La Grande observer. (La Grande, Or.) 1959-1968, December 30, 1959, Page 4, Image 4

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Nu stiMf, im. y
Wednesday, December 30, 1959
"Without or with friend or foe, we print your daily world as it goes" Byron.
RILEY ALLEN, publisher
Grady Pannell, managing editor George Challis, advertising director
Tom Humes, circulation manager
Date With Death Beckons
A soul-searching question litis lieen
asked by the Oregon Traffic Safety Divi
sion. The department askfi: "Who will lie
Oregon's first 19(50 traffic victim?"
With the coming1 year beurinfr down
on us at the speed of a recklessly driven,
automobile, it is a good question to kick
about for a moment or so.
The Observer also' can ask n question
along this line.
It is:
Will Eastern Oregon again rate high
up in number of auto accident fatalities
and will this area boast of the first, sec
ond or third victim of the new year as it
did in 1959?
A Wallowa County man was Oregon's
second traffic death with 1959 not two
hours old at the time.
far, this year, 13 motorists have
been killed violently on Union and Wal-'
Iowa' County roads. Seven of them died
in Union County highway mishaps.
Whoever the first Oregon victim is,
whenever and wherever it happens, of
ficials say it will pave the way for an
expected death toll of more than 400 on
the state's streets and highways. In ad
dition, more than 17,000 persons prob
ably will be injured and some will be
permanently crippled.
Hope For Co-Existence Held With Russia
If it seems that Russia and the United
States are too far apart ever to solve
their differences, consider our relations
with Spain, a country Ike visited re
cently. During World War II Axis sub
marines and planes found safe haven
in Spanish territory. All free nations de
plored the totalitarian government set
up by Franco.
But despite Spain's being on the black
list 10 years ago, she is today a trusted
ally of the West. U.S. naval and air bases
are allowed in Spain. We have sent con
siderable aid to .help the impoverished
Spaniards. Relations between France and
Spain are improving. Spain has been
accepted as a member of the United
We still don't approve of Spain's gov
ernment, no more so than Russia's but
we get along. Spain and the U.S. are
on friendly, co-operative terms. It is
conceivable that a similar relationship
could be worked out with the Soviet.
Mafia Gets First Strike Out
A strange "Summit Conference" oc
curred at a rural residence in Appnlachin,
New York in 1957. Many of the big
names of the underworld, some from for
eign countries, gathered in the home (if
the late Joseph BarlMira. Police Ix'came
suspicious and raided the place. The lir
time gamblers scattered and fled, liter
ally, in all directions.
The twenty or so who were caught
were questioned, of course, as to why
they were meeting. No one would talk.
This conspiracy of silence led to some
thing that none of the gangsters expect
ed indictment on the charge to conceal
the real purpose of their get-together.
The case was carefully prepared by
the Justice Department and was finally
brought to trial. When the verdict came
in the 20 delegates to the infamous con
ference three years ago were convicted.
This conviction is called by Attorney
General William P. Rogers as "a land
mark in the government's fight against
organized crime and racketeers."
SUU no one knows what the true pur
pose of the meeting was. It is believed
that the Mafia the oldest crime or
ganization in the world was Miind the
meeting and that the purpose was to
divide up territories and perhaps divide
the proceeds of various rackets, including
those In organized labor. It is understan
dable why none of the 20 avoided prose
cution by talking. Punishment for 'talk
' er to rtjmttd 8Wif t- am' liUr in '
tlu Mafia. It may be that, now, facing
prison terms, one among this group will
be willing to tell at least a part of the
story in exchange for a shorter prison
term. I'.ut that is not likely. The Mafia
is as strange and as sinister a thing as
any of the fiction writers ever dreamed
of. This is one of the few times that the
organization has suffered a really seri
ous setback at the hands of the law.
'A movie star claims she is the victim
of typing. Ijke thd girl who spends
years as a stenographer.
