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The El Reno Daily Tribune
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El Reno, Oklahoma, Tuesday, March 16,1954
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Vol. 62, No. 324
legislation Is Urged
To Finance 15 Cent
Per Pound Rollback
^WASHINGTON, March 16—(U.R)—
The butter industry today endorsed
a plan to cut grocery store prices
of butter by 23 cents a pound.
R. H. Farr, a spokesman for the
American Butter institute, Chicago,
called for legislation authorizing
the commodity credit corporation
to finance a 16 cents per pound
rollback in butter prices.
I'arr was among five witnesses
of the dairy industry committee.
®n organization of seven national
dairy associations, testifying on
dairy problems before the senate
Another industry committee
spokesman, Robert J. Remaley of
•the American Dry Milk institute, said
the bulk of OOC’s dry milk sur-
pluses will have to be given away
or sold overseas at reduced prices.
Butter Plies Up
The dry milk surpluses amounted
to more than 503,000,000 pounds
as of March 3.
The COC held more than 301,000,
000 pounds of butter on the same
Farr specified that the 15 cents
per pound rollback the industry en-
dorsed would be in addition to price
reductions of about eight cents a
-pound due on April 1 as a result
of lower COC price supports.
Farr, in testimony prepared for
the senate committee, asserted “this
would result In an approximate re-
tail price decline of 23 cents a
pound.” In most places, this would
bring down grocery store butter
prices to about 57 cents a pound.
The present level is about 80 cents.
Plan Is Outlined
The rollback plan—Which Fan-
recommended for surpluses now In
government warehouses as well as
future production until the CCC
surplus is liquidated—would work
OCC would buy from producers
at support levels and resell im-
mediately into trade channels at
the 15-cent lower price.
Parr did not attempt to estimate
The agriculture department,
meanwhile, was still undecided to-
day about which cities to pick to
serve as -pilot projects” in an at-
tempt to unload millions of pounds
of the surplus butter.
Housewives will get a break in
butter prices in the areas they
But, after a late meeting yester-
day, officials had not selected the
sites for the bargain sales or the
gimmick they would use to move
the butter out.
OKLAHOMA CITY. March 16—
(Ay-Irvin Hurst, Oklahoma City in-
surance man, announced today he
will file as a Democratic candidate
for lieutenant governor this year
against incumbent James E. Berry.
Hurst made the race four years
ago, placing second in a field of 13.
However Berry won without a run-
In his announcement, Hurst made
an issue of Berry’s long tenure.
Berry, a Stillwater banker, is now
seeking his sixth term.
"The constitution limits the
governor to one term but Oklahoma
has witnessed the spectacle of one
individual trying to make a life
tenure out of the office of lieuten-
ant governor,” Hurst said.
-One of the most important func-
tions of lieutenant governor is serv-
ing as president of the state senate.
Apparently the public is not aware
of that responsibility—but the
legislature is all too keenly aware
-There have been times in the
last 20 years when the senate was
embarrassed and even crippled by
an enept presiding officer thrust
Hurst, 49. was born in Indiana
and came to Oklahoma in 1913. He
was a newspaperman in Oklahoma
City and Okmulgee before entering
the insurance business.
• • Ay./
VERTICAL PLANE— This is navy’s new experimential fighter plane,
the XFV-1 produced by Lockheed Aircraft corporation which can
takeoff ahd land vertically, thus eliminating need for runways and
carrier decks in flight operations. The plane is shown standing on
tall in takeoff position. (NEA Telephoto).
Red Suicide Troops Fall
Back Before French Fire
HANOI, Indochina, March 16—(AP)—Screaming Viet-
minh shock troops surged today to within a half mile of the
Dien Bien Phu fortress, then faltered and fell back under
sheets of fire from the French garrison, carrying their dead
and wounded with them.
