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PARTLY CLOUDY tonight, Thurt
day with considerable sunshine and
warmer, Thursday. Low tonight,
85; high Thursday, 64.
2nd Action Set on
Probe of Utility
By PAUL W. HARVEY JR.
Associated Press Writer
The Oregon House of
in heated partisan debate,
revived Wednesday a bill
to permit the public utili
ties commissioner to investigate
whether utilities put too much
money in their pension funds.
The vote to reconsider the bill
was 33-27. It had been defeated
Wednesday 32-28. Now the bill will
be on Thursday's House calendar.
Purpose of the bill is to deter
mine whether utilities place extra
amounts of money in their pension
funds in order to use these
amounts as business expenses in
determining the rate base, and
thus make rates Improperly high.
Racked by Union
It is supported by union em
ployes of the Pacific Telephone
& Telegraph Co. They think the
bill could lead to increased pen
sions. The vote to reconsider was al
most on party lines, although
four Democrats joined the Repub
licans in trying to block the bill.
When the motion to reconsider
was made. Rep. Wayne Giesy
(R), Monroe, heatedly argued
that the motion was out of order.
His point was that the bill was
indefinitely postponed Wednesday,
in which case it would take a two
thirds vote to reconsider.
Speaker Pat Dooley (D), Port
land, ruled that the motion to in
definitely postpone hadn't been
official because the vote wasn't
Giesy appealed from the ruling,
but the House sustained Dooley in
a parly-line vote.
Giesy then protested thai "if
these high-handed tactics are con
tinued, I'll have more to say
about it. .-....
"I'm sure you will," Dooley re
plied. ' ...
The Joint Ways and Means
Committee killed bills to buy
$100,000 worth of library books for
Portland State College, and to
compel school districts to submit
their building plans to the state
Board of Education.
The committee also buried a
resolution for an interim commit
tee to study migratory labor prob
-It approved a measure appro
priating $250,000 to buy property
for future state buildings in the
Capitol group, and also voted to
enlarge the Capitol Mall.
The Senate approved and sent
to the Governor a bill providing
that when arsonists are released
from state hospitals or the prison,
the administrators of those insti
tution must notify the state fire
marshal, state police, and the lo
cal police in the area in which the
1 The House sent to .the Senate a
$1,880,982 appropriation for the
slate Forestry Board, up 2 per
cent from the present biennium;
and a $1,978,394 budget for the
stale Board of Health, up 10 per
Dulles to Fly
Next Week to
WASHINGTON (UP) -Secretary
of State John Foster Dulles
will fly to Germany next week
for important Allied talks on Mos
cow's recent atomic threats and
Britain's proposed defense cuts, it
was learned today.
' Administration officials sa i d
, Dulles plans to leave Washington
On TllP.cHaV far Rnnn Hoi-mantr
where the Norlh Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO), Council
holds its spring m e e t i ng May
Moscow's recent campaign of
atomic threats again (America's
NATO partners gives extra im
portance to Dulles' mission. His
job will be to reassure this na
tion's 14 NATO associates the
United Slates will not forsake
them in the face of Russia's
There was a bit of sunshine
coming through the clouds oc
casionally Wednesday, but the
breeze was still on the chilly side
There is promise of "consider
able sunshine" and warmer tem
peratures in the forecast for
Up to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
1 93 inches of rain had been meas
ured In Salem for the month to
dale, hitting the normal mark
exactly a reminder to the weath
erman that no more showers are
wanted lor the present.
r ive-aay iurn:an calls lor i
(bowers about Friday. J
Hanford A- Works
WASHINGTON tgi Newsmen
Wednesday were offered their
first look inside the Atomic En
ergy Commission's big Hanford
Works at Richland, Wash., and a
tour of facilities at Idaho Falls,
Idaho, for development of civilian
uses of the atom.
The invitation from the AEC rp
pa'rently constitutes, at least in
effect, a partial response to
mounting demands at the Capitol
for more information - and more
congressional control on the ci
vilian atomic program.
At Hanford, the AEC said, the
tour will not cover plutonium pro
duction facilities. It will be limit
ed to laboratory and test units.
