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FROM OUT OF THE DEPTHS
Frogman Ricky McCanse climbs from the depths of the Veterans Memorial Pool
yesterday afternoon. He does not portray a part in the latest science fiction thriller
, released from Hollywood. Goggles, snorkle tubes and swim finsjare part of the ap
' paratus seen at the pooL (Observer Photo)
West Demands End To Soviet
Threats Of War Over Berlin
GENEVA a'PIl The West
launched a new round of secret
Big Four talks today with a de
mand that Soviet Premier N'ikita
Khrushchev withdraw the w a r
threat from Berlin at once if he
really means his latest .pledge of
The Soviet Premier's declara
tion in Poland Thursday that Rus
sia will "never, Never, never"
start a war gave the West an im
mediate opening to challenge So
viet threats against Bc-lin and
FINDING COOLEST PLACE
KEEPS REPORTER MOVING
By VIRGINIA ANDERSON
Observer Staff Writer
Hot and cold running thermome
ters! July weather has been keeping
temperatures jumping into the
eighties and nineties. Kids have
taken to the sprinklers, swimming
pools, and lakes and their parents
haven't been far behind them in
an effort to "bear the heat."
The downtown area of a city
is usually accredited with the
warmest temperatures in the
vicinity. It's not at all unusual
to find the downtown streets
literally steaming. Pedestrians
often claim that the radiated heat
from the sidewalks penetrates the
PORTLAND (UPI I -' A group
called Art for Oregonians set up
a picket line at the Oregon Cen
tennial Exposition in Portland to
day and said pickets also would
be there Saturday and Sunday
Mrs. C. G. Murphy of Oswego,
chairman of the group, said the
pickets, would not be to keep peo
ple out of the Centennial, but
rather to call attention to the fact
that Oregon taxpayers' money
was used to promote abstract art.
She said abstract art was a type
of art "which the public neither
likes nor wants, according to sur
veys that have been taken."
Health Chief Urges Vaccinations
As Crippling Polio Toll Mounts
WASHINGTON (UPI) - Sur
geon General Lcroy E. Burncy
warned today that crippling polio
is on the upward march this
summer particularly among the
The nation's health chief said
that about nine out of 10 of the
cases have been reported among
persons who have not had anti
Burney also told United Press
International the number of cases
Russian rebuffs of western efforts
to keep Hie peace in the divided
The ministers met for nearly
three hours but 'western source)
said "no progress was made'' to
ward breaking the deadlock on a
Berlin truce ag'ecment.
Another secret meeting w a s
scheduled for Monday at the villa
of the British foreign minister.
At Soviet request, a scmipublic
plenary session of the conference
was set for Tuesday.
The Big Four finally got down
toughest shoe leather making them
feel as though they were walking
inside a 375 degree oven.
Wh-n men begin to loosen their
ties and women decide "no nylons
today" then everyone is aware that
temperatures are climbing.
Stopping to wipe their brows,
downtown shoppers curiously
glance at the thermometers sprin
kled throughout the downtown area.
At nine o'clock this morning it
was 84 degrees outside Hohen
t It was a little hotter at La
Grande Paint and Glass as the
mercury crept to 86 degrees.
Curiously enough the temp?ra
lure took a sudden drop at Coy's
where it read 76 degres.
At the Karmel Korn shop it
was even cooler and tho ther
mometer read a cooling 72 de
grees. All these readings were taken
over a period of 15 minutes.
Could be it isn't the thermome
ters at all . . . maybe it's the
Firemen Answer Call
The La Grande fire department
was cal'rd to put out a grass
fire at Gangloff park on Highway
30 west of town this morning.
The call cam? at approximately
10:10. Approximately, three-quarters
of an acre was burned before
firemen cou'd put the fire out.
The city (ire departm-nt turned
mop-up operations over to Forest
Service lire fightrrs.
of paralytic polio this year is
more than double the toll at. this
time last year.
The Public Health Service said
there were 681 cases of paralytic
polio reported through the first 26
weeks of 1959. This compares
with 329 victims during the same
period last year and "reflects the
Consistently upward trend of polio
cases since April "
Dr. Burney said preliminary
figures to be made public later
to secret talks at an intimate
lunch today, after a four-day fill
buster by Soviet Foreign Minister
Andrei Gromyko, who maintained
at first hc-wuaqwuti!it secret
talks, without East German -par
ticipation. , ' ,
Gromyko, Secreiary of Stale
Christian A. Herter, British For
eign Secretary -Selwyn Lloyd and
French Foreign Minister Maurice
Couve de Murville were meeting
with their top aides at the French
villa. Neither the East nor West
Germans were invited.
