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   Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - March 5, 1959, Long Beach, California                             21 BOYS DIE IN FIRE AT ARK. SCHOOL Find Kidnaped Twin in Abductor's Arms ONTARIO kidnaped infant was found safe Wednes- day night in the arms of a chunky, 37-year-old woman who. admitted taking him from his crib While she was baby-sitting' five days ago. Betty Jean Yocom retreated to. the bathroom of her. dark eneid home 10 miles from On- tario when she heard FBI igents kicking in the door. Hugged to her bosom was 9- week-old Eric Leon Flores. in a bedroom the agents found brand new bassinet sterilizer and other indications that Mrs. Yocom hadrlavished a frustrated ma- ternal love on another wom- an's; child. "rr WAS an Mrs Yoc.om sobbed. "1 wanted to havp a son. It was the one thing I wanted more than anything else to give my hus- band. The baby looked. so cute in the crib that 1 lost control of myself. 1 just had to have him. '.'I gave him clean diapers every day.. I washed and dried his clothes in an elec- tric dryer. I took good care of him.. "I'm sorry. So very sorry, i don't know what came over me The baby, ill with a cold when he was taken from be- side his sleeping twin brother last Friday, appeared to have been well cared for, the FBI said. i' .THE BABY was reunited with his mother, Ruth Flores, 35, ;widowed mother of six, at .the Ontario police station. fArs. Flores and the friend- ly woman she had allowed to sit with her children, faced each other tearfully. They had first met last Feb. 17 when Mrs. Yocom, calling herself Ann Williams identifying herself as a social worker from local church, called on Mrs. Flores to. offer any help that might be needed. Mrs. Flores' hus- band, Joseph, was killed in a gas and tafio has contributed food, clothing and needed services to'the family ever since. MRS. YOCOM, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds, offered to take care of the Flores chil- dren. She telephoned the next day and repeated the offer Liast Friday she called at the HOME The Southland's Finest Evening Newspaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1959 PRICE 10 CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 2-5S59 Vol. 27 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 5-1161 EDITION (Six Editions Daily) Mr. K Hints Postponing of Deadline on Berlin All Windows Barred Shut at Dormitory Survivors by Kicking Out Heavy Wire Screen MRS. RUTH FLORES, widowed mother of six, feeds her kidnaped baby, Eric, after he was found Wednesday. The boy appeared in good health. Pioneer Signals Reveal Space Is Free of Radiation WASHNIGTON IV spun past the level today still sending back clear accounts of space mysteries unraveled in its race into orbit around the sun. Nationwide Bogus-Bills Ring Cracked in Phony Bills Seized; Arrests Total 25 CHICAGO Secrei Service said today it has con fiscated more than in counterfeit bills am arrested 25 persons in smash ing a nationwide fake-mone; ring. Agenls seized li fake bills before they coul je put into circulation, sai Paul J. Paterni, head of th Secret Service Chicago office Another passed .The General Electric track- ing station in Schenectady, N. Y. received the Pioneer's signal at a.m.; when the moon probe was miles from it expected explosion last summer the community of On- earth.. GE said to lose the. sig- nals at about p.m. 'A The great tracking station at Goldstone Dry Lake in the Mojave Desert of California picked up the radio voice of the gold-washed cone at a.m. today from far out past the moon. At that time the distance from earth, computed from telemetry signals described as strong, and clear, was miles. In line with advance calculation, speed away from Polar Orbif Reached by Discoverer 1NGLEWOOD erer I, whose fate has been a mystery since it was launched last Saturday, has achieved its goal of becoming the first polar-orbiting satel- lite, the Air Force announced today. The Ballistic Missile Divi- sion said that since blastoff house again and this time the earth had dropped Mrs. Flores agreed to go out miles an hour, with a friend for a few hours, leaving Mrs. Yocom with the children, who range in age from 8 to the infant twins. When Mrs. Flores returned, one of the twins was gone. In the end it was the baby himself who led to the cap- ture of Mrs. Yocom. His loud wails Wednesday night made a neighbor suspicious and the FBI was notified. to from Vandenberg Air Force Base, 41 tracking reports have been received. All, it added, coincided closely with the predicted orbil. Thus ended nearly a week of suspense over whether the cylinder, second THE SIGNALS showed a heaviest satellite launched by temperature of 41 grees centigrade for strument payload of the space traveler. peratiires radioed back by the the United States, entered orbit. DISCOVERER 1 contained a horizon scanning device which was designed to keep he satellite pointed continu- ously at the horizon ahead. The fact that the satellite ap 1J parently is tumbling through space indicates the scanner failed to work. Discoverer