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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - January 24, 1959, Long Beach, California                               FIRES. FROST STRIKE FLOODED EAST NEW FLAGS ROLL OFF PRESS Printing machines at the Rock Hill, S. C., Printing Finishing Co. have begun rolling out the first of new American flags the firm has on order fcr its first week of production. Firm is one of first to get new flag design to the presses. Roy Adams (left) and Russell Hinson check quality. (AP Photo) Five Killed, 52 Hurt at Rail Blast MONROE, La. death toll rose to five today from the explosion of a derailed railroad tanker car filled with gas Friday night. The tanker blew up in the midst of a crowd of spectators and 52 person: were injured. Two of the victims, Including trainmaster Charles R. Barnes, 45, of North Little Rock, Ark., died in a hospital today. An- other man was reported very near death. Seventeen persons were In critical condition, suffering burns and other injuries. The butadine explosion hurled metal and flames into the crowd of workmen and onlookers at the scene of a Missouri-Pacific Railroad freight derailment. THREE WERE killed at the scene Friday night. C. O Prestage of Monroe died in St. Francis Hospital today. Firemen at the scene five miles from here said two more tank cars filled with highly in- flammable fuels might blow up. Officials were undecided whether to let the fires, raging since Thursday midnight when 33 cars of the freight train jumped the tracks, burn them- selves out or attempt to ex- tinguish thorn. Friday night a tank car ex- flames and at wrecking crews, firemen and spectators. "I HEARD PEOPLE scream- ing and saw them running with their clothes and hair on switchman L. V. Cascio said. He was standing 150 yards away. His clothes were singed and his ear burned. "The flames mushroomed outward, and touched earth again about 300 yards away. Those farther away were the ones that got it he said. A total of 52 persons were in- jured by the explosion. Thirly- ROME SUIT PENDING Ingrid Awarded Custody of Tots by Paris Judge PARIS Paris judge today awarded Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman custody of the three children of her broken marriage with Italian director Roberto Rossellini. He. granted visiting rights to Ros ploded hurling metal fragments two victims pitalized. were still hos- Actor Sails to Tahiti as Court Defied SAUSALITO Sterling Hayden has defied a court order and taken his four children on a voyage to Tahiti aboard his schooner Wanderer, United Press International learned today. A "hail and farewell" letter from Hayden to families of crew members on his 08-foot sailing vessel confirmed that the vetei'an of many swash- buckling movie roles was en route to the South Seas. Hayden said last Sunday when he set tail from this San Francisco Bay community that he was bound for Santa Bar- bara, 310 miles down the Cali- fornia coast. Th2 Coast Guard in San Francisco said no search had been ordered for the Wanderer. However, the cutter Dexter left San Francisco at 10 a.m. with orders to watch for the schooner on her voyage to Long Beach and i sellini. Miss Bergman also won a preliminary legal skirmisl in Rome. In Paris, a judge awarded Miss Bergman temporary and conditional custody of Rober- tino, 8, and 6-year-old twins Isabella and Isotta-Ingrid. Court Referee Rene Drouillat ruled under French law that Miss Bergman could keep the children weekdays and Rosscl- lini could have them on week- the children re- main in the Paris area, HOWEVER, he ruled that this arrangement would be valid only until a higher French court or an Italian tribunal hands down a permanent deci- sion on the children's custody. Kossellini filed suit in Rome for custody of the children soon after Miss Bergman married Swedish producer Lars Schmidt during the Christmas holidays, Miss Bergman filed a coun- tersuit in Paris. The children are living with the Schmidts in a villa outside Paris, IN THE HOME action Ros- sellini sought immediate cus- tody of tbe three children on grounds he wanted to bring them up as Roman Catholics and they were now with Miss Bergman and her new husband, Lars Schmidt, both Protestants. It had been speculated