La Grande observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1959-1968, August 05, 1959, Page 1, Image 1

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    Herter Gives
293th Issue o3rd. Ytar
Ike To Appea
Labor Reform
Mop-Up Crews Still
Busy Near La Grande;
Range Fire At Ontario
Mop up operations are still jn full swing at the fire site
just above Upper Perry Bridge. Fifty men and tank trucks
'twere still climbing over the rock strewn hillside to put out
the last sparks of the fire that burned almost 600 acres of
brush and timber Sunday and Monday.
"It will be difficult to say when the moo ud will be com-
pleted. It all depends on how
Blood Call
Due Here
The Blood mobile will be here
Tuesday at the Armory from 1:30
to 6:30 p.m.
A quota of 150 pints has been
set which Red Cross and blood
service spokesmen are "particu
larly anxious to fill because we
have used more than 250 pints
since the bloodmobile was here.
Age limits for donating blood
are 18 through 59.
During this visit, the Bloodmo
bile won't be taking any people
who have formerly had Jaun-'
dice, but they "especially need"
type O negative blood.
Appointments , are npt neces
sary but -they may be made by
railing Mrs. T. B. Lumsden at
WO 3-5351 br the Red Cross of
fice at WO 3 2711.
Ken Lillard, Union county
chairman of the Blood service
has been contacting each church
in town and has given them a
quota to reach in relation to
their membership.
During the past month, one
person used 27 pints of blood
and another used 14.
'We want to make a special
plea for doners because we have
so far exceeded our donations
and because we have used so
much more blood than we have
given. We feel a real obligation
to re-imburse the blood tenter,'
Mrs. T. B. Lumsden said. She is
executive secretary of the Union
county Red Cross.
The Red Cross motor corps ser
vice will provide transportation
for those who need it.
Mrs. Lumsden also added that
when people from this area are
having surgery in other areas
they should contact the blood
center here. Then they could
have blood sent from here or
agree to replace the blood used.
In this way, the person does not
have to pay for the blood except
tor the typing and the adminis
tering costs.
Portland Jarred
By Earthquake;
No Damage Noted
earthquake jarred Portland Just
before p.m. Tuesday but no
damage or injuries were report
ed. Many residents reported the
tremor . shook their homes and
desks slid, pictures and wall
clocks moved and dishes rattled
Telephone switchboards at po
lice, newspaper and radio station
offices were jammed with calls.
One woman said "it felt like the
house was going to move off the
At the University of Washing
ton in Seattle, seismologists said
the earthquake was noted here at
3:53 p. m. but it was so slight
no reading could be made. It was
centered about 135 miles from
Seattle and was a small local
shock, they said.
Oregon State College seismolog
1st H. R. Vinyard reported the
shock was recorded on instru
ments in Corvallis at 3:53 p. m.
also. He said it was a slight
Fair Thursday; high 80 85;
low tonight 38-43.
many men we can keep .in
area and what new fires
occur," according to w. M. Curtis,
District Warden for Northeast
Men were released from the
La Grande area to fight a new
fire that has developed near Sisters
according to Curtis
Although the La Grand? area
had a brief period of cloud cover
it disappeared early this morning
and conditions remain hazardous.
The forecast calls for continued
hot and dry weather.
Warns Public
Curtis warned the public that
conditions are "extrem-ly dan
gerous" and urged travelers and
campers to take the utmost pre
caution when in the woods.
A range fire of some 35,000 acres
burned out of control early today
in Ma'heur county and Bureau of
Land Management officials at
Vale said if winds stayed down
there was a good chance of eon-
trolling it.
