Vol. 63 No, 131 OTTAWA, KANSAS, MONDAY, MAY 11, 1959 7 CENTS TEN PAGES Light Showers Here, Twisters Rip Across Much Of Middlewest Ottawa had weather of a threatening nature over the weekend, but received only showers of rain and a little wind while other parts of Kansas and the nation were seeking shelter from rain, hail and tornadoes. Tornadoes slashed through six states, killing five persons, injuring at least 2i and causing heavy property damage. States touched by tornadoes were Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin. In Kansas small tornadoes caused minor property damage in Ehvood, which is across the Mis souri river from St. Joseph, Mo- In Missouri a small twister caused some damage at Elmo in ^* • ^^ _ he northwest corner of the state. es At St. Joseph, the wind unroofed an old theater building- South Illinois rural grade school patrons meet at the school building Tuesday evening to vote on the mandatory disorganization of the district- Pupils of the district have been attending the WilliamsUirg grade school the past three years. According to state law, a district that has closed its doors three years must disorganize. Voters will decide at the meeting which district they want their territory to go to. The school, a one-teacher building, is located four miles north of Williamsburg. The meeting will begin at 8 t>. m. Busy Season Dr. Roy W. Browning, head of the education department at Ottawa U., tomorrow begins a series of commencement addresses. The first will be in Neosho Falls high school. Others will be: May 19, Courtland high school; May 20, Easton high school; May 21, Soldier high school; May 22, Lyndon, Osage county grade school commencement; May 23, Garnett, Ait derson county grade school commencement; and May 26, Edgerton grade school. Sponsor A Student Contributions for the annual honor roll tour continued to come in today. The tour of top stu dents at Ottawa High School will be to Kansas City on May 15. Mrs. John Going, Chamber of Commerce director who is in charge, said today contributions are still needed. She estimates il will take about $5 per student .Thirty-five students will make the trip. Anyone wishing to sponsor a student may do so by calling Mrs Going or the Chamber of Commerce. Cotton Country? WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP)Tiny cotton flags, the Stars anc Bars of the Confederacy, were placed on the graves of 36 Civi War veterans in Salem Cemetery here Sunday, Confederate Memorial Day. The flags were made in Japan No Decision By McElroy WASHINGTON (AP) - Neil H McElroy said after a conference with President Eisenhower today that he still doesn't know how long he will stay on as secretary o defense. McElroy conferred with Eisen hower for about an hour. He told newsmen later that the death last Friday of his deputy Donald Quarles, is a factor to be considered in making up his mind about leaving the Cabinet. Quarles had been one of the men mos often mentioned as a possible sue cessor to McElroy. As he has done before, McElroy said the international situation is one of the principal factors. The secretary said some time ago that he hoped to be able to resign by the end of the year to return to private business. In response to questions McElroy said Eisenhower has made no decision in regard to a successor to Quarles. The five tornado deaths were in he small town of Frisco in Oklahoma. A farm wife described the ound of the tornado as "like thousands of winds blowing in all directions at the same time." In Texas, hail the size of base.•alls followed tornado winds in he vicinity of Corpus Christi, and gg-size hail covered the ground at Austin. Ten tornadoes were sighted in Texas. In Iowa, buildings on 14 farms were flattened, and at Fansler, a community of four buildings, the own was wiped out along with 70 lead of cattle, 5.000 young tur- ceys and 700 hens. Only one person was injured at Fansler. A tornado cut through sections of Green Bay, Wis., and the suburbs of Preble and Ashwaubenom, injuring three persons and demol- shing six homes. Today wind damage continued, hitting Michigan and Illinois communities. One person was killed at Ann Arbor, Mich. The storm ripped part of the roof from Yost Field House at University of Michigan, and blew windows out of the press box of the Michigan stadium. Rain hit a number of Kansas communities along with hail and wind, over the weekend- Hail fell at Baldwin and other points in Douglas County, and a number of Kansas towns received more than 1V4 inches of rain. Ottawa's Sunday rain was -32 of an inch, John P. Kelsey, local weather observer, said. There was considerable wrnd here, sufficiently strong to take some small limbs from trees, but no damage was reported. (A picture and additional story may be found on Page 8) Big 4 Meeting To Open Warm Sun H\s Guide Ottawa Elks Team Wins Ottawa Elks ritual team walked away with top honors at the State convention of the order at Wichita, the past