I is the first of a series designed to show man how he can venture safely into space and back. It was fired aloft by a Thor inter- mediate range ballistic mis- sile. The second stage, which is in orbit, was powered by a Bell-Hustler rocket 22 states has been recoverei Paterni said two Chicag ringleaders of the operatio were seized Wednesday nigh However, he said the prin ing equipment of the gan was not found. Paterni said, "We have r covered all of the mom passed through departme stores and other merchants HE SAID HE did not kno how much of the spurio currency was not accounted' for. Paterni said much of the counterfeit money was pur- chased by undercover agents, without actual payment of cash, in consignment deals for which a price of per was agreed upon. The Chicagoans named by Paterni as head of the coun- terfeit ring was Alphonso Amabile, 40, and William Rabiolo, 39. A number of arrests and some convictions have been made in other cities since the investigation began, but gov- ernment knowledge of the ring's Chicago headquarters was not disclosed. PATERNI SAID the first jreak came in mid-November Tells Leipzig Lunch Russ In No Hurry' Ike Holds Special Security Council Parley on Germany LEIPZIG, East Germany Premier Khrushchev said today he is prepared to postpone the May 27 dead line on Berlin provided fruitful East-West negotia- tions are under way then. Khrushchev said the May 27 date might be postponed until June 27 "or maybe July 27. We are in no hurry." He cited an old Russian saying: "Never count your chickens until autumn." The Soviet premier made his remarks in an impromptu speech at a luncheon given by the mayor of Leipzig. MRS. ELIZABETH DUNCAN TESTIFIES Mrs. Duncan, DA Clash Fiercely on Son VENTURA repeatedly with the district attorney and the trial judge, Elizabeth Duncan iercely defended her son today when he leaped lo his eet and shouted that his name was THE QUESTION was brought up by lian Mikardo, member of the British House of Commons and a deputy chairman of the British La- jor Party. Mikardo asked Khrushchev what he meant to do about the May 27 deadline. Khrushchev noted that the West has been calling the May 27 deadline an ultima- tum. Calumet City, 111., and was shown samples of the bogus bills. He negotiated for 000 of the fake currency to be billed on a consignmen basis. While negotiations were ir progress, Secret Servici agents arrested two women for passing identical bills in Dallas and Houston, Tex. The women. Vida Jane McMillon, The 54-year-old defendant, on trial on charges of hiring two men to kill her son's wife, flashed anger and outrage when prosecutor Roy Gustaf- son insisted on calling her son, "Frankie." "Mr. she said to the district attorney, "I think Farnk is an officer ol this court and you should show him some respect." Her outburst came after when an undercover agent her 30-year-old son stood up met Floyd V. Vincenti, 29, in and said loudly, "my name is "You sit Gustafson ordered. RISING TO the challenge Mrs. Duncan asked Gustafson what his first name was be cause she said she would like to call him by that. "That is not Khrush- chev said. Then came his remarks about a postponement. u V AT THE SAME time he warned again that (he Soviet Union will sign a separate peace treaty with Communist East Germany if the West refuses to sign a peace treaty with all of Germany. Khmshchev, who LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Twenty-one boys perished in a predawn fire that destroyed the main dormitory of the Arkansas training school for Negro boys at nearby Wrightsville today. The doors of the big brick and frame building were locked and windows were barred with heavy metal screens. Survivors had to kick their way through the tough double screens in order to get out of the blazing building: Sixty- eight boys were housed in th? structure. The bodies of 12 youths vere found piled in a comer, where apparently they died n a vain attempt to break hrough a window. Nine other bodies were found in the ruins. Gov. Orval E. Faubus, who went to the scene as soon as he learned of the fire, de- clared it was inexcusable that doors were locked and no supervisor was on hand. ANGRILY, the governor told newsmen: "If there had been an adult on duty with the keys at the time the fire started, I don't believe a single boy would have burned." Faubus announced an in- vestigation would be made to determine why the boys were ocked up without arrange- ments for quick evacuation n case of fire. He called the tragedy horrible thing." Firemen said they believed the conflagration may have started in a part of the dormi- tory away from the sleeping boys. Origin of the fhVwas unknown, but it was reported that an electrical storm was raging when the flames broke out about 4 a.m. George Williamson, t 15- year-old survivor, said he was awakened by screams. Rebels Kill American Newsman ALGIERS S. Con- sular officials said tonight an American newsman was killed and another injured by rebel machinegun fire near (Continued on Pg. A-4, Col. 1 spoke after drinking several toasts to peace and international trade, also warned the West against using force oh the Communist world. "Whoever bumps us with Tlemcen in Algeria Wednes-i day night. The officials said French authorities identified the dead American newsman as Homer Flint Kellems, but gave no address. The injured American was identified as Will Hobbs, engine. U carries a 40-pound instru- ment payload. ec' The firing was largely to test equipment for later shots, which will send mice and monkeys aloft. 