Walla Walla Union Bulletin, May 12, 1957

Walla Walla Union Bulletin

May 12, 1957

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Walla Walla Union-Bulletin (Newspaper) - May 12, 1957, Walla Walla, Washington Beck May Face Mail Fraud Count 1TH7 Til T T Walla Union Our 89th Year lOc Walla Walla4 Wash., Sunday, May 12, 1957 4 Pages Weather Cloudy with a few showers Sun- day and Sunday night, winds light and variable. Not much temperature change. High 6f low 53. Seasonal moisture excess 1.54. Rain Fails to Spoil Fun At Pea Festival in M- Fw 1957 M-F CHAMBER CREATION Themed to the popular song hit, "Marianne" is this newest entry of the Milton-Freewater Chamber of Commerce. Last year's float captured several trophies in com- munity events of the area. This one outstrips the model for sheer beauty, most observers agreed. By VANCE ORCHARD MILTON-FREEWATER "W got wet and a bit bedraggled 'bu we had a whale of a good time'! That seemed to' be the con sensus of those who took part i and those who witnessed the show ing of the 1957 Pea Festival Gran Parade, Saturday morning, de layed an hour because of a clouc burst which struck earlier. Floats, on hand for scrutiny b; judges as early as x8 a.m., bega to take on that bedraggled loo' More Pfeotorott Page 24 quickly under the torrential rain but sponsors and attendants stayei by them, many resorting to sheet of polyethylene plastic for som protection. Others got under tall trees o ducked into garages to wait ou the downpour. Sweepstakes Winner Sweepstakes winner over the field of 35 floats entered this year was the handsome entry of thi Jared W. Summerhays Chapter Order of DeMolay, featuring Jam McCallister, the queen of the cour of assembled members. This was also winner in its division, Com munity- Juniors. This float was said to have been made possible by Jerry Fellows master councilor of the chapter according to those making up the unit. While not entered in the Cham ber-sponsored show, the 1957 Mil ton-Freewate'r Chamber of Com merce float was a beautiful crea tion themed to the song hit, "Mari anne" with a lovely bathing beautj guiding a sea horse while waves danced behind. Parade judge was C. W. Wrinkle with those juding winning entries being Vern Tinnerstet, Pendleton Russell B 1 a c k 1 e r, Pendleton Wayne Collier, Hermiston and E. L. Ferguson, Weston. Other float winners were Indus trial Key Equipment Co., 1st State Line Lumber Co., 2nd; Em pire Machinery Co., 3rd. Commercial City Barbers, 1st: Milton-Freewater Drugs, 2nd: Okay Auto Float Shops, 3rd. Community, Seniors Odd Fel lows, 1st; Milton-Freewater PTA 2nd; Co-op Homemakers, 3rd. Rod and Gun Club only entry. Community, 1st; Pack 22. Cub Scouts, 2nd; Rainbow Girls Assembly 31, 3rd "Song Titles" Theme of the 1957 Pea Festival Please See Page 5, Col. 3 OPEN TODAY 10 p.m. Under the regular drug store rotation LAST MINUTE GIFT SUGGESTIONS 'for MOTHER'S DAY see page 5 CRESCENT DRUG STORE 4tN and Main Ph. JA 5-1070 KIDDIES PARADE WINNERS Winner in the Dress-Up Section of the Kiddies Parade at Milton-Freewater Friday afternoon was this trio representing the Monaco Royal Court of Grace, a page boy and Prince Rainier. Left to right are Anita Lamb, Doug Wheeler and Peter Lamb. Wheat Surplus Again Likely Despite Soil Bank Program By OVID A. MARTIN WASHINGTON UP) Try as i may, the government seems to lave little success in halting agri cultural overproduction. An Agriculture Department crop report Friday indicated this ear's wheat production coulc easily add to a surplus of the grain, despite retirement of i ifth of last year's wheat lane under the so-called soil bank pro- gram. Given favourable weather during he remainder of the growing season, the wheat crop might wel exceed 950 million bushels anc surpass present market prospects >y 50 million bushels. There is an existing reserve and surplus ol 362 million bushels. The government is under obli- New Try Due For Mrs. Sill SEATTLE UP) A new effort will be made to gain a pardon for Mrs. Violet Sill, whose truth se- um tests in the State Penitentiary ivere used by her attorney earlier o proclaim her innocence. David Weyer, counsel for the 8-year-pld Seattle woman con- icted in the death of her hus- and, said Friday a new petition or a pardon will be sent to Gov. tasellini within 30 days. A request or a pardon was.rejected late last ear by ex-Gov. Langlie before he eft office. Weyer said a third truth serum est had been given Mrs. Sill in he prison-, and brought results milar to the earlier tests in irhich she told of a