A few miles southwest of Sisters
firefighters battled a blaz? that
Tuesday destroyed about 650 acres
of young reproduction and second
growth pine before being controlled
at 11 p.m. Central Oregon Fire
District officials said if the wind
remains calm the fire should stay
The Malheur county blaze broke
out early Tuesday afternoen about
eight miles northeast or Ontario
along U.S. Highway 30, in Moore's
Fir Near Ontario
BLM officials at Vale said the
blaze came within three or four
miles of Ontario late Tuesday
before winds shifted and the flames
moved westerly away from the
city. Residents could see the fire
from Ontario. Ashes were dumped
on the town and the smoke was
The Bureau of Land Management
said some 150 firefighters and
several hundied ranchers and
townspeople fought the Malheur
county fire. The fire, caused by
a burning cigaret flipped from a
passing auto on U.S. Highway 30
about eight miles north of Ontario,
was fanned by winds up to 35 miles
per hour.
BLM officials said the range
fire was Oregon's largest in the
past 10 years.
Early this morning the hottest
spot of the blaze was in the south
west corner at Malheur Butte.
Much of the blackened acreage
was private land and some was
KEFLAVIK, Iceland (VPIt Vice
President Richard M. Nixon left
here today at 7:08 ajn. p.d.t. for
the last leg of his return to
Washington from his visit to Rus
sia and Poland.
He had a stop over at Iceland
of an hour and 48 minutes after
his plane reached here from War
saw. His arrival time in Washing
ton is now estimated at about 1
pxn. p.d.t.
In leaving Poland, Nixon was
given a thunderous sendoff from
thousands of cheering, flower
throwing Poles.
Nixon took off from Bahice Air
base exactly at 4 a.m. e.d.t. in
Boeing 707 airliner which also
carried the U.S. newsmen who
covered his trip.
Nixon is due this afternoon in
the U.S. capital, where a large
crowd is expected to gather at
the airport to welcome him. He
will drive directly from the air
port to the White House to report
to President Eisenhower on his
For Effective
Bill Tomorrow
UPIS Two French-born wo
man arrested for swimming
in only tht bottom halves of
their bikini bathing suits en
public beech said they
couldn't understand what ell
the futs was about.
To swim without tops is
common among women at
French beaches, Aurelie la
Mr, 34, end Hena Rsvire, 32,
were reported to have indig
nantly told arresting officers.
The women, both residents
of Los Angeles, go en trial
today on misdemeanor charg
es of outraging the public
Second Set
Of Charges
For Hoffa
Senate Rackets Committee, firing
the second blast of a double-barrelled
attack, charged today that
teamsters President James R.
Hoffa used union funds "to pay
off a long-standing debt to the
Chicago underworld.
Th committee als -charged by
inference that Hoffa received
"some or all" of a $17,500 cash
payoff made by Detroit laundry
owners to obtain a favorable
union contract.
The accusations were contained
in the second chapter of a formal
report which the committee filed
with the Senate setting forth its
findings in hearings conducted
last year.
The first section, filed prema
turely Tuesday after its contents
leaked to newsmen, reviewed 21
cases in which Hoffa was linked
with crime, corruption and Com
munist elements.
In the stinging report, the Sen
ate investigators . charged that
Hoffa would destroy the Ameri
can labor movement unless his
power is curbed.
It also declared that the "con
tinuing tie-up" between Hoffa and
the underworld threatens to put
gangsters and hoodlums in a po
sition to dominate American eco
nomic life.
The committee further charged
that Hoffa has formed, or is at
tempting to form, alliance with
elements of communism, as well
as crime.
Hoffa, informed of the commit
tee's charges, snapped: "To hell
with them."
"I'll place my record of
achievements for the workers be
side the record of Jack Kennedy
(Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.)
or Bob Kennedy (Committee
Counsel Robert F. Kennedy) any
time," he said.
Thousands of Poles jammed the
road to Babice from the U.S. Em
bassy residence, where Nixon
lived during his stay here, and
thousands more were waiting at
the flag-draped atrbase to cheer4wi()) im
him on his way.
Their cheers recalled the en
thusiastic welcome Nixon has re
ceived from Poles throughout his
stay here.
