The Ottawa Herald from Ottawa, Kansas on April 17, 1959 · Page 1
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Ottawa, Kansas
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OTTAWA HERALD Vol. 63 No. Ill OTTAWA, KANSAS, FRIDAY, APRIL 17,1959 7 CENTS TEN PAGES Bargain With Prisoners For Lives Of Hostages WATCHING THE HOUSE BURN—Firemen, neighbors and members of the sheriff's office stand by helplessly watch- this morning. (Photo by Lloyd'Ballhagen) ing the John Sheelcy home burn. Mr. and Mrs. Shcelcy and their daughter, 4, were not at home when the fire broke out Side Swipes Twelve Ottawa High School students have signed up for the Jaycee Road-e-o which will be held Sunday in front of Memorial Auditorium. Larry Walburn said anyone may still sign up. He said he will give the tests to them at Wassmer's Store, where he works. The Road-e-o will be held between 3rd and 4th on Hickory Sunday, starting at 1:30 p.m. Short $ I PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (AP) The local chapter of the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation received a check recently for $110. Attached was this note: "This represents a contribution of $1 each from 110 persons who lost a bet that they could spell Khrushehev correctly." The note writer is expected to send another check, for $1, shortly. Home Burns East Of Here The John Sheeley home, east of Ottawa, burned to the ground, this morning while the Sheeleys were gone. The one-story, 5-room house, located a mile and a half east on Wilson, caught on fire about 8:30 a.m. Fire Chief Harry Gilliland said he believed the flames bioke out in the kitchen area. A neighbor, Tommy Fritz, called the fire in to the Ottawa sta- ion, but firemen are not autho- •ized to take the trucks out of Driver Has Wild Trip the city. Chief Gilliland, Sheriff Max Gilmore and Undersheriff Joe Ferns, however, went out to the place to assist. Neighbors pulled most of the household goods out of the home and covered them with canvas to protect them from the drizzling rain. The kitchen appliances, however, were not saved. Mr. and Mrs. Sheeley were in Paola when the fire destroyed their home. Sheeley is employed there. Their 4-year-old daughter, Doro- thy was staying at a friend's home in Ottawa. A neighbor, who helped save the household goods, said he thought he heard a moan inside the house City Takes Par) In Nation-Wide Defense Alert All America was ripped up to day in an air raid, and 50,000 poisons from Topeka were on their way to Ottawa this morning to seek shelter. At least, that's what the make- believe nationwide alert pretended. At 10:30 a.m., the first air raid siren blasted off for three minutes. Four minutes came the wavering "take cover" alert, and at 11 a.m. the "all clear" signal sounded. "It went very well in most places," Civil Defense Director John Weidmann said. He pointed to several "d e a d spots" where the sirens were not heard well. They were the Gar field School area, the area around the 900 block, North Hickory; and an area around Eugene F i el d School. More Rain Forecast A brief storm about 1:30 this morning gave Ottawa .15 of an inch of moisture, and the drizzle continued through much of the morning, with the sun breaking through clouds about noon. The weather bureau announced, however, that more rain and thunderstorms arc in prospect this evening und tonight in eastern Kansas. A number of points in Kansas received heavier rain w i I. 1) Lindshorg reporting 2.20 inches last night. Other towns receiving lesser amounts included Topeka, .13; llerington, .00; Wichita .10; and Concordia, .25, 18 Held Captive In Montana State Prison when he first arrived. An invest! • After the alert got underway, gation of the house indicated the'Weidmann opened a. J-ealed en- building was vacated. ' ' --•-!-•- ----' -« ««« -The house was covered partly by insurance, Mrs. Sheeley said. The couple returned to Ottawa this morning, after they were notified of the disaster. There's Only One Solution To Growing Problem Of Gophers By JACK SAMSON ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)Breathes there a gardener with soul so dead who never turned the air blue with profanity at the sight of one of his prize iris plants disappearing down a hole? And how many farmers and ranchers have spent hours trying to find where their irrigation water is leaking out of a ditch? The whole business can be blamed on one ornery little rodent — the gopher. The gopher, found all over North America, is probably the most SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP — Here's what police said hap pened to Thomas Jacomella when he started to drive his car out the driveway at his home: He backed the car 29 feet until he saw he was going to hit his house. Then he shifted into forward, hit a tree and clothes pole, started backing again, scraped the side of the house and struck two more trees. The car continued backing until It ran into a car across the street, then the driver shifted into forward, traveled 54 feet, smashed a small wall, drove into a field, tore down a bush, traveled through a wooden fence, over a pine tree and steel wire fence and then hit a house. Then Jacomella put the car into reverse, backed across the two fences and a pine tree, hit another house and finally came to a stop against a tree. Deputy Sheriff Cliff Gunn said