Twelve Pages Section One Frank A. White THIS COLUMN chronicles de raise (at least for the present of an institution known as the "Governor's Press-Conference.' Gov^Roger D. Branigin has shown no urg< to meet news men regularly in a session of give and take regard ing affairs of the state. He was euchered into one forma Mr. White press conference in the Indianapolis Athletic Club when heat, was intense just before his inauguration. Whether he has held other press conferences depends on your definition of a press conference. THE SUBJECT OF press conferences is of general interest. State government, over which the chief state executive presides, is the biggest, most costly and has the most employes of any business or industry in the state. All of the five million Hoosiers are shareholders. Decisions made in running the enormous business hit the pocketbook. GOVERNORS CRAIG, Handley and Welsh, for instance, regularly held press conferences. Some of them were boresome and a waste of time. Others were productive in informing the public of the workings and the aims -of state government. Governors, by press conferences, saw what they said about government blossom in headlines and on the ah- all over Indiana. You couldn't buy this front page space if you had all the dollars hi the state treasury. Presidents Franklin Delan Roosevelt and John F. Kenned put their press conferences o the airwaves. This "show" wa relished by millions of viewers Gov. Welsh skillfully used th regularly held press conference to put his best foot forward, t inform the public and to indirec ly help his party. BRANIGIN, WITH THE aid o his press secretary, Richar Vandivier, a practical newsman 1X0 •OUTHEASTERN INDIANA'S GREATEST NEWSPAPER UNITED PRES» INTERNATIONAL • Per copy, 10*; carrier, 45* week luw Mo. 138 Man Can Control Self in Space"— By ALVIN B. WEBB JR. • SPACE CENTER, Houston (UPI) _ Astronaut Edward White said today he actually used his space gun to propel . himself "right out of the cap\ sule" and float out into the 3 void on man's first controlled ij walk in space. t "Man can control himself hi space," he said flatly. 'While command pilot James ,, McDivitt held the Gemini - 4 , spacecraft steady on course, •% White slid out at the end of his ;,«25-foot line on the third orbit . 'June 3, and began "breathing a v little hard" as he worked to at- A tach a camera outside the ship. ; % "What I tried to do was fly, ;,jvto maneuver right out of the ;.A capsule and to maneuver-to my iA left," White said. •• While the spectacular films yof his 20-minute space stroll B, were' shown to the audience at news conference, White gave a running commentary on what he did .and how he "felt wafting through space, protected only by a space suit and hel- metf He said he was sorry when his twin-jet gun ran out of oxy- •'•'•..-.••. •'. . . '•%.- • ; i-.J.. - •' - || ite Describes His Walk gen fuel. He used the lifeline myself craft." 'to pull down on the space- PROUD FAMILY— Patricia White and children Edward White m and Bonnie Lynn look at a photo of astronaut Edward White n space walking, at home tn Houston. Tex., subarb "I walked three or four steps .. .1 was able actually to walk- right up the spacecraft." He said. a thought dashed through his head as he thought that he was linked to earth by radio. "What do you say to 194 million people (Americans)," White said was the question that went through his head. Something Spectacular "The view from up there is just something spectacular," White reported. He explained why he spent •longer than scheduled walking hi space—a delay that brought sharp orders from the ground to "get back in." He said about five he had minutes to spend detaching the camera and organizing his gear to slip back into the capsule. McDivitt said of the entire four-day voyage: . "Eating and sleeping in space was just as difficult up there as it was down here (on earth)." He said it was hard to sleep on the first part of the flight partly because of "radio noise." McDivitt said he made "drastic" efforts to rendezvous with "I was actually walking on the burned-out second' - stage the spacecraft," he said. I booster rocket on the first or- bit after lift-off from Cape Kennedy on June 3. Healthy Appetites Laughing, the crew - cut McDivitt said he and White found they ha^no trouble with their healthy appetites. "We found we could eat just as much hi space," he said. Failure of a million - dollar flight computer was "a 'blow to my pride," McDivitt said. He wanted to control the craft down to its splashdown Monday at the end qf the 62nd orbit. But the failure forced