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G apit al jlJou rnal
CONTINUED FAIR through Sun
day except patchea of fog in early
morning hours. Low tonight, 42;
high Sunday, 75.
69th Year, No. 105
Salem, Oregon, Saturday, May 4, 1957 rt"3TSS Price 5c
High Water Sends
v;? Families Out
' 't DALLAsTtcx. (UP) -Texas
rivers and creeks,
driven out of their banks
again by new deluges,
.flooded out every home
and store in one town today and
drove 40 families to higher ground
in Wichita Falls.
Floods from cloudbursts Friday
along the' headwaters of the Braz
os and Bosque rivers rushed south
toward Waco, in Central Texas.
Waco was hit by a flood when a
' Continuing siege of cloudbursts and
tornadoes started in Texas April
New Sabine Crest
, About 250 miles east of Dallas,
another flood crest pushed slowly
. down the Sabine River. It drained
' tlowly out of the homes of 300
persons and from over 1,000 oil
wells in Gregg County. Tex., as
It edged southward toward the
Gulf of Mexico.
But for the first time since the
'-disaster started, forecasters at the
North Texas Regional Weather
Bureau predicted that the rains
and storms may be coming to an
i All Buildings Flooded
Every building in the town of
Dennis, along the headwaters of
the Brazos 40 miles from Fort
Worth, was flooded. Its 200 resi
dents, most of whom were flooded
out in an earlier river rise sun
' day. fled to higher ground.
It was still raining in Wichita
Falls. Hollidav Creek, unable to
discharge its walers into the al
'; ready-high Wichita River, backed
'over 25 or 30 blocks and into 40
The residents of Freeport, Tcx.:
. at the mouth of the Brazos River,
had a new problem from a river
' crest that passed them earlier in
the week. It was rattlesnakes.
5 The serpents poured out of the
lowlands to higher ground behind
i the city, buzzing every time they
' '? were approached. At ... least 50,
.4 -.- , trnrn UaA In nir
ItUlglllM, Ml mi" "
feet, have already been killed. One
i snase numer Kiueu u.
i MADISON, Wis. m Political
i considerations both in Wisconsin
? and Washington indicated Satur-
' day that a special election win ne
' called auickly to fill the U.S.
' Senate vacancy created by the
death of Joseph R. McCarthy.
' If all the moves to implement
I such an election were made im-
mediately, the balloting could be
4 he's cary in Ju,v- But Gov-
; Vernon Thomson, like McCarthy
a Republican, has declined to
' reveal his plans. He said last
night that no announcement will
' be made until after funeral serv-
ices for the late senator are
completed on Tuesday. ,
Senate Balance Important
': McCarthy. 48, died Thursday
evening in Washington of acute
One of the prime considerations
Stemming from . Washington m
connection with Thomson's inv
pending decision is the delicate
balance in the United Stales Sen
ate, now composed of 46 Repub
licans and 49 Democrats.
sAmong the vital factors in
Tjsconsin is the feeling by slate
Republican leaders that they have
a good cnancc io nil me unex
nired term with one of their can
didates. Wisconsin has not sent a
Democrat to the Senate since the
Chief among the GOP possibili
ties is Waller Kohler, who com
pleted his third term as governor
the first of this year. Kohler, a
firm supporter of President Eisen
hower, had indicated even before
leaving office that he was consid
ering running against McCarthy
for the nomination in 1058.
Man Tells of
How he was beaten and robbed
by three strangers at midnight
was described to city police Sat
urday morning by George W
Brask. Ill Chemekcta Street.
Brask said he was returning to
his apartment at that address
when the three men appeared
suddenly from some hiding place
and knocked him down.
He attempted !o fight back, he
said, but one of them kicked him
in the head, and he was repeated
ly kicked about the body. We
quit resisting them, he said, and
they took his money, about 13.
Bro'k described one of the men
a young with light hair and com
aieiibn. and wearing a brown
iiwwD. It said he could not
Parade Heralds Weekend
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Members of the Kelzer Junior Saddle
Club had several of the 182 horses which
pranced in a long parade through Salem
Saturday morning. The parade, a preview
of the horse show at the state fairgrounds
A group of Lebanon cowgirls
won the top award at the Satur
day morning horse parade through
The Lebanettes, 18 well-dressed
ladies with expertly trained horses,
were judged best dressed group
in the parade by judges from the
sponsoring Salem Saddle club.