Jacomella was 82. British Crew Fires A Thor Missile VANDENBERG AIR FORCE ASE, Calif. (AP)—The success- ul firing of a Thor intermediate- ange missile by a British crew 'hursday may aid negotiations for missile bases in countries border- ng Soviet territory. So says Maj. Gen. David Wade, ommander of the 1st Missiles Di- ision here. "I'm not in a position to speak or those countries," said Gen. Wade, "but if I were conducting lie negotiations I certainly woulc )e encouraged." A three-man Royal Air Force crew and three RAF alternates aunched the 65-foot missile and'it headed west through a scattering >f clouds. Postal Nomination AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — President Eisenhower today nominated Robert L. Roberts to be postmaster at Kansas City, Kas. The nomination is subject to Senate con firmation. Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)—Kansas traffic fatalities listed by State Acciden Records Section: In last 24 hours—2. To date in 1959—126. Same period in 1Q58—122. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST— Cloudy and rainy this afternoon and in east tonight; scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and evening; cooler tonight and Saturday; highs this afternoon mid 60s; lows tonight 40-45; high Saturday in the 50s. High temperature >esterd.'iy—71 at p. m.; low trday— 58 at 2:30 a. m. high yrar ago today—78; low year ag torlny—40; lecotcl hlgn this date—88 i 3013 and 1054; record low this diite— 22 In 1904 and 1007; hourly tempera tures 24 hours ending 8 a. m. today; 9 p. m 6 10 p. m 6 11 p. m b 9 a. m 59 10 a. m 61 11 n. m 82 Noon 63 1 p. in 64 2 p. rn GC 3 p. m 68 4 p. in 71 5 p. m fi» H p. m 6* 7 p. m 66 6 p. m 6 Midnight 1 a. m. 2 a. m. 3 a. m. 4 a. m. 0 u. m. 6 u. rn. 7 a. m 6 8 a. m. Proposes New Farm Program WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen Homer E. Capehart (R-Ind) pro- Dosed today a new farm program said would both raise farm prices and cut costs to taxpayers Its principal features would: 1. Pay farmers a billion dollar i year to take out of productioi and that now produces costly 'arm surpluses. This idea, whicl Capehart called "acreage stor age," is similar to the expire^ acreage reserve part of the soi Dank program. 2. Raise the minimum price a which the government would b permitted to sell on the domesti market any of the nine billio dollars worth of surplus farm products it now holds. 3. Authorize a speeded-up re search program to find new indus trial uses for farm products. Capehart offered his program— and invited changes—in the mids of a stalemate between the Eisen hower administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress. Each has called on the other to come up with a specific program. Herter Passes Physical Exam WASHINGTON (AP)-Christian A. Herter apparently has cleared he last hurdle standing in the y of his appointment as new ecretary of state. A specially selected doctor is understood to have found that Herer's sometimes painful arthritis of the hips will not interfere with iis being an active foreign policy chief. Herter has long been considerec he No, 1 prospect to succeed the ailing John Foster Dulles. Bu President Eisenhower is reportec o have requested a confidentia medical checkup of Herter by a 'neutral" physician before mak ng any appointment. Dr. Theodore B. Bayles, Her :er's personal physician, alread lad expressed firm confidenc ;hat Herter would be fully capa ale of shouldering such duties. But Eisenhower apparently wanted an impartial verdict so that he could assure the American people that Herter, who frequently has been photographed leaning on his metal arm crutches, had a clean bill of health. oundly cussed-out rodent there 5s. What do you do about them? Conservation men say there are number of systems — most of vhich are a waste of time. One is shooting the little rascals; another is trapping them. Neither as much effect on the crafty gopher population. Two methods—usually employed )y distraught gardeners verging n hysteria—hardly ever work. One is sticking a hose down the hole and trying to drown Brothel Gopher. The other is running a hose from the exhaust pipe of the car into the gopher hole. In both nstances the gopher blocks off a number of strategic tunnels anc retires to the south wing of his lome. , A few systems work, say the rodent control boys, but even these are not infallible. One is cyanid Dombs and the other is small bo?i traps — baited with vegetables cheese or maybe a pizza pie. Most people who have battlei gophers for any length of time say there is only one sure way tt jvelope which said 50,000 person om Topeka were on the highway etween here and Topeka. The rders wanted Ottawa to take are of them. Weidmann sent back a message tating that Ottawa would lake are of 50,000 persons and 500 ospital cases. He said Ottawa ould put up 200 hospital beds at ic National Guard Armory and ould take care of 300 at Ransom lemorial Hospital. He, however, requested medical id and personnel. As for the siren test, Weidmann aid he had "quite a few phone lalls" from people saying they could or could not hear it. When win: Move to an apartment in th center of the city — and mak sure that place has no window boxes. he undulating sound started, thi 'wildcat whistle" on the wate: and light plant also blared. "Not a soul asked me what I vas all