Masses of the Communist-led rebels staged the attack
from the encircling hills in a driving rain, firing rifles, pistols
and machineguns and throwing grenades and spears. French-
manned American guns tore wide gaps in their ranks. A
French army spokesman said
Vast New Field For
BERKELEY, Calif., March 16—
—The greatest thing yet in atom bered French union forces fought
smashers—a mammoth machine desperately to keep the plain out of
which will lead scientists onward rebel hands.
thousands of the rebels were
Unofficial estimates of the Viet-
mlnh dead and wounded in the
four days of battle for the wire-
ringed plain, in a strategic sector of
northwest Indochina, rose to be-
tween 6,000 and 8,000.
Broken, bullet-riddled bodies of
rebel dead dangled like scarecrows
on the barbed wire as the out-num-
into the exciting mysteries of the
atomic nucleus—was unveiled today
at the University of California.
With this electronic giant scient-
ists may turn up some more sur-
prise discoveries such as those
which led to the atom bomb. A vast
new field for deriving energy from
matter is among the possibilities.
It was the most savage battle of
the 7-year Indochina war. Early to-
day the outcome—certain to have a
major effect on the Geneva con-
ference next month—was stUl in
The fighting which began Satur-
day afternoon raged furiously
through last night as thousands of
Although scientists had to learn screaming Communist-led
something about the nucleus to backed by artillery from
make the A-bomb, they still don’t Communist China, charged repeat-
know much about it. To find out edty ^h® bristling, American-
more they must bust the atom armed defense of the fortress plain.
more thoroughly than ever before.
The new machine, called the Bev-
atron, is designed to do that.
The Bevatron, a part of famed
Professor Ernest O. Lawrence's
radiation laboratory, is a racetrack-
shaped affair of steel and copper
135 feet in diameter and 14 feet
The ”do-or-die” fanatic rebel
charges over the mounting bodies of
their own dead duplicated the
Communist onslaughts on united
nations troops in the Korean war.
For the first time in the long Indo-
china war. the Vietminh abandoned
Set Solo Contest
CALUMET, March • 16—Residents
of this Canadian valley community
are in for a treat next Tuesday
evening, March 23. when Junior
high and highschool students com-
pete in an elimination solo contest
for representation at the district
song festival to be held in Weather-
lord in April.
Four boys and four girls, from
both the Junior and senior high-
school groups, will be chosen to go
to Weatherford, during the occa-
sion, starting at S p. m. Tuesd ay
high—the largest nuclear research their guerrilla tactics for an all-out
instrument in existence.
Six EHS Athletes
Named for Honors
Six El Reno highschool boys have
been selected as members of the
National Athletic. Scholarship so-
ciety of secondary schools, on the
basis of superior grades for three
semesters, lettering in one major
sport or two minor sports, and
exemplification of high standards
of citizenship and sportsmanship.
The six who met qualifications for
membership this year are Buddy
Babcock, Bill Boyle, Jack Adair,
Harold Webster, Ricky Mathews and
The club was organized at El
Reno highschool last year with four
charter members who are seniors
this year continuing to maintain
their grade average.
The charter members are Bill
Bruce, Tom Rukes, Jack Slaughter
and Wayne Willis.
TUL8A, March 16 —(A*)— Colonel
Stanley Reiff, U. S. district engineer
said today he has made a recom-
mendation on the release of water
from Canton dam to Oklahoma City
but that the amount wont be dis-
closed until the chief of engineers in
Washington acts on the proposal.
Oklahoma City has asked for
10,000 acre feet of the water, or
about 3 ggUom.
In the first 48 hours of fighting,
the Vietminh wrested two northern
and northestem strongpoints from
the French union defenders. But the
French high command said the
center of the Vietminh-encircled
plain was still intact and the bal-
ance of the outer perimeter also
was still holding.
Of Tax Formula
Party Makes Plans
To Press Campaign
For Income Tax Cut
WASHINGTON, March 16 —(UJ0
— Democrat leaders refused today
to accept President Eisenhower’s
formula for taxes -fair to all” and
made plans to press their drive to
cut income taxes by boosting ex-
They demanded and got free ra-
dio and television time tonight to
answer the president's statement
opposing any -unsound tax propos-
al." Three congressional spokesmen
will present the Democrats case
from 8 to 8:15 pm. CST.
