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OBER 10, 1961

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

)J3ER 10, 1961 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Takeover by Souvanna
Delayed as Boun Oum
Halts Talks with King

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PRESIDENTIAL VISIT-President John F. Kennedy took a 1,500
mile detour to cheer Speaker of the House SamRayburn, who is
dying fron incurable cancer. Kennedy, on his way to Newport,
R.I., spent approximately 14 minutes at Rayburn's bedside.
Kennedy Journeys to Texas
To ISit Speaker Rayburn

IDALLAS (P)-President John F.
Kennedy went 3,000 miles out of
his way yesterday to spend 14
minutes trying to cheer up Speak-;
er of the House Sam Rayburn
(D-Tex), seriously ill with cancer.
As the President left the hos-
pital, he told newsmen:
"We had a good conversation. I
was happy to have a good chance
to talk with him. He's sick, of
course, but I was glad I could be
with him. He was in good spirits

No Reasons
A nnounced
For Action
Factions Continue
Debate on Cabinet
HIN HEUP, Laos (P)-Neutral-
ist Prince Souvanna Phouma, who
campaigned a long time to gain
nomination Sunday as the new
premier of Laos, will have to wait
a bit longer than expected for
King Savang Vathana's blessing.
Premier Prince Boun Oum, the
rightist whom Souvanna is driv-
ing to succeed,touched the brakes
lightly yesterday.
Boun Oum was one of two men
Souvanna commissioned at this
village on the jungle kingdom's
cease-fire line to see the king at
Luang Prabang, the royal capital,
and arrange an audience today
for the premier-designate. The
other man was Souvanna's. half-
brother, Prince Souphanouvong of
the pro-Communist Pathet Lao.
Delays Trip
But it was announced in Vien-
tiane, the administrative capital,
that Boun Oum isn't leaving until
today for Luang Prabang, 140
miles north of that city. No react
son was given for the 24-hour de-
lay. 4
This means Souvanna, who
needs the formality of royal ap-
proval, will not be received by the
king before tomorrow at the ear-
liest.
Accompanying Boun Oum when
he does make the trip will be the
military strongman of his re-
gime, Gen. Phoumi Nosavan, who
felled a Souvanna government in
the battle of Vientiane last De-
cember.
Leaders Agree
Boun Oum, Souphanouvong and
Souvanna-the leaders respective-
ly of pro-Western, pro-Communist
and neutralist -factions in Laos'
civil war-had agreed here that
Souvanna was the man to head
the coalition proposed to lead the
kingdom to unity and neutrality.
Representatives of the three are
still debating the makeup of a
proposed 16-member, cabinet for
the 60-year-old, Paris-educated
nominee, who has had Communist
bloc backing throughout.

Gromyko,
Home Set
Meetings
LONDON (W'-Foreign Secretary
Lord Home arranged a private din-
ner party for Andrei Gromyko to-
day after learning the Soviet for-
eign minister is planning a one-
day stopover in London.
The meeting almost certainly
will be dominated by talks on the
East-West Berlin crisis, British of-
ficials said yesterday. Another
conference earlier in the day be-
tween the Jwo foreign ministers
and their senior aides was con-
sidered likely.
Gromyko is returning to Mos-
cow after fruitless talks in Wash-
ington with President Kennedy
and Secretary of State Dean
Rusk.
Both the United States and
British governments believe there
are now no acceptable terms on
which East and 'West can go into
talks on the future of Berlin and
Germany. This was spelled out by
a foreign ministry spokesman,
who told reporters: "The position
remains as it was-there is still
no acceptable basis for negotia-
tions."
Gromyko in three weeks in the
United States held informal ex-
changes with western officials but
at no time relaxed the Soviet po-
sition on Berlin, informed sources
said.
Not once did he spell out what
Premier. Nikita S. Khrushchev
meant when he said Western
rights in isolated Berlin would be
guaranteed after a Soviet-Com-
munist East German peace trea-
ty.
Kennedy is understood to have
told Gromyko emphatically that
Britain, France and the United
States are determined to defend
the freedom of West Berlin.
Gromyko's unusual decision to
stop in London en route home
was conveyed to the British by the
Soviet foreign ministry.

