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LA GRANDE, OREGON SATURDAY,. JULY 11. 195?
Pric S Cents
Betrayal Of Duty
Charged By Solon
WASHINGTON (UPD Sen.
John J. Sparkman iD-Ala.l ac
cused Democratic National Chair
man Paul M. Butler today of un
fairness anil betrayal of duty for
criticizing Democratic leaders in !
He demanded" that Butler work
for party unity or resign. j
iyarkman gave his views on the
current dispute between the party
chairman and Democrats in Con
gress in a letter to Senate Demo
cratic Leader Lyndon B. Johnson,
one of Butler's targets.
Another Southern senator, Her
man Talmadge iD-Ga., called for
Butler's resignation. He said that
if Butler fails to quit voluntarily,
the national committee "ought to
fire him at the first opportuniy."
Talmadgc, in a radio interview
(Martha Rounlree's Capitol Close
up), said Friday night he per
sonally believes Butler "has long
since outlived his usefulness."
"As someone said, we are pay
ing Butler $35,000 a year to try
to destroy the Democratic Party
while (Republican National Chair
man) Thruston B. Morton would
be glad to da it for free," Tal
In a television interview last
weekend, Butler said the party
needed to influence the congres
sional leaders to work for a na
tional program instead of a "con
servative and moderate" one. He
also objected to watering down
Democratic legislation in an ef
fort to escape vetoes by President
Sparkman, a member of Con
gress for 22 years and 1952 nomi
nee for vice president, wrote that
Butler's action was unwise, unjus
tified and unfortunate. He said it
could only furnish ammunition for
SAN DIEGO (UPD Gov. Will
iam Stratton of Illinois is con
vinced the average Russian "gen
uinely wants peace."
The Illinois Republican, who re
cently returned from a two-week
tour of the Soviet Union arrived
here for an overnight visit Friday.
He will fly to Los Angeles later
today to address the national may
Stratton said the Russians
"keenly remember the last war.
They arc just beginning to build
up many of the cities that were
He said he didn't believe any
Russian would advocate jeopardi
zing the cities again.
"The average Soviet citizen is
friendly," be said, "and wants
peace as much as the United
Stratton also urged that the U S
encourage Russians to tour this
"Such trips would be of tre
mendous value, because we must
get those people over here to sec
He explained that the Russian
people were curious about the
United States but it was hard for
them to believe the high standard
of living reports.
A La Grande resident lost $200
in bills in the business section of
the city Thursday.
Henry W. 'Doc' Riley. 1409 Madi
son Ave., had been carrying the
money in two envelopes while
shopping. About 4:30 in the after
noon he discovered the envelopes
containing eight 20's, three 10 s
and two S's were missing.
The envelopes were marked with
Riley's name in the upper left
Jail Bars Keeping
LONDON UPI) Jail bars
separated playboy Edward Lang
Icy from his heiress sweetheart
Catherine Dowsett today. She was
in. He was out.
The 21 year old Katherine was
jailed Friday for disobeying a
court order forbidding her to see
Langley. They had run off to
Scotland together, her father, mil
lionaire shipbuilder Harry Dow
sett, in hot pursuit either person
ally or through private detectives,
lawyers and writs.
A hearing for Katherine was set
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By GEORGE CHALLIS
Observer Staff Writ.r
Five hundred fans went slightly
wild last night as the La Grande
Swim Club came from behind to
go out in front of the favored
t"ams and win the four-way swim
ming meet at the Veterans Me
La Grande's winning margin
over Hcrmistofl, district cham
pions, was 21 points. Final point
scores for the four clubs were:
La Grande. 344: Hcrmiston, 323;
Boise YMCA, 268, and The Dalles,
Twenty-seven new pool records
were established in the meet,
largest aquatic event ever held
The two bleacher sections were
jammed, fans stood five deep be
hind the wire fence and even
climbed a'ong the sides of the
west and - northsido 10ft.- high
fence donated last year by Mt.
Emily Lumber Company to the
An added attraction at the 50
event m-cl was the appearance of
the club's water ballet group,
made up of older girls of the or
ganization. Coached by Mariloc
Meppcn and Dot Ann Anson, the
group gave a crowd-pleasing ex
hibition of synchronized swimming
in file, circle and slarburst forma
tions. Members of the group are:
Donna Dodge. Judy Bever. Pal
Fisk. Sharon Bcickel. Michclc
Mousel. Nancy Gray. Joy Haun,
Randi Johnson. Marilec Meppcn,
Caro'ee Cochran, Bonnie Scott and
Dot Ann Anson.
