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First We Have to See if There REALLY Is a Fire
LA' GRANDE OBSERVER
Wednesday, September 16, 1959
"Without or with friend or foe, we print your daily world as it goes" Byron.
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RILEY D. ALLEN Publisher
GRADV PANNELL ..- Managing Editor
GEORGE S. CHALLIS Adv. Director
TOM HUMES Circulation Mgr.
DREW PEARSON SAYS:
The Quest For Oil
A number of dry holes, including two
in Central Oregon, have been drilled by
oil companies in recent years, but the
search is not at an end.
Word from Salem indicates that in
terest in possible oil and gas deposits'
in the Willamette Valley may lead to
further drilling in that region before
the end of the present year.
A number of oil companies have leased
Willamette Valley land. However, the
State Department of Geology nnd Miner
al Industries reports that the companies
have not yet asked for permits to drill,
as is required under Oregon's new oil
Apparently, one of the hot spots in
the Willamette Valley is the Lebanon
country. Traces of oil and gas have been
found there. But, of course, such traces
cannot be taken as proof that there are
large oil reserves under those rounded
hills that crown into the western should
er of the original Cascades. "
Yet, if we were just drilling a hole for
the fun of the thing, without having
to pay the half-million dollar cost, we
know of no more interesting locality
than that around the western slopes of
those old Cascades. ,
Oceans for many eons swept over that
region. Once it was part of a vast cm
bayment into which poured the debris
of volcanoes on the ocean flank, as well
as on the inland flank.
Under the Willamette Valley soils are
the beds of many ancient seas. Through
those old sea beds emerged the volcanies
in the "Ring of Fire" that crowd to the
western foothills of the Cascades.
Ior is interest in oil east of the Cas
cades of Oregon entirely dead. Kiggest
current operation in the oil and gas field
is the Humble Oil and Refining Com
pany'sexploration on some 300,000 acres
in Lake county. This was leased earlier
in the year. Only recently, the county of
Lakemade additional land available, for
leasing to the firm.
Humble over a period of several years
hits been carefully probing the region.
The probing reached well int" Central
Oregon, and once Humble had a field
office in Bend.
But when leases were made, only Lake
County land was sought.
Frobing through seismic and gravity
methods must have yielded some encour
aging results, judging from the big
leases being made by Humble.
There are two guesses as to what
Humble is seeking in the Lake county
region. One is that the company hopes
to find gas or oil in the upturned, trap
ped edges of old tertiary lake beds of
The guess is that Humble is attempting
to find in south-central Oregon some of
the same formations that have yielded
gas or oil in California. Geologists have
long known that the old Cretaceous for
mations of California extended into east
ern Oregon. In the Mitchell country, one
horizon of the Cretaceous, the Chico, has
been given a California name.
Possibly the preliminary probing in
I-ake county by Humble has been en
couraging. But it will take real money,
represented by the drilling of several
wells possibly to a depth of 10,000 feet,
to find out.
We will watch from the sidelines, and
wish the probers the best of luck.
See You At The Football Game!
not take ii in and give the Tigers a good
boost before the "counters" start.
. . Football season got off to a rousing
start locally Friday night as La Grande
and Union squared off in the opener for
Enthusiastic fans urged their teams
to win. There was only one thing wrong
there just weren't enough fans.
The weather was rood and both ball
clubs fought hard. They were playing
both for the fun of the game and for
The boys deserve the support of the
community. The stands should be filled
to overflowing to encourage the team.
They are doing their fair share to bring
honor to us. Let's give our support in
This year the Tigers are playing In a
new league which Coach Franz Haun be
lieves will be "tougher." The local boys
will be facing Bend, Prineville and Red
mond for the first time.
The next home game is Oct. 2 with
La Grande playing Bend in what should
be a good game.
This Friday night the game is at
Baker. It's not a very lrrfrriw- Why
See you at the ball game.
Women economize by doing their own
cooking, says a writer. Maybe because
hubby eats less.
A Maine man claims he broke a tooth
on a cherry pit in a piece of pie. Now he
wants to put the bite on the restaurant.
When a girl gets to reading too many
men like a book, she's; likely to be left
on the shelf.
A doctor says the happy-go-lucky girl
carries her years lightly. And, as she
gets older, starts dropping them.
Beauty gets a Jtirl a lot of dates that
keep her from getting her beauty sleep.
