Tucson Daily Citizen, December 11, 1964

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December 11, 1964

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Tucson Daily Citizen (Newspaper) - December 11, 1964, Tucson, Arizona VOL 92 NO. 297 TUCSON, ARIZONA, FRIDAY EVENING, DECEMBER 11, 1964 10 PAGES AS CUBAN SPEAKS Mortar Shell Fired At U.N. Building NEW VORK A home- made mortar, rigged with a self-firing timing device, fired a shell into the East River beside the United Nations building to- day while Cuba's Ernesto (Che) Guevara was speaking, police said. .The shell exploded about 100 feet from the Manhattan shore where the United Nations is lo- cated. Shooting a geyser 15 feet into the air, the blast rattled win- dows in the U.N. building but did no damage. POLICE SEARCHED the U.N. grounds the time for a bomb that a Latin-accented anonymous caller had said he left there. Police detective William Riley said the mortar was found on the grounds of an industrial plant in Long .Island City, Queens, across thei river, which is a.bout 900 yards wide at that point. Riley said an employe of the the Adams Metal Corp., noticed it and called police about two hours after the explo- sion, which came shortly after noon while Guevara, Cuban min- ister of industry, was denounc- ing the United Stales in a speech. Riley said the mortar was equipped with an alarm-clock timing device to fire it auto-J matically. Police said the weapon was made of 4-inch steel pipe, about 3 feet long, and was mounted to a crosstie of a railroad spur running -through the firm's yard. AT THE MOMENT 'of the blast, a Cuban exile woman ran to the flag of Cuba, flying along- side other national flags before the building, and tried to haul it down. Police seized her. The noise of the disturbance did not penetrate the General Assembly chamber and the bearded Guevara continued un- interrupted in his denunciation of the United States, accusing it of imperialism, neo-colonialism and warmongering. In the momentary confusion outside, a police captajn described the explosion as "a blast not a noise bomb." Officers pinpointed the loca- tion of it as 50 to 100 feet out in the East River, just north of Manhattan's 43rd street. This is two or three blocks south of the United Nations area. Tight security restrictions ac- companied the bea.rded Cuban official's appearance at the United Nations and police put a reinforced detail around the grounds. A police helicopter hovered overhead and two harbor patrol boats cruised in the East River alongside. A PICKETING demonstration by three anti Castro exile groups was about to begin when police received the anonymous telephone call. Officers warned: said the caller "I have put a bomb in front of the U.N. building. Keep peo- ple away between a.m. and p.m. Long Live About 50 shouting, chanting and carrying men and women began the demonstra- tion a few minutes after the call. At least that many patrol- men and mounted policemen watched them. representatives of Communist delegations partly filled the general assembly gal- leries. Some rose and cheered with cries of "Fidel! when Guevara ended his speech. Police said the woman demon- strator knocked the hat off the policeman who grabbed her and scratched his face. Black haired and wearing a leather jacket, she was first no- ticed by U.N.- guards who tried to lean over a stone wall to seize her. To get at the row of flags, she ran past a line of mounted and foot policemen stationed along the U.N. side of First Avenue. U.S. Agrees To War Aid, Says Sai AT REQUEST OF FBI 20th Mississippian Freed Of Charges O MERIDIAN, Miss. UP! A U.S. commissioner dismissed charges today against another of the 21 suspects arrested in the slaying of three civil rights workers last June. This leaves only one suspect still facing charges. Charges against 19 others were dropped yesterday. Federal attorneys have made clear, however, that they will go before a federal grand jury and seek indictments against all 21. The suspect against whom charges were dismissed today was James Edward Jordan, 38, of Gulfport. The action was tak- en at Biloxi by U.S. Commis- sioner Mrs. Verta Lee Swetman at the request of the FBI. Jordan did not appear for his scheduled arraignment today but was represented by an at- torney. "Since the defendant is not here, we will proceed and 1 will say that at the request of the government, the complaint has been dismissed and bond is re- Mrs Swetman said. Like the others, Jordan had been free under bond. Another U.S. Commissioner, Miss Esther Carter, shocked Justice Department attorneys yesterday by refusing to hear testimony concerning an alleged "confession" and dismissing the charges against 19 of the sus- pects. THE ONLY one of the sus- pects with charges still out- standing against him is Hor- ace Doyle Barnette, 25, a truck driver who allegedly gave the confession that figured in yes- terday's preliminary hearing