At the National Reactor Test
ing Station in Idaho, the commis
sion said, the news representa
FOR MURPHY CASE
U.S. Delays Okay of
WASHINGTON W The United States has delayed for al
most a month action on a Dominican Republic request' to
approve as ambassador to Washington Manuel de Moya, who
made a controversial speech in San Francisco.
First of 1957
MERCURY, Nev. (UP) - The
Atomic Energy Commission early
loday conducted the first in its
1957 scries of nuclear "safely"
tests, an explosion of a nonnuclear
device near atomic weapons to see
if concussion will trigger nuclear
The AEC's usual brief announce
ment said only that the 6:27 a.m.
PST test was "successful."
In a similar test last year, -the
concussion set up a radiation read
ing- among -the weapons thatT'in-
dicated sharp blows on atomc
weapons could stir radioactivity.
There was no report of any ex
plosion of a nuclear weapon dur
ing last year s safety test scries.
The AEC is conducting these
lests of storage and handling of
nuclear weapons during the sum
mer months at times when the test
site on the Yucca Flats Proving
Grounds is not being used for the
regular nuc 1 e a r experiments
scheduled for this year.
Today's test came on the 14th
day after it originally was sched
uled. Delays were caused by ad
verse winds, rains, and snows.
EUGENE (fll The fate of Al
bert Wachsmuth, 65, was in the
hands of a circuit court jury that
heard his first degree murder
He is charged with killing state
policeman Charles Sanders in a
shooting at his home norlh of
here Feb. 22. Testimony and ar
guments were completed Tuesday
and the jury returned Wednesday
for instructions and the start of
Wachsmuth pleaded innocent by
reason of insanity and by reason
of temporary insanity. But his at
torney, Mark Weatherford of Al
bany, repeated in final arguments
Tuesday a contention the defense
made throughout the trial that
another policeman shot and killed
Dist. Atty. Eugene Venn chal
lenged the theory. He said that if
it were correct, it meant that po
licemen at the scene had con
spired to conceal the fact that one
of them accidentally shot Sanders.
"I work with these men," Venn
said. "I know them. They are
clean, decent men."
Ways-Means Favors Extending
Capitol Mall North to 'D' Street
By JAMES D. OLSON
Capital Journal Writer
The joint Ways and Means Com
mittee Wednesday recommended
the Capitol Mall be extended north
to "D" Street by approving a bill
authorizing the Board of Control
to purchase available property in
The Capitol Mall, if this bill is
approved, would embrace all land
lying in the area bordered by
Capitol and Winter streets on the
east and west and from Court
south to "D" street on the north.
Union Street Was Border
Heretofore, the Board of Control
was restricted in the purchase of
property in the mall area to Union
street on the north. t
. The joint committee also recom
mended passage of another bill
appropriating 1250.000 to the Board
of Control to be used during the
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tives will get a chance to see six
different testing and experimen
tal facilities now in operation.
The announcement said the tour
"will demonstrate progress made
in the commission's civilian pow
er and industrial development pro
grams." Still, movie and television
cameramen will go through '.he
Hanford plant May 8 and 9, and
newsmen will make their tour
The cameramen's days at Idaho
Falls will be May 13 ajjd 14, and
the newsmen's May 16.
Both tours will be limited to
accredited cameramen and cor
respondents of U.S. citizenship.
They must give advance notice
to the Hanford and Idaho opera
tions offices of the AEC.
State Department officials de-
clined comment Wednesday when
asked if approval was being de
layed because De Moya had de
nounced as Communist inspired
suggestions linking the Dominican
government with the disappear
ances of Oregon flier Gerald Mur
phy and New York scholar Jesus
Rep. Porter (D-Ore) has ac
cused the Dominican government
of having some role in the death
of Murphy, a former Eugene resi
dent. The Stale Department on
March IB. challenged an official
Dominican report, on Murphy's
disappearance and asked for a re
opening of the investigation.
Copies of a speech which Dc
Moya made to the Commonwealth
Club of San Francisco on Apr 1 5.
as distributed here, described him
as "Dominican ambassador to the
He is a former envoy to Wash
ington, where he served in 1953-
as. most recently ne nas been sec
retary of .state without portfolio.
Quick Okay Usual
The Dominican government, a
few days before the April 5
speech, asked the State Depart
ment to approve Mm for another
tour of duty here, replacing Dr.
