The Austin Daily Herald from Austin, Minnesota on December 16, 1958 · Page 1
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The Weather Fight Seen Over GOP Leadership DAILY HERALD Barb for Today We'll bet that <N* <rf fl* lft*ftt< thing* Mxxit going ftwif ft» etSfht* is returning hoina fot th« Chriit* mas holidays. Single Copy—7c Rejection of Peace Offer Predicted by Kentucky's Cooptr 6y ERNEST B. VACCARO WASHINGTON (AP) - Sett. John Sherman Cooper of Kentucky today predicted rejection of « peace offer by, Sen. Styles Bridges of New Hampshire in a brewing battle over Republican leadership in the Senate. Bridges, chairman of the Senate OOP Policy' Committed, voiced hope something can be worked out to avoid splitting Senate Republicans, whose strength has been cut to 34 by the Democratic election sweep last month. But Cooper pledged a "no compromise" fight. Voted UaanlmoMly Cooper is one of 10 Republican senators who voted unanimously Monday to offer their own candi dates for GOP: floor leader and four other party leadership posts, including the one Bridges holds. The 10, who claim additional support in the Senate, are strong backers of Eisenhower foreign policy. Most consider themselves liberals, although leaders of the insurgent group backed away from any such tag for their movement. Bridges, the senior Senate Republican, is backing Sen. Everett M Dirksen of Illinois to succeed retiring Sen. William F. Knowland of California as Republican floor leader. Differed With Ike Like Knowland, Bridges frequently has differed with the Eisenhower administration on some phases of its foreign policy. Dirksen, regarded as a conservative, has in recent years been a backer of much of President Eisenhower's foreign- policies. Told of the Cooper group's action, Bridges said he hoped differences could be adjusted before the Republican caucus meets in January to elect officers. "I hope something can be worked out so there will be some representatives of all elements in the leadership," Bridges said in talking with newsmen. "I certainly don't want to start off the new session as senior Republican member with a fight among Republicans." Dirksen Choice Bridges said he thought Dirksen was the logical choice for GOP floor leader. But he said he would accept Sen Thomas H Kuchel of California, one of the insurgents, as GOP whip. That's the post Dirksen now holds. But this got a cold reception from Cooper. "We have made our decision, he said in an interview. "That decision is we are going to make a AUSTIN, MtNN.* TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16,1658 Member Associated Press 19 Pftftt CITY GITS A PARK — George Selke Park td Mayor Baldy Hansen as J. H. (center) state conservation commission- Martin, assistant director of state parks, fcr, presents deed to Horace Austin State looks on. State Park Deed Received in Ceremony at Council Meeting A deed ,to Horace Austin State [the city can be better administer- Park was formally presented to the City Council Monday, night, giving the city clear title to the property, and moving one step further toward possible use of a portion as a site for the community hotel-motel. George Selke, state commissioner of conservation, presented a deed to the mayor for the 56 acres of park. The transfer, he said, was for the mutual benefit of the state and city since a park inside Police Chief Runs Red Light; Togs Self and Pays $5 SPENCER, Iowa W — Police Chief R. A Peterson was his own law enforcer Monday. He drove through a red light while on bis way home for lunch. Peterson wrote out a summons against himself, appeared before Mayor Robert Patterson and pleaded guilty, then paid a $5 fine. Blaze Races Toward Homes SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (AP)—California's biggest brush fire of the year burned through towering brush today toward a home-studded canyon. Two miles of 15-foot-high brush and scrub oak separates the fire from Trabuco Canyon, a resort arta where more than 200 homes fight for the leadership with no! compromise. We are going to submit our slate and that includes the post of floor leader. Time for Change "The time has come for a change in the leadership to one that will offer new ideas and better unity on program and policy. We have a good chance to win" The group has not yet picked any specific candidates, but is ex- are located. Hundreds of firemen including Marines and soldiers from nearby bases, were massed ahead of the blaze. Diminishing winds ed locally. Present status of the park is that it can be used by the city only for public purposes. The next Legislature will be asked to waive that provision as it affects the 3V4 acres of the park being sought as a site for the hotel-motel. Earlier this year, an agreement was entered between the Austin Hotel-Motel Corp., and the city, in which the former offered to handle legal arrangements to ob- Backer of Coya Foe Denies He Wrote Letter WASHINGTON W — Andy Knutson testified today he would not have signed a "Coya come home" letter to his wife, Rep. Coya Knutson (D-Minn.), If