struggle, with er husband during which a shot- gun accidentally went off and illed him. The woman's husband, Marion ill, a tavern owner, was slain n their home the night of July 1, 1954. Psychiatrists who questioned er after she was imprisoned sug- ested she was a victim of amne- a and suffered from a guilt com- lex. gation to pay wheat farmers 230 million dollars under the soil bank program for withdrawal of lane from use. Farm officials hac hoped the program would cause this year's crop to fall 100 to 15( million bushels below marke demands, and allow this deficii to be drawn from the extr supplies. It is too early to say how pro- duction of other crops under the soil bank plan will turn out. The wheat from the standpoint of efforts to reduce just one of many setbacks to government ef- forts to reduce the flow of prod- ucts from the land. Despite the broadest control programs in history, surpluses have mounted since the end of the Korean War. Last year, for instance, total crop output equaled the record although the acreage was the smallest in 20 years and down nearly 5 per cent from the previous year. Similarly, efforts to slow down the production of milk have failed in the face of a government re- duction in price supports and appeals for greater culling of milk cows. This tendency of farm produc- ;ion to keep climbing in the face of restraining efforts largely re- flects effects of technological progress in agriculture. Year by fear, farmers are learning how :o produce more and more on less and with less labor. Friday's report does not neces- sarily indicate that the soil bank plan is a failure. Had the retire'd and been in production, the wheat crop would be much larger, riling up greater surpluses. Today's Index Arts, Books, Music......Page 27 Blue Mountain Area Pages 7-9 Classified Ads ......Pages 13-15 Editorial..............Page 4 Financial, Business .....Page 12 Radio-TV Logs.....Page 27 Sports ............Pages 10-11 Theaters ...............Page 28 Vital Statistics 5 Women's Feature! ..Pagei 17-23 f Elkins Ruled Guilty of iretapping PORTLAND, Ore., May 11 Racketeer Big Jim Elkins, whose sudden attack of talkativeness touched off the Portland vice in vestigations last year, tonight was convicted of wiretapping. JJ.S. Dist. Court jurors convicted Elkins, 55, on all the seven counts before them. The possible penalty is a year in prison and a fine on each count. His employe, Raymond Clark. 33, was convicted on the same counts. The jurors deliberated three hours and 20 minutes. Elkins and Clark were accused of tapping and recording telephone conversations of William M. Lang- ley, former Portland district at- torney, and others. Verdict Unanimous The jury took the case before noon, but did not begin deliber- ations until after a leisurely lunch. The verdict was unanimous. The jury of seven men and five women has been sealed away rom all outside communication since the trial started April 16. One of the key witnesses against Elkins, was Langley who was re- moved from office Thursday after Deing convicted on a state charge of deliberate failure to prosecute gambling. And it was Elkins who was a key prosecution witness in hat case. Other government witnesses in ;he federal trial here included Dortland Mayor Terry Schrunk and Clyde C. Crosby, head of the Teamsters Union in Oregon. Elkins testified at the Senate :abor rackets hearing that Lang- iey conspired with Teamsters Un- ion officials and others to expand and control vice operations here. Slkins said he was in on the plot )ut withdrew, fearing he would 3e doublecrossed. Three state grand juries have investigated Elkins' charges and lome 40 Elkins, 21ark, ibangley and charges. Elkins and Clark are the only persons indicted by a federal grand jury that looked into the matter. Produced Recordings Elkins, to back up his charges of official misconduct, produced a series of tape recordings which ic said were room conversations between Langley and others. However, state officials raided Clark's home last year and ac- quired what they contended were ecordings of illegal telephone aps. Langley and others identi- ied their voices on these tapes and have testified that the record- ngs were of telephone conversa- ions they had two years ago. This raid later was declared il- egal by state courts but U. S. Dist. Judge William East, who is rying the Elkins-Clark case, ruled hat the recordings could be used as evidence in his court since ederal officers did not partici- pate in the illegal raid. The government put 28 witness- es on the stand