An official party headed by
Vice President Oskar Lange, Pre
mier Josef Cyrankiewici and For
eign Minister Adam Rapaeki went
to the airbase to see Nixon off.
U.S. Ambassador Jacob Beam
and most of the other foreign en
voys stationed here also were on
During his tour, Nixon acquired
a wealth of first hand Information
about life behind the Iron Curtain
which is expected to prove useful
in preparing this fall's historic ex
change of visits between Presi
dent Eisenhower and Premier Ni
kita Khrushchev.
To Hear
WASHINGTON tt'Pl - -Presi
dent Eisenhower will make na
tionwide radio and ,tele ""on
speech Thursday night in jn ef
fort to prod Congress Into passing
a tougher labor reform bill. Con
gressional Democrats Immediately
demanded "equal time."
The White House announced
that radio and TV networks had
agreed to set aside IS minutes,
from ?:30 to 7:45 p.m. e.d.t., for
an address by the President on
the need for an "effective" labor
reform bill this year ;
Press Secretary James C. Ha
gerty refused to say whether the
President would call for passage
of a tougher bill than the one al
ready approved by the Senate or
a middle of the road version sent
to the House floor by its Labor
But key congressional Republi
cans said Eisenhower vrbuld re
new his qualified endorsement of
the tougher bill.
"He will endorse it in substance,
if not in name," one GOP mem
ber said.
Demand Equal Time
Democratic leaders were equal
ly certain that he would plug for
the stronger bill, and demanded
that the TV and radio networks
grant them equal time to reply.
Seriate Democratic Whip lrike
M"sfield (Mont,, said ,en. fihn
JV Kennedy' D-Mass. , author of
the Senate bill, should be granted
air time to answer the President.
Rep. Stewart L. Udall (D-Ariz.l
said that Speaker Sara Raybitrn
or somebody designated by him
should be given time to defend
the House Labor Committee's bill.
The house heads into a Don
nybrook on the issue next week.
Rayburn favors the milder labor
committee bill over the tougher
version sponsored by conserva
tives with Eisenhower's qualified
Senate Democratic Leader Lyn
don B. Johnson (Tex ) opened
Senate discussion with this state
ment: "If the President feels he must
enter the debate before the bill
comes to him, I hope he will be
able to shed light instead of heat.
. , .There are very few people who
do not want an effective antirack
eteering bill. The real difficulty is
that honorable men disagree on
what constitutes a bill that is both
effective and fair."
GOP leader Replies
Senate GOP Leader Everett M.
Dirksen (ill.! replied that it would
be "quite fitting if the President
did tell the country what he thinks
is an adequate bill, , . He has that
Johnson said the Senate passed
"effective legislation by an 89-1
vote last year and another one
by 90-1 this year. Dirksen argued
that the lopsided votes did not
mean many members felt the bill
was strong enough.
Nixon talked to uncounted Com
munist officials and "men in the
street" during his tour of Russia
and Poland, accumulating the im
pressions of life behind the Iron
Curtain that he is taking home
In Russia, he was allowed to
visit areas of Siberia which had
previously been closed to most
Western visitors.
A spokesman said Tuesday
night that Nixon is "highly salis
fied with the outcome of his tour
and that he feels sure Eisenhower
can count on a tumultuous wel
come when he visits Russia this
Nixon is carrying with him a
note from Stefan Cardinal Wyx
rynski, Roman Catholic primate
of f-oland. The vice president vis
ited Wysynski's cathedral here
Tuesday, but the cardinal ap
parently fearing that a meeting
with Nixon might be resented by
Poland's Communist authorities
was diplomatically "away on holi
day" at the time.
