OTTAWA HERALD Vol. 63 No. 110 OTTAWA, KANSAS, THURSDAY, APRIL 16,1959 7 CENTS SIXTEEN PAGES Side Swipes "Swing Kings," the 0 t t a w a High School dance band, wil' pold a reunion and jazz session fit Memorial Auditorium Friday Blind War Veteran Is Operating His Own Thriving Egg Business Director Bill Barker said Invi- |ations have been sent out to old band members. They will get together for a reunion at the auditorium and a dinner at the North American Hotel before the jazz gession. The session gets started at 8 p.m. Barker said the public is invited. There will be an admission charge. Following the session, grads will come to the stage for an "after-glow," an unrehearsed performance on the instruments. )ing Offered By LLOYD BALLHAGEN ! WELLSVILLE, Kas.—Ever hunt eggs in the dark? John Slaven does three or four times a day, getting as many as 550 eggs a day. But he doesn't! Typi Ottawa High School will have a summer typing course, starting June 15, it was announced today by Norris Burke, principal. The six-week course, which will run through July 24. will be given for a fee of $20 per person, with 50 cents for rental of typing text. Those enrolling will also be required to furnish their own paper. The course will be taught by Mrs. Frances Maxwell. Classes will start at 8:30 a. m. daily and will run for three hours, with a 15-minute break. There is still an opportunity for a few more to enroll, the principal said. They may do so by paying the $20 fee to Howard Larson, clerk of the board of education. Serious Mishap MIAMI, Okla. (AP) - Bert L. Thompson, 84-year-old Commerce resident, was seriously injured when he lost control of his three- mind. "It's no trouble," says the 86-' year-old farmer with a master's, degree. "You just have to get use; to it." | Slaven has been blind since 1945, when shell fragment hit him; in the eyes during the Battle of; the Bulge. Now, a poultry farm-j er who keeps caged hens, the ex-' Army man's nocturnal world ha*! become an everyday way of life, j "People try to imagine what! it's like to be blind," the tot'.'; stout farmer said. "But you never! really know what it's like until you are blind." "It's a strange world you liv* in. It's a funny feeling to know that you'll never be able to see your wife or your kids," he wenli on. wheel motorscooter turned near here. and over- Ike Confers With Dulles On Successor AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — President Eisenhower today conferred with hospitalized John Foster Dulles regarding selection of a new secretary of state. Dulles, who resigned from the top State Department job Wednesday because of cancer, also talked by telephone with Eisenhower that night about a successor. The President continued to defer announcement of a successor, but Undersecretary of State Christian A. Herter was reported after the Eisenhower-Dulles talks to still have the inside track. .Dulles talked to Eisenhower from his room at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington. Eisenhower was at his vacation cottage at the Augusta National Golf Club. After today's talk, the White House announced Eisenhower's formal acceptance of Dulles' resignation. It made public an exchange of letters between the President and the retiring secretary. Eisenhower reiterated his warm affection for the 71-year-old Dulles. James C. Hagerty, White House press secretary, reported today that Eisenhower also discussed the matter of a Dulles successor with staff aides. With the President at the breakfast session were Hagerty, Gordon Gray, a special assistant on national security matters, and Brig Gen .Andrew J. Goodpaster. White House staff secretary. Hagerty also indicated that Vice President Nixon had been sounded out on Eisenhower's behalf regarding a successor to Dulles. Asked if the President had talked to Nixon on that subject, Hagerty replied: "No — not directly." Hagerty declined to shed any new' light on when Eisenhower will announce his choice. Mrs. Slaven Is a registered | nurse, working at Ransom Memorial Hospital. They have three attractive daughters, age seven, nine and eleven. i "You must learn to use other senses, such as sound, smell and feeling," he explained. "You must depend upon them — and you set used to it." Oh, I guess there are a lot worse things then being blind," he commented. The husky, young poultry man, who walked away with honors in college, has no qualms about his handicap. He is a picture of triumph and self - confidence, a man who