Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on August 8, 1965 · 28
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I 4- Section 1A SPOTLIGHT ON THE WORLD CHICAGO TRIBUNE, SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 1965 NOW NEWSMEN CHECK RUMORS ON PRESIDENT Typical Report Cited It Never Saw Print BY MERRIMAX SMITH tUPI Whitt Horn Reporter Washington, Aug. 7 (LTD Now that the incident is past it may be safely told how an other stock market nose-dive may have been averted recent ly in connection with a rumor about President Johnson's health. ihe New York tock ex change, still shaky from plunge set off by mysterious calls to brokerage houses, had just opened. An editor In United Press In ternational's Washington bu reau took a telephone call. A young man inquired if the UPI knew that Johnson had been rushed to nearby Bethesda, lid., Naval hospital. How Story Started The caller, refusing to iden tify himself, said that a fnend who worked at Bethesda had called him moments before to say that the President had been carried into the hospital secretly and that FBI men were swarming around the place. The UPI began the delicate job of checking delicate be cause if the President had been taken to the hospital secretly and did not want the fact known, knowledge that a news agency was checking could cause many official news sources to dry up immediately. And the hospital, if the President were a secret patient there, probably would do all in its power to squelch any rumors to that effect Security a Factor In such cases, the news-gathering organization must operate on the simple theory that most officials would lie glibly on the ground of national security. Therefore, the job was to seek out stray bits of information such as whether there had been any unusual vehicular traffic out of the White House grounds that morning, whether the President had come to his office from his residential quarters which he had not when the rumor started. UPI editors exercised caution not to let any word of the rumor get on news wires or message circuits, or, for that matter, discussed on the telephone except with reporters immediately involved. End of the Rumor Suddenly the rumor collapsed. White House reporters telephoned the bureau to say that Johnson, looking hale and hearty, had strolled into the West wing and chatted with newsmen on the way to his office; and the presence of FBI men at the hospital was explained. The post exchange at the hospital had been held up earlier in the morning by bandits who escaped with several thousand dollars. Because the exchange is a federal establishment, it was normal for FBI agents to rush to the scene. The big stock market collapse triggered only a week or so before the hospital incident Hawaii Lacks NATO Coverage if Attacked BY JOHN HALL Washington, Aug. 7 (UPD If Red China should bomb Pearl Harbor, America's part ners in the North Atlantic Treaty organization would be under no direct obligation to strike back. The state department, the defense department, and the legal division of NATO have concluded that Hawaii, unlike the 49 other states in the Un ion, is not protected by the treaty's basic provision: An armed attack against one member country shall be con sidered an armed attack against them alL Really Doesn't Matter Far from being dismayed, American officials have dis missed the matter as insignif icant, from either a military or political standpoint They wish the defense of the mighty fortress in the mid-Pacific 2,000 miles from California were the most pressing problem besetting the NATO partners. But they agree it is a curiosity that the bombing of Honolulu would not obligate the NATO partners to the same extent, as, say, the strafing of the California coast, which also is on the Pacific. And they acknowledge there has hardly been any consideration about Hawaii's coverage un der the NATO umbrella. The Senate foreign relations committee, in recommending approval of the NATO treaty in 1949, emphasized that the mandatory collective defense provision of the treaty "would not apply to any 'of the overseas territories outside the PRO-REDS STIR DISCONTENT IN WEST BERLIN north Atlantic area as described in article 6". Hawaii, by no stretch of the imagination, falls within the article 6 boundaries. In any event, the United States plans no move to expand the alliance formally to include the 50th state. The result, officials at the state department feel, "would be to turn NATO into an unwieldy world-wide organization, since, they say, overseas possessions of other members would have to be included. The reason for the current discussion was a recent newspaper column which raised the question. A constituent forwarded the column to Hawaii's senators and representatives and the state department Called a Technicality Defense department officials were notified and after some research, Douglas MacArthur II, assistant secretary of state, brushed off the matter as a "technicality." "It is difficult, If not impos sible, to imagine any attack against the United States, whether directed at Hawaii or another state, which would not be part of a major war," he said. In that event, he added, the consultation andor col lective defensive provisions of the north Atlantic treaty would apply." It later was admitted that a "major war" had nothing to do with the issue that the consultation provisions would apply in any event and the col lective defense requirement not at all. 12 Full Shopping Hours Monday Thru Friday at Sears Neighborhood Stores . . . State Street Monday, .Thursday, Friday 9:15 A.M, to 8:30 P.M. i 1 ...Famous for Exceptional Values in HERE'S PRO OF Continued from first page right over the choice of a rec tor, who is chosen yearly. Leftist influence at the uni versity has increased as the number of refugee students from East Germany decreased and the number of students coming to Berlin from West Germany