Democrats generally claimed the
president's grass-roots appeal last
night hadn’t changed any votes In
the house where debate on the in-
come tax issue starts tomorrow.
Hope to Turn Tide
But Republicans counted heavily
on Mr. Elsenhower’s request that
the -unsound proposal” be rejected
by congress. They hoped the address
would turn the tide against the
Democrats tax plan.
The Democratic aim is to knock
out of a pending big tax revision
bill a section easing the tax load
on income from dividends, and to
substitute their plan to increase
each personal exemption from $600
Mr. Eisenhower denounced this as
unfair. He said it would let some
taxpayers off entirely, while others
made up the loss. He said it would
wreck his efforts to balance the
budget and bring back deficit spend-
-We know, from bitter experience,
what such a policy would finally-
lead to.” said the president. “It
would make our dollars buy less. It
would raise the price of rent, of
clothing, and of groceries. It would
pass on still larger debts to our
Mr. Eisenhower said income taxes
were cut $5 billion in January. He
said when the time comes to cut
them further, they should be cut.
House Speaker Joseph W. Mar-
tin, Jr. (Republican Massachusetts)
praised the president’s plea and pre-
dicted the house will heed it.
Several Republicans who were
committed to support an increase in
personal exemptions said Mr. Eisen-
hower hadn’t changed their minds.
To Back Democrats
Representative Alvin E. OKonski
he will vote with the Democrats,
as planned. He said rising unem-
ployment, falling farm income, and
reduced overtime for factory work-
ers show the need for relief for the
Rep. Sam Rayburn (Texas),
house Democratic leader, said the
president failed to put over his
plea. ”1 didn’t see anything in it
that was convincing enough to
change the vote,” Rayburn asserted.
But he dodged making a prediction.
RESCUE—Lifeguards lift Mrs. Sylvia Duel up 40-foot cliff near San
Diego, Calif., after she slipped and fell into the surf Sunday. Her
husband, Delmer, went into water after her and is shown standing
on ledge, bottom, assisting lifeguards in the rescue. (NEA Telephoto).
McCain Ends His
Lawton’s Mayor To
Support Bill Logan
LAWTON, March 10—<^P)—Mayor
Joseph C. McCain today announced
his withdrawal from the Democratic
governor’s race in favor of his fel-
low townsman, Senator Bill Logan.
McCain’s action cut the field to
five candidates although several
other prominent Democrats are ex-
pected to make a decision any day.
The mayor indicated Logan's en-
try into the campaign was the de-
ciding factor In his withdrawal.
Logan issued a statement im-
mediately calling McCain’s action
a “fine, unselfish act.”
McCain said Logan had distin-
guished himself as a legislator so
effectively he has not had an op-
ponent in 14 years.
In announcing his entry Into the
race yesterday, Logan said he be-
lieves his program will appeal to
the eastern and central sections as
well as the west.
Favors Bond Issue
His program includes a bond
issue for free roads and a long-
range program for conservation and
distribution of water through co-
operation on a local and state level.
Both would be submitted to the
people for approval.
Loean, a booster for the turnpike
bills approved by voters in January,
predicted that people will nsk for
However, he said he believes n
free road bond issue would be ap-
propriate now. He did not say how
large it would be, but said it would
require no new taxes. He said pre-
sent gasoline taxes could be used to
pay off the bonds.
Sixth In Race
The 41-year-old Lawton senator
is the sixth candidate to announce
Of Red Cross
Officials of the Canadian county
Red Cross funds campaign voiced
concern today over an apparent lag
in contributions, following the first
two weeks of solicitations.