before Miss Carter. It was expected that federal attorneys would request that charges against Barnette also be dropped so the case can be put back in one package for presentation to a grand jury, which would be asked to re- turn indictments. Barnette's attorney has de- nied his client has made any statement concerning the slay- ing. Acting Ally. Gen. Nicholas Kateenbach in Washington called upon Federal District Judge Harold Cox, currently holding court in Gulfport, to re- convene a grand jury "to hear these matters as promptly as possible." AFTER THE STORMY hear- ing yesterday, two of the ar- rested suspects, Neshoba Coun- ty Sheriff Lawrence Rainey and SHOPPING DAYS until CHRISTMAS Deputy Cecil Price, left the courthouse chatting and joking with friends. But they gave terse "no comments" to newsmen. FBI Agent Henry Rask of At- lanta told Miss Carter the FBI obtained the reported confession after six months of thorough in- vestigation of the killing of the two white youths and the Negro near Philadelphia, Miss., last June. Rask said agents covered hundreds of miles of back coun- try roads during the questioning of more than persons. He said the confession was obtained from Barnette during three days of interrogation last November. MISS CARTER RULED the confession would be hearsay and inadmissible unless Barnette were in the courtroom and the confession itself produced. Justice Department attorney Robert Owen of Washington be- gan citing cases in which such evidence had been accepted, but Miss Carter shut off his argu- ments. Frustrated and unwilling to reveal the contents of the con- fession itself, Owen said, "We will produce no more evidence." Miss Carter quickly dropped charges against the 19 suspects. Justice Department sources in Washington said the decision would have little practical effect on the case, since a federal grand jury would have to con- sider the case in any event. They expressed surprise, how- ever, since the rules against hearsay evidence normally apply only in a trial. See REV. KING, Page 20 Expansion Of Conflict Also Hinted SAIGON, Viet Viet Nam announced today the United States has agreed to an across-the- board increase in aid in the war against the Communist Viet Cong and hinted that the war will soon be expanded Iii the Wake of War in Viet Nam Wicephofo Vietnamese youngsters watched as government troops placed Viet Cong and civilian dead in coffins yester- day at Ba Dua. The village, 50 miles southwest of Sai- gon, was the scene of a night attack by the Viet Cong on a Vietnamese government battalion. The battle left a dozen dead around the market place. TAX INEQUITIES CITED 'Outsiders' Begrudged In Big School Districts This Is the first of twq articles on tuition students and school districts which have no high schools. By BILL K1MMEY An unhappy father complained at a Catalina Foothills school board meeting this year because his children were not going to the District 1 high school he wanted them to go to. The parent was very frank. He admitted moving into the Catalina Foothills district to avoid District J's high school taxes. But he still reserved the right to grumble about where District 1 assigned his children. They are among 69 being sent to lo- cal high schools as tuition stu- dents from Catalina Foothills, which has no high school of its own. Every, district taking these students has a tax rate much higher than Catalina Foothills. The father's remark about tax- es raised this question: 'Are small school districts en- titled to keep ttieir identities and enjoy low taxes when they must be helped'-out by large districts with high taxes? the answer is yes. County School .Supt. Florence Reece pointed out that Arizona law requires the "haves" 'to help the "have-nots." Districts with high schools however crowded they accept students from districts without secondary programs. Almost unanimously, top of- ficials of the large districts do not like it. District 1 Supt. Robert Mor- row said it amounts to subsidi- zation of the small districts.-Be- ing required to take these stu- dents, he believes, is unfair to District 1 taxpayers. This year District 1 has 218 high school students from out- lying districts enrolled on a tui- tion basis. Furnishing'the larg- est-number is Tanque Verde District, east of Tucson. Coming in from Tanque Verde, are 73 Continued, 4 Teamsters9 Dave Beck Goes Free TACOMA, Wash. For- mer Teamster Union President pave Beck came out of Mc- Neil Island Federal Prison to- day still insisting he was inno- cent of income tax law viola- tion. "I said I was not guilty when I went in and I'm not guilty right he said, his blue eyes snapping. "I hope my mother, who died while I was in prison, goes to hell for eternity if what I say right now isn't true. That's how sure 1 am I'm not guilty." Beck said he was treated ex- cellently during his nearly two and one-half years in prison. He said he lost 41 pounds and now