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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - January 22, 1959, Long Beach, California                               FEAR 30 DEAD IN MINE FLOOD HOME The Finetl Evening Netotpaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., THURSDAY, JANUARY VoL 307 PRICE 10CENTS CLASSIFIED HE .WPAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 EDITION (Six Editions Daily) HEADING FOR A 'BULLSEYE' The Army's tactical Jupiter missile, topped by a nose cone which can carry a nuclear warhead, takes off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Wednesday night for a test flight that ended right on target 1 700 miles away in the Atlantic. The intermediate range Jupiter was the 13th launched and the eighth to hit the mark against four partial suc- cesses and one blowup. Wednesday night's Jupiter was much like the operational version now assigned to the Air Force and due for NATO forces soon. Half a Million Shout Approval of Castro Trials HAVANA the shouted support of more than half a million Cubans, Fidel Castro continues to- day his: campaign tb'justify to the world the execution of Batista henchmen. The author of Dictator Fulgencio Batista's downfall appears before hundreds of foreign newsmen at a press Ex-Child Star of'Our Gang' Movies Slain 'Alfalfa' Switzer Shot in Brawl Over Jail Pal NORTH HOLLYWOOD (UPI) Carl (Alfalfa) Switzer, 31, the freckleQ- faced child actor in the old "Our Gang" movies, was shot; and killed Wednesday night in a wild battle over a debt. His former busi- ness partner was booked on suspicion of murder today. Switzer, known to his friends as Alfalfa, the character he played in the old series, cur- rently being rerun across the nation on television as "The Little was shot in the stomach by M. S. (Bud) Stiltz 38, police reported. Stiltz, a welder, said th' former juvenile star who in CARL D. SWITZER In Recent Picture recent years was down on his uck and had several run-ins with the law was threatening him with a knife when ho shot him. STILTZ, BADL1T beaten, said the actor and a friend, Jack PioU, 37, came to the home of Mrs. Rita Corrigan, 38, former wife of stuntman Crash Corri- gan, where he was staying and began banging on the door. "Let me he said Switzer demanded, "or I'll hick in the door." Stiltz opened the door to him him and Switzer. I want that.50 bucks you we me now, and I mean witzer. said to .Stiltz, his for- mer partner.in a bear-hunting c'h'e'rhe'-jrr which Switzer forked as a of the CARL D. SW1IZEB As Child Star Gov. Egan Condition Improving SEATTLE Gov. William A. Egan was reported Jo have made further slight gains today in his battle for life after an emergency abdomina operation. The morning medical rep or said the youthful governo; I'spent a good night and wa: slightly improved since yester Hay." His condition remained however. Egan showed some improve ment Wednesday. He had been given only .a 50-50 chance t  wanted to ask Castro, at news conference about statement to the giant thron; Wednesday that "Cuba will as' a revision and nullification o onerous concessions' given for eign enterprises by the govern ment of Batista." Castro singled out only th Cuban Telephone Co., part of the estimated billion-dollar aried Jobs including bartender hat the former child star held during recent years. The two men got into a vio- ent argument over the debt, vhich arose over a bill involv. ng a reward for the finding if Stilt's missing dog. PIOTT SAID Switzer began fighting. During the fight Switzer grabbed a glass- domed clock from a dresser in one of the bedrooms and smashed it on Stiltz's head, Stiltz said. Stiltz, who was bloodied and (Continued on Page A-3, Col. 7) Pyle Resignation Accepted by ike WASHINGTON Presi- (Continued on Page A-3, Col. 3) dent Eisenhower today accepted the resignation of Howard Pyle as a White House aid. Pyle, former Republican gov- ernor of Arizona, is leaving to become head of the Nationa Safety Council. He has served the last four years as deputy assistant to the President in charge of intergovernmenta relations. M. S. STILTZ Booked in Shooting Severe Quake Noted in Ocean WASHINGTON Wl The Coast and Geodetic Survey re- ported today recording a severe earthquake in" the Molucca area of the South Pacific, south of the Philippines. It said the quake, which oc curred about midnight, appar- ently was centered beneath the water and no major land areas were involved. The quake was described as one of the largest of many months. It was given a magni tude rating of 7 or better which compares with a rating of 8 for most severe earthquakes. m frown Bares 658-Million Water Plan State Must Heal Sectional Strife, Governor Asserii !y MORBIE LANDSBERG SACRAMENTO (AP) ;ov. Brown, speaking out gainst narrow, sectional ifferences, proposed a 658- million-dollar program to- lay for a vast state sys- em to get water where it's needed in California. "It is time to start