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LA GRANDE OBSERVER
Friday, July 17, 1959
"A Modern Newspaper With The Pioneer Spirit"
RILEY D. ALLEN ?..... Publisher
GEORGE S. CHALLIS Adv. Director
TOM HUMES Circulation Mgr.
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Curbing The Thrill Seekers
They were "bored and wanted some
adventure," said two Canadian teen agers
arrested in San Diego for stealing $71,529
from an Ottawa bank.
Probably they were being truthful.
Many if not most youths are constantly
engaged in a restless search for "kicks.".
Some go too far.
The National Education Assn.'a recent
report on a long study of juvenile de
liquency said it is "less than a half truth
that most delinquent behavior stems
from emotional illness or maladjust
ment." Three fourths of all who get in
trouble show "little or no emotional dis
Most delinquency, the NEA study
team found, is sport, not illness. Whether
it is reckloss driving, auto theft, van
dalism or even robbing a bank, the mo
tivation is more likely to be the search
for thrills, ihan anything else. 1
How do you curb the thrill seekers?
The exoerts have no pat answer to that
one. All kids can't be handled the same.
The best advice seems to lie in keeping
teen-agers so busy, either with work,
school or healthy recreational activities,
that they don't have time to get desper
DREW PEARSON SAYS:
American Tel & Tel Is
The No. 1 Untouchable
The 'Vanishing American' Will Ride Again
The Pendleton Round-Up grounds have
seen a few pow-wows in their day, but
doubtless none was ever as large or as
colorful as the National Indian Encamp
ment scheduled for July 18 to 26.
Representatives from more than 2,000
tribes on the North American continent
have been invited to participate in the
Centennial year program.
And while not all will send delegates,
there'll be representatives of the Capi
lano, the Kootenai, the Peigan, the Blnek
foot, the Flathead, the Ogalalla Sioux,
the Quiniault, the Yakima, the Kiowa,
the Cree, the Ojibwa, the Nez Perce, the
Cherokee and scores of other tribes.
Officials, in publicity releases, anyway,
estimate that approximately 250,000
visitors will attend the nine-day event
which is enough to make the 17.000 citi
zens of Pendleton pack up and head for
Arrangements have been made to han
dle, feed and adequately care for more
than 2,500 Indians who will pitch their
canvass tepees near the banks of the
There are some who claim it is possible
during the Round-Up to get a pretty good
buzz just by leaning out the window and
With thousands of Indians, and many
more thousand tourists at the encamp
ment, visitors driving through may not
even have to roll down their windows.
But it will be exciting, and worth see
ing. For sheer color it will probably out
do the always colorful Indian activities
at the fall Round-Up. -
Events will include dances, games,
races and skills with bow and arrow,
lance and spear. There will be tribal
pageants nightly in the Happy Canyon
arena. Nightly Indian beauty contests
will be held, with winners competing
in the finals for a grand trophy cash
Authentic Indian arts and crafts will
be displayed. Visitors will shoot thous
ands of dollars of film to record the
wrinkled countenances of the old and the
quick and bright faces of the young.
The names will be more colorful than
the brilliant outfits Levi Fast Horse,
I-eonard Bring Plenty, Charles Kills Ree,
Kenneth Short Bear, Regina Ixioks
Twice, Simon White Otter Francis . . .
When it is all over the Indians will
pack up and point their cars toward
Canada, South Dakota, Idaho, Oklahoma,
But for a few days the wild west will
ride again. And the vanishing American
will Ik? tall in the saddle.
WASHINGTON-If you dig Into
the dies of the Pentagon you
will find that one of the compan
ies generously rewarded with de
fense contracts is the American
Telephone & Telegraph company.
It ranks sixth on the list of cor
porations benefiting from Penta
gon contracts with a total of
$792,000,000 last year.
If you also dig into the file of
various government bureaus you
rill find that a total of 35 offi
cials of the giant telephone com
pany have served inside the Eis
enhower administration in var
ious jobs since 1953.
If you dig into the files of the
justice department, as the House
judiciary committee has done.
you will find that the big tele
phone combine has a complete
monopoly on supplying the links
between radio and TV stations of
the nation. This is one of the
reasons why radio and TV net
work broadcasting is so expen
sive. The telephone company can
charge TV and radio stations
what it pleases and although
technically the FCC can regulate
this, it has made no effort to do
For some years Docket No.,
8963 of the federal communica
tions commission has called for
an investigation of the rates
charged by American Tel and Tel
for -TV transmission. But for
about five years this Docket No.
8963 has gathered dust. There
has been no investigation.
During part of that time, the
chairman of the FCC was George
McConnaughcy, who once drew
one-third of his legal fees from
the Ohio Bell Telephone Com
pany, a wholly owned subsidiary
of AT&T. Even since the retire
ment of Chairman McConnaugh
ey. however. Docket No. 8963
continues to gather dust.
Meanwhile the telephone com
pany even charges TV stations an
"expediting fee" for hooking up
a . transmission line. This fee
on range from $3,500 to'$17,000
merely for installing transmis
sion service at a reasonably early
This is part of the story of
the biecest untouchable in
Washington the telephone com
One difficulty is that govern
mint regulation is too cumber
some and the telephone monopo
ly too far-ting. That's why
some monopoly experts in me
justice department maintain that
the only way to regulate. AT&T
is by competition, forcing it to
lease its patents to other com
In the interim the No. T "im
touchable" has assets of nearly
16 billion dollars, and is 10 tim
es as big as the next biggest
utility, Pacific das and Klcctnc.
Cl's As Servants
Here are some more cases
where enlisted men have been
used as servants by high-ranking
officers. In each case this column
has phoned the officer to get his
side of the story.
Several complaints have come
in from enlisted men working
for Gen. Charles Hart, the Ar
my's air defense commander, who
has six aides assigned to mm.
