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LA GRANDE OBSERVER
43rd Issue 64th Year
r. I h .i- '-Bf'1 i
Michel Rubini signs autographs for some of La Grande Hih School's young auto
graph hounds. The concert performer and his father, Jan Kubini, gave a concert at
the school Tuesday. The elder Rubini played the violin while the son accompanied
on the piano. Girls", left to right, Dorsa Ziegler, Janice Pipes, Donna Viola, Carlene
Johnson, Margie McLaughlin and Bonnie Scott. - -(Observer Photo by Joe Diehl)
Judges Decide Soon
Appeal By Steelmen
PHILADELPHIA H'PH A
panel of three federal judges fin
ished hearing arguments today on
a back to work order appeal in
the 100-day steel su ike and said it
would "dispose" of the case early
next week. The court continued a
stay to the back to work order un
til it reaches a decision.
Asks For' T-tf
WASHINGTON il'PI) Labor S
retary James P. Mitchell called
today for a Taft-Hartley law
amendment to let presidential
fact-finding boards step into labor
disputes before they reach the
Mitchell said he would "pro
mote a discussion" of his propos
al within the Eisenhower admin
istration. If the idea is approved.
Mitchell said he will ask Congress
to adopt the amendment when it
convenes in January.
' Wants Study Made
The labor secretary said that
President Eisenhower had not
specifically approved the propos
al. But he said the Chief Execu
tive "has indicated to me he
would like the whole area stud
ied." Under the 1947 Taft-Hatley
law, the President may appoint a
fact-finding board to determine
the issues in a strike only when
the walkout appears to threaten
national health and safety. He
then may seek a court order to
force the strikers back to work
for 80 days.
Eisenhower used the provision
recently in the steel and dock
Mitchell proposed in a TV in
terview that the Taft-Hartley law
be amended to permit the Feder
al Mediation and Conciliation
Service to ask the President to
name a fact-finding board at any
time during u n i o n-management
negotiations, "perhaps before a
EAST-WEST SUMMIT SETBACK
Big Four Top Level Meeting
Soon Doubtful As French Balk
LONDON (l!PH An East
West summit conference seemed
certain today to be postponed.
President Eisenhower, British
Prime Minister Harold Mncmillan
and Soviet Premier N i k i t a
Khrushchev all had indicated
their preference for an ea:lier
meotlig. But ' French Premier
Charles de Gaulle's suggestion
Wednesday to postpone any sum
mit conference until next spring
apparently has short-circuited that
These were the developments in
the fast moving summit picture:
President Eisenhower told his
news conference in Augusta, Ga..
that he still strongly favors a
THE AUTOGRAPH TABLE
Chief Judge John Biggs Jr.
heard more than three hours of
arguments from representatives
of the United Sieelworkers Union
and the government.
'We will not be able to reach
a decision, of course, in this case
today or tomorrow," Judge Biggs
said. "We will however endeavor
to dispose of the case early next
Union President David J, Mc
Donald, who haS promised' to fifcht
the injunction in the highest court
of the laid if necessary, said the
union made a "substantial argu
ment" to have the Taft-Hartley
"Now we will wait for the de
cision of the court which I un
derstand will be sometime next
week,'' McDonald said.
2 Marriage Licenses
Issued At Courthouse
Two marriage licenses have
been issued at the Union County
Licenses were for Walter V.
Penney, Elgin, and Nellie Elea
nor Jacky, E'gin; Icey Robert
Hewitt, 1804 V Ave., La Grande,
and Laurel L. Townsend, Rt. 2.
State Schools Set Exercise
On 'Demon Rum' Crusader
SALEM i UPI i Oregon schools
must hold exercises Friday in
memory of Francis E. Willard, a
crusader against demon rum dur
ing the 1890 s.
Attorney General Robert Y.
Thornton said the law requiring
the celebration is still on the
books. It was passed in 1317, two
years "before the country voted in
Thornton said most sojiool offi
cials' probably are not aware of
their responsibility in the matter.