U. Congressmen Hurting
gelations With Philippines
MANILA. 1" I The Philipinos
are our best friends in the Far
Cast and we can be proud of the
democracy we have helped build.
But we seem to have an irresis
lable proclivity for kicking our
best friends in the scat of the
This is especially true of con
gressmen. They no sooner get olf
their free government plane and
check into their hotel, usually
paid tor by the government, but
they issue statements calculated
to undercut the American-Philip
pine alliance.
The tactics of some "ugly" Am
crican personnel in shutting
themselves up in exclusive groups
along Dewey Boulevard or in
military reservations has the same
The Filipinos are patient peo
ple. Despite the congressmen
and the "ugly Americans" the al
liance is still strong. The Filipi
nos were taught for years to buy
American products and they still
do. They were taught to sneak
hnglish and they are now the
third-largest English speaking
country in the world next after
the United Kingdom with six
English-language newspapers, on
ly two in Tagalog and two in
The Philippines also have a lit
eracy rate surpassed only by
Japan and Taiwan, with a craving
for education that sends colleges
and night schools sprouting all
over Manila. Within a few blocks
of ancient University of Santo
I nomas, founded in 1611, I saw
the more recent East Asian Col
lege, the Guzman School of Tech
nology, the Filipino School of
fashion, Far Eastern University.
the University of The East, the
Polytechnic Institute of the Phil
ippines, and the Far Eastern
Technical Institute.
English is the language of in
struction in all of them, which
caused the correspondent of Mos
cow's Izevestia, while touring the
islands, to urged the Filipinos to
give up English and go back to
their "Beautiful" Tagalog native
Moscow's Best Allies
Izvestia's best allies in trvine
to alienate Filipino affection re
cently have been Congressman
Phil Weaver, Nebraska Republi
can, and Sen. Steve Young, Ohio
Democrat. The former demand
ed that American bases be mov
ed to Thailand because of "thiev
ery, looting, blackmail, extortion
and assault" of American person
nel "all Winked at or onenlv
approved bv Derhan. th mui
corrupt government in the world."
Senator Young In turn an
nounced that he had been forced
to pay $25 for a room at the Ma
nila Hotel and warned American
tourists to stay away from the
I told Filinino newsmen h.
queried me that Senator Young
na a line record in Congress and
doubtless had been suffering from
a touch of the usual hue that kit.
congressmen in the Philippines
"headlinitis." The senator from
Ohio had checked into the hotel
on November 13 with Sens. Frank
Mos3 of Utah and HnwarH r.n.
non of Nevada, both Democrats, ;
jon an alleged trip of reserve of-
iiicrs. wnn Mem were IS Son.
ate functionaries supposedly
putting in their reserve training
by a pleasant tour nf th p..
East at Uncle Sam s expense. ,
senator oune occunicH mon.
530 and his bill. No. 4436. show
ed that he paid not $25 for his
room, but 25 pesos, which is
about $12. However, the hotel
manager told me that when the
senator paid his bill he wanted
to exchange his dollars for pesos
at the black market rate which
would have made his room ahn.n
$6. Black marketing is a criminal
ottense and the hotel manager refused.
So the senator then warned
When some TV personalities take a
vacation it gives us a chance to have a
nice one, too.
Your chances for safety are better
in an auto that won't start than In one
that won't stop at the proper time.
One of the saddest things about long
arguments is the way they shorten mar
ried life.
When we think of Santa having only
Jack Frost as a pal, aren't we forgetting
Tom and Jerry?
When there's plenty of snow, look out
for those hit and run kids. Snowballs
lnifV . . ... - '. .
tourists not to come to ManOi.
When 1 told Filipinos that Sena
tor Young has had a good rec
ord, they expressed the hope
that he would get over his touch
of "headlinitis" soon.
Theft and Poverty
Up at Clark Field, chief U.