His GI driver also chauffeurs his
wife around Colorado Springs.
For his daughter's recent wed
ding, General Hart ordered a
soldiers chorus to sing on the
program, assigned a Wac as baby
sitter so another daughter could
nttend the wedding, and used
Army transportation to run er
rendk The general, when queried.
claimed that the choral group.
which he admitted had sung free
of charge for his daughter's
wedding, was also available for
any enlisted man's wedding.
Hart claimed be had paid the
Wac out of his own pocket for
baby-sitting, and insisted his
wife was entitled to government
transportation for "semioffical"
Adm. Jerauld Wright, the
Nrvy's commander in the Atlan
tic, ued Marines as hat check
boys and car-lot attendants at
cocktail parties on May 26, May
30. June 24 and June 30. 1959.
The admiral, when queried, ad
mitted through his spokesman
that over half a dozen Marines
were used to check hats and
park cars as an official assign
ment.. They were given time off,
he said, for their extra duty. The
spokesman pointed out that each
party was an official reception
which Admiral Wright is requir
ed to throw for visiting NATO
Cl's in New York City complain
that their commanding officer.
Col. Carl Welchner, "utilized the
services of one of three airmen
n the office as driver and a staff
car almost every day for four
months to comb the boroughs of
New York for suitable housing.
The colonel located suitable hous
ing near Lynbrook, N. Y., about
22 miles from the office location.
More often than not, one of the
airmen is required to drive the
Long Shot For Humphrey
A man gets elected President these
days mainly on the basis of what the
voters know about him. Party affiliation
is of secondary importance.
Sen. Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota
is aware of this and that's why he is
starting early as of Tuesday to make
it plain that he is a canddiate for the
presidency. That candidacy was formally
announced by two of his supporters one
a fellow Senator and the other the gov
ernor of Minnesota.
The average American doesn't know
much about Humphrey. It will take a lot
of doing to make him well known by con
vention time a year from now. It took a
lot of doing for Wendell Willkie some
years Uick, and for Adlai Stevenson for
It's a long shot chance that Humphrey
can prove in one year that he has the
stature to lie considered seriously for
president, especially when his efforts
will inspire rivals to get busy and start
campaigning early too.
A man must win general success to
get Uie word "private" on his office door.
colonel home in the afternoon
then park the staff car at his
home until the following morning.
"On one occasion the colonel
and his family used the auto to
take a Sunday drive. In the vi
cinity of West Poipt. N. Y.. the
engine failed due to a thrown
connecting rod. , It was towed
commercially to a garage where
the required repairs were made
later in the week, also at govern
Colonel Welchner admitted
using the car for a "swing or
two" around New York, house
hunting, but protests he had not
used it regularly for four months.
He admitted the engine failure
near West Point, but claimed it
happened on an offcial trip. He
was heading for Stewart Air
Force base on a Friday for a con
ference, he claimed. However, he
acknowledged that his family ac
companied him on the official
COULD SURVIVE A-WAR
WASHINGTON UPI A
House appropriations subcommit
tee made public Thursday night
testimony in which Atomic Ener
gy Commission Chairman John A.
McCone said a nuclear war would
not wipe out all civilization. "De
spite the effects of the nuclear
war on the countries involved and
the less serious, but still serious,
effects on the countries immedi
ately adjoining them, the balance
of the world would not be disas
trously affected," McCone said.
Letters To The Editor
To The Editor:
The long talked of School Dis
trict Reorganization Election is
next Monday. July 20, 1959, from
p:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the usual place
of school elections.
May I urge all legal voters to
vote. It is up to the voters to de
cide whether a new administrative
district made up of all county
school districts except the North
Powder area will be formed. If the
vote is "Yes" all present school
boards will be abolished and a
new board will take over on July
This new administrative district
would be divided by the committee
into seven zones as nearly equal
in school census population as is
feasible. One qualified elector will
be elected from each zone. Tli
election of this new board will be
at large. The new administrator
will be appointed by this new
Also local school committees
composed of three members shall
be elected for each elementary,
junior high and high school at;
tendance unit in the administrative
school district. These committees
may advise the board in regard
to school needs, progress, improve
ments, teachers, etc.
More uniform and equal educa
tional opportunities could be pro
vided for the children in our coun
ty, as an elementary supervisor.
special teachers of physically and
advantages and sa ings in central
buving of supplies.
if the vote is "No" the districts
will continue for a time as they
are but according to the law. the
Keorganization Committee must
continue working until a plan is
approved by the eople which will
oifer unified districts operating
schools wilh grades 1-12.
Our Union County Itoorganization
Committee has spent many long
hours in a great many meetings
studying plans. They feel the best
one is the one up for your vote
next Monday, July 20. 1959.
Vote as you think best, but vote.
Very sincerely, , '
Veda K. Couzens, Superin
tendent. . I'nion County Schools.
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BETHLEHEM. Pa. Steel Un
ion President David J. McDonald,
addressing strikers while touring
picket lines here:
"The concessions the industry
has demanded would rape the un
ion contract. They want to de
stroy all you've worked so hard
HOLLYWOOD Actor David
Nivcn, revealing that he and his
wife have separated, but do not
plan an immediate divorce:
"Wc are trying to work out our
problems as quietly and personal
ly as possible."
Bl'FORD, Ga. State Prisons
Director Jack Forrester, after his
threats had quelled a "sit down"
strike by lit convicts at a prison
"Wc didn't make any conces
sions. We're going to run these
prisons if wc have to pack them
in isolation like college boys in
WASHINGTON - Vice Chair
man Karl E. Mundt iRSD.I of
the Senate Rackets Committee, on
the question of contributions made
by I'AW members toward elec
tion campaigns of the auto union's
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