A dentist's bill often clearly indicates
that there is gold in them thar fHlsr
Soviet Educational Goals
Suppressed By White House
WASHINGTON U. S. Survey
of Soviet education is suppressed
tor one year; It might have in
fluenced Congress to pass an aid
to-education bill; U. S. commis
ioner of education was also cen
Ten days before Nikita Khrush
chev was due to meet President
bisenhower in Washington, the
iusenhower administration re
leased i highly laudatory report
on the educational system built
up Dy Mr. Khrushchev.
The report, prepared bv Eisen
bower's office of education
warned: "We cannot afford to be
t pathetic about educational tie
velopments in the USSR. Clearly
me soviet union is pent on ov
ertaking and surpassing us as a
The official report then went
on to tell how money was no
problem to Soviet educators
how Russia was spending 10 to
13 per cent ol its budget on edu
cation compared with our 9 per
cent; how laboratory and teach
ing equipment were excellent
classes small, and teachers qual
uied. in contrast to overcrowd
ed American schools where some
classes have to operate in shifts,
the small classes in Soviet schools
made "the most profound im
pression on American investi
But there was one very extra
ordinary aspect of this report
about which nothing was said
It was suppressed for one year
and three months.
The American educators, in
eluding Lawrence G. Derthick, U.
S. commissioner of education,
had gone to Russia in May 1958.
Their report was not published
until September 1959. Why was
it that the Eisenhower adminis
tration did not want the American
people to know that Russian ed
ucation had made a certain de
gree of progress toward Khrush
chev's threat that "we will bury
Careful inquiry around the of
fice of education found officials
cither mum or running for cover.
There was red-faced silence. But
from reliable sources it was
learned that the suppression
went even deeper than the 15-
month delay in publishing the re
port. For on June 13, 1958, short
ly after Commissioner Derthick
returned from Russia he made a
speech before the National Press
Club in which he said the So
viet educational system had
made a tremendous impression"
on the U. S. educators and warn
Russia regards education with
a kind of grand passion and is
using it to reach and overreach
the United States."
Shortly after Commissioner
Derthick made his speech, how
ever, he received a stop-order
from the office of his boss, Sec
retary of Health, Education, and
Welfare Flcmming, telling him
to make no more speeches. He
Was not to publicize the alarm
ing findings on Soviet education.
Simultaneously the report, was
kept gathering dust for one year
and three months. Meanwhile.
Russian education continued to
boast that Russia would surpass
the United States, and the Eis
enhower administration continu
ed to oppose the federal school
construction bill to help Ameri
ican schools keep up with Rus
sia. It' happens that Secretary Ar
thur Flemming, Derthick's boss,
is one of the more liberal mem
bers of the Eisenhower cabinet
and a strong believer in educa
tion. However, he had received
orders direct from the White
House to piegonhole the report
Reason for this was very sim
ple. If the report praising Soviet
education had been published
on schedule during the summei
of 1958 it would have played in
to the hands of Democratic con
gressmcn who were trying t(
pass a school construction bill
Eisenhower was opposed to thi
In October, after Congress ad
journed, a part of the report
was released. But again during
the 1959 session of Congress, thi
major part of the survey continu
ed t be hushed up.
Finally, as Congress approach
ed the last throes of its late
summer 1959 session, and after
Adm. Hyman Rickover was cross
examined at a closed-door session
of the House appropriations Com
m it tee regarding suppression of
the Soviet report, the report was
released. By that time it was
too late for Congress to pass the
aid-to-education bill which Ike
Note 1 Ike even vetoed the
housing bill because it contain
ed $50,000,000 to help colleges
Note 2 Admiral Rickover,
father of the atomic submarine,
told congressmen that Russian
high school students of 17 had
received as much education as
Amercian students after two
years of college.
Premier Khrushchev is bank
ing on his speech before the
United Nations to convince the
world of Russia's desire for
peace. , Inside word is that he
will urge the United Nations to
meet in Moscow next year so its
members can see for themselves
that the eold war is over . . .The
Russian premier wants to visit
Disneyland when he's in Los An
peles. but Ambassador Menshi-
kev doesn't think it's dignified.
Besides, on the only day Khrush
chev could get there, a Saturday,
75,000 people would be at Disney
land and- the security problem
would be difficult . . . The Rus
sian Embassy isn't enthusiastic
about sending Nikita to Camp
David in a helicopter. American
whirlybirds aren't considered
safe by the Russians . . . The
State Department has turned ov
er to Secret Senrice quite a few
letters from crackpots threaten
ing the Russian leader. These
letters, though anonymous, fol
low a pattern, and the Secret Ser
vice has a file of them previous
ly sent to the President. They
c?n be tracked down by compar
ing penmanship . . . CIA Di
rector Allen Dulles has been urg
ing Ike to visit Siberian cities,
not confine his trip to Moscow
and Leningrad as planned. Dul
les anDarent v wants Ike to serve
as a sort of glorified spy to look
at Siberian defense installations,
hitherto unvisited by foreigners.