The Western ministers hoped
that in such get-togethers Gromy
ko would be more frank and busi
nesslike and leave out the propa
ganda that attends the semi-public
sessions. Thursday, at a pub
lic session, he sounded as tough
One minute he appeared to be
deliberately slowing down the
march toward the summit which
the Russians have been cam
paigning so hard fur. The next
minute he appeared to be back
tracking on several points rais
ing hopes there misfit be a com
promise. Table Shape Unimportant
Gromyko even dismissed as
"not important" the shape of the
conference table although he had
one made that into such an issue
that it delayed the opening of the
conference last May.
He also retreated somewhat on
the Soviet demand that an all
German committee work out Ger
man unification alone by saying
this might not lie the only solu
tion. He said other means could
be found after the East and West
Germans started negotiating.
He did not arouse much hope
but the conference recessed with
out setting further semi-public
sessions and Western diplomats
thought it unlikely another would
be held before the beginning of
next week. In the meantime busi
ness was being discussed over
steak and chicken.
" Some meetings would involve
just two or three ministers, others
Newsmen in Geneva promptly
dubbed them "gaslronmic diplo
macy," and said the ministers
were "eating their way to the
today show the polio rale rise con
tinued this week.
Kansas City, Kan., Dcs Moines,
Iowa, Little Rock, Ark. and Okla
homa City, Okla. were the hard
hit areas which have reported a
"substantially greater" lumber of
cases this year.
"I cannot urge loo strongly,"
Burney said, "the need for push
ing ahead with the drive to vac
cinate the unvaccinated. It is not
too late either to start' or com
plete the Falk shot series."
CHICAGO (UPI) Schola.
tic Mjgaiine Mid a pell of
S.OCO high school students
thowtd that it made one-third
of thtm md to b called
"egghead." Second worst
word is "spendthrift," the
magaiine said, but that only
gets up the dander of 11 per
FX PASO, Tex. WPP Gov.
Earl Long of Louisiana, fighting
mad because his aides went to
sleep while he toured Juarez night
sirots. stormed into the Hilton Ho
tel early today and tried to kick
down a door.
Capt. Douglas Durrett of the
Louisiana State Police tried to re
strain the enraged governor but
Long cursed and kicked at fie
door of his room until a bellboy
rushed down for a key.
Long stopped kicking and beat
ing at the door when a bellboy
produced- a key. Then he rushed
into the room, woke his associates
and rebuked them profanely for
not being up to let him in.
Durrett tried again to calm
him down. Long rejected his ef
forts so violently that Durrett, one
of the most experienced officers
in the state police, came out cry
ing. Joe Anselmo, another state po
lice captain, went up to comfort
Durrett, who begged; "Don't
leave me. Don't leave me."
He meant he didn't want to be
left alone with Long.
Long, hatlcss, ticless, and rum
pled, turned up at the hotel at
about 7 a.m. today after making
the rounds in Juarez, Mexico, all
night. His associates, apparently
unable to match the governor's
festive pace, dropped out and re
turned to El Paso.
Admits Dad -
WASHINGTON (UPI l A Navy
official admitted to congressional
investigators today that the Navy
did a "bad' job negotiating 14 de
fense contracts on which the gov
ernment was overcharged more
than 12 million dollars.
"It was bad we admit it,"
Assistant Navy Secretary Cecil P.
Milne told a House armed services
Milne said the Navy had taken
steps to prevent such a thing
from happening again, but he
could not "guarantee" that it
Milne took issue, however, with
a charge voiced in hearings earl
ier this week that Navy negotia
tors were "incompetent or deliber
"Navy negotiators are an able
group, dedicated to the best in
terests of the government," he
said. "With few exceptions, I feel
reasonably certain that they
measure up well with industry."
Even so, Milne said, "It is in
evitable that occasional mistakes
and oversights will occur."
The subcommittee ran into a
stone wall in its efforts to get the
Navy to do an about-face in its
refusal to turn over certain rec
ords and reports to the General
Accounting Office. The GAO acts
as Congress' "watchdog" on gov
Other congressional news:
Farm: Rep. L. H. Fountain (D
N.C.l charged that there has been
waste and poor management in
the government's big export pro
gram for farm products. And he
said the Agriculture Department
has tried to hide the facts.
Foreign aid: Senate-House con
ferees continued efforts to reach
a compromise figure on authoriza
tion of foreign aid funds.
HOUSE or HORSE
Makes No Difference
WILL SELL "EM!
Mrs. Tom Lovely ran the fol
lowing ad and quickly sold her
horse. Mrs. Lovely says: "I
had all kinds of calls all
wanting to buy the horse
could have sold several more."
GENTLE, sound mare & sad
dle, both for $100. WO
3 xxxx, xxxx N. Maple.