in its case against Elkins and Clark. The defense did not call a single witness. Continued Aid lo Viet Nam Pledged WASHINGTON, May 11 'resident Eisenhower today tacked free Viet Nam with a trong pledge of continued U. S. ssistance in the face of mounting lommunist pressure in southeast Asia. In a joint statement, Eisenhow- r and visiting President Ngo Dinh Diem declared that any iommunist aggression or subver- ion threatening the political in- dependence of the infant republic :would be considered as endan- ering peace and stability" in the rea. THIS COULD BE IT This picture of an A-bomb test was taken in 1955 but is reproduced today in connection with a Civil Defense excercise in College Place Monday night. This could be a -bomb dropped on Walla Walla or any other Northwest city. The public is Invited to watch the excercise starting Monday at 7 p.m. Pomeroy Area Man Heads Cattlemen WENATCHEE, May 11 UP) ng police powers to all game pro- .ectors was one of several major changes in the game laws pro- josed today in a resolution adopt- ed by the Washington Cattlemen's Assn. The game men then would be able to make arrests for property damage on private or public ands, the resolution pointed out. Aimed at cutting down damage ;o ranches by hunters, the meas- ure also suggested that anyone damaging private property while irespassing be fined not less than >25 and have his hunting or fish- ng license suspended for tup to Fine, Prison Urged The resolution, framed by live- stock men working with a group of Seattle (Ballard) sportsmen, urged that anyone convicted of ;ame law violations be fined or mprisoned, or both, and that his mnting license be revoked for as ong as one year. Garfield County rancher Ed 'rancisco was elected association jresident as the convention closed nd the 1958 meeting was sched- led for Okanogan. Francisco, who operates a vheat and beef ranch near Pom- roy, succeeds John McMinimee f Outlook. Vice presidents elect- d were Al Matsen, Bickleton; Jay ignew, Centralia; and R. A. Bob" Hensel, Waterville. Named to the Board of Directors Please See Page 5, Col. 4 'Air Attack' Here Monday Will Trigger CD Exercise Sank Debits Here Are Up Walla Walla bank debits both or April and the first four months f 1957 show increases over similar >eriods in 1956, the Federal Re- erve Bank of San Francisco re- iorted Saturday. The April increase was 4 per ent, a percentage of gain also hown by San Francisco. The four month gain was 8 per cent, bet- ered in Washington only by Spo- ane, with 9 per cent, among seven reporting points. Arizona and California points bowed heavier gains as a rule tian those in the Pacific North- west. This accounted for an aver- ge over the Twelfth district of t per cent gain in April and 10 ier cent gain in the four months, 'wo West Side cities in Washing- on were slightly off for the first our months, compared with a year I ago. I A simulated enemy air attack will destroy a large portion oi Southeastern Washington Monday evening, May 13. These become horror-filled words when the word "simulated" is re- moved from the sentence. Monday, at 7 p.m. an aerial bomb will be exploded over College Place. The blast will set into mo- tion the first Civil Defense prac- tice exercise in Walla Walla his- tory. Immediately following the deto- nation of "the bomb" a large group of Walla Walla county citizens under the direction of Civil De- fense Director Edward Watson will swing into action. Preciding the aerial blast there will be a'formal retreat ceremony ?nd briefing period at Columbia auditorium in College Place. Music will be provided by the Walla Walla College band. Seconds after "the bomb" is dropped, members of the Explo- sive Ordnance Detachment from Camp Hanford will set off incen- diary bombs which are designed io heighten the realism of the drill. The ensuing blaze will be extin- guished by the District 4 fire de- partment. A monitoring team, whose job it is to determine the amount of radioactivity in a bomb- edout area, will then move in with equipment to locate an actual rad- ioactive object which will be "planted" in the vicinity. More Than 200 Take Part Taking part in this "dry run for destruction" will be more than 200 persons. Orason Brinker, Col- lege Place, will be Civil Defense co-ordinator. He will be assisted by Tom Brooks of Walla Walla. Responsible for the more than 150 "casualties" will be Eugene North- rup. Co-ordinator of nurses will be Mrs. Violet Lane. Also cooperating in the mock-effort will be the county sheriff's office, the Walla