a • gravity-controlled descent. "I wanted to land on the elevator" of the recovery aircraft carrier USS Wasp's deck he said,- laughing. Actually the splashdown was to be hi the water—and the capsule hit 48 miles from the ship. One minor problem: Use of the rockets aboard the ship. McDivitt thumped the table before him to illustrate the noise and pressure. It was "like getting hit on the feet with a hammer," he said. Credit Men on Ground Both space heroes insisted on giving credit to the teams on the ground that worked to make the flight a success. Dressed.in business suits, the Gemini-4 twins told the story of their flight to the world at a news conference in .the manned spacecraft center auditorium. Both introduced then- families and gave them credit, too, for the success of the mission. At the news conference, Dr. Robert C. Seamans, associate space agency administrator, spoke before the astronauts told tlieir story. Seamans said "we've .learned a great deal 'about the space environment as a result of Gemini-4." Robert R. Gilruth; director of the manned spacecraft center, quoted White .JBS saying "It's a Cinderella story hi a way, except that the 'spacecraft did not turn into a pumpkin. It remained a magnificent:: carriage." • . .. ; The crowd of newsmen that attended the conference in the 800-seat space center, auditorium was surprisingly sparse. McDivitt called the flight "a tremendous NASA '• accomplishment. The manned spacecraft center really came into its own. I can't really thank! them enough." His booster rocket, he said, "was the best booster hi the world." Once they reached space, he said, it was "the spacecraft, Jim and I." McDivitt introduced his wife, Pat, who wore a dark blue fContinned on Pace ElEhtt and indirectly with the aid o James Farmer, his administra tive assistant, also a newsman gets by without formal, pres conferences. He has a reserve! of popularity as a Press Clu Gridiron Banquet "roastmaster' and it could last through his ad ministration. However, as it is, newsmen must catch him "on the run.' There is no dispute that he i far less accessible to the pres: than his predecessors of man} administrations. THERE ARE "PROS" and "cons" regarding this. I talke( to several of the reporters anc to others. Here are some of th criticisms: Gov. Branigin is 62 and will not succeed himself. He has no further political ambi tions. However, his aloofness to newsmen and other communi cation media is robbing the state of millions of dollars worth of tree advertising space in news papers and on television and radio. He is sincere in wanting to be Indiana's "best" governor. He could be, but under his isolation from the press generally, only a handful of the some five million citizens would kiiow it. Reporters on the statehouse beat, regardless of reports to the contrary, are unhappy over the time it takes to see the governor. One said he was tied up on a redhot Sunday story for two or three days trying to get in Another said he waited a week and had to report to his office lack of success. Another said he asked to see the governor a month ago and had not done so yet. FAVORABLE COMMENT: Reporters, whether they knew it or not, had become dependent on the handouts such as distributed by Gov. Welsh and others at press conferences, As it is now, they get out and dig up their own stories. And as far as I know, they are not denied information by department heads. There seems to be a considerable degree of "open door" policy. AS FOR ME, I am a "loner" and not dependent on the governor or any one individual for what I write: Press conferences gave some background to me but were not overly valuable in column writing. In regard to press relations and many other matters, Gov. Branigin is doing things differently. The very novelty of change and breaking the routine of years makes things more interesting, i Two Weeks at Grayling— Local Guardsmen Packing for Camp Sixty-two members of the local unit of the National Guard will be among approximately 3,000 Guardsmen of the 38fh Infantry Division starting two weeks of field training this weekend in Puerto Rico and at Camp Grayling, Mich. Men of the Greensburg unit, the combat elements detachment of Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the Second Battalion, 151st Infantry Regiment, at New Castle will again go to Camp Grayling in north-central Michigan. They will leave from the local armory early Saturday. Advance details departed Thursday and Friday. The 1,500 men of the Third Brigade, with headquarters at Evansville, will be airlifted to Puerto Rico and 1,500 Puerto Rican