he, had known the people who were back of it. The letter caused a sensation during Mrs. Knutson's campaign for re-election, which ended in defeat. She has charged a malicious conspiracy was mainly responsible for her failure to be elected for a third term. FOSSTON, Minn. (AP) — Maurice O. Nelson, a leading backer of Rep. Coya Knutson's Republican opponent in the fall election, has denied having anything to do with the celebrated "Coya Come Home" letter. "I never wrote the letter, never planned it or suggested it, never counseled Andy Knutson about writing it and had nothing whatever to do with its preparation or publication," said the Fosston attorney. Testifying before a special tain conveyance of the park to the city, and with the latter to convey, if possible, a portion for a lotel-motel site. Directors of the hotel-motel earl- ,er Monday, went on record to designate as a site for the structure Eive lots in Morgan's Addition on Lansing avenue on which they hold an option, and the portion of the state park lying west of Main street extended north, and south of the Red Cedar River. In its resolution, the directors added: "The designation of this area for the site of the company's building does not and shall not constitute an exercise of the options which the company holds on any of the aforementioned lots in Morgan's addition. This designation oi tbe site is also subject to and contingent upon the accomplishment of the necessary procedures for^acquiring absolute title and fee simple for the company of the land lying' within the area commonly known as Horace Austin State Park." ; Raymond on Budget Will Put Stamp on Further Spending by Administration WASHINGTON (AP)-Sen. Mike Mansfield (D-Mont) today viewed an 80-billion-dollar federal budget as big enough for next year. But he said Congress won't parcel out the money just as President Eisenhower wants. Mansfield, assistant Senate Democratic leader, served notice that the newly'strengthened Democratic majorities in Congress will put a stamp of their own on further government outlays. The Montana legislator spoke in an interview after Republican congressional chiefs spent Monday in a legislative and budget preview at the White House. Record Spending The seven GOP leaders came away from the session with Eisen- lower, Vice President Richard M. Nixon and agency heads saying the administration is drawing up a balanced budget calling for record peacetime spending of about 80 billion dollars in the new fiscal year starting next July 1. This year's outgo is estimated at $79,200,000,000, about 12 billions above the government's antici pated income. There was no indication of any tax cut proposals next year. In fact, there was talk of a possible penny-a-gallon tax rise on gasoline and another penny increase on first-class mail. Defense, spending would be held near its^ present 1-billion-dollar rate, some of the White. House conferees said. Labor Reforms On legislation, the GOP leaders spoke of a moderate civil rights program, labor reform, paring down veterans' compensation, housing, social security and water resources bills. West Leaders Reject Red Threats on Berlin Hold Out Possibility for High-level Talks PARIS (AP)—The foreign ministers of the Atlantic act countries today flatly rejected Russian pressure n Berlin but held out the possibility of high-level talks ith the Soviet Union on East-West problems. The Western leaders agreed, however, that such talks ould not be successful under the threats of any Soviet Itimatum on West Berlin. U. S. Secretary of State Dulles told his colleagues irt ae North Atlantic Council that Soviet Previer Khrushchev will not risk war over Berlin. "Therefore we can proceed with confidence," Dulles sserted, He added; KILLER SUSPECT BOOKED — Carl A. Eder 16, confessed slayer of five, is flanked by El Cajon, Calif., detectives Ivan Melvin (left) and Frank Le Ont as he arrives at County jail in San Diego. STARTS CRYING I Didn't Want to/ Says Confessed Mass Killer pected to do 10 when again Dec. fire fighters during the night. The 38,000-acre fire is now controlled around half of its 70-mile perimeter. Earlier strong desert winds whipped the flames toward the sea and to within five mites of the House committee in Washington helped the Monday, Charles A. Appel, it meets j historic mission town of San Juan Capistrano. Washington handwriting expert, said it was Nelson who wrote the original letter in which Mrs. Knutson's husband appealed to his congresswoman wife to quit politics. Mrs. Knutson contends the letter was part of a "malicious conspiracy to get her beaten in the election. Ondov, representing the company, presented to the Council the resolution which also asked that an on - sale liquor license be reserved for use of the hotel-motel. STATE PARK (Continued on Page 15) Truck Collision Lifts State Toll A St. Croix Beach man became Minnesota's 661st traffic victim Monday night when his pickup truck and a car collided at a rural intersection near Lindstrom. He was Walter Robins, 64, iden. tified as the