Cecil Ledbetter, information chair-
man for the drive, said most county
residents are giving to the fund
whenever they are contacted, but
that "it appears that too few people
are being contacted for contribu-
Ledbetter pointed out one El
Reno blockwocker who had col-
lected $468.25 in one El Reno busi-
ness block. He was Marlon Hlgby of
Kelso's department store.
“Marion worked the block very
thoroughly. He knocked on doors
of every business and living quarters
in his block, and his efforts showed
up in the total collections," Led-
Turnabout: McCarthy To
Take Witness Stand In
Army Probe - - Under Oath
WASHINGTON, March 16—(AP)—The senate investi-
gations subcommittee voted today to explore at public hear-
ings, with the witnesses under oath, the bitter charges and
counter charges between Senator McCarthy (Republican,
Wisconsin) its chairman, and army officials.
McCarthy himself agreed to take a seat on the sidelines—
with Senator Mundt (Republican, South Dakota) sitting aa
the acting chairman.
Mundt presided at the closed door meeting at which five
resolutions were adopted setting up the ground rules.
Senator McClellan (Democrat, Arkansas) who calls sig-
nals for the group’s Democratic members, told reporters he
would insist at the closed
door meeting that the sub-
1. Ask that its parent body, the
senate government operations com-
mittee, take over the inquiry.
Get New Staff
2. Have all testimony taken in
3. That the group hire a "special
and Impartial” staff to assist in the
hearings. A reporter asked whether
he was disposed to "let the staff
that is under fire’’ participate and
McCleUan answered “No, sir."
The subcommittee’s entire mem-
bership of four Republicans and
three Democrats turned out for the
meeting. Senator Lennon (Republi-
can-North Carolina), a member oi
the parent government operations
committee, went into the room a
few minutes after session was con-
Senator Keeps Mum
McCarthy, who had declared earl-
ier he would fight any moves to
have the subcommittee step aside
and hand the Inquiry over to some
other group, refused further com-
ment as he went into the meeting.
McCarthy heads the government
operations committee as well as the
investigations subcommittee. Mc-
Clellan is the senior Democratic
member of both groups.
Senators Symington (Democrat- _______ _
Mo> and Jackson (Democrat-Wash- from Tuis.norttea.tto JopUnTlio.:
Murray Tacks Name
On Wichita Highway
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 16-
(AV- April 1 was set by the Okla-
homa turnpike authority today ofr
the start of preUminary surveys on
three new proposed turnpike routes
in the state.
Bids were received from six firms
for a feasibility report on revenue
from the toilroads and four bids
were received for traffic surveys.
Details of the bids will not be re-
leased until the authority has a
chance to negotiate with the firms
wanting to do the work.
The authority also approved an
agreement with the highway com-
mission for an advance of $60,000
to start the work. Authority offi-
cials can draw $465,000 from com-
mission funds for preUminary sur-
veys and repay it from revenue from
sale of bonds.
Proposed toilroads, aU linking with
the Turner turnpike, would extend
ington) spoke staunch support for
McClellan's stands as they went into
Oklahoma City southwest to Texas
and Oklahoma City north to Kan-
could shed further light on the
Frank P. Carr, the subcommittee’s
the hearing. Uke McCleUan, they 1M A proposed turnpike In
said they would demand alio that wouM ^ect with the Oklahoma
the army and McCarthy give them I route et the state line and
additional available documents that to f city.
Governor Johnston Murray looked
longingly at the proposed toUroad
from Oklahoma City toward Wlchi-
chief of staff who la one of those ta, Kan., today and said that's
under fire and Robert F. Kennedy, the highway he want! named after
special counsel to the Democratic him.
members, stayed only briefly inside
the meeting room with the senators.
They left, refusing to comment.
Plans for their annual Future
Farmers of American banquet, to
be held here April 20, were dis-
cussed by members of the Q Reno j rorlhe^mMrate^^lnaUon: He
Lions club at their regular noon a former president pro tempore
luncheon meeting toaay. j of the senate.
C. Riley 8trong, club president, He said he will open his state
named three committees to prepare headquarters in Oklahoma City by
for the event and appointed Bill April 15. He has not announced his
Gustafson as chairman, and Leslie campaign manager.