. . Sen. Barry Goldwater ol Ari
zona is scheduled to address a
big Chicago rally against me
Khrushchev visit. Some of his
friends are buying white feathers
iiom chicken dealers to send to
Nixon and Eisenhower as a sym
bol of cowardice.
... 25 years ago plans were
being made fon the annual Un
ion County Fair to be held later
in week. Mrs. Kate Ilanley
headed the Fair committee.
A Northeast Oregon high
school football and athletic lea
gue was organized. It was known
as the Blue Mountain Football
League, with teams from La
Grande, Baker, Pendleton, Union,
Enterprise and Milton-Freewater.
A La Grande man, Ira Woodie,
headed the new athletic conference.
ThcVFW post of La Grande
hosted Joint conference of veter
ans in observance of the 35th
anniversary of Veterans of For
The local American Legion
Drum and Bugle Corps ranked
fourth in state competition and
attended centennial celebration
at Boise, Idaho.
... 15 years ago the La Grande
High School football season
prepared for opener against The
Dalles Indians. Starters for La
Grande were to be Sherwood and
Marrs, ends; Hyde and Cyr.
tackles; Smythe and tldridgo,
guards; and Carey, quarterback;
Courtney and Camp, halfbacks,
and Terry, fullback.
A big fire it Elgjn, estimated
at $200,000, destroyed the Elgin
warehouse. Alfred T. Owsley, of
the Union Grain Growers Asso
ciation, termed the fire a disas
Unittd Press International
iiMtTKn NATIONS. N.Y. Gen
eral Assembly President Victor
Andres Bclaunde of Peru, opening
the 1959 session:
The past centuries uvea unuci
the false and presumptuous sign
nf the so-called "will to power1
Today, mankind not only needs to
live but also must live unaer tne
sign of 'will for justice'."
inivTsvtt.i.R. Ala. Sen. Stu
art Symington, (D-Mo.) comment
mo n RiKsinn Prime Minister Ni
kita S. Khrushchev's visit:
I rniccnH hv HI air HOUSO UUS
( Tuesday I and it was
something to see tne nuge turn-
munist flag flying ouisiae.
mana ma urnndnr what would
have happened 10 years ago if
Mr. Truman invuea mr. Biaun
over here. He probably would
have been Impeached."
Washington Soviet Pre-
mir Nilcim S Khrushchev, mak
ing a toast at the White House
dinner in his honor:
If ue were weak countries.
then II u-niiM ho another matter.
because when the weak quarrel.
they are just scratcning eacn
nlhrr's fare and it takes iust a
couple of days for a cosmeticiar
and everything comes out right
again. But if we quarrel, then not
only our countries can suffer co
lossal damage but the other coun
tries of the world will also be in
volved in a world shambles."
ATOM TALKS SET
VIENNA. Austria (UPI The
International Atomic Energy
Agency will hold its third general
conference In . Vienna beginning
Sept. 22. it was announced today.
At the same time, the Austrian
government reported that the
United States, Britain and the So
viet Union will provide Austria
with uranium through the world
Konrad Adenauer 'Looks Back'
On 10 Years Of West Germany
By PHIL NEWSOM
UPI Staff Writer
A man of seemingly frail physi
cal stature but a Hercules in the
shaping of free world destinies ob
serves an anniversary today.
In the hullabaloo surrounding
Soviet Premier Nikita Khru
shchev's U.S. visit, it might pass
It was 10 years ago, at the age
of 73, that Konrad Adenauer took
over as chancellor of the newly
established Federal Republic of
He has held the job ever since.
standing as a stubborn rock
against which the political ambi
tions of lesser men have shat
tered in his own West Germany
and as a bulwark frustrating the
aims of this same Khrushchev to
take over the whole of Germany
Khrushchev has reserved some
of his bitterest words for Ade
nauer whose parchment skin,
sunken eyes and outward frailty
would seem at odds with the spir
it of a man who thrives on a bat
tle and who has proved himself
one of Germany's most astute pol
Champion Against Communism
And as a champion against
Communism, it was significant
that it was Adenauer whom Presi
dent Eisenhower first sought out
in Europe to explain the purpose
of this week's talks with Khru
AHunntiAr'a Met concern was
that Iher. hiiilri he no "Sell OUt'
of West Germany, and especially
no sell-out of West Berlin.
In Germany, Adenauer affee
tionately is called "the old man
In 1933 it seemed that his pub
lie career should be finished.