moving irt and stop throwing he old the Legislature in a spe- cial message. The governor did not rec- ommend a constitutional amendment on North-South wa t c r the irritant which has brought state water development to a virtual stand still. I AM NOT hostile to an amendment and I am not clos- ing the door on he said. "But I am convinced that our positive program of water development should not be de- layed by further frustrating' de- bate over the terms of a con- stitutional amendment." Brown's six-point program calls for upwards of 38 million dollars right away. It's built around a Feather River dam, north of Sacramento, and San Luis Reservoir, the mid-state transfer point in the San Joa- quin Valley. WATER WOULD be t a k e n out of the Sacramento-San Joa- Quln Delta, from common pool: 'One aqueduct would move south, via San Luis. The other would feed into the San Fran- cisco South Bay area. The governor's message, de- livered before a joint session of the legislature, urges action 1; Commit the entire Invest- ment Fund to water develop- ent. The fund, from tideland I revenue, will total 158 mil on dollars by June 30. 2. Appropriate S8 million dol- rs this year to buy aqueduct ghts of way, launch upstream evelppment and study sea ater conversion perhaps the Flood Kills 165 Reptiles in Zoo .WHERETO FIND IT Teen Tempo, two pages for teeners, are on A-16 and 17. "What Young People a weekly feature, is on Page B-8. Beach B-I. Hal A-2I. A-21. C-4 to 9. A-22, 23. A-18. Death B-2. A-20, B-S. Shipping A-15. C-I, 2, 4, A-14. Tides, TV, C-10, A-21. B-4, 5, t. THIS CRANE SEEMS to be saying that floods are for the birds .as a worker in Cleveland Zoological Park hauls him to safety from flood waters, which can-be.seen (below) rushing Into zoo building. CLEVELAND (AP) Two huge Galapagos. torr toises were all 'that re- mained today of .the .167 reptiles at the Cleveland Zoological Park in the wake of Wednesday's dis- astrous flood. A creek running through the park overflowed its banks, and a 10-foot-deep basement in which the reptiles were housed was flooded in less than 10 min- uture answer to vater problem. California's 3. Submit 500-milllon-dol- ar bond issue to the voters ext year to complete the pro ram. 4. Encourage federal utes. Reptile keeper Michael Tur- nauckas and his aids got the ortoises and seven cranes oul of the basement. An ocelot jeing quartered there for the winter perished with 165 rep tiles. It took four men to carry each of the tortoises upstairs. TURNAUCKAS SAID losse included two pythons, 18 and overnment to finance water 20 feet loiig; conda; a 14-foot 15-foot ana king cobra Continued on Page A-5, 1.) Son Pedro Bank Hit tor SAN PEDRO (CNS) A Bank of America branch in San Pedro was robbed of an esti- which lie called 1; alligators; 10 minotor lizard and a third Galapagos tortoise An Australian crane, one o a very few in captivity in thi country, and an African eagle were lost in other buildings. Zoo director Leonard J. Goss called the loss "irreplacablc." He declined to put a monetary value on the loss but said it is impossible to buy full-grown specimens of some of the rep- tiles that had grown up at the Some of them, he said, cost more than each rash Kills ar-Race hampion GUILDFORD, England WPi World champion automobile driver Mike Hawthorn, vho announced his retirement from racing last month, was killed todny in a car crash on an English road. Hawthorn's snorts car skid- ded for 100 yards on the wet! highway, struck the back of a truck, overturned and crashed into a tree. The blond, 29-year-old cham- pion was alone in the car. Hawthorn's father was killed in a motor crash in 1053. TUB DEATH of Mike Haw- thorn reduced the great racing triumvirate of Englishmen to one. Peter Collins was killed in the German Grand Prix last Rising Overflows in Pa. Shaft Bitter Cold Adds-: to Misery Over Stormy Midwest BULLETIN riTTSTON, Pa. Rising waters of Ihc Susqu'e- hanna Rfver broke into an anthrlcite mine of the Knox' Coal Co. at nearby Port Blnnchard today. About 30 men were believed trapped and feared dead, police said. "The whole river just poured police said. "The water is coming up through the shaft. We don't know just how many miners were down there but It appears to be about SO. It looks-pretty bad." State Police Sgt. Louie Shupnlk said he was In- formed at the mine that three men definitely were drowned and "perhaps 30 40 were trapped." By Associated Fitss. Winter's worst cased off today but in- tense cold added to the suf- fering and shivering misery of millions of Americans. Thousands were home- less in flooded areas in Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsyl- vania and Indiana. And 54 deaths were reported in the territory hit by heavy snow, ice storms, slashing rains or torrmdic territory that extended.from the South- vest to ttie Atlantic seaboard. Arctic air spread southland east. It increased the misery of residents of the storm zorte.5, jut