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Ada Evening News, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1962, Ada, Oklahoma Edmondson Decides Against Special Legislative i. lilt. A ____ J_n_l TT C Decision Means U.S. Court Has Reapportionment Task OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. J. Howard Edmondson declared flatly today he will not call a spe- cial legislative session this sum- mer because a majority of the House and Senate members told him they could not vote a reap- portionment law taking effect im- mediately before the 1963 ses- sion. Edmondson indicated that a 3- judge federal court which on June 19 ordered reapportionment in Oklahoma will have to do the job itself. He said an initiative petition now pending before the state Su- preme Court might not satisfy fed- I eral judges since it would not take effect until 1964 and it might be defeated by the people anyway. The governor said he will not decide on whether to call .a spe- cial election on the petition until is cleared by the Su- preme Court. Action by the court is expected within the next two weeks. The federal court is to -go back into session July 31, and has said it will take further action on re- aligning Oklahoma's legislative districts to give cities a bigger voice unless the state is taking steps by that time to settle the problems itself. Edmondson inter preted the court's order last month as re- quiring reapportionment this year, thus washing out the May pri- maries. He wrote legislators ask- ing if they could vote for such a proposal and if they thought it could be passed. In rejecting a special session Edmondson .said: "We have responses from over two-thirds of the members of the House and Senate. I think it's safe to assume that at least most of those who did not reply to my letter would be opposed to a re- apportionment law. "From the responses I receiv- ed, it's clear that the results or- dered by the federal court would not be possible to achieve in a special session. "A substantial number of.House members indicated they could support a reapportionment bill tailored to the Oklahoma Consti- tution provided it would not be effective until 1964. Even this was not true in the case of the state Senate. "Because of the clear showing this result would not be possible in a special session, I am not go- ing to call one.- "I think it would be a waste of time and money. I say a waste of money because a special ses- sion probably would cost at least A majority of the Senate, 24 members, has publicly asked Ed- mondson to call a special session. He indicated, however, they were not interested in a sincere'effort to reapportion on essentially a population basis as ordered by the federal court. He said his decision was not in- fluenced by a threat of extensive investigations if the legislature were called in this summer. Edmondson said he would have called the special session if he thought reapportionment possible "even knowing there would be some senators who would have a field day investigating different things." The federal court last month wiped out all of Oklahoma's pres- ent apportionment laws, declar- ing they were in conflict with the 14th Amendment of the U. S. Con- stitution which guarantees to each citizen equal protection under the law. Thejnitiative petition would cre- ate a commission to enforce long- ignored reapportionment provi- sions of the 'state Constitution. But the federal court has hinted this state formula may not satisfy its interpretation of guarantees pro- vided in the federal Constitution. Edmondson .pointed out that his reapportionment petition was turn- ed down in 1960 by a two to one margin and a House reapportion- ment proposal was turned down last year. He said both were 'more Term favorable toward rural areas than the formula in the state constitu- tion and "this is a good indica- tion to anyone that the petition that's now before the Supreme Court might very well be turned down by the people." In 1960 Edmondson said he warned Oklahomans that if they did not take action they faced in- tervention by the federal courts, "and that's what we're facing right now." "I don't like to say 'I told you but I told you so." Coach Repeats As Tennis Champion; See Sports, Page 8 THE ADA EVENING NEWS Kennedy Says Need To Get More Exercise, Page 7 59TH YEAR NO. 101 ADA, OKLAHOMA, MONDAY, JULY 9, 1962 8 Pages 5 CENTS WEEKDAY, 10 CENTS SUNDAY GOP Feud Is Sign Of Vigor WASHINGTON (AP) Republicans are feuding and fighting among them- selves with all the vigor of a party confident it will have some political cake to slice after the November