Judge Alberto Virgilio would order the children to move from Paris to an Italian boarding school until a .'inal settlement is reached. But before he could act, lawyer Andrea Malcagni filed a protest on Miss Bergman's be- half regarding the manner in which she was informed of Ros- sellini's Rome action. The com- plaint said notice of the action was sent to the Rome apart- ment where Ingrid formerly lived with Rossellini, although she is actually living in Paris. Virgilio ruled that since Miss Bergman had not been legally notified of the action, the process would have to be start- ed anew. Roof of Rink Collapses. Traps Eight HUNTS VI Ont. UPI The roof of an ice-sports rin at Brilannia Lodge collapsec today, trapping eight person: Seven of. them were rescue within an hour, said first n ports to the Canadian Pres and none was believed serious! injured. '.The eighth was re ported still alive. The eight were playing th game of curling on the ice the rink at p.m. whe the roof collapsed, presumab: under the weight of snow. All eight were guests at th lodge, located 16 miles fro: here. Curling is a game with rough resemblance to shuffli board on ice. 'Dozer Blade Slices Bus; 5 Die. 30 Hurt BRUSSELS (UPI) Five persons were killed and 30 in- jured Friday night when the blades of a bulldoEcr 'being carried on a truck sliced open a bus at eye-level like a gianl can opener. Weather- Coastal fog and low clouds tonight and early Sunday. Becoming most- ly sunny Sunday with slightly cooler in the aft- ernoon. Low tonight 50. High Sunday 72, The Fineit Evening Neuupaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., SATURDAY, JANUARY Vol. 309 PRICE 10 CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 18 PAGES TELEPHONE RE 5-1161 HOME EDITION (Six Editions Daily) Soviet Sees vlikoyanTrip as Peace Aid Russia's Doors Open for Visits by U. S. Leaders MOSCOW tas I. Mikoyan said, today he Soviet government be- icves his U. S. visit has helped to lessen interna- ional tension and to im- irove relations with the Jnited States. At the same lime, the deputy rcmier threw open the doors f the Soviet Union to any U. S. leaders who want to visit. Back only one day from his U. S. tour, Mikoyan told more ban 300 foreign and Soviet -orrespondents in white-col- umned Sverdlovsky Hall of the {remlin that he had reported o his government, "which found my trip useful and fully ap- iroved my activities in -the Jnited States." Mikoyan added that his gov- Tnment, presumably including r e m i e r Nikita Khrushchev, ound the results "contributing o further lessening of inter- national tensions and the im- provement of Soviet-American relations." THERE IS a growing con he. said, "that despite the evidence of the cold war and the existence of many prejudices against the U.SJS.H and its attitude, the atmosphere jenerally is now favorable foi steps, toward strengthening the peace. "An Increasing number of Americans are beginning to un- derstand that war and the 'hrcat of war under preseni conditions is an altogether un- suitable means of settling in- ernational disputes." Mikoyan. said -the trip lefi 1im convinced that Americans are upset over what they be- .ieve is a Soviet ultimatum on negotiations over Berlin. Deny- FELON TOLD OF BURIAL FLORIDA BUSINESSMAN James E. Harrison missing since Oct. 7 and believed slain, orders breakfast with Detective Harvey Thompson after being found in Wirephoto) (Continued on Page A-3, Col. 8: Homemade Bomb Kills Captain's Son ISLAND HEIGHTS, :N. J 14-year-old son o the captain of the liner Ameri ca was killed Friday nigh when a homemade bomb ex ploded in his hands. Frederick Fender was play ing outside his home when the bomb exploded. He died a sbor while later at a Lakewood hos pital. THEY'RE 'SWELL' PALS Veterinarians say it's a coincidence, but Shannon Kingston, 2y2, of Fresno, and Tiny, her Pekingese, both have the mumps. Tiny is accustomed to sleep- ing in. doll buggy next to Shannon's bed. .Here Shannon visits pet at dog Photo) Florida 'Murder Victim Found Sate in Phoenix JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (UPI) A Florida business- man' whose alleged murder prompted legal action against two suspects was found alive and well in Phoenix, Ariz., officers said