Such approval I normally Is
granted within a brief period. Of
ficials declined comment on Ihe
reasons for delay in the case of
De Moya. They said, in response
to questions, that the department
as a matter of routine and with
out making a special request had
received copies of the San Fran
cisco speech. -
Plans OK Due
Approval of plans and authoriza
tion to call lor bids on the Liberty
elementary school addition will be
asked during Thursday night's
meeting of the Salem School Board.
The plans have been prepared by
James L. Payne, architect, and
call tor the addition of several
classrooms to meet the growth of
A request by St. John's Lutheran
Church to use the West Salem
School gymnasium for church and
Sunday School purposes will be
sought on a rental basis.
The board will meet with the 'citi
zens budget committee at 8:30
a.rq. to inspect the financial pic
ture for the 1957-58 school year.
The board and the committee have
been working on the budget for
several weeks and it is about ready
for final action.
1957-59 biennium in the purchase
of property in the Mall aiea. This is
a customary appropriation, under
which the Board has purchased
properties when offered for sale
and a suitable price has been
agreed upon between the property
dwner and the state.
After a lengthy discussion the
committee tabled SB 369 pro
viding for the retirement of state
and county officials in a program
described by Sen. Anthony Yturri,
'Ri. Ontario, as "monstrous."
"This bill would provide for re
tirement of county officials but no
money to set up to pay retirement
benefits," Yturri said.
The committee passed out a bill
eliminaling all state bounties on
(edatory animals with a "do pass"
; recommendation. This action was
contrary to a recomendation by
i the House Agriculture committee
Fail to Shake
Stone-throwing rioters and
a general strike failed
Wednesday to shake Pre
mier Hussein Khalidi out
Mobs of youths, apparently or
ganized by pro-Egyptian leftists,
swarmed through downtown
streets for several hours demand
ing that the government resign
and that Jordan federate with
Syria and Egypt.
Then Amman quieted. The dem
onstrators dispersed peacefully
after suffering a few minor in
Troops Not Mobilized
Large numbers of troops held
key positions throughout the cap
pital but did not participate in
pulling down the riots.
On Ihe orders of Khalidi to avoid
serious bloodshed, police armed
with clubs and equipped with
straw shields trapped large sec
tions of the rioters and prevented
them from joining forces. The
After the rioting stopped. Kha
lidi went to the royal palace. The
70-year-old premier, named by
young King Hussein to head a
Cabinet mostly of independents
only eight days ago, was reported
to have told an all-party commit
tee demanding his resignation that
he would not quit.
He said the party leaders sup
ported him when he formed the
Cabinet, and that he bad done
nothing since then . to warrant
their withdrawing their support.
Meetings Go On
Meetings of Cabinet ministers
continued, however, in an effort
to solve Ihe second political crisis
in two weeks. The first crisis
arose when King Hussein dis
missed the Communist-infiltrated
government of Suleiman Nabulsi.
A general strike ordered by the
Communists and leftists', gripped
much of the country. In Amman-
90 per cent of the shops did not
open. The stoppage was reported
as effective in other towns, par
ticularly on the west bank of the
Jordan,, in Palestine tcrri t o r y
Jordan occupied after the 1948
war. That sector is a leftist
Jordan's latest crisis was
touched off by charges that per
sons close to King Hussein were
plotting with the British and
Americans against the kingdom's
independence. Khalidi denied the
charges but the government ra
dios in Egypt and Syria aired
them over and over.
JERUSALEM Wl Private re
ports reaching Israel Wednesday
said Iraq has moved troops to
areas near her border with Syria.
The reports lacked official con
firmation here. Iraqi troops pre
viously have been reported near
the Jordan frontier.
It appeared from reports here
that tension is mounting among
Ihe Arab nations, with Iraq lined
up with Jordan against Egypt and
An Israeli Foreign Office
spokesman, Moshe Lcshem, said
Egypt has now "come out in the
open" in seeking overthrow of the
The reports of the Iraqi troop
movements reached here a short
time after the government-operated
Kol Israel Radio reported
that Iraq had warned Egypt and
Syria against attempting to bring
about Jordan's collapse.