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Joe Meek, played by Jack Rye, shakes hands with Chief Stickus, who Is played by
Al Parent in "Doctor In Buckskin Clad." Dr. and Mrs, Whitman, Les Edwards and Ro
berta Miller, observe the
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MARCUS AND NARCISSA Lcs Edwards, left, and Ro
berta Miller, right, p;ay the part of Marcus and Nar
cissa Whitman in La Grande's Centennial production of
Al Kaiser's play "Doctor In Buckskin Clad." The final
performances will he this weekend at the college coli
seum. (Perry Studio Photo)
Ray Of Hope Is Seen
In Steel Wage Talks
dustry and union negotiators meet
again today with an extremely
faint ray of hope that thpy may
begin to agree on terms to end
the .nation-wide strike now in its
22nd day.
This cautious Improvement of
his previous reports of no change
in the position of either side may
have been dashed, however, by a
new statement of charges against
the industry issued by United
Steetworkers of America (t'KW
President David J. McDonald a
few hours after the meeting.
McDonald charged the I'nited
States Steel Corp. ami Bethlehem
Steel Corp. were attempting to
"blackmail' the Vnited Stales
McDonald referred to state
ments issued by U.S. Steel Chair
man Hoger M. lilough and Beth
lehem President Arthur B. Homer
with record profit statements last
week, pledging that there would
be no increase in steel prices "so
Ion gas they are voluntary" and
not mandated by a gdvernmeiit
McDonald said this was "plain,
ordinary blackmail, the like of
which has not been seen in high
corporate ofiee" since UM2. He
referred to a statement made at
that time by (ieonce f". Baer.
spokesman for an'hraeite op ra
tors during a coal strike, that
"the rights and interests of the
laboring man will be piuteetcd
and cared for not by the iair
agitators, but by the Christian
men to whom God in his infinite
wisdom has given the control of
the property interests of this
Cooper said Blough's statement
"was not threatening anyone, es
pecially the government" and had
been misconstrued by McDonaM.
Nikita Says
The U.S. As
MOSCOW CPU Soviet Premi
er Nikita Khrushchev saw tooay
he would visit the I'nited States
next month "as a peaceful man
and that he wanted to talk peace
"without saber rattling."
In a rare news conference In
the Kremlin, Khrushchev said the
object of his history-making visit
to the U.S., and the return visit
later in the autumn of President
Kisenhower, would be to find a
"common language, and a com
mon understanding, of questions
to be resolved."
He said there are "real pos
mliilities' that the V S. and the
Soviet Union could build up their
relations on a basis of "peace
and friendship,
But, he said, "we rmnf come
tsether to talk peace without
saber rattling."
Prie 5 Cants
(Perry Studio Photo)
Stage Set
For 'Bloody
Demo Race
SAM JUAN, Puerto Rico ttPlt
Politicking Democratic gover
nors appeared to be setting the
i stage here today for a "bloody
battle" presidential primary to
Wisconsin eight months from
Thursday. - - -
Wisconsin's Gov. Cayiord A
Nelson, a declared neutral be
tween three top-running Demo-
tcratic hopefuls, said the off-stage
' political developments at the non
partisan governors conference
here had caused him to abandon
his attempts to forestall a serious
primary contest in his state,
i Minnesota's Gov. Orville L.
Freeman, co -chairman of the
campaign committee tor a is
state's Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey.
Tuesday challenged supporters of
Massachusetts Sen, John F. Ken
nedy to a Wiscoasia primary
Massachusetts Gov. Foster Fur-
colo, a Kennedy backer, said the
decision would be up to Kennedy,
when and if he announces his
candidacy, but be thinks his man
would win the round.
He was backed up in Washing
ton by Wisconsin Sen. William
Proxmire, who made public
state-wide poll which he said gave
Kennedy a winding 42 5 per cent
of the vote in a field of five po
tential candidates, as of today.
