The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 9, 1954 · Page 45
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 45

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 9, 1954
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McCormally to be in his (McCoy's) shoes today" ' . True enough. But Al McCoy's shoes haven't always been the most pleasant place to stand. Therein lies a _ tale that's worth OKAY, ALEX. LET'S TRAVEL retelling. In the telling of it you get the idea that not everyone in Kansas is happy about McCoy's Pulitzer. Prize. The award went to McCoy for stories about the sale of the AOUW building to the state and the fee which C. Wesley Rnberls —then National Republican Chairman — got out of the deal. The stories led to a legislative investigation which led to Robert's removal from the national chairmanship. Back In News The Roberts incident happened WHILE IN ow THE SOFA-—• LOOK. PRETTY 'SMOOTH BREN04- VOU LOVELY OLD M*W MIGHT, HITCH UP WITH A OHXA6MH, 3&e ARRIVES FROM KI& DIMER, LODED DOWN WITH A I SAY, MISS MEEBE, WMEEE'S THAT PRETTY PHEAD WO ORDERED THE ( ONLY AM IDIOT 'Still V \VOJLD GET SICK ) I ON HISDAYOFF/ BLONDIE- WHAT SEEMS TO BE THE MATTER WITH VOU, DAGWOOD? WE DONT HAVE TO CALL YOUR OFFICE "TODAY IS VDUR PAY OFF MUST BE MY , BpAIN! CALL UP MY OFFICE AND TELLTHEM IM TOO SICK TO COME 1 • . . J4 TWE USD. TOTES A CAMERA. TOOT MUST MAKE HIS OWN TRAVEL TALKS' VCXJR MANCUPED NAILS E \OU AWAY. BC UPSTAIRS? THB3ES.SO MUCH WE CAN TALK "ABOUT/ NCW. I REMEMBER.' *ALEX, THE.TIMER7— BOMS EXPERT FOR THE MOLE.' WELL.WELL.' How would ?50 be? Thars what 1 mean. It was going to be for rent for .550. To you it will be 44?. YouremyinaaCoi'ky. I've got 3 job and have to move to Madison. Its a. long WhaTdoyoumean.T story, Herb. But Votive <gor 10 mouejAlVe gottof ind Whar about your house? Cramp? is going 10 t Thoughtyou weie •ser "m a swell-apartment -THIS TIME SHE MUST ") SHAKE CfF THAT CALHOOU DEAL AMP MARE/ THE MAN!.. HER JOS CANT EETHATOOOD.I A GOOT BOUNCES .' HERE ABE TIE KEYS ANP OWNERSHIP CERTIFICATE! <mp CALL5UWMEE FROM OW HEEE-BUT -BUT WHAT OF IT? ITH1NK. I'M GOING- w£ Pouce Gar INTO ~T»P ACT BIKK6 UE> THE CI&HT ANO H*UUSO EVB7Y- BODY CCPTOTH& POKEY — THE HEAD ^^A^J AT THE POUCB STATION US OUT <SO3O— SAlp THE PLACE WAS A HANGOUT FOB DOPE PSDDLEQS' MAYBE HE V ANYONE THINKS WE'LL/WHO'D CARRY RUN INTO A / AM EXTRA LOAD HAWAIIAN ON A MIKE HULA GIRL \ MAS WATER A JTHE BRAIN' BOY, VDU'RE cows to ae SORRV you BROUGHT THAT GUITAR ALDMS I WAS TOO LATE- SHE'S COLD AS ICE THERE WAS WO HEAD-HUNTERS MIGHT SHC MAY HUM - CUCAtfA CHA ,/srHE STRETCH/H6 MS Cl/CARACHAltHERES ANOTHER NICE GOLD 'IPOL STICKINS OUT PROAA, UMDER THAT .. AND AS CUCARACHA SENDS DOWN, VlSORA • VI8ORA, THESE GOLD I IDOLS WILL MAKE US i EXTREMELY WEALTH/. BUT MAYBE WE 'SHOULPNT HAVE !COME BACte. FOR Sunday, May 9, 1954 Page 29— The Salina Jounttl Pulitzer Award Again Puts The Spotlight On Wes Roberts Case By John McCormally Award of the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished reporting to A 1 v i n McCoy, of the Kansas City Star, has met with generous acclaim from Kansas newsmen aad newspaper readers. I can certainly add my enthusiastic hoo-ray to the chorus, I think Rex Woods, editor of the Arkansas City Traveler, said it for all of us when he wrote the other day: "There isn't a typewriter pusher across the state who wouldn't like wrote in his paper, "to avoid the conclusion that the Pulitizer award will have a political effect in Kansas at this .time," Objective Award But Brinkerhoff makes another point which should be underlined. "There is nothing political about the Pulitizer award." It is important to remember that, for the real significance of the award is that it was the objective, professional . judgment of men far removed from the Kansas political nied this. The administration produced three witnesses to testify in Arn's behalf on this point. But the committee remained unimpressed. Sharply Questioned The committee than"pul McCoy porting which * high Kama* politician had labeled diihboT est and slanted. If give Ktntaf voters Mouthing to think about. . • ' , Roberts lost his