it checked the run-off, of waters into Hooded streams: FLOOD DAMAGE ran into' many millions. The bitter cold checked Ohio's worst flood, in 25 years. Thousands of evacuees began trickling hack to their homes. But thousands of others stayed in'schools' and other emergency quarters. The crisis was over in Mount Vernon, a city of pop- ulation that experienced the worst inundation of central Ohio communities. Flood waters began to recede in other sections. OHIO'S FLOOD death' toll climbed to 10 and further fatalities were expected 'as re- ports of missing persons rolled in from many sectors. All 10 deaths were by drown- ing. Two died as a car plunged off the road into the water near Marysville. Five died as, a rescue boat 'iverturned near Cleveland. Single drownlngs were reported at Venice, Leba- non and Newark. At least two other men were believed drowned as trucks left the road and sank in canals near Cleveland, and up to eight persons were reported in. an automobile which disappeared beneath the water near Cin- cinnati. The cold air mass moving in from the West also was a break to the flooded areas of New York State. HUND'RED'S OF families by two men noon today, mated shortly before police reported. The holdup occurred at the branch at 500 S. Pacific Ave. at a.m. A tall, heavy-set man wear- ing gray slacks, a checkered sport coat and dark hat ap- proached the commercial ac- count window and waved a check at teller Thomas Setka. Setka, 24, thinking it was a customer, pressed a buzzer which permitted the man to enter a waist-high door. Then the man showed Setka a note which said it was a holdup and warned, "This is no indicating a gun stuck in his belt. when bought many years ago Southland Is Parched, Needs Rain LOS ANGELES ern California is hurting for Stirling Moss. For nearly, two months Haw- horn had been going from anquet to banquet and from ne testimonial to another. He vas Britain's great hero, for e was the country's first win- er of the world racing cham- ionship. Hawthorn was to have gone ext year to the United Stales, vhcre he raced several times, vith water speed king Donald Campbell for an attempt to set world land speed record. rain. Fire danger is rising. Winter rrigation costs more than usual. Residents are pouring great quantities of water on shrubs and lawns. Winter sports areas are suffering froir lack of snow. Rainfall this season is th fourth lowest in 81 years o records. So far, -since July 1 only 1.76 inches of rain ha fallen in downtown Los An VICTIM OF THE HEAT A woman attending the giant rally called by rebel leader Fidel Castro is car- ried by two Red Cross workers after she fainted in the tightly packed crowd, estimated at more than The crowd stood for hours under hot sun to hear Castro defend his regime's policy on Wirepnoto.j Plane Rescues Four on Arctic Ice Floe CHURCHILL, Man. police plane rescued four men rainfall to this dat an" Their single-engine plane had inches had faUen by this time been forced down at the mouth The Fire Department say of Hudson Bay in a blinding and low humidity coul snowstorm and was damaged make fire conditions as senou on the rough ice. The men's as those early this month at th only complaint was that they time of the Topanga and Bern: r> tired diet Canyon brush fires. _______ ugust. The remaining member, were forced from their homes n the Buffalo section Wednes- day night and today. States of emergency were declared in Salamanca and Lackawanna. In south Buffalo, an ice jam .in Cazenovia Creek broke and sent a five-foot wall of water through residential streets. Sev- eral persons were injured. The swirling Hoosac River Weather- Variable high clouds, tonight and Friday. Most- ly sunny and a little warmer Saturday. Maxi- mum temperature by noon today: 72. (Continued on Page A-3, Col. 1.) 2 Engines Out, Plane Still Lands Safely HONOLULU W> An Air Force Superconstellation "lost" both of its port engines but tha pilot landed it safely an hour and 80 miles later, using only the two starboard engines. Nineteen airmen were aboard the C121 radar plane which was on a reconnaissance flight. AF Tanker Crash Kills 6 in Louisiana ALEXANDRIA, La. four-engine Air Force re- fueling plane crashed and burned early today shortly after takeoff on a routine training mission. England Air Force Base said all six crew members died. The plane, a converted B30 bomber, took oft with six others on an early morning refueling mission with figh er planes. The England tower said the pilot radioed that the plane was in trouble and he was returning to the field. THE PLANE EXPLODED as it landed, careened across the field before the fuselage came to rest on a railroad track. England authorities said ail crew members were badly burned and identification would be difficult. The plane cut a 200-yard swath before ,t finally came to rest on the tracks, about a half-mile from a duster of resi- dences.   

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