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Vol. 63 No. 128 OTTAWA, KANSAS, THURSDAY, MAY 7,1959 7 CENTS TWELVE PAGES Side Swipes An Ottawa girl, who Is attending the University of Kansas took part in a peculiar athletic contest last week. Jacqueline White, granddaughter of Mrs. Pearl Bolton, 908 N. Oak, a KU sophomore, received the "jacks" trophy as representative of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Alpha Chi won the "jacks" tour najnent by defeating Sigma Nu fraternity 11-7. Miss White is social chairman of the sorority. Itf s Not Funny! Everyone's figuratively "break ing his neck" in preparing for the annual junior-senior OHS banquet, but Elmer Roth , w e n t a step farther. , It happened last night. Roth, a npember of the faculty of Ottawa University, suffered a broken arm in a fall from a stepladder while working on decorations for tie banquet to be held Saturday night at the National Guard Armory. Two large bones in the left wrist were broken and other bones shattered, the X-ray showed. He will have to wear his arm in a sling for some time. He lost his balance while at the top of the ladder and fell to the concrete floor. The Roths were members of a committee of parents assisting in the decorations. Roth was elected recently as a member of the Ot tawa board of education. •Meanwhile, other preparations for the annual affair included the moving of chairs, tables am dishes from the several schoo buildings today to the Armory and continuation of the decora lions. More than 300 will attenc the banquet festivities Saturday night. Gum, Anyone? BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP)— Hungarian Communists, after years, of poking fun at gum-chew ing Americans, are going to star making their own chewing gum A cookie factory in Gyoer wil open a gum section to supply some of the local demand tha has been filled by American gif packages and official imports from Communist China: ana" Israel First Aid First TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ A class of city firemen and their wives gathered Wednesday nigh for a Red Cross refresher course in first aid. As the class opened, e large light bulb dropped from a ceiling fixture and broke upon the head o Mrs. William Heinrich. Instructor William Bergadin. immediately administered firs aid, lecturing the while on how tc patch up face cuts and bandage a wounded head. Then her hus band took her to the doctor, whc removed four pieces of glass from Mrs. Heinrich's scalp. Black Cats, Too? IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) Grocery clerk Ken Bridges walket under a ladder leaning against i jewelry store. The ladder co] lapsed and a doctor took 1 stitches in sewing up the gash i Bridge's scalp. "I'm a believer," Bridges said later. Steel Union May Strike Chief Says NEW YORK (AP) — John P. Murray, Pittsburgh' Steelworkers Union official, said today the un- on "is eventually going to win its demands even if we have to strike o do it." Murray, director of the union's District 16, and a cousin of the union's late President Philip Murray, said the public and industry are underestimating the union's solidarity and determination to gain a sizeable wage boost and other concessions. Murray's comments were made iff - the • cuff to reporters as he leaded a union bargaining team jack into talks with Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. The J & L talks had broken up Wednesday on their opening .day over a union demand that J & L put all its plants and subsidiaries under common contract terms. Murray said there are too many varying J & L contracts now. J fe L Industrial Relations Vice President George Flacus said the company seeks to continue sepa rate contracts to fit local situa tibns. The J & L talks resumed this morning with this problem un solved and put aside for further discussion later. Murray emphasized that the un ion is determined to win its de mands even if it takes a strike to do it. Both the industry and union have been trying to play down the possibility of a strike in talk ing with reporters during the pre liminary steel bargaining. As the negotiations entered their their third day, they grew more tense — primarily because o: Wednesday's disclosure the indus try is already mapping strategy to deal with a possible July 1 industry walkout. Iraqi Frees Big Italian Airliner BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Iraq authorities freed a big Italian air liner today after detaining it 2 hours for making a flight acros Iraq that was not specifically authorized. With 8 crew members and 17 or more passengers bound west ward from Tehran, the DC6B plane took off for Beirut. Twenty one passengers originally were re ported aboard, but Alitalia Air line, the plane's owners, said there were 17. Three were Americans. They were Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rach wal of Glendale, Calif., and Ar thur McLaren of Katonah, N. Y. Alitalia's Baghdad representa tive, Joseph Thweny, Pilot Walte Galli and Iraqi airport authorities all denied an announcement w the company's headquarters in Rome that Iraqi fighters forcec down the plane. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST — Partly cloudy this afternoon and tonight; Friday increasing cloudiness and warmer; highs this afternoon 70; low tonight upper 40s; highs Friday 75. High temperature yesterday—69; low today—42; high year ago today—70; low year ago today—40; record high thi date—92 in 1934; record low thlB date— 34 in 1906. 1909, 1931; hourly tempera tures, 24 hours ending E a. m. today 6 a. m 62 9 p. m 5 10 a. ra. ........64 10 p. m 5 11 a ra 67 11 p. m 5 Noon 68 Jlidnlght 4 1 p. m 68 l a. m 2 p. ra 68 2 a. m 3 p. m 67 3 a. ra 4 p. m. 66 4 a. ra 3 p. m 65 5 a. m « p. m 63 6 a. m 7 p. m 60 7 a. m. ........ 8 p. m. 57 i a. m. WASHINGTON - Six Ottawans appeared this morning before the House of Representatives public works sub-committee on appropriations and requested nearly $3,000,000 .in appropriations for continuing construction on t h e Ottawa local flood protection works, and Pomona Reservoir. Both projects of the Corps of Engineers, U. S. army, for Marais des Cygnes river flood control. Specifically, the requests were for $1,400,000 for the Ottawa project, and $1,400,000 for Pomona reservoir. Bids are to be opened for the.; start of construction on Pomona,reservoir at the City Hall hi Ottawa on June 3. The Ottawans also requested favorable consideration for the ap- propiration of additional f u n d s for a .start on pre-construction planning work on other reservoirs in the valley, including Melvern. The Ottawans said, following the hearing that they were optimistic about the appropriation of the funds, .since some of the members of Cqngress sitting on the subcommittee, made statements to the effect that they do not agree with President Eisenhower's .request for "No new starts" this year on river projects. Last night the Ottawans attended a social gathering at the Mayflower Hotel at which several members of Congress from Kansas ,and Missouri were in attendance. Included in the group at the so cial hour was Maj. Gen. W. E. Potter, who is now Governor Pot ter of The Panama Canal Zone. Governor Potter is known to a number of Ottawans; AS he was district engineer of the Corps of Engineers, Kansas City, and was also division engineer at Omaha before going to Panama as governor of the Canal Zone. The Ottawans, Mayor Kenneth Andrews. Assistant City Attorney/ Tom Gleason, City Commissioner James Grpgan, State Representative Robert, A. Anderson, State Senator William Bowers, and r Lamar Phillips, will appear before a Senate sub-committee tomorrow morning, and will return home tomorrow evening. Big New York Building Crumbles, One Dead, Estimated 15 Trapped i. •. . • §» CHURCHILL ON GOLF-CART TOUR — Sir Winston Churchill and President Eisenhower tour the Chief Executive's Gettysburg farm on a golf cart. They flew to the farm from the White House. Farmer Ike Shows Friend Winnie Around Barnyard County School Merger To Be Voted May 9 3 Board Officials May Be Recalled LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) Three Segregationist members of the Little Rock School Board today faced the threat of recall in the wake of a purge of 44 teachers in the city's integration-troubled school system. About 400 patrons of the Forest Park Elementary school Wednesday night shouted approval of a plan to seek a recall election against Board President Ed I. McKinley and members Robert Laster and Ben Rowland. McKinley, Laster and Rowland, acting after three other board members walked out of a meeting in protest, voted Tuesday not to renew the contracts of 44 teachers, including the Forest Park Principal, Mrs. Frances S. Wood. Acting as the Forest Park Parent-Teacher Assn., the group first adopted resolutions censuring the three segregationist board members for the purge and commending Mrs. Wood. Then acting as school patrons they voted to circulate the recall petitions under a segregationist-backed 1958 law, designed to facilitate removal of board members suspected of integrationist tendencies. The three have refused to give specific reasons for the purge, except to say that some teachers were fired for "remarks they made about integration." BULLETIN HUTCH1NSON (AP) —A spectacular fire swept