national chairmanship because of the story and on the witness stand. Despite his | what followed it. But this is .one protestations that he had merely been reporting what he found, the Kansas City- Star reporter was subjected to a full day of the sharpest cross examination. Most of the questions were completely unrelat- case where the Pulitizer Prize was given for a story that is not yet finished. Roberts came back to live in Kansas. When Republicans rnet last Nov. !3 for a big ?25-a-plate scene, and completely unconcerned I about it. What is this political significance. Let's review a little of the Roberts uproar: When Wes Roberts took the wit- j ness chair on March 13, 1953 in the ! legislative investigation, to testify 1 under oath, he said regarding the to the issue at hand. But Rob-!dinner, the Associated Press .re- leri* and Arn were determined to j ported: "It was former Chairman shift the heat from themselves, and! Wesley Roberts that stole the their attorney poured it on, McCoy. His shoes weren't a place'to siasditha comfortable show.'YThal was when Roberts was presented the silver platter day, but he with the'names of 212. admirers=- stories. and events leading up to j. that point: "I was subjected to a savage attack of accusation charges. , .pursued by its arig- gave as well as he got and his wit- j including the President—engraved ness chair performance was as de- i on it. . serving of a prize as anything hej Oh-Kansas Day, Roberts was ma- wrote. ..'•.'-') neuvering around the Jaybawk hb- One thing the Are-Roberts group; tel'Sn Topeka with the Arn, .Carl,.wanted to Know: Who tipped Me-'son. Darby wing Of the party. Coy off lo the slender lead which j conferring on a candidate for gpv- inators. . .with such obvious prejudice and malice. . ." Under cross - examination, Roberts said he was referring to McCoy, among others, and called McCoy "the instigator of a calculated plot to destroy my usefulness in my present position." Has Another Word The Pulittter committee considered McCoy's reporting "distinguished." Roberts had another word for it. "If this whole matter had been gone into with honest reporting, it! led to the'big story? He w a s erhor. "We will have a candidate" asked the question at least a doien he assured a reporter, and the use times that day, under oath. He! of the plural personal pronoun was wouldn't tell. Legally, he didn't have a ] not "unnoticed by politicians'\von- leg tojdering where Wes fitted in the pic- stand on. Lawyers and doctors andj hire, priests can legally refuse to di-j Where he does fit. is still uncer- vtilge what they learn in • conti-j tain.' The Pulitizer Prize res- donee. Reporters have no s uc hiurrects the question and renews the legal protection. Legally, for re-j speculation. To that extent, Fred fusing to answer the question, Me--Brinkerhoff is certainly right that Coy could have been cited for con-i the prize — non - political in it- tempt of the legislative committee'self — has political ; effect on Kan- . and put in jail. j sas. ' ' Upholds Tradition But, while, they don't have the XJp Tri Reader* ,3n.a sense, the final judgment over a year ago. It is an issue, in could have been handled on a dif-! legal standing doctors and lawyers i on who was right about the Me- current campaign for gover-j ferent plane," he testified. "1 am nor. Many people's memories may! a newspaperman and I think I can have grown dim about it. Then, out of a clear sky, comes the Pulitzer Prize, to put the Roberts affair back in headlines and reward the reporter whom high j tell when a story is slanted," Roberts added. Roberts was followed to the witness stand — on March 17, 1953 — by Gov. Edward F. Arn. Arn Kansans, including the governor, j told the investigators that the in- had previously abused. Unquestionably, this ... ( Prize has political significance in by J quiry into Roberts' transaction was Pulitiier! "stirred up, distorted and slanted," McCov. and referred to Mc- Kansas which the Pulitizer com- Coy's reporting as a "calculated do, reporters take the-matter of j Coy story — the Pulitizer people confidence seriously. It isn't law; who call it distinguished, or