Roblycr, vice chairman, for the Other candidates who have an-
He admitted that some blocks had
a better potential than others, and' go near the meeting room,
said that he didn't wish to point
out certain areas where the drive
was lagging, but that $3,479.50 is a
long way from the county’s $11,660
Meridian community turned in
$80, exceeding its quota, while
O k a r c h e residents contributed
$354.81 to Mrs. Harryetta Emerson,
falling short of the quota for that
Ledbetter said some 71 of 250 El
Okayed by Lawmaker!
"I guess I ought to have some-
City Man To
The legislature last year passed a
resolution that the first of three
proposed turnpikes to be started
should be called the Johnston Mur-
Murray said he prefers the route
north from Oklahoma City because
it passes through an area where he
The Tulsa-Oklehoma City toll-
road, opened last year, Is named for
Quota Passed In
Heart Fund Drive
WASHINGTON, March 16 —(A5}
An El Reno railroad worker, con-
vlcted of first degree manslaughter, former Governor Roy J. Turner,
left for the state penitentiary at
Reno blocks have been completed, McAlester today to begin serving a
while several outlying communities, 15-year prison sentence—two years,
including Yukon, have not yet re- almost to the day, after the crime
ported. was committed.
Bert Ridlnger was found guilty In
district court here May 22, 1952, of
shooting to death another railroad
man, Henry B. Keith, at their home — Secretary of State Dulles said to-
ln the 100 block on South Roberts day President Elsenhower has auth-
The Canadian county Heart Fund early on the morning of March 15, ority to retaliate against an enemy
campaign, which closed the last of 1952. j attack on Paris or London, without
February, has passed its quota of The shooting occurred after the a specific congressional war declara-
$1,800 by making collections which Pair and their companions returned tion. just as he has power to retal-
total $2,020.20. | borne from a dance.
This figure was announced today Ridinger was sentenced by District
by Avery A. Johnston, Yukon route Judge Baker H. Melone on June 28,
1, county chairman for the cam- *952, and subsequently appealed the
paign, who said that an additional cafie-
$291.51 for the 1951 campaign’s ac- I His appeal was turned down by
Stahl To Address
Steve Stahl, executive vice presi-
dent of the Oklahoma public ex-
penditures council, will speak at a
meeting of the Canadian county
Joint organizations committee here
Avery A. Johnston, Yukon route
1, chairman of the committee, said
the meeting will be held at 7 p. m.
in Bradford's cafe.
Stahl has held his position with
the expenditures council since its
inoeption in July, 1946, and also is
chairman of the national confer-
ence of the 8tate Taxpayers associ-
ation, a position he has held for
the past six years.
The county committee is com-
posed of representatives from the
El Reno chamber of commerce, the
Farm Bureau, Farmers Union,
Orange, Rural Council and the Yu-
kon Lions club.
FARMERS UNION TO MEET
A meeting will be held by mem-
bers of the Farmers Union at Meri-
dian school Friday at 8 p. m.. It
has been announced by Herbert
Jim Wilkinson was named chair-
man of a ticket committee, com-
posed of Clem Cherry, Ralph Myers,
Bill Marshall, Carman Samples and
Mervil J. Meyer and Bruce Ha£nes
were appointed on a printing com-
mittee and Asa Mayfield, Gene
Dozier and Miles Wood were ap-
pointed as members of the arrange-
Lions members will meet in the El
Reno highschool cafeteria for their
luncheon next Wednesday noon with
a program to be presented by high-
nounced Include senate pro tempore
Raymond Gary, Madill; William O.
Coe and John B. Odgen of Okla-
homa City and R. P. Matthews,
Partly cloudy and warmer with
increasing southerly winds tonight.