The Nazis ousted him then, as
mayor of Cologne. He came back
to the job after 12 years of en
forced Idleness only to be fired
again by the British in 1945.
But at the age of 70 he founded
the Christian Democratic Union
which came to power with the
birth of the new republic In 1949
and elected him chancellor by the
margin of a single vote. The vot
ers re-elected hun in 1953 by an
amazing majority and he has re
mained in power ever since. With
his political allies, he is assured
a working majority of approxi
mately 100 votes in the German
Believes In Adenauer Alone
This amazing man is both a
guaranty of German democracy
and at the same time the oppo
site of the democratic spirit.
He believes firmly in no one but
Thus it was that in June he re
versed himself on a previous de
cision to run for the West Ger
many presidency, a job of pomp
and circumstances but little real
America Holds Fascination
For Soviet Union's Chief
WASHINGTON (UPI) Color- curity precautions, the extensive
ful and articulate Nikita S. Khru
shchev today began to translate
into reality one of his favorite
adaees: "To see once is better
than to read one hundred times."
For Khrushchev as well as for
Lenin and Stalin, America always
has had a strange fascination. He
nublicly told a group of Ameri
can governors who visited Mos
cow this summer, we would nice
to be like you and what is wrong
Lenin lived in a period of ex
treme, externally imposed isola
tion. Stalin preferred to immure
himself inside the Kremlin walls.
Khrushchev alone, the first genu
inely proletarian Soviet leader,
has made extensive travel an in
strument of national policy.
Issues Genuine Challenge
Stalin spoke of a goal "to catch
up and surpass tne most .ad
vanced capitalist country." Khru
shchev has turned this slogan into
a' genuine challenge to give Rus
sia a standard of living Detter
than America within the foresee
For the next 13 days, the So
viet premier will have a first-hand
look into the realities of Ameri
can power of which he has read
When Khrushchev visited Eng
land in 1956 he complained that
British authorities erected an ar
tificial barrier between himself
and the people. He claimed that
he was not permitted to see
everything and everybody he was
There are no grounds for such
charges with regard to the Amer
ican tour. The United States is
wide open to the Soviet visitors
and everything within reason has
been made accessible to them.
Only Bird's Eye View
It is only due to the normal se-
TORCH FOR NIKITA
ROME (UPI) The Rome news
paper II Tempo today published
a cartoon titled Preparations for
Khrushchev. It shows two Ameri
cans staring at the Statue of Lib
erty. The caption: "Maybe wed
better cover it up. He might think
it a provocation.
trans-continental itinerary and the
attempt to crowd too much within
a brief time that the Khrushchev
party will get no more than a
bird's eye view of the United
Some Americans have justified
the unprecedented invitation to
Khrushchev on ground that it
would be useful for his personal
education on American affairs. It
has been said that the visit might
help to remove some of his possi
ble misconceptions about Ameri
can power, about the unity of the
people and the government, and
the firmness of American foreign
But it is by no means evident
that Khrushchev suffers from
such misconceptions or, if he
does, that this brief visit will
eliminate them. On the contrary,
there is evidence that he is rea
sonably well briefed on America.
"I do not have to go to Amer
ica to see how strong, and rich
that country is," Khrushchev said
recently and added, "that I know
power, in aomg bo, ne ruiniessiy
cast aside Economics Minister
Ludwig Erhard, the man credited
with most of West Germany's
present prosperity but a man
whom Adenauer did not trust to
retain the unyielding line followed
by Adenauer himself in his inter
His hifih-handed action against
the popular Erhard caused both
consternation and resentment
within the party, but Adenauer
held fast and won.
Today, at 83, he is West Ger
many's chancellor for the foresee
able future. He still loves a fight,
is one of Communism's most im
placcable foes, and one of a
united Europe's most zealous
United Press International
VENICE, Italy Marcel Cuve
Her, Belgian composer and con
ductor, died here of a heart at
tack Monday night.
DUNEDIN, Fla. Clinton Moz
ley Washburn, 63, developer of'
Hog Island on the Gulf Coast of
Florida, died at his office here
WASHINGTON Maj.-Gen. Olaf
H. Kyster Jr., 56, former senior
U.S. member of the U.N. Military
Armistice Commission in Korea,
died of cancer in Walter Reed
Army Medical Center Monday.
NEW YORK Pauline Wilson
Offnc-, 48, picture editor of the
medical magazine "Scope," died
Monday night at a hospital here.
KATIIMANDU, Nepal L. P.
Dvkota, 51, former education min
ister and noted poet, died here
Tuesday after a long illness.
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