Other winners included Mert
Kuhl of Salem, best dressed cow
girl; Doss Shannon of Salem best
dressed cowboy; "Donna Huey ot
Salem, best dressed junior cow
girl; and Phil Jackson of Salem,
best dressed junior cowboy.
The parade was a prelude to the
annual Western Horse Show which
will be held tonight at 8 o'clock
and Sunday at 1 p.m. at the State
U. S. Reporter
DAMASCUS. Syria m A crowd
of screaming teen-agers Saturday
attacked an American correspond
ent covering Syria's by-election
in which factions of the Left and
Right arc rivals.
The correspondent. Wells Han-
gen of the National broadcasting
Co., suffered a few minor bruises
and his clothing was torn.
Hangen was making a sound re
cording in front of a women's
polling place where youths were
chanting slogans for the opposing
An officer warned Hangen to
"I began to go and he started
shouting at me," Hangen said. "I
asked him not to shout, and all
at once the kids came at me."
Hangen broke loose from the
crowd and escaped to his hotel,
a half block away.
Other American correspondents
were in the area, but got out un
Final Action on Major Taxation
School Bills Slated Next Week
By PAUL W. HARVEY JR.
"" Associated Press Writer 1
The Oregon Legislature, going
into what it hopes will be its final
days, plans to take final action
next week on its major taxation
and school legislation.
On next Friday the 117ih day
of the session this Legislature
will have become the longest in
history. Leaders expect to wind
up in two or three weeks.
Here is the status of the major
Tax program The House ap
proved the four-bill package to in
crease personal, corporation and
inheritance taxes this week. The
Senate is expected to vote on it
late next week.
Basic school fund increase of
SI per cent No action yet, but a
Ways and Means Subcommittee
plans to vote Monday. There are
indications that it will approve a
much smaller increase than that
Key district bill to distribute
basic school funds The Senate is
expected tc act next week on the
House's comDromise version.
School building aid No action,
but somethine will he done after
the Ways and Means Committee
approves the rest of the state
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BUDGET CUT PLANNED
Rayburn Says Demos
To Slice Ike Budget
WASHINGTON HI Speaker of
the House Sam Rayburn (D-Tex)
told a group of Democratic gov
ernors Saturday Congress is go
ing to cut President Elsenhower s
budget and give the people a tax
cut that will help everybody.
Rayburn was quoted as having
added that-Congress hopes to cut
from three to five billion dollars
out of the spending budget of 71,-
i!00,000,000 "without hurting the
country." He did not set a time
for a tax cut.
Rayburn talked informally at a
breakfast attended by eight Dem
ocratic governors, here for
party conference sponsored by
Ihe Democratic National Commit
tee, and a few Democrats in Con
The breakfast was closed to
newsman. Sam Brightman, Dem
ocratic National Committee pub
licity chief, gave them an account
of what happened.
Rayburn was quoted as saying
he had served in Washington
under 10 Presidents and consid
ered the Eisenhower administra
tion the "most inept and most
partisan he had ever seen.
Freeman Gels I.augh
Gov. Orvillc -L. Freeman of
Minnesota reportedly brought
laugh from the breakfast gather
ing when he said he had heard
a rumor that if Eisenhower went
on television and radio to defend
his budget the Republicans would
ask tor equal time. Freeman ob
viously was referring to Republi
cans in both houses who have
criticized the size of the Eiscn
Democratic national chairman
Paul Butler commented that if
Maximum ytstrrdar, 69: minimum
today, 40. Total 24-nour precipitation,
0: for month. .50: normal. .25. Season
precipitation, 29.52; normal, 3S.11.
River height, .1 of a fool. (Report by
u. 8. weather Bureau.)
School district reorganization-
Passed by the House, the Senate
probably will vote on it next week.
Interim committee on govern
ment reorganization ,Now passed
by both houses.
Creating lieutenant governor
Approved by the House, and the
Senate should act on it next week.
