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Bakersfield Californian (Newspaper) - January 2, 1954, Bakersfield, California TBB Hiili Today KERV ItW Crude Production 33 35 Expected Tomorrow Rainfall Season Total for Season Year at This Kern Forecast Fair and some no rain in Cotton Potatoes Greater County 83.S70,SS 37,4a4.9SS 17,964,0ca hy courtesy of Kern Countr Board of Trade and - Kern County Entered in at as second class matter under the Act of 3. 1S79 Vol. 67 7 CENTS PER COPY - TWO JANUARY 2,1954 MONTHLY DELIVERED 20 PAGES No. 132 UMONT YOUTH 76 Japanese Die Emperor Crowd Gets Past Guards at Palace TOKYO police said tonight at least 16 persons were killed and 43 injured under the feet of a surging throng as hundreds of thousands of Japanese flocked to the Imperial Palace to wish Emperor Hirohito a happy New The newspaper Asahi estimated that 700,000 swarmed around the palace grounds in downtown Police said the thousands of women and dressed in holiday were caught in during the Swarm Gates The crowds hoped to get a look at the emperor and empress who had appeared on a balcony seven times earlier in the Kyodo News Agency said tlie vast throng got out of hand at 3:30 the deadline for signing the imperial register and offering best wishes to Tlie crowd swarmed toward the gates of the palace grounds as police tried to bar the entrance at the Kyodo People Trampled Thousands who had not yet had a chance to sign the register tried to push women and children fell under the feet of the onrushing There was no immediate word on whether any Americans were among the dead and The English language Japan News said the crowd gathered in hopes that the emperor might make a public Custom Changed Tlie News said two American Marines helped Japanese police rescue persons knocked down by the crowd and prevent a possibly higher death Before the war only titled Japanese were allowed to enter the palace grounds and sign the imperial Since the everyone has been Each year hundreds of thousands of Japanese have made it a custom to wish the emperor well during the new Flames Destroy Reedley School REEDLEY - A building at the School four miles northeast of here was destroyed by fire late yesterday with a loss estimated by school officials at Firemen said the blaze apparently started when fumes from varnish recently applied to the floor were ignited by an WHERE REBELS BISECT across the narrow waist of from Vietnam coost indicates route of Viet Minh forces which captured on the Mekong River border of The fall of Thakhek completed rebel drive to cut Indo-China in Thailand defense forces were reported to hove moved heavy artillery into Nakhon across the river border from Sabre Jet Sets New Cross-Country Mark NEW YORK air National Guard pilot flashed across the continent in little more than four hours today to set a new speed slicing some five minutes from the old The unofficial time of the new record from Los Angeles to New was 4 7 minutes and 51 The old record set on Jan. 26, 1946, was 4 hours and 33 The Col. 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Reader Index rase See Auto 2 Churches 1 Comics 2 County 1 Editorials 2 Farm 1 Features 2 Garden 1 Local 2 1 People and 1 Picture 1 1 Real 1 Sports 2 2 1 Women's 1 Eisenhower to See Shoot Golf Ga. nearing completion of work on a series of messages to confers again today with administration The President scheduled another early morning session in his office at the Augusta National Golf tlie new year witli a morning conference on the oil i State of the Union message which he will deliver to Congress in person next Then Eisenhower went off for a round of golf while his aides worked on into the evening on the James C. presidential press reported Continued on Page 2 35-year-old World War II put his Sabre jet down at New York's International his fuel tanks He had planned to land at the Force's Mitchell some five miles The record run was from tlie Los Angeles International Airport to the Naval Air Station at Floyd Bennett For the record to time Is Millikan made one stop en He left Los Angeles at 10:55:55 a.m. and put down for fuel at He was clocked over Floyd Bennett at 2:18:46 p.m. according to Continued on Page 2 Russ Can Still Stal Big 4 Meet U.S. Suspicious on Soviet Plans Toward France WASHINGTON U.S. officials expressed hope today that the Berlin foreign meeting actually will open Jan. 25, but they Said the Russians still can stall the conference if they Strong suspicions about Russia's tactics persist because one of Moscow's main purposes in the project is believed to be to delay French action on the proposed European Defense Community and so to delay Western plans for controlled rearmament of West Russia can forward this aim keeping alive hope of East-West either conferences or actually holding Accept Date Tlie brighter the prospects of international peace by the less Frenchmen would feel to accept EDC and thereby abandon deep-rooted opposition to any revival of German military Notes which the Western handed the Soviet Foreign Office yesterday accepted Jan. 25 as the opening date for the Berlin meeting agreed