Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on August 30, 1963 · Page 1
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Garden City Telegram 1 p.m. Temp«ratur« 85 Volume 34 GARDEN CITY, KANSAS, 67846, FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 1963 Copy ing. with the editor Had a local story in connection with the rail strike all sot to go yesterday — and the strike didn't materialize. We aren't complaining, but thought you mi'ght like to know what would have happened to mail delivery if the strike came a hou;. P o.s t m a s t e r Lester Harp said planes, trucks and buses would be pressed into service to more air and firstclass mail. As fo r other .mail — second class magazines and newspapers, third class matter, and fourth class parcel post — service would be temporarily suspended beyond 150 miles from the point of mailing. This means that from Garden City, delivery of second, third and fourth class couldn't be guaranteed beyond Hutchinson to the east, Norton to the north, Rocky Ford, Colo., to the west and Pampa, Texas to the south. Sorry, Lions Club members, but we wern't aware the picture taking at the 4-H livestock auction yesterday at the Finney Counly Fair was your project. Anyway, to set the record straight, we want to give the Lions credit for taking pictures of each buyer, the animal purchased and the 4-H owne r during the sale. * * * Ulysses News Editor Hart Dey proved real helpful in digging out the story about the explosion this morning at the Cities Service Helix helium plant. And yesterday it was Scott City News-Chronicle Editor John Boyer who gave us a hand in the matter about the former Scott Citian, Robert June, who was trapped in the Utah mine. Then the week before Lakin Independent Editor Monte Canfield came lo Ihe rescue when our pic- j ture engraving machine was out! of service. j Wouldn't know what we would I do without these fine weekly edi tors. * * * We've been scooped! Toda'y's mail brought advance word that a book of elephant stories is to be' published soon — and just as we were preparing to compile a pamphlet of pachyderm pleasantries. One of the samples from the book: Q. — Why do elephants live in the jungle? A —Because it's out of the high rent district. * * * The Garden City Telegram wi|| take a holiday Monday — Labo r Day. There will be no paper published that day. U.S. Turncoat Departs China HONG KONG (AP)—Albert Belhomme, a U.S. Army turncoat in the Korean War, came out of Red China today, disillusioned wilh communism. The former sergeant from Ashland, Pa., entered Hong Kong accompanied by his Chinese wife, Hsio Ying, 28, and their three sons, ranging from 1 to 6 years. All looked fit and happy. Belhomme, 34-year-old native of Belgium, said he planned to take his family to Antwerp, Belgium, in a few days. He said his mother still lives at Ashland. He was the second turncoat to cross tho borde r this month after nearly 10 years in Communist China. The other, Lowell Skinner of Akron, Ohio, left his Chinese wife behind and returned to the United States. "I was burned politically," Bel- tionime told newsmen at the border. "1 was politically disillusioned. "My main concern now is my family. I want my children to have a better future." 'Ambulance Crew' Robs Hospital Payroll BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)—An ambulance pulled into a downtown hospital -with what looked like an emergency patienl and Ihree attendants Thursday. A few minutes later the four were gone with the hospital's payroll of more than $100,000. The bandits killed two hospital employes with a submachine gun, gravely wounded a special policeman and left two other employes of the Polydinico Bancario with less serious injuries. Garden Sass If there had be*n a division, Gus Garden believes his dandelions could have won grand champion at the county fair. 10 Paqnr No. 255 7 Miners Survive Explosion in Utah; 18 Final Death Toll MOAN, Utnh (AP)-Five more trapped miners were rescued alive nrnl in jjoml condition Thursdii'y night, hut 10 others were found dead. The final toll was IR killed. Seven survived; two were rescued earlier. The five found Thursday night were in surprisingly good condition in the same deep tunnel from which the other two escaped Wednesday morning, the day aft- er :'. r i miners were caught H,(M)0 feet down by nn explosion F.ight men were already known dead when two rescue tennis started n now-or-uever search for the remaining l.'i late in the after noon. Within !X) minutes .June Craw ford, chief engineer of the Texas Gulf Sulphur Co., ovvne,' of the potash mine, announced emotion ally: 'Five survivors have been found in the "'list shnM The men * * * Former Scott City Man Rescued * * * Freed Miner Tells OfTrappedTerror Bread Baking Champs Norla Stephens, left, Go Getters 4-H Club was named top over-all bread baker of the 1963 Finnsy County Free Fair. The Telegram awarded her $25 for the honor. Baking best loaves of bread were, from second from left, Demo