Guardsmen will train at Grayling. This is the second straight year for the 38th division to take part hi a troop- trading plan with the Puerto Rican National Guard. Motorist Charged After $300 Crash A motorist was cited and property damage was estimated at in a traffic accident at 11:45 p. m. Thursday in the 400 slock of West Washington. The accident occurred, according to police, when a car driven west on Washington by Arthur H. Smith, 72, Greens- 3urg, crashed into an auto parked at the south curb, headed east. The parked vehicle be- onged to Ozro Edmondson, 61, 419 West Washington. Damage to each the left front of Smith's 1958-model auto and he left, front of Edmondson's 1960-model auto was estimated at $150. Smith was charged with driv- ng while under the influence of ntoxicating liquor. Pleading not uilty. hi JP Court this morning, le was released under $50 bond >ending his trial July 2. Troop carrier planes from the Pennsylvania Ah- National Guard will transport the H o o s i e r Guardsmen to Ramey Air Force Base on the western shore of Puerto Rico. From here, they will board buses for the trip to the Salinas Training Area located in the southern part of the island. The field training in Puerto Rico will parallel the National Guard's normal summer training routine at Camp Grayling. This will -include a week of bivouac training exercises. Arrangements have been made for the guardsmen to spend the middle weekend of then- encampment in San Juan where they will enjoy two days of sightseeing and relaxation. The main body of the 38th Infantry Division will train at Camp Grayling from July 31 to August 15 under the command of Major General Noble F. Schlatter of Fort Wayne. Local Personnel Second Lieut. Roger Bipes of Lawrenceburg is commander of the local detachment and pla- BULLETINS SAIGON (UPI)—The government of Premier Phan Buy Quat has resigned, a spokesman said tonight. A government spokesman said Quat had decided to "hand back the reins of government to the military." NEW YORK (UPI)—The stock market turned in its best performance of the week in the first two hours of trading today as gains took a more than 2-to- 1 lead over losses. Trading was moderately active. Prices opened mixed and slowly established a solid uptremT; Blue chips attracted a good following but gains were not but- Jantlishly high as they had been during other upswings during the week. WASHINGTON (UPI) - The sister of Fidel Castro told a House committee today the Cuban dictator's intention and "obsession" was to destroy the United States. Juanita Castro said it was impossible for the United States to understand "Fidel's feelings of hatred" for America. toon leaders geant Henrv are Master Herd, Staff Ser- Sergeant Donald Moorman and Corporal George Morgan. Others who will be participating in the two-week encampment, not including several from here attached to the New Castle unit, are: Sergeants, E-5 Robert Hardebeck and Ronald Holzbacher. Corporals and Specialists, E-4 —William Bate, Richard Bohman, Robert Duerstock, Alvin Gutapfel, Leo Haunert, Thomas Kinker, Richard Koehne, Norbert Kramer. Charles Lecher, Robert Lecher, Jerry Lee, Jer- (rontinued on Pace Eiehn Charge of Murder Is Dismissed A first-degree murder charg against Mrs. Rose Marie Cor bin, R. R.' 3, Greenfield, wa dismissed in Decatur Circui Court this afternoon and as the 23-year-old woman walked fron the courtroom she was arrestec on a charge of child neglect. Dismissal of the first-degree in urder charge by the prosecut ir|g attorney of Hancock Circui 5<jburt where the- action initiate! came 11 days after Mrs. Cor bin's husband, Norman Lee Corbin, 22, was sentenced to lifi imprisonment at the Indiana State Prison. He was found guilty of second-degree murder by a Henry Circuit Court Jury May 24.. Mr. and Mrs. Corbin were charged with first-degree mur der in connection with the death of their 21-month-old daughter, Anita Lynn, last Oct In the indictment returned against them by a Hancock County Grand Jury last Nov. 6 they are charged with beating the child the night of Oct. 24 The case of Mrs. Corbin was venued to Decatur Circuit Court last Feb. 9 and Corbin's case was venued to Henry Circuil Court Feb. 27. Mrs. Corbin was scheduled to stand trial on the first-degree murder charge here June 21. I Death Claims Miss Lohman Rites Saturday For Resident, 81 Miss Elizabeth M. Lohman, 81, . , , a resident of Greensburg and De- *f. as understood the charge was Robber Hunted— I Station Attendants Slain at Richmond RICHMOND, Ind. (UPI)—Two filling station attendants vere shot to death Thursday night by