enjoys joking and chatting with his friends. Slaven's life story began on a farm near Arkansas City, where he grew up. When World War II came along, he became a member of the U. S. Army, and like other soldiers, was shipped overseas to the European theater. A fateful day in January, 1945, his company marched into the Battle of the Bulge. Shell fragments splattered into his eyes, and he bid adieu to comrades he couldn't see. In May, 1845, he was discharged from the Army in the United States. After spending some time in a rehabilitation center, he started to college at Kansas State University, Manhattan. "I had other kids take notes for me in classes," he explained "The teachers gave me oral tests They were pretty rough." Despite his handicap, Slaven made the Dean's honor roll as a sophomore and was elected to three honorary organizations: Al pha Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma Sigma Delta. He also JOHN SLAVEN Changes To Be Made On Big Engine Additional improvements are t be installed on the city's diescl en gine - generator at the light plan in the near future, It was «n nounced at the meeting of the cil commissioners last night by Don Hamilton, superintendent of the water and light department. Hamilton presented to the commissioners a letter he received yesterday from the Enterprise Engine and Machinery Co., San Francisco, Calif., builders of the engine. The letter requested that the firm be given access to the engine for the next several days so the company technicians can make the installations. Hamilton said the technicians are expected to arrive the first of next week to do the work, The letter stated: "At the time the 3,500 KW engine was purchased by the City of Ottawa, we confirmed to "your city officials that Enterprise would incorporate into this engine any improvements in design which were developed during the warranty period, so that the city be assured that it would have in operation the very latest in modern diescl development. Since the contract was signed with the city over a year and a half ago, specific design improvements have been made in this model engine. These improvements have been and are being incorporated into the Ottawa engine at no cost to the city." Hamilton explained that the term "warranty period" refers to a period of one year after final won a $300 scholarship from the Borden Company for having high grades. He won something else too: a wife. In 1951, Slaven took his bache- or of science degree in animal msbandry and in 1952, his mas- :er's degree in zoology. Casting a Dackward glance at the Manhattan campus, the man and wife stepped out into the business world. They bought a 118-acre farm just west of Wellsville and went into the poultry business in a small way. Last fall, Slaven had a 30-foot by 48-foot aluminum building erected on the farm. Operating on the theory that laying hens "don't need exercise," a fact he learned in school, Slavens had cages for 700 chicken: put into the building. Each cage only measures 0 by 16 by lt : inches. A feed trough runs the length of the cages, with a water trougl above that. The hens are to lay heir eggs in the bottom of the cage, and the eggs are to roll down into a tray. 'They don't always roll down," Slaven explained. "Some- :imes they get stuck crossways n the bars and stay there." Slaven spends most of each day with the chickens, caring for them. "Chickens are pretty temperamental," he said,, .pointing out :hat dampness in the building, or strangers in the buildings causes .hem to lay less eggs. Slaven handles all the chicken chores, feeding, watering, cleaning, hunting eggs, washing eggs, crating them. His wife weighs the eggs. His 700 hens have been laying a little over 550 eggs a day, hitting a 79 per cent to 72 per cent average. The most they ever laid was 578 when ho had 695 Hy- line hens. The "egg truck" from Ottawa picks up the 10 cases (30 dozen to a case) of eggs every week Sharp Words Exchanged In A School Hearing Flaring emotions, e few bitter words and an apparent deadlock today wound up the 2-day hearings in the Franklin County Courthouse on a Homewood school problem. The issue? Some Homewood school district residents have submitted a petition asking to be taken into the Williamsburg grade school. Other Horaewood school district patrons want to continue holding classes in the one-teacher building located in the town. Supt. J. J. Scott and 0 s a g e County Supt. Paul W. Crawford must make the decision. They