also to a Russian proposal that the place of the meeting be determined by Big Four officials in Germany and said that there is no point now in any further talk about an agenda for the conference since the ministers themselves will be meeting ' More Delay Passible Several of further delay are 1. The government is to be reorganized in mid-January after the new president takes 2. A site must be selected for the Continued on Page 2 3 Stranded Climbers Safe DINNER ON THE farmer drives turkeys through a Mexico City street looking for Between traffic and people eyeing the the poor fowl haven't o New Year's Deaths Lag Behind Yule's By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The nation's traffic death toll over the New Year's week-end holiday was running behind the Christmas total by at least 100. There were 156 persons killed in highway accidents since the survey started at 6 p.m. In corresponding period for holiday the toll was 237. There were 201 violent deaths since the New They included 24 persons who perished in Ore. isolated overnight by a sudden storm on the slopes of Mt. walked into Timberline Lodge Fred Art and Layden were by the They set out Thursday hoping to be the first 1954 climbers to reach the peak of the 11,245-foot-high mountain east of When the storm they waited out the night and made their way down the slopes by use of a fires and 25 others who lost their lives in miscellaneous The 180 compared to 285 in the same period during the Christmas The final traffic death total was 523. Lowest Per Mile The Christmas total is included among the National Safety Council's estimated 38,000 persons killed in traffic accidents in 1953, the same as in 1952. It was the first year since 1949 that the toll did not The council said 1953 had the lowest mileage death rate in the history of traffic accident It was estimated at 6.9- the number of deaths per 100 million fhe council had estimated 360 persons would be killed in motor mishaps the New Year's week end ending midnight Ned H. said if the present rate was maintained for the rest of the holiday period the toll would be under 300, the lowest New traffic death toll since 1949. Drivers Shocked the shock of the heavy Christmas holiday traffic toll plus the incessant emphasis placed on safety by TV and radio has sobered the New Year holiday drivers into better traffic Dearborn There were 407 traffic deaths for a four-day New Year week end last year while the record for four days was 611 in 1951-1952. A death test from 6 p.m. Dec. 3 Dec. 6, showed that 310 died in Continued on Page 2 North Starts Year With 4 Fatalities SAN FRANCISCO California started the new year off on the right foot with one of the best holiday traffic records in recent As of midnight New Year's only four persons had been killed in Northern Two of the fatalities occurred north of Two others were killed near Late last night three persons were critically injured in a collision south of Tulare on Highway 99. The highway and nearby Southern Pacific were blocked off through the night when butane gas from a truck tanker which crashed with a passenger car spilled over the highway and spread to the District Hospital listed the injured as Dr. Lloyd 29, and his 27-year-oId both of New B.C. The truck driver was identified as Warren Prettyman of The San Francisco Bay area did not record a single fatality from 6 p.m. New Year's Eve until midnight New Two airmen attached to Travis Continued on Page 2 Gen. Astray Dies Spain Jose Millan founder of the Spanish Foreign Legion and one of his country's leading military died today of a heart attack at his home He was 74. Repatriate Calls for POW Weapon Hunt Driver Injures Newsboy SAN FRANCISCO 14-year-old' newsboy was struck and critically injured yesterday by a driver who fled from the scene as the boy lay Police said the Conrad was knocked 30 feet from the street onto the sidewalk by the Neighbors came to his aid when they heard his Mission Emergency Hospital attendants said the youth suffered a compound leg fracture and internal SEOUL - - The self-proclaimed one of Americas in Korea will be to an army hospital in Tokyo today after calling for seizure of hidden weapons in the camp where the are Cpl. Claude J. 24, of said other American captives might renounce communism if knives and other i weapons in their camp were making it possible for them to ask repatriation without fear of He also suggested a neutral screening of the American give some of his former companions a chance to return A spokesman for Indian claiming was that the prisoners have The spokesman said there would be no But w. allied spokesman said he presumed Indian guards would make a checkup at the camp of American and South Korean prisoners similar to one they made Thursday at a camp of Chinese In that checkup 135 out of 4,385 Chinese asked repatriation to Red Batchelor told newsmen Saturday he was the American prisoners but changed his about under communism because of from the and in the He declined to give an- dial forces challenged questions along that by saying he not to answer just It was assumed he had been limited