weighs 170. "I feel the 70-year-old Beck said. He was wearing a dark hat and dark suit and dark glasses when he stepped off the prison launch that brought him to the mainland from the prison is- land in Lower Puget Sound. The suit was one he had sent in and not a prison issue to which he would be entitled. Asked what he was going to do now, he said, "I'm going back and take care of my af- fairs." Beck has real estate business holdings in Seattle estimated to be valued at more than mil- lion. He said he would settle in Seattle but did not know pre- cisely where. Beck said he held no bitter- ness against the persons who convicted him of filing false in- formation returns for the Joint Council 28 Building Association, an agency of the Teamsters Union. He was met at the dock by his attorney, George Kargianis, and paused briefly on the narrow gangplank crowded with news- men, photographers and cam- eramen for a news conference. He said he intended to call a full-fledged news conference in Seattle in a few days. Warmer And Clear Forecast Hear bells jingling? Hear Kris Kringling? Christmas hearts aglow no snow. St. Nick The forecast calls for mostly clear weather tonight and tomorrow and slightly warmer tomorrow. Tomorrow's high is ex- pected to reach 67, com- pared to 61 yesterday. To- night's low should be 38, compared with this morn- ing's low of 37. At 2 p.m. today it was 64 degrees with 25 per cent humidity. Full weather report. Page IS. Centaur Is Shot Into Orbit CAPE KENNEDY UPI A high-powered Atlas Centaur moon rocket shot into a near- perfect orbit today on a tough practice run for next year's scheduled launch of a lunar landing spacecraft. However, a. secondary "bonus" the Centaur's engines in space- failed as the experimental upper stage whirled around the globe. It was the second orbital suc- cess in four flights for the trou- bled million Centaur de- velopment program that is three years behind schedule. It was also the second straight successful flight for a new U.S. space rocket. Yesterday, an Air Force Titan-3A military booster hurled a dummy payload into orbit. The hydrogen-fueled Centaur second stage carried for the first time a simple weight mode] of its future Project Surveyor scientific robot de- signed to land television cam- eras and instruments on the moon to explore Apollo astro- nauts' landing sites. TO SPEED PROJECT Public Housing Red Tape Cut By STEVE EMERINE The Tucson Housing Authority and the U. S. Public Housing Administration have agreed to cut some red tape so design work on 200 Tucson public housing units can begin before the land is acquired. Edmundo Arriaga, chairman of the local housing au- thority, announced the agree- ment today. City officials estimate the move will chop about six months off the city's timetable for con- struction of the units, which will supplement the existing 160-unit La Reforma Housing Project. HOWEVER, officials declined to predict a date for the start of construction on the project, which will cost more than million. Architect Mark Edson, whose firm Beck, Edson Gold- blatt will design the new low- rent units, said today, "We're proceeding expeditiously with the plans. "We hope to have a rough sketch of what the project wili look like a Ed- son continued. "After that's ap- proved by the Tucson Housing Authority, it will go to San Fran- cisco for final review by the Public Housing Administration. "Hopefully, they'll say, 'That looks good go ahead and draw the Edson added. MEANWHILE, Arriaga said, appraisers Mark Klafter and Sanders K. Solot should wind up their appraisals of the more than 40 privately owned parcels of land which must be bought for the project site in about 10 days. The proposed site is just west of the La Reforma project, in the area bounded by South 10th and Osborne avenues, West 19th Street and a line midway be- tween West 21st and 22nd streets. The city already owns a large amount of the property in the area. After the appraisals are ap- proved by Arriaga's group, they must be reviewed by the fed- eral agency before local offi- cials can begin purchasing them. Each land purchase must be approved by the Public Housing Administration before the deal becomes final. Damskey Will Not Stand Trial Peter B. Damskey, 16-year- old accused slayer, was returned to the Arizona State Hospital today after three psychiatrists testified he was mentally and unable to assist attorneys in his defense. The commitment was ordered by Superior Court Judge Her- bert F. Krucker following a criminal sanity hearing this morning. Purpose of the hear- ing was to determine whether Damskey, a slightly built for- mer Tucson High School student, was able to stand trial on an open murder charge and two counts of attempted murder. The charges stem from the May 16 fatal stabbing of Mrs. Carl Eckstrom and attempts to kill Mrs. Eckstrom's husband and a neighbor, Miss Barrie Ryan. To be tried for a crime under Arizona