have 30 days to decide, after Chaplin Is 70 VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) Charlie Chaplin celebrated his 70th birthday today at his home overlooking Lake Geneva. chool next year with approxi- nately 15 pupils per teacher. He said grade and high school tudents do not enter into each ither's area without permission. ?he budget, he added, is $38,000 or the 129 students. He calculated that this costs The Weather COUNTY FORECAST — Partly cloudy and continued mild this afternoon with southerly winds 25-35 miles per hour, scattered showers and tunderstorms tonight and Friday; not so warm Friday; high this afternoon 70; low tonight 50; high Friday 50s. High temperature yesterday—69 from 3:15 and 4:10 p. m,; low today—53 at 4 a. m.; high year ago today—75; low year ago today—41; record high this date—87 In 18DS; record low this date— 26 In 1899; hourly temperatures, 2-1 hours ending 8 a. m today: 9 p. rn 60 .58 .67 0 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. I p. m. hb ..59 ..62 ..65 ..67 .6S . .68 ..6P ,.6R ..67 ..65 ..62 10 r. m. 11 p. m. Mi-inlrht 67 1 a. m 55 2 a. m 5.1 3 n. m. 4 a. m. 5 H. m 6 a. m 7 a. in ......... at 8 a. m. ........ 67 55 listening to hearings Tuesday and today. Over So persons attended t h hearing today, held for the north half of the district. Each was given the chance to state reasons why he or she is opposed or in favor of the petition. Tempers flared first when i woman said, "We had been in formed that the school board woulc not sign our letters this year" to give parents permission to senc ;heir children to Wiiliamsburg grade school. She said that was the reason the petition was submitted. Another woman took the platform. "The board has never said it would not give permission. . . " Donald Smith, a member of the Homewood board, said the present board would sign letters giving those who wished to go to Williamsburg the right to do so. The tense atmosphere tightened again when Williamsburg grade school board director Rollin Starosta took the floor. He said Williamsburg will have an 8-teacher Burg $294 a student a year. He side that Homewood's 12 students cost $583 each a year on t h e school's $7,000 budget. Starosta also discussed transpor tation, out - of - the - district! nipils and the mill levy. He saitlj Williamsburg rural grade school las a general levy of 7.99 and a Bonded indebtedness and interest levy of 5.66. The board director figured this totalled 13.65, while Homewood has a total levy of 9.46. He said the board will take in the Homewood high school district bond indebtedness - free but the grade school district will have to pay on the new building. "As for the future, well, student - wise and tax - wise, we're in no trouble," he said. When he sat down, another man proposed that Homewood keep operating the school until a stale legislative educational survey was completed. He questioned the permanency of the Williamsburg school. Starosta said the survey may effect the high school, but not the grade school very much. Another man in the crowd said the Williamsburg school "comes out and pulls in the Homewood people." Starosta said that was not true. "If that's the way you want to ?ut it," the director said. Supt. Scott then rose and ad journed the meeting, explaining that all the facts, as far as h knew, had been given. Discussior was going into "sentimentality, he said. In the beginning of the hear ing, most of the persons presente their reasons for favoring or op posing the petition. Each w a tape-recorded and will be studiec Th A THING OK 11EAUTV — Ltiannn liny mom!, Halt Lake- Oily, Utah fronhman, worlw on a painting for art ohms under the shade of a truu on tho Ottawa Uulvemlty campus. (1'lioto by Claimlo Smith) Cuban Fugitives acceptance of the ojigine. He stated that this final acceptance has not yet been made and the final payment on the engine has not been made. Still to be paid is 15 per cent of the cost of the machine. When the final acceptance is given by the city this payment will be made, and the one-year warranty period will begin at that time. Hamilton also stated that Burns nd McDonnell, consulting cngi- eers for the city in purchasing the ngine, have issued this report on le machine's fuel tests: "The en- ine generator met the fuel gua- antees proposed in all regards, nd with sufficient margin avail- ble to cover any errors in read- ngs or measurements." In other business transacted the ommissioners passed ordinances ipportioning the