The education committee of the
1957 Legislature tried to get rid
of the 1917 law, but backtracked
when temperance advocates de
manded continuance of the cere
mony. western summit conference as
soon as possible. But he said he
does not feel the same sense of
urgency aixnit a full scale summit
meeting with the Soviet Union
Soviet Ambassador to Paris
Sergei V'ir.ograJov. told reporters
after an interview with French
Foreign Minister Maurice Come
de Murvillo that "President Ei
senhower has proposed a summit
conference for the end of the year.
We are in agreement with this."
However, Eisenhower emphasized
at Augusta that he had not made
concrete proposal"!, but had out
lined his pe-sonal feelings in the
matter in communications to the
A truck loaded with explosives
was found parked on a downtown
street at 7:39 this morning by
La Grande police officers in viola
tion of the city ordinance. The
truck was toked outside the city
limits from its parking place.
Ordinance No. 1fi."9, series 1953.
prohibits the parking of motor
vehicles loaded with explosives
within the city limits.
Unlawful to Park-,
The ordinanoe-'states pIji&Ztl
unlaw! ul K"pnrK or stop except
for lawful traffic signs, or in an
-me:gency. any motor vehicle
loaded with explosives within the
city limils. Punishment fur viola
tion of the ordinance calls for a
maximum fine of $300 or 130 days
in jail or both.
"La Grande police o'ficers will
rigidly enforce the ordinance to
prevent a disaster similar to Rose
burg." Police Chief Oliver Reeve
Lanetta Carter Wins
Second Flace In Beef
Lanetta Carter. Ia Grande,
placed second in light Hereford
4 11 beef competition at the Paci
fic Internation Livestock Expo
sition in Portland.
Frances E. Willard was a tem
perance reformer who became
U. S. and world president of the
Women's Christian Temperance
She taught and lectured exten
sively. The law read: "Such portion of
the afternoon. ..as deemed proper
by the teacher in charge of any
public school, is set apart for in
struction and appropriate exer
cises in commemoration of the
life, history aid achievements of
Frances E. Willard..."
"All p-.iblic school officials and
public school teachers shall carry
out the provisions of this section,''
the law says.
ol her world leaders.
A Foreign Office snokesman
in London disclosed that De Gaulle
released his views on the sum
mit in the form of a Cabinet
commtinitiue Wednesday without
warning Britain beforehand.
George F. Kcnnan. former
I. S. ambassador to Hussa. told
a lunch meeting in Washington
that the West's stand on Berlin
Unlay is "stilted. cra.i.od and in
flexible." and said a compromise
is iieces.a:y. Berlin is one of the
principle questions which must be
dealt with at any summit session.
K nian also said the West "need
hae no doubt" alxiiit the sincer
ity ol Khrushchev.
OREGON, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1959
Police Chief I
To State Unit
Po'ire Chill Olivr Reeve was
elected lo the board of directors
of the Orison Association of thiols
of Police at tlie League cf Oregon
Cities convention in Portland
Reeve was elided to the boird
along with Phillip Averill of Tilla
mook and Flovd Clou or of Spring
field. Reev e has ben a member of the
organization since its founding in
1931. I'ric r to joining the associa
tion in 1951. Reeve was on the
board of directors of th- Oregon
Association of Cily Police O ficers
and was vice-president of the
group in 1953.
In 1949 Reeve was on the train
ing committee and named to the
board th; t same year.
Reeve's pr-scnt appointment
will run fer approximately two
years or until he has moved up
in the organization's ranks.
HONORED La Grande
Police Chief Oliver
Reeve has been elected
to t h e directorship of
Oregon Association of
Chiefs of Police at Port
land League of Oregon
Cat Loses All
Nine Lives In
A cat on the transformer at
the Creston Shaw farm near
Alicel caused a temporary power
outage at 7:30 last night. The
cat's tail made contact with the
7200 volt wire and tripped the
automatic switches on the elec
tric line serving several farms
and the TV translator installa
tion on Mt. Harris.