today. County authorities here said 'James Eugene 32, of Indian River City, Fla., was picked up by police in the Arizona city Friday night. Lt.. J. E. Dansler of the Duval County Road Patrol said he had talked by phone with Harrison, himself who said the last thing he re- membered before "coming to" on the streets of Phoenix was driving into a Jackson- ville parking'lot Oct. 7. HARRISON HAD been the object of a widespread search until last week when a con- victed murderer in a Cali- fornia correctional institute confessed, in lengthy detail, how he fatally stabbed the former. Taylorville, 111., resi- dent. The prisoner, Roy V. Olson, also told how he buried Harrison's body in shallow grave' south'; of Offi- cers had conducted a thor- ough search for the body. Olson also Implicated James Leech, 21, who was appre- hended In Jellico, Tenn., Fri- day. Local officers already are in Knoxville, Tenn., to question Leech. Extradition papers for the return of Olson had been filed with Gov. Leroy Collins for his approval and for- warded to California where Olson is serving a murder sen- tence in the Vacaville Cor- rectional Institute. Harrison, who was last seen by his family Oct. 7 when he said he had a busi- ness appointment in Cocoa, told Dansler he came to on the streets of Phoenix Friday night and didn't know how he got there. CITY POLICE in Phoenix said he went to a woman's house, knocked on the door and identified himself. The woman became suspicious and called police who picked him up. Harrison then told a story of blacking out In Jackson- ville and coming to in Phoe- nix. Dansler said Harrison had talked with his wife on the telephone. She was slaying with her mother-in-law in Miami. Dansler said Har- rison's wife had sent him some money so he could get to Miami. Endurance Pi lots Past Old Mark LAS VEGAS fliers, stiff and sore from seven weeks in a cramped cabin, droned on today to a. new world record for an endurance flight. Robert Timm, 32, Las Vegas, and John Cook, 33, Los An- geles, passed the old record of 50 days, 18 minutes at PST Friday. They kept right on toward their goal of 60 days. The fliers are helping promote a cancer fund drive. "We may stay up now until the engine stops Timm crowed. THEY WENT ON with their four hours on, four hours off stints piloting a single engine Cessna 172 in the Blythe, Ariz.- Las Vegas areas. They were jubilant, if tired. "The first 50 days were not easy, but it wasn't as tough as we thought it would Timm said. Every morning the fliers swoop low over the airport in Blythe to keep a 90-mile-an- hour rendezvous with a pickup truck. They hoist their break- fast, 1'inch and mail up in a basket. They get their fuel and a hot supper every evening the same way. WHERE TO FIND IT A-4, 5. B-S to 9. B-2. B-IO. Death B-3. B-S. A-6, 7, 8. A-3. Tides, TV, B-10, Vftal B-S, DELAYED UNTIL MONDAY Cuba 'Circus1 Trial Blackout in Offing HAVANA appeal court considered today the death sentence given in a circus setting at the firs public war crimes trial. The two remaining showcasi trials were postponed until Monday. Revolutionary leader Fidel Castro reportedly sug gested a radio and television blackout on the othe trials in an apparent effort to avoid too much publii excitement. -An aroused crowd threatened the next tvvi defendants Friday. Foreign correspondents in vited to the trials had criticizec the carnival atmosphere of th trial, which opened Thursday before shouting Cuban and ended Friday morning with Find Batista Will, Cache of Million HAVANA authorities announced today they had found the personally written will of former President Fulgencio Batista, along with in cash and bonds, in two safe deposit boxes. The Ministry for Recovery of agreement with the lega many stil watching on tele vision. A SAMI'LING OF opinioi among the 322 foreign news men reported to be here indi Stolen and Misappropriated Properties said the will, dated Jan. 17, 1957, provided that the estate be equally divided among eight sons and daughters, and stated that previous arrange- ments had been made for his wife. Another daughter, Mart- ma, was born after the testa- ment. Besides the three children by his first marriage and the four sons by his second marriage, the will provided for