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OTTAWA HERALD Vol. 63 No. 129 -OTTAWA, KANSAS.. FRIDAY, MAY 8, 1959 7 CENTS Side Swipes Talent Wasted ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)An atomic physicist has called the use of scientists for janitorial services a "ridiculous and flagrant waste" of highly trained per• sonnel. Jack Paden, a civilian in the 4925th Test Group (Atomic) at Kirtland Air Force Base, was the complainant. He says that until recently scientists and technicians — making anywhere from $7,510 to $11,835 a year—had been stuck with janitors' chores because of a manpower cut. He said he complained to Sen. Dennis Chavez (D-NM) and the group now has its janitor back. Awards Theft ' CHICAGO (AP)—A grocer gave two big bags of food Thursday to the destitute family of an unemployed laborer who was caught stealing $200 worth of food from his store. Recipient of the food was Mrs. Nancy Brown, 20, mother of two small boys. Her husband, Adolph, 22, was in jail after he was seized attempting to haul away a cart load of grocieres from a store operated by John and Michael Epifanio. John, 27, explained why he gave the food to Mrs. Brown: "I'm human and I got kids of my own. I wouldn't want to see them go hungry. I can't judge the children for what the father does." 27 Marriages? BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) —A Yugoslav marital record holder has died at the age of 65. Sredoje Goluskin, from northern Serbia, had been married 27 times, Belgrade newspapers reported. They did not say how many of his marriages ended in divorce. Top Men Agree On Prosperity HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP)-An unofficial government forecast of rising prosperity for the next 12 months or longer found general agreement today among the country's top industrialists—but with some reservations. Members of the Commerce Department's Business Advisory Council, starting a closed-door, weekend session with federal officials, mentioned two big uncertainties in the 1959 business outlook: First, the possible summer steel strike, which could retard an otherwise steady advance to a record production rate as high as 490 billion dollars annually in the final quarter of this year. Second, the unforeseeable impact of the entry of major American auto producers into the small car field. About 100 businessmen, including the heads of many of the country's largest corporations were here for BAC's spring meeting with Secretary of Commerce Strauss and other Washington officials. Nikita Says He Wants To'Relax World Tension' LONDON (AP) — Moscow radio stressed today that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev has several times stated Russia is willing to examine other proposals concerning a German peace treaty and the Berlin problem "so long as they are intended to relax world tension." An English-language commen tator said U.S. newspapers talked about an alternative American plan which would be put to the Geneva foreign ministers confer ence. "Unfortunately no such plan has materialized," he added. The broadcaster claimed the West had only a "complex plan which has little to do with a peace treaty or a Berlin settlement." TWELVE PAGES Summit Meet Call WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower will refuse to go to a summit conference if the Russians carry out their threat to turn East Berlin over to the East German Communists. He will take the same stand if the Soviets sign a separate peace treaty with puppet East Germany. Any such one-sided Soviet action in the next few weeks undoubtedly would wreck the Big Four foreign ministers conference due to begin in Geneva Monday. This American attitude became known authoritatively a few hours before Secretary of State Chris tian A. Hcrter's scheduled takeoff for pre-conference strategy talks with the British and French foreign ministers. Herter himself already has served notice that the Russians must match concession for con- f cession to end the danger of war.' Even as Herter arranged to leave, the three Allies were reported already arguing with the Soviets over where to sit to discuss the German deadlock. In Geneva, Soviet diplomats insisted the talks take place around a round table. Western diplomats were holding out for table. a square Despite pressure for a summit talk regardless of progress in Geneva, Eisenhower was reported insisting the foreign ministers first must make concrete gains in easing the Berlin crisis and other German problems. This means, informants said, that mere agreement at Geneva on a time, place and agenda for a summit meeting would not be enough to convince him that a conference with Russia's Nikita Khrushchev while. would be worth Herter outlined America's position for the East-West talks starting Monday in a nationally broadcast address Thursday night. He arranged a final meeting with President Eisenhower before heading for the Geneva meeting with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Russia. 