weekend and brought back to Ottawa the traveling trophy, it being the third win for the local team. In addition to the team win, five of the seven members of the team, E. W. Crandall, as exalted ruler; Lloyd Stafford, as leading knight; Dr. W. H. Lennard, as loyal knight; Jack Kille, as Esquire; and Ed Gardner, as chaplain, received all-state ratings. The team will go to the national convention at Chicago, July 4, to represent the state of Kansas in the national contest. The state organization presented the Ottawa group with $900 to help defray expenses to the Chicago convention. About 35 Ottawans attended the Wichita convention. The Ottawa team has placed first in the contest three of the last four years, the Salina team winning year before last, Lloyd Stafford, Ottawa exalted ruler, said. The Weather COUNTY FORECAST — Fair and mild this afternoon through Tuesday; high this afternoon in the 70s; low tonight near 50; Tiigb Tuesday around 80. High temperature Saturday—73; low Sunday—60; high Sunday—71; low today—50; high year ago today—85; low jear ago today—51; record high this date 88 In 1956; record low this date— 15 in 1924; hourly temperatures, 24 hours ending 8 a. m. today: .68 .70 .71 .73 .V3 0 a. m. .. 10 a. m. .. 11 a. m. .. Noon .... 1 p. m. .. i p. m 72 3 p. m. ., 4 p. m. .. 5 p. m. .. 6 p. m. .. T a. m. ., 7(1 .68 60 .fiO .6(1 9 p. m 60 10 l>. m 59 11 p. m 5!) Midnight 59 1 a. m 5B 1 ii. m 56 3 a. m 54 4 a. m 52 5 a. m 51 6 a. m 5i 7 a. m 5? Navy Crash Fatal To 9 WHIDBEY ISLAND NAVAL AIR STATION, Wash. (AP) Nine crewmen were killed and one critically injured today when a Navy patrol bomber crashed and burned on takeoff from this Puget Sound island base. The Navy said seven bodie~ were recovered from the charred wreckage and two others were unaccounted for. The twin-engined P2V-3 Neptune had just lifted off Ault Field when fire flashed from its right engine, the right wing dipped and the plane crashed, exploded and burned in thick woods near the runway. The patrol bomber was assigned to the Heavy Attack Training Unit, Pacific, based here on Whid- bey Island about 60 miles north of Seattle. It carried a crew of 10. Journalist 1. C. Lee Blair said crews arrived on the scene in time to pull one man out alive but critically burned. IT'S LAWN-MOWING TIME — Spring rains brought the grass shooting up over the weekend, and Ottawans, today, are turning to with their mowers. Here, 15-year-old Frank Morgan, Pomona, hires out his services to cut the tall grass. (Photo by Lloyd Ballhagen) Challenges AFL-CIO On Campaign Support "If it had been a cloudy day; we'd have been in real trouble," Jay Ellis, 1346 S. Poplar, said today. Ellis was speaking of an incident that happened Saturday, in which he, although blind, did a bit of back-seat driving to inform Mrs. Ellis that she was on the wrong road. Mr. and Mrs. Ellis were on their way to Wichita to attend an Elks convention. With them were Mrs. Eldon Schnoke and Mrs. Howard Doyen. Schnoke and Doyen had already gone to the convention and their wives were en route to meet them. In leaving the Turnpike, Ellis said, his wife took the wrong road and he told her so a bit later. How did he know? Well, he was sitting on t h e right-hand side of the car and Mrs. Ellis was driving. After the car had made the turn from the Turnpike, and straightened out on the highway, Ellis found the sun was shining on him and it shouldn't have been if they were on the right road. Mrs. Ellis drove about n i n e miles before Jay convinced her, but he finally did. While in Wichita, Ellis said, another amusing incident occurred in connection with his blindness. While a group of Ottawans were having dinner, Paul Perkins, an Ottawa Elk lodge member, convinced a waitress that Ellis drives his own car. "He's got a Braille steering wheel," Perkins told the amazed waitress. As Ellis and his party left the cafe, Perkins called after him, "Well, drive carefully, Jay." Start Delayed Over East German Dispute GENEVA (AP) — The Big Four foreign ministers onference was called into session tonight, 3 ^ hours ate, after running aground for a tune on the question of low the East German government should participate. The first session of the conference was scheduled or the Palace of Nations. Insteife, Secretary of State Christian A. Herter and his Soviet,, British and French ounterparts got together informally at a British villa. From this meeting Soviet For- : ~~ '.