an "extra- marital" daughter, Fermina Lazara Carmela de las Mer- cedes Batista Yestevez, the ministry said, ike Spending Stag Weekend at Retreat THUR'MONT, MA President Eisenhower today was in the midst of a quiet stag weekend at his closely' guarded mountain retreat. procedure used, however. Bet ter understanding abroad of th provisional government's aim was foreseen as a result of th public trials. Maj. Jesus Sosa Blanco, 51 a career army man, was con victed on charges of murderin at least 25 persons in Orient Province, scene of tbe bitteres fighting in Castro's two-yea rebellion that overthrew dicta tor Fulgencio Batista on Jan. The three-man military tn bunal that convicted Sosa Blan co sentenced him to die befor firing squad. The tribuna president, Maj. Humberto'Soi Marin, announced that a fivi member superior war counc had agreed to hoar Sosa Blan co's appeal. There was no Indication whe (Continued on Page A-3, Col. 1 .osses Top Million, )eathsHigh Thousands Flee Homes; Emergency Declared in Ohio By Associated Press. Fires and biting cold ag- Tavated the woes of thou- ands of residents of flood- tricken communities today. Flood losses mounted be- the 100 million dollar mark. More than homeless and hun- reds of others shivered in unbeaten" houses. Ohio bore the heaviest bur- en and was placed in a state f emergency. Gov. Michael Di Salle estimated damage in the late at 83 million dollars or more and figured the death toll may reach 25 or 30. Ohio had 14 known dead. Other flood deaths includet! ndlana 3, New York 5 and 'ennsylvahia 1. The total stood at 23. t FIREMEN TOOK time out rom flood duty to battle blazes n Zanesville and Wilmington, Ohio. Fire early today de- troyed three businesses" and damaged .four others in the heart of Zanesville's commer- cial district. Flames damaged a heating plant and gymnasium at Wilmington College. Firemen stood by helplessly early today while flames raced hrouRh a warehouse in flooded Meadville, Pa. The flames swept the ware- house, office and several piles of lumber of the-Race Street Dumber Co. FIREMEN USED three am- phibious vehicles to get to -.the "ire. But they were unable to shoot any water on the burh- ng structures because hydrants vere frozen and under water. r 1 o a t i n E cakes of ice also hampered the firemen, More than 2.000 persons were lomeless in Meadville. Two luge ice gorges in French -reek backed up water over 10 per cent of the city of population. The Scioto River began to recede slowly in Chlllicolhe, Ohio. Icy waters broke over a sandbag embankment on the north and east sides of the city Friday and forced about residents out of their houses. Several hundred homes were Inundated. DOWN ON the swollen Ohio (Continued on Page A-3, Col. 5) Monty Says; That Ike Now Cool to Him WASHINGTON (m The While House remained silent today on Field Marshal Vis- count Montgomery's complaint that he seems to bo getting the cold shoulder from President Eisenhower since publishing his war memoirs. Mrs. Anne W. Wheaton, as- sociate press secretary, said there would he no comment on Montgomery's comments in London. The British military leader told a television audience Fri- day night he had sent Eisen- hower a copy of his memoirs, which contained criticism of Eisenhower's conduct of the in- vasion of Europe as supreme Allied Commander. AFTER SAYING he had re- ceived only "silence, from Eisenhower, Montgomery continued: "Eisenhower was, and I would like to think is, a friend of mine and I have a terrific admiration of that man. I would do anything for him. "I sent him a Christmas card, a much warmer greeting than I sent to anybody else. "And the result has been silence. I am awfully sad if I have lost the friendship of that great and good man. It would be very distressing to me." Earthquake Jolrs Wide Part of Japan TOKYO earlhquaks of medium intensity shook a wide part of eastern Japan today, the Central Meteoro- logical Observatory announced. There were no reports of dam- age or casualties. Government seismologists lo- cated the epicenter jhout 100 miles northeast of Tokyo ori tho eastern coast of the main island of Honshu. It was Japan's second mod- erately strong shock in three days.   

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