balloting. Traditionally, the minor- ity tends to patch up its conferences and present a united front. But with eco- nomic uneasiness in the country spurring their elec- tion hopes, Republicans have brought their brawling out for public display. At the moment, Gov. Wesley Powell of New Hampshire, former chairman of the Governors Con- ference, is on the attack against Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York, a potential bidder for the 1964 Republican presidential nomination. Committee Discussed In center stage party members are battling over the usefulness and objectives of the All Republi- can Conference and the National Republican Citizens Committee. The cross-fire around' these two party group has been so hot that Chairman William E. Miller was constrained to write all GOP na tional committee members Sun- day defending them. Miller has said Republicans cannot afford the luxury of disunity. Miller Lauds Group Miller said the All Republican Conference, which had its inaugu- ral session at former President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Gettys- burg, Pa., farm June 30 had been very well received. As for the citizens group, headed by Eisenhower as honor- ary chairman, Miller said there is a firm agreement that it will co- operate closely with established party agencies and will avoid wasteful duplication andoverlap. Goldwater Balks Sen. Barry Goldwater of Ari- zona, chairman of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman for conserva- made it clear he wants RECEIVES MEDICAL CARE An unidentified man sits on chair in the empty recep- tion hall at Regina General Hospital and explains an ailment he has to a nurse. The emer- gency patient load was light but the hospital usually handles about 200 patients a day due to the doctors in Saskatchewan striking over government's medical plan. (AP Wire- Where'd They Go? Lights Fail To Show For Big Mob By JOHN BENNETT The incredible "Fox Fires" took a night off Sunday. They didn't show. They didn't even flicker, much less dance around. And the curious crowd of 50 people who drove out to the Busby 4-B Ranch to observe, went home disappointed. At 9 p. m. the cars pulled bumper to bumper on the dirt road adjoining the field where the lights have been seen. Mothers and Dads, little chil- dren, boys and their girl friends and loyal supporters of the ('Fox Fires" show, came out to see the first nocturnal encore since it got so much publicity. By 11 p.m. 20 cars and about 50 people were on the scene. Everyone came for a night of it. They brought jugs of coffee, piles of blankets, insect repel- lant and an ample supply chigger medicine. But nothing happened. At least not in the field. Speaker Raps Business For Political Failures and a lives, nothing to do with the All Republi- can Conference. He is represented as feeling that the citizens com- mittee is likely to siphon off funds needed by his group and others to help elect Republican candi- dates. Sen. Jacob K. Javits, running for re-election in New York as a lib eral Republican, aimed some new licks at Goldwater and Republi can Senate and House_ leaders Sunday in a television radio program taped for New York sta tions. Javits defended the All Re publican Conference and the citi (Continued on Page Two) Boy's Club Leases VFW Headquarters The Ada Boys' Club, Inc. has secured a lease on the VFW Building on East Tenth. Bob Coleman said the club has leased the building for two years with an option for renewal. The building will be repainted and temporary partitions installed to divide it into hobby rooms and other areas. Applicants for the post of director are now being interviewed by a special commit- tee. Coleman said the target date for opening of the facility is the third week in August. Today's prices prove that the best time to buy anything is a year ago. (Copr. Gen. Fea. Corp.) A Ford Motor Company execu- tive told Ada Kiwanians today the political climate in which business now operates is becoming in- creasingly unfavorable, yet man- agers of business are doing very attle about this threat. John McKee, Dallas, Ford reg- ional civic and governmental af- fairs manager, said he doubted any internal aspect of business could ever be in such serious dis- tress and still command so little action on the part of the in- dividual manager. He spoke at a luncheon meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Ada at the Aldridge Hotel. "We at Ford are acutely aware that every time a state legisla- ture meets, it is definitely our business, he said. "For instance, during the last three legislative sessions, the number of .bills pro- posed directly affecting the auto- mobile industry increased from to 100 per cent increase." McKee viewed legislation that saddles business with added op- erating costs as the least injurious. Of much greater consequence, he stated, is the steady increase in restrictive legislation that finally renders the corporation so power- less it no longer can operate. The present political situation, JOHN McKEE company install a two-part pro- first non-partisan and the second bi-partisan. "First, the company should pro- vide sufficient funds and make necessary assignments of respon- sibility to enable itself to keep informed and take effective action he suggested, requires that (Continued on Page Two) The real.