The La Grande swim team ap
peared for the first time in its new
red warm-up suits, purchased this
season out of its share of United
Fund allocations to the Youth Act
ivities Council, sponsoring group of
the club. The suits arrived from
the manufacturer at noon yester
day. season of its share of United Fund
allocations to the Youth Activities
Council, sponsoring group of the
club. The suits arrived from the
manufacturer at noon yesterday.
For additional details of the
meet please turn to Page 2.1
ENTERPRISE (Special) Mark
Marks, 43, Enterprise, Friday
night was named new sheriff for
Marks was appointed to fill the
vacancy created last week by
the death of former sheriff, R.
N. O'Brien in Las Vegas.
Marks' term will expire next
Marks previously filled anoth
er interim appointment at the
death of C. D. Booth, former
Wallowa county sheriff.
Not Much Chance
For Long To Rest
W1N.NT1ELD. La. UPI. A
much-needed vacation and rest
from the travail of Louisiana poli
tics was planned by Gov. Earl K.
It seemed highly unlikely that
Long would escape politics, the
press or even get much of a rest
on the vacation, however.
The governor plans to drive to
Shreveport, La., and then board
a plane for points west tor va
cation which an aide said earlier
in the week would last "several
Long returned to his Winnficld.
La. "pea patch" farm home early
today from a nine-hour reported
trip to Hot Wells, La., where a
mineral spring is located.
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JUST OLD FASHIONED GIRLS
Pat Morton, left and Mrs. Gayle Cork
Karen, left, and
FEATHER FLOWER FINERY
Mrs. Pauline Johnson
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Steel Industry Negotiator
Sees No Possible Agreement
Sec. Herter Carrying
Mow Western Proposals
For Big Four Session
j WASHINGTON (UPI) Secretary of State Christian A.
I Herter leaves for Geneva today carrying a Western proposal
on Berlin that offers no major concessions to Russia but
j keeps the way open for futher bargaining,
j The new plan was reported to spell out the final steps
jthe Soviet Union must take if it expects a heads-of-govern-
For Free City
GENEVA ( UPI i East Ger
man Foreign Minister Lothar Bolz
made a fresh demand today for
establishment of a "demilitarized
free city of West Berlin."
The Communist leader renewed
the demand when he arrived for
the crucial second round of a
foreign ministers conference that
may set up a summit meeting or
plunge the world deeper into cold
His words made it sound as if
nothing had changed from the
deadlock position of East and
West when they adjourned their
conference three weeks ago.
Bolz insisted the "dangerous
center of tension in Berlin must
He renewed Communist insist
ence on conclusion ol a peace
treaty with Germany and a non
aggression pact between East
and West Germany.
Bolz was the first foreign min
ister to return. If his words re
flected the official Soviet line they
indicated the second round of the
conference would get no further
than the first.
Britain, the United Stales and
France, although somewhat di
vided on ladies, were " reported
to be ready to make a major ef
fort to negotiate with Russia over
Berlin but united in their deter
mination not to surrender (o any
The anuual Farmer-Merchant
tour will leave from the Cham
ber of Commerce office Monday
at a m.
Tourists will visit four ranch
es and the Eastern Oregon Ex
penmrnt station at Union where
the Women's club will serve
lunch prior to a complete tour of
The John Shaw ranch is first
on the tour list. Here tourists
will see three dams built to store
water and a reservoir that holds
500 acre feet of water and covers
rn area of 55 acres.
A second stop will be made at
the Wilson ranch where the
touring party will see one of the
oldest feedlots in Eastern Ore
gen. The Wilsons handle around
1500 head of cattle a year.
A "brief-glance" stop is on
schedule, for the Davis ranch
where visitors will examine
chemical sage brush control plots.
Final stop will be made at the
Huffman ranch before continuing
to the Experiment station for
lunch. Here they will see a de
monstration of a dip vat used for
the control of external parasites
Guilty To Charge
Archie Ray Mattison pleaded
guilty to a District Attorney's
Information charging contribut
ing to the delinquency of a minor
yesterday afternoon when he
appeared ; before Judge W. F.
Judge Brownton issued an or
der committing the defendant to
the Eastern Oregon State Hos
pital for 60 days for observation.