a robber who escaped with an undetermined amount of money. There were no witnesses but iolice learned that an old-mod- 1, gray-colored car was seen peeding from the station short- y before the victims were ound. The dead were identified as loy Waskom, 45, and Robert ilopps, 39, both of Richmond, faskom was killed instantly nd Mopps died a short time ater in Reid Memorial Hospi- al. As much as three days' re- eipts may have 'been taken rom the filling station, investi- ators said, but no estimate of le gunman's haul was avail- ble. Authorities said both men ere shot at close range. j The DX Oil Co. service station is located on the city's south side, along busy U.S. 27. The victims were found in a small office at the rear of the station by a customer. Authorities said the cash register was rifled and wallets of both men were empty. Police sought a youth 19 to 21 years old wearing bluejeans and a white shirt. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed to establish type of weapon used hi the killings. Ironically, the two men were only temporarily employed at the station and then- assignment was to have ended the night of the shooting. catur County for many years,; died at 12:30 p. m. Thursday hi Memorial Hospital here. In declining health for several years, she has been in a serious condition for only a day. Born in Ripley County on Sept. 1. 1883, she was the daughter of Henry B. and Mary Ann Fren- egar Lohman. She was reared hi the Millhousen community, attending school there. Since 1936, Miss Lohman had resided in Greensburg. She and her sister. Miss Mary B. Lohman, had lived together at 225 South East Street until the passing of the sister on Dec. 27,1959. Since then, Miss Lohman had continued to live at the home on South East Street. Miss Lohman was a member pre tria the after evidence her husband's indicated he administered alleged beating. The warrant for Mrs. Corbin's arrest on the child neglect count was received this morning • by Sheriff Irvin Gidley. Rural-Urban Workshop Is Planned Here Ideas on community relations will be exchanged at a meeting of representatives from 20 counties in this area of Indiana Wednesday from 9 a. m. until 3 p. m. at the Decatur County YMCA. , „ , . , Arrangements for the South- of St. Mary's Catholic Church in j east Area workshop on Commu- Greensburg. She was also af- - - filiated with the Third Order of St. Francis. Never married, she was a retired housekeeper. The last of her family, she was preceded hi death by the sister, Mary, a brother, Henry A. Lohman, and two other sisters, Mrs. Anna C. Hodapp and Mrs. Catherine M. Herman. Several nieces and nephews survive. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a. m. Saturday hi St. Mary's -Catholic Church. The Rev. Joseph Laugel, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery here. Visitation at Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home will be-after 2 p. m. Friday. A rosary service will be held at the funeral home at 8:30 p. m. Friday. com . pleted under the supervision of County Agent Earl Brewer. A Dutch-treat luncheon will be served at the Y by Mrs. Walter Kammerling. Those planning to attend have been asked to contact the local extension center by Monday. Purpose of the meeting, it was explained, is to assist local groups and individuals in developing a community relations program that will be of benefit to the entire community. Registration will start at 9 a. m. The program will open at 10 a- m. with E. H. Wilson, treasurer, Indiana Farm-City Committee, speaking on the functions of the committee. The importance of rural-urban understanding will be discussed by a panel composed of Frank Marshall, secretary of the (Continued on Page SuO WEATHER H'mon City 64 63 84 5 a. m 11 a. m. Max. Thurs 86 Min. Thurs 61 87 65 LATE WEATHER — Partly cloudy, thundershowers likely south and central tonight. Warmer extreme north tonight. Saturday partly cloudy with thundershowers likely, especially central and south. Low tonight in the 60s, high Saturday 75 to ' Sunset 8:13 p. m. Sunrise urday 5:16 a. m. Outlook for Sunday: Partly cloudy, warm and humid with scattered thundershowers, turning cooler extreme north by night. Low Saturday night in the 60s, high Sunday mid-80s north to upper 80s south. TONIGHT Pocahontas. Encampment (IOOF). Showers Due for Weekend By United Press International Indiana may get a dose of scattered thundershowers during the next few days and slightly above-normal temperatures. The precipitation, based on the five-day outlook for the period ending Wednesday, will be no more than "moderate," however — about three-quarters of an inch at the most in "fre : quent" periods. Temperatures during the next five days are scheduled to average up to 6 degrees above normal—meaning maximums hi the high 80s or low 90s. The mercury reached 89 at Evansville and Cincinnati Thursday but only 70 in the Chicago area. Overnight readings ranged from a comfortable 53 in South Bend to 66 at Indianapolis. (•Continued on Pace Six) Eight More Yonks Die— Viet Losses May Soar As High As 500 By RAY F. HERNDON SAIGON (UPI) — Government troops drove the Viet Cpng : out of p_ong._XpaiJ«day in .one j>lt<Jbi|feresllJ&ttltfs of __ . the war and probed northward to try' t6 fescue what was- left of a shattered relief column. It was feared government casualties might run as high as 500. Eight more Americans were] 300. to 400 men which ran into killed today when then- plane crashed hi the central highlands far to the north of Dong Xoai. The fighting at Dong Xoai itself cost 31 American casualties according to a U.S. spokesman- one known dead, 17 missing and 13 wounded. There had- been no radio contact for hours with the American adviser accompanying the government relief battalion of Dr. Laiming Leaves For Tour of Europe Dr. Irwin Lanning, who operates the Greensburg Veterinary Clinic on R. R. 1, Greensburg, was one of 20 Hoosier veterinarians who left Indianapolis Thursday evening .on a three- week goodwill people-to-people tour of Europe. The veterinarians were scheduled to arrive in Belgium today. Other visits will include England, Poland, the Soviet Union, Denmark, Sweden and Germany. They are to return July 1. Delegation host for the touring veterinarians is Dr. Fred A. Hall of Purdue University. In the various countries, they will visit colleges and clinics, exchanging ideas of their profession with veterinarians of the other countries. Dr. Lanning, a native of Franklin County, graduated from Ohio State University hi 1953, after which he came to Decatur County. a Viet Cong ambush when it tried to reach Dong Xoai, 60 miles north of Saigon. Thursday. Losses Feared Heavy The lost battalion had been flown hi by "helicopters when it ran into a Communist regiment. Losses were feared heavy, adding to the toll at Dong Xoai where more than 200 of the gov- (Continued on Page Three) Two Divorces Are Awarded in Court Two divorces were granted hi Decatur Circuit Court this morning. Vernon Koenigkramer, plaintiff, was granted a divorce from Peggy Sue Koenigkramer. Custody of the couple's two minor children was awarded to the defendant and the plaintiff was ordered to pay $15 per week for support of the children, beginning July 2. A property settlement between the parties was approved by the court and the plaintiff was granted the right of reasonable visitation with the children. Wanda Lou Calton, plaintiff, was granted a divorce from Rondol Calton. The plaintiff was awarded custody of the couple's two minor children and the defendant was ordered to pay $30 per week support. The • defendant, who was granted the right of reasonable . visitation, was ruled to pay costs of the action. Johnson, Top Aides Meet— Deny Rumor of Big U.S. t Troop Increase in Viet By MERRIMAN SMITH UPI White "House Reporter WASHINGTON (UPI) —Ambassador Maxwell D. Taylor old Senate foreign policj^iead- ers today there was no plan for a dramatic increase in U.S. [round troops in Viet Nam. Taylor told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a Wi hour closed meeting that there was no foun- iation for rumors that the U.S. troop commitment might go rom the present 53,000 to 200,300 or 300,000 men. 'I know of no such project," he told reporters after the session. The envoy briefed the senators on the Viet Nam situation before going to the White House to attend a National Security Council meeting presided over by President Johnson. Taylor, former, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. bombings of North Viet Nam had "accomplished exactly what has been intended." He described as "not accurate" a statement by Sen. Karl E. Mundt, R-S.D., who said Taylor had testified that the bombings would be "continued and enlarged." The general told the senators there would be no "advantage" in a congressional declaration of war. According to senators, he said there would be no advantage hi a declaration of war "by anyone on anyone." Monsoon Offensive Taylor said the current Viet Cong assault .was the "predicted monsoon offensive" following an annual pattern. The only difference now is that the Com(Continued on Pace Tnie*i "'"•'••:'
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