through the Davis Lumber Company's yard in downtown Hutchinson today. Chief of Police Carl Spriggs said the damage would exceed $50,000. Cause of the fire was not learned immediately. WASHINGTON (AP) — Picture Sir Winston Churchill zipping around President Eisenhower's farm in a baby-blue electric golf cart. There's a cigar clinched in the Britisher's teeth and he's wearing a cowboy hat. Picture Eisenhower driving the small cart — and it sagging a bit to the right under the Chur- chillian bulk as they whip over the gravel roads. That was the picture Wednesday afternoon as the 84-year-old former prime minister of Britain and his host toured the Eisenhower acres at Gettysburg, Pa., under a blazing hot sun. Later they switched to a Marine Corps helicopter for an aerial inspection of the historic Gettysburg battlefield where in 1863 Union and Confederate forces engaged in one of the classic conflicts of all time. The Eisenhower -estate is at the edge of the battle site. It was by helicopter that the President and Sir Winston traveled to the farm from the White House lawn and the British visitor, who had made one earlier whirlybird flight, obviously enjoyed the trip. Churchill clutched his gold- lipped cane as he eased into the golf buggy alongside his chauffeur, the smiling President. The first stop was a big cattle barn. There Eisenhower proudly pointed out his herd. "They are Black Angus, all of them," The President told his guest. "They're Scotch Cattle. We also have some nurse cows. These —Black Angus don't give enough milk." Back at the President's big white brick and gray fieldstone house, Churchill got a breathtaking view of the rolling Allegheny mountains in the distance as he and Eisenhower paused at the front door. During the helicopter tour of the battlefield, the two World War II comrades studied a map of the area and its famed landmarks— the path of Pickett's ill-fated charge, Seminary Ridge, Little Round Top, Big Round Top. Then they flew back to the White House. * * * Throws Few Barbs At Harry Truman WASHINGTON (AP)-President Eisenhower threw what may have seen an indirect barb at Former President Trurnan Wednesday night. Eisenhower had invited Truman to the White House dinner honoring the visiting Sir Winston Churchill. But Truman sent regrets, saying he had a previous engagement in New York. Before offering a toast at the dinner, Eisenhower said that sev eral of the guests had told him: "I have some very important engagements, but to see Sir Winston once again is one of the greatest things that could happen to me and I have broken the important engagement in order to do so." Truman had said he hoped to see Churchill here or later in New York. Relations between Eisenhower and Truman have been strained since the 1952 political campaign Noting that protocol required that he offer his toast to Queen Elizabeth rather than Churchill, Eisenhower said "I know that Her Majesty the Queen would be proud to know that each of us, in drinking a toast to the Queen, are thinking of one of her most brilliant, loyal and greatest subjects: Sir Winston Churchill." Montague Found Innocent, Insane ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Circui Court jury took only 58 minutes last night to find Charles E. Mon tague innocent of the mutilation slaying of his wife because of in sanity and to render a verdic that confines him to a maximum securty state mental institution The all-male jury in the coutf of Jhdge William E. Buder held that Montague was "innocent for the sole reason that he was insane at the time of the commission o the crime and he has not perma nently recovered." Montague's wife, Ruth Ann, 34. was found strangled to death in her car Jan. 7. Herter Addresses Nation Tonight WASHINGTON (AP) — Secre tary of State Christian A. Herter plans a major bid for public support and understanding tonight on the eve of his trip to the East- West Geneva conference on Ger many. Indications are he will not spring any big surprises in American policy. The speech will be broadcast and telecast at 7 p. m., CST. Herter is expected to stress what he regards as the reasonableness of U.S. plans for a peace ful solution to the German crisis. He is™ prepared to say that the proposals to be presented to the Soviets at the foreign ministers parley starting Monday will provide a sound framework — if the Reds sincerely want to negotiate. At the same time, he is ready to renew assurances that the Allies will not abandon West Berlin to the Communists just because Moscow demands that the Western powers get out. It will be Herter's first major appearance before the public since he took over as secretary of state from