driver of the truck. His son, Walter Jr., and Rodney Flattum, riding with him, escaped injury, as did Ellsworth Johnson, 59, Scandia, the car driver. There were 654 highway deaths reported on this date a year ago. Death of Clarence Hammon, 63, Peoria, 111., whose body was found in a car parked along U.S. 218 was caused by a heart attack, the Rice County coroner reported Monday night. It was at first thought he was a traffic victim. A passing farmer discovered the body. Sen. Styles Bridges (NH), chairman of the Senate GOP Policy Committee, said "the wild spenders in Congress" will be to blame if the Treasury runs into heavy red ink. "We're not going to run wild," Mansfield said, declaring that 80 billion dollars should be enough to run the government another year. "I am sure we can find places where savings can be made." However, the Democratic leader said, his party members will have some programs of their own to push. "In the last two sessions we voted substantially more than the President asked for defense, health and welfare," Mansfield said. "But, over-all, we cut the total budget requests by several billions." N. Y. C. Pushes Drive on School Hazards NEW YORK (AP)—The Fire Department has ordered 33 schools in the city to close in a continuing campaign against fire hazards. Twenty-one of the schools were permitted to reopen after corrections were made the department said. The campaign, spurred by a disastrous Chicago school fire in which 92 persons died, has covered 1,758 schools to date. SAN DIEGO, Calif. (AP) Thomas Pendergast stared at the lanky, pimply-faced youth who sad just confessed slaying Pendergast's wife and four children. 'Why did you do it?" he screamed. "They were all I had in Lhe world." Young Carl Eder slumped in his chair at the police station. His mouth opened and shut several times but no sound came out. Finally ie blurted: "I ... I didn't want to, Tom." The meeting between Pendergast and the 16-year-old runaway New York youth he had befriended came Monday night after Eder had been captured in a beach community a few miles north of San Diego. Slashed, Stabbed Police had been looking for him since Friday when the bodies of Mrs. Lois Pendergast, 37, and her four children were found in their home. The mother had been shot, the children slashed and stabbec with a knife. The 6-foot-3 teen-ager, whose description had been widely broad cast, was recognized by a resi dent of Mission Beach and ar rested by an off-duty policeman and a lifeguard. After a brie show of defiance the boy startw crying and admitted he was Eder and that he had killed Mrs. Pen dergast and the children. 'Just Flipped' "I just flipped," his captors quoted him as saying. At the San Diego police station officers said they got a detailed confession from the youth Pender gast picked up as a hitchhiker six weeks ago and took into his horn because he felt sorry for him. They said Eder told them h became angry because one of th KILLER (Continued on Page 15) ON CALIFORNIA COAST Thor Launching 1st From Missile Base VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP)—A 10,000-mile- an-hour Thor missile is waiting on a launching pad today for the signal that will blast it hundreds of miles out over the Pacific. The launching will be the first from the Air Force's new missile base here on the California coast 150 miles north of Los Angeles. The exact time of the firing is secret. It could be today. It might be later. Ready for Business When it does come, the blastoff of this intermediate range (1,500 Kenwood Site Picked for Lutheran Home mile) ballistic missile will giv notice to the world that Vanden berg Air Force Base is ready fo business. The first shot is expected to b little more than a test of ne launching and tracking facilities Soon thereafter the Air Force wi try to throw 1,300-pound satellite into orbit around the poles of th earth—perhaps as often as one a month. Some of the satellites will carry mice and perhaps a monkey. Tb air force will try to bring the an imals back to earth In recoverabl capsules. Insure Man's Safety The idea is to develop tech A Lutheran home for the aging will be built on a 10-acre tract on South Kenwood under plans approved Monday by delegates from the 21 churches in the Austin Circuit, ELC, purchase of the land, on the east tide of the street opposite the Marshall and Drummond intersections, was authorized at a cost of $26,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Elmer N. Anderson, 803 N. High. The decision to buy came after 1 a discussion by delegates and (Directors of the Lutheran Retirement Home in a special meeting at the Parish House Auditorium of St. Olaf Church. Sterling Site Too Costly The Rev. Arthur L. Swenson, St. Olaf pastor and board chairman of the Retirement Home Corp., reviewed the site with the Rev. John M. Mason, department of charities of the synod and Donald SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS READ OUR ADS Erickson, architect from Patch and Erickson, Minneapolis. The Rev. Mr. Swenson said that Also discussed