-show was on the road, where an excited crowd exchanged "theories" on the strange lights. "I don't think they'll show up pronounced a wom- an early in the evening. "They kinda know there's a crowd up here and don't care to show off." "The woman was typical of one element of observers. She wanted no part of a scientific explanation of te lights. In fact she appeared frightened to even talk about it. "There's just some things a body can't explain away with all those science she said. "And if I was everyone up here (meaning the I wouldn't say much about it." About 10 p. m. someone saw a light far off across the field. "That's someone shout- ed. "Get ready for some action." But suddenly there were two lights side by side, and the thing turned out to be a car approaching from another road. Several arguments broke out between the supersitious and the science theory groups. "You listen said one girl about 25 years old. "My mother told me about an old In- dian lady who saw lights like these years ago, and she vow- ed they was 'spirichul'. And turned out they was, too. They pointed the way to a buried treasure for her." Several boys who thought they saw lights ventured in the field with flashlights. "You'd better not go too far out there I'm telling one of the girls. "It's unexplain- able. It's plumb dangerous too, you can bet that, if it doesn't like you." Late in the evening the crowd became restless. A few cars drove off in a cloud of and some of the kids retreated to the cars while their parents stood outside. The party was about to break (Continued on Page Two) U.S. Succeeds On Third Attem To Explode A-Bomb Above Pacific Russia Says Aerial Bomb Is "Criminal" LONDON U.S. high- altitude nuclear blast over the Pacific was denounced by the So- viet Union today and criticized and defended in Britain. Watchers in the distant Pacific got a spec- tacular display of fireworks. "The crime has been com- declared Moscow radio. "The U.S.A. exploded its nuclear device in space despite the deci- sive protests of all cisely on the day when the World Congress for General Disarma- ment and Peace began its work in Moscow." In Auckland, New Zealand, the blast produced 10 minutes of pyrotechnics, and newspapers were flooded with calls from New Zealanders, some curious, others panicky. An intense glow ap- peared above the northern hori- zon, spreading across a clear sky to the southern horizon. Then a luminous red band widened, shot through with quivering white shafts of light. Watchers in the Fiji islands saw a glow of green, blue and yellow in the northeast sky. This turned to orange and crimson as the glow spread to the southwest. Shafts of bright white light in the center of the glow also were re- ported there. Fiji is about miles south- west of Johnston Island, site of the test, and Auckland about 3.200 miles away. Johnston Island lies a little more than 700 miles south- west of Honolulu, Communications blackouts were reported in various parts of the IT CLEANUP AT BEACH Whiting City Judge William Obtrmillar' supervises work of teen-age "Labor Gang" at City Beach in Whiting, Ind. He sentenced eight youths to btich cleanup duty every Saturday until Labor Day and ordered their hair cut to "not more than half inch high." The unusual sentences followed their conviction on disorder- ly conduct charges resulting in drinking spree in Whiting, Pacific, dieted. as scientists .had pre- In London, where some British scientists have assailed the high- altitude test, Britons were assured :he explosion would have no ef- !ect on the earth's weather. "The explosion was too-high to eing set up in three other coun- ies is also riding on the outcome of the legal action. Superior courts have been some- hing of a puzzle -in Oklahoma. They were called for in a statute adopted in 1915, eight years after Oklahoma became a state. But the statute was largely ov- erlooked until the recent primary jlection when Midwest City attor- and filed for