John Foster Dulles, and he wants to win the public's confidence. The secretary leaves Friday aft- ternoon for the Geneva meeting with the foreign ministers of Bjit- ain, France and the Soviet Union. The conference may last a month. Proposed consolidation of four rural high school districts in southeastern Franklin county moved another step forward last night. Members of the boards of the high schools of Richmond, Prince ton, Lane and Rantoul, who rnei at Rantoul, decided on a vote by the patrons of the districts on May 9. The patrons of each district will vote separately on the consolidation plan. A majority is needed to carry. The proposal has been discussed previously in each district. Consolidation of the four districts would bring an area of 18 square miles into a single district, with a valuation of around eight million dollars, it would take in almost all of the southeast quarter of the county. If the proposal receives a favorable vote in each district, a centrally located site would be chosen for construction of a new high school building and facilities. Jay Scott, county superintend ent, who attended last nightV meeting, said a meeting of the boards of the high schools at Pomona and Appanoose would be held tonight for further consideration of a consolidation proposa which would include Michigan Val ley in Osage county. Michigan Val ley has already acted favorably Graham Plans Cutting Down His Work Load SYDNEY, Australia (AP)-Billy Graham said today he is feeling fine but intends to curtail his non- crusade activities on returning to the United States in mid-June. The American evangelist said he is going to resign from a number of executive boards and organizations. "I am going to concentrate on .iking at these crusades and in study preparing for them," he said. Rummage sale auditorium Saturday, May 9. Adv. Explosions Shatter Two Coal Tipples JELLICO, Tenn. (AP) — Two explosions in the business district of this coal town on the Kentucky state line shattered two coa; tipples in the Louisville & Nacsh ville railroad yards early today The tipples and coal were set afire, but no injuries were reported. It was the latest of several incidents of violence reported since a strike of United Mine Workers members has idled much of the east Tennessee coal Industry. Police said, however, that they had no clues to the identity of the person who set the blasts, anc saw no one at the scene. WESTBURY, N. Y. (AP) — The steel structure and roofing of a big industrial building under construction collapsed today, killing one workman and injuring several others. Men and machines tore at the wreckage n a search for possible other victims. It was not Immediately ascertained how many were in the structure when it came down with a roar shortly before 11 a.m. . First reports to police were that there were as many as 100. After some Wt hours, thV figure was scaled down. Prevailing opinion Soviets Far Behind In Marketing Setup WASHINGTON (AP)-The Agriculture Department said today the Soviet Union lags far behind the United States in its marketing system for farm and food products. This was said to handicap the Soviet people in achieving the good diets and standard of living they so badly want. Information on the Soviet marketing setup was obtained by a team of department economists who visited the Soviet Union last year under an exchange arrangement. More progress has been made by the Soviets in stepping up farm production than in marketing, the team reported. In describing retail stores, the report said there are refrigerated cases, but the meat never looks fresh. "Butter and cheeses are good, and together with bread and ice cream, these are among the best foods in the Soviet Union. Both canned goods and fresh produce are of limited vavio.ty. Little Mitchell Returns Home ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (API- Sleepy little Mitchell Johnson snuggled into his mother's arms late Wednesday, back home from a nightmare probably he won't remember much about. The iVz-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson was flown back from Dallas where his 16-year-old baby-sitter took him. It all started last Monday when the baby-sitter, Betty Smithey, a snub-nosed fugitive from the Girls Welfare Home in Albuquerque, wandered off with the little boy. She had been sitting with him in the Johnson's home at Placitas, a mountain village northeast of Albuquerque. "I don't know why I did it," the orphaned teen-ager said in Dallas after her arrest. Mrs. Johnson had been working as a psychologist at the girls institution. She said she resigned Friday and received permission to take Betty home with her. Betty's