The radio said Iraq had de
clared she is ready to undertake
a "widespread military opera
tion" that would pit Arab against
Arab if Syria or Egypt bring
about a dismemberment of trie
which had recommended bounties
on cougars and bobcats.
Federal Program Cited
Members of the committee ex
plained that the federal govern
ment is carrying on a scientific
program for the elimination of
predatory animals with the result
that state paid bounties are no
A bill carrying a $100,000 ap
propriation for purchase of books
for Portland State College was
tabled because sub committee
members found there was no
space in any of the present build
ings at Portland State for a library
in which to place the books.
Another bill tabled would have
required school districts to obtain
approval of the State Department
of Education before any building
costing in excess of $5,000 could
nlni OKOfrnn WaAnncA AnH!1
2 Women Swear HeForced
Them to Lie About Elkins
Hear Story Denounced by Deputy
; WASHINGTON Mrs. Kathleen Weeks,
left, an admitted prostitute, and Mrs. Mary
Childress, who Identified herself as a
housewife, sit in the hearing room today
as they hear Deputy Sheriff George Miniel
ly of Portland, Ore., denounce their story
as a "hoax." The women testified they
U.S. Calls for
UN Parley on
UNITED NATIONS. N.Y. m
The United Stales asked Wednes
day that the U.N. Security Coun
cil meet Thursday afternoon "or
as soon tncrcaltcr as may be con
venient" to take up the Suez Canal
U. S. Delegate Henry Cabot
Lodge filed the request with the
council president. Sir Pierson Dix
on, in a letter made public by the
He asked that the council meet
'for the purpose of resuming dis
cussion" on the canal question, on
which it adopted a resolution last
Oct. 13 embodying six basic re
quirements for a settlement of the
About the time the United Stales
was requesting the council meet
ing Egypt disclosed in Cairo its
plan for the canal calling for
Egyptian collection of all tolls and
the selling up of arbitration ma
chinery for settling disputes.
In Tipsy Crash
ATLANTA ifi The chief jus
tice of Georgia's Supreme Court
was arrcsled early Wednesday on
a charge of driving under the in
fluence of intoxicants following an
auto crash on Pcachtrce Street.
W. H. Duckworth, B2, taken inlo
custody at 12:20 a. m.. was re
leased an hour later. Police Chief
Herbert Jenkins said Duckworth
was not required lo post bond
pending a hearing on the charges.
The justice declined to comment
Patrolmen T. J. Crutchfield and
R. N. Hagan said Duckworth was
charged wilh operating an auto
mobile under the inliuenre of in
toxicants, with being drunk on the
streets and with failure to re
main in the proper traffic lane.
The officers said a car being
driven on Peachtrec Street by
Duckworth struck a parked car.
They quoted witnesses as saying
the driver backed up. started off
again and hit another car 200 feet
down the street.
Maximum yestfrday. S9: minimum
onay, m, iowi zi-nnur prerrpiiauon:
.02: tnr month: 1.D3; normal. 1.93
Swon prrttpltatlon. 2S M: normal.
M47. River height. .1 of a foot. (Re
port by U. S. Weather Bureau. i
OA nUrl as second
matUr at Salem.
WASHINGTON Deputy Sheriff George Minielly of
Portland, Ore., testifies today before the Senate rackets
Investigating committee. (AP Wlrcphoto)
A-Power Rated Cure
For Pollution of Air
WASHINGTON (UP) floss
Gunn, a top meteorologist, said
today atomic power offers the only
sure cure for air pollution.
"The only way we arc ever teo-
ing to solve the pollution prob
lem." he said, "is to have olomic
power that doesn't dump ash and
olher mailer into the air."
Gunn, the Weather Bureau's dir
ector of physical research, also
told the annual meeling of the Na
tional Academy of Sciences that
air pollution threatens to change
present rain patterns.
While there would be no de
crease in total rainfall, he said,
indications arc that increasing air
pollution will result in fewer and
Gunn cited experiments with syn
thetic clouds in a special m-foot
sphere at Hitchcock, Tex. He said
the experiments backed up Ihe
(henry that foreign particles in
polluted air result in sky moisture
forming inlo minute droplets too
small to (all.