Call WO 3-3161
Cuba's Castro Resigns Post
President Refuses To Accept
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YUM-YUMMY Yogi, a real avid eater, enjoys his
snack. The clown holding Yogi's dinner is Les Case who
along with Donk Thompson will be a featured comic
attraction at the Elgin Stampede, July 25-26. The
clowns are bull fighters too. (Observer Photo)
State Department Job
With Ike's Approval
Predicted For Bohlen
WASHINGTON (UPH - High
administration officials said today
Soviet affairs expert Charles E.
Bohlen probably will be offered
a high State Department post
soon with President Eisenhower's
full approval despite recent indi
cations to the contrary.
They said the President be
lieves Bohlen would he a very
valuable aide to Secretary of
State Christian A. Herter at this
critical stage in Soviet-American
Bohlen now is ambassador to
Eisenhower has not been in
fluenced against him by the op
position of Republican Senators
Styles Bridges of New Hamp
shire and Everett Dirkscn of Il
linois these unimpeachable
PORTLAND (UPI) Thomas
Franklin Spalinger, 26 year - old
escapee from the Georgia Slate
prison, was apprehended here
Thursday by agents of the FBI.
according to James Milncs, spe
cial agent in charge of the Port
Milnes said Spalinger was ap
prehended at a new car agency
here where he had been working
as a salesman.
He is wanted by Georgia author
ities for unlawful flight to avoid
confiaoment for the crime of bur
glary. Chimney Fire Put Out
The fire department was railed
to 1707 Oak St. yesterday to put
out a chimney fire at approxi
Arnold Gcrbcr was hacking nut
of the driveway of his home when
he glanced at the roof and saw
flames coming from the chim
ney. Hp. immediately called the
The fire originated when Mrs.
Gerber burned some papers in
Ihc fireplace according to the
Inland Machinery Sues
Inland Machinery Company Is
suing Marion Slitzel for judg
ment in payment of $875 togeth
er with interest from May 15 un
The compay is also suing Bill
Flansberg for judgment of $450
together with interest! from Oc
tober 23 until inid.
it (A J
The Senate Republicans' com
plaint is that Bohlen was too
closely identified with previous
Democratic administrations as an
adviser at Yalta and Teheran.
Bohlen has defended these long
disputed agreements with Russia
and contended the only trouble
was that Russia failed to live up
Administration officials said the
President's remarks on Bohlen at
his Wednesday news conference
were misinterpreted as meaning
that there was no idea of bring
ing Bohlen into the State Depart
ment in a highly responsible post.
Actually, these sources, said,
the administration still hopesto
persuade Bohlen to take a $19.
250 spot on the State Depart
ment's policy planning staff if he
can be persuuded to postpone his
A major portion of this staff's
work involves relations with the
Administration officials said a
final decision on bringing Bohlen
into the State Department would
be made as soon as Herter re
turns from the Geneva foreign
The President said Wednesday
that he had a "completely nega
tive" report from Herter on Boh
len's prospects. But high sources
said today he meant only that the
secretary told him no progress
was being made on the matter at
LIFE BECOMES PRETTY MISERABLE
Steel Strike Affects More
Than Family Of The Worker
BRADDOCK, Pa. (UPI) -When
a strike settles over a steel
town like this one, life becomes
It's the waiting and uncertainty
that makes time drag.
Not only does it affect the
day-to-day life of the steel work
er and his family, but in one way
or another It touches Just about
everyone in town.
The man who operates the cor
ner grocery sees business drop.
The woman who owns the neigh
borhood beauty parlor has no
trouble with appointments there
was no waiting list.
At the cigar stand, the sales
man tells you he's still taking in
UPROAR SPREADS ACROSS
ISLAND FOLLOWING NEWS
HAVANA (UPI) Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro re
signed today as Prime Minister of Cuba.
But President Manuel Urrutia, speaking to thousands of
Cubans massed before the Presidential Palace here, said the
government would not accept the resignation.
"This revolution cannot be directed by anyone other than
Fidel Castro," he said. "You can be sure that the resignation
presented by him will not be ac-i
copied by the government.
Urrutia met in urgent session
with the members of the Council
of Ministers (cabinet) in the pal
ace to discuss Castro's surprise
action. Following a morning-long
meeting, the cabinet went to
Cuban armed forces headquarters
at Camp Liberty to formally re
quest Castro to reconsider.
Will Make Broadcast
There was no reason given im
mediately for Castro's decision to
step down from the post he had
held for five months and one day.
The official rebel radio said
Castro would report to the people
on a nationwide radio and tele
vision hookup at 4 p.m. p.d.t.