At the end of that time the hos
pital will make a report to the
court which will be considered
by the Judge before pissing sen
tence. If it is found that he is "pro-
disposed to commit crimes like
that," District Attorney George
Anderson said, he could be sent
enced to life Imprisonment. Oth
crwisc the charge carries a
maximum penalty of five years
During the hearing the judge
heard statements from the dc
fendant, the District Attorney,
and C. Rachard Nccly who ap
peared as a friend of the court
mem summit meeting later wis
Herter will meet with the Brit
ish. French and West German
foreign ministers Sunday after
noon in Geneva to work out final
details of the Western strategy.
The deadlocked Big Four foreign
ministers conference resumes
Monday after a three-week "cool
ing off" recess.
Herter discussed the proposal
with President Eisenhower for 70
minutes Friday night. Earlier in
the day he talked with Vice Pres
ident Richard M. Nixon, British
Ambassador Sir Harold Caccia
and French Ambassador Herve
Will Stop In Ottawa
Herter will not fly directly to
Geneva. He has scheduled three
hours of talks with Canadian of
ficials at Ottawa, Canada, on his
way to the Swiss capital.
Western officials. do not expect
an East-West agreement on the
Berlin and German issues will re
sult at Geneva. The talks are not
expected to last more than three
There were indications of dis
agreement between the United
states ana ureal Britain over
what constitutes enough progress
to justify a summit conference.
British officials behove it would
be valuable to deal directly with
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
because he is the only one with
any real authority in Russia.
But the Allies were reported in
firm agreement that they main
tain their rights to free access to
U.S. officials said the new pro
posal contains nothing basically
different from the Western plan
presented to Russia during the
first six-week session in Geneva.
Preblwn Of Proportion
However, one Western proposal
that is open to negotiation is the
proportion of East and West Ger
man representatives on an "all
German" committee that would
try to work out German reunifica
tion during a period of any in
terim agreement with Russia.
The Soviets have insisted on
equal representation. The West,
up to now, has stuck with a plan
calling for 25 West Germans and
10 East Germans, This conforms
roughly with the population ratio.
La Grande Students
On UO Honor Roll
UNIVERSITY OF OREGON,
Eugene (Special) Students from
La Grande who have been named
to the spring term honor roll are
Marvin If. Beeson, Laura E. U.
Spray, and Rose L. Wheeler. Laura
Spray received perfect A grades.
A total of 328 university under
graduate students received grade
point averages of J.50 or higher
and 48 of these made all A grades
for spring term.
By JOHN W. EVANS
Eastern Oregon Collage
Last night's world premiere of
the folk opera "Ten tThousand
Miles," which played to a packed
house at the La Grande High
School auditorium, can only be
described as a rousing success.
Its composer, John Do Merch
ant, has drawn upon several
well-known folk-song themes for
a portion of his material and
adapted them to his purposes
without losing the special quali
ty which characterizes them.
Rather, he has infused the entire
composition with it, and the ov
erall effect is ono of great charm
and deceptive simplicity.
The plot is quito simple, as it
normally is in the operetta or
light opera; the story line is sec
ondary, and the opera seeks
first of all to give its audience
a fresh new look at our pioneers
to reveal them as they were:
people from all walks of life,
JAMES R. HOFFA
WASHINGTON (UPD The
Senate Rackets Committee will
confront Teamster President
James R. Hoffa Monday with i
new range of charges of. wrong
doing by himself and his union
Groundwork for Hoffa's appear
ance was completed Friday with
testimony designed to show abuse
of workingmen by Teamster and
A dash of mystery was added
when Louis Goldblatt, secretary
treasurer of the West Coast Long
shoremen and Warehousemen's
Union, refused to say whether he
"made any approaches' for re
moval of an anti-Hoffa monitor
of the Teamsters.
Goldblatt invoked the Fifth
Amendment's protection against
possible self-incrimination when
asked if he had tried directly or
indirectly to get Godfrey Schmidt
to resign from the three-member
board appointed by a federal
court to r:de herd over Hoffa.
The California labor leader told
of several "understandings" his
union had reached with the Team
sters. But none seemed within the
scope of Hoffa's proposal to com
bine their forces into one power
ful transportation union.
Other highlights of Friday's tes
timony: Wally Butler, head or a
Detroit local of the Retail, Whole ,
sale. Department Store Union,
said he refused an indirect offer
of $50,000 and a direct offer of a
"blank check" from two pro
Hoffa Teamster leaders if he
would turn over his 3T0 members
to their locals.