- ign Minister Andrei A. Gromyko Sam Mellinger, Kansas Republican state chairman, said here Saturday that "if the AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education campaigned for Republican candidates in the past election, I am not aware of it." The state chairman spoke at a meeting of Second District party chairmen and vice chairmen at the North American Hotel. Continuing, the speaker said, "We are told that COPE is nonpartisan, and interested solely in the election of public officials who concern themselves with the welfare of the working people of Kansas." "Since all'of the legislation that has been so beneficial to the working people of Kansas, as well as all • other Kansans, has been enacted -by Republican legislatures," he went on, "we should be able to assume the COPE is interested in the election of those officials who brought about these benefits. There is some rather convincing evidence to the contrary," he added. The meeting here Saturday was well attended, with county chairmen and vice chairmen from all of the counties of the Second District present, as well as a number of others. The counties in the district are Wyandotte,. Johnson, Douglas, Miami, Franklin, Linn, Anderson, Bourbon and Allen. Vern Chesbro, Franklin County chairman as well as Second District chairman, presided. The meeting was one of a series being held in all of the districts of the state. Among those attending the meeting here was Mrs. Ailee Henry, of Oskaloosa, vice chairman of the state committee. Postcard Last Word From Driver GARDEN CITY (AP) — "Going through the Blue Ridge mountains in Tennessee. It's raining on top of the snow and it's very icy. Must go on through as I have a dead line in Miami, Fla." This message was written at a truck stop along U.S. 41 in Ten nessee last Jan. 10 by John Charles Gay, 34, a truck driver. It was on a postcard to his wife. He has not been heard from since. Gay, brother of Mrs. Bill L. Lawson of Garden City, was driving a 1958 white Ford truck equipped with a special type hitch to pull trailer homes. The vehicle carried Indiana license plate 32338D. Gay's wife, Dorothy, and six children, ages 13 to 7 months, are living 'in Alva, Okla. His sister, Mrs. Lawson, has aided his wife in a constant search for the missing man. Mrs. Lawson said she has contracted sheriff's offices along the route, highway patrol and has had 500 posters printed and sent to points between Indiana and Miami, Fla. Gay is slightly over six feet tall, of heavy build with brown hair and blue eves. 4-Man Union And Steel Teams Get Down To Work NEW YORK (AP) - Industry- wide steel negotiations open today with the Steelworkers Union expected to demand shorter hours and more pay. Four-man industry and union teams will attempt to agree on a new contract in time to prevent a strike by a half million steelworkers July 1. The Industry-wide talks replace the dozen company sessions held with the union last week. David J. McDonald, president of the Steelworkers, said Sunday that unemployment is one of'the most important issues. He said he wants s..-'*-Y»j«k«..(.i.-i. ~.i',KSi^-j; »•;-•„...-.•. . • „ . . employment security to be the first item on the agenda. Our view is that the way to achieve this desirable goal," he said, "is « balanced program of reducing hours, increasing pur chasing power by improved wages and other benefits, and appropri ate revisions in our pensions." This was the first official indication that shorter hours would be sought. Previously the union had indicated only that it would ask for substantial wage increases. A published report that the Steelworkers had demanded an immediate average work week of 38 hours at the present 40-hour wage level was denied by R. Conrad Cooper, chief negotiator for management. Cooper, a vice president of U.S, Steel, said he knew nothing of such a demand. The preliminary talks last week were described as constructive by both sides, who pledged to work hard to reach agreement in the seven weeks before the old contract expires on June 30. Both sides • were clearly poles apart. Last week industry again proposed an extension of present contracts for one year to prevent another wage-price spiral. The union again rejected it. Cooper said increased steel labor costs would be inflationary, hether requiring price increases or not. Steel profits are running at a record level and this, coupled productivity, McDonald said means that substantial wage in creases can be allowed without either raising prices or restricting profits. Wages in the basic steel indus try now average $3.03 an hour. Lamb Insured Payment Plan, adv Traffic Toll TOPEKA (AP)—Kansas traffic fatalities listed by the state accident records section: In the 48 hours ending at 9 a.m —3 To date in 1959—159 Comparable period 1958—168 Dissolved, Maybe? It isn't a case of someone stealing the punch bowl at the Ottawa Junior - Senior banquet Saturday night. Rather it's a case of someone stealing the punch cups. And the women who brought the cups say they would like to have them back. The prank, harmless in nature, spoiled three punch bowl sets, unless the cups are returned, the women say. And the matched sets can't be replaced. Anyone knowing the w h e r e- abouts of the cups is to return them to Donna Cheney at the school. Mystery Guest A Real Mystery NEW YORK (AP)—A television show that specializes in "mysterj guests" had one Sunday night. Toward the end of the ""What's My Line" program, a panel show in which the aim is to guess