Rob— but, its tradition/McCoy upheld I erts. who called it dishonest—rest? the tradition. At one point, he told j with, the readers, and what they the inquisitors: "If 1 answer* that, do about shady doings in govern- question, I would have to cease ;ment being a newspaperman." j out when reporters dig them He didn't answer — and the com- We hear much about a one-party mittee, sitting in judgment in I plot" New York, never dreamed of. j Arn also injected into the hear_ Fred Brinkerhoff, editor of the ing the theory that McCoy had WYB-I SEE"TH^f^TaPPSt OJiooN SOT rr / «K.oiSONj! Pittsbur S Headlieht ' saw this atjbeen overheard to say he would NEW CAR AT THE CURB ) SHE SAIP TO TELLYOU IT WAS FOR BEINS SUCH ! once. "It is difficult," BrinkerhoK) "get Roberts. McCoy noltly ae- mittee —although it could have — didn't cite him. Why is a!l this important (o review now? Well, here is a professional organization awarding a reporter for a job that Kansas politicians abused him for. Here is the label of "distinguished" pinned on re- press and newspapers shirking their responsibility. McCoy's prize- winning work was an example of ' disregard for party prestige 'and power, and the performance of responsibility, even at great personal, discomfort. There is probably such a thing as reader responsibility, too. Oil News Spurt In State Drilling Activity A spurt in proved field aclivityiing May 7: sent, the week's oil exploration) Barton — 6 starts; 4 pool tests starts to 90 as compared with 791 completed, 3 of them as producers. mirror of the car while backing out of fhe garage and saw what I thought was a 3 or 4-foot long salamander poised up in the back window. It was the car blanket patterned exactly like the creepy '''tic animal I'd just found. Anyone want a car blanket? "Ole Rugged Cross" The day (hey rounded up the cows and calves for vaccinations etc.. began to look line the "last 1 round-up" for Richard. Our Iiero H'now known as the Ole Rugged .,...,,... [Cross) dismoun ted from his compared with 77 for the previous 1 tests completed, 6 of them as pro-;exciting weeks I ve had m a ">ngj.. hig[r horce and cau; , hl hjs i duccrs ' , I" 1 ™' beginning one evening withj in Ws ^^ ifc hun " g hig In the 99 were 59 oil wells, lo! Ellsworth - 1 slart; 2 pool tests;Father Cross taking his family forj saddu , ^^ cau . hjm {Q fau |gas wells and 30 dry holes. The completed as producers. |a zigzagging fast ride around .the; dflwn _ starts for the previous period. Completions totaled 99 tests Ellis—5 starts, 2 Of them wild-!Bear Diary: cats; 1 wildcat abandoned; 7 pool This has bean one of the mostj producers were good for a com- Graham - 6 starts, 1 of them a!field, trying to hit a coyote he'dj „. , _,__,-., „„„„•„- ^ „ ACT — • it---- — ^— - ' !.,,,„, , j -n *nc norse started tuiinvng, orafl- tvHATNEYT. I bined potential of 12,245 barrels of | wildcat: 1 wildcat abandoned; 4 j sighted. The coyote escaped w'th-! B[n hjm and just as he was ' oil daily. Fifteen wildcats wercjpool tests completed, 1 of them as! out a bruise. The rest of us were j U)il)king ^ hfi wgs (n dje completed, two as oil wells and 13 j a producer. jlc-ss fortunate. | and hw|f embarrassjng jt a| , was _ as dry holes. I McPherson - 4 starts I of, O ne morning when I went out lo: the strap on hjs spur broke _ ]oos . The starts included 12 in wildcat:them a wildcat: I wildcat aban-i hang up some Bheet5 , a little bird,| en j n g lhe rope and leaving , ljm areas. doned; 8 pool tests completed, 5i spec [ cs undetermined, flew out of.: miraculously alive The only injur . "» «•— as producers. |lhe Army knapsack c i cthes pin bagi ies he su{{e ; ed were g fw ^ — 5 starts: 1 wildcat; a ; most jn ( 0 the surprised look on SaUne County aaune i^ounry Waiting on Potential Rating — ,. .,,,., (abandoned: 11 poo! tests complet-: my (acei !ns j cie the b ag were i hasn't been announced for the two cd . J0 of them as producers. !thou«anri, n< «'"» -'i-ks very res- l orado Refinin Larson tests V' ' " El Dorado Refining Larson tests in 35-15-4VV. Both tests have bacn d R fe _ 7 starts L of th a , wjldcat . , wiioc3t abandoned; tf ar and ™ " a rope burn and a lecture on safety. sis.