costs of sewer mprovements in Brookside and Gleason additions. City Clerk Don Capper an- louncc that the bond, in the sum- if $5,000, for Mayor Kenneth Andrews for his new 3-year term of jffice, has been-approved by Dis- rict Judge Floyd Coffman. At the close of last night's meet- ng, Mayor Andrews was official- y sworn in by the city clerk for liis new term. Airliner In Flight Number, Please Well, it happened hero, too. AH the residents of the first floor of the West Dorm nt Ottawa University went to the phone last night ... at, the same time. Twenty-one boys climbed in. Authoritative sources say 22 Is the world's record for phone booth stuffing. The same source says residents of the West Dorm, first floor, will try another assault on the phone booth as soon as a small recruit can be located. To Prohibit Sale Of Morning Glory PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) State of Arizona, finding all var dies of morning glories to be noxious weeds, is going to pro- libit sale of any morning glory seed. The Agriculture and Horticulture Commission adopted the regulation. The Farm Bureau and the Arizona Cotton Growers Assn. contend the flower is almost impossible to exterminate once it gets started in a field. 'We do not take children in unless the parents first ask us to," he said. "Then, you are calling me a liar?" the man said. Jaycees To Hold Teenage Roadeo Ottawa Jaycee's will hold their annual Teenage Road-e-o Sunday in front of Memorial Auditorium for young Franklin County drivers. Larry Walburn, chairman of the Jaycee committee, said the contest is open to anyone in the county. Ottawa High School students were given a talk and application forms April 10. On April 17, Friday, they will take tests for the contest. The Road-e-o, a test in auto driving skill, will be held on Hickory Street between 3rd and 4th. Walburn said winners go to the state contest at Hutchinson. A state winner will be selected there for the national contest in Washington, D.C. Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)—Kansas traffic fatalities listed by the state accident records section: In the last 24 hours—1 (x) To date in 1959—124 Same period 1958—120 (x)—Fatality occurred earlier but was not previously reported. Speeder Eludes Police But Is Caught Later Ottawa police officers were little curious early this morning when a car they happened to b following began speeding away. Giving case, Police Investiga tor Bill Wheeler and Capt. Davi Griffin followed the car from 2n and Main, east on 1st until th auto came to Pontiac and Syc£ more. Here It went up on the nev levee along the river and web about 200 yards, where it boggc down, when the driver atlempte to turn around. Out popped the driver. The officers lost track of him in the 3:40 a.m. darkness. Thc> slicriff's office and police 1 department went to work, searching the area tor a trace of the man. Sheriff Max Gi.more, piloting a light plane, and Deputy Sheriff Lee hughs flew over the area. At about 8:30 a.m., the sheriff, back at his home, got a tip that a man, fitting the description, was sitting along the road north oi Ottawa. Police officers took the tip and found a 30-year-old Oklahoma City man about two miles north of town. The man, Jesse M. Copeland, was taken to the station for investigation. Police Chief Eugene Flaherty said the car was stolen from Dallas, Tex. Radio And TV Off Air Friday in Defense Test WASHINGTON (AP) — All television and radio stations in the United States will go off the air or half an hour Friday morning signaling the start of the annual lational civil defense drill. The Office of the Civil and De- cnsc Mobilization said today the inusual silence will begin at 10:30 a.m., CST. About 1,200 radio stations will resume broadcasting immediately on the two "Conelrad" civil defense frequencies — 640 and 1240 on the radio dial. The name is an abbreviation of control of electromagnetic radio- lion. The system, under which var ious stations alternate on the frequencies, was designed to prevent enemy bombers from using radio beams to find their targets. All this will be part of Opera lion Alert 1059, designed to test the nation's readiness to cope with a MIAMI, Fla. (.AP)—Four gunmen—three of them fugitives from the firing squads of the Cuban revolutionary government — captured a Cuban airliner in flight today and forced the pilot at "gun-"" point to fly to Miami. Seventeen startled but unharmed American and Cuban passengers were aboard the 