Leader Sees Delay In Senate Tax Cut Action Kaye Sloan, Happy Hustlers, first; Norla, second; Janet McMillan, Beacon Boosters, third; and Judy Stephens, Go Getters, fourth. They each received cash awards. See list of fair winners on inside pages. WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. George A. Smathers, D-Fla., said today he doubts that the Senate will act on President Kennedy's lax cut bill this year. Smathers, third-ranked Democrat on the Finance Committee, told a reporter the long delay in tihe House on the bill and the probability of a Senate tieup on civil rights legislation led him to the conclusion. "Not long ago I thought it was a cinch to go through this year," he said in an interview, "hut I've changed my mind." Unlike the two higher-ranked Democrats on the committee, Chairman Harry F. Byrd, D-Va., and Sen. Russell B. Long, D-La., Smathers has strongly supported a tax cut . The key to the Senate tax situ- Kansas Cowboys Take Top Money In Fair Rodeo Kansas cowboys took top money in Thursday Night's final rodeo performance. It was the concluding event of the 1963 Finney County Free Fair. A capacity crowd was on hand to witness eight thrilling events. The rodeo was sponsored by the Garden City Roping Club. Jack Long, Alden, furnished the stock. Gene Witman, Garden City, posted best time in calf roping last night, 17.3 seconds to capture first place money. It was a tie for second between D. V. Spradlin, Borger, Tex., and Bob Stone, Granada, Colo., at 19 seconds flat. They split second and third place money. Spradlin was; winner of the buckle. He posted best average time for the two-1 go-round event. ' Three cowboys broke the bar- j rier — carrying with them the dreaded 10-second penally. Two : of them, Pete Nichols, Garden 1 I City, and Johnny Eggan, former Garden Citian, now of Se-' j dan, would have placed in the' money. Nichols tied his calf in 19 second/5; and Eggan would have posted best time with 14.8. Eighteen calf ropers competed. Five junior calf ropers tried their hand. Only one youth, Chuck Rice of Lakin, caught a calf. His time was 33.5 seconds. Kenny Johnson, Garden City was tops in th e b:dl dogging contest. His time of 16.6 nosed out (iene Witman's time of 16.7 to give Witman second place money. Buck Jones, Dodge City was third with 19 flat and Mike Drenn a n, Meade, received fourth money with a time of 23.2. He also received the. Roping Club buckle for best average time in two go-rounds. It was a mad scramble with plenty of laughs when 14 Garden City merchant's parlicipal- ed in a calf lying contest. After i the dust settled, Hapes Trucking Co. team took first with 26.9; Brookovcr Feed Yards, second with 27.7; and Martin Hous e Moving, third with 29.7. A Greensburg cowgirl, Mary Dargcl, took first place money and the buckle in the barrel race. She posted a fast lime of 15.5. Second place money wenl to Carolyn Degnan of Ashland with 16.5; third to Tonya Stone, Granada, Colo., with 16.6; and fourth to -Vila Flagerquist, nigh- ton, 1G.9. Twelve women ran the barrels. Two Garden C it y cowgirls, Ixns Witman and Joan Nichols, took "no time" when their horses tipped over a barrel — automatically disqualifying them. i Five cowboys vied ior first place money in saddle bronc riding. Buck Jones, Dodge City, rode a horse called "Spotted Fever" for "winner take all" prize money. Tommy Carr, Canadian, Tex., rode a bronc called "Midnight" and gave a good performance Wednesday on "Bad Man" to win the buckle for besl average ride. "Roanie" gave Leon Malone of Lakin t n e besl bareback bronc ride to give him first place. Mike Drcnnan 9f Meade rode "Gold Dust" to the whistle for second place; Tommy Carr, Canadian, Tex., drew a lively bronc named "White Cloud" to win third; and Leroy Metheney of Minneola rode "Buckskin Joe" lo capture fourth in t h e event. Doug Fuller, Dighlon, drew a big bull called "Leopard" to win first place, in bull ridding. Tommy Carr, Canadian, Tex., drew "Bad Man" to win second money. Amos Avila, Scott City, Melvin McGarraugh, Elkhart and Buck Jones, Dodge City tied and split third and fourth money. The Syracuse saddle club drill team and the Garden City saddle club group each presented performances, between events. Jack McVickor 'was announcer and Chas McCulley of Ulysses was arena director. Garden Couple Pleads Guilty ation is the civil rights bill, Smathers said. If debate on that measure starts as expected in October and is prolonged for many weeks, it will he impossible for the finance committee to make any headway with tax hearings, he said. Smathers estimated the public hearings on the tax cut might run six to eight weeks, with additional time needed for committee action on the measure. Based on past experience, the committee expects to hear about 200 witnesses on the bill. Byrd always has followed a policy of scheduling every applicant, although he has asked some industries affected by a bill to consolidate their testimony. Normally, by meeting morning and