'Herter's maiden speech won praise from Sen. Mike Mansfield of Montana, the assistant Democratic leader, as "candid" and "statesmanlike." In his half-hour address the new secretary pledged firmness and intent to negotiate in good faith. He called on the Communists too for "businesslike negotiations and not a propaganda exercise." He set forth three basic guidelines of Western policy for the negotiations and summed them up. saying: "The heart of our policy can Death Strikes Quarles At Home Early Today DONALD A. QUARLES be clearly and simply said to be this: A Germany reunited in freedom, a security system linked with arrangements for arms control, and in the interim a free and secure Berlin." Herter said that in the Geneva talks, the West would "honestly and in good faith seek some ad yance, even if small, toward a just peace." He ruled out fear and appeasement in negotiating with the Reds who set off the current crisis by proposing moves that could force the Allies to turn over West Berlin. But he cautioned against great expectations from the Geneva par ley. He said the past record of the Soviets shows "the best we can look for is slow progress toward the ultimate goal of inter national stability which only a just peace will bring." * * * Goes To Mountain Camp For Weekend WASHINGTON (AP) — President Eisenhower left for a weekend at his mountain retreat, Camp David. He stopped en route to visit ailing former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles. The President left the White House by car and was at Walter Reed Army Hospital visiting the cancer-stricken Dulles when newsmen were told of his departure. Eisenhower plans to spend the weekend with his friend George E. Allen at the presidential camp in :he Catoctin Mountains of Mary- .and, some 50 miles from Washington. Lamb Insured Payment Plan, adv The Weather COUNTY FORECAST — Cloudy with occasional light showers this afternoon and tonight; Saturday showers and thunderstorms; warmer Saturday; highs tin's afternoon near 70; lows tonight lower 50s; highs Saturday 75. or $5 down and $5.5 Oeach mo. High temperature yesterday 72; low today—56; high year ago today—63; low year ago today—bl; record high this date—92 m 1918. 1934; record low this date—33 In lf,17; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a. m. today: 9 a. m 57 9 p. m 61 10 p. m 59 11 p. m SB Midnight 59 1 a. m 5h 2 a. m 57 3 a. m 57 4 a. m 57 5 a. m 57 6 a. m j« 7 a. m 56 10 a., m 61 11 a. m 65 Noon 68 1 p. m 69 2 p. m 72 E p. m. 4 p. m. 7^ 71 p. m 69 6 p. m 67 64 ....62 7 p. m. f i p. ra. 8 a. m. .57 Schools View Merger, Plan Continuing Talks No decision on renewing an effort to consolidate Pomona and Appanoose high school districts was reached by the boards of the two districts last night. The boards met at Pomona. Further consideration will be given. It was brought out in the discussion that both schools have a "C" rating, but emphasized that the faculties of both schools meet class "A" standards. The reason for the lower rating, it was explained, is mainly because of inadequate facilities. Jay Scott, county superintendent, who attended the meeting, said advantages of consolidation were discussed. Among these, he said, are more efficient use of :eachers, lunch and custodial personnel, less overhead, and the ability to offer more courses and setter laboratory facilites. The two districts, Scott said would have a combined valuation of approximately six million dol- ars. Other factors entering into the consideration are that Pomona is completing • an elementary school Building and is paying for bonds issued for the high school district's gymnasium. For these reasons, the Pomona board felt that the community might not be ready to enter into plans for a new building for the combined high school district. Michigan Valley, in Osage county, has previously voted to join with the Appanoose district. New Union grade school patrons will meet tonight to discuss a vote on consolidation into a district with Green Dell, Sand Creek, Davy, Baxter and Minneola, which previously voted for the proposal. Supt. Scott said today that the vote on a proposal to consolidate Richmond, Lane, Rantoul and Princeton Rural Highs will be June 9, and not May 9, as erroneously stated in the Herald last night. The patrons of the four districts will vote separately. The voting hours will be from 1 to 8 p.m., Scott said. WASHINGTON (AP) - Deputy Secretary of Defense Donald A. Quarles, engineer - businessman and second ranking civilian in the Pentagon since 1957, died unex pectedly today. He was 64. A chauffeur sent to Quarles' home to drive him to an early morning television broadcast was unable to rouse him. A relative and officials were summoned quickly and efforts were made to revive him. Apparently he had been dead