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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - January 1, 1959, Long Beach, California                               2 Fires Raze 82 Homes; Government New Onslaught Feared Turned Over to Military Junta Names New President; More Bloodshed Feared By LARRY ALLEN HOM The Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, OALIP., THURSDAY, JANUARY Vol. LXXl-No. 289. PRIG BIO CENTS CLASSIFIED HE TELEPHONE HE 8-1161 (Six Editions Daily) Swee HUGH HAKLAN, a ituwi a weekly newspaper publisher, watches helplessly whtle flames his home in .Topanga Canyon, northwest of Los Angeles Scores oE expensive homes have been charred by the brush photo.) 19 Pemh in Explosions By Associated Press "Fires and explosions across the United States killed-19 per- sons, including 11 children, Wednesday night, and today. In Vincennes, Ind., a mother and three daughters) aged 13, 10 and 2 died in the explosion and'fire of their modest frame home. The father other children, all critically in- jured and some with their-lushi clothes still found standing in the too dazed to tell what happened. Six persons, including' a fam- ily, perished in a fire that fwept a three-story build- ing in the northside of Roch- ester, N.Y. Five others escaped. The dead .included two five- months-old infants and a girl of. 2. Texas reported two" cases of a mother and daughter perish- ing in one occurring at Houston and the other at Mar- shall. LOS ANGELES devastating mountain fires, -which hours blackened- 'acres, burned 82 homes, and sent their lives, calmed down' this morning. But they were far from tamed and an army of'firemen iraccd for fresh onslaughts ex- Russ Seek stas Mikoyan "will try to pro- pected when winds increase nist diplomats said fojday Ana- iater today.' The biggest blaze ran wild through a nine-mile stretch to Topanga Canyon in the Santa Monica Mountains 20 miles With U. S. LONDON (UPI1 Commu- HAVANA dent Fulgencio Batista fled Cuba.today in the face of mounting rebellion. Orders Went out to. government troops for an. immediate cease-fire on all fronts'. But further bloodshed threat- ened. Rebel leader. Fidel Castro de dared a shift ill the govern: merit that accompanied Batis- ta's exodus constituted a coup d'etat in accord with Batista ind "the war operations wil be continued." "The triumph 'ol the re'volu tion must be Castro proclaimed. Batista flew, to the Domin ican Republic with his military high command and top aids leaving a military junta to pick up the pieces of his dictatoria regime. The junta named Justic Carlos Piedra, 63, senior mem her of the Cuoan Suprem Court, as provisional presiden and then dissolved itself.' PIEDRA ORDERED th cease-fire a few minutes afte taking office. He proposed -1 form a government that wi "re-establish peace and tran quility" in this island nation, torn by two years of civil war- fare. He appealed for rebel co-j operation and asked on the part of all." But partisans of Fidel Castro.j he bearded, 32-year-old guer- rilla chieftian, refused to ac- cept Piedra as provisional president. Rebel leaflets circulated In Havana demanded that the job go to ex-judge. Manuel Ur- rutia, how behind "the rebel lines after a long, exile in the United States; until" a election can be held. OTHERWISE, they said Cuba is in for a general strike ond more blood-letting. The bulletins mentioned noon today as a deadline. Despite this, Piedra strove desperately to form a new gov .j t mote a personal meeting be- ernment with the aid of Ma; Gen. Eugelin Cantillo, new bos west of dowtown Los Angeles Between 9 a.m. and midnighl Wednesday it consumed acres of brush and 80 dwellings In e terrifying surge from the San Fernando Valley to the sea. The other broke out Wednes- day night in the Hollywood Hills and raced to the outskirts of the rich.residential commu- nity ofBeverly Hills. It burned S50 acres and two homes. BOTH FIRES are believed set by a firebug. Both were spread explosively by dry desert winds which 'raced as fast as 60 m.p.h. The leaping flames, flying embers and blinding smoke pro- vided a nightmarish background to New Year Eve celebrations in homes close to the fire twecn Premier Nikita Khrush- chev and President Eisenhower next spring. Mikoyan, one of the Krem- lin's top trouble-shooters, is visiting Washington this month ostensibly on a private mission. of the nation's armed forces. They appealed to all Cuban to keep calm and prevent dis orders'. There were widesprea ut his flight could signal the jtart of a wave of bloodshed See stories on Page A-10. injured, was Jailed. More than a million person; line'd the parade route" oh wlia was, perhaps, cli matic day in the history o the pageant., Torrance won first prize ir its'division. The cities of Lake wood, Downey and South Gat each were second In their pop ulation httigoiius. Quaker Oats Co., with "A.ra bian won grand priz 'or the best commercial entry THE THEME prize went t Beach B-l. Hal A-23. A-23. C-4 to 7. B-10, 11. A-18. Death B-IO. A-22. C-l, 2, 3. B-8. Tides, TV, C-8. Vital A-ll. A-2S. B-i, K. Your A-J. California State Polytechni College's "St. George and th designed and built b students at two Cal Po! campuses. This year's them was "Adventures in Flowers." Other awards: President's Trophy to Ge oral Motors, Queen's Trophy City of Los Angeles, Intern tional Trophy to Ireland an the March of Dimes, Nation Trophy to St. Louis, Governor Trophy to Native Sons an Daughters of the Golden .We: Mayor's Trophy to South Pas (Continued on Page A-2, Col. Weather- Increasing high cloud Inew Friday. SlightIy cooler. lUATEMALA diglo- atic break between Guate. ala and neighboring Mexico omed today because Guate- alan planes shot up three ats charged with fishing egally in territorial waters. Mexico said two of the boats ire hers. The owner- as killed and a xik were wounded nrim'ping" legally .in.--Mexican aters, reports' from Mexico ity contended. A Mexican senator said dip- jmatio relations probably, rould-bc broken if Guatemala id n't apologize. THE TOESS OFFICE Of luatemalan President Miguel Jdigoras Fuentes announced he machine-gunning attack'by ir force planes Wednesday without specifying the boats' lationalities. The announcement said two f the boats followed signals rom the planes and ran ground 'at Tilapa, more thari 00 miles down the Pacific Coast from the Mexican border, .uthorities later disclosed-that ive wounded crewmen been interned in the military lospital in this capital, 60 milej nland from Tilapa. Red China in Drive Against Foreigners SYDNEY, Australia A new campaign against for- eigners is under way in Com- munist China, a group of 2fl white Russian refugees report- ed today. They arrived here from Hong Kong by piano Wednesday night. A spokesman said the group left Harbin because of oppression. The World Council of Churches is helping the group. One elderly woman said for- eigners were denied work and were forced. tp-Uve'-on starva- tion Y   

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