afternoon, the committee hears about 10 witnesses a day. But during the civil rights fight it will be able to sit only in the morning and not even then if the Senate convenes earlier than the usual noon meeting time. The Finance Committee now is expected to receive the bill in the latter part of September. As tentatively approved by the House Ways and Means Committee it will call for a net income tax reduction of $10.5 billion in two stages, with the first scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 1964, Dynamite Caps Sought by Police Wanted: two dynamite e a ps-1 Garden City Assistant Police Chief Richard Rohleder said children found three dynamite caps Thursday in a sand- pile at Gardendale. Donald Leighty, Gardend*' 9 , who has done work with dyna mite / told police officers they were caps. One of the caps was taken to the country where It was destroyed, but the oth e r two are missing. Rohleder said some of the children apparently thought they ware toys and may have taken them horn 6 . He is»ue,j the warning that the caps are highly explosive- They a r e aluminum colored. and have one yellow and one red wire running out of them. Rohleder is asking that anyone finding the caps to notify the police department immediately. Smith, Hickock Habeas Corpus Hearing Is Set TOPF.KA (AP} _ R i ch a r d Eugene Hickock and Perry F.d- ward Sim i til. under death sentences foe the Clutter 1'amilv killings in southwest Kansas lour years ago, will have habeas corpus hearings Oct. 9. U- S. Dist. Judge George Tern- lar set the. hearings Thursday after a pre-trial conference. Tin; convicted men hope to win new trials. Templar reconsidered an earlier position and ruled that one issue ! to be considered in October will i be whether Smith and HickocK! were adequately represented by i council prior to and during their i trial in Finney County. i During the early part of the conference Thursday ho had in- j dicated the question of proper j representation had been reviewed | and decided by state cotirls and would not lie in issue. Local attorneys a\ Garden Oily were appointed to represent Smith and Hickock during Iheiv district court trial. They now have dif fcrcnl attorneys. Oilier issues whicli will be con side-red include alleged confession s and .statements by Smith and Hickock, arraignment, legality of evidence, mental condition of Smith and Ilickock and the question of possible violation of their civil rights. Ilickock and Smith were convicted in Finney County District Court of .murdering four .members of the Herbert ('hitter family at their farm home near Garden Cily in IflMl. Death sentences were imposed. The convictions and sentences were upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court. The court also rejected a petition for habeas corpus after hearings before a special commissioner Ilickock arid Smith have con tended they were not adeqilately represented by counsel, Unit they should have been granted a change of venue and that they .should have been tried separab- ly Hubert II. liinghain und Joseph I (EDITOR'S NOTE: A former Scott Cily, Kan. man, Ko'.iprl June, was one of five minors rescued Thursday iiiRJit niter being trapped '10 hours deep in the Moab, Utah, potash mine. Here is his story of his ordeal, told as he sal in a hospital room). By ROBERT JUNE MOAB. Utah (AP)-l heard this man screaming for a long long lime but there was no way we cc.uld get lo him. He started screaming right after the explosion last Tuesday afternoon. II was pathetic. There was rothing we could do. When the explosion came, 1 was drilling a hole down through the bottom of our drift to a storage room 1H feet below. The hole was about five by five. Th 0 blast, probably wa.i from the other tunnel. It knocked all of us in our shaft down. It was hot and smoky. When I picked myself up I got over the hole. I looked down, I couldn't see any- Ihing, but 1 heard this terrible .scri.'aming. There was nothing we. could do, nothing. 11. was pitch black. After awhile, Hie screaming stopped. I don't know wlio was screaming. Hut I know one of my buddies al leasl is dead. I got, separated from the vmy I was 'working with. I think he must be dead. The smoke was real bad. We barely lived through it. Normally, I would have been in that other shaft where the explosion was. Thai's where I was as- Open House Is Delayed sinned, bul on Tuesday they needed some special drilling that only I could do. After we built our b a r r i e r against the K»s, Ihere wasn't much to do but wail. We laid there and sweated. It was sure black. We kept our lights out. lo save air. MOM of th» lime I had hope (hey would come, bul other limes I wasn't so sure. Then they dill come. Boy, we were sure 'glad to get out of there. My wife, I know, gave up hope about noon today, (Thursdiiy) when they still hadn't reached me. She was sure I was dead and said she didn't think .she'd ever see me again. June worked for n motor car company at Scott City for irboul six months before taking tihe jol al Moab in July of last year. Living in Scott City are r daughter, Mrs. J times Bennett Mrs. Jiune's mother, Mrs. Ed Shafer and her sisler, Ms. Glenn Morris. Mr. and Mrs.