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on the bill to transfer the State
Fair (rom , commission (o the;
Department of Agriculture. There
has been no action on the meas
ure to abolish the Board of Con
trol, but the House should approve
the bill early in the week.
Building program of 20 million
dollars A seven-member Ways
and Means Subcommittee begins
hearings Tuesday, and the pro-
is headed for some cuts.
Unemployment compe n s a 1 1 o n
benefits increase No action. The
i Senate Labor and Industries Com-
, mitlee probably will approve a
j small increase next week.
Industrial accident benefits In-
I crease Passed by the House.
ithev amount to 20 per cent. The
hills now are in Ihe Senale Labor
ana industries Committee.
Caj-SjUl$. Qevhymftnt De
Sunday, piled up traffic
throughout the downtown area and up the
Center Street bridge, seen in the back
ground. (Capital Journal Photo)
the Republicans did not ask for
equal time the Democrats would.
Previously the Democrats soft
pedaled the civil rights Issue to
attack monetary ana oiner poli
cies of the Eisenhower adminis
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. Wl-Shivering
cold and hungry, two teen-agers
sought for car theft and the un
intended abduction of a small boy
were caught early Saturday as
they stood on a railroad track.
They had eluded scores of offi
cers and farmers all night after
abandoning both the automobile
they took in Kansas City, Kan.,
Friday afternoon and the 2 ',4 -year
boy who was asleep on the rear
The child, recovered unharmed
later from a second car where
he had been placed, was Jimmy
Doc Draves, son of Mr. and Mrs.
James Draves. Draves is general
manager of a Kansas City, Kan.,
Sgt. W. E. Wilson of the Mis
souri Highway Patrol said the
boys identified themselves as An
thony Wayne Steinmetz, 14, and
Barry Allen Dugan, 15, both of
Kansas City. Kan.
The boys werebrought to the
Buchanan county Jail nere ana
held for juvenile authorities.
They told a rcportel they took
the Draves car for a joyride and
intended to drive it until it ran
out of gasoline. They said they
were unaware that the baby was
in it. Mrs. Draves had left the
child asleep on the seat when she
returned home from church and
parked in the driveway of her
parlmcnt No action in either
Reducing payments required un
der relative responsibility law
Now approved by both houses.
Capital punishment repeal
I rassea Dy Dom nouses ana win
be n , election bal ot
Providing minimum freight rate
- regulation Killed by the Senate.
Assessing ulilille. at higher tax
"""I "nd "'"''J? "
Killed bv the Senate,
Providing authority over rail
road passenger schedule reduc
tionsPassed by the Senate, now
in House committee.
Major election reform bill Ap
proved Friday by the House Elec
tions Committee, and the House
will vote on it early next week.
Bonds to construct Coast High
wayPassed by the House, and
mow in the Senate, which earlier
had approved another bill to do
ihe same thine
Suburban problems The Senate
voted to permit reduced city taxes
j in newly annexed areas, but the
attorney ffeneral sava it's uncon-
Btitutional. The house has voted
for county home rule The hill to
; permit creation of service districts
outside of cilics is being rewritten
- I in the House.
Schrunk, Langley, Police
Wildcat Strike Stops
Work on 4 Makes
Of Chrysler Ca rs
DETROIT W Wildcat strikes
stemming from a dispute over job
transfer rights idled 40,500 hourly
rated workers at Chrysler Corp.
plants in the Detroit area Friday.
The walkouts shut down produc
tion of Plymouth, Dodge, Chrysler
and Imperial cars.,- Only Desoto
output continued. Overtime opera
tions for Saturday wore canceled.
The workers were sent home by
the company when the walkout of
interplant truck drivers cut .off
supplies to assembly lines.
The truck drivers stayed off
their jobs in protest over the fir
ing of a driver and a United Auto
Workers Union - committeeman.
The company and HAW officials
said the work stoppage was un
authorized. The strike stemmed from a
long-standing dispute between
Chrysler and UAW Local 212 over
the movement of some stamping
division operations to a new plant
at Twinsnurg, onto.
The local had ordered its mem
bers not to move dies and fix
tures destined for the Ohio plant
until the company agrees to un
ion demands on hiring rights for
Detroit salaried personnel at
The truck driver and union
committeeman were , fired when
they refused to - move welding
equipment from one Detroit-area
plant to another.