law, a defendant must know right from wrong and be able to assist his counsel in de- fense. The three psychiatrists who examined the red-haired freck- le-faced defendant concurred in this finding: Damskey is so mentally and emotionally ill that he is unable to help his attor- neys to defend him. outside this country. "The U.S. government has of- fered additional military and economic assistance to improve the execution of the govern- ment's programs and to restrain the mounting infiltration of men and equipment by the Hanoi regime in support of the Viet a communique said. (IN WASHINGTON, officials indicated the United States has reached agreement with the government of South Viet Nam on a program for intensifying the war against Communist guerrilla forces. (The sources were reluctant, however, to confirm specifically that this could mean CaVryihg the conflict beyond the bound- aries of South Viet Nam by bombing supply lines in the Communist-held jungles of Laos. But they did not deny that im- plication. (The decisions, announced in Saigon this morning, are an out- growth of consultations held here a week ago by Ambassa- dor Maxwell D. Taylor with top administration policy makers, including President Johnson.) A U.S. SPOKESMAN in Sai- gon said the Vietnamese gov- ernment's communique had been prepared after consultations with the U.S. mission here, but that the mission would have no com- ment on any aspect. The communique said the air defenses of South Viet Nam will be strengthened, implying that more U.S. fighters and other equipment were on the way. The communique did not spell out what forms the new Ameri- can aid will take. A U.S. official said some pro- visions will be kept secret for security reasons and other as- pects have not yet been fully worked out. Consultations be- tween the American mission and the Huong government will con- tinue, he said. ON THE MILITARY front, Communist forces wiped out a government armored column in one of the costliest ambushes of the war, the Defense Min- istry disclosed today. A defense ministry spokesman said the guerrillas destroyed six Ml 13 armored personnel car- riers in the third major engage- ment in Phuoc Tuy province in less than a week. The guerrillas also inflicted other serious iosses on the gov- ernment column which was am- bushed in the daytime Wednes- day, the spokesman said. Nikita Hit, But Plan Is Approved MOSCOW (ffl An eco- nomic official accused former Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his successors of economic wish- ful thinking today .but the Su- preme Soviet approved the new economic plan anyway, Premier Alexei N. Kosygin noted criticism of the plan he had inherited from Khrushchev but said the general tenor of debate approved the program. The deputies also approved next year's budget before end- ing their winter session. They took no action on further top level government changes; The rumor has been out that Mar- shal Rodion Y. Malinovsky was on his way out as .defense min- ister. The deputies approved a pro- posal to remove Khrushchev from a commission drawing.up a new Soviet constitution. Leo- nid I. Brezhnev, who -succeeded Khrushchev as first -secretary of the Communist- Party, was named to succeed him. The criticism of Khrushchev by name was the first public attack on him since his ouster Oct. 14. Konstantin Belyak, chairman of .the economic council of the Zhernozem region, of central Russia, told the Supreme So- viet there had been lack of sta- bility in Soviet economic plan- ning. "This was he said, "to the practice cultivated by Com- rade Khrushchev of presenting the desired as reality the de- to put down (in plans) as much as possible on the off chance it would be possible to achieve it." Inside Today's Citizen Dr. Alvarez 26 Bridge 7 Comics 39 Crossword Puzzle 37 Deaths 45 Editorials 16 Financial News 24, 25 Molly Mayfield 35 Movie Times 37 Public Records 45 Sports 41-44 TV-Radio Dials 38 Woman's View 27- Don't.Call Jenkins, Doctor Urges doctor who has been treating Walter W. Jenkins has recommended strongly against having the re- signed White House aide tes- tify in the Senate Rules Com- mittee's Bobby Baker gation. Jenkins, on a brief golfing holiday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, said yesterday: "I'll see after my stay here." A letter from Dr. Leon Yo- chelson, a psychiatry professor at George Washington Univer- sity Medical School here, to Rules Committee Chairman B. Everett Jordan, D-N.C., said Jenkins is suffering "a depres- sive reaction of the utmost gravity." The rules committee voted unanimously Wednesday to summon Jenkins to testify un- der oath. At the same time it decided to drop the sex and political angles that turned up during the Baker investigation. Jordan said yesterday that so far as sex is concerned, nothing contained 'in two FBI files "re- lated in any way to the official conduct" of any senator or Sen- ate employe. ;