Walla fire department and the cor- oner's office. Mildred Curts will head the communications group, and Lyla Moran will be in charge of supply. A 200 bed portable hospital, loaned for the occasion by the state Civil Defense office, will be set up in Columbia auditorium un- er the direction of Dr. Peter Brooks. The hospital will be staffed by Walla Walla and College Place doctors and nurses. The 13Vfe tons of hospital equipment will include everything from a pharmacy to a morgue. The public is urged to attend this all-out effort on the part of tl- Civil Defense organization to acquaint the people of Southeas- tern Washington with the important work of the agency. Open To Public View The public will be able to watch most events, officials said. Leonard Admas, Jim Hale anc John Jilg, fire chiefs of Walla Walla, College Place and distric 4, will supervise fire fighting. Aux iliary police are in charge of Sher iff John Cummins and Deputy Ear Haines. Walla Walla Wagon Wheel ers, outfitted in civil defense hel mets will make up part of thi auxiliary police. Lt. Sample of the 62nd exploshn ordnance detachment at Camp Hanford will demonstrate thermit grenades and will create red, ye] low and green smoke which' i non toxic. He will also have static display and other demonstrations. Casualties Provide Realism Seventy College Place publi Please See Page 5, Col. 5 June 1 Pour At Snake Dam Still Planned Plans call for the first concrete to be poured at Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River June 1 and he area-wide observance of that event will go on despite previous mblicity to the contrary, W. D. lay, chairman of the Ice Harbor Day observance said Saturday. At a meeting of the executive committee in Pasco Friday, final arrangements for the day-long event moved rapidly. A noon luncheon for visiting dig- nitaries and others will be held n Pasco. Officials said tick- ets will be available for this event. ?he tickets may be obtained Jirough the Chamber of Commerce. The capacity of dining hall is ,000 and after that total is reach- id no more tickets will be sold. The visiting individuals partici- sating in the afternoon ceremony at the dam will be taken from IValla Walla to Pasco and to the lam site and back to Walla Walla >y bus. A reception will be held n Walla Walla Saturday evening at the Marcus Whitman Hotel. The Walla Walla Wagon Wheel- ers and the Benton and Franklin county sheriff's posse will aid in parking and traffic control. The speaker's stand at the dam will >e decorated with appropriate )unting and entertainment will be jrovided by the Camp Hanford >and. A "press" table is being provided near the speaker's stand with outlets available for radio and television. Honey Spent Said Adequate City Costs Put It Among Top 4 By WAYNE A. SCOTT U-B Staff Writer The cost of government in Walla Valla is higher per capita than n most other cities of the state. Among the state's 16 cities with more than population in 155, Walla Walla ranked among top four municipalities in per apita costs of police and fire pro- ection, parks and streets. Comparative cost figures of these 6 cities for 1955 were compiled rom the state auditor's annual eport on financial standings of municipalities. On a per capita basis, residents f Walla Walla paid for pol- e, fourth highest in the state; 9.10 for fire protection, third high- st; for parks, third highest, nd for streets, fourth high- st. Figures Not In For 1956 Because the auditor's report has ot been compiled for 1956, no omparison between costs of the different cities can be made for last year. However, since the city budget was larger last year here and in the other cities, the per capita comparisons are assumed to be approximately the same for 1956 and 1957. On the basis of these compara- tive figures, the obvious conclu- sion is that the amount of money spent annually in the four depart- ments is adequate. Each year, when the city budget is being drafted, efforts are made to increase appropriations in most departments. But as residents of the city now pay a high per-capita rate for operation of these departments, the answer must lie elsewhere, perhaps in better administration. Next Year's Budget Eyed City commissioners and depart- ment heads have started prelimi- nary work on the 1958 budget here and a king-sized battle for in- creased appropriations is expected. Little increase, if any, over the budget in effect this year is expected for 1958, because of revenue limitations. The 1957 Legislature gave cities no financial help, and moves