"If you dump enough junk into
the air. you are going to decrease
the initiation of rain, he said.
Gunn also said that, although
"there are a thousand variables."
atomic contamination of the air
.on 95 -
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J0 JO A" J6J94J.UQ
tflj.. - 'foil g'-1 -j j
signed a "false" affidavit reflecting on a
key Senate rackets investigation witness
under threats from Minielly. He followed
them on the stand at a public hearing of
the special senate committee investigating
racketeering in labor unions and industry.
would have the same effect.
He called for a worldwide ef
fort "lo clean up the atmosphere
as a whole" to prevent changes
in weather patterns.
GEN. OLD FORECASTS
35-HOUR GLOBAL HOP
DAYTON, Ohio ( The gen
eral who led the January flight
of B52s around the world in 45
hours said here Tuesday nighl he
sees no bar to a 35-hour globe
Ma. 'Gen. Archie J. Old Jr.,
the flight leader, was a speaker
at a special Air Force program.
Tho program marked the public
unveiling of the '"New Orleans.'"
a Douglas air cruiser that made
history 33 years ago in an around-Ihc-world
The plane was presented lo Ihe
Wrighl-Pattersnn Air Force Rase
Museum by the Douglas Alrcnfl
Of the January flight, Gen. Old
said Ihe Strategic Air Command
i'SACi "could do it again tomor
row, and in seven or eight hours
Affidavit Repudiated in Senate
Probe as Having Been Wrung
By MinieUy's Threats
WASHINGTON (AP) - Two women testified
.Wednesday' they signed a
on a Key Senate rackets investigation witness under
threats from a Portland, Ore., deputy sheriff. The
deputy denounced the women's story as a "hoax."
Deputy George Minielly took the witness chair af
ter nenring the testimony ot tne-
two womon and shouted: "This
is the greatest hoax ever pushed
on tne American public.
Heard of Kaplan Threat
Minielly swore too that "I never
threatened anyone in my life."
Ho said ne had been told Arthur
Kaplan, deputy attorney gen
eral of Oregon, had threatened
both women with perjury charges
if they didn't reverse the story
given in the affidavit.
The women repudiating the af
fidavit in testimony to the Senate
rackets Investigating committee
were Mrs. Kathleen Uicillo coop
er Weeks, an admitted prostitute
and Mrs. Mary Childress, who
identified herself as a housewife.
The affidavits, made by Mrs.
Weeks, a young blonde, and
signed by Mrs. Childress as a wit'
ncss wns offered to tho senators
some week ago by Mnyor Terry
D, Schrunk of Portland and Oro
gon Teamtcrs boss Clyde Crosby,
The Intention was to impeach
the credibility ot James B. (Big
Jim) Klkins, Portland - racketeer
who had testified that some
Teamsters officials ; had formed
an alliance with some political
figures to "muscle in" on rackot
proius in roruana. ' -
Narcotics Are Charged
Tho affidavit accused Klkins of
gelling money from organized
prosiuuuon and of using narcot
ics. He had denied that under oath
before tho committee.
Both Mrs. Weeks and Mrs. Chil
dress denied in testimony Wednes
day tho truth of the affidavit. Mrs.
Weeks said sho had met Elkins
only once and had no knowledge
that he had accepted tho profits
of proslitutcs or taken narcotics.
In the sequence of Wednesday's
hcuring, Minielly swore as the
first witness that the affidavit was
given him voluntarily by the
women. They then testified that
what they had said In the affidavit
against Klkins was untrue and
only given under threats of being
Minielly, brought back to the
stand, was asked by Chairman
McClcllan (D-Arkl If he had any
comment on the women's sworn
Afler denouncing their tcslimony
as a "hoax Minielly said, I
stand on my record and my testi
Signed m Witness
Mrs. Childress told Ihe commit
tee she merely had signed Mrs.
Weeks' affidavit as a witness.
She said she did not know wheth-
thc stalcmcnls made were
true. She also said sho didn't
know Klkins and had no knowl
edge of any of his activities.
Mrs. Childress described herself
as "unemployed and a housewife,"
f am married." she said. I
am not a prostitute.
Under questioning by commit
tee counsel Robert Kennedy,
however, she said she had been
arrested for prostitution in 1M.