a superior court judgeship in Oklahoma County. Tapp contended under the law Oklahoma County was entitled to a superior court. Fred Hansen, first assistant attorney general, backed him up and went several steps further. In an opinion filed at the re- quest of Gov.' J. Howard Edmond- son, Hansen said six other coun- ties Carter, Cleveland, Payne, Kay, Stephens and' Washington- were also entitled to superior courts. Here's claimed Hansem perior courts in counties with a population between and 000 and having a city with a pop- ulation between and The same law also provides for the courts in counties having a city 'Other than the county seat with a population of between 000 and As Hansen interpreted the law, Payne, Cleveland and Kay coun- ties were eligible after the 1950 census. Edmondson pointed subsequently ap- superior judges: ty, Raymond Trapp in Kay Coun- ty and Clint Livingston in Cleve- land County. Are superior courts legal? Attorneys for Ronald Hamrick of Healdton contend the new court in Carter County may not be. George, former School Land Com- mission secretary, wants to find out. Hamrick challenged the author- ity of .the Carter County court to rule on a contempt action against him for failure to pay child sup- port. His suit filed in the Supreme Woodrow George in Carter Coun-1 Court literally challenged the ex-. istence of the superior court. Grounds for the suit is a 1939 statute which said "the superior court in any county or counties having a population of less than according to the last pre- ceding decennial census is hereby abolished." Attorneys for Hamrick said "it appears this act raised the re- quired population from to in order for counties to qualify for superior courts under one section of the 1915 act. If the court holds this as correct, superior courts in Carter, Kay and Cleveland counties would appar-l be invalidated and there would appear to be no grounds for establishing such courts in Payne, Stephens and Washington counties. Apparently superior courts al- ready established in Oklahoma, Garfield, Seminole and Comanche counties would not be affected by the rulings. But Hansen contends the 1939 act, passed 'at the request of the Kay County legislative delegation in order to abolish its superior court, applied only to the 1930 cen- sus. I After the 1940 census, said Han- sen, the minimum population re- quirement reverted Judge George said the test case before the high court is needed for the protection of litigants and attorneys. The judge said activi- ties of his court will be suspended pending the outcome of the court decision. Superior court judges outside Oklahoma and Tulsa counties are paid a year. They have the same jurisdiction as district courts, said Judge George. U.S. Okays Funds For Upper Blue The Bureau of the Budget has approved allocation of for the Upper Blue River Watershed. This means simply that funds are now available for the huge project. Once launched, officials estimate it will require eight years for completion. It contains a total of 74 dif- ferent structures, covering 640 acres in its huge grainage area. Harold Wingard, Fitzhugh, has been one of the chief boosters in the organization of the conserv- ancy district and is a district of- ficial The district includes land in Pontotoc, Murray and Johnston County and some acreage in both Atoka and Bryan counties. In Pontotoc County alone, some 29 different sites are program- med. The announcement of the Bu- reau of Budget approval came jointly from Senators Robert S. Kerr and Mike Monroney and Congressmen Carl Albert and Tom Steed. This is the fourth conservancy district to actually get off the ground in this county. Sandy, Upper Clear Boggy and Leader Creek are already underway. Upper Blue makes the fourth dis- trict and Muddy Boggy is mov- ing in the same direction. The action on Upper Blue places this county well in ad- vance of most sectors in the state in relation to soil and water conservation. Sunday's Dull For Ada Police Sunday once again proved a dull day in Ada. No traffic accidents were chalked up and only one case was filed by city police. Jerry D. Jackson, 17, forfeited on .charges of speeding. Late Saturday cases included: R. L. Chronister, 40, driving while intoxicated and without a Icense, bond forfeited. Sammy Lynn Taylor, 18, im- proper muffler, bond forfeited. Frankie Floyd Tomlinson, 35, Slmer Lyda, 60, and Milburn Buck Thomas, 51, public drunken- ness, pleas of guilty. The July traffic accident toll stands at five. High temperature in Ada Sun- day was 98; low Sunday night, 77; reading at 7 a.m. Monday,
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