increased. . Rightists Cause Trouble The student organizations caused trouble two years ago but then it was with rightist students. In 1963 the right wing elected a member of a dueling society president of the student council. There was an uproar minor compared with the present one and in a referendum the student body overwhelmingly ousted the dueler. The vote was 6,146 to 3,441, with 72.6 per cent of the students voting. It is felt here that a new referendum would show that the vast majority of the students have no more love for the extreme left than they have for the extreme right But the eftists minority or not are making the most noise. seemed to defy rational facts. Brokerage offices began re ceiving calls asking variously whether Johnson was dead or about the severity of a rumored heart attack. Calls from Wall street then began pouring Russians Work for Future, Party in Vast, Rich Siberia Continued from first page s traction design engineer in the new Bratsk town built in the wilderness where the dam's electricity is drawing industry. Two daughters are in school here. He earns $611 a month, lives In a small two-story house owned by the government, and has a government car at his disposal. Like many Russians, Knyazev reads some American literature, especially enjoying Jack London's tales of the Klondike. When he came to work at 9 a. m. one recent Monday, Mayor Yuri Viktorovich Domnin, 41, of Khabarovsk went right into a meeting with a group of citizens about construction of a new music theater. The city's executive council which Domnin heads had allocated land for the theater in its master plan for the growth of Khabarovsk. This economic center has 410,000 persons and is expected to grow to 550,000 by 1980. Cultural officials "agreed, but then they found a better place where we plan to build a circus," Domnin related later. "On Saturday we drove around town and found a third place" Seek to Merge Mews The Monday meeting was to coordinate views on the third place, the mayor explained as he sat at his massive old desk of carved black wood with a green felt top. "Then a worker of the Pedagogical institute came to see me. He wanted a different apartment." In the Soviet Union housing is owned and assigned by the government "His children had grown up and he wanted to trade apartments, to get one closer to his work. I told him it would be considered but I couldn't give a definite answer because no such possibility exists now. The mayor then went to a meeting of a city district committee to discuss the land for the music theater in that district "We argued and argued and finally we came to a decision and adopted it" It was the third place. Decisions Follow Study The mayor said that decisions follow lengthy study of problems. The Communist party, which makes the basic decisions in the Soviet Union, is represented. "The., fact that I am a party member testifies to the fact that the party participates in making decisions," the mayor said. "Executive council decisions never run contrary to trends of the party. The council adopts decisions aimed to help fulfill the party's tasks." After another meeting with another group on anottier problem he went home to lunch. He often eats elsewhere but his daughter had asked him to come home because it was a school holiday, the mayor explained. A construction engineer, Domnin was elected by the executive council as mayor last March for a two-year term. There was no other candidate. Did the Communist party in fact select him before the election? Domnin said it was "quite possible" that the party recommenced him. into New York press associations and newspaper offices. Quick checks with Washington proved the stories false. Rumors of Presidential Illness are somewhat recurrent regardless of who occupies the White House. Most rumors seem to start with half-heard conversations. Callers telephone news organizations frequently, saying, "I just heard on the radio that so and so died ..." So and so usually is a world leader or some prominent figure of the entertainment or sports world. Running Down Rumors Editors patiently inquire when the broadcast was heard and over what station. More often than not, the callers can give the approximate time, but not the station. When the caller is precise about the time and source, the editor can run down the rumor quickly. It usually turns out that the listener telescoped two or more news items. Paying half attention to a broad cast, a listener may hear that President Charles de Gaulle of France, for example, made a speech. Then the next broadcast item concerns a local citizen who died. Telescoped, the two items add up a broadcast report of de Gaulle's death. Source of Rumors Sought When calls inquiring about a report of a President's death or illness come into the White House switchboard, operators make a determined effort to pin down the source of the information. Usually they are unsuccessful. Most callers to either the White House or news offices decline to give their names for fear of involvement and most calls of this nature can be ignored unless they follow a pattern. Citizens sincerely concerned for the President's well-being could evidence it by giving their names, telephone numbers, and precisely when and how they heard the rumor. Unfortunately, few people will do this for the simple reason that they are not entirely sure of what they heard. GEMINI 5's BIG JOB: TEST MAN FOR MOON TRIP 8 Days of Orbiting Begin Aur. 19 Continued from first page push them from earth orbit to the moon, and second after they leave the moon to get back to their command module, which they left in orbit around the moon, for their return trip to earth. The fuel cell Is designed as a space saver, which will make room for other equipment In the cell, electrical energy is obtained from the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. 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