Proxmire, a Democrat, a'so
polled his Republican constituents
and said they favored Vice Presi
dent Richard M. Nixon by more
than four to one over New York's
Gov. Nelson A, Rockefeller, in an
other potential Wisconsin primary
Nelson said he would be neutral
in any contest involving Kennedy,
Humphrey or two-Umt-ioser Adlat
E. Stevenson.
He's Visiting
A Peaceful Man
One reporter asked hint if he
would show Eisenhower a rocket
base in the Soviet fnion. Khrush
chev ridiculed the reporter and
replied that as far as he was
, "l know that America has rock
ets, but I am going there as a
peaceful man for peaceful par
poses. If I am invited to see
rockets, I will not agree to see
"As far as this country is con
cerned, the people here are very
hospitable, and various areas of
our country will have plenty to
show him (Eisenhower by way
of hospitality.
"But if we were to show Mm
one rocket, he might ask what
kind of premier Is this. This to
not hospitality. You invited us to
discuss peace and you expect m
In War
GENEVA CPI Secretary of
Sate Christian A. Herter warned
the Soviets today that the west
era allies are in Berlin by right
of victory in war and that they
have no intent ion of signing away
those rights
Herter delivered bis blunt warn
ing to the dosing plenary session
of the deadlocked 10-week-oid Big
Four Foreign Ministers' Con
ference. ft was the first public restate
ment of the tough western staad
on Berlin since the invitation to
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev
to visit the United States.
It showed that, despite the sud
den easing of cold war tensions,
the West has not backed dows
an inch in its determination to re
main in Berlin.
However, Herter came out firm
ly for resumption of the Big four
talks at some time in the future.
He expressed confidence thai an
East-West agreement still cotdd
be reached giving security la
2,500.000 free West Berliners.
"I would hope," Herter told the
conference, "that we wiU resume
our negotiations, at a dale to be
determined by our governments.
in order to address these differ
ences one by we. If we can rec
oncile these differences, tins
should lead to an agreement
which will give real hope for a
secure position for the free pea
Tie of West Berhn. This should
also permit a start to be made
oa overcoming the continued di
vision of Germany."
The actual date and place of
a new meeting wilt be arranged
through diplomatic ehaaaels.
Western sources said the choice
of a date presumably will depend
the results of the Eisenhower
Khrushchev talks.
Herter flies home Thursday,
The other western ministers
planned to leave either tonight or
Grandma Hifs
At Hood River
grandmother Mm Emma Gate
wood, 71. GalHpoli, Ohio, who
said she is weary of people and
not of her 2,060-nhie walk from
Missouri, marked tar arrival bar
Tuesday by clubbing a photogra
pher in the head with her um
brella. Mrs. Gatewood, hiking from In
dependence. Mo, to Portland, for
the fun of it, has complained
lately of "curiosity seekers'
along the way. Photographers es- ,
peciaily annoy her.
She arrived here about noon
Tuesday. But about four, miles
east of Hood River, as she plod
ded along U. S. highway 30, she
encountered Hood River photogra
pher Bob Hall. When his camera
clicked, she bopped him on the
forehead with her folded um
Hail said Mrs, Gatewood apolo
gized right afterward and stopped
to talk with htm along the high
way, then let him take her pic
ture. Mrs. Gatewood stayed Tuesday
night with a Hood River couple,
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Oberf and
continued the walk to Portland to
day at 4 a. at. The Obergs first
met Grandma Gaiewood in Pen;
dletoa and invited her to stay
with them when she made it here.
to see rockets. '-
He also said that Eisenhower
would not be invited to see rocket
bases because thct would ossly
give a bad taste to any meeting
between us, and "The President
would say 'are you trying to
frighten roe'"
"That would mean that
would be going talk war, not
pemx, itnrvsncaev Saw, -
He said he to going to the VS.
as a peaceful man, "prepared to
turn out my pockets to show i
carry no weapon with me." "
"If I have to start talking with
the President with one rocket
showing out of our pocket, tt
would hardly bs hospitable m our
part," be said. "Jn former times,
people used to leave their arms
m the hall before entering
icoisfereDc room to talk.