26, and Alva Jane Kirk, 20, Yon can call me what you want." Gustafson said. !fercd Softly, friendly with a sentenced to prison Arkansas." He serious abdomen suf- DADDIES WENT TOO FAR WHERE TO FIND IT Southern California legisla- tors have presented a three- point water program for Gov. Brown's consideration. See Page A-5. MRS. BETTY JEAN YOCOM, 37, sits in police sta- tion at Ontario after officers found her and kid- naped 9-week-oId Eric Flores at her Beach Page B-I. Hal Page A-21. Page A-21. Pages C-5 to II. Comics Pages A- 18, 19. Crossword Page A-13. Death Page B-2. Page A-20. Financial Page B-3, Shipping Page C-5. Pages C-l, 2, 3. Theaters Page A -8. Tides, Temperatures C-5. TV, Page C-I2. Vital Page A-10, Page A-21. Women Pages 7, 8. touch of sarcasm, Gustafson (Continued on Pg. A-4, Col. 3) Kiddies Booze Parfy Notes Irk Mommies MIAMI have complained to school of- ficials about drinking parties held by some Daddies Clubs, organizations of fathers of elementary-school children. "They didn't mind the drinking so Wesley Matthews, assistant superintendent, said Wednesday, "but when principals sent notes home with the children tell- ing the Daddies to bring their own bottles, it was too much." In his note to principals, Matthews reminded them that Daddies Clubs are supposed to be "providing the best possible environment for boys and girls." Matthews told the principals they must assume re- sponsibility for approving activities of the culbs, but that the meetings need not be dry. He added, however, that junior can't remind Daddy to bring that bottle any more. Daddies Clubs raise funds to buy school equipment not otherwise provided. They work closely with the local P-T.A. groups, although they have no connection with that organization. The meetings arc for fathers women and no children. chest wounds and is in a hos- pital at Tlemcen. The French said there was good hope for his survival. ?ep. Martin Enters Hospital for Checkup WASHINGTON (UPI) p. Joseph W. Martin Jr. ;R-Mass) was in the Naval Medical Hospital in suburban Bethesda, Md., today for a checkup. Aids of the former House GOP leader said he went to the hospital Wednesday be- cause his leg bothered him. The 74-year-old lawmaker suffered a blood clot on the knee last summer, hut that "THERE WAS smoke all Continued on Pg. A-6, Col. House Blows Up, Elderly Pair Dies WORCESTER, Mass. UPI An elderly man and wife per- ished today in an explosion that ripped apart their two- story home. The victims were identi- fied as Mr. and Mrs. Cart' Ruohonen, both in their 70s'.1 Ruohonen was a retired rail- road worker. Fire officials said the ex'-' plosion was caused by uminating gas. Two others in the house' at the time of the blast were 'ound alive. condition was reported have cleared up. to Dope Ring Smashed at 3 High Schools OAKLAND (fft Oakland- police, announcing the break- up of a marijuana ring in throe high schools, say 15' students and six peddlers; were involved. Juvenile Officer Richard' Smith said Wednesday the peddlers were arrested and the students questioned and turned over to their parents. A GERMAN WITH the Americans was killed. He vas identifieo as Aircle Rai- mund, a student interpreter. French military headquar- ters said the three men had entered Algeria from Morocco by car, and that it was swept jy machinegun fire in the re- gion of Tlemcen, about 35 miles east of the Moroccan frontier. The car was found in a mountainous region known as Col du Juif (Jew's Guests Flee as Fire Rips Hotel; 4 Killed HAZLETON, Pa. of Hazleton's business Screaming in terror, guests district showed a listing ol shinnied down cables or climbed or were borne down ire ladders early today as flames raged up an elevator shaft of the five-story Gary where when the fire broke Weather- Clear tonight and clear and sunny Friday. Con- tinued warm Friday. Maximum temperature by noon today: 79. lotel. Authorities said there were 61 persons. a BUT MANY of these were reported to have been else-' out. Five of them, for example, were musicians of a Jazz en-. four known dead, two other semble playing in persons unaccounted for, and across the street. a club two more critically hurt. At least 24 persons were taken to hospitals for treat- ment of burns, cuts, smoke poisoning and shock. Eleven were kept on for observation and further care. The register of the 100- room, 75-year-old hotel in the dead in this wreckage; Two of the dead were re- moved soon after the fire broke out. A third body was found later. The entire front wall of the. hotel collapsed into heaps of rubble. It was thought the two missing persons might V   

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