attempts to give Mitchell to strangers in a drugstore in Dallas led to recovery of the baby. Betty was found by police in a cafeteria in downtown Dallas. United Fund Principle To Be Used Next Year The united fund principle of raising funds for the city's welfare groups will be continued next year, it was decided at a meeting yesterday afternoon of representatives of about a dozen of those groups. Included also were representatives of the various service clubs. Trexel Warren was elected temporary chairman. He will call another meeting soon for further discussion of how to perfect a new organization. The Chamber of Commerce directors decided recently to divest the C. of C. of responsibility in the welfare drives. One suggestion given slight consideration at yesterday's meeting was to return to the former plan of letting each group con- duct its own solicitation, but the idea met with disapproval. All desired some form of united ef- ."ort. The failure of the United Fund drive last fall to reach its goal of more than $20,000 by some $4,000 gave rise to the decision to start all over with a new organization. Vernon Chesbro, who was joint chairman of last fall's drive, presided yesterday. It was also decided at yesterday's meeting to renew the urge to several agencies that have been conducting independent drives, that they should be included in the united effort. Chairman Warren said he would arrange a date for another meeting and notify representatives of the welfare agencies. "• STUDYING FOR COMPS — Three Ottawa University seniors "crack the books" for the comprehensive exams for seniors Friday. The seniors must pass the test, based on studies in their major field, to graduate. The girls are, Martha Hanson, Covina, Calif.; Charlotte Shearer, Olathe; and Phyllis Kaaselman, Great Bead. (P^pto by Clausle Smith) placed the number around 15. At least six were hospitalized with concussion, cuts and other injuries* , The dead man was identified as John Labs, 45, of New York City; a plumber. Assistant Chief Inspector Francis B. Loney of Nassau County police said the best figures he could obtain indicated 14 persons were in the building. ' Of these, he said, 9 escaped unhurt, 4 were injured and 1 was killed. However, nearby Meadowbrook Hospital received 6. injured men. Loney expressed doubt that anyone was left.in the rubble. '' The building was under construction at the Westbury Industrial Park about 30 miles east of New York City on Long Island. The steel framework had been erected and roofing and brick finishing work were under way. The structure, 200 feet long and 150 feet wide, was to house an electronics firm. A steel girder in the roof was believed to have given way, causing the avalanche of steel 'and wood to cascade'downward. When the crash came with little or no warning, there was a wild scramble for life. Some escaped. One group of 15 men had left the building an instant before the col* lapse. Al Long of Islip Terrace, at work on a nearby building, gave this description: "All I saw was men running out from under the thing as it fell. Some made it but most didn't. The entire roof just fell over." Another witness. Verge Abbatiello of Westbury, also standing nearby, said: "I heard a tremendous roar and turned around. There was thick smoke rising up like a bomb. I heard a guy scream." There was no fire and Abbatiello apparently mistook dust for smoke. Great crowds of spectators watched rescue efforts, pressing against police lines set up around the wrecked building. Another eyewitness, Rudy Gumb. employed on work nearby, said he had stepped outside his own project for a cigarette when he heard a roaring, crunching noise. He said the steel framework crashed with a sideways motion and huge billows of dust ballooned up. Gumb said he and another man, whom he didn't know, ran to the wreckage and began pulling men out of it. They rescued four, he said, but did not know how badly they were injured. Bob Bove, an electrical engineer, glanced out of a window of another building and saw the collapse. He raced over and freed a man whose arm was almost severed, he said. The one known victim was said to be the foreman of a steamfit- Ling crew. His name was not immediately learned. Two hours after the collapse, authorities still were trying to ascertain how many men had been present and how many had been accounted for. Moore Scores Top RENO, Nev. UP)—Lester Moore of Ottawa, Kas., hit 97 of 100 targets yesterday and led Class D at the halfway mark of a 200-target championship event in the Golden West Grand American Trapshoot. Lamb Insured Payment Pita. (Ml?

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