about," Weidmann said He said the Federal governmen will pay half the bill on additiona sirens. He said he will ask th city to order three more 10-hors sirens and a small one for th Sugene Field School area. They will be installed in th weak spots throughout Ottawa, h said. Two hours after the sirens sound ed ' four simulated bomb strike were to hit four cities in Kansas The authorities were to determin simulated damage in their area and report them to state CD heac quarters in Topeka. Radio and television station went off the air for a half-hou except for Conelrad broadcast These are designed to provide in formation while preventing use i radio stations as homing targel for enemy airplanes or missile All the activity was a part of Operation Alert 1959, the sixth annual nationwide civil defense training drill. Lamb Insured Payment Plan, adv Mobilize Guard After Murder In Coal Fields WHITESBURG, Ky. (AP)-Gov. . B, Chandler today mobilized ,000 National Guardsmen for pos> ible duty in eastern Kentucky'.? truck coal fields, after another nan was killed. Chandler ordered Ma.|. Gen. J. . B. Williams to survey areas it by the United Mine Workers Union strike then decide if guards- nen are needed to maintain order. The mobilization was touched ff by a gun battle Thursday night hat killed James Otis Adams, 41; nd wounded another man. Three UMW members were arrested la- er on murder charges. Before Chandler's announce- ncnt, Carson llibbitls, president f UMW Dist. 30, notified him the nion was discarding the peace >act signed by both sides last week, "I am convinced the operators lid not act in good faith." Hibbitts told the governor. The pact stipulated that neither side was to bear arms and that picketing was to be limited and peaceful. Those charged with murder in Adams' death were listed as: Harrison Stidham, shot in the stomach; Verlin King and Democrat Holliman, all of nearby Marlowe. State troopers gave this account of the shootings near the Letcher County community of Cowan five miles north of here: The mine has had a full-time guard. The guard and the nonunion truck drivers had worked out a headlight-blinking system for identification. The unidentified guard on duty saw the lights of an approaching car blink and walked down to investigate. When lie readied the car, one of the men in it struck him with a gun and dragged him inside. They told him he would be killed if lie caused any trouble and added they had come looking for a truck driver. Soon, a truck began winding its way up the hill to the mine. Stidham walked up to it, opened the door and told Adams to get out. DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) The lives of Ifl hostages dangled in ba'ancc today while Montana prison officials bargained with rioting convicts. They have killed a deputy warden and stabbed a guard. The rebels released one hostage, Waller Jones, 24, prison psychologist, for an eight-minute talk with newsmen. He snltl guards among the hostages "arc all set up to be killed, some will be hanged. I am going BULLETIN DEER LODGE, Mont. (IPi • Con- vlrt riot leaders nt the Mon- tnnn prison told newsmen today lliry arc holding 23 host- nRos "Including some • t o o 1 pigeons," back in, I don't know for how long. The inmates arc touchy. Any little thing will set it off." Jones snld the convicts threatened to kill the other hostages if he did not return within eight minutes. His statement dashed an earlier report from Father Gerald Ly man, prison chaplain, that an agreement had been reached to settle the riot that broke out Thursday at 3:30 p.m. (CST). Father Lyman told newsmen after a session with the convicts and prison officials that "everything is going to be all right." Ho said a formal announcement would be made shortly. But three hours later no agreement had been announced. Jones pleaded with officials to "please leave this in the warden's hands, If you take it out of the warden's hands and storm the gates, we've all had it." About 150 combal-rciadied Montana notional guardsmen ring the l)0-year-old castlc-liko prison. They Correction: At Pence's the correct price for two - 46 oz. cans of Cal - Fame pineapple-Grapefruit drink is 59c rather than 19c and two-No. 300 cans of Good Value Pork & Beans sell for 19c rather than 59c as misprinted in Thursday's Pence Food Center. Plan A Nixon Visit To Russia WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Nixon will visit Moscow in late July. His expected talks with high Soviet officials may help to set the stage for a summit conference. His assignment by President Eisenhower to make the trip also could promote Nixon's chances for the Republican presidential nomination next year. A White House announcement at Augusta, Ga., said Nixon will make the trip to open an American exhibition in Moscow July 25. No other details were given but diplomatic officials were sure he would meet with Premier Nikita Khrushchev. The six-week exhibition is designed to show Soviet citizens how Americans live. The Soviets will stage a similar exhibition in New York City. PUSHING THE SWITCH— Police Officer Cliff McGuffin, radio dispatcher, flips the switch that set off the tornado and air raid sirens in this morning's alert. (Photo by Lloyd Ballhagen) are armed with automatic rifles and bayonets. A convict spokesman, a burglar named Jerry Myles, talked for more than 15 