\ June have, six children. Besides Mrs. Dennett, they are Patsy, 1(1; Itobert Jr. 15; Linda Kay, II; Deborah Lee, 10, and Sandra Lorene, 18 months. Kansas Traffic Log (AP)—Kansas traffic TOPKKA death log. 24 hours lo !) a. For August—ft.'l. For 1083-37:1. Comparable 1901! Fridav—-I. period—3DI. Blast at Helium Plant; Four Hurt ULYSSES — An early morning explosion today at the Cities Service Ile.lex, Inc., helium plant east of here delayed an open house scheduled next Wednesday. Four men were injured, none seriously, when the blast cd shortly before 8 a.m. in the I main control room for the plant. | They are hospitalized al. Ihe Hob I Wilson Memorial Hospital here; with supcrlicial burns and nils. Cities Service officials in Okla- ' hoinu City told the Telegram this morning that in view of Ihe accident, they decided lo call off the open house. ; Cause of Ihi' explosion had mil been delermined this morning, i and it is expected lo be some, i time before exact extent of the i damages can be determined. The control room is in a build- Jenkins, Kansas City attorneys | ing by itself Walls of the slnic appointed by the federal court to represent Smith and lli:'koek, contended these points hail nol been adequately reviewed by Ihe slalo courts. ture were still inlaci after Ihe blast, with damage nullified to the interior. Tim four men injured were inside tile control room They are James Langslon, 3S, Saliinta, and Hruce Perry, •!(), Ulysses, both employes of Cities Service llelex, and two employes of Air Products and Chemical, Inc.. Allentown, Pa. This firm had designed the low tempera- occur- | ture equipment lor Ihe plan! The plant, built Icy the Fluor Corp. of Ivos Angeics, Calif., was completed earlier this summer, and first lest runs were made June '•'•>. It had been opera!in,.; at lull capacity for Ihe poat several weeks. Cities Service officials said the open house would be rescheduled, bul no dale could be set al Ibis tinii'. Designed lo extract h e I i ni in from natural gus under high pressure anil extremely cold temper atures, the plan) is one of several Iniill by private enterprise und er the government's helium con nervation program. Helium is ted into a pipeline and delivered lo a storage field near Amarillo, Tex. The plant is located l.'l miles east of Ulysses along USIOO. nre vvalkini; out of Ihiil drift!" Then up they ciime by the lift, grimy but smiling, in such good condition there wn.s little need of treatment. And one of them, (inuil Kslick, said. "Sure, I'm ready lo no back to mininx." Three hours after the rescue, Crawford had lo tell (he tearful wives and parents still uniting by Ihe mine what most of them hud feared: The hist 10 men in the other tunnel wherp the blast occurred were dead, Amid sonic miners' charges thiil safety precautions were lax at the mine, plans were announced for a joint slate-federal investigation starling Monday. A .stale official said: "We'll su'bpO'Citii and question everyone who JiilKOt uive anything to sny." The last five survivors owed heir lives to the first two and heir own makeshift barricades hat. kept out deadly gases while hey awaited rescue. When P«ul McKlnnoy mid Don- ild Ilimnn stnrled out the tunnel toward safely Wednesday, they ante across a ruptured air line leading back lo Ihe other five. They paused to fl s il, were.n'l aMo lo gel thi! (•iiil s completely together, but came close. It wa.i vnough. Thomas Truenuin of Toronto, Canada, propped himself up on ono elbow in n hospital bed, turned to Manna in the same room, and said; "You may have got us only ft little air with that patch Job' on the line, bul. boy it was enough." "II was the best we could do, Tom," Ilaiina replied. Truenuin said the trapped miners could only wall for the rescue they wen- certain would come Hut Kslick said it wasn't, as simple as that. 'We were nearly hysterical at. one point," ho said. "But fortunately It passed." Ho apologized to his wife and daughter with: "I'm sorry thai you all hud lo go through such nn ordeal." Ksllck's daughter, Trudy, 20, laughed and said: "Dnd, you look just about like you do when you come home from hunting." Ironically, three of the victims, might still be alive if they ha ! joined the original seven In building the biirricados far to the rear of the tunnel and away from the bliist. Manna said Ihe Irlo refused to join his crew in heading toward the rear of the tunnel- In Washington, |he Bureau of Mines ordered a federal probe and sent a team here. Gov. George I). Clyde promised a stale investigation. Ilniina and McKimiey left their hospital beds when the rescuo operations were suspended. They wanted to go into Ihe mine \n assist workers, but the firm refused because of their ordeal. Manna claimed he hadn't seen a state, inspecto!