at length was the alternative purchase of five or 10 acres at the site. The delegates he, like the other delegates and • agreed to the purchase of the full directors, was at first enthusias- j 10 acres with the understanding tic over the original site in the!that any additional land could be sold at a later date. Future Expansion Provided Architect Donald Erickson said the 60-bed home is tentatively planned as a "T-type development and would be one of the finest in the state. Plans call for future expansion to an 80-bed or larger home. Erickson agreed that the South Kenwood site is favorable. Cost of the 60-bed brick home is estimated at roughly $375,000 according to the Rev. Mr. Mason. Delegates also agreed to work out the financing and planning of the home in cooperation with the Synod's Department of Charities. The department has supervised building of more than $10 million of such homes. The 21 churches of the Austin Circuit are in Mower and parts of Dodge, Freeborn and Fillmore counties. Sterling area. "But when we got into the discussion and negotiations, the costs of the Sterling land was definitely prohibitive," he told the more than 100 delegates. The Rev. Mr. Mason added that the site on South Kenwood was just as attractive and provided more space. One minister said his congrega- ' tion had approved the plans under that assumption that it would be near Sterling. Location Not Specified The resolution passed by t h e churches approving the home for the aging did not specify a definite location, the Rev. Mr. Swenson pointed out. The resolution stated that it would be located in; mg were received from tne archi-j counts of subscribers. Austin tects and presented by Frank Hotel-Motel Directors Get Tentative Plans Tentative plans for the Austin! The board authorized legal action Community Hotel-Motel Co. build- for the collection of delinquent ac- , J . wood site because it would be too g ' j nominating committee to report close to the disposal plant and Brown explained that the plans at the Feb. 9 stockholders' meeting, near the city dump. The delegate were drawn to favor the Horace and Ed Flitton reported on plans said the home would be subject Austin State Park site. to offensive odors carried from the i With preliminary sketches disposal units. | nan( j, hotel-motel directors are ask-' soon, Jerry Hartson, real estae agent! ing those interested in commercial; said, for tbe Andersons, explained that j odors are due to excess overloading of tbe present facilities and that the problem would be remed- for the "Name the Hotel-Motel" on contest. The contest will begin Flitton, contest chairman, led with the new anaerobic plant. 1 are developed. rental of space to contact William R. D. Gower reported on the B. Howley. Action now will per-1 work of the management commit- mil the company to make suitable 1 tee, which is in charge of obtaining arrangement* as building plans i the best type of management for (the hotel-motel. STUDY SITI — Board members of the Lutheran Retirement Home Corp. took a close look at the site for a home for the aging with the architect. From left is Minneapolis architect Donald Erickson, the Rev. A L. Swenson, Austin; the Rev. Mr. Opie S. Rindahl, Blooming Prairie and the Rev. Eugene V. Holland, Grand Meadow. niques to insure man's safety when he first ventures into space perhaps late next year, from th Atlas and Titan launch pads now under construction on this 64,000 acre base. Insofar as the public is con cerned, Vandenberg's activity wi be similar to that at Cape Canav eral, Fla. Missiles and satellite will take flight from both. Van denberg, however, is primarily base to train personnel for oper ation of missiles under comba conditions. Canaveral is chiefly research and development base. Some research and developmen work will take place at Vanden berg too. Loveless Returns From Europe; Finds Iowa Much Better "We must not give an appear- nce of success to a bold and eckless move. In this respect be Khrushchev) is like Hitler — if e give him an inch, he will take mile." Ready to Negotiate The ministers also agreed to ad- ise the Russians that the big Vestern Powers are ready to ne- otiate at a high level for a gen- ral settlement of the problems of lurope. These would include reunifies- .on of Germany with Berlin as ts capital, European security measures and disarmament ques- ions, a Norwegian diplomat reported. A NATO spokesman «said the majority of the 15 foreign minis- era agreed with Dulles position. He described the broad lines in his way: Plant Unacceptable "Soviet Premier Nikita S Khrushchev's proposals are unacceptable. The West must stand irm and cannot tolerate the uni- ateral violation of Internationa agreements. The West is agreed that it is always ready tor discus sions on the reunification of Ger many." The minister! decided there would be further consultation by the Big Three after the NATO sessions to determine how to frame replies to the Berlin notes from Khrushchev. Preliminary consultations have already begun The keynote of the morning