OTIS M. SMITH
... replaces Smith
Smith Joins
High Court
LANSING (P)-Auditor General
Otis M. Smith was appointed by
Gov. John B. Swainson to the
Michigan Supreme Court yester-
day, making him the first Negro
ever to sit on the high court.
Smith will replace Justice Tal-
bot Smith, 61, of Ann Arbor, who
will leave the Supreme Court to-
day to take over a federal judge-
ship in the Eastern District of
Michigan.
At 39, Otis Smith will be the
second youngest of the eight jus-
tices on the high court and one
of the youngest in its history.
The appointmentcaps a me-
teoric political career for "him. He
has established a series of firsts
for his race in Michigan.
Helped Mackie
Smith first caught the eye of
former Gov. G. Mennen Williams
in 1957 when, as a Flint attor-
ney, he promoted John C. Mack-
ie's bid for state highway com-
missioner., A few months later
Williams named him public serv-
ice commissioner, one of the most
powerful appointive jobs in state
government.

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and showed courage enough for
anybody."}
No one was with the President
and the man who already was an
outstanding congressman at the
time Kennedy was born.
The President spoke with Ray-
burn, then went to talk with the
doctors and members of the fam-
ily and returned again to talk
with the man who has been speak-
er of the House twice as long as
anyone in history.

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UNITED NATIONS-Ambassa-
dor Adlai E. Stevenson said last
night the United States and ,the
Soviet Union have made some
progress with the question of find-
ing a stop gap secretary-general
for the United Nations.
He made the statement to re-
porters after talking with Soviet
Foreign Minister Andrei A. Gro-
myko at the Soviet Mission to the
United Nations.
* * *.
BERLIN - The East German
Communists yesterday closed one
of the two crossing points where
West Germans had been able to,
enter East Berlin.
Thus they reduced .the number
of crossing points along the 25-
mile border in Berlin to six-one
for the allies and foreigners, one
for West Germans and four for
West Berliners.
UNITED NATIONS-Syria yes-
terday asked the United Nations
to reinstate its membership. Until
it became a part of the United
Arab Republic in 1958 it held a
separate seat in the United Na-
tions as a charter member dating,
from 1945.
CAIRO-Cairo's -evening news-
papers reported yesterday that the
200 Syrian deputies in the Unit-
ed Arab Republic's 600-man na-
tional assembly have resigned.
The papers said the recignations
are in conformity with President
Gamal Abdel Nasser's message of
Oct. 5 accepting the fact of Syrian

entity following the military
coup.
WASHINGTON-There is little
chance that fallout from the cur-
rent Russian atomic tests will re-
sult in health damage to persons
in this country, a Public Health
Service spokesman said yesterday.
However, the spokesman said
the fallout "prpbably will add to
the risks of genetic damage."
* The official view was at variance
with that of physicist Ralph E.
Lapp who said Sunday that fall-
out from the Soviet tests has ex-
ceeded "the safe annual limit."
* * *
NEWPORT - The vacation
White HoUse announced yester-
day that Roy Rubottom Jr., has
resigned as U.S. ambassador to Ar-
gentina, effective at a date to be
determined.
soviets Claim
Fastest Fleet
MOSCOW (P)-The Soviet Un-
ion claimed yesterday it has the
world's fastest fleet of nuclear
submarines, faster than the swift-
est Atlantic liners.
All, an Izvestia writer reported,
are armed with long range nu-
clear rockets.
The government newspaper
hinted that Marshal Georgi K.
Zhukov was fired as defense min-
ister and from the presidium of
the Communist Party on Nov. 2,
1957, for opposing construction of
these atomic subs.

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