in his disclosures by Army intelligence agents so as to protect other GI's who want to Batchelor spent his second night of freedom from the Communists in 38 months at the 121st evacuation hospital near He will be flown to lOj a.m. today p.m. Saturday An Eighth Army spokesman said the Texas GI was now medical The same procedure was followed in the case of Cpl. S. of Big Stone the first of the American to renounce As in the case of it was expected that Batchelor would not be permitted to talk to newsmen again until he has reed a thorough checkup at the Tokyo Army Batchelor said the other Americans were falsely told by the Communists that Dickenson had been tried for treason although he actually was given a furlough to wed his hometown while referring to himself as leader of the said there were other Sgt. Richard Corden of East and that tight control was exercised hy hard-core South Korean He said the Americans were promised fully paid trips over the any careers they wanted and that they would never have to worry about Knowland Sees in Second Session WASHINGTON - Senate GOP leader William F. Knowland predicted today that the second session of the 83rd Congress opening Wednesday will be marked by and a lack of obstructionism from either The discounting loud complaints from Democrats angered by Republican attacks on their told are all in the same plane and think we all recognize that all get caught in the same that if the plane goes down we Knowland and other GOP legislative leaders will confer with President Eisenhower at the White House Monday Presumably they will get a preview at that time of Eisenhower's message and program Early Action On Tuesday the President has invited Democratic leaders of both houses of Congress in for a look at the foreign policy and defense segments of his program Continued on Page 2 Expect Fire to Be Under Control Today LOS ANGELES expected today to bring under control a forest fire that has blackened more than 15.000 acres in Angeles National A second and smaller fire in the Mt. Baldy 15 miles east of Mt. was brought under control yesterday after burning more than 7,800 acres of The U.S. Forest Service said only 2'-4 mUes of the 36-mile perimeter remained out of Barring unexpected the blaze was expected to be fully under control shortly after No homes near the uncontrolled section in the west fork of San Gabriel Canyon were reported in A flareup only 1V4 miles from Pasadena a community of 50 was squelched yesterday before residents were forced to More 1,100 firefighters were battling the located near Mt. Forest dispatchers said the fires caused some eight million dollars damage to but that heavy rains or floods this winter could run the total to untold Costly Party CHICAGO New Year's Eve party Mrs. Isabelle attended was a costly Mrs. 51, a told Albany Park police yesterday that while she was at the party burglars broke into her home and took cash and furs and jewelry she valued at Son Fires Four Shots at Father From Doorway A 41-year-old pursuing his wife outside their Lamont home last night was shot to death when his son fired three bullets into the running The A. D. 156 Rose dropped dead to the with three bullets from a caliber rifle in the upper part of his investigators are the Monroe Howard 20, in connection with the Family Sees Coroner Stanley Newman said the victim's Ona and the couple's six other children witnessed the Recounting events leading up to the Newman said Barnhart returned from work at the Richard Reams Oil Co. plant at 3:30 p.m. He reportedly had been drinking and had threatened the wife and their ranging in age from 20 to 3. He left agam at 6:30 returning an hour later to agahi his Monroe Barnhart said he struggled with his father when the latter picked up a knife in the kitchen and pursued his the ' Takes Four Shots Slipping from his son's Barnhart is said to have run again in pursuit of his The son ran to his room to got the rifle and then stepped to the door to Newman said the boy four fast shots from the just as his father was rounding the corner of the On struck the victim the and a second caught him in the right A third bullet passed through the fleshy part of the right A fourth shot missed its A William 141 Wood also witnessed the Steward said he had been at the during the afternoon watching Being questioned at the jail the shooting suspect said his father had threatened on several occasions to kill his wife and Ship Arrives in Port After Crash at Sea SAN FRANCISCO - along at unusual although two holds were the freighter Permanente reached San Francisco harbor today for repair of damage received in a The built to carry bulk dry cement was She proceeded to Shipyard No. 2. The other vessel the freighter followed the Permanente Into port The 7,629-ton ore southbound from with 40-45 collided late last night with the 7,606-ton freighter about 145 miles north of San The Colorado's forepeak flooded but she reported no Henry J. Permanente Steamship Co. of Oakland operates the ore ship and the Colorado is owned by the States Steamship Co. of New
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