S. air base in the Philippines, I
found there had been theft from
both the government and Ameri
can personnel. But you have to
remember that for some years
we encouraged the Filipinos to
steal from -Japanese bases, so
stealing from military bases to
some has become an accepted
profession. On the other hand
there have been 27 Filipinos shot
and killed by U.S. guards during
this series of lootings, which has
made the local population just as
indignant as Congressman Weav
er. Philippine law does not sane
tion the killing of a thief.
You also have to remember
that when you put wealth along
side of extreme poverty you are
buund to have trouble. One shelf
of goods in the Clark Field. PX
would feed a neighboring Fili
pino family for months. Poverty
is such that Filipinos dig fox
holes on the Crow Valley bomb
ing range to get scraps of shells
after they explode. One man was
killed and another had a leg
blasted off waiting for the bombs
to drop. Yet they sell the scrap
for only 37 cents.
When the Filipino who had lost
his leg was asked why he had hid
on the bombing range at the risk
of death for only 37 cents, he
replied: "It's better than starv
Shortly before I visited Clark
Field, however, all thievery had
stopped. The Philippine govern
ment had sent extra members of
the Philippine constabulary plus
12 horses to patrol the 27 miles of
fence around Clark Field. This
was partly necessary because
budget cuts in Washington had
eliminated 300 American guards
this year.
Despite past theft and some
friction, however, American mili
tary relations with the Filipinos
on the whole are excellent. For
the Philippine people have a gen
uine, deep-rotted affection for
Americans which not even visit
ing Congressmen so far have been
able to squelch. - '
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... . ,
"you say we were dancing on the deikt?"
Photofun - Some Holiday Foolishness
"Good King Wencertaui looked
out . . ."
"Humph.' We sent them to her last year."
Russia Never Had
It So Good As
During Past Year
LONDON L'PI) The year
1959, was one of "hard shocks
and unpleasant surprises" for the
West, but not so for the Kremlin
with three space rockets and Nik
ita Khrushchev's visit to America,
Radio Moscow said Sunday.
Commentator Viktor, Shradgin,
in a summary of the events of
the year; declared "Three Soviet
space rockets launched to the tun
and the moon have firmly en
dorsed the superiority of. Soviet
science and technology in the
conquest of outer space."
He told home service listeners:.
"For the capitalist West, which
quite recently smiled skeptically
and sniffed scornfully, the year of
1959 has been a year of hard
shocks and unpleasant surprises.
"It has realized that it has
been overtaken and has been com
pelled to admit it's lagging."
Shradgin termed 1959 "A year
of great bnwnKS,-brlght4Mpet
and good sowings."
He said Khrushchev'i visit to
the United States had "opened the
path for a whole series of con
ferences of heads of governments
of East and West."
UPI) Sixteen Soviet Antarctic
explorers who spent three days at
the American station at the South
Pole resumed their trek Tuesday.
The group was headed for the
Russian "Vostok" station, 762
miles north of the pole.,
. . 25 years ago. Max Baer,
king of the heavyweights, scored
knockout against King Levin-
sky in the second round of a
heavyweight fight. The blow put
the "King" a way for five min
A former Cove man. Dean
Smith, was identified as the
famed flier who discovered four
survivors of a plane crash in the
Adirondack of New York state.
Smith was a member of Admiral
Byrd's first trip into the Antarctic.
. . 15 years ago. 13 local boys
enlisted in naval service from
here. They were Robert H. Carey,
Sherman Shinsel, I.uciin Whealy.
Robert Shepherd, Erwin Carpen
ter. Peter Russell, William Bailie,
Richard Weigel. Donald Baker,
,!ohn Beeson. Meivin Keltt John
Marrs and W. G. Bailey. Jr.
Tribute was paid to the two
sons of Mr. and Mrs. L. U Mar
tin. 1305 N Ave., Capt. Patrick
A. Martin, 22, serving with the
Air Force as a B-17 pilot in Eng
land, and Ensign Howard E. Mar
tin, 20, U. S. Merchant Marines.
Both were students at Eastern
Oregon College when they enter
ed ten ice. . ..
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