- in UK- mine In Ihe IK months he had worked Ihere. "The state was responsible for not inspecting and enforcing slate laws," he said "There was no safely program down there." A Garden City couple Thursday pleaded guilty in Kansas City, Kan., to counterfeiting charges, growing out of their efforts to hammer out Mexican coins to resemble American pieces. They are Wilfred Eugene Pickens, and his wife, Brenda, both 28. Judge Arthur J. Stanley Jr., of the U.S. Districl Court deferred senlencing to permit a pre- senlence investigation. The Pickenses were arrested at Gardner on Aug. 1. They pleaded guilty to two of five counts. They were accused of pounding the coins, then using them in coin-changing machines at self- service laundries. The incidents occurred at Gardner, Spring Hill, I'aola. and Olathe. When they were ai.ested, the Pickenses had 5,100 Mexican centavo pieces. They told officers they found them at a roadside park in Wichita. Senator Questions Treaty Vote WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen ! Karl E. Mundt, R-S.D., ques-; lioned loday whether the top- heavy committee vote to put the J limited nuclear test ban treaty! before the Senate necessarily! means the pact will be ratified i withoul reservations ; He had some support among other members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which voted 16 to 1 Thursday to recom mend ratification without the al tachrnent of special provisons, but most Democrats and some He publicans disagreed Mundt was one ol the majority in the committee vote, but in a statement today he pointed out that he and a number of other c.ommitteemen reserved the right lo vole "for any needed reserva- tions or against ratification of the treaty itself." Mundt, along with some of tin: others, said he will study any ad ditionul data on the pact from the Senate Armed Services Committee oj. the Senate-)) o u :, e Atomic Knergy Committee belo/e taking a final position Debate startjj Sept. 9. Meanwhile retired Adm Arthur W. Radford. forme/- chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Stall, sharply criticized the trealy in a letter to the foreign relation-, committee K;.-dforo:'s statement called Ui>' pact mpi'ccisc and vague, and .said that "unless we insist upon clarification now -- we will lind ourselves in great difficulties lat er on." Sen J W. Fulbright, chairman of the foreign relations commit-i tee, predicted there will be no more than 20 votes against the. pact and lie expects and hopes "there, will be less." t Sen. George D. Aiken, K-Vt., who originally forecast al least a 4 to 1 majority, haul today hi; would nol be surprised if oppo nents mustered no more than 1^ to 1") votes. Ratification require.! a two-thirds majority, or t!7 if all Ihe l(>:j .senators vote. Sen Ku.-,sel| H UHI^. D La., CD si Ihe only committee v o I c against recommending ratification without any reservation He ', called Thur.s'lay'.s vote "prt-ma- ture," and said his action does not necessarily mean he will op- i the trealy on the floor. #"ui fuilher study The trealy would ban testing in the atmosphere, under watcj- and in outer space, but not under ground. A formal report will be sub milled Tuesday or Wednesday making clear the US. position that, in the event of any armed aggression endangering a vital in- turtsl of the United States, this nation will be Ihe sole judxt- as to when and where it will use ils nuclear weapons m .self or in support of ils alhc.v Fiilbngnt said theie will be no effort to rush action in the Sen ate, saying he favors "a fall and thorough discussion." He added fie doesn't believe debate should take more than a week. But Texas Gulf said supervisor* inspected Ihe mine daily for gas, ventilation and roof conditions. Sieve Hatsis, stale mine inspector, said d slate jnspcct<>|- had ijocn assigned to the mine and that he had lii-ard of nothing improper. State records show 10 inspections had been made since May 1M 10(11. Three were investigations of fatal accidents. There also was a fourth accident. The U.S. Murriui of Mines :,nid il also probed Ihe four fatal accidents, and said three were preventable- Tlie bureau said the fourth involved an outhirsl of rock, which "is not entirely con- Irollable " Kill Ihe bureau assigned (hrc 1 * I .scientists lo the mine lo study anil measure rock stresses "These three men had iusl comft i off shift before the explosion occurred and narrowly escaped with 'ieir own lives," the bureau said. Casper A. Nelson, safety inspector for the Utah Industrial j Commission, said some if Ihe IS i victims apparcnllv were killed in- :,tunlly other died lal,:'i - of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Weather Possibly a few thundershowei» western border this evening. Partly cloudy and cool tonight. Lows in lower 60s. Saturday partly cloudy and warmer with scattered thunderstorms by late afternoon. Southerly winds IS to 25. Highs in lower 90s. Sum i ' t,i4 Sin: • l '." '/ M.i\ Mill. I'ri'i. .11

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