Chrysler has said -that no sala
ried personnel WU be affected, im
mediately' by the move .to Twins
burg. If they are, the company
said, it will be ready to negotiate
a transfer agreement.
Local 212 has scheduled a strike
vote for Wednesday on the issue.
Chrysler has 114,000 hourly
rated and salaried r-orkers in all
divisions in the Detroit area. Na
tionwide, the company has 140.-
000 employes. -
Wonderful spring weather is
booked for Sunday in Salem and
the valley area, the forecast call
ing for fair conditions to prevail
through the holiday.
Saturday featured blue skies and
warm sunshine for the city with
the maximum expected to be In
mid-70's. A similar high is slated
A high of 69 was registered In
Salem for Friday. Mcdford had
the high mark in the state with 75
and Roseburg registered 72.
With the fair weather, many
Salem folk will be out on the high
ways for Sunday driving, or going
to the coast; and Salem Saddle
Clubbers are pleased with good
weather for their horse show per
LOUISVILLE, Ky. Wl Calu
met Farm's Iron Liege Saturday
won the 83rd Kentucky Derby by
the narrowest margins over
Ralph Lowe's Texas-owned Gal
Round Table was third. The
time for the mile an a quarter
was 2:02 15.
Milwaukee 000 000 000-4) 2 0
Pittsburgh 000 000 lOx 1 0
Pizarro, Trowbridge 18) and
Crandall; Law and Foilcs.
Cincinnati 0O0 000 050 S 10 1
New York 110 000 0002 8 4
Hecker, Freeman (8) and Bail
ey: Antonelli, Grissom (8) and
Home runs New York, Spencer.
St. Louis 000 001 1002 8 I
Brooklyn 010 010 002-4 9 1
McDaniel and Landrith; Craig,
Labine 8) and Campanella.
Home Run St. Louis, McDaniel
Brooklyn, Campanella, Neal.
Philadelphia 004 000 lo 5
Chicago 000 100 0012 4 I
Brosnan. Littlelield 3, Collum
'71 and Silvern, Necman 7i;
Sanford and Lopata.
Home Run Chicago, Long.
New York 000 020 0013 5
' Chicago 000 000 0O2 2 4
I Ford. Ditmar (21, Byrne
and Berra; Wilson. Lapalme 9i
Home run-New York Carey,
Members of the Oregon Youth
Legislature, who are scheduled
to meet here for their annual
sessions May 17 and 18, may
have to hold meetings somewhere
besides the stale Capitol build
It depends on the adult law
makers who are still holding
forth In the house of representa
tives and the senate chamber.
Gus Moore, general secretary
of the Salem Y.M.C.A., reports
the result of a poll taken with
Speaker Pat Dooley, President or
the Senate Boyde Overhulse aad
Governor Robert E. Holmes.
The trio said there was a possi
bility that the legislators would
pack up and leave by the time
their youthful proteges wanted
to move in, but the probability
was that the legislative gristmill
would continue to operate well
into the following week.
"We might be able to meet la
the Capitol for an hour or
May 17 and then take over the
entire facilities ihe following
day," said Moore. "However,
there Is nothing sure about It."
Moore said It would be ad
visable to set ap their program
elsewhere than the Capitol than
postpone the event. Two circuit
court rooms of Marlon county
are a possibility.
NEW YORK IUP1- Police ac.
cused gambler Frank Costello to
day of lying when he denied see
ing or knowing who tried to kill
A gunman shot Costello, long
reputea to ne an underworld rack
ets kingpin, Thursday night but
miiictea only a minor wound on
the back of his head. Costello told
police he didn't see the gunman
and had no idea why anyone would
want to kill him because "I
haven t an enemy in Ihe world."
Reason Not Learned
Chief of detectives James Lccsett
admitting he hasn't learned why
Costello was shot, said "I can
tell you this Costello is lying when
he said he didn't see the gunman.
Either he recognized the gunman,
or he knows why someone would
want to kill him, but he s not tell
beggctt said police are con
vinced from the nature of the
gambler's wound that he faced
tho triegcrman when the shot was
fired. He turned his head in the
nick of time they believe, and
the bullet smashed through his
hatband and merely creased his
Costello has refused to discuss
practically all angles on which he
has been questioned, Leggett indicated.