4-engin« airliner when it landed. U.S. border patrolmen immediately surrounded the plane and took the four hijackers into custody. Three gunmen said they were members of the hated secret police force of the i alien Cuban dictator, Fulgenclo Batista. The other was a former Batista air fore* mechanic. Fidel Castro's rebels overthrew Batista last Jan. 1 after a 25- month war and forced him to tak« refuge in the Dominican Republic. The border patrol said the gunmen would be held for a special investigation by the U.S. Immigration Service. Capt. Candelario Delgado, 40, the plane's pilot from Havana, said one of the men placed a pistol against his neck and ordered him to fly to the Dominican Re- mock nuclear and missiles. attack by planes Ottawa's air raid and tornado sirens will sound at 10:30 a.m, for three minutes. There will be a minute of silence, and then at 10:34 a.m., they will scream in an undulating (wavering) tone, for three minutes. In the undulating alert, which means "take cover," the tornado sirens will be joined by t h e whistle on UK; water and light plant. At 11 a.m., the "all clear" sound will come. Castro Begins His Tour Of U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) — Fidel| Castro, beginning a two-week tour to "promote Cuba" among Americans and Canadians, was a luncheon guest of Acting Secretary of State Christian Herter today. Only minutes before the luncheon, the bearded Cuban Prime Minister appeared angered by questions at an impromptu meeting with reporters. A reporter asked him whether newspapers in Cuba feel free to criticize his regime. "Every newspaperman in the United States is invited to come lo Cuba and see for himself," he replied tartly. "What puzzles me is that in this country such a question should be asked." Castro has frequently been critical of the foreign press in speeches in Cuba. He has charged it with distortion of facts. He is scheduled to address the American Society of Newspaper Editors Friday. Castro says he will speak in Spanish and answer questions in English — "that is, if I understand the questions and the audience understands my English." The Cuban leader was greeted with cries of "Viva Castro" from a crowd of flag-waving Cuban sup porters when he arrived Wednesday by plane. Severe Storm is Moving In The weather bureau this after noon issued a forecast for possible severe thunderstorms in parts of southern Kansas and northwestern Oklahoma, during a period from 3 p.m., to 9 p.m. The storm possibility area is along a line extending from Dodge City to a point 10 miles north oi Emporia, and 100 miles to the south of that line. A few of the thunderstorms are expected to become severe with some large hall and isolated damaging surface winds associated with the most intense of t h e storms. The storm activity is expected to develop in southwest Kansas and northwest Oklahoma this afternoon and move eastward this evening. public. The plane was en route [rom Havana to the Isle of Pines, 100 miles south of Havana. "I told them, 'we do not hav« enough gas for such a trip,' " Delgado said. "Then they told me, 'Fly to Miami.'" Guns also were held at the heads of the copilot, Fausto Val- dcz, 35, and the steward, Jose Leon, 37, throughout the 225-mil« hop to Miami. The passengers said no one was hurt or roughly treated after the gunmen took over. Peter Kissel, 32, a Far Hills, N.J., stock broker, told reporters four men in 'Civilian clothes took up stations in the front and rear of the plane and one pointed a pistol at the head of the pilot. A Castro soldier on vacation, Araqjo Consuegro, 18, grappled with the gunmen but was disarmed. Three of the hijackers wer« brothers. They identified themselves as Alfredo Mason y Sanchez, 51, former secret police sergeant; Roland, 28, also of the old secret police; and Jesus, 26, a former air force mechanic. Their companion was Leonard* Serrate, 54, a former secret polica corporal. Rummage sale Memorial Auditorium, afternoon April 20 • 21. Princeton Community. Adv. Lamb Insured Payment Flan, adv Loan Approved For Fort Scott Hospital WASHINGTON (AP) — Community Facilities Admlnistra- ion today announced approval of a loan for construction of a dormitory at the Mercy Hospital in 1 Pot* Scott, Kas. , The $250,000 loan to the Sisters, of Mercy at Fort Scott wil][ be supplemented with $310,000 of the order's funds to build, a student nurse dormitory in connection with Us new school of nursing.
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