California Pacific linemen re
moved the electrocuted cat and,
power service was restored be
fore 9 p.m.
La Grande Student
Jean Wick Given
Jean Wick, 17, La Grande, hrs
been awarded a $300 co'lege schol
arship from the Standard Oil Com
pany of California. Miss Wick
is one of five Oregon 4-H club
members who will receive the
Daftd Schaad, 18, also of La
Grand?, has been named an al
ternate in case winners are un
able to use a scholarship.
Miss Wick is the daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Wick and has been
a 4-H club member for eight
years. Her major projects have
been forestry and clothing.
Recipients were chosen for 4-H
achievement and leadership, com
munity service, personal develop
ment and scho'arship. All had
to be at least high school seniors.
Scholarships may be used at any
college and in any subject matter
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1 JEAN WICK
MC CLOUD, Calif. (UPI) -Janet
Themas, It, of Rtd
Bluff, Calif., was hospitaliied
at the result of the following
series of events:
A porcupine drop pad from
tree, scaring her horse. . . .
The horse reared, causing
Janet to drop her rifle, . . .
The horse stepoed on the rifle,
causing it to discharge. . . .
And the bullet struck the girl
in the left leg.
Voting on a special sewage
bond referendum is scheduled for
La Grande citizens Friday, Nov.
8, between noon and 8 p.m.
The referendum calls for
S3GO.0O0 in general obligation
bonds to be voted on as a means
of financing the disposal system
and property on which the plant
would be located.
Voting places will be the Pres
byterian Church, Sixth and
Spring (for all legal voters re
siding south of the right-of-way
of the main line of the Union
Pacific Railroad); La Grande Gar
den Club, 1309 Y Ave. (for all
legal voters residing north of
right-of-way of main line of UP
Two Young Auto
In Minor Wreck
Two teenage drivers were in
volved in a minor automobile
accident at the intersection of
Maple Street and Washington
Avenue la; t night.
Mary Linda Comstock, Rt. 1,
was traveling west on Washington
in a vehicle owned by her sister
while John Ponti, 8, Weston, was
traveling south on Maple in a
pickup truck when the accident
occured at 9:20 p.m.
There were no Injuries re
ported, according t A,lk-e.
Aldwin Joseph Oliver, Wallowa
was cited by La Grande officers
for failure to sign his driver's
license yesterday. Officers stop
ped Oliver at Adams Avenue and
Elm Street at 9 p.m. last night.
He signed a waiver to not appear
in court and will forfiet his $5
Sticks And Stones' Failed
To Daunt Undercover Agent
LOS ANGELES (UPH A Los
Angeles woman told House un
American activities subcommittee
probers Wednesday her home was
stoned and she was "vilified on
all sides" when it was publicly
revealed she joined the Commu
nist party as an FBI undercover
Mrs. Marian Miller, 38, the sec
ond Los Angeles housewife in two
days to tell the subcommittee of
her undercover work against Com
munism, was applauded by the
audience at the hearing. The
subcommittee holds its final hear
ing of the current series today.
Mrs. Miller said she served in
her dual role of Communist and
FBI undercover agent for five
years. She told the probers she
testified at subversive hearings in
Washington shortly after leaving
the party in 1935, and then re
turned home to find:
"I had become the object of
controversy, my home was stoned,
the lives of my husband, myself
and children were threatened,"
Mrs. Miller told members of the
Loses Simper As
LONDON L'PI Princess
Margaret lost her slipper Wednes
day night at a ball, but unlike
Prince Charming, her escort was
almost too embarrassed to re
There was the pretty princess
in a fetching strapless gown and
new "Charleston" style hairdo
foxtrotting in the elegant Savoy
Hotel with bachelor Lan Godsal.
high sheriff of Berkshire.