'Zoo' Playmates Get Morning Exercise
V "3? I a T' $V iV
There Is always plenty of entertainment
, at the Robert lladgctt home, 2765 Portland
Rd., when Susy (Siamese cat), Tiny (while
rat) and Sandy (German Shepherd) get
together for a romp. Susy and Tiny fight
AT HEARING HERE
End to Grand Jury
Picture on Section I, Page 1)
Multnomah County Dist. Atty. William' Langley
told the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee Friday
night that "the Legislature should give serious con
sideration to abolishing the grand jury system."
Langley, who has been convicted of not prosecut
ing gamDiing ana wno has Decn
indicted several other times in the
Multnomah County vice investiga
tion, added that "I am not In favor
of using the grand jury as a trap"
getting persons indicted for
Called as Witness
Langley was called to Salem
a witness to aid the committee
in considering bills dealing with
suspension of indicted officials,
making it illegal to use any device
to obtain recorded conversations,
and amending the laws dealing
with grand jury investigations.
He told tho committee that
Oregon law doesn't permit grand
juries to investigate on their own.
He also objected to the system
whereby the grand jury sits for
long periods and then Indicts
several people at once for various
crimes, listing the witnesses who
testified during the entire pro
ceeding. This, he said, makes It impos
sible for a defendant to learn
what witnesses specifically testi
fied against him. Langley added
that in some coses, 150 '"itnesses
would be listed but yet maybe
only 10 have testified against any
one detendant. -
The committee also heard Rich
ard R. Carney, attorney for Lang
leyj and then adjourned until
At Us next session, it was to
hear from K. C. Tanner, another
attorney for Langley,
On Friday, Sen. Warren Gill
(R), Lebanon, said that the com
mittee will interrogate Atty. Gen.
Robert Y. Thornton in executive
session about criticisms leveled
against him by the Multnomah
County grand jury,
NEW YORK Wt-Tinder-dry for
ests in New York and four of the
New England stales have been
closed to the public because of fire
New York Gov. Avcrell Harri-
man yesterday signed an order
putting this state's forests off lim
its at 12:30 p.m. today.
New Hampshire closed lis
woods to hunters and fishermen
10 days ago. Rhode Island and
Connecticut followed suit Thurs
day, while Massachusetts went
The forests were closed be
cause of the long spring dry spell.
By Witness at
PORTLAND W Thomas Mc
Laughlin, Seattle card room oper
ator, took the Fifth Amendment
and refused to testify at the trial
of Portland gambler Big Jim
Elkins on charges of violating
teaerat wiretap laws.
McLaughlin Is under state In
dictment on a charge of conspir
ing with Portland Dist. Atty. Wil
liam Langley and Thomas E.
Maloney of Spokane to expand
and control vice operations here.
Ho said, when asked by the U.S.
prosecuting attorney, if he could
identify his voice on some tape
recordings, that a reply might
tend to incriminate him under
both federal and state criminal
laws. "I therefore claim my con
stitutional privileges especially
under 1 the Fifth and Fourteenth
amendments. . .,' he said, declin
ing to reply. .
Identifies Voice, '
Earlier Maloney had Identified
his voice on one of the tapes and
said the recording was of a tele
phone conversation between him
and McLaughlin. -
Elkins, and his employe, Ray
mond Clark, are accused of Il
legally tapping and recording tele
phone conversations between Ma
loney and other persons.
Another witness at the U.
District Court trial yesterday was
Thomas Sheridan, former assist
ant administrator c the Oregon
Liquor Control Commission. He
Identified his voice on the record
ings and said the recordings were
of telephone conversations be
tween him and Moloney.
Yesterday was tho second time
that McLaughlin has refused to
testify about vice conditions here.
He took the Fifth Amendment
when he appeared before tho Sen
ate rackets labor committee in
Wnshington, D. C in March.
TACOMA m A slight earth
quake was reported shortly after
1 p. m. Saturday by persons liv
ing in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia
and Aberdeen. There were no re
ports of damage and the center of
the shock was not determined Immediately.