minutes over the prison public address to the 435 convicls inside. His speech was heard outside the walls. Mylcs mid he wanted out-of state newsmen to come inside and look over prison conditions. "I don't think the warden or the others will let you in," Myles said, "because they don't want newsmen to know what conditions are. We guarantee you safe passage." Myles and other prisoners have been complaining of what they termed poor medical facilities, bad sanitation and the policies of the Montana Parole Board. "We are not fighting for today but for the next guy who comes in here," Myles said. Father Lyman took part In a 2-hour 45-minute conference—between bars of a prison gate— among the prison officials and convict leaders. He said three out-of-state ncws< men would be present at the announcement of the agreement. Warden Floyd Powell, 46, held at knife - point for nearly three hours, escaped unharmed with the aid of a convicted burglar wielding a meat cleaver. Powell; Maj. Gen. S. H. Mitchell, commander of the Montana National Guard; and Father Lyman, were talking through a prison gale with spokesmen for the rioters. Until the prisoners shouted threats to burn their hostages, authorities had planned to send ISO officers storming the 90-year old Lurreted, castle-like prison. There are 435 prisoners inside. Convicts took control of the prison Thursday afternoon. "H started about 4:30 p.m.," said the orison business manager, Elmer Erickson. "Someone—it could have been an inmate or an officer—called on the prison's telephone to the warden's office," Erickson said, "He and I were in there. They said there had been a knifing inside. They talked to Powell. "He and I started across the street. We went into the main entrance, Tower 7. We let ourselves in. "They grabbed the warden." Erickson then ran back to the prison office and summoned help. An unidentified convict shouted from the prison at 5 a.m. to newsmen that the hostages would be burned with gasoline if an attempt was made to storm the prison. Deputy Warden Theodore Rothe, 38-year-old former Wisconsin prison officer, was shot through the chest and killed. Guard Bill Cox, 41, was stabbed in the arm. He is in good condition. The convicts armed themselves with weapons stolen from « storehouse. Powell, 4fi, said, "A few of the convicts got out on top of the catwalk and took n few rifles. How they did it 1 don't know. It Is not an organized thing. Most of the convicts want no part of it." The prisoner* demand a conference with Gov. J. Hugo Aronson, but the governor flatly rejected the request and instead called out the slate troops. Ho said he wouldn't talk to the con- vicls until all hostages were released and the inmates returned to their cells. Powell was released after Earl Howard Jackson, 41, Sayre, Okla., intervened when other prisoners threatened the warden's life. Jackson grabbed a meat cleaver and was quoted as saying: "I will cut the throat of the first tho* touches the warden. I'm taking him out of here." Jackson accompanied the Warden out of the prison and was placed in a compound to protect him from retaliation from other convicts. It was the second riot In less than two years at the 90-year-old prison located about 20 rnlles north of the mining city of Butte. Castro Talks To Senators WASHINGTON (AP) — Cuban Premier Fidel Castro was quoted as telling U.S. senators today that communism does not have a chance in Cuba if Castro can feed his people. Sen. John Marshall Butler (R- Md) gave this account of Castro's meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Castro paid an unheralded visit to the Capitol for an informal, closed meeting with committed members and other lawmakers. Butler, first to leave the committee room, said other senators were still questioning Castro but that no one bad yet raised the •subject of the wave of executions that followed the Castro rebels' victory. Butler (old newsmen that Castro, in reply to questions, had said: 1. He does not contemplate the confiscation of American interests in Cuba—that confiscation of property has been limited to that of "criminal elements and some opposition people." 2. He sees no chance for the success of communism in his country "if he can fulfill his program to feed the people." 3. The Cuban leader stated he was "not here to ask for money.'* The Capitol swarmed with uniformed and security officers as the bearded Castro arrived at 10:45 a.m. There were cheers from spectators who managed to crowd into the passageway leading to the Senate Foreign Relations Commit* tee office. Castro met there with senators and representatives invited by Committee Chairman J. William Fulbright (D-Ark). The cheers came mostly from teen-age girls. This is the height of the tourist season in Washing* ton and the city is crowded with school children from all parts of the country. Fulbright scheduled the informal, closed-door meeting to permit members of his committe* and other legislators to talk with Castro first hand. Soviet Premier Is 65 Today MOSCOW (AP)-SovIet Premier Khrushchev was 65 today, but there were no signs of any public* celebrations. The 50th, 60th and 70th birthday* of Soviet dignitaries are usually commemorated with newspaper editorials and other honors, Thj mid-decade anniversaries usually go unmentioned. y U

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