Wednesday, partly cloudy and war-
mer with strong southerly winds
and some blowing dust. Low to-
night near 40. High Wednesday in
late against an attack on New York
Dulles said the president has such
authority under the North Atlantic
treaty—which embraces 14 coun-
tries from Canada through Turkey-
count also had been found in the the state criminal court of appeals and under the inter-American de-
bank after long being overlooked, *n Oklahoma City last Dec. 9, and fense treaty covering all the Am-
and had been added to this year’s a mandate was filed in district
collections to make a grand total court here early this month,
of $2,311.71. | County Attorney James V. Phelps
El Reno alone with a quota of sa^d be had been notified of the
$1,250, raised $1,387.76 in the Heart court’s actlon and added that the
Fund campaign, while Yukon, with deadbne for delivering Ridinger to
a quota of $250, fell short with 5tate penitentiary had been
contributions of $72.09. at March 20-
At a news conference, Dulles de-
fended his policy of deterring pos-
sible new Soviet aggression by build-
ing up new massive power of re-
taliation in the United States. He
said that uncertainty on precisely
when, where and how the United
TAKES TIME TO PLEAD
Wesley Dyer, accused in county Rolla E- Smith. special deputy,
court of omitting to provide for his
minor children, in a case filed Tu/a CaaL C^IiaaI
March 8, asked 24 hours in which to ' WU nUUI
plead when arraigned before Judge Pncfr nf CflluiYIfit
Roy M. Faubion Monday. His bond
was set at $500.
Ridinger was taken to McAlester states would retaliate is the key
today by Deputy F. R. Preston and to the success of the policy.
Black Panther Keeps Californians Indoors
LOS ANGELES, March 18—(U.R)
Eerie screams that "sounded like
a cat but only more so,” sent
police officers into a wooded area
north of downtown Los Angeles
today searching for a vicious
Two policemen heard the
screams several times after they
were summoned to the area by
a man trembling with fright.
Officers who had been search-
ing in a residential section about
four miles away, where the miss-
ing 140-pound “killer” cat was
reported seen last night, we’t
called in on the new search.
Patrolmen M. N. Alexander and
R. E. Brown sent out a call for
reinforcements at about 4 a. m.
today only minutes after they
answered the call of a frightened
man. Moments after the man told
them of hearing "a terrible cat-
like scream” from a clump of
nearby trees, the officers reported,
they, themselves, heard a scream.
"We heard an awful screeching
and It was close,” Alexander said.
“It sounded like the scream of an
Officers aimed with shotguns
plunged into the wooded area hu!
failed to flush the giant black
The animal, pound for pound
one of the most vicious of all
Jungle beasts, was reported yes-
terday to have escaped from a
Police who combed the area
where it was reported seen last
night were spurred by a warning
from the panther’s owner, Wayne
-Don't fool with this baby and
don't try to capture him alive,"
Roberts said. “He’s uncompromis-
ingly vicious . . . shoot him on
CALUMET, March 16—Electors
in this independent school district
will choose between two candidates
seeking the office as a member of
the board of education when they
go to annual meeting next Tuesday
A. C. Daughety and Loy Spear
have both filed for position, ac-
cording to a report by J. L. Cran-
fill, school board clerk.
The electors will also decide on
the usual five-mill levy, plus an
additional 16-mill levy, for opera-
tion of the school during the next
year. The overall estimate of
Itemised current expenses for that
period is $3,600 more than last
year, according to the
Two Deny Charges
In County Court
Two men charged in county
court with burglary and with rob-
bery following a battle with Sheriff
Tiny Royse and his deputy, Melvin
Welch, last week, entered pleas of
innocent bmefore County Judge
Roy M. Faubion upon arraignment
The two, Elisha Woods, who
earlier had been charged under
the name of Joe Woods, and Willie
D. Middleton, denied chargee of
taking a car from the sheriff and
deputy, and also denied burglarising
of Wiedemann and Sons service
station and grocery near Piedmont.
Preliminary hearings for the pair,
in both cases, were set for 10 a. m*
March 18. Ball In the tottery
was aet at $3,000.
A third man. Ji
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