ses sion, tbe NATO spokesman said was "tbe complete and unquali fied solidarity of the alliance in support of the three powers prin cipally responsible for Berlin." The annual 2nd graf, 117 ta34 as before. The annual meeting of the 1 NATO foreign ministers openet with (1) Britain and Franc screaming at each other' abou trade discrimination; '(2) the Unit ed States and France quarrelin openly about military policy; am (3) Greece, Turkey and Brltai disputing over Cyprus. Unanimity Amid all the wrangling, a cer tain amount of unanimity ap peared to be emerging ove Berlin. Informants said the West prob ably would come up with a fres call for diplomatic talks with th Russians aimed at an eventua summit meeting. The West woul insist that the summit conferenc tackle the German reunificatior question as well as the broade issue of security in central Europe. The Western Big Three report edly were drafting a reply Premier Nikita Khrushchev's Nov 27 note. His note called for an end to the four-power occupation o Berlin, turning West Berlin into a Communist-surrounded, demilitar jzed free city within six months. Fresh Look The reply, informants said would reject the Soviet propose outright and suggest the time had come for a fresh look at the situa tion in Germany and centra Europe. .. Among the key points in th draft was a reminder that Moscow has not responded to the Bi Three proposal Sept. 30 to begir work at an expert level on Ger man reunification, with a summ meeting the eventual goal. Mow cow repeatedly has refused to dis cuss reunification, saying th Communist East German regime must arrange this with West Germany. West Germany and the Big Three refuse to deal with the satellite regime and say Germany can be unified only by free elec-j tions throughout the divided na-l ^""i MOINES i* - Gov. Her-1 tion. ' * ! Separate Troop* ! shel Loveless returned to his : NATO Secretary General Paul-! office Monday from a two-week Henri Spaak said it was veryj trip abroad with what be said likely that the ministers would! was "a better appreciation of'discuss various .plans to separate 1 P. M. what we have here in Iowa." i troops facing each other along the 1 2 P. M. "I was impressed by the high J Iron Curtain, including the Ra-|3 P. M. cost of living all over Europe," j P»cki plan for a central European 4 P. M. he said. zone free of nuclear weapon*. J5 P. M, "And when I saw what land! Should the Western notes indi-'6 P. M. they are using to raise things cate willingness to discuss the en-' tire area of cold war strategy •! A. M. without any prior conditions, this ,2! A. M. might meet with Soviet sympathy. 3 A. M. Meanwhile, American diplomat-'4 A. M. WEST LEADERS 15 A. M. (Continued OB Pafe IS) B A. M CENTER OF MYSTERY — Mrs. Olga Duncan, 30, Santa Barabra, Calif., nurs« missing for four weeks is. center of mystery in which three persons, including her mother-in-law, have been arrested. (AP Photofax) China Reports Mao Is Ready to Step Down ^WARSAW,'Poland (AP) — Red China's government notified foreign .diplomats in Peiping today that Mao Tze-tung will step down next month as the government chairman, diplomatic sources said. Foreign Minister Chen Yi wai reported to have announced Mao's coming retirement from the chairmanship, equivalent to the presidency, at an informal briefing of ambassadors, ministers, and charge d'affaires credited to Pei- ping. He told them, however, that Mao would remain as chief of the Communist party. Telegrams reaching Warsaw said Chen had told the envoys that Mao had decided not to present himself for re-election when his current term as chairman of the government expires in January. The decision was presented as entirely voluntary and not as be* ing forced on Mao by t hostile meeting of the Communist party Central Committee, is reported at the week end by Chinese Nationalist sources on Formosa. Assistance Costs Up $602,506 From'57 ST. PAUL (AP) -Minnesota's public assistance costs in October were $6,017,899, up $603,506 from that month « year ago. And those aided hit • 102,336 total. An increase of 8,035. Morris Hursh, state welfare commissioner, said old age assistance, with 48,324 recipients, showed an increase of $210,397 to $3,955,929. Other increases and totals were: Aid to dependent children up $202,705 to $1,329,443; maintenance relief up $161,264 to $500,907; aid on, I realize that we are really fortunate over here. They are raising crops in areas that I am *ure we'd walk away from." to blind up $5,681 to $106,883, and aid to the disabled up $22,413 to $124,736. Weather Official U. S, Reading! from Herald Weather Site oa Roof of Fire Station: High previous 24 hours — 18. Low previous 24 hours — -1. Reading at 8:30 a.m. — ». ** General weather — Cloudy. Temperatures Recorded at Th* HERALD Bldg.: MONDAY 16 ! 7 P. M. ... 14 .17 ! 8 P. M. ... 11 . 17 I 9 P. M. ... U . 16 , 10 P. M. ... IS 16 i 11 P. M. ... 14 13 j 12 P. M. . . 1C TUESDAY 17 i 7 A. M. 17 8 A. M. 15 U 11 9 A. M. 10 A. M. 11 A. M. IJ 17 IK II *

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