for some hours, however. The cause of death was not immediately established. Quarles wag alone in his home at the time. Mrs. Quarles was in Chicago. He had attended a dinner Thursday night and friend said he showed no sign of illness when he left about 11 p.m. Quarles frequently had been acting civilian chief during ab sences of Secretary Neil H. Me Elroy. He had been mentioned as a possible successor to McElroy who has announced he is leaving late this year. If McElroy should go ahead with his plans to quit, one name in speculation will be that of Wil fred J. McNeil, assistant secre tary of defense specializing in money matters. McNeil came to the Pentagon i n 1948 under the late Secretary James Forrestal Another name in speculation will be that of Fred Seaton, a former assistant secretary of defense and now secretary of the interior. McElroy had planned to leave today for Geneva to be on hand at the foreign - ministers* conference opening there Monday. He was in Cincinnati making preparation; for the trip. But he called off the trip and likely now will wait unti he gets word from Secretary of State Christian A. Herter that he is needed. If and when McElroy does go the Pentagon civilian command falls to Secretary of the Army Wilber M. Brucker as the next in line. President Eisenhower, notified of Quarles' death, ordered flags on federal buildings flown at halJ staff. The President issued a statement expressing shock and "a keen sense of personal loss." On behalf of himself and Mrs. Eisen- lower, he extended sympathy to Mrs. Quarles and the family, Postage Rate Hike Asked In Congress WASHINGTON (AP)-The Eisenhower administration has asked Congress for another one- cent increase in first-class letter and airmail postage. If approved, the proposal would )oost postage on a first-class letter to 5 cents and on airmail to eight cents. Postmaster General Arthur E. Summerfield estimated such an ncrease would bring in an addi- :ional 355 million dollars a year. The current operating deficit of :he Post Office Department is estimated at more than 500 million dollars a year. In his budget message to Congress in January, President Eisenhower indicated he would ask 'or higher rates to help balance Post Office Department books. Many congressional Democrats predicted at the time there wasn't much chance for further postal increases. Truman, 75, Asks For World Peace TRANSFORMATION—It may not look like much now, but wait until tomorrow evening when the Armory is the setting for the annual Junior-Senior banquet, most gala occasion of the school year. High man on the ladder is Jim Roth, who has assistance from a number of other juniors (Photo by Lois Smith) Snow, Hunger Painted In Grim Last Messages LINCOLN, N.H. (AP)—"I see little prospect of any planes reach ing us today." "I have little hope." "I have become particularly weak. Fighting the cold weather is hard." "It is plus-5 (temperature) this morning but reached minus-10 last night." "No hope left." Goodbye all." In these notes, found in the wreckage of their crashed plane, two Dartmouth College physicians described their last hours after 3 Youths Nabbed, Face Theft Charge LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Three youths were arrested yes- erday in connection with the theft of five .45-caliber automatic )istols and 12,500 rounds of .22- caliber ammunition from the Leavenworth High School ROTC armory Jan. 25. Arrested were James Earl Belcher, 17, Russell Dean Lininger, 22, and Gail Edward Carpenter, 18, all of Leavenworth. Belcher and Lininger were seized by FBI agents in Leavenworth and Car- jenter was taken by agents at Baldwin City, Kan. Carpenter and Belcher were charged with the theft of federal property. Lininger was charged with receiving stolen propery be- onging to 'he federal government. Belcher uas sent to the Wyandotte County jail in default of 52,000 bond and Carpenter and aninger were released on $2,000 and $1,000 bonds respectively. their single-engine plane plowed into a clump of trees in snowj mountain wilderness here las Feb. 21. The notes, written by Drs Ralph E. Miller, 60, and Rober Quinn, 32, of the Dartmouth medi cal faculty, were released Thurs day night by the college news office. Their plane, downed on a fligh from Berlin to Lebanon, was found last Tuesday in a desolate part of the White Mountain Na tional Forest, about seven miles east of Lincoln. Dr. Miller, a vet eran pilot, said in one of the notes that their carburetor hac iced up. Not all of the doctors' lasl notes were released. Personal messages to their families were withheld. Probe NY Building For Collapse Clue WESTBURY, N. Y. (AP)—Three separate investigations were pressed today into the collapse of a large industrial building under construction which killed one workman and injured six others. The rest of the 14 men at work in the one-story building escaped. The dead man was John Lake, 