to revive the bus- iness and occupation tax measure which the commission killed last year will be met with renewed opposition. Cities whose 1955 expenditures were compared with Walla Walla in police, fire, parks and street departments range from Kenne- wick, with a population of to Seattle, with residents. The Walla Walla police budget in 1955 was Or about for each of the city's resi- dents. The only cities whose per capita payments for police protection ex- ceeded this figure were or per capita; Yak- ima, and Renton, In the fire department, Walla Walla budgeted for each resident. This was exceeded only by Everett, per capita, and Tacoma, 239, per capita. Seattle and Spokane, both with excellent park systems, topped the per capita costs in that depart- ment. Spokane spent or per capita, and Seattle spent or per resident. In Walla Walla, was spent, or per capita for the city. Aberdeen had the highest per capita outlay for streets in 1955, .10 for each resident on a total of Other top cities in street ex- penditures were Everett, per capita, Kennewick, for each resident, and Wal- la Walla, per capita, 576. McClellan Cites Letter To Widow By JOHN CRADWICK WASHINGTON, May 11 UK Sen. McClellan (D-Ark) said to day that Teamsters Union Presi- dent Dave Beck may have run afoul of the federal mail fraud law in his handling of a trust fund. The treatment he accorded the widow of his dearest friend is typical, it seems, of his domi- nating characteristic of greed and McClellan told news- men in reviewing the latest testi- mony about Beck. To Resume Inquiry McClellan is chairman of the Special Senate Rackets Investi- gating Committee which will re- sume Monday afternoon public hearings in which Beck has been pictured as using union funds for the enrichment of himself and members of his family. The 62-year-old Teamsters boss, who already has invoked the Fifth Amendment protection against possible self incrimination 150 times in refusing to answer com- nittee questions, will be recalled ater in the r o b a b 1 y Wednesday, McClellan said. The widow MQClellan referred o is Mrs. Ray Leheney, whose husband was an official of the old AFL. Beck was trustee of an KW fund raised for her from un- on members after Leheney'i death. Donol F. Hedlung, a Seattle mortgage banker, testified yes- erday that he and Beck shared an profit from investing his money for Mrs. Leheney. fedlund described Leheney as Beck's "best and closest friend." Placed in evidence was a letter rom Beck to Mrs. Leheney in which no mention was made that Beck and Hedlund would derive a profit from the sale of mort- ;ages which he recommended er as a sound investment. Letter May Do It McClellan, referring to what he Called Beck's "breach of trust" in this transaction, said "there is a possibility the letter he wrote ler would come within the feder- al statute banning use of the mails to defraud." He also said he thought the In- ;ernal Revenue Service and Justice Department would be in- erested in finding out -whether Beck reported and paid incoma ax on his profit in this deal as well as other financial transac- tions out in the testimony. Beck already is under indict- ment on c charge of evading in- come tax payments for the year 1950. In saying that Beck would be called back at the conclusion of he current series of hearings, ifcClellan said he wanted to give any persons about whom there is lerogatory testimony an oppoftu- ity to defend themselves. Robert F. Kennedy, the com- mittee counsel, said that when earings are resumed Monday aft- rnoon the witnesses will be Roy 'ruehauf, president of Frauehauf 'raUer Co., Detroit, and A. M. 3urke, who has charge of the mortgage loan department of the Accidental Insurance Co., Los An- eles. The committee is going to in- uire into whether Beck attempt- d to gain "financial favors" from oth companies, Kennedy said. Look Sheepish of a meat packing firm were hiding behind red faces after the appearance of an ad in the con- vention issue of the Washington Cattlemen's Association publica- tion distributed to convening cattlemen. The ad praises mutton. OPEN TODAY 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. Visiting Mother Today? Pick Up A Box of MOTHER'S DAY CANDY THE BOOK NOOK 1st Main Tel. JA 9-0850 see page 24 It's New And It's At TALLMAN'S Nail Glamour Wherever You Go With TIPETTE By Fabron No bottle to spill or break no separate brush to drip or cake. See Details On Page 20 Also Read About New ANGELIQUE PINK SATIN On Page 23 TALLMAN'S 4 W. Main JA 5-1010 JNFW SPA PERI SFWSPAPFRI ;