* No wonder the other ex'ents of ;k seemed so much less weese and Sanderson No. 1 Holm, 32-16-3W, is below 1680 feet. Melland,tools are drilling the test. Central and Northwest Wildcat activity sparked the week's area developments. Unifed Drilling, Inc., and Charles K. Swart?, announced two tests for Rooks county, both one- half mile from established production. No. 1 Stamper is SW SW NW 20-8-17W, near the Elm Creek field. Cities Service and Derby Oil are supporting. The second test is No. 1 Moos, NE SW SW 69-17W, soulh of the Dopita field, on acreage farmed! out by V. D. Sidey. j Ellis county rated two new wild-| cats. Pam-Kar Drilling has surface pipe set at No. 1 Davis-Howard, SW SW SE 23-11-20W, in the northwest corner of the county about three miles south of the War rcn pool and four miles east of the Nicholson field. Another Wildcat The other wildcat is Bankoff Oil JNo. 1 Ruder, NW SW NW 4-15-18W, i l'/i miles north of the Ruder field. Gulf Oil is supporting with dry I hole money. In Graham county, Bennett and Roberts have No. 1 Heffelfinger, SW SW SW 31-8-22W, a wildcat in: the east central part of the county! four miles southeast of Hill City! and four miles southwest of pro- {duction in the Highland field. Another Rooks county venture is; Iscrn Drilling company No. 1 Jones, NE NE NW 27-6-19W, seven miles north of Webster and four| miles northeast of the Slate Field. A summary of starts, wildcat completions and pool test completions in the area for the.week end- Tregn — 1 Wildcat abandoned. Markets at Sprin Prairie, one at the meeting of the Pawnee cow* bull-l KANSAS CITY LIVESTOCK Cattle: SlauRhtcr Blfera stead ~> tilKfcci" than week ago; he artrf mixed yearlings and largely 5lronp to 50 Ii Inner; swady to nitons', vesviers *nd fltnughicr calves 5teftdy to Wt high- rr; «tockcr caitle prices generally .V) higher; week 1 * huljc «lfltlf;h'er stcern comprisert Rood lo Average Choice pradfrJi 1,000 !b to 1375 Ih 2J. 75-24,25; moat heifer* nnd mixed yearling* .W«n Roorl to «v*rnp« chQtca 2fl.50-22.50; bulk utility nn«j commercial rows 12.50-14.50; mnst csnncrs and cuttcr« 10.60-12.50: most ullllty »nd commercial btills 12.50-14,50; good to prime v*al»fB 20.ftO-CC.CO; H n d Mme grad*s BlaDghtcr fialvps 17.00-20.00. Hops: Supplies aiwul normal compared w-l'h w«k a(;o und year a go : bft rrow« and gilts lost, moderate early price gain* 16 cloa« 15-25 lower than last Friday; week's top 27.35 on choice I and 2, 200-220 Ibs lo order buyers: c\os- tng sales choice 1 90*240 ihn mostly J unrt 1, 36.00-75; monl. choice 250-280 Ibs 25.25-28.35 ; packing sown und«r firffasurc after early rounds n'lth declines meaaurlnB 501.00; clOElns 20.50-23.00. Shftcp ; Kecelpta moderately «x- pundcd over week ajto; large sharo offerings shorn lambs but fairly liberal snowing aprtng lambR ; trade Ktr\^o.\\y active; compareil with laat week slaughter lambs are 1.00-50 WRhcr ; ewes ax«arty ; fscdtng and brccdlne atock icarne •week's top- 27.25 on 90 Ih rail shipped spring lambs; closing sales ch&lcft to prime trucked in native *prfnger» 26,50-75; most sales Rood nnd choice up to JftS Ib clipper* and \ and 2 aklns 22.0023.00; cull to coort shorn slaughter ewe* bor. The next day as I reached for;County Council of Women's Clubs the garden hose, a 7-inch long sal-1 at Larned, and one at "Mom'*' amander or water puppy moved | Night" at the PTA in Nickerson. .j beside my hand. He was. a hand-|0r perhaps I should just speak for some fellow with a shiny black [myself, John, and say it didn't coat interspersed with yellow mot-| SC are me much, tied spots. It was a wonderful opportunity Later I had lizard logs running :lo meet a good many of the kind up and down my spine -s ga i njof people you'd like to know bet- when I glanced into the rear view tor. Bitten By Dog LUMAN Moon, Culver, was bitten on the left leg by a dog owned by Eugene Burgess, 1106 N. 9th, Friday, police reported. Police advised the owners to keep the dog tied up for observation. Moon was treated at St. John's Hospital and dismissed. Dennis The Menace * WW ttU NEED IS SOME NEW

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