by Mos cow after I Kremlin in 5 Dulles No Change, in Weather Here Continued fair weather, ex cept for morning high fog, is in prospect for the Oakland Area. Temperatures j are expected to remain about the same. oaK- land's hieh yesterday was 65 degrees. with the breaking 1948. thinks- it possible that disarmament discussions at the summit icoriference may lead ultimately to reducing and balancing armarrfents between the Atlantic allies and the Soviet bloc. NON-AGGRESSION PACTS ' 6 Dulles sees nothing to be gained by piling up non-aggression guarantees on top of each other. He thus discounted re ports of United States interest in working out some European security system aimed solely at producing new promises not to attack. 7 If genuinely free elections could be arranged in Viet Nam, uunes oeueves me inaocmna country can be unified under a non-communist government. But he indicated neither the United States nor South Viet Nam would iaccept elections not considered to be free. 8 The State and Justice De-Continued Pare A Cot 1 Lattimore Perjury Case Dropped by Government WASHINGTON, June 28 The Government decided to day to drop its 2Vi -year-old at tempt to try Owen Lattimore on charges of perjury. Attorney General Brownell made the announcement. Brownell noted that the U.S. District and Appeals Courts here had twice thrown out key counts of indictments charging Lattimore with false testimony before the Senate Internal Se curity Subcommittee in early 1952. Brownell said it thus ap peared impossible to proceed on five remaining perjury counts. Lattimore, a Johns Hopkins lecturer and Far Eastern af fairs specialist, was accused of lying in denying that he had been a follower or promoter of the communist line. L These accusations were de scribed by Federal District Judge Luther W. Youngdahl as formless and obscure." and too vague for th 54-year-old Lattimore to defend. Youngdahl threw them out. and his judgment, on- this was twice upheld by the Court of Appeals tax, the District of Columbia. . The Appeals Court's second ruling was made Ji'ne 14 on a 4-4 vote. The tie let the Youngdahl finding stand. This confronted the Government with the choice of appealing to the Supreme Court or going ahead with an attempted prosecution of Lattimore -on five other counts which Lattimore' attorneys had described as "trivia." I

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