It was just once," she said.
She supported Mrs. W c e k s'
story of threats by Minielly prior
to the signing of the affidavit.
Mrs. Weeks said she feared
that she and Mrs. Childress were
extradited from Mexico City to
Portland In connection with a
burglary at Ihe residence of May
Clark, an aide to Klkins, which
(Continued on P-ige 5, Column 3
less with jet tankers doing the
refueling." And he added:
"As a matter of fact, when they
get the new KCI35 jet tankers.
I can see no bar to going around
the world in 35 hours."
The New Orleans madf the 11124
trip which started from Seattle
in 173 hours of rough flying
through snow, sleet, rain, thunder
storms and fog. Before it was
over, the plane required eight en
Three other planes the "Seat
tle." tho "Boston," and the "Chi
cago" started out on the trip, but
only Ihe New Orleans and tho
Chicago made It.
When first the New Orleans,
and later the Chicago, returned
the United Stales was the first
nation to circumnavigate the
earth by air.
"false" affidavit reflecting
2 Dead, 7 111
Poison in Gary
' GARY. Ind. (UP)-A medical
official said today "some sort of
acute poisoning" apparently is re
sponsible for an outbreak of mys
terious stomach cramps .whlcu
have killed two children and hos
pitalized seven others.
Dr. Samuel J. Bra dy, Gary
Health Board secretary, said steel
city residents nave become jittery
as a result of the outbreak, and "I
suppose everybody in Gary has
Tho stomach attacks began dur
ing the weekend when Joan
Smith, 3, and her brother, Dwight,
if montns, aiea ot tne ailment at
Gary Methodist Hospital. Tho
cause of .their deaths has not yel
been- determined. ...
The victims' four brothers and
sisters, who also were stricken,
am in' JT ChlrnOA fonenltnl .whArat
nffinlfllK snv thev nra rcwvurArinff
Avtv j,v,iiuuia ui uiu ennuis,
Gregory McLoud. 7, and his broth
er, Arthur, 14, were hospitalized
with cramps Monday, and Alonzo
Jacob, 9, who lives about a mil
from tho Smith home, was taken
to a hosptal Tuesday.
Brady said it appeared the chil
dren were suffering front poison
ing. "It's possible it all stems from i
single cause," he said, "but so far
we don t know what it is."
To Be Poured
At Priest Dam
BPHHATA. Wash. HI The
first concrete for the Priest
Rapids Dam across the Columbia
River will be poured in an official
Gov. Roscllini will handle the
switch for the . first pouring for
tho massive slructuro which,
eventually will stretch more than
a mile across the river. Sen. Jack
son 'D-Wash also will participate .
in tne oiuciai ceremony.
The dam will he the first to he
buill on the Columbia by a county
public utility district. It is a proj
ect of the Grant County PUD,
wilh other agencies lined up In the
power-sharing agreement. It is
estimated as a lM-million-dollar
The concrete will he poured he
hind a cofferdam built to hold the
river out of the initial construc
tion area. More than two years
will be required to complete the .
project. , i
Ihe pouring ceremony is set for
INewB in Brief
For Wednesday. April !4, 1957
2 Women Dope Addicts
Accuse Schrunk Aide Sec. 1, P. 1
AEC Opens Hanford To
Newsmen's Tour Sec. 1, P, 1
Hearing Planned Sec. 1, P. 5
Contract Let lor Slate Farm
Regional Office . Sec. 2, P.' 1
Strawberry Growers Plan
Research Project . Sec. 2, P. 1
British Cool to Peace Notes
From Bulganin Sec. 1, p. 2
Senators Slate Final
Workout Tonight Sec. 2. P. 2
North Salem Tics for
District Lead . . Sec. 2. P. 3
Amusements . Sec. 1, P. 2
Editorials Sec. 1, P. 4
Locals Sec. 1, P. S
Sec. 2, P. 1
Society Sec. 1, P. 6-7
Comics Sec. 2, P. a
Television Sec. 2, P. 9
Want Ads Sec. 2, P. 910
Markets Sec. 2. P. 7
j Dorothy Dix Sec. 2. P. 12
l Crossword Puzzle ... Sec. 2, P. 0
Home and Garden ...Sec. 1, P. I