the occupation of the guest, a man in the studio audience of 550 left hii seat, walked to the stage, and ap preached the official guest, come dian Milton Berle. The man shook hands will Berle. He then announced "I fi nally made it on Mothers Day.' Without another word, the man walked backstage. Police late identified him as Cornelius Me Conel, 44, a New York City posta worker. He was sent to Bellevu* Hospital for psychiatric examina tion. Bennett Cerf, one of the four panelists, asked "Who's that?" as McConnell walked offstage. "My manager is getting in tin act again," cracked Berle. "Was that Jim Hagerty?" per sisted Cerf. Urbane moderator John Daly brushed off the subject with " don't know who it is. It's just one of those things that happen in th< spring." Grandma In Oregon Trek JUNCTION CITY (AP) - A 71 year - old grandmother plodded across Kansas today, "just put ting one foot in front of the other," on a walking trip to Ore gon and that state's centennia celebration. Reaching Junction City, Mrs Emma (Grandma) Gatewood o Gallipolis, Ohio, said she left In dependence, Mo., without fanfare and publicity April 4. Her goal? Portland, Ore., some time in August. The gray-haired hiker, tanned and diminutive, wore a cotton dress. Her only pieces of traveling equipment were a knapsack ant an umbrella. The mother of 11 children, 27 grandchildren and 8 great grand children, she identified herself as "a practical nurse during the win ter." Negro's White Wife, Children Are Missing NORWOOD, N.J. (AP) - "I I of the day and night, "Sometimes think,' 1 said part-Negro ship offi- as many as 60 a month," said cer Jean Brown, "it was a flight from fear." It has been 16 days since his white wife and their three children disappeared from their comfortable suburban home. "There hasn't been a trace. Not a word," said Brown today. "I think ray wife fled because of a threat about our mixed marriage," Brown said. "It couldn't be anything else. We were a happy family." A happy family but one that for several years has been harassed by phone calls at all hours Brown. "My wife would answer the phone and some one would say something slanderous about 'that nigger husband of yours' and hang up. We tried but couldn't trace the calls." Two weeks ago last Saturday, Mrs. Brown disappeared with their children, James, 14, Louise, 10, and Stella, 3- She went in the browns' small car, leaving their new sedan behind. Also gone was $4,800 from the family savings account. "We were saving the money to buy an inn in Mexico City." Their last day together had been a happy one, Brown said. It was April 24. The next day was Mrs. Brown's 34th birthday. Brown and the children had baked her a cake. "We'd lived here about 11 years. We'd gotten along fine. My wife was president of the women's society in the church and several months ago I was asked to be the town's scoutmaster. "The calls began about two years ago. It was after I got shore duty and was home more often," said Brown, a chief engineer in the Maritime Service. Brown is listed on his birth certificate as white. "But there is some Negro blood several generations back in my family. It has not shown up in any others in my family but it's pretty strong in me. "In Europe they take me for an Indian and in India they think I'm a Spaniard." Police have issued a 13-state alarm and Brown has hired a private detective and offered a $1.000 reward. He has checked hi wife's family in Douglas, Wyo ming, where the Browns wer high school sweethearts. The; haven't heard from her. merged with the announcement he formal session was set for 6 .m. "There has been a complete agreement on all procedural and administrative matters," he said, adding that this included the ques- ion of German participation. Gromyko left the informal par- ey first. He was followed by Herer, French Foreign Minister Maurice Couve de Murville and British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd. Lloyd, designated to preside at onight's opening session, led the efforts to resolve the dispute involving the whole issue of the status of the Red East German regime. The formula decided upon for the formal opening session was as follows: The East and West Germans sit at separate tables. The Big Four foreign ministers sit at a round table but all on one side, leaving one side vacant. The West German table is closer the seat occupied by Herter, the East Germans closer to 'Gromyko. The two German delegations are separated by a third small table for the conference secretariat. * Asst. U.S. Secretary of State An drew H. Berding held up a dia- ;ram of the seating arrangement for reporters to" see. - ' ••-•- • Asked if the West had made any concession to the Russians, Berd ing said: "We haven't given way on anything." Western spokesman said the separate tables idea met the orig inal Western objections to having the meeting at a round table. The West had feared that if only a round table was used the Russians would try to squeeze