He had already announced to
the party that he was not a very
good dancer. The princess is.
Suddenly the awful thing that
every man on a dance floor
dreads happened. Off slipped his
royal partner's open-toe slipper
The music did not stop.
But every one else at the dock
land settlements ball did.
Godsal turned white, then red
His pretty partner smiled mis
The slipper fit. But there the
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CHECK FOR UNITED FUND
Milo F. VanBlokland, personnel manager at Mt. Emily
Lumber Company and UF division drive official, pre
sents $1,574.24 check to Florence Hardy, secretary of
UF drive in La Grande. The Mt. Emily check was from
the company. The lumber firm's employes are expect
ed to contribute also to the drive. (Observer Photo)
For 'Reprieved' Man
SAN Ql'ENTIN. Calif. (UPD
Tomorrow will be a very busy
day for Caryl Chessman rather
than his last one.
The Myear-old convicted rob
ber, kidnaper and rapist was
granted a stay of execution by
the U. S. Supreme Court Thurs
day, just 50 hours before he was
scheduled to die in San Quentin's
gas chamber. ---
It was the seventh stay granted
Chessman since he was con
demned by a Los Angeles jury in
1948. The convict-author said he
would use the new time to seek
Chessman met with newsmen
Thursday after the high court's
action was announced.
subcommittee headed by Hep.
Morgan M. Moulder D-Mo. that
she was barred from membership
in a woman's club after her tes
timony. She said she believed the
campaign to keep her from the
club was headed by a member
whose Communist activities were
unknown to other club members.
She said she, served in a Communist-dominated
her Bed leaders did not want her
known publicly as a Communist.
She said her husband, Paul, also
an FBI undercover agent against
Communism had served in the
same group identified as the Com
mittee for the Protection of the
"The objective of the group was
to stifle all anti-Communist legis
lation, particularly in the field of
mmigration," she said. "They
knew thev were going to lose
Communist party leaders if they
AL'GUSTA, Ga. (UPI I- Presi
dent Eisenhower told a news con
ference today that he plans to
ask Congress for higher appro
priations next year for the Amer
ican space program.
The chief executive also said
that if Maj. Gen. John B. Me
daris, who has announced his re
tirement as head of the Army
Ordnance Missile Command, has
any complaints he would like to
hear them personally.
The President touched on a
broad range of space and missile
topics today as repo'ters plied
him with numerous questions
stemming from his announcement
Wednesday that the Army Ballis
tic Missile Agency will lie shifted
to the civilian control of the Na
tional Aeronautics and Space
Agency "to strengthen the nation
al space effort..."
Mildly but still plainly, Eisen
hower rejected the theory of Me-
daris as stated by a reporter
"that we are straddling the issue
of competing with Russia in
"I have already gone on record
as waiving my rights to double
jeopardy or anything of that na
ture," he said. "I want, and I
always have all these years, a
new trial and eventual vindica
tion." Chessman said, he heard of the
stay from another inmate of
death "row, T,hfe(vee "Wade, who
heard the announcement on a
news broadcast. The two men
were involved in a fist fight sev
eral weeks ago.
"He was as excited as any of
them tthe death row inmates),''
Chessman said. "So much death
is always present with us that any
time one of us can escape it, it
encourages all of us."-.
George T. Davis, one of Chess
man's attorneys, submitted an ap
plication for Thursday's stay to
Justice William O. Douglas, who
referred it to the entire court.
Warran Disqualifies Sell
Chief Justice Earl Warren did
not take part in the decision. He
was governor of California when
Chessman was convicted and de
nied clemency to the condemned
Chessman was convicted as the
Red Light Bandit" who terror
ized couples parked in lovers'
lanes, ine Dantm rapist ap
proached his victims in a car
equipped with a red light such
as used by police cars.
ine i act tnat no murder was
committed plus the fact that
California law has since been
changed so he could not now get
a death sentence for such crimes
has brought worldwide attention
to his case.