Union Range Riders
Set Play Day Sunday
ine Union Range Riders arc
planning a play day Sunday. Acti
vities for the day which include
musical ropes and barrel races arc
scheduled to get underway at 2
Tryouts for the junior rodeo
court will be held in conjunction
with the play day festivities. Any
boy or girl wishing to try out for
the court and who is between the
the ages of nine and 18 is invited
Only members will be allowed
to participate but .the Stock Show
grounds will be open to the public.
'Ten Thousand Miles'
As Rousing Success
migrating for a multitude of
"Ten Thousands Miles" re
minds us that they and the earlier
pioneers who crossed the At
lantic to found our country were
one in spirit and purpose.
The cast was well-chosen and
in good voice, and without excep
tion turned in commendable per
formances. Howard Anderson's
clear robust tenor was well-suited
to his part and most enjoy
able; md the feminine lead.
Patsy Hutchison, demonstrated a
soprano voice of considerable
sweetness and unusual carrying
David Skcen's warm baritone
and Evadne Kclsoc's remarkable
contralto- were equally appropri
ate, while Florence Miller and
her group of youngsters were truly
captivating. The supporting cast
was entirely adequate, and the
composer's skill in writing for
choral groups of varying size was
NEW YOltK H'PI' Industry's
chief negotiator R. Conrad Cooper
today announced that "we see no
possibility of an agreement" which
would avert a nationwide steel
strike at Tuesday midnight.
Cboper. looking solemn, made
this statement to a large number
of newsmen following a one hour
conference with union negotiators
"We have again proposed an ex
tension of the contract to enable.
further negotiations and prevent"
a disruption of production," Cojt
per said. -Today's
negotiating session had
begun in an atmosphere slightly
more optimistic than previously.
But shortly before noon Cooper
"The union has rejected indus
try's proposal." He did not state
what that proposal was. Hereto
fore the industry had been stand
ing by its policy calling upon the
union to accept a one year wage
The industry had contended it
would resist any effort to increase
total employment costs which it
contended would be inflationary.
Cooper said another meeting
will be held Sunday.
"But the outlook for an agree
ment is not hopeful," said Cooper.
Cooier was asked if any prep
arations had been made to close
down the blast furnaces at the
various steel mills.
"We will have no recourse hut
to close down the plants," said
Cooper. "It may become neces
sary to send out instructions along
this line. That's all I have to say
now. There may be a statement
A slightly optimistic air had .
prevailed when the union and
management bargaining teams be
gan their meeting this morning.
Cooper said then that no instruc
tions had gone out to start bank
ing blast furnaces, but he said
the step could not be delayed
much longer if a strike seemed
An exchange of data between
the negotiators Friday had raised
hopes that a new agreement would
be reached without a strike.
Two automobiles were involved
in a collision at the intersection
of Spruce and Adams yesterday.
About 5:40 p.m., a car driven
by Dorsey Lee Miller, Box 75, Mil-ton-Frecwater
and owned by John
D. Cress, 505 Second St. collided
with a vehicle operated by Jean
C. Erickson, 1603 M. Ave. L
Millcr was proceeding west on
Adams in the right lane when he
attempted a left turn south onte
Spruce according to the police. The
left front fender and bumper of
the Miller vehicle came into con
tact with the front fender of the
car driven by Mrs. Erickson who
also was traveling west on Adams
in the left lane, police reported.
Damage was estimated at $125
to both vehicles.
The La Grande fire department
was called to put out a grass fire
in the 500 block of Seventh St. at
10:35 this morning.
To this reviewer, the opera's
only deficiency lay in. the lack
of an orchestra. The accompani
ment, though adequate, should
he supplemented. Mr. DeMer--
chant said that the opera was
written with orchestration in
mind, but the time limitations
available for rehearsals made
this impossible for the present.
The addition of an orchestra la
hack up the choruses, to add
volume in prologue and finale,
and to provide fiddling for the
dancers, will make the opera
truly impressive.- No doubt this
will be accomplished in time for
the New York production. ,
However, last night's perform"
ance of "Ten Thousand Miles" is
still proof that these improve
ments are not really essential.
Here we have seen again that
a gifted composer and dedicated
performers can, without elabor
ate means, create a genuine work