It out while Sandy referees. The Badgetts
also have parakeets, chickens, rabbits and
gold fish, prompting some of their friends
to kidriingly refer lo the "Badgett Men
agerie." (Capital Journal Fhoto)
PORTLAND (AP) - A
jury ran its score to 69 in
dictments Saturday and
told Portland it still has a
long way to go before cor-.
rupuon can oe wiped out here. .
Tho busiest of four grand iurles .
to investigate vice in the oast
year, the jury submitted two final .
indictments and a lengthy report
critical of Dist. Atty. . William
Langley, Mayor Terry Schrunk
and local police. . .
One Convlctloa ' 1 . A
Langley has been convicted rJ -
falling to prosecute gamblers. He '
faces six other indictments.
Schrunk faces five.
In a surprise move the srnnil
jury also recommended that Atty. ''
uen. noDerr. x. lnornton ot Ore
gon, named last' year to conduct !
the vice investigations, be re
placed in the probe. ' ' -
"The appalling inability of our '
attorney general to perceive the-
urgent public need ' for force- '
ful action ... has been lncreas- '
ingly evident to us. . .," the re
Nine Weeks of Work
The report wound un nine weeks
of work. It was delivered to the
presiding state circuit court judge .
here, Charles W. Redding. The
jury presented a list of steps It
said Thornton had failed to take.
The jury recommended that the ,
Oregon State Bar draw up a list
of -attorneys competent to take V
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w'i uinv uie uuveroor ap
point one to head the vice investl- :
Ironically, while the (rand jury ,
was preparing this report. Thorn- '
ton was. in Salem at a legislative -hearing,
testifying against pro- .
posals to do away with (rand
juries or restrict their freedom. (
''I am a believer in the grand I
jury system," Thornton said. ,. '
1M Indictments - .
There have been mora than Ina 1
indictments against more than 4 i
persons in the year-long investl-
gation, but the grand jury said, . '
"There is considerable evidenea ;
of wrongdoing yet to be uncov
Narcotics and nrnstllnllnn
should be high on the list of the '
next grand jury, the report said,
adding, "the interrelation nf nn.
derworld characters ind the over
lap of criminal activity indicate ;
to us the existence of a substantial
traffic in narcotics and its co
existent evil, commercialized
. 'Gross Abuses'
Tho report spoke of "cross mis.
uses of law enforcement machin- -cry
"by the misalliance of Dist.
Atly. Langley and Mayor (and ,
former sheriff) Schrunk."
Langley still is in office, desnlta
his conviction, while his attorneys :
argue for an appeal.
Schrunk. who has not come to
trial, and Langley assert they are
being framed by gambler Big
Jim Elkins because they would
not protect his activities.
it was hiking' story a year ago.
accusing Langley and others of :
having a hand in Portland vice,
that storied the investigation.
Elkins repeated his story before
the Senate rackets committee ear- ,
licr this year.
We have entertained no illu
sions about the background of
James B. Elkins. . . . However we
cannot but note that the loudest
accusers of Elkins are the very
persons who wcro in a position
to and had a duty to prosecute
him for his nefarious activities
during this past year," the re
Elkins Faces Indictments
Elkins also faces a number of
indictments, ranging from boot-
(Continued on page 7, column 1)
ISews in Brief
For Saturday May 4, 1157
Texas Still Gets Floods Sec. 1, P. 1
Early Wisconsin Election
Expected Sec. 1, P. 1
New Tax Plan Out? . Sec. 2. P. 1
South End Residents
Being Polled Sec. 2, P. 1
Stay ton Sets Recreation
Schedule .......... Sec. 1, P. 1 .
Fate of Control Board .
Up to Senate ......See. 2, P. t
South, North Split
Contests Sec. 2, P. 2 '
Texas Golf Rained Out Sec. 2. P. 1
Amusements ... Sec. 1, P. 2
Editorials Sec. 1, P. S
Locals Sec. I, P. 7, Sec. II, P 1 -
Society Sec. 1, P. 4-5
Comics Sec. 2, P. 4 I
Television ! Sec. 2, P. 6 ;
Want Ads Sec. 2. P. d-7-8-9
Dorothy Dix Sec. I, P. 7 j
Crossword Puule ... Sec. 2, P. in
Church Sec. t, P.