The news of his resignation
touched off an uproar in Havana
and spread like wildfire across
the island. Havana's police chief
said SBtKial precautionary meas
ures vrerc taken to avoid any
street disorders in support of Cas
tro. However, he expressed con
fidence that public order would
Immediately following tho news
of Castro s resignation, the Com
munist party demanded the forma
tion of a "truly representative
government," including Commu
Thousands of Castro supporters
turned out into the streets of Ha
vana and marched on tho palace
to demand Qistro change his
No Disorders Reported
Government, labor and civic or
ganizations called on the popu
lace to remain calm and stay on
the job. But there were reports
of demonstrations and flash
There was no report, however,
of any disorders.
Raul Castro, Fidel's brother
and chief of the Cuban armed
forces, said, that Fidel would ex
plain his reasons for stepping
down from the post he has held
since Feb. 16 in a nationwide
radio and television broadcast to
night. Police Report Two
Two automobile accidents in
volving La Grande reisdents were
reported by the police Tuesday.
A car driven by Don Le Roy
Roe, 802 J Ave., was involved in
a minor accident when Mrs.
Josephine M Adcy, Rt. 1, Box
3A, backed her car from the
driveway into the street police
Two cars also collided early in
tho afternoon at the intersection
of First and Adams.
A car operated by Steve Liv-
trmorc, 3008 N. Walnut St. had
stopped for the sign on First.
A car driven by Earl L. Woods.
Rt 1, Box 428, Orchard, Wash.,
was proceeding east on Adams
and approaching First.
Llvormore pulled into the in
tersection and attempted to turn
cast from First onto Adams
when tho accident occurred.
Mrs. Joan Woods received ml
nickels and dimes "but if the
strike lasts long it will cut my
business by one-third."
James Roy, an automobile deal
er, is one man who remembers
only too well what a steel strike
"Tho last one nearly wiped me
out," he said. "If this one goes
on long, it could finish the job on
The men who run the local
saloons and taverns aren't too
worried right now. They say they
get some business during a walk
out " 'cause the guys have too
much time on their hands and
have nothing else to do."
But the tavernkeeper's head
PITTSBURGH (UPI) - The
strike against the nation's basic
steel industry cut deeper into em
ployment in related fields today.
With no further peace talks
scheduled until Monday at the
earliest. United Steelworkers
President David J. McDonald and
his top lieutenants carried their
fight for a better contract to the
In addition to the half-million
USW members who struck at
mills from coast-to-coast at one
minute after midnight last Tues
day, it was estimated that more
than 25.000 railroaders, truckdriv
ers, miners and seamen were idle
because of the steel strike. More
layoffs in those lines were expect
ed to raise the total to 75,000 in
another week orjwo.
The possibilitya second met
als industry stnliTgrew when the
USW presented virtual carbon
copies of its major steel demands
to the nation's three major alu
minum producers, Alcoa, Rey-"
nolds and Kaiser. About 31,500
workers in the three companies
come under contracts that run out
' McDonald Addrestes Worker
McDonald took Ms arguments
to ihi men in the mill Thurs-
hem Steel Co. plant in Bethlehem,
hem Steel Co. plant in ethlehem.
Pa., where he addressed an esti
mated 2.500 workers.
He bitterly assailed the indus
try's negotiating team as a pack
of messenger boys who had
'absolutely no authority to nego
McDonald said, "steel docs not
want a new contract. . .their talks
were as phony as a seven-dollar
I guarantee you some day we
will have an agreement, and H
will not be for pigs, it will be
for men of steel and men of dig
nity," he told the gathering.
His visit with the Bethlehem
pickets was the first in a series
to steel centers around the coun
try. New Stud Mill
REEDSPORT (UPI Cascades
Plywood Corporation will build a
new $300,000 stud mill here it was
announced Thursday. B. V. Han
cock, executive vice president
made the announcement.
Water Machine Works, Incor
porated of Corvallis received the
contract for construction, engi
neering and equipment for the 20
million board foot, 8 - foot stud
Latest methods in automation
will be included in the mill which
is slated to open by Dec. 1 of this
A $400,000 green veneer plant
was built by Cascades earlier this
year and is now in operation.
ache comes later, when the strfke
is over., i
"That's when the men stay
away, in order to save money to
pay off their debts," said Pete
Tampas, one of the barkeeps.
Mike Janosko, a" maintenance
worker in one of the big mills
for nearly 30 years, gave the
strikers' side of the story.
"Sure we hate to see the busi
ness people suffer. They're our
friends, our neighbors," he ad
mitted. "I'm going to suffer, too,
and so are my wife and kids.
Strikes aren't pleasant. I've been
through them before. We'll Just
make the best of thing until we
win this one."