During his 11 years in Death
Row, Chessman has written four
books, studied law and Dreuared
thousands of pages of briefs and
appeals in nis own behalf.
The chief executive said he
does not think the space program
should be regarded purely as a
competition with some other na
tion. Army Program Curtailed
He had no apologies whatever
for the military missile program
and said the agency's switch or
dered Wednesday merely repre
sented the fact that the develop
ment of the "super-booster" rock
ets for outer space should now
be the sole concern of the civilian
agency, with the Army continuing
Us own development of strictly
As for Medaris' use of the word
"straddling," Eisenhower said
with a trace of annoyance that
he does not know exactly what
this meant, but he thinks Dr. T.
Keith Glennan, administrator of
the space agency, well defined the
American program for major
space exploration and that this
was a "positive, progressive pro
gram." On the question of money, he
was nckeH fl.iilv whether he
planned to ask for an increase in
HAVANA, Cuba (UPI)
Polic said an atustin at
tempted to kill Premior Fidl
Castro with a knife today. He
was not successful.
HAVANA (UPI) An air
battla ovar Havana and
bombings throughout fha city
Wednesday night climaxed
an upsurge of opposition to
Premier Fidel Castro that put
one of his top aides in prison
and drove another to suicide.
At least two Cubans were killed
here and more than 30 were in-
l lured Dy gunfire trom warptanes
trying to shoot down a plane that
flew over the city at dusk, drop
ping leaflets that denounced al
alleged Communist influence of the
Castro regime. .
So far as is known, the leaflet
raider was not hit.
Other persons were believed to
have been injured by motorized
raiders who sped through the
city later Wednesday night, toss
ing home-made bombs or hand
grenades out of the windows of
Delegates to the convention of
the American Society of Travel
Agents that opened here Monday
watched excitedly as warplanes
roared low over Havana, their
machine guns spitting fire. None
of them was injured.
Life As Usual
The air battle and the bomb
ings caused momentary panic in
the heart of Havana but the city's
We, went ont much as usual. Night ¬
spots and gambling places re
mained open although there were
few tourists on hand.
The leaflets that showered
down on Havana were signed by
Maj. Pedro L. Diaz Lanz, a for
mer commander of the Cuban
air force who resigned and fled
to the United States last spring
in protest against what he de
scribed as growing Red infiltra
tion of Castro's revolutionary re
gime. Thousands of leaflets fell in the
vicinity of the hotels where the
ASTA delegates are staying, but
few of the American visitors could
read them because they were
written in Spanish.
Earlier Wednesday, Castro flew
to Camaguey to deal with a new
"Diaz affair" the resignation of
Maj. Hubert Matos, military com
mander of - Camaguey Province,
in protest against "Communist
influences within the govern
ment." The suicide was Capt. Jose
Manuel Hernandez, commander
of the Florida post 25 miles from
Camaguey. He faced a crowd
which threatened to march on .
anti-Castro elements at Cama
guey, told them Castro would
settle their problems, entered his
office and blew his brains out.
In an island wide broadcast,
Castro denounced Matos as a
"traitor" and an "ingrate." The
bitter attack recalled the broad
cast last July which forced the
resignation of President Manuel
space funds. He mid definitely he
would seek something more than
Congress provided In the current
The president recalled that for
fiscal 1!W0 he asked 590 million
dollars. Congress cut this, he con
tinued, by about 68 millions, and
then restored some of the cut.
Praises Rocket Experts
The President could offer no
specific figures, but he said his
request for fiscal 1961 definitely
would be something more than
the government got for the cur
He paid particular tribute to
what he called the brilliant scien
tific work of Wernher von Braun
and his team of rocket experts,
saying they were now free to con
centrate on the development of
one powerful booster. Presumably
this was a reference to the Saturn
In the meantime, he said the
strictly military projects of the
Army would remain under the
Army ordnance research program
which would proceed with all pos
sible help from NASA. . -