45, of New York City, a plumber. The investigations were conducted by the Nassau County dis- rict attorney's office, the county police department and the town of Oyster Bay, which embraces .he village of Westbury, 30 miles east of New York City. Trouble in New Law State, County Has Tax Problems By WAYNE GILLILAND The processing of intangible tax returns has presented problems to the state department of revenue, and the state department says the number of inquiries received from county clerks indicates it has caused problems for the counties also. The state department has sent out a long letter to the county clerks about its difficulties. Franklin County Clerk Bruce Spears agrees that confusion has resulted from a new state law passed by the last session of the legislature. On the one hand, the state revenue officials say their task cations in figures. of processing intangibles returns has greatly complicated the overall task of processing all of the income tax returns. The state officials say their budget is limited and they do not have enough personnel. This means that some errors and duplications have occurred, especially in the new area of intangibles -which had been left to the county clerks under the old law. On the other hand, the county clerks, according to Spears, are being fouled up because of the slowness with which the returns are coming back to his office, and because of the errors and dupli- The troubles stem from the new law which provides that intangible returns be sent from the this year's total will be much less because of an option provision in the new law under which cor- NEW YORK (AP) - Former President Harry S. Truman is 75 years old today. He voiced a wish for peace and happiness for all the people of the United States. The expression came as newsmen, warbling "Happy Birthday, Dear Harry" in more or less tuneless fashion, presented him with a surprise birthday cake before he'd even had breakfast. ' Obviously pleased, Truman mustered up two healthy puffs and blew out the candles. He had the crowd of reporters and photographers sign a card accompanying the cake and then proudly Budget Bureau Is Accused of Cover Up On Liabilities WASHINGTON (AP)—President Eisenhower's Budget Bureau was accused today of a studied attempt to cover up government liabilities by refusing money to build up the Civil Service retirement fund. The House Appropriations Com mittee included the criticism in a formal report sending to the House for a vote next week a bill appropriating $6,438,839,800 to fiance a score of federal agencies for the fiscal year starting July 1. The 'total is $252,343,200 less than the President had requested and $406,703,140 less than the m ... same agencies were given this . Tr « e to h '? reputation as one year. Biggest allotment was $5,- of the walkingest-talkingest for- 020,266,000 for the Veterans Ad- mer Presidents the country ever took it upstairs at show Mrs. Truman. his hotel to When asked if he had a birthday wish, he said:. "I wish for peace and happiness for all the people of the United States." He also said he wished for "another boy in Margaret's family." He referred to his daughter, Mrs. Clifton Daniel, who is expecting her second child. ministration, which was given all but $9,259,000 of what it requested. The committee cut $145,348,200 from new funds requested by the various agencies and ordered returned to the Treasury 107 million dollars of unobligated carryover money. In a report written by Rep. Al bert Thomas (D-Tex), the committee said the Budget Bureau had refused to approve a Civil Service Commission request for $773,734,000 to finance the government's share of payments to the retirement fund. The committee said, "this fund is defunct by over $20,600,000,000." The committee also criticized the Budget Bureau's handling of the college housing loan program and the Federal National Mortgage Ass_n., program, ..., The committee allotted the Office of Civil Defense $43,735,000, a cut of $31,235,000 from the President's request. It approved 10 million dollars for federal contributions to states and localities but refused funds for establishment of Federal Civil Defense posts in courthouses throughout the coun try. taxpayer to the state department,! porations may take the choice of and back by the state department to the county clerks. The state officials, in the letter, complain that the lawmakers ignored their recommendations in changing the law, and blame the solons for the confusion. So far, the amount of intangible tax returns certified back to Franklin County for collection is only about $4,000, as compared to a total of $37,258.49 in 1958, Spears' figures show. He says it may be taken for granted that paying three per cent on earnings, or five per cent on intangible valuations as under last year's law. The first option generally will be exercised, Spears said. Last year corporation