in first the East Germans and later the Poles and Czechoslovaks as full participants. Under the agreed upon formula the Germans are advisers and not full participants as demanded by the Russians. If either the East or West German representative desires to speak, the conference chairman will ask if any of the Big Four foreign ministers has any objections. If there are none, the floor will be given to the Germans. The Western powers, regarding East Germany as a Soviet satellite, opposed the Soviet demand that the regime have the right of full participation in the Big Four sessions. The West offered, how> ever, to work out some compro' mise arrangement to give delegations from both East Germany and West Germany the right to speak under certain conditions. A British delegation spokesman said the informal meeting was ar- "anged during a brief discussion Detween British Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd and Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko. The two had met in a futile effort to settle the dispute. The spokesman said Lloyd anc Gromyko decided that as things stand now, there was no chance o] the formal conference beginning on schedule and they agreed to postpone. The spokesman insisted that despite the postponement of the for mal opening session, the confer ence actually has started. . "We are in the middle of one of the fundamental issues which we expected the Geneva confer ence would have to face," said one high oficial. Upsurge In Workers In April WASHINGTON (AP)—The number of Americans at work rose by over a million in April to a total of 65 million, a record for the month. Unemployment declined by 735,00. The improvement in both employment and unemployment were double what is seasonally expected in April. Secretary of Commerce Lewis Strauss and Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell said in a joint statement the figures demonstrate a rapidly accelerating job recovery. Employment rose to 65,012,000, an increase of 1,184,000 over March. This is 2,105,000 more jobs than in April last year. Unemployment declined to 3,627,000, dipping by 735jOOO from March. This is a decline of 1,493,000 from the recession conditions in April of last year. The 1957 figures in April were 64,261,000 employed and 2,690,000 unemployed. In the first four months of this year unemployment has dropped by over one million. The Commerce - Labor monthly job report attributed the April improvements to an unusually large pickup in construction and brisk hiring in hard good manufacturing together with the spring expansion in agriculture. The seasonally adjusted rate of unemployment in the labor force dropped to 5.3 per cent in April by comparison with 5.8 per cent in March and around 6 per cent during the winter months. Strauss and Mitchell said in their joint statement: "This April, one year .after the turning point in the recession, the rate of unemployment was about two-thirds of the way back to prerecession levels. The strong improvement in the last two months was in contrast to the lag in job recovery during the past winter." itish To Furnish Tanks, Planes To Iraq LONDON (AP)-Britain formal ly announced today it will furnish tanks and planes to the Iraqi gov ernment of Brig. Gen. Abde! Karim Kassem. John Profumo, minister of state for foreign affairs, told the House of Commons the British grant is in answer to a request from the Kassem regime earlier this year Behind the response was a belief in Britain that drastic moves are necessary to stem the Communist tide in Iraq. British and Iraqi officials are discussing details of the arms grant, he said. Brockways Hurt Near McPherson Dr. S. Martin Brockway and his sister, Marian Brockway, Olathe, suffered injuries in a highway collision Sunday afternoon at the south edge of Canton, near Mc- McPherson- They were returning from a meeting of the Kansas Chiropractors Association at Dodge City, when the accident occurred. Marian Brockway suffered cuts and bruises and a Jaw fracture, and was placed in the hospital at Hillsboro. Dr. and Mrs. Brockway drove to Hillsboro yesterday and brought her to Ottawa. Dr. Brockway suffered an injury to his right ankle, and also a facial injury, but was able to continue the trip to Ottawa, with Emporia friends who had attended the Dodge City meeting and were traveling a short distance back of the Brockway car. Dr- Brockway said a car pulled from the side of the road ahead of them and it appeared the driver was going to swing into the line of traffic. Instead the driver continued across the road in front of them .apparently intending to enter another road on the opposite side. The two cars collided and both cars were damaged considerably. The driver of the other car, Vernon Becker of near Canton, was charged Ly investigating officers with failure to yield the right-of- way. Marian Brockway, who was driving her own car, was not charged.
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