intangible tax amounted to $70,000 in this county. -The payments this year are bound to be much less, Spears said. So far only $1,000 has been certified back. A third of the intangible tax goes to the schools. Last year, for example, the Ottawa school district received $8,000. FBI Informer Says Reds Infiltrated Packing Workers CHICAGO (AP)-An FBI Informer whose 15-year pose as a Communist brought him insults, a beating and the scorn of ac quaintances, says the Reds have infiltrated the United Packing- iouse Workers Union throughout the nation. Joseph A. Poskonka, 57, of Chi cago, threw aside his disguise Thursday when he told the House Un-American Activities Committee of the years abuse he suffered from persons who thought he was i Communist. He hasn't been able to find a iob in two years. His .voice was choked with emotion as he told of being fired, low irate neighbors smashed windows in his home, and of the insults his wife, children and 15 grandchildren suffered during his wse as a Red. Poskonka was identified as a op Communist leader in the Pack- nghouse Workers Union at a louse Un - American Activities hearing in 1952. Shortly after that, he testified, e walked into a tavern owned by a relative. "Someone pointed me out to a soldier as a Commie and the soldier walked over and punched me in the jaw and knocked me down," he said. Rep. Edwin E. Willis (D-La), acting chairman of the committee, old newsmen Poskonka had been horoughly investigated by the BI and according to the FBI his estimony was thoroughly reliable. A flood of emotional relief en- ;ulfed Poskonka's wife, Antoinette 5, now that he has dropped his disguise. "I was worried. I was ashamed. How would you feel if people thought your husband was a Communist?" she said. Poskonka told the committee "I thank the United States for giving me a chance to serve the government. Now maybe I'll be able to get and keep a job without the Red stigma attached to me." He read into the record a list of union officials who he said were Communists. Rummage sale auditorium Saturday, May 9. Adv. had, Truman then set out on his morning stroll. Asked if he thought he had made any mistakes in his 75 years, Truman said: "I made plenty of them. I'd be sprouting wings if I hadn't. Nobody can live without making mistakes. The only thing you can do is try to remedy them." He said he had lived a "hectic life but a happy one," and that he wouldn't change any of it if he could. He subsequently amended this to make one exception: "I'd get married sooner." Truman was 35 when he wed. As for the world itself, Truman said: "I am an optimist and I believe that softie day we will have a happy world. The outlook for our country is just as great as it ever was, and I wish I could live another 50 years to see the progress of the free world." He said reports that he feuded with Eisenhower were just "damned lies." He added: "We have always been friends." ' Tonight, Truman will eat 4 $100 filet mignon dinner and address a coast-to-coast birthday party. Mars Electric Holds Open House Saturday Mars Electric will hold an open house all day tomorrow at its new store at 122 S. Main. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. The company announces It will carry a full line of Westinghouse lamps, fluorescent tubes, lighting fixtures and electric appliances. The company also specializes in industrial, commercial, rural and residential wiring and main- ;enance. Guild Strike About Wrapped Up Today ST. LOUIS (AP) - The strike of the American Newspaper Guild against the St. Louis Globe-Democrat appeared to be all but offic- ally over today. After long negotiations which an into early Friday morning, 2. K. Call and Monroe K. Sheenan, federal conciliators, said: "Very substantial progress was made in the session. The issue left p be fully resolved was the con- irming by the Guild of security offered by the Globe-Democrat for j pension plan equal in its bene- its to the Pulitzer (Post-Dispatch) jension plan. "The actual language effectual- ng the plan also was still to be vorked out and agreed upon." The Guild's picket lines will remain in front of the Globe-Democrat until the pension confirma- ion and language details are :ompletely worked out and until he agreement has been approved by the membership. The strike began Feb. 21 when 522 guildsmen walked out. The paper has not published since hen. District GOP Meet Here Saturday Forty-five to 50 Republican leaders from all the counties in the •econd Congressional District are ixpected in Ottawa tomorrow for in organizational meeting for the pcoming campaign, according to /ern Chesbro, chairman. The meeting will convene at :30 in North American Hotel, he aid. Present also will be Sam lellinger of Emporia. state party hairman, and Phil Kline, Overand Park, state chairman of the foung Republican group. I* i ?.

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